Cherrywood Democratic Club ladies making helmet liners

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By Nancy Archer

The Cherrywood Democratic Club has an open meeting on Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. All Cherrywood residents are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The ladies of the Crochet Club are making helmet liners to be sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and they are greatly appreciated. We can all make a contribution to our men and women; our family needs us, so please show your support. We were pleased that our club was able to donate $60 to the S.O.S and an individual member donated $30 to help with postage. Voter registration cards are available, so if you know of anyone who is not registered or wishes to change party affiliation, we are able to make the changes.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse card room. Harriet Scarpino, president, 873-9955 Christmas in July

Craft Show

The Christmas in July Craft Show will be Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cher-rywood crafters participating this year are: Dorothy Pickett, silk flowers; Jackie and Larry George, nylon mesh flowers; Edna Fazio and Aprile Guglielmi, jewelry; Stevie Pickrell, sewing, knitted and crocheted items; Barbara Buehler, painted gourds; Nestor Garcia, jewelry and Lorraine Garcia, baskets.

The Quilt Club will have a lot of surprises.

The following outside vendors will be attending: "Grannie Annie" Anne Stumpf, fabric covered note cards; Gerald Critz, stained glass, slumped glass and fused glass; Carole and Virgil Fittje, handcrafted decorative soaps.

I am expecting a few more crafters to sign up and that will give us a full house. Our very own Richard Becotte will be playing Christmas music to get everyone in the holiday mood. If you would like to participate in the craft show, just give Geri a call at 237-1675.

Arthritis aquatics exercise

All exercises are conducted in water to minimize joint stress. The exercises are designed to improve range of motion, conditioning and provide recreation. Classes will be held: June 4, 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30; July 2, 9 and 11. Rain dates: classes will be held on Saturdays. The class is conducted by Herbert Alvarado, a certified arthritis instructor. There is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 participants per class. There will be 12 classes at $1.50 each for a total of $18. Please pay for your classes in advance. Payment is non-refundable after class 3 (June 9). Please contact Geri at 237-1675 for more information or if you are interested in participating in these classes.

Water aerobics

Water aerobics is back with Anne McMurrer. Classes begin Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. June 1, will be her first class.

Blood drive

A blood drive is on Thursday, May 21, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. You can have a "mini physical" free. When you give blood you have the following checked: cholesterol level, blood glucose and iron level.

Monthly breakfast

Our last breakfast will be Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. The menu is: scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee or tea and we will have a toast table. You can’t beat the price, still only $3. We are still looking for a new crew leader.

Cherrywood travel:

Here are all the newest day trips available. For more information on these trips, please pick up a flyer on the travel rack in the clubhouse or call Nancy at 352-861-1432. Trips sell out fast. If you want to book a trip, please call Nancy. Remember you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips. Just call Nancy to sign up.

Upcoming shows: Murder Mystery Train, Thanksgiving at Palace Grand, Show Palace Christmas, Lobby Lights Tour, A Christmas Carol, Golden Dragon, Acrobats and Bill Cosby.

Viva Vegas the Sequel: Thursday, May 21 — $70.

St. Pete Beach (three days), June 1 to June 3 - $499.

Ship inspection and Kennedy Space Center – (1 night 2 days) June 28 and 29 — $329.

Ship inspection – Sunday, June 28, tour Royal Caribbean’s ship Freedom of the Seas with lunch served in the main dining room, includes bus, ship tour, lunch, tip for driver. Return same day — $50.

Mystery Day Trip – Thursday, July 9, can’t tell you what we’re doing or where we are going. Includes lunch, bus, tax and tip and much more. Moderate walking, no gambling or shopping $75.

Fabulous ‘50s and ‘60s Revue. Join us at the Show Palace in Hudson, Thursday, July 16, for this musical revue with great hits that all will enjoy. Includes complete dinner buffet, reserved seats for the matinee show, all taxes and gratuities — $70.

Tampa Rays vs. NY Yankees. Come enjoy America’s favorite pastime in Tampa at Tropicana Field’s air conditioned domed field on Wednesday, July 29. Includes great seats for the 7:05 p.m. game. Bus and tip for driver, no meal included $88.

Early Bird Dinner Theatre — The Owl and the Pussy Cat — Thursday, July 30, $66

Cruise Talk — Wednesday, Aug. 5 — Free

Join us at 2 p.m. at the Cherrywood Clubhouse and meet Loretta from Carnival Cruise Lines. Learn all about their fleet and upcoming specials. Call for reservations. Cookies and punch served. Everyone is invited.

Starlite Cruise — Thursday, Aug. 6 — $76

Enjoy a three hour dinner cruise on Tampa Bay aboard the Starlite Majesty. Cost includes bus from Ocala, 7 to 10 p.m. dinner cruise with live entertainment, meal choices includes filet mignon, surf and turf and shrimp, just to name a few. All taxes and gratuities also included. Last year both buses sold out quickly.

Nunsense A-men — Thursday, Aug. 27 — $70

Early Bird Dinner Theatre — Squabbles — Thursday, Sept. 10 — $66

Big Cat Rescue — Tuesday, Oct. 6 — $79

Fiddler on the Roof — Thursday, Oct. 29 — $70

Early Bird Dinner Theatre — Anybody for Murder — Thursday, Nov. 5 — $66

Multi Day Trips:

Amish country and Hershey, Pa. — Sept. 22 through 28

Come enjoy this seven-day trip which includes four nights at the Hershey Farm Inn, breakfast daily, three lunches including one authentic Amish lunch at a local Amish Farm, six dinners, one show, step on tour of local Amish Farm, Amish shopping, Hershey World and Trolley Tour and the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico. We will overnight for one night on the way up and the way back. All taxes and gratuities are included. Cost is $1,099 per person, double occupancy; call Laura Kane for single rates. $100 per person deposit to hold space.

Christmastime in Nashville — Dec. 13 through 18

Overnight the first night in Callaway Gardens at The Mountain Creek Inn including dinner on property in their Plant Dining Room, and the Fantasy of Lights tour. Breakfast is included in the morning before we head off to Nashville. Stay three nights at the Opryland Hotel. While in Nashville the trip includes a luncheon cruise, admission to ICE, the Rockettes, Lousie Mandrell’s Dinner Show, the Grand Ole Opry, tour the Hall of Trees, craft, antique and art show, breakfast daily, three lunches, five dinners, all taxes and gra-tuities. We will overnight at the Hyatt Place in Smyrna GA on the way home. Cost is $1,058 per person double occupancy. Call Laura Kane for single rates. $100 per person deposit to hold space.

Freedom of the Seas – 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise – Nov. 29, 2009, starting at $791

Come enjoy sailing on one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s newest ships. Sails out of Port Canaveral to Labadee, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Rates starting at $791 per person, double occupancy and include all port charges, taxes, cocktail party, round trip bus from Ocala locations, tip for bus driver round trip and tip for porter upon arrival. $250 per person deposit to hold space, final payment due Sept. 15.

Carnival Dream – 7- night Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Feb. 27, 2010 starting at $657

Join us aboard the newest and largest fun ship in the Carnival fleet. Sailing from Port Canaveral to Nassau, St. Thomas/St John, and St Maarten. Rates starting at just $679 per person double occupancy and include all port charges, taxes, round trip bus from Ocala locations, tip for bus driver round trip and tip for porter upon arrival. Call Nancy for more information 861-1432. Deposit of $250 per person to hold your space. Final payment due in December.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are ten-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at blue-jay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.