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Cherrywood Dems making plans

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By Nancy Archer

We will make plans Feb. 20 to determine what we need to do to work with our elected representatives at the local and national levels to assist them where possible in their efforts to solve the enormous mess the country is facing. We shall also be considering the new ownership changes at Cherrywood and how they affect us all.

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Our young people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan need our support and thanks year round, so please work with our veterans organizations and our Support Our Soldiers Committee to show our appreciation. In December the veterans organized a collection which resulted in SOS being able to send 29 packages to our young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Voter registration cards are available if you want to register or change party affiliation.

A sincere thank you to all who contributed to ensure the Christmas 2008 party was our best ever. Volunteers for setup and cleanup enabled us all to enjoy the festivities. Plenty of delicious food, cakes, cookies, and soft drinks. Everyone had a gift from the grab bag.

We were pleased that County Commissioner Barbara Fitos and her father, 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel, Delphine Herbert of Marions for Peace, activities director Geri Watrouse and Frank, and Nancy Archer our writer for the South Marion Citizen were able to attend and enjoy the festivities.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets monthly on the third Friday at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Harriet Scarpino at 873-9955.

Ladies Luncheon

February brought about 25 women to the Ladies Luncheon. We had one birthday this month for Zoe Milnes. The door prize went to Mary Weinheimer. The three 50/50 winners were Mary Alice Bowling, Norma Briggs, and Sue Anderson.

We would like to see more ladies at next month’s luncheon. So mark your calendar for March 11 at noon.

Become a Songbird

Calling all “I would-but-I’m-too-shy” singers. We really would love to see some new faces at our rehearsals.

We are shrinking in numbers due to moving and health reasons. There are no membership requirements and there are no “dues.”

Most of our members do not read music. Most of our members don’t have super voices. Some have physical limitations. That’s OK.

Spruce Creek Preserve has invited us back to perform in February, and we plan to give them a great program. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call Aprile at 237-0924 or Edna at 291-8815.

Bowling

The Cherrywood Bowling League report for Feb. 9.

Men’s high games: Jim Houghtaling 215, Jim Heap 202, Chick Spencer 197. 

Women’s high games: Marie Nardone 203, Norma Alexander 184, Holly Bragdon 181.

Sub’s high game: Roy Stacer 204.

Bowlers of the week, pins average: Lois Crowley +122, Richard Whitworth +94.

Submitted by Fran Hall, secretary/treasurer.

Cherrywood Bingo

We have new games and bigger prizes at Cherrywood bingo. Get to know your neighbors and have a Thursday night filled with fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

Get there early. Jackpot goes off every week, no more waiting. Jackpots start at $100. Cost to play is $6 each week.

Travel Club

We still have a lot of new day trips, and a few overnighters, to offer. Fliers for all trips are in the Clubhouse. Get your name in the Travel Club book if you want to go.

If you want to book or confirm a trip, call Nancy at 861-1432. Remember, you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips.

Thanks to everyone who helped us to fill two buses for the Liquid Vegas trip. We had a few big winners, and we are working on an excursion to Tampa Bay Downs.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Show Palace on Thursday, March 12. Cost, $70, includes bus, musical comedy, buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

The Peking Acrobats perform at UF Performing Arts Center on March 21. Cost, $80, includes bus, lunch at Northwest Grille, 2 p.m. show, taxes and tips. Reservations should have been made by now.

Waist Watchers at Tampa Performing Arts Center on March 25. Cost, $82, includes bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, musical comedy at 2 p.m., taxes and tips. Reserve by Jan. 15.

Natalie Needs a Nightie at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre on Thursday, April 2. Cost, $66, includes bus, zany show a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Private Lives at the Early Bird Dinner Theater on Thursday, April 30. Cost, $66, includes bus, romantic comedy a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Wednesday, March 4: A day at Hard Rock Casino, $25. Roundtrip bus, $25 in free play, $5 toward lunch, and driver’s tip.

May 10 to 22: Cross country bus trip to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, $2,599 per person double occupancy. Eleven days and 12 nights, upscale hotels, tours, side trips, breakfast and dinner, six lunches, taxes and tips. For more information, call Laura Kane at 840-0333.

Cruise the western Caribbean for 7 nights aboard the Freedom of the Seas, departing Port Canaveral Nov. 29. Going to Labadee, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Cabin rates per person double occupancy: inside $791, promenade $891, balcony $1,071. Deposit required by March 5, fully refundable until Sept. 15.

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Las Vegas trip March 1. Four nights in Vegas, roundtrip from Ocala to Orlando and roundtrip airfare from Orlando including taxes.

Your choice of hotels: Excalibur $579, Circus Circus $509, Monte Carlo $649, or Treasure Island $649, per person double occupancy. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

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A Pearl River Resort weekend in Choctaw, Miss. is planned for May 1 to 4. Cost is $179 per person double occupancy. Stay at Silver Star Casino and game at Vegas-style slots or table games. Round trip bus, hotel, 3 meal coupons, and $25 in play credit. Make reservations by April 24. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are 10-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at bluejay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.