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Cherrywood news 2-24-2012

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More winners at trivia

By John Everlove

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Rich Hurley was the game host for another rousing game of trivia last Wednesday evening at Cherrywood. The teams came out, registered, and tried their best to answer questions about presidents; vice presidents and the White House. Rich came up with some great questions and informative answers.
Everyone was surprised at how much they thought they knew and how much they actually knew. Occasional murmurs were heard at the various tables as the teams huddled together and laughter rang out as many of the answers were more comical than factual. An example was the question, “What song do they play when the vice president comes out on stage?” One team answered, “Send in the Clowns.”
There were several ties for second and third place so all the teams were pretty evenly matched but one team stood out. Carolyn and Fran Mullen; Judy and Jim Durst came in first with a score to be proud of, at least until next month. Then, we, the other teams, will have a chance at revenge. Congratulations to the winners.
Monthly trivia is a real treat for everyone concerned so if you haven’t tried it yet, reserve the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Come to the Clubhouse and spend some time teasing your brain and sharing good times with friends and neighbors. Where else can you have this much fun for just a dollar per person?

Caribbean Cruise Tickets
The Veterans Club Caribbean cruise raffle is still in progress. Win a three-day trip to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Port fees, taxes and gratuities are included not to mention an extra hundred dollars in spending money. Tickets are just $10 each or three for $20 for the raffle that will be held on Memorial Day. Not only do you not have to be present to win, you don’t even have to be a Cherrywood resident to purchase tickets and be a winner. See Geri in the office or ask any member of the Veterans Club and they will make sure you get all the tickets you want.

Bocce Ball
Every Saturday at 7 p.m., come on up to the Bocce Ball courts behind the Clubhouse and enjoy a great time and some friendly competition. Bring refreshments of your choice and join in the fun of this great game or just sit back and relax or cheer on your favorites. Cherrywood residents always enjoy the fellowship and lighthearted banter that takes place on Bocce Ball nights.
When the temperature dips below 50 degrees, the players and spectators retreat to the Clubhouse to warm up beside the beautiful fireplace. What could be better than sharing an evening with friends, neighbors and family? Check out Cherrywood Bocce Ball nights, you’ll be happy you did.

Oil Painting
The third Friday of the month from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. the Clubhouse at Cherrywood becomes an art studio. Easels and brushes, knives and tubes of oil paints are put out and students gather to explore their creative talents.
Under the tutorship of Debbie Blackburn, students learn techniques and styles, color combinations and brush strokes while they create beautiful works of art. The students are eager to learn and Debbie is a capable and knowledgeable instructor so their personalities blend to make a harmonious atmosphere of shared talents.
Even if you have never tried to paint before, you will find this art class an informative and exhilarating experience. “One of the biggest joys I get from teaching is watching the look on my students faces when they complete a painting,” Debbie confided. She further stated that painting is not just art it is a kind of therapy too because it takes total concentration when working on a picture.
Debbie is a certified instructor from the Bob Ross School and has been teaching for more than a decade. She also teaches at Munroe Regional Medical Center for the Prestige 55 group. Energetic, personable and enthusiastic, Debbie brings a joy to teaching others that is contagious and inspiring.
Only $35 is needed for the class and everything is supplied: easels, paints, brushes, pallets, even the clean up materials. I’m told that even smocks are available for sloppy people like me. All the student needs to provide is a desire to learn and a smile.
You might be surprised to learn how much talent you have and how much you can create even if you don’t feel like you’re good at art. Give it a try. In just three hours, you’ll have your very own terrific painting to take home. Believe it.
Have your cake and eat it too:
With TV shows like, “The Next Great Baker,” “Cake Boss” and “Cupcake Wars,” there has been an ever increasing interest in learning how to decorate and shape cakes for every occasion. Cherrywood residents have the opportunity to learn how to do this delicate art form a professional.
Marivi Bassabe is a native of Puerto Rico where she learned cake decorating and sugar sculpture as a hobby. It soon became her passion and when she moved to the United States back in 1982 with her husband Pablo, she began teaching this art form.
Miami Dade College and Palmetto High School home economics classes was where she learned to share her love of cake decorating and sculpture, with the joy of empowering others to find a profession and direction for life.
In addition to making realistic and beautiful sugar flowers for cakes and display, Marivi does an art form called “Gota Freia.” In this medium, she takes colorful photos and enhances their lines and colors and then covers them with a glossy surface. The photo becomes more vibrant and three dimensional in appearance and to the touch.
If you would like to learn more about any of these artistic endeavors, contact Marivi at www.marivis.com. Her website discusses all of her experience and work and has some really cool pictures also.
Photo Class
With the new “point and shoot” technology, taking photos is relatively easy but taking great photos is an art form all its own. Some folks here at Cherrywood have expressed an interest in starting up a class on photography. People want to learn more about cameras, picture composition, portraits, still life, action photos and the many other aspects of taking high quality photos. If you would be interested in such a class, call Geri at the office or email me and we’ll see about putting something together. It would be fun, informative and interesting learning about both picture taking and new camera technologies.
If you are a Cherrywood resident and professional photography is on your “resume,” you may want to teach and guide your friends and neighbors with your knowledge. Contact Geri or your humble reporter if you would like to share your experience and talent.
Attention veterans: meeting and more
Cherrywood Veterans Club will meet on March 1 at 2 p.m. to elect officers for the coming year and to get a full report on last years activities and the coming schedule of events. If you are a veteran and a Cherrywood veteran, you are eligible and welcome to join and take part in the many activities and services offered by this group.
Thursday, March 22, interested Veterans Club members will be going to the Hernando County Sportsman’s Club for a day of shooting fun. We will leave the clubhouse at 9 a.m. and the cost is only $17 for range fees; targets and a donation for drivers taking four or more people. Shooting is pistol caliber firearms only and shooters must supply their own eye and ear protection as well as ammunition.
After the range, from 10:30 – 12:30, everyone will meet at the Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River for lunch. If you want to bring your significant other, they are welcome also but there is a limit of 23 shooters so sign up at the meeting on March 1 at 2 p.m.
Veterans Breakfast: From 9 to 10:30 Saturday morning, March 31, the Veterans will host the first breakfast of the season. S.O.S., scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, fruit, coffee/tea are on the menu for only $3.50 per person. Get your tickets for a typical G.I. breakfast at the March 1 Vet Club meeting or from Geri. Remember, tickets go fast. A special note, the breakfast coincides with the Social Committee’s kick off of the Fun in the Sun games.
12th annual barbecue
The VFW will host the 12th annual barbecue picnic on Saturday, March 24. This fun event is held at the VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy. Go to the VFW website for more information and details. www.vfwretirementhome.flvfw.org Tickets are limited so order on line or see Bill Mahar. You can also contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com.
Spotlight on Excellence:
There are many people in Cherrywood who have a unique talent; an interesting past or a promising future or are significant to the Cherrywood community. This week’s featured individual is a person you all know if you’ve ever seen her smiling face in the office or heard her cheerful voice when she answers the phone; our own, Geri.
Her title is Community Center Manager and her responsibilities are many and varied. Maintenance, improvements and repairs to the common areas; coordinating the many events and activities at Cherrywood; putting the ‘Chirp’ (our monthly newsletter) together and many more duties rest squarely on her shoulders.
Geri was born in New Hampshire, the oldest of four children. Her parents, Gert and Ernie Laquerre, are still living in that beautiful state. Two of her brothers also live there and her third brother lives in New York.
Happily married to her husband of four years, Lentz, the two enjoy a wide variety of interests and hobbies. Their first priority of course is family and between the two of them they share six children, and l7 grandchildren. Holidays are just a little bit busy at their home or when they are traveling to see their loved ones. Their children live in Arkansas, Ohio, Connecticut and also Florida.
Music is a big part of Lentz and Geri’s life as he is an accomplished drummer. He also plays mandolin, guitar and a custom made ukulele that Geri had made especially for him. When asked if she gets ‘serenaded’, she smiled but would not elaborate.
Her greatest satisfaction working at Cherrywood comes from supporting and sponsoring health care projects; working closely with the residents and promoting Cherrywood Estates. Asked about her greatest frustration she answered, “Not being able to answer all of the questions all of the time when people ask about something.”
Geri is proud of her work; loves the people she works with and for and is always there to support the well being of Cherrywood. Next time you’re near the office, stop in and say “thank you” to this tireless and whole hearted supporter of our beautiful community.
From Your Reporter:
If you have ideas, suggestions or comments on this column please feel free to email me at urperssec@yahoo.com. Your opinion is important to me and always welcome.