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Give a little • it won’t hurt

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Bloodmobiles from Florida’s Blood Centers will be at Palm Grove on Wednesday, March 4 from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who donated at Oak Run on Thursday, Jan. 8, will not be eligible until March 5.

Have you been thinking about donating but just haven’t gotten around to it? Are you afraid it will hurt?

Hy Beers wants to let everyone know that he’s been donating for years and it doesn’t hurt. There’s a sting as the needle goes in but you don’t feel anything once the donation begins. It feels no different from having your blood drawn for a lab test.

You can help up to three persons with one donation because the different parts of the blood are separated and the recipient gets only the part they need. Come to the March blood drive and “give the gift of life.”

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

The Ambassadors will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at their End of the Rainbow Dance. Music by Tom Carlile on Saturday, March 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Palm Grove ballroom. He sings ballads as they should be sung, sweet and mellow, and his beat tunes are “go” from the start.

St. Patrick’s Day is special for many of us, so we share an Irish toast, “May your roof never fall in and those beneath it never fall out.”

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, March 3 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $5 per person. There will be an 80/20 raffle.

Garden Club

Pet-Friendly Gardening is the topic for the March 4 meeting. The presenters will answer the age-old question "Why do dogs and cats eat grass?" and focus on developing awareness of plants that are poisonous to pets.

Social time at 9 a.m. with coffee, tea and homemade goodies, with program at 9:30. We’ll have Member’s Moment, 50-50 drawing, caring and sharing, and the plant raffle. Members, please turn in your opinion surveys.

Our annual plant sale will be Saturday March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon in the overflow lot. “Knockout" roses, shrubs, annuals, perennials, houseplants, herbs and tomatoes, and our garden "Treasures and Trash" table.

Door prize tickets on sale at the Orchid Club on Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 14. For more information, call Carol at 861-2790, before 8 p.m.

Upper Midwest Club

Our next event will be a chili cook off Wednesday, March 11, at 6:15 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Ticket sales will be Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club. Cost is $4 per person members and $6 guests. Make checks payable to Upper Midwest Club.

Members are to bring a crock pot of chili, finger food or a dessert. BYOB. We will have door prizes and chili prizes. Entertainment will be "The Songster" Mike Merrill.

Wear your name tags. Call Carla for information at 854-6461.

We also have a bus trip scheduled for Friday, March 13 to the Florida Carriage Museum in Weirsdale. Call Dave at 732-2227 or Don at 861-8469 for the bus trip.

Passport Stage Show

The Ambassadors will have their third Passport Stage Show featuring “A Tribute to Dirty Dancing” on Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palm Grove.

This is a classic 1960s love story as the two lovers from opposite sides of the social tracks overcome obstacles and teach each other about life, love and trust.

Individual tickets go on sale on Monday, March 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, March 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $12 per person.

Comedy Show

All Oak Runners are invited to the Jeff Laub Comedy Show on March 4 at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 members and $14 guests, on sale Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. If you have questions, contact Ben Muhlberg of the Jewish Social Club.

Little Theatre

Look for the cast of Cocktails With Mimi on channel 12 starting Feb. 27. You’ll get a wonderful peek into the beginning rehearsals of this talented group, and an unscripted view of their lives on stage. Ev Burg of “Meeting People” introduces Jim Waddell who then starts a dialogue with our “Gang of 12.”

Circle these show dates on your calendar: April 2, 3, 4 and 5. Call Linda for ticket information at 873-9908.

Seder Dinner

The Jewish Social Club is sponsoring a Seder dinner in Oak Run on Wednesday, April 8. Tickets are $25 members and $30 guests. On sale in the Orchid Club lobby Wednesday and Thursday, March 4 and 5, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Italian American Club

It certainly turned out to be a fantastic Valentine’s Day party for the club. Members and guests enjoyed great food, drinks and dancing while the club had a successful fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Donations totaled $1,877.

Each table had a "tree of hope" display, created by the wonderful gals who donated their time for this special effort. And let’s not forget the couples who worked so hard in the kitchen; the Garibaldis, Leos, Sollitottos and Wetherspoons.

Shuffleboard Club

On Feb. 14 the club had its annual members only Valentine’s Day tournament. Prizes were awarded to first place winners Jim Reed among the men and Claudette Piscopo among the women. Charlie Imperial and Marge Johnson were second respectively.

Anyone interested in joining the club can call Jerry Hayes at 291-1966 or Richie Lambert at 861-1069.

Oak Run Travel Club

We will be going to Dunedin on Saturday, April 11 for some shopping on Main Street, with lunch will at Bon Appetit, the best restaurant in town. After lunch we will take in an organ recital at the Kirk of Dunedin.

This trip is all inclusive for $72 per person. Call Jack Lillard for any questions. We need at least eight more to make this trip go.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

It was a good day for all playing the low net game Feb. 17.

Flight 1: Judie Lavdas 67, Maureen Edwards 67, Pat Blackburn 70, Dianna Love 70.

Flight 2: Ann Daigle 67, Barb Scozzafava 69, Noreen Salo 70, Judy Klein 71, Arlene Klann 71.

Flight 3: Claire Pruneau 67, Carol Copp 70, Mary Kay Frandsen 71.

Closest to the pin: Bea Terry.