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Giving is a Preserve tradition

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By Deej Koebbe

Many thanks to Preservist Ethel Kleiner for submitting the following information for inclusion in the South Marion Citizen column.

Each year the Nor’easters club here in Spruce Creek Preserve raffles Baskets of Cheer. The proceeds go to gift cards for needy families. This year’s basket winners are Larry Kirk, Doris Drouin and Margaret McKeivier.

This tradition has been going on now for about five or six years. It started with the help of an employee here at SCP and a person she found to help us locate suitable families.

That would be Patti Kulhurt, at the time she was working for social services at the Dunnellon school. Now Patti has moved on but she has graciously agreed to continue helping.

We have expanded our helping hand to include seniors as well as younger families. Working with other school personnel and folks in Marion County, Patti has been able to identify these individuals. We are very grateful to Patti for all her help.

This year with the generosity of all our neighbors here at SCP we were able to donate eight gift cards. A great big “thank you” goes out to all.

Also let me thank all those who donated items for the baskets, put the baskets together, and sold tickets. Without all your help we could never accomplish this wonderful tradition.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

There’s still time for making Christmas cookies.

Peanut Butter Crisscross

1 cup shortening or substitute

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Dash of salt

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups sifted enriched flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugars and vanilla. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Stir in peanut butter.

Sift dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture. Form into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Press with back of a fork to make crisscrosses. Dough may also be rolled and cut if desired.

Bake in moderate oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 8 dozen cookies.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way.

Saturday, Dec. 20 – Jet Set Christmas party. BYOB happy hour at 4, dinner at 5 p.m. Meat, plates and cups provided. Bring own silverware and side dish to share (or donation). Gift exchange (approximately $10). Sign-up sheet and menu in Jet Set book at Community Center. All singles welcome. See Irma and Maxine for information.

Sunday, Dec. 21 – On the Level Club luncheon at noon in the Sandwedge Café. Special guests will attend. See Early Barker.

Sunday, Dec. 21 – On the Level Club announces honorary guests will conduct a presentation of plaques to residents of Spruce Creek Preserve in appreciation for recycling items to benefit children in Shriner’s Hospital. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the Community Center. See Early Barker.

Sunday, Dec. 21 – Christmas caroling will start at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited. We will begin and end at Beatty’s house and light refreshments will be served. Anyone knowing of someone who would enjoy being serenaded or if you have any questions, call Rosemary Spaay or Yvonne.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve party. Hors d’oeuvres and dancing from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Music and entertainment by the Carriers. Bring a dish for the table. Cost is $12 per person, BYOB. Enjoy a New Year’s Eve party without all the mess and cleanup at home.

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 – Midwest Club tickets are in for the Big Band performance at 3 p.m. Cost is $18. See Barb Parker.

Line dance schedule – Monday 6 to 8 p.m. easy and intermediate, Wednesday 5 to 6 p.m. beginners, and Thursday 1 to 2 p.m. beginners. See Babette Sparling.

Horse Sense is forming in the Preserve community. They plan to explore all things concerning an amazing creature. Field trips, demonstrations and educational talks about horses are planned. Jim Olson, resident horse whisperer, will give the first presentation. See Sandy Gaile.

Preserve Bridge Club beginner lessons will start in January. Sign-up sheet in general activity book or call Fern Novak.

DES/SCP Partnership clothing collection has netted $185 and some clothing for the school. Preservists have been very generous throughout 2008. Preservist Bob Breffle thanks everyone.

Every Tuesday the On the Level Club collects newspapers and aluminum cans for recycling. All proceeds go to Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.