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Lean on us for medical equipment

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Dominick Viscardi, head of the Medical Equipment Loan Program, pointed out to me that a recent item in this column omitted an important part of the article he wrote. To show the extent of the program, here is a list of the equipment on loan and in use by Oak Run residents as of Nov. 20, 2008:

29 wheelchairs, 3 transport-type wheelchairs, 10 walkers without wheels, 24 walkers with wheels, 5 four-wheel walkers, 1 three-wheel walker, 13 walking canes, 3 walking canes with four feet, 10 toilet seat risers, 13 shower chairs, 1 shower stool, 6 pair aluminum crutches, and 9 bedside commodes.

Clearly this is a very active program that brings great benefits to Oak Runners. For more information, call Dominick at 861-4420.

As we begin a new year,  wouldn’t it be nice if we could all give some thought to what we could do to help others? There are opportunities here in Oak Run and in the wider community.

This coming year is going to be a very tough one for many people. Let’s all resolve to do something for our fellow man (and woman) in 2009.

Little Theatre

Mark your 2009 calendar for Little Theatre’s spring production of Cocktails with Mimi, April 2 to 5.

Ticket sales in the Orchid Club lobby Saturday, Jan.10, 8 to 10 a.m. during the Donut Drop-in; Tuesday, Jan.13, 4 to 6 p.m. at Bingo; Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Palm Grove; Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pancake Breakfast and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the movie; and Wednesday, Jan. 28, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the ORHA meeting. Or call Linda at 873-9908.

Be on the lookout for some of our returning actors as well as some newcomers to Little Theatre at the ticket sale tables.

Photography Club

The club will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club. The guest speaker will be Justin Lohmann. His topic will be Pet Photography.

There will be a review of the November field trip and holiday photos by Art Holt, followed by a “Tips and Techniques” session on photographing people in motion.

Did you get a new digital camera for Christmas? Come and get some picture-taking. For more information, call Laurie or visit www.orphotoclub.com.

New England Club

Our November meeting was a lot of fun, with 91 people enjoying the music of Ramblin Fever and a KFC dinner. The next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 15.

We will have an After Christmas Auction. Bring at least one (nicely) wrapped new gift (or feel free to re-gift) for the auction. The dinner will be ham with beans, potatoes, vegetable medley, dessert, and BYOB. Cost is $10.

We will elect officers for 2009 and collect $6 for dues. Ticket sales will be Jan. 9 and 12 in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, call Mary at 854-7054.

Meeting People

A second discussion of genealogy with Jim Waddell will be presented on Ev Burg’s “Meeting People” from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, following “FYI,” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on channel 12.

Clog Dancing

Clogging is not a plumbing problem. It is a fun activity that involves moving your feet to the beat.

Want to know more? Come to the beginner class on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Our talented teacher, Joy Lutsie, will guide you through the basic steps. For more information, call her at 854-0886.

Baby Boomers

We welcome in the New Year on behalf of our officers; Brian, Denny, John and Ron, we wish all good health and joy. We thank the past officers; Lodi, Dianna and Connie for a job well done. We also thank those who helped take down the Christmas decorations.

Feb. 6 at the Palm Grove will be our first get together. It

We will have a Sweet Heart Dance on Friday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. Ticket sales will be Jan. 10 and 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $5 members and $10 guests. BYOB and a dessert or hors d’oeuvres.

The club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Palm Grove to get ideas for this year’s activities. Dues will be collected at the ticket sales and at the meeting. Use separate checks for dues.

Genealogy Club

Don’t your ancestors want to be found, you entered a new realm of research and don’t know where to turn? Join the Genealogy Club of Oak Run, we have experts who can help. The next meeting is Friday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. in the card room.

Our holiday potluck party was a great success with plenty of good food for all. We look forward to an interesting 2009.

White Elephant Table Sale

Lillian Hanscom, special events coordinator for the Ambassadors, will be selling table space Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room for the White Elephant Sale on Saturday, Feb. 7. Price for a whole table is $5, a half is $2.50, for Oak Run residents only.

Line Dancing

In Oak Run we have a variety of line dancing classes that provide a level for all happy feet in our community. Sylvia LaFarr will be start a pre-beginner class Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Palm Grove.

Darlene Miller has a basic line dance class every Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Jeanne Allen has beginner-plus classes every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Palm Grove.

Irene Butler teaches country western line dancing every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Palm Grove. Sylvia La Farr has an intermediate class every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Palm Grove.

Operation Migration

Do you know about the program that teaches a flock of endangered whooping crane chicks how to migrate? They train the young birds to follow an ultra-light aircraft in hopes of developing an eastern migratory flock.

Some of the birds are destined for the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County and will fly over the Dunnellon airport where they can be viewed by the public. They were delayed in Alabama during December, and it cannot be determined when they will arrive in our area. To find out more, visit operationmigration.org.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

Low Net was the game on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.

A Flight: Joanne Ellis 67, Sheila Adams 69, Dianna Love 70.

B Flight: Bette Johnson 64, Joan O’Brien 66.

C Flight: Mary Kay Frandsen 66, Ginger Drake 67.

Bette Johnson was closest to the pin.

On Tuesday, Dec. 30, only holes beginning with a T or F were counted, with half handicap.

A Flight: Joanne Ellis, Sylvia Zappia, Carole Dygert.

B Flight: Janet Tully, Judy Klein, Bette Johnson and Pat Salberg.

C Flight: Joann Cohen, Carol Copp, and Mary Kay Frandsen.

Carol Dygert was closest to the pin.

Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com. (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive my reply within a day, call me. My number is in the Oak Run directory.

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