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Neighbors to meet neighbors at community block party

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By Deej Koebbe

The Spruce Creek Preserve community will have a “first ever” community-wide block party on Friday, April 3.  Preservist, Liz Bjornson, submitted this bit of news for inclusion in this week’s South Marion Citizen column. What a great idea, a good old-fashioned block party — what fun! 

The Community-wide Block Party for all residents (guests are welcome) is being hosted by a group of your Spruce Creek Preserve neighbors.

It will be held in the ballroom of the Community Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Residents are to bring their own box suppers and snacks.

Coffee and tea will be provided, along with a medley of delicious cupcakes. Music and entertainment will be provided by “Patty and Friends” along with special guests.

We will be accepting donations for the Frank Carmen Pisillo Jr. Music Scholarship. Tickets will be distributed on Mondays at the community center from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at bingo from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. See the bulletin board or call Liz or Pat for more details. Who knows, this may be the start of something big!

 Thanks so much, Liz!

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

Um Good Casserole

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup chopped sweet onion

1 green pepper, cut in strips

1-1/2 pounds ground beef

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

1 28-ounce to 32-ounce can whole tomatoes

1 l5-ounce can tomato sauce

2 cups water

8 ounces wide egg noodles (5 cups)

8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese

Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet. Add onion and bell pepper, cook 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Add ground beef, break it up and cook until browned. Add salt, pepper and sugar. Stir in tomatoes with their liquid, tomato sauce and water. Heat mixture to boiling — reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. In a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan, alternate layers of meat mixture and the uncooked noodles. Arrange mozzarella slices on top. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy.

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

Saturday, March 14 — St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance from 6 to 11 p.m., sponsored by the Aristocrats. Music by “Rainbow Connection.” BYOB – there will be a drawing. See Heather Garner for information.

Wednesday, March 18 — Horse Sense Club meeting in the all-purpose room. Program: 1. Film about Super Horse – Rugged Lark. 2. Jack Cornwell will talk about his and his wife, Carolyn’s experience when they owned and raised quarter horses. See Sandy Gaile for information.

Friday, March 20 — Midwest Club Baseball Trip. See Jean Overway for information.

Saturday, March 28 — Spruce Creek Preserve Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, April 3 — Communitywide Block Party from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Community Center. You need tickets. Donations will be accepted for the Frank Pisillo Music Scholarship.

Saturday, April 4 — Fashion Show and luncheon. Cost is $8 per person. Fashions by Belk. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. See Jeanie for information.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:40 to 8:30 p.m. in the craft room. See Mary Secue for information.

New group forming to discuss current topics and exchange ideas and information. Sign-up sheet in community center. See Patricia McGrath for information.

Every Tuesday recycle newspapers and aluminum cans. Service provided by the On The Level Club members. All proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Let’s all work with these fine people for a very noble cause.

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

Check the daily schedule posted on the community bulletin board next to office entrance for exercise classes, line dancing, shuffleboard billiards and cards.

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.