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Oak Run news 1-13-2012

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Homeowners election will be Jan. 14

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The election of new members for the Oak Run Homeowners’ Association will be tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Don’t forget to vote!

Donuts and Books
Since tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, is the second Saturday of the month, that means there will be donuts, juice, coffee and tea at the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be a mini book sale at the same time to benefit the Oak Run library.

Do You Remember?  
Dog Show
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the March 2010 Canine Club Dog Show, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20.

Singles Club
We will be collecting annual dues for our club on Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Orchid Club. The yearly dues remain at $6 per member and we need your payment by check. Your check is your receipt that you have paid your dues.
If you are not familiar with our club, we meet at the Orchid Club on the fourth Thursday every other month. This year that will be Feb. 24, April 28, June 23, Aug. 25, Oct. 27, and our December Christmas dinner date varies according to the reservations available at the time. Each month we do not meet we have a day trip to various areas and occasionally an evening performance will be planned. We also have a golf league on Tuesday mornings where all are welcome (regardless of skill!) For questions please call Roger Januchowski at 352-291-1004.

Blood Pressure Check
Do you know your blood pressure numbers? For your health’s sake come to the Orchid Club card room on Wednesday, Jan. 18, between 8:30 and 11 a.m. where members of the Medical Team will check your blood pressure.

OMI - The Fun Club
A very happy New Year to all from OMI officers and board members. Our Christmas party was a festive and enjoyable event. Brothers Keepers picked up our decorations to be used at their annual Christmas dinner, plus all canned goods. It was appreciated by all who attended.
Last year was a fun year for our club and we have plans for this coming year that we hope you will all enjoy. For our first event we are celebrating Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Dragon,” featuring our very own dragon.
Dinner will be a Chinese buffet, catered by Wok and Roll II with music by Barry R and Nancy J from Tampa. Oriental dress is optional. The event will be held Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Orchid Club.
Ticket sales will be Jan. 19 and 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $14 for members and $16 for guests. Dues of $6 are to be paid at this time, by separate checks, please.
We are also planning a 4 day Fall trip to Helen, Georgia, for their Oktoberfest celebration More details on this at our February event. For more information call Jan Acklin at 352-873-0115.

Table Sales for
White Elephant Sale
The first white elephant sale of the year will be at Palm Grove on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Ambassadors will be selling table space on Monday, Jan. 23, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room. This year a whole table will cost $10 and half a table, $5. Please pay by check made out to ORHA, no cash.

Little Theatre
What an exciting evening out Little Theatre’s dinner theatre promises to be. The March 22 dinner theatre will open its doors at the Palm Grove Club at 4:45 p.m. and a gourmet dinner will be served you at 5:15 p.m. The dinner, catered by the Royal Oaks, will consist of prime rib of beef, chicken Marsala, garlic roasted potatoes, a California medley of vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, butter, strawberry cheese cake, coffee, tea, and soda or bring the beverage of your choice. The show following dinner will start at 7 p.m. For information on the dinner theatre please call Diana Schmidt at 352-873-7243, and for the other three performances call Linda Noel at 353-873-9908.
Rounding out the cast will be another seasoned actress, Arline Raguso, in the role of Mrs. Stancliffe. She is the owner of the Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast, an efficient, competent inn keeper, intolerant of “Bud The Stud’s” hanky-panky with her guests, but she reluctantly agrees that he is good for business. She has been pursued by neighbor Henry Mitchell (Lenny Klatt) for years, refusing to let him into her life until surprising events bring them together. This is an extremely funny show which you will not want to miss and as a friendly reminder, get your reserved seats early for the best seating, they go fast!

Oak Run Travel
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, two buses are scheduled to go down to the Hard Rock Casino with Valerie Oddo. The buses leave at 3:30 p.m. and will return around 9 p.m. You will get $30 in free play and a $5 food voucher. There are still a few seats on the second bus. Call Valerie to get on this trip.
This is your last chance to get on Paul and Emily Pike’s trip to Ed Fletcher’s Dinner Theatre to see “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect” on Sunday, Jan. 15. The show is about two brothers, one of whom has a gambling problem. He has borrowed money from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back, or else! A funny, funny show.
The Florida State Fair runs for 11 days and on Thursday, Feb. 16, the Flickingers will host a trip to the fair. You will pay your own entrance to the fair so that you will be able to purchase any additional attractions you desire. Besides the rides and exhibits, other venues at the fair include the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center which hosts horse races and other equestrian events, Cracker Country, which demonstrates life in frontier Florida, and exhibitions from most counties in Florida, plus various agricultural and other state organizations at the large Expo hall.
Vicki Lawrence and Mama will appear at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. Vicki approaches everything with a sense of humor because, “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” She and Mama share some of that marvelous humor with us. Call Kitty Trichel to join this trip.

Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers will hold their general meeting on Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at Palm Grove to discuss the events for the upcoming year. Pizza will be provided. Hosts are Bill and Adele Balch. Please call Bill at 352-598-7069 or Sandy at 352-895-3399 to let them know you are coming.

Thanksgiving Cruise 2012
Oak Run residents Bob and Regine Lammon have put together a 14-night cruise for the residents of Oak Run and their guests to the Southern Caribbean on the Celebrity Eclipse, Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, 2012. For more information, please call Bob at 352-237-8720.
Darts
Join our men and women playing traditional pub games (301, Cricket, etc.) each week. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided. For time and place, or for more information, please call 352-586-1905.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
The members are slowly starting to get back from the holidays, and 42 showed up for the Jan. 6 games, this, despite the cold temperatures. Fortunately it warmed up during the course of the competition, and turned into a fine day for golf.
The game was the usual three best net. The winners with a score of 191 were Ron Tennant, Bill Start, and Paul Valois. In second with a score of 196 were Don Aubrey, Bill Staiger, Art Prachel, and Virgil Hein. Tied for third with 199 were the team of Emmet Dowling, Sam Sample, Ray Hagerman, and Duke Slayton and the team of Dave Dawson, Vince Connolly, John Wargo, and Dick Spano.
Closest to the pin were Bill Start, Dave Dawson, Ray Hagerman, and John O’Neill.
Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com.
 no later than the afternoon of the Friday before publication. Note there are no hyphens in the address. If you wish to call her, the number is in the Oak Run directory. You may send pictures as jpg attachments. Typed copy or hard copy photos can be placed in Carol’s cubby across the street from her house but should be submitted earlier as they take longer to process. The names of the people in all photos must be included.