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Oak Run news 10-11-2013

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'The Wizard of Oz' on stage this weekend

By Carol Wheeler

It’s show time! “The Wizard of Oz” opens tonight, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove.
Come see Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion follow the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz. Will Dorothy make it back to Kansas, to Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, or will the Wicked Witch have her revenge?
Hmm, did you ever wonder what happens to the Wizard when his hot air balloon takes off before he can help Dorothy, and he doesn’t know how to work it?
Tickets are available at the door for all performances. Other show dates and times are Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m.
You know that if you miss this great show you will regret it when your friends and neighbors tell you how good it was! So make plans to come and see the Performing Arts Company’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Do You Remember?
American Bandstand
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the August 2010 Italian American Club’s “American Bandstand,” narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Oct. 11 to 18.
Oak Run Travel
In case you have forgotten, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 12, is the big day for our Baltic cruise in May 2014. The sale begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Island Club. The cruise includes two nights in London at the conclusion of the cruise, air fare and stops at some of the most interesting ports in Europe, including St. Petersburg, Russia and much more. There is a maximum of 40 people for this trip that departs on May 25, 2014, and returns on June 9, 2014. Get all your questions answered on Oct. 12 and then join us for this exciting opportunity.

Democratic Club of Oak Run
The next meeting of The Democratic Club of Oak Run will be Thursday, Oct.17, in the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. The club will need to vote on changes and modifications to our by-laws at this meeting.
Our guest speaker will be Delphine Blachowicz Herbert, founder of Marions for Peace and The Friday Forum, which meets monthly to discuss pertinent local issues. Her topic will be,”Think Globally, Act Locally.” Issues to be addressed are student profiling, the plight of the undocumented and the waning of individual commitment to the responsibilities of citizenship.
This meeting will be your opportunity to purchase tickets to our end-of-year party. It will be held at the pavilion behind Royal Oaks on Thursday, Nov. 14, at noon. The fare will be picnic style and the cost is $10. The speaker will be Karla Grimsley, Executive Director of Interfaith Emergency Services, which provides for the homeless of Marion County. We will have as our guests a homeless family. Please bring checks payable to Democratic Club of Oak Run. We look forward to seeing you there.

Genealogy Club
The next meeting of the Oak Run Genealogy Club will be on Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room. This month will feature ‘Skeletons in the Closet,’ another opportunity for some dicy, spicy storytelling Following the presentation there will be a 50/50 drawing.
Please keep in mind, programs are subject to change. Announcements of club activities are on Channel 12 and at www.orgenealogy.blogspot.com. Oak Run residents may read the blog. Only club members can post comments, questions, or answer comments to questions.
Oak Run residents interested in researching ancestors are welcome to attend meetings and to join us. The annual membership is $6 and entitles you to get help to find the missing links in your family tree, to meet others with the genealogy addiction, and to attend our holiday party.

Baby Boomers’ November elections and dance
Baby Boomers, mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 2. The Boomers will present the Fall Fling Dance at Palm Grove, with music by Steve Robinson. If you missed our February dance, you missed Steve. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with elections set for 6 p.m. and the dance from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26, in the Orchid Club lobby. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for guests. Bring your favorite snack and beverage, mingle, dance and have fun. For more information call Bill or Adele Balch at 352-854-4963.
2014 membership dues of $5 each are due and may be paid now. Let’s remember those less fortunate with our canned good donations. Please check expiration dates!
There’s still space on the Tampa Hard Rock Casino bus trip on Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. Call Adele at 352-854-4963.

Laurel Oaks - Harvest Dinner
The annual Harvest Dinner will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Orchid Club. A delicious turkey dinner will be prepared and served by Royal Oaks. Full details can be found in the flyer that was left in your cubby. Folks, this is a neighborhood get-together. You will have the opportunity to meet your neighbors, find out what is happening in the neighborhood and just plain have a good time. If you require transportation, have a question or comment concerning the dinner please call Deb at 352-566-6293. Let’s make this a record breaking turnout for Laurel Oaks! Looking forward to seeing you at the Harvest Dinner. Please remember to bring a donation of canned goods for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Irish American Club
Please join us at the last party of 2013 for a night of fun and dancing at our annual Holiday Bash on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Palm Grove from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ticket sales will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club. Our menu will be cranapple stuffed pork loin, champagne chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, tossed salad along with rolls and butter, and orange cake for dessert. Hot coffee and tea, along with soda, will be provided. Music will be by Solid Gold (Al Sutphen). A 50/50 raffle and door prizes will be available. Price per ticket for members is $19 and $22 for guests.
Reminder: We will also be collecting membership dues for 2014 at this time, so be sure to bring two separate checks (one for dues and one for your tickets). For more information, please call Gloria Bartosik at 352-873-6989 or Ann Hubbard at 352-873-4755.

Arts and Crafts show
Don’t forget the Arts and Crafts show and sale on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Palm Grove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Barbara Hoffman, 352- 861-0927, to check for availability of tables.

Oak Run Shuffleboard Club
Oak Run Shuffleboard Club is starting the new season Nov. 1. We wish to invite new members, as well as past and present members to join us for great comradeship, much fun, and the challenges of congenial sportsmanship. The club gets together on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 10 a.m. For those who need training and/or a refresher course regarding the strategies of shuffleboard we have several members willing to help you as much as needed to start you playing comfortably. There are no restrictions as to the number of days a member can play. We welcome all, who can play as many days as their retirement schedule permits. Annual dues are still $5 per person, and we have our annual banquet buffet in late winter or early spring, at no additional cost to members. Come join us for two hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays for great fun. When you arrive at the shuffleboard court you will be paired with an instructor. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
After a week off because of rain, we were back at it with a low net game on Oct. 1. The winners are: 1st Flight - 1st, J. T. LeMasters, 2nd, Chris Orndorff, 3rd, Joanne Ellis;
2nd Flight - 1st, Noreen Salo, 2nd, Salita Timmermeyer, 3rd, Lisa Juhasz; 3rd Flight - 1st, Mary Kay Frandsen, 2nd, Janet Tully, 3rd, Kathy Kollar. Closest to the pin: Noreen Salo.
We are thrilled to have another new member in the league. Welcome Sharon Scrivens!

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On Oct. 3 we played “Gross Score - No HCP.” Flight A First Place: BJ Lassiter, Second Place: Sally Crass and Elsa Berbig (tied). Flight B First Place: Rae Stover; Second Place: Vange Bell. Ann Leonard was closest to the pin on #3.

Kitza’s Korner
Let me introduce myself. My name is Kitza. I managed to get myself adopted by Mommy Carol by hanging around and being an irresistibly cute little white girl cat. I’ve been studying hard for some months and now I think I’m ready to help her with her column, just like my big brother Mr. Cody sometimes does.
Mom recently mentioned that a friend’s main telephone hung on a wall in the kitchen. If it rang while she was watching TV she had to get up from her comfy chair to go answer it. Now I like to run through the house at top speed but not everyone does. So I thought I would suggest that folks give some thought to where their phones are located and where they are most likely to be when they need a phone. Seems to me it would be important to have one next to their beds, in the kitchen and where they watch TV. But what about the screen porch and the bathroom? Don’t have phone jacks where you really need them? Mom has a cordless phone that plugs into a phone jack in the kitchen but has other handsets that work off the main one. They only need to be plugged into an electric outlet in any other room to charge and you can carry the handset with you while you walk around the house!
I hope my first attempt at writing may inspire you to make your home more convenient.