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Oak Run news 10-21-2011

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Health fair scheduled

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Annual Health Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palm Grove. Many professionals will be on hand to answer your questions and various screenings and tests will be available, including hearing and blood pressure. No appointments are necessary to come and browse and speak with the many physicians and health care representatives participating.

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Show - “Redhead Express”

Ambassadors’ sixth passport stage show of the year will be “Redhead Express,” a family show from the wilds of Alaska that has appeared in Branson and Nashville. They will be on stage at Palm Grove on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Join them for a night of outstanding entertainment and high energy music. From hits of the 50s and 60s to country, original songs, traditional, bluegrass and old time music, “Redhead Express” will delight you with tight family harmonies and hard driving instrumentals with their unique sound. This is one stage show you won’t want to miss!

Individual tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 31, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room and again on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $13 per person. Make your check payable to ORHA; please no cash.

Pancake breakfast

Pancakes, pancakes, come get your pancakes! Oak Run’s famous pancake breakfast will be tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club. In addition, for your $2.50 you will also get sausages, juice and coffee or tea.

Oak Run Travel

There are several seats available for the Tony Orlando show which will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This show will feature Christmas music as well as many of Tony’s hits. Call Rita Stotz to get on this trip.

There are still a few openings for the Christmas trip to Beau Rivage in Biloxi from Dec. 23 to 26. Prices are $169 for a double, with an additional $89 for a single supplement. Call Pat Kreideweis at 352- 291-1456 for reservations.

Trips that will be sold tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m. in the Island Club are:

Tampa Bay Horse Race #1 on Feb. 9, hosted by Norma and Bob Richards.

Vicki Lawrence and Mama with hosts Kitty Trichel and Jan Brooker, on Feb. 19.

Trips that will be sold on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Orchid Club beginning at 8 a.m. are:

“Jackpot” on Sunday, March 11, hosted by Jackie Marcotte and Janet Madsen.

Shopping trip to Winter Garden Village on Friday, March 23, with hosts Rudy and Delores Frey.

“104 Years of Broadway” on Monday, March 19, with hosts Fred and Joanne Veale.

“Stomp” on Saturday, March 31, with hosts John and Joanne Misener.

Hoofin’ It For Hospice

The Seventh Annual “Hoofin’ It For Hospice” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. Full information for the participants is in the October Oak Run Newsletter. The important thing for the rest of us at this time is to make our pledges of monetary support to those who will walk, run or race. If you supported a participant in previous years, get in touch with them now and let them know you are behind them again. Pledge forms will be included in the November Oak Run Newsletter. We hope to raise enough to have another room at Legacy House.

Way Off Broadway

Way Off Broadway’s play is over, the scenery and the props have been returned to the warehouse but the public acclaim received will stay with us forever. Oak Run audiences just can’t be beat. A cast and crew for one of these plays put in an amazing amount of time, hard work and dedication and their only reward is the pat on the back they receive from an audience at the conclusion of a play. We noted in a recent letter to the editor in the Star Banner, the writer expressing disappointment at the audience recently at the Ocala Civic Theatre, whereby the cast was assembled in the lobby of the theater and the audience passed out totally ignoring the gathered cast. This was not the case in Palm Grove after each of our performances. The audiences gathered around our cast in what you could best describe as a “love fest.” It makes you proud to see the appreciation expressed.

Following the Sunday performance we gathered for what we call an ”After Glow Party” and it certainly was, a fitting farewell to one another after putting away the tap shoes and grease paint to rise again another day.

Little Theatre

Little Theatre congratulates Way Off Broadway, it’s cast and production crew for the terrific presentation of their recent play, “In St Louis At The Fair.” It was a smash hit !! Now it is time for Little Theatre to start dusting off the cobwebs and start seriously thinking about plans for its spring play recently announced by the reading committee. It is another hilariously funny farce by Michael and Susan Parker. Many of you will recall other plays of theirs that we have done, “Who’s in Bed with the Butler” and “Whose Wives Are They Anyway.” This one has an even catchier title, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty.” It’s too soon to give to much away but we think it’s a real fit for Oak Run audience. The play is is being produced by Frank Porterfield and directed by Patty Waddell. There will be a cast of 2 men and 4 women and auditions are scheduled for Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The auditions will take place in the card room in the Orchid Club. If you would like to audition for a role please contact Patty Waddell at 352-237-7145 for a perusal script. Our next meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 7, in Palm Grove at 7 p.m. and, as always, we encourage visits from those interested in seeing what a theater group does.

Renaissance Women

There will not be a meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Palm Grove. This was an error in the schedule in the Oak Run Newsletter. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. in Palm Grove. Please bring cash or a check for your donation to Interfaith to the November meeting.

We will be going to the movies and a late lunch on Oct. 29. Call Lucinda at 352-861-2232 or Gerri at 352-873-6868.

Early dinner at Royal Oaks will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Call Iris at 352-873-9990 or Pat at 352-854-7549 to make your reservation.

Read to Kids

Love to read? Love kids? Put the two together and you will find yourself in one or two of our local schools enjoying a monthly visit to the lower grades. Sunrise Elementary runs its program on Wednesdays, Marion Oaks Elementary on Tuesdays. You will read a book selected by the teacher at the grade level you like and when you see the pleasure of the children, you will be hooked!

Call Joan Beers at 352-854-7177 to sign up. Join a dedicated group that encourages reading in young people and also gives you the pleasure of knowing you helped.

Tuesdays Are Bingo Nights

Come and join your friends and neighbors for a fun night of bingo at the Orchid Club. Each Tuesday night doors open at 3 p.m., cards sales are from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. No one under 18 years of age is allowed in the Orchid Club during games. All residents and overnight guests must wear visible name tags or pool tags. The snack bar will be open.

Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers, get ready to rock and roll! DJ Ron will be spinning those songs of our youth Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Palm Grove. Ticket sales will be at the Orchid Club lobby on Oct. 26 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $4 for member and $8 for overnight guests. This is an important meeting/dance as we will be electing a vice president and secretary for the club. Please don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food for the food banks. Your yearly dues of $5 per person are also due at this time. Please remember to bring separate checks for tickets and dues.

Photography Club Field

The Oak Run Photography Club will be traveling to Largo on Friday, Oct. 28 (rain date Friday, Nov. 4) for their next field trip. A tour will be given by a Master Gardener at the Florida Botanical Gardens in the morning, and in the afternoon, the group will tour Heritage Village, located next to the Gardens. The tour of the Village will be self-guided. (See http://www.flbg.org) Between tours the group will have lunch at the Savory Restaurant and Pizzeria located near the Gardens (http://www.letseat.at/savory restaurant) Admission is free to both the Gardens and Village; however, a donation to the FBG Foundation, which provides financial support to the Gardens, would be appreciated for the Master Gardener’s time and efforts. Tripods and closed-in shoes are recommended, especially for the tour of the Village where there are dirt paths. The group will leave the Island Club parking lot at 8:30 a.m., returning approximately 5:45 p.m. The drive to Largo is approximately 2 hours each way. For more information call Laurie or check out the club’s new blog at orphotclub.blogspot.com.

The photos accompanying this article will give you a taste of what there is to see and photograph at the Gardens and the Village.

Medical Team Meeting

The Medical Team will meet Monday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Island Club. All Oak Run residents with an interest in medical issues in our community are encouraged to attend.

Southern States Club Trip

Join the Southern States Club Myrtle Beach trip to enjoy the South’s good old-fashioned Christmas extravaganzas and delicious food. There is still room on the bus. The trip is open to all Oak Run residents and their guests. The trip dates are Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Saturday, Dec. 3, and the cost is $385 per person based on double occupancy. The price includes the motor coach, three nights stay at Patricia Grand Resort Hotel with breakfast buffet, dinners at nice restaurants, tickets to various live entertainment, and of course, time for shopping. Call Bob Canning for more details and to sign up for this fun trip. It’s a great way to begin this year’s Christmas season!

Shuffleboard League

The Oak Run Shuffleboard League is starting the new season on Nov. 7. We wish to invite new members, as well as past and present members, to join us for great comradeship, lots of fun and the challenges of congenial sportsmanship. The league gets together on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 10 a.m. For those that need training and/or a refresher course on the strategies of the game, we have several members willing to give you as much help as you need to start playing comfortably. If you would like this training, when you arrive at the courts you will be paired with an instructor. We welcome all and there are no restrictions as to the number of days per week a member can play so you can come as often as your busy retirement schedule permits. Annual dues are $5 per person and there will be an annual banquet buffet in late winter or early spring at no additional cost to members. Come join us for two hours of great fun, or just come to watch, and you will find yourself hooked on shuffleboard. For more information call the new president, Richard Davis, at 352-854-0616.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

“All Par 3’s” was the game on Oct. 13. Except for the actual par 3 holes, we started at the 150 yard marker. There was a tie for first place in Flight A between Elsa Berbig and Sally Crass. B.J. Lassiter and Patty Waddell tied for second place. Eleanor Cerlenko was the winner in Flight B with Joyce Madill second. Tied for third were Joan Scholl and Ilene Simnowitz. The “closest to the pin” contest resulted in no winners today. The money will carry over to next week’s game. Bette Johnson made a chip-in on the 15th hole, and Vicki Ellin made a chip-in on the 17th hole.

All ladies living in Oak Run are welcome to play with the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The tee-times are noted on the sign-up sheet in the ladies’ locker room.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, we played “Individual Low Net. The winners were - First Flight: 1st place - JT Lemasters, 2nd place - Elsa Berbig, 3rd place - Judie Lavdas; Second Flight: 1st place - Joan O’Brien, 2nd place - Salita Timmermeyer, tie for 3rd place - Janet Tully and Maureen Edwards; Third Flight: tie for 1st place - Leslie Rizzo and Kathy Kollar, 3rd place - Mary Kay Frandsen. Lynn Houghton was “Closest to the Pin.” We are all enjoying the slightly cooler fall weather. Congratulations to this week’s winners.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Frank Porterfield, producer of Way Off Broadway’s “In St. Louis At The Fair,” wrote me saying, “We’ve had great audiences; the play has been received beyond what we had hoped for.” We’ve discussed in the column the talented acting, singing and dancing, the great costumes, the gorgeous sets, etc. After I saw the play it struck me that one has to go back to the very beginning to point out one element of the production that contributed greatly to the wonderful success, namely the choice of play itself. I doubt that very many people, other than perhaps a few theater aficionados, had ever heard of “In St. Louis At The Fair.” Most folks are familiar with “Meet Me in St. Louis,” but this play was not as well known. The big thing it had going for it was that the characters of the play were perfectly suited to the actors, singers and dancers from Way Off Broadway. So in addition to hearty congratulations to the cast and crew of “In St. Louis At the Fair” I would also like to congratulate the folks that selected this particular play, a truly inspired choice.

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.