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Oak Run news 12-23-2011

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Little Theatre ticket sales dates announced

By Carol Ann Wheeler

Little Theatre is pleased to announce that ticket sale dates are now available for our March play, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty.”
Sales will take place in the Orchid Club before bingo on Tuesdays, Jan. 10, Feb. 7 and March 6, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.; during Donut Drop In on Saturdays, Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 10, from 8 to 10 a.m.; at ORHA meetings Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and March 14, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; during Pancake Breakfast, Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m.; before the movies Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. In the Palm Grove Club tickets will be sold on Mondays, Jan. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m., March 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. If you cannot make any of these sale dates please call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908 who will arrange ticket purchases for you.
Our premiere dinner theatre presentation is on March 22.
Dinner will be catered by Royal Oaks and will feature prime rib of beef, chicken marsala, garlic roasted potatoes, California medley of vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, butter, strawberry cheese shortcake, coffee, tea, and soda. Cost is $30 per person.
Cost for seats for our shows on the 23rd through the 25th are $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission.
On March 22, doors open at 4:45 p.m. with dinner at 5:15 p.m., show at 7 p.m. On the 23rd and 24th doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. On Sunday the 25th doors open at 2:15 p.m. and the show is at 3 p.m.
We would like to wish all of our Oak Run friends and neighbors blessings and good will through the holidays.

Library Closed
Next Two Saturdays
The library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and reopen Monday, Dec. 26. Next week it will be closed Saturday, Dec 31, New Years Eve, and reopen Monday, Jan. 2.

Do You Remember? -
2009 Cart Parade
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the 2009 Christmas golf cart parade, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30.

ORHA Election
Anyone needing an absentee ballot for the Oak Run Homeowners Association election should call Ellen Salenger at 352-861-4484.

Republican Club
The Oak Run Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the Orchid Club. This will be the last meeting before the January Republican primary election. Local Republican politicians who are vying for 2012 election are invited. All Oak Runners are welcome. Coffee and dessert will be served. For information call Denise Leigh at 352-861-0559.

Black and White Ball
The Ambassadors’ 12th annual Black and White Ball will take place at Palm Grove on Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and feature the music of “The Z Street Duo.” Tickets will be on sale Monday, Jan. 2, in the card room from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6 per person. Make checks payable to ORHA; no cash, please.

Medical Team
The Medical Team will meet at 3 p.m. at the Island Club on Monday, Jan 9. All Oak Runners with an interest in things medical are invited.

Tuesday/Thursday Exercise
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. a group of fun and energetic women and men meet at Palm Grove to exercise. We laugh, we talk and, yes, we do low impact exercising. On Dec. 13 we had our yearly holiday party with one-half hour of exercise and one-half hour of wishing each other a happy holiday while we enjoyed coffee, tea, and yummy home baked goodies.
Mary and Marianne would like to thank everyone for participating throughout the year. We also want to say a big thank you to all of you who organized the party and last but certainly not least a thank you for the very generous gift given to us.
We hope to see you very soon on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. at exercise. Don’t wait to make a New Years resolution. Start now and do something good for yourself!

Oak Run Travel
Over Thanksgiving Dick and Elsa Berbig hosted 41 Oak Runners to Branson, Missouri, for a wonderful five-day, four-night trip. The group stayed at the Grand Plaza Hotel which is in the heart of Branson. Thanksgiving dinner was eaten at McFarlains’s Restaurant, and it was delicious. The Murphys and the Hanscoms had an interesting table that elevated while they were eating. Everyone at the other tables knew about the table and were watching the reactions. A good laugh was had by all. Eight shows were seen and included the Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show, Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular (where this picture was taken), Kirby Vanburch Magic Show, John Denver Tribute, Twelve Irish Tenors, Clay Cooper’s Country Music Show, Cassandre and the Branson Bell Dinner and cruise! A wonderful time was had by all.
Next April Oak Run Travel is planning a trip to Washington, D.C., and a second bus has been added due to the demand. If you are interested in going on this trip call Jack and Eleanor Foggan to get the details and to sign up for the trip.
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Neighborhoods One and Five Party
Thank you all for attending the best Christmas party that was put together for Neighborhoods One and Five. There were about 110 attendees for a catered dinner by Carla, which was outstandingly delicious. We had entertainment by Joy and her Good Time Cloggers and special music by Harry and Lorna Chambers. We all had a great time, good food, nine 50/50 winners of $10 each, many gifts that were donated and a special wind chime that was made by Jerry Spitzack. Thanks to all who set up and cleaned up. Blessings and Merry Christmas.
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Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday Dec. 6, we had our annual Christmas tournament and luncheon. The team game was “Two Best Ball.” The 1st place team was Roseann Lavacca, Bea Terry, Gayle Feeman and Leslie Rizzo; 2nd place - Elsa Berbig, Jan Tennant, Gigi Bagg and Ginger Drake; 3rd place - Pat Blackburn, Lynn Houghton, Joanne Morris and a “blind.” The luncheon after golf, catered by Royal Oaks, was delicious! On Tuesday, Dec. 13, we played “Individual Low Net.” The winners were: First Flight – 1st place - Pat Blackburn, 2nd place - Diana Galla, 3rd place - tie - Roseann Lavacca and Sylvia Zappia; Second Flight – 1st place - Joanne Ellis, 2nd place - Janet Tully, 3rd place - Barb Scozzafava; Third Flight – 1st place - Ginger Drake, 2nd place - Inge Szabo, 3rd place - Mary Kay Frandsen. Joanne Ellis was “Closest to the Pin.” Everyone is busy with Christmas preparations so golf is a welcome diversion!! Our league wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas season and a healthy, happy 2012. We also want to thank Lorie Wilkes and Sue and Art Wile for making Royal Oaks the great club that it is.
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Royal Oaks Lady Niners
Dec. 8 the Lady Niners invited their spouse/friends to play in the Nutcracker Scramble. Golf was followed by cocktails and appetizers in the Members’ Room, then dinner in the dining room. It was a very festive occasion and everyone had a good time. Thanks go to everyone involved in making this happen!
Dec. 15 was our year-end scramble, meeting and luncheon. The winning team was Rae Stover, Jeannie Konicki, Ilene Simnowitz and B.J. Lassiter. Second place went to the team of Elsa Berbig, Judie Okonek, Vange Bell and Vicki Ellin. The team of Phyllis Oldfield, Bette Johnson and Diana Schmidt were third. Rae Stover won the closest to the pin contest. Elsa Berbig made a chip-in on the 2nd hole, and Brenda Raider made a chip-in on the 4th hole. Congratulations to all.
During the meeting, the election of officers for 2012 was held. They are:
Co-Presidents: Eleanor Cerlenko and Cindy Kocher
Vice-President: Ilene Simnowitz
Secretary: Salita Timmermeyer
Treasurer: Patty Waddell
Our appreciation goes to Diana Schmidt for her two years as co-president and to Joan Scholl for her two years as secretary.
The luncheon was very festive with beautifully decorated table by Sally Crass, with favors by Ilene Simnowitz. For dessert, we enjoyed cookies that everyone brought for a cookie exchange.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
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Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
On Dec. 9, following our December Ender Tournament, we had the annual Closest to the Pin Shootout. All of the members who were closest to a pin in the Friday games were given one shot for each of their successes. There were two white flights and two senior flights.
The winner in the first white flight was Ron Catapano, who put his shot 5’ 7” from the hole. In second with a shot of 6”7” was Hal Loomis. The second white flight winner was Vince Connolly with a shot 15”9” from the hole. Second with a shot 33’4” was Bruce Stover.
The first senior flight winner destroyed all the hopes of his competitors. Chuck Engel put his shot in the hole for a hole in one! You could hear the air go out of all the other contestants. In second with a shot 6’4” from the hole was Don Aubrey. The second senior flight winner with a shot of 3’5” was Mike Madill, followed by Steve Szabo with a shot 5’11” from the hole.
Congratulations to all for their fine efforts, and especially to Chuck.
On Dec. 16 we had our usual Friday game with all scores counting on the par 3’s, three scores counting on the par 4’s, and two scores on the par 5’s. The winners with a score of 189 were Allen Millett, Bob Albright, Gene Topp, and Joe Paller. In second with a score of 191 were Dale Wurzburger, Bill Start, Bill Ellin, and Duke Slayton, Third went to the team of Ron Tennant, Frank Kelley, Fred West, and Paul Valois with a score of 193.
Closest to the pin were Dick Feltenberger, Mark Best, Steve Szabo, and Don Aubrey.
Remember, get your ROMGA dues in before the start of the new year, as we have some good tournaments scheduled, and of course the Friday games. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
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Carol Ann’s Corner
Friends and I who attended the Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 17 want to thank the volunteers who made possible the lovely breakfast!! Too often we forget to thank the many volunteers who make the many activities we enjoy in Oak Run. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
 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.