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Oak Run News 2-3-2012

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White Elephant Sale to be conducted by Ambassadors

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Ambassadors will be putting on the first white elephant sale of the year tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, with doors opening to purchasers at 10 a.m. at Palm Grove. Paul Pike is the event coordinator and food manager for the sale and is being assisted by Ed Feltman and their committee. A luncheon will be available of hot dogs with sauerkraut, chicken or seafood salad croissant, assorted Danish, pies and soda, all at a reasonable price. Join with fellow Oak Run treasure seekers in a search for that special something.

Do You Remember? - ORHA Meeting
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the Jan. 25 ORHA meeting with installation of new directors and neighborhood representatives, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” daily from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Genealogy Club
The Genealogy Club of Oak Run will meet on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Orchid Club card room at 9:30 a.m. The program will focus on free websites for genealogy research. In addition, Muriel Koehler will discuss her experience in hiring a professional researcher. There will be time for open discussion. The holiday luncheon was a huge success, thanks to all that contributed the delicious casseroles. We encourage all Oak Run residents who have an interest in discovering their roots to join us at the February meeting.

Oak Run Veterans
The Oak Run Veterans’ Association does not have a formal meeting in the month of February As an update of this years’ Ocala Honor Flight for World War II veterans, we want you to know that at this time it is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25. There were over 80 vets on the standby list from the last flight and new applications are coming in every day. The cost for sponsoring a vet has increased to $500 and the same for an escort, plus, the Ocala Honor Flight is trying to take more veterans on each flight. They are in need of donations which should be by check made out to “VFW” and mailed to Ocala Honor Flight Five, P.O. Box 247, Ocala, Florida 34478. Applications can be mailed to the same address. The Honor Flight Committee is working with three major restaurant chains here in Ocala to secure contributions based on the use of coupons to benefit the Honor Flight. More details will follow. The Oak Run Veterans’ Association wants to be sure that any WW II veteran that has not gone on a flight and wishes to do so be given the opportunity. Please contact Frazer Crane 352-861-4730 for more information or if assistance is needed.

Little Theatre - “Sex Please We’re Sixty”
Many people consider Little Theatre’s dinner theatre presentation the premier event of the year in our community. You are pampered the minute you arrive, are greeted and escorted to your table. We bring in round tables for the event as it allows you to better communicate with your fellow dinners. You are treated to a gourmet meal catered by Royal Oaks consisting of prime rib of beef, chicken Marsala, garlic roasted potatoes, California medley of vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, butter, strawberry cheesecake and assorted beverages. If you chose, as many do, you can make it a dress up affair, which a nice change from the casual apparel most Floridians become accustomed to. After a leisurely dinner you sit back and enjoy the very funny and interesting goings on at the Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast which is the setting for “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” For information on ticket sales please call Diana Schmidt at 352-873-7243 for the dinner theatre show and Linda Noel for the remaining 3 shows at 352-873-9908.

New York Club
Hi New Yorkers (and friends of). Did it snow in your neighborhood? Well, at our first dinner dance of the year some people dressed like it was and there may even have been snowballs. Fun time! Our next outing will be to Tampa Bay for the horse races. You can donate your money or maybe even win some. Call Linda McHale for details at 352-291-2602. Our next dinner dance will be International Night on March 28. Where are your “roots” from? There will be more information about this event to come. If you want to join this great fun group Nancy Lillard at 352-873-6110 is the gal to call.

Oak Run Travel
On Wednesday, March 14, there will be a bus trip to the Hard Rock Casino. This trip will leave at 8 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. You will get $25 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Call Bob and Cindy Kocher to get on this trip.
The show “Jackpot” will be at the Show Palace Theatre on Sunday, March 11. There are two buses going and there are several seats available on the second bus. The show is an affectionate look at the great performers and personalities that make Vegas sizzle. You won’t want to miss the classic standards, handsome crooners, beautiful showgirls and exciting dancing. Call Janet Madsen or Jackie Marcotte to reserve your seat.
Spring is coming and it’s time for new spring and summer clothes! Join Rudy and Delores Frey as they travel on a shopping trip to Winter Garden Village. We went to this new mall last year and everyone raved about it. The trip will go on Friday, March 23, in time to enjoy the sales just before the Easter holidays.
Debbie Reynolds is known for her starring roles in “Singing in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” as well as her wit, dancing and singing ability, versatility as an actress, and her successful nightclub and casino acts. She has won the respect of her colleagues and the affection of audiences around the world. Call Emma and Ed Barry to see Debbie on Tuesday, March 27, for a 1 p.m. show.
On Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m., the fantastic show “Stomp” will be at the Phillips Center in Gainesville. This outstanding eight member group uses everything but percussion instruments, matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps, etc., to fill the stage with music. Call Joanne and John Misener to reserve your seat.

Upper Midwest Club  - Trip to Savannah
The club is travelling by bus to Savannah, Brunswick and St. Simons Island, Georgia, for 3 days and 2 nights from April 23 to 25. Upon arrival in Savannah on the first day there will be a tour of the historic district, a shopping trip to City Market and a buffet dinner at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons Restaurant. On the second day there will be tours of the historic home of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and the Mercer Williams House, famous movie scene, then depart for Brunswick. There the evening will be spend at the Emerald Princess Casino Boat with dinner on board. On the third day travel to St. Simons Island and visit the Maritime Center Museum and the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, then depart for Oak Run arriving about 7 p.m.
Cost for a double room is $290 per person and for a single is $420. At sign up you will reserve a seat on the bus and a deposit of $100 per person will be required. The rest of the money will be due by March 25. Make checks payable to Upper Midwest Club. For further information call Karen at 765-288-6430.

Tennis Club
As this is a leap year, the February tennis mixer will be held on the last Wednesday of the month, Feb. 29. Please watch the bulletin board for the sign up sheet. Sixteen players make it a lot of fun, and you get to play with players at different levels. What great tennis weather we have had in January. Unfortunately in the early mornings courts one and two may be damp, so please be careful if you do play. We do not want anyone hurt. If you have not yet paid your dues of $5 per year, or 42 cents per month, please pay directly to Jim Newsheller. Do not forget tally tennis Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The turn out has been great. Please save the date of April 4 for the tennis social.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, we played a team game called “1,2,3” (the team used one net score on the par 5’s, 2 nets on the par 4’s, and 3 nets on the par 3’s). The winners were: First Place - Pat Blackburn, Chris Orndorff, Bette Johnson, and Joanne Morris; Second Place - JT Lemasters, Maureen Edwards, Sheila Adams, and Ilene Simnowitz; Third Place - Jan Tennant, Lynn Houghton, Barb Scozzafava, and MaryKay Frandsen. “Closest to the Pin” was Bette Johnson. Even if you have a less than perfect golf score, who can complain about it while enjoying this beautiful Florida weather!

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On Jan. 26 the weather was beautiful and we had a lot of good scores. In flight A: Charlotte Green first, Elsa Berbig second and BJ Lassiter third. In Flight B: Joan Scholl first, Diana Schmidt second and Pat Salberg third. Closest to the pin was Sally Crass. We welcome new member Pat Salberg to our group.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
Jan. 27 started out as a wet, windy day, but turned out to be rather pleasant by mid morning. As a result, the 44 players who participated had a good day for scoring. The game was the usual three best net. First place was a tie with a score of 195 between the teams of Hal Loomis, Wayne Feeman, John Terry, and Mike Madil, and the team of Charlie Elder, Bill Ellin, Ed Simnowitz, and Steve Szabo. In third with a score of 199 were Ralph Lavacca, Sam Sample, and Tom Ducz. Closest to the pin were Bill Ellin, John Terry, Paul Colatruglio, and Ed Simnowitz. Congratulations to all the hardy souls who started out in the rain. Have a good week; see you next time.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Mr. Cody here again. When this article came in I asked mom if I could write it up as it concerns a subject close to my kitty cat heart. A nice lady in Oak Run named Bonnie Manford found a silver long haired tabby in her yard. He is about one year old, male and litter box trained. She says he is sweet and loves being around her. Bonnie bought a coupon from Sheltering Hands for reduced cost shots and neutering. He has been checked out as healthy by Companion Animal Hospital, and now has had his shots and been neutered.
Bonnie has asked around and it doesn’t seem that anyone has lost him. She cannot take him and needs help placing him in a home. Mom adopted me from a wonderful lady who took me in, just like Bonnie took in this kitty. It would be just terrific if someone would be kind and give him a home. Mom says I am a joy to have around. Couldn’t you use some more joy in your house? We cats are clean, don’t have to be walked and when our humans pet us, we both feel really, really calm and peaceful.
Please call Bonnie Manford at 352-861-8295.
 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.