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Republican Club candidate forum invites all Oak Runners

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The June meeting of the Oak Run Republican Club will take place at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Once again several Republican candidates for political offices will be there to become acquainted with interested Oak Run residents

Primary elections are coming up on Aug. 24 and there are two contests that have become heated. The Florida House of Representatives, District 22, which includes Oak Run, has four Republican candidates. At least two of those will be at the June meeting to better inform us about their qualifications. Also, the District 2 contest for a seat on the Marion County Board of Commissioners involves several Republican candidates. At least two of them will be there on the evening of June 30.

All Oak Run residents, Republican Club members or not, are invited to come and meet John Deakins, Remzey Samarrai, Christine Bobkowski, Kathy Bryant and others. Meet the candidates, be informed.

For further information call Oak Run Republican Club president Bob Sheetz at 352-873-6961.

Upstate New York Club

All Upstate New York Club members are invited to attend the club’s first ice cream social on Monday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Island Club. Come and enjoy a cool and fun evening. Relax, visit with friends and neighbors, all of us who are lucky enough to be here in Oak Run this summer. Super deluxe sundaes with a choice of several toppings will be offered as your refreshment at a cost of $3 for members and $4 for guests. Tickets will be on sale in the Orchid Club lobby on Saturday, June 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Saturday, July 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. If you miss the sales dates or need more information please call Donna at 352-873-0842.

Entertainment from Israel at Palm Grove

Come and be entertained by the Friendship Caravan, a group of talented teenagers who are good will ambassadors from the State of Israel. The song, dance and humor of the country will delight you as you experience the energy of Israel. They will perform on Monday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Palm Grove. Tickets are $8. Call Shirley at 352-873-6186, Estelle at 352-861-2542 or Irene at 352-237-9887 for more information.

Pancake breakfast

What’s round and flat and round and tubular? Why, pancake breakfast in the Orchid club, of course. Come get your pancakes and sausage links tomorrow, Saturday, June 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Get coffee or tea and orange juice too, for only $2.50. Lots of folks wore red, white and blue for Memorial Day last month. This month let’s wear red, white and blue again for this pancake breakfast closest to the Fourth of July.

Canine parade participants wanted

The Canine Club invites all members and other Oak Run dog lovers to join in the parade on July 3. You and your canine friend(s) can either ride in a golf cart or walk. Call Connie at 352-873-9321 for more information.

Dates for July Blood Drive

Although next Thursday will be July 1, the blood drive will not take place on Wednesday, June 30, or Thursday, July 1. It will take place on Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8. More information next week.

Oak Run Travel

If you missed the signup for “Fiddler on the Roof,” call Connie Smith to get on this wonderful trip to the Phillips Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

There are still a few tickets available for Celtic Thunder. The show will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Call Joanne Misener to get on this trip.

In all this heat, wouldn’t you enjoy an air-conditioned bus ride, an air-conditioned tour of the Tampa Bay History Center, an air-conditioned lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, and an air-conditioned tour of a restored 1928 movie theater? If so, call Bob and Norma Richards to get on their Saturday, Aug. 14, trip to the Tampa Bay History Center.

We have two buses going to two different shows and there is room for several more people on these trips. “Kitchen Witches” will be on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Ed Fletcher’s Early Dinner Theatre. Call Phil and Connie Smith to reserve. Also, “Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical” will be at the Show Palace. Call Fred and Joanne Veale.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, Bob and Maureen Farulla are taking a group to the dog races in St. Petersburg. This is a new facility for us to visit. You will start with a buffet lunch which includes both brunch and luncheon items. This dog racing track is one of the oldest in the country as well as one of the best maintained. There is also a poker room for you to enjoy.

Valerie Oddo still has a few seats remaining for the Hard Rock Casino #2 trip on Monday, July 26. This will be a morning/afternoon trip where you will receive $25 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Call today to reserve your seat.

The Venice passage on the Ruby Princess for 2011 is sold out; however, you can call Bob and Ciny Kocher to get on their wait list.

Call John Casablanca for information on the Celebrity cruise to Eastern Caribbean on March 26-April 2, 2011.

Call JoAnn and Jan Flickinger for information on the Costa Rica trip on April 12 to April 18, 2011.

Royal Oaks Women’s Golf

The game on Tuesday, June 15, was low net. Dianna Love and Elsa Berbig tied for first place in group one with a 69. Beverly Lassiter won with a 70 in group 2, and Claire Pruneau won with a 72 in group 3. Dianna Love was closest to the pin.

ORWGA Winners

Our June 17 low net tournament held at Spruce Creek Golf Course resulted in the following: Flight A - June Dickbernd and Judy Gerace; Flight B - Donna Huffman and Dori Sullivan; Flight C - Pat Apeland and Jean Miller; Flight D - Gerry Painter and Ericka Radke. Jean Miller won “Closest to the Pin” and there were no “Chip Ins” so that pot will roll over. Well done ladies!

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

The Friday, June 18, game was three best net. Virgil Hein announced the winners. First place was won by the team score of 189 by John Terry, Dale Wurzburger, Len Green and Dick Spano. In second place, with a score of 197, was the team of Ken Frandsen, Tom Morris, Tom Ducz and Ed Latham. Finishing third were Dick Blackburn, Bill Ellin, Pat Schiavo and a blind, scoring 198. In fourth place were Jim Lacey, Bill Start, Ed Simnowitz and John Cerlenko with a team score of 199. Finishing fifth with a score of 200 was the team of Hal Loomis, Bob Gildea, Keith LeMasters and Mike Madill. Closest to the pin, white tees, were Don Aubrey and Dale Wurtzburger; senior red tees, Mike Madill. Nice to have Don Aubrey, one the earliest ROMGA presidents back in action again. Remember the Red,White and Blue Special Event. The price is right and the prizes should be more than worthwhile. Good luck to all the new members including the newest member, Joseph Burkard.

Carol Ann’s Corner

The item about dogs in the Fourth of July Parade reminded me of parades many years ago when I first came to Oak Run. Evelyn Downing used to walk in the parade with her cat, Tootsie, in a stroller. Unfortunately Tootsie has gone the big cat house in the sky. I have a wonderful stroller that I bought from Evelyn after her next cat, Sheba, went to join Tootsie. I would try to join the parade with my Katie except that whenever I put her in the carriage she yells at the top of her lungs until she gets too hoarse to make a sound. I think she thinks the carrier always means a trip to the vet.

I read some great “You Know You’re a Floridian When” items lately:

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

The term “down South” means Key West.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.