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Oak Run News 5-9-2014

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Horseshoe player wins title

By Laura Smith

Dear readers, things are really slowing down here in Oak Run. The Bingo players enjoyed their first night of playing in a different club. All around it was a good move. Please take note of two important articles re: Jacob O’Hern and Reading Pals. We as seniors have so many opportunities to reach out and help others and because of our life experiences the abilities to make a difference. I am especially pleased that we have the South Marion Citizen to publish not just the news of our neighborhoods but the needs of so many groups, etc. May is the month to enjoy both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, so please do. Now to the activities reported. Laura

Horseshoe champion
Jimmy Scott, an Oak Run resident since October 2013 and a member of the Oak Run Horseshoe Pitching League, placed first in his class at the Florida State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held April 23 through the 26 in Beverly Hills, Florida. Scott went 5-0 and averaged 42.4 ringer percentage. The Florida State Tournament is sanctioned by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. The Executive Council of the FSHPA selects a different location each year to stage the tournament. Last year the tournament was held at the Clearwater Horseshoe Courts. Scott also placed first in doubles class in Clearwater last year.
The 2015 State Tournament will be held at the horseshoe courts near Flagler Beach. To enter a Florida State Tournament you must have participated in at least 5 Florida State sanctioned tournaments or one sanctioned league and four sanctioned tournaments prior to April 1 of that year.

Reading Pals
The Reading Pals program is in 15 schools in Marion County. The volunteers meet with the student for two sessions of 30 minutes each and after the second session the child gets to take the book home for their own private library. The students in this program have been identified as needing additional support in Math and Language Arts based on their test scores coming into kindergarten. There are a variety of ways that the program could be supported. Since we give a book a week to the students clubs can provide funding for a student for the school year, they can provide funding for a book for one week for the program or they can volunteer to be a Reading Pal.
If people are interested in volunteering they can come to the June 6 training being offered at Oak Run only if they call Jan Hathaway first to discuss the program. This allows me to answer any questions that they might have as well as assure that we have adequate supplies for the training session.
Thanks so very much for your support of the Reading Pals program.
Jan Hathaway, Reading Pals, Literacy Manager P: 352-732-9696 Ext. 212, F: 352-732-9608. United Way of Marion County, 1401 NE 2nd St.

Ballroom Dance
Club changes
Due to scheduling changes, the Ballroom Dance Club classes will be held on the following dates: Final West Coast Swing, May 12. 1-30 p.m. Orchid Club, Samba, June 2, 9, 16 and 23. 1:30 p.m. Intermediate, 2:30 beginners, Orchid Club. No classes on May19 and 26 or July and August.

Pot Luck Party
Neighborhood 7 is having a pot luck supper on Sunday June 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orchid Club. You don’t want to miss this time of fun, food and meeting your neighbors.
Please bring main dish, salad or dessert to pass. Call Tina 618-971-6882 or Rosemarie at 352-291-9266.

Romga Senior Championship
The Royal Oaks Men’s Golf Association conducted a 36 hole Senior (over age 70) Championship Tournament on April 23 and 25.The winner of white flight # one and the 2014 Senior Champion with a gross score of 166 is John Rogers. Emmet Dowling in the same flight scored a 165 but did not qualify age wise. Ron Tennant tied Rogers at 166 but lost the tiebreaker. Ron Catapano finished third.
Remaining flight winners and runners up were:
White Flight two: Hal Loomis 169, Ralph Lavacca 172, John Desalvo 177
White Flight Three: Larry Collins 174, Al Prachel 181, Bill Ellin 183
Senior Flight One: Jim Spran 164, Sam Sample 168, Bob Albright 171
Senior flight Two: Vince Connolly 172, Dick Berbig 177, Paul Colatruglio 179
Senior Flight Three: Jim Kennedy 179, Dick Rizzo 182, Ray Hagerman 183
Senior Flight Four: Mike Madill 180, A. B. Crass 191, Duke Slayton 194
As always golf on Friday was followed by an excellent buffet Luncheon by Royal Oaks Restaurant. Fifty players participated and enjoyed the competition and good friendship. Our complements to Dick Rizzo who hosted this event.

Royal Oaks Women’s
18 Hole Golf
April 29 was another day of good weather and good golf. The game (O.N.E.S.) included all the holes beginning with those letters for the score. The winners are:
1st Flight: 1(tie) Elsa Berbig and Elaine Bush; 2nd Flight: 1st-Salita Timmermeyer, 2nd(tie) Bette Johnson and Janet Tully; 3rd Flight: 1st Leslie Rizzo, 2nd Arlene Klann, 3rd Patty Dougherty.
Closest to the pin prize goes to Bette Johnson.
Hurray, winners!

Memorial Day
Upstate New York Club is celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, May 26 with the ever popular Beef on Weck supper. This sandwich originated in Buffalo, New York and a couple of our club members will be preparing them for the enjoyment of those who attend. The celebration will start off with a Poker Run. Those with golf carts will meet at Palm Grove and proceed to follow directions to the next stops, returning to Palm Grove with their completed cards. It is always a fun time. We have had some on bikes take part.
Information for all that takes place and times will be distributed when you purchase your tickets Ticket sales are at the Orchid Club on Saturday, May 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 10 to noon .
Further information contact Steve at 352-861-1223.

Performing Arts Company
Calling all shower songbirds and weekend warblers.
Some important decisions and dates have been set for the Performing Arts Company of Oak Run’s fall musical production. The production will be announced at the May 12 7 p.m. meeting in the Palm Grove. As this marks the beginning of the production process, members are encouraged to bring a guest. As well, those interested in at least taking a look at the company are urged to attend. The reading and selection committee are “tighter than a drum” on the secret selection and have refused all overtures to divulge the news.
What we do know is this: It will be a cast and chorus-intensive production and an all-out effort will be made to recruit new performers to the company. Dick Caza, who is the Company president, will undertake directing this musical with two assistants. Marci Hutto will direct music and score. Shari Weber will direct choreography. Bruce McDuffee will head up stage and set construction.
“We’ll have six major roles with a lead role of great importance. This gives the company the chance to showcase a chosen performer for this role. I anticipate there will be at least four or five auditioning for the lead,” comments Caza. Additionally, Dick mentions, “we intend to reach out to other musical clubs and even the hidden talent in Oak Run to fill major and chorus roles. Now is the time to join the fun!”
The directors intend to streamline rehearsals so that the time required for chorus and actors is efficiently developed.
Here are the key dates:
Announcement of production - May 12 company meeting, Palm Grove 7 p.m. Call Dick Caza if you miss this meeting and would like to know what the production will be. 352/274-9574.
Handing out of scripts for those interested in auditioning - June 9 company meeting, Palm Grove 7 p.m.
Tryouts - June 24 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 26, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all at the Palm Grove.
The company members hope that all interested Oak Run residents will come and join the fun. The Performing Arts Company of Oak Run is an open and inclusive group. Many members are skilled in personalizing the development of all levels of experience.

Renaissance Women
The Renaissance Women’s Club is open to all women who are interested in breaking away from their usual routine and doing new and different things. We are a large group of women who like to “think outside of the box.” We enjoy being active and keeping those brain cells and taste buds sharp. Over the past weeks we have attended movies and cultural events in the community as well as explored restaurants of various nationalities. We have an annual picnic with chicken and all the fixings.
Every first Wednesday evening of the month we meet at the Royal Oaks Dining Room for a fun evening of good food, great company and interesting conversation. Call Pat at 352-854-7549 or Gerry at 352-873-6868 if you would like to join us.
Our next movie trip is scheduled to see “The Other Woman” starring Cameron Diaz for Saturday, May 17. We meet at the Palm Grove Fitness parking lot if need to carpool for a ride. Call Gerry a 352-873-6868 for details of the movie outing planned.
The Renaissance Women also have monthly luncheons at different restaurants. Recently, we have been to Delancey Street Deli. Our next luncheon will be on May 19 at True Grits and our upcoming lunch on June 17 is to be determined. Please call Norma at 352-854-1910 for details of our luncheons and to sign up if you are interested.
Our ideas are as diverse as our members and we’d love to hear from you for new ideas and opportunities to explore Ocala and enrich our lives. Come along with us, share your ideas, and make new friends. Our next meeting of the Renaissance Women will be at the Island Club on Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. We look forward to meeting you!

ORWGA
The winners of the April 24 low net tournament are listed in order of finish in each flight. Flight A: Irene Rooney, Gail Barclay, Marge Rymarcsuk. Flight B: Donna Huffman, Karen Schuelke, June Dickbernd. Flight C: Pat Apeland, Olive Adler, Linda Noel. Flight D: Pat Anderson, Ann Hurr, Evelyn Exell. Closest to the Pin: Joan Klier. Chip In: Pat Anderson-Hole # 3, Sylvia Fiorello- Hole #1, Marlena Yaich- Hole# 9.

The winners of the May 1st low net tournament are listed in order of finish in each flight. Flight A: Jennie Bucella, Marti Babb, Connie Bingham. Flight B: Karen Schuelke, Sylvia Fiorello, Ruth Morgan. Flight C: Phyllis Robinson, Marlene Puglisi, Ginny Simons. Flight D: Ruby Shepard, Bebe Hahne, Edith Voss. Closest to the Pin- Sylvia Fiorello. Chip In - June Dickbernd and Kathy O’Connell

Do you remember?
Tune in to Len Teitler’s “Do you remember,” narrated by Anna Boodee featuring the Italian/American Club’s Oct. 9, 2013 “Harvest Moon” dinner dance following F Y I daily from May 9 to May 16.

Oak Run Travel
Don’t forget our previously announced sale date for Phantom of the Opera and Bible Bingo. It is Saturday, May 10 (tomorrow) at the Card Room during the Donut Drop-in. You better come by because the tickets will go fast.
Our Bermuda cruise on Aug. 18-28 still has room for more travelers. Call John Casabianca for details on this cruise which departs Fort Lauderdale and goes to Charleston, South Carolina and then on to Bermuda. You will have three nights at Kings Wharf where you use the ship as your hotel while you see this jewel of the Atlantic. On leaving Bermuda we go to Nassau then Coco Cay in the Bahamas before returning.
The documentation meeting for this cruise will be at the Island Club on Aug. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Mark this down on your calendar for it is where you receive travel documents and bus schedules and get you questions answered.
The November Caribbean cruise from Nov. 10-21 still has a few cabins remaining and John Casabianca would like to get them filled. Give him a call for details.
We would like to invite any residents interested in becoming a trip host with Oak Run Travel to give Jim Waddell a call. Being a host doesn’t involve anything difficult to do and you have the opportunity twice a year to select trips to host. Jim will be glad to explain in detail what a host does but the main thing while on the trip is to be sure everybody who signs up is on the bus when it leaves and then is on the bus for the return to Oak Run. Call Jim and get your questions about Oak Run Travel answered.

For your reporter with a special request
An article in the Cherrywood column (yes, I read all of the Citizen and hope you do too) called to me re: a young man, Jacob who suffered a fractured spine in an auto accident and is now a quadriplegic. His dad is his sole caregiver, (see picture in Citizen) his grandfather Fred O’Hern lives in Cherrywood. They are badly in need of a van equipped for Jacob’s needs and have signed up with Mobility Awareness that does assist those who need special equipment. With the need of so many people the organization conducts a campaign to receive votes for deserving individuals. It is done on the computer and they are looking to put Jacob over the top of votes received. Go on your computer and enter : http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/local-heroes/. Press “Vote Now” for Jacob O’Hern. They will give you a password and you can vote every day for him. It is very easy to do. I believe Oak Run readers have the compassion to do so and show our Cherrywood neighbors we care.
To all my readers have a good week. Be kind to one another and keep smiling.
Laura Smith – csjtpq@deccacable.com