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Reach Out is reaching for more drivers

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Reach Out, the volunteer organization of neighbors helping neighbors, is currently in desperate need of volunteers who would be willing to drive people to medical appointments from time to time. Anyone willing to help out, call Jim or Viola Connelly at 237-7782 or Pat Ghertler at 854-6025.

Ambassadors’ Dance

The Ambassadors’ "Sweetheart’s Serenade Dance" will be Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Palm Grove ballroom with music by Charlie Remillard and the Reason Why. They play a diversified array of selections including big band, swing, danceable oldies and Latin.

Laurie Arnold is the vocalist, Charlie Remillard on piano and keyboard, Bill Cahill on drums and vocalist, and Buzz Lewis on bass. There will be an 80/20 drawing.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the lobby. Cost is $5 per person.

German-American

 Social Club

It’s Faschingfest (Mardi Gras) time again and the GASC is gearing up for an evening of food, music, dancing, door prizes and 50/50 drawing. Costumes are optional, but always fun.

The festivities will take place at the Palm Grove on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal of roast pork, sauerkraut, apples, bacon and potatoes, with German Black Forest cake for dessert. Work off the calories dancing to the music of Alpine Express.

Ticket sales are Monday, Feb. 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Orchid Club lobby; $10 members, $15 guests (checks only). This is also a perfect time to pay 2009 dues of $6, separate check, please.

Garden Club

In January, our guest speaker discussed Florida-friendly landscaping and good gardening practices. In February we will be traveling.

Field trips are planned for Wednesday, Feb. 4, to Silver River State Park for a ranger-led tour. Afterward we will enjoy lunch and fellowship at La Rocco’s Italian restaurant. We will carpool from the overflow lot at 9 a.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, we will go back to Mr. and Mrs. Gordy’s camellia gardens. This time of year the camellias outdo themselves with blossoms. Meet at the overflow lot at 9:30 a.m. After our tour, we will have lunch at Stone Creek Grill.

In March we will have our annual plant sale.

The Garden Club was formed more than 20 years ago for people with interest in plants and gardening to meet for lecture/discussion groups led by experts, member problem-solving forums and field trips. We have endowed a scholarship at CFCC for students in horticulture and agribusiness.

The club which meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Orchid Club. Social time at 9 a.m. followed by a meeting and program. There are plant raffles, mini plant sales, 50-50 drawings and refreshments. Call Carol Cunningham at 861-2790 for more information.

Oak Run Artist

Oak Run artist Phil Shane has been selected by the Fine Arts on Broadway group to be the featured artist of the month at the Marion County Main Library. Some of his award-winning paintings will be on display in the main entrance lobby during February.

Friends of the Library

Help Friends of the Oak Run Library raise funds by donating items for the White Elephant sale table Feb. 7. Donations should be brought to the library Feb. 4, 5 or 6. Please, no computer monitors.

Friends of the Oak Run Library will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Orchid Club. There will be a short business meeting, speaker Charles G. West, author and Oak Run resident, followed by refreshments.

The library is in need of books for the March semi-annual Book Sale, in honor of Library Lovers Month. Please donate your unwanted books for this event by dropping them off at the library during regular hours.

White Elephant Luncheon

Ambassadors’ special events chairperson Lillian Hanscom is happy to announce the White Elephant Sale and Luncheon will be Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Orchid Club. Buy that something special that your neighbor no longer needs, and it will be your treasure. Admission is free.

Do a bit of browsing and break for a light lunch. Ruby Hough and her committee will have hot dogs with sauerkraut, chicken or seafood salad croissant sandwiches, assorted Danish, pie and soda, all at reasonable prices.

Little Theatre

The latest data from Linda Noel, ticket sales chairperson, indicates strong early sales for reserved seats for the Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon performances of Cocktails With Mimi. This year’s return to round-table seating at the Thursday evening dinner theatre has added a sense of excitement to the event.

Ticket sales at the Orchid Club include: Tuesday, Feb. 10 at bingo from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the ORHA meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 at Donut Drop-in from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28 at the movie from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Also at the Palm Grove on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Look for our talented cast members as they join the ticket sales team at each of the sales venues. If you are not able to get to our sales dates, call Linda at 873-9908 to reserve seats.

Troubadours

The Oak Run Troubadours, under the direction of Mary Beth Lake, have been rehearsing for their spring concert April 16 and 17 in the Palm Grove auditorium. "This Is It!" will feature many popular favorites from Broadway and the movies. Watch for news of upcoming ticket sales in the Citizen, the Oak Run Newsletter and TV channel 12.

Way Off Broadway

Way Off Broadway has chosen officers for 2009: Rose Ann Piscitelli, president; Arline Raguso, 1st vice president; Marti Rhodes, 2nd vice president; Sandy Wolfe, secretary; Patty Waddell, treasurer.

Rose Ann is pleased to announce that the production team for its fall play is almost lined up. The reading committee is expected to announce the musical to be presented in the Palm Grove Club on Oct. 16, 17 and 18. Auditions for the new play are expected to be sometime in mid to late March.

Do You Remember?

Tune in channel 12 to Len Teitler’s "Do You Remember?" show, narrated by Anna Boodee following FYI daily. The June 2008 "Rock Around the Clock" with the Italian-American Club will be featured from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Reading to the third graders at Sunrise Elementary was great fun. There is a bit of ham in me, so I decided to take a variety of headgear with me just in case any of it was appropriate to the book I was given.

I ended up reading Millions of Cats to a math class, while wearing a cat’s ears headband.

The teacher showed us a very interesting and high tech learning tool to encourage reading and increase comprehension. After the children read a book, or in this case I read it to them, they go to computers, enter the name of the book and answer a series of questions about the story.

Depending on their scores, they earn points toward prizes. What a great idea.

If you would like to try your hand at reading to some very delightful kids, call Joan Beers at 854-7177. The next reading date is April 15.

Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com. (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive my reply within a day, call me. My number is in the Oak Run directory.

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