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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Tickets will be on sale at the Orchid Club Saturday morning, March 14, for the great door prizes to be raffled off at the annual Oak Run Garden Club Plant Sale on March 28 at the overflow parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Members and local businesses have very generously given the club an array of valuable prizes including special gift certificates from Publix, Kirkland’s, the Greenery Nursery, Panera Bread and Mimi’s.

We have specimen plants, garden accessories, garden statues, our famous “Garden Gator,” and Lemieux Diamond Company has donated a Swarovski “Cactus Plant” for this special occasion. Raffle tickets will also be on sale on the day of the plant sale. For more information, call Carol at 861-2790 before 8 p.m.

At our last meeting we learned that dogs and cats eat grass for self-medication as an emetic or purgative, to provide the roughage not present in commercial foods, for the detoxifying properties known only to dogs and cats and because they just plain like the taste. See what you can learn by coming to a Garden Club meeting.

Donuts, Books, and More

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, is Donut Drop-In at the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m. The Oak Run Library will also have its semi-annual book sale at the same location at 8:30 a.m. From 9 to 10 a.m. you can order or pick up name tags.

Just to be sure there’s enough activity Little Theatre and Troubadours will be selling tickets for their performances, among other sales. Another busy Saturday at the Orchid Club

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club of Oak Run is off to a good start this year. We have had many new people who want to put branches on their family tree. In the very near future we will be giving lessons to those who want to get started.

We suggest the lecture Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. by George Morgan at Live Oak Hall at On Top of the World. He will present “Bring ‘em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile” and “Bits about Obits: Reading Between the Lines.” The fee is $10 and you must register at www.masterthepossibilities.com.

For those who may have ancestors in New York, the New York State Library in Albany has a fairly strong collection of Civil War materials. They have a database at www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_mi_civilwar_dbintro.shtml.

Our next meeting will be Friday, March 20, in the card room of the Orchid Club at 10 a.m. For up-to-date information, visit www.genealogyclub.oakrunocala.com.

Do You Remember?

Tune in channel 12 to see Len Teitler’s filming of the 2007 New York Club Christmas dinner dance, narrated by Anna Boodee. Airing follows FYI daily from March 13 to 20.

New York Club

There’s still time to get your tickets to the March 25 “Showtime in Vegas.” Music and entertainment will be by Sally and her Las Vegas buddies. Chicken Marsala and trimmings, including cheesecake, will be served.

Cost is $15 members and $18 guests. Call Jeanne at 854-1172. BYOB and 50/50 drawing. Check your flyer for details.

Renew your membership ($6). Call Jack Foggan at 237-9489. Call Gini Emerick, our Sunshine gal, at 854-5120 if you know of a member who needs a kind thought.

Southern States Club

Southern States Club will have a Spring Picnic dinner meeting April 9 at 6 p.m. at Palm Grove. Wear you newest spring outfits so you can take part in our Spring Parade.

The New Pretenders will entertain us with their newest production. Menu includes deli sandwiches, potato and pasta salads, relish trays and cheesecake for dessert.

Ticket sales are March 23 and 30 from 9 to 11a.m at the Orchid Club. Cost is $13 members and $15 guests.

Anglers Club

On Feb. 21, members and guests met at the Orchid Club for their annual fish dinner prepared by Ken Versichele and served by members and wives. There was a silent auction for a fishing trip and a rod and reel plus 50/50, door prizes and games to play.

An overnight trip (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) is being planned. Details at the next meeting. Club meetings are monthly on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Island Club.

ORWGA Results

Results of the Executive Course Thursday Women’s Golf League game using only “3 clubs and a putter” are as follow:

Flight A: Shirley Ruffing 30, Karen Schuelke 33, Marti Babb 33.

Flight B: Marge Richardson 28, Vange Bell 31, Mickey Smith 31.

Flight C: Jennie Botts 27, Dori Sullivan 31, Tina McCurry 33.

Flight D: Jan Bessoir 31, Mary Hart 32, and Sue Abrahams 32.

Tie-breaker holes were 2 and 8.

Closest to the pin: Marge Rymarcsuk.

Chip-ins: Jennie Botts and Jean Travers.

We also heard that Shirley Ruffing became a grandma again ... this time triplets. Wow! Better than a “hole in one” isn’t it? Best wishes to the new family.

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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