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Thanks for supporting the troops

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By Nancy Archer

A sincere thank you to all who contributed to ensure the Christmas 2008 party was our best ever. Volunteers for setup and cleanup enabled us all to enjoy the festivities. Plenty of delicious food, cakes, cookies, and soft drinks. Everyone had a gift from the grab bag.

We were pleased that County Commissioner Barbara Fitos and her father, 200 Coalition President Pat Gabriel, Delphine Herbert of Marions for Peace, activities director Geri Watrouse and Frank, and Nancy Archer our writer for the South Marion Citizen were able to attend and enjoy the festivities.

Will make plans Feb. 20 to determine what we need to do to work with our elected representatives at the local and national levels to assist them where possible in their efforts to solve the enormous mess the country is facing. We shall also be considering the new ownership changes at Cherrywood and how they affect us all.

Our young people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan need our support and thanks year round, so please work with our veterans organizations and our Support Our Soldiers Committee to show our appreciation. In December the veterans organized a collection which resulted in SOS being able to send 29 packages to our young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Voter registration cards are available if you want to register or change party affiliation.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets monthly on the third Friday at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Harriet Scarpino at 873-9955.

Bowling League

The Cherrywood bowling report for Jan. 12. Just wanted to mention that Mike Arpaia had a 671 series this week. Great job, Mike.

Men’s high games: Mike Arpaia 247, Carmel Frendo 235, Charlie Pratt 204.

Women’s high games: Jenny Arturi 181, Kathy Underhill 175, Connie Hale 170.

Sub’s high games: Roy Stacer 188. Mike Marasco 175.

Bowlers of the week, pins over average: Mary Lore +77, Jim Houghtaling +77.

Submitted by Fran Hall, secretary/treasurer.

Shingles Clinic

We’re having a Shingles Clinic at the Clubhouse on Friday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. To get your name on the list, call Geri Watrouse at 237-1675.

Cherrywood Bingo

We have new games and bigger prizes at Cherrywood bingo. Get to know your neighbors and have a Thursday night filled with fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

Get there early. Jackpot goes off every week, no more waiting. Jackpots start at $100. Cost to play is $6 each week.

Travel Club

There are a lot of new day trips, and a few overnighters, to choose from this year. Fliers for all trips are in the Clubhouse. Get your name in the Travel Club book if you want to go.

If you want to book or confirm a trip, call Nancy at 861-1432. Remember, you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips.

As promised, here it is. We have gaming cruise aboard the Vegas on Monday, Jan. 26. Cost is $8 per person. Includes bus, buffet lunch, and driver tip. Must be 21 and have photo ID.

Riverdance comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, Jan. 24. Cost is $117 and there is a waitlist.

The Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine presents Man of La Mancha on Sunday, Feb. 1. Cost, $72, includes bus, lunch at Le Pavillion, show, taxes and tips.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Show Palace on Thursday, March 12. Cost, $70, includes bus, musical comedy, buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

The Peking Acrobats perform at UF Performing Arts Center on March 21. Cost, $80, includes bus, lunch at Northwest Grille, 2 p.m. show, taxes and tips. Reserve by Jan. 15.

Waist Watchers at Tampa Performing Arts Center on March 25. Cost, $82, includes bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, musical comedy at 2 p.m., taxes and tips. Reserve by Jan. 15.

Natalie Needs a Nightie at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre on Thursday, April 2. Cost, $66, includes bus, zany show a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Private Lives at the Early Bird Dinner Theater on Thursday, April 30. Cost, $66, includes bus, romantic comedy a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Monday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, March 4: A day at Hard Rock Casino, $25. Roundtrip bus, $25 in free play, $5 toward lunch, and driver’s tip.

Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4 and 5: A two-day mystery trip, $309. Lots of fun, bus, hotel, two lunches, one dinner – and more.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: A Tribute to Elvis at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $68. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, matinee show, taxes and tips.

Tuesday, Feb. 24: Hits of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s – Puttin’ on the Ritz at Ruth Eckerd Hall, $68. Bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, matinee show, taxes and tips.

May 10 to 22: Cross country bus trip to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, $2,599 per person double occupancy. Eleven days and 12 nights, upscale hotels, tours, side trips, breakfast and dinner, six lunches, taxes and tips. For more information, call Laura Kane at 840-0333.

Cruise the western Caribbean for 7 nights aboard the Freedom of the Seas, departing Port Canaveral Nov. 29. Going to Labadee, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Cabin rates per person double occupancy: inside $791, promenade $891, balcony $1,071. Deposit required by March 5, fully refundable until Sept. 15.

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Las Vegas trip March 1. Four nights in Vegas, roundtrip from Ocala to Orlando and roundtrip airfare from Orlando including taxes.

Your choice of hotels: Excalibur $579, Circus Circus $509, Monte Carlo $649, or Treasure Island $649, per person double occupancy. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are 10-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at bluejay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.