• Marion Lander is honorary Kiwanian

    Your neighbor, Nancy Rife, was the staunch supporter of hubby, Galen, all through his Kiwanis career. With Nancy’s backing every step of the journey, Galen participated in any and all programs Friendship Kiwanis club launched and rose to presidency.

  • Everybody wants to hear this

    Everyone in Oak Run, couples included, is welcome to the next meeting of the Singles Club at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Orchid Club. MaryJo Lawson of Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) will be there to talk about services for hearing- and speech impaired residents.

    In view of the broad spectrum of Oak Runners this subject might appeal to, we would like to invite non-members to this meeting.

  • Things are hummin' at the Oasis

    Hello Readers: Cold, cold, cold! How cold was it? Well it was cold enough to have icicles hanging from a branch on a rose bush outside an office on State Road 200 at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6.

    Super Bowl victory

    The word went out and the fans showed up in style. Super Bowl XLIII was one of the most exciting games ever and you could feel the excitement as more than 30 of our Palm Cay residents cheered, cried, prayed and laughed their way down to the final seconds of the game.

  • Depression is being low on peanut butter

    Just down the road apiece, with our country well into a new year, well into a new president’s reign, and well into an economic slump rivaling the Depression, this Preservist realized recently that the loyal jar of peanut butter that has always stood the test of time in the kitchen cupboard is well into being empty.

    No problem though, barring a recall, the peanut butter will be replenished, once again claiming its stance in the awaiting cupboard.

  • Songbirds looking for fledgling singers

    Calling all “I would-but-I’m-too-shy” singers. We really would love to see some new faces at our rehearsals.

    We are shrinking in numbers due to moving and health reasons. There are no membership requirements and there are no “dues.”

    Most of our members do not read music. Most of our members don’t have super voices. Some have physical limitations. That’s OK.

  • Billiard Boys hustle up lots of fun

    There was a delightful response to my Sadie column. Even Sadie remarked, “Did I do all those things?” God love her. Thanks so much to all who called and e-mailed such nice compliments.

    The featured group in this column is the Billiard Boys. They have been very patient, especially because their picture was taken weeks ago.

    The “boys” have an 8-ball bunch, who play from 2:30 to 5 p.m. This is “open billiards” and is played Monday through Friday. Residents and non-residents are welcome but no one under the age of 18.

  • Need help with tax preparation?

    Oak Run resident Richard Emery is the site coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide at Ocala West United Methodist Church. He and his counselors, many of whom live in Oak Run, provide this free public service from now to April 15.

    The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You can get help with taxes on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except March 3, 6 and April 10, when they will be closed. Sign up for an appointment in the church office lobby.

  • Hop to it for ‘Hop’ tickets

    Hello readers: Sally Neuberger had a wonderful first potluck supper as chairperson, and thanks to all of you, more than 80 people who participated. State Senator Charlie Dean saw the article the Palm Cay column in the Citizen about the potluck, and wanted to become involved and help in any way for the community, and called her to offer any assistance.

    Sally was honored by his call and invited him to supper. He had prior commitments but sent a charming young man, Chase Daniels, to represent him.

  • Bahama cruise drawing to benefit Hospice

    Hunt for Happiness Week is Jan. 18 to 24. An easier way to figure out what makes you happy is to first identify what makes you unhappy. Get rid of those things that do.

    Happiness is different for everyone. There are countless ways to lead a happier life.

    First thing on waking is to appreciate that you’re still here and be thankful for what you do have. Many of our ages didn’t wake up this morning.

    We need to consciously choose happiness; it doesn’t just happen. Pursue it and commit to making it a priority in your life.

  • Something to do between tee times

    Bob Waite rhymes with stained glass. Well, of course it doesn’t, but 50 years ago Bob Waite did discover stained glass making in his first and only class during an adult education program at Canton, in way, way Upstate New York. From then on he just read a lot of books, corrected a lot of mistakes and bandaged a lot of cut fingers.

    Ironically Bob wound up teaching stained glass at the Brasher Falls, N.Y. high school some years later.