Cherrywood news 10-11-2013

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Craft show is open to the public

By John Everlove


Don’t miss the Cherrywood semi-annual craft show on Saturday, Oct. 12. The doors open at 9 a.m. and the show runs until 2 in the afternoon. Start your shopping day with coffee and a light breakfast provided for a nominal fee by our Songbirds.
Browse the many vendors who will be displaying crafts of all types. Wind chimes to wood crafts; hand made baskets to floral arrangements and everything in between. These unique and beautiful items are hand crafted by talented artisans and make excellent gifts as well as welcome additions to any household.
Be sure to check out the magnificent quilts provided by our Needle Arts Group here at Cherrywood. You’ll be amazed at the detail and expert stitching that went into each of these works of art. Proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Humane Society so not only does your reporter urge you to come out to the show, but your reporter’s two dogs encourage you to come out and see these terrific beauties.
Lunch sandwiches will be on sale also following the breakfast goodies so you don’t have to leave the building if you get hungry. These delicious eats are available from the Activities Team for a very good price.
While you’re at the show; stop by the Cherrywood Veterans Club table where you can buy raffle tickets for a great gift basket or tickets to win a Bahamas cruise. You can even make a donation to the Service Dog for disabled Veterans fund. All proceeds go to support our veteran’s charities.

Fun in the Sun Games registration
It’s time again to register your team for the annual Fun in the Sun Senior Games. Each year teams made up of four people each compete for prizes and bragging rights in our Senior Games.
The rules are simple and the games aren’t too strenuous. Each player must compete in two events of the four total games played. The games are, Bocce Ball; Shuffleboard; Horseshoes and this year for the first time, Wellie Wanging. I will explain that game further on in this article.
Registration fee is $10 per team which averages out to $2.50 per player. All you need to do is get your foursome together and then see Geri to register. There’s only room for ten teams so get started now and give yourself time to practice. For those who aren’t going to actually play in the games, this is always a good time to come out and cheer on your favorites; watch the competition; enjoy free hot dogs and bratwurst and just have fun in the Sun.
Now for those of you who are wondering about the rules of Wellie Wanging, let me explain. Players take a green garden boot and using any method they are comfortable with; they throw it as far as possible. The individual tossing the boot the farthest; wins the game. It’s a simple sport probably made up by either frustrated gardeners or mothers whose kids tracked mud through the house.
Fun in the Sun is always a big hit with a large turnout so join us on November 2 at the sports field behind the clubhouse. Come have a terrific time with some terrific people playing some terrific games.     

Songbirds to perform Veterans Day
The Cherrywood Songbirds headed by President Aprile Guglielmi and directed by Vince Basile will be featured at this years Veterans Day observance Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The group has recently reorganized and has an energetic Christmas Season planned.
Director Vincenzo Basile is from New York where he starred with the Amato Opera Company and performed with many other famous opera singers. He and his lovely wife Ann have been married 47 years and have two children; Kerry Ann who lives in Florida and Vincent who still lives in New York.
Mr. Basile is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served two tours in Vietnam on board the USS Intrepid. He was in the V2 Division which operated the catapults and arresting gears; one of the most dangerous jobs on an aircraft carrier.
Pianist Frank Juarbe will be accompanying the group when they perform. Frank is an accomplished musician who, along with his bright and cheerful personality, adds musical excellence to our great singers.
Officers for the newly reorganized group in addition to Aprile are; VP Diane D’Allessandro; Treasurer, Marylou Selvitello; and Secretary, Ann Bardack.
Our Songbirds are always looking for new voices so join them on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Not only will you have a good time, you’ll learn from an accomplished professional.
Get your tickets for the Veterans Day program from Geri today and don’t miss our Songbirds in action.

Bowling fund raiser
For the second year in a row our Cherrywood Bowling League has agreed to help out the Veterans Club by holding a bowl-a-thon at Galaxy Lanes West on Oct. 28. Bowlers obtain pledges from family and friends and then bowl three games. Some people pledge an amount per pin; others donate at a flat rate. Either way, the bowlers are challenged to do their best at this fun fund raiser.
The Veterans Club is grateful to our bowlers for their efforts as this is one of the two major fund raisers we have each year. We are also grateful to our corporate sponsors who donate a minimum of $25 in prizes or goods and services. This year we have so far; Dr. Dennis Stickney DDS; Dr. Swinson of Swinson Chiropractic; Galaxy Lanes West; and Sammy’s Italian Restaurant. If you have a business and would like to help by being a sponsor, please contact Geri at 352-237-1675 and she will give you all the details.
All donations to the Cherrywood Veterans Club are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Community yard sale
Come to the Cherrywood Community Yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. Drive through our neighborhood and check out the individual residences who will be displaying everything from yard care equipment to clothing and jewelry; household goods to exercise equipment and everything in between.
You’ll find just what you’re looking for at bargain prices and maybe even find a few treasures that you weren’t looking for. Garage sales are a fun way to spend the day with family too so enjoy some quality time together as you cruise the neighborhood in search of those special keep sakes. We look forward to seeing you.

Halloween Dance
Get your costumes out and get ready to party hardy at our annual Halloween Dance. October 26 from 7 until 10 you’ll be able to dance; snack and share the laughter when we all get together for an evening of fun.
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and Richard Becotte will be providing the smooth tunes to dance to. All this is just $2 per person along with a snack to pass around. Geri has the tickets in the office so see her soon before they sell out.
There’s never a shortage of good things to eat at these pot luck type gatherings and of course there’s never a shortage of good laughs either. Be creative with both the dish you bring and the costume you choose and maybe you might well be the winner of a special prize.
Dance to the music provided by our own Rich Becotte as he plays favorites; novelty tunes and requests. Dance the night away either with your partner or join our ever increasing number of line dancers as they show what they’ve learned from our line dancing classes. Either way, it will be a good time.
Tickets are required and your ticket automatically makes you eligible for the door prize too. Don’t miss this chance to spend an evening with friends and neighbors as we celebrate all things Halloween.

Do you enjoy Halloween? How much do you know about this scary holiday? Come to Trivia Night at Cherrywood on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with your friends and find out because Halloween is one of the topics for that night.
The other topic is famous American sayings that when you hear how and why they became famous will amaze and astound you.
This exciting fun game begins at 7 p.m. when quizmaster Fred O’Hern puts questions on our big screen and challenges the teams to come up with their best answers. Teams are made up of three or four people each and they compete for small prizes but big bragging rights.
If you don’t have a team, come on out any way and you’ll be assigned one. There’s always room for you and you are always welcome to bring your knowledge or your curiosity to the table. Of course you have to bring your sense of humor also.
The cost is only $1 per player; there’s free ice tea or lemonade but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments; liquid or otherwise.
Proceeds from Trivia support the Wounded Warriors Project and we’ve given more than $350 to that organization already. You can have a great time and support a great cause too just by coming out and enjoying an evening with your friends.
Remember, the subject is Halloween and famous American sayings; so bring your knowledge of all Hallows eve; lock; stock; and barrel.

Walk of Remembrance
Hospice of Marion County is sponsoring a special event on Oct. 19; a Walk of Remembrance through the serenity of beautiful Sholom Park. If you have lost a loved one this is a wonderful opportunity to find peace and consolation in either the solitude of your own thoughts and memories or with a group that provides support and healing.
Registration begins at 9 and the program will conclude at noon. The cost for this walk is a minimum donation of $10 to support Hospice and that includes light refreshments. Walk for a short time or for the all three hours; come and go as you please but take advantage of this special opportunity.
Hospice of Marion County provides full end of life services to patients and family alike offering physical; emotional; psychological and spiritual support. Cherrywood is a proud supporter of this organization and many of our residents have taken advantage of their services. It is our hope that you will also take advantage of this event.
If you would like more information concerning this Walk of Remembrance, please call Lisa at 352-854-5218. She will be happy provide you with all of details.

Flu shots
Get your flu shots at the clubhouse on Friday, Oct. 18, between 1 and 3 p.m. Professional staff will be on hand to make sure you get safe; quick and efficient service so enjoy the convenience of getting your shots here. Contact Geri to get your name on the list and get protected from the flu this flu season.

Christmas getaway
Once again you can avoid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Holiday by joining your friends on an exciting trip to Biloxi. December 23 the motor coach will leave the clubhouse for a four day three night excursion to the fabulous Imperial Palace Casino.
Enjoy all of the amenities and frills of this world class venue as you play your favorite game; shop at the exclusive stores or dine at the finest restaurants. Take advantage of the $24 in food credits and $25 in Rewards play plus $15 in slot play. A quick trip to the Hard Rock will net you another $15 in free slot tokens so there’s much to do and lots of potential for making some money.
Contact Natalie at 352-854-8561 to get more details and to make your reservations. This is always a fun time for our residents who enjoy spending some time in the exciting atmosphere of Biloxi at a joyous time of the year.

Veterans Club
Guest speaker Joe Pine gave an excellent if accelerated presentation at our Veterans Club meeting on Oct. 3. Joe is from Metro Crime Prevention of Florida and he spoke on several different ways for our members to protect themselves from crime.
Innovative inventions in the burglar alarm systems and common sense precautions were just a couple of the areas he covered. One particular point he made that is good for everyone to know is that you should never program your home address into your GPS system. If it is stolen, the thieves know exactly where you live and that can never be a good thing.
After his demonstration he was given a hearty applause from the audience; a cup and a “Thank you” from club President Bill Mahar.
Other business discussed was the upcoming Veterans Day program. Our guest speaker will be Al Morrison; resident manager of Ritz House and a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Our Color Guard; Veterans Club Officers and special guest appearance by the Cherrywood Songbirds will highlight the program. Tickets are just $7 for the hot dog and hamburger luncheon that will immediately follow the service.
On Dec. 7 our Veterans Club will honor the widows of our group. This will be a special day dedicated to them on the anniversary of the United States entry into World War II.
Enthusiasm is building as we kicked off our Bowl-a-thon fund raiser which will take place on Monday, Oct. 28. Corporate sponsors are encouraged to provide gift certificates; coupons or other tax deductible funds or prizes. Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Richard Hurley at 873-7208 or Geri at 237-1675.
Our Veterans Club decided to start a fund to raise money for a service dog for a disabled veteran. The cost for such a companion is $2,500 and the Veterans Club started the fund with $200. Anyone in the community who wishes to make a tax deductible donation to this fund is asked to make out their check to Cherrywood Veterans Club and indicate Dog fund in the memo. We hope to start off the New Year by helping a disabled veteran. (Please read the “From your Reporter” article in this section of the Citizen.)
Our next meeting will be held on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse. All of our residents are invited and welcome to attend.

Community Emergency Response Team leader DeWella Markland has stepped down after many years of selfless service. Her commitment and dedicated leadership has been invaluable to the CERT team; to our community and to our neighborhood. We thank her for her service and wish her well.
Stepping up to take over is David Siegel, who has served as Assistant Team Leader for these many years. David brings vast experience and training to this position and is anxious for the support of current team members enlisting new people for this vital team.
On Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m., the CERT team will meet in the clubhouse to hear guest speaker Brain Gibson. Brian is the new county director for all the CERT teams in Marion County. Come out to this meeting and learn about the worthwhile work these volunteers do to protect us in times of emergency and natural disasters.
Every member of this community is asked to fill out a confidential form that lists emergency contacts; medications; allergies; and other vital information. These confidential forms are available from the office and get turned into the CERT team for use if a member of our community is in distress.
Many of us filled out these forms when we moved into Cherrywood but as time goes by phone numbers change; contacts change and our medical history changes. Please make every effort to bring your information up to date as soon as possible. See Geri in the office or contact David at 352-390-3325.

From your reporter
A very close friend of the Cherrywood Veterans Club made President Bill Mahar aware of a program for providing service dogs to assist disabled veterans. In turn, Bill passed the information on to me and in a few days we will be meeting with the organization that provides these loving and helpful companions.
Over the years I have had several experiences with people who have service dogs. Leader Dogs for the Blind has a training facility in Rochester, Michigan, and because that was in my neck of the woods, I got to know a little bit about the fantastic work they do.
Also, I have had friends who utilize service dogs not for just overcoming their loss of sight but for other maladies as well. I know that these animals and I use the term “animals” very loosely, provide confidence; companionship and hope as well as their utilitarian functions.
At our last meeting, the Cherrywood Veterans Club generously voted to set aside a special fund to raise the $2,500 needed for each dog. These earmarked funds will go for only one purpose and that is to pay for a trained service dog to assist a disabled vet. The club opened the fund with a $200 donation.
I can only hope; plead and beg all of my readers to please make a donation to this fund. A tax deductible donation of any amount can be made to the Cherrywood Veterans Club with the word “Dog” in the memo section of your check. If you can give $5 or $10 or if you can give $100; anything would be truly appreciated. Checks can be mailed to the Cherrywood Veterans Club; 6253 S.W. 100 Loop; Ocala, Fl 34476.
We offer this opportunity to not only individuals, but to other organizations such as the veterans community; service groups; students; businesses or anyone with a desire to help a truly in need veteran.
We thank the veterans for their service and sacrifice and thank the community for their care and consideration.
If you have a comment or suggestion for the Cherrywood section of your Citizen Newspaper, please contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com. I am always happy to hear from you, the reader.