Cherrywood news 2-17-12

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Community wants to team up for 5K race

By John Everlove

On March 3 at 8 a.m. the Marion County Kidney Foundation is holding its annual 5K run/walk. The money raised goes to assist those in our county fighting this debilitating disease and to educate people on prevention.
Entry fee is $20 per person and five or more people get recognized as a team. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a Team Cherrywood in this worthwhile event? In addition to the “Run,” there will be family friendly activities; venders; live music and raffles. Families and friends of the participants are welcome to join in and the location is only about 20 minutes away from Cherrywood at Baseline Road Florida Greenway Trailhead, 4225 S.E. 58th Ave.; Ocala.
Come on out for this fun community event and show Marion County what the folks from Cherrywood are made of. Call or see Geri at the clubhouse office or contact John via email (urperssec@yahoo.com) for more information if you are interested. I’ll be there taking photos and reporting on this worthy effort. All team members get T-shirts as souvenirs of their participation.

Friends and lovers
This year’s Valentines Dance was a huge success with more than 75 residents attending a romantic dance in the beautifully decorated clubhouse. Eve Houghtaling and her crew put together an evening to remember with soft music, subdued lighting, roses, sweets, finger food and just plain fun. A special cake decorated by Marivi Bassabe and Eve was the donated centerpiece of the “munchies” table and it looked great and tasted even better.
Richard Becotte, our resident Deejay, played a wide variety of music from the big band era to Motown and everything in between. Everyone got to dance and sway to the music of their own generation when life and love were new. Memories were rekindled and love was in the air. Isn’t it a good thing to see, in these times of uncertainty, the stability and strength of love that has lasted through the years?
Howard Mayberry and his professional guitar styling brought another dimension of entertainment and fun to the crowd as he played and sang. After enjoying several of his songs, everyone joined in for a rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” I might add that there was a joy in their voices and love in their eyes as the couples serenaded one another.
Less romantic but no less fun was added by the songs that many of us remembered from our own or others weddings we had been to. The “Chicken Dance” brought out the fun and the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” brought out the line dancers. Many other tunes rang out and encouraged couples to take to the dance floor.
A raffle and door prize rounded out the evenings festivities. Eve, Fran Hall and Donna James worked very hard putting this evening together and they should be proud of what they accomplished. Proceeds from the event went to purchase materials for the Clubhouse like new coffee urns and other supplies.
A special thanks goes out to our clean up volunteers; Rich and Ruth Hurley, Monica Becotte and Eve and Jim Houghtaling.
After this Valentine’s Day we can truly say, “Live! Laugh! Love! At Cherrywood!”

Veterans raffle
Win a three-day cruise for two to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. For just $10 for one ticket or $20 for three tickets, you could win a great get-a-way including taxes, port fees, gratuities and $100 spending money.
The drawing will be held on Memorial Day after the Veterans Service here at Cherrywood and the nice part is, not only don’t you have to be present to win; you don’t even have to be a Cherrywood resident.
See anyone from the Veterans Club for tickets, or see Geri at the office. Don’t miss out on this chance to win a great vacation and help support Veterans Club charities.
Spotlight on excellence
There are many people in Cherrywood who have a unique talent; an interesting past or a promising future. Your humble correspondent would be remiss in his duties if he didn’t take the time to recognize those individuals in this column from time to time. Being featured in this column is not an award. Rather, it is to introduce you, the reader, to people you may or may not know who have a special story to tell. This week’s person in the Spotlight is Carolyn Mullen.
Carolyn is an accomplished seamstress with unlimited talent and energy. Her creative designs and expert tailoring are a “God given talent…” according to Carolyn who works tirelessly for Children Hemmed in Prayer, a Christian organization that supplies clothing for the needy youngsters in Central America and Caribbean countries.
The organization was started by Mary Beth Turberville of Phenix City, Alabama. Carolyn learned of the organization and the good it was doing one Sunday at church in 2010. That first month, she sewed 25 garments for the children.
Cost became a factor but she remembered, “When you’re doing God’s work, He provides the materials.” Carolyn became a familiar part of the thrift store scene and second hand shops. In addition people began donating materials to her which helped immensely. Amazingly, she can make six dresses from new, brightly colored bed sheets
Carolyn is a snow bird from Ohio but by the time she had left to go back north that first year, she had made and mailed 280 dresses and pants. Each of the past two years she has continued to sew and to date has made 1,900 garments.
“God has blessed my husband and me with a good and healthy life. I enjoy giving back to His children through this project and it is just as fun today as when I made the first dress.”
Carolyn would be happy to get others involved in this worthy project so if you would like to contribute your time, your energy or some fabrics please contact her at cmullen@embarqmail.com. She will make sure all of these are put to good use.
We are proud of Carolyn and the work she is doing. She and the many generous and kind hearted people like her are what make Cherrywood a great place to live.

85th year of racing
Tampa bay Downs is kicking off its 85th year of racing and you are invited to be a part of the excitement. On Wednesday, April 4, residents of Cherrywood will be able to take a bus trip down to the race track to enjoy racing and the Clubhouse Turn buffet.
Only $40 is the cost of the bus trip, tip for driver and the meal. What’s on the buffet you ask? Roast beef, turkey breast, veggies, pasta, salad, deserts, coffee and iced tea and more.
See Geri at the office to sign up early and get your money in by March 23 because this trip sells out every year.
Wearin’ o’ the green
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and it is also the day that Cherrywood residents will don the green and be seen at the St. Patty’s Day Dance. For only three dollars per person, residents will be able to enjoy finger foods, lemonade, coffee and iced tea while they dance to the music of Richard Becotte. Rich has some new Irish Tunes to mix in with the standards that we all know and love.
The dance runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and as usual, you are welcome to bring the snacks and beverages of your choice and enjoy an evening of fun and friendship on this festive evening.
Cherrywood Democratic Club
This month we shall be discussing why the Strait of Hormuz is so important? A narrow strip of water separating Iran from Oman, the strait is the major maritime link between the oil rich Persian Gulf region and the rest of the world.
Come along to this meeting. Your opinion is very important.
Voter registration cards are available, so if you know of anyone who is not registered or wishes to change party affiliation, we are able to make the changes.
The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Harriet Scarpino, president: (352) 873-9955, Ken Beech Sec. (352) 209-2787.
By Ken Beech.

Health fair
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 14. This will be Cherrywood’s second annual senior health fair. The format for guest speakers has been changed slightly to allow more time for questions and answers. The topics are being worked on and you will be able to reserve your space with Geri for the topic of your choice at the beginning of March. This program could save your life or the life of someone you love so plan on attending.

Blood drive
Once again the Big Red Bus will be at Cherrywood Estates to collect “the gift of life.” From 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 22, residents will be able to walk in and donate blood; no muss, no fuss.
Do you have a few hours a month? Do you want to do something that will make you feel good about yourself? Cherrywood needs a volunteer or two to act as coordinators for our periodic blood drives. Why not check into serving your community in this worthwhile activity; after all, it’s not like we’re asking for blood, well maybe. Contact Geri at the office and make a difference.
From your reporter
Feel free to contact me with comments and story suggestions for Cherrywood at my email address; urperssec@yahoo.com. And a special “thank you” to you the reader.