Cherrywood news 3-16-2012

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Big Red Bus coming on March 22

By John Everlove

On March 22 you will have another opportunity to save a life. From 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Big Red Bus will be out in front of our Clubhouse. With a minimum amount of inconvenience, you can walk in, donate a pint of life giving blood and enjoy a snack.
The working volunteers are experts in their field so without any danger or pain, you can take part in this blood drive and hopefully make it the most successful ever. There is always a need for blood and with the arrival of nice weather, more and more people are traveling. This means more accidents and more need.
You can make a difference; you can save a life. Give blood on the 22nd.

Save  on your insurance
Everyone is looking for ways to save money in these trying times so why not knock a few dollars off of your car insurance costs? The AARP is sponsoring its Senior Drivers Class from 9 a.m. until noon on April 24 and 26.
These informative classes will help you drive safer; lower your risk of a crash and make you more feel more comfortable as you navigate the streets and roads. At the end of the class students receive a Certificate of Completion to show their insurance company and in turn, the students get a reduced insurance rate.
This is a win/win situation for all concerned and you are urged to take part.

Saint Patrick’s Day dance
March 17 at 7 p.m., our favorite resident deejay, Richard Becotte, will be warming up the music for a gala night of celebrating everything Irish. $3 is all it costs to have a great night of fun, fellowship and entertainment.
Songs from “Erin” will be played along with the standards and favorites that everyone knows and loves. T
Along with music, dancing, light refreshments and raffles, you can bring your own beverages and goodies to share with your friends and neighbors. Don your favorite green outfit and come out and enjoy a night of fun and merriment as we celebrate everything Irish.

Shooters welcome
On March 22, the Veterans Club will sponsor a trip to the Hernando County Sportsman’s Club for a morning of shooting enjoyment followed by a great lunch outing. There are limited firing stations for this event that is usually sold out so get your reservations in right away.
Shooters are expected to provide their own eye and ear protection along with ammunition. The “pistol caliber only” at the Sportsman Club range is comfortable, well supervised and safe.
Following the range time everyone goes to the Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River for lunch and fellowship. The food is tasty, prices reasonable and the company unbeatable.
Contact Bill Mahar to get your tickets for only $17 then plan on an exciting morning on the range.
Photo Club forming
Three people have expressed an interest in learning all aspects of photography through a Cherrywood Photo Club. If you’d like to learn how to work your camera to its best advantage; how to take nature photos; how to take portraits and anything else creative, artistic or technical about photography, this is your chance.
We have a volunteer to teach of us and in addition, we will be inviting guest speakers to hold seminars. If you’re interested, contact me at my email address or contact Geri at the office. We’ll be planning our first meeting sometime in April.
Garden Club
On March 21 at 11 a.m., the Garden Club will be at the Clubhouse for their monthly informative and educational meeting. You’re urged to bring along your clippings to learn how to rejuvenate and care for them. Learn more about this years planting season and make your garden spring to life. These meetings are always enjoyable and receive a ‘Two Green Thumbs Up’ from everyone.
Breakfast and games
On March 31, Cherrywood will be a busy, fun place. The day begins with a super G.I. breakfast sponsored by our Veterans Club. The menu includes S.O.S., scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, juice, fruit cup and coffee. Starting at 9 a.m., the veterans volunteer for K.P. and put out this delicious meal until 10:30.
There’s no better breakfast anywhere for just $3.50 per person and it is always a sold out event so order your tickets from Geri, Bill Mahar or Rich Hurley. You’ll enjoy the food and love the company.
Fun in the Sun
Next, it’s the kick off of the Fun in the Sun Games. This is always a terrific event at Cherrywood and is much anticipated through out the year. Teams compete in four separate events; horse shoes, putting, bocce ball and shuffleboard. There will be medals to the Gold, Silver and Bronze winning teams contributed by Chris Zacco, and we have cash prizes for the winners and of course laughter and good times enjoyed by everyone.
Organize your team of four players and enter the events. It’s only $10 per team ($2.50 per player). Each player must compete in at least two of the four contests. Not on a team? Well, come on out anyway and enjoy the competitions; root for your favorites and enjoy the good food and good times.
Cherrywood Property Management has donated 240 hot dogs to the first 240 people to come out and support the Fun in the Sun Games. There will also be hamburgers grilled up fresh along with sodas and other goodies available for a nominal fee.
At 1 p.m., the games begin as the teams take their respective places and the Fun in the Sun games will be off and running. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy one of the highlights of the Cherrywood season.
See Geri or Fred O’Hern for your entry tickets and plan on a full day of good food; good sport; and good times.
Health Fair: Public welcome:
Cherrywood is holding its second annual Senior Health Fair. Not only for the residents of Cherrywood but also open to the public, this offers a great opportunity to learn vital information about nutrition, prevention, treatments and many other aspects of senior care.
The date of this program is April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics held every hour include, starting at 10 - “How to Eat Healthier”; 11 - “Healthy Aging of your Muscles & Joints; 12 - “Cancer Prevention: Nutrition and Exercise” and concludes with “Oh My Achy Back” at 1.
In addition to the seminars, many vendors will be present to introduce new products; services and answer questions. Contact Geri at the Cherrywood Office 352-237-1675 after March 21 for your reservation.
Gold Sponsors include: db Hearing Solutions; Geril Therapy; Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services; Home Instead Senior Care; Integrity Home Health Care; Lifestyle Solutions Medical Spa; McKenney Chiropractic Center; Robert Boissoneault Oncology Inst: Unique Lingerie; Thermo-Cool Air and Heating and ECO Water of Central Florida.
Silver Sponsors participating are Premier Medical Center and Hospice of Marion County. Additional vendors are Florida Center for the Blind; Grace Unlimited Inc., Arbonne International and Grace Unlimited - Bio Mat.
Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to learn more about your health and well being.
Mammoth community yard sale
Cherrywood will hold its community wide yard sale on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all, please plan to spend your morning cruising up and down the well kept streets of Cherrywood looking for bargains on a multitude of items. For those who don’t live in this active and friendly neighborhood, it will be a chance to not only buy a wide range of “treasures” but it will also afford them the opportunity to speak with our residents and learn what a great place this is to live.
Residents are expected to put their items out on Saturday just before the sale begins. It will be an early morning for most but well worth the minor inconvenience.
Bahamas cruise raffle
Support the Veterans Club and get a chance to win a three day cruise to the Bahamas! Only $10 per ticket or three for $20 gets you in on the Memorial Day Raffle. Win a three day cruise for two on the Royal Caribbean Lines to the Bahamas. Trip includes all taxes; port fees; gratuities and $100 cash spending money. The raffle will be held on Memorial Day at the clubhouse. You don’t need to be present to win and you don’t have to be a Cherrywood Resident to enter. You will have up to one full year from the time of the drawing to enjoy your trip. See Geri at the office Rich Hurley or Bill Mahar for tickets.
Cherrywood Travel Opportunities:
Show Palace Dinner Theatre – Las Vegas Jackpot – Thurs – April 5.
Peabody Auditorium – In the Mood –Wed. April 18.
Winter Park Playhouse – Baby – Thurs. May 10.
Early Bird Dinner Theatre – Separate Beds – Thurs. May 17.
Myrtle Beach – May 21-25; 4 nights/5days.
Show Palace Theatre – Swing – Sat. Thurs. May 31.
Mystery Day Trip Fri. June 15.
Show Palace Theatre – New York Nights – Sat June 23.
Hospice Fundraiser Cruise in memory of Frank Archer – Allure of the Seas – Nov. 11.
Brand New Ship – Celebrity Reflection – Jan. 5, 2013.
Contact Nancy Archer at 352-861-1432 for more information on any of these great trips.
Spotlight on Excellence:
Each week we feature an individual with a unique story; an interesting past; or who is an active part in the Cherrywood Community. Getting to know your neighbors is always a good thing and that is the purpose of this weekly column. This week’s person in the “Spotlight” is Linda Sisto.
Linda was born in Needham, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Roslindale High School. She worked as an executive secretary for the John Hancock Insurance Company and Built Rite Homes Corp. in her home state.
Her brother Tony Sisto stayed in Dorchester, Massachusetts, when Linda and her Mom, Ann, moved down to Cherrywood in 2004. Unfortunately, last July 23, Ann passed away which was a huge loss to Linda.
Having been involved with the Ladies Luncheon, Color Guard and head of the Ladies Social Committee, Linda then turned her attention to music. Linda is the director of our own Cherrywood Songbirds and has been since 2010. She’s a vibrant person with extensive experience in music. She began her music career as an alto in the local church choir.
Shortly after her arrival at Cherrywood, Linda paired up with Peter Rockfeld. The duo played at numerous and diverse places like the Mason Jar; Pronto Pizza, various assisted living facilities and for special occasions.
While Linda sang alto up north, when she moved to Florida and joined the Queen of Peace Choir, they placed her in the soprano section where she’s worked her way up to First Soprano. Singing has always been a part of her life and she enjoys it immensely.
Linda loves working with all the members of the Songbirds. The most satisfying part of her work is when she sees people struggle with a piece of music and then hit the notes. All of the individual parts blend together in four part harmony; it almost brings a tear to her eye.
She loves the directing aspect of her labor because it allows her to challenge and teach others to create beautiful music. Under her direction, the Songbirds have become well known in Marion County.
In keeping with her spirit of community service, the Songbirds travel to various assisted living locations including The Bridge; Quiet Oaks and Hampton Manor. In addition, they entertain at such places as Pine Run and On Top of the World, where they sing for the Italian Club and the New England Club.
Of all the places they go, Linda finds their fund raising concert at Joy Lutheran Church the most rewarding. The money raised goes to purchase shoes for needy children and it is an annual event.
Questioned about the frustrations involved with directing the group Linda smiled and answered, “When people don’t show up for practice.” When asked about the most satisfying part of directing the Songbirds she beamed and answered, “Getting called back to places and getting invited to new places. It means our performances were well received!”
The Songbirds practice every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse, so if you have any desire to sing, please show up. You don’t have to read music; all you need is the desire to make beautiful music with your friends and neighbors. Thanks to Linda Sisto, it will come together in perfect harmony.
From Your Reporter: If you have any comments, suggestions for articles or ideas of what you would like to see covered in Cherrywood, please contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com.