Cherrywood news 8-24-2012

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Event draws a crowd

By John Everlove
Another record for the Cherrywood Summer Fest was set on Aug. 18. Two hundred and fifty residents came out to enjoy a beautiful Florida evening; a delicious meal and the fantastic entertainment of Kenny Jackson.
Tender and juicy pulled pork sandwiches with beans and potato salad was served up along with lemonade and iced tea. All of the guests were served in a surprisingly fast and orderly fashion which was only made possible by the excellent volunteer staff members. Ice Cream topped off the meal for dessert including Klondike Bars.
Local favorite DJ Kenny Jackson provided the entertainment with gusto and style that even surpassed his last appearance here at Cherrywood. Kenny has a terrific singing voice and he started the evening off with popular country songs; some old standards and some humorous novelty tunes. He then played his wide variety of songs to the delight of all while interspersing his own witty sense of humor.
The dance floor was crowded with couples moving to the upbeat songs and swaying gracefully to the romantic melodies. There was an abundance of smiles on the faces of those who danced the night away.
Raffle ticket winners came bouncing up to the stage where Geri, Fred and Rich gave out the prizes. Applause was plentiful for the winners of the 50/50 drawings; Christine Archer; Marti Duesel; Christl Giovanniello and Fred O’Hern as well as for Gift Card winner Marie Ustianowski.
We would be totally remiss if we didn’t thank those who helped put this great night together. First, Cherrywood Property Management paid for the evening so it was free to all the residents. Logistical support from CPM was provided by Jim, Geri, Justin and Fred; all of whom did a great job.
Second, the Social Committee has to be complimented on getting everyone through the food line with a fantastic hot meal in such a speedy fashion. (45 minutes total time to serve 250 residents) Taking care of the kitchen duties were Jay O’Hern, Beverly Idone, SanDee Spencer, Mick and Donna James. Dick Francis handled the drinks; Marty Duesel directed everyone through the line and Nancy Archer, Rich and Monica Becotte assisted with the 50/50 drawings. Congratulations to these volunteers for a job well done.
Last but not least, thanks to our residents who came out; enjoyed friends and neighbors and set a new attendance record. What a great summer it’s been with more to come.

Bowlers Meeting
The Cherrywood Bowling League will meet on Monday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the clubhouse to provide information on this year’s league play at Galaxy Lanes. Details of the upcoming season will be discussed; teams registered and new bowlers signed up. There are openings for regular bowlers and substitute positions also so all interested persons should plan to attend.
Fran Hall, Secretary for the league, will be there to answer questions and provide details for everyone. Come to the meeting and then get ready for a season of fun.

Veterans Club meeting
On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Veterans Club returns to its regular meeting schedule. At 2 p.m. the meeting will be called to order and our guest speaker will discuss veterans burial benefits and options. Immediately following the presentation, other items on the agenda such as the food drive for Ritz House; fund raising; and similar important matters will be discussed.
Club President Bill Mahar and the board strongly encourage all veterans to come to this meeting. If you are not yet a member of the club, this would be an excellent opportunity to join and become eligible for the all the benefits that membership brings.
As all veterans know, just because our military service has ended does not mean an end to our service. Our brothers and sisters need our help and for those who can no longer speak; they and their families need our voices. Join your fellow vets on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Happy hour follows the meeting.

Memorial Committee
The Cherrywood Veterans Club Memorial Committee needs a few more volunteers. This compassionate group assists the family of a veteran when they want to hold a reception in the clubhouse following funeral services. The committee does such things as decorating; setting up refreshments provided by the family and handles other details as needed. The committee also insures that the deceased veteran’s name is placed on the memorial plaque in the clubhouse. If you would like to assist in this endeavor, contact Ruth Hurley or your humble correspondent at urperssec@yahoo.com and we will make sure your name is added to the contact list.

AARP Driving Class
Two Senior Safe Driving classes are scheduled for November at Cherrywood. Class I will be held on the 12th and 15th and Class II will be on the 26th & 29th. These morning classes are free to all Cherrywood Veterans Club members. For members of AARP the cost is $12 and for non-members, $14.
There are two big benefits to taking this class. First, it enhances your safety and might well save your life or the life of a loved one. Second, at the completion of the class, each student is given a certificate that can be given to your auto insurance company. This certificate normally reduces your annual insurance rates by over $100. (Not bad pay for six hours of class work.)
Classes are limited to 20 students each so call Geri at the office ASAP to insure that you get a seat. These spaces will go quickly and we don’t want you to miss out.

CERT meeting success
On Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, more than 20 residents were treated to coffee; delicious pastries and a great presentation of the CD “Your Survival.” David Siegel, Assistant Team Leader for Cherrywood CERT was the moderator of the program and did a great job of providing a vast array of information to those who attended.
Bob Arnot, expert in all things related to natural disasters starred in the CD which is a complete guide for disaster planning and recovery. Because of time constraints David edited some of the material but important sections on tornados; hurricanes and flooding were covered extensively.
Items of importance included keeping your vehicle in good running order in case of evacuation; keeping important documents safe and water proofed; having a “bug out” kit; emergency communications; and a list of important supplies to have on hand were just some of the topics. Many more subjects were covered in depth and were very helpful.
For those of you who missed this important meeting, another one may be held in the near future if interest is expressed. Contact Geri if you would like to see another such class by our excellently trained CERT Team.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of emergency planning and our CERT team helped our residents learn the “how’s” and “why’s” of preparedness. We are grateful to Dave and his team for the excellent work they are doing.

Accordion Club
On Wednesday, Aug. 22, join our Accordion Club in the clubhouse for some rip roaring fun as the gang brings out their instruments and jams for the entertainment of all. Richard promises a special surprise this month for your listening enjoyment.
You are invited to bring your own refreshments and enjoy the music of professional as well as amateur musicians and singers. Dance the night away or just tap your toes to the great rhythms and tunes. This night of live and lively entertainment and pure enjoyment is totally free, so bring your favorite beverage and bring your neighbor and friends. There’s nothing like the Accordion Club at Cherrywood.

Notes to singers
Each Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. the Cherrywood Songbirds assemble in the clubhouse and rehearse new songs to take on tour. Our Songbirds travel to many venues including various assisted living facilities and other complexes. Their songs brighten and cheer everyone who hears this dedicated group and sees them perform.
There is always room for new voices to be heard in this choir, especially male voices to compliment the ladies. If you’ve ever sung Karaoke; sung in a church choir or even sung in the shower, come and try out for this uniquely talented group. (Note to “shower singers;” wear clothes to this event.)
We are proud of our Songbirds and all the good they do in the community.

Crafters wanted
Our Fall Craft Show is coming to the clubhouse of Cherrywood on Oct. 13. The timing couldn’t be better because there are no other craft shows planned for that time and it is early enough to get packages out of state in time for the holidays.
Some of our most talented crafts people are displaying and selling everything from purses and tote bags to painted gourds to antiques; jewelry to wood carvings and much more. Tables are just $10 each for residents and Geri can provide all the information to any potential vendors. Non-resident artisans and crafters are encouraged to participate in what promises to be the biggest show yet.
An added feature to this years show is a donation station provided by the Cherrywood Veterans Club. They are collecting non-perishable food stuff for Ritz Veterans Home in Ocala where at risk veterans receive help in transforming their lives.
What better way can you spend a day than by helping a vet and shopping for some truly unique and artistic gifts. Display places are filling fast so contact Geri soon to reserve your spot.

Comedy Night
World Class comedienne Rene’ Bray will appear at Cherrywood for two shows on Oct. 8. Rene’ has appeared on such TV shows as Montel Williams; Jenny Jones; Geraldo and 20/20. In addition this marvelous talent has opened for acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Barry White; Billy Ray Cyrus and REO Speed wagon. Rene’ was also the first comedian to perform for our troops in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
Her remarkably diverse material delivered in a coolly relaxed style makes Rene’ a joy to watch and hear. She will have you in stitches from the beginning to the end of her act.
Tickets are free to our residents as this event is sponsored by Chris and Cherrywood Management. You must have a ticket to enter the clubhouse for these shows so be sure to see Geri and pick them up because seating is limited. Times for the early and late show will be in later editions of the Citizen.

CERT Certification Training
Certification Training begins Sept. 13 to become a member of the Cherrywood Community Emergency Response Team. This exciting and challenging instruction is carried out by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and is given at their office at 692 N.W. 30th Ave. in Ocala.
A eight session training program is available from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. or from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Only one class can be missed during the program and the CPR classes are mandatory.
CERT is made up of volunteers under the Direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Sheriff’s Office. The purpose is to train and certify volunteers to be first responders in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado.
For more detailed information contact David F. Siegel 390-3325 or the Sheriff’s Office itself at 812-0853. You can be a life saver with this special training so don’t hesitate to sign up.

Camera Club
The Shutterbugs will meet again at 10 a.m. in the library of the Cherrywood Clubhouse. Bring you camera; your ideas; your curiosity and your interest for a good meeting to plan our future events.

Movie Night
For some great laughs and a fun free night, join us for Movie Night at Cherrywood for the feature “The three Stooges 2012.” If slapstick comedy is your film genre then you’ll love the antics of Larry, Moe, Curly and Shemp. Their comedy routines are classics and always hilarious. Many of us grew up watching these guys get into one mess after another and mimicked their styles. Take a step back in time and come on out for this free evening of entertainment.
Free popcorn and lemonade are available but feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite beverage and come sit in the comfortable clubhouse at 7 p.m. to watch the madcap mayhem of the “stooges.”

Cherrywood Travels
Here is a list of trips that are available to Cherrywood residents in the near future. Our travel specialist Nancy Archer will be happy to take your reservations; answer your questions and guide you through an enjoyable outing. Contact her at 861-1432.
The Alhambra Dinner Theatre on Saturday Sept 8 will present the romantic comedy, “Remember Me” staring Joyce De Witt. This is a story about a couple in their fifties and is sure to please.
Winter Park Playhouse is the place to be to see “Pete n Keely.” This hilarious musical comedy is set in the late 60s with great golden oldies and clever new songs. The date for this production is Sept. 20.
“Moon Over Buffalo” is on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre. This production follows traveling actors as they fight for another chance at stardom in Hollywood.
Alhambra Dinner Theatre will feature “Phantom” on Saturday, Oct. 13. You will go behind the mask of this great opera ghost as he exposes the mysteries of his passions.

Spotlight on Excellence
(Editor’s note: Last week’s story was inadvertently cut short. Here is the remaining copy that was left out.)
Paul was a 32nd degree Mason; a member of the Cherrywood Veterans Club; and a war hero. Avis, is a member of National Association of Clock and Watch Collectors of America; Kenniller Historical Society in Maine; North Central Florida Polio Support Group; the Southwest Christian Church and associate member of Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
This has been just a ‘Readers Digest’ sketch of Avis and Paul’s life together. The adventures the two of them shared both when they were apart and when they were together would fill far more pages than I have room for in this article. I thought it was important however that these two members of that ‘Greatest Generation’ be recognized for their special story and for what they gave to our nation.
As I began, originally, I planned to interview both Paul and Avis. Because of his illness, that was not possible and we postponed the appointment. Perhaps there is a message in this to all of us. Let’s not pass up any opportunity to share our respect; our care or our stories with one another. Hug your partner and your family often; laugh at yourself and love your neighbor because you don’t know how long you have or what your neighbor has been through.
We are grateful to Avis and Paul for their service; their sacrifices and their inspiration.

From Your Reporter
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