Count down to New Year’s and annual dance

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Ambassadors are putting on "Count Down to 2009," their New Years’ dance on Wednesday, Dec. 31,  from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Palm Grove Ballroom.

Music will be by "Double Density," Ralph and Sandra, who play a variety of dance music. Festivities include hors d’oeuvres catered by Bruce.

Buffet time is 9 to 10:30 p.m. and will include Swedish meatballs, meatless baked ziti, chicken franchaise, cold vegetable tray/dip, fresh fruit tray, cheese and crackers, spinach dip and bread sticks. BYOB and bring additional snacks for the remaining evening of dancing.

There will be champagne at midnight. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 15 in the card room from 8 to 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the lobby from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $22 per person. Checks only, payable to ORHA. Come join the Ambassadors in bringing in the New Year!

Jewish Social Club Chanukah Party

Plans are well under way for the club’s annual Chanukah party in the Orchid Club on Dec. 22.

Educator Judi Siegal, a columnist for the Citizen, will be the guest speaker. This will be a special affair catered by Chef Dale of the Veranda Gallery and will feature fresh potato pancakes, cheese blintzes, salad, dessert and beverages.

The price for JSC members is $18 and guests $22. Club President Ben Muhlberg advises that tickets are still available and anyone interested in coming to this deluxe affair, or for more information, please call him at 854-0236.

This party should not be confused with other Chanukah events, including the annual interfaith affair that had been  in Oak Run for several years, but which will no longer take place. The Jewish Social Club’s annual Chanukah Party is the final event of the year and a wrap-up of a busy season for the club and its members. Travel Club

We still have a few more openings for our Colorado Rockies escorted trip to be from  Sept. 5 through Sept. 13. Tour highlights will include Denver, the Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown Loop Railroad, Grand Junction, Mesa Verde National Park, Pike’s Peak Cog Railroad and Garden of the Gods. Call Pat at 291-1456 for our excellent, reduced prices. Medical Equipment

Loan Program

The medical equipment loan program of Oak Run is the outgrowth of a long-standing program established and run by one individual alone, Ted Obst.

Ted passed away on May 8, 2006.

Dominick Viscardi volunteered to take over and revise the program, and was appointed program director by the Oak Run Board of Directors.

They also appointed Hal Schechter (237-1353) plus Russell and Sandra Mantel (873-9112) as associates. Nick Pallatta (873-2062) has volunteered to be a substitute when required.

Request for, return of, or donation of equipment can be arranged by calling Dominick Viscardi (861-4420) or, if he is not available, one of the associates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

All items are loaned free of charge to Oak Run residents and their guests. The equipment is stored and loaned from the medical equipment storage shed (the white aluminum sided building) located next to the boat and RV lot and ORHA recycling dumpsters.

All equipment must be signed for on an official form with the understanding that the borrower is fully responsible for the equipment and that it will be returned as soon as it is no longer required. Items available consist of walkers, with and without wheels; shower chairs; bedside commodes; wheel chairs with and without leg extensions; aluminum adjustable crutches; single walking canes, plus some with four feet; toilet seat risers; bedpans; male urinals and wheelchair ramps.

All equipment has been donated by past and present residents. Donations are not required or solicited by the staff but, for those who insist, checks only should be made payable to ORHA. No cash is accepted.

Those who work in the program know what a successful and helpful program this is. The feedback from the residents has been very positive. The extensive list of equipment currently on loan represented 98 individual transactions. The success of this program is dependent upon the residents promptly returning the items borrowed as soon as they are no longer required. Carol Ann’s Corner

As a new pet owner I am amazed at the number of common holiday plants that can cause problems for our furry children. Some of the most dangerous are holly, amaryllis, and mistletoe, all of which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Many people have heard that poinsettia is dangerous but it has a low level of toxicity and is said to be overrated. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter cacti are also low toxicity, in small amounts. But then who would want to take a chance? If you bring plants into you home, make sure they are in a location inaccessible to your pets, and to any toddlers as well! Oak Run Women’s 18 Hole Golf

Winners of the low net game played on Tuesday, Dec. 2 were:

Flight A: Sheila Adams, 71, Judie Lavdas, 72, and J.T. LeMasters, Pat Blackburn, Roseann Galeazzo, and Joanne Ellis, tied at 73.

Flight B: Maureen Edwards, 64, Jan Tennant, 65, Judy Klein, 71, and Jean Herron, 72.

Flight C: Pat Salberg, 67, Carolyn Collins and Patty Dougherty, 71.

Judie Lavdas was closest to the pin. Christmas / Hanukkah Scramble

The Royal Oaks Lady Niners (ROLN) and the Royal Oaks Women’s Golf Organization (ROWGO) had their annual holiday tournament and luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 4. In addition to the current league members, former members were invited to participate. There were 43 golfers and a total of 56 ladies attended the luncheon held in the Royal Oaks dining room where the tables were festively decorated in the holiday spirit.

The winning teams of the 2008 Christmas / Hanukkah Scramble were:

First place: Carol Clark, Jan Tennant, Jeannie Konicki and Mary Hoots

Second place: Charlotte Green, Jean Herron, Pat Salberg and Donna Topp

Third place: Carol Dygert, Lynn Houghton, Arlene Zimmerman and Margie Dunegan

Fourth place: Dianna Love, Gayle Feeman, Jan Washenko and Kitty Trichel

Prior to the start of play, the golfers had the opportunity to purchase "help" in the form of mulligans and a “pro-shot.” The “pro-shot” meant that John Balmer hit your drive on hole # 1. This was a great help to most teams as there were many birdies and one eagle as a result.

The winners of the three individual contests were: Closest to the pin - hole # 3: Gayle Feeman


Closest to the pin - hole # 11: Charlotte Green Closest to the line - hole # 5: Kitty Trichel

There were various drawings held during the luncheon for cash prizes and the winners were Cindy Kocher, Barb Scozzafava, Diana Schmidt, Ginger Drake, Jan Washenko, Barb Davis, Carol Clark, Sheila Weckstein, Carol Dygert and Janet Tully. Also four people at each table won the drawings for part of the table decorations.

Congratulations to Bette Johnson, Patty Dougherty and Eleanor Cerlenko for putting together such a great event! ORWGA Year End Awards

At the recent Christmas lunch and awards presentation for the Executive Course Thursday Ladies’ Golf League, the following women won the annual "ringers" awards. Don’t know what "ringers" are?

Our very special volunteer, Mickey Smith, carefully copies every score each player makes on each hole they play throughout the year. Then she compiles their best score. The "ringer" game shows what our true potential for scoring is ... if only it happened all the time!

Flight A

Marti Babb,Sue Marentette Tie score 28

Connie Bingham 29

Flight B

Vange Bell, Mickey Smith Tie score 32

Norma Rombach 33

Flight C

Norma Erickson 34

Pat Apeland, Donna Huffman Tie score 35

Flight D

Betty Scott 36

Mary Hart 39

Pat Anderson 41

Jewish Social Club January Concert

 All Oak Runners are invited to attend the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band performance on Jan. 22 at Palm Grove.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. after a brief Jewish Social Club meeting. If you have been to any of their concerts you know that this truly professional group is a treat for everyone.  Tickets will be on sale at the donut drop on Dec. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m.  in the Orchid Club lobby and again on Dec. 27 at the pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $5 per ticket.

Do You Remember?

Tune in Channel 12 to see highlights of the Country Western Dance Club's 2007 holiday party.  The show is produced by Len Teitler and narrated by Anna Boodee.  It will air following FYI daily from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19.