Everybody wants to hear this

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Everyone in Oak Run, couples included, is welcome to the next meeting of the Singles Club at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Orchid Club. MaryJo Lawson of Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) will be there to talk about services for hearing- and speech impaired residents.

In view of the broad spectrum of Oak Runners this subject might appeal to, we would like to invite non-members to this meeting.

Members with last names beginning with N-Z are asked to bring finger foods. Your 2009 dues of $6 can be paid on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Donut Drop In at the Orchid Club lobby.

Comedy Show for

all Oak Runners

The times for ticket sales were omitted from the prior information about the Jeff Laub comedy show. All Oak Runners are invited to the Jewish Social Club’s Comedy Show on March 4 show at the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby on Saturday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at a cost of $12 members and $14 guests.

Genealogy Club

On Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club the Genealogy Club will have its monthly meeting. Ron Chard from On Top Of the World will talk briefly about the genealogy classes at Circle Square Commons.

George Morgan will be a speaker March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the class room at Oak Hall. The main topic will be a demonstration of New Family Tree Maker 2009. The program includes a getting started guide, tips and a tutorial. “Ancestry” is having a special offer on Family Tree Maker 2009 for $49.90, normally $125, which includes an essential collection of reference books on CD, a total of six books.

For more information, visit genealogyclub.oakrunocala.com. Come to our meeting even if you are not a member. Questions are always welcome and you might win our 50/50 drawing.

Photography Club

The next trip is Saturday, Feb. 21, to Rainbow Springs State Park. We meet at the Island Club at 11:45 a.m. to carpool and leave at noon for Charlie Horse restaurant in Dunnellon for lunch.

Those not going to lunch can meet the group at 1:30 p.m. under the pavilion in the park just past the entrance booth. The subject will be flowers with a short discussion and tips on how to shoot flowers.

There will also be an exhibition of Cracker Days with demonstrations throughout the park. For more information, call Bruce Heaton.

Little Theatre

The phones are ringing and members are buzzing about our very special 20th anniversary celebration. On Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Palm Grove we will savor hot and cold hors d’oeuvres along with wine and dessert, all catered by Royal Oaks.

Added to this gala is entertainment from three of our past successful shows. Little Theatre’s original actors will do a Reader’s Theater version of scenes from Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig, Who’s in Bed with the Butler by Michael Parker, and Rumors by Neil Simon. Entertainment coordinator, Bonnie Kreider, is putting it all together for us.

Nostalgia abounds. There are some surprises being kept secret. Diana Schmidt and Dee Gragg, co-chairpersons for this festivity, are making this 20th anniversary truly special.

We will have room for member-sponsored guests at a cost of $10 per person to share this evening with us. Learn what we’re all about. Perhaps next year we’ll be watching you. If you have any questions, call Diana at 873-7243.

Do You Remember?

Tune into Len Teitler’s “Do You Remember?” show, following FYI daily from Feb. 13 to 20. Featured will be last year’s New York Club shindig, Proud to Be an American, narrated by Anna Boodee.

‘50s and ‘60s

Charity Dance

The Oak Run Red Hat Ladies are sponsoring a charity dance, Rockin’ for Muscular Dystrophy, on Thursday, March 5 at the Palm Grove ballroom at 5:30 p.m. It will be a ‘50s and ‘60s dance, so dress up in your rock n’ roll best and rock the night away with Damian as your DJ.

Cost is $10 per person and is open to all Oak Run residents and their guests. Tickets go on sale in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 17. For more information, call Audrey at 854-4840.

Way Off Broadway

Way Off Broadway has chosen Oklahoma for its fall production. The producer is Rose Ann Piscitelli, co-directors are Diane and Frank Porterfield, assisted by JoAnn Dannecker and Nap Auger as co-musical directors, choreographers Bonnie Kreider and Shari Weber and music coordinators Gus Orrego and Frank Viola who are responsible for putting together the solo and background music for the play.

The offstage cadre of people in support roles is larger than the onstage cast and more of the production team will be named in future releases as will information on auditions, ticket sales, rehearsals and show times.

New York Club

More than 150 spirited New Yorkers enjoyed the Proud to be an American dinner dance catered by Royal Oaks, with music by George.

Look forward to March 25 when the theme will be Viva Vegas, with music by Sally and her “Vegas” buddies. Sally will entertain us with her Los Vegas impersonations.

Dinner will be catered by Pronto featuring chicken Marsala with trimmings, salad, etc. ending with cheesecake. Coffee and tea are available all evening. Cost is $15 members and $18 guests.

Tickets go on sale March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the card room. Can’t get your tickets at this time? Call Jeanne at 854-1172.

Remember April 24 for our annual picnic. Details to come. Don’t forget to renew your membership ($6). If you’re not a member, consider joining this outstanding group of fun-loving, friendly New Yorkers. Call Jack Foggan at 237-9489 for more information.

Call Gini Emerick, our Sunshine Gal at 854-5120 if you know of any member who needs a kind thought. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Mid-season Bocce


The tournament for league players has been rescheduled for Feb. 21 at the bocce courts behind the shuffleboard courts. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with donuts, juice and coffee for paid members. Games begin at 9 a.m.

Royal Oaks 18-hole

Women’s Golf

In spite of the cold windy day, a few brave souls played on Feb. 3 and they could count only the odd holes using half handicap.

A Flight: Chris Orndorff 33.5, Maureen Edwards 35.

B Flight: Carolyn Collins 30.5, Judy Klein 32.5, Arlene Klann 35.

C Flight: Kathy Kollar 35.5, Joanne Morris 36.5.

Closest to the pin: Judy Klein.

Congratulations, ladies.

Executive Golf

Course Tournament

The second annual Jack Everson Golf Tournament will be at the Executive Golf Course on March 16 and will continue on March 20, 23 and 27. There will be one make up play per week to be completed by each Saturday.

The tournament is open to men and women but an Executive Course handicap is required. The entry fee is $10 and not refundable.

A sign up sheet, which will close March 13, is available at the Executive Course pro shop. Call Gary Walker at 237-6961 or Bruce Kelts at 873-4295 for more information.

Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com. (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive my reply within a day, call me. My number is in the Oak Run directory.

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