Green thumbs share gardening secrets

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

May is the month for the Members’ Forum for the Oak Run Garden Club.

Throughout the year, we invite guest gardening, landscaping, and conservation experts to share their knowledge with us. Once a year, our own Garden Club Member Experts present a program on their areas of interest and expertise. On Wednesday, May 6, the program includes "Gardening in Small Spaces" (Connie Fangman); "Pest Control, Inside and Out" (Madeline Braisted); "Gardening in the Shade" (Nancy Frost); and "My Very Favorite Plants( I think)" (Linda Spring).

Join us in the Orchid Club for refreshments and fellowship at 9 a.m. Program starts at 9:30 a.m. A short business meeting follows the presentation.

There will be a plant raffle, 50-50, low cost plants and seedlings.

You always learn something interesting at the Garden Club!

Sign up for the guided Sholom Park tour and lunch after the meeting. For more information, call Nancy at 873-0242.

Blood Drive

Bloodmobiles from Florida’s Blood Centers will be at Palm Grove on Wednesday, May 6, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood donated here stays in Marion County and is used at all our hospitals and other medical facilities. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of liquids before coming to donate. Remember, there is no substitute for blood which is needed every day to save lives in our community.

Medical Team

The Medical Team will meet Monday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Island Club. All Oak Run residents with an interest in medical issues are invited to attend. For information call Linda Erhardt at 873-3365.

Italian American Club

The club has been and will continue to be busy. It just had its third "Nite at the Races" and what a success it was. Bets were flowing from a full house of members and guests. Pizza was provided by Lorenzo’s.

Now plans are under way for our annual picnic at Rainbow Springs State Park. It will be on Wednesday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, soda and coffee will be available to enjoy, as well as various outdoor activities. Some limited tickets are available by contacting John Casabianca at 237-3135.

Upper Midwest Club

Our May event is a good old-fashioned American patriotism get-together on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:15 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Sonny’s barbecue chicken and ribs, four side dishes, fruit cobbler, lemonade, and iced tea will be served.

The Dunnellon Singers will sing a nice array of songs ,including patriotic songs and singing along will be allowed.

Ticket sales will be on sale Monday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club lobby.

Cost is $12 per person for members and $14 per person for guests. Please make checks payable to Upper Midwest Club. Everyone is encouraged to wear their name tags. Please plan to attend. For information on other upcoming events please go to umwclub.embarqspace.com or contact Dave at 732-2227.

Laurel Oaks Ladies

Laurel Oaks monthly ladies’ luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Oaks Club. Please RSVP to Henrietta Goldfrank at 873-4265 by Sunday, May 3.

Anglers Club

A pontoon trip is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. Members and guests call Don Thomas or T. J. Stojkic for more information. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 14, when our speaker will be from the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Be sure to sign up, members and spouses, for the pizza party at the June 11 meeting. There will be no meetings in July and August. We will start again on Thursday, Sept. 10. Have a great summer.


Social Club

It’s the merry month of May, and that can only mean Maifest! Our celebration will take place on Wednesday, May 20 at Palm Grove.

ROGC will cater a delicious meal and The Swinging Bavarians will provide music for your dancing and listening pleasure. German costume or proper attire. No shorts please. BYOB and door prizes, as well as 50/50. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Ticket sales are Monday, May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. $18 members; $20 guests. You can still pay your $6 dues for 2009 at the time of ticket sales. For more information, call Irene Fortuna or Ken Domingue at 854-4523.

Summer Water Exercise

Sign up for Oak Run residents will be Thursday, May 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the card room at the Orchid Club. Classes will begin the week of May 12. You may choose from:

Tuesday/Thursday 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. at the Palm Grove pool.

Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 p.m. at the Aquatic pool.

Wednesday/Friday 9 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. at the Aquatic pool.

Wednesday/Friday 9 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. at the Orchid Club pool.

We look forward to seeing you in May. Questions? Call Sharon 854-5590 or Mariann 291-0462, after May 20.

New York Club

Our end-of-season dinner/dance will be held on May 27. Dinner consisting of pork chops, glazed sweet potatoes and yummy pineapple upside down cake will be served by Royal Oaks caterers.

Tom Michaels will provide great music, which when mixed with a great bunch of New Yorkers and a luau theme, promises to be a fun evening.

Tickets go on sale May 11 in the card room from 10 a.m. to noon at $15 for members and $18 for guests. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and 4 Corners dance. BYOB.

Think Christmas?

Thinking about an early Christmas gift? How about joining us for a trip to the Show Palace for their Christmas lunch/show on Nov. 2? Cost is $58 each. Check with Eleanor Foggan (237-9489) for available seating. Call Gini Emerick, our Sunshine gal-854-5120 if you know of any member who could use a kind thought.

Oak Run Travel

Visit Princess Cays, Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados (on Easter Sunday), St. Lucia and Antigua on the Ruby Princess 10-night Caribbean cruise, March 30 to April 9, 2010. Starting at $1,206, the price includes port charges, government fees and taxes, roundtrip motor coach to Ft. Lauderdale, driver and porter gratuities. Plus you receive a shipboard credit of $50 per cabin, a group cocktail party on ship, and a bottle of wine delivered to your cabin. For registration details, call Bob at 237-8720.


The Arbor Club Invitational Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament on April 2 was organized by Jorge Privat of On Top of the World and won by Mike Kirkeby and Brigid Chick of Oak Run. Second and third places went to On Top of the World couples, Bernie Goldwill/Maria Fried and Roger Crittenden/Marilyn Beardsley, respectively. Participating gated communities were Rainbow Springs, On Top of the World, Stone Creek and Oak Run.

Stir together a yoga warm up, players of all levels, delicious food, great weather, social tennis and you had a super Oak Run Tennis Mixer on April 17. The next tennis event includes a cookout on June 26 from 3-6 p.m.

Shuffleboard Club

On a beautiful sunny Saturday, April 18, the club played one of its tournament skill games for members only. The player could win up to 40 points. The winning player for the women was Marge Johnson with 14 points. The men’s winner, Jack Higbie, scored 19 points. The attendance was good and all agreed they had a wonderful time. Everyone is looking forward to our next tournament. Anyone interested in joining the club may call Jerry Hayes at 291-1966 or Richie Lambert at 861-106.

Carol Ann’s Corner

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Women’s 18-Hole Golf

The Royal Oaks Women’s 18-Hole Golf League held their annual three-day championship tournament on April 7, 9, and 21.  On the first day of cold windy weather, winners in flights were:

1: Joanne Ellis and Maureen Edwards tied at 91, and Sylvia Zappia 93.

2: Lynn Houghton, 98, and Bea Terry, 99.

3: Ginger Drake and Claire Pruneau tied at 106, and Patty Dougherty 108.

April 9 results:

1: JT LeMasters 88, Sylvia Zappia and Joanne Ellis tied at 92 .

2: Lynn Houghton 93 and Jan Tennant 96.

3: Kitty Trichel 93, Leslie Rizzo 99, and Mary Kay Frandsen 100.

The final day’s result, postponed a week due to a rainy Tuesday:

1: Dianna Love, 91, JT LeMasters, Joanne Ellis, and Maureen Edwards tied at 93.

2: Bette Johnson, 96 and Bea Terry 101

3: Patty Dougherty 96 and Mary Kay Frandsen 98.

First and second place winners in flight 1 were JT LeMasters 278, and Maureen Edwards, 285.

Jan Tennant, Bette Johnson, and Bea Terry tied for first place with 301 in second flight.

Patty Dougherty took first place in third flight with 305, Mary Kay Frandsen, 308, and Kitty Trichel 310.

Congratulations Joanne Ellis, Royal Oaks Golf Champion with a score of 276!

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