It's a very merry Preserve tradition

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece last month’s Christmas holiday was assuredly made merrier for a good many preservists by a group of Spruce Creek Preserve volunteers. This spirited group, intent on sharing their Christmas cheer, prepared and served a most delectable Christmas dinner to a special gathering of Preserve residents in the Community Center ballroom.

Last year Preservist Norma Hockensmith, mindful of the many Preservists who were anticipating a lonely Christmas holiday, introduced to the community the concept of a “Christmas Day Fellowship Dinner.” This year’s second annual dinner, well on its way to becoming a Preserve tradition, was attended by more than 125 Preservists, each enjoying the warm companionship prevalent throughout the festive ballroom.

Soon after the dinner, a white elephant gift exchange took place bringing peals of laughter and numerous mystery gift ideas among the participants for next year’s exchange.

Thanks, Norma, for implementing your creative idea, you’ve given a lot of folks something to look forward to next Christmas.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way.

Jan. 26 – Last call for Casino Night – you don’t want to miss the fun. New this year – bingo and door prizes.

Jan. 28 – Cancer Support Group will introduce Dr. Jamie Daniel, a general surgeon, and Dr. Leonik Ahumada, a plastic surgeon, at 5:30 p.m. They will address breast reconstruction. Open to all residents. See Linda Sprague.

Jan. 29 – Preserve ballroom closed all day for Presidential Primary – no bingo. See Margaret McKeivier.

Feb. 1 – Bingo for Preservists and overnight guests. Regular times.

Feb. 7 – Preserve Players meeting. Open to all residents. See Linda Sprague.

Feb. 9 – Aristocrats sponsoring Valentine Dance, music by Cool Breeze, $7 per person, BYOB. Ticket sales Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. See Colleen Wittling.

Feb. 10 – Democrat Club meeting. Open discussion to review the primary and issues that are developing. See Bob Breffle.

Feb. 14 – Valentine Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, fruit, orange juice, coffee and Danish will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. Tickets are $3 per person, on sale Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and at bingo on Tuesday.

March 15 – Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Spaces on sale Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday at bingo. See Jerry Jones.

Pictorial Directory on sale at office. See Julie.

Properties Committee looking for new members. Applications at office.

Water aerobics Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. See Dee G.

Tai chi exercise class Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. See Alie Gelinas.

Sprucercise class Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. in Community Center ballroom.

Women’s billiards Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See Emily McGrury.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

On the Level Club is recycling magazines, newspapers, and aluminum cans every Tuesday morning. Drop-off: Mac Anderson, Earl Barker, David Barrus, John Hart, Bob Hester, Otto Kirzek, Dave Smith, Bill Spatz and Neal Venters.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.