Learn to paint at Debbie’s classes

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By Nancy Archer

Have you ever wondered how artists paint such beautiful scenes? Debbie Blackburn can bring out the best in you. She teaches the Bob Ross technique of painting.

This month’s project and the sign-up book are in the Clubhouse. Classes are $35 and unless otherwise posted, include canvases, paints, brushes, and everything you need. Just bring some paper towels and a desire to paint.

Songbird Notes

Do you remember the Coca-Cola commercial, I’d Like to Teach to World to Sing, Anne Murray’s Snowbird or Harry Bellefonte’s Yellow Bird? These are just a few of the songs we are currently singing.

If you can sing in the shower you can come out and sing with your friends at the Clubhouse on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Our program at Spruce Creek Preserve this month was appreciated by the Potluck Club. We will be performing at Joy Lutheran Church for a benefit to purchase shoes for homeless or needy children on April 25 at 3 p.m.

New Cherrywood Songbirds would be joyfully accepted, and we are saving a seat just for you. No embarrassing audition; just a desire to sing. For more information, call Aprile at 237-0924 or Edna at 291-8815.

AARP Driver Safety Class

There will be an AARP 55 driver safety class on March 24 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $12 AARP members and $15 non-members. For more information, call Geri at 237-1675.

Ladies Luncheon

February brought about 25 women to the Ladies Luncheon. We would like to see more ladies at next month’s luncheon. So mark your calendar for March 11 at noon – and bring a covered dish to share.

Monthly Breakfast

We had a nice turnout for the February breakfast and we had two new volunteers. We welcome your help.

Our next breakfast will be March 14, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Orange juice, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cup, coffee or tea, and we will have a toast table. Cost is $3 each.

Tickets are sold by Geri at the office or Christine Archer at Bingo. No tickets at the door since we need an accurate headcount for the breakfast.

Democratic Club

In January it was our great pleasure to welcome Marion County Sheriff Ed Dean to our meeting. He told us that he would be attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration and ball. We wished him good luck and a safe trip to Washington, D.C.

On March 20, we shall be putting together our activities for the coming months with the local and national branches of the Democratic Party. It is going to a busy and exciting time. We need everyone’s input.

Our young people serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan need our support and thanks year-round, so please work with our veterans organizations and our Support Our Soldiers Committee to show our appreciation for their dedication.

We were pleased to present $60 to the SOS committee to help with the cost of shipping supplies to our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Voter registration cards are available if you want to register or change party affiliation.

The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets monthly on the third Friday at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Harriet Scarpino at 873-9955.


The Cherrywood Bowling League report for Feb. 16.

Men’s high games: Jim Houghtaling 233, Jim Heape 199, Dale Lunsford 197.

Women’s high games: Ann Arpaia 186, Maria Nardone 183, Gianna Baker 177.

Sub’s high game: Roy Stacer 199.

Bowler’s of the week, pins over average: Marie Nardone +101, Jim Houghtaling +97.

Submitted by Fran Hall, secretary/treasurer.

Aquatic Arthritis Exercise

The class is conducted by Herbert Alvarado, a certified arthritis instructor. All exercises are conducted in water to minimize joint stress. Class size is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 15.

Classes are June 4, 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 and July 2, 9 and 11. Saturdays will be rain dates.

There will be 12 classes at $1.50 each for a total of $18.00, payable in advance. Payment is non-refundable after class 3 (June 9). Call Geri at 237-1675 for more information.

Cherrywood Bingo

We have new games and bigger prizes at Cherrywood bingo. Get to know your neighbors and have a Thursday night filled with fun from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

Get there early. Jackpot goes off every week, no more waiting. Jackpots start at $100. Cost to play is $6 each week.

Travel Club

We still have a lot of new day trips, and a few overnighters, to offer. Fliers for all trips are in the Clubhouse. Get your name in the Travel Club book if you want to go.

If you want to book or confirm a trip, call Nancy at 861-1432. Remember, you do not need to live in Cherrywood to go on our trips.

We are working on an excursion to Tampa Bay Downs.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Show Palace on Thursday, March 12. Cost, $70, includes bus, musical comedy, buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

The Peking Acrobats perform at UF Performing Arts Center on March 21. Cost, $80, includes bus, lunch at Northwest Grille, 2 p.m. show, taxes and tips. Reservations should have been made by now.

Waist Watchers at Tampa Performing Arts Center on March 25. Cost, $82, includes bus, lunch at Sam Seltzer’s, musical comedy at 2 p.m., taxes and tips. Reserve by Jan. 15.

Natalie Needs a Nightie at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre on Thursday, April 2. Cost, $66, includes bus, zany show a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Private Lives at the Early Bird Dinner Theater on Thursday, April 30. Cost, $66, includes bus, romantic comedy a 1 p.m., buffet lunch, taxes and tips.

Wednesday, March 4: A day at Hard Rock Casino, $25. Roundtrip bus, $25 in free play, $5 toward lunch, and driver’s tip.

May 10 to 22: Cross country bus trip to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, $2,599 per person double occupancy. Eleven days and 12 nights, upscale hotels, tours, side trips, breakfast and dinner, six lunches, taxes and tips. For more information, call Laura Kane at 840-0333.

Cruise the western Caribbean for 7 nights aboard the Freedom of the Seas, departing Port Canaveral Nov. 29. Going to Labadee, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Cabin rates per person double occupancy: inside $791, promenade $891, balcony $1,071. Deposit required by March 5, fully refundable until Sept. 15.

Monday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Join us for a cruise seminar at the Cherrywood Clubhouse with representatives of Royal Caribbean. Refreshments will be served.

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Las Vegas trip March 1. Four nights in Vegas, roundtrip from Ocala to Orlando and roundtrip airfare from Orlando including taxes.

Your choice of hotels: Excalibur $579, Circus Circus $509, Monte Carlo $649, or Treasure Island $649, per person double occupancy. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

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A Pearl River Resort weekend in Choctaw, Miss. is planned for May 1 to 4. Cost is $179 per person double occupancy. Stay at Silver Star Casino and game at Vegas-style slots or table games. Round trip bus, hotel, 3 meal coupons, and $25 in play credit. Make reservations by April 24. For more information, call Natalie Marcucio at 854-4561.

Nancy Archer, husband, Frank, and their daughter Christine are 10-year Cherrywood residents and they enjoy the community. Get Cherrywood news to her at bluejay10453@hotmail.com, by Thursday mornings.