Light up your cart and join the parade

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

This year’s Oak Run golf cart parade still has openings. If you wish to join us for some annual holiday fun, please call Dorothy or Bob Swenson at 873-0531, and they will fix up your cart for the parade.

The schedule for this year’s parade is as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 14: Hillside, Golfview, and Laurel Oaks.

Monday, Dec. 15: Neighborhoods 7, 8 and 9.

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Fountains, Linkside, and Eagles Point.

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Neighborhoods 1, 2, and 12.

Thursday, Dec. 18: Neighborhoods 5, 6, 10, and Woodside.

Friday, Dec. 19: Bay Tree Greens, Fairway Oaks, and Crescent Oaks.

Saturday, Dec. 20: Neighborhoods 3, 4, and 11.

Sunday, Dec. 21: Timbergate, Parkview, and Preserve.

Also on Sunday, Dec. 21, all residents and participants are invited to a warm-up celebration at the Orchid Club immediately following the parade. Light refreshments will be served and Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be there. Come join your neighbors and have some Christmas fun together.

Shuffleboard Club

The club sincerely grieves the loss of our founder, mentor and friend, Rich Rosen. Rich was a multi-talented sportsman, for he not only played shuffleboard but also volleyball with the Oak Run club.

He cared unselfishly for people. He founded the outreach program for those in Oak Run who suffer from diabetes and brought them together to discuss their concerns.

However, his passion lay with shuffleboard. He cared greatly for the game. He coached those who needed help learning the game and helped others become better players. Rich will be irreplaceable.

Our heartfelt thoughts as well as our condolences are with his family. He left them, and us, saying, “Couldn’t you stay a little longer?”

Oak Run Library

The Friends of the Oak Run Library Christmas party will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 in the Orchid Club. Members must have tickets to attend. The Goodtime Cloggers will entertain, followed by refreshments and the drawing.

Friends may join for 2009 at this meeting, with a chance in a drawing to have John Sikorski appraise an antique item at the April 3, 2009 meeting.

The Oak Run Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25, Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1. Happy holidays.

Canine Club

Attention all Oak Run dog owners. The fourth annual dog show will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, adjacent to the water treatment plant accessed through Neighborhood 12. Registration will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The $1 fee per dog covers all contests you choose to enter. Three places will be awarded in all events. If you have questions, call Judy at 237-4514.

Do You Remember?

Len Teitler taped the recent Hoofin’ it for Hospice fundraiser walk and Anna Boodee has added narration. The program will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12 on Channel 12.

Way Off Broadway

The Dec. 8 meeting of Way Off Broadway has been canceled. The Jan.12, 2009 meeting will be our annual holiday dinner party at the Palm Grove Club at 6 p.m. Catering will be by Royal Oaks with music provided by Damian.

Cost is $5 members and $10 guests. Call Patty Waddell at 237-7145 to purchase dinner tickets. Annual dues of $5 will be collected at this time.

The new slate of officers for 2009: President Roseanne Piscitelli, 1st Vice President Arline Raguso, 2nd Vice President Marti Rhodes, Secretary Sandy Wolfe, and Treasurer Patty Waddell.

Water Conservation

Would you like to save water but are not exactly sure how to go about doing it? Representatives from Marion County Utilities are scheduled to address the next general meeting of the Oak Run Homeowners Association.

They will have a visual presentation and handouts to assist in their discussion. The meeting will be at the Orchid Club on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Genealogy Club

Our holiday party will be a potluck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 in the Orchid Club. For full details as what to bring, contact Mary or Jim.

This will be a very festive holiday occasion. Frazer Crane will not be able to attend, but if he was, he would make “Crane House Pumpkin Bread” taken from a cookbook by Fanny Pierson Crane written in 1796.

Pumpkins, or pompions as they were called, were grown between corn stalks utilizing space and balancing the soil. Indians taught the settlers how to dry and string them for winter use.

The club looks forward to another great year in 2009. Watch Channel 12 for interviews by members of our club. We welcome any resident of Oak Run. Have a great holiday season.

Carol Ann’s Corner

If you haven’t been to an Ambassadors’ dance in a while you have missed a great time. The music and decorations are something to remember. Connie Lietke does a great job in turning our stage into a fantasy wonderland.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

On Nov. 25 we played Turkey in the Oven. A fun game but no one wanted to be the “turkey.” Two teams had winning scores.

First: Sylvia Zappia, Barbara Scozzafava, Mary Kay Frandsen and Kathy Kollar 57.

Second: Carole Dygert, Jan Tennant, Gayle Feeman and Ilene Simnowitz 58.

Closest to the pin: Carole Dygert.

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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