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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Oak Run resident Richard Emery is the site coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide at Ocala West United Methodist Church. He and his counselors, many of whom live in Oak Run, provide this free public service from now to April 15.

The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You can get help with taxes on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except March 3, 6 and April 10, when they will be closed. Sign up for an appointment in the church office lobby.

AARP Tax-Aide also has a site at Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St. Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but they will be closed Feb. 16.

Art Club

Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, the new session of our oil and acrylic class will begin. Come to the first session at the Island Club to sign up at 9 a.m. with class at 9:30. The six-week session is $55. Teacher Carole Drost has a program suited to beginners and experienced painters. For more information call Helen Harrell.

Artwork by the watercolor class will be on display at the Freedom Library for the month of February.

Oak Run Photography Club

The next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club with guest speaker portrait photographer Tammy Griffin. She was the publicity photographer for the Ocala Civic Theatre’s production of "The Nutcracker" last December.

A photo review will be shown depicting people shots and people in motion as well as members’ areas of concentration. Send digital photos to orpcphotoreview@hotmail.com, or drop off a CD or memory stick in Carolee Carter’s cubby (Eagles Point neighborhood). Tips and techniques will be shared concerning “what makes a good picture” and we will share information about our year-end competition.

Our next field trip is to Rainbow Springs State Park on Feb. 21 with a concentration on photographing flowers.

Did you get a new digital camera for Christmas? Why not come to the Photo Club meeting and get some tips on not only your camera but photography in general.

Do You Remember?

Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s "Do You Remember?" show, featuring the May 2008 performance of the Choraliers with director Donna Topp. The program will air following "FYI" daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 6 to 13.

Doug Gabriel Stage Show

The second passport stage show of 2009 brings back Doug Gabriel on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. Doug has an awesome voice and great ability on the guitar and piano, as well as his “mufftar,” a guitar made from a 1969 Thunderbird muffler.

His beautiful wife, Cheryl, joins him on stage and has an awesome voice in her own right. Their children will also perform with Jasmine singing and Jordan on drums. Enjoy an incredible musical journey through the 1950s and great comedy.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the lobby. Cost is $8 per person.

Renaissance Women

An interesting and exciting meeting business meeting was held at Palm Grove with over 40 women in attendance. The following includes some of the upcoming activities.

The Christmas luncheon was such a big success that another luncheon is planned for Valentine’s Day. It will be Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at Royal Oaks. Call Theresa at 291-1975 for a reservation.

Tentative plans are being made for a trip in March. It may be a visit to the Butterfly Museum. Barbara Fisher is doing some research concerning possible trips via bus. Call her at 237-1367 if you have any suggestions or can help.

There is a correction in the date for the trip to Hard Rock Casino. The correct date is Monday, April 20. Call Valerie at 873-1633 if you would like to join the group.

Long term plans include a Carnival Cruise for April 17, 2010. The cruise is a week long and will leave from Port Canaveral. It includes stops in Belize, Roatan, Cozumel and Costa Maya. Valerie (8783-1633) has all the details and will accept your deposit.

Mark your calendars for the next meeting March 22 at Palm Grove.

Jewish Social Club

The Jewish Social Club hosted comedian Jeff Laub in 2006 and he received a hugely positive response from members and guests. He performs at comedy clubs, country clubs, retirement communities and on cruise ships.

All Oak Runners are invited to attend a repeat performance Wednesday, March 4, in the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. after a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets will be on sale in the Orchid Club lobby Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 (Donut Drop-In) as well as Friday, Feb 27 and Saturday Feb. 28 (Pancake Breakfast). Cost is $12 for JSC members and $14 for guests.

For information about the Jewish Social Club, call Ben Muhlberg or Vice Arnie Pinsky. They are in the Oak Run directory.

Rummikub Club

The Rummikub Club of Oak Run meets every Friday at 2 p.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and meet some of your fellow neighbors. If you do not have a set, we have plenty. For beginners we will be glad to teach you.

The object is to be the first player to eliminate all the tiles from your rack. Then you say "Rummikub."

Martin and Bruce

John Baccoli informs me that many folks miss hearing Gene Martin (an Oak Run resident) and Don Bruce weekday mornings on AM radio, but he has some good news. Both Gene and Don are now on WIFL 104.3 FM which, by the way, is a stereo station.

Gene and Don still specialize in the same type of music – from the ‘30s through today. Don’s show is 8 to 10 a.m. and Gene’s from 10 a.m. to noon every weekday.


Instructor Joy Lutsie has the clog dancers stomping their feet and kicking up their heels at the Oak Run classes. Joy is the director of the Good Time Cloggers who perform for many events at Oak Run. Call Joy (854-0886) if you are interested in clogging classes or lively entertainment for your next event.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Are you a dedicated list maker? I am. I make lists for everything and always have. I even have a master list that says, “Make list.” Then I joined Weight Watchers and added tracking, or making a list of everything I ate.

Recently I went to a Prestige 55 presentation on the kidneys. They repeated something we’ve all heard: you shouldn’t consume more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day. Amounts greater than this have bad effects on blood pressure and ultimately on your kidneys.

So, I’m adding sodium tracking to my other lists. If you want to try it, remember that in addition to the salt you add at the table and the sodium listed on the packages of processed foods, there is some naturally occurring sodium in many unprocessed foods such as eggs and meat. I think we will all be shocked with our numbers.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

After two weeks of golf cancellations due to inclement weather, league play resumed Tuesday, Jan. 27, with beautiful Florida weather up to 80 degrees.

Flight A: Carol Dygert 65, Jan Jennant and Bette Johnson 66, Dianna Love 68, Carol Clark 70.

Flight B: Sheila Adams 64, Arlene Klann 69, Ann Daigle 71, Judy Klein and Barb Scozzafava 72.

Flight C: Joanne Morris 68, Ilene Simnowitz 73, Kitty Trichel 75, Kathy Kollar 78.

Arlene Klann was closest to the pin.

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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