Oak Run news 01-01-2016

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Ambassadors have good shows planned

By Laura Smith

Dear readers, Happy New Year! Now about those resolutions! How about this one? Every day I will show gratitude for something. Perhaps when I see a beautiful moon, sunrise or the song of a bird I could give thanks for nature. See it can be really simple and easy to do. How about trying it with me?
Wait until you read all the shows the Ambassadors are having this year. I definitely plan on getting to the ticket sales. Doesn’t a black and white ball sound like fun? Don’t forget to take checks for your tickets. I would like to take a moment and say we are all sorry that Della Blanchard’s husband Jack passed away this past week. When we talk about Ambassadors it is Della Blanchard because she has given so much for the success of this group. We must also give thanks to Paul Pike who along with Della gives us so many great programs and dances all year. Oak Run is a great place to have fun but it is also a great place to have folks walk along side of you when you are grieving losses.
Please note that Chinese Mah Jongg is growing in popularity so a new group is starting up, please see article. I have had several people ask me how Debbie (her story in the October’s Citizen issue) is doing. Debbie had her surgery and from what I hear is doing well. She will tell you “cancer” will not win the fight with her! I agree with that. I hope to see you at the Orchid Club celebrating a new year. Let us all look for a great 2016 in a great community. Wishing everyone associated with Oak Run (residents and owners) a very Happy New Year! Laura

The Black & White Ball will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Palm Grove Club from 6:30 to 11 p.m. with music by the Starburst Band. Ticket sales will be Monday, Jan. 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. After that date, call Carol Forgette, 873-3074.
Tickets are $6 p/p, for Oak Run residents and their guests only. Make checks payable to ORHA. Please - no cash
Three Cabaret-Style Shows will be held at the Palm Grove Club in 2016. These shows will be set up like a theatre-in-the-round and you may select your table when you purchase your tickets. You may also bring your own refreshments.
The first Cabaret show will be “Mama’s Wranglers” on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. They are the Jackson Family Band and Cloggers out of Las Vegas. They have performed in 49 states, Canada and Europe and average over 280 shows a year! The children range in age from 14-24. They sing in 4-part harmony, dance up a storm, and play a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and more.
Ticket sales will be on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Card Room. Tickets are $16 p/p. After those dates, call Carol Forgette at 873-3074.
The second Cabaret show will be Saturday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show is “Those Were The Days,” the spirit and folk songs of the 60s, starring William Florian, former lead singer of The New Christy Minstrels. An upbeat musical journey of America’s greatest folk and pop of the 60’s, including hit songs he performed with The New Christy Minstrels, plus the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, the Mamas & The Papas, and others.
Ticket sales will be Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Card Room. Tickets are $15 p/p. After those dates, call Carol Forgette at 873-3074.
The White Elephant Sale will be held in the Palm Grove Club on Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Ticket sales at $10 a table or $5 ½ table will be on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Card Room. After that date, call Carol Forgette, 873-3074.
The January Ambassadors Workshop will be held in the Card Room on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. All Oak Run residents are welcome to attend.

Oak Run Art Club
Art lessons in five different media are available in Oak Run and a new session of six lessons starts in January. The Pastel class will begin on Jan. 5, Oil and Acrylic class begins Jan. 27. In February Watercolor begins on the 6th and Drawing on Feb. 16.
There is something for everyone to choose from. All classes welcome beginners and you may sit in on a class to see if it suits you. No early signup is needed. Just bring a check for the teacher to the first class. Six lessons are only $60. All classes start at 9:30 a.m. in the Island Club.
Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket so you can win “Summer Glory,” an original watercolor by Sue Primeau. The winner will be announced at our 24th annual Fine Art Show on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Grove Club. You need not be present to win. Raffle ticket sales are Saturday, Jan. 9 and 23 and Feb. 13 and 27 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Orchid Club Lobby.
Thanks so much. Contact is Mary Ann at 694-3814.

Neighborhood 3
Neighborhood 3 had their Pot Luck Party last week, and it was a wonderful success
due to the generosity of the following local merchants.
Paradise Bay Salon & Spa, Auto Zone, Ace Hardware, Pavarotti’s, Royal Oaks Golf Club
Stone Creek Golf Club, Himalayan Salt Room, BeautyWith-In Hair Salon and Mazelle Binnette for donating a hand crocheted blanket and pillow.
Thank you and a Happy New Year to all!

Chinese Mah Jongg
“Say Eng Look” Oak Run’s Chinese Mah Jongg Club is growing in popularity. We continue to welcome new people each week. No dues, no card, no wagering - just lots of fun! We are all looking forward to the New Year as we are adding an additional day of play each week. Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. continues and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. has been added starting Jan. 7. Both are at The Orchid Club in the Card Room.
No experience is necessary. Lessons are available for newcomers. Why not come in and join either group or even both if your retirement schedule allows! FMI call Susan 237-3686 re: Saturday or Joanne 812-7202 re: Thursday or just stop by the card room either day.

Oak Run Library
Happy New Year! Make your New Year Resolutions begin at our Oak Run Library. Come in and choose from a variety of “life changing” options available to you! From healthy eating to diet cookbooks e.g. low fat, and low carb, etc. We have self-help books from improving your golf game to working on your financial investments. Our library is open from Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9-noon on Saturday. Thanks to all for the best turnout ever on our paperbacks and audiobook “Fill a bag for a dollar sale” Some of our new large print books are:: All Dressed in White-Mary Higgins Clark; The Pharrohs Secret- Clive Custler; The Guilty- David Baldocci. More titles next week.

Baby Boomers
Attention Baby Boomers: Our annual pizza party and general meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Grove Club. Annual membership dues will be collected. Please RSVP to Kim Hessel by Jan. 15 at 716-984-5619 or at orbabyboomers@gmail.com. We look forward to a great evening with plenty of food and drink provided. We also welcome any new members who may be interested in joining our fun club. Our next upcoming event will be our Sweethearts Dance on Friday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Palm Grove Club. So, go ahead and mark your calendars! We will be having ticket sales on Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. This is one of our most popular events, so get your tickets early in case we sell out!
In addition, our third annual Golf Tournament will be held on April 16. The format will be a 4-person scramble. (You can pick a foursome or we’ll team you up.) There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, with a luncheon to follow. The price is $17 per person for members, which includes lunch and prizes. (If you are not a member of Royal Oaks Golf Club or are a corporate member, you will have to pay an additional amount for your golf the day of the tournament. This will be paid to the Pro Shop directly.) The Tournament is limited to first 100 players, so e-mail bushlady1@outlook.com or call 352-282-3727 for reservations. Please make checks payable to Oak Run Baby Boomers with memo “golf tournament.” We look forward to seeing as many golfers as possible!
Well folks, the New Year is about to begin with many events staring up so continue to enjoy a season of peace and love. Laura Smith cstjpq2@gmail.com