Oak Run news 01-15-2016

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Another busy week

By Laura Smith

Dear readers, this was another busy week. Seeing that we are all retired I would imagine all of our weeks are busy even if you do not belong to any group. Does your week go like this? There are doctor’s appointments, a friend in the hospital needs a visit, time for termite inspection, trip to store for prescription, on and on. That is all well and good but we still need to find time to have fun because that is what we were looking for when we retired, wasn’t it?

Here in Oak Run there are many things to do and have fun. I am excited about the new format of the Cornucopia Club. Several years ago there was a Culture Club and they had many interesting programs. The Cornucopia Club’s article in this issue is promising some very interesting programs. You might want to check them out.

Donut Drop-In was a lot of fun with so many neighbors coming out to vote and stop for a donut. A woman stopped me to ask why I never mention their group when talking about exercise, etc. I don’t know much about it but will check it out in near future, WOW (something to do with weight). I have had readers (especially new residents) ask why I don’t give them a bit of information on just what the individual club is all about. I think it is a good idea and will do so. Another neat program is Mary Harper; Founder of Operation Shoebox as a guest at the Veteran’s meeting and is open to all veterans. This is one special lady and all veterans, here in Oak Run should be on hand to thank her for the dedication and love she has shown to our military.

I was glad to see Dee (Bingo) is much improved from her illness and I am sure the Bingo players are looking for her return on Tuesday nights. Kudos to Sharon for making sure all is going well until Dee returns. These two make a great team as co chairs.

The ORHA Board election went without a hitch and why not with Jim Waddell in charge. Tomorrow night is the “Black and White Ball” at Palm Grove. Perhaps I will see you there. I think the word that I will focus on during 2016 will be peace. Last year it was joy. Every time I read something with word joy I wrote it down in a journal. Joy is such a good feeling word! Now I am going for peace! Read on to be busy having fun. Laura



 Give Back To the Community (GBC)

This is a fun club dedicated to helping others. We make a variety of items from little bears for children to twin size quilts for the homeless. We also make things for Hospice, local nursing homes, Police Dept. and Hospitals. You don't have to know how to sew to join the GBC. Join us at noon every other Thursday in the Island Club to meet new friends and enjoy the pleasure of helping others. Our next meeting will be Jan. 28, and for more information, call Diane Church 873-3471.



Bocce Club

The Bocce Club is sponsoring a day trip on Sunday, Jan. 31 on the Victory Gambling Ship, sailing out of Port Canaveral. The cost is $46, which includes a full dinner buffet, $20 in gambling money and tips. For a reservation on this cruise, please call Andy Alloro at 854-1429 or Pat Kreideweis at 291-1456.



Bocce League

This is your last opportunity to join the Bocce League for the 2015-2016 season. We still have openings on a few leagues. Snowbirds, winter renters and new residents of Oak Run are invited to join. Please call Art or Pat Kreideweis at 291-1456 for more information.



Oak Run Veterans Association

Oak Run Veterans Association will meet Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Our guest speaker will be Mary Harper, Founder and President, of Operation Shoebox. Open to all veterans and their spouses. Come early and enjoy light refreshments. For further information contact Jerry at 322-5966.


Performing Art Company of Oak Run (PACOR)

 Mark your calendars for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and buy your tickets soon! Tickets will be sold in the Orchid Club lobby during the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 – 10. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, and $5 for general admission. Show dates are Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.

This show is a delightfully funny musical. It is a joyous, musical romp through Rome that has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and secrets behind every toga. It is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom.




The first Oak Run Friends of the Library Meeting will be held on Feb. 5 in the Orchard Club at 1 p.m.The $5 cost for a yearly membership card is well worth it! There will be five meetings: February, April, June, October and December. There is always entertainment as well as homemade goodies. So you will be educated as well as fed. Please help support our library. Some of our new large print books this month are: Secret Sisters- Jane Ann Krentz; Tom Clancy, Commander-in-Chief- Mark Greaney; Make Me- Lee Child. Our movie for Jan. 23 is The Intern. The movie was shot in a very blessed part of Brooklyn! Some of you might recognize it. Robert De Niro, a retired, wealthy, bored widower applies for a position as a senior intern. Anne Hathaway, the founder of the company is his boss. The movie is sane, sweet and smart and actually quite funny! Your donation will support the purchase of books for our library.



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 orat 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 to 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 3rd 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!



Royal Oaks Lady Niners Golf

On Jan. 7, the game was “Only Odd Holes”. Flight A First Place: Bette Johnson; Second Place: Elsa Berbig, Donna Gwin and Lisa Juhasz (tied). Flight B First Place: Diana Schmidt; Second Place: Ginger Drake. 

 Ginger Drake was closest to the pin on #6.

 Any woman living in Oak Run is welcome to join the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The sign-up sheet is located in the ladies’ locker room.




Oak Run Travel has many trips that are sold out with a few having a wait list. Remember, our wait list system works. Last year there were at least 18 people who were able to go a trip because they got on the wait list.

A few trips this spring still have seats available. They are:

 Tampa Bay Horse Races onMarch 16, call Frank & Shirley Semmelmayer.

See the Manatees River Tour onMarch 23, Pat and Roy Meinsen are your hosts.

The Victory Casino Cruise onMarch 30, call Frank & Shirley about this one as well.

The Horse Country Tour on April 14 which is hosted by Jim & Patty Waddell.

 A few of our multi-day trips have space as well. They are:

St Augustine-Amelia Island-Jacksonville leaving on April 18 for 3 nights. Call JoAnn & Jan Flickinger.

As mentioned last week, don’t forget the Fort Myers Getaway on May 19-20. Call Connie and Phil Smith.

Alpine Helen, GA during Oktoberfest, trip leaves on Oct. 17 for 3 nights. John & Marion Mowen are the hosts so give them a call.

 The committee is working on trips for next fall and into 2017. Our next brochure will be out around March 1 and will contain the fall lineup of trips. Something new will be a class at a winery on Wine Making. The planning for 2017 includes consideration for trips to Washington, D.C. and perhaps a cruise of the Great Lakes. These are just some ideas to get you thinking and anticipating.



 Oak Run Women’s Golf Association
The winners of the Dec. 31 Low Net Tournament were: Flight 1: Jennie Buccella, June Dickbernd, Marti Babb. Flight 2: Phyllis Robinson, Sylvia Fiorello, Ruth Morgan. Flight 3: Terri Feeley, Jean Travers, Anita Caruso. Flight D: Linda Noel, Marlena Yaich, Phyllis Young. Closest to the Pin: Linda Noel( 11") Chip In: Bebe Hahne(#14) Anita Caruso(#18)
The winners of the Jan. 7th Low Net Tournament were:Flight 1: Olive Adler, Gail Barclay, Jennie Buccella. Flight 2: Jean Travers, Karen Schuelke, Ruth Morgan. Flight 3: Rose Brown, Marlena Yaich ,Joan Klier. Flight 4: Linda Noel, Bebe Hahne, Bev Schasel Closest to the Pin:Marlene Puglisi Chip In; Jean Travers
Reminder to all members of ORWGA: Our next meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Island Club. All members are invited to attend to learn about future events and league matters. We also look forward to residents of Oak Run (and also neighboring communities) who are interested in joining our league play at Spruce Creek Preserve on Thursday mornings at 8.
Call Linda Noel ( 873-9908) for more information.

 Royal Oaks Women's 18 Hole Golf League

Our Jan. 5 game was Low Net. Winners were: First Flight: 1st (tie) - Elsa Berbig and Lisa Juhasz, 2nd - Elaine Rotker. Second Flight: 1st - Bea Terry, 2nd (tie) - Lynn Houghton and Sue Conner, 3rd - Sharon Scrivens. Third Flight: 1st - Noreen Dygert, 2nd - Ginger Drake, 3rd - Janet Tully. Closest to the pin was Elaine Rotker.



Renaissance Women

We are going to see how potato chips are manufactured!! Come join us on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. for an exciting tour of the Golden Flake Factory, 3031 W. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40). Following the tour, lunch will be at the Ivy House Restaurant, 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd. 11-11:15 a.m. Call Gloria at 570-606-7107 for details and reservations.

Meeting: Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Island Club. Plan to stay after the meeting to socialize if desired! We are open to all ladies of Oak Run. There are never any dues!!



Cornucopia Club

Oak Run's own Carl Raphael will present Cornucopia's first program of the new semester, "How the Profession of Para-Medics Developed." Included will be a sampling of his collection of miniature ambulances, as well as a time for questions and answers. That's on Jan. 20.

The following week, on Jan. 27, Richard Cardinali, from the Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, will enlighten the group on "The History of Ocala". The "club" meets on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at the Island Clubhouse, and is open to all. FMI call Pam at 622-6124.



New England Club of Oak Run had another enjoyable evening Nov. 19 at our Yankee Swap. Many beautiful gifts were passed around, (especially the wooden bowl, made by our very own VP Larry Daland). Congratulations to the lucky person who ended up with this beautiful hand crafted piece. Come join us for another enjoyable year starting with our Jan. 21 meeting at 5:30 in the OC. Ticket sales are Jan. 15 between 10 and 12 in the OC.

This is our annual auction (re-gifting party) to raise money for the club.

Bring a wrapped package (no food please) to be auctioned off.

Our meal will come from McAlister's Deli, (Baked Potato with fixings and half a sandwich).

Cost for members will be $10 and guests $12. We will be collecting dues for 2016 of $6 a person. Bring your setup (plate, knife, fork) and your drink for the evening.

50/50. For more info, contact: Andy at 352-854-8069




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. 
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 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, from7 to 9 p.m. The show is “Those Were The Days,” the spirit and folk songs of the 60’s, 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.


Well that is it for another week and I hope you have a good next week. Laura Smith