Oak Run News 03-07-2014

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Battle of the Bulge survivor to visit

By Laura Smith

This is my first column and I would like to say thank you for all the support I have received. I did not realize how many residents would be happy to have a writer for the Oak Run news in the Citizen. I would like to thank Carol Wheeler for all the years she took care of writing the events for our community. Now for all the activities around a great community. Be sure and get involved. Laura

Veterans Association
On Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Orchid Club, the Oak Run Veterans Association, will have as it guest speaker Jay Carmichael, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, who will speak how his faith got him through his being captured by the Germans.
This is a rare opportunity to hear his story in person. All residents are invited to attend this meeting. The Veterans Association motto is “To keep the memories alive and foster patriotism.”

Performing Arts at Oak Run
The performing arts club of Oak Run is experiencing advance ticket sales for its spring production of “Rex’s Exes” that outpace previous years’ sales.
Howard Spies, publicist for the group, says, “Our club’s productions are the perfect way to get out and say hello to neighbors in a very easy social setting. Many use the play productions to introduce visiting friends, family, and friends from Ocala-proper, to our beautiful neighborhood. The weather leading up to the play has not, other than relatively, been so great; so, I think there’s a lot of pent up demand to get out of the house and enjoy an event or two. Our early April show dates will, no doubt, be amidst the spring-clad Palm Grove. Accommodations are made for all, and there’s a nice long break in the short production. If special seating arrangements are needed, you may arrive early and have the help of one or more of our fleet of ushers.
Behind the scenes, the club’s handymen are preparing to amaze with a set that functions and provides a view into the everyday of life of the cousins. Included are a swinging door that stands up to some rough action and for much of the play: a living room suited to the much-maligned, yet prominent, Verdeen family of Sweetgum, Texas. Bob Kreider, Art Schmidt, Hal Weber, Bruce McDuffee, Dick Caza and Franco Piscitelli bring a full complement of construction and handyman skills to this and other performances. We could not do what we do without these guys’ tremendous skill and patience. “You’re taking someone very technically adept as well as creative to put our sets together”, said Garth Markum, Director.
We’ve just been in receipt of one, rather puzzling, dispatch from Sweetgum, Texas this week:
Verla Kay Askew submits: “DON’T count on any vacancies soon in the Daughters of the Nation of Texas roster. Rumors of my demise have been greatly overstated; besides, there will never be room for an ex-convict in hallowed legacy of our society”.
Tickets are available through club members listed on the community’s public access channel and in the newsletter. The dinner theater will feature prime rib and seats are selling fast.

New England Club
The New England Club is having a Pajama Party on March 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Orchard Club. Come wearing your PJ’s and be entered into a drawing for a good ole NE prize. It will be a New England style pot luck breakfast. Each person should bring a breakfast item and your place setting. The club will be making pancakes with all the fixings. Our entertainment will be the Trio, “Timeless” (A Walk Down Memory Lane). Come and enjoy the music and just relax or dance in your PJ’s. Bring a drink of your choice for the evening. Tickets will be on sale in the OC Lobby Monday the 10th & Friday the 14th - 10-noon. $2 members and $5 for guests. Member’s dues are $6 PP. FMI Call Mary 854-7941.

Laurel Oaks
The famous LO St. Patrick’s party will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at the Orchid Club. Doors open at 5 p.m. Upon entering, the enthusiastic Irish Greeters present a beautiful green bead necklace with three shamrocks to each of the ladies along with other surprises. Yes, there are beads for the gents as well. A choice of four different styles of Irish party hats are available for each person. You will learn how to do an Irish dance. Join in the Irish trivia contest, Irish sing along, Irish dancers on the big screen, 50/50 and other surprises! Yes, you could go home with the (possible) $5,000 door prize! Top it off with a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner catered by ROGC. Bring the beverage of your choice. Like no other St. Patrick’s party in Ocala and only $17 per person! Check your cubby for the flyer. FMI call Paula at 352-237-4550. You will not want to miss this wonderful Laurel Oaks party!

OHRA meeting
Oak Run Homeowner’s Association (ORHA) general meeting is on Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. at the Orchid Club.
Allen W. Burns, executive irector of Camelot Chateau, will be the speaker. He will present a program (How to Create a Safer Home) giving residents many tips to live safely in their homes. Mr. Burns is also bringing a physical therapist to speak about maintain your balance through proper exercise. All residents are encouraged to come meet your board, have a cup of coffee and leave having some tips to rid our homes of safety risks.

Do You Remember
Tune in to Len Teitler’s “Do You Remember,” not just the past but remembering friends, featuring Donna Bolton’s “Showcase of Stars” from July 19, 2008 following FYI daily from March 7 to March 14.

Showcase of Stars
If you are looking for a fun evening of entertainment, you don’t want to miss Showcase of the Stars.
They have songs for everyone so you are sure to hear a few of your own special ones.
Please plan on supporting this talented group of performers by attending on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Grove. There will be door prizes and 50/50. Best part all of this evening is free admission.

Upstate New York Club
“Spring into Spring Green” is the theme for the meeting to be held in the Palm Grove on Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Dinner is being catered by Royal Oaks Dining Room and will feature corned beef and cabbage. Entertainment is the very popular Sally Langwah, a musical impressionist. Ticket prices are $18 for members and $21 for guests. Ticket sales are at the Orchid Club on March 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. and March 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please note the ticket prices in O.R. Newsletter are incorrect. There is still an opportunity to join the club. Tell Steve you want to join when you stop to get tickets for the March party.

Run for the Roses party
What are you doing on Saturday, May 3 at about 4 p m.? If you are an Oak Run resident or a guest of a resident, you are invited to come to Palm Grove to participate in an afternoon of watching the Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby). Tickets for this event can be obtained at the Orchid Club Card Room from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22. There will be a buffet dinner with Lee’s chicken, cole slaw, potato salad and dessert. A special event will be a parade of all of the ladies in their Derby bonnets. Dancing will commence around 7 until 10 with Damian Romano as our D J. Please direct all questions and/or inquires to Damian at 352-854-4840

Oak Run Democratic Club
The next meeting of the Democratic Club of Oak Run will be Thursday, March 13. It will be held in the Orchid Club at 7 p.m.
There will be the election of officers and directors for the current year as well as a discussion and approval of a budget for this year.
Our speaker will be David Koller. He is a candidate for United States Congress, District 11. This seat is currently held by Rich Nugent.
Koller will speak on his program of effective leadership for Florida’s future.
A reminder for those who have not paid their dues. It is $5 for this year and will be collected at this meeting.

New York Club
The New York Club will have the second dinner dance for 2014 on March 26, “Wearing of the Green.” It will be in the Orchid Club. A ham dinner with salad and dessert is the menu and doors open at 5:30. Cost is $18 for members and $20 for guests. Ticket sales are on Monday, March 10, in the card room from 10 to noon, after Monday call Jeanne Kosloff, her number is in the directory. Music is by Fred Campbell, a new DJ. Don’t forget to “wear your green”! On March 20 a bus of New Yorkers are traveling to the Hudson Dinner Theater to see La Cage Aux Follies. All Oak Run Residents are welcome to join the club. Call Nancy Lillard for more information. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Ambassador news
Irish Pub Dance, Saturday, March 15, at Palm Grove Club, 6:30 p.m. Music by Powerplay. Cost $6 per person. Ticket Sales, Monday, March 3rd, 2014, in the Card Room from 8 to 10 a.m. For ticket requests after March 3, call Carol Forgette, 352-873-3074. For Oak Run residents and their guests only.

Passport shows
Third Passport Show: Saturday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Palm Grove Club. Cost $15 per person. Ticket Sales, Monday, March 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Card Room. For ticket requests after March 10th, call Carol Forgette, 352-873-3074. Cahal Dunne is a composer, pianist, comedian, story teller and television personality. His style is rich and deep, reflecting the many strands in his distinguished career. He possesses that certain magical quality known in show business as “it”. “It” transcends talent. “It” comes from deep within a great entertainer and washes over an audience, captivating them. Sit back and enjoy this entertainer extraordinaire.
Come and see for yourself why he is known as “Ireland’s Happy Man.”
Fourth Passport Show: April 12, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove Club. Ticket Sales, Monday, March 31, in the Card Room from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. For ticket requests after Monday, March 31, call Carol Forgette, 352-873-3074.

Gordy and Debbie show
Gordy and Debbie perform an upbeat variety of country, 50’s and 60’s, gospel, and patriotic music splashed with a little comedy tailored to please audiences of all ages. This show incorporates video throughout the performance to make it a very visual experience. With state of the art sound, they bring the Branson show experience to our stage.
See why they were named the favorite Branson duo of the year in 2012.
Make all checks payable to ORHA – please, no cash.

Be looking for the new Oak Run Travel brochure for Summer-Fall. It is blue and chock full of great trips. Make plans for the first two sale dates which are on March 25 and 29. Two trips are earlier than usual and are for the Tampa Bay Horse Races on April 16 and Disney On Ice on May 17. Both will be sold at the March 25 sale. On March 29, we will be selling the Cedar Key Seafood Festival trip on Oct. 18 and Christmas at the Gaylord Palms in early December (we will be advised by the Gaylord of the actual dates available).
For our snowbirds who will be leaving us soon here is an FYI. Our Travel Brochures are always available on the ORHA website not long after they are delivered to cubbies. The full brochure is there and you can even print it if you wish. So, even when you are away you can read, decide and then call the appropriate hosts for trips you are interested in so you can reserve your a seat on the bus. Both the current and the new brochure are there to choose from.
Meanwhile, call our hosts for the following spring trips from the old Pink travel brochure. We still have seats available for the Mother’s Day trip on May 11 where you’ll enjoy Cookin’ with Gus. This is a side slapping comedy about a food columnist, her new TV show, severe stage fright, hypnotism and gypsy spells. Call Connie for more info on this dinner and show at Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Theatre.
Also, one of our cruises has cabins remaining. This is the Bermuda cruise out of Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 18 for 10 nights. Due to the early date we had to begin cabin sales on Jan 23. The ship will cruise to Charleston, South Carolina where you will have two days to see this historical city. Then on to Bermuda where the ship will dock for three days giving you ample time to explore this jewel of the Atlantic. There will be two stops in the Bahamas on the return to Fort Lauderdale. The cruise line is offering some additional incentives right now. Call John Casabianca for details.
On June 7, don’t miss Duck Hunters Shoot Angel at the fabulous Ice House Theatre in Mount Dora. Both of our first two trips to Ice House were sold out so we know you’ll love this one as well. It is the story of two hunters who think they have shot an angel and are being pursued by a tabloid journalist who wants to get the story of a life-time. Call Jack and Eleanor Foggan.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
The ladies had another beautiful day for golf with a game of “Low Gross-Low Net” on Tues., Feb. 25th. The following golfers became the winners:
Low Gross winners:
1st Flight: 1st-Carol Clark, 2nd (tie) - J. T. LeMasters and Nancy Lefebvre
2nd Flight: 1st-Sylvia Zappia, 2nd-Judy Klein
3rd Flight: 1st (tie) - Ginger Drake and Kathy Kollar
Low Net winners:
1st Flight: 1st-Judie Lavdas, 2nd-Joanne Ellis
2nd Flight: 1st-Lisa Juhasz, 2nd-Joan O’Brien
3rd Flight: 1st-Kim Hessel, 2nd-Mary Kay Frandsen
Diana Galla captured the prize for closest to the pin.
Good games, ladies!

ROMGA match play tournament
The Royal Oaks Men’s Golf Association conducted a match play tournament on Feb. 17, 19 and 21. The format was individual player vs. player on a hole by hole basis. Total score did not count. Whoever wins the most holes wins the match.
Fifty eight players participated with four white tee flights and four senior tee flights as determined by handicap levels. Winners in the white tee category were as follows:
Flight one: Winner Jon Rogers; 2nd Jim Sallee; Dave Dawson and Rich Hendrix tied for third
Flight Two: Winner Charlie Elder; 2nd Emmmitt Dowling; Dick Blackburn and Tom Welch tied-3rd.
Flight Three: Winner Hal Loomis; 2nd Larry Collins; Bill Dougherty and Ken Frandsen tied for third.
Flight Four: Winner John Bush; 2nd Jim Smith; 3rd Bob Juhasz
Senior tee winners were as follows:
Flight One: Winner Jim Spran; 2nd Vince Connolly; Virgil Hein and Sam Sample tied for third.
Flight Two: Winner Ray Thomas: 2nd Dick Rizzo; Dick Berbig and Don Aubrey tied for third.
Flight Three Winner Steve Casner; 2nd A. B. Crass; Ray Hagerman and Dick Spano tied-third.
Flight Four: Winner: Duke Slayton; 2nd Bruce Drake. 3rd Art Pruneau.
Congratulations to all the winners who earned accolades on their own. There are no team mates to help you out.
Following golf on Friday the players enjoyed a buffet lunch served by Royal Oaks Restaurant. Dick Berbig and John Terry worked hard hosting this event. Thanks to each of them.

Art Club of Oak Run
A hearty thank you to all of our guests at the Fine Arts Show. We enjoy sharing the fruits of our labors with you. To our exhibiting artists, volunteers, kitchen help, greeters and everyone who had a hand in contributing to another successful show, a million thanks. The refreshment/snack table served up some yummy treats. Thanks to everyone who brought plates to share. It takes a lot of terrific folks to make things sparkle and shine.
This columnist agrees that is was a great art show. Thanks to the Art Club of O.R.

From your writer
Well that concludes my first issue! I was a bit nervous as I learned the process working with the computer. I want to thank Ron K. and Jim W. who patiently got me up to speed on the procedure used on the computer. Paul C. who had to resend an article. Remember articles must be e-mailed to me by the end of a Friday for the following Friday publication. My e-mail address is csjtpq@deccacable.com Have a great week by joining some of the fun activities in Oak Run!