Oak Run news 1-27-2012

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Garden Club to meet Feb. 1

By Carol Ann Wheeler

Wednesday, Feb. 1, is the next Garden Club meeting in the Orchid Club at 9 a.m. The refreshment committee will be offering treats and a beverage of your choice. Our speaker Dele Perry will demonstrate “Oriental Flower Arranging.” You can try your hand at this project. Bring a container about 3 or 4 inches high, floral foam, some flat stones, three small flowers (real or artificial) and clippers. If you have any questions call Pat Callahan whose phone number is in the Oak Run directory. Plan to take a chance for the plant raffle and of course there will be a 50-50 too. Have you paid dues yet? Cost is only $5 by check please, a great bargain. All Oak Run residents are welcome to the Garden Club.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 17, as on that date in the overflow parking lot the Garden Club will have their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be something for everyone from many varieties of perennials, annuals, vegetables, shrubs and “garden treasures.”
Don’t prune those plants even though they look so sad thanks to the frost. You don’t want to encourage new growth which could be refrozen later. Make sure your plants are well watered to prevent dehydration. It’s a good time to check for termites on your walk around your house. They swarm from January to May. If you see broken wings near doors and windows have it checked. This is a time to buy some herbs for your kitchen window. They won’t get frozen! Soon we’ll be back in the garden.

Do You Remember?
- Columbus Day Party
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the Oct. 12, 2011, Italian American Club’s Columbus Day Party, narrated by Anna Boodee. The program will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.

Pancake Breakfast
Get your special Oak Run feather light pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee or tea tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club.

Oak Run Quilters
Upcoming Events
Oak Run quilter Beverly Reed will teach a one day workshop on an easy “Puzzle Star” table topper, Thursday, Feb. 2, during our regular meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Island Club. A supply list will be sent to members shortly. The project requires only 3 fat quarters!! If you just want to observe, you’re welcome to do so. Also in February, Pat Cicogna will start her beginner’s quilt class where new (and some long-time) quilters will be make a variety of blocks that may be assembled into a full sized quilt. The class is free to members and a shopping trip for fabric is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. Students, and their teacher, will car-pool from the Island Club to the quilt shops and new quilters will learn color schemes, yardages, and quality of fabrics.
In January the quilters completed 20 small quilts for the charity “Quilts for Kids” where the completed quilts are given to various hospitals for children to use while they are recovering from illness or surgeries. These quilts had fabric and patterns supplied to the club and the work was done by machine since these quilts will be washed and sanitized before re-use. Quilters donated backing and batting materials, plus their time and talents. OR Quilters membership is $10 a year and any Oak Run resident interested in the craft is welcome to come, see what we’re doing, and join up if it is an activity you’d enjoy.

Feline Fanciers
Feline Fanciers will meet on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Island Club and everyone is invited. Our programs are generally presented by club members. However, there is always time to talk about our furry children (which everyone always enjoys) along with the finger food we bring to share during the social portion of the meeting.
Please bring cat food, either dry or canned, and the club will see to it that it is donated to Pet Meals on Wheels to help feed the pets of the human Meals on Wheels program.
Stage Show
- “Re-Creation”
The Ambassadors will present the second “Passport Stage Show” of 2012 on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. ‘Re-Creation” is a fabulous show featuring a musical tribute to the American people in all walks of life. There are scores of original music, glittering costumes and contemporary and classic choreography. The show features pop, country and patriotic music in styles to appeal to all audiences. The vibrant young entertainers present audience sing-alongs and also light comedy.
Ticket sales will be Monday, Feb. 6, in the Orchid Club card room from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Orchid Club lobby, from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. Please pay by check(s) made out to ORHA; no cash, please.

Oak Run Travel
On Sunday, March 11, the show “Jackpot” will be at the Show Palace Theatre. There are two buses going to the show and there are several seats available for the second bus. This show is an affectionate look at all the great performers and personalities that have made Las Vegas sizzle. Filled with classic standards, handsome crooners, beautiful showgirls and exciting dancing, you won’t want to miss this show. Call Janet Madsen or Jackie Marcotte to reserve your seat.
No one does Irish like The Rovers! Wayne and Howardean Krueger will host this trip to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to see this fantastic group (and yes, you will be back in time for bingo!) If you love a good laugh and if Celtic strains from guitars, banjo, accordion and the bodhran make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet or get up and dance, this show is for you.
The Florida State Fair runs for 11 days and on Thursday, Feb. 16, the Flickingers will host a trip to the fair. You will pay your own entrance to the fair so that you will be able to purchase any additional attractions you desire. Besides rides and exhibits, other venues during the fair include the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, which hosts horse races and other equestrian events and Cracker Country, which demonstrates life in frontier Florida.
Vicki Lawrence and Mama will appear at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. Vicki approaches everything with a sense of humor because “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” She and Mama share some of that marvelous humor with us. Call Kitty Trichel to join this trip.
Little Theatre - “Sex Please, We’re Sixty”
Last week we mentioned the workings of our scenery department and the need for a large production team to put on a show. The following are production roles that need to be filled for each play: producer, director, stage manager, set construction, prompter, program editor, publicity, advertising sales, house manager, tickets, costumes, props. lights, audio, makeup, dressers and ushers. The cast is the smallest number of people in a play but because they are visible they get the public acclaim. But without support from the production team, there would be no show. Under each of the titles listed, there are many assistant, too numerous to name. They work tirelessly not for fame, just the love of the work they do!
Tickets for the dinner theatre on March 22 and the shows on the 23rd through the 25th are selling briskly. Sale dates for February in the Orchid Club are: Feb. 7 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Feb. 8 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., Feb. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m., Feb. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 6:45p.m. In the Palm Grove Club ticket sales will be Feb. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information on dinner theatre tickets call Diana Schmidt at 352-873-7243; for all other shows call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908. You can also obtain tickets by contacting any member of Little Theatre who will purchase and deliver them. Tickets for the dinner theatre are $30 and for all other shows, $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. This promises to be one of the funniest shows ever done on the Oak Run Stage, don’t miss it!
Veterans News - Ocala Honor Flight
The organizers of the Ocala Honor Flight which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to, among other things, view the World War II memorial want Oak Runners to know that will be needing a considerable amount of support in the year of 2012. They had over 80 WWII vets on the standby list for their last flight. These veterans “rolled over” to the next flight list and new applications are coming in. The plane they have been using will allow them to take about 100 veterans per flight. The airline they they deal with is prepared to offer two planes or even possibly one 747. The possibility exists that the Ocala Honor Flight could take as many as 200 WWII veterans on their next flight. Obviously, as always, funding will be the first and major obstacle. There are WWII vets are out there who have still not gone on an Honor Flight and all deserve this day of honor. The Ocala Honor Flight knows it can find the veterans. Ocala has always stepped up to fund this great cause and they have faith that this will continue. They ask for your help in their efforts in making the Ocala Honor Flight Five a reality.
If you are a World War II veteran and wish to apply the application mailing address is Ocala Honor Flight, P.O. Box 247, Ocala, FL 34478.
Send donations by checks made out to “VFW” with a note in the memo line “Ocala Honor Flight” and send it to the above address.
For more information call the Ocala Honor Flight phone line at 352-351-9341\.
Information on the web is at www.ocalahonorflight.org. On Facebook go to Ocala Honor Flight.
Fourth of July Events
On July 4, we will be celebrating our country’s independence day with a parade in the morning followed by a buffet, games and entertainment in the afternoon. This year all of these activities will be celebrated on the same day, Wednesday, July 4. On Saturday, June 30, the Ambassadors will be hosting a July 4 dance for all to attend. On the morning of the 4th, the festivities will begin with our usual parade headed by a fife and drum band, as well as our residents in their decorated golf carts. The “cool down” will commence
immediately following the parade. There will be a break between the morning and afternoon activities. The afternoon affair will be celebrated at Palm Grove and its parking lots, where we will have a barbecue type buffet (tickets will be on sale prior to this event), games for all ages with prizes, entertainment by local residents and others.
This is the first notice to the Oak Run residents of the activities that will be taking place on this great day. As we firm up more of the specifics we will be updating you via subsequent monthly newsletters and other communications media available to us here in Oak Run. Please mark your calendars accordingly and for more information please contact Damian Romano, event coordinator, at 352-854-4840.
Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, we played “Disastrous Putting.” After play we added one point to our net score for every hole that we had 3 or more putts. The winners were: First Flight – 1st place- Roseann Lavacca, 2nd place- Sylvia Zappia, 3rd place-Lynn Houghton; Second Flight – 1st place- Maureen Edwards, 2nd place- Chris Orndorff, 3rd place- Noreen Salo, 4th place- Sheila Adams; Third Flight – 1st place- Bette Johnson, 2nd place- Mary Kay Frandsen, 3rd place- Cindy Kocher, 4th place- Arlene Klann. Carole Dygert was “Closest to the Pin.” After golf we had a “Shoot Out” for anyone who had had a “Closest to the Pin” prize during the year. Each woman had the number of tries equal to the number of “Closest to the Pins” that they had during the past year. The winners were: First Flight —— Nancy Lefebvre, Second Flight — Judy Klein, Third Flight — Barb Davis.
Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On Jan. 19, we played “butt and jeff” (all par 3’s and 5’s) plus ½ handicap. Winners in A flight: first Sally Crass, tied in second place Elsa Berbig and Brenda Raider and in B flight first place Diane Dufresne, second place Joan Scholl, third Diana Schmidt. Closest to pin, Sally Crass. Just another reminder to sign up for the Sweetheart Scramble on Feb. 16.
Here are the winners of the Low Net Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 19: A Flight 1st -Marti Babb, 2ndd- Connie Bingham, 3rd- Sue Marentette; B Flight 1st- Donna Huffman 2nd- Olive Adler 3rd- June Dickbernd; C Flight 1st- Nancy Reichenbacher 2nd - Sue Elie 3rd- Linda Noel; D Flight 1st- Evelyn Exell 2nd- Ginny Simons 3rd- Mary Golab. Closest to the Pin- Nancy Reichenbacher; Chip Ins - Sue Marentette and Norma Rombach.
 At our Jan.16 General Meeting a number of pressing matters were taken care of. We welcomed our new Co-Chairpersons, Jean Travers and Ruby Shepard. Terri Feeley will continue as Treasurer as well as several other members in key positions. A committee consisting of Annette Carini, JoAnn Cohen, Terri Feeley, Marge Rymarcsuk and Betty Scott will be revising our bylaws. The nominating committee of June Dickbernd, Ginny Simon and Pat Tarman will have the task of soliciting a new slate of officers later in the year. Our annual Christmas Party will be organized by June Dickbernd, Kate Lott, Ruby Shepard and Ginny Simons.
If you are interested in joining our Thursday morning league at Spruce Creek Preserve, please contact Jean Travers for further information. ORWGA is a group of ladies who enjoy playing the game of golf as well as the social aspect of the game!
Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
Jan. 20 started out cold, but warmed up quite rapidly, and turned into a good game for golf. 48 players showed up and played the usual game of three best net. And the winners were: First place with a score of 196, Charlie Elder, Vince Connolly, John Terry, and Larry Soine; in second with a 19, Ken Frandsen, Frank Kelley, Virgil Hein, and Paul Valois; in third with a 198 Dave Dawson, Bruce Stover, Dick Rizzo, and Joe Paller. Closest to the pin on the par three’s were Dave Dawson (2), Steve Szabo, and Don Aubrey.
With the weather showing signs of warming up, we look forward to more of our members taking part in the Friday games. Good competition and good companions. See you next week.
Carol Ann’s Corner
Since mom hasn’t been doing too many Carol Ann’s Corners lately, this is her cat, Mr. Cody, picking up her slack. I want to tell you about an interesting experience we had lately. One cold morning mom and I were lying in bed just wondering whether we wanted to get up when mom saw something moving past our bedroom window kind of bobbing up and down. She looked closer and it was a huge group of wild turkeys! They were walking in a very orderly and stately line between the houses, across a road and into a small clump of trees. They just kept coming and coming. I don’t think we saw the beginning of the procession and mom figured we saw at least 30 of them. They were of all sizes from quite young ones to the large one at the end. He was obviously the head honcho with his great long beard. What a way to start the morning!
Mom told her sister, my Aunt Dianne, about it. Aunt Dianne is an avid bird watcher and told us our turkey sighting would have thrilled even the most veteran bird watcher as turkeys are usually very shy and elusive. She said that wily old Tom must have known that no one in Oak Run would have his family in the cross hairs. Aunt Dianne also sent the following lovely poem about mom and me:
A tabby cat is a work of art,
Every hair in place.
Each stripe is etched upon my heart,
I love his tiger face.
He cuddles up beside my thigh,
In warmth and reverie.
His love’s worth more than money can buy,
He’s all the world to me.
A hunter loves his dog,
A boy can love his rat,
But for Irish monks and me,
There is nothing like a cat.
Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com no later than the afternoon of the Friday before publication. Note there are no hyphens in the address. If you wish to call her, the number is in the Oak Run directory. You may send pictures as jpg attachments. Typed copy or hard copy photos can be placed in Carol’s cubby across the street from her house but should be submitted earlier as they take longer to process. The names of the people in all photos must be included.