Oak Run news 10-28-2011

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Blood drive at Palm Grove on Nov. 3

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The bloodmobile from Florida’s Blood Centers will be in the parking lot of Palm Grove on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florida’s Blood Centers are the only providers of blood for all Marion County medical facilities, including all three hospitals. Donors will receive a free movie voucher and a free bowling coupon. You can donate if you have high blood pressure, are diabetic, have been cancer free for one year. There is no upper age limit and most medications and conditions do not prevent you from donating.
Be sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before coming to donate. Bring picture ID.

Do You Remember?
- Troubadours’ Concert
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the April 2011 Troubadours Spring Concert, “That’s Entertainment.” It will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.

Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers, your last chance for tickets to the Nov. 5 dance will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 11 a.m. You really don’t want to miss this dance!

Oak Run Travel
Trips that will be sold on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Orchid Club are:
Debbie Reynolds show with a trip date of Tuesday, March 27, hosted by Ed and Emma Barry.
Florida Holocaust Museum trip on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with hosts Dick and Eleanor Feltenberger.
“What Is Susan’s Secret” going on Sunday, April 25, with hosts Pat and Roy Meinsen.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, a four-day trip from May 8 to 11, with hosts Dick and Elsa Berbig. Please remember to bring your $300 deposit for this trip. If you need additional information, please see the 2011 fall brochure for a day-by-day itinerary, or call the hosts.

Garden Club News
The Oak Run Garden Club will have its next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Orchid Club beginning at 9 a.m. with a social period. The program, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is “Fun With Flowers” by Deke Perry. Three holiday arrangements will be created by Deke, a tea cup arrangement, a large candle arrangement and an arrangement using a lantern. Two of these will be raffled off at the meeting. With the holidays not far off this workshop will give us some ideas. Check out what Peggy has on the “Sharing and Caring” table. Our popular plant raffle and the 50-50 will complete our meeting.
The Garden Club will celebrate its “Silver Anniversary and Holiday Luncheon” at the Royal Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. It is one of the small number of Oak Run clubs in existence for 25 years. Tickets for the party will be sold at the November meeting for $14 per person and on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the lobby of the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be no tickets sold at Royal Oaks Golf Club. All residents of Oak Run are welcome. For more information please call Sally Crass, president, at 352-854-4096.

Feline Fanciers
If you speak “Meow,” or even if you don’t, but you just like cats, come to the next meeting of Feline Fanciers (AKA The Cat Club). It will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Island Club. Bring a dessert to share and pictures of your furry child(ren). There are always new things to learn about these fascinating creatures.

Trot Dance
Ambassadors are sponsoring a Thanksgiving dance on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. The music will be provided by Terry and the Rockets Trio. Enjoy Terry Carroll on guitar and lead vocals, Ross Humphries on sax and vocals and Ronnie Hart on drums and vocals.
Tickets will be sold on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Orchid Club card room from 8 to 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6 per person with checks payable to ORHA; no cash, please.

ORHA Meeting/Speaker
 Re “Falls”
The Oak Run Homeowners’ Association will have a general meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Mark Mulligan of Marion Senior Services will speak on fall prevention and their belief that 95 percent of all falls are preventable. Please be sure to attend this presentation which is of great interest to all of us.
Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, we played “David and Goliath.” We counted only the five longest holes and the four shortest holes on the golf course. The winners were- First Flight: Sylvia Zappia- 1st place, JT Lemasters- 2nd place, Carole Dygert- 3rd place; Second Flight: Janet Tully, Lynn Houghton, Sheila Adams and Jan Tennant- tied for 1st place; Third Flight: Gayle Feeman and Gigi Bagg- tied for 1st place, Barb Davis- 3rd place. Mary Kay Frandsen was “Closest to the Pin” on hole #6. We beat the rain and enjoyed a nice golf day. Driving our golf carts in the “rough only” to let the over-seeded fairways germinate better gave us lots of opportunities for exercise by walking to our balls. Good for the waistline!!
Royal Oaks Lady Niners
The Lady Niners send a warm welcome to Brenda Raider, our newest member! We also are happy to see our snowbirds back! “All Par 3’s” was the game again on Oct. 20 due to golf carts not being allowed on the fairways. This meant that except for the actual par 3 holes, we started at the 150 yard marker. In Flight A, Patty Waddell was the winner, with Bette Johnson second and B.J. Lassiter third. In Flight B, Ilene Simnowitz was the winner, with Brenda Raider second and Sally Crass third. Salita Timmermeyer won the closest to the pin contest on the 3rd hole.
All ladies living in Oak Run are welcome to play with the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The tee-times are noted on the sign-up sheet in the ladies’ locker room.
Those players who participated in the Oct. 20, game at Spruce Creek Preserve showed fortitude (45 degree weather plus the fact that they could not drive on the fairways). The winners were: Flight A 1st - Connie Bingham, 2nd - Marge Rymarcsuk , Flight B 1st - Sue Marentette, 2nd - Olive Adler, Flight C 1st- Anita Caruso, 2nd -Janet Sutphen, Flight D 1st - Ginny Simons, 2nd - Pat Tarman.
Our annual Christmas luncheon will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. There will be a cash bar at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m . A sign-up sheet listing menu choices and prices will be available at future Thursday golf sign-ins for members to add their names and menu choices. Checks should be made payable to ORWGA. Those members who are not regular golfers but wish to sign up should contact Pat Tarman or Linda Noel . We look forward to this holiday celebration as we gather for fun and laughter off the golf course!
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.