Oak Run news 2-10-12

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Residents invited to "Have a Heart" social

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Oak Run Ballroom Dance Club invites all residents who enjoy ballroom dancing to a “Have a Heart” social on Sunday, Feb. 19, in honor of heart health month. The dance will be held at the Palm Grove Club with the doors opening at 6 p.m. A buffet will be served at 6:30 p.m. with dancing until 9:45 p.m. DJ Marty Brooks will play some great dance music. Red dress attire is suggested. There will be no charge for club members; the cost for others will be $6 per person, payable at the door. All members should bring finger food for the buffet table. Coffee will be provided. For more information please call Naomi at 352-291-7507.

Donuts, Books, Name Tags
Donuts, juice and coffee or tea will be available at the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11. Get together with your friends and neighbors and you’ll probably meet some other great folks you’ve not met before. At the same time and place there will be a book sale to benefit the Oak Run library. Beginning at 9 a.m. you will also be able to order or pick up name tags.

Photography Club
The Feb.13 meeting of the Photography Club will be an educational experience for the members. We will teach the use of the Photography Club’s blog and how to join it. If you have a laptop or iPad please bring it and you can use your own computer to join the blog during the meeting. We will have a few computers available for people who do not own laptops or iPads to use. You do not have to join the blog to see it and get information from it. You do have to sign up (join) to contribute (post a question or comment) to it. Why would you want to contribute? 1) To ask a photographic question, 2) to sell photo equipment, 3) to answer a question, 4) to share interesting information, 5) many other reasons. Take a look at the blog: http://orphotoclub.blogspot.com and you will find information about the club including past and upcoming events, links to photo teaching tools, and much more. The meeting will include a photo review and if time is available a question and answer session.
The club’s next field trip will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, (rain date Saturday, March 3). We will visit Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala, followed by lunch at the Horse and Hounds Restaurant on U.S. Highway 27. Please check the blog for more information, or call Walt or Laurie.

Renaissance Women
Lunch this month will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Ipanema Restaurant at 12.30 p.m. Please note the time. Call Nancy at 352-237-6475 to make your reservation. Early dinner at Royal Oaks will be on Wednesday, March 7. Call Iris at 352-873-9990 or Pat at 352-854-7549 to make your reservation.

Blood Pressure Check
Come have your blood pressure checked by members of Oak Run’s Medical Team on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room.

Little Theatre:
 “Sex Please We’re Sixty”
Little Theatre regrets to announce that Arline Raguso in one of the lead roles in “Sex Please We’re Sixty” had to step down from the role for personal reasons. Brigid Chick, our director, having knowledge of the part will assume the role and Diane Porterfield will move in to help Brigid as her assistant director. Rehearsals continue to show good progress and Oak Run audiences are in for a real treat. This is one of the funniest plays to come down the pike in a long time. The play has been performed throughout the country and the reviews have all been excellent. We hope our reviews will be as good. The dinner theatre show is growing close to being sold out and sales for the remaining shows remain brisk. For information on the remaining dinner theatre tickets call Diana Schmidt at 352-873-7243 and for the other 3 shows call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908. The dinner theatre is on March 22 and the cost is $30 per person. The doors will open at 4:45 p.m., dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. on March 23 and 24. On the 25th doors open at 2:15 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. for a matinee. Tickets for the latter 3 shows are $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission.

Garden Club Update
The Garden Club has a correction and update for the March 17 plant sale and market. The time will be 9 a.m. to noon in both the Orchid Club and the Orchid Club parking lot. Taylor Nursery, Nature’s Finest Produce, Borrowed Land Nursery, DeLee Perry, floral arranger, and Nate Andrade demonstrating Grow Strong Containers will be some of the vendors. There will be shrubs, herbs, perennials, annuals, roses, vegetables and houseplants too. The Marion County Sheriff ‘s Bagpipers will join us at 10 a.m. for an Irish sing-a-long. A bake sale, fresh produce, raffles, a Chinese auction and “garden treasures” will round out the program. Of course there will be hot dogs, coffee and other treats. All proceeds will benefit the Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship at the College of Central Florida. Come out and have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day at the Orchid Club. See you there!

Oak Run Travel
Debbie Reynolds is known for her starring roles in “Singing In the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” where she displayed her wit, dancing and singing ability and versatility as an actress. She has also had successful nightclub and casino acts winning the respect of her colleagues and the affection of audiences around the world. Call Emma and Ed Barry to join this trip to see Debbie on Tuesday, March 27, for a 1 p.m. show.
On Saturday, March 31, the 2 p.m. show at the Phillips Center in Gainesville will be the fantastic “Stomp.” This outstanding eight-member group uses everything but percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with music. Call Joanne and John Misener to reserve your seat.
Pat and Roy Meinsen will be hosting a trip on Sunday, April 15, to the always popular Ed Fletcher’s Dinner Theatre. The show is “What is Susan’s Secret?” about a somewhat run down country guest house which is run by an elderly couple who look like endearing characters but in fact are con artists. Through a series of comical mishaps they are exposed by Susan who manages to turn the tables.
Saturday, April 26, “Boeing Boeing” is the high style, knee-slapping romp through the age of glamorous, jet-setting air travel. This hilarious comedy will be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and will be hosted by Naomi and Jim Anzalone.
Della Blanchard will host the perennial favorite, “South Pacific” at the Phillips Center in Gainesville on Monday, April 23. Call her for your reservations and enjoy “Some Enchanted Evening,” ”I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame.”

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, we played low net. The weather was perfect, the golf course in great shape and a fun time was had by all. Well maybe the winners had a little more fun than others, but we all had fun! The winners were: First flight — Diana Galla, first, Nancy Lefebvre and Roseann Lavacca tied for second, Judie Lavdas, Jan Tennant and Lynn Houghton tied for fourth; second flight — Judy Klein, first, BJ Lassiter, second, Janet Tully third, Chris Orndorff fourth; third flight — Arlene Klann and Inge Szabo tied for first, Mary Kay Frandsen and Gigi Bagg tied for third. Elsa Berbig was closest to the pin.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On another great play day for the Lady Niners we played a par three tournament. Winners were: Flight A — first, BJ Lassiter, second, Bette Johnson, third, Ginger Drake; flight B — first, Joyce Madill, second, Vange Bell and tied for third Joan Scholl and Ilene Simnowitz. Closest to pin was BJ Lassiter. We have two weeks until our sweetheart scramble. Don’t forget to sign up.

Now that the weather is becoming more “golf friendly,” our Thursday League at Spruce Creek has grown from 5 to 6 foursomes to 10 to 11 groups. Here are the winners for the Jan. 26 low net tournament. Flight A: Jennie Bucella — first, Gail Barclay — second, Annette Carini — third. Flight B: Shirley Ruffing — first, Nancy Reichenbacher — second, Karen Schuelke — third. Flight C: Linda Noel — first, Evelyn Exell — second, Marlena Yaich — third. Flight D: Mary Hart — first, Delma Miller — second, Pat Anderson — third. Closest to the pin was Mary Hart and Donna Huffman got the chip in.
 The winners of the Feb. 2 low net tournament were: Flight A: Connie Bingham — first, Marge Richardson — second, Marti Babb — third. Flight B: Claire Pruneau — first, Karen Schuelke — second, Shirley Ruffing — third. Flight C: Norma Erickson — first, Linda Noe — second, Olive Adler — third. Flight D: Mary Hart — first, Ginny Simons — second, Mary Golab — third. Closest to the pin were JoAnn Cohen and Olive Adler, Evelyn Exell, and Ann Hurr got chip ins.
Congratulations to all of our winners!

Carol Ann’s Corner
A nice person I met recently commented that I must be very busy attending and reporting on all the activities in Oak Run. I’m flattered that they thought I had that much stamina. Actually folks from the various clubs and activities send me e-mails or written copy containing the information they would like to see in the column. I do some rearranging, basically to see that the style is somewhat consistent between the items.
Since I am used to doing some rewriting please don’t think that you have to have your information all set up and ready to print before you can send it to me. You can even send me a copy of the notice you send to channel 12 or a poster or flyer and I will turn it into an article. All I need, as Sgt. Friday used to say, is “just the facts.”
As I may have mentioned before, one thing about the articles I receive never ceases to amaze me. I feel that as I put the column together I have a very large wastebasket next to me and into it go lots and lots and lots of capital letters. Many people capitalize many more words than are necessary. So the next time you write anything, whether it’s to me or anyone else, take a look at the capital letters and ask yourself whether they are needed. Funny thing is that in German nouns are routinely capitalized. English is in the family of Germanic languages. In watching a series of DVD’s on American history at Master the Possibilities I noticed that in the early days of our country, right up to at least to the American Revolution, English capitalized nouns as well. Somewhere along the line English dropped this practice but I think people are trying to revive it!
 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.