Oak Run news 2-24-2012

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Blood drive scheduled for Palm Grove on March 1

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The bloodmobile from Florida’s Blood Centers, the only supplier of blood for Marion County medical facilities, will be in the parking lot of Palm Grove on Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You could save up to three lives with one donation since donated blood is separated into three different components given to recipients according to their needs. You will receive a free movie ticket from Fandango and a free game of bowling. Make time to save a life! If you would like to make an appointment go to www.fbcdonor.org and use account number #M1SO. If you would like a registration form to fill out in advance, call Carol Ann Wheeler at 352-873-2964. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of fluids before coming to donate and bring picture ID.
Fine Arts Show
You are invited to the 20th Annual Fine Arts Show tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at Palm Grove. The Art Club of Oak Run, their friends and instructors will display beautiful drawings, paintings and sculpture. There will be free refreshments and the chance to win a lovely enhanced giclee of a pastel by Margarethe Nachbar entitled “What! No Cell Phone?” Proceeds of the raffle go toward an art scholarship at College of Central Florida.

Pancake Breakfast
Come get your flapjacks, sausage, juice, coffee or tea tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m.

Upstate New York Club
The Upstate New York Club’s “Swing into Spring” party is Monday, March 26, at Palm Grove at 6 p.m. It will be an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar with all the trimmings. Bring the beverage of your choice. Entertainment will be dance instructor Lon Ligon from Gainesville who will teach a variety of dances. Did you always want to try the contra or a folk dance? If so, this is your chance. If not, just sit back and enjoy the evening. Tickets are $9 for members and $11 for guests. Tickets sales are Saturday. Feb. 25 and March 10 at the Orchid Club from 8 to 10 a.m. Watch your cubby for the flier. For information, contact Donna Anderson or Sandy Mantel.

Feline Fanciers
The club will meet on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Island Club. The title of the program for the evening is Bits ‘n Pieces. Everyone will contribute ‘something’ that evening, whatever they wish, about cats, of course. Everyone is to bring something to eat or drink to share with the group.
There will be no collection of cat food this month. But, do you know what “67/67” refers to? The first number is the number of pounds of dry food we contributed to Pet Meals on Wheels after last month’s meeting and the second number refers to the number of cans of wet food. It just turned out that way.

Southern States Club -
Tampa Bay Downs
trip open to all
Wednesday, March 28, will be a day at the races for the Southern States Club. Join us in our private party suite at Tampa Bay Downs. Ticket sales will be on Thursday, March 1, at the Orchid Club from 9 a.m. to noon. There’s room still available so we have opened this event to all Oak Run residents and their guests. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for guests which includes: a full buffet with two entrees, veggies, salad and dessert, an excellent view of the finish line, a private betting window, entrance to the track along with program, optional reserved stadium seating after lunch, a race named for the Southern States Club and a coach bus including gratuities. Call Bob Canning at 352-854-8015 if you have any questions about the club.

My Wild Irish Rose Dance
The Ambassadors will present a dance featuring the “Avenue Boys” on Saturday, March 17, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Palm Grove. The Avenue Boys are a duo consisting of Russ Perkins on saxophone and Joe Gionti on the keyboard. Both also do vocals and harmonize on many of their songs. They play many varieties of dance music. Ticket sales will be Monday, March 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club, and on Tuesday, March 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Orchid Club. Cost per person is $6. Make checks payable to ORHA; please, no cash.

Garden Club Meeting,
Plant Sale and Tips
The next meeting of the Oak Run Garden Club will be on March 7 at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Our guest speaker will be Carolee Carter, Oak Run resident and president of the Ocala African Violet Club. Carolee is an enthusiastic grower of African violets. She will share lots of information and tips on growing these beautiful flowers. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and treats by Terri Messerolli and her committee. Peggy Cornish heads the “sharing and caring” table. Of course there will be the plant raffle and 50-50.
Mark March 17 for a great time at the Orchid Club. This is St. Patrick’s Day and the plant and market sale will be at the club and parking lot. There will be something for everyone! Vendors will be selling plants, shrubs, honey, produce, containers, quilted items, art work and baked goods. Stop at the “garden treasures” table, the snack bar and the Chinese auction. Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, the Marion County Sheriff’s Bagpipers and an Irish sing-a-long at 10 a.m. are planned. All proceeds benefit the Garden Club’s horticulture scholarship at the College of Central Florida. All programs and meetings are for Oak Run residents and guests.
March 15 is the last frost date for Marion County. It’s time to fertilize azaleas and camellias which prefer a “special” type of fertilizer. Trees, shrubs and vines like a balanced mix like 10-10-10. Poinsettias can be planted outside after the 15th. Enjoy the warmer weather as your garden comes alive. See you at the March 17th plant sale!

Celebrate International
Women’s Day
Oak Run residents Linda Taylor and Pat Callahan are helping organize a free, non-religious program on Thursday, March 8, beginning at 4 p.m. hosted by the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists to celebrate International Women’s Day. Featured will be songs by Mindy Simmons who has been called Florida’s chanteuse, a talk by Barbara Simian, an Ocala motivational speaker and music by Patchwork, a female trio. The program will be accompanied by food, drink and other fun.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed March 8 as a day dedicated to the world’s women to recognize the contribution of women to strengthening international peace and security. Come hear the speaker, enjoy the music. (Come early for snacks!) The year’s sub-theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.” The Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 7633 N. Florida Ave., Citrus Springs, just north/west of the Holder light. For information call 352-465-4225 or go to naturecoastuu.org. Everyone is invited at no charge.

Little Theatre - “Sex Please We’re Sixty”
Little Theatre’s membership continues to grow and it is sad to hear that many of the long-standing clubs in Oak Run are folding. The activities in the community are what has made this a great place to live and we wonder what has happened to us! Togetherness and group activities are what keep us young at heart even as we grow old. Come on people get with the program, have fun, live a little. The average age of cast members in our show is over 72 but you’d never know it if you came to one of our rehearsals. We are not just young at heart, we are young because we are active. Old is a frame of mind; kick up your heels; enjoy life. This is what makes our current play something you must come and see. “Sex Please We’re Sixty” is not about sex, it’s about laughing and enjoying life. Do yourself a favor, buy a ticket, treat yourself to a meaningful night out. There’s nothing much worth watching on TV anyway. Our dinner theatre is a must do; you’ll have ball, a great meal, a great show and if you were to go to one of the other venues around the area you’d pay twice the price and travel twice as far for half the fun. Call Diane Schmidt at 352-873-7243 for one of the few remaining tables. You’ll be glad you did. If you can’t get tickets for the dinner show, call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908 for tickets one of the other three shows.

OR Quilters’ Marion County Quilt
Yes, it’s nearly finished. The last minute touches are being added to this year-long project. Hopefully it will soon be on display at Oak Run and then travel to various sites around Marion County so other residents of the area can enjoy seeing our interpretation of all that Marion County has to offer visitors and natives alike. The large wall hanging has a map of the county in the center and it’s surrounded by hand made blocks representing everything from our parks to community activities and so much more. Techniques used to make the blocks vary from applique, thread painting, piecing and other landscape quilting skills. The quilt itself is both hand quilted and machine quilted. Just about everyone in the Quilt Club took part in this project over the past year. For more information about the quilt please contact Patti Schwartz or Dori Sullivan.

Oak Run Travel
Please mark your calendars for the April 7 meeting for the passengers who will be traveling on the Emerald Princess cruise on April 26. This documentation meeting will be held in the Orchid Club starting at 1 p.m. Bus assignments, cruise documents, airline tickets and other information will be distributed. At least one person from each group travelling together should attend. Please call Bob Kocher if you are unable to be there so we can arrange to get your documents to you before we leave on April 26.
Speaking of cruises, there are still a few cabins for the Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, 2012, cruise out of Port Canaveral to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya, and back to Port Canaveral. Call John Casabianca for more information and to reserve your cabin.
John Cababianca has also just booked a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s awe-inspiring “Allure of the Seas” for March 3 to 10, 2013. You can explore seven distinct neighborhoods on the ship filled with awesome new features like the first Starbucks at sea, Broadway hit musical “Chicago” in the main theater, the classic carousel on the boardwalk, and the aerial acrobats in the Aqua Theater. Call John to reserve your cabin.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, we had our annual Valentine’s Day Tournament. The game was best ball of each two-player team. The winners were: First Flight: 1st place — Pat and Dick Blackburn, 2nd place — Judie and Jim Lavdas, 3rd place — Patty and Bill Dougherty; Second Flight: 1st place — Bev Matejicek and B.J. Lassiter, 2nd place — Nancy Lefebvre and Janet Tully, 3rd place — Sylvia and Dom Zappia; Third Flight: 1st place — Kathy and Steve Kollar, 2nd place — Mary Kay and Ken Frandsen, 3rd place — Sally and A.B. Crass. That evening we had a dinner-dance at the Palm Grove Club. The wonderful food and dance music capped a fun day spent with our “Valentines.”

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
Our annual Sweetheart Tournament was a great success thanks to our committee, Vicki Ellin, Judy Barmore, Brenda Raider, Diana Schmidt, Carolee Riola, Roe Stover and Ilene Simnowitz. We played a Texas scramble with 42 couples. The first winning team was Vange Bell, Jeanne Konicki Sam Timmermeyer and BJ Lassiter. The team in second place was Elsa Berbig, Dick Berbig, Carolee Riola and Bill Riola. The third place team was Beverly Matejicek, Jerry Matejicek, Bette Johnson and Clint Johnson. Closest to the pin for the ladies was Brenda Raider and for the men, Bruce Drake. Closest to the line was Bob Kocher. The decorations on the dinner tables were beautiful, we had a lot of fun with the games and most of all the weather was great. A good time was had by all.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
February 17 was a cool, cloudy, and sometimes misty morning, but the more hardy souls turned out for the game. Perhaps the low participation was due not only to the ongoing match tournament, but also the game, which limited each player to only 4 clubs, no more! However, a good time was had by all, and doing something other than the usual game was interesting.
The winner with a score of 202 was the team of Emmet Dowling, Ken Frandsen, Steve Szabo, and Ray Hagerman. Second with a score of 203 were Dale Wurzburger, Ron Kowalewski, and Larry Soine. Tied for third with 205 were the team of Ron Catapano, Fred West, and Jim Kennedy and the team of Charlie Elder, Jan Flickinger, Old Tom Morris, and Mike Madill. Closest to the pin on the par three’s were Ken Frandsen, Steve Szabo, and Paul Colatruglio.
Next week we hope to report the results of the Match Play Tournament.

Mr. Cody’s Corner
I was looking over mom’s shoulder as she put together today’s column and one article struck me not only for its important information but also for its wisdom. Go back and reread Frank Porterfield’s Little Theatre item. You will find out how to get tickets for their great spring production, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” and you will also get some sound philosophical advice.  
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.