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Paris dinner dance coming

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Ambassadors will be having an “I Love Paris” dinner dance on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Palm Grove. The caterer has changed from that announced in the Oak Run Newsletter. Royal Oaks will provide a buffet of tossed salad, baked Virginia ham with pineapple glaze, au gratin potatoes, green beans, rolls and butter and lemon cake from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Diana and Mitch Smallwood will entertain with a big band sound, play oldies, rock, rumbas, cha-chas, swing, line dancing and specialty dance music from the 1930s through the 1990s from 8 to 11 p.m. This is truly live music - live drums and live guitars. Diana is the featured soloist and Mitch also sings. Ticket sales will be Monday, Aug. 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $18 per person with checks payable to ORHA. As always, BYOB. There will be door prizes but no 80/20 raffle. You will not want to miss this evening of dining and dancing. See you there, Pat.

Pancake breakfast

It's pancake time again! Great pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea will be served at the Orchid Club tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. for only $2.50 per person. (Just to see how many pancakers read this column, let's all wear a yellow top tomorrow.)

Do You Remember?

Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler's presentation of the Italian American "Hobo Nite" in June 2009, narrated by Anna Boodee. The program airs following "FYI" daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from July 23 to July 30.

Southern States Club

Southern States Club members had a great time at the "Country Hoedown BBQ" in June. Our next dinner meeting will be Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at Palm Grove. We have great news. Erich Neumann is back and will be serving our favorite summer menu, “The Deli Buffet,” plus our very own Damian Romano is the deejay for the evening. Don’t miss out on this nice summer get together. Buy your tickets July 26 or Aug. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club, $13 for members and $15 for guests. See you there!

Renaissance Women

Unattached women get together to plan activities such as dining out, movies, trips, etc. Come to the next meeting on Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at Palm Grove and find out what is going on.

Oak Run Travel

Good news! We were able to obtain more cabins and another bus for the Oct. 18 to Nov. 6, 2011, cruise on the Ruby Princess from Venice, Italy, to Fort Lauderdale. Cabins are going fast so call Bob and Cindy Kocher. Don't delay and be disappointed again.

Do you realize that it is just six months until Christmas and the wonderful Christmas shows in December? First comes the "Lobbies and Lights Tour" of the decorations at DisneyWorld on Wednesday, Dec. 8, with dinner at the Hyatt Grand Cypress. Call Rita Stotz to reserve.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, we will go to Orlando to see the singing Christmas trees at Orlando Baptist Church. Featured will be more than 500 musicians, dozens of dancers and dramatists, 250,000 lights and a production that rivals Broadway. Call Rudy and Dolores Frey for more information.

A new trip for us this year will be the "Celebration of Christmas Past" at the Carriage House Museum. The Carriage House Museum is amazing by itself but at Christmas time it is beautifully decorated. The costumed guides escort small groups of visitors through the museum, where performers share how our early ancestors celebrated Christmas. Christmas music, sumptuous desserts and hot chocolate complete the holiday mood. Call Connie and Phil Smith to reserve your seat.

The holiday Christmas show on Dec. 25 at the Show Palace is filled but a wait list is needed. Call Russ and Jackie Marcotte to get on this list.

Royal Oaks Women's 18 Hole Golf

On Tuesday, July 13, we played a new game, "Pick Nine Holes." When we were finished golfing, we could pick our lowest net score for any nine holes of the 18. The winners were: Group One - First Place J.T. Lemasters and Sylvia Zappia tied with a net score of 28; Second Place Carole Dygert, Pat Blackburn, Noreen Salo and Dianna Love tied with a net score of 29.

Group Two - First Place B.J. Lassiter and Judy Klein tied with a net score of 26. Second Place Patty Waddell with a net score of 27.

Group Three - First Place Ilene Simnowitz with a net score of 23; Second Place Mary Kay Frandsen with a net score of 26; Third Place Pat Salberg and Arlene Zimmerman tied with a net score of 28.

Closest to the pin on the third hole was Joanne Ellis.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

"Mutt and Jeff" was the game on July 15. For this game only the scores for the par 3 and par 5 holes count. Flight A was won by Rae Stover. Sally Crass and Charlotte Green tied for second place. Flight B was won by Ilene Simnowitz and Eleanor Cerlenko was second. Diana Schmidt and Joan Scholl tied for third place. Eleanor Cerlenko made a chip-in on hole #1 and Charlotte Green made a birdie on hole #6. 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.

Carol Ann's Corner

I have important food safety information to pass along this week. Did you know that mold can form in old pancake mix and other similar products that can cause a serious or even deadly allergic reaction? There is a documented case of a man with known allergies who died of anaphylaxis after eating pancakes made from an old pancake mix that contained mold. Pancake mix and similar products that have been stored for some time should be thoroughly examined before use and careful note should be made of use-by dates. This is especially true if the food has been stored in a non-airtight contained or a package that has been previously opened. Mix that seems a little dubious should be discarded as the risk of allergic reactions or illness is not worth the few cents saved. Also, if food seems to have an unexpected or unusual taste should be thorougly re-examined before eating any more.

Who knew? I recently ate some pasta sauce that was quite outdated but I had no ill effects, and neither did Katie Kitty who managed to lick the plate. The information cited above made no reference to other types of packaged food. Maybe the canning process and the fact that pasta sauce comes in airtight containers provides protection. In any case I'm going to go through my pantry and toss everything that is past its due date.

Some other important pieces of advice have come to my attention. Whenever you have anyone do any work around the house be sure to get an itemized written estimate of the charges involved before work begins. If the price seems too high don't be afraid to ask other providers of the same services for their estimates. It's better to absorb the service call charge than pay more than is reasonable for what you need. Actually it's better to comparison shop for price and ask your friends and neighbors for their recommendations before the serviceman is at the house. Don't find yourself shocked by a much higher bill than you had envisioned. Do your homework up front. And what can you do in emergency situations such as when some vital household appliance or system suddenly breaks down? Be prepared. Ask around and get yourself a list of recommended providers of the various services that will be available to you on a moment's notice.