Oak Run news 3-16-2012

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Little Theater nears home stretch

By Carol Ann Wheeler

At its March 5 meeting, Little Theatre members discussed the plight of the people in the Midwest who are suffering due to the recent tornadoes. Many lost their loved ones, others saw the destruction of their homes and businesses. We know something of their plight because of hurricanes in our state. It was unanimously decided that Little Theatre would help these suffering souls by donating the proceeds of one of our show nights for “Sex Please We’re Sixty” to the American Red Cross tornado relief. We all felt thankful for our own safety and flushed with pride that our theatre group could offer assistance.
The play is nearing the home stretch, the cast is being fine tuned by the directors and this promises to be one of the warmest and funniest plays we’ve ever been privileged to bring to our Oak Run audiences. The cut off for selling tickets for the dinner theatre was March 12 so we could give Royal Oaks dining staff a head count for dinners. Tickets to the other three shows (Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m.) are still available. If you cannot make one of the public ticket sales, please call Linda Noel at 352-873-9908. Any remaining reserved or general admission tickets will be on sale at the door prior to each of the shows. If history repeats itself, a complete sell out of tickets on Sunday is a possibility. It seems that people attending previous performances tell their friends and neighbors how much they enjoyed the show and it inspires people to attend the final performance. We have more than once had to transport extra chairs from the Orchid Club to Palm Grove to accommodate this last minute surge.

Do You Remember?
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the Donna Bolton’s Showcase of Stars from May, 2011. It will air following “FYI” daily from March 16 to March 23.

Oak Run Travel
Trip sales from the spring brochure continue. Due to space limitations full information about each trip cannot appear in this column. Look over the brochure for additional information about each trip, including the date, price and host(s).
Note that the Thanksgiving trip to Nashville will be sold on both March 16 and March 17 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Island Club. A deposit of $200 is needed.
The following trips will be sold from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Island Club on Saturday, March 17:
Daytona Speedway behind the scenes
Overnight summer two-casino trip including the show “Grease.”
On Tuesday, March 20, these trips will be sold from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club:
50s and 60s review at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.
Hard Rock Casino afternoon and evening trip.
“The Sound of Music” at the Show Palace.
Cedar Key Food Festival and Dakota Winery.
A Show Palace Christmas.
These trips will be sold on Friday, March 23, at the Island Club from 8 to 9 a.m.
Hard Rock Casino morning and afternoon trip.
The Singing Christmas Tree at Orlando First Baptist Church.
Please remember the document meeting at the Orchid Club at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 24, for the people who are going on the Washington, DC, trip on April 19-24. Information and documents will be distributed at this meeting.

Canine Club
Past and present club members are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Island Club. The new board is working hard to make this an interesting year with speakers and events, beginning with this month’s speakers, Bruce Fishalow, executive director of the Humane Society of Marion County, and shelter manager, Daniel Werda, and maybe a couple of surprises There will be a short business meeting to introduce the new board and to discuss plans for the year and the disbursement of monies to animal related charities in our area. Membership is still $5 per person. This meeting marks the 9th anniversary of the club and a special cake will be served following the presentation, along with the drawing of the 50/50 raffle.

Southern States
Spring Fling
Our”Spring Fling” dinner meeting will be Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Orchid Club (note the change of venue). The dinner, catered by My Sons Catering, includes chicken cordon bleu, garlic shrimp, sides, salad, with cannoli and cheesecake for dessert “The New Pretenders,” the popular group from On Top Of The World, will be with us. They always put on a great show; keeping their audience in stitches throughout the night! Ticket sales are Monday, March 26, and Monday, April 2, at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m.. Cost for members is $13, and guests, $15. Call Bob Canning at 352-854-8015 if you have any questions about the club.

Italian American Club
“Night at the Races” hosted by the Italian American Club is approaching and we are planning a fun-filled evening starting with pizza to be served at 6 p.m. followed by the running of the horses for betting and excitement. In addition to pizza there will be soda, coffee and cake and there will be 50/50. The fun will take place on Wednesday, April 11, at the Orchid Club with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Ticket sales will be Wednesday, March 28, in the Orchid Club card room from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 members and $12 for guests. For further information please contact Vinny Procaccini at 352- 237-2314 or John Gariboldi at 352-861-3444.

Marion County Quilt On Display
The Oak Run Quilters’ Marion County quilt will be on display at the Palm Grove auditorium March 22-25 thanks to the Little Theater Group. For theater goers the quilt will be on display during all performances of “Sex, Please, We’re Sixty.” For those who are not able to attend the play you may drop by the Palm Grove facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on March 22, 23, and 24 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.
The members of the Quilt Club designed and created this large wall-hanging. It is not for sale, but is a traveling exhibit reflecting not only our love of quilting, but of many of the fun and interesting sites within Marion County. Each block that surrounds the center map was made by individual members of the club to show their favorite place within the county we call home. Then members took needle in hand to finish quilting and to bind the project. There were a variety of quilting techniques used to make the quilt including thread painting, appliqué, piecing, hand quilting, and machine quilting. Many hands, as well as many hours, were spent from start to finish on this unique project.
Our thanks to the Little Theater Group for allowing us to show off our work during their play. Talents of all sorts abound in Oak Run!! Please drop by and take a look at it, while it is still here in Oak Run.

Tuesday is Bingo Night
Come and join your friends and neighbors for a fun night of bingo at the Orchid Club. Each Tuesday night doors open at 3 p.m., cards sales are from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. No one under 18 years of age is allowed in the Orchid Club during games. All residents and overnight guests must wear visible name tags or pool tags. The snack bar will be open.

Can’t Help Singing - Corrected Date
Last week’s announcement about the return of Can’t Help Singing contained an erroneous date. The first performance will be on Friday, April 20, but the second one will be on Saturday, July 21, and the third will be Saturday, Sept.1. All will begin at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. So if you’ve already marked your calendar for the July performance, change it to July 21.

Laurel Oaks Book Club - Correction
The club will meet on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery. However, Tina McCurry will host the meeting at her home. Call Tina at 352 -615 -8727 for more information. New members are always welcome.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, March 6, we played low net. The weather was windy but warm and it was so enjoyable playing golf on our Royal Oaks golf course .We may not have golfed our best but it was great being out there! The winners were: First flight - 1st place, JT Lemasters, 2nd place tie, Dianna Love and Jan Tennant; Second flight - 1st place, Noreen Salo, 2nd place, Joan O’Brien, 3rd place tie, Chris Orndorff and Salita Timmermeyer; Third flight - 1st place, Gayle Feeman, 2nd place, Ginger Drake, 3rd place, Patty Dougherty, 4th place, Carolyn Collins. There was a tie for the closest to the pin between Dianna Love and Bette Johnson. Great playing ladies!

The winners of the March 1 Low Net Tournament are: Flight A - 1st JoAnn Cohen, 2nd June Dickbernd, 3rd Connie Bingham. Flight B - 1st Joan Klier, 2nd Karen Schuelke, 3rd Marlena Yaich. Flight C - 1st Jean Travers, 2nd Ruby Shepard, 3rd Terri Feeley. Flight D - 1st Pat Anderson, 2nd Mary Hart. Closest to the Pin: Anita Caruso. Chip Ins: Norma Erickson, Marge Richardson, Karen Schuelke, Betty Scott, Jean Travers A round of applause for this group of winners!
The winners of the Low Net Tournament held on March 8 are as follow: Flight A - 1st Marti Babb, 2nd Marge Rymarcsuk, 3rd Gail Barclay. Flight B - 1st June Dickbernd, 2nd Annette Carini, 3rd Karen Schuelke. Flight C - 1st Norma Erickson, 2nd Linda Noel, 3rd Sue Elie. Flight D 1st Betty Scott, 2nd Edith Voss, 3rd Ruby Shepard. Closest to the Pin : Deb Palmer and Annette Carini. Chip In: Bebe Hahne Congratulations to the winners! What a wonderful turnout (ten groups) all of whom enjoyed fantastic weather as they made their way around the front nine on the Spruce Creek Preserve Course.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
March 9 turned out to be another early spring day, with partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures. 45 golfers turned out to play a game of three best net. And the winners were: first place with a score of 193 the team of Emmet Dowling, Ron Kowalewski, Paul Colatruglio, and John Foutty; second with a score of 195 Ron Tennant, Ray Hagerman, Bill Start, and Dick Spano; third with a score of 197 Ralph Lavocca, Sam Owens, Bob Gildea, and Art Pruneau. Closest to the pin on the par three’s were Frank Kelley, Ron Catapano, Ray Hagerman, and John O’Neill. Unfortunately one team got caught in a rain shower and were unable to finish, but gave it their all. Hope the carts and clubs dry out before the next outing!

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
March 8 we played two free mulligans to be used on fairway or tee box, so it helped if the ladies got into the woods or sand. Winners were: Flight A - 1st. Sally Crasss 2nd. Brenda Raider, 3rd. Elsa Berbig. Flight B - 1st Vange Bell, tied in 2nd Joan School and Cindy Kocher. Closest to pin was Phyllis Oldfield; she also had a birdie on hole number three.
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.