Oak Run news 3-23-2014

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Six travel trips to be sold on Tuesday

By Carol Ann Wheeler

Six trips will be sold on Tuesday, March 27, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Check the spring brochure for more information about the trips, dates, cost and host(s):
Hard Rock Casino morning and afternoon trip.
Dog races including buffet lunch.
Bok Tower and Orlando Orchestra concert.
Rediscovering Real Florida including Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts.
‘A Bed Full of Foreigners’ at Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theatre.
Wonders of Winter Park and Treasures of Tiffany.
A seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas in March 2013, will be sold on Wednesday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room.
Here is information about trips on which there is still space available. Call the hosts to reserve your seat.
Let’s go to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theatre on Sunday, April 15, to see “What Is Susan’s Secret?” Elderly con-artist couple runs a country guest house and through a series of comical mishaps are exposed by Susan who has her own secret. Pat and Roy Meinsen are hosting this trip which costs only $57 per person including buffet and driver’s tip.
Come along on Saturday, April 28, to see “Boeing Boeing” at the Straz Center. Find out how Bernard juggles relationships with three vivacious flight attendants as he jet sets around the world, only to be undone by his best friend. Knee slapping fun and high jinx for $50 per person including bus driver tip. Dinner on your own after returning to Oak Run. Hosts are Jim and Naomi Anzalone.
Art and Pat Kriedeweis will host you on Wednesday, May 2, for another trip to Hard Rock in Tampa. An afternoon and evening trip, the bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. at a cost of just $22 per person. It includes the bus driver tip, $30 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Contact them soon as the remaining seats will go quickly.
On Sunday, June 10, at the Show Palace see “New York Nights” as classic pop music is brought to life through singing and dancing. Only $68.50 per person, buffet and driver’s tip included. Hosts are George and Barbara Murphy.
In “Nobody’s Perfect” on Saturday, July 21, watch hilarious antics as a male novelist enters a contest for female novelists, and wins! His impersonation of a woman leads to problems with his wayward daughter and rascally old father. Amelia and Ron Fiore hosts this trip and it is only $58 per person including the lunch buffet and driver’s tip.
On Thursday, Aug. 16, come along on a tour of Tarpon Springs with Dick and Elsa Berbig as hosts. See the beautiful St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek sponge diving boys and the oh so glorious Greek restaurants. Lunch at one of the Greek restaurants and the driver’s tip are included in the price of $69 per person.

Pancake breakfast
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 24, is pancake day again in the Orchid Club. Join your neighbors for breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.

Troubadors Concert
The 2012 Spring Concert of the Troubadors is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13. The selections this year are very uplifting and familiar. There will be some solo presentations along with chorus presentations. Some of the selections by the chorus will “State Fair” medleys and “Another Opening of Another Show.” The chorus will also sing a medley of Cole Porter music.
There will be a solo performance of “Meditation” from “Thais” by the gifted violinist Erica Goodman as well as many more selections. Come and enjoy a musical evening. Leave the TV for a night and join us.
Tickets, at a cost of $5 for general admission and $7 for reserved seating, will be available in the Orchid Club lobby Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 6. p.m., Monday, March 26, from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 30 from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, April 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are also available every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Palm Grove, through April 4. Tickets will be available the nights of the performances.

Baby Boomers - Hard Rock
It’s Hard Rock time again! The Oak Run Baby Boomers Club and their guests are invited to join us Tuesday, April 10, for a fun trip to the Tampa Hard Rock Casino. We will leave from the Palm Grove lot promptly at 12:30 p.m. and depart from Hard Rock at 7:30 p.m. You pay $20 and receive $30 in free play, plus a $5 food voucher and round trip transportation including the driver gratuity. Last date for ticket sales is tomorrow, March 24, in the Orchid Club lobby from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more Information, call Adele at 352-854-4963.

Do You Remember?
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the Italian American Club’s 2011 Christmas party, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air daily following “FYI” at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from March 23 to March 30.

Stage Show - Ken Brady
 and the New Casinos

The fourth passport stage show for 2012, Ken Brady and the New Casinos, will take place on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 7 p.m. at Palm Grove. Ken is currently the lead singer of the New Casinos. He’s been singing since age 9 and has shared the stage with such artists as Otis Williams, the Shirelles, Chubby Checker and Jerry Lee Lewis. He performed with the original Casinos who recorded the song ‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” in 1967. It was a hit for 10 weeks passing The Beatles and other groups from across the world.
Ticket sales will be Monday, April 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club, and Tuesday, April 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Orchid Club. Cost per person is $15. Make checks payable to ORHA; no cash please.

Garden Club news and tips
Come to the next meeting of the Oak Run Garden Club on Wednesday, April 4, at the Orchid Club at 9 a.m. All Oak Run residents and guests are welcome. Guida Taylor of Taylor Nursery in Citra will present the program “Birds, Bees, Bats and Pollination.” This should be an interesting subject. We always learn something from Guida. She will have an assortment of plants for sale. Our meeting begins with coffee, goodies and socializing. Of course we have the “sharing and caring” table, plant raffle and the 50-50. Any time you have plants to share with others bring them to Peggy at the sharing table. Pat Callahan can be reached if you have any questions. Her number is in the Oak Run directory.
The spring blooming trees and shrubs look fabulous. Remember to cut back right after flowering is over on these plants. Also pinch any aggressive azalea shoots too. Palms need “special” fertilizer or magnesium now for healthy green color. Cannas left in the ground all winter get crowded and cause poorer blooming. Dig up and split them. It’s a great time to plant annuals like coleus, lobelia, marguerita daisy, penaes, portulaca, nicotiana, verbena and vinca. Try some new color combinations. Happy gardening and don’t forget to stand back and admire your work.

Irish American Club
Our annual St .Patrick’s Day celebration was so much fun! Everyone enjoyed the Irish trivia contest and Pat Shane won the beautiful basket that was filled with Irish gifts. The food catered by Royal Oaks was wonderful!
Our spring event will be Thursday, May 3, centered around Hollywood movies and TV shows. Tom Michaels of TM Productions will serve as our DJ and Royal Oaks will cater our dinner. Ticket sales will be held on Wednesday April 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. We plan to have games and activities related to our theme. More information to follow.
You don’t have to be Irish to join but if you like being around folks who enjoy fellowship, fun, good food and music, we have room for you in our club. You can call Gloria Bartosik (352-873-6989) or Ann Hubbard 352-(873-4755).

Fourth of July
The big day will be here before you know it. Committees have been hard at work preparing for the different activities planned. The day will begin with Oak Run’s traditional parade and cool down. Put your thinking caps on and figure out how you, your club, your neighborhood can join the parade. You can decorate yourself, your bicycle, your golf cart, your motorcycle, your car, your pet, your pogo stick, etc, and proudly march down the boulevard paying tribute to our country’s Independence Day.
The afternoon session is the eating and fun time. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and more at Palm Grove beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Various types of games will be available for everyone’s participation. The game committee is continually looking for new ideas and volunteers to operate them. If you have game suggestions and/or, very importantly, would like to volunteer to help out in any capacity, call our event coordinator, Damian Romano, at 352-854-4840

Oak Run Veterans
On the Fourth of July, Oak Run wants to honor all men and women who have served in any branch of the service, including the most recent conflicts. You do not have to be a member of the Oak Run Veterans’ Association. If you have any veteran visiting over the Fourth of July, Oak Run wants to honor them at that time. If you have taken the Honor Flight, please come with your hats. Transportation will be provided for the parade. In order for us to make up a list of veterans who wish to participate please e-mail Richard Herr at oldswabbie@earthlink.net. (No hyphens in the address.) More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the Fourth.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On March 15 we played even holes and half handicap. In flight A Sally Crass and Brenda Raider tied in first place and second was Kerry Tims. In flight B first place went to Joyce Madill, second to Vange Bell and third to Joan Scholl. Closest to pin was Judy Barmore. The information is posted on the board for our upcoming invitational in April.

Royal Oaks Mens’ Golf
Sure and March 16 was a fine day to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a grand golf tournament. We played a net points game, with three net scores counting of each foursome.
The winners of the regular flight with a score of 129 were Rich Hendrix, Emmet Dowling, Bill Staiger, and a blind. Second saw a tie between two teams with scores of 125. They were Dave Dawson, Ron Catapano, Ron Kowalewski, and Vince Connolly; and the team of Bill Dougherty, Bob Albright, John Terry, and a blind.
First place in the seniors’ flight with a score of 133 were Dick Rizzo, Dick Berbig, Dick Feltenberger, and Dick Spano. Second with a 128 were George Gariepy, John Wargo, Jim Kennedy, and Joe Paller
The lunch was that fine Irish tradition of boiled potatoes, corned beef, and cabbage. Thanks to our food chairman, Ron O’Tennant and Royal Oaks for the good food. Congratulations to those fine Irish lads Ralph Lavocca and Ken Frandsen for coordinating the tournament, and to Lori Wilkes for conducting the scoring. Well done!
Be sure to sign up for the Seniors’ Tournament coming the first part of April.  
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.