Oak Run news 4-6-2012

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Photo Club to to hear about process

By Carol Wheeler

On April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club, the Oak Run Photography Club program will feature Near Infra Red (NIR) photography. NIR sounds sophisticated, complicated and difficult. In reality it is none of these. NIR photography can be done with both simple point and shoot cameras or with DSLRs. If you have a NIR capable camera (and some are very inexpensive, you may own one), all you need to add is a readily available filter and some practice. Mr. Tim Rankin will tell us how to use this technique. He has worked with NIR both with film (years ago) and with digital cameras. Tim will not only show us how to do NIR photography, he will also show us how to determine if our cameras are NIR capable. If you do not have a NIR capable camera, used ones are readily available at very low cost. This is because more of the older digital cameras are NIR ready than newer ones.
Why would you want to experiment with NIR photography? The photographs can be both unusual and very beautiful. A local professional photographer, Kent Weakly, has won national recognition with his NIR photographs made in the Ocala area Join us to learn a new way (to many of us) to enjoy making unusual and beautiful photographs
On April 14 our field trip will take us to an Arabian Horse farm where we can get close up and personal with some beautiful horses! Bring apples and/or carrots and a horse will love you! There will be more information at the meting and on our blog orphotoclub.blogspot.com (no hyphen in address) or call Walt or Laurie.

Troubadours’ Concert
The Troubadours’ Spring Concert is coming to Palm Grove on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. They say practice makes perfect and we have been doing just that in order to give you our very best performance of “Premiers and Encores.” Our choral group will sing new songs and old favorites such as “New York, New York” and “Yellow Bird,” as well as show tunes from “State Fair” and “The Music Man.” Also included will be a Cole Porter medley. Our ensemble will perform a beautiful new song with music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton as well as a cute arrangement of “Zip A Dee Doo Dah.” There also will be a dancer, flutist and some beautiful solos. All in all, anticipate a wonderful night that will lift your spirits and have you humming along with us.
Ticket sales continue in the Orchid Club lobby with the last two on Monday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 11, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door both nights of the concert. General seating tickets are $5 and reserved seats, $7. Our reserved seat tickets have gone very fast but there are still some available for both nights. For more information call Gus at 352-873-3630.
Come out and support your friends and neighbors as we sing for your entertainment.

Do You Remember? - Showcase of Stars
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of Donna Bolton’s “Females Only Showcase of Stars.” It will air daily following “FYI” at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from April 6 to 13.

Renaissance Women
Our meeting and picnic on March 25 was quite successful due to the hard work by Jessica and her team who always do a great job. The food was very good and our meeting was interesting with many outings discussed. A zip line tour was well received as well as a visit to an elephant farm which will be planned for the fall. Norma will be in charge of our monthly outings from now until October. She can be contacted at 352-854-1910.
April 11 will be lunch at Sky Restaurant at the Holiday Inn next to I-75 and S.R. 200. Call Norma if you would like to participate. We will meet at Sky at 1:30 p.m. Looking forward to seeing all of you. Valerie (352-873-1633)

Neighborhood 12 News
The ladies of Neighborhood 12 have been enjoying their monthly breakfast. They meet on the second Friday of every month at Royal Oaks Restaurant at 9 a.m. The next breakfast is Friday, April 13. All ladies in Neighborhood 12 are welcome. There is a new addition to breakfast. The gentlemen of Neighborhood 12 are breakfasting at Royal Oaks at the same time and day. They, however, are seated separately from the women. All men in Neighborhood 12 are welcome.
Any new attendees, men or women, please call Sandy Wolfe at 352-873-0816 so that we are able to give the restaurant a count and have seating available for all. Looking forward to seeing everyone next Friday.

Laurel Oaks Out-to-Dinner
Remember to save the date for the Laurel Oaks “Out-to-Dinner” on April 18 at the Braised Onion. Watch for a flyer in your cubby!

Little Theatre/Way Off Broadway

The curtain has fallen on Little Theatre’s four performances of “Sex Please We’re Sixty” and based on the reaction from our audiences, it was a gasser. Following Sunday’s matinee, we struck the set (that means take it down) returned it to our storage facilities, wiped off the greasepaint and partied. At the conclusion of our run we have what we call a “Strike” or Afterglow” party where we let it all hang out after some four months of earnest preparations.
Most of our members also belong to Way Off Broadway and we are now looking at next fall’s play, “Squad Room Blues.” Many of you will recall the hilariously funny TV sitcom “Barney Miller,” starring Hal Linden. This squad room will rekindle all of those fond memories for it is a takeoff on that very successful show. Shortly Director Diane Porterfield will be announcing Way Off Broadway audition dates at which she anticipates a large cast call.

New York Club
Our March dinner dance with the international night theme was successful. Catering by Pavarotti’s, music by the Carriers and the table decorations were all great and, of course, the people attending completed the picture. It was inspiring to look around the dance floor and see the sea of faces holding hands and singing “We are the World.”
Our next dinner dance will be May 23 and the theme will be “Stars and Stripes.” More details will follow and tickets will be on sale May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the card room of the Orchid Club.
Plans are in the works for an overnight trip to Naples, probably in October. Club members interested in this trip should hurry and sign up by calling Linda McHale at 352-360-2131 to get your name on the list. Details are not yet known but keep checking this column in the Citizen for more information.
Don’t forget the Oak Run parade on July 4th. We would like to have our club participate with golf carts, bikes, etc. If interested in joining in on this great day, contact Joan Carazo at 352-861-1939.
Please contact Ginny Emerick at 353-854-5120 if you know anyone in the club who would like a kind word. New Yorkers, if you have any questions, contact John McHale, club president, at 352-362-3465.

Oak Run Travel
There will be a documentation meeting for the April 26 Emerald Princess European Cruise on Saturday, April 7. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. in the Orchid Club and at least one person from each group travelling together should attend. If you can’t make the meeting, call Bob Kocher at 352-854-0009.
The last tickets sales from the current brochure have been held and most trips are rapidly selling out, so if you want to go you need to check the brochure and call the appropriate hosts. Of course, once a trip is sold out you can be put the wait list, but why hesitate? Two trips you would be especially sorry to miss are the show “Boeing, Boeing” on April 28 and the visit to Tarpon Spring on Aug. 16.
“Boeing, Boeing” is funny and outrageous as the debonair Bernard juggles relationships with three vivacious flight attendants, each of whom believes she is his only girl. Once Robert, his best friend, arrives for a visit and schedules get changed, chaos and fun begin and Bernard’s love life goes into a tail spin! Hurry, call hosts Jim and Naomi Anzalone. Cost is $50 per person which includes the driver’s tip. Dinner is on your own after return to Oak Run.
Tarpon Springs on Florida’s gulf coast is always a favorite of Oak Runners. On this day trip you will visit this quaint ethnic city with Greek restaurants and shops, see the Greek Sponge Diving Boys and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral with its “weeping icon” of St Nicolas. There will be an included lunch at one of the wonderful Greek restaurants. Join us for this informative and visually stimulating trip. Hosts are Dick and Elsa Berbig. The $69 per person costs also includes the driver’s tip.

Cruise Price Reduction
Celebrity Cruises has announced a price reduction on the 11-night Celebrity Equinox Caribbean cruise hosted by Oak Run residents Bob and Regine Lammon, March 25 - April 5, 2013. Prices have been cut depending on category. For more information, call Bob at 352-237-8720.

Tennis Club
Here it is April, which now brings the warmer weather. The tennis committee has purchased new ice chest for our use. While waiting for your team to gather, all would appreciate very much if you would just take a few minutes and put fresh ice in the chest for your fellow players. Thank you very much. Before the snow birds leave, it is planned to have another tennis mixer on Wednesday April 25. Watch the bulletin board for the sign up sheet. Tally Tennis will continue during the month April on Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. All those that played want to give the Bartons our thanks for running this activity. We will see how many players are interested in carrying Tally Tennis into May, though some of the snow birds will be gone. Watch the bulletin board or Channel 12 for future announcements regarding Tally Tennis.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
March 30 saw another fine Florida Spring day, and the scores posted by the players reflected the good conditions. The game was the usual three best net, with the winners playing outstanding golf. In first with a score of 185 were Dick Blackburn, Bob Gildea, and Jim Kennedy. Second with a 189 were Dale Wurzburger, Larry Collins, Fred West, and Mike Madill. In third with a 190 were Bob Albright, Sam Sample, Dick Rizzo, and Dick Spano. Good shooting! Closest to the pin were Ron Catapano, Don Aubrey, and Mike Madill.
Welcome back to league golf, Duke. We missed you and your loooong drives.
Don’t forget the Seniors’ Tournament on April 11 and 13. Chairman Dick Rizzo is accommodating those who can’t play on the 11th, so contact him if you have a conflict.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
On March 29 we played “putt-putt.” Flight A: 1st. Elsa Berbig, 2nd. Rae Stover, 3rd. Sally Crass, 4th. Charlotte Green. Flight B: 1st. Ilene Simnowitz, 2nd. Joyce Madill, 3rd. Diana Schmidt, 4th. Vange Bell. Closest to pin was Rae Stover. We had two chip-ins, Brenda Raider on hole #3 and Charlotte Green on hole #4 .

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, March 27 we played a “Point Game.” Each player received 1 point for a net bogey, 2 points for a net par, 3 points for a net birdie and 4 points for a net eagle. We are all so used to wanting low scores but in this game the players with the highest number of points win! The winners were: First Flight - 1st place Jan Tennant, 2nd place Janet Tully, 3rd place Diana Galla; Second Flight - 1st place tie Joan O’Brien and Sheila Adams, 3rd place tie Lynn Houghton, Chris Orndorff and Noreen Salo; Third Flight - 1st place Patty Dougherty, 2nd place tie Gayle Feeman and Kathy Kollar. Maureen Edwards was closest to the pin on hole #16. Another beautiful spring Florida day for playing golf!

Mr. Cody’s Corner
One of mom’s frequent contributors sent her information about a problem that I, as a cat, don’t have to worry about but which I find quite interesting. I know mom has written about it before, but I am amazed that scam artists are still trying (and apparently sometimes succeeding) in getting money out of seniors by pretending to be a relative in trouble. The caller says they are in jail, usually in a foreign country, and asks for money to be wired to them so they can get out. A good rule to follow seems to me to never give or send anyone money (or provider personal information) unless you are absolutely certain you know who you are dealing with. One thing you can always do before sending money is check with other relatives and find out where the person who is supposed to be in trouble is at that time. You might even call their home to find them answering the phone.
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.