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Speaker will offer hints for hurricane safety

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

Don’t forget to attend the Oak Run Homeowners Association’s general meeting Wednesday, April 8 at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Captain Chip Wildy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will speak on “Hurricane Preparedness.”

Sometimes speakers come to Oak Run and the attendance is somewhat embarrassing. We wouldn’t like it said that Oak Runners aren’t concerned about protecting ourselves in this upcoming hurricane season.

For more information, contact Ellen Salenger at 861-4484.

Troubadours Spring

Concert

Seats are still available for the Troubadours Spring Concert, “This Is It!” on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, in Palm Grove. Reserved seats are $5 and general admission $3. Four sales dates remain: April 6, 11, 13 and 15 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. If you can’t make these sales dates, ask any Troubadour member to get tickets for you.

We’re sure you won’t want to miss this great show, which is under the direction of Mary Beth Lake, with Margaret Elder and Donna Topp as accompanists and Walter Light as guest drummer. Hope to see you there.

Upstate New York Club

“Super Spud and Game Night” is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at Palm Grove. The southern tier group has planned a fun evening for members and guests. For openers they suggest that everyone wear a T-shirt from a favorite vacation spot.

Baked potatoes will be served with your choice of several toppings, sour cream, chili, bacon bits, onion, cheese, etc. Dessert is an ice cream bar and coffee will be available. BYOB or soda.

A variety of table games will be offered for your pleasure or you may choose to participate in the Newlywed Game. They also suggest you bring a roll of pennies or nickels. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

Price is $5 for members and $6 for guests. Reservations are required.

Ticket sales will be in the lobby of the Orchid Club on Saturday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. Call Terry Terboss at 873-4720 or Emily France at 873-4169 for information or tickets outside the sales dates.

Upper Midwest Club

The April Upper Midwest Club meeting will be a picnic at Rainbow Springs State Park near Dunnellon on Friday, April 17 at noon. The meal will be a fried chicken dinner. Desserts will be provided by members with the last name initials I to P.

Entertainment will be bingo and horse races (Maxine and Frank Wood horse races). Please wear your name tags.

Tickets will be sold on Monday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club lobby.

Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for non-members and include park admission. Please make checks payable to Upper Midwest Club. Get your tickets early as only 132 tickets will be sold due to limited space.

Travel Club Trip to Biloxi

Tickets for an August trip to Biloxi will be on sale at the Island Club from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, April 10.

Renaissance Women

More than 40 women attended the March 22 meeting. Many plans are being made for both April and May. An April Lunch/Brunch will be held on Thursday, April 23, at Red’s Restaurant on Rt. 200. We will meet at the overflow parking lot at 10:30 a.m. or meet at the restaurant at 11 a.m. Call Nancy to make a reservation (237-6475).

There are still seats available for the trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Monday, April 20. The cost is $21, but you will receive a play voucher ($25) and a lunch voucher ($5). Call Valerie as soon as possible to make a reservation (873-1633).

A May trip is being planned for the Florida Museum of Natural History (Butterfly Rainforest) in Gainesville.

More information will follow on Channel 12 and in the Citizen. Also, Hospice of Marion County is holding a luncheon at Bonefish Grill on Saturday, May 9. The cost is $25 and includes lunch, entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction. Please call Linda at 873-1353 or Marjorie at 237-7612 for further information and to reserve a place at this popular event.

Be sure to check Channel 12 for the most current information about our events and save the date for our next meeting on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Happy spring!

Tennis Social

Food, business, laughter, trivia and camaraderie spelled March Madness at the Oak Run tennis players’ social on March 23. Rev. Bob Brown gave the invocation.

Joe Huszar, the new tennis facilitator, conducted business, Barry Emery baffled players with his tennis trivia contest, Madelyn Brown won the raffle drawing and Jeff Dunham ventriloquist and comedian’s comedy DVD ended the delightful evening of fun for all. Many thanks to Andy and Phyllis Teleha with Bob and Mary Barton, social chairpersons, for providing the inviting atmosphere.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

On March 24, all the holes were par 3’s! What fun! And the winners were:

First flight: Joanne Ellis 67, Dianna Love 67, Sylvia Zappia 68.

Closest to the pin on No. 16: Jan Tully.

Second flight: Joan O’Brien 65, Ann Daigle 68, Jan Tennant 69, Judy Klein 69, Barb Scozzafava 69.

Closest to the pin on No. 6: Judy Klein.

Third flight: Carol Copp 68, Doris Engel 70, Ginger Drake 72, Joanne Morris 72, Mary Kay Frandsen 72, Bette Johnson 72.

Closest to the pin on No. 3: Mary Kay Frandsen.

ORWGA Winners Announced

The following ladies won in the low net tournament held Thursday, March 26 at the Oak Run Executive Course:

A Flight: Bebe Hahne 30, Janet Sutphen 31*, and Connie Bingham 31*. B Flight: June Dickbernd 29, Mickey Smith 34* and Jean Travers 34*. C Flight: Donna Huffman 31*, Alice Anderson 31* and Dori Sullivan 33. D Flight: Evelyn Exell 29, Betty Scott 31* and Erika Radke 31*. (winners determined by tiebreaker holes No. 2 and No. 7).

Closest to the pin on hole No. 4 was won by Vange Bell and there were five ladies that had “chip ins” — Rose Brown, Norma Erickson, Marge Rymarcsuk, Dori Sullivan and Janet Sutphen. That’s one way to avoid the challenges of putts!

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