Talented neighbors perform in free show tomorrow

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Paul Reichlyn “Can’t Help Singing” show will perform on Saturday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palm Grove. Come watch your talented neighbors. We have been entertaining folks in Oak Run for seven years. The required admission is still just a smile on your face. Bring a friend.

Garden Club Plant Sale

Don’t forget our big plant sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to noon in the overflow parking lot. We’ll have roses, houseplants, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and great tomato plants. Also featured is our popular “Garden Treasures” table. Raffle tickets for the scholarship fund prizes will be available until 11:30 a.m.

Next Wednesday, April 1, at our regular meeting, our guest speaker is Guda Taylor of Taylor Garden Nursery in Citra who will do a presentation on spring flowers. Guda is an accomplished garden photographer and her informative and humorous presentations are always enjoyed by members and guests. During the meeting, we will discuss an upcoming project with the Art Club and look for our artistic “partners.”

Enjoy the plant raffles, caring and sharing plants, a 50-50, and lots of homemade goodies during social hour, which starts at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. Why don’t you join us? For more information call Carol at 861-2790 (before 8 p.m.)

Little Theatre’s “Cocktails with Mimi”

Programs have gone to the printers, table arrangements are being assembled for the dinner theater, bow ties are ready for distribution to ushers, actors are fine-tuning their performances. Now it’s up to you to be sure that you’ve gotten your tickets to see the delightful “Cocktails with Mimi,” April 2 through 5 at Palm Grove.

The last Orchid Club ticket sales will be held on Saturday, March 28 at pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and at the movie from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and, of course, you can always order reserved and general admission tickets from Linda at 873-9908. Join us as we celebrate the combined efforts (both on and off stage) of the many talented and dedicated members of Little Theatre!

Oak Run Quilters

The Oak Run Quilters had fun making quilts for homeless children and their mothers who live for awhile at Shepherd’s Lighthouse, a non-denominational community outreach program. The children are infants to 9 years of age and can stay at the Lighthouse for six months or longer, if necessary. According to Director Yolanda East, the goal is to bring children and their mothers into productive, independent and faith-centered lives.

Oak run quilter Janet Sutphen started the project and guided Rosalie Brown and other quilters into making nine quilts for the latest graduating families to use in their new apartment.

Irish American Club

Members and guests gathered to usher in St. Patrick’s Day in style on March 12. The meal by Royal Oaks was delicious, the dance music by George was divine and the Irish Coffee was a delight! All in all, a wonderful evening!

Watch for more information about our next meeting date, a casual dinner dance on May 14. Also, a four-day, three-night trip for Irish American Club members and their guests only, is being planned for mid-July to the Imperial Palace in Biloxi, Miss. The cost will be just $149 pp (double occupancy). Also included are many fantastic extras! Call Roseann at 873-7646 or Bonnie at 291-7599 for more information.

Ambassadors’ Passport Stage Show

The Ambassadors will have their fourth passport stage show featuring “Brian Roman and the Executive Band” on Saturday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palm Grove.

Brian is blessed with a natural ability to sing and has been the powerhouse behind many successful fundraising concerts.

His theme song, “As Long As I Have Music,” and a collection of great songs from Sinatra, Elvis, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and others will delight you.

Brian and Al Salci wrote “Forever In My Song” for and about Brian’s grandmother.

Don’t miss this exciting musical evening. Individual passport tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 from 8 to10 a.m. in the card room and Tuesday, April 7 from 9 to10 a.m. in the lobby. Cost is $8 per person. Make checks payable to ORHA. No cash, please.

Oak Run Library and Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library will meet on Friday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at the Orchid Club. John Sikorski, antiques expert, will appraise items brought in by the winners of the recent drawing. All winners have been notified. Because time is limited only those winners will have an item appraised. Refreshments will follow.

The library will be closed Friday, April 10, for Good Friday, but open as usual on Saturday morning, April 11.

A mini book sale will be held on Saturday, April 11, during the donut drop in. There will be a nice variety to choose from, both books and donuts. Be sure to stop by.

New York Club

The Vegas dinner/dance was a huge success. The entertainment was outstanding and a great time was had by all.

The club’s next event will be a “Picnic in the Park.”

Come to a fun filled day at Coehadjoe Park on Friday, April 24. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, and much more.

Cost is only $8 for members and $10 for guests. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 13, in the card room from 10 a.m. to noon or call Jeanne at 854-1172 after that. Maps are available.

Don’t forget your lawn chairs, sunscreen, etc.

Bring wrapped items for the white elephant auction and remember to bring cash! You might even win free tickets to the May dinner dance. Of course, horseshoes, horse races and bingo will entertain you.

Thanks to all the volunteers who give of their time and talent to make this club the very best there is. Call Gini Emerick, our sunshine gal at 854-5120 if you know of any member who could use a kind thought.

Hurricane Preparedness

Captain Chip Wildy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will speak at the ORHA General Meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 9 a.m. at the Orchid Club. His subject will be hurricane preparedness, a subject that could affect us all! We would like a nice turnout at the meeting. For more information, contact ORHA Director Ellen Salenger at 861-4484.

Shuffleboard Club

On March 16 the club had one of its special games for members only and played “ten pin.” This game is played using a bowling pin as an obstacle. When players knock down the pin, they lose ten points from their score. There was a record turn out of 36 players. There were no special winners, rather everyone who attended was a winner and all had a wonderful time. Anyone interested in joining the club can call Jerry Hayes at 291-1966 or Richard Lambert at 861-1069.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18-Hole Golf

Low Net was the game we played on St. Patrick’s Day. The women winning the “green” were:

First flight: Chris Orndorff 64, Roseann Galeazzo 65, Dianna Love 67, Maureen Edwards 68, Pat Blackburn 69, Sylvia Zappia 69.

Second flight: Ann Daigle 66, Noreen Salo 68, Lynn Houghton 69, Bea Terry 69, Judy Klein 69.

Third flight: Kathy Kollar 66, Ginger Drake 70, Doris Engel 70.

Closest to the Pin: Judie Lavdas.

It was a good day for all.


The following are the winners of the Oak Run Women’s Golf Association low net tournament held March 19 at the executive golf course.

A flight: Joan Klier 30, Gail Barclay 31, Marti Babb 31.

B flight: Norma Erickson 29, Iona Velivis 31, Marge Richardson 32

C flight: Terri Feeley 31, Marlena Yaich 31, Charlene Stojkic 32.

D flight: Mary Hart 31, Helene Studenic 31, Betty Scott 33.

Winners of the tie games were determined by scores on hole No. 2. Norma Erickson won “Closest to the Pin” and there were “Chip Ins” by Connie Bingham, Jan Bessoir and Betty Scott. Well done ladies.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

Ladies, our tee times change to 8:30 a.m. starting April 2nd!

“Drop 1 Hole” was the game played on March 5. Arleen Massa won and Jeannie Konicki was second. Tied for third were Vicki Ellin, Cindy Kocher, Patty Waddell and Sheila Weckstein.

On March 12, “2 Best Balls” was the team game. The team of Patty Waddell, Sheila Weckstein, Carolee Riola and Jeannie Konicki won. Charlotte Green, Maureen Casner, Vicki Ellin, and Diana Schmidt were second. Third place team was Rae Stover, Joyce Madill, Eleanor Cerlenko and Carol Crow.

“Tee to Green” was played on March 19. First place was Eleanor Cerlenko. Tied for second place were Arleen Massa, Bette Johnson, and Joyce Madill. Patty Waddell made a birdie on the 6th hole!

 Congratulations to all the winners! Remember than any lady living in Oak Run is welcome to play with us on Monday mornings. The sign-up sheet is in the ladies’ locker room.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

The Annual Men’s Golf Championship was held on March 16, 18, and 20. The event was chaired by Tony Fiorentine, assisted by Virgil Hein. Ron Tennant won the championship for the third time. A new innovation was the creation of eight (8) flights, six from the white tees and two from the senior red tees. This was done to keep the handicaps as close as possible. The championship flight, flight one was won by Ron Tennant; flight two by Mickey Klein; flight three by Sam Owens; flight four by Bill Dougherty; flight five by Chuck Engel; flight six was a tie between John O’Neil and Gene Topp; flight seven by George Gariepy and flight eight by Ed Latham. Following a delicious luncheon, the championship trophy was presented to the three time winner by club pro John Balmer.

The next event on April 8 and 10 will be the Senior Club Championship, a shotgun start, chaired by Dick Rizzo. Following lunch there will be a meeting of the board of directors and all members are eligible to attend. Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive a reply within a day, call her number in the Oak Run directory.

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