• Billiard Boys hustle up lots of fun

    There was a delightful response to my Sadie column. Even Sadie remarked, “Did I do all those things?” God love her. Thanks so much to all who called and e-mailed such nice compliments.

    The featured group in this column is the Billiard Boys. They have been very patient, especially because their picture was taken weeks ago.

    The “boys” have an 8-ball bunch, who play from 2:30 to 5 p.m. This is “open billiards” and is played Monday through Friday. Residents and non-residents are welcome but no one under the age of 18.

  • Need help with tax preparation?

    Oak Run resident Richard Emery is the site coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide at Ocala West United Methodist Church. He and his counselors, many of whom live in Oak Run, provide this free public service from now to April 15.

    The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. You can get help with taxes on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except March 3, 6 and April 10, when they will be closed. Sign up for an appointment in the church office lobby.

  • Hop to it for ‘Hop’ tickets

    Hello readers: Sally Neuberger had a wonderful first potluck supper as chairperson, and thanks to all of you, more than 80 people who participated. State Senator Charlie Dean saw the article the Palm Cay column in the Citizen about the potluck, and wanted to become involved and help in any way for the community, and called her to offer any assistance.

    Sally was honored by his call and invited him to supper. He had prior commitments but sent a charming young man, Chase Daniels, to represent him.

  • Bahama cruise drawing to benefit Hospice

    Hunt for Happiness Week is Jan. 18 to 24. An easier way to figure out what makes you happy is to first identify what makes you unhappy. Get rid of those things that do.

    Happiness is different for everyone. There are countless ways to lead a happier life.

    First thing on waking is to appreciate that you’re still here and be thankful for what you do have. Many of our ages didn’t wake up this morning.

    We need to consciously choose happiness; it doesn’t just happen. Pursue it and commit to making it a priority in your life.

  • Something to do between tee times

    Bob Waite rhymes with stained glass. Well, of course it doesn’t, but 50 years ago Bob Waite did discover stained glass making in his first and only class during an adult education program at Canton, in way, way Upstate New York. From then on he just read a lot of books, corrected a lot of mistakes and bandaged a lot of cut fingers.

    Ironically Bob wound up teaching stained glass at the Brasher Falls, N.Y. high school some years later.

  • Have breakfast, then dance it off

    The next Cherrywood breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Juice, fruit cup, French toast, sausage, coffee and tea is $3 per person.

    Larry and the crew still need a few more extra helping hands so we can rotate volunteers each month. For tickets, see Geri at the office or Nancy Archer at Bingo.

    Country Western Dance

    Come out to the Clubhouse for a fun night of country music and mingle with friends and neighbors. We’re having a country western dance Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Rich Becotte will present the tunes.

  • Two great acts coming to Cultural Center

    Our new president will be trying hard to change the way our economy has fared. He has asked the public to help him in his endeavors to turn things around.

    What are you willing to do to make it happen? As retirees many ways are not open to us. A good place to start might be to consider learning to be color blind, if we have not already done so. Another might be accepting all people of different religious faiths, or those who have none.

  • Just down the road apiece this columnist was chatting some time back with longtime friend and fellow thrift store volunteer Cathy Julian. Cathy described her then-recent vacation which culminated in a harrowing plane ride home.

    Following is an account, in her own words, of this white-knuckle experience. When asked if she’d fly again any time soon, she replied, “No way, I’ll walk!”

  • Crack a book at ‘Sunrise’

    No you don’t have to get up before dawn or anything like that. However Joan Beers is looking for more people to read to the lower grades at Sunrise Elementary in Marion Oaks. The next session will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    You will need to be at the school by 8:30 a.m. to be signed in and given a class and book. Actual reading times are from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 to 10 a.m. You may read for one or both sessions.

    This correspondent has heard how much fun it is and will be there. Call Joan at 854-7177 to volunteer and more information.

  • Treat your Valentine to breakfast

    How’s this for a Valentine’s Day treat – orange juice, pancakes, sausage. fruit cup, coffee and tea for breakfast? Bring your sweetheart to the clubhouse Saturday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

    Tickets are sold by Geri in the office or by Christine Archer at Bingo (as Nancy will not be there for a couple weeks). Cost is $3 per person. We do not sell tickets at the door since we need an accurate headcount.

    We had a great turnout for the January breakfast and we had three new volunteers. We welcome your help.

    Ladies Luncheon