A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

April - May 2018

Edition No. 16

Welcome!

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Priscilla’s Corner
 

Priscilla

Spring is finally here! I love the warmer weather and all the fresh flowers and greenery popping up across the community. We wish all of our Northern residents a fond farewell and look forward to your return in the fall.

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Priscilla’s Corner

Priscilla

Spring is finally here! I love the warmer weather and all the fresh flowers and greenery popping up across the community. We wish all of our Northern residents a fond farewell and look forward to your return in the fall.

I’m sure by now you all have met our new Activities Director, Ted Wiegman. If not, stop by the office and introduce yourself. He would love to hear your ideas and share some of his past experience. He has many events planned for a fun-filled summer.

I was sad to say goodbye to Brandon Ward. Brandon is in his senior year at UCF and had to leave his position at the Fairways to focus on his studies.

I know most all of our homes are in tip-top shape already, but our new Compliance Officer, Eric McKibban, will be touring the community on a regular basis to help remind residents of any attention needed to homes or home sites. Eric is very friendly, so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself or share with him any work you have underway. If you received a home site inspection notice from Hometown America and you need to discuss certain issues regarding the notice, please come to the office or call Eric directly at (407) 273-2360.

Wishing everyone at Fairways a fruitful spring and relaxing summer!

- Priscilla

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Now that spring has sprung, we are excited to take our activities outdoors. We will have more pool parties and outdoor adventures, such as pickle ball, Bocce ball, cornhole tournaments, and maybe a scavenger hunt. Read on to learn about upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Now that spring has sprung, we are excited to take our activities outdoors. We will have more pool parties and outdoor adventures, such as pickle ball, Bocce ball, cornhole tournaments, and maybe a scavenger hunt.

Read the details on upcoming events below and call Ted Wiegman at (407) 273-2360 to RSVP or for more information.

Saturday, April 7
Let’s Gogh Art
Greenbrier Room, 12 p.m.
The cost is $25 for a step-by-step class on how to paint the chosen picture, so you will leave with a lovely painting to hang on your wall. Please RSVP for this event.

Friday, April 13
Beach Trip
Masters Clubhouse, Departing at 8 a.m.
It’s time for our day trip to the beach! We will return around 4 p.m. Please RSVP as seating is limited.

Thursday, April 19
Fire Extinguisher Presentation
Masters Clubhouse, 1 p.m.
Presented by the Orange County Fire and Rescue, this is a free event for all Fairways residents that will demonstrate how to properly use a fire extinguisher. All who attend will get to practice putting out a virtual fire. Please RSVP for this event.

Sunday, April 29
Value Vet
Laundry Facility parking lot, 9 a.m.
Value Vet returns from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Laundry Facility, next to the Masters Clubhouse. Cost depends on what shots your pet receives. Please bring your pet’s vaccination records with you that morning.

Saturday, May 12
Pottery Painting Class
Greenbrier Room, 11 a.m.
The cost is between $20 and $40. Please RSVP for this event.

Thursday, May 17
Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
Masters Clubhouse, 1 p.m.
Learn how to prep your home for an imminent storm in this seminar from The Department of Emergency Management. Please RSVP for this event.

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day Pool Party
Masters Clubhouse Pool, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
We will have Margaritaville-themed music, hot dogs, popcorn, dancing, and fun games.

Food

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A Single Serving

Whether you and your partner have different diets, or you find yourself needing smaller portions, cooking for one can pose a challenge. However, there’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking what you want, how you want it. Fear not! This article on solo cooking tips can help make cooking for one easier than ever.

Featured Home Listings

Sales update

Homes are selling fast at Fairways Country Club. Check out our current featured listings and call our trusted sales team at (321) 325-4778 to tour today.

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Featured Home Listings

Sales update

Homes are selling fast at Fairways Country Club. Check out our current featured listings and call our trusted sales team at (321) 325-4778 to tour today. Note: For a limited time, both homes offer three months with no site rent and a free washer/dryer.

  • 2075 Pebble Beach Boulevard – This jewel sits nestled at the back of the community between the largest clubhouse and the fitness center, both of which have sizable pools. Ideal for your winter getaway in the warm, sunny South, this home has backyard views of the woods and golfing greens.
  • 14951 Firestone Street - This new 2-bed, 2-bath home sits on a corner lot and has a porch overlooking the fourth green. The open-concept kitchen is bright and cheerful, featuring three windows above the sink that offer a lovely view of the golf course.

Welcome Ted!
 

Ted Wiegman

Please take the time to welcome our new Activities Director, Ted Wiegman. Ted comes to our team with a wealth of experience planning fun activities all over the world. Click below to read more about his experience.

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Welcome Ted!

Ted Wiegman

Please take the time to welcome our new Activities Director, Ted Wiegman. Ted comes to our team with a wealth of experience planning fun activities all over the world. He is retired military, and during his service he worked tirelessly planning shows with the USO to entertain our troops overseas. We can’t wait to see what Ted will bring to Fairways. He is also looking for your input, so be sure to share your ideas. Ted is anxious to meet all our residents and participate in as many activities as possible.

Capital Improvements

Tools

The grand entrance remodel is nearing completion with new gates, a separate resident entrance, a new visitor’s call box, and most importantly– cameras! It’s quite an improvement to ensure safety, wow your friends, and welcome you home. Click to read more about upcoming improvements.

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Capital Improvements

Tools

The grand entrance remodel is nearing completion with new gates, a separate resident entrance, a new visitor’s call box, and most importantly– cameras! It’s quite an improvement to ensure safety, wow your friends, and welcome you home. We are currently replacing the perimeter fence along Spyglass Street and portions of Cedar Ridge Drive. We’re installing a 6-foot board-on-board, pressure-treated wood fence. Please mind the brief construction period.

Your Health

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Creating a Healthy Nighttime Routine

While bedtime routines are often associated with children, an adult’s evening routine is equally as important for creating a calm, sleep-inducing environment. Taking 30-60 minutes to end your day and ease your mind is critical for good sleep hygiene. Here are some suggestions for developing your own bedtime routine, providing tips for falling asleep and recommendations of habits to avoid.

Hometown Invitational

Golf tournament

On February 9th, Hometown held their annual Resident Appreciation Invitational Golf Tournament. Thanks to all who came out for an early morning of golf followed by a Sobik’s Subs lunch, raffle prizes, and awards.

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Hometown Invitational

Golf tournament

On February 9th, Hometown held their annual Resident Appreciation Invitational Golf Tournament. Thanks to all who came out for an early morning of golf followed by a Sobik’s Subs lunch, raffle prizes, and awards. The 50/50 raffle earned $432.00 for the Central Florida chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Congratulations to the first-place team of Lane Gotch, James Essiambre, James Dennis, and Les Barron, and thanks to all those who participated!


Activities Corner
 

Senior couple

This year is off to a terrific start thanks to rousing musical entertainment, movie nights, a Super Bowl party, and golf tournaments. Read on for recaps of all the recent happenings at Fairways Country Club.

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Activities Corner

Senior couple

This year is off to a terrific start thanks to rousing musical entertainment, movie nights, a Super Bowl party, and golf tournaments. We have had tons of fun at the Fairways so far this year. Read below for a recap on February and March events.

If you have ideas for exciting activities for residents to enjoy, let us know! We want to hear your fun suggestions to make our community more fun and our residents more involved.

February

  • February 4 - Everyone had a blast at the Super Bowl Party at the Masters. Many residents brought their favorite football snacks and drinks to enjoy while watching the game on the big screen. All the residents had fun cheering their team on, but the Eagles’ fans had the most fun.
  • February 6 - The Fairways Women’s Golf Association held the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament. They had a great time playing golf while raising money for breast cancer awareness. A special thanks to Dotty Ramsdell and all of the volunteers who devoted countless hours to make this fundraiser a huge success.
  • February 9 - Hometown held their annual Resident Appreciation Invitational Golf Tournament which raised $432 for the Central Florida chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • February 15 - The Fleetwood Mac tribute band put on a great show for our residents. Everyone rocked out by dancing and singing along.
  • February 24 - Our residents enjoyed painting pottery with Pottery on the Run. Many participants painted pieces for Easter and had fun socializing.
  • February 27 - Residents came together for an educational symposium from North Star Senior Advisors. They spoke to our group about different types of advanced senior living once a loved one can no longer live alone. They also touched base on the various types of benefits and resources that are available.

March

  • March 3 - Value Vet visited the Fairways for the first time. It was nice to have pet care conveniently available to our residents.
  • March 6 & 8 - Dignity Memorial came and spoke about the importance of preplanning your funeral and leaving that information for your loved ones. It was valuable to learn that when the time comes, those close to you should be well equipped to handle the situation the way you prefer.
  • March 9 - The Fairways was proud to present a tribute to Billy Joel. The band was awesome and the residents loved dancing to classic Piano Man songs.
  • March 15 - Henderson Sachs came and provided our residents with valuable information about the importance of estate planning. Attendees learned that the value of an estate is vital for the present and future.
  • March 22 - Movie night was enjoyed by all who came to watch. The film American Graffiti was enjoyed by many residents along with an ice-cream social before the movie.
  • March 24 - The FHAOI held their annual Health Fair with close to 200 people in attendance to get information on various types of health and wellness matters. Thank you Judy Smegelski for the time and effort put into the Health Fair each and every year.

New Year, New Line-Up!

Band

What’s next in the entertainment line-up at Fairways Country Club? Click to view photos from previous events, and let the office know your suggestions for future entertainers. We want to hear your ideas!

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New Year, New Line-Up!

Band

What’s next in the entertainment line-up at Fairways Country Club? In January, we enjoyed the music of KC and The Sunshine Band. In February, it was the legendary Fleetwood Mac with photos of the fun below. March brought us Piano Man songs with Billy Joel. What’s next? The Rat Pack or maybe the Jersey Boys? Let the office know your suggestions. We want to hear your ideas!

Home & Garden

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

No, we’re not talking about Mary’s flower garden. Quite contrary, have you considered growing vegetables? Growing your own veggies might be easier than you think. Timing is important, and this article will determine easy-to-grow plants and when to harvest them. Most varieties can be potted, or strategically placed around your landscaping for easy maintenance.

Value Vet
 

Vet

Red rover, red rover, bring your Rover over! The Value Vet is a veterinary care service on wheels that provides low-cost shots for dogs and cats. They visited on March 3rd and we are trying our best to make them a monthly service offered at the Fairways.

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Value Vet
 

Vet

Red rover, red rover, bring your Rover over! The Value Vet is a veterinary care service on wheels that provides low-cost shots for dogs and cats. They visited on March 3rd and we are trying our best to make them a monthly service offered at the Fairways.

This is the perfect opportunity to have your pet checked, and get up-to-date on their shots without having to leave the community. We will bring you more details on any upcoming visits as we finalize our plans.

Never Stop Learning

brain

Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas.

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Never Stop Learning

brain

A wise Chinese Proverb confirms, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual.

It’s easier thank you think to spend your spare time learning something new. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Photography - Pictures are important for keeping memories for years to come. Photography is an exciting activity with the potential to help a person grow artistically and expand their imagination. Take a class to understand camera functions and tips for different settings. Hone your craft and become an amateur photographer in no time.
  • Language - You never know when speaking a second language will come in handy. Expanding your linguistic knowledge has multiple benefits, from improving brain function to sharpening problem-solving skills. Plus, you can enjoy the glory of bragging in your second language to new friends or during travels.
  • Baking - Knowing how to bake decadent goods takes practice, but the benefits pay off. Practice your baking skills by following online recipes and watching videos. As a bonus to fine-tuning this craft, you will always have something good to eat and delicious treats to share with others.
  • Yoga - Yoga is the mixture of exercise, breathing control, and meditation that includes both physical and mental health benefits. This popular form of exercise can be done by individuals of any age or physical ability. Take up beginner level classes or follow video-based Yoga at home. Either way, your mind and your body will thank you.

Want to discover more hobbies you can learn or skills you can develop? Check out these links:

Learn Something New

45 Things Everyone Should Learn

HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about. Read on to learn more.

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HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” Realizing the narrow hallways and small doorways of the past won’t work if they want to spend retirement years in the same house, many people are spending thousands of dollars to fix their inflexible homes. But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about.

From early retirement to the golden years, Hometown America homes are ageless as a standard. No need for costly renovations!

Our homes are built with you in mind. With wider door frames and hallways, it’s easy to glide through the house with ease. Well-planned bathrooms are created with walk-in showers for easy access, and the open-concept floor plans provide a spacious layout to prevent clutter. These homes are perfect for those who need the time and space to cook, clean, and live day-to-day comfortably in their home.

Whether you’re thinking of making the move to an HTA community or you’re a 10-year resident, you’re sure to love the custom, ageless homes built just for you.

If you’re not already a resident, click here to see available homes and get ready to live worry free.

Entertainment & Leisure

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New to Netflix?

Several streaming services allow you to watch movies and television shows on demand. As with all technology, it can be confusing to navigate the site, set it up on your various devices, or decide the right plan for your needs. If you haven’t started an account yet, this site helps to answer all the questions you could have about Netflix. If you’ve recently set one up, this beginner’s guide will walk you through every step. Happy streaming!

Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Here are some easy to follow tips and tricks to jump-start your seasonal cleanse.

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Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Your routine probably hasn’t changed much over the years. While there is something to say about sticking to your methods, trying something new can be beneficial. Test out these tips and tricks to make your home as clean as can be for spring:

1. Make a list. When it comes to spring cleaning, you might feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Make a list of tasks to prioritize what needs to be done first and reduce unnecessary stress. It will also help you plan what can be done in a day versus over a few days.

2. Clean the little things. You probably don’t think about cleaning things like your door handles, walls, or cabinets very often. It is important to clean these small things regularly in order to get rid of germs and bacteria. Also try cleaning your ceiling fan. You’ll be amazed how fresh the air is after, and how dusty it was before!

3. Be smart with windows and blinds. Don’t get lost in the fuss of it. First, clean your windows with coffee filters or newspapers to reduce streaks. Second, clean the blinds by wrapping two cloths around a pair of tongs to get both sides of the blinds at once.

4. Organize your closets and cabinets. Give your closets a fresh look. Pull everything out and start organizing from scratch. Even though it may feel like everything is in the right place, this process will make it easier to rethink what’s in your closet and find items to start your donation pile.

For other useful tips check out these articles:

Best Cleaning Tips from Good Housekeeping

Spring Cleaning Tips for Older Adults

30 Days of Spring Cleaning

Florida Voted Best State to Retire

Florida

AARP recently published a report that says the Sunshine State is the best place to retire. In a recent study by WalletHub, Florida ranked the highest overall, tops in affordability, and high in quality of life. You already know how good Florida living is, but your friends might not. It’s time to show them the proof! To read the full rankings, click here.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Travel

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Springtime Travels: Top 10 Best Vacations

Don’t wait until summer to travel. Avoid crowds, enjoy pleasant temperatures, and take advantage of affordable lodging and airfare rates by exploring the world’s top destinations in the spring. U.S. News assembled a list of the top escapes for this season. Explore these suggestions and tell your fellow residents on our Facebook page which ones you recommend.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

HTA E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.