A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

July - August 2018

Edition No. 17

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

Summer is here! We can finally enjoy some warmer temperatures. The staff and I loved seeing the fellowship with neighbors and the smiling faces of grandchildren at our recent community events. Read more for details about our fun summer events and when to visit the new model center.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Summer is here! After a long winter that extended into spring, we can finally enjoy some warmer weather.

It was great visiting with many of you at the Pancake Breakfast and Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby. The staff and I loved seeing the fellowship with neighbors and the smiling faces of grandchildren.

A new Saddlebrook event will be our inaugural National Hot Dog Day celebration on Monday, July 23. Meet us under the pavilion at the Lake Lodge and enjoy a traditional hot dog with all the fixings!

Last, but not least, you may have seen that we had an Open House of our new expansion last month for both residents and the general public. If you didn’t get to stop by, we invite you to come by the model center sales office and ask for a tour. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the new floorplans, explore the new phase, and see if a home upgrade might be in your future.

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog

Come to the Lake Lodge and celebrate National Hot Dog Day with us on Monday, July 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. All residents can enjoy hot dogs straight from the grill with all the fixings, plus a sweet dessert. Resident Mark Heller will entertain us with his guitar-playing and singing. You won’t want to miss it!

Food

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Healthy Snacking

The terms “healthy” and “snacking” don’t seem like they should go together, but they do. You can curb your midafternoon hunger without adding unnecessary calories or sugars. Check out this guide to healthy snacking, featuring 121 easy and delicious ideas fit for everyone. Happy snacking!

Fitness Center Schedule

Fitness Center

It’s easy to stay fit at our Saddlebrook Farms Fitness Center! Read more for weekly schedule details and be sure to join us for a fun class with friends.

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Fitness Center Schedule

Fitness Center
Monday
Light Aerobics (free)8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Hatha Yoga9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cardio Drumming11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday
Light Aerobics (free)8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Energy Yoga9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cardio Drumming11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Light Aerobics (free)8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Cardio Drumming11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chair Yoga3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday
Light Aerobics (free)8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Energy Yoga9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Friday
Hatha Yoga9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Saturday
Chair Yoga12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
 

Ice cream

Sprinkle some joy into your summer with our annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 7 (rain date: Wednesday, August 8) at the Lake Lodge from 5 – 7 p.m. All residents are invited to scoop up some fun, featuring flavors like butter pecan, New York cherry, and no-sugar-added chocolate swirl to name a few. Hope to see you there!

We're Closed
 

Closed sign

The Community Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day and Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will get picked up on Thursday, July 5 and Thursday, September 6. Wishing you safe and happy holidays this summer!

Your Health

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Let's Get Physical!

It can be hard to get to the gym every day, but there are many easy exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to help you tone and build muscles. Thanks to the American Council on Exercise, there’s a great resource for easy-to-follow exercises to get started. Click here and get ready to work out!

Lawn Watering Schedule

Lawn

With the arrival of hot days and dry lawns, please note our watering schedule is effective from May 1 to October 31, which will restrict times to morning hours only. Please read more for details to make sure we are all consuming water wisely. Thanks!

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Lawn Watering Schedule

Lawn

Our lawn watering schedule is effective from May 1 to October 31.

Lawn watering is restricted to morning hours only. Those residents that have irrigation systems are asked to notify their respective irrigation companies of the watering schedule when they activate your systems.

  • • Residents with addresses ending in even numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • • Residents with addresses ending in odd numbers should water between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • • All sprinkler systems are to be programmed to run between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the above schedule for even or odd numbered addresses.
  • • Please, no lawn watering should take place on Wednesdays.

Thank you all for your cooperation!

Pot Luck Sing-a-Longs

Pot luck

Wear your red, white, and blue to the Pot Luck Sing-a-Long on Saturday, July 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. We will enjoy summer cooking and sing patriotic songs in observance of Independence Day. Click below for details, plus see a photo from our St. Patty’s Day Sing-a-Long.

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Pot Luck Sing-a-Longs

Pot luck

Wear your red, white, and blue to the Pot Luck Sing-a-Long on Saturday, July 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. We will enjoy summer cooking and sing patriotic songs in observance of Independence Day. All residents are invited—no reservations needed. Just bring a soup, salad, appetizer, main dish, or dessert at 5 p.m. Around 6 p.m., we will gather for singing (song sheets will be available).

If you can’t make it, and even if you can, mark your calendar for our next sing-a-long on August 4.

In March, we welcomed Irish dancers who performed for our St. Patrick’s Day Sing-a-Long. Here’s a picture to relive the fun. We also had a contest, won by Eric Rehberger, for the best Irish get-up! Congrats Eric!

Irish Dancers

Victory Garden Volunteers

Garden

If you have a green thumb or would like more fresh air, volunteer to help with the Victory Garden. Volunteers will work on their own section, while also helping with mowing/trimming the exterior garden area, keeping the sheds orderly, and monitoring for repairs and fill levels. Call Cathy at the Community Office at (847) 223-2212 if you’re interested.

Home & Garden

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Weeds Be Gone!

One of the trickiest parts of caring for your garden or lawn is dealing with weeds. Luckily, there are hundreds of ways you can tackle these pesky intruders. From getting rid of weeds without chemicals, or doing it the traditional way, you’ll find an option that will help keep your yard clear.

Home Modifications

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Summer is a great time for some home upgrades and touch-ups, but we also need to be mindful of the community as a whole. Please remember that all modifications done to the exterior of your home must be approved by Saddlebrook Farms Management before work is to begin. Read on for more details.

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Home Modifications

Man repairing home

Summer is a great time for some home upgrades and touch-ups, but we also need to be mindful of the community as a whole.

Please remember that all work modifications done to the exterior of the home must be approved by Saddlebrook Farms Management before work is to begin. This includes but is not limited to: satellite dishes, re-roofing, tree planting, sidewalks, three- or four-season rooms, decks, patios, screen/sun rooms, replacement of driveway or sidewalk, and any changes to the appearance of the exterior of the home.

Some modifications may need permits from the Village of Round Lake Park and will require a signed Home Modification Form before filing for permit. For questions about the modification form, call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212. For questions about permits, please call the Village at (847) 546-2790.

Thank you for keeping our community beautiful!

Pet Reminders
 

Pet

As our four-legged family members spend more time outdoors, we want to make sure they are safe and happy. Please read on to review our pet rules and reminders. Thanks for keeping our community the pet-friendly neighborhood we love!

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Pet Reminders

Pet

As our four-legged family members get more time outdoors, we want to make sure they are safe and happy. Please review these rules and reminders regarding pet ownership in our community.

  • • If you have a new pet, you must complete the Saddlebrook Farms Pet Agreement required by your lease. Forms are available at the Community Office or by email at saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com.
  • • Outside of your home, pets are to be walked on a leash at all times. (Remember, this is for their own safety, too!) This includes common areas, like the Lake Lodge. If you wish to let your pet run free, there are dog parks located in Wauconda on Route 176 and Fairfield Road, and in Lake Villa on Grand Avenue and Munn Road.
  • • All pet droppings must be picked up immediately. This applies to the lawn around your home, while walking your pet, in common areas, and on walking paths.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Work Requests
 

Repair

Summer is here and we are getting busier! Please be sure all requests for work and estimates are submitted on a work order and dropped off at the Community Office or placed in one of the green drop boxes. You can also email your requests here. When emailing, please make sure you include your name, address, phone number, and lot number.

Travel

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Must-See National Parks

Some of our country’s most beautiful sights are at our National Parks. There is one in every state, making it perfect for a weekend adventure or a nice vacation. Visit the National Parks Service to find a park in your state, or look at this list to discover the ones worthy of your bucket list.

Traffic Reminders
 

Speed limit

Now that the weather has warmed up, make sure to watch for wildlife crossing our Saddlebrook streets, and remember the speed limit is 20 mph. We also ask that you come to a complete stop at all stop signs. For the safety of all neighbors (human and otherwise), please make your guests aware of these regulations, too.

Grub Control Treatment

Fertilizer

The last day to sign up for the Grub Control treatment for your lawn is Friday, August 10. Please complete the fertilizer form at the Community Office, complete a work request, or email the Community Office here.

Capital Projects
 

Tools

With summer in full swing, numerous community improvement projects are underway for 2018! Take a look at what we’ve completed so far and see what’s coming soon to Saddlebrook.

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Capital Projects

Tools

With summer in full swing, numerous community improvement projects are underway for 2018!

Take a look at what we’ve completed so far...

  • • Lake Lodge interior painting
  • • New remodeled kitchen at the Lake Lodge
  • • Parking lot lighting re-vamped at the Lake Lodge
  • • Garden shed enclosures
  • • Hidden Lake fountains
  • • Bocce Court grading and re-leveling
  • • New park benches
  • • New picnic tables

Drop by the Lake Lodge to see the new kitchen! We hope it will be a great addition to your private parties, as well as everyday use by our clubs and gatherings.

And coming soon...

  • • Seawall repair and replacements
  • • Road repairs
  • • Curb repairs
  • • Roadway crack filling
  • • Erosion control projects at Derby Court and Surrey Court
  • • Replacing the existing pier at the Lake Lodge Court
  • • Installing an additional pier at the south end of Hidden Lake
  • • Enhancements to the Lake Lodge Pavilion
  • • Walking path extension

Entertainment & Leisure

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Want to Try Podcasts?

If you miss the days of radio or quality programming, you need to check out Podcasts! It’s a lot like radio, except there is a wide variety of topics and you can listen whenever you want. Review this guide to learn how to tune in, even for free. Be sure to read Time’s Best Podcast’s list to find a podcast that fits you.

E-Bulletin Submissions

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Tuesday, July 3 will be the last day for September/October articles for the next E-Bulletin. Please email your articles here, bring them to the Community Office during normal business hours, or place them in one of the green drop boxes.

Veterans Group
 

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Meet and greet with your fellow Saddlebrook veterans on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, August 4 at 11 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. All Saddlebrook vets and spouses are welcome. If you are new or have not attended before, we’d love to meet you. For more information, call or email Nick Konz at (847) 223-1294 or ngkjr@hotmail.com.

Roadrunner RV Club

Pet in RV

If you love traveling, come join the RV Club! We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. Read on for details about our camping season with events planned every month this summer.

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Roadrunner RV Club

Pet in RV

If you love traveling, come join the RV Club!

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. Camping season started in June at Blackhawk Campground in Rockford, IL. Subsequent dates are July 16-20, Aug 20-24, Sept 17-21, and Oct 8-12, with locations to be determined.

We camp during the weekdays, within 150 miles of Saddlebrook Farms. We eat at restaurants and also do pot-luck dinners. For more information, please call George and Betty Helmich at (847) 543-8280.

 

Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. If you’re interested in trying something new to help your health, read on to review some new diets and find out how they may benefit you.

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Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. The health aspect of Whole30 and the Mediterranean diet has become popular, while diets based on losing weight fall to the wayside.

These modern diets emphasize cutting certain items out of your diet to maximize your health. If one seems interesting, be sure to look it up and learn more. Both of these diets have a large following, which means many cookbooks and online resources are available for those ready to give it a try.

Whole 30
This 30-day food regime is about finding aspects of your diet that are having a negative impact on you. On this diet, you don’t eat grains, added sugar, dairy, or legumes. Whole 30 doesn’t emphasize weight loss, though it may happen while on the diet. Instead, it focuses on finding areas in your eating habits that cause tiredness, digestive issues, and pain amongst other negative effects. To learn more, visit the Whole 30 site.

The Mediterranean Diet
While this diet isn’t brand new, it has been refined over the years to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. With the Mediterranean diet, you eat mostly fish, fruit, and vegetables. This diet limits how much you eat of certain foods, but doesn’t completely cut them out. That means there are less meal restrictions than with other diets, creating a less rigid structure. Explore the diet by reviewing this guide.

It's Best to be Prepared

HTA Spotlight

Summer is a great time to slow down and enjoy long days. It’s also perfect for taking inventory and making sure your home is ready for things to come. Don’t add stress to your life over unexpected disasters or emergencies. Plan ahead and get prepared now so you can go back to enjoying your sunny days.

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It's Best to Be Prepared

HTA Spotlight

Preparing for Emergencies

It can feel weird to plan for a hypothetical disaster, but it’s worth it to be prepared. In the event that the worst happens, you’ll be happy you prepared. These simple tips can ease your mind in the event of an emergency and make you feel ready in the case of an emergency.

  • 1. Get a fireproof safe. A safe is a worthwhile investment to keep your documents and valuables protected through any emergency.
  • 2. Document your valuables and property. Make a list of your valuables and their approximate worth. Take photos of them and your entire home. Keep these on your smartphone and also keep a printed copy in your safe or a safety deposit box. Documentation will be important for insurance purposes.
  • 3. Make a preparedness kit. You should always have certain items in your home in case you lose power or need to leave quickly. Always have a nice stock of non-perishables and water bottles. Be sure you have flashlights, extra batteries, cash, sneakers and first aid supplies.
  • 4. Sign up for emergency alerts. Learn what your city or neighborhood’s emergency alert system is and sign up for it. Most emergency systems will go through your smartphone or email.

To learn more about how you can prepare for any emergency go to https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Come Socialize
 

Socialize

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 learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

 

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

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.

E-Z Pay Contest
 

EZ Pay

Got a lot going on this spring and summer? Save time and energy by signing up for the Saddlebrook Farms E-Z Pay program to have your monthly rent payment automatically deducted on the third of each month, and for the chance to win a $50 gift card. Read more for details.

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E-Z Pay Contest

EZ Pay

Got a lot going on this spring and summer? Save time and energy by signing up for the Saddlebrook Farms E-Z Pay program to have your monthly rent payment automatically deducted on the third of each month. Stop by the Community Office during normal business hours or e-mail saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com for a form.

New E-Z Pay subscribers will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card, and current residents already on E-Z Pay will be entered into a separate drawing as a “thank you” for subscribing.