A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

September - October 2018

Edition No. 18

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

Looking back on the summer, we were fortunate to have good weather and outstanding attendance for this season’s occasions. Read on to hear more about all of our fun events and other happenings at Saddlebrook Farms.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Looking back on the summer, we were fortunate to have good weather and outstanding attendance for this season’s occasions. From the Fishing Derby to the Pancake Breakfast, we exceeded the previous year’s turnout significantly. Our newest event, Hot Dog Day, was very well received. The comment we heard most was about the neighborly feel of the event and how nice it was to have a touch of music.

Our longest running annual event, the Ice Cream Social, was also a hit. Whether it was your favorite flavor or something new you wanted to try, it was available with all the fixings. On behalf of the staff, we enjoy these events as much as you do, and we will continue to find ways to create great experiences for you and your neighbors!

Thanks to all of you that came out to see our new model center! It was great for the staff to see some old friends and meet new visitors as well. Thank you for referring friends and family—your Saddlebrook pride shines bright! If you haven’t had a chance to see these models, we are open every day, so feel free to stop by.

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. Garbage and recycling will be one day later on Thursday, September 6, along with yard waste. We wish everyone safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Easy and Elegant Dinner Parties

Having a dinner party is a great way to spend time with friends and family, but it can be a bit stressful or confusing to plan. We’re here to help! Hal Rubenstein, a founding editor of InStyle, shares these six tips for a fantastic dinner party with AARP Magazine. Now that you’re ready, add one of these elegant but easy recipes to your next get-together.

Capital Projects
 

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As summer closes, we are now finishing up many community projects for 2018! Read on to see the updates we’ve completed so far this year and what’s coming up next in Saddlebrook.

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Capital Projects

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As summer closes, we are now finishing up many community projects for 2018!

Here’s what we’ve completed...

  • • Lake Lodge interior painting
  • • New remodeled kitchen at the Lake Lodge
  • • Lake Lodge re-vamped parking lot lighting
  • • Garden shed enclosures
  • • Hidden Lake fountains
  • • Bocce Court grading and re-leveling
  • • New park benches
  • • New picnic tables
  • • Seawall repair and replacements
  • • Road repairs
  • • Curb repairs
  • • Roadway crack filling
  • • Erosion projects
  • • New pier at the Lake Lodge
  • • New pier on south end of Hidden Lake
  • • Enhancement to Lake Lodge Pavilion
  • • Walking path extension

I hope you have had a chance to see the new kitchen at the Lake Lodge! We think it turned out great and will be a beautiful addition for your private party or everyday use by our weekly groups.

Coming Soon…

  • • Outdoor kitchen area next to the Pavilion
  • • New street sign posts to match light poles

TNT (Talk N' Topics)

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The holiday season is right around the corner, so this month Talk ‘N Topics wants to know whether your holidays will be filled with merriment or madness? Join us at the Lake Lodge on Monday, October 1 at 10 a.m. as we prepare for the 2018 holiday season. Direct questions and topic ideas to Sherri Swanson at (224) 715-4641.

Fishing Derby
 

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We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the Fishing Derby. We want to thank all the volunteers and Saddlebrook for providing the food, fish, and donations. Click below to see photos from our fun day!

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Fishing Derby

Fishing rod

We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the Fishing Derby. We want to thank all the volunteers and Saddlebrook for providing the food, fish, and donations.

Your Health

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Surprising Yoga Benefits

Most people know yoga improves flexibility and mood, but does the practice have even more to offer? This article shows 5 surprising benefits of yoga for all aspects of your life, including both physical and mental health. If you want to fight food cravings, relieve migraines, or boost your immune system, it may be time to give yoga a try.

Veterans Group
 

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Meet and greet with your fellow Saddlebrook Veterans on Saturday, September 1 and Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. All Saddlebrook Veterans and spouses are welcome. If you are new or have not attended before, we would like to meet you. For more info, call or e-mail Nick Konz at (847) 223-1294.

2019 Lake Lodge Reservations

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Saturday, October 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. is your chance to reserve the Lake Lodge for private parties in 2019. Blank reservation forms are available at the Community Office beginning Tuesday, October 2. Read more to learn how you can reserve your party space.

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2019 Lake Lodge Reservations

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Saturday, October 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. is your chance to reserve the Lake Lodge for private parties in 2019. Blank reservation forms are available at the Community Office beginning Tuesday, October 2.

You may choose up to three dates for your event. Only one reservation per household for the year will be accepted. There is no cost for using the Lake Lodge.

Return the completed form to the Lake Lodge on October 20. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot be present on October 20, requests can be dropped off at the Community Office or placed in one of the green drop boxes. These requests will be processed on Monday, October 22.

By Friday, November 16, you will receive, by mail, a confirmation letter regarding your reservation date. You will also be notified if your selected dates have already been reserved and instructed to call the office for open dates.

Please keep in mind that the Lake Lodge is for private parties only and not intended as an open invitation to all residents. It’s a privilege for resident use only.

Electronic Bulletin
 

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Interested in writing for our E-bulletin? Articles for the November/December edition are due on Friday, September 7. Please email your articles to this email, bring them to the Community Office during normal business hours, or place them in one of the green drop boxes.

Home & Garden

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Beyond Foliage: Decorating Tips

‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice, cinnamon brooms, and apple cider. The leaves are changing and so are your home decorations. If you’re looking for inspiration for your fall decor, these ideas from Better Homes & Gardens will do just the trick. From store-bought treasures to crafty concoctions, you’ll have fun getting cozy!

Adopt-a-Highway
 

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We’ll be cleaning the roadside on Peterson Road for our fall clean-up on Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m. Arrive at the Lake Lodge at 9:45 a.m. for coffee and donuts. To volunteer, please call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212 to sign up. Vests, gloves, and bags will be provided. Be sure to dress for the weather. The next clean-up will be in April.

Trick or Treat
 

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On Sunday, October 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saddlebrook Farms will hold Trick or Treating for residents’ grandchildren. If you would like to participate, please display the orange pumpkin that will be included in your October newsletter. Read on for more information.

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Trick or Treat

Pumpkin

On Sunday, October 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saddlebrook Farms will hold Trick or Treating for residents’ grandchildren.

If you would like to participate, please display the orange pumpkin that will be included in your October newsletter. Participants are reminded to only go to homes displaying the orange pumpkin. All residents should take special care when driving through the community during this time.

Interested residents can e-mail pictures of their grandchildren in costume to saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com. Selected pictures will appear in the next issue of the e-mail bulletin.

Hydrant Flushing
 

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Hydrant flushing will take place between Monday, October 8 and Friday, October 19. If your water is discolored, please run the faucet until the water is clear. There is no need for boiling.

Travel

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Best U.S. Museums

Museums offer a chance to learn about history and culture in an immersive environment. Have you explored the historical sites in Washington, D.C. or art venues across the country? On your next vacation, add a museum to your itinerary and take the time to enjoy a little more. Explore one of these 20 best museums to visit in the United States to make your next trip unforgettable.

Fall Fertilizer
 

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Friday, September 14 is the last day to sign up for the Fall Fertilizer with Weed Control. The treatment costs are $25.00 for a small lot and $32.00 for a large lot. Please submit a work request or call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212.

Pot Luck Sing-a-Long

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Join us on Saturday, September 1 and Saturday, October 6 at the Lake Lodge from 5 to 8 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of food and song. Bring an appetizer, salad, soup, main dish, or dessert. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the singing kicks off at 6 p.m. Song sheets will be available. No need to sign up or call—just show up!

Veterans Day Remembrance

Thank you, veterans

All residents are invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. as we honor the many brave Veterans who have served our country. Read on to learn more about how you can honor our veterans.

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Veterans Day Remembrance

Thank you, veterans

All residents are invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. as we honor the many brave Veterans who have served our country. We are privileged to have a number of men and women Veterans who live in Saddlebrook, and we would like to recognize them on this day.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to pick up Veterans that no longer drive, so they can enjoy the remembrance.

If you are a Veteran who needs a ride, please call the Community Office at (847) 223-2212, and we will arrange for transportation.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Fall Television Line Up

Fall is the time of year when television networks begin to release pilots for their new shows, also known as pilot season. It seems like what’s old is new again! Take a look at all the new shows for the 2018-2019 season to find a new series for your favorites list or to reconnect with some coming back to life, like Charmed or Murphy Brown.

Victory Gardens
 

Mower

We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers who have done an amazing job keeping up the trimming and mowing. Read on for a special thank you and reminders about the winter season.

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Victory Gardens

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We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers: Mark Hill, Al Jacobson, Bill Maihack, Laurie Mitchell, Roy Percox, Hank Schmidt, Ann Shanks, and Ken Van Bladel. You have all done such a great job keeping up with the trimming and mowing.

If you are not involved already, we hope to see you as a volunteer in 2019.

As the season comes to an end, please remember to clean your gardens of weeds and old plantings. For safety reasons, tomato cages, fencing, garden stakes, watering cans, and other loose gardening supplies need to be removed from garden plots for the winter season. All loose items left in the garden plots that pose a potential hazard will be disposed of.

New garden plot application forms will be available in spring 2019 for those wanting to start a garden next season.

Women's Bible Study

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Join Saddlebrook women of all ages at the Lake Lodge any Friday morning from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for interdenominational Bible study. Read more for details about the group and the upcoming study topic.

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Women's Bible Study

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If you come to the Lake Lodge any Friday morning from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., you will find Saddlebrook women of all ages who love to study the Bible, pray for each other, laugh and cry together, eat fantastic snacks, and develop great friendships. The group is interdenominational, and no prior Biblical knowledge is required.

Their new study begins Friday, September 7 and they will be looking at Bible passages to help answer the question, “What is God like?” Visitors and new members are welcome at any time. Call Sarah at (847) 543-1789 or Kathi at (847) 543-8531.

Cardio Drumming
 

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Join us in the Fitness Center Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Cardio Drumming. The cost is $4.00 per session and you can either sit or stand to do Cardio Drumming. Stop by and join in the fun. Keep reading for 10 benefits of drumming.

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Cardio Drumming

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Join us in the Fitness Center Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Cardio Drumming. The cost is $4.00 per session. You can sit or stand to do Cardio Drumming. Stop by and join in the fun. Speak to Terry about how Cardio Drumming has helped her feel better, give her more energy, and lose weight.

Here are 10 health reasons to start drumming:

  • 1. Makes you happy
  • 2. Induces deep relaxation
  • 3. Helps control chronic pain
  • 4. Boosts your immune system
  • 5. Creates a sense of connectedness
  • 6. Aligns your body and mind with the natural world
  • 7. Provides a way to access a higher power
  • 8. Releases negative feelings
  • 9. Puts you in the present moment
  • 10. Allows for personal transformation.
 

New Age Tech Support

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As technology becomes more integrated in our lives, it seems like there’s a bot for everything. We have apps, the internet, and even robots. Read on to learn more about helpful artificial intelligence tech to assist you with everyday tasks.

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New Age Tech Support
 

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As technology becomes more integrated in our lives, it seems like there’s a bot for everything. We have apps, the internet, and even robots.

Artificial intelligence (AI) was invented with the intention of making every day struggles a bit easier. There are robots to help you make a shopping list, play music, or tell you the weather. Below are some examples of AI that are ready to help make your life easier. You don’t have to wait three centuries for them to exist!

Google Assistant
Similar to other well-known home assistants, Google Assistant will connect all the technological aspects of your home and provide a variety of options for voice commands.

What sets it apart from the pack? In a soon-to-be upgrade, Google Assistant will have the ability to make phone calls for you. While it will still assist in dialing for you, it will also have the capability to directly make reservations or check on store items in-stock. Plus, it will be able to understand situational context so it will know how to respond when calls don’t go as expected. Check out the video in this article for examples of how this works.

Roomba
Tired of straining to get those hard-to-reach places with your vacuum? Now, Roomba does it for you. This handy robot glides around your house picking up dust and debris, so your space stays pristine. Roomba automatically navigates your home while charging and changing power levels as needed. With its sophisticated technology, it will keep your home clean so you’re free to spend your time doing what you love.

Five AI Assistants
If you didn’t find something to pique your interest, check out one of these five other futuristic assistants. They can help you around the house with cooking or cleaning and there’s even a robot assistant that can alert authorities in case of an accident or emergency.

Culture in Film
 

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Want to learn more about other cultures? Film is a great place to start. Movies give you a glimpse into life in another part of the world, from the comfort of your own home. Read more to find some foreign films that educate while they entertain.

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Culture in Film
 

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Want to learn more about other cultures? Traveling across the world isn’t always feasible, but film is a great place to start learning. Movies give you a glimpse into the perspectives and lives of people in other parts of the world, from the comfort of your own home. Check out the following articles for films that can aid you in your journey.

While movies are not 100 percent accurate, they can serve as a launching pad for your worldly education. These films are known to represent the cultures they feature very well. Once you’ve completed that, review this directory of the 50 best foreign language movies in the 21 Century, so far.

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

 

SafeHaven Insurance

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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
 

EZ Pay

Got a lot going on this fall? 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.