A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

April - May 2018

Edition No. 15

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

Hello and happy spring. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather by spending more time outdoors. This month I want to make a special shout out to our incredible maintenance crew. Tanglewood is beautiful because of the time and attention these hard-working folks put into their jobs. Thank you, maintenance crew!

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

Hello and happy spring. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather by spending more time outdoors. This month I want to make a special shout out to our incredible maintenance crew. Tanglewood is beautiful because of the time and attention these hard-working folks put into their jobs. Thank you, maintenance crew!

Remember, I meet with residents after Monday Morning Coffee in the Community Room. I’m there until 9:30 a.m., or you can contact me via phone, through email, or in person by appointment. Making an appointment would be best so that I can set aside time to meet with you without any interruptions.

Sincerely,
Tammy

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Click to review our list of upcoming events at Tanglewood. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Click to review our list of upcoming events at Tanglewood. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday, April 8
Variety Show
Clubhouse, 6:15 p.m.
Cost is $10

Saturday, April 14
Dance ft. Peter Ruano
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents

Tuesday, April 24
Street Dance ft. Joyce Boivin
Around the community, 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 5
Kentucky Derby Party
Clubhouse, 12-7 p.m.
Cost is $5

Saturday, May 19
Dance ft. Dan Patrick
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents

Wednesday May 23
Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party
Pool Veranda, 3-5 p.m.

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.

Capital Updates
 

Tools

The following improvements at Tanglewood have been completed:

  • 150 new chairs for community room and craft rooms in the Clubhouse
  • New tankless hot water heater for the Outback comfort station

Pet Guidelines
 

Dog

We love our four-legged residents! But to keep all of them safe and sound, we have some pet guidelines that are important to remember, like quantity restrictions and a leash policy. Please click to read more about Tanglewood’s pet policy.

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Pet Guidelines

Dog

We love our four-legged residents! But to keep all of them safe and sound, we have some pet guidelines that are important to remember.

Please remember that our pet guidelines state:

  • Residents are permitted two pets per household, and they must be kept inside your home.
  • If pets are outside, they are required to be on a leash.
  • Please pick up after your pets and don’t allow them to wander into prohibited places.

If you need a reminder on the full list of guidelines or the common areas intended for walking your pet, please visit the Business Office to pick up a copy. We’re happy to help!

Active Shooter Presentation

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On February 1, Tanglewood hosted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter’s Class for all residents to attend. Nell Hayes gave the presentation and we had more than 65 residents in attendance. Attendees were taught what actions to take if they are in a situation with an active shooter. Click to read more.

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Active Shooter Presentation

Sheriff badge

On February 1, Tanglewood hosted the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter’s Class for all residents to attend. Nell Hayes gave the presentation and we had more than 65 residents in attendance. Attendees were taught what actions to take if they are in a situation with an active shooter. We appreciate Nell teaching this class, and we plan to have more community presentations in the future.

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.

Resident of the Month

Ron Dark

Meet our Resident of the Month! Ronald Bower has been a Tanglewood resident since 2003. He moved to the community from Altamonte Springs in Central Florida after retiring from a communications company where he was a technical instructor for 10 years. Click to read more about this proud Tanglewood resident.

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Resident of the Month

Ron Dark

Meet our Resident of the Month! Ronald Bower has been a Tanglewood resident since 2003. He moved to the community from Altamonte Springs, Florida after retiring from a communications company where he was a technical instructor for 10 years. He says that he was so impressed with the community during his first visit that he cancelled his appointments to view other potential locations. On his initial trip to Tanglewood, he and his wife, Mary, signed on a house that same day.

Mary recently ceased working full-time and stays very busy enjoying her new-found free time. The couple’s favorite activities include traveling within the state to visit grandchildren and admitted addiction to taking cruises. Ronald loves photography, and also stays busy as the appointed Deputy Commander of the new Civil Air Patrol squadron in Highlands County.

Make sure to say hi when you see Ronald and Mary around the community.

Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party

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It’s time again for our annual Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party on Wednesday, May 23rd from 3-5 p.m. Pull out your favorite Jell-O shot recipe to make and share with friends while relaxing at the Pool Veranda. Hometown America will provide non-alcoholic Jell-O shots, as well as various snacks. Entertainment for the evening will be announced in your monthly activities and event schedule, so be on the lookout.

Kentucky Derby
 

Kentucky derby

Join us on Saturday, May 5 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse for our Kentucky Derby Party. Tickets are $5 and include your main dish, race jackpots, games, and entertainment. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. For more information contact Jay Etherton at (502) 759-6568, Robin Etherton at (502) 262-8117, or email twobirds1004@gmail.com. We can’t wait to see you there!

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.

Sales Article
 

Sales Update

The Tanglewood sales department would like to thank you for your confidence and for the opportunity to serve you. Because of that support, we now manage over 50 percent of all listings in Tanglewood, and we consistently sell 10 percent of those listings per month. If you are interested in listing your home or for more information, call the sales office at (863) 617-7851.

High Tea and High Fashion

High tea

High tea, a British tradition, has worked its way into our community and it seems like it's going to become a fixture. Click to read an article by Neil Simpson about High Tea at Tanglewood.

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High Tea and High Fashion

High tea

High tea, a British tradition, has worked its way into Tanglewood and it seems like it's going to become a fixture. Last year, a group of friends got together and planned a special ladies-only event to socialize and to raise funds for the Domestic Violence Shelter. It was a great success and the 60 tickets sold out in minutes.

This year, Sandra Armitage, Danielle Crawfis, Donna Elenbaas, Julia Hinshaw, and Susan Johnson, with help from Mella Wells, Virginia Eisen, Evalyn Gust, Sue McDonald, and Jan Wiseman, organized a second tea which was held on February 7. The organizing committee wanted to maintain the intimacy of a relatively small event, so there were limited ticket sales. When tickets went on sale, ladies were lined up by 6:45 a.m. and the 80 tickets were gone in less than 10 minutes.

The profits this year are going to "Dress for Success," an initiative of South Florida State College which has been set up to ensure that finances aren't a barrier when looking for one's first full time job upon graduation from college. The SFSC boutique is stocked with donations of men's and women's casual and career clothing. Eligible students may select pieces to add to their wardrobe free of charge.

The event planners sought out Gini Shevick, owner of Chic Chick in Lake Placid, to coordinate a style show as part of the afternoon festivities. Four Tanglewood volunteers offered to model. Renate Donaldson, Marilyn Hale, Betty Hite, and Theresa Reynolds visited the Chic Chick where they each found three outfits to showcase.

Shevick and her husband, Steve, are partners in the boutique as well as Lake Placid Embroidery, housed under the same roof. When Hinshaw first visited the store, Shevick thought the high tea was a great fit as most women at Tanglewood were unaware of her shop. As well, she had lots of experience with style shows, doing as many as 15 in a winter season for local communities and women's organizations.

The Shevicks also have a non-profit charity called Pawsitive Effects. They raise funds for local rescues and host a very successful animal adoption event, called Barktoberfest, the first Saturday each October. They are truly committed to dogs. Visitors to the shop might notice up to six obedient dogs while they shop, however, there is a sign advising patrons that even though dogs are welcome, kids must be on a leash.

As is always the case with seniors, the ladies started to arrive early with many there by 1:30 for the 2:00 High Tea. The attendees doffed their usual shorts showing up in their finest apparel with many sporting fascinators or large floppy hats. Ruth Pickell entertained with piano music as the women looked over the prizes, compared outfits, and caught up on the latest gossip.

The large hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were set with fine china cups. Each table had a selection of excellent sandwiches and desserts and a group of delightful women having a great afternoon.

Raffle prizes were donated by Ashley Bishop at Salon Suites, as well as Faded Bistro, Homer's Original Buffet, Jimmy's Greek American Grill, Love Bugg Car Wash, Marathon Oil, Nutmeg's Cafe, Oscar's Family Restaurant, Island View Restaurant, Billie Lopez, Julia Hinshaw, Nancy White, Renate Donaldson, and Sandra Armitage.

The style show was an artistic, social, and financial success, almost doubling last year's total of $445.00. This year's Tea netted $858.00 to help students get a head start in their careers. The organizing committee has already been thinking about ways to make the 2019 High Tea even better.

- Story and photos by Neil Simpson

Never Stop Learning

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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

Entertainment & Leisure

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The Magazine Appeal

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!

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.

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

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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.

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!

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.

E-Z Pay
 

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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.