A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

June - July 2018

Edition No. 16

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

June 1st is the official start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30th. Please stop by the Business Office to pick up our most up-to-date hurricane information for Highlands County and read more to learn about summer happenings at Tanglewood.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

June 1st is the official start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30th. Please stop by the Business Office to pick up our most up-to-date hurricane information for Highlands County. PLEASE NOTE: If you will be gone during this time, store your outdoor belongings inside your home or secure them, as a safety precaution, prior to your departure.

If you will be with us this summer, beat the heat and join in the FUN! Water aerobics classes and water volleyball are scheduled at the pool. If that isn’t your style, there are relaxing jets, swim lanes, or leisure areas for your enjoyment.

If you have questions or concerns about anything regarding our Tanglewood community, I’m available after Monday Morning Coffee in the Community Room until 9:30 a.m. You can also contact me by phone or email, or make an appointment to speak in person. Appointments are preferred so that I can set aside time to meet with you without any interruptions.

Sincerely,
Tammy

Sales Update
 

Sales update

If you are looking to sell your home, we hope you consider the Tanglewood sales team, who has sold more than double the number of homes compared to any other company selling homes in Tanglewood in the first quarter of 2018. Read more if you’re interested.

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Sales Update

Sales update

If you are looking to sell your home, we hope you consider the Tanglewood sales team, who has sold more than double the number of homes compared to any other company selling homes in Tanglewood in the first quarter of 2018. While it’s important to know the alternatives when listing your home, our Tanglewood team is working hard to earn your business. We appreciate the opportunity to sell your home and continue to earn your trust.

Stop by the Sales Office anytime and meet our home sales specialists who are solely focused on marketing and selling your home. Feel free to call us at 863-617-7411.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Rules and Regulations

Golf cart

Quick reminder as we all work together to keep our community safe and sound. Golf carts are a great way to get around Tanglewood, but all visitors who wish to drive a golf cart must have a valid driver’s license. Thanks for keeping this in mind.

Capital Updates
 

Capital Update

The latest capital improvements in the works are a great addition to our beautiful community. We have ordered new tables and have received new chairs for the upper and lower veranda at the pool, as well as new sound barriers for the pickleball courts. Click to see photos!

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Capital Updates
 

2018 Resident Appreciation Days

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Aloha! What a great time we had this year at our luau-themed Resident Appreciation Days. We always enjoy this special time that we get to spend with our Tanglewood residents. Mahalo for choosing us as your home. Read more for a recap of all the fun.

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2018 Resident Appreciation Days

RAD

Aloha! What a great time we had this year at our luau-themed Resident Appreciation Days.

The fun began on Monday, March 12 with our Staff vs. Residents cornhole baseball game. Although the staff had never played cornhole baseball before, they caught on quickly and were dubbed champions! The following day we had our luau dance. Our Tanglewood Decorating Committee created a tropical paradise, complete with tiki hut, greeters at the door presenting leis, and some of the best Hawaiian-themed food we’ve ever eaten.

The festivities continued on Thursday, March 15 with a catered meal, drinks, and music, followed by an authentic Polynesian show featuring beautiful hula dancers and a fire dancer. On Friday, we finished up with an awards ceremony for all Tanglewood residents that won in the various tournaments leading up to Appreciation Days. This year’s gift was a versatile cooler/carry bag with the Tanglewood logo on the front.

We always enjoy this special time that we get to spend with our Tanglewood residents. Mahalo for choosing Tanglewood as your home!


Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Resident of the Month

Karen and Jack

Our resident of the month is John (Jack) Edward Nelson, an Army vet who has traveled the country and settled to retire in Sebring. He truly loves our community, but it’s best to hear it from him direclty. Click to hear Jack’s story.

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Resident of the Month

Karen and Jack

Our resident of the month is John (Jack) Edward Nelson, an Army vet who has traveled the country and settled to retire in Sebring. He truly loves our community, but it’s best to hear it from him directly:

I have resided in Tanglewood with my wife Karen and our dog Rusty for 11.5 years. Karen and I were both raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. I enlisted in the Army at age 18. Eventually, I was based in Georgia, so Karen and I moved to Augusta, GA. Our next adventure was a move to Brooklyn Center, MN upon discharge. After 22 years, my career moved us to Boca Raton, FL. Twelve years later, we moved to Longmont, CO. I retired 10 years later. We then moved back to Florida, settling in Sebring at Tanglewood. My career history includes six and a half years in the U.S Army, retired from IBM Corporation (34 years), and Seagate Technologies (10 years).

We did not want to move back to the coastal areas because it was too costly, had too much traffic, and had way too many people! We wanted a small-town atmosphere, like where we were raised. Sebring basically fit that requirement, although it is a bit larger. A friend of ours resided here, so we visited them on a trip to Florida. I was aware of Sebring from having lived in Florida previously and had even visited for golf outings. While we were here, we did a tour of manufactured home parks. Tanglewood stood out above the rest. They accepted dogs, which was key in our decision-making, so we made our choice: this would be our retirement home. They were just clearing the land for Dream Catcher when we came out the first time. It was nothing but sand; and here we are.

Some of our favorite things about Tanglewood are, first and foremost, the people who live here! We have made many friends. We enjoy the shows, country breakfast, the camaraderie of the Tanglewood Veterans, bashes and fire rings, and golf. We also love the feeling of relative security and the quiet residential location. We feel the park is well maintained by management; the curb appeal is generally outstanding. Karen belongs to Red Hat Ladies, and I belong to the Tanglewood Veterans. I’m one of the founders of the Tanglewood HOA in 2012 and have been a board member since its founding. Even though I don’t use many of the amenities, like pickle ball or pétanque, it’s nice that they’re here for others to enjoy. The exercise room is a great enhancement to the park, along with the adjacent indoor and outdoor meeting rooms. Karen has made use of the swimming pool.

Outside of Tanglewood, we like to travel and eat out. I’ve been on county committees as a volunteer, and I stay up-to-date on county issues by attending Commission meetings monthly. I’ve been Chairman of a Tea Party in Highlands County for the past nine years. Also, I worked with the "Back to God" Movement rally last November, and there will be another in October 2018.

- Jack Edward Nelson

50th Anniversary Celebration

Dance

Nine Tanglewood couples have already answered the call to participate in the 50th Anniversary Celebration on February 2. Couples who will celebrate or have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary between March 1, 2018 and February 29, 2019 are eligible to participate in this Tanglewood tradition. Contact Billie in the Activities Office to register. Interviews with participating couples will resume in the fall.

Afternoon Movies
 

Movie seat

Please join us on Wednesday, June 6 and Wednesday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse for an afternoon movie. The movie selection will be announced at a later date during Monday Coffee and posted on twrtimes.com. We will provide popcorn and sodas.

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

Pool Party
 

Float

Come out and party with us Wednesday, June 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pool Veranda. Lee Allcorn will be here performing for your entertainment. We will have beer, wine, sodas, and water, provided for your enjoyment by Hometown America.

4th of July Parade
 

American flag

Join us on Independence Day for Tanglewood’s traditional Golf Cart Parade. More information about this event will be announced at Monday Morning Coffee, so stay tuned!

Cake & Ice Cream
 

Ice cream

One scoop or two? We will be serving cake and ice cream on Friday, July 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tanglewood Clubhouse. Please join us and be sure to invite a friend. This event is open to all Tanglewood residents and a guest.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, or you enjoy concerts from some of our greatest musicians, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

Tanglewood Dances

Dancing couple

Dances are scheduled for Saturday, June 16 and Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Tickets are sold at the door: $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents. All residents are automatically entered into a progressive 50/50 raffle. A house number will be called at each dance, and you’ll win the prize amount if it’s yours. You must be present to win, or the pot will go up at the next dance and a different number will be called.

2019 Resident Appreciation Days

Peace sign

Break out those bell bottoms, peace signs, headbands, and sunglasses, and join us for our 2019 Resident Appreciation Days where our theme will be… TANGLE“WOODSTOCK”. Read more for details and be sure to save the dates: March 26-28, 2019.

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2019 Resident Appreciation Days

Peace sign

Break out those bell bottoms, peace signs, headbands, and sunglasses, and join us for our 2019 Resident Appreciation Days where our theme will be… TANGLE“WOODSTOCK”

Here’s the tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. – “Groovin’ Through the Night” Dance.
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00 p.m. – Show (TBA)
Thursday, March 28 – Catered Meal

More information will be provided at Monday Coffee and in upcoming editions of our events and activities schedule.

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me
The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA
This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA
The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasingly stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this guide from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

 

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
 

Yoga

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.