A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

February - March 2019

Edition No. 20

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

2019 is off to a great start! It’s wonderful to have so many activities and to see everyone enjoying the many amenities at Tanglewood. Read on to learn more about this year’s Resident Appreciation Days celebration.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

2019 is off to a great start! It’s wonderful to have so many activities and to see everyone enjoying the many amenities at Tanglewood. One of my favorite activities is the annual Resident Appreciation Days. This year we are planning Tangle “Wood Stock” celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Dust off your bell bottoms, throw on your love beads, and join us for a great time!

I continue to 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 would be best so that I can set time aside just for you to avoid any interruptions.

Best,
Tammy

Office Closed
 

Office Closed

The Management Office will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of President’s Day.

Food

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Boost Your Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? A balanced meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and helps improve your energy and concentration throughout the day. Plus, it prevents overeating later in the day. Check out these 31 breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning masterpiece.

Rules and Regulations

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For your safety and the safety of others, please obey the posted speed limit of 17 miles per hour, all stop signs, and other posted warnings. Come to a complete stop at all stop signs. Bicycles and pedestrians have the right of way. Please inform all visiting friends of our speed limit.

Sales Update
 

For sale

For all of our snowbird friends, before you leave for the season, why not buy a park model home and be ready for next year? This way, you’ll know exactly where you’ll be staying, in a home you love and in the neighborhood you love. Read on to learn more about our referral program.

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Sales Update
 

For sale

Did you know the Tanglewood sales team offers resident referrals? If you refer your friends and family to purchase a home in Tanglewood, you could receive $100 to $500, depending on the home they choose. All you have to do is make sure they mention your name when they tour – it’s that easy!

Guarantee your place in the sun by purchasing an Outback park model at Tanglewood. Our one-bedroom, one-bath upgraded park models feature all of the conveniences of home that you’ve been missing on the road. Fully-furnished bungalows, featuring top-notch craftsmanship and impeccable designs, provide complete comfort and peace of mind. There is a limited supply available, so contact the Tanglewood sales team before it’s too late - (863) 617-7411.

Taco Night
 

Taco

Taco Night is where it’s at! On December 4 we welcomed about 250 people for chicken and beef tacos with all the fixings. Cliff Richie played and sang for our entertainment. Read on to learn more.

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Taco Night
 

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Taco Night is where it’s at! On December 4 we welcomed about 250 people for chicken and beef tacos with all the fixings. Cliff Richie played and sang for our entertainment. Many residents and Tanglewood Community Church members attended this meet and greet.

Thanks to everyone from our sponsor, Tanglewood Community Church, to all who stayed after and cleaned up. The church hopes to have quarterly get-togethers, so we can all delight in the company of our community. If you need a church home, Tanglewood Community Church and pastor Dr. William “Bill” Burnham invite you to join the worship service every Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse!

Your Health

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Serenity & Strength

If you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise with powerful physical and mental benefits, Tai Chi may be the best option. Comprised of a series of choreographed, low-impact movements, Tai Chi is meant to help improve your strength, posture, and stress. The best part is this increasingly popular workout doesn’t leave you feeling sweaty or sore! Try out some basic moves to see if Tai Chi is right for you.

Bash Area Fire Ring

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Let the good times roll! Join us in the Bash Area on Tuesday, February 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring sides to share and utensils for grilling. Hot dogs, beer, wine, sodas, and water all provided by Hometown America. If you want to save a table, a member of your party must be present. I.D. badges required.

Resident Appreciation Days

Woodstock

The theme for our 2019 annual Resident Appreciation Days is Tangle “Wood Stock.” Dust off your bell bottoms, throw on your love beads, and join us for a week of groovy events! Read more for schedule and activity details.

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Resident Appreciation Days

Woodstock

The theme for our 2019 annual Resident Appreciation Days is Tangle “Wood Stock.” Dust off your bell bottoms, throw on your love beads, and join us for these groovy activities:

  • • Dance at the Clubhouse on Tuesday, March 26 from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • • Annual Clubhouse show on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
  • • Catered meal and music in the Bash Area Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

As in previous years, there will be two times and will require attendees to wear a meal bracelet. Meal bracelets will be available on the following dates and times in the Clubhouse:

  • • Tuesday, February 12 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • • Wednesday, February 13 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • • Thursday, February 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • • Friday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

***YOU MUST SHOW YOUR I.D. BADGE TO RECEIVE YOUR BRACELET***

We will have extra people to help with the distribution of meal bracelets to make the process more streamlined for everyone.

These are the only days bracelets will be distributed. If you are unable to make it, you must call the Activities Office to make other arrangements. If you are sending someone else to pick up your bracelets, you must send them with your I.D. badge and a letter stating that you allow them to pick up your bracelets. Please make sure your address is included in the letter. You do not need a letter to pick up bracelets for others in your home, but you must bring their I.D. badge. No exceptions will be made.

Resident Appreciation Day Tournament Winner’s Ceremony in the Clubhouse on Friday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m.

We will keep you updated and provide more specifics during Monday Morning Coffee and in our Monthly Activities and Events Schedule.

Super Bowl Sunday

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Football fans unite on Sunday, February 3 in the Clubhouse for Super Bowl LIII from 2 to 5 p.m. Remember to bring your own drinks and snacks and purchase your tickets ahead of time. Click read more for more details!

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Super Bowl Sunday
 

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Football fans unite on Sunday, February 3 in the Clubhouse for Super Bowl LIII from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. to decorate tables. Remember to bring your own drinks and snacks and purchase your ticket! The cost is $8 per person. You can buy your tickets from Deb Gitro, 2825 Whistle Stop, (863) 991-3993 or Gill Randall, 3992 Rain Dance, (517) 282-7108.

Home & Garden

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Clear Your Clutter

New year, new stuff. As the new year rolls in, you’re probably taking stock of what you’ve got and what you no longer need. One great way to clear the clutter and make a quick buck is to host a garage sale or join one in your community or church. There are plenty of ways to make your garage sale stand out from the crowd, like working with a group to create a bountiful and diverse sale. Take a look at these ideas for ways to get the most bucks for your bang.

Tanglewood Minstrels

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The Tanglewood Minstrels can’t wait to lead you in singing gospel, pop, country, and folk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sing along on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. and enjoy the concert on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Best of all, these events are FREE!

Diversions Events
 

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Our Diversions Committee has been busy planning activities to challenge, unite, and excite Tanglewood residents! Save the dates and read more to for the schedule and details to see how you can participate!

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Diversions Events

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FEBRUARY

  • • Wednesday, February 6 at 2 p.m. Spelling Bee in the Main Hall, plus cookies!
  • • Monday, February 11 at 1 p.m. Sevens Card Game in the Community Room, $2 for a bag of chips with ice cream to follow
  • • Thursday, February 21 at 5 p.m. Blind Draw Run in the Main Hall

MARCH

  • • Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9 - Garage Sale! Friday, March 8 at 6-8 p.m. for residents only. Saturday, March 9 at 8-11 a.m. open to the public
  • • Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Sevens in the Community Room, come at 12:30 p.m. for a refresher on how to play
  • • Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Golf Cart Poker

APRIL

  • • Thursday & Friday, April 4 & 5 at 7 p.m. Diversions presents an evening of sketch comedy

Come laugh with your friends and neighbors as we present a collection of both original and non-original works selected to tickle your funny bones! As always, our productions are free, though donations are welcome. Refreshments will be provided at intermission and there will be a 50/50 each night, as well as raffles for some very special prizes. Tickets for the raffle and 50/50 will go on sale in March.

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

We’re only a month into 2019 and the Tanglewood calendar already has lots to offer! From outdoor events to favorite Clubhouse activities, you won’t want to miss any of these exciting events. Read more for schedule details.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Super Bowl Sunday with Shannon Reed
Sunday, February 3

2-5 p.m. (doors open at 1:15 to decorate tables) in the Clubhouse

Tanglewood Minstrels
Tuesday, February 5

7 p.m. Sing-along in the Clubhouse
Saturday, March 2
7 p.m. Concert in the Clubhouse

Annual Variety Show
Saturday, February 16

7 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Fire Ring
Tuesday, February 19

5-7 p.m. in the Bash Area

Broadway Lights Theatre Company
Saturday, February 23

7 p.m.
Friday Night Jazz, tickets are $5.00

Daryl Patrick’s Irish Band
Sunday, March 17

Time TBA
Tickets are $12 (includes dinner and entertainment)

Resident Appreciation Days
Tuesday, March 26

6-9 p.m. dance in the Clubhouse

Wednesday, March 27
7 p.m. Clubhouse Show
Entertainment TBA

Thursday, March 28
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Catered meal and music in the Bash Area

Resident Appreciation Day Tournament Winner’s Ceremony
Friday, March 29

1:30 p.m.
In the Clubhouse

Entertainment & Leisure

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Time to Cut the Cord?

As technology continues to advance, more people are “cutting the cord” by getting rid of cable. Streaming services provide a wider variety of ways to watch your favorite programs, whether you’re on-the-go or snuggled on the couch. They only cost a fraction of a normal cable bill and most services offer a free period, so you can try before you buy. This is a great way to see if cutting the cord works for your lifestyle.

Annual Variety Show

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The 19th Annual Tanglewood Resident's Variety Show is on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Your friends and neighbors will serve as the entertainment and, as always, the show is FREE. We will also accept donations for charity. Call Marianne Jones at (630) 870-2250 with any questions.

Resident Referral
 

House sale

Have you heard the news? Bringing your friends to join our community pays off more than ever. Now, when you refer a friend and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive up to $2,000. Contact the sales office to seize your opportunity to choose your neighbors AND get paid for it!

Health Fair Follow-Up

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Thanks to all volunteers at this year’s health fair, especially Alvina Beyer and Pam Batey for their invaluable help in making the fair as successful as it was. Read on for a full list of thank-you’s and details on how to give your feedback about the event.

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Health Fair Follow-Up

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Thanks to all volunteers at this year’s health fair, especially Alvina Beyer and Pam Batey for their invaluable help in making the fair as successful as it was. Special thanks to Greg Plank for setting up all the tables. Thank you to Creation Health, the Monday Morning Coffee crew for serving refreshments, and Hometown America for the building space.

Share any feedback you have about your experience at the health fair so we can ensure we’re providing you with best possible community events. If you have ideas for new vendors or want to share your perspective, please feel free to give Kathi Flyte, MSN, an email!

Travel

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Vacation for Less

Ready for a getaway but worried about the funds? There are plenty of tips and tricks for vacationing on a budget so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. However, the destination is often the most expensive part of a vacation. This list features 18 of the best affordable destinations to make your holiday one for the books. With these travel hacks, there’s no need to keep putting off your next trip!

Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

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Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but at the time Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Read below to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

  • 1. Fight fear with gratitude. Ted describes himself as a chronic worrier. He says to combat this, along with therapy and the help of his wife, he replaces the fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude.
  • 2. As you grow older, work harder. Ted explains age is a marker but it’s not everything. What you’re capable of is more related to our creativity, passion, and determination. Although he may have a bit more trouble memorizing lines now, he simply works a bit harder and it pays off.
  • 3. Know what’s important, be kind. No matter what financial worries his family had growing up, Ted was always reminded of how loved he was and exposed to a variety of people with diverse perspectives. While grieving the passing of his parents, he was reminded to focus on what matters most. His best advice? Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.
  • 4. Surround yourself with passionate people. Find the smartest people you can and work with them. That’s how Ted continues to push himself. He explains he’s stopped thinking of himself as a start and begun working on projects of creative people that inspire him.
  • 5. Accept that life will be messy. Self-deprecation has long been Ted’s comedic calling card. Rather than taking himself too seriously, he chooses to accept the messes that come with life and learn from them. He says he wouldn’t change any of his mistakes because they made him who he is today.

Today, viewers know Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place or as a prominent environmental activist. Aging certainly isn’t slowing him down and it shouldn’t! Learn more about Ted’s tips for a balanced life and see if any of them work for balancing your own.

Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving as fast as our technology and it can be challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

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Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving almost as fast as our technology. Sometimes it can feel challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger has predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

  • 1. Regional flavors. Whether it’s authentic southern cuisine or a true Philly Cheesesteak, people love food that reminds them of home and, according to Kroger, that’s not going to change any time soon.
  • 2. Plant-based foods. Meat or dairy free diets are steadily growing in popularity. As more people participate in Meatless Mondays or switch to a plant-based diet, food suppliers will provide a wider variety of available options.
  • 3. Trendy diets. In the quest for health, many are trying the newest diet trends like Keto or Whole30. Kroger not only expects this to continue, but increase as we head into the new year.
  • 4. Low sugars. Another popular diet change for 2019 will include decreasing or cutting sugar entirely from diets. While this may not be the best choice for everyone, 47% of consumers have said they are working to minimize their sugar intake.

Do Kroger’s predictions match up with yours? Learn more about them and give some of these trends a try for yourself. Maybe you’ll find meatless Mondays make your least favorite day of the week a bit more exciting.

Budgeting Made Easy

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Overspending is an easy habit to form and sticking to a budget is difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Read more to learn how to stick to your plan and stop wasting time on unnecessary financial worries.

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Budgeting Made Easy

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Tracking finances can quickly become taxing but it must be done. Overspending is an easy habit to form, but after retirement you are often without a steady source of income and relying heavily on savings. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Don’t waste your time on unnecessary financial worries, learning the basics of budgeting is simple and fast.

First things first, be honest about your budget. Consider exactly what your current income, account balance, and expenses are. It’s easy to overlook small expenses but they add up over time. This may seem like common sense, but meticulously laying out finances is the foundation of a strong budget that you can continue in the long term.

Frequent expenses include home, transport, travel, and healthcare. Along with bills, it’s critical to note extraneous home expenses like maintenance or updates. If your car is guzzling funds as well as gas, consider using mobile apps such as Google Maps to find public transport routes near you. On the bright side, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Check out our travel article on the right side of the page for tips and destinations to make your vacation scrapbook-worthy for less. The last expense, healthcare, is sometimes unavoidable. However, by taking care of your mind and body, it becomes easier to prevent certain medical emergencies.

The last step is to keep track of your expenses. This is the part where most budgeters give up. Keeping a detailed record of what you spend can be demoralizing and difficult. To combat this, rewire the way you think about keeping track of your expenses. Turn it into a game where the goal is to find new ways to save on your purchases and keeping track of those purchases is how to keep the score. Plus, technology makes it easier than ever to record expenses with the various mobile apps designed for this very purpose, like Clarity Money. With this app, you can track your spending digitally whether you’re on a mobile phone or computer.

With these strategies, sticking to your budget is easier than ever. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to live well on less, click here. Give your budget a makeover and see how much you can save.

 

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.