A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

December - January 2019

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

The holiday season brings lots of festivals and gatherings to our community. A huge thank you to our amazing indoor and outdoor decorating committees for their beautiful holiday displays. Read on for more community updates.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

The holiday season brings lots of festivals and gatherings to our community. Make sure you check out a Tanglewood classic, The Christmas Golf Cart Parade. A huge thank you to our indoor and outdoor decorating committees who go above and beyond every winter with their beautiful Christmas displays.

Come out and join us at Monday Morning Coffee to see all the fun activities that are planned, or you can watch from the comfort of your home on Comcast Channel 195.

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 I can set aside time to meet with you without any interruptions.

Wishing you and yours blessings of health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year!

Best,
Tammy

Office Closed
 

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The Management Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas and Tuesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Happy holidays!

Food

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One Pot, Many Meals

Being able to cook with one pan, skillet, slow cooker, or pot is an easy way to make dinner shine. These one-pot recipes are convenient for making delicious meals. From Italian to Asian flavors, chicken to salmon, these recipes won’t disappoint. Did we mention they leave you with little clean-up?

Exciting Sales Update

For sale

Tanglewood Outback Park Models are now for sale! Guarantee your place in the beautiful Florida sun. These homes are one bedroom, one bath, and completely furnished. We only have a limited supply so call a member of the Tanglewood Sales Team today for more details: (863) 617-7411.

Capital Improvements

Capital Update

We’ve been making lots of progress this year on community-wide improvements. Read on for the complete list.

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Capital Improvements
 

Capital Update

We’ve been making lots of progress this year on community-wide improvements. Check out the current list of 2018 capital improvements:

  • • 150 new chairs for the community & craft rooms
  • • Acoustiblok fencing for the pickleball courts
  • • New furniture for the veranda at the Clubhouse
  • • New truck for maintenance
  • • New chipping and putting greens installed
  • • New tankless water heater installed, RV Comfort Station
  • • Clubhouse duct replacement
  • • New 4-ton Clubhouse/Community Room A/C system
  • • Walkway through Tanglewood Circle

Vehicle ID Stickers

Car sticker

Make sure that your vehicle has your Tanglewood parking sticker at the bottom left corner of the rear window. If you don’t already have your sticker, stop by the office during normal business hours and a Tanglewood staff member will put it on your vehicle.

Your Health

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Mind Over Matter

Studies show the positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to live life to the fullest extent through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. You have the power to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. Read over these strategies to see how.

Heartland Senior Games

Ping pong

For the past few years, they have been called the Heartland Games for Active Adults, but folks continued to call them the Senior Games. In 2019, they will be known as the Heartland Senior Games once again. Read more for details and the game schedule.

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Heartland Senior Games

Ping pong

For the past few years, they have been called the Heartland Games for Active Adults, but folks continued to call them the Senior Games. In 2019, they will be known as the Heartland Senior Games once again.

Tanglewood residents have done extremely well in the Games with many taking home medals.

Tanglewood has played a big role in the Games in the last few years by hosting pickleball, euchre, bridge, and Mah Jongg. In 2019, Mah Jongg will be played in Lake Placid (Friday, Feb. 15), but Tanglewood will continue to welcome competitors for Euchre (Tuesday, Feb. 5), pickleball (Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 9 & 10), and Bridge (Thursday, Feb. 21).

Other events are:

  • • Golf - Saturday, Feb. 2
  • • Shuffleboard - Wednesday, Feb. 6
  • • Table Tennis - Thursday, Feb. 7
  • • Horseshoes - Friday, Feb. 8
  • • Bowling - Monday, Feb. 11 & 18
  • • Cycling - Saturday, Feb. 16
  • • Track & Field - Saturday, Feb. 23
  • • Swimming - Monday, Feb. 25
  • • Tennis - Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-28

For more information visit www.southflorida.edu/heartlandgames.

Tanglewood competitors from the 2018 games included:

  • • Cycling - Bill Menheere, Don Lariviere, Sue Yuan, and Joan Alberty
  • • Pickleball - Marcie Taylor & Sharon Griffen and Ben Davis & Michelle King
  • • Shuffleboard - Ray Hermiston
  • • Track & Field - Grant McLaughlin (100 m) and Lois Hotchkiss (5k)
  • • Swimming - Tom Stadler and Mary Kloster

Concert Band
 

Brass instruments

The Highlands County Concert Band has entertained appreciative crowds during the winter months for many years. Tanglewood’s own Tom Stadler has recently taken over as the assistant conductor. Read on to learn more about other Tanglewood residents in the band.

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Concert Band
 

Brass instruments

The Highlands County Concert Band has entertained appreciative crowds during the winter months for many years. The band has been under the long-time direction of Vic Anderson, but after Vic was set back by health issues, Tanglewood's own Tom Stadler, a trumpet player in the band, was asked to be the assistant conductor. Tom led a stirring Christmas concert in 2017 and shared conducting duties with Vic for the 2018 season.

Other Tanglewood residents in the Highlands County Concert Band:

  • • Tom Digrazia has been playing percussion in the band for 8 years. This summer, he suffered a heart attack but has recovered and will be back playing the bass drum.
  • • Dolores Smith has been playing trumpet with the band for several years.
  • • Lynne Josselyn, a clarinetist, joined the band in 2009, her first winter in Tanglewood.
  • • Betty Schleis, Tom Stadler's big sister, was conned into dusting off her clarinet and joined the band this year.
  • • Mary Kloster, Tom's younger sister, picked up her saxophone this year and was thrilled to be directed by her very own brother.

Watch for monthly performances by the Concert Band at South Florida State College from December through March.

Band members

(From left to right) Tom Stadler, Mary Kloster, Lynne Josselyn, Tom Digrazia, Betty Schleis, Dolores Smith.

50th Anniversary Celebration

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Will you be celebrating, or have you celebrated your 50th wedding anniversary between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019? If so, you are eligible to participate in Tanglewood's annual 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 2. Read more for details.

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50th Anniversary Celebration

Couple holding hands

Will you be celebrating, or have you celebrated your 50th wedding anniversary between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019? If so, you are eligible to participate in Tanglewood's annual 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 2.

Registration is easy! Just contact Billie or Tom McKeever (863-385-7316) and provide them with your anniversary date and contact information. Tom will then call you to set up an interview that provides the background for your introduction at the event.

You will be the guests of the Anniversary Committee for dinner and will receive a commemorative cake and several other memories of the occasion.

The highlight of the evening will be a renewal of your wedding vows with about 250 witnesses.

Register now! We'd love to have you take part in this program that has recognized over 200 couples throughout the years.

Home & Garden

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High Brow on a Budget

If you are an innovator who likes to re-purpose things, then DIY projects are probably well within your wheelhouse. In need of a little bit of a creative inspiration? Take a look at this list of easy upgrades to make your house look and feel like a million bucks.

Christmas Food Drive

Money

This holiday season, The RV Club is doing their part to help the Heartland Food Bank. The club is collecting money, so the food bank can supply families in need with a Christmas meal. Read on for more details on how you can help.

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Christmas Food Drive

Money

This holiday season, The RV Club is doing their part to help the Heartland Food Bank. The club is collecting money, so the food bank can supply families in need with a Christmas meal. In the past, the club could only purchase non-perishable food items, but by partnering with the food bank, we can do so much more. They will be accepting turkeys, hams, fresh fruits, and vegetables at wholesale prices or at no cost.

Recipients of this holiday joy include the elderly and working families. Due to building and refrigerated truck issues, the food bank is in desperate need of community support.

RV Club members have been collecting money at Monday Morning Coffee throughout November, but you can still donate cash or a write a check payable to Heartland Food Bank. If you can’t attend Morning Coffee but still want to help you can drop off your donations at the Activities Office or to Heather Paine at 2610 Lazy Days.

Thank you for supporting the Heartland Food Bank has they spread cheer this holiday season.

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Among the usual holiday festivities of December, you can look forward to street dancing and taco night in Tanglewood. Celebrate community comradery with good food, good music, and an all-around good time!

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Tanglewood Community Church Christmas Play
Sunday, December 2
7 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Taco Night Dinner
Tuesday, December 4
5 p.m. at the Clubhouse
Enjoy a yummy taco bar with your neighbors. All are invited! Bring a side dish or dessert to share, enough for 6-8 people. Don’t forget your own cutlery. Drinks provided will be water, iced tea, and lemonade. Sponsored by Tanglewood Community Church. Sign-up on the credenza.

Whistle Stop and Friends Christmas Party, Featuring TJ and the Cruisers
Friday, December 7
7-10 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. (Come in early to decorate your tables!)
Bring your own drinks and snacks. Tickets are $6 per person, reach out to Deb (863-991-3993) or Jan (616-560-5800) to purchase.

Street Dance
Thursday, December 13
6 p.m., refreshments provided in the Clubhouse after the event
Featuring Tanglewood’s own Joyce Boivin. Come drink, dance, and have a blast as we party our way through Tanglewood. This event is provided by Hometown America, and therefore is free for all Tanglewood residents and registered guests. Please remember to wear your ID Badge.

  • • First Stop – 4168 Smoke Signal
  • • Second Stop – The Activity Center
  • • Third Stop – Outback Comfort Station

Bunco in the Clubhouse
Thursday, December 20
6 p.m. in the Clubhouse
Roll the dice with friends and neighbors in a rousing game of BUNCO! $5 per person, and badges are required. If you have any questions, please contact Ellie Brooks (863-885-1347).

Hot Coals and Cool Music
Friday, January 4
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bash Area

Annual Health Fair
Wednesday, January 9
8:30 to 11 a.m.
See the article later on in this newsletter for more info.

Karaoke Pajama Party
Tuesday, January 29
6 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse

Superbowl Sunday with Shannon Reed
Sunday, February 3
2 to 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse
Decorating tables starts at 1:15
Tickets are $8
Learn more about this event later on in this newsletter

Christmas Play
 

Sleigh

Mark your calendars for Tanglewood Community Church’s annual Christmas play on Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Come experience the magic of this year’s program, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. You will not want to miss opening your first gift of the Christmas season with your Tanglewood community.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Book Worms - Unite!

Looking back at the year, we know 2018’s literary works have not disappointed. From riveting romances, to authentic autobiographies, the books this year have been stellar. Check out this detailed list of the page-turners you need to keep an eye out for.

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 to decorate tables. Remember to bring your own drinks and snacks and purchase your ticket! The cost is $8 per person. Purchase tickets from Deb Gitro, (863- 991-3993) or Gill Randall (517-282-7108).

Annual Health Fair

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Make sure to visit Tanglewood on Wednesday, January 9 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for our annual health fair. There will be ninety health and wellness vendors there to answer any questions you might have. Read on to learn more.

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Annual Health Fair

Heart

Make sure to visit Tanglewood on Wednesday January 9 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for our annual health fair. There will be ninety health and wellness vendors there to answer any questions you might have. Take a step towards a healthier you while mingling with friends and neighbors. Enjoy FREE screenings and door prizes! Refreshments will be available in exchange for a donation.

Florida Hospital Lab will be doing Total Cholesterol Lipid profiles for only $10. Forms are in the Health Ministry book or see Kathi Flyte (815) 302-8774 or Pam Batey at Monday Morning BP checks.

Prevention Plus will be doing ultrasound testing for a cost of $5. See their flyers on the credenza for information. If interested, you will need to call them for an appointment at 1-888-667-7587.

For any inquiries about the health fair, contact Kathi Flyte, MSN, Health Fair Coordinator at (815) 302-8774.

Hot Coals & Cool Music

Grill

Join us on Friday, January 4 in the Bash Area from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for some hot coals and cool tunes. There will be entertainment from Thomas McGannon. Bring sides to share and your own meat to throw on the grill. If you’d like to save a table, a member of your party must be present and ID badges are required. There will be beer, wine, and sodas provided by Hometown America.

Travel

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The Great Foodie Road Trip

One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to eat new, delicious foods. In these six cities, your restaurant options boast incredible dishes. Coast to coast, north to south, visit one of these ideal foodie getaways to satisfy your need for stellar cuisine.

Karaoke Pajama Party

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On Tuesday, January 29, Hometown America will host a Karaoke Pajama Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tanglewood’s own Wendy and Dennis Jager will be our hosts so put on your PJ’s, bring your own beverage, and join us for a night of fun, music, and dance. Snacks will be provided by Hometown America.

Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for wonderful memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease. From luxury RVs to “glamping” (glamorous camping), the options are endless.

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Wanderlust Without the Hassle

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In recent years, the number of Americans going camping has steadily risen. Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for great memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease.

Camping with an RV allows you to experience the comfort and amenities of home, while enjoying the beauty of nature. Staying in a pricey hotel often limits your ability to explore nature, which is why renting an RV can be the best way to explore the outdoors.

You can either drive your rented RV to your destination or pick it up and start vacationing upon arrival. The latter option is great for those who want to go to a specific location without making the drive. And as a bonus, you don’t have to camp in a tent.

Travelers who want an upgraded version of camping can also try “glamping.” This glamorous camping option features all the comforts of home and additional amenities to make it a truly memorable vacation.

The Russian River Valley in Northern California’s Wine Country, provides a fully stocked Airstream nestled amongst a sleepy grove of redwood trees. Take a step outside your door and you’re exactly where you want to be, plus sipping world-class wines and eating at Michelin-star restaurants are both minutes away.

Airstreams are only the beginning. From cabins to teepees, glamping provides an unforgettable experience, especially when held at resorts. These luxurious getaways offer a wide range of amenities, from infinity pools to spa-like bathrooms.

Where will your next outdoor adventure take you?

1968 and the Boomer Impact

1968

A lot can change in 50 years. As one of the most impactful years in American history, 1968 helped shape the country we know and love today. Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable moments from that year.

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1968 and the Boomer Impact
 

1968

A lot can change in fifty years. Technology has evolved, politics and policies have changed, and the day-to-day structure of normal life looks very different now than it did before.

Let’s reflect on some of the major moments in American history that took place in 1968.

Pop-Culture

  • • The game Kerplunk became widely popular after only being around for one year.
  • • Classic hits such as “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Revolution” by the Beatles, and “Street Fightin’ Man” by the Rolling Stones were released.

Television

  • • An episode of “Star Trek” aired the first interracial kiss on television in American history.
  • • The television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” debuted on a U.S. television network.

History

  • • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This led to civil disturbances, including riots, in over 100 cities.
  • • The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and held captive for 11 months. This threatened the high-tensions that already existed from the Cold War in that region.

Technology

  • • The first “Jumbo Jet” was introduced. The Boeing 747 Jet could seat 374 passengers and changed travel industry forever. After this, the exclusive luxury that was airfare became the standard way of international travel.
  • • Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman helped solidify the United States’ place as first in the space race. Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon and orbit it ten times! This was also the first time the moon was broadcast on live television.

Sports

During the 1968 Summer Olympics, two African-American medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination. They bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist when the Star-Spangled Banner played. Two days after the fact, they were stripped of their medals and expelled from team USA.

If you look at the 1960s as a whole, 1968 was by far the most transformative year of them all. While there were tumultuous moments, there were also groundbreaking times that got us to where we are today. Although 50 years feels like a long time, the effects of these moments will never fade.

 

Space – The Final Frontier

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars. Click below to read more.

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Space – The Final Frontier
 

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has identified the building blocks for life on Mars: organic molecules containing carbon, a chemical element central to life. This doesn’t mean that there is evidence of life, but it does provide important clues about Mars’ mysterious history.

Molecules from a pair of Martian rocks prove that there was once something on the planet that an organism could eat. If a food source exists, maybe the existence of an intelligent life form isn’t too far of a stretch. Especially because methane concentrations are seeping out from underground reservoirs. Here on Earth, this gas is only produced by living organisms.

This proves exciting for future examinations of Mars as well. These samples were found only a few centimeters below the surface. Since the surface of Mars is constantly bombarded with radiation that can break down organic compounds, there may be more material buried deeper.

If you want to learn more about the Curiosity rover’s findings, click here!

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.