A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

October - November 2018

Edition No. 18

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

Fall is just around the corner, so bring on the fire rings and cooler weather. Fall also means the return of our Northern friends and family. Welcome back! Read more to learn about some exciting things happening at Tanglewood.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

Fall is just around the corner, so bring on the fire rings and cooler weather. Fall also means the return of our Northern friends and family. Welcome back!

A little birdy told me that Team Tanglewood Staff has an entry in the lip sync contest on Saturday, October 20. This should be very entertaining! We’re looking forward to all the fun this season has in store!

Join us at Monday Morning Coffee to see what other fun activities we have 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.

I look forward to seeing you!

Office Closed
 

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The management office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Happy holidays!

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.

Yes, You "Can!"
 

Trash can

By now, everyone should have swapped out their trash can for a smaller one, if needed. When finding a home for your cans, please make sure that all garbage, trash containers, and personal property are kept in an area that is not easily seen. If you have any questions, please contact the business office.

Capital Improvements

Capital Update

The new putting greens and chipping boxes—which are actually circles—are installed and look fantastic! Click to see the photos, and be sure to stop by and try them out.

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Capital Improvements
 

Capital Update

The new putting greens and chipping boxes—which are actually circles—are installed and look fantastic. Stop by and try them out!

Sales Update
 

Home

Refer a friend to purchase this beautiful new home at 1065 Celebration, and you will receive a $500 referral bonus from Hometown America. What else goes good with free money? Click to learn more.

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Sales Update

Home

Refer a friend to purchase this beautiful new home at 1065 Celebration, and you will receive a $500 referral bonus from Hometown America.

What else goes good with free money? A friend to help you spend it! Stop by the Sales Office and meet our home sales specialists who are solely focused on marketing and selling your home and community. Call us at (863) 617-7411.

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.

Sheriff's Night Out
 

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At the Annual Sheriff’s Night Out we learned about personal safety and traffic dilemmas on US 27. But the highlight of the evening was watching Ozzie, a Belgian Malinois, get inducted as a multi-purpose deputy. Click to learn more and see Ozzie in his Sheriff’s gear.

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Sheriff's Night Out

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The Highlands County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD) chases bad guys, protects seniors, finds lost kids, and makes mean root beer floats.

A half dozen of HCSD’s finest came to Tanglewood for the annual Sheriff’s Night Out. They spoke about personal safety, traffic on US 27, and answered questions from the audience. As always, the highlight of the night was the introduction of Ozzie, a Belgian Malinois, as a multi-purpose deputy. Ozzie, eight years old, weighing in at 90 pounds, and not far from retirement, was lauded for sniffing out 146 grams of cocaine last week and assisting in the apprehension of two dealers.

The Sheriff’s Department has eight dogs. Three are bloodhounds used only for tracking and are brought in when a child or a senior with dementia is lost. Four of the dogs are multi-purpose. They can follow a trail and can also chase and take down a suspect on command. The eighth dog is a drug sniffer. The dogs come mainly from Europe, particularly Germany, Belgium, and Holland, and receive 480 hours of basic training before they get their badges. After that, they have one day of training every week to stay sharp.

Our night ended with Sergeant Darren Hood applauding Tanglewood volunteers, Tom Guinther and Jeff Donde, as well as inviting anyone interested in volunteering to contact the department for information.

Sheriff

Recurring Events
 

Calendar

Eat, drink, or dance the night away with your Tanglewood community. There’s plenty of regular activities and events to keep residents with a full social calendar. Take a look for yourself!

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Recurring Events

Calendar

MONTHLY DANCES
Join us on the dance floor! The cost is $5 for Tanglewood residents and $6 for non-residents. All dances are from 7 to 10 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming dances are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 6: JOYCE BOIVIN
  • Saturday, October 27: PARTY DOG RICK (Halloween)
  • Saturday, November 10: CALIFORNIA TOE JAM BAND

COUNTRY BREAKFAST
Eat up every 3rd Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. Tickets are $4 and are available at Monday Coffee and in the Activities Office. Seating is limited, so make sure to save your seat nice and early.

POTLUCK
Cook up something delicious to share every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced. The sign-up sheet is on the credenza in the Clubhouse. Bring your own place settings and enough food for 12.

*All reoccurring events are held in the Clubhouse

Putting Contest
 

Golf

On August 8, Hometown America held a friendly putting contest to officially open the newly refurbished putting greens. Not only did the greens look great, so did the participants in the contest! Click for a recap of the day and prize winners.

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Putting Contest

Golf

On August 8, Hometown America held a friendly ‘putting’ contest to officially open the newly refurbished putting greens. Not only did the greens look great, so did the participants in the contest!

At the 9 a.m. start, with a temperature that felt like 90F and no breeze, Community Manager, Tammy Martin, and Activities Director, Billie Pimentel Lopez, explained the rules and how the event would play out. You could also find HTA Sales Reps Jay and Robin Etherton lending a hand when needed.

Participants could choose between two courses, with three holes on each. Each player had three shots. Sinking a shot in the closest hole #1 equaled 1 ticket, further out hole #2 equaled 2 tickets, and draining a shot on hole #3, which is an estimated 25 feet, equaled 3 tickets. And yes, Mike Bloss, on his third shot, nailed it – the shot of the day!

Tammy then held a drawing with the tickets entered. Most had fingers crossed for the Wine Basket or Round of Golf. Check out our winners!

  • Wine Basket sponsored by Hometown America - Tom Finochio
  • A Round of Golf sponsored by Sun n’ Lake Golf Club - Mike Bloss
  • One Free Appetizer at Island View Restaurant - Mary Osborne, Joyce Finochio, Jim Kelleher, Red Claflin
  • One Movie Ticket sponsored by AMC – Lakeshore Mall - Joyce Finochio, Mike Bloss

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!

Oktoberfest Karaoke

Oktoberfest

Join us for our Octoberfest on Thursday, October 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Don’t forget your musical skills for open mic karaoke. We’ll be serving Publix subs, along with chips, beer, wine, and sodas. Bring a side if you’d like and remember to wear your ID badge.

Lip Sync Contest Fundraiser

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Are you ready to sing your heart out for a good cause? The only catch – you can’t actually sing. Join us Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. for the Annual RV Club Christmas Food Drive fundraiser benefiting the Heartland Food Bank. Click to learn more.

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Lip Sync Contest Fundraiser

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Are you ready to sing your heart out for a good cause? The only catch – you can’t actually sing. Join us Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. for the Annual RV Club Christmas Food Drive fundraiser benefiting the Heartland Food Bank.

Sponsored by the Diversions Committee, any resident or employee of Tanglewood (this includes TMAC committees, neighborhoods, clubs, singles, office workers, groundskeepers, and maintenance) can submit a team into the competition. Whether you want to be all by yourself or bring your whole crew, pick a song and get it to the Tech Committee by Wednesday, October 10. If you decide you’d like to change your song, that’s okay, too. However, you only have until Monday, October 15 to do so.

Get creative, pick your favorite song, and bring it to life with props and costumes! Judging will be by applause, so make sure to invite your friends and neighbors to cheer you on. While the winner will be awarded a groovy prize, the real winner is the RV Club’s Christmas Food Drive.

Important Info:

  • There is a $10, non-refundable, registration fee. Cash or a check to Heartland Food Bank is acceptable.
  • You can register and participate in as many teams as you like.
  • Registration forms are located on the credenza or in Billie’s office.
  • If multiple teams choose the same song, the team who paid their registration earlier will get it so make sure you get your song in as soon as possible.

Have a great time and may the best act win!

Fire Ring in the Outback

Grill

We’re welcoming back our seasonal residents with a Fire Ring in the Outback, sponsored by Hometown America on Wednesday, November 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll have hot dogs, beer, wine, sodas, and water, plus live music from the Lee Allcorn Band. Bring your own grilling utensils and sides to share.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Fall Television Lineup

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.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Turkey

If you’re taking part in the Thanksgiving potluck at the Clubhouse on Thanksgiving Day at 2 p.m., sign-up for your table’s turkey at the Credenza. We will provide one turkey per table of 12. The last day to sign up will be Thursday, November 15. Turkeys will be distributed on Monday, November 19, following coffee.

Concert Series 2018-2019

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Season tickets are on sale now for Tanglewood’s incredible concert series lineup! Pick up yours at Monday Coffee or in the Activities Office. The cost is $80 for Tanglewood residents and $90 for non-residents. All shows are open to the public.

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Concert Series 2018-2019

Band

Season tickets are on sale now for Tanglewood’s incredible concert series lineup! Pick up yours at Monday Coffee or in the Activities Office. The cost is $80 for Tanglewood residents and $90 for non-residents. All shows are held in the Clubhouse and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7.

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 – The Beach Boys, Tribute
  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Mary Ellen Hooper and Kenny Hess
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Edge Effect, Christmas Show
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 – Showcase
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 – Orlando Transit Authority
  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 – Phil Dirt and the Dozers
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019 – The Queens of Florida
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Liverpool Live
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Two Shay and Mark Merchant
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Resident of the Month

Jan

She loves pizza, dancing, and the familial atmosphere of her home here in Tanglewood. Get to know more about your neighbor, Jan Carbaugh, in this month’s resident spotlight.

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Resident of the Month

Jan

Jan Carbaugh has lived in Tanglewood full-time for more than five years. When Jan and her husband, Jim, first came to Florida, they stayed in their RV at Adelaide Shores in Avon Park. While there, they began their search for their retirement home. Back then, the gates at Tanglewood were open during the day, and you could drive through the community. While driving through, Jan fell in love. They soon found their dream retirement home and haven’t looked back since!

Jan moved here from Michigan where she grew up and lived until retirement. Bye-bye winter, hello paradise, was Jan’s motto when moving to Florida. She loves the people of Tanglewood, the closeness, and the family atmosphere. She loves to swim in the pool and dance the night away at the Clubhouse.

Jan is active in the Dance Committee, Tanglewood Friends, PT for Hometown America, and she previously served five years as the chairperson of the Coffee Committee. Jan loves to go to Daytona Beach and relax with her main squeeze, Jimmy, while they search out the best pizza places in Florida. She also enjoys going to the casino when she has time. It won’t take long to get to know Jan, since she is actively involved in so many clubs.

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.

Highlands County Fire Tax

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Tanglewood is a proud member of Florida’s Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA). Recently, FMHA was successful in negotiations with Highland’s County to assess the new fire tax per square foot instead of a flat rate. This results in a lesser impact on manufactured homes. Thanks to FMHA for their efforts in assisting with this!

Vote YES on 2
 

Yes

Residents take note: On election day, vote YES on Amendment 2. As residents, you pay taxes by way of “pass-ons” in our land lease communities. Amendment 2 will keep the 10% cap on certain annual property taxes. It is supported 100% by Florida Senate and 97% by Florida House of Representatives, but we all need to vote YES on November 6 to get it passed again.

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 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.