A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

December - January 2018

Edition No. 13

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

Where did 2017 go? Time flies when you’re having fun. I truly enjoy seeing so many of our residents doing just that, enjoying their retirement and having fun. I wish each of you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

Where did 2017 go? Time flies when you’re having fun. I truly enjoy seeing so many of our residents doing just that, enjoying their retirement and having fun. I wish each of you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!

Please stop by our newly updated Tanglewood Sales Office, and meet our new sales agents – Jay Etherton, Robin Etherton, and Tony Cocco.

I continue to meet with residents after Monday Morning Coffee in the Community Room until 9:30 a.m. You are always free to contact me via phone or email, or make an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!

Sincerely,

Tammy

(863) 617-7372

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Sunday, December 10
Florida’s Finest Christmas Show
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13
Street Dance
Starts at 4168 Smoke Signal, 2-5 p.m.

Monday, December 25
Christmas Potluck
Clubhouse, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3
Hot Coals and Cool Music
Bash Area, 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10
Health Fair
Clubhouse, 8:30-11 a.m.

Food

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Holiday Meals Made Simple

The holidays mean good food and even better company. Check out these savory meals that are fun to cook and even better to enjoy. Whip up something tasty in the kitchen and spend holiday time with loved ones.

Christmas Items for Sale

Items for sale

The Outdoor Decorating Committee will be selling a variety of holiday items as a fundraiser. You can purchase cookbooks, Christmas tree frames, green light bulbs (for your yard lights), Santa hats, and 50/50 tickets with one big winner at the end of six weeks. Items will be available at Monday Morning Coffee.

RV Christmas Food Drive

Donations

The RV Club asks you to join them in collecting money for the Heartland Food Bank, supplying families in need with a Christmas dinner. The money we donate also goes much further, feeding many people right here in Highlands County. Click below for more information.

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RV Christmas Food Drive

Donations

The RV Club asks you to join them in collecting money for the Heartland Food Bank, supplying families in need with a Christmas dinner. In the past, we could only purchase non-perishable food. They are able to get turkeys, hams, fresh fruits, and vegetables either free or at wholesale prices. The money we donate goes much further, and feeds many more people right here in Highlands County.

According to the Highlands News-Sun newspaper, the food bank provided food after Hurricane Irma to some children who had not eaten in days since schools were not in session. Recipients also include the elderly and working families. The food bank is in desperate need of community support this year due to building and refrigerated food truck issues.

We’ll be collecting money at Monday Coffee. If you can’t attend, or are leaving to go home for the holidays, you may still help by dropping off your donation to the Activities Office or to Betsy Timmerberg before you leave. Her address is 2840 Whistle Stop and her number is (573) 682-7043.

Donations can be made in cash or as a check payable to Heartland Food Bank. We would like to receive all donations no later than Friday, December 8.

Thank you for supporting this very worthwhile project to help the less fortunate in our own community.

Selling Your Home?

Home for sale

Our sales new sales department is off and running, making sure we communicate all of the wonderful things Tanglewood has to offer. This builds value in your home and increases the value of your house! If you are looking to sell, we would appreciate the opportunity to help.

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Selling Your Home?

Home for sale

Our sales new sales department is off and running, making sure we communicate all of the wonderful things Tanglewood has to offer. This builds value in your home and increases the value of your house!

After just 90 days, we are showing excellent results: 36 current listings and 17 homes sold so far. We look forward to a very successful close-out to the year. If you are looking to sell your home, we would appreciate the opportunity to help!

Happy Holidays!

- Your Tanglewood Sales Team

Your Health

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Stretch the Pain Away

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits. If you suffer from this, you know it can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Check out these gentle stretches to ease the discomfort so you can continue living pain free.

Christmas Hams
 

Christmas Ham

Everyone is invited to join us for our Christmas Day Potluck in the Clubhouse at 2 p.m. Be sure to sign up on the credenza for Christmas hams by Wednesday, December 20. One ham will be provided per table with 12 people. Hams will be distributed on Friday, December 22, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Referral Reward
 

Referral reward

Did you know your Hometown America sales team offers referral rewards? It’s easy. 1- Refer your friends and family to purchase a home in Tanglewood. 2- When your visitors tour, make sure they mention you as a referral. 3- Receive from $100 to $500 depending on which home they choose to buy. It’s a win-win, and it’s always nice to have extra money in your pocket!

Holiday Street Dance

Dance party

Come out to drink, dance, and have a blast as we party our way through Tanglewood! On December 13, from 2-5 p.m. we’re having a Street Dance, featuring Tanglewood’s own, Joyce Bolvin. Click for more info.

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Holiday Street Dance

Dance party

Come out to drink, dance, and have a blast as we party our way through Tanglewood! On December 13, from 2-5 p.m. we’re having a Street Dance, featuring Tanglewood’s own, Joyce Bolvin. Please remember to wear your ID Badge so you can join in the fun!

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

Home & Garden

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Front Porch Flair

Make your front porch pop with fall containers filled with beautiful blooms and foliage. Southern Living provides the best ideas and tips for how to bring a beautiful fall planter to life. Whichever you choose, your home will be decorated perfectly for the season.

Hot Coals and Cool Music

Grill

Join us on January 3 from 3-5 p.m. in the Bash Area for a fun day outside with family and friends. Entertainment will be provided along with beer, wine, and sodas. Bring your own meat to grill and sides to share with friends. Also remember, if you want to save a table, a member of your party must be present to do so.

Decorating Contest

Decorating contest

It’s time to test the strands of lights, dust off Frosty’s top hat, and hang your holiday wreath. The Outdoor Decorating Committee is sponsoring a contest for the best decorated yard. There will be a prize for each neighborhood, plus the circle. Will your yard have what it takes to win this year?

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Decorating Contest

Decorating contest

It’s time to test the strands of lights, dust off Frosty’s top hat, and hang your holiday wreath. Join in the fun and spread the spirit by decorating your property!

The Outdoor Decorating Committee is sponsoring a contest for the best decorated yard. There will be a prize for each neighborhood, plus the circle. An outside mystery judge will evaluate properties the week of December 11, and prizes will be awarded at Monday Coffee on December 18.

Remember, it’s not who has the most lights or the most inflatables, but who is seen as having the most tastefully decorated property. Will your yard have what it takes to win this year?

Florida's Finest Christmas Show

Christmas show

Tanglewood residents will have the opportunity to view what critics have called Florida's Finest Christmas Show! The renowned Ditchfield Family will grace our stage on Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets went on sale in November, so hurry and get yours before it’s too late.

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Florida's Finest Christmas Show

Christmas show

Tanglewood residents will have the opportunity to view what critics have called Florida's Finest Christmas Show! The renowned Ditchfield Family will grace our stage on Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m.

Led by the family's patriarch and deemed the finest baritone in the South, the Ditchfield Family presents a varied program of traditional secular and religious music of the season.

Tickets are expected to go fast since the family has a large following in Highlands County. Don't be left out! Tickets went on sale in November, so hurry and get yours before it’s too late.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Adventures in Words

There’s no greater pleasure than delving into a good book and not putting it down until you’ve read every page. The adventure you take while reading can truly make the world fade away. Click here to see the most popular books of 2017 so far, and add some to your reading list.

Christmas Parade and Gift Exchange

Gifts

If you haven’t started decorating your golf cart for the upcoming Golf Cart Christmas Parade, get moving! December 14 will be here in no time. Remember to also bring a wrapped present for the White Elephant Gift Exchange following the parade. Click below for details on both events.

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Christmas Parade and Gift Exchange

Gifts

If you haven’t started decorating your golf cart for the upcoming Golf Cart Christmas Parade, get moving! You can be as crazy and creative as you wish, or just decorate it easy and simple. Either way, we want you to join in the fun.

The event is Thursday, December 14, lining up at the Clubhouse at 5:30 p.m. and departing at 6 p.m. The parade route will be displayed in the lobby and distributed to several drivers. (If someone veers off the route, don’t follow them. They could be making a pit stop!) Each driver will receive a ticket for door prizes, too.

Remember to come over to the Clubhouse following the parade for our White Elephant Gift Exchange and to enjoy refreshments provided by Hometown America. For the gift exchange, bring a wrapped present with no name on it. (Again- do not put your name. It’s supposed to be a surprise.) This is an annual event and always a lot of fun. Don’t miss it!

Health Fair
 

Health

The Annual Health Fair, sponsored by Tanglewood Health Ministry, will be held Wednesday, January 10 at the Clubhouse from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Come learn about the many health services offered in our community.

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Health Fair

Health

The Annual Health Fair, sponsored by Tanglewood Health Ministry, will be held Wednesday, January 10 at the Clubhouse from 8:30 to 11 a.m. There will be approximately 85 health-related vendors to assist you in making healthy choices and show you the many health services available in our community.

We ask you not to come earlier than 8:30 a.m. because the vendors need time to set up. Only those getting blood drawn will be let in before our start time. Also, please park in designated areas only.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Capital Improvements

Tools

Check out the list of recent improvements we have made to Tanglewood and some of our upcoming projects

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Capital Improvements

Tools

Check out the list of recent improvements we have made to Tanglewood and some of our upcoming projects.

  • Resurface pool- Completed.
  • New salt chlorinator- Completed.
  • Recover and rubber billiard tables- Completed.
  • 4 bingo TVs- Completed.
  • Clubhouse landscape- Completed.
  • Painting Woodcraft Building and Office- Completed.
  • Cart for housekeeping- Completed.
  • Pickleball sound study- Completed.
  • 2 mowers- Completed.
  • Drainage assessment- Completed.
  • Concrete Repairs throughout Community- Completed.
  • Drainage Pipe and inlet installation- Completed.
  • Clubhouse drain repair- Completed.
  • Emergency Storm Box Grate Repair, Indian Summer Trail- Completed.
  • Bucket Truck Repairs- Completed.
  • Remove putting greens and chipping boxes- On hold.
  • Clubhouse bathrooms- New countertops, sinks & mirrors installed, to be complete prior to 12/31/17.
  • New flooring to be installed in the Business office, Activities Director Office, Clubhouse bathrooms, and Fitness Center- Completed.
  • Stain Concrete at Clubhouse- Obtaining bids.
  • Dog wash station- To be complete prior to 12/31/17.
  • Roads- Ongoing storm drainage repairs.

Travel

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Holiday Journeys

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season stress you out. Make your travel plans effortless using these holiday travel tips. Being mindful and strategic while you travel will ease the stress and make the season more fun!

Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read more for tips on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read the tips below on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

1. Make a sleep schedule - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. The consistency in your sleep cycle will ensure that your body is properly rested and that you receive the best sleep each night.

2. Limit naps - Long naps during the day can severely interfere with a good night’s rest. In order to maximize your sleep, limit naps to 30 minutes and take them earlier in the day instead of later.

3. Include physical activity - Exercise during the day can have a huge impact on the sleep you get at night. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine and you’ll see great improvements in your sleep.

4. Create a comfortable sleep environment - For better sleep, make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Also, remove any noise or distractions that could hinder a good night’s rest.

For other useful tips on sleeping better, check out these links:

"Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep"

"Healthy Sleep Tips"

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Stress free

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, read more for some tips.

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Stress free

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, and should be enjoyed instead of dreaded. With presents, food, decorations, and more piling up it can be overwhelming. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, start with these tips:

1. Have a gift-wrapping strategy - Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap gifts. Take care of gift wrapping as soon as you purchase, and use a sticky note as a reminder of the contents.

2. Make a budget and a gift list - Before you step into a store make sure you have a set holiday budget and gift list for each person you’re shopping for. This will eliminate financial stress and ensure everyone you love receives a gift.

3. Use simple décor - Small and simple decorations are just as festive as large and flashy ones. A few decorations around the house is plenty to suffice for holiday cheer, and are extremely easy to put up and take down.

4. Enjoy store-bought treats - Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, opt for store-bought baked goods. They are still delicious and will be much easier to prepare.

5. Pick paper plates - Fine china may be pretty, but it can be a huge headache to wash and put away. Using disposable plates and plastic utensils are a great substitution, and can be tossed when the meal is over.

Want more tips and tricks for a stress-free season? Click below:

"Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season"

"Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season"

Special Feature: Online Safety

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As technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips from retired police officer, Donna Brown, on how to keep yourself safe online.

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Special Feature: Online Safety

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Technology plays a huge part in our everyday life. We use it to make a phone call, share a picture with our friends on Facebook, or send a quick email. Regardless, the use of technology is constantly changing and improving for the better. However, as technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe online.

Credit Theft:

Check your credit at least once a year. While this may not prevent theft, it can catch it earlier on. By regularly checking your credit, which is free, you can catch someone trying to use your name for unauthorized mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.

Scams:

Lottery scams and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scams are two of the most prominent and cyclical scams. Scam victims will receive a call or email, stating they have won the lottery and must pay a small fee to collect it. Legitimate lotteries do not request payments.

The IRS scam victims will receive a call or email stating there is a warrant for their arrest due to owing back taxes and are requesting a payment through gift cards. The IRS never requests payment gift cards.

Social Media:

Don’t post photos when going out of town. Crooks prowl social media looking for vacant homes. If you do post, have a friend check on your home daily and collect your mail and newspaper. Having light timers, inside and outside, can help as well.

Computers:

Secure your computer from viruses. There are many reputable anti-malware and anti-virus software companies available that offer great products and protection at very reasonable prices.

Check Writing:

Always think twice when writing a check to a person or business you’re not familiar with. Checks provide your name and address, which is very useful information for those with nefarious intentions. Use your debit or credit card instead of writing a check if you can. If using a debit or credit card, try to use them at establishments with updated security chip readers.

These are just a few ways for you to stay one step ahead and protect yourself. Learn the balance between enjoying technology and being precautious.


About Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Donna Brown is a former Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) homicide sergeant with more than 26 years of experience and author of Behind and Beyond the Badge. Brown began her career at TPD during a time when there were only five women in a department of 150 plus officers. Throughout her career, she worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a member of several different investigative units and as a homicide detective-sergeant, allowing her to work with a large variety of the first-responder community. After retiring, Brown wanted to write a book capturing and exploring career-defining moments of a first- responder. She felt her book was vital considering the many officer-involved shootings bringing negative spotlight on what she felt was not representative of public servants.

Want to hear from Donna Brown? Check out Behind and Beyond the Badge on Facebook for a list of upcoming tour stops!

Behind and Beyond the Badge book
 

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 SaveHaven 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.