A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

August - September 2018

Edition No. 17


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Manager's Corner


End of summer greetings! August is traditionally known as one of the hottest months. With that being said, we have plenty of indoor activities to keep you cool. Read on to learn about all of our upcoming fun.


Manager's Corner


End of summer greetings! August is traditionally known as one of the hottest months. With that being said, we have plenty of indoor activities to keep you cool. Exercise in the A/C at our fitness center, read a book in the library, or play games or craft in the community and craft rooms at the Clubhouse. Your options for indoor fun are endless.

Remember to join us at Monday Morning Coffee to learn about upcoming community events, 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, email, or in person by appointment. Making an appointment would be best so I can set aside time to talk with you without any interruptions.

I look forward to seeing you!

Sales Update

Money bag

Did you know you can receive a referral bonus by introducing us to interested buyers? Remember Outback is also an option– park model rentals are available for family and guests from Memorial Day through Labor Day! Stop by the Sales Office anytime to meet our home sales specialists or call 863-617-7411.


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Healthy Snacking

The terms “healthy” and “snacking” don’t seem like they should go together, but they do. You can curb your midafternoon hunger without adding unnecessary calories or sugars. Check out this guide to healthy snacking, featuring 121 easy and delicious ideas fit for everyone. Happy snacking.

Parking Stickers

Car sticker

As a reminder, each resident’s vehicle must display a Tanglewood parking sticker at the bottom left corner of the rear window. You can pick up your sticker at the Business Office during normal business hours. Thank you!

Capital Updates

Capital Update

New tables and chairs have been placed on the upper and lower veranda at the Clubhouse and new chipping boxes and putting greens have been installed by the tennis courts. Read more to check out some photos of these recent improvements.


Capital Updates

New tables and chairs have been placed on the upper and lower veranda at the Clubhouse and new chipping boxes and putting greens have been installed by the tennis courts. We hope you all enjoy these most recent upgrades!

National Day of Prayer


On May 3, Tanglewood Community Church hosted a celebration for National Day of Prayer. Pastor William Burnham welcomed members of the community as well as local government, police, etc. Read on for a recap and event photos.


National Day of Prayer


Tanglewood’s celebration of the National Day of Prayer on May 3 started off with Dr. William (Bill) Burnham, Pastor of Tanglewood Community Church, welcoming those that attended. Jack Nelson led everyone with the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Bill prayed for our nation and American unity. Many were in attendance, including police, local government, military, educators, firefighters, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) representatives, and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).

From our local government, we welcomed Denise Williams, County Veteran Service Officer; Myrna Spencer, Director at Highlands County Tax Collection Office; Greg Harris, County Commissioner District 5; and Jack Richie, County Commissioner District 4.

Guests from our Sheriff’s Department included Sheriff Paul Blackman, Major Darin Hood, Lieutenant Kyle Albritton, and Captain Jim McGann.

From the Police Department City of Sebring, we welcomed Chief Karl Hoglund along with one of our own, retired Police Officer Dana Silva.

Representing our military were Denise Williams, County Veteran Service Officer; Captain Thomas White, U.S. Marine Corps; our own Jack Nelson and Greg Schneider with his wife Sharon.

After our visitors were introduced, various prayer stations were set up around the room and everyone joined hands in prayer, conducted by Pastor Bill. Everyone had the opportunity to pray at the different stations giving their voices up to God.

Three EMTs arrived later and got as far as the hall before they were called to respond to an emergency. Thanks guys! We only had time for a quick prayer with them as they ran to their vehicle to help whoever needed them!

Thanks Bill Rulli for working the Tech Booth and Hometown America for providing coffee, bottled water, and muffins!

It was a very powerful morning. If you didn’t make it this year, try to attend next year. You’ll be glad you did.

Your Health

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Let's Get Physical!

It can be hard to get to the gym every day, but there are many easy exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to help you tone and build muscles. Thanks to the American Council on Exercise, there’s a great resource for easy-to-follow exercises to get started. Click here and get ready to work out!

Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party


This year’s annual Jell-O Shot Party was a huge success! Although we had rain for 3 weeks, Mother Nature took a break and allowed us to have a little bit of sunshine. Read more for a recap of the event and some fun photos.


Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party


This year’s annual Jell-O Shot Party was a huge success! DJ D played cool Caribbean music, and although we had rain for 3 weeks, Mother Nature took a break and allowed us to have a little bit of sunshine.

We had the ever-popular shot flavors of Lemon Drops, Margarita, and Dreamsicles, along with some new crowd-pleasers, like Key Lime Jell-O and Pina Colada pudding shots. And, of course, who can forget those extra-special peaches!

Next year will mark our fifth annual Jell-O Shot Party, and we have some major plans in the works.

Upcoming Events


Top off the summer with drinks, dancing, and your Tanglewood community. Read on for a full list of recurring classes and check out the rest of the newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events.


Upcoming Events


Top off the summer with drinks, dancing, and your Tanglewood community. As a friendly reminder, note that badges are required for all community events.

Recurring Classes & Meetings

  • • Monday Morning Coffee – every Monday at 8 a.m. in the Clubhouse. Announcements begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • • Line Dancing Classes – every Monday at noon-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse
  • • Tanglewood Community Church Service – every Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse
  • • Summer Bunco – Monday, August 6 and Monday, August 27 at 6-9 p.m. in the Clubhouse
  • • Bingo – starting in September, every Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 11
Tanglewood Dance
7 - 10 p.m. at the Clubhouse

Wednesday, August 22
Suds and Buds Party
2 - 4 p.m. at the Pool Veranda

Wednesday, September 12
End of Summer Bash
2 - 4 p.m. at the Pool Veranda

Wednesday, September 26
Afternoon Movie
2 p.m. at the Clubhouse

Saturday, October 20
Lip Sync Contest
Time and location TBD

Tanglewood Dance

Dancing couple

On Saturday, August 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. we welcome back Laura Patton, who will serenade us with songs from the 50s to the 90s while we dance our hearts out! Remember your name badge so you can join the progressive jackpot. Residents are $5 and visitors are $6. Bring your own snacks and drinks, we’ve got the ice.

Home & Garden

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Weeds Be Gone!

One of the trickiest parts of caring for your garden or lawn is dealing with weeds. Luckily, there are hundreds of ways you can tackle these pesky intruders. From getting rid of weeds without chemicals, or doing it the traditional way, you’ll find an option that will help keep your yard clear.

Suds and Buds Party


Join us Wednesday, August 22 at the Pool Veranda from 2 to 4 p.m. for Suds and Buds. Hometown America will provide beer, wine, soda, and entertainment by George Durham & Co. Invite your friends and join us poolside!

End of Summer Bash

Pool floats

Help us say goodbye to summer on Wednesday, September 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pool Veranda. Hometown America will supply the beer, wine and sodas, along with entertainment from Rick Arnold.

Wednesday Afternoon Movies

Movie reel

Please join us Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse for an afternoon movie. We will provide popcorn and soda. The movie will be announced at a later date so stay tuned!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Want to Try Podcasts?

If you miss the days of radio or quality programming, you need to check out Podcasts! It’s a lot like radio, except there is a wide variety of topics and you can listen whenever you want. Review this guide to learn how to tune in, even for free. Be sure to read Time’s Best Podcasts list to find a podcast that fits you.

Monthly Card Game


Diversions is planning a monthly card game. “Sevens” has become very popular lately, so it is sure to be on the list. Stay tuned for announcements of the dates and times. Remember, there’s always a practice lesson offered beforehand for anyone who doesn’t know how to play.

Lip Sync Contest


Here’s a heads-up: Diversions is sponsoring a Lip Sync contest on Saturday, October 20 to benefit the RV Club’s annual Food Drive. With a prize at stake, you’ll want plenty of time to prepare. Read on to learn more about the contest and how you can get involved.


Lip Sync Contest


On Saturday, October 20, Diversions will sponsor a Lip Sync contest to benefit the RV Club’s annual Food Drive.

Start planning now! Get a team together—it can be one person or as many as a dozen. Register your team and pay the $10 (per team) fee. Remember, this is a fundraiser for a good cause. Choose a song. Practice NOT singing. Lip Syncing means you only move your mouth the words and act out whatever is appropriate for the song you choose. Costumes and props are allowed — of course!

We’re going to challenge the Hometown America staff to put a team or two together as well. Give a copy of your CD to the guy in the Tech Booth and go wild. Channel your inner Elvis, Johnny Cash, Madonna, or the Monkees. There is a fabulous prize for the best team and the Food Drive will be enriched.

Resident of the Month


Get to know more about your neighbor Neil Simpson, in his own words, in this month’s resident spotlight. As a Tanglewood resident for 14 years, this Canadian is now a true Floridian!


Resident of the Month


Neil Simpson has lived in Tanglewood for 14 years. Read on to see our Q&A with this wonderful resident!

Q. Why did you come to Tanglewood?
A. “We spent three winters in a pop-up trailer trying to find the best place to escape winter. My parents and eldest brother had places closer to the coast and suffered with the horrendous coastal traffic. In 2002, we spent a few days at Highlands Hammock State Park, stopped in Tanglewood, liked it, and came back each year just to look. We finally purchased in March of 2004.”

Q. Where did you move from?
A. “We’re from Port Perry, Ontario, a community of about 15,000 people, 50 miles northeast of Toronto. Several of our neighbors and friends have followed us to Tanglewood.”

Q. What do you love the most about the community?
A. “The cleanliness, happy people, and excellent amenities. Unlike many communities with their straight, boring roads, Tanglewood was laid out in a much more interesting manner. Having all of the facilities located in the Circle, close to everyone, was a masterful planning achievement.”

Q. What are your favorite amenities?
A. “As we spend more time here, our favorites change. The stage was a major attraction when we were both heavily involved in the Tanglewood Actors Guild. The dance floor provided great times learning to line dance. The shuffleboard courts attracted us in the early years, but the Pickleball courts are now one of my favorites. The pool is wonderful too, but we have neglected it the past few years.

Q. What do you like to do outside of the community?
A. “We enjoy dining out at many of the area restaurants. We both golf, and the numerous courses nearby are a great attraction. I’ve become heavily involved with the Heartland Games for Active Adults for the past few years. This has allowed me to meet many great people involved in a variety of activities in Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid, Bowling Green, Wauchula, and Arcadia.

Q. What positions have you held within the community?
A. “I have taken turns as co-chair of the dance committee, chair of the Actors Guild, and chair of the Residents Cancer Benefit.”


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Must-See National Parks

Some of our country’s most beautiful sights are at our National Parks. There is one in every state, making it perfect for a weekend adventure or a nice vacation. Visit the National Parks Service to find a park in your state, or look at this list to discover the ones worthy of your bucket list.

Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. If you’re interested in trying something new to help your health, read on to review some new diets and find out how they may benefit you.


Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. The health aspect of Whole30 and the Mediterranean diet has become popular, while diets based on losing weight fall to the wayside.

These modern diets emphasize cutting certain items out of your diet to maximize your health. If one seems interesting, be sure to look it up and learn more. Both of these diets have a large following, which means many cookbooks and online resources are available for those ready to give it a try.

Whole 30
This 30-day food regime is about finding aspects of your diet that are having a negative impact on you. On this diet, you don’t eat grains, added sugar, dairy, or legumes. Whole 30 doesn’t emphasize weight loss, though it may happen while on the diet. Instead, it focuses on finding areas in your eating habits that cause tiredness, digestive issues, and pain amongst other negative effects. To learn more, visit the Whole 30 site.

The Mediterranean Diet
While this diet isn’t brand new, it has been refined over the years to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. With the Mediterranean diet, you eat mostly fish, fruit, and vegetables. This diet limits how much you eat of certain foods, but doesn’t completely cut them out. That means there are less meal restrictions than with other diets, creating a less rigid structure. Explore the diet by reviewing this guide.

It’s Best to be Prepared

HTA Spotlight

Beautiful weather and a warm climate are the norm in Florida, and we’re proud of that. In recent years, however, we’ve made the news during hurricane season as well. This can be a stressful time if you aren’t prepared. Read more so you can better prepare and go back to enjoying your sunny days.


It’s Best to be Prepared

HTA Spotlight

Preparing for a Hurricane

It can feel weird to plan for a hypothetical disaster, but it’s worth it to be prepared. In the event the worst happens, you’ll be glad you prepared. These simple tips can ease your mind in the event of a hurricane and make you feel ready for the storm.

1. Get a waterproof and fireproof safe. Keep your valuable and important documents secure from wind damage or flood waters. A safe is a worthwhile investment to keep your documents and valuables protected through any emergency.

2. Know your evacuation route. If it comes down to evacuating, you’re going to want to know where you’re going beforehand. Plan where you would go in the event of an evacuation and what route you would take. Save the details in your smartphone.

3. Document your valuables and property. Make a list of your valuables and their approximate worth. Take photos of them and your entire home. Remember your porch and cars, too. Keep these on your smartphone and also keep a printed copy in your safe or a safety deposit box. Documentation will be important for insurance purposes.

4. Make a preparedness kit. Before the season starts, gather necessities in case you lose power or need to leave. Stock up on non-perishables and water bottles. Be sure you have flashlights, extra batteries, cash, sneakers, and first aid supplies.

5. Sign up for emergency alerts. Learn what your city or neighborhood’s emergency alert system is and sign up for it. Most emergency systems will go through your smartphone or email.

To learn more about how you can prepare for hurricane season go to https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Come Socialize

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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


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.