A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

September - October 2018

Edition No. 16

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

In preparation for our snowbirds return to Florida in the coming months, we are working on several projects around the community. Read on to learn more about what you can expect to see and other important Tara Woods tidbits.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

In preparation for our snowbirds return to Florida in the coming months, we are working on several projects around the community. As some of these may cause a minor inconvenience to activities, we apologize and hope to get things back up and running as quickly as possible. We are working on improving our community and appreciate your patience with the process. Our residents are doing a great job enhancing the community from their very own lawns! Be sure to see who our Yard of the Quarter went to further down in our newsletter.

We truly care about our residents and have a few important reminders for everyone’s well-being:

  • For your safety and others, please make sure that when you are in a construction area you adhere to the caution signs and follow the instructions.
  • When writing a check for your rent, please remember to include your site number on the check.
  • When you pull out of Tara Woods at the light, make sure that everything has stopped before you proceed through the green light. This is important! The trucks that travel up and down 41N go fast and sometimes cannot stop in time. I cannot express this enough, it only takes a few more seconds to look both ways to avoid being hit. The life you save may be your own.
  • The speed limit in the community is 20 mph, please slow down and obey the speed limit. Watch for golf carts, walkers, pets and community workers. Also, we have stop signs throughout the community and they are there for your safety. Please, when you come to a stop sign stop and look all ways before proceeding.

Thank you!

Darlene D Bradley

Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.
- Author Unknown

Office Closed
 

Office closed

The management office will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. We wish everyone safe and happy holiday!

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.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

For July, our Yard of the Quarter was awarded to George and Janet Daly of site 224. Congratulations, your lawn was truly beautiful! We’ll be choosing another yard in September so head over to the clubhouse to submit your yard, or a friend’s, in writing. May the best yard win!

Resident Concerns

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If you have a concern, please head over to the clubhouse and fill out a concerned resident form. Remember to sign your name and include contact information. We take these very seriously and concerns are usually answered within 48 hours.

Sales Update
 

Money bag

Whether you’re looking to list your home, upgrade to one of our new models, or refer a friend, we have experts here to help! Read more to learn about each of these options.

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Sales Update

Money bag

Whether you’re looking to list your home, “Trade Up - Trade In”, or want to refer a friend, we have experts here to help!

September starts the buying season for our northern friends, so now is the time to list your home as buyers are actively starting to look for homes and communities to visit this winter. If you are thinking of selling, get ahead of the rush and list your home with Mary White today. Mary is one of the leaders at Hometown America and has a proven track record of getting your home sold!

If you have an interest in upgrading your home to a new one, Scott Brown would be happy to explain our “Trade Up-Trade In Program” to you. This program allows you to maximize the value of your home for a seamless transition into one of our new home models. Sales of the new homes have been consistently rolling in and the best lots are going fast. Stop into the model center and browse the new homes, who knows, you might have a friend or family member that you can refer and benefit from our $1000 referral program.

Call our trusted sales team at 239-731-1011.

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.

Fourth of July Party

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We had a great time celebrating our country with our friends and family at the Fourth of July Party. If you didn’t get a chance to come out, be sure to join us next year! Click below to see some pictures from the event.

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Fourth of July Party

Fireworks

We had a great time celebrating our country with our friends and family at the Fourth of July Party. If you didn’t get a chance to come out, be sure to join us next year. Click through the photos below to see all the fun we had!

National Hotdog Day

Hotdog

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for National Hotdog Day on July 22. We had a great time enjoying the franks, all the fixings, and great friends! Read on to check out some photos from the event.

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National Hotdog Day

Hotdog

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for National Hotdog Day on July 22. We had a great time enjoying the franks, all the fixings, and great friends! Scroll through the pictures below to see how the event went.

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Whether you’re cracking open a novel with the book club or partying with friends at our End of Summer Bash, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Read on to learn about these events and more.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Whether you’re cracking open a novel with the book club or partying with friends at our End of Summer Bash, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out these upcoming events!

Monday, September 3
Labor Day Party
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 6
Book Club
Marilyn’s, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 13 & 27
Computer Club
Dave’s, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 22
End of Summer Bash
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Movie Night
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

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!

Weekly Activities
 

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We have several fun classes and activities on our monthly calendar, from Sunday poker games to weekly aerobics. Read on to see this month’s schedule of events and check out the rest of the newsletter for special events.

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Weekly Activities
 

Calendar

We have a lot of fun activities set for the month of September. Sundays are Texas Hold’em nights in the Clubhouse, will you hold’em or fold’em? Poker not your thing? We also have Bingo every Tuesday night at 6:45. Whatever you like to do for fun, we have you covered.

Weekly Activities & Classes (all held at the Clubhouse)

Monday
Water Aerobics – 8 a.m.
Yoga – 10:30 a.m.
Ceramics – 12 p.m.
Mah Jongg – 12 p.m.
Aggravation – 7 p.m.

Tuesday
Clubhouse Ministries – 10 a.m.
Bridge – 12:30 p.m.
Exercises – 12:45 p.m.
Spanish Class – 1:30 p.m.
Table Tennis – 2 p.m.
Yoga – 3:30 p.m.
Billiards – 6:30 p.m.
Bingo – 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday
Water Aerobics – 8 a.m.
Cribbage – 1 p.m.
Social on the Veranda – 5 p.m.
Mah Jongg – 6 p.m.

Thursday
Exercises – 1 p.m.
Table Tennis – 2 p.m.
Yoga – 3:30 p.m.
Billiards – 6:30 p.m.
Aggravation – 7 p.m.

Friday
Water Aerobics – 8 a.m.
Hand & Foot – 1 p.m.
Game Night – 7 p.m.

Saturday
Coffee – 8 a.m.
Gen. Meeting – 8:45 a.m.

Sunday
Texas Hold ‘em – 5 p.m.
Bunco – 7 p.m.

Friendly reminder, the Clubhouse is closed from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays.

End of Summer Bash

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We’re sending off summer in the best way possible – a bash with all of our friends! Join us at the Clubhouse at 7 p.m. on September 22 for entertainment, games, and great company. For more information, contact the community office.

The Amazin' Aces
 

Aces

Are you looking for a way to meet new friends and get involved in the community? Look no further than our very own, Amazin’ Aces pickleball team. Whether you’re a seasoned player or brand new to the sport, the Amazin’ Aces is the team for you. Reach out to the community office to join.

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.

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.

Vote YES on 2
 

Vote 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.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Fall Television Line Up

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.

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 learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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
 

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.