A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

January - February 2020

Edition No. 4

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Manager's Corner
 

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Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to get a head start on those resolutions you set for yourself, and there’s no better place for a healthy lifestyle filled with exciting activities and events than the Highlands at Scotland Yards. Read on for more!

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Manager's Corner

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Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to get a head start on those resolutions you set for yourself, and there’s no better place for a healthy lifestyle filled with exciting activities and events than the Highlands at Scotland Yards. Try out a Soggy Bottoms water aerobics class, join your friends and neighbors for Walking with Friends, or attend one of our morning yoga classes to refresh your body and mind.

Every year, Hometown America invests more in our community, and this year will see some wonderful additions and upgrades, all designed to improve your lifestyle. We will announce all the improvements at the upcoming Community Town Hall Meeting; we hope to see you there! We are very excited about these upgrades and are looking forward to February for Resident Appreciation Month. Last year we had some unforgettable events and this year is sure to be even better!

As always, thank you for being a Highlands resident. We are truly a one-of-a-kind community and that is all thanks to you. Did you know no other community builds their homes the way we do and has the same building guidelines as the Highlands? We certainly know how to stand out from the crowd!

Best Regards,
Scott Brown
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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With a Side of Love

While the air is filled with love, fill your stomach up too. When many think of Valentine’s Day, they think of chocolate covered strawberries and heart-shaped foods. Looking to spruce up your recipes this year? Try these 10 nutritious foods that won’t only supercharge your meals, but your love life too.

Upcoming Events
 

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We’re kicking off the new year with a host of exciting events here at The Highlands. Keep reading to check out everything from cook-offs to silent auctions.

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Upcoming Events

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January
Poker Run/Soup Cook-Off
Saturday, January 4
2 p.m. in the Clubhouse
Tour the community through this fun event! Go to five locations to pick and card and play a five card pokey hand.

Luncheon
Wednesday, January 15
In the Clubhouse
$5 cost

Alan Darcy’s Voice and Sax
Saturday, January 18
In the Clubhouse

Penny Auction/Silent Auction
Saturday, January 25
6 p.m. in the Clubhouse
$1 buys you 100 tickets for bidding! We’ll also be taking items for auction if you’d like to donate.

Ladies Only Sleep Over
Friday, January 31
7 p.m. in the Clubhouse
Make sure you’re not the first to fall asleep.

February
Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 2
In the Clubhouse

Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, February 8
In the Clubhouse

Halloween Party Recap

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Thank you to all the residents who joined us for our Halloween Party this past year. We loved seeing all of you dressed in your spookiest looks. If you couldn’t make it out that night or simply want to relive the thrills and chills of the night, read more for photos!

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Halloween Party Recap

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Thank you to all the residents who joined us for our Halloween Party this past year. We loved seeing all of you dressed in your spookiest looks. If you couldn’t make it out that night or simply want to relive the thrills and chills of the night, scroll through the photos below!

Important
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Important Info

There’s important legislation on its way to Florida in 2020, specifically regarding manufactured housing. Keep yourself up-to-date by reading up on senate bills 818 and 1022, courtesy of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association.

Your Health

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Powder That Powers

While consuming your daily serving of fruits and vegetables is essential to a healthy diet, it isn’t always easy to do. Superfood powders have made an appearance as an easy way to consume your daily serving of nutrients. Check out the ways you can add these powders into the foods you know and love!

Sales Update
 

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We are ecstatic about the opening of the new section and the new residents who will soon join our community! Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, your Highlands Sales Team has all the resources you need for a smooth transition. Click below for more details.

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Sales Update

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We are ecstatic about the opening of the new section in our community! Palm Harbor model homes, featuring brand new construction and seven different floor plans, are already up and ready for you to explore. Our new section has incredible views of the rolling hills and golf course, all located in beautiful Dade City, FL.

If you’re considering listing your home, we invite you to list with us. While we’re sad to see you go, our team will be there to help you with every step of the process. As your resale authority, we know how to employ the best media and understand the community lifestyle and fees. We take the complexity out of it and work to ensure we get you the most value for your home, so you can focus on the important things.

We also want to remind all residents that there is a $2,000 referral reward for any resident who brings in a new customer that buys a new Hometown America home. Pick your neighbors and let your friends in on the secret of how wonderful it is to live here at the Highlands – all while adding some cash to your pocket. It’s a win, win!

Additionally, we are in the process of constructing five new custom homes for brand new residents. Please, help us welcome the new folks into the community as they arrive.

Thank you for the warm smiles and waves,


Edgar Anderson
Sales Consultant

Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. From pizza to steak, keep reading to see what the craze is all about.

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Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. Unlike the previously superior green leaf, cauliflower provides multiple benefits in the kitchen. Make sure to add this vegetable to your next grocery list so you can replace ingredients like potatoes and meat.

Still not convinced this veggie is up to par? Try your hand at making one of these delicious dishes from Bon Appetit magazine. Or, mix it up by adding a touch of garlic, lemon, or cheese to give your meal some extra pizzazz. You can even make pastas, salads, and steak with this universal produce.

Test out one of these recipes at your next potluck and you’ll have everyone wondering if there are actually vegetables in your dish!

Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? We’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Keep reading for simple décor tips to boost your space without breaking the bank.

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Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? From new flooring or lighting options to playing with textures, we’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Whether you’re a renovation pro or a first-timer, these five tips will help you have a hassle-free makeover.

  • 1. Rule of Three. Installing a chair rail is one way to make a room look taller. Following the “rule of three” (taking your wall’s total height and dividing by three) allows you to easily measure the space and create the perfect fit.
  • 2. Cohesion and Flow. Cohesion is a design technique that will create flow throughout your living space. Adding textures, like wood or tile, in each room can tie the whole design together.
  • 3. Light. Natural or recessed light is a designer’s best friend. The addition of either lighting type to a home makes it feel larger and more welcoming.
  • 4. Minimal Décor. A collection of furniture and/or décor can create a cluttered and closed-off space. Professionals recommend keeping your room collections to groups of three.
  • 5. White is Right. Want to make your room appear larger? White is the perfect wall color for making your space feel bigger.

Not looking to fully remodel your home? Changing the décor of your space can create a look that is fresh and on-trend. If you don’t have an eye for design, House Beautiful has pulled 50 easy home décor transformations to inspire you. Dust off your hammer and nails, because it’s time to get decorating.

Home & Garden

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Home Safety Tips

Home is where the heart is and it should be where we always feel the safest. As we move through adulthood, our at-home safety begins to look different than when we were younger. Make sure your home is comfortable and cozy in all chapters!

Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make festive treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Read on for special holiday-themed desserts to get everyone celebrating!

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Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Grab your bowl and mixer, because these dessert ideas will have ready to dive into the kitchen.

First up this season is a holiday that was originally known for the exchange of homemade cards and sweets. Saying “I love you” this Valentine’s Day is easy with one of these heartfelt confections. Utilizing strawberries is a quick and natural way to create a pink-colored delicacy that is full of flavor. Or, try a twist on a classic cake by baking up some red velvet Oreo truffle brownies.

You won’t need the luck of the Irish to help impress your guests at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Shamrock shaped cookies and green velvet cupcakes will have everyone’s eyes on the dessert table. Feel free to sit back and do a jig, because with these treats your St. Patrick’s Day menu is going to be a piece of gold.

While these holidays are the first on the docket, there are always other parties and events where sweets are a plus. Check out these 100 baking tips to help make any holiday baking a breeze. Is your sweet tooth tingling yet?

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook 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!

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.

Travel

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New Year, New Destination

The City of Love attracts year-round, but many people avoid the French capital because they believe it’s too expensive. If you’re looking to brush up on your français – look no further. Use this guide to see how you can travel to Paris without breaking the bank.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

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.

 
 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Upcoming Nonfiction

Each year brings new, incredible nonfiction books to our shelves and 2020 is no exception. If you want to learn, find inspiration, or lose yourself in an impossibly true story you’re sure to find something you’ll love in these hot new reads!