A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

January - February 2021

Edition No. 10

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Manager's Corner
 

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We’re thrilled to announce that Claudia Betten has officially accepted the offer to promote her from office assistant at The Highlands to Community Manager! Keep reading to learn more about Claudia and why she’s a perfect fit.

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Manager's Corner

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We’re thrilled to announce that Claudia Betten has officially accepted the offer to promote her from office assistant at The Highlands to Community Manager! Claudia has a background in sales and finance, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management along with holding her CAM (Community Association Manager) license.

Claudia has been an intricate piece to managing the Highlands since she started in January of 2019, supporting Scott by taking full responsibility of all administrative duties and assisting with customer service.

Along with all of her responsibility here at the Highlands, Claudia has also helped between managers throughout the year at Little Manatee and supported the new office assistant at that community. She is currently recruiting for her own office assistant replacement. We are so happy to have her in this new position. Next time you see her around the community, be sure to congratulate her!

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Spice it Up: Cajun Style

If you love spicy but are getting tired of the traditional route, we have a solution for you. Take your taste buds to New Orleans through Cajun seasonings, a delicious blend of spices, perfect for flavoring chicken and seafood and adding into main dishes like jambalaya and gumbo. Not to mention, it’s a great way to spice up classics like deviled eggs or potatoes. Which of these fun dishes are you going to try first?

Sales Update
 

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Happy New Year from The Highlands Sales Team! They are as busy as ever with many great things happening in the community. For information on new homes being built, how to sell your home, or how to get an awesome resident referral reward, keep reading.

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Sales Update

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Happy New Year!

The new section at the Highlands at Scotland Yards is going great! There is brand-new construction of Palm Harbor homes has seven different floor plans to choose from and the model homes are now built and ready to take a look at by appointment. This new section has incredible views of the rolling hills and golf course.

If you are thinking of selling your home, while we’re sad to see you go, we hope you list with us! We are your resale listing authority because potential buyers come to us first. We employ all the right kinds of media to sell your home, we understand the lifestyle and fees, and we are vested in getting YOU more for your home than outsiders.

If you plan on staying in The Highlands for a while, we want to remind our residents that there is an awesome referral reward of $1,000 paid to any resident that brings in a new customer who buys a new home. This is your chance to let your friends in on how wonderful it is to live here at The Highlands.

We’d aloso like to remind all of our wonderful residents that you too can enjoy a wonderful new home with our trade in-trade up program. Please give us a call to discuss the possibilities!

Finally, please us in welcoming all our newest residents to The Highlands. More and more folks are moving in and even more are coming. The Highlands at Scotland Yards truly has so much to offer!

Thank you for the warm smiles and waves,
Edgar Anderson
Sales Consultant

Veteran’s Day Tribute Ceremony

Thank You Veterans

Our Veteran’s Day Tribute and Memorial Ceremony was an honor for all residents to be a part of. We cannot thank our Veterans and First Responders enough for their service and sacrifice. For photos of the event and the drive-thru doughnuts and coffee attendees enjoyed, keep reading!

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Veteran’s Day Tribute Ceremony

Thank You Veterans

Our Veteran’s Day Tribute and Memorial Ceremony was an honor for all residents to be a part of. We cannot thank our Veterans and First Responders enough for their service and sacrifice. Look below for photos of the event and the drive-thru doughnuts and coffee attendees enjoyed.

Halloween Golf Cart Parade

Halloween Golf Cart Parade

The Halloween Golf Cart Parade was a “graveyard smash” with the tour of The Highlands beginning at 6:15 p.m. The Highlanders enjoyed greeting neighbors, clapping, cheering, and most of all: passing out treats. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Your Health

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Vitamins, Nutrients, & Minerals - Oh My!

Is your multivitamin doing the most when it comes to your specific needs? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the countless vitamin and nutrient options available, and difficult to know what the best thing for your body and lifestyle can be. With guides like this one from Care/of, you can be confident that you’re doing what’s best for your body!

Happy Updates
 

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We are so excited to announce we will be hosting a Superbowl Sunday watch party at the Clubhouse on the double screens on Sunday, February 7. We only have 50 spots available to ensure enough space for social distancing, so make sure to sign up fast to secure your spot. There will also be running pools as well. Contact the Community Office to learn more!

Upcoming Events
 

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There’s so much to do here at The Highlands, safely of course. Keep reading to hear what’s going on in our community, from recurring to new, upcoming events. There’s something for everyone!

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Upcoming Events

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There’s so much to do here at The Highlands, safely of course. What are you most excited about?

  • Saturday, February 20 there will be coffee and doughnuts in the Town Hall immediately following the community meeting.
  • Sunday, February 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. we are hosting a BBQ and pool party for the first 50 residents to arrive.
  • Every Thursday @ 7 p.m. there is Bingo. Cards are $5 and everyone is welcome. Volunteer workers and callers are needed.
  • Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ladies Bible Study meets. Don’t forget your Bible!
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. are Soggy Bottoms Water Aerobics.

We are also hosting “Resident Appreciation” celebrations in February! Make sure to sign up for these upcoming events at the Clubhouse:

  • Wednesday, February 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a pizza night with salad for the first 50 residents to sign up.
  • Sunday, February 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a Chili Cook-Off. There are sign-ups for the first 50 residents as well as chili cookers!

We have the best community, complete with terrific residents! On behalf of Hometown America, many thanks to all our residents - we truly appreciate you!

Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility. Keep reading to create your very own!

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Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility.

First, let’s look at where Zen Gardens originated. While there have been many versions of them throughout the centuries, the one you’ll most likely recognize is from Buddhist Zen Monks in the Muromachi Period. After anxieties regarding civil wars during the Heian period, people wanted gardens that reflected the Buddhist beliefs of the never-ending cycle of life after death. The always altering state of the Zen Gardens reflect life as the Buddhists know, and it brought them peace.

Interested to see if your own Zen Garden will bring you tranquility like the monks? Here are a few tips get you started:

  • Use calming elements such as black and white sand, smooth stones, and small plants, but feel free to customize and add your own flares, such as essential oils, as well!
  • Use a container to match your style. Wood boxes are more natural, while glass adds an elegant flare.
  • Don’t forget your mini rake! Raking the sand is a great way to release stress and start your journey to finding Zen.

We hope creating your Zen Garden gives you not only a new, creative hobby, but also one that brings you some inner peace.

Home & Garden

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Look Sharp with Succulents

Wondering what plants to add to your garden in the new year? If you’re looking for a beautiful, completely customizable, and easy-to-care-for option, consider making a succulent garden this spring! With this guide from The Spruce, your succulents will be flourishing in no time, indoors or out.

Resident Appreciation Month

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As always, we want to remind our residents of how much we appreciate each of you year-round. Please look forward to a few special things happening in February to celebrate you, and your continued choice to make The Highlands your home.

Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes, nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. If you’re in need of some inspiration, or are maybe just curious to compare your own family recipes with someone else’s, read on!

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Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

While there are some recipes we can happily leave in the past (looking at you, meat jelly), there are many classic recipes that we would love to see make a comeback. Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration or are simply curious to compare your family recipes with someone else’s, we have some ideas for you.

A throwback appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck are Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs - they’re sweet, tangy, simple, and delicious. If you’re looking for something to feed the whole family, try Tuna Casserole or Beef Stroganoff. They both have a hearty egg noodle base and are great served fresh and as leftovers. For dessert, try an elegant Baked Alaska. With a mouth-watering pound cake on the bottom and a fluffy meringue top, your guests are sure to be impressed by this unique dish.

Have you tried any of these recipes, or will you be trying any? Whether you’ll be recreating them or not, we hope we brought back some childhood nostalgia for you with these blasts from the past.

Black History Month

Black History Month

February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, first celebrated in 1926 as a way to raise awareness of Black American’s contributions to history and later became a month-long celebration in 1976. Keep reading to learn more about the history of this month.

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Black History Month

Black History Month

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted the first week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history. Prior to this time, little information could be found regarding African American history. Important achievements were left out of history books, and there was a general misconception that African Americans had made little contribution to U.S. society or history. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans. Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti. He was a major voice in the anti-slavery/civil rights movement of his time. Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809), as the sixteenth president of the United States, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, thereby declaring that all slaves within the Confederacy would be permanently free. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month.

Source: Diversity Central

Experiences

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Galleries Galore

Travel through world-famous art galleries without a single passport stamp! Many galleries and museums worldwide are offering virtual tours to help keep guests safe while still providing an in-depth, immersive experience of multiple countries arts and culture. Will you visit London, Paris, Rome, or all of the above?

Connect with Us
 

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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.

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 (800) 206-2753 for a quote.

Entertainment

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Don’t Hate the Player!

If your family members are seemingly always playing games on their phones and tablets and you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em! With a variety of mobile gaming options available, from cards to word puzzles, those that you can play solo or online with friends, you can stay connected and entertained wherever you go!