A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

January - February 2022

Edition No. 38

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

On behalf of the entire staff, we hope that you and yours had a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year! Read on for a special message from Community Manager, Larry, as he reflects on some of the highlights from 2021.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Greetings Friends,

On behalf of the entire staff, we hope that you and yours had a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year! In 2021, we saw our lives go back to normal slowly. Here at Saddlebrook, we were able to finish the year enjoying some events. Seeing friends and neighbors again brought joy to many. Whether it was the Ice Cream Social, Pancake Breakfast, Halloween Trick or Treat, the Craft Show, or our Veterans Day Breakfast, things felt normal again.

Thanks to all of you for the generous donations to the October Food Drive for The Fremont Township Food Pantry. A special thanks to Diana O’Kelly, our Fremont Township Supervisor, for her help in setting up the COVID-19 booster shot and flu shot clinics hosted here at Saddlebrook for our Residents. About 180 people were able to receive the booster at the convenient location of the Fitness Center.

With the New Year, we are hopeful for better times for family, friends, and neighbors as well as ourselves. Take care and stay safe!

Yours Truly,
Larry Waco Jr.
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents Day. Garbage and Recycling will be picked up on Thursday, February 24.

Food

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A Picture-Perfect Snack

Whether you’re hosting a gaggle of friends or looking for something to snack on throughout the day, a charcuterie board is the perfect way to show off some great snacks. Traditionally consisting of cold cut meats and cheeses, learn more about how to put together your perfect board.

Capital Improvements

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Saddlebrook Farms remains dedicated to improving the community while employing safe social distancing practices. Read on for an update on what’s been completed so far this year, and what’s to come!

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Capital Improvements

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We will continue to employ safe social distancing practices by our employees and outsourced partners while completing our projects.

Here are a few projects we completed in 2021:

  • Lake Lodge interior painting
  • Replaced the front entrance fountain
  • Added a crosswalk at Equestrian and Saddlebrook Drive south of the Fitness Center
  • Replaced the front entrance planting bed in the median and installed new flagpoles
  • Road repairs
  • Lake Lodge parking lot repairs, sealcoat, and striping
  • Seawall replacement and repairs
  • Replaced the retaining wall on Maywood Court
  • Drainage projects
  • Curb repairs
  • Walking path repairs and modification

Here are a few of the projects we have scheduled for 2022:

  • Road Repairs
  • Seawall replacement and repairs
  • Drainage projects
  • Curb repairs
  • Walking path repairs and modification

We will provide more updates in the March/April 2022 newsletter!

Hometown America continues its commitment to provide new amenities and improvements to the Saddlebrook community.

Lake Lodge Update

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The Lake Lodge will be closed on Monday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 23 for renovations. Please be sure if you need books or puzzles to get them before February 18.

Happy New Year
 

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The Saddlebrook Farms staff would like to thank all the residents who sent cards and goodies to the offices for the holidays. It is very much appreciated. We would also like to thank the generous residents who donated to Toys for Tots and P.A.D.S. of Lake County. We wish you the best in 2022.

Your Health

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Healthy Gut Check

Is your gut healthy? Your entire body’s health stems from here, so paying attention to what you put into it couldn’t be more important. Having a healthy gut helps the body’s overall health, including energy, stress, hormones, and overall lifestyle. Heal your gut naturally with these eight steps.

Smoke and CO Detectors

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The Grayslake Fire District would like to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors once a year. Please also check the expiration dates on the bottom of the detector.

Past Event Recap
 

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There’s always something going on here at Saddlebrook! For a recap on a few of our recent events, including Veterans Day and Halloween, keep reading.

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Past Event Recap

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Veterans Remembrance
Thank you to Nick Konz who arranged for speaker John Murray to talk at our Veterans Day Remembrance. Several residents attended at the Lake Lodge and enjoyed breakfast after the Veterans program.

Halloween Treats
Although it was chilly and a bit misty, Residents’ grandchildren still enjoyed going trick or treating around Saddlebrook Farms. See below for photos of some grandchildren in costume submitted by our residents and some that stopped by our Sales and Information Center. Aren’t they so cute?

Fitness Center Schedule

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We are happy to offer classes at the fitness center Mondays through Fridays. Keep reading to see what’s offered and when each class is! Hope to see you there.

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Fitness Center Schedule

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Fitness Center Schedule

Mondays:
Light Aerobics 8:00 a.m. (free)
Cardio Drumming 11:00 a.m. ($4.00)

Tuesdays:
Light Aerobics 8:00 a.m. (free)
Energy Yoga 9:30 a.m. ($4.00)
Cardio Drumming 11:00 a.m. ($4.00)

Wednesdays:
Light Aerobics 8:00 a.m. (free)
Cardio Drumming 11:00 a.m. ($4.00)

Thursdays:
Light Aerobics 8:00 a.m. (free)
Energy Yoga 9:30 a.m. ($4.00)

Fridays:
Light Aerobics 8:00 a.m. (free)

Home & Garden

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Houseplants That Work

Interior house plants have become a fad for people everywhere, and they have many benefits to a person’s overall happiness and health. If you’re looking to breathe a little easier in your home, this list of air purifying house plants is for you.

Winter Snow Removal

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Winter is upon us, and so is snow! Please read on to familiarize yourself with our snow removal procedures. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Winter Snow Removal

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  • Saddlebrook will begin removing snow from the roads when accumulation begins. We will start on the main roads, continue onto the secondary streets, then do all cul-de-sacs shortly after. Road salting will be done at any time it is required on the Saddlebrook streets. Salting on driveways, walkways, and porches of home sites is the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • Once we reach a 2 inch accumulation, we will deploy our long-time, outsourced partner to begin removing snow from driveways. Depending on the snow event, some driveways will not be started until after the accumulation stops. We will remove the snow from driveways in a sequential fashion for maximum safety and productivity. We do not provide snow removal by appointment. All residents will be serviced as quickly as possible in this removal fashion.
  • Please refrain from overnight parking on the streets during snow events. Once the snow has stopped, you can pull your car out so the driveway removal can occur. We do not remove snow from a driveway that has a car in it for safety purposes.
  • Please use caution and patience! We take a lot of pride as a staff in our ability to remove snow and allow you to have visitors, go to appointments, take out refuse, and get your mail. We will do whatever we can to give you minimum access in the interim of having all snow cleared. It’s all part of a sequence: roads, then driveways, then walkways up to the porch.
  • Restoration of sod/grass will be completed in spring. There is no need to submit a work request for these repairs. Any other type of damage should be reported to the Community Office immediately. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Community Office.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

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Live Christmas tree pick-up will take place on Wednesday, January 5, and Wednesday, January 12. Please remove all decorations and place your tree at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. Do not place the tree in any kind of bag.

Crowd Sourcing
 

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With shows finally returning after a long hiatus, live entertainment is back on the rise. Whether you are into energetic music festivals or comfortable comedy shows, keep reading to learn more about (safely) getting back into the audience.

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Crowd Sourcing

Theater stage

Live events can range from musicians playing at your local restaurant to large, weekend-long music festivals and even sporting events. In 2021, we saw some larger events return, but we’re expecting a full return in 2022. Are you itching to head to a concert or football game? Find a variety of events happening near you.

If you are hesitant to attend, the CDC has created a list of things you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe. When making plans to attend, most venues and events will have everything they are doing to help attendees stay safe listed and explained on their website to help you in your decision of whether to attend.

Live events are made in all shapes and sizes, and when you find the right one to get yourself back out there, we hope you have an amazing time.

Experiences

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Fill Your Cup

When is the last time you visited a local coffee shop? Coffee shops are a popular choice for people not only to get their daily caffeine fix, but also to hang out, talk, and get work done. Whether you’re home or traveling, try starting your day with a good cup of joe. You may get more than you paid for.

Write it Down
 

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Do you enjoy taking time to reflect on life events, trips, or even just your day? Journaling is a great way to create something that will allow you to remember important experiences for a lifetime, and give you a way to share them with family and friends. Read on for tips on starting a journal and how it will benefit you.

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Write it Down

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Whether you are writing for yourself or creating scrapbooks to reflect and share with friends and family down the road, journaling has been around for thousands of years and has been shown to have many benefits for the people who do it.

Have you always wanted to start journaling but are unsure how to begin? Every year websites will take time to share some of the best journals - from the best overall journal to the best guided journal and everything in between. Find the right one for you, and you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to get excited about starting.

Once you have your perfect journal, it’s time to start making it a part of your daily routine. When you begin to implement journaling into your day-to-day, you may start to notice some of the benefits of journaling. From helping you set and accomplish goals to strengthening your immune system, the perks of journaling will surprise you, so grab your favorite pen and get started today!

Connect with Us
 

Socialize

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!

SafeHaven Insurance

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Entertainment

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Post-Holiday Care

With shorter days upon us, you may find yourself spending fewer hours outdoors. If that’s the case, take some time to relax and catch up on your self-care after a busy holiday season. Whether you want to improve your relationships or tap into your creativity, there’s plenty of ideas for you to choose from.