A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

December - January 2022

Edition No. 37

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Manager's Corner
 

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Community Manager, Darlene, would like to wish residents and their families a very happy, blessed, and safe holiday season. For a holiday message from her, read on!

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Manager's Corner

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I would like to take this time to wish a very happy, blessed, and safe holiday season to you and yours.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and it sure shows here in Tanglewood. The Indoor & Outdoor Decorating Committees never fail to bring the holiday spirit to our community. A special thank you to them and to those of you who decorate your homes for the holidays. Also, don’t forget to attend the various Christmas programs, shows, and presentations offered here in our community.

This year has flown by, and as we are heading into 2022, I would like to challenge you all to make this the best year of your life. Love stronger and deeper, hug longer and tighter, speak and act with care, bless others and be blessed, and last but not least show kindness to all who you encounter.

May you all have a happy & prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,
Darlene
Community Manager

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Office Closed

The Community Office will be closed on Friday, December 24 in observance of Christmas Day and Friday, December 31 in observance of New Year’s Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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The Sweetest Snacks

If you’re ready to cozy up on the couch this winter with a good book and a delicious warm dessert, we have the recipe for you. Whether you’re in the mood for something light and sweet like Tennessee Peach Pudding, or something rich and creamy like Molten Mocha Cake, you’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident of the month

This edition’s Resident Spotlight is on Artie Nichols. Best known as the “Door Man”, Artie is very involved around the community in several groups, he is the former chair of the blood drive, and he volunteers with Special Events Committee. Read on to learn more about Artie!

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Resident Spotlight

Resident of the month

This edition’s Resident Spotlight will be on Artie Nichols of 1106 Shadow Ridge Drive. Many of you may know Artie as the “Door Man”, or from being Chair of the Blood Drive. However, if you have not met Artie, you sure are missing out on knowing an extraordinary man.

One of Artie's favorite school memories was carrying the books of Diana Lee LaMarsh, the woman he made his wife. They were only married for 14 short years before she passed away due to complications with diabetes.

Artie worked at F.W. Ritter & Sons Pottery for 38 years and retired in 2004. He then moved down to Tanglewood just in time to experience 4 hurricanes come through Highlands County. Artie loves to make crafts and projects. He makes Tin Men, Mosaic Glass signs, Christmas Trees, and is currently making Nut Crackers. He even created a train set that was so wonderful it made it in our local newspaper.

You can see Artie at most events posted at the front door opening it up to welcome our guests. He has been known to dress up with a tux and top hat for special occasions. As previously mentioned, Artie was the Chair of the Tanglewood Blood Drive for many years. He recently retired from that position, but we are so thankful for his many years of service. Artie volunteers for the Special Events Committee and has been chair in the past. He also volunteers for the BINGO Committee. Artie is also actively involved in the Singles Group. Besides crafts, he enjoys bowling, playing cards, and also has enjoyed the time as a clown. His character is Cuddles the Clown, and he has entertained at hospitals and nursing homes.

As I mentioned before, Artie is an amazing person, and that is why I chose him for this Resident Spotlight. Thank you for your service to our community, Artie! We are blessed to have you.



Dance Committee Winter Schedule

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We hope you have enjoyed the events this past year. Read on to learn more about the fun and exciting new events planned by the TMAC for the upcoming season.

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Dance Committee Winter Schedule

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TMAC Dance Committee Winter Schedule

NEW YEARS EVE GALA DINNER DANCE
December 31 from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Location: Clubhouse
Band: Raisin’ Cain

CALIFORNIA TOE JAM
January 15 at 6 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse

Sales Update
 

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Have you been wondering whether it is a good time to sell? Our sales team has the answer to this along with several other benefits of selling with your Tanglewood sales team. Read on to hear from them!

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Sales Update

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Happy Holidays from your Tanglewood Sales Team! A special welcome back to our Northern friends, we hope everyone has stayed well throughout the year.

For those of you who may be wondering if now is a good time to sell your home, the housing market is as hot as it’s ever been. A lot of our homes are going under contract almost as soon as they come on the market.

By selling now, you get to reap the benefits of a low inventory market. We have people waiting to buy, and your home might be the one they’re looking for. We get better results because we know the community, and our sales office receives foot traffic from many potential buyers. We make sure your listing is seen through our website and in-person as well as being displayed on popular sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, and more. Our homes are being viewed by buyers all over the world. Call our sales office now for more information and learn how we can help you get the most for your home.

Let your friends know that they can view our inventory at https://www.hometownamerica.com/Tanglewood/Homes, and we have added video tours of our homes so you can tour from the comfort of your own home!

Your Tanglewood Home Sales team continues to lead all others in sales in Tanglewood. Give us a call to see how we can help you too.

Robin Etherton
(502) 262-8117

Debra Shea
(631) 332-4072

Your Health

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Boost Your Immune System

Chillier weather is here, and with it comes an increased risk of catching pesky bugs like the cold or flu. The good news is, there are many simple practices you can employ in your everyday life to help keep your immune system strong, from eating more fruits and vegetables to managing your sleep schedule!

Capital Improvements

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As we ring in the new year, we would like to thank all our residents for your patience this past year as we made a few improvements to the community. Be sure to be on the lookout for new projects coming very soon!

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Capital Improvements

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As the year comes to an end, we would like to share with you the capital projects that were completed.

  • We are excited that we got to change out most of the street signs, stop signs, and some directional signs.
  • We have run cameras at storm drains, and are making repairs to the storm drains, pipes, and repairing asphalt as needed.
  • The new pool chair lift has been installed.
  • The ice machine on the laundry room sign of the building has been replaced with a new one.
  • Removal and replacement of old shrubs (this will continue through the end of the year)
  • Installed a new call box at 27 entry gate. The new box has clearer numbers, letters and a light making it easier to use. The resident’s vendors can now contact them directly through the gate while visiting.
  • We purchased 3 new gators for our maintenance team, this allows them to be more productive by carrying more equipment and debris after cuts.
  • Also, two new mowers were purchased with a larger cut radius, it allows the grass to be cut on a regular schedule and at a healthy height.
  • New pool pump
  • New freezer for the Kitchen
  • New pool heater
  • 16 concrete slabs in the Outback
  • A/C unit for the Clubhouse

Thank you for your patience as we worked through this year.

Welcome Dinner


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Join us for the Welcome Committee Dinner Out in December and January. On December 8 at 5:00 p.m. the dinner will be held at the Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park, January This will be announced at a later time we are working on dates with the hotel. at 5:00 p.m. dinner will take place at the Sun ’N’ Lake’s Island View Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you there!

Party Dance Crew News

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The Party Dance Crew is proud to give an update on the lives they have been able to change through hosting dances for people in the community. Read on to hear more about all they are doing to support their mission, feeding the children of Highlands County.

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Party Dance Crew News

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The Party Dance Crew from Tanglewood in Sebring, Florida has been hosting dances to raise money for children of Highlands County. In this pandemic, the need has become so much more prevalent, and we have been doing our dances for nine months now. We have donated money to several of Highlands County’s Organizations that help to feed children in this county. We have paid over $10,000 in band fees and have paid almost the same to the organizations that feed these children. We also did a school drive collecting school supplies for one of the poorest elementary schools in our community. It was amazing how many residents came out to support the cause. We have also raised money for the TMAC Tech Committee and our Veterans along with the Outdoor Decorating Committee. We will now start the Christmas fund we work with, which grants wishes of children by making sure that they receive exactly what they have asked Santa for. The Party Dance Crew has become so successful and has made a huge difference in our community. No child should ever go hungry.

The four people that began the Party Dance Crew are Deb Gitro, Jan Carbaugh, Jackie Mogilski, and Kay Randall. If anyone has any comments or would like to donate to our cause please get in touch with us at Party Dance Crew c/o Hometown America Tanglewood at 3000 Tanglewood Parkway in Sebring Florida 33872. We would love to hear from you.

Home & Garden

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Get Ahead of the Trend

A new year means a whole new list of interior design trends! Stay on top of the latest crazes and wow your friends and family with minimalist furniture pieces, or use your green thumb to fill your home with nature-inspired décor. No matter your style, make your home one that is sure to impress.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the month

Congratulations to Gene and Betsy Timmerberg for winning the third Yard of the Quarter award of 2021. Read on to hear how they keep their yard looking great and what it means to them.

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the month

For the third quarter of 2021, we have chosen the home of Gene & Betsy Timmerberg at 2840 Whistle Stop as The Yard of The Quarter. Gene and Betsy have been at Tanglewood for nine years. Gene’s mother is also a Resident of Tanglewood and lives right down the road. They do such a great job of maintaining their lawn that it even extended to his mother’s yard, which received the Yard of The Month Award back in August.

Gene and Betsy have been active in the RV Club, Dog Club, Pickleball, Needlework Group, and The Party Dance Crew during their time here. When I was making the decision for Yard of the Quarter, I felt something special about Gene and Betsy’s yard, and when I sat down with them, I found out what it was.

We went and sat under their carport which is neatly cleaned and very inviting. I honestly could have sat there all day. We spoke about their yard and I found out Gene is in charge of the weeds, and Betsy takes care of the flowers. We will start with the caladiums. They are absolutely beautiful and were purchased down the road in Lake Placid, The Caladium Capital of the world, right here in Highlands County. When I ask her about her favorite part of their yard, she told me that it had to be the red geraniums. She then told me the story that touched my heart. Her son bought her a red geranium plant right before he passed away. Even though she never felt she had a green thumb she was able to keep the geranium alive long enough to produce all of those beautiful babies, as she calls them. Every red geranium in her yard sprouted from the geranium that her son had given her. When she cares for them, she thinks of her son and each one of them reminds her of the love and bond she shared with him. She cares for the geraniums so much that they even go on the road with them. They are traveling flowers and have even been out to Colorado. After arriving back in my office, I received an email from her that I would like to share here:

“Hi Billie,

It was good to visit with you today. Thank you so much for selecting us as Yard of the Quarter.

We did think of one thing about our yard that we did not mention. The Bird of Paradise Plant was planted in memory of our son after he passed four years ago. He used to visit and loved to ride around Tanglewood looking for the Bird of Paradise plants. After our son passed away, our sweet neighbors gifted us money, and we used some of it to purchase the Bird of Paradise in his memory.”

It was very obvious to me I had picked the correct Yard of The Quarter because it is kept in loving memory of their son.

This yard is a must-see – I hope you go by and take a look at it yourself.



Events Calendar
 

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The Diversions Committee is so excited to share their December/January calendar. To see the lineup of events, like bean bag baseball and the annual golf cart parade, read on!

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Events Calendar

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Diversions Committee December/January Calendar

SEVENS (CARD GAME)
December 6 at 1 p.m.
Location: Community Room

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE
December 12 at 6 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse
Scheduled for your enjoyment is the J3 Vocal Band. Three incredibly talented singers with a full band. They will certainly place you in the holiday spirit.

ANNUAL DECORATED GOLF CART PARADE AND CHRISTMAS PARTY
December 16 at 6 p.m.
Parade followed by the Christmas Party in the Clubhouse

DIVAS3 PERFORMANCE
January 3 at 7 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse
These three female vocalists are over-the-top wonderful.

SEVENS
January 7 at 1 p.m.
Location: Community Room

BEAN BAG BASEBALL
January 5, 12, 26 at 6 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse

ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE
January 23 at 7 p.m.
Location: Clubhouse
This is WOW and double WOW. We will make certain to have a little dancing room for you.

Season tickets are available and the price is $90.00 for all ten performances. Tickets are sold at Monday Morning Coffee, and Billie also has them in her office. If you do not want to buy a season ticket you can purchase individual tickets for each performance on the evening of the performance. They are $15.00 at the door.

The entertainers that are booked through Special Events are professionals and come from all over the United States. We look forward to seeing you.

If you have any questions, you may call Donna Scorse at (863) 273-6983.

Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant review

In this issue, we are reviewing Azul Tequila, a Mexican restaurant located at 2521 US 27 N. If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican experience, this is the place for you.

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Restaurant Review

Restaurant review

A lunchtime visit to the Mexican Restaurant, Azul Tequila, had been discussed for several days, and the day finally arrived. I have been there many times, as it is my favorite Mexican Restaurant. After having spent so many years in Southern California I’ve found Azul Tequila is the only place to go when I’m craving good Mexican food.

So, let’s get back to our lunch. On the menu for me today is the Azul Salad with all fresh vegetables and shrimp. Best salad ever! There is quite an extensive lunch menu, ranging from various salads to burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. You can get chicken, salmon, beef, shrimp, pork, you name it. I ordered an original Margarita, on the rocks, which was so good. Not only good but nice and cold and served with an island flower.

If you have not been to Azul Tequila, you may want to give it a try. The prices are reasonable – lunch specials start at $10, and you get a full plate of hearty food.

Azul Tequila is located at 2521 US 27 North, set on the right side of the road as you head south.



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Entertainment

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Take a Swing at Golf

It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, and golf may be the perfect one for you. Golf is easy to get into at any stage of life, and a great way to stay active, make friends, and enjoy the sunshine. Whether you have a course in your community or somewhere down the road, get out there and make a “partee” out of it!

Tanglewood Community Church

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Join us at the Tanglewood Community Church for our weekly worship service every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Tanglewood Clubhouse. We would also like to invite everyone to join us for our Annual Christmas Program “I’ll be home for Christmas” on December 5 at 7 p.m. and for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. We hope to share the Joy of the Season with you all.

Wrap Things Up


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‘Tis the season for endless parties and holidays galore. No matter what you’re celebrating, you’ll probably wrap a gift or two. Maybe your wrapping skills need work, or maybe you’re looking to get creative. Check out these tips that will make the outside of your gifts almost as good as the inside.

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Wrap Things Up

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‘Tis the season for endless parties, gatherings, and holidays galore. No matter what you’re celebrating, chances are you’ll be wrapping a gift or two. Maybe your wrapping skills need work, or maybe you’re looking to get creative. Either way, check out these tips and tricks that will make the outside of your gifts almost as good as the inside.

If you’ve never been a fan of wrapping gifts – whether you find it unnecessarily complicated or just too time-consuming – these life hacks may just change your opinion. Before you even get started on that pile of unwrapped gifts, it’s important to get organized. Things like ensuring you have sharp enough scissors and quality tape make a big difference in the long run. To cut down on your time more, create a gift-wrapping station that has everything you need in one convenient place. Make sure you have enough space to properly measure the wrapping paper for your presents. Everyone hates the dreaded moment when you realize you accidentally didn’t cut off enough, but don’t start over! Cover the gap with a “belly band” of ribbon or folded paper instead.

If you’re already a pro, why not challenge yourself this year with some new gift-wrapping techniques? Level up your gift tags and use the wrapping paper to create an extra fold where a personalized card can go. If you’re giving a bundle of gifts, consider an alternating theme of two coordinating wrapping papers, tied up with a matching bow. For those who are tired of the designs offered in stores, get creative and make your own wrapping paper! You can purchase plain paper and customize it with watercolors, drawing on handmade bows or decorations, or you can even use patterned tape to make unique designs.

No matter how you give your gifts this year, we hope you find a little extra joy in doing it!

Giving is the Greatest

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When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? As the year comes to a close, consider going through your home and donating to those in need. If you don’t have items to donate, donating your time is another wonderful way to give back. Read on to hear some organizations that could use your help.

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Giving is the Greatest

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When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? As the year comes to a close, consider going through your home and donating to those in need. If you don’t have items to donate, donating your time is another wonderful way to give back.

If you have bags of gently-used clothes and no idea where to bring them, there are plenty of nationally recognized donation centers that help get them to those in need, and usually help another cause at the same time. Just a few of these organizations include Dress for Success, Goodwill, One Warm Coat, Planet Aid, and more.

Maybe you don’t have clothes to donate but have an excess of canned or dry goods. Even if you don’t, taking advantage of grocery store’s BOGOs and donating the extra item is an excellent way to help. If either situation could apply to you, Feeding America offers a useful resource to help you find your local food bank.

Finally, if you prefer to donate your time, many organizations could use your help. With so many options of where to give time, you can choose one that feels most important to you. Whether you want to help out rescue puppies and kittens at your local animal shelter, help with children’s programming like storytime at the local library, or get outdoors and help your Parks and Recreation Department, there are options for every interest and lifestyle. The holiday season is about giving, so take time to give back to your community this year.

Experiences

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Become a Treasure Hunter

Treasure hunting isn’t just for pirates – antique shopping can be a great hobby for anyone! Antiquing is not only a fun way to spend your time on a day trip, but if you want to get serious about finding hidden gems, there are some important things to know. With these tips, you’ll be picking out authentic silver and one-of-a-kind furniture in no time.

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
 

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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

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.