Pet Detective

Pet detective Susan C. Long shared her expertise at the recent Oak Run Canine and Pet Club on her work helping find lost pet with trained search dogs.

Oak Run Garden Club

The Oak Run Garden Club will be having our monthly meeting Wednesday April 6, at Palm Grove, 10 a.m., to check-in, socialize, and purchase raffle tickets. Our program this month will be “Cultivation of African Violets 101” by Laura Perdoma, owner of Peacock Cottage in Ocala. Members will have an opportunity to purchase items she will bring from her shop.

On Wednesday, April 20, we will be taking a field trip to Fairfield Farms Nurseries in Oxford, a family-owned and operated nursery established in 1989. Spanning 30 acres, we will be able to walk through several gardens, including a Fairy Garden. There will be no presentation due to Covid restrictions. Meet at Palm Grove at 9 a.m.; carpooling may be available at discretion of the driver.

Oak Run residents are invited to attend one of our meetings. If you are interested in gardening and like fun field trips and informative programs, this could be a club you would enjoy.

$5 dues are due for 2022; if you have not paid, please at this meeting.

Watch channel 12 and read the Oak Run Newsletter for more information or contact Judy 413-348-7140.

Channel 12

Tune in to Len Teitler’s “Do You Remember,” narrated by Anna Boodee. It features the March 6 groundbreaking ceremony for the future Veterans Circle Of Honor of Oak Run. The program follows FYI daily at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. from April 1 to April 15.

The Troubadours

The Troubadours, Oak Run’s own choral group, is proud to announce that our Spring Concert is back and will be performed twice this year, and it’s free!

This free concert will be presented on Saturday evening, April 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Grove facility.

Tickets are available from any Troubadour member and will also be available at the door. There will be limited seating, so get your free ticket(s) early.

Come and enjoy the harmonious blending of voices in the presentation of popular show tunes. Any questions? Call Jim Balch at 229-485-6711.

Library matters

The latest additions to the Oak Run Library are: “Invisible Girl” by Lisa Jewell, “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult, “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle, and “Three Days in January” by Bret Baier.

The Oak Run Friends of the Library meeting is scheduled for April 1 at 1 p.m. in the Orchid Club Auditorium. The guest speaker is Greg Anderson, who will talk about his experiences as a volunteer at the Sacramento Zoo.

The library will close at 1, so librarians can attend the meeting. Cookies and lemonade will be provided by the FoL board members. There will also be a 50-50 drawing.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18-Hole League

Winners of the March 29 game of Tiger Flight were Nancy Hersey, first, and Elaine Rotker, second, in the first group. Joanne Welch and Mary Stimson placed first and second in the second group, respectively, and in the third group, Dianna Love placed first and Joan O’Brien second.

Travelers

The Travel Brochure with trips for Summer-Fall 2022 is being printed and will be delivered to your cubby by April 11, if not before.

Sale dates for the day trips will be on April 18, 22 and 27 at the Orchid Club from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

In the brochure, each trip shows which of those dates it will be sold on.

As always, come prepared to write a separate check for each trip you want to go on and make it out to ORHA.

Also, remember these trips are for residents and their valid guests only and you may sign-up for four people only.

In future Citizens, the trips for each date will be listed as a reminder.

Also please remember that your checks for each trip will clear your bank on approximately the date shown in the brochure and is based on when we have to make payment to the venue and bus company.

Once we make the payment, if you must cancel, call the trip host to see if there is a waitlist. If there is none, it is your responsibility to find someone to take your place and reimburse your money. If that occurs, call the host to document the change in who is going in your place.

Veterans & Patriots Club at Oak Run

The Veterans & Patriots Club at Oak Run would like to invite you to their Spring Social/Meeting, April 27, in the Orchard Club at 6 p.m. The event will kick off with a light dinner of turkey and ham sandwiches, pasta salad and dessert. Please BYOB.

After dinner and socializing, we will be treated to a beautiful pinning ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans and a moving narration of the “Missing Man Table.”

The focus of the meeting will be an open forum led by club president, Damian Romano. Strategies to identify and honor Oak Run vets will be set up, and volunteers to implement them will be chosen. Your ideas and suggestions on moving our club forward will be welcomed.

Tickets for this event will be available April 9 at the Orchard Club from 10-12; $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Come join us to have some fun and share your ideas on helping our veterans and bettering our community. Hope to see you there!

Benefit dance

Oak Run Ambassadors Presents “Keep The Music A-Live,” a benefit dance for Oak Run on April 16 at the Palm Grove Club. The event is for residents and their guests only.

The dance is from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

For this event, welcome packet vouchers will not be accepted.

Tickets sales: Orchid Club Saturday, March 26 and April 9 from 8 to 10 a.m., and at the Card Room Monday, March 21 and April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Oak Run Ballroom Dance Club

The Oak Run Ballroom Dance Club will host our first ballroom dance of the season Sunday, April 24, at the Palm Grove from 6 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and dancing are 6-10 p.m.

The meal will be catered by Royal Oaks: chicken champagne, poached salmon, garlic roasted red potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, peach cobbler, lemon or carrot cake and coffee. BYOB.

Music will be supplied by Rachel Palmieri.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 per guests. Tickets will be available at the Palm Grove on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. during our dance practice through April 10. Please make checks payable to: Oak Run Ballroom Dance Club.

For more information, contact Audrey Haskew at 352-598-3438 or Michele Wehner at 352-873-7494.

On Sunday, May 15, we will be hosting a Tea Dance at the Palm Grove from 2 to 5 p.m. All Oak Run residents are welcome to attend and the dance is free! Bring your own snacks and drinks and come out and have a good time dancing and meeting your fellow Oak Runners!

Upper Midwest Club news

April events for the Oak Run Upper Midwest Club include our golf tournament and picnic!

The golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 5, at the Spruce Creek Preserve Golf Course with a 9 a.m. start. The field is limited to the first 36, all of whom must be Upper Midwest Club members. The price is $25/person, payable to the golf course at check in.

The format is a mixed four-person team (men and women); type of game is a scramble with special rules TBD.

Arrive at the course at 8 a.m.

For information or to sign up, email Larry Beach at lab51@rogers.com.

Our annual picnic will be held on April 6 (Wednesday) at the Orchid Club from 12 noon to 3 p.m. It will be a little different menu this year with our grill chefs John Pivec and Hal Ranney grilling up some burgers and hot dogs plus baked beans, potato salad, and dessert.

Doors open at noon with serving beginning at 12:30 p.m. Golf awards and fun games will happen after our feast.

Prices are $8 for members and $11 for guests.

Italian-Am Club Spring Fling

The Italian-Am Club will be hosting a “Spring Fling” dinner/dance on Wednesday, April 20, at the Orchid Club from 5:30-9 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The Olive Garden will be providing a Create Your Own Pasta Dinner: fettuccine or spaghetti (marinara, meat sauce, alfredo); with toppings: grilled chicken, meatballs, or Italian sausage; house salad; breadsticks; coffee and dessert. BYOB!

Our entertainment for the evening will be DJ Andrew Goldberg for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Door Prizes and 50/50 are available.

Ticket sales in the card room at the Orchid Club, Monday April 4, 9 to 11 a.m.

Pricing is $22/members (Oak Run residents) or $25/guest.

For more information, contact Kittie at 262-501-3993.

Oak Run Irish-Am Club May spring gathering

The Irish-Am Club will be hosting a spring dance on Thursday, May 12, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Palm Grove. Our DJ for the evening is Steve Robinson.

This event will feature a “bring-your-own” dinner: Bring your own snacks/meal or share at your assigned table. We will leave the choices to you. As always, BYOB!

Door prizes and 50/50 are available. Tickets are $5 for members or residents and $8 for guests. Tickets will be sold April 28 from 9-11 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room. Because this is not a catered event, tickets will be available until Monday, May 9.

For tickets, call Ann at 606-776-4785. For more information, call Steve at 352-861-1223.

Oak Run Democratic Club (ORDC)

The ORDC’s March meeting was its first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic – almost 2 years. The meeting was anchored by an enthusiastic speech and Q&A from Florida congressperson Yvonne Hinson.

She brought a wealth of knowledge on the Democratic Party in Florida and the challenges presented by the Republican majority. Her positive perspective was well received. She encouraged the ORDC’s efforts to reach out to fellow Democrats and solicit their joining the group.

The ORDC has used a combination of phone calls and mailers to reach out to members of the Oak Run community.

The meeting was well attended while still offering the opportunity to social distance and mask as attendees preferred.

April’s meeting will be Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Although the speaker is TBA, the group will get together to discuss progressive ideas and share perspectives with like-minded progressives. Club board members will be installed. Visitors are welcome to attend.

If you are a progressive-leaning individual and feel left out in the right-leaning desert of Marion County, the ORDC might be your place. For more information, contact club president Linda Chitwood at lindachitwood1@gmail.com.

‘31’ at Orchid Club in April

“31” will be played on the first 1st Friday (April 1) and the 3rd Friday (April 15) of April. The same schedule applies to May, if construction is not completed at the Island Club by the beginning of May.

Bocce Club’s season comes to close

On Saturday, March 26, the bocce season came to the official close when the end of season tournament was held for the top 32 players. The following are the final results for the 2021-22 season: 4th place went to Mary Frisosky; in 3rd place was Dave Anderson; 2nd place went to Emile Guay; and this year’s champion is Jake Luchtenburg.

Congratulations, all.

Starting on Tuesday, April 12, casual bocce will be played on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. during the spring and summer months for anyone who wishes to continue playing or those looking to try it for the first time, especially any new residents not familiar with the game. Any questions can be directed to Rick Kamasa at 215-313-7405 or 352-237-2354.

Bocce awards dinners

The Bocce Club will hold their awards dinner on Sunday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at the Orchid Club. Bob Evans will be catering the event with a choice between turkey and stuffing or pot roast with pie for desert.

The cost is $12 pp with music by Damian; BYOB; 50/50s will be sold and door prizes given away.

Team captains will be handling ticket sales, and the deadline for purchasing will be Friday, March 18, any questions can be directed to Rick Kamasa at 352-237-2354 or 215-313-7405.

Mexican Fiesta Game Night

Ohio-Michigan-Indiana (OMI), the Fun Club, is hosting Mexican Fiesta Game Night April 7, 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Orchid Club.

The price is $23 for members and $26 for guests. BYOB. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Event is catered by Royal Oaks – taco bar with all the fixings, with apple cobbler. Games to be played are: Ring Toss, Golf Game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Baseball Toss, Newlywed Game, and, just maybe, The Fortune Teller.

Ticket sales are at The Orchid Club March 12, during Donut Drop-In from 8-9:30 a.m., and on March 26, during Pancake Breakfast, from 8-9:30 a.m.

For Year 2022, no dues for members. New members $6 p/p; separate check to OMI.

For more information, call Della at 352-237-6474 or Elaine at 352-861-8956.

Kentucky Derby viewing party “Run for the Roses”

The party is set for the 148th Run for the Roses at the Palm Grove Auditorium on Saturday May 7 from to 9 p.m.

Doors will open at 4 p.m., with an invocation given at 4:20.

Enjoy a 16-ounce chicken pot pie dinner, hand-made specifically for this event and served piping hot. We will serve ice cream for dessert.

Bring your own Mint Juleps, Woodford Reserve bourbon, or other drink of choice.

For your amusement, there will be the traditional stakes windows and 50/50 from 4 to 6.

A Parade of Hats will take place at 6 with three hat categories: Most Colorful, Best Ensemble and Roses! One award per category will be presented!

Post time is about 6:40! Dance Music will follow the race.

Only $12 per person; cash please!

Ticket sales are Saturday, April 9 and 23 in the Orchid Club 8 to 10 a.m. Table reservations are encouraged.

For more information, contact Ann Hubbard at 606-776-4785 before April 26.

Renaissance Women

For membership info, call Patricia at 352-445-7428. We are open to all ladies of Oak Run. There are never any dues; new members are always welcome!

Donut Drop-in 2nd Saturday of month

Come and join us at the Orchid Club for fresh hot coffee, OJ, and your choice of donut, bagel with cream cheese, English muffin, or pastry. Any one of these are for a mere $2 or two items for $3, every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Orchid Club Auditorium 8 a.m. till 9:30 a.m.

Acoustic Jam Club of Oak Run

Because Oak Run’s Island Club has been temporarily closed for maintenance, the Acoustic Jam Club meets at the main ballroom of the Orchid Club. This gives the members the chance to spread out and enjoy the larger venue. The group meets 3-5 p.m. each Thursday.

We look for all musicians in Oak Run who wish to gather and play acoustic selections. If you play a guitar, uke, mandolin, banjo, bass, percussion or other instruments, you are welcome to join. Singing is not required but encouraged.

We require that members be able to play 2-5 chords, keep rhythm and play/sing along with others. Chorded copies of the songs for the day will be available at each session.

Our goal is to be able to perform as a group, have fun, and learn new songs. Therefore, for the first three Thursdays, we have a set group of songs to play. The last Thursday of the month is set aside for individual solo, or, if preferred, accompanied playing.

If this sounds interesting, we’d love to see you. For more info, contact Irv Becker at 816-809-7668 by voice and text, or email him at irv.becker@att.net.

Verify your info in Homeowners Community Directory

The 2022 Community Directory should now be in each of your homes. Have you verified your information? Is it correct and up to date? If corrections are needed, now is the time to act.

The best and most accurate way to make changes/corrections or to get listed in the Directory is to do it online at ORHA-OCALA.com. Select the green “Phone Book Updates” button and follow the prompts.

Please fill out the online form or the paper form (page 17 of the Directory) completely, just as you want it to appear in the directory. The NEW information you submit will replace ALL the information currently in the Directory.

The paper form can be submitted to the Corporate Office or to the white “Activities Box” at my front door (10590 SW 71st Circle), NOT my cubby under the mailbox. I’m the first house on the right in Eagles Point entering from Linkside. I would recommend using my “Activities Box,’’ as your form would get to me directly, as renovations to the Corporate Offices are ongoing.

Please remember, getting listed in the Community Directory is NOT automatic, you have to take the initiative yourself.

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