If you haven’t got your tickets for PACOR’s hilarious comedy, Doublewide, TX, hurry while there’s still some left! Our gracious ticket chairperson, Mary Young, will be selling them at the Orchard Club, this Saturday March 19, between 8-10 a.m.

You may also call Mary at 631-355-5998 to reserve your tickets.

All three shows will be presented in the Palm Grove Ballroom. The dates and times are as follows:

Friday, March 25, Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 4:45, dinner at 5, and show begins at 6:30. Dinner will be served by our own delectable Royal Oaks, and tickets are $32 pp.

Saturday, March 26, the performance is at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 pp.

Sunday, March 27, will be a 3 p.m. matinee performance and tickets are $10 pp.

Since “laughter is the best medicine,” get your tickets while they last! You don’t want to miss out on this outrageously funny show!

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.

Library matters

The following books have been added to our selection: “Fool Me Twice” by Jeff Lindsay, “The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel, “We Are All the Same in the Dark” by Julia Heaberlin, and “Brass” by Xhenet Aliu. There are many other new and recently-published books available, so stop in and peruse our selection.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18-Hole Golf League

The second day of the Solheim Cup was held March 15. USA is ahead of Europe 6.5 to 3.5. The game was Best Ball with two-women teams. Winning teams were Carol Clark and Joan O’Brien; Diana Galla and Jan Tennant; Denise Blanchard and Noreen Dygert; Salita Timmermyer and Bea Terry; and Nancy Hersey and Chris Lefabvre.

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. A ticket sale is March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. Prices are $8 for members and $11 for guests.

Renaissance Women

Monthly Luncheon: Thursday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at The Ivy House Restaurant, 106 NW Main St. Williston, FL 32696. RSVP by March 22, Gloria, 570-606-7107.

Monthly Meetings: Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Orchid Club in the Card Room.

Reminder: Wear name tags and bring your calendar, notepad, copy of our master membership list for changes and updates and cash for 50/50 raffle tickets.

Ethnic Luncheon: Carol S. 864-477-0051

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!

Fine Arts Show on Channel 12

Tune in to Len Teitler’s “Do You Remember?,” featuring the 29th Annual Fine Arts Show from Feb. 27. The program follows FYI daily on Channel 12 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. from March 18 to April 1.

Oak Run Democratic Club (ORDC)

The ORDC will meet March 24 at 7 p.m. at Oak Run’s Orchid Club. This will be the group’s first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic.

For those members who cannot attend, the meeting will be made available via YouTube, after the meeting. For this meeting, proper distancing and a mask optional policy will be followed.

The guest speaker will be Yvonne Hayes Hinson, running for office in Florida’s District 20.

During the meeting, the results of a recent members’ survey will be reviewed.

The ORDC meets monthly to discuss issues of interest to Marion County Democrats and other progressives. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.

Members from the club will also work with the Marion County Democrats to help sign up new Democratic voters in the county. These efforts will be done during several of the local fairs and festivals.

For more information, contact Linda Chitwood, Club president, at linda chitwood1@gmail.com.

Oak Run Irish Club St. Patrick’s Day Party

Our Irish Club will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party on Thursday, March 17, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Palm Grove. Royal Oaks will be serving a corn beef and cabbage dinner with all the trimmings (including German chocolate cake and coffee for dessert), OR you may choose Chicken Champagne instead (at ticket sales). BYOB!

Entertainment for the evening is DJ Fred Campbell. Door prizes include four $25 gift cards, plus a special Irish gift basket valued at $100. 50/50 will also be available.

Your club officers will be judging a “Wearing-of-the Green” contest to chose the “most Irish” outfit of the evening for a $50 gift card prize!

Cost is $18/member (club subsidized) and $26/guests.

We are collecting $6 for ’22 dues if you are not yet paid up or would like to join (requesting separate check please).

New members welcome – must be Oak Run residents!

Ticket sales: Thursday, March 3, in the OC Card Room 9-11 a.m.

FMI: Steve 352-861-1223 or Ann 606-776-4785 for tickets.

‘31,’ Bunco in Orchid Club through April

Please note that during the months of March and April, “31” will only be played on the 1st Friday (March 4, March 18, April 1, and April 15) at the Orchid Club at 5:30 p.m. Call Pat at 352-291-1456 for more info.

During the months of March and April, Bunco will be played at the Card Room in the Orchid Club at 6 p.m.This is due to renovations being done at the Island Club.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club meets on the third Friday of each month in the Card Room at 9:30 a.m. This month it is on March 18 with the program being “Natural Disasters That Affected Our Ancestors.”

We all have heard stories that are passed down from one generation to the next. Often they recount how an ancestor coped with a devastating flood, tornado, drought or earthquake. These natural disasters very often directly affected our families in terrible ways. Come to this month’s meeting to hear about some of them.

Residents are invited to come to a meeting to decide if they want to join this interesting group of family tree climbers.

Ballroom Dance Club

Weekly dance classes are continuing on Wednesdays at the Orchid Club from 3-4 p.m.

Professional dance teacher Butch Phillips will be teaching the 2 Step this month. Cost is $30 per person for four lessons.

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

Our first ballroom dance of the season will be Sunday, April 24, at the Palm Grove from 6-10 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. It will be catered by Royal Oaks.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for guests. Tickets will be available Sunday afternoons at the Palm Grove from 2-4 p.m. during dance practice.

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.

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.

The Troubadours

The Troubadours are pleased to announce the new season and rehearsals for our spring concert. We are always looking for people who enjoy singing and would like to join us. Rehearsals are now taking place on Thursdays at Palm Grove from 1-3 p.m. It’s not too late to join the fun.

We enjoy singing with our returning members and look forward to adding new voices to our choir. All new comers and past members are welcome to participate.

So if you enjoy singing and would like some more information in joining our chorus, please contact Jim Balch at 229-485-6711, or mail Jim at jamesbalch@bellsouth.net.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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.

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