Sebring Village Association — March — 2017

From the Editor
From the Association
From the Manager
From the Corporation
JULIET's Luncheon
Cirrus Street Dinner
Singles & Friends
April States Committee Meeting
Trash or Tresure Sale
Pot Luck Dinners
March Special Events
Ohio States Committee Meeting
Coffee Tyme
Pedal Bike Rides
50th Wedding Anniversary/Valentine's Dinner
Anniversaries & Birthdays

March Calendar

March 4 Dance
Trash & Treasure
Potluck Dinner
Jimmy Travis
St Patrick Day Parade
St Patrick Day Dance

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From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart

Dear Readers:

It is my extreme pleasure to announce the new Editor of “Bits & Pieces” will be E. Elizabeth Edwards (but she goes by “Liz”), who lives at 927 Cirrus Street. She is a native of Alliance, Ohio, and a 34-year resident of Florida

I am very grateful to Liz for being willing to take on this responsibility, and I have great confidence that she will be a competent and successful editor of the newsletter.

I will continue with the April issue of the paper, and will work with Liz on the May issue.

The Delivery of the newsletter will continue to be my responsibility at this time… I enjoy meeting with the residents while delivering to each street delivery person, and am grateful to everyone who gives of themselves by doing this for their neighbors. Please appreciate your deliverer, for if they did not take on this kindness, we all would have to pick up the newsletter at the Clubhouse. Think how bothersome that would be; but instead, the paper is kindly delivered to your door.

From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris

February has been a terrific month. Great weather, two stage shows, a dance, and a 50th Anniversary dinner that was hosted by the February States Committee (too many names to mention).

But I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the time and effort spent by our three in-house Master Chefs, Larry Scheibe, Neil Knutson, and Harry Gray. Where can you go for a dinner like this for just “five bucks?” Thank you, “Committee,” for such an outstanding event.

As always, the Board thanks and appreciates all the good folks in the Village, whose support makes all these activities possible.

Many thanks to Scott Rickert and Rickert Properties for the “Resident Appreciation Luncheon,” that was very well attended.

The road-sealing project went along as good as could be expected, with some minor “snafus.” A big “thank you” to our Park Manager, Gary Mooney, for staying on top of which roads were to be done, as not to interfere with our major activities – namely roads that would impact show and dinner parking.

If you would like to leave a key to your Park home and a working phone number, so that the Office can reach you in case of a problem, drop them off at the Office, and they will safely file them for you.

Quality entertainment is quite expensive. Please support the programs.

Remember to do something nice for your neighbor.

From the Manager ~ Gary Mooney

This is a friendly reminder that all Guests that stay overnight must be registered at the Office. Any Guests who stay 15 consecutive days must have a background check. All Renters must register at the Office also, with a background check.

Please obey all speed limit signs and stop signs.

I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome to the Management position.

From the Corporation ~ John Gates, President

Everyone is very pleased that the “road” project is behind us; and won’t be a worry for another 3 or 4 years. I’m sure our Park Managers, Angie and Gary, have received lots of feedback on how to do a better job next time. The challenge for them will be to select which “better” ideas will be implemented!

Angie and Gary Mooney spent a very productive half-hour with the Board at its February meeting. Many topics were discussed and many concerns were raised. One outcome worth noting is that both the managers and the Board have a major common goal – making Sebring Village the best it can be.

Gary noted that an issue that must be dealt with immediately is renters who are not registered with the Office. He stated that, according to our Park Rules, homeowners must notify the office of any persons occupying their home for more than 15-consecutive days or 30 cumulative days per year. All overnight guests are supposed to be registered but the real concern is with long-term stays. Please review rule #2 on your Sebring Village Rules and Regulations.

The Association Executive invited the Board of Directors to a joint meeting on February 15th to discuss items of common concern and search for ways to work together. Results of those discussions will be provided in future issues.

The next meeting for the Board of Directors has been changed: it will now occur on Wednesday, March 15th, at 9:30 a.m.

Until the next time, talk about the good things about life in our Park and be sure to always wear a smile.

Benevolences ~ Amy Slane

Get Well Wishes have been extended to John Goldsmith.

Thoughts and prayers are with Teresa Skinner for the loss of George, her beloved husband. To Millie Holden, for the loss of her sister; Jim Taylor, for the loss of his brother; and to Linda Davey; for the loss of her brother.

JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Becky Moore & Linda Gibson

On February 9th, the Sebring Village JULIETs enjoyed our monthly luncheon at “Ruby Tuesday’s,” with 39 ladies attending. We welcomed three “first-timers:” Teresa Skinner, Laura King, and Janet Perkins. Also, Cathy Aldersley was a guest of Anita Banyard. Thank you, ladies, for attending.

A great big “WELCOME BACK” to Glenda Gibson, from having knee surgery. She is doing very well and we were glad to see her at the luncheon.

Becky Moore asked the blessing…one for women. Great friendship and great food were enjoyed by all. “Ruby Tuesday’s” provided the door prize of a free lunch. Mary Zahn won and received her lunch free. Congrats, Mary!

Just for some fun, we had a heart-shaped vase filled with candy hearts. Each “JULIET” had to guess how many hearts were in the vase. Jean Harvey guessed the closest with 111, and there were 102 in the vase. Great guess, Jean!

Our next luncheon will be at Dimitri’s (Palm Diner) on Thursday, March 9th, at 12 Noon. Please see the sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse.

Again, thank you, ladies for attending. Hope to see you in March.

ROMEO’s ~ John Arata

ROMEO’s will be going to “Cowboys Watering Hole,” 6813 US 27 South, at 12 Noon, March 15th.

The sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board will be taken down on the Monday before the lunch. If you need a ride, meet at the Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m.

Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza

Our February dinner was at Island View Restaurant,” at Sun ’N Lake. This month’s dinner will be on March 16th; we will dine at “Dimitri’s” (Palm Diner) on Kenilworth Blvd. For more information, please call Pete, at 863-382-1280.

Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

Please check the Bulletin Board for the location of the next dinner. Any questions, call 863-314-9485.

April States Committee Meeting ~ Glenda Gray

April States Committee (the states of California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina,) meeting is Tuesday, March 7th, at 1:00 p.m. All residents from these states are encouraged and urged to attend this meeting and take part in the April activities.

Trash or Treasure Sale ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey

March 11th
7:30 a.m. — 12 Noon

The “Trash or Treasure Sale” will be Saturday, March 11th, from 7:30 to 12 Noon. Tables will be available for sign-up on the Bulletin Board, the drawing for tables will be Friday, March 10th, at Noon. Table prices will be $5 per table; Coffee and donuts will be available for purchase on the day of the sale.

Also needed: Traffic Control and Cleanup Crew. If you can help or have any questions, contact Angie Arnsbarger (574-292-5591) or Linda Davey (906-241-4030).

Pot Luck Dinners ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey

A big “Thank You” to all who came and enjoyed the January Pot Luck; we had more than 72 in attendance. Also a “Thank You” to all who helped make the Pot Luck great. We enjoyed wonderful food and friendship, and even had some fun with prizes awarded after we were full.

Our next and last Pot Luck of the year will be March 12th, at 4:00 p.m., so plan now to attend. Bring your own service and silverware. Please bring a dish to feed 8-10 people. Coffee, water, and iced tea will be provided

Any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please call Angie Arnsbarger (574-292-5591) or Linda Davey (906-241-4030).

Shows ~ Cil D’Alessandris

Our last show of the season:

Monday, March 13th
7:30 p.m.

The Jimmy Travis Show
“One Guy, One Guitar”
Tickets: $10.00

Because of many new residents in the Park, I decided to bring back this excellent comedian and musician to our stage. He offers great comedy, great music, and a great show!

No reserved seating for shows. Front row seating for handicapped residents. Soda and water will be sold ($1) at all shows.

If you are interested in having a Show & Dance Schedule, please see me or Glenda Gray.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Glenda Gray (863-471-0760) and Walt D’Alessandris (863-273-0875).

Dances ~ Nancy Morley, Chairperson

March is a big dance month for us and we have fantastic music for you from two of our Park's favorite people.

Jay Smith”
March 4th

Larry Musgrave
“St. Patrick’s Day”

The super-talented Jay Smith is here on Saturday, March 4th, and Sebring's great entertainer Larry Musgrave is here with us for our St Patrick's Day dance on March 17th.

Come to the Clubhouse at 6:00 pm to reserve your table and come back ready to dance from 7:30-10:30.

Tickets are $4.00 for Association Members, and $6.00 for Non-Members, and are available from either Glenda (863-471-0760) or Walt (863-273-0875). Reminder: table drawing at 6 p.m.

We have just one more dance this season, and it's “Rick Arnold” (another local Sebring talent) on April 1st.

Thanks again for all the support!!

Keep on dancing,’ Sebring Village!

March Special Events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday March 17th

Parade at 10:30
Line-up at 10 a.m. at Clubhouse

Coffee and donuts will be available at the Clubhouse after the parade, with entertainment by our own “Sebring Singers.”

Pool Party
Sunday, March 26th
4:00 p.m. with Music at 4:30

Tickets are $5.00 for Members
$7.00 for non-members

Menu: Hot chicken sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and ice cream; coffee, tea, lemonade.

Ohio States Committee Meeting ~

There will be a meeting with the Ohio State Committee on Tuesday, March 14th, at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse, to finalize the plans of the activities—St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Pool Party. Thank you in advance for attending.

Coffee Tyme ~ Helen Hutchison

As everyone knows by now, Helen is back behind the counter on Friday mornings at the Coffee Hour, with Jean Harvey volunteering to help temporarily.

There will be a special “Coffee Tyme” on Saturday, March 18th, when there will be a memorial for Rachel Ward and her family. A sign-up sheet will be posted for this day; we hope many of our Coffee-Tyme family will attend.

There will be no Coffee Tyme on St. Patrick’s Day, but there will be coffee available following the golf cart St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The coffee hour, with various hosts, has been in existence since just after the Park began. It is a nice time to get together with friends and neighbors, meet new residents, and keep up with what is going on in the Park. But, volunteers are required, and they are not always easy to find. Helen Hutchison, with Alice Bowen and Joe Furman, were the coffee hosts for about 14 years. Rachel Ward and friend, Betty Palma were volunteers for three years, until Rachel’s sudden passing in December. Helen, Joe, and Jean Harvey agreed to help until a more permanent host steps forward.

One chairperson, coordinating a group of volunteers, would make the task much easier. It would mean groups of 2 or 3 could rotate and only have to do one or two Fridays each month. Snowbirds could take the winter months, and full-timers, the summer months. Please consider helping with this enjoyable activity; otherwise, the Coffee hour may cease to exist. Please contact Helen (863-471-6011) or Glenda (863-471-0760).

Pedal Bike Rides ~ Bob & Anita Banyard

West Orange Trail Ride
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, March 9th, on the West Orange Bike Trail, a World-Class paved rail trail from Killarney Station, in North Orlando, through several old Florida farming towns, including Oakland, Winter Garden, and Ocoee, to Apopka and back. Of all of the bike trails that we have ridden in Florida, this one is our favorite! Total distance for the ride will be 38 miles, at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch will be at the “Catfish Place Restaurant,” in Apopka (, and ice cream is at “Scoops,” in Winter Garden. Highlights include the old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike; the Oakland Nature Preserve; Briley's Farm and its Watusi cattle, zebra, and ostrich; and Oakland's peacocks. This bike trail is hilly, and rated as one of the 25 of “America's Best Enhancement Projects.” Ride start is at the free parking lot at 17914 Florida 438, Winter Garden, Florida at 9:30 a.m., sharp. This address is also known as “Killarney Station,” and public washrooms are available. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20.00 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back, if applicable. Leaving Sebring Village will be at 7:30 a.m. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at (863) 386-1133, or by email at

50th Wedding Anniversary/Valentine’s Dinner ~ Co-chairs Larry Scheibe & Neil Knutson

Congratulations to the “Not So Newly-Weds,” AL & Nancy Curry, Jerry & Sharon Strickler, George & Patty Miller, Bob & Sara Goss, Max & Kathy Bonkoski, Bryce & Diane Elliott, John & Sharon Elton, Earl & Lauraina Nicol, Doug & Wanda Underwood, Real & Nancy Jacques.

Thanks to the States Committee for all the hard work, setup, take down, decorating, kitchen workers, servers and greeters. A special thanks to Christy Rundquist for being our MC, great job. Also special thanks to Al Curry for the Blessing.

This activities calendar is printed for our “snow birds” who have arrived and need to know “what’s going on in the Village!” It will not be printed again till next fall.

Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin

Come on down to the Clubhouse every Sunday at 7 p.m., because we can guarantee you tons of laughs.

Bingo Continues!

For all the new residents of the Park, please note that Bingo is played every Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.

Bridge ~ Donna Cox

If you play Bridge and would like to join our group, please give me a call: Donna Cox 863-382-8852.

As of now, we play on Monday evenings at 6:30.

Bunco ~ Kathy Nowacki

Bunco is every Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $2.00. If you would like any added information, please feel free to call Kathy, at 618-401-6872.

Euchre ~ Glenda Gibson

Euchre is Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. Questions, call 863-386-0499

Golf Sebring Village ~ Dick Phillips & Tom Pratt

Shotgun starts every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. at Sebring Golf Course (phone 863-314-5919) at 3129 Golfview Road. You must sign up before Tuesday by 11:00 a.m. A sign-up sheet is on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board. Hosted at 8:15 a.m., by Dick Phillips (863-382-7716), and 1:00 p.m., by Tom Pratt (614-531-0102).

Knitting & Crocheting ~ Carol DeArmitt

Knitting and crocheting is Monday at 1:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse.

Quilters & Stitchers ~ Carol DeArmitt

Heartland Village Quilters and Stitchers meets Thursday, at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

March 23rd will be our closing line dance, so we will have coffee and donuts at 9:30, before we dance at 10:00. It has been my pleasure to lead you and see you become very good dancers. Keep dancing, I hope to see you in the fall.

Line Dancing is held every Thursday at 10:00 in the Clubhouse. See you there!

Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Jean & Neil Knutson

Everyone welcome!! New Times — Games every Tuesday, at 6 p.m., but 5 p.m. on Board Meeting nights. Anyone wanting to learn, please give Jean and Neil a call!! (863-658-2559).

Pool-Shooters ~ Ozzie Colon

A group has formed to bring back “Thursday Night Pool Shooters.” Start time will be 7:00 p.m. Every Thursday. Contact person will be Ozzie Colon (717-253-8583) or Kim Babb (863-471-6534).

Poker ~ Rich Cox

Poker in the Clubhouse on Mondays, 6-8 pm, and Thursdays, 6-8 pm.

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong, Jack Harpin, & Jim Frye

“Lots of action on the Shuffleboard front”

In February, our annual “Home & Home Tournament” against Tanglewood took place. Results of events, although not available at the time of this writing, will show that win, lose, or draw, our enthusiasm will have won out.

March 7th brings on the shuffling for the Heartland Games for Active Adults at Reflections. Once again, Sebring Village is sending a large contingent of avid participants hoping to bring home a medal and meet new friends!

March 9th leads to the annual Max Tate Shuffleboard Tournament. Twelve parks participate and each year, our Village team has been very successful... finishing as high a Second Place.

SO... come on down and join in the fun!

Regular ShuffleboardTuesday & Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Hosscollar ShuffleboardSunday at 1:00 p.m.

Texas Hold Em ~ Tom Pratt

Play is every Wednesday at the Clubhouse. All are welcome, come and join us! Be there by 7 p.m. sharp. There is no sign-up, just show up!

Water Aerobics ~ Audrey Eddinger

Water Aerobics runs Monday through Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. Please join us.

Questions: Co-chair Audrey Eddinger - 610-334-8547.

Water Volley Ball ~ Sue Cronin

Water Volley Ball is Wednesdays at 4 p.m. We will be playing every week, weather permitting. Fun for all ages. See you there!

Zumba Sessions ~ Darlene Prentice

Class will start Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

Everyone is welcome to join me. Any questions, you can call me at 863-385-7075.

Anniversaries & Birthdays ~ Amy Slane