A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

November - December 2018

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

It’s amazing how time has gone by so quickly! This year was a great one, from our well-attended events to all of our new residents moving in. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with joy.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Friends,

It’s amazing how time has gone by so quickly! It has been a great year at Saddlebrook Farms, from our well-attended events to all of our new residents. By the new year, 180 new people will have moved in to the community. We’ve had some pretty amazing events in the last few months of 2018, like the Halloween Trick-or-Treat that had the neighborhoods bustling with children in some outstanding costumes!

This month, we have our Veteran’s Day remembrance event. We welcome everyone to come, visit, and enjoy the community fellowship. We love to hear stories from our Veterans, they are truly inspiring and uplifting. Thank you to all the men and women who served our great country and now call Saddlebrook Farms home.

As this is the last newsletter for 2018, I want to pass along some sentiments from the staff and myself. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with joy. We appreciate that you choose to live at Saddlebrook and strive to make sure you feel good about that decision every day.

Yours Truly,

Larry Waco Jr.

We're Closed
 

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The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays. We wish all of our residents a happy holiday season!

  • • Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23- Thanksgiving (There will be no yard waste collection.)
  • • Tuesday, December 25- Christmas Day
  • • Tuesday, Jan 1- New Year’s Day

Food

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One Pot, Many Meals

Being able to cook with one pan, skillet, slow cooker, or pot is an easy way to make dinner shine. These one-pot recipes are convenient for making delicious meals. From Italian to Asian flavors, chicken to salmon, these recipes won’t disappoint. Did we mention they leave you with little clean-up?

Capital Improvements

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With the fall season in full swing and the end of the year approaching, we are completing the last of our community improvement projects for 2018!

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Capital Improvements

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With the fall season in full swing and the end of the year approaching, we are completing the last of our community improvement projects for 2018!

Here are a few of the projects we have completed this year:

  • • Painted Lake Lodge interior
  • • Remodeled kitchen at the Lake Lodge
  • • Revamped Lake Lodge parking lot lighting
  • • Garden shed enclosures
  • • Hidden Lake fountains
  • • Grading and re-leveling the bocce court
  • • New park benches
  • • New picnic tables
  • • Seawall repair and replacements
  • • Road repairs
  • • Curb repairs
  • • Roadway crack filling
  • • Erosion projects
  • • New pier at the Lake Lodge
  • • New pier on South end of Hidden Lake
  • • Enhancement to Lake Lodge Pavilion
  • • Walking path extension

Many of our residents are enjoying the beautiful weather on our new park benches. Have you gotten a chance to see the remodeled kitchen at the Lake Lodge? It’s absolutely stunning. Our crew is also making progress on the construction of an outdoor kitchen at the Lake Lodge, complete with two grills and a preparation area with decorative stone. This will be the perfect space for people to use casually, as part of club gatherings, or during your private party reservation.

Coming Soon…

  • • Outdoor kitchen area next to the Pavilion
  • • New walking path between Winners Circle and Victory Lane
  • • New street sign posts to match light poles

Toys for Tots
 

Toys

We will begin collecting Toys for Tots for the Lake County Marines from Wednesday, November 7 until Friday, December 14. If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy, please drop it off at the Community Office during normal business hours. Last year, 383 toys were collected by our generous residents.

Tour Our New Home Sales

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Looking for updates on our new models? Know a friend looking to move here? Read more for all the details of our new construction and how you can get $1,000 for referring a friend.

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Tour Our New Home Sales

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Our New Model Court, located across the street from the Fitness Center on Saddlebrook Drive, opened at the end of June. We celebrated it with a Grand Opening event that was a lot of fun! Between residents and visitors, we had several hundred attend this special event.

We have 2 brand-new, beautiful model homes – the Morgan Park and the Jackson Park. The Lincoln Park, Roger Park, and Jefferson Park models had several updates made to them, including the master bath in all homes and the kitchen in the Lincoln Park model. We are also building 20 new homes, many of which are already under contract. Additionally, we recently processed plenty of new lot reservations.

We are now working on finishing up the Meadow View area and the last home will be set soon. We have a few specially-priced, move-in ready, new homes left in Meadow View. Our former Jefferson Park Model Home is also for sale and comes fully furnished.

Remember, if you refer your friends and family and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you can get $1,000 for your referral.

We are open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. You are always welcome to visit our sales office where our helpful sales staff is available to help answer your questions.

Your Health

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Mind Over Matter

Studies show the positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to live life to the fullest extent through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. You have the power to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. Read over these strategies to see how.

National Hot Dog Day

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Hot diggity dog! Everyone had such a great time talking to neighbors and friends at our National Hot Dog Day Celebration. Read more to see photos of all the action.

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National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog

Hot diggity dog! Everyone had such a great time talking to neighbors and friends at our National Hot Dog Day Celebration. Special thanks to Mark Heller for entertaining everyone with his music. If you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed.

Ice Cream Social
 

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I scream, you scream, we all screamed for ice cream! We are glad so many of you came out for socializing and, of course, ice cream. Click to see some of our happy residents at the event.

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Capital Projects

Icce cream

I scream, you scream, we all screamed for ice cream! We are glad so many of you came out for socializing and, of course, ice cream. Over 800 residents scooped up and had a great time doing so. Take a look at the some of our happy residents:

Veteran's Day Remembrance

Veteran's Day

All Saddlebrook Farms residents are invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. as we honor the brave veterans who have served our country. Read on for more information.

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Veteran's Day Remembrance

Veteran's Day

All Saddlebrook Farms residents are invited to join us at the Lake Lodge on Friday, November 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. as we honor the brave veterans who have served our country. We are privileged to have a number of service men and women living at Saddlebrook and would like to recognize them on this day.

Paul Baffico, founder and president of the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation, will be our guest speaker. Please join us for refreshments, treats, and socializing as we thank our veterans for their dedication and service.

At the Remembrance, we will sell Patriotic Ribbon pins for $5.00 each. All money collected will go to Honor Fight Lake County and Saddlebrook will match all donations. We hope you will donate to this worthy cause so our veterans can continue to fly to Washington D.C.

Veterans who no longer drive can call the Community Office at 847-223-2212, and we will arrange transportation to the event. We are also seeking volunteers who would like to transport veterans so they can join us.

Home & Garden

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High Brow on a Budget

If you are an innovator who likes to re-purpose things, then DIY projects are probably well within your wheelhouse. In need of a little bit of a creative inspiration? Take a look at this list of easy upgrades to make your house look and feel like a million bucks.

Craft Show
 

Crafts

The Saddlebrook Farms Annual Craft Show will take place on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. All residents, family, and friends are invited. Read on to learn more.

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Craft Show

Crafts

The Saddlebrook Farms Annual Craft Show will take place on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. All residents, family, and friends are invited. Come on out and finish your holiday shopping early.

For those participating, set-up is on Friday, November 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. Table assignments are posted at the Community Office. If you wish to cancel your participation, please call Cathy at 847-223-2212 during office hours or leave a message by pressing option 2 after hours.

Yard Waste Collection

Trash

The last yard waste collection will be on Thursday, November 29. Please have your recyclable bags at the curb by 7 a.m.

Winter Fertilizer
 

Fertilizer

The last day to sign up for winter fertilizer is Friday, November 9. Prices range from $25 to $32. Please call the Community Office at 847-223-2212 to sign up.

Travel

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The Great Foodie Road Trip

One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to eat new, delicious foods. In these six cities, your restaurant options boast incredible dishes. Coast to coast, north to south, visit one of these ideal foodie getaways to satisfy your need for stellar cuisine.

Fall Back
 

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Don’t forget to fall back by turning your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4. Remember the time change!

P.A.D.S.
 

Donate

Starting November 13, Saddlebrook Farms will collect much needed items for people experiencing homelessness in Lake County for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.) Read more for information about accepted items.

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P.A.D.S.

Donate

Starting November 13, Saddlebrook Farms will collect much needed items for people experiencing homelessness in Lake County for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.).

These items include travel size toiletries, laundry detergent pods, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies (all sizes), and gift cards in small denominations to area stores and restaurants. We will also accept gloves, hats, and scarves. While adult sizes are preferred, children’s sizes are also welcome.

End of Year Sing-A-Longs

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As we end the year, join us for our last two singalongs on Saturday, November 3 and Saturday, December 1. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy singing happy tunes with the group, plus there’s no need to sign up. Read more for details.

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End of Year Sing-A-Longs

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As we end the year, join us for our last two singalongs on Saturday, November 3 and Saturday, December 1. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy singing happy tunes with the group. No need to sign up, just come on out for a good time.

Our December singalong will include lots of festive decorations and tree trimming for the holidays. Invite your Saddlebrook friends to the last Pot Luck Singalong of 2018 on Saturday, December 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring an appetizer, salad, soup, main dish, or dessert to the potluck dinner at 5 p.m. After, don’t miss out on singing the classic holiday hits with us. Wear your favorite holiday sweater, shirt, or outfit for a chance to win a gift card. Let’s get in the holiday spirit. We Ho, Ho, Hope to see you there!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Book Worms - Unite!

Looking back at the year, we know 2018’s literary works have not disappointed. From riveting romances, to authentic autobiographies, the books this year have been stellar. Check out this detailed list of the page-turners you need to keep an eye out for.

Trotter Programs & Rewards

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We love seeing members of the Trotter Program continuing to walk, run, bike, or workout for their health. If you want to join, simply pick up a mileage sheet from the Community Office or Fitness Center to get started.

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Trotter Programs & Rewards

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We love seeing members of the Trotter Program continuing to walk, run, bike, or workout for their health. Here are the residents who have achieved their goals for this quarter:

  • • 50 and 100 Miles Larry Gadbois
  • • 500 Miles George Burkhard
  • • 500, 750, 1000 miles Fred and Linda Treven
  • • 500 and 750 Miles Susan Bishop
  • • 1500 Miles Linda Treven
  • • 1500 Miles Chip Marks

The Trotter Program is easy to join. Simply pick up a mileage sheet from the Community Office or Fitness Center and start walking, running, biking, or working out at the Fitness Center. Keep track of your miles and earn rewards, or you can donate. When you reach a goal or complete a sheet, turn it in to the Community Office and keep track on a new sheet. For any questions, call the Community Office at 847-223-2212.

Veterans Group
 

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The Saddlebrook Veterans Remembrance on Friday, November 2, from 8 – 10 a.m. will take the place of our regular Veterans Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 3. Read on for more information.

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Veterans Group

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We are happy to host The Saddlebrook Veterans Remembrance on Friday, November 2, from 8 – 10 a.m. This event will be in place of our regular Veterans Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 3.

We’d love for you to join us on Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m. at the Lake Lodge, to meet and share camaraderie with your fellow Saddlebrook Veterans.

All Saddlebrook Veterans and spouses are welcome. If you are new to Saddlebrook, or have not attended before, we’d love to meet you.

For more details, call or email Nick Konz at 847-223-1294 or ngkjr@hotmail.com.

Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for wonderful memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease. From luxury RVs to “glamping” (glamorous camping), the options are endless.

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Wanderlust Without the Hassle

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In recent years, the number of Americans going camping has steadily risen. Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for great memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease.

Camping with an RV allows you to experience the comfort and amenities of home, while enjoying the beauty of nature. Staying in a pricey hotel often limits your ability to explore nature, which is why renting an RV can be the best way to explore the outdoors.

You can either drive your rented RV to your destination or pick it up and start vacationing upon arrival. The latter option is great for those who want to go to a specific location without making the drive. And as a bonus, you don’t have to camp in a tent.

Travelers who want an upgraded version of camping can also try “glamping.” This glamorous camping option features all the comforts of home and additional amenities to make it a truly memorable vacation.

The Russian River Valley in Northern California’s Wine Country, provides a fully stocked Airstream nestled amongst a sleepy grove of redwood trees. Take a step outside your door and you’re exactly where you want to be, plus sipping world-class wines and eating at Michelin-star restaurants are both minutes away.

Airstreams are only the beginning. From cabins to teepees, glamping provides an unforgettable experience, especially when held at resorts. These luxurious getaways offer a wide range of amenities, from infinity pools to spa-like bathrooms.

Where will your next outdoor adventure take you?

 

1968 and the Boomer Impact

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A lot can change in 50 years. As one of the most impactful years in American history, 1968 helped shape the country we know and love today. Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable moments from that year.

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1968 and the Boomer Impact
 

1968

A lot can change in fifty years. Technology has evolved, politics and policies have changed, and the day-to-day structure of normal life looks very different now than it did before.

Let’s reflect on some of the major moments in American history that took place in 1968.

Pop-Culture

  • • The game Kerplunk became widely popular after only being around for one year.
  • • Classic hits such as “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Revolution” by the Beatles, and “Street Fightin’ Man” by the Rolling Stones were released.

Television

  • • An episode of “Star Trek” aired the first interracial kiss on television in American history.
  • • The television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” debuted on a U.S. television network.

History

  • • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This led to civil disturbances, including riots, in over 100 cities.
  • • The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and held captive for 11 months. This threatened the high-tensions that already existed from the Cold War in that region.

Technology

  • • The first “Jumbo Jet” was introduced. The Boeing 747 Jet could seat 374 passengers and changed travel industry forever. After this, the exclusive luxury that was airfare became the standard way of international travel.
  • • Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman helped solidify the United States’ place as first in the space race. Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon and orbit it ten times! This was also the first time the moon was broadcast on live television.

Sports

During the 1968 Summer Olympics, two African-American medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination. They bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist when the Star-Spangled Banner played. Two days after the fact, they were stripped of their medals and expelled from team USA.

If you look at the 1960s as a whole, 1968 was by far the most transformative year of them all. While there were tumultuous moments, there were also groundbreaking times that got us to where we are today. Although 50 years feels like a long time, the effects of these moments will never fade.

Space – The Final Frontier

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars. Click below to read more.

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Space – The Final Frontier
 

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has identified the building blocks for life on Mars: organic molecules containing carbon, a chemical element central to life. This doesn’t mean that there is evidence of life, but it does provide important clues about Mars’ mysterious history.

Molecules from a pair of Martian rocks prove that there was once something on the planet that an organism could eat. If a food source exists, maybe the existence of an intelligent life form isn’t too far of a stretch. Especially because methane concentrations are seeping out from underground reservoirs. Here on Earth, this gas is only produced by living organisms.

This proves exciting for future examinations of Mars as well. These samples were found only a few centimeters below the surface. Since the surface of Mars is constantly bombarded with radiation that can break down organic compounds, there may be more material buried deeper.

If you want to learn more about the Curiosity rover’s findings, click here!

Come Socialize
 

Socialize

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, 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

SafeHaven

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EZ Pay Contest
 

EZ Pay

Looking for a kickstart to your holiday shopping? How about a $50 gift card to Target? Sign up with EZ Pay now for a chance to win! Already signed up? Don’t worry, there’s a separate drawing to say thank you. Read on for details.

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EZ Pay Contest

EZ Pay

Looking for a kickstart to your holiday shopping? How about a $50 gift card to Target? Sign up for EZ Pay and have your monthly lot fee automatically deducted on the 3rd of each month. Every new sign up will have the chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Those who are already signed up will be entered into a separate drawing as a thank you for participating in the program. Forms are available at the Community Office or through e-mail requests to saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com.

EZ Pay forms must be turned in by the 15th of the month to be effective for the following month. For more information, please contact the Community Office at 847-223-2212.