A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2018

Edition No. 12

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

Happy New Year! I hope you had the merriest of holidays. We want to welcome our winter residents returning from the cold weather up north. Read on for the latest happenings and upcoming events here at our beloved Tara Woods.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

Happy New Year! I hope you had the merriest of holidays.

Everyone had a great time at the Christmas Cart Parade, Christmas Caroling, and the New Year’s Eve Party. The chilly season has already kicked off with our winter residents returning from the cold weather up North. Everyone has been doing crafts and going to parties, as well as playing golf, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce ball, horseshoes, and bingo.

January and February will be busy with even more resident events and activities. You can find specific dates and the full activities list in the Clubhouse, the front marquee, and the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter.

"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things."- Robert Brault

Darlene

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events happening at Tara Woods.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Saturday, January 13
Steamboat Loop Party
Clubhouse, 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 18
Spaghetti Dinner, Sponsored by the Softball Team
Clubhouse, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 19
FMO, Sponsored HOA Training
Clubhouse, 7 a.m.

Saturday, January 20
Community-Wide Yard Sale
Outside of Clubhouse, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, February 9
A Night at the Races
Clubhouse, 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 10
Valentines Party
Clubhouse, 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 17
Trivia Night
Clubhouse, 6:30 p.m.

Food

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Shine at the Next Potluck

With an active social life and resident events year-round, you may have already cooked all of your signature dishes. Go ahead and try something new at the next community potluck using one of these easy recipe ideas from Martha Stewart Living. They have recipes of plenty- from slow cooker jams, and unique salads to quick desserts and savory pies. Maybe you’ll find a new fan favorite to add to your repertoire.

Sales Update
 

Sales udpate

We are excited to report progress with our final phase, and nearly 30% of available lots are already accounted for. Construction is booming and new homes are arriving every day. Due to overwhelming demand, we have scheduled the next phase of construction within the development. The final phase is taking shape quite nicely here at Tara Woods!

Facial Hair for Cancer Causes

Running shoe

Facial Hair for Cancer Causes is a multiple race (5K, 10K run and 2-mile walk) held here at Tara Woods on January 6. Our residents and friends walked, ran, and jogged for a good cause. All the proceeds from this event remain in Southwest Florida, supporting cancer awareness, education, and patient financial assistance. Click here for more information.

Sound and Lighting Show

Orange Sunshine

Tara Woods’ annual Sound & Lighting Show is on Saturday, January 6 at 7 p.m. We are proud to present the Orange Sunshine Band, five very talented entertainers who pay tribute to the music that defined a generation of "Baby Boomers."

Your Health

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Health Myths: Fact Versus Fiction

Which of these are unhealthy: wine, chocolate, coffee, or eggs? With so many health myths circling each one, it’s hard to tell. This article on SeniorPlanet.org aims to debunk common health misconceptions like if wine is good for your heart or if chocolate is actually bad for you. It’s worth the read if you want to enjoy your glass of wine or box of chocolates guilt-free!

Community Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Our Community Yard Sale is January 20. Come out to the clubhouse from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a wonderful day with neighbors and friends. There will be bakery items, hot dogs, cold drinks, hot drinks, and a place to take a rest before finding more treasures.

Resident Appreciation Day

Thanks

Our Resident Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 24. The day will start with breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Clubhouse. From there, we will move on to a golf cart poker run, lunch, games, bingo, and more. Click to see the full schedule. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Resident Appreciation Day

Thanks

Our Resident Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 24. The day will start with breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Clubhouse. From there, we will move on to a golf cart poker run, lunch, games, bingo, and more. We can’t wait to see you there!

Resident Appreciation Day Schedule

  • • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Donuts and Coffee in the Clubhouse
  • • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Golf Cart Poker Run
  • • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Clubhouse
  • • 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. Let’s Play Some Games
  • • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free Bingo in the Clubhouse
  • • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Meet back at the Clubhouse for dancing, awards, a raffle, and loads of fun

Open House
 

Open house

Please come join us for our Resident VIP Open House scheduled for January 19-20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. With five gorgeous, fully-furnished models to view, you will leave impressed and proud of the development happening at Tara Woods. For questions, be sure to reach out to our sales team at (239) 731-1011.

Home & Garden

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Bring some of that outdoor greenery into your living space and breathe a little deeper when you’re indoors this winter. Plus, they are good for your health and brighten your day when you can’t work in your garden outside. This article gives you some recommendations to keep them alive and well, while this article warns how you might kill them with kindness. Good luck!

Go Volunteer!
 

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month? Click below to get ideas of volunteer opportunities you can partake in.

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Go Volunteer!

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month?

  • • The Arts- Volunteers are always needed to help at art galleries, theatres, and concert halls. You can work as an usher or stagehand, help with costuming, or welcome patrons in the ticket office. Some organizations also need photographers or artists as creative help. Don’t miss an opportunity to let your artistic side run wild.
  • • Hospitals- Most hospitals rely on the kindness of volunteer staff to keep things running smoothly. You can help do paperwork, run gift shops, and cheer up sick patients. Some hospitals even need volunteers to help in the NICU and rock babies to sleep! Not only is this a great way to help people in need, but it also provides a satisfaction like no other.
  • • Animals- Animal shelters are always in need of someone to lend a hand. Other animal-based volunteer opportunities include pet sitting or dog walking. If you have a way with pets, there are plenty who need the love and attention of a caring person.
  • • Trade Skills- Quality services such as carpentry, electrical work, and other contracting skills are hard to find. If you have these trade skills, seek out nonprofits that build homes or help folks in financial trouble. You can also contribute wherever our own community may need some sprucing up. Handy-man skills are hard to come by and in high-demand, so let people know you are willing and ready to help.
  • • Outdoors- Opportunities in the great outdoors are plentiful. Many parks and recreational facilities use volunteer help for routine maintenance, for class instruction, as nature walks guides, and at information desks. If you love the outdoors, volunteering at your local park may be the activity for you.

This is only the beginning of service options available. If you see someone that can use your help, all you have to do is offer! For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out these helpful links:

Drive Safe and Smart

Man driving

When was the last time you updated your car? AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. No worries, read on to see their list of simple changes you can make.

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Drive Safe and Smart

Man driving

AAA reports that almost 90 percent of seniors fail to make adjustments to their vehicles than improve safety while driving. The national auto club group looked at 12 vehicle modifications they believe keep seniors safer on roads, and found that fewer than nine percent of drivers reported using any of the devices in their vehicles.

According to the study, working with a trained technician is imperative to safety behind the wheel. Almost 90 percent of those studied reported that they did not work with a trained professional to install the modification, a key recommendation by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Take advantage of these low-cost changes and vehicle features to help reach your next destination safely. (And remember to work with a professional to make the modifications!)

  • • Add steering wheel covers- This simple item can improve your grip of the wheel, especially if you have arthritis
  • • Install convex or multifaceted mirrors- It’s a crucial addition than can minimize blind spots and increase visibility
  • • Insert pedal extensions- These extensions to both gas and break pedals allow drivers to remain a safe distance from detonating airbags.
  • • Purchase seat pads and cushions- Who doesn’t want to alleviates hip and back pain?
  • • Install hand controls- This type of adaptive equipment allows drivers to regain independence and to be in control of their own transportation without using lower extremities.
  • In-vehicle technologies that improve safety are expected to become more standard in the future. To read the full AAA study and discover further information, click here.

Resident Reward Program

Money bag

Resident can earn up to $1,000 for each referred client who closes on a new home. Just be sure they list you as the reference when they come to tour and start their paperwork. For more information, please feel free to reach out to our sales team at (239) 731-1011.

Travel

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Improve Your Cruising Technique

Ahoy! Cruising season is upon us, so there’s no better time to plan your experience than now. (And we’re not talking about your buffet line technique.) Travel channel lists seven ways you can improve your cruise, from trying new amenities on-board to extending your fun off-shore. Based on your port calls, these tips can set you sailing toward a fabulous vacation!

Come Socialize
 

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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

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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 SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

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. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

The Magazine Appeal

There’s something special about curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a great read. If you’re tired of reading the same thing, then rediscover the appeal of magazines. Whether in-hand or on your tablet, these periodicals expose you to a wide range of topics, authors, and writing styles. Here’s a list of the top nine magazines for seniors catering to a broad range of interests.