A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2020

Edition No. 24

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Manager's Corner
 

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On behalf of the entire Tara Woods staff, I would like to wish all our residents a Happy New Year! Thank you for choosing to be a part of our community; we can’t wait to celebrate another year with all of you. Keep reading to learn about our upcoming events.

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Manager's Corner

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On behalf of the entire Tara Woods staff, I would like to wish all our residents a Happy New Year! Thank you for choosing to be a part of our community; we can’t wait to celebrate another year with all of you.

Our staff is gearing up for some awesome events this year, including our annual Resident Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 22. While we’ll be hosting a full schedule of fun events and activities over the next 12 months, make sure to also check out our daily activities. For more information, please reach out to the community office.

As a reminder, please be observant of the 20 MPH speed limit within our community, including golf carts.

We wish you all a safe and joyful new year!

Sincerely,
Cathy Winfree
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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With a Side of Love

While the air is filled with love, fill your stomach up too. When many think of Valentine’s Day, they think of chocolate covered strawberries and heart-shaped foods. Looking to spruce up your recipes this year? Try these 10 nutritious foods that won’t only supercharge your meals, but your love life too.

Upcoming Events
 

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We’re kicking off the new year with a full line-up of events. From health fairs to 50s-inspired dances, there’s something for everyone! Keep reading for the full January/February schedule.

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Upcoming Events

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January
Health Fair
Tuesday, January 14
9 a.m. at the Clubhouse
Get a jump on your health!

Yard Sale
Saturday, January 18
7 a.m. in the ceramic building parking lot
Out with the old and in with the new.

Fabulous Fifties
Saturday, January 25
5 p.m. at the Clubhouse
Sponsored by the New England Club
Rock out to 50s-inspired tunes.

February
Valentine’s Day Party
Friday, February 14
5 p.m. at the Clubhouse
Let Cupid’s arrows fly!

Trash to Treasure
Saturday, February 29
Throughout the community beginning at 9 a.m.
Turn your “trash” into someone’s treasure.

Resident Appreciation Day
Saturday, February 22
8 a.m. at the Clubhouse and surrounding areas
Sponsored by Hometown America, this all-day event will have a catered lunch, dance, and party at the end of the day.
Grab your best pal and two-step down to this Western-themed event.

Important
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Important Info

There’s important legislation on its way to Florida in 2020, specifically regarding manufactured housing. Keep yourself up-to-date by reading up on senate bills 818 and 1022, courtesy of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association.

Thanksgiving Feast

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We’d like to give a special thank you to everyone who joined us for our third annual Thanksgiving dinner on November 28. While the time to share what we’re thankful for may have passed, on behalf of our entire staff, we’d like to say we’re grateful to you for spending your holiday with us.

Your Health

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Powder That Powers

While consuming your daily serving of fruits and vegetables is essential to a healthy diet, it isn’t always easy to do. Superfood powders have made an appearance as an easy way to consume your daily serving of nutrients. Check out the ways you can add these powders into the foods you know and love!

Sales Update
 

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For our sales team, the fireworks weren’t just in the sky at the end of 2019. The team sold homes left and right throughout the entire year! Read on to learn more about our new residents and our resident referral offer.

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Sales Update

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For our sales team, the fireworks weren’t just in the sky at the end of 2019. The team sold homes left and right throughout the entire year! We’re excited to welcome our new friends to Tara Woods and hope you enjoy being a part of the community.

Along with our new neighbors, we’re excited to say hello again to our snowbird friends who will be joining us for the winter. Welcome back to the Sunshine State!

As a reminder, take advantage of our resident referral reward. If you have a family or friend interested in living the Florida lifestyle and they decide to purchase a new home at Tara Woods, you’ll receive $2,000 – it’s that easy! For more information about this offer, please contact the sales office.

Veterans Day Recap

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The Tara Woods crew would like to thank all our residents who joined us for our Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast on November 9 in honor those who served our country. This was truly a special way to honor all the veterans within our community, your service hasn’t gone unrecognized.

Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. From pizza to steak, keep reading to see what the craze is all about.

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Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. Unlike the previously superior green leaf, cauliflower provides multiple benefits in the kitchen. Make sure to add this vegetable to your next grocery list so you can replace ingredients like potatoes and meat.

Still not convinced this veggie is up to par? Try your hand at making one of these delicious dishes from Bon Appetit magazine. Or, mix it up by adding a touch of garlic, lemon, or cheese to give your meal some extra pizzazz. You can even make pastas, salads, and steak with this universal produce.

Test out one of these recipes at your next potluck and you’ll have everyone wondering if there are actually vegetables in your dish!

Home & Garden

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Home Safety Tips

Home is where the heart is and it should be where we always feel the safest. As we move through adulthood, our at-home safety begins to look different than when we were younger. Make sure your home is comfortable and cozy in all chapters!

Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? We’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Keep reading for simple décor tips to boost your space without breaking the bank.

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Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? From new flooring or lighting options to playing with textures, we’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Whether you’re a renovation pro or a first-timer, these five tips will help you have a hassle-free makeover.

  • 1. Rule of Three. Installing a chair rail is one way to make a room look taller. Following the “rule of three” (taking your wall’s total height and dividing by three) allows you to easily measure the space and create the perfect fit.
  • 2. Cohesion and Flow. Cohesion is a design technique that will create flow throughout your living space. Adding textures, like wood or tile, in each room can tie the whole design together.
  • 3. Light. Natural or recessed light is a designer’s best friend. The addition of either lighting type to a home makes it feel larger and more welcoming.
  • 4. Minimal Décor. A collection of furniture and/or décor can create a cluttered and closed-off space. Professionals recommend keeping your room collections to groups of three.
  • 5. White is Right. Want to make your room appear larger? White is the perfect wall color for making your space feel bigger.

Not looking to fully remodel your home? Changing the décor of your space can create a look that is fresh and on-trend. If you don’t have an eye for design, House Beautiful has pulled 50 easy home décor transformations to inspire you. Dust off your hammer and nails, because it’s time to get decorating.

Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make festive treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Read on for special holiday-themed desserts to get everyone celebrating!

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Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Grab your bowl and mixer, because these dessert ideas will have ready to dive into the kitchen.

First up this season is a holiday that was originally known for the exchange of homemade cards and sweets. Saying “I love you” this Valentine’s Day is easy with one of these heartfelt confections. Utilizing strawberries is a quick and natural way to create a pink-colored delicacy that is full of flavor. Or, try a twist on a classic cake by baking up some red velvet Oreo truffle brownies.

You won’t need the luck of the Irish to help impress your guests at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Shamrock shaped cookies and green velvet cupcakes will have everyone’s eyes on the dessert table. Feel free to sit back and do a jig, because with these treats your St. Patrick’s Day menu is going to be a piece of gold.

While these holidays are the first on the docket, there are always other parties and events where sweets are a plus. Check out these 100 baking tips to help make any holiday baking a breeze. Is your sweet tooth tingling yet?

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook 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!

Travel

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New Year, New Destination

The City of Love attracts year-round, but many people avoid the French capital because they believe it’s too expensive. If you’re looking to brush up on your français – look no further. Use this guide to see how you can travel to Paris without breaking the bank.

E-Z Pay
 

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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.

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

 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Upcoming Nonfiction

Each year brings new, incredible nonfiction books to our shelves and 2020 is no exception. If you want to learn, find inspiration, or lose yourself in an impossibly true story you’re sure to find something you’ll love in these hot new reads!