A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

February - March 2018

Edition No. 15

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Priscilla’s Corner
 

Priscilla

Hello everyone -

I want to take a moment to wish all of our residents happiness and health in the new year. I hope 2018 is already bringing your lives joy, fellowship, and love.

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Priscilla’s Corner

Priscilla

Hello everyone -

I want to take a moment to wish all of our residents happiness and health in the new year. I hope 2018 is already bringing your lives joy, fellowship, and love.

Looking ahead, I’ve highlighted some exciting upcoming events. We hope you join us!

  • Hometown Golf Invitational- February 9
    Hometown would like to say thank you in the form of a fun-filled day of golf. The annual tournament is scheduled for Friday, February 9 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. See our newsletter article for more details.
  • Fleetwood Mac Cover Band- February 15
    Spend the evening dancing and reminiscing about those glory days with the music of Fleetwood Mac. We’ve been promoting it for months, and our article has more details in case you need them. Don’t miss out on this mega musical event!

- Priscilla

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Check out our list of upcoming events. Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

This season means it’s time for cooler weather and several fun activities. Check out our list of upcoming events. Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

Friday, February 2
Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament
Masters Clubhouse, 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 4
Super Bowl Party
Masters Clubhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, February 9
Hometown Resident Appreciation Golf Invitational
Masters Clubhouse, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 15
Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Masters Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 23
Movie Night
Masters Clubhouse, 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 24
Paint Your Own Pottery
Greenbrier Clubhouse, 11 a.m. – 2 pm

Tuesday, March 6
Seminar: Funeral Planning with Matt Burns
Masters Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Seminar: Funeral Planning with Matt Burns
Masters Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22
Movie Night
Masters Clubhouse, 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 24
FHAOI Annual Health Fair
Masters Clubhouse, 9 a.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.

Featured Home Listings

Sales update

We are selling homes as quickly as we are listing them! If you are thinking of listing your home, be sure to list with us. If you are looking for a new house, click below to see our featured homes for this month.

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Featured Home Listings

Sales update

We are selling homes as quickly as we are listing them! If you are thinking of listing your home, be sure to list with us.

Below are our featured home sites for this month. Call our trusted sales team at (407) 270-6700 to tour today.

  • 2075 Pebble Beach Boulevard - This 2-bed, 2-bath home sits quietly in the back of the community, nestled conveniently between the clubhouse and the fitness center. The gourmet kitchen and a screened-in back porch are just a few of its nice features.
  • 14951 Firestone Street - This 2-bed, 2-bath home overlooks the golf course. The screened-in front porch and pristine location make this listing a hot commodity.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Fleetwood mac

Where were you when you first heard “Landslide?” Spend a fantastic evening reliving your glory days with the music of Fleetwood Mac on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Masters Clubhouse. Dance the night away to timeless songs like “Say You Love Me,” a Valentine’s Day favorite, or “Go Your Own Way.” Don’t miss out on this fun evening!

Capital Improvements

Tools

The grand entrance remodel is almost complete. We appreciate everyone’s patience during the construction phase. The finished product will be well worth the wait, adding new gates, a separate resident lane, a new call box entry system, cameras, and a beautiful gatehouse to our community. We will soon have a grand entrance to welcome us all home.

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!

Hometown Golf Invitational

Golf tournament

Residents- Hometown America would like to say thank you with a fun-filled day of golf. The annual Hometown Golf Invitational is Friday, February 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Golf will be followed by lunch and prize awards. Click to see pictures from last year’s event.

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Hometown Golf Tournament

Golf tournament

Residents- Hometown America would like to say thank you with a fun-filled day of golf. The annual Hometown Golf Invitational is Friday, February 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Golf will be followed by lunch and prize awards. Scroll blow to see pictures from last year’s event.


Activities Corner
 

Christine

The holiday season has come and gone again. We are happy to be well into the swing of 2018. We have several events to look forward to as we close out the winter months and start planting spring flowers, taking more field trips, and soaking in the sunshine.

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Activities Corner

Christine

The holiday season has come and gone again. We are happy to be well into the swing of 2018.

  • Our Resident Christmas Party was a great time! We played Dirty Santa and enjoyed delicious food from Papa Gio’s. See below for a slide show from the event.
  • In January, a group of us traveled to St. Augustine and saw the Nights of Lights attraction. I highly recommend seeing it by trolley tour. It was wonderful!
  • There are great events coming up in February, including a movie night on Friday, February 23. We also hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!
  • March is busy as always. Save the date for movie night on March 22, get ready for our annual Health Fair on March 24, and be on the lookout for our next tribute band concert. More details coming soon!

- Christine Snow


2017 Resident Christmas Party Photos

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:

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!

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.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

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.

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 hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Entertainment & Leisure

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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 latest top magazines catering to a broad range of interests.

HTA 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.

 
 

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!