A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

July - August 2021

Edition No. 35

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

Summer is in full swing and many exciting things are happening at Saddlebrook! For a recap on some past events and a sneak peek at what’s coming up from Community Manager, Larry, keep reading.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Summer is in full swing and many exciting things are happening at Saddlebrook! Last month, we were able to host the Grandchildren’s Fishing Derby. The weather was great and there were many smiling faces of both grandchildren and residents. It was the renewal of a 23-year-old Saddlebrook tradition, which had a short hiatus last year with the pandemic. Seeing families together after a long separation was very touching.

As changes come from Governor Pritzker regarding Restore Illinois, we will keep you updated through our One-Call system if they impact activity in the Fitness Center, Lake Lodge, and Sales and Community Offices.

The staff and I are very excited to be hosting some additional events this summer! The Hot Dog Day, Ice Cream Social, and Pancake Breakfast are in the planning stages. They may be slightly different with the pandemic, but we are ready to create a social opportunity and an ability to reconnect with friends and neighbors.

We value all of you as our Residents and appreciate the opportunity to help you to continue enjoying living at Saddlebrook Farms. Thanks, and stay safe!

Yours Truly,
Larry Waco Jr.
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, July 9, along with yard waste. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Pass the Pasta

We all hopped on the bread-making train, but have you tried your hand at homemade pasta? With this guide, you can start simple and customize your dish with a variety of techniques and sauces. Before you know it, you’ll be making fresh, artisan pasta!

Sales Update
 

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Thinking of selling your home? While we hate to see you leave, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Hometown Homes Realty has listed and sold over 60% of all resales in Saddlebrook Farms over the past year, and they can help make the process a breeze! Call our Sales Office today to get started.

Grub Control Treatment

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The final day to sign up for Grub Control Treatment for your lawn is Friday, August 6. Please call (847) 906-2758 or email the Community Office to sign up. Small lots are $25 and large lots are $32.

Capital Improvements

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Saddlebrook Farms remains dedicated to improving the community while employing safe social distancing practices. Read on for an update on what’s been completed so far this year, and what’s to come!

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Capital Improvements

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We will continue to employ safe social distancing practices by our employees and outsourced partners while completing our improvement projects.

Here are a few projects we have completed so far in 2021:

  • • Lake Lodge interior painting.
  • • Replaced the front entrance fountain.
  • • Crosswalk at Equestrian and Saddlebrook Drive south of the Fitness Center.
  • • Replaced the front entrance planting bed in the median and installed new flagpoles.
  • • Road repairs throughout the community.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for this year:

  • • Lake Lodge parking lot repairs, seal coat, and striping
  • • Curb repairs throughout the community
  • • Various drainage projects
  • • Walking path repairs and modification
  • • Seawall replacement and repairs
  • • Redesign and reconstruction of the Lake Churchill spillway
  • • Replace retaining wall on Maywood Court

We will provide more updates about our 2021 Capital Improvements in the September/October newsletter!

Hometown America continues its commitment to provide new amenities and improvements to the Saddlebrook community.

Your Health

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It's Tea Time

Most of us are die-hard coffee drinkers, but that hot-bean water doesn’t do much for our health. Consider making an occasional switch up with different types of tea. Teas like ginger and mint can help with digestion and black tea not only gives you caffeine, but also helps promote healthy cognition. Which brew will you try?

Lawn Watering Schedule

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As we are in the peak of summer, we want to remind all residents of our updated lawn watering schedule, which is in effect from May 1 to October 31. Keep reading to hear the full schedule and all that it entails.

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Lawn Watering Schedule

Sprinkler system in yard

As we are in the peak of summer, we want to remind all residents of our updated lawn watering schedule, which is in effect from May 1 to October 31.

Lawn watering will be restricted to morning hours only. Those who have irrigation systems are asked to notify their respective irrigation companies of the watering schedule when they activate your systems.

  • • Residents with addresses ending in even numbers should water between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • • Residents with addresses ending in odd numbers should water between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • • All sprinkler systems are to be programmed to run between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. in accordance with the above schedule for even or odd-numbered addresses.
  • • No lawn watering on Wednesdays.

Thank you for your cooperation!

National Hot Dog Day

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Our National Hot Dog Day event is tentatively scheduled for July. More up-to-date information and details will be in the July issue of the Residents’ News Notes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ice Cream Social
 

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Saddlebrook Farms Annual Ice Cream Social will take place on Tuesday, August 17. To learn more details about this highly-anticipated event, including the available ice cream flavors, read on!

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Ice Cream Social

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Saddlebrook Farms’ Annual Ice Cream Social will take place on Tuesday, August 17 (Wednesday, August 18 in the case of rain) at the Lake Lodge from 5 to 7 p.m. All residents are invited to enjoy some delicious cold treats. We hope to see you there!

The flavors served will be:

  • • Butter Pecan
  • • New York Cherry
  • • Vanilla
  • • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • • No sugar added Chocolate Swirl
  • • Dark Chocolate
  • • Moose Tracks

*Flavors subject to change

Home & Garden

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Is it time to ditch your wheezing vacuum or matted duster? If so, consider these top-rated cleaning tools designed to make cleaning your home so efficient that you might even look forward to your to-do list! After all, can it be called a chore if you’re having fun?

Busy Hands
 

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Invitation to all Saddlebrook Crafters! Busy Hands is a group of talented ladies who provide much-valued treasures to special groups in our community and beyond, and they are looking for more to join them. If you are interested in quilting, crocheting, or sewing, keep reading to see how you can help!

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Busy Hands
 

Yarn and knitting needles

Invitation to all Saddlebrook Crafters! Busy Hands is a group of talented ladies who provide much-valued treasures to special groups in our community and beyond.

This involves crocheted, quilted, or sewn items, such as hats and scarfs, lap robes, baby afghans, comfort pillows to be used by individuals during cancer treatment or after surgery, and shawls. Items are given to cancer treatment centers, Operation Gratitude, assisted living facilities, Shop with a Cop, and many more.

Presently, there is a need to replenish approximately 300 hats and scarfs by November. These items will go to some of the sites listed above, in addition to Fremont Township and various charitable closets that provide them to the homeless and needy.

We provide yarn and fabric which have been donated by residents and are so very much appreciated. So, even if you aren’t able to make items with us, feel free to visit us and drop off any completed items, donations of yarn, or fabric in need of a new home. No amount is too small - any donation is bound to be greeted by many smiles and thanks.

We also make walker bags and face masks free to residents. Please contact us if you would like one.

We meet on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. For more information, call Sue at (224) 465-1444 or Jackie at (224) 558-1735.

Saddlebrook R/C Flyers

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Do you have an interest in seeing or flying R/C planes or drones? Do you want to experience the thrill of take-offs and landing? Well, now’s your chance to fly one yourself! To learn how you can take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, read on.

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Saddlebrook R/C Flyers

Drone flying in sky

Do you have an interest in seeing or flying R/C planes or drones? Do you want to experience the thrill of take-offs and landing? Well, now’s your chance to fly one yourself! Our planes are fixed-wing drones of all sizes, and we have designated instructors for those who have never flown before or need a little refreshing.

For more information and directions to our hanger and field, please contact one of the following:

Jack Lencioni, Member Committee Chairman: (847) 340-8300
Ken Schmuldt, VP: (847) 204-3586
Chuck Crisanti, President: (224) 237-6562

Beat the Heat
 

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Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. Discover how you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends by reading on!

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Beat the Heat

Tropical drinks in pool

Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. With these delicious concoctions, you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends.

If you’re into botanicals, a rose mojito may be the way to go. For those with a sweet tooth, try a whipped frozen creamsicle or a blueberry Tom Collins, two summery twists on some timeless classics. If you’ve jumped on the gin train, then you may love a fresh, strawberry gin spritzer or a watermelon gin fizz. With so many to try, you’d better get started!

So, you love the drinks, but how do you make them? There are some basic components and mixers that are important for getting started. First and foremost, make sure you have all the essential ingredients! Not only are the bases like vodka or gin important, but so are bitters, liqueurs, and mixers. Plus, don’t forget the cherry on top - literally! Garnishes can make or break your drink, so make sure to stock up on things like lemons, limes, and maraschino cherries. Having a stocked bar will make all your friends and family believe you’re a pro at your next poolside get-together or cocktail party. Which drink will you try first?

Experiences

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Date Night = Best Night

Whether you and your significant other have been on two dates or 200, everyone can use a little help thinking of fun, creative ideas for your night out (or in)! Whether you want to class it up with a trip to your local art gallery or get cozy at a drive-in, we guarantee you’ll find something new to try.

Get Deeper Sleep
 

Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading for the full list!

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Get Deeper Sleep

Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone.

For those who are curious about their sleep patterns, there is a multitude of options available for a wide range of budgets. If you’re willing to invest, Sleep Number mattresses are leaders in what they do. By giving you a “SleepIQ” based on how much you move, how many times you wake up, and how long you spend in each stage of sleep, you can receive an in-depth analysis of your sleep patterns. There are also removable mats that do something similar, and you can even track sleep on your smartwatch.

There is even technology made to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and even wake up easier in the morning. If you have trouble shutting down at night, the solution may be Dodow’s metronome of light, which projects onto the ceiling and helps to regulate and slow down your breathing. For those who wake up at every little noise, Bose created headphones that solely play calming sounds and promise to block outside noise. Even if you have no problem sleeping through the night, and your difficulties lie in getting out of bed, there’s an app for that too! Alarmy won’t let you silence your alarm until you complete a special mission, waking up your brain and readying you to take on the day.

These few items are only scratching the surface with all the sleep-aiding technology available. With all of these inventions, you’ll be sleeping more soundly in no time! Do any of these sound like a must-try?

Connect with Us
 

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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!

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven

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

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Toucan Play at This

In need of a new outdoor hobby? Turn your eyes to the sky! Bird watching is a leisurely activity that is fun whether you’re alone or with friends and family. Not to mention, you can enjoy it all year-round. With this guide from Audubon, you’ll learn everything you need to get started on your birding journey.