A 55+ Community in Grayslake, Illinois

September - October 2022

Edition No. 42

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Manager's Corner
 

Larry

Community Manager, Larry, enjoyed getting to see so many residents at past events and hopes to see even more soon. Keep reading for more upcoming fun and a note from Larry.

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Manager's Corner

Larry

Greetings Friends,

We hope you all enjoyed Hot Dog Day and our Ice Cream Social. It is nice to see so many Saddlebrook neighbors and friends get together for an evening of socialization and fun. The upcoming Halloween Trick or Treat event is on Sunday, October 23, and our Veteran’s Day celebration is on Friday, November 4. Please see our monthly newsletter and the next e-bulletin for more event details and more opportunities to enjoy time with friends, neighbors, and grandchildren.

We value all of you as our residents and appreciate being able to help you to continue enjoying living at Saddlebrook Farms. Thanks and stay safe!

Yours Truly,
Larry Waco Jr.
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday, September 8, along with yard waste. Have a safe holiday.

Food

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Ghost (Pepper) Busters

Halloween may be just around the corner, but this season’s spookiest ghoul is in your salad bowl. Ghost peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world. They are said to be 416 times hotter than a mild jalapeno— yikes! Could you handle the heat?

Capital Improvements

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We have lots of projects planned for our community in 2022. Read on to see how we are continuing to improve Saddlebrook Farms for our residents!

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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 projects.

Below are a few of the projects we have scheduled for 2022:

  • Road resurfacing
  • Road repairs
  • Seawall replacement and repairs
  • Drainage projects
  • Curb repairs
  • Walking path repairs and modifications
  • Retaining wall reconstruction

We will provide more updates about our 2022 Capital Improvements in the November/December 2022 newsletter!

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

Upcoming Events
 

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There is always something happening at Saddlebrook Farms. As we move into the fall, we are happy to have more events coming up. Keep reading for more; you’ll want to mark your calendar for these.

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Upcoming Events

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Adopt-a-Highway

The Adopt-a-Highway event will take place on Thursday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. at the Lake Lodge. At 8:45 a.m. we will be serving attendees coffee and donuts. Our assigned section of highway is on Peterson Road from Route 60 to Alleghany Road. The Lake County Highway Department will provide bags and vests, and Saddlebrook will provide gloves and grabbers if needed. Call the Community Office at (847)223-2212, option #2 if you would like to volunteer. Please dress for the weather.

Veterans Remembrance

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 4, at 8:00 a.m. for our Veterans Remembrance at the Lake Lodge. More information will be available in the October/November issue of the Residents’ News Notes.

Restaurant Review


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There’s great food for you to try right down the road in Grayslake. Read on for more on Emil's tavern and find out the secret to what makes this place so great.

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Restaurant Review

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Emil’s Tavern on Center
161 Center St
Grayslake, IL
847-543-8879

Here are some of the comments we received from some of the Saddlebrook Residents about their experience at Emil’s Tavern.

“The restaurant/bar is much like any hometown bar; it’s a local’s location. The median age of diners is in the 50s. It’s a very relaxed place with a handful of craft beers on tap, and the food is very enjoyable. I would recommend it for a relaxed night out.”

“I enjoyed dinner at Emil’s. The first time it was an awesome vibe, the food was great, and our server was on top of all of our needs. It’s a great local spot that I’ll plan to visit again. Oh, and I had a Cubano wrap sandwich, delicious!”

If you have a Restaurant Review you would like to share, please forward it to the Saddlebrook Farms Community Office.

Your Health

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Mango Go Go!

Fuel your busy calendar with a healthy, delicious snack. This delicious mango smoothie made with mangoes, bananas, yogurt, and milk is refreshing and easily transportable. You can also chop up some frozen mango and take it with you on the go.

Past Event Recap
 

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We loved hosting the Fishing Derby for the grandchildren of residents. Everyone had a great time and the weather was perfect! Keep reading for more on the event.

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Past Event Recap

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Fishing Derby
What a great day it was for fishing on June 18. The weather was just perfect. We hope all that attended had a good time. We would also like to thank the volunteers and the ladies who were registering the grandchildren. Your hard work was much appreciated.

Saddlebrook R/C Flyers Club

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Do you have an interest in seeing or flying remote-controlled planes (drones)? Come visit and join our SBF RC Flyers Club. We meet every day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the SBF Flyers hanger and field. Keep reading for more information.

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Saddlebrook R/C Flyers Club

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Do you have an interest in seeing or flying remote-controlled planes (drones) Come visit and join our SBF RC Flyers Club. We meet every day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the SBF Flyers hanger and field.

Our planes are fixed-wing (drones) of all sizes. Come fly with us or stop by for a cup of coffee and camaraderie. For more information and directions to our hanger and field, call Ken Schmuldt, VP at (847) 204-3586 or Chuck Crisanti, President at (224) 237-6562.

Yard of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Zofia and Roland VanEmpel, this issue’s Yard of the Quarter winners! Check out their beautiful homesite at 612 Filly Lane on your next walk around the neighborhood.

Home & Garden

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Check Out Your Liberty

Take pride in your book collection by creating a beautiful display. Place your largest books in the center of your coffee table and file the rest on a bookshelf or bookcase. Unleash your inner librarian and organize them. You might even discover a book you didn’t know you had!

Fall Fertilizer
 

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Friday, September 9, is the last day to sign up for the fall fertilizer with weed control. Treatments are $28.00 for a small lot and $35.00 for a large lot. To sign up, please submit a work request or send an e-mail here.

2023 Lake Lodge Reservations

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Information about how you can reserve the Lake Lodge for your 2023 private party will be included in the October issue of the Residents’ New Notes. The Lake Lodge usage is for family-type parties and is not intended for open invitations to all residents or those outside of our community.

Grandchildren’s Trick or Treat

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 23 for Grandchildren’s Trick or Treat! Keep reading for times, how to participate, and where to send pictures after the event.

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Grandchildren’s Trick or Treat

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Grandchildren’s Trick or Treating will take place on Sunday, October 23, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate, please pick up an orange pumpkin sign at the Community Office, Lake Lodge, or Fitness Center to display on your front door. Residents are reminded to have an adult with their grandchildren during those times and only go to homes displaying the orange pumpkin. Those grandparents that would like to send pictures of their grandchildren in costume can e-mail them to Saddlebrook@hometownamerica.com.

Experiences

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Axes to Grind Throw

Move over, meditation: axe throwing is the newest stress relief trend. At an axe-throwing venue, customers are able to test their aim by attempting to hit a bullseye while simultaneously releasing pent-up anger. Don’t worry, it’s a lot safer than it looks!

Fall Craft Show
 

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This year’s craft show will be held at the Lake Lodge on Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13. If you are interested in participating and selling your crafts, read on for some important information.

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Fall Craft Show

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The Fall Craft Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13 at the Lake Lodge. If you would like to participate and reserve your table for the show, forms will be available at the Community Office beginning Saturday, October 1. Each crafter must complete a reservation form. Please note the following guidelines for participating in the craft show:

  • Only residents selling their handmade crafts may reserve a table.
  • One resident per table must be present until 3:00 p.m. but may have help from a relative or friend.
  • Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 40 reservation forms turned in.
  • Only one six-foot table per reservation form will be available
  • Forms must be turned in by Friday, October 14.
  • Forms can be dropped in one of the green drop boxes or brought to the Community Office.
  • Table assignments will be posted on Wednesday, October 26 at the Community Office.

Gifts for Every Occasion

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Need gift ideas for the person who has everything? What would you bring to your coworker’s housewarming party? Have you been stumped on a gift idea for someone you just met? Having a list of fail-safe gifts puts the fun back into giving. Check out these ideas to be the best gift-giver in town.

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Gifts for Every Occasion

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For some, gift-giving is an anxiety-inducing task. Deciding the type of gift and an appropriate budget for the occasion can add stress to an already busy holiday season. Do you have a go-to gift for different occasions? If not, this article lists 44 unique gifts perfect for any occasion and any person.

Whether you are shopping for a hostess gift or ‘just because,’ gifts are a great way to show an individual you love that you appreciate or are thinking of them. But, gift-giving can be more complicated when your relationship is new or undefined. To avoid the discomfort of a bad gift, we recommend following these 12 gift-giving etiquette tips when choosing gifts for any occasion.

With holiday gatherings and other special events upon us, arm yourself with a shopping list fit for all relationships but don’t forget that not all gifts are tangible, gifts of service or time can sometimes be more meaningful to a person and may make more of an impact. Happy giving!

A Course in Etiquette

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You can tell a lot about a person based on the way they handle themselves at restaurants. Brush up on your restaurant etiquette to avoid a foodie faux pas. If all else fails, remember: your drinking glass goes on the right side of your plate.

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A Course in Etiquette

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Once, a hiring manager was asked his favorite way to conduct an interview with a potential job candidate. His response was “I like to take them to lunch or dinner. You can learn a lot about someone by taking them to a restaurant.”

As society becomes more casual (hello athleisure attire,) we have lost the significance of learning etiquette, and more importantly, putting it into practice. For a quick refresher, Kent State University put together a summary of dining etiquette for occasions where you find yourself in a formal setting.

Have you ever been to a restaurant with a new acquaintance or friend and were embarrassed by how they treated your waiter? How someone treats waitstaff is a great indicator of how they’ll treat others. Compare your behavior to this list of servers’ rudest customer conduct reports to make sure you aren’t ‘that friend.’

Entertainment

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The Main Stream

When the weather outside is frightful, streaming services are always delightful. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max are constantly adding new movies to their selection. So, what are you waiting for? Start streaming!

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

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