A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

May - June 2017

Edition No. 8

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful summer at Tara Woods! From events to announcements, we have some key news for residents as we shift gears into a new season.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful summer at Tara Woods! I have a few exciting announcements for residents as we shift gears into a new season.

  • • The “Home of the Quarter” has been chosen, and the winner of a $50 gift card goes to the Doward’s on Savannah Road, Lot #130. Congratulations!
  • • We are very excited to announce that we will be heating the Lap Pool before this upcoming winter. This gives us two great pools for your choosing. This has been a request from homeowners and the HOA board, and we are happy to be able to do this for the wonderful residents of Tara Woods.
  • • Everyone has been inquiring about the new phase in the back of the community. I am pleased to notify you that there will be an Open House for residents this July. Stay tuned for details!
  • • Have you tried the pub, restaurant, or golf course at our sister property, Del Tura Golf and Country Club? You should! The atmosphere, food, and course are phenomenal. They have great food specials, live music, karaoke, games, and more. The golf course, which also has rental carts and gold shop, is open to Tara Woods residents. Go across the street and take look!
  • • Many of you have come to know Dean, our wonderful Maintenance Supervisor. Dean has let us know that his career has shifted in different direction and will be leaving Tara Woods. Dean will surely be missed as he has been a dedicated employee and friend. If you see him out and about, be sure to wish him well!

Best,
Darlene Bradley
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed the following days in May and July:

  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 29
  • Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4

Food

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Grill Masters, Ignite!

There’s an easy way to bring more flavor and spice to your heart-healthy diet thanks to a summer time favorite - grilling! So fire up the BBQ and check out these tips and tricks from the American Heart Association for a savory meal. Want some recipes? Check out Food Network’s Grilling Central.

Appreciation Day
 

Appreciation Day

Tara Woods staff and volunteers joined forces for Appreciation Day, sponsored by Hometown America. This fun-filled day included delicious food, a variety of games, and recognition for outstanding residents.

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Appreciation Day

Appreciation Day

Tara Woods Office staff and volunteers joined forces for Appreciation Day, sponsored by Hometown America.

Attendees kicked off the morning with coffee and bakery items followed by a challenging poker run. The real games continued after lunch with residents playing numerous games while enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. The evening continued with music and dancing. Participants had the opportunity to win several prizes donated by area businesses and Hometown America.

Community Manager Darlene Bradley emceed the event, which included presenting the service award to Doug and Debbie Objartel. This was followed by a wonderful tribute for the 2017 Appreciation Day Honoree, Shirley Ringleben. Shirley embodies all the best that is the “Magic of Tara Woods.” Thank you again to Hometown America, the hardworking committee, volunteers, and all the residents who enjoyed a wonderful day!

- Lou Dunning

You Got a Friend in Me

Friends

Who are your dearest friends at Tara Woods? Go to our Facebook page to tell us your story and share your photo. What are your favorite activities to do together? What does having a friend so close by mean to you? We’d love to feature your friend-story on our social media page or in an upcoming newsletter.

Bailey Speaks
 

Bailey Speaks

Hi everybody, my name is Bailey. I am a retired Service Dog for my owner, Lorie Thomas’ late husband. I’m putting my paw prints down once a month in the newsletter. Every month I’ll be providing reminders for my fellow furry friends – recipes, tips, area activities, and more.

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Bailey Speaks

Bailey Speaks

Hi everybody, my name is Bailey. I am a retired Service Dog for my owner, Lorie Thomas’ late husband and I now reside in Tara Woods. I am an 11-year-old West Highland White Terrier. Don’t hesitate to say hello if you see me on neighborhood walks with my owner.

I’m putting my paw prints down once a month in the newsletter. (Actually my owner is writing it for me. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?) Every month I’ll be providing little reminders for my fellow furry friends – recipes, tips, area activities, and other points of interest.

If your four-legged pal has a birthday for the upcoming month of the newsletter, throw me a bone (no later than the 10th of the month before). Just drop small note with their name, birthday, and age. I’ll give them a good birthday howl for their special day.

Happy Tails,
- Bailey
Furry resident of 2552 Macon Circle

April Birthdays

Put your paws up for Triska, celebrating birthday number 8!

Your Health

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Not So Sweet

Twenty-nine million Americans are battling diabetes, with type 2 being the most prevalent form. Because most type 2 diabetes cases are preventable, cutting back on sugar has become a cultural necessity. But sugar is hiding everywhere, even in foods you think are healthy! Click here to see 6 surprising sources of added sugar to help you cut back even more.

Care Packages
 

Care package

Thanks to all who helped prepare care packages for our service men and women. They may seem like small tokens of appreciation, but they will mean the world to their recipients. Residents baked cookies, purchased small gifts, and helped pack boxes. Thank you again for your contributions!
- Beth Ferris

Expansion Update
 

Tara Woods Home

As folks have noticed, the new expansion at Tara Woods is starting to take shape. If you or anyone you may know are interested in a home in the new expansion, please reach out to our on-site New Home Specialist, Nick Cornwell.

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Expansion Update

Tara Woods Home

As folks have noticed, the new expansion at Tara Woods is starting to take shape. In March, two new homes were added and we were scheduled for another three in April. If you or anyone you may know are interested in the new expansion, please reach out to our on-site New Home Specialist, Nick Cornwell.

Nick is from a sister Hometown America property located in Naples, FL, and was transferred to help head up new home sales for our expansion. If you have any questions about the new homes available or the Tara Woods expansion, please feel free to contact Nick directly.

Nick Cornwell

New Home Specialist at Tara Woods

P:239.731.1011

ncornwell@hometownamerica.com

Tara Woods Reminders

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With summer right around the corner, I wanted to send everyone a quick refresher on community policies and protocol. My top priorities are always to keep residents happy and healthy, while keeping our community beautiful. I look forward to another wonderful summer at Tara Woods!

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Tara Woods Reminders

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With summer right around the corner, I wanted to send everyone a quick refresher on community policies and protocol. My top priorities are always to keep residents happy and healthy, while keeping our community beautiful. I look forward to enjoying another wonderful summer at Tara Woods.

Friendly Reminders

  • • Keep our community beautiful by picking up after your dogs and not throwing cigarette butts on the ground.
  • • Owners are responsible for disposing of any household items that are being replaced. If you are buying a new appliance, please have the store delivering the new appliance remove and take the old one with them.
  • • Any new construction materials are to be disposed of either by the contractor or homeowner. These materials can be brought to the back of Tara Woods and put in the dumpster or alongside of the dumpster. The gate is open between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Do not leave any appliances or construction materials out for trash pick-up.
  • • Please only provide the Guard Gate with five (5) members on your permanent guest list.
  • • Please check your light post and mail post. Make sure all lights are working and that the post is in good, clean condition. If a new post is needed, call the Community Office and a new one will be delivered to your driveway.
  • • Vehicles are not to be on streets, lawns, vacant lots, or undeveloped portions of the community at any time. If additional parking is needed, please use the parking lot in front of the Clubhouse.

Best,
Darlene Bradley
Community Manager

Home & Garden

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Summer Garden Checklist

Don’t let the summer heat ruin your floral delights. Plan accordingly for summer gardening and you could be coming up roses! Follow this checklist from Better Homes and Garden to make sure your beautiful garden doesn’t wilt.

Neighborhood Watch

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The Tara Woods Neighborhood Watch serves to look out for fellow residents and the community. We’re available to answer any concerns or questions you may have about your safety. Start off by reading through these reminders on neighbor safety and how to avoid scams.

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Neighborhood Watch

Warning Sign

The Tara Woods Neighborhood Watch serves to look out for fellow residents and the community. We are available to answer any concerns or questions you may have about your safety. It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. Start off by reading through these reminders on neighbor safety and how to avoid scams.

  • • Check on your neighbors who may be housebound or ill. If you see something out of the ordinary, call and report the problem to 477-1000.
  • • Be cognizant of potential scams. Never give out your personal information (Social Security numbers, driver’s license, or credit card information).
  • • For online transactions, make sure you’re on a secure networking before inputting personal information.
  • • Make sure to shred all names and addresses before disposing your mail.

AARP Driving Course

AARP

As we get older, it becomes increasingly important to revisit the driving basics. This may sound like a waste of time, but you will be surprised at the safety tips you may have forgotten or learned to disregard over time.

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AARP Driving Course

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As we get older, it becomes increasingly important to revisit the driving basics. This may sound like a waste of time, but you will be surprised at the safety tips you may have forgotten or learned to disregard over time. Reviewing key driving techniques and strategies will keep you, your passengers, and those around you safe.

Over 20 residents attended the AARP Smart Driver Course in February. This course provided a review of driving skills and techniques, as well as strategies to help adjust to normal age-related changes that may affect driving abilities. Research shows that most people make positive changes to their driving behaviors after completing the course. Plus, completion of the course can lead to an auto insurance discount for three years.

If you missed our event, but are interested in completing the course, click here for more information.

Events & Activities
 

Calendar

Mark your calendars for this month’s scheduled events and activities. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to learn a new skill, socialize with neighbors, and create memories you will cherish forever. From bingo and bunco, to happy hour and line dancing – there won’t be a dull moment!

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Events & Activities

Calendar

Fill your social calendar with the events and activities listed below!

BINGO

Join us on Tuesday nights for 14 regular games and six “special” games of Bingo. Socialize with neighbors and try your luck to win big! Sales stop at 6:45 p.m.

Bunco

Drop by the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in the card room. Join our Bunco game for only $3. Reach out to Polly Brown with any questions.

Happy Hour

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Join us the 2nd Wednesday of every month for Happy Hour starting at 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Mah Jongg

Never play before? No worries. We teach Mah Jongg the first three Mondays of each month. Come and join the Ladies of Mah Jongg on Monday’s from noon - 3 p.m. Please contact Jane DeGuire at 567-0656 with any questions.

Line Dancing

Have fun while breaking a sweat during line dancing class. Drop by Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse.

Travel

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Ready to Cruise?

When is the best time to cruise? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here, but there is a detailed list depending on when you want to go! For your best price, visit Alaska now and plan your Caribbean adventure for the winter. See this article on Cruiseline.com for more details.

Attention Golfers
 

Grass

Interested in joining the Tara Woods Summer Golf League? There will be a meeting on Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. We hope to see you there!

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!

Trending: Yoga at Any Age

Yoga

Yoga is more than a trend in today’s hustle and bustle world. The practice can result in head-to-toe, full-body benefits, in addition to alleviating back pain, reducing stress, improving balance, and even helping your golf swing.

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Trending: Yoga at Any Age

Yoga

Yoga is more than a trend in today’s hustle and bustle world. The practice can result in head-to-toe, full-body benefits, in addition to alleviating back pain, reducing stress, improving balance, and even helping your golf swing.

With one in nine Americans embracing the practice, it’s easy to see why yoga is beneficial at any age! Here are a few key benefits:

In your 50s

Try Vinyasa, a form of yoga where you move fluidly from one pose to another. The popular practice helps you regulate breath and move through movements, often more vigorous than other types of yoga. Be sure to look for gentle, beginner, or introductory courses to start.

In your 60s

Give Iyengar a chance. This style focuses on precise alignment, deep stretching, and poses held steady for longer. It’s commonly practiced by new students and people with injuries. Props may be used to help the body focus on alignment.

In your 70s

It’s time to relax with Restorative Yoga. Slow moving and focusing on long-held poses, this benefits yogis of all ages. The postures are easy to follow and it’s especially helpful for balance, stretching, and relaxation.

Click here to check AARP’s full article for more details, recommended breathing techniques, and tips for equipment.

Entertainment & Leisure

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In Full Swing

Baseball season has been with us since April, but with so many games it’s hard to keep track. Check Major League Baseball’s schedule regularly to know when you can “root, root, root for the home team.” For the complete schedule, click here.

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.

Homeowner Tip: Keeping Clean

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Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as hard next year if you start easy, regular cleaning habits now. The grimiest of places are always the kitchen and bath, and they can take hours out of your day. Your summer will soon be sparkling with these tips, leaving you extra time to enjoy your favorite activities instead!

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Homeowner Tip: Keeping Clean

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Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as hard next year if you start easy, regular cleaning habits now. The grimiest of places are always the kitchen and bath, and they can take hours out of your day. Your summer will soon be sparkling with these tips, leaving you extra time to enjoy your favorite activities instead!

BATHROOM SINK

After your regular bathroom routine, clean the countertop, place items back in their place, and do a quick wipe down. For a quick sink clean, once a week fill your sink with hot water and your favorite bathroom cleanser. Rub the mixture around the faucet, counter top, and any small items that need it, like the soap dish. Let everything sit for 10 minutes and then drain the sink. Wipe of anything wet with a dry cloth and you’re good to go!

SHOWER

Keeping a shower clean can be a bit harder, but there are ways to help beat the buildup.

  • • Battle soap scum with heated distilled vinegar mixed with grease-cutting dish detergent (one to one ratio).
  • • Glass shower doors can benefit from citrus solutions. Cut a lemon in half, dip one half in baking soda, and rub it on the glass door. It will repel soap and water splatter.
  • • Frames around your shower doors can be cleaned with some unusual tools. Use a toothbrush for scrubbing the metal, a paint scraper to battle the gunk where the metal meets the shower door, and rater to scrape fine mineral spots off flat glass.
  • • Prevention is easy if you make your own shower spray. Mix 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, a little dish soap, and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray the glass door down daily after squeegeeing.

KITCHEN

Dirt accumulates near the areas you use the most, but are often left unseen and forgotten until the buildup has gotten the better of you. Remember to clean these spots on the regular!

  • • Drain stopper and drain - Get out your Comet or soft scrub cleaner to take care of the gunk.
  • • Between your countertop and appliances (like the fridge or stove) - Wrap a microfiber cloth around a knife and sweep in the crack.
  • • Sink seams to the counter and underneath the faucet – Get out the toothbrush and scrub away.
  • • Small appliances – Remember to clean under and behind your small appliances, like toaster ovens and microwaves.