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A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

July - August 2017

Edition No. 9

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer at Tara Woods. From events to announcements, we have some key news for residents to look out for.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer at Tara Woods. From events to announcements, we have some key news for residents to look out for.

  • Tara Woods Activities - Just a reminder for our summer residents, if you are looking for something to do, here is a list of things still going on at Tara Woods: bridge, poker, bingo, horseshoes, line dancing, ceramics, book club, bocce ball, and shuffleboard. There is also Happy Hour on the second Wednesday of each month, movie night every month, and pickle ball games every Sunday afternoon. The events are all posted in the Clubhouse with the times and days.
  • Expansion - In September we will be having the VIP Open House in the new phase. I do hope to see you there.
  • New Team Member - Please join the Tara Woods Maintenance Staff in welcoming the newest member of our team, Mark Van Ort. He comes to us with many years of experience at local communities in the area. He has resided at Tara Woods for the past 13 years. Mark has stated he is happy to be here and we are delighted to have him with us.
  • Summer Projects - We are in the process of getting the summer projects done. Please be patient with us as we are painting curbs, road signs, parking lot strips, and pressure washing buildings and decks at the pool.
  • Del Tura Pub and Restaurant - I also wanted to remind everyone of our sister property Del Tura Golf and Country Club has the pub or restaurant -- the Philly Beef Steak is mouthwatering. The atmosphere, people, and events they have make for a great evening out. They also have the beautiful golf course that you get a resident discount to play on. Just let the gate attendants know you are there for the golf, restaurant, or pub.

- Darlene

The Pursuit of Happiness

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Even though eating right and exercising merits health benefits, what are you doing to make yourself a happier person? Increased levels of happiness help lower stress, and raise your “happy hormone” levels. Read more to get tips and tricks!

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Couple

Even though eating right and exercising merits health benefits, what are you doing to make yourself a happier person? Increased levels of happiness help lower stress, and raise your “happy hormone” levels, including dopamine and serotonin. Discover a happier you by following these tips.

Transform Your Thinking

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Stop focusing on what you don’t like about yourself, or what you want to change. Instead, focus on your strengths and positive traits. Creating this shift in thought will help you view yourself and the world through a positive lens.

Turn Up the Tunes

Cook breakfast while listening to an upbeat music playlist instead of the morning news (singing and dancing is highly encouraged). This is a great way to kick-start your day in a positive mood. Continue to move to the beat of the music throughout the rest of your day. Whether it’s acoustic songs to increase your focus at work or upbeat jams to fuel your workout, music is an effective tool to enhance your mood.

Take a Brain Break

At times it can seem life is like a never ending to-do list. It’s important to pause during your day-to-day routine to decrease stress and increase creativity. How? All you need to do is pencil in a 5-10 minute daydream break. Utilize this time to brainstorm a crazy idea, envision a dream vacation, or empty and relax your mind.

Treat Yourself to Some Shut-Eye

Not only does a good night’s sleep benefit your health, it can also boost your happiness. Sleep’s restorative powers can improve both your mental and emotional state – so make sure to catch enough z’s. Adults are recommended to get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Achieving improved levels of happiness is easier than you think! Visit this website for additional information.

Food

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Fresh & Flavorful Meals

Delight in fresh and healthy food all summer long. Visit the Food Network for a variety of light and flavorful recipes. You’ll learn how to prepare delicious dishes such as honey-glazed chicken, broccoli salad, peach cobbler, and more. Plus, these recipes are easy to prepare, and are sure to entertain any sized crowd!

National Hot Dog Month

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Did you know July is National Hot Dog month? We will be having a Hot Dog Picnic here at the Clubhouse on July 23rd at 11 a. m. Come on down and enjoy time with your neighbors. See you there!

Yard of the Quarter

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We are proud to announce the Yards of the Quarter for June 2017 will be going to the Fulmas’ Site 663 and the Seamans’ Site 664. Both will receive a gift card from Home Depot.

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Yard of the Quarter

We are proud to announce the Yards of the Quarter for June 2017 will be going to the Fulmas’ Site 663 and the Seamans’ Site 664. Both will receive a gift card from Home Depot.

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Tuesday, July 4
Independence Day Party
Clubhouse
1:00 p.m.

Friday, July 23
National Hot Dog Day Picnic
Clubhouse
11:00 a.m.

Your Health

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Stay Sharp

Studies show that lifestyle behaviors directly affect brain health. AARP has identified five key factors for brain health through its Staying Sharp initiative: Move, Discover, Relax, Nourish, and Connect. You can improve both your brain health and quality of life by dedicating time every day to these initiatives.

Tara Woods T-Shirts

T-Shirts

We are in the process of making some new Tara Woods t-shirts in time for 2018 Appreciation Day. Read more for details.

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Tara Woods T-Shirts

Shirts

We are in the process of making some new Tara Woods t-shirts in time for 2018 Appreciation Day. We are in the process of organizing a list to take to the supplier. The size of the order will determine the price, so I cannot give you a price for the shirts and lanyards just yet.

Our new shirts will be Hanes 50-50 poly/cotton in royal blue with screen-printing. We are trying to keep the color as close as possible to the previous one.

Again, we should have them in time to wear to the 2018 Appreciation Day. Any questions or concerns, please either e-mail me at amill57766@comcast.net, or call me at (239) 543-2954. Some people forgot to put sizes on their order, so I will try to contact you.

Fall Gardening Checklist

Garden tools

As summer winds down, it’s time to prep your garden for cooler weather. From prepping your lawn to planting veggies, we have tips to keep your garden healthy and happy as we shift gears into a new season.

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Fall Gardening Checklist

Garden tools

As summer winds down, it’s time to prep your garden for cooler weather. Learn how to keep your garden healthy and happy as we shift gears into a new season.

The first step is preparing your lawn for the changing weather. For those of you in cooler climates, give your grass a healthy dose of high-potassium fertilizer. This will help your lawn persevere through those chilly nights. Lawns in warmer climates should receive a preventive herbicide to minimize weeds that can fester during the fall.

The next step is giving your garden a fresh start for fall. Make sure to pull all old plants, and add them to your compost pile. Then, replenish your soil by combining this compost with organic fertilizer.

Most importantly, it’s time to plant fruits and veggies that thrive in cooler conditions. Try planting turnips, mustard greens, lettuces, collards, or kale. Not only will these veggies flourish in the fall, they can serve as star ingredients for a variety of meals. Other veggie options include carrots, beets, and broccoli!

Keep these tips in mind to make sure you don’t fall behind on gardening. Check out the websites below for additional gardening guidelines:

May Derby Party
 

Derby Party

Many residents came out to our Kentucky Derby party in May. Guests sported their fancy Derby hats and got to enjoy viewing the race with friends. Click to see more photos from our event!

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May Derby Party

Many residents came out to our Kentucky Derby party in May. Guests sported their fancy Derby hats and got to enjoy viewing the race with friends.

Home & Garden

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Time to Tidy Up

Never got around to Spring cleaning? Don’t fret. Set aside some time this summer to give your home a clean sweep. HGTV has assembled quick and affordable solutions to declutter your home. Learn what to keep and what to toss, as well as how to organize your belongings.

Community Updates

Fountain

We have been hard at work completing the construction and landscaping for our community’s newest phase. Check out what’s new and what’s coming for Tara Woods!

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Community Updates

Fountain

We have been hard at work completing the construction and landscaping for our community’s newest phase. Four new fountains have recently been installed in the lakes in Tara Woods’ new phase. These fountains are a beautiful addition to our community! Plus, the construction on our models is almost complete. We anticipate the new phase’s Open House to be scheduled sometime during September. Be on the lookout for further details!

Bailey Speaks
 

Bailey

Hi everybody, my name is Bailey. 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. Read more for tips on hurricane preparedness with your favorite pets.

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Bailey Speaks

Bailey

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.

Well, here we go again, the dreaded next six months from June 1 to November 30 in our beautiful Sunshine State. It’s hurricane season. I know these next six months we all need to batten down, pick up our homestead, and take one day at a time. Hopefully Mother Nature takes an alternate route during 2017, but what about my fellow furry four-footed friends? Do you have a plan for them?

To help ease tensions on this matter, Bailey Speaks on this segment called “Start Getting Ready Now.” Do you have a Pet Plan? Here are some things you should have if or when a disaster should take place.

  • • Take a current photo of your pet.
  • • Make sure your cat or dog has a good leash and they are wearing a collar with proper identification or they are micro-chipped.
  • • Make sure your cell phone number is on their tag.
  • • Emergency kit: Pet’s medications, a first aid kit with bandages (like humans), a list of current vaccinations along with their name and phone number.
  • • Adequate supply of water with food. Make sure food is in a zip lock bag or pop-up cans for easy opening.
  • • A good bowl for food and water that does not tip over.
  • • A crate; a safe-haven with proper bedding. Crate train your pet to get them familiar with being in close quarters.
  • • A battery-operated radio and lantern so they don’t feel afraid at night.
  • • Towels, litter, or newspapers along with a litter box for your cat.
  • • Wet wipes for accidents should be in the first aid kit but have some for easy access.
  • • If you have friends who are out of harm’s way, see if they are willing to care for your pet.
  • • Sometimes pre-arrangements can be made with veterinarians’ offices to board your beloved pet.
  • • If you take your pet with to a motel, confirm with them that they are “pet friendly”.

The list can go on and on, but realize it is common sense. Remember the #1 Rule: if it isn’t safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. EVACUATE EARLY! Our Hurricane Committee will post information regarding pets later in the season.

I would like to take this moment to offer my deepest condolence to Joanne and Bob Byrne who recently lost their 18-year-old beloved dog, Charlie. I met Charlie when I moved to Tara Woods. Joanne was riding her bicycle with Charlie in her bicycle basket. To Joanne and Bob, Paw prayers for you as we remember him.

Well, this concludes “Bailey Speaks” for this month. "Happiness is coming home to a wet nose and a wagging tail."

New Aerobics Class

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Come check out our Aerobics Class offered every Thursday with our very own Mr. Dekes.

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New Aerobics Class

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Aerobics with Mr. Dekes began Thursday, June 1, at 1 p.m. We have had a terrific response for this event and welcome anyone who wants to join us every Thursday. Prior experience is not required. This will help to keep you moving and stay healthy. The suggested donation is $3.00.

- By Donna Erhardt

Travel

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Fall Destinations

Break out of your routine and visit these top destinations for Autumn. Take advantage of cheaper flights across the pond to France or Germany. Alternatively, you can take a trip to explore our national history. Cities such as Charleston, South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts offer a range of historic sites, all with a picturesque fall backdrop.

Worry-Free Philosophy

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Live the laidback lifestyle you deserve! All of our residents enjoy community management and great on-site amenities. Plus, new home buyers receive exclusive home warranties. Head to our Facebook page and let us know why you chose to buy at Tara Woods for your worry-free lifestyle!

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!

Expansion Project Update

Construction

We’ve been hard at work completing the newest phase of Tara Woods. Check out what’s to come!

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Expansion Project Update

Construction

We’ve been hard at work completing the newest phase of Tara Woods and the Model Homes. We have the Sales Center ready to make completions on the first model.

The other four models are near completed. Paint, wallpaper, and furnishings for the interiors are over the top. We have irrigation, landscape, and sod to complete which will really make these homes shine.

These are exciting times for sure! We have four home sites already reserved. We also have four lake fountains being installed in the new sections. These should be operational within the next three weeks.

We are anticipating an Open House in September. We know you will be quite impressed with the new looks and the finishing touches that have been added.

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

Press Play

The Summer slump is almost behind us, with Fall bringing a new prime time schedule. This means it’s time to program your DVR for both new shows and returning favorites. So sit back, relax, and check out this guide for TV shows airing this Fall.

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.

Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s important to know how you can keep your home and loved ones safe during severe weather. Click the button below for hurricane preparedness tips.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane

Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s important to know how you can keep your home and loved ones safe during severe weather. Follow these safety tips below:

  • • Make an emergency kit that includes food, water, and medication for 3-5 days.
  • • Plan for shelter if you need to evacuate from your home.
  • • Trim large trees and shrubbery around your home to minimize the risk of flying debris.
  • • Remove all furniture from your back porch.
  • • Install permanent shutters to cover your windows.
  • • Check your roof materials and reinforce if needed.
  • • Purchase an anchoring system to help minimize damage.

For more information on how to hurricane-proof your modular home, click here. If you are in a situation where you must evacuate your home, remember to bring your title and insurance information. For additional questions about our community’s emergency planning, feel free to stop by the front office and ask. We’re here to help!