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A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

September - October 2017

Edition No. 10

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

Oh my, how time flies. Welcome back, Snowbirds! We have missed you. We have been busy sprucing up, painting, planting, repairing, replacing, and cleaning while you were away. Read more for details about what we’ve been up to.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

Oh my, how time flies. Welcome back, Snowbirds! We have missed you. We have been busy sprucing up, painting, planting, repairing, replacing, and cleaning while you were away. The lap pool has been heated and the shuffleboard courts are being resurfaced for your enjoyment.

Tara Woods was recently voted best in North Fort Myers 2017 for Manufactured Home Community and Mobile Home Community. What an honor to receive these awards! We have the plaques hanging in the office if you would like to stop by and see them. Thanks to Tara Woods’ employees and residents for all of your hard work.

Just a reminder: if you are looking for reputable vendors to repair, plumbing, electric, A/C, roofing, or yard work, we have a list in the office and can give you contact information.

Sincerely,

Darlene D. Bradley

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events happening at Tara Woods.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Saturday, September 2
Blood Pressure Check
Clubhouse, 8:15 a.m.

Monday, September 4
Labor Day Party
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 7
Book Discussion Club
Marilyn’s, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 22
Happy Hour Club
Clubhouse, 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 23
End of Summer Bash
Clubhouse, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, September 30
Movie Night
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 28
Halloween Party
Clubhouse, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 29
Dog Parade
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Food

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Happiness is Homemade

Warm, home cooking is a perfect reminder that the seasons are changing. While they can be great to eat, fall meals can be tricky to prepare. Here are easy and hearty casserole recipes that will leave everyone at the table satisfied.

Tara Woods Sales Update

For Sale

Exciting things are taking place in our final phase of construction at Tara Woods. New neighbors are excited to join us, like Mr. and Mrs. Williams who purchased lot 652. Read more to learn about the expansion and take a peek at the new model homes.

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Tara Woods Sales Update

For Sale

Exciting things are taking place in our final phase of construction at Tara Woods, with nearly 20% of available lots already accounted for. This can be seen by the abundance of “RESERVED” and “NEW HOME COMING SOON” signs located within the final phase. Due to the overwhelming excitement and demand, we have already consulted with our contractor on scheduling the next phase of construction within the final development.

You already know about our Resident Reward Program (earn up to $500 for each referred client who closes on a new home), but do you know about our resident Trade Up Program? There is no better time than now to reserve a beautiful new home site. For more information about either opportunity, please feel free to reach out to our New Home Specialist, Nick Cornwell, at 239-249-3496.

National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog

Residents came out to enjoy National Hot Dog Day, which was held July 23. Bill Black sold a total of 135 hot dogs and 85 ice cream bars. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Fourth of July Fun
 

4th of July

We held our Fourth of July party at the Pool Veranda. HOA Board Members catered the event and it was a huge success with our residents. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate!

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Fourth of July Fun

4th of July

We held our Fourth of July party at the Pool Veranda. HOA Board Members catered the event and it was a huge success with our residents. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate!

Your Health

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Glowing Skin is In

The basics of skin care are vital for good health. A combination of healthy lifestyle choices can ensure that your skin stays glowing and vibrant. Read more for information about taking care of your skin and helping your health.

End of Summer Bash

Summer bash

Come celebrate the end of summer at our End of Summer Bash on September 23, in the Clubhouse.

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End of Summer Bash

End of summer

Come celebrate the end of summer at our End of Summer Bash on September 23, in the Clubhouse from 7-10 p.m. Mr. Deke will provide musical entertainment and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $7 each and will be available starting August 22. Watch the Clubhouse Bulletin Board for more details.

Time to Trade Up!
 

Key in hand

Do you love Tara Woods, but long for a newer home? Do you want to live in a new construction house, with all the bells and whistles? Now’s your chance! Take advantage of our Trade Up Program and move into one of the brand-new homes in the Tara Woods expansion.

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Time to trade Up!

Key in hand

Do you love Tara Woods, but long for a newer home? Do you want to live in a new construction house, with all the bells and whistles? Now’s your chance!

Our Trade Up Program, exclusively for current Hometown America residents, offers an excellent opportunity to secure a new home in the community you already love.

This Trade Up Program is designed to make the transition from your current home into your new home effortless and quick, with Hometown America purchasing your current home immediately. This avoids wait times in selling your current home, as well as saves you money on commissions.

You can start building your dream home without further delay. Within the final phase at Tara Woods, lot selection is at a premium due to overwhelming demand. Call our New Home Specialist, Nick Cornwell, at 239-785-0358 for details today!

Come Try Ceramics Class

Ceramics

Residents are invited to try out our Ceramics class every Monday at noon in the Ceramics Room, located by the tennis courts. For more information and for assistance with firing up the kiln, please contact Bonnie Abend (212-0707) or Janelle Wissler (770-2686). Come and join the fun!

Home & Garden

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Help Around the Home

Time to bring out the Earth tones! HGTV’s Help Around the Home offers tips and tricks for your home’s décor. From decorating inspiration to ideas for the garden, preview this “tip a day” calendar for everything you need.

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.

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Bailey Speaks

Bailey

It’s the dog days of summer and we have seen a great deal of hot spells for almost four months, but now the clouds have opened up. After playing in some big water poodles, (I mean water puddles) you may wonder where the phrase, “Dog Days of Summer” comes from. It begins July 3 and ends August 11, and has nothing to do with dogs lying in the heat. The phrase came from an ancient Greek belief about a star named “Sirus” (Dog Star) that rose about the same time as the sun. Because Sirus was the brightest star, it was thought to add heat to the sun, producing hot, unhealthy weather.

When you are hot, you are HOT, and that’s no hot dog! Even though a dog’s fur is great protection against the cold, it can be a problem in the hot weather. Unlike humans, dogs eliminate heat by panting. They have sweat glands in their footpads, which helps with heat disposition, even though it isn’t to release our temperature. Us dogs love to go on outings with our owners to the doggie park. (Thanks to Tara Woods for supplying us with a beautiful doggie park equipped with water and chairs).

We also enjoy car rides, which can also present danger. Even if the owner makes a quick stop to grab a snack or drink and run in to pay for gas, don’t leave your best friend in the hot, sizzling car. My normal temperature is already 103 degrees and it takes less than five minutes for my temperature to elevate. Watch my symptoms like panting, drooling, being lethargic, fever, or vomiting. This can cause permanent organ damage and possible death. Also, realize that my fellow furry friends with shorter noses like Boxers, Bulldogs, Pugs, or Shih Tzus have more difficulty during the hot days. If you do travel, make sure you don’t leave the windows closed, even if the car was air-conditioned while driving. Always have plenty of water and a well-ventilated area.

Try to avoid sidewalks and roadways, because these can be extremely hot and can easily cause severe burns on my pads. Try to walk before the heat of the day; the hottest time of the day is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If a heat stroke is present, wet down with cool water—never iced water. Check my temperature every 10-15 minutes and seek medical care. Play safe, not sorry.

Remember a house is not a home without your pets.

Happy Trails!

New Aerobics Class

Aerobics

Aerobics class with Mr. Deke is now offered on Tuesdays from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Work up a sweat to great Motown music. Coordination or prior experience is not required, feel free to invite your friends. The suggested donation is $3.00.

Upcoming Play Selection

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Summer brings us the selection of our new play, as well as preparations and practice. Our entertainers will be performing “Adam’s Eve” in early 2018! Read up on the play, and what else our team of performers have planned for our residents.

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Upcoming Play Selection

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Ladies and gentlemen...we just love the rainy season, don’t we? The Florida grass gets green and the mowers are here weekly. Plus, we get to sweat, which cleans out our pores. How could you not love Florida in the summertime?

Among the other things that happen during the summer is the selection of our new play, the actors learning their lines, the director working on the blocking, and me, working on set design. It is almost too hard to fit a decent vacation in with all that is going on here in Tara Woods.

I know you are all excited to hear about the 2018 play selection. We will be presenting “Adam’s Eve,” a comedy by Matthew Carlin, published by Heuer, a company out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

For your enjoyment, there will be some of the seasoned actors and a few new faces seen on stage and off stage. We all are excited to have new people join the Entertainers; it adds a bit more excitement to the productions.

I trust you will all be marking your calendars for the second weekend in March of 2018, on the 9th or 10th, to join us in the audience cheering on the thespians with your applause. Nevertheless, for now, everyone enjoy your summer and keep us in the back of your mind so that when next year rolls around you will come to see “Adam’s Eve” on stage in March of 2018.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Albert Einstein

By: Pat Dunning, Stage Manager Entertainers

Travel

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Adventure Wisely

Traveling overseas should be nothing short of entertaining and educational, and it’s best to be open to every new experience. Read these traveling tips from Rick Steves to make sure you get the most out of a European vacation.

Coupon Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started yourself.

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Coupon Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. With their growing popularity, they are now available in the weekly paper, can be printed from your grocery store’s website, and are even accessible on cell phone apps. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started!

Plan Ahead

Plan what you’re going to buy before you go to the store, and only purchase those items. If you don’t stick to the items on your list, you may end up spending more money than intended. Take the time to be strategic about the coupons you’re going to use and you’ll be guaranteed to save money.

Stay Organized

Make sure you have all of your coupons organized before you begin shopping. Arrive at the checkout counter with them cut, accessible, and ready to go. Find a system that works best for you, such as keeping your coupons in a binder for maximum organization or in a coupon book labeled by category.

Know Your Store’s Policies

Does your store accept competitors’ coupons? Do they price match or provide rain checks for out of stock items? Learn the policies at your local grocery store. Speak with an associate before you begin shopping and make sure you know the rules before arriving to maximize your savings.

Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

If you have a coupon for a deal on cereal, but you don’t like to eat cereal, then what’s the use? Only use the coupons for items you know you’re going to need and don’t waste your money buying something that will never be used. Remember, the fun part is saving money!

Check out these websites for more tips about getting started with couponing:

Ideas for the Restless Retiress

Retirees

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new. Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree.

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Ideas for the Restless Retirees

Retirees

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new.

Regardless, a new job can provide income, structure to your week, a solution for restlessness, and even some new friends along the way.

Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree:

  • Volunteer and help others - Many organizations are in need of volunteers to provide staff and assistance. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and rescue centers are great examples of places that couldn’t keep their doors open without the support of selfless people giving their time. If you love the satisfaction helping an organization run smoothly, saving a life, or meeting a need, you may want to consider spending your downtime volunteering.
  • Provide a Service - Do you have a talent you’re willing to offer at a price? Whether it’s dog sitting, sewing, handy tasks, or childcare, you have to potential to help someone who needs your services. Jobs like these are essential to those who do not have the time or resources to do them on their own. Find what you love and have a knack for, and turn it into a part time gig. Plus, the extra money would be nice.
  • Customer Service - As a retiree, you might be looking for a job because you like to stay busy. Working in customer service is a great way to hustle through the week and meet many people along the way. This job path is perfect for retirees because it requires politeness, critical thinking skills, and patience that has amassed over a lifetime of working.
  • For more tips on how to tackle restless retirement, read over this AARP Article.

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

Arts

Get in the Game

Football season is here! Whether you’re at the game every week or cheering from your living room, keeping up with your favorite team’s schedule can be tough. Click here for this year’s professional football schedule.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe

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.

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.