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Vol. XX, No. 35 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 6, 2008

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00P Pinochle
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Dup. Bridge
7:00P Billiards (L)
7:00P Cribbage
10:30A Bowling
12:00P Ceramics
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Painting /Drawing
7:00P Poker (M)
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
8:15A Coffee Social
8:45A R.T. Meeting

SOLO'S:   Change of date this month only, Solo's will meet on September 18, 2008, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS.   Time and place will be announced.       Jean Davis 484-0393

THANK YOU:   We had a good turnout for the Labor Day Potluck - Thank you all for participating.   Thanks also to everyone who helped with the preparations:   Charlene Joyce, Sandy Garver, Jim & Bev Purkey, Ruth Ingerick, Peggy Sims, Lucille Anderson, Angie Richards and Martha & Tom Hicks.   Special Thanks for Judy & Chuck Leight for being co-chairs with me, Father Steve for the dinner blessing, Jim Prentice & Chuck Leight for getting our chicken here piping hot and Tom Hicks for the music.   As usual there were many delicious food dishes to sample.   Thanks again everyone,   Jessica Prentice

TO ALL:   Some good news on Betty to share.   The heart medicines have stabilized the functions as heart rate and blood pressure, both normal now.   The 3 units of blood transfusion have increased the red cell count, not where they want it, but increase is significant.   Yesterday improvements include getting out bed, walking, sitting in a chair and eating solid food.   Still bothersome is finding cause for two grand mal seizures.   An MRI of the brain showed no cause.   Still in the ICU Unit so we still need your thoughts and prayers.   I'm better too - plan to drive to my podiatrist tomorrow.       God bless   ---   George Agricola

UPDATE ON BETTY AGRICOLA (added after Sat. morning meeting):   Good News - Betty was transferred yesterday from ICU to a regular room - a sign of vast improvement. Still not out of the woods as her vitals and heart rhythms are monitored in a central telemetry area. She has also started eating solid foods - another good sign. Thanks for all your prayers and support.---   George

TREE TRIMMING:   The trimming started on September 2, 2008.   Prices start at $15.00.   If you haven't signed up as yet, please do so, just about "ALL" the trees need trimming this time of the year.   We will be making the "route" for the Clean Cut Tree Service.       --- Rich Davis

TRAVEL:   Phantom of the Opera, November 6th, Tampa Performing Arts, Good seats, round trip bus transportation, and lunch included at the Tampa Performing Arts before the show.  $124.00, make checks payable to Happy Heart Tours.
Also coming Celtic Thunder at Tampa Forum and Dinner January 24, 2009 Farewell engagement Riverdance, for more information see Mary Lou.
Newsflash:   Space available in category L at $1196.00 per person, twin, new low price with all included.   January Cruise Southern Caribbean Medley 10 days.  January 29-February 8, 2009.  We have room for you, join the fun.   Call VIP World Travel and get on our travel list.
Bermuda Cruise April 25-May 2nd, 2009, MSC Orchestra Bermuda Cruise.
November 9th, 2008, Best Little Whore House in Texas, $62.00 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 2 buses.   Wait List.   You might want to see if you're on the list and still want to go to this show.
Any questions on the above feel free to call Don or Mary Lou at 484-6807 or email us at

HI EVERYONE:   Good news, Betty came home from rehab on Friday. She has made good progress the last 10 days. She will continue nursing visits and physical therapy at home. Other then having to rest frequently she is doing quite well. The health professionals have told her to do what she can, but when she feels at all tired to lay down and rest.   It sure is nice to have her home. Thanks again for all the cards, notes, and prayers.  I'm sure they helped speed her recovery.       Roger Nicely

ENTERTAINMENT:   It sounds as if Emil DePasquale and his committee have planned many good shows for this next season. Have you ever wondered how we started to have these programs? Following is some Entertainment History for Kings Gate Club:

Almost from its inception, Kings Gate Club has brought entertainment in many forms to residents.

In its infancy in 1979-80, new residents were instrumental in having the stage and dressing rooms constructed in the Club social hall.

Few records exist regarding these early years, but certain things are remembered by long-term residents ---John Ifft was an early Chairman of Entertainment---most of it provided by First City Federal Savings and Loan under the direction of its producer, the late Ed Jacobs.   Ed brought to the Club a wide variety of excellent local entertainers.   All of these were provided free of charge by First City Federal.

This ended after the 1988-89 season with the savings and loan crisis, when First City Federal was merged into Crossland Savings and Loan who dropped the program after one more year.

Other Club Entertainment Chairmen included Everett Moore, Pete Havey and Don Moriarty during this period.

In 1987, the late Vic Hill became Chairman and under his leadership, the Club saw the introduction of what were then called the three "Road Shows," namely Jo Ann Castle, Brenda Byers and Alexander Butterfield.   This program evolved into the "Four Star Show" program in succeeding seasons.   Admission fees were $10 per person and discounted season tickets were sold.

Vic Hill, a veteran of the entertainment industry in Detroit television, was responsible for providing much theatrical equipment including professional stage lighting, the portable floodlight and the revolving crystal globe used at dances in the hall.

Continued next week.

THOUGHTS:   As the Republican National Convention is meeting in St. Paul, I am staying away from the downtown area (less than three miles from where we live) and any chance of "meeting up" with the protesters.   My thoughts are with KGC and just hope all storms stay away.   Am counting the weeks until we return south and get back in the swing of Club activities - and, of course, seeing all the residents again.   -   SJB

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