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Vol. XXIII, No. 5 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 30, 2010

THANK YOU so much for all the cards, phone calls, and well wishes from all of our KGC friends.   We look forward to seeing everyone around February 8.       ---Carol Myers

MUSIC APPRECIATION:   All are welcome TONIGHT, January 30th in the Clubhouse from 7 - 9 PM, for Music Appreciation.   In the first half we have William Boyce's Symphony No 1, Percy Grainger's, "Irish tune from  County Derry" and Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto.   After the break, we shall show a truly outstanding performance of Itzhak Perlman along with the Berlin Philharmonic playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto.   Please feel free to bring and share finger food; lemonade provided.       ---Alan and Rosemary 412-3872

MOVIE for Wednesday, Feb. 3rd will be MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT.   A rare, behind the scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold out concert at London's 02 Arena.   Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, this film was produced with the full support of the estate of Michael Jackson.   It captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, and creative genius and great artist at work.   RATED PG.   Movie 7:30..PLANET EARTH 7:00.       ---Arlene

BEGINNING KNITTING AND CROCHETING:   Did you ever wonder about learning something new?   Maybe, just brush up on a little used skill.   Now is your chance.   Classes will begin Thursday, Feb. 4th, at 11 AM, in the Activities Room, for anyone interested in learning to knit or crochet.   Experienced and very patient, excellent teachers will be present for possible one on one instructions.   Everyone is welcome.   Materials will be provided.   Please join us.  ??, call Rose 412-1988.

GREAT LAKES LUNCHEON:   Thursday, February 4th, 12:30 PM at Millie's Restaurant, 3900 Clark Rd.   If you are from any of the great lakes area (Minn., Mich., Illinois, Ind., Wisc. or Canada), please join us.   Please sign up at back of clubhouse and wear your name tag.       ---Loretta (488-0664) or Dot (480-1544).

NORTH JETTY PICNIC:   February 4th.   Social hour, 4-5 PM.   Dinner @ 5 PM.   Everyone welcome; enjoy the picnic, the sunset and the relaxation.   Bring your favorite dish for twelve.   Don't forget your social hour of snacks and refreshments.   Also bring your table setting.       ---Chairperson, Claire Becker

SKYPE DEMONSTRATION:   How would you like to see and hear your family & friends, using your computer, at no cost for the call, anywhere in the world?   On Friday, February 5th at 10 AM in the Clubhouse, at the invitation of our dynamic duo of the computer club, Charlie Fote & Wren Mc Mains, I shall provide a demonstration of how this works and how to set it up on your computer....bring your laptops with you.   To show this wonderful way of staying in touch with your remote family and friends, I shall first contact a good friend in China, local time 11 PM, and then my sister in England, local time 3 PM.   In both cases, you will hear and see them in living color on the big screen, ah... no expense spared, throw the bird another seed!  To take advantage of this means of contacting your family and friends, you will need a high speed internet connection and a computer with a web cam (most new laptops come with one).   If you have a laptop or desktop computer that does not have a web cam, you can buy one from Radio Shack, Office Depot, Best Buy, Staples or online companies like or, for anywhere between $30 to $60.   I recommend the Logitech STX web cam, as it provides a great picture and has a built in microphone, so with your speakers its...."look hands".
After the live demonstrations, there will be a hand out sheet explaining, step by step, how to download this capability from the internet.   If time allows, and you bring your laptop we could download right there so you are ready to go when you get home.       ---Alan Holdway

REGATTA:   At 1:30 PM on Sunday, Feb. 7th at the POOL.   A good warm up for Super Bowl Sunday.   Everyone welcome for another challenging show by our skilled boats men.   Refreshments served before and during the event.       ---Commodore Jerry Becker

SUPER BOWL "44" PARTY:   Tickets will be on sale today and February 6th for the Super Bowl Party, which is on Sunday, February 7, 2010.   Enjoy the game on the "big screen" with your friends.   Snacks at 5:30 PM.   Subs at 6:00 PM.   Kickoff approx. 6:28 PM.   Ice cream bars also included for the price of $6.   BYOB.   "Pool" squares also available for sale.   Even if your team is not in the Super Bowl, you can get in the spirit and cheer for someone else's team.   If you have any questions, call Gene & Mickey  -  488-8281

PATRIOTIC NIGHT 2010:   Recognition of military veterans, fire fighters, law enforcement officers and other occupations that serve the public good.   Many Faces of Old Glory is the story about our American flag.   You can't tell the story about the flag, without telling the story about the USA:  who we are, where we came from and how we got here.   It's a grade school history lesson, one we should never forget!   Come to the Clubhouse at 5:48 PM, on February 10th, for some social time; then you will be served hot dogs and apple pie (the all American dish).   Vane Scott's video at 7 PM.   Donations accepted for the dogs and pie.   So remember, on Wednesday, February 10th, it's a date at 5:48 PM.      ---George Becker

OHIO LUNCHEON will be at Millie's Rest. on Thursday, February 11, at 12:30.   If you have not joined us before, try to come this time.   Ohio Renters, I know where you live!   New buyers, check us out.   Sign up in the Clubhouse. Wear your nametag.       --Posie Gallaher 480-1868 or George Crobaugh 484-3288

NEW ENGLAND LUNCH BUFFET:   It's time for our New England get-together again.   All New England residents, friends, renters and guests are welcome to join us for a Lunch Buffet on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 12:30 PM at Dimitri's at 405 US 41 By Pass North, Venice.   Sign up on the sheet in the Clubhouse and meet us there.   Please wear your nametags.   Any questions call Gene and Mickey.   --488-8281

H1N1 FLU SHOTS will be available at no charge in the Book & Game Room from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2010.   If you want to receive this shot, please sign up in the KGC office.

GUIDE DOGS:   The annual KGC Fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs is only two weeks away, on Sat. February 13, 2010. The economy has been bad and appeals for YOUR available charity dollars are many.   We hope one of your charity choices continues to be SEGD.   KGC-Princess will visit.   We Thank You for Your Support.       ---Nip & Jackie Barker

KING'S GATE CLUB TALENT SHOW will be on Saturday, February 13th.   Tickets ($5.00 per person) will be sold at the Saturday morning meetings on January 30th and February 6th.   We expect a sell out show, as in the past, so get your tickets early.   The ticket price includes beer, wine and soft drinks prior to the show and punch and cookies at intermission.   Doors open at 6 PM; show starts at 7 PM.  ( Acts needed).   Producers:   Chuck and Jan Collins, 488-5065; Curt and Linda MacMillan, 484-8927.

ATTENTION ALL KGC CHAIRPERSONS:   Please submit your 2010 budget requests (income and expenses) in writing, to Jim Alex, 35 Castle DR, by February 15, 2010.

NY-NJ LUNCHEON on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Left Coast Seafood Restaurant at 12:30 PM.   Please sign up, wear you name tags. Any questions call Eleanor 485-9714.

MARDI GRAS PARTY AND DANCE - Sat., Feb. 20:   Tickets go on sale next Saturday for $20 per person.   Only 2 tickets per household will be sold on Feb. 6.  Remaining tickets will be open to purchase for residents and guests on Sat., Feb. 13.   In case of a sellout, a waiting list will be started.   You will be picking your seats when you buy your ticket so plan ahead if a group wants to sit together.   To purchase two tickets for another resident on Feb. 6, bring their personal check written for the correct amount.   Please buy your tickets on Saturday mornings.   After the Feb. 13 meeting, contact the Ticket Chairman, Judy Spears, 488-6443, with cancellations or ticket questions.
Mardi Gras Schedule:   Social 6:00 PM; Dinner 6:30 PM. Entertainment by a 6-piece New Orleans Dixieland Band with singer from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
Mardi Gras Menu:   Catered southern-style mild Jambalaya with Chicken, Classic Shrimp Empanades, Pan-roasted Chicken Drummettes with Voodoo Sauce, Corn Salad Succotash, Sweet Dinner Rolls, topped off with dessert of Mardi Gras Berry Cake.  Punch and coffee will be available.  BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage other than punch, water, and coffee).      ---Tom Hicks

"DEAL ME IN" CARD AND GAME PARTY will be Thurs., Feb. 25, 1:00-4:00 PM, at Village on the Isle to benefit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.   (Former KGC resident, Lois Dievendorf, recommended this change of location from last year.)   Call Sandy McIntyre at 412-0107 to reserve a table for four or more.   $10 per person.   Make out checks to Literacy Volunteers and mail to 300 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL  34285, or give to Sandy McIntyre.   Please bring your own cards or games such as Dominoes or Scrabble and $$ for the 50/50 drawing and "Teacup Auction" to win great prizes.   Village on the Isle is furnishing refreshments.   Park behind Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 S. Tamiami Trail "on the Island" near the Village on the Isle buildings and enter the Mark Manor lobby.   You'll enjoy a fun afternoon, and you'll help this non-profit continue to provide tutoring to local adults who want to change their lives for the better by improving their reading or by learning to speak, read, and write English.       ---Sandy McIntyre

DVD LIBRARY:   We are trying to track down the DVD, FIREPROOF.   It has been missing for a very long time.   The ones I was looking for last week have been returned.   SO, I hope this one is returned.   I certainly do not want to purchase the same movie again when it is probably someplace in the club.       ---Jean Ickes

UNITED WAY WALK-A-THON:   We're accepting donations in the Walk-A-Thon box at the back of the room to help local charities and to sponsor the King's Gaters walking in the Walk-A-Thon, in downtown Venice on Sat., Feb. 27, 8:15-10:45 AM (3+ miles).   KGC Walkers will hand out Annual Fair flyers during the Walk-A-Thon.   Contact Sandy McIntyre to sign up to walk.   The Walk-A-Thon collection box will be near the Newsletters next week.   Money donated to United Way of South Sarasota County helps 28 agencies provide services to children and adults who need our help.   Ask if you want to see the entire list.   It includes American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Literacy Volunteers, Loveland Center, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, and Senior Friendship Center.   If you write a check, please make it payable to United Way of South Sarasota County.   Four King's Gaters (Eleanor Barth, Betty Dowling, Ann Kellum, and Sandy McIntyre) are Literacy Volunteers' tutors.   Fifty percent of the money raised will be designated for Literacy Volunteers to help adults learn to read, write, and speak English.   For more info, call Sandy McIntyre, 412-0107.

CRAFTERS:   HELP!!!   Items desperately needed for the Fair's Craft Booth.   There is still time.  Please consider making something.   Nothing was left over from last year.   ??  Elsie, 445-4813 or Rose, 412-1988

CELEBRATING LIFE - Happy Birthday wishes to the following King's Gaters, with February birthdays:
        February 2 Don Toland
        February 5 Pat Bryson
        February 5 Marjorie Havey
        February 5 Gary Exner
        February 7 Rex Ingerick
        February 9 Elinor Tyler
        February 9 Leo Caron
        February 14 Mary Collier
        February 16 Georgia Hughes
        February 16 Frank McLaughlin
        February 18 Sandy Crawford
        February 20 Janice Cook
        February 23 Mildred Crane
        February 27 Louise Eichenlaub
Please wish a belated Happy Birthday to Lucy Kent (January 29).   Her birthday should have been included in the January 16th edition of the Newsletter.

A REMINDER OF KGC RULES AND REGULATIONS:   (ONE RULE WILL BE POSTED EACH WEEK).   RULE 1: RESIDENCY.  Each designated location of a home shall be deemed to be used for a single-family residence.   Permanent residency shall be considered persons residing in the Club more than 120 days in any 12 consecutive months and whose name(s) appears on the Membership Certificate and/or that person(s) designated by a trust, and/or corporation.

BOWLING, January 28, 2010

Dick Schleicher 221 592
Dick Lyford 201 533
Fred Carbone 206 526
Angie Richards 52 pins over average single game.             ---Don Fisher

TRIVIA:   The Committee for Trivia extends our thanks to all who attended Saturday night.   We enjoy trivia and by the laughter, it sounded like you did, too.   The next Trivia will be in March.   The prize is determined by the amount of people who come; so bring a friend or two.   Admission is $1.00.   Bring your own snacks.   Thanks also to the great committee:   Barbara and Barry S, Barbara T, Eileen H, Gaston D, Geraldine L and Ken S.   Any questions, call Karen S - 485-2092.

THURSDAY SHUFFLEBOARD - January 21, 2010  -  Ralph Garver

Position   Team   Won Lost Tie
1 1 34 20 *
2 2 34 20 *
3 3 29 25 *
4 5 29 25 *
5 6 28 26
6 4 22 32
7 8 20 34
8 7 15 39

February 10  -   Wednesday.  HARD ROCK CASINO, SIGN UP NOW...$25.00
March 7        -   The King and I.   $64.00.   Wait List.
March 18      -   Silver Foxes.   Great show at Venice Theatre; support our own Irene Bette.   Excellent seats; reserve your seat now… $22.00.
March 26      -   Sailor Circus.   Support our young children of Sarasota County; great show for $15.00.   Reserve your seats now.
April 18         -   Ring of Fire.   (Tribute to Johnny Cash).   Wait List.   $64.00
April 22         -   Ring of Fire.   (Thursday evening).   OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE...BOOK NOW...$65.00


        If you have any questions regarding any of the above or have any travel questions, please feel free to contact Mary Lou at 484-6807 or at
            Don and Mary Richmond, Travel Coordinators; John and Sandy Eade, Travel Partners

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to the following new owners:
     James and Viginia Hubble, from Farmington Hills, MI, who have purchased      Paul and Alice Young, from Butler, PA, who have purchased 179 Princess Avenue.
We hope you enjoy many happy years with us a KGC!

RETURN RENTERS:   Welcome back to Darryl and Judi Leathers, who are renting at 225 Duchess Ave. until mid-April.   They are from Stanwood, MI.
Enjoy your stay at the Club!

FITNESS CENTER - ENHANCING LIFE AND HEALTH:   If osteoporosis is a problem, if you fear falling and breaking bones, if you are concerned about heart health and stroke, then the KGC Fitness Center should be important to you.   In 2002, the Round Table and the Club BOD allocated space and $43,000 for the construction and furnishing of our Fitness Center.

We built a very functional place to exercise, which incorporates 80% of the capabilities of major commercial facilities.   It was originally a tough sell because many of our older residents in earlier times believed that exercise is what you do in the Marines.   Now, we know better.   It is never too late to benefit from exercise.
Exercise has two major emphasizes (plus a few others).   The first emphasis is aerobic.   Use of aerobic machines improves our cardiovascular fitness.  We can fight heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and blood supply problems.   We can do this with the use of treadmills, a cycle and a cross trainer.   The second emphasis is on strength building, and this is equally important with aerobic.   Strength training improves balance, osteoporosis deficits, and enables us to increase our strength for the tasks of daily living.   Even arthritis sufferers find relief when muscles surrounding joints are strengthened.   Each machine is designed to improve a particular muscle group.

There is much we can do to live a better quality life and avoid many problems that may come with increasing age.   Since 2002, some 300 women and men have had KGC instruction on the machines.   Instruction involves machine positioning, weight capacity, and a program of repetitions.   If you would like instruction, or would like a little refresher, give me a call and an instruction time will be set up for 1, 2, or 3 persons.       ---Dick May, 246 Ave. of Barons.

ORCHIDS:   To Arlene Hyde for planning our Movie Night each Wednesday.   "Planet Earth" which is shown at 7 PM for one-half hour before the movie is both interesting and informative and the photography is magnificent.   Judging by the large attendance, the movies are also enjoyed.   THANKS ARLENE.

THOUGHTS:   As I was riding on the bus last Sunday, on the way home from the Broadway Palms Dinner Theater, I got to thinking about Mary Lou Richmond and all the work she does for us as Travel Director.   We are fortunate because she says she loves doing this work.   It entails working with the Ft. Myers Dinner Theater (and trips there ahead of time to get everything set up), lining up a bus (or buses) for each trip, working with VIP Travel, setting up our trips to the Casino, and trying to get a wait list for all trips.   And, we (the Round Table) are given money each year for the work done by the Travel Coordinators.   Mary Lou is ably assisted by Don Richmond, Sandy and John Eade.       ---SJB

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