With the swine flu, high unemployment and plummeting housing prices, Sun City Center has not been immune to national problems. Part-time residents here, however, can always count on cheery friends and neighbors to welcome them back every November.
Parties, new clubs and favorite restaurants await. Here's a brief overview of some of the highlights of this summer and early autumn part-time residents may have missed:
In May, Community Association President Ed Barnes joined members of the SCC Art Club in unveiling the refurbished Art Gallery at Sun City Center. The "Here Comes The Boys," exhibit kicked off the official opening of the gallery.
In June, retired Col. Gordon Bassett bestowed the Patrick Henry Award on John Bowker for his love of community and service during the Military Order of World Wars' Military Ball at Freedom Plaza. Joyce Sandusky of Kings Point was named the GFWC Sun City Center Woman's Club volunteer of the year for her work as a Station Aide at South Bay Hospital and Meals on Wheels.
In July, organizers with the Blue Thong Society announced they are seeking bachelors for their bachelor calendar to raise money for the Hillsborough County Humane Society. Their Snow Ball is being planned for February 2010. Community activist Dave Brown of SCC accepted the state's Senate Medallion of Excellence Award for outstanding public service. State Sen. Ronda Storms and Jeff Atwater, president of the Florida Senate, presented him with the award July 24 for his work with flood plains and backflow valves.
In August, Patti Andrews, a member of United Community Church, was honored as the Florida State Laywoman of the Year. South Bay unveiled their new surgical tracking system that helps visitors check on the status of friends and family during a surgical procedure.
In September the Patriot's Club offered their first Sept. 11 observance at Freedom Plaza. John Cortese of SCC performed his "Ragged Old Flag" skit. Also in September, Freedom Plaza celebrated its 17th anniversary with a golf tournament, parties and entertainment.
Out with the old, in with the new
New clubs include a Scandinavian Club for people of Scandinavian descent. For more information on the club, call Susie Blomquist at (813) 642-8950. Also, Paddy Cooney of SCC is working on growing membership for the Irish Connection club he started a year ago.
Holidays will be here in a blink. Buy tickets now for a Holiday Spectacular show Dec. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community Hall. The Sarasota Concert Band is presenting the show. Tickets are on sale now at the Atrium Kiosk. Call Judy at (813) 642-2001.
Also, the Foxy Seniors and Cabaret dance clubs are hosting a New Years Eve Party Dec. 31 in The Florida Room. Tickets are on sale now. Call Frank at (813) 634-3479.
As always, e-mail me with any club announcements or events you need published in The Sun at least one week prior to the publication date. And have a spectacular year!