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PAISLEY CRAZE TO HEADLINE VALENTINE’S DINNER BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

 

The heart that loves is always young, so let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with love and laughter! The public is invited to enjoy a delightful evening next Tuesday featuring live music performed by Paisley Craze. This five-piece band features a wide range of styles from the iconic bands we all remember.

The extravagant dinner menu includes charred miso glazed salmon, Beef Tenderloin and stuffed Tuscan garlic chicken. The “chocolate bomb” for dessert is the star of the show! Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 P.M. Dinner is served at 6:30 P.M. Call 352-753-7000 by February 12 to purchase tickets.

Speaking of togetherness, Harbor Hills wedding coordinator Christy Rich is busy planning engagement parties, weddings and vow renewals. “A vow renewal ceremony at Harbor Hills is very special,” she explains. “It celebrates the value of an enduring relationship. Vow renewal says to the world, I’d do it all over again.”  Whether it be a wedding for a special couple, a vow renewal for seniors or a Valentine’s engagement party, Christy organizes everything for the event. The view from the Harbor Terrace overlooking expansive Lake Griffin is extraordinary. Contact Christy at 352-753-7000.

Hearty congratulations to the winning teams of the 9th Annual Italian Open Tournament recently played at Harbor Hills Country Club. First place winners in the Member Flight were Ray Barr, Ravi Velappan, Joe Redoutey and Pat Murdock with a score of 53. Capturing first place in the Guest Flight were John Muir, Gay Muir, Rosemary Rizzo and Vincent Rizzo with a score of 54. Tutti si sono trovati benissimo!

WE THE PEOPLE – Dr. Marshall S. Grillo Sr BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Often called the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War was fought from June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953. At the time of the conflict, Americans were focused on many other challenges, including the aftermath of WW II, Vietnam, the Cold War and domestic concerns. The importance of this war in the history of the United States has been greatly understated as this struggle marked the rise of Cold War tensions that emerged in the post-WW II period.

A lifelong member of the American Legion, Harbor Hills resident Dr. Marshall Grillo is a proud affiliate of Post 347 in Lady Lake. Dr. Grillo’s years of naval service and engagement in Korea led his Post to select him to attend Honor Flight 42 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Grillo was among the first Korean War vets to be chosen.

The outpouring of love given to his veteran group was overwhelming. Dr. Grillo appreciated the Honor Guards, the bag piper, the police escorts and the individual guardians assigned to the group. Included in this experience were the crew who made the flight possible, the crowd who greeted the vets upon their return, and the singing of the National Anthem played by the bugler. As Dr. Grillo explains, “It all brought tears to my eyes and joy in my heart.”

Dr. Grillo’s memorial brick can be found in Harbor Hills’ Memorial Park, along with the signature bricks of many other Harbor Hills vets. Situated among the flags of our Armed Forces, the park is a quiet place. It is perfect for reflection on the courage of those who gave us the precious gift of freedom. It is indeed a privilege to be your friend, Dr. Marshall Grillo.

THE HARBOR HILLS LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

LGA Board Members

The Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association has been in existence since 1991. This year, the Association consists of 52 members. “If you are a member of Harbor Hills Country Club, resident or non-resident,” President Ann Mahoney explains, “you can play with the LGA.”

Stroke play is played weekly with a secondary game built into the play. For example, the group might play a two-person Best Net Ball of Partners game where gross scores are recorded for each individual. In addition, the best net ball of the two team partners is tracked. The team with the lowest net score is the winner. The format changes each week, making every week interesting and different. The games are flighted, giving fair competition to all levels of players.

Members of the HHLGA participate in a Harbor Hills Match Play tournament. The hole-by-hole competition is played from November through March. Members set up their own matches and keep track of points until they play with everyone in their flight. The person with the most points in their flight wins!

The Harbor Hills LGA is active in The Mid Florida Challenge Cup. This competition involves seven clubs: Harbor Hills, Eagle Ridge, Monarch, Arlington Ridge, Plantation, Deer Island and Mt. Dora Country Club. It’s a match play format with a partner and is played at all the clubs mentioned from September through April.

Change it up with a day on the water! Linda Morrison, Certified Paddle Tour guide, invites you to enjoy a kayak eco-tour on beautiful Lake Griffin. Friends of Lake Griffin State Park is a non-profit group offering both day and moonlight tours as well as kayak classes. Visit FLGSP.org for details.

HARBOR HILLS WOMEN’S CLUB INVITES YOU TO AN EVENING OF MAGIC BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

CESAR DOMICO

Years ago, David and I took our daughters to enjoy a show starring David Copperfield, perhaps the most well-known magician in modern times. We were astounded and the children were amazed. We laughed as we continuously said, “How did he do that?” during his incredible live performance. You might remember Copperfield’s astounding illusions walking through the Great Wall of China or making the Statue of Liberty disappear!

Magicians such as Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, and David Blaine are among today’s most recognized talents. These gifted professionals undoubtably ignite new and younger magicians to follow in their mysterious paths.

Combining comedy with magic is a winning combination and well presented by local magician Cesar Domico. Domico is a three-time champion in magic and card tricks. He is an entertainer as well as a magician, using comedy and his unique illusions to wow the audience.

On February 3rd, the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is excited to host an evening with professional magician Cesar Domico. Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner and the show at the Harbor Hills Country Club. The public is warmly welcome. Deadline to reserve tickets is January 27. Contact Shirle Mabie at 561-351-0699 for more information.

Reminder: The first of two food drives sponsored by our Harbor Hills Ladies Charity will be held January 27th-29th. Help replenish the shelves of the Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church. Donations can be dropped off at the Pro Shop. Pickup is available. Email Sue Rice at hsusanrice@embarqmail.com.

HARBOR HILLS ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB PLANS GOLF EVENT BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

 

Last Sunday, the Harbor Hills golfing community enjoyed play in our Inner Harbor Golf League. Men and women, regardless of handicap or experience, competed with neighbors and had a great time. The Inner Harbor Golf League is played once a month through April with an awards dinner on the last day of play.

Villagers, you are enthusiastically invited to Harbor Hills Country Club to participate in the 9th Annual Italian Open on Sunday, January 29th. It is a four- person scramble golf tournament with a 1PM shotgun start and lots of old time Italian joy. Two flights will be fielded: one flight for Harbor Hills golf members and a second flight for the general public and guests. Enjoy wine and cheese stations on Holes 5 and 13! Many cash prizes will be awarded, including longest drive and closest to the pin.

Following the tournament, a plated dinner of Caesar salad, chicken parmesan and dessert will be served in the Regency Room. Inclusive price for golf and dinner is $60 for full golf members, $90 for the general public and $30 for dinner only. Green fees, range balls and the full Italian dinner are included for all players. An award ceremony, a 50/50 drawing and raffle will be held during dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities.

Payments can be made at the Harbor Hills Pro Shop with checks payable to the Harbor Hills Italian American Club. Call Tournament Chairman Joe Pulsone at 352-638-6698 or the Pro Shop at 352-753-7711 for details. Sign up deadline is January 15th. Everyone is welcome!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS AND HOSTING THE TNXL CHARITY TOURNAMENT BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Our Northern neighbors have arrived! They joined us for a spectacular New Year’s Eve gala at Harbor Hills Country Club. Special thanks to our social committee, Alma Smith, Lin McLeod and Judy Warren, who created the glitz and glamour of the evening.

What is the secret to sticking to our New Year’s resolutions? According to the newest research, February 1 is the day we call it quits! One in seven Americans never truly believe they’ll adhere to their resolutions. When trying to create big changes, have some fun! Infusing bite-sized goals with positivity increases our chances of maintaining a healthy change.

Speaking of keys to success, Harbor Hills is excited to host the TNXL Pro-Am Charity Tournament on January 14. With the slogan, “Building futures through baseball,” founder Brian Martinez explains, “Our goal is to make sure our players are prepared to succeed in life and not only on the baseball field.” TNXL offers a high school alternative that includes a 4-day per week training program leading to college baseball scholarships and a professional future in the sport. The academy features an extensive indoor facility and baseball fields in Ocoee, Florida. Tournament proceeds help disadvantaged youngsters with tuition and associated costs.

On Tournament Day, mixed pro-am foursomes will enjoy dinner after the round. The public is encouraged to participate. Hearty congratulations to 2023 TNXL graduate Nick Rich on his commitment to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he will be playing baseball. For more information on the foundation, visit https://tnxlsportsfoundation.com.  For tournament info, email tnxlsportsfoundation@gmail.com

BEGIN THE NEW YEAR BY REACHING OUT TO A VETERAN BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

VETERANS MEMORIAL

High atop the 16th green of Harbor Hills Country Club, six flags wave proudly over our military memorial. The branches represented are: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and the newly-established Space Force. Neighbor and Purple Heart recipient Col. John Bircher reminds us, “Freedom is not really free, but comes at the price of those who are willing to sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”

More than 9.5 million vets are now over the age of 65. This time of the year can be especially difficult for them. Reach out to those in our community who may be struggling. Offering help in any small way shows our support and gratitude.

Let’s remember that the holiday season can also be a tough time for many who are experiencing sadness, loneliness or simply missing a family member or pet. Especially vulnerable are those with disabilities, illness or scarce family contacts.

Friend and veteran Lonnie Hodge, a PTSD survivor suggests we make these promises:

*I promise to reach out to anyone I think might be at risk.

*I promise to be there for anyone who needs to talk or who needs help finding assistance.

*I promise to be mindful of friends who experience dark times when things get too heavy for them to bear.

The New Year provides an ideal opportunity to make life a little better for our neighbors, friends and family members. Extend your hand to others with compassion and kindness. Be there for anyone who needs friendship or assistance. From our home to yours, David and I wish you an especially happy and healthy 2023!

Golf Health Benefits

Golf is a popular recreational activity for people of all ages, but it can be especially beneficial for those in retirement. Here are some of the health benefits of playing golf in retirement:

  1. Low-impact exercise: Golf is a low-impact activity, which means it places less stress on the joints and muscles compared to high-impact activities like running or jumping. This makes it a good option for those who may have health conditions or injuries that prevent them from participating in more strenuous exercise.
  2. Cardiovascular health: Golf can also provide a moderate level of cardiovascular exercise, as it involves walking long distances and carrying or pushing a golf cart. This can help to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  3. Mental health benefits: Playing golf can also have mental health benefits, as it allows for socialization and can provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose. It can also reduce stress and improve cognitive function.
  4. Flexibility and balance: Golf requires flexibility and balance, as players need to bend and twist to make shots. This can help to improve these physical abilities and reduce the risk of falls.
  5. Vitamin D: Golf is often played outdoors, which means players can get some exposure to vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D is important for bone health and can help to improve mood and cognitive function.

Overall, playing golf in retirement can provide a variety of physical and mental health benefits. It is a low-impact activity that can provide moderate exercise, improve flexibility and balance, and provide an opportunity for socialization and stress reduction.

Home Staging

Staging a home is the process of preparing a house for sale by making it look attractive, appealing, and welcoming to potential buyers. It is an important step in the process of selling a home, as it can significantly impact the sale price and the length of time it takes to sell the property. Here are some reasons why staging a home is important:
1 Increased appeal: Staging a home can make it more appealing to potential buyers by highlighting the home’s best features and creating a cohesive, stylish look. This can help to generate more interest in the property and potentially lead to a higher sale price.
2 Faster sale: A well-staged home is more likely to sell faster than a poorly staged one. This is because a staged home presents well and gives buyers a clear idea of how the space can be used and furnished.
3 Competitive edge: In a competitive real estate market, staging a home can give it a competitive edge over other properties for sale. It can help a home stand out and attract more attention from buyers.
4 Better photos: Staging a home can also improve the quality of the listing photos, as it can make the space look more attractive and inviting. This can help to generate more interest in the property and potentially lead to more showings.
5 Improved online listing: A well-staged home can also make a more positive impression when viewed online, as it can help the property stand out and look more attractive to potential buyers.
Overall, staging a home is an important step in the process of preparing it for sale. By highlighting the home’s best features and creating a cohesive, stylish look, a well-staged home is more likely to sell faster and for a higher price.

HARBOR HILLS COUNTRY CLUB WELCOMES 2023 BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Harbor Hills Country Club welcomes 2023 with an extraordinary evening. The theme is “Glam and Glitter” and you are invited! After hors d’oeuvres at 7 P.M., partygoers will enjoy an extravagant dinner in the ballroom at 8:15 P.M. Dash will entertain us with hit songs, making this a very special night. The event is open to the public. Call 352-753-7000 for non-refundable reservations.

The underserved community is on our minds, especially during the holidays. The first of two food drives sponsored by our Harbor Hills Ladies Charity will be held January 27, 28 and 29th. Chairperson Sue Rice and Co-Chair Linda Roark need your help to replenish the shelves of the Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church. Donations can be dropped off at the Pro Shop. Pickup is available. Contact Sue at hsusanrice@embarqmail.com.

Residents led the effort to provide deployed U.S. military personnel with homemade cookies, a welcome taste of home. The 2022 Treat The Troops drive exceeded our goal with a record number of 145 boxes (8 dozen each) or 13,920 cookies! The “cookie ladies,” Rosann Cochran, Shirle Mabie and Frankie Smith, express their sincere appreciation to everyone who helped. Every dollar and every cookie make a significant difference to our troops.

Take this unique time to rethink our value as friends, partners, parents and grandparents. We have purpose no matter what our age. We are a remarkable and resilient generation. Remember how much we’ve overcome and how our experiences made us strong. Reach out to others who need your kindness. Wishing all my readers the happiest of holidays! And may the true meaning of the season fill your heart and home.

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