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MARCH IS A GOLF EXTRAVAGANZA AT HARBOR HILLS BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

An exciting month of golf for Harbor Hills golf members starts March 9th and 11th. The Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association hosts its most popular and fun tournament of the season, the Member-Member. This year’s theme is “Going For The Green.” Members are encouraged to wear green to celebrate the upcoming  St. Patrick’s Day holiday! The two day tournament is flighted with prizes awarded in all flights. Prizes will be awarded in gift certificates. A delicious awards lunch will follow on Thursday. If you can’t golf both days, you can participate on either day. Sign up in the ladies locker room or on the HHLGA website.

Next up is the 4-Man Team Tournament. The three-day event will be played on March 10, 11 and 12. Members will compete in various formats including 2-man scramble, 2-man Alternate shot and 4-man two best balls. The awards lunch will follow play on Friday and be provided by the Harbor Hills Men’s Golf Association. Entry fee is $20 per player. Sign-up deadline for this fun event is March 5th.

The month concludes with the always-exciting Harbor Hills Men’s Member-Member Stroke Play tournament. Competition starts on March 24 with a 1PM shotgun. Play resumes Friday and Sunday with designated tee times. Dinner on Sunday features a tasty menu with beef tenderloin and twice baked potato. Live entertainment is provided by the talented Donna J Lady In Black. Her local venues include The Waterfront Inn and The Legacy. To register for the tournament, visit the HHMGA website. Sign up deadline is Friday, March 19th.

Considering Harbor Hills for your charitable golf event?  Contact Pro Tom Leimberger at 352-753-7711. We would be proud to participate.

FOOD, FRIENDS AND FUN HELP US ADJUST IN 2021 BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Ladies Charity

Ladies Charity

Although our activities are limited during COVID 19, we still have seasonal calendars to fill. How about a visit to Harbor Hills? It’s one of the fun things we can do safely. Tomorrow evening, club members will enjoy the “Meet A Neighbor, Bring A Neighbor” event. What a great way to meet the new residents in our growing community!

Member dinners are available Wednesdays and Fridays. Our spectacular Sunday brunch is served concierge style from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is warmly welcome. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations. The Grille Room, open to the public and available daily, offers both seating and a delicious Grab and Go meal. All aspects of service are in accordance with the CDC.

Undeterred by the virus but with safety considerations, the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity has replaced the unique “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” charity event.  Now called “Dinner with Friends”, hosts will select a date during the week of March 7th. Four to six friends will be guests for an entertaining dinner. A donation of $25 is requested to help the underserved in our local community. Contact Chairpersons Janet White-Cofer or Leslie Nisun for details.

The popular Ladies’ Charity Unique Boutique Clothing Sale has been cancelled. Gently used clothing and linens can now be dropped off at the home of Susan Connor by March 25th. Please call to arrange a time. On an encouraging note, the Ladies Charity Food Drive was highly successful. Special thanks to Lina Hall and Barbara Smith for their organizational skills and caring hearts. With food, friends and fun, it’s still possible to enjoy our best life in spite of our most difficult challenges.

CUPID’S ARROW SENDS A MESSAGE OF LOVE BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Cupids Arrow

The heart that loves is always young, so let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with love and laughter. This is the perfect time to show affection to friends as well as family. Everyone can celebrate love today, whether you are part of a couple, a family or a community.

Cards are always thoughtful, but how about an e-card to that special grandchild? E-cards are quick, easy and many are free! Sharing a family recipe is always a treasure. I inherited my mother-in-law’s recipe box and have shared some favorites with our Boston family. A puzzle or word search is fun to work together or even on-line. There are many ways to bring happiness to others on this special day.

Speaking of togetherness, the Couples Club Championship is a Harbor Hills member tradition more than two decades old. The tournament will be played on February 27th and February 28th. The format is Two Person Better Ball and all USGA rules apply. Three flights will be fielded: Gross flight, Net flight and my personal favorite, the Fun flight! Team prizes and prizes for “closest to the pin” will be awarded. The event concludes with a celebratory dinner. Registration deadline is February 22. Sign up at the Pro Shop.

Harbor Hills has an extra-special drink of the month for February. It’s called “Cupid’s Arrow” and is available every day in the Signature Grille. Tito’s vodka, orange liqueur, orange juice and cranberry juice garnished with strawberries and a sugar rim is a delicious way to say I care! To make a dining reservation, contact the club at 352-753-7000. The public is always welcome. Love is our greatest strength today and every day.

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HAVE A HEART – FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTHY MONTH BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Heart Health Month

The month of February is all about energy, vitality and maintaining healthy hearts. Focusing on heart health is critical for everyone and especially seniors.

Simply increasing movement can lower many heart disease risk factors. Regular aerobic activity strengthens both heart and lungs. Walking, bicycling, dancing and swimming are good examples. Golf incorporates cardiovascular exercise along with strength training, balance and coordination. Even pushing a grocery cart around the store is an aerobic activity! Motivation has been harder with COVID concerns. But our inviting environment is a strong incentive. Start with 2 ½ hours of physical activity each week. That’s only thirty minutes a day, five days a week. Effective chair exercises count, too.

Eating healthy foods and maintaining a healthy weight go hand in hand. Carrying too much weight increases heart disease risk, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Connect virtually with friends and family to create and work towards weight loss goals. You can even take a class online with a friend in another city.

The toughest goal these days is reducing stress. Stress contributes to high blood pressure and other heart risks. One way to manage stress and improve sleep is by meditation. There are many apps for relaxation therapy on line. Peaceful sounds can be downloaded from the internet to aid in sleep.

Harbor Hills is now offering fitness instruction with Fitness Coach Blake Bolen. Group sessions are offered twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes include strength training and aerobics as well as stretching and yoga. Individual training sessions are also available. Contact Bolen at 937-305-6908.

Make your self-care story successful. The people who love you are depending on it.

WISE WORDS FROM THE FRONT LINES BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Dr. Jay Shaktawat

We are fortunate to have a large number of health care workers and hospital personnel in our community. Among our residents are physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab technicians, aids and helpers. Delivering quality care is what motivates them to keep us healthy.

Harbor Hills resident Dr. Jay Shaktawat is one of our many local physicians on the front lines. He explains that the COVID 19 infection is on the rise. Social distancing and wearing facemasks are critical safeguards. Dr. Jay encourages everyone to get immunized. Keep checking county health department websites for registration updates. Did you know you can register to get vaccine updates on your cell phone?

Side effects of the vaccine might include chills, headache, joint or muscle pain. But Dr. Ana Karovska of Quality Physician Group, reminds us not to be deterred. She explains that most side effects are temporary. Patients are followed post-immunization to insure that rare adverse reactions are quickly resolved.

Outdoor activities pose a lesser risk than indoor activities. Dr. Jay suggests taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings with daily pursuits such as walking, gardening, racquet sports and golf. “Harbor Hills has a beautiful golf course, ” Dr. Jay continues, “and residents and visitors should take advantage of it.”

Many of Dr. Jay’s patients who are over 65, struggle with chronic conditions. He recommends limiting our exposure in several crucial ways. Avoid large gatherings. Face masks and social distancing are essential. Eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis and building our immune systems help keep us protected.  Simple advice, but it bears repeating. As Dr. Jay says, “We are all in this together as a team. Let’s win our fight against this pandemic.”

ENJOYING LIFE AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY NIKKI HOFFMAN

Our Northern neighbors have arrived and we are doing our best to enjoy our lives under these unusual circumstances. COVID restrictions heighten the risks around us but Harbor Hills is still buzzing with cautious optimism.

The public is always invited to enjoy our popular Sunday brunch. Dine on an array of delicious brunch items served concierge style. Experience the stunning view of our Signature 10th hole overlooking Lake Griffin. COVID precautions are in effect. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.

Calling all spaghetti lovers! Join us tomorrow in the lounge from 5-8PM for this member event. It’s all you care to eat spaghetti with meat sauce for $10.00. Wednesday evenings are reserved for member dining. Menu items are available to-go. On Thursday, enjoy “Cozy In A Bowl” delights with Chef-inspired soups from 4:30-8PM. Last call for January’s Drink of the Month, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, available in the Signature Grille!

If gratitude for our lives is great, paying it forward is even better. The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity kicks off the New Year with a food drive to benefit the Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church. For the fifth year, Chairperson Lina Hall and Co-chair Barbara Smith will coordinate the donations of nonperishables, paper products, soap, pet supplies and cash. Lina explains, “Over 300 families count on the food pantry for supplemental food each month.” Donations will be graciously accepted January 29, 30 and 31st at the Pro Shop. Pick up is also available. Call Lina Hall at 352-753-9062 for details.

Extend a hand to those around us and lift them up. As seniors, we have a wealth of experience. Let’s find ways to share our gratitude, joy and strength.

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