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Health Care Options For Seniors

Nowadays seniors have far more options for health insurance.

We, however, need to be aware of the good, the bad, and the ugly before making important decisions that can dramatically affect our future health care and our pocket books.

The good: seniors have more insurance options. The bad: some options could limit the care we receive. The ugly: many complex options make it difficult to find the best health insurance for our personal needs. Medicare, Obama Care, Florida Affordable Care Act, Medigap, Supplemental Insurance, Health Care Exchanges, Market Place Resources – what's a Westchase Senior to do?

First, don't put it off. Second, educate yourself about your options. Third, put your best options into place.

To help out, all Westchase seniors are invited to attend the Westchase Seniors Group meeting on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., in the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center meeting room on Countryway Boulevard. Lisa Moore, a licensed resource for Medicare-eligible Florida residents and a long-time resident of Westchase will explain, in simple terms, senior health care insurance options and how to use available resources to make comparisons. Attendees are asked to bring some hors d'oeuvres to share during the meeting. Drinks, ice and paper goods will be furnished.

Armed Forces History Museum The Westchase Seniors Group toured the Armed Forces Museum in Largo in July and, afterwards, enjoyed some great tasting food at Cheddar's Casual Cafe on Roosevelt Boulevard in Clearwater. We recommend both of these places as they are worth the trip. The quantity and quality of military weapons, equipment and memorabilia from America's past wars was unexpected and outstanding. Uniformed veterans shared firsthand experiences and demonstrated weapons used at various times by our military. Everyone was amazed by our tour guide's vast knowledge, which contributed so much to our museum tour. We recommend you visit during one of the museum's Ride Through History days as we did. The next ones will be Aug. 9 and Aug. 23.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are always enjoyable. Grab your coffee and join us. You can’t miss us. We are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a great time.

Join The Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested in and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address, and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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How to Get Your Way and Save Money Too

At their group meeting on June 14 at 6 p.m. Westchase Seniors will enjoy a meal together at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center, where they will learn how to have the last word.

There are many ways we can demonstrate our love for our family. One important but often overlooked way is to let our loved ones know our wishes for final arrangements. If we go through our life without making any pre-arrangements for what will happen when we pass, we lay a huge burden on our loved ones. In the midst of dealing with loss, they will have to figure out what we would want and then pay for it at much higher prices than if we had made prearrangements. A smart and loving thing to do for our family is make our own end-of-life prearrangements at today's prices and pay it out over a long period of time, thereby saving our family a lot of stress and money when we pass. Our challenge is often we don't know what we want. It would be helpful to learn what we need to consider and how to go about making prearrangements. At the Westchase Seniors June meeting a trained and experienced specialist will teach us what we should consider and how to go about making prearrangements that both we and our family will appreciate. Please let Lewis or Rama Patterson (westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473) know if you plan to attend this meeting so that enough free food and drinks will be provided.

May Luncheon The Westchase Seniors Group thank Anne Hewett and Janet Baker for planning and hosting a luncheon in May at the Rumba Bar and Grill. The lunch was very well attended and everyone we have heard from really enjoyed both the food and conversation. Also, everyone appreciated the yellow roses and Mother's Day well wishes that Anne and Janet passed out to all the ladies.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are always enjoyable. Grab your coffee and join us. You can’t miss us. We are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a great time.

Join The Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested in and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address, and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors Enjoy Fantastic Luncheon

Yes, that is the best way to describe the Westchase Seniors Group luncheon at the Coopers’ home in April.

Living in Bill and Marie Cooper's home must be like living in a beautiful art gallery. The home is immaculate, with beautiful furniture made by Bill, beautiful sculptures by Marie, and beautiful paintings by their artist daughter, Linda Hugues. Marie, with the help of Marlene Holmes and Nancy Dulmage, hosted this fantastic luncheon. It continues to amaze us what great food the Westchase Senior ladies contribute to group luncheons and dinners. Thank you Bill and Marie, and thank you to all Westchase seniors who contributed to this wonderful gathering and meal! The portraits of Bill and Marie are examples of what is available at Linda Hugues Studio (http://www.lindahugues.com).

May Luncheon On May 8 at 11:30 a.m. Anne Hewett and Janet Baker will host a Westchase Seniors luncheon in the meeting room of the Rumba Bar and Grill, 3687 Tampa Rd. in Oldsmar. This is a great place to eat, as we discovered last year, with fresh fish prepared in many ways, plus some pork and chicken, and over 50 varieties of sandwiches, salads, rice bowls and appetizers. Please let Anne (926-5366) or Janet (janetbaker55@gmail.com) know by Tuesday, May 6, if you plan to attend.

Day Trip Join us on Wednesday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for a trip to Shelby Gardens in Sarasota sponsored by the Hillsborough County Westchase Recreational Center. Reservations may be made by calling 903-3482. The trip is limited to the first 25 who make reservations. While the bus fare is free, please bring $15 for entrance into the gardens and for lunch. No day trips are planned for June through August.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are always enjoyable. Grab your coffee and join us. You can’t miss us. We are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a great time.

Join The Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested in and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address, and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors Treated Special

For four years now the Westchase McDonald’s has graciously offered the Westchase Seniors Group a place to gather on Tuesday mornings.They offer seniors who attend free coffee to go along with their paid breakfast of choice.

Pictured here is a typical group of Westchase seniors and four of the many friendly managers and servers who so kindly and effectively serve Westchase seniors on Tuesday mornings. Most of the time there are over a dozen women and close to a dozen men who show up at McDonald's on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a lot of friendly visiting. The Westchase Seniors Group is very grateful for the kindnesses shown our group by the owner, general manager and staff of the Westchase McDonald’s restaurant.

Another Special Treat Bill and Marie Cooper have invited the Westchase Seniors Group to their home for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. The Coopers live at 10231 Millport Dr. in The Fords. Marlene Holmes will be assisting Marie with the hosting duties and you are asked to R.S.V.P. to Nancy Dulmage at 814-0318 by Tuesday, April 8, to find out what food item you can bring to this pot luck luncheon. This Westchase Seniors activity is extra special because the Coopers’ home is filled with fine art, paintings, sculptures, and hand-crafted furniture that you will enjoy seeing. The Coopers’ daughter, Linda Hugues, is a professional portrait painter, Marie is a sculptor, and Bill designs and makes furniture.

Great Day at the Races Lunch at the Tampa Bay Downs Skye Terrace Restaurant and a day at the races were enjoyed by many Westchase Seniors on March 19. We want to thank Kendra Swe and Christine Stives for planning and overseeing this enjoyable day with friends and neighbors.

Upcoming Senior Day Trips Day trips are sponsored by the Hillsborough County Westchase Recreational Center. Reservations may be made by calling 903-3482. Trips are limited to the first 25 who make reservations. The bus fare is free, however, senior should bring money for entrance into the activity and for lunch.

Wednesday, April 23: Pioneer Florida Museum at Dade City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($4 cash)
Wednesday, May 23: Shelby Gardens in Sarasota, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ($15 cash)

Join The Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested in and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address, and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Head for the Races

Westchase Seniors are invited to chow down and enjoy the races at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, March 19.

Westchase Seniors will meet in the Tampa Bay Downs Skye Terrace Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy lunch before the races start at 12:25 p.m. A wide variety of entrees will be available ranging in price from $8.95 to $15.95. You may go to http://www.tampabaydowns.com/visit/dining/skye-terrace.aspx to see a menu. General and preferred parking is free while valet parking is $5. Admission is $3, and the lunch will be Dutch treat. A limited number of reservations are available so please make your reservations by contacting Kendra Swe (kendra_swe@yahoo.com) or Christine Stives (cstives@msn.com) as soon as possible and no later than Friday, March 15. Westchase seniors are encouraged not to miss this afternoon of fun and fellowship with your Westchase peers as they cheer their favorite steeds to victory.

Movie Night A good number of Westchase seniors enjoyed lots of great food and a feel good movie at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center in February. It still amazes me how when we have a meal at a Westchase seniors activity, without any coordinating ahead of time, we always seem to have a large variety of great tasting food and plenty to go around. Special thanks to all who bring food to Westchase Senior Group activities. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the movie, Second Hand Lions. If you were unable to attend this activity, you might want to rent it. It will tug on your heart and put a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.

Upcoming seniors’ day trips sponsored by the Hillsborough County Westchase Recreational Center are:

Wednesday, March 26: Ellenton Outlet Mall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (free)
Wednesday, April 23: Pioneer Florida Museum at Dade City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($4 cash)
Wednesday, May 23: Shelby Gardens in Sarasota, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ($15 cash)

Please make reservations by calling 903-3482. Trips are limited to the first 25 who make reservations. The bus fare is free; however, bring money for the activity fee and lunch. Please call the Pattersons if you have suggested destinations for future day trips on the Hillsborough County bus. Be sure to check out the rec. center’s other senior activities listed on pages 88-89.

Senior Activities at the Westchase Recreation Center: 
• Senior Pickle Ball beginner classes, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 - Free
• Senior Pickle Ball, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00A.M.-1:00P.M. - Free
• Senior Tone and Stretch, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00A.M.-9:45A.M. - Free
• Senior Power Lifting, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00A.M.-11:00A.M. - Free

Adult Activities at the Westchase Recreation Center: 
• Badminton, Mondays 6:00 P.M.-8:00P.M. - Free
• Co-Ed Volleyball, Tuesdays 8:00P.M.-9:00P.M. - $10.00 per session
• Jazzercise Workout, Monday-Saturday 8:20A.M.-9:20A.M., 9:30A.M.-10:30A.M., 10:40A.M.-11:40A.M., and Monday-Thursday 5:30P.M.-6:30P.M., 6:40P.M.-7:40P.M. - $10.00 per session
• Zumba Workout, Monday and Thursday , Saturday 7:00P.M.-8:00P.M. - $6.00 per session
• Line Dancing, Wednesdays 1:00P.M. - Free
• Adult Dance Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45-11:45A.M. and Wednesdays 8:00P.M.-9:00P.M. – Free

Coming soon: Water Color Art and Walking Club

Westchase Recreation Center information about senior and adult activities is also available at the center on Westchase Drive or by contacting Dona Smith at smithdj@hillsboroughcounty.org or 964-2948.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with any food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us: we are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a good time.

Join the Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors’ events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Enjoy Movie Night Feb. 8

Westchase Seniors are invited to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Feb. 8 to watch the funniest and happiest movie you will likely see this year.

Secondhand Lions is a coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy. He’s sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric old uncles, who live on an extremely remote and primitive ranch in Texas and who don't know anything about raising children. The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. at the swim and tennis center’s meeting room. Lewis and Rama Patterson are hosting this seniors (55 plus) activity and ask that you bring some type of finger food for everyone to share during the movie. Soft drinks, tea and water will be furnished. The movie is PG rated and one hour and 45 minutes long. Come, bring some friends and enjoy an evening of laughter with your neighbors.

Remembering the 1990s Each year the Westchase Seniors Group throws a party to remember and celebrates a decade from our past. Last month Bette Vance, Anita Steinfeld, and Phyllis Kanik hosted a pizza party and took our thoughts back to the 1990s. Bette Vance, with her usual excellent memory, helped us seniors with minds of steel to recall how exciting and important the 90s decade was.

By the way, seniors with minds of steel have worlds of information locked up in their brains. It just sometimes takes us awhile to find the right key to get into all that locked-up memory. One of the great benefits of becoming a senior is the flood of fond memories that brings smiles and laughs to our hearts and faces when we find the right keys. Thank you, Bette, Anita, and Phyllis, for another very enjoyable and well-attended seniors party.

Bus Trips Free bus trips and recreational activities are now being offered to Westchase seniors through the Westchase Recreation Center, located at 9791 Westchase Dr. in The Bridges. Some of the current offerings appear below and more will be offered as demand arises:

Wed, Jan. 22: Manatee Viewing Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, Feb, 26: Tarpon Springs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, March 26: Ellenton Mall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, April 23: Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($4)
Wed, May 14: Shelby Gardens in Sarasota, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($15)

Call 903-3482 to register. All trips are limited to the first 25 to sign up although there will be a waiting list in case people cancel. Bus fair is free, however, participants should bring money for their meals and admission, as listed in parentheses for the destination activity. For additional bus trip information, call Coach Russell at 265-8541.

Recreation Center Activities for Seniors The Westchase Recreation Center also hosts a number of activities that are specifically geared toward seniors. These are listed monthly in the Rec. Center Programs pages in WOW’s Entertainment section; this month the programs appear on p. 84. For additional information about the programs below, call Dona Smith at 964-2948 or e-mail smithdj@hillsboroughcounty.org.

Senior Pickle Ball: Mon and Wed, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Free)
Senior Tone and Stretch: Mon and Wed, 9-9:45 a.m. (Free)
Senior Power Lifting: Mon and Wed, 10-11 a.m. (Free)

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with any food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us: we are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a good time.

Join the Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors’ events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors to Celebrate the Nifty Nineties

Seniors are so blessed with fond memories of the 1990s that we will celebrate the decade on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Start 2014 with neighbors and fun by attending the Westchase Seniors Group annual decade celebration party. This year we will be remembering and celebrating the 1990s at a pizza party hosted by Bette Vance, Anita Steinfeld and Phyllis Kanik. Bette will take our minds back to the 90s by sharing some memorable events and things that were popular during this decade. This time travel always spurs thoughts of our own personal experiences that are shared and enjoyed by all. Please bring $6 to cover the cost of food and drinks as well as some 1990s pictures and items popular in the 90s to display. R.S.V.P. to Bette (792-2999), Anita (926-6211), or Phyllis (920-4245) by Jan. 9 so they will know much pizza to order.

Our December Holiday Party was a big success. The food was great, the time spent with friends was delightful and gift exchange was enjoyable. The party photos show only a few of the Westchase seniors who were able to enjoy the 2013 holiday party. We extend our profound thanks to Anita Steinfeld, Phyllis Kanik and Lillian Unger for planning and coordinating this past year’s Westchase Seniors Group holiday party at Catch Twenty-Three. Thank you, ladies!

Westchase Seniors Style Show We also thank Melba Lufkin for organizing a private style show at Dillard's Department Store just for Westchase Seniors Group ladies. The women had a wonderful time. Hey, Bob, now that your wife has succeeded, when are you going to have a style show men would enjoy at CompUSA or Best Buy?

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with any food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us: we are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a good time.

Join the Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors’ events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors Slate Holiday Party

Don’t miss it! The Westchase Seniors Group annual holiday celebration will be on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

Anita Steinfeld and Phyllis Kanik will be hosting this year’s celebration and dinner at Catch 23 Restaurant on Montague Street in West Part Village. Catch 23's famous Sunset Special and other tasty menu options will be available for your choosing. When contacted to reserve the tables for this year’s dinner, the restaurant owner exclaimed, "The Westchase Seniors Group has returned annually more than any other group!"

This party is always a big hit and space is limited. To ensure a place at the table, you need to make your reservations quickly by contacting Anita (anitatrilevel@hotmail.com; 926-6211) or Phyllis (pkanik@tampabay.rr.com). If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped item, one per person, with a suggested value of about $5. It may be a useful gift or something considered a white elephant gift that will bring a smile or chuckle to the recipient.

A Time for Laughs The Westchase Seniors November activity was a time for laughs. Jose and Nevenka Rios organizing a trip to see Boeing Boeing at the new Early Bird Dinner Theater on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. Rama and I were not available to go, but from all reports the play was hilarious and the food was good and plentiful. Everyone we heard from said they had a great time and were glad they went. We express our sincere appreciation to Jose and Nevenka for organizing another enjoyable Westchase Seniors Group activity.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are always enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us. You can’t miss us. We are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a great time.

Join The Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested in and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors’ events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Boeing Boeing

It's time for some laughs. Westchase Seniors are going to a play named after an aircraft that will soar into the stratosphere of classic physical comedy.

Jose and Nevenka Rios are organizing a trip to the Early Bird Dinner Theater at its new and improved facility at Ulmerton Road and 49th Street North in Clearwater. Carpooling will be provided from the St. Joseph’s Health Clinic on Linebaugh Avenue in Westchase at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The dinner will start at 4 p.m. and the show at 6 p.m. The cost is $32 per person, paid in cash at the door, and includes both the play and a large buffet dinner. The dinner includes a salad bar and dessert bar; the entrées include Virginia baked ham, carved top round roast beef, salmon almandine, chicken marsala, and meatballs in marinara sauce. Reservations are required by Nov. 5 and may be made by e-mailing Jose and Nevenka at nevenkar@aol.com or calling them at 852-1046.

Bloom Where You're Planted In September members of the Westchase Seniors Group enjoyed a meal together and watched a movie which depicted seniors who found themselves in undesirable circumstances after making major changes to improve their station in life. The valuable lesson learned in the movie was that with a positive attitude one can make the best of an undesirable circumstance and actually enjoy life and new experiences. We might not be able to go back to life as it was, or where it was, in our younger days, but, with just a little effort, we can bloom where we're planted and enjoy every minute of it.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Let’s Try That Again

We hope you believe in second chances.

Yours truly, Lewis and Rama Patterson, were scheduled to host the Westchase Seniors Group’s September activity; however, we had to be in Texas to take care of Lewis’ mother. Therefore, we have rescheduled the movie and fellowship night originally planned for September. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center at 5 p.m. If you enjoy all inclusive resort vacations and are intrigued by the idea of an all-inclusive retirement, we think you will enjoy the evening’s movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The film follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. After being enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences and discover that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. Please join your retired Westchase neighbors as we all enjoy the movie and snacks. While there is no cost and no reservations are necessary, participants are asked to bring some sandwiches, chips or cookies to share. Drinks, paper goods and plastic ware will be furnished.

Not everything in Texas is big. The photograph above is of Lewis Patterson standing in front of the world’s smallest skyscraper in Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s said that a swindler came to Wichita Falls during the oil boom in the early 1900’s and convinced people to invest in construction of a skyscraper. The investors were quite upset when the building was constructed and each floor measured only nine feet by 12 feet; however, they were unable to get their money back because the building was built according to the floor plans they had been shown. They just didn’t realize the dimensions on the plans were in inches, not feet.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

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An All Inclusive Retirement

Is an all-inclusive retirement right for you? Sounds great, doesn’t it?

If you enjoy all-inclusive resort vacations and are attracted to the idea of an all-inclusive retirement, you might enjoy the movie that will be shown at the Westchase Seniors Group activity on Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. The movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. After being enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self.

Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences. They discover that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. Please join your retired Westchase neighbors as we all enjoy this movie and snacks. There is no cost and no reservations are necessary. Participants, however, are asked to bring some sandwiches, chips, or cookies to share. Drinks, paper goods and plastic utensils will be furnished.

Award-Winning Dining Experience In August the Westchase Seniors Group enjoyed another outstanding lunch experience at Tampa Bay’s Ocean Prime restaurant, located adjacent to the International Mall. We thank Melba Lufkin and Bob Shafer for planning and hosting this great luncheon at a first class award winning area restaurant. Way to go, Melba and Bob!

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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First Class Dining in Store for Seniors Group

In August the Westchase Seniors Group will enjoy another Tampa Bay, award-winning dining experience.

Ocean Prime is our destination for lunch on Aug. 8. Ocean Prime is a steak and seafood restaurant that was winner of the Best Supper Club award by Tampa Bay Magazine. Seating is limited, so reservations must be made by contacting Melba Lufkin or Bob Shafer by Aug. 6 (melbatoast@tampabay.rr.com or 383-2576). Ocean Prime, located at 2205 North West Shore Blvd. in Tampa, offers a variety of salads ($13-$21), sandwiches ($12-$17), and lunch specials ($18-$30). If you would like to carpool to the restaurant, please meet at the St. Joseph’s Health Clinic parking lot on Linebaugh Avenue at 11 a.m. Our reservations are for 11:30 a.m.

In July a large number of Westchase seniors met at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s activity room and enjoyed a delightful movie with two of our favorite actors, James Garner and Julie Andrews. The movie received great reviews by the Westchase seniors and, as it turned out, only one couple had seen the movie before. If you haven't seen One Special Night, you might want to rent or download it. It’s a very heart warming and clean movie about people finding their way through common difficulties to happiness in the latter years of life. Watching a good movie together, visiting with other Westchase seniors, and enjoying all the good food that was brought made this a very enjoyable evening that we will have to repeat sometime in the future. Let the Pattersons know at westchase.seniors@gmail.com if you have a movie recommendation you think the Westchase Seniors Group would enjoy.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Enjoy Special Night

Westchase Seniors will meet at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center to watch the movie One Special Night, starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.

On Saturday, July 13, Westchase Seniors are invited to meet at 6 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s meeting room to enjoy a movie and hors d'oeuvres. If you haven't seen this feel-good movie before, you’ll want to take this opportunity to see it. If you have seen it, you’ll most likely want to see it again because it is one of those movies that demonstrates how we can feel good despite what the world throws at us. Please bring some hors d'oeuvres to share while we enjoy the movie. Drinks, paper goods and plastic utensils will be furnished. There is no charge and reservations are not required. Please contact Lewis or Rama Patterson (westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473) if you have any questions.

We want to thank the Westchase Community Association Board of Directors for listening to the Westchase Seniors Group’s request last month and unanimously approving a motion to allow the group to use the meeting room without having to pay the $150 deposit. We also want to give our special thanks to Carlos Quiros, who researched the Seniors Group’s case and eloquently presented our request to the board. We also appreciate all the Westchase Seniors who attended the meeting and spoke on behalf of the group's desire to meet in the center’s meeting room. When we were permitted to use the room in past years, we always left the facility secured, the trash containers empty and the room clean and in better condition than we found it. We will again do so.

Unfortunately, our June two-for-one baseball game was rained out. We were looking forward to eating our way through the game as the Tampa Yankees took on the St. Louis Cardinals. As the old saying goes: maybe next year.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Enjoy Two-for-One Deals

Westchase Seniors will take advantage of two-for-one promotions at Steinbrenner Field on June 4.

How does this sound? Buy one ticket for $4 to see the Tampa Yankees play the St. Louis Cardinals farm team and get a second ticket for free, plus a coupon for a free appetizer at Tijuana Flats in Westchase, plus get a free Yankees drawstring bag if you are one of the first 250 fans to arrive at the game.

That's not all. Buy one scooter dog and get another free; buy one small soda and get another free; buy one ice cream and get another free; buy one bag of peanuts and get another free; buy one small popcorn and get another free. You want more? Well, join the Westchase Seniors Group at Steinbrenner Field at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, and we guarantee you a shady seat with a good view of the field and a fun evening with your Westchase peers. No reservations are required. If, however, you would like to ride with someone else or if you are willing to take someone with you, please let the Pattersons know by 9:30 a.m. on June 4 (westchase.weniors@gmail.com or 926-5473).

New E-mail Address Please note that the Westchase Seniors Group e-mail address has changed to westchase.seniors@gmail.com.

Cinco De Mayo Our Cinco de Mayo Luncheon at Miguel’s Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill on Kennedy Boulevard was a big success. The attendance was very good and the food was great. The place was packed so we were very lucky that Harlan and Nancy Dulmage had done such a good job of planning this outing and ensuring we all had seats waiting for us around a very long table. On top of all that, they gave everyone homemade pecan praline candies after the meal. Way to go, Harlan and Nancy!

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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Cinco de Mayo on the Coast

Westchase Seniors will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 9 at Miguel’s Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill.

The Westchase Seniors Group will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at noon on Thursday, May 9, to avoid the crowds that will be celebrating on the official day of May 5. Cinco de Mayo is the annual festival of Mexican pride that celebrates Mexico’s independence and victory over French forces in 1862.

Miguel’s Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill is located at 3035 W. Kennedy Blvd. You can check out their lunch menu at http://www.miguelscafe.com/menu.php If yo.u plan to participate, please let Nancy or Harlan Dulmage (814-0318) know by Tuesday, May 7, so they can reserve enough tables for our group. Those who would like to car pool, or, those who are willing to provide a ride for others are asked to meet at the St. Joseph’s Outpatient Center on Linebaugh Avenue at 11:30 a.m.

A Fond Farewell Bill Hart, a charter member of the Westchase Seniors group, moved to Pittsburgh last month to be closer to family. If you ever saw a bunch of old men laughing their heads off while drinking coffee at McDonald’s, most likely Bill was in the midst of that group. Having traveled the world as a pilot for the Air Force, Bill had a lot of experiences he could always weave into a funny story that kept the men laughing and having a good time. We all wish Bill best of luck in his new home.

Fantastic Food Anita Steinfeld was right. Vizcaya’s food is fantastic. We want to thank Anita Steinfeld and Anne Hewett for introducing the Westchase Seniors to another enjoyable restaurant last month. We had a good turn out and everyone seemed to really enjoy the food. Yours truly have already started planning our next trip to this hidden gem on Dale Mabry Highway.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Headed For Pure Culinary Bliss

Westchase seniors think Datz sounds delicious!

The food at Datz in South Tampa has been described as "pure culinary bliss." Kendra Swe and Lee Freeman have eaten there and say the servings are huge and very good, making it well worth the trip. We therefore think it's time the Westchase Seniors Group enjoy some of this pure culinary bliss. On Thursday morning, March 14, at 11 a.m. we will meet at the Healthpoint Medical Group Clinic parking lot, 10909 Linebaugh Ave., to form carpools for our trip down to Datz at 2616 South MacDill Avenue.
Check out their menu at http://datztampa.com You&r.squo;ll find a wide variety of unusual and delicious sounding dishes you have never tried nor even previously thought of. This will certainly be an experience to remember. Please let Kendra Swe know if you plan to participate in this luncheon. You can tell her at coffee on Tuesday mornings or call her at (301) 221-1946.

Great Luncheon The Westchase Seniors Group Valentine's Day luncheon at The Rumba Island Bar & Grill in Oldsmar had a large turnout. And, yes, as advertised, there was a very large variety of food available. It was all very well prepared and the service was excellent. We want to commend Melba Lufkin and Bob Shafer for scouting this place out for us and planning such an enjoyable luncheon.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Celebrate Valentine’s Day

All Westchase seniors are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Feast your eyes on this! Just hooked fresh fish, coconut encrusted grouper, herb encrusted mahi, tempura lobster tail, pecan crusted catfish, crispy coconut prawns, salmon croquette oscar, pulled pork with mango BBQ sauce, pineapple rum chicken, jerk chicken, tender filet mignon, cranberry cornbread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, island cole slaw and over 50 varieties of sandwiches, burgers, salads, rice bowls and appetizers. Do I have your attention yet?

These are just some of the menu offerings at the Rumba Island Bar & Grill, 3687 Tampa Rd. in Oldsmar, where your Westchase friends and neighbors will be meeting for lunch on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m. Don’t worry if you can’t decide what to order. They also have a variety of sampler platters. We can’t wait! Please call Melba Lufkin at 383-2576 if you have any questions about this event.

Jane Hart We were saddened in January at the sudden passing of Jane Hart, a long-time Westchase resident and active member of the Westchase Seniors Group. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Bill, her husband of 58 years, and her extended family and friends.

Remembering the Exciting 80’s Each year the Westchase Seniors Group throws a party to remember and celebrate a decade from our past. Last month, as the group dined at the Westchase Golf Club, everyone enjoyed recalling and sharing experiences and sweet memories from the 1980’s. One of the great benefits of becoming a senior is the flood of fond memories that bring smiles and laughs to our hearts and faces. Sharing those memories with friends makes the joy even better. We want to shout out a special thanks to Bette Vance, Phyllis Kanik and Anita Steinfeld for planning and coordinating this special memories event.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

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Westchase Seniors Commemorate the Eighties

This month, the Westchase Seniors Group takes a trip three decades into the past.

We wish all Westchase Seniors a health, happy, and prosperous 2013. We also thank you for all your help in planning Westchase Seniors Group monthly activities over the past 12 years. You have brought joy and fond memories to our hearts.
Fun in the 1980s On Thursday, Jan. 17, Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase Golf Club to enjoy lunch and have a great time reminiscing about the 1980s. Everyone is asked to bring an item or photograph that reminds you of an event or popular item in the 80s. These items will be put on display during lunch and after lunch you will have an opportunity to share the good memories that your item or photograph brings to mind.

The party will start at noon and each person will order off the club house menu. Bette Vance (792-2999), Phyllis Kanik (920-4245), and Anita Steinfeld (926-6211) are coordinating this “memories” event, so please let one of them know if you plan to participate. If you have attended any of our decade memory parties in the past, we know you will be at this one. If you haven’t, this is a good one to attend because all of us seniors can remember yesterday (i.e., the 1980s).

The holiday party in December was another big success with a large number of Westchase seniors attending. As always, the Catch 23 food was great and the time spent with friends was delightful. We extend our great thanks to Anita Steinfeld, Lillian Unger, and Phyllis Kanik for planning and coordinating our 2012 Westchase Seniors Group holiday party. Thank you, ladies!

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors Group events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors Holiday Party Dec. 9

Be sure to join the fun at the seniors’ holiday party this month!

Westchase seniors will gather to celebrate the season at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Catch 23 Restaurant.

To add to the joyous spirit of the season, everyone is encouraged to bring a small gift (approximately $5) to include in a gift exchange. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 7 to Anita Steinfeld (926-6211), Lillian Unger (926-7706) or Phyllis Kanik (920-4245). These dinners and parties are all about enjoying life and making good memories while we make new friends, visit with old ones and enjoy a good meal together. The next time you see Anita, Lillian and Phyllis, please thank them for volunteering to plan this year’s holiday party.

Dinner Theater Was A Success. There was a very good turnout in November when Westchase Seniors went to the Early Bird Dinner Theater in Clearwater. The play was about Stanley and Brenda Parker’s experience while vacationing in France. On the eve of a local festival they find themselves looking for a hotel room in a small village near the German border. One can easily imagine all the problems that could arise. From all reports, the play was funny, the food was good, and having good friends and neighbors with whom to enjoy it was fantastic. We thank Jose and Nevenka Rios for planning another fun evening for Westchase seniors.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Going to Dinner Theater

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Westchase Seniors are going to the Early Bird Dinner Theater in Clearwater.

There they’ll see A Bedfull of Foreigners by Dave Freeman. The play is about Stanley and Brenda Parker’s experience while vacationing. While in France, they find themselves looking for a hotel in a small village near the German border on the eve of a local festival.

Jose and Nevenka Rios are organizing this fun evening. If you would like to join other Westchase seniors for this dinner and play, please contact them by Nov. 7 at nevenkar@aol.com or 852-1046. Tickets are $32 and must be purchased at the door with cash. The theater is located at 200 South McMullen Booth Rd. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 4 p.m. If you would like to carpool to the theater, please meet at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard at 3 p.m.

First Class Dining. A large group of Westchase seniors enjoyed some very good food and conversation last month when we met for lunch at the Pelagio Trattoria restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel at International Mall. If you haven’t dined at the Pelagio Trattoria yet, you might want to try it the next time you are shopping at International Mall around lunch time. We are extremely grateful for Anita Steinfeld and Katherine Griffin for planning and hosting this most enjoyable Westchase Seniors event.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Lunch at Pelagio Trattoria

In October the Westchase Seniors Group will enjoy a swanky lunch together.

Anita Steinfeld has made arrangements for the Westchase Seniors to enjoy a fine dining experience in a Pelagio Trattoria private room at the Renaissance Hotel at International Mall.

We will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the St. Joseph’s Health Clinic parking lot to car pool to the Renaissance Hotel for lunch. If you plan to go, please confirm your attendance with Anita Steinfeld (926-6211) or Katherine Griffin (926-0576) by Oct. 10. Anita and Katherine say the ambience and service are wonderful and the lunch prices are reasonable. The menu is available at http://www.pelagiatrattoria.com Anita. and Katherine also reminded us that some of the best mall browsing in town will be available after lunch for those who are interested.

Comedy Night Westchase Seniors enjoyed the comedic ventriloquism of Lynn Trefzger and her multiple comedic characters at Carrollwood Cultural Center in September. It became clear why Lynn has won so many Comedy Entertainer of the Year awards from many associations and organizations.

As we attend more events at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, it’s also become clear how fortunate Westchase is to have such a nice cultural center so close to our community. Don’t let the name fool you; it’s not just for Carrollwood residents. This center was constructed at 4537 Lowell Rd. by the county and is operated by an independent board for the benefit of all Hillsborough county residents. Take time to look at http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org to get an idea about how many events, classes, clubs, and artistic and craft facilities are available for your enjoyment.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Enjoy Lynn Trefzger’s Ventriloquism

Can you throw your voice like curveball?

Westchase Seniors will enjoy the comedic ventriloquism of Lynn Trefzger at Carrollwood Cultural Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7:30-9 p.m. A group rate of $20 per person has been arranged, however, reservations must be made by Sept. 10 by e-mailing westchase-seniors@juno.com or calling the Pattersons at 926-5473.

For over 30 years Lynn Trefzger has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has received many awards and nominations, including The American Comedy Awards, Variety Entertainer of the Year, and Comedy Entertainer of the Year by National Association of Campus Activities. She has been nominated for Best Female Performer by Corporate America Magazine, and has been named Funniest Female by Campus Activities Magazine. In 2010 Trefzger received the People’s Choice Award by the Ohio Arts Presenters Association. She was featured in a recent NBC Universal comedy/documentary called I’m No Dummy.

Now We Know! Thanks to Mary and Jose Rodriguez, Westchase seniors who attended the CPR class, which was hosted by the couple, now know just how important first actions are with cardiac arrest victims. The American Heart Association instructor, Mike Daly, gave very clear and important instructions on how to help. Adult brain cells start dying just six minutes after the heart stops beating if CPR isn’t correctly administered immediately. Many times paramedics cannot arrive soon enough to save a cardiac arrest victim’s life if CPR hasn’t been administered before they arrive.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Prepare to Save a Life

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and more than 1,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur every day in the U.S.

Over 80 percent of those happen at home and immediate actions are necessary to save minds and lives. Are you prepared to save a loved one’s life?

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 1:30-4 p.m., Mary and Jose Rodriguez will host a Westchase Seniors cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class in their home at 10022 New Parke Rd. in West Park Village. The class will be taught by Mike Daly, who is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital and is a Certified Regional Trainer for the American Heart Association. This special class for Westchase seniors is limited to 10 students and will cost $20 per person, which is a very small price to pay to be able to save a life. The normal cost for this class is $50. Reservations must be made by Aug. 4 by mailing a check to Mary Rodriguez; please make the check payable to Mike Daly. You may call Mary at 792-1527 to check on space availability before mailing the check.

Lucky Friday the 13th The Westchase Seniors Group’s Lucky Friday the 13th celebration was a big success. Westchase seniors gathered in June at the new Gondolier Italian Restaurant on Sheldon Road to share good luck experiences and enjoy a good meal and fellowship with neighbors. It was an enjoyable time that proves once again that we do not need to be afraid of Friday, the 13th. We thank Melba Lufkin and Bob Shafer for coordinating this delightful Westchase Seniors activity. Have you ever seen a better looking Westchase senior couple? I didn’t think so.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Overcome Triple Threat Friday 13th

It’s time to dig out that old lucky rabbit’s foot you valued as a child, because a triple threat day is coming in July.

In 2012 there are three Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month and they all fall exactly 13 weeks apart – Jan. 13, April 13, and July 13.
The Westchase Seniors Group is not worried, however, because we have banked enough good luck over the years to overcome any triple threat Friday 13th the calendar can throw at us. To celebrate our good luck, the Westchase Seniors Group will meet for lunch and share some of our good luck stories on Friday, July 13. Mark your calendar now to be at the Gondolier Italian Restaurant, 11625 Sheldon Rd., at noon on Friday, July 13; no reservations are required because there is plenty of room for everyone. The Gondolier Italian Restaurant menu offers a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and deserts. We want to thank Melba Lufkin and Bob Shafer for coordinating this Westchase Seniors activity.

Evening at The Theater In June the Westchase Seniors Group took in a community theater play at the Tarpon Springs Culture Center. The play, Hate Mail, was unique in that it had only two characters. It was even more unique in that all dialogue between the two troubled characters, Preston and Dahlia, was via e-mail, texting, phone calls and letters. It made some of us older theater goers realize just how lucky we are to have grown up in a simpler time. You can check out other community theater events coming to the Tarpons Springs Culture Theater and the Tarpons Springs Performing Arts Center by going to http://www.tarponarts.org

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Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Visit Tarpon Springs Cultural Center

Westchase Seniors are planning a trip to the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center in June.

The June 15 trip to the cultural center is to watch a romantic comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky titled Hate Mail. The theater is located at 101 South Pinellas Ave. (Alternate 19) in downtown Tarpon Springs. The play starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and reservations may be made by calling (727) 942-5605.

Hate Mail tells the story of Preston, a spoiled, rich kid who meets his match in an artist by the name of Dahlia. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there’s no turning back. The play follows their increasingly crazy correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again. Don’t let anything, except maybe visiting grandkids, keep you from joining your neighbors to enjoy this heartfelt and smart, “first-class” comedy. Make your reservations now to ensure you are able to get a seat. If you would like to carpool to the play, please meet at the Health Point Clinic parking lot on Linebaugh Avenue at 7 p.m.

No One Got Wet We are happy to report that a lot of Westchase Seniors showed up at the Surf Shack in May and not a one fell off their surfboards! This is a real good thing since we more mature residents sometimes have more brittle bones. Of course, it probably helped that no Westchase Seniors got on a surfboard. Instead they just decided to sit and enjoy a lot of good food while they watched others surf on the big screen at the restaurant

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Snow, No; Snow Birds, Yes

Each spring we say goodbye to Westchase snow birds, who are headed back north for the summer.

We are sad to see them leave, but we understand the pull of family that keeps them going back north for a few months. Yet we count our blessings that they keep returning to Westchase each winter. Two snow birds who are a part of our Westchase Seniors Group are Marlene Homes and Shirley Folz. Marlene Holmes lives in Livonia, Michigan (just outside of Detroit) during the warmer months. She comes to Westchase after Christmas and returns to Michigan in late April. Shirley Folz lives in Lexington, Kentucky during the warmer months and comes to Westchase before Thanksgiving and returns to Kentucky in late April. The Westchase Seniors enjoy the good times we share with these two lovely ladies and other snow birds and always look forward to their return.

Surf’s Up in Westchase The Westchase Seniors are headed for the new Surf Shack restaurant across the parking lot from the Westchase McDonald’s. We will meet there for dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11. The Surf Shack serves a wide variety of salads, bowls of chicken, steak, seafood and vegetables, tacos, burritos, burgers and finger foods at very reasonable prices. The menu can be seen at http://www.surfshackkitchen.com No re.servations are necessary.

Lunch Was Great Westchase Seniors enjoyed a wonderful lunch and great conversation at Mimi’s Café in April. We appreciate Katherine Griffin, Anne Hewett Jean Gaskill, and Janet Baker for planning, decorating and hosting this luncheon. All who attended had a most enjoyable time.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors to Enjoy French Cuisine

If traveling to Paris seems a little much for a Thursday morning, we have a simpler alternative.

Westchase Seniors are invited to gather for lunch and conversation at Mimi’s Café on Thursday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m. Mimi’s Café, located at 11702 North Dale Mabry Hwy., is a unique restaurant. They serve up the simple pleasures of life inspired by the fresh, seasonal dishes and effortless style of the French countryside. Mimi's delights the senses with cuisine that has a touch of "gourmet francais." They offer delicious entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can check out their menu at http://www.mimiscafe.com Pleas.e call Katherine Griffin (926-0576) or Anne Hewett (926-5366) by Monday, April 3, to reserve a seat for this luncheon. We want to thank Katherine Griffin, Anne Hewett, Jean Gaskill, and Janet Baker for planning and hosting this luncheon and decorating for it.
St Patrick’s Day Celebration Westchase Seniors filled the party room at Peggy O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Eatery to celebrate St Patrick’s Day last month. The food was very good and visiting with each other was great. Lucky, the Westchase Senior Leprechaun that is passed on each March to bring good luck to another Westchase senior resident, went home Bill and Marie Cooper. We trust the luck of the Irish will reside in the Cooper household this year as it has with other Lucky winners in past years. We appreciate and thank Lillie Hackney and Jean Gaskill for all the efforts they put into planning and finding the best place for our 2012 St Patrick’s Day celebration.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Lucky Heads to New Resident in March

Yes, it’s that time of year again when Lucky the Leprechaun brings his good fortune to a lucky Westchase senior.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration All Westchase seniors are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your Westchase peers a day early this year. We will meet at Peggy O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Eatery, 13910 Hillsborough Ave., at noon on Friday, March 16. They specialize in Irish bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, lamb shank, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, liver and onions, fish and chips and Irish supper.
You can get to Peggy O’Neill’s by going west on Linebaugh Avenue, turning left on Race Track Road, turning left again on Hillsborough Avenue, and then entering the second drive on the right. Please make reservations by contacting Lillie Hackney (920-9113) by March 10. Lucky, our Westchase leprechaun, will be passed on to live with another lucky host in 2012. Who wouldn’t like a little extra luck this year?

Valentine’s Day Celebration A good number of the Westchase Seniors enjoyed Valentine’s Day lunch at Jason’s Deli on Dale Mabry Highway. Everyone appeared to like the food and enjoyed the conversation. Sonya Detroy was quite surprised when she was crowned our Westchase Senior Valentine for 2012. We want to thank Melba Lufkin-Shafer for planning and coordinating this enjoyable activity.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Would you like to eat at the best restaurant in America?

This coming Feb. 14 you will have that opportunity by meeting with the Westchase Seniors Group as they celebrate Valentine’s Day. Parents Magazine named the Jason’s Deli restaurants the “Best Restaurants in America” in 2011.  The Westchase Seniors Group plan to check this out by celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Jason’s Deli on Dale Mabry Highway.  We can’t promise that it will be the best food we have ever tasted or totally fat free, but it will be fun. 

If Parents Magazine is right, Jason’s Deli offers a wide selection of organic produce, nitrate-free lunch meat, whole-grain and gluten-free breads, and it’s all supposed to taste good and be inexpensive.  All Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard at 11:05 a.m. on Feb. 14 so that we can carpool to Jason’s Deli at 11921 N. Dale Mabry for lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Come join the fun and check out the “Best Restaurant in America.”  You may even win a door prize in addition to enjoying a good meal and meeting new friends.  This fun activity has been planned by Melba Lufkin and Bob Shafer.  No reservations are required.

Those Memorable 70’s The 1970’s were indeed memorable!  And so was the Westchase Seniors Group January pizza party that celebrated and shared memories of the 1970’s.  We understand some new fashion statements were made by some guests dressed in 1970’s attire!  There is only one thing more amazing than the fact that some Westchase seniors still have some of their 1970’s clothes – some of them still fit!  We send out a special thanks to Lillian Unger for hosting the party in her home, and to Bette Vance, Phyllis Kanik, Anita Steinfeld and Sonya Detroy, who assisted in planning and hosting the party.   

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Enjoy Past and Look to Future

Something Westchase seniors are more blessed with than younger Westchase residents are greater amounts of wonderful memories of the past.

The Westchase Seniors Group is looking forward to a great new year and recalling fond memories of past years. 

1970s, Here We Come.  Each year the Westchase Seniors Group has a party to share enjoyable memories of a previous decade.  On Jan. 14 we will celebrate memories of the 1970’s at a pizza party hosted by Bette Vance, Lillian Unger, Phyllis Kanik, Anita Steinfeld and Sonya Detroy at 10425 Lightner Bridge Dr.  The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. and you are asked to bring $6 to cover the cost of food and drinks.  Also, you are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia from the 70’s and to wear clothing reminiscent of that decade.  Please R.S.V.P. to Bette (792-2999) or Lillian (926-7706).

Holiday Gathering The holiday party in December was a big success.  The food was great, the time spent with friends was delightful, and no one will forget the decorated antlers that Gil and Alice Pandolfi received in the fun gift exchange.  We extend our profound thanks to Anita Steinfeld, Lillian Unger and Phyllis Kanik for planning and coordinating this year’s holiday party at Catch 23.  Thank you, ladies!

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Westchase Seniors Holiday Party

Finally, you have an opportunity to pass on to someone else that hideous gift Uncle Bob gave you last Christmas.

Or perhaps that thingamajig you had to have last year but have yet to use.

Holiday Party Can you believe it? It’s almost time for the Westchase Seniors Holiday Party. On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. Phyllis Kanik, Anita Steinfeld and Lill Unger will host this year’s party at Catch 23. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a gift exchange by bringing a wrapped gift (or regift) of about $5 value. Remember that this is all about having fun while we enjoy old friends, making new friends and enjoying good food. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 9 to Phyllis (920-4245, pkanik@tampabay.rr.com), Anita (926-6211, anitatampa@hotmail.com), or Lill (926-7706, fishtaleslil@me.com).

Dinner Theater There was a good turnout of Westchase seniors at the Early Bird Dinner Theater to watch a play by Michael Parker about a “Sensuous Senator” running for president on a “morality” platform while trying to live two lives. The food was good and the play had a lot of humorous twists and turns. The audience kept wondering what could possibly happen next and how in the world the senator was going to get out of his mess.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Invited to Dinner Theater

In November, Westchase Seniors are off to the theater!

Westchase Seniors are going to see Sensuous Senator, a play by Michael Parker about a senator running for president on a morality platform while trying to live two lives, one not so moral.
Westchase Seniors will meet Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Health Clinic parking lot on Linebaugh Avenue to carpool to the dinner theater. The lunch and play are at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. The buffet lunch begins at 11 a.m. and the play begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $32 per person, and must be paid in cash at the door. R.S.V.P. to Nevenka or Jose Rios (852-1046) by Nov. 4. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a great hot buffet lunch with friends and see a play with witty humor and an ending with a wacky twist. During the intermission, see how close you can come to predicting the ending. P.S.: Don’t bet on it.

Authentic Greek Dinner The Westchase Seniors Group express their appreciation for a great dinner party planned and hosted by Adele McCollum in October. A large crowd of Westchase seniors had a great time visiting with one another and the food was fantastic. Three cheers for Adele!

Best Wishes Dick and Janis Glandis moved in October to a condo on Ocean Boulevard in Highland Beach, Florida. They have been long-time members and participants in the Westchase Seniors Group activities. We will miss them and wish them well in their new home.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Seniors Invited to Authentic Greek Dinner Party

Westchase Senior Group’s Adele McCollum had the opportunity to take Greek cooking lessons while traveling in Crete earlier this year.

Now Westchase Seniors stand to benefit from her knowledge. On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. Adele will prepare and host a fantastic Greek Dinner Party for the Westchase Seniors Group.  The party will be at 10620 Ashford Oaks Dr.  If you attended the Italian dinner party Adele prepared and hosted last year, I know you will be first in line to sign up for this dinner party.  If you were not able to attend Adele’s Italian dinner, take my word for it: you will not want to miss this one.  Please R.S.V.P. to 920-003 or 928-6785 by Oct. 11.  

TV Dinner Celebration Despite the fact Westchase Seniors didn’t eat TV dinners on Sept. 10 in celebration of Swanson’s introduction of the TV dinner on that date in 1953, a good number of Westchase Seniors enjoyed the day by eating together at the Red Elephant Restaurant on Dale Mabry Highway.  While not many were adventurous enough to eat an elephant ear, I have heard that some who did have already returned for another one.  You might want to venture out some evening to see what you are missing. You never know who else you might see there. 

Seniors Yoga On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. the Upper Tampa Bay Library will offer an introductory yoga class for Westchase Seniors. 

Step Three It was good to see a few Westchase Seniors continuing their foray into the challenges of today’s computing by attending the Facebook training for Westchase Seniors in September.  Now for Step Three: On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Tampa Bay Library we will learn how to begin editing photos and images with PhotoShop Elements 8 software.  Then on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. we will learn how to organize, label, save and import our photos and images in PhotoShop Elements 8 editor. 

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10:30 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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Another Good Reason to Celebrate

The first TV dinner was introduced by Swanson’s Foods on Sept. 10, 1953.

It was a Thanksgiving meal consisting of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes packaged in a tray like those used at the time for airline food service. This original TV dinner sold for 98 cents, and had a first year production estimate of 5,000 dinners. Swanson’s Foods, however, ended up selling more than 10 million of these dinners in the first year.

I (Lewis) think the invention of TV dinners is a good reason for seniors to celebrate and I suggested we (Rama and I) invite all the Westchase Seniors to bring their favorite TV dinner to our house and Rama could heat them up and we would have a good ol’ time visiting and eating our favorite foods.

For some reason, Rama didn’t think this was such a great idea and suggested we all meet at the Red Elephant restaurant for pizza and elephant ears. Therefore, on Saturday, Sept. 10, all Westchase Seniors are invited to gather at 6 p.m. at the Red Elephant restaurant at 14391 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. R.S.V.P. to the Pattersons (westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473) by Sept. 8 so adequate reservations can be made.

Now For Step Two Thanks to the generosity and patience of Joseph Trevisani, owner/operator of Aamazing Computer Services Inc., at our August activity many Westchase Seniors learned a lot about e-mail and exchanging pictures with family and friends through the Internet. Now, Westchase Seniors Group, it is time for step two in becoming proficient at communicating through the Internet. The Upper Tampa Bay Library is offering a class for seniors on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. on how to set up a Facebook profile, locate friends, post public and private messages, and share photos through Facebook. No reservations are required; however, seating is limited so it would be good to arrive early.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10:30 a.m., Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with a food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us – we are the older but young-at-heart people laughing and having a good time.

Put Life In Your Years If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and still kicking, join the Westchase Seniors Group and add some life to your years. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase-seniors@juno.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473). It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap.

By Lewis and Rama Patterson

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase-seniors@juno.com or 926-5473.

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