Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy 6-by-8-inch posts at each end of the path to deter vehicle traffic. 

About two years ago, the post nearest the highway was broken off by some kind of large vehicle.  The Sun City Center Leathernecks Club, which has “adopted” the path, reset the broken, now much shorter post, and SCC Community Association government liaison Sam Sudman requested that the county install a replacement.

After many months of waiting, the Leathernecks fashioned a new post from 4-by-6 timbers.  That replacement was struck repeatedly by wayward golf carts over the ensuing months, and ultimately destroyed. 

Though several golf carts were damaged, no injuries have been reported.  A traffic cone has served as a temporary lane divider for the past few months, and the new golf-cart-friendly “flexible tubular delineator” was installed in early July.  A wood post remains at the other end of the path.

 

In the photo:  A new flexible “delineator” has replaced the oft-thumped wood post dividing the lanes of the golf cart path linking East Del Webb Blvd. and US 301.

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Recall the fun of the Fourth of July Breakfast and Pool Party, find a new and interesting story in local Book Nooks, meet a neighbor who’s a real clown, and get to know a creative local sculptor. Then, discover an idyllic North...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park 

By Diane M. Loeffler

 

If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee, about a five-hour drive from Sun City Center.

The main feature of the park is a spring that is the source of the Wakulla River. If you are warm-blooded enough to enjoy swimming in 69-degree water, you can wade into the water or jump from the first or second level of the diving platform. For the rest of us, the most pleasant way to enjoy the springs is to take an hour-long boat tour on the river.

The dockside ranger station opens at 9:30 a.m. for anyone who wishes to purchase a ticket. The hour-long boat tours run from 9:40 to 5 p.m. The 9:40 tour is the best if you want to see birds, turtles, alligators and other creatures at their most active time. On cooler days, manatees can be easily seen through the surprisingly clear water. Happily, the boats are usually not very full at 9:40 a.m., so you can move around for the best views.

Thanks to the Friends of Wakulla Springs, two of the tour boats are powered by electric motors. Those two boats have rooftop solar panels to charge the batteries. The ride is very quiet allowing you to hear the songs of the birds.

If you like to walk, there are walkways all around the lodge. At the lodge front desk you can pick up a map of the six mile (one way) Sally Ward Trail and the nine-tenths of a mile Hammock Spur Trail. Some sections of the trail are raised wooden walkways. However, most of the path is on uneven ground with lots of exposed roots.

If you wish to do more walking, you may wish to drive to the Wakulla Forest Trail or the trails in St. Mark’s State Wildlife Reserve. While there, you can visit St. Mark’s Lighthouse and Visitor’s Center.

Want to stay at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs? This charming building was constructed in 1937 and is on the register of Historic Hotels. Once you step inside, you will see a lovely fireplace and various seating areas around the huge lobby. If you are there between 4 and 7 p.m. on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you will also be treated to a pianist performing.

When admiring all of the artistic touches, be sure to look down at the marble floors and up at the 16-foot-tall ceiling. The cypress ceiling is adorned with paintings by Mr. Piplack, a man who was also the last court painter for Kaiser Wilhelm.

A large dining area with windows overlooking the park and the springs is located to the left of the lobby.  On the opposite end of the building is a combination souvenir shop and soda parlor. There you will see the world’s longest known marble countertop. It measures seventy feet and three inches.

The marble continues in the twenty-seven guest rooms on the second floor.  Rooms sleep two to six people. There is also a library and game room on the second floor. However, be warned. There are no televisions.

The second floor can be accessed by taking the oldest operating elevator in the state, an 80-year-old elevator with walnut walls. If you wish, you can take the 30 marble stairs instead. The stairs are not as steep as most steps, have railings on both sides and include three landings.

The front desk greeters will give you a pamphlet detailing the history of the park and the lodge. Financier Edward Ball first saw the land in 1920. He said, “I knew then that the area had to be preserved but I didn’t know exactly how at the time.” He bought the area with the springs and surrounding land from several dozen landowners.

The busiest times are weekends, spring and summer. You will want to make reservations in advance. You can make them by going to the website “thelodgeatwakullasprings.com” or by calling 855.632.4559.

Wakulla Springs State Park is located at 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Crawfordville, Florida 32358.

Fall events at Camp Bayou

Fall events at Camp Bayou

The weather may not reflect it but fall is right around the corner, with its shorter days and profusion of wildflowers in shades of purple and gold! Check out several events coming soon to Camp Bayou: Sept 21: International Coastal Cleanup, 8:30 to 11 a.m....

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

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The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

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Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

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Christmas in July Community Event a Success

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Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

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SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men's Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson's DiseaseBy Jay Sparkman Eric Allen, founder of EA Fitness, LLC, and leader of the local Rock Steady Boxing organization was the guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men's...

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Recall the fun of the Fourth of July Breakfast and Pool Party, find a new and interesting story in local Book Nooks, meet a neighbor who’s a real clown, and get to know a creative local sculptor. Then, discover an idyllic North...

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

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Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Waste Management Meeting — Important Change

Your Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations is reaching out to SCC neighborhood residents to join the kick-off for residential solid waste customers in the unincorporated areas. Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management is hosting a meeting...

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio ClubsReady to Help in a Community EmergencyBy Paula Lickfeldt Five days a week, Monday through Friday you can find members of the Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club in their "club room," which is in the hurricane resistant...

Bob’s Vets

Bob’s Vets

Bob’s VetsA Breakfast Get Together for All Veterans, Their Spouses and Their FriendsBy Diane M. Loeffler Thursday mornings are special for veterans who are within driving distance of the Ruskin Bob Evans restaurant. A large area is set aside for veterans...

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades

Veterans Pay Tribute to Departed Comrades By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), News Military Correspondent   The Military Veterans Organization of Sun City Center sponsored a Memorial Day Tribute to deceased veterans on Monday Morning at 10 a.m. at the...

Celebrating Independence Together

Celebrating Independence Together

Celebrating Independence TogetherBy E. Adam Porter The first week in July, every year, my extended family gathers at the beach in my hometown for a weeklong reunion. It’s a wonderful, relaxing time of sharing life together, filled with the familiar aromas...

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

By Jay Sparkman

 

Eric Allen, founder of EA Fitness, LLC, and leader of the local Rock Steady Boxing organization was the guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. Allen, a certified geriatric exercise expert, told of the need for senior citizens to exercise and how specific exercises help the body to balance, safely fall, and enjoy better general health. Mr. Allen related how the program, Rock Steady Boxing, helps those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease attain a better life through the boxing skills and other exercises developed by Rock Steady Boxing. The boxing exercises are available to residents in the South Shore area and sessions are held at Sun Towers. More info can be obtained by calling Eric Allen, 813-321-8755 or Debbie Caneen, Sun Towers, 813-634-3347.

The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For info about becoming a member call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058.

In the photo: Eric Allen, EA Fitness and Rock Steady Boxing; David Floyd, President, SCC Men’s Club; George Bodmer, VP Programs, SCC Men’s Club.

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

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Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

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SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men's Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson's DiseaseBy Jay Sparkman Eric Allen, founder of EA Fitness, LLC, and leader of the local Rock Steady Boxing organization was the guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men's...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

The SCC Community Association will sponsor a pool party on August 10, at the Community Pool off Cherry Hills Drive. Music will be provided by local musician Marc Chamberlin. The café will offer food and drink specials, and the water volleyball club will be there to lead the games. There will be cornhole games under the oak tree near the bandstand. This event will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sun City Center Community Association members are invited to attend the event. Bring your membership card. Guest passes are available at the CA Office for $2 for non-SCCCA members.

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

Third Annual Christmas in July a Tremendous Success

The United Methodist Church of SCC, in partnership with The Kiwanis Club, hosted the Third Annual Christmas in July event to benefit Southshore area children on Saturday, July 13 in the LEC Hall.   

Approximately 200 kids and their parents, came to celebrate an early Christmas, enjoying various games, crafts, face painting, reading activities, as well as receiving a delicious lunch, and gifts of food, clothing, shoes and school backpacks filled with supplies. An added surprise was a shopping bag filled with Christmas dinner with all the fixings. 

Campaign against Human Trafficking (CAHT) participated, by reading a classic story, Three Trees, to groups of children and handing out a free book to each one. Students from Lennard and East Bay High Schools’ Key Clubs were the guides, moving children from one activity to another.  Their parents enjoyed making a craft of their own. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council provided funding for this special Christmas giving experience.

The organizers would like to thank the many volunteers from multiple community groups who helped make this day possible.

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs

Ready to Help in a Community Emergency

By Paula Lickfeldt

 

Five days a week, Monday through Friday you can find members of the Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club in their “club room,” which is in the hurricane resistant maintenance building. They will be there, operating around the clock, 24/7, during a disaster.

The SCC Amateur Radio Club has about 70 members that live in SCC, while the King’s Point club has about 80 members that live in KP. The two clubs are collaborative and actually share about 22 “Hams” that overlap and carry dual memberships.  The club meets at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the Florida Room.  Yearly dues are $15 per year. To the relief of many, knowledge of Morse Code is no longer a requirement for obtaining any of the three levels of FCC license available to amateur radio club members.

On Monday and Wednesday mornings, the club secretary, Judy Wozniak hosts a nationwide shortwave “net” call (which could be compared to a conference call for clarification). The purpose of these calls is to make sure that all of the equipment is working correctly and can connect to anywhere in the USA, or further.  On Tuesday evening the club tests the VHF to make sure that the local radios in SCC are operating and can connect with each other.  A small handheld VHF radio can be purchased for under $50.

On any weekday between 9 and 11, members of the club are available to talk with residents of the community.  When you go to the club room you will find the gathered members discussing things like, “What will we do if…?”  Dick Hillyer, president of the club, told me that the club has four goals: 1. Enjoyment of the hobby, 2. License training and presentations of interest, 3. Emergency Communications Assistance to the SCC community, and 4. Communication Assistance to support other SCC clubs and events.

The club has four different kinds of equipment; traditional short wave radios which can connect around the world, VHF and UHF which have a shorter range of up to thirty miles.  Signal “Repeaters” two at each club, with antennas on towers and even atop Sun Towers as well as others linked around the East Bay, can connect to any amateur radio this side of Tampa Bay, from Punta Gorda, to Sebring, to Holiday.  The repeater towers can be used to connect a computer to a ham radio which can send a digital packet message or document anywhere.  This can be a very valuable tool for sending messages about missing people, people that are in a certain shelter, or a list of medicines or supplies that are needed by a hospital.

In the case of an emergency or disaster any resident can go to a neighbor’s home that has an orange paper with an old-fashioned telephone on it displayed in the window.  This signifies a member of the Amateur Radio Club, who will be able to help get a message out to a distant family member.  To further its goals, the club recognizes and appreciates those HOAs which make reasonable accommodations to their resident licensed radio members.

In July, VP Richard Wiczalkowski will be teaching a free FCC license class to any resident of SCC who is interested in getting started working with amateur radios.  You can call the Amateur Radio Club to get the date, time and location of the class. www.sccarc.info

Members of the national Amateur Radio League (ARRL) say that “When All Else Fails, Amateur Radio Works” and the SCC and KP Amateur Radio Clubs are available to help.

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What’s That?

Book Nook, What's That? By Paula Lickfeldt   You may have noticed little "book boxes" taking up residence around Sun City Center. What are they?  Where did they come from? Let’s find out! Todd Bol decided he wanted to honor his mother, who had been a...

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson’s Disease

SCC Men's Club Learns About Boxing & Parkinson's DiseaseBy Jay Sparkman Eric Allen, founder of EA Fitness, LLC, and leader of the local Rock Steady Boxing organization was the guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men's...

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The August 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Recall the fun of the Fourth of July Breakfast and Pool Party, find a new and interesting story in local Book Nooks, meet a neighbor who’s a real clown, and get to know a creative local sculptor. Then, discover an idyllic North...

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

SCCCA Pool Party Aug 10

The SCC Community Association will sponsor a pool party on August 10, at the Community Pool off Cherry Hills Drive. Music will be provided by local musician Marc Chamberlin. The café will offer food and drink specials, and the water volleyball club will be...

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Flexible Upright Replaces Crash-Prone Cart Path Post

Area residents who drive their golf carts along the path to and from Walmart will be relieved to see a new, flexible center upright in place of the long-broken wood stanchion near the US-301 crossing. Hillsborough County crews originally installed sturdy...

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park

A Quiet Getaway at Wakulla Springs State Park  By Diane M. Loeffler   If you would like to get away for a few days, but don’t want to have to travel far, Wakulla Springs State Park may be the place for you. The park is located south of Tallahassee,...

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

The September 2019 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Get some vital hurricane planning information; hear from the Long Term Planning Committee; meet SCC Librarian Joanne Gilray, and find out what’s available at our community library; ‘get off the couch’ and have fun with the...

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry Workshop

The Dog Days Poetry WorkshopFREE, Space is limited. Reservations suggested.Saturday, August 24, 9:30am – 11:00amFirehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL The Dog Days Poetry Workshop will allow participants to craft and respond to poems that...

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day Breakfast

Independence Day BreakfastBy Diane M. Loeffler SCC Community Hall was a sea of red, white and blue on July 4. The decorations, volunteers, and attendees were all decked out in our nation’s colors. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin say, “We had 150 awesome...

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

Christmas in July Community Event a Success

The annual Christmas in July event for SouthShore area children, held on Saturday, July 13, involved multiple area nonprofits and high school students to coordinate this huge, successful event. Over 100 kids of all ages and their parents came to celebrate...