1 Connections Club Life S pring is definitely in the air with the flowers blooming, the Gulf warming up for our favorite water activities, and the pleasing smell of backyard cookouts in the air. March always brings with it great weather, fun festivals and events. If you re looking for exciting things to do in Florida this month, you won't have to look too hard! Our world-class amenities, outstanding events and activities are the best around! As a reminder, our sister course, Ocala National, is part of your Social Golf Program. You can play there for only $30 for 18-holes! This rate is available until the end of April, with an up to four-day advance tee time for The rate will decrease as the year progresses. Please be sure to present your membership card when at the course. CLUB NEWSLETTER MARCH 2016 Don t forget to tag us or send us photos of you enjoying the Club, either through the app or via , to com. Speaking of s, if you are heading back up north and would like to put your daily s on hold, please us the dates that you will be away. If you are a snowbird and don t want to miss your Connections newsletters, please send us the address you would like to have your newsletters sent to. The newsletter is set up to be sent to the same address that you receive your bills. If you would like your Connections to be delivered elsewhere, please send an to com specifying the dates and address. Thank you for your membership and support of Citrus Hills, get out and enjoy this beautiful Florida spring weather!
2 CLUB NEWS By Anthony Lambert, General Manager Here it is March already, and it seems like the holidays were just last week. Time sure does fly when you are entertained and having fun, and that s what living in the Villages of Citrus Hills is all about. Speaking of entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show season so far. The shows have been exceptional and members have given us accolades and rave reviews on their quality. Our goal is to keep raising the bar by bringing in the best acts possible. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our survey to help us determine our upcoming Big Show and Special Performance headliners. Your feedback and selections were very helpful for us to ensure we book the shows that you would like to see. Judging by your top selections, next year s entertainment will undoubtedly be one of our best seasons ever! Again, many thanks for taking the time to complete the survey; with your input and help, we are confident we can deliver the type of entertainment you are looking for! Don t forget that Easter is right around the corner. We want to remind and encourage you to make your dinner reservations early for the Grille and Skyview. Reservations fill up quickly for these delicious events. Both restaurants do an incredible job with their holiday dinners, and the menus this year are no exception! If you haven t noticed the beautiful wedding ceremony site located just behind the Tiki Bar, take a look. The ceremony site is the perfect place to get married or renew your vows. If you know anyone who is looking for a site location in a gorgeous setting, please have them call our Catering Sales Office at Laura will be happy to assist you in any way, and help you create memories to last a lifetime. Lastly, the opening of our newest amenity, PrimoVita, has been an absolute success. Members have given high praise and outstanding compliments about the fitness facility. Many are very inspired to work out in such a modern and vibrant facility with high-energy pumping music to motivate you through your entire workout. If you haven t seen PrimoVita yet, please stop by and see what all the rave is about. Have a great month! Members Enjoying þe Club! Citrus Hills Managers Directory Front Gate Sales Office 2400 N. Terra Vista Blvd. Citrus Hills, FL VP Sales/Marketing: Tom Daddario Developer: Stephen Tamposi Build on Your Homesite Program: Greg Souris General Manager: Anthony Lambert Activity Center & Member Billing 240 W. Fenway Dr. Citrus Hills, FL Event Coordinator: Emily Geistfeld Club Financial Controller: Dave Jolly The Grille/Tiki Bar Banquets & Catering 505 E. Hartford St. Citrus Hills, FL Restaurant Managers: citrushills.com Director of Food/Beverage: Brad Buss Catering Sales Manager: Laura Lambert Skyview Restaurant, Golf & Tennis 2100 N. Terra Vista Blvd. Citrus Hills, FL Restaurant Managers: com Skyview Golf Director: Peter Summers Director of Tennis: Bruce Payne BellaVita Spa & Fitness Center 2125 W. Skyview Crossing Dr. Citrus Hills, FL Fitness Director: L e e Th o m p s o n Citrus Hills Oaks & Meadow Courses Citrus Hills Tennis 509 E. Hartford St. Citrus Hills, FL Head Golf Professional: Wayne Larsen Director of Tennis: Bruce Payne Brentwood Golf Course 1720 W. Nicole Dr. Lecanto, FL Brentwood Golf: Richard Croteau Administration Office 2476 N. Essex Ave. Citrus Hills, FL Director of Club Marketing: Lisa Malone
3 COOKING WITH Chef Dwane Speaker Series Welcomes Show Sponsor Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing It s strawberry season in Florida! This mouthwatering salad is a light recipe, perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a side dish. It s easy to make, healthy and gluten free, and the sweet strawberry balsamic dressing is the perfect finishing touch. Ingredients: 2 cups cooked Chicken, chopped 4 cups Romaine, chopped 2 cups Strawberries, chopped ½ cup dried Cranberries ¼ cup crumbled Goat Cheese ¼ cup sliced Almonds Strawberry Balsamic Dressing: 1 cup Strawberries ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar ¼ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard 1 clove Garlic, minced Salt and Pepper to taste Preparation: To make the strawberry balsamic dressing: In a food processor or blender, pulse the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl toss the chicken, romaine, strawberries, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and sliced almonds. Toss with dressing or drizzle on top of served portions. Serves: 4-6. BUILD ON YOUR HOMESITE By Greg Souris, Vice President Sales & Marketing Thank you to all of our members and residents for the support you have shown us by bringing your family and friends to see our four new Live Citrus Hills Models on the corner of Atlantic Street and Essex Avenue! So many of you have been back countless times, that I feel we should be paying you for being Ambassadors. LOL! Many prospective customers visiting our Model Center tell us that their friends are saying, "You have to see these models!" What started out as curiosity to see the latest home designs and decorated models has now made some of you think about building a new home! The flexibility we offer in making changes to our floor plans allows you to create the ideal dream home! Our Delayed Start Program allows you plenty of time to take possession of your home (based on your current situation), while locking you in at today's prices! Our LIVE Citrus Hills Fly/Drive & Buy Program is the perfect opportunity for homesite owners to revisit Citrus Hills for the purpose of building on their homesite. As we start to focus on the vacant homesites in Citrus Hills and Pine Ridge, one can only appreciate the space and lack of congestion that this area has to offer. The size of our homesites, chain of lakes, rolling hills, and state forest, undeniably limits density in our county, making us unlike any other part of Florida! This truly is a oneof-a-kind community! Understanding Social Security Benefits Monday, March 14 th 12:30pm, Activity Center Auditorium When it comes to creating retirement security, being confident in your financial decisions is key. Social Security is a significant component to many retirement plans, but many of us don t fully understand the system and how to make the most of it. Join host Ricky Barlow from Merrill Lynch Bank of America, and speaker Susan Wood, consultant with Pacific Life, as they help you to understand what Social Security can mean to you and your family s financial future. Call or stop by the Activity Center Service Desk to sign up for this FREE informational event February 2016 Trivia Challenge Winners: Zodiacs Congratulations to Bill Brown, Becky Vogelsang, Terry Corradino, Patricia Porach and Charles and Mary Allin for winning first place! 2nd place: Newbies 3rd place: Gone-A-Lot Join us for our next Triva Night on March 15th!
4 Celtic Festival Doors & Cash Bar: 5pm $26 Members $31 Guests (plus tax) (plus tax) Dinner Buffet & Show: 6pm Live Band & Dancing: 7pm Menu Join us for a wee bit o fun with traditional dance performances from Hogan s School of Irish Dance, and jig the night away to live music from Gypsy Reel! EXCITING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT By Emily Geistfeld, Event Coordinator hen I think of spring, the first W thing that comes to mind is fresh new beginnings. With the foliage starting to green and the air beginning to warm, why not spring off by traveling? In addition to multi-day and overseas excursions, the Citrus Hills Vacationers Club is kicking off several exciting day trips. I m sure there s something in our itinerary that will pique your interest and lead you on new adventures! If you haven t made plans for Mother s Day on May 8th, rest easy because we ve planned a delightful day trip to the Early Bird Dinner Theater for the premiere of Love, Lies and the Doctor's Dilemma. Not only will you be able to watch this great performance live on stage, but the afternoon will also feature an all-inclusive lunch! And don t forget to take a peek at Gatsby s, a beautiful full-service lobby bar. The trip includes convenient pickup at the Activity Center in a luxury bus (feel free to bring a cooler), so you can just sit back and enjoy the afternoon with your friends and neighbors. Beginning this summer, we're bringing back our popular Tampa Bowl of Tossed Salad, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Stout Chicken, Parsley Steamed Red Bliss Potatoes, Baby Glazed Carrots, Irish Soda Bread, and Baileys Irish Crème Mousse. Drink Specials available. Call the Activity Center to RSVP at Bay Ballpark trips! This year, we've heard your requests and are offering even more games for your enjoyment. You'll get to choose from day games or night games, weekend or weekday games, in addition to popular teams such as the Yankees and Red Sox. At a tremendous savings of $42 per member, you'll receive prime seats near the bullpen, roundtrip transportation via the Fox Sports Fan Bus (with pickup at the Activity Center), and even a free Tampa Bay Rays baseball cap! I hope that many of you take advantage of this awesome opportunity to cheer for your teams and enjoy the day at Tropicana Field. If you re interested in more adventurous options, we have trips departing this year to Ireland, the Panama Canal, Iceland, Alaska, and Europe s Rhine River. If you re interested in these, or any of the day trips, I encourage you to stop by Travel Authority, which is conveniently located on Norvell Bryant Highway (in the plaza just past Dollar General), or stop by the Activity Center to pick up a flyer. And be sure to keep an eye out for more day trips coming this summer. Until then, have a wonderful month! Saturday March 12, 2016 Hampton Room Doc Talk: Physician Insights A series of FREE informational seminars devoted to your better health! Topic: Vein Problems Wednesday, March 16 th Activity Center - 3pm Dr. Gelinas is a vascular surgeon who specializes in surgical and medical management of arterial and venous disease states. Vein problems result in more than just cosmetic issues; if untreated they can lead to more serious complications. Early treatment is essential. Learn more about vascular and vein care and what can be done to help get rid of your leg pain! Guest Speaker: Dr. William Gelinas Call the Activity Center to RSVP for this FREE event! Test your luck o the Irish with door prizes and raffles! Tickets include: Celtic-themed dinner buffet, live musical entertainment, traditional Irish dance show, free door prize raffle entry, dance caller instruction, and photo ops. No refunds or exchanges. Tables for parties of eight or 10 persons may be reserved for 24-hour holds only. Alternate menu available for those with dietary restrictions upon request at time of reservation. Ticket sales will cease 5 days prior to event date. Mardi Gras Bash! A night to remember!
5 Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26th 9am Hampton Room Magic Show and breakfast at 9am, with face painting and coloring. An appearance by the Easter Bunny and our annual Egg Hunt will follow! 3 Years & Under: $ Years: $ Years Adult: $ 15 (plus tax) Reservations must be made prior to event date. Must request highchairs and booster seats at time of reservation. Please bring your own basket, children are limited to 12 eggs each. No refunds or exchanges. Tables with parties of eight or more only are considered closed. Holds are made available for 24-hour holds only. Ticket sales will cease five days prior to event date. Alternate menu obtainable for those with dietary restrictions upon request at time of reservation. Citrus Hills VACATIONERS CLUB Thursday, March 24 th 1pm Activity Center Auditorium March Meeting Debbie Catron of MSC Cruises to speak on a getaway to the Panama Canal and other destinations! FREE Membership includes: Complimentary membership card Admission to monthly meetings On-site individualized attention from experienced agents Perks such as shipboard credits, transfers, specialty restaurants, all-inclusive destinations, and much more! Join at any time! Call the Activity Center to RSVP Breakfast Buffet: Fried Potatoes, Bacon and Sausage, French Toast Sticks, Scrambled Eggs, Danishes, Muffins, and House-made Breads, Orange Juice, Coffee and Tea Call the Activity Center to RSVP! Saturday MAY 7th Citrus Hills Vacationers Club Presents: Premiering: Love, Lies and the Doctor s Dilemma What happens when ordinary people tell little white lies? How about mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity? Join us for a fun and unique outing! Featuring professional actors, a delicious dinner buffet, and Gatsby s, the new, beautiful, full-service lobby bar. An exciting entertainment and dining experience you won t soon forget! Please contact The Travel Authority or the Activity Center for more information. $ 79 Per Person/Inclusive Includes transportation, cash bar, lunch, and live performance! Luxury bus departs from the Activity Center at 9:30am, 12pm performance at dinner theater (2nd row seats), return to Activity Center at approximately 4pm. Maximum 35 attendees. Coffee & Coming in April Canvas Saturday, March19th 10:30am - 4pm Activity Center Join professionally trained muralist, painter, illustrator, and teacher with 27 years of experience, Vanessa Fuller-Brown, as she instructs in replicating Georgia O'Keefe's, Hibiscus with Plumeria! Call the Activity Center to book your spot now! Tickets include: Complimentary fresh brewed coffee, one 16 x20 canvas, paint, and all the materials you need to create your own strokes of genius! $60 per member (plus tax) No refunds or exchanges. Seating is limited to 12 persons per event. Opportunity to bring your own lunch for 30-minute break. Farmers Market & Car Show April 3 rd Special Performance: Simply Streisand - April 5 th Comedy Cabaret: Roger Radley April 7 th One Night Only: Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber - April 12 th Doc Talk - April 14 th Shabbat Dinner Club - April 15 th Sanford River Cruise Day Trip April 16 th Trivia Challenge - April 19 th Coffee & Canvas - April 20 th Doo Wop Sock Hop - April 22 nd Speaker Series: Veterans Affairs April 28 th
6 CocktailsEvery Wednesday music and drink Classics specials 5-8pm Enjoy elegant piano or lounge music & featuring our Bistro Menu March Music Lineup March 2 nd Jack Dempsey March 9 th Charlie De March 16 th Jack Dempsey March 23 rd Charlie De March 30 th Jack Dempsey $3 off select Wines by the glass $5 House Specialty Cocktails and Coming in April Steak Night April 5th & 19th Titanic Wine & Dinner Event April 12th Country Cooking Dinner April 26th SENSATIONAL SKYVIEW By Linda Demonica & Marcy Paddock, Restaurant Managers We have a lot of great events coming your way in March! For your dining pleasure, we will have two Steak Nights, March 1st and the 15th. Savor a juicy steak, cooked to perfection, with your choice of seasonings and sauces. The Tuesday night dinner specials this month will be very special indeed, starting with Hors d'oeuvres & Dessert Night on March 8th! For just $39, plus tax and gratuity, there will be wine tasting tables paired with hors d'oeuvres, a carving station, a stirfry station, charcuterie table, and a dessert station! Then, on March 22nd, it s Brazilian Night, featuring pork loin, lamb, plantains and more! Come in and taste the delicious flavors of Brazil! Don t forget about our Cocktails & Classics every Wednesday night, featuring drink specials and live music, or our 4-7pm, Happy Hour every Thursday, Prime Rib Saturdays, and taste bud tantalizing Sunday Brunch buffets. All of our event menus are posted on both our website and our mobile app. While planning your reservations for March, whether for Steak Night, Friday night, or Saturday night dining, remember we are also celebrating St. Patrick s Day with a traditional Irish buffet, and a delicious dining menu for Easter. Many of you have expressed how much you enjoy the wine tasting events, and have requested that we continue them on a more regular basis. We are happy to comply! We know that many of our members have extensive knowledge of wines, and we d love to hear from you. We would like to invite the members interested in assisting with choosing wines, doing research on wines, and even speaking about them at tastings. Please contact Linda at to discuss your ideas. Lastly, please be mindful of the dress code that is in effect this time of the year. We are officially in winter dress code season. This means that men are required to wear slacks in the dining rooms. We respectively ask that no shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts or worn jeans be allowed in the dining areas, and that no hats be worn in the restaurant after 5pm. Let us all be mindful that as much as we are a restaurant, we are a country club, first. We look forward to seeing and serving you at Skyview Restaurant! Easter Dinner Sunday, March 27 th 12-5pm Choice of Entrée: Grilled Filet Mignon and Jumbo Shrimp $38 Grouper Piccata $37 Carved Honey Baked Ham $28 Rainbow Trout Almondine $33 Roast Chicken Epinard $28 Slow Roasted Prime Rib $30 Rack of Lamb Persillade $38 Fresh Artisan Salad Bar and Delectable Dessert Table included
7 STEAK Night Tuesday, March 1 st & 15 th 5-8pm All Entrées served with fresh Salad, Starch and Vegetables. Choice of: 6 oz. Filet Mignon, 8 oz. Salmon Steak, 10 oz. New York Strip, 10 oz. Rib Eye Toppings: (3/1/16) Sautéed Mushrooms, Peppercorn Brandy, Boursin Cheese Sauce $ tax & gratuity Toppings: (3/15/16) Blue Cheese Crusted, Crispy Onion Straws, Sautéed Mushrooms Dessert: Chef s Choice FREE Glass of House Wine or Draft Beer! Regular Dinner Menu not available. Specialty Nights HAPPY HOUR 4-7PM March 3 rd, 10 th, 17 th, 24 th & 31 st April 7 th, 14 th, 21 st & 28 th PRIME RIB FEATURE March 5 th, 12 th, 19 th & 26 th April 2 nd, 9 th, 16 th, 23 rd & 30 th SUNDAY BRUNCH March 13 th April 10 th & 24 th Hors d Oeuvres & Dessert Wine Tasting $ 39 + tax & gratuity St Patrick S Day BUFFET Thursday, March 17 th 5pm to 7:30pm $25 + tax & gratuity Tuesday, March 8 th 5-8pm Wine Station 1: Peju Merlot and Allegrini Valpolicella Enjoy smooth, supple, medium bodied wines paired with a variety of Hors d Oeuvres Wine Station2: Sample Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Tawny Port and Fino Sherry Relish their rich, bold fl avors paired with Sweet Desserts Carving Station: Roast Pork Loin Stir Fry Station: Mixed Vegetables, Chicken and Shrimp Charcuterie Table: Assorted Canapés, Caprese on a Stick, Stuffed Mushrooms, Spring Rolls, Clams Casino, Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Dessert Station: Bountiful Array of Chocolate and much, much more! Price includes tasting tickets for one 3 oz. glass of each wine offered. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $3. Brazilian Steakhouse Night Tuesday, March 22 nd 5-8pm $26 Per Person + Tax & Gratuity Irish Favorites Fresh Greens, Vegetables & Irish Soda Bread Corned Beef & Cabbage Baked Cod Irish Bangers & Mash The Humble Shepherd s Pie Golden Colcannon Pie Braised Baby Carrots Dessert Table Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Baked Apple Pie Fruit Scones Irish Cream Bash Salad Buffet Hearts of Palm Salad, Roasted Beet Salad, Tomato and Cucumber with Feta Cheese, Brazilian Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, and other Garden Fresh Favorites Carved Entrées Roasted Leg of Lamb, Herb Crusted Pork Loin, Brazilian Beef, Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon, Lime Marinated Swordfish, Grilled Sausage Sauces / Condiments Chimichurri, Red Chimichurri, Tropical Fruit Salsa, Brazilian Avocado Sauce, Guava Barbecue Sauce Sides Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fried Plantains, Black Beans and Rice Dessert Passion Fruit Mousse, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Brazilian Flan with Grilled Pineapple, Mango Cheesecake
8 Easter Buffet $ tax/gratuity GRILLE & TIKI TASTY TIDBITS This spring, our upcoming events promise to provide members with a wide variety of delicious dining opportunities. Every Monday night we host live music in the Tiki Bar with great food, drinks, and your favorite rocking bands playing from 5-8pm. On March 9th, the Citrus MOPARS will host a cruise-in from 4-7pm. It s a great opportunity for car enthusiasts to admire classic and muscle cars in the Tiki parking lot, and then socialize over drink specials in the Tiki Bar! Another new, awesome event starting this month is our Tasty Tiki Time Brunch on March 13th & 20th. We ll have lots of great drink specials including your Sunday favorites like bloody marys and mimosas, and a small-plated brunch menu to help kick off your week right. Remember, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content! You don t have to be Irish to party with us on St. Patrick s Day. Enjoy the talented Jack Dempsey as he plays all your favorite Irish tunes in the Grille. Our regular menu will not be available; however, we have several delicious entrée choices on our limited menu, in addition to corned beef and cabbage, of course! Our holiday buffets are always spectacular at the Grille. Reservations are still available for our amazing Easter Buffet on Sunday, March 27th. Featuring all of your favorite items such as: carved prime rib; carved ham; salmon with a dill sauce; lemon chicken and, of course, our amazing dessert buffet to end the perfect meal. It is a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of spring. Ladies, mark your calendars on Thursday, March 31st, for Ladies Night, (gentlemen are welcome) at the Tiki Bar. The band, Hit or Miss, with Dennis, formerly of Rock Steady, will be performing from 5-8pm and we will be offering great drink specials. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early to enjoy this dance party! If you have not dined with us recently, you may not know that we have all new lunch and dinner menus at the Grille, as well as a new Tiki Bar menu! We hope you ll come in to try them out soon. Our dedicated staff continue to cater to all your dining needs. As always, we appreciate your support and we look forward to serving you soon! Sunday March 27th 12-5pm Carved Prime Rib and Honey Baked Ham Lemon Chicken Fresh Salmon with a Dill Cream Sauce Peel & Eat Shrimp Buttermilk Ranch Mashed Potatoes Rice Pilaf Green Bean Medley Vegetable Medley Garden Salad Pasta Salad Fresh Fruit Rolls and Butter Endless Dessert Station Call for reservations: Children 10 and under $ Beverages are not included. New Event! Tasty Tiki Time Brunch 11-3pm Sundays March 13th & 20th April 10th, 17th & 24th Chill at the Tiki Bar on Sundays with Live Music, limited Brunch Menu and Drink Specials! SAVE THE DATE for these two great events in April! Special Drink Pricing with Purchase of Entrée April 19th Caribbean Night Buffet Live Music by Bickley Rivera April 28th 6855
9 ST. PATRICK S DAY March 17 th 4-8pm Irish Stew $ 5.75 Corned Beef & Cabbage $ Black & Tan Pork $ Scallop Pie $ Roasted Lamb Shanks $ Irish Steak $ Baileys Chocolate Mousse $ 5.95 Crème De Menthe Parfait $ 5.95 Live Music with Jack Dempsey Don t miss any of these GREAT ENTERTAINERS! TIKI BAR / MONDAYS 5-8PM JoJo s Good Time Express March 7th The Bob Hope Band March 14th The 45s March 21st The Band 4Play March 28th INSIDE THE GRILLE / 6:30-10:30PM Charlie De March 4th Petrina March 5th Joe Beddia March11th Alan O Neal March12th Jack Dempsey March17th March 25th Fred Campbell March 18th All acts subject to change. Sal Gioe March19th Marti Carroll March 26th Hit or Miss March 31st Salad Night Tuesday, March 29 th 5pm - 8pm Fiesta Chicken Chopped Salad $11.95 Barbecue Chicken Salad $11.95 Oriental Shrimp Salad $13.95 Ahi Sesame Salad $14.95 Summer Salad $11.95 Spinach Salad $ R I L L Seafood NightS All-You-Can-Eat Catfish March 4th & 18th Surf & Turf March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Captain s Platter March 11th & 25th Shrimp Night March 13th Member Favorites Karaoke With Debbie G. March 1st April 5th Prime Rib Dinner for 2 March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Free Bottle of Wine with 2 Dinner Entrées March 6th & 20th April 10th & 24th Fiesta Fajita Night March 15th April 14th & 26th Pasta Night March 24th April 21st Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday Night. Check the website or call for details.
10 TENNIS TALK By Bruce Payne, Director of Tennis As March approaches, Skyview Tennis Center has eight teams competing in USTA Leagues that will wind down by the end of the month. Before they do, adult 40 and over and 55 and over Mixed Doubles Leagues will begin. Since the second set of leagues will overlap the first, March looks like it will be the busiest league month of the year. In addition, the adult 40 and over leagues require five courts per outing, as there are two singles matches included in each team contest. That s a lot of tennis, but we always look forward to a challenge! We received some disappointing news at the USTA captain s meeting in December. USTA National has declared there will no longer be a national tournament to end the 55 and over mixed doubles season. Many sections, including Florida, were quick to follow suit by removing 55 and over mixed from their list of sectional championships. The Marion District, in which we compete, will continue to offer the league for those who wish to play, with the understanding that district winners will not have the opportunity to advance to another level. Historically, 55 and over mixed doubles has been very popular in the Florida section and well represented in our district. A lot of us were disappointed by the news but encouraged by the fact that some member clubs in Central Florida may offer an unofficial year-end tournament for district champions. We fully support that effort, and will keep you up to speed on the progress made to that end. We hope our members interested in 55 and over mixed doubles continue to support district competition while we lobby to restore sectional and national tournaments to their original status. Despite our busy schedule in March, we saved one day for the annual Burger Bash on Sunday, March 20th. There s still time for Skyview members to sign up for the social. This year s event features: two hours of mixed doubles, followed by burgers and chicken grilled on-site, including two sides, a keg of beer, house wines and soft drinks on the Observation Deck. Please remember, non-members are allowed to partner and guest fees will be waived for this event. Call or for more information. Citrus Hills has taken on apparel sales in the tennis pro shop. Jeff McDonald, the purchasing agent for golf and fitness, is leading this new venture for tennis, making us your onestop shop for all of your tennis needs. Jeff promises brand name, quality merchandise at fair prices sporting our Skyview Tennis logo. The first wave of apparel and hats has arrived, and the response has been terrific! We can t wait to open the next box that Jeff sends our way. Be sure to check out Skyview Tennis Center for all your tennis attire. Get geared up here for your next match! TENNIS BURGER BASH SUNDAY, MARCH 20 TH Mixed Doubles from 2-4pm, followed by lunch on the Observation Deck Members can sign up with other members and non-members for this event. Guest fees are waived! $ 16 Inclusive Per Person Tuesday, March 8 th 11am Free Beginner Tennis Clinic New to tennis? Come learn the basic skills and rules of the game. All Golf & Social Members are invited! Tennis shoes are required. Racquets are available to borrow. Call: or Join Us in Welcoming Our New Neighbors! Luis & Rosalie Battistini Hernando, FL Yezdi & Perviz Bhada Jasper, GA Rex & Laura Diamond Bloomington, IL Richard & Linda Lightner Pittsburg, PA Peter & Kathy Viano Stratham, NH Martin & Hajnalka Zipkin East Brunswick, NJ
11 See the Experts! Selling your home in Terra Vista or Brentwood? Then list with us. Terra Vista Realty Group lists and sells more homes in Terra Vista and Brentwood, than all other area Realtors combined. We Are the Clear Choice In 2015 we listed or sold over 80 percent of all transactions in Terra Vista and Brentwood. Terra Vista Realty Group has successfully raised values in our communities year after year and increased sales volume in % over 2014 total existing home sales. Terra Vista Realty Group is your one-stop resource when listing, selling or leasing your home. Call us for all your realty needs today! Our realtors, Susan Mullen and Carl Manucci, know our community, the neighborhoods and amenities better than any other local agents, with over 35 years combined experience selling real estate exclusively at the Villages of Citrus Hills. As a division of the Villages of Citrus Hills, we benefit from the national marketing that generates thousands of leads and visitors each year N. Terra Vista Blvd. Citrus Hills, FL SALES & MARKETING By Tom Daddario, Vice President Sales & Marketing The winter selling season is in full swing and all signs are pointing to a great 2016 in new home sales. We really saw the phones light up and the visitors roll in once the snow storms hit the northern half of the country. People in those areas were once again reminded by Mother Nature that winter can be brutal! There are some key factors that contribute to this wave of enthusiastic visitors who are deciding to call Citrus Hills home or, at the very least, their winter residence. Mortgage interest rates remain historically low; Resale prices for existing homes continue to increase nationally; Consumer confidence continues to improve; Inventory of existing and new homes is being gobbled up; 13,000 Baby Boomers are leaving the workforce every day. move here, please contact your New Home Counselor, or give us a call so we can help. Many of the onsite visitors are In January coming as a result of our Winter and February, Expos up north. Record numbers are our visitation attending these shows, and so far programs this season nearly 1,000 attendees for both stopped by our booth to learn more Discovery about us. One reason for the big and Walk-Ins numbers is the pent up demand in were robust. the marketplace. People who have We continue retired, or are planning to make a to see more move soon, are tired of putting off and more people stopping by our this decision. And, of course, the Welcome Center to check us out. It snow, sleet, and freezing rain aren t now looks like this strong demand will hurting either. continue well into the spring and I hope you re getting to enjoy your that s very exciting! winter, Florida style! Thanks for Congratulations to Susan your time. Mastrangelo, our top producing New Home Counselor for the month of January. It s also great to note that other members of our sales team are chipping in with sales of their own. One of the key factors is the continued development of referral business. If you have friends or relatives considering making the Call for a tour of our model homes!
12 SKYVIEW GOLF By Herb Hurley, PGA Head Professional arch is usually when we M start to see the beginning of warmer weather. I, for one, sure am glad that January and February are behind us. Hopefully, March will break us out of our cool and wet pattern. Even though it is starting to warm up, it is still very important to obey all cart rules around the tees and greens. The Bermuda grass is still in dormancy and is very prone to wear and tear as well as compaction. I love that we have a sister club in Ocala, and can host rival tournaments that utilize both club courses. On February 18th and 19th, we held our 3rd Annual Ryder Cup with Ocala National. The home field advantage was definitely enjoyed by both teams. After day one, Skyview, the home team, held a significant lead by a score of 9 ½ to 2½. Day two was held on Ocala National s turf, and they proved that having home course knowledge was helpful. They were able to close the gap even though Skyview ended up holding on to win by a final score of 13½ to 10½. Great job guys, and we look forward to next year s fierce competition! It is always fun to see a player s excitement after getting their first hole-in-one; then to see their face again when they see their bar bill! Jerry Gould had his first ever holein-one on January 27th on hole #7 using his 6 Hybrid. Jerry told me this was his first ever hole-in-one after 72 years of playing golf. He figured out that with an average of 100 rounds a year and four par 3 s per round, that he has played roughly 28,800 par 3 s in his lifetime. With those odds, getting a hole-inone figures at 12,500 to 1, making Jerry one behind. Another member, Naji Yazbak, had an eagle on hole #8 from 170 yards away on February 2nd. Great going, gentlemen! As a reminder, I want to hear about all of your great rounds and unbelievable shots. If you had the round of your career or hit an unbelievable shot, let me know and you might just find your story here in the Connections Senior, Super Senior, legends, & Super legends TournAmenT WinnerS Pictured: Bruce Browman - Senior Champion; Ken Marbutt - Net Flight #2 Champion; John Elsley - Legends Division Champion & Net Flight #1; Al Masden - Super Senior Champion. 3rd AnnuAl ryder Cup Ocala National awarding Skyview with the 3rd Annual Ryder Cup trophy! VIP Tournament Series Individual Point Quota Format Entry fee includes: 18-Hole Green Fee Cart Fee Lunch Prizes #4 March 9 th at Ocala National #5 April 15 th at the Oaks #6 May 23 rd at Skyview at Terra Vista Play in a minimum of five qualifying events (11 qualifying events total) for eligibility in the Championship event. Entry fees and start time vary with course. Call participating course to register or for more information Fairway Feats Holes-in-One Bob Johnston - Meadows #3, 2/12/16 Judy Sospenzi - Oaks #3, 1/30/16 Jerry Gould - Skyview #7, 1/27/16 Citrus Hills Valentine s Open February 5th, st Place Ladies Jackie Dziekan, Peg Crowley, Pat Laskowski, Johanne Moyes 1st Place Mixed-TIE Roy Mansell, Carolyn Mansell, Ed Galuska, Alice Galuska Bill Wolf, Julie Wolf, Mike Shipman, Barb Shipman Tom Hartz, Judy Hartz, Bill Bross, Jerry Michalski Jay Friedman, Pat Friedman, Dennis Brugger, Mary Lou Brugger 1st Place Men Gerry Holly, Larry Jones, Dave Barber, Jerry Pequeen 2nd Place Men Sol Asekun, Buzz Fredricksen, Dan Gilley, Mac McDuff 3rd Place Men Dick Morelli, Dave Hetherington, Rod Pavilionis, John Balais Skyview 2016 Men s Senior, Super Senior, Legends & Super Legends February 8th & 16th, 2016 SENIOR DIVISION 1st Place Bruce Browman 2nd Place John Elsley SUPER SENIOR DIVISION 1st Place Al Masden 2nd Place John Elsley 3rd Place-TIE Steve Troiano, Roger Coffey LEGENDS DIVISION 1st Place John Elsley 2nd Place-TIE Roger Coffey, Won Tak SUPER LEGENDS DIVISION 1st Place Rom Moscoso NET FLIGHT 1 1st Place John Elsley 2nd Place-TIE Roger Coffey, Fred Eicher NET FLIGHT 2 1st Place Ken Marbutt 2nd Place Bill Duggan 3rd Place David Buechler NET FLIGHT 3 1st Place John Richert 2nd Place-TIE Conrad Doce, Earl Heck, Joe Konie
13 Be sure to sign up for This Month s Great Golfing Events! March 5th March 7th March 9th March 9th & 10th March 18th & 19th March 23rd & 24th Citrus Hills Four-Leaf Clover Open Nike Club Fitting VIP Tournament (Ocala National) Skyview Ladies Club Championship Men s Member-Guest Tournament Citrus Hills Men s Club Championship Upcoming April Golf Events Demo Day - April 2 nd Men s Club Championship - April 4 th & 5 th Jelly Bean Open - April 9 th Skyview Ladies Spring Invitational - April 11 th VIP Tournament (CH) - April 15 th Skyview Ryder Cup - April 18 th & 19 th Citrus Hills Ladies Club Championship - April 21 st & 22 nd Awards Dinner & Tournament - April 25 th Newbie Nine-Hole Golf League Meadows Golf Course Every Thursday 3pm New to the game of golf? Learn to play in a relaxed, non-competitive setting with other Newbies. Golf Professional Wayne Larsen will be on the course each week offering playing tips and giving insight into the basics of the game. Come out and join the fun! $15 per person Refreshments provided! OAKS & MEADOWS By Wayne Larsen, Head Professional ighty-eight players participated in E our Valentine s Open Mixer. The team of Jackie Dziekan, Peg Crowley, Pat Laskowski and Johanne Moyes won the Ladies Division, while Gerry Holly, Larry Jones, Dave Barber and Jerry Pequeen earned the top spot in the Men s Division. We had quite the competition in the Mixed Division, as four teams tied for the top honors. The teams of Roy and Carolyn Mansell with Ed and Alice Galuska, Bill and Julie Wolf with Mike and Barb Shipman; Tom and Judy Hartz with Bill Bross and Jerry Michalski; and Jay and Pat Friedman with Dennis and Mary Lou Brugger all shot a score of 60 to win the Mixed Division. The new handicap posting/event entry kiosks are up and running. This system allows members to sign up for all golf events, whether it be weekly leagues, monthly mixers or annual championships. The system also allows you to view your tee times and results for the club s golf events that you have entered. In order to receive tee times and results electronically, you must first complete the profile section on your Golfnet account. If you still need to get the GolfNet software on your home computer, please me at or the pro shop at The for the pro shop is also a great way to contact us to get information or have questions answered without having to make a phone call. The staff will reply to your requests in as timely a manner as possible. With our renovations complete, our retail buyer, Jeff McDonald, is filling our shop with beautiful new apparel and equipment from such top name brands as: Callaway, Taylor-Made, Ping, Footjoy, Kate Lord, Nike, Annika, Greg Norman, Adidas, A/U/R and others. Be sure to check out all the new items the next time you are in the shop. Are you new to the game of golf? Check out our new Newbie Niners 9-hole league! The league was started to give you the opportunity to learn the game on the course in a relaxed, non-competitive setting with other Newbies. The group meets every Thursday at 3pm on the Meadows Course. Come on out and join in the fun the only prerequisite is the ability to laugh!
14 BellaVita Spa s HEALTHY & FIT March Spotlight Product By Lee Thompson, Fitness Director TRUESCIENCE Cleanser This is an ultra-rich concentrated cleanser with a light foaming action that removes impurities without drying or stripping your natural skin oils. It soothes and hydrates the skin leaving it clean, soft, and balanced % off No additional discounts. While supplies last. Valid March 2016 only! Ballroom Dancing Wednesdays Beginners 6pm Intermediate 7pm BellaVita: Studio A Instruction by: Butch Philips, Certiﬁed Ballroom Instructor $20 per month/per person March: Rumba / April: Two-Step / May: Eastern Swing June: Foxtrot / July: Cha-cha / August: Tango September: Rumba / October: Waltz November: Hustle / December: Foxtrot he Spring Health Fair on T Wednesday, April 6th, is a great event dedicated to fitness and health. It s a full day packed with activities and information about how to enjoy better health through the many scheduled activities and classes at BellaVita and our other three fitness centers as well. Among the highlights of the day will be 22 booths and open exhibitors offering helpful information and providing personal assessments from 8:30am to 12:30pm. These free assessments will help you get a handle on your current health and will include tests on: Iron Levels, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Blood Type, Body Composition, and more. There will also be Golf Fitness Screenings and more opportunities to help you enjoy a lifestyle with the benefits of bringing positive physical activity into your daily routine. It s never too late to become fit (and remain fit) to enrich your quality of life. A commitment to being active and enhancing your health is sure to pay you back for years to come. During the day, from 7:30am to 6:30pm, you ll have an opportunity to experience many of the fitness classes we feature monthly and throughout the year. We invite you to come out and have some fun and better understand the outstanding facilities and staff available to all members. For more information about the Spring Health Fair, stop by BellaVita or call Don t forget, you now have four outstanding fitness facilities to choose from: BellaVita, the Activity Center, Brentwood, and the new PrimoVita facility at the old Rose & Crown location. BellaVita offers nearly 280 aerobic classes a month including Spinning, Boot Camp, Tone & Trim, Tai Chi, Yoga, Advanced Yoga, and many more! There are many important health reasons to incorporate exercise into your workout routine and lifestyle. So come to the Spring Health Fair on Wednesday, April 6th, to see exactly what outstanding fitness facilities are available right in your backyard. March into BellaVita and receive a Complimentary Lemongrass Hand & Arm Retexturizing Treatment Caribbean CaribbeanRum RumTonic Tonic Fusion Massage Body Treatment BodyBamboo Treatment with EVERY facial for the month of March. Come in and try this massage at a reduced price this month. Enjoy a massage providing deepand relaxation while stimulating the circulation, Escape with aasoothing Escapetotoparadise paradise with soothing and sensory nerve perception & lymphatic drainage system of your body. toning You re toningtreatment. treatment. You recovered coveredininaa $10 OFF Flaxx-C Flaxx-C Firming Firming Fac Fac fresh freshginger gingerand andhoney honeyglaze, glaze,exfoliated exfoliated This Thistreatment treatmenthas hasbeen beencreat crea from fromhead headtototoe toefollowed followedwith withaawarm warm for forskin skinshowing showingsigns signsofofage: age water waterrinse, rinse,then thencleansed cleansedwith withrum Rum Nails clipped, filed, cuticle work Manual callus exfoliation džŷŝđ zžƶ ƌğ ĮŶĂůůǇ ƚƌğăƚğě ƚž ĂŶ ŝŷǀŝőždžŷŝđ zžƶ ƌğ ĮŶĂůůǇ ƚƌğăƚğě ƚž ĂŶ ŝŷǀŝőžɛăőőŝŷő ĮŶĞ ůŝŷğɛ ĂŶĚ ĚƵůůŶĞƐ ƐĂŐŐŝŶŐ ĮŶĞ ůŝŷğɛ ĂŶĚ ĚƵůůŶĞ Sweet lemongrass aromatherapy sugar scrub ƌăɵŷő ĂŶĚ ŵžŝɛƚƶƌŝǌŝŷő ƐŚĞĂ ďƶʃğƌ ƌƶď ƌăɵŷő ĂŶĚ ŵžŝɛƚƶƌŝǌŝŷő ƐŚĞĂ ďƶʃğƌ ƌƶď /ƚ Ɛ ĚĞƐŝŐŶĞĚ ƚž ƌğɛƚžƌğ ĮƌŵŶĞ /ƚ Ɛ ĚĞƐŝŐŶĞĚ ƚž ƌğɛƚžƌğ ĮƌŵŶ Ultra hydrating mask with shea butter & tea extract Lemongrass Spa Pedicure ƚž ƐĂŐŐŝŶŐ ƐŬŝŶ ĂƐ ŝƚ ůŝōɛ ƚž ƐĂŐŐŝŶŐ ƐŬŝŶ ĂƐ ŝƚ ůŝōɛ minutes Hot towel wrap Massage Polish application $40 $75 $75//60 60minutes ƟŐŚƚĞŶƐ ĂŶĚ ƐŵŽŽƚŚƐ zžƶ ůů ƟŐŚƚĞŶƐ ĂŶĚ ƐŵŽŽƚŚƐ zžƶ ůů ŝŷɛƚăŷƚůǉ ĞǆƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ ĮƌŵĞƌ ŝŷɛƚăŷƚůǉ ĞǆƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ ĮƌŵĞƌ for appointment ŵžƌğ ƌğɛŝůŝğŷƚ ƐŬŝŶ No ŵžƌğ ƌğɛŝůŝğŷƚ ƐŬŝŶ other discounts apply. March 2016 only forforappointment appointment
15 Have a hot ride you d like to show off? There s no cost to participate! Don t Miss Demo Day! Saturday, April 2nd 10am - 3pm Skyview Driving Range Sunday, April 3 rd 10:30am 3:30pm Activity Center Parking Lot 240 West Fenway Drive Farmer s Market & Car Show Free Event! Live Entertainment! Enjoy strolling among classic cars and shopping for local gourmet foods and seasonal specialties. Call the Activity Center Service Desk for more information Rain or shine! *Event subject to cancellation upon severe weather conditions. THE RESALE EXPERTS Terra Vista Realty Group Wow, it is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner! We hope that you have been able to enjoy the recent great Citrus Hills weather it only gets better. This is also the time of year that starts the traditional Selling Season in most of our northern markets. Owners, who are in the process of moving south, put their homes on the market as buyers; families, especially historically, make their move to be ready for the upcoming school year. In turn, our winter lookers return south as they wish to be settled in by the upcoming fall season. This entire process starts now. If you have decided to market your home, then this is the ideal time to start getting it ready for showing. Having a plan in place prior to actively listing it is critical. If the home is furnished, be sure that the furniture is arranged in the most advantageous way. This will help buyers imagine the best possible version of the home. Start by decluttering closets, countertops and work stations, lanais and garages. Depersonalizing the home is also Cafe Vita NOW OPEN! Featuring high-end quality cappuccinos, Hours: M-F: 7am - 6:30pm Sat-Sun: 7am - 5:30pm Stop by and pick up one of your favorite beverages today! important, but it should still have an inviting, warm and comfortable feeling. If you will be moving out while your home is on the market, then various levels of staging might be considered. Buyers find it easier to visualize a home when it s staged. They are also more willing to overlook any of the home s design flaws that an empty house might reveal. Not every room needs to be furnished. In order of importance, the family/ living room and the kitchen are typically the most important rooms of the home to showcase. This is followed by the master suite and the dining room, with the guest rooms and guest baths as the least important. Overall, staged homes typically have a more positive impact on the home s value. Terra Vista Realty Group is your expert community resource when it comes to marketing your home. They specialize exclusively in Brentwood and Terra Vista of Citrus Hills. Located in the Welcome Center, both Susan Mullen and Carl Manucci are here to assist you in any way. Call them at (352) They understand the community, and the pulse of today s buyers. Why settle for less when it is time to market your home for sale? Come try the latest and greatest golf equipment from these great brands: espressos, coffees, and a variety of retail beverages for golfers to take with them to enjoy during their game. Also available are refreshing workout-enhancing energy beverages and protein shakes. Spring Forward! Don t forget to set your clocks forward, Sunday, March 13 th, and change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
16 240 W Fenway Dr. Citrus Hills, FL PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID EARNEST MAIL 10 Smart Travel Tips 1. Rolled clothing takes up less space than folded clothing. Also, synthetic fabrics wrinkle less and dry faster. 2. Pack a lunch. Save money and pack a lunch or healthy snacks that taste good at room temperature. You never know when your flight may be delayed. 3. To avoid jet lag, get plenty of exercise the day before you travel. And once you land, get lots of fresh air for an instant pick-me-up. 4. Pack a light-weight scarf for chilly planes. You can use it as a little blanket or a pillow. Once you arrive at your destination you have the perfect accessory. 5. To keep your clothes smelling fresh, pop a dryer sheet in your suitcase. They have multiple other uses as well; reduce static in your hair, deodorize shoes, serve as a bug repellent, freshen up a hotel room and are great for getting off dry sand. 6. Always make left turns in the security line to get through more quickly. You are more likely to turn right than left when entering a building, so lines on the left will tend to be shorter. 7. Take a photo with your cellphone of the location sign where you park your car at the airport as you depart. This can be a real lifesaver when you return! 8. Snap a photo with your cellphone of your luggage when you check it. That way, if the bag gets lost, you'll have a recent picture to show the airline rep instead of trying to describe it. 9. Pack clothes that are wrapped in dry-cleaning plastic. That way, if baggage handlers leave your luggage in the rain, your clothes will stay dry. 10. Make copies of the front and back of your passport and credit cards. Then scan the pdf and it to yourself, a relative, or friend before traveling overseas. Community Events Florida Strawberry Festival Feb. 27 to March 9, 303 N. Lemon St., Plant City. Impressive festival featuring strawberry shortcake, strawberry shakes, strawberries dipped in chocolate, along with live entertainment daily. Visit flstrawberryfestival.com. 35th Seafood & Music Festival March 4-6, 25 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. Featuring tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. $5 admission. Call Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 - May 30, Walt Disney World Resort. The roses, wildflowers, topiaries and herb gardens will flourish for a seven-week run that is absolutely breathtaking. Call or visit DisneyWorld. com/flower. Inverness St. Patrick s Festival March 12, Downtown Inverness, 1 Courthouse Square. Shamrock 5K, Parade, Pub Crawl and free concert with the Band Doerfels and Leprechaun Costume Contest. Call Airfest March 19-20, 8am. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. The Air Force's Thunderbirds are the main attraction, with aerial stunt demonstrations, plane exhibits and more. Admission is free, but get there early to set up your lounge chair. Visit macdill.af.mil/airfest2016.