December 9th Wednesday Morning News



We Grew From   439 to 491 This Week!

Thanks to the Decorating Crew for decorating our Large Hall for Christmas: Nora and Charlie Minor, John and Ginni Westby, Gary and Connie Web, Eleanor Haddock, Jack and Charlene Leach, Kathy Doddridge, Deb McDaniel Maureen Bartz and Bonnie Langfield.

Thanks to our Photo Directory Helper this past week:  Sandy Deveny

Thanks to Barb DeGaramo for coordinating the Craft Sale Luncheon and doing the cooking for it. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the show a success:

Our cashiers: Elinor Kroll and Donna Hulsey

Our Sandwich servers: Judy Teply and Elaine Stanek

Soup Servers: Lois Weinzierl and Eleanor Haddock

Runners: Dody Anenson and Cheryl Graaf

Drink Tables: Linda Thompson, Ellen Hicks, Betty Smith and Jennifer Williams

Wiping Tables & Straightening Chairs: Connie and Gary Webb

Cake and Brownie Bakers: Char Leach and Deb McDaniel

Picking up the Donuts and selling tickets: Mary Hazlett

Washed Dishes: Macel Groth

Setting up and tearing down: Jack Hulsey, Doyle Stratton, Larry Anenson, Herb Holmquist, Rex Humke, Bob Babler, Flo Reed and a whole bunch of Pickleball Players!! Thanks bunches everyone!

Vendor Escort: Ron Dorschug

Handicap Sign Placement: Chuck Pierson

Thanks to our volunteers for Lindley Creek Christmas Show:

Concession: Gene and Marilyn Brown and Ken and Gwen Voss

Doors: Pat and Tom Whittaker, Don and Linda Thompson, and Della Orndorff and Larry Anenson

Thanks to everyone who worked on the dance on Friday night.

Dance Leads: Rich and Donna Ritchie

Doors: Bob and Kathy Doddridge, Tom and Pat Whitaker and Steve and Linda Petersen

Concession: Marvin and Della Orndorff

50/50: Duane and Carol Ritchie

Ticket Sales: Mary Hazlett


Thanks to the Sundae Sunday Volunteers:
Dippers: Tom Whitaker, Gary Dagsgard and Dick Larson

Cashier: Janet Wilson

Toppings Table: Steve Petersen

Thanks to our Roundup helpers yesterday: Paula Sheridan and Lee Clement were in the concession and JoAnn Sullivan and her helpers taught us the Stroll and the Hand Jive.   We even saw them doing the Hokey Pokey! We should all now be ready for next week’s Sock Hop.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are registering for bus trips and selling tickets and various other things this morning:  Brenda Nolte, Marcy DeSchamps, Dianna Drake, Sharon Dagsgard, Linda Doerschug and Judy Miller.

It takes a ton of volunteers every week to keep our activities going. Thank you all VERY much!


Stuffing the Christmas Stockings for the ARISE Posada – Last week the date and time was announced incorrectly. The stockings will be stuffed on December 16th at 1 PM. They will be delivered that same day.

Barb DeGaramo is the Coordinator for this event.  She hopes that we can fill 300 stockings this year.  We already have the stockings.  The Christmas Stockings will be used at the Christmas Posada at ARISE for children ages 0 to 8 years old.  The items that are badly needed at this point are boys and girls toys and baby stuff (there is almost no baby stuff). They will still take other items as well.

Small Stuffed Animals
Small Toys
Bottles of Bubbles
Play Dough
Small Cars and Trucks
Play Jewelry
Warm Hats or Gloves
Tooth Brushes and Paste
Coloring Books
Activity Books
Small Books
Color Crayons
Color Pencils
Magic Markers
Ramen Noodles
Small Bags of Snacks
Wrapped Crackers
Baby Items
Baby Wash, Shampoo
Wash Cloths,
Baby Toys

Christmas Angel Tree – Take a tag or more from the Angel Tree and buy a gift for about $10. Wrap your gift and put the tag on it. Bring it to the December 23rd meeting. The gifts will be delivered after the meeting. If anyone can help with that, see Patti Ellison.

Suggestion Box Gift Card Winner is Jeanette Bartles. She isn’t in the park yet but you could let her know! She won a Gift Card to Applebees.

Verla and Davell LaRue (previous reidents)– anyone having any information on their whereabouts, let the Business Office know. There is a woman is trying to get in touch with them.

Symphonic Band Concert “Sounds of the Season” for December 15th . The tickets are sold out here and at Trophy Gardens.

Water Pressure: Cathy has contact North Alamo Water about our problem but thus far they have not found it. City Hall is not involved in this.   If you want to call about the problem, it would be the North Alamo Water Department.

Christmas Card Shower for Pastor Frisby: Bring your cards on December 20th to the Worship Service or you can drop them in the mail if you won’t be there.

Activities Welcome Packet – If you are new to the resort in the 2015-2016 Season, please stop in the office to pick up your Activities Welcome Packet. It includes a lot of valuable information that we’ve put together for you. It also includes some free tickets to entice you to join in some of our activities. There is a price for the packet. We need your picture for the Blog so if you are a couple, you both need to stop in. We’ll take your picture and then hand you the packet. I can guarantee that it is worth it!

Blood Drive: We are signing up to donate blood in the back of the hall after the meeting today and the signup sheet will be transferred to the Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room after this morning.

Choir practice will be at 9:45 AM this Friday.

Craft Show – We had a pretty good Craft Show for the first one of the season yesterday. We were told by a couple of vendors that they had been to a couple of others and it was like a morgue so we faired better than that. I had a couple people comment on the number of tables. Actually all our tables are full and paid for and I have a waiting list, however, some vendors just don’t feel that December is worth it and told me they weren’t coming so I just moved everything around so we’d have more room to eat.

Jams – The first jam will be this Saturday, December 12th. The “In A Pinch” Group led by Judy and Steve Good have signed up to do the first jam. Rod and Donna McKee’s team is on second and Bob and Kathy Doddridge’s Team will complete the December Jams. Thanks much, guys!

Dance – This week we will be rocking and rolling to Pelican West at 7 PM on Friday night. They are always a great time! Cost is $8.

The Agency Dance – Tomorrow, Thursday, December 10th, at 11 AM tickets will go on sale for reserved seating for our first Agency Dance of the year. Tickets are $8. Reserved seats are always signed up first in the resort and then opened to the public. Xx will be in the hall at 9 AM to hand out numbers so that you don’t have to sit around until 11 AM. Get your number and then you can return when Lee arrives to actually reserve the seats. If you could buy tickets by the table or portions of a table, it would be helpful. Checks are welcome and preferred.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon: We will be having a Staff Appreciation Lunch sponsored by the Activities Office on December 11th in the Large Hall. We could use a couple of people to help us serve. (we have helpers as of this writing)!

The Ladies Dessert and Salad Bar Luncheon is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at Noon. The cost is $2 and includes drink and table service. Odd number tickets bring a salad and even number tickets bring a dessert. The last day to buy tickets will be Friday from 10AM to Noon in the Small Hall.

The Sock Hop will be our Roundup on December 15th. The Chuck Wagon will be transformed into a Soda Fountain. We’ll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs or chili dogs, cherry cokes and root beer floats. Carlos Canos will be providing the music for the sock hop. There will be a Limbo Contest, a Hula Hoop Contest, some twisting, strolling and hand jiving. If you have some clothing reminiscent of the times, wear them. We’ll have a Photo Op Booth. Come ready to relive those “Happy Days.” Think Fonzie, LaVern and Shirley, Lenny and Squiggy and stars from the 50’s like James Dean, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Ralph Kuster Christer Show that was scheduled for December 17th has been cancelled. Ralph is having problems getting into the United States due to some glitch with the Visa System.

Lone Star Downs – Our first Horse Race will be on December 22nd at 3 PM in the Large Hall. Butch and Pam Jensen are the Coordinators for this event that we hope will go over well enough to do monthly. There will be 8 horse races with 6 horses. The horses will move across the tiles based on dice. One will be the number of moves and the other will be the horse that moves. Each bet is 50 cents and each person is limited to $1 per race. The house makes no money on the races, however, there will be a redistribution of wealth among the betters!

Thanks to our Woodshop guys, Ron Jensen, Roger Richardson, Larry Martin and Bill Knecht for making the horses for the race. Thanks also to Jean Snyder and Lois Green for painting them.

ARISE Christmas Posada will be held at 212 San Bernardino in Alamo, Texas on December 16th at 5 PM and we are all invited.

Christmas Dinner: The signups for the Christmas Dinner Tables are on the Board by the bottom of the Loft steps. The Business Office will be providing $1 per resident for turkey or ham for each table.

Christmas Lighting Contest: If you have not signed up for the Christmas Lighting Contest and have lights out, do so by Friday afternoon. We’ve seen some places that should definitely be in the contest. We need time to get those ballots in the mail. It doesn’t seem possible but the Judging starts next Thursday, the 17th and the ballots will be due on December 22n. We will announce the winners at the Christmas Party.  Signups to be in the contest are on the Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room.

Christmas Caroling: Karen Timko is the Coordinator and Choral leader for caroling here at the park. The date is set for January 21st at 4:30 PM. Meet in the Large Hall for directions and music from Karen. When you are finished, stop in the Library for Cookies and Cocoa after the event. We try to sing to those in the park who are home-bound or have lost a spouse in the last year or that are having some type of major issue. Let the Activities Office know if there is someone you want to suggest that we visit.

Christmas Party: The Christmas Party is scheduled for December 24th at 2 PM. We will be entertained by a young singer, song writer and guitarist from Razz Ma Tazz. He is Tony Longoria and he plans on going into the music business. He has been doing a lot of Christmas gigs this season. We will pass the hat for the performance. Bring an appetizer to share with your table. We think this will work better than one huge table as some people at the end, don’t get too much! Coffee, Iced Tea and Punch will be served. Instead of exchanging gifts this year, we are going to donate to a local animal shelter. Barb DeGaramo is coordinating this is a list of what kinds of items the shelter needs:

  • Dry dog food for large and small dogs (Science Diet and other brands)
  • Canned Dog Food
  • 5 Gerber Second Foods: Chicken with gravy or Turkey with Turkey gravy (for baby kittens and puppies that are not eating well)
  • Canned chicken breast
  • Peanut butter (to give pills with)
  • Pill pockets
  • Dog and cat treats for all sizes
  • Toys for dogs: rope and Kong chew, tennis balls, stuffed tos
  • Toys for cats: preferably without catnip – fuzzy mice, balls with bells, small mylar balls
  • Empty refillable cat litter containers
  • Cat litter
  • Litter boxes
  • Scoopers
  • Stainless steel bowls
  • Puppy potty pads
  • Blankets and beds
  • Large throw rugs
  • Bath mats
  • Large towels
  • Pet carriers
  • Puppy and kitty costumes (for photo shoots)
  • Newspapers
  • Detergents, bleach, dish soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and rubber gloves for clean up
  • Gift cards from: Pet Smart, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, local gas stations, local grocery stores.

Rio Grande Regional Medical Hospital Blood Screenings have been scheduled for 7 AM on December 21st, January 11th, February 15th and March 21st. This will be done in the Library. The Lab Director, David Almquist, will be speaking to us today after the meeting. He also provided your donuts this morning! He will return again on January 28th from 8 to 9 AM to talk to us about understanding our blood results. This will be in the large hall, kitchen side.

Recycling: Wanda Wheeler has some storage bins by her shed on Lot 677. She takes newspaper, cans and plastic to the San Juan Recycling Center for us.  You can drop them off and put them in the appropriate bins on her patio.  Please clean and rinse the cans before you drop them off as she doesn’t want to attract any varmints.  She and her neighbor take turns taking the recycling items to San Juan.

Fire Safety in Manufactured Homes Seminar and Free Pizza Luncheon: Charter Safety will be giving a seminar on Fire Safety on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:30 AM. They will also serve free pizza and soda for anyone who attends. You can sign up in the Large Hall across from the Mail Room.

The Angel Galleria is having a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on December 17th at 5 PM. The address is 130 8th Street in Alamo. This gallery will be filled with angels of all sorts and sizes.

COMPUTER CLASSES:  Ron Doerschug has posted a Windows 10 Class on the Computer Classes Board across from the Mail Room.


Annie Lindstrom has brought in some fliers for trips that will be available. She will be posting them shortly on her Tours Board near the Loft Steps in the Large Hall.


Please let the office know as you start up activities so that we can announce them and post them on the blog.

These Activities have notified us that they are now in progress:

500 – Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall

Beginning Billiards Lessons on Monday will resume in January and we’ll get word out when it resumes.

Billiards Fun Night – Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall

Bingo has started on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall.

Bowling has started on Fridays at 1:00 PM at the Flamingo Bowl. Judy has a signup sheet on the Board across from the Mail Room.

Bridge has started on Sundays at 630 PM 

Bunko has started on Mondays from 1 to 3 PM.

Ceramics has started on Tuesdays.

Crochet has started on Mondays at 9 AM in the Loft.

Dominos will be played in the Large Hall this Thursday.

Euchre – 6:30 PM at the Large Hall west.

Mixed Scotch Doubles – Sundays at 2 PM in the Small Hall.

Beginning Billiards – Mondays at 9 AM in the Small Hall

Choir – has started on Fridays at 10 AM in the Large Hall

Ladies Billiards – Tuesdays from 1 to 3 in the Small Hall

Nine Ball – No Call Shot $1 – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall

Bridge – Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Ceramics will start on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM to 4 PM on December 1st.

Couples Two-Step Waltz will start at 11:15 AM on Wednesdays in the Large Hall, Stage End.  Judy Good is the instructor.  The cost is $3 each or $5 per couple.  Judy will start with footwork only for the first half and then move into turns, etc.

Cribbage – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Gentle Yoga – Monday-Friday 8 – 8:30 AM (November-March) with Pam Hoppe

Hardanger has started. They meet on Mondays from 1 to 3 in the Arts and Crafts Room.

Jewelry Making and Repairing starts this Friday from 1 to 3 PM in the Large Hall East.

Ladies Golf – has started on Thursdays at 9 AM

Line Dancing – will start right at the Wednesday Meeting.  The cost is $3 per person and it goes to charity.  The line dancing will move from beginner to intermediate and be finished by 11:15.  JoAnn Sullivan is the instructor.

In House 8 Ball Tournament – Call Shots at 9 AM in the Small Hall

Jazzercise on Mondays at 8 AM

Mah Jong – on Mondays from 1-3 PM and Fridays from 1 – 3:30 PM in the Library.

Pegs & Jokers – on Saturdays at 6:30 PM.

Pinochle – Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall

Pitch – On Tuesdays at 6:30 in the Large Hall.

Shuffleboard – Start time is Monday thru Friday at 9 AM. Men and women who would like to shuffle are welcome!

Swedish Weaving has started. They meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 in the Arts and Crafts Room.

Texas Hold Em – on Fridays at 1 PM in the Loft – will start in January.

Video Room is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 AM.

Volleyball has started: M-W-F 4 to 5 PM, and Tu-Thr 1-3 PM

Walking Exercises – Monday-Friday at 7:30 AM in the Large Hall.

Water Volleyball has started.  M-W-F 4 to 5 PM and Tu/Th 1-3 PM.

Wood Carving has started on Tuesdays from Noon to 3PM and on Fridays from 1 to 3PM in Activity Room #3.


WR/TG Bus Trip – The bus will be heading to the Mercedes Mall for a shopping trip on December 10th at 9:30 AM. This is a shared trip with Trophy Gardens. We had a couple of seats left. You can sign up in the Activities Office.

WR/TG Bus Trip – The bus will leave at 6 PM on December 10th to the Pharr Community Theater production of “The Last Battle of the Civil War” at Tip O Texas. This trip is closed.

WR/TG Bus to see the Hidalgo Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 12th at 5:30 PM. If you have never been to this festival before, make sure you see it during this season. This is the biggest award-winning Christmas light display in Texas. Over 3,000,000 bulbs throughout 9 different trails and 900 brilliant festive showcases. Enjoy the lights in guided train or trolley tours plus there is entertainment. There are 3 seats left on this trip.

WR/TG Bus Trip to the Tuba Christmas Concert – 200 to 300 tubas will put on a Christmas Concert on December 13th at 2 PM at 1201 W University in Edinberg (UTRGV Field House). This signup is being done today in the back of the hall. Cathy talked about this last week and it sounded really interesting. We thought we should take a bus. THIS TRIP IS FULL

WR Bus Trip to the Celebration Choir with Jason Crabb will leave on December 13th at 5:15 PM. This trip is closed.

WR/TG Bus Trip to the Symphonic Band Concert will leave at 6:30 PM on December 15th. This trip is closed.

WR Bus Trip – On December 16th at 5 PM, we will be taking a new bus trip this season to visit the Waterford Gardens in Mission. The Waterford is an Assisted Living Facility with some gorgeous gardens. They will give us a tour of their gardens which have been lit for the Christmas holidays and they will feed us a Chili and Corn Bread Dinner. They, of course, want to interest people in their facilities. There is no cost for this trip. There are a few open spots on this bus yet.

WR/TG Bus Trip – The Giddy Up & Go Singles Group will be heading to South Padre on December 18th at 10:30 AM for a Dolphin Watch Trip and dinner at the Sea Ranch Restaurant. The cost is $23 and you can register for this in the Activities Office. Lots of room left.

WR Bus Trip – The original Dolphin and Eco Tour on December 27th at 10:30 AM. We didn’t get anyone signed up this morning so if you are interested, please let us know quickly. Otherwise, we’ll cancel this trip.

WR Bus – Deep Sea Fishing Trip on December 28th a 7 AM – $15 includes bait and poles.  Lunch on your own at Pirates Landing.  We still have a few seats left for this trip.

WR/TG Bus TripThe Giddy Up & Go Singles Group will also have a trip to Mr. Gatties on January 5th leaving at 11:00 AM. You can sign up in the Activity Office

WR Bus Trip – The Sunset Catamaran Boat Cruise on January 13th will leave at 2:30 PM. This trip is now closed.

BUS ETIQUETTE RULES: Just a friendly reminder of our new rules that have been agreed upon between Winter Ranch and Trophy Gardens. The rules are on the bulletin boards in the Large and Small Halls as well as being on the Blog under the Bus Trip Information Tab. If you are going to miss a bus trip, you need to notify the Activity Office that you will not be going at least one business day before the trip. Otherwise, a $2 charge will be assessed and when paid will be given to the Bus Driver as part of his tip. So, if you have missed a bus trip, please stop in the office and we’ll take your $2 and give it to Jack.


Pelican West Dance on December 11th. There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board across from the hall. We still need some people in concession and a 50/50 person.

Sock Hop – Since Connie Webb has done a lot of the work in getting ready for the Sock Hop on December 15th, Mary has just put up a volunteer sheet for the other things that other jobs that need to be done. We need a couple of Activity Director helpers to help with games. This would be for short spurts of time during the event. We also need another male decoration handler that can get on a ladder and another decorator to assist.

Photo Scheduling: There are some open spots on the board across from the Mail Room to sign up to help with registering people for their photo shoots.

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