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Halloween Party Update

Over thirty residents enjoyed themselves at the Clubhouse on Friday, October 31. There was plenty of good food and many came in costume to add to the festivities. We had a good time with the games, whether being involved or just watching. The following residents won prizes:

Ben K. for Best Costume

Fred F. for Musical Chairs

Nancy C. for Spoon Candy Race

Clyde S. for Bean Bag Toss

Vivian S. for Candy Corn Count

Bill H. for 50/50

Clyde S. for Door Prize

The Committee thanks all who attended and hope many more will join the festivities next year.

Vienna Square Christmas Party

Vienna Square Christmas Party on December 13 is getting closer and you don’t want to miss the fun! Not only will the company with friends and neighbors be joyful, but the games will be great. Party starts at 5:30 and  our delicious dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and offering either Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Blue and all the fixings! Sign-up sheet is in the Clubhouse. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased by December 1 from Sue at 2422 Salzburg Loop. Questions? Call S. Hardy at 401.9883. 

Christmas Day Potluck & Get Together

All Vienna Square residents and their guests are invited Christmas Day to a potluck gathering beginning at 4:30 p.m. on December 25 in the Clubhouse. Surprises are planned, as well as Door Prizes. Sign-up sheet will be posted in the Clubhouse. Sign-up sheet will be in the Clubhouse by December 1. Everyone is asked to please bring a generous size dish to share. Questions? Contact Sarah Lee S. Ho! Ho! Ho! 

Christmas Concert [Free]

Please come to the Clubhouse on December 18 at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy socializing with your neighbors, refreshments and listening to the children from Grace Lutheran sing Christmas songs. Feel free to sing along with them. This was a big “hit” last year. Hope to see you there!

New Year’s Eve Party

Come ring in the new year on December 31 as the Karaoke Team hosts the 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Party on December 31—starting at 8 p.m. and going till 2015. There will be singing and dancing as we toast the end of 2014 and ring in the beginning of 2015. Party hats and noisemakers will be provided, as well as soft drinks. Bring any “SPECIAL DRINK” for yourself, and a tray of snacks to be shared. Don’t miss this final party of the year with your friends and neighbors. We will even have the New Year’s Ball Drop on the big screen in the Movie Theater. Sign-up sheet is in the Clubhouse Lobby.

Ladies Coffee

Join us at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday each month for coffee, tea and refreshments. It is a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and meet any new residents. Please sign up and 

indicate if you are willing to bring a breakfast item. Thank you to the hostesses below for 

coordinating the next several Ladies Coffee: 

December 3: Verlyne B. & Wilma A. 

January 7: Elaine W. & Quinque D. 

[Hostesses: please post a sign up sheet for the your month.] The sign up sheet for monthly volunteers is on the kitchen counter. We need ladies to sign up for the year 2015 if we want to continue the monthly Ladies Coffee.  Sign up sheet is on the counter of the kitchen pass through area.

Men’s Lunch

Last Thursday of each month. Meet at Clubhouse on at Noon. Contact J. Hardy with questions.

Ladies’ Luncheon 

Please join us on the third Wednesday each month for lunch with the ladies. Sign-up sheet is in the Clubhouse for the December 17 lunch. This month, we will be having our Christmas lunch at Arabella’s! Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a ride or wish to carpool.  We will meet at Noon to carpool. LADIES, PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM 11:15 TO 12:00 DUE TO T'AI CHI CLASSES AT THE ASTORIA (10:30-11:30). Contact Janice C. at 324.4422 with any questions, or to give her your email address. (Since we don’t have everyone’s email address, please be sure to invite our new and recent neighbors to join us.) New residents are always welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a good way to get acquainted! Hope you can join us for this Christmas luncheon! Thank you everyone and hope your holidays are special. Happy New Year to all!  

Fun Time Bowlers

Join in the fun at Cypress Lanes [located at 2010 Dundee Road, Winter Haven] for bowling on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Questions? Contact Fred F. at 294.3468. 

Karaoke Night 

Mark the second Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. to join in on Karaoke. Bring your own refreshments and snacks to this fun social activity. Questions? Contact Fred F., Jack H., Ed W. or Wilma A. 

[NOTE: Because of our Christmas Party on December 13, there will be no regular December Karaoke. Please join us for Karaoke at our New Year’s Eve party!]

Sociable’s News

The Sociable’s meeting is held on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held on December 10 at the Clubhouse. All residents are encouraged to attend and help plan activities, special events, and share new ideas for our community. Everyone’s feedback is important. There is no cost to join, you get to meet neighbors and have a voice in how we can grow. Remember, this is a self-sustained group, and all monies we make go right back into activities. 

Hand & Foot

Join us on Fridays at 1 p.m. All are welcome—we are looking for new players! Any questions, call Quinque D. or Linda D. Hope to see you there!

Poker Night

Everyone is welcome at Poker on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Must know the rules according to Hoyle. 

Party Bridge

All residents welcome Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Sign up sheet is in the Clubhouse. Contact Marolyn M. with questions.

Mah Jongg

Join Myrna F. for Mah Jongg on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Card Room.

Train Dominoes

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. is the time for this social game which anyone can play!  

Calling Crafters of Any Kind!

Join us at the Clubhouse on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. to share craft, sewing, embroidery ideas and artistic skills—whether it be a personal project or a community service project for special events. Bring your finished, unfinished, or brand new ideas. Our resident master crafter and quilter, Hazel W. and the other ladies will inspire you. Most important—come to chat, look, listen, learn and laugh!

Card Making

This fun class is taught by Sue P. with a new project each month. $10 will cover your supplies. Join us on December 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions?

You might like too include “The Triple Filter Test” philosophy in mind next time you either hear, or are about to repeat a rumor or gossip.

In Ancient Greece (459-399 BC) Socrates was lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?” 

“Wait a minute,” said Socrates, “before you tell me, 

I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.” 

“Triple Filter?” 

“That’s right,” Socrates continued, “before you talk about my student, let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. 

“The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is TRUE?” 

“No,” the man said, “actually, I just heard about 

it and…”

“All right,” said Socrates, “so you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter of 

GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my student GOOD?”

“No, on the contrary.” 

“So, on the contrary.”  Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you’re not sure it’s true.” 

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. 

Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter—the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”  

“No, not really.” 

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither TRUE, nor GOOD, nor even USEFUL, why tell it to me at all?” 

The man was defeated and ashamed. 

This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

Coupons Needed for Our Military

Grace Lutheran Church is continuing their outreach ministry by sending coupons to a marine base in Japan. With your help, we have sent over $569,000 worth of coupons since April 2013. We have had emails from the base telling us how much they appreciate the coupons. Please continue to place your coupons (cut or uncut) in receptacle at clubhouse. If you would like to help or have any questions, please call Anna C. 297.9472 or Linda D. 875.8111. Thanks to everyone in advance for helping our military.

Get-Well and Sympathy Cards

Vienna Square volunteers will send get-well or sympathy cards to friends and neighbors living in Vienna Square. In order to offset the cost of this project, any extra cards you can donate are welcome. There is a box in the Clubhouse for card donations. [Please...no Christmas or special occasion cards.]

Helping Others In Need

We would like to have a list of Vienna Square residents, who have medical equipment they are willing to loan to neighbors in need. Walkers, canes, wheel chairs, crutches. 

Vienna Square Library

Our Library will now be taken care of by Marty B. and Sharon S. They ask that all returned books be put in the box at the side of the book case. Marty and Sharon will replace the books properly on the shelf. Thank you in advance.

Vienna Square Chapel

Vienna Square welcomes their new pastor, Chaplain Steve Arnold! Chaplain Arnold will be facilitating weekly services on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Community Center. This is a time to connect with God and others and to share prayer requests. Everyone is welcome—casual dress.

Pastor’s Prayer Meeting

Please join your friends and neighbors for the Winter Haven Pastor’s Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Card Room/Library. 

Vienna Square Prayer Group

If you know of someone in need of our prayers, please advise Verlyne B. at verlyne@gmx.com or by phone: 863.293.4180. Your request will be shared with our “prayer warriors” group. If you would like to be in the prayer group, contact Verlyne. We utilize email rather than formal meetings—just a lot of praying for specific requests! It is very satisfying to know we can do this for our neighbors, our families and friends. No such thing as too many prayers!

December Movies - Thursdays 7 PM

December 4: Lullaby                   2014/117 min

Filled with considerable comedic beats, “Lullaby” explores the power of life, its transformative moments and re-connection between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) receives word that his father, Robert, who has been fighting illness for over a decade has chosen to take himself off life support in less than forty-eight hours. What follows is an unexpected journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness. 

December 11: The Love Punch      2013/95 min

Middle aged and divorced, company owner Richard Jones is looking forward to a worry-free existence as he arrives at his office on his last day of work. Much to his dismay, he discovers that the management buyout of his company was fraudulent. The company is now bankrupt and the employee pension fund—including his own—has been embezzled. Enlisting the help of his ex-wife Kate, Richard sets out to track down the shady business man behind this, Vincent Kruger. Before they know it, Richard and Kate are caught up in a cat and mouse caper across Europe in a whirlwind of intrigue, mad chases and jewelry theft during which they rekindle their romance.

December 18: Shutter Island      2010/138 min

From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, “Shutter Island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious 

disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane. 

December 25: 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2008/80 min 

Celebrate the season with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular—a holiday show like no other. Watch the world-famous Rockettes as they bring their signature eye-high kicks and precision choreography to such show-stopping numbers as “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “New York at Christmas.” Join Santa as he flies through the city, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas in the awe-inspiring “Living Nativity.” The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has dazzled and inspired over 65 million people for more than 75 years and continues to create memories that last a lifetime.

If you would like to suggest an upcoming movie (new, older, or classic), or if you own a DVD you would like to share and see on the big screen, contact Frank J.

Monthly Dinner & Movie/Entertainment

Meet on the second Thursday each month at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and enjoy dinner before the movie or entertainment in the Clubhouse. 

Christmas gift suggestions: 

To your enemy—forgiveness. To an opponent—tolerance. 

To a friend—your heart. 

To a customer—service. 

To all—charity. 

To any child—a good example. 

To yourself—respect.

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, may the gladness of Christmas give you hope, and may the warmth of Christmas grant you love. 

—Author Unknown

Wellness at Vienna Square 

Quality of Life

This weekly clinic program offers you the following:

On-site staff to answer your 

healthcare questions

Scheduled on-site medical 

providers

Individual evaluations to identify your healthcare needs

Blood pressure checks and Ask a Nurse will be held on the 3rd Thursday each month at 9:30 and will provide resources on medications, disease processes, insurance options, nutrition and diet. See the Wellness staff for educational information or to request a health evaluation. 

Did you know that if your are unable to come to the Clubhouse that they are happy to come to your home?

Fitness Classes:

Chair Strength & Balance

Mondays at 8:30 a.m.

Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. 

Tai Chi Classes: $5 per class

Wednesdays at 10:00 at the 

Village of Vienna Square Activity Room

 

Wishing Everyone at Vienna Square a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Joe Hunter, Terri Mattocks & Patty Wallner