Citrus Park: Pool party raises $200 for Youth Ranch

Citrus Park residents always rally around a new venture and willingly take on new opportunities. The Bonita Nature Place is located on Kent Road just past the YMCA on the east side and they are looking for volunteer nature guides. This is a new undertaking by a few hard working volunteers and the staff of the City of Bonita Springs. The vision for the Bonita Nature Place and the ten acre property is that it will evolve into a learning center for all ages. They already have resident tortoises and are working on a bee display, bat house, native plants, butterfly garden and clearing a nature trail loop. Their goal is to begin offering tours to the Bonita elementary school this fall. This is where YOU come into the picture. Since the nature center is so close (less than two miles) you might enjoy meeting these groups and spending an hour with them at the nature place. Saturday, May 2nd the Department of Forestry will be hosting and Earth Day/Arbor Day event from 9 AM to 2 PM. Stop by and see if this volunteer opportunity is something that could interest you.

The Pool Party at the clubhouse raised about $200 for the Liberty Youth Ranch. Alan Dimitt is the founder of Liberty Youth Ranch and he gave all in attendance an update and information on what Citrus Park residents can do to help this very worthwhile organization. The children will need tutors and we certainly have an abundance of retired teachers in Citrus Park. They need volunteers for playtime and their upscale consignment thrift store. House parents are being interviewed and the Youth Ranch should open within a few short months. Thanks to all Citrus Park residents that contributed at the pool party and a special thank you to Rodd Snook for entertaining everyone by the pool.

The annual trip to the Shiners’ Circus was once again a wonderful treat. A strange thing happened on the way to the Lee Civic Center as a seat back on the motor coach broke. The bus driver was alerted to the fact and he managed to get another coach for the trip home. Our hats are off to Larry and MBI for taking such excellent care of our residents.

All winter many residents have been looking forward to May 1st and the beginning of the full Citrus Park summer schedule. It all begins with the weekly potluck dinner. Plan to arrive in time to socialize from 5 – 5:30 with dinner served promptly at 5:30. Just sign up at the rec hall before noon on the bulletin board so your hosts can plan accordingly. Card games will follow at 6 PM so don’t be late. It is a good idea to keep your summer schedule on your refrigerator door so you don’t miss out on anything.

Well folks it’s that time of year for me to head back to the hopefully thawed frozen tundra. This will be my last article for this season. What a great year it has been in Citrus Park. I wish everyone a wonderful summer, wherever you spend it. I know time will fly by and before we know it we will be back in our little slice of paradise – Citrus Park.

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