Bonita Shores: Season’s winding down, plenty of bingo still on the schedule

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Thanks to oodles of fine volunteers, the Shores Club’s last fundraising dinner was another success. The delicious roast pork dinner was prepared by our chief cook, Effie Lee, who plans the menu, buys and prepares the meal, with a smile that’s contagious. Her able assistants in the kitchen include Porter Lee and his wife, Kay. Volunteers who helped prepare and serve our meals include Shirley and Terry Dynes, Grant and Jean Babcock, Nancy and Mike McPherson and Gary Lee. Eva Almeida and her team do a fine job of preparing the dining area, and, needless to say, a special thanks to club manager Jo Kettles, who is the driving force behind our successful year. As the Florida winter season starts to decline in activities, the Shores Club is still active in many quarters. On Wednesday, April 1, we have a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. Open to the public, this will be an evening of games with fun prizes. The modern game of bingo took root about 80 years ago, and, like word scramble or crossword puzzles, this game is good exercise for the mind. Monday night bingo at the Shores Club has been a community fixture for decades. Many players arrive at 5:30 and play cards, enjoy free coffee, or just socialize with others until bingo begins at 6:30. Caller T. C. is friendly and efficient, and we thank him for his leadership. Free refreshments (usually hot dogs) are provided at intermission. Games are open to anyone aged 18 or over, and will continue through April. April 15 is the last day AARP tax assistants will be at the Shores Club to help seniors with their returns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. This service is free, but donations are accepted to offset expenses. The Shores Club is located at the corner of Third and West Street (go west on Bonita Beach Road to West Street , turn south to Third Street). The club is currently offering a $1,000 scholarship to any graduating high school senior who is continuing his/her education at a qualified institution of higher learning. Students should live in the Bonita Shores/Little Hickory area and must send a letter, with resume of community service, to Jo Kettles, c/o Shores Club, 315 West Avenue, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, by April 15. The scholarship will be awarded later this spring. The cherry blossoms are out in Washington D.C., the daffodils are blooming in Maryland, and the forsythia is budding-up in Pennsylvania. Many snowbirds will soon return to their northern homes. To all who supported our club and its activities this winter season we say, “Thank You and God Speed.” Have a good summer, and we are looking forward to seeing you next fall. To those who are still with us, the Shores Club offers various health classes, weight watchers, and bridge. These will continue all summer in our air-conditioned clubhouse. If you’re interested in regular bridge or duplicate bridge, contact Jo Kettles at 992-2512.

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