StrawBerry Ridge is an adult, gated community located in Valrico, FL. There are 867 homes in The Ridge. The community boasts indoor and outdoor pools, spas, a brand new Fitness Center, Activity Center, and Clubhouse. There are tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a ceramics shop and a woodshop. In addition to all the various activities, there is also a library and billiards room on premises. StrawBerry Ridge has so much to offer. Why would you want to live anywhere else!

STRAWBERRY RIDGE COMMUNITY CHANNEL

STRAWBERRY RIDGE COMMUNITY CHANNEL by Slidely Slideshow

......DEADLINE FOR STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SOCIAL TICKETS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 6TH....

CARFIT POSTPONED TO END OF APRIL



sponsored by SRHA

MARCH OBITS

Helen Fuller, 806 Choo Choo Lane, passed on 2/25/15.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Bruce. Helen always had a smile on her face and a loving heart.  A Memorial Service will be held at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview, on Saturday, March 7 at 11:00AM. Sincere condolences to her family and all her friends!  





EVENTS WEEK OF MARCH 1st



Thursday, March 5th
Bunco
1:00PM at Activity Center
Bring $1


Ladies Auxiliary Meeting
7:00PM at Activity Center
If you had a spouse or family member
in the military, please join us!



Friday, March 6th
Travel Club Meeting
7:00PM at Activity Center



Saturday, March 7th
Coffee Hour
9:00AM at Clubhouse
Don't forget 50/50 Raffle!
sponsored by SRHA


SRHA General Meeting
and Annual Election
approx. 10:00AM
following Coffee Hour
Be sure to attend or send proxy
Must have a quorum


***CarFit that was scheduled for Saturday 3/7
has been postponed to the end of April.***




In addition, there are many activities/events that take place every week and there is also a nice library, puzzle closet, etc. for your use.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop. 
 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

MARCH NEWCOMERS


Charles Bayer
(from Lahaina, HI)
406 Caboose Lane

Henry Niedorf
(from Valrico, FL)
125 Strawberry Junction Lane

Crystal & William Fears
(from Laurel, MT)
3519 Engineer Drive

Patricia Robarge
(from Semour, CT)
220 Taho Circle

Christine Gomez
(from Valrico, FL)
3617 Whistle Stop Lane

MARCH ANNIVERSARIES




HappyAnniversary to
Patrick & Gina McLaughlin
who were married on 3/8/80!

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

 2 --  Jo Ann Diana
 4 --  Ruth D. Coleman
 6 --  Garland McHenry
 8 --  Barb Edwards
 8 --  Bill Dickson
10 -- Ruth Quirk
11 -- Margaret Davis
12 -- Lois Burbey
12 -- Joseph V. Ress
13 -  Kathy Willard
17 -- Vera Kashavsky
20 -- Mary Ann Wuerth
21 -- Paul Bergen
21 -- Carolyn Hamilton
28 -- Frank Panella
29 -- Vancha Collins
29 -- Janice Durant
30 -- Sharon McHenry

MARCH CALENDAR


BON WORTH FASION SHOW 4/21


Bon Worth Fashion Show
Tuesday, April 21st
1:00PM at Clubhouse

Sandwiches - chicken salad, tuna salad,
 egg salad and all the fixin's
 Dessert and Beverages (Iced Tea, Coffee, Water)

Get your tickets by 4/14 -- Only $4

Ladies.....Bring your handbags!

sponsored by SRHA
Contact Sharon Hurley 315-9487
Jean Di Beneditto 438-5166
Rose Panella 662-9862
 Peg Swaverly 651-1696


USEFUL LINKS

One of the features of this blog is to provide useful information for the residents of StrawBerry Ridge. On the right sidebar, you will find a section entitled USEFUL LINKS.  You will find valuable information for many needs. There are links for Medicare, Social Security, Hospice, and Meals on Wheels.  Do you have cancer? Do you need transportation to cancer treatments?  Did you know that women undergoing chemo are eligible for free housekeeping? Click on one of the links provided. Did your loved one wander off? Try the Silver Alert link.  And what about that blue bus that you occasionally see in here?  Click on the Sunshine link to see if you qualify.  Do you need a senior companion?  How would you like a free cellphone with free minutes added each month.  Click on the link on the sidebar or stop at the local Walmart and talk to the Safelink rep.  Contact S.H.I.N.E. if you need help with choosing health insurance. It's just that easy. The links on the blog are meant to be informational and useful for our residents.  Be sure to check out the advertisers on the Toppings and also support the vendors that come to the Vendors Fair each year.  Help is only a click or phone call away.

WOODSHOP ANNUAL GARAGE SALE IN APRIL

START SAVING YOUR ITEMS TO SELL AT THE ANNUAL GARAGE SALE.  DONATIONS TO THE WOODSHOP APPRECIATED.  CALL THEM IF YOU NEED A PICKUP.


HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS COLLECTIONS


From now through April 2015 county residents can exchange hazardous mercury-containing devices for a $5 grocery store gift card (Money 4 Mercury) while gift card supplies last. Examples of mercury-containing devices that are eligible include thermometers, thermostats, and switches.  No commercial or business-related waste will be accepted.  Gift cards are limited to one per vehicle.



 http://hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1261

LADIES AUXILIARY CHARITY DRIVE

The StrawBerry Ridge Ladies Auxiliary has taken over the on-going charity drive to collect useful items for the residents of the Haley's Cove Community Living Center, formerly the James A. Haley Veterans Residence Center. If you would like to contribute, you may drop off any items to any of the members of the Ladies Auxiliary. They will even be happy to pick them up at your home if you give one of them a call. These are the items most needed:

White Socks, White T-Shirts (no sleeveless), White Socks for Diabetics, Ball Caps, Caps with ear flaps, Knitted caps, Disposable Razors, Denture Brushes, Denture Cleaner, Denture Cups, Toothbrushes, Tooth Paste, shampoo, deodorant, Wheelchair Gloves (no fingers), any Paperback Books, Men's Body Wash and Cologne, Combs, Hair Brushes, Large Print Magazines, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, Ink Pens, Large Print Crossword Puzzle Books, and A and AA batteries.
  
Your donations are MOST appreciated! We are so thankful for our Veterans! Contact Ladies Auxiliary President, Amy Lumpkins at 502-5008 or any Ladies Auxiliary member if you have items to be picked up.

LET FREEDOM RING 5/22/15 -- some seats are still available



The Strawberry Ridge Homeowner’s Association will be sponsoring a bus trip to the Straz Theater on Friday, May 22, 2015, to see the Florida Orchestra Concert of Let Freedom Ring/American Salute at 8PM. The cost is $25.00 per person for the bus and is non-refundable. The tickets for the concert are free. Since the bus only holds 35 people, the first 35 people to sign up and pay are guaranteed a seat. We will also have a waiting list, so if you do have to cancel, we will offer your seat to someone on the waiting list, and you will be refunded.  If you cancel and we cannot fill your seat, you will lose the cost for the bus. There is a sign-up sheet posted at bulletin board by the SRHA Office at the Activity Center.  You can start making your payments now, and all payments must be in by February 28th. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Strawberry Ridge Homeowners Association, and you can either call me (Rose Panella – 662-9862) or drop the check off at the SRHA Office which is at the Activity Center.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS



WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS
Join us for a meal
5:00pm TO 6:30pm
or until sold out
         
Meal is different each week
Come join your friends and neighbors!
Only $4
Everyone Welcome


Menu for 3/4 Wed. Nite Supper

BBQ Pork Sandwich
OR
Chicken Sandwich
Chips, Dessert, Soda
 



Planned and Cooked by Mary P. and Helpers
Questions?  Call or see Mary P.

STRAWBERRY RIDGE ART GUILD

By: Wilma Hall 689-8988

The Strawberry Ridge Art Guild meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM in the Activities Center during the months of November thru April.  Someone once said that deep down inside all of us have an artistic desire just waiting to burst out. What if your artistic ability was to be able to paint a picture, and you did not know it.  You may think that you have no talent for painting, but until you try with someone to guide and help you—you could be wrong. If you already know you have a desire to paint, come join us for the fellowship of other artists and perhaps pick up a tip or two.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BLOG!

The StrawBerry Ridge Blog was born on September 3, 2008 after months of considering different ways to keep the residents and snowbirds updated on Ridge events in between issues of the monthly Strawberry Toppings. After creating a blog listing all the various activities and contact numbers, more things came to mind that could be helpful to residents of StrawBerry Ridge.  After six years, you can see that the Blog has grown to contain so much more than just a listing of activities.  StrawBerry Ridge is a wonderful place to live, and the Blog is meant to reflect that. Many thanks to all the residents who have contributed photos, articles, and suggestions.  It is much appreciated!                                                         
Chris Ritter, Blogger

CERAMICS SHOP - THE BERRY CLAY PIT














The Ceramics Shop (The Berry Clay Pit) is located in the new Fitness Center on Strawberry Ridge Blvd. It is open for classes on Tuesday at 6:00PM, Thursday and Saturday at 9:00AM. The fees are very nominal. They have everything you will need to get started. In addition to nourishing your creative side, you will find many new friends there. The Ceramics Sale each year is a very popular event, and the people line up early to get in the door to see all the bargains. And if you need a gift, they always have finished products available for sale. Why not stop by and check it out sometime or call Barbara Edwards at 643-6067 for more information.









COMMUNITY CHANNEL

 If you have cable tv with Bright House, you can receive the StrawBerry Ridge Community Channel. There is much useful information for all the residents on the Community Channel. Why not take 20 minutes and sit down and relax and watch the whole thing scroll. It is updated regularly for you, so be sure to check it often.  If you have an analog tv, you will find it on channel 95.  If you have a digital box, you will find it on channel 98-1.  (Some tv's have analog tuner AND digital tuner, then you will have both 95 and 98-1.)  And if you are using a hi-def tv with a smartbox (or dvr,) it will be on channel 732. The Community Channel can also be accessed from the Blog (at the top of the posts.)

FREE WI-FI



Did you know that there is WIFI at both the Clubhouse and Activity Center? 
Many thanks to Management for providing this amenity!

BUS SERVICE STARTING 3/17/14

NEW BUS SERVICE

Any resident who is age 65+ may apply for a permit to ride the bus for half-price. Permits are $2.50, and they must provide either a valid Florida Drivers License or Photo ID to the representative for proof of eligibility.  Contact HART to get your permit.

The 1 Day Unlimited Ride rate is $4, Express $6.  One-Way Fare is $2, Express $3.  The permit would get you half off of these fare.  The bus will stop at Dover Road Park-n-Ride.