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!
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.
now, we still have 6 seats available to come and hear Let
Freedom Ring/American Salute. At
this time, this is open to the public. In other words, you do not
have live here to come with us but you know someone who would like to
come, please contact me, Rose Panella, at 662-9862. The cost is only
$25.00 per person to come. We must sell these spots by March 31st,
if we don’t, we will have to cancel this trip. The tickets for the
theater are FREE.
You are only paying for the transportation to the theater and back
to Strawberry Ridge.
Dunlap has resigned due to health issues effective April 1st. The
board would like to take this time express our deepest thank you for
all that has done. She has done a fantastic job in the past years
for chairing the membership. I am now the new person to contact for
membership is $6.00 for 1 year and $15.00 for 3 years. Joining now
for 1 year gives you a membership from April 1, 2015 thru March 31,
2016. If you decided to join for 3 years, your membership will be
from April 1, 2015 thru March 31, 2018.
will be posting a list of those current members whose membership has
expired effective March 31, 2015. Applications for joining can be
dropped off at the Homeowner’s Office which is in the Activity
Center. I will be there on Wednesdays this month between 11 am
and 1 pm. If you are a current member, please enclose your current
membership card if you wish to have that updated.
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.
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.
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.
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 to 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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.