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

BONWORTH FASHION SHOW 4/21...

APRIL 19th



Happy Birthday to Ron Ringstaff!

Happy Anniversary to John & Joyce Gill
who were married on 4/19/75!

AQUAFIT1 IS MEETING AT THE OUTDOOR POOL!


EVENTS WEEK OF APRIL 19TH

Monday, April 20th
SRHA Board of Directors Meeting
7:00PM at Activity Center


Tuesday, April 21st



Thursday, April 23rd
Members of theWoodshop
will meet at 7:00PM
at the Clubhouse


Saturday, April 25th


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!


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


WALKING TACO 4/26

GET YOUR TICKETS BY 4/22. NO TICKETS  SOLD AT THE DOOR!

QUILTERS

We have a new club! The Quilters will now meet every Tuesday at a new time in the back room at the AC!


APRIL NEWCOMERS




James Gatewood
(From Fenton, MI)
3517 Zephyr Lane

Anthony & Lori Anne Casciano
(From Atlantic Highlands, NJ)
619 Choo Choo Lane

Verne & Michelle Potter
(From Valrico, FL)
3503 Shortcake Lane

Paul & Cathy Kendall
(515 Choo Choo Lane)
506 Strawberry Ridge Blvd.

Peter & Nancy Stryker
(From 125 Strawberry Junction Lane)
110 Strawberry Junction Lane

Celeste Di Vito
(From Windermere, FL)
420 Choo Choo Lane

Fred Sexton
(From Valrico, FL)
3510 Shortcake Lane

Randy & Lynn Mason
(From Valrico, FL)
623 Klickety Klak Lane

Margaret McCurry & Wade Wrich
(From 623 Klickety Klak Lane)
401 Klickety Klak Lane

APRIL ANNIVERSARIES




4-01-1961
Hower & Connie St. Clair

4-06-2010
John & Renae Cook

4-11-1958
Thomas & Mary Barcelona

4-11-1959
Allon & Anita Gentry

4-19-1975
John & Joyce Gill

4-25-1980
Bob & Judy Burfitt


4-28-1979
Edward & Beverly Alexander

APRIL BIRTHDAYS




 4/3 –  Scot Caristianos
 4/3 –  Chris Ritter
 4/4 –  Renae Krebs Cook
4/11 -  Barbara Anderson
4/12 – Jo An Bernacki
4/13 – Barbara Knecht
4/15 -  Joe Bledsoe
4/18 – Joe E. Ress
4/19 – Ron Ringstaff
4/20 – Sue Garno
4/20 – Fruma Tanzer
4/23 – Margaret LeGates
4/26 - Marty Sullivan
4/29 – Connie St. Clair

LET FREEDOM RING 5/22/15 --3 seats left!




Florida Orchestra
5/22/15 – 8 PM – Straz Theater
Let Freedom Ring/American Salute


Right 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.  

SRHA MEMBERSHIP CHANGE




STRAWBERRY RIDGE HOMEOWNER’S MEMBERSHIP
By Rose Panella
813-662-9862


Pat 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.
Our 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.

I 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.  

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 4/22 Wed. Nite Supper

TBA

THERE WILL BE NO WEDNESDAY SUPPERS
APRIL 8TH OR 15TH
WE'LL SEE YOU ON APRIL 22ND!



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

MEXICAN TRAIN has moved again.....Back to the ACTIVITY CENTER

PLEASE DISREGARD THE LOCATION IN THE TOPPINGS. THIS CHANGE TOOK PLACE AFTER IT WENT TO THE PRINTER.



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.

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 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.  

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.