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!

AERIAL VIEW OF STRAWBERRY RIDGE

.......COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT 5/5......

EVENTS WEEK OF MAY 1st

Monday, May 2nd


Wednesday, May 4th


Thursday, May 5th



Friday, May 6th


Saturday, May 7th

SRHA General Meeting
following Coffee Hour at 10AM


Travel Club Day Trip
Bus leaves AC at 10:0-0AM






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.  Check the SR calendar (link below) on the Blog for additional information.  Don't forget the Fitness Center, Wood Shop, and Ceramics Shop and the Pools. Check the Toppings, the Blogs, Bulletin Boards, and the Community Channel for more info.

 ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

MAY NEWCOMERS

WELCOME TO THE RIDGE!

Carolyn Roberts (from Clayton, AL)
3511 Engineer Drive

Betty Mitchell (from Lithia, FL)
104 Pioneer Lane

William and Irene Deckman (from Ohio)
3513 Zephyr Lane

Kim Sanderson (from North Carolina)
113 Pioneer Lane

Judy Wells (From Carthage NY)
3509 Berry Bend Road

Zofia Bucinski (From Plant City, FL)
619 Choo Choo Lane

Joseph Rossetti (from 111 Sky Ridge Drive)
112 Taho Circle

Marie Guthier & Guillermo Fernandez (from Canton, GA)

128 Sky Ridge Drive
Jacqueline Rex (from Plant City, FL)
3515 Cranberry Knoll Roa

MAY ANNIVERSARIES



5-08-1961
Bill & Dorie Wagner

5-11-2002
Noel & Donna Palmertree

5-18-1963
William & Rosemary Lacovara

5-24-1996
Dennis & Sue Garno

5-30-1964
John & Lea Ann Ziarno

MAY BIRTHDAYS



5/3 -    Susan Mentzel
5/4 –   Neal Brown
5/6 –   Paul Gardner
5/9 –   Sandy Jaconetta
5/9 –   Carol Regal
5/15 – Sandy Hanson
5/15 -  Bob Bell
5/16 – Anna Gillis
5/18 – Paul Heroux
5/21 – Teresa Fuller
5/22 – Carol Holder
5/22 -  David Snodgrass
5/27 – Brenda Strube
5/30 – Nancy Giardina
5/30 – Rosemary Lacovara
5/30 – Juana Lopez

FROM THE MANAGER'S DESK

By: Teresa Fuller, Manager
FROM THE MANAGER’S DESK

OUTDOOR POOL


As May arrives, more and more people will be congregating at the outdoor pool. It is a great pool that is large enough for many people to enjoy. It’s always encouraging to see dozens of our friends and neighbors standing in the water with their sunglasses and funny hats talking, laughing, and enjoying the warm rays of the beautiful Florida sun. I just want to remind everyone that those warm rays of the Florida sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Please, please remember to watch your time in the sun and lather on that sunblock. I also want to ask those who bring children to the pool to be mindful of the senior adults enjoying themselves. In order to make it clear about pool protocol, we have posted a set of pool rules on the wall just as you enter the pool area. Please read the rules and conform with them so that everyone can enjoy our great pool. Keep in mind, the pool is primarily for residents and homeowners of Strawberry Ridge—all others are visitors.

APRIL OBITS


Pat Hines, 3607 Whistle Stop Lane, passed on 4/22/16.  Pat has been a snowbird in the Ridge for many years.  She was involved in the StrawBerry Ridge Veterans Club and enjoyed travel club trips. Our sincere condolences go out to all her family and friends especially Byrd Frederickson who has been her roommate for all these years.  There will be no local services.  Per Pat's wishes, she will be buried in NC which is where she originally came from prior to living in IL and FL. Rest in Peace, Pat!!    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=179729210


Bill Strehlau, 3509 Wildberry Way, passed on 4/15/16.  Affectionately known as "German Bill," he was a frequent presence at the Woodshop and Clubhouse.  If you needed help with an electrical problem, German Bill was the man to call.  He will be missed by many, but especially by his wife Arlene.  We offer our deepest condolences to her and their family! There will be no services. Rest in Peace, German Bill!




Leonard "Red" Beckley, 3605 Petticoat Junction, passed on 4/13/16. Our most sincere condolences go out to his wife, Clara, and all their family and friends!  May he rest in peace!  The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 21st, at 3:00PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC 5/30


ORDER YOUR SOLAR LIGHT FROM LADIES AUXILIARY

THE LADIES AUXILIARY IS SELLING SOLAR LIGHTS IN MEMORY OF OR IN HONOR OF YOUR FAVORITE VETERAN.  THE LIGHTS WILL BE DISPLAYED WITH THE NAME OF THE VETERAN AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL JUST WEST OF THE CLUBHOUSE IN STRAWBERRY RIDGE ON MEMORIAL DAY.  CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF THE LADIES AUXILIARY OR CALL 502-5008.



MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION 5/30


DID YOU KNOW??


Did you know that there is an electronic bulletin board for residents to use free of charge? Whether you are looking for something to buy, have something to sell, or are looking for a handyman to help you, you might find it there.  The more people that use it, the more useful it will be.  Why not check it out....
NEW LISTING FOR SALE and
HELP NEEDED!!!


http://strawberryridgebulletinboard.blogspot.com/

SRHA MEMBERSHIP




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

As of April 1st we have started a new year for the membership in the Homeowner’s Association. This is the time to join. A one-year membership goes from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017 and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2019 and the cost is $15.00. I have posted on the indoor and outdoor bulletin boards a list of people whose membership expired as of 3/31/16. If you’re not sure, please call me and I will let you know if you do. If you do renew or want to join, at the Activity Center, there is a bulletin board just left of the SRHA Office and a folder with blank application to join. Yes, even if you are renewing your membership, a new form needs to be completed. Again, if you have any questions, please contact me.

A NOTE FROM THE BLOGGER


Due to the increased amount of videos added to the Blog, I've been forced to make a change to accommodate the growing number of people that are using mobile devices to access the Blog.  Videos take much longer to upload, and that has slowed down the loading of the Blog on mobile devices to the point that the apps will crash.  Therefore, from now on, the videos will be posted on the YouTube channel which you can access from two different places on the sidebar of the Blog. Please make it a regular practice to check our YouTube Channel regularly. The only exception to this will be video of the Community Channel which is updated regularly and any video that is not associated with a particular event. The link for our YouTube Channel is below. Please bookmark it so that you can access it easily.



ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR 10/22

DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR? THE TABLES ARE ONLY $7 AND MUST BE PAID FOR BY SEPTEMBER 1ST. CALL TODAY!


WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HARD CARDS AND PAPER CARDS WILL BE SOLD FROM 5:30PM TO 6:30PM.   IN ORDER TO CALCULATE THE PAYOUTS AND BEGIN PLAY AT 7:00PM, THERE WILL BE NO CARDS SOLD AFTER 6:30PM.  



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 right sidebar.)

NO SOLICITING IN STRAWBERRY RIDGE


Soliciting is NOT allowed in StrawBerry Ridge. If someone comes to your door that you do not do business with, DO NOT allow them inside your home. Inform them that soliciting is not allowed and that you are calling the office to report them. Then call the SR Sales Office and report this immediately. Keep your doors locked at all times.

STAY INFORMED!

There are always many wonderful things going on in StrawBerry Ridge. And it’s easy to keep informed on it all. Here are a few to mention:

There is a great Phone Directory that is updated every year. It contains all kinds of useful information…a listing of all the residents and their phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. You will also find contact info for the Sales Office, the Homeowners Association, and a listing of all the clubs and activities along with contact info. The phone directory is free to all residents. If you don't have one, call Carol Tate at 643-1015, and she will get one to you.

The StrawberryToppings is distributed to each home by the 1st of each month. It contains all the recent announcements and news about all the activities and the community. Do use it for reference throughout the month. If you have articles for the Toppings, you can send them to Bob Burfitt, Editor, at       strawtoppings@tampabay.rr.com. If you are having problems getting one delivered to your home, contact Amy or Fred Lumpkins at 502-5008.

If you have a computer, you can check the StrawBerry Ridge Blog every day at http://strawberryridge.blogspot.com/. There are also blogs for Computer Club, Travel Club, Toppings, the Veterans Club, SR Bulletin Board, and the Homeowner’s Association which are listed on the sidebar. You will find information for the activities, events calendar, and many more things on the blogs. Articles and pictures for the Blogs can be submitted to strawberryridge@tampabay.rr.com or call Chris Ritter at 654-2940.

If you are on Facebook, search for “StrawBerry Ridge Activities” and LIKE US to see the latest community activity and information in your news feed. You can also see many StrawBerry Ridge videos on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/SRActivities.

If you have Bright House Cable, you can watch the Community Channel on channel 95, 98-1, or 732 depending on your tv tuner. If you don’t have cable, you can see the community channel at the top of the StrawBerry Ridge Blog on the sidebar.

In addition, there are Bulletin Boards in various locations around StrawBerry Ridge and at the Hwy. 60 entrance. There is no reason to be uninformed at the Ridge!

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 seven 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



An outstanding garden in Strawberry Ridge



When Christine Ritter sent me an email about her next-door neighbor's garden with hollyhocks, delphinium, dahlias, foxgloves and more, I had to go see it. She called it the most beautiful yard in Strawberry Ridge. I already knew there are many amazing gardens there. Joyce and John Gill have lived in Valrico for 17 years. The property was just a pile of dirt when they came. Joyce had always gardened and done so in five different zones, but she still had to learn from trial and error. She tried tulips and they didn't do at all. The peonies she planted came up and died. Now she is successful with crape myrtles and magnolias.

John is a park maintenance supervisor who will retire at the end of the year, but he already helps Joyce in their own garden. There is a preserve behind it, which is a plus for privacy and a mostly pleasant background, but can be a source of nasty vines like air potato that cross boundaries. When weeds try to settle in this garden, they don't stay long.

The front yard and plants on the porch would be garden enough for many people. Joyce has two great talents I wish I had: absolute neatness and a flair for garden art. Even the carport is attractive, with a large jade plant and dried bouquets at the side door.

Their lot is pie-shaped and quite large in the back. Strips of white fencing provide a bright background to some of the flower beds. Sure enough, she had three large pots of foxgloves in full bloom. She buys them and the delphinium at Kerby's Nursery in Brandon when they first come in. One summer they lasted until August.

She has kept dahlias year-round and has grown some of the tall ones that have huge blooms, but they were hard to stake. Now she enjoys the dwarf ones, which require less maintenance. Her hollyhocks are the Vietnamese kind, and she has both pink and yellow.

All of the beds are neatly edged, some with stone or concrete edgers. And there are stepping stones or paths for easy access to every plant. Even the mulches - some stone, some rubber - add to the scene. I haven't recommended rubber mulch because there has been concern about what it does to the soil. But it has worked well for the Gills, and it does last much longer. They say they've had no problems with their plants.

Joyce works in her garden about 20 hours a week, more if she and John have a weekend project to work on together. On the side between their home and Christine's, Joyce grows her orchids through the warm months hanging from a magnolia tree.

She tries to water as much as she can from her rain barrel. When it's dry, she uses the hose on the shower setting. She soaks her pots and simply sprinkles the ground gardens.
She feeds everything with Miracle-Gro sprayed through the hose. She also spreads Kirby's fertilizer about three times a year.

Joyce likes gardening for the peacefulness it gives when she is out there and can forget all things except what she's doing at the moment - and for the beauty it adds to her world.

Today's pick is the Hoya compacta cultivar Krinkle Kurl, commonly called Hindu rope, Indian rope, angel rope or porcelain flower. This tropical perennial vine grows no more than 6 feet a year and thrives in sun to partial or light shade. Joyce has a beauty in full bloom on her screened porch.
This plant needs consistent watering. You shouldn't let it go dry or over-water it. The flowers are fragrant and attracts bees, butterflies and birds outdoors. The plant can be multiplied from green or woody stem cuttings. Like most hoyas, it blooms best if it's pot bound.

Now's the time air potato vines are resurrecting and trying to take over everything. Pull them out whenever you see them. If you find the little potatoes, put them in the freezer overnight and that should kill them. They are very rampant, like most weedy vines, but they pull easily.

BrandiesMonica
Brandon News

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.

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.