By PHYLLIS HODGES
Sun City Center is starting the holiday off with some “can’t miss” activities — and they are not just for SCC residents.
The SCC Community Association-sponsored Holiday Breakfast/Walk on Dec. 3 and Golf Cart Parade/Winter Festival on Dec. 10 are sure to kick December festivities off with a bang.
“These community events contribute to our members’ sense of community spirit,” said David Floyd, SCC Community Association president. He added that the board is pleased to encourage the public to join us in these events so they can learn more about our community.
HOLIDAY BREAKFAST — SATURDAY, DEC. 3: Invite friends and family for a great breakfast on the CA’s Central Campus (N. Pebble Beach Boulevard). In the Atrium’s Florida Room, from 7:30 to 11 a.m., an army of 134 volunteers will be serving a complete breakfast — pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, coffee and juice — for only $5. Organizers Sam and Joanne Sudman say they are preparing for 1,000 (900 attended last year) and can still use a few more reserve volunteers. If you want to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY WALK — SATURDAY, DEC. 3: Beginning at 9 a.m., the CA will welcome guests to explore the campus and visit the club rooms. Members of the arts and crafts clubs have been gearing up for the Holiday Walk where they will be offering unique handmade items at affordable prices. For all those train engineer wannabes of all ages, don’t miss the Model Railroad Club where members will be inviting visitors to operate the trains. Club room closing times will vary from noon to 2 p.m.
GOLF CART PARADE — SATURDAY, DEC. 10: The annual golf cart parade is a holiday thrill for youngsters and seniors alike as they delight in the creativity poured into decorations. This year’s theme is “Our Florida Winter Wonderland.” The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will follow the same route as last year — right on La Jolla Avenue from the Security Patrol parking lot, right on El Rancho Drive, right on Ojai Avenue and left on Cherry Hills Drive back to the bandstand area of the central campus. Parade participants will be vying for prizes totaling $3,000 donated by Minto Communities. Included in the prizes is a raffle prize of $250 that will be given to one lucky participant just for entering the parade. Registration forms are available on the CA website (suncitycenter.org) or at the CA office, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., and must be returned to the office by Dec. 8.
Pete Mathieu, who is leading the committee of 20 for the first time, said he volunteered to “get involved” and has been pleasantly surprised. “It didn’t take long to learn that the volunteers and CA staff all commit so much time and talent to make this parade a success that it makes my job easy,” he said.
For more parade information, e-mail Mathieu at email@example.com.
WINTER FESTIVAL — SATURDAY, DEC. 10: After the parade, the fun continues. Head on over to the central campus courtyard for the 6th annual Winter Festival hosted by Minto Communities. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the area will be buzzing with 50 or so vendors featuring food and various holiday shopping. There will also be entertainment by the Ladyhawke Band, a photo booth, a caricature artist, chair massages and more — all compliments of Minto. Don’t miss the pet costume parade set for noon (no advance registration required).