By PHYLLIS HODGES
Store displays and plans for holiday parades, parties and concerts all signal that we will be turning our attention to end-of-year seasonal festivities. The Sun City Center Holiday Breakfast and Walk on Saturday, Dec. 7, is a must-attend event to include on your holiday calendar. It is a great opportunity to celebrate with friends, family and those new friends you haven’t met yet. This event isn’t just for Sun City Center residents — everyone is invited.
Begin your day with a pancake breakfast in the Florida Room of the Atrium building on the SCC Central Campus at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Co-chairs Floyd and Brenda Curvin are assembling a volunteer troop of 150 to serve the pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, juice and coffee/tea from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. — all for only $5. The Curvins still need about 25 more volunteers, so email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or need more information. Last year about 700 residents and visitors from around the area were served. Breakfast profits are used to fund future community events.
The Organ and Keyboard Club will be playing seasonal music nonstop to add to the festive atmosphere, and 50-50 raffle tickets will be offered.
Starting at around 9 a.m. and continuing until mid-day, SCC Community Association clubs with dedicated space on campus will be on hand to welcome guests into their clubrooms for a first-hand look and face to face talk about their activities.
The Model Railroad Club’s Christmas train will be on display and is always popular. Dan Donoghue, president, said visitors of all ages from 3 to 93-plus are fascinated by the expansive dioramas that include 10 computer-driven trains. The club will be offering chances to win a train set.
If holiday shopping is uppermost on your mind, the arts and crafts clubs can help. Members have been working feverishly to create a wide selection of handmade items. In the Ceramics Club, for example, President Rita Mealey said they work on general items all year and started working on holiday-themed pieces during the summer. “Our members love to have people come in and browse their creative offerings,” she said. “We will also be raffling a lovely three-piece candle set.” Profits from club sales stay in the club’s treasury.
This is the 12th year for the SCC Holiday Breakfast and Walk. It began as part of a flurry of activities throughout 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sun City Center’s opening by Del Webb in 1961. The anniversary planning committee was led by Anne Marie LeBlanc, a community leader. In recognition of her many volunteer contributions, the Anne Marie LeBlanc Meeting Room on the SCC Central Campus bears her name.