Sunday, December 14, 2014

Adopt a Family – Update

Adopt a Family – Update
Well it almost that time again – no, not for Santa’s visit.
It’s time to deliver the bags of gifts, the perishable and
non-perishable food to the five families and thirteen children we have accepted for our support this year.
The gifts and family items have been purchased, wrapped and bagged. The non-perishable food has been purchased and the totes used to transport this food are loaded and ready to go. 
The only items not obtained are the perishable food items which will be bought on Friday the 19th of December.
Delivery is scheduled starting at 8am at John and Mary’s lot 5. A group of Sandpipers have volunteered to provide the transport. Anyone who would like to join this parade is welcome. If you don’t have a vehicle we will find you a seat with someone. We will leave SPR at about 8:30 am and expect to complete deliveries by 10:30. We could not complete our deliveries without the unselfish help of these hardy souls. 
Our budget for 2014 is just about exhausted. We have noticed that costs this year for all of the items purchased are between 10 and 12 percent higher over 2013. 
Please mark your calendars – our funding for the
 2015 Adopt-a-Family program will be held on Saturday January 31st 2015 at the pavilion. We are seeking donations from the heart. Dinners, pies, knitted and crochet items and anything handmade and from the heart will be auctioned for this very worthwhile cause. Please let John or Mary know of the items you wish to donate. We would like to have all donations in by January 25th so we may put together a brochure. 
The auctioneers are warming up. It will be a fun time for all. Most important the funds raised will assist us in making sure some very worthy children will have a better and memorable 2015 Christmas. 
Mary & John (Lot 5) 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

S.N.O.W. Results

Thanks to all who participated in the
S.N.O.W.  Petanque tournament.

Results are as follows: 
3rd place the team of Doc, Linda, Judy and Ken


  2nd place the team of Chris, Bob, Paul and "J"


        1st place the team of Dorothee, Sue, Tom, and Ken


The championship game was close one
 in a playoff to 13 points.  13 to 10

Quilt Raffle

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ladies Tea & Cookie Exchange, plus Blue Man Group info...

Ladies Tea & Cookie Exchange
Dust off  your rolling pins, Ladies, we are about to enter
The Christmas Zone!
Thursday, Dec 18, 2 PM, Flip Flopz
Bring a dozen cookies
 (only a dozen-no show offs)
and take a dozen home.
To benefit The Wounded Warriors
 we are asking for an $8.00 donation.
Please RSVP by the end of business on Tuesday, Dec 16th
(what business?)
to Karen H. site # 434 or 412-848-3305
AND, Karen H. is looking into group rates for the Blue Man Group coming in February...check back for more info soon.

Monday, December 8, 2014

S.N.O.W. Petanque tournament

S.N.O.W. Petanque Tournament
Tournament to held on Sat. 12/13  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  and continue in the afternoon from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
   If more time is needed, play will continue on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
A big THANK YOU  to everyone who helped celebrate my birthday. It made my day to have everyone come for cake and ice cream.  The hugs and kisses were good too.
Dakota Bill

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Texas Roadtrip Anyone?

From Patsy....
As a native Texan, I thought I'd suggest some places you might consider visiting while in Texas.
King Ranch
2205 W. Hwy. 141
Kingsville, TX 78363
(361) 592-8055
For more information or reservations, contact King Ranch Visitor Center:  Mon. - Sat. 10 am-4 pm
Sun. 12 pm - 5 pm.
To reach this 825,000 acre ranch, you take Hwy. 281N to Falfurrias; E. 285 to Riviera; N. 77 to Kingsville.
It is 103 miles and should take about 2-1/2 hrs.
Make reservations for the tour of the ranch on a bus.  The cost if $15.00 pp and $12.00 for srs.  Seating is on a first-come basis.  Tours are offered from Monday through Saturday at 11 am and
1 pm.  The tour is given on Sun. at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. 
The length of the tour is 1-1/2 hrs.
The ranch is closed on major holidays.
Among the sights to be seen are the Plomo pens, auction arena, Horse cemetery, colony (home of the Kinenos {the King's men}), Mrs. King's Carriage House, and the Commissary.  The home was built in 1912 by Capt. King's widow.  The King Ranch is also home to much wildlife and plant life.
There is also a King's Ranch
Museum in Kingsville and a boot/saddle shop.
 There is an iconic place to eat at a restaurant called King's Inn in Riviera (which the natives pronounce Re-ver-a.)  This restaurant is just a few miles south of Kingsville (and on the way back to Sandpipers).
King's Inn (on Baffin Bay)
1116 S. County Rd. 2270
Riviera, TX 78370
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am - 10 pm
(361) 297-5265
This is truly a unique restaurant and has been around since 1945.  Don't judge it by the outward appearance.  There are no MENUS.  Food is served FAMILY STYLE.  Specialities include sliced avocado salad, onion rings, oysters, shrimp, and fried fish.  The tartar sauce is a well-guarded family secret and used to be made in wash tubs.
Famous past diners include George Strait, Gov. George W. Bush, Matt Dillon, Nolan Ryan, and then-Gov. Ann Richards who used to fly down on Friday with a group of friends to eat.  I personally have driven with a group of friends in a motor home from San Antonio to eat at King's Inn.  We drove back the same night!     

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elves Report for Duty!!

Bring your nimble fingers and your Christmas spirit,
it's time to decorate our HOME for the holidays!
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
2 PM, Pavlion

Please come help hang garland, decorate the tree(s) and let's gussy up this place!