South Florida State College, organizers of the Heartland Games For Active Adults, is very fortunate to have great partners willing to share their facilities for the enjoyment of Games participants. Tanglewood, owned by Hometown America, has hosted many events in the past few years and in 2018 will host bridge, euchre, pickleball and mah jongg once again.
Tammy Martin is pleased to announce that all partcipants in bridge, euchre and mah jongg will be greeted at the Tanglewood clubhouse with complimentary coffee and donuts before the games begin. Pickleballers can fuel up on bananas, provided by Hometown America, when they take to the courts on Feb. 10 and 11. Martin feels that Tanglewood has top notch facilities and is proud to have guests come to see for themselves what a stellar park we have. Tanglewood is very much an active adult lifestyle community and Martin is happy that Hometown America is able to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle for residents.
Bridge will take place on Feb. 2 to kick off the 2018 Heartland Games. Pat Reich, a bridge player since her late teens, will be coordinating the bridge tournament for the third time. She says that in previous years everyone who participated had a great day of party bridge. Reich reports that all the players who came together from various communities got along well and their day sped by.
On Feb. 8 the Tanglewood clubhouse will be bursting at the seams with eager euchre players who will be competing under the direction of Carl Mys. He has always enjoyed the game which is a lot more relaxed than bridge. He knows that there will be lots of serious play mixed with an abundance of laughter as players make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Mys is also in charge of the weekly Tanglewood euchre tournaments which always draw large crowds.
Tom Stadler has been helping to organize the Heartland Games pickleball tournaments for years, taking charge when the event was held at the college, at Sun n Lake and now, for the second year, at Tanglewood. Stadler has been playing pickleball for more than a decade and manages to run the event efficiently while still taking time to partner with his sister, Betty Schleis, in the tournament. He is always anxious to see how Tanglewood’s players fare in competition with pickleballers from across central Florida.
The last event to be held at Tanglewood is mah jongg which will take place on Feb. 16. It is a game of strategy enjoyed by people around the world. Sandy Haka will be leading a large contingent of mah jongg devotees as they compete. She has been playing the game for nine years and has come up against players ranging in age from 15 to 90. Haka encourages mah jongg enthusisats to sign up, come out and have a great day.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors; Newsom Eye, Edward Jones/Alan Holmes, Drs. Thakkar & Patel, VITAS, Florida Hospital and Turner Furniture, a complimentary lunch will be provided to all competitors in the events held at Tanglewood as well as at the following Heartland Games events; golf, shuffleboard, table tennis and tennis.
Registration for the Heartland Games has begun. All participants must get their registration, waiver form and payment into South Florida State College at least two weeks prior to their first event. The entry fee is just $15 for one event or $25 to take part in multiple events.
Registration forms are available on the credenza in the Tanglewood clubhouse and can be downloaded at www.southflorida.edu/heartlandgames.