Good news! The deadline has been extended until the 17th.
You can still make your reservation for lunch and a 70th birthday party with your like-minded classmates in Sarasota, Florida, on February 24th. Whether you decide to hop in your car or grab an airline reservation, you'll be in good company. But remember to leave your boots, scarves, and gloves at home; temp averages in Sarasota are in the 70s. Click the reservation link at the left to let us know to expect you and which meal you want.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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Old friends make good company!
Here are some folks coming to Sarasota:
Anderson (Lehew), Cheryl
Brotman (Erickson), Sharon
Eveland (VanLerberghe), Christine
Hillyer (Humphreys), Cyd
Nolin (Smith), Deanna
Peterson (Verhille), Pam
Ridenour (Konecky), Janet
Rosborough (Duer), Marg
Sippel (Wells), Sheila
Swanson (Nygaard), Linda
Wilder, Timothy A.
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Any thoughts of warm, sunny Florida yet?
Tired of dealing with early snow or preparing for arctic temperatures? Then come to Sarasota, Florida. You are invited to join your MHS classmates for a 70th birthday party/luncheon in beautiful Sarasota. Some details are below, but we need your registration - we need to know you're coming. We've invited members of the class of '64 and '66. If you're in touch with anyone in those classes, let them know we want to see them, too, but we need your registration by February 10 so we can order the meal you prefer.
Getting There by Plane and Car
Thanks to Herb Wilson's request, we've listed nearby airports. Tampa International is by far the largest, serving multiple airlines. But the smaller ones serve smaller and often less expensive airlines, including Allegiant from Moline. Since fares can fluctuate throughout the day, airfarewatchdog.com is a helpful tool that will email airfare alerts.
By car University Park Country Club is easy to find whether you are driving from the north or south on I-75. Take exit 213 and head west for about a mile. You'll see a big sign on the north side that says University Park CC. If you're using a GPS, the best address to use is 8301 The Park Boulevard, University Park, FL 34201. Tell the guard you are there for the Moline High School Luncheon/Party. Parking is free, too.
Plenty of Options for Staying There
Sarasota has it all -- Airbnb listings, motels, hotels, and seaside resorts. Your choice. There is a cluster of motels near exit 213, several more directly west along University Parkway, and several close to the Sarasota airport. Near the center of town are some very nice hotels such as The Ritz Carlton, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota,The Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach, and Longboat Key Inn and Resort.
While we recommend securing early reservations in such a lovely area, there is one option we have heard of for a last minute plan you might try; it's an app called Hotels Tonight. It is supposed to let you book up to a week out and get a good deal when hotels have unsold rooms.
Any informal gatherings that happen will be posted here if you get them to MarieFlatley@yahoo.com. Right now we just have one, but welcome learning of others.
Friday, February 24 -- Marina Jacks for the dinner hour and beyond.
Sunday, February 26 -- Crabby Bill’s on Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach for happy hour on. Music drink and food specials. A great time is always had by all. 12:00 PM on.
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Let's Celebrate Our 70th Together!
Date: February 24, 2017
Place: University Park Country Club, Lakeside Room, University Park, Florida
Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $27 each
Registration: Click here or follow the link in left column
Some ideas for what else to do around Sarasota: Much of the following comes from the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can read the complete guide with an app called Gulfshore Life. Or you can find information online at http://www.gulfshorelife.com/Publications/Southwest-Floridas-Guide-to-the-Arts/.
In addition to waterfront activities, some of which you'll find listed here soon, here are some other places you might want to go.
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Make new friends, but keep the old . . . !
Welcoming all guys and gals to the MHS ‘65 Tradition—a monthly lunch gathering for food and fellowship.
When: 11:30 a.m., the 1st Wednesday of every month. So plan to join us next on March 1st!
Where: The world famous Hafner’s Wagon Wheel, 23rd Avenue & 28th Street, Moline
Why: Why not??? Come for cheer, to catch-up, re-connect, and hang-out……
Hope you can come—OFTEN! Everyone welcome -- locals and visitors alike!
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Our Gracious 2016 Scholarship Winner
Elizabeth Cunningham sent us this handwritten note of thanks. Cunningham plans to major in nursing and to attend Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
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