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‘Five-star, resort-style community’

And that means a wide range of activities and events at Devonshire

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October 13th, 2016
Devonshire Community Resources Director Irene Malanga is pictured here at one of the community’s cabarets. The special evenings feature world-class meals, nationally known entertainers, and spectacular dance performances.

Devonshire Community Resources Director Irene Malanga is pictured here at one of the community’s cabarets. The special evenings feature world-class meals, nationally known entertainers, and spectacular dance performances.

Irene Malanga is as enamored of her position as director of community resources at Devonshire at PGA National as she was when she came on board nearly 18 years ago.

She’s a familiar sight at Erickson Living’s retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens. Malanga does spend time in her office, but she’s usually on the go in Devonshire’s clubhouse. And she’s normally moving at top speed. 

Malanga says the best part of her job is getting to know the community members and learning about their life experiences. In no time, they become her friends. 

“By knowing the people, I understand what they’re used to and what they like,” she says, “and maybe what they’d like to experience but haven’t yet.”

Each month she stuffs Devonshire’s calendar with a rich assortment of activities, live clubhouse entertainment, lunches and dinners out, special events, and cultural and shopping excursions. 

Some events, like the annual Halloween party, are just plain fun. 

Last year, just a month after Mim Davis moved to Devonshire, she was drafted into dressing up and carrying a toy musical instrument as a member of a make-believe  Devonshire marching band. 

“I looked around and saw everyone in costume,” says Mim. “And I thought the sprit and the exuberance was wonderful.” 

Devonshire’s ‘fun’ committee

Mim is now one of 13 residents on Malanga’s activities committee. Simply being on the committee is fun, she says. It suits her interests and personality. 

Having lived in the area—Jupiter—for nearly 20 years, Mim thought she could offer worthwhile input as a committee member. 

“I like to go and do,” she says. “I like to see things and take trips out, and our committee plans trips out.”

Like many of her neighbors, she enjoys the monthly shopping trips to the Festival Flea Market on Sample Road in Pompano Beach, an hour’s drive away. 

Devonshire’s 33-seat, climate-controlled bus provides the transportation and is likely filled to capacity. Because the flea market is located near a popular gambling casino, Malanga incorporates both venues into the day’s excursion. 

Devonshire boasts five exceptional clubhouse restaurants, but Community Resources also offers residents opportunities for dinners out in the Palm Beach area. 

Most of the suggestions for the restaurant destinations bubble up at activity committee meetings. That’s where the idea developed to dine this July at Taboo, a well-known and exclusive Palm Beach restaurant. Nearly 30 residents signed up to go. 

“We do things members want to do,” says Malanga. “Devonshire is truly a five-star, resort-style community.”

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