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Bahamas cruise raffle to benefit Hospice

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By June Roberta

I hope you all enjoyed your Mothers Day last Sunday. When we speak of mothers, we should really think of mothering women.

Sometimes an aunt, grandmother or mother of an adopted child has given the mothering. A biological mother is just one of many women who take on this role.

It’s nice to receive a gift, a phone call, or enjoy a meal with your children. More important is to give to yourself. Inner peace, kindness to yourself over your mistakes, compassion for not being the person you wanted to be in looks or stamina, are some ways you can honor you. Hopefully, you found ways to pamper yourself and had a tranquil day.

Mothers Day should not just be about material gifts. The gift of time outweighs those. I hope you made the most of your day.

Hospice Raffle

Raffle tickets are on sale for a Bahamas cruise for two on Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas. Five days and four nights sailing from Port Canaveral to Coco Cay and Nassau.

Tickets are $1 each and all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Marion County.

Winner has sailing date options. The drawing will be Feb. 14, 2009 at the H & R ballroom. Call Margaret at 854-7306 or Ruth at 854-1128 for tickets.

Salute to the Flag Dance

The Dance Committee proudly announces a special dance in June to salute and celebrate our beautiful American flag. This dance will be in the H & R ballroom Saturday, June 14, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Starburst will provide a variety of music and dress is casual – red, white and blue? Snacks and door prizes, and there will be a singles table.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 28, from at 8 to 10 a.m. in the H & R ballroom, and Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday until sold out. No ticket limit, but only for residents of OTOW, Candler Hills and Indigo East and overnight houseguests. No refunds.

For more information, call Gordy at 854-7981.

Cul-de-sac Party

For the May monthly get together at Avalon, Lorraine and Larry Rourke arranged for an outdoor block party on the 99th Court Road cul-de-sac. Some people used their golf carts as picnic tables while others sat on blankets or folding beach chairs. As usual there was a variety of food available. By Mike Roppel.

Ballroom Dance

The OTOW Ballroom Dance Club that meets on Thursdays at the Arbor Club has suspended lessons until September. Look for the new schedule in July and August.

Bus Trip

I was told by Bob Woods that a 5-day, 4-night bus trip to Savannah, Jekyll Island, Beaufort and Paris Island will leave OTOW Oct. 6. For more information, should call Master the Possibilities at 854-3699 or Bob Woods at 854-0702.

Marilyn Nielsen

We know that many of our residents are 85 or older, but this was such a fun and happy three weeks of celebrating that I wanted to share it. The first party was April 11, with a house party of Champaign, cake and goodies for friends – at my dear neighbor Agnes Weber’s villa because it is larger than mine. There were about 28 of us.

Then we went to Daytona Beach for a few days and were joined by Marilyn’s four kids and some of the grandkids from Colorado, Jacksonville and Ocala. We had a great party with lots of flowers, gifts and good food. Then we all went back to the Bahamas House for more goodies and Champaign and fun.

The next weekend we went to Estero to big party with friends from Illinois and she shares the same birthday. We finished with trip to Jacksonville and a lovely luncheon on the Naval Air Station at Admiral and Debbie Vitale’s beautiful home on the St. John’s River.

Marilyn’s daughter, Janet, has retired from the Navy as a commander and now volunteers at the Navy and Marine Relief Society as a caseworker. Mom knits and crochets afghans for newborns at the navy hospital. Each volunteer was recognized and awards were presented.

What a wonderful celebration. Wonder what next year will bring?

The New England

The club’s last meeting was an Italian fiesta; pizza, pasta, salad, dessert great decorations and background Italian music.

Highlighted this month is Peg our treasurer. She is a real live wire, married her childhood friend Spencer at age 65. Both were with the Teamsters and are interested in computers, the stock market, horseshoes, American history and genealogy.

Peg likes parties and people. They will return to their home in Massachusetts for the summer.

We will meet again on Oct. 10 at the Arbor Suites at 2 p.m. For information, call at Debbie 351-0964. Have a great summer.

Master the Possibilities

Master the Possibilities Education Center is at 8415 S.W. 80th St. The catalog is published quarterly, available at the center and online at www.MasterthePossibilities.com.

Registration can be done on the Web site or by calling 854-3699. Here are classes with openings for May 19 to 23.

The Eyes Have It: Diseases and Treatments, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Internal Medicine - How Many Medicines Are Too Many, Tuesday.

You and Your New Digital Camera, Wednesday.

Glass Fusion – Basics and Beyond, Thursdays for 3 weeks.

Film Series – The Manchurian Candidate, Thursday.

Adult CPR and Defibrillation, Friday.

Ask the Pharmacist, Friday.

Pharmacology - Alzheimer’s discussion, Friday,

Birding 203 – Owls, Kites and Eagles, Tuesday.

Pain management, Tuesday (free).

Celebrity trials, Tuesday (free).

Wild West, Tuesday (free).

Vegetarian Cooking - Florida’s Market Basket (free), 1 to 2 p.m.

Film series, Primary Colors, Thursday (free).

SUDOKO, Friday,

Till next week – let’s live in the moment, letting the future take care of itself.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.