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Ballroom dance classes start anew

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By June Roberta

Some of us started our New Year with a birthday. There are many who start with the Jewish New Year. The majority started yesterday.

Whenever our New Year began, we all have the same problems with setting up goals. Many of us are good at figuring out what we hope to accomplish.

We find it difficult to stick to our goals for as long as it takes to reach them. We all start with the best of intentions but somehow get sidetracked along the way.

Maybe our first goal on this list should be finding a way to stay on track for the long haul. Another might be to regard setbacks and failure as learning experiences that will just be temporary if we are determined and optimistic.

If your commitment is strong, your expectations will eventually be met. Resolve to make this that year.

Ballroom Dance Club

The OTOW Ballroom Dance Club has announced classes in the OTOW Health and Recreation ballroom from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on the last three Thursdays of each month, beginning Jan. 15. Cost is $20 per month.

The featured dance for January will be the waltz. A dance, hosted by instructor Trish Sands, will follow the class, and cost is $5 members, $6 nonmembers.

The class is not necessary to attend the dance. For more information, call Joe Furfaro at 237-6900 or Janet Juhlin at 854-0708.

Auditions for

‘Sunny Pines’

OTOW is looking for actors who can sing and singers who can act for our next production, scheduled for April 3 and 4. The play, So Long Sunny Pines, is written by OTOW resident Bob O’Neal. The play includes original songs written by Bob.

Tryouts for the play will be Monday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Jan. 7 in room D at the Arbor Center. To get a copy of the script or for more information, call Marcia Miller, director at 854-4947.

Tampa Downs

Come Feb. 3, the New York-New Jersey Club will head to Tampa Downs for a day of good food and horse racing. Cost is $40 and includes transportation, driver’s tip, entrance to the Derby Club and a terrific buffet luncheon.

There are only nine seats left, so call Bunny Barba at 873-8009 for more information. You do not need to be a club member to take part.

LifeSouth Bloodmobile

The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be in the H & R parking lot Monday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thank you to those who donated at Indigo East in December.

Wonder if you can donate? Call 888-793-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org for information. All donors receive a recognition item and a free cholesterol screening.

Master the Possibilities

The popular Master the Possibilities lifelong learning programs begins its winter schedule next week. This is open to the public and you can get a catalog at the center (8415 S.W. 80th Street) or visit masterthepossibilities.com to download a catalog and register.

Next week’s classes include a two-part series on Thoroughbred Horses, a presentation on Scams and the first of Dr. Keith Nadel’s lectures for the year. Dr Nadel will moderate a panel on superpowers, focusing on China.

Celebrating Chanukah

On Dec. 12, the American-Jewish Club met and there are almost 100 members. In the future there will be a day trip to the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville, a bus trip to St. Augustine, and mid-month get-togethers at various restaurants. Anyone who lives in one of the OTOW communities can be a member.

The meeting was short as the club had a Chanukah party. Refreshments included potato latkes, donuts, cookies, coffee and soda. Everyone received a bag of gold-covered chocolate coins (gelt). Paul Ginsberg entertained with guitar and song. He sang & accompanied himself on his guitar.

Two Great Shows

Tickets for two great shows go on sale in the ballroom Jan. 5, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The Bachelors present Memories of the Mills Brothers, along with a tribute to the Ink Spots on Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

The New Pretenders present their 2009 production, Memory Lane, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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.