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Blood drive in Candler and Indigo

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By June Roberta

We choose our lives through awareness and change our lives by becoming aware of what isn’t working for us. Bad habits are the ones that die the hardest. We can change our lives by becoming more aware of how they are triggered.

Each day for a week we can focus on just one. Each week we can decide to deal with another. Through awareness of how we react at those times, we can change our pattern of reacting.

For example, if the bad habit you wish to break is being undisciplined in spending money, eating food that is not good for you, or not taking the time to exercise each day, you can be more careful how you spend your money, and become more aware of your diet and exercise regimes.

The Big Red Bus

The Florida’s Blood Centers Big Red Bus will be in front of the Candler Hills Community Center on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This new location should make it easier for Candler Hills and Indigo East residents to participate in this very necessary project.

Please mark your calendars and become a life saver. We are the sole provider of blood to the Marion County hospitals.

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, 2009. 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.

Sunshine Singers

The Sunshine Singers travel to local senior living facilities where they sing old-time songs and the residents join in. Members also visit with residents.

To join the enthusiastic group you need to be able to carry a tune and blend with the others. Reading music is not necessary.

Rehearsals are the first and third Mondays of each month from September to May at 6:45 p.m. at the H & R building. Sing outs are usually scheduled on Fridays.

The a cappella singers are conducted by Marie Roppel. People interested in joining may attend any rehearsal or call Jim Oakes at 854-6443.

Submitted by Marie Roppel.

Lights Trip

Thirty OTOW residents spent Tuesday, Dec 18, in Mount Dora browsing the numerous little shops before supper and a trolley ride to view the spectacular Christmas light displays in and around the town. Supper was ordered from a special menu which included (low-calorie?) dessert.

Submitted by Mike Roppel.

Singles Club

On Dec. 12, the Singles Club had a Christmas luncheon at noon at Stone Creek Golf Club. Everyone brought a gift for the grab bag. Numbers were given out.

When a number was called, the person came up to choose a gift and was given one chance to exchange for a gift picked by someone else. A few people went around taking pictures for the Singles Club photo album.

Key West Trip

Bob Woods talked to the bus full of OTOW residents who will be going to Key West for six days on Jan. 11, 2009. Bob, through Master the Possibilities and Becky’s Travel have put together an ambitious schedule.

Residents must be at the Travel Toppers parking lot at 7 a.m. and many will doze as they travel to the first stop at Doral. They will leave the next day for Key Largo for the tour of Key West.

The trip will include an airboat ride at Everglades Safari Park , and an overnight stay in Fort Myers.

Submitted by Mike Roppel.

Master the Possibilities

The Master the Possibilities lifelong learning program begins its fourth year in January with about 200 programs, classes, lectures and presentations.

This is the biggest season ever. You can register online at masterthepossibilities.com where you can download the catalog. Online registration begins Dec 29.

The hard copy catalog is available Jan. 1, 2009 and you can register by phone at that time. Master the Possibilities is open to the public.

Movie Club

The December movie pick is The Note. It takes place at Christmastime. Looking for the person the note is addressed to changes the lives of those involved.

It’s a story of forgiveness. The film’s message is that everyone can find a way to get a second chance. A lovely movie to watch any time of the year.

Tampa Downs

Come Feb. 3, 2009 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.

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.