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Entertainment twin-bill you can't refuse

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By June Roberta

“Well, if you want to sing, sing out, sing and if you want to be free, be free ‘cause there’s a million things to be. You know that there are. You can do what you want, the opportunity’s on, and if you can find a new way, you can do it today.” Lyrics by Cat Stevens.

The message of this song — we’ve got choices and we should explore them. Choosing our happiness means we should explore & embrace the options.

No matter what others think, we should check out those that appeal most to us. Experiment with options you never thought of before.

Many of us are looking for healthier, more rewarding ways of living at this time. We need to begin saying no to junk food, people who stress us out, or spending more to keep up with the Joneses.

We’re at an age now where we can feel comfortable being a little different than our neighbor. Now’s the time to trust our own choices exploring things we never had time for during our working lives.

We should have faith in our own abilities and commit this year to fulfilling our lives.

Entertainment Group

On Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. the Entertainment Group will present its only “twin-bill” of the show series.

The spotlight first shines on Joe Beddia, the “godfather” of impressionists. He becomes celebrities like Jimmy Durante, Carol Channing, Rodney Dangerfield, Lawrence Welk, Ray Charles and Richard Simmons ee not to mention Joe’s most famous impression (look a like, sound a like Marlon Brando as “The “Godfather”).

Music and song are woven into the mix along with “off-the-wall” audience participation to make it one of the most enjoyable, exciting, creative shows.

Following Joe, a favorite performer returns. If you saw last year’s show, Nashville Meets Branson at OTOW, you will remember Katie Brooks.

Katie is a singer, musician, entertainer and songwriter from Nashville. She has shared the stage with such performers as Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, Norm Crosby, Peter Marshall, Crystal Gayle, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Tickets are $6 general and $8 reserved, with a limit of four per purchase, for residents of all OTOW communities and their houseguests. Tickets go on sale Jan. 28, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the H & R ballroom and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays thereafter.

Dance Committee

All residents of the OTOW Communities and overnight guests are invited to a Mardi Gras celebration at the H & R ballroom Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Music by Brad Turk and Northern Sound.

Dress is casual or Mardi Gras costume. Cost is $7 per person, and no limit on number of tickets. The will be a singles table.

Festivities will include a Bead Tossing Parade, a Mardi Gras Cake and coffee time, and snacks at the tables.

Tickets go on sale in the H & R ballroom Monday, Jan. 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until all the tickets are sold. For more information, call Gordy at 854-7981.

Concert Chorus Formed

An organizational meeting of the newly re-formed OTOW Concert Chorus was held Jan. 10, in the Arbor Conference Center. Director, Jean Monroe, lead a discussion of future plans for the group.

It is anticipated that thechorus will perform a spring and a Christmas concert for OTOW audiences. To date, 35 singers have auditioned and been accepted.

Time and location for weekly rehearsals have been changed to Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the H & R ballroom. Special thanks go to the Sunshine Singers who have very generously offered their music and piano for use by the Concert Chorus.

All OTOW residents who care to sing four-part arrangements should call Jean Monroe at 861-0323, or Jean Muncy at 291-0529 to arrange for an audition.

Travel Toppers

Call Audrey if you lost a ladies brown driving glove when you exited the bus after the Ice Sculpture trip.

With new reservation policy, you must mail your check, payable to Travel Toppers, to the coordinator. The coordinators are volunteering their time to handle the reservations.

Please do not hand-carry reservations to coordinators’ homes. Some have found checks by their doors, where they could easily be blown away.

All coordinators in current brochure are listed in OTOW phone book and have 34481 Zip Code. If friends are also going on the trip, you can put all checks in one envelope. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy so we can continue to offer trips at great prices to our residents.

The Entertainment Group

A few general admission tickets are available for the Feb. 8 and 9 show, Singin’ and Swingin’.

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 solitudewon@juneroberta.com with community news. Deadline is a week prior to Friday publication.