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‘Best dressed’ songs coming to OTOW

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By June Roberta

We all want to have as much vitality as possible despite our years. Having lost it, there are ways to reclaim it.

It is important to nurture ourselves in quiet pursuits. Restful ways are needed to give this energy. First fatigue needs to disappear.

Relaxation is a vital element of rejuvenation. Regular periods of rest are needed, otherwise lives are in a state of imbalance. That eventually prevents working and playing with vigor.

Energy comes from meditation or prayer, eating healthy food, and strong social ties. Being surrounded by nature can help to energize.

Learning leads to a longer and healthier life. Classes at Master the Possibilities is one way.

Notice “energy leaks.” It’s easy to lose energy when dealing with negative people, poor eating habits, not enough sleep, or having chronic stress.

Entertainment Group

Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. the Entertainment Group, in conjunction with Ocala Lincoln Mercury, will present a show to grace the OTOW stage with a unique cast of performers.

Re-Creation presents “The Best Dressed” songs in America to take the stage in a grand musical fashion. Young entertainers transform the stage into a wondrous showplace of unforgettable entertainment … stage-of-the-art sound/lavish costumes … professional choreography … audience sing-a-longs.

Re-Creation is a group of young volunteers who give at least a year of their lives to travel the country’s VA hospitals, providing a program of therapeutic entertainment to our hospitalized veterans for almost 30 years.

The Entertainment Group and Ocala Lincoln-Mercury join in helping send this show to VA hospitals across the country.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter. Ticket prices, thanks to Ocala Lincoln Mercury, are $6 general and $8 reserved. For all residents in all the OTOW communities with a limit of four tickets per purchase.

Normally the Theatre Group presents its shows the last Saturday of each month. Due to the heavy booking dates of Re-Creation, we have had to schedule the show two weeks early.

Last Call

Last call for tickets to the New Pretenders’ show, “Memory Lane,” on Feb. 6 and 7. All the reserved tickets are gone. A few general tickets are available for each performance. Tickets on sale Monday, Jan. 26 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Master the Possibilities

Fifteen classes and presentations are scheduled the week of Jan. 26 to 30 at the Master the Possibilities Education Center. There’s a great mix of computer classes, art, history and current issues.

Interested in getting back into the workforce? There’s a presentation on this hot topic. Don’t miss out on anything … these are terrific opportunities to learn and grow… and they’re open to everyone in the Corridor.

Go to masterthepossibilities.com or call 861-9751 for more information. Learning never ends …  see you in class.

The Big Red Bus

The Florida Blood Centers bloodmobile will park in the H and R Parking lot Monday, Feb. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to receive blood donations. Meeting needs for human blood is a constant challenge despite the fact we have enough potential donors in the area who are able to keep the Marion County hospitals supplies at a comfortable level.

Surely an hour of one’s time to possibly save a human life is not too much to ask. Please give serious thought to joining those who do their part several times a year.

The Big Red Bus will make its next appearance at the Community Center in Candler Hills on Monday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remember, we are the sole suppliers of Marion County’s hospitals.

Lions Dinner Dance

The OTOW Lions annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn and Suites at State Road 200 and I-75. It will be a “Dress to Impress” sit-down dinner of chicken or beef.

Sugar Loaf will entertain with a variety of music and a saxophone sound worth the price of admission.

Call 352-489-1051 to purchase tickets by credit card and to make your meal choice. The cost is $25 per person.

Cultural Center

The free Health and Wellness Expo, sponsored by OTOW and Munroe Regional Medical Center is Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come on out and see what Ocala has to offer in the way of new medical advances. Meet with staff from MRMC and other area agencies specializing in health care. For more information, visit csculturalcenter.com.

Transitions

At the Learning Center, Dr. Randall LaKosky discussed Transitions: A Life Span Approach. Here are some of the things he spoke about. To maintain mental and physical health, we need balance. They include work, play, intimacy, and spirituality.

Work in a retiree’s case usually means being productive in some area even if it means just completing a crossword puzzle. Intimacy can mean belonging to a group. Touching is important. Not just physically but getting to know and count on each other.

Energy is very important. It can be lost when rehearsing for the future or rehashing the past. It is a waste of energy.

We need a challenge every five or so years. Learn to do new things. If you change your behavior, your mind will change.

A Fresh Start

On Jan. 13, there was a class called “A Fresh Start” at Live Oak Hall. It’s part of the Exercise and Wellness series being given by Cammy Dennis, the OTOW fitness director.

She discussed chronological age vs. biological age. One is considered in old at 45 for men and 55 for women. Exercise can delay and even reverse the aging.

Most deaths are due to lifestyle diseases. They are obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. These can be prevented by staying active.

Exercise can prevent disease, help manage pain, promote strength and endurance. The best exercise you can do is one you enjoy and are motivated to keep doing.

Start slow and comfortable, setting small achievable goals. One of the benefits of exercise is better sleep. It takes about three months for exercise to become a habit.

Exercise is for muscles and the mind. One way is to attend the classes at Master the Possibilities. Over the years, there has been an increase of life expectancy but, unfortunately, not the quality of that life.

Yoga

Every Friday, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Bryony gives a yoga class at the Arbor Club fitness room. Her exercises are helpful for all parts of the body.

Even beginners can get a great deal out of the class. She explains the postures in an easy to understand way. Best of all, throughout the hour, her teaching has her students feeling calm and serene.

“And this too shall pass.”

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.