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Marion Landing 08-25-2017

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Fall activities gearing up

By Diane Bress

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Some new activities are planned and some activities which were on hiatus for the summer are back starting in September. The Sunshine Club and Patrol resume their monthly meetings in September (check your monthly calendar). You might want to join the new Scrabble Club if you like doing crosswords. It meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 5, in the Lifestyle Center. If you like board games, words and a little friendly competition, come down at 1 p.m. for Scrabble. New on the calendar is the Corn Hole Toss, and participants will meet on Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the Recreation Area (near the Bocce Courts) for some fun and friendly competition. The next Painting Class begins Monday, Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m., and Bible Study has changed their meeting day to Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in the Craft Room. Finally, some of our favorites continue: The Dance Club meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. to practice some old favorites and learn some new line dances; the Bowling leagues start their season Sept. 7 and Landing Lites Chorus begins rehearsals at 3 p.m., also on Thursday, Sept. 7; Shuffleboard continues each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., and Ladies Bocce is currently signing up new members and subs for their Oct. start. For a complete listing of all cards, games and classes offered in Marion Landing, please refer to your Daily Activities schedule printed on the reverse of the monthly calendar inserted into your Communicator.

If you’d like the most up-to-date information on Marion Landing activities, join us on Tuesday mornings at the Tuesday morning Social in the Lifestyle Center. Social hour begins at 8 a.m., and you can visit with your friends and neighbors while enjoying coffee and donuts. The program begins at 9 a.m., with activities announcements, club announcements and often community information from the Sheriff’s office. You might even win one of the Sunshine fundraising 50/50 drawings. Come on down.

Great Marion Landing Baking Contest

Entry forms are now available if you’d like to enter your favorite dessert (cake or pie) in the Marion Landing Baking contest. The contest is being held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center, but if you’d like to enter your dessert in the contest, the deadline to submit your form is Friday, Sept. 1. Entries are a secret because we don’t want any of the judges to find out whose dessert their tasting. There will be prizes awarded for first, second and third place winners. Tickets to the event are $3 each, which will entitle you to a delicious dessert, coffee or tea, and an afternoon of fun. Also with your purchased ticket, you will be able to sample two of the entries. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Interfaith. If you looking for something a little different to do along with some delicious fun, pick up your tickets at the Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office.

Labor Day party on Sept. 3

Only one week is left for you to get your tickets to the end-of-summer Labor Day party on Sunday, Sept. 3. Host Leta Simmons always plans a great party, and the fun begins at 6 p.m. with musical entertainment by One Dan Band Duo playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.There will be some great door prizes and 50/50 drawings, which benefit the Marion Landing Sunshine Club. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $6 each and are on sale next week at Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office. For those who frequent the clubhouse and attend the Socials, help spread the word and invite your friends. The more, the merrier.

Residents help at local school

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for Marion Landing residents to help teachers get ready for “back-to-school” for our area’s children. It’s a lot of extra work for the teachers, and that extra work is why Marion Landing resident Betty Williams organizes a “teacher assistance day” at Saddlewood Elementary School. Betty is already a volunteer with ReadingPals, a United Way of Marion County initiative which pairs in-school volunteers with kindergarten students at targeted schools to help improve the students’ reading and comprehension skills; so she knew that teachers could use help with some easy, but necessary, tasks. She sought volunteers to help teachers with jobs such as sharpening pencils, assembling booklets and packets, and cutting out laminated items, to name a few. Twelve volunteers from Marion Landing arrived at Saddlewood Elementary at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, and stayed as late as 2:30 p.m. sharpening, cutting, collating and stapling. “It was an enjoyable day for all of us,” said Betty. “The teachers certainly appreciated it.”

Ladies’ Billiards tournament

The Ladies Billiards players from Marion Landing often get together with players from other nearby communities for some friendly inter-community tournaments. Such was the case on Monday, Aug. 14, at Ocala Palms. There were 18 ladies from Marion Landing, Ocala Palms, On Top of the World and Cherrywood who participated in the single elimination tournament.

Travel

The Travel Club is working on the following trips: Sept 24-27: trip to Biloxi and New Orleans; Oct. 14: New Date-Daytona Beach lunch cruise, shopping at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, then a visit to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse; Oct. 30-Nov 1: trip to Pensacola to see the Blue Angels; Dec. 6: Disney Resorts, Disney Springs and ICE; Dec. 16: Christmas Concert at Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville. Interest sheets are posted on the Travel Board until final arrangements are made. The Travel Club is open to your suggestions and ideas. Please fill out the suggestion form available on the Travel Board with your idea, name and phone number. Interest sheets for specific trips are also posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center (near the mail cubbies).

Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.