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Marion Landing 1-6-12

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Zip lining in Ocala

By Diane Bress

A group of adventurous residents from Marion Landing took a trip to the newly-opened Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours on Friday, Dec. 16. The seven-line, two-bridge zip line course runs above the abandoned limestone quarry which is off Northwest Gainesville Road just north of County Road 326. “You go about 25 to 30 miles per hour from tree stand to tree stand with three zips over water and the longest one more than 1,100 feet,” said John. A professionally certified guide leads you through the 2½ to 3 hour trip while informing you about the trees, lakes and ecology of the property. “The company was great, the weather was beautiful and it was fun,” said Carolyn. “This is one thing I can cross off my bucket list.”

Eric and Craig
The community is happy to welcome back Eric Halkola, bowling mechanic and maintenance, who was out on medical leave for a short while. “I’d like to thank everyone who sent me get well cards and wishes,” remarked Eric. “This is a great place to work with lots of great people.” And we’d also like to officially welcome Craig Peters, who filled in for Eric these past two months and is now on staff permanently as part-time bowling mechanic and maintenance.

Special Sunday Bingo

There will be a special Bingo game this Sunday, Jan. 8, in the Lifestyle Center for Marion Landing residents only. “This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly game,” said Jim Therien, Bingo coordinator. “We will start selling cards at 1 p.m., and the game will begin promptly at 2 p.m. If the turnout is good, we will be scheduling additional games throughout the year.” Coffee will be available.

Free seminar
On Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., Ms. Laura Sams from Great American Insurance & Finance Co. will present a free informational seminar to Marion Landing residents on understanding, planning, and paying for long-term care. Long-term care covers a variety of services that includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability and can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes. This seminar includes a complimentary lunch, and tickets are $1, which is refunded to you at the door. Please pick up your tickets at the Activities Office today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Monday between noon and 2 p.m. or at the Tuesday morning Social if you would like to attend.

“Sally’s Broadway
Buddies” show

Entertainer and impressionist Sally Langwah will bring her “Broadway Buddies” performance to Marion Landing on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. Sally performs over 30 impressions, and this show will include tributes to Cher, Reba, Liza, Bette, Sarah, Julie, Marilyn, Catherine and Abba’s Agnetha. If you’ve ever seen Sally before, you know you’re in for a treat. Tickets for the show are $3 each and are available at Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.

Tuesday Speaker

Back by popular demand, Metro Crime Prevention of Florida will speak to us on Jan. 17, after the Tuesday Social. This is a terrific program that will teach us how to be proactive against crime and take simple precautions that will enhance our personal safety. Metro Crime Prevention will discuss identity theft, purse snatching, fraud and scams, and more; and give us many helpful tips and tricks. Don’t be a victim …learn how to protect yourself by attending this free informational program.

Calling all crafters

Marion Landing will be holding its first “crafts only” fair on Saturday, Mar. 31, and we are looking for crafty residents who would be interested in participating. “We are striving to make this a true craft sale, so participants should make sure their items are hand crafted” said Merry Anne Krell, fair organizer. There will be no charge for the tables; but space is limited, so tables will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The Craft Fair will be open to the public, and all proceeds from their sales will go to the crafter. The next Craft Fair meeting will be held on Jan. 13 in the Great Room at 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please put your name on the sign-up sheet hanging on the Activity Wall.

Blood Drive

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and do your part to help Florida’s Blood Centers, the only blood bank that serves Marion County hospitals. The Big Red Bus will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot on Wednesday, Jan 18, to take your donation. Residents may sign up on the Blood Drive sheet hanging on the Activity Wall, or see Pat Wurst and her volunteers in the lobby the day the bus is here. Remember, you can donate blood even if you have high blood pressure, are diabetic, and you only need be cancer-free for one year. And donating blood not only helps others, but is beneficial to yourself, as well. Pat tells us that “if you donate blood every other month, you may reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as 70%.” That fact alone should bring you to the Lifestyle Center Wednesday morning on Jan. 18. We hope to see you there!

Valentine’s Dance

Speaking of the heart, preparations are under way for the annual Valentine’s Day Dance. This year’s dance will be organized by Sheldon Blumenthal and Dorothy Ott. “The date’s been set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. and there will be live music,” reported Sheldon. “BYOB and snacks, but no cake and coffee this year”. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the dance should contact Sheldon and Dot or leave your name in the Activities Office.

Iris Paper Folding
Card Class

Iris paper folding is a design method that turns geometric shapes and lines into artwork. You create a collage of several colors that almost resemble a twisting tunnel. After you create the collage, a sheet of paper is placed over the colorful artwork with a shape cut out and you are left with a color-filled shape to use as the basis for your beautiful greeting card.
We are happy to welcome visiting instructor Irene Harris, who teaches at Friends Village in Woodstown, N.J., and is visiting her sister, Nancy Holmes, in Marion Landing. The class will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Craft Room. The cost is $10 and includes all supplies. Please sign up on the sheet behind the flyer hanging on the Activity Wall.

Travel news

If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 352-237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Enjoy an afternoon of Thoroughbred horse racing at Tampa Bay Downs on Friday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $51 each which will reserve your seat in the newly-renovated dining room with elevator and an excellent view of the finish line. The trip includes round-trip motorcoach, gratuity for the driver, clubhouse admission, racing program, trophy presentation in the Winners Circle and hot buffet luncheon. Bus leaves Ocala at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Travel to Clearwater on Saturday, Feb. 4, to the Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect,” a laugh-packed farce of twists, turns, puns and pratfalls. Tickets are $66 and include round-trip motor coach, hot buffet luncheon, all tax and gratuities. Check the flyer posted on the Travel Board for more information.
Plan ahead and make your reservation for the popular Nashville show trip from May 6-12, 2012. This 7 day/6night spring trip includes a guided tour of Nashville, ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel, and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry. You will also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, have dinner and enjoy a show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, tour beautiful Belle Meade Plantations, visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store, and ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga. There will also be time to explore on your own. A deposit of $75 is due upon signing. Single occupancy is $180 additional, and travel insurance of $45 per person is recommended. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.