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Marion Landing 10-28-2011

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Annual food drive kickoff is Nov. 1

By Diane Bress

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Although our community collects donations for Interfaith Emergency Services on the first Tuesday of each month (and does quite well, by the way), it’s now time to kick it into high gear with our annual food drive.
This year’s drive begins on Nov. 1, and almost any unopened item not requiring refrigeration is welcome. Canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, cereal and peanut butter are all popular items; and hygiene products such as tooth paste and deodorant are always needed.
Marion Landing has been conducting an annual food drive for many years, and Gloria and Dave Wilberg have led the effort for the past eight years. This year, however, they will be assisted by Mary Ann Hall and her team, who coordinate our monthly food drives. “We’ve collected 8,437 pounds of food (in our annual drives) since 2004,” remarked Gloria. “Our best year was in 2009, when the total was over 1,500 pounds.” With all this talent working together, and with our help, this year’s food drive is bound to be another success. So over the next month, let’s do our best to make this year even better and help Interfaith provide packages to needy families for the holidays. Donations may be brought to the Lifestyle Center and placed in the baskets underneath the residents’ mail boxes. All donations are gratefuly accepted.

Patrol K-9 Benefit
a huge success
It takes a community of dedicated individuals to hold an event that is not only fun but which benefits a good cause. Months of preparation went into planning the K-9 Benefit Luncheon held on Oct. 9 in the Lifestyle Center. From selling tickets, to procuring door prizes; making flyers and posters, to decorating and clean-up (not to mention all the paperwork), the Patrol K-9 Benefit Committee had it all covered.
Chaired by Nancy Rife, the committee was composed of Ginger Abbott, Joan Buzzek, Mary Callahan, Ed DeMauex, Pat Mershimer, Charlie Mock, Lorraine Moran, Martha Nierenberg, Carol Pfeil, Joan Ritter, Donna Schmidt and Howard Shay. Musical entertainment was provided by our own Jackie Santone, Dotty Bouchet and Lina Vallejo; and the K-9 demonstration by Lt. Turner and Bolt was just amazing. The luncheon was catered by My Son’s Catering, who generously contributed a portion of the ticket sales to the cause.
At the end of it all, at the Oct. 11 Tuesday Morning Social, Patrol President Rich Toneske presented a check for $1,325 to Mary Callahan, president of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation. After expressing her gratitude on behalf of the Foundation, Mary assured everyone that the donation will go into the Foundation’s restricted K-9 Unit fund. So, thank you volunteers for all your hard work; thank you to the businesses that donated goods and services for our door prizes; thank you to our residents for supporting the luncheon; and thank you especially to our Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for protecting us and our community.

Annual fall sale
open to the public
The Marion Landing fall sale will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. Previously known as the Bazaar, the Sale is open to the public and will feature items such as jewelry, books, linens, tools, baked goods, and various household items. Stop by and see what treasures, and bargains, you can discover.

Murder, mystery
and intrigue
“Pasta, Passion and Pistol,” the audience-participation Dinner Theatre Production to be presented by the Sunshine Committee on Nov. 6, has sold out. A waiting list has been started should any tickets become available. Residents should leave their name in the Activities Office.

Let’s Move!
We’re adding a new class to our healthy fitness lineup. Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., a new class for our residents called Let’s Move! will be offered with Mary Pat. It will be a blend of breathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises set to relaxing music. All levels of fitness will be addressed, and Tai Chi coupons will be honored at this class. Class fee is $5 per session with a discount payment coupon available. Why not give one a try?

Rummikub
There’s a new game in town—and it’s Rummikub. Well, it’s not really a new game, but a new venue. Rubbikub players will now meet in the Lifestyle Center Great Room on the third Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. and play until 2 p.m. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, or even if you’d like to learn the game, all residents are welcome. A brown bag lunch is suggested.

Farewell, Smitty
Marion Landing recently said goodbye with stories and fond remembrances to one of its favorite residents. On Monday, Oct. 10, more than 135 family, friends and neighbors attended the community memorial luncheon for Bernice “Smitty” Williams, who passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 103. Smitty, a resident of Marion Landing since 2002, is survived by her daughter, Charlene Linnerud, also of Marion Landing, and two sons, William Smith of Tucson, Ariz., and Wayne Smith of Scituate, Mass. An avid cribbage, bingo and card player, Smitty’s sharp mind and fierce competitiveness will surely be missed.

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 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Just a few tickets are left for the trip to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater in Clearwater on Nov. 12 to see The Sensuous Senator. This is an all-inclusive afternoon of fun, food and entertainment. Tickets are $66 per person. Bus leaves Marion Landing at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are available to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets are $115 and include round-trip bus transportation from Marion Landing, great reserved Club Sideline seats in sections 217 and 218, and bus driver tip. The game begins at 7:30 p.m., and the bus will leave at 4:45 p.m., returning at approximately 12:30 a.m. Reservations and payment is due by Nov. 15. The layout of the Forum, as well as reservation information, is posted on the Travel Board.
Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean from March 16 through 25, 2012. Board the Navigator of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale and visit St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Labadee, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Haiti. A deposit of $500 per cabin is due at booking with final payment due by December 19, 2011. Transportation from Marion Landing is an additional $50; trip insurance is recommended.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Coordinator.