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Landing Lites concert is Dec. 3

By Diane Bress

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. for the Landing Lites Holiday Concert directed by Floyd Hickman. The program will contain 13 seasonal selections: secular and sacred, traditional and contemporary. The chorus is composed of Marion Landing residents who spend many weeks practicing and perfecting songs for the concert. The Holiday Concert will feature three guest soloists: Erica Goodman, a St. Leo University student and violinist who is a member of the Villages Community Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lake Sumter Chamber Orchestra; pianist Diane Hartley, a Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School music teacher, 2010-11 Teacher of the Year and Golden Apple finalist; and pianist Naoko Wicklein, a Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School music teacher and pianist at our 2007 Holiday Concert.
Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available during Tuesday morning socials or in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours. Tickets will be available to the general public the week before the concert as well as at the door.
Volunteer recognition
The Marion Landing Volunteer Recognition Program had recently been modified so it could include many residents who have made significant contributions to the community in the past, even though they do not currently participate. At the Nov. 1 Homeowner Forum, Board Treasurer John Moran commended such a resident.
He recognized Shirley Seckman as a person who volunteered to gather information and launch the community’s first quarterly newsletter back in the late 80s called Happy Landings. Through a number of starts and stops, this idea eventually evolved into our current community newsletter, the Communicator, a monthly publication of which Shirley was our first editor. In his presentation, John said, “Our volunteer (Shirley) had built the foundation and organization of what we now look forward to receiving and reading on a monthly basis: the Marion Landing Communicator. Marion Landing thanks you for all your hard work and contributions.”
Shirley was presented with a Volunteer Recognition Certificate, and her engraved plaque will be added to the more than 140 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center.

Veterans Program
The Tuesday Social on Nov. 15 will include a special program which will pay tribute to our veterans. Organized by Charlie Mock and Frank Szutar, there will be a reading about the history of Veterans Day, a reaffirmation of the military oath, and a performance by our own Rock-o-lettes. All Marion Landing veterans are encouraged to attend and wear their appropriate caps and/or shirts.

Annual Food Drive
in full swing
Our annual food drive is now under way and will continue through Dec. 6. Almost any unopened food item not requiring refrigeration is welcome, such as canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, cereal and peanut butter. Plastic containers are preferred. Hygiene products such as tooth paste and deodorant are always needed, too.
Over the next month, let’s do our best to 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 gratefully accepted.

Let’s Move!
Our new fitness class, Let’s Move! has begun. The class is offered on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. during the months of November and December. It is a blend of breathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises set to relaxing music, and all levels of fitness will be addressed. Class fee is $5 per session with a discount payment coupon available, and Tai Chi coupons will be honored at this class. Why not give it a try?
Card Crafting Class
Learn to make beautiful handcrafted cards on Thursday, Nov. 17, with Elaine Fitchpatrick. Elaine will teach you step-by-step how to create and assemble holiday and seasonal cards, samples of which are hanging in the Activities Office window. The cost for this two-hour class is $10 and includes instruction and supplies. As the class size is limited, please sign up early on the sheet behind the flyer hanging on the Activity Wall.
Harvest Basket
This month’s basket weaving project is a harvest centerpiece. Learn how to make this beautiful basket in just one day under the direction of master weaver Sharon Baiardi. The class will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. and will last as long as it takes you to finish your basket. A picture of the basket is located in the Activities Office; please sign up on the sheet attached to the flyer hanging on the Activity Wall if you are interested.
Help Others – Help Yourself – Give Blood
Our bimonthly Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and the Bloodmobile will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents may sign up on the Blood Drive sheet hanging on the Activity Wall. Remember, you can donate blood even if you have high blood pressure, are diabetic, and you only need be cancer-free for one year. Ask if you are eligible to donate via ALYX, the state-of-the art automated blood collection system, allowing you to safely and comfortably donate two units of red cells in just one visit. Your blood donation will benefit Florida’s Blood Centers, which is the only blood bank that serves Marion County hospitals.
But did you know that donating blood can also benefit your own health? Studies have shown that donating blood regularly can be beneficial for the heart and circulatory system and can reduce the risk of heart diseases. Besides, blood donation also burns extra calories and reduces your cholesterol level. After donating blood, the count of blood cells decreases in our body, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells in order to replenish the loss, and the new blood cells are fresh, cholesterol-free cells. In fact, according to Pat Wurst, our blood drive coordinator, “if you donate blood every other month, you may reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as 70 percent.” That fact alone should bring you to the Lifestyle Center Wednesday morning on Nov.16 to register with Pat. We hope to see you there!
Halloween Dance
The Marion Landing Halloween Dance was a huge success! Most of the crowd dressed up for the occasion, and prizes were awarded for prettiest, ugliest and most original costumes. Joan Pearce took the prize for ugliest costume coming as “Lady GaGa’s Grandmother”; John and Judy Alderson won for prettiest costume with their rendition of “Pirates,” and Don and Judy Lee were Marion Landing’s own “Flintstones” winning most-original costume. “The decorations set the mood, and the exceptional music by Cool Breeze inspired everyone to have a spooktacular time,” said Carolyn Cockerham, dance organizer. Many thanks to Carolyn for taking the lead in bringing this party to the community, as well as Bessie Roberts, Janis Hendershot and Josephine Eckert for helping to pull the whole thing off. We all appreciate your efforts.
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.
You can still get your tickets 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 Mar. 16-25, 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 Dec. 19, 2011. Transportation from Marion Landing is an additional $50; trip insurance is recommended.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Coordinator.