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Marion Landing 12-01-2017

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Landing Lites concert is Saturday, 12-02

By Diane Bress

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Start enjoying your holiday season at the Landing Lites annual Holiday Concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door. This 12-number concert is a blend of sacred and secular music that have been selected for their beauty and audience appeal. Bob Cubbage is back as our accompanist and piano soloist, and our Women’s Trio, consisting of Ginny Wells, Mary Brown and Alice Gillo, will perform three selections.
The Landing Lites presents two concerts a year under the direction of Floyd Hickman, who has dedicated himself to leading the Landing Lites since the year 2000. The chorus practices each week for about 12 weeks and brings wonderful concerts to the community. This is sure to be another program you won’t want to miss.

Holiday potluck
Marion Landing cooks are known to be some of the best around, so if eating is your thing, tickets are still available for the Old Fashioned Christmas Potluck Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 10. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $2 each and are on sale at the Tuesday morning Social and in the Activities Office. Bring your favorite dish for the potluck, and enjoy singing carols and celebrating the season with your friends and neighbors.

Holiday decorating
Volunteers did a another wonderful job this year decorating the Lifestyle Center, Bowling Center and outside grounds of Marion Landing. Heading up the Decorating Committee is Lorraine Rusch, chair of the Activities Support Committee, and she, along with a group of 24 volunteers, put up a half dozen Christmas trees, numerous wreaths and swags, holiday decorations, a crèche and menorah. One tradition of Marion Landing is to place ornaments from our residents on two trees set up on our stage. New residents are invited to bring an ornament which is special to them, whether it is from their home state or town or one that reflects their hobbies or interests, to the Lifestyle Center and place it in the basket on the stage so it can join the hundreds of other ornaments representing our residents. Please be sure to put your name and the year you moved into the community on the ornament. Make sure you take some time join in the community spirit of Marion Landing this holiday season.
I’m happy to report that all the “angel” tags on the Salvation Army Angel Tree were “adopted” and presents galore are coming in, so the Salvation Army can provide gifts to area children who might not otherwise get a present for Christmas. Thank you to all our generous residents who always go above and beyond when it comes to helping those in need.
The Angel Tree will now display resident holiday cards. If you’d like to send a holiday card to “everyone in the community,” just drop your card in the basket on the table next to the Angel Tree.

Sunshine Cookie Sale
The Sunshine Club Cookie Sale continues through Dec. 19. Home baked cookies in bags of six will be for sale at Tuesday morning Socials. Members bake dozens and dozens of cookies to raise funds so the club can continue its good work in Marion Landing, so please make sure to bring a few extra dollars to Socials to get your delicious cookies. Sunshine can always count on the generosity of our Marion Landing residents and thanks you for your support.

Ladies’ traveling billiards
The ladies’ billiards group from Marion Landing played the ladies from Ocala Palms in a billiards tournament on Nov. 11. This is the third time these groups competed, and although Ocala Palms won the tournament with 11 games over Marion Landing’s nine, everyone had a very enjoyable morning. “The competitions will continue with more tournaments planned with other local communities,” said Marion Landing’s Lina Vallejo. Interest in ladies’ billiards has been on the rise, and each Tuesday morning the Marion Landing ladies billiards group meets in the Bowling Center at 9:45 to practice. Anyone who would like to learn to play billiards is invited to stop by and speak to the players.

New Year’s party
The New Year is right around the corner, so it’s time to think about getting your tickets for the New Year’s Eve party. The party is on Sunday, Dec. 31, in the Lifestyle Center and starts at 8 p.m. Music will be by Times of Your Life DJ playing music from the 50’s, 60’s, line dancing favorites, and more. Some light hors d’oeuvres will be served, but be sure to bring the beverage of your choice and snacks for your table. Hats and noise makers, ice and cups will be furnished for you. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the Tuesday morning Socials or in the Activities Office during December. Get your tickets early.

Charity Crafters donate locally
For 16 plus years, the Marion Landing Charity Crafters have been meeting every Monday at 1 p.m. to work on their projects, share their ideas and collaborate on the club’s latest activities. The members may change, but their mission remains the same: all the items that the ladies expertly knit, crochet and sew are donated to local charities, such as the Salvation Army and area nursing homes. The table in the Craft Room was filled with handmade items to which 26 knitted and crocheted shawls, 13 knitted and crocheted lap covers and nine fabric lap quilts were delivered to Timber Ridge and Avante nursing homes, and five knitted and crocheted baby blankets, seven large quilted blankets, four knit sweaters, 13 crocheted bears and 16 knit hats to the Salvation Army, along with a large bag of assorted toiletries. The “thank you” notes from these facilities were heartwarming and truly made all the crafters’ efforts worthwhile. The yarn, material and notions the crafters use is donated by Marion Landing residents, who are urged to bring any items to the Craft Room in the Lifestyle Center. The Charity Crafters group continues to grow, as is indicated by the increased number of donations to local charities. But there’s always room for more. Any resident who wishes to join this very worthwhile group may inquire in the Activities Office or stop by the Craft Room on Mondays at 1 p.m.

2018 Leland Games
Leland Management, Marion Landing’s management company, will be holding the Third Annual Leland Games in March next year. Somewhat similar to our Senior Games, the Leland Games has grown to include nine communities and is a way for the participating communities to showcase their facilities and talents, help build camaraderie and have some fun. Marion Landing will be hosting the Bowling competition of the Games on Wednesday, Mar. 21, at 9 a.m. Other games that will be hosted by other communities include Golf, Softball, Trivia, Pickleball, Tennis, Bocce and Billiards. There will also be an on-line Photography contest. Registration for the events will be held during the months of December and January, and we are looking forward to residents participating in all the events. There are only a limited number of spots open, so if you are interested in participating in any of these games, please contact me to register.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.