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Marion Landing 5-9-2014

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Blood Drive on May 21

By Diane Bress

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Our next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21. The blood mobile will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take your donation. You may sign up on the Blood Drive sheet hanging on the Activity Wall, or see Pat Wurst, blood drive coordinator, and her volunteers in the lobby the day the bus is here. Pat reminds us that all donations collected at our blood drives stay within Marion County.
According to the American Red Cross, if all eligible donors would donate blood on a regular basis, four to six times a year, blood needs would be met and shortages could be a thing of the past. For decades this nation relied on a large pool of blood donors from the heroic World War II veterans who considered blood donation to be an on-going patriotic duty. That generation is fast disappearing and we need other new donors to step forward to take their place. Be assured, donating blood is safe and a healthy thing to do. Not only do you get a free mini physical, including blood pressure check, heart rate, temperature and iron levels, but it’s the fastest way to lose a pound. And for men, there is a life-saving benefit to donating blood. Men are at higher risk for hemochromatosis, or iron overload, which is a potentially deadly problem where too much iron builds up in their blood. It can lead to heart disease and other major health problems. Research shows that if men give blood three times a year, they can reduce their iron overload and therefore their risk of a heart attack by as much as 50%. Blood donors are true heroes, and your single blood donation can save up to three lives. So roll up your sleeves and do your part to help Florida’s Blood Centers, the only blood bank that serves Marion County hospitals.

Cool fun in the hot sun
With the temperature heating up, why not start the day with cool morning water exercise? Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water offers natural resistance, which helps strengthen your muscles, and you can even do aquatic exercise if you don’t know how to swim. Water exercise begins Monday, May 12, (weather permitting) with Water Aerobics meeting Monday through Friday at 8:45 a.m., except on Tuesday when it begins at 9:30 after the Coffee Social, and Aquacize meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. Just stop by the pool – no sign-up is required and it’s free. Do something good for your body, mind and spirit. Start your day with water exercise in the pool.

Fun Fashion Show
Retiree fashion was the theme for the fundraiser fun fashion show, which gave Marion Landing residents an opportunity to support the Sunshine Committee while enjoying an afternoon of good fun, fellowship and excellent homemade salads and dessert. Thirteen contestants used their creativity and ingenuity to make some interesting outfits and walk down the runway to vie for votes from the audience. The contestants were: Jan and Kaz Sekurski, Margaret Goodroe, Jim Pohlers, Joan Dopler, Martha Nierenberg, Kathy and Larry Keables, Gail Sanborn, Joan Ritter, Norm Grenier, Paula Adwell and Joan Pearce. Three winners were chosen: Joan Ritter won first place with her hysterical nursing home resident parody (no ifs, ands or “butts” about it); Joan Dopler won second place as a picnic by donning a plaid table cloth, paper plates and KFC bucket; and Joan Pearce won third place by creating a designer dress and headpiece out of newspapers. Congratulations, Joans. The show, in addition to door prizes and 50/50 drawings, made the afternoon a memorable one.
Merry Anne Krell guided the show along as Mistress of Ceremonies, adding wit and humor to the event; and Nadine Perry played various musical selections for the models on the electronic organ. All in all, there were 33 volunteers, led by Chairperson Lois Norris and Assistant Chair Donna Schmidt who attended to every detail, to make this a wonderful afternoon. They are: Paula Adwell, Linda Brandon, Joan Buzzek, Colleen Davison, Lorraine De Mauex, John Dwyer, Pam Ellis, Gloria Feltrin, Dan Hargrove, Kathy and Larry Keables, Marty and Merry Anne Krell, Vivian Ledford, Bob Mandrell, John and Noreen Metzger, Lorraine Moran, Toni Niemeyer, Martha Nierenberg, Don and Lois Norris, Dorothy Ott, Nadine Perry, Nancy Rife, Joan Ritter, Rhea Rouquie, Bob and Donna Schmidt, Leta Simmons, Dot Toneske, Margaret Veayo, Janice Wood and Pat Wurst. Thanks to all for volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of Sunshine, as well to those who helped set up and take down the tables. We appreciate your dedication to the community.

Monthly speaker
The topic of our speaker this month will be Banking and Market Updates. Join us in the Lifestyle Center on Tuesday, May 20, after the Social, for a 30 to 45 minute program by Tom Gerardi, assistant vice president and financial advisor at Suntrust Investment Services. He will give us an overview of the current financial market, which will include information on global stocks, bonds, equities, commodities and real estate. Please note that this presentation is a general performance summary of the market presented for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as advice for your personal investing strategy. If you would like to learn more about this topic, please mark your calendar for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Bunka Shishu
Bunka Shishu translates to “painting with thread and needles” and is an art form that has been in existence in one form or another since the 11th century. In its present form, it began in Tokyo about 75 years ago. A finished picture often resembles a finely detailed oil painting with the thread providing the texture and colors and the artist’s workmanship providing the depth of the overall picture. Because each piece reflects the artist’s individual handiwork, no two pictures can ever look exactly alike. There are currently two classes offered in Bunka Shishu at the Lifestyle Center. The Wednesday Bunka class meets from 2 to 4 p.m. and is led by Margaret Nelson, ABEA certified instructor; and our newest Bunka class, which includes a teaching segment, individual instruction and practice time, meets on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is led by Evelyn Brown, ABEA master teacher and master judge with 33 years of teaching experience. (ABEA-American Bunka Embroidery Association is a “not for profit” association designed to promote, teach and enjoy the art of Japanese Bunka Embroidery.) Each class is $5, payable to the instructor, plus the cost of your kit. Beginners are welcome. Please stop by if you would like to speak with the instructor about joining their class.

Graduates of
Citizens Academy
The Marion County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program offers a free 12-week
educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, and five Marion Landing residents completed the program in April. During the program, MCSO staff highlighted all units within the Sheriff’s Office and presented citizens with an in-depth understanding of what the agency does for the community. Each week focused on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. The students had an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the field of law enforcement, investigations, corrections and prosecution. Students were awarded certificates upon completion of the course.

Travel
Below is a listing of the currently scheduled trips offered by the Marion Landing Travel Committee. If you are interested in any of these trips, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center and in your Communicator, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
May 31: “Social Security” starring Barbara Eden - $78 (wait list).
Sept. 15-19: 4-night Bahamas cruise aboard Enchantment of the Seas. Ocean view cabins start at $436 and include cruise, port charges, government taxes and round-trip bus transfers.
Oct. 17: Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Cruise - $89.
Nov. 8: Early Bird Dinner Theater – Miracle on So. Division Street (Christmas themed): $76.
Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cruise on the Carnival Sunshine to Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.
Dec. 17: A Christmas Carol: Hudson Show Palace - $82.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.