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Marion Landing news 10-11-2013

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Fall craft fair is Oct. 19

By Diane Bress

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An upcoming Marion Landing event is well worth mentioning once again. The crafters are working hard to bring you our annual fall Craft Fair, which will be held next Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. This is a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season, with 30 plus tables set up with our talented crafters selling a variety of handcrafted items. The Marion Landing Lifestyle Center is located on Southwest 65th Avenue Road, just off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Admission to this event is free, and it is open to the public.

Volunteer recognition
At the Oct. 1 Tuesday Social, Board Secretary Connie Rowe presented Terry Callarman with the Marion Landing Volunteer Recognition Award. Connie introduced our recipient as follows: “This month we are honoring a resident who moved here with his wife in May 2009. He’s what I consider one of the many “behind the scenes” volunteers for Marion Landing. In 2011, he was a member of the former Social & Recreation Committee. He’s also a Patrol volunteer and drives multiple shifts throughout the year. There are many other times when he’s on the road for Marion Landing, but he’s not behind the wheel of the Sheriff’s Department Prius. At least once a month over the past 4 years, you may have seen him when you’ve been shopping at various stores in Ocala. If his cart was piled high, he probably wasn’t buying those large quantities for home. He was purchasing all the necessary kitchen supplies and equipment from different vendors for functions held in our Lifestyle Center. If you haven’t guessed who our Volunteer Recognition recipient is yet, I’m sure you will recognize him by one his trademarks…a red and white checkered hat. It is my pleasure to present the Volunteer Recognition Award to Terry Callarman.”
Terry’s engraved plaque will join the more than 162 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. Award recipients are chosen from a list of residents who are nominated for the award by their peers, and nominations of residents not previously recognized are needed. If you would like to nominate a fellow resident for a volunteer recognition award, please forward your recommendation, in writing, to a Board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director for consideration.

50th Anniversaries
Marion Landing will be recognizing those residents who have celebrated their 50th Anniversary between Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2012 by holding a gala event on Sunday, Oct. 27. Sixty couples received invitations to attend the celebration which will include a lovely catered dinner, music for dancing and listening pleasure, and commemorative photos, which will be taken at the event for the participating honorees. Tickets will be available to the honorees up until Tuesday, Oct. 15. A waiting list is being compiled of other residents wishing to attend the festivities, and they will be contacted when the number of tickets available is determined. These tickets can be purchased at the Oct. 22 Tuesday Social or through the Activities Office. Committee chair, Nancy Rife, suggests that tickets be purchased early as they are going fast.

Games Party a success
The Sunshine Games Party brought more than 100 residents down to the Lifestyle Center on Wednesday, Sept. 25, for an afternoon of friendship, fun, and for a good cause. It began with lunch, and then participants broke into pre-determined groups to play cards and games such as Hand and Foot, Bridge and Bunko, to name a few. The fundraiser, chaired by Lois Norris and co-chaired by Donna Schmidt and Janice Wood, was a great success. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sunshine Committee, whose mission is to respond to the needs of the Marion Landing Community at times of illness, hospitalization, and death. It also recognizes other milestones of residents such as 60th and 65th anniversaries.
It takes a lot of time and energy from a lot of people to put on this type of event, from setup to decorating, to food prep and cleanup. These volunteers are: Martha Nierenberg, Joan Buzzek, Rachel Glenn, Nancy Rife, Gloria Wilberg, Mary Ann Hall, Gordon Herrick, Paula Adwell, Lorraine and Dave Rusch, Ginny and Jim Dillon, Evelyn Olsen, Lorraine De Mauex, Maureen Hake, Joan and Art Dopler, John and Noreen Metzger, Ginger Abbott, Dot Toneske, Leta Simmons, Charlie Mock, Merry Anne Krell and Luis Rios. The community appreciates their dedication and is what makes Marion Landing a wonderful place to live.

Get your flu shot
The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine; and although it is smart for everyone to get their flu shot, it is especially important for people 65 years and older. VaxCare, a preventative healthcare services provider specializing in immunizations, will be providing the standard influenza, high dose influenza and pneumonia vaccinations at our Flu Shot Clinic on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.—but you must sign up. Make sure you are protected when the flu season arrives and get your flu shot!

Shuffleboard and Tennis move
Shuffleboard players meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and as we segue into fall, they’re now playing at 1:30 in the afternoon. Tennis will now be played in the evening at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. New players are always welcome, so come on down and join them.

Tour the work farm
A free tour of the 58-acre inmate work farm run by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. A tram pulled by a tractor will take you around the farm during this 1½ hour tour. If you are interested in going, please sign up on the sheet posted on the Activity Wall.

Medicare seminar
Understand the latest information on Medicare at a free luncheon seminar on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center. Kelli Meierhenry from Central Florida Insurance Advisors, Inc. will be here to explain the different plans, parts and types of Medicare, as well as enrollment dates and prescription coverage. A light lunch will be served. Tickets are $1, which will be refunded to you at the door, and are available at Tuesday morning Socials or in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.

Fall Sale
The Marion Landing Fall Sale is a month away, and we’re asking our residents for donations of jewelry and books to sell. Vivian Ledford is heading the jewelry tables at the Sale; and in addition to jewelry, she is asking for small boxes so she can display the items, as well as small bags for shoppers.
Books are needed, too. If you have any books, hardcover or paperback, that you would like to donate, please contact either Lorraine and Ed DeMauex or Don and Judy Lee. You can also bring your donations to the Activities Office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the week.
Donations of general merchandise can be brought down to the Lifestyle Center on Friday, Nov. 8, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Help is available to transport large items; call Paula Adwell for more information. Proceeds of the Fall Sale benefit the community, so all donations are very much appreciated.

Sit Fit
Now that water exercise classes are over, why not drop in to Sit and Be Fit? Designed to improve your quality of life, these gentle exercise are all demonstrated seated, but some can be done standing if you choose. And it’s free. Come down to the Lifestyle Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays (whatever fits your schedule) and exercise to two half-hour episodes of the Sit and Be Fit video series. No registration is required.

Travel calendar
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, or you may call 352-237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Overnight trips: December 23-27: Christmas in Myrtle Beach at the Caravelle Resort. Five day, four night trip includes admission to “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at the Alabama Theatre, a Christmas Eve casino cruise.
Jan. 19-26, 2014: cruise the Western Caribbean on Freedom of the Seas.
Day trips: Oct. 23: Victory Casino Cruise, Port Canaveral - includes private bus, admission to ship, buffet lunch, $20 free play. Deadline for reservations is today.
Feb. 28: Tampa Bay Downs horse racing
Mar. 13: “Sisters of Swing” includes bus from Marion Landing, lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, reserved seats, taxes, gratuities
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.