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Medical Team sponsoring dementia series

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

“Alzheimer’s and Dementia, What’s the Difference?” is the title of a series of interactive programs offered at Oak Run by the Medical Team. Education is the key; the more you know the more options you have.

Care giving is a tough job. Get the tools you need to make a difference.

The first of these programs will be at the Orchid Club on Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m. This program will give insight into the different reasons for dementia and changes that are occurring in the brain which cause this life-changing illness.

These programs are designed for any Oak Runner wanting to learn more about dealing with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Call Linda at 873-3365 to reserve a spot.

NAP

The Neighborhood Awareness Program is Oak Run’s crime watch group, which operates under the supervision of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Besides patrolling in Oak Run, NAP patrols S.R. 200 from C.R. 484 to the Shell station across from Palm Cay, covering such areas as Wal-Mart, TimberRidge, the VFW Post and Hospice Legacy House.

It has been in existence for eight years. New recruits are needed to keep this important program going. Applications may be obtained from Bette Crouse at 873-0871. Completed applications will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.

It’s true that usually nothing very exciting happens while patrolling. But NAP is there to see that nothing does happen. NAP members have fun also.

Recently they attended the Marion County Sheriff’s Office volunteer dinner. In addition, a tour of the new jail is being planned.

So think about volunteering some of your free time to helping out with this worthwhile Oak Run program.

Showcase of Stars

Showcase of Stars consists of a group of individuals who enjoy singing their favorites to the delight of their audience. They love it so much they do it for free.

Their next performance will be Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Grove. Future performances will be monthly on Saturdays at the same time and place. July 19, Aug. 23, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 29 and Dec. 20.

With the cost of gasoline skyrocketing why not “stay on campus” for a Saturday evening of entertainment? Special thanks to our regular patrons who continue to support us.

Do You Remember?

A 2005 video of Water Volleyball will be featured on Channel 12 following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from June 20 to June 27.

Canine Club

Greetings to all dog lovers. Our meeting on June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Island Club is going to be an ice cream social to welcome summertime. Please be mindful of the extra TLC all dogs require to protect them from the extreme temperatures we will be experiencing in the upcoming months.

There has been a revision regarding the raffle for a beautiful ivory-color (54- by 72-in.), hand-made afghan. The good news is the raffle is open to all Oak Run residents and you do not have to be present to win.

The drawing for the afghan will take place at the November meeting. Tickets are $1 each. If you wish to see this beautiful afghan – and perhaps purchase a ticket or two – call Dee at 237-2495.

The revenue from the afghan drawing will help support Pet Meals on Wheels.

Way Off Broadway

Way Off Broadway is pleased to welcome two new members who will be appearing in Anything Goes this fall. Lenny Klatt, a trial lawyer with offices on S.R. 200, is a veteran of the Ocala Civic Theater.

His musical roles were in Man of La Mancha, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cabaret and Seussical the Musical. Non-musical roles with OCT include The Diary of Ann Frank, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Talk Radio and Rebecca.

He has appeared in dinner theatre shows and wrote and acted in a play, The Forgotten Founding Father, about the life of James Madison.

Dianne Chamberlain makes her Way Off Broadway debut in Anything Goes. She loves the performing arts and is thrilled to be in this year’s show with such a talented cast.

She has studied tap and jazz and was last in a holiday dance recital with the Dance Factory. She was public relations director for a Broadway-size theatre and performing arts center in New Jersey.

Diane Chamberlain and Lenny Klatt will be married in October just prior to our going on stage. We wish them every happiness.

Photography Club

The Photography Club had its last meeting of the 2007-08 season on Wednesday, June 11. New officers were elected for the 2008-09 season which begins in September. President Laurie Stamm, Vice President Carolee Carter, Secretary Trinette Collmer, Treasurer Jim Collmer, and members at large Bob Durocher and Art Holt. Past president N C Sizemore.

Program Committee: Carolee Carter, Art Holt, Carol Norton, NC Sizemore.

Field Trip Committee: Bruce Heaton, Walt Markowski, Marty O’Grady, Don Stevens. Publicity Committee: Walt Markowski. ORHA Photo Support Committee: Marty O’Grady, Walt Markowski, John Jacobson.

John Jacobson presented a slide show of pictures taken in May at the ORHA Country Fair. There was also a member’s competition for best pictures of the season. Details of the competition will be in next week’s column.

The new season will open Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Meetings will return to Oak Run at the Orchid Club.

New York Club

Hope all you guys had a great Father’s Day. Now, move away from that computer and get some work done. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled summer of thunderstorms, lightning and higher gas prices.

Who’s your favorite sports team? You’ll have a chance to let us all know by wearing a jersey to our Sept. 24 Tailgate Party.

The Irish Rovers will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 9. Cost is $40 – a great pre-Christmas gift. Call Eleanor Foggan at 237-9489 for wait list information.

Ginny Emerick is our Sunshine Gal at854-5120, she sends cards to members who need a kind thought.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Too hot to exercise outside? Did you know that there are exercise sessions in the cool Palm Grove auditorium every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. The big screen comes down and different exercise videos are played for an enthusiastic group of “move it or lose it” believers.

Now we’re not talking about any of the crazy videos you may have seen where you think, “I could never do that.” These programs are well suited to the Oak Run age group and can be done at various levels of intensity.

How do I know? Do I participate? Well, not exactly. But my blood drive buddy, Phyllis McIntosh, and I watch them while we are registering folks for the busses.

Other groups Phyllis and I enjoy watching are the line dancers. They all look like they are having a great time. And of course it’s clear to us that they are getting some good exercise as well.

There is line dancing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and county western line dancing at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you want to get moving in a group setting, give one of these opportunities a try.

Question of the day: Why do psychics have to ask you your name?

Executive Women’s

9-hole Golf

The winners of the June 13 Executive Women’s 9-hole low net tournament were:

Flight A: Joan Klier, Shirley Ruffing, Bebe Hahne.

Flight B: Annette Carini, Leone Johnson, Jennie Botts.

Flight C: Charlene Stojkic, Evelyn Exell, Donna Huffman.

Flight D: Mary Hart, Betty Scott, Ann Hurr.

Closest to the pin Ginny Riemer. Chip-in Donna Huffman.

Congratulations to all of our winners.

Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com. (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive my reply within a day, call me. My number is in the Oak Run directory.

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