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OTOW Happenings, 02-06-2015

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World Has Talent auditions on Feb. 10

By June Roberta

 Feb. 10 - World Has Talent Show Auditions – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are 55 or older and think you have a talent (singing, dancing, comedy, magic, group performances) others would enjoy, try out for the sixth annual The World Has Talent Show. Cash prizes awarded to the top three winners at The World Has Talent Show on May 2. For audition information, go to www.CSCulturalCenter.com to Feb. 10.

 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders
 On Jan. 26 from 10-11 at Cypress Hall, Dr. Evelyn B. Kelly gave a talk with slides, and audience participation on Genetic Disorders.
 These disorders come about because something goes awry in the genes and chromosomes. There are 7,000 genetic disorders. Many have no cures. There are 30,000 people in the United States who have rare genetic diseases.
 Hapsburg jaw was discussed. It showed up in the Royal House of Habsburg that was occupied by the Hapsburgs from 1438 to 1740. There were too much intermarriage between cousins, uncle and niece and remote inbreeding which was like brother and sister. It spread throughout all of Europe. Those born with this disease have a jutting jaw, thick lower lip, mental illness, etc.
 Another discussed came from the Romanovs of Russia – Hemophilia. It’s carried from mother to son. Queen Victoria passed it to her female descendants who then occupied many thrones throughout Europe. Blood doesn’t clot properly.
 Porphyria is a disease King George III had which is a blood disorder. It can bring on bouts of insanity. The urine is red and blue tinged. The King died blind, deaf, and mad.
 Old Order Amish – Children born with six fingers and very short limbs. A recessive gene causes the defect.
 Gaucher Disease – The Ashkenazi Jews have it from inbreeding. It causes an enlarged liver and poor clotting. It’s a very painful disease. There is a pill for enzyme replacement but entirely too expensive for most people to afford. It needs to be taken as long as the person is alive at a cost of $310,000 a year!
 Cystic Fibrosis was discussed. It has many health problems.
 Hemochromatosis or iron overload is also called the Celtic Curse. Those who have this disease are from Irish/Scottish, English origin. It causes memory loss, heart problems, early death, organ damage, etc. It comes from iron build up in the blood. The only treatment is to give blood on a regular basis.
 Many more disorders were discussed. It was a very interesting and informative hour.

Master the Possibilities
 This is to inform you that we have changed the room for one of the lectures in order to accommodate more students. The course Memory Loss: Some Timers Versus Dementia, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17 (10-11:30 a.m.) will be held in Live Oak Hall.

Attention OTOW Homeowners
 This information has come to the attention of Customer Service. Someone is pasting a paper and card advertising the work they can do to the front doors of villas in Americana. OTOW does not allow soliciting of any kind. It’s against the rules. Possibly, new residents are not aware of this. They are looking for the person responsible for breaking this rule.

Entertainment Group
 It is going to be a sellout for sure. The ballroom will be jumping when The Beluchi Estate endorsed and Dan Akroyed produced “Official Tribute to The Blues Brothers” show hits the boards Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom.
 And to add a lot of excitement, a Tina Turner Tribute joins the cast. As in all their shows, one of the highlights is an honorary Blues Brothers is selected from the audience.
 Soooo guys, dust off that black Fedora, get out the string black tie, black suit, sun glasses, and white socks. It is show time.
 A big thanks goes out to Dr. Steven Dunn, DDS for allowing tix prices to remain $10 General and $12 Reserved on sale M-W-F, 8:20-10 a.m. in the ballroom.

New England Club
Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. in the Recreation Ballroom for our February social. Note this is a change of venue. We usually meet at the Arbor Club Ballroom but this moth we are in the Recreation Ballroom. Our donations for this month are lap blankets. They can be purchased, crocheted, knitted, quilted, whatever you prefer. We will be donating them to our local Assisted Living facility. Right now they have about 90 residents so whatever we can donate will be very much appreciated.
The Club Fair held on Jan. 29 at the Recreation Center was a huge success. We had a lot of people stop by our table and many signed up with interest in the club; hopefully they will come to this month’s social and we will all get a chance to meet them!
Members who signed up to bring refreshments this month can expect a reminder phone call from Diane the week of the social. Kris will make calls to those who do not have an e-mail address. Everyone else will receive an e-mail communication from me the Sunday before the social with any last minute updates.
For newcomers interested in attending, our membership fee is $10 per person per club season. The season runs from October 2014 until May 2015. Checks must be made payable to our Treasurer, Martha Riberdy. Membership is open to all residents of On Top of the World. If you are a resident of Indigo East you must have a Gateway Pass in order to join. You do not have to be from New England….we love to socialize with everyone! We just hope you have a love of New England.
We always have a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, speakers or entertainment, games and lots of refreshments and fun. Coffee and tea are provided please bring your own cold water or soda if you wish.
Thanks to an existing member who suggested we do this, we will now be supplying a box for food collection each month in case members want to donate extra food they have. We will then take the collection to a local food bank. Please be sure all non-perishable donations have current expiration dates.
See you Feb. 19 at the Recreation Center Ballroom! And remember to bring your lap blanket donations. Watch future announcements in the Citizen or in your e-mail for updated information.
For more information please contact Donnamarie Castellano, President E-mail donnamarie22452@yahoo.com or phone 207-212-6529
I can be reached at 237-9208 or jroberta@cfl.rr.com.