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OTOW Happenings 10-28-2011

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Blood drive is Nov. 7

By Eloise Hollyfield
ejh2025@hotmail.com

Health-related activities and entertainment events hold the spotlight for this week’s OTOW Happenings.
Life South Blood Drive
The Life South tri-colored bus will be in the Health and Recreation parking lot on Monday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for blood donations.
November is the month of “Thanksgiving.” It is also a time to share some of your blood to help save the lives of others. Each pint of blood donated can help save three lives! Donated blood from volunteers like you goes to people in need — accident victims and others in trauma situations, children in need, cancer patients, our veterans, and so many more. Won’t you become a donor? Blood may be donated every eight weeks, so please consider becoming a regular donor.

OTOW Theatre Group
The OTOW Theatre Group will present the musical show, “And the Oscar goes to...” on Nov. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the Health and Recreation Building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 to 10 a.m.
The cast for this production is as follows: Bob Batton; Norma Batton; Dottie Berkowicz; Marilyn Bettinger; Emery Bjerkmann; Odd Bjerkmann; Betty Broman; Ron Bowman; Shirley MoM. Coe; Bob Cowie; Daryl Howard; Glo Hutchings; Anne Merrick; Jim Merrick; Chuck Nyren; JoAnn Nyren; Kathy Petrosky; Dick Phillips; Beverly Russell; Ed Ryan; and Sue Veres.
The following people serve these leadership roles: Marilyn Bettinger, Director; Dick Phillips, Producer and Musical Director; Jim Merrick, Stage Manager; Anne Merrick, Set Designer and Props Manufacturer; Sherm Hutchings, Head Set Builder; Carolle Carlton and Odd Bjerkman, Prop Coordinators (behind the scenes); and Tom Carlton and Joan Connelly, Ticket Sales.
Tickets are $6 for general admission and $8 for reserved seats. Tickets can be purchased at the door, if they are still available.
A great deal of hard work and dedication has gone into this unique production, so please do come out and support your local Theatre Group! For further information, contact Anne Merrick at 352-732-0706.

Visiting Angels
Visiting Angels will hold free confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to promote proper detection of memory problems. The screenings will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OTOW Circle Square Commons area in the Visiting Angels establishment, located at 8405 S.W. 80th St., Suite 14.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is escalating as the first baby boomers began turning age 65 this year. Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of the disease doubling every five years between the ages of 65 and 95.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and this year’s screenings mark the ninth annual National Memory Screening Day to take place (see www.nationalmemoryscreening.org for further information). These screenings serve as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns and lifestyle changes that may help people as they age. A memory screening averages five to ten minutes and consists of questions and tasks to assess memory. The screening is a safe, cost effective intervention and when indicated, one can be directed to appropriate clinical resources. Please note that these screenings do not diagnose any illness; they simply indicate whether someone should pursue a follow-up medical exam.
It is estimated that missed diagnoses of Alzheimer’s or dementia may be as high as 90 percent. Please take advantage of this free screening.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a leading national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York. It is focused on the care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and upon their families. For further information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

OTOW Bowling
The OTOW Bowling League got off to a good start this year with the addition of two teams, so there are now a total of 18 teams.
Competition has been fierce, with two teams having earned 19 to 21 points. Team OSIMA was leading with 21 points, with teams High Hopes and Lucky 7 only one point behind. The Better Bs and Four for Fun teams were only to points behind.
Individual results have seen some great games, with Bill Hull scoring a game 75 pins over his average and Bill Shampine knocking down 96 pins over his average in his three-game series. For the women, Judy Shuster was 80 pins over her average in one game. Lacoste Riers has the highest men’s average through the four week period and Linda McIntyre leads the women.
One more bowler is still needed to complete the goal of 18 teams. Bowlers compete on Monday afternoons. Please call League Secretary George Difrancesco if you are interested in joining a group of bowlers who know how to have fun!

Circle Square Commons Market
The current hours for the market are 5 to 8 p.m. The hours for November through May 4, 2012 will be 4 to 7 p.m.