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OTOW Happenings 2-17-12

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German American Club invites all to dinner dance

By Eloise Hollyfield
ejh2025@gmail.com

Sports scores, a special Presidents Day event, an important fundraiser and more constitute this week’s OTOW Happenings.

German American Club
The German American Club invites all OTOW residents and their guests to the Spring Dinner and Dance on Saturday, May 12, at the H&R Building Ballroom from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dinner will be catered by Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q. There will be two meat entrees, three vegetables, tossed green salad, plus iced tea or lemonade.
Music will be provided by Northern Sounds, an Ocala-based group that has performed in many places in Florida and other states around the country. The Pub will provide a cash bar for attendees.
The cost of this event is $15 per person, and tickets will be available beginning on Monday, Feb. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the H&R Ballroom and then every week on Mondays and Wednesday at the same time. Reserved seating for tables of eight persons may be reserved. To reserve a ticket, call 352-237-4428.

Master the Possibilities
Master the Possibilities is doing something very special for Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 20). Spend a couple of hours with Presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and their wives!
William and Sue Wills will bring these historic characters to life on stage at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 1 p.m. The Wills are not “impersonators,” but their costumes, dialects and demeanors will help to recreate these historic figures. They have performed at eight Presidential Libraries and Museums throughout the U.S. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. This event is open to the public and seating is open. Master the Possibilities has offered similar presentations in past years and the response has been excellent, so come join in this unique event!

Marion Kidney Foundation
The Marion County Kidney Foundation, a non-profit organization, will host its annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run on March 3. The Run/Walk event will occur at the Baseline Road Florida Greenway Trailhead on 4225 S.E. 58th Ave., Ocala. The Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the Kids Fun Run at 9:15 a.m.
Advanced registration is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger; however, on the day of the race, registration will be $25 for adults. The Kids Fun Run is a 100-yard dash and is free to youths 10 years of age and younger.
Awards will be presented in each category, and prize bags will be given to each child who participates in the Fun Run. Registrations are accepted online at www.marioncountykidneyfoundation.org or www.active.com through March 1, as well as in person at Ocala Sports, 2135 S.W. 19th Ave. Road #105. Completed registration forms can be mailed to MCKF, 2980 S.E. 3rd Ct., Ocala, FL34471.
Race teams are strongly encouraged; groups of five or more will qualify for team status. In addition to the 5K, there will be educational opportunities geared towards learning how to prevent kidney disease as well as activities for family fun, including the following: K-Country, live music provided by Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream Band; raffle prizes; vendor booths and activities for children. The presenting sponsors are Ocala Kidney Group and DaVita Dialysis Services. Other sponsors include but are not limited to: Winco Manufacturing; K-Country; Ocala Sports; Barrett, Liner & Company; and Advisors Advertising.
The mission of the Marion County Kidney Foundation is to help individuals with chronic kidney disease and to combat its spread, as well as empower and improve the well-being of persons affected with chronic kidney disease. All proceeds derived from this event directly assist patients with kidney disease here in Marion County.
Entertainment Group
On March 24 at 7 p.m., Doctors Linn and Goldstein, along with their staff at the Foot and Ankle Center of Ocala, present Jimmy Mazz and his five-piece band from Boston with his “Crooning Vegas Style” show.
Jimmy’s ultra- smooth vocals briefly croon the tunes of Sinatra, Martin, and Sammy Davis but quickly moves on to glide thru the likes of Bobby Darin, Lo Rawls, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Tony Orlando and Englebert, too. Yes he’ll certainly stop and focus on Elvis, “The King,” for a bit with a very amusing parody.
As usual, with this being the last show of their series, The Entertainment Group will make their annual charitable donations to Hospice, The Center for the Blind, and Senior Services. Thanks to the support of the residents and the sponsors, the Group will have donated in excess of $25,000 since their inception.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 27 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday thereafter. Tickets cost $10 for reserved seating and $8 general admission with the usual limit of four tickets per purchase. Thanks again to the good doctors for making this show possible.

OTOW Baseball League
The battle for the top spot is getting closer as the Dr. Dunn team tries to regain first place, now only a game back, but their short stop may be out for a few games with a leg injury. The Great Clips team split two games and lost a two game lead to the displeasure of their coach as it the loss was by one run. The Florida Eye Team showed improvement in the last game and if there hitters can continue to show their hitting power, they should be able to catch up and become contenders. It’s a wait and see with the Florida Eye team as they have been up and down during the games. The young Tee Pee Tire continues to falter and are having difficulty scoring runs, falling into a fourth place tie with Cebert Wealth, but now their long ball hitter has returned healthy and anxious to get back to playing. The Wise Way team is still struggling although they were able to pick up a win with a little help from some substitute players. With three months to go, there may still be some surprises and a change in the standings. We may not have major league players, but there are some plays that show signs of major league status. We play for the enjoyment of the game along with the exercise and the fellowship.

TEAM             WON        LOSS
Great Clips-Angelo    19        8
Dr. Dunn-Marty        18        9
Florida Eye-Roger    15        12
Tee Pee Tire-Ken        10        17
Cebert Wealth-Bill    10        17
Wiseway-Jimmy        8        19

On the Road Again
There are a few seats remaining for the Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard nine-day, eight-night motor coach trip, departing on Sept. 15. Included in this package are: eight nights’ lodging; 14 meals; entrance fees to venues; ferry ride to the Vineyard; all gratuities, and more. The trip also includes a visit to many historical sites and other locations on the Cape and a visit to the Mayflower II and Plymouth Plantation, plus other stops.    
If you are in the mood for a cruise, there are plenty of cabins remaining on the Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, which sails on Jan. 19, 2013 from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida. This trip has some fantastic prices, starting with inside cabins that are less than $500 for Category N, including transportation to the p[ort, driver, and porter’s gratuities; there is also a $50 shipboard credit per cabin.
Be advised that the trip to the Smokey Mountains in November is completely sold out. If you would like to place your name on the stand-by waiting list (with no obligation), give Bob a call.
The finalization of motor coach trips for the entire year of 2013 are not yet completed; however, the following trips, to date, have been scheduled: Seven-day trip to New Orleans in early April; a nine-day trip to Montreal and Quebec during the summer; and another six-day trip to Washington, D.C. in either September or October. If you think you might enjoy taking any of these trips, call Bob so he can place your name on the appropriate trip, and when he gets the particulars, he will call you with the details. There is no need for a deposit, and those of you who do call are under no obligation to take the trip(s) of interest.
For information on any of these trips delineated in this column, call Bob at 352-854-0702 or visit his website at www.bobwoodsontheroadagain.com.Travel Toppers

There are some seats available for the following trips: Strawberry Festival on Monday, March 5 - call Mary Lee Coleman at 237-912; Tampa Downs on Saturday, April 7 - call Pat Hood at 237-8533; and for "In the Mood”, event, which will be at the Peabody Theater in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, April 18, call Kathy Peterson at 873-2929 (this event was not in the travel brochure).
Travel Toppers has arranged an Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the
  "Reflection," a brand new ship of Celebrity Cruise Line. The seven-day cruise
  will depart from Miami on Saturday, January 19, 2013 for San Juan, Puerto
  Rico, St. Marten’s, and St. Kitts. Starting rates per person include
  government fees and, inside- $898.00, outside- $1,138.00, and balcony for $1,188.00.
  Insurance and transportation from Ocala to the port will be extra.
      The deposit is $250 per person; however, cabins will go quickly, so call Inge Gaitch ASAP at 237-7428 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Bowling League

Last month’s listings of 200 and higher games brought out the best in everyone! This past month resulted in great scores: Whitney Frye, bowling a 246; Rick D’Addio, 239 and 221; Bill Hull, 234, 214 and 211; Norm Hebert, 224; Art Buecher, 223 and 213; Rod Shepherd and Jerry Roney, 214; Joe Jingco, 213 and 212; Ed Gallagher, 213 and 205; Rick D’Addio ,657 series; and Bill Hull, 649 and 621. The women scored as follows: Faye Shampine, 201 and a 500 series; Jo-Ann Roney; 523 series; and Barbara Buecher, 503 series.
The Lucky Four has returned to first place, followed closely by Osima, the Better B’s and the Snowbirds. The Snowbirds may be the team to watch – they have held first place for 6 of the 20 weeks. Although not a member of our League, Joe Ropsinski, an On Top of the World resident, recently bowled a perfect 300 game.
Our League is in need of a portable Public Address System for our April 23 banquet. If anyone has one or has access to one, please call Jerry Roney at 352-873-4327.