Benefit concert for children’s home

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By June Roberta

A fancy word for staying home instead of traveling has been coined. It’s called a “staycation.”


Those in the workforce have to rely on a paid week or two to enjoy this time.

Retirees are lucky because they can indulge in this kind of vacation any time they choose.

There are quite a few inexpensive or free ways to do this. Explore somewhere new by taking a drive. Instead of driving on S.R. 200 or S.R. 40, take some back roads. The scenery is usually filled with lovely homes, large trees, cow or horse grazing in a field, or even a beautiful sunset.

Walk the labyrinth in Sholom Park or the trails. Sit by the pond and take in the silence or bird sounds.

Go to all kinds of classes sponsored by Master the Possibilities. Some free movies are even shown. Spend a few hours checking out our Appleton Museum.

If you enjoy spas, we have one right here on S.W. 90th Street. You hardly have to travel more than a mile or so to get to it.

Plan on giving yourself a staycation on a regular basis. Giving it some thought, you could come up with many more ideas.

Covenant Children’s Home

The Best of OTOW is March 15, at 3 p.m. in the H and R ballroom. This is a free event featuring some of the best entertainment in OTOW.

Featured entertainers will include Carol Slimm, Sentimentals, Readers Comedy Group, and the Concert Chorus. These talented performers are coming together to help raise money for Covenant Children’s Home, so donations will be accepted.

Covent Children’s Home will be a safe refuge for school age children who have been abandoned, orphaned or neglected and who require a long-term shelter.

The theme of this show is transforming lives – one child at a time. For more information, call Vee Firkins at 237-0791.

Hospice Benefit Concert

Plans for the upcoming benefit concert by Carol Slimm and Tony Donato are complete. Music of Our Time will take place in the H and R ballroom Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Carol and Tony will present many pieces of music reminiscent of our past as well as more recent numbers.

Admission is free and all donations will go to Hospice of Marion County.

Shivering Shutterbugs

It was a cold morning Feb. 21, when 13 OTOW Shutterbugs donned cold weather clothes and gathered up camera gear for Cracker Days at Rainbow Springs State Park. Exhibitors were dressed in 1800s period clothes and there were many demonstrations of doing things the “old-fashioned” way – like weaving and spinning fur into yarn.

The two-day event and the park’s natural beauty provided an array of photo opportunities for the Shutterbugs. The group takes monthly field trips as well as other photography-related activities.

The Shutterbugs meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Arbor Club Conference Center. For more information, call Gary Uhley at 854-8536.

Master the Possibilities

March 9 to13, there will be 14 classes beginning at the Master the Possibilities Education Center. Most have some limited openings.

Of special note is the Visiting Scholar Series that will feature professor emeritus Patrick Keane from N.Y. He present two classes on poetry.

We are also fortunate to have attorney Stephanie Bergin, from the Tampa office of the Florida Attorney General’s Child Predator Cyber Crime Unit. She and two of her investigators will discuss cyber crime and children.

This is free and open to the public. Call 854-3699 to register. Visit masterthepossibilities.com for catalog and registration information.

Weight Loss

On Feb. 17, Dr. Yousef Elyaman gave a talk with slides at the Learning Center. The topic was Internal Medicine: The Plain Truth about Weight Loss. He brought a bottle of water and a soy protein bar for everyone. He handles weight loss for his patients on the MediFast diet which he also follows.

Obesity is the second cause of preventable death and it will soon be number one. People have to make lifestyle changes to lose the excess weight. A good diet and exercise are keys to weight loss.

He went over information on hormones, weight loss medication, and research on losing weight. All the information given was easy to understand. The doctor has a great sense of humor and had everyone laughing a good part of the time.

Pain Management

On Feb. 18, Lyn Hill gave a talk, with slides, on Pain Management: You Can do Something. Somatic pain affects the joints, muscles and skin.

Shallow pain is sharp and brief. Visceral pain is a dull ache. Episodes of pain – acute is short term and chronic is long term. Pain is worse if a person is under stress.  

Fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis and every cell in the body hurts. The pain moves from one place to another.

Pain causes stress and stress causes pain. Some ways to reduce pain are massage, meditation, exercise and stretching.

Some do it yourself pain management ideas are heat and cold, relaxation, exercise and stretching, deep breathing, massages, water, and analgesics.


On Feb. 20, Michael Ridenour, on staff at TimberRidge, spoke about Alzheimer’s The Elusive Mind Stealer. The walking dead is one way it is described. It is a slow death of the mind. This disease can strike people as young as in the 20s but mostly it affects those over 65.

There are three stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The first stage lasts from two to four years. This early stage is difficult for doctors to diagnose.

They forget names, have trouble learning new things, attention span is short, and there is a gradual loss of self. They usually know something is wrong.

At stage two, symptoms intensify. This can go on from two to 10 years. Long term memory starts to suffer. Eventually, they don’t recognize themselves in a mirror.

There are pronounced personality changes. They pace and wander. They hide things and can’t distinguish what is edible or not edible. They forget how to write.

Stage three there is death usually from pneumonia and they may not be able to walk or eat.

Piano Concert

A free piano concert was held at the Arbor Club ballroom Feb. 21. Canadian artist Edwin Orion Brownell presented a selection of classical songs, rock and roll numbers and music he has written. He is the nephew of Emilia Vagner, an OTOW resident, and has promised to come back next year for another concert.

“And this too shall pass.”

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.