Clowning around to benefit children

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By June Roberta

On Sunday, March 15, D’Clowns are participating in a fundraiser variety show at 3 p.m. in the H and R ballroom. It is for Covenant Children’s Home. This residence will provide a safe haven for children who are orphaned, abandoned or abused.

Also performing will be wonderful entertainment featuring the best of OTOW entertainers. Admission is free but a donation to Covenant would be helpful. To learn more, visit www.covenantchildrenshome.org.

Concert for Hospice

“The Music of Our Time,” featuring Carol Slimm and Tony Donato as soloists, will be in the H and R ballroom Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. The concert is free and donations will benefit Hospice.

Tony is well known in this area for his many performances in musical and variety shows, his involvement in the Sunshine Singers, and frequent appearances at Karaoke.

The Sunshine Singers

The Sunshine Singers are looking for persons who can carry a tune and enjoy singing the old familiar songs. We meet in the H and R ballroom on the first and third Mondays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. We sing a cappella in nursing homes. For more information, call Jim Oakes at 854-6443 or Joan Stenson at 873-0340.

Entertainment Group

There are a few tickets left for the group’s final show of the season Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom. The opening act is a very funny comedian, impressionist and singer, Frank Pisani.

The second half of this twin bill is “Live from Broadway” in concert Ken Shepski. As the musical director of Cabaret and Gypsy, Patrick Vaccarietta says, “No one sings better than Ken Shepski.”

Tickets are on sale in the ballroom from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Theater Group

The Theater Group’s director of The Ivory show, Dottie Berkowitz, announces that her cast consists of Norma and Bob Batton, Pat Benson, Emery Bjerkmann, Shirley Coe, Elaine Hersh, Glo Hutchings, Tom McHaffie, Marcia Miller, Rick Nelson, JoAnn Nyren, Kathy and Charlie Petrosky, Dick Phillips and Carolyn Slovitz.

The stage manager will be Garry Rogoff. Lenni Rogoff will be sound co-coordinator.

Come to the ballroom Friday, April 3 or Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. to see you friends and neighbors perform. There is no charge for admission, however donations will be accepted.

Cold Outside

The Travel Toppers went to Tampa to see the Smuckers Stars on Ice performance. It is amazing to see these people dance so gracefully on ice skates. That must be why they are national, world, and Olympic champions.

Due to the cold front the weather outside was colder than inside the St. Pete Times Forum.

Master the Possibilities

Next week a dozen classes have openings at Master the Possibilities Education Center. The center is open to all Corridor residents.

This week we have a very special presentation. Karen De Vos brings to life our Cross Creek neighbor, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, in her one-person play Wednesday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center.

To register for this or any of the classes, visit masterthepossiblities.com or call 854 3699.

Marion Chamber

Music Society

On Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, the program will be Madrao singers. They are brother and sister.

In Memoriam

Robert J. Wright, 87, of OTOW, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at home with Hospice of Marion County. He was born in Keene, N.H. and moved to Florida in 1980.

Mr. Wright worked for National Lead Company in N.J. for nearly 25 years. He was a veteran in the U. S. Army. Robert enjoyed fishing, music, painting, and telling his true and interesting stories of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mildred; daughter, Marcia Morgan of Ocala, and son, R. J. Wright of Everett, Washington; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 7 great great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Arrangements were by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. He was laid to rest in the Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell.

Cultural Center

On March 21 the center will present A Night of Broadway Stars. Original cast members who played leading roles on Broadway will perform favorites from each show they starred in.

Doors open at 6 and show begins at 7 p.m. Prices start at $15 residents and $16 public. For more information, visit out http://cscultural.com.

Illinois Social Club

We meet Feb. 22 at the home of Annette and Lee Freehauf for a potluck dinner. We welcomed a few new people. Anyone who has lived in Illinois can join and there are no dues.

Our next get together will be Sunday, May 31 at the home of Marlene and Hank Kaiser.

August is a bus trip to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. for six days at an incredible price.

October is a bus trip to Helen, Ga. for three days.

December is Show Palace dinner theater Christmas Show in Hudson.

Everyone is welcome on all of our trips. For more information, call Marlene at 369-3341.

Kiwanis Sidewalk Sale

On April 25 there will be a Kiwanis Sidewalk Sale at Park Avenue Bank. Merchandise donations would be appreciated. Funds are used for community projects. Call Stan at 873-3433.

Travel Toppers

We have seats available on the following trips. March 24 to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for the Cirque Mechanics Birdhouse Factory. Includes box lunch, show and bus for $43 per person. Call Claudette at 854-1669.

March 28 to Show Palace Dinner Theater for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Includes, buffet, show, bus and gratuities. Please call Pat at 854-0882.

April 20 to Disney World Epcot Center and the International Flower and Garden Show. Includes bus and admission for Florida residents for $91 per person. Call Helene at 861-9065.

Healthy Living Seminar

From 10:30 to 11:30, Mary Pat and Cammi gave a monthly Healthy Living Seminar on the importance of balance in those over 65. There will be balance assessments Tuesdays, March 10, 17, and 24 in the H and R aerobics room. Six simple tests take less than 10 minutes.

Balanced body classes are Monday to Friday in the H and R aerobics room from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

If you can’t get to class, balance training is easy to do at home. The strategy to preserve muscle mass is strength training.

“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.