Marion Landing 2-24-2012

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Honoring the volunteers

By Diane Bress


Marion Landing certainly appreciates its volunteers, and we show it each month by recognizing residents who have made significant contributions to our community. At the Feb. 7 Tuesday Social, Fran and Dot Abril were presented with the volunteer appreciation award from Board First Vice President Bob Fink. In his presentation, Bob said, “This month we are honoring a couple who moved to Marion Landing in April of 1994. They are both members of our Sunshine Committee and have been members of Patrol for 15 years. She is a long-time member of the Quilting Group; he has been a member of Lock Up since 2001. It is my great pleasure to present the Volunteer Recognition Award to Dot and Fran Abril.”
Their engraved plaque will join the more than 143 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. Award recipients are chosen from a list of residents who are nominated for the award by their peers. If you would like to nominate a fellow resident for a volunteer recognition award, please forward your recommendation, in writing, to a Board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director.
Sunshine fundraiser
 tickets on sale now
The Marion Landing Sunshine Committee will hold its spring fundraiser on Wednesday, March 14, at the Lifestyle Center. This year, it’s a St. Patrick’s Games Party. Play will include any kind of cards or games, such as Bridge, Hand and Foot, Pinochle, Rummikub, Chess and Checkers, and Scrabble, to name a few. A group chooses what they will play when they sign up. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon lunch of Reubens, chips and pickles, lemonade, coffee and cake; and the games will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 each and are on sale now at Tuesday morning socials and in the Activities Office during ticket sale hours. “Tickets are limited to 6 per household,” said Shirley Pohlers, Sunshine representative; “and although full-table registration is recommended, we will do our best to place individual registrants with others.” In addition to cards and games, there will be a Chinese auction of items contributed by various Marion Landing artists. Tickets for the Chinese auction are $1 each or 5 for $3. Get ready for an afternoon of fun, but get your tickets early as seating is limited.
Landing Lites Pops Concert
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. That’s the date for the spring Landing Lites Pops Concert, and you won’t want to miss this program. “It’s full of show stoppers,” said Concert Director Floyd Hickman. “Let Me Entertain You,” “You Raise Me Up,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Moon River” and “Singin’ in the Rain” are some of the hits that will be performed by the 38-member chorus with featured piano soloist Dominic Muzzi, as well as medleys from “My Fair Lady” and “Oliver.” Muzzi accompanies a number of choral groups at West Port High School and has accompanied the Central Florida Master Choir. The program also includes two patriotic numbers and features the Westport Army Junior ROTC Flag and Spin Team under the direction of Col. Harry Good. Tickets for the concert are $5 and are on sale now at Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office during ticket sale hours.
Bridge anyone?
The popular game of bridge is a favorite in Marion Landing, and the players meet Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center. All bridge lovers are welcome—just stop by.
Bob Ross painting class
The next Bob Ross painting class is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. The small class size and intimate setting ensures you will receive individual attention from Debbie Blackburn, certified Bob Ross-style painting instructor, who will expertly guide you through painting a beautiful oil seascape, a sample of which is on display in the Activities Office window. Using this quick-study painting technique, you can learn to paint in only a short time even if you have never painted before. The cost for the class is $35 which includes supplies and instruction, but we ask that you bring your own paper towels. Sign up on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall; prepayment by cash or check is required.
Weave a Basket in a Day
New students are always welcome at the monthly basket weaving class which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 9 a.m. in the Craft Room. Master weaver Sharon Baiardi leads you through the steps to create a beautiful hand-crafted basket of your choice in just one day, and you’re sure to leave with a beautiful piece. Please sign up in advance on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall so you can choose your project from the array of baskets Sharon has available.
Free Luncheon Seminar
Dr. Doug Routledge of Roberts Funeral Homes will host a free informational luncheon seminar on Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center. The topic of this seminar is “The Erratic Cycle of Grief” and is the second in a series of four topics relating to the funeral process and what you need to know to make you an informed consumer. At this seminar, you will learn the source of grief, its value, how to handle grief, how different people experience grief, and how long it lasts. Dr. Routledge is a gifted speaker who presents this serious information with a sensitive humor that makes this difficult topic more easily handled, and all your questions will be addressed. Please reserve your seat by purchasing a refundable $1 ticket at the Tuesday morning socials or in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.
Registration continues for Senior Games
Registration for the Marion Landing Senior Games continues throughout February. There are 40 events that will take place from April 9 through 21, culminating in the Breakfast of Champions on Saturday, April 28, at 8 a.m. If you are interested in participating in the Senior Games, please fill out the entry form enclosed in your Senior Games packet and return it, with your entry fee of $10 per participant, at one of the February Tuesday socials or to the Activities Office during regular office hours. You may sign up for as many or as few events as you wish. Join your neighbors in some friendly competition and fellowship, and perhaps you will even bring home an Ed Morgan Fitness award.
Travel news
If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Please note the date change for the trip to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Separate Beds.” The trip is now on Saturday, April 28. This is a heartfelt comedy in which two couples navigate through their relationships while on a Caribbean cruise. Tickets are $66 and include round-trip motor coach, hot buffet, all tax and gratuities. Check the flyer posted on the Travel Board for more information.
Mark your calendar for May 9 as we travel to Orlando for the Sleuth Mystery Theater and help solve a mystery. Details are still pending, but the cost will be $60 - $70 and will include meal, play, transportation as well as gratuities. More information to follow and will be posted on the Travel Board.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.