Marion Landing 2-3-2012

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Senior Games packets available; sign up for April events

By Diane Bress

The February Communicator is out and you should have received your Marion Landing Senior Games packet. From bunko to bowling, tennis to bridge, there’s a variety of events that will take place from April 9 through 21, culminating in the Breakfast of Champions on Saturday, April 28, at 8 a.m.
The Senior Games are open to all residents, and there are 40 events that you can participate in. Of the 40 events, 26 are eligible for the coveted Ed Morgan Fitness Award. This year, two new games have been added to the roster: Quoits and Ladder Golf. Quoits is a game in which flat rings of iron are pitched at a stake, with points awarded for encircling it. In Ladder Golf, you toss a “bola” (two weights on the ends of a piece of rope) toward a short ladder. Each rung of the ladder has a point value, and each bola left hanging on a rung at the end of a round scores that many points.
To register for the Senior Games, please fill out the entry form enclosed in your 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. Organizing the event are committee members Howard Shay (chair), Ed DeMauex, Gordon Herrick, Charlie and Stephanie Leagra, Sandy Olmstead, Lorraine Rusch, Bob and Donna Smith, Fran Szutar, Pat Verbanatz, and Ken and Mary Jane Walsh. Good luck, be careful and let the games begin!

Quilters hold benefit drive
The Marion Landing Quilters have often donated hand-made quilts to the local Sheriff’s office to help comfort children who are found in stressful domestic situations. “This year we are sponsoring a community-wide project to collect soft and cuddly toys and children’s quilts to benefit Marion County Children’s Alliance,” announced Eddie Mock. “The toys can be purchased or hand made, and we would appreciate any donations be brought to the Tuesday Social on April 3, the first Social of the month, or dropped off in the Activities Office.” The Marion County Children’s Alliance is a non-profit organization and was formed in 2000 to insure that all of the children of Marion County received appropriate care and attention. A stuffed animal or quilt can offer comfort to a child while a serious family situation is resolved. Dot Abril, Mary Jo Eggers, Carol Mock, Eddie Mock and Fran Szutar are the Marion Landing Quilters. Please join them in this fine effort to help the children of Marion County.

Valentine’s dance
There are still tickets available for the Valentine’s Dance. This year’s dance, organized by Sheldon Blumenthal and Dorothy Ott, is being held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sheldon promises wonderful live music by “Tomaura,” a terrific husband and wife team, Tom and Maura Healy, who will play a diverse selection of music ranging from swing, foxtrot and waltz, to country line dance, disco and rock for your dancing and listening enjoyment. Tickets are only $5 each and will be sold at this Tuesday’s Social, in the Activities Office during normal ticket sale hours and at the door. So please plan to attend next Saturday — you’re in store for a very enjoyable evening spent with your loved one, friends and neighbors.
Iris card making class
A second class in card making using the Iris paper folding method will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Craft Room. Visiting instructor Irene Harris will be back to teach two new designs. Learn how to turn geometric shapes and lines into artwork creating a collage of several colors that almost resemble a twisting tunnel. After you create the collage, a sheet of paper is placed over the colorful artwork with a shape cut out and you are left with the basis for your beautiful greeting card. New students as well as those who participated in the January class are welcome. “The class was a lot of fun,” said Gloria Wilberg. “I’m looking forward to taking the class in February.” The cost is $10 and includes all supplies. Please sign up on the sheet behind the flyer hanging on the Activity Wall.

AARP Driver Safety Class
Tune up your driving skills, learn defensive driving techniques and update your knowledge of the rules of the road at the next AARP driver refresher course led by Marion Landing resident Warren Smith, certified AARP driver safety instructor. The next class will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. The class is offered in two, 3-hour sessions, and you must attend both sessions to receive a certificate, which may qualify you for an automobile insurance discount. The cost for the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Class size is limited, so please check the sign-up sheet in the lobby of the Lifestyle Center and find out if there are still seats available.

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 352-237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Check with Pat Verbanatz to find out if there are any seats left for the eastern Caribbean cruise from Mar. 16-25 aboard the Navigator of the Seas. For cruise details, please refer to the flyer posted on the Travel Board or call the Activities Office.
Only two seats are left on the bus to Bright House Field to see the Phillies vs. the Red Sox on March 26. Transportation, premium seats and bus driver tip are included for $59.
Travel to Clearwater on Saturday, April 21, to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Separate Beds,” 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.
Plan ahead and make your reservation for the popular Nashville show trip from May 6-12. This 7 day/6 night spring trip includes a guided tour of Nashville, ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel, and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry. You will also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, have dinner and enjoy a show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, tour beautiful Belle Meade Plantations, visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store, and ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga. There will also be time to explore on your own. A deposit of $75 is due upon signing. Single occupancy is additional, and travel insurance of $45 per person is recommended. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.