Marion Landing 3-16-2012

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Little Theater planning spring show

By Diane Bress

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., for Little Theatre’s presentation of “The Golden Days of Radio”. There will be five segments to the show, many of which you may remember from listening to the radio in the 40s and 50s. The skits include: The Bickersons, Fibber McGee and Molly, Burns and Allen, Dr. IQ, and Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. “Nostalgia, nostalgia,” said Donna Taylor, the show’s director. “These skits will bring back many memories and hopefully lots of laughs.” Tickets are $3 and include light refreshments. They will be on sale to residents beginning March 27 at Tuesday Socials and in the Activities Office during ticket sale hours. You won’t want to miss this innovative show, so get your tickets before they sell out.

Speaker of the month
This month, our Tuesday speaker will be Darryl Pennington from dB Hearing Solutions who will explain to us how our ears hear and the cause and effect of different hearing losses. He will also ask for volunteers to have their ears checked for wax and other problems using a video otoscope. This allows you to see what he sees. An open forum for questions will follow. dB Hearing Solutions was recently awarded the South Marion Citizen’s Reader’s Choice Award for 2011 as Marion County’s best hearing aid center. Please plan on staying after the Social on Tuesday, March 20, and attend this important and informative session.

Blood Drive
Once again, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do your part to help Florida’s Blood Centers, the only blood bank that serves Marion County hospitals. The Big Red Bus will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot on Wednesday, March 21, to take your donation. “I was happy with the number of pints of blood we were able to donate in January,” said Pat Wurst, blood drive coordinator, “and hope we can do even better this month.” Residents may sign up on the Blood Drive sheet hanging on the Activity Wall, or see Pat and her volunteers in the lobby the day the bus is here, and don’t forget to bring your photo ID. All blood donors receive a voucher for a free movie ticket from Fandango, and eligible Alyx donors will also receive a $10 Darden gift card by mail. Remember, you can donate blood even if you have high blood pressure, are diabetic, and you only need be cancer-free for one year. And donating blood not only helps others, but is beneficial to yourself, as well. Pat tells us that “if you donate blood every other month, you may reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as 70 percent.” That fact alone should bring you to the Lifestyle Center Wednesday morning on March 21. We hope to see you there!
Arts & Crafts Classes
It was nice to see some new faces at the February classes, and we hope to see you again in March.
Debbie Blackburn will be back on Monday, March 26, at 9 a.m. for another Bob Ross painting class. This month, the subject will be a landscape with a cabin. Debbie is a certified Bob Ross-style painting instructor, and she will expertly guide you through the painting. The intimate setting and small class size ensures you will receive individual attention; and 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.
New students are always welcome in the basket weaving class, the next of which will be held Wednesday, March 28, 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 kits available.
Residents may sign up for these classes on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall; prepayment by cash or check is required.
Residents Perform
After the Tuesday Social on March 27, Dotty Bouchet and Lina Vallejo will perform “A Salute to American Popular Standards” for your listening pleasure. Mark your calendar now and plan on staying to enjoy this special treat.
Craft Fair
Don’t forget to put Marion Landing’s Craft Fair on your “to do” list for Saturday, March 31. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Lifestyle Center will be set up with wall-to-wall crafters selling a variety of handcrafted items including jewelry, handbags, shell art, macramé plant hangers, mosaic wall hangings, floral arrangements, quilts, paintings, beautiful lighted wine bottles and glass blocks, photography, assorted Christmas items, and much more. Refreshments will be available and will include coffee, tea and donuts in the morning and hot dogs, chips and beverages for lunch, proceeds of which benefit the community’s Sunshine fund. “We hope everyone can come down on Saturday, March 31, and join us. It’s fun to see all the different projects, and we appreciate the community’s support of our local crafters,” said Merry Anne Krell, Craft Fair chairperson. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
Please note the date change for the trip to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Separate Beds.” The trip is now 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 Sleuths Mystery Theater where you become the detective and help solve the crime. The cost is $69 and includes bus, all tax and gratuities, plated lunch of honey glazed Cornish hen, four cheese lasagna with or without meatballs, or prime rib (for an additional $3.20). Join the group to see how good of a detective you make in solving this mystery. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
It’s never too early to start planning your winter holiday season. This year, we travel to Asheville, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, from Nov. 11 to 16, to visit the Biltmore Estate and see all their wonderful holiday decorations. The trip includes three nights in Asheville, where we will be given an Asheville city tour, visit St. Lawrence Basilica, a Folk Art Center, and enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will spend one night in both Savannah and Americus, Georgia, and visit the Andersonville prison and other military sites. Please check the flyer on the Travel Board for additional information.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.