Marion Landing news 01-15-2016

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Celebrity Impression show this Sunday

By Diane Bress

Impressionist, singer and performer Sally Langwah, along with her husband Roy Langwah, will be bringing her celebrity impression show to Marion Landing this Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center. “Sally’s Vegas Buddies” show includes impressions of such Vegas legends as Marilyn, Cher, Patsy, Reba, to name just a few. Roy will also appear as Willie Nelson. Sally’s 3½ vocal octave range enables her to perform over 40 vocal impressions of popular superstars. Tickets to this wonderful show are $6 each and are on sale in the Activities Office today and at the door. You’re sure to have a very entertaining afternoon.



Volunteer recognized

At the Jan. 5 Tuesday morning Social, our Board President Neil Williams presented the first volunteer appreciation award of the year. His presentation was as follows: “The lady who has been selected for our volunteer recognition award is known to most…if not ALL of you. I am not going to wait until the end [of my presentation] to give her name. I want you to hear all that she does for Marion Landing instead of trying to guess who it is. Joan Buzzek, come on up here! Joan is a member of Patrol and on the committee for their annual dinner; she is co-chair for the Sunshine Committee and co-captain of a team for memorial luncheons; she has run and assisted with our annual craft show, helps with the annual fall sale, facilitates the Rummikub game and assists with Bingo; she recruited some folks to make gift bags for the children at Shands; she was MC for a month and you might see her selling tickets. She served on the New Years’ Eve Party committee. I would say that Joan spends a lot of her time to make Marion Landing a better place to live. Thank you, Joan.”

Joan’s engraved nameplate will join the 182 othervolunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. There are many volunteers that do so much for our community. Do you know someone you think should be recognized by the community for their volunteerism? 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 member of the Activities Support Committee or drop your nomination off at the Activities Office for consideration.



Blood Drive– Jan. 20

Why not start off the new year by doing something to help others? You can donate blood. Did you know that every two seconds, someone living in the United States needs blood? According to the American Red Cross, when accident victims and hospital patients need blood transfusions, a single donation can help save the lives of at least three people. Won’t you consider helping out? All blood types are needed.

Our next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, and the Big Red Bus will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take your donation. Sign up on the Blood Drive sheet posted on the Activity Wall, or donors can see Pat Wurst, blood drive coordinator, and her volunteers in the lobby the day the bus is here. Donating is painless, doesn’t take very long, and you’ll be supporting our local blood bank. So please roll up your sleeves, get on the bus and do your part to help.



Register now for Senior Games

Spring is right around the corner and we all know what that means … Marion Landing’s 2016 Senior Games. The Games are scheduled to take place from March 28 through April 9, and you will receive your Senior Games registration packet in your February Communicator. Your registration form and payment must be turned in by noon on Feb. 26. From bunko to bowling, billiards to bridge, there are a variety of indoor and outdoor events that will take place, culminating in the Breakfast of Champions and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 16, at 8 a.m.

The Senior Games are open to all Marion Landing owners or authorized tenants. There are 40 events in which you may participate; and of the 40 events, 26 are eligible for the coveted Ed Morgan Fitness Award. To be eligible for the award, you need only participate in 12 of the games. Ed Morgan was a former high school physical education instructor in New York State, a former resident of Marion Landing, and he was instrumental in starting Senior Games at Marion Landing in 1990. After his passing, the award was established in his name.

To register for the Games, 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. Your registration form and payment must be received by 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, which is when our T-shirt order must be placed. The wearing of your 2016 Senior Games T-shirt is your admittance to the Breakfast of Champions. Organizing the event are committee members Howard Shay (chair), Joan and Pete Buzzek, Liz Herrick, Charlie and Stephanie Leagra, Martha Nierenberg, Lorraine Rusch, Bob and Donna Schmidt, Fran Szutar, Lina Vallejo, Ken and Mary Jane Welsh, Betty Williams, Sue and John Berry, Ron and Stanel Goss. Good luck to all, be careful and let the games begin!



Tuesday speaker on homeland security

Maj. Terry Bovaird, MCSO Homeland Security bureau chief, will be our speaker after the Jan. 19 Tuesday morning Social. Maj. Bovaird will talk about the mission of the Bureau of Homeland Security and Professional Standards, which is to ensure that the citizens of Marion County are safe and secure, and the bureau’s primary focus, which is to build capabilities to prevent, protect, respond, and recover from acts of terrorism and other natural or manmade disasters making Marion County a safe place to live. If you would like to learn more about this very important and timely topic, please stay after the Social on Jan. 19. The presentation will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., so please mark your calendar.



Spring art workshop

Our first art workshop scheduled this spring is a Polymer clay class which will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sheila Ramos from Artist Hub in Ocala will help you design Polymer clay eggs with glass beads, or you can make Easter Bunny eggs. You will be able to make several eggs in this workshop. The cost is $15 and all supplies are included. Please sign up on the sheet posted in the Lifestyle Center. Prepayment is due by Feb. 5 to the Activities Office.




Below is a listing of the currently scheduled trips presented by the Marion Landing Travel Committee. If you are interested in any of these trips, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center and in your Communicator, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.

Feb. 19: Tampa Bay Downs Race Day – $57

Feb. 27: “Too Many Cooks” – $84 (wait list)

Mar. 6: Yankees vs. Phillies - Spring Training Baseball in Clearwater – $69

Mar. 15: Hennessey Arabian Horse Farm – Free tour – sign-up sheet is posted on the Activities Board

Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.