Marion Landing news 02-12-0216

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Patrol volunteers honored




By Diane Bress

The annual Marion Landing Patrol dinner, held on Sunday, Jan. 24, honored the 134 volunteers who belong to Patrol and help keep our community safe. Dinner chairperson Nancy Rife, along with committee members Rachel Glenn, Rich and Roz Andrews, Pete and Joan Buzzek, Nancy Conklin, Betty Williams and Margaret Veayo, planned a wonderful dinner and evening of appreciation. Especially recognized and thanked for their service were Fran and Dot Abril, who were the first members of the community to sign up for Patrol approximately 19 years ago and have been active ever since. Patrol, however, is always looking for new members. Residents volunteer to drive the Patrol car or man the Guard House at the SR200 entrance for a couple of hours one or two evenings per month. If you are interested in joining, please see one of the officers at a Tuesday morning Social or call any Patrol officer listed on page 3 of the Marion Landing Community Directory. It is just one of the many ways that the residents of Marion Landing pull together as a community.

Marion Landing volunteer recognized

Marion Landing is proud to recognize those residents who consistently volunteer in the community. At the Feb. 2 Tuesday morning Social, Board President Neil Williams introduced one such individual as follows: “The person who has been selected [to receive the Volunteer Recognition Award] has been a resident of Marion Landing for approximately 19 years. As with many of our residents who volunteer their time, this person is a ‘behind the scenes’ worker. She is familiar to those who bowl and to the line dancing participants. She is involved as a Communicator collator and delivers it in her designated area. When you drop your books in the return box in the Library, she is one of the ‘elves’ who return them to the shelves and keep the Library organized.  She also assists with sorting mail and keeping that area organized. She is a resident who assists in keeping Marion Landing running like a well-oiled machine. Mary Dwyer, it is my privilege to present you with the Volunteer Recognition Award.”

Mary’s engraved nameplate will join the 183 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. There are many volunteers who 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. 

Speaker on crime prevention

Brenda Lepper from Metro Crime Prevention will be in the Lifestyle Center on Tuesday, Feb. 16, directly after the Tuesday morning Social (approximately 9:30 a.m.), with a presentation designed to provide you with the resources and information which may reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime. Metro Crime Prevention is an organization whose primary mission is to “provide a heightened awareness of the current criminal threat facing citizens…and to help the public recognize potential danger when it exists, teach strategies for avoidance and introduce techniques for self defense and survival. Specific topics which will be covered are: safekeeping and sharing of medical information; current crime statistics; fraud, scams and identity theft; protecting your digital profile and devices; lethal and non-lethal self-defense weapons; protecting your home and safeguarding your valuables. Please come to the Lifestyle Center after the Social on Tuesday to learn more about these very important issues.

Senior Games registration reminder

Marion Landing’s 2016 Senior Games are scheduled to take place from March 28 through April 9, and you should have received your Senior Games registration packet in your February Communicator. 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. Regardless of your interest or ability, there’s sure to be something in which you can participate. Check out the schedule in your Senior Games packet.

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 morning 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. The games are always fun with lots of friendly competition and wonderful camaraderie, so be sure to fill out and submit your registration forms today. Good luck, be careful and let the games begin!

Last chance for tickets

Tuesday will be your last opportunity to get tickets for our next two events. To help raise awareness about heart disease and how people can control or prevent it, Brentwood at Fore Ranch will be bringing us a free luncheon seminar with tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Next Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., Brentwood’s Shane Potter, administrator, and Laura Politz, director of health and wellness, will speak on topics such as treating and controlling diseases and conditions, as well as diet and fitness. A light lunch will be served. Tickets for this luncheon seminar are $1, which will be refunded to you at the door.

Our first Soup Day will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Bonnie Jackson is cooking up pots of Potato Cheddar soup and Chicken and Vegetable with Dumplings soup. Along with Mountain bread, crackers, preserves and beverages, this should be an enjoyable afternoon. Tickets are $4 each and are available at the next Tuesday morning Social and in the Activities Office.

Landing Lites Pops Concert

Tickets will also go on sale Tuesday for the spring Landing Lites Pops concert. The concert will be on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m., and a fabulous program of 11 popular numbers is planned. Songs include “The Impossible Dream;” a five-minute romp through several Gershwin classics; “Imagine;”  “Memory;” “Let Me Entertain You;” “What a Wonderful World;” “Hallelujah;” a fusion of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band;" plus Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer;" “Razzle Dazzle;” a medley from My Fair Lady, and a medley of six of our country's most celebrated patriotic songs. Tickets for this favorite community event are $5 and will be available at each Tuesday morning Social and in the Activities Office.

Community Yard Sale

Residents: this is your opportunity to clean up, clean out, and sell your unwanted items to the public. The Marion Landing Community Yard Sale is scheduled for March 19, and parking spots/tables will be “sold” to residents on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lifestyle Center. The actual Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 19, in the Lifestyle Center parking lot. The public is welcome to browse and buy all the treasures that they can find. More details will be in the March Communicator and will be announced at Tuesday morning Socials. If you would like to help out with the Yard Sale, please contact Paula Adwell.

Yoga class

Yoga with Mary Pat is back for an eight-week series. There is still room in the class, and you can still join the group, which began last Tuesday. There is no need to get on the floor to benefit from this yoga class. You will practice traditional yoga poses—some standing and some which will be modified to include the support of a chair if you choose. You will also perform balance and stretching exercises. The cost is $5 per class and meets each Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center.


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 and in your Communicator, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.

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

April 2: Luau at the Hawaiian Inn Beach Resort - $73 includes bus and tip for driver, dinner, taxes, and show.

April 13: Cruise on the Calypso Queen from Clearwater Beach to Tarpon Springs – $74 includes bus to Clearwater, 5-hour scenic cruise to Tarpon Springs with continental breakfast and live sightseeing narration, lunch buffet, time at the historic sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, return bus to Marion Landing.

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

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