Marion Landing news 09-24-2014

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Craft Fair scheduled for Oct. 4

By Diane Bress

Marion Landing’s ever-popular fall Craft Fair will be held next Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. This is a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season, with 30 plus tables set up with our talented crafters selling a variety of handcrafted items. In addition to assorted holiday items, there will be jewelry, handbags, cards, floral arrangements, quilts, paintings and many decorations and gift ideas. The Marion Landing Lifestyle Center is located at 8601 SW 65th Avenue Road, just off SR 200 across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Admission to this event is free, and it is open to the public.


Water exercise

Pat’s morning water exercise class loves to start each day with a workout in the pool. The water is beautiful at 9 o’clock in the morning and, despite some sporadic pool maintenance closures, the participants have been dedicated to attending the class throughout the summer. Now with the new pool equipment being installed and the addition of solar panels, the pool season should be extended for many more months. Great news, everyone.


Medicare seminar

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9, for a seminar explaining Medicare changes and how to prepare for Medicare’s annual open enrollment period. If you have any questions or would like to be able to understand all the latest information on Medicare, attend the free luncheon seminar on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center. Kelli Meierhenry from Central Florida Insurance Advisors, Inc. will be here to explain the different plans, parts and types of Medicare, as well as enrollment dates and prescription coverage. A light lunch will be served. Reserve your seat by purchasing a $1 ticket, which will be refunded to you at the door, and are available at Tuesday morning Socials or in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.


Sunshine Games Party

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Sunshine fundraising Games Party scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Lifestyle Center. Play will include cards or games, such as Bridge, Hand and Foot, Pinochle, Rummikub and Bunko, to name a few; and groups choose what game they will play when they purchase their tickets. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and you will be served a box lunch of ham and cheese or turkey and cheese, chips, beverage and homemade cookies; then the games will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and are on sale at Tuesday morning Socials and in the Activities Office during ticket sale hours. Tickets are limited to six per household; and although full-table registration is recommended, we will do our best to place individual registrants with others. Get ready for an afternoon of fun, but get your tickets early as seating is limited.


A free Yoga class

Starting a gentle yoga practice is an excellent way to stay active and lower stress levels. Yoga has a number of benefits for people over 50, from healthy bones and flexibility to anxiety relief and a sharper mind. Give it a try on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center. “You do not have to get up and down off the floor or turn your body into a pretzel. All poses will be done from a chair and standing,” said instructor Mary Pat Giffin. This introductory class is free. After that, Yoga class meets each Tuesday and is $5 per class, payable to the instructor. Please note, class will not meet on Oct. 7 or 21.


New Stretch and Tone

We have a new fitness class starting Monday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. and will subsequently be held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. Stretch and Tone is a non-impact, physical therapist reviewed and approved fitness program that includes a great stretching routine with some light weight work and floor exercises. This is a class is for men and women of all ages and incorporates all muscle groups from head-to-toe. The class will last approximately 45 minutes. Bring light hand weights and a floor mat; however, you may do the weight portion without weights if you wish, and do some stretches while seated in a chair. Don’t let a lack of equipment stop you from attending. Stretch and Tone has been brought to the community by resident Audrey Barvinchak, who notes, “This program has been held in another community for more than 20 years. I led the class for 2 years and had more than 25 men and women from ages 60 to 90 enjoying the program. I hope to see you on Monday, Oct. 6. “


Aquasize luncheon

Marion Landing Aquasize class always enjoys their end-of-season luncheon; and this year, they also said their farewells to Dotty Bouchet, the leader of the class for 17 years. Dotty and her husband Ed will be leaving the community and moving to Naples, Florida. Dotty and Ed were instrumental in many of the activities at Marion Landing, Ed with his dry humor and letters from “Cousin Dillie,” and Dotty with her lovely voice and winning smile, entertained and inspired us all with their kindness and sense of community. Over 100 residents paid tribute to Dotty and Ed at a gathering in the Lifestyle Center on Saturday, Sept. 13, sharing many fond memories and well wishes. Dotty and Ed: you will be missed by us all, and we wish you all the best in beautiful Naples.



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.

Oct. 17: Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Theater – comedy mystery show with audience participation – $89

Oct. 25: St. John’s River Lunch Cruise on the Barbara Lee Sternwheel Paddleboat – $70

Nov. 8: Early Bird Dinner Theater – Miracle on So. Division Street (Christmas themed) – $76

Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cruise on the Carnival Sunshine to Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.

Dec. 17: A Christmas Carol: Hudson Show Palace – $82

Jan. 14, 2015: Al Capone’s Dinner Theatre – Buffet with beverages, including alcohol, dessert and entertainment – $69

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