Marion Landing news 12-05-2014

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Landing Lites Holiday Concert Saturday

By Diane Bress


You don’t want to miss the Landing Lites Holiday Concert tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Marion Landing Lifestyle Center. The program is a blend of beautiful sacred and secular music associated with this wonderful time of year. “We welcome back our interim accompanist and piano soloist, Nancy Reid, who has played for major groups in Washington, D.C. and Oakland, California,”said Landing Lites Director Floyd Hickman. “Our guest soprano soloist isMary Mahoney. After studying voice and performing in New York City, she has sung in musical theatre and as a concert soloist in the Midwest and on both coasts.Locally she has soloed with the Central Florida Master Choir, the Citrus Community Master Choir, and the Dunnellon Singers.”This program is being dedicated in honor of Marilee Hickman, chorister, soloist, and Assistant Director of the Landing Lites. A DVD of Marilee singing, a capella, the spiritual “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” will be played. Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available in the Activities Office today and at the door. Come celebrate this most wonderful time of the year with us.


Volunteers recognized

At the Nov. 14 annual Members Meeting, Marion Landing Board 1st Vice President Don Hake spoke about volunteerism and the many volunteers who give their time and talents to make Marion Landing a wonderful place. He then presented the Volunteer Recognition Award and introduced the recipients as follows: “They are relatively new residents to Marion Landing. They have lived in Marion Landing since 2011 and are very active in many aspects of our community. In addition to taking part in many activities such as classes, cards and games, they are members of Patrol and Sunshine Committee and have worked in the kitchen during breakfasts and socials. They have taken on leadership roles by co-chairing the monthly Bunko game and chairing the Aluminum Can Recycling Committee. They also keep an eye on our sports equipment closet. He has recently taken on the role of co-chair of our CERT team, and they are members of the Election Committee. The recipients of the Volunteer Recognition Award are Harold and Pam Ellis.”

Harold and Pam’s engraved nameplate will join those of the more than 172 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center.


Seeking nominations

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 Board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director for consideration.


New CERT members

Five Marion Landing residents recently completed the basic Community Emergency Response Team training course and will join Marion Landing CERT. Margaret Veayo, Kimberly Avera, Sharon and Lon Fairchild and Celeneyda Martinez attended classes on topics such as basic disaster relief, basic fire suppression, first aid and CPR training, structure searching, and what to do when faced with an emergency. Under the direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, CERT is made up of volunteers, and the program’s objective is to train and certify these volunteers as first responders within the community in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane, flood, tornado, etc. Marion Landing CERT meets monthly during the active hurricane season on the third Friday of the month at 9 a.m. If you would like to join CERT, enroll in the training course or would like more information, please contact co-chairs Donna Schmidt or Harold Ellis.


Sunshine Cookie Sale

The Sunshine Committee Cookie Sale is being held at Tuesday Socials through the month of December. Members of Sunshine bake dozens and dozens of cookies to raise funds so that the Committee can continue its good work in Marion Landing. Please make sure you bring a few extra dollars to Socials to get your delicious cookies. Sunshine is never disappointed in the generosity of our Marion Landing residents. Thank you in advance.


Holiday Potluck

Reserve your seat at the Holiday Potluck Dinner, which is being held on Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Lifestyle Center. Beverages will be provided, but this will be a true potluck, and you are asked to please bring a covered dish to share. There will be entertainment by some of your favorite residents. Pick up your $1 ticket at Tuesday Socials or in the Activities Office–it will be returned to you when you come to the dinner.


New Year’s Eve party

Ring in the New Year at the Marion Landing New Year’s Eve party. The theme this year is “Moonlight and Roses” and tickets are $10 each. The party starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, and it’s sure to be a terrific evening with music provided by Times of Your Life Entertainment. BYOB and hors d’oeuvre to share; punch, coffee and ice will be provided. It’s dressy casual, so no jeans or shorts please. Tickets are limited and are available at Tuesday Socials and in the Activities Office during normal ticket sale hours.


One million miles

Marion Landing resident John Alderson loves to ride his motorcycles and has recently hit the landmark of logging one million miles. John has been keeping track of his mileage for 43 years on 32 bikes and to celebrate his accomplishment, the Marion Landing Road Riders enjoyed a day out which included a surprise party for John at Woody’s Bar-B-Q in Wildwood, one of his favorite restaurants. The Road Riders usually plan a monthly trip. If you would like to join them, a flyer is posted in the Lifestyle Center with all the details.



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.

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

Feb. 27: Tampa Bay Downs – $58

March 21: Hotbed Hotel at Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Theater - $84

March 27: Spring Training Baseball in Clearwater

March 27-29 – Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon, Georgia: Includes deluxe motor coach, two nights hotel, Cherry Blossom Antebellum tour, annual festival, Lights on Macon, four meals (2 B, 2D) and one live show.

May 7: A Chorus Line at the Show Palace Theater – $84

May 16: Barefoot in the Park at the Ice House Theater, Mt. Dora – $78

Feb. 5-15, 2016: Cruise the Panama Canal on board the Zuiderdam. Visit Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, Panama Canal into Gatun Lake, Colon Panama and Costa Rica. Price includes cruise, port charges and government taxes.

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