Marion Landing news 12-18-2015

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Volunteers honored

By Diane Bress


Vivian Ledford and Bob Mandrell were presented with the Marion Landing Volunteer Recognition Award at the Dec. 1 Tuesday morning Social. Board First Vice President Karen Terry introduced the couple as follows: “They moved to Marion Landing in November 2011. He is a member of Patrol. Throughout the year, she participates in many activities and games. He is a member of Lock-up Committee. She is the newly-elected Chair of the Sunshine Committee and a member of the Activities Support Committee. He is a member of Sound and Set-up Committees. She also chaired last year’s New Year’s Eve Dance and has headed up the jewelry section of the Fall Sale both last year and this year. Ladies and gentlemen, our volunteers of the month are Bob Mandrell and Vivian Ledford.” Bob and Vivian’s engraved nameplate will join those of the more than 180 other volunteers 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.

Remembering Pearl Harbor
The Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the greatest defining moments in world history and often known as “a date that will live in infamy.” Seventy-four years later, a group of veterans led the assembly of almost 150 residents at the Dec. 1 Tuesday morning Social in a tribute to Pearl Harbor with a rendition of the song entitled “Remembering Pearl Harbor” which goes as follows: “Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo. We will always remember they died for liberty. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor, and on to victory!”

Holly Jolly Tea
Marion Landing’s fifth Holiday Holly Jolly Tea brought over 50 residents to the Lifestyle Center for an afternoon of delicious finger sandwiches, a variety of sweets and scones, and, of course, an array of teas. Entertaining the group was Jack Copeland of the Ocala Story Tellers. There were planners and cooks, decorators and servers, altogether a group of 16, who made this event a successful one. Many thanks to Chairperson Liz Herrick and her committee for all their hard work in bringing this delightful afternoon to the community. And, as usual, thanks to our set-up crew and those who stayed to clean up and re-set the room. We couldn’t do it without you.

Tickets for New Year’s Eve party
Ring in the New Year at the Marion Landing New Year’s Eve party. Party chairperson Leta Simmons invites you to spend an “Enchanting Evening” with your friends and neighbors and enjoy music by our favorite group “Cool Breeze.” Be sure to bring an appetizer to share for the hors d’oeuvre table, as well as the beverage of your choice and snacks for your table. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. with hats and noise makers provided along with ice and cups for your refreshments. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Tuesday morning Socials or in the Activities Office during ticket hours–but they’re limited to 120, so get yours soon if you want to share in the festivities.

Celebrity Impression show Jan. 17
Impressionist, singer and performer Sally Langwah, along with her husband Roy Langwah, will be bringing us another favorite celebrity impression show to Marion Landing on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 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 and at the Tuesday Socials. You’re sure to have a very entertaining afternoon.

New Painting class
Our next painting class is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4. This six-week, two-hour class will be held each Monday morning in the Craft Room. The class is for new students who wish to learn the fundamentals of painting as well as those who would like studio time with instructor guidance. The instructor, Connie Ferreira, will guide you through the creative process or provide help to the more advanced students. If you are interested in taking this class, please sign-up on the flyer hanging on the activity wall or call the Activities Office to express your interest. New students are most welcome.

Leland Games
Leland Management, Marion Landing’s management company, will be holding the first Leland Games from Jan. 11 through 15. Somewhat similar to our Senior Games, the Leland Games will include five communities and are a way for the participating communities to showcase their facilities and talents, help build camaraderie and have some fun. Marion Landing will be hosting the Bowling competition of the Games on Friday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. Other games that will be hosted by other communities include Pickleball, Table Tennis, Billiards, Spelling Bee, and an on-line Photography contest. You received a flyer enclosed in your December Communicator telling you a little about the events and the communities which are hosting them, and we are looking for residents to participate in each of these events. We are hoping for a good representation of Marion Landing. There are only a limited number of spots open, so if you are interested in participating in any of these games, please contact me as soon as you can to register.

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.
Jan. 21: West Side Story at the Show Palace Theatre - $86
Feb. 19: Tampa Bay Downs - $57 includes R/T motor coach, gratuity for driver, clubhouse admission, racing program, trophy presentation in Winner’s Circle, hot buffet lunch, reserved seating in Clubhouse Turn dining room
Feb. 27: Too Many Cooks at the Early Bird Dinner Theater - $84 includes show and buffet
Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas. Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.