Marion Landing news 12-9

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Veterans reaffirm their oaths

By Diane Bress

The Nov. 15 Tuesday Social included a special program, organized by Charlie Mock and Frank Szutar, which paid tribute to our veterans; and many veterans attended the Social wearing caps and shirts representing their branch of the military. Frank read the history of Veterans Day, and Charlie led the reaffirmation of the military oath, which so many of our residents stood to recite. Bill Lehr then shared with us some of his experiences in World War II, including witnessing the raising the U.S. flag over Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi near the end of World War II, and our Rock-o-Lettes performed to a military song. It was a very inspirational and moving program.
Quilters display
their projects
Also at the Nov. 22 Tuesday Social, the participants in the Quilters’ Sew Day on Oct. 22 displayed their finished Tulip Purse projects. The event was coordinated by Mary Jo Eggers, and the participants were Ginger Abbott, Dot Abril, Irene Belanger, Jeannie Hunter, Connie Rowe, Rosalie Shouse, Fran Szutar and Eddie Mock. The different material and trim chosen by the sewers really showed off how you can get different looks from the same pattern. Great job, ladies.

Holiday decorating contest
It’s time to deck the halls and string out the lights. The annual Marion Landing Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest is here. And you don’t even have to sign up for the contest, as all Marion Landing homes that are decorated will be included. Judging will begin on Monday, Dec. 12, and continue through Friday, Dec. 30. It’s important to make sure your decorations can be seen in the day as well as evening. Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners, who will be announced at the Jan. 3 Homeowner Forum. Good luck, and happy decorating.

Angel Tree
Once again, Marion Landing is participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree campaign. This project is organized for the community by Ellen and Bob McGrath, who said, “This will be the 21st year of our participation in the Angel Tree campaign, and this year, Olivia and Mike Soter will be helping us.” Many of our residents have come to the Lifestyle Center to pick children’s names from the Angel Tree and provide them with gifts for the holiday season. The Salvation Army then distributes the gifts to the families to help make their holiday a little bit brighter. All of our angels have been “adopted” and your unwrapped gifts with the Angel tag attached should be brought to the Activities Office by Monday, Dec. 12. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Annual Christmas cookie
sale and raffle
The holiday traditions continue with the Annual Christmas Cookie Sale which began on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Tuesday Social and continues for three more Tuesdays after that.
Sponsored by the Sunshine Committee, delicious homemade cookies will be available in packs of 6 for only $1. Also on sale will be raffle tickets for a Holiday Cookie Jar. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 3 for $2. We hope to see you on Tuesday morning to support your Sunshine Committee.
Billiards Tournament
If pool is your game, why not sign up for the Billiards Tournament? This nine-ball, mixed singles tournament will be held tomorrow, Dec. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. and is for Marion Landing residents only. The registration fee is $5, which is to be paid at the door; and there will be cash prizes for first, second, third and fourth place. Advance sign up is required for this tournament, as there are a limited number of participants; so check the sign-up sheet located behind the flyer hanging on the Activity Wall in the Lifestyle Center to see if you can sign up today.

New Year’s Eve dance
It’s not too early to think about getting your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Dance. Sharon and Ken Talbert, dance organizers, invite you to spend New Year’s Eve at Marion Landing’s “Silver Palace” from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to welcome in the New Year. Music from the 50s, 60s, and more recent times will be provided by “Times of Your Life Entertainment” D.J., and they will be happy to play your requests for your dancing or listening pleasure. Be sure to bring an appetizer to share for the hors d’oeuvre table, as well as the beverage of your choice. Hats and noise makers, ice and cups will be furnished for you. Dressy or business casual attire is requested. 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 125, so get yours soon if you want to share in the festivities.

Travel news
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, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
There are still a few tickets left to see the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets are $115 and include round-trip bus transportation from Marion Landing, great reserved Club Sideline seats in sections 217 and 218, and bus driver tip. The game begins at 7:30 p.m., and the bus will leave at 4:45 p.m., returning at approximately 12:30 a.m. The layout of the Forum, as well as reservation information, is posted on the Travel Board.
The cruise to the eastern Caribbean from Mar. 16-25, 2012 aboard the Navigator of the Seas is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please refer to the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Plan ahead and make your reservation for the popular Nashville show trip from May 6-12, 2012. This 7 day/6night spring trip includes a guided tour of Nashville, ride on the Delta Flatboats inside the Opryland Hotel, and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry. You will also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, have dinner and enjoy a show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, tour beautiful Belle Meade Plantations, visit Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store, and ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway in Chattanooga. There will also be time to explore on your own. A deposit of $75 is due upon signing. Single occupancy is $180 additional, and travel insurance of $45 per person is recommended. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Coordinator and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.