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Homer Noodleman show

By Diane Bress

There’s only one more week left to get your tickets for Homer Noodleman’s return performance to Marion Landing on Aug. 11. Those who saw Homer’s show last year are looking forward to his return engagement; if you haven’t seen him yet, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
This unique one-man comedy-variety show will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11. Variety is the key word as Homer incorporates comedy ranging from zany and visual to stand-up patter and audience participation. He is also a highly trained vocalist, accomplished musician, ventriloquist, comedy magician and impressionist, and has performed in leading theaters and clubs throughout England. He has played many venues in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Georgia, Florida and Canada, and has worked with stars such as Tony Orlando, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight and Tom Jones. He has also been the star attraction on many cruise lines. Tickets for the show are $3 and are available at Tuesday Socials, in the Activities Office and at the door.
Marion County jail tour
The sign-up sheet has been posted for the free guided tour of our Marion County jail on Aug. 15. Residents will drive/carpool to the jail and will then be escorted through the complex where they can see first-hand the inner workings of the jail. This is sure to be a very interesting afternoon.

Monthly speaker
Jan Hathaway, United Way literacy coordinator, will be at Marion Landing on Tuesday, Aug. 20, after the Social, to explain to us about ReadingPals, an early learning initiative brought about by the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, Women of Worth (WoW). ReadingPals place volunteers in schools who bring positive reinforcement to a child while enhancing their skills for success, and reading volunteers are needed for the 2013-2014 school year at the Kindergarten level. After completing the short training session, the volunteer meets with a student in the school media center for one hour per week (two 30 min sessions) on designated weeks (for a total of 25 hours over the course of the entire school year), reading to the student, doing a prescribed activity related to the book and, upon completion, the child will take the book home to build their own personal library. Find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity after the Social on Tuesday, Aug. 20

Labor Day party
Celebrate Labor Day at a community party by the pool on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Listen and dance to some great music by Cool Breeze and spend an evening socializing with your friends and neighbors. Bring your own beverages and snacks. Tickets are $4 each and will be available beginning August 6 at the Tuesday Social and in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.

Crafters wanted
Resident crafters can now reserve their table(s) for the Marion Landing Craft Fair. Tables are available for $5 (large table) and $3 (card table), so if you’re interested in participating, please sign up on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall. The craft fair is being held on Saturday, Oct. 19, and your reservation and fee must be in by Oct. 1. You will then be contacted by the event chairperson, Merry Anne Krell, with the dates and times of the craft fair meetings and any other pertinent information you will need. Tables are available to Marion Landing residents only, but admission to the Craft Fair is free and open to the public.

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.
Take a three-hour lunch cruise out of Sanford along the St. John’s River on Saturday, Oct. 5, aboard the ship, the “Barbara-Lee”. This is an authentic stern paddle-wheeler with modern amenities which travels across Lake Monroe and up the beautiful St. Johns River. Enjoy a lunch menu with entrees such as vegetable lasagna, prime rib, chicken cordon bleu and salmon filet, all the trimmings and their famous house-made sticky buns. Beverages are included, excluding liquor, and there will be full table service and live entertainment. All meals are prepared fresh in the galley. The cost of $67 includes bus transportation leaving the Lifestyle Center at 9 a.m., tips, tax and your choice for lunch. Please see the flyer posted on the travel board for more information and to sign up for this luncheon cruise.
Tour the Gypsy Gold Farm, the #1 horse farm in Ocala on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Gypsy Vanner Horses are absolutely gorgeous horses, and this two-hour tour will give you a better understanding of how this beautiful creature came to the U.S. and how the Gypsy Gold Farm began. Meet at the clubhouse at 9:15 a.m. to car pool to the farm, located near SR 484 and I-75. The cost is $17 per person.
Enjoy three nights and four days in the Fort Myers area from Oct. 15 to 18. Visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, tour Ringling Museum, enjoy a sightseeing cruise, take in a murder mystery dinner train, go to a dinner theater, and visit The Shell Factory and Sun Harvest Citrus Center. The cost is just $799 per person and includes three nights hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, one lunch and three dinners and all taxes and gratuities. A $50 deposit will hold you spot for this fun and educational trip. Travel insurance is available for $79 per person.
Join your friends on Oct. 22 and 23 for Pat’s fall “Western-themed” casino trip to Ft. Lauderdale. For $130 per person, double occupancy, or $170 per person, single occupancy, this two day, one night trip features round trip motor coach from Marion Landing, three casino visits and one night at La Quinta Inn with continental breakfast. Get ready for games, refreshments, prizes and surprises on the bus, but reserve your seat early because Pat’s trips always sell out fast.
Mark your calendar for Jan. 19 to 26, 2014, for a western Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas. You will visit ports in Labadee (Haiti), Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Inside cabins start at $762.11 per person/double occupancy and include the cruise, port charges and government taxes, and a $50 bonus per cabin ship board credit. More information is listed on the Travel Board.
Our Travel Club has made plans for a terrific European riverboat cruise on the Elbe River in March 2014. Relax and enjoy time in Berlin, Dresden, Wittenberg and Prague. The trip includes airfare, two nights in Prague, seven nights aboard the M/S River Allegro in an outside cabin, two nights in Berlin, 28 meals and 10 exclusive included tours. Call Liz for more information.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.