OTOW Happenings 0816-2013

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Learning opportunities, travel and sports

By Eloise Hollyfield

Learning opportunities travel, and sports are highlighted in this week’s OTOW Happenings.

Master the Possibilities
The Master the Possibilities Fall Catalog is now available. You can pick up a copy at the Center (8415 S.W. 80th St.), at Freedom or Dunnellon Libraries, or online at masterthepossibilities.com. This is the 30th edition of the catalog and contains over 400 classes and presentations, September –December. All classes/presentations are open to the public. Fall is a great time to experience the very best in lifelong learning. The variety is remarkable and more than half of the offerings are brand new!

New England Club
Greetings, New Englanders, and everyone who loves New England! Fall is approaching fast and the club’s first social of the season will be held at the Arbor Club Ballroom from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The On Top of the World New England Club of was originally founded on March 20, 1987.
 The purpose for the renewed New England Club is to provide friendship, a sense of community, and to be a social resource among residents of On Top of the World who are either former natives and/or residents or have an interest in New England.
Annual dues are $10 per club year (October through May) and are payable at the first meeting in October. While at the meeting, please be sure to pick up the new schedule for 2013-2014, which includes any location and time changes of future meetings. Club members hope to see you in October!
For more information, please call or e-mail Club President Donnamarie by phone at 207-212-6529 or via e-mail at donnamarie22452@yahoo.com.

On the Road Again
Bob Woods has announced that he has a group from OTOW, but there are still a few cabins remaining for the Dec. 7 cruise departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, heading on a 7- night cruise. The cruise will stop at St. Thomas, St Croix, Antigua, Martinique, and St. Lucia before returning to San Juan. If you would like to venture on this voyage onboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, you need to act now, as the ship is almost booked out. There is a $50 shipboard credit per cabin.
There is also a cruise departing Dec. 4, 2014 from Port Canaveral onboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, heading for the ABC Islands ( Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and then to Labadee, Haiti before returning to Florida. Bob is offering a free shared one-hour cocktail party and a $50 shipboard credit per cabin.
Passports are required for both cruises and insurance is not included but recommended. Call Bob for additional information or go to his website at www.bobwoodsontheroadagain.com for flyers and photos.

Travel Toppers
Please tell your snowbird friends about the exciting trips in the summer/fall brochure, as some seats are available. However, they should call the appropriate coordinatoras soon as possible to be guaranteed a seat or to be placed on a waiting list for possible cancellations. All phone calls should be between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note that these trips are for OTOW residents and their overnight guests only.
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at the Show Palace Dinner Theater takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 25. The show, meal, coach, and tips for the meal and driver cost $75. Contact: Pat Hood at 352-237-8533.
 The real Englebert Humperdinck, not an impersonator, will bring back many fond memories when he performs at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The cost is $76 for the show, coach, and driver tip. Lunch is on own at the West Shore Plaza in Tampa. Contact: Jo Swing 352-237-4564.
     “Hello Dolly” will be performed at the Show Palace Dinner Theater on Saturday, Oct. 26. The show, meal, coach, and tips for meal and driver are $73. Contact: Audrey
Mangan 352-854-7074.
     The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show will be at the Straz Theater
in Tampa on Saturday, Dec. 14. The cost is $106 for the show, coach, and driver tip. Food is on your own at the International Mall. Please note that the listed coordinator is away. Calls should be made to Inge Gaitch at 352-237-7428.
     Inge Gaitch is also taking reservations for a fantastic Octoberfest trip, and you don’t have to leave the Sunshine State. The trip is on Saturday, Oct. 19, to Cape Coral. Non-stop live bands from Germany will perform. There is an enormous tent, three stages and two dance floors and delicious German home-style food. The cost is only $40 for admission, coach, and driver tip. Food is on own. Inge has taken numerous groups there before she moved here and everyone had a marvelous time. Call her at 352-237-7428 if you’d like to go to this exciting event.

The league is now two months into the summer softball season, and there hasn’t been much of a change in the standings. The Cebert Wealth and Overholser teams continue to battle for first place. Cebert Wealth has moved into first place but showed some signs of weakness, as they lost on Wednesday to the Wise Way team. The Wise way team has begun to show some spunk, winning there last two games against the two top leaders. Our surprise team has been the Stone Creek team, which was expected to be a top contender with their younger and faster players. They just can’t seem to muster enough hitting to get those wins, but the season is still young and they may just come out of their slump.
We are happy to see that we are beginning to see more players who live in OTOW. If interested in playing, call 352-873-0538 and leave a message if there is no answer.
Won Loss
3-Cebert Wealth-Bill    10    5
2-Overholser-Roger    9    6
1-Wiseway-Jimmy    7    8
4-Stone Creek-Ken    4    11