OTOW Happenings 12-05-2014

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Model railroad group

By June Roberta

Members of the public and On Top of the World Communities are invited to view the On Top of the World Model Railroad Club 3-rail (Lionel-type) model railroad exhibit from Dec. 15-27 in the lobby of the Master the Possibilities Education Center located in Circle Square Commons at 8415 SW 80th St. The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Along with the model railroad exhibit, visitors can see the holiday tree and pick-up the new Master the Possibilities Winter Course Catalog, available Dec. 15, featuring almost 500 courses available to the public.

Following the public exhibit, residents of On Top of the World can attend the Railway Club Open House in the Health and Recreation Bldg. (first floor adjacent to the apparatus room) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 29 and 30. Members of the club will be available to run the trains on the layout during the periods listed above.


Infectious disease symposium

Master the Possibilities invites the public to an Emerging Infectious Disease Symposium on Dec. 10, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Live Oak Hall located in Circle Square Commons, 8405 SW 80th St., Ocala.

This community symposium is hosted by Master the Possibilities in partnership with the College of Central Florida Health Sciences Division and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County. The purpose of this very important seminar is to raise awareness and to inform local residents about emerging infectious diseases and how everyone can work together as a community to prevent the spread of diseases such as influenza, pertussis, measles, Ebola, pneumonia and other diseases.

Speakers include Dr. Bryant Shaw, Ph.D., former professor and chair of the history department at Troy University where he taught courses in African history and disease and history; Amy Reilly, B.S., RN, Senior Community Health Nurse Supervisor, Florida Department of Health in Marion County; and Dr. Barbara Lange, Ph.D., RN, College of Central Florida Health Sciences Division.

The team will cover the history and global perspective of infectious diseases, public health measures, healthcare worker training and preparation, and the social and economic impact of infectious diseases. The panel discussion will be followed by a facilitated community question and answer session.

This symposium on Dec. 10 is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please register at www.masterthepossiblities.com or call the registration line 854-3699.


The Marlins

At 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center on Nov. 29, The Marlins showed up on stage to a packed house. They are four brothers who entertained at OTOW previously. In The Middle of the Night was the first song they played and sang. For this number the guitar, trumpet, drums and piano accompanied their singing. With other songs, the brothers played keyboard, flute, mandolin, etc.

Some of the other songs were In the Mood, Mary Did You Know, etc.
At one point in the show; one of the brothers wore a red bandana around his head with a long braid trailing from it while he played a Willy Nelson song. Another brother sang a Johnny Cash song wearing a cowboy hat.

A hilarious getup to look and sound like Tiny Tim had the audience in stitches. This brother wore a big curly wig, big nose, glasses and sang and bounced around imitating Tiny Tim. Their routines included a bit of comedy, some clean jokes were delivered and audience participation clapping to the music of some songs. It was a very upbeat, fast moving show

During the 15 intermission and after the show, they sold their CDs in the lobby. Lots of people bought them. They made themselves available to take part in conversations with some of the audience while selling.

After intermission, they sang and played a Four Seasons song, Big Girls Don’t Cry. Blue Grass music was played - Wagon Wheels. Some of the other songs were After You’ve Gone, Little Darlin, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, You Make me Feel so Young. Some Beach Boys music was played.

At one point, they entertained with songs of different countries - Spain, Germany, Irish, Jewish, etc. Then the piano player came out in a white mask, black hat and cape and played a song from Phantom of the Opera. They played a Beatles song - When I’m 64. Also a Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass song - The Lonely Bull.

Amazing Grace was played and sung. There was a fast jazz piece that had his fingers flying over the keys. My mother would have said, “Boy can his fingers talk.”
After 9/11, they wrote the song, “I Believe in America” which they sang for us. A large flag was brought out and everyone stood as the song was sung and also with the Pledge of Allegiance. As of April 2012, their song is in the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center. Then songs were played for each part of the armed forces. As each was played, people stood who were in the Navy or Army, etc., a very touching part of the show.

There was a standing ovation at the end of the show so they decided to do another song - a Dixie medley. What a wonderful, talented group of guys. A truly remarkable evening was had by all.

I can be reached at 237-9208 or jroberta@cfl.rr.com