OTOW Happenings 12-2-2011

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Master the Possibilities running full early December schedule

By Eloise Hollyfield

Learning opportunities, entertainment, and travel are noted in this week’s OTOW Happenings.

Master the Possibilities
The Master the Possibilities Life-Long Learning Program is running a full schedule of classes for the first two weeks of December.
This is a first for them, and enrollments have been brisk. There’s a variety of presentations and a wonderful holiday film series that are free.
You should take another look at the catalog because you’ll find some great opportunities.
As always, all programs are open to the public. To register, call 854-3699 or log on to masterthepossibilities.com.

Travel Toppers
The Show Palace in Hudson has an extra special show for Christmas Day! Matthew McGee is featuring classic numbers and sketches from their most popular 15 previous Christmas shows.
The show and an outstanding buffet are sure to please everyone. Call Pat Hood between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for any opening or to be placed on the waiting list.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Travel Toppers is going to the Show Palace Dinner Theater to see the musical, “Hairspray.”
Set in 1960s Baltimore, the musical follows plus size Tracy Turnbald as she wins a spot on the local TV dance program.
Can she vanquish the reigning princess and find true love while singing and dancing without mussing hair?
Be sure to see the play to find out!
Reservations begin on Monday, Dec. 5. Call Audrey Mangan between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Linda Hein is taking reservations for a brand new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. This fantastic play will be at the Starz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Victor Hugo’s class novel is an epic story about the survival of the human spirit.
Thrill to the songs, which include: I Dreamed a Dream; On my Own; Bring Him Home; and Stars.
President Inge Gaitch has full details on the following extended day trips: 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Grand Princess, Feb. 25 to March 3; partial transit of Panama Canal on Zuiderdam, March 9 to 19; Branson, Missouri, by air, May 17 to 21; and a 13-day Alaskan tour and cruise on the Island Princess Aug. 31 to Sept. 12. Call Inge Gaitch, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., only.

Ocala Youth Symphony
Many On Top of the World residents are supporters of the Ocala Youth Symphony; as such, residents are advised that the Ocala Youth Symphony is excited to announce the beginning of its 13th year! The first concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. on the downtown Ocala square, where these young people will be playing Christmas music with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.
The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians ranging in ages 8 to 18, and it is designed to serve the educational and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. Throughout the season, the musical works selected range from the classics to contemporary, so there is something for everyone’s musical taste!
For further information, call 352-873-6738.