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Please call to get movies transferred to DVD

By June Roberta

All of us have gone through bad times of one sort or another. It could be money troubles, a difficult child, loss of a job, illness, and many other difficult problems. We have all found the strength and will to get through them somehow.

When we were younger, we knew there would be trials and tribulations we probably would have to go through. In retirement, we expected all that was behind us. Unfortunately, we were wrong. As long as we’re alive, there will be lots of good times but also some bad ones will show up.

At our advanced ages, we think we lack the strength to deal with adversity. We will still encounter illness, death, and a myriad of other obstacles to a carefree life whether it is ours or those close to us.

All of us have survived the past otherwise we wouldn’t still be here walking the earth. Everyone, no matter the age, can always find a way to pull out some small hidden reserves of strength. We can find the strength to go on even when overwhelmed and exhausted from the situation at hand. While doing so, mother yourself with kindness and warmth as you see yourself through yet another difficulty.

Missing OTOW resident!

Last fall, Roger Patterson, who writes in the Citizen for Marion Landing, had an article in the paper praising Bob Kremer’s ability to copy home movies to DVDs. He received a phone call from a lady in On Top of the World. She had some 16mm movies that she wanted to transfer. Bob was scheduled for surgery, so he recorded her name and phone number in his computer, and told her he would call when he was able to do this work.

While he was in the hospital, his wife had some computer problems. She had a friend take care of them, but in doing so he erased Bob’s document file, and Bob hadn’t backed up the last entries. His phone number is 352-873-3747. It would be great if this lady would call him. He really would really like to convert these movies for the lady in question.

Master the Possibilities

Master the Possibilities Education Center will finish July with some great opportunities for you next week. Computer classes include Digital Photography, Microsoft Word, e-mail and Internet and Photo restoration.

There are art classes on oil painting and calligraphy. The Florida Extension will offer Perfect Plants for Marion County, Landscaping in Deed Restricted Communities and the Conservation Balancing Act. There’s a psychology class titled “The real differences between women and men.” You won’t want to miss this one.

Finally the film series will show “Flight Path.” Don’t let these go by. Register on line at masterthepossibilites.com or by phone at 352-854-3699. You can also stop by the Center 8415 S.W. 80th St. You are always welcome!

The Concert Chorus

A reminder that they have scheduled a Choral Workshop for Aug. 9 from 9 to noon in Suite H at the ACC. Current members and any OTOW resident interest in learning more about The Chorus are invited to attend.

This workshop is being held to acquaint prospective members with the organization, demonstrate the type of music attempted, and meet the director and officers.

New members should be able to sing four-part music. Interviews and auditions may be scheduled at the conclusion this workshop.

Please contact Suzanne Womack at 352-873-4643 or Connie Slimm at 352-598-2185 for further information.

Christmas and a Whole Lot More

Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. kicks off the holiday season as Katie Brooks brings her Vegas meets Nashville holiday show “Christmas and a Whole Lot More” to the OTOW stage.

You may remember when this Nashville singer, song writer, and musician appeared with Harley Worthit in the show, “Nashville meets Branson” in a previous series show.

Katie sings memories – Broadway, 1940s Swing, 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Patti Page, Patsy Cline, and more.

Because of her patriotism and her concern for America’s military and hospitalized veterans, she is the recipient of a special service award by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She has performed in ALL of the VA medical centers in the U.S.

Opening the show, from Vegas, is “Gary Alan as Jay Leno. Gary looks very much like the host of “The Tonight Show.”

His razor sharp wit, comedy timing and mastery of cartoon and character voices, delightfully lend themselves to the magic he provides on the stage.

Most noted for his celebrity impersonations, he performs all across the country including the MGM, Mirage, and the Stardust Hotels in Las Vegas.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the ballroom and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday thereafter, $7 general and $9 reserved and are for residents in all OTOW communities with a maximum of four tickets per purchase.

Thanks to Dominic Sullivan and his Rallye Wheels across from Palm Cay for making this show possible.

Travel Toppers

Travel Toppers is considering a trip to Jacksonville to see the Radio City Rockettes’ performance on Friday, Dec. 10. We know this is a long way off, however; we will not place an order until we can determine there is sufficient interest in the community for the trip. This is necessary because they require a 50 percent non-refundable deposit to place an order. So if you are interested call Allan Rickards ASAP so he can make a decision on the trip.

Some seats are available for the Starlite Majesty Cruise out of Clearwater Beach on Friday, Aug. 27. It is a smooth two-hour cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway with your choice of six entrees for the sit-down lunch, captain’s narration and entertainment. Call Toni LaGatutta to make your reservation.