OTOW Happenings 3-2-12

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Art, travel, sports and lectures

By Eloise Hollyfield

Master the Possibilities is hosting an exhibition of the OTOW Art Group’s work in the lobby area near Classrooms #5 and #6 and in Sid’s Café and Deli during the month of March. The Group is excited and proud to be doing this. Members invite you to drop by to view this exhibit when you come to class or have breakfast or lunch at Sid’s or are just in the area.
The artists work in the following mediums: watercolor; pastel; oil; acrylic; tempura; pen and ink; and mixed media. Many paintings will be for sale if you contact the artist privately.
The Group is hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Art Room in the Craft Building at 9125 S.W. 98th St., so that you may have the opportunity to see the artists at work and ask questions of them. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be supplied. For further information, contact Anne at 352-732-0706.

Travel Toppers
Travel Toppers members wish to point out that their trips are for residents of the On Top of the World Communities and their guests only.
A few seats remain available for the following trips: Tampa Bay Downs, Saturday, April 7 (contact Pat Hood at 237-8533) and In the Mood, Wednesday, April 18 (contact Kathy Person at 873-2929).
Reservations are being taken for a 13-day Alaska Tour and Cruise Aug. 31-Sept. 12. The cruise is on the Island Princess, with land lodging at Princess Lodges. The five-day land tour is to Fairbanks, Denali Part, Mount McKinley, and Anchorage. There is also a seven-day cruise from Whittaker to Vancouver, B.C., and includes these visits: Hubbard Glacier; Glacier Bay National Park; Skagway; Juneau; and Ketchikan.
Cruise/land rates include transfer to the Orlando Airport and airfare; there is an additional cost for insurance. A deposit of 20 percent of the cruise/land fare is due at the time reservations made. For full information and rates for all cabin classes, call Inge Gaitch at 352-237-7428 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. only, Monday-Friday.

OTOW Softball
The Great Clips team is beginning to make its move to stay on top and have now pulled away from the Dr. Dunn team by four games, which is beginning to falter as the team lost the last two games. The Dr. Dunn team is in jeopardy of going further down as Florida Eye has crept within one game of the second place team and have shown some power hitting as of late. Amazingly enough, the Cebert Wealth team, despite all of its injuries, has managed to win some games and are now in fourth place. How long that will last is anyone’s guess, as they are only one game ahead of the Tee Pee Tire team and its young players from Stone Creek
Still struggling is the Wise Way team, which at times shows signs of improving with wins over the stronger teams. The team has improved with an addition to their infield at third base, but the injuries have burdened them throughout the year.
Perhaps the warmer weather will help to jump start some of the teams.
TEAM        WON    LOST
Great Clips-Angelo    22     8
Dr. Dunn-Marty              18    12
Florida Eye-Roger    17    13
Cebert Wealth-Bill    12    18
Tee Pee Tire-Ke    11    19
Wiseway-Jimmy             9    21

Master the Possibilities
Master the Possibilities will continue its ninth year of the Visiting Scholars” program next week. On Thursday, March 8, you can “meet “our Pulitzer Prize-winning neighbor Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings brought to life by veteran presenter Karen de Vos. Karen developed a historically accurate “one woman show” that allows Marjorie to live on. You’ll learn about his of “The Yearling” and find out what made her so important as an American and as a Floridian author. This event is open to the public and is free. It will be held in the Circle Square Cultural Center and begins at 1 p.m.
On Friday, March 9, Visiting Scholar Dr. Vince Boudreau returns for his fifth presentation at Master the Possibilities. Vince is a professor of political science at City College in New York. He also directs the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service. This year his topic is “An Unexpected Spring: Democracy in Myanmar (Burma).” He will also discuss recent activity at the Powell Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet someone on the cutting edge of foreign policy. This, too, is free and open to all.
For additional information, as well as registration, for these two events, go online to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call the registration line at 352-854-3699.