OTOW Happenings 3-23-2012

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Bonsai, birding and bowling, among others

By Eloise Hollyfield
Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is an ancient oriental horticultural art form. It originally stared in China centuries ago and spread to Japan. The word “Bonsai” in the Japanese language literally means “tree-in-a-pot.” Originally developed in China almost 2000 years ago, today the sublime art of bonsai is practiced throughout the world. Shape, harmony, proportion, and scale are all weighed carefully as art, and the human hand, combines this in a common cause with nature.
The Master the Possibilities (MTP) Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their fifth annual Bonsai exhibit. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, April 4, at 9 a.m. and close on Friday, April 6 at noon at the MPT main lobby, 8415 S.W. 80th St., Ocala (On Top of the World). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Basics of the art of Bonsai classes and demonstrations are offered on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. To register for these classes, go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 352-854-3699 or visit the MTP office.

Softball League
The Great Clips team continues to hold a three game lead, though they have faltered during the past week. The team has not been playing well, and if it continues, the team lead may dwindle as the other teams are beginning to play better.
The Dr. Dunn team and The Florida Eye team are now tied for second. The Florida Eye team is seemingly ready to make a move back to the top. This coming week could bring some excitement when the Florida Eye team plays against Great Clips. If the Florida Eye team continues its momentum, it could change the league leaders. The Dr. Dunn team continues to hold on to second place, but it has not played to its potential and could very well slip down a notch if their playing doesn’t improve. As for the Tee Pee Tire team, which is the youngest team in the league, the team just can’t seem to muster up some wins, and they continue to fall, while the Cebert Wealth team has surprisingly, been winning games along with The Wise Way team, which is trying to free itself from the last place finish in which it finds itself.
We will have to wait for this coming week to see if there are any new changes within the ranks.
TEAM         WON         LOSS
Great Clips-Angel    23               12
Dr. Dunn-Mart          20            15
Florida Eye-Roger  20            15
Cebert Wealth-Bill  15             20
Tee Pee Tire-Ken    14             21
Wiseway-Jimmy       12               23

Theatre Group

This is just a reminder that you can buy tickets for the Theatre Group’s show at the Health & Recreation Ballroom on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The show times for “Let’s Murder Marsha” are Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. This is a funny show, and we all need a good laugh, so our Theatre Group hopes to see you in the audience on the day of your choice and also hope you will bring a friend or two. Ticket sales are going well, so you should come and get your ticket soon! Admission is $6 for general seating and $8 for reserved. What a bargain!

Bowling League
It has been a good month on the bowling lanes, especially for the Snowbirds. As stated last month, this is the team to watch, which is again in first place. The team’s standing is a result of good bowling versus members’ averages – it is not a team of 200 plus average bowlers’ members simply bowl well in relation to their averages.
A 120 average bowler who bowls a 160 is every bit as effective as a 160 average bowler who bowls a 200 – both are 40 pins over their average. With that in mind, this month’s report highlights some bowlers who bowled at least one game at least 50 pins over their average in the past month. Among the men, Elliott Wilkins led with 75 pins, followed by 68 for Bill Shampine, 66 for Gerry Vayko, 59 for Peter Vanarsdale and 50 for Bob Sippin and Pete Tomaselli.  For the women, A.J. Atwood led with a terrific 84 over her average followed by 68 for Helen Smith, 66 for Caroline Caprano, 62 by Georgie Maguire, and 56 by Rose Hamel.

Birding Outing
On March 29, the Unique Birders will be going to Crystal River Preserve State Park for some great bird watching. Members will meet at the H&R parking lot under the large tree at 7:30 a.m. Robert Campbell will lead this outing.Call Anne at 352-732-0706 for additional information.