OTOW Happenings 3-30-2012

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Entertainment, Bonsai and artistic demonstrations

By Eloise Hollyfield

A successful conclusion to the OTOW Entertainment Group’s events and a magnificent forthcoming Bonsai Exhibit and associated artistic demonstrations classes constitute this week’s OTOW Happenings.

Entertainment Group
At the final show of the 2011-2002 series, the Entertainment Group made its annual donations to Hospice, Senior Citizens, Center for the Blind, and the VFW Home.
Thanks to the support of the OTOW residents and the Group’s sponsors, this year’s donation topped the $27,000 amount the Group has donated to these organizations previously. Again, a big “tip-of-the hat” to all those who contributed to this worthy endeavor.

Bonsai Exhibit
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.
The 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.
Please note that next week the Master the Possibilities Education Center will be transformed into a “Bonsai forest” by the Marion Bonsai Society. For the fifth year, they will display their art works and give introductory classes and demonstrations.
Related classes in Origami, Japanese Tea Ceremony, and calligraphy will also be offered. This unique exhibit is really worth the trip! You will be amazed at the artistry evident in these beautiful trees. This event is free and open to the public April 4-6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register for these classes, go to www.masterthepossibilities.com or call 854-3699 (leave a message if necessary) or visit the MTP office.