Pursuit of happiness may include ice cream cones

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By June Roberta

The author, Marci Shimoff, suggests that when you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.

Thomas Jefferson really meant by the pursuit of happiness to practice, not chase after it. Most people seem to do the latter.

Instead of focusing on problems and obstacles, let’s focus on what’s already good. We should make a habit of appreciating and being grateful for what we do have.

Concert on Saturday

The OTOW Concert Chorus will take the audience on an “American Journey” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2 in the H& R Ballroom as they present memorable songs from America’s heartland and musical theatre. Donations will go to benefit “Honor Flight.”

OTOW Travel Toppers

There is still time to book for a fabulous Father’s Day. We will be going to the Show Palace Dinner Theater in Hudson for a great buffet and show. Price is $57 per person and will include the bus, show, buffet and gratuities. The show is a 50s and 60s revue and is certain to have audiences dancing in the aisles. This show is filed with hit songs, brand new dances and a chance for audience members to request their favorite song. We will be leaving OTOW at approximately 11:30 a.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. Call Mary Lee Coleman before May 15 at 237-9124 to make your reservation.

New England Club

To all our members – thank you for making 2008-2009 a season of friendship – and good times. Debbie Partin (secretary) and Nancy Erikson (refreshment hostess) have retired from these positions. Thanks to both of these dedicated gals.

The Club’s officers for 2009-10 are Lorraine Benotti, president; Lori McMullen, vice president; Peg Corkum, secretary/treasurer and Jean Nims, refreshment hostess.

April’s meeting, the last of this season, was lunch at the Golden Corral. This was a big success; even the Easter Bunny was there handing out ‘surprise eggs’. Your board members have already started planning for next season, which starts the second Friday in October. We think you will like the new and fun things we have planned. As always, we welcome new members. If you have at one time resided in any of the six New England states you are eligible. Contact any of the above if you would like more info.

Although we are not meeting again until October, be sure to read this column for any NE Club news.

Master the Possibilities

May begins very strong at your Master the Possibilities Education Center. There are a dozen classes starting next week and the variety is wonderful. At this time all have openings … some only a few so look over that catalog!

(The online address is masterthepossibilities.com ) There are art and computer classes, health and wellness and even another film series. May would be a great time to introduce a friend …or your self … to this unique and exciting program. See you in class!!

Grand Opening

The grand opening of Big B’s Big Scoop took place April 18. Balloons were strung above the umbrellas at the outside tables. Inside they were attached to each table. Since it was from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., people showed up sporadically.

The first 10 customers every hour today received a free scoop. I didn’t make it in time but had a small amount of their delicious coffee ice cream. It was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s my favorite flavor so I’ve tasted many brands. I also signed up for a drawing. The winner will be getting a certain amount of free ice cream for a year! I took a picture of the outside which, hopefully, will be included with this column.

LifeSouth Bloodmobile

Thanks again to all our donors, and we get to do it again.

The Bloodmobile will be at the H&R parking lot on May 4, Monday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our March blood drive was a huge success. Twenty-eight pints were donated. Thanks again. It is a life-saving thing gesture.

As usual,  you will receive a cholesterol screening.

If you have any questions, please call 622-3544 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

A special thanks to those from Indigo East that donated April 7 and enjoyed a real Italian spaghetti dinner. It was fun.

Cultural Center

There are two great shows coming to this center this month. One of them, The Association, will perform on May 2. Their greatest hit was “Cherish.” In 1967, they made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival – Monterey Pop Festival. They’ve earned a number of achievement awards as well as six gold records and two platinum records. They’re looking great and sounding better than ever.

On May 16, The Lettermen will entertain. Their greatest hit was “Put your Head on my Shoulder”. Another of their hits – “Goin’ Out of my Head”/”Can’t take my Eyes off You.” They will be singing good, quality, and positive harmony music that the whole family can enjoy.

Tickets start at $16 for each show. For more information, go to http://csculturalcenter.com

Healthy Life Presentation

Live Oak Hall offered a class called Healthy Life Presentation. Four staff members from The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa spoke. First up was the director who gave an overview of the information that would be discussed.

Next to speak was a massage therapist. Heidi started off with a two—minute breathing meditation. Then she discussed the different types of massages and how they can help in different ways. Some of the benefits of massage improve toning, help with circulation, stress relief, increase blood flow, etc. When looking for a massage therapist, choose one who is licensed and you are comfortable with. She left handouts for everyone on stress. It was an excellent couple of pages on the subject.

Felicia, a licensed esthetician, spoke next. She discussed skin care. Whatever is put on the skin gets absorbed into the system. Don’t use a sun block of over 30 SPF. Higher amounts cause more damage than the sun. The Ranch sells an organic mineral powder sun block for the eye area. She mentioned that there are 10 synthetic cosmetic ingredients to avoid. Everyone was given a handout that covered both sides of a page on these ingredients.

Then Cammi spoke about fitness, wellness and how exercise helps with this. It keeps a person physically fit, and also looking, feeling, and sleeping better. The body is made up of muscle and fat. Exercise helps the body composition by holding on to lean mass. It keeps the tendons and ligaments more flexible. Motion is lotion in your joints. Bones become less dense as we age. Exercise helps with this as well.

Till next week – let’s live in the moment, letting the future take care of itself.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.