Two blood drives in OTOW communities

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By June Roberta

The Big Red Bus from Florida’s Blood Center will be at the Community Center in Candler Hills on Monday, March 2 for their regular blood donor drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is hoped Candler Hills residents will take advantage of this convenient location to help keep our Marion County hospitals supplied with blood.


LifeSouth Bloodmobile

The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in the H & R parking lot Monday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To all communities of OTOW, consider how generous it is to take the time to donate. One blood donation can save up to three lives. Call 888-793-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org for more information.

Phone Directories

Pick up your new phone book at the information desk in the H and R building Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Singles Club

On Feb. 12 the club had its monthly meeting. Sally Kohl set up the room for Valentine’s Day with cardboard plaques, flowers, and hearts everywhere. There were goodies as well. Members indulged in Valentine candy and tiny cupcakes decorated for the holiday.

Debbie Everett, a speaker from Florida Telecommunications Relay Services, discussed amplified telephones. They are free after an application is signed by an approved certifier. A surcharge on all landline phones in Florida pays for this program.

Permanent Florida residents over the age of 3 who have hearing loss are deaf/blind, or have a speech disability are eligible. The phones and ringers are loaned on a long-term basis at no charge.

Cultural Center

On March 7, at 7 p.m., a tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be performed by the group, Let’s Hang On. A cast of 10 seasoned performers will take you back to the 1960s with such great songs as Rag Doll, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more.

Visit http://csculturalcenter.com for more information. Tickets start at $13 OTOW residents and $15 nonresidents.

New England Club

The New England Club will meet Friday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Arbor Convention Center This will be a " wearin’ of the green" meeting. Prizes will be given for the most creative St. Patrick’s Day hat. It’s a potluck luncheon, so bring a dish to share and we provide the coffee.

Our highlighted couple this month are Sharon and Fred. She is from Providence, Rhode Island and Fred is from Syracuse, New York, where they met at the university.

Fred was a teacher at my old junior high, but he sure wasn’t my teacher. He became a school district supervisor and Sharon a school counselor.

They have been married 28 years, have a son still in school, and a cat named Snow. Sharon likes to read and do water aerobics. Fred is a great cook, enjoys sports and, is learning to speak Spanish.

For more information, call Debbie at 351-0964.

Master the Possibilities

Nine classes begin next week at the Master the Possibilities Education Center. Oil painting, photography, current history topics and a film series … there’s even a visiting scholar, Pat Keane, who will teach King Lear.

For more information or to register, visit masterthepossibilities.com.

Jay and Re-Creation

Before the show, Margaret Orlando presented a check for $2,300 to Hospice of Marion County. So far, OTOW has contributed more than $80,000.

The winner of the raffle for a Caribbean cruise for two was J. Wroblewsky, one of the New Pretenders.

Jay and Re-Creation was fast-paced with many costume changes throughout the show. They didn’t take time for an intermission. These five girls and four boys volunteer to spend at least a year entertaining at veteran hospitals.

To fund this endeavor they perform at churches, and many places like OTOW. The group performs 320 shows and covers 35,000 miles a year.

The music performed started off with the 1930s which they called White Tie and Tails. One of the songs sung was Puttin’ on the Ritz.

From the ‘40s, there were Sounds of Hollywood, with songs from many musicals, including My Fair Lady.

Tuxes and Taffeta was from the ‘50s. They all came off the stage and picked someone from the audience and danced in the aisles.

The ‘60s was Country Flair. Old Fashioned Grace was from the ‘70s. They were a lively group of youngsters with some great voices among them.

Bonnets and Bibs was adorable and funny. All were dressed in bonnets and Denton-type pajamas. The girls wore pink and the guys blue.

There was church-type music and the show ended with God Bless America.

Travel Toppers

Travel Toppers have a couple of trips with seats still available.

At the Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday March 24 there is a show with a box lunch. "Cirque Mechanics Birdhouse Factory" has performers who are former members of Cirque du Soleil. Cost is $43 per person for show, lunch and bus. Call Claudette at 854-1669 for reservations.

The Show Palace Dinner Theater has "Thoroughly Modern Millie," a musical comedy with the best of old and new Broadway, on stage. Saturday March 28 for $58 per person it includes bus, show and dinner. Call Pat at 854-0882 for reservations.

Prices have been lowered on our Alaska cruise from May 29 to June 5, with a direct flight from Orlando to Seattle, Wash. Call Audrey for more information at 854-7074.

Spring Classes

March 19, the new MTP classes will be listed online. For those without a computer, the OTOW News will give a listing. It will be delivered to our doors March 26.


Jim Chandler was kind enough to take over the class left vacant by Dr. LaKosky on Feb. 16. Too bad the room couldn’t hold more people as it was a great learning experience.

His discussion started with the Five Ages of Man. He discussed all these ages in depth and then went on to a discussion of the Nine Walls against the World – the nine personality types and the negative walls (illness). With each, he discussed the treatment – build the opposite wall.

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.