• Benefit concert for children’s home

    A fancy word for staying home instead of traveling has been coined. It’s called a “staycation.”

    Those in the workforce have to rely on a paid week or two to enjoy this time.

    Retirees are lucky because they can indulge in this kind of vacation any time they choose.

  • Take your pick of things to do tomorrow

    Tickets will be on sale at the Orchid Club Saturday morning, March 14, for the great door prizes to be raffled off at the annual Oak Run Garden Club Plant Sale on March 28 at the overflow parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Members and local businesses have very generously given the club an array of valuable prizes including special gift certificates from Publix, Kirkland’s, the Greenery Nursery, Panera Bread and Mimi’s.

  • Pass your dish around the Oasis

    Hello readers: Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., is not only the last day of the month, but the day when friends and neighbors of Palm Cay come together at the clubhouse and share food and fellowship. Sally Neuberger is offering chicken Marsala with mushrooms as the meat dish this time, for $1.

    A great bargain. Bring your dish to pass around that will feed six to eight people and have a wonderful time.

    Blood Drive

  • Bring a mat and work off the fat

    Did I say winter was over? Seems to me that this is one of the coldest winters we have had in Ocala in a long time. At least for the eight years we have lived here.

    Does anyone have a record of a colder or longer one? I know it’s better (much better) than snow and ice … but this is Florida. It’s supposed to be warm.

    The featured group this week is the Energetic Exercisers. Just like the Mah-jongg gals, this group is not exclusively for women but again they have not found any men brave or energetic enough to join them.

  • Two blood drives in OTOW communities

    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.

  • Give a little • it won’t hurt

    Bloodmobiles from Florida’s Blood Centers will be at Palm Grove on Wednesday, March 4 from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who donated at Oak Run on Thursday, Jan. 8, will not be eligible until March 5.

    Have you been thinking about donating but just haven’t gotten around to it? Are you afraid it will hurt?

  • Learn to paint at Debbie’s classes

    Have you ever wondered how artists paint such beautiful scenes? Debbie Blackburn can bring out the best in you. She teaches the Bob Ross technique of painting.

    This month’s project and the sign-up book are in the Clubhouse. Classes are $35 and unless otherwise posted, include canvases, paints, brushes, and everything you need. Just bring some paper towels and a desire to paint.

    Songbird Notes

  • Faces of the Open House Committee

    Just down the road apiece this columnist didn’t promise you a rose garden in last week’s column. However, you were promised a picture of the Preserve Open House Committee.

    The members missing in the picture are Nancy Anderson and Jean Lanzilatta.

    These women are all dedicated volunteers who contribute an invaluable service by providing prospective homebuyers with important information concerning our beautiful community.

    From Koebbe’s Kitchen

    This tasty recipe makes enough cookies to share with the neighbors.

  • Patrol is worth its weight in gold

    Marion Landing Patrol president Rich Toneske suggested it might be useful to provide newer community residents with an update on how the patrol came to be, what it does and who makes it happen for the security of all of us. “We need their help,” he said.

    I’ve heard of some newcomers saying, “Hey, I came down here to retire, not to get involved.” We’re all here to retire, but that’s certainly not the attitude that has made Marion Landing the great address it has become.

  • Hop to it for ‘Hop’ tickets

    Hello Readers: Whew! Here we go again, just when you thought the cold spell had vanished, the “woollies” have to reappear. March came in like a lion, so perhaps we shall see it leave like a lamb as the saying goes. Stay warm out there.

    Person of the Week

    Russell Irish was born in Haynesville, Maine on July 25, 1918. He was the seventh of 10 children and during his early years, he worked with his father in the logging business.