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Florida: Wildlife Encounters (including the Endangered Florida Manatees) in Florida’s Springs & options to visit 4 other water filled fun parks during free time (Sea World, Discovery Cove, Aquatica Park & Busch Gardens Park). Flight info: Airfare (currently~ $152 RT) is separate at your expense. Fly into Orlando airport (MCO) via Southwest Airlines on Feb 11 (#445 at 4:10pm & lands 7:40pm) & leave Feb 20 (#380 at 7:20am & lands 9:15pm). Please minimize luggage to one very small bag as we will have minimal space in a 7 passenger rental minivan. Total $400pp-small group trip for 6 people for 10 days. Included: Lakeside Cottages/Cabins for 9 nights, transportation. Lodging will involve sharing a double bed or rotating the single beds on an equal basis. Not Included: airfare, 4 Park Pass (Sea World, Discovery Cove, Aquatics Park and Busch Gardens Park that is $207), kayak rentals (tandem $50) and tours ($55pp), $13pp park pass to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, No meals included other than the one day at Discovery Cove. We will have a full kitchen to cook optional shared group meals for 8 of the 9 nights. https://www.tripstodiscover.com/best-places-in-florida-to-see-manatees/ Average air temperatures are 75 deg in the day and 50 deg at night. Water parks are typically 80 degrees and the springs are usually 72 degrees year around. Manatees migrate from the ocean to the warmer springs in winter. REGISTRATION: RSVP ON MEETUP DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SPOT. Please contact Carolyn Peterson to reserve your spot at [masked] or[masked] ASAP. Then submit $400 by check payable to Carolyn Peterson & book your flight within 2 days. Those who have not booked flights within 2 days might lose their spots. To receive a refund, a replacement person must be found. A pre-trip meeting will be arranged once trip is full. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM. Agenda: Feb 11- Fly into Orlando 12-13- Travel to Blue Springs State park: Stay in cabin for 2 nights. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/blue-spring-state-park Refreshing 72 degree waters of Blue Spring State Park greet visitors at this gem along the St. Johns River. Explore 2 days by kayak & by 8 mile hike & view manatees. 14-15 Crystal River State Park to view manatee & 2 nights in lakeside cottage https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/crystal-river-preserve-state-park & http://www.threesistersspringsvisitor.org. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Park-Underwater observatory allows visitors to “walk underwater” beneath the spring’s surface & watch fish & manatees swim (https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ellie-schiller-homosassa-springs-wildlife-state-park ). Weeki Watchee Springs State Park ( https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/weeki-wachee-springs-state-park & https://weekiwachee.com/kayak-rentals/plan-your-trip/ ) for 5 1/2 mile downriver kayak trip (tandem rental $50) 16 Busch Gardens park-Tampa Bay overnight in lakeside cottage in Orlando x 4 nights 17 Discovery Cove Park-Orlando 18 Aquatica Park-Orlando voted the best water park in US by USA today https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-outdoor-water-park/ 19 Sea World Park-Orlando 20 fly home Sea World’s 4 Parks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=56&v=zFsRaMPzaVM Discovery Cove is a day resort in Orlando where you can enjoy all types of underwater adventures, including swimming with dolphins & snorkeling with thousands of rainbow-colored fish and coral reefs, & swimming in it is included in the price of admission. One can obtain a Sea World, Discovery Cove, Aquatics Park & Busch Gardens Park with a DAY RESORT + 3-PARK PACKAGE Park resort pass for $195 (218 after tax) There is a snorkel with the stingrays included & unlimited food at Discovery Cove & free parking at all 4 parks. Put Feb 17 as the day when you buy the pass https://discoverycove.com/orlando/special-offers/book-early-and-save/
Join the New Yorker discussion club. After all, reading is a social activity, isn’t it? We read and then share our thoughts and learn the insights and opinions of others, making the total experience more complete and enjoyable. Everyone has an equal opportunity to speak and to listen. We discuss the content of the articles, the general topic area as it is experienced in our lives, and how they are written. All opinions are welcome; no one is right and no one is wrong. We do not want to veer off into long discussions of politics and other areas of disagreement, but rather we want to stay focused on the content of the articles and what we can learn from them. We always start the discussion with everyone presenting a favorite article they really liked and want to share. This meeting will select articles from the issues of January 28, February 4, February 11, and February 18. A general strategy is to select one good article from each magazine to discuss at the meeting. But to emphasize, please don’t feel pressured to read a lot of articles. We tend to discuss up to ten articles or so at each meeting anyway. This way you will learn about articles that you did not have the time to read. Those who are not New Yorker subscribers can read a few free articles per month at the New Yorker website without being asked to subscribe. The Austin Public Library has electronic access to many magazine, including the New Yorker. Your local library should also have current New Yorker issues. Here is what you do at the Austin Public Library (APL) website. Accessing the New Yorker with an Austin Public Library Account ... Note: once you set up your RBdigial account, you will be able to read magazines online through the browser or download the RBdigital app from Apple, Google Play, or Kindle Fire. If you download the app, you can download a digital copy of the magazine. It works very well – close to the quality of the New Yorker digital app, for example. Here is how to get started: Go to library.austintexas.gov/ Go to Virtual Library. Click on the “+” sign next to Magazines & Newspapers Click on RBdigital Magazines Click on “Access Now” box, and then enter your APL Library card number In the upper right corner, you will see the ability to create an RBdigital account. Once you do, they will associate that with your APL library account. Now you can access the New Yorker magazine via the APL subscription. This club meeting will be held alternately among North, Central, and South locations. The next club meetings will be: Thursday March 21 Howson Tuesday April 23 North Village Tuesday May 14 Twin Oaks Tuesday June 25 Howson
Fun beginner class in line dance! We use music from all genres. Our teacher is Connie Shell, who is also teaching me how to teach line dance at the Lamar Senior Activity Center (see posting for Tuesdays at 2:00). She will demonstrate the steps for each dance and then we'll all dance to the music. The schedule is 9:30 to 10:15 am for easy dances, then a social break, then more advanced dances 10:30 to 11:15. Join us for one or both sessions. First timers, please come early and check in at the front desk to get a card from Austin Parks and Recreation. Each recreation center offers a lot of fun activities for free! http://www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation
Love to bowl? You can now bowl South in addition to bowling North, so you'll never have an excuse not to bowl anymore! The alternate Wednesday evenings from the Dart Bowl bowling up north are held at Westgate Lanes in South Austin. Each game cost $3.85. Shoes are free. We will start promptly at 7 p.m. (if you arrive after that, please wait until the next game to bowl). Please get on the wait list if it's showing full - chances are very good you will get to bowl! Hope to see you at the alleys!