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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES December Issue Deadline: November 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. COVER PHOTO BY DALE STEENBERG NOVEMBER 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. NOVEMBER 7 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Featured Speaker: Polk Senior Games • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance & Amerity Financial Bring your knives and scissors that need sharpening to the Wood Shop (located near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Dr.) November 7 between 8:30 & 10 am. Please wrap in newspaper & identify with your name and telephone number. Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising project. NOVEMBER 14 • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Small World Bus Tours for 2023 • Featured Vendors: ComForCare • Denise Tessier, Tessier Law Group • Edward Jones - Matt Simpson NOVEMBER 21 • Peanut Butter Monday — monthly collection of nonperishable items for a local food bank • Blast from the Past with David Harrison • Featured Speaker: One Water Winter Haven: The Blue Sapphire Project • Featured Vendor: Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb NOVEMBER 28 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 16 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 24 GOLF 28 CLUBS 30 MIND & BODY 38 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, November 28, 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Tuesday, November 29, 9 am Health & Fitness Center CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 5
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm (or by appointment) No IDs November 15 & 16 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 6. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night when you go to bed. Keep in mind that your smartphones and tablets likely already make this change automatically. This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. HOLIDAY CLOSINGS • Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. • The Clubhouse Offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. • The Clubhouse Offices will be closed Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2 in observance of the New Year. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: November 9 and 23 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE November 9 and 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot FOOD TRUCKS In the Clubhouse West Parking Lot - stay tuned to media for additions, changes, and menus! 11/3, 3:30 - 7 pm: K&E’s Italian Kitchen 11/10, 4 - 7 pm: Smokin' Oak BBQ 11/12, 11 am - 2 pm: Charm City Seafood 11/12, 11 am - 2 pm: DonutNV 11/14, 2 - 6 pm: Top Dog 11/20 , 3 - 6 pm: DonutNV 11/21, 2 - 6 pm: Top Dog 11/27, 3 to 6 pm: K&E’s Italian Kitchen NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is November 11 at 2 pm in the HFC. Sign up at either Activities Desk. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED This is the time of year for giving and Lake Ashton has so many amazing volunteers that give thousands of hours a year of their time to help others. Thank you to all the new volunteers who put in an application to help in some way. Staff will be in touch with you soon. Anyone else interested in volunteering should reach out to Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or stop by in person to find their perfect fit! There are many groups looking for new members, groups that have ceased because of lack of a facilitator, and countless other ways to help your community. Don't wait for tomorrow, reach out TODAY! 7
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LACDD LACDD NEWS BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Staff would like to welcome seasonal residents back to Lake Ashton and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. November is a great time to reflect on everything to be thankful for, including beautiful sunny skies and living in a community full of caring friends and neighbors. Joyful conversations have been filling the Clubhouse as yearround residents reunite with seasonal travelers. With the population at Lake Ashton increasing residents should be mindful of the changes in traffic at Lake Ashton. Many residents are out and about enjoying the cooler temps and lower humidity and should be able to do so in a safe environment. The time change on November 6 will bring darkness earlier than past months. Be sure to be prepared and wear reflective clothing or bring a flashlight along if walking at dusk or later. In this edition of the LA Times, residents will see why Lake Ashton stands out. Residents will have many opportunities to celebrate the upcoming holidays and give back to the communities surrounding Lake Ashton. Soon Lake Ashton will sparkle with exterior lights and holiday decorations to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays. This is truly the most wonderful time of year … enjoy it! On October 17, the LA(LW)CDD Board of Supervisors met and approved of several landscaping projects to include Phase 1 of the refurbishment of Lake Ashton Blvd, the cleaning up of areas bordering the golf course near the entrance. In addition, the median in the West parking lot is getting a new look that will include the removal of rock and installation of planted ground cover. Past meeting minutes, full agenda packets, annual budgets, and an upcoming meeting schedule can all be found on lakeashtoncdd.com. The Request for Proposal for Restaurant Services deadline is November 10. Proposals will be reviewed at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on November 28. Staff is working hard to establish cost savings measures at the Clubhouse that will show immediate and long term benefits for residents. A detailed report of all the savings thus far and future areas that are being explored can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com under "Other District Documents". Congratulations to the Reelected and Elected LA(LW)CDD Board Members All three seats that were up for election on the LACDD Board of Supervisors ran unopposed so they will not be listed on the ballot for the November 8 election. Congratulations to Mike Costello and Debby Landgrebe for being reelected for another 4 year term and to Brenda Van Sickle who will join the Board. Thank you to Bob Plummer for all his hard work and dedication to the residents of Lake Wales over the past 4 years. Contact information for Brenda Van Sickle will be posted on lakeashtoncdd.com after the meeting on November 28 when she will be sworn in. 8 9
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com There are tons of reasons to be thankful for living at Lake Ashton, and there’s also many reasons for staff feeling thankful for working here. Nothing is perfect, but Lake Ashton checks off many of the boxes. Two golf courses, two restaurants, two clubhouses, and a pro shop all offer scores of amenities and opportunities to live the good life. All are set within the beauty that Central Florida offers. Staff sees residents who care enough to volunteer at various events as well as outside entities. Also, leaders of activities give of their time to ensure activities are well presented. The Boards are made up of leaders who handle the monetary, structural, and ethical aspects of life at Lake Ashton. When a resident shares a thank you or other positive comment to staff, Board members or other residents, that’s what makes Lake Ashton stand out above other communities. Weber Environmental was awarded the new landscaping contract for LA II CDD. The lift stations and other areas of landscaping projects were also discussed. Warren Construction received approval for their bid for the new roof on the HFC. The bridge by the driving range and Hogan Lane received damage during the recent hurricane and is closed at the time of this writing. There were downed trees, fences, stop signs, roof tiles lifted, as well as two areas of cart path lifted from overturned oak trees also needing attention following Ian. Photos were taken and submitted for insurance purposes. The Joint Boards of Directors met on October 17th and directed both Community Directors to schedule only through January of 2023 at the designated time in December, as the next meeting will be held on January 20th. when the Joint Amenities Policy will hopefully be approved for implementation. Copies of the proposed Joint Amenities Policies are available at both Lake Ashton I CDD and Lake Ashton II CDD websites. On Monday, November 7th, the HOA will be transferred to the LA II CDD residents, thus closing another chapter in the creation of Lake Ashton as one owned and run by its residents. The next LA II CDD Board meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, November 29th, when the new Board members will be installed. 10
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NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE MONTH In 1983, President Reagan dedicated the month of November as National Alzheimer's Disease Month. Don't forget to support Team Sam and the Walk to End Alzheimer's by attending the Hats on for Alzheimer's. You can also give a monetary donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s donation box, located in the Activities Office the entire month. Each person who donates any amount will receive a purple memory marker to be displayed in the Ballroom during the Hats on for Alzheimer's event. You can write the name of someone who is currently suffering, someone who has passed on, or whatever you choose on the memory marker. The markers can be picked up at the Activities Desk. GIVING TUESDAY There is so much to be thankful for and so many blessings to count! In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, help give back to the community by donating to the Lake Wales Care Center. A donation truck will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot November 29 from 9 am to noon. If you would like to donate any large items or large pieces of furniture, please set up a pick-up date with the Care Center by calling 863-676-6678 so they may come to your home and collect the items. THANKFUL BOARD The Clubhouse Lobby will have a Thankful Board on display during the month of November where residents can write on a fall leaf what they are thankful for and display for all to see. Please stop by and show thanks for all things wonderful in your life! TOYS FOR TOTS! By Fred Halde In November, a number of things are around the corner: holidays, decorations, wonderful meals and hopefully, gratitude and generosity! 12 This article is meant to remind you that another important emphasis that is around the bend is giving to Toys for Tots. For the last few years, the Toys for Tots box has been in the HFC, which will once again be the location for this opportunity for giving beginning mid-November. Lake Ashton has always been a great supporter of this outreach mission into the local community. Your generosity has been overwhelming! Many thanks for caring! When you support this cause you can put a smile on the face of child this holiday season, which is just around the corner! Sponsored by Rotary on the Ridge. Questions? Call Fred Halde at 231-343-0638. CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock It's time to think of the families in our area that need help to provide a happy holiday for their families. Early this month the Caring Tree will be in the Clubhouse Ballroom loaded with give tags. These tags are suggestions for gifts that will be given to deserving families in partnership with the Lake Wales Care Center. The gifts must be new and unwrapped. We will collect the gifts and deliver them to the Care Center's distribution center. Parents will select a gift for their family and volunteers will help them with wrapping. Lake Ashton has been a strong supporter of this very worthwhile activity for over 14 years and we are happy to continue this endeavor. Remember the items on the tags are suggestions, so if you see something else that you think a child or teen will appreciate, go ahead and purchase it. Watch for an email blast notification once the tree is up. The last day to bring gifts is December 16. HISTORY PRESENTATION Lake Ashton Resident Anne McCauley will turn the clocks back to colonial times with a slide presentation on the Battle of Yorktown November 3 at Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven at 11 am. Compare our CD Rates Bank-issued, FDIC-insured 1-year 2-year 3-year 4.05 4.30 4.35 Michael Kennedy Financial Advisor 7100 Cypress Gardens Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-2486 FDI-1867K-A © 2022 EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 13 % % % Call or visit your local financial advisor today. APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 * Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 10/07/2022. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic.gov or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered through Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. All CDs sold by Edward Jones are registered with the Depository Trust Corp. (DTC).
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ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 8 The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8 and all Florida registered voters will vote in the Clubhouse Ballroom, from 7 am – 7 pm. Please note there will be no movie showings on this day. In addition to voting for Governor, judicial candidates and various amendments, Lake Ashton residents who live in Winter Haven will vote to fill one seat up for election on the LAIICDD Board of Supervisors. To find out who the candidates are that are running for election, please visit the Polk County Supervisor of Elections website at polkelections.com. Any questions regarding the General Election should be directed to the Polk County Supervisor of Elections at 863.534.5888. FRIENDLY REMINDER Residents are entitled to equal opportunity enjoyment of the amenities here at Lake Ashton. Differing opinions and beliefs should not turn into fights and arguments among neighbors. Diversity should be embraced and neighbors should be treated with respect whether you agree with their thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, or not. If someone says something that you feel is derogatory please contact staff or security immediately so the situation can be addressed appropriately to avoid an uncomfortable or controversial situation among neighbors. IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AT THE CLUBHOUSE No one plans on an emergency occurring while enjoying themselves at Lake Ashton, but should one happen, there are various emergency assistance items located throughout the Clubhouse that can help. The first step should always be to call 911 — remember, every second counts. There is an outdoor emergency phone near the East entrance gate of the Clubhouse, next to the 14 large pool rules sign. This emergency phone can be used to contact 911 responders. The phone has a single push button, and an attendant will answer the call within 30 seconds to dispatch emergency responders. All dispatchers are CPR certified to assist with emergencies over the phone until help arrives. The emergency phone allows for automatic identification of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse address. There is also an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid kit located next to the restrooms across from the Restaurant in the Clubhouse as well as on the roving patrol cart. If you need help locating these lifesaving items, please ask a Clubhouse staff member. AT T E N T I O N C L U B H O U S E GROUP FACILITATORS On December 1 group facilitators will receive an email with an electronic form to complete in order to renew recurring reservations at the Clubhouse for 2023. Facilitators have until December 15 to submit the form to secure their current date and time. Contact Sheila Moreland with questions at smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863.324.5457. Please note it is up to the facilitator to reach out to staff to renew their reservation. This is not done automatically. LITTER CLEANUP A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on November 17th at 9:00 a.m. Please meet at the Clubhouse ballroom to pick up safety vests, trash bags, gloves and trash grabbers. A sign-up sheet is available at the Clubhouse. Have fun and get some exercise while keeping this community beautiful! Contact Linda Sandel if you have any questions at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. 15
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LA LOOKS Native Flowers of Central Florida By Lynn Davis Scarlet Sage also goes by the names of Tropical Sage and Blood Sage. This Native Flower is considered a short-lived perennial. However, it often selfseeds. It can grow to 18-36 inches in height. It’s best to cut back the plant once the flowers are spent. This will encourage a more showy display. The blooming period for this perennial is from Summer through Fall in Central Florida. Scarlet Sage does best in full sun or afternoon shade. It likes moist and well-drained soils. Why plant scarlet sage in your yard? The tubular red flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. It is a low-maintenance and provides a low-cost advantage. Though it’s nonedible, it’s sometimes used for medicinal purposes. For more information visit Florida Native Plant Society. LAKE ASHTON WETLANDS AND CONSERVATION AREAS There are numerous wetlands in Lake Ashton that serve important purposes for our community. Wetlands provide a variety of functions, including flood storage, water quality enhancement, and a habitat for threatened and endangered species. Wetlands in Lake Ashton serve as filters for the 16 storm water retention ponds. Then, this water travels to Lake Ashton. Once the water reaches the lake, it will pass via the outfall structure, which is situated on the lake's southwest shore (pictured). The water will then move on to Peace Creek before arriving at the Peace River. Extreme rainfall can cause Peace River to overflow and flood. This may result in higher than usual lake and pond water levels, which will be felt by the residents. To make sure that our wetlands are properly managed, Lake Ashton CDD personnel constantly collaborates with our aquatic vendor. Email Operations Manager Matt Fisher at MFisher@lakeashtoncdd.com if you have any questions or concerns. Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Tricolored Heron is a delicate heron superficially resembling the Great Blue but much smaller and dainty. It is about the same size as a Snowy Egret. If seen from the back it looks mostly blue and tan, but the front of the neck and the belly are white. It was formerly called the Louisiana Heron, but the name was changed to match a description of this blue, white and tan bird. The immature bird is striking with its chestnut hindneck and wing coverts. Tricoloreds can be found at any body of water in Lake Ashton fishing quietly at the water's edge. Their usual method is to stand still and wait for prey to unsuspectingly come within reach, however sometimes they stir the bottom sediments with a foot and dash around in pursuit of fish. They are solitary in their foraging for fish, insects, tadpoles, frogs, lizards and spiders. The ones in Florida are mainly non-migratory. LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Nancy Baker & Debbie Holmes Members of our Homeowners association are bound by agreements known as HOA Covenants. As such, before you buy a home in a Deed restricted community it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the covenants and guidelines that you must follow. This will prevent any conflict with the Covenant enforcement group. The purpose of HOA Covenants? HOA’S serve a specific function - to govern and regulate the community with the goal of protecting or improving property values. One-way HOA’s do this is through creating and enforcing covenants/ guidelines. Examples of restrictive covenants: 17 Property Maintenance: The HOA will require you to maintain your lawn and landscaping as well as apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of your home as needed, along with other compliance guidelines. Exterior appearance: HOA’s commonly place limitations on the appearance of your home’s exterior. One of many items includes what color paint you can use, what you can hang on the exterior walls, or roofing shingle colors. Property Alterations and Additions: Many associations place restrictions on what you can change or add to the exterior of your property, any question or doubt contact your ARC committee. The HOA and the ARC serve to help all homeowners and the goal is to simplify the ARC process. To reach the HOA Directors as a group, email directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. Individual contact info for each officer is listed below. To report a violation, email compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org and include address, issue & photos. We look forward to serving all our residents with all their exterior changes. Also, people willing to join the ARC are always sought. LA (LW) HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD) Contact Information Management Company: Don Asher Michellette Ramos: manager@lakeashtonhoa.org President/Treasurer Bob Prowant president@lakeashtonhoa.org Vice President Nancy Baker vp@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary2 David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary3 Steve Hogan secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Holiday Shopping Tips (Courtesy of Law Enforcement) You can play a key role in preventing crime during the very busy shopping season! • Shop with family or friends. There is safety in numbers! • If shopping while dark, park in a well-lit area. Avoid poorly lighted sections of parking lots. • Lock your packages in the trunk and consider taking a quick trip home to unload periodically. • Keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with check, debit or credit card. • Try to avoid ATMs if at all possible. • Don’t try to carry too many packages to your vehicle. If needed, make multiple trips to not be overburdened leaving the opportunity of being caught off guard and vulnerable. • Be aware of surroundings. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately! • Shopping with grandchildren? Take their picture using your phone just before leaving the house so you have the most updated photo including clothing description in case you get separated. Enjoy your shopping, but be smart, be aware and be safe! CITIZENS ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). 18 AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty ✦ Same length as standard 4-passenger ✦ 2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 STORM SEASON Storm Season in Florida runs until November 30. All residents should be prepared for severe weather. Helpful storm preparation resources can be found at either Activities Desk. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Recycling electronics is not only environmentally friendly, but it also helps keep your private information safe and secure! Placing a computer or cell phone in your trash can or in a dumpster leaves your information vulnerable to theft, and these days, it doesn't take an advanced hacker to crack a phone or laptop. Bring your electronics for drop-off beginning at 9 am on November 18. No drop-offs will be accepted after 12 pm. All hard drives will be shredded! Please drop off all electronics in the black bins in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The list of accepted items is provided at right. ITEMS ACCEPTED • Computers (Desktop/Tower) • Laptops • Hard Drives • Flat Screen Monitors • Printers • Copiers • DVD Players & VCRs • Modems • Cable/Satellite Boxes • USB, Video & Power Cords • Routers • Lead Acid NonSpillable Batteries • All Circuit Boards • UPS/Battery Backups • Cell Phones • Office Phones/Phone Systems • Insulated Cable/Wire • Video Games & Consoles • iPads/Tablets/EReaders • Keyboards/Mice • Stereo Equipment ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED • CRT Monitors • Televisions • Household Batteries • Glass Bulbs ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to BUILD your own ONWARD! y ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ● 863-439-5431 SALES AND SERVICE ● 863-439-5431 WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 ● Dundee, FL 33838 ● artsgolfcars@aol.com 19 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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MOVI ES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 NOVEMBER 1 — 3 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER 2022 | R | 2H 6MIN T o s h o w s u p p o r t f o r h i s neighborhood friends serving in Vietnam, Chickie Donohue (Zac Efron) decides to do something totally outrageous: travel to the frontline by himself to bring the soldiers a little piece of home -- their favorite can of American beer. However, what started as a well-meaning journey quickly turns into the adventure of a lifetime as Chickie confronts the reality of this controversial war and his reunions with his chi ldhood buddies thrust him into the complexities and responsibilities of adulthood. Based on an incredible true story, "The Greatest Beer Run Ever" is a heartfelt coming-of-age tale about friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. NOVEMBER 10 (NO MOVIES NOVEMBER 8 OR NOVEMBER 9) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT 2022 | R | 2H 28MIN All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. 20 NOVEMBER 15 — 17 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM TOP GUN: MAVERICK 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 11MIN After thirty years, Maverick (Tom Cruise) is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads Top Gun's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it. NOVEMBER 22 — 23 (NO MOVIES NOVEMBER 24) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY 2022 | PG-13 | 1H 48MIN Teenage Lady Catherine (aka "Birdy") is eager to embrace life, but with her family's fortunes dependent on her marrying money, her future looks grim. Bent on avoiding wedlock, Birdy comes up with ever more inventive ways to ditch her prospects. NOVEMBER 29 — DECEMBER 1 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (ADDITIONAL SHOWINGS OF THIS MOVIE WERE ADDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IAN) 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 5MIN Kya is an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.
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MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM NOVEMBER 4 THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS 1997 | R | 1H 31MIN Warren (Noah Wyle) returns home after a three-year absence and soon fal l s into the rhythms of hi s childhood: bickering with his siblings, hanging out with his stoner buddies and avoiding his strange, cold father. But when his ex-girlfriend reappears, she becomes the catalyst for a Thanksgiving that changes everything. An incredible ensemble cast, including Blythe Danner and Julianne Moore, depicts the complexities of life, love and family. NOVEMBER 11 TOP GUN 1986 | PG | 1H 49MIN The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). NOVEMBER 18 ALICE’S RESTAURANT 1969 | R | 1H 51MIN Arlo Guthrie plays himself in this film based on his song of the same name. After getting kicked out of college, Arlo decides to visit his friend Alice (Pat Quinn) for Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner is over, Arlo volunteers to take the trash to the dump, but finds 22 it closed for the holiday, so he just dumps the trash in the bottom of a ravine. This simple act of littering gets him arrested, and sends him on a bizarre journey that ends with him in front of the draft board. Also stars James Broderick, Patricia Quinn, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. NOVEMBER 25 NO MOVIES — CLUBHOUSE OFFICES CLOSED DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! GIVE AND RECEIVE. Donate $50 or more to charity and get hundreds off!* Get a... with a SAVE $200 UP TO * mattress set purchase 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 23 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL *See store for details. ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1407 10/22 WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED In Stock & Ready for Fast Delivery! $300 GIFT CARD
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EVENTS 2023 SHOWCASE INFORMATIONAL MEETING By Karen Nelson 2023 must be near - Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation's informational meeting for the 2023 Showcase is scheduled for November 3 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This meeting is open to all LA residents — bring your vocal, dance, comedy, carpentry, sewing, production, backstage, box office, audio, lighting … and more ... talents, or learn or discover hidden talents! Learn what the excitement is about! P.S. - the 2023 Showcase itself will be on March 24 and 25, 2023, so save these dates too! LAVA USO DANCE By Jim Mecsics, LAVA Commander Lake Ashton residents are requested to “muster’ at the Health and Fitness Center Ballroom on November 4 at 1900 hrs (7 PM in civilian time) for an evening of excellent music, dancing, snacks and a chance to mingle with your neighbors for a great time. Music will be provided by Good Stuff band. There will be complimentary snacks, and you can bring your own refreshments and drinks. Tickets are on sale at both Activities Desks (check only) for $10, with the proceeds going to support the Lake Ashton Veterans Association programs. You do not need to be a veteran to join as everyone is welcome to enjoy a nostalgic trip to the USO Dance Days. VETERANS DAY CEREMONY There will be a LAVA Veterans Day Observance at the Veterans Memorial at 10 am on November 11. All residents are invited to attend this ceremony. NOVEMBER 9 6 - 9 PM CARRABBAS DINNER FOR 2 Carrabba’s will be offering two delicious Dinner for 2 options (see menu below) and you will have the choice of taking your meal to go or eating in the Ballroom on November 9 at 5 pm. Place your orders by 3 pm on November 8 by calling 863-293-6635. Payment will go directly to Carrabba’s and can be made by credit card over the phone at the time of ordering or by cash or credit card in person the day of. · 2 for $30 - Homemade Chicken Marsala with penne al pomodoro, side Caesar salad, and Carrabba’s signature bread · 2 for $25 – Homemade Lasagna with a side Caesar salad, and Carrabba’s signature bread · Add 1 cannoli for $1 per person · Add a 32oz pitcher of sangria (blackberry, peach, or classic red) for $25 If you eat in the Clubhouse Ballroom, stick around to check out Karaoke in the restaurant from 6 to 9 pm! KA R A O K E IN THE RESTAURANT WITH DJ WAYNE TICKETS: $3 PURCHASE AT THE CLUBHOUS E ACT I V I T I E S DE S K BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS & SNACKS! 25
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Hats on F! Alzheimer’s Luncheon & Fashion Show November 9 at 11 am Clubhouse Ballroom Shopping - Lunch - Hat Contest All for a Good Cause! Tickets: $25 on sale October 10 at the Clubhouse Activities Office NEW! LA TRIVIA By David Fix Join in for Trivia at the Clubhouse November 13 from 7 to 9 pm in the Ballroom. Hopefully this will be a Resident to Resident evening of fun to be held on a weekly basis. Maximum number of players per team is six. Individuals are encouraged to come and join an open table. Cost is $1 per person to play with all money returned to the top three teams. Attendance will determine interest/ frequency of play. Three rounds of 10 questions will be played along with one final bonus question. Please come early as it will start promptly at 7 pm. BYOB! BYOSnacks! Hope to see you November 13! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE By Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton December 11 ENTERTAINMENT: Micah Madore December 18 ENTERTAINMENT: Corey Greenway of Outta Hand Band Tickets: $3 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk BYOE - Bring Your Own Everything to the clubhouse RESTAURANT for music and fun! there will be FOOD TRUCKS in the parking lot Hello Lake Ashton friends! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet for the gala affair on December 9 in the beautifully decorated Clubhouse Ballroom, a few still remain at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $40! Put on that pretty dress and snappy suit with dancing shoes for a fun night! Cam’s Catering will present a buffet dinner including a Beef carving station, chicken cordon bleu, vegetable lasagna, potatoes, vegetable, garden salad, rolls, chocolate cake, apple pie, iced tea, water, and coffee. BYOB! Music will be provided by B.Haven, one of Central Florida's premier bands. JINGLE BELL JOG By David Fix The Lake Ashton Charity Jingle Bell Jog will be held December 5. This 5K (3.1 mile) course will start and finish in the Clubhouse East Parking Lot. Registration is closed but everyone is invited to watch and cheer! Donations are still being accepted for Victory Ridge Academy. HOLDAY GOLF CART PARADE By Carolyn Bishop Save the date: December 16 at 6 pm. A reception with refreshments will follow at the Clubhouse. Watch for more information. Volunteers are needed, please contact Carolyn Bishop at 919-606-8844. CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! By Judith Ridpath The LA Purple Stars, your Relay For Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling hand crafted items at the December 14 Lake Ashton Bi-Monthly Market. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. Items are needed to fill the booth. If you have a craft you enjoy, please consider making one to donate, and share this info with your crafty friends. There are a limited amount of supplies available to share if needed. The Purple Stars will also be contacting businesses in the area, asking for donations. Please contact Judy Ridpath at 650-678-1174 with any questions. SAVE THE DATES ! • December 20 - Menorah Lighting at 5:30 pm • January 17 – Lake Ashton’s Club Fair - All Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups, and Organizations are welcome! • January 21 – LA Cruise-In Car Show – Get ready to start those engines! • February 14 – Chapel of Love featuring Elvis! – Celebrate Valentines Day with the King! • February 21 – Mardi Gras Party – Y’all gonna pardi hardi! Goodbye 2022 … Hello 2023! The place to be to welcome 2023 is the Clubhouse Ballroom! Bid adieu to 2022 with a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party held from 7 pm to midnight on December 31 with a Times Square theme for a casual, fun, confetti-covered feel. Enjoy New York style food stations (Italian sausage and peppers, roast beef bruschetta, ceviche, pizza logs, pasta, fruit and cheese, cheesecake), two bands, photo booths (360 degree and regular) sponsored by Lake Ashton Resales, noisemakers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Don’t forget to BYOB! Rise and shine the next morning (or early afternoon), and make your way to the Clubhouse Ballroom for a delicious and plentiful buffet style brunch from 11 am to 2 pm! Bring your own drinks and champagne … OJ for mimosas provided, along with lots of hot coffee! Tickets are $50 for the New Year’s Eve Party and $30 for the New Year’s Day brunch, or attend both events for $75! CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a chili cook-off as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 20, 2023 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This event was held last year and was a great success. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. There will be separate sign up sheets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for the chili cookers and baked goods which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets can also be purchased at the Clubhouse — 12 Tickets for a $10 donation, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili, so you should buy 24 tickets to taste all of them. Corn bread, water and dessert table are cash sales, $1/item. Don't miss this chance to warm up with many varieties of chili. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. 2023 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKETS Those who renewed their season tickets can exchange for a different showtime or seat selection based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 am November 1 through November 4 at 5 pm. Upgrades/exchanges can be made over the phone with a credit card but in person sales will be processed prior to phone sales. Tickets can only be exchanged by the named season ticket holder. New season tickets will be on sale November 14 through December 22. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard.
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GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The LALGA welcomes the Snowbirds back to Lake Ashton. The courses are full of excitement with our returning friends and neighbors. The event calendar is plenty full starting with the LALGA Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Golf Tournament on November 8. Please support this cause by playing and sponsoring the event. You may also purchase raffle tickets for the over 150 raffle prizes. In addition, there will be a silent auction for everything from golf cart batteries to private golf courses to boat cruises. Purchasing pink ribbons, socks, shoelaces, water bottles and memory bouquets for $5 each will also help the cause. The league thanks all involved in advance for your continued support. The opening day luncheon is set for the following week, November 15. In addition to opening day, please note the following important 2022-2023 dates: December 13 – Holiday Luncheon; January 16-17 Solheim Cup; February 13-14 MemberMember; March 28-29 LALGA-LAMGA; and April 11 – Closing Day Luncheon. The Martinis, Mulligans and Munchies Tournament will be rescheduled for the spring. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ian made it impossible to host the event this year. The league is looking forward to this event and several others next spring and summer. We Care for Kids has their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive through November 10. Canned meats, canned tuna and salmon, peanut butter, jelly (no glass), canned or dry soups, canned stews and chili, tea bags, coffee (ground no beans), canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned pasta (Spaghetti “O’s”), hot and cold cereals, rice, cake mixes, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk, packaged pasta (macaroni & cheese, etc.), juice boxes, canned Juices, canned beans, spam, canned gravy, granulated sugar, baby food & cereal (glass jars accepted), baby formula (Enfamil/Similac), granola bars, and cereal bars will be accepted. All food will be distributed to The Care Center of Lake Wales and The Mission of Winter Haven. 28 Contact Nancy Zografos at 863.318.1739 or nancyzog@icloud.com for more information. Thank you in advance for your support. Toys for Tots will be in December. The LALGA wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving! Spotlight on Renée Hicks: Renée was raised on a wheat farm near South Haven, Michigan. She attended a one-room school house from kindergarten through seventh grade. Renée attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan where she met her first husband. They married in November of 1969 and, as he was in the service, they moved to San Antonio and then to Okinawa. They have two children who currently live in Michigan. After their divorce in 1991, Renée continued raising the children as a single mom for ten years. In late 1999 Renée met her now husband of 22 years, Tom, and they were married in October of 2000 and lived on a mountain near Front Royal, Virginia. Tom and Renée worked at the State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture, respectively, in Washington, D.C. until they retired. Seven years ago Tom and Renée decided they had had enough of the cold weather and snow and moved into her mom’s former home in Lake Region Village, near Haines City. After Hurricane Irma and the continuing threat of hurricanes, they decided to move into a more stable environment and chose Lake Ashton, building their new home, and moving here in August of 2021. Renée initially joined the Niners. She played a Mixers event with Dawn Neigh and Dawn suggested that she play with the LALGA. She has thoroughly enjoyed playing with both groups but loves the competitiveness of the LALGA. Renée and Tom have been playing golf consistently since 2003 and she and Tom have golfed all over the world including Ireland, Jamaica, and Mexico. She has played several times at The TPC Sawgrass. Renée and Tom enjoy traveling, reading, billiards and computers and she likes walking, biking, and cooking. Welcome Renée to the LALGA! LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Here’s hoping all of you survived Hurricane Ian with minimal impact. To date, the East course continues to struggle with water accumulation and limited use of all 18-holes (1-4 are still closed and 5-8 still have cart path water issues). Opening Day was pushed back to October 18 and our winter starting time returned to 9:30 am. Full update in the next issue! Just a few reminders as we swing into our winter season: please wear your name tags as we have a LOT of new members. Arrive early/timely (20 minutes before league start time) to find your partners and hear the morning announcements. Always be on the lookout for wet areas on both courses – it might be a while for them to completely dry out. Dues needs to be paid prior to league play, and a new membership form needs to accompany your dues. Looking forward to playing with all of you! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! LAMGA By Paul Fichtman LAMGA’s October was highlighted by Sponsor Appreciation Day on October 19 where the largest “super” sponsors and Lake Ashton volunteers, who went way above normal in their donations to our annual Member/Guest tournament, were invited to play golf and/or have lunch in the Eagle’s Nest. These super sponsors include: Amerity Financial/ Burris Warner; Art’s Golf Cars; Red Hoagland Hyundai; Snowbird Heating and Cooling and; Chris Bruser, Reverse Mortgage Specialist – Mutual of Omaha. LAMGA Board elections are being held in November. The winners of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting/Luncheon December 7. In addition to the super-sponors honored October 19, the following automotive dealers and Golf Services/Cart companies are also thanked for their generous support of the Member/ Guest tournament: Hill Nissan; Lake Wales Chrysler/ Dodge/Jeep Ram; Ridge Quality Motors; Winter Haven Chrysler, Dodge /Jeep/ Ram; Bargain Carts; Brewer Sales & Service; Lake Ashton Golf Management and; Lake Ashton Ladies Golf Association. A list of all sponsors is posted on the LAMGA web site, Lake Ashton Living, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of September includes: Jim Simpson - $175.55; Donn Yasz - $154.10; Duff Hill - $146.35; Dan Baun - $136.90; Steve Morgan - $136.55; John Candler - $132.35; Gerry Krogman - $129.50; Paul Panone - $126.75; Tom Murphy - $118.90 and; Norm Wilderson - $116.10. Thanks, once again, to Red Hoagland Hyundai for their continued sponsorship of this very popular annual contest. The November schedule is: November 2nd – Best Net A &D/B&C; November 9th – Beat the Board, Best 3 Nets; November 16th – Pick Your Partner, 9 Hole Scramble/9 Hole Shamble; November 23rd – 1 Net Par 5s, 2 Nets Par 4s & 3 Nets Par 3s and; November 30th – 2 Best Nets. The LAMGA wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving for all Lake Ashton residents and their families! LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Designs For Ey Style! Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777
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CLUBS BOLLA By Linda Warden Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton has had a busy summer getting blankets and ponchos ready for delivery to the local Polk County Schools for for fall. A BIG thank you to the delivery team this year Chris Crane, Kate Delles, Barb Aull, Diane Taylor, Lynne Judd, Beth Wagner and Alice Hearn. The elementary schools have received 240 blankets and 90 ponchos. The group has also delivered 425 blankets to several Polk County Agencies that serve children and teens in crisis. Before the Christmas season BOLLA will deliver another 330 blankets to other Polk County Agencies and of course we always give blankets for the Lake Wales Care Center Christmas Tree here at Lake Ashton. If you have a little time on Monday afternoon come to the Clubhouse Craft Room at 1 pm to tie knots and prepare blankets. No sewing required! Also please save the date for the Trash to Treasure sale March 17 and 18, 2023. LA BELLES By Pam Straws The LA Belles November luncheon will be held on November 30 at 12:30 pm at L’Incontro Italian Restaurant on Hwy 60 in Lake Wales. The menu will be a three course lunch with your choice of pasta, chicken or fish for $14. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Hosted by Pam Straws. Hope to see you there! LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis Baffled at what happened to a once thriving plant? Attended a garden show or seminar and would like to share? Join the LA Ashton Garden Club on November 9 at 10 am in the Pavilion. After a presentation it's not unusual for members to begin discussions on many plant issues. Last month Sil Wells and Pam Klawinski demonstrated how to create a flower arrangement placed on a frame. The use of double sided velcro made it interchangeable, depending on seasons. In addition members discussed future meetings, including the one in November. Pumpkin and succulent fans should plan on attending for a chance to participate in a prize drawing. Sil Wells will demonstrate how to create a reusable Fall Themed succulent display. It'll be available for the drawing after the meeting. Come and share your expertise, garden problems, solutions or just socialize. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their next monthly meeting November 3 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The November speaker is Steve Whitaker from Victory Ridge Academy, a public charter school serving special needs children with communication deficits, emotional/behavioral challenges, and physical disabilities. The school serves students with a variety of special needs. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will hold their annual Christmas Party December 3. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Catering Company and guests will dance to music provided by Wayne, LA’s favorite DJ. The party begins at 5:30 pm at the Clubhouse. Tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $25 (check payable to LARC). The last day to purchase tickets is November 22. For more information, please contact Brenda Bush-Sayre at bbs1954@icloud.com or 813-313-9911. Don’t forget to vote on November 8! Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work BEST HOME SELLING EXPERIENCE Brad's assistance in selling our home was first rate. His homework ahead of time, his understanding of the market, and his knowledge of the area is unsurpassed. His write-up and the professional pictures showed the true beauty of our home. His care and compassion for people stood out as he walked us through the selling process from beginning to closing. We highly recommend Brad to assist you in selling your home. Please call him. Verified by RateMyAgent Bill, Dee, and Princess Leia Schaal 11 AUGUST 2022 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31
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ADVANCED BOCCE LEAGUE POTLUCK DINNER By Vicki Creek The annual Advanced Bocce League Potluck Dinner will be held at the HFC on December 2 from 4 to 6 pm. If you are already a member of the Advanced Bocce League or are interested in joining you are invited to attend. Everyone please bring a covered dish along with your own beverages, plates and silverware. If you plan to a t t e n d p l e a s e R S V P t o V i c k i C r e e k at vlcreek@gmail.com. “Many A Friendship Has Been Made On The Bocce Courts.” LA PICKLEBALL By Lisa Savala Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and Lake Ashton has a pickleball club - LAPA (Lake Ashton Pickleball Association). Membership is $10 per person per year, or three years for $25. The money is used for pickleball events, balls, windsocks, and various court equipment, etc. To join the club, simply stop by the LA Clubhouse (not HFC) and fill out the membership form and bring a check made out to LAPA. If you haven’t been by the pickleball courts lately, you need to stop by and see the beautiful newly resurfaced courts! A new net was also installed on Court 3. The club is very thankful the LAIICDD agreed to improve this very popular community amenity. If you are new to Lake Ashton or new to pickleball and want to learn the game, Dennis Santino will be offering a “Newbie Clinic” on November 7 and 14 from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Courts 3 & 4. He has asked that attendees be able to attend both sessions. Space is limited to the first 12 who sign up! Sign up by emailing Coach Dennis at coachdennis@myyahoo.com Paddles will be provided. The LAPA annual meeting is planned for November 30 at the Clubhouse beginning at 5 pm with a potluck dinner and the meeting to follow. LA Pickleball Association Officers: President Chuck Caesar Vice President Sue Morris Treasurer Lisa Savala Secretary Becky Wilson Email: lakeashtonpickleball@gmail.com BOOK CLUB By Judi Saint-Sommer And Still They Came, the Florida Saga Guest author: Robert James Connors The Book Club invites all residents to this presentation on December 6 at 2:30 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. Have you ever wondered, how Florida became such a Mecca for development? Join the book club in hearing stories of the last 200 years of development and conflicts. Special guest author, Robert James Connors, will share stories from his book, as well as a story that includes the very land Lake Ashton was developed on. His history is spun through the eyes of one family, with roots to the native Seminoles to development ties of the Keys bridge, railroads, and even Bok Tower. Mr. Connors, born in Chicago, Illinois, has published more than 1,000 human-interest stories, features and commentaries. He is a former magazine managing editor, journalist, newspaper editorial writer and former Florida County Commissioner. He and his wife Susan reside in Lake Wales. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Hard to believe that the holiday season is already here. November is the time to think about pumpkins and turkeys, family and friends, and what we feel grateful for and thankful about. The group’s rock painting revolves around themes related to the upcoming holidays and their colors. Rocks are hidden around Lake Ashton to fulfill the mission: “one message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, and life.” LA Rockers continues to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members will continue to share their skills as we paint and schmooze with our Rocker friends. Newcomers are always welcome and you will be lent the supplies you will need for your first meeting. But if you are new PLEASE contact either MJ Richards (mjmr i chards517@gma i l . com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) before coming so that supplies can be prepared for you, and you can be contacted if a meeting has to be canceled. To enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join the next meetings on November 2, 16, and 30. If a meeting has to be canceled, notification will be posted on the LA Rockers group page on Facebook. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In October, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for dinners and lunches during October, Lunch at the Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood and dinner at Tanners. The Single Mingle held on the third Thursday of the month will return to the Pavilion. The Group also decided to purchase Christmas gifts for 12 Senior Orphans. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on November 6. LA TRAVELERS By Carolyn Bishop Welcome home to all seasonal travelers! Stories from Maine to California and Mexico to Alaska are being shared by many members during the Social on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The LA Travelers Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, and will take place in the Restaurant at 2:30 pm. It is essential for members to attend this once a year meeting where officers will be elected and other valuable information will be shared. Tickets for the Holiday Dinner Party December 4 will also go on sale at this meeting. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for their guests. Many fun rallies are coming up in the 2023 season so come join the group on Tuesdays to hear all about them. MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Kathy Keding A big hello to all friends from the Great Lake State! The Michigan Potluck is on the schedule for Sunday, January 8, 2023, from 4 to 8 pm at the HFC. Lots of fun is in store for everyone! Bring your Michigan knowledge and a dish to pass. Sign up sheets will be posted at the HFC and the Clubhouse starting November 1. Looking forward to meeting you!
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DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Restaurant from 12:45 pm until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Instruction is given preceding the game, beginning at 11:45 am. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the Clubhouse Information Wall. A partner is required. For help finding a partner or for more information contact Dfuller627@yahoo.com. September 19: North/South: 1st George Rogers & Ralph Ritter, 2nd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 3rd Don Fuller & Jim Ford; East/West: 1st Jeanine Connors & Chris Verges, 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Judy Marine, 3rd Janis & Frank Vasquenza September 26: 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 2nd Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky, 3rd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers, 4th (tie) Janis Vazquenza & Liz Leigh with Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson October 3: 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 2nd Dana Cunningham & Judy Robinson, 3rd (Tie) Ralph Ritter & George Rogers with Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson October 10: North/South 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 2nd Dana Cunningham & Judy Robertson, 3rd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; East/West 1st Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 2nd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers 3rd Linda & Carl Boast October 17: North/South 1st Dana Cunningham & Judy Robertson, 2nd Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 3rd Dee & Howard Mayne; East/West 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 3rd Chris Verges and Jeannine Connors. TUESDAY PARTY & SOCIAL BRIDGE By George Rogers Winners of the last 5 weeks are: September 13: Kathy Ryan, Dee Mayne, Chip Inman, and Elaine Inman September 20: Elaine Inman, Mafie Walker, George Rogers, and Berta Rogers September 27: Chris Verges, Gayle Rogers, Howard Mayne, and Liz Leigh October 4: Dee Mayne, Kathy Ryan, Howard Mayne, and Carl Boast October 11: Janis Vasqueza, Carl Boast, Kathy Ryan, and George Rogers This is a talkative group. We discuss bidding and play following many hands. All bridge players are welcome. Please contact George Rogers at georgerogers4321@gmail.com or at 419-708-3320 or if unavailable contact Liz Leigh at 813-288-0809. MAH JONGG By Myrna Soberman Looking for Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience to join this group on W e d n e s d a y afternoons at the HFC from 2 to 4 pm. For further information, please contact myrnaandsteve@gmail.com. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 35
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Despite swimmers out of water, due to heater fuel issues in October, the LA Swim Cl ub membe r s , whether they are fitness or competitive swimmers, have found ways to keep in shape. Different ones have been s po t t ed a t t he outdoor pool, both fitness centers, walking, and riding bikes. This extra activity has been especially important for those aiming for the Golden Age Games in Sanford on November 6 and the Florida Senior Games in Temple Terrace December 3 & 4. To compete in the Florida Senior Games, one must place in the top five in a regional meet. It's exciting to announce that The LA Swim Club is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the LA Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament in support of breast cancer research. IN MEMORIAM Frank Duffy, a longtime resident, recently passed away. His wife, Geri Duffy, donated a bench and the golf group Frank played with helped with the dedication on the driving range (pictured below). The bench (pictured above) is placed on the range for all to see, enjoy, and remember Frank. Frank was an excellent golfer, a former Illinois State Amateur Champion, and a fun guy to be with. He is sorely missed, but we take comfort in knowing he is in a better place. All are encouraged to get and stay fit. Did you know that even at 55 and over your muscles can get stronger? All are invited to join in the LA Swim Club workouts: Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am in the HFC Indoor Pool. There is no membership fee. The only prerequisite is the ability to swim at least 1 length of the pool of one or more of the standard strokes ( i .e. f ront crawl /f reestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, or butterfly). Come swim with us! LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting is November 16 at 6:30 PM in the Ballroom, near the stage. The LAVA Auxiliary is a group of your friends and neighbors who support the military through fund raising as well as simple actions like sending holiday cards to those serving abroad, donating clothing and other items to veteran nursing homes as well as the annual Girl Scout Cookie drive for the military. Consider attending this month’s meeting! THANK YOU LAKE ASHTON NEIGHBORS! Although the craft fair had not happened at the time of this writing, I can say that based on the number of volunteers, both from current LAVA Auxiliary as well as the many neighbors who have offered to help, it was a great success! There was a waiting list of interested vendors. If you are Interested in being a vendor for our 2023 Craft Fair, please call Chris Graves at 863.514-5368 or Joan DiBattista at 863. 662-4746. Thank you to all veterans and those serving in the military both here and abroad for the sacrifices that they make to protect everyone’s freedoms! God Bless America! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The October meeting kicked off the 2022 – 2023 season. A lot of good suggestions were made as to potential club activities. Plans will be developed for member photo outings to Bok Tower, Gatorland and other locations. Arrangements for guest speakers to attend club meetings are also being pursued. With the return of the snowbirds, this should be another good season for sharing the enjoyment of photography. The LA Camera Club is open to all residents. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. As always, you are encouraged to bring along a few pictures on a USB drive to share with the group. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl If you are interested in finding those long lost ancestors, consider joining the Genealogy Club for the next meeting at the HFC Craft Room on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 pm. The "theme" of the meeting will be "FREE". Genealogy websites that will help you find records and resources and are also FREE will be explored. Please bring your stories and questions to share with this friendly group. For more information, please call Jane at 815-545-6655. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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MIND&BODY UNDERSTANDING A STROKE & WHAT TO LOOK FOR Have you ever wondered about the warning signs of a stroke or the importance of early evaluations? Stop by the HFC Community Center, Wednesday, November 9, at 12:30 pm for a presentation on how to understand a stroke and what to look for. He will be able to answer any of your questions and so much more. Sign up in the HFC Lobby. FLU SHOTS Flu shots will be facilitated by Walgreens on Monday, November 14 from 8:30 to 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Bring your insurance card. PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts on November 16 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom for a class with tips on planting your garden to support pollinators! They will share plant suggestions and tips for increasing habitat in your yard. A minimum of 25 participants required. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION / MUS IC HISTORY SERIES There are still five seats open for the classical music history program Mondays at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. November and December sessions will cover the great works of the Baroque era (1600 - 1750) by 16 composers with special attention on Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Lake Ashton resident Ken Hoffman, who has nine years experience teaching music history to seniors at the Continuing Education Department at the University of North Florida, explains the music and the historical events that influenced the composers of the era. Learn about many renowned musicians, past and present, while viewing films of them playing the music. Class discussion is encouraged. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wal l. Check out BaroqueMasters.blogspot.com for more information. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT An all-encompassing Caregiver Support Group facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association will be held on November 15 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This group is for Caregivers and Care partners of people living with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, Cancer, and Diabetes. People who are living with the disease are welcome to attend with their care partner. This support group is conducted by trained facilitators and is a safe place for everyone to develop a support system. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES? Join friends and neighbors on November 18 at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom for a fun yet educational presentation on honey bees from our friends at Happy Hives. Learn how honey is collected and processed for use in different products, the art of beekeeping, and how mighty of an impact small honey bees have on our environment. Don't forget to BYOB. There will also be a fully functioning observation bee hive as well! You’ll want to BEE there! Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Save the Date for December’s Think & Drink: Empowered Success to Living a Healthy Life December 28 at 6 pm in the Ballroom. BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE Are you curious about acupuncture and its benefits? Are you wanting to know more about the process and if it is the right choice for you? Stop by the HFC Community Center on Tuesday, November 29 at noon to get your questions answered by a specialist in acupuncture. Sign up today at the HFC Lobby.
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YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815) Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am Intermediate: Tuesdays at 8:10 pm, Thursdays at 10:10 am Clubhouse Ballroom IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Date & Time: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Beginning October 20 Location: HFC Community Center HAPPY HOUR DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (305-725-4946) Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm with a glass of ? afterwards (BYOB). Meet at the HFC basketball court for lots of fun and energy. No need for previous dance experience or to be in attendance weekly. LA DANCE CLASSES - WALTZ Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays in November from 4:30 to 5:30 in the HFC Community Room. FREE! No partner needed! There will be no Dance Classes in December. Dance Classes will resume in January 2023. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone returns October 1 and is held every Saturday at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. LA STEPPERS The popular fitness class from the 90’s is also popular here in Lake Ashton, and will continue this fall on Thursdays, October 6, November 3, and December 1 at 5 pm in the HFC Community Room. Class duration is 1 hour. Prior to class there will be a refresher of basic steps. Participants must bring their own step. There is no charge for this class. Certified Instructor is LA Resident Sue Fitzgerald. Questions? Call Sue at 904-566-2846. CALLING ALL TAPPERS Facilitator: Julie Bombard Tap Jammers is a fun group of tappers who gather weekly to practice steps and combinations. If you tap or have tapped in the past and have knowledge of tap dance, come join the fun! Classes are free. Tap Jammers meet on Friday mornings at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage beginning October 7. Please note: These classes are not intended for the beginning tapper. For more information, contact Facilitator Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com. LAKE ASHTON MEN’S BIBLE STUDY - KICKOFF You are invited to join the interesting and thought provoking LA Men’s Bible Study Group that meets every Tuesday, with Fellowship from 10 to 10:30 am, and Discussion from 10:30 to noon. The group is nondenominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. Meet face-to-face at the HFC Craft Room or via a Zoom connection if you prefer not to meet face-to-face. This fall the group will be starting Romans, generally reading one chapter and discussing questions pertaining to that chapter. There is an open, positive, educational, and voluntary dialogue. You don’t need to be a theologian to join. You’ll find that as you examine your faith, you’ll learn more about God and yourself. Please contact Bob Ring, 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com or Jim Brendemuehl, 815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com. HOLIDAY CARD MAKING CLASS Instructor: Donna Rorick Sign up to make three holiday cards on Wednesday, November 30 at 1 pm at the Clubhouse. Instruction will be provided, from beginner to expert. All supplies and equipment are included. No experience necessary. The cost is $10 for three cards. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to Donna Rorick. Call Donna at 410-937-9601 with any questions or further detail. FUSED GLASS PLATE & MORE November 11 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room Cost: $35, includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing, & art glass. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall - limited to 12 people FUSED GLASS JEWELRY November 17 from 9 am to noon at the HFC Cost: $35, includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing, & art glass. Sign up at the HFC CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr November 12 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Pumpkin Patch $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on November 11 CELEBRATE THE SEASONS! Beginners can sign up to learn to paint with watercolor with artist Freddie Combs. Join these half day classes to create a painting décor for holiday use. Complete an entire painting in a matter of hours. Class is November 11 at 12:45 in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session, or $40 with materials included (must be requested in advance). Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk to secure a spot and receive a list of supplies. CREATE A CARD Please join us on November 15 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10:00 am and noon. The cost is $10.00. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join us for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail.
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BRUSHES & BEVERAGES Create your own Holiday wall painting! For $35, each painter will receive a 16x20 canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, and step-by-step instructions. This event will take place on December 2 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Don’t forget to bring your favorite wine or other beverages to enjoy while painting your holiday masterpiece! Reserve your spot at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by November 22 with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli. You won’t want to miss this, a maximum of 30 people can sign up but a minimum of 10 people are needed! BEADED WIRE ORNAMENTS Join the Art of beading on December 1 at 12 pm to create your very own beaded ornament for only $5. Learn how to manipulate wire into Holiday shapes using templates while adding your own beaded flair! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 21. GRAPEVINE HOLIDAY WREATHMAKING CLASS No matter what Holiday you celebrate, all are welcome to make a beautiful wreath on December 5 at 11 am. All instructions and supplies will be provided for $15, you can’t even get a storebought wreath for that! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office by Monday, November 28. GIFT WRAPPING & HOLIDAY BOWS CLASS If you’ve ever looked upon perfectly or artistically wrapped gifts with envy, now you can learn how to do it yourself! For only $5, you too can learn handson how to add some flair to your gift wrapping on December 7 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. You can even learn how to make those gorgeous holiday bows that adorn gifts, wreaths, and more! Your bows and wrapped gifts will be the envy of all this Holiday Season! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office.

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES November Issue Deadline: October 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. OCTOBER 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. OCTOBER 3 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Main Street Updates • Featured Vendors: ComForCare and Amerity Financial OCTOBER 10 • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Applied Aquatic Answers Your Aquatic Management Questions • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson OCTOBER 17 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday — monthly collection of nonperishable items for a local food bank OCTOBER 24 • Blast from the Past with David Harrison • Featured Speaker: Winter Haven Optimist Group • Featured Vendor: State Farm - Kevin Weltlin • Bloodmobile will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot from 8 to 11 am OCTOBER 31 • Trick or Treat at Monday Coffee • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and EDC • Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 16 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 32 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 42 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, October 17, 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom Joint Meeting to Follow LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, October 21, 9 am Health & Fitness Center CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm (or by appointment) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily Stop by the Activities Office to put in an application if you are inter ested in volunteering in any of the following positions at the Clubhouse. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. • Activities Desk Volunteer • Event Set-up • Event Break-down • Other Event Support GET A NAME BADGE Wouldn't it be wonderful if everybody sitting at your table is wearing a name badge? We all have our Lake Ashton ID badge, but this one with just your name and the LA logo is attractive and easy to read. The cost is only $15, check only, payable to LA Purple Stars. The order forms are at the Clubhouse and the HFC and all proceeds are a donation to the American Cancer Society. 6 NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: October 12 and 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 am Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 am BOOKMOBILE October 12 and 26, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot FOOD TRUCKS In the Clubhouse West Parking Lot - stay tuned to media for additions, changes, and menus! 10/04 - Topsy's 4 - 7:30 pm 10/09 - Top Dog - 2:30 - 6:30 pm 10/13 - DonutNV - 2 - 5 pm 10/14 - Smokin' Oak - 4:30 - 8 pm 10/18 - K&E 3:30 - 7 pm 10/23 - Topsy's 2:30 - 6:30 pm 10/24 - Top Dog 11 am - 6 pm 10/27 - Smokin' Oak - 7 - 7:30 pm 10/28 - Topsy's - 4 - 7:30 pm NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is November 11 at 2 pm in the HFC. Sign up at either Activities Desk. Stay tuned to blast emails for future dates. SIGN UP FOR BLAST EMAILS Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or scan this QR code with your smartphone to be directed to the website where you can sign up to receive electronic news blasts from the Clubhouse and HFC, Eagle’s Nest, and/or Pro Shop. If you are no longer receiving emails but were signed up previously, email valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. 7
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LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Welcome back to those that were traveling over the summer. Fall is in full swing in Lake Ashton with pumpkins and brightly colored leaves displayed throughout the Clubhouse and activity calendars bulging with fun! In this edition of the LA Times (and every issue for that matter) it is apparent why Haven Magazine in Winter Haven named Lake Ashton as the “Best Retirement Community” in their Best of Haven Home 2022 issue. Supervisors and Staff work hard to ensure there is a robust offering of classes and activities for residents to enjoy and amenities are kept in tip top shape. With that being said there are resident feedback forms located outside of the Community Director's Office and Facility Repair Forms located in each amenity room in the Clubhouse. Please complete a form if you notice something in need of repair and submit feedback concerning your experiences at the Clubhouse. Staff is here for you...to make your events go off without a hitch, to help advertise and promote your group activities, and to ensure you live your best retirement life. With the return of summer travelers traffic counts will begin to increase in Lake Ashton. With that being said please be sure to take your time when maneuvering throughout the community. Be sure to wear reflective clothing when walking or biking during hours when light is limited and always walk facing traffic. Please see page 20 for more information on how to keep our streets and residents safe. Please remember storm season runs until November 30. All residents should be prepared for severe weather. Helpful storm preparation resources can be found at either Activities Desk. Be mindful of lightning monitors throughout the community and seek shelter when needed. Supervisors met on September 19 to discuss the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Restaurant services at the Lake Ashton Clubhouse. The RFP has been sent to several interested parties and industry professionals. In addition, a not to exceed amount of $2,000 was approved to advertise the RFP in local trade journals. The Restaurant Lease Agreement will be discussed at a later date. Maintenance agreements for pool maintenance, aquatic management, security, and landscape maintenance were presented and all were renewed subject to adding language requiring pricing increases be submitted 90 days prior to renewal date. A cost savings analysis was presented and staff will continue to work on additional areas for savings. Please refer to the Community Director report for detailed information. Options to refurbish the landscape along Lake Ashton Blvd. were presented and additional options will be presented at the October Board of Supervisors meeting. A wrap up report of additional actions was sent out via email on September 25. All residents are encouraged to attend. The meetings can be attended in person or via Zoom. 8 9 ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1381 6/22
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com October usually ushers in cooler weather, and the HFC fundraising drive for breast cancer. Wearing pink will get you points toward a price for “the most pink appearances in October”. We’ll have a honor/memory wall with names of individuals affected by this cruel disease. The Breast Cancer Walk on October 7th. will also be attended by Sheriff Grady Judd. The breakfast to follow will be the reward for the walkers who finish. There are two routes this year. One is ¾ mile long and the other is 1 ½ mile long. The Rusty Trumpet Dance on the 14th. It is a Halloween Dance, but a portion of the take at the door will go to our general fund for the Lake Ashton breast cancer donations. The donations for the month will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida and will be reported in an eblast and next month’s newsletter article. The LA II Board of Supervisors met on September 16th and Warren Construction received the winning bid for the HFC roof replacement. The District Engineer will be reviewing the contract in detail before work begins. Landscaping services will have a review completed for the October meeting. A new security golf cart will be purchased with FY 2023 funds. As I write this article, the weather is daunting…Ian is scheduled to be in Florida this week. Here’s knowing we were prepared, but not needed to be so. LA II CDD Candidate Forum LA West residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming 2022 Forum on Wednesday, October 26. Roy Aull and Duff Hill, who want to fill Seat 1 on our CDD II Board of Supervisors, will be participating in this event. The forum will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude no later than 2:30 p.m. As elected officials, members of our CDD Board of Supervisors hold important positions within our community. They are responsible for how our community is managed and how assessment funds are spent. Therefore, LA West residents are urged to submit questions they have for these candidates to mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com or by depositing them into the Forum Question Box provided at the HFC. Remember to include your name and address on your questions. All questions must be submitted by noon on October 19. 10 11
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RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT: LAKE ASHTON SUPPORTS OUR SPECIAL OLYMPIANS Did you know that there is no upper age limit to participate in Special Olympics? That’s right. White hair and baldness grace the crowns of many of Polk County’s Special Olympians, volunteers, coaches, and unified partners. The photo above shows the participants in the LASSO Bowling Rec League: Seated L-R: Josh Peek and Colton Morosky. Standing L-R: Mike Lopez, Mary Morosky, Rick Buckingham, Ricky Lopez, Jonathan Barrell, Scott Sharak, and Paul Morosky. The athletes are proudly wearing their blue ribbons—earned at the County and Area games. Polk County has a robust Special Olympics bowling program, and Lake Ashton’s LASSO Rec League helps to foster our resident participants, their families, and friends. Other residents of Lake Ashton have stepped forward to show their support by coaching and encouraging our athletes along their journey. A special shout out goes to resident Dennis Yenor who has devoted significant time in support of our athletes at Lake Ashton Lanes, at Polk County practices, and even at the competitions. On any given day, you will likely see Lake Ashton’s very own Jonathan Barrell at the Clubhouse bowling alley where he spends countless hours honing his skills. All that practice really paid off, as he won first place in the State Bowling Competition in September, along with Shawn Squires. Congratulations! Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment—on the playing field and in life. Thank you, Lake Ashton, for embracing our unique residents and fostering opportunities for them to participate in the community. To learn more about some lifestyle enhancing opportunities for our special residents and their parents, caregivers, or community friends to gather socially and engage in healthy activities right here in Lake Ashton, email Mary at morosky.m@gmail.com. DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKS Residents and guests entering via the visitors gate at either entrance to Lake Ashton should be prepared to show their driver's license when checking in with the Security Officer on duty. This is done to confirm the identity of the person entering the community. This is a procedure designed to add an additional level of security for residents' peace of mind and by no means meant to be intrusive. Questions regarding security procedures can be directed to Robert Plummer, LACDD Supervisor, at rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com or Jim Mecsics, LAIICDD Supervisor, at mecsicsj@msn.com 12 13
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BOWLING LANES REMINDERS • Open Bowling is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. The lanes are available on a first come, first served basis and leagues are not booked on these dates. • Reservations can be made by all residents on days that are not listed as open bowling. Please see Sheila Moreland in the Club Office to reserve the number of lanes needed for Tuesday - Friday play. • Bowling shoes are required when using the bowling lanes. Please bring your own or use a pair from those provided near the entrance to the lanes. • The bowling machines are all self scoring. If you are unsure how to operate the machines or need assistance, please contact staff. • No one is allowed past the foul line or on a bowling lane at any time. • Proper bowling etiquette shall be adhered to at all times. The use of profanity or disruptive behavior is prohibited. • No food or drinks are allowed in the approach area. • If at any time the equipment fails to operate properly or your ball does not return, please contact staff or security (863-324-7290) for assistance. • No one is allowed behind the pin setting machines without Amenities Manager’s permission. • Return all balls and shoes to racks when you have finished bowling. • Guests must be accompanied by an adult who understands the rules if under the age of eighteen (18). PET PLAY PARK REMINDERS • Please remember to pick up after your dog and dispose of the bags in the receptacles provided. • Put down all umbrellas prior to leaving the Pet Play Park. The umbrellas could be damaged during windy days. 14 • The bags located in the dispensers at the Pet Play Parks and by the Clubhouse Tennis Courts are for use while at the Park or walking around the amenities only. Under no circumstance should users take large quantities of the bags for use outside of these areas. • The Districts have recently installed new grass in the Pet Play Parks. To keep the grass in good shape users are encouraged to stop dogs from digging and fill any holes with the sand provided to ensure the grass stays in good shape for years to come. TREES PLANTED IN CLUBHOUSE PET PLAY PARK The Gar den Club, Supervisors, residents, Chloe the dog, and staff joined Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, on September 6 for some post Labor Day labor. Two Live Oak Trees were planted in the Clubhouse Pet Play Park to pr ovide shade for future users of the park. Thank you to all that participated in planting the trees. Chloe even found a little shade from the new trees. Stop by and take a look. Please help the trees get established by keeping dogs away from the growing trees as much as possible. *
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LA LOOKS Native Flowers of Central Florida By Lynn Davis Florida’ s state wildflower is the coreopsis, better known as the tickseed. There are about 15 different species. The species lance-leaf grows naturally. Though it’s a short-lived perennial (returns every year), it often reseeds. It’s primarily a spring bloomer, but with some deadheading will bloom into summer. The tickseed bought at local home improvement stores and some nurseries often are non-native. To find native species google: Florida Native Flower/Plants or visit thenectarylkld.com, located in Lakeland. Why plant tickseed in your yard? Tickseed is drought tolerant, attracts pollinators, may be used in tea, has been known to be used for medical ailments and is easy to maintain. Enjoy and reap the benefits of planting native flowers! LAKE ASHTON WETLANDS AND CONSERVATION AREAS Many residents live near a wetland or conservation area. A wetland has many positive roles that serve the ecosystem. They improve water quality by cleaning out the pollutants before they reach our beautiful lake and protect residents from flooding, acting as giant sponge. Lake Ashton CDD has a contract with an aquatics vendor to maintain certain wetlands and conservation areas. These areas are governed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. We ask that residents refrain from entering these areas or planting plants as it is prohibited. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at MFisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. SAFEGUARD STORM DRAINS FRIENDLY REMINDER: Please remember to put umbrellas down after use when visiting the Pool, Bocce Courts, or Pet Play Parks. Leaving them up can potentially cause them to be damaged by wind and rain. 16 Never place loose vegetation on top of storm drains, as it can fall or blow into the storm drain and clog the stormwater system. Yard waste and bulk trash or items that will not fit into the containers should be placed at the curb no more than 48 hours prior to pick-up. In no event shall any items for pickup be placed in the street. Call the City of Lake Wales, Customer Service (863-678-4182, ext.226) or City of Winter Haven (863-291-5756) Trash and Garbage Office for information about scheduled pickup or to arrange for an unscheduled pickup. LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Tom Hevel The HOA has been very busy through the summer and will be even busier this Fall. In mid-October all Lake Wales residents will be sent revised covenants, conditions and restrictions for Lake Ashton. You will find the revisions in total and a proxy form with a return mailing envelope. Residents can either send in their proxy or come to the special meeting in November and vote. The HOA Board and a committee of residents have been working for over two years on these revisions. The Board wishes to thank the committee for their hard work and input in this important process. Many of the revisions have to do with the developer no longer being involved with the East HOA and much of the CC&Rs addressed those concerns. The HOA wants input from the community as well and as such have put together a YOUTUBE video detailing the changes, and will have public meetings before the vote to address residents' concerns and questions. LA (LW) HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD) Contact Information Management Company: Don Asher Michellette Ramos: manager@lakeashtonhoa.org All Directors: directors@lakeashtonhoa.org To report a violation: include address, issue & photos, compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org President/Treasurer: Bob Prowant president@lakeashtonhoa.org Vice President Nancy Baker vp@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary2 David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary3 Steve Hogan secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org 17 Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Cattle Egret is a common sight in Polk County and true to their name they are frequently seen on or around cows. They help keep the cows free of insects and also enjoy freshly mown fields. At Lake Ashton you are more likely to see one perched on an automobile as if mistaking it for a cow. They are white with a yellow bill and legs. Much smaller than Great Egrets, they are even a little smaller than a Snowy, but more stocky. Their breeding plumage adds a beautiful buff to their white plumes. Not a native bird, they hail from Africa arriving in South America on the winds of hurricanes in the late 1800s. They have spread from there and continue to work their way north arriving in Florida in the early 1950s. They are technically an exotic species, but not an invasive exotic. Scene About Town Mamas and babies pictured in LA: Bottom left picture by Mike Morton, bottom right by Elizabeth Barrell.
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Don’t Let Scammers Put Your Generosity at Risk! Unfortunately, anyone can get scammed. Here are some red flags to watch out for before giving money to a cause: • When fundraisers are more pushy than you’d expect, asking for account or SS numbers, that’s a good indication something is wrong. • Make all donations through mail or the charity’s website. • They’re so vague there’s no way to tell if they’re legit or calling from their parent’s basement. • Trying to create history by thanking you for a donation you’re not certain you made is a trick to make you feel like you already checked them out. Don’t fall for it. A Better Way — Choose Your Own Charity. To prevent high-pressure tactics getting you to part with your money, just say no to random calls! Do your own research. With this approach, you can protect your money from bogus charities and make a choice you know will give directly to the cause. PEAK STORM SEASON Hurricane season ends November 30, but the peak storm season runs from mid-August to late October. All residents should be prepared for severe weather. A list of storm season tips can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Pay attention to the lightning detection devices throughout the community and seek shelter when the sirens sound. Go to alertpolk.com to register your contact information for the telephone and email notification system that Polk County officials use to inform county residents of situations that may affect their health, safety, and welfare, including severe weather alerts. CITIZENS ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). C RT CERTainly Safe COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM Home Safey Tips from Your Lake Ashton Community Emergancy Response Team EXTENSION CORD SAFETY TIPS Avoid trip hazards Replace frayed cords Don’t overload cords Don’t cover cords with a rug https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/5032.pdf 18 19
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PARKING & ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS Residents are reminded that the speed limit throughout all of Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, and bicycles (including electric bicycles) should make a complete stop just before the white stop bar whether before or after the posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. The Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Department patrol in Lake Ashton on a regular basis. Please take a little extra time to ensure you maneuver throughout the community as safely as possible to avoid a ticket and more importantly, an accident. The following excerpt was taken from Florida State Statute 316.1945 Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. For the full statute, visit www.leg.state.fl.us/ No person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers: 1. In front of a public or private driveway. 2. Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. 3. Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection. 4. Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. Keep in mind the streets in Lake Ashton are very narrow and there are many forms of traffic which heightens the danger during busy times. The information listed above will be passed along to vendors to ensure they are following the established state statutes. The following items will also help to alleviate dangerous situations on the road. • Do not park a vehicle directly parallel to another vehicle. • Do not park on a curve. • Park as close to the curb as possible. Residents can help by informing vendors that are performing work at their home of the parking "good practices" above. With everyone's help the streets of Lake Ashton will be as safe as possible. Please note that the City of Lake Wales ordinance prohibits the operation of golf carts by anyone under the age of 14 and City of Winter Haven prohibits operation by anyone under the age of 16. Please observe safety guidelines and all traffic laws when operating golf carts! Be safe while having fun with children on golf carts. Drivers should not place young children on their laps, as this creates a hazardous condition for the children in the case of a panic stop or accident. 20 Compare our CD Rates Bank-issued, FDIC-insured 6-month 1-year 2-year 3.50 3.65 3.75 Michael Kennedy Financial Advisor 7100 Cypress Gardens Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-2486 21 % % % Call or visit your local financial advisor today. APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 APY* Minimum deposit $25,000 * Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 09/14/22. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic.gov or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered through Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. All CDs sold by Edward Jones are registered with the Depository Trust Corp. (DTC).
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MOVI ES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 OCTOBER 4 — 6 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS 2022 | PG | 1H 55MIN London housecleaner Ada Harris thinks her lonely life might turn around if she can become the owner of a Christian Dior gown. Saying goodbye to friends like Archie won't be easy, and neither will be winning over elite people in Paris from Madame Colbert to idealistic accountant André. But Ada's irrepressible charm just might end up saving the whole House of Dior. OCTOBER 11 — 13 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM A JAZZMAN’S BLUES 2022 | R | 2H 7MIN When a stack of letters delivered to a state attorney general in 1987 prompts the reopening of a long-unsolved murder case, the story of star-crossed lovers Bayou and Leanne emerges -- and with it the secrets that would destroy them. OCTOBER 18 — 20 (NO 11 AM MOVIE OCTOBER 20) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM BLONDE 2022 | NC-17 | 2H 45MIN In this film based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas) narrates the story of her life, providing a glimpse into how Norma Jean Baker transcended a troubled childhood to transform herself into one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. OCTOBER 25 — 27 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM ALL THE OLD KNIVES 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 5MIN When the CIA discovers one of its agents leaked information that cost more than 100 people their lives, veteran operative Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is assigned to root out the mole from among his former officemates at the agency's Vienna station. His investigation takes him from Austria to England to California, where he is reunited with his one-time colleague and ex-lover Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton). The pair are forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this riveting tale of global espionage, moral ambiguity, and deadly betrayal. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM OCTOBER 7 GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE 2021 | PG-13 | 2H 4MIN When a single mom and her kids arrive in a small Oklahoma town, they begin to di scover thei r connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Starring Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and McKenna Grace. OCTOBER 14 (NO 3 PM MOVIE) CLUE 1985 | PG | 1H 36MIN Director Jonathan Lynn's board game-inspired campfest finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at a mansion, where they all become suspects in the death of the house's owner, who had been blackmailing each of them. OCTOBER 21 THE MUNSTERS 2022 | PG | 1H 50MIN Lily is a typical 150-year-old lovelorn vampire who's looking for the man of her nightmares -- until she lays her eyes on Herman, a 7-foot-tall green experiment with a heart of gold. It's love at first shock as these two ghouls fall fangs over feet for each other in a Transylvanian romance. Unfortunately, it's not all smooth sailing in the cemetery as Lily's father has other plans for his beloved daughter's future, and they don't involve her new bumbling beau. Directed by Rob Zombie, starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck. OCTOBER 28 HOCUS POCUS 2 2022 | PG It's been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resur rected the 17th-century Sanderson sisters (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Bette Midler), and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow's Eve. “If You’ve Got The Time, I’ll Make It Shine!” MOBILE DETAILING 863-440-4220 Derrick Gibson
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EVENTS CARRABBAS DINNERS FOR TWO + KARAOKE Carrabba’s will be offering three delicious Dinner for 2 options (see menu below) and you will have the choice of taking your meal to go or eating in the Ballroom on October 12 at 5 pm. Please place your orders by 3 pm on October 12 by calling 863-293-6635. Payment will go directly to Carrabba’s and can be made by credit card over the phone at the time of ordering or by cash or credit card in person the day of. · 2 for $30 - Homemade Chicken Marsala with penne al pomodoro, side Caesar salad, and the signature Carrabba’s bread · 2 for $25 – Homemade Penne with meatballs, a side Caesar salad, and the signature Carrabba’s bread · 2 for $25 – Homemade Lasagna with a side Caesar salad, and Carrabba’s signature bread · Add 1 cannoli for $1 per person · Add a 32oz pitcher of sangria (blackberry, peach, or classic red) for $25 If you choose to eat your meal in the Ballroom, stop by the Clubhouse Restaurant after for karaoke with DJ Wayne from 6 to 9 pm. Get your $2 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. BYOB! ALL SAINTS ACADEMY DANCE ENSEMBLE Lake Ashton welcomes back the All Saints Academy Dance Ensemble to the Clubhouse Ballroom for a FREE performance on October 13 at 3 pm. The ASA Dance Ensemble is a performance and competition team open to dancers from kindergarten through high school. The team has performed at theme parks, Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and all through Polk County. Don’t miss this FREE performance — get your general admission ticket at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 24 SUNDAY FUNDAY Live music in the Clubhouse Ballroom, good times, great memories, need we say more? Get your $3 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. October 9 – Randy Sullins Food Truck: Top Dog - 2:30 - 6:30 October 23 – Carlos & Company Food Truck: Topsy’s - 2:30 - 6:30 Event is from 3 – 6 pm and you can bring your own drinks and snacks, or purchase food from the food truck in the Parking Lot. CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Stop by the HFC and sign up for Fall Back Cornhole Tourney October 14 at 9 am. Teams will consist of two players who will be competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. This event is sponsored by Weaver Loveless Law. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 11 am — 2 pm CLUBHOUSE patio, garden & parking lot Vendors & Crafters Fun Fall Food Carnival Games Cornhole Shuffleboard Horseshoes Face Painting Caricatures Sign up with Caroline at the Clubhouse Activities Oice k if you would like to voluntr — a positions nded! A games and activities are completely fr! Fd is available for purchase. BYOB! Prizes for the man and woman that wears the most pinktastic outfit will be given out. Tickets are on sale now for $20 at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Residents can get a free ticket to this event by attending a seminar on October 7 (includes a free meal as well). TEA FOR TATAS Attention ladies of Lake Ashton! Bring your favorite tea cups, pots, and all the pink decorations that you can find to decorate a table (or we can decorate for you) to show support for breast cancer awareness at the Tea for Tatas Tea Party on October 20 at 12 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. PARTY IN PINK Join the fight against breast cancer and enjoy a Dueling Piano show, just like Howl at the Moon, on October 14 at 7 pm. Enjoy a mixer bar (bring your own alcohol), nonalcoholic drinks, and an all pink snack bar — all included in the ticket price of $20! Be sure to bring cash to get your favorite message put on the mirrors or your favorite song played. The Dueling Piano performers will be donating a portion of their tips to the LALGA Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament. Memory flowers, shoelaces, pink ribbons, and water bottles (fill it with your own alcohol and stop by the mixer bar) will also be sold. Everyone (men and women) are encouraged to wear all pink but don't let that stop you. If you do not own anything pink just come as you are and enjoy a great night out! A memory table will be available to display pictures of those that lost their battle. Bring a framed picture of your loved one to display and a candle will be lit in their honor. 25 A memory table will be available to display pictures of those that lost their battle. Bring a framed picture of your loved one to display and a candle will be lit in their memory. A selection of tea sandwiches, petite desserts and a tea bar with hot and iced tea will be available. Be sure to bring cash to purchase pink shoelaces, pink ribbons, water bottles, and more to support the LALGA's Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament. HFC HONOR WALL Reserve a spot on the honor wall to honor those who fought breast cancer, those who are currently fighting breast cancer, and remember those loved ones who have passed. This is free. Exercise class participants - please wear pink to the classes. The person wearing the most pink during the month wins a prize! BREAST CANCER WALK Join us at the HFC for our annual Breast Cancer walk and continental breakfast October 7 at 9 am. Send off by Sheriff Grady Judd. Sign up Today! Breakfast is for walkers only. SEE P.32 FOR INFORMATION ON THE PINK RIBBON DANCE AND GOLF TOURNAMENT SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS ADMIRING THE SURVIVORS HONORING THE TAKEN & NEVER GIVING UP HOPE
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2023 SHOWCASE INFORMATIONAL MEETING By Karen Nelson 2023 must be near - Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation's informational meeting for the 2023 Showcase is scheduled for November 3 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This meeting is open to all LA residents — bring your vocal, dance, comedy, carpentry, sewing, production, backstage, box office, audio, lighting … and more ... talents, or learn or discover hidden talents! Learn what the excitement is about! P.S. - the 2023 Showcase itself will be on March 24 and 25, 2023, so save these dates too! LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION USO DANCE By Jim Mecsics, LAVA Commander ATTENTION IN THE CAMP! ATTENTION IN THE CAMP! All Lake Ashton residents are requested to “muster’ at the Health and Fitness Center Ballroom on November 4 at 1900 hrs. (that’s 7 PM in civilian time) for an evening of excellent music, dancing, snacks and a chance to mingle with your Lake Ashton community neighbors for a great time. Music will be provided by Good Stuff band. There will be complementary snacks, and you will be able to bring your own refreshments and drinks. Tickets go on sale October 17 and can be purchased at either Activities Desks (checks only). Tickets are $10 with the proceeds going to support the Lake Ashton Veterans Association programs. You do not need to be a veteran to join us as everyone is welcome to enjoy a nostalgic trip to the USO Dance Days. CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! The LA Purple Stars, your Relay For Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling hand crafted items at the December 14 Lake Ashton Bi-Monthly Market. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. Items are needed to fill the booth. If you have a craft you enjoy, please consider making one to donate, and share this info with your crafty friends. There are a limited amount of supplies available to share if needed. The Purple Stars will also be contacting businesses in the area, asking for donations. Please Contact Judy Ridpath at 650-678-1174 with any questions. LAPAC - A-MAZING!! By Karen Nelson Time for a change of season, a slight weather adjustment, a different outlook for plants and trees, pumpkin spice everything, giant bags of candy and racks of costumes in the stores, and … LAPAC's FALL MAZE! Save the date - November 12 from 10 am to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets will be sold in time slots to allow full enjoyment. Tickets will go on sale October 10 after Monday Coffee. This is a not-tobe missed event!! Sign up for any of the below trips at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. Activity Level 1: anyone can go on this trip, appropriate for all mobility levels Activity Level 2: some uneven sidewalks, possibly stairs, walking a block or more, more strenuous OCTOBER 15: FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - $39/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 **NEW! SECOND DATE ADDED FOR THIS TRIP — OCTOBER 16! NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: ST. AUGUSTINE - $479/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) . ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT! ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 Lake Ashton BusTrips 26 HATS ON FOR ALZHEIMER’ S By Ju d y Pu n t u re r i & Kr i s t y McKibben Join your friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon of lunch and shopping November 9 in the Clubhouse Ballroom, and all for a wonderful cause! The Babes in Lakeland 'store' will open at 11 am just prior to lunch, and will stay open until 3 pm. Plus, enjoy a 10% discount on anything you purchase. Why not whet your appetite by checking out babesinlakeland.com prior to arriving! Tickets will go on sale on October 10 after Monday Coffee for $25. There will be a prize for best looking hat so start planning your chapeaux! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE By Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton Tickets for the December 9 exquisite FROSTED CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE are well underway. You do not want to miss this sell-out event in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Music will be provided by B.Haven, one of Central Florida's premier bands. A catered buffet dinner includes Beef Carving Station, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Vegetable Lasagna, along with enjoyable sides provided by a favorite, Cam's Catering. Since this year will be a BYOB, doors will open at 5:30 with dinner at approximately 6 pm. Music and Dancing will continue until 10. Tables of 8 and 10 may still be available at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Tickets are only $40 per person, (check only, payable to LA Christmas Dinner Dance). Please provide the names of each person in your party. Tickets will not be sold at the door so plan now. Looking forward to a festive, decked-out crowd and a wonderful, fun time. UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM • December 14 – Holidays Around the World – Enjoy an international feast of traditional holiday foods from other countries! 27 • January 17 – Lake Ashton’s Club Fair – All are welcome to come to the Clubhouse to represent your club, group, or organization at Lake Ashton’s Club Fair! • January 21 – LA Cruise-In Car Show – Get ready to start those engines! • February 14 – Chapel of Love featuring Elvis! Celebrate Valentines Day with the King! • February 21 – Mardi Gras Party – Y’all gonna pardi hardi! UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE HFC • October 5 at 2 pm - Fitness Equipment Orientation • October 6 at 1 pm - Healthcare Seminar • October 7 at 9 am - Annual Breast Cancer Walk • October 11 at 1 pm - Free Mary Kay Facial • October 13 at 1 pm - Home Care Seminar • October 14 at 9 am - Fall Back Cornhole Tourney • October 14 at 7 pm - Rusty Trumpet Halloween Party JINGLE BELL JOG By David Fix Monday morning, December 5, will be the Lake Ashton Charity Jingle Bell Jog! This 5K (3.1 mile) course will start and finish in the Clubhouse East Parking Lot. You can run, walk, or ride, either on December 5 or virtually when and where works best for your schedule. You can register at Monday Coffee beginning October 3. SAVE THE DATE By Carolyn Bishop The Holiday Golf Cart Parade will be on December 16 at 6 pm. A re c e p t i o n w i t h refreshments will follow at the Clubhouse. Watch for more information. A few committee members are needed, please contact Carolyn Bishop 919-606-8844.
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PARTY IN THE CITY! CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR NEW YORK STYLE IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM! 7 PM TO DEC 31ST • Italian sausage & peppers on Italian bread • Roast beef bruschetta • Fresh shrimp ceviche • Pasta station with chicken or vegetables • Pizza logs • Fruit and cheese display • Cheesecake bar • Champagne toast • BYOB! MIDNIGHT Quittin’ Time and Eklectik Haze will be rockin’ all night! Tickets: $50 at the Clubhouse Activities Office Photo booths, (360 and regular), noisemakers, and lots of confetti provided! Dress for fun! Lake Ashton’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve! CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM 11 AM TO 2 PM SALAD BAR, BISCUITS WITH SAUSAGE GRAVY, ROASTED CHICKEN & PORK WITH COLLARD GREENS & BLACK EYED PEAS, SHRIMP & GRITS, PENNE ALLA VODKA, SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH BACON & BREAKFAST POTATOES, PANCAKES, FRUIT & PASTRY BAR WITH BAGELS, COFFEE, & ORANGE JUICE. BRING YOUR OWN CHAMPAGNE OR BEVERAGES! TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BRUNCH ALONE: $30 ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE & BRUNCH: $75 2023 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET INFO Due to high demand, 2023 season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. There is a limit of one ticket per resident. Please have a Lake Ashton photo identification card on hand to purchase tickets with Visa, MasterCard or check payable to LACDD. Please note, letters are no longer mailed out. Phone sales and in person sales will begin on the dates below. Season ticket renewals run October 3 — 28. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can renew tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Those who renew their season tickets can exchange for a different showtime or seat selection based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 am November 1 through 5 pm November 4. Upgrades/ exchanges can be made over the phone with a credit card but in person sales will be processed prior to phone sales. Tickets can only be exchanged by the named season ticket holder. New season tickets will be on sale November 14 through December 22. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can purchase tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Contact the Clubhouse Activities Desk at 863-324-6032 with any questions. See next page for list of shows. 29 Rise and Shine with New Year's Day Brunch!
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GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Clubhouse along with the LALGA is sponsoring many events during October and November. The Clubhouse is hosting a Party in Pink featuring a Dueling Pianos show on October 14 and Teas for “Tatas” on October 20. Mark your calendars and make sure to attend these incredible events. During this important month the LALGA and Niners will be selling pink bows, breast cancer shoelaces and socks and memory flowers. All proceeds from these sales will go towards the Watson Clinic Foundation donation with the funds earmarked for breast cancer research and community education. The biggest events will take place in early November. The Pink Ribbon Dance is November 6 from 7-10 pm at the Clubhouse. The Rusty Trumpet Band will provide music and the event is a BYOB and food soirée. Decorate your table representing breast cancer and win a prize. Tables are $80 for 8 people, $90 for 9 and $100 for 10. Sign up for the event is Monday, October 3 at the Clubhouse or through Denise LaCaprucia or Loretta Hieronimus (check only, made payable to the Watson Clinic Foundation). November 8 is the BIG DAY! The Lake Ashton Breast Cancer Golf Tournament will be a sell out so sign up early with your foursome. All proceeds benefit the Watson Clinic Foundation in Lakeland. Be a part of this annual tradition, all for a great cause. The Red Hoagland Challenge leaders are Beverly Hines - $83.25; Kathy Ryan - $79.75; “T” Utting - $70 and Shearly Simpson - $68.00. Way to go ladies! Meet Judy Mulhearn Judy Mulhearn is from Chicago and as a sophomore in high school met her husband of 59 years, Denis. They were married in 1963 and have five children, seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Judy worked for her uncle in an accounting firm from 1979 – 2004 after which she retired. Judy and Denis’ son is a golf pro and Denis joined his son at a golf show in Orlando. Denis saw the ad for Lake Ashton in the back of a magazine and in 2004, Judy and Dennis decided to look at the community. After driving through the front gates they knew that Lake Ashton would be where they would retire. Judy has been playing golf for a very long time and enjoys playing with the LALGA. She also enjoys playing cards: samba, super samba, hand and foot and bridge. She loves to knit and crochet, as well as read. From speaking to her you can see how important her family is to her! It is a pleasure to have Judy Mulhearn in the league for the last eighteen years. What a joy! 32 LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt HOLE-IN-ONE! AGAIN! WOO HOO! Congratulations Janet Luke for a Hole-In-One on 12 West during league play on Tuesday September 20th – and she also got Closest to the pin! Janet made a hole-in-one on this same hole back in July! AMAZING! Opening Day is October 4 – get your dues paid, along with an updated membership form. Looking forward to seeing all of you there! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The highlight event of the LAMGA’s September schedule was the Presidents Cup, a 2-day LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS tournament held on September 7th and 8th. Two teams, Blue and Red, each comprised of 22 players, competed in four different formats of match play. The Red Team prevailed in the hard fought contest scoring 26 ½ points vs. 17 ½ points for the Blue Team. The tournament included breakfast on Day 1 and a post-tournament Mexican lunch on Day 2. Thanks to both the Pro Shop and Eagle’s Nest staffs for helping to put on a great tournament. Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Designs For Ey Style! Our October schedule is highlighted by our Vendor Appreciation event on October 19th. Our major sponsors for the annual Member-Guest tournament will join us for golf and/or lunch, which will be included for all participants. Please mark your calendars and join us to show support for the sponsors who so generously support the LAMGA. Please note that elections for 3 open board seats will begin on November 1st. Self-nominating forms will be sent out in October. Your LAMGA board needs your help, please nominate yourself for one of these openings. This month we thank the following companies and individuals who sponsor our tournament: Posh Salon and Day Spa; Computer Help by Steve, Inc.; Turner Furniture and Mattress; Ann & Todd McCarty; ABC Fine Wines & Spirits; and Dennis Brock – Window Cleaning. You can find a list of all our sponsors posted on the LAMGA web site, Lake Ashton Living, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of June includes. Jim Simpson - $163.55; Donn Yasz - $154.10; Steve Morgan - $136.55; Gerry Krogman - $129.50; Paul Panone - $126.75; Dan Baun - $123.90; John Candler - $122.10; Tom Murphy - $118.90; Don Abbott - $113.93; and Denis Mulhearn - $112.13. Thanks, as always, to Red Hoagland Hyundai for their continued sponsorship of this very popular annual contest. Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 The October schedule is: October 5th– Beat the Pros – 2 nets on even holes, 3 nets on odd holes; October 12th – 6-6-6; October 19th – Vendor Appreciation Day, Stableford points; and October 26th – Pick Your Partner, 2 man best ball.
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CLUBS LA PICKLEBALL By Sue Morris We are entering into fall and many snowbirds are returning to beautiful Lake Ashton. There are quite a few players that are regulars and new people wanting to try their hand at pickleball. Here is a quick 10 Spor tsmanship Guide Basics: 1. Treat all players and spectators with courtesy and respect. 2. Do not interrupt others that are playing. 3. Know the official rules of pickleball, apply them fairly and cooperate in any situation that is not expressly covered by the rules. 4. Practice good sportsmanship when making line calls. Respect your opponents’ right to make all calls on their end of the court. 5. Call a fault on your partner as soon as the fault occurs regardless of whether your opponents are aware of the fault. 6. Rotate on and off courts fairly, courteously and in accordance with local practice. 7. Make safety a priority, while using common sense. 8. As a stronger player in social play, be kind to other players. 9. Be considerate about playing up and playing down. 10.Be a respectful and supportive partner. Go online to USA PICKLEBALL Sportsmanship Guide, for the full guide. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting at 7:30 am till 9:00 am, on courts 1 and 2, are a fun and easy group of men and women players. It is for beginners and intermediate players. Please come down and join the fun! Watch for email blasts from the HFC when classes are offered. Look on YouTube for great videos on how to play. Court shoes are a must for safety. Water, sunglasses and visors or hats are recommended. 34 LA Pickleball Association Officers: President Chuck Caesar Vice President Sue Morris Treasurer Lisa Savala Secretary Becky Wilson Email: lakeashtonpickleball@gmail.com LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The meeting this month is October 19 at 6:30 pm in the ballroom near the stage. Anyone considering joining this group is invited to come by. It will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the generosity of the resident members and of course, your VP here is about smiles. We will be reviewing set up, break down times and need volunteers to assist at the Craft Show on October 22. We will also be discussing other volunteer opportunities. We had a lot of fun working with the vendors last year. They were appreciative of our assistance helping them bring in their crafts. The 2022 Craft Show is October 22, just a few weeks away, and bakers are needed! The Craft Show Bake Shop was very successful last year. The top items sold were cookies, banana bread or other loaf breads (large or small). Pies and cakes were also popular. In addition, we invite you to support our vendors. Call Chris at 863- 514-5368 or Joan at 239-851-7899. LAVA VIDEO INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY LAVA is hosting a video interview team from the Library of Congress on October 8 and 9 to interview local veterans. You do not need to be a LAVA member to be interviewed. Interviews are open to veterans of all branches and ranks, whether or not they served in a combat zone. Interviews will be held in the Clubhouse Card Room. Veterans wishing to be interviewed must have an appointment. Contact LAVA coordinator Cal Posner at calposner@aol.com or 678-464-7331. There is no charge for the interviews and they will be available to the public at the library’s website under the “Veterans History Project” tab. 35
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club monthly meeting is October 6 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE By Shelley Miller The LA Community Action Committee (LACAC) was formed in October 2021 to: • Understand the potential impacts from the large housing developments to be built adjacent to Thompson Nursery Road and surrounding area • Monitor and influence where possible the Polk County plan to develop a freight corridor connecting US17 with US 27 The road construction project will entail the widening of Thompson Nursery Road across the entirety of the northern boundary of our Lake Ashton community. In the past year, the committee has achieved many milestones and has plans for additional actions in 2022-2023. Please see the article on the LA Community Action Committee forum on LakeAshtonLiving.com for more information on the highlights of the committee’s accomplishments and latest activities, as well as future goals. Comments are welcome: contact LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com. LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The LA Garden Club met September 14 in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Sil Wells did a mini presentation on the use of silk flowers 36 to create a floral arrangement which can be hung, put on a picture stand, or just set on a table for display. This was advance preparation for next month's project. On October 12 at 10 am the club will once again meet in the Clubhouse Craft Room. This will give ample room for the use of outlets needed to assist in the floral creations. Membership is not required, a tally of how many people are interested is needed to order supplies. Email Lynn Davis @crladavis@aol.com if interested by October 7. At the meeting garden hacks were presented. Also, the team discussed upcoming months events planned. Members will receive all this information in a newsletter. Remember to play in the dirt! BOOK CLUB By Margie Dersham And Still They Came, the Florida Saga Guest author: Robert James Connors The Book Club invites al l residents to this presentation on December 6 at 2:30 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. Have you ever wondered, how Florida became such a Mecca for development? Join the book club in hearing stories of the last 200 years of development and conflicts. Special guest author, Robert James Connors, will share stories from his book, as well as a story that includes the very land Lake Ashton was developed on. His history is spun through the eyes of one family, with roots to the native Seminoles to development ties of the Keys bridge, railroads, and even Bok Tower. Mr. Connors, born in Chicago, Illinois, has published more than 1,000 h uma n - i n t e r e s t s t o r i e s , f e a t u r e s a nd commentaries. He is a former magazine managing editor, journalist, newspaper editorial writer and former Florida County Commissioner. He and his wife Susan reside in Lake Wales. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 37
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LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Goodbye summer; hello fall! Paint color choices may be tending toward yellows, and oranges, and browns, and themes may revolve around the upcoming fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Some are even already painting rocks that may serve as fillers in Christmas lists. Before you know it, it will be a new year. With snowbirds returning and classes getting larger, the group will continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members will continue to share their skills as they continue to paint and schmooze with Rocker friends. The point is not to paint a master piece, but to have a good time. Newcomers are always welcome and will be lent the supplies needed for your first meeting. But if you are new PLEASE contact either MJ Richards (mjmr i chards517@gma i l . com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) before coming so that we can be prepared with supplies and be able to contact you if a meeting has to be canceled. So if you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join the group October 5 and 19. If a meeting has to be canceled, notification will be posted on the LA Rockers group page on FaceBook. Thank you all for continuing to send prayers for Alice Mayer. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In September, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for dinners and lunches during September. The Single Mingle held on the third Thursday of the month in the Pavilion will be moved during the remaining hot months. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on October 2. 38 LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Drum roll please! Pictured from left to right are Cathy Liska, Sharon Swanson, Sandy Papineau, and Gena Thornburg, four members of Lake Ashton Swim Club, wearing the 13 medals they won at the 21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games on September 11. The games offered 14 swimming events for women and 14 for men, divided into 10 age groups. Based on their finishes, all qualified to compete in their respective events at the Florida Senior Games Swimming Championships in December. Some LASC members are aiming to participate in the oldest Senior Games in the USA, the 47th Golden Age Senior Games in Sanford, FL, on November 6. The registration is open to ages 50 to 100+ with a deadline of October 20. This and other local/regional meets serve as qualifying events for the state games. You can see that in addition to fitness, stroke improvement, and socialization, the LA Swim Club offers opportunities to participate in fun, friendly competition with others. If you like to swim, please join us at the pool Mondays 6 to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 1:45 to 2:45 pm, and Saturdays from 10 to 11 am. For more information, contact Coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Ballroom from 12:45 pm until approximately 3:30. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the Clubhouse Information Wall. A partner is required. To find a partner or for more information contact Dfuller627@yahoo.com. August 15: 1st Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 2nd Marion Oshinsky & Graham Littlehales; 3rd Mary Lois Teyssier & Nelda Sedlacek August 22: 1st Marion & Roger Nelson, 2nd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers; 3rd Liz Smith & Graham Littlehales August 29: North/South- 1st Ralph Ritter & George Rogers; 2nd Mary Lois Teyssier & Ann Murphey; East/ West - 1st Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Judy Marine & Nelda Sedlacek, 3rd Marion Oshinsky & Graham Littlehales September 12: North South - 1st Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Jim Ford & Don Fuller; East/ West-1st Judy Marine & Nelda Sedlacek, 2nd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers, 3rd Jane Gibbons & Chris Verges TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers Winners of the last nine weeks are: July 19: Sil Wells, Marge Kniat, Keith Stevens, and Howard Mayne July 26: Mafie Walker, Marge Kniat, Elaine Inman, and Sil Wells August 2: Jeannine Connors, Keith Stevens, Judy Marine, Howard Mayne August 9: Howard Mayne, Mafie Walker, tied Chris Verges and Liz Leigh. August 16: Mafie Walker, Kathy Ryan, Marge Kniat, Chris Verges August 23: George Rogers, Marge Kniat, Chris Verges, Char Walter August 30: Graham Littlehales, Kathy Ryan, Sil Wells, Jeannine Connors 39 September 6: George Rogers, Chris Verges, Kathy Ryan, Howard Mayne. September 13: Kathy Ryan, Dee Mayne, Chip Inman, Elaine Inman. New players are welcome. Call or email George Rogers, 419-708-3320 or georgerogers4321@gmail.com. MAH JONGG By Myrna Soberman Experienced Mah Jongg players are wanted to play at the HFC on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm. No beginners please. If interested in joining the group, or for further information, please contact myrnaandsteve@gmail.com. New to Lake Ashton and looking for cards or game groups to join? Check out the Clubhouse and HFC Activities Calendars inserted into this issue for a list of recurring events and when/where they meet!
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ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty ✦ Same length as standard 4-passenger ✦ 2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty LA BELLES By Rose Crognale The LA Belles October luncheon will be held on October 26 at noon at Sizzling Grill located on Highway 27 in Lake Wales. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. This event is hosted by Rose Crognale. Costumes are optional — there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Hope to see you there! Happy Hauntings! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! It appears that things are returning to normal, and the summer heat is coming to an end. October brings with it the southern migration of our snowbird neighbors and the return of camera club activities. For those of you that are new to Lake Ashton, the camera club is open to all LA residents who enjoy photography or would like to learn more about it. The first meeting of the new season is on October 10 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month also in the Cinema at 10:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to bring along a few of their favorite photos on a USB drive to share with the members. This planning meeting is a good time to discuss your suggestions on club activities that might be of interest to the group. Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 40 The club members have been having fun sharing their family/ancestor stories and learning new places to look for them. If you would like to discover your family history, please consider joining this group. All levels of expertise are welcome. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 12 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. For more information, please call Jane Imparl at 815-545-6655. LA TRAVELERS By Carolyn Bishop The busy season is ramping up for the LA Travelers. Our neighbors are returning f r om t h e i r ma n y R V adventures from across all parts of the USA. Rally sea son i s s t a r t i ng i n October with a visit to Paradise Oaks RV Resort in Bushnell, FL followed by a November rally to Ocean G r o v e R V R e s o r t i n beautiful Saint Augustine, FL. Then we will end the year with a celebration of the December holidays with a Holiday Dinner Party on December 4th. If you own an RV (motorhome or travel trailer) come check us out every Tuesday in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 3:30 to 5 pm. We would love to meet some fellow travelers. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to BUILD your own ONWARD! y ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ● 863-439-5431 SALES AND SERVICE ● 863-439-5431 WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 ● Dundee, FL 33838 ● artsgolfcars@aol.com 41 AUTHORIZED DEALER MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Kathy Keding H e l l o t h e r e a l l y o u Michiganders! Save the date for the potluck social event scheduled on January 8, 2023 from 4 to 8 pm. Sign-up sheets for this event and more details will follow in the November issue. Happy fall, y’all!
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MIND&BODY ASL CLASSES American Sign Language Classes began September 6 with the Beginning Class Tuesdays at 1 pm and Intermediate at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Email shelleyknee@gmail.com to be added to the class list. Beginning class will be using an easy book called "Signing For Kids" by Mickey Flodin. For new students: beginner class won’t go too fast, but you will have to do your part and practice between lessons. Questions? Contact Shelley at 864-363-2014. FLU SHOTS Protect yourself this flu season by getting your flu shot. Walgreens will be facilitating vaccinations on Mondays October 24 and November 14 from 8:30 to 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Bring your insurance card. CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION / MUS IC HISTORY SERIES Join Ken Hoffman, a retired Lake Ashton resident who has taught classical music history courses for nearly a decade at various institutions including the Continuing Education Department at the University of North Florida, as he takes residents through the history of classical music chronologically, starting with the Medieval era, going to the mid-20th century. Hundreds of great musical works will be explained as well as the lives of the composers who wrote them. Residents will discuss music in the context of the other arts of the era, as well as historical events that influenced the arts; politics, wars, religion, science and technology, the rise of the middle class, the Enlightenment, etc. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall as space is limited. This class will be held Mondays at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema, starting October 3. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT An all-encompassing Caregiver Support Group facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association will be held on the third Tuesday of each month through December, beginning October 18 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This group is for Caregivers and Care partners of people living with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, Cancer, and Diabetes. People who are living with the disease are welcome to attend with their care partner. We will meet together for approximately 30 minutes and then the group will split into two separate groups with two separate facilitators. This support group is conducted by trained facilitators and is a safe place for everyone to develop a support system. Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, and concerns, and learn about community resources. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Save the date for the meeting on November 15 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. WHAT'S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES? We are buzzing with excitement to announce that the Think & Drink activities are coming back to the Clubhouse! Join friends and neighbors on November 18 at 6 pm to find out the buzz about bees. Enjoy a fun yet educational presentation on honey bees from our friends at Happy Hives. Learn how honey is collected and processed for use in different products, the art of beekeeping, and how mighty of an impact small honey bees have on our environment. Don't forget to BYOB. There will also be a fully functioning observation bee hive as well! You’ll want to BEE there! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. 42
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GOING BATTY A high bat population can actually be extremely beneficial to humans. They save the US billions of dollars per year in pesticides, and play a significant role in the pollination of a variety of different plant species. Learn why bats are such an important part of the ecosystem on October 19 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office for this free informative, interactive presentation with UF/IFAS. Save the date: November 16 - Planting with Pollinators LAKE ASHTON MEN’S BIBLE STUDY - KICKOFF You are invited to join the interesting and thought provoking LA Men’s Bible Study Group that meets every Tuesday, with Fellowship from 10 to 10:30 am, and Discussion from 10:30 to noon. The group is nondenominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. Meet face-to-face at the HFC Craft Room or via a Zoom connection if you prefer not to meet face-to-face. This fall the group will be starting Romans, generally reading one chapter and discussing questions pertaining to that chapter. There is an open, positive, educational, and voluntary dialogue. You don’t need to be a theologian to join. You’ll find that as you examine your faith, you’ll learn more about God and yourself. Please contact Bob Ring, 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com or Jim Brendemuehl, 815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com. LA WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY The LA Women’s Bible Study opens on October 12 at 10 am in the HFC Community Center. Each Wednesday morning, the HFC will be the place to be for women to join with others who desire to know more about the Bible and to meet other women who share their passion. The new workbook for the study is Jesus, His Miracles and Parables. There are just a few more places remaining for this study, so call Louise Gilla at 863-514-4015 to reserve your place in this wonderful Bible study. You will be blessed! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 44 www.jimsfloordepot.com YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815) Canceled for October but resumes Wednesdays in November at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. ACRYL IC POUR PAINTING October 20, 9 am to noon, in the HFC Craft Room. $20 includes all materials including 2 - 11” x 14” canvases. Wear old clothes and/or an apron! Limit 10 students. Call 863-595-1562 or stop by the HFC to sign up. FUSED GLASS SUNCATCHER October 28, 10 am to 1 pm, in the Clubhouse Craft Room. $25 includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing and art glass. Limit is 12 students. Call 863-324-6032 or stop by the Clubhouse to sign up. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. 45 FAMI LY ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP Email Agnus (avera@familyelderlaw.com) to enroll as space is limited. Classes held in the Clubhouse Cinema. January: “Where do I start? Estate vs. Lifetime Planning?” February: “Who will make my medical decisions?” March: “Who will protect my assets and pay my bills?” April: “Who will receive my assets when I die? Will my family have to probate?” May: “What is the best way to avoid probate?” June: “Should I have a Trust? What does “Funding Your Trust” mean?” July: “How do I know medical bills will be covered? Medicare?” August: “Will can I protect what I have? Do I have enough to last my lifetime?” September: “How will I pay for nursing home care?” October: “Am I forgetting something?” November: “What if life happens? When should I review my plan?” December (Graduation!): “How do I share my “peace of mind” & bless others?”
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CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr October 8 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Anatomy of a Wave Cost $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on October 7 CELEBRATE THE SEASONS! Beginners can sign up to learn to paint with watercolor with artist Freddie Combs. Join these half day classes to create a painting décor for holiday use. Complete an entire painting in a matter of hours. Class dates are October 14, and November 11 at 12:45 in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session, or $40 with materials included (must be requested in advance). Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk to secure a spot and receive a list of supplies. CREATE A CARD Please join the group on October 18 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up quickly at the HFC, as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail. IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Date & Time: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Beginning October 20 Location: HFC Community Center 46 HAPPY HOUR DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (305-725-4946) Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm with a glass of ? afterwards (BYOB). Meet at the HFC basketball court for lots of fun and energy. No need for previous dance experience or to be in attendance weekly. LA DANCE CLASSES - MILONGA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays in October from 4:30 to 5:30 in the HFC Community Room. FREE! No partner needed! W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone returns October 1 and is held every Saturday at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. LA STEPPERS The popular fitness class from the 90’s is also popular here in Lake Ashton, and will continue this fall on Thursdays, October 6, November 3, and December 1 at 5 pm in the HFC Community Room. Class duration is 1 hour. Prior to class there will be a refresher of basic steps. Participants must bring their own step. There is no charge for this class. Certified Instructor is LA Resident Sue Fitzgerald. Questions? Call Sue at 904-566-2846. CALLING ALL TAPPERS Facilitator: Julie Bombard Tap Jammers is a fun group of tappers who gather weekly to practice steps and combinations. If you tap or have tapped in the past and have knowledge of tap dance, come join the fun! Classes are free. Tap Jammers meet on Friday mornings at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage beginning October 7. Please note: These classes are not intended for the beginning tapper. For more information, contact Facilitator Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com.

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Oct. Issue Deadline: Sept.15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ COVER PHOTO: NORM STERN Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 SEPT. 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm (or by appointment) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY & TRASH/RECYCLING PICKUP The Clubhouse offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. There will be no Monday Coffee. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, September 6. Residents in Winter Haven will have their trash and recycling picked up Tuesday, September 6, and Lake Wales will be picked up Saturday, September 10. Please do not bring your receptacles to the curb until Monday (WH) or Friday (LW) evening. Contact Republic Services with any questions at 863-665-1489. BE SURE TO SHOUT IT … BINGO! Join friends and neighbors for Bingo on Mondays in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Doors open at 5 and games start at 6:30. Cash prizes given away every Monday! There will be no Bingo on Monday, September 5 due to Labor Day. 6 NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: September 14 and 28 from 8:30 to 11:30 am Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 am BOOKMOBILE September 14 and 28, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot FOOD TRUCKS In the Clubhouse West Parking Lot - stay tuned to media for additions, changes, and menus! September 2, 11 am to 3 pm: Topsy’s September 5, 2:30 - 6:30: K&E Italian Kitchen September 9, 4 - 8 pm: Smokin’ Oak BBQ September 11, 2:30 to 6:30 pm: Kona Ice and Topsy’s Soul Food September 12, 11 to 6 pm: Top Dog September 13, 4 to 7:30 pm: K&E Italian Kitchen September 15, 4 to 7:30 pm: Tallulah’s Table by the Sea September 20, 11 am to 3 pm: Topsy’s Soul Food September 23, 4 to 7:30 pm: Sikes Southern BBQ September 25, 2:30 to 6:30 pm: Top Dog September 27, 4 to 7:30 pm: Tallulah’s Table by the Sea September 29, 4 to 7:30 pm: Smokin’ Oak BBQ NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is September 14 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse. Sign up at either Activities Desk. Clubs and groups who want to set up a table can email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com to reserve. SIGN UP FOR BLAST EMAILS Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or scan this QR code with your smartphone to be directed to the website where you can sign up to receive electronic news blasts from the Clubhouse and HFC, Eagle’s Nest, and/or Pro Shop. 7
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RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT: JACK DAVENPORT John (Jack) Arthur Davenport was born on August 9, 1922, in Newark, New Jersey. A birthday party to celebrate Jack’s 100th birthday was held on August 6 at the HFC. Jack is a Lake Ashton resident and WWII Navy Veteran who enlisted after Pearl Harbor, flew in the Pacific, and served in the Pentagon as a Navy Senate Liaison Officer. He has been married to his wife Betty for 31 years, and they have 12 children and 27 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren! He has lived in Lake Ashton since 2006. He and Betty founded the Lake Ashton Republican Club, and he has served as Chaplain of the Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA). His family is also known for holding their annual Cheesecake Baking Contest at Lake Ashton! The contest has been going on for 30 years. Here’s to 100 years of memories. Happy Birthday, Jack! THANK YOU ! Thank you to the following residents for their help with the Restaurant Redesign Project and the countless number of volunteer hours they contributed. Stay tuned for a great reveal event coming soon! • Ann Heaton: labor help and overall design • Barbara Ann Comer & John Candler: photo contributions • BOLLA (Blankets of Love Lake Ashton): sewing the curtains that have been hung in the Restaurant Dining Room • Debbi Crosby: labor help • Dennis Krupinski: labor help & photo contributions • Larry Hillock: labor help 8 SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE A SUCCESS ONCE AGAIN! By Carolyn Bishop The Wahneta Elementary School Principal, staff, teachers and most especially families would like to thank the Lake Ashton Community for their overwhelming generosity. The School Supply Drive has filled the school’s empty shelves and filled backpacks for every student at the school. Thank you to every resident who donated a check, supplies or time to make this a big success. Besides all the items dropped off at the HFC and Clubhouse from the general population, the Brennans and the Pinehurst Loop volunteers personally donated and filled over 300 backpacks with supplies at the HFC before getting delivered to the school. This was a remarkable showing of what one relatively small community group could accomplish! Thank you! NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY IS SEPTEMBER 28 Establish the mindset of a good neighbor with these five pillars for building great neighborhoods. The Good Neighbor Mindset 1. Connection. Introduce yourself and connect with others in your neighborhood. It simply starts by saying, “Hello." 2. Invitation. Invite neighbors to join you for a meal or something fun. Gather around a table because the Latin word "communitas" means the spirit of community and it's measured by the number of meals shared together. 3. Celebration. When it comes to birthdays, anniversaries or milestone moments in the lives of others, cheer them on and don't miss out on congratulating them. 4. Awareness. Keep your eyes and ears open. Stay attentive to the safety and security of the people and homes nearby. We are safer and stronger together. 5. Availability. Availability is the highest benefit of good neighbors who truly care and look out for one another. When needed, show up to help and support others living around you. Source: www.NationalGoodNeighborDay.com 9
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LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director There are only four more months left in the year and staff is busy wrapping up the entertainment schedule for 2023. There are so many fun things planned. Look out for the insert in the LA Times announcing the 2023 Entertainment Series Shows. Details for upcoming events including the Rockin' New Years Eve Party are listed on page 26. Information on how you can support the LALGA Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament by getting tickets to the Party in Pink and Tea for Tatas events are listed on page 24. Mark your calendar with the party dates on page 29. It is going to be a great four months! The Lake Ashton Community Development District Board of Supervisors met August 15 to adopt the budget for the 2023 fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2022. The Board voted on an operations and maintenance assessment of $2,269 per unit for FY 2023, a $300 increase. A digital copy of the adopted budget is available for viewing on lakeashtoncdd.com under "Budgets". The upcoming CDD Meeting schedule was also adopted and meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month from October 2022 – September 2023. There are two exceptions: the meetings in January and February 2023 will be held on the fourth Monday (January 23 and February 27). A wrap up report of additional Board actions was sent out on August 19 via email. Residents that would like a copy of this report should email Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. As many new residents are welcomed to the community, there is higher demand than ever for tickets and activity registrations. Please get in the habit of bringing a Lake Ashton identification card when coming to the Clubhouse to purchase tickets or when using any of the amenities at Lake Ashton. This is helpful in getting to know all of the new residents in Lake Ashton not to mention many events and activities are available to residents only when first released so bringing a resident ID helps to identify residents quickly. Residents may purchase tickets for their guests two weeks after tickets go on sale to residents. The only exception to this is the Entertainment Series Season Tickets which are available for residents only. If individual tickets are available then those may be purchased by residents for their guests, two weeks after tickets go on sale to residents. Please direct any questions to Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer (remember to stay hydrated) and don't forget hurricane season doesn't end until November 30. Stay prepared! Join the Garden Club, Supervisors, and Staff at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park on Tuesday, September 6 at 9 am to help install two Oak Trees. Gene the Barefoot Gardener will be helping with installing the trees and will also be answering any questions residents have regarding the trees and why they were chosen for this area. These trees will be at Lake Ashton for years to come for everyone to enjoy. 10 11 ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1381 6/22
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Hello September! Some of our residents will begin coming back to Lake Ashton this month and we welcome them back to some great events for this fall. The HFC Media Center welcomes any resident to help with the new 3D puzzle of the White House. If this is successful, we will get more of these. We have a couple of new activity opportunities that we’re working on, and staff is excited about them! After more of the details are ironed out, a news blast will be forthcoming soon. We’re always looking for expanding your choices for fun and learning, so if you have some additional ideas, we’d love to hear from you. There is a suggestion box inside the HFC Media Center or stop in and share in person. The LA II CDD Board met on August 19th. Very importantly, there will be no increase in the Operations and Maintenance assessments for FY 2023 for residents living in the Winter Haven area of Lake Ashton. It was voted upon to keep JaniKing Cleaning Services at the HFC. Stop in and say hello to Enrique… he’s cleaning Mondays thru Fridays. On Monday, August 29th there was a Joint Lake Ashton District Workshop to further discuss the Joint Amenities Policies. That information is not available at the time this LA Times is published, but media has been sent out regarding possible changes/additions to those policies. If you have any questions, please contact either the HFC Activities Desk or the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Formal minutes of these meetings can be found at the Lake Ashton II CDD website at lakeashton2cdd.com. Make sure to read The Lake Ashton West Connection this month as a very special person is in the resident highlight. Jack Davenport turned 100 years old recently and he’s our feature for this month’s edition. They are available at the HFC Reception Area. We’re always very interested in our residents, so if you are, or know of a person who would like to be featured, please contact mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com. 12 Stop by the HFC Thursday, September 22 at 1 pm to sign up for a free produce bag with an informational seminar about healthcare plans. There will be a signup sheet next to the Activities Desk. 13
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and by no means meant to be intrusive. Questions regarding security procedures can be directed to LACDD Supervisor and Chairman Robert Plummer at rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com, or Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. ENERGY SAVINGS AT THE HFC • Stop by the Activities Office to put in an application if you are interested in volunteering in any of the following positions at the Clubhouse. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. • Activities Desk Volunteer • Event Set-up • Event Break-down • Other Event Support • Are you willing to volunteer for a few hours on Election Day?LARC is holding Poll Watcher training on Wednesday, September 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the LA Clubhouse. Sarah Calamunci from CCDF will conduct the training. If you're interested please sign up at the Clubhouse. • A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on September 29 at 9 am Please meet at the Clubhouse Lobby to pick up assignments, safety vests, trash bags and gloves. A sign-up sheet is available at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Have fun and get some exercise while keeping our community beautiful! Contact Linda Sandel if you have any questions at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKS Residents and guests entering via the visitors gate at the entrance located on Thompson Nursery Road should be prepared to show their driver's license when checking in with the Security Officer on duty. This is done to confirm the identity of the person entering the community. This is a procedure designed to add an additional level of security for residents' peace of mind 14 The final phase of the HFC LED lighting project is completed. The lights are brighter, and costs are going down due to this yearlong effort. There are also other ways to save energy at the HFC. When you are done with your event in any of the hallway rooms, please adjust the wall thermostat back to the 74-75 degrees which is the standard. The Fitness Room, the Community Center, the Sports Court, and the Racquetball Courts have programmed thermostats that are enclosed in a clear case. If you are using one of those rooms, staff will need to be notified well in advance of your event if you want a temperature change. The Fitness Room, however, will always be kept at the recommended 70 degrees for fitness training. Please call the Activities Office @ 863-595-1562 if you need assistance. The Activities Office is not open on weekends, so please call Monday thru Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM with requests. Last, but not least, closing the ice machine door and turning off the TV’s, fans, and lights when not in use will also help to conserve energy usage. We all need to be good stewards of energy consumption. PHOTO CONTEST Thank you to all the Lake Ashton residents who submitted their best shots representing life at Lake Ashton. Stay tuned to media in the month of September as blast emails will go out with instructions on how to vote for the winners. *
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By David Muller Lake Ashton has the benefit of standards to keep the community beautiful. The CDD is responsible for everything from the end of your driveway throughout the community and the HOA is responsible for everything beginning at your driveway to your home. Your cooperation as a resident is what makes Lake Ashton beautiful. The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) helps you with your wishes for changes to your property within the standards already established by you, the general population. ARC Tracker is the new software program you must use to submit requests for changes. Go to arc.lakeashtonhoa.org, type in your email address, and you will be prompted to create a new account. LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS An email from noreply@arctracker.email will be sent to you confirming the registration. Make sure to add this address to your contacts as this will be the email all ARC communication will come from. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to log in and enter an ARC Request (see top left). You will also be able to see all current ARC Requests from residents, request paint books, view the ARC Guidelines. The ARC and HOA Board of Directors need good people who want to uphold the community standards. Without you volunteering to help, we would not be able to keep Lake Ashton the community it is and keep it that way for the future. Everyone has things to do, people to see, fun and frolic and also some sort of responsibility as residents to keep Lake Ashton the place it is. Please consider becoming a member of the ARC by contacting the ARC Chair. Consider guiding Lake Ashton as an HOA Board member. Get on the ballot next election time. Show everyone you care about our standards. Think about helping out on committees and please attend meetings in person or virtually when given the opportunity. LA (LW) HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD) Contact Information Management Company: Don Asher Michellette Ramos: Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Designs For Ey Style! Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 16 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org All Directors: directors@lakeashtonhoa.org To report a violation: include address, issue & photos, compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org President/Treasurer: Bob Prowant president@lakeashtonhoa.org Vice President Nancy Baker vp@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary2 David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary3 Steve Hogan secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RETENTION PONDS DURING SUMMER MONTHS Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer Why is the algae in my pond not being treated? Lake Ashton CDD staff works closely with our aquatics contractor to ensure all treatments are being completed. During the summer months algae is fueled from the warm waters, sunny days, and large amounts of rain. Rain allows for “runoff” to seep into the ponds which provide food for unwanted plants, like algae. The aquatics technician is allowed to treat the ponds with approved chemicals and the frequency is every two weeks, which is determined by Southwest Florida Water Management District. My pond is full — will there be flooding if we have a hurricane? Each pond Lake Ashton CDD owns is designed to prevent flooding. Residents may notice a concrete structure in their pond. This man-made concrete structure is called an outfall structure. This is the discharge point for stormwater that prevents flooding and overflowing. Are algae blooms harmful? Algae is a natural component of the aquatic food chain and is not typically harmful to people. When will my pond begin to look better? The fall and winter months help substantially in reducing algae blooms. Cooler weather and less rain make pond conditions less desirable for algae to thrive. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. Please view the insert provided in this issue provided by LACDD Supervisor Lloyd Howison for more information. The Little Blue Heron is a tricky one. It isn't always "blue." These small herons start out white and then get blotches of blue throughout their feathers (see above) before they finally turn totally "blue" (dark slaty blue - pictured at right) as full adults (at about a year old). Little Blues "part way through" can be very interesting looking! The way to tell an all white immature Little Blue Heron from a Snowy Egret is subtle at first. The Little Blue has dull yellow legs and feet (Snowy's have the golden slippers). Little Blues also have a thicker bill which is two-toned with a gray base and a dark tip. A bi-colored bill rules out Snowy. If the bird flies away uttering a squawk of annoyance it's probably a Little Blue. There are plenty of Little Blues at Lake Ashton to practice your identification skills on. Getting a photo can help. “If You’ve Got The Time, I’ll Make It Shine!” MOBILE DETAILING 863-440-4220 Derrick Gibson 17
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Preparing For Hurricanes With Crime Prevention In Mind (courtesy of Law Enforcement) The opportunity for crimes to occur after a disaster, such as a hurricane, can increase if we don’t take a few steps of prevention. Assess your home for vulnerable areas: • Do a walk through of your home and property to evaluate roof, windows, garage doors and landscaping to determine what actions you may need to take. • Keep in mind tree limbs close to the home that could break windows; window locks that are loose; door jams that are weak and sliding glass doors without additional locks. Secure Your Home: Decide what actions need to be taken to protect your property (shutters, tree trimming, additional locks, or window film) to keep you and your family safe. Secure Property if Damage Does Occur: If you sustained damage, take immediate actions by assessing the damage and making arrangements to secure the property, even if it means temporary repairs. PEAK STORM SEASON Hurricane season ends November 30, but the peak storm season runs from mid-August to late October. All residents should be prepared for severe weather. A list of storm season tips can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Pay attention to the lightning detection devices throughout the community and seek shelter when the sirens sound. 2022 Polk County Public Hurricane Shelter Map View this QR code with your smart phone camera then click on the web link displayed on the phone screen to see the full article. 18 Residents may access the map of Polk County hurricane shelters on LakeAshtonLiving.com by selecting the “Community” drop down at the top of the page and then selecting “LA CERT” > edwardjones.com | Member SIPC Compare our CD Rates Bank-issued, FDIC-insured 6-month 1-year 2-year 2.70 3.00 3.30 Michael Kennedy Financial Advisor 7100 Cypress Gardens Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-2486 FDI-1867K-A © 2022 EDWARD D. JONES & CO., L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 19 % % % Call or visit your local financial advisor today. APY* Minimum deposit $1,000 APY* Minimum deposit $1,000 APY* Minimum deposit $1,000 * Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 08/09/22. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insured depository institution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic.gov or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. CD values are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of CDs can decrease. If CDs are sold prior to maturity, the investor can lose principal value. FDIC insurance does not cover losses in market value. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered through Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. All CDs sold by Edward Jones are registered with the Depository Trust Corp. (DTC).
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MOSQUITO BITE PROTECTION A handout from the Florida Department of Health is available at the Clubhouse Information Wall and on lakeashtoncdd.com with tips on avoiding mosquito bites and the possible spread of mosquito-borne viruses. CITIZENS ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). ENTRANCE GATE REMINDER Please be safe when coming through the community entrances. There have been recent reports of tailgating, speeding, cutting people off, and hitting gate arms. This is a busy area and Security Officers are often outside checking vendors and visitors in and we want that area to be as safe as possible for them and everyone else. Please keep in mind there will be a charge incurred by anyone that hits a gate and staff is required to reattach the gate or replace it. ROAD SAFETY Please keep in mind the streets in Lake Ashton are very narrow and there are many forms of traffic heightening the danger during busy times. The following practices will help alleviate dangerous situations on the road. Please encourage vendors doing work at your home to follow the practices below to ensure the roads of Lake Ashton are as safe as possible. Remember, a complete stop means stopping just before the white stop bar, whether before or after the posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls in place to potentially prevent a serious accident. • Do not park a vehicle directly parallel to another vehicle • Do not park on a curve • Park as close to the curb as possible 20 All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 21 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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MOVI ES SEPTEMBER 6 — 8 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THIRTEEN LIVES 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 22MIN Thirteen Lives recounts the incredible true story of the tremendous global effort to rescue a Thai soccer team who become trapped in the Tham Luang cave during an u n e x p e c t e d r a i n s t o r m . F a c e d w i t h insurmountable odds, a team of the world's most skilled and experienced divers -- uniquely able to navigate the maze of flooded, narrow cave tunnels -- join with Thai forces and more than 10,000 volunteers to attempt a harrowing rescue of the twelve boys and their coach. With impossibly high stakes and the entire world watching, the group embarks on their most challenging dive yet, showcasing the limitlessness of the human spirit in the process. SEPTEMBER 13 — 15 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM RISE 2022 | PG | 1h 53MIN After emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, the Antetokounmpo family struggles to survive and provide for their five children, while living under the daily threat of deportation. When they weren't selling items to tourists on the streets of Athens with the rest of the family, the brothers - Giannis (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada) - would play basketball with a local youth team. Latecomers to the sport, they discovered their great abilities on the basketball court and worked hard to become world class athletes, along with brother, Kostas (Jaden Osimuwa). With the help of an agent, Giannis entered the NBA Draft in 2013 in a long shot prospect that would change not only his life but the life of his entire family. And last season, Giannis and Thanasis helped bring the Milwaukee Bucks their first championship ring in 50 years, while Kostas played for the previous season champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. SEPTEMBER 20 — 22 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM ELVIS 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 39MIN Elvis's story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis's life, Priscilla Presley. SEPTEMBER 27 — 29 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 5MIN Kya is an abandoned girl who raised he r s e l f t o adu l t hood i n t he dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh. ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM SEPTEMBER 2 GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS 1992 | R | 1H 40MIN Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris and Alan Arkin chew the words of David Mamet's script (based on his own stage play) as a group of Chicago real estate salesmen vying for the best "leads" at a small firm that sells property in resort areas. SEPTEMBER 9 AT 11 AM (NO 3 PM SHOWING) THE SPACE BETWEEN 2010 | PG | 1H 26MIN A cynical, alcoholic flight attendant (Melissa Leo) and a PakistaniAmerican child prodigy find themselves both thrown together in the aftermath of the World Trade Center Attacks. SEPTEMBER 16 THE GOODBYE GIRL 1977 | PG | 1H 50MIN Ex-Broadway hoofer Paula (Marsha Mason) lives with her daughter in the New York flat of her most recent lost love, who has sublet the place. Enter brash actor and sublessee Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss, in an Oscar winning performance), who doesn't have the heart to oust them. A mismatch from the get-go, Paula and Elliot are mutually contemptuous. But that changes when his vulnerability shows after a wretched theatrical debut. SEPTEMBER 23 THE LAKE HOUSE 2006 | PG | 1H 39MIN A lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock), who once lived in a beautiful 23 lakeside home, falls in love via letters with its latest resident, a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves). When they discover that they are living two years apart, the pair must unravel the mystery behind their incredible romance. SEPTEMBER 30 - 11 AM (NO 3 PM SHOWING) STRANGE BREW 1983 | PG | 1H 30MIN Hoping to snag some free beer by helping a brewery owner reclaim her business, goofy brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) end up battling criminal Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow), who plans to take over the world by releasing his hypnotic suds to the public. Can the beerguzzling masses count on these "hosers" to save the day? Paul Dooley and Lynne Griffin also star in this gut-busting vintage comedy.
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EVENTS HUMP DAY KARAOKE Celebrate making it halfway through the week with karaoke on the second Wednesday of each month with DJ Wayne! The next karaoke date will be September 14. Get your $2 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. BYOB! TOGA PARTY AT THE HFC Party like the Greeks at the LA Toga Party! Stop by the HFC September 23 to celebrate a night from 7 to 10 pm. The Toga theme party stars DJ Wayne as the disc jockey. Togas are not mandatory, but there will be prizes for the “Top Togas.” It's just a night full of music and dancing with your friends and neighbors. Party like it's MCMXCIX! JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES The Lake Ashton community is invited to attend the Jewish High Holiday Services. Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) will be September 25 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Center. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will be October 4 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Center. Yizkor (Memorial Service) will be October 5 at 2 pm in the HFC Community Center. All residents are encouraged to attend and find out why the New Year is celebrated in September. For more info, contact David Harrison at 863-326-6418. SUNDAY FUNDAY Live music in the Clubhouse Ballroom, good times, great memories, need we say more? Get your $3 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. September 11 — Music: Rick Arnold 24 Food truck: Kona Ice and Topsy’s Soul Food September 25 — Music: George Morris Food Truck: Top Dog Event is from 3 – 6 pm and you can bring your own drinks and snacks, or purchase food from the food truck in the Parking Lot. PARTY IN PINK Join the fight against breast cancer on October 14 and help raise funds for the LALGA Pink Ribbon urnament at the Clubhouse’s Party in Pink! A roaring good time will be had with Dueling Pianos for the entertainment and a perfectly pink snack bar will be available to munch on during the event. The Dueling Pianos performers will also be donating a portion of their tips to the LALGA Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament, so be sure to bring your requests and cash with you! BYOB! Tickets go on sale for $20 on September 5 after Monday Coffee at the Clubhouse Activities Office. TEA FOR TATAS Help raise awareness for breast cancer by breaking out your best décor for Tea for Tatas at the Clubhouse on October 20 at 12 pm. Have a blast decorating your table with whatever tickles your fancy, but don’t forget your tea cups! Tickets are available for $15, please indicate if you would like to decorate your own table or if you would like to sit at a table already decorated. A selection of tea sandwiches and petite desserts will be brought to each table and a tea bar with hot and iced tea will be available. Our own LALGA will be in attendance raising money for the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament so bring cash or checks to give donations towards a great cause! Tickets go on sale September 12 at the Clubhouse Activities Office after Monday Coffee. DISCO PARTY! 09.09 — 6 PM CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM LIVE DJ — FOOD TRUCK — BYOB! TICKETS: $5 AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK (CHECK PAYABLE TO LACDD, VISA, OR MASTERCARD) 25
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PARTY IN THE CITY! CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR NEW YORK STYLE IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM! 7 PM TO DEC 31ST New York Style Small Plates: • Italian sausage & peppers on Italian bread • Roast beef bruschetta • Fresh shrimp ceviche • Pasta station with chicken or vegetables • Pizza logs • Fruit and cheese display • Champagne toast • BYOB! MIDNIGHT Two bands will be rockin’ all night with live performances! Tickets: $50 at the Clubhouse Activities Office Noisemakers, novelty toys, and lots of confetti provided! Lake Ashton’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve! CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM 11 AM TO 2 PM SALAD BAR, BISCUITS WITH SAUSAGE GRAVY, ROASTED CHICKEN & PORK WITH COLLARD GREENS & BLACK EYED PEAS, SHRIMP & GRITS, PENNE ALLA VODKA, SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH BACON & BREAKFAST POTATOES, PANCAKES, FRUIT & PASTRY BAR WITH BAGELS, COFFEE, & ORANGE JUICE. BRING YOUR OWN CHAMPAGNE OR BEVERAGES! TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BRUNCH ALONE: $30 ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S EVE & BRUNCH: $75 WHAWRAP-UP REPORT! T A FANTASTIC CAMP LAKE ASHTON THIS YEAR! THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS THIS YEAR WHO HELPED MAKE CAMP POSSIBLE. CAMPERS HAD MANY FUN ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM AND GREAT TIMES WERE HAD AT THE JAMBOREE AND THE HOEDOWN. THANKS AGAIN TO THESE AMAZING SPONSORS: CHRIS GRAVES INSURANCE, HECTOR GOMEZ, MATTHEW SIMPSON OF EDWARD JONES, THE GROUTSMITH, MATTHEW GRUBB OF MORGAN STANLEY, MILLER'S CENTRAL AIR, AND ART'S GOLF CARS. 27 Rise and Shine with New Year's Day Brunch! Camp Lake Ashton
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20 YEARS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT SERIES AT LAKE ASHTON! 2023 marks 20 years of the Entertainment Series at Lake Ashton! Check out the insert in this issue for information on this year’s acts: January 27 - The Bronx Wanderers February 3 - Steve Solomon February 17 - Shake Baby Shake February 24 - Forbidden Broadway March 9 - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap March 31 - The Edwards Twins Current Season Ticket holders can renew their tickets October 3 — 28 Upgrade and Exchange Period for Current Season Ticket Holders will be November 1 -- 4 New Season Tickets are on sale November 14 — December 23 You don't want to miss this series of shows! Entertainment Series season tickets are for residents only and you must have a valid Lake Ashton Resident ID or Driver's License with a Lake Ashton address listed in order to purchase. Take a look at page 6 for information on when Lake Ashton Resident IDs are issued. Sign up for any of the below trips at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. Activity Level 1: anyone can go on this trip, appropriate for all mobility levels Activity Level 2: some uneven sidewalks, possibly stairs, walking a block or more, more strenuous SEPTEMBER 7 - 8: FT. MYERS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN & EDISON AND FORD ESTATES - $325/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $65 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT). ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT! PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 OCTOBER 15: FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - $39/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 **NEW! SECOND DATE ADDED FOR THIS TRIP — OCTOBER 16! NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: ST. AUGUSTINE - $479/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) . ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT! ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 Lake Ashton BusTrips 28 HATS ON FOR ALZHEIMER’S By Judy Puntureri & Kristy McKibben Join your friends and neighbors for a fun afternoon of lunch and shopping Wednesday, November 9 the Lake Ashton Ballroom, and all for a wonderful cause! The Babes in Lakeland 'store' will open at 11 am just prior to lunch, and stay open until 3 pm. Plus, enjoy a 10% discount on anything you purchase. Why not whet your appetite by checking out babesinlakeland.com prior to arriving! Tickets will go on sale on October 10 after Monday Coffee. LAPAC FALL FUN & CORN MAZE By Cheryl Winchester Fall is coming faster than we think. LAPAC (Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corp.) is holding a giant corn maze along with other exciting activities. So mark your calendar for Saturday, November 12, and stay tuned for more details to follow! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE By Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton Here’s hoping everyone has been enjoying the summer and while it’s still pretty warm outside, let’s start thinking of cooler temperatures and ‘that wonderful time of the year.’ Please be sure you mark the calendar for the beautiful FROSTED CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE planned for Friday, December 9 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Music will be provided by B.Haven, one of Central Florida's premier bands. A catered buffet dinner includes a Beef Carving Station, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Vegetable Lasagna, along with the sides we enjoy so 29 CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! The LA Purple Stars, your Relay For Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling hand crafted items at the December 14 Lake Ashton Bi-Monthly Market. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. Items are needed to fill the booth. If you have a craft you enjoy, please consider making one to donate, and share this info with your crafty friends. There are a limited amount of supplies available to share if needed. The Purple Stars will also be contacting businesses in the area, asking for donations. Please Contact Judy Ridpath at 650-678-1174 with any questions. UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM • November 12 – Fall Festival • December 14 – Holidays Around the World • January 17 — Lake Ashton Club Fair • January 20 — LA Purple Stars Chili Cook-off • January 21 – LA Cruise-In Car Show • February 14 – Valentine’s Day with Elvis much will be provided by a favorite, Cam's Catering. Don’t forget to BYOB. Tickets will be on sale for $40 each starting September 12 at Monday Coffee, check only. Tickets will be on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Please provide the names of each person if you reserve a table. Call Debby Landgrebe with questions at 863-268-8193. Looking forward to a festive, decked-out crowd and a wonderful, fun time, so plan on coming!
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GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The LALGA is sponsoring another creative event for the entire Lake Ashton golf community. Coming off a successful Nine, Wine and Dine, Martinis, Mulligans and Munchies will take place on Friday evening, September 30 at 4 pm. The event will include a nine-hole scramble with each team having a mulligan to use at their discretion, five incredibly delicious martini tastings with food pairings to match. Get your foursome together and sign up beginning September 12. In preparation for the return of the snowbirds, the league is working hard to create tournaments and activities for all to enjoy. November 6 will kick off the Pink Ribbon Tournament with a dance featuring the Rusty Trumpet Band. A prize will be awarded for the best decorated table. This year, the entire table must be purchased in full for $80. There will be no $10 deposit required. Get together with your friends and buy your table(s) beginning October 1. Also available at the dance will be a preview of the Silent Auction items. Raffle tickets will be sold (5 for $10) so don’t miss out on a chance to win some of the amazing raffles. This year, in order to make the tournament and luncheon run more smoothly the committee has decided to make it a Chinese Auction rather than a straight raffle. You may choose the items you wish to win. Good luck! Two days later, November 8, the Pink Ribbon Scramble Tournament will take place with a luncheon to follow. All funds raised benefit the Watson Clinic Foundation and to date Lake Ashton has donated just over $80,000. The committee is hoping to exceed the $100,000 donation mark this year. So, sponsor the event, buy your dance and raffle tickets, mulligans, bows, socks, shoelaces, flowers and bid on the silent auction items; all in an effort to help support this remarkable cause. 30 January 16/17 is the Solheim Cup with the pairing party on January 10. February 6/7 will host the Member-Member Tournament.So pick your partner early. Come out with your friends, enjoy the camaraderie and compete to win. See you all on the course! Meet Alina Lindstrom Alina has just recently joined the LALGA. Born in Cuba, Alina lived much of her life in South Florida. She has worked for several companies but has spent most of her adult life as a paralegal. She met her husband John in Coconut Grove and eight months after their first date they were married. Alina says, “John is the nicest person you would ever want to meet.” They were married on July 4 and just celebrated their 37th anniversary. Alina and John have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. For 8 ½ years Alina and John traveled the country in their RV. In 2020, while walking their dog, Alina noticed an RV with a Lake Ashton license plate. She remarked to John that it was time they settled down and sold the RV. After fully investigating everything Lake Ashton had to offer, they decided that LA was where they wanted to spend their golden years. John wanted golf and Alina, activities. Alina began playing golf four years ago with a year of lessons at the Sebring’s Municipal Golf Course. After moving to LA she met Karen Ferrande who introduced her to the Niners. She played with the Niners for a bit before she decided to move over to the LALGA so she “could beat her husband in golf.” As hobbies, Alina makes landscape quilts, plays pickleball, bowls, reads and loves to travel. Alina is excited to be a part of the LALGA and thinks the league has a “lovely group of ladies. “Every lady I’ve met so far is a boatload of fun,” according to Alina. She is “looking forward to spending many years of enjoyment in this community.” Welcome to the league, Alina Lindstrom! Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad Kirwan’s Real Estate Skills Stands Out The thing that stands out with me is Brad was perceptive to what I as the seller needed to accomplish. There are other things to care about in addition to the sale of the house. Brad is friendly and his smile genuine. He communicated clearly; and I feel he is an excellent and fair negotiator. I would nominate him for the Realtor of the Year Award. Jim Phillips Verified by RateMyAgent 12 August 2021 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31
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LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt ANOTHER Hole-InOne! On July 14, during Mixer League, Marti Schmidt (yes, this author, pictured at left) got a hole-inone on 3 West (yes, the dreaded overthe-water-shot). Two Niners actually made hole in ones during the month of July – must be some kind of record here at Lake Ashton! Janet Luke was featured for her feat in the previous issue of the LA Times. If you were wondering, here’s a bit of information about our league: The LA Niners Golf Association is organized for weekly play of nine holes of golf. Our league is a great place for beginners to learn the game of golf, its rules and etiquette, and for seasoned golfers to improve and continue their love for the game in a very comfortable, encouraging, and social environment. We enjoy different and fun games of nine-hole golf each week, monthly lunch with friends, occasional tournaments with other leagues and season opening and ending luncheons. It’s a great way to meet other golfers, have a good time, and create long lasting friendships. There are annual and summer membership options. Niners membership has grown to over 100 players. The next season starts on October 4. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! If you make a holein-one, send your name, date, hole, and course number to be featured in the LA Times to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com AVON PARK More Choices Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! NOW Get a... INTRODUCING with a mattress set purchase 863-402-1688 WWW.TURNERFURNITUREONLINE.COM AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 33 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1393 8/22 $300 GIFT CARD
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CLUBS LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves BOLLA By Linda Warden The meeting this month is September 21 at 6:30 pm in the ballroom near the stage. This will be a very focused meeting regarding the upcoming Craft Fair and upcoming events to support the troops. Although there were no meetings this summer, the Team Captains for the various committees have been busy. Anyone considering joining this group is invited to come by. It will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the generosity of this group and of course, your VP here is about smiles. The 2022 Craft Show is October 22 and bakers are needed! The Craft Show Bake Shop was very successful last year. The top items sold were cookies, banana bread or other loaf breads (large or small). Pies and cakes were also popular. In addition, we invite you to support our vendors. Call Chris at 863514-5368 or Joan at 239-851-7899. LAVA VIDEO INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY BOLLA wants to give a big thank you to Vicki Creek and her team and the ladies of Sew What for all their help. These ladies finished the edges of some of the blankets and ponchos that BOLLA gives to the schools and the homeless. Great job, ladies! This mission couldn’t be done without the help of the giving people in this wonderful community. As always, BOLLA meets on Monday at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Please join! GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Do you have records and documents collected for your ancestors but don't know what to do with them? Come to the meeting September 14 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room, and learn how to get organized. Learn and enjoy the company and camaraderie of your friends and neighbors at the same time. For more information, contact Jane at 815-545-6655. GARDEN CLUB By Lyn Davis The Garden Club team LAVA is hosting a video interview team from the Library of Congress that will visit Lake Ashton October 8 & 9 to interview local veterans. You do not need to be a LAVA member to be interviewed. This is the team’s third visit to Lake Ashton because of the large veteran population and their willingness to share their military stories. Interviews are open to Lake Ashton veterans of all branches and ranks, whether or not they served in a combat zone. Each interview lasts approximately 45 minutes after a brief orientation and will be held in the Clubhouse Card Room. Veterans wishing to be interviewed must have appointment — contact LAVA coordinator Cal Posner at calposner@aol.com or 678-464-7331 to schedule. There is no charge for the interviews and they will be available to the public at the library’s website under the “Veterans History Project” tab. has been busy planning for fall even though meetings have been on hiatus. This past August 34 the Garden Club helped Camp Lake Ashton construct patio stones. The talent in the community, support and participation was outstanding! The club also provided plants for the macrame planters that many talented people made in the Camp Lake Ashton macrame event! Please join the group on September 14 in the Craft Room at 10 am. Ideas for the fall, how to move forward, and what members value for future meetings will be discussed. A special thank you to Activities Assistant Caroline who felt confident in the club, provided support ,and made Camp Lake Ashton a success! (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 35
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club monthly meeting is September 1 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The September speakers are Veysel Dokur, candidate for Florida State Senate seat, and Markeishia Smith, candidate for Polk County Commission, District 4. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet on September 28 at the Clubhouse. Social time begins at 3:30 pm, with the meeting following at 4. At this month’s meeting, winners of the August 23rd primaries as well as other candidates running for election in November will speak. As a followup on two previous events, there was a fantastic turnout for the Candidate Jamboree in July and a great 100th birthday tribute to Jack Davenport on August 6. Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Party coming up December 3! Contact: Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, 813-313-9911. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In August, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for dinners and lunches during August. The Single Mingle held on the third Thursday of the month in the Pavilion will be moved during the remaining hot months. In August, it was held in the HFC Craft Room. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on September 4. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Attention, residents who like to swim for fitness & health but don't feel safe doing it alone. The LA Swim Club solves that safety i ssue by offering three workout times each week (Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am). Swimmers either follow a club-provided written workout or do their own thing. For those who wish to improve stroke efficiency or learn new sk i l l s , the c l ub' s vol unteer i ns t ruc tor / coach provides tips. Many club members enjoy the camaraderie and swim simply for fitness. For those who like (or need) motivation, the club has a swim-for-distance challenge chart and we encourage members to participate in regional Senior Games Swimming competition. The competition is divided by gender and age (5-year groupings from 50 to 100+). Speaking of which, we have four members who will compete in the 21st Annual Gainesville Senior Games swim meet on September 11. 36 The club wishes good luck and fast swims to Cathy Liska, Sandy Papineau, Sharon Swanson, and Gena Thornburg. Joining the club is free. For more info., email Coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com. Come join us, your grandchildren will be surprised when you show them your skills! LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer; those days of painting, and friendships, and cheer. Time sure flies when having a good time and now summer is almost done. The group will continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members will continue to share their skills and you can do a lot of "paint what you enjoy painting". The point is not to paint a master piece, but to have a good time. Newcomers are always welcome and will be lent the supplies needed for your first meeting. A lot of people say that they want to come but can't paint or draw. Well, we proved that isn't necessary in one of the classes in August when everyone dropped different colored paint on rocks and created a pattern by blowing through a straw. After the rock dried, words were written on the unique backgrounds — and voila, pieces of art that your friends in Lake Ashton love to find. If you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join the meetings September 7 and 21. In order to attend, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) to say you are coming. If the meeting has to be canceled at the last minute, it will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook group page. If in doubt, check before you come. Also, please continue sending prayers for Alice Mayer's recovery — your prayers are seriously working wonders. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 37 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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MIND&BODY ASL CLASSES American Sign Language Classes begin September 6 with the Beginning Class at 1 pm and Intermediate at 2 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If you haven't already contacted Shelley with your name and which class you want to attend, email shelleyknee@gmail.com to be added to the class list. Beginning class will be using an easy book called "Signing For Kids" by Mickey Flodin. ISBN 0-399-51672-7 Available on Amazon both new and in used condition. For new students: beginner class won’t go too fast, but you will have to do your part and practice between lessons. Questions? Contact Shelley Knee at 864-363-2014. GROWING COOL SEASON VEGETABLES Join UF/IFAS Extension experts to learn how to plant, grow, and harvest a cool season garden in Central Florida. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. This free class will be held September 21 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. FLU SHOTS September 26, October 24, and November 14 from 8:30 to 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Bring your insurance card. CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION / MUS IC HISTORY SERIES Join Ken Hoffman, a retired Lake Ashton resident who has taught classical music history courses for nearly a decade at various institutions including the Continuing Education Department at the University of North Florida, as he takes residents through the history of classical music chronologically, starting with the Medieval era, going to the mid-20th century. Hundreds of great musical works will be explained as well as the lives of the composers who wrote them. Residents will discuss music in the context of the other arts of the era, as well as historical events that influenced the arts; politics, wars, religion, science and technology, the rise of the middle class, the Enlightenment, etc. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall as space is limited. This class will be held Mondays at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema, starting October 3. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT An all-encompassing Caregiver Support Group facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association will be held on the third Tuesday of each month through December, beginning October 18 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This group is for Caregivers and Care partners of people living with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, Cancer, and Diabetes. People who are living with the disease are welcome to attend with their care partner. We will meet together for approximately 30 minutes and then the group will split into two separate groups with two separate facilitators. This support group is conducted by trained facilitators and is a safe place for everyone to develop a support system. Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, and concerns, and learn about community resources. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. 39
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ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty ✦ Same length as standard 4-passenger ✦ 2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr September 10 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Autumn Days Cost $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on September 9 FUSED GLASS CLASSES Fused Glass Beach Scene September 22 from 9 am to 12 pm at the HFC Craft Room — $35 AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! Fused Glass Garden Stake September 30 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room — $35 Sign up at or call the location that the class will be held: Clubhouse: 863-324-6032 or HFC: 863-595-1562 CELEBRATE THE SEASONS! Beginners can sign up to learn to paint with watercolor with artist Freddie Combs. Join these half day classes to create a painting décor for holiday use. Complete an entire painting in a matter of hours. Class dates are September 16, October 14, November 11 from 1:45 to 3:30 pm in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session, $35 materials included. Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk to secure a limited spot and receive a list of supplies. 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 40 CREATE A CARD Please join the group on September 20 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up quickly at the HFC, as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. DIY RUSTIC WOOD PUMPKINS CRAFT Set your creativity free by making your very own Fall décor! For $5 you are able to make a set of 3 rustic wood pumpkins in the Clubhouse Ballroom on October 11 at 10 am. All needed materials and instructions are included in the cost. This craft is totally customizable! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office by September 23. HAPPY HOUR DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm with a glass of ? afterwards (BYOB). Meet at the HFC basketball court for lots of fun and energy. No need for previous dance experience or to be in attendance weekly. Questions? Contact Cheryl Winchester at 305-725-4946. LA DANCE CLASSES - RUMBA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays in September from 4:30 to 5:30 in the HFC Community Room. FREE! No partner needed! W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone returns October 1 and are held every Saturday at 3 pm in the HFC indoor pool. Welcome back and we look forward to meeting new participants. Come join the fun! Please call Sue with any questions. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to BUILD your own ONWARD! y ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ● 863-439-5431 SALES AND SERVICE ● 863-439-5431 WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 ● Dundee, FL 33838 ● artsgolfcars@aol.com 41 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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LA STEPPERS The popular fitness class from the 90’s is also popular here in Lake Ashton, and will continue this fall on Thursdays, October 6, November 3, and December 1 at 5 pm in the HFC Community Room. Class duration is 1 hour. Prior to class there will be a refresher of basic steps. Participants must bring their own step. There is no charge for this class. Certified Instructor is LA Resident Sue Fitzgerald. Questions? Call Sue at 904-566-2846. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. WILLS, TRUSTS, & LIFETIME PLANNING 2023 BOOT CAMP This monthly boot camp will teach you how to create a Lifetime Comprehensive Plan. Jason Penrod, Board Certified Elder Law Expert, Financial Advisor, & founder of Family Elder Law, will lead you on a stepby-step year-long journey towards “peace of mind”. Email Agnus (avera@familyelderlaw.com) to enroll as space is limited. Classes begin in January 2023 in the Clubhouse Cinema. January: “Where do I start? Estate vs. Lifetime Planning?” February: “Who will make my medical decisions?” March: “Who will protect my assets and pay my bills?” April: “Who will receive my assets when I die? Will my family have to probate?” May: “What is the best way to avoid probate?” June: “Should I have a Trust? What does “Funding Your Trust” mean?” July: “How do I know medical bills will be covered? Medicare?” August: “Will can I protect what I have? Do I have enough to last my lifetime?” September: “How will I pay for nursing home care?” October: “Am I forgetting something?” November: “What if life happens? When should I review my plan?” December (Graduation!): “How do I share my “peace of mind” & bless others?” 42

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Sept. Issue Deadline: Aug.15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 AUGUST 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. AUGUST 1 Birthdays and Anniversaries Camp Lake Ashton Kick-Off Featured Speaker: TECO Energy Audit Information Featured Vendors: Melissa Kincaid with Edward Jones, Christine Graves Insurance AUGUST 8 Bite Me Monday (Donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society) Featured Speaker: City of Lake Wales Updates AUGUST 15 NO MONDAY COFFEE — BOARD MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - (monthly collection of nonperishable items for a local food bank) AUGUST 22 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: All About Aging - Fall Sensors and More Home Safety Technology Featured Vendor: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones AUGUST 29 Featured Speaker: Visit Central Florida Featured Vendor: All About Aging IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 26 CLUBS 30 MIND & BODY 34 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, August 15 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, August 19 at 9 am Health & Fitness Center CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 5
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm (or by appointment) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily GUEST & RENTER REGISTRATION All guests and renters must be registered and have a Facilities Guest Pass to use Clubhouse and HFC Amenities. To register, residents must bring at least one adult guest to the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desk, and renters must have a copy of their rental agreement. The Clubhouse Activities Desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and the HFC Activities Desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Guests cannot be pre registered by homeowners. RESIDENT FEEDBACK Your experiences in the Lake Ashton Community are meant to be as pleasant and memorable as possible. Please take a minute to let staff know how they are doing. There are drop off locations for feedback forms outside the Community Director's office in the both the Clubhouse and the HFC. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: August 10 & 24 from 8:30 to 11 am Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11 am RED ROOSTER PRODUCE Clubhouse West Parking Lot August 3 & 10 from 8:30 to 11 am BOOKMOBILE August 10 & 24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot FOOD TRUCKS In the Clubhouse West Parking Lot - stay tuned to media for additions or changes! August 1, 4 to 8 pm: One Stop August 2, 3 to 7 pm: Topsy’s Soul Food August 5, 3 to 7:30 pm - Topsy’s Soul Food August 8, 11 am to 3 pm: Top Dog August 11, 4 to 7:30 pm: Smokin’ Oak BBQ August 14, 11 to 3 pm: K&E Italian Kitchen August 14, 3 to 7 pm: Tallulah’s Table by the Sea August 16, 11 am to 3 pm: Topsy’s Soul Food August 17, 10:30 am to 3 pm: One Stop August 20, 1 to 5 pm: Smokin’ Oak BBQ August 22, 11 am to 3 pm: Topsy’s Soul Food August 25, 11 am to 3 pm: Topsy’s Soul Food August 25, 4 to 7:30 pm: Smokin’ Oak BBQ August 26, 10:30 am to 2 pm: One Stop August 28, 11 am to 3 pm: Tallulah’s Table by the Sea August 28, 3 to 7 pm: K&E Italian Kitchen August 31, 4 to 8 pm: Sikes BBQ NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is September 14 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse. Sign up at either Activities Desk. Clubs and groups who want to set up a table, please email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com to reserve a spot. 7
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LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director It is hard to believe half of the year is behind us. We hope residents have enjoyed all of the activities that occurred the first half of the year and just know the best is yet to come! This month staff has worked hard to plan what we think is the best Camp Lake Ashton to date. The Cypress Gardens water ski show returns, in addition to craft classes and lots of fun get togethers. All events and supplies are FREE thanks to our wonderful sponsors! See the back cover for more information. Supervisors are busy planning the budget for the next fiscal year and will meet on August 15 at 9:30 to finalize the budget for that year. At the July 18 Board meeting Supervisors received a Reserve Study analysis that outlined the pathway to where we are now in addition to the current inflation rate and other factors that have changed over the past year. This is a very important tool that Supervisors and staff use to plan for future repairs and/or replacement of various property within the District. Staff will be researching several items that make up this reserve study so that a final version can be used to move forward with future planning. Supervisors also reviewed the budget and received an updated version of the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy that will be discussed in depth at a Joint CDD Workshop that will be scheduled in August. More details will be released via email blast when confirmed. Staff gave an update on the Restaurant Focus Group. They are working hard to evaluate the results of the survey released on July 16 and will present a report of their recommendations of what to do moving forward at the August BOS meeting. This group has done an excellent job coming up with a well thought out plan of what they feel will be viable and supported by the majority of residents. Thank you to all participants for their dedication of time. Residents should now notice the addition of new ellipticals in the Fitness Center, a new projector in the Cinema, and a new Activities Office! Supervisors work very hard to ensure they are keeping up with equipment replacement and upgrades to the Clubhouse so residents always have a great experience when visiting the amenities. The Activities Office is an exciting project that has been years in the making. Residents will now have immediate access to Resident Services when they come through the main entrance to the Clubhouse. The Club Office is located to the left where residents can book rooms for activities, buy an entrance gate opener, and access clerical services. The Activities Office is on the right with walk-up openings to volunteers and staff ready to help sell tickets, register guests, issue Resident ID cards, and much more. Don't forget to thank the Activities Office volunteers when visiting; they are always willing to help everyone with a smile on their face. They have been patient throughout the transition from the desk in the Ballroom, to a not-so-short-term desk setup in the Foyer, and finally to their new space in the Activities Office. We appreciate all they do and want to thank them for everything. Thank you to Mary Ax, David Harrison, Barbara Harrison, Judy Morgan, Marcia Blasko, Cathy Boruschewitz, Valerie Fetcho, and Karen Nelson. M Chies AVON PARK Customize Don’t Compromise! rices... e Choose from over 2000 fabrics & leathers Free IN-HOME DESIGN! 100s of Items IN STOCK & Ready for FAST DELIVERY! 863-402-1688 WWW.TURNERFURNITUREONLINE.COM AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1390 7/22
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director The summer heat of Florida is upon us, so there are many ways to enjoy your leisure time at the HFC inside the air conditioning. Billiards, the pool, Corn Hole, Basketball, Racquetball, walking inside the Community Center and Fitness Room, the Billiard-Pool Game, and the multitude of Wii Games are all available. There’s also reading and puzzles to put together in the Media Center. Some of these require setting up, so please call ahead Monday through Friday at 863-595-1562 to give staff time to check for room availability and to get your equipment set up. Notification no less than 30 minutes ahead of the time you wish to use the equipment will ensure you’ll be playing at the time you wish to do so. Questions are always welcomed about the games by calling the above number. Check the LA West Connection Newsletter for a thorough description of the games available. The final phase of the LED lighting project changeout is nearing completion. The lights are brighter, and costs are going down due to this yearlong effort. There are also other ways to save energy at the HFC. When you are done with your event in any of the hallway rooms, please adjust the wall thermostat back to the 74-75 degrees which is the standard. The Fitness Room, the Community Center, the Sports Court, and the Racquetball Courts have programmed thermostats that are enclosed in a clear case. If you are using one of those rooms and wish to have the temperature adjusted, staff will need to be notified well in advance of your event. The Fitness Room will always be kept at the recommended 70 degrees for fitness training. Again, call the number listed above to notify staff for the other rooms. Staff is not here on weekends, so please call Monday thru Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM. Closing the ice machine door and turning off the TV’s and lights when not in use will also help to conserve energy usage. We all need to be good stewards of energy consumption, right? LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com The newly revised Joint Amenities Policy will be reviewed at an upcoming workshop for both CDD’s. Its new scheduling guidelines will be in place well before the next annual renewal of activity scheduling. As this is a joint policy, both the Clubhouse and the HFC will have the same scheduling guidelines. Residents will be informed of any changes via the various official media offered at Lake Ashton. Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com
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Road Construction on Berwick Drive and Ashton Club Drive will begin on August 15, weather permitting. Stay tuned to email blasts for more information regarding changes in traffic patterns or closures. PHOTO CONTEST There are many talented photographers at Lake Ashton, and we now want to now use some of the amazing pictures you are taking out there as artwork in the Clubhouse Foyer. And, of course, it’s a contest! Submit your best photo(s) signifying Lake Ashton living to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com by August 31. Each resident can submit up to 3 photos for consideration. Please ensure your photos are high resolution and at least 300 dpi. Information regarding the next steps in judging will be published in the September 2022 newsletter. RESIDENT RECOGNITION The 2020-21 Rotarian of the Year, Laura Lease, presented the 2021-22 award to Fred Halde, who helped with a variety of club projects, including Camp Fearless, the 3V3 Soccer Tournament, Toys for Tots, Mardi Gras and most other club activities. A retired Presbyterian minister, Halde, also leads the club's opening prayers most weeks, tying the message to a relevant theme or the topic of that night's speaker. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to BUILD your own ONWARD! y ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ● 863-439-5431 SALES AND SERVICE ● 863-439-5431 WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 ● Dundee, FL 33838 ● artsgolfcars@aol.com AUTHORIZED DEALER Wildlife ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Snowy Egret is the small delicate white Egret found at Lake Ashton. In breeding plumage it takes on a sassy appearance with frazzled-looking plumes about its head giving it an angry demeanor. It is easily identified by the small size, black bill, black legs and those "golden slippers." In high breeding plumage the usually yellow lores (area in front of the bill) turn red and the feet orange. Found at any body of water at Lake Ashton year round it will often sit still at the edge of the water waiting for an unsuspecting small fish to swim by. Sometimes they forage actively in the shallow water walking or running about. They will also stir the bottom of the pond with their yellow feet to scare up prey like fish, insects and crustaceans into action. Like other birds in the heron family, they nest in colonies usually mixed in with other species. I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! Dave Thrower is is pictured here with an 8lb 6oz bass caught and re l e a s e d o n Lake Ashton. If you’ve had some good luck on the bodies of water in Lake Ashton and want to share it with the community, email a photo of yourself with your catch to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com to be featured in a future issue of the LA Times! 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty ✦ Same length as standard 4-passenger ✦ 2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE!
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Debby Landgrebe Please welcome Steve Hogan to the HOA BOD as he fills in for the remaining term (exp. February ‘24) of Ken Rickey. Ken, thank you for your willingness to service Lake Ashton. In this day and age time often seems to be running away from us. Other times, it’s slower than molasses! This also applies to organizations. While it may seem that the HOA may not be moving forward, I can assure you, behind the scenes we are hard at work! Some of the projects we’ve been working on include; CC&Rs restatement, age verification updates, compliance issues, a transition to a management company, transferring banks, mailboxes, insurance updates, and the list goes on. Here’s some updates: • CC&Rs: We are getting closer to finalizing the restatement document and are preparing YouTube videos regarding this. We are closer to providing the document to our members along with proper voting data. PLEASE make sure we have your most updated contact information, mailing address/es, emails, and contact numbers. We want you to be in the loop. This information is important for voting proxies. We are scheduling a Special Members Meeting, including a CC&R phase 1 vote for November 13 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (mark your calendar). • Age verification: We are almost complete with compiling and digitizing the most recent past survey; just a few more items to validate. We do meet the Federal Standards for senior housing. IF you are a newer resident within the last 2-3 years OR we do not have a completed age verification form for everyone in your residence, contact the BOD to complete an age verification form. All members including renters need to adhere to the rules. • Mailboxes: Most of our mailboxes are as old as the community. A number of them are in need of replacement. Since earlier this year an outstanding group of residents have worked tirelessly to put together replacement options for new mailboxes. Thank you Bob Constantine, Alan Cropp, Mary Dornhecker, David Fix, Debby Landgrebe, Jackie Perez, Iris Realmuto, Linda Rodd, John Sawyer and Harriett Wild! Your dedication, honesty, and insight was invaluable. Great work! Because of their input we are close to having two vendors and a much better mailbox and post option. We need residents to help continue to keep Lake Ashton the beautiful gem that it is. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Currently needed are ARC reps, and Board of Directors Candidates. Please contact Directors for additional information. LA (LW) HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD) Contact Information Management Company: Don Asher Michellette Ramos: manager@lakeashtonhoa.org All Directors: directors@lakeashtonhoa.org To report a violation: include address, issue & photos, compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org President/Treasurer: BOB PROWANT president@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary TOM HEVEL secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary2 DAVID MULLER secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary3 STEVE HOGAN secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org *
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LA ( LW) ARC By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair New ARC Submission Process for Lake Wales The ARC submission process is going completely online. Starting August 1, ARC Requests should be submitted at arc.lakeashtonhoa.org. The website will guide you through the process and help ensure that your paperwork is complete, and that the ARC review should go through smoothly. Go to arc.lakeashtonhoa.org and type in your email address. You will then be prompted to create a new account. An email fr om noreply@arctracker.email will be sent to you confirming the registration. Make sure to add this address to your contacts as this will be the email all ARC communication will come from. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to log in and enter an ARC Request (see top left). You will also be able to see all current ARC Requests from residents, request paint books, view the ARC Guidelines. Once you’ve created your ARC Request, you will be able to follow the status of your ARC Request and communicate with ARC Reps should any questions arise. If you need assistance, the HOA Office is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to noon or call Iris Realmuto at 603-759-3513. HOW GRASS CL IPPINGS AFFECT PONDS The majority of home owners use a lawn care contractor to maintain their lawns. During the hot summer months, contractors are in a hurry to beat the heat and use less awareness when mowing properties that border ponds. When grass clippings are introduced to a pond, they increase the nutrient levels making it more likely to cause algae to bloom. Please remind lawn care contractors to mow with the chute closed or in a direction to where the clippings are not blown into the pond. Contact Matt Fisher, Operations Manager, at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com with any questions regarding aquatic maintenance in any ponds located in Lake Wales. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Best Home Selling Experience! Brad is knowledgeable and understands the entire process from a market and homeowner's perspective. He knows the market and advises accordingly. He does his homework ahead of time. He was with us all the way from listing to selling. He goes over and above to make the process very easy. The pictures of the house were very professional and portrayed our house beautifully on online listing websites. The professionalism is tempered true caring and understanding toward the homeowner. He even checked with us after the closing. We highly recommend him! Verified by RateMyAgent John & Joy Lloyd 4 October 2021 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 17
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Protect Your Vehicle - Or Risk Theft! Lock It Up Always: An unlocked vehicle is an invitation to thieves that they just can’t resist. Whether parked at a mall or in a parking lot, thieves will go by vehicles “flipping” handles checking to see if any are unlocked. When they find one they will grab anything they can get their hands on. Clean It Up: Keeping items in plain view inside your vehicle is another invitation to thieves. Purses, computers, GPS units, phones, backpacks, even loose change is a temptation. If you must have items in your car, lock them inside your trunk. The best way to protect your property is to take it with you or leave it at home. Park in safe areas: Thieves don’t like to be seen committing crimes. Highly visible and well-illuminated areas can help deter thieves. But don’t think this is the time to let your guard down. Keeping your vehicle clear of items and locked will be the best prevention. CITIZENS ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). DRIVER SAFETY REMINDERS Polk County Schools start back August 10. Please use caution when traveling CR 653 during school opening and closing times. All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, please keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. Adults should not place young children on their laps between them and the steering wheel as this creates a hazardous condition for the children in the case of a panic stop or accidents. WILDLIFE ALERT — WATCH FOR ALLIGATORS Female alligators build a mound nest of soil, vegetation, or debris and deposit an average of 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. Incubation requires approximately 63-68 days, and hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Those who live near lakes and ponds should expect to see alligators from time-to-time but they should never be fed or approached. If you see an alligator: • Always give these reptiles a respectful distance (at least 10 feet) and always leave them alone. • Alligators are nocturnal animals, more active during the night. After dark, avoid fresh and brackish bodies of water, though alligators sometimes lurk in salt water. Unprovoked bites will often occur at the edge of the water. • Never feed alligators; it encourages them to lose their natural fear of people. • Small animals, like pets, and small children are generally more at risk than large adults. • Female alligators protect their nests by hissing and opening their mouths; this does not mean they are preparing to attack. • Alligators under 4 feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. As long as residents have a healthy respect for wildlife, there are opportunities to live and let live. Brochures about coexisting with alligators and crocodiles are available at the Clubhouse Information Wall. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change.
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MOVI ES AUGUST 2 — 4 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE LOST CITY 2022 | PG-13 | 1H 51MIN After being kidnapped by a villainous treasure hunter, a successful romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is forced to team up with her cover model (Channing Tatum) as they are swept into a cutthroat jungle adventure that proves stranger than fiction. AUGUST 9 — 11 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM DEATH ON THE NILE 2022 | PG-13 | 2h 7MIN Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s (Kenneth Branagh) Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the end. AUGUST 16 — 18 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE GRAY MAN 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 7MIN Ryan Gosling’s CIA assassin faces off against Chris Evans’ villainous sociopath in a global game of cat and mouse in this explosive thriller. 20 AUGUST 24 — 25 (NO MOVIES AUGUST 23 - ELECTION DAY) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM PERSUASION 2022 | PG | 1H 49MIN Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson) is a nonconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth--the dashing one she let get away-crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel. AUGUST 30 — SEPTEMBER 1 (NO 3 & 7 PM MOVIES AUGUST 31) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 26MIN This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe. From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live--and hunt--alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures. ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM AUGUST 5 THE LONG, HOT SUMMER 1958 | NR | 1H 57MIN Handsome vagabond Ben Quick (Paul Newman) returns to the Mississippi town his late father called home, but rumors of his dad's pyromaniac tendencies follow him as soon as he sets foot there. The proud young man's determination eventually wins over civic leader Will Varner (Orson Welles), who decides Ben might be just the man for his daughter, Clara (Joanne Woodward) -- much to the displeasure of Will's gutless son (Anthony Franciosa) and Clara's society boyfriend (Richard Anderson). AUGUST 12 THE GREAT OUTDOORS 1988 | PG | 1H 31MIN Chet Ripley (Dan Akroyd) takes his family to a lakeside resort for a quiet vacation away from it all. When his brother-in-law Roman (John Candy) shows up with his family, Mother Nature steps in to add her two cents. AUGUST 19 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948 | NR | 2H 6MIN Wrapped in a classic tale of adventure, this Academy Award winner helmed by John Huston follows a trio of gold prospectors who set out to strike it rich and agree to split the take until paranoia and greed consumes one of them. Delivering superb performances as the three miners are Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter 21 Huston, who copped a Best Supporting Actor Oscar while son John scored statuettes for his direction and screenplay. AUGUST 26 MEATBALLS 1979 | PG | 1H 32MIN In his first starring role, Bill Murray plays goofy, puerile camp counselor Tripper, who tries to lure shy camper Rudy out of his shell. Rudy helps Tripper woo head counselor Roxanne while the campers prepare for a showdown with a rival camp.
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EVENTS Camp Lake Ashton runs throughout August ... see back cover for the full schedule. read on for details of a few of the bigger events! CAMPFIRE JAM SESSION We know, your first thought went straight to those pesky mosquitos but not to worry, this campfire will be inside! All Lake Ashton musicians are invited to bring the heat August 26 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. All campers are welcome to bring snacks and attend to listen to friends and neighbors jam together. You can also BYOB. CYPRESS GARDENS WATER SKI SHOW RETURNS! They’re back, better than ever, and in your backyard on August 5! Marvel at the skiing spectacle on Lake Ashton at 6 pm. First come, first served seating in the Clubhouse Garden will be available. Bring your own folding chair or blanket. Golf carts will not be permitted past a specified point due to the water skier's safety. You can BYOB if you wish. CAMP LAKE ASHTON JAMBOREE Everyone is welcome to take part in the Jamboree at August 20 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom featuring live music from AlmostThere and a DIY Trail Mix Bar. You can also BYOB if you wish. POOL PARTY It wouldn’t be camp without a pool party! Take a swim in the outdoor pool August 25 from 1 to 3 pm, jive to great tunes, and eat the staple of all summer snacks, juicy, sweet watermelon. You can also BYOB but remember, no glass bottles are permitted in the pool area. CAMP HOEDOWN Mosey on down to the Clubhouse Ballroom for the final Camp Lake Ashton event August 31 at 7 pm featuring live country music by Red Hot Rooster. There will be a snack bar and non-alcoholic beverages available for campers to enjoy while cutting a rug. Camp Awards for both campers and volunteer camp counselors will be given during the event as well. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. You can also BYOB if you wish. SUNDAY FUNDAY Enjoy live music with friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 3 to 6 pm. Your $3 tickets cover the band — purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. You’re welcome to BYOB and snacks! August 14 – Quittin’ Time Band August 28 – Good Stuff Band KARAOKE Enjoy a fun night of karaoke in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 7 – 9 pm on August 19 with DJ Wayne! Get your $2 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE HFC Stop by the HFC Activities Desk to reserve a table for Carlos and Company for Friday, August 19. There will be a live band signing a genre of music. So come join your friends and neighbors for a night of dancing. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 23 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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DISCO PARTY Let’s groove the night away at a far-out Disco Party on Friday, September 9 at 6 pm. Grab some delicious food from the food truck on site on the way into the Ballroom and don’t forget to BYOB! Jam out to the timeless disco classics like Saturday Night Fever, Play that Funky Music, Shake Your Groove Thing, and many more great hits played by the live DJ! Break out those platforms and boogie over to the Clubhouse Activities Desk to buy your tickets for $5 (check (LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard) on Monday, August 8 after Monday Coffee. 2023 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES DATES Be sure to look in next month’s edition of the LA Times for information regarding the 2022 Entertainment Series. Be sure to save the following dates for the Entertainment Series: January 27 February 3 February 17 February 24 March 9 March 31 Current Season Ticket holders can renew their tickets October 3-28. Upgrade and Exchange Period for Current Season Ticket Holders will be November 1-4 New Season Tickets will go on sale November 14 You don't want to miss this series of shows. Here's a hint to the shows that will be part of the series. They are travelers in a borough and are followed by some twins that may or may not have been on broadway...no it is not forbidden, they are that good. They are Jewish and Italian, and like to rock..oh baby do they like to rock, but they are not part of the Union. Can you figure it out? Check out the September edition of the newsletter for the lineup! Entertainment Series season tickets are for residents only and you must have a valid Lake Ashton Resident ID or Driver's License with a Lake Ashton address listed in order to purchase. Take a look at page 6 for information on when Lake Ashton Resident IDs are issued. Pictured: First Prize Winner Fourth of July Parade: Anne McCauley & Evie Gawrych Sign up for any of the below trips at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. Activity Level 1: anyone can go on this trip, appropriate for all mobility levels Activity Level 2: some uneven sidewalks, possibly stairs, walking a block or more, more strenuous AUGUST 10: TAMPA AQUARIUM - $65/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 1 SEPTEMBER 7 - 8: FT. MYERS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN & EDISON AND FORD ESTATES - $325/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $65 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 OCTOBER 15: FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - $39/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: ST. AUGUSTINE - $479/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 Lake Ashton BusTrips HATS ON FOR ALZHEIMER’S By Judy Puntureri & Kristy McKibben The Hats on for Alzheimer's Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held Wednesday, November 9. Enjoy fashions from 'Babes of Lakeland'. Start saving your money now! More information to come in the September issue. CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE By Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton Just a friendly reminder during these sunny hot summer nights to mark your calendars, for the Fabulous Annual Resident Sponsored, Christmas Dinner Dance coming on Friday, December 9. It may seem a bit early but after summer is over, it’s just around the corner. It will be in the beautifully decorated Clubhouse Ballroom. We’re looking forward to a large attendance, there will be great food, wonderful music and lots of fun! More information to follow. Enjoy a wonderful summer. Any questions, contact us. In the meantime, enjoy! UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM • Oktoberfest – September 30 • October Breast Cancer Awareness Events Party in Pink – October 14 Tea for Tatas – October 20 • Fall Festival – November 12 • Holidays Around the World – December 14 • Lake Ashton’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve – December 31. Celebrate New York style in Times Square! Tickets go on sale in September - look for more info to come! • Lake Ashton Cruise-In Car Show – January 20, 2023 LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS This Summer With an Outdoor Fan! Damp & Wt ailable! Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777
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GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The LALGA finished out the month of June with an amazing Nine, Wine and Dine event. The nine-hole scramble, which turned out to be a three-hole scramble due to extreme weather conditions, really went off without a hitch. A huge shout out to Vicki Moore and the girls from the Nest who worked tirelessly to see that everyone had enough wine and food during the event. A special thanks to Mary Lou Wheat and Lydia Fichtman for organizing the event and having the tough job of taste testing the wines before they were ordered. Brandi Barrett from Johnson Brothers in Tampa brought plenty of delicious wine to sample. Thank you Brandi! Due to its popularity the league will run a Mulligan and Martini Party at the end of September. Keep an eye out for further information. July’s games of “5” club and the “Christmas in July” tournament were sensational. What a way to spend those dog days of summer! Thanks to Jackie Tressler and Tassy D’Angelo for their help with the tournament. The holiday luncheon of turkey croissants with caprese salad and a brownie dessert were delicious. A shout out to Vicki Moore, Sandra and the girls from the Eagle’s Nest for making the event very festive. Thank you to Ian and Matt for their help from the clubhouse. And, finally, a special thanks to Mary Lou Wheat and Lydia Fichtman for organizing this summer tournament. Congratulations to all the winners! The Red Hoagland Challenge is running strong and the current front runners are: 1st Place -“T” Utting $53.25, 2nd Place - Patti Panone $44.00, 3rd Place - Dawn Neigh $43.00 and 4th Place - Beverly Hines $42.75. This challenge is open to everyone! Meet Patti Adame Patti, the oldest of seven, comes from Central Illinois, the Starved Rock area. She attended weekend college at 26 North Central in Naperville while working full time. She holds a degree in accounting, and at her job in St. Louis, met her mate of 23 years, Jeff. Jeff and Patti wintered in Lake Placid, Florida from 2016 to 2018 and decided in 2018 to purchase a home in Lake Ashton, still as snowbirds. In 2020, they moved to Lake Ashton full time, due to the incredible amenities offered them here in the community. Patti has been tinkering at golf since her twenties and originally joined the Niners because she is still working part time. After cutting back on her hours, she wanted to play more golf, so she became a member of the LALGA. How does she feel about the league? “It is awesome!” Patti, welcome to the LALGA! LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt The Niners partnered with The B l ueman Group ( not t he musicians – the GOLFERS) Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6 for a 4-Person scramble Par-3 ringer tournament with lunch on Wednesday. It was a BIG hit! Even with the summer heat upon us, there was a great turn-out and many comments about “Let’s do it again!” During the first day of the tournament, we also had an exciting event: HOLE-IN-ONE! Congratulations Janet Luke for a Hole-In-One on 12 West, which helped her team tie for first place in the first flight with a score of 48. Winners in the second flight scored 50. Par is 54 — way to go! The Senior Orphan donation of cleaning supplies was delivered to them July 1st and we already received a note back that most supplies have been distributed. Thanks again for your generosity. Still have any ques t i ons? Cont ac t Janet a t jan.mutz@gmail.com.
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LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA members in July enjoyed 4 fun events that were all well-attended. The feature event in July was “Beat the Board” on July 27. Although still more than a month away, please mark your calendar for the last tournament of the summer, which is the two-day LAMGA President’s Cup held on September 7th and 8th. More details to come in next month’s article. This month the following Lawn & Landscaping, Real Estate and Swimming Pool/Grill companies who generously support the Member-Guest Tournament with their sponsorship are recognized: Enriquez’s Lawn & Landscaping Service; Massey Services; Parker & Company Lawn and Landscaping; New Look Lawn Service; Unlimited Property Solutions; Amerispec Home Inspection Services; Brad Kirwan Broker Associates; Mike Krigelski – A+ Realty; Lake Ashton Resales – Terri Mattocks; Lake Ashton Resales – Lori Raath; Lake Ashton Resales – Anita Piesecki; Realty Inspection Solutions; BJ Mannix Pools & Grills and; Pool Service by L.A.W – Don Woodbury. You can find a list of all sponsors posted on the LAMGA web site, Lake Ashton Living, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of June is comprised of Donn Yasz - $124.35; Paul Panone - $116.25; Jim Simpson - $97.80; Denis Mulhearn - $96.55; Rolly Geyer - $93.70; Steve Morgan - $91.80; Paul Guay - $89.55; Bob Zelaszny - $88.70; Gerry Krogman - $88.00 and; Bob Plummer $87.85. Thanks, as always, to Red Hoagland Hyundai for their continued sponsorship of this very popular annual contest. With both golf courses in such great shape, everyone can do their part to keep them that way by always filling your divots and 1 or 2 others you might see as well as locating and fixing your ball marks and any others you spot on the greens. The August schedule includes: August 3rd – “Beat the Board”, 3 Best Nets; August 10th – Pick 12 Holes; August 17th – Individual Quota Points; August 24th – Net Stableford Points and; August 31st – Pick Your Foursome, 1 Gross/2 Nets. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com 29
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CLUBS LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves There will be no meeting this month. The next meeting will be September 21. More details to follow. SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner — October 22. Bakers are needed! The Craft Show Bake Shop was very successful last year. The top items sold were cookies, banana bread (sold out last year), pies and cakes. Other suggested items are chocolate covered pretzel rods and fudge. Call Chris (863) 514-5368 or Joan (239) 851-7899. God Bless our Military and the United States of America! LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE By Shelley Miller The booming residential housing developments in our area are straining the roads, water, sewer and power we all enjoy. The LA Community Action Committee was formed to advocate for changes we would like to see to ensure the safety and welfare of our residents. The planned widening of Thompson Nursery Road has been a high priority concern. The Polk Board of County Commissioners recently earmarked $26.7 million in their next fiscal budget for Thompson Nursery Road Phase 2 (West Lake Ruby Road to US-27). For more information on this important development, please see the article on the LA Community Action Committee forum on LakeAshtonLiving.com. If you have additional comments, they can be sent via email to LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting August 4 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The August speaker is Suzanne Lindsey from Polk Forever, the Political Action Committee that was formed to work for passage of the new environmental lands funding referendum on the ballot November 8. E-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more info. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club is hosting a special 1 0 0 t h b i r t h d a y celebration for Jack Davenport at the HFC on August 6 at 11 am. All club members and LA residents are invited to join us to celebrate Jack’s special day. This event will serve as the August mee t i ng . Con t ac t : Brenda Bush - Say re , 813-313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join us to look for your ancestors and enjoy the company and camaraderie of your neighbors and friends at the same time. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 10 at 2 PM in the HFC Craft Room. For more information, contact Jane at 815-545-6655. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 31
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LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Time is flying by and it’s already midway through summer. Lake Ashton is very tropical and a lot of LA activities are on hiatus - but not LA Rockers! They continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members are sharing their skills doing a lot of "paint what you enjoy painting”. Try your hand at rock painting — newcomers are always welcome and will be lent the supplies needed for the first meeting. It really doesn't matter if you can draw or paint. Even something as simple as painting the background and writing an encouraging word on a rock is guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face. If you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join the meetings August 10 and 24. In order to attend, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmr i chards517@gma i l . com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com). If meetings are canceled at the last minute, it will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook group page. If in doubt, check before you come. Please continue sending prayers for Alice Mayer's recovery. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler orphans. The Single Mingle held on the third Thursday of the month in the Pavilion will be moved during the remaining hot months. Carol Corley will work with Clubhouse Staff to find another location during the warm months. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on August 7. Pictured is the Singles with gifts for Senior Orphans. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Congratulations to fitness member, Chip Inman, who has completed a virtual swim to Ft. Lauderdale. He previously swam to Daytona Beach and back. That sure is a lot of laps in our indoor pool. Chip and others keep track of their laps on a chart that is in the locker room hallway. Others are welcome to add their name (or nickname) and keep track. It's great motivation to stick with fitness swimming and fun to do with friends. Did you know some LASC members ride their bikes to their workouts? Almost everyday, one of the early birds (those who are in the water at HFC opening), Sharon Swanson, rides her bike to the HFC, does a water workout, and rides home. Welcome to new members Gena Thornburg & Janet Mutz. We are excited to have you join us! LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In July, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for dinners and lunches during July. The group collected and wrapped gifts for five senior UPCOMING: So far four members are aiming for a Regional Senior Games swim meet in Gainesville in September. Some are also aiming for one in October in Sebring and for the annual Polk County meet in February. Most Senior Games meets have not been held for the past two years due to COVID, so some swimmers are anxious to get back into the routine and aim for Regional, State championships, and possibly the Nationals. To go to the state meet, one has to qualify at a regional meet. Senior competition is divided into two genders, 10 age groups, and 14 swim events. THANK YOU to the LA Garden Club for their additional efforts to beautify the inside and outside of the HFC pool and grounds. It looks great! TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers June 14: Roberta Rogers, Liz Leigh, Howard Mayne, and Chris Verges June 21: George Rogers, Howard Mayne, Marge Kniat, Graham Littlehales June 28: Maureen Ziegler, Charlotte Walker, Janis Vasqueza, and tied Graham Littlehales and George Rogers July 5 : Liz Leigh, Elaine Inman, Marge Kniat, and George Rogers July 12: Liz Leigh, Marge Kniat, Howard Mayne, and Gayle Rogers New players are welcome. Call or mail George Rogers at 419-708-3320 or georgerogers4321@gmail.com. In light of the recent surge in Covid BA.5 infections and its reported heightened severity masks are strongly recommended for anyone who, in the last six months, has not had a vaccine, or booster shot, or an actual infection of a prior variant. Free masks are available at the bridge sessions for those requesting them. LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION By Chuck Caesar The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association held its first Pickleball Mixer of 2022 on July 2. Twenty-two people participated in the event and enjoyed the beautiful day and lots of fun pickleball. It was also a great time to enjoy some refreshing watermelon and popsicles while getting to know more of our fellow pickleball members. The Women’s portion of the mixer was won by Bev Hines with Cathy Liska in second place. The winner for the men was Ro Thornburg. Larry Fabian and Earl Schley tied for second place. Carl Boast and Sue Fitzgerald won the Spirit Award. Some exciting pickleball court improvements are in process. Thanks to the support of the LAIICDD, all four courts will be resurfaced and new wind screens will be installed around the outer perimeter of the courts. This may actually have been completed in late July. A bulletin board will also be installed at the courts so important information for players can be posted. If you are interested in learning how to play, please come out to join during open play times from 8 to 10:30 am Monday through Saturday. There are always players available to teach you the basics. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, courts 1 and 2 are reserved for beginner and intermediate play. If you already play and would like to join the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association, you can stop by the Clubhouse to sign up. The dues are $10 per year or $25 for three years. The monies that we collect are used to provide pickleballs, purchase items for the courts and to sponsor events for our members. Once you become a member, you will receive emails to update you on any upcoming events or items of interest to the group. Hope to see you at the courts!
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MIND&BODY EATING FOR BRAIN HEALTH Learn how you can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by what you eat. On August 17 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom, learn what to eat, what not to, and how to incorporate the MIND diet into your life to help prevent this memorysapping disorder. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. This is a free class presented UF/ IFAS. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr August 13 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Forest Edge Cost $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on July 8 CELEBRATE THE SEASONS! Are you interested in learning how to paint with watercolor? Beginners can sign up to learn with artist Freddie Combs. Join these half day classes to create a painting décor for holiday use. Complete an entire painting in a matter of hours. Class dates are September 16, October 14, November 11 from 1:45 to 3:30 pm in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session, $35 materials included. Class size is limited. Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk to secure a spot and receive a list of supplies. FOOT CARE SEMINAR Do you have problems with your feet or finding the proper footwear? Stop by the HFC August 23 at 1 pm for a seminar on Foot Care. Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk. CREATE A CARD Please join the group on August 16 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up quickly at the HFC, as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. Camp Lake Ashton runs throughout August ... see back cover for the full schedule!

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES August Issue Deadline: July 13 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 JULY 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. JULY 4 NO MONDAY COFFEE IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 11 Birthdays and Anniversaries Bite Me Monday - Donations for the Humane Society of Polk County Featured Speaker: "Ways to Keep your Brain Sharp with Encompass Health" - an interactive educational talk. Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, Edward Jones - Matt Simpson JULY 18 NO MONDAY COFFEE — BOARD MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Ballroom Kitchen JULY 25 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: County Judge Group 8 Candidates Meet and Greet - Come meet the candidates and get your questions answered! Featured Vendor: Tessier Law Group and Morgan Stanley, Matthew Grubb IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 24 EVENTS 22 GOLF 26 CLUBS 30 MIND & BODY 34 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, July 15, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, July 18 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, September 9 - Disco Party September 30 - Oktoberfest 330 W. Church St., Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily OFFICES CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY The Clubhouse and HFC offices and Activities Desks will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Trash, recycling and yard waste pickup for Lake Wales residents will occur Saturday, July 9 and Winter Haven residents will have pickup on Tuesday, July 5. Have a safe and happy Independence Day! DROP-OFF/PARKING REMINDERS The Clubhouse circular driveway is a drop-off only area. Under no circumstances should vehicles be left unattended. An unattended vehicle in the driveway makes it difficult for emergency vehicles to access the Clubhouse in an emergency situation, which delays getting help getting to the person in need and every second counts. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: July 13 & 27 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot NEW: Food Trucks Will Be On Site! RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE July 13 & 27, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot SAFEGUARD STORM DRAINS Residents and lawn services are reminded to never place loose vegetation on top of storm drains. It can fall or blow into the storm drain and clog the stormwater system. NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is July 8 at 2 pm in the HFC. Sign up at either Activities Desk. USPS/MAILBOX REMINDERS Recently, staff has received reports of people placing non-mail items that did not bear U.S. postage in local mailboxes. Though many may be unaware, it is important to know that this type of activity is against federal law. It may seem to be an easy way to "drop something off," but only U.S. Mail delivered by authorized personnel may be placed in mailboxes. Additionally, United States Postal Service Collection boxes are the property of the Postal Service. You are not allowed to affix anything to them, including flyers, signs about missing items or animals, and advertisements. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 7 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Summer is in full swing at Lake Ashton. Residents can beat the heat and enjoy a groovy Fourth of July Celebration in the Clubhouse Ballroom at noon on the 4th after LAVA's (Lake Ashton Veteran's Association) Annual Fourth of July golf cart parade (see page 22). Let's show how patriotic Lake Ashton really is. There are lots of fun things to do while spending the summer in Lake Ashton. Stay tuned to email blasts for even more fun including food trucks, Sunday Funday events, karaoke, and more! On June 20 the LACDD Board of Supervisors met to give staff direction on next steps regarding the Restaurant at Lake Ashton. Ashton Tap and Grill's last day of business was June 30. A Resident Focus Group was formed to evaluate next steps in the usage of the current Restaurant space. The group will be meeting throughout the month of July and the beginning of August, and will present a report on their suggestions at the August 15 Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board also voted to send out a notice to Lake Wales residents informing them of a not to exceed assessment increase of $300 for the 2023 Fiscal Year (beginning October 1, 2022). The final amount will be discussed at the July 18 Board of Supervisors meeting. A summary of other board actions was sent out via email blast on June 26. The joint meeting originally scheduled for July 15 was moved to August 19 and will be held in the Health and Fitness Center (HFC) Community Center at 11 am. The Activities Desk enclosure project should be complete by publication. When entering the main entrance of the Clubhouse residents will have access to Activities Desk staff via openings on the western Lobby wall. At this location residents can accomplish tasks like they normally did at the Activities Desk in the Ballroom. This includes guest registration, ticket purchases, ID photos and much more. There will be an ADA compliant opening available for use and Activities Assistant Caroline will now have an office! We are excited for this project to be complete and look forward to having a more efficiently run Ballroom and Activities Office. Staff is also busy with other projects around the amenities such as pressure washing, painting, organizing the attic space, rearranging storage areas to be more efficient, replacing umbrellas, and much more. Staff works hard to ensure the amenities are clean and ready for use by residents. Any residents who notice an area in need of repair or cleaning at the Clubhouse can complete a resident feedback form located outside of the Community Director's office or email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. We wish everyone a very happy Independence Day. Enjoy time with friends and family and celebrate the wonderful country we live in...the United States of America! AVON PARK More Choices Best Prices... Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation Customize wit hout Compromise! model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com TURNER’S MATTRESS GALLERY A Better Night’s Rest For Less! 863-402-1688 WWW.TURNERFURNITUREONLINE.COM AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 9 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1381 6/22
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director The LA II CDD Board of Supervisors met on June 17th. The decision was made to approve the work on the golf cart flares on Pebble Beach Blvd. and Sawgrass, to repair the driveway of the Golf Course Pro Shop and repair the golf cart path erosion in back of the HFC. The JaniKing janitorial services contract was reviewed and approved for another year. Landscaping scope of services will be discussed at the next Board meeting on July 15th. The Joint Amenity Facilities Policies Committee draft will be discussed at the next Joint Board meeting in August. Many hours of work have already been done and will continue to be done on this important project before that time. This document serves as a guide to residents and becomes a community directors’ reference manual about just about everything concerning amenities. The parties, in-services and classes will continue throughout the summer months. The hiatus listing for summer is down compared to previous years, so most activities are still meeting. Summer is usually the time for writing new staff in house Policies and Procedures as well as updating the old ones. There will soon be a convenience for residents at the HFC Activities Desk. We’re getting credit card readers to expedite sales of event table reservations and can be used at the door on event nights as needed. A notice will be posted when the District gets these long awaited devices to us. Stay hydrated in the summer heat and try to be out of the sun whenever possible. Have fun and enjoy living in paradise! LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com 11
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SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE By Carolyn Bishop 33880. A few helpful online sites are: bagsinbulk.com, staples.com, and amazon.com. Questions? Contact Carolyn Bishop at 919-606-8844 or cbjshop61@gmail.com. SUPPLY LIST Backpacks The cupboards are bare, no supplies to be seen. Wahneta needs help before the students convene. This elementary school, which offers free breakfast and lunch to every student, can desperately use the community’s help. During the month of July, these suggested school supplies will be collected in the Clubhouse Ballroom and the HFC. Gift cards and monetary donations are also welcome — please leave them with Activities Desk staff. Checks should be made out to Carolyn Bishop. If you would like to shop online, you can also have your purchase shipped directly to Wahneta Elementary, 205 4th St. E., Winter Haven, FL Dry Erase Markers Pencils Large pink erasers Packs of fat crayons 24 pack of crayons Yellow highlighters Ziplock bags – any size Blunt scissors Pencil boxes White 1-inch 3-ring binder Folders with brads and pockets 12 count colored pencils Composition notebooks Wide Ruled notebook paper Plastic folders Boxes of tissues Hand sanitizer Disinfecting wipes Gift Cards PHOTO CONTEST There are many talented photographers at Lake Ashton, and we now want to now use some of the amazing pictures you are taking out there as artwork in the Clubhouse Foyer. And — on course, it’s a contest! Submit your best photo(s) signifying Lake Ashton living by August 31 to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. Each resident can submit up to 3 photos for consideration. Please ensure your photos are high resolution and at least 300 dpi. Information regarding the next steps in judging will be published in the September 2022 newsletter. *
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Wildlife CLUBHOUSE PET PLAY PARK UPDATES Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America. Since it occurs in all the lower 48 states as well as southeastern Alaska most new residents can readily identify them. Despite its size, it is quite graceful on the wing and always a treat to see in takeoff or landing. Found at any body of water in Lake Ashton year round, they have even nested here. Nests are usually high in a tree and in colonies. The usual three to five eggs give way to young birds resembling gawky teenagers. Notorious for playing with their food before finally sending it down the hatch, they eat mainly fish, but also enjoy dining on frogs, turtles, snakes, rodents and even birds. On a hot Florida day they can be seen cooling themselves with the undersides of their wings facing upwards producing an odd looking pose. EAST GOLF COURSE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE UPDATE Wow, the East Golf Course bridges are looking brand new again thanks to pressure washing and sealing the boards. With that being said, there are a few bridges that were not able to be completed in the time frame scheduled. The East Golf Course bridges will be closed to all traffic, including bikes, golf carts, and pedestrians the week of July 18 in order to complete this project. This is during a time that the East Golf Course is closed for aerification. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE CAUTION TAPE OR STAKES TO DR I VE ON THE BRIDGES. When the bridges are complete the tape and stakes will be removed. Email Matt Fisher, at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com with any questions and stay tuned to email blasts for more information. The Pet Play Park grass is looking great! The western portion of the pet Play Park is closed for turf maintenance. Pictured here is the Clubhouse Pet Play Park less than one week after grass seed was planted. The summer rain has really helped this area flourish quickly. In July, the eastern portion of the Clubhouse Pet Play Park will be closed off for turf maintenance. During turf maintenance the watering schedule will be as follows: 7-7:15 am 10-10:15 am 1-1:15 pm 3-3:15 pm Stay tuned to email blasts for more information on dates of closure. I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! Dan Klawinski is pictured here with a 4 lb bass. If you’ve had some good luck on the bodies of water in Lake Ashton and want to shar e it with the community, email a photo of yourself with your catch to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com to be featured in a future issue of the LA Times! Road Construction on Berwick Drive and Ashton Club Drive will begin on August 15, weather permitting. Please stay tuned to email blasts for more information. 15
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LA LOOKS HOW FERTI L I ZERS AFFECT PONDS During the summer months fertilizers are widely used in lawns. Excessive amount and careless application can create problems to nearby ponds. Fertilizers are primarily made up of phosphorus and ni trogen and when introduced to a nearby pond, they can increase the nutrient levels. Increase nutrient levels increase the chances of algae to bloom. The white specks pictured are fertilizer granules that were introduced into one of the ponds in Lake Ashton. Please remind lawn care contractors to use caution when fertilizing lawns to limit the amount of product that can potentially makes its way into the ponds, either directly or indirectly. If you have any questions or concerns regarding aquatic maintenance in any ponds located in Lake Wales, contact Operations Manager Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. NEW APPROVED ROOFING SHINGLE (LW RESIDENTS) By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair The TAMKO / Titan XT / Rustic Cedar asphalt roofing shingle has been added to the list of approved shingles. LIST OF APPROVED ROOFING SHINGLES: MANUFACTURE / TYPE / COLOR Atlas / ProLam / Desert Shake CertainTeed / Landmark Classic / Resawn Shake GAF / Timberline HDZ / Shakewood Owens Corning / Duration / Desert Tan Owens Corning / Oakridge / Desert Tan TAMKO / Titan XT / Rustic Cedar LA (LW) HOA Board Of Directors: • President/Treasurer Bob Powant president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President Debby Landgrebe vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Compliance Issues compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org • Reach All Directors directors@lakeashtonhoa.org Please remember to put umbrellas down after use when visiting the Pool, Bocce Courts, or Pet Play Parks. Leaving them up can potentially cause them to be damaged during rain events that are prevalent during this time of year. STOP THE BLEED CERT has partnered with the Polk County Fire Rescue to bring a Stop the Bleed class to the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 23 at 11 am. This class is an initiative that teaches the public to help slow or prevent major blood loss using compression techniques. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall, limited to only 32 participants. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad is the best! CPR CLASS Learn how to perform CPR with Polk County Fire Rescue on June 29 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This class provides hands-only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save the lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. Residents will learn these life-saving tips with hands-on training, a presentation, and an educational video. Please sign up for this class at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Brad went over and above all expectations! He is extremely knowledgeable and will go the extra mile for his clients. We could not have been happier. Sold our house in 4 days. Verified by RateMyAgent Henk & Lisa Roelofs 11 January 2022 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 17
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Tips to Protect Your Personal Information (Courtesy of Consumer Affairs) Keep your personal items safe. This is a different world from years ago! We!ve all seen it — a grocery cart with a purse, no owner in sight! Unattended purses, wallets, cell phones, shopping bags, etc. are an open invitation to thieves. Whether inside a shopping cart, hanging on a chair, or while at the beach or movies is just advertising to the bad guys. • NEVER leave a purse, wallet or cellphone in a cart when running to another aisle. • NEVER turn your back on the cart with your personal items inside while reaching for items. • NEVER leave a purse hanging on back of a restaurant or beach chair. • ALWAYS keep your purse next to you when at a restaurant. • ALWAYS keep your wallet in a FRONT pocket if possible. Safety first! ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty ✦ Same length as standard 4-passenger ✦ 2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 18 29630 U.S. Highway 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 artsgolfcars@aol.com • Sales and Service Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 STORM SEASON BEGINS LIGHTNING SAFETY All residents who will be spending the summer months in Florida should prepare for severe weather. A detailed list of storm tips can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com under additional district documents and at the Clubhouse Information Wall. This is a good time to ensure trees on your property are trimmed to avoid potential projectiles during a storm. Residents noticing areas needing to be trimmed in conservation areas should email Matt at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. Lake Ashton Community Development District is the only entity that can perform maintenance in these areas. Please include your name, phone number, address, and a small description of the area in question. Staff will conduct a site visit and determine what steps need to be taken. Lake Ashton has a lightning detection system to alert golfers to get off the course, and notify residents to go indoors when the potential for a lightning strike is in the area. When the system senses a lightning danger, a high-pitched siren sounds and strobe lights turn on and stay on until the danger passes. These strobe lights are at various locations including on top of the Clubhouse, the backside of the HFC and at the boat dock on Lake Ashton. A low-pitched horn will sound the all clear and the strobe lights will turn off when lightning has passed. Be safe, and remember that lightning strikes may occur far away from a visible storm. Get out of pools, do not stand under trees, and get indoors when the siren sounds. Please remember that golf carts are not safe from lightning. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to BUILD your own ONWARD! y ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ● 863-439-5431 SALES AND SERVICE ● 863-439-5431 WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 ● Dundee, FL 33838 ● artsgolfcars@aol.com 19 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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MOVI ES TUESDAY SHOWINGS CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 JULY 5 — 7 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM HUSTLE 2022 | R | 1H 57MIN Stanley Sugerman's (Adam Sandler) love for basketball is unparalleled, but the travel weary 76ers scout who wants to be a coach remains stuck on the road looking for the next unknown talent. His search leads him to Spain, when he discovers Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangómez), an incredible streetball player with a troubled past. Stanley and Bo connect on and off the court, with their passion for the game and as loving family men who want to prove they can win, in basketball and in life. JULY 12 — 14 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM FATHER OF THE BRIDE 2022 | PG-13 | 1h 57min Putting a Latin spin on the 1950 classic, this reboot focuses on the patriarch of a large Cuban-American clan, who's not at all comfortable with his "baby" getting married. Conflict abounds as Dad tries to come to terms with the upcoming nuptials. Starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan. JULY 19 — 21 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA 2022 | PG | 2H 5MIN The Crawleys and their staff welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a grand adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess and her past. JULY 26 — 28 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE TENDER BAR 2022 | R | 1H 46MIN From director George Clooney and based on the best-selling memoir, J.R. Moehringer (Tye Sheridan), is a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck), is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy's determined mother (Lily Rabe) struggles to provide her son with opportunities denied to her -- and leave the dilapidated home of her father (Christopher Lloyd) -- J.R. begins to gamely, if not always gracefully, pursue his romantic and professional dreams -- with one foot persistently placed in Uncle Charlie's bar. 20 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM JULY 1 PATTON 1970 | PG | 2H 51MIN Gen. George S. Patton earned the nickname "Blood and Guts" for his determination on the battlefield. This epic-scale production follows the commander as he guides his troops across Africa and Europe, illuminating a man whose life was defined by war. JULY 8 IN THE LINE OF FIRE 1973 | PG | 1H 52MIN In this taut thriller, a warped yet ingenious killer taunts a veteran Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood) who’s haunted by his failure years ago to save President Kennedy -- and unable to make the current commander in chief heed the psycho's assassination threats. JULY 15 STEEL MAGNOLIAS 1989 | PG | 1H 58MIN A star-studded cast includes Dolly Par ton, Jul ia Rober t s , Shi r ley MacLaine, Sally Field, and Darryl Hannah, this bittersweet drama follows the abiding friendship among five tight-knit women who congregate at a beauty parlor in a small Louisiana town to laugh, cry and discuss their lives. JULY 22 THE PROFESSIONALS 1966 | PG-13 | 1H 57MIN Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Burt Lancaster provide more star wattage in this film than most Westerns have ever marshaled. Hired to retrieve a kidnapped woman from an evil bandito, these pros shoot, rope and ride all over northern Mexico. 21 JULY 29 ROMAN HOLIDAY 1953 | NR | 1H 58 MIN Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) leaves her guardians, and while in Rome, she's taken under the wing of tabloid writer Joe (Gregory Peck) and his photographer sidekick. She thinks the boys don't know who she really is, but they're onto her — and sense a sensational story.
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JULY HAPPY 4TH OF PATRIOTIC DANCE AT THE HFC Come to the HFC on July 1 at 7 pm at the HFC for a Patriotic Dance with Wayne as the DJ. Feel free to wear your patriotic clothes and dance the night away with your friends and neighbors. Table reservations are $10 and admission is $10. Also, stop by the HFC to sign up for another Dance Party with DJ Wayne at HFC on July 22 starting at 7 pm. 4TH OF JULY PARADE By Jim Mecsics Every year, the Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) places American flags at the entrances and roads leading into the community on the 4th of July. Residents are invited to line their property this 4th of July with U.S. flags! LAVA is also hosting the Annual 4th of July Parade. The parade will marshal at the HFC at 8:15 am, with step-off at 9. Golf carts, bicycles, and motor vehicles are all welcome. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with an announcement coming via blast the following Monday. The parade route is shown at left. Prior registration is not required. 22 EVENTS RED, WHITE, & GROOVY Noon … July 4 … Clubhouse Ballroom. No more tickets are available but if you already bought yours, don't forget to dress in your patriotic best (there’s a contest!) and BYOB to enjoy live music and BBQ! 2023 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES DATES Save these dates! January 27, February 3, February 17, February 24, March 9, March 31. Season ticket renewals begin in October, with the upgrade/ exchange period and new season tickets sales beginning in November. POOL PARTY Celebrate National Swimming Pool Day July 11 down at the Clubhouse swimming pool! Come on down to the pool from 1 pm to 3 pm to take a dip while enjoying music and fresh watermelon. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by July 8. Sign up for any of the below trips at t he C l ubhou s e Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. Activity Level 1: anyone can go on this trip, appropriate for all mobility levels Activity Level 2: some uneven sidewalks, possibly stairs, walking a block or more, more strenuous JULY 24: BUBBLES AND BROADWAY — $120/ PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 AUGUST 10: TAMPA AQUARIUM - $65/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 1 SEPTEMBER 7 - 8: FT. MYERS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN & EDISON AND FORD ESTATES - $325/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $65 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 OCTOBER 15: FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - $39/ PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: ST. AUGUSTINE - $479/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 Lake Ashton BusTrips 23
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DON’T MISS THE THIRD ANNUAL WEEK ONE AUGUST 3 - BOARD GAME NIGHT YOU BRING THE BOARD GAMES; WE’LL SUPPLY THE SNACK BAR AND NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. YOU CAN BYOB IF YOU WISH. CHALLENGE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WITH YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM AT 6:30 PM. AUGUST 5 – CYPRESS GARDENS WATER SKI SHOW THEY’RE BACK, BETTER THAN EVER, AND IN YOUR BACKYARD! MARVEL AT THE SKIING SPECTACLE ON OUR VERY OWN LAKE ASHTON AT 6 PM, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED SEATING IN THE CLUBHOUSE GARDEN WILL BE AVAILABLE. GOLF CARTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED PAST A SPECIFIED POINT DUE TO THE WATER SKIER'S SAFETY. YOU CAN BYOB IF YOU WISH. WEEK TWO AUGUST 10 – MACRAMÉ PLANT HOLDER JOIN THE ART OF BEADING IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM AT 10:30 AM TO LEARN HOW TO CRAFT YOUR VERY OWN MACRAMÉ PLANT HOLDER AUGUST 11 – GARDEN ART STONE THE GARDEN CLUB WILL BE TEACHING HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM GARDEN ART STONE AT 11 AM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM. AUGUST 11 – SQUARE DANCE LESSONS LEARN HOW TO DO-SI-DO WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND SHUFFLIN’ SQUARES AT 3 PM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM. YOU CAN EVEN CHOOSE TO STAY AND SHOW OFF YOUR NEWFOUND DANCING SKILLS AT THE SQUARE DANCE LATER IN THE EVENING! 24 Camp Lake Ashton AUGUS T 2022 ARE YOU READY FOR A MONTH OF FREE SUMMER FUN?! WEEK THREE AUGUST 17 – KAYAKING & CANOEING ADVENTURE INTO LAKE ASHTON ON KAYAKS AND CANOES WITH PHIL HINES! THERE WILL BE TWO GROUPS LIMITED TO 7 PEOPLE EACH, 8:30 AM AND 10:30 AM. BOTH GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING WATER AND THE 10:30 AM GROUP IS ENCOURAGED TO BRING LUNCH. YOU CAN ALSO BRING YOUR OWN KAYAK OR CANOE, AND LAUNCH BEHIND THE PAVILION. AUGUST 20 – CAMP LAKE ASHTON JAMBOREE EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE JAMBOREE AT 1 PM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM FEATURING LIVE MUSIC FROM ALMOST THERE AND A DIY TRAIL MIX BAR. YOU CAN ALSO BYOB IF YOU WISH. WEEK FOUR AUGUST 25 – POOL PARTY IT WOULDN’T BE CAMP WITHOUT A POOL PARTY! TAKE A SWIM IN THE OUTDOOR POOL FROM 1 TO 3 PM, JIVE TO GREAT TUNES, AND EAT THE STAPLE OF ALL SUMMER SNACKS, JUICY, SWEET WATERMELON. YOU CAN ALSO BYOB IF YOU WISH. AUGUST 26 – FIELD DAY PLAY OUTDOOR GAMES SUCH AS CORNHOLE, HORSESHOES, AND CHESS WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN THE CLUBHOUSE GARDEN AT 10:30 AM. GET YOUR TEAM READY FOR CAMP CHALLENGES, A GAME THAT WILL TEST YOUR CAMPING SKILLS. DON’T WORRY ABOUT GETTING PARCHED, THERE WILL BE TEAM WATER GAMES TO BE PLAYED AND BOTTLED WATER WILL BE PROVIDED. AUGUST 26 – CAMPFIRE JAM SESSION WE KNOW, YOUR FIRST THOUGHT WENT STRAIGHT TO THOSE PESKY MOSQUITOS BUT NOT TO WORRY, THIS CAMPFIRE WILL BE INSIDE! ALL LAKE ASHTON MUSICIANS ARE INVITED TO BRING THE HEAT AT 6:30 PM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM. ALL CAMPERS ARE WELCOME TO BRING SNACKS AND ATTEND TO LISTEN TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS JAM TOGETHER. YOU CAN ALSO BYOB IF YOU WISH. WEEK FIVE AUGUST 31 – CAMP HOEDOWN MOSEY ON DOWN TO THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM FOR THE FINAL CAMP LAKE ASHTON EVENT AT 7 PM FEATURING LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC BY RED HOT ROOSTER. THERE WILL BE A SNACK BAR AND NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AVAILABLE FOR CAMPERS TO ENJOY WHILE CUTTING A RUG. CAMP AWARDS FOR BOTH CAMPERS AND VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS WILL BE GIVEN DURING THE EVENT AS WELL. PLEASE SIGN UP AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK. YOU CAN ALSO BYOB IF YOU WISH. 25
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GOLF Mississippi State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics and later a Master's Degree from the University of Arkansas. Although she trained as a teacher she chose to move to Arkansas and work for the LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The LALGA is looking forward to some really entertaining events in July. July 5 will be a 5-club game. That’s right, you choose any 5 clubs from your bag, including your putter, and those are the clubs with which you will play. There will no doubt be plenty of laughs. Pick your partner! The following week is a new tournament “Christmas in July” held on July 11-12. Find your holiday decorations and embellish your golf cart. Unearth those delightful t-shirts that you wear in December and dress for fun. After the July 11 game there will be a holiday luncheon at the Nest. The league is looking forward to a wonderful summer and with that have given LALGA members the opportunity to play only 9-holes. On Tuesdays, during league time, if a member chooses to play 9 holes they may. They will not be charged the $3 fee but will be eligible for birdies and chip-ins (as long as they have paid their $.25). The player may also put their score in the GHIN. The sign-up sheet for 9-holes will be on the LALGA bulletin board. Just a reminder to always drink plenty of water. See you on the course. Meet Beverly Hines Bev Hines was brought up in Kosciusko, Mississippi. After high school, she attended Mississippi State College for Women for two yea r s t hen t r ans f e r red t o 26 Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H Youth Specialist. It is in Arkansas where she met her husband Doug. They were married in 1976. Although they built a house in Benton, Arkansas in 2004, they only lived in it for one year. The year after they built it, they purchased a motor home and started traveling the country. They ended up returning home once a year to check on their home until they sold it in 2015. While staying at the Deer Creek RV Resort in Davenport, FL during the past two winters, they started looking for a permanent home. They found what they were looking for at Lake Ashton, purchased a house only 6 weeks ago and sold the motor home. Bev and Doug's main hobby is golfing. However, Bev also has a passion for playing pickleball. Being adventurous, Bev and Doug have enjoyed many activities in their life together including scuba diving, backpacking, kayaking, snow skiing, competitive shooting (trap and skeet), and off-roading in a Jeep. Both were competitive water skiers from 1978-1992. Since moving to Lake Ashton Beverly has also started bowling again. In Beverly’s own words, “I love the Lake Ashton Community and the people. Everyone I have met in the LALGA has been so friendly and welcoming. I am enjoying getting to know the ladies and playing some challenging golf.” All of us are excited to have Beverly as part of the league. LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Summer continues to heat up, so Pace-of-Play will be a hot topic! Keep up with the group AHEAD of you. Ready Golf is always the preferred method of play. Think about the club/s you will be using next, so when you put the last club back in your bag, grab the next one/s. If your ball is directly in front of the cup, don’t mark it — hole out! Speaking of heat, remember to keep cold water and/or ice in your cart when you play. Both are available outside the Pro Shop. (continued on p. 28)
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(continued from p. 26) In June the group played a new game called Toss or Roll. The main game was a scramble. Each team substituted a toss or roll instead of ONE stroke during the 9-hole round. The team all had to agree when they wanted to use the toss or roll. Each player tossed or rolled their ball instead of using a club. Let us know if you liked it or not. After the game we had our monthly Lunch with Friends. Did someone really lay on the green and use the end of their club similar to a pool shot for their “roll”? The Niners collected items for Polk County Senior Orphans whose mission is to provide basic household items for low-income seniors. The Niners have been involved with this program for a few years and have helped many seniors throughout Polk County. Thanks to the generosity of the LA Niners, our last donation stocked their shelves for a year with laundry and cleaning products, so this summer she had some specific requests for Comet, window cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and brushes, sponges, shaving cream and disposable razors. Thank you, ladies, for your continued assistance with this charity. Still have questions? Interested in joining the Niners? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The second of the LAMGA’s 3 summer tournaments was the LAMGA Open held on June 22nd. The field was comprised of two-man teams, which were assigned based on handicap. The format was 9 holes of Best Ball and 9 holes of Modified Alternate Shot. The event was followed by a luncheon of brats, hot dogs, potato & macaroni salad, coleslaw and watermelon. As always, many thanks to the Pro Shop and Eagle’s Nest staffs for helping put on this very successful event. Each month the sponsors who so generously support the annual Member-Guest Tournament are featured. This month the following Remodeling, Design, Construction and Heating & Cooling companies are recognized and thanked: AIS Shower Doors, Inc.; Blackburn’s Interiors; Central Door Company; D&D Painting; Florida Coast Skylights; Groutsmith; R.B. Siegel Door Company; Snowbird Heating & Cooling; Southeast Solar & Roof Solutions, Inc.; and Windows by Annalisa. Please support them with your patronage. You can find a list of all the sponsors posted on the LAMGA web site, Lake Ashton Living, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of May includes Paul Panone - $90.75; Paul Guay - $89.55; Denis Mulhearn - $83.55; Pat O’Neil - $81.10; Dan Baun - $80.90; Donn Yasz - $78.35; Gerry Krogman - $73.75; Steve Kettells - $73.70; and Bob Zelaszny - $71.70. Thanks again to Red Hoagland Hyundai for their continued sponsorship of this very popular annual contest. Keeping up the pace of play makes golf more enjoyable for all our members. Here are five tips that help speed up the pace of play without having any negative effect on your game. • PLAY READY GOLF. • Always carry a spare ball in your pocket in case a provisional is necessary. • Line up your putt before it is your turn, so you are ready to putt. • Always record your score at the next tee. Never record your score at the green. • Per USGA rules, do not spend more than 3 minutes looking for a lost ball. The July schedule includes: July 6th – Best Net of A&D/B&C; July 13th – Pick Your Foursome, 3 Best Nets; July 20th – Six, Six, Six; July 27th – Beat the Board, Best 3 Nets. 28 29
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CLUBS By George Rogers May 3: Jeannine Connors, Chris Verges, Janis Vasqueza, Julie DeMarois May 10: Liz Leigh, Jeannine Connors, Chris Verges, Marge Kniat May 17: Howard Mayne, Liz Leigh, Marge Kniat, Dee Mayne May 24: George Rogers, Marge Kniat, Jeannine Connors, Howard Mayne. May 31: Jeannine Connors, Marge Kniat, Roberta Rogers, Chris Verges June 7: Chris Verges, Graham Littlehales, Liz Leigh, Janis Vasqueza New players are welcome — this is friendly, informal bridge. Call or email George Rogers at 419-708-3320, georgerogers4321@gmail.com to sign up. The group meets Tuesdays at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting July 7 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The July speakers are Kay Fields, incumbent rerunning for the school board, District 5 and Kathy Dobson of Planned Parenthood. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves There will be no meeting this month. The next meeting will be September 21. Save the Date! The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner. It is scheduled for October 22. Crafters are needed! You can reserve a table for $50 to sell your handcrafted items. Call Joan at (239) 851-7899. God Bless the Military and the United States of America! TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE NEW! LA WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT By Barb Wert Ladies, if you have been on the weight management roller coaster and would like some camaraderie and support from other women in the community working on weight management, you are welcome to attend the NEW "L.A. Weight Management Support" meetings on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm in the Clubhouse Conference Room. The group will not focus on any one program but will support each other through activities such as a buddy system, accountability, sharing recipes, tips, and articles. E-mail Barb Wert at weatherwife777@yahoo.com for a contact form if you are interested in joining. You are also welcome to join the Facebook group, L.A. Weight Management Support. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 37
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LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club is holding a Firecracker Candidate Jamboree at the HFC on Saturday, July 9th from 4 to 7 pm. Candidates for the following positions will be participating: U.S. House Districts 15 & 18; FL Senate District 12; FL Commissioner of Agriculture; Polk County Commissioner; and Polk County School Board. Blackburn’s BBQ is catering the event and tickets can be purchased at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for $15 each. Arrangements are underway for local Judicial candidates to speak at an upcoming Monday Morning Coffee. The club extends a huge thank you to all of the LA residents who joined to view two showings of Dinesh D‘Souza’s “2,000 Mules” on June 6. Both showings were sold out so an encore showing is being planned. Contact: Brenda Bush-Sayre, (813)313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Summer is here and snowbirds are gone! A lot of LA activities are on hiatus, but not LA Rockers, who continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. If you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, try your hand at rock painting! Newcomers are always welcome and we will lend you the supplies you will need for your first meeting. Can't draw or paint - not a problem. Your efforts are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face (just check the mirror when you find a hidden rock). Please join on July 13 and 27. In order to attend, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com). If the meeting has to be canceled at the last minute, a notice will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook group page. If in doubt, check before you come. Please send prayers for Alice Mayer's continued recovery. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In June, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for dinner at Crazy Fish and lunch at L’Incontro. The group is purchasing gifts for five senior orphans. The names and lists were assigned. The gifts are to be brought to the July meeting. Donations will be used to purchase gift cards. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on July 3. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White LA Swim Club members want to share a secret. Please only tell your best friends. Swimming is the best all-around exercise for all ages because it: • Involves most of your muscles • Keeps your heart rate up while removing the impact of running or walking on hard surfaces • Builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness no matter what age • Helps maintain a healthy weight and healthy lungs • Improves flexibility, coordination, balance, & posture • Offers low impact exercise which helps the recovery from many injuries and surgeries • Is a great way to keep fit & make new friends So, what are you waiting for? Come swim with us and improve your fitness level. The swim club has reserved three workout times each week: Mondays from 6 to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 1:45 to 2:45 pm, and Saturdays from 10 to 11 am. Come whenever you can. The volunteer coach provides a written workout that can be used in total or as a guide, and he can answer your swimming technique questions. For more information, contact sandyw1994@aol.com LAKE ASHTON SUPPORTERS OF SPECIAL OLYMPIANS (LASSOS) By Mary Morosky Do you have an adult child with an intellectual or developmental disability living with you? Or perhaps you have a special place in your heart for these residents and would like to join in some fun activities tailored for their unique abilities. Join the group at the Clubhouse Craft Room on July 6 from 11 am to 1 pm to learn more about some lifestyle enhancing opportunities for our special residents and their parents, caregivers, or community friends to gather socially and engage in healthy activities right here in Lake Ashton. Donuts and beverages will be provided. Don't miss this great opportunity to network and share ideas/concerns. Call Mary at (814) 460-1710 if you have questions. "AIR BALL" begins in the Outdoor Pool - Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm. Contact Mary at morosky.m@gmail.com for more information. LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS This Summer With an Outdoor Fan! Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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MIND&BODY LIVING WELL Join the Alzheimer's Association on July 27 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall body wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. Balance and exercise can reduce potential Alzheimer's risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Sign up on the Clubhouse Information Wall to attend this free, informative presentation. UF/IFAS PRESENTATION July is Lakes Appreciation Month! Attend a presentation on July 20 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom to about wildlife habitat, aquatic plants, and water quality in addition to impacts residents have on area lakes. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr July 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Forest Edge Cost $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on July 8. FUSED GLASS CLASSES July 15 from 10 am to 12:30 pm: Create a Fused Glass Garden Stake in the Clubhouse Craft Room July 18 from 4 to 6:30 pm: Create One-ofa-Kind Jewelry in the HFC July 28 from 10 am to noon: Create a Patriotic Glass Sun Catcher in the Clubhouse Ballroom All classes are $35 and include all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing and art glass. Sign up at the Activities Desk of the class location. Limit 12. CREATE A CARD Please join the group on July 19 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up quickly at the HFC, as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815.

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES July Issue Deadline: June 15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 JUNE 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. JUNE 6 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: Hurricane Preparedness Presentation by C.E.R.T and Polk County Fire Rescue Featured Speaker: Christine Graves Insurance JUNE 13 Bite Me Monday - Donations of pet food and items for the Humane Society of Polk County A Special 50 Year Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speakers: AdventHealth Celebrates Men's Health Month with Dr. Belinda Gavino, Family and Obesity Medicine who specializes in both Men’s and Women’s health Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson JUNE 20 NO MONDAY COFFEE — BOARD MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Ballroom Kitchen JUNE 27 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Dr. Hudson with McLaughlin Middle School Featured Vendor: Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley, AdventHealth - Urologist Dr. Paul Arnole DUE T O THE MEMORIAL D AY HOLIDAY , LAKE WALES RESIDENTS WILL HAVE TRASH & RECYCLING PICKED UP ON SATURDAY , JUNE 4 IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 24 EVENTS 26 GOLF 30 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 38 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, June 17, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, June 20 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm (No IDs until June 14) ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Monday, Thursday - Saturday (Closed Tues. & Weds.) 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER? If you will be away for the summer, stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to put your LA Times on hold, or pay for a seasonal subscription ($3/month domestic; $4/month international). The newsletter and calendars are also available electronically. A Summer Checklist is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com and on the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. USPS FORMS No need to chase down the mail carrier anymore; USPS forms for address changes, stop/start mail service, and stamp ordering are now available at the Clubhouse. They can be found by the information wall in the Ballroom. 6 FL APPROVED TAX EXEMPT HOLIDAYS & EXEMPTIONS Florida Legislation created a permanent sales tax exemption for items that assist in independent living. When purchased for noncommercial, home or personal use, the exemption applies to bed transfer handles selling for $60 or less, bed rails selling for $110 or less, grab bars selling for $100 or less, and shower seats selling for $100 or less. The following are some other tax exempt holidays and exemptions: • Children’s books May 14 - Aug. 14 • Baby/toddler clothes & shoes July 1-June 30, 2023 • Children’s diapers July 1-June 30, 2023 • Clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies July 25-Aug. 7 • Disaster preparedness supplies May 28-June 10 (flashlights, radios, tarps, batteries, fire extinguishers, etc.) • Tools and home improvement items Sept. 3-9 • Impact-resistant windows, doors and garage doors July 1-June 30, 2024 • Specified admissions and items related to recreational activities July 1-7 • Energy Star Appliances July 1-June 30, 2023 (washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters and refrigerators) • Fuel tax reduction October 1-31 NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: June 8 & 22 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot NEW: Food Trucks Will Be On Site! RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE June 8 & 22, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is July 8 at 2 pm in the HFC. Sign up at either Activities Desk. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 7 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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LACDD LACDD NEWS BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Summer is almost here, although it feels like it has been here for weeks already. In this edition of the newsletter residents will find a plethora of things to do throughout the summer. Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but never fear … Supervisors, staff and the Lake Ashton Public Safety organizations are here to ensure residents are as safe as possible during this time of year. Residents should rest assured that the CDD Public Safety team, Neighborhood Watch, C.E.R.T, CAP and onsite security staff all work together to ensure resident's safety at all times, including times of weather emergencies. Now is a great time to ensure you are signed up to receive electronic mail from the Clubhouse and HFC. Public safety announcements, scheduled events and important meetings to attend are announced via email. Sign up on lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com, or stop by either Activities Desk for a form. LA(LW)CDD Supervisors met May 16. A wrap-up report of actions taken was sent out on May 23. Please send an email to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like a copy. A Joint CDD Meeting was held on the same day and both boards discussed the Joint Amenity Policy. Supervisors and residents gave great feedback and a revised version of the policy will be presented at the next Joint CDD meeting on July 15 at 11 am at the Health and Fitness Center (HFC). Discussions regarding the LA(LW)CDD Fiscal Year 2023 budget (October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023) are ongoing. The hearing to adopt the budget is set to occur on August 15, 2022 during the regularly scheduled monthly Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting. Every BOS meeting between now and then is important and residents are encouraged to attend in person or via Zoom. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com for agenda packets, the proposed FY 2023 budget, approved meeting minutes, and other district documents including the current Joint Amenity Facilities Policy, and seasonal checklists. June 21 is the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year; take advantage of it! Don't let the sun and rain intimidate you — there are plenty of fun things to do inside, and outdoor activities can also be enjoyed safely. There are multiple umbrellas at the Outdoor Pool, Pet Play Park, and Bocce Ball Courts, and the Shuffleboard Courts have benches covered by a roof for shelter from the heat and rain. Remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated when enjoying outdoor activities. While enjoying the wonderful outdoors be sure to stop by the Clubhouse Pavilion and take a look at the beautiful Florida friendly plants that were recently installed by the Lake Ashton Garden Club. This area is more beautiful because of their hard work and dedication. In June, the Garden Club will be planting trees in the Pet Play Park. Stay tuned to media for information on how you can help with this community outreach project. They are truly making Lake Ashton more beautiful each day. Thank you! 8 More Choices M Now I ro uc Int d ing AVON PARK Best Prices... Now Introducing to Our Showroom Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online ne.com The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! 863-402-1688 WWW.TURNERFURNITUREONLINE.COM AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 9 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1375 4/22
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director Some of our Lake Ashton residents have already left on holiday or to go up to their second homes. Our activities will continue…dances, seminars, fitness classes, etc. the same as always even though fewer residents are here. This summer we will be continuing with Zoom Yoga classes as that is another of our valued fitness classes. A listing of events on hiatus for the summer will be published at the HFC Activities Desk, so if you are a chairperson with your event on hiatus for the summer, please call 863-595-1562 to let staff know. With temperatures rising and the humidity as well, please take time to review the symptoms of both heat stroke and heat exhaustion. They are different and can be life threatening. When outside, always have water available close at hand. Any kind of alcohol dehydrates and makes any health problems relating to the heat and humidity manifest sooner and more severely…so water, or a drink with electrolytes in it PLEASE… for your continued good health. I’ve been requesting this every summer since 2006, but it deserves repeating. Many maintenance projects have been completed. The Pickleball and Tennis Court windscreens have needed additional maintenance due to the strong winds we’ve been experiencing in Central Florida. The resurfacing of the Pickleball Courts will be done soon. We got word that we are “in the queue” to be scheduled. The new windscreens have arrived, but we will wait until this project is completed to install them. By then our service delayed new Pickleball net will hopefully be here as well. The Winged Foot Pet Park has had its gate fixed at a cost of $60 for parts in lieu of a new gate purchase of $540. This is just one example of the cost savings our Maintenance team provides to you. Recent kitchen appliance repairs also have been made. These are just a few of many tasks completed. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O The Joint Amenities Policies will be completed and then approved at an upcoming Joint Board of Supervisors’ meeting. I’d like to thank Angie Littlewood, Steve Realmuto, and Christine Wells for their many contributions to the recent review of the Joint Amenities Policies. This document is vital for the Community Directors reference, and it is in my opinion, the most clearly stated reference to date. I look forward to working with this information in time for the next round of annual scheduling in December. Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707,alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com 10 11
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CDD SUPERVISOR QUAL I FYING PERIOD The qualifying period for candidates for the office of Supervisor of the Lake Ashton Community Development District and Lake Ashton II Community Development District will commence at noon on June 13 and close at noon on June 17, 2022. Candidates must qualify for the office of Supervisor with the Polk County Supervisor of Elections (250 S. Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, 863.534.5888). All candidates shall qualify for individual seats in accordance with section 99.061, Florida Statutes, and must also be qualified electors of the District (any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of the State of Florida and of the District, and who is registered to vote with the Polk County Supervisor of Elections). Campaigns shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 106, Florida Statutes. The Lake Ashton Community Development District (Lake Wales) has three seats up for election: seats #2, #3, and #4. The Lake Ashton II Community Development District (Winter Haven) has two seats up for election: seats #1 and #3. Each seat carries a four-year term of office. Elections are nonpartisan and will be held at the same time as the general election on November 3, 2022, in the manner prescribed by law for general elections. For more information, you may contact the Polk County Supervisor of Elections at 863-534-5888 or visit polkelections.com. RESIDENT FEEDBACK Your experiences in the Lake Ashton Community are meant to be as pleasant and memorable as possible. Please take a minute to let staff know how they are doing. There are drop off locations for feedback forms outside the Community Director's office in the both the Clubhouse and the HFC. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 12 www.jimsfloordepot.com POOL & SPA REMINDERS • Please do not eat or drink while in the pools or spa, including sitting on the side of the pool or spa. Florida health codes do not allow for any beverages (even bottled water) to be on the wet pool deck which is the four (4) foot perimeter around the entire pool and spa. Please enjoy food and beverages at the tables and/or chairs. • No glass containers permitted in the pool area. • Please shower before entering Lake Ashton pools or spas. • Only those aged 13 years and older should enjoy the spas. • Please put down pool umbrellas when leaving the pool area to avoid potential damage caused by wind. • Residents, please be tolerant of extra activity at the pool and other amenities during the summer months. Those hosting family should remind them to be considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. 13 • Before entering the area, children should be reminded to walk on the pool deck as running is always prohibited. • It is helpful (but not required) if residents accompany guests. • Guests can be registered at either Activities Desk during operating hours or by calling Security at 863.324.7290 after hours. ROOM RESERVATIONS Recurring group reservation renewals for 2023 will not take place until December 2022. To ensure this process runs smoothly when the time comes, please email smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com with contact information for the current facilitator including activity name, facilitator name, phone number, and email address. If your club, group, or organization has elected officers, please include the names of all officers. Any questions, please contact Sheila at the Club Office.
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CLUBHOUSE PET PLAY PARK UPDATES At the May 16 Board of Supervisors Meeting a quote to overseed the Clubhouse Pet Play Park was approved. During overseeding, portions of the park will be closed off for use. Please stay tuned to electronic media for information on closures once a schedule is confirmed. Clubhouse Pet Play Park maintenance concerns can be emailed to Matt Fisher, the Clubhouse Operations Manager, at (mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com). Please include a detailed description of the issue and staff will be sure to get it resolved as soon as possible. Recently staff has received complaints regarding dogs showing aggression and being unruly at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park. Please remember when using the Pet Play Parks that there are rules in place to ensure all pets (and owners) have an enjoyable time. There is a sign posted at the entrance to all parks that list the rules in place. To help avoid conflicts with neighbors, residents are encouraged to reach out to staff or security if they believe a rule is being violated by anyone utilizing the Pet Play Park. Please provide as much information as possible in order to complete an incident report and address the concern with the parties involved. Please remember the current Joint Amenity Facilities Policy states, in part, the following regarding pets that show signs of aggression when at the parks: • At the first sign of aggression or if a pet becomes unruly and plays too rough, the pet must be leashed and removed from the pet park immediately and banned for the remainder of the day. This will also cause a verbal warning to be issued to the owner by the Amenity Manager. • In the event the pet harms, bites or fights another pet or an owner, the pet will be banned from visiting the parks while other pets are present for a period of thirty days. • If a second incident of harm, biting, or fighting occurs within a six (6) month period, the pet will be banned from the pet park for one (1) year. 14 MEDICAL REFERENCE LIBRARY Do you want to learn more about general medical conditions, as well as possible treatment options and recommendations? Come check out the refreshed and restocked medical information section of the Health & Fitness Center library! There are several pamphlets and informational packets available free to residents, with facts and statistics about several different medical conditions. Topics include diabetes, arthritis, IBS, Alzheimer’s, tremors, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, and others. The information provided in the reference materials, while accurate, are not meant to be used for a medical diagnosis. Please consult a doctor or specialist for any medical concerns you may have. Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Great Egret is the largest white egret in Florida. These usually solitary birds can be found at any body of water hunting for fish, the mainstay of their diet. Lake Ashton residents may be surprised to have a living lawn ornament as Great Egrets also hunt in landscaped yards for lizards and other delicacies. They are dwarfed in size only by the ubiquitous Great Blue Heron. These large white members of the heron family have a heavy yellow bill and black legs and feet. Breeding adults sport long lacy plumes on the back and vivid lime-green lores (the skin between the eye and the bill). These lovely plumes nearly led to the Great Egret's demise as they were fashionable on women's hats in the late 1800s. Once the birds were protected, they made a good comeback and became the symbol of the National Audubon Society. 15
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LA COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE UPDATE By Kay Teehan Lake Ashton Community Action Committee is a group of volunteers representing Lake Ashton residents who are working to understand and communicate about the planned residential developments surrounding Lake Ashton, and the road construction plans that may impact the quality of life in this community. A wellreceived presentation was given at Monday Coffee at the Clubhouse May 7. If you missed this update, the presentation on the Lake Ashton Living website. Contact LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com to be added to the email distribution list. I am beyond grateful for all the time and effort each of you so selflessly gave. Though it has been a very hard time, feeling the love from the community brightened each one of my days more than I can express. Thank you all for that and may that love continue. God bless. - Nancy Zogrates We were so fortunate to live in this wonderful community for so many years. The time has come for us to move closer to our daughters in Pittsburgh. We will take many memories of wonderful times and friends with us. Our wish for everyone is to enjoy travel, stay healthy, and always have a positive attitude. - Don and Pat Neaves ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the    button to  your own ONWARD! y  WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES  Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT  863-439-5431      WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car     29630 U.S. Hwy. 27  Dundee, FL 33838  artsgolfcars@aol.com 16 AUTHORIZED DEALER CELEBRATING PAT NEAVES By Diane Dillon, BOLLA Publicity Chair The members of BOLLA (Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton) recently held a surprise party for Pat Neaves at the clubhouse. Pat and Don are moving to Pittsburgh to be near their beloved daughters and grandson. Pat has been BOLLA’s president for over 11 years and has led the group to continued growth and prosperity. Under Pat’s leadership, for the last few years BOLLA has consistently donated over 1,000 blankets per year to children in crisis throughout Polk County. One of Pat’s favorite activities was BOLLA’s major fundraiser, the popular Trash to Treasure sale (coming up in March 2023). Pat was tireless in her efforts so that the Treasures donated by LA residents could be available for others to enjoy. She even recruited Don and his friends to drive trucks to residents’ homes to retrieve furniture and large items for the sale! BOLLA was not Pat’s only passion at Lake Ashton. You might have seen her volunteering at the Clubhouse Activities Desk, collating the LA Times, or helping with countless other activities. Most of all, Pat fostered a spirit of camaraderie and friendship to all. How we will miss her! We wish Pat and Don years and years of happiness with their family. Pat has officially turned over the reins at BOLLA to Linda Warden. Good Luck to Linda and her team who are well on their way to continue Pat’s mission. Pat says,“It’s all about the children. BOLLA is in good hands, and I think I will come back for a visit next winter when it gets cold!” ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty  Same length as standard 4-passenger  2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27  Dundee, FL 33838      Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 17 29630 U.S. Highway 27  Dundee, FL 33838      Family Owned & Operated Since 1987
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LA LOOKS WHAT IS AN ALGAE BLOOM? Algae blooms are dense layers of tiny green plants that form on the surface of lakes and ponds. The rapid growth of the algae is due to the higher amounts of nutrients in the water. These nutrients are introduced by run off from the roads and fertilizers put into lawns. During the spring and summer months the combination of warm and sunny days in addition to higher nutrient levels promote continued rapid growth. Lake Ashton CDD (LACDD) has a contract with an aquatic plant management vendor that maintains the ponds on a monthly basis. When an algae bloom occurs, treatments increase to every two weeks until it is under control. To be proactive in keeping ponds clear of aquatic plants and algae, LACDD has installed grass carp in problematic ponds as recommended by the aquatics vendor. These fish are a long term, low cost way of combating unwanted aquatic plants. Any questions or concerns regarding maintenance of ponds located in Lake Wales can be emailed to Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Tom Hevel The writers of Lake Ashton’s Governing Documents knew how divisive signs can be, not to mention unattractive, so they prohibited them. When we bought in Lake Ashton, we all signed to adhere to these Governing Documents. Please refrain from posting signs on golf carts, and trash bins, and mail boxes, etc. Please keep in mind that a sign posted in frustration is only a temporary relief and will undoubtedly be found objectionable by some of your neighbors. Perhaps your parents taught you: “To be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” If you would like to make a difference, there are many ways to get involved in local, county, state or federal issues. Respectfully write to the authorities, donate to causes, volunteer your time, but please, do not take out your frustrations on your neighbors. LA (LW) HOA Board Of Directors: • President/Treasurer Bob Powant president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President Debby Landgrebe vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Ken Rickey secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Compliance Issues compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org 18 *
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SAFETY All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Tips to Protect Your Personal Information (Courtesy of Consumer Affairs) The best protection against identity theft is to carefully protect your personal information. • Do not share personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the internet unless you initiated the contact or know the person. Be s u sp i c i ou s i f someone con t a c t s you unexpectedly online and asks for personal information. •Only open e-mails that look like they are from people or organizations you know, and even then, be cautious. •Don’t give out valuable personal information; Social Security numbers, financial account information and driver’s license number should be kept confidential. •Shred old receipts, account statements, and unused credit card offers. •Choose PINs and passwords that would be difficult to guess. Don’t use easily identifiable information like mother’s name, birth dates, the last four digits of your social security number, or phone numbers. •Pay attention to billing cycles and account statements. •Obtain your free credit report annually and review your credit history. CITIZENS ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). Pictured at left: Lake Aston CAP members attend a volunteers luncheon on May 3. 20 STORM SEASON BEGINS Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs until November 30. To assist residents in getting prepared for hurricane season, staff has compiled some guidelines and other important information that will be helpful as you prepare for the 2022 Hurricane Season. It can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com and will be sent out via electronic messaging. Florida legislation created a 10-day “disaster preparedness” sales tax holiday from May 28 to June 10, 2022, for disaster preparedness supplies. Some examples of tax-free items include: flashlights and lanterns costing $40 or less; radios costing $50 or less; tarps costing $100 or less, coolers costing $60 or less, batteries costing $50 or less; and, generators costing $1,000 or less. CERT and Polk County Emergency Services will give a Hurricane Preparedness presentation at Monday Coffee on June 6 … don’t miss it! DON’T FORGET: • Hurricane and storm shutters must be approved by the Lake Ashton ARC. • Visit the official site for Florida emergency preparation at floridadisaster.org. • Go to alertpolk.com to register your contact information for the Alert Polk telephone and email notification system. Polk County officials use this system to inform county residents of situations that may affect their health, safety, and welfare, including severe weather alerts. ALL IGATOR ALERT According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) alligator mating season occurs in May and June so an increase in activity, including aggressive and territorial behavior is possible throughout the month. In late June or early July, females build a mound nest of soil, vegetation, or debris and deposit an average of 32 to 46 eggs. Incubation requires approximately 63-68 days, and hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. FWC reminds residents to be cautious when having fun in and around water during the summer months. Generally, alligators less than four feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous unless handled. However, if you encounter any alligator that you believe poses a threat to people, pets or property, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWCGATOR (866-392-4286). Please be aware that nuisance alligators are killed, not relocated. 21
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MOVI ES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 31 — JUNE 2 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM GREYHOUND 2020 | PG-13 | 1H 32MIN U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His convoy, however, is pursued by German U-boats. Although this is Krause's first wartime mission, he finds himself embroiled in what would come to be known as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic. JUNE 7 — 9 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM MARRY ME 2022 | PG-13 | 1h 52min A betrayed pop star (Jennifer Lopez), slated to marry her pop star fiancé on stage, instead marries a stranger from the audience - a high school math teacher (Owen Wilson). Against the odds, their sham relationship develops into something real...but can their love survive the limelight? JUNE 14 — 16 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM DOG 2022 | PG-13 | 1H 41MIN Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, buckle up for a road trip down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier's funeral on time. Along the way, they'll drive each other crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death, and learn to let down their guards in order to have a fighting chance of finding happiness. JUNE 21 — 23 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM OPERATION MINCEMEAT 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 8MIN In this fact-based drama, British intelligence officers Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondely (Matthew Macfayden) use a corpse and false papers to trick the Nazis into thinking the Allies will launch an attack on Southern Europe through Greece rather than Italy. JUNE 28 — 30 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM UNCHARTED 2022 | PG-13 | 2h 18min Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada, who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world's oldest mysteries, they stand to find 5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate's long-lost brother, but only if they can learn to work together. 24 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM JUNE 3 - 11 AM (NO 3 PM MOVIE) AMERICAN GRAFFITI 1973 | PG | 1H 52MIN Showcas ing then-Hol lywoodnewcomers Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, director George Lucas weaves together the stories of a disparate group of teenagers as they struggle with adolescent rites of passage in 1962. JUNE 10 - 3 PM (NO 11 AM MOVIE) STAND BY ME 1986 | R | 1H 29MIN Gordon “Gordie” Lachance (Wil Wheaton) reads in the newspaper that his friend Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) has died. This takes us to a flashback to the summer of 1959, when Gordie, Chris, and their friends were 12 years old and went looking for the body of a missing boy in Castle Rock, Oregon. Along their journey, they meet more challenges—including but not limited to leeches—than they could have anticipated and all do a lot of growing up. JUNE 17 - 11 AM (NO 3 PM MOVIE) THE ENDLESS SUMMER 1966 | NR | 1H 32MIN Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, himself a competition-level surfer, follows surfers Michael Hynson and Robert August on an around-the-world surfing adventure. With Brown's wry, sardonic narration and a twangy, guitardriven instrumental soundtrack by The Sandals playing over the silent footage, Mike and Rob leave their California home to visit Hawaii, Australia, South Africa and other secluded surfing spots in a search for "The Perfect Wave.” 25 SUNDAY FUNDAY ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. June 5th - Quittin Time June 12th - Carlos & Company June 19th - Randy Sullens June 26th - Mickenzie FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 863.324.5810 www.ashtontapandgrill.com JOIN US FOR FIRST JUNE 24 TIN CUP 1996 | R | 2H 15 MIN A washed up golf pro (Kevin Costner) working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival (Don Johnson)’s girlfriend (Rene Russo). This movie reunites Costner and Russo with Bull Durham writerdirector Ron Shelton. • at Sunday, June 5th 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Traditional Brunch Selections $20 per person Coffee & Orange Juice Included • Bloody Marys & Mimosas +4.00 Call 863.324.5810 for reservations JOIN US FOR FATHER’S DAY DINNER Sunday, June 19th Special Of The Evening Is A Ribeye Steak $26 per person Reservations Required june
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EVENTS DANCE PARTIES AT THE HFC A Dance Party will be held on June 3, and a Beach Dance Party will be held on June 24 at the HFC. They will be BYOB events. DJ Wayne will be the disc jockey for both events. Join your friends and neighbors with a night of fun music and dancing! NATIONAL CORVETTE DAY Calling all Corvette owners and admirers! Celebrate National Corvette Day with an all Corvette show in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on June 30 from 3 to 6 pm. All residents and their guests are welcomed to “ooh and ahh” at the sportscars on display. A cash bar will be available. Resident Corvette owners who would like to participate will need to register at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 1 pm on June 24. There is no need for attendees to register or obtain tickets - the show is free! BOOTS BY THE LAKE Saddle up, put your boots on, and mosey on over for a heckuva good time at the Clubhouse on July 30 from 6 to 9 pm. Now it ain’t a party without some good vittles so pull up a chair for a fried chicken supper with all the fixin’s! You’ll be hootin’ and hollerin’ once the Outta Here Band takes the stage, they’ll have you dancin’ till the cows come home! Y’all best believe its gonna be a grand ol’ time! You’ll be madder than a wet hen if you take your sweet time gettin’ your tickets. Get down to the Clubhouse Activities Desk quick, fast, and in a hurry to buy your tickets with a check (LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard for $25 on June 27 after Monday Coffee. 26 THANK YOU FROM LAPAC! By Karen Nelson Thank you, Lake Ashton friends and neighbors, for the wonderful support of the 2022 Showcase, Time After Time. This resident-driven annual performance involves so many talented people in our community, and it takes every individual involved to prepare and stage the Showcase. Thank you to the cast, crew, Activities staff - and their families - for sharing their time and talents (and family members). Thank you to the audiences and sponsors for enabling LAPAC to produce the Showcase. The preparation for the 2023 Showcase has already begun. Watch the LA Times for the dates and time for the 2023 information meeting coming up in November! Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work We owe a lot to Brad… When we visited Florida this year it was with the intention of selling our home. We were under the impression that we would put it on the market and after a period of time it would sell. But that’s not what happened. It was listed on January 9 and two days later we accepted an offer that was above the asking price. Needless to say, we were delighted. We owe a lot to our experienced, knowledgeable real estate broker, Brad Kirwan, for the success of this venture. From listing to closing Brad was with us all the way, answering our questions, and guiding and reassuring us in his calm, goodhumored manner. He receives our highest recommendation. Marilyn and Paul Barker. 8 April 2022 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 27
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7 PM SUMMER JUNE 17 MUSIC Clubhouse Balr"m FOOD 28 shindig AIR CONDITIONING! DELICIOUS SUMMER PIN-WHEEL SANDWICHES, PASTA SALAD, A FRUIT DISPLAY, AND ICE CREAM BAR ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET PRICE OF $20. PURCHASE WITH A CHECK (PAYABLE TO LACDD), VISA, OR MASTERCARD. SPONSORED BY MATT MALIA WITH PREMIER EVENTS JULY 4 - Annual Golf Cart Parade JULY 11 - Pool Party! Celebrate National Swimming Pool day down at the Clubhouse swimming pool! Drop by the pool from 1 to 3 pm to take a dip while enjoying music and free watermelon. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by July 8. AUGUST 20 - Camp Lake Ashton Jamboree 2023 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES DATES Keep an eye out for the 2023 dates to be released in the July edition of the newsletter. Season ticket renewals will begin in October of 2022, with the upgrade/exchange period and new season tickets sales happening in November. Bus Trips are back with safety precautions in place such as special air purifiers installed on all motor coaches to thoroughly clean and disinfect them before and after trips. A Waiver of Liability must be signed by each passenger in order to go on the trip. All trips include reserved round trip transportation in deluxe motor coaches from the Clubhouse. Sign up for any of the below trips at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. Lake Ashton Bus Trips JULY 24: BUBBLES AND BROADWAY — $120/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 AUGUST 10: TAMPA AQUARIUM - $65/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 1 SEPTEMBER 7 - 8: FT. MYERS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN & EDISON AND FORD ESTATES - $325/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $65 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 OCTOBER 15: FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL - $39/PERSON ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2: ST. AUGUSTINE - $479/PERSON (DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, $145 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT) ACTIVITY LEVEL 2 29
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GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman As members leave for the summer the LALGA will miss you and will look forward to your return in the fall. As the league continues through the summer, the league has some fun and new events planned. Mark your calendars for June 24! The LALGA will sponsor a Nine, Wine and Dine event. The nine hole scramble will be held on a Friday at 4 pm and will be open to all members of the Golf Club. Only 20 foursomes will be permitted as dinner will be held in the Nest afterwards. There will be hors d’oeuvres, finger foods and 5 wines to taste. More info to follow. On July 11 and 12, a Christmas in July tournament will be held. Wear your favorite “cool” Holiday clothes and come out to play and lunch. Again, more information will be available in late June. Look for a blast or at the bulletin board for more info. This is the last month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Red Hoagland Hyundai; Red Lobster; Reunion Golf Club; Richard’s Coffee; Rightway Landscaping; River Greens Golf Course; Rodizios Brazilian Restaurant; RP Funding Center ; Ruby Tuesday; Schalamar Golf Lakeland; Sizzling Grill; Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater; Smith Chiropractic Inc Chirocare Solutions LLC; Snowbird Heating & Cooling; Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club; Spa G & Boutique; Speedway Auto Sales; Steve Graves Computers; Stonegate Golf – Solivita; Sun – nLake Golf; Tampa Bay Rays; Tanners Lakeside Restaurant and Bar; Taty’s Creations; TEVA; The Dali Museum; The Port Restaurant; Theater Winter Haven; Tijuana Flats; Tire Kingdom ; Tires Plus; Trent Farrow; Tropical Smoothie Café; Tsunami Sushi; Turner Furniture; Twisted Prop; United Refrigeration; Veterinary Healthcare; Walmart; Walt Disney World Golf; Wash City Car Wash Route 27; Watson Clinic Foundation; WAWA; Wayne Morris - 30 DJ; Weaver Loveless Law Firm; Wedgewood Country Club; Weikert Ford; Wells Fargo; Wendy Phillips – Posh; White Heron Golf Club; Winter Haven Country Club; Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours and Wonderworks. The committee is already preparing for the November 8, 2022 tournament. Please keep an eye out for upcoming information regarding how you can get involved. Stay cool and hydrate. See you on the course! Meet Barbara Reid Barb, a mother of two and grandmother of three, hails from Alberta, Canada although she lived her entire life in Manitoba until 2 years ago when she and her husband moved to be closer to their family living in Banff. Barb graduated from college as a Medical Laboratory Technologist and after college married Darrell Reid, whom she knew from high school. They just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. After marrying, Barb and Darrell owned a Petro Canada station and later a Dairy Queen where they worked side by side. She continued to practice in the lab as well, and was an elected official on the school board for nine years. After renting in Lake Ashton several times before retiring in 2011, Barb and Darrell decided to take the plunge and buy a home in this beautiful community. In 2013 they moved onto Nicklaus Drive. Barb loves “living in a resort” and has never regretted for a moment their decision to own in LA. According to Barb, she “loves the league, the camaraderie of the golf groups, and the amenities” of Lake Ashton. She finds it very easy to meet people through the league and in the community. Besides golf, Barb enjoys working out, walking, reading and running. During the Pandemic, she learned how to knit and makes “touques” (baby caps) for the newborn babies of the local hospital. Thank you Barb for being a part of this amazing group of women!
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LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt May was Veterans Month and Red White and Blue bows were on mailboxes throughout the community to show support and appreciation of Veterans near and far. The second Annual LAVA Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament was May 21 and at time of this writing there were 30 teams signed up to participate. Way to go teams! A big THANK YOU goes out to all the Niners who contributed to the collection fund for Allisha at the Eagle’s Nest. She is more than grateful to see the support as she continues with surgeries and heals from her nasty ankle break. Get well Allisha! Another THANK YOU goes out to all you gals that are driving/riding two to a cart. Being kind to the golf course by limiting the number of carts on the grass always helps. Stay on the cart path (or the rough) and follow the 90-degree rule: use the cart path (or rough) to get close to your ball, then make a 90-degree turn onto the fairway to get to your ball. Please please please remember NOT to drive down the center of the fairways to get to your ball. There will be four games in June, with June 28 being Lunch with Friends. There was a good showing for the Mexican fiesta lunch on May 3, complete with margaritas – Ole! Still have questions? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! LAMGA By Paul Fichtman April was another successful month for LAMGA highlighted by the Cinco de Mayo event on May 4 and Beat the Board on May 11. The Cinco de Mayo event included a Mexican lunch served in the Eagle’s Nest. Thanks to the Pro Shop and Eagle’s Nest staffs for putting on a great event. Out of a total of 10 teams, seven were able to Beat the Board on May 11.         28 This month the following Dentists and Attorneys who generously sponsored the annual Member/ Guest tournament are recognized and thanked: Boyett Family Dentistry, Forni Dental, George W. Butz III, DDS, Heartland Dental, Pure Dental Brands – Paul Palo, DDS, Stone Law Group, and Weaver Loveless Law. Please support these generous sponsors with your business when you are in need of one of their services. A list of all sponsors is posted both on the LAMGA web site and Lake Ashton Living as well as The Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of April is comprised of Pat O’Neal - $74.75; Denis Mulhearn - $73.05; Paul Panone - $70.25; Paul Guay - $69.30; Brian Peck - $68.00; Jim Simpson - $65.05; Mike Renaud - $64.75; Bob Plummer - $63.50; Donn Yasz -$60.10; and Steve Morgan - $59.05. June’s events are: June 1 - Pick 12 Holes; June 8 – Net Stableford; June 15 – Pick Your Foursome – 1 Net Par 5s, 2 Nets Par 4s, 4 Nets Par 3s; and June 22 – LAMGA Open.                               37
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CLUBS THE ART GROUP By Lyn Rogers If you like to make art, join the group in the Clubhouse Craft Room on Monday mornings any time between 9 am and noon. There are water colorists, oil painters, and colored pencil drawers among other things. Bring whatever you are working on and join in the fun. Hope to see you there. CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The Creative Quilters has changed their "Project Day" to the second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm for the summer. The project for May was learning the super easy block for the wildly popular Chandelier Quilt. The project for June has yet to be decided but the classes are always instructional, easy, and full of laughter! A shopping trip — with lunch! — is being planned for later this summer. Come join the group for quilting tips, inspiration and lots of laughs. For information please call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting June 2 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The June speaker is Dell Quary, candidate for Polk County School Board, District 7. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis It was a gorgeous morning on May 11 for planting! The Lake Ashton Garden Club members updated the front of the Pavilion and planted Native Florida Plants on the side nearest the Clubhouse pool. Plant markers were 34 added to assist current and new community re s i d e n t s interested in low maintenance Florida friendly plants. Please come visit and enjoy on a walk or golf cart ride. Thanks to all community members who donated funds to make this happen. The next meeting will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom June 8 at 10 am. There will be a guest speaker from UF/ IFAS. Join the meeting and learn about beneficial pollinators and plants that attract both bees and birds. New members are always welcomed. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The next meeting is June 8 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information call Jane at 815-545-6655. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves THANKS to all who supported the “Red, White and Blue Tie a Bow” fundraiser. It was a tremendous success! More bows have been ordered for future Patriotic Holidays. More info to come. SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner — October 22. Crafters are needed! Reserve a table for $50 to sell your handcrafted items. Call Joan at 239-851-7899. LAVA Auxiliary was able to support the LAVA Golf tournament on May 21st by providing a “ROVING CANTEEN.”LAVA Auxiliary volunteers provided beverages and doughnuts for the golfers. This is just one of many ways LAVA and LAVA Auxiliary work together for the benefit of the military. Please note there will be no June meeting.                                                               35
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LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet on June 22 at the Clubhouse. Social time begins at 3:30 pm and the meeting begins at 4. This month, the County Citizens Defending Freedom (CCDF), will tell us about their local efforts as well as what they are involved in nationally. A Candidate Jamboree will be held on July 9. Hear from candidates and enjoy a barbecue dinner catered by Blackburn’s. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to both events. Contact is Brenda BushSayre at 813-313-9911 or bbs1954@icloud.com. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg The year is flying by, and in the blink of an eye the seasons have turned from winter, to spring, to summer. LA Rockers are still meeting in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Ann Lutz taught a wonderful class on using glitter to enhance the painted rocks, while Alice Mayer encouraged LA Rockers to try their hands at the Tuesday Tutorials she posts on the Facebook page weekly. Newcomers are always welcome and it does not cost anything to try — you can borrow the supplies you need for your first meeting. Don't worry if you can't draw or paint — your efforts are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face (just check the mirror). There will be three meetings this month: June 1, 15, and 29! Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. Last minute cancellations will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook page. If in doubt, check before you come. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the 36 Clubhouse Ballroom. In May, the group discussed several outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for a lunch at Lucille’s in Winter Haven and a back-stage tour of the Winter Haven Theater. A list of names for Senior Orphans’ midyear gifts will be available at the June meeting. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on June 5. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Super exciting news! The two LA Swim Club members pictured above, Cathy Liska & Sharon Swanson, represented Lake Ashton in the 2022 National Senior Games in Swimming in Fort Lauderdale, May 13-16. There were over 700 competitors, a mechanical delay, and weather delays. Cathy and Sharon each swam in three events and finished in the top 20 of each. What an achievement! Congratulations! The National Senior Games was created for ages 50-100+ in 1987 and is held every two years. There are typically over 12,000 participants in 22 sports. The swimming competition is divided into 12 events, plus two gender & ten 5-year age groups. To qualify to compete at Nationals, one must first compete and place in the top 5 in a regional meet and then must compete and place in the top 4 at the Florida Senior Games. LA Swim Club invites all swimmers to swim during the three scheduled times each week (Mondays 6-7 pm, Wednesdays 1:45-2:45 pm, Saturdays 10-11 am). Workouts are tailored to your desires - whether you are competitive or not, if you wish to swim for fun and fitness, or you simply want to improve your technique and enjoy the company of others with similar interests. While everyone is proud of Cathy and Sharon, please do not be intimidated by their personal accomplishments. It is fun and welcoming! For more information, con t ac t vo l un t ee r coach Sandy Wh i t e at sandyw1994@aol.com. LA PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION By Becky Wilson Pickleball players may give themselves a rating, which is appropriately called a self-rating. Selfratings are two digits (for instance, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, etc.). To determine what your pickleball self-rating is, check out below! (Source: ThePickler.com) 1.0-2.0 - Just starting to play and understand the rules of pickleball. 2.5 - You can keep a short rally on the pickleball court, and have a basic understanding of the rules (particularly, you can keep score properly). 3.0 - You can generally hit forehand drives, serves, and returns with medium pace, as well as dinks, but generally lack consistency and control (for instance, serves and returns are not consistent and lack depth); you understand the basic strategy and rules, including keeping score properly. 3.5 - You can hit drives, serves, and returns with pace (including developing backhand shots), as well as dinks and drop shots, and are developing some consistency and control ( including consistently hitting serves and returns in play); you understand the basic strategy and rules, you are starting to vary your shots between the hard and soft game, and you are moving quickly to the Non-Volley Zone line when you have the opportunity. 4.0 - You can generally hit both forehand and backhand drives, serves, and returns with pace, as well as dinks, drop shots, and volleys (including block volleys) of different speeds, and have consistency and control; you understand the strategy and rules of pickleball (including stacking), you have a moderate number of unforced errors, and you understand how to attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 4.5 - You can generally hit both forehand and backhand drives, serves, returns, dinks, drop shots, and volleys with pace, spin, depth, direction, consistency and control; you understand the strategy and rules of pickleball (including 37 stacking), you have a limited number of unforced errors, and you change your game play to attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 5.0 - You have mastered both forehand and backhand drives, serves, and returns with pace, as well as dinks, drop shots, and volleys of different speeds, and have consistency and control; you have mastered the strategy and rules of pickleball (including stacking), you rarely make unforced errors, and you attack your opponents’ weaknesses on the pickleball court. 5.5-6.0+ - You have mastered all shots and strategy on the pickleball court; you are consistently winning at the highest level (against the best professional pickleball players at the tournament level). Contact: LakeAshtonPickleball@gmail.com
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MIND&BODY CREATE A CARD PATRIOTIC BEADING CRAFT IN THE BALLROOM Join resident group The Art of Beading in the Clubhouse Ballroom on July 1 at 10:30 am to learn how to make your very own patriotic macrame bracelet for $4. All materials and instruction will be included in the cost. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk, limited to 30 people. LIVING WELL At any age, there are lifestyle habits that can be adopted to help maintain or even potentially improve your health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a program on June 9 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom entitled 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. CANASTA GROUP If you are interested in playing canasta, there will be an organizational meeting in the Clubhouse Card Room on June 10 at 10 am. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr June 11 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Baby Turtles Cost $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on June 10. LANDSCAPE PRESENTATION Join UF/IFAS in the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 15 at 1 pm for a presentation on Weed Management and the Landscape. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE! Please join the group on June 21 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up quickly at the HFC, as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions or further detail. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. TAP JAMMERS ! Tap Jammers will be on hiatus until Friday, October 14, 2022. Contact facilitator Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) with questions. MEN'S HEALTH MONTH Men’s health is an intimate and personal part of your lives. Urological disorders con affect your day-today happiness and your long-term health. A renowned urologist will present information and answer questions on June 27 after Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom. No sign up required. 38

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.,_/ .,./ Internet Marketing Full Stellar MLS Listing V Free Market Analysis V 20+ Year Exp. in Local Market V Photography .,./ Professional Cleaning Lori Roath 5 % REAL ESTATE COMMISSIONS Celebrate Summer by Sharing an Ice Cream Treat with Us When: June 7th Time: l-3pm Where: Realty Office 863-318-9542 Call our office by May 31st to reserve your treat. Lake Ashton Realty 4140 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-318-9542 I www.LakeAshtonRealty.com Sarah Lord Marketing ,, - / , I ' - ,, Lori TofanelliVolochentlo Realtor Broker Associate Terri Mattoctls Broker -� Anita Piasectli Realtor NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES June Issue Deadline: May 16 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 MAY 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts: $2 LAVA Auxiliary will have red, white & blue bows available for purchase at Monday Coffees for $5/bow. Place these on your mailboxes and golf carts during the month of May to show your patriotism and support for National Military Appreciation Month! MAY 2 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: LAVA and Cornerstone Salute Lake Ashton Veterans Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance and Momentum Solar MAY 9 Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County Featured Speakers: Lake Ashton Community Action Update Featured Vendor: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones and Senior Insurance Florida MAY 16 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD Meeting Peanut Butter Monday - non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Ballroom Kitchen MAY 23 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: City of Winter Haven Updates Featured Vendors: Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Firm and Nevada Carter with Dynamic Wealth Strategies MAY 30 NO MONDAY COFFEE — MEMORIAL DAY 4 IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 26 CLUBS 30 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, May 16 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LACDD & LAIICDD JOINT MEETING 11:30 am LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, May 20, 2022 9 am — HFC CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Monday, Thursday — Saturday (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday) 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week THE CLUBHOUSE OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY, MAY 30. THERE WILL BE NO MONDAY COFFEE, BUT THE CLUBHOUSE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR RESIDENT USE FROM 6 AM - 10 PM. OFFICES AND THE ACTIVITIES DESK WILL REOPEN MAY 31. LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER? If you will be away for the summer, stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to put your LA Times on hold, or pay for a seasonal subscription ($3/month domestic; $4/month international). The newsletter and calendars are also available electronically. A Summer Checklist is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com and on the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. 6 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is May 11 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at either Activities Desk. Clubs or groups that want to set up a table to advertise their group can reserve a spot by emailing cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Space is limited. THANK YOU ! Staff would like to thank the volunteers that helped recently with the Horseshoe Court Refurbishment (Ken Kedding) and the recovering of the Restaurant acoustic panels (Ann Heaton, Debbie Crosby, and Dennis Krupinski). Stop by and admire the new and improved Horseshoe pits and be on the lookout for details on a special event in the Restaurant that will feature a big reveal of the new look in the Dining Room. WAY TO GO! Congrats to Joseph D'Herin and Al Guzzo's softball team for winning the 70 & older gold medal in the 2022 Polk County Senior Games. Their team has medaled every year since 2005! Congratulations to Ken Kedding, who won first place in the Florida Horseshoe Pitchers Association Men's State Championship, Class D. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: May 11 and 25 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE May 11 and 25 , 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 7 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director April showers bring May flowers and many fun events to help residents enjoy the community. A special Ladies Day event is planned on May 13 and will feature a fashion show and vendors offering free items, samples and discounts for ticket holders only. LA’s first ‘80s party will be held on May 20 … it is sure to be totally rad! Tickets can be purchased for both of these events at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. May is also a time to recognize Military Personnel and Veterans on Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Lake Ashton is fortunate to have an impressive Veterans Memorial that is used for special ceremonies including the Memorial Day program on May 30. See page 23 for more information on the special events hosted by the Lake Ashton Veterans Association for all Lake Ashton Veterans. A budget workshop was held April 4 where Supervisors considered maintenance agreements, potential capital projects and the operating budget for fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023). The Board had a regular board meeting on April 18 to discuss the budget further, including naming the capital projects for fiscal year 2023. The Board also approved of a project to enclose the Activities Desk area in the Ballroom, creating additional office and storage space. Once complete residents will be able to enter the main entrance to the Clubhouse and receive immediate assistance from the Activities Desk. The installation of a new 4K projector and the raising of seats in the Cinema was approved to improve the movie-going experience for residents. A wrap-up of additional actions and staff reports that were presented was sent via email blast on April 23. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com for the full minutes of the meeting, once approved, in addition to the full agenda packet for this meeting. This year, three LA (LW) CDD Supervisor seats are up for election on November 8. The General Election qualifying period runs from noon on June 13 until noon on June 17. For more information please contact the Polk County Supervisor of Election (polkelections.com). LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com There was a report of an unauthorized guest at the Clubhouse Pool on March 8 who entered the pool at approximately 1230 hours. Many pictures were taken because obviously this visitor had not been properly registered! If you see an unauthorized guest like this at the pool again please contact security at 863.324.7290. Please do not approach, as this guest can highly dangerous! Photos are by David Muller and Security Officer Gregory Figueroa. 8 Put The Sun to Work for You Go Solar and Save Up to 50% on Your Energy Costs Why Switch to Solar? Start with ZERO down, no money out of pocket Save up to 50% per month on your current energy bill Increase the value of your home equity On average, our solar customers save $26,000 when they take advantage of the credit. If you are considering going solar and want to save up to $26,000 on the cost of your system AND lower your energy bills… now is the time to cash in on this offer! Become energy independent - break away from monopolized utilities Get 100% clean energy from the sun Schedule a Discovery Call with Me to Start Putting the Sun to Work for You Inquire about our lucrative part-time income opportunity and our generous referral bonus program. <First Name> <Last Name> Independent Energy Consultant <123.456.7891> <name@email.com> 9 Call or text Hector G. @ 863-535-5516
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director Many residents will be reading this newsletter from various locations throughout the United States and Canada, as Spring is officially here. The LA II CDD Board of Supervisors, staff and volunteers wish all residents safe travels, whether you’ll be going on short trips or visits further away from Lake Ashton. This is also the time of year when we begin our planning for events, shows and parties here at the HFC for the next 12 months. Our staff wants to provide opportunities that are representative of what our residents really want, not just what staff may think our residents want. If you’ve heard a great area entertainer/group in person or would like a specific themed party to be at the HFC, please let staff know your wishes. This can be done in person, but there will also be a suggestion box in the Activities Desk area for that purpose. Contact information on potential entertainment is always helpful. To add to the request, there will be complimentary tickets and a gift prize awarded if you are the first to suggest entertainment which works into the schedule. Maintenance has been busy painting in April. The black wrought iron fencing along Hwy. 653 is being repainted at the time of this writing, so it should be completed soon after this edition is published. Many, many hours of labor are involved in getting this huge project done and our Maintenance staff of James and Karen have done a great job. Our thanks to them both! Commercial Fitness will be getting a quote to the Board for the May 20th meeting regarding possible replacement of some of the equipment pieces in the Fitness Center at the HFC. Discussion by the LA II CDD Board on this and other important topics will occur at that time. This meeting begins at 9 AM in the Community Center as well as on Zoom. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com 10
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PAVI L ION REMINDERS CLERICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND HFC OFFICES DURING BUSINESS HOURS • Local or toll free fax: $1 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Long distance fax: $2 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Receiving fax: $0.25 per page • Black and white copies on white paper: $0.05 per side (8.5x11) • Color copies: $0.25 per side (8.5x11, white paper) • Scanning & Notary Services ELECTRONICS RECYCLING BRIDGE CLOSURES Please note that all bridges on the East Golf Course will be closed to pedestrians from May 23 to May 27 for maintenance. Electronics Recycling is scheduled for May 25 at the Clubhouse. Drop-off will begin at 9 am, all items must be dropped off by 11 am. Please see the list below of accepted items. ITEMS ACCEPTED • Computers (Desktop/ Tower) ENTRANCE GATE REMINDER Please be safe when coming through the community entrances. There have been recent reports of tailgating, speeding, cutting people off, and hitting gate arms. This is a busy area and Security Officers are often outside checking vendors and visitors in and we want that area to be as safe as possible for them and everyone else. Please keep in mind that anyone who hits a gate will be charged if staff is required to reattach the gate or replace it. • Laptops • Hard Drives • Flat Screen Monitors • Printers • Copiers • DVD Players & VCRs • Modems • Cable/Satellite Boxes • USB, Video & Power Cords • Routers • Lead Acid NonSpillable Batteries • All Circuit Boards • UPS/Battery Backups • Cell Phones • Office Phones/Phone Systems • Insulated Cable/Wire • Video Games & Consoles • iPads/Tablets/EReaders • Keyboards/Mice • Stereo Equipment ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED • CRT Monitors • Televisions • Household Batteries • Glass Bulbs • Paint or Varnish The Clubhouse Pavilion grills are getting a lot of use lately. To ensure this amenity is clean and ready for use for each resident, please be sure to dispose of your ashes (once they have cooled down) in the aluminum trash can located near the grills. To reserve the Pavilion please contact Sheila Moreland at smoreland@lakeastoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. SHREDDING EVENT Tessier Law Firm is sponsoring a shredding event on May 24. Stop by the Clubhouse west parking lot from 10 am to 12 pm to drop off items to be shredded. 13
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LA COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE UPDATE By Kay Teehan The Lake Ashton Community Action Committee is a group of volunteers representing Lake Ashton residents who are working to understand and communicate about the planned residential developments surrounding Lake Ashton, and the road construction plans that may impact the quality of life in this community. This committee will be presenting an update of what is known at the Monday Morning Coffee on May 9. You can see the group’s progress on lakeashtonliving.com in the LA Community Action Committee forum. You can also email LakeAshtonAction@gmail.com if you would like to help with this project. ROAD CLEANUP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on May 18 at 9 am. Meet at the Clubhouse Lobby to pick up assignments, safety vests, trash bags and gloves. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Have fun and get some exercise while keeping the community beautiful! Contact Linda with questions at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. HOMELESS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS By Doris Reisinger GENEROSITY is the act of sharing with others without any expectation of something back in return. This describes Lake Ashton residents. Again this year you shared your blessings with these homeless teens. Their bright future, though difficult, will be helped by your generosity. Shufflin' Squares again donated enough for six duffle bags. One resident donated enough for the lap tops. Hector with Powur, a vendor at Monday Coffee, donated enough cash for two duffle bags and contents. More residents donated in all amounts this year. The wishes expressed on the banner reflect the love in Lake Ashton. Their party was held on April 19 with the banner hung showing that the community cares. Total donations were $9,165 plus two boxes of domestic items! Thank you to the Activities staff who handled collecting the donations. OPEN BOCCE PLAY Wednesdays are now designated as an open play day on the Bocce Courts at the Clubhouse. Stop by and play anytime between 6 am and 10 pm (there are lights on the Bocce Courts). Please be mindful of the rules posted on the light poles to ensure the courts remain in great shape. The storage container closest to the Pool is open and available for everyone to use. PHOTO CONTEST Submit your best photo(s) signifying Lake Ashton living to to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com by August 31. Limit three photos — must be 300 dpi. 15
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Wildlife CO-EXISTING WITH ALL IGATORS Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Black-necked Stilt is a large, flashy shorebird that graces Lake Ashton with its presence in Spring and early Summer when they arrive to nest. The shallow nest is usually along the shore. Stilts favor the retention ponds on the West Course. This gregarious black and white shorebird has bubblegum pink legs and flies with them fully extended and will make much noise if the nest or young are too closely approached. The male and female are nearly identical, but the female is actually a very dark brown on the back. It's a real treat to see them gather the young under their breasts. This is one shorebird that not only will perform a broken-wing act to lure predators away, but can also put on an unequaled broken-leg act. Using the golf cart as a blind is one of the best ways to observe them without disturbing them. Alligators play a valuable role in the ecology of our state’s wetlands. Alligators are predators and help keep other aquatic animal populations in balance. Generally, alligators less than four feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous unless handled. However, if you encounter any alligator that you believe poses a threat to people, pets or property, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWCGATOR (866-392-4286). Nuisance alligators are killed, not relocated. Visit MyFWC.com/Gators for more information. Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are in or near fresh or brackish water. Bites may occur when people do not pay close enough attention to their surroundings near water. • Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. • Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that may contain alligators. Dogs often attract an alligator’s interest. • Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing alligators. Handling even small alligators can result in injury. • Never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed. • Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps. Do not throw them into the water. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators when you do this, the result can be the same. • Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Remember, they’re an important part of Florida’s natural history as well as an integral component of aquatic ecosystems I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! Richard McPhee, left: bass caught in Dunmore Dr. pond, approximately 6 lbs. Joel Norling is pictured right, on Hole 11 on the East Golf Course and Laura Norling, far right, on Lake Ashton. Send a picture of any fish caught in ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight) to Valerie at valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Debby Landgrebe In the United States May is known as Military Appreciation Month. See page 23 for more information. The HOA thanks and appreciates all veterans and those currently serving in the US military services. Purchase your bows from LAVA Auxiliary, raise your US and US military flags and show how patriotic and supportive the community is. All of course stay within the guidelines of ARC (two weeks before and two days after). It is also hard to believe that the summer is quickly approaching. The HOA wants to remind all residents that whether you are physically here, traveling or a snowbird, each of us are responsible for the care and upkeep of our homes in Lake Ashton. If you are not sure what that means, contact ARC, look at LA governing documents (CCRs), and/or review the ARC Guidelines. We all love the beauty and tranquility of Lake Ashton, it is each homeowners responsibility to keep Lake Ashton the best 55+ community in Florida. The Lake Wales HOA will continue to enforce the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (Section 5.21) and Architectural Rules. LA (LW) HOA Board Of Directors: • President/Treasurer Bob Powant president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President Debby Landgrebe vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Ken Rickey secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Compliance Issues compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief As Lake Ashton continues to grow, traffic issues become more frequent and bothersome. The roads within our community are built to accommodate two lanes of traffic. On any given day there are cars parked in the road, as well as service provider vehicles. These factors cause choke points on the street, the most dangerous of which is when a vehicle or vehicles are parked on a curve. All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. Obviously, our vision of oncoming traffic and pedestrians is obstructed. The car in the unobstructed lane has the right of way over the vehicle in the lane which is blocked. However, common sense should prevail. Just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean the approaching vehicle will give it to you. Any accident between a car and a golf cart can result in dire consequences, even if you are obeying the speed limit. Driving rights of way should be given not taken. Drive safely and enjoy retirement! STOP THE BLEED CERT has partnered with the Polk County Fire Rescue to bring a Stop the Bleed class to the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 23 at 11 am. This class is an initiative that teaches the public to help slow or prevent major blood loss using compression techniques. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall, limited to only 32 participants. CPR CLASS Learn how to perform CPR with Polk County Fire Rescue on June 29 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This class provides hands-only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save the lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. Residents will learn these life-saving tips with hands-on training, a presentation, and an educational video. Please sign up for this class at the Clubhouse Information Wall. *
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MOVI ES Military Movie Marathon in honor of National Military Appreciation Month ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 3 — 5 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE PATRIOT 2000 | R | 2H 45MIN Widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) wants nothing more than to live in peace and farm his land, but when a cruel British officer brings the American Revolution to Martin's door and threatens what he cherishes most, the former war hero is forced to take action. MAY 10 — 12 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE LONGEST DAY 1962 | G | 2H 58MIN This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focusing on both sides of the conflict. Stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Peter Lawford, Robert Ryan, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Hunter, Mel Ferrer, Richard Dawson, Steve Forrest. 20 MAY 17 — 19 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PEARL HARBOR 2001 | PG-13 | 3H 1MIN The friendship between two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck & Josh Hartnett) is put to the test when they become entangled in a love triangle with a beautiful nurse (Kate Beckinsale). But the rivalry is put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. MAY 24 — 26 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM MIDWAY 2019 | PG-13 | 2H 18MIN The story of the Battle of Midway, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the reallife events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. MAY 31 — JUNE 2 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM GREYHOUND 2020 | PG-13 | 1H 32MIN U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His convoy, however, is pursued by German U-boats. Although this is Krause's first wartime mission, he finds himself embroiled in what would come to be known as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM MAY 6 11 AM: THE GREEN BERETS 1968 | G | 2H 21 MIN Gung-ho Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne) is leading his Green Berets on a mission to kidnap an enemy general during the Vietnam War. When a s kep t i c a l r epo r t e r accompanies them, the colonel and his team outline their reasons for participating in the war.. 3 PM: SANDS OF IWO JIMA 1949 | NR | 1H 49MIN Sgt. John Stryker is a tough-as-nails Marine who's relentless in his efforts to turn new recruits into fighting machines during World War II. Though his troops question his harsh methods, Stryker's methods prove useful on the Iwo Jima battlefields. MAY 13 3 PM: IN HARM’S WAY 1965 | NR | 2H 47MIN This World War II epic focuses on the effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on military lives. After a failed counterstrike on the Japanese, Capt. Torrey gets shore duty, finds love with a nurse, reconciles with his son and is finally sent back to sea. MAY 20: 11 AM: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH 1949 | NR | 2H 12MIN Hard-as-nails World War II Gen. Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) must turn a discouraged group of American bomber pilots into heroes. Along the way, the once-alienated general comes to view the men as family. No longer a 21 heartless commander, Savage -- with the aid of his loyal adjutant Maj. Harvey Stovall (Dean Jagger) -learns how difficult true leadership really is. Director Henry King's Oscar-winning war drama boasts actual air combat footage. 3 PM : S T R AT E G I C A I R COMMAND 1955 | NR | 1H 52MIN Saga of the US Air Force special bomber unit during the Cold War era. A professional baseball player (James Stewart) is recalled to military service because of the expert flying skills he acquired during World War II. Although the athlete and his wife are both reluctant to give up civilian life, both come to realize the importance of the defense mission. MAY 27 11 AM: RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP 1958 | NR | 1H 33MIN Film legend Clark Gable plays single-minded Cmdr. Richardson, who lost his submarine during an overzealous pursuit and has sworn to take revenge against the Japanese destroyer that sunk his ship. But on the skipper's new vessel, the executive officer (Burt Lancaster) believes Richardson's obsession is putting the crew's lives in danger, leading to talk of mutiny in this taut World War II thriller also starring Jack Warden. 3 PM: GETTYSBURG 1993 | PG | 4H 31MIN The fiercest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a realistic production that painstakingly re-creates the events of three fateful days in July 1863 -from the actual battle locations to the uniforms and boots. Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Richard Jordan play key roles in this magnificent epic (based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels).
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EVENTS RUSTY TRUMPET Back by popular demand, Rusty Trumpet will rock the HFC May 6 and May 27 from 7 to 10 pm. This band consists of five band members, with one being an amazing trumpet player. They play a lot of cover songs with a Rusty Trumpet twist to them. $10 entry fee, $10 table reservation. BYOB and snacks. BBQ BLOCK PARTY May is National BBQ Month, so come celebrate with a block party! Join friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on May 27 from 4 to 6 pm. Ashton Tap & Grill will have a great selection of BBQ'd fare fresh off the grill available for purchase. Don't forget to look for the Spotlight Drink Specials at the cash bar! Of course, there will be awesome tunes playing through the evening from a playlist curated by you! Just email clane@lakeashtoncdd.com or stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk with your request and it will be added to the Block Party Playlist. No need to sign up, but don't forget your chairs! Carefully Crafted                     MAY 13 — 11:30 AM Clubhouse Ballroom                                 Tickets: $17 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk Women have unique health issues and some health issues that affect both men and women can touch women differently. National Women’s Health Week encourages women to consider factors that influence their mental health, such as managing stress, in order to ward off anxiety and depression. In addition to the activities below there are many free health classes and activities available to residents. Stop by either Activities Desk for more information on the classes available or take a look at the calendar inserts for meeting days and times. The following special activities will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom: May 11 at 11 am: Exercise Bingo — Get your body moving and do the exercises to get the mark on your card. First one to get Bingo, wins. Refreshments will be offered. May 12 at 11 am: Tips and Tricks: Healthy Snack Choices (presentation and tasting). Both activities are sponsored by Reliance Health. 22 National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom. It was introduced in 1999 by Sen. John McCain and encourages Americans to reflect on the sacrifices made by all current and former military personnel. May is characterized by six nat iona l obser vances h igh l ight i ng the contributions of those who have served: Loyalty Day (May 1) Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7) Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day May 8) Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6) Armed Forces Day (May 21) Memorial Day (May 30). WAYS TO SUPPORT MILITARY & VETERANS • Display the American Flag at your home • Purchase a bow from the LAVA Auxiliary • Send a care package to a soldier • Encourage elected officials to recognize military and veterans • Thank someone in uniform or a veteran by surprising them with a special treat • Donate to a veteran or military charity • Reach out to a veteran or military family in need JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans on May 6 w i t h S T A R S & STRIPES, a stirring evening of patriotic m u s i c , c o m e d y , pe r f o rmance and spectacle. Showtime is at 7 pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for $25 for premium seating and $20 for regular seating. All seating is cabaret style. LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION (LAVA) UPCOMING EVENTS By Jim Mecsics The LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION (LAVA) AND AUXILIARY, in coordination with the staff are sponsoring various activities to show our community’s support. A MILITARY MOVIE MARATHON will be held at the Clubhouse Cinema throughout the month, depicting the Nation’s heroes as they defend freedom throughout history. See pages 20-21. LAVA and Cornerstone Hospice will SALUTE ALL LAKE VETERANS AT MONDAY COFFEE on May 2 at 0900 hrs. (9 am). Each veteran will be presented a special pin and certificate as well as cake being served for everyone. Veterans must have pre-registered in order to be recognized. The 2ND ANNUAL LAVA COMMANDER IN CHIEF GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Armed Forces Day, May 21, at the Lake Ashton Golf Course. Proceeds for this go to supporting local veterans’ programs. You can register for this outstanding event at the golf pro shop. LAVA wi l l conduc t a MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY on May 30 at the Veterans Memorial at 0900 hrs. (9 am). The entire Lake Ashton community is invited to this event that honors those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As is the tradition in our great community, LAVA will line both entrances, the Clubhouse and Health and Fitness Center with US flags and challenges all to line their residences as well. LAVA will be selling flags (at cost) at coffees and special sales (to be announced). Lake Ashton takes pride in its patriotism and support for “hometown heroes” and armed service which include active duty, reserves and National Guard. Let’s show the world that Lake Ashton appreciates and supports the armed forces and veterans. God Bless America and God Bless Our Troops!
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Hot Latin Nights Aye caramba! It’s time to fiesta at Lake Ashton’s first Hot Latin Nights party! Be immersed in a night full of vibrant cultures, spicy tunes, and flavorful foods, while making fresh, new memories in the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 3 at 6 pm. No matter if you salsa, samba, bachata, or merengue, you’ll surely be dancing the night away to a live Latin DJ. Enjoy a spread of delicious Latin foods including roasted pork, mojo (citrusmarinated) chicken, white rice, black beans, arroz con gandules (Spanish rice with pigeon peas), salad, arroz con leche (rice pudding), and Cuban bread with your ticket price of $32. This is a night you won't want to miss! There will be plenty of surprises in store! Cha-cha your way down to the Clubhouse Activities Desk to buy your tickets with a check (payable to LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard on May 2 after Monday Coffee. Summer Shindig Summer is here — time to celebrate with a party! Summer fun will be brought into the nice, cold, air-conditioned Clubhouse Ballroom on June 17 at 7 pm. Delicious summer pinwheel sandwiches, pasta salad, a fruit display, and ice cream bar are included in your ticket price of $20. Sing and dance the night away while reminiscing about those summer nights. Purchase tickets with a check (payable to LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard on May 9 after Monday Coffee. REMINISCING TRIVIA Are you feeling the need to exercise your brain with your fellow Lake Ashton neighbors by remembering events and trends from years gone by? If so, attend Reminiscing Trivia, held every second Wednesday of the month at 2 pm in the HFC Community Center! ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the    button to  your own ONWARD! y  WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES  Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT  863-439-5431      WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car     29630 U.S. Hwy. 27  Dundee, FL 33838  artsgolfcars@aol.com 24 AUTHORIZED DEALER NATIONAL CORVETTE DAY Calling all Corvette owners and admirers! Celebrate National Corvette Day with an all Corvette show in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on June 30 from 3 to 6 pm. All residents and their guests are welcomed to ooh and ahh at the cars on display. A cash bar will be available! Resident Corvette owners who would like to participate will need to register at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 1 pm on June 24. SAVE THE DATES : Red, White, & Groovy July 4 Neighborhood Cookout Grab your bell bottoms for a party in the USA! Party like it’s 1776? Nah man, party like it’s 1976! Camp Lake Ashton Jamboree August 20 Camp Lake Ashton is coming up in August! Be on the lookout for a schedule of camp activities! ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. NEW! 2022 E-Z-GO Liberty  Same length as standard 4-passenger  2-Seats facing forward FULLY EQUIPPED! Lithium Battery 8 Year Warranty at JOIN US FOR FIRST Sunday, May 1st 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Traditional Brunch Selections $20 per person Coffee & Orange Juice Included • Bloody Marys & Mimosas +4.00 Call 863.324.5810 for reservations STARS & STRIPES COOKOUT Friday, May 6th Grilled Hot Dogs, Smokehouse Burgers & Mini Apple Pies JOIN US FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET Sunday, May 8th | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Reservations Required SUNDAY FUNDAY ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. May 1st - Quittin Time May 8th - Jim Foy May 15th - Rick Arnold May 27th - Carlos & Co. May 29th - Mackenzie FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 863.324.5810 www.ashtontapandgrill.com ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. 2022 EV.2 ELITE $ 7,495 FINANCING AVAILABLE! AUTHORIZED DEALER Call Art Hobson anytime: 863-439-5431 29630 U.S. Highway 27  Dundee, FL 33838      Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 25 29630 U.S. Highway 27  Dundee, FL 33838      Family Owned & Operated Since 1987 may
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA ended March with a great LAMGALALGA Joint Tournament followed by four weeks of well attended regular league play. As in past years, each month a list of sponsors who so generously supported the Member-Guest tournament will be published. This month the following medical providers and restaurants who sponsored holes are recognized and thanked: Eye Specialists of Mid Florida, Central Florida Dermatology – Dr. Foster, Jahna Chiropractic, Messieh Orthopedic Clinic, Lake Wales Family Restaurant, Olive Garden, Ovations, Schack’s Bar-B-Q, and Sizzling Grill. Please support these generous sponsors with your business! A list of all sponsors is posted both on the LAMGA web site and Lake Ashton Living as well as The Talk of Lake Ashton. Once again this year, one of the highlights throughout the season is the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge which awards four prizes in Pro Shop credits to the top 4 money winners for the year in our regular Wednesday events. The Leader Board through the end of March consists of Denis Mulhearn - $57.65; Brian Peck - $57.50; Doug Dudeck - $56.35; Mike Renaud - $55.25; Pat O’Neil - $54.75; Paul Guay - $53.55; Jim Ford - $52.00; Steve Morgan - $50.05; Paul Knaub – 45.25; and Chuck Hewitt - $44.75. The events for the month of May include: May 4 – Cinco de Mayo Pick Your Partner Event, Two Man Best Ball, Mexican Style Lunch is Included for all event participants; May 11 – Beat the Board – Best 3 Nets; May 18 – Six, Six, Six; and May 25 – Pick Your Partner – 9 Hole Shamble/9Hole Scramble. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Congratulations to the new 2022-2024 President, Sue Larmon-Fitzgerald and Secretary Margie Dersham. The LALGA welcomes you to the board. A profound thank you to Vicki Andrew and Kim Kutsch for their dedication to the board and to the league during the last two years. Your undying commitment was unwavering. A mere thank you does not seem enough. The end of the year luncheon was a hit and many thanks goes out to the chair, Janis Baun and her committee. Additional thanks to Matt and his team at the Pro Shop and Vicki and her team at the Nest. Prizes and pins were awarded in all categories. What a wonderful year! The new season begins June 1 and the Red Hoagland Challenge will go from June 1 - May 31, 2023. The 2022 new Red Hoagland challenge top four money winners are 1st Place – Jan Kipp $109.70; 2nd Place – Carol Williams $109.03; 3rd Place – Patty Zakrajsek $108.95 and 4th Place – Deb Louder $103.20. Congratulations ladies! This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Magic Genie, Mannix Pools & Grills, Manny’s Chophouse, Matt Auen, Max Jeweler’s Lakeside Village, MD Construction , Melanie’s Seafood Restaurant, Millers Central Air, Mister Car Wash, Mulligans Beach House Bar and Grill, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage, NASA , New Look Lawn, Olive Garden, Orlando Solar Bears, Outback Steakhouse, Ovation Bistro & Bar, Panera Bread, Parker & Co Lawn, Pats Nu Star Car Wash, Payzac Precision, Perfume Plaza, Pilot Travel Centers, Pinecrest on Lotela Golf Club, Planet Hollywood, Polk Therapy, Pool Service by Law, Posh Salon & Day Spa, Posh Salon & Suites, Providence Golf Club and Publix. (continued on p. 30) 26
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Meet Donna Lund Donna Lund is originally from Ferndale, Michigan and attended the University of Detroit majoring in dental hygiene. She met and married Randy, her husband of 46 years, in 1976. Due to Randy’s corporate life, the newlyweds moved several t ime s , e v en t ua l l y t o t he No r t h s ho r e of Chicago with their two children, Ryan and R e g a n . D o n n a c h o s e t o r e t u r n t o college, completing a degree in Art Therapy while raising her family. She applied this knowledge to assist many individuals, including Alzheimer Patients, Abused Women and Children. The family was extremely proud of her for completing her degree Magna Cum Laude! After 21 years in Chicago, Donna and Randy decided to move to Hot Springs Village in Arkansas for retirement. While visiting their son in Florida, they came across Lake Ashton. They were immediately drawn to its beauty and of course, the golf. They moved in this past December and although they are snowbirds they are so in love with Lake Ashton that they may stay full time. Donna began playing golf in 1993 at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, IL, and plays at the Diamante Country Club in Arkansas where she was honored as the most improved player. She has found the “People” of Lake Ashton welcoming, especially members of the LALGA, and our wonderful golf staff, Matt, Trent and Christian. In addition, Donna enjoys meeting new friends, playing mahjong, traveling, cooking and decorating. The LALGA is extremely happy that Donna moved to Lake Ashton and became a member of the league. LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Another winter golfing season came to a close in April, with 60 Niners playing the final round and then attending a luncheon. Wow, that’s a lot of gals! A big THANKS goes out to outgoing President Mary Lopez and Secretary Diane Struble for their hard work and dedication to the club 28 (insert a big round of applause here). Now, please welcome your new Board: President Karen Ferrande, Vice President Janet Mutz, Treasurer MaryLou Jameson, and Secretary Marti Schmidt PLEASE NOTE: In May, game start time will be 9 am. Thinking about joining the Niners? Please do! This is a fun group of ladies who enjoy playing 9holes of golf and the camaraderie that comes with it. Are you a beginner? Just learning to play golf? This secretary personally started playing golf here at Lake Ashton three years ago (as a part-time snowbird), and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Whether you’ve played golf since your teens, or are a new player, you are invited to come see what you’re missing: fun, friendship and 9holes of golf. Come on, you know you want to! Sign-up sheets are in the Pro Shop Ladies restroom entrance, along with other information about the Niners and additional groups that play throughout the week. Still have questions? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! To the snowbirds heading home, safe travels and see you O c t o b e r 4 f o r t h e o p e n i n g d a y events. Membership has grown to almost 100 members, so this winter the Pro Shop is reserving all 18-holes on one course for the Niners. Half will play the front nine and half will play the back nine. CONGRATULATIONS TO LA WOMEN GOLFERS ! By Elizabeth Leigh Four golfers from Lake Ashton listed below were winners in the Polk County Women’s Golf Association Two Day Championship Tournament held on March 21st and April 4th. Liz Leigh – AA Flight 1st Place Mafie Walker - A Flight 3rd Place Deb Louder – A Flight 4th Place Colette McKie – A Flight 5th Place The Polk County Women’s Golf Association allows female golfers to participate in a friendly competitive golf game playing different courses in Polk County. If interested in joining or wanting more informat ion, contact Li z Leigh at 813-288-0809.
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CLUBS LA BELLES By Noreen Guy Greetings LA Belles! The ladies are slowly getting back to monthly luncheons and once again gathering while enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere of familiar restaurants and searching out some new venues while catching up with one another's latest happenings and possibly meeting future best friends. The next luncheon will be held at The Barn in Lake Alfred on May 25 at 11:45 am, hosted by Caroline Kilmer (813-361-1007). The sign-up sheet is on Clubhouse Information Wall. Here’s to the LA Belles continuing in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie. The LA Belles is open to all Lake Ashton ladies, so y’all come now, hear! CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The latest quilt made by the Creative Quilters is up on the wall outside the media room in the Clubhouse. Each quilter was given a piece of matching fabric and then made whatever block they chose to put into the quilt. The result is a beautiful quilt for everyone visiting the Clubhouse to see! The quilters have already started making blocks for a patriotic quilt to go up next. Up north friends are starting to head home for the summer so numbers are getting smaller, but there are still lots of fun quilting projects planned for those that are here. Every third Tuesday is Project Day starting at 12:30. Quilters of all abilities are welcome, so come and join in! For more information call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting May 5 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The May speaker is Adam Hattersley who will speak about his candidacy for the Chief Financial Officer position for Florida. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers The winning players in order for the last seven weeks are: February 22: Dee Mayne, Jeannine Connors, Elaine Inman, Charlotte Walker March 1: Dick Dole, Liz Leigh, Judy Mulhearn, Lois Dole March 8: Linda Boast, Carl Boast, Elaine Inman, Janis Vasquenza March 15: Mafie Walker, Howard Mayne, Julie Demardis, Liz Leigh March 22: Howard Mayne, Liz Leigh, Mafie Walker, Janis Vasquenza March 29: Nelda Sedlacek, Howard Mayne, Chris Verges, Jeannine Connors April 5: Janis Vasquenza, Judy Mulhearn, Judy Marine, Mafie Walker Tuesday Party Bridge commences at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room every Tuesday (most players arrive 10 minutes early to get organized). All Bridge players are invited, from novice to expert. The group is for fun, the play of the hands is discussed with the goal of improving everyone’s play. Score is kept, as everyone likes to get the opportunity to get their names in the LA Times. To play, please contact George Rogers at georgerogers4321@gmail.com or 419-708-3320 to get started. There are sign up sheets in the Clubhouse Card Room on Tuesdays at 2 pm for the following two weeks. LAKE WALES CARE CENTER HOME REPAIR PROGRAM Since last fall, volunteers for the Lake Wales Care Center have assisted 16 homeowners with services ranging from installing hand rails to constructing handicap ramps from 12 to 44 feet in length. Two of the key volunteers are Lake Ashton residents Milo Macko and Jimmy Kreftmeyer. They are part of a four man team, affectionately known as the “A Team” who have completed 10 projects this year alone. To learn more, volunteer, or contribute call 863-676-6678, email care.lwcc@gmail.com, or visit lakewalescarecenter.com.
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LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club held its first National Gardening Day on April 14 in the Pavilion. Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, spoke about the care and useful use of Native Florida plants, succulents and a wide variety of both outdoor and indoor plants. Many of the plants showcased were natural pollinators for both bees and butterflies. After his presentation a silent auction was held. Both the presentation and auction were a huge success! Proceeds will be used towards the purchase of plants around the perimeter of the Pavilion and future speakers at meetings. Thank you to all who participated and made generous contributions to the club. This was a wonderful opportunity to get usually twenty dollar plants for $3 or less. Members of the club donated plants, books, containers and much more! The club hopes to have another silent auction in the future. The club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 10 am in the Pavilion. The group hopes to begin planting around the Pavilion by early May. Please consider joining in on the fun. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The next meeting is May 11 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information call Jane at 815-545-6655. CALLING ALL MICHIGANDERS (YOOPERS AND TROLLS) By Donna Debnar Are you someone from Michigan, related to someone from Michigan, lived there temporarily, or have any connection? Mark your calendars for the next Michigan Potluck to be held May 25 at the HFC from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Cost is $2/person to cover plates, cups, drinks, etc. Bring a dish to share of a salad, main dish, or dessert. Sign up by emailing djdebnar@gmail.com. Next potluck will be January 8, 2023 at 5 pm. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Hard to believe that the season is just about coming to an end and that snow birds will soon be leaving. LA Rockers have been meeting in the HFC ballroom on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. The group has learned decoupage, foiling, and how to make blended backgrounds as well as had a demonstration on how to pour rocks. All this while enjoying a lovely afternoon with other LA Rockers. In addition, the group painted and delivered rocks to a local nursing home, worked on weekly challenges, and continued painting welcome rocks and kindness rocks for the community. Spend an afternoon with a great group of people and learn how to paint rocks! Don't worry if you can't draw or paint - all of your efforts are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face. Best of all, it does not cost anything to try since we will lend you the supplies you will need for your first meeting. Please join at the next meetings May 4 and 18. Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. If a meeting is canceled at the last minute, it will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook page. If in doubt, check before you come. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary is May 18 at 6:30 pm in the Ballroom, close to the stage. LAVA Auxiliary is open to all those who love this country and want to support its veterans. The entire month of May is Military Appreciation Month. See page 23 for more information. LAVA Auxiliary is selling RED, WHITE and BLUE bows for you to put on your mailboxes and/or golf carts. The bows are $5 each. So let’s get out and deck the streets and let all who live in Lake Ashton or come as a visitor or vendor, know that you LOVE your country and military. ALL mailboxes on Gu l l ane Dr i ve a re proud l y displaying the Red, White and Blue bows! Gullane residents Debby Landgrebe and Chris Graves feel that "Gullane Drive is THE LANE!" and at the time of submission, is the first street to be lined with bows. Other streets — you are challenged to do the same! The LAVA Auxiliary is hosting this fundraiser to not only show patriotism but also to raise money to benefit veterans. SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner. It is scheduled for October 22 and crafters are needed! Reserve a table for $50 to sell your handcrafted items. Call Joan at 239851-7899. God Bless Our Military! MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz At the most recent meeting the group came to a consensus to suspend the Magic Years Group here at Lake Ashton. Disney has made it almost impossible to schedule any type of group activities, and because there has been a very significant decline in meeting attendance, the members felt this was the right decision at this time. If, in the future, members want to resume activities, and someone is willing to take on the leadership position, then the group can resume. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet on May 25 at the Clubhouse. Social time will start at 3:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 4. There will be a school board forum and five candidates will participate in a Q&A session. All Lake Ashton residents are welcome to join. Contact is Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, 813-313-9911. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Have you seen the outstanding beautification project the LA Garden Club has started in the indoor pool area? It truly has made a difference in the appearance. Can’t wait to see the finished project! Donations are still needed. If you want to help, please give your donation to a Garden Club or Swim Club member in a sealed envelope. The most active swimmer on the LASC's 100-mile Challenge Swim is almost in Ft. Lauderdale (on paper). He plans to continue on to Key West. Just before those goals, he had swum to Daytona Beach & back. WOW! What a great inspiration. The challenge record sheet is on the club's bulletin board in the locker room hallway, as is other club info. All lap swimmers are welcome and encouraged to participate. (continued on p. 34)
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The club recently had a fun social hosted by Cathy & Pete Liska. Special thanks to all who shared delicious food! The most exciting news is that Cathy Liska & Sharon Swanson have qualified for and will participate in the National Senior Games in May. They are the first Lake Ashton swimmers to swim in this event. Everyone is very proud of them and wish them fast times and a lot of fun meeting people from all over the USA. The club continues to hold three group workouts each week — Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. The workouts are a fun, social way to improve fitness and swim skills. The only pre-requisite is that you must be able to swim one length of the pool. If you wish to aim for Senior Games, you will be supported in that endeavor. BOCCE BALL NEWS By Vicki and Wayne Creek The 2022 Lake Ashton Bocce Tournament was held March 25 and 26. This year there were 24 teams competing over the two days. Everyone played exceptionally well and the competition was very tough this year. An Awards Ceremony and Dinner was held at the Tap and Grill following the tournament on Saturday. Sponsors of the Bocce Tournament were Jim and Kay Weaver of Weaver/ Loveless Law. They presented the winners with $100, $75 and $50 Gift Certificates to the Tap and Grill and also gave away four tickets to the Community Showcase. Congratulations! Pictured middle left: Sponsors Jim and Kay with Tournament Coordinators Vicki & Wayne Creek, and the first place winners 1st Place: Robbie & Tammy Shields (top right) 2nd Place: Dave and Cindy Southworth (middle right) 3rd Place: DuWayne and Jean Schuler (bottom right) Judges (bottom left) Back Row: DeWayne Schuler, Jonathan Ridpath, Bill Reibl, Dan Storrs, Carl Boast Front Row: Jorge Bergia, Roy Aull, Linda Boast, Lou Iszak, Wayne Creek                                                               35
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MIND&BODY LIVING WELL At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a program on May 5 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom entitled Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging: • Cognitive activity • Physical health and exercise • Diet and nutrition • Social engagement Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall Save the Date: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia on June 9. EATING THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY Join Andrea from UF/IFAS on May 18 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom to learn how to improve your health by eating the Mediterranean way! Learn the basics of the Mediterranean diet and then enjoy a food presentation as we cook up a heart-healthy and tasty Mediterranean meal. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. AMERICAN S IGN LANGUAGE CLASSES Growing older can come with different degrees of hearing loss, and it is important for your brains to remain active no matter the effects of aging. Learning American Sign Language (ASL) can help with both! If you are not aware of the ASL classes held at Lake Ashton, why don’t you come check the group out? Classes are held Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The group has been meeting every week since last spring and have learned so much thanks to the wonderful instructors James, and Helen. Furthermore, beginning September 6, there will be a beginning class of ASL in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 1 pm. Sign up by emailing ShelleyKnee@gmail.com. This class will start with simply learning the alphabet and numbers along with common words and easy phrases. This will be geared to the beginner who has no experience. Some fun games will be planned to learn by experience and communication with other deaf and hearing impaired neighbors. It’s best if you attend with a partner so you learn together and can communicate with each other and practice on your own. If you have experience, you’re invited to attend the advanced class in the Ballroom at 2 pm every Tuesday. May 10 is the last class before the summer break, resuming September 6. RETIREMENT SEMINAR Are you looking for guidance with your investments and financial strategy? Come into the HFC May 17 from 12:30 to 3 pm and listen to a local financial advisor’s advice and recommendations! A free lunch will be provided for the individuals that sign up beforehand, so be sure to register early! CREATE A CARD Come create your own lovely greeting cards on May 17 with resident expert Donna Rorick, who will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up sheet is located in the HFC, and space is limited to a total of 24. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with questions or for additional details WATERCOLOR CLASS Learning the basics of color and paint application with artist Freddie Combs on May 6 from 12:45 to 3:45 pm. in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session. Sign up and receive a list of supplies at the HFC. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr May 14 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Baby Turtles Cost $35 — payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on May 13. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. FUSED GLASS CLASS Create a beautiful & truly unique fused glass garden stake in this popular workshop on June 1 from 2 to 4:30 pm at the HFC. You will learn about fused glass and create a garden stake by cutting and layering glass which Jill will take home and fuse together in her kiln after class. A metal stake will be attached for display your creation in your pot or garden. The finished stake can be picked up 1-2 weeks following the class. Class Limit is 10 students. Cost of $35 includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing and art glass. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone will be taking a break for the summer. There are no classes May – September. Next class is October 1. Have a great summer! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES May Issue Deadline: April 13 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ FRONT COVER PHOTO BY PHIL HINES BACK COVER PHOTOS BY DENNIS KRUPINSKI Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 APRIL 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! LAVA Auxiliary will have red, white & blue bows available for purchase at Monday Coffees for $5/bow. Place these on your mailboxes and golf carts during ht month of May to show your patriotism and support for National Military Appreciation Month! APRIL 4 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: Polk County Fire Rescue Presents: Your Grandkids are Coming to Visit - Are you Ready? Featured Vendorr: Christine Graves Insurance APRIL 11 Bite Me Monday Featured Speakers: Caregiver College Introduction and Ritz Theatre Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson APRIL 18 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD Meeting Peanut Butter Monday - donations can be dropped off to the Ballroom Kitchen APRIL 25 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Small World Tours Presents Bus Trips for June - December 2022 Featured Vendor: Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, May 20, 2022 9 am — HFC CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. Bartow IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Budget Workshop April 4 at 10 am Board Meeting April 18 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom 5
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: April 13 and 27 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE April 13 and 27, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot 6 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on May 11 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up at either Activities Desk. IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AT THE CLUBHOUSE No one plans on an emergency occurring while enjoying themselves at Lake Ashton, but should one happen, there are various emergency assistance items located throughout the Clubhouse that can help. The first step should always be to call 911 — remember, every second counts. There is an outdoor emergency phone near the East entrance gate of the Clubhouse, next to the large pool rules sign. This emergency phone can be used by all Lake Ashton residents, guests, and employees to contact 911 responders. The phone has a single push button, and an attendant will answer the call within 30 seconds to dispatch emergency responders. All dispatchers are CPR certified to assist with emergencies over the phone until help arrives. The emergency phone allows for automatic identification of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse address. T h e r e i s a l s o a n Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid kit located next to the restrooms across from the Restaurant in the Clubhouse as well as on the roving patrol cart. It is important to receive training on use of an AED in the event of an emergency. AED and CPR training is offered at various times throughout the year and all residents are encouraged to take advantage of this life-saving training without having to leave the community. Stay tuned to media for information on the next training opportunity available. If you need help locating these lifesaving items, please ask a Clubhouse staff member.
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Supervisors and Staff wish residents a Happy Passover and Happy Easter. Staff welcomes guests visiting for the holidays and wishes safe travels to those leaving for the summer. Residents leaving can remain in touch with their community while away by reading the electronic version of the newsletter, participating in CDD and HOA meetings via Zoom, and keeping up to date with community happenings through news blast emails. For those remaining in Lake Ashton throughout the summer, Staff is working hard to create a fun summertime activities schedule. It is our goal that residents enjoy all that Lake Ashton has to offer with current friends while creating new relationships along the way. Be sure to stop by either Activities Desk to find out how to join a new club, group, or organization. There are a plethora of groups to join and activities to sign up for. We are here to help you live your best retired life! At the March 21 Board of Supervisors meeting a quote for stormwater pond repairs were approved along with quotes for landscape refurbishment at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance fountain and an area east of the Clubhouse Reflection Garden, bordering the Outdoor Pool. A quote to purchase two new ellipticals was approved so residents will have fresh, new equipment to use to stay active while escaping the warm, daytime temperatures. A wrap-up report of additional actions taken at this meeting has been sent out via email blast on March 26. If you did not receive this please send an email request to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Staff has installed new LED barrier gate arms at the front entrance. Effective now, anyone that hits a gate arm while entering and exiting the community will be charged a fee to reinstall or replace the arm depending on the severity. Please use caution when entering and exiting the community and remember to take your time. During this time of year Supervisors and Staff are actively working on the preliminary 2023 budget. Any suggestions for improvements in the Clubhouse or surrounding amenities should be directed to Community Director Christine Wells as soon as possible for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. A budget workshop has been scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 10 am. Put The Sun to Work for You Go Solar and Save Up to 50% on Your Energy Costs Why Switch to Solar? Start with ZERO down, no money out of pocket Save up to 50% per month on your current energy bill Increase the value of your home equity On average, our solar customers save $26,000 when they take advantage of the credit. If you are considering going solar and want to save up to $26,000 on the cost of your system AND lower your energy bills… now is the time to cash in on this offer! Become energy independent - break away from monopolized utilities Get 100% clean energy from the sun Schedule a Discovery Call with Me to Start Putting the Sun to Work for You Inquire about our lucrative part-time income opportunity and our generous referral bonus program. <First Name> <Last Name> Independent Energy Consultant <123.456.7891> <name@email.com> 9 Call or text Hector G. @ 863-535-5516
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director photo: Dennis Krupinski April marks the end of the busy season here at Lake Ashton as many residents venture out on vacations and/or go back to their homes in the North. Although some residents may have their activities go on hiatus, activities will not be cut back during this summertime for the HFC sponsored events like Karaoke and themed dances. The popcorn and the ice cream socials will continue as well as seminars and other activities Lake Ashton residents have grown accustomed to. The LA II CDD met on March 18, and much was decided. The golf cart paths on Pebble Beach and Sawgrass will have flares where the cart paths connect to the existing golf cart paths. The Pickleball Courts will be resurfaced (all four of them). New windscreens have also been ordered for the courts. The LA II CDD approved a 50% supplement to the three wetland projects’ yearly maintenance costs. Both Winter Haven pet parks will be getting their grassy areas rehabbed. The HFC Rose Garden will be getting a face lift soon and landscaping will also be done around water lift stations. A survey to determine whether a memorial garden/sitting area is of interest to Lake Ashton residents will be available at both the HFC and the Clubhouse. The concrete along the side of Pebble Beach Blvd. (in front of the HFC) will be repaired by the builder by the time this article is published. I invite all residents to stop over to the HFC to check out our new flooring in the Sports Court, the Racquetball Court and the Fitness Center. They look and perform exceptionally well. Also, the LA Garden Club has given our indoor pool area a facelift with the addition of living plants with donations from Lake Ashton residents, staff and Swim Team members. Many thanks to the Garden Club and all who have helped with this project. The new pool bistro area is getting much more usage than that area did previously as it is much more aesthetically appealing than before the project started. Please check our calendar insert and stop over and say “hello” anytime between 8 AM and 4 PM Mondays thru Fridays! The next Board meeting for LA II CDD will be held on May 20, 2022, at 9 AM. Stay healthy and happy! LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Public Works, Special Projects Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Transportation System, Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm,
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I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! When Is the Best Time to Go Fishing? According to almanac.com, the best times to fish are when the fish are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon (when tides are higher than average). With that being said, we would like to see what fish residents are catching at Lake Ashton! Send a picture of any fish caught in ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight) to Valerie at valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. You will be featured in the next edition of the LA Times. We would like to see your smiley face also so have someone snap a pic of you or take a selfie with your fish. Please refer to the Joint Amenity facilities Po l i cy f or t he po l i c i es regarding fishing in District owned ponds. Pictured here: Aidan Johnson, the 12-year-old grandson of Bob and Carol Seavey, caught this large mouth bass in the pond on the 11th hole during his February vacation. 2022 HOMELESS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Many have asked the cost of the rolling duffle bag this year. The cost is $130. The check can be made out to Polk County Public Schools. So far this year the donations are behind so your consideration is appreciated. These are hard times for everyone especially mentally. You can imagine the difficult time for these kids this summer since all aid stops once they graduate. 12 What away to celebrate their accomplishment! Remember any amount of donat ion i s appreciated. Gift cards, for food/restaurant in $5, $10, $15 denominations are also accepted. A complete list can be found at the Information Wall in the Clubhouse or the HFC. Don't forget to sign the Congratulations banner at Monday Coffee! If you want to mail your donations in directly the address is Polk County Schools, Learning Support Division, Sunshine Committee, 1860 E Gibbons St., Bartow Fl 33830. Any questions contact Doris at 217-652-6636 or miker0343@yahoo.com. PO O L TEM P ERATU RE The Arthritis Association recommends a temperature of 83-88 degrees as the ideal temperature range for outdoor pools. Although staff strives to keep the pool temperature constant there are times when the temperature could fluctuate based on many factors such as air temperature, wind speed and humidity, all of which affect the rate of heat loss from the pool. Residents with concerns regarding pool maintenance should contact Christine Wells, Lake Ashton (LW) CDD Community Director, or Mary Bosman, Lake Ashton (WH) CDD Community Director for more information. PHOTO CONTEST The Fine Arts and Photography Show proved that there are many talented photographers at Lake Ashton. Have you ever just stopped during a golf cart ride and taken a beautiful picture that you thought nothing more of? Send it in for the chance to compete in a contest to be used as artwork in the Clubhouse Foyer! Submit your best photo(s) that signifies Lake Ashton living for consideration by August 31 to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. Each resident can submit up to three photos for consideration. Please ensure your photos are high resolution and at least 300 dpi. Information regarding the next steps in judging will be published in the September 2022 newsletter. AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com TURNER’S MATTRESS GALLERY A Better Night’s Rest For Less! 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 13 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1369 3/22
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JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POL ICY HIGHL IGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. This month outlines the policies in place for the Library/Media Centers at the Clubhouse and HFC. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Any questions regarding these policies can be directed to Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Mary Bosman, LAII (WH) CDD Community Director (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTERS 1. There are two library/media centers, one in the Clubhouse and one in the HFC. They have books, puzzles, computers, tables, DVDs and an area for reading. 2. Books and puzzles are donated by Patrons for use by other Patrons. They may be removed but must be returned upon completion to either Amenity Facility. 3. District computers and their content, including email, are subject to monitoring and access by the District at any time with or without consent or prior knowledge of the user. The District reserves the right to monitor any use of network resources, to monitor computer and internet usage, including, but not limited to: sites visited, searches conducted, information uploaded or downloaded and to access, retrieve and delete any data stored in, created, received, or sent over the network or using network resources for any reason. 4. It is strictly prohibited to use a District compute for wireless internet access to seek, send or store Inappropriate Content (as defined herein) and/or for unauthorized copying of copyrighted material. Examples of copyrighted materials include, but are not limited to: commercial music, video, graphics, or other intellectual property. The Districts assume no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, that may occur from the use of its electronic resources. Users of the Districts computers and/or wireless internet access peruse the internet at their own risk, realizing the potential for accessing offensive, inaccurate, illegal, or fraudulent information. 5. The District reserves the right to revoke any User’s access to the Districts’ computers and/or wireless internet at any time. MEDIA CENTER COMPUTERS REMINDER Please remember the computers located in the Media Center are public computers. Residents should be careful when accessing sensitive information on these public computers. There have been instances where personal information has been left up on computers or printer, leaving it susceptible to being accessed by anyone. Safeguard your personal information at all times and please remember these are not personal home computers, but are accessed by many residents and guests everyday. Please note in the Clubhouse Media Center the computer closest to the printer is the only computer that is set up to print. ELECTION DAY APRIL 5 The Regular Municipal Election for the City of Lake Wales is April 5. There are two seats up for election: Seat 1, At-Large currently held by Mayor Eugene Fultz and Seat 4, District 27 currently held by Jack Hilligoss. Lake Ashton residents living in Lake Wales can vote in person in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Election Day or contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863.534.5888 to request an absentee ballot. The polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. To find out more, contact the City of Lake Wales City Clerk at 863.678,4182, or visit polkelections.com. There will be no activities in the Ballroom and no movies shown. The Activities Desk will remain open from 9 am - 5 pm. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 15 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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The Pet Play Parks in Lake Ashton are here for pets to exercise and socialize in a controlled environment. Please keep in mind that owners are liable for the actions and behavior of their pets at all times. Please read the reminders below and contact Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com for any questions or concerns about the Clubhouse Pet Play Park or mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Pebble Beach or Winged Foot Dog Parks. • All pet play parks welcome all sized pets at all times. • All pet waste must be cleaned up immediately by the owners and disposed of properly in the receptacles provided. • Aggressive or unruly pets must be leashed and removed from the parks immediately. • Pets are not allowed to dig holes. Their owners are responsible for immediately stopping the digging and refilling any holes with the sand provided • At the first sign of aggression or if a pet becomes unruly and plays too rough, the pet must be leashed and removed from the pet park immediately and banned for the remainder of the day. This will also cause a verbal warning to be issued to the owner by the Amenity Manager. • In the event the pet harms, bites or fights another pet or an owner, the pet will be banned from visiting the parks while other pets are present for a period of thirty days. • If a second incident of harm, biting, or fighting occurs within a six (6) month period, the pet will be banned from the pet park for one (1) year. LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE UPDATE By Kay Teehan Lake Ashton Community Action Committee is a group of volunteers representing Lake Ashton residents who are working to understand and communicate about the planned residential developments surrounding Lake Ashton, and the road construction plans that may impact the quality of life in this community. An update to this project has been posted on lakeashtonliving.com in the LA Community Action Committee forum. You can also email LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com if you would like to help in this project. VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and there are certainly many volunteers at Lake Ashton to recognize and thank! In appreciation for all you do, staff has organized a free giveaway once a week for the month of April. If you volunteer in any capacity at Lake Ashton, be sure to sign up for the following activities at the Clubhouse Activities Desk to ensure an accurate count for all giveaways. April 5 (10 am - 4 pm): Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to pick up a sweet treat to show how much we appreciate all you do. April 11 (8:30 am to 10 am): We "donut" what we would do without all of you! Stop by Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom — volunteers will receive free donuts and coffee! April 18 (10 am - 4 pm): Close your eyes and reach inside, Surprise, Surprise! Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk and grab a treat from our Surprise Bag. April 26 at Noon: Free ice cream social in the Clubhouse Ballroom, sponsored by Reliance Health because you all are just the sweetest. * 17
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LA LOOKS LA (LW) HOA Board Of Directors: • President/Treasurer Bob Powant president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President Debby Landgrebe vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Ken Rickey secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By David Muller The HOA Board of Directors (BODs) has been proactive in the st ructure of o p e r a t i o n s a n d bringing back the standards true to our CC&Rs. Do we have some "growing pains"? Sure do. Getting out of those pains takes time and finding tools to do just that. One of those tools is the management company, Don Asher Associates. The company carries out the wishes of Lake Ashton from instructions given by the Board of Directors. That is done at Don Asher's offices for administrative purposes and on site by the manager, Michellette Ramos. What does Don Asher Management do for Lake Ashton? Many things ... here are a few general topics (but not all): • Pay bills and perform multiple accounting services including col lect ion of annual assessment and make deposits to appropriate accounts • Inspect Properties for violations • Organize ARC requests for ARC approval • Establish property history on property changes • Maintain fiscal records of properties needed by mortgage companies • Perform office functions including mailing correspondence, violations and arrange to have liens placed on delinquent accounts • Help HOA with business meeting minutes and advise the BODs with current practices legal considerations Getting help from Don Asher is an addition to communicating with BODs. You can reach their office at OUR Lake Ashton HOA office: 863-625-0065. You can also email Michellette Ramos at michellette@donasher.com. As always, you can reach all the board members directly. Email for the BOD: directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. The board is always looking at options for easier record keeping and communication for the residents at Lake Ashton. This includes looking at software options, working with Don Asher Management. Additionally, the board is "fine tuning" the services from the company and looking for future benefits for Lake Ashton. One great thing about Don Asher Management is that you don't have to see the "sausage making" to keep Lake Ashton functioning. Please be assured that the BODs does that so we can all enjoy our community. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair Interested in meeting and working with fellow residents to help maintain Lake Ashton as one of the premier 55+ communities in Central Florida? The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is looking for volunteers to serve on the committee. If this is for you, please send email to ARC@lakeashtonhoa.org or call Iris Realmuto at 603-759-3513. AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER Wildlife Why does my pond smell? Why is our pond green and scummy looking? What you see is probably algae. Excess nutrients in the water combined with warm, sunny weather causes algae to grow rapidly. This can often lead to excessive algal growth, commonly referred to as an algae bloom. Is algae bad for the pond? Many creatures in the pond use algae as food. Algae is natural and does help break down the nutrients in the pond, however, too much algae may cause problems. Plants need sunlight to grow. When algae covers the surface of the pond, it reduces the amount of light that can get to other plants living in the water or on the bottom of the pond. This can prevent many native plants from growing and reduce the viability of the pond ecosystem. WILDLIFE ALERT - WATCH FOR ALL IGATORS Now that the weather has warmed up, coldblooded reptiles such as alligators can be more active. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds residents to be cautious when having fun in and around water. The FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water. For residents who have concerns with an alligator that poses a threat to humans, pets or property, call the FWC's Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866.FWC.GATOR (392-4286). Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Remember, it is illegal to feed or harass alligators. If you see an alligator: • Always give these reptiles a respectful distance — at least 10 feet — and always leave them alone. • Alligators are nocturnal animals, more active during the night. After dark, avoid fresh and Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Sandhill Crane, the original yearround resident of Lake Ashton, is a species that one cannot overlook. Because the Cranes in Central Florida are non-migratory, residents can enjoy their life cycle. It begins with elaborate courtship displays involving spreading of wings, leaps and loud rattles. Things quiet down when the nest mound is built, usually in a marshy area and two eggs (typically) are laid and incubated by both parents for about a month. Since colts (baby cranes) are precocious, they parade after their parents the day after hatching. The parents feed them a diet of insects and aquatic plants, supplemented with yummy delicacies such as rodents, snails, frogs, lizards and snakes. Feeding Sandhill Cranes is against the law, gives them rickets (causing drooping bills and deformed legs) and makes them aggressive. It's best to just observe their life cycle from a distance, and not interfere. brackish bodies of water, though alligators sometimes lurk in salt water. Unprovoked bites will often occur at the edge of the water. • Never feed alligators; it encourages them to lose their natural fear of people. • Small animals, like pets, and small children are generally more at risk than large adults. • Female alligators protect their nests by hissing and opening their mouths; this does not mean they are preparing to attack. • Alligators under four feet in length are not considered a threat to humans.
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SAFETY SPECIAL SAFETY PRESENTATIONS AT MONDAY COFFEE IN MARCH The Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch “Meet the Police Chiefs Forum” took place at Monday Coffee on March 7. Chief Velasquez from the Lake Wales Police Department and Chief Brannan f rom t he Wi n t e r Haven Po l i ce Department were there to provide their perspectives and answer questions from residents. Then, on March 14, Grady Judd was the special guest speaker at Monday Coffee. MESSAGE FROM THE NW CHIEF Thank you to the police chiefs, public safety officers and groups including CAP, CERT, and the Lake Ashton Amateur Radio Association who came together under the Neighborhood Watch umbrella to make this presentation a great success. Neighborhood Watch continues to be a recognized leader helping our community to stay safe with a“Zero Tolerance for Crime” policy! - Neighborhood Watch Chief Fay Wood Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP), pictured below, is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Also pictured, George Fetcho receives recognition for over 100 hours of service. Earl Hope, Edwin Ciesluk, and Mike Weissberg also received recognition. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). 20 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Driving Safety - We All Can Do Our Part Distracted driving kills an average of 4,100+ per year nationwide. Also 465,000 injuries occur! Did you know that distracted driving isn’t just texting? This can be any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from driving. Text messaging is the most dangerous because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention. Sending a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds and 4.6 seconds is the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of a football field. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is under age 22. In that group, 11% of drivers who died in a crash were reportedly distracted at the time of the fatal crash. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PRESENTS - IDENTITY THEFT, FRAUDS, AND SCAMS PREVENTION Neighborhood Watch welcomes Kathy Leigh from the Polk County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit to discuss Identity Theft, Frauds, and Scams on April 4 at 10 am in Ashton Tap & Grill. Coffee will be provided. Come with questions and learn about how to avoid becoming a victim. VIAL OF LIFE At a recent Monday Coffee presentation by Neighborhood Watch, the Vial of Life was presented by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. This nationally recognized medical program is designed to aid emergency medical personnel by providing an individual's pertinent medical information. This information is readily available to emergency personnel, in the event you are unable to speak for yourself, or a member of your household is unable to speak for themselves. The program consists of a plastic vial, one sticker, and a medical form for each person in the household and is available free to the public. The medical form includes name, address, date of birth, emergency contact, allergies prescriptions, current medical status, physician's name and location. The completed medical forms are inserted into the capped vial, and placed on the upper righthand corner of the top shelf inside your refrigerator or placed in the refrigerator door, top shelf. The Vial of Life Sticker is attached to the outside of the refrigerator door. The sticker alerts emergency personnel of the completed vial's existence. (Please remember to print all information legibly and keep the information updated and current.) For more information on this program, please contact Crime Prevention at 863-298-6677. 21 All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy.
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MOVI ES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 APRIL 6 (No Movies April 5 or 7) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM AGAINST THE ICE 2022 | PG-13 | 1h 42min E x p l o r i ng G r e e n l a nd ' s v a s t landscape for a lost map, two men must fight extreme weather, hunger, fatigue, and a polar bear attack to survive. Based on the true story of Denmark's 1909 polar expedition. APRIL 12 - 14 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM (No 7 pm movie April 14) NO TIME TO DIE 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 43min Bond (Daniel Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. APRIL 19 - 21 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM RESCUED BY RUBY 2022 | PG | 1h 30min State trooper Dan (Grant Gustin) dreams of joining the K-9 Search & Rescue team, but no one will give him the chance. Shelter dog Ruby dreams of having a home, but is running out of hope. When fate brings Dan and Ruby together, it's their unshakable bond that helps them face their toughest challenge yet. Based on a true story. 22 22 APRIL 26 - 27 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE ADAM PROJECT 2022 | PG-13 | 1h 46min A time-traveling pilot (Ryan Reynolds) teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future. Also stars Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Keener, and Zoe Saldana. April 28 is National Superhero Day Enjoy a Marvel Movie Marathon! 11 AM: Black Widow PG-13 | 2021 | 2h 13m Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. 3 PM: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS PG-13 | 2021 | 2h 12m Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2h 12m) Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. 7 pm: Eternals PG-13 | 2021 | 2h 37m The Eternals are a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, they are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC), 3 PM, & 7 PM APRIL 1 11 AM (No 3 or 7 pm Movie) APRIL IN PARIS 1952 | NR | 1h 41min Government office worker Sam Winthrop Putnam (Ray Bolger) mistakenly sends an invitation to a prestigious theater festival in Paris to New York City chorus girl Ethel "Dynamite" Jackson (Doris Day). Aboard the ship that is transporting the U.S. delegation to the festival, Sam falls for Ethel, even though he is already engaged to Marcia (Eve Miller). It will take the interference of Philippe (Claude Dauphin), a French entertainer also aboard the ship, to bring Sam and Ethel together. APRIL 8 — NO MOVIE APRIL 15 11 AM & 3:30 PM BEN HUR 1959 | G | 3h 42min Charlton Heston plays Judah Ben-Hur, a proud Jew who runs afoul of ambitious boyhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) in this 1959 epic that boasts an unforgettable chariot race and earned 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Heston) and Best Director (William Wyler). Condemned to life as a slave, Judah swears vengeance against Messala and escapes, later crossing paths with a gentle prophet named Jesus. APRIL 22 11 AM & 3 PM (No 7 pm Movie) IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934 | NR | 1h 45min Runaway socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is en route to the Big Apple to elope and along the way she meets 23 a crusty newspaperman (Clark Gable). A string of zany misadventures leads them to realize they're madly if reluctantly in love. APRIL 29 11 AM (No 3 or 7 pm Movies) SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 28 min For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange's help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who've ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
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EVENTS TIME (AFTER TIME) FOR 2022 COMMUNITY SHOWCASE By Karen Nelson It’s finally time ... for Time After Time! Your friends and neighbors will stage the 2022 Community Showcase as follows: Opening Night — Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Saturday Matinee — April 9 at 1:30 pm with an extended intermission Closing Night - Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm Tickets for all three shows can be purchased at the Clubhouse Activities Desk until sold out! Premium seats are $20 and regular seats are $15. See you there! PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish Community of Lake Ashton would like to extend an invitation to come and share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Friday, April 15 at 4:45 pm. A wonderful menu of garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots and roasted potatoes will be served. Coffee and iced tea are included for only $22/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk no later than April 5. Make checks payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE By Debby Landgrebe Rejoice and celebrate the blessing of Resurrection Sunday on Easter, April 17. Bring your golf carts, blankets, family, friends and neighbors. Most of all bring your heart prepared to sing praises to the Risen Lord and be filled with abundant joy! The service will begin promptly at 7 am at the Clubhouse garden/lawn overlooking Lake Ashton. Gather to hear a local pastor and sing wonderful Easter hymns. For those planning to attend their own church service, the Sunrise Service will conclude by 8. Seating will be available and an offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome, regardless of belief. There certainly are many reasons to be thankful. Hope to see you Easter Sunday, April 17, behind the Clubhouse in the gardens at 7 am. Any questions, contact Debby Landgrebe. TV TRIVIA Who said watching all that TV will do you no good? It could help you win at this month’s trivia night! Show how much you (and your teammates) know from all that time in front of the tube at TV Trivia on April 27 at 6:30 pm. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. No more than eight to a team. 24 25
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2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Thank you to the over 500 people who attended this year’s show. Over 100 entries were on display by 38 participants. You all helped to make it the best show ever! The show couldn’t have happened without the hard work of committee members Ann Boogher, Nancy Hallfin, Sharon Makela, Lin Rogers, Steve Bachleda, Karyn Leighton, Marilyn Noffsinger and Larry & Joanne Hillock. Thanks go out to the many volunteers who helped make this show a success. The generous sponsors were Snowbird Heating & Cooling, inc., Boyett Family Dentistry, The Gallery & Frame Shop, Kevin Weltin State Farm Agency, and The Tessier Law Firm, P.A. Please mention your appreciation for their support when you visit their businesses. See back cover for pictures. FINE ARTS WINNERS Best In Show: Kim Konrad LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS Drawing/Illustration 1st: Sharon Makela 2nd: Kim Konrad 3rd: Lin Jones 19999 Reno Ey Decor! $ Honorable Mention: Kim Konrad Painting (Oil or Acrylic) 1st: Kim Konrad 2nd: Marie Baral 3rd: Charles Inman Painting – Watercolor 1st & Honorable Mention: Barbara Staschke 2nd & 3rd: Sil Wells Painting (Mixed Media) 1st: Sharon Makela Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 26 PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS Best In Show: James Campbell Things 1st: Stephen Bachleda 2nd: Beth Bule 3rd: Joanne Hillock Creative 1st & Honorable Mention: Ronald McKie 2nd: Bill Winchester 3rd: James Campbell Nature 1st: Pam Klawinski 2nd: John Chandler 3rd: Larry Hillock Honorable Mention: Dale Steenberg People 1st: Jane Storrs 2nd: Shari Gleber 3rd: Larry Hillock Honorable Mention: Sil Wells Pictorial 1st: Shari Gleber 2nd: James Campbell 3rd: Pam Klawinski Honorable Mention: Chris Reibl 2022 FEATURED SHOW TICKET SALES TOTALLY TUBULAR '80S PARTY 7 pm Showtimes: Premium Tickets: $25 Regular Tickets: $20 April 14: KAZUAL will captivate your rhythmic senses by blending harmonious sound with their intoxicating vocals and dancing on April 14! April 22: Travel back in time to the ‘60s with the PAISLEY CRAZE FLOWER POWER SPRING SHOW, a five-piece band playing the hits of the decade. May 6: JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans with STARS & STRIPES, a stirring evening of patriotic music, comedy, performance and spectacle. CAREFULLY CRAFTED Someone once said, “Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time,” and it couldn’t be more true. Women are works of art that are still in progress no matter the age. Every one of our Lake Ashton ladies are Carefully Crafted and are still beautiful works in progress. Celebrate the beautiful person that you are and are still becoming while enjoying an afternoon of friendship, fellowship, and food at the Carefully Crafted ladies’ luncheon on May 13 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. A variety of wonderful local female-owned businesses will be in attendance for you to visit and peruse before lunch will be served. Each vendor will have a special offering for the ladies in attendance, such as Oasis Spa with some spa services, Avon with a basket full of products to raffle, and many more! Ashton Tap & Grill will serve a delicious plated meal consisting of a turkey and gouda croissant, primavera pasta salad, sliced fruit, and a beautifully crafted cookie for dessert. You can view an uplifting fashion show for women of all shapes and sizes put on by Michelle’s Resale Closet. Tickets go on sale for $17 on April 4 at Clubhouse Activities Desk after Monday Coffee. the 27 Women have unique health issues and some health issues that affect both men and women can touch women differently. National Women’s Health Week encourages women to consider factors that influence their mental health, such as managing stress, in order to ward off anxiety and depression. In addition to the activities below there are many free health classes and activities available to residents. Stop by either Activities Desk for more information on the classes available or take a look at the calendar inserts for meeting days and times. The following special activities will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom: May 11 at 11 am: Exercise Bingo — Get your body moving and do the exercises to get the mark on your card. First one to get Bingo, wins. Refreshments will be offered. May 12 at 11 am: Tips and Tricks: Healthy Snack Choices (presentation and tasting) Both activities are sponsored by Reliance Health. Dust off your cassettes, tease up your hair, and be there or be square! Bust a Move and Get into the Groove at the Totally Tubular ‘80s Party May 20 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Break out those old leg warmers and Kangol hats because this is gonna be one rad Celebration! We know you’ll be Hungry Like a Wolf after dancing All Night Long to the wicked cool music from a live DJ, so two slices of Giovanni’s pizza and an ‘80s themed snack bag are included with your ticket. Try the event’s signature cocktail, the Eye of the Tiger, at the cash bar. You don’t have to be Livin’ on a Prayer to get tickets; Walk Like an Egyptian or hop in your Little Red Corvette and grab them at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for $10 on April 11 after Monday Coffee.
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman LAMGA’s March was highlighted by the very popular 3-day Member – Guest tournament held from March 10th - 12th. The tournament was kicked off with a Pre-tournament Party consisting of Pizza, Wings, Hors d’oeuvres and beer sponsored by Chris Bruser, Reverse Mortgage Specialist – Mutual of Omaha. 60 two-man teams competed through 5 nine-hole rounds of match play for $2,400 in prize money. The top 3 teams in each of 10 flights won $120, $80 and $40 in Pro Shop credits per team for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The tournament included breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday and a closing Awards Luncheon on Saturday. Thursday’s breakfast was sponsored by Burris Warner of Amerity Financial. Snowbird Heating and Cooling sponsored a Hole in One contest on Friday for which the prize was a new, installed A/C unit plus they hosted a tent with free beer, snacks and beverages. Art’s Golf Cars sponsored Friday’s Closest to the Pin on all 4 par 3s: the four winners each won a $200 gift certificate for merchandise in the Eagle’s Nest or Pro Shop. Finally, Red Hoagland Hyundai and Snowbird Heating & Cooling sponsored a Closest to the Pin Shootout on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Each team that was closest to the pin in their Flight won $25 in Pro Shop credits. A list of all our sponsors, sorted by category, is posted on the LAMGA, Lake Ashton Living and Talk of Lake Ashton web sites as well as on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop. Please support these generous sponsors with your business when you are in need of one of their products or services. The LAMGA also wants to extend special thanks to all the wives who volunteered to help with the tournament registration and the Pro Shop and Eagle’s Nest staffs for helping to run the best tournament to date. April’s schedule includes: 4/6 – Best Net A&D, B&C; 4/13 – Pick Your Foursome, 1 Gross, 2 Nets; 4/20 – Pick 10 Holes and; 4/27 – Quota Points. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Congratulations to the winners of the Ashton Cup. Your hard work paid off. April marks elections for two positions on the LALGA board. Sue Fitzgerald and Jackie Tressler are running for President and Margie Dersham is running unopposed for Secretary. The posi t ions are two-year appointments. Good luck ladies. Please remember to register to vote on ashtonliving.com. This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Hampton Inn, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Haven Salon WH, Head to Toe Beauty & Wellness, Heart to Heart Fabrics & More, Heartland Insulation & Acoustics, Highland Ridge Golf Club, Highlands Reserve Golf Club, Hill Nissan, Home Depot, Hurricane Grill, Huston Cadillac, Indian Lakes Golf Course, Indigo Golf Partners, Integrity Homes & Construction, Jaime’s Collision Center Inc, JLC Management Inc, L’incontro Italian Restaurant, LA Resales, Lake Bess Golf Course, Lake Wales Chrysler/Dodge, Lake Wales Family Restaurant, Lake Wales Golf & Country Club, Laurel Oak Golf Club, Lavender & Lace Tea Room, Legends Golf Orange Lake, Little Studio Interiors, Living Water Boat Cruises, Golden Corral, Lone Palm Golf Club, Longhorn Steak House, Low Ball Louie's, Lowry Park Zoo, Luigi’s Restaurant, M & R Technologies and Maggiano’s. The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: 1st Place – Carol Williams $95.95; 2nd Place – Liz Leigh $94.60; 3rd Place – Patty Zakrajsek $93.95 and 4th Place – Jan Kipp $82.20.
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Meet Carol Williams Carol is originally from Rockland County, NY. She married Jim, whom she had known since she was six months old, attending the same church, nursery school and high school. They will be married 54 years in September. They have two children and five grandchildren. Carol went to the State University of New York at Delhi and holds a degree in business and accounting. She and Jim owned Imaging Centers in both Texas and Florida. Due to Jim’s job, Carol and Jim moved to Tequesta, Florida in 1988. When deciding where to finally retire, they decided on Lake Ashton because it had two golf courses and was close to Disney. As hobbies, Carol loves photography and cooking. Although she says cooking for two is not the same as cooking for a family. Carol started playing golf in 2019 and the game has become an “obsession” for her. She started playing with the Niners but as she became more comfortable playing, with Nancy Testa urging her to play with the LALGA, she decided to join. As for the LALGA Carol says the league has been “welcoming, friendly, and so much fun.” She is “very thankful she joined,” as are we. Carol had an incredible Eagle on 15 West during league play and the picture above is of that eventful day. Congratulations Carol and welcome to the LALGA! LA NINERS By Diane Struble How time flies! Spring has arrived with record breaking temperatures, alligators appearing both in the water and on the banks, sandhill cranes with babies following close behind, even an occasional turtle sunning on the banks, along with the wonderful array of wildlife alas comes the end to the winter golf season. Closing day is April 5, with a four person scrambled planned followed by a delicious lunch at the Eagle’s Nest, election of two board members, along with a few surprises (the Niners always have something up their sleeve). Great time for fellowship and goodbyes to snowbird members. 30 Pace of Play A round of nine holes should be completed in two hours. Since we have many scrambles and best balls it should take even less time. • Always carry a spare ball in your pocket. • Take your ball retriever with you when looking by the water’s edge. • Spend no more than three minutes looking for or trying to retrieve your ball. • Take your rake and club(s) with you when you are in the sand trap. If you are close to the green, take your putter and have your partner drive the cart up by the green. • Don’t leave carts parked in the middle of fairways while you are putting. Drive the cart to the side of the green. If you have questions about the Niners, please contact Karen Ferrenande at 207-451-0143. CONGRATS, COLETTE! Lake Ashton golfer Colette McKie (pictured center below) won as overall champion in the Polk County Wome n ’ s Go l f Association TwoD a y H a n d i c a p Tournament held on February 28 at Willowbrook Golf Club and March 7 at Cypresswood Gol f Club. The Lake Ashton Pro Shop will now have the Polk County Women’s Handicap Plaque on the wall in the Pro Shop with her name on it, as she is the winner this season: 2021-2022. Other golfers that also were winners in the tournament were: Liz Leigh - AA Flight 2nd Place Vicki Andrew - A Flight 4th Place Mafie Walker - A Flight 5th Place Lydia Fichtman - B Flight 3rd Place Karen LaPointe - B Flight 5th Place The Polk County Women’s Golf Association allows female golfers to participate in a friendly competitive golf game playing different golf courses in Polk County. If interested in joining, contact Liz at 813-288-0809. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Matt Auen, Lake Ashton Golf Pro Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31
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CLUBS BOLLA By Pat Neaves Looking for an activity that is fun, no skill required, and helps children? Come to the Clubhouse Craft Room any Monday from 1 to 3 pm. The group will be tying knots while enjoying lots of laughter. For anyone that sews but can’t come on Mondays we have blankets that that can be taken home for sewing around the edges. Going on vacation? No problem! Come when you can! The group does not take a summer hiatus and will continue providing blankets wherever there are children in need of comfort in Polk County. Come and enjoy fellowship and a wonderful feeling knowing children are being helped through this project. Blankets of Love sends good wishes and safe travels to neighbors leaving Lake Ashton for the summer months. The BOLLA group would like to thank Ann Boogher for the many years she served as Treasurer. Ann was instrumental in getting the group charity status and tax exempt for the materials we buy. Anyone that knows Ann is not surprised how generous she is giving her time to help others. Like Ann, Chris Crane was Secretary for many years. In addition to taking care of all correspondence, Chris helped get blankets ready and delivered to the various locations we serve. Chris also took over the lead role during the President’s absence. These two won’t go far as they will remain BOLLA members! The group welcomed new Officers Secretary, Amity Kokochak and Treasurer, Louise Price during our annual luncheon. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The Camera Club will meet on April 11 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Last month Cindy and Ed Boos provided a great presentation on the many beautiful waterfalls they visited. This month club member photos will be shared and discussed, and plans will be made for a photo shoot. Be sure to bring a few of you pictures on a USB drive to share with the group. In case you are new to Lake Ashton or haven’t yet attended a meeting, membership is open to all LA residents who share an interest in photography. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting April 7 via Zoom only starting at 4:30 pm. The April speaker is Cecile Scoon, Florida president of the Florida League of Women Voters Zoom with a presentation regarding redistricting. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. DUPL ICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Ballroom from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all abilities are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the Ballroom Information Wall. A partner is required. Email dfuller627@yahoo.com for assistance finding a partner. Recent Winners: March 14: North/South - 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford ; 2nd George Rogers & Ralph Ritter. East/West - 1st Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek, 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson March 7: North/South – 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 2nd George Rogers & Ralph Ritter; East/ West- 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller, Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier February 28: North/South 1st – Tom Fleming & Graham Littlehales; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson. East/West - 1st Karla Gengler & Mary Trumper; 2nd Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek February 21: 1st Tom Fleming & Graham Littlehales; 2nd Karla Gengler & Mary Trumper, 3rd Judy Marine & Cheryl Tillman
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LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis New members are always welcomed to join this group that meets every second Wednesday of the month. However, due to a special event, the club will not meet April 13, but April 14 instead. After the meeting, a group of members updated existing pots at the HFC indoor poolside. Consideration was given to plant needs: such as sunlight, humidity, and general maintenance. Lake Ashton Garden Club wishes to invite the Community to celebrate National Gardening Day on April 14 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Pavilion. There will be a silent auction and Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, will be the guest speaker! A special thank you to the Lake Ashton Community and Swim Club for the generous monetary donations. The club does not collect dues. All donations helped purchase plants and soil for the HFC project. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The next meeting is Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 2 PM in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information call Jane at 815-545-6655. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet at the Eagle’s Nest on April 27 from 5 to 7 pm. Dinner will be provided and includes spaghetti & meatballs; salad; soft drink; and dessert. The cost per person is $15. Dinner tickets are available at the Clubhouse and are payable by check. Tickets may also be purchased at the dinner event. All club members and Lake Ashton residents are welcome. Point of contact is Brenda Bush-Sayre, 813-313-9911; bbs1954@icloud.com. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg "Welcome Rocks" that are distributed to new residents of Lake Ashton, "Kindness Rocks" that are hidden around the community, and "Easter Rocks" that will be donated to the residents and staff of Waters Edge Nursing in Lake Wales, have lately been the focus of the group’s painting. Sue Pieper, the LA Rocker who is in charge of the Waters Edge project, recently wrote a wonderful description of the group on TOLA: "We are the LA Rockers. We are a group that has a passion for painting, friendship and spreading kindness throughout the community. Our Spring kindness project is Waters Edge a senior living home in Lake Wales. Our goal is to paint 210 rocks so that each resident and worker can have one. ... [And,] if you find a rock in the community know that someone has made it with love hoping to put a smile on your face.” Well put! With the lull in Omicron cases, LA Rockers are once again meeting in person in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays (April 6 and 20 this month) from 2 to 4 pm. Spend an afternoon with a great group of people and learn to paint rocks! Don't worry if you can't draw or have never painted - you don't need to draw or paint. Simply add background color to a small rock and write a message on it then hide it for someone else to find -- and voila, you are an LA Rocker. Best of all, it does not cost anything to try since you will be lent the supplies you will need for your first meeting. Join the Facebook group "LA R o c k e r s " o r c o n t a c t M J R i c h a r d s (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. If we have to cancel our meeting at the last minute, we will post the cancellation on our LA Rockers Facebook page. If in doubt, check before you come.
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THE NEW NEW ENGLANDERS CLUB By Marsha Bishop Come join the group to connect, you may find a neighbor or two at dinner at the Eagle’s Nest on May 4. Meet at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6. There will be salad, baked potato with toppings, beef and chicken shish kabobs, tea, soda, with an ice cream bar for dessert. Price is $14 and includes tax and tip. Tickets can be purchased at the Clubhouse and the HFC. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 19. If you have questions, call Marsha Bishop at 863-875-8599 or Cynthia Harris at 863-255-0793. CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin After a successful Quilt Show the quilters are taking a well deserved breath and getting on with what they love to do … QUILT! The Tuesday after the show a group of twelve went to a favorite quilt store, The Quilted Twins in Dade City, for the first road trip of 2022. It is always a great place to shop and combined with a wonderful lunch at Kafe Kokopelli it was a day enjoyed by all. The annual auction, with Nancy D'Herin as auctioneer, was full of laughs, food and fun! There are several new members and fellow quilters are always welcome to stop in. The third Tuesday of every month is our "Project Day" and is a new addition that has become a favorite. Each month a different technique or project is demonstrated. If you have any questions please contact Marsha Martin at Mkmartin409@yahoo.com or 406-788-8087. ITALIAN CLUB By Nancy Scali The Italian Club received the following note of thanks for its donation to the Mackie Ministries. “Thank you for your kind donation to Mackie Ministries. The money will be used to feed the less fortunate residents of Winter Haven. Your generosity and support is much appreciated. May the Lord bless you for your charity during the Lenten Season.” The Italian Club annually donates to various charities who support the less fortunate in our area. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White ATTENTION NEW RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES (50-100+): Did you know that Lake Ashton has a club for al l levels of swimming interest? The club has reserved the indoor pool three times a week so those who want to swim for fitness but don't feel safe swimming alone and/or who want to do an organized group workout for motivation. The times are: Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. Did you know that some fitness swimmers use a goal of Senior Games swimming competition as motivation to workout in the water consistently? Some LASC members compete in age-group swimming meets. Some lap swimmers have found that aiming for competition, even if they don't go, has motivated them to: participate in the club's organized workouts, add strength building and weight loss activities to their daily routines, and eat healthier. CONGRATULATIONS to C a t h y L i s k a , S a n d y Papineau, and Sharon Swanson (pictured above), who swam some personal best times and brought home a bunch of medals from the annual Lee County Senior Swim meet on March 5. SPECIAL THANKS to all who contributed to the LA Garden Club's project to beautify the indoor pool area with plants. If you missed the two-week fundraiser, you can still contribute cash to help buy pots, plants & soil, by giving it to a garden club or swim club member. For more information, please contact Coach Sandy: sandyw1994@aol.com $7,495 995
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LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves & Joan DiBattista Thanks to the Lake Ashton residents and members of the LAVA Auxiliary and LAVA, $1800 was raised to purchase 360 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for troops! The two young sisters, Josephine, a Brownie, and Victoria, a Daisy, spoke at the February joint LAVA and LAVA Auxiliary meeting. They proudly shared stories and pictures of their relatives who have served in the military. The relatives who have served go back to a greatgreat-grandparent. The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary is April 20 at 6:30 pm in the Ballroom, close to the stage. LAVA Auxiliary is open to all those who love our country and want to support our veterans. SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is October 22, and crafters are needed! You can reserve a table for $50 to sell your handcrafted items at this fundraiser. Call Joan at 239-851-7899. The month of May is National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) . Celebrate your patriotism during the month by placing red, white and blue bows on your mai boxes and golf carts. LAVA Auxiliary will have bows available for purchase at Monday Coffee for $5 a bow. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In March, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for a trip to the Polk County History Museum in Bartow and the Polk Art Museum in Lakeland. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on April 3. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions We service all makes and models Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc 39
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MIND&BODY FIVE WISHES Join Cornerstone Hospice on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom for the Five Wishes class. This presentation goes through the Five Wishes document which is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall for this free seminar. LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES ( LACES) April has been formally recognized as Water Conservation Month in Florida for the past 22 years, as April is typically a dry month when water demands are higher due to springtime planting. Come to the Clubhouse Ballroom on April 20 at 1 pm to learn more about water conservation and how you can help. Julie Schleb, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Coordinator with UF/IFAS Extension Polk County will educate residents on local water conservation efforts and identify water-saving and water-wasting behaviors. Residents will also become familiar with local ordinances and strategies that aid in the conservation of water, learn what makes a device "water-efficient", become familiar with strategies that will help detect leaks in the home, and learn about water conservation strategies that will lead to high water savings. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall for this free seminar. WOMEN’ S BAS IC SELFDEFENSE CLASS In this class presented by the Polk County Sheriffs Office, ladies will learn basic safety tips and techniques to enable them to escape less than desirable situations. The 2-hour class will be held on April 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. LET’S BEGIN! Are you interested in learning how to paint with watercolor? If so, here is an opportunity to learn with artist Freddie Combs. Join these half day classes to learn the basics of color and paint application. Complete an entire painting in a matter of hours on April 8, April 22, and May 6 from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session. Sign up and , receive a list of supplies at the HFC. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr April 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Hawaiian Hibiscus Cost $35 — payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on April 8. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held Saturdays from 3 to 3:45 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. Ladies and gentlemen are welcome! There is no signup required and the class is free! YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATION The Lake Ashton Amateur Radio Association is trying to judge if residents are interested in a Technician and General Class licensing class given here at Lake Ashton. The two hour class will be given once a week for four weeks starting in midApril and after completion of the class the Lake Wales Repeater Association has test sessions for all levels of license the first Saturday of the month at the Winter Haven Red Cross building. If you would be interested in taking this class at Lake Ashton, please contact the Lake Ashton Radio Club at LAARC2022@gmail.com. Give your name and email address and Class you would like to take (Technician LIVING WITH AKES AND ALL IGATORS Back by popular demand, If you haven't already seen the seminar for alligators and snakes. Shannon Carnevale from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will be presenting two seminars on how to coexist with alligators and snakes in Florida. Come to the HFC on Tuesday, April 12 at 1 pm for the alligator seminar and Tuesday, April 19 at 1 pm for the snake seminar. or General). You will be advised if there is sufficient interest to hold a class and if there is when and where the classes will be given. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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TAP JAMMERS ! Facilitator: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse Ballroom Stage This is not for the beginner level tap dancer. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Thursdays at 1 pm in the HFC COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am Intermediate: Tuesdays at 8:10 pm, Thursdays at 10:10 am Clubhouse Ballroom LA DANCE CLASSES: CHA CHA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Classes are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center on March 7. 14, 21, 28. Classes are FREE and no partner needed! CREATE A CARD Join the group on April 19 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join in for some creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with questions or further detail. FUSED GLASS CLASSES Jewelry at the Clubhouse Your opportunity to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry will happen April 12 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For $40, you will learn how to create beautiful works of wearable art by layering art glass and fusing the glass in a kiln. Each student will make two of the following choices: pendant, pin, or pair of earrings. Included is an introduction to glass fusing in a kiln, instructions on glass cutting, and equipment usage. The remainder of the class is spent choosing and layering glass. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Cost includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing, and art glass. Fused Glass Plate at the HFC Create a 7” x 7” fused and slumped glass plate, trivet or 4 glass coasters April 18 from 4 to 6:30 pm at the HFC. Cost is $35/ person. Sign up at the HFC. Jill will take your creations to her home and after fusing the glass in her kiln, she will apply bails, earring wires, posts, or pins to finish your jewelry which will be available for pickup within one to two weeks. Bring a friend to this fun class! No experience with glass is required for these classes. Class sizes are limited to 20 people. WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY Facilitator: Louise Gilla (863-514-4015) Wednesday mornings, 10 to 11:45 am HFC Community Center MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Facilitators: Bob Ring (734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com) and Jim Brendemuehl, (815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com) Tuesdays from 10 to noon at the HFC and also via Zoom

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES April Issue Deadline: March 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill - Edward Pagano, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 MARCH 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! MARCH 7 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: Neighborhood Watch Forum with City of Lake Wales and City of Winter Haven Chiefs of Police Featured Speaker: Matthew Simpson - Edward Jones MARCH 14 Bite Me Monday Featured Speaker: Neighborhood Watch Presents Sheriff Grady Judd Featured Vendor: Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group MARCH 21 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD Meeting Peanut Butter Monday - donations can be dropped off to the Ballroom Kitchen MARCH 28 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Homeless Graduating Seniors Featured Speaker: Powur Energy LA WOODWORKERS KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors that need sharpening to the Wood Shop (located near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Dr.) March 7 between 8:30 and 10 am. Please wrap in newspaper and identify with your name and telephone number. Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising project. IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, March 18, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, March 21 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. Bartow AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation Customize without Compromise! model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com TURNER’S MATTRESS GALLERY A Better Night’s Rest For Less! 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 5 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1365 2/22
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: SPRING FOWARD MARCH 13. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed (some electronic devices such as smartphones and iPads make this change automatically). This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: March 9 and 23 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE March 9 & 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) 6 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on March 11 at 2 pm at the HFC. Please sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form sent out via email blast. Thank you to The Garden Club and Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, for their donation of the hedges that were recently planted around the Clubhouse Dog Park. This area looks a little more beautiful because of their generosity. MARCH’S EVENTS St. Patrick’s Day Special Thursday, March 17th Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner $16.99 per person Prime Rib Dinner Friday, March 11th Weekly Entertainment Includes: March 6th - Sunday Funday with Quittin Time 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 13th - Sunday Funday with Jim Foy 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 20th - Sunday Funday with Carlos & Company - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 27th - Sunday Funday - TBD 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Join us the 1st Sunday of the Month for our Brunch Buffet - $18.99 per person For Reservations Visit or Call: www.ashtontapandgrill.com or (863) 324-5810
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director On March 20, it will officially be Spring at Lake Ashton! This is a time for beautiful flowers blooming, cute baby animals, and lots of guests in the community! Staff loves to see residents showing guests the amazing amenities at Lake Ashton and it is even more enjoyable to meet their family and friends, especially the little ones! While this is the busiest time of year for everyone at Lake Ashton, be sure to take time out to "smell the flowers" and enjoy your community. There is a plethora of things to do at Lake Ashton and staff is here to help. Be sure to stop by the Activities Desk to see what fun things are planned for the month! With many new residents moving in this is a good time for seasoned residents to show new residents how to enjoy everything Lake Ashton has to offer. Invite a new resident to enjoy a meal at Ashton Tap and Grill or have a drink by the pool. Suggest that they come to a special event, fitness class, a movie in the Cinema, or a game of bowling. Book a tee time and enjoy the beautiful Lake Ashton golf courses with a new neighbor. Whatever it is, help a new resident feel happy and accepted in their new community by being friendly and welcoming. Remember, a good way to start a new relationship is by having an open heart, mind, and arms. Many projects are being worked on in and around the Clubhouse. Ashton Tap and Grill has received a new paint job and the acoustic panels are in the process of being recovered and will be installed soon. The column caps along Thompson Nursery Road have been pressure washed and will painted soon. A new pool lift has been installed at the Outdoor Pool and stop bars have been repainted at the intersection of Mulligan Drive and Dunmore Drive and the intersection of Lake Ashton Blvd and Ashton Club Drive. Supervisors and Staff will be working on planning for the 2023 fiscal year budget soon. Any suggested projects or budget considerations can be sent to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Staff is also working on a special project that will involve the entire community in adding to the beauty of the Clubhouse. Stay tuned for more details in the April LA Times. Ashton Tap and Grill has a new Pool/Bar menu in addition to new lunch and dinner menus. Stop by to taste some of the new menu options or enjoy some best sellers. More details to be released via email blast. If you do not currently receive news blasts, email valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com March is also when the community is at peak population. During this time, be aware of extra vehicles, golf carts, and pedestrians on the roads. Road safety is important for all drivers of vehicles including golf carts. Please remember the speed limit throughout the community is 20 mph and all vehicles, bicycles, and golf carts should come to a complete stop at all stop signs. 8 Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com HOMELESS GRADUATING SENI By Dor Can you world with COVID?! also still school seniors who are ready to graduate this year who are dealing with homelessness on top of everything else. These are graduates who hope to attend Polk State College in the fall, but as they graduate their support ceases until they attend school in the fall. You can help with any size donation, small or big — gift cards, cash, and checks payable to Polk County Public Schools will be both the Clubhouse and HFC Activities Attend the presentation by Vicki Grif Polk County schools accounting office Coffee on March 28. Call Doris at 217-652-6636 with any questions. POOL AND SPA FRIENDLY REMINDERS Re s i de n t s , p l e a s e be tolerant of extra activity at the pool and other amenities. Those hosting family should remind them to be considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. It is helpful if a resident accompanies their guests at any of the amenities. Please shower before entering Lake Ashton pools or spas. Only those aged 13 years and older should enjoy the spas. Do not eat or drink while in the pool or spa, including sitting on the side of pool or spa. Florida health codes do not allow for any beverages (even bottled water) to be in the wet pool deck (the 4” perimeter around the entire pool and spa). PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ASHTON TAP & GRILL HOLDS THE LIQUOR LICENSE TO SERVE AND SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT THE CLUBHOUSE, WHICH MEANS NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CAN BE B R O U G H T I N T O T H E C L U B H O U S E , RESTAURANT, RESTAURANT PATIO, OR POOL AREA. Enjoy Your Stay! ASHTON? VISITING LAKE LAKE ASHTON? Anyone using amenities at the Clubhouse or HFC should have a Lake Ashton Resident Identification card or facilities Guest Pass. Please visit either Activities Desk for more information. At least one guest 18+ must accompany the resident in order to register. • Golf carts only be driven by those 14 years and up in Lake Wales, and 16 and up in Winter Haven. • Fishing is permitted but anyone over 16 years of age must have a valid Florida fishing license (exemptions listed on myfwc.com), and there is a catch and release policy for District-owned lake/ retention ponds. WILDLIFE ALERT: WATCH FOR ALLIGATORS Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Those who live near lakes and ponds should expect to see alligators from time to time but they should never be fed or approached. If you see an alligator: • Always give these reptiles a respectful distance -- at least 10 feet -- and always leave them alone • If you encounter an alligator outside its natural habitat, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 1-866FWC-GATOR (392-4286). • Alligators are nocturnal animals, more active during the night. After dark, avoid fresh and brackish bodies of water, though alligators sometimes lurk in salt water. Unprovoked bites will often occur at the edge of the water. • Never feed alligators; it encourages them to lose their natural fear of people. • Small children and small animals like pets are generally more at risk than large adults. • Female alligators protect their nests by hissing and opening their mouths; this does not mean they are preparing to attack. • Alligators under 4 feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. As long as residents have a healthy respect for wildlife, including alligators, there are opportunities to live and let live. 9
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director March ushers in spring for all of us Floridians and after the relatively cool temperatures we had in February most of us will welcome the consistently warmer weather. We’re excited to announce new programming to Lake Ashton residents at the HFC. The Cardio Kickboxing classes, the new Bible Study classes, and the expanded beginner watercolor classes are in full swing. The themed parties and Karaoke parties will continue as well. Our exercise classes, water sports, crafting groups, gamers and dance classes are going strong also. February saw new flooring being installed in the Sports Court, Racquetball Court and Fitness Center. The inconvenience was minimal, and residents are certainly enjoying the new floors! With the new basketballs purchased, Monday night basketball could take on new expectations! The dart boards are sporting new darts and the billiard cues have new rack holders as well. The Ping Pong players are enjoying their new table weekly also. The pool area will be taking on a more tropical look soon, as the Lake Ashton Garden Club is providing the knowledge, plants and TLC to care for and maintain plants in that area. The staff is excited to be working with these fine ladies and we can all appreciate their expertise and time donated. If you see them in the HFC, please don’t forget to thank them for their efforts. There will be a newsletter article highlighting them coming up very soon in the LA Connection. The Sawgrass Cart path is completed as is all the irrigation repairs in the common areas. The bathroom on hole # 6 west, should be totally completed by the time this newsletter goes to print. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Dermatology services are coming to the HFC parking lot on a regular basis as of last month. This is quite a sophisticated operation with 3 private exam rooms available to residents including some aesthetic procedures available as well as the normal screenings, etc. As you can see from this partial listing of projects, the LA II CDD Board and staff are working very hard to provide the very best for our residents. Check out our calendar insert or phone the HFC Activities Desk at 863-595-1562. New residents…don’t forget to sign up for the New Resident Social at the HFC on Friday, March 11th at 2 PM. Learn from our leaders at Lake Ashton while you enjoy refreshments and meet good neighbors. See you there! Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Public Works, Special Projects Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Transportation System, Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 10
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GAME ROOM REMINDERS With card tables, poker tables, and billiard tables available for use in the Game Room, anyone booking a reservation in the Clubhouse Game Room should be aware that the room will be available for multiple activities at the same time. For example, if someone has reserved the room to play cards or conduct a meeting, the room will still be available for open play on the billiards tables. If this does not match your needs staff will try their hardest to find a room that will be better suited for what you require. Please contact Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director with any questions or concerns at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! When Is the Best Time to Go Fishing? According to almanac.com, the best times to fish are when the fish LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon (when tides are higher than average). They have also identified March 2-18 as the best days to fish in March, although the avid fisherman (or woman) would say the best day to go fishing is any day ending in the letter "y". Show off your catch! Have someone snap a pic of you or take a selfie with your fish caught in any ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight). Remember, any fish caught in Lake Ashton are catch and release. 2022 HOMELESS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OF POLK COUNTY By Doris Reisinger Ey Decor! Right now so many high school seniors are looking forward to that final day of high school. “What college am I going to?” “What career will I choose?” Or, “Where do I sleep Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 12 tonight and where will my next meal come from — I have to get a job!” That is a desperate feeling for unattended homeless graduating seniors. Your donations of money or gift cards can help out with that helpless feeling — any amount. There also will be a CONGRATULATIONS banner in the Clubhouse to sign with your good wishes. (No donations necessary). Plan on attending Vickie Griffiths presentation, who heads this program for Polk County Schools, on March 28 at Monday Coffee. Drop any donations at either Activities Desk or contact Doris at miker0343@yahoo.com or 217-652-6636. 13
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JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be f o u n d a t l a k e a s h t o n c d d . c o m o r lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Questions regarding these policies can be directed to LACDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LAIICDD Community Director Mary Bosman, (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). HOURS: Hours of operation, including holiday schedules, for Amenities Facilities are established and published by the Amenity Manager(s), and such hours are subject to change at the discretion of the Amenity Manager. EMERGENCIES: After contacting 911 (if required), all emergencies and injuries must be reported to the gate attendant service (Thompson Nursery Road phone number 863 - 324 - 7290 , CR 653 phone numbe r 863-318-0237) or Amenity Manager (phone number Clubhouse 863-324-5457 or Community Center 863-595-1562) and to the office of the District Manager (phone number 407-841-5524). If immediate attention to the facilities is required and the Amenity Manager is not present, please contact one of the gate attendants employed by the District. SIGNAGE: All Political Issue and Commercial Purpose signs outside Amenity Facility buildings are strictly prohibited. All other signs need the approval of an Amenity Manager. GOLF CARTS: 1. Golf Cart operations within the Districts shall abide by all applicable provisions of this Policy, Florida Statutes, as amended, and local ordinances and regulations, including, but not limited to, compliance with Chapters 316 and 320, Florida Statutes, all traffic control devices, local traffic laws, and the City of Winter Haven’s Ordinance Sec. 18-155. 2. All Golf Carts used on or within the Amenities, including but not limited to the Golf Course and the Pathways/Bridges, must be registered at LAII $7,495 995 14 CDD’s Health and Fitness Center. Registration includes acknowledgement of these Policies, including specifically but not limited to this Section X. - GOLF CARTS and Section XII. (USE AT OWN RISK; INDEMNIFICATION) and displaying the appropriate Golf Cart decal when operating a Golf Cart within or on the Amenities. If the decal is not properly displayed, the Golf Cart operator will be asked to leave the Amenity. 3. Safety Recommendations: the Districts recommends all owners and/or operators of Golf Carts used on or within the Amenities abide by the following safety recommendations: i. Use extreme caution when traveling on Pathways/Bridges, especially if within the Golf Course when golf is being played; ii. The Districts recommend Golf Cart owners obtain liability insurance insuring against personal injury and damage to property with limits of at least $300,000; iii. Equip Golf Cart with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear. iv. Regularly check Golf Cart for safe operation of brakes, lights, steering, turn signals, and tires. v. Make sure batteries are charged to good operating levels. vi. When passing or approaching another Golf Cart on a path, one Golf Cart should move to the side toward the Amenity property to allow the other cart to pass. Under no circumstances should passing Golf Carts drive onto private property. vii. Passengers and drivers should keep all body parts inside the Golf Cart while it is in motion; viii. Passengers should have both feet planted firmly on the floor while the Golf Cart is moving; ix. Passengers should sit with their right hip against the right arm of the seat; x. Passengers should be aware of traffic conditions. A sharp, unexpected turn can throw a rider from the Golf Cart. On turns and fast straightaways, passengers should use their right hand to grasp the right arm of the seat. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 15 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer Hooded Mergansers are a fairly common winter resident of Lake Ashton. Small flocks can be seen fishing on the retention ponds of the West Course. They dive for and enjoy the fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects the retention ponds have to offer. The male is breathtaking in its garb that rivals even the Wood Duck. With a large white fan-shaped head patch it is a species that does not go unnoticed. The drake raises its crest when it wants to impress the ladies. The females and juveniles sport the same shape and are brownish overall. These are diving ducks in the Merganser family. All Mergansers are diving ducks that have long, thin, serrated bills to help them catch their prey. North America has three Merganser species and Lake Ashton is fortunate to have the smallest and perhaps most beautiful of these three, the Hoodies at Lake Ashton each winter. LIVING WITH WILDLIFE There are many types of wildlife at Lake Ashton. During the spring many young animals, including sandhill cranes (also called colts), are seen roaming around Lake Ashton. At times residents may see a baby on its own and think it has been orphaned by its parents. Generally, if you find a baby animal it is best to leave it alone. Rarely are animals actually orphaned; the parent may be searching for food or observing its young from a distance. Do not pick up baby animals or remove them from their natural environment. Instead, report wildlife you think may be injured or orphaned to the nearest FWC Regional Office at 863-648-3200. Removing the baby could be dangerous for the baby as well as the person removing. Reference https:// myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/ injured-orphaned/ While some residents may think it is innocent to throw some pieces of old bread in their back yard to feed the birds or maybe in a pond to feed the ducks; it is illegal to feed wildlife and can create an unfavorable situation. Species with rules related to feeding include bears, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, pelicans, alligators, crocodiles, and sandhill cranes. Feeding wildlife can reduce their fear of humans which may result in aggression and the need for the animal to be removed or killed in order to protect public safety. Why is feeding cranes prohibited? • Cranes fed by humans can become aggressive toward people. In several instances, children have been attacked by cranes. • Cranes also have been known to damage window screens and do other property damage such as scratching at windows. • Cranes attracted to people's yards for feed are put at risk as they walk across roads. Many sandhill cranes are killed each year on Florida roads. • The cranes' diets, which normally are quite diverse, are disrupted when they eat one food item (such as corn), consistently. • Heavy pesticide use in urban lawns also is of concern. Young sandhill cranes have died from pesticide poisoning. 16 People may inadvertently put sandhill cranes at risk when they attract them with feed. This includes accidental feeding, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground below. In 2002, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made it illegal to intentionally feed sandhill cranes (Florida Administrative Code 68A-4.001(6)). It's never a good idea to feed wildlife. Florida sandhill cranes have an abundance of natural foods (insects and small animals) and they do not need handouts from humans. Reference https://myfwc.com/ conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/sandhillcranes/ WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 17 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER Why does my pond smell? The bad odor you notice typically comes from one of three sources: rotting organic matter, water turnover or certain types of algae. Ponds with stagnant, poorly oxygenated water develop into temperature layers. Decaying organic matter settles on the bottom of the pond where there is little oxygen, thus slowing the breakdown process and producing odor. Windy cooler weather or heavy rain storms can cause a pond to mix, which brings the bad water to the surface. MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOR THE CITY OF LAKE WALES APRI L 5 The Regular Municipal Election for the City of Lake Wales will be held Tuesday, April 5. Voter registration deadline is March 7. There are two seats up for election: Seat 1, At-Large currently held by Mayor Eugene Fultz and Seat 4, District 27 currently held by Jack Hilligoss. Lake Ashton residents living in Lake Wales can vote in person in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Election Day or contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863.534.5888 to request an absentee ballot. The polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. To find out more, please contact the City of Lake Wales City Clerk at 863.678,4182, or visit polkelections.com for a sample ballot. Due to elections there will be no activities in the Ballroom and no movies shown on this day. The Activities Desk will remain open from 9 am - 5 pm. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 18 www.jimsfloordepot.com * *special extended until 3/31/22
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SAFETY CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH FORUM AT MONDAY COFFEE By Fay Wood, NW Chief March will boast not just one, but two, very special safety presentations at Monday Coffee! The Neighborhood Watch Leadership Team will present what is happening in and out of Lake Ashton and throughout Lake Wales and Winter Haven on March 7 at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Special guests include the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs, CAP (Citizens Assisted Patrol) Team members, and other NW Partners. If you have specific questions to be answered, email them to fswperson@aol.com and these will become the questions of priority during the meeting. If time permits the Q&A will be opened to the audience.                                               Then, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will be the featured speaker at Monday Coffee on March 14! You won't want to miss these two special presentations — everyone is invited to attend and learn more about how to wor k together to keep this beautiful community safe and crime free all year long! All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. 20
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MOVIES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 The following films have all garnered nominations for the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After you catch up on viewing these nominees, don’t forget to attend Lake Ashton’s Oscars Watch Party on March 27 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! See page 27 for ticketing and more information. MARCH 1 — 3 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM (No 3 or 7 pm movies on March 1 and March 3) KING RICHARD 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 25min Richard Williams is an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. MARCH 8 — 10 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BEING THE RICARDOS 2021 | R | 2h 5min Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in this behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos. A revealing glimpse of the couple's 22 22 complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers' room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom "I Love Lucy.” MARCH 15 — 17 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BELFAST 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 37min From writer-director Kenneth B r anagh come s t h i s s emi - autobiographical drama inspired by his childhood growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, amid the turbulence of the late 1960s and the time of the Troubles. Stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, and more. MARCH 22 — 24 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM HOUSE OF GUCCI 2021 | R | 2h 37min Inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a spiral of betrayal, decadence, and murder. Stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, and more. MARCH 29 — 31 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM WEST SIDE STORY 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 36min A star-studded creative team — i n c l ud i ng d i r e c t o r S t e v en Spielberg — puts a fresh spin on the timeless tale of ill-fated lovers Maria and Tony, set among rival teenage street gangs in 1950s New York City. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC), 3 PM, & 7 PM MARCH 4 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM NIGHTMARE ALLEY 2021 | R | 2h 30min When charismatic but down-on-hisluck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. MARCH 11 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWING) CODA 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 51min As the sole hearing person in her family, 17-year-old Ruby plays a vital role in keeping their fishing business afloat. But when she discovers a passion for singing, she's pulled in directions that may take her away from her parents and brother. MARCH 18 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH 2021 | R | 1h 45min Joel Coen's bold and fierce adaptation of "Macbeth," a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning stars Denzel Washington as the titular character and Frances McDormand as his cutthroat wife. 23 MARCH 25 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM ENCANTO 2022 | PG | 1h 30min Young Mirabel lives in a magical Colombian place known as an Encanto, which has given everyone in her clan a special power — except Mirabel. But when she learns the magic of Encanto is in jeopardy, she sets out to save her family and their home.
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EVENTS 2022 QUILT SHOW By Marsha Martin What a wonderful turnout the Creative Quilters had for their quilt show. Over 300 people came through the Ballroom doors to enjoy the beautiful quilts and other items on display. Raffle tickets were on sale for a king size quilt made by JoAnne Malcolm and the response was fantastic! A whopping $1,113 was raised for the purchase of material for the Blankets of Love Lake Ashton (BOLLA). The winner, Tyrena, was from Tower Rock and had visited the show earlier in the day. Sew What, BOLLA, and The Art of Beading had displays set up which added more things for the people to enjoy. The Creative Quilters thank all the many volunteers who helped to set up the show and make it successful! Creative Quilters meets every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm at The HFC in the craft room. Call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087 for more info. BOLLA THANKS THE QUI LTER’ S GROUP By Pat Neaves The Quilt Show held last month was enjoyed by many residents. The quilt raffle raised over $1,000, all donated to buy material for Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton (BOLLA). This group also donates one Saturday every month creating blanket tops for BOLLA. Their support means so much to the children in Polk County. The BOLLA members are grateful for their help which reaches over 1,000 children every year. They are one reason Lake Ashton a special place to call home! 21ST BIRTHDAY WEEK The weeklong celebration in January commemorating the 21st birthday of Lake Ashton was an absolute blast! Pictured above is the Group Photo, as well as some of the residents who brought their own chairs down to the parking lot to enjoy music, games, concession stand snacks and drinks, and camaraderie. 24 THE 2022 ULTIMATE GOLF CART CHALLENGE 12 teams raced against each other while completing tasks along the way (just like TV’s Amazing Race). The winning team, “The Weakest Link,” finished the course in just under two hours. The top two teams won gift cards to Ashton Tap & Grill. Pictured at left are Sally Wright, Jerry Wright, John Barnes, and Mary Barnes, who made up the first place team, The Weakest Link. Norm Stebbins and Jan Stebbins, at right, of Stormin, took second place. 2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW The 14th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will be on display in the Clubhouse Ballroom on March 19 from 12:30 to 4 pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. A big thank you to the show’s sponsors, The Tessier Law Firm, P.A., Snowbird Heating & Cooling, Inc., Boyett Family Dentistry, The Gallery & Frame Shop, Kevin Weltlin State Farm Agency, and Springer-Peterson. OSCARS WATCH PARTY So, you didn’t score an invite to this year’s Academy Awards, but you can get tickets for the exclusive Oscar’s Watch Party at the Clubhouse on March 27 at 7 pm! Walk the red carpet while getting photographed by the paparazzi, just like a true Hollywood star. Watch the glitz and glamour of your favorite actors and actresses on the big screen while and be sure to try out the event’s featured cocktail, The Red Carpet at the cash bar. Make your predictions of who will win the Oscar with ballots provided at your tables. Don’t worry about those commercial breaks, a star-studded cast of your very own friends and neighbors will be taking the stage to showcase their talents! And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without our very own Host, Marlon Nettleton! This is a night you surely won’t want to miss, stop by the Clubhouse Box Office (Activities Desk) on Wednesday, March 2 to get your free ticket to the Oscars Watch Party! MARCH MADNESS Stop by the HFC to check out the March Madness Cornhole Tournament March 4 at 9 am. Thanks to Weaver & Loveless Law for sponsoring this event. Prizes will be awarded: $75 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for third place. ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE Embrace your “inner green” March 18 at 7 pm & have a blast with friends & loved ones at the HFC! 25
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RELAY FOR LIFE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars are selling luminary bags and tea lights for a minimum donation of $10 at both Activities Desks. Decorate the bag to remember a family member or friend you have lost to cancer or someone still fighting this disease. Return the bags to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk by March 14. Residents are invited to join the Walk for a Cure at 6 pm on March 18 in the Clubhouse West parking lot to walk around the pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. Any questions call David Harrison 863-326-6418. HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE Who doesn’t love happy hour and to add a little more fun to some karaoke? Come sing along to songs you and your friends enjoy, with your favorite DJ, Wayne Morse on March 25 at 7 pm at the HFC. PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish Community of Lake Ashton would like to extend an invitation to come and share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Friday, April 15 at 4:45 p.m. A wonderful menu of garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots and roasted potatoes will be served. Coffee and iced tea are included for only $22/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk no later than April 9. Make checks payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. TV TRIVIA Who said watching all that TV will do you no good? It could help you win at this month’s trivia night! Show how much you (and your teammates) know 26 from all that time in front of the tube at TV Trivia on April 27 at 6:30 pm. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. No more than eight people to a team. March is National Crafting Month! A resident crafter or crafting group will be highlighted throughout the month. Each crafter or group will host a class teaching how to make a specific craft. Take a look at the list below to see what exciting classes to sign up for at the Clubhouse Activities Desk! Prices include all the materials required to make the craft. Wednesday, March 2 at 10 am – Create beautiful handmade cards with resident crafter Donna Rorick for $10/person, limited to 24 people. Tuesday, March 15 at 10 am – Resident crafter Jill Groves will be teaching how to make gorgeous wire-wrapped creations for $10/person. Tuesday, March 22 at 10 am – Learn how to paint your own decorative rocks with the LA Rockers for $2/person. Wednesday, March 30 at 10 am – Make your own fashionable eyeglasses holder that can double as a necklace with The Art of Beading for $2/person. 2022 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES & FEATURED SHOW TICKET SALES Individual tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk while supplies last (one per resident). Individual Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular $21 | Premium: $26 8 pm Regular $26 | Premium $31 each March 11: JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS PRESENT A ROCKABILLY HOEDOWN, featuring the early music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and other classic country hits. PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE — MARCH 30: BAD MOON RISING - A CCR TRIBUTE: Bad Moon Rising will take you back to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and their memorable songs encompassing roots, swamp, and blues Southern rock. Featured Shows — 7 pm Showtimes: Premium Tickets: $25 Regular Tickets: $20 April 14: KAZUAL will captivate your rhythmic senses by blending harmonious sound with their intoxicating vocals and dancing on April 14! April 22: Travel back in time to the ‘60s with the PAISLEY CRAZE FLOWER POWER SPRING SHOW, a five-piece band playing the hits of the decade. May 6: JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans with STARS & STRIPES, a stirring evening of patriotic music, comedy, performance and spectacle. TIME AFTER TIME By Karen Nelson The LA Community Showcase, TIME AFTER TIME, will have opening night on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm. The matinee is Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 pm and will have a longer intermission than the two evening shows. Closing night is Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm. Residents must bring their 2020 Catch & Release tickets to the Clubhouse Ballroom on the following dates to exchange for the same seats in 2022: March 1 from 10 am to noon, and March 2 — 4 starting at 9 am. Any 2020 tickets not exchanged by end of day on March 4 will be forfeited. Public ticket sales begin at 8 am on March 8 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. SAVE THE DATE: MAY 20: '80S PARTY IN THE CLUBHOUSE 27
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman February was another successful month for the LAMGA. We had very strong participation from our members throughout the month. Membership is growing fast with 163 members as of this writing. You can still join the LAMGA at any time during the season by filling out an application and turning it in to the Pro Shop. At only $25 per year, the LAMGA offers different games with Pro Shop credit prizes each Wednesday and includes numerous special events and luncheons throughout the year. We are looking forward to an exciting March featuring the Member/Guest tournament, which is the highlight of our season, on March 10th, 11th and 12th. We want to send special thanks to our “super” sponsors: Art’s Carts; Amerity Financial – Burris Warner; Chris Bruser – Mutual of Omaha Reverse Mortgage Specialist; Red Hoagland Hyundai; and Snowbird Heating and Cooling. These great sponsors go over the top every year sponsoring special events at the tournament. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of end of January is comprised of Brian Peck - $23.00; Pat O’Neal - $23.00; Bob Dupuis - $22.00; Doug Dudeck $19.60; and Bob Plummer - $19.50. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge is a 10 month contest, ending on October 31st. The top four money winners for the year will win $80, $60, $40 & $20, respectively in Pro Shop credits. Thanks to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this very popular contest. March’s schedule is comprised of: March 2nd –Pick Your Partner, Best Gross and Best Net; March 9th – Individual Quota Points (Guests for Member-Guest Event are invited to play); March 10th thru 12th - Member-Guest Tournament; March 24th – Best 3 Nets; March 29th & 30th – LALGA/LAMGA Joint Event, Day 1 – 18 Hole Scramble, Day 2 – 18 Hole Shamble. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The Member-Member Golf Tournament was the highlight of February. The “Be My Birdie Buddie” tournament was met with lots of fun and laughter. The outfits were equally as entertaining. A very special shout out to Patti Panone and her commi t tee for an out s tandi ng two-day tournament. And as always, Vicki and the Nest never disappoint. Congratulations to all the winners. March 1st will start the Ashton Cup. Good luck to everyone who plays. Let’s all pray for nice weather. This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Dr. George Butz D.D.S., Drubs Dread Golf, Ductz Air Duct, Dunkin Donuts, Dyer Kia, Eaglebrooke Golf Club, EdCredible, Edward Jones, EGL Financial, Elegant Jewelers, Escape Room Eagle Ridge Mall, Explore Learning, Family Fun Center Lakeland, Farris & Foster Chocolates, Fire Restaurant, Fish City Grill Lakeside Village, Florida Aquarium, Florida’s Natural, Forni Dental, Gatorland, Gessler Clinic, Golden Nails, Golf Stuff, Golf, Etc., Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop, Greenlefe Golf Club, Greg Coffin, Griner’s Jewelry, Gross Embroidery and Sign Shop, The Groutsmith and HN Nail Spa. The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: 1st Place - Liz Leigh $89.75; 2nd Place - Patty Zakrajsek $82.85, 3rd Place - Lisa Kennedy $81.50 and 4th Place - Carol Williams $77.85. Meet Terese Utting Terese Utting prefers to be called “T.” Originally from Michigan, T retired from UPS after 30 years of service. She and Larry, her husband since 1995, have a Shih Tzu named Mishka, who is their pride and joy. T has been golfing since she was a teenager as her parents were golfers. (continued on page 30)
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(continued from page 28) She has been playing in a league for the last seven years and is very proud of her “Hole in One.” T and Larry moved to Lake Ashton in December because of the safety of the gated community and, of course, because of the two beautiful and challenging golf courses. She enjoys working out “boot camp style” and bike riding. When asked about the LALGA she said, “What’s not to like? Everyone is really nice.” Welcome, T! We’re happy you’re here. LA NINERS By Diane Struble Rain, rain, go away! The cold, wet weather forced the cancellation of day two of the Niners/Blueman Tournament and a day of league play. However, the Niners are looking forward to sunny skies and warmer temperatures as they welcome four new members giving a total of 91 members! February 21 and 22 was member/member two-day tournament with a delicious lunch by Vicki and her Eagle's Nest crew on the second day. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. 30 The month of March hosts some interesting yet fun games: a Las Vegas Scramble, Step Aside Scramble, and a Throw Out. Lots of laughter is a guarantee for these days! Here are a few tips that will help speed up play without any negative effects on your game. • Play "Ready Golf" • Always carry a spare ball in your pocket. • Decide what club to use before going to your ball. If undecided, take an additional club - this avoids making additional trips back to your cart. • Line up your putt before it's your turn so you are ready to putt. • Always record your score (and your teammate's) at the next tee. Never record your score at the green. There will be two open board positions in April, Vice President and Secretary. If anyone is interested or has any questions about the Niners, please contact Karen Ferrande at 207-451-0143. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Best deal this year with Brad Brad is the most courteous, polite and so knowledgeable about Winter Haven real estate. He is fair in his advice to both the buyer and seller, no matter which side he is working with. Brokers love working with him. Brad believes the best deal is when both parties walk away from the table happy with the final signed deal. Brad is the kindest man we have ever met and share this with all our friends that are looking to move to the area or even upgrade or change homes. If you want the home of your dreams with a great purchase experience, just give Brad a call. Sophia & Michael Brennan 21 November 2021 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31
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CLUBS LA BELLES by Rose Crognale The LA Belles March luncheon will be held on March 30 at 12:30 pm at L’Incontro Italian Restaurant, 35 St Rd 60 W, Lake Wales. Everyone will make their own selections from the menu with individual billing. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 9 am on March 28 to secure your reservation. The new Board Members will be introduced and future luncheons will be discussed. Dues of $5 will be collected at this luncheon for those that have not yet paid. If you have any questions, please contact Rose Crognale at 856-217-6676 (out of touch until March 5). We hope to see everyone there. CLUBS, GROUPS, & ORGANI ZATIONS INFO: It is exciting to see so many residents enjoying the amenities and staff wants to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to book a room for a new activity or join one of the groups that currently meet at the Clubhouse and HFC. Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Activities Desk in the building that the group currently meets in to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the group they are looking to join. When booking a standing reservation, facilitators will need to indicate if prior registration will be required for residents to join the club, group or organization, or if it is open to residents to join without registering with the facilitator. In keeping with the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies, there are no personal “standing” weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Clubs, groups, and organizations may make “standing” reservations. To be considered a club, group or organization the criteria outlined in the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy regarding this subject must be met in its entirety. Please contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457, or LAII (WH) CDD Community Director Mary Bosman at mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com or 863-595-1562 with any questions or concerns. 32 CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Last month's activities included a very informative presentation by Reinier Munguia featuring his photo safari trip to Kenya. The club also enjoyed a day on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes with Living Waters Boat Cruises. At this month's meeting on March 14, Cindy and Ed Boose return to share their new presentation "Living Waters". They have photographed and taken drone videos of well over 100 waterfalls from Idaho to Georgia. They will also share the techniques that were used. If you are interested in this month's topic or would like to learn more about what we do, you are welcome to attend. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 10:30 in the Cinema. Membership is open to all residents who share a love of photography. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting March 3 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. Masks are recommended. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The March speaker is Sarah Fortney, Polk County School Board member. Sarah has served as a science teacher for more than 33 years and has long advocated for public education. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA WRECKING CREW AUDITIONS By Jim Mecsics Lake Ashton’s LA Wrecking Crew band is holding auditions for keyboard player and lead guitarist. The group is a rock and roll band who specializing in ’50s, ‘60s and ’70s music. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jim Mecsics at mecsicsj@msn.com or 703-282-9714, or Joe Jusaites at jjusaites@yahoo.com. 2022 BOCCE BALL COMMUNITY PLAY Meet on the Bocce Courts Wednesdays at 10:30 am for Community Play. The mornings are for anyone who wants a few hours of good times, lots of Bocce and help improving your game. There will be league players there for guidance. If this is your first time playing at Lake Ashton, please call Linda and Carl Boast at 540-297-7336 for an introductory lesson. Leave a message if there is no answer. LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club met February 9 and discussed numerous upcoming projects. Many members provided insightful suggestions on making the HFC pool area more inviting. The Garden Club was approached by individuals who frequent the pool and asked for help. Club members voted supporting this project. Members who were interested signed up to help either implement or maintain the plantings. The interested group members will be called and hopefully it can be started soon. Also, continual discussion continues for updating plants around the pavilion at the Clubhouse. After the meeting agenda, members learned to use succulents and air plants to create a lasting visual accent in any potted plant. Laminated bookmarks were returned to members from the January meeting. The Club's next meeting is March 9 at 10 am in the Pavilion. Hopefully, it'll be time spent to finalize or implement plants for the HFC pool area and other upcoming projects. New members are always welcomed. National Gardening Day is on April 14 this year. Please come join in on celebration at the Pavilion from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It's free and no green thumbs needed! GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The 33 next meeting is March 9 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information, call Jane at 815-545-6655. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz Calling all Disney Fans! The Magic Years Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is March 1 at 7 am in the HFC Poker Room. The Magic Years Club is open to all Lake Ashton residents who enjoy learning about and going to Disney World. Not all activities require park tickets. Monthly events are beginning to be scheduled, so please come to the meeting for more information. There are quite a few new members, and veteran members are always available to help with any questions you have. Events for the coming months will be discussed at the meeting, so bring a check or $10 per person to reserve your spot. Contact Annie Lutz or Joan Enslen if you have any questions. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will hold their monthly meeting at the Clubhouse March 23. Social time begins at 3:30 pm and the meeting starts at 4. The theme of this month’s meeting is the “Future of Lake Wales.” Several local candidates will join in and share their ideas. For more information, contact Brenda Bush-Sayre, 813-313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In February, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for lunch at Harry’s Old Place. (continued on page 34)
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(continued from page 33) It was agreed to rename the monthly wine tasting to the Monthly Mingle. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on March 6. The picture above is of the group who had lunch at the Jacaranda Hotel. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Unfortunately, due to Omicron, several in person meetings of LA Rockers had to be canceled. Despite this, the dedicated LA Rockers have still been painting up a storm. Welcome Rocks are always needed and are such a good way to make new residents feel right at home. Kindness Rocks are being hidden all around Lake Ashton — the group’s mission is to spread happiness and joy throughout the Lake Ashton community. It is believed that a message (painted on a rock) received at just the right moment can change someone's entire day, outlook, and life. In addition, there have been several online challenges and Easter Rocks are being collected to be distributed to the residents and staff of Waters Edge Nursing in Winter Haven. Hopefully in person meetings will be able to take place throughout March. If so, come to the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. You don't have to be a talented painter — just pick up a small rock, paint a background, write a message, and hide it for someone else to find. It doesn't cost anything to try this since there is no need for first timers to make a huge investment for supplies - you can borrow what you need. Please join the group at the upcoming meetings that will be held on March 9 and 23. To attend, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. Last minute meeting cancellations are posted on the LA Rockers Facebook page, so if in doubt, check before you come. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves Please note that the new date for the March meeting is March 9 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom near the stage. At the January meeting a committee was created to research various charities that support our veterans and will report their findings at the March meeting. The charities to be discussed are: Hearts and Homes for Veterans, Canines for Patriots, Soldiers Freedom Outdoors and Liberty Manor for Veterans, LLC. Each of these charities support veterans in unique ways. A second committee was created to Brainstorm ideas for various fundraising events. They too will give a report on their findings. Hope to see you there! SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner. It is scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Crafters are needed! You can reserve a table for $50 to display your handcrafted items. Call Joan at 239-851-7899. God Bless The Military! 34 LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Becky Wilson The Annual Meeting and potluck dinner for the LAPA was held January 25 at the HFC. A nice turnout of members, all bearing superb dishes of food, made for an enjoyable and productive evening. Officer Elections were held with the following results – Calvin Eakins, President; Chuck Caesar, VicePresident; Lisa Savala, Treasurer; Becky Wilson, Secretary. LAPA is an active Club created to help the growing numbers of Pickleball Players! More and more are playing and LAPA helps with court scheduling, Men’s and Women’s teams, instruction for new learners, and promoting a welcome and friendly atmosphere. Stop by and watch or grab your paddle and come on out! LA PICKLEBALL DAMES WIN CHAMPIONSHIP! By Marilyn Noffsinger The Lake Ashton Pickleball Dames (LAPD) beat Tanglewood in the finals of the South Central Florida Pickleball League (SCFPL) end of season tournament held at Tanglewood February 19. This is the first year the LAPD has won the title! Other teams participating were Del Webb, Lake Wales, Highlands Ridge, and Sun ’n’ Lake. LA Team Members playing were: Jackie Tanner, Deb Louder, Marilyn Noffsinger, Dianne Holman, Carmen Woodlief, Kristine Nelson, Lisa Savala, Becky Wilson, Lin Jones, and Donna Kavitsky. Other members playing during the season were: Sandy Alford, Teresa Caesar, Margi Smoller, Linda Boast, Sue Fitzgerald. The championship banner will be on display at the Pickleball courts. 35
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MIND&BODY LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES ( LACES) On March 30 at 1 pm in the Ballroom, residents wil l have t he opportunity to try fibery, fun food (yes those two wor ds go together), learn about the types of fiber and what it can do for them, how to get the benefits without discomfort, and easy ways to add fiber to their day. Please be sure to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Information Wall for this fun and interactive presentation hosted by University of Florida/IFAS Extension Polk County. Save the Date: April 20 - Water Conservation and How You Can Help! with University of Florida/IFAS Extension Polk County EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY! Explore the medium of water color with guest artist Freddie Combs. Join a day long workshops in water color techniques on March 18 at the HFC. For registration, supply list and information, contact the HFC Activities Desk (863- 595-1562 or kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr March 12 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Ocean Sunrise Cost $35 — payable at class CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. 36 ONSPOT DERMATOLOGY On Spot Dermatology will return to Lake Ashton on March 25. OnSpot is a mobile, full-service dermatology practice with 4 full examination rooms that will be located in the HFC parking lot. They provide skin cancer screenings, MOHS surgery, biopsies, liquid nitrogen and mole removals, cosmetic dermatology, and more. They accept all major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. Keep a lookout for a blast that will be sent out with how to set up an appointment and much more. MEMORY AND BALANCE Come to the HFC on March 15 at 1 pm to hear a pair of experts discusses the best ways to help with your memory, and share with you the new VSTbalance machine which asses your balance, gait, and function. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held Saturdays from 3 to 3:45 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. Ladies and gentlemen are welcome! There is no signup required and the class is free! FIVE WISHES Join Cornerstone Hospice on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom for the Five Wishes class. This presentation goes through the Five Wishes document which is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 37
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TAP JAMMERS ! Facilitator: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am in the HFC Sport Court This is not for the beginner level tap dancer. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Thursdays at 1 pm in the HFC COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am Intermediate: Tuesdays at 8:10 pm, Thursdays at 10:10 am Clubhouse Ballroom LA DANCE CLASSES: FOXTROT Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) FOXTROT is an elegant and smooth moving dance. Classes are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center on March 7. 14, 21, 28. Classes are FREE and no partner needed! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY Facilitator: Louise Gilla (863-514-4015) Wednesday mornings, 10 to 11:45 am HFC Community Center MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Facilitators: Bob Ring (734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com) and Jim Brendemuehl, (815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com) Tuesdays from 10 to noon at the HFC and also via Zoom 38 CREATE A CARD Create your own lovely greeting cards on March 15 as a guest expert provides instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and in the Community Center at 1 pm. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Attendees must not wear black soled shoes. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 for more detail. FUSED GLASS CLASS Your opportunity to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry will happen April 12 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For $40, you will learn how to create beautiful works of wearable art by layering art glass and fusing the glass in a kiln. Each student will make two of the following choices: pendant, pin, or pair of earrings. Included is an introduction to glass fusing in a kiln, instructions on glass cutting, and equipment usage. The remainder of the class is spent choosing and layering glass. Jill will take your creation to her home and after fusing the glass in her kiln, she will apply bails, earring wires, posts, or pins to finish your jewelry which will be available for pickup within one to two weeks. Bring a friend to this fun class! No experience with glass is required for this course. Class size is limited to 20 people, first come first served. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Cost includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing, and art glass. WOMEN’ S BAS IC SELFDEFENSE CLASS In this class presented by the Polk County Sheriffs Office, ladies will learn basic safety tips and techniques to enable them to escape less than desirable situations. The 2-hour class will be held on April 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk.

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES March Issue Deadline: Feb. 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill - Edward Pagano, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 FEBRUARY 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! FEBRUARY 7 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: Refuge on the Ridge Featured Vendor: ServPro FEBRUARY 14 Bite Me Monday Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: The Ritz Theatre Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matthew Simpson, and Lake Howard Heights and Encompass Home Health will be sponsoring FREE COFFEE AND DONUTS to celebrate Valentine's Day! FEBRUARY 21 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — PRESIDENTS’ DAY Peanut Butter Monday - donations can be dropped off to the Ballroom Kitchen FEBRUARY 28 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING CLUB, GROUP & ORGANIZATION PRESENTATIONS Group Leaders - please reach out to Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like to present your group at an upcoming Monday Coffee! This is a good way to introduce residents to the many activities that make Lake Ashton "Simply the Best". IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 30 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, February 18, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, February 28 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. AVON PARK More Choices Best Prices... Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation Customize wit hout Compromise! model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com TURNER’S MATTRESS GALLERY A Better Night’s Rest For Less! 863-402-1688 WWW.TURNERFURNITUREONLINE.COM AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 5 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1359 1/22
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 10 am to 8 pm Sunday (Brunch 10 am to 3 pm) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week THE CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: February 16 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm10 am to 3rd Wednesday 2 pm (during Monthly Market) BOOKMOBILE February 9 & 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) 6 - John and Lisa Savala NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on March 11 at 2 pm at the HFC. Please sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form sent out via email blast. Thank you to all to helped celebrate Lisa's 60th birthday and make it such a success. Thanks for the cards, gifts, balloons and flowers, but mostly thank you for your presence. Special thanks to Ron and Arlene Torakis, Carl and Linda Boast and Vern and Amy Frahm for their efforts in putting it all together. CLERICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND HFC OFFICES DURING BUSINESS HOURS • Local or toll free fax: $1 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Long distance fax: $2 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Receiving fax: $0.25 per page • Black and white copies on white paper: $0.05 per side (8.5x11) • Black and white copies on colored paper: $0.10 per side (8.5x11) • Color copies: $0.25 per side (8.5x11, white paper)
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Lake Ashton is at peak population and staff is enjoying hearing laughter throughout the Clubhouse as residents welcome back those gone for the winter and others that have not been back to their Lake Ashton home in two years! Residents are enjoying seeing Entertainment Series shows that have been on hold since March 2020 and are excited to get back to some of the activities that are just now starting back. Staff is working hard to ensure a robust activity schedule is available for those who want to get out and enjoy time with friends and neighbors. In this edition of the LA Times, residents will find classes, entertainment shows, themed parties and more to celebrate the season. There is even a special Valentine's Day Dinner at Ashton Tap and Grill on Monday, February 14 from 4 to 8 pm (reservations only). Please remember, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves are always available for residents when attending any event or activity at the Clubhouse. With being at peak population please remember parking can sometimes be difficult when attending certain events. Golf carts should be parked with both wheels touching the curb when in the circular drive. Carpooling is also encouraged to help maximize parking during large events. Additional golf cart parking is available on the basketball court during high attendance events. Please be on the lookout for signage directing residents to this area. Supervisors and staff would like to welcome Debby Landgrebe to the Lake Ashton Board of Supervisors. She was appointed to fill seat 4 at the January 24 Board of Supervisors meeting. The board also approved of the replacement of paver walkway lights on the pathway west of the Clubhouse main entrance and the installation of surge protectors to help prevent future damages. A wrap-up report of additional actions taken at the meeting was sent out on January 26. The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Monday, February 28 at 9:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu $38/person, Reservations Required Amuse Bouche Pan Seared Sea Scallop with Chorizo First Course Sherried Shrimp Bisque or Winter Greens with Fresh Raspberries & Champagne Vinaigrette Entrée Grilled Filet Mignon with Cabernet Demi Glace, Au Gratin Potatoes & Asparagus or Horseradish Potato Crusted Salmon Filet with Pink Champagne Butter Sauce & Asparagus Dessert Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse in White Chocolate Cup Glass of Champagne 8 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director The LA II Board has been very busy acting on requests of the residents. Some of the areas of discussion include the following: The construction was approved to build a golf cart path connecting Sawgrass and the existing golf cart path. A professional evaluation will be scheduled to evaluate the Pickleball courts and will be reviewed by the LA II Board at a future meeting. Consideration and adoption of a term sheet for the Refunding of the Series 2006 A Bonds and a vote for authorizing staff to prepare the necessary documents for closing occurred. Pet play areas will get a rehabilitation plan developed for future Board funding consideration. A resident funded project was approved for Winged Foot Lane pet play area. The Pebble Beach/Rattlesnake Lake wetland project was discussed. The maintenance agreement failed on a vote pending further discussion. Security was discussed and LA II CDD will have manned security 8 hours daily going forward. Projects that are currently being completed as a result of previous LA II Board approval, include the new recumbent bike in the Fitness Center, new flooring in the Racquetball and Sports Courts, new LED lighting in the HFC, new windscreens and a securing rail have been added to the pickleball courts, electric hand dryers and ADA door openers have been installed in the HFC bathrooms. Also, the HFC and West Gate House have been painted on the exterior along with the front doors to the HFC being refinished. The water volleyball net has been replaced and a new pool stop clock are in place in addition to the entry landscape beds being redone on Ashton Boulevard. At the Joint BOS Meeting, the new rate for the non-resident user fee was voted to be increased to $4,000/annually. This is a safeguard for all residents so that they never pay more than a non-resident to use the Lake Ashton amenities. The Joint Amenity Policy report will be presented at the next Joint BOS meeting on April 18, 2022. Please join us at the HFC for our Valentine Dance on Friday, February 11 and the next LA II Board meeting on Friday, February 18. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Public Works, Special Projects Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Transportation System, Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 10 11
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GAME ROOM REMINDERS With card tables, poker tables, and billiard tables available for use in the Game Room, anyone booking a reservation in the Clubhouse Game Room should be aware that the room will be available for multiple activities at the same time. For example, if someone has reserved the room to play cards or conduct a meeting, the room will still be available for open play on the billiards tables. If this does not match your needs staff will try their hardest to find a room that will be better suited for what you require. Please contact Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director with any questions or concerns at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. CLUBS, GROUPS, AND ORGANI ZATIONS REMINDERS It is exciting to see so many residents enjoying the amenities and staff wants to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to book a room for a new activity or join one of the groups that currently meet at the Clubhouse and HFC. Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Activities Desk in the building that the group currently meets in to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the group they are looking to join. When booking a standing reservation, facilitators will need to indicate if prior registration will be required for residents to join the club, group or organization, or if it is open to residents to join without registering with the facilitator. In keeping with the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies, there are no personal “standing” weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Clubs, groups, and organizations may make “standing” reservations. To be considered a club, group or organization the following criteria must be met in its entirety. Any club, group or organization (collectively, “Clubs”) desiring to utilize the Amenity Facilities activities display space, Coffee Meetings, or the LA Times newsletter to promote Club activities must be registered with the Amenity Manager and meet the following criteria: 1. Clubs must be comprised of a minimum of at least five (5) active members; all members must be Residents or Renters/Leaseholders. 2. No Club may be formed, and no activities held within the Amenities Facilities, for commercial or profit-making purposes. 3. The purpose of each Club must be to provide lifestyle-enhancing opportunities to Residents or Renters/Leaseholders and not to effectuate sales of products or services. No one household can profit from the club. Clubs may generate funds through dues and proceeds from Club organized events. If a Club chooses to generate funds, a check-and-balance system must be in place as well as a Club checking account. 4. Club membership and Club activities must be available to all Residents or Renters/Leaseholders. Criteria for Club membership should be governed by the individual club’s by-laws. 5. Rules applying to the formation and admissibility of Clubs may be modified at the discretion of the Boards. 6. Violations of these Policies by any Club may result in the loss of that Club’s privileges within the Amenity Facilities. Please contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457, or LAII (WH) CDD Community Director Mary Bosman at mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com or 863-595-1562 with any questions or concerns. 12 MEET THE NEW GM OF ASHTON TAP & GRI LL : EDWARD PAGANO Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate New York, Edward’s family owned a motel which sparked Edward’s interest in service. After moving to Florida, Edward returned to New York to attend culinary school. After school, Edward returned to Florida where he met his wife Shannon and had a son, Nicolas. Edward moved to Kentucky for a five year span that included a position as Dining Service Director at Asbury Theological Seminary as his wife pursued graduate school. Passionate about food and its possibilities, Edward Pagano has been making magic in restaurants for over thirty-five years. Edward graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After culinary school, working in valued establishments such as the Hemsley Palace, The Algonquin and the Ritz Carlton provided Edward on the job skill for fine dining and management. Edward co-owned a small restaurant in Winter Haven, FL which earned four stars. Additionally, Edward has owned a private chef service and catering company which provided service for events such as the Lakeland Derby two years in a row. Believing his talents and gifts should be shared, Edward uses these gifts and has been involved in feeding many local clubs and churches. IS YOUR DOG A DIGGER? Residents will find clay pots with sand and shovels at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park. These are here to fill holes due to dogs digging. This will help the grass to grow back and prevent tripping hazards. When 13 using the Pet Play Parks and walking dogs around the amenities please be a good neighbor and pick up after your dog. There are pet waste stations with bags at the Pet Play Park and an additional one located at the beginning of the golf cart path just west of the Clubhouse Tennis Courts. When using the Clubhouse Pet Play Park, if you see any areas in need of extra attention please contact Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. ENTRANCE GATE REMINDER Please be safe when coming through the community entrances. There have been recent reports of tailgating, speeding, cutting people off, and hitting gate arms. This is a busy area and Security Officers are often outside checking vendors and visitors in and we want that area to be as safe as possible for them and everyone else. 2022 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION Lake Wales residents please mark your calendar for April 5, 2022 for the next Commission election. Voting for all Lake Ashton residents that live in Lake Wales will take place in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Candidate packets are prepared by the City Clerk and will be available on February 4, 2022. The qualifying period for the 2022 Commission Election will begin at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 14, 2022 and end at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 18, 2022. Please visit polkelections.com for more information.
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REPUBLICAN CLUB THOMPSON NURSERY ROAD CLEANUP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton litter clean up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road on February 9 at 9:30 a.m. P l e a s e m e e t a t t h e Clubhouse lobby to pick up assignments, safety vests, trash bags and gloves. A sign-up sheet is available at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. There will also be new free t-shirts and a Bok Tower ticket for each volunteer. Come have fun and get some exercise while keeping this community beautiful! Contact Linda Sandel if you have any questions at 863-368-0699 or sandelly7@gmail.com. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. 14 HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisigner Can you believe the world is still dealing with COVID?! There are also still many high school seniors who are ready to graduate this year who are dealing with homelessness on top of everything else. These are graduates who hope to attend Polk State College in the fall, but as they graduate their support ceases until they attend school in the fall. You can help with any size donation, small or big — gift cards, cash, and checks payable to Polk County Public Schools will be accepted at both the Clubhouse and HFC Activities Desks. Attend the presentation by Vicki Griffith from the Polk County schools accounting office at Monday Coffee on March 28. Call Doris at 217-652-6636 with any questions. WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 15 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Questions regarding these policies can be directed to Christine Wells, LACDD Community Director (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director, at (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). CHILD CARE: The District will not offer childcare services to Patrons or Guests at any of the Amenity Facilities. SKATEBOARDING: Skateboarding is not permitted on the Amenity Facilities property at any time. Roller blading is permitted on cart paths and roadways only. OUTSIDE ENTERTAINMENT: Performances at any Amenity Facility, including those by outside entertainers, must be approved, in advance, by the Amenity Manager. ADVERTISING: Advertisements for Commercial Purposes shall not be posted or circulated in the Amenity Facilities. Petitions, posters, or promotional material shall not be originated, solicited, circulated or posted on Amenity Facility property unless approved, in writing, by the Amenity Manager. COMMERCIAL PURPOSES: Activities with Commercial Purposes must have approval from the Amenity Manager UNATTENDED GUESTS: Amenity users should not leave Guests who have adverse or debilitating health conditions unattended in any of the Amenity Facilities or District property. PROGRAM/ACTIVITY APPROVAL: All programs and activities, including the number of participants, equipment and supplies usage, facility reservations, etc., at all Amenity Facilities must be approved by the Amenity Manager. MANAGEMENT SPONSORED EVENTS: The Amenity Manager has the right to authorize management-sponsored events and programs to better serve the Patrons, and to reserve any Amenity Facility for said events (if the schedule permits) and to collect revenue for those services provided. This includes, but is not limited to, various athletic events, cultural programs and social events, etc. LOITERING: Loitering (the offense of standing idly or prowling in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for lawabiding individuals, under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity) is not permitted at any Amenity Facility. COMPLIANCE TO STATUTES: Individuals shall abide by and comply with any and all federal, state and local laws and ordinances while utilizing the Amenity Facilities, and shall ensure that any minor for whom they are responsible also complies with the same. EQUIPMENT: The Districts maintain a limited amount of equipment to support individual activities such as Bocce, Billiards, Pickleball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, Yoga, and exercise classes. Please check their availability with the Amenity Manager. Patrons are encouraged to provide their own equipment for recurring use. 16 * *special extended until 2/28/22
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Ken Rickey HOA Board Of Directors: • President Ken Rickey, president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President David Muller, vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Treasurer Bob Prowant, treasurer1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Keith Stevens, secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Debby Landgrebe, secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org or you can reach all the directors at once using directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. A new Director will be appointed at the Annual Meeting on February 27. Tom Hevel will be filling the position that Keith Stevens has filled since his appointment last summer. The Board would like to thank Keith for his willingness to serve, his attention to detail and his long-standing expertise in helping to guide the HOA BOD these past eight months. Welcome to the Board, Tom. The Members’ Annual Meeting is February 27 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This is your meeting to bring attention to your concerns and wishes. In order to conduct business and vote on any issue, there must be a quorum of at least 97 lot owners. The future vote on the Restated CC&Rs will be delayed until the lawyer can complete their review and the HOA can reconcile their comments. There will be some Member communications on the final document prior to scheduling a vote. While all are eager to complete this task, everyone wants it executed properly and systematically. Regarding the $60 annual assessment: There is an administration fee of $5, a late fee of $25, and interest is charged at 18% per year (1.5% monthly) for late payments. Liens are also an option. Assessments are due on February 15. Thank you to you who have already paid. SUBMITTING ARC REQUESTS ( LW RESIDENTS) By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair All external changes you make to your home require an ARC request and approval prior to starting any project. To submit an ARC request, go to lakeashtonhoa.org and download the form found under the Documents tab in the Architectural Information section. Complete the form by hand or on your computer, then email the completed form to admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. DO NOT USE THE ‘SUBMIT NEW REQUEST’ feature on the website. The form can also be found on the Clubhouse information wall. You can either drop the completed form in the HOA box or have it scanned at the Clubhouse Office prior to dropping it in the HOA box. The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Wednesday prior to the next ARC meeting. The ARC meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The ubiquitous Palm Warbler is familiar to many Lake Ashton residents. It is the little bird that lands on the lanai screen and wags its tail up and down. They forage for bugs even in the middle of busy roads like Ashton Club Drive. The plumage on this diminutive bird can vary greatly depending on age and from whence the bird hails. Eastern ones sport a yellowish breast while the ones from farther west are mainly drab. The constant tail bobbing is one of the best clues as to their identity. This snow bird derives its name from its wintering grounds being closely associated with Palm Trees. A better name for it on its nesting grounds would be the Bog Warbler since it nests in brush at the edge of spruce bogs quite far north. Keep your eyes open for this little winter resident before it departs for the boreal bogs by late March. AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER We have dead fish in our pond. Is there something wrong? A few dead fish floating on the surface is not necessarily cause for alarm. The majority of fish kills that occur are due to a variety of natural causes. Fish can die of starvation, injury, stress, disease, parasites, lack of dissolved oxygen in the water, changes in pH, and even rapid fluctuations in temperature. Low dissolved oxygen levels are the most common cause of fish kills. The amount of oxygen in a body of water will vary with water temperature, aquatic plant densities and amount of sunlight. During the rainy season heavy runoff from rain water which does not contain dissolved oxygen can deplete the dissolved oxygen levels in a pond and cause a fish kill. Heavy rains also wash organic material, nutrients and fertilizers into the ponds, accelerating plant growth which can lead to depleted oxygen levels. These same rain events also carry herbicides, pesticides and pet waste into stormwater ponds. Ammonia, which comes from animal waste, is highly toxic to fish. LOW-HANGING BRANCHES By Ralph Marino Please be aware that there is a fourteen-foot height restriction for branches reaching over the road. This is a City of Lake Wales Ordinance. If the code officer receives a complaint, the code officer will investigate. If a violation exists, a letter is then sent. If it is not corrected within fifteen days, the complaint then goes to the Code Enforcement Board.
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH FORUM AT MONDAY COFFEE By Fay Wood, NW Chief It is time again for your NW Leadership Team to present what is happening in and out of Lake Ashton and throughout Lake Wales and Winter Haven. Special guests include the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs discussing what is happening in their cities. CAP (Citizens Assisted Patrol) Team members and other NW Partners such as Security Officers are also welcome to join in this important meeting at Monday Coffee, March 7 at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If you have specific questions to be answered, email them to fswperson@aol.com and these will become the questions of priority during the meeting. If time permits the Q&A will be opened to the audience. Let everyone continue to work together to keep this beautiful community safe and crime free all year long. There will also be a very special guest at Monday Coffee on March 14 - stay tuned for more information, because you won't want to miss either of these important community events! CERT CORNER - E.D.I.T.H . By James Schuppe That’s right Archie, E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drill In The Home) can save your life. Planning ahead of time in case of a fire can make the difference of life or death. You may only have a few seconds after you hear the smoke alarm to exit the home before the smoke becomes so thick you can’t see. Practice your escape routes (you need two) at least two times a year. Having a planned second route just may save your life in case the route you would usually take is blocked by fire or debris. Your second route might be as simple as a window in your bedroom. If you can’t climb out on your own, open the window and yell for help even before the fire department arrives. 20 After exiting the home, you should have a designated meeting place. This should be away from your home yet visible for when the fire department arrives. Letting the fire department know that everyone is out of the home, where the fire started, or if a person is still inside is extremely valuable information. If you are able to exit the home on your own, this is the time to call 911 and report the fire — not while inside. If you are trapped or unable to exit on your own, call 911 immediately and calmly give that information to the dispatch person. This will give valuable information to the fire department and assist them in getting you out of the house when they arrive. Close the door between you and the fire if possible. The more barriers between you and the fire the better. Stay in one location and if possible stay close to a window, yell for help and signal your location by waving clothing or by using a flashlight at night. This is extremely important for all, but especially if you have a disability preventing you from exiting on your own quickly. CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy.
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MOVIES The Black Heritage Club Presents: A Black Film Festival to Celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 FEBRUARY 1 — 3 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM HIDDEN FIGURES 2016 | PG | 2h 7min Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nat ion's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. FEBRUARY 8 — 10 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS ON FEBRUARY 10) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM HAMILTON 2020 | PG-13 | 2h 40min The original Broadway production of the award-winning musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the treasury, blending hip-hop, jazz, R&B and 22 22 Broadway styles, filmed from the Richard Rogers Theater in New York with the original Broadway cast. Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award winner LinManuel wrote and stars in the performance along with Emmy and Tony award winner Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and more. FEBRUARY 15 — 17 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM GLORY 1989 | R | 2h 2min Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle. Denzel Washington won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. FEBRUARY 22 — 24 FENCES 2016 | PG-13 | 2h 13min Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter. Viola Davis won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. The play by August Wilson, “the theater's poet of Black America,” won the Pulitzer for Drama in 1987. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC) & 3 PM FEBRUARY 4 (NO 3 PM SHOWING) LILIES OF THE FIELD 1963 | NR | 1h 35min Aimless ex-soldier Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) is on his way to California when his car overheats in the desert. He stops to get some water at an isolated farm and soon finds himself building a chapel for the nuns who live there. The stern mother superior (Lilia Skala) is certain God has sent Smith for just that purpose, and all of Smith's words to the contrary fall on deaf ears in this Oscar-winning film from director Ralph Nelson. Sidney Poitier became the first AfricanAmerican actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor and the second African-American Oscar winner overall for his portrayal of Smith. FEBRUARY 11 (NO 3 PM SHOWING) RESPECT 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 25min Follow the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a young child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom in the remarkable true story of the journey to find her voice and become the Queen of Soul. Stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and more. FEBRUARY 18 CARMEN JONES 1954 | NR | 1h 48min Screen version of the musical "Carmen Jones," which adapted Bizet's opera Carmen for an African-American cast. After the beautiful but troublemaking Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) sets her sights on pilotin-training Joe (Harry Belafonte), he leaves his girl, 23 deserts the Army and kills a man, prompting the couple to flee from justice. Soon, the tragic events they've set in motion come full circle. Dandridge become the first African American nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her role. FEBRUARY 25 SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT 1986 | R | 1h 24min This is a black and white comedydrama written, produced, directed and edited by Spike Lee. It was Lee’s first feature film to be released and it earned many positive reviews and launched his career. In 2019 it was accepted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress because of its historical and cultural significance. Nola Darling is free-spirited and free-thinking, but she can't seem to choose between a trio of ill-suited suitors: relationship-minded Jamie, shallow male model Greer and motormouthed bike messenger Mars Blackmon.
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EVENTS UPCOMING AT THE HFC! Happy Hour Karaoke will be held February 4 from 7 to 10 pm. There is a $5 entry fee, and a $10 table reservation. BYOB and snacks! SUPER BOWL PARTY Ge t y o u r t i c k e t s f o r t h e Don’t miss the Valent ines’ Dance on February 11 from 7 to 10 pm. There is a $10 entry fee and $10 table reservation. BYOB and snacks! Clubhouse Super Bowl Party and watch the big game (and commercials!) on the big screen! The party kicks off on February 13 at 5:30 pm (please note time change) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The game starts at 6:30 so you’ll have time to play fun football themed games and chow down on game food that includes a slider station, nacho bar, and chicken tenders bar. Your first beer, wine, or nonalcoholic drink is on us! There will also be a cash bar with beer bucket specials. Tickets are $25 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check (LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard. LA ASHTONETTES & SHAKERS AT MARDI GRAS The LA Ashtonettes and the LA Shakers have been FEBRUARY’S EVENTS Valentine’s Day Dinner Monday, February 14th Seatings from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reservations Required Weekly Entertainment Includes: February 6th - Sunday Funday with Quittin Time 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. February 13th February 20th - Join us for the Big Game Party - Sunday Funday with Carlos & Company - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. February 27th - Sunday Funday with Randy Goin’ Solo - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. www.ashtontapandgrill.com or (863) 324-5810 Join us Every Sunday for Brunch For Reservations Visit or Call: invited to participate in the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 26. The Parade begins at 3pm. Lake Ashton's long time friend, Family Elder Law of Lake Wales, has generously provided sponsorship. Bring a chair and join the revelers to cheer on Lake Ashton's very own marching groups. MARDI GRAS AT THE CLUBHOUSE Parti Hardi on Fat Tuesday at the Clubhouse’s Mardi Gras Party on March 1! roll on down to the Clubhouse at 7 pm and let the good times roll. Enjoy B. Haven live on stage while munching on red beans and rice with andouille sausage, boudin stuffed cornbread cakes with red eye gravy, and king cake cream cheese cupcakes, amidst immersive Mardi Gras décor. Parade down to the Activities Desk on February 7 after Monday Coffee to purchase your $20 tickets with a check (LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard. There will be a Fiscal Fitness Presentation on February 19 at 7 pm sponsored by Premier Events that will feature a meal provided by Ashton Tap & Grill at no charge, plus each attendee will receive a free Mardi Gras ticket. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. HOLIDAY CHEER WINNERS AT MONDAY COFFEE David Fix (far left) won 1st place in the Gingerbread House Contest, and Janice Serenko won 2nd. They each received gift certificates to Ashton Tap & Grill. George Pollock (right) won the Ugly Sweater Contest and a bottle of wine from Tessier Law Firm. HOLIDAY CLASSIC A BIG SUCCESS ! The Holiday Classic Cornhole Tournament on December 7 turned out to be lots of fun and great competition for the teams. The Popcorn Team came back from the losers’ bracket to take home the first prize trophy and money. Sponsoring was Lake Ashton resident Jim Weaver, who has been a strong pillar for the cornhole tournaments at the HFC. First place winning team members of Popcorn are residents Ted Harmon and Ervin Konrad who endured eight straight games to take home the top win. Second place winners are Tom Graaman and Ralph Ritter. Third place winners are Tammy and Robbie Shields. Congratulations to these skilled cornhole enthusiasts! The tournament was a successful group effort by the residents who participated, Tournament Coordinator Ken Keding, volunteer scorekeepers Danny Freedman, Gerald Revet, James Margeson, and Roger Bosman, and the entire HFC staff. The next tournament will be March Maddness on March 4. Get your teams ready by coming to league play that starts in January! Watch for more news on the tournaments and league play coming soon. If you have any questions about playing, contact the HFC Activities Desk at 863-595-1562. Mardi Gras PARTY MARCH 1 at 7 pm Clubhouse Ballroom B.HAVEN LIVE ON STAGE! MENU: RED BEANS & RICE WITH ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE, BOUDIN STUFFED CORNBREAD CAKES WITH RED EYE GRAVY, & KING CAKE CREAM CHEESE CUPCAKES TICKETS: $20 AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK Laissez les bons temps rouler! 25 25
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RELAY FOR LIFE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have its last fundraiser of this year by selling luminary bags and tea lights for a minimum donation of $10 and acrylic hummingbirds for $5 at Monday Coffee starting February 7. After every Monday, the luminary bags will be sold at both Activities Desks. Decorate the bag to remember a family member or friend you have lost to cancer or someone still fighting this disease. Return the bags to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk by March 14. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to join the Walk for a Cure at 6 pm on March 18 in the Clubhouse West parking lot to walk around the pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. Any questions call David Harrison 863-326-6418. 2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW The 14th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will be on display in the Clubhouse Ballroom on March 19 from 12:30 to 4 pm. Lake Ashton photographers and artists can pick up entry forms and guidelines at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Entry forms must be turned in by February 4. The show is open to all Lake Ashton residents, attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. 2022 SHOWCASE - TIME AFTER T IME By Karen Nelson Time is nearing for the long awaited LA Community Showcase, after a two year virus hiatus. The show, TIME AFTER TIME, will have opening night on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm. The matinee is Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 pm and will have a longer intermission than the two evening shows. Closing night is Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm. Your friends and neighbors have been working diligently on their singing and dancing to present a unique Showcase. 26 Residents may bring their 2020 Catch & Release tickets to the Clubhouse Ballroom on the following dates to exchange for the same seats in 2022: February 22 from 10 am to noon March 1 from 10 am to noon March 2 at 9 am March 3 at 9 am March 4 at 9 am Any 2020 tickets not exchanged by end of day on March 4 will be forfeited. Public ticket sales begin at 8 am on March 8 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. March is National Crafting Month! A resident crafter or crafting group will be highlighted throughout the month. Each crafter or group will host a class teaching how to make a specific craft. Take a look at the list below to see what exciting classes to sign up for at the Clubhouse Activities Desk! Prices include all the materials required to make the craft. Wednesday, March 2 at 10 am – Create beautiful handmade cards with resident crafter Donna Rorick for $10/person, limited to 24 people. Tuesday, March 15 at 10 am – Resident crafter Jill Groves will be teaching how to make gorgeous wire-wrapped creations for $10/person. Tuesday, March 22 at 10 am – Learn how to paint your own decorative rocks with the LA Rockers for $2/person. Wednesday, March 30 at 10 am – Make your own fashionable eyeglasses holder that can double as a necklace with The Art of Beading for $2/person.
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Live Entertainment Returns to Lake Ashton! Lake Ashton Presents DUELING PIANOS FEBRUARY 25 2022 FEATURED SHOWS 7 pm Showtimes Premium Tickets: $25 Regular Tickets: $20 Tickets on Sale at the STARS & STRIPES MAY 6 Clubhouse Activities Desk (Bring your Lake Ashton Resident Photo ID to purchase with Visa, MasterCard, or Check Payable to LACDD) Get your requests ready on FEBRUARY 25, and sing along to wild night of DUELING PIANOS where you decide the entertainment! KAZUAL will captivate your rhythmic senses by blending harmonious sound with their intoxicating vocals and dancing on APRIL 14! Travel back in time to the ‘60s on APRIL 22 with the PAISLEY CRAZE FLOWER POWER SPRING SHOW, a five-piece band playing the hits of the decade. JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans MAY 6 with STARS & STRIPES … a stirring evening of patriotic music, comedy, performance and spectacle. PAISLEY CRAZE APRIL 22 KAZUAL APRIL 14 The Doo Wop Reunion headliner show from 2020 is rescheduled for March 3, 2022. CELEBRATE, a tribute to the great vocal bands from the '60s and '70s, is rescheduled for April 1, 2022. If you purchased tickets in 2020, there is no charge for the rescheduled shows. You will use your original ticket from 2020 for these two shows, even if you upgraded for 2022. New tickets are available for purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Ticket Prices: 5 PM Regular: $24 | 5 PM Premium: $29 8 PM Regular: $29 | 8 PM Premium: $34 Lake Ashton Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for the following 2022 trips with a check payable to Small World Tours: 2022 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET SALES Individual tickets are on sale at Bus Trips the Clubhouse Activities Desk while supplies last. Limit one per resident. Individual Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular $21 | Premium: $26 8 pm Regular $26 | Premium $31 each FEBRUARY 18 - ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE AT THE BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATER $99/PP MARCH 17-18 - JUNGLE QUEEN RIVERBOAT $245/ PP (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT + $65) - FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 2 APRIL 12 - STARLITE MAJESTY CRUISE & SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL $79/PP - CURRENTLY FULL BUT NAMES ARE BEING TAKEN FOR A WAIT LIST JUNE 15 - BARBARA LEE LUNCHEON CRUISE $89/ PP - NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 1 SAV E T H E S E D AT E S : MARCH 27: ACADEMY AWA R D S WATC H PA R T Y IN THE CLU BHOU S E AP R I L 1 5 : BLUES PARTY IN THE CLU BHOU S E MORE DETAILS TO CO M E ! 28 Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad Kirwan, my 6-star agent!! Early in my decision to move to Tennessee for the next chapter of my life, I thought I would sell my home on my own. Avoiding a realtor commission seemed like a smart idea. People were doing it; why shouldn’t I? My son and daughter and their spouses came for a weekend, we met with my financial advisor, and the next morning, I phoned Brad to ask if he “worked” on Saturdays. He came and met my family and gave some background on himself. Brad’s experience and knowledge in all areas related to buying and selling real estate is quite impressive. But his soft spoken and humble demeanor also stands out. He took charge of everything along the way, reassured me and made it all incredibly easy for me. I highly recommend Brad Kirwan. He is worth every penny he earned! Verified by RateMyAgent Gladys Jenne 17 July 2021 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission Free Seller Home Warranty 29
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA 2022 season is off to a roaring start with very strong participation from its members. If you are a male member of the golf club and are not a LAMGA member, you are missing out on a lot of fun, good/fair competition and great camaraderie. The league plays every Wednesday morning throughout the year. The $25 annual membership fee is one of the best bargains in Lake Ashton. Registration forms are available in the Pro Shop. If you have not signed up yet, get to the Pro Shop as soon as possible so you do not miss out on any of the fun competitions planned for the year. The very popular Member/Guest Tournament, which occurs from March 10 — 12 is full with a field comprised of 60 teams. This year’s tournament promises to be one of the best yet including 45 holes of golf, a pre-tournament cocktail party, two breakfasts and three lunches provided by the Eagle’s Nest. Both the East and West Courses are in the best shape they have ever been, which is making play extremely enjoyable for all members. Congratulations to Ron Lavoie and his entire team from Indigo Sports for a great job of continually improving the condition of our courses. You can do your part by always taking the time to fix your divots and ball marks in addition to one or two others that you spot as you are playing your round. February’s schedule is comprised of: February 2nd – Individual Quota Points; February 9th – Pick Your Partner, 9 Hole Scramble plus 9 Hole Modified Alternating Shot; February 16th – Six, Six & Six; and February 23rd – Florida Scramble. LA NINERS By Diane Struble February is here, seems like we were just taking down decorations and finishing the holiday sweets. The Niners now have 87 members and are very pleased to welcome everyone! Ladies, be sure to arrive by 9 am each Tuesday so you can meet fellow golfers, find your partners, and have clubs loaded before the announcements. With these growing numbers, the pace of play is becoming very important. Keeping up the speed of play makes the game more enjoyable for all players. Each month a few tips will be listed. • Keep up with the group in front of you. • Do not spend more than the 3 minutes allowed for looking for a lost ball (or trying to fish it out of the water). During the January lunch, Trent gave a presentation complete with diagrams reviewing local rules and answering questions. A big thank you, as it was very informative and got everyone all on the same page on some issues. February 21 and 22 will be a ringer tournament with lunch on the 22nd. Start picking your partners and get ready for two days of fun! April is fast approaching and the Niners have 2 open positions available: Secretary and President. Both are two-year terms. The incoming President will hold the office of Vice President for one year then move into the President position. The Secretary holds her position for two years. Anyone who is interested in some great fellowship, lots of laughs, and working for the betterment of the league, please talk to any board member. They will be glad to fill you in and answer any questions. Please contact Vice President Karen Ferrande at 207-451-0143 if you have any questions. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman BEAUTIFUL WEATHER + 18 HOLES OF GOLF = A HAPPY LALGA! Congratulations to both Team Blue and Team Red members who participated in the Solheim Cup on January 10 and 11. Both teams fought hard but ultimately Team Red prevailed by only four points. It was an incredible couple of days followed by a wonderful lunch at the Eagle’s Nest. Thank you to committee chair Cheryl Coveleskie, the members of the committee, the team captains, the LALGA members and the Eagles Nest staff for making the event so enjoyable. “Be My ‘Par’ tner” is the theme for this year’s Member-Member Tournament on February 7 & 8. The two-day event will include the ribbon game, a scramble and lunch at the Nest. Questions? Check with Patti Panone or Diane Depuis. The LALGA continued in January helping children with the We Care for Kids Hygiene Kits. A special thanks to Nancy Zografos and the committee for their commitment to the Lake Wales and Winter Haven homeless children. This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Cici’s Pizza, Citizen’s Bank, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Color Me Crazy, Cool Screens Florida, Cornerstone Hospice, Country Boy Pest Control, Crayola Experience, Crazy Fish, Crooked Bass, Cuttin’ Up Salon, Cypress Bowling Lanes, Cypress Cigar, 31 Cypress Woods Golf Club, D & D Painting, Dan’s Fan City, Davidson of Dundee, Deer Creek Golf & Country Club, Denise Tessier Law Firm, Detroit Tigers and Domino’s Pizza. The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: Judy Mulhearn $45.25, Janice Fleming $43.50, Deb Louder $43.10 and Jan Kipp $42.60. Meet Donna Larsen From Ontario, Canada, Donna Larsen has been the Lake Ashton Club Champion not once, but twice! Donna and her husband of 45 years, Don, are snowbirds, and have three children and seven grandchildren. They met while working in a lumber yard and for the last 35 years are proud owners of their own lumber yard in Ontario, now managed by their son and sonin-law and where their teen grandsons work from time to time. She started playing golf at age 40 when her son wanted to play, so she and Don also learned. She purchased an inexpensive set of clubs and never looked back. She and Don played different courses in Canada and six years ago became members of their local golf club, Sawmill. Not only is Donna the Lake Ashton Club Champion but for the last four out of five years she has held the same title at the Sawmill Golf Course. This spring Donna was invited to Palm Springs, California, as the Lake Ashton 2021 Club Champion, for the 2021 PGA National Club Championship. The event was sponsored by the PGA, TaylorMade, Next Gen Golf and Jim Beam. She decided to throw her hat in the ring and participate. There were three age categories; under 50, 50-59 and 60+. Donna was in the latter. Of the 200 women playing in the event, 73 were in her category. She played the PGA West Stadium, the Indian Wells Celebrity and the Desert Willow Fire Cliff Golf Courses, all in Palm Springs. She tied for 24th place and said it was “an amazing experience.” She said she was “focused” during the event and believed it was a period of “self-growth” for her, and hopes to participate in the future. Way to go, Donna! The LALGA is so very proud of you!
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CLUBS CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The February 14 meeting will feature guest speaker Reinier Munguia who will share photographs from his recent photo safari to Kenya. Reinier has visited the group many times and has always given a very informative and entertaining presentation. On February 17 the club will enjoy a pontoon boat photo shoot on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes aboard Living Waters Boat Cruises. All Lake Ashton residents who enjoy photography are encouraged to meet with in the Clubhouse Cinema on February 14 at 10:30 am. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their February 2 monthly meeting via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks runs 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. Masks are recommended. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The February speaker is Paul Ritz, President of the Rainbow Ridge Polk County Democratic LGBTA Caucus, who will speak about current legislative issues in Florida of importance for the LGBTQ community. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club welcomed an abundance of talented people to the smashed, squeezed and pressed dried flower creations event on January 12. Members and non-members made bookmarks, arrangements to be framed and decoupaged candles. Members and non-members who attended will receive their personal laminated bookmarks. These will be handed out at the next meeting on February 9 at 10 am. at the Pavilion. A special thanks to Sil Wells for providing this service. Besides receiving the completed bookmarks, the February meeting will have another create project. It's an activity using succulents. The Garden Club Team will provide the necessary materials. Hoping people will join in the fun! Prior to the activity, there will be a discussion about the club's plantings around the Pavilion in the near future. A special thanks to the donations recently received. The Garden Club has no annual dues and donations are always welcomed. CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The Creative Quilters have been busy getting ready for the Quilters and Friends Quilt Show on February 16 from 1 to 4 pm. BOLLA, Sew What and Beading Buddies will also be showcasing their talents. Any Lake Ashton resident is able to show their quilted project at the show by simply registering it with Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087. Registration forms are available at either the Clubhouse or the HFC Act ivi t ies Desk. Registration ends February 11. There is also a king size quilt to be raffled off with proceeds going to BOLLA to purchase fabric. Tickets are available from JoAnne Malcolm 863-605-8871, at Monday Coffee or any Creative Quilter member. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next Genealogy Club meeting will be February 9 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come have some fun looking for your ancestors. Bring your laptops/tablets if you'd like. Call Jane Imparl at 815-545-6655 for more information. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz Calling all Disney Fans! The Magic Years Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month — next meeting is February 1 at 7 pm in the HFC Poker Room. The Magic Years Club is open to all Lake Ashton residents who enjoy learning about and going to Disney World. Not all activities require park tickets. Monthly events are beginning to be scheduled, so please come to the meeting for more information. There are quite a few new members, and veteran members are always available to help with any questions you have. Events for the coming months will be discussed at the meeting, so bring a check or $10 per person to reserve your spot. Contact Annie Lutz or Joan Enslen if you have any questions. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 23, at the Clubhouse. Sign-in and social time begins at 3:30 pm and the meeting will be from 4 to 6 pm. Looking forward to another great meeting! All Lake Ashton residents and their guests are welcome to join us. Point of contact is Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, 813-313-9911. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In January, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. Plans were finalized for lunch at Jacaranda. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on February 6. Pictured of several members enjoying the Christmas Social hosted by Jim and Jack Schlude. LA TRAVELERS By Carolyn Bishop The Lake Ashton Travelers Potluck will be held February 26 from 5 to 7 pm at the HFC. Contact Carolyn Bishop for more information at 919-606-8844 or cbbishop61@gmail.com. The Club is currently collecting dues for the 2022 season. Payments can be made at the Tuesday RV Socials in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 3:30 to 5 pm. Regular membership is $20/per home or Associate membership is $10 (if you no longer own an RV). The LA Travelers is a chapter of FMCA and you must have a FMCA membership to join this chapter. GATHERING OF UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES By Cynthia Halde Please note that the February gathering has been canceled because a new facilitator was unable to be found. If anyone is interested in taking the organization of this group on, please contact Cynthia at at 231-343-1847 or haldehaven@gmail.com. MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES If you are interested in playing on Fridays at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room, call Niru at 863-855-0075.
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LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg either MJ Richards or Alice Mayer to let them know you are coming. LA Rockers are back from celebrating the holidays with friends and family and everyone is raring to go. The group’s mission is to spread happiness and joy throughout the Lake Ashton community, in through the belief that a message (painted on a rock) received at just the right moment can change someone's entire day, outlook, and life. Come to the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. You don't have to be a talented painter — just pick up a small rock, paint a background, write a message, and hide it for someone else to find. It doesn't cost anything to try this since there is no need for first timers to make a huge investment for supplies. You can borrow what you need to start out. Please join the group at the next upcoming meetings that will be held February 9 and February 23 to see what we are about. To do so, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves Next Meeting: February 16 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom near the stage. You are invited to come check the group out and help support veterans. Many fundraisers are sponsored throughout the year. Regretfully the upcoming Tag Sale fundraiser, originally scheduled for March 2022, has been canceled. However, at the January Meeting (30 people attended) two new committees were created. The first committee is the Brainstorm for Veterans Group (BFVG). The committee is preparing (brainstorming) new fundraising opportunities to benefit veterans. They are very excited to bring to new ideas to raise money for the coming year to the next meeting (so please do come). The second committee is researching various charities for the funds to be donated. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White your grandchildren be surprised if you were in a swim meet? For further info. or questions, contact the volunteer coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com. Attention Calorie Counters, Waist Wat c he r s , a nd Fitness Junkies: Did you know that swimming is a good way to burn calories, keep lots of muscles in shape, and get fit? Do you know that Lake Ashton has a Swim Club which has reserved the pool 3 times a week so that residents can swim with others to burn calories, maintain weight, and stay or get fit? Most of those who come to the LASC workouts follow a provided suggested workout, while others do part of that or create their own. The idea is to be part of a group that does fitness swimming together. Swimming with others is safer, more fun, and more motivational. For those who want an external goal, it’s encouraged to aim for one or more Senior Games competitions, which offer swimming events similar to a typical high school swim meet. Wouldn't ATTENTION LAKE ASHTON LEADERSHIP Those in a leadership position for Lake Ashton clubs, groups or organizations can attend an informative session February 23 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Leaders will find out more about resources and support facilitated by staff. Topics include setting up electronic mail messages, planning events, clerical support, amenity policies, and more. The purpose of the session is to ensure organizational leaders know all of the available tools for a club’s continued success: promotion, media, support, guidelines, and more. While the session is designed for new leaders, anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend. Please sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk Information wall so adequate materials are prepared. $7,495 995
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MIND&BODY LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES ( LACES) ONSPOT DERMATOLOGY On Spot Dermatology has been confirmed and will be arriving on February 21. OnSpot is a mobile, fullservice dermatology practice with 4 full examination rooms that will be located in the HFC parking lot. They provide skin cancer screenings, MOHS surgery, biopsies, liquid nitrogen and mole removals, cosmetic dermatology, and more. They accept all major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. Keep a lookout for a blast that will be sent out with how to set up an appointment and much more. What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping™? Having a beautiful landscape while saving money and protecting our environment is possible. FloridaFriendly Landscaping™ uses nine easy to follow principles that can help Floridians do just that. There will be a presentation on February 18 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom where you can learn tips on creating and maintaining a beautiful FloridaFriendly Landscape! Sign up for this free class at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY! Explore the medium of water color with guest artist Freddie Combs. Join a day long workshops in water color techniques on February 18, March 18 at the HFC. For registration, supply list and information, contact the HFC Activities Desk (863- 595-1562 or kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr February 12 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Happiness is Sharing Cost $35 — payable at class CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held Saturdays at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor pool. Water fitness programs provide low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water offers a natural resistance which can help strengthen your muscles. Aquatic exercise can have several health benefits such as improved heart health, reduced stress and improved muscular endurance and strength. And, it is fun! Ladies and gentlemen are welcome! There is no sign-up required and the class is free. Bring a friend and start the New Year’s off with a new activity. Class duration is 45 minutes. See you at the pool! CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS February 18 is National Caregivers Day and caregivers of Lake Ashton are invited to join Cornerstone Hospice for a presentation discussing the impact of caregiving and identifying ways to facilitate healthy caregiving and resources. Snacks will be provided. The presentations will be February 18 at 9:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema and February 22 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 37
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CALLING ALL TAPPERS! The Tap Jammers meet every Friday at 10 am in the HFC Sport Court. The goal of Tap Jammers is to review steps, refine technique, and share fun camaraderie. You don’t have to be an accomplished tap dancer to participate, but you must have basic knowledge of tap dancing. Please note: this is not for the beginner level tap dancer. For more information, please contact Tap Jammer Facilitator Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Thursdays at 1 pm in the HFC COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am Intermediate: Tuesdays at 8:10 pm, Thursdays at 10:10 am Clubhouse Ballroom LA DANCE CLASSES: AMERICAN TANGO Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from .4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center No partner needed! FREE!! Join for fun and exercise! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY Wednesday mornings, 10 to 11:45 am at the HFC Community Center. All levels of Bible knowledge are welcomed to join in and study of the Book of Learn how to make a beautiful memory wire bracelet for only $2. The Art of Beading group will be teaching the class on February 14 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Be sure to sign up at the Activities Desk! RESIDENTIAL HORTICULTURE AT THE HFC Ever wonder which house plant is the best fit for you? Will the maintenance of it be too much for me? Come join us on February 22nd at 1:00 pm at the Health and Fitness Center to learn more about house plants and if they are a perfect fit for your lanai or screened-in porch. The seminar will be presented by UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteer Anne Yasalonis. Exodus. For more information contact Louise Gilla at 863-514-4015. MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Meets Tuesdays with fellowship from 10 to 10:30 am with discussion from 10:30 to noon. The group is non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. The group meets face-to-face at the HFC and also via Zoom. For more information contact Bob Ring at 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com, or Jim Brendemuehl, 815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com. VALENTINE ’ S MEMORY WIRE BRACELET

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LOOKING FDA A REAL ESTATE AGENT? Lake Ashton Realty Offers: 0 A CEL A 10 E Cancel Anytime - No Additional Fees $2,500 Con rlbution at Closing $2,500 Contributed to Seller Closing Costs 0 -Site O · e 3 Realtors - Waltt-ln Traffic - Open 6 days & Sunday by appointment r e tng Departmen Get maximum exposure of your home Terri Mattoc�s Bro�er Lori Roath Bro�er Associate Anita Piasec�i Realtor Lake Ashton Realty 4140 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-318-9542 I www.LakeAshtonResales.com Sarah Lord Mar�eting NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES February Issue Deadline: January 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ JANUARY 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Desk: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237
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MONDAY COF F EE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! JANUARY 3 First Monday Coffee of 2022 - expect some surprises! (Birthdays and Anniversaries are being celebrated on the 2nd Monday this month only) Featured Vendor: Edward Jones, Matt Simpson JANUARY 10 Birthdays and Anniversaries Bite Me Monday Featured Speaker: CHISPA Project Featured Vendor: Denise Tessier Law & Christine Graves Insurance JANUARY 17 Peanut Butter Monday Lake Ashton's 21st Birthday Kick-Off Come celebrate 21 years at Lake Ashton with fun, games, and 21 door prizes Featured Vendor: Caption Call JANUARY 24 - NO MONDAY COFFEE Board of Supervisors Meeting JANUARY 31 Enjoy a free Hot Chocolate on National Hot Chocolate Day! Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Family Elder Law - 10 Ways to Plan in 2022 and Beyond Featured Vendor: Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb CLUB, GROUP & ORGANIZATION PRESENTATIONS Group Leaders - please reach out to Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like to present your group at an upcoming Monday Coffee! This is a good way to introduce residents to the many activities that make Lake Ashton "Simply the Best". IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 32 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, January 21, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, January 24 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation model furnished by Turners. The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 5 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2022 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1350 12/21
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 10 am to 8 pm Sunday (Brunch 10 am to 3 pm) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: January 19 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm (1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays) 10 am to 2 pm (3rd Wednesday during the Monthly Market) BOOKMOBILE January 12 and 26, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on January 12, 2022 at 2 pm at the Clubhouse. Please sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form. TRASH PICKUP - NO CHANGE The holiday does not impact the regular service schedule for Lake Ashton residents. Lake Wales residents will put their trash out Thursday evening for pickup on Friday, December 31, and Winter Haven residents will put their trash out on Sunday evening for pickup on Monday morning, as usual. HOLIDAY CLOSINGS • Ashton Tap & Grill will close at 4 pm on DECEMBER 31. The Clubhouse and HFC offices will be closed all day in observance of New Year's Day. • Ashton Tap & Grill, Pro Shop, and Driving Range will be closed on JANUARY 1. A WEEKLONG CELEBRATION BEGINS JANUARY 17. SEE PAGE 26 FOR MORE DETAILS! 6 7
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Happy New Year! January is a great time for reflection and anticipation — reflection of the year that has passed and anticipation of the year to come. Plan to spend time at the amenities enjoying all that Florida’s peak season brings. Starting the week at Lake Ashton’s Monday Coffee informational meetings will provide a good overview of upcoming classes, shows, meetings, and parties. Mix it up in 2022 and try sitting at a new table at Monday Coffee! Hundreds of new residents moved to Lake Ashton in 2021, so reach out to new faces and welcome new neighbors. With the increase in population, staff has begun to see an increase in room bookings and activities being offered by residents, so there may be times when a room and or time that is desired may be unavailable. Luckily residents have two buildings in the community, so if a room or time is unavailable at the Clubhouse residents are encouraged to reach out to the HFC to check availability and vice versa. We are excited to see so many residents enjoying the amenities and want to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to book a room for a new activity or join one of the over 140 groups that currently meet at the Clubhouse. With that being said there are some changes that are going to take place as of January 1. This includes the renaming of "private" groups to "prior registration required.” Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Clubhouse Activities Desk to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the group they are looking to join. As a reminder, the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy states: "Club membership and Club activities must be available to all Residents or Renters/Leaseholders.” In addition, anyone booking a reservation in the Clubhouse Game Room needs to be aware that as of January 1, that room will be available for multiple activities at the same time. For example, if someone has reserved the Game Room to play cards or conduct a meeting, the room will still be available for open play on the billiards tables. If this does not match your needs staff will try their hardest to find a room better suited for what you require. An extra day of Open Bowling was also added to the schedule to accommodate the increase in use of that amenity. We hope residents understand these changes are not meant to be intrusive but to allow for the amenities to be enjoyed by all who want to use them. Staff always encourages residents to become more involved in community activities designed to benefit the body, mind, and spirit and with these changes and the support of the many club, group, and organization facilitators this will be possible for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260.820.0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863.875.9228 or 732.718.7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Supervisors and staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the club, group, and organization facilitators. These are all volunteers that work very hard to ensure there is a robust activities schedule for all residents to enjoy. Lake Ashton is lucky to have a large number of residents willing to volunteer their time in one way or another for everyone to live their best retired life. Be sure to thank a volunteer when you see them. Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704.302.6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863.949.0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 9 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director Another year of living in paradise … I hope you never tire of hearing that. OK, everyone knows that there’s nothing that is perfect, but looking at “the glass” as half full instead of half empty goes a long way towards a happier, healthier life. My wish for everyone is to enjoy a life filled with kindness, smiles, positivity, peacefulness, good health, and happiness. A big wish, but individually, we have the power to help make it happen. photo: Dennis Krupinski With this year being the 21st birthday celebration for Lake Ashton, we can look back and see the improvements over the years. Many events will be held at the HFC and the Clubhouse to celebrate the week of January 17th. Stop in and check them out. Good changes continue at the HFC. The Pickleball Courts have the bottom railing in place to secure the fencing as of December. The HFC building and Hwy. 653 Gate House have recently received a new paint job, and new wooden floors will be added to the Racquetball Court and Sports Court this month. In February new flooring will be installed in the Fitness Center. New LED lighting replacements continue at the HFC and so do the savings from these lights. Your LA II CDD Board continues to work diligently to improve your amenities without additional fees. Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday Lake Ashton! LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Planning, & Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com
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LA ( LW) CDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VACANCY Residents interested in being considered to fill the vacancy can submit a resume or letter of interest to the District Manager, Jill Burns (jburns@gmscfl.com) by Wednesday, January 12 at noon. In order to be considered you must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, and registered to vote at an address within the boundaries of Lake Ashton CDD (Lake Wales). The resident selected to fill the vacant seat will serve the remainder of the term until November of 2022. Feel free to contact the District Manager with any questions. WILDLIFE ALERT Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Even though the weather might be cooling down, those who live near lakes and ponds should still expect to see alligators from time to time, as evidenced by this picture taken by resident David Muller in mid-November! Remember - never feed or approach an alligator. If you encounter an aggressive alligator, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 1-866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). Alligators under 4 feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. As long as residents have a healthy respect for wildlife, including alligators, there are opportunities to live and let live. LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE By Shelley Miller The booming residential housing developments in the area are straining the roads, water, sewer and 12 power everyone enjoys. The LA Community Action Committee was formed to advocate for changes the group would like to see to ensure the safety and welfare of Lake Ashton residents. The January issue of the LA Times includes a flyer with more information and a survey to provide feedback from you to better represent the Lake Ashton Community. Additional comments are we l c omed — you c a n ema i l t hem t o LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com. An LA Community Action Committee meeting for all residents is planned to field concerns, questions, and ask for help in bringing this problem to the attention of decision-makers. This informational meeting will be held January 10 after Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom around 10 am. All Lake Ashton residents who are interested in this topic are invited to attend. AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER What is a littoral shelf and why does my pond have to have one? By design, some of the ponds in Lake Ashton contain littoral shelves, which are shallow planted wetland areas within the pond. Regulatory agencies, such as SWFWMD require that littoral shelves be vegetated. These areas are usually about 1-2 feet in depth and occupy approximately 30% of the pond. Littoral shelves provide emergent aquatic vegetation the appropriate water depth necessary to thrive. This vegetation competes with algae for space, light and nutrients and helps to filter out pollutants such as heavy metals, oils and fertilizers. The thicker and denser the littoral vegetation, the less sunlight, living space and nutrients for algae growth. Ponds and littoral shelves can provide an aesthetically pleasing and healthy habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including fish, birds and reptiles. NEW GOLF CART PARKING AREA AT THE CLUBHOUSE Several comments on the Focus 2025 survey mentioned parking being an issue at the amenities. The first Entertainment Series Show is on January 14, so this will be the first day of testing out golf cart parking on the Basketball Court during that show. Signage will be placed at the entrance to the parking lot advising residents that there is additional golf cart parking on the Basketball Court. Email blasts will be sent with pictures letting residents know where this additional parking is as well. This area will be available as an "overflow parking only" area during large events. As always, residents are encouraged to car or cartpool to highcapacity events at the amenities. OPEN BOWL ING AT ASHTON LANES An extra date has been added, so now residents can enjoy Open Bowling on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Stop by Ashton Tap and Grill, grab a drink and enjoy a game of bowling with friends. Instructions are on the bulletin board in the back of the room. Shoes and bowling balls are available for use. Please be sure to put the bowling balls and shoes back when done using them. LAKE ASHTON LEADERSHIP Those in a leadership position for Lake Ashton clubs, groups or organizations can attend an informative session February 23 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Leaders will find out more about resources and support facilitated by staff. Topics include setting up electronic mail messages, planning events, clerical support, amenity policies, and more. The purpose of the session is to ensure organizational leaders know all of the available tools for a club’s continued success: promotion, media, support, guidelines, and more. While the session is designed for new leaders, anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend. Please sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk Information wall or by using the online sign-up tool so adequate materials are prepared.
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CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of the TOYS FOR TOTS By Fred & Cynthia Halde Lake Ashton … you did it again! When the call went out to the community for support of "Toys for Tots", you responded, again, like you always do … with kindness and generosity. Your contributions will most certainly put a smile on the faces of many young people this holiday season. Well done! And many thanks to the HFC staff who helped with this effort, especially Krystle, who would call at least twice a week with the same five welcomed words: "The box is full again!” You are great, HFC. Many thanks! Peace to all. generous LA residents who donated gifts and gift cards to the Caring Tree. The need this year was even greater than last year and you responded by exceeding last year's generous donations. A special thank you to BOLLA who donated 65 blankets, Sew What who donated 75 handmade items, and the LA Niners who donated 213 gifts. The Lake Wales Care Center passes along their heartfelt "thank you" to everyone. You helped make a very merry Christmas for so many families in the area. BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR By Kathryn Jusaites On behalf of the Home Instead office in Winter Haven, we would like to thank the Lake Ashton Community for their participation in the Be A Santa To A Senior program this year. Your generosity and kindness are very much appreciated. THANK YOU FROM THE LA BENEF IT ASSOCIATION A huge thank you to the many Lake Ashton residents who have helped us raise funds for the local schools. It took many hands to run the Casino Night Benefit and we are so very grateful for all the time and effort you have given over the years. The schools have been very appreciative of our help. The last donation has been delivered by way of the Lake Wales Charter School Foundation. The need is still great so never stop helping the schools when you see an opportunity. 14 FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a gem flying on wings and a year-round resident in Lake Ashton. The male sports the iridescent ruby-red gorget. The hummingbird family, found only in the Americas, includes the smallest birds in the world. Their iridescent colors shine brilliantly depending on the light. These highly-territorial acrobats fly up, down, backwards, sideways and hover in one spot on wing beats as fast as up to 80 times per second. What's the best way to attract them? Hummingbird feeders are a lot of work to keep clean and safe for the birds. Those who use feeders should not use dye since it may harm the birds. Instead, a red ribbon tied to the feeder can get their attention. Landscaping with a small tree surrounded by Firebush or Firecracker is the safest and most effective way to provide perches and the high-energy nectar they need and love. Keep your eyes open — they are really fast! JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. This month outlines some of the General Usage policies at the Clubhouse and HFC. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Questions regarding these policies can be directed to LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director Mary Bosman (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). 16 AMENITY POLICIES – GENERAL USAGE SMOKING: Lake Ashton is a smoke-free community. Smoking tobacco products or electronic cigarettes are prohibited at all facilities and venues unless in a designated area PETS: Pets, (with the exception of duly registered service animals) are not permitted at Amenities Facilities with the exception of Pet Parks. If a special event allowing pets has been approved by the Amenity Manager, pets must be leashed or in an appropriate carrier, or placed in a cage. Users are responsible to pick up after their pets and to dispose of any waste in a designated pet waste receptacle or outdoor dumpster. PARKING: Vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Vehicles, bicycles and golf carts should not be parked on grass lawns, in any way which blocks the normal flow of traffic, or in any way that limits the ability of emergency service workers to respond to situations. The Amenity Manager reserves the right to waive this parking restriction in the event overflow parking is needed for a large event. OVERNIGHT PARKING: There shall be no overnight parking in Amenity Facility parking lots. OFF-ROAD VEHICLES: Off-road motorbikes/ vehicles, excluding golf carts, are prohibited on all property owned, maintained and operated by the District(s). FIREWORKS: Fireworks of any kind are not permitted on any Amenity Facility or property held by the Districts, with the following exception: the respective Board may approve the use of fireworks over specific bodies of water within its District’s boundaries. SERVICE AREAS: Service areas within the Amenity Facilities are off-limits except for Staff. DRONES: Drones and all forms of unmanned aerial vehicles are not permitted to be used inside Amenity Facility buildings any time without the written authorization of the District, except as permitted by law or regulation of an applicable government entity. special extended until 1/31/22
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Debby Landgrebe Members of the LA Lake Wales HOA have lots of things going on and your Board of Directors (BOD) are busy at work for you. You can reach your current HOA BOD at: • President Ken Rickey, president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President David Muller, vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Treasurer Bob Prowant, treasurer1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Keith Stevens, secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Debby Landgrebe, secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org or you can reach all the directors at once using directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. Assessments: By now you should have received your HOA assessment. If you haven’t please contact the management company Don Asher, immediately by email (HOAdues@donasher.com). Please note the assessment payment is due in January. However, all assessments received before February 15 will avoid additional processing and late fees. Check the assessment document for payment details. This is a NEW PROCESS. Assessments WILL NOT be accepted in the HOA mailbox or office. Checks are to be mailed along with the coupon or use a credit card online. Volunteers Needed: Get involved in your HOA! Members to run for the HOA BOD are needed. Dave Greer is chairing the Nominating Committee — contact him at dwgreer7738@sbcglobal.net if interested. The BOD will receive nominations from the committee on January 4. At the monthly BOD meeting on January 5, additional nominations from the floor may be accepted. Volunteers for ARC and other committees are also needed. In January the ARC Guidelines, now called The Design Review Guidelines, will start getting refreshed and updated. Volunteers are needed to assist with this project. Why not join? Thank you in advance. CC&Rs: At the time of this writing, the revised document is in the hands of the attorney. Once it’s returned to the BOD we will review and organize a town hall meeting regarding the revised CC&Rs. Additional information will be made available as the BOD is updated. Plan on attending the townhall meeting and the Annual Meeting. Your attendance means you will know first-hand what is going on. The BOD plans to present and vote on the revised CC&Rs as part of the Members Annual Meeting. Members Annual Meeting is scheduled for the end of February. This is your meeting, so please plan on attending. Send topics you would like to discuss or present, or updates you want to hear about, to directors@lakeashtonhoa.org with your name, address, phone number, and email. ARC Compliance: It is your responsibility to review and understand the ARC Rules, now called The Design Review Guidelines, which stem from the CC&Rs. It is your responsibility as a homeowner to file an ARC request before any outside changes or updates begins. Doing so will minimize issues for everyone. Vendors and/or neighbors cannot submit an ARC request on behalf of the homeowner. One of the reasons to purchase in Lake Ashton is because of its beauty. Don Asher Management Company will be looking at all Design Review Guideline compliances. All properties within the HOA are being reviewed for compliance with Design Review Guidelines. It’s up to everyone to maintain the beauty of Lake Ashton and that includes following The Design Review Guidelines. If you don’t have a copy or have questions, contact the HOA Manager at manager@lakeashtonhoa.org or HOA BOD at directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. This is a great community. Everyone can work together to maintain its beauty and camaraderie. Thank you for your help and support. SUBMITTING ARC REQUESTS FOR LAKE WALES RES IDENTS By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair All external changes you make to your home require an ARC request and approval prior to starting any project. To submit an ARC request, go to lakeashtonhoa.org, and download the form which can be found under the Documents tab in the Architectural Information section. You can complete the form by hand or on your computer. Then email the completed form to admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. DO NOT USE THE ‘SUBMIT NEW REQUEST’ feature on the website. The form can also be found on the information wall in Clubhouse Ballroom. You can either drop the completed form in the HOA box or have it scanned at the Clubhouse Office prior to dropping it in the HOA box. The deadline for complete ARC request submissions is 5 pm on Wednesday prior to the next ARC meeting. The ARC meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. WELCOME Dr Steven Reddick has been serving Lake Wales and surrounding areas for 35+ years. Our office offers services that included implants, crowns/ bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. “ Gentle and kind. We have been patients for many years and highly recommend Dr Reddick. Ted and Louise Price Residents of Lake Aston OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 OFFICE: (863)676-6507 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. JANUARY’S EVENTS Prime Rib Special January 14th & 20th - 3:00 p.m. - Close Reservations Only Weekly Entertainment Includes: January 9th - Sunday Funday with Quittin Time 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. January 16th - Sunday Funday with Carlos & Company - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. January 23rd - Sunday Funday with Randy Solo - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. January 28th - Karaoke with Wayne 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. www.ashtontapandgrill.com or (863) 324-5810 Join us Every Sunday for Brunch For Reservations Visit or Call: SPECIAL NEW PATIENT For Patients Without Insurance $ ” 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. Patients with Dental Insurance: Our office will file services to your primary insurance provider and will accept the insurance payment only. You will not be billed for the difference for the services mentioned above, for this special promotion only. Dental Insurance accepted: Our office accepts and works with most major dental insurance companies. We will file your primary insurance claim, and answer any questions you have about your plan. We offer Implant consultatons at no charge. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change.
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ENTRANCE GATE SAFETY SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief The Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch (which counts every resident as a deputized member) has expanded its mission of keeping a watch out for crime to watching out for unsafe traffic behavior involving commercial vehicles such as lawn care services, delivery services, or construction vehicles. All members should be vigilant for unsafe traffic practices in the community (i.e. stop sign violations, excessive speed or parking in a way that hinders the normal flow of traffic). As a leader in this Committee and an already successful crime deterrent/prevention partner with CAP, LA Security Officers and other Community Leaders, NW has a perfect venue to keep an eye out for traffic safety concerns throughout the community. If you see an unsafe condition involving a commercial vehicle, note the company name, phone number if available, as well as time and location of the incident. Then notify either the Community Director where the incident occurred, or the company directly. Neighborhood Watch and its partners have been instrumental in keeping Lake Ashton a relatively crime free community and adding these efforts to ensure traffic safety will further enhance our community’s safety. Happy and Safe New Year to all! All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. 20 Please use caution when entering and exiting the commun i ty v i a t h e T h omp s o n Nursery Road entrance. The entry gates are not on a sensor. They are set to open for three seconds and then close. If cars stop at the stop sign and then hit the button to open the gate that will give enough time for one vehicle to go through the gate. If residents hit the button on the gate opener coming off of Thompson Nursery Road it does not allow for enough time for the vehicle to make it through the gate and could potentially cause damage to your vehicle and the gate arm. If any of the gates are damaged due to negligence on the driver's part any costs involved with the replacement or repair of the gate arm will be the responsibility of the driver. When exiting the community, any vehicle close to the height of the overhang should use the right lane to exit the community even if turning left on Thompson Nursery Road. Not doing so puts your vehicle at risk of damage not to mention possible property damage that will be the responsibility of the driver. If unsure if the vehicle is close to the height of the overhang please err on the side of caution and use the right side to exit. Any questions regarding the operation of the entry and exit gates should be directed to Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message).
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MOVIES JANUARY 4 — 6 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM TICK, TICK … BOOM! 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 55min Suggestive material, language, some drug use. Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut in this adaptat ion of Jonathan Larson’s au tob i ograph i ca l mus i ca l . La r son , t he revolutionary creator of Rent, preceded his masterpiece with this unique, brooding, introspective musical about a young composer who is waiting tables in 1990s New York City while desperately working on what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Andrew Garfield stars as Jon, the composer facing mounting pressure from all directions as he tries to navigate the biggest crossroads of his life. JANUARY 11 — 13 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE LOST DAUGHTER 2021 | R | 2h 1min Language, sexual content, nudity. A college professor (Olivia Colman) confronts her unsettling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while January 19 Stop by the Ballroom Kitchen 30 minutes prior to each movie showing! 22 22 on vacation in Italy. Her obsession with the woman and her daughter prompts memories of her early motherhood. Also stars Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson & Peter Saarsagd, and written by Maggie Gyllenhaal based on the book by Elena Ferrante. JANUARY 18 — 20 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS ON JANUARY 20 THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 51min Strong language, thematic material. The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy). JANUARY 25 — 27 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM MUNICH - THE EDGE OF WAR 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 3min Thematic elements, brief violence, some strong language, smoking. Set in the fall of 1938, Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, and the government of Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons) desperately seeks a peaceful solution. A British civil servant and a German diplomat, former classmates, travel to Munich to discuss peace. ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 National Popcorn Day GET A BAG OF FREE POPCORN! MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC) & 3 PM IN KEEPING WITH THE 21S T BIRTHDAY THEME DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY … follows the subsequent investigation from the perspectives of the guests and their servants. Stars Maggie Smith, Clive Owen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Camilla Rutherford, Ryan Phillippe, Charles Dance, and more. JANUARY 28 MOULIN ROUGE TO SOME OF THE BEST MOVIES FROM THE YEAR 2001! JANUARY 7 BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY 2001 | R | 1h 32min At the start of the New Year, 32-yearold Bridget (Renée Zellweger) decides it's time to take control of her life -and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she's writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject, she's turning the page on a whole new life. JANUARY 14 - 11 AM ONLY (NO 3 PM SHOWING) A BEAUTIFUL MIND 2001 | PG-13 | 2h 14min Inspired by the Pulitzer Prizenominated book of the same name, this Oscar-winning drama charts the life and work of famed economist John Forbes Nash Jr., (Russell Crowe) a brilliant man plagued by the anguish of mental illness. JANUARY 21 GOSFORD PARK 2001 | R | 2h 18min A weekend hunting party at the home of Sir William McCordle turns into a murder mystery when the host is found dead. This witty whodunit 23 2001 | PG-13 | 2h 7min A naïve young poet (Ewan McGregor) falls in love with a cabaret star (Nicole Kidman), and their ill-fated romance serves as a convenient peg on which to hang a dazzling array of songs, from snatches of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." Also stars Jim Broadbent, John Leguizamo, and Kylie Minogue. But the real star is director Baz Luhrmann, who came up with this infectious concoction that won two Oscars for art direction and costume design as well as six other nods.
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EVENTS LA CRUISE-IN WRAP-UP What an amazing car show this year! There were 29 (yes, 29!) cars judged and 35 cars in total. And the weather could not have been more perfect! All in all, it was a wonderful day. A special thanks goes out to sponsors Gessler Clinic and Performance Plus, as well as the judge Patrick Russell, and the residents who took part in this year’s third annual LA Cruise-In Car Show. 2021 Winners (photos by Rich Comstock): Best Classic Blevins Hensley with his 1965 Mercury Comet Best Modern Lee Holman with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Crowd Favorite Chuck Luck with his 1997 Miniature Peterbilt SemiTruck on an F-250 Chassis TURKEY TROT BENEFITS LAKE WALES CARE CENTER The Inaugural Lake Ashton 5K Turkey Trot, held the Monday before Thanksgiving, was a great success. Organized by resident David Fix, participants raised $3,200 in this first of its kind event at Lake Ashton. Bikers, walkers and runners started and finished the 3.1 mile course at the Eagle’s Nest. All participants were invited to enjoy a hot breakfast when they completed the course. A check presentation was held at Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse on 24 December 6. Mike Morrow, Community Relations Coordinator for Lake Wales Care Center accepted the check on behalf of the Care Center. CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE By Jackie Ellis, Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton It was a beautiful evening decorated in black and red with a touch of gold to light up the ballroom for all Lake Ashton friends to enjoy. The blessing was given by Peter Perez, there was Christmas music by Rusty Trumpet Band, and great food provided by Cam's Catering. Please remember the great sponsors with a thank you if you’re looking for a future purchase: Cammeo’s Salon & Day Spa, Arts Golf Cars, Inc., and Huston Cadillac, Buick & GMC. A HUGE thank you also goes out to all who gave their time and efforts in decorating and clean-up, which was a big job! Thank you each of you. For the last ten years Jackie Ellis has done an outstanding job organizing and hosting the annual Lake Ashton Christmas Dinner Dance. At the December event she announced she would be retiring from this role and passing the torch to cochairs Lynn Shelton and Debby Landgrebe. Jackie leaves big shoes to fill and all are grateful for everything she has done and the guidance she will give going forward. Thank you, Jackie! Hope you all plan to attend the 2022 Christmas Dinner Dance, but until then, have a happy and healthy New Year! HOLIDAY CHEER WINNERS AT MONDAY COFFEE David Fix (far left) won 1st place in the Gingerbread House Contest, and Janice Serenko won 2nd. They each received gift certificates to Ashton Tap & Grill. George Pollock (right) won the Ugly Sweater Contest and a bottle of wine from Tessier Law Firm. HOLIDAY CLASSIC A BIG SUCCESS ! The Holiday Classic Cornhole Tournament on December 7 turned out to be lots of fun and great competition for the teams. The Popcorn Team came back from the losers’ bracket to take home the first prize trophy and money. Sponsoring was Lake Ashton resident Jim Weaver, who has been a strong pillar for the cornhole tournaments at the HFC. First place winning team members of Popcorn are residents Ted Harmon and Ervin Konrad who endured eight straight games to take home the top win. Second place winners are Tom Graaman and Ralph Ritter. Third place winners are Tammy and Robbie Shields. Congratulations to these skilled cornhole enthusiasts! The tournament was a successful group effort by the residents who participated, Tournament Coordinator Ken Keding, volunteer scorekeepers Danny Freedman, Gerald Revet, James Margeson, and Roger Bosman, and the entire HFC staff. The next tournament will be March Maddness on March 4. Get your teams ready by coming to league play that starts in January! Watch for more news on the tournaments and league play coming soon. If you have any questions about playing, contact the HFC Activities Desk at 863-595-1562. 2021 HOLIDAY PARADE Golf carts, bicycles, pets, specialty cars, performers, and walkers kicked off the holiday season with a festive parade that started at the HFC and ended at the Clubhouse with participants and spectators enjoying refreshments, special holiday drinks, and a sing-a-long with the LAdybugs Quartet. Photos by Dale Steenberg and Carolyn Bishop. 25
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Cheers to Lake Ashton 21 YEARS ofLakeAshto n ! Lake Ashton turns 21 in 2022, and everyone is invited to celebrate! Get your tickets now for the 21ST BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 FROM 6 TO 10 PM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM. A beer, wine, or non alcoholic beverage will be included in the ticket price of $35 along with hors d'oeuvres, birthday cake, entertainment, fun and games, photo booth, and a special Lake Ashton 21st Birthday lanyard. Cash bar will be available. Purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with Visa, MasterCard, or check payable to LACDD. OTHER EVENTS: JANUARY 17 - 9 AM - CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM: Free coffee and doughnuts plus 21 door prizes to give away JANUARY 18 - 2 PM - HFC: Lake Ashton trivia JANUARY 19 - 3 PM - CLUBHOUSE LAWN: Resident Photo Shoot 4 PM - CLUBHOUSE PARKING LOT: FREE BLOCK PARTY! Bring your own lawn or portable chairs, enjoy yard games, a live DJ, concession stand and a cash bar. JANUARY 21 - 2 PM - HFC: Ice Cream Social & Open House 26 live Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for the following 2022 trips with a check payable to Small World Tours: Bus Trips FEBRUARY 18 - ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE AT THE BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATER $99/PP - NO REFUNDS AFTER JANUARY 18 MARCH 17-18 - JUNGLE QUEEN RIVERBOAT $245/PP (SINGLE SUPPLEMENT + $65) - FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY FEBRUARY 2 APRIL 12 - STARLITE MAJESTY CRUISE & SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL $79/PP - NO REFUNDS AFTER MARCH 29 JUNE 15 - BARBARA LEE LUNCHEON CRUISE $89/PP - NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 1 2022 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET SALES Individual tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk while supplies last. Limit one per resident. Individual Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular $21 | Premium: $26 8 pm Regular $26 | Premium $31 each L.A. PURPLE STARS CHILI & SOUP COOKOFF January 28, 2022 Clubhouse Ballroom 4 to 6 pm $10 DONATION FOR 12 TICKETS CHILI, SOUP, TOPPINGS, BREADS & DESSERTS! Sample delicious varieties of chili & soup made by Lake Ashton residents and help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
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SPAGHETTI SOCIAL Join friends and neighbors for a casual Spaghetti Social January 5 from 4 to 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse! For $10 you will get a delicious plate of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and a cannoli. Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with Visa, MasterCard, or check payable to LACDD. CELEBRATE AT THE HFC! Tables for Happy Hour Karaoke January 7 and the Disco Fever Party January 21 at the HFC are available for reservation at the HFC Activities Desk for $10 per table (cash/checks only). DJ Wayne will be providing karaoke for the Happy Hour event, and he will also be spinning tunes from the 1970s for the disco party (costumes are encouraged, but not required). For both events, you can BYOB and snacks. Tickets for entry will be $10 at the door on the nights of the events (cash/ checks only). Stop by the HFC Activities Desk during regular business hours of 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday to get your table reserved. Come join in on the fun! SPORTS TRIVIA Gather a team of no more than eight for Sports Trivia January 12 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Come up with great team name and see who the real sports buffs are. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or the online sign-up form. LAKE ASHTON’S AMAZING GOLF CART RACE It’s not just a race or a competition … it’s a challenge! Meet at the Clubhouse at noon on January 27 and race against time and complete challenges, just like the Amazing Race on TV. Tasks will be a combination of recreational, mental, and observational. Something all ages and genders 28 can do and enjoy. Communication and working together is the key for teams to see who will win the ultimate golf cart challenge. All teams will face the same challenges but will not be doing them simultaneously so you won’t know how your team is doing until the end. The race should last about two hours after a brief instructional meeting. There are prizes for top finishing teams. The challenge is limited to 16 teams, so sign up early at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Teams can be two to four members. Sign up as a team, or an individual to be placed on a team. 10TH ANNUAL HEALTH EXPO The 10th Annual Health Expo will be hosted at the HFC on January 28 from 8 am to 2 pm. Come explore the different areas of expertise by local doctors and companies right here in the Polk County area. There will be a range of different doctors and companies that can help you with your health needs. CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison Cooks are needed for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the LA Purple Stars team on January 28 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Donations of baked goods are also needed, individually wrapped for the "dessert" table. Tasting tickets can be purchased at the Activities Desk. Each cup of chili, soup, corn bread, drink & dessert is one ticket and all proceeds benefit the LA Purple Stars and the American Cancer Society. Don't miss this chance to warm up with many varieties of chili and soup. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: FEBRUARY 16 QUILT SHOW AT THE CLUBHOUSE MARCH 1 MARDI GRAS PARTY AT THE CLUBHOUSE (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 29
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MID ATLANTIC PARTY By David Harrison SUPER BOWL PARTY It's time again to have fun at the Mid Atlantic Party on February 6 at 5 pm in the HFC. Anyone who has ever lived or worked in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey is invited. Menu consists of fried chicken, homemade crab cake, and a soft drink for $20. The location is the HFC because there you can BYOB. Tickets go on sale January 3 at the HFC Activities Desk with a check only, payable to Mid Atlantic Party. Choose white or dark meat chicken and crab cake preference when you sign up. Please bring a side, salad, or dessert and serving utensil to serve eight. Tickets will be sold until January 24 or 120 are sold. February 6 is the Sunday before Super Bowl, and there is no football. This is a great way to meet people from your state. Contact David or Barbara Harrison at 863-326-6418 with questions. Huddle up, team! Here’s the game plan: You’re going to get your tickets for the Clubhouse Super Bowl Party and watch the big game (and commercials!) on the big screen with your friends and neighbors. The party kicks off on Sunday, February 13 at 4 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Enjoy great food from Ashton Tap & Grill, drink fantastic beer (or other beverages — one free beer, wine or soda is included with your ticket purchase), play football themed games, and have fun. No excuses, no slacking, team! Lake Ashton residents are winners! No other Super Bowl parties can compete! Defeat is not an option because at this party, you play hard and celebrate hard! Don’t drop the ball — get your tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk starting January 10 after Monday Coffee for $25 with a check (LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard. 2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW The 14th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show has a new date of March 19 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Lake Ashton Photographers and Artists can pick up entry forms and info at the Clubhouse Activities Desk after the new year. There will be a general informational meeting January 22 and entry forms are due February 4. Thanks to the excellent sponsors, there is no fee to enter your art and photography work. The show is open to all Lake Ashton residents — attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. 2022 SHOWCASE By Karen Nelson The countdown is on! The 2022 Showcase (formerly the Talent Show) will be presented on April 8 (opening night), April 9 (Saturday matinee), and April 9 (closing night). The cast and crew have been working diligently to create and present the Showcase — by Lake Ashton residents. Details to come! 30
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GOLF LA NINERS By Diane Struble The Niners welcomed in December with an early holiday lunch of a pasta buffet that ended with red velvet cake on December 7 after a four-person scramble. A huge thank you to Vicki and crew who always go above and beyond to make these lunches special. Everyone was pleased with the 22 ladies who participated in the Member/Member tournament December 9 and 10. Everyone really enjoyed the experience, and hopefully there will be bigger numbers next year! There's plenty of excitement left in the winter schedule with scrambles, shambles, and five clubs along with postable score games. The annual Niners/Blue Man tournament will be held January 25 to January 26. This event is a scramble that gives both leagues the chance to play together, two males/two females, a guaranteed good time for all. Any questions about the league can be answered by Karen at 207-451-0143. Wishing everyone a safe and very happy 2022! LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA 2022 season begins January 5 and promises to be another exciting year of fun, friendly and competitive events. The highlight of December was the annual meeting luncheon on December 1 preceded by a Pick Your Partner Best Ball Event. The 2022 Board was introduced following the conclusion of our November elections and is comprised of Rolly Geyer - President; Larry Wilson – Vice President; Don Connors – Treasurer; Tim Wayt – Tournament Chairman; Jacques Fleischmann – Secretary; and Paul Fichtman – Publicity Chairman. It’s that time of year again to join LAMGA for the 2022 season that kicks off on January 5. The league plays every Wednesday morning throughout the year. This year’s schedule includes many great formats with a large amount of Pick Your Partner/Pick Your Foursome events and a number of lunches included throughout the season. The highlight of the year is the Member/Guest Tournament March 10 — 12 for which details will be announced within the next couple of weeks. The $25 annual membership fee is one of the best bargains in Lake Ashton. Registration forms are available in the Pro Shop. If you have not signed up yet, get to the Pro Shop as soon as possible so you do not miss out on any of the fun competitions planned for the year. Once again in 2022, Red Hoagland Hyundai will sponsor the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge from January 1 through October 31. This very popular contest awards the top four LAMGA money winners during regular Wednesday league play with $80, $60, $40 & $20, respectively in Pro Shop credits. January’s schedule is: January 5: Pick Your Foursome, Best 3 Nets; January 12: Modified Net Stableford; January 19: Pick Your Foursome/Beat the Board, Best 3 Nets; and January 26: Pick Your 10 Holes that will Count. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Central Florida Visitors Center, Century 21, Chain of Lakes Refrigeration, Cherry Pocket, Chili’s, and Christine Graves Insurance. As always, the LALGA has had a very busy December. Not only do ladies play golf but We Care for Kids brought in 214 toys for the annual toy drive. Kudos to Nancy Zografos for her leadership of this activity. Thank you Lake Ashton! The Red Hoagland Challenge started this November and will run through the end of May. Those LALGA members who are the highest money winners will receive Pro Shop credits from Red Hoagland Hyundai in the denominations of 1st place $80, 2nd place $60, 3rd place $40 and 4th place $20. The following four women are the top money winners to date: Linda Franz $25.25, Janice Fleming $23.50, Sue Buss $22.00 and Deb Louder $20.25. The numbers are finally in and the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament donated $34,692.06 to the Watson Clinic Foundation. A formal presentation will be made to the clinic in January. Again, thank you to the committee for its tireless work in making this tournament the best it can be and the Lake Ashton community for its support. This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Blue Thumb Pool Care, Bob Evans, Bock & Hoeft Custom Painting, Bok Tower, Bond Clinic, Brad Kirwan Real Estate, Brewer Sales & Service, Bunting, Tripp & Ingley, LLP, C & C Landscaping, Cammeo’s Salon, Carrabba’s, Celebration Golf Club, Celebrity Cruise Lines, If you make a holein-one, send your name, date, hole, and course number to be featured in the LA Times to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com 33 Meet Sandra Hockenberry Sandy grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania called Kittanning. She attended Butler County College and became an LPN. She met John Milsom at a high school reunion and they have been together for the last 10 years. She and John are temporary snowbirds but they plan on making Lake Ashton their full time residence in the next year. As she said, they “found the light.” Sandy and John were looking for a pet friendly 55+ community, as they have two dogs, and they came across Lake Ashton. They drove through the front entrance and Sandy said, “It was like someone had sprinkled pixie dust on me.” She was hooked from the very first visit. They looked at homes one day, put a deposit down the next and went to the design center on the third, as they were returning to Pennslyvania. Sandy has been playing golf on and off for about 15 years but only played 9-hole games up north. She enjoys playing with the 18-holers especially since there is a variety of games played. In addition to golf, Sandy enjoys Bunco, Aqua Motion, her neighbors and traveling with a group of women whom she’s known for 25 years. They enjoy traveling all over the world. Welcome to the LALGA and Lake Ashton Sandy Hockenberry!
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CLUBS BOCCE BALL By Vicki Creek Community Bocce Ball has become a very popular sport here at Lake Ashton. If you know the Lake Ashton Bocce Rules, you are welcome to join on the Bocce Courts located next to the Clubhouse on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 10:30 am. If you aren’t familiar with the rules please contact Carl and Linda Boast at 540-297-7336 for an introductory lesson. “Many a friendship has been made on the bocce courts!” Hope to see you there! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock As the new year begins the Camera Club is looking forward to resuming a full schedule of outside activities and guest speakers. The January 10 meeting will feature a presentation by club member Ron McKie on using a DSLR camera for making videos. In February we have a boat trip scheduled on the chain of lakes. Additional activities are being planned. If you are a Lake Ashton resident who enjoys photography you are welcomed to attend the meetings which are held on the second Monday of the month at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. CO-ED BOOK CLUB By Margie Dersham A few openings are available in the Coed Book Club held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Clubhouse/Card Room at 7 pm. For more information, contact Margie at 352-359-3029 or justrightsacres@gmail.com. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their next monthly meeting January 6 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson general meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. January speaker is Kait Thomson, Director of Government Relations and Community Engagement for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Officer elections for Vice President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and two board seats (in-person only) will be held. A drawing will be held for four $25 gift cards (must be present in-person only to win). Please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. DUPL ICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Ballroom from 12:45 pm until approximately 3:30. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the Clubhouse Ballroom information wall. A partner is required. For assistance finding a partner email Dfuller627@yahoo.com. Recent results were: December 13: 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 2nd Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek, 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming December 6: 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming, 2nd Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 3rd Marion Nelson & dana Cunningham November 29: Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 2nd Marian Nelson & Dana Cunningham, 3rd Dana Griffiths & George Rogers November 22: 1st George Rogers & Don Fuller, 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 3rd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club Team welcomed many new members at the December meeting. Thank you. The next meeting is scheduled for January 12 at 10 am in the Pavilion. The meeting's focus will be on how to use pressed flowers/plants to create a lasting creation. Sil Wells presented ways to press and use them in many formats at the December meeting. From framed art, to bookmarks and even flowers on candles, it's a great way to keep enjoying the garden. Sil encourages individuals planning to attend the January meeting to begin pressing flowers/plants in a sturdy book, such as a phone book. The Garden Club wants this to be an exciting opportunity to try something new and chat with many garden gurus who attend. If attending, please bring the necessary materials of choice, whether a frame, marker, candle or any other material needed. Treats will be served. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next Genealogy Club meeting will be January 12 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come have some fun looking for your ancestors. Bring your laptops/tablets if you’d like. Call Jane Imparl at 815-545-6655 for more info. GATHERING OF UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES By Cynthia Halde This invitation is a call-out to the residents, past or present, of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. For the last several years, LA residents connected to these states have gathered together to celebrate their geographic roots by coming together for some food (potluck) and fellowship. But, new coordinators are needed to continue. The date is set for February 18 in the HFC Community Room at 5:30 pm. Someone is needed to send out emails/phone calls, set up food list, tell HFC what/how tables should be set up, etc. We will be glad to go over what we did in the past. If no one volunteers to coordinate the potluck, it will be cancelled. At the very least we would like to update the records, so please pass along your thoughts and contact information to Cynthia Halde at 231-343-1847 or haldehaven@gmail.com. Please respond by January 12 and a final decision on whether it’s a go or no go will be communicated by e-blast in February and the February LA Times. LAND OF LINCOLN CLUB By Pat Bergstrom Illinois friends — meet at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 910 3rd Street SW, Winter Haven, on January 12 at 5 p.m. Please sign up for this event at the Clubhouse Information Wall no later than January 10. Anyone is welcome to this event. LA BELLES LUNCHEON By Pat Bergstrom The January luncheon will be held January 26 at 1 P.M. at the Harborside Restaurant, 2435 7th Street, SW, Winter Haven. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by January 24. Order and pay separately for your food. LA residents new and old, start the new year right by joining the Belles! Contact Birdie Sell at 630-992-6195 or Pat Bergstrom at 740-624-6903 with any questions. TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers The new time for Tuesday Party Bridge is now 1:45 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. Congratulations to the November/December top scorers (in order): November 16: Maffie Walter, Liz Leigh, Jerry Ryan, Chris Vergis. November 23: George Rogers, Kathy Ryan, Judy Mulhearn, Liz Leigh. November 30: George Rogers, Jeannine Connors, Julie DeMarois, Pauline Pare. December 7: Graham Littlehales, Linda Boast, Chris Verges, Char Walter. New players are always welcome. Email George Rogers at georgerogers4321@gmail.com or call 419-708-3320. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In December, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. Gifts were wrapped for the Senior Orphans. Future plans include a Christmas get-together, potluck at the HFC, and lunch at Jacaranda in January. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on January 2.
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LOOPLANDER CHARITY DONATION By Dana Rosendall The CLLEO luncheon group (Classy Looplander Ladies Eating Out) is made up of Women from the “Loopland” section of Lake Ashton – Stone Creek Loop, Heathland Lane and Ventana Lane. Each year this group “adopts” a local charity to support in lieu of a gift exchange. This year the group chose the Lake Wales Care Center. This year they set a goal that was higher than any previous year and thanks to the charitable spirit of this group, not only did we reach their goal, but they exceeded it! A check for $1350 was presented to the Care Center at the December monthly dinner. Great Job Loopanders! Pictured above: Linda Rosendall, Mike Morrow from Care Center and Ellen Rebo. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz Calling all Disney Fans! The Magic Years Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (January 4). Due to an increase of members the monthly meetings were moved to 3 pm in the HFC Community Center. The Magic Years Club is open to all Lake Ashton residents who enjoy learning about and going to Disney World. Not all activities require park tickets. Please come to the meeting for more information on upcoming events. There are quite a few new members, and veteran members are always available to help with any questions. Events for the coming months will be discussed at the meeting, so bring a check or $10 per person to reserve your spot. Contact Annie Lutz or Joan Enslen with any questions. MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES If you are interested in playing on Fridays at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room, call Niru at 863-855-0075. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS LA TRAVELERS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION By Carolyn Bishop The LA Travelers have finished out 2021 with a November Rally at the nearby Cabana Club RV Resort and a December Home For The Holidays Dinner Dance at the Clubhouse. The November Rally was jammed packed with fun and fellowship at the new RV Resort in Auburndale. A Chain of Lakes boat tour was one of the highlights of the weekend. A competitive corn hole tournament had to take place inside due to some rainy weather and many also put on their creative caps and made some beautiful Holiday wreaths. John Tice and crew grilled up some delicious meals and fun and fellowship was had by all. The Home for the Holidays Dinner Dance completed the year right here at home with over 125 members celebrating this holiday season. DJ Wayne kept the party hopping and the very own LAdybug Quartet honored the group with some lovely Christmas songs. The C l u b i s c u r r e n t l y collecting dues for the 2022 season. Payments can be made at the Tuesday RV Socials in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 3:30 to 5 pm. Regular membership is $20/per home or Associate membership is $10 (if you no longer own an RV). The LA Travelers is a chapter of FMCA and you must have a FMCA membership to join this chapter. Travel: The only thing you buy that makes you richer. $7,495 995
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LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club held their annual Christmas Party at the HFC on December 11. There were over 100 members and guests in attendance and it was an awesome night for everyone who enjoyed great food, sang Christmas carols with the LA Ashtones, and danced to music from the 60s-70s, performed by the LA Wrecking Crew. The January meeting will be held at the Clubhouse on January 26 from 4 to 6 pm. Social time will begin at 3:30. This month’s speaker will be JC Martin who is the Chairman of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee. He will discuss party priorities for 2022 and will officiate the election of officers. All members and LA residents are invited. Contact Brenda BushSayre, (813)313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com for more information. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Happy New Year! LA Rockers wishes all the members, potential members, friends, and admirers a happy, healthy, and productive 2022. December was wonderful. On December 1, the group learned to make pebble art — gluing small pebbles to larger rocks to create a scene or design. There are definitely some wonderful pebble artists in the group. The annual holiday cupcake party was held on December 15, and exchanged "Socks and Rocks" creations. In addition, more than enough painted rocks were created to donate holiday rocks to all the residents of the Brookdale Nursing Home on Cypress Gardens Blvd. The extra rocks were spread throughout the Lake Ashton Community in order to bring holiday cheer to LA neighbors. Come to the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. It’s free! There is no need for first timers to make a huge investment for supplies — you can borrow what you need. Upcoming meetings are January 12 and 26 — come see what the group is about! To do so, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards or Alice Mayer and let them know you are coming. Once again, happy 2022! SEW WHAT A ND SO MUCH MORE By Gretchen Frantz The name Sew What and So Much more reflects the great variety of crafts enjoyed by the members. The group meets every Thursday from 1 to 3 pm in the HFC craft room. Expanded beyond craft sewing, the Thursday afternoon sessions may include projects in knitting, crochet, card stitching, diamond dot painting, cross stitch, needlepoint, wreath making and so much more. The knitters and crocheters work year round making hats, scarves and afghans for charity. More than 450 hats have been delivered to schools in Lake Wales and Winter Haven, and dozens of lap robes and afghans to church and hospice organizations. Come and share your works in progress, refresh an old skill or learn something new with fellow crafters. LA WOODWORKERS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING By Fred Powell Lake Ashton Woodworkers will be holding their annual Membership meeting on January 17 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse after Monday Coffee. At this meeting the election of new officers will be held. Current members will need to sign the 2022 waiver form and pay the annual dues. Residents interested in joining should attend the meeting to sign up. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The LA Swim Club is full of action! LASC members, Cathy Liska and Sharon Swanson, excelled at the 2021 Florida State Senior Games. They were among the top swimmers who competed December 11 and 12 in Coral Springs. Sharon and Cathy have qualified to compete at the National Championships in May, plus Cathy brought home a gold and two silver medals and Sharon swam three personal best times. Congratulations, ladies, and everyone wishes you fast swims at Nationals. The Florida State Games are 30-years-old this year and are part of the National Senior Games organization. Did you know that the FL Senior Games organization offers 21 sports or recreation activities through 19 regional games? Polk County offers one of those, but, unfortunately, the 2022 Polk Co. Games have cancelled all indoor events, including swimming, due to the pandemic. The Swim Club has donated a giant digital clock to the HFC pool. Most clocks are hard to see for many swimmers. This multi-function clock is highly visible and can help water exercise instructors, lap swimmers, water walkers, and swim club group workouts. The LA Swim Club invites you to come swim with them. Three group workouts are offered each week for anyone looking for great over all and injury free exercise, those who don't like to swim alone, and those looking for motivation to get fit and stay fit. All interest levels are welcome. See the HFC schedule for Club workout times. For more information, contact sandyw1994@aol.com. LA PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION By Chuck Caesar Happy New Year from the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association! LAPA is excited to kick off the new year with a clinic for anyone interested in learning the game or improving their skills. The clinic will focus on basic skills but is perfect for others just wanting to brush up on their game for the new year. Calvin Eakins will lead the clinic on January 6, January 13, and January 20 at 2 pm. This is a great way to learn the rules of the game, improve your pickleball skills, and meet new people. The second event will be the annual meeting on January 25 at the HFC. It will include a potluck dinner. For those planning to attend there is a signup sheet at the HFC. At the annual meeting, officers for the 2022 year will be elected, a financial update will be provided, and any other issues of concern to the members will be discussed. If you are interested in serving as an 39 officer in the LAPA, please let one of the current officers, Calvin Eakins, Lisa Savala or Chuck Caesar, know. Also, please let them know if there are any topics that you would like included on the agenda for the meeting. Thank you to the members of the CDD board for authorizing the improvements to the fences around the pickleball courts. This has really improved play. LAPA is looking forward to a great year and many new pickleball friendships! LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves Next Meeting: January 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse Ballroom, near the stage. You are invited to come check the group out and help to support veterans. There are several activities and fundraisers scheduled for 2022. The first event of the year is our Community Tag Sale (Garage Sale) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The Community Tag Sale will be open to the public and will be held on March 26. It is a great opportunity for you to sell your unwanted items – perhaps even some of those holiday gifts that you really wish you had not received! Please — no clothing donations. Share a table with a friend or donate some of your items to the LAVA Auxiliary. The donated items will be sold and the money will benefit the veterans. Table rentals are $25 and will go on sale February 1. As always, LAVA Auxiliary could never do as much for the veterans without the help and support of the wonderful Lake Ashton Neighbors. Visit the Clubhouse hallway to admire this quilt created by LA residents Maxine Ritter, Pat Howe, Terri Mattocks, Jackie Tice, JoAnne Malcolm, Nancy D’Herin, Pam Fex, Rosalie Freudenberger, Leslie Kennedy, Marie King, Judy Robertson, Margaret Guilliam, Marsha Martin, Lorna Ashton, Betty Turpin, and Nancy Hallfin. Each season a new quilt along with a sign identifying the contributing quilters will be displayed, showcasing the talented residents of Lake Ashton.
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MIND&BODY CLUBHOUSE FITNESS CENTER ORIENTATION January 10 at 1 pm. Please sign up on the online form or at the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES (LACES) "Lace up" and come down to the Clubhouse Ballroom January 26 at 1 pm to learn the real meaning of Arbor Day. UF/IFAS will teach residents about community forest canopy, the benefits society gains from a healthy and diverse forest canopy, and the steps residents can take to help protect and enhance the community forest. Sign up for this free class at the Clubhouse Activities Wall or the online sign-up form sent out via email blast. EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY! Explore the medium of water color with guest artist Freddie Combs. Join a day long workshops in water color techniques on January 14, February 18, March 18 at the HFC. For registration, supply list and information, contact the HFC Activities Desk (863595-1562 or kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr January 8 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Icy Lake Cost $35 — payable at class CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. ONSPOT DERMATOLOGY OnSpot is a mobile, full-service dermatology practice with four full examination rooms that will be located in the HFC parking lot. They provide skin cancer screenings, MOHS surgery, biopsies, liquid nitrogen and mole removals, cosmetic dermatology, and more. They accept all major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. OnSpot Dermatology will be at the HFC for the first time on January 21. More information will be provided in an email blast closer to the date. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held Saturdays at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor pool. Water fitness programs provide low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water offers a natural resistance which can help strengthen your muscles. Aquatic exercise can have several health benefits such as improved heart health, reduced stress and improved muscular endurance and strength. And, it is fun! Ladies and gentlemen are welcome! There is no sign-up required and the class is free. Bring a friend and start the New Year’s off with a new activity. Class duration is 45 minutes. See you at the pool! CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS 40 February 18 is National Caregivers Day and caregivers of Lake Ashton are invited to join Cornerstone Hospice for a presentation discussing the impact of caregiving and identifying ways to facilitate healthy caregiving and resources. Snacks will be provided. The presentations will be February 18 at 9:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema and February 22 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign-up at the Activities Desk or on the online sign-up form.
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CALLING ALL TAPPERS! The Tap Jammers meet every Friday at 10 am in the HFC Sport Court. The goal of Tap Jammers is to review steps, refine technique, and share fun camaraderie. You don’t have to be an accomplished tap dancer to participate, but you must have basic knowledge of tap dancing. Please note: this is not for the beginner level tap dancer. For more information, please contact Tap Jammer Facilitator Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Date & Time: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Location: HFC LA DANCE CLASSES: NIGHT CLUB TWO STEP Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Night Club Two Step is NOT like the Country Two Step! It is a Ballroom dance that can be danced to many different styles of music. Classes are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center on January 3, 10, 17, and 24. FREE and no partner needed! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY Women of Lake Ashton - Consider adding the Women’s Bible Study to your 2022 calendar! We meet every Wednesday morning at 10:00 - 11:45 at the HFC Community Center. We welcome all levels of Bible knowledge and encourage you to join in our study of the Book of Exodus. Class resumes again on January 5th. Bring your Bible and join in the group discussions, workbook lessons, music and fellowship as you meet new friends and study God's Word. More information from Louise Gilla at 863-514-4015. MEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back snowbirds and new residents, and invite you to join the weekly meetings every Tuesday. Fellowship is from 10 to 10:30 am with discussion from 10:30 to noon. The group is non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. The group meets face-to-face at the HFC and offer a Zoom connection for those who prefer not to meet face-to-face. Currently stories from the Old Testament are being studied. Verses are read and questions pertaining to the story are discussed. There is an open, positive, educational, and voluntary dialogue. You don’t need to be a theologian to join. You’ll find that as you examine your faith, you learn more about God & yourself. Please contact Bob Ring at 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com, or Jim Brendemuehl, 815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com. 42

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES January Issue Deadline: December 15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ DECEMBER 2021 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Desk: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Annie Toth, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! DECEMBER 6 Birthdays and Anniversaries Blast from the Past with David Harrison Roundtable Discussion with Bruce Lyon with the Winter Haven Economic Development Council Featured Vendor: Christine Graves Insurance DECEMBER 13 Bite Me Monday - Bring Donations for the Polk County Humane Society Christmas Songs with Victory Ridge Featured Speaker - Ritz Theatre Featured Vendors - AdventHealth, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, and Denise Tessier Law Firm Holiday Celebration (Sock Exchange, Ugly Sweater Contest, Gingerbread House Competition). Celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and neighbors. Free cookies and coffee for all attendees! Donuts will be available for $1 each. All residents will be given a chance to win door prizes and there will be special prizes given out for winners of the Ugly Sweater and Gingerbread House Contests. DECEMBER 20 - NO MONDAY COFFEE (Board of Supervisors Meeting) Peanut Butter Monday Bloodmobile in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Photo IDs required. DECEMBER 27 NO MONDAY COFFEE — Happy Holidays! Monday Coffee will resume January 3 IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 18 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 32 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, December 20 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, January 21, 2022 9 am — HFC CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 10 am to 8 pm Sunday (Brunch 10 am to 3 pm) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week TRASH PICKUP DECEMBER 25 - NO CHANGE The holiday does not impact the regular service schedule for Lake Ashton residents. Lake Wales residents will put their trash out Thursday evening for pickup on Friday and Winter Haven residents will put their trash out on Sunday evening for pickup on Monday morning, as usual. HAVE VISITORS? December is a traditional time for residents to host family and friends. Remember, when you see a visiting grandchild, they are guests of your neighbors so please extend every courtesy possible. Residents: please be tolerant of extra activity at the pool and other Clubhouse amenities. Those hosting family should remind them to be 6 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: December 15 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm (1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays) 10 am to 2 pm (3rd Wednesday during the Monthly Market) BOOKMOBILE December 8 and 22, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot HOLIDAY CLOSINGS • DECEMBER 24: ASHTON TAP & GRILL WILL CLOSE AT 4 PM. THE CLUBHOUSE OFFICES AND HFC OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY IN OBSERVANCE OF CHRISTMAS DAY. • DECEMBER 31: ASHTON TAP & GRILL WILL CLOSE AT 4 PM THE CLUBHOUSE AND HFC OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY IN OBSERVANCE OF NEW YEAR’S DAY. considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. It is helpful if a resident accompanies their guests at any of the amenities, but is not required. Anyone using amenities at the Clubhouse or HFC should have a Lake Ashton Resident ID Card or Facilities Guest Pass. Register guests at either Activities Desk during business hours. Residents must bring at least one adult guest to sign the form. Renters must have a copy of their rental agreement. NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on January 12, 2022 at 2 pm at the Clubhouse. Anyone new to Lake Ashton is welcome to attend. Please sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form. 7
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director It's the most wonderful time of the year at Lake Ashton. Enjoy time with friends and family while basking in the beautiful Florida sun this holiday season. The community entrance and Clubhouse are decked out with lights and holiday décor to add to the festivity of the season. There are several activities scheduled to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, such as the Christmas Dinner Dance, Holidays Around the World, the Annual Holiday Parade and a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball in the Ballroom. Some of the most rewarding community holiday traditions involve volunteering and giving to those in need. Think about donating to a local charity (there are several 501 c(3) charities in Lake Ashton), dropping off a gift to the Caring Tree, volunteering your time at a local food bank, or helping out a friend or neighbor in need. While it is the traditional season for celebrating, some in the community are in emotional pain and struggling to get through the month. Grieving friends and neighbors can use some extra care during the holidays. Those who have recently lost loved ones can be helped by others being supportive and inclusive. Suggestions from hospice professionals: invite a neighbor along to a community celebration, ask if they are interested in volunteering, offer to help with decorating or baking, send a special holiday card, or be willing to listen. Lake Ashton is known for being a caring community and there is no better time of year to care for thy neighbor. The LACDD Board of Supervisors met on November 15 and approved the purchase of a new security golf cart, the recovering of the Restaurant awning with a waterproof vinyl awning, and a one-time vegetation clean-up of an area near hole number 5, bordering Lake Ashton, on the East Golf Course. A wrap up report was sent out on November 17 via email. Residents that did not receive this information email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com to request a copy. The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be on December 20 at 9:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Residents are encouraged to attend. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on lakeashtoncdd.com. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff Supervisors and Staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Boxing Day. Our wish is that by sharing traditions with friends and neighbors this holiday season, the bonds created will last for years to come. YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMUNITY ARE MEANT TO BE AS PLEASANT AND MEMORABLE AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO LET STAFF KNOW HOW THEY ARE DOING. A RESIDENT FEEDBACK FORM AND SUGGESTION BOX IS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY DIRECTOR’S OFFICE IN THE CLUBHOUSE. THERE IS ALSO A REPAIR REQUEST FORM LOCATED IN THE CLUB OFFICE. IF YOU NOTICE ANY AMENITIES IN NEED OF REPAIR, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM AND TURN INTO THE CLUB OFFICE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 9 AM TO 5 PM. 8 260.820.0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863.875.9228 or 732.718.7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704.302.6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Harry Krumrie, Assistant Secretary Restaurant 407.766.9237, hkrumrie@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863.949.0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director Happy Holidays from the Board of Supervisors of LA II CDD, staff and volunteers! 2021 hasn’t been without new challenges relating in some way to COVID for everyone. We missed our Canadian residents for 11 out of the 12 months this year, but some are now back “home”. Your LA II CDD Board of Supervisors has approved the replacement of the Fitness Room, Sports Court and Racquetball Court floors, also the repairing and grading of the cart path near the driving range, and the repair of specific areas along both lanes of Ashton Boulevard as well as on Pebble Beach Boulevard. The HFC and Gate House will be painted, and 2 hand dryers will be added. These project schedules will be sent out in eblasts to allow residents ample notification. The December Board meeting was cancelled, with the next meeting scheduled for January 21, 2022. Don’t forget The Holiday Party on December 3rd with the Rusty Trumpet Band at the HFC! Bring your own snacks and beverages and start out the holiday celebrations! The double elimination Holiday Classic Corn Hole Tournament will take place on Tuesday, December 7th. Bring your munchies or even lunch and beverages and enjoy the day of corn hole whether you play or cheer on your favorite team! The Activities Office will be closed on Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st because of the holidays. Check your calendars, however, as private activities may be planned for those days. A listing will be posted at the desk. Please stay healthy and enjoy every minute of the holiday season. Stop over to the HFC and have some ice cream on Fridays. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Planning, & Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com 10
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LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE By Shelley Miller At a recent Monday Coffee Meeting, several officials from Lake Wales briefed the LA residents about the new residential development at Rt. 27 and Thompson Nursery Road. On October 26 an informational meeting was held at the Clubhouse to address the concerns of the residents of Lake Ashton of the upcoming housing developments and their impact on the community. This meeting resulted in the formation of the LACAC to advocate for changes to ensure the safety and welfare of residents. A steering committee has been charged with getting more data about these future changes and their impact on Lake Ashton. This group feels that proactive dialogue with decision makers is needed now before the plans are finalized, and would like to have residents of Lake Ashton to join in on this endeavor. Residents are encouraged to email ideas, suggestions, and input of any kind (even just a note indicating your support for this ef fort) to LakeAshtonCommunityAction@gmail.com. A community meeting for all residents is planned for January to field concerns, questions, and ask for help in bringing concerns to the attention of those who are decision-makers. Look for the meeting date in the January LA Times. CONSERVATION AREAS The conservation areas adjacent to some homes in Lake Ashton are protected by a permit with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The clearing or trimming of any trees or vegetation beyond rear property lines is prohibited as these conservation areas lie within LACDD (District) property. The permit identifies the District as the sole manager of these areas, and as such, the District is responsible for maintaining them in their natural state in perpetuity per the permit. These areas were part of the original integral design of the community and cannot be altered from their native state. In addition to ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS trimming and clearing of trees or vegetation, please be sure there is no yard art, garden furniture, bird feeders, non-native plantings, or plant trimmings in these areas. Any encroachment into this conservation area that requires remediation may necessitate correction at homeowner’s expense. No maintenance in these areas should be conducted without first contacting staff. If you are unsure if any area near your home is a conservation area or if you have concerns or questions, contact Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Thank you for your assistance in keeping Lake Ashton beautiful and in compliance with SWFWMD. AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER - WHAT IS A STORMWATER RETENTION POND? photos by Dennis Krupinski Stormwater ponds are man made features located in your neighborhood. Retention ponds are sometimes mistaken for lakes. Retention ponds play a unique role in managing surface water quantity and quality. Stormwater retention ponds are designed and constructed to reduce flooding during high water periods – they are not designed to hold water on a regular basis. They also trap sediments and other large solids carried by runoff from roads, parking lots and lawns. In addition to sediments, stormwater ponds also collect a number of other pollutants such as bacteria, oils, fertilizers, heavy metals and organic contaminants such as animal wastes, pesticides and herbicides. The stagnant water allows heavier contaminants, such as solids or metals, to sink to the bottom of the pond and eventually become bottom layer sediments. The retained water naturally filters the contaminants and returns clean water to nearby streams or wetlands. Some of the retention ponds have outfall structures that allow the water to slowly drain to another location. $7,495 995
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CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock Winter Haven. All gifts are distributed to seniors residing in Polk County. All gifts need to be turned in to the HFC by December 8. Thank you to all of the Lake Ashton residents who have donated their new, unwrapped gifts for the Caring Tree so far. Every gift means someone in need in the Lake Wales area will have a much brighter holiday season. You are not restricted to only buying what's on the tag. They are only a suggestion. Feel free to buy whatever you feel the recipient would enjoy. Gift cards are always welcome, especially for teenagers. Leave your gift cards with the activities desk staff. Please remember that the last day to bring in your gift is December 17. This will allow time to distribute the items. BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR By Kathryn Jusaites Stop by the HFC and take a tag off the tree and BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR sponsored by Home Instead of HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE For the month of December non-perishable food donations will be accepted all month long to be donated to Lake Wales Care Center. Please drop off donations to the Ballroom Kitchen in the Clubhouse. TOYS FOR TOTS By Fred & Cynthia Halde Did you know that the "Toys for Tots of Polk County" won special recognition last year for its contribution of toys for the community? Did you know that Lake Ashton was a significant contributor of toys to this cause? Did you know the Toys for Tots box is now up and open in the HFC and will be till the middle of December? Well, now you know! Lake Ashton is such a great and generous community, so the hope is you will again respond with your gifts and put a smile on the face of a child this holiday. It’s off to a great start! May the giving continue. Many thanks, Lake Ashton! Questions? Call 231-343-0638. MEDIA CENTER NEWS By Mary Blue The Media Center volunteers would like to welcome all the new and returning winter residents. The Media Center is for everyone's use. Taking out books is on the honor system. No checkout needed. Please return books and puzzles and place on the cart for the volunteers to reshelve. All donations are appreciated, however, because of space we do not take cookbooks, medical books, or books that are not in good condition. If you have a large donation, please let us know before bringing them to the media center. Call the office or Mary Blue at 605 261 4416. We are especially in need of any large print books you would like to donate. Enjoy the media center! WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 15 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Northern Cardinal, a familiar and favorite bird of many, adorns numerous Christmas cards this time of year. Mrs. Cardinal may not be a Christmas-cardcover bird like her husband, but she is a subtle beauty in her own right with lovely hues of olive and tan tinged with red. She is one of the few female North American songbirds that actually sings! Many Lake Ashton residents do not realize what a common year-round bird this is in Florida. Residents who landscape with native plants, providing natural cover in their backyards, could be treated with a nesting pair. However, be prepared for them to attack their reflections in your house windows or your car's mirrors. It can be a battle to get them to stop their daily attacks once they have spotted a supposed interloper! Northern Cardinals are easily seen at Bok Tower Gardens at the bird feeder near the Window by the Pond. JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. This month outlines some of the General Usage policies at the Clubhouse and HFC. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Questions regarding these policies can be directed to LACDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LAIICDD Community Dir ector Mary Bosman (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). AMENITY POLICIES – GENERAL USAGE CONDUCT: Individuals using the Amenity Facilities are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible, respective, courteous and safe manner, in compliance with all Policies/provisions and rules of the Districts governing the Amenity Facilities. Violation of the District(s) Policies and/or misuse or destruction of Amenity Facilities equipment may result in the suspension or termination of Amenity Facilities privileges with respect to the offending Individual. CONFLICTS: Conflicts between Amenity users should be referred to Staff or security. Under no circumstances should verbal or physical confrontation occur between Amenity users. ALCOHOL: All persons must be twenty-one (21) years of age to consume alcohol at any Amenity Facility, and must do so in a responsible manner. In regards to LA CDD’s Clubhouse: no alcohol may be brought into the physical structure of the Clubhouse, adjoining outdoor patio and pool deck. Alcoholic beverages held and/or consumed within the physical structure of the Clubhouse, adjoining outdoor patio and pool deck must be purchased through the holder of the liquor license registered with the State of Florida to serve alcoholic beverages at 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, Florida. Any registered holder of said liquor license shall be required to provide the Amenity Manager with an applicable certificate of insurance naming the District as an additional named insured. In regards to LAII’s Community Center: The Community Center Amenity Manager may approve consumption of alcohol for events held at the Community Center by a vendor who is in possession of a valid liquor license and proof of insurance. See Section XI(vi) regarding the Community Center herein for more specific information regarding alcohol at the Community Center. AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! Just Looking? Stop into the new Plantation Choose from over Customize without Compromise! 2000 fabrics & leathers model furnished by Turners. Or, Shop Online TurnerFurnitureOnline.com TURNER’S MATTRESS GALLERY A Better Night’s Rest For Less! 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 17 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2021 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1348 11/21
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Keith Stevens May your holiday season be one of the best ever for you and your family. For your board of directors, the holiday season is one of the busiest of the entire year. Annual assessment invoices must be sent and details of the coming annual meeting and election must be finalized. In addition, this year there is preparation for the vote by members on proposed changes to the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). It is expected for that vote to be at the annual meeting in February. The board and its legal counsel are working with the CC&R committee to put the final text in order and to assure that the voting procedure will be in accord with Florida law and the Lake Ashton governing documents. The board approved the annual budget at the November board meeting. The budget for fiscal 2022 will be $60,983. A copy of the budget is available for the asking at the HOA office or by calling the HOA office at 863.325.0065. The annual assessment will be $60, the same as last year. Lake Wales HOA members will be receiving their assessment invoice in December. Payment is due January 1 and assessments not paid by February 15 will be considered late and be subject to a late fee of $25 plus interest and administrative fees. Lake Ashton has an exemplary history of very few late payments. The delinquency rate for assessments in the community is usually less than one percent. It's another reason Lake Ashton is "simply the best". The management company, Don Asher & Associates, will be sending out the assessment statements with a coupon to mail in your payment. Alternately, for those who have set-up their on-line account on the Lake Ashton website, they can pay via credit card. Credit card payments will be assessed a small convenience fee. For those who have not set-up their on-line account, please contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org if you desire to create your online account. In addition to the year-end tasks, the regular tasks continue. The compliance focus for December is mold, mildew and stains. Compliance officers will be looking at homes, awnings, driveways and the like for evidence of stains and mildew or mold that should be cleaned. The board thanks the Members for their cooperation in addressing and correcting issues found in the monthly compliance focus. This is also the season to consider volunteering to become a director for the HOA board. If you would like to nominate someone for director or you would like to volunteer to serve, please contact the HOA office (863.325.0065) or contact nomination committee chair David Greer. Again, happy holidays from your HOA Board of Directors. 10 19
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SAFETY All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Safety On Wheels (Courtesy of Law Enforcement) Being safe in our vehicle is important, but also avoiding issues that could make us a target for criminal activity. A few simple ways to stay safe: • Always roll up the windows and lock your doors when you leave your car • Glance inside of the vehicle prior to opening the door to be sure nothing is amiss. • If you think someone is following do not go home —drive to the nearest police or fire station to get help. • Do not pick up hitchhikers (and never hitchhike). • When stopping at a light, leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front in case someone approaches in a threatening manner and you need to pull out! • Drivers get angry if someone tailgates or cuts them off. Let a tailgater pass. Don’t be drawn in to a “test of wills”. CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are                                                once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). SAFEGUARD YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ON SHARED COMPUTERS Please remember to log out of all online accounts when you are finished using the computers in the Media Center. This includes email providers, shopping sites, and social media accounts. In the interest of your safety and security, passwords should never be saved on shared computers. Please see Staff if you have any questions. (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & Warranty on new units parts labor * Special January & February pricing (typically our slower months) Winner Free Estimates & Free 2nd Opinions Goodman • Bryant • Franklin • Grandaire • Trane • Carrier • Lennox- etc We service all makes and models 21
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MOVIES MOVIE TIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 DECEMBER 1 — 2 (NO 7 PM MOVIE DECEMBER 1) LANSKY 2021 | R | 1h 59min Language, violence, sexual references. A renowned but down-on-his-luck writer (Sam Worthington) has the opportunity of a lifetime when he receives a surprise call from Meyer Lansky (Harvey Keitel). For decades, authorities have been trying to locate Lansky's alleged fortune and this is their last chance to capture the aging gangster before he dies. With the FBI close behind, the Godfather of organized crime reveals the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate. DECEMBER 7 — 9 THE POWER OF THE DOG 2021 | R | 2h 7min Adult themes, language, sexual content, nudity. A domineering rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) responds with mocking cruelty when his brother brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her son, until the unexpected comes to pass. DECEMBER 14 — 16 DEAR EVAN HANSEN 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 17min Suggestive material, brief strong language. The brea t h t ak i ng , generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high 22 22 schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. DECEMBER 21 — 23 JUNGLE CRUISE 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 7min Adventure violence. Inspired by the classic Disneyland ride, this actionadventure follows persevering scientist Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) in her search for a fabled tree with healing properties -- a quest that takes her into the Amazon jungle with an intrepid riverboat captain (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson). DECEMBER 28 — 30 DON’T LOOK UP 2021 | R | 2h 25min Language, some sexual content, nudity, and drug content. An astronomy grad student (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. It's on a direct collision course with Earth, but no one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. Also stars Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rylance, and more. Special Holiday Movie Showing December 24 at 3 pm THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL 1992 | G | 1h 25min Bring your popcorn, a beverage, and come in your golf cart or car to the Clubhouse East Parking Lot (weather permitting) to watch the Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC) & 3 PM DECEMBER 3 CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT 1945 | NR | 1h 41min Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a magazine columnist who touts herself as a blissful wife, mother and expert homemaker living on an idyllic Connecticut farm. Trouble is, it's all a lie. When her publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) cooks up a scheme to boost circulation by having Elizabeth entertain a war veteran (Dennis Morgan) on Christmas Eve, will her charade unravel? DECEMBER 10 ( NO 3 PM MOVIE) TRAPPED IN PARADISE 1994 | PG-13 | 1h 54min Fresh out of prison, Alvin (Dana Carvey) and Dave Firpo (Jon Lovitz) pull their brother Bill (Nicolas Cage) back into a life of crime. But the siblings' foolproof bank heist takes a tailspin when Alvin gets lost in the getaway car. That's how the criminal nitwits wind up trapped in the snowbound burg of Paradise, Pa., on Christmas Eve with a bag full of stolen cash. With suspicious police on one side and hospitable townsfolk on the other, could a change of heart be far away? DECEMBER 17 HOLIDAY INN 1944 | NR | 1h 41min Bing Crosby croons to the tune of the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" in Irving Berlin's love triangle romantic comedy. Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy (Crosby) retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal (Fred Astaire) for a singer-dancer's (Marjorie Reynolds) affection. NO MOVIES DECEMBER 24 & 31 23
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EVENTS NIGHTMARE ON THE LAKE By Cheryl Winchester The Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) would like to thank all the residents of Lake Ashton that supported the haunted house event. This was a large undertaking and all of you helped in making a huge success. Big thanks also goes out to all of the Lake Ashton organizations that made the trick or treat tables exciting and fun with plenty of treats! None of this would have been possible without all of you. With the profits, LAPAC is able to move forward and start prepping for the 2022 Showcase on April 8 and 9. From the casts’ hearts of the haunted house, thank you very much! RUSTY TRUMPET HOL IDAY PARTY AT THE HFC Enjoy a night of festive music from your local band Rusty Trumpet December 3 from 7 to 10 pm at the HFC. Dance along to the greats with your friends and neighbors while in the holiday spirit. Table reservations are sold out but some seating will be available, but it is limited to first come first serve. Q&A WITH RES IDENT AUTHOR Join resident David Cline in the Cinema on December 6 at 10:30 am as he discusses the making of his fiction novel, "Capitol Corruption". The murder suspense novel highlights a battle between good and evil while showing how good people fight corruption by working together. Sign up using the online sign-up form or on the activities wall in the Ballroom, as space is limited to 55 people. HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD Celebrate Holidays Around the World December 10 at 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! Stations representing the below countries will feature common holiday foods, and traditional music from these world holidays will be played by a live DJ. Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a Visa, MasterCard, or check for $30. Italy: Lasagna Bolognese Kenya: Mashed Sweet Potatoes Colombia: Beef Empanadas America: Sliced Turkey with Gravy Israel: Latkes and Jelly Doughnuts Canada: Butter Tarts Monday Coffee &Holiday Cheer Three fun events to get you in the holiday spirit will take place at a fun-filled Monday Coffee December 13 at 9 am. Other holiday-themed games will be played, so get your holiday game face on! Sign up for the below at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or the online activities form. Ugly Sweater Contest — wear the ugliest most festive holiday sweater you can make or find. The resident with the best sweater will win a $20 gift card to Ashton Tap & Grill. Holiday Sock Exchange - Share your holiday Spirit by bringing a brand-new pair of holiday socks (both men’s and women’s socks) filled with goodies (individually wrapped sweets, gag gifts, ornaments, etc.) to exchange by playing a fun game with friends and neighbors. Gingerbread House Contest – Build the sweetest home you can and bring it in to Monday Coffee — your friends and neighbors will vote for their favorite house. The house with the most votes wins a $20 gift card to Ashton Tap & Grill! LA Cruise-In DECEMber 11 10 am — 1 pm and coffee, with a cash bar available. The great Rusty Trumpet Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are on sale for $35/person at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Help with decorating and clean up would be garden salad, French rolls, chocolate cake, apple pie, iced tea, water, START YOUR ENGINES AND ROLL ON DOWN TO THE CLUBHOUSE WEST PARKING LOT FOR: greatly appreciated — leave your name and number with Jackie or Lynn. Looking forward to seeing you all there! • classic & modern cars • live music CAST AND CREW CALL FOR 2022 SHOWCASE By Karen Nelson Attention current and potential cast and crew members for the 2022 Showcase! It’s time to get together and determine our cast and crew. The Showcase is scheduled for April 7, 8, and 9, 2022. The cast and crew call meeting is November 18 from 3:30 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This will enable everyone to learn who is able to return for the 2022 Showcase, and where new cast and crew are needed. Rehearsals are anticipated after the first of the year, likely February 2022. Please consider joining the group and letting everyone know your talents and areas of interest in order to prepare the next Showcase. Looking forward to seeing you on November 18 in the Ballroom. PRIZES AWARDED FOR: BEST CLASSIC (PRE-1979) BEST MODERN (POST-1979) CROWD FAVORITE SIGN YOUR CAR UP AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK AND INDICATE IF YOU WANT YOUR CAR TO BE JUDGED. PARKING WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN THE EAST PARKING LOT & GOLF CART PARKING WILL BE IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS: GESSLER CLINIC, PERFORMANCE PLUS GOLF CARTS
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HOLIDAY CLASSIC CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Back by popular demand, HFC will be holding a Holiday Classic Cornhole Tournament on December 7 from 9 am to 2 pm with an hour break for lunch at 11am. It will consist of 2 player teams and single eliminations. Hopefully this event will be filled with 24 teams. Stop by the HFC today to sign up your team! ENTERTAINMENT BY THE ASHTONES Lake Ashton’s own "Ashtones" quartet will be serenading table side at Ashton Tap & Grill on December 14 from 5 to 8 pm. They will sing a lot of Christmas carols as well as some gospel and some "oldies" four-part harmony. These are the same guys who sang the National Anthem for the Orlando Magic basketball game. Don, Marlon, Jerry and Danny look forward to seeing you there! CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Faith Xtreme Choir will be performing a Christmas concert "A Light in the Darkness" for Lake Ashton December 15 at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This is a multimedia event as they tell the Christmas Story through music, pictures, videos and stories from the Bible. Please stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to pick up your free ticket. Seating is first come first served. There is no charge for this concert, but donations are encouraged and will be collected at the concert. All money raised will be used by Faith Xtreme to purchase gifts for underprivileged children and stuffed animals for nursing home residents. HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE It’s that time of year again, time to start pulling down the decorations and adorning your golf cart with Holiday Cheer! Golf carts, bicycles, pets, specialty cars and walkers are all welcome. The parade will be held December 17. Line up begins at the HFC at 5:30 pm and the parade kicks off at 6. The parade will end at the Clubhouse where there will be light refreshments and a sing-a-long with the LAdybugs Quartet. The route will go from the HFC along Pebble Beach Blvd, turn right on Torrey Pines then left on Dunmore, right on Limerick then right on Dunmore again. Right on Ashton Club Blvd to the Clubhouse. A few volunteers are needed. Please contact Carolyn Bishop at 919-606-8844 or cbbishop61@gmail.com. Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Art’s Carts, Tessier Law Firm, and Southwood Garage Doors. LA ASHTONETTES By Gina Krall The LA Ashtonettes have lead the Christmas Parade for many years marching and twirling from the HFC to the Clubhouse. Any former majorettes are welcome to join for this year's parade. Text Gina at 443.783.6191 or email ginakrall@yahoo.com if you are interested. SCHEDULE YOUR 2022 ACTIVITIES AT THE HFC! Residents who currently have recurring activities booked at the HFC can renew them for the 2022 year DECEMBER 1 — 3. New reservations for activities in 2022 can be scheduled DECEMBER 6 — 8. Residents can show up between 8 am and 4 pm on the above corresponding days. There will be an hour lunch break for staff at 11 am. There will be an email blast sent out with more details. Live Entertainment Returns to Lake Ashton! DUELING PIANOS FEBRUARY 25 Lake Ashton Presents 2022 FEATURED SHOWS 7 pm Showtimes Premium Tickets: $25 Regular Tickets: $20 Tickets on Sale January 4 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk STARS & STRIPES MAY 6 (Bring your Lake Ashton Resident Photo ID to purchase with Visa, MasterCard, or Check Payable to LACDD) Get your requests ready on FEBRUARY 25, and sing along to wild night of DUELING PIANOS where you decide the entertainment! KAZUAL will captivate your rhythmic senses by blending harmonious sound with their intoxicating vocals and dancing on APRIL 14! Travel back in time to the ‘60s on APRIL 22 with the PAISLEY CRAZE FLOWER POWER SPRING SHOW, a five-piece band playing the hits of the decade. JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans MAY 6 with STARS & STRIPES … a stirring evening of patriotic music, comedy, performance and spectacle. KAZUAL APRIL 14 PAISLEY CRAZE APRIL 22
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CHILI/SOUP COOKS NEEDED! By David Harrison Cooks are needed for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the LA Purple Stars team on January 28, 2022! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Donations of baked good are also needed, individually wrapped for the "dessert" table, which will have a separate sign up sheet. Tasting tickets are also on sale at the Activities Desk. Each cup of chili, soup, corn bread, drink & dessert is 1 ticket and all proceeds benefit the LA Purple Stars and the American Cancer Society. Don't miss this chance to warm up with many varieties of chili & soup. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. 2022 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET SALES New season tickets are on sale through December 10. at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. If there are any individual tickets remaining, they will go on sale December 14. There is a limit of one ticket per person. Please have a Lake Ashton photo identification on hand to purchase tickets with Visa, MasterCard or check payable to LACDD. Contact the Clubhouse Activities Desk at 863.324.6032 with any questions about ticket sales or having a Lake Ashton ID issued. Season Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular (rows K-X): $105 ($17.50 each) 5 pm Premium (rows A-J): $130 ($21.67 each) 8 pm Regular (rows K-X): $130 ($21.67 each) 8 pm Premium (rows A-J): $155 ($25.83 each) Residents get one ticket free when purchasing a season ticket compared to individual ticket prices below. Individual Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular (rows K-X): $21 each 5 pm Premium (rows A-J): $26 each 8 pm Regular (rows K-X): $26 each 8 pm Premium (rows A-J): $31 each 28 CHILI & SOUP COOKOFF January 28, 2022 Clubhouse Ballroom 4 to 6 pm $10 DONATION FOR 12 TICKETS CHILI, SOUP, TOPPINGS, BREADS & DESSERTS! Sample delicious varieties of chili & soup made by Lake Ashton residents and help raise money for the American Cancer Society. L.A. PURPLE STARS 29
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The Fall Festival October 30 was a great success. All games and activities were completely free thanks to sponsors Lake Howard Heights, Cornerstone Hospice, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Gessler Clinic, and Dundee Feed & Hardware. FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE JANUARY 7, 2022 AT 3 PM AT THE HFC DISCO FEVER PARTY JANUARY 21, 2022 AT 7 PM AT THE HFC THE WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2022 LAKE ASHTON’S 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! SEE THE INSERT IN THIS ISSUE FOR MORE INFO ON THE WEEKS’ EVENTS QUILT SHOW FEBRUARY 16, 2022 AT THE CLUBHOUSE WELCOME Dr Steven Reddick has been serving Lake Wales and surrounding areas for 35+ years. Our office offers services that included implants, crowns/ bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. “ Gentle and kind. We have been patients for many years and highly recommend Dr Reddick. Ted and Louise Price Residents of Lake Aston OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 OFFICE: (863)676-6507 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL NEW PATIENT For Patients Without Insurance $ ” 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. Patients with Dental Insurance: Our office will file services to your primary insurance provider and will accept the insurance payment only. You will not be billed for the difference for the services mentioned above, for this special promotion only. Dental Insurance accepted: Our office accepts and works with most major dental insurance companies. We will file your primary insurance claim, and answer any questions you have about your plan. We offer Implant consultatons at no charge. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. DECEMBER’S EVENTS Join Us For Our Cooking Class December 8th Christmas Eve Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Weekly Entertainment Includes: December 3rd December 5th December 12th - Karaoke with Wayne - Fun Day with Mickinzie - Fun Day with Carlos and Company December 24th December 31st HOLIDAY HOURS - Closed - Closed - Open for Lunch - Closed for Dinner December 25th - Open for Lunch - Closed for Dinner January 1st www.ashtontapandgrill.com SPORTS TRIVIA SPAGHETTI SOCIAL Do you know who dropped a ground ball causing the Boston Red Sox to lose the 1986 World Series? If so, get a team of no more than eight together for Sports Trivia on January 12 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Come up with great team name, and see who the real sports buffs are. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or the online sign-up form. January 19 Stop by the Ballroom Kitchen 30 minutes prior to each movie showing! Join friends and neighbors for a casual Spaghetti Social on January 5 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse! For $10 you will get a delicious plate of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and a cannoli. Tickets go on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk December 6 after Monday Coffee. 2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Calling all Lake Ashton Artists and Photographers! The 14th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will take place March 5, 2022 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Thanks to some wonderful sponsors there is no fee to enter your work. The show is free to all Lake Ashton residents to attend, and refreshments will be provided. Applications will be available in January at the Clubhouse Activities Desk along with detailed instructions. There will be a general informational meeting in February. There are so many talented residents here so this should be a great show. 31 National Popcorn Day GET A BAG OF FREE POPCORN!
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman During November the LAMGA held board nominations and the election for three open board seats. The 2021 LAMGA season will conclude with an annual meeting luncheon in the form of a Beef and Chicken Fajita Bar immediately following the regular weekly event December 1. The winners of the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge will be recognized and the 2022 Board will be introduced to all members. The LAMGA gives hearty thanks to the entire Pro Shop and Eagle’s Nest staffs for doing such a great job helping to make the 2021 season another rousing success. The LAMGA hosted a Vendor Appreciation Day and Luncheon October 27 to honor the top six sponsors for the 2021 Member-Guest Tournament. Burris Warner with Amerity Financial, Mark Hogan from Snowbird Heating and Cooling, Art Hobson of Art’s Golf Cars, Chris Bruser-Reverse Mortgage Specialist with Mutual of Omaha, Justin Hoagland of Red Hoagland Hyundai and Mike Kriegelski of A+ Realty were all recognized. When you are in need of any service or product, please support these sponsors with your business. All sponsors are listed on the LAMGA web site, lakeashtonliving.com, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge concluded October 31. The top four winners were Mike Kriegelski – 1st; Donn Yasz – 2nd; Tom Murphy – 3rd and; Jim Ford – 4th. They will receive $80, $60, $40 and $20 respectively in Pro Shop credits. A special thanks to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this popular contest again in 2021. The LAMGA 2022 season starts January 1, 2022. Membership Applications are available in the Pro Shop. At only $25 per year, LAMGA membership is one of the best bargains in Lake Ashton. Sign up for the new season as soon as possible so that you do not miss out on any of the great events planned for next year. The December schedule includes: December 1st – Pick Your Partner, 2 man Best Ball (Annual Meeting luncheon is included); December 8th – Individual Quota Points; December 15th – Pick Your 10 Holes that will Count; December 22nd – Pick Your Partner, 2 Man Best Ball and; December 29th – Pick Your Partner, 2 Man 9 Hole Scramble & 9 Hole Modified Alternating Shot. LA NINERS By Diane Struble November 2021 was a whirlwind of fun activities for the Niners. November 3rd was the second week of the fall drive for the senior orphans of Polk County - manageable size cleaning supplies were requested. Bev Cornelius was very grateful for the support and a huge THANK YOU for all who participated. In the spring there will be the opportunity once again to help senior orphans. What a great way to lend a helping hand to those who have an income of less than $800 per month. The Niners also participated in the Nightmare on the Lake Haunted House. Everyone who came through had lots of laughs, a few scares, and plenty of candy. The Pink Ribbon Tournament on November 9 gave 250+ golfers a fun day of golf, fellowship and memories with all proceeds going to the Watson Clinic in Lakeland. The Niners had nearly two-thirds of the members participate in the event. The holiday luncheon is December 7 — old fashioned food, fellowship, and a few surprises is a great way to start your holiday season. Anyone interested in joining the Niners can call Karen at 207-451-0143. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman November flew by with incredible successes for t he LALGA . F i r s t , congr a tu l a t ions to Jackie Tress ler for organizing the first LALGA Meet and Greet. It was a total success. Everyone had fun playing games and mixing. Next, the Pink Ribbon Kick-Off, Dance and Golf Tournament were tremendous achievements raising over $30,000 for the Watson Clinic Foundation. Congratulations to Kim Kutsch, Lydia Fichtman and the entire committee for their endless energy and dedication to this cause. A special shout-out to all the participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers! It could not have been done without you! November 16 was Opening Day featuring a super fun Step Aside Scramble and luncheon at the Nest. Again, cheers to Jackie Tressler, Margie Dersham and the opening day committee for setting this up. Finally, We Care for Kids brought in over 500 pounds of food for the annual food drive. Lake Ashton’s generosity never fails to disappoint! Kudos to Nancy Zografos for her leadership of this activity. Thank you Lake Ashton for your support of all these events! The Pink Ribbon committee, in this article, would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: 4imprint, A+ Realty, ABC Liquors, Alarm Technology, Alligator Cove Airboat, Alligator Unlimited Airboat, Amerity Financial – Burris Warner, Amy’s Cards & Gifts, Anita Piasecki – LA Realty, Art’s Cars, Ashton Tap & Grill, Ba Dah Bling Paparazzi Accessories, Bargain Carts, Beauty by Anais, Beef O’ Brady’s - Lake Wales, Beef O’ Brady’s - Winter Haven, Benihana, and Best Nail. The members of the LALGA wish all of you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year. May 2022 be brighter, better and healthier than 2021! 32 Meet Gina Martine If you have not yet met the energizer bunny then you haven’t met Gina Martine. Gina was born and raised in We s t Vi rg i n i a , and wa s e d u c a t e d a t M a r s h a l l University and West Virginia University. She was an educator at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels and holds multiple degrees. She met her husband Al at a dance at the Elks Club and they will be married 32 years this Thanksgiving Day. They have a son, a stepson and two grandchildren ages 4 and 10. She has been a snowbird since 2019 in Lake Ashton and has owned several homes, renovating each one. She is the true “energizer bunny.” She fell in love with the entrance to Lake Ashton, and feels like she is living in Paradise. “The people are friendly and I have met so many good people through golf,” according to Gina. She loves golfing and only started playing seven years ago. Sharon Woods invited her to play with the LALGA and voilà, she is a member! Gina has many hobbies but her face lights up when talking about cruising. Both she and Al love to cruise and have enjoyed visiting many unique countries and cultures. In addition to cruising and golf, Gina LOVES the weather in Florida, dancing, reading, socializing with friends and walking. Welcome to Lake Ashton, Gina! The LALGA is glad you have decided to join in the fun!
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CLUBS BOLLA By Pat Neaves Fall has been a busy time for the BOLLA group. Winter members have been returning and blankets are being created and delivered to children in Polk County. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the Canadian members soon. BOLLA is thankful for the Quilter’s Group and Sew What for their continued support. Lake Ashton has become home to many new residents. Any resident is welcome to join the group. If you can tie a knot, you are needed! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The Creative Quilters meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm in the HFC Craft Room with Show and Tell beginning at 1:15 each week. The quilters are busily getting ready for the holidays making many different quilted gifts for friends and family. The third Tuesday of each month there is a group project that is easy and fun. The quilters are starting to prepare for the Creative Quilters and Friends quilt show on February 16, 2022. The last show was two years ago so there will be many new and different quilts to come and see! Quilters of all skill levels are invited to join on Tuesdays. Please call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087 or email at Mkmartin409@yahoo.com with any questions. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock As life returns to normal, Camera Club activities can do the same. The next meeting is December 13 at 10:30 am in the Cinema. Carl Boast will share his presentation entitled "Waterfalls, Whales and Bears Oh My!" The club is currently in the process of scheduling additional guest speakers and outings. There is a photo op scheduled with the Living Waters boat cruises in February. At each meeting, members are encouraged to bring along some of their favorite photos on a USB drive to share with members. The Camera Club is open to all Lake Ashton residents with all skill levels. You don't need a fancy camera to take great pictures; remember the best camera is the one you have with you. The club meets the second Monday of each month through May. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting on December 2 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Holiday social time will be from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share and a beverage of choice. The General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:45. The December speaker is Catherine Price, Chair of the Polk County Democrats. Catherine will provide an update on their programs and plans to lead clubs in their activities for 2022-2024. Officer nominations will also be accepted for Vice President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and two board seats to be elected at theJanuary meeting. E-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information.
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BOCCE BALL By Vicki Creek Howard explains how the pieces move and gives an introduction to the game. Questions? Contact Gina at 443-783-6191 or standbys@yahoo.com. DUPL ICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller Community Bocce Ball continues to be a very popular sport at Lake A s h t o n . F o r a n introductory lesson and to learn the Lake Ashton Community Bocce Rules please contact Carl and L i n d a B o a s t a t 540-297-7336. Community Play is every Monday Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am. “Many a friendship is made on the bocce courts!” Hope to see you there! Pictured: Community Bocce Play, Bill Reibl gets a bocce +3 =5 pts, and brand new bocce balls! INTRODUCTION TO CHESS By Gina Krall The Chess Club will be presenting an Introduction to Chess class, taught by Howard Mayne. Participants will gather around the outdoor chess board at the Clubhouse on December 3 at 1 pm while 36 A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Ballroom from 12:45pm until approximately 3:30pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the ballroom display wall. A partner is required. For assistance finding a partner email Dfuller627@yahoo.com. Recent results were: October 25: 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Margot & Keith Stevens, 3rd Jim Ford & Don Fuller November 1: 1st Graham Littlehales & Mary Lois Teyssier, 2nd Dana Cunningham & Don Fuller, 3rd Dana Griffiths & Maureen Ziegler November 8: 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Tom Fleming & Graham Littlehales, 3rd Mary Lois Teyssier and Ann Murphey November 15: 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Nelda Sedlacek and Pauline Pare, 3rd Jim Ford & Don Fuller TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers The new time for Tuesday Party Bridge is now 1:45 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. Congratulations to October/November top scorers. (in order) October 19: Nancy Gray, Ralph Ritter, Howard Mayne, Liz Leigh October 26: Char Walter, Jeannine Connors, Mafie Walker, George Rogers November 2: Maureen Ziegler, Jeannine Connors, Char Walter, Chip Inman November 9: Howard Mayne, Liz Leigh, Maureen Ziegler, Jeannine Connors New players are welcome. Please contact George Rogers a t 4 1 9 - 7 0 8 - 3 3 2 0 o r georgerogers4321@gmail.com. LAKE ASHTON GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club Team are pleased to announce an informational presentation on how to care and maintain Christmas cactus' or other cacti. The guest speaker, Gene, the bare foot gardener, will be presenting useful techniques on how to care and make the most of your cactus. The presentation will be held at the Pavilion on December 14 at 10 am. Gene has been a wonderful source of information in the past. Here's an opportunity to ask questions about a low maintenance plant. Members and non-members welcomed! GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The Genealogy Club welcomed four new members last month and is looking forward to welcoming more this month at the next meeting in the HFC Craft Room December 8 from 2 to 3:30 pm. If you’d like, please bring your laptop/tablet with you and we’ll answer your questions and try to make your search easier. The camaraderie and help from the group is undeniable. Hope to see you on December 8. For more information, call Jane Imparl at 815-545-6655. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In November, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. The group had a wonderful time touring the Tampa Aquarium in October (pictured). Discussions in November included a Christmas get together, Wine and Cheese Social at the Pavilion 37 and a luncheon at the Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park in January. Donations are still being collected to provide gifts to Senior Orphans. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on December 5 in the Clubhouse Craft Room and Card Room. LAKE ASHTON TRAVELERS By Maureen Sim Happy Holidays from the Lake Ashton Travelers. The Travelers are a very active RV group that meets every Tuesday in the Clubhouse Ballroom to share experiences and stories and to enjoy the camaraderie. In fact, the Travelers are the largest FMCA chapter in the Southeast United States! All RVers are welcome, whether you have a trailer, 5th wheel, Class A, B or C motorhome. Rallies are held October to May as well as many other activities and services all year round. If you’d like to find out more about our group, please join the group any Tuesday afternoon for one of the informal social gatherings in the Ballroom from 3:30 to 5 pm (cash bar available).
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LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg The Lake Ashton Republican Club will host a Christmas Party on December 11 at the HFC. The party will begin with cocktails at 4:30 pm. A cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. All party guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a girl or boy for the purpose of local donation in Polk County. Please RSVP to Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com,813-313-9911. The browns, oranges, and yellows of Fall are being replaced by the greens and reds of Christmas and the blues and whites of Hanukkah. Lake Ashton residents are decorating their homes and community to celebrate and LA Rockers are busily painting holiday rocks to donate to a local nursing home and to hide throughout Lake Ashton. Hope that you are one of the lucky ones who finds a beautiful treasure to keep or pass on. If you are looking to get together, make friends, and learn something different, come to the HFC ballroom on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. It’s free! No need for first timers to make a huge investment for supplies — you can borrow what you need. Upcoming meetings will be December 1, 15 and 29. Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact MJ Richards or Alice Mayer to let them know you are coming. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves There will be no December meeting. THANK YOU LAVA AUXILIARY AND LAKE ASHTON NEIGHBORS! The Craft Fair was a tremendous success! Many stopped by as they were leaving (bags in hand) to say how much they enjoyed attending the Craft Fair. Vendors were extremely pleased as well. More than 17 have signed up for next year! Thanks to the bakers who provided their homemade baked goods. The Bake Shop was a tremendous success. Thank you to LAVA for their support with parking and helping vendors bring in their goods to set up their booth. May you be blessed with making happy memories this holiday season. Keep in prayer members of the military who will not be with family this season. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Pictured are a few members of the LA Swim Club during one of our occasional Wacky Wednesdays. The club tries to make swim workouts fun. On Wacky days, no one swims anything normal, and swimmers are encouraged to dress wacky, too. Everyone still gets a good workout. The group wishes fast swims to those who have qualified to represent Lake Ashton in the Florida Senior Games Swimming Championships in Ft. Lauderdale in December! GO State Games swimmers! Special notice to all residents 50 & over. Right after the holidays a new Senior Games season begins. Almost every month from January to December there is a senior games swim meet somewhere in Florida. Those club members who use competition as a way to stay motivated to stay fit are leaning toward several meets each year that are within reasonable driving distance. Most are preparing to participate in our own Polk County Games at the end of February or beginning of March (to be announced soon). For those not familiar, Senior Games Swimming offers 14 events of varying distances from 50 to 500 yards. All events are divided by gender and age groups (divided into 5 year increments). Medals are awarded for the top 3 finishers in each. The club would like to take a big team to the Polk County Games this year to show the organizers (and sponsors) that what they do is appreciated, especially since many games were cancelled last year due to COVID. So, whether you train with this group or on your own, it would be nice to enter as a Lake Ashton team. If you are interested, please contact Coach Sandy via e-mail at sandyw1994@aol.com or call 302- 383-7176. Everyone is invited to come get in shape and have fun with the club. Organized workouts are held Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am at the HFC Indoor Pool. LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION By Calvin Eakins Meet the Board Officers of the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association (LAPA): President, Calvin Eakins Vice President, Chuck Caesar Treasurer, Lisa Savala Pickleball is a worldwide, fast growing sport, for all ages, with 4.5 million people playing in the United States. Here at Lake Ashton, the LAPA has approximately 150 members. The Association is growing fast as more people become interested in this sport and new residents arrive. To join LAPA, go to the Clubhouse with a check, (no cash or credit cards) made out to LAPA for $10 for a year membership. You don’t have to be a member to play, but the funds help the LAPA. This money is used to provide balls, paddle holders, wind socks and other supplies as needed. You will also receive email blasts concerning anything related to LAPA. The pickleball courts are an amenity of Lake Ashton, but the LAIICDD doesn’t supply equipment for pickleball. There are currently four courts on the West side of Lake Ashton, next to the HFC. Everyone is welcome to learn and play. Calvin occasionally gives lessons. Just watch for email blasts and look in the LA Times for future dates. You could also come down to Courts 1 and 2 and watch beginner play on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7:30 to 9 am. Open play is every day on all courts starting at 7:30 am, except for those times set aside for beginners on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Open play is when everyone mixes playing with everyone on the courts, all levels of play. If you have a group that you want to play with, it should be after 10 am. If you want to use more than one court, please check with Calvin or one of the other board members to make sure they are open, and not scheduled for ladies or men teams practice, or another group play. Looking forward to seeing you on the courts!
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MIND&BODY CLUBHOUSE FITNESS CENTER ORIENTATION January 10 at 1 pm. Please sign up on online form or at Clubhouse Ballroom. the information wall in the FABRIC ORIGAMI ORNAMENT MAKING CLASS Adorn your tree with a unique Holiday ornament hand-made by you! Join Alice Mayer as she teaches how to make fabric origami ornaments on December 7 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The cost is only $2! Sign up for this one-of-akind class at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. HOLIDAY WINE GLASS PAINTING Create your own Holiday wine glass, hand-painted by you! For $35, each painter will be receiving stepby-step instructions to create two permanent, washable, and beautifully decorated wine glasses. The instructor will supply each painter with two wine glasses and all enamel acrylic paints and brushes needed. This event will take place on December 3 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Stop by the Activities Desk with a check made out to WNC of Tampa to reserve your spot. 40 CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING CLASS Get in the Holiday Spirit and celebrate National Christmas Card Day by making your own beautiful greeting card! All instruction and necessary supplies will be provided for $10, payable at the class. Join in on the fun in the Clubhouse Craft Room on December 9 at either 11:30 am or 2 pm, please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online sign-up form. Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with any questions. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr December 11 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Fun in Paradise Cost $35 — payable at class WINTER BEADING CRAFT Join Valerie Fetcho from The Art of Beading on December 22 at 1 pm as she teaches how to craft a beaded snowflake ornament. All necessary supplies will be available at the class for only $2 per person! Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with either cash or check (LACDD). EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY! Explore the medium of water color with guest artist Freddie Combs. Join the group for day long workshops in water color techniques on: January 14, February 18, March 18 For registration, supply list and information, contact the HFC Activities Desk (863 595-1562 or email kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com) CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES ( LACES) "Lace up" and come down to the Clubhouse Ballroom for a series of monthly classes aimed at enriching the mind, body, and spirit. The series starts on December 8 in the Clubhouse Ballroom with UF/IFAS Extension Polk County pushing residents to think "Beyond Quinoa" and explore the rich flavors, textures, and benefits of the other delicious whole grain options such as millet, amaranth, farro, teff, and buckwheat. Enjoy learning about the grains and then experience a food demonstration and tasting of dishes highlighting these delightful and nutritious foods. SAVE THE DATE for the January class with UF/IFAS Extension Polk County celebrating Florida Arbor Day (a little later) with Shannon Carnavale presenting "Community Forestry and Urban Tree Canopy”. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Date & Time: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Location: Clubhouse Ballroom CPR CLASS Learn how to perform CPR with Polk County Fire Rescue on December 15 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This class provides hands-only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save the lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. Residents will learn these life-saving tips with handson training, a presentation, and an educational video. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online sign-up form. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone will be held Saturdays at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor pool. Water fitness programs provide low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water offers a natural resistance which can help strengthen your muscles. Aquatic exercise can have several health benefits such as improved heart health, reduced stress and improved muscular endurance and strength. And it is fun! Ladies and Gentlemen are welcome! There is no pre sign-up required nor is there a fee for this class. Bring a friend and see you at the pool! Class duration is 45 minutes. 41
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YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. BACK TO THE BAS ICS ! This December, an exercise class will be going “back to the basics.” Instructor Laurie Heverly will be providing a 45-minute exercise class on Fridays at 9 am. This class will include a full cardio workout with some weights, bars, and balls. This class will incorporate a little of every class she currently teaches like Triple B, and We Got the Beat! Feel free to stop by the HFC to try out this great class! ONSPOT DERMATOLOGY OnSpot is a mobile, full-service dermatology practice with four full examination rooms that will be located in the HFC parking lot. They provide skin cancer screenings, MOHS surgery, biopsies, liquid nitrogen and mole removals, cosmetic dermatology, and more. They accept all major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. OnSpot Dermatology will be at the HFC for the first time on January 21. More information will be provided in an email blast closer to the date. CHEF’SSpecial December 8 at 5 pm Pulled brisket tacos with a key lime sorbet margarita $15 per person The class is reserved for the first 32 residents to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk! ASTRONOMY NIGHT It’s December; so what was the “Christmas Star”? A Comet? A Planetary Conjunction? A Super Nova? Or Something Supernatural? And what about the manger? Come find out on December 11 at 7 pm in the Cinema. The president of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society, Cleve, will lead the discussion. Sign up using the online sign-up form or on the activities wall in the Ballroom, as space is limited to 55 people. CALLING ALL TAPPERS! Do you tap dance? Did you tap dance years ago and now hear yourself saying, “Boy, I wish I could tap dance again.” Well, you can! Come join the Tap Jammers. They meet every Friday at 10 am in the HFC Sport Court. The goal of Tap Jammers is to review steps, refine technique, and share fun camaraderie. You don’t have to be an accomplished tap dancer to participate, but you must have basic knowledge of tap dancing. Please note: this is not for the beginner level tap dancer. For more information, please contact Tap Jammer Facilitator Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com. MEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back snowbirds and new residents, and invite you to join the weekly meetings every Tuesday. Fellowship is from 10 to 10:30 am with discussion from 10:30 to noon. The group is non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. The group meets face-to-face at the HFC and offer a Zoom connection for those who prefer not to meet face-to-face. Currently stories from the Old Testament are being studied. Verses are read and questions pertaining to the story are discussed. There is an open, positive, educational, and voluntary dialogue. You don’t need to be a theologian to join. You’ll find that as you examine your faith, you learn more about God & yourself. Please contact Bob Ring at 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com, or Jim Brendemuehl, 815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com. COOKING CLASS

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES December Issue Deadline: November 12 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ NOVEMBER 2021 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Desk: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Annie Toth, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! NOVEMBER 1 Birthdays and Anniversaries Roundtable Discussion with Polk County Commissioner Rick Wilson (will be held via Zoom as well) Featured Vendor: Christine Graves Insurance NOVEMBER 8 Bite Me Monday Featured Speaker: Pedestrian & Parking Safety with LWPD Featured Vendors: Salomon Eye Care, and Matt Simpson with Edward Jones Flu Shots Facilitated By Walgreens from 8:30 to 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. No appointment necessary, but bring your Medicare and prescription card. NOVEMBER 15 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - Donations will go to Victory Ridge NOVEMBER 22 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Calvin Eakins & Bob LeMaster - Lake Ashton Residents’ Statewide and MultiState Cycling Tour Tell All Featured Vendor: Cabana Club RV Resort NOVEMBER 29 Featured Speaker: Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser Featured Vendor: Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 16 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 30 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, November 19 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, November 15 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. Bartow
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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 10 am to 8 pm Sunday (Brunch 10 am to 3 pm) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on November 12 at 2 pm at the HFC. Anyone new to Lake Ashton is welcome to attend, meet community leaders and other new residents, and receive pertinent information Sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form. NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: November 17 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm (1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays) 10 am to 2 pm (3rd Wednesday during the Monthly Market) BOOKMOBILE November 10 & 24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot HOLIDAY CLOSINGS • November 11: The Clubhouse offices will be closed for Veterans Day • November 25 & 26: The Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed for Thanksgiving • December 24 & 25: The Clubhouse and HFC Offices closed for Christmas • January 1, 2022: The Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed for New Year’s Day DAYL IGHT SAVING TIME ENDS — FALL BACK! Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 7. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, November 6 before you go to bed. Keep in mind that your smartphones and tablets likely already make this change automatically. This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. 6 LA WOODWORKERS KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors that need sharpening to the Wood Shop (located near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Dr.) November 8 between 8:30 and 10 am. Please wrap in newspaper and identify with your name and telephone number. Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising project.
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Supervisors and Staff would like to welcome seasonal residents back to Lake Ashton and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. November is a great time to reflect on everything to be thankful for, including beautiful sunny skies and living in a community full of caring friends and neighbors. Don't forget to stop by the Clubhouse Foyer to add what you are thankful for to our "Thankful Board". In this edition of the LA Times, residents will find many opportunities to celebrate the upcoming holidays and give back to the communities surrounding Lake Ashton. Residents will also note that many clubs are resuming monthly meetings. Stop by the Activities Desk to get more info on how to join some of the clubs advertised. Soon Lake Ashton will sparkle with exterior lights and holiday decorations to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays. This is truly the most wonderful time of year … enjoy it! Supervisors met on October 18 and approved several projects that will increase accessibility at the Clubhouse. A permanent pool lift was approved in addition to the installation of a handicap railing at the west entrance to the Clubhouse. A wrap up report of all board actions was sent out on October 22. Please reach out to Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com with any questions. The next Board of Supervisors Meeting is on November 15, 2021 at 9:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. A Joint CDD Meeting was also held on October 18. LACDD and LAIICDD are working together on revising the Joint Amenity Policies. Residents should reach out to the Supervisors designated to work on this project, LACDD Supervisor Realmuto or LAIICDD Supervisor Littlewood, with any suggested changes to the policies. The Boards also set a public hearing for January 21 (the next Joint Meeting) at 11 am at the HFC to review the non-resident user fee. All residents are encouraged to attend. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff ASHTON LANES Starting November 1, Ashton Lanes will be available for an extra day of open bowling. Grab a pair of shoes and enjoy a game with friends and neighbors without a reservation from 6 am - 10 pm on any Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Instructions on how to operate the lanes are on the bulletin board in the back of the room. PLEASE NOTE: The Outdoor Pool will be closed on Monday, November 8 from 6 am to noon so staff can pressure wash the pool deck. 8 260.820.0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863.875.9228 or 732.718.7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704.302.6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Harry Krumrie, Assistant Secretary Restaurant 407.766.9237, hkrumrie@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863.949.0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: Mondays 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room 9