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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! 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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
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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 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 Many projects are being completed as approved by the Board at the last meeting. New wood flooring is going to be considered for the Racquetball Court, already approved are the Pickleball fence rail, hole # 6 bathroom is being redone with a cart path connecting the golf course with Pebble Beach Blvd., a new exercise bike is being added to the Fitness Center, and a cover will be placed over the pool equipment to save on repairs from damaging rays of the sun. Ashton Drive will be getting a bit of “a landscape facelift” soon as well. The month started off with a very well-attended Cornhole Tournament. Our sponsors helped make the event a huge success and, as a result, league play will be beginning, and two more double elimination tournaments will be held at the HFC. One will be the Holiday Classic in December, and another March Maddness (no spelling error). We’re looking forward to getting two additional wooden cornhole sets as soon as they are completed. We had a very successful October Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Walkathon alone netted a total of $400 being sent to the Breast Foundation of Central Florida. The community of Lake Ashton is always so generous to those in need. Tim Taff, who is also a resident, is teaching the Handbuilding Clay Classes. He’s very experienced and welcomes new people to the class on Wednesdays. For more information, call the Activities Desk at 863-595-1562. There is no charge for the classes, and a list of materials for the classes is available. Please stay healthy and enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Stop over and have some ice cream on Fridays from 1 to 3 pm weekly! 10
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GIVING TUESDAY LAKE ASHTON ACTIVITIES ADVI SORY GROUP 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. They will have a donation truck in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot November 30 starting at 9 am. 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 Foyer will have a Thankful Board on display during the month of November. 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! ELECTRONIC RECYCLING Bring any electronics you have for recycling to the Clubhouse on November 16 only, before 12 pm. The list of accepted items can be found below. All hard drives will be shredded! 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 • Paint or Varnish If you would like to join an advisory group to work with the Clubhouse Activities department to assist in determining and evaluating events, classes, and activities at the Clubhouse, please stop by the information wall to pick up an application and submit it to the Clubhouse Activities Desk by November 8. The group will meet monthly starting in January of 2022. RECURRING ROOM RESERVATION RENEWALS On November 1 group facilitators will receive an email with a form to complete to renew recurring reservations at the Clubhouse for 2021. Facilitators have until November 19 to submit the form to secure their current date and time. Contact Sheila Moreland with questions at smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863.324.5457. WITH GRATITUDE Zackery and I would like to extend many thanks to the residents of Lake Ashton for the outpouring of love, gifts, cards, and wel l wishes celebrating our upcoming marriage! We both are incredibly grateful for all that Lake Ashton has done for us. A special thanks to Marsha Bishop, Gail Prowant, and Cynthia Harris for throwing a wonderful bridal shower. Lake Ashton never fails to show such great love and support! — Caroline Lane, Clubhouse Activities Assistant 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 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 ©2021 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1344 10/21
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HAVE VISITORS? November 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 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. CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock The Lake Wales Care Center Caring Tree benefiting the children of local families in need will be set up in the Clubhouse Ballroom in mid-November (the exact date will be announced via email blast). Feel free to take a gift suggestion tag from the tree and purchase an item. If you wish to purchase a different item, feel free to find something appropriate for the age/ gender on the tag. Bring the new and unwrapped item and place it under the tree. If you want to donate a gift card, please leave it with someone at the Activities Desk. Suggestions include such items as action figures, board/card games, books, coloring book/crayons, educational toys, electronic games, fishing poles/equipment, teen bath/hygiene sets, throw blankets or pajamas. Any item you feel someone aged infant through teen would enjoy would be greatly appreciated. The gifts will be collected and delivered to the Care Center Christmas distribution center. Please bring your gifts no later than December 17. If your club or activity would like to donate as a group, please contact the Hillocks directly. Lake Ashton has supported this worthwhile event for over 10 years and the need grows every year. With the effects of the pandemic they are expecting an even greater need in the community. Thank you for your support! 2021 CITY OF WINTER HAVEN COMMISSION ELECTION The City of Winter Haven will be voting to fill one seat on the Commission on November 2, 2021 (Polls open 7am-7pm). Seat No. 4 which is currently held by Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler is unopposed, therefore, will not be on the ballot. Seat number 5, currently held by Commissioner James H. "J.P." Powell is up for election and two candidates qualified to be included on the ballot: James H. “J.P.” Powell – Seat No. 5 Matthew Logan Crowley – Seat No. 5 Lake Ashton residents that live in Winter Haven (precinct 529) can vote at Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Overlook Drive, SE. Early Walk-in Voting is available Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm October 25 — November 1 (excluding Saturday and Sunday) at the following locations: • Election Headquarters, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL • Election Operations Center, 70 Florida Citrus Blvd., Winter Haven, FL • Lakeland Government Center, 930 E Parker St, Lakeland, FL. Please visit polkelections.com for more information. 2022 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION Lake Wales residents please mark your calendar for April 5, 2022 for the next Commission election. Candidate packets will be available on February 4. A campaign account can be opened at any time. The qualifying period for the 2022 Commission Election will begin at noon on February 14, 2022 and end at noon on February 18, 2022. Please visit polkelections.com for more information. Wildlife Corner by Barbara Ann Comer The limpkin is a large chocolate-brown wading bird heavily streaked with white. Most newcomers to Lake Ashton are alarmed when they hear wild wails in the middle of the night. This mostly solitary and usually quiet unassuming bird can awaken the marsh with its racket. The limpkin's range in the United States is mainly in Florida and many believe it should be the state bird rather than the Northern Mockingbird. Limpkins can be found at Lake Ashton in the retention ponds searching for snails, frogs and insects. Their preferred food is the apple snail and it's always fun to find the leftover shells with holes in them from the surgery performed by the limpkin. It's a real treat to see limpkins with a line of downy young babies trailing behind their look-alike parents. 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 the policy regarding reserving facilities 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, LA II (WH) CDD Community Dir ector (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). VII. RESERVING FACILITIES Amenity Facilities are available on a first-come, firstserved basis, and subject to applicable fees or rates as set by the appropriate District. Requests to reserve facilities should be submitted through the Staff at the appropriate Amenity Facility. Reservations are available for up to three (3) hour increments for all facilities listed in the reservation policy, with the exception of the Ballroom and HFC. These can be reserved for periods up to five (5) hours. Longer time increments may be approved by the Amenity Manager. There are no personal “standing” weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Clubs and organizations may make “standing” reservations. These will be reviewed semi-annually by the Amenity Manager. The Amenity Manager can reschedule any reservation if requested by a District. The Clubhouse or HFC must be notified if a scheduled reservation cannot be kept so the slot may be re-assigned. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes past your scheduled start time before reassigning the reservation time slot.
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Keith Stevens Thanks to all the Lake Wales HOA members who so promptly responded to the HOA reminders that driveways should be kept free of stains, weeds and mold. Many driveways were cleaned almost immediately after owners received a courtesy reminder that their driveway needed some attention. Many other driveways will be cleaned in the coming days as owners return to Lake Ashton. The new management company will have a monthly focus for compliance as well as keeping an eye out for any situation that might not comply with the community Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. For November the focus will be landscaping. Take a look at your landscaping to confirm that your mulch is adequate and consistent, your beds are free of weeds and the edging is of the approved material. The HOA is seeking to remind owners of the need to comply with the CC&Rs and at the same time be reasonable in giving owners time to correct noncomplying issues. The HOA would prefer not to issue formal “notices of violation”. Those notices can lead to additional costs and inconvenience. Hopefully, a courtesy reminder of a needed correction that may have overlooked will eliminate any need for a formal “notice of violation”. In attempting to send those courtesy reminders, it was discovered that many of you have not told the HOA of new email addresses and sometimes new mailing addresses. So, the HOA has created an opportunity for you to let them know of your communication changes. Next to the HOA mailbox in the Clubhouse Ballroom on the wall along with club and community information, the HOA has provided a “profile update” form. It should make it easy for you to inform the HOA of a new email address or other new or different profile information. If you have some new profile information to share, please pick up a form, fill it out and drop it in the HOA mailbox in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Your email address, particularly, makes it quick and easy for the HOA to send you important information. Emailing also saves the HOA and, ultimately you, money. 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 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 & fourth Wednesday of the month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. 16
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SAFETY PEDESTRIAN SAFETY The days are shorter with darker mornings and evenings, so those out walking should consider pedestrian safety and think about how to be as safe as possible on Lake Ashton roads. Residents are all pedestrians at some point during the day, whether walking through a parking lot or walking for exercise. By employing a few simple strategies, walkers can stay as safe as possible and avoid a potentially tragic accident. Don’t miss the Pedestrian & Parking Safety Presentation with LWPD at Monday Coffee on November 8 at 9 am. 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. SMOKE ALARM FACTS By James Schuppe, LA CERT Member Do you know if your smoke alarms work? Have you tested the alarms? Have you changed the batteries (if required) every six months? Daylight Saving Time is a good time to remember to check. Have you purchased and installed new alarms after the 10 year maximum life expectancy? Have you cleaned them by vacuuming? Dust can cause improper smoke detection if left to accumulate, causing malfunctions. Did you know there are special smoke alarms for the hearing impaired that can notify of smoke/fire by using a visual strobe light or vibration? These simple things can prevent a tragic loss if your home catches fire by giving you advance warning to get out. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief What To Watch For If You Suspect A Crime Sometimes what a witness or victim sees and remembers can be crucial in helping law enforcement solve the crime. When you call 9-1-1, you will be asked various questions. If you saw someone commit a crime, do you think you could accurately describe what they looked like or the vehicle they were driving? Important description information i n c l u d e s g e n d e r, e t h n i c i t y, approximate age, height, weight, build, hair style and color, eye color, facial hair, jewelry, tattoos, glasses, or anything else that would assist in identifying the person. Also note type and colors of clothing — any hat, shirt, jacket, pants, shorts, dress, belt, and shoes? Can you describe a vehicle with license plate and/or numbers , bumper st ickers or damage, colors, year (or year range), or people in vehicle? Jotting this information down ASAP (in your phone or on paper) will help refresh your memory as needed to assist law enforcement. 18 CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Please review the following information regarding the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles. A bicycle is a vehicle and the rider is considered a vehicle driver. Car drivers often try to pass a bicycle at unsafe distances, at unsafe times. The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. A driver overtaking a bicycle must maintain a horizontal clearance of at least 3 feet [§316.083]. Three feet is a minimum “safe distance” for passing a cyclist under typical urban conditions; when the passing vehicle is large, towing a trailer, or traveling at a much higher speed, greater lateral clearance is needed. To pass a cyclist with safe clearance, it may be necessary for a motorist to enter (at least partially) the next lane, when and where it is safe to do so. For more information, visit the Florida Bicycle Association website at floridabicycle.org/for-motorists/ CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and p r e s e n c e f o r t h e S h e r i f f ’ 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). 19
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MOVIES NOVEMBER 2 — 4 STILLWATER 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 20min Oil-rig roughneck Bill Baker (Matt Damon) ventures into a new world with a complex and unfamiliar legal system when he travels from Oklahoma to France to exonerate his estranged daughter, who's in jail for a murder she insists she didn't commit. NOVEMBER 9 — 10 (NO 11 AM MOVIE NOVEMBER 9, & NO MOVIES NOVEMBER 11 — VETERANS DAY) THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE 2021 | R | 2h 7min Language, violence. During WWII’s crucial Battle of the Scheldt, the lives of a glider pilot, a Nazi soldier, and a reluctant Resistance recruit tragically intersect. NOVEMBER 16 — 18 RED NOTICE 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 57min Violence and action, some sexual references, and strong language. An FBI profiler (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) pursuing the world’s most wanted art thief (Ryan Reynolds) becomes his reluctant partner in crime to catch an elusive crook who’s always one step ahead. Also stars Gal Gadot and Chris Diamantopoulos. NOVEMBER 23 — 24 (NO MOVIES NOVEMBER 25 — THANKSGIVING) RESPECT 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 25min Mature thematic content, smoking, strong language including racial epithets. Handpicked for the role by the Queen of Soul herself, Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin in this biopic that follows the singer from her days in her dad's church choir to her work as a civil rights advocate to her ascent to superstardom. NOVEMBER 30 — DECEMBER 2 LANSKY 2021 | R | 1h 59min Language, strong violence, some sexual references. David Stone (Sam Worthington), a renowned but downon-his-luck writer, 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 nine-figure 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. MOVIE TIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 20 20 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC) & 3 PM NOVEMBER 5 ONE TRUE THING 2007 | R | 2h 7min The undervalued matriarch of the Gulden family (Meryl Streep) is diagnosed with cancer. Her journalist daughter (Renée Zellweger) returns from New York City to care for her mother at the request of her father (William Hurt). During the time she spends with her parents, she discovers secrets that she was never privy to in her childhood. Though she has always idolized her father, she learns that her mother has had a much more difficult life than she knew. NOVEMBER 12 UNFORGOTTEN: A HERO’S STORY OF WAR 2019 | NR | 57min Filmmaker Darrin Dick goes on a discovery to uncover the story of his Korean War veteran grandfather, Harold Bauer. A story of bravery, loss, and faith amidst the extremities of war. During an interview with his grandson and trip to the Korean War Memorial in DC, Harold opens up about his faith, family and memories from the "almost" Forgotten Korean War that he’s never told anyone. NOVEMBER 19 (NO 3 PM MOVIE) THE BIG CHILL 1983 | R | 1h 460min After years apart, a group of idealistic former college buddies (William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, Tom Berenger and Jeff Goldblum) who've followed divergent paths as adults reunite at the funeral of one of their own, reconnecting and reminiscing while a soundtrack of 1960s hits plays in the background. NOVEMBER 26 — NO MOVIE 21
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EVENTS disney trivia Calling all Disnerds! Come down to the Clubhouse for Disney Trivia on November 2 at 6:30 pm. Wear your Disney best and gather your team of no more than six to see who will be crowned LA’s Disney royalty! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online Activities Form. will be provided by Good Stuff. There will be complementary snacks, and you will be able to bring your own refreshments. Tickets are on sale at both the HFC and Clubhouse Activities Desks (checks only, made payable to LAVA). Tickets are $6 each, with the proceeds going to support the Lake Ashton Veterans Association programs. You do not need to be a veteran to attend. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a nostalgic evening at the USO Dance. See you there! HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS By Denise Tessier Lake Ashton’s 2021 Home Improvement Expo The Home Improvement Expo is November 9 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Need help with a home project? Come down to the Clubhouse Ballroom where a wide variety of vendors will be showcasing their products and services. Vendors and expertise will include solar paneling, windows, air conditioning, house cleaning, electrical and so much more. This event is completely free! LAVA 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 Community Room on November 5 at 1900 hours, (that’s 7:00 p.m. in civilian time) for an evening of excellent music, dancing, snacks, and the opportunity to mingle with your Lake Ashton neighbors for a great time! Music The Tessier Law Firm is sponsoring Holiday Pet Photos on November 13 from 9 to 2 in the Pavilion. Professional photographer April Spaulding will charm your pet into a big smile with a holiday-themed background. You will be able to pick digital poses and receive at least one free touched up shot you can use to create your own holiday cards! Sign ups will be in 15 minute increments that day. Register early by calling Denise Tessier at 863.220.7927 or emailing DeniseTessier@tessierlawfirm.com. WATERFALLS , WHALES AND BEARS — OH, MY ! By Carl & Linda Boast In the “spirit” of their Antarctica presentation a few years ago, Carl & Linda Boast will share the Quest for the Spirit Bear trip highlights. In September they journeyed to The Great Bear Rainforest in northwestern British Colombia, Canada in search of this rare white Black Bear and returned with photos, movies, soundtracks and lots of stories. Two presentations have been scheduled in the Clubhouse Cinema for November 8 at 7 pm and November 10 at 9 am. There is no charge but please sign up on forms available on the information wall in the Clubhouse as there may be a full house (theater capacity is 55 persons). This educational and entertaining presentation will be a lot of fun! 22 LALGA PRESENTS THE PINK RIBBON BREAST CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT CHILI/SOUP COOKOFF By David Harrison Registration began October 1 in the Pro Shop for the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Golf Tournament on November 9. Choose your foursome and sign up. Don’t have a foursome? Just sign up and members will be matched. It is only $30 per person to enter and that includes: the tournament fee, lunch, prize money and a donation to the Watson Clinic Foundation. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets as there are over 150 raffle items. In addition, the silent auction contains some of the finest golf courses in the area as well as art, trips, and restaurants. You won’t want to miss out on placing a bid. Again, anyone in the community can buy raffles or bid on silent auction items, even if you do not play golf. Questions? Call Lydia Fichtman at 215-290-9375 or Kim Kutsch at 724-664-7988. Let’s make this year’s donation to the Watson Clinic Foundation even greater than before! The Kick Off to the Pink Ribbon Tournament is Saturday, November 6 from 4 to 6 pm at the Eagle’s Nest. It is open to all Lake Ashton residents. In addition to a DJ, food and drink, there will be a 50/50 closest to the pin chipping contest on 18 West. For every $5 you pay you can chip one ball. The person closest to the pin will share the pot. There will be a separate mat for women and men from which to chip. Clubs will be available if you don’t have any. So come on out, register early for the tournament, buy some raffle tickets and enjoy the fun. You may be the lucky winner! Grab your dancing shoes and get down to the HFC on November 7 from 7 to 10. The Rusty Trumpet Band will be performing and all proceeds from the dance will benefit the Watson Clinic Foundation, just like the golf tournament. There are 27 tables for the dance and each can hold 10 people. Please fill up your table so that we can donate as much as possible. 23 The LA Purple Stars will have a chili/soup cookoff as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 28, 2022 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This event was held five years ago and was a great success. There will be chili, toppings, soup, cornbread, beverages and desserts! There will be a sign up sheet on November 1 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for 16 chilis and four soups. Donations of baked good are also needed, individually wrapped for the "dessert" table, which will have a separate sign up sheet. Tickets will also go on sale on November 1 — 12 tickets for a $10 donation. Each cup of chili, soup, corn bread, drink & dessert is 1 ticket and all proceeds benefit the LA Purple Stars. 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.
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ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET SALES INFO Those who renewed their season tickets can exchange for a different show time or seat selection based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 am November 9 through 5 p.m. November 10. Upgrades/exchanges can be made over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard after 11 am on November 9. Tickets can only be exchanged by the named season ticket holder. On November 9, the Clubhouse will be opened by security officers at 6 am and any line for ticket sales should form only at the Clubhouse Lobby doors. When the front Lobby doors are opened, security officers will walk anyone waiting in line into the Ballroom to wait near the Activities Desk until ticket sales begin. The line forms at the Lobby doors on a first-come, first-served basis and there should be no deviation in order from the Lobby door to the Ballroom. No sign up sheets are produced or used by staff. New season tickets will be on sale November 16 through December 10. Season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. 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 on sales or having a Lake Ashton ID issued. 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 24 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS LA Cruise-In The Car Show has been rescheduled to December 11 from 10 am to 1 pm. Just giving you car junkies some extra time to prep your car for the big show! Who will win the coveted Best Classic (pre-1979), Best Modern (post-1979), and Crowd Favorite? Registration for the show will begin November 1 and the last day to register will be November 26. Registration forms will be at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. CUPCAKE EXCHANGE National Candy Day November 4 Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk from 10 am to 4 pm to add a little sweetness to your day! Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? National Vanilla Cupcake Day is November 10, so come celebrate with a cupcake exchange! Residents are welcomed to bring any flavored cupcakes to exchange with friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 1 pm. Enjoy great conversations over scrumptious cupcakes! Please sign-up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk and indicate how many cupcakes you will bring with you for the exchange. Sign up by November 3. $7,495 995 25
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Christmas Dinner Dance Tickets Go On Sale By Jackie Ellis & Lynn Shelton Hello Lake Ashton friends! It’s that wonderful Christmas time, so mark the calendar for December 4 for a real gala affair, right in the beautifully decorated Clubhouse Ballroom. Put on that pretty dress and snappy suit with dancing shoes for a fun night! Menu includes a top round beef carving station, chicken breast with gravy, salmon with lemon butter sauce, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, garden salad, French rolls, chocolate cake, apple pie, iced tea, water, and coffee, with a cash bar available. The great Rusty Trumpet Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets go on sale for $35/person November 1 at 8 am before Monday Coffee. Bring cash or check with a list of names for your table. They can also be purchased at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check after Monday Coffee. Help with decorating and clean up would be greatly appreciated — leave your name and number with Jackie or Lynn. Looking forward to seeing you all there! 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. Outdoor Menorah Lighting Hanukkah begins the evening of Sunday, November 28 and ends the evening of Monday, December 6. Everyone is welcome to celebrate Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” and also known as the Festival of Lights, by coming to an outdoor Menorah Lighting, November 29 at 5:30 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. This is presented by the Chabad Jewish Center. 26 Save the Date for 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! 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 starting after Monday Coffee on November 1. 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. 27 HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD Felices Fiestas, Habari Gani, Chag Sameach, Buone Vacanze, Happy Boxing Day, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays … No matter what your holiday greeting is, all are welcomed to celebrate the Holidays Around the World on December 10 at 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! There will be stations set up representing the below countries featuring their common holiday foods, plus some traditional music from these world holidays played by a live DJ and wonderful holiday décor. 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
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GOLF LA NINERS By Diane Struble LAMGA By Paul Fichtman Opening Day, October 5, dawned sunny with a cool breeze and a hint of excitement in the air. Members gathered at the Golf House parking lot for announcements, gifts, and plenty of group pictures. The promise of a great lunch with a delicious dessert was waiting after completing the four-person scramble. A BIG thanks to Vicki and the crew for helping make the day so special. It was the largest attendance in several years and the group is pleased to welcome 14 new members this year! (P.S. - it’s never too late to join, see Matt or Trent at the Golf House!) This year after the usual raffle grand prize, won by Sue Koyish, several games were played. Winners were: Guess the Tees - Denise Lacaprucia Chipping Contest - Liz Meigel Putting Contest - Renee Hicks Senior Orphan donations are on October 26 and November 3. Bring your cleaning supplies (senior user-friendly size). Tables for collection will be set up before golf. Call Karen at 207-451-0143 with any questions. The Niners would love to have you join! Another successful LAMGA season is winding down to a close with a number of fun and competitive events planned for November leading up to the Annual Meeting Luncheon December 1 in the Eagle’s Nest at which time the results of the board election will be announced and winners of the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge recognized. Selfnominating ballots to fill three open board seats were distributed on October 11 and need to be returned prior to November 12. Voting will run from November 15 — 26 with the winners of the board seats announced at the Annual Meeting luncheon on December 1. This is your chance to make a difference and help the league, so please do not hesitate to run. Your help and ideas can continue to improve the LAMGA experience. Once again, thank you to the following sponsors who support the annual Member-Guest tournament. Art’s Golf Cars, Bargain Carts, Brewer Sales & Service, Lake Ashton Golf Management, Lake Ashton Ladies Golf Association, BJ Mannix Pools & Grills, Steve Graves Computer Services & Repairs and Patrick McCarty. 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 Top Ten Leader Board through the end of September is comprised of Mike Krigelski - $157.83; Tom Murphy - $150.35; Donn Yasz - $147.85; Jim Ford - $147.00; Denis Mulhearn - $131.83; Jack Farmer - $123.72; Duff Hill - $121.35; Les Jacobsen - $120.10; Rich Sutherland - $117.00 and; Rolly Geyer - $112.50. Thanks, as always, to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this very popular year-long contest. The November schedule includes: November 3rd – Best Net of A&D Players + Best Net of B&C Players; November 10th – Florida Scramble; November 17th – Best 2 Nets and; November 24th – Pick Your Foursome – 3 Best Nets. On December 1st we will hold a Pick Your Partner 2 man Best Ball event prior to our Annual Meeting Lunch. 30 BLUE MAN GROUP By William Bothwell The Blue Man Group is one of four major golf leagues at Lake Ashton. The league plays Wednesday mornings and welcomes Lake Ashton golfers of all ages and abilities. Blue Man Group offers relaxed, friendly organized golf and is governed within USGA and local rules. Each week members compete in a variety of individual or team games crafted to be both competitive and enjoyable. Golfers in the group tee off from blue tees, hence the group’s name. Super senior members can opt to tee off from designated forward tees. Blue Man Group has NO membership fees and welcomes Lake Ashton members, week to week. There is a nominal charge each week to cover a modest prize pool. Membership in The Blue Man Group gives golfers access to all Lake Ashton Club sponsored tournaments, which are flighted and handicapped as well as the very popular mixed tournament, with the group’s sister league, The Niners. If you would like to golf in a relaxed, friendly, competitive group, please consider The Blue Man Group. 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. 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LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Your LALGA board members have been very active planning new events for the 2021-2022 year. There is a new program just recently added to the LALGA season: The Red Hoagland Challenge. Much like the FedEx Cup, the Red Hoagland Challenge honors those women who win the most money during the year. Since this is the first year in operation the program will run from November 12 through May 31, 2022. The first place winner will receive an additional $80 in Pro Shop Money, 2nd place $60, 3rd place $40 and 4th place $20. In subsequent years, the program will run from June 1 to May 31. A big shout out to Red Hoagland for sponsoring this program. See page 23 for information on the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament. We Care for Kids will have their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. 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. For information please contact Nancy Zagrafos at 863318-1739 or nancyzog@icloud.com. Thank you in advance for your support. Spotlight on Kathy Ryan With only two weeks under her belt this new Lake Ashton resident was already busy on the golf course with the LALGA. Kathy and Jerry Ryan moved to Lake Ashton from the Kansas City area. They learned of Lake Ashton through their next door neighbors in Kansas City, whose sister Sally and husband Gary Winfrey live here. 32 Born in Milwaukee, Kathy grew up in Chatham, New Jersey and attended Colby Jr. College for Women in New London, New Hampshire. She then graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in French. After a year in Washington D.C. she moved to Kansas City in 1970 and never looked back east until now. After a 10-year stint in real estate she and her then husband decided to open a pizza restaurant featuring St. Louis style pizza. It was a happy popular neighborhood place and little did she realize she would spend the next 34 years working there 24/7. Jerry’s daughter worked there and introduced the two after Kathy’s husband had passed away in 1989. In her spare time she played lots of tennis, biked across Kansas four times, played bridge, and switched over to golf as the years went by, active in several leagues. They hope the i r four ch i ldren and s i x grandchildren, from Seattle, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Ft. Lauderdale visit often and soak up the sun and the fun here. Please help in welcoming Kathy to the LALGA! UPD A TES FROM THE PRO SHOP By Ron LaVoie, General Manager The Lake Ashton Golf Club has a voluntary Hole-InOne Club that rewards members for making that special shot. Each participant pays $2 to join and that money funds the HIO pot. When a member makes a hole-in-one, they are awarded the amount in the pot, issued as a credit to their club account, so you can celebrate in the Eagles Nest, buy that new driver or simply have a nice credit. Members must let the Pro Shop staff know that they want to be enrolled in the HIO Club — new members are not automatically included. Snowbirds: if you withdrew before leaving and are now returning, let staff know if you want to rejoin. Also, if you make a hole-in-one, don’t forget to email valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com with the date, hole and course number, and picture, to be featured in the LA Times! (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 33
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CLUBS LA BELLES By Noreen Guy At September's luncheon the LA Belles members voted in the new Board for the upcoming year 2022. Congratulations and welcome, ladies! Because of you the LA Belles will continue the luncheon get together with friends and those friends yet to come. It's been a fun ride meeting and greeting all of you. Be sure to mark your calendar for the holiday party which will be held at the Southern Dunes Gulf and Country Club on November 24 at noon. A Secret Santa gift exchange worth no more than $15 will be shared. Let the festivities begin! CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The Creative Quilters, formerly Creative Stitchers, meets in the HFC Craft room every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm. Quilters with all abilities, from novice to advanced, meet to discuss all things related to quilting. Members work on either their own project or several times a year there are group projects. Currently the group is helping BOLLA by providing them with quilt tops. For more information please email Marsha Martin at Mkmartin409@yahoo.com. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Fall has arrived and hopefully so has lower humidity and cooler temperatures allowing all to enjoy the outdoors more comfortably. Activities appear to be returning to more normal times, so dust off that camera and do a little exploring. Wild life activity is beginning to pick-up here at Lake Ashton as well Circle Bar B Reserve, both are ideal places to capture some great pictures. Bring a few of those pictures to share with other photography enthusiasts at the November 8 Camera Club meeting. Club membership is open to all Lake Ashton residents, with meetings held on the second Monday of the month at 10:30 AM in the clubhouse cinema. Please come and join and don't forget to bring those photos on a USB drive to share. Club activities will include such things as guest speakers and off site photo shoots. DUPL ICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller Duplicate Bridge players compete on Mondays from 12:45 pm to approximately 3:30pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Players of all abilities and experience are welcome. A partner is required. There is a sign up sheet on the Ballroom wall. For more information call Don Fuller at 863-324-2255. Recent results: September 27: 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 2nd Marion Nelson & Dana Cunningham, 3rd Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson October 5: 1st George Rogers & Ralph Ritter, 2nd Don Fuller & Jim Ford, 3rd Tie Judy Marine & Graham Littlehales, Marion Nelson & Dana Cunningham. October 11: 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 2nd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 3rd Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson October 18: 1st Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers, 3rd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers The new time for Tuesday Party Bridge is now 1:45 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The group is being consolidated with the Tuesday HFC Bridge Group. The winning results below for the last two months of the bridge group are erratic due to cancellations and absences. September 14: Dee Mayne, Graham Littlehales, George Rogers, and Howard Mayne September 28: Graham Littlehales, Judy Marine, George Rogers and Chip Inman October 5: George Rogers, Nelda Sedlack, Howard Maynes and Graham Littlehales; October 12: Maureen Ziegler, Mafie Walker, Ralph Ritter and Liz Leigh.
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting November 4 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Social time with snacks runs from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The first episode of the Netflix series “Whose Vote Counts Explained” will be shown. This 25-minute episode focuses on The Right to Vote. E-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LAKE ASHTON GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis Lake Ashton Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, November 16th in the Pavillion. This meeting is an important opportunity for new and existing members to provide input and suggestions for future topics, speakers and field trips. The club is dedicated on learning, collaborating, and sharing best practices in gardening . Bring ideas! GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The Genealogy Club has made some exciting discoveries lately! Come join to find your exciting discoveries as well. Next meeting is Wednesday, November 10 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. All levels of expertise are welcome and snacks are provided. For more information, call Jane at 815-545-6655. 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 Howard explains how the pieces move and gives an introduction to the game. Contact Gina at 443-783-6191 or standbys@yahoo.com with questions. LA ROCS & PEBBLES POTLUCK By Amity Kokochak The next LA ROCS (Riviera, Oakmont, Colonial and Sawgrass) and “Pebbles” (6016 – 6048 Pebble Beach Blvd.) Social will be held on November 12 at 6 pm in the HFC Community Room. It will be a potluck dinner so please bring an entrée, salad, side dish or dessert large enough to serve 8 people. NO need to let me know what you are going to bring — just your favorite recipe or your specialty! Please bring your own plates, napkins, silverware and beverage. Great way to meet and greet your neighbors and friends and enjoy some great food! This will be the last one for 2021 so let’s make it a fun evening! Any questions, text 813-719-5579 or email amitykokochak@gmail.com. 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 November 2. Due to an increase of members 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. Looking forward to our upcoming monthly events, 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. The November Event will be announced 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. 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 October, the singles discussed several outings and opportunities for social activities. The group has adopted ten seniors for Christmas this year. Donations of money to purchase the gifts may be given to Susan Castillo. Volunteers to shop are also needed. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on November 7. PICKLEBALL UPDATE By Calvin Eakins The Pickleball club has great plans for the 2022 season that started in October. On November 14 there will be a “Welcome Back” pickleball mixer tournament. On November 4 we will start a threeweek beginners training series. Every Thursday evening for three weeks we will cover the basics and winning strategies of pickleball. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will not hold a meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will host a Christmas Party on December 11th 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. RSVP to Brenda BushSayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, (813)313-9911. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Fall is here! Snowbirds are returning to the beautiful Lake Ashton community and almost all of the new houses are occupied with people new to this area. Looking to get together, make friends, and learn something different? Come to the HFC Community Centers on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. Join in the fun and share in the camaraderie - and it’s free! Alice Mayer, leader and founder, and other talented artists in our group will be teaching a new rock painting and decorating techniques. There is no need for first timers to buy supplies — everything you need for your first meeting will be lent to you. You too can paint rocks to welcome new neighbors, participate in bi-monthly group challenges, and hide your creations throughout Lake Ashton to bring smiles to the faces of friends and neighbors. October focused on Halloween and November will be Thanksgiving, and will also start painting rocks to donate to a local nursing home for the Christmas/ Hanukkah holidays. Please join the upcoming meetings on November 3 and 17 by joining the group LA Rockers on Facebook or contacting MJ Richards or Alice Mayer to let them know you are coming. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves Next meeting: November 17 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (by the stage). The Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) Auxiliary supports veterans through various fundraisers, such as the recent Craft Fair just held in October. The LAVA Auxiliary meetings are a wonderful time to meet and get to know your neighbors and support veterans. (continued on p. 38)
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(continued from p. 37) Although the craft fair had not happened at the time of this writing, based on the number of volunteers, both from current LAVA Auxiliary as well as the many neighbors who have offered to help, it will be a great success and a lot of fun. THANK YOU LAKE ASHTON NEIGHBORS! Thank you to 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! LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Welcome back snowbirds Bobbi & Carol and a HUGE WELCOME to new members Lisa, Rich, & Debi. It's exciting to see a pool full of all ages and abilities wishing to stay in shape, improve swim strokes, or aiming to participate in one or more of the Florida Senior (age group) Games. The closest one is in Lakeland the last of February or the first of March each year and the plan is to go as team. Someone said LA has the best little senior games swim team in Polk Co. Have you heard that sometimes the club has easy/fun swimming relay races, or an occasional "Wacky Wednesday,” where members wear wacky (weird) clothes and do all Wacky swimming during an entire workout? So, if you can swim and don't like to swim alone, need motivation to improve your physical condition, or just want to be part of a fun group, come check us out on Mon's 6pm, Wed's 1:45pm, or Sat's 10am. How often you can make it is up to you. Swim goggles are recommended. It's also encouraging to see our members participating in other physical activities. In addition to some avid golfers & pickleballers, six members were spotted working hard in the afternoon water exercise group. Of course, the club thinks swimming is the best (and safest) all around exercise! LA BENEFIT ASSOCIATION By Annabel Boogher The LARV Community Benefit Association (official title) is a 501(c)3 charity association formed to raise money to benefit the local schools. Started by the RV but community wide, they have raised over $450,000 given to the local schools through grant requests by the teachers. COVID-19 has put the group on hold plus many of the principal leaders have been sidelined by age and health (though willing to give support). In order to continue and to retain the tax status, new leaders are needed. Please contact Annabel Boogher for more information and/or if you are willing to help. at 863-605-0886 btboogher@aol.com LOOK TO THE SKY By Carolyn Bishop The Lake Ashton Travelers have finally resumed their Chapter Rallies. Over 20 coaches camped out at the lovely Creekside RV Resort in Punta Gorda, Florida October 14 — 18. This rally coincided with the Florida International Air Show that happened to be right next door to this RV Resort. The Air Show Pilots practice right over the RV Park the few days before the actual event. Not only did the group get an amazing view of the airplanes but we could FEEL them all the way to the core! Great food, games and fellowship was had by all. The next Rally in November will be to the Cabana Club RV Resort in nearby Auburndale. If you would like to know more about the FMCA Chapter, please join the group in the Clubhouse Ballroom for the club social held every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 pm.
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MIND&BODY CLUBHOUSE FITNESS CENTER ORIENTATION November 17 at 1 pm. Please sign up on online form or at the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. HOLIDAY WINE GLASS PAINTING Create your own Holiday wine glass, hand-painted by you! For $30, each painter will be re c e i v i n g s t e p - b y - s t e p 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. 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. Please call Karen at 863-875-8414 for any questions you may have. CREATE A CARD The last class for 2021 will be November 16 — join to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest will ovide instruction, fr beginner 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 1:30 pm. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join us for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 for more information. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr November 13 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Catch My Drift 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. LA DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Learn the Rumba! Mondays November 1, 8, 16, 22..from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed. For safety wear sturdy shoes — no flip flops please! There will be no classes in December — will resume in January! 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. Beginning November 4 Location: Clubhouse Ballroom 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-a-kind class at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. THE ART OF BEADING Facilitator: Valerie Fetcho The holidays are coming fast and it is always great to get a homemade gift from someone you love. At the Art Of Beading the group is always learning something new. There a few members who will teach you how to do the different stitches so that you can make some beautiful jewelry. You don't need to know how to bead in order to join. Everything that you need to start beading is provided. If you want to continue to bead we can help you figure out what you need and make sure you know where to get everything. There is no fee to join and you don't need to bring anything to start. The group is also planning on going to some stores to check out their beading supplies and going to lunch afterwards, so join in every Tuesday in the Clubhouse Craft Room at 11 am. If you have any questions call Valerie Fetcho at 863-268-7157 or email valgeo2@aol.com. 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. 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. Please sign up for this class at the Clubhouse
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LIVIN G WITH S ANDHILL CRANES Shannon Carnevale from UF/IFAS will present about the local Sandhill Cranes at the HFC on November 2 at 1 pm. She will be answering any questions you may have about them as well as informing you about their habits and more. AMATEUR RADIO EXAM AT THE HFC The Lake Ashton Amateur Radio Association will host examinations for all levels of amateur radio licenses on November 12 at 1 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Tests offered: Technician Class, General Class and Amateur Extra (note: this is a progressive set of tests). This test session is under the direction of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and there is a $15 test fee. All applicants must register to take the test at least one week before the session by emailing Dave Bishop at DBishop1867@gmail.com. Please provide your name, address, which exams you will take, and your FRN number from the FCC. If you do not have an FRN Number go the the FCC web site and register at apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do CHEF’SSpecial December 8 at 5 pm Pulled brisket tacos with a key lime sorbet that will cool your margarita $15 per person The class is reserved for the first 32 residents to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk 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”. ON-S ITE DERMATOLOGI ST The HFC will be having an onsite dermatologist starting in December in a 40' mobile medical vehicle with 3 exam rooms and medical equipment to perform skin exams, biopsies, Botox & Fillers, MOHS surgery and more. This is a convenient options for residents who do not want to leave "campus" to get the dermatology care they need. They will use a telehealth platform for followups and accept many types of insurance including Medicaid. GRIEF SUPPORT After losing a loved one, survivors may find the pain associated with that loss doesn’t lessen with time. Support groups provide a safe place to express feelings, share experiences, learn about grief, and move ahead in the grief process. You do not have to be a loved one of a hospice patient to participate in these groups. They offer all programs to anyone residing in Polk, Highlands, or Hardee County who has experienced the death of a loved one. All support groups are free to participants. To register, please call 863-968-1739 or 1-800-464-3994. 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 November Issue Deadline: October 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ OCTOBER 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 out on Monday Coffee at 9 am during the month of October. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! There will be special prize drawings at each meeting throughout the month! OCTOBER 4 Roundtable Discussion Regarding Winter Haven Corp Development East of Lake Ashton with City of Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz, City Manager James Slaton, and Development Services Director Mark Bennett Featured Vendor: Dianne Hoover with United Healthcare OCTOBER 11 Bite Me Monday Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker - Watson Clinic and LALGA Featured Vendors - Christine Graves Insurance, Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group, and Matt Simpson with Edward Jones OCTOBER 18 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - Donations will go to Victory Ridge this month — see page 5 for supply list OCTOBER 25 Free gift for anyone wearing a Halloween costume! Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker - Holly with Small World Tours presenting Bus Trips for 2022 Featured Vendor: Gessler Clinic, Senior Insurance - Sally Mizerak ASHTON TAP AND GRILL IS DOING A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR ATTENDEES OCTOBER 25 MENU: 2 PANCAKES, SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE OR BACON, & COFFEE PURCHASE TICKETS FOR $8 AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 20 GOLF 30 CLUBS 34 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, October 15 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, October 18 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom JOINT MEETING Monday, October 18 11:30 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 Street NW, Winter Haven 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 COLLECTIONS AT MONDAY COFFEE Bite Me Monday (second Monday) is the monthly collection of donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society. Peanut Butter Monday (third Monday) is the monthly collection of non-perishable items, usually for the food pantry at the Lake Wales Care Center. This month the items will be donated to Victory Ridge Academy, a local non-profit organization and member of the Polk County Public/Charter Schools, where children with special needs overcome daily challenges and enjoy success in learning and living. The following items are needed: Gallon baggies, fruit cups, cereal bars, small individual cereal boxes, macaroni cups or 5 small boxes, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, etc., crackers, juice boxes, pudding cups, macaroni in micro cups. All cans should have a pull top. Please drop all items off by noon. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Stop by the Activities Desk 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 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: October 20 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER 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 SCHEDULE October 13 and 27 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot 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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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Welcome back to all residents returning from summer vacation! It is great seeing smiling faces eager to take part in entertainment shows, fitness classes, club meetings, movies, games, and more. In this edition of the LA Times, staff is going to ensure resident's social calendars are packed. Be on the lookout for the insert in this issue announcing the 2022 Entertainment Series. There are excellent shows and events planned for the remainder of this year and the beginning of next year. Staff is already starting to plan the 2023 Entertainment Series. Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters with hints on who might grace the Lake Ashton stage in 2023. We hope you enjoy all that is yet to come! October is breast cancer awareness month. Please see page 28 for a compilation of events and activities meant to support and honor fighters, survivors, and caregivers. With the increase in returning residents, extra caution is needed on the roads. As always, because Lake Ashton has narrow roads shared by pedestrians, golf carts, vehicles, landscaping vehicles, delivery trucks, and bicycles, it is extremely important to observe the posted 20 MPH speed limit and always obey all stop signs when traveling by bike, golf cart or vehicle. Also, be sure to wear reflective clothing when walking or biking during hours when light is limited and always walk facing traffic. Supervisors met on September 20 and approved the extension of the aquatic plant management, pool ma intenance, and l andscape ma intenance agreements. Other actions were taken and can be found in the wrap-up report that was sent out on September 24 via email blast. Please send an email to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like a copy of the emailed wrap up report. The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be on October 18 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. A Joint CDD meeting with LACDD and LAIICDD will be held on October 18 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. All residents are encouraged to attend. Please stay tuned to media for more information regarding these meetings. Agendas will be posted on lakeashtoncdd.com on October 11. 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 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: By Appointment through October — regular hours will return in November 6
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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director This summer has been one unique summer! Both clubhouses (Lake Wales and Winter Haven) are planning lots of activities to keep our residents physically, socially, and mentally stimulated. The COVID pandemic continues to affect attendance and that’s understandable. Our Canadian neighbors will have forgotten us if this keeps up! It’s important to remember that the Governor’s mandates are to be followed and LA II CDD is not a private entity able to make their own rules. Staff at the HFC will always mask up if a resident requests it, to feel safer interacting. Signs are up ... “Wearing is Caring” re: masks. Being vaccinated is strongly encouraged. At the time of this writing, the boosters for Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations are available to those 65 plus and those who are immune compromised. The October 15th LA II CDD meeting will be finalizing the FY 2022 Budget. It will begin at 9 AM at the HFC and will also be available via Zoom. Information will be circulated for comments and the Zoom address soon. 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 Duff Hill, Assistant Secretary - Public Works & Budget, Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Mondays at 10:30 am to 11:30 pm, 863.875.4216, duffhill5429@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, and Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com 8 New activities at the HFC include weekly LA Scoops, an ice cream social event from 1-3 PM Fridays. We are forming a martial arts class and we are also having hand building clay classes starting this month. The HFC Corn Hole Tournament on Friday, October 1st has 24 teams signed up and competitors will be vying for the $75 first place, $50 second place and $25 third place awards. A book signing event is scheduled for Monday, October 11th from 10 – 11 AM with our resident author, David Cline and his murder mystery, Capital Corruption. Our monthly Reminiscing Trivia will be back this month from 2-3 PM Wednesday, October 13th. You will get more information about these activities, our special parties, and our seminars via the Lake Ashton Connection Newsletter, Constant Contact and HFC posters. Don’t forget to get your costumes ready for the big Halloween Party on the 22nd! Do you like books? The HFC is looking for a volunteer to come in weekly to help with the bookshelves and puzzles. Stop in at the Activities Desk from 8AM – 4PM Mondays thru Fridays or phone: 863-595-1562 if you are interested. The total time needed for this task is approximately 1 - 2 hour/wk.
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Wildlife Corner by Barbara Ann Comer The gopher tortoise is one of the only borrow. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Contact Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Mary Bosman (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com) with questions. LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTERS two tortoises native to the United States (the other is the Texas Tortoise). How does a tortoise differ from a turtle? A tortoise is merely a turtle that lives on land. They should never be placed in water. They are found in Florida in the scrub habitat where it's typically sandy. Their favorite foods include Prickly Pear Cactus and Gopher Apple. They burrow and provide housing for over 70 other kinds of animals like Burrowing Owls, Raccoons, Opossums, snakes and rats. It's hard not to notice when one is renovating its home because the dirt flies out the front door with gusto. These burrows are typically 10 - 35 feet long. Gopher Tortoises are occasionally seen at Lake Ashton since it borders some of their habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge. It's always a special treat to find one. However please note that it is illegal to handle them without a special permit. 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 the policy regarding use of the Media Centers at Lake Ashton. There is a Media Center in the Clubhouse and HFC. Both have books and puzzles for residents to borrow and computers for residents to use. The Clubhouse Media Center also has DVDs and Blu Rays available for residents to 1. There are two library/media centers, one in the Clubhouse and one in the Community Center. 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 computer 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. 10 10 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 11 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-1336 9/21
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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.) October 5 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. LAKE ASHTON ACTIVITIES ADVI SORY GROUP Do you actively attend activities at the Clubhouse? Are you able to attend one 2-hour meeting a month? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you invited to be a part of the group. The purpose of this advisory group is to work with the Clubhouse Activities department to assist in determining and evaluating events, classes, and activities at the Clubhouse. Interested Lake Ashton residents should stop by the information wall to pick up an application and submit it to the Clubhouse Activities Desk by November 8. The first meeting will be in January 2022. RECURRING ROOM RESERVATION RENEWALS START NOVEMBER 1 Group facilitators are encouraged to reach out to Clubhouse Office Manager Sheila Moreland via email at smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com to ensure contact information on file is correct. Forms will be sent electronically to facilitators on November 1 to renew recurring reservations for 2022. Forms need to be returned by November 19. After this date your reserved room cannot be guaranteed. As a reminder, annual events can be booked at any time. Please reach out to Sheila at the email above or via phone at 863-324-5457 with any questions. SIGN UP FOR NEWS BLASTS You can now sign up for blast emails on either di st r ict webs i te: lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. There are four distribution list options: General Correspondence, Ashton Tap & Grill, Eagle’s Nest, and the Pro Shop. You can also email valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com to sign up or if you have stopped receiving emails. WITH GRATITUDE Pat Hodges would like to send out a huge, heartfelt "thank you" to her daughter (Karen Kirwan) and all of her very special Lake Ashton friends who stopped by the reception in her honor to make her 90th birthday so fabulous. Also, to all the "snowbird" friends who sent greeting cards...they were so appreciated! Please save the date (August 5, 2031) for the next big one. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 12 12
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Ken Rickey, President The HOA wants to be fair but firm in dealing with compliance issues. As such, the rules need to be followed by everybody — not just the people down the street. Each month a specific area of compliance will be concentrated on in order to better serve the community. This month, the HOA will be looking at house paint and trim and checking for signs of repainting or cleaning needs. The Design Guidelines specify the colors for the base color, trim, shutters, front and side doors for the house. The approved colors are available on lakeashtonhoa.org under the architectural information section and at the HOA office. Welcome back to the neighbors who have been away for the summer. For those who have not kept up with Lake Ashton news while gone, this is a short recap (for the others this is a review)! Three of the HOA Directors resigned in May due to health reasons. The new appointees are Secretary Keith Stevens, Treasurer Bob Prowant, and Assistant Secretary Debby Landgrebe, joining Vice President David Muller and President Ken Rickey. The vote on the CC&R revisions was postponed until legal issues have been straighten out. While that is happening, the HOA Board and the CC&R committee have been working diligently to further clarify some of the wording and to present the document in a more readable and understandable format. Hopefully the final rendering will be much more acceptable to the members (you) for a positive vote. A management company has been hired to assist the HOA and ARC in the duties and responsibilities to keep Lake Ashton the premier 55+ community that it has been for the last 20 years. 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 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 & fourth Wednesday of the month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. 14
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PARKING & ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS SAFETY Staff and Supervisors have been working with the Lake Wales Police Department on ways to improve the safety of the roads within Lake Ashton. Residents are reminded that the speed limit throughout all of Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, and 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 Police Department is increasing their patrols in Lake Ashton and have already pulled over some residents for not stopping at stop signs. 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 statue, please visit www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm? App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.1945.html. 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. City of Lake Wales also has an ordinance (§ 20-14 - Parking in residential districts) that makes it unlawful to park overnight or leave unattended during the day any commercial motor vehicle, golf cart, moped, motorized scooter, motor vehicle, motorcycle, trailer, truck, or vehicle on a public street or road in a residential district of this city that obstructs the free, convenient, and normal use of the public street or road by impeding, hindering, stifling, or endangering the safe movements of traffic or pedestrians. For the full ordinance, please visit lakewales.elaws.us/code/ ordinances_ch20_artii 16 the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - RESCHEDULED! National Night Out is an annual communitybui lding campaign that promotes pol icecommunity partnerships and neighborhood cama r ader i e to make our Lake Ashton neighborhood a safer, caring place in which to live. The previously scheduled National Night Out was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for October 13. A golf cart parade/ caravan will start at the HFC at 6:30 pm, travel through the community, and end at the Clubhouse. All Lake Ashton residents are asked to keep their outside lights on to signify commitment to a crimefree environment! Help make this National Night Out a special one, and hopefully everyone in this great community will participate. See you there! CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Since all residents are a part of Neighborhood Watch, you already are watching things around you. Citizens Assisted Patrol does this by patrolling our streets. CAP’s job is to look for things that do not belong in the community. Our presence with lights flashing while patrolling the streets is a deterrent to help keep these streets safe. 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 10 17 Let’s Talk WiFi Thieves (Courtesy of Law Enforcement) In this mobile society, everyone takes their electronics devices everywhere. WiFi access is so popular in public places — it’s a great way to check email, verify financial information, do internet shopping, make reservations and much more. BUT you could be opening yourself up to losing your personal information to a thief! How it works You turn on your electronic device in a WiFi zone. Several choices appear. Problem? Some are not legitimate. If you connect to the wrong network, you could enjoy the internet while the thief is collecting your personal information. Connect to a legitimate WiFi connection Look at your connection page. If you see a description of “computer to computer” with an icon of several computers, STAY AWAY! A legitimate wireless network will simply say, “wireless network” and display only one icon. If you are uncertain - DON'T CONNECT! It's not a good idea to take a chance. Legitimate businesses with free WiFi are helpful to assist customers, so don’t be afraid to ask. Finally, be sure to set up your device so it DOES NOT automatically connect to a wireless network! You should control the connections — not the airwaves.
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MOVIES MOVIE TIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 OCTOBER 5 — 7 THE COURIER 2021 | R | 1h 48min Partial nudity, brief language, smoking, violence. Unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative, Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky, and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis. OCTOBER 12 — 14 THE MISFITS 2021 | R | 1h 34min Brief drug use, some language, sexual references. A band of modern-day Robin Hoods known as "The Misfits", recruit renowned thief Richard Pace (Pierce Brosnan) to help them pull off the heist of the century. The prize: millions in gold bars stashed underneath one of the world's most secure prisons. OCTOBER 19 — 20 THE GUILTY 2021 | R | 1h 31min Language. The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger-but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out. 18 18 OCTOBER 21 BACK TO THE FUTURE MOVIE MARATHON 10 AM BACK TO THE FUTURE In this sci-fi comedy classic, an eccentric inventor (Christopher Lloyd) turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends young Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back 30 years. In 1955, Marty disrupts his parents' destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum out of whack. 1 PM BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 2 Time-travelers Marty and Doc head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud, but things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch attempt to set things straight, Marty finds himself again bound for 1955. 4 PM BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 3 The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking up Doc in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. More problems arise when Doc falls for pretty schoolteacher Clara Clayton and Marty tangles with Buford Tannen. OCTOBER 26 — 28 CRUELLA 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 14min In this live-action origin story based on the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians," young Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone) is working as a fashion designer in 1970s London -until an obsession with dog skins leads her astray. MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC) & 3 PM OCTOBER 1 THE STRATTON STORY 1980 | PG | 1h 50min This fact-based sports drama chronicles the life of famous pitcher Monty Stratton. Stratton (James Stewart), a star athlete, loses his leg when his hunting rifle misfires during a wilderness outing. Initially, Stratton's career is derailed, and he wallows in the depth of depression; however, with the encouragement of his loving spouse, Ethel (June Allyson), he decides to get back in the game. Equipped with a prosthetic leg, Stratton eventually works his way back to pitching in the minor leagues. OCTOBER 8 DEAD POETS SOCIETY 1989 | PG | 2h 9min Oscar nominee Robin Williams stars as John Keating, an unconventional teacher who inspires students through poetry. When the school fires him, his devastated students rally behind him, mindful of the ways he has changed their lives. OCTOBER 15 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 1990 | PG-13 | 1h 45min An inventor dies before developing hands for his creation, a boy named Edward (Johnny Depp) who instead has scissors at the end of each arm. Edward lives a monastic existence until an Avon lady adopts him and takes him to live in the pastel paradise of suburbia. OCTOBER 22 PRACTICAL MAGIC 1998 | PG-13 | 1h 44min Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) are 19 modern-day witches whose love lives are complicated by an unusual curse: Men who fall in love with them meet untimely ends. But against the advice of their eccentric aunts, the sisters continue to seek romance. OCTOBER 29 SLEEPY HOLLOW 1999 | R | 1h 45min New York detective Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OPEN Now If you would like to be listed here, contact valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, www.cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30 am-8 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-9 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks, Burgers, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. Ask about karaoke & live music.
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EVENTS BAKERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE CRAFT FAIR. Your homemade goodies will be greatly appreciated. Drop off your baked goods October 22 from noon to 4 pm at 4344 Heath Land Lane, Lake Wales. Call Carol (note corrected phone number: 863-845-2028) or Debbie at 863-318-9376. Lake Ashton’s 2021 Home Improvement Expo Come relive some of your favorite events at Lake Ashton all in one party, for just $10! The concession stand from the Rock the Block event will be back, so come and try the strawberry shortcake, sausage and peppers, meatball subs, grilled veggie kebabs, street corn, and fruit cups that sold out at the block party event that everyone is still talking about. LAVA AUXILIARY PRESENTS THE CRAFT FAIR OCTOBER 23 By Chris Graves This craft fair to benefit the Veterans’ Tiny Home Project is October 23 from 9 am to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. More than 40 vendors have signed up and there will be “LOTS OF LOTTO MONEY!” There will be a raffle tree with 3 chances to win! Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. Each winner will win $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets! Please come support the Veterans and take the opportunity to purchase unique, hand-crafted items including metal artwork, crocheted items, not to mention you could be one of the lucky winners of a Lotto Tree and/or other raffle items. 20 It's that time again! The Home Improvement Expo returns November 9 from 10 am to 1 pm. Need help with a home project? Come down to the Clubhouse Ballroom where a wide variety of vendors will be showcasing their products and services. Vendors and expertise will include solar paneling, windows, air conditioning, house cleaning, electrical and so much more. This event is completely free! disney trivia M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Calling all Disnerds! Come down to the Clubhouse for Disney Trivia on November 2 at 6:30 pm. Wear your Disney best and gather your team of no more than six Disney friends to see who will be crowned Lake Ashton’s Disney royalty! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online Activities Form. FREE PONTOON BOAT RIDES ON LAKE ASHTON Freedom Boat Club will be providing free pontoon boat rides on Lake Ashton to residents on November 19 starting at 1:30 pm. There is a limit of 10 people per session. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for one of the following time slots: 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, or 7:30 pm. Since space is limited this activity will be for Lake Ashton residents only. A representative will give residents an overview of the services they offer while enjoying a boat ride on beautiful Lake Ashton. PARTY FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON $10 TICKETS INCLUDE A LIVE DJ AND A BEVERAGE OF YOUR CHOICE (DOMESTIC BEER, HOUSE WINE, OR NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE). FOOD & DRINKS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE CONCESSION STAND & CASH BAR. BEER BUCKET SPECIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE! OCTOBER 15 7 PM CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM BEHIND THE SCENES - ROCK THE BLOCK PARTY Residents are still talking about the Rock the Block Party on that was held September 10 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. It was a one-of-a-kind event and would not have been possible without help from resident volunteers and others. A special thank you goes to Yellowstone and Tropico for the plants and sod, Alan Cropp for constructing the light tops, and David Fix, Sil We l l s , J o y McGraw, Jerry Elmers, Ron Kosters, and Yvonne Saunders for their assistance with setup. They were moving outdoor furniture indoors, hanging lights from the ceiling, and setting up light poles, sod, and plants. Mike Costello, the Vice Chairman of the LACDD Board of Supervisors, even stopped by to supervise the setup and help move the light poles into place! Caroline made handmade signs for every street in Lake Ashton that were hung on the poles that Matt and Jar ed painted and put together. It was a great example of how willing residents are to jump in and help and highlighted how wonderful Lake Ashton is when it comes to working together as a team. Thank you to all involved! 21
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CAMP LAKE ASHTON Wow, what a week! Residents had a great time at Camp Lake Ashton this year. Activities ranged from playing water games to learning how to plant a garden and it all was made possible by our sponsors; Matt Simpson of Edward Jones, Senior Insurance of Florida, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, The Oasis Spa, Nick Toadvine of Guardian Wealth Management, and Gessler Clinic. A special thanks goes out to all of the Volunteer Camp Counselors (pictured left) for helping make this week possible by either teaching activities or helping with set-up and clean-up of the activities. The 2021 Camp Award Winners are (pictured top left below, left to right): Happiest Camper: Cynthia Harris Crafty Camper: Debbie Platt Camp Jitterbug: Lainie Segal Camper of the Week: Suzanne Tuttle Camp Scavenger Hunt: Chuck & Carolyn Weber Camp Couple: Carl & Linda Boast 22 LA Cruise-In The Car Show has been rescheduled to December 11 from 10 am to 1 pm. Just giving you car junkies some extra time to prep your car for the big show! Who will win the coveted Best Classic (pre-1979), Best Modern (post-1979), and Crowd Favorite? Registration for the show will begin November 1 and the last day to register will be November 26. Registration forms will be at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. National Candy Day November 4 Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk from 10 am to 4 pm to add a little sweetness to your day! CUPCAKE EXCHANGE Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? National Vanilla Cupcake Day is November 10, so come celebrate with a cupcake exchange! Residents are welcomed to bring any flavored cupcakes to exchange with friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 1 pm. Enjoy great conversations over scrumptious cupcakes! Please sign-up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk and indicate how many cupcakes you will bring with you for the exchange. The last day to sign up will be November 3. 23
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NIGHTMARE ON THE LAKE HAUNTED HOUSE By Cheryl Winchester LAPAC is very excited about this Fundraiser, the biggest and best haunted house inside of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom! Tickets go on sale October 4 at Monday Coffee. Don’t wait to purchase your ticket because they are being sold for $15 each in groups of 40 with a total of only 160 people per night to try and keep this as safe as possible. Time slots: 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, & 8:30 pm, with a limit of 40 people per time slot. That group of 40 will be broken into groups inside as well. Plan on a little fear, lots of tricks, and plenty of treats. Mask and gloves will be provided. If you’d like, you can dress up in a costume yourself! If anyone would like to volunteer to help please contact Cheryl Winchester at 305-725-4946. 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. 24 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 4 — 6 pm OUTSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE Enjoy some fall and Halloween fun at the annual Fall Festival October 30 from 4 to 6 pm. Play great games like Pumpkin Bowling, Spider Corn hole, Pumpkin Bocce, and more, and enjoy fall-themed treats. There will also be other great Fall Festival activities to enjoy, along with the pie-eating and costume contests. There will be a pumpkin patch and residents can pick a pumpkin, free of charge (one per household, while supplies last). This event will be free for all residents and guests to attend thanks to sponsor Lake Howard Heights. If you would like to be a contestant in the Pie Eating Contest, please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 5 pm on October 22. Pumpkin Bocce, & more) Fall-Themed Treats Costume Contest & Pie Eating Contest Pick a Pumpkin From the Patch (one per household, while supplies last) & More! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk if you would like to participate in the Pie Eating Contest. Sign up with Caroline if you would like to volunteer — all positions needed! All games and activities are completely free thanks to sponsors Lake Howard Heights, Cornerstone Hospice, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, and Gessler Clinic 25 Themed Yard & Carnival Games (Pumpkin Bowling, Spider Corn Hole,
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LAKE ASHTON’S AMAZING GOLF CART RACE It’s back and better than before! It’s not just a race. It’s not just a competition. It’s a challenge! So save the date for November 18 at noon. Race against time and complete challenges along the way, just like the Amazing Race on television. Tasks will be a combination of recreational, mental, and observational. Something all ages and genders can do and enjoy. Communication and working together is the key for teams to see who will win the ultimate golf cart challenge. Although all teams will face the same challenges, all will not be doing them simultaneously. 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. 5K TURKEY TROT Come join fellow runners, walkers, and bike riders for a 5K Tu r k e y Tr o t ! ( 3 . 1 m i l e s November 22 at Lake Ashton! The course will be the closed golf course golf cart path beginning at 8 am. Money raised will go to the Lake Wales Care Center for their Christmas Toy Drive. This keeps all donations local for those in need. COMING UP AT THE CLUBHOUSE: LA PURPLE STARS CHILI/SOUP COOK OFF JANUARY 28, 2022 All runners, walkers and bike riders who enter will be provided a medal to show your support for this fundraiser. If you aren’t at Lake Ashton on November 22, you may still register and do the 5K virtually from wherever you are. Once you return to Lake Ashton, you will receive your medal and bib. T h e registration fee is $25 (please make checks payable to Lake Ashton Golf Management) and includes a Numbered Bib, Medal and Donation to the Lake Wales Care Center. Registration Forms are available at the Clubhouse and HFC. Deadline to register is October 10 so that the medals may be minted and the numbered bibs are ordered and received on time. 26 26 Christmas Dinner Dance By Jackie Ellis Time to get that pretty dress and snappy suit out for the beautiful Christmas Dinner Dance December 4.This is one big gala affair you won't want to miss! Enjoy this beautiful time of year, great food provided by Cam's Catering, music to dance the night away and fun with friends and neighbors. Tickets go on sale November 1 before Monday Coffee at 8 am in the Clubhouse. More information to come in the November issue. Stay healthy and safe in this beautiful community! Holidays Around the World Felices Fiestas, Habari Gani, Chag Sameach, Buone Vacanze, Happy Boxing Day, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays … No matter what your holiday greeting is, all are welcomed to celebrate the Holidays Around the World on December 10 at 5 pm in the Clubhoues Ballroom! There will be food stations set up representing the countries of Italy, Kenya, Dominican Republic, America, Israel, and Canada featuring their common holiday foods. along with traditional music from these world holidays played by a live DJ. Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a Visa, MasterCard, or check for $30 on October 25 at 10 am. New Year’s Eve What a night! What a crowd! Here's a toast to a prosperous year … and a masquerade! Dance the year away in the Clubhouse Ballroom and raise a glass of complimentary champagne as you toast 2022 in style. Tickets are $50 and also include a delicious plated dinner from Ashton Tap & Grill featuring salad, prime rib or chicken piccata, mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, dinner roll, and dessert. A cash bar will be available for libations throughout the night. Purchase tickets with a Visa, MasterCard, or check (LACDD) starting October 4 at 10 am at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. 27 27 Look for Our New Menu Beginning October 19th
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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS BEADING CRAFT Create a beautiful beaded keychain showing your support to find a cure for breast cancer. Join friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse Ballroom on October 13 at 12 pm to make your keychain., Valerie Fetcho from The Art of Beading will be giving instructions on how to make this free craft. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the Online Activities Form. LALGA PRESENTS THE PINK RIBBON BREAST CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT GIRLS NIGHT IN The Clubhouse will be kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Girls Night In, a night of awareness, pampering, and fun. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas! Play classic girl's night games while great women empowerment music is played. Indulge in a popcorn bar, an ice cream bar, and other snacks. Dillard’s from Eagle Ridge Mall will be here offering bra fittings, Oasis Spa will be raffling mini facial and chair massages throughout the night, and you can't have a girl's pajama party without make-up so stop by the Avon booth to enter the raffle for a mini makeover. LALGA will be selling their Pink Ribbons and will have some of their members sharing their survivor stories. New scarves and headcoverings will also be collected to donate to women who are fighting to beat cancer. This all takes place on October 1 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for $10 and will also be available at the door on the night of, so grab a girlfriend and come on down! Registration starts October 1 in the Pro Shop for the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Golf Tournament on November 9. Choose your foursome and sign up. Don’t have a foursome? Just sign up and members will be matched. It is only $30 per person to enter and that includes: the tournament fee, lunch, prize money and a donation to the Watson Clinic Foundation. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets as there are over 150 raffle items. In addition, the silent auction contains some of the finest golf courses in the area as well as art, trips, and restaurants. You won’t want to miss out on placing a bid. Again, anyone in the community can buy raffles or bid on silent auction items, even if you do not play golf. Questions? Call Lydia Fichtman at 215-290-9375 or Kim Kutsch at 724-664-7988. Let’s make this year’s donation to the Watson Clinic Foundation even greater than before! 28 28 SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS ADMIRING THE SURVIVORS HONORING THE TAKEN & NEVER GIVING UP HOPE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK & IN OCTOBER WE WEAR PINK Bring awareness to breast cancer and join friends and neighbors for a walk on October 8 from 10 am to noon. The day will consist of a walk from the HFC to the Guard House and back for a continental breakfast. A sponsor will be contributing T-shirts, bracelets, and much more. There will also be a speaker present for the event. During the month of October, if you will be participating in fitness classes at the HFC, please consider wearing pink for awareness and support. Prizes will go out to the residents that wear the most pink for the month. There will also be the annual Wall of Stars to represent those lost to breast cancer, as well as survivors and those who are currently fighting. BREAST CANCER & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Did you know that there is therapy available for breast cancer patients? Stop by the HFC October 12 at 1 pm to hear about the possibilities available for occupational therapy for breast cancer patients. Please sign up for this seminar at the HFC. TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR BREAST HEALTH SEMINAR Come down to the HFC for a presentation by a Breast Surgical Oncologist, who will be covering topics on necessary screenings for different life stages, and much more. The seminar will be held October 13 at 12:30 pm. Lunch will also be provided. Please sign up at the HFC. 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. 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 Remaining 2021 Trips: OCTOBER 27 THE PRICE IS RIGHT: LIVE! $78/PERSON NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 3 MARVELOUS MYRTLE BEACH $1075/ PERSON (MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY OCTOBER 12) DECEMBER 5 - 12 NASHVILLE & MEMPHIS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TOUR $2199/PERSON (ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! TRIP MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY OCTOBER 5) 29 29 Trips
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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The September highlighted events were “Beat the Pros” on September 8th during which 9 teams were able to beat the Pros; followed by the two-day LAMGA Ryder Cup on September 29th & 30th, which included breakfast, lunch and a golf hat for each participant. Special thanks to the Pro Shop team for taking the time out of their busy days to participate in “Bet the Pros”. This month the following generous sponsors who support the annual Member-Guest tournament are recognized: Century Buick, Hill Nissan, Huston Cadillac, Buick and GMC, Lake Wales Jeep, Red Hoagland Hyundai, and Ridge Quality Motors. When you are looking for any service or product, 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 Top Ten Leader Board through the end of August includes Donn Yasz - $140.10; Mike Krigelski - $129.08; Jim Ford - $127.75; Tom Murphy - $126.85; Les Jacobsen - $120.10; Denis Mulhearn - $114.58; Duff Hill - $113.60; Rolly Geyer - $112.50; Pat O’Neil - $108.25 and; Jack Farmer - $105.47. Thanks, as always, to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this very popular year-long contest. Keeping up the speed of play makes the game more enjoyable for all participants. Here are some tips for picking up the pace. • Keep up with the group in front of you. • Play “Ready Golf”. If you are not the one who is out or away, but you are ready to play your stroke while the others in your group are not, go ahead and hit. • Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think about the next shot. When you reach your ball, you will need less time to figure out the shot. • If you are out of the hole or will reach the maximum score you can take, pick up your ball. 30 • Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it is your turn you can step right up and putt. • When leaving the green and returning to your cart, don’t put your putter in the bag or mark your scorecard until you get to the next tee. • Do not spend more than the 3 minutes allowed looking for a lost ball. The October schedule is comprised of: October 6th – Modified Net Stableford (flighted field); October 13th – Best Net of A&D Players + Best Net of B&C Players; October 20th – Best 3 Nets and; October 27th – Pick Your Partner – 2 Man Best Ball (includes lunch). LA NINERS By Diane Struble Fall is in the air along with the much-anticipated cooler and (hopefully) drier weather! It is also the start of the new season which is proving to be better than ever! October 5 is the kick-off opening celebration which promises to be a fun-filled day with a few surprises. The game schedule will include some "team" games and tournaments but will put more focus on individual games to calculate into our handicaps. The semi-annual Senior Orphans Collection will be on October 26 and November 2. Cleaning supplies in user-friendly sizes are in high demand and have been requested. The Niners are proud to support this great cause that helps low-income seniors in Polk County. The Pink Ribbon Tournament will be on November 9 so start planning, your foursomes sign-up begins October 1 (see page 28 for more details). Vice President Karen Ferrande will continue to attend the New Resident Socials offering information on the Niners. Anyone is welcome to call Karen at 207-451-0143 with any questions. The Niners would love to have you join! 1 IN 3 HOMES HAVE DAMAGED DUCTS, WASTING A/C IN THE ATTIC ELIMINATE GARAGE DOOR HEAT! WE LOWER AND REPAIR DUCTS AND BURY THEM IN INSULATION $690 INSULATE GARAGE DOOR AS LOW AS $195 FIX GARAGE, INSULATE GARAGE ATTIC + GARAGE DOOR $685 23 OUR SERVICE PAYS FOR ITSELF! A/C RUNS 2-4 HOURS LESS! WE HAVE OVER 100 HAPPY LAKE ASTON CUSTOMERS. WE KNOW THESE HOMES. LOCAL FAMILY, LICENSED & INSURED Curabitur blandit tempus porttitor. Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Morbi leo risus, porta ac consectetur ac, vestibulum at eros.
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LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Your very own LALGA is as busy as ever planning for the fall and the 2021-22 year. The pre-season opener will be a Meet and Greet, Mardi Gras style, event. You don’t need to bring any beads as they will be provided. Come to the Pro Shop on Monday, October 25 at 4 pm for fun, food and festivities. Try to win prizes at different events such as putting and chipping. All women in the community are invited to participate and meet the members of the LALGA. Meet Mafie Walker Mafie Walker was born in a small rural village just north of Lisbon, Portugal near the town of Fatima. Mafie was brought u p w i t h v e r y h u m b l e beginnings, not exposed to electricity, indoor plumbing and telephones until the age of 14. In Lisbon, Mafie went to a private school because she wanted to continue her education and schools in Portugal, at that time, only went to fourth grade. To pay for school, Mafie’s mom would pawn her necklace and buy it back each month after her husband was paid. Unfortunately, Mafie’s mom became ill and Mafie had to leave school to take care of the family. Mafie’s uncle lived in America and came back to Portugal to visit the family. At that time, Mafie’s father was out of work and therefore the uncle sponsored the family to come to America. Already 21, Mafie could not be a part of the sponsorship. In 1967, a year after the family moved, Mafie obtained her green card and arrived in Maryland on Christmas Eve to join them. One month later she met her now husband Tom at People’s Drug Store and the following September they were married. They just celebrated their 53rd anniversary. They have one daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mafie worked in many careers and 29 years ago she started playing golf. While living in Coral Gables, Florida, Mafie belonged to five different golf leagues. 32 She played golf every day! Mafie’s and Tom’s daughter took a job at Disney and because of that they decided to move to Lake Ashton. It was the golf courses and the amenities that drew them there. When arriving in Lake Ashton, Mafie joined the LALGA and Shirley Goldstein took her under her wing and showed her the ropes. Mafie enjoys gardening and is an avid bridge player. She makes creams, soaps and jewelry for fun and sells some on Etsy. She and Tom cruise extensively and really enjoy seeing other places and meeting new people. The LALGA loves having Mafie Walker as part of the league.
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CLUBS LA BELLES By Rose Crognale The LA Belles Halloween Luncheon will be held on October 27 at 12:30 pm at Sizzling Grill on Route 27 in Lake Wales. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The event is hosted by Rose Crognale (856-217-6676), AnnaMarie Cooney (609-405-4694) and Janet Luke. The Belles will be able to choose from Sizzling Grill’s large menu selections and will be billed separately. Sign up at the Clubhouse activities desk ON or BEFORE October 22 so we can give the venue a final count. Come one and all for a spook-tacular time! DUPL ICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller Duplicate Bridge players compete on Mondays from 12:45 pm to approximately 3:30 pm in the ballroom. Players of all abilities and experience are welcome. A partner is required. There is a sign up sheet on the ballroom information rack. For more information call Don Fuller at 863-324-2255. Recent Results: September 20: 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 3rd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers September 13: 1st Margot & Keith Stevens, 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 3rd Jim Ford & Don Fuller August 30: 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 2nd Marion Nelson & Dana Cunningham, 3rd Ralph Ritter & George Rogers August 23: 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson, 2nd Ann Murphey & Mary Lois Teyssier, 3rd Marion Nelson & Dana Cunningham RARE DOUBLE BACI! By Carl Boast When a Bocce ball rests touching the Pallino it is called a Baci and scores two points. This happens 34 i n f r e q u e n t l y b u t consistently during matches played at Lake Ashton. When TWO balls of the same color come to rest on the Pallino it is an even rarer event and scores 4 points. Recently, Sil Wells, who took up the game earlier this year, accomplished this rare Double Baci! A Double Baci has not been recorded at Lake Ashton since Vern Frahm made one in January. Bocce games are played Mon, Wed, & Friday at 10:30 am. Anyone interested in joining these games should contact Linda or Carl Boast at 540-297-7336 to set up a mutually convenient time for a beginner session. Other recent Bacis of note: Pat Hodges, got one soon after celebrating her 90th birthday, and Lee Belding got one in her very first game! LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting October 7 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. There will be social time with snacks from 4:00 to 4:30. Please bring your own beverage. The general meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The October speaker is Judy Haberek, Cha i r o f t he Po l k Coun t y Democ r a t i c Environmental Caucus of Florida and volunteer for the Polk County Democrats. Please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LAND OF LINCOLN FRIENDS By Pat Bergstrom Hello Illinoisans! The first get together for 2021 will be on November 2 at noon at the IHOP at 2850 Ridge Way, Lake Wales. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Clubhouse. Individuals will pay for their own food orders. IHOP requires masks. It has been a long time. Any resident is welcome to join. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Bergstrom at 740-624-6903. (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 swimming offer 10 age groups for ages 50 to 100+. Many join LASC because it is not safe to swim alone, some swim because they were bored just swimming laps and want to learn how to improve their strokes, and others swim with the club for motivation. We welcome you to join us! No competitive experience or desire is necessary. Come for the fun and camaraderie! If interested contact Coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler Congratulations to the 3 members (pictured) from the Lake Ashton Swim Club, who won medals at the 2021 UF Health Senior Games in Gainesville on September 12. From left to right: Sandy Papineau, Cathy Liska, and Sharon Swanson. Members of LA Swim Club swim together several times a week, but only a few compete. For those who wish to compete, there are 19 regional Senior Games around the state that are open to anyone who wishes to participate and serve as qualifiers for the annual state senior championships in Ft. Lauderdale. Senior Games The LA Singles group plans activities for Lake Ashton residents who are single. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm in the Cinema. In September, the singles discussed several outings and opportunities for social activities. At the October meeting, plans will be made for the Senior Orphan project. The singles group will purchase Christmas gifts for orphan seniors. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, please attend the meeting on October 3. 36 36
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LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg LA Rockers are busy painting rocks to welcome new neighbors, to satisfy bi-monthly group challenges, and to hide throughout Lake Ashton and bring smiles to the faces of friends and neighbors. Looking forward to seeing more of you at the in-person meetings as snowbirds return to Lake Ashton. They are are held every other week in the HFC Community Center Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Alice Mayer, the leader and founder, will be back in LA and is preparing to teach everyone new painting techniques. In addition, other talented artists in our group will share their knowledge and help others. Upcoming meetings will be held on October 6 and 20. Newcomers and those who haven't attended meetings in a while are always welcome to join the fun and share in the camaraderie — and it’s free! To do so, join the group LA Rockers on Facebook or contact MJ Richards or Alice Mayer and let them know you are coming. 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 38 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting is October 20 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom by the stage. The excitement is growing for the upcoming Craft Fair on October 23 which will benefit the Veterans. See page 20 for more details on the event. The LAVA Auxiliary supports veterans through various fundraisers, such as this. The group also does other activities throughout the year to let veterans know that they are not forgotten. This meeting will focus on the final arrangements for the Craft Fair. ATTENTION LAKE ASHTON VOLLEYBALLERS By Debi Crosby Come out and join the group at the Pavilion on October 9 from 4 to 7 pm for a Splash into Fall Celebration! Bring your favorite beverage and a dish to pass. Put 2020 behind everyone! Music and paper goods will be provided, you just show up! Let’s PARTY! Any questions Contact Debi Crosby 954-736-7505 or Carolyn Bishop 919-606-8844. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The Genealogy Club has made some exci t ing discoveries lately! One member found her greatgreat-grandmother after 10 years of searching. Another two members discovered they share a surname and may be related! Perhaps you would like to join this group and make some fun discoveries too. The next meeting is October 13 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. All levels of expertise are welcome. $7,495 995 39 39
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MIND&BODY FRIENDLY REMINDER FOR FITNESS CENTER USERS Please use the antibacterial wipes for all equipment used in the Fitness Center including resistance machines, free weights, benches, and even the cardiovascular equipment. This helps keep germs and viruses at bay and cleans the equipment, making the environment more pleasant for all users. Please see staff with any questions about the Fitness Center or other amenities. The next Clubhouse Fitness Center Orientation will be on October 6 at 1 pm. Please sign up on online form or at the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LA DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Learn the Waltz Mondays October 4,11,18 & 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed. For safety wear sturdy shoes — no flip flops please! DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays from 9 to 10 am 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! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY The Lake Ashton Women’s Bible Study will begin Fall Sessions at 10 am on Wednesday, October 13, at the HFC. This year’s study will be the book of Exodus. Come join this group of women for a wonderful experience. 40 37 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. CREATE A CARD - NEW CLASS TIMES! Explore your creativity! Please join in for creative fun on October 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 1:30 pm. Subsequent classes will be on the 3rd Tuesday each month. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC -- reservations go quickly. Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with questions. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr October 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Magic of Fall 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. ASTRONOMY NIGHT On December 11 at 7 pm Cleve with the Polk Imperial Astronomical Society will be back at Lake Ashton. This time he wants the topic to be the viewer's choice. Please submit topic suggestions via email to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com by October 22. An email blast will be sent out the week of the 25th to vote on the topic for discussion. 41

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.6032 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES October Issue Deadline: September 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER 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 Join your friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 9 am — don’t forget to bring $2 for coffee and donuts! SEPTEMBER 6 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LABOR DAY HOLIDAY CLUBHOUSE OFFICES CLOSED SEPTEMBER 13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Bite Me Monday Celebrate Grandparents’ Day! Featured Vendors - Christine Graves Insurance & Matt Simpson with Edward Jones SEPTEMBER 20 NO MONDAY COFFEE — BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday SEPTEMBER 27 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Lake Ashton Group Highlight - Lake Ashton Camera Club Featured Vendor - Living Water Boat Cruises ASHTON TAP AND GRILL IS DOING A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR ATTENDEES SEPTEMBER 27 MENU: 2 PANCAKES, SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE OR BACON, & COFFEE PURCHASE TICKETS FOR $8 AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK Bite Me Monday (second Monday) is the monthly collection of donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society. Peanut Butter Monday (third Monday) is the monthly collection of non-perishable items for the food pantry at the Lake Wales Care Center. Please drop all items off by noon. LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, September 20 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 Street NW, Winter Haven NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL September 15 — 2 pm Clubhouse Sign up at either Activities Desk IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS 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 & RECYCLING RESIDENTIAL HOLIDAY PICKUP SCHEDULE LABOR DAY - SEPTEMBER 6, 2021 Residents in Winter Haven will have their trash and recycling picked up Tuesday, September 7, and Lake Wales will be picked up Saturday, September 11 due to the holiday. 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. BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE September 8 and 22 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) Clubhouse West Parking Lot 5 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Stop by the Activities Desk 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 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. NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: September 15 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays starting September 15 12 to 2 pm (1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesdays) 10 am to 2 pm (3rd Wednesday during the Monthly Market) RESIDENT FEEDBACK 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 or give suggestions. Locked boxes are located outside of the Community Director's Office at the HFC and Clubhouse. Suggestion/Feedback forms can be anonymous but please be sure to complete the contact information if you would like staff to follow-up to address specific concerns.
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LACDD NEWS By C h r i s t i n e We l l s , LA ( LW) CDD Commu ni ty Di r e c t or Believe it or not, the first day of Fall is September 22. Even though Lake Ashton residents will not experience the traditional cooler temperatures and leaves changing colors, this does mark a time when friends traveling and visiting family and friends in other parts of the country return home. Welcome your friends and neighbors back to the community by coming out to a Sunday Funday dinner and entertainment at Ashton Tap & Grill, going to an event at the Clubhouse or HFC, or maybe play a round of golf and enjoy a lunch at the Eagle's Nest afterwards. Whatever you choose to do, Lake Ashton is full of opportunities for socializing with friends and neighbors to nurture current relationships and create new friendships. Lake Ashton's Rock the Block event is a great time to lay back and enjoy a carefree, no frills, good oldfashioned block party without the heat or possibility of rain. This event is free and all new residents of Lake Ashton are encouraged to come out and meet the neighbors! Please see page 23 for more information on this event. Oktoberfest is September 29 and what a way to bring in the month of October. There will be a live authentic German performance, food, and lots of beer! Stop by the Activities Desk to get tickets to both of these great events and start the fall off with a bang. At the August 16 Board of Supervisors meeting the budget for fiscal year 2022 was approved with minor changes. The Board also voted to increase the Operations and Maintenance assessment for Lake Wales residents to $1969 (a $94 increase). The Board of Supervisors directed staff to implement signage recommending everyone to wear masks when in the Clubhouse. This signage is now in place and it is recommended to maintain six feet social distancing to keep your neighbors safe. Hands free soap dispensers and faucets are now available in all restrooms and additional hand sanitizing dispensers have been added throughout the Clubhouse. Please see page 16 for more information on how we are working to keep Lake Ashton residents safe. A wrap up report was sent via email blast on August 19 with a summary of actions taken at this meeting. Any resident that did not receive this wrap up report can request a copy by sending an email to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. The next Board of Supervisors meeting is Monday, September 20 at 9:30 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com for agenda packets, meeting minutes and other District documents, or to sign up for blast emails. 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 Harry Krumrie, Assistant Secretary Restaurant LA K E ASHTO N TRIVIA When was the first Entertainment Series at Lake Ashton? 6 407.766.9237, hkrumrie@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863.949.0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: By Appointment
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LAIICDD NEWS BY M a r y B o s m a n , L A I I C D D C o mm u n i t y D i r e c t o r The temperatures outside recently are sizzling, but there’s plenty of cool activities available inside at the Health and Fitness Center (HFC). Walking inside in the Community Center is a great option as are the various indoor gaming opportunities. Corn hole sets, billiards, our new pool/golf game, ping pong, basketball, racquetball, and our multiple Wii games are awaiting your use in the comfort of air conditioning. The indoor swimming pool will also keep off the damaging rays of sun, so you can swim for longer periods of time without your skin burning or becoming leathery and wrinkled. For those of you who visit our Fitness Center, check out the new recumbent bike. New massage room conveniences have been added as well. COVID updates…you’ll see our Wearing is Caring posters around the HFC and staff will always have a mask with them, so ask them to put one on while you interact if you wish…they will likely ask if you want them to put it on first though! Daily information comes into my office from the CDC and other medical resources, and our Chairman of the Board keeps very well informed as one of the Public Safety resources, so know that your safety will always be foremost in our priorities. You will always be kept abreast on best practices. Please see page 16 for more information on how we are working to keep Lake Ashton residents safe. 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 Duff Hill, Assistant Secretary - Public Works & Budget, Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Mondays at 10:30 am to 11:30 pm, 863.875.4216, duffhill5429@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, and Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com 8 The HFC is home to a new recumbent bicycle in the Fitness Center. Stop in and try it out! We also have a cost free (to LA II CDD) vending machine in house again. It’s located in the hall outside the fitness room and it’s getting good usage there. It takes cash or cards. Our new landscaping teams are Fox Hollow (flower beds) and Prince and Sons (mowing, etc.) They are already making needed improvements for the HFC grounds and Ashton Boulevard. Supervisor McKie has worked many hours getting this transition in place seamlessly. The LA II Board will not be having a meeting in September, so their next meeting is October 15th at 9 AM in the Community Center. The final budget for FY 2022 will be voted on at that time. Our Board members have office hours weekly where you can meet one to one with them. Their dedication to serving the Lake Ashton Community is amazing. The next LA Connection will be off the press on September 22nd at the HFC.
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Wildlife JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Corner by Barbara Ann Comer The Roseate Spoonbill is a really flashy bird that can be found at Lake Ashton most frequently in the summer after breeding birds have dispersed. These large pink wading birds are often mistakenly identified as flamingos. The only expected pink bird at Lake Ashton (and in most of Florida) is the Roseate Spoonbill. It can vary quite a bit in color from pale pink to hot pink! Unlike flamingos the color of the Spoonbill has nothing to do with diet and everything to do with age. Males and females are identical in plumage and females are just as bright as the males as they age. The Spoonbill is named for its bill with a flattened, spoon-shaped tip. They swing their bills from side to side in shallow water while feeding on small fish, crustaceans and insects. They fly with their legs and necks outstretched. Places to see them at Lake Ashton include any body of water, but they seem to especially favor the stream beyond the driving range near the beginning of the West Course. Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. This month outlines the policy regarding interacting with wildlife at Lake Ashton. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Contact Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Mary Bosman (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com) with questions. WILD LIF E 1. When using the Amenity Facilities, including especially outdoor areas and spaces, please adhere to the following guidelines in regards to non-domesticated animals (“Wildlife”): 25 I. Wildlife encountered within the Amenity Facilities should never be approached. II. Never leave small children unattended. III. Never feed wild animals, or leave food/garbage unattended. IV . Wildlife are likely to be present in all natural waters or wetlands. Please take caution and be vigilant when close to such areas. 2. The Lake Ashton Community is a natural Wildlife habitat; therefore, exercise caution and vigilance at all times. 3. Please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website for more information regarding interaction with Wildlife common to Florida, found here: https://myfwc.com/ conservation/you-conserve/ wildlife/ RA B IES A LER T There have been four positive cases of rabies in the Polk County area reported this year so far. Please ensure your pets are currently vaccinated for rabies and report any suspicious acting animals you encounter to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control at 863-577-1762. 10 11
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SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR WAHNETA ELEMENTARY By Carolyn Bishop To say the school was overwhelmed with Lake Ashton’s generosity would be an understatement. Each carload of supplies was met with huge smiles and looks of astonishment. The Lake Ashton contributions quickly filled up the stage area in the cafeteria. As the students arrived for the first day of school, they were given a backpack full of all the necessary supplies to help them have a successful year. Each teacher also received a $20 gift card to help with their classroom needs. If you have any free time and would like to volunteer at the school please contact them. The need is great for these students. Thank you again for the support, Carolyn Bishop, Lisa Fee & Lynn Lasseter Lake Ashton Community,, We are truly grateful for the generous contributions that have been made to support the students at Wahneta Elementary School. Due to the current situation with the pandemic the needs we are seeing have been extreme. The book bags, notebooks, binders, etc., were a pleasant surprise, The look on the students’ faces when they were presented with their school supplies was priceless. Thank you again for your support! Sincerely, Nildalis Caraballo, Principal Wahneta Elementary well as the elevation. Training in Florida is 150-160 ft above sea level while some climbs on tour will reach elevations of 7-8,000 feet. Less oxygen in each breath makes the climbs more difficult. SPOTLIGHT: LAKE ASHTON CYCL I STS GO TOURING Two Lake Ashton bicycle riders will leave on cycling tours during the month of September. Calvin Eakins (above left) will be touring the state of Texas on a two-week, 850-mile adventure, while Bob LeMaster (above right) will be taking a 3,000+ mile adventure from San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL. Average mileage on both trips will be approximately 70 miles per day. Both riders are preparing for this high daily mileage by logging between 50 and 70 miles five to six days a week. Calvin has been riding for ten years and brings a lot of experience to their efforts. According to Bob, Calvin knows all of the local roads and popular routes which has been a tremendous help. Bob is relatively new to cycling, having started riding when he moved to Lake Ashton two years ago. Calvin and Bob met when their paths crossed while cycling one morning and have been riding together since that chance encounter. One of the biggest challenges encountered during training this time of year is the heat. They start at 6 am most mornings so they can be finished before the temperature and humidity become too much. A 70-mile ride takes roughly five hours and it is very hot at the finish even with an early start. Both tours will have days of high temperatures, so adapting to the heat is a training goal. They must train like an endurance athlete to stay hydrated and have enough energy to finish the rides. Another challenge to training for long tours is the lack of mountains or long hills in Central Florida, as 13 13 Bob’s trip is hosted by a tour company, TransAmerica Cycling, that provides Support and Gear (SAG) during the trip and has taken care of all of the planning and logistics. The tour route leaves California September 27 and passes through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and will end in Florida on November 12. Calvin’s tour is hosted by the Texas Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It is called the “Determined Cycling Tour” and is a fundraiser to support K-12 Christian education. The tour starts September 12 at the southern tip of Texas in McAllen, passes through Corpus Christi, Houston, Austin, and finishes in Dallas September 24. You can follow the Determined Cycling Tour at texasadventist.org/determined/ for photos, videos, and interviews. Good luck to both of these determined Lake Ashton residents!
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LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By David Muller, VP Director Your Homeowners Association Board of Directors (BOD) continues to carry out the mandates of the CC&Rs the best it can with the help of the management company, Don Asher & Associates, Inc. The HOA manager has changed and Michellette Ramos will be the new HOA manager. Michellette visits several times a week, meeting with board directors, answering questions from residents, continuing property inspections for estoppels and violations. Michellette is an “arm” of the BOD, acting on behalf of the board’s wishes and not an independent lone authority. Her goal is to please the residents by following our rules to help the residents follow our governing documents. In September, Michellette will be concentrating on clean driveways for property violations. Please look at your property and ask yourself, “Would my property cut the mustard?” Don’t forget about the curbs. SUBMITTING ARC REQUESTS ( LAKE WALES 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. Now, submitting an ARC request has never been easier. The form can be found under the Documents tab in the Architectural Information section on the new website, lakeashtonhoa.org. You can download and complete it by hand or on your computer. Email the completed form to admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. 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 5pm on Wednesday prior to the next ARC meeting. The ARC meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. NEW APPROVED ROOFING SHINGLE (LAKE WALES) By Iris Realmuto, LW ARC Chair The GAF Timberline HDZ Shakewood 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 14 15
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SAFETY CLEANING PROCEDURES Residents should feel safe while enjoying the amenities at Lake Ashton. The following procedures are currently in place and will be continued on an on-going basis. All floors are cleaned with a sanitizing cleaning agent daily. High touch surfaces including but not limited to light switches, door handles, and countertops are sanitized at least once daily. All tables/chairs/countertops in amenity rooms are sanitized at least once daily by staff and residents are encouraged to do the same after each use. Sanitizing cleaner is available in all amenity rooms for resident use. If you have any questions regarding the cleaning procedures at the HFC or the Clubhouse please contact LAIICDD Community Director Mary Bosman at mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com or LACDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ALERT By Fay Wood, NW Chief Courtesy of Law Enforcement Scammers will call an Amazon, Apple, or other major name customer and tell them that there is a problem with their account, such as a suspicious purchase, lost package or unfulfilled order, according to the Federal Trade Commission. These customers could be told that their account has been breached. The scammer will then instruct the victim to press 1, or any other number, to speak wi th customer support. Other things they might say is to call another number, or ask you to provide them with your personal information. Law Officials advise not to do anything. Hang up. Do not visit a web address either that the caller might give you. Report these types of scams to the Federal Trade Commission to report fraud! 16
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MOVIES SEPTEMBER 1 - 2 AMERICAN TRAITOR: THE TRIAL OF AXIS SALLY 2021 | R | 1h 48min Violence and depiction of sexual assault. Radio broadcaster and Nazi propagandist Axis Sally -- aka sultry-voiced American Mildred Gillars -- entertains U.S. troops stationed in Europe during World War II, while also demoralizing them. But after the war, Gillars ends up on trial for treason. SEPTEMBER 7 — 9 WORTH 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 58min Following the horrific 9/11 attacks, Congress appoints attorney and renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Assigned with allocating financial resources to the victims of the tragedy, Feinberg and his firm's head of operations, Camille Biros (Amy Ryan), face the impossible task of determining the worth of a life to help the families who suffered incalculable losses. When Feinberg locks horns with Charles Wolf (Stanley Tucci), a community organizer mourning the death of his wife, his initial cynicism turns to compassion as he begins to learn the true human costs of the tragedy. MOVIE TIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 SEPTEMBER 14 - 16 IN THE HEIGHTS 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 23min Adapted from the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway hit, this musical drama centers on New York City bodega owner Usnavi, a Dominican immigrant longing to retire to his homeland. But when he inherits the money to relocate, he's reluctant to sever his new bonds. SEPTEMBER 21 - 23 BARB & STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 46min Some strong language, drug use, sexual content. Best friends Barb and Star (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo) are eager to experience life outside their Midwestern town, so they jump at the opportunity for a Florida vacation. But before long, the two find themselves embroiled in far more adventure than they bargained for. SEPTEMBER 28 - 30 NO 7 PM MOVIE SEPTEMBER 29 DREAMLAND 2020 | R | 1h 41min Some violence, sexuality, nudity, language. With America in the midst of the Great Depression, Eugene Evans dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Margot Robbie) hiding closer than he could ever imagine. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, nothing is as it seems, and Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he's ever loved. 20 20 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CLOSED CAPTIONED) & 3 PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW SHOWTIMES) SEPTEMBER 24 THE SWIMMER SEPTEMBER 3 9 TO 5 1980 | PG | 1h 50min Three women (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton) fed up with their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss entertain fantasies about revenge. But fantasy turns into reality when they think they've inadvertently poisoned Mr. Hart's coffee and try to cover their tracks. SEPTEMBER 10 7 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER 2004 | NR | 1h 34min Composed of material from 27 filmmakers -- ranging from professional directors and cinematographers to amateurs on the street -- this documentary examines the immediate impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. This powerful footage documents the atmosphere surrounding the city in the hours and days after the attacks, including the rescue workers scrambling to save lives and the average citizens struggling to make sense of the day's horrific events. SEPTEMBER 17 KEY LARGO 1948 | NR | 1h 41min As a destructive hurricane wreaks havoc outside, Army veteran Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart), warwidow Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and her invalid father-in-law face a worse storm inside the Temples' tumbledown Florida hotel in Key Largo. Frank merely stopped by to pay his respects to Nora, only to find the hotel commandeered by exiled gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson). Will the warweary Frank step up to fight again 21 1968 | NR | 1h 34min Burt Lancaster stars as the titular backstroker in this adaptation of John Cheever's short story about one man's attempt to find meaning in his life. Ned Merrill (Lancaster) wakes up in a haze, confronted (and confounded) by the sterility of his wealthy suburban Connecticut existence. So, he decides to "swim" back to his house via every neighbor's pool along the route. Along the way, memories are evoked, and the "American Dream" is indicted. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OPEN Now If you would like to be listed here, contact valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. 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EVENTS JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES By David Harrison The Lake Ashton community is invited to attend the Jewish High Holiday Services. Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New year) will be September 6 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Center. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will be September 15 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Center. Yizkor (Memorial Service) will be September 16 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. PATRIOT DAY OBSERVANCE By Jim Mecsics LAVA will be holding a small observance on September 11 at the Veterans Memorial. It will consist of a bugler and portions of the honor guard who will perform “Taps” at 8:46 am, 9:03 am — when the planes hit the Twin Towers, 9:47 am — when the plane hit the Pentagon, and 10:03 am, when the plane crashed in Pennsylvania. All residents are invited to attend. HFC HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE Come down to the HFC September 17 for an Upbeat Happy Hour Karaoke from 3 to 6 pm. For this event, disc jockey Wayne will be providing the music for you to sing and dance along to. This event will also be a BYOB and snacks event, so don’t miss out on the fun with your friends and neighbors. Stop by the HFC to reserve your table or pay admissions at the door the night of the event. SEPTEMBER’S EVENTS Join Us For Our Cooking Class September 14th Weekly Entertainment Includes: September 1st - Karaoke September 5th September 12th - Carlos and Company - Carlos and Company September 15th September 19th September 26th - Karaoke - Rick Arnold - Randy Sullins Join us Every Sunday for Brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. DAILY DELIVERY SERVICES FROM 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. DELIVERY SPONSORED IN PART BY ART’S GOLF CARS www.ashtontapandgrill.com LABOR DAY MENU $10.00 ITEMS Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewer Prime Rib Sliders (2) Lobster Roll Crab Cakes (2) $5.00 ITEMS Corn Salsa Ranch Chicken Sandwich Burger Individual Cheese Pizza Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake Pretzel & Beer Cheese $2.99 SIDES Slaw Potato Salad Fried Pickles Fries Macaroni Salad FEATURING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Carlos & Company Sunday, September 5th from 3 - 6 p.m. 22 SEP TEMBER 10 CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM GET Y OUR FREE T I C K E T S AT T H E C L U B H O U S E ACT I V I T I E S D E S K ! BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS! GROOVE TO A LIVE DJ! Enjoy a concession stand and cash bar from Ashton Tap & Grill featuring sausage and peppers, meatball subs, grilled veggie kebabs, street corn, strawberry shortcake, and fruit cups. SPONSORED BY UNITED REFRIGERATION 5 PM YO U ’ R E I N V I T E D
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RUSTY TRUMPET CONCERT AT THE HFC Rusty Trumpet will be at the HFC September 24 from 7 to 10 pm. This 5-piece band will play a variety of different music to get you into the groove. BYOB and snacks. Don’t forget to stop by the HFC to reserve your table beforehand, or just stop by on the night of the event to purchase your admission. Enjoy some fall and Halloween fun at the annual Fall Festival October 30 from 4 to 6 pm. Play great games like Pumpkin Bowling, Spider Corn hole, Pumpkin Bocce, and more, and enjoy fall-themed treats. There will also be other great Fall Festival activities to enjoy, along with the pie-eating and costume contests. There will be a pumpkin patch and residents can pick a pumpkin, free of charge (one per household, while supplies last). This event will be free for all residents and guests to attend thanks to sponsor Lake Howard Heights. If you would like to be a contestant in the Pie Eating Contest, please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 5 pm on October 22. 24 Ridge Mall will be here offering a beauty bar and bra fittings. We will also be collecting new scarves and head-coverings to donate to women who are fighting to beat cancer. This all takes place on October 1 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets go on sale for $10 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk on September 6 after Monday Coffee. NIGHTMARE ON THE LAKE HAUNTED HOUSE By Cheryl Winchester The Clubhouse will be kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Girls Night In October 1, a night of awareness, pampering, and fun. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas! Play classic girl's night games while great women empowerment music is played. Of course, there will be snacks too! Get ready to indulge in a popcorn bar, an ice cream bar, and other snacks. Dillard’s at Eagle 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. Another reminder to mark your calendars for October 29 and 30. LAPAC is very excited about the “Nightmare on the Lake” fundraiser, the biggest and best haunted house inside of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale the first week of October. Plan on a little fear, lots of tricks, and plenty of treats. If you are interested in being a part of this great event please call Cheryl Winchester at 305-725-4946. 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. 25 GIRLS NIGHT IN OCTOBER 1
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GOLF UPD A TES FROM THE PRO SHOP By Ron LaVoie, General Manager SUMMER HOURS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30 Golf Pro Shop: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Driving Range: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Select Thursdays range will be closed until 8 a.m. for maintenance) still playing the first four holes of the East. Last year those holes were closed starting August 10th and did not reopen until November 1, so let’s hope we can get through September and October with all 36 holes. Golf course maintenance is doing a good job with both courses as we try to control weeds and keep up with mowing while being down three people. The order of importance for maintenance is greens, fairways, tees, roughs and bunkers. We are currently putting together a five-year capital improvement program for the golf courses to include moving irrigation boxes, moving the main line out of the water on 3 East, replenishing bunkers, refurbishing rest rooms, new mowers, new irrigation heads in wet areas, drainage of wet areas, rebuilding and leveling tees. Of course, all of this must fit within the budgets so planning will be key to success. Membership sales are underway, and people are signing up at a faster rate then the previous nonCovid year fiscal year. The club is $144,374 ahead of 2019 – 2020! With all the new home sales it is going to be a very busy season this Fall and Winter. This past year the club sold 390 memberships which translated into 609 members. It is possible this number could rise to 650 once the build out is complete by late spring or early summer. So far, the rainy season has been good to us because we are Vickie and her people are making a great effort trying to service the food and beverage needs of the community while only having a staff of four people. Eagle’s Nest appreciates the patience everyone has shown as some days there is only one person available, and on shotgun days there are only two. This pandemic is far from over, but hopefully we will have more applicants after September 1st. The Golf Committee members are Rolly Geyer, Mary Lopez, Vickie Andrew, and Bill Bothwell. If you would like anything discussed at one of the meetings, please reach out to one of them, or let Matt or myself know what your concerns might be. Those non-golfers who would like to receive notifications on course conditions and closures should add your name to the email list by contacting the Pro Shop at 863-326-1032. 28
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LAMGA By Paul Fichtman August featured the Beat the Board event on August 11 and the two-day Ringer Tournament August 25 and 26, which included breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2. The featured two-day event in September is the very popular LAMGA Ryder Cup on September 29 and 30. On Day 1 the first 9 holes will be a best ball match (two players from the Blue Team against two from the Red Team) while the second 9 holes will be a modified alternate shot match. On Day 2 there will be two match play events. After completing the first 9 holes, you and your partner will switch opponents and play the second 9 hole event. Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 2 is included. The Breakfast menu is eggs, bacon and sausage, potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, orange juice, and coffee. Lunch on Day 2 will be brats (sweet, mild & hot), macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and ice cream. This month the following generous sponsors who support the annual Member-Guest tournament are recognized. A big thank you goes out to Insurance & Financial Services and Real Estate Company sponsors including: Amerity Financial (Burris Warner), Barfield Insurance and Financial Services, Christine Graves, Zinsmeister Insurance, Brad Kirwan – Realty One Group Sunshine, Mike Krigelski – A+ Realty, Realty Inspection Solutions, and Terri Mattocks – Lake Ashton Resales. When you are in need of any service or product, you can find a list of all sponsors posted on the LAMGA web site, lakeashtonliving.com, and Talk of Lake Ashton. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Top Ten Leader Board through the end of July includes Donn Yasz - $129.10; Mike Krigelski - $129.08; Tom Murphy - $126.85; Les Jacobsen - $120.10; Jim Ford - $116.75; Denis Mulhearn - $114.58; Duff Hill - $113.60; Pat O’Neil - $108.25; Jack Farmer - $105.47 and; Rolly Geyer - $102.50. Thanks again to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this very popular year-long contest. The September schedule includes: September 1: Six, Six & Six (of the 4 man team you will switch partners every 6 holes; September 8: Beat the Indigo Pros (Pick Your Foursome); September 15: Pick Your 10 Holes That Will Count; September 22: Individual Quota Points (Flighted Field), and September 29-30: The aforementioned LAMGA Ryder Cup. LA NINERS By Diane Struble The Niners are gearing up for their Opening Day celebration taking place on October 5. This is always a fun-filled day with this year being no exception! From meeting in the parking lot for pregolf announcements then playing 9 holes of golf to a delicious lunch planned by Vicki and the Eagle's Nest crew, all Niners should be sure to save that date! Get caught up on everyone's summer adventures and have a program consisting of gifts, games, and lots of laughter! For information on joining the Niners, call Mary Lopez at 615-796-3184, Karen Ferrande at 207-451-0143, Mary Lou Jameson at 407-415-5352, or Diane Struble at 616-325-0704. The 2021-2022 season promises to be filled with plenty of fun and fellowship, and golf of course! Come join the Niners! 30 LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The fall calendar is out and opening day is set for Tuesday, November 16! Mark your calendars! But if you are a snowbird, you don’t want to miss out on the first tournament of the season. Come back early and participate in The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Golf Tournament set for November 9 at 9 am. Once again, both courses will be in play and again, a Hole-in-One could win you a brand new car! Also, a pre-tournament cocktail party is planned for Saturday evening, November 6 at the Eagle’s Nest from 4 to 6 pm, with music, hors d’oeuvres and of course, adult beverages. The committee is looking for sponsors and donors. Please contact Kim Kutsch at jkkutsch@gmail.com or Lydia Fichtman at Lydia.fichtman@gmail.com if you would like to be a sponsor or have anything you would like to donate as a raffle or silent auction item. Last year, the tournament donated over $25,000 to the Watson Clinic Foundation and is hoping to match that this year. But it can’t be done alone — your help is needed! Please consider sponsoring the event in some way to help eradicate this disease. Meet Dawn Neigh Dawn moved to Lake Ashton five years ago. Or iginal ly f rom Michigan, Dawn is a retired 3rd grade teacher. She met her husband of 46 years, Ken, at a movie theater. They hit it off and were married. They have two daughters. Dawn loves riding motorcycles and rode a Honda 1300 wearing leather pants, a helmet, etc. She and Ken have ridden from Michigan to Mt. Rushmore and Michigan to Nova Scotia. She absolutely loves riding but sold her motorcycle when she moved to Florida — too afraid of the way the Floridians drove on the roads! Dawn was totally done with snow and upon moving to Florida she and Ken first rented for a year in Cypress Woods. They then drove in to Lake Ashton and in 2015 moved to Hogan Lane. They fell in love with the community. Dawn has been playing golf “forever” and first joined the golf association during the summer session to see if she liked it. She then joined the Niners and then recently the LALGA. She finds the ladies of the LALGA “fantastic!” You may hear Dawn up on the tee box. She likes to say out loud “Swing through, drive.” This reminds her to follow through with her drive. Welcome Dawn! The LALGA is delighted you decided to join.
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CLUBS LA BELLES By Johanna Frank The September LA Belles luncheon will be on September 29 at 1 pm at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, located off of the Polk Parkway Harden exit. Orders will be made off the menu and everyone will pay individually. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Please call Johanna at 863-318-8974 or Kay at 214-449-3321 if there are any questions. BOCCE BALL ASSOCIATION By Vicki Creek Bocce Ball Community Play is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Would you like to learn how to play bocce ball? If so, please contact Carl and/or Linda Boast at 540-297-7336 by phone or text message to set up a mutually convenient time to meet at the courts by the Clubhouse for your introductory session. “Many friendships have been made on the bocce ball courts” LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club will meet September 2 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The September speaker is Lake Ashton resident Tuhfeh Habash, who will be speaking on the state of the Palestinians. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet at the Clubhouse September 22. Social time will start at 3:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 4. This month’s speaker is Domine Clemons from the Florida Citizens Alliance. All club members and Lake Ashton residents are invited to attend. For more information, contact Ms. Brenda Bush-Sayre, 813-313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. LAKE ASHTON TRAVELERS By Maureen Sim Although still in the recovery stages of Covid, this is an adventurous and durable group. Some members won’t be back until late October! Travelers are fanned out to California, Maine, Minnesota, Wyoming, and even Canada. More than 1,200 coaches attended the National FMCA meeting in Gillette,WY — including some members. There is a rally scheduled for October that is fully booked; contact the Longworth’s to be put on the waiting list. Please join the Social in the Clubhouse Ballroom Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm for networking, socializing and talesharing. Since starting in 2003, the LA Travelers & RV Socials have met weekly except for five Tuesdays — three due to hurricanes. Questions about the Lake Ashton Travelers or RVers groups, contact Maureen Sim at 863-604-0309 or rsimcpa@verizon.net. 32 (863) 551-3411 *Premium Yearly Maintenance Specials *Expert Service by Certified Technicians * Top quality installations * 10 Year & * 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 33 parts labor Warranty on new units
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White DO YOU KNOW... - USA Olympic swimmers brought home 30 medals from Tokyo: 11 Gold, 10 Silver, and 9 Bronze medals. Congratulations to all for an amazing performance! - Swimming is an excellent way to stay in shape physically and mentally. - Senior swimming competitions are divided into 5year age-groups from 50 to 100+. - Senior swimming competitions are held all around the US, including local, state, & national games. There are over 19 senior competitive opportunities in Florida. - LA Swimmers have medaled in the state games and a couple have qualified to compete in the national games. - LA Swim Club welcomes new members and will help anyone improve his/her strokes and conditioning. Meet at the HFC indoor pool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Check the HFC calendar for details. - The Paralympics has started. It is an international multi-sport event for those with physical disabilities and is held in the same facilities as the Olympics in Tokyo through Sept. 5. NBC will provide a lot of coverage — see nbcolympics.com/schedule. (Note: The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games. (Note: The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games. The IOC recognizes but does not organize the Special Olympics World Games, which include athletes with intellectual disabilities, and the Deaflympics, which include deaf athletes.) LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Despite so many LA Rockers being away for the summer, members still in LA are busy creating and hiding kindness rocks to brighten our neighbors’ days and welcome rocks to greet new arrivals. In addition, they are meeting at the HFC and sharing different painting techniques. On July 14 Jane Taylor taught the group to use Mod Podge to paste decorations onto rocks and on July 28 Ann Lutz showed everyone how to paint beautiful beach and 34 palm tree scenes. On August 11 MJ Richards taught using watercolor pencils and on August 25 Connie Strassberg taught dotting. Next meetings are in the HFC from 2 to 4 pm on Wednesdays September 8 and September 22. Newcomers are always welcome to join the fun, and it’s free! To do so, join the group LA Rockers on Facebook or contact MJ Richards or Alice Mayer and let them know you are coming. LAVA AUXI L IARY By Chris Graves Next meeting: September 15 at 6:30 pm Welcome to members, and for those of you who are not yet a member, come see what the group is about: supporting veterans and having fun along the way. Meet at the Clubhouse near the stage. This month, plans for the Craft Fair on October 23 will be finalized and the upcoming calendar of events will be reviewed. Bakers are needed to make homemade goodies for the Craft Fair. Please call Committee Chairperson Carol Fitch at 863-845-7028 if you can help — it is much appreciated. More detail will follow in October’s LA Times. The Craft Fair is a fundraiser benefitting veterans with the proceeds earmarked for Habitat for Humanity’s “Tiny Homes for Veterans Project”. More than 40 vendors have already signed up and there will be “LOTS OF LOTTO MONEY!” There will be one raffle tree with three chances to win! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Each winner will win $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets! Please come support the Veterans and take the opportunity to purchase unique, hand-crafted items including metal art work, crocheted items, not to mention you could be one of the lucky winners of a raffle or door prize! Save the date for the USO Dance November 5 — more information to follow. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler The LA Singles group plans activities for Lake Ashton residents who are single. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Cinema. In August, the singles discussed several outings and opportunities for social activities. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on September 5. 35
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MIND&BODY LA DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Learn the East Coast Swing Mondays, September 6, 20, 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed. For your safety wear sturdy shoes- no flip flops please! CHERYL WINCHESTER’S DANCE CLASS AMATEUR RADIO EXAMS Following two successful amateur radio test sessions on site this year, the Lake Ashton Amateur Radio Association is trying to assess resident interest in earning an entry level Technician license by taking an exam preparation class given here at Lake Ashton. Upon successful completion of the written multiple choice test (35 questions) students will receive a 10-year renewable license and will be authorized transmission privileges on specific amateur radio bands. Students will also be able to participate in disaster communications and other radio activities if desired. The two-hour class will be given once a week for six weeks, starting in mid-September and after completion of the class the local ARRL Volunteer Examiners would set up a test session to allow the participants and any others interested to take exams for all classes of Amateur Radio Licenses (Technician Class, General Class and Amateur Extra ). If you are interested in taking this class, please contact David Bishop N1FCW at DBishop1867@gmail.com. Give your name and email address if you are interested, and indicate what days and times you would prefer. You will be advised if there is sufficient interest to hold a class and if so, when and where the classes will be. TRIVIA ANSWER The first Entertainment Series at Lake Ashton took place in 2004. 36 Mondays from 9 to 10 am 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! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY The Lake Ashton Women’s Bible Study will begin Fall Sessions at 10 am on Wednesday, October 13, at the HFC. This year’s study will be the book of Exodus. Come join this group of women for a wonderful experience of Christian fellowship and Bible Study. CREATE A CARD - NEW CLASS TIMES! Please join the class September 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. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Subsequent classes will be on the third Tuesday each month. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with questions. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom, Please sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815.
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GROWING & COOKING COMMON HERBS Join UF/IFAS Extension Gardening and Nutrition experts to learn to grow some common herbs and spices that do well in central Florida and get inspiration on how to use them in delicious, healthy meals! The class is September 7 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online form. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr September 11 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Surf’s Up Cost $35 — payable at class CANVAS PAINTING Create your own fall canvas painting September 21 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For $35, each 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. INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE Tuesdays from 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays ,10 am to noon. If interested, contact Liz Leigh (813.288.0809, leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com). attendee will receive step-by-step instructions and supplies necessary to create this fall-themed painting. Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to WNC of Tampa to reserve your spot. FIRE & FALL PREVENTION Adults 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires or falls compared to the rest of the population. Polk Fire Rescue is offering a class on September 24 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom centered around 16 key safety messages developed by experts from local and national safety organizations. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online form. CHEF’SSpecial October 6 at 5 pm Learn how to make apricot pork medallion with fresh cranberry sauce over mashed potatoes, and eat it too, all for $15! The class is reserved for the first 20 residents to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk 38 COOKING CLASS
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We Handle ALL of your Real Estate Needs: Buying, Selling, & Rentals MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE ARE THE BEST AT WHAT WE DO! • Lake Ashton Realty was involved in over 60 home closings in 2020, representing 66% of all closings. • Our next closest competitor was involved in 21 home closings – we tripled our closest competitor in transactions! • For ONLY 3% listing commission and 3% selling commission, work with the EXCLUSIVE on-site professionally staffed office to serve your needs 7 days a week. • The team is lead by Terri Mattocks, Broker, one of the initial residents who has called Lake Ashton home for over 18 years. Back Row (L to R): Sarah Lord, Anita Piasecki, Cindy Thornton Front Row: Lori Raath, Terri Mattocks NEWSLETTER STAFF AUGUST 2021 Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.6032 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES September Issue Deadline: August 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 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 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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NEWS 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 other times by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm 7 days a week THE FOLLOWING CLERIC AL SER VICES ARE AVA I L A B L E AT T H E 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 AUGUST’S EVENTS MENDOCINO WINE COMPANY WINE DINNER - AUGUST 4TH Join us for a Cooking Class on August 10th Weekly Entertainment Includes: August 1st - TwoSmooth August 8th August 11th August 15th August 22nd August 29th - Carlos and Company - Karaoke - Randy Sullins - Mickenzie - Rick Arnold Join us Every Sunday for Brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. DAILY DELIVERY SERVICES FROM 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. DELIVERY SPONSORED IN PART BY ART’S GOLF CARS www.ashtontapandgrill.com 4 • 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) COMM U N I TY S E RV I C E PROJEC TS AT MONDAY CO F F E E Bite Me Monday is the monthly collection of donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society. It is held the second Monday of the month. Peanut Butter Monday is the monthly collection of nonperishable items for the Lake Wales Care Center and is held the third Monday of each month. Please drop all items off by noon for these collections. MONDAY COFFEE - 9 AM Bring $2 — coffee and donuts are back! ASHTON TAP AND GRILL IS DOING A PANCAKE BREAKFAST AUGUST 23 FREE OF CHARGE FOR THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO KICKOFF THE 2ND ANNUAL CAMP LAKE ASHTON. MENU: 2 PANCAKES, SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE OR BACON, & COFFEE AUGUST 2 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: City of Winter Haven Updates Featured Vendors - Christine Graves Insurance & SERVPRO AUGUST 9 Bite Me Monday Featured Speaker: Visit Central Florida presents Polk County Trivia with Giveaways Featured Vendors - Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group & Matt Simpson with Edward Jones AUGUST 16 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday AUGUST 23 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Camp Lake Ashton Kickoff - FREE Pancake Breakfast and other fun and giveaways Lake Ashton Group Highlight - LABBA (Lake Ashton Bocce Ball Association) Featured Vendor - Oasis Spa AUGUST 30 Featured Speaker: Polk County Property Appraiser Marsha Faux Featured Vendor - Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley The Monthly Market will be on Thursday, August 19 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please note the location change due to weather. IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 37 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, August 16 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, August 20 at 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 Street NW, Winter Haven NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL Sept. 15 - 2 pm - Clubhouse
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LACDD NEWS BY CHRIS TINE WELLS, LA (LW) CDD COMM U N I TY D I R E C T O R The year is more than half over already, but there are many more fun things to come! Be sure to check out the Events section on page 22 to read more about upcoming neighborhood activities including a Rock the Block Neighborhood Party and a traditional Oktoberfest featuring authentic German food and music. The back cover this month features the 2nd Annual Camp Lake Ashton week-long event. All activities are once again FREE OF CHARGE for everyone that signs up due to our amazing sponsors. This is a great chance to enjoy time with friends and neighbors and who knows, you may learn something new by joining in on the fun. There is never a shortage of fun at Lake Ashton! In addition to activities at Lake Ashton, residents have the chance to explore parts of Florida by signing up for Small World Tours day trips. Residents will have the opportunity to travel to Seminole Hard Rock Casino in August and to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for The Price is Right in October. Visit the Clubhouse Activities Desk for more information. Small World Tours will present trips for 2022 in October, so stay tuned for more information to come. Supervisors met on July 19 and a wrap up report was sent out via email blast on July 22. Residents who did not receive this report are encouraged to reach out to Christine Wells, LACDD Community Director, to receive a copy. The budget hearing is set for August 16 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Lake Wales residents should have received a mailed notice to inform them of the proposed increase for Fiscal Year 2022 (September 30, 2021 - October 1, 2022). Please note the assessment amount is not final and will be voted on at the budget hearing. It will not surpass a total of $1969 for the year (an increase of $94). If you live in Lake Wales and did not receive this notice or have questions regarding the notice please contact Governmental Management Services at 407- 841-5524 and identify yourself as a Lake Ashton resident and they will be happy to assist. LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONTA C T INFO Staff at the Clubhouse and HFC work hard everyday to ensure residents live their best retirement life at Lake Ashton. If there is an activity or service that is not currently offered but necessary to accomplish this goal please let us know by completing the resident feedback form at either Activities Desk or contacting Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director or Mary Bosman, LAII (WH) CDD Community Director. We hope residents enjoy this edition of the LA Times and are pleased with the effort staff puts forth to ensure residents enjoy the best years of their life! LAKE ASHTON TRIVIA How many tons of rock were used in the recent landscape redesign project at the Clubhouse and Thompson Nursery Road entrance? See answer on p. 37 6 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 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: By Appointment
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LAIICDD NEWS BY MAR Y BOSMAN, LAIICDD COMMUNIT Y DIREC T OR The Board of Supervisors met on Friday, July 16th. A recap of this meeting was sent out via Constant Contact email on July 19th, but if anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the LA II CDD Board members. They work very diligently to get you the answers you need. Their next meeting will be on Friday, August 20th at 9 AM in the HFC Community Center. photo: Dennis Krupinski August will be a busy month at the HFC with some very exciting events. Three seminars will be held. August 12th will be the “Hospice and Grief Support Seminar”. On August 19th, the “Physical Therapy Forum Seminar” will take place and on August 26th, “Choosing Your PCP (Personal Care Physician) Seminar” will be provided. These seminars are all free of charge to Lake Ashton residents. We end the month with a big Aloha Paradise Party on the 27th. This will be an evening to remember with Hawaiian food and beverages, décor, and music. August is one of our warmest months, so make sure to always stay hydrated. Beer and other alcoholic beverages contribute to dehydration, so water or other beverages with electrolytes are the healthier choices when outside or exerting yourself. Our September Lake Ashton Connection will be available at the HFC on Wednesday, August 25th. LAIICDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONTAC T INFO 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 Duff Hill, Assistant Secretary - Public Works & Budget, Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Mondays at 10:30 am to 11:30 pm, 863.875.4216, duffhill5429@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, and Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com 8
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Are you new to Lake Ashton Community, or unsure how to get involved with a group or activity? By taking part in your community, you can create a strong support group of those who share your common interests and values. Being an active member of your community is key to creating lasting bonds and friendships. If you’d like to get involved but aren’t quite sure where to start, here are some ideas: Enjoying Your Community 1. Read Up: Check the monthly LA Times newsletter, calendars, and email blasts. Extra copies of the newsletter and calendars are located at both Activities Desks and are also sent out via email blast. These are the easiest ways to see the available groups and activities that Lake Ashton has to offer. 2. Ask Around: Don’t be afraid to ask any residents you run into throughout the day about something you see they are involved in. You can also stop at either Activities Desk and staff will be happy to help you connect with group leaders or suggest a fun activity to try. 3. Attend Monday Coffee: Join staff and residents in the Clubhouse Ballroom every Monday (except holidays and CDD Meeting days) at 9 a.m. to discuss updates on activities, facility maintenance, and other community news. Enjoy coffee and refreshments for $2 with your neighbors. The fourth Monday also features a Pancake Breakfast from Ashton Tap & Grill. 4. Ease into It: Start small. You don’t have to bite off more than you can chew when it comes to community groups and activities. Create small goals that are attainable, such as finding one or two activities per month. 5. Do Your Part: Dedicate time towards volunteering and contributing to Lake Ashton groups and activities in addition to other community non-profit groups. Volunteer opportunities are often listed in the LA Times Monthly Newsletter and sent out in email blasts. This is a fantastic way to meet those in the area and give back. 6. Your Turn: If you don’t find something that you love, create your own group or activity! If you have the time, this is a great way to display your originality and creativity. The key is to find what you are passionate about and share it with others. The Clubhouse and HFC Activities Desks are more than willing to help! Clubhouse Activities Desk: 863.324.6032 HFC Activities Desk: 863.595.1562 Facilitator volunteer opportunities are available for the following groups: 1. Adopt-A-Road 2. Caregivers Support Group 3. Recycling Cans for Literacy 4. Widows and Widowers Connection These groups are no longer active due to needing a facilitator to coordinate meetings and activities. To get more information regarding these opportunities please reach out to LACDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. 10
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JOINT AMENIT Y F A CILITIES POLIC Y HIGHLIGHT This month outlines the policy regarding use of the Lake Ashton Golf Course Tract, including the Pathways, Bridges, and Ponds that are located within its boundaries. As a shared amenity, all Lake Ashton residents share use of the land, Pathways, Bridges, and Ponds. Each CDD is responsible for the maintenance of these areas in their corresponding property boundaries. For example, LACDD is responsible for maintenance of the Pathways, Bridges, and Ponds located in the East Golf Course and LAIICDD is responsible for maintenance of the Pathways, Bridges, and Ponds located in the West Golf Course. The Golf Club is owned by LAIICDD. Operation of the Golf Club is run by Indigo Golf under the supervision of LAIICDD. The land that makes up the East Golf Course is owned by LACDD and leased back to the Golf Club. The land that makes up the West Golf Course is owned by LAIICDD. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Contact Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Mary Bosman (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com) with questions. X. GOLF COURSE 1. Cart Paths and Bridges i. All Pathways/Bridges within the Golf Course are shared equally between golfers, golf carts, pedestrians and bicyclists. Use of the Pathways/Bridges by Non-Golfers during hours when golf is being played creates potential safety hazards; therefore, all users of the Golf Course must exercise extreme caution when golf is being played. ii. To reduce danger and likelihood of being struck by a golf ball, Non-Golfers should walk or ride in the opposite direction of play (starting on Hole 18 and ending on Hole 1), pause as golfers (“Golfers”) are about to hit, and only continue once the Golfers have struck their balls. Golfers should wave Non-Golfers through if the approaching Non-Golfers are fast moving or can pass by quickly. iii. Non-Golfers must stay on the Pathways/Bridges or Pond banks. NonGolfers are encouraged to monitor the daily email circulated by Pro Shop staff members announcing course conditions, closures, and starting times for the groups on each course. In doing so, Non-Golfers can identify periods when no golfers are on the course. One course is normally closed on Monday and League play (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) does not start until 9:00 a.m.; however, Non-Golfers should check the conditions of each course before use. Additionally, it is generally safer to walk before 8:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m., when golfers are less likely to be present. iv. Pathways adjacent to Ponds and bridges can be dangerous. Golf Carts should operate at a safe speed and always use headlights after dusk. Extreme caution should be taken when traveling through standing water on Pathways. v. Pets are permitted to be walked and exercised on the Pathways/Bridges. At no time should they be in the fairways or within thirty feet of a green. Pets must be on leash or in a Golf Cart at all times. Pet owners are responsible to pick up after their pet. vi. Use Golf Course At Own Risk: All Individuals who enter the Golf Course and/or utilize Pathways/Bridges and/or Ponds, including as a NonGolfer pedestrian or within a Golf Cart, shall do so at his or her own risk as further provided in Section XII herein and assumes all risks associated with entering property used for playing golf, including but not limited to errant golf balls and golf clubs. 2. Ponds within the Golf Course i. The Districts encourage a “catch and release” policy for any fish caught in the Ponds because of the frequency with which the Golf Course is treated with herbicides and fertilizers which may produce run-off into the Ponds within the Golf Course. ii. Non-Golfers using the Ponds along the Golf Course must exercise extreme caution when Golfers are present and playing golf because of the risk of being hit by an errant golf ball or golf club. Non-Golfers using the Ponds should position themselves away from the flight of any Golfer’s shot and be aware of Golfers hitting. Golf Carts being used by Non-Golfers using the Ponds should be parked away from play and off the Pathways/Bridges. iii. See Section XI.xiii. for additional rules regarding Ponds. 12 3. Golf i. Golf may be played at the Golf Course for a fee. Any unauthorized individual found using the Golf Course facilities or playing the course will be asked to make restitution. If payment is not received, the individual will be removed and receive a warning. ii. Tee times are available upon request through the Pro Shop. Prior to play, Golfers must report to the Pro Shop. Golfers are asked to abide by local rules regarding dress, behavior, and play. Golfers should comply with announcements on course playing conditions. iii. Golfers are reminded that they share the Pathways/Bridges and Ponds with NonGolfers. Golfers do not have any higher priority for use than any Non-Golfer and need to be considerate in allowing use by all Lake Ashton Community members. BOOKMOBILE RETURNS! The Polk County Library Cooperative Bookmobile has returned and will be parked at the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on August 11 and 25 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15). New library membership is available to anyone owning a home or long-term renting in Lake Ashton, with photo ID and proof of address. Call 863.678.4004 for more information. PA R K I N S O N ’ S D I S E A S E FUNDRAISING SUPPOR T By Bob & Cecily Harmon As you know, the last Golf for the Cure for Parkinson Disease tournament here at Lake Ashton was in April 2020. While working on other Parkinson’s initiatives this year, a number of community members and sponsors have asked about a way to continue to support the fundraiser and the Michael J. Fox Foundation in the quest for a cure. If you would like to continue to join in on this journey, all you have to do is make a donation online at the Team Fox page or write a check payable to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and send to Bob Harmon, 4560 Back Nine Drive, Winter Haven, FL 33884.The link to the Team Fox page is: https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/tf-2021/harmon Everyone is so grateful for your support. 13 SCHO O L SUP P LY DRIVE FOR WAHN ETA ELEMEN TARY The cupboards are bare, no supplies to be seen. Wahneta needs help before the students convene. 2020 is in the past but the effects of the pandemic are still being felt. This elementary school, which offers free breakfast and lunch to every student, can desperately use the community’s help. From now until August 10 (first day of school), school supplies will be collected in the Clubhouse Ballroom and the HFC. Below is a suggested list of supplies needed. Gift cards and monetary donations are welcome. Checks can be made out to Carolyn Bishop. If you would like to shop online and have your purchase shipped directly to the school the address is Wahneta Elementary, 205 4th St. East, Winter Haven FL 33880. A few helpful online sites are: bagsinbulk.com, staples.com and amazon.com. Any questions, contact Carolyn at 919-606-8844 or cbbishop61@gmail.com. SUPPLY LIST Backpacks 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
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LA LO O K S LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Jesse Dann Don Asher & Associates is pleased to be the new HOA management company for Lake Ashton Homeowner’s Association Inc. Don Asher has been serving Central Florida since 1952. Your licensed community association manager (LCAM) is Jesse Dann. He is a Navy veteran and has over 35 years of management experience. Jesse can be reached by email at manager@lakeashtonhoa.org. Jordan Washington is the community’s administration professional. She can be reached by email at admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. They can also be reached by phone at 863-325-0065. Jesse will be doing CC&R inspections twice per month. Jesse and Jordan will be diligently working on a smooth transition. The board of directors has decided that this inspection will start by focusing on one specific area per month. This process will allow the community to collectively focus on one area until all can get used to regular inspections. SUBMITTING ARC REQUESTS (LAKE WA L E S R E S I D E N T S ) 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. Now, submitting an ARC request has never been easier. The form can be found under the Documents tab in the Architectural Information section on the new website, lakeashtonhoa.org. You can download and complete by hand or on your computer. Email the completed form to admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. 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 5pm on Wednesday prior to the next ARC meeting. The ARC meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. You will be notified of the status of your request within a few days of the meeting. 14
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SAFET Y NEIGHBORHOOD WAT CH 2021 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT By Fay Wood, NW Chief National Night Out is an annual communitybui lding campaign that promotes pol icecommunity partnerships and neighborhood cama r ader i e to make the Lake Ashton neighborhood a safer, more caring place to live. This year the Lake Ashton National Night Out will be held on August 3. A golf cart parade/caravan will take place at 7:30 pm starting at the HFC going throughout the community and ending at the Clubhouse. All Lake Ashton residents are asked to keep their outside lights on to signify their commitment to a crime-free environment! Help make this National Night Out a special one and hopefully all of the community will participate! SAFET Y IN THE SUMMER By Fay Wood, NW Chief Summer is here, but these tips are pertinent all year long. It’s never too early to start sprucing up crime prevention activities at home. Always better safe than sorry! • Trim trees and bushes around your home (windows and doors should be clear and visible from the street). Lock pet doors unless in use by your pet. • Consider purchasing a safe for cash and jewelry (only give location to trusted people) • Avoid home-improvement scams (door-to-door solicitors are not allowed and should never be let inside your home. Always ask for identification - check references before agreeing to repairs). • Don’t announce vacation plans on social media! Post pictures after you return. You never know who sees your announcements. • Let your NW Coordinator and/or Captain know you will be away so they can keep extra eyes and ears on your property. 16 LIGHTNING SAFET Y Lake Ashton has a lightning detection system to alert golfers to get off the course, and notify all 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 the boat dock on Lake Ashton. A low-pitched horn will sound all clear and the strobe lights will turn off when lightning has passed. Be safe — 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. Remember — golf carts are not safe from lightning. DRIVE SAFELY! 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, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. 17
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MOVIES AUGUST 3 - 5 BLUE MIRACLE 2021 | PG | 1h 36min To save their cash-strapped orphanage, a guardian (Dennis Quaid) and his kids partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a lucrative fishing competition. Based on a true story. AUGUST 10 - 12 THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD 2021 | R | 1h 40min Strong violence and language. Hannah (Angelina Jolie) is a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, they set out together to cross the miles of thick forest with two assassins in pursuit. Braving deadly lightning storms that threaten even Hannah's wellhoned survival skills, they are caught between two relentless killers hunting the boy from one direction, and a massive fiery blaze coming straight for them, quickly consuming everything in their path. AUGUST 17-19 HERE TODAY 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 57min Strong language and sexual references. Veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Billy Crystal) forms an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship with New York singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish), the unlikely recipient of a prize to have lunch with the comedy legend, despite not knowing who he is. Before long, each finds in the other a sort of soul mate, forging a deep bond that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of friendship, love, and trust. AUGUST 24 - 26 QUEEN BEES 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 37min Language. Moving into a senior community while her home is being repaired, widowed Helen is dismayed to find a social scene resembling high school. But her perspective begins to change as she makes new friends and gets a second chance at love. Starring Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd, Loretta Devine, and more. AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2 AMERICAN TRAITOR: THE TRIAL OF AXIS SALLY 2021 | R | 1h 48min Violence and depiction of sexual assault. Radio broadcaster and Nazi propagandist Axis Sally -- aka sultry-voiced American Mildred Gillars -- entertains U.S. troops stationed in Europe during World War II, while also demoralizing them. But after the war, Gillars ends up on trial for treason. MOVIE TIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 55 20 20 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CLOSED CAPTIONED) & 3 PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW SHOWTIMES) AUGUST 27 - NO 3 PM MOVIE DIRTY DANCING 1987 | PG-13 | 1h 45min AUGUST 6 MY COUSIN VINNY 1992 | R | 2h 0min When teenage buddies Billy (Ralph Macchio) and Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are falsely accused of croaking a convenience-store clerk in a backwoods Southern town, Billy calls on his Noo Yawk cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), a fast-talking personal injury lawyer who's never tried a case. Vinny's crass demeanor lands him in hot water with the judge, but the lippy Brooklyn barrister has a few tricks up his sleeve. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei plays his gal pal. AUGUST 13 - NO 3 PM MOVIE POINT BREAK 1991 | R | 1h 57min To nab the culprits behind a string of bank heists, brash young G-man Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) poses as a wave rider to infiltrate a group of surfers who may have pulled off the robberies in this high-speed cult favorite. But after gaining the trust of the gang's charismatic leader (Patrick Swayze), Utah gets swept up in their heady lifestyle -- and is soon forced to decide where his loyalties lie. Gary Busey plays Utah's testy partner. AUGUST 20 WHAT ABOUT BOB? 1991 | PG | 1h 39min Determined to receive treatment, Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker with a host of phobias, follows his psychiatrist on vacation. His pompous shrink tries to get rid of the unwanted patient, but Bob ingratiates himself with the doctor's family. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OPEN Now If you would like to be listed here, contact valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, www.cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887,