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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES July Issue Deadline: June 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. JUNE 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). JUNE 3 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Hurricane Preparedness with Polk County Fire Rescue • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, Morgan Stanley JUNE 10 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Polk Museum of Art • Featured Vendors: Matt Simpson - Edward Jones, Smith Chiropractic, Tessier Law Firm JUNE 17 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - Non-perishable food donations will go to the Lake Wales Care Center. Bloodmobile will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. JUNE 24 • Featured Speaker: June is Men's Health Month and Dr. Richard Morton with AdventHealth will talk on the health issues men face and what they can do to take charge of their health. • Featured Vendors: Horizon Wealth - Michael Kennedy IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 26 CLUBS 30 GOLF 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD June 17, 9 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD June 21, 9 am Health & Fitness Center CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on the second Wednesday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendors: Contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS & FRESH PRODUCE Get fresh poultry, fish, beef, fruits, and vegetables in the Clubhouse West parking lot every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm. BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! Any schedule changes will be announced via email blast. LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER? The LA Times newsletter and Clubhouse and HFC calendars are available electronically, sent out via email blast each week, and a helpful Summer Checklist is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com and on the information wall in the Clubhouse Media Center. 5 LA WELCOME COMMITTEE Are you new to Lake Ashton? Do you know someone who is? The Lake Ashton Welcome Committee is here to meet or correspond with the “new kids on the block” and answer any questions/concerns, or just help new residents acclimate to their new community! Contact: LAWelcomecommittee@gmail.com. BLOODMOBILE A total of 12 units of blood was collected in April. Each blood donation can save up to three lives so that means 36 patients will benefit from the lifesaving efforts of blood donors at Lake Ashton. The Bloodmobile will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on June 17 from 8:30 to 11 am. Please bring photo identification. ASHTON LANES REMINDER Please be courteous and mindful of other residents using this amenity after you, and return all equipment, including ramps, balls, and shoes to their rightful places before leaving. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. LACDD & LAIICDD WEBSITES lakeashtoncdd.com [below left QR code] lakeashton2cdd.com [below right QR code] Find board meeting dates, agendas, minutes, Supervisor contact information and more. You can also sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC. Do you ever wonder why you get anxious or worry about things that haven't even happened yet? Do you ever get in a mode where you try to fix everything on your own? The opposite of anxiety is peace, and that comes when you lay it all down and no longer rehearse it, but disperse it! The antidote to worry is thanksgiving! It is my hope that peace that transcends all understanding will guard your mind and your heart. -Alex Fuertes, Maintenance Supervisor
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SECURITY TRANSITION UPDATE Touch-ups are being made on the installed components at the Clubhouse. Components are being installed at the CR 653 gate (Winter Haven entrance). Staff at the HFC and Clubhouse are working behind the scenes to get things organized for distribution. Staff received training on May 29 and resident training is forthcoming. We ask that residents be patient as we take the time needed to ensure this system is installed and working properly before moving forward with issuing RFID tags and Amenity Access Cards. Email blasts will be sent out when distribution is scheduled, so it’s very important that you take the time now to ensure you are signed up to receive emails. If you are not, you can go to either website (lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com) and sign up by clicking on the link on the right side of the page. If you are a resident that does not have an email, copies of the email blasts that will be sent regarding this project will be available at either Activities Office and on the Information Wall in the Clubhouse Media Center. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali The committee has developed an initial Mission Statement draft: Provide a comprehensive resource list of services available and communicate to all Lake Ashton residents. Sub-committees are looking at: Medicare/Medicaid options • Help Organizations • Transportation • Meals • What are other 55+ communities doing • Resident needs including education and personal daily contact if requested • Small home maintenance assistance • A resource list for larger projects. Input or suggestions from residents are welcomed, email tscali41@gmail.com. 6 JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT xxiii. SWIMMING POOLS (pg 22) 1. The Swimming pool is open for free swim unless restricted due to the scheduling of swim lessons and aquatic/recreational programs approved by the Amenity Manager. 2. There is no lifeguard on duty. Individuals swim at their own risk and must adhere to swimming pool rules at all times. 3. All Individuals must present proper identification or Guest Passes when requested by Staff. As a rule, a Resident may allow up to four (4) Guests to the swimming pool areas. 4. Use of the swimming pools is permitted only during designated hours. 5. Pool and spa availability may be limited or rotated in order to facilitate maintenance of the facility and to maintain health code regulations. 6. Any person swimming during non-posted swimming hours will be subject to suspension and termination policy. 7. Proper swim attire (no cutoffs) must be worn in the pool. 8. Children under three (3) years of age, and those who are not reliably toilet trained, must wear rubber-lined swim diapers, as well as a swimsuit over the swim diaper, to reduce the health risks associated with human waste in the swimming pool/deck area. 9. Adults with bladder control issues or incontinence must wear appropriate waterproof attire. 10. The changing of diapers or clothes is not allowed poolside. 11. Showers are required before entering the pool. 12. No one shall pollute the pool. Anyone who pollutes the pool is liable for any costs incurred in treating and reopening the pool. 13. Loud, profane, or abusive language is absolutely prohibited; no physical or verbal abuse will be tolerated. 14. Diving is prohibited; no diving, jumping, pushing, running, throwing any item or other horseplay is allowed in the pool or on the pool deck area. 7 15. No pets (except service animals), bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, scooters and golf carts are permitted on the pool deck area. 16. Personal audio devices and televisions are not permitted unless they are equipped with headphones and utilized or for scheduled activities. 17. Play equipment, such as floats, rafts, snorkels, flotation devices and other recreational items must meet with Staff approval. Radio controlled water craft are not allowed at any time in the pool area. The facility reserves the right to discontinue usage of such play equipment during times of peak or scheduled activity at the pool, or if the equipment causes a safety concern. 18. Pool entrances must be kept clear at all times. 19. No swinging on ladders, fences, or railings is allowed. 20. Pool furniture is not to be removed from the pool area. 21. No food or drink are allowed within the area of the wet pool deck (which is defined as the area within four (4) feet of the pool). 22. Food and drinks are permitted outside the wet pool deck area. Glass containers are prohibited. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought to the pool area for personal use. 23. No chewing gum is permitted in the pool or spa or on the surrounding deck areas. 24. The Districts are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 25. Chemicals used in the pool/spa may affect certain hair or fabric colors. The Districts are not responsible for these effects. 26. Individuals with open sores should not use the pool. 27. If the lightning alarm sounds, all Individuals must evacuate the pool immediately. 28. Individuals must comply with posted signage in addition to the rules listed above. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to view the full document under "Other District Documents". Contact LACDD Community Director Christine Wells or LAIICDD Community Director James Margeson with any questions. See page 3 for their contact information.
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director June 20 is the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year; take advantage of it! Don't let the sun and rain stop you from enjoying your amenities— there are plenty of things to do inside, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed safely as well. Come to the bowling alley, watch a move in the Cinema, get fit with neighbors in the Fitness Center, and/or enjoy a meal at Charm City with the best view in town! The first Summer Locals Concert Series at Lake Ashton has already began and staff is excited for what is yet to come. Don't miss out on these local bands performing just a golf cart ride away. Planning for 2025 is moving along and the Clubhouse and HFC will be full of fun things to do next year, with a few new things in store. The 2025 Entertainment Series is booked! Residents should mark their calendar for the following dates for the 2025 Entertainment Series: January 8, February 6, February 21, March 20, April 3. The LACDD Board of Supervisors met on May 6 and approved the preliminary budget. The budget hearing is set for Monday, July 15. At this time the board will approve the final budget, including setting the actual assessment. The preliminary budget can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com, under "Budgets". A wrap up report of actions was sent on May 9. 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. See page 16 for more information. Now is a great time to ensure you are signed up to receive email blasts from the Clubhouse and HFC, including public safety announcements, scheduled events, ticket sales and signup links, and important meeting dates and agendas. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to sign up online, or stop by either Activities Desk for a form. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom UPCOMING QU A LIFYING PERI O D This year the LA (LW) Community Development district has two seats up for election, specifically Seat 1 and Seat 5. The qualifying period runs from noon on June 10 and closes at noon on June 14. 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 5, 2024. Candidates must qualify for the office of Supervisor with the Polk County Supervisor of Elections. For more information, please contact them at 863-534-5888. 8 9
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LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Mondays from 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707 alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com It's that time of year again, when June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Preparedness is the key word, and for those new Lake Aston residents who have not lived in hurricane type conditions, there are many ways to weather any upcoming storms (forgive the pun). Fortunately, there are many help-aids. For instance, Florida's "sales tax holiday" runs from June 1 to June 14 and August 24 to September 6, giving you plenty of time to stock up on supplies you may need, like batteries due to intermittent power outages. For a comprehensive list of supplies you can purchase with no sales tax, as well as important information on what you should do in advance and during a hurricane, visit https://floridarevenue.com/ DisasterPrep/Documents/2024 (or scan the QR code at right with your smartphone). Lake Ashton's 'Summer Locals Concert Series' features the Bad Habit Band, known for their 70 and 80s plus country rock music, and will be performing on June 14 at the HFC from 7 to 10pm. For more information on this event call or visit the HFC. Please make a note of this important announcement: The indoor pool at the HFC will be closed beginning June 19 until August 12 so that the indoor pool ceiling can be replaced as well as tile around the pool and other necessary repairs. Watch for email announcements regarding this closure. You won't want to miss the HFC's Pig Roast on July 12 from 6 to 9 pm. What a festive event this will be with Josh Blevins livening up the place with plenty of county tunes, and a whole pig roasted for those juicy pulled pork sandwiches. Not into pork? No problem, there will be chicken quarters, hamburgers, hot dogs, and plenty of picnic-type sides. BYOB. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at the HFC’s reception desk. We look forward to seeing all of you as we begin Florida's summer season! 10
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Meet Central Florida’s Fall color display! The native muhly grass is an ornamental. It is native LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com to most of Florida and Eastern states. It can grow to 3-4 feet in height and 2-3 feet in width. The grass grows in clumps and its flower stalks bring a beautiful pink or purple airy look to any landscape usually beginning in August and ending in December. The grass can be cut back in December, but if you wait until early spring, it’ll provide a wispy winter interest. This grass is low maintenance, however, it’s best to divide the grass every 2-3 years. The grass is often planted near fences or in borders for better show. Why plant muhly Grass in your yard? Besides its showy color, it is drought tolerant, takes heat, and is forgiving to poor soils. Though it likes sun, it tolerates shade too. There is another variety called “White Cloud” if pink isn’t for you. Take a ride around to our LA Pavilion for a closer look. For more information and plant care, visit Florida Native Plant Society. • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2 LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson Wondering how to best interact or contact your Homeowners’ Association? The HOA phone number is 863-325-0065. Follow the options below to reach the best possible person to answer your questions and concerns. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer • David Muller, VP, vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson, secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson, ARC Chair, arc@lakeashtonhoa.org David Greer, Compliance Chair 12 EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLOSE The Common Gallinule (formerly called UMBRELLAS AT THE POOL & PET PLAY PARKS ! It costs the District Common Moorhen) is a familiar year-round bird at Lake Ashton. Always found in or near water this duck-like bird is black, with white “racing-stripes,” a bill that resembles candy corn, yellow legs and feet and a white hind end. The fluffy black chicks have large feet to grow in to. As one resident put it “they are cute in an ugly sort of way.” They are a precocious species and the babies can swim shortly after hatching. Males fight like aquatic Suma wrestlers on their backs in the water trying to submerge the competition by pushing hard with their big feet. These large feet help them walk in the mud and also on floating vegetation. They are omnivorous consuming water plants as well as tadpoles and more. The sound of the Moorhen is the sound of the marsh in Florida with their cute high-pitched squawks and whinnies. ALGAE BLOOMS Algae blooms are dense layers of small green plants that grow on the surface of lakes and ponds. The algae's quick growth is attributed to the elevated nitrogen levels in the water. These nutrients are introduced through runoff from roads and fertilizers applied to lawns. During the spring and summer months, the combination of warm and sunny days and increasing nutrient levels encourages sustained rapid development. LACDD has a contract with an aquatics provider who treats and maintains its ponds. When an algae bloom appears, the aquatic vendor initiates treatment. These treatments occur every two weeks. To be proactive in keeping CDD ponds free of algae, the CDD has introduced grass carp to troublesome ponds. These fish are a long-term, lowcost method of controlling undesirable aquatic vegetation. Email Matt Fisher with any questions or concerns at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. 14 approximately $70 per umbrella to replace. David Marsh caught his first “hog” (a bass over 5 lbs with a belly) on May 10. The Large Mouth Bass weighed 7.5 pounds and was caught on Hole 3 of East Course. Caught a big one? Send a picture or selfie with any fish caught in ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, where it was caught, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight) to Valerie at valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. PRACTICE AREAS WILLS & TRUSTS PROBATE ELDER LAW BUSINESS & CORPORATIONS SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION TODAY 863.676.6000 WeLoveLaw.com 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 15
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SAFETY HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1 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 2024 Hurricane Season. It can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com and in the Media Center on the information wall. Remember: • Hurricane and storm shutters must be approved by the Lake Ashton Architectural Review Committee (ARC) • The official site for Florida emergency preparation is floridadisaster.org • Register your contact information for the Alert Polk telephone and email notification system at alertpolk.com. Polk County officials use this system to inform county residents of situations that may affect their health, safety, and welfare, including severe weather alerts. • Two 14-day “disaster preparedness” tax holidays for specified supplies run from June 1 - 14 and August 24 - September 6. Visit the Department of Revenue website by scanning the QR code at right for a full list. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH HURRICANE TIPS By Fay Wood, NW Chief This year’s hurricane season looks to be a very active one. Our friends at Tampa Electric (TECO) have compiled the following stats and information to let us know exactly how busy of a season it will be and how you can stay informed and report outages. Predications indicated in the chart below shows we will be well over the average season. TECO offers customers several ways to report and monitor power outages: •Log into your online account at TecoAccount.com to report the outage with one click. •Text OUT to 27079. Text UPDATE or STATUS for updates on your reported outage. • Call 1-877-588-1010, Tampa Electric’s dedicated toll-free automated power outage phone system. • Go to TampaElectric.com/OutageNotifications and sign up for free outage notifications by text, email or phone. • Visit our outage map at TampaElectric.com/Outagemap to report and track outages. You can also get restoration status updates. Tampa Electric also uses Facebook Facebook.com/TampaElectric, Twitter @tampaelectric and the Nextdoor app to keep customers informed about outage restoration. Let’s all stay safe and informed during this storm season. Have questions/concerns? Contact Chief Fay Wood at 714-423-8966 or fswperson@aol.com. Did you know we are all members of Neighborhood Watch? There is a deputy for each “neighborhood” within Lake Ashton that can assist you if you see something strange or concerning. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com or scan this QR code to see which deputy corresponds to your street name, along with their phone and email address. 16 17
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ALL IGATOR ALERT 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. Please be mindful of the following safety tips recommended by the FWC: • 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, nuisance alligators are killed, not relocated. • 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 when working or recreating near water. • Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Therefore, be cautious when near water during these times. • Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators. • Keep pets 10' away from the water. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that may contain alligators. • 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. Always remember to 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. TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 EMERGENCY OR NOT? Not sure when to call the police for both nonemergency and emergency situations? City of Lake Wales Police: 863-678-4223 City of Winter Haven Police: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff’s Office: 863.298.6200 Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 Non-emergency calls are routine calls for service such as traffic crashes with no injury or roadblock, property crimes when the suspect is no longer present, animal complaints, loud music, and lost or found property. 911 emergency calls include serious medical situations, crimes in progress, physical disturbances, traffic crashes with injuries, and all life threatening or potentially life-threatening situations. 18 19
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MOVI ES CLOSED CAPTIONING: 11 AM AND ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 JUNE 4 - 6 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE IRON CLAW 2024 | R | 2H 12MIN (Language | Drug Use | Some Sexuality | Suicide) The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers (Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White), who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports. JUNE 11 - 13 THE BOOK OF CLARENCE 2024 | PG-13 | 2H 9MIN (Smoking | Drug Use | Some Suggestive Material | Language | Violence) Streetwise but down-on-his-luck, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is struggling to find a better life for his family, while fighting to free himself of debt. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, and ultimately discovers that the redemptive power of belief may be his only way out. JUNE 18 - 20 THE HILL 2023 | PG | 2H 6MIN Growing up impoverished in smalltown Texas, young Rickey Hill shows an extraordinary ability for hitting a 20 baseball, despite being burdened by leg braces from a degenerative spinal disease. His stern, pastor father (DENNIS QUAID) discourages Rickey from playing baseball to protect him from injury, and to have him follow in his footsteps and become a preacher. As a young man, Rickey (COLIN FORD) becomes a baseball phenomenon. His desire to participate in a try-out for a legendary major league scout divides the family and threatens Rickey's dream of playing professional baseball. JUNE 25 - 27 HIT MAN 2024 | R | 1H 53MIN (Some Violence | Sexual Content | Language) Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater's sunlit neo-noir stars Glen Powell as strait-laced professor Gary Johnson, who moonlights as a fake hit man for the New Orleans Police Department. Preternaturally gifted at inhabiting different guises and personalities to catch hapless people hoping to bump off their enemies, Gary descends into morally dubious territory when he finds himself attracted to one of those potential criminals, a beautiful young woman named Madison (Adria Arjona). As Madison falls for one of Gary's hit man personas -the mysteriously sexy Ron -- their steamy affair sets off a chain reaction of play acting, deception, and escalating stakes. MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED JUNE 7 11 AM & 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) THE JUDGE 2014 | R | 2H 21MIN (Sexual References | Language) Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a brilliant but shady attorney, returns to his Indiana hometown after learning that his mother has passed away. His arrival triggers renewed tension between himself and his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), who makes no secret of his disapproval of Hank's morally ambiguous career. As the lawyer prepares to depart, his father is arrested for a hit-and-run death. Hank takes on his father's defense, despite the objections of the resentful old man. JUNE 14 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM LIKE FATHER 2018 | PG-13 | 1H 43MIN (Language | Smoking | Drug Use) Left at the altar, a young executive (Kristen Bell) takes her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected -- her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Although they depart as strangers, they soon gain a new appreciation for love, life, family and each other. JUNE 21 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWING) MISS JUNETEENTH 2020 | PG-13 | 1H 43MIN (Mild Sexuality | Language) A former beauty queen and single mother prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant. JUNE 28 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM WHIPLASH 2014 | R | 1H 46MIN (Strong Language | Some Sexual References) Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity. 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EVENTS BOCCE TOURNAMENT By Stephanie Iszak The Friendly Bocce Group invites all Lake Ashton residents to come out on Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm to play some fun games of Bocce Ball. Come out and see our “new” courts. No experience is required. Our group also has the Bocce courts reserved for the 1st and 3rd Fridays for the 2024 season from 4 to 6pm for our tailgate parties. Bring your non-alcoholic drinks and an appetizer to share. This is a great opportunity to socialize and play some games. Our Yearly Tournament was held March 16 and the competition was fierce. Congratulations to first place winners Tammy & Robbie Shields (above right), second place winners Barb & Roger Newton (middle right) and third place winners Stephanie & Lou Iszak (bottom right). A big shout out to tournament sponsor, Weaver Loveless Law. Thank you to the tournament organizers Vicki & Wayne Creek. The award ceremony was held on the restaurant patio. Everyone enjoyed food, drinks and friendship. All information for the L A Friendly Bocce Group will be disseminated via "Talk of Lake Ashton" (TOLA) on Facebook, Lake Ashton Friendly Bocce on Facebook, emails, email blasts, and in the LA Times. Any questions please contact Stephanie at (609) 980-9505, siszak@comcast.net, or Tammy at (863) 632-2024, tammy.shields1221@gmail.com. Looking forward to having many new Friendly Bocce players. COLORS OF HOPE FASHION SHOW DONATION The very well-attended Colors of Hope Fashion Show on March 13 resulted in donation of $2,345 to Good Shepherd Hospice of Lakeland and Auburndale thanks to your participation and generosity. We had several cash donations, sponsorships, purchases of centerpieces, a percentage of sales from Babe’s, and an especially generous gift from Denise Tessier for each of the estate plans she performed during the month of March. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 5, 2025 for the next big Show! JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION The LA Black Heritage Club has been working hard preparing for the Juneteenth Celebration on June 21 at 6 pm. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the needs of underprivileged children at the Snively Elementary School in Winter Haven. Get ready to enjoy traditional Soul Food, great speakers and a party like no other. We are honored to have Charles Roland as one of our presenters. Mr. Roland is the nephew of “the grandmother of Juneteenth,” Opal Lee, featured on the cover, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House for her tireless activism work to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us on this day of unity and reflection. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 22 FREE ESTIMATES!!!! Call WCM Construc.on and Roofing, LLC For all your roofing needs!!! • Roof Replacement • Roof Repair • Roof Inspections 863-969-3722 www.warrencm.com Licensed & Insured CCC1332250, CBC1255292, CFC1431988 23
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LINE DANCE-A-PALOOZA! Brush up on those line dance moves for the first-ever Line Dance-A-Palooza on September 27 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! All of the popular line dances will be featured, from the Electric Slide to the Boot Scootin’ Boogie and more. Bring your own snacks. There will be a cash bar for you to purchase your dancing juice! Tickets go on sale for $10 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office on June 4. SQUARE DANCE PARTY Grab your partner and do-si-do down to the Clubhouse for a Square Dance Party on October 4 at 7 pm! Resident callers Keith Stevens and Dave Muller will have you promenading and bending the line throughout the night. Snacks will be provided on the tables for you to grab a quick bite between dances. Tickets go on sale for $5 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office on June 4. JIM STAFFORD CONCERT Enjoy a night of music with Jim Stafford! Sing along to his iconic hits Spiders & Snakes, Swamp Witch, and Wildwood Weed on November 6 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Purchase your $20 tickets online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk starting June 4. SAVE THE DATE FOR THE CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE! By Debby Landgrebe & Lynn Shelton During the upcoming sunny hot summer nights think about sleigh bells and the Fabulous Annual ResidentSponsored Lake Ashton Christmas Dinner Dance coming on December 13. It may seem a bit early but this event sells out quickly and will be here before you know it. It will be in the beautifully decorated Clubhouse Ballroom with live music, delicious food, time with new friends and old along with lots of fun! Additional information to come. In the meantime, enjoy a wonderful summer. Any questions, contact us. If you are not going to be here when tickets go on sale, please contact Debby. A CELEBRATION 2024 is half-way through, what a whirlwind! No need to make those New Year’s Celebration plans, we’ve done that for you! Rock the year away with 99 in the Shade starting at 8 pm and toast to the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. Charm City will be having a New Year’s Eve dinner prior to the event. Make lasting memories at the traditional photo booth or the 360 photo booth, burn any bad vibes of 2024 in the fire on the patio, and welcome in 2025 with a fresh start! Tickets go on sale June 4 online at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $35. 24 AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! GET A WITH ANY TEMPUR-PEDIC MATTRESS SET PURCHASE 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 25 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 ©2024 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1546 5/24 $300 GIFT CARD
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. LUNCH & LEARN Window Tinting. Join friends and neighbors on June 14 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom for an afternoon of refreshments learning about the benefits of tinting your home windows — a cost-effective way to improve comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency in your home. All-natural Anti-imflammatories. Did you know that CBD can help with inflammation flare-ups? Learn all about it on August 7 at 12 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. NEW CLASS STARTS JUNE 4! Who doesn’t like Bingo? Who DOES like exercise? Most of us look forward to games, while exercise may not be first on our list of fun choices. But now you can do both and enjoy it! This class is led by an instructor from Elder Affairs/Florida. You must be at least 60, and attend all classes, held at the Clubhouse weekly from 11 am - noon on Tuesdays & Thursdays (both required) beginning Tuesday, June 4, through August 15. No classes on July 4 or July 9. TRIVIA Trivia will be held every Sunday night in June at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sunday COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: June 12, August 14, October 9 December 11 HFC: July 18 September 19 November 21 FREE MOBILE MEMORY ASSESSMENTS Free Mobile Memory Assessments will be conducted on June 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 26 Night Trivia continues to attract over 200 players who enjoy a good challenge. Adding to the fun is the opportunity to win and take home some cash! To date, more than $7,000 has been awarded to the winning teams — not bad for a $1 chance to get in on the action. Doors open at 6. Tables are not reserved but on a first come, first choice selection. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Come join the fun! LORRIE'S SUMMER LINE DANCE CLASSES Beginner Class: 1 pm Thursdays at the HFC Intermediate Class: 2 pm Thursdays at the HFC Line dancing is very good exercise and good for your memory. All dances can be modified to accommodate dizziness, bad knees or hips. Everyone can enjoy this! LA DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (863.875.6728) We want to thank all of the residents that join our dance classes over this past season. We will not be having dance classes over the summer months, but we are looking forward to returning in September with Rumba Dance Lessons. Same time and same place. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Excellent Service We could not have asked for anything more from Brad. He went above and beyond helping to sell my parent’s home. It began with the ask of putting the house on the market just a few days after contacting Brad. He did that with flying colors as there was an offer on the house within 5 hours of going on the live market. There were some trying moments which Brad handled with confidence and ease. We highly recommend Brad as a real estate agent. Halker Family Living Trust – Carolyn & Greg Ulrich 26 April 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 27
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CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath & Marianne Morcone All levels, including beginners, can make cards and the first Wednesday of each month (June 5). All card materials to make two cards are provided for $5. Meet in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. Register to attend as space is limited by contacting Marianne Morcone (mkegolfer@aol.com, 860-712-9440) or Judy Ridpath (judy@judyridpath.com, 650-678-1174). BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr June 8 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Playful Dolphins $35 (payable at class) Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on June 7 FUSED GLASS BEACH SCENE Wednesday, June 12 and Monday, June 17 from 6 to 8 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Over 2 sessions, you will be lead step-by-step through the process of creating a two-layer 7” square beach scene with fused glass pieces and powders. Sign up at the HFC with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40 which includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing and art glass. No previous experience is necessary. Bring an N-95 mask if you have one. If not, some will be available. CREATE A CARD June 18 at 10 am in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $12. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. 28 CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Create a unique floral wall plaque that you can use to display and easily rearrange real or fake flowers! All supplies and instructions are available for $10! Class is on June 18 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Space is limited, sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by June 11. BEADED PLANT HANGERS Create whimsical beaded plant hangers with The Art of Beading on June 26 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom! All supplies and instructions are included for $12. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BODY MIND SOUL CLUBHOUSE FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION SESSION: MONDAYS AT 3 PM — EMAIL YOGAWINTERHAVEN@GMAIL.COM TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK CHAIR YOGA: TUESDAYS AT 9 AM, THURSDAYS AT 10 AM **NOTE NEW TIME!** $5/CLASS (PAYABLE AT CLASS) NO EQUIPMENT REQUIRED WATER AEROBICS: TUESDAYS — SATURDAYS AT 8:30 AM YOGA (TO DVD) IN THE BALLROOM WEDNESDAYS AT 8:45 AM HFC ZUMBA AT THE HFC COMMUNITY CENTER WEDNESDAYS, 5:25 — 6:25 PM. $5 BEGINNING CHAIR & BALANCE: MONDAYS AT 10 AM CLASSICAL STRETCH: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 11 AM AQUA RELOADED: MONDAYS AT 12 PM, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS AT 10 AM CARDIO SWING & YOGA COOL: TUESDAY & THURSDAYS AT 9 AM TRIPLE B (BAT WINGS, BELLIES, & BULGES): WEDNESDAYS AT 9 AM BASIC FITNESS & CARDIO: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 10 AM 29 AQUA MOTION: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 4 PM BACK TO BASICS: FRIDAYS AT 9 AM contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, international, and high impact workout for any skill level. Check out the calendar inserts in this issue for more weekly happenings at the Clubhouse and HFC! VIBES DRUMBEAT SESSIONS WEDNESDAYS JUNE 19, JULY 17, & AUGUST 21 FROM 10 TO 11 AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE PAVILION $5/SESSION, PAYABLE AT CLASS simply HEALTHY
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CLUBS LA BELLES By Beth Wagner To begin celebrating summer, we are having our LA Belles luncheon at Charm City Lake Ashton June 26 at 11:30 am. Hostesses are Beth Wagner and Kate Martz. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office. Call Beth at 847-845-4685 with any questions. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl At the May meeting, we shared ethnic cookbooks and some of us even brought in ethnic "goodies" for all to try. Yummy! The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 12 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come and join us as we discover practical and creative ways to use maps, even fire maps, as a way to help you find your ancestors and understand their everyday lives. For more info, please call Jane at 815-545-6655. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis No need for a green thumb to join LA Garden Club. Just have to a willingness to ask questions and learn. On April 10, the club held its third annual plant sale. The number of people who came surpassed the club’s expectations. The club thanks the wonderfully generous community for our huge success. The monies made will help the club expand and maintain areas within the community and provide guest speakers for anyone, member or not, to learn about gardening in Central Florida. This year many more residents donated items and plants for the cause. A special thanks to the Lake Ashton Garden Team: Pam Klawinski, Rhonda Lindon-Hammon, Kathie Eustice, Patty Wallner, Alice Hearn, and Sil Wells. Also, thanks to Deb Crosby, Sharon Carl, Marie Powell and many others for helping. The club also planted along Mulligan Lane on the curb area entering the Pro Shop/Eagle’s Nest. The club continues to monitor watering needs and plant sustainability. At the May meeting, guest speaker Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, gave a talk on plants best for Central Florida summer heat. As always, anyone new to Florida quickly 30 realizes the need to “rethink” what is grown here. The club will meet on June 12 in the Pavilion at 10 am. The topic will be non and beneficial insects in the garden. The club will not meet in July and August. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting June 6 in-person only at HFC Community Center. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Kay Klymko, Democratic candidate for Polk County Commission. For more information, please email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Bud Colburn There is no Lake Ashton Republican Club (LARC) meeting in June, however, save the date for our Candidate Jamboree on July 13. Many candidates are announcing their desire to represent the citizens in the upcoming primary elections in August and general elections in November. Thirteen candidates have confirmed their participation at the jamboree. It will be a day of refreshments, friends, fun and great information from the candidates. SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Singles Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. At the May meeting, about 30 attendees discussed our restaurant of the month, Catfish Country. The group also gets together the 4th Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Pavilion. We are looking into the Resident-to-Resident program here. We are always looking for ideas for activities, and several are in the planning stage. Our meetings, are followed by cards — Five Crown, but we would entertain other ideas. On non-meeting Sundays, we would also love for you to come for cards from 2 to 4 pm, same location. Afterwards, those interested go to dinner as a group. A different restaurant is chosen for every week. Financial Resolutions Check-in: Are You Making Progress? As we navigate the year, we must pause and reflect on our progress, particularly concerning the New Year’s resolutions we set at the beginning of the year. A check-in gives us a rush of accomplishment, a clearer understanding of our goals, and a rejuvenated drive to work toward them. New Year’s resolutions, for many, are an entrenched tradition that symbolizes a fresh start. Although these aspirations may be ambitious or modest, they serve as personal milestones that help guide individuals toward self-improvement, personal growth, and fulfillment. Usually, people embark on various resolutions, ranging from physical wellness objectives and starting a healthier diet to monetary goals or personal and professional aspirations like mastering a new skill or climbing the career ladder. Irrespective of the goal types, we must recognize the steps we have taken towards their realization and the ones we still must accomplish. Still, others make financial resolutions and set goals they want to establish. It’s vital to check your progress occasionally as a motivational tool and a reality check. If you made financial resolutions, how are you doing in these areas? • Reducing debt • Saving more money • Spending less • Paying off credit cards • Contributing more to retirement savings • Reviewing insurance coverages • Planning for your future goals However, during such check-ins, it is expected that we lost our enthusiasm since the beginning of the year. Stress, unforeseen circumstances, or lack of motivation can deter our commitment to resolutions. When faced with such scenarios, it’s vital to remember that progress is not linear, and it’s okay to experience setbacks. A setback can empower us to recalibrate our plans, adjust timelines if necessary, and recommit our resolutions with renewed vigor. Here are a few ideas to help you reset your strategy to keep your resolutions front and center: Write your resolutions down. Writing resolutions in a notebook, on a chalkboard, or on Post-it notes makes them ‘physical’ and more accessible to work toward. Place your resolutions where you can see them. Having your resolutions somewhere where you’ll see them occasionally is a good idea. Some ideas are to place the resolutions on your fridge, bathroom mirror, computer screen, or in a picture frame somewhere in your home. Place each resolution independently so you’re not overwhelmed if you have multiple ones to tackle. Tackle resolutions one at a time. If you’ve made multiple resolutions, choose one you can successfully establish. Once you’ve addressed your first resolution, move to the next one, and so on. A sense of accomplishment can motivate you to keep going. In conclusion, a New Year’s Resolutions check-in is essential to our journey towards self-improvement and personal growth. It serves as a compass, guiding us toward our aspirations while allowing us to reflect on our accomplishments, reassess our goals, and rekindle our commitment to personal evolution. SWG 3294937-1223a Disclosure: The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 31 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh Duplicate bridge is played on Monday at 12:45pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The game is open to all residents regardless of skill level. Participants should have some experience playing bridge plus a partner is required. We have approximately 60 players in the group and can assist new players in finding a partner. Advance registration is encouraged and can be done by using the Red Book in the card room or by contacting Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com to register or receive more information. April 15: North-South 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Dick Dole & Lois Dole; 3rd Liz Smith & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 2nd Janice Fleming & Tom Fleming; 3rd Pat Foster & Ralph Ritter April 22: 1st Ralph Ritter & Pat Foster; 2nd Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 3rd Marian Oshinsky & Cheryl Tillman; 4th Liz Smith & Keith Stevens; 5th Dick Dole & Lois Dole April 29: North-South 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd Jim Ford & Don Fuller; 3rd Howard Mayne & Jeff Wilkinson; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Sonny Robinson; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole May 6: 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 3rd Liz Leigh & Mafie Walker; 4th Graham Littlehales & Howard Mayne; 5th Sonny Robinson & Keith Stevens LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents spreading acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to provide the right message at just the right time. Our last teaching class until the fall will be June 5 for experienced members. We will be learning how to decoupage. There has been a change to our meeting times. LA Rockers will meet in the HFC Community Center from 1 to 3 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Also, beginning June 19 through the rest of the summer, we will only be meeting for free painting for experienced members. 32 During the summer, anyone brand new to painting rocks and wants to give us a try needs to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) to make arrangements to attend their first class. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. It means a lot for us to see where our rocks go. LA PURPLE STARS By David Harrison For many years Ann Boogher has been in charge of collecting money and ordering name tags that many residents wear. Part of the $15 goes to LA Purple Stars as a fundraiser. Ann has decided to retire and David Harrison, or the Clubhouse Activities Office, will continue to receive checks made payable to LA Purple Stars and order the tags. Thank you for continuing this worthwhile endeavor. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting will be on June 19 at Charm City starting at 5:30 pm with a short meeting and then social time. This would be a nice time to come “check us out”. Thank you to all who volunteered to help at the LAVA Golf Tournament with the Traveling Canteen. The volunteers drove around the golf course in their golf carts that were decorated in Patriotic Bows and flags and offered for sale various drinks. It was fun for all. SAVE THE DATE: October 26 is our Annual Craft Fair. There are still some available tables to sell your handcrafted items. The applications are at the Activities Desk at the Main Clubhouse. God Bless America! LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White DID YOU KNOW? Lake Ashton has a swim team. The members compete in senior competition that is divided by gender and 5-year incremental age groups. Most of the swim meets are within a 2-hour drive. If you are interested in doing organized practices at a local community pool between June 19 and August 12 while the indoor pool at the HFC is closed, contact coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com.
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LA PICKLEBALL By Larry Fabian Over 60 members of the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association participated in our April 6 funday and potluck. Everyone had a great time playing numerous pickleball related games and challenges. LAPA used this event to help kick off fundraising for the proposed CDD2 pickleball court expansion. Mark your calendar for a couple of upcoming July events! A DJ dance will be held July 2 at the HFC, followed by our holiday pickleball mixer and cookout on July 5. Residents are encouraged to join in all the fun LAPA activities by completing the membership forms and utilizing the submission box located on the HFC information wall. Coach Dennis has suspended his newbie clinics for the hot summer months but will return in the fall. LA PING PONG By Gina Krall Players enjoyed an end of season ping pong social with inhouse tournament before many left for the summer. Winners are pictured bottom right. 34 LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino On April 29 I had the privilege of accompanying Susan and John Stewart on a meal delivery ride along. We arrive at the Meals on Wheels Winter Haven facility at 9:30 a.m. Our route is # 11 of 21 heading from here (25 additional routes pick up at 4 remote drop points). The meals are loaded by route. We receive two coolers: a red cooler with hot, packaged meals and a blue cooler with cold desserts and beverages. We are provided with the route instructions including addresses in order of stop — only right turns and very efficient. Next to each address is the recipient’s name and type of meal to receive (regular or diabetic). Most routes consist of 8-12 stops but this day the Stewart’s are heading to Lake Alfred with 17 meals. Several deliveries are in close proximity of each other, easy to quickly distribute. One recipient is retired Army, one is retired Air Force and 4 others are bedridden. To my delight, Lenore Costello, the 107 year old Girl Scout featured in our March article, is also one of our stops. Each delivery includes a quick wellness check and chat. For some this will be their only interaction with another person all day. We return to Meals on Wheels with our empty coolers at 12:15 p.m. to drop off for cleaning and refilling the next day. In less than 3 hours we have made a difference for 17 homebound people in our community. It is truly a humbling experience. MOWPolk is a non-profit organization with no state or federal funding. It relies on community-based charity, volunteers and proceeds from its thrift store sales. For volunteering opportunities, please contact MOW at: 863-299-1616. To become a club member or for more information, please email lafomow@gmail.com. Residents may drop off quality donations* at either the south dressing room in the Clubhouse Ballroom or the HFC on the third Thursday of every month. Donations will be collected at the end of the day and delivered to Meals on Wheels for you. *Acceptable donations include anything of quality in resellable condition except large furniture items and mattresses. Their best selling categories include home décor, name brand clothing and accessories, kitchen items and shoes. All donations are greatly appreciated. 35 LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included 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 LAMGA By David Kubissa Every game has its rules in Lake Ashton. Pickleball, bocce, billiards, even card games. Rules keep the games fair for everyone, and golf, when played in LAMGA’s weekly competition, is no exception. One rule – a simple one – that gets bent now and then is when and how to lift, clean and place. As announced at the outset of every LAMGA game, that rule applies only to the fairway. Not the rough, not the bunkers, and certainly not in the red-staked penalty areas. By USGA rule, moving a ball improperly can incur a penalty, but in most cases, an LAMGA infraction of the lift-clean-place rule elicits a warning from a fellow golfer. Article II in our bylaws specify that LAMGA games are friendly but also competitive. They also state that USGA rules apply, except as modified by local rule. Many U.S. courses allow a “preferred lie” in the fairways. In Lake Ashton’s case, that is no more than one club length and no closer to the hole but only in the fairways, including the apron bordering the greens. On the greens, by USGA rule, balls may be lifted and cleaned but only after being marked and returned to the marked spot. Local Lake Ashton rules allow some exceptions where course conditions permit relief in certain areas, for example near immovable obstacles and on ground under repair. Local rules are posted in the pro shop and on the LAMGA web page at lakeashtonliving.com. Here are two balls within a few feet of one another below the green of No. 17 West. The ball on the left is in the rough and must be played as it lies. The one on the right in the fairway can be lifted, cleaned and placed. Bottom line: Let’s all be mindful of the rules and play fair. Upcoming June games: June 5: 1 Gross, 2 nets. Not the same ball; June 12: Pick your partner. Scramble / Shamble. Gross and net; June 19: 1 net par 5s; 2 nets on par 4s; 3 nets on par 3s; June 26: Best net of A&D players plus best net of B&C players. Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: The leaderboard through April was: 1) Pat O'Neil, $101.70; 2) Mike Krigelski, $96.85; 3) Darrell Reid, $95.75; 4) Alan Gasner, $86.45. Sponsors’ salute: This month’s thanks for support goes out to the following professionals: Stone Law Group; Weaver Loveless Law; Boyett Family Dentistry; Forni Dental; George W. Butz III, DDS, Heartland Dental; Palo Dental – Paul Palo, DDS; Eye Specialists of MidFlorida; K. Wade Foster, M.D., (Central Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center); Theresa Yoder, D.V.M.
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LA NINERS By Sandy Hockenberry Congratulations to Karen Ferrande for a Hole-in-One during the Mixers game April 25. Karen hit from the green tees on 12 West and not only did she win Closest to the Pin, it went in and she got her first Hole-in-One. Well done, Karen! Carolyn Alvaro would like to thank everyone who purchased red, white and blue ribbons. It was nice to see the ribbons displayed on so many mailboxes and golf carts in our community during the month of May for Memorial Day and showing support for our veterans. Golf etiquette tip of the month: please play “ready golf”. Plan your club selection while waiting for others to hit. Take 2 or 3 clubs with you if you are unsure of what to hit. Last player in the cart should carry their club to the next shot or hole before replacing it in the bag. When putting, carts should be at the back of the green, ready to go to the next hole. Record your score enroute to/or at the next hole. Niners should complete a round of golf in 2 hours. This month’s games will include a Step-Aside Scramble on June 4, Throw Out One on June 11, followed by Lunch with Friends at Charm City. A 2 Putt (Max) on June 18 and the ever popular 5 Clubs on June 25. Don’t forget to sign up for the Blueman/Niners 18 hole Par 3 Scramble on July 2 with lunch to follow. LALGA By Beverly Hines The change of LALGA board officers began June 1 and will go through May 31, 2025. President - Margie Dersham, VP - Doris Krogman, Secretary - Sandra Lancaster, and Treasurer - Lynne Abbott. Thank you for your willingness to provide leadership for the league. A big “thank you” to Jackie Tressler for her excellent leadership as President last year. The committee signups are posted on the LALGA bulletin board. Please sign up to help make these tournaments and events successful. Remember to sign up for the LALGA sponsored two-day summer tournament July 8 and 9. As the summer months heat up, LALGA members have the option of playing nine holes June 4 - September 24. There will be no charge to play that day, but you will not be participating in the game although birdies/chip-ins can be recorded. Speaking of hot weather, just a reminder that drinking plain water isn't enough; you need sugar, salt and electrolytes to maximize your hydration according to an article in Golf Digest. You need to get them either through adding an electrolyte powder to your drink, or snacking on foods that contain the correct balance of carbohydrate and sodium. Dehydration results in a decrease in cognitive as well as physical performance, so it's worth stashing a few packets of electrolyte mix in your bag to have on hand during hot rounds. The yearlong Red Hoagland Challenge will conclude at the end of May. Current standings are 1st Place – Liz Leigh, 2nd Place – Bev Hines, 3rd Place – Char Walter, and 4th Place – Mary Lou Wheat. Pictured: “T” Utting and Monnie Guinn looking bright and coordinated as they partner up for Pick Your Partner Team Play.

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES May Issue Deadline: May 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. MAY 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). MAY 6 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Lori Edwards - Polk County Supervisor of Elections • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare, Melissa Kincaid - Edward Jones MAY 13 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Century Storage • Featured Vendor: Michael Kennedy - Horizon Wealth MAY 20 • Peanut Butter Monday - Donations will go to the Lake Wales Care Center for the month of May. • Featured Speaker: Small World Bus Tours Presents Trips for June - December • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, Tessier Law Firm MAY 27 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - MEMORIAL DAY IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 MIND & BODY 30 CLUBS 39 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD May 6, 10 am (After Monday Coffee) Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD May 17, 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow HOURS OF OPERATION FRIENDLY REMINDER CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS & FRESH PRODUCE Wednesdays in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! OFFICES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY The Clubhouse and HFC offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. There will be no Monday Coffee, but the Clubhouse and HFC will remain open for resident use. Offices will reopen on May 28. There is a great difference between the person who learns from criticism and the person who refuses to accept correction. How we respond to criticism determines whether or not we grow in wisdom. The next time someone criticizes you, listen carefully to all that is said. You might learn something. My desire is that we are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. - Alex Fuertes, Maintenance Supervisor POSTAL SERVICES You may pick up USPS Forms for Address Changes, Stop/Start Mail, and Stamp Ordering at the Clubhouse Office. A mailing station is also available for letters and small packages up to five pounds. THE LEDGER AND WALL STREET JOURNAL ARE AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS TO VIEW IN THE CLUBHOUSE MEDIA CENTER. AFTER READING PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE THE NEWSPAPERS IN THE MEDIA CENTER FOR ALL TO ENJOY. RIPPING SECTIONS OUT OF ANY NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE AVOIDED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF AN ARTICLE OR CROSSWORD PUZZLE PLEASE BRING IT TO THE CLUB OFFICE TO MAKE A COPY FOR $.10.
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JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT CART PATHS AND BRIDGES 1. All Pathways/Bridges within the community are shared equally between golfers, golf carts, pedestrians and bicyclists. Use of the Pathways/Bridges by Patrons during hours when golf is being played creates potential safety hazards; therefore, all users of the Pathways/Bridges must exercise extreme caution when golf is being played. 2. To reduce danger and likelihood of being struck by a golf ball, Patrons 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 Patrons through if the approaching Patrons are fast moving or can pass by quickly. 3. Patrons must stay on the Pathways/ Bridges or Pond banks. Patrons are encouraged to monitor thedaily email circulated by Pro Shop Staff members announcing course conditions, closures, and starting times for the groups on each course. In doing so, Patrons can identify periods when no golfers are on the course. 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. 4. 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. 5. Pets are permitted to be walked and exercised on the Pathways/Bridges. At no time should they be in the fairways or within thirty (30) 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. 6. Use Golf Course At Own Risk: All Individuals who enter the Golf Course and/or utilize Pathways/Bridges and/or Ponds, including as a Patron 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. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to view the full document. It is listed under "Other District Documents". Contact LACDD Community Director Christine Wells or LAIICDD Community Director James Margeson with any questions. See page 3 for their contact information. SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL TRANSITION Installation of amenity access controls and additional cameras throughout the Clubhouse amenities and the RFID scanner and cameras at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance have been installed. The SR 653 (west Gate) installation of the RFID equipment and cameras is scheduled for the first week in May. As in any project of this magnitude, there were some delays experienced during installation at the Clubhouse which has slowed down implementation but the continuing partnership with the contractors is alleviating any of those initial issues and progress is being made every day. The LACDD Board of Supervisors implemented a policy that stated all residents receiving a RFID tag (Lake Wales residents only) and Amenity Access Card (Lake Wales and Winter Haven residents) have 90 days to come in to receive a RFID tag and Amenity Access card at no charge, once distribution has begun. After 90 days, residents will be charged $10 per credential. The LAIICDD Board also implemented a similar policy for the RFID tag but there is no 90-day limit for issuance. If a resident is away, there will be an option to complete the required application within the 90-day period to secure credentials at no charge. Up to two RFID tags and Amenity Access Cards will be issued at no charge, per household, in Lake Wales and Winter Haven. For households requiring more than the two allotted credentials per household, there will be a charge of $10 per additional credential. There will be a $20 charge for replacement RFID tags (Lake Wales residents only) and Amenity Access Cards (Lake Wales and Winter Haven residents). There will be a $10 charge for replacement RFID tags for Winter Haven residents. Guests over the age of 18 will be issued an Amenity Access Card when registered at the Clubhouse that will be used to gain access to all Clubhouse amenities. The card will need to be returned within 10 days after the guest leaves. If not returned, the homeowner will be charged $40 per card. Stay tuned to email for details on an upcoming informational session for residents to get more information on the new system in addition to distribution details, once available. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions.Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 8 and 10. Residents can also contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells, or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson with questions. ENTRANCE GATE REMINDERS 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. PLEASE DO NOT HIT THE BUTTON ON YOUR GATE CLICKER TO EXIT THE COMMUNITY. This opens the entrance gates and can cause an unsafe situation. Please use caution when entering and exiting the community via the Thompson Nursery Road and CR 653 entrances. The entry gates are not on a sensor, they close after each vehicle. Cars should stop at the stop sign, hit the button on the entrance gate remote, and proceed through the open gate. If residents hit the button on the remote coming off of Thompson Nursery Road or CR 653 it does not allow for enough time for the vehicle to make it through the gate. In addition there have been many reported cases of tailgating when entering the community. A new sign has been installed at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance reminding residents not to tailgate. If any of the gates are damaged due to negligence on the driver's part any costs involved with the replacement of the gate arm will be the responsibility of the driver (Approximately $800, currently). While it may appear to be helpful to hit the button on your gate remote to open the gate for a resident that appears to be having difficulty with their remote, this could be someone trying to gain access to the community for ill purposes. If a resident is having difficulty with their remote security will assist. Please be patient and wait until the car ahead of you receives the help they need and proceeds through the gate before you hit the button on your remote to enter the gate. 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 HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Another GREAT year of Lake Ashton generosity for these well deserving students! As of the week of April 15, the final collection total was $12,560! This included eight gift cards equaling 135. We also donated four bags of domestic items such as sheets towels and personal hygiene items. Our total could not have been possible without the generosity of "The Shufflin Squares" and the "Italian Club" of Lake Ashton. Approximately 47 residents participated in individual donations. This year NINE scholarships will be awarded and 147 duffle bags will be handed to the students. A graduation party will be held April 24 with Dr. Caba as their motivational speaker. A great big THANK YOU goes out to both the staff at the Clubhouse and HFC for their cooperation in this effort. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali A Committee has formed to put together a “resource list” for Lake Ashton residents. This resource would include, but not be limited to, items such as local health & wellness providers, transportation, local grocery providers, small home maintenance listings, education resources such as technology workshops, local help organizations such as Meals on Wheels or United Way, and/or storage of short term medical equipment, etc. If you are interested in serving on the committee or if you may be in need of one or more of the services provided above, please email: Tom Scali tscali41@gmail.com.
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director May is National Military Appreciation Month and this is a great time to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom. More information can be found on page 25. April showers bring May flowers and many fun events to help residents enjoy the community. A special Ladies Day event is planned on May 17 and will feature a comedian, local women-owned vendors offering free items, samples and discounts for ticket holders only, and a wonderful lunch. In addition, tickets are still on sale for the first ever Summer Locals Concert Series at Lake Ashton. See page 29 for the lineup. The Luau and Volunteer Appreciation Spring Fling in April were events for the record books! That Luau performance (complete with a fire knife show) was one that will be remembered for years to come. See page 28 for pictures. All of the amazing volunteers at Lake Ashton are appreciated not just in April — your dedication to the Lake Ashton community is appreciated all year long. Thank you again to our sponsors, Charm City, ClimateGuard, Performance Golf Carts, Dyer Kia, Warren Construction, Mortellaro Law, Water's Edge, and Arts Golf Cars for their support in making this event free for all of our volunteers. On April 15, the Board of Supervisors met to discuss the fiscal year 2025 budget (October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025). A wrap up report of actions taken at the meeting was sent out on April 17. An assessment increase of up to $200 was set at this meeting and soon Lake Wales residents will receive a mailing advising of this potential increase. The final amount of the assessment increase will be voted on at the August 19 budget hearing. Several other projects were approved, including the addition of paver areas at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park, a repair to a stormwater pipe on Limerick Drive, and the replacement of equipment to move forward with the conversion to natural gas at the Clubhouse. The May Board Meeting has been changed to May 6 at 10 am, after Monday Coffee. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom UPCOMING QU A LIFYING PERI O D This year the LA (LW) Community Development district has two seats up for election, specifically Seat 1 and Seat 5. The qualifying period runs from noon on June 10 and closes at noon on June 14. 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 5, 2024. Candidates must qualify for the office of Supervisor with the Polk County Supervisor of Elections. For more information, please contact them at 863-534-5888. Lori Edwards, the Polk County Supervisor of Elections, will be at Monday Coffee on May 6. Come by and get your questions answered and hear more information about the General Election. 9
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LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10 am 352.250.9707 alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com The year is certainly going by quickly as the month of May and the summer, with its’ hot days, will soon be upon us! April was a very busy month when many residents enjoyed the various activities and amenities that were offered. We brought back the Vertigo and Balance Seminar on April 23, and that was again well attended. Our Elvis Show was also an overwhelming success with a sold-out show! Our residents relived memorable moments with the great songs of the “King” himself. The Lake Ashton Volunteer Appreciation Month was capped off with a Joint CDD and CDD II Dinner and Dance on April 19. This was our way of thanking all those residents who gave so much to make Lake Ashton the outstanding community it is. The May 16 Community Potluck will be hosted at the HFC. This is an excellent chance for all our Lake Ashton populace to get together and enjoy each other ‘s company! There will be a dance at the HFC featuring the band Pressure Point on May 10, so put on your dancing shoes and come on out. Tickets are available at the HFC Activities Desk. There will also be a “Healthy Feet to Stay Active” seminar on May 14. This is part of our continuing series of wellness education for our community. We are hosting an investment seminar on May 21 which will address any of your financial concerns. Sig up early for these events. The Lake Ashton II Community Development District Board met and approved various infrastructure projects, an update on the security access control project, approval of landscaping on the Ashton Boulevard, as well as preliminary work sheets for supervisors for budget preparation in May. As that meeting will determine the 2025 budget, we encourage all our residents to attend, get updates, and voice your opinion on Board budget issues. The Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch would like to remind everyone that if you are planning on going away this summer, let your Block Captains and Deputies know so we all can keep Lake Ashton the safe community it is! May is Military Appreciation Month, and LAVA will be having the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27 at the Veterans Memorial. We take time to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our nation on this solemn occasion. The weekend of May 25-27 is “Operation Show Our Colors” when residents are encouraged to line their property with U.S. Flags. In addition, the LA Veterans Association will line community entrances and the HFC and Clubhouse with flags. Let us all do our best to show our love of this country and our veterans. We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the community and at the Health and Fitness Center during the month of May!
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Coontie is a slow growing shrub that is the only Florida Native cycad. Its “palm-like” appearance brings a low maintenance tropical design to any landscape. This plant is considered the most ancient of plants. A cycad is a seed plant with a woody trunk and hard evergreen leaves. The Coontie cycads produce large reddish-orange seed cones. It has stiff, glossy, featherlike leaves and a thick stem. The compact size can be anywhere from one to three feet with a width of three feet. The shrub is not choosy about light and it’s cold tolerant. It’s best to plant away from foundations and in an area where it has enough room to spread. The shrub does not mind sandy soil. It can also grow in full sun or partial shade.The Coontie attracts a very rare butterfly called the Atala butterfly. This shrub is the only food source for this insect. A great place to view Coonties are at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales if you’d like a better view. YOUR HOA NEEDS YOU! By Brenda Jackson The Board and committees continue to ask/need your help. It takes a few more volunteers to keep and improve our beautiful community. We cannot do this alone! There are many opportunities to help. Help on the Board – we have an opening and the term expires 2025. It’s a great opportunity to see what we are about and give back to your community. Help the ARC committee – it only has three reps and can definitely use more. ARC is now online and can be done from anywhere while you are snowbirding or traveling, and when you are back to our lovely community you can help out a little more. Help the newly formed Compliance Committee – it has 3 members and can use more. This committee is there to help homeowners understand and work within the CC&Rs as you have concerns or questions about what is allowed. If you are interested in any of the above positions, contact information is below. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Directors@lakeashtonhoa.org or 863-325-0065 • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson, ARC Chair arc@lakeashtonhoa.org 863-325-0065 option 2 • David Greer, Compliance Chair repcm2@lakeashtonhoa.org 863-325-0065 option 3 • Website: lakeashtonhoa.com • ARC Requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton/la Didn’t receive an email invite to sign up for the website? Contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 option 1. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2 13
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THANK YOU, GARDEN CLUB The Garden Club has been busy making the community look more beautiful over the past few years. From the plants around the HFC indoor pool to the wide variety of Florida friendly plants around the Pavilion at the Clubhouse, and the area in front of Eagles Nest and 18th green of the East Golf Course, they keep Lake Ashton looking fresh and colorful! A special "thank you" to the facilitator of the Garden Club, Lynn Davis, for always being willing to lend her expertise to the CDD for special projects and to all of the members of the Garden Club, THANK YOU for making Lake Ashton more beautiful! THOMPSON NURSERY ROAD CLEAN-UP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road on May 23. Meet in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:30 am to pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash grabbers. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and Bok Tower ticket each calendar year. Please sign up online or with Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to keep our community beautiful! WILDLIFE ALERT It’s that time of year again when sandhill crane colts are seen traveling with their parents. Florida is one of the few places in the world sandhill cranes can be found year-round. The year-round residents are the non-migratory Florida sandhill cranes, which typically roam in pairs or small family groups. There are now fewer than 5,000 Florida sandhill cranes across the state and they are listed as a state-designated threatened species. Please drive safely throughout Lake Ashton and remember that it is illegal to feed these birds. This includes accidental feeding, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground below. Photos by David Muller AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... sit pretty with SPRING SAVINGS TAKE $200 OFF ANY STRESSLESS® SEAT* MEET THE ALL-NEW TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt® NEW Stressless® Now through May 28, save $200 per seat on all Stressless® Yes, this includes recliners, sofas, and sectionals!* seating. Anna A3 Arm shown in Paloma Taupe/Walnut *Exclusions apply. See store for details. MEMORIAL DAY SALE UP TO * SAVE $500 on select adjustable mattress sets *Offer valid May 7–June 4, 2024, while supplies last. Maximum savings of $500 requires purchase of a TEMPUR-Breeze® LuxeAdapt® mattress and a TEMPUR-Ergo® Smart Base. Save $300 on any size TEMPUR-Breeze® $200 on any size TEMPUR-ProAdapt® or TEMPUR-Adapt® mattress. Save $200 on any size TEMPUR-Ergo® TEMPUR-Ergo® or TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt® or TEMPURmattress. Save Smart Base. Save $100 on any size Power Base. Select adjustable mattress sets only. Savings realized at time of purchase. Certain offers may not be combined. Excludes previous purchases. See store for availability and details. Copyright 2024 Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC. All rights reserved. 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 15 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 ©2024 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1535 4/24 In Stock & Ready for Delivery!
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer PROTECT LAKE ASHTON’ S PONDS The Red-shouldered Hawk is a fairly common year-round resident of Lake Ashton. This medium-sized Hawk of the swamps and woodlands is quite vocal. However, Blue Jays do a great imitation of its downslurred call, so residents might want to investigate if they think they hear one. This relatively long-tailed and longlegged hawk is larger than a crow. The plumage can vary a lot depending on the age of the bird. Females, as with all raptors (hawks, owls and eagles) are the larger of the two sexes which are identical. The tail is always heavily banded and in the adult the breast shows reddish and the bird does indeed have red "shoulders." They are easily identified in flight by "wing windows" toward the outer edge of the wings. They eat a variety of food including small mammals, frogs and snakes. They often hunt from a perch and are frequently seen on utility lines. REMINDER TO ALL RESIDENTS: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD RESIDENTS CONDUCT WORK OF ANY KIND ON CDD PROPERTY. THIS INCLUDES PONDS, COMMON AREAS, OR CONSERVATION/ WETLAND AREAS. IF THERE ARE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING POND EROSION OR OTHER AREAS IN NEED OF MAINTENANCE, PLEASE CONTACT LA (LW) CDD COMMUNITY DIRECTOR CHRISTINE WELLS (CWELLS@LAKEASHTONCDD.COM) OR LA (WH) CDD COMMUNITY DIRECTOR JAMES MARGESON (JMARGESON@LAKEASHTON2CDD.COM). Summer is on its way, which means scorching days with lots of sunlight. Algae development occurs most frequently during the summer months, when rainfall and pond water temperatures rise. There are numerous ways residents may help keep Lake Ashton's Ponds attractive right now. • Avoid overfertilization and careless application. • Remove pet waste from your yard. • Ensure that landscape providers mow lawns with the chute pointing away from the pond bank. These actions will help to reduce nutrient runoff from summer rainfall. When the nutrients in the water get too high, the chance of an algae bloom increases. If an algae bloom occurs in a Lake Ashton CDD pond, the CDD contracts with an aquatics provider to treat the algae biweekly. Email Matt Fisher with any questions or concerns at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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SAFETY ABOUT NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs in history. Do you know how it got its start and why? While the modern day concept of the program rose to prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, the roots of Neighborhood Watch can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of the Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch Program was developed as a result of the multiple requests from sheriffs and police chiefs around the country who were looking for a crime prevention program that would incorporate citizen involvement and address the increasing number of burglaries taking place, especially in rural and suburban areas. In 1972, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) took the concept a step further by seeking funding to make the program a national initiative. Thanks to a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the National Neighborhood Watch Program was started. For the first two years, the program was devoted primarily to disseminating information on the nature and volume of burglary and securing residential property and making it less vulnerable to break-ins. From there, it evolved into a program that promoted the establishment of ongoing local neighborhood watch groups that encouraged citizens to partner with their law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce various types of "neighborhood crime." Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an "extra eyes and ears" approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, communityoriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities. Today's Watch Group programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to a neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see members of Neighborhood Watch groups participating in community cleanups and other activities that strive to improve the quality of life for community residents. In addition, the adoption of community policing by local law enforcement agencies has contributed to a resurgence in Watch groups over the years. Neighborhood Watch fits nicely into the framework of law enforcement/community partnerships, and Neighborhood Watch meetings provide a useful forum for airing neighborhood problems and practicing problem-solving techniques. Furthermore, Neighborhood Watch has become especially practical in our current society, in which twoincome families are the norm and many neighborhoods are deserted during the day. While criminals have attempted to use this statistic to their advantage, law enforcement has uncovered an important reality: the communities in which citizens have observed and reported suspicious activity have enjoyed lower crime rates. As communities throughout the country have adopted the program and reported success, the popularity of the Neighborhood Watch Program has grown, and it continues still. Why is this important in a 55+ community? It's because crime does not discriminate. In fact, there are more crimes perpetrated against senior citizens than any other demographic. Due to the ever growing sophistication of criminals and surgence of technology senior citizens fall prey to door to door solicitation, phone scams, email scams, mail theft etc. just to name a few. We all need to be more vigilant and come together as a community to help each other. Neighborhood Watch was created and continues by neighbors for neighbors. We need to look out for each other. My eternal thanks to all within the LA community for making NW the largest all inclusive and best known program not only in LA but in many circles. We cannot do this without all of you! If interested in learning more or how you can further help please contact, Chief Fay Wood 714-423-8966 or fswperson@aol.com.
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POLK COUNTY CERT’S MEMBER OF THE YEAR By Ernie Harben liii C RT CERTainly Safe COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM Home Safety Tips from Your Lake Ashton Community Emergency Response Team Congratulations to Gary Bishop, who was recognized as MEMBER OF THE YEAR by Polk County Fire Rescue at the countywide annual meeting of the Polk County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on March 30. Gary is the Director of our community’s unit: Lake Ashton CERT. He and the LA CERT members have served our community by directing traffic, parking, and participants during activities at the Clubhouse and HFC, during shows, runs, bike rides, parades, and with annual field exercises like the recent tornado response drill in February. Gary was also very instrumental in helping to certify Lake Ashton as a Designated Point of Distribution for emergency supplies and vaccinations through FEMA. Congratulations to Gary, and thanks too, to all the LA CERT members for their service to our community. CAP By Mike Weissberg Since all residents are part of Neighborhood Watch you are watching things around you. Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) does this by patrolling the streets and looking for things that do not belong in the community. Our patrol presence with lights flashing is our deterrent to help keep our streets safe. CAP is always looking for more volunteers to 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 please contact Mike Weissberg at 917-482-3151. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc.
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MOVI ES SHOWINGS AT 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM CLOSED CAPTIONING: 11 AM AND ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 1 & 2 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PRISCILLA 2023 | R | 1H 53MIN When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla's long courtship and turbulent marriage. MAY 7 - 9 SCOOP 2024 | NR | 1H 41MIN Inspired by real events, SCOOP is the inside account of the tenacious journalism that landed an earthshattering interview — Prince Andrew's infamous BBC Newsnight appearance. SCOOP takes us inside the story, with the women who would stop at nothing to get it. Stars Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper, Rufus Sewell. MAY 14 - 16 (NO 11 AM SHOWING MAY 15) ARGYLLE 2024 | PG-13 | 2H 19 MIN Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly's fictional books-22 which center on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate--begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past. Accompanied by Aidan (Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly (carrying Alfie in her backpack) races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly's fictional world and her real one begins to blur. MAY 21 - 23 THE MIRACLE CLUB 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 31 MIN Set in 1967, this heartwarming film follows the story of three generations of close friends, Lily (Maggie Smith), Eileen (Kathy Bates), and Dolly (Agnes O'Casey) of Ballygar, a hard-knocks community in Dublin, who have one tantalizing dream: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes, that place of miracles that draws millions of visitors each year. When the chance to win presents itself, the women seize it. However, just before their trip, Chrissie (Laura Linney) arrives in Ballygar for her mother's funeral. The women secure tickets and set out on the journey that they hope will change their lives, with Chrissie, a skeptical traveler, joining in place of her mother. Old wounds are reopened along the way, forcing the women to confront their pasts even as they travel in search of a miracle. MAY 28 - 30 THE BEAUTIFUL GAME 2024 | PG-13 | 2H 4MIN Mal (Bill Nighy) is the manager of England's homeless football team, taking his players to Rome with the hope of being crowned champions of the Homeless World Cup, a global street soccer tournament. At the last minute he decides to bring with them a talented striker Vinny (Micheal Ward), who could give them a real chance at winning, but only if he's ready to let go of his past and become part of the team. MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED MAY 3 LAST FLAG FLYING 2017 | R | 2H 4MIN Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carrell), Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and the Rev. Richard Mueller (Laurence Fisbourne) reunite to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives. MAY 10 THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH 2024 | NR | 1H 2MIN "The Bloody Hundredth" honors the real-life heroes of the 100th Bomb Group. Narrated by Tom Hanks, the hour-long documentary spotlights the true stories of several characters and real-life airmen featured in "Masters of the Air." From the shock of Pearl Harbor to the joy of VE Day, "The Bloody Hundredth" is a record of what was endured and achieved by a group of young Americans when their country and the world needed them most. MAY 17 (NO 11 AM SHOWING) THE OUTPOST 2020 | R | 2H 3MIN A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. 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EVENTS COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 HFC: May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 2025 SHOWCASE INFORMATION MEETING By Terri McDuff LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R S M A R T P H O N E T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 September 18 - CPR & AED Class at the Clubhouse September 27 - Line Dance-Palooza! At the Clubhouse October 4 - Square Dance Party at the Clubhouse October 22 - Electronics Recycling at the Clubhouse November 2 - Fall Festival at the Clubhouse November 13 - Home Improvement Expo at the Clubhouse December 31 - New Year's Eve at the Clubhouse w/ 99 in the Shade Wow, it has already been well over a month since the LAPAC 2024 Showcase "Changes in Latitude" ended. The LAPAC creative team is already under way in developing next year's showcase. With that said, we are announcing our "Save The Date" 2025 Showcase Information Meeting that will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 1:00 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) will present information on the 2025 Showcase. We welcome all Lake Ashton residents to attend this meeting who wish to participate in this annual showcase. We will have many positions available to fill: Singers, dancers, comedians, carpenters, costumers, production, backstage, box office, audio, or lighting talent. Additionally there is also the opportunity to learn a new talent. We are looking forward to seeing all at the meeting to help fulfill many roles as well as begin preparation for putting together our 2025 Showcase. 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. May is characterized by six national observances highlighting the contributions of those who have served. MAY 1: LOYALTY DAY MAY 5 — 11: PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK MAY 8: VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AKA V-E DAY OR VE DAY MAY 10: MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY MAY 18: ARMED FORCES DAY MAY 27: MEMORIAL DAY WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY & VETERANS ★ Display the American Flag at your home ★ Send a care package to a soldier ★ Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans ★ See someone in uniform or know a veteran? Thank them for their service or surprise them with a coffee, dessert or drink ★ Donate to a veteran or military charity ★ Reach out to a veteran or military family in need PATRIOTIC BOWS Celebrate your patriotism by purchasing red, white & blue bows from the LAVA Auxiliary to decorate your mailboxes and golf carts. Call Lynne Abbott at 518- 729-0400 or Chris Graves at 863-514-5368 to purchase. 4TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) is sponsoring the 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament on SATURDAY, MAY 18. The tournament Is a scramble format, and open to all residents and guests regardless of if they have served in the military. Make your own team - all men, all ladies, or a combination. All members of a team do not have to identify with the same service. If you do not have a team, the Pro Shop will put one together for you. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for guests. The price includes your entry and lunch following the event. Proceeds will be used to fund LAVA activities and charitable donations throughout the year. Past years have seen the chapter support a scholarship program for Junior ROTC cadets at Winter Haven and Lake Wales High Schools, Freedom Flights to Washington DC, “Wreaths Across America,” local veterans’ charities, “Last Mission,” “K9s for Vets” and packages to deployed service members. Additionally, these funds support Lake Ashton programs such as expansion/ maintenance of the Memorial Park, flags on the boulevard program, and annual ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day. Join us to honor our country and veterans. Sign up at the Pro Shop beginning May 1. OPERATION SHOW OUR COLORS The weekend of MAY 25 — 27 is “Operation Show Our Colors,” when residents are encouraged to line their property with U.S. Flags. In addition, the LA Veterans Association will line community entrances and the HFC and Clubhouse with flags. Let us all do our best to show our love of this country and our veterans. CEREMONY AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL Everyone is invited to gather at the Veterans Memorial by the Clubhouse at 9 AM ON MONDAY, MAY 27 for a remembrance ceremony facilitated by the Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA).
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CRUISE-IN WRAP-UP What a show this year! 25 cars were showcased in the most perfect car show weather while Southbound rocked the parking lot. Congratulations to our winners, Larry Erd for Best Classic with his 1967 Morgan Plus 4, Frank Mitchell for Best Modern with his 2007 Corvette, and The Grabb's for Crowd Favorite with their 1938 Plymouth P6 Deluxe! Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors, Water's Edge, Lucas Wealth Management. Performance Golf Carts and Advent Health. Pictured: Red Ribbon - Frank Mitchell White Ribbon - Larry Erd Volunteer Appreciation Spring Fling Remember the magic of the 2024 winter season with LakeAshtonLiving.com! From snappy parties to RV rallies, captivating Entertainment Series, wonderful Talent Showcase Want a free ticket to a Summer Locals Concert Series show? Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office for a free S.M.A.R.T. Retiree Seminar on June 5. Dinner is included. See insert for more information. performances, lively pickleball get-togethers, and ending in a Hawaiian Luau, we've had it all. Explore the multitude of unforgettable moments captured in the photos and videos sections. Discover the excitement of the upcoming Local Concert Series through sneak peeks of the local bands coming to Lake Ashton. LakeAshtonLiving.com is your ultimate destination for information, resident directory searches, marketplace ads, calendar of events, dining recommendations, and service providers. Luau in the Ballroom SUMMER LOCALS CONCERT SERIES Clubhouse & HFC Jam out to these rad local bands with your friends & neighbors! 7 TO 10 PM MAY 24 ALMOST THERE JUNE 7 BIG TIME JUKEBOX JULY 26 HWY 41 AUGUST 30 RUSTY WRIGHT BAND SEPTEMBER 6 EKLECTIK HAZE 29 MAY 10 PRESSURE POINT JUNE 14 BAD HABIT AUGUST 9 TWO SMOOTH AUGUST 23 GOOD STUFF Purchase at corresponding Activities Desks. Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased online. $15 Tickets: CLUB HOUSE HFC
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. ASTRONOMY NIGHT IS BACK! “What’s Going On Up There? (Happenings in the Heavens)” Florida is full of natural beauty; some of the most stunning is in the night sky. Come to the Cinema on May 25 at 7 pm to talk with the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society about some of the wonders in the heavens - past, present, and future - and look through some telescopes for the “evening show.” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. NOTE: THE POOL WILL CLOSE AT 8 PM ON THIS EVENING TO ALLOW FOR CLEAR VIEWING. FLORIDAFRIENDLY 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 May 20 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom where you can learn tips on creating and maintaining a beautiful FloridaFriendly Landscape! Sign up for this free class online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. TRIVIA Join your neighbors May 5 and 26 for fun and cash prizes! $1 to play. Maximum of 8 per table. Come with a team or join an open table. Tables are available on a first-come first-filled basis. Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia begins promptly at 7. Email lakeashtontrivia@gmail.com to be added to the database and receive email announcements. Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to look and feel your best. It can be hard to stick with a daily exercise schedule due to having an active lifestyle. Many struggle with finding the time to exercise daily for a number of reasons, but there are pockets of time daily that are spent waiting for things, or doing household chores, where you can fit in exercise. While waiting for food to cook in the microwave, you can do a few repetitions of exercise like modified pushups using the countertop or standing on one leg for a count of 20 to work on balance. Grab two cans of soup and do some arm exercises, like the overhead press. While watching television, do some leg extensions to work your quadriceps. While folding laundry, do some side bends or trunk twists to work your obliques (or love handles). You can also stagger exercises throughout the day. With this approach you will do one or two exercises between each aspect of your day. For example, after waking up, do 5 minutes of walking in place or yoga poses. Then, before breakfast, do another exercise, like the modified squat. With this exercise you would just sit in a chair and stand without using your hands to help. This exercise is an excellent way to work your core muscles and keep you from losing the ability to raise from a seated position. You would continue doing one or two exercises before lunch, dinner, and lastly before bed. So, you can see that by the end of the day, you will have completed at least 4 to 5 exercises! Be creative and find other ways to make exercise a permanent part of your daily routine. What matters is that you are exercising, even if you don’t schedule time for the gym. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 31 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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FUSED GLASS JEWELRY Friday, May 10 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create beautifully unique jewelry for you or your favorite person. You will make two from the following: pendant, pair of earrings, or pin. Jill will take your creations home to fire them in her kiln and return in approximately 2 weeks. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40. Preregistration required. All materials included. No previous experience necessary. FUSED GLASS OPTICS Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm at the HFC Craft Room. NEW class! Create either a garden stake, trivet, or plate similar to the photos, then Jill will take your creation home and fire it in her kiln, re t u r n i ng i t f o r p i c k up i n approximately 1 week. Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience necessary. Contact Jill Groves: 419-902-7966 or manorridgecreations@gmail.com. CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath & Marianne Morcone Join in the fun making cards on May 1. This class is for all levels. If you’ve never made cards before come try something new. All card materials to make 2 cards are provided for $5. Meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. Register to attend, space is limited. Contact Marianne at mkegolfer@aol.com at 860-712-9440 or Judy at judy@judyridpath, 650-678-1174. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Create a unique floral wall plaque that you can use to display and easily rearrange real or fake flowers! All supplies and instructions are available for $10! Class is on June 18 at 1 pm. Space is limited, sign up by June 11. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr May 11 at 1 pm, Clubhouse Craft Room Tulip in Flower Pot $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on May 10 CREATE A CARD May 21 at 10 am in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $12. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions.
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LUNCH & LEARNS The Five Most Important Documents May 2 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Learn about the five most important documents for safeguarding your assets and providing for your loved ones. Discover how proper estate planning can meet your unique needs and goals. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Brain Health Early Detection Awaits. Hear about what you can do to help decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, current research and more on May 28 from noon to 2 pm. Free lunch provided. Schedule your Free Memory Assessments on their mobile unit June 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office today! Window Tinting. Join friends and neighbors on June 14 at noon for an afternoon of refreshments learning about the benefits of tinting your home windows. Tinting is a cost-effective way to improve comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency in your home. Sign up today online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LAUGHTER YOGA Wednesday May 29, 6 pm Come join yoga instructor, Kim for some fun and the newest twist on Yoga. There is no charge for this class but donations are suggested. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LORRIE'S SUMMER LINE DANCE CLASSES Come join us this May as we reset our Beginner Class, nice and slow, at 1 pm on Thursdays at the HFC (the class on May 16 will be held at the Clubhouse due to the Potluck). If you are interested in learning, it's easier if you start at the beginning. Each class will build on previous dances. If you have line dancing experience, the 2 pm class may be your class. We do more advanced dances that may have tags and restarts. Line Dancing is very good exercise and good for your memory. All dances can be modified to accommodate dizziness, bad knees or hips. Everyone can enjoy line dancing! Come join us this Summer. New! BINGOCIZE® combines the game of Bingo with exercise! Have fun being active and social while learning techniques to reduce falls.Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays June 4 through August 15 from 11 am to noon at the Clubhouse Ballroom (no class July 4 or 9). Participants must be 60 or older. No new participants may join after the second session even if registered. Minimum 8 participants required. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. Not designed for beginners. Tap Jammers will be on hiatus for the months of June, July, August, and September.
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MAY 14 & 28 | 5 to 8 PM MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH As the most common cancer in the United States, new skin cancer cases are diagnosed at a rate of at least 5 million cases per year. And while it is a very common cancer, it doesn’t have to be! In fact, skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers of today. One of the best hopes for helping to lower incidences of skin cancer is to inform the public and raise awareness about this disease and the important steps to take toward prevention. This is the purpose behind Skin Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most important messages to send in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month is arming and equipping the public on how to prevent skin cancer. Check out some of these ways to get started lowering the risk: Skin Cancer Prevention Starts with You! Get the Facts About Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and worldwide. If you catch skin cancer early enough, you can be A-OK. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than 5 sunburns. Every hour, more than 2 people die of skin cancer. Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of melanoma by 50%. 9 Ways You Can Protect Your Skin 1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. 4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. 2. Don’t get sunburned. 3. Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds. 5. Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months. 6. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/ UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. 7. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. 8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. 9. See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam. ©2021 The Skin Cancer Foundation A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization [EIN: 13-2948778] For more information, visit SkinCancer.org Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. These are some things you can do to prioritize mental health. • Take five. Take a deep breath and relax. Even five minutes to take care of yourself can help. • Be active. Take a walk, stretch, or exercise. • Connect with others. Reach out to friends and family. Talk about your feelings with others. • Reach out to clergy or others in your faith community. • Get help from a professional. Talk to a healthcare provider about how you are feeling. Make an appointment with a counselor. • Unwind and enjoy your favorite activities. • Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with better overall health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm. We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day. This health observance encourages women and girls to make their health a priority by caring for your physical, mental, social, and emotional health. There’s a lot that you can do: • Talk with Your Health Providers and Make and Keep all Healthcare Appointments • Enjoy a Healthy and Balanced Diet • Get Active • Prioritize Mental Health • Practice Healthy Behaviors THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem.
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BODY MIND SOUL CLUBHOUSE WATER AEROBICS: TUESDAYS — SATURDAYS AT 8:30 AM FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION SESSION: MONDAYS AT 3 PM — EMAIL YOGAWINTERHAVEN@GMAIL.COM TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK CHAIR YOGA: TUESDAYS AT 9 AM THURSDAYS AT 11:30 AM $5/CLASS (PAYABLE AT CLASS) NO EQUIPMENT REQUIRED YOGA (TO DVD) IN THE BALLROOM WEDNESDAYS AT 8:45 AM VIBES DRUMBEAT SESSIONS THURSDAYS MAY 2 - JUNE 6, 10 AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE PAVILION ZUMBA AT THE HFC SPORTS COURT - WEDNESDAYS, 5:25 — 6:25 PM. $5 HFC AQUA ZUMBA - FRIDAYS, 5:30 TO 6:15 PM, $5 BEGINNING CHAIR & BALANCE: MONDAYS AT 10 AM CLASSICAL STRETCH: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 11 AM AQUA MOTION: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 4 PM BACK TO BASICS: FRIDAYS AT 9 AM GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA: THURSDAYS, 11 AM AQUA RELOADED: MONDAYS AT 12 PM, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS AT 10 AM CARDIO SWING & YOGA COOL: TUESDAY & THURSDAYS AT 9 AM TRIPLE B (BAT WINGS, BELLIES, & BULGES): WEDNESDAYS AT 9 AM BASIC FITNESS & CARDIO: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 10 AM ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, international, and contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. AQUA ZUMBA integrates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, blending it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. 38 simply HEALTHY CLUBS CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Our first meeting of the season was in October and seven months later we held the last meeting in April. Where has the time gone? In February many of us participated in “The Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show” and many club members took home award ribbons. Guest speakers educated us on interesting topics and club members further enlightened us on fun topics. Members sharing their knowledge was appreciated and enjoyed and will hopefully continue next season. A big thank you to Renee Schupp for her work on the club Facebook page and the photo challenges she presented. Dennis Krupinski was a real asset in assisting with the monthly meetings. Member participation in meetings and activities made it enjoyable. A special thank you to my wife Joanne who took good notes and help keep me on track. Enjoy the summer and capture some interesting photographs to share with our members and perhaps even enter into next year’s show. Thank you for your support, see you in the fall. CHESS CLUB Gary Winfr ey (pictured left) and Howard Mayne of the LA Chess Club have worked with Winter Haven Library to establish the "Chess Meet-up." This very informal group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Winter Haven Library. Participants range from 5 years old to 85 years old, from rank beginners to seasoned veterans (and experienced teachers). If you want to dip your toe into the world of chess, this is a friendly place to start. It is also perfect for brushing away cobwebs for lapsed players! The LA Chess Club meets every Thursday in the HFC Poker Room at 1:30 pm. For more information, contact Howard Mayne (howard.mayne@gmail.com or 603-285 5640). 39 GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The May meeting for the Genealogy Club will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. We have a special lesson for this meeting. We will learn about a new website where we can find unindexed records on the Family Search website. It's a brand new website in the beta stage. We can be on the "ground floor" of this new technology involving AI. Come and see what it's all about. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. Be there or be square. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting May 2 in-person only at HFC Community Center. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. Speakers will Marcus Wright, Jr. and Bernnie Brandt, candidates for Polk County School Board. For more information, please email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Bud Colburn The Lake Ashton Republican Club is scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in the Clubhouse Ballroom beginning at 3:30 pm for sign-in and social time. The meeting will start at 4. Derrick Blue, COO of BizLINC is our guest speaker. BizLINC, is a business incubator in Lake Wales' historic northwest neighborhood and provides local entrepreneurs the tools to succeed. Guests are welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Now that we are looking forward to a consistent spring and eventually summer, the Singles Club is making plans for activities, and we would love for you to join us on the first Sunday of every month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (next meeting is May 5). We will have a meeting first to make plans for the month, and then play
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cards. Five Crown, or bring a new game to teach us. After cards we go somewhere for dinner, as a group. But that’s not all we do. The Third Thursday of every month at 4 pm is a Mingle, held at the Pavilion. We bring what we would like to drink, plus an appetizer or dessert to share, and just enjoy visiting. Sometime during the month we go somewhere for lunch or dinner as a group. We also help each other, so if someone has a need, we have a list of volunteers. The Club also has a charitable project — twice a year we adopt senior “orphans” and provide them with gifts that they are hoping for — usually these gifts are very basic, like pajamas, or a shower chair. Senior “orphans” are older people in nursing or assisted living homes who have no family to help them. They are pre-screened by social services in Polk County. We are adopting six senior orphans for Christmas in July, and we did 12 for Christmas last December. We hope you will join us. LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents spreading acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to provide the right message at just the right time. We had a lot of fun working with the residents at Water’s Edge just in time for Easter. We shared how to paint cute bunnies and one resident even painted a cow! The residents seemed to have enjoyed the time with the Rockers and trying a new activity. Our group has had a great turnout for the recent meetings. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful rocks. There are lots of ways to paint and the group is always happy to share tips and techniques. Please note new meeting times: Meet in the HFC Community Center from 1 to 3 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The first Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The third Wednesday is a “Free Paint and Newcomers Session”. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session so it’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. It means a lot for us to see where our rocks go. SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola Greetings to all neighbors from New York! The May gathering will be on May 10 (changed from the 17th) at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom for a dessert and game night. Dessert and games will be supplied. Please bring $2 for dessert and quarters to play left, right, center. This will be our last gathering until September! Newbies: Please send your contact information (name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY) to Deirdre Knapp (auntdeda@hotmail.com) We look forward to seeing lots of “old” and new faces on May 10. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh Duplicate bridge is played on Monday at 12:45pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The game is open to all residents regardless of skill level. Participants should have some experience playing bridge plus a partner is required. We have approximately 60 players in the group and can assist new players in finding a partner. Advance registration is encouraged and can be done by using the Red Book in the card room or by contacting Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com to register or receive more information. March 18: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Pat Foster; 2nd Chris Verges & Don Fuller; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat; 3rd Nancy Golding & Cheryl Tillman March 25: North-South 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Pat Foster & Ralph Ritter; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Nancy Golding & Cheryl Tillman; 3rd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat April 1:1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 2nd Marge Kniat & Dana Griffiths; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 4th Keith Stevens & Liz Smith; 5th Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar April 8: 1st Pat Foster & Ralph Ritter; 2nd Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 4th Howard Mayne & Jeff Wilkinson; 5th Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The LAVA Auxiliary is having their meeting on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse near the stage. Consider attending a meeting. At our March meeting the LAVA Auxiliary was presented with a beautiful plaque by Dan Dimarco, founder of Soldiers Freedom Outdoors (SFOA). The plaque was handcrafted by a veteran. SFOA provides eco therapy (nature therapy such as kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and more) to hundreds of soldiers and their families. Thank you, neighbors, for your support! BOWS! BOWS! The entire month of May is dedicated to remembering our veterans. Bows are still for sale — call Lynne Abbott at 518-729-0400 or Chris Graves at 863-514-5368. This year's charity for the Craft Fair is Operation New Uniform (ONU). Operation New Uniform empowers active duty service members, veterans and military spouses to successfully transition from military life to purposeful, stable careers. This is done at either their Tampa or Jacksonville facility and/or virtual Mark your calendars for the Craft Fair October 26. There will be 3 lotto trees. Each tree will have $100 of scratch offs. In addition to the Lotto Trees and the Ballroom being filled with crafters, we will have baked goods for sale along with hotdogs and chips.
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The Lake Ashton Swim Club can help you stay fit and become water safe. According to Good Housekeeping, swimming and water exercise offers multiple benefits as it provides a whole-body workout, promotes a healthy heart, improves lung capacity, tones and strengthens muscles, allows for low impact exercise which is particularly beneficial to those recovering from surgery or who have joint conditions, supports weight management, reduces body fat, improves mental health, and promotes quality sleep. A study by the Red Cross found that the majority of parents and grandparents cannot swim well enough to save a child or grandchild in trouble in the water. LASC offers group water workouts 3 times a week - Mondays 6-7pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm, Saturdays 10-11am. For more info contact instructor/ coach sandyw1994@aol.com. The LASC would again like to thank the LA Garden Club for their great job beautifying the pool area and maintaining the plants. We also thank all those who contributed plants and pots. LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino This month we shine a spotlight on Meals on Wheels volunteers, John & Susan Stewart Originally from Indiana, John and Susan have resided in the Winter Haven area for 56 years and have been Lake Ashton residents since 2007. John and Susan have been Meals on Wheels volunteers for over four years, delivering meals four days a week, about 4 hours per day, a different route each day. “We consider it a blessing to visit with and deliver meals to about 70 people each week” Susan said. Meals on Wheels Polk receives no state or federal funding. It sustains through community-based charity and volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: kitchen preparation/packaging, clean-up, meal delivery, thrift store clerks and administrative services. If you are considering becoming a delivery volunteer for one (or The Lake Ashton Travelers had a wonderful rally not far from here at The Resort at Canopy Oaks off Highway 60. From March 26 to 29 they were busy with tons of games and competitions as well as swimming, crafting, and socializing. The rally included pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce ball and corn hole tournaments which were very popular with their mixed team format. Each evening the games included Trivia, Pictionary and Bingo with prizes including Charm City gift cards. They found out during Pictionary there were not many good artists but many great guessers. An ice cream social and roasting marshmallows were just the icing on the cake! In April they head out to Sarasota and in May they will be journeying up to Savannah, Georgia. Sound like fun? New members are joining every month. They would love to have any other Lake Ashton residents who enjoy “camping” to join with your rig and become a member of the LA Travelers. For answers to any questions contact Maureen Sim at 863-604-0309. more) days a week, John and Susan invite you on a ride along with them. Please consider joining Lake Ashton Friends of Meals on Meals (“LA FOMOW”) to help promote this very deserving non-profit organization in our community. To become a member or for more information please email lafomow@gmail.com. LA TRAVELERS By Laurie Cayton Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad is well prepared and supports his facts with many examples. He is reliable and ethical. Brad zeroed in on the strongest features to sell my parents’ home and highlighted them with the write-up and the photography. He changed the furniture around and made it more attractive. He recommended a painter and a repairman. Both were high quality and reasonably priced….. He always took my calls and always responded to my texts. When an offer came in, he explained it in detail and helped it move forward. He worked well with the other Realtor and stayed on top of incorrect details till they were resolved. He continually guided the process and clearly communicated. Brad Kirwan is a remarkable and professional Realtor. He is easygoing, witty and smart. It was a great experience and a privilege to work with him! Steele Family 16 March 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 43
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GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa Thanks to auto dealers: Central Buick GMC, Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven, Hill Nissan, Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Ridge Quality Motors, Weikert Ford, and Cardi Auto Sales. April in the golf world means The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club where some 350 full-time employees spend much of the year preparing for this iconic tournament. The planning and ultimate payoff, financially and reputationally, are enormous. The LAMGA Member-Guest, nowhere near the magnitude of The Masters, has its own challenges in planning and execution. Though the Member-Guest came and went in March, the LAMGA board already is setting sights on next year. Toward that end, the board asked the 60 participating members in the tournament to answer an online satisfaction survey. Seventy percent of them responded and gave the event an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5, with compliments for the organization and value for the $175 entry fee. Other aspects of the event, such as food, gifts, raffle prizes and suggestions for next year’s featured gift – this year was golf shoes – gave the board plenty of input to build into planning for 2025. Written comments included recommendations for pace of play and course conditions. The LAMGA board gleaned useful feedback from the survey and expressed its appreciation in a follow-up distribution of the results to the participants. Featured LAMGA event in May: A Cinco de Mayothemed lunch following the May 8 weekly game – Pick Your Partner. Look for the signup sheet on the LAMGA bulletin board in the pro shop. Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: The leaderboard through the end of March is: 1) Darrell Reid $85.75; 2) Pat O'Neil $82.75; 3) Mike Krigelski $78; 4) Alan Gasner $62.25. The figures represent their accumulative 2024 winnings, paid out in Pro Shop credits. The challenge runs through October with prize payouts going to the top finishers. Sponsors’ salute: The April article thanked our signature LAMGA sponsors that donated amounts above the norm. This installment dives into the remaining list and will continue through the year. LAKE ASHTON WOMEN’S INTERCLUB TEAM By Liz Leigh The Lake Ashton Women’s Interclub Team of four (Vicki Andrew, Donna Larsen, Liette Hebert, and Liz Leigh - captain) placed 6th in the FSGA Women’s Interclub State Tournament in St. Augustine, competing against 13 other teams. It took a whole team to get to the finals at and we want to recognize our major sponsor – Huston Cadillac and our other sponsors, Terri Mattocks from Lake Ashton Realty, and the Lake Ashton Pro Shop. Players Sandra Lancaster, Barb Reid, T. Utting, Vicki Andrew, Lisa Kennedy, Bev Hines, Donna Larsen, Jan Baun. Below: Margie Dersham, Liz Leigh (Captain), Liette Hebert. Not shown: Deb Louder, Rose Dudeck LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt With the summer season revving up and our winter friends departing, the LA Niners look forward to a little slower pace and a fun season of golf. Closing day ceremony and luncheon was held on April 2 with a fun four person scramble from the orange flags. A delicious lunch followed at the Eagles Nest. Outgoing officers, Janet Mutz, President and Marti Schmidt, Secretary, were bid farewell. The 2024 – 2025 offers were announced: Denise Lacaprucia, President; Sharron Murphy, Vice President, Mary Lou Jameson, Treasurer; and Sandy Hockenberry, Secretary. (continued)
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Summer season began April 9 and runs through September 24. As the name suggests, LA Niners play nine holes of golf Tuesday mornings, and is open to any female golfer who resides in Lake Ashton, from beginners to well-seasoned golfers. Applications are available at the Pro Shop. Lunch with Friends at the Eagle’s Nest, will follow a round of Individual Low Gross/Low Net golf on May 14. LALGA By Beverly Hines LALGA Closing Luncheon and Awards was held on April 9 with 64 members participating. Thank you to Dori Krogman and her committee for an excellent event. The game for the day was a 1-2-3 Shamble followed by a delicious luncheon and closing meeting at the Eagles Nest. New members (Karen Bester, Lisa Hagel, Liette Hebert, Judy Steury) were recognized and welcomed to the group. Congratulations to all the winners of not only the game event, but for the season. 103 gift cards to the Pro Shop/Eagles Nest were awarded to members for their accomplishments totaling $1735 in prize money. There were 95 members in the League of which 74 made at least one birdie to earn a Birdie pin; Vicki Andrew earned an Eagle pin. Other awards for games played throughout the Winter Season (November thru mid-April) included: Ringers (32 awards presented) and Weekly Results Point System (41 awards presented). One of the most prestigious awards, Overall Most Improved went to: Carole Ferrieri, Combo Flight 2; Kay Hwang, Combo Flight 1; Kim Kutsch, Blue Tees Flight 4; Patti Zakrajsek, Blue Tees Flight 3; Lydia Fichtman, Blue Tees Flight 2; Donna Larsen, Blue Tees Flight 1. Special thanks to Char Walter for her outstanding job of record keeping during the season and presenting the awards to all the winners. During the closing luncheon, election results were announced. Congratulations to Margie Dersham who will serve as President and Sandra Lancaster who will serve as Secretary beginning June 1. A special thank you to Jackie Tressler, our outgoing President and 46 Margie, our current Secretary for a job well done. Although the season has ended, the league weekly Tuesday games will continue. LALGA will sponsor a two-day summer Tournament, July 8th & 9th. Look for further information next month and on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop. The yearlong Red Hoagland Challenge will conclude at the end of May. Current standings are 1st Place – Liz Leigh, 2nd Place – Bev Hines, 3rd Place – Char Walter, and 4th Place – Mary Lou Wheat. BLUE MAN GROUP MEMBERMEMBER TOURNAMENT By Bill Bothwell The Blue Man Murray Zacharia 2024 Member-Member Golf Tournament ended with a great luncheon and awards ceremony at the Eagle’s Nest on April 10. The Blue Men were honored to have Murray’s wife Linda and son Seth in attendance as well as his close friends Scott Merrill, John Candler, and Bruce Collina. The competition presented two contrasting and challenging weather environments, with day one featuring 50 mph wind gusts, with remarkable scores considering the conditions. Congratulations to the winning teams: Flight One Low Gross - Randall Carpenter + Don Tuttle 139 Low Net - Dana Fernande + Alex Sobchuk 127.7 2nd Low Net - Terry Queen + Bob Harrison 128 3rd Low Net – Clive Greeff + Randy Meuser 131.5 Flight Two Low Gross – Tom Prindiville & Larry Eason 149 Low Net – Clarence Bristow + Ed Castellanet 133.3 2nd Low Net – Rick Amirault + Richard Burns 137.6 3rd Low Net – Mike Costello + Ray Makovec 139.4 The Blue Man Group thanks Head Golf Pro Ian Pederson and his staff for their help in organizing this tournament and Sandra Goodwin and the Eagle’s Nest staff for their hospitality, assistance, and a wonderful luncheon.

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES May Issue Deadline: April 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, 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. APRIL 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). APRIL 1 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Coffee with the City of Lake Wales Mayor Jack Hilligoss • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, Horizon Wealth APRIL 8 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Polk County Roads Updates • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, TECO APRIL 15 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - LACDD BOARD MEETING • Peanut Butter Monday — Donations of nonperishables will go to the Havendale Food Pantry. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Clubhouse Activities Office. APRIL 22 • Featured Speaker: Coffee with City of Winter Haven Commissioner Brad Dantzler and the WH Economic Development Council. • Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid APRIL 29 • Featured Speakers: Polk Museum of Art and AdventHealth • Featured Vendor: TECO IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 20 MIND & BODY 32 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD April 15, 9 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD April 19, 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Get fresh poultry, fish, and beef every Wednesday in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. There are always new specials on the board! BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! SEASONAL RESIDENTS AND SUMMER TRAVELERS If you will be away for the summer, please stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to sign up and pay for a seasonal subscription ($5 monthly; $8 monthly international). The newsletter is also published electronically on lakeashtoncdd.com and sent out via 5 Mental sharpness comes from being around wise people. A meeting of the minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires discussion partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought. People who focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion; people who know how to attack the thought, and not the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper! - Alex Fuertes, Maintenance Supervisor email blasts weekly. There is also a Summer Checklist at the Clubhouse Media Center to assist in making sure everything is taken care of before departure. NEW RESIDENT ORIENTATION The next new resident orientation will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on April 3 at 2 pm. Get introduced to the community and meet other new residents and community leaders. Sign up online or at either Activities Office. Club, group and organization facilitators who would like to set up an information table at the New Resident Orientation should email Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com to reserve a table. LOST AND FOUND Lost and Found is located at the Clubhouse Office in the Clubhouse and can be accessed during office hours. Items are donated to local charities if not picked up after 3 months. HIGHLIGHT YOUR CULTURE Lake Ashton is full of vibrant cultures, which is one of the many things that makes this community so great! We are reaching out to the groups in the community to see if they would like to work with Clubhouse and HFC staff to put together activities highlighting the culture they represent. Interested in participating? Contact Caroline Lane (clane@lakeashtoncdd.com) and Krystle Funk (kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com).
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JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT GUESTS (CHANGES EFFECTIVE 1/19/24) • All Guests, regardless of age, must register with the office of the Amenity Manager and sign a waiver of liability prior to using the Amenity Facilities. • The Patron inviting the Guest must be present upon registration, unless other arrangements have been made with the Amenity Manager’s office. • A Guest is limited to 12 Guest Registrations per year. • Guest passes may be issued for a maximum of fifteen (15) consecutive days as correlated with the guest’s length of stay and may only be extended once for a maximum of thirty (30) total consecutive days. • A Guest cannot be registered for more than sixty (60) total days in a 365-day period. • A Guest’s ability to be registered may be reviewed by an Amenity Manager if exceeding the standards listed above. • All Guests under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied at all times while using the Amenity Facilities by a parent, guardian, or adult Patron over twenty-one (21) years of age. • Patrons are responsible for ensuring that their Guests adhere to the Policies set forth herein and any and all actions taken by said Guest. Violation by a Guest of any of these Policies as set forth by the Districts could result in loss of that Patron’s privileges and membership as set forth in Section VI – Suspension and Termination of Privileges. The full Joint Amenity Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com. 6 PARKING REMINDER 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. Under no circumstance should vehicles park in the circular drive. It is for golf cart parking only. SECURITY TRANSITION UPDATE Don't worry, you haven't missed anything! Please stay tuned to email for details on an upcoming informational session for residents to get more information on the new system and to get some of your questions answered. Although we understand it is hard to ask questions about a system that is new, to help prepare for this informational session residents are encouraged to send any questions they may have at this time to smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com. These questions will be sent to Securitas to ensure they are addressed during the informational session. Any questions that are personal in nature will be addressed outside of the informational session. There will be a limited amount of time for questions during the session. Securitas is continuing to install the equipment needed for the system to function. A sample of the RFID tag and Amenity Access Card is on display in the Clubhouse Media Center and HFC Activities Desk. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions. Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 10 and 12. Residents can also contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells, or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson with questions. KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors to the Wood Shop (near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Drive) between 8:30 and 10 am on April 8. Please wrap in newspaper & identify with your name and phone number. Thank you for supporting this fundraising project. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali Lake Ashton is a great community with more options on living our lives than we’ve ever imagined. As we get older, we are starting to think about the next step. Do we move into a continuing care health facility or can we stay here at Lake Ashton as we age? It would be nice to have a forum of residents with similar thoughts to try and put together a list of needs as we become less able to help ourselves. Such items as what kind of in-house care options are available and the cost? Is there a public transportation network to take us to doctors or grocery shopping? What are the costs? There are many more items; some unique to the individual, couple, or widow/widower. All of these needs have to be identified. I was hoping that a forum of concerned residents could identify these needs and then, hopefully, a core group of residents could help find answers and contacts. Maybe vendors with the right qualifications could give us presentations on the products and costs. If anyone is interested in working with us to get this program started, please contact us at: tscali41@gmail.com or 561-512-2961. An organizational meeting has been set up for April 11 from 4 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. 2024 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION Lake Wales residents can vote in the next Commission election on April 2 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. 7 VOLUNTEERS WANTED! Are you interested in meeting new people? Are you interested in helping residents with signing up for events on Ticketleap? If you answered yes to these questions, we would love to have you complete an application to be an Activities Desk volunteer at the Clubhouse. Stop by Monday- Friday from 9 am - 5 pm to complete an application for review. LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included 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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HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger April 15 is Tax Day, and the last day to collect donations for these deserving students. We are still in need of donations of money or gift cards or domestic items. The Clubhouse and HFC have items listed on papers in both activity racks. No donation is too small. Your donations so far have proved your generosity. But the demand keeps growing as I write this. As Dr. Caba stated at Monday Coffee on March 4, "because of YOU these youths will SUCCEED!” Their graduation party will take place April 24th. Hopefully they will all leave with a laptop to start college, domestic items to help them through the summer and gift cards for food, and some scholarships if enough donations. Contact Doris at 217-652-6636 with questions stop by Monday Coffee through April 8. In closing, enjoy all your families parties for a true accomplishment of graduation. SHUFFLIN’ SQUARES HELP AREA HOMELESS HS SENIORS Keith Stevens (left) writes a check for $750 from Shufflin’ Squares Monday Coffee sales to Polk County Schools for the benefit of homeless High School seniors. Shufflin’ Squares has been contributing annually to this project for more than five years. A portion of the proceeds of Monday coffee sales goes to the project. Receiving the check are Vickie Griffis from the Polk County Schools and motivational speaker Dr. Julio Caba at Monday coffee on March 4. BLOODMOBILE A total of 13 units of blood was collected in February. Each blood donation can save up to three lives so that means 39 patients will benefit from blood donations by donors at Lake Ashton. Next date: April 15 in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot from 8:30 to 11 am. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 8 Tax-efficient withdrawal strategies from retirement accounts Managing Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) Estate planning considerations for retirees Exploring Roth conversions for tax diversification and potential long-term benefits Tuesday 4/9/24 Smokin Ox BBQ *Lunch Provided 1pm Lake Ashton HFC 6052 Pebble Beach Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884 SPEAKER: Michael Kennedy Financial Advisor REGISTER TODAY 863-340-6225 Horizon Wealth Planning 1950 Cypress Gardens Blvd Suite C Winter Haven, Fl 33884 Tasha.Saca@horizonwealthplan.com Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax advice. You should discuss any tax matters with the appropriate professional. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA / SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.. Horizon Wealth Planning is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. 9
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Supervisors and Staff would like to wish residents a belated Happy Easter and Happy Passover. 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 meetings via Zoom, and keeping up to date with community happenings through email blasts. For those remaining in Lake Ashton throughout the summer, Staff is working hard to create a fun summertime activities schedule including our first ever Summer Locals Concert Series featuring local bands playing at the Clubhouse and HFC from May - September. Check out the schedule on page 28. April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate those who dedicate their time to be stewards of this community. This is a perfect time to recognize and say thank you to the volunteers who work hard to ensure Lake Ashton maintains its reputation of being “Simply the Best.” When you are bowling in a league be sure to thank the volunteer pinsetter. Next time you grab a book from the Media Center, thank a member of the Library Committee for ensuring this amenity is well organized and ready for use. When purchasing a ticket at the Activities Desk, thank the volunteer that helps you find a perfect seat. Next time you attend a Club, Group, or Organization function be sure to thank the facilitator for their hard work. There is so much more that goes into planning activities and events than is realized at times. These volunteers, among hundreds of others, work hard to ensure residents, like themselves, have an enjoyable experience at Lake Ashton. See page 22 for information on a special event for volunteers. A budget workshop and regular board meeting was held on March 25. The board reviewed the updated Reserve Study. During this time of year Supervisors and Staff are actively working on the preliminary 2025 budget. Residents are encouraged to attend both LACDD and LAIICDD meetings to be part of the budgeting process and let your opinions be heard. A wrap up report of actions taken at the March meeting was sent out on March 28. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom The 2024 Entertainment Series is now complete and WOW, what a season! Staff and the Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group are working hard on picking entertainment for the 2025 season that is just as good, if not better, than this season (although that will be a difficult task). March was full of many resident events, from the 16th Annual Fine Arts and Photography Show to the LA Purple Stars Walk for a Cure and St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser and LAPAC's Annual Community Showcase, to name a few. Lake Ashton residents are truly amazing, not only because of their immense amount of talent, but their willingness to help those in need. I am so grateful to be your Community Director! Lake Ashton is and will always be "Simply the Best.” 10 Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3 YEAR Bumper to Bumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2024 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always o!ering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the di!erence, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 11
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LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10 am 352.250.9707 alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com April has arrived, and Spring is upon us, with higher temperatures and longer days! March was a very busy month that had many activities all our residents enjoyed. One of which was the Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch, who presented an Afternoon with Sheriff Grady Judd at the Health and Fitness Center. This standing-room-only event gave our residents a chance to hear issues involving public safety from the county’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Our thanks to the Neighborhood Watch for hosting this event at the HFC. The Lake Ashton LA Purple Stars Cancer Group hosted a sold-out “St Paddy’s Day” dance, where everyone displayed an extensive “wearing of the green” and revelry for all. We also hosted two outstanding seminars: Vertigo and Balance, and Safeguard Your Retirement. Both seminars were well attended and, in fact, the Vertigo Seminar has been scheduled again due to the overwhelming response. April is promising to be a busy month as well with a repeat of the Vertigo and Balance Seminar on April 23, which was so successful in March. Elvis will be returning to the HFC on April 12, for an evening of great entertainment. This is an excellent opportunity for all Lake Ashton Elvis fans to relive some of the great songs of the “King” himself. So mark your calendars, as Elvis will be in the building! April is also Volunteer Appreciation Month, and our Community Directors, James and Christine, are planning an event to recognize all of our resident volunteers. Many activities, programs, or services, would not be possible without the outstanding support of all our volunteers who freely give of their time. We salute you! The Lake Ashton II Community Development District Board met and approved the repair and rehabilitation of the indoor pool ceiling. We will notify residents well in advance when this will be done as it will impact usage of the pool. Residents are also reminded the District will be entering our budget cycle, and the meetings are an excellent forum for you to receive updates and voice your opinions on Board issues. April brings Easter and Spring Break, with many family members visiting. We remind you all to register your guests, and to remember the age restrictions for operating golf carts in our community. We look forward to seeing all of you at the HFC to enjoy the many events that have been planned for the month of April! 12 EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Gaillardia pulchella is an excellent pollinator flower. It attracts bees, butterflies and birds. to be engaged and volunteer to maintain its beauty. Interested in ARC? Contact Mike Wilson at arc@lakeashtonhoa.org or 863-325-0065 option 2. Interested in Compliance? Contact: David Muller at vp@lakeashtonhoa.org or 863-325-0065 option 3. Known most commonly as the blanket flower, this daisy like flower can grow to the height of 12 to 18 inches and easily spreads. It is easy to grow and has a long blooming season here in Central Florida. Its red or yellow petals are best from midspring to late summer. Dividing this plant will encourage it to become fuller and last longer. Blanket flowers thrive best in full sun. Gaillardias sold at many retail outlets usually are nonnative. It’s best to purchase from a catalog or nursery specializing in Native Species. This species tolerates the sandy soil and dry conditions in our area. You’ll also find that it’s a winner in hard to grow spots. Make sure to plant where it can easily spread for the best “wow” factor. You’ll be rewarded with beneficial visitors of butterflies, bees and birds because of it’s excellent nectar. LA (LW) HOA CORNER - FIRST QUARTER REVIEW By Brenda Jackson Happy Spring everyone! April sees the beginning of the annual migration of our snowbirds and we wish you safe travels, you will be missed! ARC and Compliance committees need volunteers. Did you know the ARC committee is required by our bylaws? We have to have one and if we cannot fill it with volunteers, we would have to hire a 3rd party company, who does not know us, to come in and manage this process. We have tried this before and it did not go well. Our Compliance committee is here to help us understand and know the CC&Rs and ARC guidelines. Remember, this is your community and requires all of us Our Annual Meeting was scheduled for February 25. Unfortunately, we did not have the attendance to reach a quorum so the meeting did not occur. Let’s thank our new Board members listed below for volunteering their time and efforts in helping us and our community: There is one board seat open. If anyone is interested in learning more or joining, contact president@lakeashtonhoa.org. Didn’t receive an email invite to sign up for the website? Email admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 option 1. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson arc@lakeashtonhoa.org • Website: lakeashtonhoa.com • ARC Requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton/la LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2 14 Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer Vultures are Florida's clean-up crew. At Lake Ashton we have both Turkey Vultures (above) and Black Vultures (left); and they can be seen soaring high above on thermals. On the ground they appear large and homely. The Turkey Vulture gets its name from a vague resemblance to a Wild Turkey with its red head and large body. In flight it can be identified by its two-toned wing pattern held in a shallow V (right). The Black Vulture has a black head and appears to be wearing formal white gloves in flight (left); its white legs and feet are easily visible when perched. The Turkey Vulture is the larger of the two. The Black Vulture has a shorter tail and shorter, broader wings. The Turkey Vulture rocks side to side in flight seldom flapping whereas the Black Vulture does a lot of flapping with short glides. Both feed on carrion and Black Vultures scavenge in garbage dumps. WHAT FISH ARE LIVING IN LAKE ASHTON PONDS? Many Lake Ashton residents enjoy fishing in the community's ponds. Because of the frequency of herbicide and fertilizer treatments that may cause run-off into the ponds, the district has a catch and release policy for all fish caught. Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, channel catfish, and Tilapia are the most common fish species in ponds. Largemouth Bass are fun to catch and are a popular sport fish in the community. These fish are predators that need a lot of small fish to eat in order to stay healthy and grow. A Bluegill is an example of a prey species. Tilapia is an invasive fish native to Africa. This species is a warm-water fish that cannot survive in water temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Residents may notice dead Tilapia along their pond's shore line during cold spells. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. WILDLIFE ALERT - WATCH FOR ALL IGATORS Alligator courtship typically begins in early April, with mating occurring between May and June. Residents may notice male gators lifting their tails high and slapping the water with their jaws to create vibrations throughout the water during mating season. 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. FWC's Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 866.FWC.GATOR (392-4286). They will give you a reference number that will need to be provided to staff at the Clubhouse if the alligator is in a body of water in Lake Wales or to staff at the HFC if in a body of water in Winter Haven. 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. • Always give these reptiles a respectful distance — at least 10 feet — and always leave them alone. • Alligators are nocturnal (more active at 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 four feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. 15
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MOVI ES APRIL 3 — 4 (NO SHOWINGS APRIL 2) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM WONKA 2023 | PG | 1H 56MIN Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children's book and one of the best-selling children's books of all time, "Wonka" tells the wondrous story of how the world's greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. APRIL 9 — 11 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM NAPOLEON 2023 | R | 2h 38MIN A spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte's relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed. APRIL 16 — 18 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM DAMSEL 2024 | R | 1H 47MIN The damsel in distress story gets turned upside down as the dutiful Elodie (Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown) agrees to marry the handsome Prince Harry (Nick Robinson), only to find out that the royal family 18 has only recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Now, Elodie is at the bottom of a deep cave, trapped inside with a fire-breathing dragon with only her wits and will to make it out alive. APRIL 23 — 25 SPACEMAN 2024 | R | 1H 48MIN Six months into a solitary research mission to the edge of the solar system, an astronaut, Jakub (Adam Sandler), realizes that the marriage he left behind might not be waiting for him when he returns to Earth. Desperate to fix things with his wife, Lenka (Carey Mulligan), he is helped by a mysterious creature from the beginning of time he finds hiding in the bowels of his ship. Hanuš (voiced by Paul Dano) works with Jakub to make sense of what went wrong before it is too late. APRIL 30 — MAY 2 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PRISCILLA 2023 | R | 1H 53MIN When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla's long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED APRIL 5 11 AM, 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) FRIDA 2024 | R | 1HR 28MIN An intimately raw and magical journey through the life, mind, and heart of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Told through her own words for the very first time -- drawn from her diary, revealing letters, essays, and print interviews -- and brought vividly to life by lyrical animation inspired by her unforgettable artwork. APRIL 12 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM TRUE STORY 2015 | R | 1H 42MIN New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) loses his job when it's revealed that he was not entirely truthful in a cover story he wrote on contemporary slave trading in Africa. His world collapses even further when he learns he's a victim of identity theft; a man named Christian Longo (James Franco) assumed Finkel's name and stood accused of murdering his own family. Seeing a way to rebuild his shattered reputation, Finkel meets with Longo to hear his story. APRIL 19 11 AM, 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) THE STING 1973 | PG | 2H 9MIN Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan. APRIL 26 11 AM, 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) THE GOOD SHEPHERD 2006 | R | 2H 47MIN Discreet, idealistic and intensely loyal, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) finds that service in the OSS and later as a founding member of the CIA is the perfect career for a man of his talents. His methods become standard operating procedure for the CIA while he combats his counterparts in the KGB. But, as the country slips deeper into the Cold War, he finds that dedication to duty above family has a price. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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 Things: First: Larry Hillock Second: Jane Storrs Third: Joanne Hillock Creative: First: Julian Polgar Second: John Garner Third: John Garner Best In Show: John Candler 16TH ANNUAL LA FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW By Larry & Joanne Hillock We wish to thank all 470 residents who came to the show and hope you enjoyed it. You couldn’t have had free admission, entry, iced tea and cookies without the generosity of our sponsors: Bernie Pruitt, Hill Nissan sales consultant, Boyett Family Dentistry, The Gallery & Frame Shop, Kevin Weltlin, State Farm Agency, Snowbird Heating & Cooling, and the Tessier Law Firm. Our hardworking committee members and volunteers worked very hard to give you a pleasant experience: Steve Bachleda, Ann Boogher, Nancy Hallfin, Charles Inman, Sharon Makela, Marilyn Noffsinger, Lyn Rogers, and Larry and Joanne Hillock. PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS Pictorial: First: John Manifold Second: Alice Weissman Third: Steve Bachleda Honorable Mention: Carolyn Bishop, Julian Polgar Nature: First: Shelly Brodka Second: Barbara Comer Third: Shelly Brodka Honorable Mention: Brad Kirwan, John Candler, Barbara Comer People: First: Shelly Brodka Second: Sheri Garner Third: Carolyn Bishop Honorable Mention: Larry Hillock 20 FINE ARTS WINNERS Painting – Oil or Acrylic First: Cathy Libra Second: Linda Liabraater Third: Quinton Franklin Hoover Honorable Mention: John Kinch, Cynthia Kuibissa, Carol O’Brien Lyn Rogers Painting – Watercolor First: Patty Wallner Second: Barbara Staschke Third: Sill Wells Honorable Mention: Sil Wells Painting – Mixed Media First: Patty Wallner Second: Laura Borckardt Third: Kathy Williams Drawing/Illustration (pastels; colored pencils, pen & ink & graphic art) First: Becky Mistretta Second: Karen Knaub Third: Lyn Rogers Honorable Mention: Daniel Kjellsen Best In Show: Cathy Libra Again, thank you for attending and participating. We’ll see you next year. 21
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COMMUNITY SOCIAL JOHN MOORE'S RETIREMENT PARTY Please join us in celebrating John Moore's 18 years of POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: April 16, June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 BOOK TALK Have a conversation with Jeffrey Wilkinson PhD, one of the authors of the new book “The Wall Between” and Lake Ashton resident, April 5 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Card Room. This will be a FREE 90-minute session facilitated by another Lake Ashton resident, Dr. Gary Goldetsky. No need to have read the book prior to coming to the talk. If you don’t already have the book, they are available for $20 (email Jeff at drjeffreywilkinson@gmail.com) or pick one up at the Book Talk. Limit: 20 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPRING FLING We love our Lake Ashton Volunteers! YOU make Lake Ashton the wonderful place that it is! We have planned a wonderful invitation-only event on April 19 to show our heartfelt appreciation. Volunteers should have received an invitation via email with a link to sign up for a free ticket. You must sign up by April 15. Thank you for ALL that you do for Lake Ashton! Thank you to the following sponsors: Performance Golf Carts, ClimateGuard, Mortellaro Law, Waters Edge, WCM Construction and Roofing, Arts Golf Cars, Charm City, Yellowstone, and Dyer Kia. HFC: May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 teaching us line dancing on April 20 from 1 to 2 at the Pavilion. Stop by and let John know how much we appreciate all his hard work. PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish community of Lake Ashton would like to invite all residents to share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Monday, April 22 at 4:45 pm. Garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes, coffee and iced tea are included for only $23/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Office no later than April 12. Make check payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. 22 AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! sit pretty with SPRING SAVINGS TAKE $200 OFF ANY STRESSLESS® SEAT* BUY A 12” GEL MEMORY FOAM QUEEN MATTRESS GET A FREE BOX SPRING! Now through May 28, save $200 per seat on all Stressless® recliners, sofas, and sectionals!* NEW Stressless® seating. Yes, this includes Anna A3 Arm shown in Paloma Taupe/Walnut *Exclusions apply. See store for details. 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 23 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2024 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1525 3/24 100s OF ITEMS In Stock & Ready for Delivery!
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TRIVIA By David Fix Join your neighbors for an evening of fun and the chance to win some cash. Just $1 to play. Maximum of 8 per table. Come with your team or come join an open table. Note: Tables are not reserved and are available on a first-come first-filled basis. Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia begins promptly at 7. To be kept up-to-date on Trivia Nights, email lakeashtontrivia@gmail.com to be added to the database and receive e-mails announcing Trivia Night. Trivia will be held on April 7, 14 and 28. Hope you come join the fun! DENIM & DIAMONDS It’s time for the Clubhouse to host the annual ladies’ luncheon! Don your denim & diamonds and celebrate friendship, fellowship, and food May 17 at 11 am. There will be an array of female-owned businesses in attendance. All vendors will offer a discount for purchases made that day and there will be raffles throughout the event. A light lunch of a turkey croissant, spring berry salad, and petite desserts will be served along with non-alcoholic beverages. Comedian Shay Lowe will also perform. Purchase your tickets for $20 starting April 2. LAVA ARMED FORCES DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT By Bob Zelazny, Tournament Director Save the date! The Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) is sponsoring the 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 18. The tournament Is a scramble format, and open to all residents and guests regardless of if they have served in the military. Make your own team - all men, all ladies, or a combination. All members of a team do not have to identify with the same service. If you do not have a team, the Pro Shop will put one together for you. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for guests. The price includes your entry and lunch following the event. Proceeds will be used to fund LAVA activities and charitable donations throughout the year. Past years 24 have seen the chapter support a scholarship program for Junior ROTC cadets at Winter Haven and Lake Wales High Schools, Freedom Flights to Washington DC, “Wreaths Across America,” local veterans’ charities, “Last Mission,” “K9s for Vets” and goody packages to deployed service members. Additionally, these funds support Lake Ashton programs such as expansion/maintenance of the Memorial Park, flags on the boulevard program, and annual ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day. Please come out and join us to honor our country and veterans. Sign up at the Pro Shop beginning May 1. JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION By Lynda Hadley The Lake Ashton Black Heritage Club is very excited to host Lake Ashton’s very first Juneteenth Celebration on June 21, 2024! Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It serves as a day of reflection, remembrance, and celebration of African American culture and history, as well as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice. You won’t want to miss this celebration of freedom, prosperity and unity as we come together and enjoy exquisite soul food, great music and speakers who will shine a light on African American history, culture, and perseverance. Stay tuned for more details of this day of celebration that will benefit The African American Museum and underprivileged local school children. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE & HFC September 18 - CPR & AED Class at the Clubhouse September 27 - Line Dance-Palooza! At the Clubhouse November 2 - Fall Festival at the Clubhouse December 31 - New Year's Eve at the Clubhouse w/ 99 in the Shade
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Changes in Latitudes 2024 SHOWCASE THANK YOU By Karen Nelson Thank you Lake Ashton for your exuberant support of the Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation's (LAPAC) presentation of the 2024 Showcase, Changes in Latitudes. This Showcase was a celebration of fun, friendship, chilling out, and good times. Thank you to the Lake Ashton residents who participated in Changes in Latitudes - the performers, the technical, sound, light, backstage, set, construction, painting, costuming, ushering, hair and makeup crews, the vocal coaches, dance coaches - it actually takes more than a village to bring a Show like this to the stage. And a lot of dedicated time. Thank you to our Lake Ashton friends and neighbors who supported Changes in Latitudes by attending the Shows, hearing your applause just encourages us to continue! Thank you to sponsors. Thank you to the families of our Cast and Crew, your contributions may be unseen by most, but we know they are significant. Thank you to the Clubhouse Activities staff - Christine, Sheila, Caroline, Matt, Alex, and Angel. We make a great team. Thank you for allowing LAPAC to produce Changes in Latitudes, and showcase the vast talent of our Lake Ashton residents. Lake Ashton is, indeed, Simply the Best. BOLLA’ S 20TH ANNIVERSARY By Diane Dillon The members of BOLLA, Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton, celebrated 20 years and their impressive achievements with an Anniversary Luncheon on February 27. Members were greeted at the door by Treasurer, Amity Kokochak and Secretary Carolyn Stahl. Before a 26 delicious lunch, Chris Crane delivered a prayer, specially written for the occasion. After lunch, President Linda Warden started the festivities by thanking the members of BOLLA for their hard work giving special recognition to those with additional duties. Linda then read a note from Yvonne Makowski, founder of Binky Patrol, BOLLA’s predecessor organization. Yvonne provided a brief history of her experiences starting the Binky Patrol chapter in Lake Ashton. At that time, the group was totally self-funded by members. They later received a grant from Mr. Maxwell and from A.G. Edwards. This was ultimately followed by the first Trash to Treasure sale at Lake Ashton. Trash to Treasure, a popular and successful endeavor, continues as BOLLA’s major fundraiser today. After Linda’s remarks, and the important announcement that BOLLA has donated almost 18,000 blankets to children in need during the past 20 years, members were treated to a special surprise. Pat Neaves, BOLLA’s president for 11 years, joined the luncheon via Facetime! Pat talked about the change from Binky Patrol to BOLLA. She described the process of becoming a 501c recognized charity due to the painstaking efforts of BOLLA’s long time treasurer, Annabel Booger. Pat was thrilled to be able to ‘visit’ with members all through the ballroom, much to their delight. It was an enjoyable and memorable afternoon for all while continuing to emphasize BOLLA’s mission to provide warmth and comfort to Polk County’s children in need. In recognizing BOLLA’s past 20 years, a picture display was created. It is located in the Clubhouse Lobby for all to see. FREE ESTIMATES!!!! Call WCM Construc.on and Roofing, LLC For all your roofing needs!!! • Roof Replacement • Roof Repair • Roof Inspections 863-969-3722 www.warrencm.com Licensed & Insured CCC1332250, CBC1255292, CFC1431988 27
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SUMMER LOCALS CONCERT SERIES Clubhouse & HFC Jam out to these rad local bands with your friends & neighbors! 7 TO 10 PM MAY 24 ALMOST THERE JUNE 7 BIG TIME JUKEBOX JULY 26 HWY 41 AUGUST 30 RUSTY WRIGHT BAND SEPTEMBER 6 EKLECTIK HAZE 28 MAY 10 PRESSURE POINT JUNE 14 BAD HABIT AUGUST 9 TWO SMOOTH AUGUST 23 GOOD STUFF Ticket sales begin May 9. Purchase at corresponding Activities Desks. Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased online. $15 Tickets: CLUB HOUSE HFC Using Life Insurance to Create Intergenerational Wealth generations. Have you ever wondered how some families maintain their wealth over several generations? What’s their secret sauce? The answer may lie in using life insurance to establish a legacy that lasts over multiple generations. Determining if life insurance as an intergenerational wealth-building strategy is suitable for your family is the first step. Here are some other things to know about life insurance: Understanding Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance Term life insurance- Many people purchase a term life insurance policy because it’s cheaper. But term life insurance won’t help create wealth since it lasts only for a predetermined period. Once you outlive that term, the policy doesn’t exist anymore. Permanent life insurance- Permanent life insurance is a permanent, lasting insurance that lasts until death as long as premiums are paid. It’s more expensive but also has a cash value accumulation feature. The cash value grows over time, and when you pass away, your beneficiaries receive the policy’s face value and accumulation tax free. The cash value of permanent life insurance can be a source of retirement income when taken through policy loans. When you pass away, your beneficiaries receive the policy’s face amount minus any policy loans – taxfree. Commitment. Creating intergenerational wealth through life insurance is all about long-term commitment. If you start your policy at a younger age and consistently pay your premiums, the policy’s cash value may become a significant financial resource. You could use it for retirement or let it grow, leaving behind a substantial death benefit for your heirs. The premiums for permanent life insurance can be significantly higher compared to term life. However, if your goal is to build intergenerational wealth, the cost may be justified since it’s a strategy for building wealth for future Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 29 Understanding policy loans. Policy loans are the funds you can borrow against the cash value of your permanent life insurance policy. For instance, if a financial need arises, you could take up a policyholder loan instead of withdrawing from your retirement savings. The interest rate may be lower, and you may have flexibility over the repayment schedule. However, the death benefit may be reduced if the loan is outstanding and the policy owner dies. Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILIT). Using life insurance as a wealth creation strategy may involve irrevocable life insurance trusts. An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is a trust created during an insured’s lifetime that owns and controls a term or permanent life insurance policy or policies. We’ve already established that one life insurance benefit is its tax-free death benefit. However, if your estate is considerably large, it may be subject to estate taxes, including your life insurance proceeds. An ILIT can help keep your life insurance out of your taxable estate. Using this strategy, you can pass on more wealth to your heirs. Life insurance as part of your estate plan may be an appropriate strategy for creating intergenerational wealth. With your financial, legal, and insurance professionals’ help, you can objectively determine how to leverage life insurance for your intergenerational wealth creation goals. Just remember, as with any wealth-building plan, starting early is essential. SWG3054142-0823c The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. THINK & DRINK: PLATELET RICH PLASMA Learn about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), the amazing “liquid gold” that every person has flowing through their veins at this very moment, on April 12 at 6:30 pm. Carey Coco, nurse practitioner at Keep Moving Health, will explain how PRP is a widespread and very popular treatment for a variety of conditions including joint pain. She will explain the process behind this innovative treatment and answer any questions that you may have. You don’t want to miss this very intriguing medical Think & Drink, so sign up online today! Everyone will receive a free glass of wine at the event. Tea and water will be available as well. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays, 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone welcome. No charge. Mats or chairs available or bring your own. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (316-516-2815) Come join us in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:45 am Wednesdays for a relaxing hour of stretching, strengthening, and meeting new friends. There is no charge. WATER AEROBICS Facilitator: Mary Dornhecker Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am. Returns to the Clubhouse Pool April 2. 32 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Diet and exercise are the main staples for maintaining health and fitness, but there has always been some debate on which helps to maintain health and fitness better. Most of us view exercise as a way to build muscle strength and endurance. We don’t appreciate the additional benefits of exercise, like increasing bone density. This means we are less likely to break or fracture a bone if we should trip and fall. We also don’t appreciate the hormonal balancing aspect of exercise that will help us sleep better, reduce stress, and contribute to an overall feeling of wellness. Exercise also stresses the body in a way that causes it to become more resilient to infections and diseases. On the other hand, a nutrient-dense healthy diet leads to easier weight management and a plethora of health benefits to boot. From gut health that reduces bloating, gas and constipation, to immune function benefits that minimize allergic reactions and infections. Just about every body function will benefit from a healthy nutritious diet. Ideally, we should incorporate a balanced diet and exercise to support a healthy mind and body. But which one helps the most to maintain an ideal body weight? For most, diet is the most influential part of maintaining a health body weight. Because of the calorie-dense foods we consume; we tend to see faster results from dieting. The reason is simple when we look at the caloric value of typical food choices. For example, a morning donut can pack a whopping 300 calories. A burger and fries can easily contribute 500 or more calories to your diet. Conversely, walking a mile on a treadmill will burn an average of 100 calories. So, many will soon give up on exercise without appreciating the many health benefits to be gained. We should aim to balance nutrition with exercise in a way to fits our daily schedule. Save sweet treats for special occasions and do some level of exercise that increases your breath and heart rate for 15 minutes daily. Our goal is to ensure that what we do today will benefit us in the days to come. Keep moving! Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Complete Service You could not ask for a better agent. Brad followed up on every little issue, was present for all needs and even printed out documents for us when our printer was down. He is also a very nice guy to be around! Judy Saint-Sommer & Michael Hays 05 March 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 33
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FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES Friday, April 12, from 10 am to 1 pm & Friday, April 19 from 10 am to Noon at the Clubhouse Craft Room. During the first session you will create a beautiful set of wind chimes like those pictured. After Jill fires your creation, you will come back the next week to put your chimes together. (the 2nd class is optional if you want to put them together on your own) Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. CATCH A WAVE Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 9 pm at the Health & Fitness Center Craft Room. Create a truly unique 7” round fused glass wave suncatcher. Sign up at the HFC Front Desk with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. CREATE A CARD April 16, 10 am and 12:30 pm pm in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $12. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath (650-678-1174) and Marianne Morcone (860-712-9440) Join in the fun making cards on April 3. This class is for all levels. If you’ve never made cards before 34 BEADED FLOWERS Make two beautiful beaded flowers on April 30 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! The Art of Beading will give you step-by-step instructions as well as handson help at the class. All supplies and instructions will be included for $10, which will be announced via email blast. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. come try something new. All card materials to make 2 cards are provided for $5. Meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. You must register to attend, space is limited. Contact Marianne at mkegolfer@aol.com at 860-712-9440 or Judy at judy@judyridpath, 650-678-1174. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Make use of an old t-shirt you no longer wear while also celebrating Earth Day! On April 9 at 11:30 am Carmen will show you how to make reusable tshirt bags. If you don’t have a T-shirt, one will be provided for you at the class. All supplies and instructions will be included for $8 per person. Space is limited to 20 people, so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by April 2. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr April 13 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Bluebird & Dogwood $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on April 12 SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES Join resident crafter and floral enthusiast Pam Klawinski on May 7 at 11:30 am to make your very own unique seasonal décor! In this class, you will learn how to arrange seasonal colored florals on an 8x10 picture frame that will be interchangeable for every season and holiday! This month’s class will be for the Spring and Patriotic holidays. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class, you’ll need it! All instructions and needed materials will be provided for $16. Sign up by scanning the QR code on page 24, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by April 30. LUNCH & LEARN Annuities Unveiled & What Your Advisor Isn’t Telling You. Have annuities left you with questions that you would like answered? Get those questions answered while enjoying a delicious lunch in the Ballroom on April 10 at 12 pm. Free! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office today! LUNCH & LEARN Long-Term Care without Going Broke. Do you have a plan in case you need long-term care? Learn how to put financial plans in place for such an event on May 2 at noon in the Ballroom while eating a scrumptious lunch. Free! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNERS L INE DANCING Instructor: Christine Baxter Tuesdays: 7 pm - Absolute Beginners Line dance (no experience needed) 8 pm - Beginners Line dance (Basic steps known) Thursdays: 9 am - Absolute Beginners Line dance (no experience needed) 10 am - Beginners Line dance (Basic steps known) Come out for the first hour, stay as long as you like. Our main goal is to have fun! TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers welcome. Not designed for beginners. 35
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LA DANCE CLASSES - EAST COAST SWING Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 Mondays, 4:30 to 5:30 in HFC Community Center FREE! No partner needed. CHAIR YOGA New - a second class option! Classes offered at 9 am Tuesday and 11:30 am Thursdays in the Clubhouse Ballroom. $5 per person, payable to Kim, the instructor. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. AQUA ZUMBA Water Zumba at the HFC begins Friday, April 5 from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Take all your energy and work it in the water It’s easy on the body, plus its a great resistance exercise. Tell your friends. The cost is $5 per person, payable to Nicki, the instructor. Sign up on the HFC TicketLeap link. VIBES! This special class is a mash-up of mental health education, growth and development, socialization, healthy snacks, and FUN! The MORE is Drumming! Instructor Kim is a certified Holyoake Drum Facilitator. We’ll share and learn how to develop intentional segments of joy and increase overall life satisfaction. Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 10 am at the Clubhouse Pavilion. Session 1: The Rhythm of Life. Rhythms around us impacting behavior, interactions & relationships. BALANCE , VERTIGO AND POSTURE PRESENTATION Tuesday, April 23 at 1 pm at the HFC. Sign up on the HFC TicketLeap. Do you ever feel a little “off-balance,” “shaky” or experience vertigo? Do you notice yourself leaning forward when you stand or walk? Falls can change your life irrevocably. So why not strengthen your stability while you can? Come to this gathering of your neighbors and hear how to enhance your balance and even “cure” vertigo. Dr. Lakota Hillis from EmpowerMe, the Physical Therapy group at the HFC, will be our speaker. Her passion is keeping adults moving safely so they can be involved in activities they enjoy. 36 BODY MIND SOUL CLUBHOUSE WATER AEROBICS: TUESDAYS — SATURDAYS AT 8:30 AM FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION SESSION: MONDAYS AT 3 PM — EMAIL YOGAWINTERHAVEN@GMAIL.COM TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK CHAIR YOGA: TUESDAYS AT 9 AM THURSDAYS AT 11:30 AM $5/CLASS (PAYABLE AT CLASS) NO EQUIPMENT REQUIRED VIBES DRUMBEAT SESSION APRIL 25 AT 10 AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE PAVILION BALANCE, VERTIGO & POSTURE PRESENTATION: APRIL 23 AT 1 PM HFC ZUMBA AT THE HFC SPORTS COURT - WEDNESDAYS AT 5:30 PM. $5 AQUA ZUMBA - APRIL 5, 12 & 26, 5:30 PM $5 BEGINNING CHAIR & BALANCE: MONDAYS AT 10 AM CLASSICAL STRETCH: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 11 AM AQUA RELOADED: MONDAYS AT 12 PM, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS AT 10 AM CARDIO SWING & YOGA COOL: TUESDAY & THURSDAYS AT 9 AM TRIPLE B (BAT WINGS, BELLIES, & BULGES): WEDNESDAYS AT 9 AM 37 BASIC FITNESS & CARDIO: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 10 AM AQUA MOTION: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 4 PM BACK TO BASICS: FRIDAYS AT 9 AM GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA: THURSDAYS, 11 AM international, and contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, AQUA ZUMBA integrates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, blending it all together into a safe, challenging, waterbased workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. simply HEALTHY
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CLUBS CLUB, GROUP, AND ORGANI ZATION UPDATES Has the leadership for your Club, Group, or Organization changed recently or is your group planning to take a summer hiatus? Contact Sheila, Clubhouse Office Manager, at 863.324.5457 or smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com to make these updates. This is very important in order to keep the database, scheduling and media up to date. NEW — BOOK CLUB The Bookmobile is bringing an exciting new book club to Lake Ashton on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the Craft Room! This group is limited to 10 residents per month. Format: Come to the first meeting, receive the book, discuss some background information and do some get-to-know-you questions. Take the book home and read, then come to the second meeting and do group discussion questions. First meeting is April 10. April & May’s book: A Man Called Ove. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis Lake Ashton’s Garden Club’s toured Dennis Krupinski’s backyard on March 13. Dennis has a huge love of pollinating plants. The club is fortunate to have such talent. A special thank you to Dennis. The Garden Club Plant Sale is April 10 from 10 to 11:30 am in the Pavilion. Everyone in the community is welcome. This will be the Garden Club’s third annual fundraiser. Each year the club has expanded the plant inventory. This year there will be pots, gardening books, planters, besides succulents, herbs, perennials, and tropical plants. A silent auction will be held from 10 to 10:30 am. Please help support Lake Ashton’s Garden Club! The support received helps maintain gardening projects the group has done within the community. 38 CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock This month’s camera club meeting is Monday, April 8th at 10:30 pm in the cinema. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to attend. This month we will welcome back professional photographer Reinier Munguia as our guest speaker. He will share with us some easy photo editing tricks such as photo stacking. Members are encouraged to bring along a few pictures to share with the group on a flash drive. Remember to visit the club’s Facebook page for further information and activities. This should be a good month to get out and capture some great pictures. SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Many residents of Lake Ashton have found friends through a fun club — the Singles Club. Some residents have been single for a long time, others for a very short period of time. Doing activities together can make being single a bit happier. The club meets the first Sunday of every month at 2 pm. Usually it is in the Clubhouse Ballroom. However, if that space has been booked, we meet in the Card Room. The April meeting will be April 7. At that meeting, we will discuss activities we might want to do that month or in the near future. We also play cards after the meeting (Five Crown, but feel free to suggest another favorite). And we go out for dinner at about 4:30 — location changes each week. Every other Sunday at 2 p.m. we meet in the same room for cards, then go for dinner after. You will be most welcome. Activities being considered for future include a lunch at The Crooked Bass Grill and Tavern in Avon Park, Catfish Country in Bartow, and several others. Also, Bok Tower and Circle Bar B visits are possible. LA BELLES By Raylene Freedman Spring has sprung! Celebrate together at April’s LA Belles luncheon, at Ruby Tuesday (5995 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven) at 11:30 on April 24. Contact Raylene at 586-214-4895 with questions. Hostesses are Raylene Freedman and Diane Struble. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Earl Schley The LA Pickleball Association held a Sadie Hawkins tournament on March 3. Over 50 people participated in the event and many people got in the spirit and dressed for the occasion. As each women’s name was called, she had to pick her partner from a bag with all the men’s names in it. Mother Nature decided to end the event a little early but everyone went in the HFC to share snacks and fellowship until the rain stopped. Dennis Santino had another successful beginner’s clinic on March 11. If you would like to check out pickleball and find out why it’s the fastest growing sport in America, then Dennis’s clinics are a great place to start. His next clinic in on April 15 and April 22 (must be able to attend both). The Social committee is planning many more events for this year. Besides great exercise, pickleball is a wonderful way to meet people and have fun. It’s easy to join in the fun. Just go to the HFC and there is a sign up sheet. The dues are only a dollar a month — $12/year. Hope to see you on the courts. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next Genealogy Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. We will be discussing our “brick walls”, interesting stories we found about our ancestors, and answering participants’ questions that have arisen while they have done research. Come join the fun and enjoyment of meeting and working with your fellow Lake Ashtonians. Any questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. Hope to see y’all there. 39
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting April 4 in-person only at HFC Community Center. Social time with snacks will be from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Lori Edwards, Polk County Supervisor of Elections, to discuss the processes for the upcoming elections. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Bud Colburn The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet Wednesday, April 24 in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 3:30 pm for sign-in and social time. The meeting will start at 4. Guest speaker is Lake Wales Mayor Jack Hilligoss. He was enthusiastically received last year after providing an informative and inspirational speech. We will provide detailed results of the Lake Wales municipal bring neighbor egister Republican). We look forward to seeing everyone there! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to provide the right message at just the right time. We are also continuing our service project at Waters Edge by teaching a rock painting workshop for residents just in time for Easter. As our group grows, we’ve had an average of 28 members at each meeting. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful rocks. There has been a change to our meeting times — meetings are held in the HFC Community Center from 1 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint and Newcomers Session”. Newcomers are welcome! (continued) 40 Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session so it’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. It means a lot for us to see where our rocks go. SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola The April gathering will be on the 10th at Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood 3100 Canal Rd, Lake Wales. 5:30 pm. Social Time is 6 pm, order dinner off the menu. The room that we have reserved will accommodate 34 people. We hope that there is room for everyone that would like to come but otherwise it’s first come, first serve. Please RSVP to Deirdre at auntdeda@hotmail.com. Going forward, our monthly get-togethers will be mostly held in the Clubhouse ballroom on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. Traditionally these will be potlucks, but we welcome any other suggestions (such as pizza nights, caterers, themes, etc). Please note the following dates for the clubhouse events: May 17, August 16, September 20, October 18. Newbies: Please send your contact information (name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY) to Deirdre Knapp (auntdeda@hotmail.com). We look forward to seeing lots of “old” and new faces on April 10th at 5:30 pm at Cherry Pocket. ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda Please join us on Thursday, April 18th at 6pm for our Italian club potluck. We meet at the HFC. Bring a dollar to cover costs, a dish to share (desserts are taken care of and a beverage of your choice. Come and meet some new friends and we look forward to seeing you there. Any questions call Susie Escoda 863-206-6566 41
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DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh Duplicate bridge is played every Monday at 12:45 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The game is open to all residents regardless of skill level. Participants should have some experience playing bridge plus a partner is required. We have approximately 60 players in the group and can assist new players in finding a partner. Advance registration is encouraged and can be done by using the Red book in the Card Room or by contacting Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com to register or receive more information. February 19: 1st North-South 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; 3rd Liz Smith & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Janice Fleming & June Clark; 2nd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat; 3rd Ralph Ritter & Nancy Golding February 26: North-South 1st Marion Nelson & Roger Nelson; 2nd James Ford & Don Fuller; 3rd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare; 3rd Dee Mayne & Jeannine Connors March 4: South 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole; East-West 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Char Walters & Liz Leigh March 11: North-South 1st Keith Stevens & Colette McKie; 2nd Don Fuller & Ralph Ritter; 3rd Marion Nelson & Roger Nelson; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Howard Mayne; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare; 3rd Dee Mayne & Jeannine Connors LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves All are invited to join us at the next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. near the stage at the Clubhouse. UPCOMING EVENT:: It is going to be a “bowtiful” patriotic month in May. Beginning the beginning of April the beautiful red, white and blue bows will be for sale at the Monday Morning Coffee Talks as well as at the Golf Pro Shop. Please feel free to call me for more info: (Chris Graves 863-514-5368). Check out this note and picture from our local Girl Scout Troop. It shows how “something sweet” like Girl Scout Cookies can make a difference. “Last night LAVA Auxiliary, LAVA, and their members donated $1,440 towards the Gift of Caring program! That is 240 cookies that will be donated to our military troops overseas! We also sold 74 boxes of cookies during the meeting and will be delivering 16 additional boxes this weekend. Thank you for your continued support of the Girl Scout program and the Gi f t of Car ing Sponsorship.” The Girl Scouts at the meeting had a chance to mingle with the veterans as well. God Bless A m e r i c a a n d G o d B l es s ou r Ve t e r a n s and Active Military. 42 LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Pictured are Lake Ashton swim team members: Sandy Papineau, Cathy Liska, Sharon Swanson, Carole Scites, and coach Sandy White at the Polk County Senior Games in February. Together, they won 14 medals, Sandy P. set a personal best time, and Cathy set a new Polk County games record. The team is part of the Lake Ashton Swim Club, which was formed 5 years ago as a way for residents to get and stay fit. The club has a fitness group and a competitive group that meet three times a week. The fitness group has a suggested workout, which is individually modified based on need. The competitive group has workouts tailored to competition, and each participates in one or more Senior Games swim meets each year. The program has no charge and members do not have to commit to three times a week. Technique instruction is provided by the instructor/coach, if desired. Some fellow residents have asked what it takes to be part of the team. If you can swim two lengths of the indoor pool and are interested in improving your endurance, strokes, and speed, you can be part of the team. All you need to do is show up at the HFC indoor pool (with bathing suit and towel) on Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1 pm, or Saturdays at 10 am. Goggles are highly recommended. For more info, email sandyw1994@aol.com. LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino Meals on Wheels of Polk County receives no state or federal funding. It relies heavily on revenues generated by its thrift store sales for approximately 40% of its income. To make donating more convenient, beginning in April, LA FOMOW is establishing “MOW Second Chance Donation Day”. On the third Thursday of each month, 43 Lake Ashton residents may drop off quality donations* at either the south dressing room in the Clubhouse Ballroom or the the HFC between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm. Donations will be collected at the end of the day and delivered to Meals on Wheels for you. Please mark your calendar: April 18 is donation day this month. *Acceptable donations include anything of quality in resellable condition except large furniture items (such as sofas and recliners) and no mattresses. Their bestselling categories include home décor, name brand clothing and accessories, kitchen items and shoes. All donations are greatly appreciated. Interested in shopping? The MOWPolk Thrift Store is located at 620 6TH St. NW in Winter Haven behind the main building. It is open Monday — Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Join our club! Email: lafomow@gmail.com for information. LA TRAVELERS By Carolyn Bishop The Lake Ashton Travelers have entered their busy season with gatherings and rallies in full swing. In February we held our annual Potluck with over 150 in attendance. Potlucks are an integral part of almost every rally with everyone coming together for a feast and fellowship. March will take us just down the road in lake Wales to Canopy Oaks RV Park. A unique gem of a campground with an Island Tiki Bar and activities galore. April will find us in Sarasota at the Sun Outdoors RV Resort. Sunset cruises, the Ringling Brothers Museum and the prettiest beach in all of Florida, Siesta Key, are a few of the highlights to come. And then in May before our Snowbird Travelers head out on their Summer trips, we will convene in Savannah, Georgia at the lovely Creekfire RV Resort. This rally is focused all around the beautiful Savannah and even includes our very own private Mystery Dinner Theater performance. As a group we definitely stay busy and welcome all interested Rvers to come to our weekly socials from 3:30 to 5 pm every Tuesday in the Clubhouse Ballroom.
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GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa A lot of happy golfers walked away from the annual LAMGA Member-Guest tournament held from March 7-9. Many of the smiling faces belonged to top finishers in the three-day tournament, while others cheerfully settled for a good time amid great weather, tasty meals, a wide array of top-notch raffle prizes and the joy of golfing camaraderie. In all, 120 golfers participated in an event made possible by about 70 businesses and services whose sponsorship signs decorated the golf course at each tee. Sponsors were not the only source of success for the tournament. Invaluable help from the pro shop team, volunteers and the Eagle’s Nest staff played a big part in the event. Here are the results of the 10 flights in order of finish, from first place through third. The member’s name is first and the guest second: Flight 1: Bob Dupuis/Tim Dupuis; Stan Scheffen/Jerry McDonough; Frank Svarczkopf/ Dave Wampler Flight 2: Tom Fleming/Jeff Fleming; Rolly Geyer/Burris Warner Jr.; Bob Plummer/Kelly Shafer Flight 3: Bill Ferrieri/Bill Moore-Gough; John Candler/Ed Bennett; Bill Winchester/ Mark Hogan Flight 4: Steve Morgan/Ken Geissler; Tim Wayt/Carl Maenza; Frank Vasquenza/R.J. Dominic Flight 5: John Reed/Chris Bruser; Jim Phillips/Tony Dixon; Dan McGurren/Mike McGurren Flight 6: Dennis Dillon/Vince Notaro; Mike Brennan/Robert Catapano; Bob Zelazny/ Burris Warner Sr. Flight 7: Dave Akers/Matt Lambert; Denis Lussier/Robert Martel ; Mike Krigelski/Wally Hoeft Flight 8: Don Connors/Jay Weber; Harry Krumrie/Gregg Forsyth; Jerry Ryan/Patrick Ryan Flight 9: Tom Schoendorf/John Grebe; Jacques Fleischmann/Ronnie Langston ; Jim Kutsch/Eli Morrow Flight 10: Tom Williams/Terry Byle; Pat O’Neil/Randy Rochefort; John Milsom/Dan Trudgen Update: The second month of the annual Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge closed with the following leaders as of Feb. 29: 1) Alan Gasner, $58.75; 2) Mike Krigelski, $50.25; 3) Tie. Tom Murphy and Darrell Reid, $49.25; 5) Pat O'Neil, $48.25. The figures represent their accumulative 2024 winnings, paid out in pro shop credits. Sponsors’ salute --The following were signature sponsors of the Member-Guest Tournament: Amerity Financial/Burris Warner; Chris Bruser, Mutual of Omaha reverse mortgage specialist; Art’s Golf Cars, Red Hoagland Hyundai, Huston Cadillac Buick Pictured clockwise left to right: Burris Warner of Amerity Financial was a major sponsor and a tournament participant. Chris Bruser of Mutual of Omaha sponsored the welcome party and participated as a guest in the tournament. Volunteers Kathy Geyer, Esther Wilson and Diane Struble teamed up to serve Bloody Marys. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Shootout gives golfers one shot to get closest to the hole on No. 18 West.
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LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Help us celebrate Carolyn Alvero for her Hole-In-One on 12 West of February 26, 2024 – WAY TO GO! We had a great turnout for our February 19-20 Pick-Your-Partner Two Person Scramble Ringer, followed by a delicious lunch of either shrimp tacos or pulled pork sandwich at Charm City. April’s Closing Day has arrived with a Tropical Tuesday Theme on April 2nd, including free luncheon for all (buy your own cocktails.) Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Hard to believe that our “traveling” members will be leaving for parts unknown (or their other homes) this month and the summer season will start April 9th. Safe travels for those leaving for a while, and please continue sending healing thoughts to our members and/or their families who continue to struggle with health issues. Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Beverly Hines LALGA Play Day and Closing Luncheon is April 9th. The play should be fun with a 1-2-3 Shamble format. The primary purpose of the closing luncheon is to present awards to the members for accomplishments in golf and to formally announce the elected officers for the upcoming season. We are appreciative of all the work our Board, volunteers, Golf Pros, and Eagles Nest staff do for our league. Elections for the office of President and Secretary were held in March. Margie Desham was nominated for President and Sandra Lancaster for Secretary. President and Secretary are elected in even years for a 2-year term. New officers will begin their terms on June 1. LakeAshtonLiving.com/community/golf/lalga has a complete list of Board members as well as other information about the league. LALGA Play Days will continue during the spring and summer months. 18-Holers Ladies Golf every Tuesday - Shotgun Start at 9:00 am. Our summer tournament will be held July 8 & 9. Many ladies will be leaving soon for their summer homes but are expected to be back in the fall. Until then, safe travels and have a great summer. Red Hoagland Challenge (top money winners so far this year): 1st - Liz Leigh, 2nd - Bev Hines, 3rd - Kathy Reed, 4th - Mafie Walker. LAKE ASHTON WOMEN’S INTERCLUB PLAYOFFS By Liz Leigh (Team Captain) The Lake Ashton Women’s Interclub team is headed to the State Women’s Interclub Championship in early April as we have just won our final play off match against Pasadena Yacht and Golf Club in Gulfport, FL. This is a 6 week season, with two rounds of playoffs, and a state championship. It is a state wide NET competition between clubs in our area. 46

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES April Issue Deadline: March 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, 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. MARCH 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). MARCH 4 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Polk County Schools • Featured Vendors: Central Florida Healthcare Offering Free Blood Pressure Checks, Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare, Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid, US Cabinets Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale before Bingo in the Clubhouse Lobby from 4 to 6 pm MARCH 11 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: City of Lake Wales Updates with City Manager James Slaton • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, Tessier Law Firm, True A/C MARCH 18 • Peanut Butter Monday — Donations will go to the Havendale Food Pantry. Cereal and other non-perishable food items are needed. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Clubhouse Activities Office. • Featured Speaker: Dr. Vargas, Orchid Springs Animal Hospital - How to Best Care for Your Pets • Featured Vendors: AdventHealth, Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb MARCH 25 — NO MONDAY COFFEE LA CDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 32 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD March 15, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Meeting and Budget Workshop March 25, 9 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Get fresh poultry, fish, and beef every Wednesday in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. There are always new specials on the board! BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: SPRING FORWARD MARCH 10 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. 5 HOSTING FAMI LY FOR SPRING BREAK? March is a traditional time for family and friends to escape the cold up north and come to visit those lucky enough to live at Lake Ashton. Remember that 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. The law requires that a person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years of age must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Lake Wales PD and Winter Haven PD can issue a ticket for violations of this law. All drivers (car and golf carts) must observe the stop signs and 20 mph speed limit. 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 accident. HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Dr. Julio Caba will be speaking about his rise from a homeless teenager to a successful doctorate in teaching on March 4. A true success story! He speaks every year at the graduation party for the Polk County graduates. I attended their party last year and one student even went up and hugged him for his inspiration. Hopefully this will inspire you to donate in some fashion to this worthy cause. Any amount great or small is so welcome. If you need more information see sheets on rack in each the HFC and Club House. Any concerns or questions please feel free to call me at 217-652-6636. NEW RESIDENT ORIENTATION The next new resident orientation will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on April 3 at 2 pm. Get introduced to the community and meet other new residents and community leaders. Sign up online or at either Activities Office.
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JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT GUESTS (CHANGES EFFECTIVE 1/19/24) • All Guests, regardless of age, must register with the office of the Amenity Manager and sign a waiver of liability prior to using the Amenity Facilities. • The Patron inviting the Guest must be present upon registration, unless other arrangements have been made with the Amenity Manager’s office. • A Guest is limited to 12 Guest Registrations per year. • Guest passes may be issued for a maximum of fifteen (15) consecutive days as correlated with the guest’s length of stay and may only be extended once for a maximum of thirty (30) total consecutive days. • A Guest cannot be registered for more than sixty (60) total days in a 365-day period. • A Guest’s ability to be registered may be reviewed by an Amenity Manager if exceeding the standards listed above. • All Guests under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied at all times while using the Amenity Facilities by a parent, guardian, or adult Patron over twenty-one (21) years of age. • Patrons are responsible for ensuring that their Guests adhere to the Policies set forth herein and any and all actions taken by said Guest. Violation by a Guest of any of these Policies as set forth by the Districts could result in loss of that Patron’s privileges and membership as set forth in Section VI – Suspension and Termination of Privileges. The full Joint Amenity Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com. 6 CDD WEBSITE INFORMATION please contact us at: tscali41@gmail.com or 561-512-2961. An organizational meeting has been set up for April 11 from 4 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The Joint Amenity Facilities Policy is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com (below right QR code) and lakeashton2cdd.com (below left QR code), under "Other District Documents" for residents to view. To navigate to these websites, point your smartphone’s camera at the codes and follow the link. Also on each website residents can find meeting dates, agendas, minutes, contact information and other documents relevant to each CDD. There is also an option to sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC, Eagle’s Nest, and Pro Shop. You will need to click on a confirmation link sent to you after signing up to receive emails online. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali Lake Ashton is a great community with more options on living our lives than we’ve ever imagined. As we get older, we are starting to think about the next step. Do we move into a continuing care health facility or can we stay here at Lake Ashton as we age? It would be nice to have a forum of residents with similar thoughts to try and put together a list of needs as we become less able to help ourselves. Such items as what kind of in-house care options are available and the cost? Is there a public transportation network to take us to doctors or grocery shopping? What are the costs? There are many more items; some unique to the individual, couple, or widow/widower. All of these needs have to be identified. I was hoping that a forum of concerned residents could identify these needs and then, hopefully, a core group of residents could help find answers and contacts. Maybe vendors with the right qualifications could give us presentations on the products and costs. If anyone is interested in working with us to get this program started, 7 WELCOME BACK, WELCOME COMMITTEE! By Kathy Williams, Welcome Committee Member Resident Catherine Leveille began discussions with Christine to reinstate the LA Welcome Committee that had been disbanded due to the pandemic. The committee has been meeting and discussing ways to build community throughout our wonderful development! She is joined by former LA Welcome Committee leaders David and Barbara Harrison, new members Paul and MJ Richards, Kathy Williams, Judy Perry, Lisa Roy, Valerie Yenor, Cynthia Harris, and Nancy Miller. The committee’s goal is to meet with new residents (and maybe some existing residents) to assist them with acclimating to their new surroundings; finding fun things to do with like minded individuals, discussing local attractions and activities, or just navigating the numerous activities offered in Lake Ashton. If you’d like to be welcomed by a committee representative, know someone new in the neighborhood who would, or have some ideas to share, please send an email to lawelcomecommittee@gmail.com. 2024 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION/ CANDIDATE MEET & GREET Lake Wales residents can vote in the next Commission election on April 2 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863-534-5888 or visit polkelections.com to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot. Voter registration deadline is March 4. An informal candidate meet and greet will be held after Monday Coffee on March 18 at 10 am. Residents will have a chance to ask questions and meet the candidates running for Seats 2 and 4.
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RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT John Moore and his wife Gloria have lived at Lake Ashton since 2005 and he recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. John has graced Lake Ashton with his immeasurable talents for over 18 years, teaching residents how to line dance. He was one of the original line dancing teachers at Lake Ashton and recently retired on February 29. In addition to being an amazing dancer and instructor, he is also a talented artist, singer, and seamster ,who sews all of the iconic vests his students know so well. John is a ray of sunshine who is always looking for a way to make people smile. Whether it's a joke, a package of cookies, or just a big smile, his infectious personality leaves an impression on everyone he meets. John will be greatly missed as a line dancing instructor at Lake Ashton, although he has promised to stop by and check on his students from time to time. You can also find him at Monday Coffee meetings telling a hilarious joke at the end. Thank you, John for all of your years of dedication to Lake Ashton! LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson Meet HFC Community Director James Margeson. James started with LA back in 2017 as the Maintenance 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 8 Supervisor and was promoted to Community Director for the HFC in February 2023. He is from New Hampshire where he was Community Director for the VA, managing 2,700 residences. He was also the Director of Environmental Services at Waters Edge. What do you like most about working here in LA? “Right now, Christine and I are collaborating together to get our community back together. We want all our residents to realize the amenities are for everyone and we want to see all of our residents taking advantage of all that we have to offer. We have started to sync events between the Clubhouse and the HFC to ensure large events are not held on the same night at both locations causing our residents to choose one over the other. “ What is your biggest challenge? “I would say the budget restrictions. There are quite a few things that need to be done but it cannot all be done overnight. We have to choose priorities and work within our budget. I would like to ask all residents to give us time and they will see these changes coming. Current efforts are updating the fitness equipment, updating the indoor pool area with painting, plants, bringing in more classes such as Zumba and possibly Aqua Zumba. We have availability for more classes and want to provide some new options.” What would you like to say to the residents? “I would encourage all residents to get more active. We have some really great amenities and facilities here in Lake Ashton and want everyone to take full advantage of them. I would love to see more residents come to the HFC who don’t currently use the HFC to see what we have to offer as well as give myself and our staff a chance to meet them.” US-17 TO US-27 540A ROAD WIDENING UPDATE The Lake Ashton Community Action Committee (LACAC) met with Jay Jarvis, Director of Polk County Roads & Drainage in January. Below are highlights regarding the road project from US-17 to US-27 and the widening of Thompson Nursery Road. There are five segments to the project. Segment 2, 4 & 5 will likely be completed concurrently along with the US-27 Intersection changes, so these segment updates are grouped together below: Segment 1: US-17 (at A&E Auto) to Rifle Range Road is 100% planned. They are finalizing right-of-way and then sending out for bid. Construction will begin in late 2024 to 2025. It will take about 2 years to complete (by early 2027) Segment 3: CSX Railroad Flyover to Eloise Loop Road is under construction by the builder (VillaMar) up to where the CSX Railroad Flyover bridge will be built by the county during Segment 2 construction. A date of completion was not provided. Segment 2: Rifle Range Road to the CSX Railroad Flyover Segment 4: Eloise Loop Road Segment 3 to W Lake Ruby Drive Segment 5: W Lake Ruby Drive to US-27 For these three segments, alignment is continuing to be discussed. All options and the recommended location for the roadway for Segment 2 path will be presented at a Public Meeting to be held in May 2024. Segments 4 and 5 will roughly follow the current road path along sections of Eloise Loop Road and Thompson Nursery Road. The Design phase will take approximately 2 years plus another year for gaining the right-of-way property. Construction will likely begin in 2028 and the road should be fully completed in 2030 or 2031. Currently, traffic signals are planned at US 17, Rifle Range and Snively, Eloise Loop and Rifle Range, possibly at Eloise Loop and the VillaMar entry/exit, West Lake Ruby, possibly Traditions, Lake Ashton, The LW Corporation development east of Lake Ashton and of course, US-27. The Lake Ashton temporary traffic signal should be installed no later than the end of 2025. More information will be coming soon regarding the Public Comment Meeting to be held in May. The exact date and location has yet to be determined, but will be held in our vicinity. At that meeting, the final routing for segments 2, 4 & 5 will be presented. Anyone can attend this presentation. Full design graphics will be displayed and public questions and comments may be presented. After the meeting, between May and July possible changes will be considered and implemented if deemed possible. After that time, no additional comments will be taken, as by that point the design will begin, and the project will move forward. 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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director The first day of spring is March 19. Spring at Lake Ashton brings beautiful weather, baby animals, lots of guests, and a plethora of activities. Be careful when traveling through Lake Ashton, especially at this time of year. This is when the community is at peak population with many residents spending time outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. In February residents enjoyed a Valentine's Day Dinner Dance with a great new band, Southshore Cruisers, and a Pirate Party with 99 in the Shade rocking the house. This will be the band at the NYE 2025 party! Mark your calendar now. You won't want to miss this amazing band! In March there are many resident sponsored events at the Clubhouse in addition to Lake Ashton's First Annual Senior Expo (FREE), the Annual Cruise-in Car Show (FREE), and the last two Entertainment Series Shows.The 2024 Entertainment Series will surely end with a bang! Please see pages 24 to 36 for more information on the activities scheduled for March. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom Supervisors met on February 26 to attend to board matters. A wrap up report was sent the week of the meeting with a summary of board actions. On March 25, Supervisors will begin the Fy 2025 budget process with a workshop. All residents are encouraged to attend to be part of the process to set assessments and set forth the plan for the upcoming fiscal year (October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025). Staff is working with Securitas, the onsite security company, on the implementation of the RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) and Amenity Access Controls systems. More information on the current status of this project is on page 16. Ensure you are signed up to receive email blasts. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com and fill out the online form to start receiving blasts. This is the way staff primarily communicates to residents regarding community matters. If you are having trouble signing up, email clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. 10 LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com The month of March and the early start of Spring, is upon our great community of Lake Ashton. February was a very busy month that had many activities all our residents enjoyed. One in particular, the Sock Hop on February 2 featuring the 57 Chrome Band was a huge success, and supported Alzheimer's Research. We had many “Pink Ladies" in attendance, along with their dates (in jeans and t-shirts), that 'truly gave the evening a fifties feel. Our Magic Show on February 9 gave our residents a fun afternoon of magic and illusions. Many people got to participate in the illusions and magic ... and it was FREE! Our CERT Team also held a Tornado drill honing their skills in emergency management. It was observed by the Polk County Fire and Rescue officials, and our outstanding volunteers performed extremely well. Kudos to our CERT Team! March also promises to be a very exciting month for the Health and Fitness Center and the Lake Ashton II Community Development District. The Lake Ashton Purple Stars will be hosting a St. Paddy's Day Party on March 17 from 7 to 10 pm in the HFC Community Center. This dance will support the American Cancer Society, and tickets are on sale at the HFC. A donation of $10 (cash or check) payable to LA Purple Stars is required. DJ Wayne will be there for all types of music, including some Irish tunes. Get out your best green outfits and support this great cause. The March Community Potluck is scheduled for March 21 at noon at the HFC. Come on out and get to know your neighbors at this outstanding event. The Aqua Zumba program is in the final stages of planning, and the dates for March will be forthcoming. Please note on your April calendar that Elvis will be in the building at 7 pm on April 12 for an evening of Elvis impersonation. A reminder that the Lake Ashton II CDD Board will be developing our 2025 budget over the next few meetings. Our Board will review financial requirements for our amenities and community infrastructure. We encourage all Lake Ashton II members to attend and give us feedback throughout the entire process. Hope to see you there! As we are coming into the Spring Season, and many of us will have family and guests visiting, please make sure they are registered at either the HFC, Clubhouse, or CR 653 gate. Additionally, please make sure age restrictions for operating golf carts are strictly followed. Again, we are excited to bring many more activities and programs to the HFC in 2024 that we are sure our residents will enjoy! 11
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L.A. LOOKS NATIVE AQUATIC PLANTS Many Florida-native aquatic plant species can be found in the waters of Lake Ashton. Pictured clockwise are the most prevalent: Duck Potato, Bulrush, Pickerel Weed, and Spikerush. For the health of our lakes and ponds, these plants are essential. The roles these plants have vary from shoreline stability to filtering unwanted nutrients in the water that could fuel algae blooms. The Lake Ashton CDD contracts a reliable company for nuisance vegetation management. To protect native aquatic plant life, selective herbicides are utilized. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. LIVING WITH WILDLIFE There are many types of wildlife at Lake Ashton. During the spring many young animals, including sandhill cranes (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, which is actually very rare. Do not pick up baby animals or remove them from their natural environment. Report wildlife you think may be injured or orphaned to the nearest FWC Regional Office at 863-648-3200. Reference: myfwc.com/conservation/ youconserve/wildlife/injuredorphaned/ While some residents may think it is innocent to throw some pieces of old bread in their backyard or a pond, 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 any type of wildlife can reduce their fear of humans which may result in aggression and the need for the animal to be removed or Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis The Swamp Milkweed is a cousin of the common milkweed. Like most weeds, this one also gets a “bad rap.” This is a low-maintenance pollinating garden must-have that blooms in the summer, although maybe not in its first year of growth. It is clump-forming and can reach four to five feet tall with a width of two to three feet. The clump of flowers are a soft mauve or reddish-violet color. The Swamp Milkweed is best planted in a wet area with plenty of sunshine. Some gardeners prefer to plant it in containers to maintain its spreading habits. However, be sure it’s big and has good drainage. The milkweed does not like to be uprooted and moved once established because of its deep taproots. Swamp Milkweed is the number one food source for monarch butterflies. It also attracts hummingbirds, bees and other birds to your yard. It requires no pruning. Removing dead stalks or dead heading is okay. The swamp milkweed can easily grow from seeds. killed in order to protect public safety. 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. 12 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. People may inadvertently put sandhill cranes at risk when they attract them with feed, even accidentally, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground. 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: myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/sandhillcranes/ Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3 YEAR Bumper to Bumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2024 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always o!ering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the di!erence, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 13
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer engage.goenumerate.com. This is our official HOA website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 and follow the prompts. To many residents of Lake Ashton it may appear that there are 3 species of Ibis here, however there are only two. The White Ibis (above) is abundant and gregarious. The long down-curved bill becomes a bright orange-red in mating season and so do the legs. This mostly white bird with pale blue eyes has black wing tips prominent in flight. As a group, they may mob people uttering almost human-like grunts hoping for a free handout. Please do not feed them. Their diet consists of crayfish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, marine worms, snakes and small fish. The Glossy Ibis (right), similar in size and shape to the White Ibis, is a more solitary bird with beautiful iridescent green and bronze colored feathers. Its diet is similar to the White Ibis'. From a distance, Glossies can appear totally dark. The Ibis that confuses people is the immature White Ibis, pictured at left, which is a mixture of brown and white. LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson Have you heard the saying “For Neighbors…. By Neighbors”. This is our community and our HOA and it takes all of us working together to make a difference. Our HOA is hard at work to improve not only our community but the perception of our HOA. We are diligently working to find ways to help our neighbors, improve communication, save costs, and adhere to our covenants. But this cannot be done by the Board alone. We need you! Here are some things our community needs and ways you can help! Please register for the HOA website for Lake Wales residents at lakeashtonhoa.com or 14 Join our new “CC&R Support and Guidance Committee”. This new committee replaces the “Compliance Committee” and will be an integral part of our community. This committee will help educate our neighbors on our governing documents while providing support and guidance to ensure we maintain fantastic curb appeal. If interested or wanting to learn more, please contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson arc@lakeashtonhoa.org • Website: lakeashtonhoa.com • ARC Requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton/la LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2 15
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SAFETY SECURITY TRANSITION Installation of the equipment needed for the system to function is ongoing and staff is in the process of training. Soon residents will be notified of the process to receive a RFID tag and Amenity Access Card. LACDD (Lake Wales) residents will receive their RFID tag and Amenity Access Card at the Clubhouse. LAIICDD (Winter Haven) residents will receive their RFID tag at the HFC and their Amenity Access Card at the Clubhouse. All residents will complete an application during the issuance of credentials that will verify the information provided and allow for changes to made or residents to submit information for the first time. Please stay tuned to email for information on when this will take place. Examples of the RFID tags and amenity access cards are on display in the Clubhouse Media Center and HFC Activities Desk for residents to get a first time look at the credentials that will be distributed. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions. Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 10 and 11. Residents can also contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com with questions. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison For Neighbors … By Neighbors Since its inception, Neighborhood Watch continues to evolve from an “extra set of eyes and ears” approach to crime prevention to a solid and sought after community involved infrastructure bringing law enforcement, local officials, and neighbors together with one common goal, to make our cities, towns, and communities safer for everyone. Here in Lake Ashton, we not only address crime prevention, we create an atmosphere that strives to bring pride, unity and quality of life to all of our neighbors. We would like to thank our current group of deputies: Vera Schwartz, Donna Debnar, Robert Roy, Vaughn Platt, David Harrison, Carolyn Bishop, and Jeannie Franklin. Interested in joining the team? If you live in any of the open neighborhoods listed below, we would love to speak to you. Just a little of your time can make a huge impact in our community and provide you the opportunity to get to know and help your neighbors and have fun doing it. Neighborhood #1: Ashton Club, Dornoch, Gullane, Muirfield Loop Neighborhood #3: Aberdeen, Berwick, Strathmore, Troon, Turnberry, Waterford Neighborhood #5: Blackmoor, Dunmore, Litchfield, Limerick Neighborhood #9: Hogan If interested in learning more about the deputy or block captain positions please contact Deputy Chief, Joan DiBattista @ 239.851.7899. 16 EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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NEI GHBORHOO D WATCH POLICE CHIEFS MEETING By Fay Wood, NW Chief We once again hosted the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs at Monday Coffee in February and as always, they presented a wealth of information on safety, a summary of the year’s activity, and the integral part we play in keeping our community safe. Neighborhood Watch with all of you is doing a great job. We can’t thank our Law Enforcement enough for all that they do, not only for Lake Ashton but all of Lake Wales and Winter Haven. Monday’s meeting proved to be one of my proudest and favorite moments as it allowed us to really show support and respect to our Law Enforcement partners by recognizing the service of four K9 officers. We were thrilled to work with a wonderful organization in presenting (and surprising) each Chief with a beautiful quilt for each K9 Officer made by our very own residents from the K9 Quilt of Honor organization. These quilts were an amazing gift honoring and showing recognition to K9 Max and K9 Badge of Lake Wales; and to K9 Miko and K9 Carlo of Winter Haven. If you would like more information on this wonderful cause and their quilts, visit their FB page K9 - Quilt of Honor or contact them at CERTMinistry@gmail.com ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Lake Ashton CAP members patrolled for a total of 3,531 hours last year. It is our hope that with more members we can break this record. All we ask for is two hours a week. Our community needs your help — join today! Applications are available at either the Clubhouse Activities Desk or the HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 917-482-3151 or lakeashtoncap@gmail.com. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 18
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MOVI ES The following films have been nominated for Best Picture at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony. MARCH 5 — 7 (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS MARCH 6) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON 2023 | R | 3h 26 min Based on David Grann's broadly lauded best-selling book, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. MARCH 12 — 14 (NO 11 AM SHOWING MARCH 13) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM OPPENHEIMER 2023 | R | 3H During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) to work on the topsecret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history. MARCH 20 AT 11 AM & 3 PM ONLY (NO MOVIES MARCH 19 OR 21) THE HOLDOVERS 2023 | R | 2H 13MIN From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during 20 Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph). MARCH 26 — 28 MAESTRO 2023 | R | 2H 9MIN Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein (Bradley Cooper) and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (Carey Mulligan). A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED MARCH 1 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM NYAD 2023 | PG-13 | 2HR 1MIN Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a career as a sports journalist, 60-year-old Diana Nyad (Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) becomes obsessed with completing the 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Determined to become the first person to finish without a shark cage, Diana goes on a thrilling, four-year journey with her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (two-time Academy Award winner and nominee Jodie Foster) and a dedicated sailing team. MARCH 8 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM AMERICAN SYMPHONY 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 40MIN Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste is immersed in composing an original symphony reimagining the traditions of the classical form, bringing together an expansive and inclusive diaspora of music for a performance at storied Carnegie Hall. This extraordinary trajectory is upended when Batiste's life partner, best-selling author Suleika Jaouad, learns that her long-dormant cancer has returned. Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Heineman delivers a portrait of two inimitable artists at a crossroads and a profound meditation on art, love, and the creative process. MARCH 15, 3 PM & 7 PM BROOKLYN 2015 | PG-13 | 1H 52MIN Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 Oscars. MARCH 29 11 AM (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS) THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY 2006 | NR | 2H 7MIN In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan (Academy Award nominee Cillian Murphy) prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.
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EVENTS LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ! By Gina Krall The LA Mardi Gras Krewe excitedly took their assigned lineup in the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 10, just three days before Fat Tuesday. A few days prior, our den (Mardi Gras speak for wher e the parade decorations are stored) was transformed into Bourbon Street. Royals to be crowned, King Louie and Queen Sara (Louis and Sara Helsen), were escorted into the ball by the Lord and Lady in Waiting (Ralph and Ann Ludwick). Loyal subjects lined up to bow and curtsy as they passed. After taking the Royal Oath of Office they were crowned Lake Ashton’s 2024 Mardi Gras King and Queen by the Duke and Duchess of Dunmore (Phil Hines and Gayle Ellerbe). Entertainer Diana Lynn was the master of ceremonies for the festive evening. On Saturday, Lake Wales Parade Committee placed our Krewe between the Grand Marshall and Sheriff Grady Judd. King Louis and Queen Sara sat on the back of a red Mustang convertible, waving to the crowd and tossing beads. They were followed by two banners carried by Krewe members and then our lavishly decorated float with Diana riding in the back and singing to the applauding crowds. Following the float, our own Ashtonettes twirled their way through the streets. Next came more sign carriers holding a “Sponsored by Art’s Golf Cars” banner, recognizing Art’s Golf Cars for paying our krewe’s entrance fee for the second year in a row. Bringing up the rear of our krewe were the always outstanding LA Shakers. We certainly made our presence known to the celebrating crowds. PORTRAIT OF A BRIDE DELIGHTS AUDIENCE By Diane Dillon BOLLA, sponsored the popular Portrait of a Bride Event in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 27. Leigh Ann Brown, dynamic speaker, and collector of vintage wedding gowns, returned to Lake Ashton with close to 20 of her favorites. Each gown came with a fascinating story regarding its owner and the issues of the day when the gown was worn. The oldest gown, from 1859, is green. Of course, Leigh Ann had many stories pertaining to the growth of her collection, currently at 441 dresses. Leigh Ann’s personal journey and colorful anecdotes delighted the audience of over 100 ladies. During the presentation, which lasted several hours, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments including many desserts lovingly created by BOLLA members. Feedback on this event has been overwhelming. The members of BOLLA would like to thank the staff at the Clubhouse and everyone who attended and supported this event. 22 23
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SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. ST. PADDY’S DAY PARTY By David Harrison SENIOR EXPO DON’T MISS LAKE ASHTON’S SENIOREXPO FREE! 10 am to Noon March 15 WANT TO BE A VENDOR? SCAN TO REGISTER Visit with vendors ranging in expertise such as cosmetic, medical, insurance, health & fitness, and so much more! Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Lake Ashton residents are invited to the Clubhouse Ballroom for the first-ever Senior Expo where we will have a wide variety of vendors that cater to senior needs. The vendors participating in the Expo range in expertise such as local public safety organizations, travel agents, financial planning, health & fitness, and so much more. This free event will take place March 15 from 10 am to noon. LA CRUISE-IN RESCHEDULED! MARCH 16 2 — 5 pm Join us for the rescheduled date for this FREE event March 16 from 2 pm to 5 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Enjoy food trucks, classic and modern cars alike, and live music from Southbound. We will be judging cars and presenting the winners of each category with a prize. The categories are Best Classic (pre-1989), Best Modern (post-1989), and Crowd Favorite winners will receive a ribbon and a gift card! Registration ends on March 8. Car owners should sign up online by scanning the QR code on page above or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. If you are attending the event, please be advised that parking will only be available in the east parking lot and golf cart parking will be in the circle drive. 24 The LA Purple Stars is once again hosting a St. Paddy's Day Party on March 17 from 7 to 10 pm in the Community Room of the HFC. This is a fundraiser for our team to benefit the American Cancer Society and everyone is invited. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the HFC, with cash or check payable to LA Purple Stars. DJ Wayne will provide great dance music and, of course, some Irish tunes. Don't forget you can bring your favorite food and beverage. Any questions call David Harrison at 863-326-6418. KARAOKE Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on March 27! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Karaoke moves to Charm City in April. Stay tuned for more information. EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE By Debby Landgrebe Rejoice and celebrate the blessing of Resurrection Sunday on Easter, March 31. Bring your golf carts, blankets, family, friends, visitors and neighbors and most of all bring your heart prepared to sing praises to the Risen Lord and be filled with abundant joy! Come early as 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 am. Seating will be available as well as golf cart parking. An offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome, regardless of belief. We certainly have many reasons to be thankful. Hope to see you Easter Sunday. AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... Have it Your Way in only 45 Days! 100s of fabrics & leathers to choose from choose your style, choose your fabric Dine in Style & Comfort! Get a... with a mattress set purchase 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 25 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 ©2024 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1519 2/24 $300 GIFT CARD
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2024 SHOWCASE & TICKET SALES By Karen Nelson Changes in Latitudes Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) is presenting the 16th Annual Showcase - Changes in Latitudes in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Opening Night is Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinee is March 23 at 1:30 pm, and Closing Night is Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are currently on sale online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office (scan the QR code on page 24). Each resident is only allowed to purchase 8 tickets maximum. Premium seats are $25, regular seats are $20. As usual, the matinee will have an extended intermission for those with mobility needs. LAPAC will be providing extra ushers at this performance for those needing extra help with wheelchairs and walkers. Persons with those devices may sit in their assigned seat for this performance and we will assist in storing your device, or as an option, we will remove the normal chair in that location if requested by you and you can sit in your device. Please advise in advance if you would like this service. Purchase of tickets can be made by check (made out to LAPAC) or credit card. For those of you who want to use a credit card, Ticketleap will add an additional 3% charge to the total cost of the tickets. The Showcase is created, produced, staged, and performed by your Lake Ashton friends and neighbors - treat yourself to this classic Lake Ashton entertainment! See you there! SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, 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: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE & HFC April 12 - Elvis Impersonator at the HFC May 10 - Pressure Point at the HFC May 17 - Denim & Diamonds Ladies Luncheon at the Clubhouse July 4 - Star Spangled Shindig at the Clubhouse November 2 - Fall Festival at the Clubhouse December 31 - New Year's Eve at the Clubhouse w/ 99 in the Shade 26
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COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Mark the dates listed below on your calendars now and bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: April 16, June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 HFC: March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 COLORS OF HOPE SPRING FASHION SHOW By Kristy McKibben Join us for an exciting “Colors of Hope” Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 13 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets are $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Hospice, a cause near and dear to many of us. A tasty luncheon will be provided. Beautiful and wearable Spring fashions will be showcased by your modeling friends and provided by Babe’s Shoes & Apparel of Lakeland. Babe’s will be set up to sell before and after the show. Doors open at 11 AM, lunch at 11:30 AM, Fashion Show 12:15-1:15 PM. Shopping will continue until 2:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and on sale at the Clubhouse. Checks only, please, made out to Kristy McKibben. We have a stamp that will identify your check as “HOSPICE FASHION SHOW.” TOUR DE LA Bicycle riders (two wheel, trikes, recumbents, e-bikes and anything that moves by pedaling) are invited to join the Lake Ashton Pedalers on March 24 at noon at 28 the HFC for a group fun ride. There will be ten mile and twenty-mile routes through the neighborhoods of Lake Ashton. Each route ends up back at the HFC. Limited to 50 riders - complete a registration form (available at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desks) by March 19. Call Don at 423-284-7866 or email Shelley at shelleyknee@gmail.com with any questions. BOOK TALK DATE CHANGED New date: April 5 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Card Room. Have a conversation with Jeffrey Wilkinson PhD, one of the authors of the new book “The Wall Between”. This will be a 90-minute session, hearing from the author, facilitated by another Lake Ashton resident, Dr. Gary Goldetsky as well as being able to ask questions. There is no fee for the session. Participants will need to have read the book. If you don’t already have the book, they are available for $20 (email Jeff at drjeffreywilkinson@gmail.com). The session will be limited to 20 people. 2024 POLK SENIOR GAMES The 31st Annual Polk Senior Games are scheduled to run through March 9 at various sites throughout the county. More information can be found online at polkseniorgames.org. If you compete in the Games, and/or win a medal, send a picture and your information to Valerie, valerie@lakeshtoncdd.com, for recognition in the LA Times! VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPRING FLING We love our Lake Ashton Volunteers! YOU make Lake Ashton the wonderful place that it is! We have planned a wonderful invitation-only event on April 19 to show our heartfelt appreciation. Volunteers will receive an invitation in mid-March in the mail which will need to be exchanged for a ticket to the event by April 15. Thank you for ALL that you do for Lake Ashton! FREE ESTIMATES!!!! Call WCM Construc.on and Roofing, LLC For all your roofing needs!!! • Roof Replacement • Roof Repair • Roof Inspections 863-969-3722 www.warrencm.com Licensed & Insured CCC1332250, CBC1255292, CFC1431988 29
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WALK FOR A CURE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars are selling luminary bags at Monday Coffee as a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society for a minimum donation of $10. Decorate the bag, return the bags and a small can like soup, to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk staff member or volunteer by March 8. We will put a tea light in each bag to illuminate it. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to join the Walk For A Cure at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 12 in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot to walk around the Pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. TRIVIA By David Fix Lake Ashton Sunday Night Trivia continues to grow in popularity. A recent Sunday Night saw 226 players — a record turnout! Join your neighbors for an evening of fun and the chance to win some cash. Just $1 to play. Maximum of 8 per table. Come with your team or come join a table looking for players to join them. Open tables/ seating. Table are not reserved and tables are available on a first-come first-filled basis. Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia begins promptly at 7. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and make it a night of fun and socializing. Email lakeashtontrivia@gmail.com to be added to the database to be kept up-to-odate on trivia information. Due to scheduling conflicts, Trivia will only be held March 24 and 31. Hope you come join the fun! ENTERTAINMENT SERIES Aloha, Lake Ashton! On April 5 at 6 pm residents can attend an authentic luau in the Clubhouse Ballroom featuring entertainment by Uso's, a group of exceptional worldwide performers that will transport you to the South Pacific Islands with their authentic music and dances. Included in the ticket price is a buffet featuring delicious tropical fare. You don't want to miss this show! Tickets are $45 each and will go on sale online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office on March 5 at 9 am. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket. PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish community of Lake Ashton would like to invite all residents to share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Monday, April 22 at 4:45 pm. Garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes, coffee and iced tea are included for only $23/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Office no later than April 12. Make check payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. 30 There are only two shows left for the 2024 Entertainment Series! Individual tickets are still on sale online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office for Frankie Scinta on March 6 and Jenene Carameilo on March 29. Frankie Scinta — March 6: From the moment he steps on stage, the audience embraces Frankie Scinta with laughter, applause, and genuine awe of his talent. With his tremendous ability to entertain, a performance by “The Showman” is anything but typical. In addition to being a world-class vocalist and musician, Frankie is also a comedian and spot-on impressionist. Jenene Caramielo — March 29: From her early work in regional theater musicals such as The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof to opera workshops including Aida, to lead vocalist in pop music-packed theme park productions, Jenene’s lifelong training and work in voice, dance, piano, and acting & improvisation has delighted audiences the world over. Why Wealth Management Is Important for Women Today, women control a third of household assets. But by 2030, U.S. women are expected to control much of the assets that the baby boomer generation will pass to heirs; roughly 30 trillion in assets. Women are becoming the newest face of wealth and will increase their net worth even more in the coming years. Women are also becoming the primary ‘breadwinners’ in many families and financial decisionmakers. Women have unique needs that often differ from their male counterparts: • Women have an additional life expectancy of 5 years longer than men. • Women earn seventy-nine cents to every dollar a man earns. • Women often take time off from work to care for other family members. • Women, on average, save less than men for retirement and other financial goals. It’s essential that women work toward managing their finances and meet with trusted professionals who understand their situation. They can plan for their future by incorporating these essential components: Tax planning- Planning for taxes at the beginning of the year can help determine appropriate tax-saving strategies. Certain tax credits and contribution limits for retirement savings accounts may phase out. Goal setting- Even though saving, investing, and spending is important, it’s vital that women identify realistic goals to work toward. Some goal-setting ideas include: • Giving to charity • Estate planning • Pursuing a specific return on investments • Eliminating debt and working toward paying off a mortgage Selecting investment strategies aligned with values- A study by Cerulli Associates found that 43% of women feel a company’s policies on social or environmental issues are essential when deciding to invest in that company. Women can work with financial professionals to help identify strategies aligning with their goals and values. Working with financial, legal, and tax professionals- Women may have more complex tax and estate planning needs than their male counterparts, especially when they inherit. Having unbiased professional advice suitable for their unique situation is also essential. These professionals can work as a team to help identify unique issues, develop a plan, and select strategies to help women work toward their goals. Diversifying their portfolio’s investment strategies- Putting all your money into strategies that aren’t diversified can leave one with a tax bill or put a portfolio at risk of loss during market turbulence. Implementing annuities and other strategies outside an employer’s retirement savings account may offer additional diversification. By taking action to manage their wealth and plan for their future, women can pursue financial confidence, regardless of their income. SWG2954120-0623 Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 31 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP SESSIONS March 27 at 9:30 am in the Cinema: “What Else? Long-Term Care & Financial Planning” THINK & DRINK: PLATELET RICH PLASMA Learn about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), the amazing “liquid gold” that every person has flowing through their veins at this very moment, on April 12 at 6:30 pm. Carey Coco, nurse practitioner at Keep Moving Health, will explain how PRP is a widespread and very popular treatment for a variety of conditions including joint pain. She will explain the process behind this innovative treatment and answer any questions that you may have. You don’t want to miss this very intriguing medical Think & Drink, so sign up online today! Everyone will receive a free glass of wine at the event. Tea and water will be available as well. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays, 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone welcome. No charge. Mats or chairs available or bring your own. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (316-516-2815) Come join us in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:45 am Wednesdays for a relaxing hour of stretching, strengthening, and meeting new friends. There is no charge. 32 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley The Endocrine System: Hormones Most of us don’t realize the role that the endocrine system plays in regulating our body processes. As we age, there is a decrease in our fat-burning hormones, and an increase of our fatstoring hormones. Growth hormone is involved in building lean tissue and burning fat. It also builds collagen (youthful skin), enhances immune function (keeps you healthy), and stimulates cartilage growth (increased bone density). As it declines, along with testosterone, we tend to pack on fat which lowers these hormones even more and starts the cycle of weight gain. Cortisol increases with stress and age and leads to increased abdominal fat. The effects of increased cortisol include slower metabolism (we burn less calories), reduced lean tissue (we lose muscle), loss of energy (we become lethargic). As women age their estrogen levels decline. The effects of lower estrogen levels include increased appetite, reduced fat burning, redistribution of fat to the belly area, and decreased energy. Progesterone also declines with age, altering the progesterone-to-estrogen ratio and causing a condition known as “estrogen dominance.” This can lead to irritability, depression, sleep problems, water retention, increased appetite, and sugar cravings. Testosterone is important for weight management because it helps build and maintain muscle. It also burns fat and increases energy. As testosterone declines with age, the result is loss of lean tissue and muscle tone. Lower mental energy and increased visceral fat. Exercise is the key to activating hormones and countering cortisol’s effect on our waistline. Exercising at least 3 times per week for 45 minutes can increase secretion of hormones and put you back in control of your health and fitness goals. BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Check out these offerings here and in the two calendar inserts to learn how to nurture your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom, email yogawinterhaven@gmail.com ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/class (payable at class). No equipment is required. ✴ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, international, and contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. ✴ AQUA ZUMBA integrates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, blending it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. HFC ✴Zumba at the HFC Sports Court - Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. $5 ✴Aqua Zumba - April 5, 12 & 26, 5:30 pm. $5 ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am 33
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FUSED GLASS GARDEN STAKE Monday, March 4 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Create a beautifully unique glass garden stake! Sign up at the HFC with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No experience necessary. FUSED GLASS PLATE & MORE Friday, March 29 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create a fused glass plate, trivet or set of 4 coasters. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No experience necessary. Contact: Jill Groves, 419-902-7966 or manorridgecreations@gmail.com. CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath (650-678-1174) and Marianne Morcone (860-712-9440) Join in the fun of card making. This class is for all levels. If you never made cards before, come try something new. Material to make two cards will be provided for $5. Meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. You must register to attend. Contact BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr March 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Swaying Palms $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on March 8 34 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Artist Freddie Combs will present a day-long watercolor workshop March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Turn bubbles into watercolor floral art on March 12 at 11:30 am! You will make two pieces of original artwork using specialty watercolor paper, paint, and bubbles. Supplies and instructions will be included for $8/person. Space is limited to 20. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by March 4. Make use of an old t-shirt you no longer wear while also celebrating Earth Day! On April 9 at 11:30 am Carmen will show you how to make reusable tshirt bags. These bags are very useful in everyday life and they are completely machine washable! If you don’t have a T-shirt, one will be provided for you at the class. All supplies and instructions will be included for $8 per person. Space is limited to 20 people, so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by April 2. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Instructor: Sheila Vertoli March 15 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom 16” x 20” of Van Gogh’s Starry Night $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by March 11 April 24 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room Wooden Pallet of the Key West Lighthouse $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by April 22 FINANCIAL PLANNING LUNCH & LEARN Have annuities left you with questions? Get them answered while enjoying a delicious lunch in the Ballroom on April 10 at 12 pm. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office today! 35
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BALANCE & VERTIGO PRESENTATION Do you ever feel a little “off-balance,” “shaky” or experience vertigo? We ALL have! And now that we’re older, we’re more aware of the danger of being unsteady on our feet. Falls can change your life irrevocably. So why not strengthen your stability while you can? Come to this gathering of your neighbors and hear how to enhance your balance and even “cure” vertigo. Dr. Lakota Hillis from EmpowerMe, the Physical Therapy group at the HFC, will be our speaker on March 12 at 1 pm at the HFC. Sign up online or at the HFC today! LA DANCE CLASSES - AMERICAN TANGO Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays, March 11, 19, & 25 (no class March 4) from 4:30 to 5:30 in HFC Community Center FREE! No partner needed. TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers welcome. Not designed for beginners. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. BEGINNERS L INE DANCING Instructor: Christine Baxter Tuesdays (Beginners 7-9 pm) and Thursdays (Beginners 9-11 am) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LORRIE’S LINE DANCE CLASS Thursday, March 14 at the HFC: 1 pm Beginner, 2 pm Improver Thursday, March 28 at the HFC: 1 to 3 pm Combined Class 36 TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881
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CLUBS FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Linda Boast The 2024 Lake Ashton Friendly Bocce Group will have their annual tournament on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to approximately 2 pm at the newly remodeled bocce courts located next to the Clubhouse. Lake Ashton residents Jim and Kay Weaver of Weaver/Loveless Law will sponsor the tournament again this year. They will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We encourage all to come out to watch this year’s tournament. Bring your chairs, lunch and drinks and spend the day with a great group of people. Not available on the 16th? Join us at the courts on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4 to 6 pm for our tailgate socials. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share. Contact Stephanie Iszak (609-980-9505, siszak@comcast.net) or Tammy Shields (863-632-2024, tammy.shields1221@gmail.com) for more information. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club had a wonderful morning touring Bok Towers on February 14. The club had an opportunity to tour the “behind scenes” at the Tower’s greenhouses. Sil Wells and Alice Hearn led two different tours. A special thank you to both ladies for an excellent tour. The club’s next meeting is scheduled for March 13. The club members will tour Dennis Krupinski’s pollinator heaven garden. Please come and support the Garden Club on Wednesday, April 10. The Club’s third annual silent auction/garden sale will be held at 10am. The Garden Club does not collect dues. The plant sale is its main fundraiser. Monies collected go towards speakers, replenishing plants at the pavilion, HFC pool, corners on Dunmore and Mulligan, and the front of the Eagle’s Nest. The club hopes to add other projects in the near future. Anyone interested in donating plants, pots or miscellaneous garden items for this event please email Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com. 38 SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Singles have been busy — playing cards, eating out, going to shows, and helping others. Our February meeting had a good turnout, and we received thanks for providing Christmas to a dozen Senior Orphans in Polk County. These are people deep in poverty who have no family to care for them. We also committed to adopting Senior Orphans again this summer for “Christmas in July.” Recent club activities included a tour of Bok Tower, and lunch at Jacaranda Hotel last month. After the meeting we played Five Crowns and a board game, and we are open to learning new games. Afterwards, we went to Harry’s Old Place for dinner. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. we play cards and board games at the Clubhouse ballroom (or if it’s busy the Card Room), then it’s dinner out somewhere. Our next meeting will be March 3 at 2 p.m. We hope you join us. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Spring will officially arrive on March 19, so what better way to kick off the season than with a presentation by Barbara Comer entitled “Birds of Lake Ashton”. Her presentation will surely motivate us to pick up our cameras and enjoy the nature that surrounds us here at Lake Ashton. Residents with an interest in photography are welcome to attend our meeting and members are encouraged to bring along a few photos on a USB drive to share. The meeting will be on March 11th at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next meeting of the LA Genealogy Club will be Wednesday, March 13 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. We always have a good time sharing our research stories and asking/answering questions. Come join your fellow Lake Ashtonians and have fun enjoying the company of your neighbors while also looking for your long lost ancestors. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting March 7 in-person only at the Pavilion - please note change of venue. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage. The in-person General meeting will start at 6:30. Guest speaker Brandon Alvarado, candidate for Seat 2 on the Lake Wales City Commission, will discuss his vision for the future of Lake Wales. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel Mama Mia! It's time for LARC's annual Spaghetti Dinner! Please join us at the Eagle's Nest for dinner and camaraderie on March 27 at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. The cost including tip is $15 for Members and $20 for guests. The meal consists of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Garlic Knots, Soda and Iced Tea. Checks only, payable to LARC are due no later than March 19. Lake Wales City Commission candidates Danny Krueger, Danny Williams and Crystal Higbee will be there to share their priorities for the city during their 4-year term and value your input. Mark your calendar for election day, Tuesday April 2. Let your voice be heard! Did you miss the Club Expo in February? Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desk to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the club, group, or organization they are trying to join. Recurring events and meetings of clubs, groups and organizations are also included on the calendars for the Clubhouse & HFC inserted into this issue. 39
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DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh The Duplicate Bridge group is celebrating 20 years of Monday games at Lake Ashton, making us one of the oldest ongoing activities in the community. Started by Pat Foster — who still participates — the group has provided both a challenging and a learning opportunity for our players. We celebrated our anniversary on January 29 with a luncheon prior to our game. Presently the game is operated by Don W. Fuller, an ACBL Certified Director. We welcome new players of all abilities, though a basic knowledge of the game is required. For more information contact Don at dfuller627@yahoo.com. Recent winners: January 22: North-South 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Lois Dole; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 3rd Trish Kellar & Marian Oshinsky; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Jeff Wilkinson & Howard Mayne; 3rd Marge Kniat & Dana Griffiths January 29: North-South 1st Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; 2nd Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 3rd Don Fuller & James Ford; East West 1st Tom Fleming & Graham Littlehales; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Alex Vogt & Colette FarlandVogt February 5: North-South 1st Liz Smith & Keith Stevens; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Don Fuller; 3rd Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Mafie Walker & Howard Mayne February 12: North-South 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; East-West 1st Marian Oshinsky & Nancy Golding; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm. The LAVA Auxiliary is made up of residents who love our 40 country. It is non-political and any Lake Ashton resident is invited to join. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. near the stage at the Clubhouse. During the year we host events to raise funds for our veterans and active military. The Girl Scouts attended our February meeting and offered for sale not only cookies but also donations for cookies to be sent to our military overseas. The LAVA Auxiliary started the donations with a $400 check for this cause. SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Craft Fair is Saturday, October 26. If you would like to become a vendor, stop by to see Sheila at the Clubhouse. Sheila has the Vendor Packets. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to change a person’s day, outlook, and even their life by finding just the right message at just the right time. Our group had a great turnout for the recent LA community Club Expo. We welcomed six new members this past month. As our group grows, we’ve had an average of 28 members at each meeting. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create a beautiful rock. There are lots of ways to paint and the group is always happy to share tips and techniques. LA Rockers meets in the HFC Community Center from 2 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session. It’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The Lake Ashton Swim Club is a fun opportunity to swim for fitness with friends and fellow residents. As a group we support each other. The volunteer instructor/coach gives tips to help improve techniques and creates different written suggested workouts for all levels. Some come just for exercise; some also want to improve their technique; while a few go to one or more of the Florida Senior Games, which offer a variety of strokes and distances in 10 age groups and 2 gender groups. Whatever your interest, come swim at your own pace and get fit with us. The club has reserved the HFC pool on Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Lisa Savala The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association (LAPA) is comprised of residents who enjoy pickleball, from Beginners to Advanced. LAPA is a great way to connect with other players while making pickleball more fun. Here are a few things LAPA does: • Supply balls to all courts • Coordinate Training Clinics, Mixer Tournaments, and Social Events • Represent the members to the CDD • Purchase essential items that go beyond the CDD’s responsibility • Manage league teams that compete with neighboring communities • Post playing time schedules and other useful information on the bulletin board outside the courts Membership forms and a submission box are located at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Offices. The cost is $12 for January through December. If you sign up after January the fee is prorated by $1 per month. For example, $9 if your membership starts in April. Join us for another year of pickleball fun! 41 LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino This month we shine a spotlight on Meals on Wheels recipient Lenore “Gundy” Costello. Lenore lives in Lake Alfred and celebrated her 107th birthday in November. “Gundy”, as she is known, is a former Executive Director of the Girl Scouts Heart of Florida Council, founder of Camp Wildwood and was recognized as the oldest Girl Scout in the nation at the Girl Scouts National Conference last July. Lenore is one of over 600 seniors and adults with limited mobility throughout Polk County that depends on Meals on Wheels for nutritiously-balanced meals each week. Meal Services are based on need, not age or income.Please consider joining Lake Ashton Friends of Meals on Meals (“LA FOMOW”) to help promote this very deserving non-profit organization in our community. To become a member or for more information please email lafomow@gmail.com.
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MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Nancy Sztanyo To all you Michiganders, Yoop Trolls! We are so excited upcoming Michigan Potluck on March 3 from 4 to 7 pm at the HFC. Lots of people, delicious food and even a little Michigan trivia. Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. $5/couple or $3/person (to help pay for the paper products needed). Please bring a dish that will feed 8-10 people and your own beverage This will be a fun filled event and we hope to see everyone from our Great Lakes State! Any questions - call or Nancy D’Herin 313.407.8283 or Diane Schrauben 517.668.0832. MISSOURI/NEBRASKA/ KANSAS STATE PARTY By Nancy Rudy The Potluck is on March 12 from 4 to 7 pm at the HFC. If you have ever lived in one of these states, you are most welcome to join us to meet old and new friends. We will be serving Sloppy Joes and ask that you bring a dish to share. Don’t forget utensils for your dish and bring your favorite beverages. Also, if you have new or gently used items to donate for a silent auction, that would be appreciated. It helps to defray the cost of supplies. R.S.V.P. to Nancy at 314-614-3669 or mrsnlr@cs.com before March 9. Looking forward to seeing which state has the most attendees! SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola Greetings to all neighbors from New York! We are looking forward to seeing old and new friends over the coming year. Our monthly get-togethers mostly held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. There are 5 dates that the room is unavailable so we will work around those dates. Traditionally these will be potlucks, but we welcome any other suggestions (such as pizza nights, caterers, themes, etc). Please note the following dates for the Clubhouse events: March 15, May 17, August 16, September 20, October 18. March 15th: A Taste of New York Potluck – bring a dish that reminds you of your NY home! Whether it’s Sahlen’s hot dogs, Junior’s Cheesecake, Black & White Cookies, Beef on Weck, salt potatoes, Buffalo Wings, Spiedies, Chicken Riggies, White Hots, Grape Pie, Greens & Beans, Waldorf salad, Tomato Pie, an apple dish, pastrami on rye or your favorite family recipe...bring enough to share with eight of your Lake Ashton/NY Friends & Neighbors! For newbies: Please send your contact information (name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY) to Deirdre Knapp (auntdeda@hotmail.com). Hoping to see lots of “old” and new faces on March 15 (6:30 pm) at the Clubhouse Ballroom. ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda Please join us for the Italian/American Club Potluck on March 21 at the HFC at 6pm. Bring a dish to share, (desserts are taken care of) a beverage and $1 to cover expenses. We look forward to meeting some new members, so if you have Italian heritage please join us. For more information contact Susie Escoda at 863-206-6566. LA BELLES By Wallie Hartleb The LA Belles Luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 27 at noon at Charm City in Lake Ashton Clubhouse. The telephone number to check their specials is 863-622-3300. Please register at the Clubhouse Activities Office or online as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Vivian Harmon at 317-430-2662. Let's celebrate Spring together. Hostesses: Vivian Harmon and Wallie Hartleb 42 Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work From Real Estate Agent to Friend When we moved to Florida in 2020, we were blessed to find Brad Kirwan. He made our internet home purchase easy and offered so many helpful tips on the area we knew nothing about. 3 years later we now have bought and sold 3 houses of which we relied on Brad for smooth transitions. We are in our forever home and are grateful for Brad’s guidance and now for his friendship. You’re the best! Michael & Marianne Morcone February 7, 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 43
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GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa The first weekend in March brings LAMGA’s signature event to life, the annual Member-Guest Tournament that takes place March 7, 8 and 9. The field comprises 60 two-man teams divided into 10 flights as they compete in best-ball play on both the East and West courses. The top finishers in each flight receive gift certificates to the pro shop. But win or not, all participants walk away from the tournament with a generous gift bag that includes a variety of golf merchandise. The teams compete in their own flights in nine-hole matches against one another. Along the way, they have a chance to shoot for prizes in closest-to-hole opportunities and in a special 100-yard closest-to-pin contest from the 18th fairway on the West Course. That competition, on March 7, is sponsored by the Red Hoagland Hyundai. Red Hoagland is one of dozens of sponsors supporting the tournament. Sponsorships come from a wide array of businesses and services in the area. In addition to Red Hoagland, the following sponsors make major contributions that enable LAMGA to fund this tournament: Amerity Financial / Burris Warner; Chris Bruser, Mutual of Omaha reverse mortgage specialist; Art’s Golf Cars; and Snowbird Heating and Cooling. This monthly article, throughout 2024, will include the names of other sponsors that have made the tournament possible this year. You also can find the full list of LAMGA sponsors on the league’s web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. The Red Hoagland dealership also supports a monthly competition of LAMGA players, and the results of the first month of the season are in. Here is the leader board from January in the annual Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: 1.) Darrel Reid, $38.75; 2.) Mike Krigelski and Tom Murphy tied with $29.75; 4.) Alan Gasner, $28.75; 5.) Pat O’Neil and Ed Powers tied with $27.75. LAMGA weekly participants compete for prizes in the form of pro shop credits. The amounts in the standings represent how much in pro shop credits that they collected in January. For more information about LAMGA, including how you can join if you are new to the community, visit the LAMGA web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. Pictured: Darrel Reid, left, led the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge after the first month of the season. Next to him is Tom Murphy, tied for second place with Mike Krigelski.
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LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt 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 March – in like a lion, out like a lamb… let’s hope the lamb shows up sooner rather than later. This winter season has been a really wet and cold one for playing golf. Get your green wardrobe ready to play on 3/12 in celebration of St Patrick’s Day – and everyone will play from the green tees! Before you know it, April 2nd will be upon us and our Tropical Tuesday Closing Day and Lunch will arrive. I’m happy to report we have volunteers for VP and Secretary as Janet and Marti step down. We’ll let you know who will carry those torches at the luncheon. Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Beverly Hines LALGA members “Got Their Green On” for the Member/Member Golf Tournament held February 12 & 13 with the theme 18 Shades of Green. Congratulations to all the winners and to Lydia Fichtman and Rita Lee and their committee for organizing the 2-day event. From Nancy Zografos, Chair for We Care for Kids, “I truly appreciate all the donations for the project that supplies toiletries and hygiene products for homeless students. We donated six boxes each for the Winter Haven / Lake Wales High Schools. It was greatly appreciated.” Nominations are now open for the positions of LALGA President and Secretary. Those interested in running for one of these offices should contact one of the nominating committee members: Rita Lee, Kathy Reed, Deb Louder, or Sandra Lancaster. Electronic voting will be held March 20th – 26th and those elected will assume their roles on June 1. Lots of fun Tuesday League Play Day games are scheduled for March. Check out the bulletin board in the hallway to the ladies’ restrooms in the Pro Shop where they are posted each month. The Men’s and Women’s Club Championships will be held on March 21 – 22. Who will get the reserved golf cart parking at the Pro Shop this year? The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: Liz Leigh, Kathy Reed, Bev Hines, and Shearly Simpson. Congratulations, ladies!

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES March Issue Deadline: February 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, 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. FEBRUARY 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $2. FEBRUARY 5 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: South Pointe Elementary (the new school on CR 653) • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves, ComForCare, Central Florida Healthcare Offering Free Blood Pressure Checks, Miller’s Central Air FEBRUARY 12 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speakers: Neighborhood Watch Presents Police Chief Meet and Greet • Featured Vendors: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Tessier Law Firm, Keep Moving Health • BLOODMOBILE in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot from 8:30 to 11:30 am FEBRUARY 19 • Peanut Butter Monday - Donations will go to the Havendale Food Pantry. Cereal and other non perishable food items are needed. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Clubhouse Activities Office. • Featured Speaker: AdventHealth Talks - Heart Health • Featured Vendors: True AC, Water’s Edge, Home Instead, Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid FEBRUARY 26 — NO MONDAY COFFEE IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 30 CLUBS 36 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD February 16, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD February 26, 9 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. We have a new vendor selling fresh eggs! Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact Caroline (clane@lakeashtoncdd.com). BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Get fresh poultry, fish, and beef every Wednesday in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. There are always new specials on the board! BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! LOVE YOUR LIBRARY WEEK The Lake Wales Library Association will visit Lake Ashton on February 14, 9:30 am until 3:30 pm to celebrate Love Your Library Week, a nationwide celebration of public libraries, and the non-profit organizations that support them. The LW Library Association celebrates its 70th HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger It’s that time of year once more. Soon graduation plans will be planned with joy and happiness. Once again we need your gracious charity to help 147 homeless high school seniors. About 50 of these have no family at all! All help programs stop once they graduate which means even though they have worked hard the help stops. Many will be working jobs when other kids are attending the big graduation school party. Please help us provide an early graduation party, help with domestic items and hopefully some financial help for college. There will be a presentation at Monday Coffee March 4. Any donation great or small is very appreciated. Either Activities Desk can accept donations or call Doris at 217-652-6636 with any questions or donations. Doris will also be at the Monday Coffees. GIRL SCOUT COOKIES Girl Scout Troop #75012 will be selling cookies in the Clubhouse Lobby February 12 and 19 from 4 to 5 pm. Cookies are $6 per box. Gluten free options available! anniversary on February 4. They are bringing their Love Your Library membership drive to Lake Ashton. New and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket. Visit lwlibraryassoc.org for information. KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors to the Wood Shop (near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Drive) between 8:30 and 10 am on February 5. ADOPT-A-ROAD CLEANUP A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road on February 29. Meet in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:30 am to pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash grabbers. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and Bok Tower ticket each calendar year. Sign up online or contact Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to keep our community beautiful!
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LOST AND FOUND may make your standing reservation at the Clubhouse and/or Health and Fitness Center. If you have possibly lost anything at the Clubhouse or surrounding area, stop by the Clubhouse Office, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to check the Lost and Found to see if it has been turned in. Lost and Found items will frequently be displayed at Monday Coffee and may be donated to local charities if not claimed. NEW RESIDENT ORI ENTATION The next new resident orientation will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on April 3 at 2 pm. Get introduced to the community, and meet other new residents and community leaders. Sign up online or at either Activities Office. Club, group and organization facilitators who would like to set up an information table at the New Resident Orientation should email Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. CLUBS, GROUPS, & 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 both Activities Desks to obtain a list of registered Club, Groups, Offices, and Organizations that meet in each location. 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. Registered clubs, groups, and organizations may make “standing” reservations. To register as a Lake Ashton Club, Group, or Organization please visit the Clubhouse Office or HFC Activities Office to obtain an application. Once approved by the respective Community Director you To be considered a club, group or organization the following criteria must be met in its entirety. 1. Clubs must be comprised of a minimum of at least five (5) Patrons. 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 Patrons and not to effectuate sales of products or services. 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. 4. Club membership and Club activities must be available to all Patrons. Patrons will be given priority to attend any club activity or event. 5. Registered guests may be invited to attend if space permits. The Amenity Manager has the right to ask registered Guests and other Non-Residents to leave if necessary to accommodate Patrons. 6. Club facilitators are responsible for ensuring all participants of any club, group, or organization events are residents of Lake Ashton or in possession of a valid Facilities Guest Pass. If unauthorized participants try and gain access to District amenities, it is the responsibility of the facilitator to contact Staff and have the unauthorized participants removed from District amenities. 7. Criteria for Club membership should be governed by the individual club’s Bylaws and must comply with the adopted Joint Amenity Facilities Policies. Violations of any of the Joint Amenity Facilities 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 James Margeson at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com or 863-595-1562 with any questions or concerns. SECURITY TRANSITION UPDATE Thank you to the residents who completed the information form online and in person. Residents who did not complete the form will have another opportunity to do so once in person registration begins in the coming months. Please stay tuned to email for information on when this will take place. To receive email blasts, click on the link to sign up on lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com (on the right side of either website's home page). Securitas has given a tentative start date of February 5 to begin installing the equipment needed for the system to function. This process is estimated to take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete as there are many components involved including amenity access equipment and additional cameras being installed at the Clubhouse and RFID equipment and cameras being installed at the Thompson Nursery Road and CR 653 entrances. Soon examples of the RFID tags and amenity access cards will be on display in the Clubhouse and HFC for residents to get a first time look at the credentials that will be distributed. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions. Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 10 and 11. Residents can also contact Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or James Margeson, LA II (WH) CDD Community Director at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com with questions. 2024 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION Lake Wales residents can vote in the next Commission election on April 2 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The period to qualify for election to Seat 2 and Seat 4 begins at noon Monday, February 12 and ends at noon February 16 in the City Clerk’s Office at the City Administration Building, 201 W. Central Ave, Lake Wales. Candidate packets will be available in the City Clerk’s Office beginning at 9 am on Friday, February 2. For additional information, contact City Clerk Jennifer Nanek at 863-678-4182, ext. 1254. Contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863-534-5888 to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot. Voter registration deadline is March 4. LAKEASHTONLIVING.COM By Iris Realmuto Discover how to navigate the features of LakeAshtonLiving.com. This website is a tool for residents to better connect with the community. Come to the Clubhouse Cinema at 10:30am on February 19 and learn all about the features of the website including resident directory, marketplace, event calendar, ticket sales & signups, CDD, HOA, club and activity information, resource listing of service providers and restaurants, and discussion groups. Iris Realmuto will provide insight into what’s available to Lake Ashton residents and answer all your questions.
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RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT David Fix and Greg Nauman retired to Florida in 2016 from Pennsylvania. Health was a priority for both of them from day one of retirement so they started out walking. In 2018 they graduated to running and completed their first runDisney race (a half marathon) in 2019. They moved to Lake Ashton in 2020 and continued their healthy lifestyle by running nearly every day for at least 5 miles (most of the time much more). They even brought their love of running to Lake Ashton and the surrounding communities by hosting the first ever Turkey Trot benefiting Lake Wales Care Center (2021), Jingle Bell Jog benefiting Victory Ridge (2022), and Fall Fest 5K benefiting Hands 4 Hope (2023) raising $10,000 for all the organizations, combined. In 2022 they completed their first marathon as part of the 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge. The Dopey Challenge consists of 3.1 miles the first day, 6.2 miles on day two, 13.1 miles on day three, and 26.2 miles on day four for a total of 48.6 miles in 4 four days. One Dopey Challenge turned into 3 completed challenges in January 2024. This third Challenge was a little different for David and Greg as it had a part 2. The day after completing the Dopey Challenge in Orlando and after running 48.6 miles in 4 days, they hopped on a plane and flew to Disneyland in Anaheim, California to complete the Dumbo Double Dare which consisted of 3.1 miles on the first day, 6.2 miles on day two, and 13.1 miles on the last day. For those keeping up with the math, that is 71 miles in two weekends. By running at least a half marathon in both Disney World and Disneyland they also qualified for the Coast to Coast Challenge medal. Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson Meet Jay! Jay is a “jack of all trades” at Charm City with one mission: to make everyone’s visit memorable and enjoyable. He is so full of life and love he will spontaneously break out in song or dance. Many of you have witnessed this side of Jay and will agree, he is quite good. He loves to entertain and loves even more knowing he is making people happy! Jay is a newlywed and comes to us from ChampionsGate. What is something you would like us to know? “We are changing things up to keep things new and fresh. We have had two successful events, our Halloween Party and our Ugly Sweater Party and are planning more. Our Sunday Fundays have been quite successful too. We are now introducing daily specials. It just started so we would appreciate feedback both positive and negative to know what is working and what is not. I truly believe we can’t grow and be successful without your feedback. Some new events we are looking to do are a Valentines Day party and a Super Bowl party, to just name two. Please watch the LA Times, the bulletin board outside of Charm City doors, and our Facebook page for more details!” Greg and David are pictured here with the astonishing 11 medals they earned during their Coast to Coast Challenge. Not only did they earn 22 additional medals, collectively, to add to their ever growing collection (in the picture behind them) they also enjoyed a celebratory dinner with friend, actress Lydia Cornell (Sara from Too Close For Comfort) while in Anaheim. Wow, what a week for these two amazing residents. It is safe to say they are representing the fact that age is just a number and you can do anything if you put your mind to it. When you see them running in the community make sure to cheer them on as they are most likely training for their next race! LAKE ASHTON HANDS 4 HOPE BRING SMILES By LA Hands 4 Hope On December 7, 2023, the LA Clubhouse was filled with giggles, laughter and yes, some tears as LA Hands 4 Hope (LA H4H) brought families together for a special Christmas & Holiday Dinner. Even the Grinch snuck a smile as Santa and a helper provided gifts for the children and families. A wonderful dinner was provided by multiple residents and served by LA H4H volunteers. Families were truly touched, and many comments were so endearing, for instance: “Thank you for this event, we had an amazing time and felt special,” or, “I can’t remember the last time I ate and was filled.” Love and respect filled the room. Thank you to all who helped: the LA H4H committee and volunteers, LA 5K chaired by David Fix and Greg Nauman, and the Looplanders for their special donation. It’s a wonderful example of many working together to bring hope to others. Your help contributed to the success of this event. This summer look for more opportunities to help LA H4H provide backpacks loaded with the necessary school supplies to students who would not otherwise be able to afford them. Together we can help these students have a much better chance of working through their education. LAH4H is always open to ideas and volunteers in Lake Ashton. LA H4H accepts financial donations anytime. For additional information contact Sophia Brennan at 305-713-0101. THANKS FROM SHERIFF GRADY JUDD THANK YOU to Lake Ashton and all that helped. Because of you over 500 toys were donated to the Sheriff’s Deptartment for distribution. A trailer load of toys have made many children smile. The letter below says it all. “Look at these wonderful gifts and wonderful people from the Lake Ashton community! LA Hands 4 Hope, a community organization that provides support to kids and parents in low-income and underserved areas, partnered with Lake Ashton community to setup a toy drive. They did a “Drive-in Movie” toy drive where they requested a toy per person, served hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks while enjoying their neighbors. As a result they collected over 500 toys! Every year they choose a place where toys would go and this year they choose Polk County Sheriff's Office because of our commitment to the community. Our deputies will be providing these toys to deserving kids in families that are socioeconomically challenged. Please join me in thanking LA Hands 4 Hope and the residents of the Lake Ashton community!” – Grady Judd, Sheriff
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director There is a lot of talent at Lake Ashton! Take a look at additional winners of the 2023 Fine Arts and Photography Show displayed in the Clubhouse main hallway during the entire month of February. Save the date for the 2024 Fine Arts and Photography Show on March 9. February is full of a multitude of opportunities to meet new neighbors and create lasting relationships. Lake Ashton is fortunate to have two facilities to offer a plethora of entertainment and educational opportunities designed to maintain an active, engaging lifestyle. Don't forget to take a look at pages 22 - 34 in addition to the calendar inserts for information on the current activities, events, and classes at the Clubhouse and Health and Fitness Center (HFC). The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group recently welcomed two new members and continues to meet on a monthly basis, alternating between the Clubhouse and HFC, to evaluate past events and assist staff with planning future events and activities at the Clubhouse and the HFC. Suggestions for entertainment, educational classes, and activities are always welcome and are evaluated by the group at each meeting. Please reach out to Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or James Margeson at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com with any suggestions for programming or constructive feedback on past events and activities. There was a Joint Board of Supervisors meeting on January 19. Supervisors approved of the revised Joint Amenity Facilities Policies and a final version can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". In addition the Boards agreed to work on combining the District's individual policies for the issuance of RFID Tags to residents into one policy. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom LACDD Supervisors met on January 22. At this meeting Supervisors set the rates for the RFID Tags for Lake Wales residents and Amenity Access Cards for both Lake Wales and Winter Haven residents. Thanks to a Sponsorship, Lake Wales residents will receive up to 2 RFID Tags and up to 2 Amenity Access Cards per household at no charge and Winter Haven residents will receive up to 2 Amenity Access Cards per household. Additional RFID tags and Amenity Access Cards can be purchased for $10 each. Please note, residency verification will be required for each tag and card issued. A full list of approved rates was sent out in a wrap up report on January 24. The purchase of a handicap lift, to be installed at the Clubhouse Spa, was also approved. In addition staff is in the process of evaluating converting to natural gas at the Clubhouse and will be presenting additional information to the board at the February Board of Supervisors meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings to get first hand information on community issues and projects. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com for meeting dates and Supervisor contact information. LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com The Lake Ashton II CDD Board and Staff welcomes February with new programs and events! January had many activities our residents attended and enjoyed. Highlights were our dances, starting with the Free Whiskey Band, on January 12. This was a sold out crowd, who danced and enjoyed the outstanding music of this local band. A Health Expo was also held at the HFC on January 26, with many vendors who addressed resident health care needs and concerns. This month, on February 2, there will be a Sock Hop, featuring the 57 Chrome Band, from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research. So dust off your saddle shoes and come on over to HFC to support this important event. Additionally, a new entertainment offering of a free Magic Show will take place on February 9 at 2 p.m. Come on out and experience some magic and illusions at the HFC! February 14, we will be starting a new Zumba Class in the Sports Court. If you are interested, please contact Krystle at the Activities Desk, to register. To add to our new Zumba program, an Aquatic Zumba will also be offered. Contact Krystle to register as well. The Lake Ashton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting a Tornado Drill at various locations within the community on February 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. During this time, you may see CERT personnel and carts driving around the community to ensure our emergency responders are ready for deployment. The deadline for registration for the new gate access system Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID) was December 29 2023. This program replaces the outdated clicker system and will enhance the security of our community. Again, we are excited to bring many more activities and programs to the HFC in 2024 that we are sure our residents will enjoy — hope to see you there!
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer for the website and provide your name, address and email (if you have one or let us know you do not have one) so we can reach out to you and update your user profile and provide assistance. The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck has become a common year-round resident of Lake Ashton. This wasn't always the case, fifteen years ago it was a real treat to see one here. They are brightly colored, noisy and hard to miss when present. This species is found in Texas and Mexico and is believed to have arrived naturally in Florida. Formerly considered "Tree Ducks," they perch in trees and, like the Wood Duck, nest in hollow trees or duck boxes. Males and females are identical in plumage. Their loud whistle can be heard when flying over; when doing so at night residents might believe they are hearing aliens. The joke goes they were once called tree ducks, but that was before they learned how to whistle. The red bill and legs, black belly and white wing patches make this bird appear rather clown-like. LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson Didn’t get your assessment statement? We understand the mail can be a fickle thing at times or maybe you went on holiday and did not receive it. Contact Marti Schmidt at president@lakeashtonhoa.org or Brenda Jackson at admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or email the Board at directors@lakeashtonhoa.org and they will be happy to help you sort it out. If you haven’t already, please register for the HOA website for Lake Wales residents at lakeashtonhoa.com or engage.goenumerate.com. This is our official HOA website, and 402 of your neighbors have successfully signed up and activated their accounts. If we have your email, you should have received an invite to register. Please register to ensure you receive all communications and information to keep you in the know. Haven’t received an email? Need assistance? Please email admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 and leave a message indicating you need help in registering The HOA Annual Meeting will be held February 25, 2024 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. More information will be posted and sent out as we draw closer to the date. Your HOA Board has 2 seats expiring in 2024. We currently have 2 individuals (currently on the Board) that are interested in continuing to serve. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • John Leale, Vice President vicepresident2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke arc@lakeashtonhoa.org LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2 15
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SAFETY All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout LA. A person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Please keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times. When walking or bicycling, especially at night or in the early morning, remember to "Be Safe and Be Seen: Make Yourself Visible to Drivers.” • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials • Carry a flashlight • Cross in well-lit areas • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing C RT CERTainly Safe HOME SAFETY REMINDERS COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM Home Safety Tips from Your Lake Ashton Community Emergency Response Team Many folks like to start the new year with some healthy resolutions. Here are some general safety to-dos we all should be sure to take care of this year: Smoke and CO Monitors - Don’t forget to replace the batteries semi-annually in these very important monitors. Hire a home maintenance person to do the job if you’re unable to climb a ladder safely up to your monitors. Fire Extinguishers - If you don’t already have a portable extinguisher in your house (one designated for ABC class fires) you should get one. If you already have such an extinguisher, check to be sure it is easy to get to (not obstructed by other stored items) and it is fully charged and ready to go. Make sure everyone in your home knows where it is and how to use it. Important Numbers - Be sure to have an up-to-date list of phone numbers for family/friends/neighbors/doctors, plus any other important services to call in the event of a medical, fire or other emergency. Keep the list where it’s easy to find. First Aid Supplies - Check your supplies of Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antiseptics, burn ointment, and other basic first aid supplies. Make sure everything is up-to-date, you and your family know where they are, how to use them, and that all such materials are easy to get to. Vaccines and Inoculations - Ask your doctor if you’re up to date for all recommended vaccines. Don’t forget to check with your veterinarian to be sure your pets’ vaccines are up-to-date too. 16 AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... The Area’s Largest Selection of Furniture...at the Best Price...ALWAYS! Presidents Day Sale LIMITED TIME SAVINGS! WARM UP TO WINTER SAVINGS January 19 - March 4 Get a... 10% OFF STRESSLESS® FURNITURE* - OR - $ 400 OFF STRESSLESS® RECLINERS WITH POWER* with a mattress set purchase Stressless® Mayfair Classic Power™ shown in Paloma New Cognac/Walnut *With a qualifying purchase. See store for details. 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 ©2024 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1512 1/24 $300 GIFT CARD
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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to 2024. We know we are! Mark your calendars for these exciting events: February 12 – Please join us at Monday Morning coffee where the Chiefs of Police from Lake Wales and Winter Haven discuss what is happening in their city. All public safety groups (Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Assisted Patrol, and the Community Emergency Response Team) are encouraged to attend in their respective uniforms. If you have specific questions you would like 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. February 27 - National Night Out. This year's event starts at the Clubhouse and finishes at the HFC. More information and details to come! March 5 - Sheriff Grady Judd is coming! He will join us at the HFC Community Center around 2:30. We are looking forward to a new and exciting year growing the Block Captain group and completing our Deputy positions. Let us know if you are interested in joining either of these groups or would like more information on how you can be more active in our Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch. For questions/concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan DiBattista @ 239.851.7899. CERT TORNADO DRILL Lake Ashton CERT will hold their annual Tornado Drill from 1 to 4 pm on February 15. Participants will be in CERT or Polk Fire/Rescue uniforms and will be practicing a mock post tornado damage assessment in Lake Ashton. The activity is planned away from busy areas. Orange cones will be placed at the side of some roads to facilitate the drill and will be removed at the end of the exercise. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 18 FREE ESTIMATES!!!! Call WCM Construc.on and Roofing, LLC For all your roofing needs!!! • Roof Replacement • Roof Repair • Roof Inspections 863-969-3722 www.warrencm.com Licensed & Insured CCC1332250, CBC1255292, CFC1431988 19
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MOVI ES The Lake Ashton Black Heritage Club Presents: A Black Film Festival to Celebrate Black History Month FEBRUARY 6 — 8 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS FEBRUARY 8) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM MARSHALL 2017 | PG-13 | 1H 58MIN Young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accuses Black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. FEBRUARY 13 — 15 (NO 7 PM SHOWING FEBRUARY 14) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE EQUALIZER 3 2023 | R | 1H 49MIN Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he's done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are 18 under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends' protector by taking on the mafia. FEBRUARY 20 — 22 RUSTIN 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 48MIN The architect of 1963's momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world has ever known. He challenged authority, never apologized for who he was, what he believed, or who he desired. And he did not back down. He made history, and in turn, he was forgotten. Directed by DGA Award and fivetime Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Rustin shines a long overdue spotlight on the extraordinary man who, alongside giants like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker, dared to imagine a different world, and inspired a movement in a march toward freedom. FEBRUARY 27 — 29 (NO 7 PM SHOWING FEBRUARY 28) BYE BYE BARRY 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN When NFL superstar Barry Sanders vanished at the height of his career, he left the NFL world in shock. He was still in his prime, chasing the all-time NFL rushing record when he boarded a flight to England and never stepped foot on the field again. Now, 24 years later, Barry retraces his steps through the streets of London to finally confront the mystery. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED FEBRUARY 2 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM WAITING TO EXHALE 1995 | R | 2HR 1MIN Navigating through careers, family and romance, four friends bond over the shortcomings in their love lives -- namely, the scarcity of good men. Both as the "other woman," Savannah (Whitney Houston) and Robin (Lela Rochon) carry on relationships with married men, each believing their lovers will leave their wives for them. On the flip side, Bernadine (Angela Bassett) ends up alone when her husband divorces her for his mistress. Meanwhile, Gloria (Loretta Devine) finds love with a new neighbor. FEBRUARY 9 AT 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS) SILVER DOLLAR ROAD 2023 | PG | 1H 40MIN From Academy-Award Nominee Raoul Peck, Silver Dollar Road follows the story of the Reels family as told by the matriarch Mamie Reels Ellison and her niece Kim Renee Duhon, two fierce women defending their rights and fighting to protect their ancestor's land and their brothers and uncles Melvin and Licurtis, who were incarcerated for eight years for refusing to leave their homes -- becoming two of the longest serving inmates for civil contempt in the country. This documentary, based on the 2019 ProPublica article, highlights the ways the legal system is exploited to limit land ownership in the Black community and further contributes to the racial wealth gap. FEBRUARY 16 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE COLOR PURPLE 1985 | PG-13 | 2H 32MIN An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson (Danny Glover), things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker. FEBRUARY 23 11 AM, & 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) THE HARDER THEY FALL 2021 | R | 2H 17MIN When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men--hottempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)--and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including "Treacherous" Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose. the Lake Ashton Black Heritage Club meets the second Monday of each month at 4 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to attend the meetings and are invited to become members.
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EVENTS SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. TRIVIA By David Fix Join your neighbors for a fun time and a chance to win some cash on February 4 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! Only $1 to play, teams not required. Maximum of 8/table. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia begins at 7. RELAY FOR LIFE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society by selling luminary bags for a minimum donation of $10 at Monday Coffee starting February 5. After every Monday Coffee, 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, and a small can like soup, to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk staff member or volunteer by March 8. We will put a tea light in each bag to illuminate it. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to join the Walk For A Cure at 6 pm on Tuesday March 12 in the Clubhouse West parking lot to walk around the Pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. QUILTS OF VALOR & K9 QUILTS OF HONOR Anyone who would like to put together quilt tops for Law Enforcement K9s and military veterans and active duty should meet in the HFC Sports Court February 9 from 1:15 to 4:45 pm. Thread, fabric, beginner patterns and any instruction, if needed, will be provided. Bring your excitement, sewing machine and scissors. Don’t sew? We will need people to iron for those sewing. A “Quilt of Valor®” is our award to Service Members and Veterans who have been touched by war. There has been over 350,000 have been made over the last 20 years. A “K9 Quilt of Honor®” recognizes Law Enforcement, Military and Search/Rescue K9s, and their handlers for the willingness to serve our local communities, counties, states, country and stand in harm’s way to help keep us all safe. Contact: Carolyn Bluhm at 719.510.1088, CERTMinistry@gmail.com. LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ! By Gina Krall The recently coronated Lake Ashton Mardi Gras King and Queen are making their first appearance this year in the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 10 at 3 pm in downtown Lake Wales. The Royals (whose names, following MG tradition, will not be disclosed until the evening of the ball) will be leading the LA Krewe of over 40 participants, tossing beads and ushering in the float carrying the one and only Diana Lynn who will be belting out "When the Saints Go Marching In" and electrifying the crowd. The now famous two LA marching groups, Ashtonettes and the LA Shakers, will be struttin their way up and down the streets of Lake Wales delighting the crowd. Add sign carriers, balloon passers and bead tossers and this will not be an event you will want to miss. A special thank you to our sponsor for the second year – Arts Golf Cars. Support your LA neighbors. Grab a lawn chair and stake out your parade spot early in the day. All proceeds go to Lake Wales charities and this year we intend on breaking the bank and putting last year's donation of $26,000 to shame. If you are interested in joining our Krewe as a balloon passer or if you have extra beads you would like to donate for reuse, please call Gina at 443-783-6191. "Throw me something, Mister!” LAKE ASHT ON’S 2024 VA L E N T I N E ’ S DAY P A R T Y 14 FEB 6 PM PLATED DINNER MENU: PERUVIAN CHICKEN, SHRIMP SKEWERS, ROASTED POTATOES, GREEN BEANS, SALAD & RED VELVET CAKE DANCE TO LIVE MUSIC BY THE SOUTHSHORE CRUISERS BAND TICKETS: $45 ON SALE ONLINE & AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES OFFICE
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QUILT SHOW By Marsha Martin The 2024 Lake Ashton Creative Quilters Show is almost here! Come to the Clubhouse Ballroom on February 21 from 11 am to 3 pm, and see what our members have been working on for the last two years. Admission is free. Over 100 pieces of work will be on display, ranging from totes and purses, wall hangings and table runners, to king size quilts. There will be samples of some of our fun group projects such as the Batik Rip and Share and the 2023 Mystery Quilt. Our newest Clubhouse and HFC Quilts will also be on display as well as our latest creation, The I Spy Quilts. The BOLLA group, the SEW What and More Group, and the The K9 and Quilts of Valor will all have displays, so come and see what they are up to. All of these groups are doing projects to better the community so come and see what they are all about. If you are a quilter, but not part of the group, and would like to display a quilt or learn more about joining us, please contact Marsha Martin at 406788-8087. FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW By Lyn Rogers The 16th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will be on display in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Saturday March 9, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Entry forms are due February 1st. The show is open to all Lake Ashton residents, attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. A CHANCE TO TALK TO A LAKE ASHTON AUTHOR Come out and have a conversation with one of the authors of the new book: “The Wall Between”, and engage in a challenging but interesting subject. An opportunity to become more familiar with the conflict in Israel-Palestine and gain a better understanding of why it has become such a difficult conversation for us here in North America and how we might begin to break down “the wall between.” This will be a 90-minute session, hearing from the author, facilitated by another Lake Ashton resident, Dr. Gary Goldetsky as well as being able to ask questions. There is no fee for the session. Participants will need to have read the book. If you don’t already have the book, they are available for $20 (email Jeff at drjeffreywilkinson@gmail.com). The session will be limited to 20 people, but if needed, we will hold another session. The session will be held on March 1 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Card Room. COLORS OF CARING SPRING FASHION SHOW By Kristy McKibben Join us for an exciting “Colors of Caring” Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 13 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets are $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Hospice, a cause near and dear to many of us. A tasty luncheon will be provided. Beautiful and wearable Spring fashions will be showcased by your modeling friends and provided by Babe’s Shoes & Apparel of Lakeland. Babe’s will be set up to sell before and after the show. Doors open at 11 am, with lunch at 11:30, and the Fashion Show will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Shopping will continue until 2:30. Tickets are $25 and on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Checks only, please, made out to Kristy McKibben. We have a stamp that will identify your check as “HOSPICE FASHION SHOW.” GREAT HOLIDAY TOUR WINNERS By Marsha Martin Over 200 votes cast were cast in Lake Ashton’s First Annual Great Holiday Tour to determine the best holiday decor to be found in Lake Ashton. Congratulations to the winners! Pictured left: Best Overall - Vivian and Ted Harmon, 5137 Winged Foot Lane Pictured below: Most Festive - Darlene and Rick Shaw, 4149 Limerick Drive Pictured below: Most Extravagant - Sophia and Mike Brennan, 6253 Pinehurst Loop
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2024 SHOWCASE & TICKET SALES COMING! By Karen Nelson Changes in Latitudes We are getting ever so close to the 2024 Showcase, created and presented by the Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation. Your friends and neighbors have been rehearsing for the Showcase, and we are excited to perform it for you! Opening Night is Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinee is March 23 at 1:30 pm, and Closing Night is Saturday at 7:30 pm. As usual, the Matinee will have an extended intermission for mobility needs, and LAPAC will be providing Sign Language interpreters for the Saturday matinee performance. The deadline for ASL reservations is February 9. Reservations can be redeemed for Saturday Matinee ticket purchases on February 20, 2024 between 8 am and 12 noon on the first day of resident ticket sales at the Clubhouse Ballroom. To reserve, please contact James Adkridge by email at caselton11@gmail.com or TEXT ONLY to 240-476-4549. Tickets go on sale to Lake Ashton residents Tuesday, February 20 at 8 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Premium seats are $25, regular seats are $20. Online sales on TicketLeap will begin at noon. If you have not established a LAPAC account with TicketLeap for prior LAPAC events, it will require only a few extra keystrokes! UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE March 15 - Senior Expo April 5 - Luau May 7 - Taco Tuesday Party May 17 - Denim & Diamonds Ladies Luncheon June 21 - Dukes of Hazzard Party July 4 - Star Spangled Shindig EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP SESSIONS February 29 at 9:30 am in the Cinema: “Wills & Trusts 101” THINK & DRINK: FOUNTAIN OR AERATION? Grab a drink from Charm City and come to another thought-provoking discussion on February 28 at 6:30 pm as part of the Think & Drink series. Lloyd Lightsey, owner of The Pond Monster, is an incredibly captivating speaker who will have you hanging on his every word as he answers your water- related quest ions. His interest ing presentation will discuss whether a fountain feature or water aeration is the answer for lake, pond, or home water feature needs. Lloyd's charismatic presentation ways will surely dazzle all who attend this Think & Drink! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone is welcome. No charge. Mats available or bring your own. Chairs also available if you prefer. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (316-516-2815) Come join us in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:45 am for a relaxing hour of stretching, strengthening, and meeting new friends. There is no charge. Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley FOOD IS AS FOOD DOES We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” But I would like to modify this saying to, “You are as healthy as your dietary choices.” I say this because our bodies can survive on poor nutrition; but there is a limit to how much waste your body can filter out and continue to function. Although we can all appreciate that food is necessary for survival; we seem to have forgotten a basic function of food is repairing and replacing damaged and expired cells in the body. Indeed, cells are the building blocks of every physiological function in our body. And they have a shelf-life of a few days to a few months. We are continuously repairing, rebuilding and replacing the cells in our body. The food we eat not only provides us with energy; it is converted into our own living cells. And the quality of the food we eat is directly related to cellular health, function, aging and disease. Highly processed foods like donuts, candy, cookies, and soda can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries. They are man-made foods loaded with chemicals we can’t pronounce. Sure, it’s convenient and tastes good, but your liver and kidneys are now forced to work extra to remove the toxins and waste they produce. Love your body enough to want what’s best for it. Move away from the boxes and start eating foods that have life: like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Aim for foods with oneword ingredients like spinach, blueberries, almonds, salmon, lentils, etc. These foods have properties that strengthen your immune system, help your body to build and maintain healthy tissue, produce real energy, and will give you that healthy glow that can only come from the inside. BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. Check out these offerings for your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM HFC ✴Zumba - a dance fitness class that is easy to follow and every move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. Held in the Clubhouse Ballroom - February 7 at 5:30 pm ✴NASM certified Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Joel Eyres talks Blue Zones and steps you can take to live to be 100 on February 19 at 4:30 pm in the Cinema. Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom, email yogawinterhaven@gmail.com ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/ class (payable at class). Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Zumba at the HFC Sports Court - February 14, 21, & 28 at 5:30 pm ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am 31
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CHECK, CALL, COMPRESSION & AED CLASS Learn life-saving techniques with Polk County Fire Rescue on February 13 at 11:30 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. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. FUSED GLASS NIGHTLIGHT Instructor: Jill Groves Friday, February 16 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create a beautifully unique glass night light! Sign up at the Clubhouse with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. FREEZE & FUSE February 18 from 6 to 8 pm and Wednesday, February 21 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room. In the first session, you will create glass embellishments from glass powder & water from one of 2 themes: Ocean or Garden. If you have an N-95 mask, please bring it. In the second session, you will use these embellishments in the creation of a 6” x 8” panel which can be placed on a stand or on a frame (stands and frames not included). Sign up at the HFC with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. CREATE A CARD February 20 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr February 10 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Black Sunset $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on February 9 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN - BUBBLE ART Join Carmen in the Clubhouse Ballroom as she shows you how to turn bubbles into watercolor floral art on March 12 at 11:30 am! You will make two pieces of original artwork using specialty watercolor paper, paint, and bubbles. All supplies and instructions will be included for $8/person. Space is limited to 20. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by March 4. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Instructor: Sheila Vertoli February 7 at 2:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Canvas Painting - $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by February 4 Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Grateful to Realtor for Service Above and Beyond Working with Brad made a somewhat unique and difficult situation much easier. He took charge with coordinating cleaning out the house and taking care of maintenance/repair issues. Without his assistance, I would have had to hire someone to accomplish the many tasks Brad took care of. I am eternally grateful to Brad for all he did on my Dad's behalf. I highly recommend you contact him should you have need for a Realtor. Thanks again, Brad !! Family of Harry Mazelin 13 July 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 35
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CLUBS LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino Meals on Wheels of Polk County (“MOWPolk”) is headquartered in Winter Haven. It delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks that enable over 600 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the county to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. For many, the driver who shows up with a meal and a smile is the only person they see or speak with all day. This special delivery is the reason to get up in the morning and something to look forward to. MOWPolk is a non-profit organization with no state or federal funding. It relies on community-based charity, volunteers and proceeds from its thrift store sales. Many Lake Ashton residents volunteer for MOWPolk in one form or another. Even more generously support this deserving organization through monetary donation. Most importantly, some receive meal services. If you are civic-minded and have a few hours available each month, you are invited to join a new club forming in conjunction with MOWPolk. The mission of the club will be to promote MOWPolk in fun, interactive ways within Lake Ashton throughout the year. To become a member or for more information, please email lafomow@gmail.com SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley If you are in Lake Ashton on your own, you might consider looking into the Singles Club. A good way to find out about us would be to come to one of our monthly meetings — the next meeting will be Sunday, February 4 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The January meeting had a good turnout, and after the meeting we played cards and games until 4, then went out to dinner (locations vary). We do other activities together, also, like occasionally going to Theatre Winter Haven, out to dinner, or sitting together at club parties and dances. We also have a get-together at the Pavilion on the Third Thursday of most months. We share appetizers and bring something to drink. So please consider coming to our monthly meeting. If that date doesn’t work for you, we also play cards every Sunday at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If that room is in use, we have the Card Room. Once cards are finished at 4., we go out for dinner. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The Lake Ashton Camera Club will be meeting on Monday, February 12 in the Cinema at 10:30 am. At the January meeting we enjoyed a presentation by guest speaker Reinier Munguia on landscape photography. This month the topic will be utilizing photographs to create greeting cards presented by Pam Klawinski. Members will also share photographs with the group to discuss and enjoy. Remember to bring your photos on a USB drive. The club is open to all LA residents that enjoy photography. 37
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting February 1 in-person only at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. The speaker will be Terrye Howell, former member of the Lake Wales City Commission, to discuss the importance of completion of the Lake Wales Envisioned and Lake Wales Connected Plans. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Kristy McKibben The February 28 meeting will feature Anders W. Edwardsson, author of “Radical Betrayal: How Liberals & Neoconservatives Are Wrecking American Exceptionalism.” Born in Sweden, Anders earned an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Politics. He has written three books on political history, and works as a political commentator and syndicated columnist. He lives outside Tampa. You must attend this meeting to learn the important history behind the book’s title. Check-in begins at 3:30 pm and program begins at 4 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Contact: Linda Sandel 863.368.0699 GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club met on January 10. A TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 presentation on houseplants was lead by Rhonda Lindon Hammon. Panel members supporting the topic were Kathie Eustice and Pam Klawinski. Sil Wells gave a demonstration on repotting plants using a more simplistic and less hassle method. Members attending took home information on the best practices and also participated in solving problems. The club will tour Bok Tower instead of meeting in the Pavilion on February 14. Anyone wishing to go should contact Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com as soon as possible. Some members have extra guest passes and carpooling will be available. Sil Wells will lead the tour. Sil is a volunteer at Bok and has given tours before. Please come and support the Garden Club on Wednesday, April 10 as the third annual silent auction/garden sale will be held at 10 am. The club does not collect dues. This is its main fundraiser. Monies collected go towards speakers in which all residents are welcomed to attend. Other purchases, but not limited to are: replenishing existing garden beds and numerous supplies. Anyone interested in donating plants, pots or miscellaneous garden items please email Lynn Davis. FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Stephanie Iszak The Friendly Bocce Group would like to invite all Lake Ashton residents to come out on Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm to play some fun games of Bocce Ball and see the “new” courts. No experience is required. Our first social of the year was in January. The potluck was a huge success with a lot of food and fun and laughter. Our group also has the Bocce courts reserved for the first and third Fridays for the 2024 season from 4 to 6 pm for tailgate parties. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share.
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This is a great opportunity to socialize and play some games. The Yearly Tournament is scheduled for March 16, limited to sixteen teams, and dinner will be held at Charm City. Jim Weaver has agreed to sponsor the tournament for another year. More information regarding the tournament will be forthcoming. All information for the LA Friendly Bocce Group will be disseminated via "Talk of Lake Ashton" (TOLA) on Facebook, Lake Ashton Friendly Bocce on Facebook, emails, email blasts, and in the LA Times. Any questions please contact Stephanie Iszak at 609-980-9505 or at siszak@comcast.net or Tammy Shields at 863-632-2024 or tammy.shields1221@gmail.com. Looking forward to having many new Friendly Bocce players. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White All LASC members are doing a good job of working off holiday calories. Some swim 4 or more times a week, and some even swim as early as 5:30am. We are excited that some new swimmers are participating in the club's 100+ mile swim challenge. All are welcome to participate. Simply track your laps on the log in the hallway by the fitness area restrooms. Some swimmers, including the two pictured, are gearing up for the annual Polk Co. Senior Games swim meet, which will be March 2-3 at the Lakeland YMCA indoor pool. The deadline to enter the Games is quickly approaching - February 9. You can register by obtaining a registration book from Coach Sandy or calling the Senior Games office at 863-533-0055. Many thanks to resident Tom Knapp for repairing the digital wall clock! It is valuable to LASC members as well as the water exercise classes. LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Mark McDuff The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association (LAPA) is comprised of residents who enjoy pickleball, from Beginners to Advanced. LAPA is a great way to connect with other players while making pickleball more fun. Here are a few things LAPA does: • Supply balls to all courts • Coordinate Training Clinics, Mixer Tournaments, and Social Events • Represent the members to the CDD • Purchase essential items that go beyond the CDD’s responsibility • Manage league teams that compete with neighboring communities • Post playing time schedules and other useful information on the bulletin board outside the courts Membership forms and a submission box are located at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Offices.The cost is $12 for January through December. If you sign up after January the fee is prorated by $1 per month. For example, $9 if your membership starts in April. Join us for another year of pickleball fun! DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh You do NOT have to have a family member who has served in the military. Come see for yourself. I am happy to report that the LAVA Auxiliary donated $7,500 to Canine Partners for Patriots and $5,000 to Soldiers Freedom for Outdoors. Upcoming Event: Craft Fair October 2024. We are accepting vendor applications for the 2024 Craft Fair, so submit your applications early. You can obtain your application and Craft Fair packet from Sheila at the Clubhouse. Her office is directly across from the Activities Office. Dues were collected at the January meeting. If you were unable to attend this meeting, please refer to Lynne’s email. Her address is on the form that was emailed to members. God Bless America, our Troops and Veterans! A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged by contacting Don Fuller at 863-324-2255. Winners: December 18: North-South 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd James Ford & Don Fuller; 3rd Patricia Foster & Sonny Robinson; East-West 1st Marge Kniat & Judy Robertson; 2nd Howard Mayne & Jeff Wilkinson; 3rd Jeannine Connors & Dee Mayne January 8: North-South 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd James Ford & Don Fuller; 3rd Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; East –West 1st Nancy Golding & Cheryl Tillman; 2nd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat; 3rd Sonny Robinson & Patricia Foster January 15: 1st Sonny Robinson & Patricia Foster; 2nd Graham Littlahales & Tom Fleming; 3rd James Ford & Marian Oshinsky; 4th Nelda Sedlacek & Lois Dole LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The LAVA Auxiliary Meeting will meet on February 21 at 6:30 pm in the Ballroom close to the stage. I have been a member of the Auxiliary for 8 years. My experience during that time is WOW! The meeting attendees are filled with smiles and eagerness to help our veterans who have given so much so that we can have the freedoms we experience each day. 41 LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. You never know how a small painted rock can change someone’s day, outlook, or even their life. It’s about sharing a little message of encouragement to someone who needs it. It’s about bringing smiles to our neighbors. It’s about welcoming new neighbors. The group has been busy painting rocks for the latest group challenge. Each LA Rocker has been challenged to paint 6 themed rocks so be on the lookout for all those new hidden rocks! Please post a photo of your finds on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. LA Rockers meet in the HFC Community Center from 2 to 4 on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The first Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The third Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create a beautiful rock. There are lots of ways to paint and the group is always happy to share tips and techniques. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session. It’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided.
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ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda All of you with Italian heritage are welcome to join us on February 15 at 6 pm at the HFC for our monthly potluck. The cost is $1 each to cover expenses. Please bring a dish to share (desserts are taken care of) and a beverage of your choice. Tickets will be on sale for the dance March 1 at the HFC for $10 each. Happy Days band will be playing from 7 to 10 pm. This event is open to everyone in Lake Ashton. For tickets contact Joe D’Herin (313-407-8286), Doug Olympia (845-275-8468) or Susie Escoda (863-206-6566). MN, ND, & SD STATE PARTY By Mark Rath It is almost here! Please join your fellow Minnesotans, North and South Dakotans for a Potluck on Sunday February 18 from 5 to 8 pm at the HFC. Bring a dish to share that serves eight (please mark your dish), and don't forget serving utensils. Coffee and water will be provided, or bring your own favorite beverage. RSVP to StatepartyatLE@gmail.com by February 10 or call 952-797-4597 with questions. Come meet new people, enjoy a great potluck and have some fun! LA BELLES By Patti Bergstrom As Bruce Springsteen sings it so well - we are going to "Glory Days" for the February LA Belles Luncheon on Wednesday, February 28 at noon. Their address is 6005 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven. The telephone number to check their specials for the day are 863-496-6122. Please register the first of the month on TicketLeap as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Patti at 740-624-6903. Let's celebrate Valentine's month together! Hostesses: Judy Mehal, Noreen Guy and Patti Bergstrom MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Nancy Sztanyo To all you Michiganders, Yoopers and Trolls! We are so excited for our upcoming Michigan Potluck on March 3 from 4 to 7 pm at the HFC. Lots of people, delicious food and even a little Michigan trivia. Sign up sheets will be located at both the Clubhouse and the HFC in January. $5/couple or $3/person (to help pay for the paper products needed). Please bring a dish that will feed 8-10 people and your own beverage This will be a fun filled event and we hope to see everyone from our Great Lakes State! Any questions - call or Nancy D’Herin 313.407.8283 or Diane Schrauben 517.668.0832. SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola Greetings to all neighbors from New York! We are looking forward to seeing old and new friends over the coming year. Our monthly get-togethers will be mostly held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 pm with some changes made due to availability of the Ballroom. The February event will feature pizza, salad & dessert in the Pavilion on February 7 at 6 pm (cost for pizza TBD, let us know in the facebook group or by email if you can bring a salad or dessert). Many of you know that our group's founder, Sandra Fritschi, passed away on December 20 after a long battle with cancer. In her honor, the group has been renamed "Sandy's NYS Group" and there will be a collection at the February dinner for the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization that does research for the treatment and cure of pancreatic cancer. Newbies: Please send your name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY to Deirdre Knapp - auntdeda@hotmail.com. Join us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ 1770504486652589. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 7th for pizza at the Pavilion. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next meeting of the genealogy club will be Wednesday, February 14 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come join the fun while we look for our elusive ancestors and help each other answer our questions. For more information, call Jane at 815-545-6655. How AI is Making Financial Fraud Harder to Spot As we continue to navigate the digital era, the technological advancements of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have impacted many industries, most notably finance and banking However, with the development of AI comes a problem: AI is making financial fraud harder to spot. Financial fraud has been a nuisance to the global economy, draining businesses of money annually. Traditionally, fraud has been fought using standard detection systems and manual fraud analysis. However, traditional approaches to combat fraud must be revised as fraudsters become more sophisticated, leveraging AI to perpetrate malicious deeds. They have ushered in an era of “intelligent fraud,” which is now more complex to detect and prevent. Machine learning (ML), a subset of AI, is a critical feature that fuels this complexity. Fraudsters deploy machine learning algorithms to understand and exploit patterns in data, facilitating the creation of new fraud techniques. Consequently, while financial institutions race to incorporate AI to help prevent fraud, online fraudsters use these same systems to accomplish their schemes at an alarming rate, making financial fraud harder to spot. Another harmful aspect of AI is the concept of deepfakes, a sophisticated AI application that creates counterfeit audio and videos that seem real. Hackers and fraudsters can now manipulate data to validate fraudulent transactions. They use these deepfakes to imitate voices on the phone or foster fake video conferences, duping authorized personnel to validate transactions illegitimately. This escalating sophistication of financial fraud exemplifies a “moving-target defense.” Fraudsters relentlessly adapt their tactics, forcing businesses and banks to continually adjust their fraud detection models, which, in turn, slows down the detection process, allowing fraudsters more time to prepare their schemes. The repercussions of AI-driven fraud extend beyond the immediate monetary losses. There are substantial costs related to reputation, customer trust, and regulatory compliance. Trust-based business relationships can be eroded due to these fraud incidents, leading to indirect losses that result in direct financial losses. Despite the growing complexity of spotting financial fraud, a silver lining exists. AI and machine learning technologies are diverse and flexible enough to be used by financial institutions to combat these advancing fraud techniques. For instance, AI can help to identify unusual patterns or anomalies in transactions that may signal fraudulent activities. It can delve into large amounts of data in realtime, improving the speed and accuracy of detecting fraudulent transactions. Additionally, AI can be trained to flag suspected deepfakes based on inconsistencies in the simulated audio or video files. While AI has increased the difficulty of spotting financial fraud, continuous deployment of proper AI measures, increased collaboration, and the evolution of fraud detection models can tilt the scales in favor of financial operations. SWG 3112572-1023b The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 43 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa The 2024 season teed off on January 3 with a Pick-Your-Partner two-player, best-ball game followed by a buffet luncheon at the Eagle’s Nest. It was the first golf-luncheon combination that the league plans to repeat throughout the year. As of this writing, 143 players had enrolled in the men’s league, with more expected as winter residents return to Lake Ashton. If you are reading this article and are new to the community, you may sign up to join LAMGA at the pro shop during business hours. Membership applications are available there or online on the LAMGA web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. Dues for the season – Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 -- are $25. For more information about LAMGA and the schedule of upcoming weekly games, go to the league’s web page where you also will find a list of local businesses and services that sponsor the league. Their support is invaluable to sustaining LAMGA events. In addition to the kickoff of the season, January held significant importance to league members because it is the month when they could sign up for the annual LAMGA Member-Guest Tournament that takes place this year on March 7, 8 and 9. LAMGA board members spent the month processing tournament applications, lining up sponsors, planning activities and selecting merchandise that goes into the gift bags provided each golfer. For a list of last year’s Member-Guest winners, check out the LAMGA web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt received a gift card for $35 good at the Pro Shop or Eagles Nest. Congratulations Red Team and to Mary Lou Wheat and her committee on a successful event. The 2024 Club Member Ringer Tournament is in the bag, and kudos to all those Niners that participated with the less than perfect weather conditions! Top winners included Snook/Lowry, Kramer/Alvaro, and Reardon/Lopez. Additional winners were Butch/Bothwell, and Anderson/ Buie who also were the most improved! Congrats! The Niners Pick-Your-Partner ringer tournament is coming up February 19th-20th with lunch following on Wednesday. Always a fun event – watch for the sign-up sheets! As the golf season is in full swing (pun intended), please remember to play ready golf, keep practice swings to a minimum, score the hole at the next tee-box (not at the green), and ALWAYS HAVE FUN! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Beverly Hines February is the month of love and LALGA members love golf. The Solheim Cup 2-Day Golf Tournament was held January 15 and 16. The format was match play with a partner. Blue Team played the Red Team with same partner for both days. Day 1 was best ball net of partners. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions (rain) the second day was cancelled. Players arrived hoping to get finished playing the round, but the weather had other ideas. The good news was that lunch was still on so everyone regrouped at the Eagle’s Nest at noon for a delicious lunch of chicken tortilla soup and build your own chicken or beef taco salad bar. After lunch, Mary Lou Wheat, tournament chair, announced that according to the rules sent out prior to the tournament that due to inclement weather, the holes completed will be used to score the event, therefore, the Red Team won 34 to Blue 30. Each player on the Red Team The LALGA East vs West Tournament was held on January 30th. The format was partner match play with one bet net of partners determining the winning team. The LALGA Member/Member tournament is February 12 – 13 with the theme “18 Shades of Green”! The tournament is a pick your partner event. Partners dress for the theme. Lunch is served after the second day of play. To date our Red Hoagland challenge for members with the most winnings for the year is Liz Leigh in the lead followed by Doris Krogman, Kathy Reed and Bev Hines.

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES February Issue Deadline: January 15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. COVER PHOTO BY CAROLYN BISHOP JANUARY 2024 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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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. JANUARY 1 — NO MONDAY COFFEE. HAPPY NEW YEAR! JANUARY 8 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Woodworker's Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Polk Senior Games and Central Florida Healthcare • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, ComForCare, The Havendale Food Pantry, Family Elder Law Central Florida Healthcare will be at Monday Coffee on January 8 offering FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS and FLU, TETANUS, and COVID VACCINES to residents free of charge with no insurance needed. Residents can also sign up for a primary care visit that will take place in their mobile unit in the Clubhouse west parking lot on January 17, meet the ARNP that will be here, and learn more about pharmacy options and other services that residents will have access to by way of golf cart! JANUARY 15 & JANUARY 22 — NO MONDAY COFFEE JANUARY 29 • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Family Recreation Center • Featured Vendors: AdventHealth, Living Water Boat Cruises, Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 34 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD January 19, 9 am JOINT MEETING WITH LACDD TO FOLLOW AT 11 AM LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD January 22, 9 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 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, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION CHANGES Winter Haven residents will have their trash and recycling picked up on Tuesday, January 2 and Lake Wales residents will have their trash and recycling picked up on Saturday, January 6. MOST FESTIVE DRESSED CONTEST AT MONDAY COFFEE Pictured above left to right: Dot Walck, George Pollock, and Diane Klikas! NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: January 10 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE January 10 and 24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot HOLIDAY CLOS INGS The Clubhouse Offices will be closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2 in observance of the New Year. The HFC Offices will be closed Monday, January 1. The Clubhouse Offices will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15. 5 ADDITIONAL SECURITY FEATURES COMING SOON Thank you to the over 1,550 residents that have completed the resident information form online. This will assist staff in creating the database that will be used to issue amenity access cards and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) barcodes for resident vehicles. There have been many questions regarding this system and Supervisors and staff are here to help during this transition. Informational sessions are being scheduled — please stay tuned to email blasts for information on dates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to return emails and phone calls from residents with questions on this new system.
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did to make sure our less fortunate Lake Wales and Winter Haven area neighbors enjoyed their holiday. We made several trips with our car loaded with more gifts than Santa's sleigh. SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY CLUBS, GROUPS, AND ORGANI ZATIONS BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR By Kathy Jusaites On behalf of Home Instead of Winter Haven, a great big thank you for your generosity and participation in our Be A Santa to a Senior program. Thanks to those who participated , we were able to provide gifts to over 50 seniors living in our local facilities. Another successful year! THANK YOU, LAKE ASHTON! By Fred Halde You did it again, Lake Ashton! When the call went out from Toys for Tots, you responded just like you always have. However, this time was different, in that you not only gave a mountain of toys, but you provided a treasure of cash, which enabled TFT to purchase special gifts which are requested. I was proud of our community to show up about every third day at the warehouse and say, “These are from Lake Ashton!” After a while, I didn’t have to say anything…they just knew. So thank you Lake Ashton for your generosity, from Toys for Tots, Rotary on the Ridge, myself and a whole lot of smiling children. You did it again!! CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock We want to give everyone at Lake Ashton a great big THANK YOU for all of your donations to the Lake Wales Caring Tree. The Care Center Is extremely happy with Lake Ashton for all we 6 Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Office to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the club, group, or organization they are trying to join. All clubs, groups, and organizations are open to every resident. Staff always encourages residents to become more involved in community activities designed to benefit the body, mind, and spirit and with the support of the many club, group, and organization facilitators this will be possible for everyone. 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! Thank You The family of Ron McDonnell would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who were so kind and supportive during his illness, especially the Scalis, Pritchards, Geyers and Wagners. The visits, calls, texts and meals were very much appreciated and proved why Ron loved living in Lake Ashton so much. A celebration of his life will take place at the Eagles Nest on Sunday, February 4 at 3 pm. JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson ALCOHOL: All persons must be at least twentyone (21) years of age to consume alcohol at any Amenity Facility, and must do so in a responsible manner. In regards to LACDD’s Clubhouse: When there is a liquor license holder registered with the State of Florida to serve alcoholic beverages at 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, Florida alcohol may not be brought into the Clubhouse, adjoining outdoor patio, or any other outdoor amenities at any time (the Pavilion is the only exemption with prior approval from the Amenity Manager) All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the holder of the liquor license registered with the State of 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. IF THERE ISN’T A LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDER AT THE CLUBHOUSE If there isn’t a liquor license holder registered with the State of Florida to serve alcoholic beverages at the Clubhouse, the Clubhouse Amenity Manager may approve consumption of alcohol for events held in the Clubhouse. Alcoholic beverage service, if approved, shall only be obtained through a service licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. Such service will be required to provide the Amenity Manager with a certificate of insurance, naming the District as an additional insured party. The Amenity Manager may approve alcohol to be brought in for personal consumption for community events. In regards to LA II CDD’s HFC Community Center: The HFC 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 HFC Community Center herein for more specific information regarding alcohol at the HFC Community Center. 7 Meet Brittany White! Brittany lives in Lakeland with her children, Zayden (4) and Zynlee (2) who are the loves of her life. When not at Charm City you can find her at Walk On’s Sports Bar in Lakeland. What do you like most about working here in LA? “I would have to say the residents. I live in Lakeland and I wouldn’t drive this far if it weren’t for the residents and the connections I have made and continue to make. I look forward to every day to joke with the residents and making them smile.” What is the biggest challenge right now? “Getting the business to grow. Finding what works and what doesn’t to bring more residents in. The events we’ve held have been great and successful and we are happy with the resident response to them. But we still have room to grow.” What would you like the residents to know about you? “I started with Nik back in 2018 with his food truck business. While he has taught me a lot, the most crucial thing he has taught me is the importance of customer service. Customer service is what drives customers back to you every time. I strive to excel at my customer service. It is very important to me that our customers are happy not only with their food and drinks but with their service and can feel the ‘charm” of Charm City.” The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com).
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LEARN ABOUT LAKEASHTONLIVING.COM By Iris Realmuto Discover how to navigate the features of LakeAshtonLiving.com. This website is a tool for residents to better connect with the community. Come to the Clubhouse Cinema at 10:30am on either January 15 or February 19 and learn all about the features of the website including: • Resident directory • Marketplace • Event calendar • Ticket sales & signups • CDD, HOA, club, and activity information • Resource listing of service providers and restaurants • Discussion groups Iris Realmuto will provide insight into what’s available to Lake Ashton residents and answer all your questions. Starting January 8, resident photographs that placed in the 2023 Fine Arts and Photography Show will be available to view in the Clubhouse Main Hallway. In February additional artists from the 2023 winners circle will be featured. Don't forget to save the date for the 2024 Fine Arts and Photography Show on Saturday, March 9. Each month a featured artist or group of artists will have their work displayed in this area. Stop by to see what's new! LACDD & LAIICDD WEBSITES lakeashtoncdd.com [below left QR code] lakeashton2cdd.com [below right QR code] Find board meeting dates, agendas, minutes, Supervisor contact information and more. You can also sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC. 8 LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Welcome to 2024! This is the perfect time to leave things in the past and take on new challenges to continue a path of selfimprovement. Mix it up in 2024 and try sitting at a new table at Monday Coffee or at one of the many social gatherings and events. The Community Social Potlucks are a great way to meet new people. Many new residents moved to Lake Ashton in 2023, so reach out to new faces and welcome new neighbors. The LACDD Board of Supervisors and staff were busy in 2023 with many projects completed including: • Pressure washing the curbing and pavers on Lake Ashton Blvd • Several pavement and curbing repairs throughout the community • Replacement of AED units • Refurbishment of the Card Room, Media Center, Bowling Alley, and Pool/Spa area • Replacement of the Restaurant Patio Awning • Installation of a handicap door opener at the Clubhouse east entrance • Installation of new gate arms and operators at the Thompson Nursery Road Entrance • Replaced the panic bar system at both sets of Lobby doors • Pressure washing and sealing of the bridges • Two new treadmills were purchased • Refurbishment of landscaping on Lake Ashton Blvd, the west parking lot, east pool entrance, and voting entrance • Lake Ashton shoreline stabilization behind the Clubhouse and pathway repairs • Bocce Ball Courts were refurbished Other smaller projects include replacement of water fountains, conversion of Shuffleboard lighting, painting, pressure washing, replacement of gutters and downspouts, and more. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom Other things that happened in 2023 include: •The introduction of a digital screen in the Lobby and online ticketing/ signups •The hiring of an additional maintenance employee •Charm City signed a lease agreement to operate the Clubhouse Restaurant •Facility staff took over maintenance of the outdoor pool and became CPO certified •The Clubhouse phone system was converted resulting in a savings of approximately $200 per month •The contract for landscaping was revised saving the District $472 per month Supervisors and Staff would like to thank residents for their patience during the refurbishment projects and the transition from manual to digital processes. In addition we would like to thank all the Activities Desk, Media Center, and Bowling Alley volunteers, Garden Club facilitator, and everyone else who helped with these projects. They all embraced change with grace and an open mind and we are grateful for their dedication to Lake Ashton. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year full of health, happiness, and peace! 9
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LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com Happy New Year 2024 from the Lake Ashton II CDD Board and Staff! We are excited and ready to start the year with lots of exciting events! The Holiday Classic Cornhole Tournament of 2023 was held in December. As usual, the competition was fierce. The first place winner was Team Popcorn (Ted Harmon and Ervin Konrad, top right). Second place was secured by Team Shields X2 (Robbie and Tammy Shields, bottom right). The field of competitors was large, as this fun sport has gained much popularity here in Lake Ashton. 2023 was ushered out at the Health and Fitness Center with a gala New Year’s Eve Party featuring a 12-piece band. It was a sold-out event that was enjoyed by all! We are featuring new bands this year, starting with the Free Whiskey Band, appearing from 7 to 10 pm on January 12th. A Health Expo will be held at the HFC on January 26th, from 9 am to noon. Many vendors will be available to address your health care needs. Looking ahead to February, there will be a Sock Hop, on February 2nd, featuring the 57 Chrome Band, from 7 to 10 pm. This event will be a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research. So dust off your saddle shoes and come on over to the HFC to support this important cause. A new entertainment offering of a Magic Show will take place on February 9 at 2 pm. Come on out and experience some magic and illusions at the HFC! The deadline for registration for the new gate access system Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID) was December 29, 2023. However, if you did not have the opportunity to do so, you may still register at the HFC or Clubhouse. This program replaces the outdated clicker system and will enhance the security of our community. Again, we are excited to bring many more activities and programs to the HFC in 2024 that we are sure our residents will enjoy--hope to see you there! 10 EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis The Native Florida ornamental shrub, wild coffee (Rubiaceae), isn’t the coffee you’d drink at WHAT IS THE "LITTORAL SHELF" AND WHAT MAKES IT SIGNIFICANT? The portion of the perimeter of a pond that slopes down is called the littoral area. It's also known as the shallow area close to Starbucks. It tastes musty. Some people have used the abundant seeds as a substitute for decaffeinated coffee. Beware! The plant is toxic to humans and pets. Approach brewing the seeds with caution. The shrub is mainly used as a specimen plant in borders, mass plantings or the main focus in your landscaping. The Wild Coffee shrub has shiny dark green leaves. It blooms a white showy cluster of flowers in Spring and Summer. The red fruits appear in late summer or early fall. Birds and other pollinators frequent this shrub. The shrub’s height is anywhere from 6-10ft. It spreads to 4 or 6 ft. Why plant wild coffee in your yard? This shrub is drought tolerant and prefers shade or partial shade. It strangely does not do well in full sun. You’ll love watching for birds, bees and other wildlife in your yard. Just don’t give up your favorite brew! Wild coffee can be found at any Native Plant Nursery. the shore. The littoral shelf looks like a small wetland when it is healthy. A lot of natural aquatic plants, like Bulrush, Pickerel Weed, and Duck Potato, do well in these places. The littoral shelf has many benefits, such as better water quality because it supports beneficial species that consume the nutrients that help algae and invasive aquatic weeds grow. The shelf also filters the water before it leaves the pond through a flow structure and helps to keep the shoreline in place, which reduces erosion. Behind Limerick Drive and behind Litchfield Loop, you can find littoral shelfs in Lake Ashton. The picture shows that Sandhill Cranes love to build their nests in the littoral shelf behind Limerick Drive. Email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com if you have any questions or concerns. SHORELINE RESTORATION PROJ ECT COMPLETE The shoreline restoration project on Lake Ashton, behind the Clubhouse, is complete. Here are pictures from start to finish of the project. LA (LW) CDD Supervisors approved this project in September 2023 to battle severe erosion in the area. Thank you for your patience with closures during construction. 12 Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3YEARBumpertoBumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2023 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always offering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the difference, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 13
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer help keep LA a premier 55+ community. Interested members should email president@lakeashtonhoa.org or admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. The Red-winged Blackbird, a Mark your calendars, the HOA Annual Meeting will be held February 25, 2024 in the Clubhouse ballroom. More information will be posted and sent out as we draw closer to the date. common year-round resident of Lake Ashton, is one of the most ubiquitous of all the birds in North America, found even in Alaska. They are a welcome sight to any who have just moved to Florida. This is one of many birds where the name is an accurate descriptor. The bright red epaulets are obvious against a glossy ebony body. These are bordered below with yellow, but are often concealed when perched. This bold gregarious species is usually found perched in a marsh, but can also be seen ushering a Red-shouldered Hawk away from its nesting area. The Red-winged Blackbird's loud and familiar song "Kong-ka-ree" rings out as the males deftly show their bright red shoulder patches hoping attract a mate in spring. The females and young (right) often confuse observers because they look more like an oversized sparrow. They can be found in immense flocks in winter. LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson If you haven’t already, please register for the HOA website for Lake Wales residents at lakeashtonhoa.org or engage.goenumerate.com. This is our official HOA website. If we have your email, you should have received an invite to register. Please register to ensure you receive all communications and information to keep you in the know. Haven’t received an email? Need assistance, or didn’t receive an email? Email admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 and leave a message indicating you need help in registering for the website and provide your name, address and email so we can reach out to you and update your user profile. Interested in putting your talents to work? Your HOA Board has 2 seats expiring in 2024. This is your opportunity to make a difference, meet neighbors, and 14 2024 assessments have been approved and remain at $60 for 2024. A statement will be mailed out in January from Enumerate and will provide instructions of how to submit your payment and the due date. Like paying electronically? Guess what you can! Once registered on the website (engage.goenumerate.com or lakeashtonhoa.com) you will see “Make a Payment” on the home page under MY ACCOUNT. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • John Leale, Vice President vicepresident2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke arc@lakeashtonhoa.org LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com 15
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SAFETY SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, 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: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. 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 anyone to contact 911 responders. The phone has a single push button, and an attendant will answer the call within 30 seconds to dispatch emergency responders. All dispatchers are CPR certified to assist with emergencies over the phone until help arrives. The emergency phone allows for automatic identification of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse address. There is also an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid kit located next to the restrooms across from the Restaurant in the Clubhouse, in the HFC Community Center, in the Hallway near the HFC Fitness Center, as well as on both roving patrol carts. 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. The next training opportunity will be on February 13 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If you need help locating these lifesaving items, please ask a Clubhouse or HFC staff member. INCIDENTS AT THE AMENITIES IN CASE OF EMERGENCY 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 and HFC that can help. The first step should always be to call 16 Any incident that occurs at the Clubhouse, HFC, or surrounding amenities should be reported to Security AFTER calling 911, if needed. Security is available 24 hours a day (see phone numbers on page 3). If reporting the incident at time of occurrence is not possible, please contact Sheila Moreland, 863-324-5457, as soon as you are able. It is important to document any incident, whether a substantial injury or a minor bruise. The process takes only about five minutes, and the information gathered is helpful in identifying potential areas that need attention.
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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. 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. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison Visit the NW table at the upcoming LAVA Auxiliary Tag Sale (Community Garage Sale) on January 20, 2024 from 9AM-2PM at the Clubhouse. Come check out the NW Super Raffle. You just might be a winner! Join us at Monday morning coffee on February 12, 2024 to hear both Lake Wales and Winter Haven police chiefs update us on what is happening in both our cities. If you have questions for our police chiefs, please submit your questions to Deputy Chief- Joan at tropicallassy@yahoo.com, no later than January 30, 2024. We are excited to announce NW is bringing back the Neighborhood Watch Night Out event on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Stay tuned for more information. February will see us continue our scam series, helping to keep you informed on the latest scams trying to separate us from our personal information and money. Your LA Neighborhood Watch Leadership wishes everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. For questions/concerns, please contact Deputy Chief Joan Dibattista at 239.851.7899. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 18 19
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MOVI ES JANUARY 3 — 4 (NO MOVIES JANUARY 2) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BARBIE 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 54MIN Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. JANUARY 9 — 11 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE FAMILY PLAN 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN Dan Morgan (Mark Wahlberg) loves his quiet suburban life as a devoted husband, father of three and successful car salesman. But that's only half the story. Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world's deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Dan packs his unsuspecting wife (Michelle Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. Determined to protect his family -- while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime -- Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity. JANUARY 16-18 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS JANUARY 18) FINESTKIND 2023 | R | 2H 6MIN Two brothers (Ben Foster & Toby Wallace), raised in different worlds, are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set 18 against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way a young woman (Jenna Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test. JANUARY 23 - 25 (NO 11 AM SHOWING JANUARY 24) MR. MONK'S LAST CASE 2023 | PG | 1H 37MIN Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a brilliant detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, returns to solve one last, very personal case involving his beloved stepdaughter Molly (Caitlin McGee), a journalist preparing for her wedding. JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 1 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS JANUARY 30) A GOOD PERSON 2023 | R | 2H 9MIN Daniel (Morgan Freeman) is brought together with Allison (Florence Pugh), the once thriving young woman with a bright future who was involved in an unimaginable tragedy that took his daughter's life. As grief-stricken Daniel navigates raising his teenage granddaughter and Allison seeks redemption, they discover that friendship, forgiveness, and hope can flourish in unlikely places. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED JANUARY 5 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE PIGEON TUNNEL 2023 | PG-13 | 1HR 31MIN Academy A war d-winning documentarian Errol Morris pulls back the curtain on the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell -- better known as John le Carré, author of such classic espionage novels as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Cold War leading into present day, the film spans six decades as le Carré delivers his final and most candid interview, punctuated with rare archival footage and dramatized vignettes. "The Pigeon Tunnel" is a deeply human and engaging exploration of le Carré's extraordinary journey and the paper-thin membrane between fact and fiction. JANUARY 12 AT 11 AM & 7 PM (NO 3 PM SHOWING) WINTER'S BONE 2010 | R | 1H 39MIN Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family's fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence and risks her life to learn her father's fate. JANUARY 19 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM COLD MOUNTAIN 2003 | R | 2H 35MIN In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman (Jude Law) deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada (Nicole Kidman), who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby (Renée Zellweger), a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor. January 19 Stop by the Ballroom Kitchen 30 minutes prior to the 11 am and 3 pm showings on this day only! JANUARY 26 AT 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1994 | R | 2H 22MIN Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years. GET A BAG OF FREE POPCORN!
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EVENTS OUTDOOR MENORAH LIGHTING The annual outdoor Menorah Lighting, presented by the Chabad Jewish Center, was held on December 12. HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE By Carolyn Bishop The Holiday Golf Cart Parade was a big success once again this year. Over 30 golf carts, a few police cars, 5 clubs and organizations, and even a pontoon boat participated! Santa and Mrs. Claus and their two elves closed out the parade. Thank you to CERT and CAP for keeping us all safe and to the Parade committee for a great event. And let’s not forget the cookie donators that really showed up this year! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE WRAP-UP By Debby Landgrebe A GREAT time was had by all at the annual LA Christmas Dinner Dance December 1. The theme was A Nutcracker Christmas and the Ballroom was transformed into a beautifully decorated evening highlighted with handmade 7’3.5“ tall nutcrackers made by Lynn Shelton and Debby & Don Landgrebe. The blessing was given by Kay & Jim Weaver. Charm City Catering provided food, and B. Haven entertained with fabulous dancing music. The dance floor was full as many danced the night away. A Nutcracker Christmas Dinner Dance was a success! Many THANKS to ALL Committee Members (Marsha, Julie & Greg, Gayle & Gene, Nicole, Peggy, Al, Don, Sil, Yvonne, RoseMarie, Terry, Tammy and Bernice) as well as our LA staff. Your enthusiasm, energy, time including decorating and clean up was invaluable. We can’t say THANK YOU enough. We hope others will join the committee for next year (contact Debby or Lynn). Many were involved in helping make the evening successful. THANK YOU to those that helped sponsor this resident directed event: Weaver & Loveless Law, Waters Edge, Morgan Stanley, EmpowerMe Rehabilitation, Charm City, SouthState Bank, Christine Graves Insurance, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, ComForCare Home Care, LA Realty, Arts Golf Carts and Huston Cadillac. 22 LA Cruise-In JANUARY 14 3 to 6 pm START YOUR ENGINES AND ROLL ON DOWN TO THE CLUBHOUSE WEST PARKING LOT FOR: • classic & modern cars • live music By UUN •    RU •  AAN  PRIZES AWARDED, INCLUDING CROWD FAVORITE! PARKING WILL ONL BE AVAILABLE IN THE EAST PARKING LOT. GOLF CART PARKING WILL BE IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE. SPONSORS PERFORANCE GOLF CARTS, WATERS EDGE, LUCAS WEALTH  RETIREENT
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OVERFLOW PARKING ON THE BASKETBALL COURT The Basketball Court near the west parking by the Shuffleboard Courts is used as overflow parking for golf carts during special events. Signage will be placed at the entrance to the parking lot advising residents that there is additional golf cart parking on the Basketball Court. As always, residents are encouraged to car or cartpool to high capacity events at the amenities. When parking in the circular drive please find the urge to angle in and park with both tires touching the curb. HOW TO BE A GOOD AUDIENCE MEMBER AT SHOWS TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE Somehow the most obvious rule of good show etiquette is still the most often disregarded. Be present for the moment and turn your cell phone off or on silent. DON’T SEND TEXT MESSAGES DURING THE SHOW You may think you’re being incognito, but in a dark, the light from your cell phone screen is incredibly distracting to those around you. THERE IS NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOING ALLOWED DURING PERFORMANCES This can be very distracting to the other people who are trying to watch the performance. Beyond that, it is distracting to the performers who are prepared to give you the best performance possible. Finally, it is illegal in many instances. The majority of most performance contracts strictly forbid the recording of a performance. It is possible you may be responsible for copyright infringement by recording a live production. DON’T BE THE MANNERS POLICE While it can be irritating when someone’s cell phone goes off during a show, what’s even worse is when the brief breach of etiquette is followed by a series of overreactions from other audience members. Annoyed “Tsks,” “Hmphs,” hisses, snarls, and shouts of “Turn it off!” along with glares can be just as distracting as the original disruption. DON’T TALK DURING THE SHOW A quick whisper to your neighbor, or an audible reaction to something interesting that happened on stage is fine, but keep conversations to after the show or during intermission. DON’T SING ALONG It’s tempting sometimes, we know, but it can be disturbing to those around you. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as when the performers onstage actually prompt the audience to join in. DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO DRESS UP Although many residents usually dress up a bit, there is no dress code. TRY NOT TO FALL ASLEEP Your snoring may be taken as a protest of sorts, but generally it’s just disruptive to those around you. It’s also insulting to the hard-working performers up onstage. RESPECT THE SPACE AND COMFORT OF THOSE AROUND YOU Seating for the Entertainment Series can be tight, so sometimes a little elbow bumping can’t be helped. But you can practice good etiquette by taking care to not lean into your neighbor or intrude on other people’s already limited leg room. 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES at Lake Ashton JAN.30 MAR.6 JAN.18 FE 9B. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ON SALE AT THE CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK OR ONLINE TICKETS ARE SOLD ONLY TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. LIMIT ONE TICKET PER RESIDENT. HAVE LAKE ASHTON PHOTO IDENTIFICATION ON HAND TO PURCHASE WITH MASTERCARD, VISA, OR CHECK PAYABLE TO LACDD. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE RESOLD TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES SPONSOR: RHINESTONE COWGIRLS SOUL OF BROADWAY MODERN GENTLEMEN THE SHOWMAN starring FRANKIE SCINTA MAR.29 Services Offered: Asset Protection • Crisis Medicaid Planning Proactive Estate Planning • Probate & Trust Administration Special Needs Planning • VA Benefits Planning 25 JENENE CARAMIELO PRICES: 5 PM PREMIUM - $37 5 PM REGULAR - $32 8 PM PREMIUM - $42 8 PM REGULAR - $37 www.FamilyElderLaw.com Lake Wales (863) 676-8432 Sebring (863) 658-3506 Lakeland (863) 808-1740
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SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. LAVA AUXILIARY TAG SALE By Donna Debnar TRIVIA By David Fix Join your neighbors for a fun time and a chance to win some cash on Sundays in the Clubhouse Ballroom! It’s only $1 to play, teams not required. Maximum of 8 per table. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia begins at 7 on January 21 and January 28. KARAOKE Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on January 10! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/ item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. The L.A. Purple Stars is also having a Raffle at the Chili Cook-off in the Clubhouse Lobby on January 12 with gift baskets and gift certificates - $1 each or 6 for $5, 12 for $10. Tickets will also be sold at Monday Coffees in January. Participants do not need to be present to win! 26 The biannual Lake Ashton version of a garage sale will take place Saturday, January 20 in the Clubhouse ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm. Clean out your closets and drawers and rent a table space and bring your wares for sale. It’s a good time to make room for all those new holiday gifts. You can also donate items for sale. All proceeds benefit veterans. To reserve your space contact Donna (863-845-5275, djdebnar@gmail.com). Only Lake Ashton residents may purchase a table space but the sale will be open to the public. LAKE ASHTON CLUB FAIR Anyone interested in learning more about Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups or Organizations should attend this Expo on January 24 in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 10 am to 1 pm. Light refreshments provided. Register via the online link sent out via email blast. This is a great time to grow membership and attract new members whether you facilitate an exercise group, public safety group, sports activity, or arts and crafts group. Exhibitor space is limited so don’t wait to sign up! VINTAGE ROADSHOW Lake Ashton’s second Vintage Roadshow will be held on January 24 at 6 pm!. Categories and time increments are as follows: Jewelry, Watches, & Clocks (no more than 3 pieces per person) – 15 minutes per person Ceramics, Pottery, Glassware, & Holiday – 10 minutes/person Toys & Sports – 10 minutes/person Books & Paper Items – 10 minutes/person Signs & Advertisement Pieces – 10 minutes/person Coins & Military (no weapons) – 15 mins/person Pictures & Paintings – 10 minutes/person Tools & Cast Iron – 10 minutes/person Electronics – 10 minutes/person Furniture – Limited to the first 9 to sign up, the vendor will come to your house to look at your item. Sign up for a time slot online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BOLLA TO SPONSOR EXCITING EVENTS IN 2024 By Diane Dillon BOLLA will sponsor an exciting event with Leigh Ann Brown presenting Portrait of a Bride, An Evolving Silhouette, on January 27 from 1 to 4 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. Leigh Ann is a collector of wedding gowns, with over 300 in her collection. Her oldest gown is from 1872. Leigh Ann will bring 25-30 of her favorite gowns to Lake Ashton. She has different favorites every day! Not only does Leigh Ann describe the gowns, but she includes a brief history of the time-period in which they were worn, often discussing women’s issues of the day. Leigh Ann last brought her beautiful wedding gowns to Lake Ashton in 2020. Her show was a resounding success and is returning by popular demand. Tickets are $15 each and are available for purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Office and online. In February, the members of BOLLA will celebrate our 20th Anniversary! A special luncheon for members will be held in the clubhouse on February 27. Several surprises are in store, along with a mystery guest or two. This celebration is not to be missed! In the meantime, the members of BOLLA have been busy making and delivering blankets. In the last two months, over 260 blankets have been delivered to Guardian Ad Litem, Lake Wales Charter Schools Homeless, Youth for Christ, Snively Head Start, and the East Coast Migrant Project. Even more deliveries are planned for December. Several members of BOLLA can be seen preparing blankets for delivery in the picture above.
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SEW DAYS FOR QUILT OF VALOR AND K9 QUILT OF HONOR There will be two Sew Days in Lake Ashton for anyone who would like to join us putting together quilt tops for Law Enforcement K9s and military veterans and active duty. We are providing thread, fabric, beginner patterns and any instruction if needed. All you need is to do, bring your excitement, sewing machine and scissors. Don’t sew? We will need people to iron for those sewing. LA Clubhouse Ballroom January 19, 2024 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Lunch will be available for $10 HFC Sports Court February 9, 2024 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm Quilt of Valor: A Quilt of Valor® is our award to Service Members and Veterans who have been touched by war. service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” There has been over 350,000 have been made over the last 20 years. K9 Quilt of Honor: A “K9 Quilt of Honor®” recognizes Law Enforcement, Military and Search/Rescue K9s, and their handlers for the willingness to serve our local communities, counties, states, country and stand in harm’s way to help keep us all safe. If you would like to join us, contact: Carolyn Bluhm, Founder/ED of CERT Ministry and K9 Quilt of Honor® 719.510.1088, CERTMinistry@gmail.com 28 COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Mark the dates listed below on HFC: January 18, March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 Clubhouse: February 20, April 16, June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 It says, “thank you for your 29
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SAVE THE DATE By Marsha Martin We are getting closer! The Creative Quilters Quilt Show is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for February 21 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be beautiful quilts, table runners, bags, totes and so much more! Everyone has been working hard to create some gorgeous pieces to show off the talent this group has. This group is the one that makes the quilts hanging in both the Clubhouse and the HFC Craft Room and some of our newer ones will also be on display at the show. There will be 2 quilts to be raffled off this year with the money raised going to the purchase of fabric for quilts for our LA Veterans. If you don't belong to the group, (and why don't you??), but would like to display a quilt in the show, please contact Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087 for a registration form. We would love to see you there! FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW By Lyn Rogers Ca l l i ng a l l L a k e As h t on A r t i s t s a nd Photographers! The 16th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will take place on Saturday, March 9 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Thanks to our wonderful 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. Applications and detailed instructions will be available at the Clubhouse in early January. There will be a general informational meeting on Saturday, January 20 in the Clubhouse Card Room. The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 1. We have so many talented residents so this should be a great show! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 30 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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VALENTINE’S DAY Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Clubhouse on February 14 at 6 pm! Enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Charm City then dance the night away to the live music from The Southshore Cruisers Band. Tickets go on sale for $45 on January 5 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. This is a night you won’t want to miss! PIRATE PARTY Avast me hearties, it’s time for another Pirate Party! Pillage, plunder, and dance your peg legs off to live music from 99 in the Shade on February 23 at 7 pm. Wear your best pirate garb and spend your doubloons at the cash bar for your grog and ale. Tickets go on sale for $20 on January 9 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 2024 SHOWCASE & TICKET SALES COMING! By Karen Nelson Happy 2024 from the Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation! The 2024 Showcase will be performed in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Your Lake Ashton friends and neighbors are well into rehearsals for Changes in Latitude and we are excited to be presenting the 2024 Showcase. Ticket sales to residents will start on Tuesday, February 20 at 8 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. They will be sold on the TicketLeap system, so be sure you have your TicketLeap account for the LAPAC events set up to facilitate the sales process. More information coming in the February 2024 LA Times! UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE April 5 - Luau May 7 - Taco Tuesday Party May 17 - Denim & Diamonds Ladies Luncheon June 21 - Dukes of Hazard Party July 4 - Star Spangled Shindig 32 NEW YEAR, AVON PARK New Comfort! 100s of Items In Stock & Ready for the New Year! New to Our Showroom! Get a... GIVE $ 50 OR MORE TO CHARITY AND SAVE HUNDREDS.* *See store for details. with a mattress set purchase EMBRACE THE SEASON OF GIVING. 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurnitureOnline.com AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 33 OUTLET HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY: CLOSED 1122 W Locke Street Avon Park, FL WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2023 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1503 12/23 $300 GIFT CARD
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP SESSIONS January 25 at 9:30 am in the Cinema: Powers of Attorney & Healthcare Documents Everyone Needs. February 29 at 9:30 am: Wills & Trusts 101 March 28 at 9:30 am: What Else? Long-Term Care & Financial Planning EDUCATIONAL CBD LUNCHEON Lunch and learn about CBD and how you can use it in your everyday life February 2 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 31. THINK & DRINK: FOUNTAIN OR AERATION? Another thought-provoking discussion will be presented on February 28 at 6:30 pm as part of the Think & Drink series. Lloyd Lightsey, owner of The Pond Monster, is an incredibly captivating speaker who will have you hanging on his every word as he answers your water-related questions. His interesting presentation will discuss whether a fountain feature or water aeration is the answer for lake, pond, or home water feature needs. Lloyd's charismatic presentation ways will surely dazzle all who attend this Think & Drink! Even if this specific topic doesn't apply to you, this is one speaker you will not want to miss! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. 34 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Happy New Year My Lake Ashton Family! I am so grateful to bring in this new year with you all; and hope we can continue on this health-conscious journey together. Before you take that first step towards any lasting change you should first evaluate where you are. So ask yourself the following questions: How do you feel most days? Are you always tired? Do you sleep well? Are you happy? Are you stressed? Are you getting proper nutrition? Most of us don’t realize the stress our body is under due to our daily lifestyle choices. We don’t exercise and wonder why we lack energy. We don’t get enough sleep, and wonder why we can’t remember or focus. We have poor eating habits, and wonder why we feel sluggish or can’t lose weight. Do you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days? Do you drink enough water? Are you active? Do you limit sweets? Start this year by making a list of the good and bad aspects of your health. Then select one or more items from the bad list and decide what changes you will make to move it to the positive side. Be specific and be accountable. Start off slow, and gradually incorporate additional steps as you become comfortable with each new health initiative. Set realistic goals, and be prepared to compromise. It’s never an “all or nothing” deal. Make changes that are easier for you; like walking instead of biking or jogging. Reduce the time spent watching television; and when you do watch television, take advantage of the commercial breaks and do a few repetitions of exercise. The small steps will motivate you to do more. And the moment you realize you feel better, you look better, and you are a better representation of you – well, that’s the “Sweet Spot” we all crave! BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. Check out these offerings for your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM HFC ✴See renowned NASM certified Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Joel Eyres teach you how to get fit for Life. He will explain the most cost effective newest way to get fit on your own schedule. Jan. 8 at 4:30 pm: Weight Loss Jan. 22 at 4:30 pm: Transform your body for Life! Reserve now, seating is limited. Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/class (payable at class). Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am
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GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone is welcome. No charge. Mats available or bring your own. Chairs also available if you prefer. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. FREE MEDITATION CLASS According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the term “meditation” refers to a variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Yoga Haven offers FREE meditation classes for Lake Ashton residents, via Zoom, on Mondays at 3 pm. Meditation via zoom allows residents to find a place that is soothing and comfortable to them and you can even do it in your pajamas and no one will know. Sign up by emailing yogawinterhaven@gmail.com. A link will be sent out the Sunday before with the information to connect. LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome but this class is not designed for beginning tappers. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. LINE DANCING WITH JOHN MOORE Tuesdays (Beginners 7-8 pm and Beginners Plus 8-9 pm) and Thursdays (Beginners 9-10 am and Beginners Plus 10-11 am) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LINE DANCING CLASS Instructor: Lorrie Shearin Thursday, January 4 & January 11: Beginner 1 pm, Improver 2 pm at the HFC No class January 18 Friday, January 26: Combined Class 1 to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (Note change of day & location) Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra LA DANCE CLASSES - FOXTROT Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Designs For Ey Style! Mondays at 4:30-5:30 in HFC Community Room FREE! No partner needed. Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 36 CREATE A CARD January 16 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. CERAMIC CHICKS Wednesdays, 8:30 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 SNOWFLAKES Instructor: Jill Groves Friday, January 19 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create beautifully unique 5” glass snowflakes! Make 1 for $25 or 2 for $35 from several provided designs. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Fees are paid at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES Monday, January 29 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Sign up at the HFC or call 863-595-1562. Create a beautiful set of wind chimes similar to pics below. Cost is $35 payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr January 13 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Morning Mist $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on January 13 CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Join Carmen in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 9 at 11:30 for a papier-mâché class! Learn how to make decorative papier-mâché flamingoes by using different types of paper. All supplies and instructions will be included for $10. Space is limited so sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 4. Join Carmen in the Ballroom on February 6 at 11:30 am as she teaches how to make 16-inch heartshaped pillows using soft fleece fabric. Supplies and instructions will be included for $10/person. Space is limited to 20 people, so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by January 30. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Instructor: Sheila Vertoli January 10 at 2:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Hand painted wine glasses $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by January 3. Next Class: February 7 at 2:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Canvas Painting - $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by February 4 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES February 6 at 11:30 am This month’s class will be for Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class. Instructions and materials will be provided for $16. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 29. Next class: May 7
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CLUBS PINEHURST LOOP HOLIDAY GATHERING By Marcia Santino delivery services available from Meals on Wheels, please call 863-299-1616. To volunteer, please email: MOWpolk.org. For a complete list of raffle winners, please email slenarz2005@yahoo.com. SEW WHAT & SO MUCH MORE By Gretchen Frantz On December 9, over 60 Pinehurst Loopers enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun and lots of food at their Holiday Gathering. The catered event was held at the HFC and a Silly White Elephant Gift Exchange was facilitated by Santa. As the evening came to a close, we presented Santa with a $1,600 donation to Toys for Tots. MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER RESULTS By Marcia Santino The Pinehurst Loop Social Committee (“PLSC”) held a LA Community Gift Basket Raffle benefitting Meals on Wheels of Polk County. This raffle was designed to raise awareness of this amazing organization in a fun and interactive way. A total of 32 incredible gifts, pictured, were donated by Pinehurst Loop residents, local businesses and The LA Stars. People across the community participated in the raffle over a two-week selling period and drawings were held on November 7th. Over $2,500 was raised for Meal on Wheels and the proceeds were presented to their Executive Director, Susan Eldridge, pictured with some of the PLSC members, on November 8th. If you or someone you know would like information on meal 38 Members of the Sew What and So Much More group weave on looms, crochet and knit all year anticipating giving warm hugs to children on our chilly Florida days. 614 hats and 102 scarves were delivered to 10 local elementary schools and placed under The Caring Tree. Patients at Advent Health Medical Center have received over 400 "bone shaped" pillows sewn by our group and distributed by a Lake Ashton resident , a Hospital Volunteer. On Thursday afternoons, from 1 to 3, the craft room at the HFC is abuzz with a variety of crafts including card making, diamond dot art, needlework, and crocheting around blankets for BOLLA as well as completing baby blankets and shawls. New members are welcome to enjoy the fellowship of fellow crafters. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler There is a welcoming group in Lake Ashton especially for people who find themselves alone — either newly, or for a long time. LA Singles plans activities for those of us who enjoy doing things with other single residents. The club starts each month with a meeting at 2 pm on the first Sunday in the Clubhouse. Next meeting is January 7. We also get together most other Sundays at 2 pm for cards, and the third Thursday of each month at the Pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m., bringing snacks to share and what you would like to drink. We hope you will join us, starting with Sunday cards or the Sunday meeting. You would be most welcome. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad Kirwan is Awesome! We cannot give enough credit to Brad for assisting us in selling our home at Lake Ashton. Brad went above and beyond as a Realtor! He helped us locate and coordinate professionals to help us do some necessary repairs that were needed. Brad also helped us navigate a tricky closing that required a lot of patience! We would definitely use Brad again and would recommend him to anybody that is in need of a Realtor. David & Michelle Law 16 April 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 39
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting January 4 in-person only at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Carol Gillespie, Candidate for Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4, to discuss her vision for Lake Wales and her ongoing campaign. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel The Lake Ashton Republican Club will Meet Wednesday, January 24 at the Clubhouse. Check-in and social time starts at 3:30 pm and the meeting begins at 4 pm. LARC will be holding the annual Board Member elections. Nominations will be open so please attend and consider serving. It's always a great team! If you have a neighbor (registered Republican) who would like to attend, please invite them. 2024 is going to be an exceptionally busy year and we look forward to you being part of it! For information contact Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club meets once a month on the second Wednesday. The meeting for December was actually the second annual Garden Club Party. Members brought garden related items wrapped. The members had to pick their gift and sometimes watch it get “stolen” by another member, only to go and choose another one. Attendees had an opportunity to mingle and join in the fun watching who got what! Coffee, apple cider, donuts and muffins were served. Thanks to Deb Crosby for the holiday music. The next club meeting is Wednesday, January 10th at 10am. in the Pavilion. Come learn and 40 share ideas on growing and caring for houseplants. Bring success stories and problems! Feel free to email Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com in advance of this meeting with a question on the topic. The houseplant panel will try to have an answer by the January meeting. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The holidays are over and it’s time to slow down and enjoy the cooler weather. This is also a good time of the year to get the camera out and capture what our beautiful community and surroundings have to offer. At the January 8th meeting we will have the pleasure of hearing a presentation by camera club friend Reinier Munguia. Reinier is an accomplished photographer and informative speaker. If you enjoy photography and have not attended one of our meetings please join us at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Members are encouraged to bring a few photos to share on a USB drive. LA WOODWORKERS CLUB ANNUAL MEETING By Jim Sullivan The Lake Ashton Woodworkers will have their annual membership meeting on January 15 at 10:30 am in the front of the Ballroom. New Memberships and renewals are being offered at this meeting. Membership to the Lake Ashton Woodworkers is available to all Lakes Ashton residents. For all new residents, the woodworkers shop here at Lake Ashton is first class, with the finest equipment. With your new membership you will receive a complete training session to ensure your safety and ability to use the equipment. At times during the year, classes are offered to help you create woodworking projects. The Lake Ashton Woodworkers club is completely self-supported. The annual dues are $150 per year. That is a lot more than past years, however we had a substantial increase in the monthly rent. We are looking forward to another great year of making sawdust and enjoying the woodworking club here at Lake Ashton. LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Chuck Caesar This is a great opportunity to socialize and play some games. A potluck dinner will be held on January 17 from 5 to 8 pm at the HFC Community Center. Bring a drink of your choice and a dish to serve for a fun night of food and friends. Plates, napkins, and utensils will be supplied. A signup sheet will be available in the HFC. Contact Stephanie Iszak at 609-980-9505 or siszak@comcast.net or Tammy Shields at 863-632-2024 or tammy.shields1221@gmail.com with any questions. Looking forward to having many new friendly Bocce players. Happy New Year from the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association! A great year of pickleball wrapped up November 30 with an annual potluck dinner and Board elections. In 2023 we added 43 new members brining our total membership to 175. We would love to add even more in 2024. It was a fun filled year with lots of open play and several special events including Pickleball Mixers to celebrate Tax Day, the 4th of July and Halloween, as well as a Memorial Day Social. Several “Newbie Clinics” led were held by Coach Dennis Santino. These clinics are a great way to learn the game or just check it out to see if you are interested in playing. We even have paddles for you to use if you don’t have one. There will be more clinics coming in 2024 so if you are interested, watch for the email blasts and sign up. New Board members are: · Chuck Caesar – President · Mark McDuff – Vice President · Lisa Savala – Treasurer · Earl Schley – Secretary · Lary Fabian – At Large Director FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Stephanie Iszak The Friendly Bocce Group would like to invite all Lake Ashton residents to come out Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm to play some fun games of Bocce Ball. No experience is required. Anyone playing would be more than happy to teach you and go over the the rules and regulations. The group also has the Bocce courts reserved for the 1st and 3rd Fridays for the 2024 season from 4 to 6 pm for tailgate parties. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The LA Swim Club wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy new year. We also want to extend a special thank you to the HFC staff for their support during the year, and to the LA Garden Club for maintaining the great looking plants in the pool area. The swim club is a group of fitness swimmers who enjoy working out together. Some even go as an LA team to senior age group swim meets and are looking forward to the annual Polk County games in March. We always welcome new members. Contact sandyw1994@aol.com for more info.
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DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged by contacting Don Fuller 863-224-5904. November 13: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Chris Verges & Howard Mayne; 3rd Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare November 20: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Karla Gengler; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 3rd Marion Nelson & Roger Nelson; East-West 1st Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 2nd Jane Gibbons & George Rogers; 3rd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat November 27: North-South 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Liz Smith; 3rd Jim Ford & Don Fuller; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Janice Fleming & Tom Fleming; 3rd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting we will be finalizing the details for the Tag Sale, held January 20 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Clubhouse. The event will be open to the public. The LAVA Auxiliary is made up of residents who love our country. It is non-political and any Lake Ashton resident is invited to join. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. near the stage at the Clubhouse. THANK YOU to the many members who have written sentiments on Holiday Cards that will be sent to troops overseas. This is one of several projects that the Auxiliary members do that can be done from home 42 and at no cost to an individual due to the fund raising that is done throughout the year. It has been very heartwarming to see the love and appreciation that is written on the cards. Come check us out and hear more about what we do. May you be blessed with making happy memories this holiday season. Let’s keep in prayer our military who will not be with family this season. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. You never know how a small painted rock can change someone’s day, outlook, or even their life. We recently completed 2 service projects for the holidays. For the LA Singles group holiday project we painted rocks that matched a pair of fuzzy socks. For Water’s Edge we delivered 150 rocks to be handed out to their residents. The staff told us how much the rocks spread holiday cheer. We’ve also been busy painting and hiding rocks throughout Lake Ashton to share smiles one rock at a time! The Rockers meet in the HFC from 2 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session but must contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before the first meeting so supplies can be provided. LA BELLES By Kathy Keding LA Belles are goin’ fishing’! Meet us at Harry’s Old Place (3751 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven) on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:30 am. Landlubbers are more than welcome to join in the fun! Reserve your space by signing up online via link in the email blast by January 26. Call Barb at 248-670-9037 with any questions. Hope to see you there! ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda All of you with Italian heritage are welcome to join us on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 pm at the HFC for our monthly potluck. The cost is $1 each to cover expenses. Please bring a dish to share (desserts are taken care of) and a beverage of your choice. Mark your calendars for February 15, March 21 and April 18 for future potlucks. The annual dance will be held March 1 at the HFC from 7 to 10 pm. The terrific Happy Days band will be back. Tickets are $10. This is a BYOB event and bring snacks for your table. Tickets are available from Joe D’Herin (313-407-8286), Doug Olympia (845-275-8468) or Susie Escoda. MID-ATLANTIC PARTY By David Harrison It's time to have fun again at the Mid Atlantic Party on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 5 pm in the HFC Community Center. Anyone who has ever lived or worked in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey is invited. The menu consists of fried chicken, homemade crab cake and a soft drink for $20 or you can BYOB. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 2 at the HFC Activities Desk with a check payable to Mid-Atlantic Party. Choose white or dark meat chicken when you sign up. Please bring a salad, side or dessert to serve eight and a serving utensil. Tickets will be sold until January 26 or 120 are sold. February 4 is the Sunday before Super Bowl, and there is no football. This is a great way to meet friends from your state. Contact David or Barbara Harrison at 863-326-6418 with questions. MN, ND, & SD STATE PARTY By Mark Rath Former residents of Minnesota and North and South Dakota, it is just one month before the party at the HFC. Be sure your calendar is marked for Sunday, February 18th from 5 to 8 PM for the gathering. Bring a dish to share that serves at least 8, mark your dish and don’t forget a serving utensil. Coffee and water provided, but bring your favorite beverage if you wish. Come meet new people, enjoy a great potluck dinner, and enjoy some fun the Committee is planning. For reservations email statepartyatla@gmail.com MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Nancy Sztanyo To all you Michiganders, Yoopers and Trolls! We are so excited for our upcoming Michigan Potluck on Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the HFC. Lots of people, delicious food and even a little Michigan trivia. Sign up sheets will be located at both the Clubhouse and the HFC in January. $5.00 per couple or $3.00 pp ( to help pay for the paper products needed). Please bring a dish that will feed 8-10 people and your own beverage This will be a fun filled event and we hope to see everyone from our Great Lakes State! Any questions - call or Nancy D’Herin 313.407.8283 or Diane Schrauben 517.668.0832.
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GOLF LALGA By Dawn Neigh The New Year has begun with many upcoming events for the LALGA. Our Solheim Cup is planned for January 15th and 16th. The always fun pairing party will be on January 9th. Mark your calendars! Will it be Go Red! Or Go Blue!? Our East West Tournament will be held January 30th. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success with the East claiming bragging rights. Will the East do it again or will the West be victorious? Watch for more information and sign up according to your side of Lake Ashton. Our Member/Member tournament is in February with “18 Shades of Green”! Start planning with your partner for a challenging and fun two days! Our Red Hoagland challenge continues to be a tight race. Liz Leigh is in the lead by $30. However, second through fourth are only $10 apart with Dori Krogman, Dixie Kite, and Bev Hines. And speaking of Bev Hines, a huge thank you to Bev for taking on the role of the LALGA Publicity chair. Please join me in welcoming Bev to your board and thank her for agreeing to commit her time and talents to this role. See you on Tuesdays! LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Sassy Santa showed up to the Holiday party, gave out some gifts, and a good time was had by all. If you were unable to attend our holiday luncheon, we still have your gift. Just ask a board member at your next round of Tuesday golf. And a big thanks to all of Santa’s helpers who made it an event to remember. Going into 2024, please remember to play ready golf, and keep the foursome ahead of you on the course in sight. See you all out on the course… Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! 44 Annuities and Market Risk: What You Need to Know • Market risk is something all investors worry about, but those close to retirement have limited time to recover from the loss. If you’re within ten years of retirement, your investments are at a critical stage to continue to gain value and avoid loss. Without thinking through the dynamics of gains and losses, investors leave themselves open to market risk that could prematurely deplete their retirement assets. One way that investors avoid loss is by including annuities in their retirement portfolio. Annuities, which are becoming more widely used in the financial services industry, are a contract with an insurance company to provide investors with a guaranteed stream of income in retirement. They offer tax-deferred growth of earnings similar to other traditional tax-deferred investments. However, many investors still don’t fully understand the different types of annuities, how they work, or the fees associated with them. The three types of annuities widely used in financial planning are fixed annuities, fixedindexed annuities, and variable annuities. Like any financial product, there are pros and cons to each type of annuity, and due diligence of investigating any annuity should take precedence before purchasing one for your retirement portfolio: Fixed Annuity Pros: • Provides a fixed rate of return the insurance company generates from investing in high-quality corporate and government bonds. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. • • The interest rate is typically guaranteed the first ten years of the contract, and a guaranteed minimum interest rate sets after the initial guarantee period to protect against declining interest rates. Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; annuity payments continue the rest of your life. The Cons: • When the guaranteed rate expires, the rate is adjusted based on the earnings in the insurer’s investment account. If this occurs during a lowinterest rate or unfavorable stock market environment, a lower rate of return may apply. • Can have high surrender rates from one to fifteen years and withdraws over ten percent during the surrender period incur fees. Fixed-Indexed Annuity Pros: • Your principal is protected during a down market, and you won’t lose your initial investment or accumulation. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 45 • The Cons: • • The return is based on an index (ex. The S&P 500), which grows the annuity’s value over time. Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; you receive annuity payments for life. Some are complex, costly, and aren’t always necessary for the investor. Is not a growth-market product. Ask for written information from the insurer about the annuity product and don’t just accept a verbal explanation so you fully understand the product. Variable Annuity Pros: • Grow on a tax-deferred basis like fixed and fixed-indexed annuities. • Include pre-selected mutual fund subaccounts for the initial investment. • Offer unlimited contributions (some restrictions apply from the insurer). • Include both living and death benefits through contract ‘riders.’ Beneficiaries can choose between the current contract values, its highest value on the contract anniversary, or determine a value based on a guaranteed hypothetical rate of return. The Cons: • • • Are expensive and come with many fees and charges, which decreases the accumulation. Are market sensitive and may incur a loss to the investor. Both the salesperson and the investor often misunderstand this complex product. Annuities offer many benefits to investors and have their place in retirement planning, but only if suitable for the investor and a part of an investment strategy using other types of investments and accounts. Investors should fully understand the risks associated with annuities before purchasing them. If you have any questions about annuities, now is a great time to visit. Disclosure: An annuity is intended to be a long-term, tax-deferred retirement vehicle. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed, and if withdrawn before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. If the annuity will fund an IRA or other tax qualified plan, the tax deferral feature offers no additional value. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are generally excluded from gross income, but taxes and penalties may apply to non-qualified distributions. Consult a tax advisor for specific information. Additional Disclosure: The newsletter and links are being provided as a service to you. 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LAMGA By David Kubissa TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 It’s a wrap. The curtain came down on the 2023 LAMGA season in December with an important year-end meeting and preparations for the 2024 season. The December 6 annual meeting and luncheon brought together members for a two-nets team game followed by the meeting where league president Rolly Geyer announced results for the three board seats up for election. The three incumbents running – Larry Wilson, Tim Wayt and Jacques Fleischmann – were re-elected to twoyear terms. The other three seats on the board will be up for a member vote in November 2024. The meeting also shined a spotlight on the four golfers who finished atop the leaderboard of the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: 1. John Milsom; 2. Doug Hines; 3. Paul Panone; and 4. Rolly Geyer. They received golf shop gift certificates for their scoring during the weekly LAMGA games in 2023. Looking ahead to next season, treasurer Dan Baun urged members to submit their enrollment applications and fees in by December 31 so they can take part in the Kickoff LAMGA game on January 3. The game that week – pick your partner – includes another luncheon at the Eagle’s Nest. The kickoff event also means that the annual MemberGuest tournament is not far behind. Dates for the league’s signature event of the year are March 7, 8 and 9. Registration takes place this month, and the first 54 teams to sign up and pay their entry fee will have a spot in the highly popular tournament. For more information about LAMGA and the schedule of upcoming weekly games, go to the league’s web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com. The link is in the Golf section of the Community menu. Top finishers in the 2023 Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge were honored at the LAMGA annual meeting. From left, John Milsom, Doug Hines, Paul Panone, Rolly Geyer.

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! 863-318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES January Issue Deadline: December 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. COVER PHOTO BY CAROLYN BISHOP DECEMBER 2023 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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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. DECEMBER 4 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Lake Ashton Community Action Committee - Updates on Developments Surrounding Lake Ashton • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare DECEMBER 11 • Ashtones Performing Christmas Music • Wear your most festive holiday outfit for a chance to win a prize! • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Small World Bus Tours Presents Trips for 2024 • Featured Vendors: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Home Instead DECEMBER 18 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING DECEMBER 25 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — MERRY CHRISTMAS! PICTURED: RESIDENTS & STAFF IN COSTUME AT MONDAY COFFEE OCTOBER 30! PHOTOS BY DAVID MULLER IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 20 MIND & BODY 29 CLUBS 34 GOLF 41 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD December 15, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD December 18, 9 am (please note new start time) 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 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, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment (IDs won’t be issued December 5, 6 & 26) HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: December 13 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE December 13 and 27, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot HOLIDAY CLOS INGS The Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. The Clubhouse Offices will be closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2 in observance of the New Year. The HFC Offices will be closed Monday, January 1. 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKETS New season tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Office through December 8. Season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. There is a limit of one ticket per resident. In order to expedite season ticket sales, please have a Lake Ashton photo identification on hand or a driver's license with a Lake Ashton address to purchase tickets with Visa, MasterCard or check payable to LACDD. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. HOSTING FAMI LY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? Residents: please be tolerant of extra activity at the pools and other amenities. Remember, when you see a visiting grandchild, they are guests of your neighbors so please extend every courtesy possible. Those hosting family should remind them to be considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. It is helpful if residents accompany their guests, but not required. Anyone using amenities at the Clubhouse or HFC should have a Lake Ashton Resident ID Card, Driver’s License with Lake Ashton Address, 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. HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION CHANGES Trash, recycling and yard waste pickup for Winter Haven residents will occur Tuesday, December 26. Trash, recycling and yard waste pickup for Lake Wales residents will occur Saturday, December 30. LAKE ASHTON BUS TRIPS Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to see what’s available — bring a check for Small World Tours. Flyers are also located in the Media Center. Small World Tours will be at Monday Coffee on December 11 to present new trips for 2024.
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what foods may be needed, as well as when and where to deliver. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Not pictured: David Fix, Fall Fest 5K Organizer. A TOY IS A GIFT OF LOVE! By Fred Halde BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR By Kathy Jusaites The Be a Santa to a Senior giving tree is in the HFC lobby. Please take a tag or two to brighten up a seniors holiday. All gifts are given to a local senior at home or in a local facility. All gifts need to be returned in a gift bag or unwrapped. The tree is sponsored by Home Instead of Winter Haven and all gifts need to be returned under the t r ee by Wedne s da y, De c embe r 6 f o r distribution. Any questions, please contact Kathy at 919-609-2308. LA HANDS 4 HOPE By Tammy Queen By the time you read this article in the LA Times, I’m guessing I will have made 2, 3 or maybe even 4 trips to the Toys for Tots warehouse with donations from the box located in the HFC. I usually check the box on a regular basis, but am not surprised to get a call from a helpful elf named Krystle, alerting me to the fact that the box is overflowing again. Many thanks to the HFC staff and to you for your generous response to giving a toy and putting a smile on a child’s face. ’Tis the season to spread the gift of joy. Many thanks Lake Ashton. CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock Santa's helpers have been very busy placing new, LA Hands 4 Hope folks would like to thank everyone who participated and/or sponsored the Fall Fest 5K. The monies received will assist families within Polk County. Each of your contributions will ensure less fortunate children and their families will be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner, as well as gifts dispersed among the children and their families on December 7. If anyone would like to provide a prepared food dish for the dinner or additional donation, please contact Tammy Queen at 812-483-6520 or ttqueen2@outlook.com, or MaryLou Jameson at unwrapped gifts under the Caring Tree in the Clubhouse Ballroom. You have until December 14 to bring in your gift for a deserving recipient in our area. If you would like to help wrap gifts, call the Care Center to make arrangements. It isn't always easy to think of a family in need when we live in such a beautiful community, but a high percentage of the children who go to the area schools qualify for free lunches. Lake Ashton has always been very generous donors over the more than 16 years by supporting the Care Center. Thank you for your continued participation. Happy Holidays! TEAM SAM RESULTS Team Sam raised $2,500 (and still collecting!) at the W a l k t o E n d Al zhe imer ’s on November 17. Way to go! JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT IV. PROPER CREDENTIALS Lake Ashton Resident Photo ID cards (or similar access devices) may be issued to all members of each Resident’s household and/or Non-Resident Members. Guest Passes shall be issued to all Guests upon registering with Amenity Manager. Each Patron and/or Guest will be required to present Proper Credentials upon request by Staff. If not presented, the individual will be asked to leave the amenities immediately. Individuals may be charged a fee in accordance with LA CDD and LAII CDD Chapter III: Rules for Amenities Rates, (respectively) to purchase an Amenity Access Device. All lost or stolen Amenity Access Devices should be reported immediately to the Amenity Manager’s office. A fee will be assessed for any replacement Amenity Access Devices. Unauthorized use of Proper Credentials may result in suspension of an Individual’s privileges based on the suspension policy herein. The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questio ns? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com). LAKEASHTONLIVING.COM By Iris Realmuto LakeAshtonLiving.com now has even more Clubhouse and HFC information at your fingertips. Right from your computer, tablet, or phone, you can view the list of ticket sales & sign-ups allowing you to purchase tickets, sign up for events, or register for a Ticketleap account. You can watch the scrolling posters displayed on the Information Boards in the Clubhouse and HFC lobbies. Just like the old Channel 96! If you deleted one of the Email Blasts, don't worry. They're posted on LakeAshtonLiving.com too! Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson Each month in your LA Times we will showcase an individual that works here in LA providing a service to our residents and helping make our lives more enjoyable. Do you know this lovely young lady? Have you enjoyed the libations she is so eager and happy to serve? This is Mara Stevens. She is a professional bartender who not only works here in LA at Charm City but in many fine establishments around the Winter Haven area. She loves her dog Harper (who is a Sheltie mix) and says she is a spoiled brat. She is a native Floridian living in the Lakeland area. Q: What do you like most about working here in LA? A: “I love all the residents I have met so far here in LA and many are becoming like family”. She feels very vested in the community and wants to do all she can to make the restaurant and bar successful in meeting and exceeding the residents needs and desires. Q: What is the biggest challenge right now? A: “I think getting the residents to come and try us out." Q: What would you like the residents to know about you? A: “I love a challenge. I love being creative. I love it when residents come and ask me to make drinks I never heard of or ask me to be creative and come up with something, then see them smile at that first sip.” Mara shared there are many changes coming and asks that we are patient while they navigate through what the residents would like to have and the timing to make it happen. She shared that both a pool and bar drink menu are coming, and special events, possibly such as tastings, bringing back Sunday Fundays, etc. Stay tuned for announcements of these special events put on by Charm City and team. So, if you haven’t been to Charm City yet or even if you have, come see Mara and challenge her or just enjoy a cocktail, good company and some good food!
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Supervisors and Staff would like to wish those celebrating a Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, and a wonderful holiday season. This is time for reflection on the year behind us and anticipation on what is to come in 2024. Change brings opportunities and we have had many changes this year so 2024 will be the year of opportunities. From Clubhouse renovations to new digital processes, and everything in between, we are grateful for the patience residents have shown as staff navigates these new changes. 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. Supervisors met on November 20. A wrap up report of actions taken at this meeting was sent on November 26. Bocce Court refurbishment has begun. Please stay tuned to email blasts for updates on this project. Finishing touches are being put on the Lake Ashton shoreline restoration project behind the Clubhouse. By publication the concrete pathway repairs should be complete and the area should be open for use. Thank you to the over 600 residents that have completed the information form for issuance of RFID tags for resident vehicles and Amenity Access credentials. At this time we are gathering information only in order to populate the database that will be used to issue these credentials. More information regarding implementation of these additional security features will be sent out via email blast so now is a good time for residents to ensure they are receiving emails from Lake Ashton CDD and Lake Ashton II CDD. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to sign up to receive emails or resubscribe. Click the link on the right side of the home page. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom Is Your Home Ready for the AVON PARK Holidays? 100s of Items In Stock & Ready for Delivery! Get a... GIVE $ 50 OR MORE TO CHARITY AND SAVE HUNDREDS.* *See store for details. with a mattress set purchase EMBRACE THE SEASON OF GIVING. 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 9 WAREHOUSE HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY & MONDAY: CLOSED ©2023 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1489 11/23 $300 GIFT CARD
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LAIICDD NEWS LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director Happy Holidays from the Lake Ashton II CDD Board and the HFC Staff! December is a busy month with residents celebrating Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and, for Seinfeld fans, Festivus. This year, we revealed our professionally installed Holiday Lights at the HFC. The lights were turned on the Friday after Thanksgiving and will remain throughout the season. The funds for these lights came from profits from dances held at the HFC, and not from the general CDD fund. Speaking of lights and decorations, the HFC will be adorned with a Hanukkah display furnished by the Lake Ashton Jewish Community, along with a Christmas tree with a traditional train running beneath it. We would like to thank the Lake Ashton Veterans Association for hosting an outstanding USO Dance in November to celebrate veterans. Over 200 residents attended and danced to the music of the Good Stuff Band. The HFC Holiday Dance, featuring the Tony Knight Band, will be held at the HFC on December 15. Tickets are available at the door and table reservations at the Activities Desk, so join us for another great night of dancing and fun! Also get ready for the Annual Lake Ashton Golf Cart Parade on December 15. We always have many residents participating with great carts, and various local public safety units as well. There is a rumor the “Big Guy" from up North will be there to check on which of our residents have made the naughty or nice list. To end 2023 and usher in 2024, plan to attend our HFC New Years Eve Gala Event, featuring a 12-piece band! Snacks will be provided, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. So come on out and spend New Years Eve with your friends and neighbors. Lastly, as we will be having many visiting guests and family during the holidays, please remind everyone of our speed limit and the need to adhere to stop signs within our community. Additionally, the Florida Statute on operating golf carts has changed. Now no one under the age of 18 may operate a cart without a valid driver's license or learner's permit. Please celebrate responsibly, and do not drive any conveyance under the influence of intoxicating substances. Again, on behalf of all of us at the HFC and CDD Board, we wish all of you a joyous holiday season and a very prosperous and healthy New Year! EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer • ARC Members - reviewing ARC requests submitted into our ARC Tracker software. Computer skills helpful! Contact your ARC Chair, Greg Bluemke or the BOD ARC Liaison, Harold Jackson. The Northern Mockingbird is the state bird for a very good reason - it's ubiquitous! Almost every home in Lake Ashton seems to have its own pair. Males and females look the same, gray with white wing patches and white outer tail feathers and a personality that shouts "look at me" or "this is my yard and no interlopers are permitted." They will even attack cats and humans that venture too close to their nests. Aside from singing all day and sometimes in the middle of the night, this species is an amazing mimic and can fool even the most astute student of bird songs. Their imitations are useful for knowing what other birds live in the area. When chasing prey across the lawn they often stop every few feet and flash their white wing patches. They eat mainly insects and berries and are particularly fond of Beauty Berries. HOA CORNER - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED By Brenda Jackson Your HOA is made up of volunteers looking to make a difference and keep Lake Ashton the premiere 55+ community it is today and into the future. There are openings in several categories: • Nominations Committee Chair and Members to encourage members to run for HOA Board and tally the member votes. It won’t take a lot of your time but will be vital to the success of the elections. These positions need to be filled by December 7. Don’t delay, reach out today! If you are interested, please contact your HOA Admin, Brenda Jackson. • HOA Board of Directors - 2 positions are expiring in February 2024. Please consider joining the Board and make your voice heard while helping your neighbors. Please contact your Board President, Marti Schmidt or your HOA Admin, Brenda Jackson. • Compliance Reps - the Team looks through the community to see what properties need assistance in bringing their property into compliance with our CC&Rs. If you are interested, please contact your Compliance Chair, Debbie Holmes. Don’t be shy. It is a great way to meet your neighbors, learn about our community, and help keep Lake Ashton the paradise we have all come to love! No experience needed and training is provided! Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • John Leale, Vice President vicepresident2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke arc@lakeashtonhoa.org LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.co A+ REALTY LLC Thinking o Selling Your Homef Why pay 6%? Use US and pay 2.9%! Get MORE, pay LESS! Compare before you list! Trust your neighbor with your home. All A+ Realty Realtors are Lake Ashton Residents! A+ Realty LLC is a full service real estate company that belongs to East Polk County Association of Realtors, Stellar MLS, Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Your home will receive MAXIMUM MLS and internet exposure! Michael R. Krigelski Cell: 863-651-7272 Home: 863-326-5674 www.krigelski.com YOUR neighborhood TEAM! Vickie Howell Cell: 407-931-6545 Anita Piasecki Cell: 734-915-6311 Ron Schwartz Cell: 239-405-1282 Town & Country Real Estate, DBA A+ Realty LLC | 277 Magnolia Avenue SW | Winter Haven, FL 33880 | Frank Vaughn, Broker 15 ?
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SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison AMAZON CUSTOMERS SUBJECT TO SCAMS! With online shopping on the rise and the holidays right around the corner, online retailer Amazon is warning of scams affecting their customers. The two scams Amazon wants us to know about are: 1. Prime Membership - an unexpected call/text/email that indicate an issue with your membership and ask you to click a link in the email or text to update your payment information. If it’s a call, they ask for you to provide your payment information immediately over the phone. 2. Account suspension/deletion- using email/text/calls you are informed your account will be suspended or deleted and prompted to click a link (email/text) or verbally “verify your account’. This tactic lures customers to provide account information, payment information, and account login credentials. What’s scary is how legitimate the email/ text/call looks and sounds. Amazon wants you to know that they will never contact you asking for this information. Their emails will never ask you to click a link but will instead direct you to login to your account and review messages in the message center. Amazon asks if you receive communication that you suspect is not legit, please report it at amazon.com/reportascam. Questions/ concerns, contact Deputy Chief, Joan DiBattista @ 239.851.7899. Neighborhood Watch (NW) Chief Fay Wood would like to personally thank our Deputy Chief, Public Relations Liaison all our dedicated Deputies, and Community Partners for the ongoing teamwork to making the total community NW so successful. Also, NW would like to wish the entire Lake Ashton community & families a happy, healthy and safe holiday season as we move forward to the New Year.
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MOVI ES DECEMBER 5 - 7 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE FAMILY PLAN 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 58MIN Dan Morgan (Mark Wahlberg) loves his quiet suburban life as a devoted husband, father, and successful car salesman. But that's only half the story. Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world's deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Dan packs his unsuspecting wife (Michelle Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. Determined to protect his family, while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime, Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity. DECEMBER 12 - 14 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 31MIN From writer and director Nia Vardalos, the worldwide phenomenon My Big Fat Greek Wedding is coming back to theaters with a brand-new adventure. Join the Portokalos family as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heartwarming and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns. Opa! DECEMBER 19 - 21 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM GENIE 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN Alone in his New York City apartment, a despondent Bernard (Paapa Essiedu) dusts off a jewelry box he finds in their home and 18 CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 unintentionally releases the one entity (Melissa McCarthy), Flora, a magical genie, who just might be able to help him get his family back. In the process, Flora and Bernard will discover that love, and an unexpected friendship, can unleash a special holiday magic all its own. DECEMBER 27 - 28 (NO SHOWINGS DECEMBER 26) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BLUE BEETLE 2023 | PG-13 | 2HR 7MIN Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE. MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED DECEMBER 1 AT 11 AM (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS) SERENDIPITY 2001 | PG-13 | 1H 30MIN A couple (Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack) meet on Christmas Eve and sparks fly - but she believes in destiny, and if this pair is meant to be together, fate will make it so. Ten years later, the girl decides to give destiny a hand. DECEMBER 8 AT 11 AM (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS) THE PREACHER'S WIFE 1996 | PG | 2H 4MIN A cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel (Denzel Washington). The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric's lovely young wife (Whitney Houston). DECEMBER 15 AT 11 AM & 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) FOUR CHRISTMASES 2008 | PG-13 | 1HR 28 MIN When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) must spend Christmas Day trudging around to a quartet of family get-togethers. While Brad counts the hours till he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members are so crazy after all. DECEMBER 22 CANDY CANE LANE 2023 | PG Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood's annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper's spel l , battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone. DECEMBER 29 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 1989 | R | 1HR 25MIN Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet on a trip to New York after graduating. As their lives and careers grow separately, their paths cross over and over again, causing them to consider a romance with each other.
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EVENTS OUTDOOR MENORAH LIGHTING Hanukkah begins the evening of Thursday, December 7, and ends the evening of Friday, December 15. 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, on December 12 at 5:30 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot, presented by the Chabad Jewish Center. HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE By Carolyn Bishop The Holiday Golf Cart Parade will be here before you know it, on December 15. Line up at the HFC will begin at 5:30 pm with the parade kicking off at 6. A reception in the Clubhouse will follow . All ar e welcome! Individuals, groups and clubs are encouraged to participate. No sign up is necessary but if you have any special requests please contact Carolyn Bishop at 919-606-8844. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies for the reception following the parade in the Clubhouse. Watch for a sign up link on TicketLeap. Thank you to the Parade Sponsor: Water’s Edge of Lake Wales LA ASHTONETTES By Gina Krall The LA Ashtonettes have lead the Holiday 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 443.783.6191 or email ginakrall@yahoo.com. TRIVIA By David Fix Join your neighbors for a fun time and a chance to win some cash! It’s only $1 to play, teams not required. Maximum of 8 per table. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia begins at 7. Next date: December 10. ASHTONES PERFORMANCES! By Dan Krueger The Ashtones Quartet will sing at Monday Coffee on December 11 at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. They will also be singing Christmas carols and other stuff table-side Sunday, December 17, during Brunch at Charm City from 11am to 2 pm. Don’t miss these performances by your very talented neighbors. Contact Danny at 414-651-8888, cofcrsccl@gmail.com about availability for holiday parties. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R S M A R T P H O N E TO S I G N U P F O R EVENTS LISTED IN THIS ISSUE. PET PARADE By Carolyn Bishop The First Annual Howl-o-ween Pets on Parade Costume Contest took place on Halloween day with almost 30 dogs in attendance! The three celebrity judges; Marco Magiolo, Denise Tessier and Lisa Baker picked their favorites which was a difficult task with all the canine citizens looking so adorable! Judge’s Choice Awards went to: •Mitzi, Don and Shelly as the Singing Ukulele trio •Lulu and Lynn as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf •Tammy and Susanne as a Lightening Bug •Honorable mention to Duke and Susan’s Granddaughter as Beauty and the Beast All participants received a certificate and goodie bag. A generous donation by our participants and our sponsor was given to Lisa Baker with the Humane Society. Thank you to Tessier Law Firm for sponsoring the event. Watch for the Second Annual Pet Parade next year! FALL FESTIVAL WRAP-UP Yet another great Fall Festival is in the books! It was wonderful seeing residents bowl with pumpkins, have their caricatures drawn, and get their faces painted. We had a tie on a winner for the Guess How Many Spiders Game, Shelba Powell and Sue Morris’ guest, Jackson, both came up with the same number, yet, strangely enough, not one person guessed the right weight for the pumpkin. Thank you again to all of our sponsors Matt Simpson of Edward Jones, Water’s Edge, Cruise Planners, Weaver-Loveless Law, Small World Tours, Never Left Alone, and Performance Carts. Keep an eye out for the date for next year’s Fall Festival! CLUBHOUSE OPEN HOUSE Thanks to everyone who attended the Clubhouse Open House! Staff and supervisors were proud to showcase all the improvements made to the Clubhouse this year.
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LARC CHRISTMAS PARTY All are invited to the Annual “Make it Merry” Christmas Event December 9 from 5:30 - 9:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom, an evening of holiday celebration and good food with friends! You will enjoy a full dinner by Charm City, dance to the music of DJ Wayne, and take home something special — there will be door prizes for everyone. The menu includes your choice of salmon or sirloin steak (which you will designate when you select your ticket), salad, baked potato and dessert. Charm City will provide the cash bar. Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LARC. Members pay $30 per person and guests are $35. Purchase tickets by end of day December 1. CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Cheryl Winchester Don’t miss out on an evening full of holiday spirit and entertainment December 16 from 7 to 10 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LAPAC would like everyone to join us for free — this is our way of giving back to the Lake Ashton community for always supporting our endeavors. The free tickets are only available until we fill up. Tickets are online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. CHILI COOKOFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/ item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. LA CRUISE-IN JAN. 14, 2024 3 — 6 pm Shine up that chrome, get those tires scrubbed, and rev those engines on January 14 from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot to enjoy food trucks, classic and modern cars, and live music from Southbound. We will be judging cars and presenting the winners of each category with a prize: Best Classic (pre-1989), Best Modern (post-1989), and Crowd Favorite. Registration ends December 18. If you’d like to enter your car into the show, register online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Spectators do not need to sign up to attend this free event! Sponsored by Performance Carts and Water’s Edge. LAKE ASHTON CLUB FAIR Anyone interested in learning more about Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups or Organizations should attend this Expo on January 24 in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 10 am to 1 pm. Light refreshments provided. Register via the online link that will be sent out via email blast after December 6 for a table. This is a great time to grow membership and attract new members whether you facilitate an exercise group, public safety group, sports activity, or arts and crafts group. Exhibitor space is limited so don’t wait to sign up! LAVA AUXILIARY TAG SALE By Donna Debnar The biannual Lake Ashton version of a garage sale will take place Saturday, January 20, 2024 in the Clubhouse ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm. Clean out your closets and drawers and rent a table space and bring your wares for sale. It’s a good time to make room for all those new holiday gifts. You can also donate items for sale. All proceeds benefit the veterans. To reserve your space contact Donna Debnar at 863-845-5275 or email at djdebnar@gmail.com. Only Lake Ashton residents may purchase a table space but the sale will be open to the public. 23
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VINTAGE ROADSHOW Lake Ashton’s second Vintage Roadshow will be held on January 24 at 6 pm! A group of very knowledgeable vendors will be in attendance to help share their knowledge of your beloved or unique antique/vintage/retro items. Categories and time increments are as follows: Jewelry, Watches, & Clocks (no more than 3 pieces per person) – 15 minutes per person Ceramics, Pottery, Glassware, & Holiday – 10 minutes/person Toys & Sports – 10 minutes/person Books & Paper Items – 10 minutes/person Signs & Advertisement Pieces – 10 minutes/person Coins & Military (no weapons, please) – 15 minutes/ person Pictures & Paintings – 10 minutes/person Tools & Cast Iron – 10 minutes/person Electronics – 10 minutes/person Furniture – Limited to the first 9 to sign up, the vendor will come to your house to look at your item. You will need to sign up for a time slot online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. SAVE THE DATE By Marsha Martin The Creative Quilters are gearing up for their 2024 Quilt Show and would love to have our Lake Ashton friends come and see what we have been doing. With more than 10 new people joining our group in the last year there will be even more quilts than ever before! With more group projects such as Tear and Share and a Mystery Quilt, we will have tons of new quilts and ideas to look at. We are also raffling off 2 different quilts this year with the proceeds going to buy fabric to make quilts for our resident veterans. Mark your calendars for February 21, 2024 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Hope to see you there. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE February 10, 2024 - Greek Festival February 14, 2024 - Valentine's Event February 23, 2024 - Pirate Party Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Real Estate Expertise Brad did a phenomenal job putting our listing together that provided a perfect visualization of our home. His tips and suggestions were on target and the photos were perfect. Brad answered all our questions with solid guidance. His ability to author a complete narrative of our home enabled us to have a buyer in one week. Working with us on our offer and counter-offer was spot on. When we knew we were selling, there was no one else we wanted to represent us than Brad. He is a true professional and provides outstanding customer service to his clients. Brad, you are the best. Gary & Sue Johnson 13 September 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390
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2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES at Lake Ashton JAN.30 MAR.6 JAN.18 FE 9B. RHINESTONE COWGIRLS SOUL OF BROADWAY MODERN GENTLEMEN THE SHOWMAN starring SEASON TICKET PRICES: 5 PM REGULAR: $125 5 PM PREMIUM: $150 8 PM REGULAR: $150 8 PM PREMIUM: $175 SEASON TICKETS ARE SOLD ONLY TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. LIMIT ONE TICKET PER RESIDENT. HAVE LAKE ASHTON PHOTO IDENTIFICATION ON HAND TO PURCHASE WITH MASTERCARD, VISA, OR CHECK PAYABLE TO LACDD. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE RESOLD TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES SPONSOR: FRANKIE SCINTA MAR.29 Services Offered: Asset Protection • Crisis Medicaid Planning Proactive Estate Planning • Probate & Trust Administration Special Needs Planning • VA Benefits Planning 26 JENENE CARAMIELO NEW SEASON TICKET SALES END: December 8, 2023 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS (IF AVAILABLE) GO ON SALE: December 19, 2023 www.FamilyElderLaw.com Lake Wales (863) 676-8432 Sebring (863) 658-3506 Lakeland (863) 808-1740 VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DECOR! All residents will have the chance to vote for the most festive, most extravagant, and the best overall outdoor holiday decor featured in Lake Ashton from December 1 through December 14. An email blast will be sent out with a list of participating addresses along with an online voting form. The winner will be presented with a trophy and be featured in the LA Times. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or James Margeson (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com) with any questions. Thank you to the Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group for this wonderful idea! The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group is made up of resident volunteers from Lake Wales and Winter Haven that work together with staff to come up with ideas for community events and activities. 27
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BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. Check out these offerings for your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM HFC ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/class (payable at class, min. 10). No equipment required. Led by Kim Skinner, an accredited yoga instructor since 2019 (AND a Licensed Mental Health Counselor!). Kim incorporates yoga, meditation and breath work into the practice. ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom ✴Virtual Coaching Sessions with Transformation Coach Joel Eyres January 8 and 22 at 4:30 pm in the Cinema. ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am Sign up at either Activities Office or scan the QR code to sign up online. 28 MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. THINK & DRINK: DO I HAVE A RETRO VINTAGE ANTIQUE? Have you ever wondered if that one item on the shelf classifies as an antique? Join Gordon Broadhead, owner of G’s Vintage Market in Lake Wales, on December 29 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom for a thought-provoking discussion about the different classifications of yesteryear’s items. Gordon will also have a Q&A segment during the discussion. Sign up by scanning the QR code above, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Here we are at the end of another year! This is a great time to reflect on the positives and negatives of this year and to make plans for a better future. A good self-evaluation helps to identify patterns (both positive & negative) that help or hinder our health goals. How many of us are moving through life unaware of our physical declines? Do we notice our body changing with each year? This natural decline in our physical abilities is so gradual that most of us won’t take note of it until we are forced to; like at our yearly physical exam. Can you touch your toes? TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 Truth is, we form habits and biases that are responsible for who we are today. For example, If I start eating ice cream after dinner; I would start to crave ice cream after dinner. Likewise, if I start going to bed earlier in the evening; I would start to feel sleepy earlier as well. It all boils down to being a victim of, or a master of our habits. So, if you want to change a negative behavior like a food craving, you will need to stop giving in to the craving. If you have ever seen someone take a pacifier from a baby, you understand how challenging it can be. Our bodies are amazingly adaptive and will get stronger if we challenge it with weight training and cardio. Likewise, it will become weaker and less flexible if we spend too much time sitting or lying down. Let’s start this new year with purpose! Chose to do more and work towards being more flexible, more energetic, and more disciplined. We owe it to our future selves to work toward being more physically fit than we are today.
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BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Thursday mornings at 8:30 am at the HFC leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809. TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome but this class is not designed for beginning tappers. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. LINE DANCING WITH JOHN MOORE Tuesday evenings (Beginners 7-8 pm and Beginners Plus 8-9 pm) and Thursday mornings (Beginners 9-10 am and Beginners Plus 10-11 am) in the Clubhouse Ballroom LINE DANCING CLASS Instructor: Lorrrie Shearin Thursdays at the HFC 1 pm Beginner Class - Everyone is welcome! No experience needed. Dances will be easy and fun, dances used at River Ranch will be taught. 2 pm Improver Class - Teaching dances that have tags, restarts, turns, and maybe faster. Some experience may help, but everyone can try and learn new dances that may seem more advanced. Sometimes they are easier than they look. MAH JONGG Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience sought to join the group that meets Wednesdays at the HFC from 2 to 4 pm. Contact: Myrna Soberman at myrna.steve23@gmail.com. SHUFFLEBOARD GROUP Join this group every Tuesday at 6 pm at the Shuffleboard Courts. Contact Marcie or Darrell Saxton at 863-324-1212. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc.
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CERAMIC CHICKS Wednesdays, 8:30 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 HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS & PROJ ECTS Instructor: Jill Groves Create 2 ornaments from several provided designs on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room, and December 15 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. On Wednesday, December 20 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room, students can select from two types of projects: a glass tree with a birch log stand or a glass design with a votive holder & a battery candle. Sign up at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desks, or online. Cost is $35 payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Preregistration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr December 9 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room Christmas Angel $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on December 8 CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Join Carmen in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 9 at 11:30 for a papier-mâché class! Learn how to make decorative papier-mâché flamingoes by using different types of paper. All supplies and instructions will be included for $10. Space is limited so sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 4 to reserve your spot for this class. Next Class: DIY Heart Pillow on February 6. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Create your own beautiful handpainted wine glasses on January 10 at 2:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For $35, each painter will receive step-by-step instructions and will be supplied with two wine glasses, paints, and brushes. Stop by the Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli to reserve your spot by January 3. You won’t want to miss this; a maximum of 30 people can sign up but a minimum of 10 people is needed! Next Class: February 7 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES Join resident crafter and floral enthusiast Pam Klawinski on February 6 at 11:30 am to arrange seasonal colored florals on an 8x10 picture frame that will be interchangeable for every season and holiday! This month’s class will be for the winter Holidays. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class. Instructions and materials will be provided for $16. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 5 Tax Filing Tips That Help Keep The IRS Auditor Away Right now is a great time to evaluate your current tax situation and enact a few changes to help keep the IRS tax auditor away. The first thing to evaluate is whether the correct amount of taxes are being withheld, your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are on track, deductions are accurate, and if you are correctly listing charitable deductions on your return. Although examining and updating your W-4 is a great place to start, here are a few more ways to save on personal taxes that you may want to consider: • Save more into a pre-tax-sheltered retirement savings account. • Fully fund or increase your contribution into a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) • Determine if you’re eligible for the earned income tax credit (EITC) • Evaluate if you qualify for the alternative minimum tax (AMT). • Increase your deductions. • Donate money to a charitable cause. Meeting with your financial professional and tax professional can help ensure you are managing your tax situation. A tax review is essential while saving for retirement and after you retire since retirement is often when taxes on distributions from pre-tax retirement savings accounts hit. This situation makes pre-retirement tax planning important. As you review your tax situation this spring, are five tax filing tips to watch for: Tip #1- Unemployment benefits are taxed. Unemployment benefits are taxable income by the IRS and in almost every state. If you received benefits, you may receive a 1099 form showing your benefits income by year-end. In most states, taxes are not taken from your benefits, so you’ll need to pay taxes on your unemployment benefits. In some states, unemployment benefits are not taxed, so if you’re unsure if your state taxes benefits, reach out to your tax professional for clarification. Tip #2-The home office deduction may not apply to you. If you work from home, you may assume you qualify for the home deduction. Unfortunately, work-related expenses are not eligible for deduction if you’re an employee on an employer’s payroll. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 33 Tip #3- Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) require special attention. Under The SECURE Act, your first RMD starts when you turn age 72, which is a later age than in previous years. The RMD rule generally applies to the age of the original owner of a traditional IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA, a 401(k) or 403(b). Roth IRAs do not have RMDs. Tip #4- RMD tables have changed. Since the RMD tables hadn’t been updated since the early 2000s and people now have longer life expectancies, the tables were updated in 2022. Here are a few things to note about the updated RMD tables which impact how much RMD monies you need to take: • RMDs are now at a lesser percentage. • RMD amounts are smaller in order to extend the balance over a longer time period. • A Smaller RMD means fewer taxes to pay. • More money remaining in retirement savings accounts means more opportunities for tax-deferred accumulation through reinvesting. • The new updated RMD tables help investors to manage their taxable income better. Tip# 5- Charitable deductions may save you money. For the 2022 and 2023 tax years, charitable contribution deduction rules are now that taxpayers can only deduct charitable contributions if they itemize their tax deductions on Schedule A. In addition, taxpayers can only claim charitable contribution deductions for cash contributions to public charities and operating foundations up to 60% of their adjusted gross income (AGI). If you have questions when filing your taxes, consult a tax professional to help ensure you’re not taking deductions you don’t qualify to take. SWG2241771-0622e The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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CLUBS By Becky Wilson LA PICKLEBALL CLUB 11 at 10:30 am in the Cinema. Each month we strive to broaden our knowledge through educational videos and guest speakers. Members also share their photos and knowledge. All Lake Ashton residents regardless of photography skill levels are invited to attend. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The LA Garden Club met on November 8 and Judy The Lake Ashton pickleball courts had quite a different look to them on October 28! LAPA held a Halloween Mixer with all participants playing in costume. The courts were filled with all kinds of scary, funny, but most of all, fun-loving players. It was a fun morning for the players and just as much fun for the spectators! Carmen Woodlief and Lisa Savala were the winners for the women and Rick McKibben and Graham Littlehale were the men’s winners. Good news…you can now join and pay your dues at the Clubhouse or the HFC! If paying or signing up at the Clubhouse, use the signup window as usual. At the HFC, there is now a black box on the wall directly to the left of the wooden framed forms holder. For those wishing to become members of LAPA, membership forms can be found in the holder. The form is easy to fill out and shows you how much to pay. Attach a check payable to “LAPA” and drop it in the box. Existing members renewing their membership may drop their checks for $12 in the box. Please be sure to write member(s) names on the check. How easy is that? Happy holidays and good cheer to all of Lake Ashton! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock If you’re interested in photography and would like to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with others, please join us at one of our Camera Club meetings. Our December meeting will be held Monday December Perry was the presenter. Judy showed those in attendances how to use rosemary and other herbs to create herb vinegars. All participants were able to create and take home a bottle. There were flowers and labels to add to the décor of the bottle. The Garden Club membership continues to grow. The club has a diversity of members with many interests. Members are always willing to help. There are many experts, novices and beginners all with the same goal; to garden. Our next meeting will be December 13th at 10am in the Pavilion. There will be a garden themed gift swap, holiday pastries and apple cider. The club meets every second Wednesday of each month. LA WOODWORKERS CLUB ANNUAL MEETING By Jim Sullivan The Lake Ashton Woodworkers will have their annual membership meeting on January 15 at 10:30 am in the front of the Ballroom, immediately after Monday Coffee. New Memberships and renewals are being offered at this meeting. Membership to the Lake Ashton Woodworkers is available to all Lakes Ashton residents. For all new residents, the woodworkers shop here at Lake Ashton is first class, with the finest equipment. With your new membership you will receive a complete training session to ensure your safety and ability to use the equipment. At times during the year, classes are offered to help you create woodworking projects. The Lake Ashton Woodworkers club is completely selfsupported. The annual dues are $150 per year. That is a lot more than past years, however we had a substantial increase in the monthly rent. We are looking forward to another great year of making sawdust and enjoying the woodworking club here at Lake Ashton. LA TRAVELERS By Laurie Cayton Claus. There will be a collection of new unwrapped toys in support of the Rudolph Roundup, benefiting foster children in our area. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The Lake Ashton Travelers headed down to Punta Gorda November 2 - 6 to enjoy a Rally which included the Florida International Air Show taking place right next to the Creekside RV Resort where they were staying. The Rally included evening socials, a potluck, two catered dinners, breakfast gatherings and a great game of Bingo where the prizes included gift cards to Charm City and handmade crafts. The highlight of the Air Show was watching the Thunderbirds fly in several formations and perform breathtaking maneuvers. The LA Travelers celebrated their 20th Anniversary as a FMCA Chapter with a party on November 14. The South-East Regional Vice President, Bill Dees, presented the certificate to Chapter President Dan Leininger (pictured). The group is the longest running club in Lake Ashton with over 400 current and former members. The annual Christmas Party will be held on December 3 in the Clubhouse. If you want to join the group, contact Maureen Sim who heads up the membership drive at 863-604-0309. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz In lieu of a December monthly meeting, the LADC encourages attendance at the Holiday Party for all Polk County Democrats on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Yard on Mass, located at 802 North Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland. RSVP to PolkDems_HolidayParty@yahoo.com. There will be music by DJ Bush, food trucks, outdoor and indoor seating, and a visit from Santa 35 Members of the Genealogy Club traveled to the Family Search Center in Lakeland on November 4 and 11 to delve more deeply into their family trees. We were t r e a t e d t o t h e h e l p a n d expertise of Steve and Betty, and boy, did we find a lot of info! Come join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 2 PM in the HFC Craft Room. We will be happy to help you delve into your family tree. Questions, call Jane at 815-545-6655. FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Carl Boast All Lake Ashton residents are invited to come out on Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm to play some fun games of Bocce Ball. No experience is required. Anyone who is playing would be more than happy to teach you and go over the Lake Ashton Bocce Ball rules and regulations. The group also has the Bocce courts reserved for the 1st and 3rd Fridays for the 2024 season from 4pm to 6pm for our tailgate parties. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share. This is a great opportunity to socialize and play some games. The Bocce group is planning a potluck dinner on January 17, 2024 from 5 to 8 pm at the HFC Community Room. Bring a drink of your choice and a dish to serve eight for a fun night of food and friends. Plates, napkins, and utensils will be supplied. If you plan to attend the potluck a signup sheet will be available in the HFC. Contact Stephanie Iszak (609-980-9505, siszak@comcast.net) or Tammy Shields (863-632-2024, tammy.shields1221@gmail.com) with questions. Looking forward to having many new Friendly Bocce players.
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LA CANADIAN CLUB By Heather & Ken Miyauchi, Janet & Ed Wills Calling all Canadians! After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we restarted our LA Canadian Club dinners in 2023. The dinners were well attended and everyone enjoyed renewing old friendships and meeting new friends. Please join us for great food, lively conversation, entertaining games, and even a few laughs on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. The dinner will include honey glazed ham, grilled chicken breast, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, garden salad, French rolls, dessert, and iced tea. The price is unchanged at $17 per person. Where else can you get a threecourse dinner for $14 plus tip and tax? Sign up and submit your payment at the HFC Activities Desk. Make your $17 checks payable to “Ed Wills”, treasurer. Sign up by December 31. Looking forward to seeing everyone on January 11! 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 November, 39 people attended the meeting. Susan Castillo reported that she and Karen Nelson attended a facilitator meeting and reserved the Ballroom for meetings and cards on Sunday from 2-4 pm and the Pavilion on the third Thursday of every month from 4–6 pm for the Single Mingle in 2024. The date for the Christmas party at Deb Kreider’s house has been changed to December 14 at 4:30 pm. Wrapped gifts for the Senior Orphans were turned in by November 26. Athene booked reservations at the Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park on January 4 for lunch. Athene will collect $21.50 from each person attending the luncheon at the December meeting.The Jacaranda Hotel will still be decorated for Christmas. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on December 3. 37
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Pictured are LA Swim Club members Cathy Liska and Sandy Papineau with Coach Sandy White at the Golden Age Games in Sanford. The women are part of the 4-year-old Lake Ashton Swim Club; and, as you can see by the hardware around their necks, they won 9 medals. The Golden Age Games are the oldest senior games in the country, and Lake Ashton has been represented there for the past 3 years. Cathy and Sandy P., along with a few other members, have also qualified for the Florida State Senior Games Championships, which will be held Dec. 2-3 in Temple Terrace. This will be the fourth year that we have had swimmers qualify for and swim at States. Some of the club members are gearing up for the Polk County and Lee County Senior Games which will be held the first weekend of March. Other club members, who are interested in fitness swimming, are doing well on their goals to swim 100 miles in the HFC pool (not all at once)! There are a couple members with injuries (not from swimming) and we wish them a speedy recovery. Whether you are interested in fitness, competition, or camaraderie, new members are always welcome! The only requirement is an ability to swim 2 lengths of the pool. LASC reserves the pool Mondays 6-7 pm, Wednesdays 1-2 pm, and Saturdays 10-11 am. Workouts are tailored to individual needs, and Coach Sandy is available to help improve stroke technique and offer other swimming tips. MEALS ON WHEELS FUND RAISER RESULTS By Marcia Santino The Pinehurst Loop Social Committee (“PLSC”) held a LA Community Gift Basket Raffle benefitting Meals on Wheels of Polk County. This raffle was designed to raise awareness of this amazing organization in a fun and interactive way. A total of 32 incredible gifts, pictured, were donated by Pinehurst Loop residents, local businesses and The LA Purple Stars. People across the community participated in the raffle over a two-week selling period and drawings were held on November 7th. Over $2,500 was raised for Meal on Wheels and the proceeds were presented to their Executive Director, Susan Eldridge, pictured with some of the PLSC members, on November 8. If you or someone you know would like information on meal delivery services available from Meals on Wheels, call 863-299-1616. To volunteer, email MOWpolk.org. For the complete list of raffle winners, please email slenarz2005@yahoo.com DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged — contact Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com. October 16: North-South 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare, 2nd Graham Littlehales & Howard Mayne; 3rd Jeannine Connors & Dee Mayne EastWest 1st Dick Dole & Lois Dole; 2nd Trish Kellar & Marian Oshinsky; 3rd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster October 23: 1st Ralph Ritter & Liz Smith; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Jeannine Connors; 3rd James Ford & Don Fuller October 30: North-South 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd James Ford & Don Fuller; 3rd Marion Nelson & Roger Nelson; East-West 1st Judy Robertson & Ralph Ritter; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Howard Mayne; 3rd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat November 6: 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Liz Smith & Keith Stevens 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 39 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. You never know what a small painted rock can do to someone’s day, outlook, or even their life. It’s about sharing a little message of encouragement to someone who needs it. It’s about bringing smiles to our neighbors. It’s about welcoming new neighbors. We are busy creating rocks for two service projects for the coming holidays. We are almost finished painting rocks for the LA Singles group holiday project. We are also busy painting rocks for Water’s Edge residents. The group normally meets in the HFC Community Center from 2 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, but there will be no meetings in December. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Come give us a try in January! Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session. Contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year! ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda The last potluck of the year will be Thursday, December 14 at 6 pm at the HFC. Bring your favorite dish to share, a beverage and $2 to cover expenses. Desserts are taken care of. New members are always welcome, so if you have some Italian heritage please join and make new friends. No RSVP needed. Questions? Call Susie Escoda at 863-206-6566. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be Wednesday, December 20 at 5 pm at Charm City for a quick meeting and then dinner and some cheer Thank you LAVA Auxiliary and Lake Ashton neighbors for making the Craft Fair a success! More than 1,020 people came to the Craft Fair! Many stopped by as they were leaving (bags in hand) to let us know how much they enjoyed attending, and the vendors were extremely pleased as well. Many have already reserved their spot for next year. Thanks to the bakers who provided their homemade baked goods, the Kitchen Crew and Charm City for their generous donation. The “Bake Shop” and hot dog sales were a tremendous success. We also want to thank LAVA for their support with parking and helping the vendors set up their booth. Thanks to all the LAVA Auxiliary volunteers. Get ready for the Tag Sale (garage sale) in January hosted by the LAVA Auxiliary. See page 24 for more details. May you be blessed with making happy memories this holiday season. Let’s keep in prayer our military who will not be with family this season. God Bless America! MN, ND, & SD STATE PARTY By Mark Rath All former residents from Minnesota, North and South Dakota are invited to gather for a Potluck dinner and state trivia on February 18, 2024 from 5 to 8pm at the HFC. More details in the next LA Times and at the HFC. 2024 POLK SENIOR GAMES Call or email now to receive an entry booklet in early January for the 2024 Polk Senior Games. 863-533-0055, polkseniorgames50@gmail.com. A representative will be at Monday Coffee on January 8. The Games, scheduled for February 24 - March 9, offer two weeks of 33 Olympic-style sports and games for men and women 50 and over. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is February 9. Fees are $12 for the first event and $5 for each additional event up to a maximum of $37. Additional fees apply for team sports and some events. Everyone receives a specially designed T-shirt. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each event and age division. GOLF LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Senior Orphans collection was once again a HUGE success. Your generosity, as always, is overwhelming. This should be a great holiday season for these folks in need, thanks to all of you. If you haven’t signed up for the holiday game and party on December 5 – what are you waiting for? There are many fun surprises both on and off the course for this annual event. Please feel free to wear your festive attire, ugly xmas sweaters, and jingle bells. Holiday lights are encouraged. Fun is the name of the game for the holiday party! Remember, we tee off at 9:30 and gather in the parking lot adjacent to Mulligan Way at 9:10am. If you can’t play golf that day, please sign up and join us for lunch. Looking forward to seeing you there! As we end yet another year, please take a few minutes of reflection: remember the members who have left, send healing thoughts to members and/or their families who might be struggling, and share your hearts filled with an attitude of gratitude for all that we experience here at Lake Ashton. Happiest of holidays to you and yours… Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Dawn Neigh We made it through another hurricane season … now, let the fun begin. The dry season is upon us with nice colder crisp weather. So, LET’S GOLF! We have so many opportunities. The best part is golf is in our backyard. November 7 and 8 was our LALGA/LAMGA two-day tournament. What a fun day and the course was full with a total of 90 golfers. Opening Day was November 14. The game was on all par 5s you could tee your ball up in the fairway! Yes, we like to make it interesting. The luncheon afterward was very well thought out and wonderful. Plus, with most of our members participating it made for a fun day of meeting new people and just plain fun. Oh, we did have a serious required annual meeting. Can’t be all fun and games. Our holiday luncheon is December 12. It is always festive. Just a reminder that December 5-18 is our annual toy drive. The upcoming event in January is LALGA Solheim Cup! Mark your calendar for this 2-day competition. Who will win? Red vs Blue? No one knows but I am sure our captains will get their teams fired up. As always, hit them long and hit them straight! Red Hoagland Challenge leaders as of October 31 Liz Leigh Cheryl Coveleskie Beverly Hines Margie Dersham $95.35 $79.75 $78.20 $76.90 Pictured at right: LALGA/LAMGA Tournament Chairmen Jan Baun and Tim Wayt Clubhouse Staff would like to thank the LALGA for all donated during the November food drive for Lake Wales Care Center and the Mission of Winter Haven. 44
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LAMGA By David Kubissa As the year winds down, there is a flurry of activity in the men’s league, leading to the launch of the 2024 season in January. The most important event is the December 6 LAMGA annual meeting and luncheon that follow that day’s game of the week – two best nets. Registration for the 2024 season runs from December 1 — 31. Printable application forms have been emailed to members and posted in a printable format on the LAMGA page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. They also will be available at the Pro Shop. Players must complete the form and return it to the golf shop with a $25 registration fee, payable only by check – no cash – to LAMGA. Only enrolled players who have paid their fee will be eligible for league play in 2024.Players who cannot register by the deadline may do so after December 31 but first must complete the application and pay the fee before they can play a LAMGA game. The final standings are in for the prestigious Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge that honors the four players who have accumulated the most winnings from the weekly LAMGA games. The Final Foursome for the year and their order of finish are: 1. John Milsom; 2. Doug Hines; 3. Paul Panone; 4. Rolly Geyer. They will receive gift certificates to the Lake Ashton golf shop, courtesy of Red Hoagland Hyundai. Sponsor spotlight: Christine Graves Insurance, Inc.; Element Funding; Zinsmeister Insurance; Bargain Carts; Brewer Sales and Service; Performance Carts; Lake Ashton Golf Management; and Lake Ashton Ladies Golf Association. For the full lineup, visit the LAMGA section of LakeAshtonLiving.com. Pictured above: Jan Baun rolls a putt on No. 18 West in the LAMGA / LALGA mixer that took place Nov. 7 and 8 as teammates Don Connors, Jane Fuller and Doug Hines look on. The event drew a field of 90 golfers. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! (863) 318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES December Issue Deadline: November 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. NOVEMBER 2023 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. NOVEMBER 6 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • 3D Mobile Mammography Bus will be giving information and booking appointments for their visit on November 27. Visit 3dmobilemammography.com for more information • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Everyday Phone Tips with Guardian Wealth - Bring Your Smartphone! • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare NOVEMBER 13 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speakers: Quilts of Valor, AdventHealth Talks: Alzheimer's Awareness • Featured Vendors: Miller's Central Air, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Tessier Law Firm NOVEMBER 20 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING NOVEMBER 27 • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Art Council • Featured Vendors: Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb, VITAS Healthcare • 3D Mobile Mammography Bus • Central Florida Health Care will facilitate blood pressure and BMI screenings IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 MIND & BODY 34 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD November 17, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD November 20, 9 am (please note new start time) 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 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, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HOLIDAY CLOS INGS The Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Clubhouse and HFC Offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 in observance of Christmas. The Clubhouse Offices will be closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2 in observance of the New Year. The HFC Offices will be closed Monday, January 1. HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION CHANGES - THANKSGIVING Trash, recycling and yard waste pickup for Lake Wales residents will occur Saturday, November 25. There aren't any impacts to the trash, recycling, and yard waste pickup for Winter Haven residents. 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: November 8 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE November 8 and 22, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot DAYL IGHT SAVING TIME Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 5. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night when you go to bed. Keep in mind that your smartphones and tablets likely already make this change automatically. This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. 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 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. All guests can be registered at either Activities Desk during business hours. Renters must have a copy of their fully executed rental agreement. Visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to get your resident photo identification made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 pm, or by appointment. Bring a driver's license with your Lake Ashton address on it, or the warranty deed for your home. The application can be filled out at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com. under ‘Additional District Documents’.
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WELCOME TO LAKE ASHTON New residents of Lake Ashton can sign up at either Activities Desk and online for a New Resident Orientation held November 3 in the HFC at 2 pm. This is an opportunity to meet community leaders and other new residents, and get information about the community. New residents can also stop by the Clubhouse or HFC during operating hours to receive a welcome packet, sign up for communitywide emails, and more. CLUBHOUSE OPEN HOUSE There will be an Open House at the Clubhouse November 18 from 4 to 8 pm and all Lake Ashton residents are invited to check out the newly refurbished amenities at the Clubhouse and mingle with friends and neighbors. There will be snacks and non-alcoholic beverages set up throughout the Clubhouse. Charm City will offer happy hour pricing for drinks and appetizers in the restaurant during the entire event. This is a free event — no need to sign up, just stop by anytime between 4 and 8 pm. NEW FEES FOR CLERICAL SERVICES AT THE CLUBHOUSE AVAILABLE DURING BUSINESS HOURS • Copies: 8.5x11 B&W - .10 cents per side 8.5x14 or 11x17 B&W - .20 cents per side 8.5x11 color - .30 cents per side 8.5x14 or 11x17 color - .40 cents per side • Faxing: Local - $1.25 for the first page and .25 cents for each additional page Long Distance - $2.25 for the first page and .25 cents for each additional page International - $6.25 for the first page and $4 for each additional page. Incoming Fax: .25 cents per page WELCOME COMMITTEE The Lake Ashton Welcome Committee is being resurrected! A facilitator has volunteered and is now looking for a group of friendly, helpful residents to be a part of the "committee". If you would like to share a few hours a month getting to know and help new neighbors, please email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. The only requirements are that you are community minded and interested in being helpful to new residents. The first meeting will be held the last week in November. SHREDDING EVENT There will be a shredding event on November 11 sponsored by the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary. Donations are being accepted for Honduras relief. Drop off documents to be shredded starting at 10 am in the Clubhouse west parking lot (near the Tennis Courts). ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Recycle your electronics on November 28 at the Clubhouse. Drop-off starts at 9 am, and no drop-offs will be accepted after 12:30 pm. Please drop off all electronics in the black bins in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Scan the above QR code to view the list of accepted items. 6 are happy to continue this endeavor. Remember the items on the tags are suggestions, so if you see something else that you think a child or teen will appreciate, go ahead and purchase it. Watch for an email blast notifications once the tree is up. The last day to bring gifts is December 14th. NOVEMBER 28 November is a great time to reflect on everything to be thankful for, including living in a community full of caring friends and neighbors. Don't forget to stop by the Clubhouse Lobby to add what you are thankful for to our "Thankful Board". Here are a few opportunities to celebrate the upcoming holidays and give back to the communities surrounding Lake Ashton NOVEMBER FOOD DRI VE - NOVEMBER 1 - 1 5 Food donations for the Winter Haven Mission and Lake Wales Care Center will be collected from November 1 - 15. Drop off donations to the Clubhouse Ballroom Kitchen, Monday - Friday from 9 am - noon. Let's help our surrounding neighbors in need this holiday season. CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock It's time to think of the families in our area that need help to provide a happy holiday for their families. Early this month the Caring Tree will be in the Clubhouse Ballroom loaded with gift tags. These tags are suggestions for gifts that will be given to deserving families in partnership with the Lake Wales Care Center. The gifts must be new and unwrapped. We will collect the gifts and deliver them to the Care Center's distribution center. Parents will select a gift for their family and volunteers will help them with wrapping. Lake Ashton has been a strong supporter of this very worthwhile activity for over 15 years and we 7 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 support Lake Wales Care Center. A donation truck will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot November 28 from 9 to 11 am. NAT I ONAL AL ZHE I MER ' S DI S EA S E MONTH In 1983, President Reagan dedicated the month of November as National Alzheimer's Disease Month. Don't forget to support Team Sam by attending the Walk to End Alzheimer's on November 17 at 9 am. Meet in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot by 8:45 am. Contact Judy Puntureri at 863.214.6647 to sign up. You can also give a monetary donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s donation box, in the Clubhouse Activities Office the entire month. Make checks payable to Alzheimer’s Association. LAKE ASHTON SUPPORTS TOYS FOR TOTS By Fred Halde Thank you, Lake Ashton. Since I have taken over responsibility for the pickup and delivery of the Tots for Toys box here, you have never failed to come through. Lake Ashton is one of the prime locations for the collection of toys for this community outreach. There will again be a Toys for Tots box in the HFC from the early part of November thru mid December. I hope you will again express your love for children and support for families by giving generously. Thanks again Lake Ashton, for always being there for others!
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JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT V. LOSS OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND/ OR INSTANCES OF PERSONAL INJURY (EXCERPT) Patrons and their Guests assume sole responsibility for his or her personal property. The District and its contractors shall not be responsible for the loss or damage to any private property used or stored on or in any of the Amenity Facilities. Any Patron or Guest utilizing District equipment is responsible for said equipment. Should the equipment be returned to the District damaged, missing pieces or in worse condition than when it was when usage began, that Patron or Guest will be responsible to the District for any cost associated with repair or replacement of the equipment. Owners and Non-Resident Members are responsible for any damage to equipment incurred by their Guests/Renters/Leaseholders. Patrons should contact the Activities Desk or Security to report missing or damaged equipment. Individuals who, in any manner, make use of or accept the use of any apparatus, appliance, facility, privilege or service whatsoever owned, leased or operated by the Districts or its contractors, or who engages in any contest, game, function, exercise, competition or other activity operated, organized, arranged or sponsored by the Districts, either on or off the Amenity Facilities’ premises, shall do so at his or her own risk. Amenity Facilities are unattended facilities. Persons using the Amenity Facilities do so at their own risk. Amenity Manager's staff members are not present to provide personal training, exercise consultation, athletic instruction, or lifeguard duties, unless otherwise noted, to Patrons or Guests. Persons interested in using the Amenity Facilities are encouraged to consult with a physician prior to commencing a fitness program. The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com). 8 WINTER HAVEN COMMISSION ELECTION - NOVEMBER 7 Winter Haven residents only can vote Tuesday, November 7 from 7 am - 7 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Overlook Dr SE. Candidates on the Ballot: Seat 1: Kim Davis, L. Tracy Mercer Seat 5 (special election to fill the remaining unexpired term to 2025): Johnathon D. Bush, Clifton E. Dollison, Tom D. Freijo Unopposed candidates — Seat 2: Nathaniel J. Birdsong, Jr.; Seat 3: Brian Yates Residen t Spotlight Dan Rosen began planning about 9 months ago to volunteer in Israel. It involved lots of paperwork, letters of recommendation, and interviews via Zoom which he completed. Dan arrived in Israel a week before the war broke out, touring Haifa in the North prior to his volunteer assignment. He met up with his volunteer group the day after War was declared. He had the option to return home, but felt it important to stay and serve. He is spending 2 weeks packing medical supplies for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on an Israeli base close to Tel Aviv. The several volunteers are from all over the world. Of course, there are IDF soldiers staying on the base also. They have had to take shelter when the sirens blare, having 40 seconds to feel completely safe. Dan and Nancy have been to Israel several times before, and had always felt safe. Sadly, things are very different now. Nancy is trying to keep busy with friends from Michigan visiting her, and can't wait for Dan’s return and his volunteer stories. 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Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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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. With the return of the snowbirds, many clubs are resuming monthly meetings. Stop by the Activities Office 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 16. Revised rates for Ballroom rentals, clerical fees and more were approved and can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com under additional district documents "Rules Chapter III". Additionally a quote was approved to install erosion controls along the shore of Lake Ashton behind the Clubhouse. Please stay tuned to emails for information regarding closures in the area. A wrap up report of all actions taken was sent out via email blast on October 20. Please reach out to Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com with any questions. A Joint CDD Meeting was also held on October 16. Supervisors discussed the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies and ultimately approved the document with changes discussed at the meeting. A rate and rules hearing is scheduled to take place at the next Joint Board of Supervisors meeting January 19 at the HFC. WELCOME CHARM CITY! LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am November 27 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am November 6, 13 & 27 Residents are encouraged to stop by Charm City Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 8 pm and Sundays, 11 am - 4 pm. They have Happy Hour every day from noon - 4 pm and daily specials. Like them on Facebook for announcements regarding special menu items and events. Owner Nik Minadakis (pictured left) can be found in the Restaurant most days and is always talking with residents and eager to meet new customers. Be sure to talk to him about anything Maryland related, including the Ravens. He is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan … scratch that … an "everything to do with Maryland" sports fan! His staff is also friendly and ready to help make dining in the Restaurant a memorable experience, every time. They have already become family to many Lake Ashton residents. While you are there, try and get Jay (pictured right) to sing! You will not regret it! 10 Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3YEARBumpertoBumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2023 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always offering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the difference, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 11
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LAIICDD NEWS LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director November is the start of the holiday season when family plans are made, and we begin thinking about decorations! Your Lake Ashton II CDD Staff and Board of Directors have been working to make sure our amenities and programs are ready for residents and their guests during this time. It's gratifying to see all the events held at the HFC are so well attended!On October 6, we hosted a corn hole tournament that attracted over 8 high-powered teams to compete for bragging rights, medals and gift cards. The competition was fierce, and Team Popcorn came in First Place. Thanks to all who participated, and we look forward to your return at our next tournament. A Breast Cancer Awareness Walk for the Cure was held on October 13, with over 130 participants. Everyone turned out wearing pink, and was rewarded with refreshments and shirts at the end of the trek. Breast cancer information and awareness presentation was given. This is a worthy endeavor as this disease has touched many of us here in Lake Ashton. In keeping with the Spirit of Halloween," ghosts and goblins gathered at the HFC for a dance with music provided by DJ Wayne on October 13. Over 200 participated with awards for: Best Overall, Most Original and Scariest Costumes. There certainly was some paranormal revelry as everyone enjoyed the event. The Lake Ashton Veterans Association USO Dance will be held at the HFC on November 10, with music provided by the Good Stuff Band." Snacks will be provided, and everyone (you do not have to be a veteran to attend) is invited for a great night of dancing and camaraderie! Tickets are now on sale at the HFC. See you there! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Dance on December 15, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the HFC. Music will be provided by Tony Knight. There will also be the Annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade starting at the HFC and ending at the Clubhouse on December 15, so begin working on your decorating ideas for your carts! Get your tickets now for the HFC New Years Eve Gala Event, featuring a 12-piece band! Snacks and a Champagne Toast at midnight will be provided. This is a great way to usher in the New Year with friends and neighbors. The Lake Ashton II CDD Board met on September 15 and discussed various topics regarding the amenity policy and updates to real property improvement. Residents can access the Minutes of the meeting at the Lake Ashton II District website (lakeashton2dd.com) for details. All residents are encouraged to attend and make their voices heard. 12 13
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Iris domestica best known is as blackberry lily has become one of my favorite plants. The beauty of the delicate speckled flowers and the flattened fan-like stem make this a plant worth noting in any garden. Standing as tall as two to three feet with flowers around two inches, it is a great companion to just any plant. It gets its name from the clusters of shiny black seeds in seedpods that resemble blackberries. The blackberry lily is also known as the leopard lily. Yet, it’s not a lily at all. It belongs to the species of irises. Like irises, its rhizomes are to be planted shallow or risk being root rotted. Otherwise, this is an excellent low maintenance flowering plant. Why plant blackberry lily in your garden? This plant needs little care. It likes sun and it does tolerate some shade. It doesn’t require pruning. It will produce more blooms if you decide to prune. You can save the seedpods and plant more in other areas of your garden. It’s not fussy about soil nor does it require daily watering. The lily is a perennial living around two years, but the seeds from the pods will keep producing. The only downfall is the plant is toxic to human and pets. WETLANDS AND CONSERVATION AREAS OF LAKE ASHTON Many of Lake Ashton's wetlands and conservation areas are important to our community in a number of ways. They serve many functions like protect against flooding, improve water quality, and provide a home for threatened and protected species. Wetlands in Lake Ashton clean the storm water that is referred to as “runoff”. After that, this water goes to Lake Ashton. When the water gets to the lake, it will go through the outfall structure, which is on the southwest shore of the lake. After that, the water will go to Peace Creek and then to the Peace River. The Peace River can overflow and flood when it rains a lot. This could cause lakes and ponds to have higher than normal water levels, which will be felt by the residents in Lake Ashton. Our aquatics vendor and Lake Ashton CDD staff work together all the time to make sure that our wetlands are being managed properly. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. Residents are reminded that they should not do any unauthorized maintenance in these areas. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Kristy McKibben, President, presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • Ray Rudy, Treasurer, treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Dave Bishop, VP & ARC Liaison, vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Bill Testa, VP & Asst. Treasurer, vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • John Leale, Vice President vicepresident2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 14 • Greg Bluemke arc@lakeashtonhoa.org 15
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer Curbing work on Ventana Lane is The Wood Stork is a species that has made a successful comeback in Florida. As a year-round resident at Lake Ashton, this large wading bird resembles a vulture in that it has no feathers on its head. The black flight feathers have an iridescent green that shines brilliantly in the Florida sun. It wades with its bill in the water partly open to snatch up fish, aquatic insects, snakes, frogs, rodents, turtles and even baby alligators for a nutritious meal. They are a little comical looking when resting on the ground with their pink toes extended forward and their knees bent in the wrong direction. If you consider that their legs are like our arms then this posture makes sense. This is the only native stork species in North America and it doesn't wander far from Florida. With broad wings they can be observed circling high above with vultures, eagles and Anhingas. HOA CORNER By Marti Schmidt Pardon our dust… there’s been a lot of remodeling going on with the HOA these past months. Here’s just a few updates. First, meet your new Board: Marti Schmidt, President/Treasurer; David Muller, VP; John Leale, VP2, Tim Doyle, Secretary. Bob Prowant, IT/Asst Treasurer; Greg Bluemke, ARC; and Deb Holmes, Compliance continue with their manager roles with the Board. This year, the BOD office in the clubhouse went away, but the phone number to reach us remained the same: 863-325-0065. We are introducing a website for our homeowners as a powerful resource tool to contain the HOA governing documents, meeting minutes, directories, budgets, etc. - just about everything you ever wanted to know about your HOA is there for the reading; now in one handy place! Bob has been instrumental in getting all the systems in place, up and 16 scheduled to take place the second week in November. Please use caution when in this area during construction. running, and training the BOD. Many thanks go out to all the volunteers and prior BOD members that have worked in the background to get this to happen. The 2024 budget will be reviewed and voted on in the November HOA meeting. Please reach out to us with your questions and/or comments, and try to remember in these ever-changing times that change brings opportunity – for conversations, for growth, and for community. 17
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SAFETY PARKING & ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS Residents are reminded that the speed limit throughout all of Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, (including motorcycles), and bicycles (including electric bicycles) should make a complete stop just before the white stop bar whether before or after the posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. The Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Department patrol in Lake Ashton on a regular basis. Please take a little extra time to ensure you maneuver throughout the community as safely as possible to avoid a ticket and more importantly, an accident. The following excerpt was taken from Florida State Statute 316.1945 Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. For the full statue, scan the QR code with your smartphone. 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. 18 Residents can help by informing vendors that are performing work at their home of the parking "good practices" above. With everyone's help the streets of Lake Ashton will be as safe as possible. STATE OF FLORIDA SETS NEW GOLF CART AGE REQUIREMENTS Recent state legislation changes have increased the age for golf cart drivers. The law requires that a person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years of age must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Lake Wales PD and Winter Haven PD can issue a ticket for violations of this law. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison According to USPS and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recent alert, check fraud has surged to 680K up from 350K in 2022. Criminals are targeting residential mailboxes to steal signed checks and then use a technique known as “check washing” to scam you out of your money. “Check washing” allows criminals to erase your writing on your check such as the payee and the amount. Once the payment information is blank, they can fill in new information. In one reported case, a man mailed a $42 check to pay his phone bill, but when it was cashed, the bank showed it as $7,000 and made out to someone he didn’t know. While check usage is declining, as of 2022 Americans still wrote $3.4 billion checks, giving criminals plenty of opportunity for fraud. Don’t let this happen to you! If you write checks, then protect yourself by: • Remove mail daily from your mailbox • Take it to the post office • Hand directly to your carrier • Use the mail drop boxes here in LA located at the Clubhouse and HFC Stay tuned each month as we identity and unravel the scams and tactics used to separate us from our money or steal our personal information. For questions or concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan DiBattista at 239-851-7899. A+ REALTY LLC Thinking o Selling Your Homef Why pay a 6% listing commission when you can use A+ Realty and list for only 2.9%? Get MORE, pay LESS! Compare before you list! Trust your neighbor with your home. All A* Realty Realtors are Lake Ashton Residents! A+ Realty LLC is a full service real estate company that belongs to East Polk County Association of Realtors, Stellar MLS, Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Your home will receive MAXIMUM MLS and internet exposure! Michael R. Krigelski Cell: 863-651-7272 Home: 863-326-5674 www.krigelski.com YOUR neighborhood TEAM! Vickie Howell Cell: 407-931-6545 Anita Piasecki Cell: 734-915-6311 Ron Schwartz Cell: 239-405-1282 Town & Country Real Estate, DBA A+ Realty LLC | 277 Magnolia Avenue SW | Winter Haven, FL 33880 | Frank Vaughn, Broker 19 ?
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MOVI ES NOVEMBER 1 — 2 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM HYPNOTIC 2023 | R | 1H 32MIN Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole investigating a series of reality-bending crimes where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by a gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter -- the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl -- only to discover more than he ever bargained for. NOVEMBER 7 — 9 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM GUY RITCHIE’S THE COVENANT 2023 | R | 2H 3MIN After being caught in an ambush, Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim) goes to extreme lengths to save U.S. Army Sergeant John Kinley’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) life. Ahmed and his family were promised safe passage to the US for his extraordinary heroism. But when America reneges on its promise, Kinley vows to repay his debt by returning to Afghanistan and evacuating Ahmed and his family himself before the Taliban hunts them down. NOVEMBER 14 — 16 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE BURIAL 2023 | R | 2H 6MIN Inspired by true events, when a handshake deal goes sour, funeral home owner Jeremiah O'Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones) enlists charismatic, smooth-talking attorney Willie E. 22 Gary (Jamie Foxx) to save his family business. Tempers flare and laughter ensues as the unlikely pair bond while exposing corporate corruption and racial injustice in this inspirational, triumphant story. NOVEMBER 21 — 22 (No movies November 23) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM PRAISE THIS 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 50MIN Sometimes the music can lift you higher than you’ve ever been. In a new cinematic musical event set in the world of Atlanta’s competitive gospel youth choir praise teams, a young woman (Chloe Bailey) with dreams of being a musical superstar is forced to join her cousin’s struggling underdog praise team in the lead up to a national competition. NOVEMBER 28 — 30 (No 11 am Showing November 29) PLEASE DON'T DESTROY: THE TREASURE OF FOGGY MOUNTAIN 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | R | 1H 45MIN John Goodman narrates the adventure of Ben, Martin, and John, three childhood friends turned deadbeat co-workers, who fend off hairless bears, desperate park rangers (Meg Stalter and X Mayo) and a hypocritical cult leader (Bowen Yang) in the hopes of finding a priceless treasure, only to discover that finding the treasure is the easiest part of their journey. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. NOVEMBER 3 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM INSTANT FAMILY 2018 | PG -13| 1H 59MIN When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family. NOVEMBER 10 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE LOST BATTALION 2001 | PG-13 | 1HR 32MIN The fact-based story of an Allied battalion hemmed in deep behind enemy lines during World War I. The soldiers bravely hold their positions, incurring terrible losses in the process while their superior officers, far from the firing line, prepare to write them off as expendable casualties. NOVEMBER 17 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM FOOD CLUB 2021 | NR | 1HR 40MIN Three lifelong girlfriends decide to travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia and here they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves and acknowledge that the most important thing in life is their friendship and that it's never too late to live a more fulfilling life. FAMILY FEATURE FRIDAY MOVIE NOVEMBER 24 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM RUBY GILLMAN: TEENAGE KRAKEN 2023 | PG | 1HR 31MIN Sweet and awkward 16-year-old Ruby Gillman is desperate to fit in at school, but she mostly just feels invisible. She's prevented from hanging out with the cool kids at the beach because her overprotective mom forbids her from getting in the water. When she breaks her mom's rule, Ruby discovers that she is a descendant of the warrior Kraken queens and is destined to inherit the throne from her grandmother. The Kraken are sworn to protect the world's oceans against vain, power-hungry mermaids. Animated.
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EVENTS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HFC CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT WINNERS! 1st place - Popcorn Ervin Konrad & Ted Harmon 2nd place - Shields 2x Robbie & Tammy Shields BREAST CANCER WALKATHON AT THE HFC Pictured below are the 130 people in attendance who walked to help raise awareness! 50 SHADES OF PINK What a great night full of fun and laughter! Residents were able to raise $1,550 to donate to the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida thanks to the generous donations of those in attendance. The winning table (pictured below) raised a grand total of $115 and got their picture with Troy Thirdgill! VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: NOVEMBER 1 1 — 9 AM VETERANS MEMORIAL ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND 24 Drawing Social Security Early and Still Working? Here’s What You Need to Know Some people decide to retire early and start taking their Social Security Retirement benefit at the earliest age possible. But, with many people unable to live out their retirement plans due to inadequate retirement savings, many are spending retirement working another job. However, some people enjoy working and want to do so during retirement. It’s appealing to be able to work part-time or where you have an interest or start a small business while making an income and receiving Social Security retirement benefits. While early retirement and a part-time job may be of interest to you, they can affect your Social Security Retirement benefits if you aren’t full retirement age. Your Social Security retirement benefits may be subject to taxes if your combined income, Social Security, and wages exceed a certain threshold. Combined income is your adjusted gross income plus one-half of your Social Security benefit plus any income earned from tax-exempt interest income. There is no age limit, including income from all sources, earned or unearned. Often, retirees are confused about the impact of working in retirement. You can still collect Social Security benefits, but earning above a certain amount may reduce your monthly benefit. Here are a few things you need to know about working and drawing Social Security Retirement benefits: • If you are drawing benefits and you are younger than your full retirement age (FRA), Social Security will deduct $1 from your benefits for every $2 or $3 you earn above a certain amount. • After you reach full retirement age, Social Security will increase your benefits to account for the money it withheld earlier. • Earned income is income from work or self-employment and includes your salary, bonus, or net self-employment income. Contact me today! Lake Ashton Resident Jim Cooper P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 25 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment. • Any benefits that reduce due to too much earned income are not truly lost and will be added to your benefit once you reach your FRA. Source: What Income Reduces Social Security Benefits? Investopedia Use the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test Calculator to determine if you are at risk for reduced Social Security benefits if you continue working. Social Security can be confusing, and if you have any questions regarding your benefits, including when to claim them, contact your local Social Security Administration office to schedule a meeting. Suppose you plan to take Social Security Retirement benefits early and continue to work. In that case, you can modify your financial plan to reflect how working may or may not benefit you when it comes to your benefits. Once your financial professional has run your Social Security Retirement benefits and income scenario, you can make a more informed decision. Contact your financial professional today regarding how working in retirement may impact your situation. SWG2241771-0622e The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website.
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LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION USO DANCE By Jim Mecsics, LAVA Commander All Lake Ashton residents are requested to “muster’ at the Health and Fitness Center Community Center on November 10th at 1900 hrs. (that’s 7 PM in civilian time) for an evening of excellent music, dancing, snacks and a chance to mingle with your Lake Ashton community neighbors for a great time. Music will be provided by the Good Stuff Band. There will be complimentary snacks, and you will be able to bring your own refreshments and drinks. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the HFC Activities Desk (checks only) and proceeds go to support the Lake Ashton Veterans Association programs. You do not need to be a veteran to join us, as everyone is welcome to enjoy a nostalgic trip to the USO Dance Days. TRIVIA By David Fix Come join your neighbors for a fun time — and a chance to win some cash! It’s only $1 to play — teams not required. Maximum of 8 per table. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 6pm— Trivia begins at 7 pm. November Trivia Dates: November 12 and 19. KARAOKE NIGHT Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on November 8! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Next date: December 13 COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCK The best way to get to know new people is over a good meal! All residents are invited to bring a dish to share that best represents where they are from, whether that be Brazil or Montana, to a free potluck social on November 29 at 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Just be sure your dish can serve eight people. Iced tea, water, paper products, and utensils will be provided. Sign up for the social online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 27. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LISTED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE January 14, 2024 - LA Cruise-In Car Show January 24, 2024 - LA Club Expo February 10, 2024 - Greek Festival February 14, 2024 - Valentine's Event February 23, 2024 - Pirate Party 26 Lake Ashton’s 2023 Home Improvement Expo November 29 from 10 am to 1 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Meeting a potential contractor personally is the most valuable way to select a professional and reliable expert for home improvement projects. VENDORS DEMOS PRIZES VENDORS INCLUDE: The Glass Door Store Art’s Golf Cars Performance Floor Coating, LLC ClimateGuard Cooling Services, LLC Cabinet Country, LLC Garagify Window World of Polk County Dramatic Design & Decor, LLC Jim’s Floor Depot Sun Protection of Florida 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 SGD Garage Doors and Screen Custom Edge Landscape Curbing, LLC State Farm - Kevin Weltlin Jack Hall Jr's Construction & Aluminum Inc. Powur, and more! There will also be presentations in the Cinema throughout the event, and this event is FREE to attend! For more information, contact the Lake Ashton Activities Office 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 27
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2024 SHOWCASE INFORMATIONAL MEETING By Karen Nelson Counting the days until Thursday, November 9 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom, when the Informational Meeting for the 2024 Showcase, presented by Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation, will take place. This meeting is open to all Lake Ashton residents wishing to participate in the annual Showcase: singers, dancers, comedians, carpenters, costumers, and production, backstage, box office, audio, lighting talent , or learn new talents!The dates for the 2024 Showcase are March 22 and 23, 2024. LAPAC is looking forward to another Show filled with Lake Ashton talent! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE The Christmas Dinner Dance on December 1 is sold out, but you can visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to put your name on a waitlist. As a reminder, the Clubhouse Ballroom doors open at 5 pm, and a cash bar will be ready to serve while we gather to socialize. Come dressed in your finest Christmas outfit, take some photos, and be ready to celebrate. Live music will be provided until 10 pm by B.Haven, one of Central Florida’s premier bands. Thank you to the following sponsors: Christine Graves Insurance, Charm City, ComForCare, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, LA Realty, Morgan Stanley, South State Bank, EmpowerMe Rehabilitation, and Weaver Loveless Law. HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE By Carolyn Bishop 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, clubs and organizations, specialty cars and walkers are all welcome to participate on December 15. Lineup begins at 5:30 pm at the HFC and parade kicks off at 6, ending at the Clubhouse, where there will be light refreshments. The route will go 28 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. Volunteers are needed - contact Carolyn Bishop at 919-606-8844 or cbbishop61@gmail.com. CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Cheryl Winchester Don’t miss out on an evening full of holiday spirit and entertainment December 16 from 7 to 10 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LAPAC would like everyone to join us for free — this is our way of giving back to the Lake Ashton community for always supporting our endeavors. The free tickets are only available until we fill up. Tickets are online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LARC CHRISTMAS PARTY All are invited to the Annual “Make it Merry” Christmas Event December 9 from 5:30 - 9:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom, an evening of holiday celebration and good food with friends! You will enjoy a full dinner by Catering Oasis, dance to the music of DJ Wayne, and take home something special — there will be door prizes for everyone. The menu includes your choice of salmon or sirloin steak (which you will designate when you select your ticket), salad, baked potato and dessert. Charm City will provide the cash bar. Purchase tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LARC. Members pay $30 per person and guests are $35. LA’S CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW Shine up that chrome, get those tires scrubbed, and rev those engines, it’s time for the Cruise-In again! Join us January 14 from 4 pm to 7 pm in the west parking lot of the Clubhouse to enjoy food trucks, classic and modern cars alike, and live music from Southbound. We will be judging cars and presenting the winners of each category with a prize. The categories are Best Classic (pre-1989), Best Modern (post-1989), and Crowd Favorite. Registration ends on December 18. Please sign up online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Keep in mind attendee parking will only be available in the east parking lot and golf cart parking will be in the circle drive. Don’t Miss The Party of the Year in the Clubhouse Ballroom December 31 from 8 pm to midnight! Cast your negative thoughts and energies into the fire (literally, not just metaphorically) & set your intentions for 2024. Rock all night with B. Haven, enjoy food stations plus a dessert bar, a cash bar with champagne toast at midnight, & make memories in the 360 degree & regular photo booths (sponsored by Kevin Weltlin with State Farm) Tickets: $45 Online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office Cheers to the New Year!
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LAKE ASHTON CLUB FAIR Anyone interested in learning more about Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups or Organizations should attend this Expo on January 24 in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 10 am to 1 pm. Light refreshments provided. Anyone interested in having a table must register via the online link that will be sent out via email blast after December 6. This is a great time to grow membership and attract new members whether you facilitate an exercise group, public safety group, sports activity, or arts and crafts group. Space is limited so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office! CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. PHOTO DISPLAY RETURNS The rotating photo display returns to the Clubhouse and this month, resident Dennis Krupinski is featured. Stop by and see his photos of the annual cattle roundup in Myakka City. Dennis has many other photographs displayed throughout the Clubhouse (Lobby, Restaurant, and Card Room) and during the photo contest last August, three of the top five pictures were taken by Dennis. 30 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES at Lake Ashton JAN.30 JAN.18 SOUL OF BROADWAY MAR.6 THE SHOWMAN starring SEASON TICKET PRICES: 5 PM REGULAR: $125 5 PM PREMIUM: $150 8 PM REGULAR: $150 8 PM PREMIUM: $175 SEASON TICKETS ARE SOLD ONLY TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. LIMIT ONE TICKET PER RESIDENT. HAVE LAKE ASHTON PHOTO IDENTIFICATION ON HAND TO PURCHASE WITH MASTERCARD, VISA, OR CHECK PAYABLE TO LACDD. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE RESOLD TO LAKE ASHTON RESIDENTS. UPGRADES/EXCHANGES ARE MADE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND CAN BE MADE OVER THE PHONE WITH A CREDIT CARD AFTER 11 AM ON NOVEMBER 7. TICKETS CAN ONLY BE EXCHANGED BY THE NAMED SEASON TICKET HOLDER. 2024 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES SPONSOR: FE 9B. MAR.29 MODERN GENTLEMEN FRANKIE SCINTA JENENE CARAMIELO CURRENT SEASON TICKET HOLDER UPGRADE/EXCHANGE PERIOD: November 7 — 9, 2023 NEW SEASON TICKET SALES: November 14 — December 8, 2023 INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES (IF AVAILABLE): December 19, 2023 Services Offered: Asset Protection • Crisis Medicaid Planning Proactive Estate Planning • Probate & Trust Administration Special Needs Planning • VA Benefits Planning 31 www.FamilyElderLaw.com Lake Wales (863) 676-8432 Sebring (863) 658-3506 Lakeland (863) 808-1740 RHINESTONE COWGIRLS
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. RECURRING ROOM RESERVATION RENEWALS Forms will be sent electronically to facilitators on November 1 to renew recurring reservations for 2024. Forms need to be returned by November 17. After this date your reserved room cannot be guaranteed. As a reminder, annual Club events can be booked at any time, up to 3 years in advance. FINANCIAL BOOT CAMP Next Class: November 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema Topic: “What if life happens? When should I review my plan?” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Learn how to play bridge Thursday mornings at 8:30 am at the HFC beginning October 5. Details: leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809. MAH JONGG Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience are sought to join our group that meets on Wednesday afternoons at the HFC from 2 - 4 pm. This group is not on hiatus during the summer! For further information, contact Myrna Soberman at myrna.steve23@gmail.com. TICKETLEAP INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS Learn how to use the new online ticketing software, Ticketleap, on November 15 in the Clubhouse Ballroom and November 30 in the 34 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley It’s that time of the year when we get together and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. With the good times and great parties, come delicious foods and drinks that make this time of the year special. We are so busy preparing, planning and attending events that we don’t seem to notice the extra inches that quietly accumulate around our mid-section. Most of us won’t notice this holiday expansion until the new year, when we once again vow to eat healthier and exercise more. I once subscribed to this mental reasoning that allowed guilt-free indulgence of the high sugars, carbs, and fats that tend to dominate holiday foods. It wasn’t until I found those extra pounds staying well into the new year, that I could no longer ignore the mental aerobics I was doing to justify overindulging. Keep reading for an alternative way of thinking to keep you off the “deal with it later” roller coaster where you can treat the extra pounds like unwanted houseguests. If you understand how the extra pounds accumulate, you have some control over them. Our best defense is portion control, because whatever our body doesn’t use (burn for fuel) within 2 hours will be converted to fat and stored. So, eating smaller portions of your favorite foods and saving some to enjoy later is a great way to minimize holiday weight gain. Be selective and remember that holiday drinks may contain just as many (if not more) calories than some foods. Slow down and allow your body time to signal that you are full. Holiday gatherings are made more special with tasty treats to enjoy; but overindulging can lead to years of health problems if we are not mindful. Clubhouse Craft Room. Sign up for these sessions by scanning the QR code above, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 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 35 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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SMARTPHONE CLASS Two FREE sessions will help you learn the basics, provide everyday tips and tricks, and navigate the programs that will make your life easier, and your phone easier to understand. November 14 and 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Max 20 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC starting November 9. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. No charge. Mats available or bring your own. Chairs also available if you prefer. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - MILONGA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (certified DVIDA instructor), 863.875.6728 Mondays in November from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed! TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome but this class is not designed for beginning tappers. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. CREATE A CARD Join the group on November 21 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and 36 three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr November 11 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room Sunset $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on November 10. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, 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: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN: RUSTIC HOL IDAY DECOR Learn how to craft a set of 3 wooden rustic gifts to add to your Holiday decor by using sandpaper and cracking paint. This class on November 21 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom is limited to 30 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 14. FUSED GLASS JEWELRY Instructor: Jill Groves Create beautifully unique jewelry for you or your favorite person Monday, November 6 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room.. You will make two from the following: pendant, pair of earrings, or pin. Sign up at the HFC or call 863-595-1562. Cost is $35 payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. All materials included. No previous experience necessary. FUSED GLASS GARDEN STAKE Instructor: Jill Groves Create your own design on a 9” x 3” piece of glass that will be attached to a stake for display Friday, November 17 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Cost is $35 payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Sign up at the Clubhouse or online at lakeashtonliving.com. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. MACRAME ORNAMENTS Join The Art of Beading for a Holiday craft on December 4 at 12 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Learn how to make two of the newest holiday décor trends, macramé ornaments, for only $10! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by November 27. 37 SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES Join resident crafter and floral enthusiast Pam Klawinski on December 5 at 11:30 am to make your very own unique seasonal décor! In this class you will learn how to arrange seasonal colored florals on an 8x10 picture frame that will be interchangeable for every season and holiday! This month’s class will be for the winter holidays. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class, because you’ll need it! All instructions and needed materials will be provided for $16. Sign up online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to reserve your spot for this class by November 27. Next Class: February 6 HOW TO USE A BOW MAKER Have you ever wondered how to use a bow maker? Have you ever wanted to own a bow maker? Well then this class is for you! On December 12, you not only will learn how to use a bow maker, but you will be able to take home and keep your very own for only $15! Plus, these bow makers were all handmade by the Lake Ashton Woodworkers! All instruction, materials, and bow maker boards are included in the price. Class is limited to 15. Sign up online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 30. WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create 2 watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. CERAMIC CHICKS Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics.
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LAVA CLUBS AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting for the LAVA Auxiliary is scheduled for November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse Ballroom, close to the stage. Membership is open to any Lake Ashton resident; you do not have to have served in the military or had a family member in the military. You only need to love our country and want to help us support veterans and active military. It can be something as simple as sending holiday cards to the military, to events such as our Annual Craft Fair. Funds raised at last month’s Craft Fair will be discussed at the November meeting. The money raised will benefit the K9 Partners for Patriots. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Craft Fair! It is you, the resident volunteers, who make this event successful. Thank you, Charm City, for funds for the hot dogs and providing their yummy homemade chips for visitors to purchase. They have been very supportive without our even asking. Not to mention that their food is very tasty and servers are very friendly. Nick and crew, please know that we are very happy that you have come to our community! God Bless America! LA BELLES By Joan DiBattista The Holiday LA Belles luncheon, which encompasses the November and December meetings, will take place on November 29 at noon at L'Incontro Italian Restaurant in Lake Wales and will be limited to 35 ladies. This will be a fun time to enjoy the holiday season together. Contact Tammy Shields 863-632-2024 or Carole Erickson 828-772-4984 with questions. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. (FYI - L'Incontro charges an extra fee when using a credit card for payment.) CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The meeting on October 9 kicked off the 2023 – 2024 season. A lot of good suggestions were made as to potential club activities. Plans will be developed for outings to Circle Bar B Reserve, Bok Tower Gardens and other locations. Contacts are being made to invite guest speakers to club meetings. As the LA snowbirds begin their migration south, we look forward to another good season for sharing our enjoyment of photography. The Camera Club is open to all residents regardless of their skill level. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 10:30 am in the Cinema. As always you are encouraged to bring along a few pictures on a USB drive to share and discuss with the group. Next meeting will be held on November 13. TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis Lake Ashton’s Garden Club’s recent meeting was held on October 11 in the Pavilion. The club holds its meetings every second Wednesday of every month at 10 am in the Pavilion. Pam Klawinski gave a presentation on Fall Flower Blooms. Hand-outs were provided and many plant give-a-ways were for the taking. Attendees learned about the beauty of fall plants native to this area. Alice Hearn provided free rain lilies and seedpods for blackberry lilies. The next Garden Club meeting will be November 8. Judy Perry will present making wine vinaigrette dressing with herbs. Those choosing to attend should notify Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com. No green thumbs needed. 38 Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Excellent Our experience with Brad was exceptional! Our transaction was unique in that, Brad worked with us from out of state. He was not only extremely talented as a Real Estate agent, but much more. He took a vested interest in our situation from day one. He is an excellent communicator, tremendous in detail, and went way beyond expectations throughout the process. Also, he is very caring and personal as an advocate, doing what ever it takes to not only to satisfy, but truly puts himself in the shoes of his client. I felt as though he was engaging as if it were his own home to sale. We’ve been involved in many real estate transactions over many years, and Brad is the best agent we’ve ever experienced! He is the real deal and I highly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed! The Family of Jim Andrews 30 August 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 39
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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting November 2 in-person only at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. The Speaker will be Shelley Miller, who will discuss ongoing and future development and land use planning in the area surrounding Lake Ashton. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Kristy McKibben, Interim President There is no Lake Ashton Republican Club (LARC) meeting in November. Members of LARC and their guest(s) are invited to a Member Appreciation Potluck on Saturday, November 4, at the HFC from 11 am to 2 pm. The Club will serve Blackburn’s BBQ Pulled Pork and Turkey. Please bring your drinks and a dish to share. A - N: side dish or appetizer, O - Z: dessert. Eblasts will be sent by the HFC for your tickets. Members are free, guests are $5. Please exercise your right to vote in the Winter Haven Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 7. The LA Clubhouse IS NOT a polling location. LA Winter Haven residents vote at Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Overlook Drive SE. Let’s VOTE! DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged - contact Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com. September 18: North-South 1st Sonny Robinson-Pat Foster; 2nd Don Fuller – James Ford; 3rd Graham Littlehales – Marian Oshinsky; East – West 1st Bruce Dutton-Ron Kaliz; 2nd Judy Robertson-Ralph Ritter; 3rd Marge Kniat-Judy Marine 40 September 25: 1st Judy Roberston – Ralph Ritter; 2nd Judy Marine-Marge Kniat; 3rd Keith Stevens-Liz Smith October 2: North-South 1st Don Fuller-James Ford; 2nd Ralph Ritter-Judy Robertson; Nelda Sedlacek – Dana Griffiths; East-West 1st Marian Oshinsky – Trish Kellar; 2nd Pat Foster- Sonny Robinson; 3rd Ron Kaliz – Bruce Dutton October 9: North-South 1st Marion Nelson- Roger Nelson; 2nd Marian Oshinsky –Trish Kellar; 3rd Nelda Sedlacek – Dana Griffiths; East – West 1st Ralph Ritter- Judy Robertson; 2nd Liz Smith – Keith Stevens; 3rd Sonny Robinson- Pat Foster LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Lisa Savala The LAPA Annual Meeting & Potluck will be held at the HFC November 30 from 5 to 8 pm. If you plan to attend, email lakeashtonpickleball@gmail.com. Last names starting with A - K bring a main dish, L - O bring a salad or vegetable, and P - Z bring a dessert. LAPA will provide plates, utensils, napkins, and non-alcoholic beverages, please plan on attending this social and informative pickleball meeting. An email will be sent out soon reminding members to renew their membership dues of $12 for 2024. The fiscal year is now from January 1 to December 31. Membership forms can be picked up and payments can now be made at either the HFC or Clubhouse Activities Office. Want to play pickleball more competitively? Think about trying out for one of the three (3) LAPA Travel Teams! Check your email for more information or ask one of the LAPA officers! Interested in learning this fun, low-impact and totally addicting game? It’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while meeting new people. Newbie Clinics are held the first and second Monday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. You must be available to attend both sessions. Paddles and balls are provided. Clinic size is limited to the first 10 people to sign up. To sign up please email Dennis Santino at coachdennis@myyahoo.com AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... Home Sweet Hosting! EMBRACE THE SEASON OF GIVING GIVE $ 50 OR MORE TO CHARITY AND SAVE HUNDREDS.* with a mattress set purchase Stressless® Mayfair Signature Base shown in Paloma Sand/Oak *See store for details. 100s of Items in Stock & Ready for Delivery before the Holidays! Get a... 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 41 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 ©2023 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1488 9/23 $300 GIFT CARD
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Longtime Club member Sharron Swanson, who works full time and uses early morning swimming for fitness and job stress relief, brought home a gold and three silver medals from a new senior swim meet in Charlotte County the first Sat in October. It's part of the Florida Senior Games program that our club has been participating in for over four years. See more games info below. Other good news: Several more swimmers have almost reached their 100 mile swim goal. All members know that: • Swimming is one of the best ways to stay or get healthy. • Swimming with others is safer and more fun than alone. • Improving swimming skills helps one to be more efficient in the water, and helps one be ready to rescue a grandchild if ever needed. Come swim with us and get fit. Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am at the HFC Pool. The Senior Games are a nationwide program of around 30 sports that includes age group swimming, with distances from 50 to 500 yards. There are two gender and 10 age groups, plus all the events you would find in a high school or YMCA swim meet. Medals are awarded to the top three in each event, plus the top five in each event qualify for the state championships each December. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets on the first Sunday of each month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Over 30 people attended the October meeting and discussed future events. Karen Nelson will obtain 12 names for the Senior Orphans Christmas Outreach. The group will provide gifts to each based on their wish list. Donations will be taken but most important, shoppers will be needed. The Woodworkers are having a yard sale November 4 in the Ballroom. Jerry Elmers has paid for a table so that 42 singles can display items they wish to sell. Contact Jerry if you have items to display. The Single Mingle will be held in the Pavilion November 16 from 4 to 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to set up. Deb Kreider will host the Christmas party in her home December 15 at 5:30 pm. Athene has booked reservations at the Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park on January 4, 2024 for lunch. It will still be decorated for Christmas. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on November 5. LA TRAVELERS By Maureen Sim The rally last month was held in Webster, FL at the Sunshine Village Resort. The weather was definitely on our side. Mornings started at 58 degrees and afternoons were in the low 80s. Coffees were held each morning and many newer members found that other members were from the same general areas in other states. The opening event was the world famous Webster Flea Market and Antique Sale covering acres of ‘’bargains and rare finds.” Participants also toured Weeki Wachee Springs and the Chase Wild Animal Rescue-with hands on experiences such as petting and playing with lemurs. Shopping was very interesting at the 150 year old Rich Loam General Store complete with Amish products. Several folks also visited the Florida National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell — as serene as Arlington. Some enjoyed a 20 mile bike ride or a water aerobics class. Daily socials were held with BYOD and snacks followed by a catered dinner or pizza night. We laughed heartily at Lucille Ball and Robin Williams comedies of their versions of RVing and held a game night with LCR and Bingo with lots of prizes. Next Rally in Punta Gorda complete with the air show! On November 14, former and current members of the LA Travelers will gather to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of this FMCA Chapter. Watch for emails with more details. Pictured: Paul and Marina Sullivan with a Weeki Wachee mermaid! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz HEARTFELT HUGS By MJ Richards LA Rockers is a wonderful group that spreads acts of kindness to the LA Community. You never know what a small painted rock can do to someone’s day, outlook, or even their life. It’s about sharing a little message of encouragement to someone who needs it. It’s about bringing smiles to our neighbors. It’s about welcoming new neighbors. As our group continues to grow, we are learning new skills and techniques, and sharing ideas. Although there are many talented artists in the group, most are crafters who enjoy gathering to use their creativity and imagination while having fun without any pressure. We are currently creating rocks for 2 service projects for the coming holidays. We are working with the LA Singles group with their holiday project. We will also be providing rocks to Water’s Edge residents, and we are really excited to be providing a class for their residents to learn how to paint rocks in January. LA Rockers will meet in the HFC Ballroom from 2 to 4 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month (November 1 and 15). The 1st Wednesday will be for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session, but contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided. Join us to share those smiles one rock at a time! ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda Hello to our Italian/American friends. Please join us Thursday November 16th at 6pm at the HFC for our monthly potluck. Bring a dish to share (desserts are taken care of) a beverage and $2 to cover expenses. If you’re new to Lake Ashton, and you have Italian heritage please join us & meet some new friends. No need to RSVP. Any questions call Susie Escoda at 863-206-6566 43 Heartfelt Hugs is a service group consisting of crocheters and knitters creating baby blankets and hats for all sized babies (from very premature to newborn). Some of these may be used for bereavement. The blankets will be donated to two local groups: Winter Haven Women’s Hospital and Catholic Charities. We create these items in our own homes, at our own pace, with no meetings to attend. (We may at some point in time gather for coffee or lunch to all meet each other!) You can choose your own pattern, colors, and size from receiving to crib. All you have to do is email me at mjmrichards517@gmail.com to express your interest in joining the group, start crocheting or knitting, and when you are finished with one or two (or more), drop them off at my home for delivery. It’s easy and so worthwhile. 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LA GOLF NINERS By Marti Schmidt In case some of you don’t know us, here we are at Opening Day (fr om left to right): Secretary Marti Schmidt, President Janet Mutz, Treasurer MaryLou Jameson, and Vice President Denise LaCaprucia. Shout out to Diane for suggesting we clown around. Just a quick reminder that the Board’s term is 2-years and we will need a Vice President and Secretary before our term ends in April. It’s never too early to ask! November will bring our collection for Senior Orphans. This year we are asking for individually wrapped snacks to put in nursing home care packages. We will collect November 7th and 14th and deliver them in time for holiday baskets. Thanks in advance for all your support. Golf tip for this month: ready golf. Be thinking about your next shot as you drive to your ball. Be considerate of your fellow golfers and keep practice swings to a minimum. Pace of Play means keep the foursome in front of you in sight. Numbers will start to increase with the return of snowbirds, and we need to complete our 9-holes in 2-hours. We’re back to starting at 9:30 am and gathering in the parking lot adjacent to Mulligan Way. Looking forward to seeing you there! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Dawn Neigh November is the beginning of a great new golf season. There are so many opportunities to golf, give, and compete. Mark your calendar to participate in our first tournament November 7 — 8 with the LAMGA men’s group. Sign up sheets have been posted in the Pro Shop. The two day tournament includes lunch on the second day, and bring extra money for a 50/50 share the wealth. Opening day luncheon is scheduled for November 14 after golf. The theme is ”Let The Games Begin!” Get your favorite sports attire ready, be it golf, football, baseball etc. You get the idea! We will also have a 50/50 share the wealth on that day. Our first opportunity to give will be a food drive November 7-14. Boxes will be placed in the Pro Shop to drop off your donations or we will collect them before golf on Tuesday. The donations will be split half and half between Lake Wales Care Center and the Mission in Winter Haven. Your next opportunity will be a Toy Drive December 5th – December 18 and again we will have a box placed int the pro shop or you can donate before golf. You do not need to be a golfer to donate. January will be our last fundraiser We Care for Kids. More information to follow in December. Our Red Hoagland Challenge leaders as of October 3 are: Gina Martine Cheryl Coveleskie Liz Leigh Margie Dersham $78.50 $77.25 $73.25 $69.50 As you can see the year is in full swing. Hit them long and hit them straight! 44
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LAMGA By David Kubissa With two months remaining in the LAMGA season, November brings a busy agenda for the league and its board of directors. A two-day mixer on November 7 and 8 will bring together LAMGA and LALGA members. Sign up in the Pro Shop for this special event. The LAMGA board has three directors’ seats up for election. Be on the lookout for emailed self-nomination sheets. Voting takes place the latter part of November. Instructions will be forthcoming to members. For information about what a director’s position involves, check the LAMGA bylaws on the league’s web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com or contact league President Rolly Geyer. Registration for the 2024 season will launch in December. Printable forms will be emailed to members and posted online on the LAMGA home page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. It is important to sign up for the next season and pay the $25 registration fee to ensure your eligibility for league play in 2024. The annual LAMGA meeting will take place after league play on Dec. 6, with lunch included. Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge update: Through the end of September, the standings are: 1. John Milsom, $163.25; 2. Doug Hines, $146.50; 3. Paul Panone, $144.75; 4. Rolly Geyer, $129.75. Sponsor spotlight: This month we thank and highlight the following LAMGA sponsors who provide services and goods to the local community: Charm City restaurant, Lake Wales Family Restaurant, Ovation Bistro & Bar, Schack’s Bar-B-Que, Sizzling Grill, Golden Nails, and Posh Salon and Day Spa, Inc. We also thank two individuals who have generously supported the league: Ann and Todd McCarthy.

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! (863) 318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES November Issue Deadline: October 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. OCTOBER 2023 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. OCTOBER 2 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speakers: United Way Reading Pals • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare OCTOBER 9 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Central Florida Breast Cancer Foundation • Featured Vendors: Central Florida Healthcare, 3D Mobile Mammography, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones The Bloodmobile will be parked in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot 8:30 to 11 am OCTOBER 16— NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING OCTOBER 23 • Featured Speaker: American Legion Post 71 and All Veterans Center • Featured Vendors: Melissa Kincaid with Edward Jones, Glass Door Store, Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group OCTOBER 30 • Costume Contest! No Tricks, Just Get a Sweet Treat! • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce • Featured Vendor: Living Water Boat Cruises IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 MIND & BODY 31 CLUBS 34 GOLF 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, October 16, 9 am (please note new start time) Clubhouse Ballroom Joint Meeting with LAIICDD to follow at 11:30 am LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, October 20, 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 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, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday COLLECTIONS AT MONDAY COFFEES Bite Me Monday (second Monday) is the collection of donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society. Shout out to Mary Dornhecker for taking monthly trips to the Polk County Humane Society to drop off donations! Peanut Butter Monday (third Monday) is the monthly collection of non-perishable items, to be donated to a local non-profit. This month the items collected will be donated to Victory Ridge Academy, a local nonprofit 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 small boxes, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, etc., crackers, juice boxes, pudding cups, macaroni in micro cups. All 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: October 11 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE October 11 and 25, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot cans should have a pull top. Victory Ridge Academy was near and dear to Shirley Goldstein's heart, a resident (and Victory Ridge Board Member) who passed away this year. She would expect this collection effort to continue and staff is happy to do so. Please be sure to drop off all donations on October 16 by 2 pm. HEA LTH SCREENIN GS & MORE OCTOBER 9 Staff is working hard to try and bring basic health services to you, in your community! Now health services are just a golf cart ride away. On October 9 there will be several healthcare vendors at Monday Coffee. Central Florida Healthcare will be onsite offering FREE oral cancer screenings, blood pressure checks, and BMI reviews in the Ballroom, in addition to FREE biometric scans in their mobile unit that will be parked in the west parking lot. Future dates will be booked which will offer a wider variety of medical and dental services in their mobile unit. Be sure to speak to a representative on October 9 to see if they accept your insurance. Additionally, 3D Mobile Mammography will be at Monday Coffee on October 9 to discuss their mobile mammography bus services. Residents will be able to schedule appointments for an event at Lake Ashton in November. Visit 3dmobilemammography.com for more information. The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida will be our featured speaker as well. Come hear powerful stories and find out more information about this amazing charity.
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WELCOME TO LAKE ASHTON New residents of Lake Ashton can sign up at either Activities Desk and online for a New Resident Orientation held November 3 in the HFC at 2 pm. This is an opportunity to meet community leaders and other new residents, and get information about the community. New residents can also stop by the Clubhouse or HFC during operating hours to receive a welcome packet, sign up for community-wide emails, and more. CLUBHOUSE OPEN HOUSE There will be an Open House at the Clubhouse November 18 from 4 to 8 pm and all Lake Ashton residents are invited to check out the newly refurbished amenities at the Clubhouse and mingle with friends and neighbors. There will be snacks and non-alcoholic beverages set up throughout the Clubhouse. Charm City will offer happy hour pricing for drinks and appetizers in the restaurant during the entire event. This is a free event and there is no need to sign up, just stop by anytime between 4 and 8 pm. We hope to see everyone there! WELCOME COMMITTEE The Lake Ashton Welcome Committee is being resurrected! A facilitator has volunteered and is now looking for a group of friendly, helpful residents to be a part of the "committee". If you would like to share a few hours a month getting to know and help new neighbors, please email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. The only requirements are that you are community minded and interested in being helpful to new residents. The first meeting will be held the last week in November. SHREDDING EVENT Save the date for a shredding event on November 11 sponsored by the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary with donations being accepted for Honduras relief. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Recycle your electronics on November 28 at the Clubhouse. Drop-off starts at 9 am, and no drop-offs will be accepted after 12:30 pm. Please drop off all electronics in the black bins in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Scan the above QR code to view the list of accepted items. 6 CLUBHOUSE CARD ROOM/MEDIA CENTER CENTER SWITCHEROO The switching of the spaces utilized by the Card Room and Media Center was completed on September 9. Compliments have been flowing in and we are happy to hear residents love these new spaces. Thank you to the following volunteers for the many hours dedicated to putting tables, chairs, and bookcases together, boxing (and unboxing) Media Center books, and everything in between that led to two amazing new rooms in the Clubhouse: Diana Benzenburg, Mary Blue, Susan Castillo, Al Cooney, Anna Marie Cooney, Terry Fordham, Cynthia Harris, Gretchen Franz, Mary Morasky, Stu Neuberger, George Pollock, Lyn Rogers, Tony Tapper, and Linda Warden. Stop by during the Clubhouse Open House on November 18 to check these new rooms out, in addition to the newly refurbished Pool/Spa area and the newly laid Bowling Alley flooring. MEDIA CENTER REDEDICATION The Media Center was dedicated in memory of Murray Zacharia in October 2019, upon his passing. With the Media Center moving into another space in the Clubhouse, staff reached out to his wife for help with finding the perfect location for the original dedication plaque. Linda Zacharia (below right) can be seen in the Media Center with the original plaque, in the perfect location. Now that the perfect spot was found for the plaque, something just seemed to be missing. Golfers know Murray created the Blue Man Golf Group, as his wife says, after they attended a Blue Man Group concert in Orlando, so it was only fitting that a picture be added that shows his joy after a hole-in-one in Lake Ashton. Now, you may ask, why name it the Blue Man Group, after a musical group. Where is the connection? Well, Murray loved a great play on words. It is called the Blue Man Group because they all play from the Blue tees. **Ah Ha** The group continues to play today and under Bill Bothwell's leadership and with the help of Linda and Murray's son Seth, celebrates Murray during an Annual Memorial Golf Tournament in his honor. Murray was the epitome of a dedicated steward of the Lake Ashton Community. He was on every board and committee that would have him and truly helped mold Lake Ashton into the amazing community that it is. There wasn't a time that he could be found in the Clubhouse without a newspaper, book, or notebook in his hand. He was at every meeting that was held at Lake Ashton, even when he wasn't on one of the boards. He was one of few people that loved a good meeting. He was an information man with a wealth of knowledge that he was willing to share with anyone and his heart was dedicated to Lake Ashton. He is missed everyday by those that had the pleasure of knowing him and it is our honor to be able to rededicate this special place to an amazing person. 7
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RECURRING ROOM RESERVATION RENEWALS 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 2024. Forms need to be returned by November 17. After this date your reserved room cannot be guaranteed. As a reminder, annual Club events can be booked at any time, up to 3 years in advance. Please reach out to Sheila at the email above or via phone at 863-324-5457 with any questions. Please be mindful of the following excerpted policies from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies as it relates to reserving facilities. With the exception of designated Open Play (as defined in Section X – Amenity Policies – General Usage), reservations may be available for up to two (2) hour increments for all facilities listed in this policy, with the exception of the Clubhouse Ballroom and HFC Community Center. These can be reserved for periods up to four (4) hours. Longer time increments may be approved by the Amenity Manager. Amenities that have not been reserved are available for use on a “first come, first served” basis. There are no personal standing weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Lake Ashton activities taking place within the Amenity Facilities should be open to all Lake Ashton residents and not be labeled as “private”. If a standing reservation made by a registered Club, Group, or Organization is cancelled or unused more than three (3) times in a six (6)-month period then the reservation may be revoked by the Amenity Manager. This does not apply to a Club, Group, or Organization going on a planned hiatus previously arranged with Staff. JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT CARD ROOMS/HFC BILLIARD ROOM/CLUBHOUSE GAME ROOM/HFC POKER ROOM 1. Due to the large demand for these rooms, reservations should include the number of tables required to meet the needs of the group. Tables not used will be made available for use by another group or Individual. 2. Amenity reservations are non-exclusive. At the Amenity Manager’s discretion and depending upon scheduling availability, reservations for multiple groups may be booked at the same time in this room. When multiple group activities are scheduled, please be courteous of others. 3. Residents booking the Clubhouse Game Room for a Lake Ashton Club, Group, or Organization meeting or activity should be aware that the room will still be available for Billiards play. The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com). 8 EAL RO PAVER SEALING FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 Before Restoring & Sealing Pavers sealproorlando@gmail.com Aſter Restoring & Sealing Pavers Benefits of Restoring and Sealing Pavers with Polymeric Sand • Inhibits weeds and grass in joints. • Reduces moss growth. • Deters ants and other insects. • Prevents loss of sand in joints. • Helps repel oil, grease, grime and stains. • Easier routine cleaning, enhances color, texture and brightness. • Resists the effects of harsh weather conditions. • Keeps the under base materials dry to prevent pavers from sinking and dipping. Patios & Walkways Benefits of Proper Drainage Installing Channel Drains • Removes water from flooded low areas where water accumulates causing weeds, mildew and mold growth. • Keeps entire paver area looking consistent without stains or permanent embedded darkening in pavers. • Prevents water entering pool or other unwanted areas. Avoids slip areas from forming. • Directs water in correct direction allowing drains to stay washed and functional. • Paver Installation • Pressure Washing • Travertine Sealing • Paver Repair • Polymeric Sanding Installing Channel Drain Steps for Sealing 1-2-3 1 Commercial pressure wash removing dirt, mold, mildew, weeds and contaminates. 2 Re-sand with polymeric sand locking deep inside joints. 3 Heavy multi-application of sealer to renew the original look of newly installed pavers (color added in sealer optional). FREE ESTIMATES 863.272.0746 sealpr oorlando@gmail.c om CONTACT KALEB TODAY AT 863.272.0746 TO GET A FREE ESTIMATE! Repair Low Areas & Root Liſt Stress Areas • Extend Driveways/Walkways • Install New Walkways, Patios & Planter Walls
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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director If you were traveling over the summer, welcome back! You might notice a few changes at the Clubhouse, including procedures for signing up for events and purchasing tickets. TicketLeap was introduced to residents in July and staff is here to help with this new transition. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Activities Office during posted office hours for assistance on how to navigate this new program. As we move into a digital world it's important to emphasize a community mindset based on social inclusion and it starts with you! Sit at a new table at Monday Coffee, invite neighbors to an event that you are attending, come to one of the new resident socials and sit with someone new. Lake Ashton is an amazing retirement community, mainly because of the people that live here. Haven magazine thinks so as well. Lake Ashton was recently voted Best Retirement Community in their "Best of Haven" issue. On an everyday basis residents should represent what makes Lake Ashton an amazing community: Having pride in your community, respecting and supporting one another, and encouraging and embracing cultural diversity and social interaction among generations. These things, among others, are what makes a community a community! Looking back to this time three years ago, residents were going through real tests of strength and resilience. Zoom social gatherings were raising spirits while residents were out trying to enjoy social activities during an uncertain time. Let's reflect on those times and ensure social interaction is as important now as it was during those challenging times. Updates from the Board of Supervisors September Meeting: Supervisors approved a refurbishment project for the Bocce Courts that will include the installation of a concrete curb, new side boards, and new carpet. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 11 & 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee The 2023-2024 Bingo Room Rental Agreement was approved. A big thank you to all the Lake Ashton volunteers that put in many hours every week to ensure a great time is had by all that attend Bingo. Supervisors approved a quote to replace bridge boards. This is part of a yearly maintenance plan that includes pressure washing and sealing to help extend the life of the bridges. There will be a Joint Board of Supervisors meeting on October 16 at 11:30 am following the LACDD meeting at 9 am. Please note this is the new start time for LACDD meetings. The Joint Amenities Facilities Policies will be discussed by both Boards at this time. All residents are encouraged to attend. Updates regarding the new security options will be released via email blast. Please stay tuned for more information regarding implementation of this program. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com and fill out the form on the right side of the home page or scan this QR code to begin receiving email blasts. 10 Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3YEARBumpertoBumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2023 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always offering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the difference, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 11
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LAIICDD NEWS By Krystle Funk LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com October is upon us, and we have lots of activities and events coming up at the Health and Fitness Center! October always brings in our annual Breast Cancer Walk, which will be held on October 13 at 9 am. There will be two routes just like last year. One is ¾ mile and the other is 1 ½ mile long. There will be a breakfast after for those who participated. We will have a guest speaker from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida bringing the latest updates on detection and treatment. Please participate in this very important event! Throughout the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, we will be adding names of those who are fighting, who have survived, and who we have lost to the battle of Breast Cancer to our Wall of Stars. Feel free to call or stop by the HFC Activities Desk to give us a name to add to our wall. Also, during the month of October we encourage our residents that participate in our exercise class to wear pink. In every class you attend all you would have to do when you’re wearing pink is to put a “P” next to your name when you sign in. At the end of the month, we will tally up the number of times a person wears pink and the person who has the most tallies wins a prize. In keeping with our spooky month, we will have on October 13 our Annual Halloween Party with DJ Wayne that will start from 7 to 10 pm. While costumes are not mandatory, but they will be welcomed. We will be giving prizes for the Best Costume, Originality, and Spookiest. So come on out and join the local ghouls and spirits for a fun time! Last month the Lake Ashton II Board approved an upgrade to the resident access control system for our West Gate. The same type of system will be instituted at the East Gate so there will be one system for residents to use. This will enhance the security of our community by changing out the “clickers” currently used and are no longer secure. Plans are being developed to implement this in the coming months, ensuring a smooth transition. There are many many upcoming activities planned including the Lake Ashton Veterans Association USO Dance featuring Good Stuff Band on November 10, New Year at the HFCs New Years Celebration, and more. 12 AVON PARK More Choices. Best Prices... BEST PRICES on Get a... with a ELEVATE YOUR SAVINGS Earn up to $1,500 Stressless® credit toward additional Stressless® furniture or take $400 off select recliners.* *See store for details. mattress set purchase 863-402-1688 www.TurnerFurniTureOnline.cOm AVON PARK SHOWROOM 2900 US 27 South Avon Park, FL SHOWROOM HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM SUNDAY: 11 AM - 4 PM 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 ©2023 Knorr Marketing TUFU-1487 9/23 In Stock & Ready for Delivery! $300 GIFT CARD
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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Cardinals and hummingbirds are just a few lovers of Coral Honeysuckle. Unlike its “cousin”, this Florida Water Management District. We ask that residents refrain from entering or planting in these restricted areas. If you have any inquiries or concerns, please contact Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. PET OWNER REMINDERS native is less invasive. Coral Honeysuckle is a vine that can grow up to 15 ft. or more tall. It can be contained in a large container. It only requires pruning once a year. Growers can shape the vine to fit their style or needs. It is forgives hard pruning in Spring or Fall. This plant is considered an evergreen in Central Florida. Since it is cold tolerant, it does not lose all its leaves in our winter months. It does so in colder climates up north. Best of all, It is drought tolerant once established. Honeysuckle will bloom from Spring through Fall before the flowers mature into berries. It has more showy blooms in an area with at least 6 hours of sun. Coral Honeysuckle is maintenance free and requires little watering once established. It is close to pest free! You’ll enjoy the beautiful blooms and hummingbirds visits to its tubular flowers. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a lot of work! The Japanese Honeysuckle is the one that gives this vine a bad rap! You can find Coral Honeysuckle at Native Plant Nurseries. WETLANDS AND CONSERVATION AREAS OF LAKE ASHTON Many residents live close to wetlands or protected areas. A wetland performs numerous beneficial functions for the ecosystem. As a giant sponge, they enhance water quality by removing pollutants before they reach our beautiful lake and protect residents from flooding. The Lake Ashton Community Development District has a contract with an aquatics vendor for the maintenance of certain wetlands and conservation areas. These regions fall under the jurisdiction of the Southwest The Joint Amenity Facilities Policies states that "Handlers are responsible for picking up after their pets and disposing of any waste in a designated pet waste receptacle." Violations are subject to the suspension process as outlined in the full policy. The bags located in the dispensers at the Pet Play Parks and by the Clubhouse Tennis Courts are for use while at the Park or walking around the amenities only. Under no circumstance should users take large quantities of the bags for use outside of these areas. Put down all umbrellas prior to leaving the Pet Play Park. The umbrellas could be damaged during windy days. Several umbrellas have been damaged over the past fiscal year. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Kristy McKibben, President, presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • Ray Rudy, Treasurer, treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Dave Bishop, VP & ARC Liaison, vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Bill Testa, VP & Asst. Treasurer, vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com LA (LW) HOA BOARD • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant, Officer manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke, Officer arc.lakeashtonhoa.org 14 15
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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Anhinga , a bird of southeastern swamps, breeds here at Lake Ashton. The gawky, white young are sometimes mistaken for baby White Pelicans (which do not breed in Florida). Being able to vary its buoyancy in water and sometimes swimming with only the head and neck above water earned it the nickname "Snakebird." Another nickname is "Water Turkey." This bird is frequently confused with the Double-crested Cormorant found in the same habitat. However, the Anhinga's neck, tail and pointed bill are longer. The adult male Anhinga displays a beautiful pattern of silvery white on the wings while drying them (pictured at left). The female Anhinga (pictured above) has a light-brown neck and can be remembered as going nowhere without her mink stole. Anhingas feed by spearing a fish with their sharp bills and then quite the struggle can ensue as they work to get the fish off the bill and down the hatch. NEED TO REPLACE YOUR MAILBOX? Lot owners are responsible for the maintenance and appearance of their mailboxes. If a mailbox is damaged in any way or must be replaced, it shall only be replaced with an approved unit. Approved Mailboxes: Creative Mailbox Design SB33/DB29/M-10/3x65 Fluted Red Flag/Metallic Gold. This is the mailbox originally installed by the builder. Imperial Mailbox Solutions configurations CS D2-8007K (Single) and CS TD2-8007K (Twin). This is an approved substitute. It is available from B&F Lawn and Landscaping. 16
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SAFETY PARKING & ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS Residents are reminded that the speed limit throughout all of Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, and bicycles (including electric bicycles) should make a complete stop just before the white stop bar whether before or after the posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. The Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Department patrol in Lake Ashton on a regular basis. Please take a little extra time to ensure you maneuver throughout the community as safely as possible to avoid a ticket and more importantly, an accident. The following excerpt was taken from Florida State Statute 316.1945 Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. For the full statue, scan the QR code with your smartphone. 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. 18 Residents can help by informing vendors that are performing work at their home of the parking "good practices" above. With everyone's help the streets of Lake Ashton will be as safe as possible. STATE OF FLORIDA SETS NEW GOLF CART AGE REQUIREMENTS Recent state legislation changes have increased the age for golf cart drivers taking effect October 1. The law requires that a person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years of age must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Please note, Lake Wales PD and Winter Haven PD can issue a ticket for violations of this law. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison We now continue our series on Senior Scams, identifying how they work, what you should know, and what you should do. Our first scam and one of the most common is: A Loved One In “Trouble”. Fraud criminals remain successful due to their use of technology. They pray on older adults in hopes we are not as savvy. The ever-emerging world of artificial intelligence is raising these attacks to new heights. How It Works: a loved one calls indicating they are in urgent trouble and need money NOW! The voice sounds just like your loved one and can even respond to some comments and/or questions. What You Should Know: only a few seconds of your loved one’s voice captured on social media is cloned using AI to create a computer-generated replica of their voice that can say anything. What You Should Do: Do not fall into the urgency of the caller. Hang up and call your loved one directly or check with another family member. Stay tuned each month as we identity and unravel the scams and tactics used to separate us from our money or steal our personal information. For questions/concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan Dibattista @ 239.851.7899. The Importance of Long-Term Care Planning According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 70% of seniors will require long-term care at some point in their lives. Despite this statistic, very few people have a plan. Without a long-term care (LTC) plan, your finances will likely suffer if you need to pay for care. You may also put your family members in a challenging situation as they’ll probably take on the role of caregiver or help pay for your care. Here’s a closer look at what long-term care planning is and why it’s crucial. What is Long-Term Care Planning? LTC planning refers to how you’ll pay for future care should you need it while protecting your assets. You may need care for several months, years, or even decades, depending on your health and lifespan. Your plan can include the following, and may even be covered by insurance: • Home modifications to make your home safer, comfortable, and more accessible. • Technology and tools to help you remain more independent. • Assistance with housekeeping and personal care like bathing and getting dressed. • Skilled medical care by nurses or other providers. • Facilities like nursing homes or assisted living centers. The cost of long-term care varies. It usually depends on where you live, the type of care you need, how much care you need, and how long you need it. What is Long-Term Care Insurance? Long-term care insurance pays for the cost of long-term care needs that Medicare does not cover. It can help with expenses like nursing home care, assisted living, adult daycare, in-home care, home modifications, and care coordination. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary Office: 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven Fl 33880 P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident As you age, a long-term care policy is a vital part of any longterm care plan or financial planning. An LTC policy can give you the peace of mind of knowing that if you face an illness or disability as you age, you can afford the care you need. Also, your children and other family members won’t deal with the significant expenses that may come with your long-term care. What to Look For in a Long-Term Care Policy Not all long-term care policies are created equal. That’s why it’s a good idea to shop around and compare all your options. Be sure to consider the following factors before you decide on a policy. • Daily Benefit Amount: Depending on the carrier, it usually ranges from $50 to $500 per day ($1500 to $15,000 per month). • Inflation Protection Amount: The inflation protection amount is significant if you’re younger. Nursing home rates go up every year, so the higher the inflation protection, the better. • Your Age: The younger you are, the less expensive your premiums will be. Most financial professionals recommend you buy long-term care insurance in your 50s or 60s. Consult Your Financial Professional Together we can review your financial situation and determine the ideal long-term care plan for your situation. Contact us today to get started. SWG2241771-0622e The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment. 19
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PulsePoint - You can receive 24/7 notifications (when selected in the app) of fires, traffic SMARTPHONE SAFETY APPS Almost everyone these days has a “smart phone”. In addition to placing and receiving phone calls with them, they can take photos and use applications (called “apps”) to perform some very helpful tasks for you. Here are a few of the publicly available, free apps your Lake Ashton CERT use to track emergency services and severe weather. Apple iPhone users can download them in the Apple App Store. Android users can access them in Google Play. Apple and Android phones come with weather apps capable of sending you alerts of severe weather events in your current area (if you set them up to do so in each app). The logo shown at the left is for iPhone weather. To access weather on an Android phone open Google, enter “weather” in the search box and select “weather” from the results below your search line. collisions, utility emergencies, and natural disasters. There is also a map in the app that pinpoints the location of these issues. Scan this QR code to view a TECO map showing power outages in the area and the estimated time to restore service. CAP By Mike Weissberg Since all residents are part of Neighborhood Watch you are watching things around you. Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) does this by patrolling the streets and looking for things that do not belong in the community. Our patrol presence with lights flashing is our deterrent to help keep our streets safe. CAP is always looking for more volunteers to 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 917-482-3151. 20 21
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MOVI ES OCTOBER 17 — 19 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM POLITE SOCIETY OCTOBER 3 — 5 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE BEANIE BUBBLE 2023 | R | 1H 50MIN Why did the world suddenly treat stuffed animals like gold? Ty Warner (Zach Galifinakis) was a frustrated toy salesman until his collaboration with three women grew his masterstroke of an idea into the biggest toy craze in history. This is an inventive story about what and who we value, and the unsung heroes whose names didn't appear on the heart-shaped tag. OCTOBER 10 — 12 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM ASTEROID CITY 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 45MIN Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever. Directed by Wes Anderson, starring Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Steve Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan and Jeff Goldblum. 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 43MIN A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, POLITE SOCIETY follows martial artist-intraining Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood. OCTOBER 24 — 26 INSIDE 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | R | 1H 45MIN INSIDE tells the story of Nemo (Willem Dafoe), an art thief trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn't go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive. OCTOBER 31 — NOVEMBER 2 HYPNOTIC 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | R | 1H 32MIN Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole investigating a series of reality-bending crimes where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by a gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter -- the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl -- only to discover more than he ever bargained for. TUESDAY SHOWINGS & THE 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 22 MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. OCTOBER 6 11 AM, 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) EIGHT MEN OUT 1988 | PG | 1H 59MIN The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team's owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory wages despite the team's popularity. A group of professional gamblers offers the Sox's best athletes a fortune to throw the series, and the players agree. However, their reputations and careers are ruined when the dark secret, dubbed the "Black Sox Scandal," reaches the public consciousness. OCTOBER 13 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM TAKE ME HOME: THE JOHN DENVER STORY 2000 | G | 1HR 3 MIN John Denver achieved fame, fortune, and acclaim for his iconic country-pop music, but his sunny personality masked private pain and dark secrets that his celebrity could never heal. This movie is based on Denver's autobiography about his early career, his first marriage and the rocky relationship with his father and stars Chad Lowe and Kristin Davis. NO MOVIES WILL BE SHOWN ON FRIDAYS OCTOBER 20 AND OCTOBER 27
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EVENTS SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R SMARTPHONE TO S I G N U P FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. 2024 LAKE ASHTON ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET INFO Due to high demand, 2024 season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. There is a limit of one ticket per resident. Please have a Lake Ashton photo identification on hand to purchase tickets with Visa, MasterCard or check payable to LACDD. Please note, letters are no longer mailed out. Tickets will be sold in person and over the phone; there is not an online purchase option for Entertainment Series Tickets at this time. Season ticket renewals run October 2 — 31. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can renew tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Those who renew their season tickets can exchange for a different showtime or seat selection based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 am November 7 through 5 pm November 9. Upgrades/exchanges can be made over the phone with a credit card but in person sales will be processed prior to phone sales. Tickets can only be exchanged by the named season ticket holder. New season tickets will be on sale November 14 through December 8. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can purchase tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Contact the Clubhouse Activities Desk at 863-324-6032 with any questions. CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The HFC’s Fall Back Cornhole Tourney returns Friday,October 6 starting at 9 am. This tournament will consist of two players per team that will compete against other teams in a double elimination to win a TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 24 HALLOWEEN AT THE HFC Don’t miss Halloween at the HFC on Friday, October 13 from 7 to 10 pm with DJ Wayne. Admission is $10 and table reservations can be made at the HFC for $10. BYOB. prize. This tournament is sponsored by Weaver and Loveless Law. Stop by the HFC to cheer on your favorite teams. KARAOKE NIGHT Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on October 11! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Next Date: November 8 A+ REALTY LLC Thinking o Selling Your Homef Why pay a 6% listing commission when you can use A+ Realty and list for only 2.9%? Get MORE, pay LESS! Compare before you list! Trust your neighbor with your home. All A* Realty Realtors are Lake Ashton Residents! A+ Realty LLC is a full service real estate company that belongs to East Polk County Association of Realtors, Stellar MLS, Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Your home will receive MAXIMUM MLS and internet exposure! Michael R. Krigelski Cell: 863-651-7272 Home: 863-326-5674 www.krigelski.com YOUR neighborhood TEAM! Vickie Howell Cell: 407-931-6545 Anita Piasecki Cell: 734-915-6311 Ron Schwartz Cell: 239-405-1282 Town & Country Real Estate, DBA A+ Realty LLC | 277 Magnolia Avenue SW | Winter Haven, FL 33880 | Frank Vaughn, Broker 25 ?
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HOWL-O-WEEN PETS ON PARADE COSTUME CONTEST By Carolyn Bishop Come out and enjoy some of Lake Ashton’s favorite residents — the 4legged ones — as they parade through the parking lot in their best Halloween Costumes on October 31 starting at 2 pm. Check-in will begin at 1:30 on the basketball court and the parade begins at 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. There will be a variety of categories awarded to our fur friends and their owners. Registration is online. Donations to the local Humane Society will be collected at this event. Goodie bags will be distributed to all the participants. Celebrity Judges will be present like Marco Magiolo, the bestselling author of Canine Legends and talented Behavior Therapist to many of our Canine Citizens here in Lake Ashton. Don’t miss a special guest appearance by Marco on Monday, October 30, as he makes a presentation at noon in the Clubhouse Cinema! All are welcome. Questions please contact: Missy Prescott at 304-561-5811. Sponsored by Tessier Law Firm TRIVIA By David Fix We recently had our largest group ever for Sunday Night Trivia—one hundred and seventy-five Lake Ashton residents can’t be wrong! If you haven’t yet had a chance to join us, please consider doing so. It is a night of fun and socialization. Teams are not required and you can bring a team (maximum of 8 per table) or join an open table looking for players to join them. It’s just $1 to play and all money is paid to the winning tables. We play Sunday night in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia starts at 7. Bring your own snacks and come for the fun! Dates for October: 1, 8, and 22. LA WOODWORKERS YARD & CRAFT SALE FUNDRAISER Come support the Lake Ashton Woodworkers at a Yard & Craft Sale on November 4 from 8 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse. Cost to participate is $20 per table. Setup is 5 to 7 pm on November 3. The Woodworkers will have items on display that you can purchase to support the Woodshop. To reserve your table call Shelba Powell at 863-280-6546. COMMUNITY FRIENDSGIVING Friends and neighbors can gather with thankful hearts at the Community Friends-giving potluck dinner at the Clubhouse on November 17 at 6 pm. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, non-alcoholic beverages, cutlery, plates, and napkins will be provided; you just bring a side dish or dessert that can feed 8 people to share with the community. Tickets go on sale on October 9 for $12 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office at 10 am. HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPO Lake Ashton residents are invited to the Clubhouse Ballroom to visit with a wide variety of vendors who can aid in home improvement needs on November 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. The vendors participating in the Expo range in expertise such as solar paneling, windows, air conditioning, house cleaning, electrical and so much more. There will be door prizes and presentations throughout the event. RESIDENT SOCIAL POTLUCK The best way to get to know new people is over a good meal! All residents are invited to bring a dish to share that best represents where they are from, whether that be Brazil or Montana, to a free potluck social on November 29 at 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Just be sure your dish can serve eight people. Iced tea, water, paper products, and utensils will be provided. Sign up for the social online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 27. 26 October 28 11 am - 2 pm Clubhouse Patio, Parking Lot & Garden Craft BoOths Themed Yard & Carnival Games Charm City FoOd Truck Face Painting Caricatures Make-a-MumMy Contest & MORE! Don’t forget to cheer on the participants at the Fall Festival 5K starting at 8 am at the Clubhouse! All proceeds from the 5K will benefit Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope. All games and activities (minus the food truck) are completely free thanks to the following sponsors: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Small World Tours, Water’s Edge, Never Left Alone, Performance Golf Carts, Cruise Planners 27
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make donations to the Central Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will be available throughout the night. The table with the most donations collected will win a prize and have their picture featured in the LA Times! Donations of new scarves and head coverings will also be accepted. Tickets are on sale for $25 at the Clubhouse Activities Office. A free ticket opportunity is available for those who participate in the S.M.A.R.T. Retirees seminar on October 3. Sign up for this by scanning the QR code on page 22, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to receive a free ticket voucher to this event, along with a free dinner at the seminar! 50 SHADES OF PINK COMEDY NIGHT Laugh to raise money for a cure October 6 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom as Comedian Troy Thirdgill will be back on stage for a night of comedy featuring cabaret-styled seating. Multiple opportunities to LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Join us at the HFC for the annual walk on October 13 at 9 am. There will be two routes — one is ¾ mile and the other is 1½ miles long. There will be a breakfast after for those who participate. We will have a guest speaker from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida bringing the latest updates on detection and treatment. Designs For Ey Style! PINK RIBBON DANCE The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 28 presents the Pink Ribbon Benefit Dance featuring the Rusty Trumpet Band on October 29 from 7 to 10 pm at the HFC. Entry Fee is $10/person - buy your tickets early! BYOB and snacks. Reserve your table now at the HFC for $10. Don’t forget to wear your pink! All proceeds benefit the BCFCF. DON’T MISS 3D MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY AT MONDAY COFFEE OCTOBER 9. SEE PAGE HFC WALL OF STARS Reserve a spot on the honor wall to honor those who fought breast cancer, those who are currently fighting breast cancer, and remember those loved ones who have passed. This is free. Exercise class participants - please wear pink to the classes. The person wearing the most pink during the month wins a prize! BREAST CANCER WALK SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS ADMIRING THE SURVIVORS HONORING THE TAKEN & NEVER GIVING UP HOPE CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE The Christmas Dinner Dance on December 1 is sold out, but you can visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to put your name on a waitlist. Thank you to sponsors Christine Graves Insurance, Charm City, ComForCare, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, LA Realty, Morgan Stanley, South State Bank, EmpowerMe Rehabilitation, and Weaver Loveless Law. 2024 SHOWCASE INFORMATIONAL MEETING By Karen Nelson 2024? It's closer than ever! Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) is holding the Informational Meeting for the 2024 Showcase on Thursday, November 9 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This meeting is open to all Lake Ashton residents — bring your interests and talents — vocal, dance, comedy, carpentry, sewing, production, backstage, box office, audio, lighting ... Or, learn or discover hidden talents! We look forward to seeing you there to learn what the excitement is all about. The 2024 Showcase dates are Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, so save the dates for the 16th Lake Ashton Showcase! If you have any expertise in the areas listed below, or are interested in learning or refining these skills, please contact Mark Graham at 863-232-8599. • Set design, set design manager • Set construction, set construction manager • Mixer operator • Zoom operator • Music PC operator • Video camera operator • Video software editor CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Cheryl Winchester LAPAC would like to invite everyone to join in a FREE holiday celebration: Christmas Carol-Oke on December 16 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! LAPAC would like to give back to the community and say “Thank You” for always supporting our endeavors. FREE tickets will be available online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk starting November 20 Don’t Miss The Party of the Year in the Clubhouse Ballroom December 31 from 8 pm to midnight! Cast your negative thoughts and energies into the fire (literally, not just metaphorically) & set your intentions for 2024. Rock all night with B. Haven, enjoy food stations and a cash bar with champagne toast at midnight, & make memories in the 360 degree & regular photo booths. Tickets: $45 Online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office 29 after Monday Coffee. There will also be a prize for the best decorated holiday table! LAPAC will supply tablecloths — you supply the decorations. Get in the holiday spirit! Hope to see all of you there. Contact Cheryl Winchester at 305-725-4946 with questions. CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse starting October 9, check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/ item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. Cheers to the New Year!
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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. NEW TREADMILLS ARE COMING! The LACDD Board of Supervisors approved the replacement of two treadmills in the Clubhouse Fitness Center. Be on the lookout for these new pieces of cardio equipment. Residents have also requested a second recumbent stepper to be installed in the Fitness Center. Quotes for this piece of equipment will be presented at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting. As a reminder, 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. FINANCIAL BOOT CAMP Next Class: October 23 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema Topic: “Am I Forgetting Something?” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Learn how to play bridge Thursday mornings at 8:30 am at the HFC beginning October 5. Details: leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809. HORSESHOES For information on horseshoes starting up again this fall please contact John Leale at 540-894-3856 or betsleale@aol.com 30 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Functions of Fat Dietary fat has been vilified for years. We’ve been told that if we eat fat, we will gain fat; but it’s just not that simple. It is true that fat provides most of the fuel that our cells will burn for energy, but our body will burn carbohydrates before it burns fat in an effort to keep our blood sugar levels down. That’s because carbohydrates cause a spike in our blood sugar level which can lead to all kinds of problems in the body by piling up in places where it doesn’t belong, such as the heart, arteries and the liver. Impairing normal function, causing damage, and increasing your risk for heart disease, fatty liver, etc. Choose fiber-rich good carbs, like whole-grain breads and cereals, unprocessed grains, beans, wholewheat pasta, fruit, yogurt, vegetables. Limit simple sugars like candy, cake, soda, and highly processed or fried foods. MAH JONGG Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience are sought to join our group that meets on Wednesday afternoons at the HFC from 2 - 4 pm. This group is not on hiatus during the summer! For further information, contact Myrna Soberman at myrnaandsteve@gmail.com. CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAM By Ken Hoffman The Lake Ashton Classical Music Program continues in October on Mondays at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. This month we will explore the Early Romantic composers Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Listz. Learn about these composers and their era while enjoying great performances of their music by world renown musicians. Newcomers can sign up in class. 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 31 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - RUMBA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (certified DVIDA instructor), 863.875.6728 Mondays in October from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed! TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard Tap Jammers will resume on Friday, October 13 at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome. Please note: this class is not designed for beginning tappers.Contact Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com for more information. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Join us for a fun dance class meant just to enjoy dancing and friendships. Class is open to all and is held weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. If interested, call or ema i l cw i n c h e s t e r 1 0 1 2@gma i l . c om o r 305-725-4946. The first hour will be dedicated to fun dancing, followed by learning the Thriller dance for Halloween. LA MEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Jim Brendemuehl The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back snowbirds and new residents and invite you to join our weekly meetings every Tuesday from 10 am to Noon face-to-face in the HFC. We also offer a Zoom connection for those who wish to use that option. Our group is a non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. We are currently discussing 1st and 2nd Peter. Be brave, step out and take a challenge, come meet us and watch your life bloom! Please contact Bob Ring at 734-674-7196 or bobring42297@gmail.com if you have questions or for more information. 32 LA WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Louise Gilla We are still offering the Bible study to the women of the community — this will be our 17th year! We have been inspired, and are grateful to offer this excellent way to present a study of God's Word. The opening class will be Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am at the HFC Community Center. All Lake Ashton Women are invited to attend. We will studying the Book of Romans, and the workbook will be available to purchase by October 1, or on the first day of class. Come join us for fellowship, discussion groups, singing, and in-depth study of the Bible. For more information call Louise at 863-514-4015. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, 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. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr October 14 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Leaves $35 (payable at class) Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on October 13. HALLOWEEN CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Add a cute touch to your Halloween décor this year with this adorable craft. Carmen will teach d if ferent paint ing techniques to achieve cute yet spooky effects on October 17 at 11:30 am! All instruction and supplies will be included for $10 (canister not included.) This class is limited to 25 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by October 11. CREATE A CARD Join the group on October 17 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court 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. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. FUSED GLASS PLATE & MORE Friday, October 20, 10 am to 1 pm in he Clubhouse Craft Room: Create a fused glass plate, trivet or set of coasters. Sign up at the Clubhouse or online. Cost is $35, payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. 33 ABSTRACT GLASS POWDERS New Class! Monday, October 30, 6 to 8 pm in the HFC Craft Room: Create a beautiful work of art on glass using glass powders. Sign up at the HFC or call 863-595-1562. Cost is $35, payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. If you have an N-95 mask, please bring it. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN: RUSTIC HOL IDAY DECOR Learn how to craft a set of 3 wooden rustic gifts to add to your Holiday decor by using sandpaper and cracking paint. This class on November 21 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Craft Room is limited to 30 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 14. WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create 2 watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 864-307-1244 to reserve a place. CERAMIC CHICKS 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. SMARTPHONE CLASS Two FREE sessions will help you learn the basics, provide everyday tips and tricks, and navigate the programs that will make your life easier, and your phone easier to understand. November 14 and 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Max 20 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office.
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CLUBS ADOPT-AROAD CLEANUP A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on Thursday, October 26. Please sign-up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office so adequate supplies are available. Meet in the Clubhouse Ballroom beginning at 8:30 am to pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash grabbers. Volunteers will receive a free tshirt and Bok Tower ticket each calendar year. Come have fun and get some exercise while keeping the community beautiful! Contact Linda Sandel if you have any questions at 863-368-0699 or sandelly7@gmail.com. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The October Meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be held on October 18 at 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse near the stage. The LAVA Auxiliary is a group of residents (men and women) who work together as a group to create opportunities to reach out to the military and veterans; to let them know that they are appreciated and not forgotten. The next event is the Craft Fair on October 21. Volunteers are needed to bake goodies for our Bake Sale. See the flyer in this Newsletter for more information. There are more than 48 vendors signed up for the Craft Fair. They will be set up in the Clubhouse Lobby, Ballroom, and, NEW this year, the Cinema! Lots of crafts to see! Lunch will be available for purchase as well as baked goods. Check out the kitchen area for these items. Thank you to our volunteers and thanks to Charm City for sponsoring the lunch. God Bless America and our Military! THE LA PURPLE STARS The LA Purple Stars, your Relay for Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling handcrafted items at the upcoming Craft Fair October 21 in the Clubhouse. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. Once again Linda Ross has so graciously donated a quilt for our raffle item. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 12 for $10. They will be on sale at Monday Morning Coffee and also at the Clubhouse 34 Activities Office. We are still looking for homemade items to sell at our booth. Please contact Rita Baxter at 863-604-19028 to drop off your donation. Thank you, Lake Ashton, for supporting The American Cancer Society! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock It's that time of year when the temperatures begin to cool down and outdoor activates begin to heat up. The Camera Club will hold its first meeting of the fall season October 9 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Members are encouraged to not only bring along a few photos on a flash drive to share but also ideas for the new season. Residents who are not currently a club member but share an enjoyment of photography are welcome to join us. We’re looking forward to a great season. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club’s September meeting welcomed Mary Jane di Lorenzo from First Lakeland African Violet Society. She educated participants on the different types, care, propagation and numerous handy time saving planting tips. The club’s next meeting is Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am in the Pavilion. Pam Klawinski will present about Fall Blooms. Members are encouraged to bring questions and expertise. The Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. LA BELLES By Joan DiBattista The witches, ghosts and goblins will be joining us for lunch at the Sizzling Grill on October 25 at 1 pm. Costumes are optional but there will be prizes for the best three. Sign up at the Clubhouse. If you have any questions, call Faye Cooke (863-969-8700), Bernice Williams (863-875-8180) or Joan DiBattista (239-851-7899). Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Excellent Our experience with Brad was exceptional! Our transaction was unique in that, Brad worked with us from out of state. He was not only extremely talented as a Real Estate agent, but much more. He took a vested interest in our situation from day one. He is an excellent communicator, tremendous in detail, and went way beyond expectations throughout the process. Also, he is very caring and personal as an advocate, doing what ever it takes to not only to satisfy, but truly puts himself in the shoes of his client. I felt as though he was engaging as if it were his own home to sale. We’ve been involved in many real estate transactions over many years, and Brad is the best agent we’ve ever experienced! He is the real deal and I highly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed! The Family of Jim Andrews 30 August 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 35
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BOLLA By Linda Warden BOLLA has been busy throughout the summer, working hard to get blankets ready for the schools this fall. BOLLA has gained a few new members this year and also have had to say goodbye to some that have moved away. We are looking forward to all our traveling members return to Lake Ashton. It’s not necessary to be able to sew. We tie knots! We meet every Monday in the Clubhouse Craft Room at 1 pm. Please come and join us! LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting October 5 in-person only at the HFC. NOTE NEW TIME: Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Matthew Grocholske, President of the Polk County Young Democrats, to discuss energizing young voters in Polk County. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet Wednesday October 25 at the Clubhouse. Check-in and social time starts at 3:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 4 p.m. The guest speaker is Rick Wilson, Polk County Commissioner. If you have a neighbor (registered Republican) who would like to attend, please invite them. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join the group Wednesday, October 11 at 2 pm at the HFC Craft Room to have fun looking for your ancestors with your fellow Lake Ashtonians. At the September meeting, two members reported on their exciting trip to Scotland where they met with a living cousin. What an awesome report! One of them also baked some Scottish treats which we all enjoyed. Come join us and learn how to research and find your ancestors. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged - contact Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com. August 14: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd George Rogers & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Jeannine Connors & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine; 3rd Liz Smith & Trish Kellar August 21: North-South 1st Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Jim Ford & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Dana Griffiths; 2nd Jeannie Connors & Marian Oshinsky; 3rd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton August 28: North- South 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Jim Ford & Keith Stevens; 3rd Howard Mayne & Dee Mayne; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton; 3rd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine September 11: North-South 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd James Ford & Dana Griffiths; East – West 1st Keith Stevens & Liz Smith; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton 36 37
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Lake Ashton Swim Club members are busy at the pool. Some fitness swimmers count their laps with an initial goal of swimming to Daytona Beach or 100 miles, including one of our swimmers who has almost reached 300 miles. Others participate in, or are aiming for, senior age group competition as part of the national Senior Games program, which offers regional and statewide competition, divided by gender and age groups. Congratulations to members Cathy Liska and Sandy Papineau (pictured) for their participation in the 22nd Annual Gainesville Senior Games meet. They brought home eight medals between them, including a gold for Sandy in her most challenging event; and their finishes qualified them for the State Championships, which will be held December 2 and 3 in Temple Terrace. The competitive members of the club will swim at the Golden Age Games in Sanford on Nov. 5. That meet is the oldest in the country, and our swimmers find it to be one of the best. If anyone is interested in trying it out as part of the Lake Ashton team, let coach Sandy know at sandyw1994@aol.com. The entry deadline is Oct. 20. All Senior Games meets are open to anyone 50 & over. Fitness swimmers are always welcome at the club workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at the HFC Indoor Pool. SENIOR SOFTBALL By Bob Zelazny Winter Haven Senior Softball Club offers men and women over the age of 55 years the opportunity to play organized slow pitch softball. There are over 160 men and women members (thirteen reside in Lake Ashton) that compete on a regular basis. Games are played at the DiamondPlex located on 6th Street across from Polk State College. Games are played on Tuesday and Friday mornings and start at 9 am (check in at 8:30). You should be home by noon. The league is organized into two divisions: players 55-68, and players 69 and older. Rules have been put in place to ensure player safety and provide for a fair level of competition. Runners are available if you have bad knees. Actual league play runs from January thru March. During that time, players will be assigned to a team that will compete for the season title. Cost is just $40 for the year which includes two uniforms and a hat, three social events with a family barbecue at the end of the season, and a year’s worth of fun and exercise. If you are unsure at this time, you can come out and play one game for free. If you are interested contact Bob Zelazny at 863-325-8098. He can explain the program and get you in touch with local players for carpooling to the games. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In September, 33 people attended the 38 (continued) meeting. The group discussed future events. On October 19 from 4 – 6 pm, a Halloween Mingle will be held in the Pavilion. Judy Perry and Suzanne are setting up for the Mingle and would welcome helpers. On December 15, Deb Kreider will host the Christmas party in her home at 5:30 pm. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on October 1. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg During the pandemic, there wasn’t much any of us could do, so the LA Rockers was started as part of the Kindness Project. The group has grown by leaps and bounds from that day, with over 150 active members currently, and others who just paint on their own. In addition to hiding “Kindness Rocks” for all of our neighbors to find and leaving a welcome rock for our new neighbors, we have donated holiday rocks to several nursing homes in the area, theme rocks to the Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, and to similar community projects. We have a lot of fun gathering for “classes” and painting together. LA Rockers will meet in the HFC ballroom from 2:00 to 4:00 twice a month. On the first Wednesday of the month, experienced members will share their skills with the LA Rockers who have already been to meetings. On the third Wednesdays of the month, LA Rockers will hold a "free paint" session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session; however, they MUST contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that she can be prepared with supplies and be able to contact them if the meeting has to be canceled. Please remember that the point is not to paint a masterpiece, but to have a good time. This month LA Rockers will meet on October 4 and 18. If a meeting has to be canceled, notification will be posted on the LA Rockers group page on Facebook. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 39 www.jimsfloordepot.com
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LAMGA By David Kubissa The highlight for September was the special two-day LAMGA Ryder Cup on Sept. 6 and 7. LAMGA golfers were split into Red and Blue teams playing formats patterned after the actual Ryder Cup competition that took place in Rome, Italy, last month. At the end of Day 1, the Red team led the LAMGA competition with 11 ½ points to the Blue team’s 10 ½ points. On Day 2, the Red team widened its lead and ended up with 38 ½ points to Blue team’s 28 ½ points . Day 2 concluded with a lunch in the Eagle’s Nest. Another special two-day event is on the calendar for November 6 and 7 that will bring together LAMGA and LALGA – the women’s golf association – for a mixer. Look for details and a signup sheet this month. In regular weekly play, the race for the top spots in the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge remains tight going into the final months of the year. The standings through the end of August are: 1. John Milsom, $151.25; 2. Paul Panone, $132.75; 3. Rolly Geyer, $129.25; 4. Doug Hines, $123.50; 5. Rick Simonetta, $115.00. Rules reminder: Last month, Lake Ashton pro Ian Peterson explained the out of bounds penalty options in an effort to clarify how to play your ball when it crosses the dreaded white lines or stakes on the golf course. LAMGA’s board reminds members playing the weekly game that the lift, clean and place rule in effect applies only to a ball lying in the fairway, not the rough. Moving a ball in the rough into a preferred lie is against the rules and incurs a one-stroke penalty, as stated in USGA rules. In addition, all balls that count for scoring in LAMGA competition must be putted out. No gimmes. Of course, lift, clean and place is permitted on the green, but make sure to mark the spot of the ball and replace it on that spot. This requirement is also spelled out in the USGA rules. Sponsor spotlight: This month we thank and highlight the following LAMGA sponsors who provide services and goods to the local community: S.G. Computers, Turner Furniture & Mattress, Snowbird Heating and Cooling, Enriquez’s Lawn & Landscaping Service, Massey Services, Parker & Co. Lawn and Landscaping, New Look Lawn Service, Unlimited Property Solutions, Dennis Brock – Window Cleaning, Cypress Liquor & Wines, Crossed Industries and Dr. Teresa Yoder, D.V.M. Pictured above: LAMGA golfers gathered for a two-day Ryder Cup event on September 6 and 7. GOLF SPOTLIGHT Lake Ashton residents, Ed Dickinson (left) and Ralph Ritter (right), teamed-up to earn a First Place finish in the Tuesday Night Summer League at Pinecrest Golf Club in Avon Park. The 16 week league was comprised of 44 two-person teams. Congratulations and well done!

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BUYING OR SELL ING? let us help you! BUYING? We are ready to help you find the perfect home. SELLING? We have qualified buyers looking for homes in Lake Ashton. Contact us now for a free home value report... let's find out what your home is really worth! (863) 318-9542 info@LakeAshtonRealty.com LakeAshtonRealty.com 5% Total Commission NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES October Issue Deadline: September 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. SEPTEMBER 2023 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com
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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. SEPTEMBER 4 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 11 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: American Red Cross • Featured Vendors: • Christine Graves Insurance, • Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group • ComForCare • Matt Simpson with Edward Jones SEPTEMBER 18 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING SEPTEMBER 25 • Peanut Butter Monday - Donations of nonperishable goods for a local food pantry • Featured Speaker: Winter Haven Chamber • Featured Vendor: Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley LACDD & LAIICDD WEBSITES lakeashtoncdd.com [below left QR code] lakeashton2cdd.com [below right QR code] Find board meeting dates, agendas, minutes, Supervisor contact information and more. You can also sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC. IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 10 SAFETY 14 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 28 CLUBS 32 GOLF 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, September 15, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, September 18, 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 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, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily RESIDENT PHOTO IDS Visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to get your resident photo identification made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 pm, or by appointment. Bring a driver's license with your Lake Ashton address on it, or the warranty deed for your home. The application can be filled out at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com under ‘Additional District Documents’. 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. All guests must be in possession of a guest pass while using any of the amenities. It is helpful, but not required, for residents to accompany their guests while using the amenities. 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: September 13 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE September 13 and 27, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot WELCOME TO LAKE ASHTON New residents of Lake Ashton can sign up at either Activities Desk and online for a New Resident Orientation held November 3 in the Health and Fitness Center (HFC) Community Center at 2 pm. This is an opportunity to meet community leaders and other new residents, and get information about the community. New residents can also stop by the Clubhouse or HFC during operating hours to receive a welcome packet, sign up for community-wide emails, and more. SHREDDING EVENT Save the date for a shredding event on November 11 sponsored by the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary with donations being accepted for Honduras relief. Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to put in an application if you are interested in volunteering for 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 Office Volunteer • Event Set-up • Event Break-down • Other Event Support A facilitator for the Welcome Committee is also being sought.
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LACDD LACDD NEWS BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 11 & 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director September is here and another year is almost in the history books. With the first day of Fall on September 23 let's hope cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Residents are encouraged to be safe during this time of record high temperatures in the area. Take advantage of the many indoor activities and amenities available and when enjoying outdoor activities please stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to stay safe. The Clubhouse facility staff has been busy this summer! The Shuffleboard Court has received a face lift with new lighting and seamless gutters. The Pool and Spa were opened on August 11 after an extensive refurbishment project (more details on page 12). Now they are working on completing a large indoor amenity refurbishment project. The Media Center, Card Room, Bowling Alley and Club Office are all receiving new flooring. The Media Center and Card Room are switching locations and receiving new paint, furnishings and decor in addition to new flooring. Staff is excited for residents to see the changes. Stay tuned to email blasts announcing the opening of the rooms that are being refurbished. Thank you to our amazing Facility Maintenance Team (Matt, Alex, and Joe) for all of their hard work on these projects. We are lucky to have them as part of our team. The Board of Supervisors met on August 21 to formally adopt the fiscal year 2024 budget in addition to the following: • The budget was approved with an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) assessment increase of $100. The O&M fee for Lake Wales residents will be $2,369 for this coming year and will be included in the non-ad valorem tax section of your property tax bill. • Supervisors also approved an extensive upgrade to the current security services at Lake Ashton. New entrance gate and amenity access systems and the credentials to go with it in addition to an upgraded camera monitoring system were approved. Educational documents and presentations are forthcoming. • A repair to stormwater curbing on Ventana was approved. • A quote was approved to install an additional new grease trap and replacement of the current grease trap for the Restaurant per City of Lake Wales requirements. Staff was able to save approximately $40,000 on this project by utilizing a local vendor. • Soon residents will see new plantings at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance and in front of the Clubhouse. The Garden Club has been instrumental in assisting with these projects. Staff and Supervisors would like to thank them for their efforts. • Contracts for landscape maintenance, aquatic management, and security services were approved for extension. 6 (Continued) A detailed wrap up report of actions taken at this meeting was sent on August 25. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com to view a copy of the agenda packet with more information on the projects above and to review the adopted FY24 budget. Staff is excited to announce the 2024 Entertainment Series lineup. Please look for the flyer in this edition of the newsletter listing the acts for this coming year. Renewals will start on October 2 and will run until October 31. In addition there are many wonderful activities and events happening the rest of the year. The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group has been working hard to ensure the lineup for the rest of this year and next is full of diversity and fun! Thank you to all members for all of their hard work and dedication to Lake Ashton. HISTORY OF NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY Get to know your neighbors. Host a block party, invite neighbors over for a BBQ, help a neighbor with a project, or go for a walk around your neighborhood. Be the good neighbor. Because, good neighbors make great neighborhoods. Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978. United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” In 2003, National Good Neighbor Day was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28. September 28 GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY COMMUNITY POTLUCK Join your friends and neighbors for a Community Potluck in the Clubhouse Ballroom on September 28 at noon! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office or online. Bring a dish for eight to share. Stay tuned to media for more information! The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group is looking for residents with special skills and talents willing to donate time and/or expertise to expand our programming and planning. Do you have a talent you would like to share with the community? Email Caroline at the Clubhouse (clane@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Krystle at the HFC (kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). 7
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LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs 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 Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 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 Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT VII. RESERVING FACILITIES Amenity Facilities are available on a “first come, first served 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. With the exception of designated Open Play (as defined in Section X – Amenity Policies – General Usage), reservations may be available for up to two (2) hour increments for all facilities listed in this policy, with the exception of the Clubhouse Ballroom and HFC 8 Community Center. These can be reserved for periods up to four (4) hours. Longer time increments may be approved by the Amenity Manager. Amenities that have not been reserved are available for use on a “first come, first served” basis. There are no personal standing weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Lake Ashton activities taking place within the Amenity Facilities should be open to all Lake Ashton residents and not be labeled as “private”. If the room is not reserved by a club, group or organization, tables may be individually reserved, with the understanding that the Amenity Manager may move or cancel reservations, if required, up to 48 hours prior to the reservation time. Clubs, Groups, and Organizations may make “standing” reservations. These will be reviewed semi-annually by the Amenity Manager. (Refer to section IX on what constitutes a club.) If a standing reservation made by a registered Club, Group, or Organization is cancelled or unused more than three (3) times in a six (6)-month period then the reservation may be revoked by the Amenity Manager. This does not apply to a Club, Group, or Organization going on a planned hiatus previously arranged with Staff. Reservations for commercial or profit-making purposes will be charged a fee in accordance with LA CDD and LAII CDD Chapter III: Rules for Amenities Rates, (respectively). The Amenity Manager can reschedule any reservation if requested by the 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 fifteen (15) minutes past the scheduled start time, after which the Amenity Manager may re-assign the reservation. The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com). 9
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L.A. LOOKS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RETENTION PONDS DURING SUMMER MONTHS Why is the algae in my pond not being treated? Lake Ashton CDD staff works closely with our aquatics contractor to ensure all treatments are being completed. During the summer months algae are fueled from the warm waters, sunny days, and large amounts of rain. Rain allows for “runoff” to seep into the ponds which provide food for unwanted plants, like algae. The aquatics technician is allowed to treat the ponds with approved chemicals and the frequency is determined by Southwest Florida Water Management District. This frequency is every 2 weeks. My pond is full will there be flooding if we have a hurricane? Each pond Lake Ashton CDD owns is designed to prevent flooding. Residents may notice a concrete structure in their pond. This man-made concrete structure is called an outfall structure. This is the discharge point for stormwater that prevents flooding and overflowing. Are algae blooms harmful? Algae are a natural component of the aquatic food chain and are not typically harmful to people. When will my pond begin to look better? The Fall and Winter months help substantially in reducing algae blooms. Cooler weather and less rain make pond conditions less desirable for algae to thrive. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at MFisher @lakeashtoncdd.com. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Kristy McKibben, President, presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • Gary Johnson, Secretary, secretaryla2hoa@outlook.com • Ray Rudy, Treasurer, treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Dave Bishop, VP & ARC Liaison, vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Bill Testa, VP & Asst. Treasurer, vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Tom Hevel, President president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Debbie Holmes, Vice President 2 vp2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant, Officer manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke, Officer arc.lakeashtonhoa.org 10
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Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Blue Porterweed is a low-growing sprawling wildflower. It reaches 1 to 3 feet tall and spreads approximately 2 to 3 feet. It is a fast grower (grows like a weed), thus the name! It works well as a groundcover, but also can be used in containers. The plant prefers full sun and yet it can handle some shade. Well drained sandy soil and clay are best. It will perform in poor soil too. Pruning it in Spring will help with its growth and promote a bushy plant. Why plant Blue Porterweed in your yard? This plant is drought tolerant! It is a wonderful addition for a butterfly garden. You’ll enjoy watching for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Besides being an easy care, the plant is edible to humans. Most people use it like you would a bay leaf in sauces and stews. Some describe the taste much like a mushroom. Once you get over the name, this beauty will win you over. Make sure to check out this plant at the side of the Pavilion in the Garden Club’s Native Plant area. OUTDOOR POOL & SPA REFURBISHMENT PROJECT The Pool and Spa reopened at 7 am on August 11. Thank you for your patience during this refurbishment project and we are happy to see residents enjoying this newly refurbished area. Below are several items included in the refurbishment project: • Resurfacing of the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all tile in the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all non-LED lights in the Pool with LED lights • Adding an additional handrail on each entrance to the Pool • Replacement of the coping stones on the outside border of the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all handrail cooling pads • Adding potted palms and tropical plants 12 Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker at Lake Ashton. Despite being almost as large as a Crow, they can go unnoticed excavating dead trees and fallen logs in search of carpenter ants. They also enjoy termites, cockroaches, wild nuts and berries. The unique rectangular holes and the nest holes they excavate provide shelter for many other species including swifts, owls, ducks and bats. The Pileated's large red crest is unmistakable and sported by both males and females (less extensively), who appear much alike except for the red cheek stripe on the male. Residents with shade trees in their yards or behind their houses have a better chance of observing these year-round residents. However, they draw attention to themselves when swooping out in the open with undulating flight sounding a loud jungle-bird like call. Just remember, the Pileated is the one that looks like Woody Woodpecker. • Installation of permanent umbrella bases and additional umbrellas • Painting of all pool furniture • Installation of additional tables and chairs • Replacement of Pool and Spa rule signs • Pressure washing the pool deck and fencing • Cleaning of column lights and repairing caps along the perimeter fence • Replacement of the Restaurant Patio awning PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLOSE UMBRELLAS AT THE POOL & PET PLAY PARKS ! It costs the District approximately $70 per umbrella to replace. Understanding Fixed Income: For Today and the Future Fixed income is something many Americans don’t understand, according to the 2019 survey, “Fixed Income, Not Fixed Thinking,” by BNY Mellon Investment Management, one of the largest asset managers in the world. The study revealed that the majority of Americans surveyed have limited understanding of fixed income investments, regardless of age, income, education level, and other demographics. The lack of understanding ranged from bonds, different fixed income solutions including fixed-income insurance products, comprehending how fixed-income plays into retirement planning, and understanding its risk in comparison to other asset classes. The same study revealed that Americans think fixed income is important solely in the immediate run-up to retirement, or during the decumulation phase when investors start to draw from their retirement nest egg. However, fixed-income solutions can play a part in anyone’s portfolio at any age. One such fixed-income solution, fixed-indexed annuities, offer protection of principal, growth based on the performance of the index it follows, and provides fixed payments for the insured’s life during the decumulation phase. Interested is credited when the index value increases, but the interest rate is guaranteed never to be less than zero, even if the market goes down. All annuities are insurance products and not traded on public markets. Annuities are guaranteed by the claims paying ability of the insurance company issuing them. A secondary 2019 study by WealthManagement.com Research, “How Advisors are Using Fixed-Income Annuities,” reports that two-thirds of advisors surveyed are very familiar with these products and have incorporated them into client portfolios to obtain these key objectives: • Principal protection • Tax-deferred growth • Retirement income planning • Avoid Social Security income offset • Current income • Estate/Legacy planning Before purchasing a fixed-indexed annuity, it is important to understand all fees associated with the annuity, if your money is available right away, and the surrender fees, if any. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 13 Secondly, there are pros and cons to purchasing a fixedindexed annuity: Pros: • Your principal is protected from a down market, and you won’t lose your initial investment or accumulation. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. • The return is based on an index (ex. The S&P 500), which grows the annuity’s value over time. • Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; you receive annuity payments for life. Cons: • Some are complex, costly, and aren’t always necessary for the investor. • A Fixed-income annuity is not a growth-market product, and is unregulated. Ask for written information from the insurer about the annuity product and don’t just accept the ‘sales-hype.’ If you have questions regarding fixed income options or fixedindexed annuities as a way to protect the premature depletion of your assets during a down market in retirement, contact our office. Additional Disclosure: The newsletter and links are being provided as a service to you. Please note that the information and opinions included are provided by third parties and have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. The information is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual’s situation. Additional Disclosure: An annuity is intended to be a long-term, taxdeferred retirement vehicle. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed, and if withdrawn before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. If the annuity will fund an IRA or other tax qualified plan, the tax deferral feature offers no additional value. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are generally excluded from gross income, but taxes and penalties may apply to non-qualified distributions. Consult a tax advisor for specific information. 1016680(c) - 1119 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.
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SAFETY posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. Do not park a vehicle directly parallel to another vehicle Do not park on a curve Park as close to the curb as possible photo: Dennis Krupinski PEAK STORM SEASON Residents should be prepared for stormy weather through November 30 when hurricane season ends. A detailed list of storm tips can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com. Pay attention to the lightning detection devices throughout the community and seek shelter when the sirens sound. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison Are you a victim of a scam? Do you know someone who was? Do you know there are scams out there targeting only seniors? Did you know scams are on the rise and scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their tactics? Join us as NW presents a series on: SENIOR SCAMS: WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW! What are Senior Scams? Senior scams are fraudulent schemes that target only seniors using the internet, phone and even US Mail. Senior scams can take many forms, but all share the same goal of defrauding us of our money. Consumer Affairs reports, more than 3.5 million seniors in the United States lose more than $3 billion to scammers a year. Next month, in our continuing series on Senior Scams, we will explore the newest scams targeting seniors and provide ways to help you remain safe against them. For any questions or concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan Dibattista at 239-851-7899. photo: Dennis Krupinski ROAD SAFETY Please 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 following practices will help to alleviate dangerous situations on the road. Please encourage vendors doing work at your home to follow the practices below to ensure the roads of Lake Ashton are as safe as possible. The speed limit throughout 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 14 CAP By Mike Weissberg Since all residents are part of Neighborhood Watch you are watching things around you. Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) does this by patrolling our streets. Our job is to look for things that do not belong in our community. Our presence with our lights flashing while patrolling our streets is our deterrent to help keep our streets safe. CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol our streets. Our job is to 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 917-482-3151. 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 15 AUTHORIZED DEALER
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4. Dispatch will gather more information as first responders are en route. Stay on the line until first responders arrive to help dispatch with any directions and other details. At at recent Monday Coffee Public Education Officer Joshua Odom gave a presentation on calling 911. Here are the key points: • When should I call 9-1-1? When you see smoke or fire When someone’s life and/or property is in immediate danger. When a crime is being committed. When a rescue or emergency medical assistance is needed. When you are not sure, call and let trained personnel decide the appropriate response. • What happens after I have called 9-1-1? 1. Citizen calls 9-1-1 2. Dispatch receives call and requests information and location of emergency. 3. Appropriate first responders are dispatched to the location of the emergency. 5. First responders arrive on scene and begin to assess/respond to emergency. 6. Follow instructions by the dispatcher when to hang up. • I called 9-1-1 and got disconnected, what should I do? If you have called 9-1-1 and while providing dispatch information you get disconnected, wait a minute to let the dispatch attempt to call you back. Do not call immediately call 911 again - this will place you at the end of the queue and may connect you with a different dispatcher. If after a minute, you have not been called back by dispatch then again dial 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know that you were disconnected previously. If you are unable to reach 9-1-1 dispatch after calling back, find another phone to call 9-1-1. • I called 9-1-1 by mistake. What should I do? Stay on the line and state that the call was a mistake. Answer any questions from the dispatcher before terminating the call. If you disconnect the call or do not speak to the dispatcher, they will assume the worst and send first responders to your location Helping responders find you! • After you have called 9-1-1 and first responders have been dispatched to your location, our next step is ensuring that they can find you. Even with the advanced GPS technology that our apparatuses are equipped with, having your address displayed prominently and visibly from the street is imperative to a timely response. • To ensure that your address can be seen from the street ensure that any bushes, tree limbs, or other vegetation that may have covered your house numbers are properly pruned or trimmed. • Follow the Lake Ashton ARC requirements for house and mailbox numbers. These requirements are consistent with Polk County Fire Rescue guidelines. 16
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MOVI ES SEPTEMBER 12 — 14 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM CHAMPIONS TUESDAY SHOWINGS & THE 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 SEPTEMBER 5 — 7 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THEY CLONED TYRONE 2023 | R | 2H 2MIN A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper. Diligent, small-time drug dealer Fontaine (Boyega), who may or may not be a clone, teams up with his least favorite clients (Foxx and Pariss) — to unravel a sinister plot that upends everything he believes about himself and the world. 2023 | PG-13 | 2H 3MIN Woody Harrelson stars in the hilarious and heartwarming story of a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined. SEPTEMBER 19 — 21 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN A MILLION MILES AWAY Inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, A Million Miles Away follows him and his devoted family of proud migrant farm workers on a decadeslong journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. With the unwavering support of his hard-working parents, relatives and teachers, José’s unrelenting drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. SEPTEMBER 26 — 28 RIVER WILD 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 31MIN Joey (Leighton Meester) fears there could be trouble ahead after her brother Gray (Taran Killam) invites Trevor (Adam Brody), a childhood friend with a troubled past, on their whitewater rafting adventure with two tourists. Once they become stranded in raging rapids, the thrill-seeking trip quickly turns from exciting to utterly terrifying as the rafters are trapped in a desperate fight for their lives, all while someone seems intent on sabotage to ensure shocking secrets stay buried. Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3YEARBumpertoBumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2023 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt with. Our straight forward, honest, and up front approach over the years has been our recipe for success. Always offering unmatched guarantees, unmatched value, and an unmatched commitment to our customers. Please allow us the opportunity to show you the difference, please stop by and meet our team or give us a call today! 1051 US Highway 92 W Auburndale, FL 33823 (Across from the Auburndale Flea Market ) 19
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MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. SEPTEMBER 1 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM LABOR DAY 2014 | PG-13 | 1H 51MIN At the tender age of 13, Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) grapples with the pains of adolescence while caring for his troubled, reclusive mother, Adele (Kate Winslet). One day while shopping for school supplies, Henry and Adele encounter Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), an intimidating man but one who clearly needs their help. Frank convinces the two of them to take him into their home, but later it becomes clear that he is a convict who has escaped. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard. SEPTEMBER 8 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PEACE BY CHOCOLATE 2021 | PG | 1H 37MIN After the bombing of his father's chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family's chocolate-making legacy. Based on the incredible internat ional ly recognized true story. SEPTEMBER 15 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM LEGENDS OF THE FALL 1994| R | 2H 14MIN In early 20th-century Montana, Col. William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan (Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn) and Samuel (Henry Thomas). Eventually, the unconventional but closeknit family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond), and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. SEPTEMBER 22 (NO 7 PM SHOWING) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM AND SO IT GOES 2014 | PG-13 | 1H 34MIN Nobody likes real-estate agent Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and he prefers it that way. He's deliberately mean to anyone who crosses his path and wants nothing more than to sell one final house and retire. Oren's life turns upside-down when his estranged son drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he didn't know existed. Oren has no idea how to take care of a child, so he pawns the girl off on his neighbor, Leah (Diane Keaton) -- but he learns how to open his heart eventually. SEPTEMBER 29 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE SAINT OF SECOND CHANCES 2023 | NR | 1H 33MIN Mike Veeck, son of MLB franchise owner Bill Veeck, blows up his father's career. Exiled from the game he loves, the younger Veeck spends the next few decades clawing his way up from rock bottom, determined to redeem himself. TEMPLE BETH SHALOM HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES 2023 / 5783 1029 Bradbury Rd. Winter Haven, FL 33823 (863) 292-0722 Rabbi Garson Herzfeld September 15 - 7:30 pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah September 16 - 10:30 am: Rosh Hashanah morning September 24 - 7:30 pm: Kol Nidre September 26 - 10:30 am: Yom Kippur morning September 26 - 3 pm: Discussion September 26 - 4 pm: Afternoon & Stone Service September 26 - 4:30 pm: Yiskor September 26 - 5 pm: Neihlah September 26 - 6 pm: Break the Fast in Social Hall 21
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EVENTS SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO S I G N U P FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. 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 Friday, September 15 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Room. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will be Sunday, September 24 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Room. Yizkor (Memorial Service) will be Monday, September 25 at 2 pm in the HFC Community Room. All residents are encouraged to attend and find out why the New Year is celebrated in September. For more information, contact David Harrison at 863-326-6418. KARAOKE NIGHT September 13 brings another great night of singing, fellowship, and friendship at Karaoke! Tickets are on sale now at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $5. Next Date: October 11 PETS ON PARADE By Carolyn Bishop Save the Date: Tuesday, October 31 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Parking Lot. Come out and enjoy some of Lake Ashton’s favorite residents – the 422 legged ones — as they parade through the parking lot in their best Halloween Costumes. There will be a variety of categories awarded to our fur friends and their owners. Stay tuned to media for more details. Registration will be online when the date gets closer. Donations to our local Humane Soc i e t y wi l l be collected at this event. Goodie bags will be distributed to all the participants. Celebrity Judges will be present like Marco Magiolo, the bestselling author of Canine Legends and talented Behavior Therapist to many of our Canine Citizens here in Lake Ashton. Come out and watch the parade or participate in the parade. All are welcome. Questions please contact Missy Prescott at 304-561-5811. TRIVIA By David Fix Trivia continues to be enjoyed by Lake Ashton residents who turn out regularly for an evening of fun. Play begins in the Clubhouse at 7 pm and finishes around 8:30 pm on September 3 and 10 this month. Teams are not required and you can come join an open table looking for players. The cost is $1 per person to play with all money being returned to the winning tables. Come early, brings snacks and socialize with neighbors. Pictured: Table #19, “It Doesn’t Matter” proudly shows their $69 winnings from a recent night!
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50 SHADES OF PINK COMEDY NIGHT FALL FESTIVAL 5K By David Fix The Fall Fest 5K this year will be held on October 28 beginning at 8 am with the start and finish at the Clubhouse. The beneficiary of this year's 5K will be Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope, a group of volunteer Lake Ashton residents that has pooled together their resources to assist local families with clothing, food and basic necessities for their day to day needs. Additionally, Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope worked with local schools last year to help identify families in need of assistance at the holidays. A party was held in the HFC to provide a meal and gifts to those who may have been otherwise overwhelmed, overlooked and vulnerable to poverty. These residents have formed a more official group and will receive the money raised from the 5K. Registration Forms are available at the Clubhouse Activities Desk and must be returned by 5 pm on September 12 in order to participate. Fee is $25, check payable to LA Hands 4 Hope. Forms may be mailed to or deposited in the box on the porch at: Lake Ashton Charity Run 4444 Turnberry Lane Lake Wales, FL 33859 FALL FESTIVAL It's almost that time of year again — mark October 28 on your calendars for the annual Fall Festival, and resident crafters and volunteers are needed! If you are interested in setting up a booth at the Fall Festival, or volunteering to help, with setup, cleanup, games, or other opportunities, contact Caroline at the Clubhouse Activities Office (863-324-6032 or clane@lakeashtoncdd.com). 24 Laugh to raise money for a cure October 6 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom as Comedian Troy Thirdgill will be back on stage for a night of comedy featuring cabaret-styled seating. Multiple opportunities to make donations to the Central Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will be available throughout the night. The table with the most donations collected will win a prize and have their picture featured in the LA Times! Donations of new scarves and head coverings will also be accepted. Tickets will go on sale for $25 starting Monday, September 11. A free ticket opportunity is available for those who participate in the S.M.A.R.T. Retirees seminar on October 3. Sign up for this by scanning the QR code on page 22, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to receive a free ticket voucher to this event, along with a free dinner at the seminar! CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!! By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars, your Relay for Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling hand crafted items at the upcoming Craft Fair October 21. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. We are looking for craft items to fill our booth. If you have a craft you enjoy please consider making one to donate and share this info with your crafty friends. Contact Judy Ridpath at 650-678-1174 with any questions. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE November 10 — One Acts Dinner Theatre November 17 — Friendsgiving November 29 — Home Improvement Expo December 1 — Christmas Dinner Dance December 31 — New Year’s Eve in the Ballroom 25
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HAUNTING ON THE LAKE II By Terri McDuff LAPAC is very excited about our upcoming fundraiser event, Haunting II On the Lake haunted house in the Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom on October 28! Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 2 at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Tickets are $15 per adult and $12 per child under 12, check only, payable to LAPAC. The event will be limited to 35 individuals per group per time slot. There will be 10 half-hour time slots available through the Haunting House, from 4 to 8:30pm. Do not wait to purchase your tickets as this event has a limit of 35 people in a group per time slot and with a total of 350 people for the evening event. Your heart will race with excitement and fear! You may even let out a scream or two! But … expect the unexpected! There will be plenty of tricks and a lot of treats! We invite all to dress up in their own Halloween costumes! If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Terri McDuff 916-201-7745. CHRISTMAS IS COMING! By Debby Landgrebe While it is still hot at Lake Ashton, in some places summer is starting to come to a close. Many here are looking forward to cooler temperatures and ‘that wonderful time of the year”. Please be sure you mark your calendar for the upcoming Christmas Dinner Dance December 1 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Final preparations are being made and will be revealed soon. Menu will include, among other items, a Beef Carving Station, Parmesan Crusted Baked Grouper, Falafels (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free!). There will be a cash bar. It will be a superb evening of fabulous live music, delicious food, marvelous decorations and great time with new and old friends. Tickets can be purchased starting Tuesday, September 5 at 11 am at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $40 per person, check only, payable to LA Christmas Dinner Dance, with tables of eight and limited tables of ten. If a table is being purchased, total money and names of each person at time of purchase are needed. Thank you to the following sponsors: Christine Graves Insurance, Charm City, ComForCare, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, LA Realty, Morgan Stanley, SouthState Bank, and Weaver Loveless Law. Please thank the folks from these companies as you see them and consider using their services. CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Mark Graham Save the date for Christmas Carol-oke December 16 from 7 to 10 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Bring your favorite Christmas songs to sing or just listen to others singing. DJ Wayne will be providing the music for all who enjoy singing Christmas songs. There will be a table decorating contest with a cash prize award! More details to follow in October. This event is a fundraiser for LAPAC (Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation). 26 WRAP-UP REPORT! WHAT ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF CAMP LAKE ASHTON! A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS. THANKS TO ALL OF OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS, MATT SIMPSON OF EDWARD JONES, LORI ATKINS OF AMERILIFE, ENCOMPASS DENTAL & WELLNESS, THE OASIS SPA, AND PERFORMANCE GOLF CARTS, CAMPERS WERE ABLE TO ENJOY ALL OF THE EVENTS FREE OF CHARGE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CAMP LAKE ASHTON 2024! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 27 www.jimsfloordepot.com Camp Lake Ashton
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MIND&BODY Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Good health is more than what we do; it’s also how we think. We are more powerful than we believe. And there is a connection between what we think and what we feel. Do we start each day feeling the negative residuals of what we experienced the day before? Or do we wake up with a clean slate? Do we hold on to grudges, misdeeds, or bad experiences? Or do we forgive and forget? There is a direct connection between how we process stressful situations and our hormones. Cortisol is the stress hormone that can wreak havoc on our health and cause unwanted weight gain. Cortisol also causes digestive problems, depression, inflammation, muscle tension/pain, and sleep issues. Chronic stress can also lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Cortisol regulates our body’s fight-or-flight response to stress, which is designed to facilitate a defense or escape from a perceived threat (both physical and mental). This natural survival instinct is a good thing, until we find ourselves easily triggered by negative interactions with others, which can lead to chronic stress. The next time your blood pressure rises, ask yourself if the stress is worth the damage that your body has to absorb, or can we exercise grace and kindness to someone who may be having a bad day? The grace we extend to others is a reflection of our humanity. But if that isn’t enough encouragement to smile when faced with negative energy, consider the toll stress has on your physical and mental wellbeing. Guarding our health is a priority! Stay positive! 28 TICKETLEAP INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS Class and activity sign-ups in addition to ticket purchases at the Clubhouse went digital on July 1. Do you want to learn more about how to use the TicketLeap program or have questions about how to scan QR codes? Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to sign up. If you already are familiar with the TicketLeap program but want to learn more, you can sign up using the link sent out via email. There will be two options for classes: September 21 at 11 am or September 29 at 5:30 pm. SKINCARE & MAKEUP CLASS Do you know what makeup colors and shades fit you best? Are you using the right type of moisturizers and cleansers for your skin type? You can learn all that and more at a skincare and makeup class hosted by Lancôme on September 6 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be goodie bags for all attendees! The class is completely free, but you must sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. CREATE A CARD Join the group on September 19 at 10 am in the HFC Sports Court 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. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. FINANCIAL BOOT CAMP Next Class: September 25 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema Topic: “How will I pay for nursing home care?” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Learn how to play bridge Thursday mornings at 8:30 am beginning October 5. Contact Liz Leigh for details: leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809. LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - WALTZ Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (certified DVIDA instructor), 863.875.6728 Mondays in September, beginning on September 4 in HFC Community Room from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. FREE! No partner needed! SUMMER LINE DANCING Instructor: Lorrie Shearin Class will be held every Thursday at the HFC through September 28. 1 pm Beginners: Everyone is welcome, no experience needed. Dances will be easy and fun, dances used at River Ranch will be taught. 2 pm Improvers: Dances will have tags, restarts, turns, and maybe faster. Some experience may help, but everyone can try and learn new dances that may seem more advanced. Sometimes they are easier than they look. Note: Wear shoes you can dance in! No flip flops or Crocs. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Join us for a fun dance class meant just to enjoy dancing and friendships. Class is open to all and is held weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. If interested, call or ema i l cw i n c h e s t e r 1 0 1 2@gma i l . c om o r 305-725-4946. The first hour will be dedicated to fun dancing, followed by learning the Thriller dance for Halloween. CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAM By Ken Hoffman The Lake Ashton Classical Music Program returns for three months of once a week classes starting Monday, September 4 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. In this segment we will explore the music of the "Early Romantic" period (1820-1860). Lake Ashton resident Ken Hoffman explains the concepts of 19th century romanticism and covers the great orchestra, chamber, and solo piano music of Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Felix 29 Mendelssohn. The political, and social-cultural events affecting the arts of the era will be discussed. Newcomers can sign up in class. LA MEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Jim Brendemuehl The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back our snowbirds and our new residents and invite you to join us at our weekly meetings. Our goal is NOT to convert anyone. We are here to help you grow in YOUR faith, and to be as knowledgable in God as you are in your favorite baseball, or football team. We are not a group of “Sunday Preachers”, but a group of ordinary guys preparing for our next LIFE. We meet every Tuesday from 10 am to Noon face-to-face in the HFC and offer a Zoom connection for those who wish to use that option. Our group is a non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. We are currently discussing 1st and 2nd Peter. Be brave, step out and take a challenge, come meet us and watch your life bloom! Please contact Bob Ring, 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com. LA WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Louise Gilla We are still offering the Bible study to the women of the community — this will be our 17th year! We have been inspired, and are grateful to offer this excellent way to present a study of God's Word. The opening class will be Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am at the HFC Community Center. All Lake Ashton Women are invited to attend. We will studying the Book of Romans, and the workbook will be available to purchase by October 1, or on the first day of class. Come join us for fellowship, discussion groups, singing, and in-depth study of the Bible. For more information call Louise at 863-514-4015. CERAMIC CHICKS 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.
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WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs returns to Lake Ashton for the 2024 season. She will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create 2 watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. All students should contact the artist at 864-307-1244 to reserve a place. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr September 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Geraniums $35 (payable at class) Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on September 8. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Create a delightful wall painting, handpainted by you! For $35, each painter will be receiving step-by-step instructions to create a 16x20 canvas painting and will be supplied with a 16x20 canvas, acrylic paints, and brushes. This event will take place on September 8 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check by September 5 to reserve your spot. You won’t want to miss this; a maximum of 30 people can sign up but a minimum of 10 people is needed! CRAFTING WITH CARMEN — RUSTIC WREATHS Make your own 10-inch rustic wreath on September 29 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Learn how to quickstain and distress wood for a rustic look. All supplies and instructions are included for $12. Sign up by September 26 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 30 SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES Join resident crafter and floral enthusiast Pam Klawinski October 3 at 11:30 am to make your very own unique seasonal décor! Learn to arrange seasonal colored florals on an 8x10 picture frame that will be interchangeable for every season and holiday! This month’s class will be fall, covering both Halloween and Thanksgiving. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class. All instructions and materials will be provided for $16. Sign up by September 27 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Next Class: December 5 FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES September 13, 6 to 9 pm & September 20, 6 to 8 pm (optional class) at the Health & Fitness Center Craft Room. The first week you will create your glass wind chimes, and the following week you will be assembling your wind chimes with fish line & beads (optional). Cost is $35. Sign up at the HFC & pay at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. FUSED GLASS VOTIVE HOLDER September 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Decorate a 3” x 5” piece of glass with a design of your choice. Samples will be provided or bring your own (simple is better!) Cost $25 for one and $35 for 2, to be paid at class with cash or check. Sign up at the Clubhouse and pay at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R S M A R T P H O N E TO S I G N U P F O R EVENTS LISTED IN THIS ISSUE. Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad Went Above And Beyond To Help Sell Our House My wife and I were recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident when our house needed to be sold. These injuries and various doctor’s appointments limited our ability to do the things necessary to complete the sale of our house. I became frustrated and was ready to forego even trying to go on with selling our house when our RE Agent, Brad Kirwan, seeing how discouraged and overwhelmed we were, stepped forward and said he’d be glad to take over getting most of the tasks done (some minor home repairs and coordinating some upgrades) so we could complete the sale of our house…..Sure enough, Brad took over getting everything done, regularly keeping us informed of his progress, and we sold and closed the sale within a few weeks, achieving 98% of our asking price. Wow! We literally couldn’t have gotten it done without Brad’s extraordinary efforts to help us. What a relief! We consider Brad Kirwan a good friend and will always turn to him if we need to sell or buy real estate. He is definitely a cut above other agents, really knows his stuff, and is willing to work very hard for his clients. Thank you so much, Brad Kirwan! Verified by RateMyAgent Matt & Alice Mayer 14 January 2023 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 Raylene Freedman The September LA Belles Luncheon will be held at Carrabbas, 910 3rd St., Winter Haven, on September 27 at 11:30. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Dennis Santino The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association had a fun and successful summer this year. We had a potluck for members and their families over Memorial Day weekend and a pickleball mixer and hotdog social for America’s birthday. As the summer ends we start welcoming back our snowbird members and look forward to our next planed events. Our Newbie Clinic will resume in October and will be the first and second Monday of each month. There will be spots for 10 players on a first sign up bases. You MUST be able to attend BOTH sessions. Paddles will be supplied if you do not have one. October class dates will be Monday, October 2 and Monday, October 9. Sign up by emailing: coachdennis@myyahoo.com Coach’s Tips Rule #1: Do not miss your return of serve. Every time you miss a return of serve you give your opponent a point. Eleven misses equals game over. There is no reason to try and hit a winning shot on the return because your opponent cannot hit the ball until it bounces. You should hit a long return shot so you can get to the non-volley zone with your partner to control this area. Enjoy these monthly tips and remember to always have FUN. Check our bulletin board located in front of Court #2 for LAPA information on upcoming events and how to join this amazing group of people. See you on the courts. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club recently hosted Camp Lake Ashton’s air plant craft in August. The 32 turn-out was amazing! C a m p e r s m a d e e m b r o i d e r y h o o p displays for air plants. O n c e a g a i n , t h e creativity at Lake Ashton did not di sappoi nt . Thanks to all who attended. A special thanks to Kathie, Pam, Sil, Alice, Patty and all club members who helped with questions, table arrangements and clean-up. The next Garden Club meeting is September 13 at 10 in the Pavilion. Come learn or ask questions about growing African Violets. A member of Lakeland’s African Violet Society will be the guest speaker. The Garden Club meets every second Wednesday of a month. Join and learn what topic will be next via emails and by reading the LA Times Newsletter. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Rose Crognale There will be a meeting on Monday, September 18 at 7 pm in the HFC Craft Room for all Disney enthusiasts. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to come. We will be discussing future events. We will have our ‘Painting With A Twist’ art on display so those artists that attended the event, please bring your masterpieces to the meeting. ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda It’s time to start the Italian Club Potlucks! Please join us at the HFC on Thursday, September 21 at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share (no desserts please), your drinks, and $2. We welcome new members who have Italian heritage. Please call Susie Escoda at 862-206-6566 with any questions. MAH JONGG Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience are sought to join our group that meets on Wednesday afternoons at the HFC from 2 - 4 pm. This group is not on hiatus during the summer! For further information, contact Myrna Soberman at myrnaandsteve@gmail.com. THE LA PURPLE STARS The Purple Stars are residents of Lake Ashton who have had cancer or know of family or friends who have had cancer. Our goal is to raise funds which we donate 100% to the American Cancer Society. Over the year we have sponsored many fundraising activities which many of you have attended and supported, and we sincerely THANK YOU. Because of supporters like you, the American Cancer Society has made significant contributions to the fight against cancer over the last 110 years through advocacy, research, and patient support. Your generosity changes lives every day. We need and are looking for some of our Lake Ashton residents to join us in these fund raising activities. You do not need to be a cancer survivor, just someone who would like to see this disease wiped out as well as supporting those fighting the disease itself. For more information please contact David Harrison at 863-326-6418. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting September 7 in-person at the HFC and via Zoom. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 4:30. For more information, email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers July 18: Marge Kniat, Chip Inman, Jeannine Connors, Tie: Dee Mayne & Mafie Walker July 25: Elaine Inman, Jeannine Connors, Marge Kniat, Char Walter Aug.1: Elaine Inman, Gayle Rogers, Berta Rogers, Carolyn Carpenter Aug. 8: Marge Kniat, Liz Leigh, Elaine Inman DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse ballroom from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance 33 sign up is encouraged by contacting Don Fuller dfuller627@gmail.com. A partner is required. Winners: July 10: 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine; 3rd Jim Ford & Pat Foster July 17: North- South 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 2nd Judy Robertson & Ralph Ritter; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; EastWest 1st Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Dana Griffiths; 3rd Ron Kilisz & Bruce Dutton July 24: North –South 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd Trish Kellar & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Bruce Dutton & Ron Kaliz; 2nd Judy Roberton & Ralph Ritter 3rd Liz Leigh & Mafie Walker July 31: 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson August 7: 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson HORSESHOES For information on horseshoes that will be starting up again the beginning of September, please contact John Leale at 540-894-3856 or betsleale@aol.com. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join this fine looking group and have fun locating for our elusive ancestors. Please bring your questions , stories and electronic devices. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 2 PM in the HFC Craft Room. All levels of expertise are welcome: beginner, intermediate and advanced. There will be something for everyone. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655.
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LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Last month, we shared the story of swimmer Sharon Swanson and her participation in the 2023 National Senior Games. In the entire 2023 National Games, there were 600 participants from Florida, and they won the medal count by earning 576 medals! Did you know that swimming is the best all-around exercise? One of the main benefits is that it uses quite a few arm, leg, stomach, and lower back muscles, while being easy on the joints. That is one of the reasons why some LA residents participate in some or all of our LA Swim Club activities. Others participate for general fitness; yet others are aiming for the Senior Games age group swim competition. Information can be found online at floridaseniorgames.com/sports. Some members participate in our 100-mile swim challenge, by virtually swimming to different areas of the state without leaving our pool. In addition to the fitness/health benefits, our members have raised money for Breast Cancer awareness, the pool lane markings, backstroke safety flags, the flowers around the pool deck, the clocks in the pool area, and some training equipment. They also plan to help at Lake Ashton’s Halloween haunted house. If you want to improve your fitness or if you want to become an adult competitor, come swim with our fun groups Mondays from 6 to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm, and Saturdays from 10 to 11 am. If you cannot attend our workout sessions, you are welcome to follow the printed workouts which are located in boxes in the hallway – one box contains the most recent workouts and the other contains recent past workouts. Contact Coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com with any questions. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler 34 LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In August, over 30 people attended the meeting. The group discussed future lunches, dinners, and other activities. (continued) (continued) Sil Wells distributed a list of attractions in Central Florida that she became aware of as a CERT ambassador. Carol Corley discussed lunch at Fire on August 16. Karen Nelson read a thank you letter from the director of Senior Orphans. The group is looking forward to continuing this tradition for Christmas. The Single’s Mingle will be held on September 21 in the Pavilion from 4 to 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on September 3. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The LAVA Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Clubhouse near the stage. The next meeting will be September 20 at 6:30 pm. The LAVA Auxiliary is a group of LA Residents who support and honor the military through fundraisers, such as our Craft Fair (see below), as well as sending holiday cards to active military and other items as needed. Come check us out! The Craft Fair on Saturday, October 21 is fast approaching and we are seeking baked goods to be sold at the Craft Fair. Please refer to the flyer in the newsletter for additional information. At this time, all vendor tables have been sold and there is a waiting list which means, once again there will be a full house of creative, beautiful and tasty goods at the Craft Fair. We look forward to seeing you there. Have a safe and fun summer. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer; those days of painting, and friendships, and cheer. Time sure flies when we're having a good time and now summer is almost done. We will continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members will continue to share their skills and we are doing a lot of "paint what you enjoy painting”. The point is not to paint a master piece, but to have a good time. Newcomers are always welcome and we will lend you the supplies you will need for your first meeting. A lot of people say that they want to come but can't paint or draw. We proved that isn't necessary in one of our classes in August when we dropped different colored paint on rocks and created a pattern by blowing through a straw. After the rock dried, we wrote words on our unique backgrounds, and voila, pieces of art that your friends in Lake Ashton love to find. If you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join us on September 7 and 21. Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) to let us know you are coming. Last minute cancellations will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook group page. Also, please continue sending prayers for Alice Mayer's recovery - your prayers are seriously working wonders. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION 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, 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. 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GOLF LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt The summer heat continues, but we are looking forward to Opening Day October 3. You should have received an email for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Cost stays the same at $30 for the year. EVERYONE must fill out a new form. Mail a check, payable to the LA Niners, along with the form or sign up in the Pro Shop. Mail the check and form to MaryLou Jameson, 5224 Pebble Beach Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884. Please note that if you are not going to be back in time for Opening Day, do not worry about paying until you get back here to Lake Ashton. Fun and games are on the menu – along with nine holes of golf and our opening luncheon. Final aerification of both courses will happen in September to get ready for the winter season and the return of our members from their fun adventures. Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! ENJOY THESE NEW MENU OFFERINGS! Save the Date for a Halloween Costume Party on October 31! HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm LALGA By Dawn Neigh Can you believe that it is already September? We made it through the hot days and finally Florida seems to be getting back in the groove with rain in the afternoon. We are 100 members strong. Did you know if you are a Lake Ashton Golf Club Member and you do not belong to the LALGA you may play a two round maximum trial period without joining. You must have a 40 handicap or lower and will be required to tee off from the combo or blue tees. YOU DECIDE! We are always looking for new members and we will even assign you a mentor if you wish. Also follow us at LALGA through our Facebook page or LakeAshtonLiving.com. If you need more information, contact the pro-shop. We tee off every Tuesday at 9am with a variety of games. Most are postable by the Pro Shop. FLASHBACK FROM THE PAST! Written by Pat Guay in the August 2015 issue. The word is out: the golf course is getting a facelift! How wonderful to have this beautiful community to live and play golf. Keeping it wonderful is the reason it is so great, and it is appreciated. Thank yoU,Mr. Maxwell! In LALGA business, the Board is working on improving the end of the year prizes with more equitable scoring. Also, combo tees are being tried by the girls this summer. 36 A+ REALTY LLC Thinking o Selling Your Homef Why pay a 6% listing commission when you can use A+ Realty and list for only 2.9%? Get MORE, pay LESS! Compare before you list! Trust your neighbor with your home. All A* Realty Realtors are Lake Ashton Residents! A+ Realty LLC is a full service real estate company that belongs to East Polk County Association of Realtors, Stellar MLS, Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Your home will receive MAXIMUM MLS and internet exposure! Michael R. Krigelski Cell: 863-651-7272 Home: 863-326-5674 www.krigelski.com YOUR neighborhood TEAM! Vickie Howell Cell: 407-931-6545 Anita Piasecki Cell: 734-915-6311 Ron Schwartz Cell: 239-405-1282 Town & Country Real Estate, DBA A+ Realty LLC | 277 Magnolia Avenue SW | Winter Haven, FL 33880 | Frank Vaughn, Broker 37 ?
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LAMGA By David Kubissa LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR Rules reminder from golf pro Ian Peterson: Nothing can be more aggravating than an out-of-bounds golf shot, and often the OB rule can be subject to interpretation. To clarify the rule and the Lake Ashton options, take note of Ian’s guidance in the following narrative: Remember your ball is out of bounds only when all of the ball lies outside the boundary edge of the golf course. When that happens, here are your choices: Option 1 – Stroke and Distance: Replay the shot from the original spot for a One-Stroke Penalty. Option 2 – Stroke and Distance Local Rule: Determine where your ball went out of bounds and drop your ball on the edge of the fairway just behind an equal distance from the hole for a Two-Stroke Penalty. As always, if you have any rules questions, come see Matt or Ian in the Pro Shop. The monthly update for the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge through the end of July: 1. Paul Panone, $132.75; 2. John Milsom, $131.25; 3. Rolly Geyer, $129.25; 4. Doug Hines, $112.50; 5. Rick Simonetta, $105.00. This month’s lineup includes a two-day LAMGA Ryder Cup event, September 6 and 7, with breakfast on day one and lunch on day two. You can find a list of all the Q4 games on the LAMGA web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com starting the week of September 25. In the coming months, be on the lookout for news of the annual LAMGA board election and the end-of-the-year luncheon / meeting. Sponsor spotlight: This month we thank and highlight the following LAMGA sponsors: AIS Shower Doors; Blackburn’s Interiors; Central Door Company; D&D Painting & Home Repairs; Golden Marble & Granite; Hawkins Home Repair; Shutters and Shades; Sun Protection of Florida; Southeast Solar & Roof Solutions, Inc.; Southwood Garage Doors, SGD; The Groutsmith; Window Concepts by Annalisa. For the full list of sponsors, go the LAMGA web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com. Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Designs For Ey Style! ANS Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881

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O R We a l wa y s h a v e y o u r r e a l e s t a t e n e e d s c o v e r e d ! Buying, Selling Or Investing F R E E M A R K E T A N A L Y S I S Call US today if you would like a T E R R I M A T T O C K S B R O K E R L O R I T O F A N E L L I - V O L O C H E N K O R E A L T O R L O R I R A A T H B R O K E R A S S O C I A T E L a k e A s h t o n R e a l t y 4 1 4 0 A S H T O N C L U B D R I V E L A K E W A L E S , F L 3 3 8 5 9 8 6 3 . 3 1 8 . 9 5 4 2 L A K E A S H T O N R E A L T Y | ( 8 6 3 ) 3 1 8 - 9 5 4 2 | L A K E A S H T O N R E A L T Y . C O M S A R A H L O R D M A R K E T I N G NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES September Issue Deadline: August 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORTANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. COVER PHOTO BY BRAD KIRWAN AUGUST 2023 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 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@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 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 863.326.1085 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com
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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 7 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworker's Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: City of Lake Wales Main Street • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance and ComForCare AUGUST 14 • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: E Bike Safety with The Bike Shop • Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson AUGUST 21 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AUGUST 28 • Peanut Butter Monday - Non Perishable Food Donations for Lake Wales Care Center Can be Dropped Off to the Ballroom Kitchen • Featured Speaker: Meals on Wheels • Featured Vendor: Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid SCAN THIS QR CO D E W I T H YO U R SMARTPHONE TO S I G N U P FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE BEGINNING AU G U S T 1 . BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, August 18, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, August 21, 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 & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 20 GOLF 24 CLUBS 28 MIND & BODY 32 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, Noon to 3 pm (No IDs made August 8) HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily LOST AND FOUND If you have lost anything at the Clubhouse or surrounding areas, visit the Club Office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to see if it has been turned in to the Lost and Found. Items in the Lost and Found will periodically be displayed at Monday Coffee, and if they have not been claimed after a certain period of time, they may be donated to the Lake Wales Care Center. If you have any questions, call Sheila at 863.324.5457 or stop by the Club Office during the hours listed above. SEASONAL RESIDENTS & SUMMER TRAVELERS If you will be away for the summer, stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to sign up and pay for a seasonal subscription ($4/month domestic; $5/month international). The newsletter and calendars are also sent out via email blast. A Summer Checklist is also posted on lakeashtoncdd.com or hard copies are available at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: August 9 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE August 9 & 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot 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. NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next new resident social will be held on November 3 at 2 pm at the HFC. Get introduced to the community, and meet other new residents and community leaders. Sign up at either Activities Desk. LET'S SHOWCASE YOU! The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group is looking for residents with special skills and talents who might be willing to donate time and/ or their expertise in order to expand our programming and planning. Do you have a talent that you would like to share with the community? Crafting, singing, and everything in between … send an email to Caroline at the Clubhouse (clane@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Krystle at the HFC (kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com).
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LACDD LACDD NEWS BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am August 28 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am August 7, 14, 28 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director There are so many new things happening in Lake Ashton! We hope residents are enjoying the new digital display in the Lobby and the new convenient ways of signing up for events and activities. Starting this month, residents can purchase tickets to events and activities by simply clicking a link! Of course residents can still purchase tickets and sign up for free and paid activities by visiting the Activities Office. We hope this new way to sign up for free events, club activities, parties, and classes, all in one place, will be a helpful convenience for many residents. Stay tuned for classes on how to use this website. Charm City at Lake Ashton is now open with a lunch and dinner menu, full bar, and specials. "Like" their Facebook page for more information on specials. Soon other businesses will be opening up in the previous sales center and residents will have options for several services without leaving the gates of Lake Ashton. East Golf Course bridges have been pressure washed and sealed with several boards being replaced soon. The Clubhouse Outdoor Pool and Spa is nearly complete (at time of publication). This extensive refurbishment project included replacement of all tile in the pool/spa and coping tiles on the edge of the pool/spa, resurfacing the pool/spa, replacing all grates and several lights, and installing an additional handrail at the east and west entrance to the pool to assist those with limited mobility. In addition, staff painted all furniture, repaired column caps along the fence, cleaned perimeter lights, replaced the pool and spa rules signs, and added additional umbrellas and plants to refresh that area. Staff has also replaced the water/ice machine in the Fitness Center vestibule with a chilled, filtered, water fountain/bottle filling station, refurbished the Shuffleboard Court area by replacing lights, adding an outdoor bulletin board, painting and replacing gutters in addition to pressure washing the curbing and gutters in front of the Clubhouse. Needless to say our Facility staff has been busy! We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented team. At the Joint Board of Supervisors meeting held on July 21 Supervisors discussed several potential changes to the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies. Residents are encouraged to email any suggestions to the Community Directors (info on page 3). Options for entry gate access were discussed and both boards agreed to evaluate the information further at their respective August meetings and will make a decision soon. At the July Board of Supervisors meeting several projects were approved. Soon residents will see progress towards the switching of the Card Room and Media Center spaces. Four new gate operators were approved to be installed at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance. Two treadmills were approved for purchase and Supervisors decided to award the Fitness Center preventative maintenance contract to Fitness Machine Technicians. Supervisors are continuing to discuss the 2024 budget and all residents are encouraged to attend meetings and give feedback. The 2024 fiscal year budget will be adopted at the next meeting on August 21 at 9:30 am. 6 Simplifying Your Life 863.875.5600 www.performancegolfcarts.com GOLF CART SALES & SERVICE Gp GOLF CARTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES UNBEATABLE BATTERY PRICES Includes Free Pick Up and Delivery, Professional Installation, Always FREE Pick Up and Delivery 3YEARBumpertoBumper Warranty on New Golf Carts Shop all of our new, used, and refurbished golf carts online 24/7 New 2023 Models Non commissioned sales team here to help you Huge selection of colors and styles Multiple brands and features to choose from From the beginning we set out to be the simplest golf cart company you have ever dealt w