TIMES L.A. Lake Ashton Community Newsletter February 2023 Simply the Best! FEBRUARY IS FABULOUS in lovely LA! Enjoy dinners, dances, and shows, including the 2023 Entertainment Series 20 Year Reunion Tour! 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Lake Ashton is a 55 & Older Deed Restricted Community 863.324.6032 863.324.5457 www.lakeashtoncdd.com

NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Mar. Issue Deadline: Feb. 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. COVER PHOTO BY JIM VICKERS 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 Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 FEBRUARY 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 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237

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. FEBRUARY 6 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Featured Speaker: ComForCare • Featured Vendor: Christine Graves Insurance FEBRUARY 13 • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: City of Winter Haven Updates with Mayor Brad Dantzler • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson and Tessier Law Firm FEBRUARY 20 • Peanut Butter Monday - Non-perishable food donations for Lake Wales Care Center can be dropped off to the Ballroom Kitchen • Featured Speaker: City of Lake Wales Updates with Mayor Jack Hilligoss • Featured Vendors: Waters Edge, Family Elder Law FEBRUARY 27 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING CLUB, GROUP & ORGANIZATION PRESENTATIONS Group Leaders - please reach out to Christine at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like to present your group at an upcoming Monday Coffee! This is a good way to introduce residents to the many activities that make Lake Ashton "Simply the Best". POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, February 17, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, February 27, 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


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 WELCOME TO LAKE ASHTON New residents of Lake Ashton can stop by either Activities Desk for a New Resident welcome packet and an informal introduction to the community! CLUBHOUSE FOYER PHOTO CONTEST VOTING The votes are being tallied and soon residents will be notified of the winners. The winners will have their photos displayed in the Clubhouse for all to admire over the years. Please stay tuned to your email for the announcement of winners! IS YOUR DOG A DIGGER? Residents will find clay pots with sand and shovels at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park. These are here to fill holes due to dogs digging. This will help the grass to grow back and prevent tripping hazards. When using the Pet Play Parks please be a good neighbor and pick up after your dog. NEXT MONTHLY MARK ETS: February 8 & 22 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER ’ S QUAL I T Y MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE February 8 & 22, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot When using the Clubhouse Pet Play Park, if you see any areas in need of extra attention please contact Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. DOGS AT THE CLUBHOUSE Per the Lake Ashton CDD Amenity Policy, dogs and all other pets (with the exception of service dogs) are not permitted at the Amenity Facilities. If you are planning on coming to the amenities for any reason please keep this policy in mind. If a service dog is in the amenities without a vest on, Security or Staff will assume it is a pet and will inform you of this policy, so please be patient as they are simply following protocol. The Amenity Policy also states that patrons are responsible for picking up after all pets and disposing of any waste in a designated pet waste receptacle. Please keep this in mind when walking your dog around the amenities. Doggy bags and a throw-away station are located on the pathway on the West side of the Clubhouse Tennis Courts. LOST AND FOUND If you have lost anything at the Clubhouse or surrounding area, stop by the Club Office, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to check Clubhouse 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.


LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S 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: February 20, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Friendship is one of the many reasons Lake Ashton is "Simply the Best". It is what helps you through the hard times and makes the good times lasting memories. There are many avenues available to facilitate the growth of existing friendships and assist in the formation of new friendships, as seen in this edition of the LA Times. With the community at build-out and new residents always moving in, there are many new people to meet. Be sure to reach out to new neighbors and welcome them to the community! You never know why a person moved to Lake Ashton but you may make that decision the best one they ever made! Love one another, treat each other with respect, and live each day to its fullest. There was a Joint Board of Supervisors meeting on January 20 where the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies was approved and is now posted on lakeashtoncdd.com. Starting again in March, articles will be included in the LA Times each month highlighting a different section of the policy so residents become familiar with the policies. Please contact Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com with any questions. At the January meeting, LACDD Supervisors approved the Restaurant lease, with changes. Residents should stay tuned to email blasts for more information regarding the opening date for Charm City at Lake Ashton. Quotes to repair some of the Restaurant refrigeration equipment, in addition to a quote to purchase replacement AED units were approved. There is an AED unit in the Clubhouse hallway near the restrooms and on the Roving Security golf cart. Supervisors and Staff continually evaluate cost savings measures at the Clubhouse. An update is given at each Board of Supervisors meeting under the Community Director report. A wrap up report of additional actions taken was sent out January 24 via email blast. The first Annual Club Expo was held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 17. It was a huge success with many positive comments from facilitators and residents. Due to the overwhelming success of the Club Expo, this will become an annual event at the Clubhouse so that all Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups, and Organizations will have a chance to be part of it. Thank you to all the facilitator volunteers that came out to make this a success! It was great seeing everyone working together.

THANK YOU, DAVID HARRISON! Those who have ever attended a Monday Coffee most likely have had the pleasure of hearing a Blast from the Past presentation, where David took everyone 40 years back in time to reminisce about special events, superstars that turn 40, those that have passed on, and even the number 1 song for the month. If you are lucky you may have even had the chance to hear him sing a number 1 song. David retired from giving the "Blast from the Past" presentations at the end of 2022 after 14 years. Although he will not be doing Blast from the Past presentations any longer at Monday Coffee, residents can still say hi to him at the Clubhouse Activities Office on Thursdays from noon - 2 pm. David, thank you for all you do for Lake Ashton! THANK YOU! A special Thank you! to the Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) for their help with the Rockin' New Year's Eve Party at the Clubhouse. Thank you to: Mark Graham and David Greer for their help from start to finish for this event. They did everything from hanging balloons to building our set and everything in between. The amazing artist Patty Wallner hand painted/created the Times Square set, graffiti wall, and the trees in "Central Park". Marlon Nettleton, our "MC" for the night. Lynn Shelton, our Times Square Ball curator and design coordinator. Cheryl Winchester for securing/organizing the resident street performers and thank you to the street performers themselves! Mary Harrison and Gail Prowant for creating our amazing street signs and everyone else that had a hand in this event. You all are so appreciated. There were many volunteer hours invested in making this event a success and we thank you all. BEST WISHES TO YOU, MARY BOSMAN! Mary began her tenure at Lake Ashton working for the developer at the Clubhouse. She took on many responsibilities and ultimately became the Community Director for LAIICDD. She has truly put her blood, sweat, and tears into making Lake Ashton "Simply the Best" Mary has been an integral part of the Lake Ashton community for over 17 years and we are all going to miss her tremendously. We wish her an enjoyable retirement with many more happy memories to come! Thank you for all you have done for Lake Ashton! Your work will definitely carry on and be part of Lake Ashton forever.

LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com It’s easy to look back after 17 years and recall some great times with many great people at Lake Ashton. Laughing (a lot), crying, and plenty of feelings in between have been shared! Years of austerity and years a bit more comfortable for LA II CDD have proven interesting to say the least. The success of the LA II CDD over the years has been in large part, to its commonsense leadership by our Board of Directors. Some names have changed but the underlying vision to bring an enhanced quality of life to residents without breaking the bank/raising assessments has remained the same. Our loyal staff and volunteers have contributed in many ways to the ongoing success of operations and activities. I have two parting requests…please be kind and respect one another and help my successor out whenever possible. I will certainly miss Lake Ashton staff and of course, you residents! If you’re traveling through South Carolina, look us up…you’re always welcome! Happy Valentine’s Day! The HFC will be hosting several activities this month to promote caring. Dances, seminars, and the introduction of new PT, OT, ST, and other services will be among them. The new roof on the HFC will be completed by the time this goes to press and I’d like to thank all our wonderful staff and residents who endured gracefully, the unavoidable inconveniences during that time. The cart bridge by the driving range will also have been completed. Maintenance will have their canopy up to preserve the pipes, heaters, and pumps from sun damage at the HFC also. The finalizing of the Joint Amenities Policies document has been a long, and sometimes tedious effort to complete, but it has recently happened. Always the goal was to unify Lake Ashton and clarify how the Amenities run smoothly.


HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Don’t miss Monday Coffee on March 13, as Vickie Griffiths will be in attendance for her presentation. She will also be bringing a special guest, Julio Caba, who was homeless in high school but went on to a very successful career with help from people who cared. He now comes back every year to speak at the graduation party for these homeless students. He will also speak about another more recent success story from Polk County! The count of homeless students graduating this year is 135, of which 50 have no family! Make sure and sign the banner of congratulations. Any donation large or small is greatly appreciated. Checks, gift cards or domestic items can be dropped off at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Offices, or you can contact Doris directly at miker0343@yahoo.com or 217-652-6636. THOMPSON NURSERY ROAD CLEANUP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on February 23 at 9 am. Please meet at the Clubhouse Ballroom to pick up safety vests, trash bags, gloves and trash grabbers. Please sign-up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. ALL volunteers will receive a T-shirt and Bok Tower ticket. Have fun and get some exercise while keeping the community beautiful! If you have questions, contact Linda at 863-368-0699 or sandelly7@gmail.com. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2023 POLK SENIOR GAMES 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 Register NOW for the 30th Annual Polk Senior Games scheduled for February 25 – March 11 at various sites throughout the county. There’s something for everyone – Archery, Basketball Shooting, Basketball 3 on 3, Billiards, Bocce, Bowling including Team Bowling, Bridge, Chess, Cribbage, Ballroom and Social Dancing, Darts, Euchre, Field Events, Fishing, Golf 18 Hole Singles, Mixed Doubles & Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Punt Pass Kick, Racquetball, Road Race 5K, Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Shooting – Pistol, Rifle, Skeet, Sporting Clays & Trap, Shuffleboard, Softball, Sudoku, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, and Walking. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in each event by age group. Polk County residency is not required. Registration has begun and entries must be postmarked by February 10. All participants will receive a Senior Games T-shirt and are invited to a free health fair and closing ceremony held at The Lakeland Center to celebrate with family and friends. More information can be found online at polkseniorgames.org or you can send an email to polkseniorgames50@gmail.com. If you compete and/ or win a medal, send a picture and your information to valerie@lakeshtoncdd.com.

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L.A. LOOKS Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Great Horned Owl is bird more likely to be heard than seen in Lake Ashton. Residents outside at dawn and dusk may actually glimpse one of these majestic owls. They occur in most of North America and are known as the "hoot owl." Not all owls actually "hoot," but the Great Horned does. The male's higher voice calls out and the deep-voiced female replies. In the hawk and owl world the females are larger than the males. Great Horned Owls have nested in Lake Ashton and are agreeable neighbors helping with rodent control. They are a striking bird with piercing yellow eyes, brown, black and white mottled feathers and "ear tufts" which aren't ears at all. Asymmetrically placed ears and a facial disk help these owls triangulate sounds to find their prey at night. Seen in flight, they resemble a barrel with wings. Scene About Town 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 in ponds in Lake Ashton. 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. Email Matt with any questions or concerns at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. Send a picture of any fish caught in ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements (length and/or weight) to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com to be featured in the next edition of the LA Times. We would like to see your smiley face as well, so have someone snap a pic of you or take a selfie with your fish! Seen shufflin' down to the Clubhouse for some square dancing! Photo by Dave Marsh. 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. It is illegal to feed or harass alligators. If you encounter any alligator that you believe poses a threat to people, pets or property, 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). WHAT FISH ARE LIVING IN LAKE ASHTON PONDS?

LA II (WH ) BOARD OF DIRECTORS ( BOD) The recently installed Lake Ashton II (Winter Haven) Homeowners Association Board consists of five (5) members whose goal is to promote the recreation, health, safety and welfare coupled with providing services of general benefit to the owners and residents on a community-wide basis. Since being elected in November 2022, the Board has been reviewing the governing documents which include the Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions,(CC&Rs), Articles of Incorporation and By-laws for the Lake Ashton II community. With that being said, the Board is conducting a question and answer session on January 31 at 2 pm at the Health and Fitness Center to discuss a proposed amendment to the CC&Rs regarding short-term rentals. In addition, the Board will hold a Special Meeting in late February or early March so residents can attend and vote on the proposed amendment. Notice of that Special Meeting will be sent out via email blast and a physical mailing. If you are not available to attend the Special Meeting in-person, you can have your voice be heard by submitting a proxy vote which will be attached to the meeting notice. Please plan on attending both the question and answer session on January 31 and the Special Meeting to be determined at a later date. Lake Ashton II (Winter Haven) Homeowners Association Board Members Contact Info 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 Native Flowers of The liatris is a perennial also Central Florida By Lynn Davis known as the blazing star or gayfeather. Like many Native Plants, it is quite happy to receive little care once established. It prefers full sun and welldrained soil but does well in sandy conditions. The liatris can grow to a variety of heights. It’s best to cut back in mid-summer to reduce its height. You’ll see blooms from July-August. It’s an excellent plant to dry for flower arrangements. This “star” is also easy to grow from seed. The liatris is a great flower for beginners. It’s easy to grow once it’s watered until it’s first established. Like many native flowers, the blazing star attracts both bees and hummingbirds. Just space between 12-15 inches and enjoy these showy plants. LA ( LW) HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ( BOD) CONTACT INFORMATION Management Company: Don Asher Michellette Ramos: manager@lakeashtonhoa.org President/Treasurer Bob Prowant president@lakeashtonhoa.org Vice President Nancy Baker vp@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary 1 Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary 2 David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org Secretary 3 Debbie Holmes secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org


SAFETY CAP By Mike Weissberg Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets once a week for two hours. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. More information: Mike Weissberg, 863-324-3541. NEIGH B ORHO O D WATCH FORUM By Fay Wood, NW Chief It is time again for your NW all inclusive community Leadership Team to present what is happening in and out of Lake Ashton and throughout Lake Wales and Winter Haven. Special guests include the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs discussing what is happening in their cities. All NW Safety Team Members and other partners are invited to join in this important meeting at Monday Coffee on March 6 at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. 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. Let everyone continue to work together to keep this beautiful community safe and crime free all year long. As our wonderful Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, indicated, Lake Ashton is his safest community in the County! Thanks to all NW Safety Team Members and partners. All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. To drive a golf cart, you must be 14 years of age in Lake Wales and 16 years of age in Winter Haven. Design Y an Parts & Sevices Aailable In-Store arranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! Solar DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra No ailable Finishes!

MOVI ES The Lake Ashton Black Heritage Club Presents: A Black Film Festival to Celebrate Black History Month FEBRUARY 1 — 2 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM EMANCIPATION 2022 | R | 2H 12MIN Peter (Will Smith) escapes from slavery, relying on his wi ts, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of "Whipped Peter," taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper's Weekly. One image, known as "The Scourged Back," which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery. FEBRUARY 7 — 9 1 1 AM, 3 PM , 7 PM THE WOMAN KING 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 40MIN In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Faced with a new threat, Gen. Nanisca trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that's determined to destroy their way of life. 20 FEBRUARY 14 — 16 (NO 7 PM SHOWING ON FEBRUARY 14) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM DEVOTION 2022 | PG-13 | 2H 9MIN Korean War fighter pilots Tom Hudner (Glen Powell) and Jesse L. Brown (Jonathan Majors) form life-and-death bonds after one of them is shot down in enemy territory, forcing the other flier to rely on extreme tactics to rescue his brother-in-arms. FEBRUARY 21 — 23 (NO 7 PM SHOWING FEBRUARY 21) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM PELÉ 2021 | PG-13 | 1H 48MIN The definitive story of the man who personified soccer, which he called "the beautiful game", and how he changed the history of the sport. FEBRUARY 28 — MARCH 2 ( NO 7 PM SHOWING FEBRUARY 28) 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM TILL 2022 | R | 2H 10MIN When Mamie Till-Mobley's 14year-old son Emmett is lynched in Mississippi, she insists he have an open-casket funeral. Her pursuit of justice became a galvanizing moment that helped lead to the creation of the civil rights movement. ADDITIONAL CLOSED CAPTIONING SCREENINGS HAVE BEEN ADDED! NOW, ALL MOVIE SHOWINGS ON TUESDAY, AND THE 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55

MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. FEBRUARY 3 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS) HARRIET 2019 | PG-13 | 2H 5MIN Based on the thr i l l ing and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon, Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. FEBRUARY 10 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN 1995 | PG-13 | 1H 46MIN The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Allen Payne. FEBRUARY 17 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS) LOUIS ARMSTRONG BLACK & BLUES 2022 | R | 1H 46MIN Follow the life and legacy of the master and so-called founding father of jazz, America's first pop star, and cultural ambassador. 21 FEBRUARY 24 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS) BIGGER THAN AFRICA 2018 | NR | 1H 30MIN When the slave boats docked in the Americas, Cuba and the Caribbean, hundreds of cultures and religions came with the Africans but only one survived the plantations. To date, the most pronounced African Culture of the Diasporas remains the culture of the Yoruba. From Brazil to Trinidad, the United States to Cuba, Haiti and the entire Caribbean, this West African culture dominates all other Cultures of Africa and could be said to have survived the plantations for hundreds of years. Bigger Than Africa follows the trans-Atlantic slave trade route from West Africa to six different countries — USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba — to explore and find reasons for the survival of this particular West African Culture.

EVENTS Individual tickets on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Office while supplies last. 5 pm Premium - $35 5 pm Regular - $30 8 pm Premium - $40 8 pm Regular - $35 Feb. 3 - Steve Solomon Feb. 17 - Shake Baby Shake Feb. 24 - Forbidden Broadway Mar. 9 - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Chapel of love Clubhouse Ballroom Tickets: $40 Includes dinner, dessert, dancing, and photos by a professional photographer! Purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LACDD, Visa, or MasterCard only by February 3. 22 Mar. 31 - The Edwards Twins VALENTINES ’ DANCE AT THE HFC February 9 from 7 to 10 pm. $10 entry fee and $10 table reservations can be purchased at the HFC Activities Desk. BYOB and snacks! FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW By Lyn Rogers The 15th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will be on display in the Clubhouse Ballroom on March 11 from 12:30 to 4 pm. LA Photographers and Artists can pick up entry forms and guidelines at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Entry forms must be turned in by February 3. The show is open to all Lake Ashton residents, attendance is free and refreshments will be provided thanks to the following sponsors: Bernie Pruitt of Hill Nissan, The Tessier Law Firm, The Gallery & Frame Shop, Snowbird Heating & Cooling, Inc., Boyett Family Dentistry, Kevin Weltlin with State Farm Agency. MARDI GRAS PERFORMANCE By Gina Krall The LA Ashtonettes and the LA Shakers will be performing in the Lake Wales Mardi Gras parade FEBRUARY 14 at 6 pm February 18 at 3 pm downtown Lake Wales. The two marching groups will be leading the parade again following official cars, police and fire truck. This year entertainer Diana Lynn will be featured, who will be belting out Mardi Gras jazz tunes and slinging beads from the back of the decorated truck. Thank you to the new sponsor, Art's Golf Cars.For more information, visit lwmardigras.com. HUMP DAY KARAOKE Enjoy karaoke February 8 at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Restaurant from 6 to 9 pm. Purchase $3 tickets at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BYOB & snacks. Carrabba’s will be offering dinners again (same menu as January -- will be sent out via email blast) for pickup at 5 pm. Place orders by 3 pm on February 7.


LA TRIVIA - TIME AND LOCATION CHANGES! By David Fix Trivia will be held on February 5 from 7 to 9 pm in the Restaurant, and February 19 and March 5 from 4 to 6 pm in the Ballroom. Maximum number of players per team is eight. Individuals are encouraged to come and join an open table. Cost is $1 per person to play with all money returned to the top three teams. Three rounds of 10 questions will be played along with one final bonus question. Please come early as it will start promptly at 7 pm. BYOB! BYOSnacks! TRASH TO TREASURE SALE By Diane Dillon, Publicity Chair Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton (BOLLA), is pleased to announce the Trash to Treasure Sale will be March 17 and 18. The popular sale, held every other year, will be open to residents only on Friday, March 17, from 4 to 8 pm, in the Clubhouse Ballroom. On Saturday, March 18, from 8 am to 2 pm, it will be open to the public. Residents are welcome to come on Saturday as well. No tickets are required for the event on Friday. However, a limited number of ‘Fast Pass’ tickets will be sold for residents wishing to enter the sale via a priority line on Friday night. Tickets go on sale on February 27 for $5 with a check made payable to BOLLA. Trash to Treasure is a great way to pick up that special item and to support a wonderful organization serving Polk county’s children in crisis. A variety of items including furniture, jewelry, sports equipment, décor, kitchenware, framed art, craft supplies, linens and more will be available. There will also be a raffle for a Lottery Tree with $100 worth of assorted lottery tickets. In the past few years, BOLLA has consistently donated over 1000 blankets per year to organizations such as Guardian Ad Litem, Boys and Girls at Risk Groups, Pregnancy centers, over 10 schools, and more. All proceeds from Trash to Treasure are used to buy material and supplies to make additional blankets. BOLLA will accept items for the sale on March 14 from 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, March 15 from 10 am to 1 pm and 5 to 8 pm, and March 16 from 11 am to 4 pm. Anyone who would like to donate gently used items may bring them to the Clubhouse Ballroom at these times. BOLLA is unable to accept clothing, electronics, TV’s, computers, printers, phones, books or Christmas decorations. BOLLA is a 501c charity. All donations are tax deductible. Payments must be in the form of cash or check. Any unsold items from Trash to Treasure will be donated to the Lake Wales Care Center. There are several ways to support BOLLA: • Donate gently used treasures March 14 – 16. • Come to the sale and find new treasures on March 17 and/or 18. • Buy raffle tickets for the Lottery Tree. You do not need to be present to win. • Make a monetary donation to BOLLA with a check payable to BOLLA at the Clubhouse Activities Office. SAVE THESE DATES ! • March 10 — Shamrock Party at the HFC • April 14 — Pub Crawl at the Clubhouse • May 6 – Derby Day Party at the Clubhouse • May 19 – Bloomin’ Beauties: LA’s Annual Ladies Luncheon at the Clubhouse • June 2 – Luau at the Clubhouse • July 4 - Rootin’ Tootin’ July 4 at the Clubhouse As always, nearly 100 BOLLA members thank you in advance for your support. Contact Linda Warden (518-368-2569 or BOLLAblankets@gmail.com) if you have any questions. 24

SI LENT d i February 28 at 7 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Tickets: $12 at the Clubhouse Activities Office until February 14 Includes entertainment, snack bar, and non-alcoholic beverages Wireless headsets provided … turn them to various stations, then boogie on the dance floor amidst others dancing to what’s on their headphones. If you don’t like a song, switch your headphones to the next station! You can turn down the volume or take them off to chat with others. This is a new experience you won't want to miss! SPONSOR: KEVIN WELTLIN WITH STATE FARM s c o ST. PADDY’S DAY PARTY By David Harrison 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 the group, to benefit the American Cancer Society and everyone is proud and excited to bring this party back. Tickets are $10, cash or check payable to LA Purple Stars. DJ Wayne will provide great dance music and some Irish tunes. Tickets go on sale February 1 at the HFC. Don't forget that you can bring your favorite food and beverage. Looking forward to a great evening. Any questions call David Harrison at 863 326-6418. 26 LAPAC SHOWCASE - ONE SINGULAR SENSATION! TICKET INFORMATION By Karen Nelson It's almost here! Your friends and neighbors have been working and rehearsing the 2023 Showcase, One Singular Sensation, and it's nearly time to get your tickets! The Showcase will be presented March 24 at 7:30 pm, and March 25 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm. Sales of tickets to Lake Ashton residents will start on February 21 at 8 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For the intrepid neighbors who line up early to be among the first to make their seat selections, there will be a number distribution sheet again, first come, first served, starting at 6 am. BYOC (coffee)! By having the sheet for the physical number in line, residents can plan their return to the Ballroom for actual ticket purchase. Residents are eligible to purchase eight tickets per Show time (Friday evening, Saturday matinee, or Saturday evening). If you need to purchase tickets for another Show time, you will need to have someone do that for you as you will not get an advance number for ticket distribution for more than one Show. Regular sales will be by check only payable to LAPAC (cash will be accepted only at the sales event February 21). The Saturday Matinee will have an extended intermission to address mobility challenges. If wheelchair use is needed please note that at the time of ticket purchase to allow row/seat configurations. There will also be sign language interpreters. The deadline for ASL reservations is February 10. Reservations can be redeemed for Matinee ticket purchase between 8 am and 12 noon on the first day of sales in the Ballroom. To reserve, email caselton11@gmail.com, subject line “ASL interpreters,” or text 240-476-4549.


GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman January was an amazing month for the LALGA with the Solheim Cup. Congratulations to the winners. Everyone involved seemed to enjoy themselves at both the pairing party and the tournament. Kudos to Cheryl Coveleski and her committee — well done! We Care For Kids held its annual collection of collection of hygiene kits. A shout out to Nancy Zografos and her committee for their support of the kids in our communities. In addition, a special thank you to all the LALGA members who donated for these kits. Your endless support is always much appreciated. Nominations for the 2023-2024 Board are quickly approaching. The positions of Vice President and Treasurer, currently held by Dori Krogman and Lynne Abbott respectively will be up. If you are interested in one of these positions please give your name to either Kathy Reed, Rita Lee or Carol Williams by February 24. Voting will take place in the spring. Thank you for considering being a member of the Board. The LALGA Facebook page is a great way to find out information about the league. If you are not currently subscribed to the page please consider doing so. Just log in to Facebook and search LALGA. You may then ask to join. At the January board meeting handicaps were discussed. The following is a change to the bylaws. Players whose handicap is 40 or less are eligible to be members of the LALGA. Maximum course handicap is 36. Members whose handicap is more than 36 may play in all LALGA events but must assume a 36 handicap. If there are any questions about this change please see a board member. The Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following Gold Sponsors for their support: A+ Realty, Amerity Financial, Bunting, Tripp & Ingley, Butz, George W. DDS, Century 21, Chain of Lakes Refrig. & Air Cond, Country Boy Pest Control, Cuttin’ Up Salon, D & D Home Repairs, Dyer Auto, Walter Enriquez Lawn Service, Forni Dental, Garden Nails & Spa, Lake Ashton Realty, Lake Wales Chrysler & Dodge Mannix Pools, Millers Central Air, Payzac Precision, Polk Periodontics, Pool Service by Law, Red Hoagland Hyundai, Rightway Landscaping, Shutters & Shades, South State Bank, Tessier Law Firm, The Twisted Prop, Wells Fargo and Winter Haven Honda. If you are in need of any of the services they offer please support them. To date, the Red Hoagland Challenge leaders are “T” Utting - $146.75, Beverly Hines - $144; Kathy Ryan - $132.25 and Joanne McKinley - $114.25. Congratulations ladies! See you on the course. Have a great month. 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 28

LAMGA By David Kubissa The LA Men’s Golf Association kicked off another season of league play on January 4 with more than 140 golfers signed up to play and even more joining as this article goes to press. Despite a couple of chilly and foggy mornings, the 2023 season has jumped off to a hot start with more creative games to come in February. This will be another year of the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge. Last year’s winners, announced in late December, were in order of finish: 1. Jim Simpson; 2. Donn Yasz; 3. Paul Panone; 4. Dan Baun. They won gift certificates to the Pro Shop, all donated by Red Hoagland Hyundai. As the new season unfolded in January, the LAMGA Board of Directors plunged headlong into planning mode for the 2023 LAMGA Member-Guest Tournament, taking place from March 9 – 11. Much of the work in the early stages involves not only tournament logistics but also ensuring sponsor support. Last month’s article saluted major sponsors, such as Red Hoagland Hyundai, that have generously supported the tournament in the past. This month we want to acknowledge a few more auto dealerships: Hill Nissan; Lakes Wales Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Ridge Quality Motors; and Winter Haven Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram. Look for more Member-Guest sponsors in this monthly article throughout the year, and keep them in mind when shopping locally for goods and services. For a full sponsor list, check out the LAMGA website, Lake Ashton Living and Talk of Lake Ashton. LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt There’s lots of golf happening in February here at Lake Ashton. SAVE THE DATES: February 2-3 Couples Club Championship, and February 20-21 Niners Pick Your Partner Ringer with lunch. Looks to be a super fun time. Let’s see if we can get enough ladies signed up for the Ringer to play the entire course that day! Despite the rain delay and cooler weather on Day Two, the LA Ringer Tournament in January was great. Would love to see more Niners sign up and play. Rules, Rules, Rules - let’s talk about 90-degrees (not the temperature ladies, the GOLF rule). It’s rather important for the fairway turf that you drive on the cart path or rough MORE than the fairway. So, the 90-degree rule was made to keep you OFF the fairways and more on the path. In winter, there are more golfers using the courses, and the grass can take a beating. So, do NOT drive your cart down the fairway to your ball. Please, drive down the cart path or rough towards your ball, then turn 90degrees towards it. We own the golf courses, so let’s take care of them. The Niners need you for Vice President or Treasurer to start after the winter season – any takers? Still have questions? Ready to join? Want to be on the Board? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info!

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CLUBS LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Becky Wilson The Pickleball Association is comprised of residents who enjoy Pickleball, from Beginners to Masters of the game! Residents are not required to join the Association in order to enjoy the courts. However, LAPA is a great way to connect with other players, enjoy the social part of being a member, and support LA Pickleball! Here are a few things LAPA does: • Supplies all balls for the courts • Plans and orchestrates various fun times with mixers and social gatherings for members • Represents its members and works with the HFC to help the court usage run smoothly • Purchases needed and desired items (benches, storage unit, additional wind screens, paddles that are available for use by beginner players, bulletin board, etc.) when the HFC does not have available funds • Membership gives eligibility to try out and play on League Teams. The fees are paid by LAPA and not the individual players. These Leagues are representative of Lake Ashton in numerous neighboring communities. They are also fun to come out and watch! Those are just some of the benefits of joining LAPA! If you have any questions, please email lakeashtonpickleball@gmail.com. If you would like to join, fill out a short membership form at the Clubhouse, and pay your dues (check only) — which are quite reasonable! Membership is $10 per person per year, or $25 per person for three years. Membership dues run from October 1 through September 30. The Bulletin Board outside the court fence has a calendar of playing times. Come on by and take a look! Hopefully this have given you a little insight into Lake Ashton Pickleball Association! WHAT IS THE LA SWIM CLUB? By Sandy White A lady at the indoor pool recently confessed she didn't know what the Swim Club does, so the start of a new year sounds like a good time to share this information with LA neighbors. Almost four years ago, several fitness swimmers commented that they were bored just doing the same old laps and didn't like swimming alone. So, they put their heads together and formed the LA Swim Club with the goal of working out together 2-3 times a week. The HFC Manager agreed to reserve the pool and we some swim workout equipment was donated. Not long after getting organized, it was discovered that swimmers at other 55+ communities participated in one or more of the (now) 31-year-old Florida Senior Games age group swimming competitions. These multi-sport events take place throughout the year in 21 regions, one of which is our Polk Co. Senior Games. The regional games also serve as qualifiers for the state senior swimming championships each December. So, now the club has morphed into two overlapping groups: a fitness group that does a printed general workout, and a senior games competitive group. Both swim under the guidance of an experienced swim coach. As a result, a number of swimmers have competed in regional swim meets, and a few have qualified and participated in the state championships, and even the national games. All have come home with personal satisfaction, and most have brought home medals, which are awarded by age group to the top three females & top three males in each of 14 events. In addition to swimming, there are usually one or more club socials. Anyone who can swim at least two lengths of the pool and would like to use swimming to improve their fitness or aim for the senior games is welcome to join our club and workout with us (Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am). For more information, contact volunteer coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com.

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BOOK CLUB By Gary Winfrey All Lake Ashton residents are invited by the Tuesday Evening Book Club to a Zoom presentation February 7 at 2:30 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema by guest author Ward R. Anderson about his book ESCAPE FROM UKRAINE: One Man’s Journey to the Black Sea. Mr. Anderson wrote Escape from Ukraine to protest the 2014 invasion of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Completed in 2020, it was updated and republished after the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. After graduating from Bucknell University with a B.A. in History, Mr. Anderson flew fighter/attack aircraft from the U.S.S. Ranger. As a Naval Reservist, his NATO deployments in the 1980s along the Iron Curtain furthered his understanding of the vulnerability of free border countries. Anderson lives in Annapolis, Maryland, and as a seasonal visitor to the Keys, he is a member of the Key West Writer's Guild. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock photographing reptiles and amphibians. After the talk, attendees went outside and enjoyed taking pictures of his animals placed in natural looking environments. Members enjoyed a good learning experience and as well as interacting with the animals. Plans are under way for additional guest speakers and club outings for the balance of the season. Members are busy preparing their entries for the 15th annual LA Fine Arts & Photography Show to be held on March 11. The next meeting will be held on February 13 at 10:30 am in the Cinema. Lake Ashton residents are always welcome. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Garden Club met briefly on January 11 in the Pavilion. A quick meeting was held and a train of carts made their way to Dave Marsh’s lush de s e r t ga rden . The Garden Club members thank Dave for the opportunity to ask questions and provide a number of samples for members to propagate. Dave doesn’t mind “drive- by’s.” Take a peek on Strathmore. The next Garden Club meeting is Thursday, February 9 at 10 am in the Pavilion. The Club will meet the 2nd Thursday of the month until May to accommodate more members. Our guest speaker will be Gene, the barefoot gardener. The topic will be caring for those holiday poinsettias. Please don’t hesitate to join in. No experience needed. PARTICIPANTS WANTED! Hand & Foot Mondays at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room and Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room In January the Camera Club was invited to the Lake Region Audubon facility by its president, Reinier Munguia. He gave a great presentation on Mexican Train Dominoes Fridays from 6 to 9 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. All are welcome to join! Contact Niru Jain at 863-855-0075.

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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 January, several new members were welcomed, and the group discussed future lunches and dinners. Also, Athene Engel was thanked for arranging the lunch at the Jacaranda Hotel (pictured). The Single Mingle held on the third Thursday of the month will be held in the Pavilion at 4 pm. A thank you letter from the Senior Orphans was read expressing their gratitude for the gifts that were given to them by the group. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on February 5. LA ITALIAN CLUB POTLUCK By Susie Escoda Italian-Americans of Lake Ashton are invited to the Italian Club Potluck on February 16 at 6 pm at the HFC. Bring a dish to share and $2 to cover expenses. Come gather to get to know each ot he r, have some f un , and make new friends. Please call Susie Escoda at 863-206-6566 with any questions. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting February 2 via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The February speaker is Tom Phillips, Executive Director of the Citrus Connection, which oversees mass transit in Polk County. Tom will speak about what is currently going on and what is planned for the future regarding transportation in this area. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet February 22 at the Clubhouse. Check-in and social time starts at 3:30 pm and the meeting begins at 4. Members and their guests are welcome. For more information, contact Brenda at 813 -313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. LASSO SHUFFLEBOARD RECREATION LEAGUE Join the Lake Ashton Supporters of Special Olympians (LASSO) for shuffleboard Fridays, February 3 — 24 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Lake Ashton Shuffleboard Courts. There will be an End-ofSeason Cookout March 3 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Lake Ashton Pavilion.

TUESDAY PARTY By George Rogers Winners for December and January sessions with some notable scores: Dec. 13: John Sammons, Chris Verges, Judy Marine, and George Rogers. Dec. 20: John Sammons (with an amazing 5,120 points in a Chicago scored 24 hands), Marge Kniat (3,720), Howard Mayne, and Judy Marine. Dec. 27: Jeannine Connors, Char Walters, Liz Leigh, and Pat Sammons. Jan. 3: John Sammons, Jeannine Connors, Howard Mayne, and Janis Vasquenza. Jan. 10: Marge Kniat (with an amazing 4,470 points in 24 hands), Mafie Walker, Dee Mayne, and Jeannine Connors. Party Bridge is open to all levels of bridge players. There are open, friendly discussions of played hands so everyone has a chance to improve their play, or to merely gossip. Please call or message George Rogers if you wish to be signed up to play Tuesdays at 1:45 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Advance sign up is encouraged using the duplicate bridge notebook on the Clubhouse Information Wall. A partner is required. For assistance finding a partner or for more information, please contact Don Fuller at Dfuller627@yahoo.com. Dec. 19, North/South: 1st Marian Oshinsky & Jane Gibbons, 2nd George Rogers & Ralph Ritter, 3rd Don Fuller & Jim Ford, East/West: 1st Keith Stevens & Barb Cassidy, 2nd Chris Verges & Jeannine Connors, 3rd Sonny Robinson and Pat Foster Jan. 2, North/South: 1st Jim Ford & Don Fuller, 2nd Judy Robertson & Dana Cunningham, 3rd Roger Nelson & Marion Nelson, East/West: 1st Keith Stevens & Barb Cassidy, 2nd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine, 3rd Chris Verges & Jeannine Connors Jan. 9: North/South: 1st Sonny Robinson & Dana Cunningham, 2nd Barb Cassidy & Keith Stevens, 3rd Marian Oshinsky & Chris Verges, East/West: 1st Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek, 2nd John Sammons & Pat Sammons, 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming

LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Next Meeting: February 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom, near the stage. You are invited to come check the group out. There are several activities and fundraisers scheduled for 2023. Proceeds for these events benefit a designated Veterans Charity. The first event of the year is the Girl Scout Cookie Drive for the Troops. Last year the group raised money to purchase more than 300 boxes of GS Cookies for men and women in uniform. The Girl Scouts will be making a very special presentation to LAVA Auxiliary and LAVA to acknowledge this support. In addition, the Girl Scouts will be collecting money for the troops to receive cookies this year, and attendees will also be able to purchase cookies for personal use … it should be a YUM, YUM meeting! MR. LAKE ASHTON IS BACK! The fundraiser will be held on April 15 and a few good men are sought to be contestants! Funds raised will go to the Veteran Equine program. Sign up sheets can be found at the Clubhouse and HFC Activities Desks. This event sold out when it was held pre-Covid, and the same is anticipated this year. It is a lot of fun for all! It’s also never too soon to mark your calendar for the Craft Fair which will be held again in October. Both the Clubhouse and HFC have the vendor applications. Stop by and pick one up. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join the Club for an enjoyable and productive work session while looking for ancestors. Bring your laptop/tablet (or use one of the computers in the media center) and delve into the online records to look for that long lost great grandfather or try to knock down that "brick wall". Some members of the group will be there to help and coach you if you need it. The Cub meets Wednesday, February 8 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come and take advantage of the group’s expertise. For more information, call Jane at 815-545-6655. Time sure flies when you're having such a good time. It’s so hard to believe that the first month of 2023 is already history. The LA Rocker community spent this past month returning to the regular schedule of meetings/classes every other week. One of those sessions was devoted to a much requested dotting class where members learned to make snowflakes. Leadership is so grateful to have such a talented group of members, each ready and willing to share their expertise with the rest. It is always fun to try something new. If you haven't yet done so, definitely think about joining. You don't need to know how to draw or paint. All you need is the desire to have a good time and make yourself and others happy. Newcomers are always welcome and will be lent the supplies needed for your first meeting. So if you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join the meetings on February 8 and 22. If a meeting has to be canceled, notification will be posted on the LA Rockers group page on FaceBook. Newcomers: PLEASE contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) before coming so that supplies can be prepared for you to use and be able to contact you if a meeting has to be canceled (not everyone is on Facebook). 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. Thank you to all the club, group, and organization facilitators who 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 view the calendar inserts in this issue for a list of recurring activities held at the Clubhouse and HFC.

MIND&BODY CAREGIVER SUPPORT An all-encompassing Caregiver Support Group facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association will be held on February 21 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Conference Room. This group is for Caregivers and Care partners of people living with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, Cancer, and Diabetes. People who are living with the disease are welcome to attend with their care partner. This support group is conducted by trained facilitators and is a safe place for everyone to develop a support system. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. SKIN CANCER SEMINAR & DINNER Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with millions of cases diagnosed each year. Nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma every day, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer. If detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. This is why you should not wait. Residents are invited to join a group of dermatology providers for a free dinner and seminar on February 7 at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom to learn everything you should know about prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by February 3. UPCOMING HEALTH SEMINARS AT THE HFC • Understanding Skin Lesions February 7 at 1:30 pm • Osteoarthritis of the Knee February 8 at 2 pm Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held every Saturday at 3 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com

LA SOCIAL TENNIS By Debbie Grabb Social Tennis is played from 8 to 10:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Just show up at the HFC or Clubhouse courts with your tennis racquet; tennis balls provided. No dues, just bring a can of tennis balls once a month. If you have questions, contact Debbie Grabb at 863-324-0600. There is a ball machine stored at the Clubhouse courts; to use, please contact Phil Hines at 863-294-8884. YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815) Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays at 11 am in HFC Sports Court. Yoga positions are shown for every level including first time practicers. Participants are encouraged to honor their bodies at all times. Practiced regularly, yoga improves posture, balance, flexibility, anxiety, stress, and provides a host of other benefits. Chair yoga will be offered if requested. COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom Beginners Plus: Tuesdays at 8 pm, Thursdays at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom HAPPY HOUR DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (305-725-4946) Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm with a glass of ? afterwards (BYOB). Meet at the HFC Sports Court for lots of fun and energy. No need for previous dance experience or to be in attendance weekly. IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Thursdays at 1 pm in the HFC Community Center LA STEPPERS Certified Instructor: LA Resident Sue Fitzgerald The popular fitness class from the 90s is also popular here in Lake Ashton, and will continue Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm in the HFC Community Center. Prior to class there will be a refresher of basic steps. Participants must bring their own step. There is no charge for this class. Contact Sue at 904-566-2846 with any questions. TAP JAMMERS Facilitator: Julie Bombard A fun group of tappers who gather weekly on Fridays at 10 am at the Clubhouse Stage to practice steps and combinations. If you tap or have tapped in the past and have knowledge of tap dance, come join the fun! Classes are free. These classes are not intended for the beginning tapper. For more information, contact Julie at jbombard73@gmail.com. LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - FOX TROT Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (Certified DVIDA instructor — 863.875.6728) Mondays in February from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Room. FREE! No Partner needed! MAH JONGG By Myrna Soberman Looking for Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience to join this group every Wednesday afternoon at the HFC from 2 to 4 pm. For more information, please contact myrnaandsteve@gmail.com.

FUSED GLASS CLASSES BEYOND THE BASICS: Four Thursdays — February 9, 16, 23, and March 2 from 9 am to 12 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Cost is $100 and includes all four classes, which must be paid in advance to Jill Groves, 6305 Pinehurst Loop, Winter Haven 33884. Jill will prepare new experiences & techniques each week, building on the last. You will come away with at least four finished projects. Basics of Wire-Wrapping: February 24, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Cost $20, paid at the class. Pre-registration required at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Use wire to wrap your favorite shell or pendant. Bring your own or some will be provided. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr February 11 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Snowfall Magic $35, payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on February 10. WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Instructor: Freddie Combs Subject matter will be still life, florals and beach related items. Sessions are February 10, and March 10 from 9 am - 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Those attending should arrive at least 15 42 minutes prior to class start time to allow time for prep work before class begins. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. All new students should contact the artist at 864-307-1244. A sign-up sheet will be at the HFC Activities Desk. WINE GLASS PAINTING Create a beautiful custom wine glass, hand-painted by you! For $35, each painter will receive step-bystep instructions to create two permanent, washable, and beautifully decorated wine glasses. The instructor will supply each painter with two wine glasses and all paints and brushes needed on February 10 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Stop by the Activities Office with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli to reserve your spot. CREATE A CARD Please join the group on February 15 to create your own lovely greeting cards. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Cost is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join the group for some creative fun! Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Carmen is coming back with another fun, creative craft to decorate your home, pizza pan door hangers! Yes, you read that right, you will be using a pizza pan (provided) to make a simple yet cute welcome sign for your door. Join in on the crafting fun on March 30 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. All supplies and instruction will be included for $10. Sign up with a check payable to LACDD, Visa, or MasterCard at the Clubhouse Activities Office.

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