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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