L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter June 2024 Simply the Best! Lake Ashton's first Juneteenth Celebration will be held June 21 soul food music speakers Vendors see p. 22 funds raised will benefit local schoolchildren pictured: opal lee, the grandmother of juneteenth 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

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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

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

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.

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


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

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

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.


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


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


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. 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.

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

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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

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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

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

SUMMER LOCALS CONCERT SERIES Clubhouse & HFC Jam out to these rad local bands with your friends & neighbors! 7 TO 10 PM JUNE 7 BIG TIME JUKEBOX JULY 26 HWY 41 AUGUST 30 RUSTY WRIGHT BAND SEPTEMBER 6 EKLECTIK HAZE JUNE 14 BAD HABIT AUGUST 9 TWO SMOOTH AUGUST 23 GOOD STUFF Activities Desks. Clubhouse tickets Purchase at corresponding $15 Tickets: CLUB HOUSE HFC

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