L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter March 2022 Simply the Best! “ "Creativity takes courage." – Henri Matisse DON'T MISS THE 14th ANNUAL FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW MARCH 19 IN THE BALLROOM! see p. 25 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 April Issue Deadline: March 14 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length and clarity • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill - Edward Pagano, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 MARCH 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237

MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom with your friends and neighbors. Bring $2 for coffee and donuts! MARCH 7 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: Neighborhood Watch Forum with City of Lake Wales and City of Winter Haven Chiefs of Police Featured Speaker: Matthew Simpson - Edward Jones MARCH 14 Bite Me Monday Featured Speaker: Neighborhood Watch Presents Sheriff Grady Judd Featured Vendor: Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group MARCH 21 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD Meeting Peanut Butter Monday - donations can be dropped off to the Ballroom Kitchen MARCH 28 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: Homeless Graduating Seniors Featured Speaker: Powur Energy LA WOODWORKERS KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors that need sharpening to the Wood Shop (located near the construction office/RV storage area off Dunmore Dr.) March 7 between 8:30 and 10 am. Please wrap in newspaper and identify with your name and telephone number. Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising project. IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 SAFETY 20 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 GOLF 28 CLUBS 32 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, March 18, 2022 9 am — HFC LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, March 21 9:30 am — Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMM I S S I O N MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St. Bartow

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HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday — Saturday 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: SPRING FOWARD MARCH 13. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed (some electronic devices such as smartphones and iPads make this change automatically). This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: March 9 and 23 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS will be in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 1 to 3 pm 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE March 9 & 23, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 pm) 6 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social will be held on March 11 at 2 pm at the HFC. Please sign up at either Activities Desk, or on the online signup form sent out via email blast. Thank you to The Garden Club and Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, for their donation of the hedges that were recently planted around the Clubhouse Dog Park. This area looks a little more beautiful because of their generosity. MARCH’S EVENTS St. Patrick’s Day Special Thursday, March 17th Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner $16.99 per person Prime Rib Dinner Friday, March 11th Weekly Entertainment Includes: March 6th - Sunday Funday with Quittin Time 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 13th - Sunday Funday with Jim Foy 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 20th - Sunday Funday with Carlos & Company - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. March 27th - Sunday Funday - TBD 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Join us the 1st Sunday of the Month for our Brunch Buffet - $18.99 per person For Reservations Visit or Call: www.ashtontapandgrill.com or (863) 324-5810

LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director On March 20, it will officially be Spring at Lake Ashton! This is a time for beautiful flowers blooming, cute baby animals, and lots of guests in the community! Staff loves to see residents showing guests the amazing amenities at Lake Ashton and it is even more enjoyable to meet their family and friends, especially the little ones! While this is the busiest time of year for everyone at Lake Ashton, be sure to take time out to "smell the flowers" and enjoy your community. There is a plethora of things to do at Lake Ashton and staff is here to help. Be sure to stop by the Activities Desk to see what fun things are planned for the month! With many new residents moving in this is a good time for seasoned residents to show new residents how to enjoy everything Lake Ashton has to offer. Invite a new resident to enjoy a meal at Ashton Tap and Grill or have a drink by the pool. Suggest that they come to a special event, fitness class, a movie in the Cinema, or a game of bowling. Book a tee time and enjoy the beautiful Lake Ashton golf courses with a new neighbor. Whatever it is, help a new resident feel happy and accepted in their new community by being friendly and welcoming. Remember, a good way to start a new relationship is by having an open heart, mind, and arms. Many projects are being worked on in and around the Clubhouse. Ashton Tap and Grill has received a new paint job and the acoustic panels are in the process of being recovered and will be installed soon. The column caps along Thompson Nursery Road have been pressure washed and will painted soon. A new pool lift has been installed at the Outdoor Pool and stop bars have been repainted at the intersection of Mulligan Drive and Dunmore Drive and the intersection of Lake Ashton Blvd and Ashton Club Drive. Supervisors and Staff will be working on planning for the 2023 fiscal year budget soon. Any suggested projects or budget considerations can be sent to cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Staff is also working on a special project that will involve the entire community in adding to the beauty of the Clubhouse. Stay tuned for more details in the April LA Times. Ashton Tap and Grill has a new Pool/Bar menu in addition to new lunch and dinner menus. Stop by to taste some of the new menu options or enjoy some best sellers. More details to be released via email blast. If you do not currently receive news blasts, email valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com March is also when the community is at peak population. During this time, be aware of extra vehicles, golf carts, and pedestrians on the roads. Road safety is important for all drivers of vehicles including golf carts. Please remember the speed limit throughout the community is 20 mph and all vehicles, bicycles, and golf carts should come to a complete stop at all stop signs. 8 Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget, Finance, Reserve Study 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com

HOMELESS GRADUATING SENI By Dor Can you world with COVID?! also still school seniors who are ready to graduate this year who are dealing with homelessness on top of everything else. These are graduates who hope to attend Polk State College in the fall, but as they graduate their support ceases until they attend school in the fall. You can help with any size donation, small or big — gift cards, cash, and checks payable to Polk County Public Schools will be both the Clubhouse and HFC Activities Attend the presentation by Vicki Grif Polk County schools accounting office Coffee on March 28. Call Doris at 217-652-6636 with any questions. POOL AND SPA FRIENDLY REMINDERS Re s i de n t s , p l e a s e be tolerant of extra activity at the pool and other amenities. Those hosting family should remind them to be considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. It is helpful if a resident accompanies their guests at any of the amenities. Please shower before entering Lake Ashton pools or spas. Only those aged 13 years and older should enjoy the spas. Do not eat or drink while in the pool or spa, including sitting on the side of pool or spa. Florida health codes do not allow for any beverages (even bottled water) to be in the wet pool deck (the 4” perimeter around the entire pool and spa). PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ASHTON TAP & GRILL HOLDS THE LIQUOR LICENSE TO SERVE AND SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT THE CLUBHOUSE, WHICH MEANS NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CAN BE B R O U G H T I N T O T H E C L U B H O U S E , RESTAURANT, RESTAURANT PATIO, OR POOL AREA. Enjoy Your Stay! ASHTON? VISITING LAKE LAKE ASHTON? Anyone using amenities at the Clubhouse or HFC should have a Lake Ashton Resident Identification card or facilities Guest Pass. Please visit either Activities Desk for more information. At least one guest 18+ must accompany the resident in order to register. • Golf carts only be driven by those 14 years and up in Lake Wales, and 16 and up in Winter Haven. • Fishing is permitted but anyone over 16 years of age must have a valid Florida fishing license (exemptions listed on myfwc.com), and there is a catch and release policy for District-owned lake/ retention ponds. WILDLIFE ALERT: WATCH FOR ALLIGATORS Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Those who live near lakes and ponds should expect to see alligators from time to time but they should never be fed or approached. If you see an alligator: • Always give these reptiles a respectful distance -- at least 10 feet -- and always leave them alone • If you encounter an alligator outside its natural habitat, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 1-866FWC-GATOR (392-4286). • Alligators are nocturnal animals, more active during the night. After dark, avoid fresh and brackish bodies of water, though alligators sometimes lurk in salt water. Unprovoked bites will often occur at the edge of the water. • Never feed alligators; it encourages them to lose their natural fear of people. • Small children and small animals like pets are generally more at risk than large adults. • Female alligators protect their nests by hissing and opening their mouths; this does not mean they are preparing to attack. • Alligators under 4 feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. As long as residents have a healthy respect for wildlife, including alligators, there are opportunities to live and let live. 9

LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director March ushers in spring for all of us Floridians and after the relatively cool temperatures we had in February most of us will welcome the consistently warmer weather. We’re excited to announce new programming to Lake Ashton residents at the HFC. The Cardio Kickboxing classes, the new Bible Study classes, and the expanded beginner watercolor classes are in full swing. The themed parties and Karaoke parties will continue as well. Our exercise classes, water sports, crafting groups, gamers and dance classes are going strong also. February saw new flooring being installed in the Sports Court, Racquetball Court and Fitness Center. The inconvenience was minimal, and residents are certainly enjoying the new floors! With the new basketballs purchased, Monday night basketball could take on new expectations! The dart boards are sporting new darts and the billiard cues have new rack holders as well. The Ping Pong players are enjoying their new table weekly also. The pool area will be taking on a more tropical look soon, as the Lake Ashton Garden Club is providing the knowledge, plants and TLC to care for and maintain plants in that area. The staff is excited to be working with these fine ladies and we can all appreciate their expertise and time donated. If you see them in the HFC, please don’t forget to thank them for their efforts. There will be a newsletter article highlighting them coming up very soon in the LA Connection. The Sawgrass Cart path is completed as is all the irrigation repairs in the common areas. The bathroom on hole # 6 west, should be totally completed by the time this newsletter goes to print. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Dermatology services are coming to the HFC parking lot on a regular basis as of last month. This is quite a sophisticated operation with 3 private exam rooms available to residents including some aesthetic procedures available as well as the normal screenings, etc. As you can see from this partial listing of projects, the LA II CDD Board and staff are working very hard to provide the very best for our residents. Check out our calendar insert or phone the HFC Activities Desk at 863-595-1562. New residents…don’t forget to sign up for the New Resident Social at the HFC on Friday, March 11th at 2 PM. Learn from our leaders at Lake Ashton while you enjoy refreshments and meet good neighbors. See you there! Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm, 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman - Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation Office Hours: Mondays from 1 to 3 pm, 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Planning 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary - Public Works, Special Projects Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Transportation System, Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 10

GAME ROOM REMINDERS With card tables, poker tables, and billiard tables available for use in the Game Room, anyone booking a reservation in the Clubhouse Game Room should be aware that the room will be available for multiple activities at the same time. For example, if someone has reserved the room to play cards or conduct a meeting, the room will still be available for open play on the billiards tables. If this does not match your needs staff will try their hardest to find a room that will be better suited for what you require. Please contact Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director with any questions or concerns at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! When Is the Best Time to Go Fishing? According to almanac.com, the best times to fish are when the fish LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon (when tides are higher than average). They have also identified March 2-18 as the best days to fish in March, although the avid fisherman (or woman) would say the best day to go fishing is any day ending in the letter "y". Show off your catch! Have someone snap a pic of you or take a selfie with your fish caught in any ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight). Remember, any fish caught in Lake Ashton are catch and release. 2022 HOMELESS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OF POLK COUNTY By Doris Reisinger Ey Decor! Right now so many high school seniors are looking forward to that final day of high school. “What college am I going to?” “What career will I choose?” Or, “Where do I sleep Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 12 tonight and where will my next meal come from — I have to get a job!” That is a desperate feeling for unattended homeless graduating seniors. Your donations of money or gift cards can help out with that helpless feeling — any amount. There also will be a CONGRATULATIONS banner in the Clubhouse to sign with your good wishes. (No donations necessary). Plan on attending Vickie Griffiths presentation, who heads this program for Polk County Schools, on March 28 at Monday Coffee. Drop any donations at either Activities Desk or contact Doris at miker0343@yahoo.com or 217-652-6636.


JOINT AMENITY FACI L ITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Each month an excerpt from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy will be featured in the LA Times. The full Joint Amenity Facilities Policy can be f o u n d a t l a k e a s h t o n c d d . c o m o r lakeashton2cdd.com under "Additional District Documents". Questions regarding these policies can be directed to LACDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LAIICDD Community Director Mary Bosman, (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com). HOURS: Hours of operation, including holiday schedules, for Amenities Facilities are established and published by the Amenity Manager(s), and such hours are subject to change at the discretion of the Amenity Manager. EMERGENCIES: After contacting 911 (if required), all emergencies and injuries must be reported to the gate attendant service (Thompson Nursery Road phone number 863 - 324 - 7290 , CR 653 phone numbe r 863-318-0237) or Amenity Manager (phone number Clubhouse 863-324-5457 or Community Center 863-595-1562) and to the office of the District Manager (phone number 407-841-5524). If immediate attention to the facilities is required and the Amenity Manager is not present, please contact one of the gate attendants employed by the District. SIGNAGE: All Political Issue and Commercial Purpose signs outside Amenity Facility buildings are strictly prohibited. All other signs need the approval of an Amenity Manager. GOLF CARTS: 1. Golf Cart operations within the Districts shall abide by all applicable provisions of this Policy, Florida Statutes, as amended, and local ordinances and regulations, including, but not limited to, compliance with Chapters 316 and 320, Florida Statutes, all traffic control devices, local traffic laws, and the City of Winter Haven’s Ordinance Sec. 18-155. 2. All Golf Carts used on or within the Amenities, including but not limited to the Golf Course and the Pathways/Bridges, must be registered at LAII $7,495 995 14

CDD’s Health and Fitness Center. Registration includes acknowledgement of these Policies, including specifically but not limited to this Section X. - GOLF CARTS and Section XII. (USE AT OWN RISK; INDEMNIFICATION) and displaying the appropriate Golf Cart decal when operating a Golf Cart within or on the Amenities. If the decal is not properly displayed, the Golf Cart operator will be asked to leave the Amenity. 3. Safety Recommendations: the Districts recommends all owners and/or operators of Golf Carts used on or within the Amenities abide by the following safety recommendations: i. Use extreme caution when traveling on Pathways/Bridges, especially if within the Golf Course when golf is being played; ii. The Districts recommend Golf Cart owners obtain liability insurance insuring against personal injury and damage to property with limits of at least $300,000; iii. Equip Golf Cart with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear. iv. Regularly check Golf Cart for safe operation of brakes, lights, steering, turn signals, and tires. v. Make sure batteries are charged to good operating levels. vi. When passing or approaching another Golf Cart on a path, one Golf Cart should move to the side toward the Amenity property to allow the other cart to pass. Under no circumstances should passing Golf Carts drive onto private property. vii. Passengers and drivers should keep all body parts inside the Golf Cart while it is in motion; viii. Passengers should have both feet planted firmly on the floor while the Golf Cart is moving; ix. Passengers should sit with their right hip against the right arm of the seat; x. Passengers should be aware of traffic conditions. A sharp, unexpected turn can throw a rider from the Golf Cart. On turns and fast straightaways, passengers should use their right hand to grasp the right arm of the seat. ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com and click on ‘BUILD YOUR OWN’ button to built your own ONWARD! ★★★ WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ★★★ WE SERVICE ALL MAKES Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT ★ 863-439-5431 Free Pickup and Delivery for Lake Ashton Residents Only 29630 U.S. Hwy. 27 • Dundee, FL 33838 • artsgolfcars@aol.com FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1987 Sales and Service • 863-439-5431 Owner Art Hobson 15 0% Financing for 48 Months AUTHORIZED DEALER NEW 2022 CARS NEW 2022 CARS

Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer Hooded Mergansers are a fairly common winter resident of Lake Ashton. Small flocks can be seen fishing on the retention ponds of the West Course. They dive for and enjoy the fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects the retention ponds have to offer. The male is breathtaking in its garb that rivals even the Wood Duck. With a large white fan-shaped head patch it is a species that does not go unnoticed. The drake raises its crest when it wants to impress the ladies. The females and juveniles sport the same shape and are brownish overall. These are diving ducks in the Merganser family. All Mergansers are diving ducks that have long, thin, serrated bills to help them catch their prey. North America has three Merganser species and Lake Ashton is fortunate to have the smallest and perhaps most beautiful of these three, the Hoodies at Lake Ashton each winter. LIVING WITH WILDLIFE There are many types of wildlife at Lake Ashton. During the spring many young animals, including sandhill cranes (also called colts), are seen roaming around Lake Ashton. At times residents may see a baby on its own and think it has been orphaned by its parents. Generally, if you find a baby animal it is best to leave it alone. Rarely are animals actually orphaned; the parent may be searching for food or observing its young from a distance. Do not pick up baby animals or remove them from their natural environment. Instead, report wildlife you think may be injured or orphaned to the nearest FWC Regional Office at 863-648-3200. Removing the baby could be dangerous for the baby as well as the person removing. Reference https:// myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/ injured-orphaned/ While some residents may think it is innocent to throw some pieces of old bread in their back yard to feed the birds or maybe in a pond to feed the ducks; it is illegal to feed wildlife and can create an unfavorable situation. Species with rules related to feeding include bears, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, pelicans, alligators, crocodiles, and sandhill cranes. Feeding wildlife can reduce their fear of humans which may result in aggression and the need for the animal to be removed or killed in order to protect public safety. Why is feeding cranes prohibited? • Cranes fed by humans can become aggressive toward people. In several instances, children have been attacked by cranes. • Cranes also have been known to damage window screens and do other property damage such as scratching at windows. • Cranes attracted to people's yards for feed are put at risk as they walk across roads. Many sandhill cranes are killed each year on Florida roads. • The cranes' diets, which normally are quite diverse, are disrupted when they eat one food item (such as corn), consistently. • Heavy pesticide use in urban lawns also is of concern. Young sandhill cranes have died from pesticide poisoning. 16 People may inadvertently put sandhill cranes at risk when they attract them with feed. This includes accidental feeding, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground below. In 2002, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made it illegal to intentionally feed sandhill cranes (Florida Administrative Code 68A-4.001(6)). It's never a good idea to feed wildlife. Florida sandhill cranes have an abundance of natural foods (insects and small animals) and they do not need handouts from humans. Reference https://myfwc.com/ conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/sandhillcranes/

WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 17 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN

AQUATIC EDUCATION CORNER Why does my pond smell? The bad odor you notice typically comes from one of three sources: rotting organic matter, water turnover or certain types of algae. Ponds with stagnant, poorly oxygenated water develop into temperature layers. Decaying organic matter settles on the bottom of the pond where there is little oxygen, thus slowing the breakdown process and producing odor. Windy cooler weather or heavy rain storms can cause a pond to mix, which brings the bad water to the surface. MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOR THE CITY OF LAKE WALES APRI L 5 The Regular Municipal Election for the City of Lake Wales will be held Tuesday, April 5. Voter registration deadline is March 7. There are two seats up for election: Seat 1, At-Large currently held by Mayor Eugene Fultz and Seat 4, District 27 currently held by Jack Hilligoss. Lake Ashton residents living in Lake Wales can vote in person in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Election Day or contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863.534.5888 to request an absentee ballot. The polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. To find out more, please contact the City of Lake Wales City Clerk at 863.678,4182, or visit polkelections.com for a sample ballot. Due to elections there will be no activities in the Ballroom and no movies shown on this day. The Activities Desk will remain open from 9 am - 5 pm. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 18 www.jimsfloordepot.com

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SAFETY CITIZEN’S ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol the streets. Come help be the eyes, ears, and presence for the Sheriff’s department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg 863-324-3541 (please leave a message). NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH FORUM AT MONDAY COFFEE By Fay Wood, NW Chief March will boast not just one, but two, very special safety presentations at Monday Coffee! The Neighborhood Watch Leadership Team will present what is happening in and out of Lake Ashton and throughout Lake Wales and Winter Haven on March 7 at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Special guests include the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs, CAP (Citizens Assisted Patrol) Team members, and other NW Partners. If you have specific questions to be answered, email them to fswperson@aol.com and these will become the questions of priority during the meeting. If time permits the Q&A will be opened to the audience.                                               Then, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will be the featured speaker at Monday Coffee on March 14! You won't want to miss these two special presentations — everyone is invited to attend and learn more about how to wor k together to keep this beautiful community safe and crime free all year long! All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. 20

MOVIES ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 The following films have all garnered nominations for the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After you catch up on viewing these nominees, don’t forget to attend Lake Ashton’s Oscars Watch Party on March 27 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! See page 27 for ticketing and more information. MARCH 1 — 3 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM (No 3 or 7 pm movies on March 1 and March 3) KING RICHARD 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 25min Richard Williams is an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. MARCH 8 — 10 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BEING THE RICARDOS 2021 | R | 2h 5min Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in this behind-the-scenes drama Being the Ricardos. A revealing glimpse of the couple's 22 22 complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers' room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom "I Love Lucy.” MARCH 15 — 17 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BELFAST 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 37min From writer-director Kenneth B r anagh come s t h i s s emi - autobiographical drama inspired by his childhood growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, amid the turbulence of the late 1960s and the time of the Troubles. Stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, and more. MARCH 22 — 24 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM HOUSE OF GUCCI 2021 | R | 2h 37min Inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a spiral of betrayal, decadence, and murder. Stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, and more. MARCH 29 — 31 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM WEST SIDE STORY 2021 | PG-13 | 2h 36min A star-studded creative team — i n c l ud i ng d i r e c t o r S t e v en Spielberg — puts a fresh spin on the timeless tale of ill-fated lovers Maria and Tony, set among rival teenage street gangs in 1950s New York City.

MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CC), 3 PM, & 7 PM MARCH 4 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM NIGHTMARE ALLEY 2021 | R | 2h 30min When charismatic but down-on-hisluck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. MARCH 11 11 AM (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWING) CODA 2021 | PG-13 | 1h 51min As the sole hearing person in her family, 17-year-old Ruby plays a vital role in keeping their fishing business afloat. But when she discovers a passion for singing, she's pulled in directions that may take her away from her parents and brother. MARCH 18 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH 2021 | R | 1h 45min Joel Coen's bold and fierce adaptation of "Macbeth," a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning stars Denzel Washington as the titular character and Frances McDormand as his cutthroat wife. 23 MARCH 25 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM ENCANTO 2022 | PG | 1h 30min Young Mirabel lives in a magical Colombian place known as an Encanto, which has given everyone in her clan a special power — except Mirabel. But when she learns the magic of Encanto is in jeopardy, she sets out to save her family and their home.

EVENTS 2022 QUILT SHOW By Marsha Martin What a wonderful turnout the Creative Quilters had for their quilt show. Over 300 people came through the Ballroom doors to enjoy the beautiful quilts and other items on display. Raffle tickets were on sale for a king size quilt made by JoAnne Malcolm and the response was fantastic! A whopping $1,113 was raised for the purchase of material for the Blankets of Love Lake Ashton (BOLLA). The winner, Tyrena, was from Tower Rock and had visited the show earlier in the day. Sew What, BOLLA, and The Art of Beading had displays set up which added more things for the people to enjoy. The Creative Quilters thank all the many volunteers who helped to set up the show and make it successful! Creative Quilters meets every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm at The HFC in the craft room. Call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087 for more info. BOLLA THANKS THE QUI LTER’ S GROUP By Pat Neaves The Quilt Show held last month was enjoyed by many residents. The quilt raffle raised over $1,000, all donated to buy material for Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton (BOLLA). This group also donates one Saturday every month creating blanket tops for BOLLA. Their support means so much to the children in Polk County. The BOLLA members are grateful for their help which reaches over 1,000 children every year. They are one reason Lake Ashton a special place to call home! 21ST BIRTHDAY WEEK The weeklong celebration in January commemorating the 21st birthday of Lake Ashton was an absolute blast! Pictured above is the Group Photo, as well as some of the residents who brought their own chairs down to the parking lot to enjoy music, games, concession stand snacks and drinks, and camaraderie. 24

THE 2022 ULTIMATE GOLF CART CHALLENGE 12 teams raced against each other while completing tasks along the way (just like TV’s Amazing Race). The winning team, “The Weakest Link,” finished the course in just under two hours. The top two teams won gift cards to Ashton Tap & Grill. Pictured at left are Sally Wright, Jerry Wright, John Barnes, and Mary Barnes, who made up the first place team, The Weakest Link. Norm Stebbins and Jan Stebbins, at right, of Stormin, took second place. 2022 FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW The 14th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will be on display in the Clubhouse Ballroom on March 19 from 12:30 to 4 pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. A big thank you to the show’s sponsors, The Tessier Law Firm, P.A., Snowbird Heating & Cooling, Inc., Boyett Family Dentistry, The Gallery & Frame Shop, Kevin Weltlin State Farm Agency, and Springer-Peterson. OSCARS WATCH PARTY So, you didn’t score an invite to this year’s Academy Awards, but you can get tickets for the exclusive Oscar’s Watch Party at the Clubhouse on March 27 at 7 pm! Walk the red carpet while getting photographed by the paparazzi, just like a true Hollywood star. Watch the glitz and glamour of your favorite actors and actresses on the big screen while and be sure to try out the event’s featured cocktail, The Red Carpet at the cash bar. Make your predictions of who will win the Oscar with ballots provided at your tables. Don’t worry about those commercial breaks, a star-studded cast of your very own friends and neighbors will be taking the stage to showcase their talents! And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without our very own Host, Marlon Nettleton! This is a night you surely won’t want to miss, stop by the Clubhouse Box Office (Activities Desk) on Wednesday, March 2 to get your free ticket to the Oscars Watch Party! MARCH MADNESS Stop by the HFC to check out the March Madness Cornhole Tournament March 4 at 9 am. Thanks to Weaver & Loveless Law for sponsoring this event. Prizes will be awarded: $75 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for third place. ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE Embrace your “inner green” March 18 at 7 pm & have a blast with friends & loved ones at the HFC! 25

RELAY FOR LIFE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars are selling luminary bags and tea lights for a minimum donation of $10 at both Activities Desks. Decorate the bag to remember a family member or friend you have lost to cancer or someone still fighting this disease. Return the bags to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk by March 14. Residents are invited to join the Walk for a Cure at 6 pm on March 18 in the Clubhouse West parking lot to walk around the pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. Any questions call David Harrison 863-326-6418. HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE Who doesn’t love happy hour and to add a little more fun to some karaoke? Come sing along to songs you and your friends enjoy, with your favorite DJ, Wayne Morse on March 25 at 7 pm at the HFC. PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish Community of Lake Ashton would like to extend an invitation to come and share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Friday, April 15 at 4:45 p.m. A wonderful menu of garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots and roasted potatoes will be served. Coffee and iced tea are included for only $22/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk no later than April 9. Make checks payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. TV TRIVIA Who said watching all that TV will do you no good? It could help you win at this month’s trivia night! Show how much you (and your teammates) know 26 from all that time in front of the tube at TV Trivia on April 27 at 6:30 pm. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. No more than eight people to a team. March is National Crafting Month! A resident crafter or crafting group will be highlighted throughout the month. Each crafter or group will host a class teaching how to make a specific craft. Take a look at the list below to see what exciting classes to sign up for at the Clubhouse Activities Desk! Prices include all the materials required to make the craft. Wednesday, March 2 at 10 am – Create beautiful handmade cards with resident crafter Donna Rorick for $10/person, limited to 24 people. Tuesday, March 15 at 10 am – Resident crafter Jill Groves will be teaching how to make gorgeous wire-wrapped creations for $10/person. Tuesday, March 22 at 10 am – Learn how to paint your own decorative rocks with the LA Rockers for $2/person. Wednesday, March 30 at 10 am – Make your own fashionable eyeglasses holder that can double as a necklace with The Art of Beading for $2/person.

2022 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES & FEATURED SHOW TICKET SALES Individual tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk while supplies last (one per resident). Individual Ticket Prices: 5 pm Regular $21 | Premium: $26 8 pm Regular $26 | Premium $31 each March 11: JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS PRESENT A ROCKABILLY HOEDOWN, featuring the early music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and other classic country hits. PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE — MARCH 30: BAD MOON RISING - A CCR TRIBUTE: Bad Moon Rising will take you back to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and their memorable songs encompassing roots, swamp, and blues Southern rock. Featured Shows — 7 pm Showtimes: Premium Tickets: $25 Regular Tickets: $20 April 14: KAZUAL will captivate your rhythmic senses by blending harmonious sound with their intoxicating vocals and dancing on April 14! April 22: Travel back in time to the ‘60s with the PAISLEY CRAZE FLOWER POWER SPRING SHOW, a five-piece band playing the hits of the decade. May 6: JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans with STARS & STRIPES, a stirring evening of patriotic music, comedy, performance and spectacle. TIME AFTER TIME By Karen Nelson The LA Community Showcase, TIME AFTER TIME, will have opening night on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm. The matinee is Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 pm and will have a longer intermission than the two evening shows. Closing night is Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm. Residents must bring their 2020 Catch & Release tickets to the Clubhouse Ballroom on the following dates to exchange for the same seats in 2022: March 1 from 10 am to noon, and March 2 — 4 starting at 9 am. Any 2020 tickets not exchanged by end of day on March 4 will be forfeited. Public ticket sales begin at 8 am on March 8 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. SAVE THE DATE: MAY 20: '80S PARTY IN THE CLUBHOUSE 27

GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman February was another successful month for the LAMGA. We had very strong participation from our members throughout the month. Membership is growing fast with 163 members as of this writing. You can still join the LAMGA at any time during the season by filling out an application and turning it in to the Pro Shop. At only $25 per year, the LAMGA offers different games with Pro Shop credit prizes each Wednesday and includes numerous special events and luncheons throughout the year. We are looking forward to an exciting March featuring the Member/Guest tournament, which is the highlight of our season, on March 10th, 11th and 12th. We want to send special thanks to our “super” sponsors: Art’s Carts; Amerity Financial – Burris Warner; Chris Bruser – Mutual of Omaha Reverse Mortgage Specialist; Red Hoagland Hyundai; and Snowbird Heating and Cooling. These great sponsors go over the top every year sponsoring special events at the tournament. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge Leader Board through the end of end of January is comprised of Brian Peck - $23.00; Pat O’Neal - $23.00; Bob Dupuis - $22.00; Doug Dudeck $19.60; and Bob Plummer - $19.50. The Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge is a 10 month contest, ending on October 31st. The top four money winners for the year will win $80, $60, $40 & $20, respectively in Pro Shop credits. Thanks to Red Hoagland Hyundai for sponsoring this very popular contest. March’s schedule is comprised of: March 2nd –Pick Your Partner, Best Gross and Best Net; March 9th – Individual Quota Points (Guests for Member-Guest Event are invited to play); March 10th thru 12th - Member-Guest Tournament; March 24th – Best 3 Nets; March 29th & 30th – LALGA/LAMGA Joint Event, Day 1 – 18 Hole Scramble, Day 2 – 18 Hole Shamble. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman The Member-Member Golf Tournament was the highlight of February. The “Be My Birdie Buddie” tournament was met with lots of fun and laughter. The outfits were equally as entertaining. A very special shout out to Patti Panone and her commi t tee for an out s tandi ng two-day tournament. And as always, Vicki and the Nest never disappoint. Congratulations to all the winners. March 1st will start the Ashton Cup. Good luck to everyone who plays. Let’s all pray for nice weather. This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Dr. George Butz D.D.S., Drubs Dread Golf, Ductz Air Duct, Dunkin Donuts, Dyer Kia, Eaglebrooke Golf Club, EdCredible, Edward Jones, EGL Financial, Elegant Jewelers, Escape Room Eagle Ridge Mall, Explore Learning, Family Fun Center Lakeland, Farris & Foster Chocolates, Fire Restaurant, Fish City Grill Lakeside Village, Florida Aquarium, Florida’s Natural, Forni Dental, Gatorland, Gessler Clinic, Golden Nails, Golf Stuff, Golf, Etc., Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop, Greenlefe Golf Club, Greg Coffin, Griner’s Jewelry, Gross Embroidery and Sign Shop, The Groutsmith and HN Nail Spa. The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: 1st Place - Liz Leigh $89.75; 2nd Place - Patty Zakrajsek $82.85, 3rd Place - Lisa Kennedy $81.50 and 4th Place - Carol Williams $77.85. Meet Terese Utting Terese Utting prefers to be called “T.” Originally from Michigan, T retired from UPS after 30 years of service. She and Larry, her husband since 1995, have a Shih Tzu named Mishka, who is their pride and joy. T has been golfing since she was a teenager as her parents were golfers. (continued on page 30)

(continued from page 28) She has been playing in a league for the last seven years and is very proud of her “Hole in One.” T and Larry moved to Lake Ashton in December because of the safety of the gated community and, of course, because of the two beautiful and challenging golf courses. She enjoys working out “boot camp style” and bike riding. When asked about the LALGA she said, “What’s not to like? Everyone is really nice.” Welcome, T! We’re happy you’re here. LA NINERS By Diane Struble Rain, rain, go away! The cold, wet weather forced the cancellation of day two of the Niners/Blueman Tournament and a day of league play. However, the Niners are looking forward to sunny skies and warmer temperatures as they welcome four new members giving a total of 91 members! February 21 and 22 was member/member two-day tournament with a delicious lunch by Vicki and her Eagle's Nest crew on the second day. WELCOME Reddick Dentistry has served the greater Lake Wales Area for 3 generations. Our office offers many services including implants, crowns/bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. Our family owned office is ready to serve all your dental needs. Dr. Steven Reddick Dr. Jackson Reddick OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 FAX: (863)678-0424 Dr. Steven Reddick 440 South Buckmoore Rd Lake Wales, Fl 33853 reddickdentistry@aol.com www.reddickdentistry.com Cash, Check, and all major credit cards accepted. SPECIAL $ 82 Includes: Panoramic X-Ray (D0330) Bitewing X-Rays (D0274) Examination by Dr. Reddick (D0150) Regular Cleaning by Hygienist (D1110) Cleaning not guaranteed the same day. Additional charges may apply if gum disease and/or tarter build up are present. answer any questions you have about your plan. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment. Fees may vary due to complexity of case. This special does not apply to those patients with current dental plans. Fees are minimal. Prices are subject to change. 30 The month of March hosts some interesting yet fun games: a Las Vegas Scramble, Step Aside Scramble, and a Throw Out. Lots of laughter is a guarantee for these days! Here are a few tips that will help speed up play without any negative effects on your game. • Play "Ready Golf" • Always carry a spare ball in your pocket. • Decide what club to use before going to your ball. If undecided, take an additional club - this avoids making additional trips back to your cart. • Line up your putt before it's your turn so you are ready to putt. • Always record your score (and your teammate's) at the next tee. Never record your score at the green. There will be two open board positions in April, Vice President and Secretary. If anyone is interested or has any questions about the Niners, please contact Karen Ferrande at 207-451-0143.

Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Best deal this year with Brad Brad is the most courteous, polite and so knowledgeable about Winter Haven real estate. He is fair in his advice to both the buyer and seller, no matter which side he is working with. Brokers love working with him. Brad believes the best deal is when both parties walk away from the table happy with the final signed deal. Brad is the kindest man we have ever met and share this with all our friends that are looking to move to the area or even upgrade or change homes. If you want the home of your dreams with a great purchase experience, just give Brad a call. Sophia & Michael Brennan 21 November 2021 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31

CLUBS LA BELLES by Rose Crognale The LA Belles March luncheon will be held on March 30 at 12:30 pm at L’Incontro Italian Restaurant, 35 St Rd 60 W, Lake Wales. Everyone will make their own selections from the menu with individual billing. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk by 9 am on March 28 to secure your reservation. The new Board Members will be introduced and future luncheons will be discussed. Dues of $5 will be collected at this luncheon for those that have not yet paid. If you have any questions, please contact Rose Crognale at 856-217-6676 (out of touch until March 5). We hope to see everyone there. CLUBS, GROUPS, & ORGANI ZATIONS INFO: It is exciting to see so many residents enjoying the amenities and staff wants to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to book a room for a new activity or join one of the groups that currently meet at the Clubhouse and HFC. Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Activities Desk in the building that the group currently meets in to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the group they are looking to join. When booking a standing reservation, facilitators will need to indicate if prior registration will be required for residents to join the club, group or organization, or if it is open to residents to join without registering with the facilitator. In keeping with the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies, there are no personal “standing” weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Clubs, groups, and organizations may make “standing” reservations. To be considered a club, group or organization the criteria outlined in the Joint Amenity Facilities Policy regarding this subject must be met in its entirety. Please contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or 863-324-5457, or LAII (WH) CDD Community Director Mary Bosman at mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com or 863-595-1562 with any questions or concerns. 32 CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Last month's activities included a very informative presentation by Reinier Munguia featuring his photo safari trip to Kenya. The club also enjoyed a day on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes with Living Waters Boat Cruises. At this month's meeting on March 14, Cindy and Ed Boose return to share their new presentation "Living Waters". They have photographed and taken drone videos of well over 100 waterfalls from Idaho to Georgia. They will also share the techniques that were used. If you are interested in this month's topic or would like to learn more about what we do, you are welcome to attend. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 10:30 in the Cinema. Membership is open to all residents who share a love of photography. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting March 3 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. Masks are recommended. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The March speaker is Sarah Fortney, Polk County School Board member. Sarah has served as a science teacher for more than 33 years and has long advocated for public education. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA WRECKING CREW AUDITIONS By Jim Mecsics Lake Ashton’s LA Wrecking Crew band is holding auditions for keyboard player and lead guitarist. The group is a rock and roll band who specializing in ’50s, ‘60s and ’70s music. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jim Mecsics at mecsicsj@msn.com or 703-282-9714, or Joe Jusaites at jjusaites@yahoo.com.

2022 BOCCE BALL COMMUNITY PLAY Meet on the Bocce Courts Wednesdays at 10:30 am for Community Play. The mornings are for anyone who wants a few hours of good times, lots of Bocce and help improving your game. There will be league players there for guidance. If this is your first time playing at Lake Ashton, please call Linda and Carl Boast at 540-297-7336 for an introductory lesson. Leave a message if there is no answer. LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club met February 9 and discussed numerous upcoming projects. Many members provided insightful suggestions on making the HFC pool area more inviting. The Garden Club was approached by individuals who frequent the pool and asked for help. Club members voted supporting this project. Members who were interested signed up to help either implement or maintain the plantings. The interested group members will be called and hopefully it can be started soon. Also, continual discussion continues for updating plants around the pavilion at the Clubhouse. After the meeting agenda, members learned to use succulents and air plants to create a lasting visual accent in any potted plant. Laminated bookmarks were returned to members from the January meeting. The Club's next meeting is March 9 at 10 am in the Pavilion. Hopefully, it'll be time spent to finalize or implement plants for the HFC pool area and other upcoming projects. New members are always welcomed. National Gardening Day is on April 14 this year. Please come join in on celebration at the Pavilion from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It's free and no green thumbs needed! GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The 33 next meeting is March 9 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information, call Jane at 815-545-6655. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz Calling all Disney Fans! The Magic Years Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is March 1 at 7 am in the HFC Poker Room. The Magic Years Club is open to all Lake Ashton residents who enjoy learning about and going to Disney World. Not all activities require park tickets. Monthly events are beginning to be scheduled, so please come to the meeting for more information. There are quite a few new members, and veteran members are always available to help with any questions you have. Events for the coming months will be discussed at the meeting, so bring a check or $10 per person to reserve your spot. Contact Annie Lutz or Joan Enslen if you have any questions. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will hold their monthly meeting at the Clubhouse March 23. Social time begins at 3:30 pm and the meeting starts at 4. The theme of this month’s meeting is the “Future of Lake Wales.” Several local candidates will join in and share their ideas. For more information, contact Brenda Bush-Sayre, 813-313-9911, bbs1954@icloud.com. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In February, the group of over 20 discussed several planned outings and get togethers. Plans were discussed for lunch at Harry’s Old Place. (continued on page 34)

(continued from page 33) It was agreed to rename the monthly wine tasting to the Monthly Mingle. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on March 6. The picture above is of the group who had lunch at the Jacaranda Hotel. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Unfortunately, due to Omicron, several in person meetings of LA Rockers had to be canceled. Despite this, the dedicated LA Rockers have still been painting up a storm. Welcome Rocks are always needed and are such a good way to make new residents feel right at home. Kindness Rocks are being hidden all around Lake Ashton — the group’s mission is to spread happiness and joy throughout the Lake Ashton community. It is believed that a message (painted on a rock) received at just the right moment can change someone's entire day, outlook, and life. In addition, there have been several online challenges and Easter Rocks are being collected to be distributed to the residents and staff of Waters Edge Nursing in Winter Haven. Hopefully in person meetings will be able to take place throughout March. If so, come to the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm to meet a great group of people and learn to paint rocks. You don't have to be a talented painter — just pick up a small rock, paint a background, write a message, and hide it for someone else to find. It doesn't cost anything to try this since there is no need for first timers to make a huge investment for supplies - you can borrow what you need. Please join the group at the upcoming meetings that will be held on March 9 and 23. To attend, join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. Last minute meeting cancellations are posted on the LA Rockers Facebook page, so if in doubt, check before you come. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves Please note that the new date for the March meeting is March 9 at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom near the stage. At the January meeting a committee was created to research various charities that support our veterans and will report their findings at the March meeting. The charities to be discussed are: Hearts and Homes for Veterans, Canines for Patriots, Soldiers Freedom Outdoors and Liberty Manor for Veterans, LLC. Each of these charities support veterans in unique ways. A second committee was created to Brainstorm ideas for various fundraising events. They too will give a report on their findings. Hope to see you there! SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner. It is scheduled for Saturday, October 22. Crafters are needed! You can reserve a table for $50 to display your handcrafted items. Call Joan at 239-851-7899. God Bless The Military! 34

LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Becky Wilson The Annual Meeting and potluck dinner for the LAPA was held January 25 at the HFC. A nice turnout of members, all bearing superb dishes of food, made for an enjoyable and productive evening. Officer Elections were held with the following results – Calvin Eakins, President; Chuck Caesar, VicePresident; Lisa Savala, Treasurer; Becky Wilson, Secretary. LAPA is an active Club created to help the growing numbers of Pickleball Players! More and more are playing and LAPA helps with court scheduling, Men’s and Women’s teams, instruction for new learners, and promoting a welcome and friendly atmosphere. Stop by and watch or grab your paddle and come on out! LA PICKLEBALL DAMES WIN CHAMPIONSHIP! By Marilyn Noffsinger The Lake Ashton Pickleball Dames (LAPD) beat Tanglewood in the finals of the South Central Florida Pickleball League (SCFPL) end of season tournament held at Tanglewood February 19. This is the first year the LAPD has won the title! Other teams participating were Del Webb, Lake Wales, Highlands Ridge, and Sun ’n’ Lake. LA Team Members playing were: Jackie Tanner, Deb Louder, Marilyn Noffsinger, Dianne Holman, Carmen Woodlief, Kristine Nelson, Lisa Savala, Becky Wilson, Lin Jones, and Donna Kavitsky. Other members playing during the season were: Sandy Alford, Teresa Caesar, Margi Smoller, Linda Boast, Sue Fitzgerald. The championship banner will be on display at the Pickleball courts. 35

MIND&BODY LAKE ASHTON CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES ( LACES) On March 30 at 1 pm in the Ballroom, residents wil l have t he opportunity to try fibery, fun food (yes those two wor ds go together), learn about the types of fiber and what it can do for them, how to get the benefits without discomfort, and easy ways to add fiber to their day. Please be sure to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Information Wall for this fun and interactive presentation hosted by University of Florida/IFAS Extension Polk County. Save the Date: April 20 - Water Conservation and How You Can Help! with University of Florida/IFAS Extension Polk County EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY! Explore the medium of water color with guest artist Freddie Combs. Join a day long workshops in water color techniques on March 18 at the HFC. For registration, supply list and information, contact the HFC Activities Desk (863- 595-1562 or kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr March 12 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Ocean Sunrise Cost $35 — payable at class CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. 36 ONSPOT DERMATOLOGY On Spot Dermatology will return to Lake Ashton on March 25. OnSpot is a mobile, full-service dermatology practice with 4 full examination rooms that will be located in the HFC parking lot. They provide skin cancer screenings, MOHS surgery, biopsies, liquid nitrogen and mole removals, cosmetic dermatology, and more. They accept all major insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. Keep a lookout for a blast that will be sent out with how to set up an appointment and much more. MEMORY AND BALANCE Come to the HFC on March 15 at 1 pm to hear a pair of experts discusses the best ways to help with your memory, and share with you the new VSTbalance machine which asses your balance, gait, and function. YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone is held Saturdays from 3 to 3:45 pm in the HFC Indoor Pool. Ladies and gentlemen are welcome! There is no signup required and the class is free! FIVE WISHES Join Cornerstone Hospice on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom for the Five Wishes class. This presentation goes through the Five Wishes document which is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life.

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TAP JAMMERS ! Facilitator: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am in the HFC Sport Court This is not for the beginner level tap dancer. DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there! IMPROVER LINE DANCING Instructor: Ann Ludwick Thursdays at 1 pm in the HFC COUNTRY LINE DANCING Instructor: John Moore Beginners: Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 9 am Intermediate: Tuesdays at 8:10 pm, Thursdays at 10:10 am Clubhouse Ballroom LA DANCE CLASSES: FOXTROT Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) FOXTROT is an elegant and smooth moving dance. Classes are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center on March 7. 14, 21, 28. Classes are FREE and no partner needed! WOMEN’ S BIBLE STUDY Facilitator: Louise Gilla (863-514-4015) Wednesday mornings, 10 to 11:45 am HFC Community Center MEN’S BIBLE STUDY Facilitators: Bob Ring (734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com) and Jim Brendemuehl, (815-343-5727, jcbrendem@gmail.com) Tuesdays from 10 to noon at the HFC and also via Zoom 38 CREATE A CARD Create your own lovely greeting cards on March 15 as a guest expert provides instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and in the Community Center at 1 pm. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Attendees must not wear black soled shoes. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 for more detail. FUSED GLASS CLASS Your opportunity to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry will happen April 12 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. For $40, you will learn how to create beautiful works of wearable art by layering art glass and fusing the glass in a kiln. Each student will make two of the following choices: pendant, pin, or pair of earrings. Included is an introduction to glass fusing in a kiln, instructions on glass cutting, and equipment usage. The remainder of the class is spent choosing and layering glass. Jill will take your creation to her home and after fusing the glass in her kiln, she will apply bails, earring wires, posts, or pins to finish your jewelry which will be available for pickup within one to two weeks. Bring a friend to this fun class! No experience with glass is required for this course. Class size is limited to 20 people, first come first served. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Cost includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing, and art glass. WOMEN’ S BAS IC SELFDEFENSE CLASS In this class presented by the Polk County Sheriffs Office, ladies will learn basic safety tips and techniques to enable them to escape less than desirable situations. The 2-hour class will be held on April 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk.

The Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation Presents THE 2022 COMMUNITY SHOWCASE Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Time After Time Saturday, April 9 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom NEW TICKETS: $15 REGULAR $20 PREMIUM Your Catch & Release tickets from 2020 MUST be exchanged at the Clubhouse Ballroom March 2-4 between 9 am and 5 pm Any 2020 tickets not exchanged by March 4 will be forfeited. PUBLIC TICKET SALES BEGIN MARCH 8 AT 8 AM

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