L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter March 2024 Simply the Best! Don't Miss the 2024 LAPAC Showcase - Changes in Latitudes!see p. 26 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 April Issue Deadline: March 12 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. MARCH 2024 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com

MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). MARCH 4 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Polk County Schools • Featured Vendors: Central Florida Healthcare Offering Free Blood Pressure Checks, Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare, Edward Jones - Melissa Kincaid, US Cabinets Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale before Bingo in the Clubhouse Lobby from 4 to 6 pm MARCH 11 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: City of Lake Wales Updates with City Manager James Slaton • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, Tessier Law Firm, True A/C MARCH 18 • Peanut Butter Monday — Donations will go to the Havendale Food Pantry. Cereal and other non-perishable food items are needed. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Clubhouse Activities Office. • Featured Speaker: Dr. Vargas, Orchid Springs Animal Hospital - How to Best Care for Your Pets • Featured Vendors: AdventHealth, Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb MARCH 25 — NO MONDAY COFFEE LA CDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 32 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD March 15, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Meeting and Budget Workshop March 25, 9 am Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow

HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Get fresh poultry, fish, and beef every Wednesday in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. There are always new specials on the board! BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: SPRING FORWARD MARCH 10 Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed (some electronic devices such as smartphones and iPads make this change automatically). This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries. 5 HOSTING FAMI LY FOR SPRING BREAK? March is a traditional time for family and friends to escape the cold up north and come to visit those lucky enough to live at Lake Ashton. Remember that when you see a visiting grandchild they are guests of your neighbors so please extend every courtesy possible. Residents, please be tolerant of extra activity at the pool and other Clubhouse amenities. Those hosting family should remind them to be considerate of residents in this 55 and older community. It is helpful if a resident accompanies their guests at any of the amenities. The law requires that a person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years of age must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Lake Wales PD and Winter Haven PD can issue a ticket for violations of this law. All drivers (car and golf carts) must observe the stop signs and 20 mph speed limit. Adults should not place young children on their laps between them and the steering wheel as this creates a hazardous condition for the children in the case of a panic stop or accident. HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Dr. Julio Caba will be speaking about his rise from a homeless teenager to a successful doctorate in teaching on March 4. A true success story! He speaks every year at the graduation party for the Polk County graduates. I attended their party last year and one student even went up and hugged him for his inspiration. Hopefully this will inspire you to donate in some fashion to this worthy cause. Any amount great or small is so welcome. If you need more information see sheets on rack in each the HFC and Club House. Any concerns or questions please feel free to call me at 217-652-6636. NEW RESIDENT ORIENTATION The next new resident orientation will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on April 3 at 2 pm. Get introduced to the community and meet other new residents and community leaders. Sign up online or at either Activities Office.

JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT GUESTS (CHANGES EFFECTIVE 1/19/24) • All Guests, regardless of age, must register with the office of the Amenity Manager and sign a waiver of liability prior to using the Amenity Facilities. • The Patron inviting the Guest must be present upon registration, unless other arrangements have been made with the Amenity Manager’s office. • A Guest is limited to 12 Guest Registrations per year. • Guest passes may be issued for a maximum of fifteen (15) consecutive days as correlated with the guest’s length of stay and may only be extended once for a maximum of thirty (30) total consecutive days. • A Guest cannot be registered for more than sixty (60) total days in a 365-day period. • A Guest’s ability to be registered may be reviewed by an Amenity Manager if exceeding the standards listed above. • All Guests under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied at all times while using the Amenity Facilities by a parent, guardian, or adult Patron over twenty-one (21) years of age. • Patrons are responsible for ensuring that their Guests adhere to the Policies set forth herein and any and all actions taken by said Guest. Violation by a Guest of any of these Policies as set forth by the Districts could result in loss of that Patron’s privileges and membership as set forth in Section VI – Suspension and Termination of Privileges. The full Joint Amenity Policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com. 6

CDD WEBSITE INFORMATION please contact us at: tscali41@gmail.com or 561-512-2961. An organizational meeting has been set up for April 11 from 4 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The Joint Amenity Facilities Policy is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com (below right QR code) and lakeashton2cdd.com (below left QR code), under "Other District Documents" for residents to view. To navigate to these websites, point your smartphone’s camera at the codes and follow the link. Also on each website residents can find meeting dates, agendas, minutes, contact information and other documents relevant to each CDD. There is also an option to sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC, Eagle’s Nest, and Pro Shop. You will need to click on a confirmation link sent to you after signing up to receive emails online. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali Lake Ashton is a great community with more options on living our lives than we’ve ever imagined. As we get older, we are starting to think about the next step. Do we move into a continuing care health facility or can we stay here at Lake Ashton as we age? It would be nice to have a forum of residents with similar thoughts to try and put together a list of needs as we become less able to help ourselves. Such items as what kind of in-house care options are available and the cost? Is there a public transportation network to take us to doctors or grocery shopping? What are the costs? There are many more items; some unique to the individual, couple, or widow/widower. All of these needs have to be identified. I was hoping that a forum of concerned residents could identify these needs and then, hopefully, a core group of residents could help find answers and contacts. Maybe vendors with the right qualifications could give us presentations on the products and costs. If anyone is interested in working with us to get this program started, 7 WELCOME BACK, WELCOME COMMITTEE! By Kathy Williams, Welcome Committee Member Resident Catherine Leveille began discussions with Christine to reinstate the LA Welcome Committee that had been disbanded due to the pandemic. The committee has been meeting and discussing ways to build community throughout our wonderful development! She is joined by former LA Welcome Committee leaders David and Barbara Harrison, new members Paul and MJ Richards, Kathy Williams, Judy Perry, Lisa Roy, Valerie Yenor, Cynthia Harris, and Nancy Miller. The committee’s goal is to meet with new residents (and maybe some existing residents) to assist them with acclimating to their new surroundings; finding fun things to do with like minded individuals, discussing local attractions and activities, or just navigating the numerous activities offered in Lake Ashton. If you’d like to be welcomed by a committee representative, know someone new in the neighborhood who would, or have some ideas to share, please send an email to lawelcomecommittee@gmail.com. 2024 CITY OF LAKE WALES COMMISSION ELECTION/ CANDIDATE MEET & GREET Lake Wales residents can vote in the next Commission election on April 2 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Contact the Supervisor of Elections at 863-534-5888 or visit polkelections.com to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot. Voter registration deadline is March 4. An informal candidate meet and greet will be held after Monday Coffee on March 18 at 10 am. Residents will have a chance to ask questions and meet the candidates running for Seats 2 and 4.

RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT John Moore and his wife Gloria have lived at Lake Ashton since 2005 and he recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. John has graced Lake Ashton with his immeasurable talents for over 18 years, teaching residents how to line dance. He was one of the original line dancing teachers at Lake Ashton and recently retired on February 29. In addition to being an amazing dancer and instructor, he is also a talented artist, singer, and seamster ,who sews all of the iconic vests his students know so well. John is a ray of sunshine who is always looking for a way to make people smile. Whether it's a joke, a package of cookies, or just a big smile, his infectious personality leaves an impression on everyone he meets. John will be greatly missed as a line dancing instructor at Lake Ashton, although he has promised to stop by and check on his students from time to time. You can also find him at Monday Coffee meetings telling a hilarious joke at the end. Thank you, John for all of your years of dedication to Lake Ashton! LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson Meet HFC Community Director James Margeson. James started with LA back in 2017 as the Maintenance 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 8 Supervisor and was promoted to Community Director for the HFC in February 2023. He is from New Hampshire where he was Community Director for the VA, managing 2,700 residences. He was also the Director of Environmental Services at Waters Edge. What do you like most about working here in LA? “Right now, Christine and I are collaborating together to get our community back together. We want all our residents to realize the amenities are for everyone and we want to see all of our residents taking advantage of all that we have to offer. We have started to sync events between the Clubhouse and the HFC to ensure large events are not held on the same night at both locations causing our residents to choose one over the other. “ What is your biggest challenge? “I would say the budget restrictions. There are quite a few things that need to be done but it cannot all be done overnight. We have to choose priorities and work within our budget. I would like to ask all residents to give us time and they will see these changes coming. Current efforts are updating the fitness equipment, updating the indoor pool area with painting, plants, bringing in more classes such as Zumba and possibly Aqua Zumba. We have availability for more classes and want to provide some new options.” What would you like to say to the residents? “I would encourage all residents to get more active. We have some really great amenities and facilities here in Lake Ashton and want everyone to take full advantage of them. I would love to see more residents come to the HFC who don’t currently use the HFC to see what we have to offer as well as give myself and our staff a chance to meet them.”

US-17 TO US-27 540A ROAD WIDENING UPDATE The Lake Ashton Community Action Committee (LACAC) met with Jay Jarvis, Director of Polk County Roads & Drainage in January. Below are highlights regarding the road project from US-17 to US-27 and the widening of Thompson Nursery Road. There are five segments to the project. Segment 2, 4 & 5 will likely be completed concurrently along with the US-27 Intersection changes, so these segment updates are grouped together below: Segment 1: US-17 (at A&E Auto) to Rifle Range Road is 100% planned. They are finalizing right-of-way and then sending out for bid. Construction will begin in late 2024 to 2025. It will take about 2 years to complete (by early 2027) Segment 3: CSX Railroad Flyover to Eloise Loop Road is under construction by the builder (VillaMar) up to where the CSX Railroad Flyover bridge will be built by the county during Segment 2 construction. A date of completion was not provided. Segment 2: Rifle Range Road to the CSX Railroad Flyover Segment 4: Eloise Loop Road Segment 3 to W Lake Ruby Drive Segment 5: W Lake Ruby Drive to US-27 For these three segments, alignment is continuing to be discussed. All options and the recommended location for the roadway for Segment 2 path will be presented at a Public Meeting to be held in May 2024. Segments 4 and 5 will roughly follow the current road path along sections of Eloise Loop Road and Thompson Nursery Road. The Design phase will take approximately 2 years plus another year for gaining the right-of-way property. Construction will likely begin in 2028 and the road should be fully completed in 2030 or 2031. Currently, traffic signals are planned at US 17, Rifle Range and Snively, Eloise Loop and Rifle Range, possibly at Eloise Loop and the VillaMar entry/exit, West Lake Ruby, possibly Traditions, Lake Ashton, The LW Corporation development east of Lake Ashton and of course, US-27. The Lake Ashton temporary traffic signal should be installed no later than the end of 2025. More information will be coming soon regarding the Public Comment Meeting to be held in May. The exact date and location has yet to be determined, but will be held in our vicinity. At that meeting, the final routing for segments 2, 4 & 5 will be presented. Anyone can attend this presentation. Full design graphics will be displayed and public questions and comments may be presented. After the meeting, between May and July possible changes will be considered and implemented if deemed possible. After that time, no additional comments will be taken, as by that point the design will begin, and the project will move forward. If you have any questions regarding this road project, email LACAC at lakeashtoncommunityaction@gmail.com. 9

LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director The first day of spring is March 19. Spring at Lake Ashton brings beautiful weather, baby animals, lots of guests, and a plethora of activities. Be careful when traveling through Lake Ashton, especially at this time of year. This is when the community is at peak population with many residents spending time outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. In February residents enjoyed a Valentine's Day Dinner Dance with a great new band, Southshore Cruisers, and a Pirate Party with 99 in the Shade rocking the house. This will be the band at the NYE 2025 party! Mark your calendar now. You won't want to miss this amazing band! In March there are many resident sponsored events at the Clubhouse in addition to Lake Ashton's First Annual Senior Expo (FREE), the Annual Cruise-in Car Show (FREE), and the last two Entertainment Series Shows.The 2024 Entertainment Series will surely end with a bang! Please see pages 24 to 36 for more information on the activities scheduled for March. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom Supervisors met on February 26 to attend to board matters. A wrap up report was sent the week of the meeting with a summary of board actions. On March 25, Supervisors will begin the Fy 2025 budget process with a workshop. All residents are encouraged to attend to be part of the process to set assessments and set forth the plan for the upcoming fiscal year (October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025). Staff is working with Securitas, the onsite security company, on the implementation of the RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) and Amenity Access Controls systems. More information on the current status of this project is on page 16. Ensure you are signed up to receive email blasts. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com and fill out the online form to start receiving blasts. This is the way staff primarily communicates to residents regarding community matters. If you are having trouble signing up, email clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. 10

LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707 alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com The month of March and the early start of Spring, is upon our great community of Lake Ashton. February was a very busy month that had many activities all our residents enjoyed. One in particular, the Sock Hop on February 2 featuring the 57 Chrome Band was a huge success, and supported Alzheimer's Research. We had many “Pink Ladies" in attendance, along with their dates (in jeans and t-shirts), that 'truly gave the evening a fifties feel. Our Magic Show on February 9 gave our residents a fun afternoon of magic and illusions. Many people got to participate in the illusions and magic ... and it was FREE! Our CERT Team also held a Tornado drill honing their skills in emergency management. It was observed by the Polk County Fire and Rescue officials, and our outstanding volunteers performed extremely well. Kudos to our CERT Team! March also promises to be a very exciting month for the Health and Fitness Center and the Lake Ashton II Community Development District. The Lake Ashton Purple Stars will be hosting a St. Paddy's Day Party on March 17 from 7 to 10 pm in the HFC Community Center. This dance will support the American Cancer Society, and tickets are on sale at the HFC. A donation of $10 (cash or check) payable to LA Purple Stars is required. DJ Wayne will be there for all types of music, including some Irish tunes. Get out your best green outfits and support this great cause. The March Community Potluck is scheduled for March 21 at noon at the HFC. Come on out and get to know your neighbors at this outstanding event. The Aqua Zumba program is in the final stages of planning, and the dates for March will be forthcoming. Please note on your April calendar that Elvis will be in the building at 7 pm on April 12 for an evening of Elvis impersonation. A reminder that the Lake Ashton II CDD Board will be developing our 2025 budget over the next few meetings. Our Board will review financial requirements for our amenities and community infrastructure. We encourage all Lake Ashton II members to attend and give us feedback throughout the entire process. Hope to see you there! As we are coming into the Spring Season, and many of us will have family and guests visiting, please make sure they are registered at either the HFC, Clubhouse, or CR 653 gate. Additionally, please make sure age restrictions for operating golf carts are strictly followed. Again, we are excited to bring many more activities and programs to the HFC in 2024 that we are sure our residents will enjoy! 11

L.A. LOOKS NATIVE AQUATIC PLANTS Many Florida-native aquatic plant species can be found in the waters of Lake Ashton. Pictured clockwise are the most prevalent: Duck Potato, Bulrush, Pickerel Weed, and Spikerush. For the health of our lakes and ponds, these plants are essential. The roles these plants have vary from shoreline stability to filtering unwanted nutrients in the water that could fuel algae blooms. The Lake Ashton CDD contracts a reliable company for nuisance vegetation management. To protect native aquatic plant life, selective herbicides are utilized. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. LIVING WITH WILDLIFE There are many types of wildlife at Lake Ashton. During the spring many young animals, including sandhill cranes (colts), are seen roaming around Lake Ashton. At times residents may see a baby on its own and think it has been orphaned by its parents, which is actually very rare. Do not pick up baby animals or remove them from their natural environment. Report wildlife you think may be injured or orphaned to the nearest FWC Regional Office at 863-648-3200. Reference: myfwc.com/conservation/ youconserve/wildlife/injuredorphaned/ While some residents may think it is innocent to throw some pieces of old bread in their backyard or a pond, it is illegal to feed wildlife and can create an unfavorable situation. Species with rules related to feeding include bears, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, pelicans, alligators, crocodiles, and sandhill cranes. Feeding any type of wildlife can reduce their fear of humans which may result in aggression and the need for the animal to be removed or Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis The Swamp Milkweed is a cousin of the common milkweed. Like most weeds, this one also gets a “bad rap.” This is a low-maintenance pollinating garden must-have that blooms in the summer, although maybe not in its first year of growth. It is clump-forming and can reach four to five feet tall with a width of two to three feet. The clump of flowers are a soft mauve or reddish-violet color. The Swamp Milkweed is best planted in a wet area with plenty of sunshine. Some gardeners prefer to plant it in containers to maintain its spreading habits. However, be sure it’s big and has good drainage. The milkweed does not like to be uprooted and moved once established because of its deep taproots. Swamp Milkweed is the number one food source for monarch butterflies. It also attracts hummingbirds, bees and other birds to your yard. It requires no pruning. Removing dead stalks or dead heading is okay. The swamp milkweed can easily grow from seeds. killed in order to protect public safety. Cranes also have been known to damage window screens and do other property damage such as scratching at windows. Cranes attracted to people's yards for feed are put at risk as they walk across roads. Many sandhill cranes are killed each year on Florida roads. 12 Cranes' diets, which normally are quite diverse, are disrupted when they eat one food item (such as corn), consistently. Heavy pesticide use in urban lawns also is of concern. Young sandhill cranes have died from pesticide poisoning. People may inadvertently put sandhill cranes at risk when they attract them with feed, even accidentally, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground. In 2002, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made it illegal to intentionally feed sandhill cranes (Florida Administrative Code 68A-4.001(6)). It's never a good idea to feed wildlife. Florida sandhill cranes have an abundance of natural foods (insects and small animals) and they do not need handouts from humans. Reference: myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/sandhillcranes/

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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer engage.goenumerate.com. This is our official HOA website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 and follow the prompts. To many residents of Lake Ashton it may appear that there are 3 species of Ibis here, however there are only two. The White Ibis (above) is abundant and gregarious. The long down-curved bill becomes a bright orange-red in mating season and so do the legs. This mostly white bird with pale blue eyes has black wing tips prominent in flight. As a group, they may mob people uttering almost human-like grunts hoping for a free handout. Please do not feed them. Their diet consists of crayfish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, marine worms, snakes and small fish. The Glossy Ibis (right), similar in size and shape to the White Ibis, is a more solitary bird with beautiful iridescent green and bronze colored feathers. Its diet is similar to the White Ibis'. From a distance, Glossies can appear totally dark. The Ibis that confuses people is the immature White Ibis, pictured at left, which is a mixture of brown and white. LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson Have you heard the saying “For Neighbors…. By Neighbors”. This is our community and our HOA and it takes all of us working together to make a difference. Our HOA is hard at work to improve not only our community but the perception of our HOA. We are diligently working to find ways to help our neighbors, improve communication, save costs, and adhere to our covenants. But this cannot be done by the Board alone. We need you! Here are some things our community needs and ways you can help! Please register for the HOA website for Lake Wales residents at lakeashtonhoa.com or 14 Join our new “CC&R Support and Guidance Committee”. This new committee replaces the “Compliance Committee” and will be an integral part of our community. This committee will help educate our neighbors on our governing documents while providing support and guidance to ensure we maintain fantastic curb appeal. If interested or wanting to learn more, please contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or directors@lakeashtonhoa.org. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson arc@lakeashtonhoa.org • Website: lakeashtonhoa.com • ARC Requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton/la LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2


SAFETY SECURITY TRANSITION Installation of the equipment needed for the system to function is ongoing and staff is in the process of training. Soon residents will be notified of the process to receive a RFID tag and Amenity Access Card. LACDD (Lake Wales) residents will receive their RFID tag and Amenity Access Card at the Clubhouse. LAIICDD (Winter Haven) residents will receive their RFID tag at the HFC and their Amenity Access Card at the Clubhouse. All residents will complete an application during the issuance of credentials that will verify the information provided and allow for changes to made or residents to submit information for the first time. Please stay tuned to email for information on when this will take place. Examples of the RFID tags and amenity access cards are on display in the Clubhouse Media Center and HFC Activities Desk for residents to get a first time look at the credentials that will be distributed. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions. Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 10 and 11. Residents can also contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, at jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com with questions. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison For Neighbors … By Neighbors Since its inception, Neighborhood Watch continues to evolve from an “extra set of eyes and ears” approach to crime prevention to a solid and sought after community involved infrastructure bringing law enforcement, local officials, and neighbors together with one common goal, to make our cities, towns, and communities safer for everyone. Here in Lake Ashton, we not only address crime prevention, we create an atmosphere that strives to bring pride, unity and quality of life to all of our neighbors. We would like to thank our current group of deputies: Vera Schwartz, Donna Debnar, Robert Roy, Vaughn Platt, David Harrison, Carolyn Bishop, and Jeannie Franklin. Interested in joining the team? If you live in any of the open neighborhoods listed below, we would love to speak to you. Just a little of your time can make a huge impact in our community and provide you the opportunity to get to know and help your neighbors and have fun doing it. Neighborhood #1: Ashton Club, Dornoch, Gullane, Muirfield Loop Neighborhood #3: Aberdeen, Berwick, Strathmore, Troon, Turnberry, Waterford Neighborhood #5: Blackmoor, Dunmore, Litchfield, Limerick Neighborhood #9: Hogan If interested in learning more about the deputy or block captain positions please contact Deputy Chief, Joan DiBattista @ 239.851.7899. 16

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NEI GHBORHOO D WATCH POLICE CHIEFS MEETING By Fay Wood, NW Chief We once again hosted the Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Chiefs at Monday Coffee in February and as always, they presented a wealth of information on safety, a summary of the year’s activity, and the integral part we play in keeping our community safe. Neighborhood Watch with all of you is doing a great job. We can’t thank our Law Enforcement enough for all that they do, not only for Lake Ashton but all of Lake Wales and Winter Haven. Monday’s meeting proved to be one of my proudest and favorite moments as it allowed us to really show support and respect to our Law Enforcement partners by recognizing the service of four K9 officers. We were thrilled to work with a wonderful organization in presenting (and surprising) each Chief with a beautiful quilt for each K9 Officer made by our very own residents from the K9 Quilt of Honor organization. These quilts were an amazing gift honoring and showing recognition to K9 Max and K9 Badge of Lake Wales; and to K9 Miko and K9 Carlo of Winter Haven. If you would like more information on this wonderful cause and their quilts, visit their FB page K9 - Quilt of Honor or contact them at CERTMinistry@gmail.com ASSISTED PATROL (CAP) By Mike Weissberg Lake Ashton CAP members patrolled for a total of 3,531 hours last year. It is our hope that with more members we can break this record. All we ask for is two hours a week. Our community needs your help — join today! Applications are available at either the Clubhouse Activities Desk or the HFC. For more information contact Mike Weissberg at 917-482-3151 or lakeashtoncap@gmail.com. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 18

MOVI ES The following films have been nominated for Best Picture at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony. MARCH 5 — 7 (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS MARCH 6) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON 2023 | R | 3h 26 min Based on David Grann's broadly lauded best-selling book, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. MARCH 12 — 14 (NO 11 AM SHOWING MARCH 13) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM OPPENHEIMER 2023 | R | 3H During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) to work on the topsecret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history. MARCH 20 AT 11 AM & 3 PM ONLY (NO MOVIES MARCH 19 OR 21) THE HOLDOVERS 2023 | R | 2H 13MIN From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during 20 Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph). MARCH 26 — 28 MAESTRO 2023 | R | 2H 9MIN Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein (Bradley Cooper) and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (Carey Mulligan). A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55

MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED MARCH 1 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM NYAD 2023 | PG-13 | 2HR 1MIN Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a career as a sports journalist, 60-year-old Diana Nyad (Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) becomes obsessed with completing the 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Determined to become the first person to finish without a shark cage, Diana goes on a thrilling, four-year journey with her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (two-time Academy Award winner and nominee Jodie Foster) and a dedicated sailing team. MARCH 8 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM AMERICAN SYMPHONY 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 40MIN Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste is immersed in composing an original symphony reimagining the traditions of the classical form, bringing together an expansive and inclusive diaspora of music for a performance at storied Carnegie Hall. This extraordinary trajectory is upended when Batiste's life partner, best-selling author Suleika Jaouad, learns that her long-dormant cancer has returned. Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Heineman delivers a portrait of two inimitable artists at a crossroads and a profound meditation on art, love, and the creative process. MARCH 15, 3 PM & 7 PM BROOKLYN 2015 | PG-13 | 1H 52MIN Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 Oscars. MARCH 29 11 AM (NO 3 & 7 PM SHOWINGS) THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY 2006 | NR | 2H 7MIN In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan (Academy Award nominee Cillian Murphy) prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.

EVENTS LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ! By Gina Krall The LA Mardi Gras Krewe excitedly took their assigned lineup in the Lake Wales Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 10, just three days before Fat Tuesday. A few days prior, our den (Mardi Gras speak for wher e the parade decorations are stored) was transformed into Bourbon Street. Royals to be crowned, King Louie and Queen Sara (Louis and Sara Helsen), were escorted into the ball by the Lord and Lady in Waiting (Ralph and Ann Ludwick). Loyal subjects lined up to bow and curtsy as they passed. After taking the Royal Oath of Office they were crowned Lake Ashton’s 2024 Mardi Gras King and Queen by the Duke and Duchess of Dunmore (Phil Hines and Gayle Ellerbe). Entertainer Diana Lynn was the master of ceremonies for the festive evening. On Saturday, Lake Wales Parade Committee placed our Krewe between the Grand Marshall and Sheriff Grady Judd. King Louis and Queen Sara sat on the back of a red Mustang convertible, waving to the crowd and tossing beads. They were followed by two banners carried by Krewe members and then our lavishly decorated float with Diana riding in the back and singing to the applauding crowds. Following the float, our own Ashtonettes twirled their way through the streets. Next came more sign carriers holding a “Sponsored by Art’s Golf Cars” banner, recognizing Art’s Golf Cars for paying our krewe’s entrance fee for the second year in a row. Bringing up the rear of our krewe were the always outstanding LA Shakers. We certainly made our presence known to the celebrating crowds. PORTRAIT OF A BRIDE DELIGHTS AUDIENCE By Diane Dillon BOLLA, sponsored the popular Portrait of a Bride Event in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 27. Leigh Ann Brown, dynamic speaker, and collector of vintage wedding gowns, returned to Lake Ashton with close to 20 of her favorites. Each gown came with a fascinating story regarding its owner and the issues of the day when the gown was worn. The oldest gown, from 1859, is green. Of course, Leigh Ann had many stories pertaining to the growth of her collection, currently at 441 dresses. Leigh Ann’s personal journey and colorful anecdotes delighted the audience of over 100 ladies. During the presentation, which lasted several hours, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments including many desserts lovingly created by BOLLA members. Feedback on this event has been overwhelming. The members of BOLLA would like to thank the staff at the Clubhouse and everyone who attended and supported this event. 22


SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. ST. PADDY’S DAY PARTY By David Harrison SENIOR EXPO DON’T MISS LAKE ASHTON’S SENIOREXPO FREE! 10 am to Noon March 15 WANT TO BE A VENDOR? SCAN TO REGISTER Visit with vendors ranging in expertise such as cosmetic, medical, insurance, health & fitness, and so much more! Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Lake Ashton residents are invited to the Clubhouse Ballroom for the first-ever Senior Expo where we will have a wide variety of vendors that cater to senior needs. The vendors participating in the Expo range in expertise such as local public safety organizations, travel agents, financial planning, health & fitness, and so much more. This free event will take place March 15 from 10 am to noon. LA CRUISE-IN RESCHEDULED! MARCH 16 2 — 5 pm Join us for the rescheduled date for this FREE event March 16 from 2 pm to 5 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Enjoy food trucks, classic and modern cars alike, and live music from Southbound. We will be judging cars and presenting the winners of each category with a prize. The categories are Best Classic (pre-1989), Best Modern (post-1989), and Crowd Favorite winners will receive a ribbon and a gift card! Registration ends on March 8. Car owners should sign up online by scanning the QR code on page above or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. If you are attending the event, please be advised that parking will only be available in the east parking lot and golf cart parking will be in the circle drive. 24 The LA Purple Stars is once again hosting a St. Paddy's Day Party on March 17 from 7 to 10 pm in the Community Room of the HFC. This is a fundraiser for our team to benefit the American Cancer Society and everyone is invited. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the HFC, with cash or check payable to LA Purple Stars. DJ Wayne will provide great dance music and, of course, some Irish tunes. Don't forget you can bring your favorite food and beverage. Any questions call David Harrison at 863-326-6418. KARAOKE Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on March 27! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Karaoke moves to Charm City in April. Stay tuned for more information. EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE By Debby Landgrebe Rejoice and celebrate the blessing of Resurrection Sunday on Easter, March 31. Bring your golf carts, blankets, family, friends, visitors and neighbors and most of all bring your heart prepared to sing praises to the Risen Lord and be filled with abundant joy! Come early as Service will begin promptly at 7 am at the Clubhouse garden/ lawn overlooking Lake Ashton. Gather to hear a local pastor and sing wonderful Easter hymns. For those planning to attend their own church service, the Sunrise Service will conclude by 8 am. Seating will be available as well as golf cart parking. An offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome, regardless of belief. We certainly have many reasons to be thankful. Hope to see you Easter Sunday.

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2024 SHOWCASE & TICKET SALES By Karen Nelson Changes in Latitudes Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) is presenting the 16th Annual Showcase - Changes in Latitudes in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Opening Night is Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinee is March 23 at 1:30 pm, and Closing Night is Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are currently on sale online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office (scan the QR code on page 24). Each resident is only allowed to purchase 8 tickets maximum. Premium seats are $25, regular seats are $20. As usual, the matinee will have an extended intermission for those with mobility needs. LAPAC will be providing extra ushers at this performance for those needing extra help with wheelchairs and walkers. Persons with those devices may sit in their assigned seat for this performance and we will assist in storing your device, or as an option, we will remove the normal chair in that location if requested by you and you can sit in your device. Please advise in advance if you would like this service. Purchase of tickets can be made by check (made out to LAPAC) or credit card. For those of you who want to use a credit card, Ticketleap will add an additional 3% charge to the total cost of the tickets. The Showcase is created, produced, staged, and performed by your Lake Ashton friends and neighbors - treat yourself to this classic Lake Ashton entertainment! See you there! SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm. We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE & HFC April 12 - Elvis Impersonator at the HFC May 10 - Pressure Point at the HFC May 17 - Denim & Diamonds Ladies Luncheon at the Clubhouse July 4 - Star Spangled Shindig at the Clubhouse November 2 - Fall Festival at the Clubhouse December 31 - New Year's Eve at the Clubhouse w/ 99 in the Shade 26

COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Mark the dates listed below on your calendars now and bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: April 16, June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 HFC: March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 COLORS OF HOPE SPRING FASHION SHOW By Kristy McKibben Join us for an exciting “Colors of Hope” Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 13 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets are $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Hospice, a cause near and dear to many of us. A tasty luncheon will be provided. Beautiful and wearable Spring fashions will be showcased by your modeling friends and provided by Babe’s Shoes & Apparel of Lakeland. Babe’s will be set up to sell before and after the show. Doors open at 11 AM, lunch at 11:30 AM, Fashion Show 12:15-1:15 PM. Shopping will continue until 2:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and on sale at the Clubhouse. Checks only, please, made out to Kristy McKibben. We have a stamp that will identify your check as “HOSPICE FASHION SHOW.” TOUR DE LA Bicycle riders (two wheel, trikes, recumbents, e-bikes and anything that moves by pedaling) are invited to join the Lake Ashton Pedalers on March 24 at noon at 28 the HFC for a group fun ride. There will be ten mile and twenty-mile routes through the neighborhoods of Lake Ashton. Each route ends up back at the HFC. Limited to 50 riders - complete a registration form (available at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desks) by March 19. Call Don at 423-284-7866 or email Shelley at shelleyknee@gmail.com with any questions. BOOK TALK DATE CHANGED New date: April 5 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Card Room. Have a conversation with Jeffrey Wilkinson PhD, one of the authors of the new book “The Wall Between”. This will be a 90-minute session, hearing from the author, facilitated by another Lake Ashton resident, Dr. Gary Goldetsky as well as being able to ask questions. There is no fee for the session. Participants will need to have read the book. If you don’t already have the book, they are available for $20 (email Jeff at drjeffreywilkinson@gmail.com). The session will be limited to 20 people. 2024 POLK SENIOR GAMES The 31st Annual Polk Senior Games are scheduled to run through March 9 at various sites throughout the county. More information can be found online at polkseniorgames.org. If you compete in the Games, and/or win a medal, send a picture and your information to Valerie, valerie@lakeshtoncdd.com, for recognition in the LA Times! VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPRING FLING We love our Lake Ashton Volunteers! YOU make Lake Ashton the wonderful place that it is! We have planned a wonderful invitation-only event on April 19 to show our heartfelt appreciation. Volunteers will receive an invitation in mid-March in the mail which will need to be exchanged for a ticket to the event by April 15. Thank you for ALL that you do for Lake Ashton!

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WALK FOR A CURE By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars are selling luminary bags at Monday Coffee as a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society for a minimum donation of $10. Decorate the bag, return the bags and a small can like soup, to any LA Purple Stars member or Activities Desk staff member or volunteer by March 8. We will put a tea light in each bag to illuminate it. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to join the Walk For A Cure at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 12 in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot to walk around the Pavilion and end back at the Clubhouse circle to view all the luminary bags. TRIVIA By David Fix Lake Ashton Sunday Night Trivia continues to grow in popularity. A recent Sunday Night saw 226 players — a record turnout! Join your neighbors for an evening of fun and the chance to win some cash. Just $1 to play. Maximum of 8 per table. Come with your team or come join a table looking for players to join them. Open tables/ seating. Table are not reserved and tables are available on a first-come first-filled basis. Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia begins promptly at 7. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and make it a night of fun and socializing. Email lakeashtontrivia@gmail.com to be added to the database to be kept up-to-odate on trivia information. Due to scheduling conflicts, Trivia will only be held March 24 and 31. Hope you come join the fun! ENTERTAINMENT SERIES Aloha, Lake Ashton! On April 5 at 6 pm residents can attend an authentic luau in the Clubhouse Ballroom featuring entertainment by Uso's, a group of exceptional worldwide performers that will transport you to the South Pacific Islands with their authentic music and dances. Included in the ticket price is a buffet featuring delicious tropical fare. You don't want to miss this show! Tickets are $45 each and will go on sale online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office on March 5 at 9 am. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket. PASSOVER SEDER By David Harrison The Jewish community of Lake Ashton would like to invite all residents to share a Passover Seder at the Eagle's Nest on Monday, April 22 at 4:45 pm. Garden salad, choice of pot roast or 1/4 roasted chicken, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes, coffee and iced tea are included for only $23/person. Matzoh, ceremonial kosher wine and dessert will be provided for each guest. Make an entree choice when signing up at the Clubhouse Activities Office no later than April 12. Make check payable to David Harrison. Call 863-326-6418 with any questions. 30 There are only two shows left for the 2024 Entertainment Series! Individual tickets are still on sale online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office for Frankie Scinta on March 6 and Jenene Carameilo on March 29. Frankie Scinta — March 6: From the moment he steps on stage, the audience embraces Frankie Scinta with laughter, applause, and genuine awe of his talent. With his tremendous ability to entertain, a performance by “The Showman” is anything but typical. In addition to being a world-class vocalist and musician, Frankie is also a comedian and spot-on impressionist. Jenene Caramielo — March 29: From her early work in regional theater musicals such as The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof to opera workshops including Aida, to lead vocalist in pop music-packed theme park productions, Jenene’s lifelong training and work in voice, dance, piano, and acting & improvisation has delighted audiences the world over.

Why Wealth Management Is Important for Women Today, women control a third of household assets. But by 2030, U.S. women are expected to control much of the assets that the baby boomer generation will pass to heirs; roughly 30 trillion in assets. Women are becoming the newest face of wealth and will increase their net worth even more in the coming years. Women are also becoming the primary ‘breadwinners’ in many families and financial decisionmakers. Women have unique needs that often differ from their male counterparts: • Women have an additional life expectancy of 5 years longer than men. • Women earn seventy-nine cents to every dollar a man earns. • Women often take time off from work to care for other family members. • Women, on average, save less than men for retirement and other financial goals. It’s essential that women work toward managing their finances and meet with trusted professionals who understand their situation. They can plan for their future by incorporating these essential components: Tax planning- Planning for taxes at the beginning of the year can help determine appropriate tax-saving strategies. Certain tax credits and contribution limits for retirement savings accounts may phase out. Goal setting- Even though saving, investing, and spending is important, it’s vital that women identify realistic goals to work toward. Some goal-setting ideas include: • Giving to charity • Estate planning • Pursuing a specific return on investments • Eliminating debt and working toward paying off a mortgage Selecting investment strategies aligned with values- A study by Cerulli Associates found that 43% of women feel a company’s policies on social or environmental issues are essential when deciding to invest in that company. Women can work with financial professionals to help identify strategies aligning with their goals and values. Working with financial, legal, and tax professionals- Women may have more complex tax and estate planning needs than their male counterparts, especially when they inherit. Having unbiased professional advice suitable for their unique situation is also essential. These professionals can work as a team to help identify unique issues, develop a plan, and select strategies to help women work toward their goals. Diversifying their portfolio’s investment strategies- Putting all your money into strategies that aren’t diversified can leave one with a tax bill or put a portfolio at risk of loss during market turbulence. Implementing annuities and other strategies outside an employer’s retirement savings account may offer additional diversification. By taking action to manage their wealth and plan for their future, women can pursue financial confidence, regardless of their income. SWG2954120-0623 Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven FL 33880 31 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.

MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP SESSIONS March 27 at 9:30 am in the Cinema: “What Else? Long-Term Care & Financial Planning” THINK & DRINK: PLATELET RICH PLASMA Learn about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), the amazing “liquid gold” that every person has flowing through their veins at this very moment, on April 12 at 6:30 pm. Carey Coco, nurse practitioner at Keep Moving Health, will explain how PRP is a widespread and very popular treatment for a variety of conditions including joint pain. She will explain the process behind this innovative treatment and answer any questions that you may have. You don’t want to miss this very intriguing medical Think & Drink, so sign up online today! Everyone will receive a free glass of wine at the event. Tea and water will be available as well. GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays, 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone welcome. No charge. Mats or chairs available or bring your own. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. YOGA SHARE Facilitator: Sally Winfrey (316-516-2815) Come join us in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:45 am Wednesdays for a relaxing hour of stretching, strengthening, and meeting new friends. There is no charge. 32 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley The Endocrine System: Hormones Most of us don’t realize the role that the endocrine system plays in regulating our body processes. As we age, there is a decrease in our fat-burning hormones, and an increase of our fatstoring hormones. Growth hormone is involved in building lean tissue and burning fat. It also builds collagen (youthful skin), enhances immune function (keeps you healthy), and stimulates cartilage growth (increased bone density). As it declines, along with testosterone, we tend to pack on fat which lowers these hormones even more and starts the cycle of weight gain. Cortisol increases with stress and age and leads to increased abdominal fat. The effects of increased cortisol include slower metabolism (we burn less calories), reduced lean tissue (we lose muscle), loss of energy (we become lethargic). As women age their estrogen levels decline. The effects of lower estrogen levels include increased appetite, reduced fat burning, redistribution of fat to the belly area, and decreased energy. Progesterone also declines with age, altering the progesterone-to-estrogen ratio and causing a condition known as “estrogen dominance.” This can lead to irritability, depression, sleep problems, water retention, increased appetite, and sugar cravings. Testosterone is important for weight management because it helps build and maintain muscle. It also burns fat and increases energy. As testosterone declines with age, the result is loss of lean tissue and muscle tone. Lower mental energy and increased visceral fat. Exercise is the key to activating hormones and countering cortisol’s effect on our waistline. Exercising at least 3 times per week for 45 minutes can increase secretion of hormones and put you back in control of your health and fitness goals.

BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Check out these offerings here and in the two calendar inserts to learn how to nurture your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom, email yogawinterhaven@gmail.com ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/class (payable at class). No equipment is required. ✴ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, international, and contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. ✴ AQUA ZUMBA integrates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, blending it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. HFC ✴Zumba at the HFC Sports Court - Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. $5 ✴Aqua Zumba - April 5, 12 & 26, 5:30 pm. $5 ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am 33

FUSED GLASS GARDEN STAKE Monday, March 4 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Create a beautifully unique glass garden stake! Sign up at the HFC with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No experience necessary. FUSED GLASS PLATE & MORE Friday, March 29 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create a fused glass plate, trivet or set of 4 coasters. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check for $40 made out to Jill Groves. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No experience necessary. Contact: Jill Groves, 419-902-7966 or manorridgecreations@gmail.com. CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath (650-678-1174) and Marianne Morcone (860-712-9440) Join in the fun of card making. This class is for all levels. If you never made cards before, come try something new. Material to make two cards will be provided for $5. Meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. You must register to attend. Contact BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr March 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Swaying Palms $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on March 8 34

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Artist Freddie Combs will present a day-long watercolor workshop March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Turn bubbles into watercolor floral art on March 12 at 11:30 am! You will make two pieces of original artwork using specialty watercolor paper, paint, and bubbles. Supplies and instructions will be included for $8/person. Space is limited to 20. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by March 4. Make use of an old t-shirt you no longer wear while also celebrating Earth Day! On April 9 at 11:30 am Carmen will show you how to make reusable tshirt bags. These bags are very useful in everyday life and they are completely machine washable! If you don’t have a T-shirt, one will be provided for you at the class. All supplies and instructions will be included for $8 per person. Space is limited to 20 people, so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by April 2. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Instructor: Sheila Vertoli March 15 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom 16” x 20” of Van Gogh’s Starry Night $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by March 11 April 24 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Craft Room Wooden Pallet of the Key West Lighthouse $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by April 22 FINANCIAL PLANNING LUNCH & LEARN Have annuities left you with questions? Get them answered while enjoying a delicious lunch in the Ballroom on April 10 at 12 pm. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office today! 35

BALANCE & VERTIGO PRESENTATION Do you ever feel a little “off-balance,” “shaky” or experience vertigo? We ALL have! And now that we’re older, we’re more aware of the danger of being unsteady on our feet. Falls can change your life irrevocably. So why not strengthen your stability while you can? Come to this gathering of your neighbors and hear how to enhance your balance and even “cure” vertigo. Dr. Lakota Hillis from EmpowerMe, the Physical Therapy group at the HFC, will be our speaker on March 12 at 1 pm at the HFC. Sign up online or at the HFC today! LA DANCE CLASSES - AMERICAN TANGO Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Mondays, March 11, 19, & 25 (no class March 4) from 4:30 to 5:30 in HFC Community Center FREE! No partner needed. TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers welcome. Not designed for beginners. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. BEGINNERS L INE DANCING Instructor: Christine Baxter Tuesdays (Beginners 7-9 pm) and Thursdays (Beginners 9-11 am) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LORRIE’S LINE DANCE CLASS Thursday, March 14 at the HFC: 1 pm Beginner, 2 pm Improver Thursday, March 28 at the HFC: 1 to 3 pm Combined Class 36 TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881

CLUBS FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Linda Boast The 2024 Lake Ashton Friendly Bocce Group will have their annual tournament on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to approximately 2 pm at the newly remodeled bocce courts located next to the Clubhouse. Lake Ashton residents Jim and Kay Weaver of Weaver/Loveless Law will sponsor the tournament again this year. They will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We encourage all to come out to watch this year’s tournament. Bring your chairs, lunch and drinks and spend the day with a great group of people. Not available on the 16th? Join us at the courts on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4 to 6 pm for our tailgate socials. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share. Contact Stephanie Iszak (609-980-9505, siszak@comcast.net) or Tammy Shields (863-632-2024, tammy.shields1221@gmail.com) for more information. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club had a wonderful morning touring Bok Towers on February 14. The club had an opportunity to tour the “behind scenes” at the Tower’s greenhouses. Sil Wells and Alice Hearn led two different tours. A special thank you to both ladies for an excellent tour. The club’s next meeting is scheduled for March 13. The club members will tour Dennis Krupinski’s pollinator heaven garden. Please come and support the Garden Club on Wednesday, April 10. The Club’s third annual silent auction/garden sale will be held at 10am. The Garden Club does not collect dues. The plant sale is its main fundraiser. Monies collected go towards speakers, replenishing plants at the pavilion, HFC pool, corners on Dunmore and Mulligan, and the front of the Eagle’s Nest. The club hopes to add other projects in the near future. Anyone interested in donating plants, pots or miscellaneous garden items for this event please email Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com. 38 SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Singles have been busy — playing cards, eating out, going to shows, and helping others. Our February meeting had a good turnout, and we received thanks for providing Christmas to a dozen Senior Orphans in Polk County. These are people deep in poverty who have no family to care for them. We also committed to adopting Senior Orphans again this summer for “Christmas in July.” Recent club activities included a tour of Bok Tower, and lunch at Jacaranda Hotel last month. After the meeting we played Five Crowns and a board game, and we are open to learning new games. Afterwards, we went to Harry’s Old Place for dinner. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. we play cards and board games at the Clubhouse ballroom (or if it’s busy the Card Room), then it’s dinner out somewhere. Our next meeting will be March 3 at 2 p.m. We hope you join us. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Spring will officially arrive on March 19, so what better way to kick off the season than with a presentation by Barbara Comer entitled “Birds of Lake Ashton”. Her presentation will surely motivate us to pick up our cameras and enjoy the nature that surrounds us here at Lake Ashton. Residents with an interest in photography are welcome to attend our meeting and members are encouraged to bring along a few photos on a USB drive to share. The meeting will be on March 11th at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The next meeting of the LA Genealogy Club will be Wednesday, March 13 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. We always have a good time sharing our research stories and asking/answering questions. Come join your fellow Lake Ashtonians and have fun enjoying the company of your neighbors while also looking for your long lost ancestors. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655.

LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting March 7 in-person only at the Pavilion - please note change of venue. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage. The in-person General meeting will start at 6:30. Guest speaker Brandon Alvarado, candidate for Seat 2 on the Lake Wales City Commission, will discuss his vision for the future of Lake Wales. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel Mama Mia! It's time for LARC's annual Spaghetti Dinner! Please join us at the Eagle's Nest for dinner and camaraderie on March 27 at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. The cost including tip is $15 for Members and $20 for guests. The meal consists of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Alfredo, Salad, Garlic Knots, Soda and Iced Tea. Checks only, payable to LARC are due no later than March 19. Lake Wales City Commission candidates Danny Krueger, Danny Williams and Crystal Higbee will be there to share their priorities for the city during their 4-year term and value your input. Mark your calendar for election day, Tuesday April 2. Let your voice be heard! Did you miss the Club Expo in February? Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desk to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the club, group, or organization they are trying to join. Recurring events and meetings of clubs, groups and organizations are also included on the calendars for the Clubhouse & HFC inserted into this issue. 39

DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh The Duplicate Bridge group is celebrating 20 years of Monday games at Lake Ashton, making us one of the oldest ongoing activities in the community. Started by Pat Foster — who still participates — the group has provided both a challenging and a learning opportunity for our players. We celebrated our anniversary on January 29 with a luncheon prior to our game. Presently the game is operated by Don W. Fuller, an ACBL Certified Director. We welcome new players of all abilities, though a basic knowledge of the game is required. For more information contact Don at dfuller627@yahoo.com. Recent winners: January 22: North-South 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Lois Dole; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 3rd Trish Kellar & Marian Oshinsky; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Jeff Wilkinson & Howard Mayne; 3rd Marge Kniat & Dana Griffiths January 29: North-South 1st Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; 2nd Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 3rd Don Fuller & James Ford; East West 1st Tom Fleming & Graham Littlehales; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Alex Vogt & Colette FarlandVogt February 5: North-South 1st Liz Smith & Keith Stevens; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Don Fuller; 3rd Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Mafie Walker & Howard Mayne February 12: North-South 1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd Chris Verges & Karla Gengler; East-West 1st Marian Oshinsky & Nancy Golding; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm. The LAVA Auxiliary is made up of residents who love our 40 country. It is non-political and any Lake Ashton resident is invited to join. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. near the stage at the Clubhouse. During the year we host events to raise funds for our veterans and active military. The Girl Scouts attended our February meeting and offered for sale not only cookies but also donations for cookies to be sent to our military overseas. The LAVA Auxiliary started the donations with a $400 check for this cause. SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Craft Fair is Saturday, October 26. If you would like to become a vendor, stop by to see Sheila at the Clubhouse. Sheila has the Vendor Packets. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to change a person’s day, outlook, and even their life by finding just the right message at just the right time. Our group had a great turnout for the recent LA community Club Expo. We welcomed six new members this past month. As our group grows, we’ve had an average of 28 members at each meeting. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create a beautiful rock. There are lots of ways to paint and the group is always happy to share tips and techniques. LA Rockers meets in the HFC Community Center from 2 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session. It’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that supplies can be provided. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page.

LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The Lake Ashton Swim Club is a fun opportunity to swim for fitness with friends and fellow residents. As a group we support each other. The volunteer instructor/coach gives tips to help improve techniques and creates different written suggested workouts for all levels. Some come just for exercise; some also want to improve their technique; while a few go to one or more of the Florida Senior Games, which offer a variety of strokes and distances in 10 age groups and 2 gender groups. Whatever your interest, come swim at your own pace and get fit with us. The club has reserved the HFC pool on Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Lisa Savala The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association (LAPA) is comprised of residents who enjoy pickleball, from Beginners to Advanced. LAPA is a great way to connect with other players while making pickleball more fun. Here are a few things LAPA does: • Supply balls to all courts • Coordinate Training Clinics, Mixer Tournaments, and Social Events • Represent the members to the CDD • Purchase essential items that go beyond the CDD’s responsibility • Manage league teams that compete with neighboring communities • Post playing time schedules and other useful information on the bulletin board outside the courts Membership forms and a submission box are located at the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Offices. The cost is $12 for January through December. If you sign up after January the fee is prorated by $1 per month. For example, $9 if your membership starts in April. Join us for another year of pickleball fun! 41 LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino This month we shine a spotlight on Meals on Wheels recipient Lenore “Gundy” Costello. Lenore lives in Lake Alfred and celebrated her 107th birthday in November. “Gundy”, as she is known, is a former Executive Director of the Girl Scouts Heart of Florida Council, founder of Camp Wildwood and was recognized as the oldest Girl Scout in the nation at the Girl Scouts National Conference last July. Lenore is one of over 600 seniors and adults with limited mobility throughout Polk County that depends on Meals on Wheels for nutritiously-balanced meals each week. Meal Services are based on need, not age or income.Please consider joining Lake Ashton Friends of Meals on Meals (“LA FOMOW”) to help promote this very deserving non-profit organization in our community. To become a member or for more information please email lafomow@gmail.com.

MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Nancy Sztanyo To all you Michiganders, Yoop Trolls! We are so excited upcoming Michigan Potluck on March 3 from 4 to 7 pm at the HFC. Lots of people, delicious food and even a little Michigan trivia. Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. $5/couple or $3/person (to help pay for the paper products needed). Please bring a dish that will feed 8-10 people and your own beverage This will be a fun filled event and we hope to see everyone from our Great Lakes State! Any questions - call or Nancy D’Herin 313.407.8283 or Diane Schrauben 517.668.0832. MISSOURI/NEBRASKA/ KANSAS STATE PARTY By Nancy Rudy The Potluck is on March 12 from 4 to 7 pm at the HFC. If you have ever lived in one of these states, you are most welcome to join us to meet old and new friends. We will be serving Sloppy Joes and ask that you bring a dish to share. Don’t forget utensils for your dish and bring your favorite beverages. Also, if you have new or gently used items to donate for a silent auction, that would be appreciated. It helps to defray the cost of supplies. R.S.V.P. to Nancy at 314-614-3669 or mrsnlr@cs.com before March 9. Looking forward to seeing which state has the most attendees! SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola Greetings to all neighbors from New York! We are looking forward to seeing old and new friends over the coming year. Our monthly get-togethers mostly held in the Clubhouse Ballroom on the third Friday of the month at 6:30 pm. There are 5 dates that the room is unavailable so we will work around those dates. Traditionally these will be potlucks, but we welcome any other suggestions (such as pizza nights, caterers, themes, etc). Please note the following dates for the Clubhouse events: March 15, May 17, August 16, September 20, October 18. March 15th: A Taste of New York Potluck – bring a dish that reminds you of your NY home! Whether it’s Sahlen’s hot dogs, Junior’s Cheesecake, Black & White Cookies, Beef on Weck, salt potatoes, Buffalo Wings, Spiedies, Chicken Riggies, White Hots, Grape Pie, Greens & Beans, Waldorf salad, Tomato Pie, an apple dish, pastrami on rye or your favorite family recipe...bring enough to share with eight of your Lake Ashton/NY Friends & Neighbors! For newbies: Please send your contact information (name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY) to Deirdre Knapp (auntdeda@hotmail.com). Hoping to see lots of “old” and new faces on March 15 (6:30 pm) at the Clubhouse Ballroom. ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda Please join us for the Italian/American Club Potluck on March 21 at the HFC at 6pm. Bring a dish to share, (desserts are taken care of) a beverage and $1 to cover expenses. We look forward to meeting some new members, so if you have Italian heritage please join us. For more information contact Susie Escoda at 863-206-6566. LA BELLES By Wallie Hartleb The LA Belles Luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 27 at noon at Charm City in Lake Ashton Clubhouse. The telephone number to check their specials is 863-622-3300. Please register at the Clubhouse Activities Office or online as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Vivian Harmon at 317-430-2662. Let's celebrate Spring together. Hostesses: Vivian Harmon and Wallie Hartleb 42

Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work From Real Estate Agent to Friend When we moved to Florida in 2020, we were blessed to find Brad Kirwan. He made our internet home purchase easy and offered so many helpful tips on the area we knew nothing about. 3 years later we now have bought and sold 3 houses of which we relied on Brad for smooth transitions. We are in our forever home and are grateful for Brad’s guidance and now for his friendship. You’re the best! Michael & Marianne Morcone February 7, 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 43

GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa The first weekend in March brings LAMGA’s signature event to life, the annual Member-Guest Tournament that takes place March 7, 8 and 9. The field comprises 60 two-man teams divided into 10 flights as they compete in best-ball play on both the East and West courses. The top finishers in each flight receive gift certificates to the pro shop. But win or not, all participants walk away from the tournament with a generous gift bag that includes a variety of golf merchandise. The teams compete in their own flights in nine-hole matches against one another. Along the way, they have a chance to shoot for prizes in closest-to-hole opportunities and in a special 100-yard closest-to-pin contest from the 18th fairway on the West Course. That competition, on March 7, is sponsored by the Red Hoagland Hyundai. Red Hoagland is one of dozens of sponsors supporting the tournament. Sponsorships come from a wide array of businesses and services in the area. In addition to Red Hoagland, the following sponsors make major contributions that enable LAMGA to fund this tournament: Amerity Financial / Burris Warner; Chris Bruser, Mutual of Omaha reverse mortgage specialist; Art’s Golf Cars; and Snowbird Heating and Cooling. This monthly article, throughout 2024, will include the names of other sponsors that have made the tournament possible this year. You also can find the full list of LAMGA sponsors on the league’s web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. The Red Hoagland dealership also supports a monthly competition of LAMGA players, and the results of the first month of the season are in. Here is the leader board from January in the annual Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: 1.) Darrel Reid, $38.75; 2.) Mike Krigelski and Tom Murphy tied with $29.75; 4.) Alan Gasner, $28.75; 5.) Pat O’Neil and Ed Powers tied with $27.75. LAMGA weekly participants compete for prizes in the form of pro shop credits. The amounts in the standings represent how much in pro shop credits that they collected in January. For more information about LAMGA, including how you can join if you are new to the community, visit the LAMGA web page at LakeAshtonLiving.com. Pictured: Darrel Reid, left, led the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge after the first month of the season. Next to him is Tom Murphy, tied for second place with Mike Krigelski.

LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt If you make a holein-one, send your name, date, hole, and course number to be featured in the LA Times to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com March – in like a lion, out like a lamb… let’s hope the lamb shows up sooner rather than later. This winter season has been a really wet and cold one for playing golf. Get your green wardrobe ready to play on 3/12 in celebration of St Patrick’s Day – and everyone will play from the green tees! Before you know it, April 2nd will be upon us and our Tropical Tuesday Closing Day and Lunch will arrive. I’m happy to report we have volunteers for VP and Secretary as Janet and Marti step down. We’ll let you know who will carry those torches at the luncheon. Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Beverly Hines LALGA members “Got Their Green On” for the Member/Member Golf Tournament held February 12 & 13 with the theme 18 Shades of Green. Congratulations to all the winners and to Lydia Fichtman and Rita Lee and their committee for organizing the 2-day event. From Nancy Zografos, Chair for We Care for Kids, “I truly appreciate all the donations for the project that supplies toiletries and hygiene products for homeless students. We donated six boxes each for the Winter Haven / Lake Wales High Schools. It was greatly appreciated.” Nominations are now open for the positions of LALGA President and Secretary. Those interested in running for one of these offices should contact one of the nominating committee members: Rita Lee, Kathy Reed, Deb Louder, or Sandra Lancaster. Electronic voting will be held March 20th – 26th and those elected will assume their roles on June 1. Lots of fun Tuesday League Play Day games are scheduled for March. Check out the bulletin board in the hallway to the ladies’ restrooms in the Pro Shop where they are posted each month. The Men’s and Women’s Club Championships will be held on March 21 – 22. Who will get the reserved golf cart parking at the Pro Shop this year? The following four women are the top money winners to date for The Red Hoagland Challenge: Liz Leigh, Kathy Reed, Bev Hines, and Shearly Simpson. Congratulations, ladies!

Lake Ashton’s 16th Annual Fine Arts & Photography Show March 9, 2024 1 — 4 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Judges: Rocky Bridges (Photography) and Blair Updike (Fine Arts) Ribbons will be awarded in each category Pictured above: 2023 Photography Best in Show Winner Lil Red by Shelley Brodka Pictured at right: 2023 Fine Arts Best in Show Winner Winter Woods by Sharon Makela Admission is Free & Refreshments are Available Thanks to the Following Sponsors: Bernie Pruitt, Hill Nissan Sales Consultant 6401 Cypress Gdns Blvd Winter Haven FL. 33884 Cell: 863.212.1670 Boyett Family Dentistry 150 Avenue A SE Winter Haven, FL 33880 863.703.2757 The Gallery & Frame Shop 6795 N Scenic Hwy Lake Wales 33898 863.676.2821 Kevin Weltlin State Farm Agency 23865 US Hwy 27 N Lake Wales, FL 33859 863.676.6633 The Tessier Law Firm, P.A. 520 6th St NW Winter Haven, FL. 33881 863.220.7927 Snowbird Heating & Cooling, Inc. 1095-A US 92 Auburndale, FL 33823 863.551.3411

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