L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter May 2021 Simply the Best! IN REMEMBRANCE - National Military Appreciation Month - Inaugural Commander in Chief Golf Tournament - Memorial Day Service see pgs 24-25 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Lake Ashton is a 55 and Older Deed Restricted Community 863.324.6032 863.324.5457 www.lakeashtoncdd.com

We Handle ALL of your Real Estate Needs: Buying, Selling, & Rentals MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE ARE THE BEST AT WHAT WE DO! • Lake Ashton Realty was involved in over 60 home closings in 2020, representing 66% of all closings. • Our next closest competitor was involved in 21 home closings – we tripled our closest competitor in transactions! • For ONLY 3% listing commission and 3% selling commission, work with the EXCLUSIVE on-site professionally staffed office to serve your needs 7 days a week. • The team is lead by Terri Mattocks, Broker, one of the initial residents who has called Lake Ashton home for over 18 years. Back Row (L to R): Sarah Lord, Anita Piasecki, Cindy Thornton Front Row: Lori Raath, Terri Mattocks

NEWSLETTER STAFF MAY 2021 Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.6032 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES June Issue Deadline: May 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 Desk: 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 HOA Office (LW) Ashton Tap & Grill Annie Toth, GM Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 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 CR 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 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

MONDAY C OFFEE In person coffee resumes! A virtual option will still be made available to those that wish to attend via Zoom. The link will be sent out via email blast. Masks will be mandatory and tables will be 6 feet apart with a maximum of 6 chairs per table. Bring your own coffee, or Cuppa Joe coffee truck will be in the parking lot at 8:45 am. MAY 3 Birthdays and Anniversaries Organization Spotlight: Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) Featured Vendor - Christine Graves Insurance MAY 10 Featured Speaker - What is Speech Therapy? With Select Rehab Featured Vendors: Tessier Law Firm and Matthew Simpson with Edward Jones Bite Me Monday - donations of pet items for the Polk County Humane Society can be dropped off at the Clubhouse MAY 17 NO MONDAY COFFEE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Peanut Butter Monday - donations of non-perishable food items for a local food pantry can be dropped off at the Clubhouse MAY 24 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker - LAVA presents "Women in the Military" Featured Vendor: Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley ASHTON TAP & GRILL IS DOING A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR MONDAY COFFEE ATTENDEES ON MAY 24 AT 9 AM IN THE BALLROOM FOR $6. MENU: 2 PANCAKES, SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE OR BACON, & COFFEE The monthly Farmers Market will be on May 19 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse West parking lot. Please call the Clubhouse Activities Desk for more information. 4 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL May 12 at 2 pm Clubhouse Ballroom SIGN UP FOR BLAS T EMAILS Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to choose your distribution lists. LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, May 17 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, May 21 at 9 am HFC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS INSIDE THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 16 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 24 GOLF 30 CLUBS 36 MIND & BODY 42

LACDD NEWS BY CHRIS TINE WELLS, LACDD COMMUN I TY D I R E C TOR May is National Military Appreciation Month and this is a great time to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom. More information on National Military Appreciation Month, ways to support our Military and Veterans, and ways staff at the Clubhouse and HFC are honoring Lake Ashton veterans and their families can be found on page 24. A second round of COVID-19 vaccinations were administered on April 9. The Lake Ashton CERT team once again stepped up to the plate and helped over 300 residents receive vaccinations in a timely and organized manner. Thank you again to all the CERT members that volunteered for these events. The Clubhouse is currently in Phase IV of the reopening plan. A link to a copy of the full plan is listed at the bottom of each email blast that is sent from the Clubhouse. Recently at the April Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors voted to remove the requirement of masks while exercising or while eating and/or drinking when sitting stationary. Masks are still required in other areas of the Clubhouse. For questions regarding procedures for the current phase please contact Christine Wells, Community Director LA (LW) CDD at cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com The preliminary fiscal year 2022 budget (October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022) was reviewed at the April 19 LACDD BOS meeting and an updated version with the changes requested by the Board will be presented at the May 17 meeting for consideration. Residents are encouraged to attend. A wrap up report regarding actions taken at the April 19 LACDD Budget Workshop and regular meeting in addition to the Joint CDD Meeting was sent out via email on April 21. Email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com if you would like a copy. Residents can visit lakeashtoncdd.com for more information including approved meeting minutes, agendas, and other important CDD documents. Staff is happy to announce the LA Times is now available electronically! It is emailed out, along with the monthly calendar of events by the first of each month. This is a great way to stay connected while traveling or when gone for the summer. Please note, due to inconsistent weather patterns during the months of May through August, the LA Times will be available by pickup only at the Clubhouse and HFC. Residents away for the summer should still inform the Clubhouse Activities Desk to help maintain accurate counts. 863.949.0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: Mondays, 10 am to Noon, Clubhouse Conference Room The Clubhouse offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 31. There will be no Monday Coffee, but the Clubhouse will remain open for resident use. Offices and the Activities Desk will reopen on June 1. 6 LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONTA C T INFO 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 Harry Krumrie, Assistant Secretary - Restaurant 407.766.9237, hkrumrie@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary - Budget, Finance, Reserve Study

MAY’S EVENTS Join us for a Cinco de Mayo party in the Ballroom on Wednesday, May 5th Make your reservations today for our special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 9th Military Appreciation Month *Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel will receive 15% off lunch all month long. Must show valid ID. *Offer excludes alcoholic beverages. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or discount. No coupon required. No cash value. Tax and gratuity are not included.    Entertainment May  Rick Arnold Join us every Sunday for brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 7

LAIICDD NEWS BY MAR Y BOSMAN, LAIICDD COMMUNIT Y DIREC T OR photo: Dennis Krupinski Projects seem to be an ever-going process, but staff is taking on some outdoor projects that are best completed before the heat of summer comes upon us. The Porte-cochere project is complete and came in on budget and ahead of time! The new ceiling is capable of being power washed and it’s structurally more sound than before the work was done. The finials on the fencing on HWY. 653 are painted and the black posts are being painted. The pool coping has been replaced due to cracking from excess weight demands. The ladder was moved, and weight limit signs were put up to prevent further cracking. A spa heater was replaced from a recent lightning hit. Two wireless Internet access points needed to be replaced from the same lightning hit as well. A security camera was moved from the HFC kitchen area to the Rose Garden. Phase IV COVID procedure is out so we are enjoying a somewhat less restrictive environment these days. Our two temporary staff positions ended on April 14th. Marina and Evelyn did a great job and they were a great asset to Lake Ashton II CDD. The Board member in charge of liaison with the two dog parks belonging to LA II CDD is now Duff Hill. Colette was doing a great job but she chose to focus on her other very time consuming areas of responsibility. Duff will do a great job in this new role. LAIICDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONTAC T INFO 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 We just finished Volunteer Appreciation Month, but perhaps we could all remember to thank some yearlong volunteers who are often forgotten about except when there is a complaint to be delivered. Our Board of Supervisors work through very trying circumstances, spend countless hours working, and deal with a plethora of personalities all year, so please give them a verbal thank you when you see them! Don’t forget the F.R.E.E. (Finally Ready to Enjoy Events) Party at the HFC on Friday the 7th. Bring your own beverage and snacks for a fun night of music and dancing. Admission is $5/per person at the door. Tables can be reserved at the HFC Activities Desk until they are sold out. Social distancing will be practiced. 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 Duff Hill, Assistant Secretary - Public Works & Budget, Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Mondays at 10:30 to 11:30 am, 863.875.4216, duffhill5429@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Office Hours: Thursdays at 9 to 10:30 am, 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Colette McKie, Assistant Secretary - Grounds and Landscaping, Planning, and Transportation System Office Hours: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm, 443.994.2939, cmckie@lakeashton2cdd.com


NEWS HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE & HFC: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday RESIDENT PHOTO ID HOURS AT THE CLUBHOUSE: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm or other times by appointment. ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Daily ENTRANCE GATE REMINDERS Please use caution when entering and exiting the community via the Thompson Nursery Road entrance. The entry gates are not on a sensor, they are set to open for 3 seconds and close even if there is a car under the gate. Cars should stop at the stop sign, hit the button on the entrance gate remote, and proceed through the open gate. If residents hit the button on the remote coming off of Thompson Nursery Road it does not allow for enough time for the vehicle to make it through the gate and could potentially cause damage to your vehicle and the gate arm. If any of the gates are damaged due to negligence on the driver's part any costs involved COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the amenities, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. with the replacement or repair of the gate arm will be the responsibility of the driver. While it may appear to be helpful to hit the button on your gate remote to open the gate for a resident that appears to be having difficulty with their remote this could be someone trying to gain access to the community for ill purposes. If a resident is having difficulty with their remote security will assist. Please be patient and wait until the car ahead of you receives the help they need and proceeds through the gate before you hit the button on your remote to enter the gate. When exiting the community, any vehicle close to the height of the overhang should use the right lane to exit the community even if turning left on Thompson Nursery Road. Not doing so puts your vehicle at risk of damage not to mention possible property damage that will be the responsibility of the driver. If unsure if the vehicle is close to the height of the overhang please err on the side of caution and use the right side to exit.

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LAKE ASHTON TRIVIA Lake Ashton (the actual lake) was not always named Lake Ashton. What was the first recorded name of this body of water? The answer will be found on page 42. SEASONAL RESIDENTS AND SUMMER TRAVELERS If you will be away for the summer, please stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to put your LA Times delivery on hold, or pay for a subscription ($3/month domestic; $4/month international). The newsletter and calendars are also sent out via email blast. A Summer Checklist is also available at the information wall in the Ballroom and on lakeashtoncdd.com. SHREDDING EVENT Tessier Law Firm is sponsoring a mobile shredding service on May 8. Bring any papers in a bag to the Clubhouse lobby on this day from 9 am to noon. Please look at the insert included in this issue for more information. JOINT AMENITIES POLIC Y This month outlines the policy regarding use of the Pet Play Parks at Lake Ashton. There is Pet Play Park on the E a s t s i d e o f t h e Clubhouse, on Winged Foot Lane, and on Pebble Beach Blvd. The full policy can be found at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com unde r "Add i t i ona l District Documents". Contact LACDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LAIICDD C o mm u n i t y D i r e c t o r M a r y B o s m a n (mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com) with questions. 1. Pet parks are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Specific times will vary based on the time of year. 2. The security staff will unlock and lock the gates daily. 3. Both pet play parks welcome all sized pets. 4. Pets must be kept on a leash until through the transition gates. Owners must carry a leash with them at all times. 5. Owners are liable for the actions and behavior of their pets at all times. 6. All pets must wear a collar with identification, current license, and rabies certification. All pets must have all required current vaccinations. 7. All pet waste must be cleaned up immediately by the owners and disposed of properly in the receptacles provided. 8. Aggressive or unruly pets must be leashed and removed from the parks immediately. 9. Pets in heat, displaying aggression or signs of illness or disease are prohibited from using the facility until the circumstances are corrected. This applies equally to pets with worms, fleas, or ticks. 10. All pet handlers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. 11. No children are allowed in the parks without adult supervision. 12. Pets are not allowed to dig holes. Their owners are responsible for immediately stopping the digging and refilling any holes with soil. 13. At the first sign of aggression or if a pet becomes unruly and plays too rough, the pet must be leashed and removed from the pet park immediately and banned for the remainder of the day. This will also cause a verbal warning to be issued to the owner by the Amenity Manager. 14. In the event the pet harms, bites or fights another pet or an owner, the pet will be banned from visiting the parks while other pets are present for a period of thirty days. 15. If a second incident of harm, biting, or fighting occurs within a six (6) month period, the pet will be banned from the pet park for one (1) year.

LA WOODWORKERS KNIFE SHARPENING Bring your knives and scissors that need sharpening to the Wood Shop for sharpening on May 17 between 9 and 10 am. Please wrap them in newspaper and identify with your name and telephone number. Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraising project. HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS OF POLK COUNT Y By Doris Reisinger You answered the call. Thanks to your generosity we have collected 91 gift cards from a variety of food restaurants and Walmart. Hopefully we can continue with a few more. May 10th will be the last day for any donations. if writing a check please make out the Polk County Public Schools. All can be dropped off at either Activities Desk or you can contact Doris at 217.652.6636 and miker0343@yahoo.com. Again you all are champions in my book!! WITH GRATITUDE AND IN REMEMBRANCE Thank you to all our friends and neighbors for their kind support through cards, calls, comfort foods and other expressions of sympathy. Our father, Robert “Bob” Erdman, loved Lake Ashton and everyone he had the pleasure to have met. Sincerely, Jan and Trish Erdman ______________________ There will be a celebration of life for John Klikas on May 18 at 11 am at the HFC Rose Garden, followed by a luncheon in the Community Center. RSVP to Diane Klikas at 863.778.6630 or email dianeklikas@gmail.com by May 13.

LA LO O K S LAKE ASHTON (LW) ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMM I T T E E ( A R C ) By Bob Sosinski The Lake Ashton Architectural Review Committee is committed to maintaining the beautiful aesthetics of our community and homes. We require all homeowners to submit an Architectural Change Request whenever you are making changes or repairs to the exterior of you home. After you submit an ARC Change Request, your area ARC Representative will review the request with you regarding compliance and completeness of the Request. This process ensures that all changes conform to the requirements of the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the Association as well as to the Architectural guidelines. A common omission in submitting an Architectural Change Request is to not include a plot plan with dimensions when adding structures such as a lanai or adding or modifying landscape beds or pavers. These types of changes cannot be approved without a plot plan showing dimension. All new homeowners received a copy of the survey with their closing documents from the developer. Copies of the surveys are available from the Lake Wales Building Department. A copy of the survey, marked up to show the proposed changes, is the mos t acceptable means to sat i s fy thi s requirement. The Architectural Review Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and who want to meet and work with fellow residents to help maintain Lake Ashton as one of the premier 55+ communities n in Central Florida. If interested i n s e r v i n g , p l e a s e s e n d a n ema i l t o ARC@lakeashtonhoa.org or call Bob Sosinski at (863) 605-3931. LAKE ASHTON (LW) HOA CORNER By Pat Howe The 2021 Director positions are: Pat Howe, President president@lakeashtonhoa.org Nancy Baker, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org Ken Rickey, Treasurer treasurer2@lakeashtonhoa.org David Muller, Secretary secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org Chuck Hunziker, Secretary secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org Please feel free to call the HOA Office at 863.325.0065 and leave a message as they are checked and responded to on a regular basis by a Director. The Board would like to thank the retiring Directors, Ralph Marino and Bob Sosinski, for all their hard work and positive contributions to the LW HOA. Message from New Board Member Ken Rickey As a new member of the Lake Ashton (East) Board of Directors I would like to encourage each of you to do your part in making this community the best it can be. It goes beyond just keeping your house and yard looking great. Many of you are doing a fantastic job of that. A great community is not just made up of nice houses. It is made up of people willing to do the right thing at the right time, like helping a neighbor with a project they can’t do on their own, picking up that piece of litter that blew in from somewhere instead of letting “someone else” do it; or volunteering for a job, position or function that will add to the betterment of the community and oneself. A lot of residents here do a lot of volunteering. It benefits the community as well as the soul. Have you volunteered lately? Maybe make the ARC a possibility. It will take commitment and a strong personality, but YOU can do it!

SAFET Y CO - E X I S T I N G W I T H ALLIGAT ORS Alligators play a valuable role in the ecology of our state’s wetlands. Alligators are predators and help keep other aquatic animal populations in balance. Generally, alligators less than four feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous unless handled. However, if you encounter any alligator that you believe poses a threat to people, pets or property, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWCGATOR (866-392-4286). Nuisance alligators are killed, not relocated. Visit MyFWC.com/Gators for more information. Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are in or near fresh or brackish water. Bites may occur when people do not pay close enough attention to their surroundings near water. • Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. • Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that may contain alligators. Dogs often attract an alligator’s interest. • Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing alligators. Handling even small alligators can result in injury. • Never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed. • Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps. Do not throw them into the water. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators when you do this, the result can be the same. • Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Remember, they’re an important part of Florida’s natural history as well as an integral component of aquatic ecosystems Reference: https://myfwc.com/media/16070/alligator-brochure.pdf

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Summer is right around the corner and with it, many will be “on the road” visiting their favorite places or seeing family and friends. Your Neighborhood Watch team would like to remind you to be prepared both at home and when you are traveling. Please let your Neighborhood Watch Coordinators know you will be out of town so they can give your residence a little extra surveillance. Check out the insert in this issue for a list of all the coordinators and the areas to which they are assigned. There are numerous things you should do before leaving such as: setting your alarm system, making sure all your locks are in working order, stopping mail and newspaper delivery, securing outside furniture and belongings (remember, hurricane season is coming), etc. You may perform a simple “security survey” of your house (a checklist will be available at both HFC and Clubhouse Desks). Have a safe and wonderful summer! Currently there is an email scam occurring where t h i e v e s , p o s i n g a s someone the recipient knows and are phishing for personal, financial, and other private information. You might get an email from someone you know asking you to perform a “task” or a “favor” to purchase Google Play gift cards and email them the redemption codes. While the sender’s name and email address may look like a family member, friend, or colleague, this is actually a sophisticated phishing scam disguised as a trustworthy request from someone you know. Do not buy gift cards and respond with the redemption codes. If you want to confirm whether or not the request is legitimate, do not respond directly to the email sender or click on any links in their email. Instead, contact the person requesting the gift codes face to face or via an alternative communication method (e.g., the phone number you regularly use to call/text them). Source: fraud.org, a project of the National Consumer's League.                                                    

MOVIES PLEASE NOTE NEW SHOWTIMES: 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM. TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CAPACITY: 40 CINEMA IS SANITIZED AFTER EACH SHOWING MAY 11 — 13 (NO 11 AM MOVIE MAY 13) NOMADLAND 2020 | R | 1h 48min Language, drug use, brief sexuality, violence. Following the closure of a gypsum mine in the rural Nevada town she calls home, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road. Exploring life outside conventional society as a modern-day nomad, Fern soon discovers a resilience and resourcefulness that present her with experiences unlike any she’s known before. Along the way in this story of hope, she meets other nomads who become mentors in her life amidst the vast and breathtaking landscape of the American West. ENJOY A STAR WARS ORIGINAL TRILOGY MOVIE MARATHON ON MAY 4 Episode IV: A New Hope at 10 AM Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at 1 PM Episode VI: Return of the Jedi at 4 PM MAY 5 — 6 (NO 7 PM MOVIE MAY 5) THE DEVIL HAS A NAME 2020 | PG-13 | 1h 37min Some sexual material, brief violence, language, drug use. Widowed, broke and adrift, farmer Fred Stern finds a new purpose in life when he learns that a multi-national oil company has been polluting his water. But as his crusade against the powers that be spills out of the courtroom and into his personal life, Fred must find a way to avoid the ruin of his farm, his family and his dreams. Starring David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Edward James Olmos, Martin Sheen, Haley Joel Osment and Alfred Molina. 20 20 MAY 18 — 20 THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW 2021 | R | 1h 40min Some action/violence, language. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who finds herself keeping tabs on the picture perfect family across the street through the windows of her New York City brownstone. Her life is turned upside down when she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime. Based on the gripping, best-selling novel, shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one are what they seem in this suspenseful psychological thriller. MAY 25 — 27 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 2020 | R | 2h 9min Drug use, bloody Images, language, some violence. When antiwar activists clash with police and National Guardsmen at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, violence erupts. Charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot, seven of the protestors are put on trial. Stars Yahya AbdulMateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph GordonLevitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, and more.

CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM (CLOSED CAPTIONED) & 3 PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW SHOWTIMES) MAY 28 GLORY 1989 | R | 2h 2min MAY 7 MAY 7 THE DIRTY DOZEN 1967 | NR | 2h 30min In this Academy Award-winning World War II action flick from director Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard), a U.S. Army major (Lee Marvin) is handed a near-impossible assignment: Turn a group of conscripted convicts into a crack fighting unit and then send them on a mission to destroy a villa filled with Nazi brass. The "volunteers" include Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas), Victor Franko (John Cassavetes) and Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland). MAY 14 SINCE YOU WENT AWAY 1944 | NR | 2h 52min When her husband leaves to fight in World War II, housewife Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) must struggle on alone to raise their two daughters, Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple). With a tight budget, Anne is forced to take in two lodgers, elderly ex-soldier Col. William G. Smollett (Monty Woolley) and handsome Lt. Tony Willet (Joseph Cotten). However, loyal maid Fidelia (Hattie McDaniel) stays on unpaid and the makeshift household pulls together through home front hardships. MAY 21 (NO 3 PM MOVIE) WE WERE SOLDIERS 2002 | R | 2h 18min This Vietnam War epic tells the true story of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang through the eyes of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, who led 450 American soldiers into battle against thousands of well-armed Vietnamese troops.Stars Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Duong Don, Ryan Hurst, Robert Bagnell 21 Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION OPEN Now If you would like to be listed here, contact valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com. 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, www.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: Monday - Thursday 11:30 am-8 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-9 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks, Burgers, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. Ask about karaoke & live music.

NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice i n t h e pursuit of freedom. NMAM started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now serving and to know the history behind it all. May is characterized by six national observances highlighting the contributions of those who have served. LOYALTY DAY — SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021 This is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States, and to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom. PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK (PSRW) — MAY 2 THROUGH 8, 2021 The first full week in May is set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world. MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, this is a day to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Recognizes the important role our military families play in keeping the Armed Forces strong and the country safe. VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY (V-E DAY) SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021 May 8th, 1945 is the day when Germans throughout Europe uncondit ional ly surrendered to the Allies. This day marked the end of World War II in Europe. ARMED FORCES DAY SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 Celebrated the third Saturday in May every year, this is a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of this country. This day honors everyone serving in all the U.S. Military branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Space Force. MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service. All Americans are encouraged to pause, wherever they are, at 3 pm local time for a minute of silence. WAYS TO SUPPORT MILITARY & VETERANS • Display the American Flag at your home • Send a care package to a soldier • Encourage elected officials to recognize military and veterans • Thank someone in uniform or a veteran by surprising them with a special treat • Donate to a veteran or military charity • Reach out to a veteran or military family in need • During the month of May residents can stop by the Wall of Honor in the Clubhouse Foyer to place a picture with the branch of service for themselves or family members that are veterans, on active duty, or made the ultimate sacrifice. Any veterans who would like a picture taken by staff can stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk Monday-Thursday from 10 am — 3 pm. • Throughout the month of May the HFC will be recognizing Lake Ashton Veterans with special media highlighting a Lake Ashton Veteran weekly, and trivia to test your knowledge of the United States Armed Forces. Don't forget to sign up for the Armed Forces Golf Tournament. More information is listed on the next page.

LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION UPCOMING ACTIVITIES By Jim Mecsics LAVA INAUGURAL COMMANDER IN CHIEF GOLF TOURNAMENT LAVA will be hosting the first Commander in Chief Golf Tournament on May 15, Armed Forces Day, at the Golf Course. The tournament is open to everyone and the fees for the tournament will be $35 for golf course members and $40 for non-members. This is a "Pick your Foursome" event, and the format will be a 4-Player Scramble Participants will register by their service preference and the overall score for will determine who will be the 2021 Commander in Chief Tournament winners, be it Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Space Force! Sign up for this tournament will be at the Pro Shop and by check only, made out to LAVA. As always, proceeds will go to various veterans’ programs Come on out and determine which service has the bragging rights for 2021! MEMORIAL DAY 2021 LAVA will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on May 31 at 10 am. Additionally, flags will be posted at both community entrances and all residents are encouraged to do the same in their yards! SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LAVA FOURTH OF JULY PARADE 2021 Start planning your golf cart or vehicle decorations for the LAVA Fourth of July Parade. DONATIONS FOR LAVA CAN BE DROPPED OFF THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY AT THE HFC OR CLUBHOUSE ACTIVITIES DESK

EVENTS SEAPLANE SPLASH-IN Living lakeside has its benefits; seeing beautiful Florida wildlife, those nice breezes, and watching seaplanes land in the water! Enjoy a Seaplane Splash-In on May 1 from 11 to noon at Ashton Tap & Grill. Keep an eye on email blasts for a restaurant special. Make your reservations by calling 863.324.5810. photo: Dennis Krupinski It’s time to fiesta at Lake Ashton’s Cinco de Mayo party! Enjoy a full taco bar that Ashton Tap & Grill will serve, delicious churros, and live traditional Latin music! There will also be a cash bar as well as a great margarita station. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. SEE BACK COVER FOR INFORMATION ON THE Sweet & Sensational LUNCHEON MAY 13 NATIONAL PAPER AIRPLANE DAY 26 Bring out the kid in you and celebrate National Paper Airplane Day by making your own paper airplane and racing it in the Ballroom! Instructions and supplies will be available to make the planes and the race will begin after the planes are finished. Everything will take place on May 26 at 10:30 am. Sign up for this free event at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online sign-up form.

FREEDOM TO RESUME EVERYDAY EVENTS (F.R.E.E.) PAR TY The Lake Ashton II CDD is proud to announce a special celebration in honor of the Phase IV reopening. This F.R.E.E. party will be held May 7 at 6 pm. Music will be featured by a local disc jockey. This is a great opportunity to come have some fun, get out of the house again, and socialize with your fellow residents and friends! In addition to this fabulous event, the HFC will begin hosting a special event every fourth Friday of the month! Please stay tuned for more details. There will be a 120-person limit in an abundance of caution, so reserve your spot today! Tables at this event will only seat five people. You may reserve a table of 5 for $5, with payment due at the time of reservation. Admission charge to this fun-filled event is $5/ person. You can pay admission without table reservation at the door. This pandemic has been difficult, and as everyone returns to more normal lifestyle, LAIICDD would like to emph a s i z e a nd p r omo t e t he importance of socializing. Take this exciting opportunity to re-connect with friends in a fun and safe location. See you on the dance floor! UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE HFC Are you looking for fun events to attend over the w months? The HFC has you covered! 27 In July, break out your poodle skirts and black leather jackets to attend a Happy Days Party on June 18! In addition, there will be a Karaoke Night July 23, a Hawaiian fete on August 27, Karaoke Night again on September 24, and you can embrace your dark side and dress up for a Halloween Party on October 22. Hope to see you there!

July 4: Lake Ashton's 4th of July Weekend Celebration July 20: 1969 Moon Landing Party August 23-27: Camp Lake Ashton September 29: Oktoberfest October 30: Fall Festival November 20: LA Cruise-In RESULTS OF THE ULTIMATE GOLF CART CHALLENGE T h a n k y o u t o e v e r y o n e w h o participated in the Ultimate Golf Cart Challenge. Hopefully you had a good time, and while it ran a little longer than expected, it was a learning experience for the next one! Bus Trips are back with safety precautions in place such as special air purifiers installed on all motor coaches to thoroughly clean and disinfect them before and after trips. A Waiver of Liability must be signed by each passenger in order to go on the trip. All trips include reserved round trip transportation in deluxe motor coaches from the Clubhouse. Sign up for any of the below trips at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check payable to Small World Tours. The winners received gift cards to Ashton Tap & Grill. Congratulations to the winning team, The Weakest Link. The team with the least penalty points was Purple People Eaters with only eight penalty points. The range went from eight to 43.5 points. Most teams had about 20 penalty points. Here's the list of how teams finished with penalty points factored in. 1st: Weakest Link — 3:57 2nd: All Stars — 4:17 3rd: Wheels, Wisdom, Wine — 4:19 4th: Purple People Eaters — 4:29 5th: Gogo Carts — 4:33 6th: Blue Racers — 4.41.5 7th: Otis — 4:45 8th: Jane’s Homies — 4:46 9th: Hell Raisers — 4:51.5 10th: My Alibis — 4:54 11th: LA Leprechauns — 5:00.5 12th: Queen’s Gambit — 5:09 13th: Road Runner — 5:09.5 14th: Team J2&M2 — 5:20 Thanks again for participating! Keep an eye open for the next challenge. It will be similar but different. Lake Ashton Trips Remaining 2021 Trips: MAY 19 GULFPORT FOODIE TOUR $99/PERSON (LAST DAY TO SIGN UP IS MAY 13) JUNE 10 ED FLETCHER'S EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATER $78/PERSON JULY 13 PLANET HOLLYWOOD & DISNEY SPRINGS $69/PERSON AUGUST 11 SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO $55/PERSON SEPTEMBER 17 KINGFISHERS CRUISE & FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE $69/PERSON OCTOBER 27 THE PRICE IS RIGHT: LIVE! $78/PERSON DECEMBER 5 - 12 NASHVILLE & MEMPHIS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TOUR $2199/ PERSON (ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! TRIP MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY OCTOBER 5) 28

WI N E AN D CH E E S E NI G H T En j oy a n ight of lavishness and jazz at the Clubhouse on June 4 at 6 pm with delicious wine and cheese pairings along w i t h c h a r c u t e r i e boards all prepared by Ashton Tap & Grill. Enjoy jazz music while you indulge in the rich food and wine pairings. Tickets go on sale for $18 on May 3 after Monday Coffee at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. LI V E R P O O L LI V E Lake Ashton welcomes back Liverpool Live f o r I t ’s t h e Beatles! o n WELCOME Dr Steven Reddick has been serving Lake Wales and surrounding areas for 35+ years. Our office offers services that included implants, crowns/ bridges, veneers, dentures/partials, root canal therapy, extractions, periodontal treatment, fillings and whitening. “ Gentle and kind. We have been patients for many years and highly recommend Dr Reddick. Ted and Louise Price Residents of Lake Aston OFFICE HOURS Monday - Wednesday: 7-5 Thursday: 7-4 OFFICE: (863)676-6507 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. Friday, June 25 at 6 pm. Ther just isn’t a better way to celebrate National Beatles Day than enjoying classic Beatles songs with the free glass of house wine, domestic bottle of beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage that comes with your ticket! Hippy Hippy Shake your way to the Clubhouse to buy your tickets for $20 on May 10 after Monday Coffee. CHEF’S SPECIAL Join the chefs of Ashton Tap & Grill for a first-ofits-kind cooking class on June 9 at 5 pm. Learn how to cook lemon butter scallops with fettuccini. For $15 you will get the recipe, learn how to make it, and get to eat it too! This class will be the first of many Chef’s Special classes offered over the summer months. The class is reserved for only 20 residents, so don’t wait to sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk! SPECIAL NEW PATIENT For Patients Without Insurance $ ” 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. Patients with Dental Insurance: Our office will file services to your primary insurance provider and will accept the insurance payment only. You will not be billed for the difference for the services mentioned above, for this special promotion only. Dental Insurance accepted: Our office accepts and works with most major dental insurance companies. We will file your primary insurance claim, and answer any questions you have about your plan. We offer Implant consultatons at no charge. 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. 29

GOLF LALGA By Lydia Fichtman What an unforgettable year for the LALGA! The closing “Hats Off to Golf” was spectacular as you can see from the amazing picture. Congratulations to the closing committee and all involved in making this and all the 2020-21 events successful. The Pink Ribbon was a stand-out bringing in over $25,000. WOW! Now the group is looking forward to 2021-2022 with hopes of no virus, no masks, no quarantines, and no social distancing. Let’s put 2020-2021 behind us and approach the new season with vigor and vitality. One question that arose from the tournaments this year was how to correctly use a mulligan. Here are the answers: 1. Mark you ball before hitting in case you think you might want to use a mulligan; 2. Hit the mulligan before your opponents hit; 3. Once you hit the mulligan, it becomes the ball in play and the original ball is dead. You may not take a provisional mulligan. If there are any questions please ask the rules guru Colette McKie. Spotlight on Muriel Bouman Originally from Illinois, Mur Bouman graduated from Timothy Christian HS and attended Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she met Phil, her husband of almost 50 years. She married after her sophomore year, finished her Bachelor’s and went on to receive her Master’s from Western Michigan University. Muriel taught for 30 years and retired from teaching in 2007. Muriel and Phil have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. In 2010, after looking for retirement communities in Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee and South Carolina, Muriel and Phil decided to visit some friends in Lake Ashton. They soon met with a realtor and voilà moved in to a home on Waterford. 30 They sold both their home and cottage in Michigan but decided to be snowbirds so they purchased a home in Canadian Lakes in Michigan. Last year, Muriel and Phil moved within Lake Ashton to Riviera Court. For the first two years, while fixing up their home, Muriel played with the Niners but then decided to move to the LALGA, which she finds very congenial. She has been with the league ever since. She would like to “thank the LALGA for all the good times on the course.” Besides golf, which she has played for a very long time, Muriel plays cards, reads, is a people person and a great organizer. Muriel is a delight to be around. Please take a minute to say hello if you see her out and about on the course. LA NINERS By Diane Struble The weather was beautiful and the turnout was fantastic for the closing luncheon on April 6. Meeting in the parking lot and distributing year-end gifts helped set the tone for the day's festivities. The game was a four person scramble which allows for a relaxing game. After a great lunch provided by Vicki and the Eagle's Nest crew, the fun continued with a raffle and, for the lucky ones, a surprise under their placemats. A heartfelt thank you was given to exiting president Cindy Mendez and treasurer Elizabeth Meigel. An election was held resulting in Karen Ferrande as the new vice president, Mary Lou Jameson as secretary, and Mary Lopez as president. The summer schedule began April 13, loads of fun games are scheduled to try and combat the heat. One regular game will be held each month for handicaps. Contact vice president Karen Ferrande at 207.451.0143 or kferrande@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA had a very successful second half of March and a strong April showing for all the events. One of the highlights of this season is the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge, which awards 4 prizes in Pro Shop credits to the top 4 money winners for the year in our regular Wednesday events. The Leader Board through the end of March is comprised of Les Jacobsen - $94.35; Duff Hill - $79.10; Norm Wilderson - $69.72; Tom Murphy - $68.60; Rolly Geyer - $62.25; J Ramalho - $61.72; Donn Yasz - $60.35; Jim Ford - $60.25; Rick Simonetta - $58.85; and Sal Tabone - $57.25. Each month a list of sponsors who so generously supported the Member-Guest tournament will be published. This month the following Attorneys and Medical Providers who sponsored holes are recognized and thanked: Brandon J. Rafool, Stone Law Group, Weaver Loveless Law, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, Florida Dermatology – Dr. Foster, Messieh Orthopedic Clinic, Winter Haven Audiology. Please support these generous sponsors with your business when you are in need of one of their legal or medical services. A list of all our sponsors is posted both on the LAMGA web site and Lake Ashton Living. The events for the month of May include: May 5th – Cinco de Mayo Pick Your Partner Event, Two Man Best Ball, Mexican Style Lunch is Included for all event participants; May 12th – Individual Quota Points, Flighted Field; May 19th – Pick Your Foursome, best 3 nets; and May 26th – Pick Your 10 holes that will count. Please plan ahead to June 2nd & 3rd when we will be hosting the 2 Day LAMGA Open which includes breakfast on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2. Finally, both golf courses are looking great, and you can help to keep them that way by filling your divots and repairing your ball marks and any others that you see when you are on the green. 32

HOLE-IN-ONE RECOGNITION If you make a hole-in-one, on either course, email a picture including the date, course, hole number, and the type of club used, to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com to be featured in the next edition of the LA Times! Congratulations to these golfers! ELIZABETH LEIGH May 20, 2018 Hole 12/West Pitching wedge June 19, 2018 Hole #12/West Pitching wedge MARGIE DERSHAM April 16, 2019 Hole #13/East 6 iron February 29, 2020 Hole #7/West 5 Hybrid The Murray Zacharia Memorial Blue Man Group Tournament was held in March 2021. Pictured below are the winners. Below left: Gator Patrick, Steve Beck, Flight 1 Gross Winners, with Seth and Linda Zacharia. Above right: Tom Anderson, Steve Burrell, Flight 1 Net Winners, with Seth and Linda Zacharia. Pictured above: some pa r t i c i pan t s a t t he po s t tournament luncheon at the Eagle’s Nest. Pictured at right: Seth Zacharia, Bill Bothwell, Stephen Haynes, and Scott Merrill. Pictured below: some participants before tee-off on the first day. MATT SLACK (visiting his grandmother, a Lake Ashton resident) March 26, 2021 Hole #13/East 50° wedge Patrick Smith APRN, FNP-C, OWNER 863-800-9657 veteransholisticcare@gmail.com Kelley Maxwell EMT, Manager

CLUBS TUESDAY BRIDGE By George Rogers Tuesday Noon Bridge is off to a great start. March 16: Chip Inman, Pauline Pare, Chris Verges; March 23: Nancy Golding, Chris Verges, Elaine Inman March 30: George Rogers, Nancy Golding, Graham Littlehales April 6: Chris Verges, Chip Inman, Maureen Ziegler. The group is looking for new as well as used bridge players for Tuesday noon bridge in the Clubhouse Card Room. To join, please contact George Rogers at georgerogers4321@gmail.com or 419.708.3320. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their May 6 monthly meeting at 4 pm via Zoom and inperson at the HFC. Tables will be sanitized with no more than four people per table. Masks are required. The meeting will also be live streamed on Zoom. Feel free to bring your own beverage. No refreshments will be provided. The May speaker is Anna Eskamani, 47th district seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Emai l lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet on Wednesday, May 26 at the Clubhouse. Social time will start at 3:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 4 pm. This month’s speaker will be Lori Cunningham who is the Polk School Board Chairwoman. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to join. Contact: Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, 813.313.9911. SINGLES GROUP By Maureen Ziegler The LA Singles group plans activities for Lake Ashton residents who are single. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If you would like to join in activities with other single individuals, attend the meeting on May 2. LA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB By Claude Brown Field Day is an annual open house for the public to visit and learn about amateur radio operations and operators. Your Lake Ashton Amateur Radio Club will join 40,000 “hams” in the USA on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Members will set up and operate multiple radio stations within the Pavilion from Noon to 6pm. All residents are invited to visit and experience the capabilities of worldwide radio communications. Members will be available to answer questions and explain the services amateur radio offers to our community. Modern amateur radio encompasses digital electronics, computing, satellites, moon bounce and more methods of communication. Amateur radio operators have provided communications support to government and relief agencies in times of natural disaster when normal communications are interrupted or inadequate for the needs of human relief operations. The purpose and goal is to communicate community needs and secure the best level of assistance available when needed.

LA BELLES By Noreen Guy CAM E R A C L U B By Larry Hillock Greetings LA Belles! It’s been a while since we were able to share our monthly luncheons while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie among other LA Belles. I’m happy to announce that the Board invites all of you back and especially to the new ladies in Lake Ashton to join for lunch at Ashton Tap & Grill on Wednesday, May 26 at noon. The group will once again celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and just plain ole good times, which were sorely missed. The sign-up sheet will be at the Clubhouse Activities Desk, along with the menu and cost. After making your selection make your check out to the LA Belles. If the Clubhouse rules still apply sign up early as seating will be limited and wearing masks will be mandatory. The Board and I are looking forward to seeing everyone again and welcoming new and future Belles! It's hard to believe that May has arrived already — where has the time gone? At the April meeting it was agreed upon that May will be our last meeting until we start up again in the fall. The May meeting will be held on May 10 at 10:30 am in the Cinema. Let's all bring along some pictures to share and discuss. I want to thank all those members that supported the club by attending the monthly meetings during these difficult times. Unfortunately the guest speaker programs, photo shoots and the Fine Arts & Photography Show all had to be placed on hold. I'm going to remain optimistic that many if not all of these activities can once again resume this fall. Watch the LA Times for information on when the fall session will begin. Have a safe and enjoyable summer and find time to enjoy your photography hobby.

LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White LA Swim Club members were glad to see the full operating hours resume at the HFC and are happy to be able to swim more on the weekends. The Senior Games group, having done very well in two competitions in 2020, are looking forward to competing in the Gainesville Senior Games in early Sept. and the Polk County Games in January. They continue to work together to improve and achieve their goals. Many do other fitness activities including: water exercise classes, dry land swim muscle strengthening exercises in one of the fitness centers, biking, running, walking, kayaking, strength exercises at home, etc. LASC offers three clinic/practices each week — Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, Saturdays at 10 am. All LA residents are welcome. Come as much as you are able, some swimmers come to all three weekly sessions but others come once in a while. If training towards Senior Games isn't your thing, we welcome you and encourage you to use swimming as the best all-around fitness activity. To join the email list, or get more info, send a note to sandyw1994@aol.com. L AVA A U X I L I A R Y By Chris Graves The next meeting meeting is May 19 at 6:30 pm near the stage at the Clubhouse. The theme of each meeting is “How Can We Show and What Can We Do” to help veterans and those serving in the military that they are not forgotten. Check us out! You will be happy you did. Masks required. SAVE THE DATE – Craft Fair October 23. There be more than 40 vendors! In addition, there will be “LOTS OF LOTTO MONEY!” Three Patriotic trees will be displayed with each tree having $100 of Florida Lottery Scratch offs to be raffled…it could be your lucky day! Not only will you have the opportunity to win some money, but also to purchase unique, hand-crafted items including metal art work, crocheted items and much more.

LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION By Lisa Savala The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association is back in full swing. The 2021 annual meeting was held April 12 at the Clubhouse with numerous members in attendance. The objectives of the meeting were to elect new officers, approve bylaws and to give old and new members a chance to ask questions about where we are headed as an association. Prior to the election of the new officers, Duff Hill was thanked for all his efforts as president over the past two years. It was impressive to hear all of the association’s accomplishments over that period. Thanks again Duff! The new slate of officers will be led by Calvin Eakins as President. Calvin previously held the position of Vice President. New Vice President is Chuck Caesar. Chuck is a relative newcomer to Lake Ashton and to pickleball, but is excited to help grow the enthusiasm for pickleball at Lake Ashton. Continuing in her role as Treasurer is Lisa Savala. Lisa has done a tremendous job of managing finances in the past and her willingness to continue is appreciated. An individual to serve as Secretary is still needed. If you would be interested, please contact any one of the officers. Over the next few weeks, the officers will meet to lay out a plan for the coming year and organize several committees to tackle some of the issues that have been brought forward. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact an officer. If you are not a pickleball player and are interested in learning; reach out to one of the officers or just show up to play. Pickleball Association dues are $10 per person per year or $25 per person for three years. The dues pay for balls and upgrades to the courts. Looking forward to a great year as an association and all are anxious to see old and new members out on the courts.

PICKLEBALL TRIVIA By Valerie Metzner, LAPA Secretary The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association (LAPA) was the proud host of BYOB Trivia III on March 26 at the HFC. Seventeen teams of four competed, but only one came out on top. A crew of Lake Ashton's finest called "The Dink Side of the Moon" won the $100 first place prize and graciously donated it back to the Association. These are the sort of people pickleball is packed with, fun folks who give back. Winning team members were Denise Tessier, Graham Littlehales, Kathy and Pete Liska. While the scores were being tallied between rounds, the inimitable and adorable Dan and Jane Storrs hosted a game of "Has anybody...", a Lake Ashton version of Let's Make a Deal. Many fun facts about attendees were brought to light and then each winner was rewarded with a gift certificate or lottery ticket. It's safe to say many people got lucky that night! Evenings like that one don't just happen; it takes many sponsors and door prize donors to make it great. With that in mind, please remember to consider calling or visiting the businesses listed below when you are in need of services, and always let them know you are from Lake Ashton! Below is a link to all the local businesses and their contact numbers who contributed so much to make the trivia night memorable. This and other current information can be found on the LA Pickleball webpage on lakeashtonliving.com. On a personal note, this humble correspondent wanted to thank the readers for all the positive feedback regarding the monthly articles. It has been a joy and honor to write them. (LAPA wishes the best to Val as she moves to Utah to be near her daughter and family. Her quick wit and smile will be missed!) Thank you to the following sponsors: ART'S GOLF CARS, INC., ASHTON TAP & GRILL, BASELINE RACKET SPORTS, BOYETT FAMILY DENTISTRY, BRITT’S LANDSCAPING & SERVICES, CHRISTINE GRAVES INSURANCE, CLANCY ELECTRIC, COOL SCREENS, INC., DENISE R. TESSIER, ESQ., DENNIS BROCK (WINDOW CLEANING), DICKENS PLUMBING INC., DOTE TRAVEL, GOLDEN NAILS, KINCAID ELECTRIC , LA RESALES (Terri Mattocks), LEE and COMPANY, LLC, MALIA FINANCIAL GROUP, MARION NELSON FUNERAL HOME, MICHAEL KENNEDY: EDWARD JONES, MJ LANDSCAPING, OVATION BISTRO, PET SMART, RIDGE VETERINARY, SELECT REHABILITATION, SCHACK’S BBQ, SOUTHEAST EATERY, THE GROUTSMITH, TIRE KINGDOM, TUFFY TIRE & AUTO, UNITED REFRIGERATION & A/C, INC.

10TH ANNUAL BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT 2021 By Vicki Creek The weather may have been a little breezy and brisk but the bocce ball courts were definitely hot as 16 teams battled it out on March 20th for the championship title. An awards ceremony was held following the tournament at the LA Tap & Grill Bocce Sponsors Jim and Kay Weaver of Weaver Loveless Law (pictured at right) presented the winners with LA Tap & Grill gift cards and a Championship Medal. It was so exciting to have 16 new players and 16 returning players in the tournament this year. Bocce Ball is becoming very popular at Lake Ashton. If you would like to learn or even if you already know how to play come join us during open play every Monday and Friday from 1 to 4 pm. Congratulations to the following winners! (pictured below left to right) 1st — Chris & Bill Reibl - $100 gift card 2nd — Jane and Dan Storrs - $75 gift card 3rd — Wayne & Vicki Creek - $50 gift card 2021 Bocce Ball Tournament Players pictured below left. Judges pictured below right: Front row: Chris Reibl, Pat Hodges, Linda Boast. Back row: Johnathan Ridpath, Carl Boast, Duwayne Schuler, Dan Storrs, Bob Reagan, Bill Reibl Pictured left: First place winners Chris & Bill Reibl are presented with the championship trophy! Hope to see you on the Bocce Courts and the next tournament in 2022!

THINK & MIND&BODY BOB ROSS OIL PA I N T I N G Instructor: Kay Lenherr May 8at 1 pm, Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Favorite Beach Cost $35 — payable at class CERAMIC CHICKS Chairperson: Joan DiBattista 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. YO G A S H A R E 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. INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE Tuesdays from 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays ,10 am to noon. If interested, contact Liz Leigh (813.288.0809, leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com). THE AR T OF BEADING! Join in the fun and make new friends on the second and fourth Tuesday at 11 am in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Mother’s Day is the next holiday and while candy is nice a piece of original jewelry is even better. Come and join in the fun. Project help and ideas are always available if needed or desired. Upcoming projects are needed for Mother’s Day and the Fourth of July too. We hope to see you on April 27th. The next meetings will be May 11 and 25. Any questions call Linda at 863.324.6213 or Valerie at 863.268.7157. Keep beading. LAKE ASHTON TRIVIA ANSWER The earliest document showing a name for Lake Ashton is the Railway Land Department map of 1890. At that time it was known as “Lake Jane”. DRINK: THE MAN WHO MAKES THE TOW E R S I N G Join Geert D'hollander, the carillonneur of Bok Tower, on May 7 at 6:30 pm. He will speak on his career as a carillonneur and how he came to Bok Tower. He will also be sharing some of the secrets of the Tower. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or on the online form! CREATE A C ARD Come create your own lovely greeting cards on May 18. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Classes will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 9:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Subsequent classes will be on the third Tuesday each month. The cost of each class is $10. Sign up sheets are located in the HFC. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 863.875.8414 with questions or for more details. LA GENEALOGY CLUB The next meeting is May 12 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Come join and have fun exchanging ideas and info with fellow genealogists. All levels of expertise are welcome. Please bring with you your device (laptop, tablet or phone) and names of some ancestors you would like help with. Let’s make it a workshop helping each other find those elusive ancestors! Call Jane at 815.545.6655 with questions.

Sweet & Sensational LUNCHEON May 13 at 11:30 am Peruse an assortment of local shops and businesses before lunch in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Ashton Tap & Grill will serve a plated lunch of chicken salad on a croissant with a spring spinach salad and of course something sweet. Tickets: $15 (check payable to LACDD, Visa, or MasterCard)

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