TIMES L.A. Lake Ashton Community Newsletter May 2022 Simply the Best! LAVA Salutes Veterans on May 2 as National Military Appreciation Month Begins 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 McCutcheon Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES June Issue Deadline: May 16 • 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Matt Auen, Assistant Pro Eagle’s Nest Vicki Moore, Manager RV & Storage Center 863.325.0065 manager@lakeashtonhoa.org 863.324.5810 ma2077@metzcorp.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com mauen@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 vmoore@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 In case of emergency, dial 911 3 MAY 2022 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: Mary Bosman mbosman@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237

MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts: $2 LAVA Auxiliary will have red, white & blue bows available for purchase at Monday Coffees for $5/bow. Place these on your mailboxes and golf carts during the month of May to show your patriotism and support for National Military Appreciation Month! MAY 2 Birthdays and Anniversaries Featured Speaker: LAVA and Cornerstone Salute Lake Ashton Veterans Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance and Momentum Solar MAY 9 Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County Featured Speakers: Lake Ashton Community Action Update Featured Vendor: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones and Senior Insurance Florida MAY 16 NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD Meeting Peanut Butter Monday - non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Ballroom Kitchen MAY 23 Blast from the Past with David Harrison Featured Speaker: City of Winter Haven Updates Featured Vendors: Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Firm and Nevada Carter with Dynamic Wealth Strategies MAY 30 NO MONDAY COFFEE — MEMORIAL DAY 4 IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 6 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 GOLF 26 CLUBS 30 MIND & BODY 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, May 16 at 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom LACDD & LAIICDD JOINT MEETING 11:30 am LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, May 20, 2022 9 am — HFC 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 and 3rd Tuesdays at 9 am Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow

HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 am to 4 pm ASHTON TAP & GRILL: 11 am to 8 pm Monday, Thursday — Saturday (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday) 3 to 8 pm Sunday First Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm with Brunch Buffet from 10 to 3 HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm , 7 days a week THE CLUBHOUSE OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY, MAY 30. THERE WILL BE NO MONDAY COFFEE, BUT THE CLUBHOUSE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR RESIDENT USE FROM 6 AM - 10 PM. OFFICES AND THE ACTIVITIES DESK WILL REOPEN MAY 31. LEAVING FOR THE SUMMER? If you will be away for the summer, stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk to put your LA Times on hold, or pay for a seasonal subscription ($3/month domestic; $4/month international). The newsletter and calendars are also available electronically. A Summer Checklist is posted on lakeashtoncdd.com and on the information wall in the Clubhouse Ballroom. 6 NEW RESIDENT SOCIAL The next New Resident Social is May 11 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at either Activities Desk. Clubs or groups that want to set up a table to advertise their group can reserve a spot by emailing cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. Space is limited. THANK YOU ! Staff would like to thank the volunteers that helped recently with the Horseshoe Court Refurbishment (Ken Kedding) and the recovering of the Restaurant acoustic panels (Ann Heaton, Debbie Crosby, and Dennis Krupinski). Stop by and admire the new and improved Horseshoe pits and be on the lookout for details on a special event in the Restaurant that will feature a big reveal of the new look in the Dining Room. WAY TO GO! Congrats to Joseph D'Herin and Al Guzzo's softball team for winning the 70 & older gold medal in the 2022 Polk County Senior Games. Their team has medaled every year since 2005! Congratulations to Ken Kedding, who won first place in the Florida Horseshoe Pitchers Association Men's State Championship, Class D. NEXT MONTHLY MARKETS: May 11 and 25 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot RED ROOSTER PRODUCE & BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE May 11 and 25 , 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot

WILLS WHAT IS “BEST OF HAVEN?” Best Attorney TRUSTS ELDER LAW Each year in August The Haven Magazine asks its readers who, in their opinion, is the best in Polk County. There are over 100 categories, one of which is Attorneys. Readers must go to the link, find the category, and type in their selection. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO OUR CLIENTS WHO’VE VOTED US THE BEST! 7 863.676.6000 www.lakewaleslaw.net 240 E. Park Ave. Lake Wales, FL 33853 2021 Best Of HAVEN

LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director April showers bring May flowers and many fun events to help residents enjoy the community. A special Ladies Day event is planned on May 13 and will feature a fashion show and vendors offering free items, samples and discounts for ticket holders only. LA’s first ‘80s party will be held on May 20 … it is sure to be totally rad! Tickets can be purchased for both of these events at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. May is also a time to recognize Military Personnel and Veterans on Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Lake Ashton is fortunate to have an impressive Veterans Memorial that is used for special ceremonies including the Memorial Day program on May 30. See page 23 for more information on the special events hosted by the Lake Ashton Veterans Association for all Lake Ashton Veterans. A budget workshop was held April 4 where Supervisors considered maintenance agreements, potential capital projects and the operating budget for fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023). The Board had a regular board meeting on April 18 to discuss the budget further, including naming the capital projects for fiscal year 2023. The Board also approved of a project to enclose the Activities Desk area in the Ballroom, creating additional office and storage space. Once complete residents will be able to enter the main entrance to the Clubhouse and receive immediate assistance from the Activities Desk. The installation of a new 4K projector and the raising of seats in the Cinema was approved to improve the movie-going experience for residents. A wrap-up of additional actions and staff reports that were presented was sent via email blast on April 23. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com for the full minutes of the meeting, once approved, in addition to the full agenda packet for this meeting. This year, three LA (LW) CDD Supervisor seats are up for election on November 8. The General Election qualifying period runs from noon on June 13 until noon on June 17. For more information please contact the Polk County Supervisor of Election (polkelections.com). LACDD BOA R D O F SUP E RVISO R S CONTA CT INF O Robert (Bob) Plummer, Chairman Security, Operations and Staff 260-820-0389, rplummer@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Vice Chairman Clubhouse Facilities including Outdoor Amenities (Dog Park, Pool, Sports Courts) 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Lloyd Howison, Assistant Secretary Golf Cart Paths, Bridges and all Ponds 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary Budget and Finance 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 2nd Monday, 10 am to noon in the Clubhouse Conference Room Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary Reserve Study and HOA Liaison 863-268-8193, dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com There was a report of an unauthorized guest at the Clubhouse Pool on March 8 who entered the pool at approximately 1230 hours. Many pictures were taken because obviously this visitor had not been properly registered! If you see an unauthorized guest like this at the pool again please contact security at 863.324.7290. Please do not approach, as this guest can highly dangerous! Photos are by David Muller and Security Officer Gregory Figueroa. 8

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LAIICDD NEWS By Mary Bosman, LAIICDD Community Director Many residents will be reading this newsletter from various locations throughout the United States and Canada, as Spring is officially here. The LA II CDD Board of Supervisors, staff and volunteers wish all residents safe travels, whether you’ll be going on short trips or visits further away from Lake Ashton. This is also the time of year when we begin our planning for events, shows and parties here at the HFC for the next 12 months. Our staff wants to provide opportunities that are representative of what our residents really want, not just what staff may think our residents want. If you’ve heard a great area entertainer/group in person or would like a specific themed party to be at the HFC, please let staff know your wishes. This can be done in person, but there will also be a suggestion box in the Activities Desk area for that purpose. Contact information on potential entertainment is always helpful. To add to the request, there will be complimentary tickets and a gift prize awarded if you are the first to suggest entertainment which works into the schedule. Maintenance has been busy painting in April. The black wrought iron fencing along Hwy. 653 is being repainted at the time of this writing, so it should be completed soon after this edition is published. Many, many hours of labor are involved in getting this huge project done and our Maintenance staff of James and Karen have done a great job. Our thanks to them both! Commercial Fitness will be getting a quote to the Board for the May 20th meeting regarding possible replacement of some of the equipment pieces in the Fitness Center at the HFC. Discussion by the LA II CDD Board on this and other important topics will occur at that time. This meeting begins at 9 AM in the Community Center as well as on Zoom. LA II CDD B O ARD O F SU P ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman - Public Safety, Security, Amenities and District Support, Public Works, Infrastructure, Wetland Resident Project 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 - Budget, Planning 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 10

PAVI L ION REMINDERS CLERICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND HFC OFFICES DURING BUSINESS HOURS • Local or toll free fax: $1 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Long distance fax: $2 first page and $0.25 each additional page • Receiving fax: $0.25 per page • Black and white copies on white paper: $0.05 per side (8.5x11) • Color copies: $0.25 per side (8.5x11, white paper) • Scanning & Notary Services ELECTRONICS RECYCLING BRIDGE CLOSURES Please note that all bridges on the East Golf Course will be closed to pedestrians from May 23 to May 27 for maintenance. Electronics Recycling is scheduled for May 25 at the Clubhouse. Drop-off will begin at 9 am, all items must be dropped off by 11 am. Please see the list below of accepted items. ITEMS ACCEPTED • Computers (Desktop/ Tower) ENTRANCE GATE REMINDER Please be safe when coming through the community entrances. There have been recent reports of tailgating, speeding, cutting people off, and hitting gate arms. This is a busy area and Security Officers are often outside checking vendors and visitors in and we want that area to be as safe as possible for them and everyone else. Please keep in mind that anyone who hits a gate will be charged if staff is required to reattach the gate or replace it. • Laptops • Hard Drives • Flat Screen Monitors • Printers • Copiers • DVD Players & VCRs • Modems • Cable/Satellite Boxes • USB, Video & Power Cords • Routers • Lead Acid NonSpillable Batteries • All Circuit Boards • UPS/Battery Backups • Cell Phones • Office Phones/Phone Systems • Insulated Cable/Wire • Video Games & Consoles • iPads/Tablets/EReaders • Keyboards/Mice • Stereo Equipment ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED • CRT Monitors • Televisions • Household Batteries • Glass Bulbs • Paint or Varnish The Clubhouse Pavilion grills are getting a lot of use lately. To ensure this amenity is clean and ready for use for each resident, please be sure to dispose of your ashes (once they have cooled down) in the aluminum trash can located near the grills. To reserve the Pavilion please contact Sheila Moreland at smoreland@lakeastoncdd.com or 863-324-5457. SHREDDING EVENT Tessier Law Firm is sponsoring a shredding event on May 24. Stop by the Clubhouse west parking lot from 10 am to 12 pm to drop off items to be shredded.


LA COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE UPDATE By Kay Teehan The Lake Ashton Community Action Committee is a group of volunteers representing Lake Ashton residents who are working to understand and communicate about the planned residential developments surrounding Lake Ashton, and the road construction plans that may impact the quality of life in this community. This committee will be presenting an update of what is known at the Monday Morning Coffee on May 9. You can see the group’s progress on lakeashtonliving.com in the LA Community Action Committee forum. You can also email LakeAshtonAction@gmail.com if you would like to help with this project. ROAD CLEANUP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on May 18 at 9 am. Meet at the Clubhouse Lobby to pick up assignments, safety vests, trash bags and gloves. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Have fun and get some exercise while keeping the community beautiful! Contact Linda with questions at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. HOMELESS GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS By Doris Reisinger GENEROSITY is the act of sharing with others without any expectation of something back in return. This describes Lake Ashton residents. Again this year you shared your blessings with these homeless teens. Their bright future, though difficult, will be helped by your generosity. Shufflin' Squares again donated enough for six duffle bags. One resident donated enough for the lap tops. Hector with Powur, a vendor at Monday Coffee, donated enough cash for two duffle bags and contents. More residents donated in all amounts this year. The wishes expressed on the banner reflect the love in Lake Ashton. Their party was held on April 19 with the banner hung showing that the community cares. Total donations were $9,165 plus two boxes of domestic items! Thank you to the Activities staff who handled collecting the donations. OPEN BOCCE PLAY Wednesdays are now designated as an open play day on the Bocce Courts at the Clubhouse. Stop by and play anytime between 6 am and 10 pm (there are lights on the Bocce Courts). Please be mindful of the rules posted on the light poles to ensure the courts remain in great shape. The storage container closest to the Pool is open and available for everyone to use. PHOTO CONTEST Submit your best photo(s) signifying Lake Ashton living to to valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com by August 31. Limit three photos — must be 300 dpi.


Wildlife CO-EXISTING WITH ALL IGATORS Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Black-necked Stilt is a large, flashy shorebird that graces Lake Ashton with its presence in Spring and early Summer when they arrive to nest. The shallow nest is usually along the shore. Stilts favor the retention ponds on the West Course. This gregarious black and white shorebird has bubblegum pink legs and flies with them fully extended and will make much noise if the nest or young are too closely approached. The male and female are nearly identical, but the female is actually a very dark brown on the back. It's a real treat to see them gather the young under their breasts. This is one shorebird that not only will perform a broken-wing act to lure predators away, but can also put on an unequaled broken-leg act. Using the golf cart as a blind is one of the best ways to observe them without disturbing them. 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 I ONCE CAUGHT A FISH THIS BIG! Richard McPhee, left: bass caught in Dunmore Dr. pond, approximately 6 lbs. Joel Norling is pictured right, on Hole 11 on the East Golf Course and Laura Norling, far right, on Lake Ashton. Send a picture of any fish caught in ponds or lakes in Lake Ashton, along with your name, the lake or pond that it was caught in, as well as the type of fish caught and any measurements you may have (length and/or weight) to Valerie at valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com.

LA LOOKS LA ( LW) HOA CORNER By Debby Landgrebe In the United States May is known as Military Appreciation Month. See page 23 for more information. The HOA thanks and appreciates all veterans and those currently serving in the US military services. Purchase your bows from LAVA Auxiliary, raise your US and US military flags and show how patriotic and supportive the community is. All of course stay within the guidelines of ARC (two weeks before and two days after). It is also hard to believe that the summer is quickly approaching. The HOA wants to remind all residents that whether you are physically here, traveling or a snowbird, each of us are responsible for the care and upkeep of our homes in Lake Ashton. If you are not sure what that means, contact ARC, look at LA governing documents (CCRs), and/or review the ARC Guidelines. We all love the beauty and tranquility of Lake Ashton, it is each homeowners responsibility to keep Lake Ashton the best 55+ community in Florida. The Lake Wales HOA will continue to enforce the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (Section 5.21) and Architectural Rules. LA (LW) HOA Board Of Directors: • President/Treasurer Bob Powant president@lakeashtonhoa.org • Vice President Debby Landgrebe vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary David Muller secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Ken Rickey secretary3@lakeashtonhoa.org • Secretary Tom Hevel secretary1@lakeashtonhoa.org • Compliance Issues compliance@lakeashtonhoa.org

SAFETY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief As Lake Ashton continues to grow, traffic issues become more frequent and bothersome. The roads within our community are built to accommodate two lanes of traffic. On any given day there are cars parked in the road, as well as service provider vehicles. These factors cause choke points on the street, the most dangerous of which is when a vehicle or vehicles are parked on a curve. All vehicles, including golf carts, must obey all stop signs and the 20 mph speed limit throughout Lake Ashton. Drivers, watch for pedestrians at all times. Obeying posted speed limit and traffic signs can help avert a potential tragedy. Obviously, our vision of oncoming traffic and pedestrians is obstructed. The car in the unobstructed lane has the right of way over the vehicle in the lane which is blocked. However, common sense should prevail. Just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean the approaching vehicle will give it to you. Any accident between a car and a golf cart can result in dire consequences, even if you are obeying the speed limit. Driving rights of way should be given not taken. Drive safely and enjoy retirement! STOP THE BLEED CERT has partnered with the Polk County Fire Rescue to bring a Stop the Bleed class to the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 23 at 11 am. This class is an initiative that teaches the public to help slow or prevent major blood loss using compression techniques. Please sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall, limited to only 32 participants. CPR CLASS Learn how to perform CPR with Polk County Fire Rescue on June 29 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This class provides hands-only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save the lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. Residents will learn these life-saving tips with hands-on training, a presentation, and an educational video. Please sign up for this class at the Clubhouse Information Wall.


MOVI ES Military Movie Marathon in honor of National Military Appreciation Month ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 MAY 3 — 5 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE PATRIOT 2000 | R | 2H 45MIN Widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) wants nothing more than to live in peace and farm his land, but when a cruel British officer brings the American Revolution to Martin's door and threatens what he cherishes most, the former war hero is forced to take action. MAY 10 — 12 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE LONGEST DAY 1962 | G | 2H 58MIN This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focusing on both sides of the conflict. Stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Peter Lawford, Robert Ryan, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Hunter, Mel Ferrer, Richard Dawson, Steve Forrest. 20 MAY 17 — 19 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PEARL HARBOR 2001 | PG-13 | 3H 1MIN The friendship between two fighter pilots (Ben Affleck & Josh Hartnett) is put to the test when they become entangled in a love triangle with a beautiful nurse (Kate Beckinsale). But the rivalry is put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. MAY 24 — 26 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM MIDWAY 2019 | PG-13 | 2H 18MIN The story of the Battle of Midway, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the reallife events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. MAY 31 — JUNE 2 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM GREYHOUND 2020 | PG-13 | 1H 32MIN U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His convoy, however, is pursued by German U-boats. Although this is Krause's first wartime mission, he finds himself embroiled in what would come to be known as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic.

MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CLUBHOUSE CINEMA ON FRIDAYS AT 11 AM & 3 PM MAY 6 11 AM: THE GREEN BERETS 1968 | G | 2H 21 MIN Gung-ho Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne) is leading his Green Berets on a mission to kidnap an enemy general during the Vietnam War. When a s kep t i c a l r epo r t e r accompanies them, the colonel and his team outline their reasons for participating in the war.. 3 PM: SANDS OF IWO JIMA 1949 | NR | 1H 49MIN Sgt. John Stryker is a tough-as-nails Marine who's relentless in his efforts to turn new recruits into fighting machines during World War II. Though his troops question his harsh methods, Stryker's methods prove useful on the Iwo Jima battlefields. MAY 13 3 PM: IN HARM’S WAY 1965 | NR | 2H 47MIN This World War II epic focuses on the effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on military lives. After a failed counterstrike on the Japanese, Capt. Torrey gets shore duty, finds love with a nurse, reconciles with his son and is finally sent back to sea. MAY 20: 11 AM: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH 1949 | NR | 2H 12MIN Hard-as-nails World War II Gen. Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) must turn a discouraged group of American bomber pilots into heroes. Along the way, the once-alienated general comes to view the men as family. No longer a 21 heartless commander, Savage -- with the aid of his loyal adjutant Maj. Harvey Stovall (Dean Jagger) -learns how difficult true leadership really is. Director Henry King's Oscar-winning war drama boasts actual air combat footage. 3 PM : S T R AT E G I C A I R COMMAND 1955 | NR | 1H 52MIN Saga of the US Air Force special bomber unit during the Cold War era. A professional baseball player (James Stewart) is recalled to military service because of the expert flying skills he acquired during World War II. Although the athlete and his wife are both reluctant to give up civilian life, both come to realize the importance of the defense mission. MAY 27 11 AM: RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP 1958 | NR | 1H 33MIN Film legend Clark Gable plays single-minded Cmdr. Richardson, who lost his submarine during an overzealous pursuit and has sworn to take revenge against the Japanese destroyer that sunk his ship. But on the skipper's new vessel, the executive officer (Burt Lancaster) believes Richardson's obsession is putting the crew's lives in danger, leading to talk of mutiny in this taut World War II thriller also starring Jack Warden. 3 PM: GETTYSBURG 1993 | PG | 4H 31MIN The fiercest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a realistic production that painstakingly re-creates the events of three fateful days in July 1863 -from the actual battle locations to the uniforms and boots. Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Richard Jordan play key roles in this magnificent epic (based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels).

EVENTS RUSTY TRUMPET Back by popular demand, Rusty Trumpet will rock the HFC May 6 and May 27 from 7 to 10 pm. This band consists of five band members, with one being an amazing trumpet player. They play a lot of cover songs with a Rusty Trumpet twist to them. $10 entry fee, $10 table reservation. BYOB and snacks. BBQ BLOCK PARTY May is National BBQ Month, so come celebrate with a block party! Join friends and neighbors in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot on May 27 from 4 to 6 pm. Ashton Tap & Grill will have a great selection of BBQ'd fare fresh off the grill available for purchase. Don't forget to look for the Spotlight Drink Specials at the cash bar! Of course, there will be awesome tunes playing through the evening from a playlist curated by you! Just email clane@lakeashtoncdd.com or stop by the Clubhouse Activities Desk with your request and it will be added to the Block Party Playlist. No need to sign up, but don't forget your chairs! Carefully Crafted                     MAY 13 — 11:30 AM Clubhouse Ballroom                                 Tickets: $17 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk Women have unique health issues and some health issues that affect both men and women can touch women differently. National Women’s Health Week encourages women to consider factors that influence their mental health, such as managing stress, in order to ward off anxiety and depression. In addition to the activities below there are many free health classes and activities available to residents. Stop by either Activities Desk for more information on the classes available or take a look at the calendar inserts for meeting days and times. The following special activities will be held in the Clubhouse Ballroom: May 11 at 11 am: Exercise Bingo — Get your body moving and do the exercises to get the mark on your card. First one to get Bingo, wins. Refreshments will be offered. May 12 at 11 am: Tips and Tricks: Healthy Snack Choices (presentation and tasting). Both activities are sponsored by Reliance Health. 22

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 in the pursuit of freedom. It was introduced in 1999 by Sen. John McCain and encourages Americans to reflect on the sacrifices made by all current and former military personnel. May is characterized by six nat iona l obser vances h igh l ight i ng the contributions of those who have served: Loyalty Day (May 1) Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7) Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day May 8) Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6) Armed Forces Day (May 21) Memorial Day (May 30). WAYS TO SUPPORT MILITARY & VETERANS • Display the American Flag at your home • Purchase a bow from the LAVA Auxiliary • 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 JOHNNY WILD & THE DELIGHTS will pay tribute to veterans on May 6 w i t h S T A R S & STRIPES, a stirring evening of patriotic m u s i c , c o m e d y , pe r f o rmance and spectacle. Showtime is at 7 pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Desk for $25 for premium seating and $20 for regular seating. All seating is cabaret style. LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION (LAVA) UPCOMING EVENTS By Jim Mecsics The LAKE ASHTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION (LAVA) AND AUXILIARY, in coordination with the staff are sponsoring various activities to show our community’s support. A MILITARY MOVIE MARATHON will be held at the Clubhouse Cinema throughout the month, depicting the Nation’s heroes as they defend freedom throughout history. See pages 20-21. LAVA and Cornerstone Hospice will SALUTE ALL LAKE VETERANS AT MONDAY COFFEE on May 2 at 0900 hrs. (9 am). Each veteran will be presented a special pin and certificate as well as cake being served for everyone. Veterans must have pre-registered in order to be recognized. The 2ND ANNUAL LAVA COMMANDER IN CHIEF GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Armed Forces Day, May 21, at the Lake Ashton Golf Course. Proceeds for this go to supporting local veterans’ programs. You can register for this outstanding event at the golf pro shop. LAVA wi l l conduc t a MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY on May 30 at the Veterans Memorial at 0900 hrs. (9 am). The entire Lake Ashton community is invited to this event that honors those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As is the tradition in our great community, LAVA will line both entrances, the Clubhouse and Health and Fitness Center with US flags and challenges all to line their residences as well. LAVA will be selling flags (at cost) at coffees and special sales (to be announced). Lake Ashton takes pride in its patriotism and support for “hometown heroes” and armed service which include active duty, reserves and National Guard. Let’s show the world that Lake Ashton appreciates and supports the armed forces and veterans. God Bless America and God Bless Our Troops!

Hot Latin Nights Aye caramba! It’s time to fiesta at Lake Ashton’s first Hot Latin Nights party! Be immersed in a night full of vibrant cultures, spicy tunes, and flavorful foods, while making fresh, new memories in the Clubhouse Ballroom on June 3 at 6 pm. No matter if you salsa, samba, bachata, or merengue, you’ll surely be dancing the night away to a live Latin DJ. Enjoy a spread of delicious Latin foods including roasted pork, mojo (citrusmarinated) chicken, white rice, black beans, arroz con gandules (Spanish rice with pigeon peas), salad, arroz con leche (rice pudding), and Cuban bread with your ticket price of $32. This is a night you won't want to miss! There will be plenty of surprises in store! Cha-cha your way down to the Clubhouse Activities Desk to buy your tickets with a check (payable to LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard on May 2 after Monday Coffee. Summer Shindig Summer is here — time to celebrate with a party! Summer fun will be brought into the nice, cold, air-conditioned Clubhouse Ballroom on June 17 at 7 pm. Delicious summer pinwheel sandwiches, pasta salad, a fruit display, and ice cream bar are included in your ticket price of $20. Sing and dance the night away while reminiscing about those summer nights. Purchase tickets with a check (payable to LACDD), Visa, or MasterCard on May 9 after Monday Coffee. REMINISCING TRIVIA Are you feeling the need to exercise your brain with your fellow Lake Ashton neighbors by remembering events and trends from years gone by? If so, attend Reminiscing Trivia, held every second Wednesday of the month at 2 pm in the HFC Community Center! ART’S GOLF CARS, INC. The Fun Starts Here! Go to artsgolfcars.com click on the    button to  your own ONWARD! y  WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES  Owner Art Hobson CALL ART ANYTIME FOR APPOINTMENT  863-439-5431      WE SERVICE ALL MAKES 2-Passenger Onward Lithium Club Car     29630 U.S. Hwy. 27  Dundee, FL 33838  artsgolfcars@aol.com 24 AUTHORIZED DEALER

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GOLF LAMGA By Paul Fichtman The LAMGA ended March with a great LAMGALALGA Joint Tournament followed by four weeks of well attended regular league play. As in past years, each month a list of sponsors who so generously supported the Member-Guest tournament will be published. This month the following medical providers and restaurants who sponsored holes are recognized and thanked: Eye Specialists of Mid Florida, Central Florida Dermatology – Dr. Foster, Jahna Chiropractic, Messieh Orthopedic Clinic, Lake Wales Family Restaurant, Olive Garden, Ovations, Schack’s Bar-B-Q, and Sizzling Grill. Please support these generous sponsors with your business! A list of all sponsors is posted both on the LAMGA web site and Lake Ashton Living as well as The Talk of Lake Ashton. Once again this year, one of the highlights throughout the season is the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge which awards four 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 consists of Denis Mulhearn - $57.65; Brian Peck - $57.50; Doug Dudeck - $56.35; Mike Renaud - $55.25; Pat O’Neil - $54.75; Paul Guay - $53.55; Jim Ford - $52.00; Steve Morgan - $50.05; Paul Knaub – 45.25; and Chuck Hewitt - $44.75. The events for the month of May include: May 4 – Cinco de Mayo Pick Your Partner Event, Two Man Best Ball, Mexican Style Lunch is Included for all event participants; May 11 – Beat the Board – Best 3 Nets; May 18 – Six, Six, Six; and May 25 – Pick Your Partner – 9 Hole Shamble/9Hole Scramble. LALGA By Lydia Fichtman Congratulations to the new 2022-2024 President, Sue Larmon-Fitzgerald and Secretary Margie Dersham. The LALGA welcomes you to the board. A profound thank you to Vicki Andrew and Kim Kutsch for their dedication to the board and to the league during the last two years. Your undying commitment was unwavering. A mere thank you does not seem enough. The end of the year luncheon was a hit and many thanks goes out to the chair, Janis Baun and her committee. Additional thanks to Matt and his team at the Pro Shop and Vicki and her team at the Nest. Prizes and pins were awarded in all categories. What a wonderful year! The new season begins June 1 and the Red Hoagland Challenge will go from June 1 - May 31, 2023. The 2022 new Red Hoagland challenge top four money winners are 1st Place – Jan Kipp $109.70; 2nd Place – Carol Williams $109.03; 3rd Place – Patty Zakrajsek $108.95 and 4th Place – Deb Louder $103.20. Congratulations ladies! This month the Pink Ribbon committee would like to thank the following businesses for their donation in support of the past tournament. When in need of one of their products or services, please patronize them: Magic Genie, Mannix Pools & Grills, Manny’s Chophouse, Matt Auen, Max Jeweler’s Lakeside Village, MD Construction , Melanie’s Seafood Restaurant, Millers Central Air, Mister Car Wash, Mulligans Beach House Bar and Grill, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage, NASA , New Look Lawn, Olive Garden, Orlando Solar Bears, Outback Steakhouse, Ovation Bistro & Bar, Panera Bread, Parker & Co Lawn, Pats Nu Star Car Wash, Payzac Precision, Perfume Plaza, Pilot Travel Centers, Pinecrest on Lotela Golf Club, Planet Hollywood, Polk Therapy, Pool Service by Law, Posh Salon & Day Spa, Posh Salon & Suites, Providence Golf Club and Publix. (continued on p. 30) 26

Meet Donna Lund Donna Lund is originally from Ferndale, Michigan and attended the University of Detroit majoring in dental hygiene. She met and married Randy, her husband of 46 years, in 1976. Due to Randy’s corporate life, the newlyweds moved several t ime s , e v en t ua l l y t o t he No r t h s ho r e of Chicago with their two children, Ryan and R e g a n . D o n n a c h o s e t o r e t u r n t o college, completing a degree in Art Therapy while raising her family. She applied this knowledge to assist many individuals, including Alzheimer Patients, Abused Women and Children. The family was extremely proud of her for completing her degree Magna Cum Laude! After 21 years in Chicago, Donna and Randy decided to move to Hot Springs Village in Arkansas for retirement. While visiting their son in Florida, they came across Lake Ashton. They were immediately drawn to its beauty and of course, the golf. They moved in this past December and although they are snowbirds they are so in love with Lake Ashton that they may stay full time. Donna began playing golf in 1993 at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, IL, and plays at the Diamante Country Club in Arkansas where she was honored as the most improved player. She has found the “People” of Lake Ashton welcoming, especially members of the LALGA, and our wonderful golf staff, Matt, Trent and Christian. In addition, Donna enjoys meeting new friends, playing mahjong, traveling, cooking and decorating. The LALGA is extremely happy that Donna moved to Lake Ashton and became a member of the league. LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Another winter golfing season came to a close in April, with 60 Niners playing the final round and then attending a luncheon. Wow, that’s a lot of gals! A big THANKS goes out to outgoing President Mary Lopez and Secretary Diane Struble for their hard work and dedication to the club 28 (insert a big round of applause here). Now, please welcome your new Board: President Karen Ferrande, Vice President Janet Mutz, Treasurer MaryLou Jameson, and Secretary Marti Schmidt PLEASE NOTE: In May, game start time will be 9 am. Thinking about joining the Niners? Please do! This is a fun group of ladies who enjoy playing 9holes of golf and the camaraderie that comes with it. Are you a beginner? Just learning to play golf? This secretary personally started playing golf here at Lake Ashton three years ago (as a part-time snowbird), and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Whether you’ve played golf since your teens, or are a new player, you are invited to come see what you’re missing: fun, friendship and 9holes of golf. Come on, you know you want to! Sign-up sheets are in the Pro Shop Ladies restroom entrance, along with other information about the Niners and additional groups that play throughout the week. Still have questions? Contact Janet at jan.mutz@gmail.com for more info! To the snowbirds heading home, safe travels and see you O c t o b e r 4 f o r t h e o p e n i n g d a y events. Membership has grown to almost 100 members, so this winter the Pro Shop is reserving all 18-holes on one course for the Niners. Half will play the front nine and half will play the back nine. CONGRATULATIONS TO LA WOMEN GOLFERS ! By Elizabeth Leigh Four golfers from Lake Ashton listed below were winners in the Polk County Women’s Golf Association Two Day Championship Tournament held on March 21st and April 4th. Liz Leigh – AA Flight 1st Place Mafie Walker - A Flight 3rd Place Deb Louder – A Flight 4th Place Colette McKie – A Flight 5th Place The Polk County Women’s Golf Association allows female golfers to participate in a friendly competitive golf game playing different courses in Polk County. If interested in joining or wanting more informat ion, contact Li z Leigh at 813-288-0809.

CLUBS LA BELLES By Noreen Guy Greetings LA Belles! The ladies are slowly getting back to monthly luncheons and once again gathering while enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere of familiar restaurants and searching out some new venues while catching up with one another's latest happenings and possibly meeting future best friends. The next luncheon will be held at The Barn in Lake Alfred on May 25 at 11:45 am, hosted by Caroline Kilmer (813-361-1007). The sign-up sheet is on Clubhouse Information Wall. Here’s to the LA Belles continuing in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie. The LA Belles is open to all Lake Ashton ladies, so y’all come now, hear! CREATIVE QUILTERS By Marsha Martin The latest quilt made by the Creative Quilters is up on the wall outside the media room in the Clubhouse. Each quilter was given a piece of matching fabric and then made whatever block they chose to put into the quilt. The result is a beautiful quilt for everyone visiting the Clubhouse to see! The quilters have already started making blocks for a patriotic quilt to go up next. Up north friends are starting to head home for the summer so numbers are getting smaller, but there are still lots of fun quilting projects planned for those that are here. Every third Tuesday is Project Day starting at 12:30. Quilters of all abilities are welcome, so come and join in! For more information call Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Shelley Miller The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting May 5 via Zoom and in-person at the HFC. Social time with snacks is from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting and Zoom will start at 4:30. The May speaker is Adam Hattersley who will speak about his candidacy for the Chief Financial Officer position for Florida. For more information, please e-mail lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers The winning players in order for the last seven weeks are: February 22: Dee Mayne, Jeannine Connors, Elaine Inman, Charlotte Walker March 1: Dick Dole, Liz Leigh, Judy Mulhearn, Lois Dole March 8: Linda Boast, Carl Boast, Elaine Inman, Janis Vasquenza March 15: Mafie Walker, Howard Mayne, Julie Demardis, Liz Leigh March 22: Howard Mayne, Liz Leigh, Mafie Walker, Janis Vasquenza March 29: Nelda Sedlacek, Howard Mayne, Chris Verges, Jeannine Connors April 5: Janis Vasquenza, Judy Mulhearn, Judy Marine, Mafie Walker Tuesday Party Bridge commences at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Card Room every Tuesday (most players arrive 10 minutes early to get organized). All Bridge players are invited, from novice to expert. The group is for fun, the play of the hands is discussed with the goal of improving everyone’s play. Score is kept, as everyone likes to get the opportunity to get their names in the LA Times. To play, please contact George Rogers at georgerogers4321@gmail.com or 419-708-3320 to get started. There are sign up sheets in the Clubhouse Card Room on Tuesdays at 2 pm for the following two weeks. LAKE WALES CARE CENTER HOME REPAIR PROGRAM Since last fall, volunteers for the Lake Wales Care Center have assisted 16 homeowners with services ranging from installing hand rails to constructing handicap ramps from 12 to 44 feet in length. Two of the key volunteers are Lake Ashton residents Milo Macko and Jimmy Kreftmeyer. They are part of a four man team, affectionately known as the “A Team” who have completed 10 projects this year alone. To learn more, volunteer, or contribute call 863-676-6678, email care.lwcc@gmail.com, or visit lakewalescarecenter.com.

LA GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club held its first National Gardening Day on April 14 in the Pavilion. Gene, the Barefoot Gardener, spoke about the care and useful use of Native Florida plants, succulents and a wide variety of both outdoor and indoor plants. Many of the plants showcased were natural pollinators for both bees and butterflies. After his presentation a silent auction was held. Both the presentation and auction were a huge success! Proceeds will be used towards the purchase of plants around the perimeter of the Pavilion and future speakers at meetings. Thank you to all who participated and made generous contributions to the club. This was a wonderful opportunity to get usually twenty dollar plants for $3 or less. Members of the club donated plants, books, containers and much more! The club hopes to have another silent auction in the future. The club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 10 am in the Pavilion. The group hopes to begin planting around the Pavilion by early May. Please consider joining in on the fun. GENEOLOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl Come join the Genealogy Club to find your ancestors and enjoy the company of some of your LA neighbors who have this similar interest. The next meeting is May 11 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. Bring your questions, ancestor stories and digital devices if you’d like. For more information call Jane at 815-545-6655. CALLING ALL MICHIGANDERS (YOOPERS AND TROLLS) By Donna Debnar Are you someone from Michigan, related to someone from Michigan, lived there temporarily, or have any connection? Mark your calendars for the next Michigan Potluck to be held May 25 at the HFC from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Cost is $2/person to cover plates, cups, drinks, etc. Bring a dish to share of a salad, main dish, or dessert. Sign up by emailing djdebnar@gmail.com. Next potluck will be January 8, 2023 at 5 pm. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Hard to believe that the season is just about coming to an end and that snow birds will soon be leaving. LA Rockers have been meeting in the HFC ballroom on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. The group has learned decoupage, foiling, and how to make blended backgrounds as well as had a demonstration on how to pour rocks. All this while enjoying a lovely afternoon with other LA Rockers. In addition, the group painted and delivered rocks to a local nursing home, worked on weekly challenges, and continued painting welcome rocks and kindness rocks for the community. Spend an afternoon with a great group of people and learn how to paint rocks! Don't worry if you can't draw or paint - all of your efforts are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face.

Best of all, it does not cost anything to try since we will lend you the supplies you will need for your first meeting. Please join at the next meetings May 4 and 18. Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact either MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Alice Mayer (aamayer1@gmail.com) to let them know you are coming. If a meeting is canceled at the last minute, it will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook page. If in doubt, check before you come. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary is May 18 at 6:30 pm in the Ballroom, close to the stage. LAVA Auxiliary is open to all those who love this country and want to support its veterans. The entire month of May is Military Appreciation Month. See page 23 for more information. LAVA Auxiliary is selling RED, WHITE and BLUE bows for you to put on your mailboxes and/or golf carts. The bows are $5 each. So let’s get out and deck the streets and let all who live in Lake Ashton or come as a visitor or vendor, know that you LOVE your country and military. ALL mailboxes on Gu l l ane Dr i ve a re proud l y displaying the Red, White and Blue bows! Gullane residents Debby Landgrebe and Chris Graves feel that "Gullane Drive is THE LANE!" and at the time of submission, is the first street to be lined with bows. Other streets — you are challenged to do the same! The LAVA Auxiliary is hosting this fundraiser to not only show patriotism but also to raise money to benefit veterans. SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Craft Show is right around the corner. It is scheduled for October 22 and crafters are needed! Reserve a table for $50 to sell your handcrafted items. Call Joan at 239851-7899. God Bless Our Military! MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Annie Lutz At the most recent meeting the group came to a consensus to suspend the Magic Years Group here at Lake Ashton. Disney has made it almost impossible to schedule any type of group activities, and because there has been a very significant decline in meeting attendance, the members felt this was the right decision at this time. If, in the future, members want to resume activities, and someone is willing to take on the leadership position, then the group can resume. LA REPUBLICANS By Brenda Bush-Sayre The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet on May 25 at the Clubhouse. Social time will start at 3:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 4. There will be a school board forum and five candidates will participate in a Q&A session. All Lake Ashton residents are welcome to join. Contact is Brenda Bush-Sayre, bbs1954@icloud.com, 813-313-9911. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Have you seen the outstanding beautification project the LA Garden Club has started in the indoor pool area? It truly has made a difference in the appearance. Can’t wait to see the finished project! Donations are still needed. If you want to help, please give your donation to a Garden Club or Swim Club member in a sealed envelope. The most active swimmer on the LASC's 100-mile Challenge Swim is almost in Ft. Lauderdale (on paper). He plans to continue on to Key West. Just before those goals, he had swum to Daytona Beach & back. WOW! What a great inspiration. The challenge record sheet is on the club's bulletin board in the locker room hallway, as is other club info. All lap swimmers are welcome and encouraged to participate. (continued on p. 34)

The club recently had a fun social hosted by Cathy & Pete Liska. Special thanks to all who shared delicious food! The most exciting news is that Cathy Liska & Sharon Swanson have qualified for and will participate in the National Senior Games in May. They are the first Lake Ashton swimmers to swim in this event. Everyone is very proud of them and wish them fast times and a lot of fun meeting people from all over the USA. The club continues to hold three group workouts each week — Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 1:45 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am. The workouts are a fun, social way to improve fitness and swim skills. The only pre-requisite is that you must be able to swim one length of the pool. If you wish to aim for Senior Games, you will be supported in that endeavor. BOCCE BALL NEWS By Vicki and Wayne Creek The 2022 Lake Ashton Bocce Tournament was held March 25 and 26. This year there were 24 teams competing over the two days. Everyone played exceptionally well and the competition was very tough this year. An Awards Ceremony and Dinner was held at the Tap and Grill following the tournament on Saturday. Sponsors of the Bocce Tournament were Jim and Kay Weaver of Weaver/ Loveless Law. They presented the winners with $100, $75 and $50 Gift Certificates to the Tap and Grill and also gave away four tickets to the Community Showcase. Congratulations! Pictured middle left: Sponsors Jim and Kay with Tournament Coordinators Vicki & Wayne Creek, and the first place winners 1st Place: Robbie & Tammy Shields (top right) 2nd Place: Dave and Cindy Southworth (middle right) 3rd Place: DuWayne and Jean Schuler (bottom right) Judges (bottom left) Back Row: DeWayne Schuler, Jonathan Ridpath, Bill Reibl, Dan Storrs, Carl Boast Front Row: Jorge Bergia, Roy Aull, Linda Boast, Lou Iszak, Wayne Creek

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MIND&BODY LIVING WELL At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a program on May 5 at 10 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom entitled Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging: • Cognitive activity • Physical health and exercise • Diet and nutrition • Social engagement Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall Save the Date: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia on June 9. EATING THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY Join Andrea from UF/IFAS on May 18 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom to learn how to improve your health by eating the Mediterranean way! Learn the basics of the Mediterranean diet and then enjoy a food presentation as we cook up a heart-healthy and tasty Mediterranean meal. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall. AMERICAN S IGN LANGUAGE CLASSES Growing older can come with different degrees of hearing loss, and it is important for your brains to remain active no matter the effects of aging. Learning American Sign Language (ASL) can help with both! If you are not aware of the ASL classes held at Lake Ashton, why don’t you come check the group out? Classes are held Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The group has been meeting every week since last spring and have learned so much thanks to the wonderful instructors James, and Helen. Furthermore, beginning September 6, there will be a beginning class of ASL in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 1 pm. Sign up by emailing ShelleyKnee@gmail.com. This class will start with simply learning the alphabet and numbers along with common words and easy phrases. This will be geared to the beginner who has no experience. Some fun games will be planned to learn by experience and communication with other deaf and hearing impaired neighbors. It’s best if you attend with a partner so you learn together and can communicate with each other and practice on your own. If you have experience, you’re invited to attend the advanced class in the Ballroom at 2 pm every Tuesday. May 10 is the last class before the summer break, resuming September 6. RETIREMENT SEMINAR Are you looking for guidance with your investments and financial strategy? Come into the HFC May 17 from 12:30 to 3 pm and listen to a local financial advisor’s advice and recommendations! A free lunch will be provided for the individuals that sign up beforehand, so be sure to register early! CREATE A CARD Come create your own lovely greeting cards on May 17 with resident expert Donna Rorick, who will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Class will be held in the HFC Sports Court at 10 am. The cost is $10. Sign up sheet is located in the HFC, and space is limited to a total of 24. Sign up soon as reservations go quickly. Join in for creative fun! Call Karen at 863-875-8414 with questions or for additional details

WATERCOLOR CLASS Learning the basics of color and paint application with artist Freddie Combs on May 6 from 12:45 to 3:45 pm. in the HFC Craft Room. $30 per session. Sign up and receive a list of supplies at the HFC. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr May 14 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Topic: Baby Turtles Cost $35 — payable at class. Sign up at the Clubhouse Information Wall by noon on May 13. CERAMIC CHICKS Mary Bosman, Duncan Certified Instructor Wednesdays, 8 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. FUSED GLASS CLASS Create a beautiful & truly unique fused glass garden stake in this popular workshop on June 1 from 2 to 4:30 pm at the HFC. You will learn about fused glass and create a garden stake by cutting and layering glass which Jill will take home and fuse together in her kiln after class. A metal stake will be attached for display your creation in your pot or garden. The finished stake can be picked up 1-2 weeks following the class. Class Limit is 10 students. Cost of $35 includes all project supplies, use of equipment, kiln firing and art glass. W.A.V. E . Instructor: Sue Fitzgerald, certified AFAA, ACE and ASFA (904.566.2846) Water Aerobics with Variety for Everyone will be taking a break for the summer. There are no classes May – September. Next class is October 1. Have a great summer! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 www.jimsfloordepot.com

YOGA SHARE Participate in yoga to DVDs on Wednesdays at 8:45 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up in advance at the Clubhouse Information Wall. Questions? Call Sally Winfrey at 863.875.8134 or 316.516.2815. TAP JAMMERS ! Facilitator: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse Ballroom Stage This is not for the beginner level tap dancer.             DANCE CLASSES Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Mondays 9 to 10 am in the HFC Basketball Court Promises to be filled with fun, no previous experience needed! Come when you can, relax and exercise while having fun! Hope you see you there!      LA DANCE CLASSES: CHA CHA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Classes are held Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center on May 2, 9, 16 & 23. Classes are FREE and no partner needed!                    

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