L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter May 2024 LAKE ASHTON REMEMBERS Simply the Best! Get your patriotic bows from LAVA Auxiliary Show Your Colors with Flags May 25-27 Attend the Memorial Day Ceremony May 27 see p. 25 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 863.324.6032 863.324.5457 Lake Ashton is a 55 & Older Deed Restricted Community www.lakeashtoncdd.com

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES May Issue Deadline: May 13 • 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. MAY 2024 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com

MONDAY COFFEE Meet new neighbors and to hear about local community happenings, community events and receive information on current projects within Lake Ashton. Meet local vendors personally and even snag a few free items or win services or products. Mondays at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom — coffee & donuts available for $3 (please note price change). MAY 6 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Lori Edwards - Polk County Supervisor of Elections • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare, Melissa Kincaid - Edward Jones MAY 13 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Century Storage • Featured Vendor: Michael Kennedy - Horizon Wealth MAY 20 • Peanut Butter Monday - Donations will go to the Lake Wales Care Center for the month of May. • Featured Speaker: Small World Bus Tours Presents Trips for June - December • Featured Vendors: Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, Tessier Law Firm MAY 27 - NO MONDAY COFFEE - MEMORIAL DAY IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 MIND & BODY 30 CLUBS 39 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD May 6, 10 am (After Monday Coffee) Clubhouse Ballroom LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD May 17, 9 am Health & Fitness Center CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow

HOURS OF OPERATION FRIENDLY REMINDER CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE & ACTIVITIES OFFICES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday MONTHLY MARKET Shop local without leaving the community on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendor recommendations and resident vendors are always welcome - contact clane@lakeashtoncdd.com. BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS & FRESH PRODUCE Wednesdays in the Clubhouse West parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. BOOKMOBILE Second & fourth Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15) in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. Polk County library card holders can check out and return books, movies, and more! OFFICES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY The Clubhouse and HFC offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. There will be no Monday Coffee, but the Clubhouse and HFC will remain open for resident use. Offices will reopen on May 28. There is a great difference between the person who learns from criticism and the person who refuses to accept correction. How we respond to criticism determines whether or not we grow in wisdom. The next time someone criticizes you, listen carefully to all that is said. You might learn something. My desire is that we are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. - Alex Fuertes, Maintenance Supervisor POSTAL SERVICES You may pick up USPS Forms for Address Changes, Stop/Start Mail, and Stamp Ordering at the Clubhouse Office. A mailing station is also available for letters and small packages up to five pounds. THE LEDGER AND WALL STREET JOURNAL ARE AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS TO VIEW IN THE CLUBHOUSE MEDIA CENTER. AFTER READING PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE THE NEWSPAPERS IN THE MEDIA CENTER FOR ALL TO ENJOY. RIPPING SECTIONS OUT OF ANY NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE AVOIDED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF AN ARTICLE OR CROSSWORD PUZZLE PLEASE BRING IT TO THE CLUB OFFICE TO MAKE A COPY FOR $.10.

JOINT AMENI TY POL ICY HIGHLIGHT CART PATHS AND BRIDGES 1. All Pathways/Bridges within the community are shared equally between golfers, golf carts, pedestrians and bicyclists. Use of the Pathways/Bridges by Patrons during hours when golf is being played creates potential safety hazards; therefore, all users of the Pathways/Bridges must exercise extreme caution when golf is being played. 2. To reduce danger and likelihood of being struck by a golf ball, Patrons should walk or ride in the opposite direction of play (starting on Hole 18 and ending on Hole 1), pause as golfers (“Golfers”) are about to hit, and only continue once the Golfers have struck their balls. Golfers should wave Patrons through if the approaching Patrons are fast moving or can pass by quickly. 3. Patrons must stay on the Pathways/ Bridges or Pond banks. Patrons are encouraged to monitor thedaily email circulated by Pro Shop Staff members announcing course conditions, closures, and starting times for the groups on each course. In doing so, Patrons can identify periods when no golfers are on the course. Additionally, it is generally safer to walk before 8:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m., when golfers are less likely to be present. 4. Pathways adjacent to Ponds and bridges can be dangerous. Golf Carts should operate at a safe speed and always use headlights after dusk. Extreme caution should be taken when traveling through standing water on Pathways. 5. Pets are permitted to be walked and exercised on the Pathways/Bridges. At no time should they be in the fairways or within thirty (30) feet of a green. Pets must be on leash or in a Golf Cart at all times. Pet owners are responsible to pick up after their pet. 6. Use Golf Course At Own Risk: All Individuals who enter the Golf Course and/or utilize Pathways/Bridges and/or Ponds, including as a Patron pedestrian or within a Golf Cart, shall do so at his or her own risk as further provided in Section XII herein and assumes all risks associated with entering property used for playing golf, including but not limited to errant golf balls and golf clubs. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com to view the full document. It is listed under "Other District Documents". Contact LACDD Community Director Christine Wells or LAIICDD Community Director James Margeson with any questions. See page 3 for their contact information. SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL TRANSITION Installation of amenity access controls and additional cameras throughout the Clubhouse amenities and the RFID scanner and cameras at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance have been installed. The SR 653 (west Gate) installation of the RFID equipment and cameras is scheduled for the first week in May. As in any project of this magnitude, there were some delays experienced during installation at the Clubhouse which has slowed down implementation but the continuing partnership with the contractors is alleviating any of those initial issues and progress is being made every day. The LACDD Board of Supervisors implemented a policy that stated all residents receiving a RFID tag (Lake Wales residents only) and Amenity Access Card (Lake Wales and Winter Haven residents) have 90 days to come in to receive a RFID tag and Amenity Access card at no charge, once distribution has begun. After 90 days, residents will be charged $10 per credential. The LAIICDD Board also implemented a similar policy for the RFID tag but there is no 90-day limit for issuance. If a resident is away, there will be an option to complete the required application within the 90-day period to secure credentials at no charge. Up to two RFID tags and Amenity Access Cards will be issued at no charge, per household, in Lake Wales and Winter Haven. For households requiring more than the two allotted credentials per household, there will be a charge of $10 per additional credential. There will be a $20 charge for replacement RFID tags (Lake Wales residents only) and Amenity Access Cards (Lake Wales and Winter Haven residents). There will be a $10 charge for replacement RFID tags for Winter Haven residents. Guests over the age of 18 will be issued an Amenity Access Card when registered at the Clubhouse that will be used to gain access to all Clubhouse amenities. The card will need to be returned within 10 days after the guest leaves. If not returned, the homeowner will be charged $40 per card. Stay tuned to email for details on an upcoming informational session for residents to get more information on the new system in addition to distribution details, once available. We understand this is a big change for residents and we are here to help with this transition. Please feel free to reach out to Supervisors or Staff with any questions.Contact information for Supervisors can be found on pages 8 and 10. Residents can also contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells, or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson with questions.

ENTRANCE GATE REMINDERS 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. PLEASE DO NOT HIT THE BUTTON ON YOUR GATE CLICKER TO EXIT THE COMMUNITY. This opens the entrance gates and can cause an unsafe situation. Please use caution when entering and exiting the community via the Thompson Nursery Road and CR 653 entrances. The entry gates are not on a sensor, they close after each vehicle. 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 or CR 653 it does not allow for enough time for the vehicle to make it through the gate. In addition there have been many reported cases of tailgating when entering the community. A new sign has been installed at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance reminding residents not to tailgate. If any of the gates are damaged due to negligence on the driver's part any costs involved with the replacement of the gate arm will be the responsibility of the driver (Approximately $800, currently). 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 HOMELESS GRADUATING SENIORS By Doris Reisinger Another GREAT year of Lake Ashton generosity for these well deserving students! As of the week of April 15, the final collection total was $12,560! This included eight gift cards equaling 135. We also donated four bags of domestic items such as sheets towels and personal hygiene items. Our total could not have been possible without the generosity of "The Shufflin Squares" and the "Italian Club" of Lake Ashton. Approximately 47 residents participated in individual donations. This year NINE scholarships will be awarded and 147 duffle bags will be handed to the students. A graduation party will be held April 24 with Dr. Caba as their motivational speaker. A great big THANK YOU goes out to both the staff at the Clubhouse and HFC for their cooperation in this effort. RESIDENTS TO RESIDENTS By Tom Scali A Committee has formed to put together a “resource list” for Lake Ashton residents. This resource would include, but not be limited to, items such as local health & wellness providers, transportation, local grocery providers, small home maintenance listings, education resources such as technology workshops, local help organizations such as Meals on Wheels or United Way, and/or storage of short term medical equipment, etc. If you are interested in serving on the committee or if you may be in need of one or more of the services provided above, please email: Tom Scali tscali41@gmail.com.

LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director 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 can be found on page 25. April showers bring May flowers and many fun events to help residents enjoy the community. A special Ladies Day event is planned on May 17 and will feature a comedian, local women-owned vendors offering free items, samples and discounts for ticket holders only, and a wonderful lunch. In addition, tickets are still on sale for the first ever Summer Locals Concert Series at Lake Ashton. See page 29 for the lineup. The Luau and Volunteer Appreciation Spring Fling in April were events for the record books! That Luau performance (complete with a fire knife show) was one that will be remembered for years to come. See page 28 for pictures. All of the amazing volunteers at Lake Ashton are appreciated not just in April — your dedication to the Lake Ashton community is appreciated all year long. Thank you again to our sponsors, Charm City, ClimateGuard, Performance Golf Carts, Dyer Kia, Warren Construction, Mortellaro Law, Water's Edge, and Arts Golf Cars for their support in making this event free for all of our volunteers. On April 15, the Board of Supervisors met to discuss the fiscal year 2025 budget (October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025). A wrap up report of actions taken at the meeting was sent out on April 17. An assessment increase of up to $200 was set at this meeting and soon Lake Wales residents will receive a mailing advising of this potential increase. The final amount of the assessment increase will be voted on at the August 19 budget hearing. Several other projects were approved, including the addition of paver areas at the Clubhouse Pet Play Park, a repair to a stormwater pipe on Limerick Drive, and the replacement of equipment to move forward with the conversion to natural gas at the Clubhouse. The May Board Meeting has been changed to May 6 at 10 am, after Monday Coffee. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431 mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom UPCOMING QU A LIFYING PERI O D This year the LA (LW) Community Development district has two seats up for election, specifically Seat 1 and Seat 5. The qualifying period runs from noon on June 10 and closes at noon on June 14. Each seat carries a four-year term of office. Elections are nonpartisan and will be held at the same time as the general election on November 5, 2024. Candidates must qualify for the office of Supervisor with the Polk County Supervisor of Elections. For more information, please contact them at 863-534-5888. Lori Edwards, the Polk County Supervisor of Elections, will be at Monday Coffee on May 6. Come by and get your questions answered and hear more information about the General Election.


LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10 am 352.250.9707 alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com The year is certainly going by quickly as the month of May and the summer, with its’ hot days, will soon be upon us! April was a very busy month when many residents enjoyed the various activities and amenities that were offered. We brought back the Vertigo and Balance Seminar on April 23, and that was again well attended. Our Elvis Show was also an overwhelming success with a sold-out show! Our residents relived memorable moments with the great songs of the “King” himself. The Lake Ashton Volunteer Appreciation Month was capped off with a Joint CDD and CDD II Dinner and Dance on April 19. This was our way of thanking all those residents who gave so much to make Lake Ashton the outstanding community it is. The May 16 Community Potluck will be hosted at the HFC. This is an excellent chance for all our Lake Ashton populace to get together and enjoy each other ‘s company! There will be a dance at the HFC featuring the band Pressure Point on May 10, so put on your dancing shoes and come on out. Tickets are available at the HFC Activities Desk. There will also be a “Healthy Feet to Stay Active” seminar on May 14. This is part of our continuing series of wellness education for our community. We are hosting an investment seminar on May 21 which will address any of your financial concerns. Sig up early for these events. The Lake Ashton II Community Development District Board met and approved various infrastructure projects, an update on the security access control project, approval of landscaping on the Ashton Boulevard, as well as preliminary work sheets for supervisors for budget preparation in May. As that meeting will determine the 2025 budget, we encourage all our residents to attend, get updates, and voice your opinion on Board budget issues. The Lake Ashton Neighborhood Watch would like to remind everyone that if you are planning on going away this summer, let your Block Captains and Deputies know so we all can keep Lake Ashton the safe community it is! May is Military Appreciation Month, and LAVA will be having the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27 at the Veterans Memorial. We take time to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our nation on this solemn occasion. The weekend of May 25-27 is “Operation Show Our Colors” when residents are encouraged to line their property with U.S. Flags. In addition, the LA Veterans Association will line community entrances and the HFC and Clubhouse with flags. Let us all do our best to show our love of this country and our veterans. We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the community and at the Health and Fitness Center during the month of May!

L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Coontie is a slow growing shrub that is the only Florida Native cycad. Its “palm-like” appearance brings a low maintenance tropical design to any landscape. This plant is considered the most ancient of plants. A cycad is a seed plant with a woody trunk and hard evergreen leaves. The Coontie cycads produce large reddish-orange seed cones. It has stiff, glossy, featherlike leaves and a thick stem. The compact size can be anywhere from one to three feet with a width of three feet. The shrub is not choosy about light and it’s cold tolerant. It’s best to plant away from foundations and in an area where it has enough room to spread. The shrub does not mind sandy soil. It can also grow in full sun or partial shade.The Coontie attracts a very rare butterfly called the Atala butterfly. This shrub is the only food source for this insect. A great place to view Coonties are at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales if you’d like a better view. YOUR HOA NEEDS YOU! By Brenda Jackson The Board and committees continue to ask/need your help. It takes a few more volunteers to keep and improve our beautiful community. We cannot do this alone! There are many opportunities to help. Help on the Board – we have an opening and the term expires 2025. It’s a great opportunity to see what we are about and give back to your community. Help the ARC committee – it only has three reps and can definitely use more. ARC is now online and can be done from anywhere while you are snowbirding or traveling, and when you are back to our lovely community you can help out a little more. Help the newly formed Compliance Committee – it has 3 members and can use more. This committee is there to help homeowners understand and work within the CC&Rs as you have concerns or questions about what is allowed. If you are interested in any of the above positions, contact information is below. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Directors@lakeashtonhoa.org or 863-325-0065 • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Mike Wilson, ARC Chair arc@lakeashtonhoa.org 863-325-0065 option 2 • David Greer, Compliance Chair repcm2@lakeashtonhoa.org 863-325-0065 option 3 • Website: lakeashtonhoa.com • ARC Requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton/la Didn’t receive an email invite to sign up for the website? Contact admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 option 1. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Pierre Duquette, LAII ARC Chair A6lawharc2@gmail.com • ARC requests: arctracker.com/lakeashton2


THANK YOU, GARDEN CLUB The Garden Club has been busy making the community look more beautiful over the past few years. From the plants around the HFC indoor pool to the wide variety of Florida friendly plants around the Pavilion at the Clubhouse, and the area in front of Eagles Nest and 18th green of the East Golf Course, they keep Lake Ashton looking fresh and colorful! A special "thank you" to the facilitator of the Garden Club, Lynn Davis, for always being willing to lend her expertise to the CDD for special projects and to all of the members of the Garden Club, THANK YOU for making Lake Ashton more beautiful! THOMPSON NURSERY ROAD CLEAN-UP By Linda Sandel A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road on May 23. Meet in the Clubhouse Ballroom at 8:30 am to pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash grabbers. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and Bok Tower ticket each calendar year. Please sign up online or with Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699 or Sandelly7@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to keep our community beautiful! WILDLIFE ALERT It’s that time of year again when sandhill crane colts are seen traveling with their parents. Florida is one of the few places in the world sandhill cranes can be found year-round. The year-round residents are the non-migratory Florida sandhill cranes, which typically roam in pairs or small family groups. There are now fewer than 5,000 Florida sandhill cranes across the state and they are listed as a state-designated threatened species. Please drive safely throughout Lake Ashton and remember that it is illegal to feed these birds. This includes accidental feeding, such as when bird seed is spilled from bird feeders onto the ground below. Photos by David Muller

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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer PROTECT LAKE ASHTON’ S PONDS The Red-shouldered Hawk is a fairly common year-round resident of Lake Ashton. This medium-sized Hawk of the swamps and woodlands is quite vocal. However, Blue Jays do a great imitation of its downslurred call, so residents might want to investigate if they think they hear one. This relatively long-tailed and longlegged hawk is larger than a crow. The plumage can vary a lot depending on the age of the bird. Females, as with all raptors (hawks, owls and eagles) are the larger of the two sexes which are identical. The tail is always heavily banded and in the adult the breast shows reddish and the bird does indeed have red "shoulders." They are easily identified in flight by "wing windows" toward the outer edge of the wings. They eat a variety of food including small mammals, frogs and snakes. They often hunt from a perch and are frequently seen on utility lines. REMINDER TO ALL RESIDENTS: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD RESIDENTS CONDUCT WORK OF ANY KIND ON CDD PROPERTY. THIS INCLUDES PONDS, COMMON AREAS, OR CONSERVATION/ WETLAND AREAS. IF THERE ARE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING POND EROSION OR OTHER AREAS IN NEED OF MAINTENANCE, PLEASE CONTACT LA (LW) CDD COMMUNITY DIRECTOR CHRISTINE WELLS (CWELLS@LAKEASHTONCDD.COM) OR LA (WH) CDD COMMUNITY DIRECTOR JAMES MARGESON (JMARGESON@LAKEASHTON2CDD.COM). Summer is on its way, which means scorching days with lots of sunlight. Algae development occurs most frequently during the summer months, when rainfall and pond water temperatures rise. There are numerous ways residents may help keep Lake Ashton's Ponds attractive right now. • Avoid overfertilization and careless application. • Remove pet waste from your yard. • Ensure that landscape providers mow lawns with the chute pointing away from the pond bank. These actions will help to reduce nutrient runoff from summer rainfall. When the nutrients in the water get too high, the chance of an algae bloom increases. If an algae bloom occurs in a Lake Ashton CDD pond, the CDD contracts with an aquatics provider to treat the algae biweekly. Email Matt Fisher with any questions or concerns at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com.

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SAFETY ABOUT NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Fay Wood, NW Chief Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs in history. Do you know how it got its start and why? While the modern day concept of the program rose to prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, the roots of Neighborhood Watch can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of the Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch Program was developed as a result of the multiple requests from sheriffs and police chiefs around the country who were looking for a crime prevention program that would incorporate citizen involvement and address the increasing number of burglaries taking place, especially in rural and suburban areas. In 1972, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) took the concept a step further by seeking funding to make the program a national initiative. Thanks to a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the National Neighborhood Watch Program was started. For the first two years, the program was devoted primarily to disseminating information on the nature and volume of burglary and securing residential property and making it less vulnerable to break-ins. From there, it evolved into a program that promoted the establishment of ongoing local neighborhood watch groups that encouraged citizens to partner with their law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce various types of "neighborhood crime." Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an "extra eyes and ears" approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, communityoriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities. Today's Watch Group programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to a neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see members of Neighborhood Watch groups participating in community cleanups and other activities that strive to improve the quality of life for community residents. In addition, the adoption of community policing by local law enforcement agencies has contributed to a resurgence in Watch groups over the years. Neighborhood Watch fits nicely into the framework of law enforcement/community partnerships, and Neighborhood Watch meetings provide a useful forum for airing neighborhood problems and practicing problem-solving techniques. Furthermore, Neighborhood Watch has become especially practical in our current society, in which twoincome families are the norm and many neighborhoods are deserted during the day. While criminals have attempted to use this statistic to their advantage, law enforcement has uncovered an important reality: the communities in which citizens have observed and reported suspicious activity have enjoyed lower crime rates. As communities throughout the country have adopted the program and reported success, the popularity of the Neighborhood Watch Program has grown, and it continues still. Why is this important in a 55+ community? It's because crime does not discriminate. In fact, there are more crimes perpetrated against senior citizens than any other demographic. Due to the ever growing sophistication of criminals and surgence of technology senior citizens fall prey to door to door solicitation, phone scams, email scams, mail theft etc. just to name a few. We all need to be more vigilant and come together as a community to help each other. Neighborhood Watch was created and continues by neighbors for neighbors. We need to look out for each other. My eternal thanks to all within the LA community for making NW the largest all inclusive and best known program not only in LA but in many circles. We cannot do this without all of you! If interested in learning more or how you can further help please contact, Chief Fay Wood 714-423-8966 or fswperson@aol.com.

POLK COUNTY CERT’S MEMBER OF THE YEAR By Ernie Harben liii C RT CERTainly Safe COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM Home Safety Tips from Your Lake Ashton Community Emergency Response Team Congratulations to Gary Bishop, who was recognized as MEMBER OF THE YEAR by Polk County Fire Rescue at the countywide annual meeting of the Polk County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on March 30. Gary is the Director of our community’s unit: Lake Ashton CERT. He and the LA CERT members have served our community by directing traffic, parking, and participants during activities at the Clubhouse and HFC, during shows, runs, bike rides, parades, and with annual field exercises like the recent tornado response drill in February. Gary was also very instrumental in helping to certify Lake Ashton as a Designated Point of Distribution for emergency supplies and vaccinations through FEMA. Congratulations to Gary, and thanks too, to all the LA CERT members for their service to our community. CAP By Mike Weissberg Since all residents are part of Neighborhood Watch you are watching things around you. Citizens Assisted Patrol (CAP) does this by patrolling the streets and looking for things that do not belong in the community. Our patrol presence with lights flashing is our deterrent to help keep our streets safe. CAP is always looking for more volunteers to be the eyes, ears and presence for the Sheriff’s Department. Patrols are once a week for two hours. Applications are available in the Clubhouse and HFC. For more information please contact Mike Weissberg at 917-482-3151. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc.

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EVENTS COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Bring a dish to share! Sign up online or at either Activities Desk. Clubhouse: June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 HFC: May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 2025 SHOWCASE INFORMATION MEETING By Terri McDuff LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS 39999 SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R S M A R T P H O N E T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. 60 DC Mot WiFi Enabled Lighe Included SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 September 18 - CPR & AED Class at the Clubhouse September 27 - Line Dance-Palooza! At the Clubhouse October 4 - Square Dance Party at the Clubhouse October 22 - Electronics Recycling at the Clubhouse November 2 - Fall Festival at the Clubhouse November 13 - Home Improvement Expo at the Clubhouse December 31 - New Year's Eve at the Clubhouse w/ 99 in the Shade Wow, it has already been well over a month since the LAPAC 2024 Showcase "Changes in Latitude" ended. The LAPAC creative team is already under way in developing next year's showcase. With that said, we are announcing our "Save The Date" 2025 Showcase Information Meeting that will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 1:00 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. The Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) will present information on the 2025 Showcase. We welcome all Lake Ashton residents to attend this meeting who wish to participate in this annual showcase. We will have many positions available to fill: Singers, dancers, comedians, carpenters, costumers, production, backstage, box office, audio, or lighting talent. Additionally there is also the opportunity to learn a new talent. We are looking forward to seeing all at the meeting to help fulfill many roles as well as begin preparation for putting together our 2025 Showcase.

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. May is characterized by six national observances highlighting the contributions of those who have served. MAY 1: LOYALTY DAY MAY 5 — 11: PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK MAY 8: VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AKA V-E DAY OR VE DAY MAY 10: MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY MAY 18: ARMED FORCES DAY MAY 27: MEMORIAL DAY WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY & VETERANS ★ Display the American Flag at your home ★ Send a care package to a soldier ★ Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans ★ See someone in uniform or know a veteran? Thank them for their service or surprise them with a coffee, dessert or drink ★ Donate to a veteran or military charity ★ Reach out to a veteran or military family in need PATRIOTIC BOWS Celebrate your patriotism by purchasing red, white & blue bows from the LAVA Auxiliary to decorate your mailboxes and golf carts. Call Lynne Abbott at 518- 729-0400 or Chris Graves at 863-514-5368 to purchase. 4TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA) is sponsoring the 4th Annual Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament on SATURDAY, MAY 18. The tournament Is a scramble format, and open to all residents and guests regardless of if they have served in the military. Make your own team - all men, all ladies, or a combination. All members of a team do not have to identify with the same service. If you do not have a team, the Pro Shop will put one together for you. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for guests. The price includes your entry and lunch following the event. Proceeds will be used to fund LAVA activities and charitable donations throughout the year. Past years have seen the chapter support a scholarship program for Junior ROTC cadets at Winter Haven and Lake Wales High Schools, Freedom Flights to Washington DC, “Wreaths Across America,” local veterans’ charities, “Last Mission,” “K9s for Vets” and packages to deployed service members. Additionally, these funds support Lake Ashton programs such as expansion/ maintenance of the Memorial Park, flags on the boulevard program, and annual ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day. Join us to honor our country and veterans. Sign up at the Pro Shop beginning May 1. OPERATION SHOW OUR COLORS The weekend of MAY 25 — 27 is “Operation Show Our Colors,” when residents are encouraged to line their property with U.S. Flags. In addition, the LA Veterans Association will line community entrances and the HFC and Clubhouse with flags. Let us all do our best to show our love of this country and our veterans. CEREMONY AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL Everyone is invited to gather at the Veterans Memorial by the Clubhouse at 9 AM ON MONDAY, MAY 27 for a remembrance ceremony facilitated by the Lake Ashton Veterans Association (LAVA).

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CRUISE-IN WRAP-UP What a show this year! 25 cars were showcased in the most perfect car show weather while Southbound rocked the parking lot. Congratulations to our winners, Larry Erd for Best Classic with his 1967 Morgan Plus 4, Frank Mitchell for Best Modern with his 2007 Corvette, and The Grabb's for Crowd Favorite with their 1938 Plymouth P6 Deluxe! Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors, Water's Edge, Lucas Wealth Management. Performance Golf Carts and Advent Health. Pictured: Red Ribbon - Frank Mitchell White Ribbon - Larry Erd Volunteer Appreciation Spring Fling Remember the magic of the 2024 winter season with LakeAshtonLiving.com! From snappy parties to RV rallies, captivating Entertainment Series, wonderful Talent Showcase Want a free ticket to a Summer Locals Concert Series show? Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office for a free S.M.A.R.T. Retiree Seminar on June 5. Dinner is included. See insert for more information. performances, lively pickleball get-togethers, and ending in a Hawaiian Luau, we've had it all. Explore the multitude of unforgettable moments captured in the photos and videos sections. Discover the excitement of the upcoming Local Concert Series through sneak peeks of the local bands coming to Lake Ashton. LakeAshtonLiving.com is your ultimate destination for information, resident directory searches, marketplace ads, calendar of events, dining recommendations, and service providers. Luau in the Ballroom

SUMMER LOCALS CONCERT SERIES Clubhouse & HFC Jam out to these rad local bands with your friends & neighbors! 7 TO 10 PM MAY 24 ALMOST THERE JUNE 7 BIG TIME JUKEBOX JULY 26 HWY 41 AUGUST 30 RUSTY WRIGHT BAND SEPTEMBER 6 EKLECTIK HAZE 29 MAY 10 PRESSURE POINT JUNE 14 BAD HABIT AUGUST 9 TWO SMOOTH AUGUST 23 GOOD STUFF Purchase at corresponding Activities Desks. Clubhouse tickets can also be purchased online. $15 Tickets: CLUB HOUSE HFC

MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. ASTRONOMY NIGHT IS BACK! “What’s Going On Up There? (Happenings in the Heavens)” Florida is full of natural beauty; some of the most stunning is in the night sky. Come to the Cinema on May 25 at 7 pm to talk with the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society about some of the wonders in the heavens - past, present, and future - and look through some telescopes for the “evening show.” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. NOTE: THE POOL WILL CLOSE AT 8 PM ON THIS EVENING TO ALLOW FOR CLEAR VIEWING. FLORIDAFRIENDLY LANDSCAPING™ Having a beautiful landscape while saving money and protecting our environment is possible. FloridaFriendly Landscaping™ uses nine easy to follow principles that can help Floridians do just that. There will be a presentation on May 20 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom where you can learn tips on creating and maintaining a beautiful FloridaFriendly Landscape! Sign up for this free class online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. TRIVIA Join your neighbors May 5 and 26 for fun and cash prizes! $1 to play. Maximum of 8 per table. Come with a team or join an open table. Tables are available on a first-come first-filled basis. Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia begins promptly at 7. Email lakeashtontrivia@gmail.com to be added to the database and receive email announcements. Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to look and feel your best. It can be hard to stick with a daily exercise schedule due to having an active lifestyle. Many struggle with finding the time to exercise daily for a number of reasons, but there are pockets of time daily that are spent waiting for things, or doing household chores, where you can fit in exercise. While waiting for food to cook in the microwave, you can do a few repetitions of exercise like modified pushups using the countertop or standing on one leg for a count of 20 to work on balance. Grab two cans of soup and do some arm exercises, like the overhead press. While watching television, do some leg extensions to work your quadriceps. While folding laundry, do some side bends or trunk twists to work your obliques (or love handles). You can also stagger exercises throughout the day. With this approach you will do one or two exercises between each aspect of your day. For example, after waking up, do 5 minutes of walking in place or yoga poses. Then, before breakfast, do another exercise, like the modified squat. With this exercise you would just sit in a chair and stand without using your hands to help. This exercise is an excellent way to work your core muscles and keep you from losing the ability to raise from a seated position. You would continue doing one or two exercises before lunch, dinner, and lastly before bed. So, you can see that by the end of the day, you will have completed at least 4 to 5 exercises! Be creative and find other ways to make exercise a permanent part of your daily routine. What matters is that you are exercising, even if you don’t schedule time for the gym.

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FUSED GLASS JEWELRY Friday, May 10 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create beautifully unique jewelry for you or your favorite person. You will make two from the following: pendant, pair of earrings, or pin. Jill will take your creations home to fire them in her kiln and return in approximately 2 weeks. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40. Preregistration required. All materials included. No previous experience necessary. FUSED GLASS OPTICS Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm at the HFC Craft Room. NEW class! Create either a garden stake, trivet, or plate similar to the photos, then Jill will take your creation home and fire it in her kiln, re t u r n i ng i t f o r p i c k up i n approximately 1 week. Sign up at the HFC Activities Desk with a check made out to Jill Groves for $40. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience necessary. Contact Jill Groves: 419-902-7966 or manorridgecreations@gmail.com. CARDS FOR ALL AGES Facilitators: Judy Ridpath & Marianne Morcone Join in the fun making cards on May 1. This class is for all levels. If you’ve never made cards before come try something new. All card materials to make 2 cards are provided for $5. Meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Clubhouse Craft Room from 2 to 4 pm. Register to attend, space is limited. Contact Marianne at mkegolfer@aol.com at 860-712-9440 or Judy at judy@judyridpath, 650-678-1174. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Create a unique floral wall plaque that you can use to display and easily rearrange real or fake flowers! All supplies and instructions are available for $10! Class is on June 18 at 1 pm. Space is limited, sign up by June 11. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr May 11 at 1 pm, Clubhouse Craft Room Tulip in Flower Pot $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on May 10 CREATE A CARD May 21 at 10 am in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $12. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions.

LUNCH & LEARNS The Five Most Important Documents May 2 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Learn about the five most important documents for safeguarding your assets and providing for your loved ones. Discover how proper estate planning can meet your unique needs and goals. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Brain Health Early Detection Awaits. Hear about what you can do to help decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, current research and more on May 28 from noon to 2 pm. Free lunch provided. Schedule your Free Memory Assessments on their mobile unit June 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office today! Window Tinting. Join friends and neighbors on June 14 at noon for an afternoon of refreshments learning about the benefits of tinting your home windows. Tinting is a cost-effective way to improve comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency in your home. Sign up today online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office.

LAUGHTER YOGA Wednesday May 29, 6 pm Come join yoga instructor, Kim for some fun and the newest twist on Yoga. There is no charge for this class but donations are suggested. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LORRIE'S SUMMER LINE DANCE CLASSES Come join us this May as we reset our Beginner Class, nice and slow, at 1 pm on Thursdays at the HFC (the class on May 16 will be held at the Clubhouse due to the Potluck). If you are interested in learning, it's easier if you start at the beginning. Each class will build on previous dances. If you have line dancing experience, the 2 pm class may be your class. We do more advanced dances that may have tags and restarts. Line Dancing is very good exercise and good for your memory. All dances can be modified to accommodate dizziness, bad knees or hips. Everyone can enjoy line dancing! Come join us this Summer. New! BINGOCIZE® combines the game of Bingo with exercise! Have fun being active and social while learning techniques to reduce falls.Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays June 4 through August 15 from 11 am to noon at the Clubhouse Ballroom (no class July 4 or 9). Participants must be 60 or older. No new participants may join after the second session even if registered. Minimum 8 participants required. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. Not designed for beginners. Tap Jammers will be on hiatus for the months of June, July, August, and September.

MAY 14 & 28 | 5 to 8 PM MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH As the most common cancer in the United States, new skin cancer cases are diagnosed at a rate of at least 5 million cases per year. And while it is a very common cancer, it doesn’t have to be! In fact, skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers of today. One of the best hopes for helping to lower incidences of skin cancer is to inform the public and raise awareness about this disease and the important steps to take toward prevention. This is the purpose behind Skin Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most important messages to send in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month is arming and equipping the public on how to prevent skin cancer. Check out some of these ways to get started lowering the risk: Skin Cancer Prevention Starts with You! Get the Facts About Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and worldwide. If you catch skin cancer early enough, you can be A-OK. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than 5 sunburns. Every hour, more than 2 people die of skin cancer. Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of melanoma by 50%. 9 Ways You Can Protect Your Skin 1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. 4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. 2. Don’t get sunburned. 3. Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds. 5. Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months. 6. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/ UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. 7. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. 8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. 9. See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam. ©2021 The Skin Cancer Foundation A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization [EIN: 13-2948778] For more information, visit SkinCancer.org

Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. These are some things you can do to prioritize mental health. • Take five. Take a deep breath and relax. Even five minutes to take care of yourself can help. • Be active. Take a walk, stretch, or exercise. • Connect with others. Reach out to friends and family. Talk about your feelings with others. • Reach out to clergy or others in your faith community. • Get help from a professional. Talk to a healthcare provider about how you are feeling. Make an appointment with a counselor. • Unwind and enjoy your favorite activities. • Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with better overall health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm. We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day. This health observance encourages women and girls to make their health a priority by caring for your physical, mental, social, and emotional health. There’s a lot that you can do: • Talk with Your Health Providers and Make and Keep all Healthcare Appointments • Enjoy a Healthy and Balanced Diet • Get Active • Prioritize Mental Health • Practice Healthy Behaviors THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem.

BODY MIND SOUL CLUBHOUSE WATER AEROBICS: TUESDAYS — SATURDAYS AT 8:30 AM FREE VIRTUAL MEDITATION SESSION: MONDAYS AT 3 PM — EMAIL YOGAWINTERHAVEN@GMAIL.COM TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK CHAIR YOGA: TUESDAYS AT 9 AM THURSDAYS AT 11:30 AM $5/CLASS (PAYABLE AT CLASS) NO EQUIPMENT REQUIRED YOGA (TO DVD) IN THE BALLROOM WEDNESDAYS AT 8:45 AM VIBES DRUMBEAT SESSIONS THURSDAYS MAY 2 - JUNE 6, 10 AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE PAVILION ZUMBA AT THE HFC SPORTS COURT - WEDNESDAYS, 5:25 — 6:25 PM. $5 HFC AQUA ZUMBA - FRIDAYS, 5:30 TO 6:15 PM, $5 BEGINNING CHAIR & BALANCE: MONDAYS AT 10 AM CLASSICAL STRETCH: MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 11 AM AQUA MOTION: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 4 PM BACK TO BASICS: FRIDAYS AT 9 AM GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA: THURSDAYS, 11 AM AQUA RELOADED: MONDAYS AT 12 PM, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS AT 10 AM CARDIO SWING & YOGA COOL: TUESDAY & THURSDAYS AT 9 AM TRIPLE B (BAT WINGS, BELLIES, & BULGES): WEDNESDAYS AT 9 AM BASIC FITNESS & CARDIO: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 10 AM ZUMBA is a dance fitness class using Latin, international, and contemporary music. The routines use simple, repetitive dance moves that are easy to follow. Every dance move can be modified for a low or high impact workout for any skill level. AQUA ZUMBA integrates the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, blending it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. 38 simply HEALTHY

CLUBS CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock Our first meeting of the season was in October and seven months later we held the last meeting in April. Where has the time gone? In February many of us participated in “The Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show” and many club members took home award ribbons. Guest speakers educated us on interesting topics and club members further enlightened us on fun topics. Members sharing their knowledge was appreciated and enjoyed and will hopefully continue next season. A big thank you to Renee Schupp for her work on the club Facebook page and the photo challenges she presented. Dennis Krupinski was a real asset in assisting with the monthly meetings. Member participation in meetings and activities made it enjoyable. A special thank you to my wife Joanne who took good notes and help keep me on track. Enjoy the summer and capture some interesting photographs to share with our members and perhaps even enter into next year’s show. Thank you for your support, see you in the fall. CHESS CLUB Gary Winfr ey (pictured left) and Howard Mayne of the LA Chess Club have worked with Winter Haven Library to establish the "Chess Meet-up." This very informal group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Winter Haven Library. Participants range from 5 years old to 85 years old, from rank beginners to seasoned veterans (and experienced teachers). If you want to dip your toe into the world of chess, this is a friendly place to start. It is also perfect for brushing away cobwebs for lapsed players! The LA Chess Club meets every Thursday in the HFC Poker Room at 1:30 pm. For more information, contact Howard Mayne (howard.mayne@gmail.com or 603-285 5640). 39 GENEALOGY CLUB By Jane Imparl The May meeting for the Genealogy Club will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 2 pm in the HFC Craft Room. We have a special lesson for this meeting. We will learn about a new website where we can find unindexed records on the Family Search website. It's a brand new website in the beta stage. We can be on the "ground floor" of this new technology involving AI. Come and see what it's all about. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. Be there or be square. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting May 2 in-person only at HFC Community Center. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. Speakers will Marcus Wright, Jr. and Bernnie Brandt, candidates for Polk County School Board. For more information, please email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Bud Colburn The Lake Ashton Republican Club is scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in the Clubhouse Ballroom beginning at 3:30 pm for sign-in and social time. The meeting will start at 4. Derrick Blue, COO of BizLINC is our guest speaker. BizLINC, is a business incubator in Lake Wales' historic northwest neighborhood and provides local entrepreneurs the tools to succeed. Guests are welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! SINGLES CLUB By Carol Corley Now that we are looking forward to a consistent spring and eventually summer, the Singles Club is making plans for activities, and we would love for you to join us on the first Sunday of every month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (next meeting is May 5). We will have a meeting first to make plans for the month, and then play

cards. Five Crown, or bring a new game to teach us. After cards we go somewhere for dinner, as a group. But that’s not all we do. The Third Thursday of every month at 4 pm is a Mingle, held at the Pavilion. We bring what we would like to drink, plus an appetizer or dessert to share, and just enjoy visiting. Sometime during the month we go somewhere for lunch or dinner as a group. We also help each other, so if someone has a need, we have a list of volunteers. The Club also has a charitable project — twice a year we adopt senior “orphans” and provide them with gifts that they are hoping for — usually these gifts are very basic, like pajamas, or a shower chair. Senior “orphans” are older people in nursing or assisted living homes who have no family to help them. They are pre-screened by social services in Polk County. We are adopting six senior orphans for Christmas in July, and we did 12 for Christmas last December. We hope you will join us. LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents spreading acts of kindness to our LA Community. By painting and hiding rocks here at Lake Ashton we hope to provide the right message at just the right time. We had a lot of fun working with the residents at Water’s Edge just in time for Easter. We shared how to paint cute bunnies and one resident even painted a cow! The residents seemed to have enjoyed the time with the Rockers and trying a new activity. Our group has had a great turnout for the recent meetings. Come give the group a try! You don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful rocks. There are lots of ways to paint and the group is always happy to share tips and techniques. Please note new meeting times: Meet in the HFC Community Center from 1 to 3 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The first Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The third Wednesday is a “Free Paint and Newcomers Session”. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session so it’s very important to contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting. If you are lucky enough to find a rock, please post a photo of your rock on Talk of Lake Ashton’s (TOLA) Facebook page. It means a lot for us to see where our rocks go. SANDY ’ S NYS GROUP By Joyce Notarnicola Greetings to all neighbors from New York! The May gathering will be on May 10 (changed from the 17th) at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom for a dessert and game night. Dessert and games will be supplied. Please bring $2 for dessert and quarters to play left, right, center. This will be our last gathering until September! Newbies: Please send your contact information (name, address in LA, phone number, email and where you’re from/live in NY) to Deirdre Knapp (auntdeda@hotmail.com) We look forward to seeing lots of “old” and new faces on May 10. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Don Fuller & Liz Leigh Duplicate bridge is played on Monday at 12:45pm in the Clubhouse Card Room. The game is open to all residents regardless of skill level. Participants should have some experience playing bridge plus a partner is required. We have approximately 60 players in the group and can assist new players in finding a partner. Advance registration is encouraged and can be done by using the Red Book in the card room or by contacting Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com to register or receive more information. March 18: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Pat Foster; 2nd Chris Verges & Don Fuller; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat; 3rd Nancy Golding & Cheryl Tillman March 25: North-South 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Pat Foster & Ralph Ritter; 3rd Dick Dole & Lois Dole East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Nancy Golding & Cheryl Tillman; 3rd Dana Griffiths & Marge Kniat April 1:1st Don Fuller & Jim Ford; 2nd Marge Kniat & Dana Griffiths; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 4th Keith Stevens & Liz Smith; 5th Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar April 8: 1st Pat Foster & Ralph Ritter; 2nd Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 4th Howard Mayne & Jeff Wilkinson; 5th Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar

LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The LAVA Auxiliary is having their meeting on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse near the stage. Consider attending a meeting. At our March meeting the LAVA Auxiliary was presented with a beautiful plaque by Dan Dimarco, founder of Soldiers Freedom Outdoors (SFOA). The plaque was handcrafted by a veteran. SFOA provides eco therapy (nature therapy such as kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and more) to hundreds of soldiers and their families. Thank you, neighbors, for your support! BOWS! BOWS! The entire month of May is dedicated to remembering our veterans. Bows are still for sale — call Lynne Abbott at 518-729-0400 or Chris Graves at 863-514-5368. This year's charity for the Craft Fair is Operation New Uniform (ONU). Operation New Uniform empowers active duty service members, veterans and military spouses to successfully transition from military life to purposeful, stable careers. This is done at either their Tampa or Jacksonville facility and/or virtual Mark your calendars for the Craft Fair October 26. There will be 3 lotto trees. Each tree will have $100 of scratch offs. In addition to the Lotto Trees and the Ballroom being filled with crafters, we will have baked goods for sale along with hotdogs and chips.

LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The Lake Ashton Swim Club can help you stay fit and become water safe. According to Good Housekeeping, swimming and water exercise offers multiple benefits as it provides a whole-body workout, promotes a healthy heart, improves lung capacity, tones and strengthens muscles, allows for low impact exercise which is particularly beneficial to those recovering from surgery or who have joint conditions, supports weight management, reduces body fat, improves mental health, and promotes quality sleep. A study by the Red Cross found that the majority of parents and grandparents cannot swim well enough to save a child or grandchild in trouble in the water. LASC offers group water workouts 3 times a week - Mondays 6-7pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm, Saturdays 10-11am. For more info contact instructor/ coach sandyw1994@aol.com. The LASC would again like to thank the LA Garden Club for their great job beautifying the pool area and maintaining the plants. We also thank all those who contributed plants and pots. LAKE ASHTON FRIENDS OF MEALS ON WHEELS By Marcia Santino This month we shine a spotlight on Meals on Wheels volunteers, John & Susan Stewart Originally from Indiana, John and Susan have resided in the Winter Haven area for 56 years and have been Lake Ashton residents since 2007. John and Susan have been Meals on Wheels volunteers for over four years, delivering meals four days a week, about 4 hours per day, a different route each day. “We consider it a blessing to visit with and deliver meals to about 70 people each week” Susan said. Meals on Wheels Polk receives no state or federal funding. It sustains through community-based charity and volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: kitchen preparation/packaging, clean-up, meal delivery, thrift store clerks and administrative services. If you are considering becoming a delivery volunteer for one (or The Lake Ashton Travelers had a wonderful rally not far from here at The Resort at Canopy Oaks off Highway 60. From March 26 to 29 they were busy with tons of games and competitions as well as swimming, crafting, and socializing. The rally included pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce ball and corn hole tournaments which were very popular with their mixed team format. Each evening the games included Trivia, Pictionary and Bingo with prizes including Charm City gift cards. They found out during Pictionary there were not many good artists but many great guessers. An ice cream social and roasting marshmallows were just the icing on the cake! In April they head out to Sarasota and in May they will be journeying up to Savannah, Georgia. Sound like fun? New members are joining every month. They would love to have any other Lake Ashton residents who enjoy “camping” to join with your rig and become a member of the LA Travelers. For answers to any questions contact Maureen Sim at 863-604-0309. more) days a week, John and Susan invite you on a ride along with them. Please consider joining Lake Ashton Friends of Meals on Meals (“LA FOMOW”) to help promote this very deserving non-profit organization in our community. To become a member or for more information please email lafomow@gmail.com. LA TRAVELERS By Laurie Cayton

Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad is well prepared and supports his facts with many examples. He is reliable and ethical. Brad zeroed in on the strongest features to sell my parents’ home and highlighted them with the write-up and the photography. He changed the furniture around and made it more attractive. He recommended a painter and a repairman. Both were high quality and reasonably priced….. He always took my calls and always responded to my texts. When an offer came in, he explained it in detail and helped it move forward. He worked well with the other Realtor and stayed on top of incorrect details till they were resolved. He continually guided the process and clearly communicated. Brad Kirwan is a remarkable and professional Realtor. He is easygoing, witty and smart. It was a great experience and a privilege to work with him! Steele Family 16 March 2024 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 43

GOLF LAMGA By David Kubissa Thanks to auto dealers: Central Buick GMC, Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Winter Haven, Hill Nissan, Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Ridge Quality Motors, Weikert Ford, and Cardi Auto Sales. April in the golf world means The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club where some 350 full-time employees spend much of the year preparing for this iconic tournament. The planning and ultimate payoff, financially and reputationally, are enormous. The LAMGA Member-Guest, nowhere near the magnitude of The Masters, has its own challenges in planning and execution. Though the Member-Guest came and went in March, the LAMGA board already is setting sights on next year. Toward that end, the board asked the 60 participating members in the tournament to answer an online satisfaction survey. Seventy percent of them responded and gave the event an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5, with compliments for the organization and value for the $175 entry fee. Other aspects of the event, such as food, gifts, raffle prizes and suggestions for next year’s featured gift – this year was golf shoes – gave the board plenty of input to build into planning for 2025. Written comments included recommendations for pace of play and course conditions. The LAMGA board gleaned useful feedback from the survey and expressed its appreciation in a follow-up distribution of the results to the participants. Featured LAMGA event in May: A Cinco de Mayothemed lunch following the May 8 weekly game – Pick Your Partner. Look for the signup sheet on the LAMGA bulletin board in the pro shop. Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: The leaderboard through the end of March is: 1) Darrell Reid $85.75; 2) Pat O'Neil $82.75; 3) Mike Krigelski $78; 4) Alan Gasner $62.25. The figures represent their accumulative 2024 winnings, paid out in Pro Shop credits. The challenge runs through October with prize payouts going to the top finishers. Sponsors’ salute: The April article thanked our signature LAMGA sponsors that donated amounts above the norm. This installment dives into the remaining list and will continue through the year. LAKE ASHTON WOMEN’S INTERCLUB TEAM By Liz Leigh The Lake Ashton Women’s Interclub Team of four (Vicki Andrew, Donna Larsen, Liette Hebert, and Liz Leigh - captain) placed 6th in the FSGA Women’s Interclub State Tournament in St. Augustine, competing against 13 other teams. It took a whole team to get to the finals at and we want to recognize our major sponsor – Huston Cadillac and our other sponsors, Terri Mattocks from Lake Ashton Realty, and the Lake Ashton Pro Shop. Players Sandra Lancaster, Barb Reid, T. Utting, Vicki Andrew, Lisa Kennedy, Bev Hines, Donna Larsen, Jan Baun. Below: Margie Dersham, Liz Leigh (Captain), Liette Hebert. Not shown: Deb Louder, Rose Dudeck LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt With the summer season revving up and our winter friends departing, the LA Niners look forward to a little slower pace and a fun season of golf. Closing day ceremony and luncheon was held on April 2 with a fun four person scramble from the orange flags. A delicious lunch followed at the Eagles Nest. Outgoing officers, Janet Mutz, President and Marti Schmidt, Secretary, were bid farewell. The 2024 – 2025 offers were announced: Denise Lacaprucia, President; Sharron Murphy, Vice President, Mary Lou Jameson, Treasurer; and Sandy Hockenberry, Secretary. (continued)

Summer season began April 9 and runs through September 24. As the name suggests, LA Niners play nine holes of golf Tuesday mornings, and is open to any female golfer who resides in Lake Ashton, from beginners to well-seasoned golfers. Applications are available at the Pro Shop. Lunch with Friends at the Eagle’s Nest, will follow a round of Individual Low Gross/Low Net golf on May 14. LALGA By Beverly Hines LALGA Closing Luncheon and Awards was held on April 9 with 64 members participating. Thank you to Dori Krogman and her committee for an excellent event. The game for the day was a 1-2-3 Shamble followed by a delicious luncheon and closing meeting at the Eagles Nest. New members (Karen Bester, Lisa Hagel, Liette Hebert, Judy Steury) were recognized and welcomed to the group. Congratulations to all the winners of not only the game event, but for the season. 103 gift cards to the Pro Shop/Eagles Nest were awarded to members for their accomplishments totaling $1735 in prize money. There were 95 members in the League of which 74 made at least one birdie to earn a Birdie pin; Vicki Andrew earned an Eagle pin. Other awards for games played throughout the Winter Season (November thru mid-April) included: Ringers (32 awards presented) and Weekly Results Point System (41 awards presented). One of the most prestigious awards, Overall Most Improved went to: Carole Ferrieri, Combo Flight 2; Kay Hwang, Combo Flight 1; Kim Kutsch, Blue Tees Flight 4; Patti Zakrajsek, Blue Tees Flight 3; Lydia Fichtman, Blue Tees Flight 2; Donna Larsen, Blue Tees Flight 1. Special thanks to Char Walter for her outstanding job of record keeping during the season and presenting the awards to all the winners. During the closing luncheon, election results were announced. Congratulations to Margie Dersham who will serve as President and Sandra Lancaster who will serve as Secretary beginning June 1. A special thank you to Jackie Tressler, our outgoing President and 46 Margie, our current Secretary for a job well done. Although the season has ended, the league weekly Tuesday games will continue. LALGA will sponsor a two-day summer Tournament, July 8th & 9th. Look for further information next month and on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop. The yearlong Red Hoagland Challenge will conclude at the end of May. Current standings are 1st Place – Liz Leigh, 2nd Place – Bev Hines, 3rd Place – Char Walter, and 4th Place – Mary Lou Wheat. BLUE MAN GROUP MEMBERMEMBER TOURNAMENT By Bill Bothwell The Blue Man Murray Zacharia 2024 Member-Member Golf Tournament ended with a great luncheon and awards ceremony at the Eagle’s Nest on April 10. The Blue Men were honored to have Murray’s wife Linda and son Seth in attendance as well as his close friends Scott Merrill, John Candler, and Bruce Collina. The competition presented two contrasting and challenging weather environments, with day one featuring 50 mph wind gusts, with remarkable scores considering the conditions. Congratulations to the winning teams: Flight One Low Gross - Randall Carpenter + Don Tuttle 139 Low Net - Dana Fernande + Alex Sobchuk 127.7 2nd Low Net - Terry Queen + Bob Harrison 128 3rd Low Net – Clive Greeff + Randy Meuser 131.5 Flight Two Low Gross – Tom Prindiville & Larry Eason 149 Low Net – Clarence Bristow + Ed Castellanet 133.3 2nd Low Net – Rick Amirault + Richard Burns 137.6 3rd Low Net – Mike Costello + Ray Makovec 139.4 The Blue Man Group thanks Head Golf Pro Ian Pederson and his staff for their help in organizing this tournament and Sandra Goodwin and the Eagle’s Nest staff for their hospitality, assistance, and a wonderful luncheon.

June 21 The Lake Ashton Black Heritage Club presents Lake Ashton’s first ever Juneteenth Celebration at 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom! Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It serves as a day of reflection, remembrance, and celebration of African American culture and history, as well as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice. Soul Food A delicious union between home cooking & fine dining: Honey Bourbon Chicken, Honey Bourbon Salmon, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Candied Yams, Honey Vanilla Cornbread, Sweet Rolls, Red Velvet Cake, Triple Chocolate Cake, Honey Lemonade, Lemon Berry Iced Tea & Cash Bar. Music & Dancing Every decade had its own unique sound - come get your groove on as the DJ plays your favorite chart topping hits from the 70’s & 80’s for a night of dancing through the decades. There may even be a soul train line or two. Vendors & Speakers Two black owned businesses will be selling their tasty gourmet treats & baked delights in the Lobby. We will also be entertained by speakers who will enlighten attendees on Black culture and the history of Juneteenth. Tickets: $50 Tickets can be purchased at the Clubhouse Activities Office or online. This will surely be a night to remember for Lake Ashton residents. Funds raised will benefit local underprivileged school children & the African American Heritage Museum in Bartow.

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