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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 November Issue Deadline: October 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. OCTOBER 2023 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 HOA Office (LW) 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 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 Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. OCTOBER 2 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • LA Woodworkers Project of the Month • Featured Speakers: United Way Reading Pals • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, ComForCare OCTOBER 9 • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: Central Florida Breast Cancer Foundation • Featured Vendors: Central Florida Healthcare, 3D Mobile Mammography, Matt Simpson with Edward Jones The Bloodmobile will be parked in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot 8:30 to 11 am OCTOBER 16— NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING OCTOBER 23 • Featured Speaker: American Legion Post 71 and All Veterans Center • Featured Vendors: Melissa Kincaid with Edward Jones, Glass Door Store, Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group OCTOBER 30 • Costume Contest! No Tricks, Just Get a Sweet Treat! • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce • Featured Vendor: Living Water Boat Cruises IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 14 SAFETY 18 MOVIES 22 EVENTS 24 MIND & BODY 31 CLUBS 34 GOLF 40 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, October 16, 9 am (please note new start time) Clubhouse Ballroom Joint Meeting with LAIICDD to follow at 11:30 am LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, October 20, 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 CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday COLLECTIONS AT MONDAY COFFEES Bite Me Monday (second Monday) is the collection of donations such as old towels, toys, pet food and supplies for the Polk County Humane Society. Shout out to Mary Dornhecker for taking monthly trips to the Polk County Humane Society to drop off donations! Peanut Butter Monday (third Monday) is the monthly collection of non-perishable items, to be donated to a local non-profit. This month the items collected will be donated to Victory Ridge Academy, a local nonprofit organization and member of the Polk County Public/Charter Schools, where children with special needs overcome daily challenges and enjoy success in learning and living. The following items are needed: Gallon baggies, fruit cups, cereal bars, small individual cereal boxes, macaroni cups or small boxes, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, etc., crackers, juice boxes, pudding cups, macaroni in micro cups. All 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: October 11 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE October 11 and 25, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot cans should have a pull top. Victory Ridge Academy was near and dear to Shirley Goldstein's heart, a resident (and Victory Ridge Board Member) who passed away this year. She would expect this collection effort to continue and staff is happy to do so. Please be sure to drop off all donations on October 16 by 2 pm. HEA LTH SCREENIN GS & MORE OCTOBER 9 Staff is working hard to try and bring basic health services to you, in your community! Now health services are just a golf cart ride away. On October 9 there will be several healthcare vendors at Monday Coffee. Central Florida Healthcare will be onsite offering FREE oral cancer screenings, blood pressure checks, and BMI reviews in the Ballroom, in addition to FREE biometric scans in their mobile unit that will be parked in the west parking lot. Future dates will be booked which will offer a wider variety of medical and dental services in their mobile unit. Be sure to speak to a representative on October 9 to see if they accept your insurance. Additionally, 3D Mobile Mammography will be at Monday Coffee on October 9 to discuss their mobile mammography bus services. Residents will be able to schedule appointments for an event at Lake Ashton in November. Visit 3dmobilemammography.com for more information. The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida will be our featured speaker as well. Come hear powerful stories and find out more information about this amazing charity.

WELCOME TO LAKE ASHTON New residents of Lake Ashton can sign up at either Activities Desk and online for a New Resident Orientation held November 3 in the HFC at 2 pm. This is an opportunity to meet community leaders and other new residents, and get information about the community. New residents can also stop by the Clubhouse or HFC during operating hours to receive a welcome packet, sign up for community-wide emails, and more. CLUBHOUSE OPEN HOUSE There will be an Open House at the Clubhouse November 18 from 4 to 8 pm and all Lake Ashton residents are invited to check out the newly refurbished amenities at the Clubhouse and mingle with friends and neighbors. There will be snacks and non-alcoholic beverages set up throughout the Clubhouse. Charm City will offer happy hour pricing for drinks and appetizers in the restaurant during the entire event. This is a free event and there is no need to sign up, just stop by anytime between 4 and 8 pm. We hope to see everyone there! WELCOME COMMITTEE The Lake Ashton Welcome Committee is being resurrected! A facilitator has volunteered and is now looking for a group of friendly, helpful residents to be a part of the "committee". If you would like to share a few hours a month getting to know and help new neighbors, please email cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com. The only requirements are that you are community minded and interested in being helpful to new residents. The first meeting will be held the last week in November. SHREDDING EVENT Save the date for a shredding event on November 11 sponsored by the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary with donations being accepted for Honduras relief. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Recycle your electronics on November 28 at the Clubhouse. Drop-off starts at 9 am, and no drop-offs will be accepted after 12:30 pm. Please drop off all electronics in the black bins in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Scan the above QR code to view the list of accepted items. 6

CLUBHOUSE CARD ROOM/MEDIA CENTER CENTER SWITCHEROO The switching of the spaces utilized by the Card Room and Media Center was completed on September 9. Compliments have been flowing in and we are happy to hear residents love these new spaces. Thank you to the following volunteers for the many hours dedicated to putting tables, chairs, and bookcases together, boxing (and unboxing) Media Center books, and everything in between that led to two amazing new rooms in the Clubhouse: Diana Benzenburg, Mary Blue, Susan Castillo, Al Cooney, Anna Marie Cooney, Terry Fordham, Cynthia Harris, Gretchen Franz, Mary Morasky, Stu Neuberger, George Pollock, Lyn Rogers, Tony Tapper, and Linda Warden. Stop by during the Clubhouse Open House on November 18 to check these new rooms out, in addition to the newly refurbished Pool/Spa area and the newly laid Bowling Alley flooring. MEDIA CENTER REDEDICATION The Media Center was dedicated in memory of Murray Zacharia in October 2019, upon his passing. With the Media Center moving into another space in the Clubhouse, staff reached out to his wife for help with finding the perfect location for the original dedication plaque. Linda Zacharia (below right) can be seen in the Media Center with the original plaque, in the perfect location. Now that the perfect spot was found for the plaque, something just seemed to be missing. Golfers know Murray created the Blue Man Golf Group, as his wife says, after they attended a Blue Man Group concert in Orlando, so it was only fitting that a picture be added that shows his joy after a hole-in-one in Lake Ashton. Now, you may ask, why name it the Blue Man Group, after a musical group. Where is the connection? Well, Murray loved a great play on words. It is called the Blue Man Group because they all play from the Blue tees. **Ah Ha** The group continues to play today and under Bill Bothwell's leadership and with the help of Linda and Murray's son Seth, celebrates Murray during an Annual Memorial Golf Tournament in his honor. Murray was the epitome of a dedicated steward of the Lake Ashton Community. He was on every board and committee that would have him and truly helped mold Lake Ashton into the amazing community that it is. There wasn't a time that he could be found in the Clubhouse without a newspaper, book, or notebook in his hand. He was at every meeting that was held at Lake Ashton, even when he wasn't on one of the boards. He was one of few people that loved a good meeting. He was an information man with a wealth of knowledge that he was willing to share with anyone and his heart was dedicated to Lake Ashton. He is missed everyday by those that had the pleasure of knowing him and it is our honor to be able to rededicate this special place to an amazing person. 7

RECURRING ROOM RESERVATION RENEWALS Group facilitators are encouraged to reach out to Clubhouse Office Manager Sheila Moreland via email at smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com to ensure contact information on file is correct. Forms will be sent electronically to facilitators on November 1 to renew recurring reservations for 2024. Forms need to be returned by November 17. After this date your reserved room cannot be guaranteed. As a reminder, annual Club events can be booked at any time, up to 3 years in advance. Please reach out to Sheila at the email above or via phone at 863-324-5457 with any questions. Please be mindful of the following excerpted policies from the Joint Amenity Facilities Policies as it relates to reserving facilities. With the exception of designated Open Play (as defined in Section X – Amenity Policies – General Usage), reservations may be available for up to two (2) hour increments for all facilities listed in this policy, with the exception of the Clubhouse Ballroom and HFC Community Center. These can be reserved for periods up to four (4) hours. Longer time increments may be approved by the Amenity Manager. Amenities that have not been reserved are available for use on a “first come, first served” basis. There are no personal standing weekly reservations allowed for the Amenity Facilities listed in the reservation policies. Lake Ashton activities taking place within the Amenity Facilities should be open to all Lake Ashton residents and not be labeled as “private”. If a standing reservation made by a registered Club, Group, or Organization is cancelled or unused more than three (3) times in a six (6)-month period then the reservation may be revoked by the Amenity Manager. This does not apply to a Club, Group, or Organization going on a planned hiatus previously arranged with Staff. JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT CARD ROOMS/HFC BILLIARD ROOM/CLUBHOUSE GAME ROOM/HFC POKER ROOM 1. Due to the large demand for these rooms, reservations should include the number of tables required to meet the needs of the group. Tables not used will be made available for use by another group or Individual. 2. Amenity reservations are non-exclusive. At the Amenity Manager’s discretion and depending upon scheduling availability, reservations for multiple groups may be booked at the same time in this room. When multiple group activities are scheduled, please be courteous of others. 3. Residents booking the Clubhouse Game Room for a Lake Ashton Club, Group, or Organization meeting or activity should be aware that the room will still be available for Billiards play. The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com). 8

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LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director If you were traveling over the summer, welcome back! You might notice a few changes at the Clubhouse, including procedures for signing up for events and purchasing tickets. TicketLeap was introduced to residents in July and staff is here to help with this new transition. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Activities Office during posted office hours for assistance on how to navigate this new program. As we move into a digital world it's important to emphasize a community mindset based on social inclusion and it starts with you! Sit at a new table at Monday Coffee, invite neighbors to an event that you are attending, come to one of the new resident socials and sit with someone new. Lake Ashton is an amazing retirement community, mainly because of the people that live here. Haven magazine thinks so as well. Lake Ashton was recently voted Best Retirement Community in their "Best of Haven" issue. On an everyday basis residents should represent what makes Lake Ashton an amazing community: Having pride in your community, respecting and supporting one another, and encouraging and embracing cultural diversity and social interaction among generations. These things, among others, are what makes a community a community! Looking back to this time three years ago, residents were going through real tests of strength and resilience. Zoom social gatherings were raising spirits while residents were out trying to enjoy social activities during an uncertain time. Let's reflect on those times and ensure social interaction is as important now as it was during those challenging times. Updates from the Board of Supervisors September Meeting: Supervisors approved a refurbishment project for the Bocce Courts that will include the installation of a concrete curb, new side boards, and new carpet. 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 Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours: 10 to 11 am September 11 & 25 in the Clubhouse Ballroom after Monday Coffee The 2023-2024 Bingo Room Rental Agreement was approved. A big thank you to all the Lake Ashton volunteers that put in many hours every week to ensure a great time is had by all that attend Bingo. Supervisors approved a quote to replace bridge boards. This is part of a yearly maintenance plan that includes pressure washing and sealing to help extend the life of the bridges. There will be a Joint Board of Supervisors meeting on October 16 at 11:30 am following the LACDD meeting at 9 am. Please note this is the new start time for LACDD meetings. The Joint Amenities Facilities Policies will be discussed by both Boards at this time. All residents are encouraged to attend. Updates regarding the new security options will be released via email blast. Please stay tuned for more information regarding implementation of this program. Visit lakeashtoncdd.com and fill out the form on the right side of the home page or scan this QR code to begin receiving email blasts. 10

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LAIICDD NEWS By Krystle Funk LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com October is upon us, and we have lots of activities and events coming up at the Health and Fitness Center! October always brings in our annual Breast Cancer Walk, which will be held on October 13 at 9 am. There will be two routes just like last year. One is ¾ mile and the other is 1 ½ mile long. There will be a breakfast after for those who participated. We will have a guest speaker from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida bringing the latest updates on detection and treatment. Please participate in this very important event! Throughout the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, we will be adding names of those who are fighting, who have survived, and who we have lost to the battle of Breast Cancer to our Wall of Stars. Feel free to call or stop by the HFC Activities Desk to give us a name to add to our wall. Also, during the month of October we encourage our residents that participate in our exercise class to wear pink. In every class you attend all you would have to do when you’re wearing pink is to put a “P” next to your name when you sign in. At the end of the month, we will tally up the number of times a person wears pink and the person who has the most tallies wins a prize. In keeping with our spooky month, we will have on October 13 our Annual Halloween Party with DJ Wayne that will start from 7 to 10 pm. While costumes are not mandatory, but they will be welcomed. We will be giving prizes for the Best Costume, Originality, and Spookiest. So come on out and join the local ghouls and spirits for a fun time! Last month the Lake Ashton II Board approved an upgrade to the resident access control system for our West Gate. The same type of system will be instituted at the East Gate so there will be one system for residents to use. This will enhance the security of our community by changing out the “clickers” currently used and are no longer secure. Plans are being developed to implement this in the coming months, ensuring a smooth transition. There are many many upcoming activities planned including the Lake Ashton Veterans Association USO Dance featuring Good Stuff Band on November 10, New Year at the HFCs New Years Celebration, and more. 12

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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Cardinals and hummingbirds are just a few lovers of Coral Honeysuckle. Unlike its “cousin”, this Florida Water Management District. We ask that residents refrain from entering or planting in these restricted areas. If you have any inquiries or concerns, please contact Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com. PET OWNER REMINDERS native is less invasive. Coral Honeysuckle is a vine that can grow up to 15 ft. or more tall. It can be contained in a large container. It only requires pruning once a year. Growers can shape the vine to fit their style or needs. It is forgives hard pruning in Spring or Fall. This plant is considered an evergreen in Central Florida. Since it is cold tolerant, it does not lose all its leaves in our winter months. It does so in colder climates up north. Best of all, It is drought tolerant once established. Honeysuckle will bloom from Spring through Fall before the flowers mature into berries. It has more showy blooms in an area with at least 6 hours of sun. Coral Honeysuckle is maintenance free and requires little watering once established. It is close to pest free! You’ll enjoy the beautiful blooms and hummingbirds visits to its tubular flowers. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a lot of work! The Japanese Honeysuckle is the one that gives this vine a bad rap! You can find Coral Honeysuckle at Native Plant Nurseries. WETLANDS AND CONSERVATION AREAS OF LAKE ASHTON Many residents live close to wetlands or protected areas. A wetland performs numerous beneficial functions for the ecosystem. As a giant sponge, they enhance water quality by removing pollutants before they reach our beautiful lake and protect residents from flooding. The Lake Ashton Community Development District has a contract with an aquatics vendor for the maintenance of certain wetlands and conservation areas. These regions fall under the jurisdiction of the Southwest The Joint Amenity Facilities Policies states that "Handlers are responsible for picking up after their pets and disposing of any waste in a designated pet waste receptacle." Violations are subject to the suspension process as outlined in the full policy. The bags located in the dispensers at the Pet Play Parks and by the Clubhouse Tennis Courts are for use while at the Park or walking around the amenities only. Under no circumstance should users take large quantities of the bags for use outside of these areas. Put down all umbrellas prior to leaving the Pet Play Park. The umbrellas could be damaged during windy days. Several umbrellas have been damaged over the past fiscal year. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Kristy McKibben, President, presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • Ray Rudy, Treasurer, treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Dave Bishop, VP & ARC Liaison, vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Bill Testa, VP & Asst. Treasurer, vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com LA (LW) HOA BOARD • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant, Officer manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke, Officer arc.lakeashtonhoa.org 14


Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Anhinga , a bird of southeastern swamps, breeds here at Lake Ashton. The gawky, white young are sometimes mistaken for baby White Pelicans (which do not breed in Florida). Being able to vary its buoyancy in water and sometimes swimming with only the head and neck above water earned it the nickname "Snakebird." Another nickname is "Water Turkey." This bird is frequently confused with the Double-crested Cormorant found in the same habitat. However, the Anhinga's neck, tail and pointed bill are longer. The adult male Anhinga displays a beautiful pattern of silvery white on the wings while drying them (pictured at left). The female Anhinga (pictured above) has a light-brown neck and can be remembered as going nowhere without her mink stole. Anhingas feed by spearing a fish with their sharp bills and then quite the struggle can ensue as they work to get the fish off the bill and down the hatch. NEED TO REPLACE YOUR MAILBOX? Lot owners are responsible for the maintenance and appearance of their mailboxes. If a mailbox is damaged in any way or must be replaced, it shall only be replaced with an approved unit. Approved Mailboxes: Creative Mailbox Design SB33/DB29/M-10/3x65 Fluted Red Flag/Metallic Gold. This is the mailbox originally installed by the builder. Imperial Mailbox Solutions configurations CS D2-8007K (Single) and CS TD2-8007K (Twin). This is an approved substitute. It is available from B&F Lawn and Landscaping. 16

SAFETY PARKING & ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS Residents are reminded that the speed limit throughout all of Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, and bicycles (including electric bicycles) should make a complete stop just before the white stop bar whether before or after the posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. The Lake Wales and Winter Haven Police Department patrol in Lake Ashton on a regular basis. Please take a little extra time to ensure you maneuver throughout the community as safely as possible to avoid a ticket and more importantly, an accident. The following excerpt was taken from Florida State Statute 316.1945 Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. For the full statue, scan the QR code with your smartphone. No person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers: 1. In front of a public or private driveway. 2. Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. 3. Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection. 4. Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. Keep in mind the streets in Lake Ashton are very narrow and there are many forms of traffic which heightens the danger during busy times. The information listed above will be passed along to vendors to ensure they are following the established state statutes. The following items will also help to alleviate dangerous situations on the road. • Do not park a vehicle directly parallel to another vehicle. • Do not park on a curve. • Park as close to the curb as possible. 18 Residents can help by informing vendors that are performing work at their home of the parking "good practices" above. With everyone's help the streets of Lake Ashton will be as safe as possible. STATE OF FLORIDA SETS NEW GOLF CART AGE REQUIREMENTS Recent state legislation changes have increased the age for golf cart drivers taking effect October 1. The law requires that a person operating a golf cart on public roads or streets who is under 18 years of age must possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license. Please note, Lake Wales PD and Winter Haven PD can issue a ticket for violations of this law. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison We now continue our series on Senior Scams, identifying how they work, what you should know, and what you should do. Our first scam and one of the most common is: A Loved One In “Trouble”. Fraud criminals remain successful due to their use of technology. They pray on older adults in hopes we are not as savvy. The ever-emerging world of artificial intelligence is raising these attacks to new heights. How It Works: a loved one calls indicating they are in urgent trouble and need money NOW! The voice sounds just like your loved one and can even respond to some comments and/or questions. What You Should Know: only a few seconds of your loved one’s voice captured on social media is cloned using AI to create a computer-generated replica of their voice that can say anything. What You Should Do: Do not fall into the urgency of the caller. Hang up and call your loved one directly or check with another family member. Stay tuned each month as we identity and unravel the scams and tactics used to separate us from our money or steal our personal information. For questions/concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan Dibattista @ 239.851.7899.

The Importance of Long-Term Care Planning According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 70% of seniors will require long-term care at some point in their lives. Despite this statistic, very few people have a plan. Without a long-term care (LTC) plan, your finances will likely suffer if you need to pay for care. You may also put your family members in a challenging situation as they’ll probably take on the role of caregiver or help pay for your care. Here’s a closer look at what long-term care planning is and why it’s crucial. What is Long-Term Care Planning? LTC planning refers to how you’ll pay for future care should you need it while protecting your assets. You may need care for several months, years, or even decades, depending on your health and lifespan. Your plan can include the following, and may even be covered by insurance: • Home modifications to make your home safer, comfortable, and more accessible. • Technology and tools to help you remain more independent. • Assistance with housekeeping and personal care like bathing and getting dressed. • Skilled medical care by nurses or other providers. • Facilities like nursing homes or assisted living centers. The cost of long-term care varies. It usually depends on where you live, the type of care you need, how much care you need, and how long you need it. What is Long-Term Care Insurance? Long-term care insurance pays for the cost of long-term care needs that Medicare does not cover. It can help with expenses like nursing home care, assisted living, adult daycare, in-home care, home modifications, and care coordination. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary Office: 99 6th St SW Suite 109 Winter Haven Fl 33880 P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident As you age, a long-term care policy is a vital part of any longterm care plan or financial planning. An LTC policy can give you the peace of mind of knowing that if you face an illness or disability as you age, you can afford the care you need. Also, your children and other family members won’t deal with the significant expenses that may come with your long-term care. What to Look For in a Long-Term Care Policy Not all long-term care policies are created equal. That’s why it’s a good idea to shop around and compare all your options. Be sure to consider the following factors before you decide on a policy. • Daily Benefit Amount: Depending on the carrier, it usually ranges from $50 to $500 per day ($1500 to $15,000 per month). • Inflation Protection Amount: The inflation protection amount is significant if you’re younger. Nursing home rates go up every year, so the higher the inflation protection, the better. • Your Age: The younger you are, the less expensive your premiums will be. Most financial professionals recommend you buy long-term care insurance in your 50s or 60s. Consult Your Financial Professional Together we can review your financial situation and determine the ideal long-term care plan for your situation. Contact us today to get started. SWG2241771-0622e The sources used to prepare this material are believed to be true, accurate and reliable, but are not guaranteed. This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial or tax guidance. When you access a link you are leaving our website and assume total responsibility for your use of the website you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at this website. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, websites, information and programs made available through this website. Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment. 19

PulsePoint - You can receive 24/7 notifications (when selected in the app) of fires, traffic SMARTPHONE SAFETY APPS Almost everyone these days has a “smart phone”. In addition to placing and receiving phone calls with them, they can take photos and use applications (called “apps”) to perform some very helpful tasks for you. Here are a few of the publicly available, free apps your Lake Ashton CERT use to track emergency services and severe weather. Apple iPhone users can download them in the Apple App Store. Android users can access them in Google Play. Apple and Android phones come with weather apps capable of sending you alerts of severe weather events in your current area (if you set them up to do so in each app). The logo shown at the left is for iPhone weather. To access weather on an Android phone open Google, enter “weather” in the search box and select “weather” from the results below your search line. collisions, utility emergencies, and natural disasters. There is also a map in the app that pinpoints the location of these issues. Scan this QR code to view a TECO map showing power outages in the area and the estimated time to restore service. 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 contact Mike Weissberg 917-482-3151. 20


MOVI ES OCTOBER 17 — 19 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM POLITE SOCIETY OCTOBER 3 — 5 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THE BEANIE BUBBLE 2023 | R | 1H 50MIN Why did the world suddenly treat stuffed animals like gold? Ty Warner (Zach Galifinakis) was a frustrated toy salesman until his collaboration with three women grew his masterstroke of an idea into the biggest toy craze in history. This is an inventive story about what and who we value, and the unsung heroes whose names didn't appear on the heart-shaped tag. OCTOBER 10 — 12 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM ASTEROID CITY 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 45MIN Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever. Directed by Wes Anderson, starring Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Steve Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan and Jeff Goldblum. 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 43MIN A merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, POLITE SOCIETY follows martial artist-intraining Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood. OCTOBER 24 — 26 INSIDE 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | R | 1H 45MIN INSIDE tells the story of Nemo (Willem Dafoe), an art thief trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn't go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive. OCTOBER 31 — NOVEMBER 2 HYPNOTIC 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | R | 1H 32MIN Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole investigating a series of reality-bending crimes where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by a gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter -- the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl -- only to discover more than he ever bargained for. TUESDAY SHOWINGS & THE 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 22

MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. OCTOBER 6 11 AM, 3 PM (NO 7 PM SHOWING) EIGHT MEN OUT 1988 | PG | 1H 59MIN The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team's owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory wages despite the team's popularity. A group of professional gamblers offers the Sox's best athletes a fortune to throw the series, and the players agree. However, their reputations and careers are ruined when the dark secret, dubbed the "Black Sox Scandal," reaches the public consciousness. OCTOBER 13 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM TAKE ME HOME: THE JOHN DENVER STORY 2000 | G | 1HR 3 MIN John Denver achieved fame, fortune, and acclaim for his iconic country-pop music, but his sunny personality masked private pain and dark secrets that his celebrity could never heal. This movie is based on Denver's autobiography about his early career, his first marriage and the rocky relationship with his father and stars Chad Lowe and Kristin Davis. NO MOVIES WILL BE SHOWN ON FRIDAYS OCTOBER 20 AND OCTOBER 27

EVENTS SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R SMARTPHONE TO S I G N U P FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. 2024 LAKE ASHTON ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TICKET INFO Due to high demand, 2024 season tickets are sold only to Lake Ashton residents. There is a limit of one ticket per resident. Please have a Lake Ashton photo identification on hand to purchase tickets with Visa, MasterCard or check payable to LACDD. Please note, letters are no longer mailed out. Tickets will be sold in person and over the phone; there is not an online purchase option for Entertainment Series Tickets at this time. Season ticket renewals run October 2 — 31. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can renew tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Those who renew their season tickets can exchange for a different showtime or seat selection based on availability, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 am November 7 through 5 pm November 9. Upgrades/exchanges can be made over the phone with a credit card but in person sales will be processed prior to phone sales. Tickets can only be exchanged by the named season ticket holder. New season tickets will be on sale November 14 through December 8. Residents that are not at Lake Ashton during this time can purchase tickets over the phone, with a Visa or MasterCard. Contact the Clubhouse Activities Desk at 863-324-6032 with any questions. CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The HFC’s Fall Back Cornhole Tourney returns Friday,October 6 starting at 9 am. This tournament will consist of two players per team that will compete against other teams in a double elimination to win a TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 24 HALLOWEEN AT THE HFC Don’t miss Halloween at the HFC on Friday, October 13 from 7 to 10 pm with DJ Wayne. Admission is $10 and table reservations can be made at the HFC for $10. BYOB. prize. This tournament is sponsored by Weaver and Loveless Law. Stop by the HFC to cheer on your favorite teams. KARAOKE NIGHT Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on October 11! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Next Date: November 8

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HOWL-O-WEEN PETS ON PARADE COSTUME CONTEST By Carolyn Bishop Come out and enjoy some of Lake Ashton’s favorite residents — the 4legged ones — as they parade through the parking lot in their best Halloween Costumes on October 31 starting at 2 pm. Check-in will begin at 1:30 on the basketball court and the parade begins at 2 pm in the Clubhouse West Parking Lot. There will be a variety of categories awarded to our fur friends and their owners. Registration is online. Donations to the local Humane Society will be collected at this event. Goodie bags will be distributed to all the participants. Celebrity Judges will be present like Marco Magiolo, the bestselling author of Canine Legends and talented Behavior Therapist to many of our Canine Citizens here in Lake Ashton. Don’t miss a special guest appearance by Marco on Monday, October 30, as he makes a presentation at noon in the Clubhouse Cinema! All are welcome. Questions please contact: Missy Prescott at 304-561-5811. Sponsored by Tessier Law Firm TRIVIA By David Fix We recently had our largest group ever for Sunday Night Trivia—one hundred and seventy-five Lake Ashton residents can’t be wrong! If you haven’t yet had a chance to join us, please consider doing so. It is a night of fun and socialization. Teams are not required and you can bring a team (maximum of 8 per table) or join an open table looking for players to join them. It’s just $1 to play and all money is paid to the winning tables. We play Sunday night in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia starts at 7. Bring your own snacks and come for the fun! Dates for October: 1, 8, and 22. LA WOODWORKERS YARD & CRAFT SALE FUNDRAISER Come support the Lake Ashton Woodworkers at a Yard & Craft Sale on November 4 from 8 am to 2 pm in the Clubhouse. Cost to participate is $20 per table. Setup is 5 to 7 pm on November 3. The Woodworkers will have items on display that you can purchase to support the Woodshop. To reserve your table call Shelba Powell at 863-280-6546. COMMUNITY FRIENDSGIVING Friends and neighbors can gather with thankful hearts at the Community Friends-giving potluck dinner at the Clubhouse on November 17 at 6 pm. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, non-alcoholic beverages, cutlery, plates, and napkins will be provided; you just bring a side dish or dessert that can feed 8 people to share with the community. Tickets go on sale on October 9 for $12 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office at 10 am. HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPO Lake Ashton residents are invited to the Clubhouse Ballroom to visit with a wide variety of vendors who can aid in home improvement needs on November 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. The vendors participating in the Expo range in expertise such as solar paneling, windows, air conditioning, house cleaning, electrical and so much more. There will be door prizes and presentations throughout the event. RESIDENT SOCIAL POTLUCK The best way to get to know new people is over a good meal! All residents are invited to bring a dish to share that best represents where they are from, whether that be Brazil or Montana, to a free potluck social on November 29 at 5 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Just be sure your dish can serve eight people. Iced tea, water, paper products, and utensils will be provided. Sign up for the social online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 27. 26

October 28 11 am - 2 pm Clubhouse Patio, Parking Lot & Garden Craft BoOths Themed Yard & Carnival Games Charm City FoOd Truck Face Painting Caricatures Make-a-MumMy Contest & MORE! Don’t forget to cheer on the participants at the Fall Festival 5K starting at 8 am at the Clubhouse! All proceeds from the 5K will benefit Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope. All games and activities (minus the food truck) are completely free thanks to the following sponsors: Matt Simpson with Edward Jones, Small World Tours, Water’s Edge, Never Left Alone, Performance Golf Carts, Cruise Planners 27

make donations to the Central Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will be available throughout the night. The table with the most donations collected will win a prize and have their picture featured in the LA Times! Donations of new scarves and head coverings will also be accepted. Tickets are on sale for $25 at the Clubhouse Activities Office. A free ticket opportunity is available for those who participate in the S.M.A.R.T. Retirees seminar on October 3. Sign up for this by scanning the QR code on page 22, online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to receive a free ticket voucher to this event, along with a free dinner at the seminar! 50 SHADES OF PINK COMEDY NIGHT Laugh to raise money for a cure October 6 at 7 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom as Comedian Troy Thirdgill will be back on stage for a night of comedy featuring cabaret-styled seating. Multiple opportunities to LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Join us at the HFC for the annual walk on October 13 at 9 am. There will be two routes — one is ¾ mile and the other is 1½ miles long. There will be a breakfast after for those who participate. We will have a guest speaker from the Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida bringing the latest updates on detection and treatment. Designs For Ey Style! PINK RIBBON DANCE The Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 28 presents the Pink Ribbon Benefit Dance featuring the Rusty Trumpet Band on October 29 from 7 to 10 pm at the HFC. Entry Fee is $10/person - buy your tickets early! BYOB and snacks. Reserve your table now at the HFC for $10. Don’t forget to wear your pink! All proceeds benefit the BCFCF. DON’T MISS 3D MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY AT MONDAY COFFEE OCTOBER 9. SEE PAGE HFC WALL OF STARS Reserve a spot on the honor wall to honor those who fought breast cancer, those who are currently fighting breast cancer, and remember those loved ones who have passed. This is free. Exercise class participants - please wear pink to the classes. The person wearing the most pink during the month wins a prize! BREAST CANCER WALK SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS ADMIRING THE SURVIVORS HONORING THE TAKEN & NEVER GIVING UP HOPE

CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE The Christmas Dinner Dance on December 1 is sold out, but you can visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to put your name on a waitlist. Thank you to sponsors Christine Graves Insurance, Charm City, ComForCare, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, LA Realty, Morgan Stanley, South State Bank, EmpowerMe Rehabilitation, and Weaver Loveless Law. 2024 SHOWCASE INFORMATIONAL MEETING By Karen Nelson 2024? It's closer than ever! Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation (LAPAC) is holding the Informational Meeting for the 2024 Showcase on Thursday, November 9 at noon in the Clubhouse Ballroom. This meeting is open to all Lake Ashton residents — bring your interests and talents — vocal, dance, comedy, carpentry, sewing, production, backstage, box office, audio, lighting ... Or, learn or discover hidden talents! We look forward to seeing you there to learn what the excitement is all about. The 2024 Showcase dates are Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, so save the dates for the 16th Lake Ashton Showcase! If you have any expertise in the areas listed below, or are interested in learning or refining these skills, please contact Mark Graham at 863-232-8599. • Set design, set design manager • Set construction, set construction manager • Mixer operator • Zoom operator • Music PC operator • Video camera operator • Video software editor CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Cheryl Winchester LAPAC would like to invite everyone to join in a FREE holiday celebration: Christmas Carol-Oke on December 16 in the Clubhouse Ballroom! LAPAC would like to give back to the community and say “Thank You” for always supporting our endeavors. FREE tickets will be available online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk starting November 20 Don’t Miss The Party of the Year in the Clubhouse Ballroom December 31 from 8 pm to midnight! Cast your negative thoughts and energies into the fire (literally, not just metaphorically) & set your intentions for 2024. Rock all night with B. Haven, enjoy food stations and a cash bar with champagne toast at midnight, & make memories in the 360 degree & regular photo booths. Tickets: $45 Online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office 29 after Monday Coffee. There will also be a prize for the best decorated holiday table! LAPAC will supply tablecloths — you supply the decorations. Get in the holiday spirit! Hope to see all of you there. Contact Cheryl Winchester at 305-725-4946 with questions. CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse starting October 9, check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/ item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. Cheers to the New Year!

MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. NEW TREADMILLS ARE COMING! The LACDD Board of Supervisors approved the replacement of two treadmills in the Clubhouse Fitness Center. Be on the lookout for these new pieces of cardio equipment. Residents have also requested a second recumbent stepper to be installed in the Fitness Center. Quotes for this piece of equipment will be presented at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting. As a reminder, please use the antibacterial wipes for all equipment used in the Fitness Center including resistance machines, free weights, benches, and even the cardiovascular equipment. This helps keep germs and viruses at bay and cleans the equipment, making the environment more pleasant for all users. Please see staff with any questions about the Fitness Center or other amenities. FINANCIAL BOOT CAMP Next Class: October 23 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema Topic: “Am I Forgetting Something?” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Learn how to play bridge Thursday mornings at 8:30 am at the HFC beginning October 5. Details: leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809. HORSESHOES For information on horseshoes starting up again this fall please contact John Leale at 540-894-3856 or betsleale@aol.com 30 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Functions of Fat Dietary fat has been vilified for years. We’ve been told that if we eat fat, we will gain fat; but it’s just not that simple. It is true that fat provides most of the fuel that our cells will burn for energy, but our body will burn carbohydrates before it burns fat in an effort to keep our blood sugar levels down. That’s because carbohydrates cause a spike in our blood sugar level which can lead to all kinds of problems in the body by piling up in places where it doesn’t belong, such as the heart, arteries and the liver. Impairing normal function, causing damage, and increasing your risk for heart disease, fatty liver, etc. Choose fiber-rich good carbs, like whole-grain breads and cereals, unprocessed grains, beans, wholewheat pasta, fruit, yogurt, vegetables. Limit simple sugars like candy, cake, soda, and highly processed or fried foods. MAH JONGG Mah Jongg players with one to two years or more experience are sought to join our group that meets on Wednesday afternoons at the HFC from 2 - 4 pm. This group is not on hiatus during the summer! For further information, contact Myrna Soberman at myrnaandsteve@gmail.com. CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAM By Ken Hoffman The Lake Ashton Classical Music Program continues in October on Mondays at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. This month we will explore the Early Romantic composers Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Listz. Learn about these composers and their era while enjoying great performances of their music by world renown musicians. Newcomers can sign up in class.

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LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - RUMBA Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (certified DVIDA instructor), 863.875.6728 Mondays in October from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the HFC Community Center. FREE! No partner needed! TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard Tap Jammers will resume on Friday, October 13 at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome. Please note: this class is not designed for beginning tappers.Contact Julie Bombard at jbombard73@gmail.com for more information. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester Join us for a fun dance class meant just to enjoy dancing and friendships. Class is open to all and is held weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. If interested, call or ema i l cw i n c h e s t e r 1 0 1 2@gma i l . c om o r 305-725-4946. The first hour will be dedicated to fun dancing, followed by learning the Thriller dance for Halloween. LA MEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Jim Brendemuehl The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back snowbirds and new residents and invite you to join our weekly meetings every Tuesday from 10 am to Noon face-to-face in the HFC. We also offer a Zoom connection for those who wish to use that option. Our group is a non-denominational, with a goal of helping people to grow in understanding the Bible. We are currently discussing 1st and 2nd Peter. Be brave, step out and take a challenge, come meet us and watch your life bloom! Please contact Bob Ring at 734-674-7196 or bobring42297@gmail.com if you have questions or for more information. 32 LA WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Louise Gilla We are still offering the Bible study to the women of the community — this will be our 17th year! We have been inspired, and are grateful to offer this excellent way to present a study of God's Word. The opening class will be Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am at the HFC Community Center. All Lake Ashton Women are invited to attend. We will studying the Book of Romans, and the workbook will be available to purchase by October 1, or on the first day of class. Come join us for fellowship, discussion groups, singing, and in-depth study of the Bible. For more information call Louise at 863-514-4015. SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm. We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30 am-8 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30 am-9 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks, Burgers, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. Ask about karaoke & live music. 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.

BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr October 14 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Leaves $35 (payable at class) Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on October 13. HALLOWEEN CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Add a cute touch to your Halloween décor this year with this adorable craft. Carmen will teach d if ferent paint ing techniques to achieve cute yet spooky effects on October 17 at 11:30 am! All instruction and supplies will be included for $10 (canister not included.) This class is limited to 25 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by October 11. CREATE A CARD Join the group on October 17 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court to create your own lovely greeting cards. 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 $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions. FUSED GLASS PLATE & MORE Friday, October 20, 10 am to 1 pm in he Clubhouse Craft Room: Create a fused glass plate, trivet or set of coasters. Sign up at the Clubhouse or online. Cost is $35, payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. 33 ABSTRACT GLASS POWDERS New Class! Monday, October 30, 6 to 8 pm in the HFC Craft Room: Create a beautiful work of art on glass using glass powders. Sign up at the HFC or call 863-595-1562. Cost is $35, payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. If you have an N-95 mask, please bring it. CRAFTING WITH CARMEN: RUSTIC HOL IDAY DECOR Learn how to craft a set of 3 wooden rustic gifts to add to your Holiday decor by using sandpaper and cracking paint. This class on November 21 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Craft Room is limited to 30 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by November 14. WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create 2 watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 864-307-1244 to reserve a place. CERAMIC CHICKS 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. SMARTPHONE CLASS Two FREE sessions will help you learn the basics, provide everyday tips and tricks, and navigate the programs that will make your life easier, and your phone easier to understand. November 14 and 27 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Max 20 people. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office.

CLUBS ADOPT-AROAD CLEANUP A Lake Ashton quarterly litter clean-up event is scheduled for Thompson Nursery Road from Hwy. 27 to County Road 653 on Thursday, October 26. Please sign-up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office so adequate supplies are available. Meet in the Clubhouse Ballroom beginning at 8:30 am to pick up trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash grabbers. Volunteers will receive a free tshirt and Bok Tower ticket each calendar year. Come have fun and get some exercise while keeping the community beautiful! Contact Linda Sandel if you have any questions at 863-368-0699 or sandelly7@gmail.com. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The October Meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be held on October 18 at 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse near the stage. The LAVA Auxiliary is a group of residents (men and women) who work together as a group to create opportunities to reach out to the military and veterans; to let them know that they are appreciated and not forgotten. The next event is the Craft Fair on October 21. Volunteers are needed to bake goodies for our Bake Sale. See the flyer in this Newsletter for more information. There are more than 48 vendors signed up for the Craft Fair. They will be set up in the Clubhouse Lobby, Ballroom, and, NEW this year, the Cinema! Lots of crafts to see! Lunch will be available for purchase as well as baked goods. Check out the kitchen area for these items. Thank you to our volunteers and thanks to Charm City for sponsoring the lunch. God Bless America and our Military! THE LA PURPLE STARS The LA Purple Stars, your Relay for Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling handcrafted items at the upcoming Craft Fair October 21 in the Clubhouse. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. Once again Linda Ross has so graciously donated a quilt for our raffle item. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 12 for $10. They will be on sale at Monday Morning Coffee and also at the Clubhouse 34 Activities Office. We are still looking for homemade items to sell at our booth. Please contact Rita Baxter at 863-604-19028 to drop off your donation. Thank you, Lake Ashton, for supporting The American Cancer Society! CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock It's that time of year when the temperatures begin to cool down and outdoor activates begin to heat up. The Camera Club will hold its first meeting of the fall season October 9 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Members are encouraged to not only bring along a few photos on a flash drive to share but also ideas for the new season. Residents who are not currently a club member but share an enjoyment of photography are welcome to join us. We’re looking forward to a great season. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club’s September meeting welcomed Mary Jane di Lorenzo from First Lakeland African Violet Society. She educated participants on the different types, care, propagation and numerous handy time saving planting tips. The club’s next meeting is Wednesday, October 11 at 10 am in the Pavilion. Pam Klawinski will present about Fall Blooms. Members are encouraged to bring questions and expertise. The Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. LA BELLES By Joan DiBattista The witches, ghosts and goblins will be joining us for lunch at the Sizzling Grill on October 25 at 1 pm. Costumes are optional but there will be prizes for the best three. Sign up at the Clubhouse. If you have any questions, call Faye Cooke (863-969-8700), Bernice Williams (863-875-8180) or Joan DiBattista (239-851-7899).

Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Excellent Our experience with Brad was exceptional! Our transaction was unique in that, Brad worked with us from out of state. He was not only extremely talented as a Real Estate agent, but much more. He took a vested interest in our situation from day one. He is an excellent communicator, tremendous in detail, and went way beyond expectations throughout the process. Also, he is very caring and personal as an advocate, doing what ever it takes to not only to satisfy, but truly puts himself in the shoes of his client. I felt as though he was engaging as if it were his own home to sale. We’ve been involved in many real estate transactions over many years, and Brad is the best agent we’ve ever experienced! He is the real deal and I highly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed! The Family of Jim Andrews 30 August 2023 Verified by RateMyAgent Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 35

BOLLA By Linda Warden BOLLA has been busy throughout the summer, working hard to get blankets ready for the schools this fall. BOLLA has gained a few new members this year and also have had to say goodbye to some that have moved away. We are looking forward to all our traveling members return to Lake Ashton. It’s not necessary to be able to sew. We tie knots! We meet every Monday in the Clubhouse Craft Room at 1 pm. Please come and join us! LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting October 5 in-person only at the HFC. NOTE NEW TIME: Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The in-person General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Matthew Grocholske, President of the Polk County Young Democrats, to discuss energizing young voters in Polk County. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel The Lake Ashton Republican Club will meet Wednesday October 25 at the Clubhouse. Check-in and social time starts at 3:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 4 p.m. The guest speaker is Rick Wilson, Polk County Commissioner. If you have a neighbor (registered Republican) who would like to attend, please invite them. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join the group Wednesday, October 11 at 2 pm at the HFC Craft Room to have fun looking for your ancestors with your fellow Lake Ashtonians. At the September meeting, two members reported on their exciting trip to Scotland where they met with a living cousin. What an awesome report! One of them also baked some Scottish treats which we all enjoyed. Come join us and learn how to research and find your ancestors. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655. DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged - contact Don Fuller at dfuller627@yahoo.com. August 14: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd George Rogers & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Jeannine Connors & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine; 3rd Liz Smith & Trish Kellar August 21: North-South 1st Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd Jim Ford & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Nelda Sedlacek & Dana Griffiths; 2nd Jeannie Connors & Marian Oshinsky; 3rd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton August 28: North- South 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Jim Ford & Keith Stevens; 3rd Howard Mayne & Dee Mayne; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton; 3rd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine September 11: North-South 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 3rd James Ford & Dana Griffiths; East – West 1st Keith Stevens & Liz Smith; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Ron Kalisz & Bruce Dutton 36


LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Lake Ashton Swim Club members are busy at the pool. Some fitness swimmers count their laps with an initial goal of swimming to Daytona Beach or 100 miles, including one of our swimmers who has almost reached 300 miles. Others participate in, or are aiming for, senior age group competition as part of the national Senior Games program, which offers regional and statewide competition, divided by gender and age groups. Congratulations to members Cathy Liska and Sandy Papineau (pictured) for their participation in the 22nd Annual Gainesville Senior Games meet. They brought home eight medals between them, including a gold for Sandy in her most challenging event; and their finishes qualified them for the State Championships, which will be held December 2 and 3 in Temple Terrace. The competitive members of the club will swim at the Golden Age Games in Sanford on Nov. 5. That meet is the oldest in the country, and our swimmers find it to be one of the best. If anyone is interested in trying it out as part of the Lake Ashton team, let coach Sandy know at sandyw1994@aol.com. The entry deadline is Oct. 20. All Senior Games meets are open to anyone 50 & over. Fitness swimmers are always welcome at the club workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at the HFC Indoor Pool. SENIOR SOFTBALL By Bob Zelazny Winter Haven Senior Softball Club offers men and women over the age of 55 years the opportunity to play organized slow pitch softball. There are over 160 men and women members (thirteen reside in Lake Ashton) that compete on a regular basis. Games are played at the DiamondPlex located on 6th Street across from Polk State College. Games are played on Tuesday and Friday mornings and start at 9 am (check in at 8:30). You should be home by noon. The league is organized into two divisions: players 55-68, and players 69 and older. Rules have been put in place to ensure player safety and provide for a fair level of competition. Runners are available if you have bad knees. Actual league play runs from January thru March. During that time, players will be assigned to a team that will compete for the season title. Cost is just $40 for the year which includes two uniforms and a hat, three social events with a family barbecue at the end of the season, and a year’s worth of fun and exercise. If you are unsure at this time, you can come out and play one game for free. If you are interested contact Bob Zelazny at 863-325-8098. He can explain the program and get you in touch with local players for carpooling to the games. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In September, 33 people attended the 38

(continued) meeting. The group discussed future events. On October 19 from 4 – 6 pm, a Halloween Mingle will be held in the Pavilion. Judy Perry and Suzanne are setting up for the Mingle and would welcome helpers. On December 15, Deb Kreider will host the Christmas party in her home at 5:30 pm. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on October 1. LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg During the pandemic, there wasn’t much any of us could do, so the LA Rockers was started as part of the Kindness Project. The group has grown by leaps and bounds from that day, with over 150 active members currently, and others who just paint on their own. In addition to hiding “Kindness Rocks” for all of our neighbors to find and leaving a welcome rock for our new neighbors, we have donated holiday rocks to several nursing homes in the area, theme rocks to the Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, and to similar community projects. We have a lot of fun gathering for “classes” and painting together. LA Rockers will meet in the HFC ballroom from 2:00 to 4:00 twice a month. On the first Wednesday of the month, experienced members will share their skills with the LA Rockers who have already been to meetings. On the third Wednesdays of the month, LA Rockers will hold a "free paint" session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session; however, they MUST contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before their first meeting so that she can be prepared with supplies and be able to contact them if the meeting has to be canceled. Please remember that the point is not to paint a masterpiece, but to have a good time. This month LA Rockers will meet on October 4 and 18. If a meeting has to be canceled, notification will be posted on the LA Rockers group page on Facebook. FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 39 www.jimsfloordepot.com

GOLF LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Could it be … OPENING DAY October 3rd has arrived … and that also means cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, and the return of our members from their fun adventures. Get your dues paid by October 1st to play, and sign-up for the game and lunch. Our last game in October is on the 31st – let’s dress for the occasion and bring treats for our fellow Niners. If you’re not into the spooky or funny or themed costumes – just wear funny socks! Or a funny hat, or wear a candy necklace, or bring your funny face! Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! LALGA By Dawn Neigh It is finally October! The snowbirds will be returning, and golf will be in full swing. Plus, an extra bonus of cooler weather. We have a few fundraisers this year such as We Care for Kids and a toy drive. Our membership dues are due on November 1 and forms will be available in October. We will vote on our constitution the week of October 16. For your information, the updated Standing Rules and Bylaws are on Lake Ashton Living website. Also on the website are numerous Rules are Tools which is a quick resource for our members. Our current standings for the Red Hoagland Challenge: Gina Martine $70.75 MaryLou Wheat $66.75 Cheryl Coveleski $57.75 Liz Leigh $54.50 Finally, save this date, ladies and gentlemen! Our first tournament with the LAMGA and LALGA ladies will be November 7 and 8! See you on the course! 40

LAMGA By David Kubissa The highlight for September was the special two-day LAMGA Ryder Cup on Sept. 6 and 7. LAMGA golfers were split into Red and Blue teams playing formats patterned after the actual Ryder Cup competition that took place in Rome, Italy, last month. At the end of Day 1, the Red team led the LAMGA competition with 11 ½ points to the Blue team’s 10 ½ points. On Day 2, the Red team widened its lead and ended up with 38 ½ points to Blue team’s 28 ½ points . Day 2 concluded with a lunch in the Eagle’s Nest. Another special two-day event is on the calendar for November 6 and 7 that will bring together LAMGA and LALGA – the women’s golf association – for a mixer. Look for details and a signup sheet this month. In regular weekly play, the race for the top spots in the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge remains tight going into the final months of the year. The standings through the end of August are: 1. John Milsom, $151.25; 2. Paul Panone, $132.75; 3. Rolly Geyer, $129.25; 4. Doug Hines, $123.50; 5. Rick Simonetta, $115.00. Rules reminder: Last month, Lake Ashton pro Ian Peterson explained the out of bounds penalty options in an effort to clarify how to play your ball when it crosses the dreaded white lines or stakes on the golf course. LAMGA’s board reminds members playing the weekly game that the lift, clean and place rule in effect applies only to a ball lying in the fairway, not the rough. Moving a ball in the rough into a preferred lie is against the rules and incurs a one-stroke penalty, as stated in USGA rules. In addition, all balls that count for scoring in LAMGA competition must be putted out. No gimmes. Of course, lift, clean and place is permitted on the green, but make sure to mark the spot of the ball and replace it on that spot. This requirement is also spelled out in the USGA rules. Sponsor spotlight: This month we thank and highlight the following LAMGA sponsors who provide services and goods to the local community: S.G. Computers, Turner Furniture & Mattress, Snowbird Heating and Cooling, Enriquez’s Lawn & Landscaping Service, Massey Services, Parker & Co. Lawn and Landscaping, New Look Lawn Service, Unlimited Property Solutions, Dennis Brock – Window Cleaning, Cypress Liquor & Wines, Crossed Industries and Dr. Teresa Yoder, D.V.M. Pictured above: LAMGA golfers gathered for a two-day Ryder Cup event on September 6 and 7. GOLF SPOTLIGHT Lake Ashton residents, Ed Dickinson (left) and Ralph Ritter (right), teamed-up to earn a First Place finish in the Tuesday Night Summer League at Pinecrest Golf Club in Avon Park. The 16 week league was comprised of 44 two-person teams. Congratulations and well done!


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