TIMES L.A. Lake Ashton Community Newsletter September 2023 Simply the Best! Come on in, the water's fine! 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 October Issue Deadline: September 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. SEPTEMBER 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. SEPTEMBER 4 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 11 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Bite Me Monday — Donations of pet food and/or supplies for the Humane Society of Polk County • Featured Speaker: American Red Cross • Featured Vendors: • Christine Graves Insurance, • Denise Tessier with Tessier Law Group • ComForCare • Matt Simpson with Edward Jones SEPTEMBER 18 — NO MONDAY COFFEE — LACDD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING SEPTEMBER 25 • Peanut Butter Monday - Donations of nonperishable goods for a local food pantry • Featured Speaker: Winter Haven Chamber • Featured Vendor: Matthew Grubb with Morgan Stanley LACDD & LAIICDD WEBSITES lakeashtoncdd.com [below left QR code] lakeashton2cdd.com [below right QR code] Find board meeting dates, agendas, minutes, Supervisor contact information and more. You can also sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC. IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 10 SAFETY 14 MOVIES 18 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 28 CLUBS 32 GOLF 36 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD Friday, September 15, 9 am Health & Fitness Center LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD Monday, September 18, 9:30 am Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow

HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily RESIDENT PHOTO IDS Visit the Clubhouse Activities Office to get your resident photo identification made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 pm, or by appointment. Bring a driver's license with your Lake Ashton address on it, or the warranty deed for your home. The application can be filled out at the Clubhouse Activities Desk or can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com under ‘Additional District Documents’. GUEST & RENTER REGISTRATION All guests and renters must be registered and have a Facilities Guest Pass to use Clubhouse and HFC Amenities. To register, residents must bring at least one adult guest to the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Desk, and renters must have a copy of their rental agreement. All guests must be in possession of a guest pass while using any of the amenities. It is helpful, but not required, for residents to accompany their guests while using the amenities. 5 NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: September 13 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 September 13 and 27, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot 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 Health and Fitness Center (HFC) Community Center 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. 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. Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to put in an application if you are interested in volunteering for any of the following positions at the Clubhouse. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. • Activities Office Volunteer • Event Set-up • Event Break-down • Other Event Support A facilitator for the Welcome Committee is also being sought.

LACDD LACDD NEWS 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 By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director September is here and another year is almost in the history books. With the first day of Fall on September 23 let's hope cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Residents are encouraged to be safe during this time of record high temperatures in the area. Take advantage of the many indoor activities and amenities available and when enjoying outdoor activities please stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to stay safe. The Clubhouse facility staff has been busy this summer! The Shuffleboard Court has received a face lift with new lighting and seamless gutters. The Pool and Spa were opened on August 11 after an extensive refurbishment project (more details on page 12). Now they are working on completing a large indoor amenity refurbishment project. The Media Center, Card Room, Bowling Alley and Club Office are all receiving new flooring. The Media Center and Card Room are switching locations and receiving new paint, furnishings and decor in addition to new flooring. Staff is excited for residents to see the changes. Stay tuned to email blasts announcing the opening of the rooms that are being refurbished. Thank you to our amazing Facility Maintenance Team (Matt, Alex, and Joe) for all of their hard work on these projects. We are lucky to have them as part of our team. The Board of Supervisors met on August 21 to formally adopt the fiscal year 2024 budget in addition to the following: • The budget was approved with an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) assessment increase of $100. The O&M fee for Lake Wales residents will be $2,369 for this coming year and will be included in the non-ad valorem tax section of your property tax bill. • Supervisors also approved an extensive upgrade to the current security services at Lake Ashton. New entrance gate and amenity access systems and the credentials to go with it in addition to an upgraded camera monitoring system were approved. Educational documents and presentations are forthcoming. • A repair to stormwater curbing on Ventana was approved. • A quote was approved to install an additional new grease trap and replacement of the current grease trap for the Restaurant per City of Lake Wales requirements. Staff was able to save approximately $40,000 on this project by utilizing a local vendor. • Soon residents will see new plantings at the Thompson Nursery Road entrance and in front of the Clubhouse. The Garden Club has been instrumental in assisting with these projects. Staff and Supervisors would like to thank them for their efforts. • Contracts for landscape maintenance, aquatic management, and security services were approved for extension. 6

(Continued) A detailed wrap up report of actions taken at this meeting was sent on August 25. Please visit lakeashtoncdd.com to view a copy of the agenda packet with more information on the projects above and to review the adopted FY24 budget. Staff is excited to announce the 2024 Entertainment Series lineup. Please look for the flyer in this edition of the newsletter listing the acts for this coming year. Renewals will start on October 2 and will run until October 31. In addition there are many wonderful activities and events happening the rest of the year. The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group has been working hard to ensure the lineup for the rest of this year and next is full of diversity and fun! Thank you to all members for all of their hard work and dedication to Lake Ashton. HISTORY OF NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY Get to know your neighbors. Host a block party, invite neighbors over for a BBQ, help a neighbor with a project, or go for a walk around your neighborhood. Be the good neighbor. Because, good neighbors make great neighborhoods. Originally, National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978. United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” In 2003, National Good Neighbor Day was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28. September 28 GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY COMMUNITY POTLUCK Join your friends and neighbors for a Community Potluck in the Clubhouse Ballroom on September 28 at noon! Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office or online. Bring a dish for eight to share. Stay tuned to media for more information! The Lake Ashton Activities Advisory Group is looking for residents with special skills and talents willing to donate time and/or expertise to expand our programming and planning. Do you have a talent you would like to share with the community? Email Caroline at the Clubhouse (clane@lakeashtoncdd.com) or Krystle at the HFC (kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com). 7

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 JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT VII. RESERVING FACILITIES Amenity Facilities are available on a “first come, first served basis”, and subject to applicable fees or rates as set by the appropriate District. Requests to reserve facilities should be submitted through the Staff at the appropriate Amenity Facility. 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 8 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 the room is not reserved by a club, group or organization, tables may be individually reserved, with the understanding that the Amenity Manager may move or cancel reservations, if required, up to 48 hours prior to the reservation time. Clubs, Groups, and Organizations may make “standing” reservations. These will be reviewed semi-annually by the Amenity Manager. (Refer to section IX on what constitutes a club.) 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. Reservations for commercial or profit-making purposes will be charged a fee in accordance with LA CDD and LAII CDD Chapter III: Rules for Amenities Rates, (respectively). The Amenity Manager can reschedule any reservation if requested by the District. The Clubhouse or HFC must be notified if a scheduled reservation cannot be kept so the slot may be re-assigned. Reservations will be held for fifteen (15) minutes past the scheduled start time, after which the Amenity Manager may re-assign the reservation. 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).


L.A. LOOKS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RETENTION PONDS DURING SUMMER MONTHS Why is the algae in my pond not being treated? Lake Ashton CDD staff works closely with our aquatics contractor to ensure all treatments are being completed. During the summer months algae are fueled from the warm waters, sunny days, and large amounts of rain. Rain allows for “runoff” to seep into the ponds which provide food for unwanted plants, like algae. The aquatics technician is allowed to treat the ponds with approved chemicals and the frequency is determined by Southwest Florida Water Management District. This frequency is every 2 weeks. My pond is full will there be flooding if we have a hurricane? Each pond Lake Ashton CDD owns is designed to prevent flooding. Residents may notice a concrete structure in their pond. This man-made concrete structure is called an outfall structure. This is the discharge point for stormwater that prevents flooding and overflowing. Are algae blooms harmful? Algae are a natural component of the aquatic food chain and are not typically harmful to people. When will my pond begin to look better? The Fall and Winter months help substantially in reducing algae blooms. Cooler weather and less rain make pond conditions less desirable for algae to thrive. If there are any questions or concerns, email Matt Fisher at MFisher @lakeashtoncdd.com. LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Kristy McKibben, President, presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • Gary Johnson, Secretary, secretaryla2hoa@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 • Tom Hevel, President president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • Debbie Holmes, Vice President 2 vp2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant, Officer manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke, Officer arc.lakeashtonhoa.org 10

Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis Blue Porterweed is a low-growing sprawling wildflower. It reaches 1 to 3 feet tall and spreads approximately 2 to 3 feet. It is a fast grower (grows like a weed), thus the name! It works well as a groundcover, but also can be used in containers. The plant prefers full sun and yet it can handle some shade. Well drained sandy soil and clay are best. It will perform in poor soil too. Pruning it in Spring will help with its growth and promote a bushy plant. Why plant Blue Porterweed in your yard? This plant is drought tolerant! It is a wonderful addition for a butterfly garden. You’ll enjoy watching for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Besides being an easy care, the plant is edible to humans. Most people use it like you would a bay leaf in sauces and stews. Some describe the taste much like a mushroom. Once you get over the name, this beauty will win you over. Make sure to check out this plant at the side of the Pavilion in the Garden Club’s Native Plant area. OUTDOOR POOL & SPA REFURBISHMENT PROJECT The Pool and Spa reopened at 7 am on August 11. Thank you for your patience during this refurbishment project and we are happy to see residents enjoying this newly refurbished area. Below are several items included in the refurbishment project: • Resurfacing of the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all tile in the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all non-LED lights in the Pool with LED lights • Adding an additional handrail on each entrance to the Pool • Replacement of the coping stones on the outside border of the Pool and Spa • Replacement of all handrail cooling pads • Adding potted palms and tropical plants 12 Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker at Lake Ashton. Despite being almost as large as a Crow, they can go unnoticed excavating dead trees and fallen logs in search of carpenter ants. They also enjoy termites, cockroaches, wild nuts and berries. The unique rectangular holes and the nest holes they excavate provide shelter for many other species including swifts, owls, ducks and bats. The Pileated's large red crest is unmistakable and sported by both males and females (less extensively), who appear much alike except for the red cheek stripe on the male. Residents with shade trees in their yards or behind their houses have a better chance of observing these year-round residents. However, they draw attention to themselves when swooping out in the open with undulating flight sounding a loud jungle-bird like call. Just remember, the Pileated is the one that looks like Woody Woodpecker. • Installation of permanent umbrella bases and additional umbrellas • Painting of all pool furniture • Installation of additional tables and chairs • Replacement of Pool and Spa rule signs • Pressure washing the pool deck and fencing • Cleaning of column lights and repairing caps along the perimeter fence • Replacement of the Restaurant Patio awning PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLOSE UMBRELLAS AT THE POOL & PET PLAY PARKS ! It costs the District approximately $70 per umbrella to replace.

Understanding Fixed Income: For Today and the Future Fixed income is something many Americans don’t understand, according to the 2019 survey, “Fixed Income, Not Fixed Thinking,” by BNY Mellon Investment Management, one of the largest asset managers in the world. The study revealed that the majority of Americans surveyed have limited understanding of fixed income investments, regardless of age, income, education level, and other demographics. The lack of understanding ranged from bonds, different fixed income solutions including fixed-income insurance products, comprehending how fixed-income plays into retirement planning, and understanding its risk in comparison to other asset classes. The same study revealed that Americans think fixed income is important solely in the immediate run-up to retirement, or during the decumulation phase when investors start to draw from their retirement nest egg. However, fixed-income solutions can play a part in anyone’s portfolio at any age. One such fixed-income solution, fixed-indexed annuities, offer protection of principal, growth based on the performance of the index it follows, and provides fixed payments for the insured’s life during the decumulation phase. Interested is credited when the index value increases, but the interest rate is guaranteed never to be less than zero, even if the market goes down. All annuities are insurance products and not traded on public markets. Annuities are guaranteed by the claims paying ability of the insurance company issuing them. A secondary 2019 study by WealthManagement.com Research, “How Advisors are Using Fixed-Income Annuities,” reports that two-thirds of advisors surveyed are very familiar with these products and have incorporated them into client portfolios to obtain these key objectives: • Principal protection • Tax-deferred growth • Retirement income planning • Avoid Social Security income offset • Current income • Estate/Legacy planning Before purchasing a fixed-indexed annuity, it is important to understand all fees associated with the annuity, if your money is available right away, and the surrender fees, if any. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 13 Secondly, there are pros and cons to purchasing a fixedindexed annuity: Pros: • Your principal is protected from a down market, and you won’t lose your initial investment or accumulation. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. • The return is based on an index (ex. The S&P 500), which grows the annuity’s value over time. • Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; you receive annuity payments for life. Cons: • Some are complex, costly, and aren’t always necessary for the investor. • A Fixed-income annuity is not a growth-market product, and is unregulated. Ask for written information from the insurer about the annuity product and don’t just accept the ‘sales-hype.’ If you have questions regarding fixed income options or fixedindexed annuities as a way to protect the premature depletion of your assets during a down market in retirement, contact our office. Additional Disclosure: The newsletter and links are being provided as a service to you. Please note that the information and opinions included are provided by third parties and have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. The information is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual’s situation. Additional Disclosure: An annuity is intended to be a long-term, taxdeferred retirement vehicle. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed, and if withdrawn before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. If the annuity will fund an IRA or other tax qualified plan, the tax deferral feature offers no additional value. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are generally excluded from gross income, but taxes and penalties may apply to non-qualified distributions. Consult a tax advisor for specific information. 1016680(c) - 1119 Questions? Scan this QR code to book a 15-minute appointment.

SAFETY posted stop sign. It only takes a moment to follow the traffic controls that are in place that could potentially prevent a serious accident. Do not park a vehicle directly parallel to another vehicle Do not park on a curve Park as close to the curb as possible photo: Dennis Krupinski PEAK STORM SEASON Residents should be prepared for stormy weather through November 30 when hurricane season ends. A detailed list of storm tips can be found on lakeashtoncdd.com. Pay attention to the lightning detection devices throughout the community and seek shelter when the sirens sound. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison Are you a victim of a scam? Do you know someone who was? Do you know there are scams out there targeting only seniors? Did you know scams are on the rise and scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in their tactics? Join us as NW presents a series on: SENIOR SCAMS: WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW! What are Senior Scams? Senior scams are fraudulent schemes that target only seniors using the internet, phone and even US Mail. Senior scams can take many forms, but all share the same goal of defrauding us of our money. Consumer Affairs reports, more than 3.5 million seniors in the United States lose more than $3 billion to scammers a year. Next month, in our continuing series on Senior Scams, we will explore the newest scams targeting seniors and provide ways to help you remain safe against them. For any questions or concerns, please contact Deputy Chief, Joan Dibattista at 239-851-7899. photo: Dennis Krupinski ROAD SAFETY Please 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 following practices will help to alleviate dangerous situations on the road. Please encourage vendors doing work at your home to follow the practices below to ensure the roads of Lake Ashton are as safe as possible. The speed limit throughout Lake Ashton is 20 mph and all golf carts, vehicles, and bicycles should make a complete stop just before the white stop bar whether before or after the 14 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 our streets. Our job is to look for things that do not belong in our community. Our presence with our lights flashing while patrolling our streets is our deterrent to help keep our streets safe. CAP is always looking for more volunteers to patrol our streets. Our job is 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.

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4. Dispatch will gather more information as first responders are en route. Stay on the line until first responders arrive to help dispatch with any directions and other details. At at recent Monday Coffee Public Education Officer Joshua Odom gave a presentation on calling 911. Here are the key points: • When should I call 9-1-1? When you see smoke or fire When someone’s life and/or property is in immediate danger. When a crime is being committed. When a rescue or emergency medical assistance is needed. When you are not sure, call and let trained personnel decide the appropriate response. • What happens after I have called 9-1-1? 1. Citizen calls 9-1-1 2. Dispatch receives call and requests information and location of emergency. 3. Appropriate first responders are dispatched to the location of the emergency. 5. First responders arrive on scene and begin to assess/respond to emergency. 6. Follow instructions by the dispatcher when to hang up. • I called 9-1-1 and got disconnected, what should I do? If you have called 9-1-1 and while providing dispatch information you get disconnected, wait a minute to let the dispatch attempt to call you back. Do not call immediately call 911 again - this will place you at the end of the queue and may connect you with a different dispatcher. If after a minute, you have not been called back by dispatch then again dial 9-1-1 and let the dispatcher know that you were disconnected previously. If you are unable to reach 9-1-1 dispatch after calling back, find another phone to call 9-1-1. • I called 9-1-1 by mistake. What should I do? Stay on the line and state that the call was a mistake. Answer any questions from the dispatcher before terminating the call. If you disconnect the call or do not speak to the dispatcher, they will assume the worst and send first responders to your location Helping responders find you! • After you have called 9-1-1 and first responders have been dispatched to your location, our next step is ensuring that they can find you. Even with the advanced GPS technology that our apparatuses are equipped with, having your address displayed prominently and visibly from the street is imperative to a timely response. • To ensure that your address can be seen from the street ensure that any bushes, tree limbs, or other vegetation that may have covered your house numbers are properly pruned or trimmed. • Follow the Lake Ashton ARC requirements for house and mailbox numbers. These requirements are consistent with Polk County Fire Rescue guidelines. 16

MOVI ES SEPTEMBER 12 — 14 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM CHAMPIONS TUESDAY SHOWINGS & THE 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY ARE CLOSED CAPTIONED. CINEMA CAPACITY: 55 SEPTEMBER 5 — 7 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM THEY CLONED TYRONE 2023 | R | 2H 2MIN A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper. Diligent, small-time drug dealer Fontaine (Boyega), who may or may not be a clone, teams up with his least favorite clients (Foxx and Pariss) — to unravel a sinister plot that upends everything he believes about himself and the world. 2023 | PG-13 | 2H 3MIN Woody Harrelson stars in the hilarious and heartwarming story of a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined. SEPTEMBER 19 — 21 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN A MILLION MILES AWAY Inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, A Million Miles Away follows him and his devoted family of proud migrant farm workers on a decadeslong journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. With the unwavering support of his hard-working parents, relatives and teachers, José’s unrelenting drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. SEPTEMBER 26 — 28 RIVER WILD 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 31MIN Joey (Leighton Meester) fears there could be trouble ahead after her brother Gray (Taran Killam) invites Trevor (Adam Brody), a childhood friend with a troubled past, on their whitewater rafting adventure with two tourists. Once they become stranded in raging rapids, the thrill-seeking trip quickly turns from exciting to utterly terrifying as the rafters are trapped in a desperate fight for their lives, all while someone seems intent on sabotage to ensure shocking secrets stay buried.

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MAY 7 CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST MOVIES ARE SHOWN IN THE CINEMA FRIDAYS. 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED. SEPTEMBER 1 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM LABOR DAY 2014 | PG-13 | 1H 51MIN At the tender age of 13, Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) grapples with the pains of adolescence while caring for his troubled, reclusive mother, Adele (Kate Winslet). One day while shopping for school supplies, Henry and Adele encounter Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), an intimidating man but one who clearly needs their help. Frank convinces the two of them to take him into their home, but later it becomes clear that he is a convict who has escaped. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard. SEPTEMBER 8 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM PEACE BY CHOCOLATE 2021 | PG | 1H 37MIN After the bombing of his father's chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family's chocolate-making legacy. Based on the incredible internat ional ly recognized true story. SEPTEMBER 15 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM LEGENDS OF THE FALL 1994| R | 2H 14MIN In early 20th-century Montana, Col. William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan (Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn) and Samuel (Henry Thomas). Eventually, the unconventional but closeknit family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond), and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. SEPTEMBER 22 (NO 7 PM SHOWING) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM AND SO IT GOES 2014 | PG-13 | 1H 34MIN Nobody likes real-estate agent Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and he prefers it that way. He's deliberately mean to anyone who crosses his path and wants nothing more than to sell one final house and retire. Oren's life turns upside-down when his estranged son drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he didn't know existed. Oren has no idea how to take care of a child, so he pawns the girl off on his neighbor, Leah (Diane Keaton) -- but he learns how to open his heart eventually. SEPTEMBER 29 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE SAINT OF SECOND CHANCES 2023 | NR | 1H 33MIN Mike Veeck, son of MLB franchise owner Bill Veeck, blows up his father's career. Exiled from the game he loves, the younger Veeck spends the next few decades clawing his way up from rock bottom, determined to redeem himself.

TEMPLE BETH SHALOM HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES 2023 / 5783 1029 Bradbury Rd. Winter Haven, FL 33823 (863) 292-0722 Rabbi Garson Herzfeld September 15 - 7:30 pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah September 16 - 10:30 am: Rosh Hashanah morning September 24 - 7:30 pm: Kol Nidre September 26 - 10:30 am: Yom Kippur morning September 26 - 3 pm: Discussion September 26 - 4 pm: Afternoon & Stone Service September 26 - 4:30 pm: Yiskor September 26 - 5 pm: Neihlah September 26 - 6 pm: Break the Fast in Social Hall 21

EVENTS SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO S I G N U P FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES By David Harrison The Lake Ashton community is invited to attend the Jewish High Holiday services. Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) will be Friday, September 15 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Room. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) will be Sunday, September 24 at 7 pm in the HFC Community Room. Yizkor (Memorial Service) will be Monday, September 25 at 2 pm in the HFC Community Room. All residents are encouraged to attend and find out why the New Year is celebrated in September. For more information, contact David Harrison at 863-326-6418. KARAOKE NIGHT September 13 brings another great night of singing, fellowship, and friendship at Karaoke! Tickets are on sale now at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $5. Next Date: October 11 PETS ON PARADE By Carolyn Bishop Save the Date: Tuesday, October 31 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Parking Lot. Come out and enjoy some of Lake Ashton’s favorite residents – the 422 legged ones — as they parade through the parking lot in their best Halloween Costumes. There will be a variety of categories awarded to our fur friends and their owners. Stay tuned to media for more details. Registration will be online when the date gets closer. Donations to our local Humane Soc i e t y wi l l 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. Come out and watch the parade or participate in the parade. All are welcome. Questions please contact Missy Prescott at 304-561-5811. TRIVIA By David Fix Trivia continues to be enjoyed by Lake Ashton residents who turn out regularly for an evening of fun. Play begins in the Clubhouse at 7 pm and finishes around 8:30 pm on September 3 and 10 this month. Teams are not required and you can come join an open table looking for players. The cost is $1 per person to play with all money being returned to the winning tables. Come early, brings snacks and socialize with neighbors. Pictured: Table #19, “It Doesn’t Matter” proudly shows their $69 winnings from a recent night!

50 SHADES OF PINK COMEDY NIGHT FALL FESTIVAL 5K By David Fix The Fall Fest 5K this year will be held on October 28 beginning at 8 am with the start and finish at the Clubhouse. The beneficiary of this year's 5K will be Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope, a group of volunteer Lake Ashton residents that has pooled together their resources to assist local families with clothing, food and basic necessities for their day to day needs. Additionally, Lake Ashton Hands 4 Hope worked with local schools last year to help identify families in need of assistance at the holidays. A party was held in the HFC to provide a meal and gifts to those who may have been otherwise overwhelmed, overlooked and vulnerable to poverty. These residents have formed a more official group and will receive the money raised from the 5K. Registration Forms are available at the Clubhouse Activities Desk and must be returned by 5 pm on September 12 in order to participate. Fee is $25, check payable to LA Hands 4 Hope. Forms may be mailed to or deposited in the box on the porch at: Lake Ashton Charity Run 4444 Turnberry Lane Lake Wales, FL 33859 FALL FESTIVAL It's almost that time of year again — mark October 28 on your calendars for the annual Fall Festival, and resident crafters and volunteers are needed! If you are interested in setting up a booth at the Fall Festival, or volunteering to help, with setup, cleanup, games, or other opportunities, contact Caroline at the Clubhouse Activities Office (863-324-6032 or clane@lakeashtoncdd.com). 24 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 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 will go on sale for $25 starting Monday, September 11. 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! CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!! By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars, your Relay for Life Team, will be sponsoring a booth selling hand crafted items at the upcoming Craft Fair October 21. 100% of the proceeds of all donated items sold will go to the American Cancer Society. We are looking for craft items to fill our booth. If you have a craft you enjoy please consider making one to donate and share this info with your crafty friends. Contact Judy Ridpath at 650-678-1174 with any questions. UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE November 10 — One Acts Dinner Theatre November 17 — Friendsgiving November 29 — Home Improvement Expo December 1 — Christmas Dinner Dance December 31 — New Year’s Eve in the Ballroom


HAUNTING ON THE LAKE II By Terri McDuff LAPAC is very excited about our upcoming fundraiser event, Haunting II On the Lake haunted house in the Lake Ashton Clubhouse Ballroom on October 28! Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 2 at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Tickets are $15 per adult and $12 per child under 12, check only, payable to LAPAC. The event will be limited to 35 individuals per group per time slot. There will be 10 half-hour time slots available through the Haunting House, from 4 to 8:30pm. Do not wait to purchase your tickets as this event has a limit of 35 people in a group per time slot and with a total of 350 people for the evening event. Your heart will race with excitement and fear! You may even let out a scream or two! But … expect the unexpected! There will be plenty of tricks and a lot of treats! We invite all to dress up in their own Halloween costumes! If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Terri McDuff 916-201-7745. CHRISTMAS IS COMING! By Debby Landgrebe While it is still hot at Lake Ashton, in some places summer is starting to come to a close. Many here are looking forward to cooler temperatures and ‘that wonderful time of the year”. Please be sure you mark your calendar for the upcoming Christmas Dinner Dance December 1 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Final preparations are being made and will be revealed soon. Menu will include, among other items, a Beef Carving Station, Parmesan Crusted Baked Grouper, Falafels (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free!). There will be a cash bar. It will be a superb evening of fabulous live music, delicious food, marvelous decorations and great time with new and old friends. Tickets can be purchased starting Tuesday, September 5 at 11 am at the Clubhouse Activities Office for $40 per person, check only, payable to LA Christmas Dinner Dance, with tables of eight and limited tables of ten. If a table is being purchased, total money and names of each person at time of purchase are needed. Thank you to the following sponsors: Christine Graves Insurance, Charm City, ComForCare, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, LA Realty, Morgan Stanley, SouthState Bank, and Weaver Loveless Law. Please thank the folks from these companies as you see them and consider using their services. CHRISTMAS CAROL-OKE By Mark Graham Save the date for Christmas Carol-oke December 16 from 7 to 10 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Bring your favorite Christmas songs to sing or just listen to others singing. DJ Wayne will be providing the music for all who enjoy singing Christmas songs. There will be a table decorating contest with a cash prize award! More details to follow in October. This event is a fundraiser for LAPAC (Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation). 26


MIND&BODY Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Good health is more than what we do; it’s also how we think. We are more powerful than we believe. And there is a connection between what we think and what we feel. Do we start each day feeling the negative residuals of what we experienced the day before? Or do we wake up with a clean slate? Do we hold on to grudges, misdeeds, or bad experiences? Or do we forgive and forget? There is a direct connection between how we process stressful situations and our hormones. Cortisol is the stress hormone that can wreak havoc on our health and cause unwanted weight gain. Cortisol also causes digestive problems, depression, inflammation, muscle tension/pain, and sleep issues. Chronic stress can also lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Cortisol regulates our body’s fight-or-flight response to stress, which is designed to facilitate a defense or escape from a perceived threat (both physical and mental). This natural survival instinct is a good thing, until we find ourselves easily triggered by negative interactions with others, which can lead to chronic stress. The next time your blood pressure rises, ask yourself if the stress is worth the damage that your body has to absorb, or can we exercise grace and kindness to someone who may be having a bad day? The grace we extend to others is a reflection of our humanity. But if that isn’t enough encouragement to smile when faced with negative energy, consider the toll stress has on your physical and mental wellbeing. Guarding our health is a priority! Stay positive! 28 TICKETLEAP INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS Class and activity sign-ups in addition to ticket purchases at the Clubhouse went digital on July 1. Do you want to learn more about how to use the TicketLeap program or have questions about how to scan QR codes? Stop by the Clubhouse Activities Office to sign up. If you already are familiar with the TicketLeap program but want to learn more, you can sign up using the link sent out via email. There will be two options for classes: September 21 at 11 am or September 29 at 5:30 pm. SKINCARE & MAKEUP CLASS Do you know what makeup colors and shades fit you best? Are you using the right type of moisturizers and cleansers for your skin type? You can learn all that and more at a skincare and makeup class hosted by Lancôme on September 6 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be goodie bags for all attendees! The class is completely free, but you must sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. CREATE A CARD Join the group on September 19 at 10 am 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. FINANCIAL BOOT CAMP Next Class: September 25 at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema Topic: “How will I pay for nursing home care?” Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASS Learn how to play bridge Thursday mornings at 8:30 am beginning October 5. Contact Liz Leigh for details: leigh.elizabeth@gmail.com or 813-288-0809.

LAKE ASHTON DANCE CLASSES - WALTZ Instructor: Connie Wilkinson (certified DVIDA instructor), 863.875.6728 Mondays in September, beginning on September 4 in HFC Community Room from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. FREE! No partner needed! SUMMER LINE DANCING Instructor: Lorrie Shearin Class will be held every Thursday at the HFC through September 28. 1 pm Beginners: Everyone is welcome, no experience needed. Dances will be easy and fun, dances used at River Ranch will be taught. 2 pm Improvers: Dances will have tags, restarts, turns, and maybe faster. Some experience may help, but everyone can try and learn new dances that may seem more advanced. Sometimes they are easier than they look. Note: Wear shoes you can dance in! No flip flops or Crocs. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS 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. CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAM By Ken Hoffman The Lake Ashton Classical Music Program returns for three months of once a week classes starting Monday, September 4 at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Cinema. In this segment we will explore the music of the "Early Romantic" period (1820-1860). Lake Ashton resident Ken Hoffman explains the concepts of 19th century romanticism and covers the great orchestra, chamber, and solo piano music of Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Felix 29 Mendelssohn. The political, and social-cultural events affecting the arts of the era will be discussed. Newcomers can sign up in class. LA MEN’S BIBLE STUDY By Jim Brendemuehl The Men’s Bible Study would like to welcome back our snowbirds and our new residents and invite you to join us at our weekly meetings. Our goal is NOT to convert anyone. We are here to help you grow in YOUR faith, and to be as knowledgable in God as you are in your favorite baseball, or football team. We are not a group of “Sunday Preachers”, but a group of ordinary guys preparing for our next LIFE. We meet every Tuesday from 10 am to Noon face-to-face in the HFC and 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, 734-674-7196, bobring42297@gmail.com. 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. 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.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs returns to Lake Ashton for the 2024 season. She 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. All students should contact the artist at 864-307-1244 to reserve a place. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr September 9 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Geraniums $35 (payable at class) Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on September 8. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Create a delightful wall painting, handpainted by you! For $35, each painter will be receiving step-by-step instructions to create a 16x20 canvas painting and will be supplied with a 16x20 canvas, acrylic paints, and brushes. This event will take place on September 8 at 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check by September 5 to reserve your spot. You won’t want to miss this; a maximum of 30 people can sign up but a minimum of 10 people is needed! CRAFTING WITH CARMEN — RUSTIC WREATHS Make your own 10-inch rustic wreath on September 29 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Learn how to quickstain and distress wood for a rustic look. All supplies and instructions are included for $12. Sign up by September 26 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 30 SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES Join resident crafter and floral enthusiast Pam Klawinski October 3 at 11:30 am to make your very own unique seasonal décor! Learn to arrange seasonal colored florals on an 8x10 picture frame that will be interchangeable for every season and holiday! This month’s class will be fall, covering both Halloween and Thanksgiving. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class. All instructions and materials will be provided for $16. Sign up by September 27 online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Next Class: December 5 FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES September 13, 6 to 9 pm & September 20, 6 to 8 pm (optional class) at the Health & Fitness Center Craft Room. The first week you will create your glass wind chimes, and the following week you will be assembling your wind chimes with fish line & beads (optional). Cost is $35. Sign up at the HFC & pay at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. FUSED GLASS VOTIVE HOLDER September 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Decorate a 3” x 5” piece of glass with a design of your choice. Samples will be provided or bring your own (simple is better!) Cost $25 for one and $35 for 2, to be paid at class with cash or check. Sign up at the Clubhouse and pay at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YO U R S M A R T P H O N E TO S I G N U P F O R EVENTS LISTED IN THIS ISSUE.

Brad Kirwan’s Lake Ashton Customers Discuss His Real Estate Work Brad Went Above And Beyond To Help Sell Our House My wife and I were recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident when our house needed to be sold. These injuries and various doctor’s appointments limited our ability to do the things necessary to complete the sale of our house. I became frustrated and was ready to forego even trying to go on with selling our house when our RE Agent, Brad Kirwan, seeing how discouraged and overwhelmed we were, stepped forward and said he’d be glad to take over getting most of the tasks done (some minor home repairs and coordinating some upgrades) so we could complete the sale of our house…..Sure enough, Brad took over getting everything done, regularly keeping us informed of his progress, and we sold and closed the sale within a few weeks, achieving 98% of our asking price. Wow! We literally couldn’t have gotten it done without Brad’s extraordinary efforts to help us. What a relief! We consider Brad Kirwan a good friend and will always turn to him if we need to sell or buy real estate. He is definitely a cut above other agents, really knows his stuff, and is willing to work very hard for his clients. Thank you so much, Brad Kirwan! Verified by RateMyAgent Matt & Alice Mayer 14 January 2023 Curious about your home’s current market value? Call for a free Comparative Market Analysis. BRAD KIRWAN 863.280.0390 5% Commission 31

CLUBS LA BELLES By Raylene Freedman The September LA Belles Luncheon will be held at Carrabbas, 910 3rd St., Winter Haven, on September 27 at 11:30. Sign up at the Clubhouse Activities Office. LAKE ASHTON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION (LAPA) By Dennis Santino The Lake Ashton Pickleball Association had a fun and successful summer this year. We had a potluck for members and their families over Memorial Day weekend and a pickleball mixer and hotdog social for America’s birthday. As the summer ends we start welcoming back our snowbird members and look forward to our next planed events. Our Newbie Clinic will resume in October and will be the first and second Monday of each month. There will be spots for 10 players on a first sign up bases. You MUST be able to attend BOTH sessions. Paddles will be supplied if you do not have one. October class dates will be Monday, October 2 and Monday, October 9. Sign up by emailing: coachdennis@myyahoo.com Coach’s Tips Rule #1: Do not miss your return of serve. Every time you miss a return of serve you give your opponent a point. Eleven misses equals game over. There is no reason to try and hit a winning shot on the return because your opponent cannot hit the ball until it bounces. You should hit a long return shot so you can get to the non-volley zone with your partner to control this area. Enjoy these monthly tips and remember to always have FUN. Check our bulletin board located in front of Court #2 for LAPA information on upcoming events and how to join this amazing group of people. See you on the courts. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club recently hosted Camp Lake Ashton’s air plant craft in August. The 32 turn-out was amazing! C a m p e r s m a d e e m b r o i d e r y h o o p displays for air plants. O n c e a g a i n , t h e creativity at Lake Ashton did not di sappoi nt . Thanks to all who attended. A special thanks to Kathie, Pam, Sil, Alice, Patty and all club members who helped with questions, table arrangements and clean-up. The next Garden Club meeting is September 13 at 10 in the Pavilion. Come learn or ask questions about growing African Violets. A member of Lakeland’s African Violet Society will be the guest speaker. The Garden Club meets every second Wednesday of a month. Join and learn what topic will be next via emails and by reading the LA Times Newsletter. MAGIC YEARS CLUB By Rose Crognale There will be a meeting on Monday, September 18 at 7 pm in the HFC Craft Room for all Disney enthusiasts. All Lake Ashton residents are invited to come. We will be discussing future events. We will have our ‘Painting With A Twist’ art on display so those artists that attended the event, please bring your masterpieces to the meeting. ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda It’s time to start the Italian Club Potlucks! Please join us at the HFC on Thursday, September 21 at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share (no desserts please), your drinks, and $2. We welcome new members who have Italian heritage. Please call Susie Escoda at 862-206-6566 with any questions. 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.

THE LA PURPLE STARS The Purple Stars are residents of Lake Ashton who have had cancer or know of family or friends who have had cancer. Our goal is to raise funds which we donate 100% to the American Cancer Society. Over the year we have sponsored many fundraising activities which many of you have attended and supported, and we sincerely THANK YOU. Because of supporters like you, the American Cancer Society has made significant contributions to the fight against cancer over the last 110 years through advocacy, research, and patient support. Your generosity changes lives every day. We need and are looking for some of our Lake Ashton residents to join us in these fund raising activities. You do not need to be a cancer survivor, just someone who would like to see this disease wiped out as well as supporting those fighting the disease itself. For more information please contact David Harrison at 863-326-6418. LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting September 7 in-person at the HFC and via Zoom. Social time with snacks will be from 4 to 4:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 4:30. For more information, email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com. TUESDAY PARTY BRIDGE By George Rogers July 18: Marge Kniat, Chip Inman, Jeannine Connors, Tie: Dee Mayne & Mafie Walker July 25: Elaine Inman, Jeannine Connors, Marge Kniat, Char Walter Aug.1: Elaine Inman, Gayle Rogers, Berta Rogers, Carolyn Carpenter Aug. 8: Marge Kniat, Liz Leigh, Elaine Inman DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse ballroom from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance 33 sign up is encouraged by contacting Don Fuller dfuller627@gmail.com. A partner is required. Winners: July 10: 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Marge Kniat & Judy Marine; 3rd Jim Ford & Pat Foster July 17: North- South 1st Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 2nd Judy Robertson & Ralph Ritter; 3rd Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; EastWest 1st Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 2nd Nelda Sedlacek & Dana Griffiths; 3rd Ron Kilisz & Bruce Dutton July 24: North –South 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Sonny Robinson & Pat Foster; 3rd Trish Kellar & Keith Stevens; East-West 1st Bruce Dutton & Ron Kaliz; 2nd Judy Roberton & Ralph Ritter 3rd Liz Leigh & Mafie Walker July 31: 1st Graham Littlehales & Marian Oshinsky; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson August 7: 1st James Ford & Don Fuller; 2nd Pat Foster & Sonny Robinson; 3rd Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson HORSESHOES For information on horseshoes that will be starting up again the beginning of September, please contact John Leale at 540-894-3856 or betsleale@aol.com. GENEALOGY CLUB MEETING By Jane Imparl Come join this fine looking group and have fun locating for our elusive ancestors. Please bring your questions , stories and electronic devices. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 2 PM in the HFC Craft Room. All levels of expertise are welcome: beginner, intermediate and advanced. There will be something for everyone. Questions? Call Jane at 815-545-6655.

LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White Last month, we shared the story of swimmer Sharon Swanson and her participation in the 2023 National Senior Games. In the entire 2023 National Games, there were 600 participants from Florida, and they won the medal count by earning 576 medals! Did you know that swimming is the best all-around exercise? One of the main benefits is that it uses quite a few arm, leg, stomach, and lower back muscles, while being easy on the joints. That is one of the reasons why some LA residents participate in some or all of our LA Swim Club activities. Others participate for general fitness; yet others are aiming for the Senior Games age group swim competition. Information can be found online at floridaseniorgames.com/sports. Some members participate in our 100-mile swim challenge, by virtually swimming to different areas of the state without leaving our pool. In addition to the fitness/health benefits, our members have raised money for Breast Cancer awareness, the pool lane markings, backstroke safety flags, the flowers around the pool deck, the clocks in the pool area, and some training equipment. They also plan to help at Lake Ashton’s Halloween haunted house. If you want to improve your fitness or if you want to become an adult competitor, come swim with our fun groups Mondays from 6 to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm, and Saturdays from 10 to 11 am. If you cannot attend our workout sessions, you are welcome to follow the printed workouts which are located in boxes in the hallway – one box contains the most recent workouts and the other contains recent past workouts. Contact Coach Sandy at sandyw1994@aol.com with any questions. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler 34 LA Singles is a social group that plans activities for single residents. The group meets monthly on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. In August, over 30 people attended the meeting. The group discussed future lunches, dinners, and other activities. (continued)

(continued) Sil Wells distributed a list of attractions in Central Florida that she became aware of as a CERT ambassador. Carol Corley discussed lunch at Fire on August 16. Karen Nelson read a thank you letter from the director of Senior Orphans. The group is looking forward to continuing this tradition for Christmas. The Single’s Mingle will be held on September 21 in the Pavilion from 4 to 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up. If you would like to take part in activities with other singles, attend the meeting on September 3. LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The LAVA Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Clubhouse near the stage. The next meeting will be September 20 at 6:30 pm. The LAVA Auxiliary is a group of LA Residents who support and honor the military through fundraisers, such as our Craft Fair (see below), as well as sending holiday cards to active military and other items as needed. Come check us out! The Craft Fair on Saturday, October 21 is fast approaching and we are seeking baked goods to be sold at the Craft Fair. Please refer to the flyer in the newsletter for additional information. At this time, all vendor tables have been sold and there is a waiting list which means, once again there will be a full house of creative, beautiful and tasty goods at the Craft Fair. We look forward to seeing you there. Have a safe and fun summer. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Connie Strassberg Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer; those days of painting, and friendships, and cheer. Time sure flies when we're having a good time and now summer is almost done. We will continue to meet in the HFC Community Center on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm. Various members will continue to share their skills and we are doing a lot of "paint what you enjoy painting”. The point is not to paint a master piece, but to have a good time. Newcomers are always welcome and we will lend you the supplies you will need for your first meeting. A lot of people say that they want to come but can't paint or draw. We proved that isn't necessary in one of our classes in August when we dropped different colored paint on rocks and created a pattern by blowing through a straw. After the rock dried, we wrote words on our unique backgrounds, and voila, pieces of art that your friends in Lake Ashton love to find. If you are here and want to enjoy a lovely afternoon with a great group of people, please join us on September 7 and 21. Join the Facebook group "LA Rockers" or contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) or Connie Strassberg (cbs1949@aol.com) to let us know you are coming. Last minute cancellations will be posted on the LA Rockers Facebook group page. Also, please continue sending prayers for Alice Mayer's recovery - your prayers are seriously working wonders. 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. 35

GOLF LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt The summer heat continues, but we are looking forward to Opening Day October 3. You should have received an email for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Cost stays the same at $30 for the year. EVERYONE must fill out a new form. Mail a check, payable to the LA Niners, along with the form or sign up in the Pro Shop. Mail the check and form to MaryLou Jameson, 5224 Pebble Beach Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884. Please note that if you are not going to be back in time for Opening Day, do not worry about paying until you get back here to Lake Ashton. Fun and games are on the menu – along with nine holes of golf and our opening luncheon. Final aerification of both courses will happen in September to get ready for the winter season and the return of our members from their fun adventures. Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! ENJOY THESE NEW MENU OFFERINGS! Save the Date for a Halloween Costume Party on October 31! HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm LALGA By Dawn Neigh Can you believe that it is already September? We made it through the hot days and finally Florida seems to be getting back in the groove with rain in the afternoon. We are 100 members strong. Did you know if you are a Lake Ashton Golf Club Member and you do not belong to the LALGA you may play a two round maximum trial period without joining. You must have a 40 handicap or lower and will be required to tee off from the combo or blue tees. YOU DECIDE! We are always looking for new members and we will even assign you a mentor if you wish. Also follow us at LALGA through our Facebook page or LakeAshtonLiving.com. If you need more information, contact the pro-shop. We tee off every Tuesday at 9am with a variety of games. Most are postable by the Pro Shop. FLASHBACK FROM THE PAST! Written by Pat Guay in the August 2015 issue. The word is out: the golf course is getting a facelift! How wonderful to have this beautiful community to live and play golf. Keeping it wonderful is the reason it is so great, and it is appreciated. Thank yoU,Mr. Maxwell! In LALGA business, the Board is working on improving the end of the year prizes with more equitable scoring. Also, combo tees are being tried by the girls this summer. 36

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LAMGA By David Kubissa LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR Rules reminder from golf pro Ian Peterson: Nothing can be more aggravating than an out-of-bounds golf shot, and often the OB rule can be subject to interpretation. To clarify the rule and the Lake Ashton options, take note of Ian’s guidance in the following narrative: Remember your ball is out of bounds only when all of the ball lies outside the boundary edge of the golf course. When that happens, here are your choices: Option 1 – Stroke and Distance: Replay the shot from the original spot for a One-Stroke Penalty. Option 2 – Stroke and Distance Local Rule: Determine where your ball went out of bounds and drop your ball on the edge of the fairway just behind an equal distance from the hole for a Two-Stroke Penalty. As always, if you have any rules questions, come see Matt or Ian in the Pro Shop. The monthly update for the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge through the end of July: 1. Paul Panone, $132.75; 2. John Milsom, $131.25; 3. Rolly Geyer, $129.25; 4. Doug Hines, $112.50; 5. Rick Simonetta, $105.00. This month’s lineup includes a two-day LAMGA Ryder Cup event, September 6 and 7, with breakfast on day one and lunch on day two. You can find a list of all the Q4 games on the LAMGA web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com starting the week of September 25. In the coming months, be on the lookout for news of the annual LAMGA board election and the end-of-the-year luncheon / meeting. Sponsor spotlight: This month we thank and highlight the following LAMGA sponsors: AIS Shower Doors; Blackburn’s Interiors; Central Door Company; D&D Painting & Home Repairs; Golden Marble & Granite; Hawkins Home Repair; Shutters and Shades; Sun Protection of Florida; Southeast Solar & Roof Solutions, Inc.; Southwood Garage Doors, SGD; The Groutsmith; Window Concepts by Annalisa. For the full list of sponsors, go the LAMGA web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com. Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra Designs For Ey Style! ANS Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 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

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