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VOLUME 3 EDITION 7
Fourth of July in Avalon Park
Bike Parade, Apple Pie Bake-Off, & Santa
Avalon Park will kick-off the month of July with the Annual Fourth of July Festival on Monday, July 4th, 5-9 pm. The community is invited to continue their traditions or to start a new one with some of the great activities including a wet/dry bounce park, community performances, an apple pie bake-off, bike parade, live music, business specials and fireworks at 9 p.m.
parade for Most Patriotic and Best Group. The parade will be led by the YMCA Team and the Eastside Cycling Group.
Join this year’s Apple Pie Bake-Off, sponsored by All Star Dance, by bringing your homemade apple pie to 12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Ste. D, between 5 and 6 pm on July the 4th. Three local judges, including 2-time bake-off winner, Courtney Englert, will be judging entries starting at 6 pm. Participants can register in person at All Star Dance between 5 and 6 pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and announced at 7:30 pm at the Town Park Stage during the 4th of July Festival in Downtown Avalon Park.
In addition to all of the contests and activities, there will be community performances, 200+ vendor booths, 20 food trucks and the opportunity to support amazing Avalon Park restaurant, retail and service businesses. Thank you to the sponsors that make this event possible: Avalon Park Group, The Flats at Avalon Park, Leland Management, Avalon Park POA and Avalon Park COA.
You are not going to want to miss the special guest joining the bike parade this year! Santa is visiting Avalon Park all the way from the North Pole and will be leading up the parade in the train. Not only is he promoting Start the day-long celebration with the Annual Ava- the Christmas in July Pub Crawl on July 23rd in Avalon lon Park Foundation Firecracker 5K. Run, jog, walk, Park, but he might he is also looking for his next snowstroll or roll through Downtown Avalon Park at this bird home! Stop by the Avalon Park Arts and Culture festive family fun run all while supporting the grants Center to get a pic with Summer Santa and see some and scholarship programs provided by the Avalon Park great local art at the same time! Foundation. While online registration is closed, you can arrive at Town Park 3651 Avalon Park East Blvd. at Head to the Town Park Stage at 7:30 p.m. where the 7 a.m. to register onsite. Participants will receive a com- three winners of the Avalon Park Porch Decorating memorative patriotic medal. Contest will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
Get the whole family together to decorate bikes, strollers and wagons and head to the Avalon Park YMCA at 5:30 pm on July 4th, for the Annual Bike Parade around Avalon Lake. Prizes will be awarded directly after the
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Coffee Hour with BEAT
Having spent almost exactly half of my life in the United States of America and the other half of my life in Switzerland, I am often asked which country do you like better. And it is a question to which I do not have the answer. I love America and I love Switzerland. Switzerland and Florida are very different places. There are beaches here and there, there are mountains. Here there are new towns, there, are historical old towns. However, there are many things both countries have in common.
had a King. The US and Switzerland have an identical system of House of Representative and Senate (called Nationalrat und Staenderat in Switzerland) 24 states (cantons) are the equivalent of our 50 US states. Switzerland is the European headquarter of many well-known, large US corporations, such as Google, General Motors, Dow Chemical. Likewise, the US is the second largest market for Swiss products in the world. And I believe that both countries cherish their traditions.
Switzerland celebrates its 731st birthday on August 1st, and if it would not be for different flags and different languages the celebration of our Independence Switzerland and Day on July 4th are the US are the only strikingly similar. countries in the Western world, I personally think who have never America shows
and celebrates its traditions even more than the much “older” Switzerland. When I see the US flags on many personal homes and commercial buildings, it always gives me that feeling.
grown, and Avalon Park grew to become the cultural downtown of East Orlando. It is because of these traditions like the 4th of July festivities at Avalon Park and its famous fireworks, that Avalon Park became such a wonderful neighborhood, where people can live, learn work and play.
When people speak of divide, economical and other challenges, the more important it becomes to be proud of the accomplished. There are so many things we can be We cherish our proud of. traditions and look forward to growing Almost 20 years ago them even more. we started events in Avalon Park. At first Happy 4th of July! with a few dozen residents, gathering at Founder’s Square for the holiday festivity, 4th of July and many others. And over the years the events have
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From the Desk of Commissioner
Maribel Gomez Cordero Happy July! July 4th is Independence Day. On this holiday, we celebrate the founding of our country, and the values it represents. It has been 246 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, and much has changed. One thing that hasn’t is our dedication to Liberty, Freedom and Justice for all.
in preparation for the return to schools later this summer. With temperatures continuing to rise, please don’t forget to apply sunscreen and drink lots of water when outside! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at email@example.com or call my office at 407-8365881.
Although kids are currently on summer vacation, the re- Blessings, turn to schools is right around the corner. I would like to en- Commissioner Maribel Gomez courage everyone to attend the Cordero back to school event that I will co-host with the East Orange Community Center staff. We will be distributing school supplies and materials in a drivethrough format. The event will take place starting at 12:30PM on Wednesday July 27th at the East Orange Community Center located at 12050 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32826. I will also be co-hosting another back to school distribution event with Liv Realty. The event will take place at 12:00PM on Saturday June 30th at 10873 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832. I encourage all families to attend
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Best Senior Discounts in Florida
Becoming a senior citizen is often accompanied by benefits such as retirement payments and federal aid from the government in the form of Social Security. Senior citizens may also be protected by age discrimination laws and covered by programs like Medicare, which provides basic health care. Additionally, senior citizenship also opens a door to the world of dining and entertainment discounts.
• KFC offers a free small drink with a meal for seniors 55 and over.
day, Saturday, and Sunday at The Keg Social in Waterford Lakes.
• McDonald’s offers a discount on coffee for seniors 55 and over.
• Movie Theaters – Additionally, cinemas like Regal and AMC offer great senior discounts. Regal and AMC both offer up to 30% off for seniors 60 and over.
With such a multitude of attractions in Orlando, there is something for every Central Florida senior to enjoy at a discounted price.
• Waffle House offers a 10% discount for seniors 60 and over on certain days of the week.
Who Qualifies as a Senior? Senior citizens are often classified under law as those age 60 or older — the age when most people retire from the workforce. However, with the growing number of people retiring earlier in their careers, retirees can now begin getting senior citizen discounts at ages as young as 55 or 50. Senior Discounts in Florida Membership programs, like AARP, grant seniors a variety of discounts on activities and dining at movie theaters, restaurants, select theme parks, and more. They also offer member benefits that allow seniors to travel comfortably, stay inexpensively, and eat healthy. However, seniors don’t have to be members of select programs to earn a discount. In fact, most businesses and eateries nationwide show their appreciation of our older population by offering discounts on products and services to seniors — simply for reaching a certain age. Here are some Central Florida located establishments — ranging from fast food and fine dining to entertainment venues — that offer fantastic money-saving deals to seniors throughout the year. Fast Food Discounts The following fast food dining locations offer generous senior discounts; however, it is always important to check with the restaurant before ordering to make sure they will apply the discount. • Boston Market offers a 10% discount for those 65 and over. • Burger King offers a 10% discount on beverages for seniors 60 and over. • Chick-fil-a offers a 10% discount or a free small beverage for seniors 55 and over at participating locations. • Chili’s offers a 10% discount for seniors 55 and over. • Dairy Queen offers a 10% discount for seniors 60 and over at participating locations. • Dunkin’ Donuts offers a 10% discount for AARP members.
• Subway offers a 10% discount for those 60 and over. • Taco Bell offers a 5% discount or a free beverage for seniors 65 and over.
• Wendy’s offers a 10% discount for seniors 55 and over. • Zaxby’s offers a special senior discount at participating locations. Dine-In Restaurant Discounts A nice, peaceful dinner is a great opportunity to catch up with your senior family member or friend. The following list includes Central Florida dine-in restaurant options that honor senior discounts. • 4Rivers Smokehouse offers online coupons for seniors. • Bonefish Grill offers up to 15% off for AARP members. • Cracker Barrel allows seniors 50 and over to order from the children’s menu, which offers discounted prices and smaller portions. • Golden Corral offers a 10% discount for seniors 60 and over. • Kobe Steakhouse offers early bird specials on select days and times. • Longhorn Steakhouse allows seniors 50 and over to order from the children’s menu or from a customized senior menu. • Olive Garden offers online coupons for seniors and various lunch and dinner specials. • Red Lobster offers online coupons for seniors. • Shogun Japanese Steakhouse offers early bird specials and a 10% discount for seniors. Entertainment Discounts While Orlando offers a variety of dining discounts, there are also many entertainment spots that offer quality discounts as well. Whether your senior loved one wants to go bowling or sit back and see a movie, Orlando offers many unique and exciting opportunities for seniors to get out and spend quality time with their loved ones at a reduced price. • Bowling Alleys – Popular entertainment centers generally offer discounted rates for seniors. For example, seniors 55 and over can get discounts on shoe and sock rentals on Friday and Saturday nights and discounted bowling games on Fri-
Museum Discounts Orlando is known as a hotspot for arts and culture, with plenty of museums, centers, galleries, and exhibits where seniors can learn about Orlando culture, view beautiful art installations, enjoy quality time with family and friends, and visit various attractions at less expensive prices. • The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art offers $5 discounted tickets to those age 60 and up. • The Mennello Museum of American Art offers senior discounts for seniors aged 60 and over. • The Orlando Museum of Art sells $8 tickets to seniors 65 and over. • The Orlando Science Center, a popular interactive science museum, has discounted tickets for $17.95 for those 55 and over. • The Orange County Regional History Center has $7 senior tickets for those 55 and over. • Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition
sells tickets for $19.95 to seniors. • The Wycliffe Discovery Center offers $7 tickets for those 65 and over. Quality Care for Seniors in Central Florida Senior dining and entertainment discounts are a great perk. Not only do they offer inexpensive ways for seniors to eat and experience life, but they also exemplify a culture of thoughtful care that is often not afforded to our senior citizens. In fact, taking care of our beloved older generation and ensuring they enjoy a healthy well-being and prosperous lifestyle well into their Golden Years is one of the most noble and important acts of kindness. That’s why it’s important to connect with a community that understands exactly how to take care of aging loved ones when senior citizens can no longer live on their own. With expert advice in memory care, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and physical therapy professionals, Encore at Avalon Park offers a comfortable and lively community with plenty of amenities and opportunities for seniors to thrive. See for yourself why Encore at Avalon Park is the premier senior living solution in the Central Florida area. Call us today at 407-2707500 to schedule a tour.
Gracie Combatives is Our Beginner Program for Adults - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu East Orlando In this program, you will learn the 36 core techniques of Brazilian JiuJitsu in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique, which are further broken down into simplified drills or “slices” to facilitate the learning process. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program. Upon successful completion of the Gracie Combatives program you will earn your Gracie Combatives Belt which will qualify you for advancement into the Master Cycle program.
and are committed to ensuring that every new student has an informative, enjoyable experience regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.
36 Essential Techniques Although the art of jiu-jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of real fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the other techniques combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that is entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques. You need absolutely no experience to start this program. Our instructors conduct all classes in a cooperative training environment
Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes Once you complete each of the 23 Gracie Combatives lessons twice, you will qualify to participate in the Reflex Development (RD) Classes where you will learn how to combine the 36 techniques to address the most common occurrences in a real fight.
Step 1: Learn the Techniques We have divided the 36 Gracie Combatives techniques into 23 one-hour classes so that you can complete the course at your own pace. We designed each lesson so that you can start at any point in the course. As a result, you can complete the 23 lessons in any order without feeling overwhelmed or confused. Upon enrolling, we will issue you a Gracie Combatives attendance card on which we will track your progress every step of the way.
Step 3: Earn Your Gracie Combatives Belt Once you complete each of the Gracie Combatives lessons three times, and you’ve completed at least 12 Reflex Development Classes, you are eligible to test for your Gracie
Combatives belt! We will administer a 25-minute test to assess your ability to execute the 36 essential techniques individually and in combination. If your reflexes are sharp and your performance meets Gracie University standards, you will qualify for promotion, and you will be ready to transition into our advanced program, the Master Cycle. Come try out our program for 10 days absolutely at no cost! Get in shape and bring you confidence level to a higher level!
Call or text 407-990-2907 to set up your intro class! Mention you saw this article in the AP SUN and receive a discount on membership fee.
Sunshine Ankle & Foot Experts July Health Fact The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the equator in their lifetime. That’s a lot of walking! Your feet/ankles are important! If you are experiencing pain or have trouble with your feet/ankles, come and visit us at Sunshine Ankle & Foot Experts! Dr. Kiana Karbasi and Dr. Timothy Miller are seeing patients in Suite 225 of the Keith Ewing Medical Building, next
to AdventHealth. We are accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available! Call 407-863-3655 or go online at sunshineankleandfoot. com to book your appointment. We are excited to be a part of the Avalon Park Community and want to help its members be SAFE and keeping them going!
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Are Virtual Mailboxes Legal?
In a world full of email, texting and instant messaging, physical mail has almost become a thing of the past. However, some very important information still comes sealed in a little white envelope. Notices from the IRS, insurance companies, the DMV, and more often make their way through snail mail— and when running a business, the last thing you need is for important information to get tossed away with the plethora of fast food coupons filling your residential mailbox.
In the same way a P.O. box gives your business an address, a virtual mailbox will provide you with a physical address where your mail can be delivered. From there, the service scans your letters and transfers them to an online mailbox that you can access and organize as you please.
Why Are Virtual Mailboxes Better Than Physical Mailboxes? In addition to lower travel and time expenses (no need to regularly drive to pick up mail from the post office), virtual mailboxes are great for organizational purposes. That’s where a virtual mail- All mail is stored on a secure box can come in handy. Easy platform for as long as you to set up, simple to maintain, like, meaning you can keep and completely legal, virtu- important documents like al mailboxes bring physical receipts and payment confirmations for years. And with mail into the virtual realm. advanced search features, What Is a Virtual Mailbox? you can quickly sort through A virtual mailbox is a service and find documents at the that scans all of your physi- push of a button. cal mail and transfers it to a Although we’re living in the digital format. 21st century, receiving mail
the old-fashioned way is still necessary for many, many things. Virtual mailboxes help marry the ease and convenience of email with the security and formality of traditional mail. Go Virtual With The 5th Floor in Orlando If you’re looking for a virtual mailbox service to sort and scan your mail, look no further than The 5th Floor Orlando. Located above Marketplace at Avalon Park in East Orlando, Florida, The 5th Floor offers both virtual mail and virtual office services, setting your business up with a physical address for clients, phone service, mail service and more. To learn more about our amazing virtual mailbox services, contact us online or call us today at 407-730-3493.
Preparing your Business for Events - Best Practices ble with the same dimensions before the event to ensure you have enough space to display your items and marketing materials. Make it look inviting so people will approach your space. Then take a photo of the table so you remember the set up and make it a breeze.
Avalon Park has announced their upcoming event calendar which includes the July 4th Celebration, Spooktacular, Fall Craft Fair, Avalon Aglow and more. These events allow businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services to potential customers and clients. Summer is the perfect time to ensure your business is ready for the event season. The Chamber kicks off our fall event season with the Business Expo on August 25th from 5-8pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Orlando Airport. While the Chamber is gearing up to host this Expo, you should also prepare if you anticipate showcasing your business at any of these events.
portant to determine what you need now, by waiting you may end up paying more to have it shipped in a rush. You may also find items on clearance, ask your marketing company what they have on special or clearance. When ordering items, determine how many events you intend to participate and ask the event promoters how many attendees they expect. Then order all your supplies and purchase enough tchotchkes at the same time. You can save by purchasing in bulk, especially in shipping and set-up fees. Price items out and compare vendors and lead times, this is important to ensure your materials arrive intime for the event. Attendees appreciate items that are useful, such as, eye glass cleaning cloths, chip clips, sunscreen, cell phone holders, etc. These items will fly off your table so don’t put them all out at once, be selective. Another tip is to include a method to win items. This can include a prize wheel or a drawing to win a giveaway. This works twofold, you collect a prospects information before they can win a prize, and secondly you control who gets the prizes as opposed to people just grabbing your freebies off the table. Make sure you have a way to collect prospective client’s information, a form, card, collect business cards, etc. This information can be used to follow up on leads, create a mailing list for additional marketing opportunities.
If you haven’t started planning, do it now. There many things to do when considering investing in an event. First and foremost, set a budget. Know which events you’d like to participate in during the season and calculate an ROI to recoup any fees. Secondly, look at the date and times, are you available and have the manpower to staff your table? You may need at least 2-3 people to assist at your space. What is included in the fees and what to you need to bring? Does the event host, provide tents, tables, chairs, etc.? Do you have items that brand you and represent your company and do you have enough of these items? These can include a Branded Tablecloth or Runner, Pop-up Banner, Event Tent (if outdoors), Tchotchkes (a branded item to give away to visitors Once you have gathered your to your space), Printed Materi- items, set up a display which als & Business Cards. It is im- looks great. Set up a practice ta-
paring for the next event. Feel free to reach out to any of these members who can assist you with your marketing and promotional needs.
Acme Print Shop Embroidery Plus Promotional Fineline Printing Global Sourcing Group Lastly, at the event, get out in Nadini Marketing & Printing front of your table, engage with Platinum Signs the passer-byes. Nobody wants Rimco Marketing Products to interrupt someone on their Signarama phone or not engaged sitting Threadlink behind the table. You and your staff are there to create leads If you’d like to learn more about meet people and set up follow the 2022 Business Expo visit up meetings for the sale. It is not EOCC.org or call the chamber the time to relax, if you spent office to reserve your space tomoney on the space you need day. For over 75 years, the East to ensure you recover that cost. Orlando Chamber of ComNo eating or sitting on your cell, merce has assisted our members this will drive folks away, no- by providing opportunities to body wants to interrupt some- grow, stay informed, get conone. Ensure to wear comfortable nected and succeed in Central clothing and shoes, you will be Florida. Contact the Chamber office today at 407-277-5951 or visstanding and moving around. it EOCC.org for more informaThe East Orlando Chamber of tion. Join the Movement which Commerce has numerous mem- is the East Orlando Chamber of bers who can assist you in pre- Commerce.
See What is Happening at Opera Orlando professionally recorded. Dates for SINGS are July 25-29 and you can find more information at operaorlando.org/sings
SINGS! Is a 5-day summer intensive for high school and undergraduate college students looking to learn what it takes to be a professional singer each summer. With instruction and direction from Opera Orlando staff and teaching artists, students receive coachings on solo repertoire, participate in masterclasses with industry professionals, hone their resume-writing skills, and have discussions with artists who are in the field, as well as college professors and students who are currently going through the process of pursuing a degree in music. There is a focus on wellness and movement with yoga classes, vocal health seminars, and vocal anatomy sessions. Students also have the opportunity to take new headshots and perform in a showcase for the community at the end of the week that will be
The Opera Orlando Youth Company trains aspiring young artists ages 8-18 who are interested in classical music, opera, and musical theater. Members are taught and develop a healthy vocal technique, while applying their performance skills and artistic creativity in a workshop environment. They perform in mainstage productions with Opera Orlando as well as their own productions, recitals and concerts in the community. Auditions for the Youth Company will be held on August 27th and you can find more information at operaorlando.org/youth
Coming together to create a healthy community
Getting Back Into Rhythm: Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation sit down and rest. He says that patients with symptoms are the safest because their doctors can diagnose their atrial fibrillation and treat it. Initial treatment usually involves medications that control the heart rate and blood thinners that prevent clots from forming in the heart that can migrate to the brain and cause a stroke. It’s the patients without symptoms who Dr. Altawil worries the most about, as many don’t know they have AFib until they have a Your heart keeps you moving, so it’s import- life-threatening event such as a stroke. ant to ensure that it is healthy and beating to the right beat. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is A heart specialist called an electrophysiolthe most common abnormal heart rhythm in ogist can use a procedure in which a caththe United States. It can have negative conse- eter, or thin tube, is inserted into a blood quences on the heart, including an increased vessel in the groin and threaded up to the heart. There, small portions of heart tissue risk of stroke and heart failure. So what is can be strategically scarred through either atrial fibrillation, its symptoms and treathigh heat (radiofrequency ablation) or cold ment options? (cryoablation). This scarring will prevent electrical impulses from traveling where What is Atrial Fibrillation they are not supposed to. This minimally inThe heart functions optimally when the vasive procedure avoids open-heart surgery heart muscle, valves and electrical properand has a 70% success rate in curing AFib. ties of the heart are in sync, allowing humans to live long and healthy lives. A norAnother important aspect in the treatment mal heart rhythm is very regular, which is essential to feeling well. In atrial fibrillation, of atrial fibrillation is risk factor modification. This includes treatment of obesity, your heart loses about 20% of its pumping sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high choefficiency, leading to fatigue and shortness lesterol, diabetes, coronary disease and cesof breath during strenuous activity. sation of smoking, heavy alcohol use and drug use. Medications and/or ablation alone When Your Heart Skips a Beat are not sufficient and must be accompanied “Everyone has skipped beats,” says Dr. Altawil, “where they notice an irregular heart- by appropriate treatment of these other medical problems as well. beat from time to time.” That’s not what he and his colleagues are concerned about. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart It’s when these bouts are sustained or prolonged, lasting anywhere from 10 minutes to rhythm disorder and one that is underdiagdays, weeks or even years before being rec- nosed. See your doctor if you experience an irregular heartbeat and symptoms of dizognized. ziness, light-headedness or fainting. Today, there are treatment options for AFib that can “Most patients feel terrible when they go into atrial fibrillation, so they will seek med- restore your quality of life – and might just save it. To schedule an appointment with Dr. ical treatment,” Dr. Altawil says. Common signs are feeling sick, dizzy and the need to Mahmoud Altawil, visit FindHeartCare.com.
Why Should You Bring Your Pet In for an Exam? Be our guest… A question that is asked quite a bit does this allow for the veterinarian to prescribe medications or keep accurate records of your is “Why does the doctor need to see “Winston?” pet’s health, it allows the whole team to know you and your pet - and the better we know you, There are several reasons why we not only recyour pet and your lifestyle, the better we can taiommend yearly or bi-yearly exams but are relor treatments and provide suggestions to keep quired to perform these on a regular basis. your pet happy and healthy. Why are Exams required? Veterinarians are just like our doctors; the only difference is that they see our animal friends instead of humans. With this classification, veterinarians are bound by Florida state law to see their patients at a minimum of every 12 months in order to prescribe medications and administer vaccines. Why are Exams recommended? Exams: Yearly exams are recommended not only to fulfill legal requirements, but also for our pets’ best interest. We recommend yearly exams for our young, healthy pets who have no noted issues and are not on medications for any medical issue. If our pets are seniors or on long term medications, we often recommend exam and/or diagnostic tests more often; usually every 6 months *An example of the value of monitoring health depending on the overall health and wellness of and routine testing would be my own dog, Ghost. the pet. Ghost is a 4-year-old Standard Poodle who was completely healthy in November 2021. I had gotBloodwork: We recommend routine blood work ten routine yearly bloodwork done and all valevery 6 - 12 months. Bloodwork is important in ues were normal. Fast forward to February 2022. order to keep tabs on the health of the kidneys, liver and overall blood function. It is important to Ghost was not himself; lethargic, cold - did not want to even lift his head. I brought him in to remember that our pets age differently than we Dr. Morosi for an exam and bloodwork. Initially, do; every 12 months in their life is equivalent to every few years in ours. It may seem unnecessary he was just dehydrated. The bloodwork did not to test young pets, but my own personal pet was show anything to cause concern. Two days later, after being on fluids and feeling a little better, we struck, suddenly, on his 4th birthday.* repeated his bloodwork. It was then very clear Medications: As stated earlier, veterinarians can- that he had Addison’s Disease. After starting medication, Ghost was examined and his blood not legally prescribe any medication if a pet has not been seen within the year. On occasion, more tested every few weeks. It is now in Ghost’s best frequent exams are required. The medication that interest to be seen every 3 - 6 months to be sure he is maintaining well on his medications and was used 4-5 months ago may not be the correct medication to use now. For example, a small skin that his illness is not altering his quality of life. issue may have been corrected with an ointment; Fortunately, Addison’s Disease has a good proga few months ater, that condition now has an in- nosis as long as it is wellmanaged. fection and antibiotics are needed. There are also Ghost at 1 year old. Courtesy of Lance Beck at Blue Poodle Studios many medications that require checking body function (kidneys and liver) prior to continuing Written by: Sabrina Beck CVT, CVBL treatment or providing refills. One example is the commonly used Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories. Like our Aleve or Advil, these medications have an effect on the kidneys and liver and monitoring blood work is the only way we can appreciate any changes. We monitor this closely because we do not want to cause a new problem when treating another. Relationship: Maintaining a good relationship with your veterinarian is also important. Not only
Fine Tune Your Summer Eating next day’s meal, or plenty to serve with family that’s visiting. Remember: baking, grilling, and pan sautéing are great ways to cut out fat and calCan you believe it’s ories that come from deep-frying foods. already July? Time If you’re running really does fly from that other “J” month short on time, use a crockpot or cook up that starts the year some food over the and gives us hope weekend so all you and promise of a “new year, new me.” have to do is reheat and serve when you Going into a new want it. year with goals is great, and setting Keep the Pantry and goals around your Fridge Full health and well-beStock your pantry ing is even better. Yet while some of us with some basics that promise ourselves in you enjoy, Healthy January that we’ll eat oils like olive, or healthier, by the time canola. Basic seawe reach the summer soning like oregano, lemon pepper, months, we might find that we’ve fallen cumin, etc. will enhance any entreé. back into old routines. Keep in mind, Some staple sides though, it’s never too include canned or dried beans, rice, and late to restart your canned tomato paste resolution, or even add in new healthier or diced tomatoes. habits! Getting started is easier than you Make it Fun think—going into it Try being adventurwith the right mind- ous with a new vegset is half the battle. etable or a different type of fish that’s Start Small and Stay fresh in the summer. Visit our website at Efficient You don’t need to be ymcacf.org for some a chef to eat healthi- great options for ly and prepare great breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, food for yourself. Start small by setting and even beverages! Need some quick ina goal of cooking once or twice a week, spiration? Try these ideas for refreshing and choose simple summer eats. recipes that include ingredients you like! • Spread peanut butAnother tip is to ter on whole grain make extra so you toast or crackers or have some for the
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Avalon Park Pickleball Wins Bronze at USTA! by Ed Lynt Mark Hamley and son Ryan came from behind to beat a Clermont team 15-9 in a playoff game to win the Bronze medal in the prestigious Father’s Day Pickleball Tournament at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Lake Nona. Chris Deckert and son Caleb, also representing Avalon Park, played well too. Several Avalon Park residents were in the stands to cheer them all on. The USTA is growing its pickleball program with lessons and monthly tournaments and the Tennis Channel is broadcasting pro pickleball games, such as the professional
Ryan and Mark Hamley on step 3, bronze winner.
and amateur pickleball tournament coming up at the USTA in Lake Nona Dec. 1-4. Get the family out of the house and try all ages pickleball for free M-F 8:30am to 10:30am and Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the South Village Courts and some Thursdays at 6:30pm on the Tanja King courts. We have players ranging in age from 9 to 70+. For pickleball Junior and Adult camps, lessons, and tournaments at the USTA in Lake Nona, contact Head Pro Jennifer Taylor, jennifer.taylor@ USTA.com, 407-497-1369. Or search USTA Pickleball and signup on their website: ustanationalcampus.com
5th from left - Chris and Caleb Deckert; Ryan and Mark Hamley
Devos Institute of Arts Management will Conduct Arts Ecology Study in Orange County United Arts of Central Florida announced today that the DeVos Institute of Arts Management will complete an Arts Ecology Study in Orange County starting the first week of June 2022. This audit of the local arts ecology will be performed by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland and will be funded by United Arts of Central Florida, Orange County, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. “As the local arts agency for Orange County, it is critical for United Arts to have a clear understanding of the current state of the entire arts ecology as well as where the gaps are in the health of the sector,” said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of United Arts. “We are thrilled to have an international leader in arts management like the DeVos Institute of Arts Management as a partner. This information will help our entire sector be able to respond to the growing demands in the region for more arts and culture as well help us to deploy our resources to have the greatest impact in our efforts to increase access for all people to arts and culture.” Orange County, Florida is a vibrant and diverse region with a significant number of arts institutions. While there is a mix of venerable institutions and newer, fresher organizations, there are a few donors who are called upon to provide most arts funding. This study will include an evaluation of the quality and financial capabilities of local arts institution, the arts education provided in local public schools, the strength of governing boards, the quality of artistic and administrative management, audience profiles, the scope of local arts institutions, the sources of funding, accessibility of arts for all segments of the community, and much more. “Central Florida’s cultural sector of artists and organizations are stepping out into the spotlight, post pandemic,” said David A. Oda-
howski, president and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. “The rapid growth of organizations, offerings and audience is a good sign and a good time to access our future with this research. Like the “conductors score” it will lead to great performances, at the box office, on stage and on the financial statements.”
imizing arts-related tourism, building stronger boards and providing board training, building a larger, stronger pool of management, creating a stronger regional, statewide and national presence and for reducing costs through collective action and more. “It is a great honor to be selected to study the arts ecology of Orange County,” said Michael M. Kaiser. “It does not take a study to know that Orange County has a remarkably diverse, rich set of cultural offerings. Our study will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of local cultural organizations. We will also study whether arts experiences are equitably available to all and how well the quality of Orange County’s cultural offerings are known outside of the County and the State. Ultimately, we hope our work results in sector-wide strategies for attracting more resources to the arts of Orange County.”
This project will require six months to complete and will focus on a range of inquiries and questions that will provide Orange County with valuable insight once assessed. This includes measuring how Orange County’s arts ecology compares to other American cities, looking into why local arts organizations are facing challenging economic circumstances, evaluating how local arts play a vital role in attracting tourists to Orange County, estimating if residents have fair access to the visual and performing arts and that is just the tip of the iceberg. By auditing the arts ecology of Orange County and suggesting models for the future, this study About United Arts of Central Florida will maximize sustainable arts access, arts education and impact. United Arts of Central Florida is the local arts agency uniting the commu“The Office of Arts & Cultural Af- nity and fueling the arts. With the fairs was formed after a study 20 help of individual donors, corporayears ago,” said Terry Olson, direc- tions, foundations and public funding, tor of the Orange County Arts and United Arts inspires creativity, builds Cultural Affairs Office. “It is time community and strengthens the econto, once again, take a serious, sci- omy in Central Florida. United Arts is entific look at our arts and cultur- proud to facilitate arts education proal community to see where we are grams for all ages and provide critical and what targets we should be aim- funding and comprehensive marketing ing for in the future. We’re excited for local art, science, and history orgato have the experienced team from nizations and individual artists. Leadthe DeVos Institute at the Univer- ing the second largest collaborative sity of Maryland working on this fundraising campaign in the country plan.” and uniting over 30 of the region’s cornerstone arts and cultural organiMichael M. Kaiser, chairman of the zations, United Arts is dedicated to DeVos Institute, will lead the team ensuring the arts are for all. responsible for developing this plan. He will be assisted by Mat- For more information, visit http://www. thew Kacergis, senior consultant, UnitedArts.cc or call 407.628.0333. and Dmitry Samogray, research analyst. After this study is complete, strategies will be presented for building larger, more diverse and younger audiences, creating a less concentrated donor base, max-
Orange County Supervisor of Elections Student Sticker Contest Winners Announced
The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office ran their first student sticker contest this past school year (2021 – 2022). There were three winners, one each from elementary school, middle school, and high school. The elections office will be making the winning designs into I Voted stickers to use during the 2022 – 2023 school year for school events and elections.
The winning design for the Middle School category was created by Jacob, 12, who attends Water Spring Middle School. Jacob wrote: “It represents red, white and blue. The flag of America.”
The winning design for the High School category came from Isabella, 15, who attends Colonial High School. Isabella wrote: “This is a simple sticker design I made. It includes red, white, and blue (reminiscent of the American flag) to make it more visually appealing.” Supervisor Bill Cowles, left, with all student sticker contest winners. “We are always looking for ways to educate our students about, and engage them in, the election process,” said Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. “The sticker contest is one more tool to get students excited about voting, and of course to remind their parents about the upcoming elections!” The winning design for the Elementary School category came from Linsa, 7, who attends Stone Lakes Elementary School. About her design, Linsa wrote: “I live in Florida. Florida’s orange is so good and famous all over the world. I recommend Florida’s orange with confidence. I’ll vote with confidence when I’ll be 18.”
Orange County schools can expect to see these stickers during the 2022 – 2023 school year. The elections office is always open to collaborating with Orange County schools to provide presentations, mock elections, office tours, and more. For more information, visit their website www.ocfelections.gov, or call the office at (407) 836-2070.
MEET THE CANDIDATE Fred Hawkins
school safety. Running this Bill taught me the value of teamwork with other legislators, and I am happy to report we worked unanimously Public service was something across party lines to pass this that started early in my life. Bill. I remember the thrill of running for Student Council in Being the Sponsor of the FlorHigh School. I really learned ida School Safety Bill was to enjoy expressing myself not easy and I learned much through public speaking and during the process. One of was also thrilled to campaign the reasons I felt so passionduring the process. Serving on ate about this law was I had the Student Council also was to opportunity to speak and gratifying in that I learned the listen to parents and educasatisfaction one could gain tors who had experienced the from public service and serv- Marjorie Stoneman Douglass ing others. I also learned the tragedy. This touched me at value of listening to the needs a deep level and provided of my constituents and being the fuel I needed to work that extra mile to make sure we accessible to them. worked together to make sure Early on in my life I was we could help save lives and taught by both of my parents help our future leaders in the the value of self- improve- State of Florida. Our future is ment through education. I our children and the return believe education, especially on investment we gain from early education is the path- our commitment to education way for people to realize their is a great investment for our full potential and empow- tax dollars. ers them to be able to pursue their version of the American My career path has been Dream. I have a passion for unique. From working in a education especially for those corporate law firm, to operwho may not have a great ating our family business, I family structure. I think it im- also rode on the professionportant that we pursue vigor- al Rodeo Circuit as a Head ous early education especially Team Roper. That’s right a by the Third Grade to make professional rodeo cowboy. If sure young men and women you are not sure, what team are aligned to have the proper roping is I encourage you to reading skills to stay on track google it. I was the guy that throughout their academic roped the head of the steer. This experience taught me career. the value of learning to work One of my greatest honors with others, continuance of and blessings is to serve the training & practice all while constituents of Florida, in the realizing that we are all deFlorida House of Representa- pendent on one another in tives. The area of education, learning to accomplish goals. including the focus on ear- I really enjoyed being a Cowly education and the issue of boy and learned the value of School Safety has been a pri- camaraderie and teamwork. I mary focus of mine. I really have seen this same transition believe that we can make a of fellowship by serving in difference in other people’s the Florida House. It is a great lives when we focus on get- honor to work with my fellow ting children early on to learn legislators and the bonds created from this organization to love reading. are special. Regarding the topic of School Safety, it was my privilege Although I was a real Cowthis past Florida Legislative boy, there are other sports I Session to Sponsor our School follow and hobbies I have. If Safety Bill, recently signed you connect with me on soby Governor Ron DeSantis cial media, you will see my into law. One of my goals of love for the Dallas Cowboys this legislation was to make and Florida Gators. Running, Florida a leader in the area of playing golf, reading and help us on raising awareness on the role Fathers can play in leading their families towards a better future.
I am blessed to have two great parents who from an early age instilled in me values that have served me well and provided the fuel for my current role as a public servant. From my father, I learned how to deliver superior customer service and to set goals. My mother from an early age encouraged me to serve others, especially those less fortunate than myself and she also help spark in me early, a burning desire to learn from reading books, especially historical biographies. From an early age, I was also infused with a strong work ethic. Sleeping in was not allowed. If there were chores that needed to be done, I was taught to get after them. My first real job outside our home at the age of 12 was bailing hay on farms. I wasn’t as big as the older guys but had to lift the same bales. This was tough work but having had the experience it has served me well to this present day. Having been blessed to have active parents in my life also taught me the value of family structure and what it means for Florida on a larger scale. Statistics show that the lack of parental involvement in a child’s life has very negative implications for that young person’s future. Therefore I was so honored to have had the ability to assist on helping pass legislation this past session on strengthening the role that Fathers play in their family’s life. Our focus on assisting Fathers on their abilities to lead and interact with their children will no doubt
of course cooking. My love for cooking comes from my mom. Like many of you I am hooked on the Big Green Egg and trying many recipes. Looking ahead to the immediate future, I have a burning desire to see education in Florida rise further in the national rankings. It has been a pleasure working with Governor Ron DeSantis and watching him really follow through by properly raising teachers’ salaries, increasing school choice for Florida parents and of course helping make Florida schools safer with the signing of the Florida School Safety Bill into law. Another key component of the Florida School Safety Bill was its focus on putting additional resources in the area of mental health. We now will have more mental health screening occurring and this not only will help keep our schools safer, but also provide a way to assist our students who may be struggling in this area to improve their outlook on life at an early age. It really is exciting to do such work and realize the positive impact it will have on the future of Florida. It has been my greatest honor to serve the constituents of Central Florida since 2020 in the Florida House of Representatives. I remain driven to work even harder this next Legislative Session to help build a stronger future for all Floridians regardless of their situation and will do my best to listen and lead on the critical issues facing our great state. I appreciate this opportunity and I pledge to work hard to help make the American Dream a possibility for every Floridian. Please, when you see me out in the Avalon Park area, come up and introduce yourself or connect with me on social media. Twitter @Hawkins4Florida or Facebook Hawkins4Floirda. I hope you and your families have a wonderful and Blessed Summer.
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Angie Gallo A Note from School dent activities. Board Member Angie Gallo The deadline to register to vote is July 25. Vote-by-mail ballots will be distributed Every 10 years, beginning July 20, and early voting takes school boards are place August 8-21. Election day is August required to devel- 23, 2022, and the One Mill is the last item op a reapportion- on the ballot...so be sure to make your way ment plan. As part to the very end! ALL registered voters are of this process, school board residence eligible to vote on the One Mill, because area boundaries are redrawn to reflect the this ballot initiative is non-partisan. For population changes that have occurred more information on the One Mill, visit since the previous Census. On December ocps.net and look for the “Vote” graphic. 14, 2021, the Orange County School Board approved a new map that places Avalon It is my sincere privilege to represent you Park and much of the surrounding area and the Avalon Park community. If you into District 1 (previously District 2). have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So…allow me to introduce myself! My name is Angie Gallo, and I am the current elected School Board member for District 1. I was born and raised in Central Florida. My husband and I raised our girls right here in East Orange County (OCPS students, K-12!) and I am a proud graduate of UCF. I have spent the last 18 years advocating for children and for public schools on a wide variety of issues, from the Recess Bill (which ensures all elementary students receive at least 20 consecutive minutes of unstructured play daily) to Baker Act reform (to ensure parents are notified before their students are removed from school campuses). During the upcoming primary election, all Orange County voters will be asked whether to approve a continuation of the one-mill ad valorem property tax for an additional four years. The One Mill originally passed in 2010 and was renewed in 2014 and 2018. If approved again, the One Mill would be used to fund essential operating expenses, compensate teachers and support staff and continue to preserve academic programs, arts, athletics and stu-