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Fourth of July Festivities in Avalon Park Include 5K, Bike Parade, Apple Pie Bake-Off and Fireworks

Kick off your summer in style and show your patriotism Tuesday, July 4th at the Downtown Avalon Park Fourth of July Festival! Enjoy a host of thrilling attractions, from a wet/dry bounce park and a bike parade to special performances and an apple pie bake-off, from 5-9 pm. Round out your night with an amazing fireworks show at 9 pm!

The Avalon Park Foundation Firecracker 5K marks the beginning of the day-long festivities, starting at 8 a.m. Whether you want to run, jog, walk, stroll or roll through Downtown Avalon Park, join in the festive fun while also helping to support grants and scholarship programs. You can register online until June 30 or onsite on July 4th at 7 a.m. at 3651 Avalon Park E Blvd. The first 150 participants will receive a patriotic medal to commemorate the event!

Do you fancy yourself as the creator of the most scrumptious apple pie? Then join the Apple Pie Bake-off which is returning this year with sponsorship from All-Star Dance Company. Individuals are invited to enter a homemade apple pie by registering online before July 3rd. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and announced at the Town Park stage during Avalon Park’s 4th of July festival at 7:30.

Join us at the Avalon Park YMCA to start the patriotic bike parade around Avalon Lake! Deck out your bikes, strollers, or wagons in red, white, and blue and be at the starting point by 5:30 p.m. At the end, prizes will be distributed to those with the most creative and best group entries. All are invited to be a part of this amazing community event! There is no cost to register, but participants are encouraged to do so before July 3rd online.

Stay around, as festivities will continue throughout the evening. The night will be filled with community performances, a wet/dry bounce park, food trucks, vendors, and music. Restaurant, retail, and service businesses will also be offering specials and deals throughout the evening. Finishing off an exciting day, the festivities will be concluded with a magnificent fireworks display over Avalon Lake at 9:00 p.m.

The summer festivities in Avalon Park are endless! On July 1st, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Town Park will host a Doggie Ice Cream Social for pups and their owners to get together. If you’d rather take part in some friendly competition, head to Bowigens every Tuesday for Bingo Night, starting at 6:30 p.m. Later in the month, come out for Food Truck Night on July 16th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be music, food, and friends to enjoy. And, in an extra special twist, there’s a Christmas in July Pub Crawl on July 22nd. Make sure to grab your cup, ticket, and map and join the crowd in Downtown Avalon Park! Wear your best summery Christmas outfit and celebrate the holiday spirit in the summer heat.

For up-to-date news and events, visit us online at AvalonParkOrlando.com and follow us on social media: Facebook and Instagram.

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In March 2005 I published a Coffee Hour with Beat with the title “Homebuyer Beware,” where I warned readers about buying a home they could not afford. To me, the writing was on the wall, and I foresaw a crash on the housing market long before some of the famous economists had the same idea.

Shortly after that prediction, the crash on the housing market did happen in 2007-08 and following. The housing bubble burst triggered many to reach out, including a Swiss reporter, who had discovered my 2005 article and question why I made such a prediction.

With more than 30 years of experience as a real estate entrepreneur in central Florida and around the globe, I believe that I’ve developed a sense for the markets. And as of late, the current state of the housing market, interest rates and economy have people asking, “Will there be another crash like in 2007? Does it not feel like 2006? Will there be a recession? Will there be hyperinflation? Etc.” I do not know, and nobody really can know for sure. However, I am absolutely convinced that real estate prices in central Florida will continue to increase substantially over the next 25 years, well past 2046! That means that if my sense is correct, and you are 30 years old today and own a home with a current value of $400,000, the value of that home when you turn 55 will be well over $1 Million. However, this will not likely happen in a straight line over the next 25 years and at times, your home may have a lower value in the future than today.

I continue to be very optimistic for central Florida in the long run. As a matter of fact, my group of companies has decided to concentrate investing in real estate in central Florida. Selling our real estate investments in Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia, we have shifted a significant portion of our focus to the over 10,000 acres of land we own in central Florida.

limit, although I do not see any reason for a housing price crash at this time in central Florida. In 2006 many homebuyers bought singlefamily homes for speculation reasons only. This is not the case today. As a matter of fact, there is presently a shortage of homes all over the United States. There are other forces working, this time I do not think Florida’s economy and state of the housing market will cause a crash, but if tomorrow a large bank in Europe or Asia (and there are several larger than Lehman Brothers with thin capital) fails, and government, wherever it is, does not come to aid in time, then all bets could be off, as we saw in 2008-09.

Florida historically and continues to be a fertile place for speculation. If it is too good to be true, we usually are in. So, I urge you to please not speculate with your home, the place you raise your family. It is not primarily an investment, it is a capital good, which you need to be able to afford in good and challenging times. Do not finance short-term, because of lower interest rates and amortization. These loans are not made for people who cannot afford long-term rates and other conditions.

While ownership of a home is part of the American Dream, many times renting your home or apartment is financially a better choice, particularly in a volatile market environment. For instance, if you are at retirement age, it may be wiser not to buy a residence, you want to stay flexible. Whether you need to quickly transition to a residential solution with less upkeep and more care like an independent living community or assisted living community or want the flexibility to travel, you do not want to be forced to sell your home at the wrong time in the market, because of another pressing need.

Home prices will go up over the next 25 years, I am convinced, but they can as well go down at times. So, my caution from 2005, Homebuyer Beware, remains true, but for different reasons. Do not speculate with your home, purchase within your means and if you cannot, then rent!

Happy 4th of July from My Family to Yours!

Maribel Gomez Cordero From the Desk of Commissioner

Happy June!

June, a month of warmth and vibrant energy, has arrived in our community! As spring moves on and we welcome the summer solstice, our community is buzzing with excitement. With longer days and plenty of sunshine, June is the perfect time to gather with friends and family outdoors. As we embrace the spirit of togetherness, let’s make the most of June by connecting with our neighbors and enjoying the simple pleasures of outdoor living.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the extraordinary graduates of the OCPS class of 2023! May you find happiness and success in all you do in the future! I wish you all the best as you step into the next phase in your lives. Congratulations Class of 2023!

I would like to update you on the status of the approved traffic signal to be installed at Timber Springs Blvd and Avalon Park Blvd. While the light is scheduled to be installed in 2024, my office is remaining in contact with the Traffic Engineering Division to work on temporary solutions while the permanent light is not yet ready. We are hoping to see some changes to this intersection soon.

I would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is in need or knows someone in need of food to attend a food distribution event I will be hosting. The event is in partnership with Advance Community Center and Second Harvest. The location will be Viva Church (653 E Wetherbee Road, Orlando FL 32824) and the distribution event will begin at 9:30am on Friday June 2nd. The event will be in a drivethrough format.

The annual Atlantic hurricane season begins on

June 1. The County’s Emergency Management Division encourages us to stay informed by attending Orange County’s annual Hurricane Expo. Local Central Florida Meteorologist Amy Sweezey will provide updates on this year’s hurricane season. During this free event, residents will also learn storm preparedness and recovery tips and meet in-person with safety professionals. Free preparedness gear will be available for families to pick up while supplies last. The event will take place at West Orange High School (1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787) on June 17th from 9am to 1pm.

As you may be aware, Orange County is currently in the process of updating its comprehensive land use plan. The new comprehensive plan will be known as Vision 2050. The new plan will be modern in its character and will incorporate elements and objectives to promote sustainability and smart growth. Public engagement is an extremely important part of this process, and as such I have requested that two community meetings be held in my district so that the residents have the opportunity to engage directly with the planning staff and share their thoughts. The first meeting will be on June 8th at 6pm at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center (1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir). The second meeting will be on July 6th at 6pm in the Avalon Park area. The location is not final yet, so please stay tuned for final confirmation. I greatly encourage all residents to participate in either or both meetings. Vision 2050 will be a very significant part of how this County grows going forward, and we want as many residents to participate as possible.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to receive my newsletter, you can email me at district4@ocfl.

net or call my office at 407-836-5881. You can also meet me in person at one of my two satellite office locations. On the first Wednesdays of the month, you can meet me at the East Orange Community Center (12050 E Colonial Dr) or on the Third Wednesdays of the month at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center (1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir). My time at both locations is from 10am to 12pm. Thank you again!

Upcoming Cooperative Extension Programs

Take Control of Your Money for Renters (Online)

Money management, renters’ rights, eviction prevention, and more! Offered via Zoom by a team of UF/IFAS Extension Agents, including Orange County Extension Agent Jenny Rodriguez, this class is for residents looking for incomebased assistance programs or anyone wanting to become a more savvy renter.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 2:00pm-5:00pm

FREE! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Guided Garden Tour (In Person)

Come for a guided tour of our UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Exploration Gardens hosted by Extension Agent Clarissa Chairez. See unique plants in our 12 themed gardens and get ideas for your landscape. You will learn about FloridaFriendly Landscaping™ principles, smart irrigation, vegetable gardening, and flower species to attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 10:00am-11:30am.

$5 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200.

Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Informational Meeting (Online)

Join us for an informational meeting to learn how to become an Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer! The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an outreach program composed of UF/IFAS Extension certified volunteers who are trained to provide research-based horticultural education to Florida residents. If you are an Orange County resident who is interested in learning more about this program and how you can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, then this informational meeting is for you!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023. 2:00pm-3:00pm.

FREE! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Canning Class (Online)

Learn the basics of water bath and pressure canning. Presented by Orange County Extension Agent Hillary Ayers, this class will cover canning equipment, preserving food, canning methods, and food safety.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 6:00pm-7:00pm.

FREE! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

gARTening Series: Air Plant Palooza (In Person)

Learn about air plants! These odd-looking plants are eye-catching and very low maintenance. In this class presented by Orange County Extension Agent Clarissa Chairez, you will design an air plant seashell and cork magnet!

Friday, June 16, 2023, 2:00pm-3:00pm OR

Friday, June 16, 2023, 6:00pm-7:00pm.

$15 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com.

407-2549200

4-H Environmental Explorers Camp (In Person)

Our 4-H Environmental Explorers Camp, for kids from 8-12 years old as of 9/1/22, will use fun and engaging activities to discover plants, animals, and their habitats, appreciate Florida nature, and encourage positive changes to better the environment. Registration deadline is June 5th, 2023.

Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23, 2023, 8:00am 12:00pm.

$75 fee. Scholarships are available for families that qualify.

Registration and information: https://ocextension.eventbrite.com

Backyard Chicken Class (Online)

407-254-9200

Keeping chickens and producing your own eggs in suburban and urban settings has become a popular hobby! Hens in a coop can be a fun and practical addition to your home garden. Learn how to get started and be successful in this program presented via Zoom by Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm.

$5 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com.

407-254-9200

First Time Homebuyer Workshop - SPANISH 6/22 & 6/29 (Online)

Learn the steps to home ownership and how to obtain an affordable mortgage in this class offered via Zoom in SPANISH by a team of UF/IFAS Extension Agents, including Orange County Extension Agent Jenny Rodriguez. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for down payment assistance programs.

Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00am-1:00pm.

Thursday, June 29, 2023, 9:00am-1:00pm.

$10 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com.

407-2549200

Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer Informational Meeting (In Person)

Join us for an informational meeting to learn how to become an Orange County Master Gardener Volunteer! The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an outreach program composed of UF/IFAS Extension certified volunteers who are trained to provide research-based horticultural education to Florida residents. If you are an Orange County resident who is interested in learning more about this program and how you can become a Master Gardener Volunteer, then this informational meeting is for you!

Tuesday, June 27, 2023. 10:30am-12:00pm.

FREE! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com.

407-254-9200

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Real Estate Market Report: January –March 2023

Even with the rise in interest rates and the increase in home prices, the worst of the real estate market seems to be behind us. Not only have home prices stabilized but we’re seeing a steady, gradual month over month increase in prices in our area and in most markets nationally.

important to speak with an excellent mortgage broker to under your options. Some lenders are offering a no cost refinancing option when rates fall. The image below shows how changing interest rates affect a mortgage payment.

LOW INVENTORY:

We continue to see low inventory levels which in turn indicate we’re in a seller’s market. Good quality homes are hard to come by. At the time this article was written there we only 3 town homes and 37 Single Family Homes for sale in the 32828-zip code. I have personally experience multiple offers on several homes my clients were trying to purchase.

BUILDING WEALTH.

One thing is clear, renting is a waste of money and over time, owning your own home builds wealth. It also offers protection from inflation. Whereas rent changes at the pleasure of the homeowner, your mortgage payments remain constant. The National Association of Realtors says, “Home ownership is the largest source of wealth for most families, where the median value of a primary residence is worth about 10 times the median value of all other assets held by families.”

wIS NOW THE TIME TO BUY?

When considering your income, expenses, the down payment you’ve saved, and your credit score, it’s you who decides if now is the right time. Because Interest Rates are impacting how much a buyer can afford, it’s

IS NOW THE TIME TO SELL?

It’s still a seller’s market because of the low inventory and the desirability of our area. Multiple offers are on the rise again. Many homeowners have significant equity in their homes. If you’re thinking of selling, these factors all work in your favor. The decision to sell will depend on your personal circumstances and financial goals. In my experience over the past year, I’ve recommended some clients to sell and to others, it doesn’t make sense. You’re welcome to reach out to me for an unbiased consultation.

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Apartment Friendly Ways to Help Your Community

There are many ways to help the environment around us, some which are simple and we have been doing most of our lives. If you’re living with a loved one or friend, there are ways you all can pitch in to help save energy and reduce waste. Here are five things you probably haven’t thought of to help the environment.

Share a Car

We all have places we need to be, but if possible, sharing a car can reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Make grocery runs, shop, and other trips together as much as you can. If one has to take the car for work, carpooling with a coworker can also be beneficial as well.

Love Your Leftovers

At the end of the week, we can get low on food and won’t have much to make into meals. Instead of wasting food and throwing it out, get creative and make it into something else to breathe fresh life into it. If you have leftover ground beef from the night before, you can easily turn it into a burrito or rice bowl. Note that soups, meat, and poultry can stay in the freezer up till 6 months, so there’s no need to rush cooking everything!

No More Utensils in Your Takeout Bag

Occasionally we aren’t just in the mood to cook after a

long day or week at work. It’s perfectly fine to call up your favorite restaurant and order in food. However, make sure you’re clearly telling the restaurant not to include any utensils in the bag. Use your utensils at home which are much more eco-friendly than the plastic ones given out.

Contribute to Your Local Community

Looking for things to do in your community is the simplest, yet most effective step you can take. Here in Avalon Park, we do events like a Community Clean-Up and Shred Fest to keep our community beautiful. During this event, people all around came out to support the environment. There are many ways to take initiatives to help the environment around us. Living in Avalon Park gives you many opportunities to do this.

The distinctive flavor of small-town life and the sophistication of uptown living come together in The Flats. Located in Downtown Avalon Park, these uniquely styled four-story apartment homes place you above – yet at the center of – all the shopping, dining and professional services that downtown offers.

For more information on leasing at The Flats please click here or call 407-273-4337.

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June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that affects over 6 million people of all ages in the United States. Alzheimer’s affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. The month of June is dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness and keeping your brain healthy as you get older. Although there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, there have been studies that show a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Here are a few tips that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

fish, and other seafood in your diet. Although it is not 100% proven, it can lower risk factors of Alzheimer’s.

Challenge Your Brain

People with dementia have said challenging their brain helps them live well and do their daily activities by playing games like jigsaw, puzzles, crosswords, and other board games. These games keep the mind working and maintain healthy brain function. Arts and crafts, as well as reading, are great alternatives too. These activities will also relieve stress, another important factor to reduce when trying to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Memory Care in Avalon Park

Our assisted living community employs on-site experts that provide skilled memory care services to our residents who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory impairments. Our senior residents enjoy healthy meals, comfortable accommodations, and access to engaging activities, making us the premium senior living community in the Central Florida area.

Find out why Encore at Avalon Park is your senior living solution by giving us a call at 407-270-7500 and scheduling a tour today.

Be Active

Keeping a healthy weight and your body active can not only reduce Alzheimer’s, but also reduces the risk of developing diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Some easy ways to stay active are lightweight exercises, walking around your community, swimming, or yoga. There is something for everyone to do and whichever works out best, stick to it for at least 30 minutes each day.

Get Enough Sleep

Older adults usually need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep allows us to have energy for the day and let our body rest. To get a good night’s sleep, avoid afternoon naps, minimize screen time before bed, drink less fluids before bed, and take time to calm down before bedtime.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Healthy eating can help maintain brain function and reduce risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Finding a diet that you enjoy will allow this process to be easy. Reducing processed foods, drinking plenty of water, and planning meals in advance are all great ways to maintain a healthy diet. Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet has been associated with cognitive benefits. This diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains,

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Avalon Elementary School 5th Grade Trip!

Avalon Pioneers - Best Trip Ever Day 1 in DC is in the books. Our 5th graders visited so many sites including the National World War II Memorial, the National Museum of African American History, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans’ Memorial, Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial.

Avalon Pioneers - Best Trip Ever Day 3 in Pennsylvania. Our 5th grade Mariners visited Gettysburg National Military Park, the Jennie Wade House, and enjoyed a night tour through the historic town of Gettysburg.

Avalon Pioneers - Best Trip Ever Day 2 in Virginia. Our 5th grade Mariners enjoyed tours of Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery. They ended the day with dinner and games at Dave ‘n Buster’s.

Avalon Pioneers - Best Trip Ever Day 4 back in DC. Our 5th grade Mariners visited the U.S. Supreme Court, Smithsonian museums, and the U.S. Capitol. On the Capitol steps, they met U.S. Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost who represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District. Representative Frost shared an inspiring message with our future leaders.

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The Best Tools for Online Workshops

An increasing number of companies are holding many of their meetings virtually. Platforms for video calls like Zoom and Co. have become central tools for virtual meetings in recent years, but users often experience struggles with staying engaged and focused during long hours of online meetings. Other tools are also important for making remote work meetings efficient and goal-oriented. Here we present three exciting tools that are helpful for online seminars and workshops.

1. Miro: Creative collaboration in real time

Miro is a digital whiteboard that allows you to work together on ideas, concepts or projects. Users can create and pin virtual post-its, draw arrows, graphs or diagrams, as well as adopt existing layouts from a range of templates. All of this takes place in real time and is comprehensible to all users.

Miro also offers a video chat function in the free trial version for the first fourteen days; screen sharing and presentation mode are also possible.

Important: In order to keep meetings efficient, it makes sense to define the preparation phase how the group can come to a decision - for example, by distributing predetermined points.Miro is available either as a limited free version or, depending on team size and needs, from $16 per month.

A valid alternative to Miro is Mural, a comprehensive platform with many templates, tailored to collaboration and design thinking processes. The attractively designed portal offers comparable features and is available per user from $12 per month.

2. Kahoot!

The Norwegian platform Kahoot! launched a paid premium version addressed to companies and educational institutions a few months after

its launch in 2019. It is based on the playful delivery of content and is therefore ideally suited for learning processes in organizations.

Kahoot! is easy to use and allows interactive presentations, the creation of training material as well as surveys and quizzes. Selected participants can participate via mobile app or via the website. The connection to common video conferencing and work platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or slack is also possible.

3. ClickUp

A sophisticated project management solution with a variety of functions - that’s ClickUp. If you are patient and familiar with the system, you will find an efficient tool that is also suitable for more complex projects and can prove itself in real-time, online collaboration. Work processes are managed in lists and divided into different operations. A simple, configurable notification system allows information to be sent to all employees, who can also be given specific access rights. Agile project management methods such as SCRUM or Kanban can also be selected via corresponding view options. Time recording, target agreements, document storage and chat function are part of the app and make it an alternative to well-known tools like slack. ClickUp is available either as a limited but functional free version or in a comprehensive paid version starting at $4 per month.

Although The 5th Floor primarily serves members in person, we understand that many of our clients work flexibly and remotely. Our spaces come equipped with facilities such as private phone booths, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and event spaces that are ideal for virtual events. For more information on The 5th Floor offerings and locations, please email info@the5thfloor.com.

Business of the Week: Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Saguros LLC

Protecting Your Present and Your Future with Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros LLC.

At Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros, we believe that protecting your present and your future is of the utmost importance. Our insurance agency specializes in providing comprehensive coverage for health insurance, life insurance, and financial planning, all with the goal of helping you achieve financial security and peace of mind.

With the ever-changing landscape of healthcare, it can be difficult to navigate the waters on your own. That’s where we come in. As health insurance agents, we work with all major insurance companies to help you find the coverage that fits your needs and your budget. Whether you’re looking for Medicare coverage, Obamacare options, or any other health insurance service, our experienced team is here to help. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why we take the time to understand your specific needs and preferences, and work with you to find the best coverage options available. With Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros, you can rest assured that you have the support you need to make informed decisions about your health insurance coverage.

But our commitment to protecting your present and your future doesn’t stop there. We also offer comprehensive life insurance coverage to help you provide for your loved ones in case of unexpected events. Our life insurance policies offer financial protection for your loved ones in the event of your passing, giving you peace of mind knowing that your family will be taken care of. In addition to health

and life insurance coverage, Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros also offers financial planning services to help you achieve your long-term goals. Our experienced team of financial planners can help you with retirement planning, investment strategies, and more. We understand that planning for the future can be overwhelming, which is why we are here to help guide you through the process and develop a customized plan that meets your unique needs and goals. And now, we are excited to announce our newest program - our debt relief program.

We understand that debt can be a major source of stress and can hinder your ability to achieve your financial goals. That’s why we have developed a program to help you reduce or eliminate your debt and achieve financial freedom.

At Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros LLC, we are committed to providing top-quality service and support to every client. We are proud to announce the opening of our second office in the heart of Avalon Park, located on the 2nd floor of the Marketplace Suite 200. This new location will allow us to better serve our clients in the area and provide even more personalized attention and guidance. In conclusion, protecting your present and your future is essential for achieving financial security and peace of mind. With Elvin & Astrid Mas Que Seguros LLC, you can rest assured that you have the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your health insurance, life insurance, and financial planning needs. Contact us today at 407-307-5240 or www.elvinyastrid. com to learn more and schedule a consultation.

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Business of the Week: Polo Floors Inc. & Polo Palm Paint LLC

Quality Products at Affordable Prices

Polo Floors, Inc. and Polo Palm Paint, LLC., specialize in home improvement projects for your home. Whether it entails a painting project or professional installation of new flooring as well as a Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel, or just need to buy any of our products, come by our showroom at 3738 Avalon Park E. Blvd., and take a look at wide variety of brands that we carry. We’ve got the right team and we make it happen! Come see why we are the BEST Flooring Store in Orlando!

Give us a call for to set up an appointment for a Free Estimate: (407) 988-3361

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History of Father’s Day

This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 18th, you may not know the origins of this holiday. On July, 5th 1908 a church in West Virginia sponsored the first national event to specifically honor fathers. The service was in memory of 362 men who perished during explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines. However, this was only a one-time event and not an annual holiday. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane Washington, worked to get support from churches, local businesses, the YMCA and the government officials to establish a holiday for male parents, like Mother’s Day. Ms. Dodd was one of 6 children raised by her father after her mother’s death. Her campaign was a success, with Washington State celebrating the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19th, 1910.

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The popularity of this holiday slowly spread with the 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson, honoring the day by automatically unfolding an American flag in Spokane Washington via telegraph after pushing a button. The holiday continued to gain popularity when President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day in 1924.

There was a movement during the 1920’s and 1930’s to combine both Mother’s Day & Father’s Day into one holiday, Parents’ Day. This effort lost momentum when the Great Depression hit. Struggling merchants and advertisers made efforts to make Father’s Day as popular as Christmas, but just for men. During this time, retailers showcased products such as ties, golf clubs, hats, socks, and greeting cards to boost their sales. Once WWII began, the holiday became a way to honor American soldiers and support the war effort. These initiatives propelled the holiday’s popularity, making it a national institution.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson, signed an executive order establishing that the Father’s Day holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. It wasn’t until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day an official National Holiday. According to a History Channel Article published on May 15, 2023, American consumers spend nearly $1 billion dollars per year on Father’s Day gifts.

The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses and encourages you to patronize our local shops and restaurants to honor the fathers in your life. You can find many of these businesses in our member directory at this link: https://business.eocc.org/list/. If you’d like more information on the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce or have your business listed, contact us at 407-277-5951 or eocc@eocc.org.

6/1 8:30a Coffee Club East - Bonefish Grill Waterford Lakes 6/1 4p Ribbon Cutting: O2B Kids 6/5 8:30a – EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank East Colonial 6/6 9a Testimonial Tuesday Facebook Live 6/6 12:30p EOCC Great Lunch Adventures at Barrio Taco 6/7 2p Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening: Floor & Decor Waterford Lakes 6/8 8:30a Coffee Club Downtown 6/9 10a EOCC Advocacy Advisory Council Virtual Meeting 6/12 8a EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank Lake Nona 6/13 8:30a EOCC Member Orientation Breakfast hosted by Launch Entertainment Park 6/14 7:30a Legislative Update Florida Politics - Breakfast 6/15 8:30a Coffee Club Nona - Sam’s Club Lake Nona 6/15 12p Ribbon Cutting D1 SE Orlando 6/19 8a EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank Avalon Park 6/19 8a EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank East Curry Ford 6/20 9a EOCC Real Estate Advisory Council Planning Meeting 6/21 11:30a Chamber Luncheon: “The Economic Impact of Sports in Orlando & East Orange County” 6/21 5p Real Estate Connections in partnership with the East Orlando Chamber 6/22 5p EOCC Business After Hours: Avalon Park Marketplace | 5th Floor 6/26 8a EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank Lee Vista 6/28 9a EOCC Nonprofit Roundtable: Tabling for Good! Signarama 6/29 5p Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening: Boardwalk Bowl Brooklyn South Billiards 6/30 7:30a Healthcare Council Collaborative Meet & Greet at Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics 7/3 8a EOCC Merchant Monday presented by Trustco Bank East Colonial 7/4 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday WORK
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Customize Anything at Avalon Mail Center

Did you know that Avalon Mail Center personalized services for our local Avalon businesses? We make it super easy by having a convenient button on our website under the “Business Printing” tab under our “Services” menu. Through this method, you can email your original artwork to us, along with your preferred specifications of what you are looking for. Or, if you need an original graphic or artwork to be created for you, we can also offer that to you with our very own in-house graphic artists.

Then, once your order has been created and finished, you will get an email or text notification letting you know your print is available at your earliest convenience. If you want it to be pre-printed and ready, you have to establish a current VIP Invoice

Account. In order to create a VIP Invoice Account with us at Avalon Mail Center, you can call in to provide a credit card on file. Or, if you prefer, you can prepay over the phone in order to have us work on your unique print job before entering our store or a few days in advance.

We offer a plethora of different things our customers can customize. Among them are, but not limited to, customized 2-ply 3-ply carbonless printing, custom signs, binding and laminating, laminating certificates and designing staff badges, customized envelopes, and architectural prints. We can customize anything! We have never turned a project away. You think it, we will print it!

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Orlando is chock full of great parks and I’m not talking about theme parks! I polled some of our readers and personal friends and asked them to give me the details on some of their favorite parks in Central Florida. As a result, here’s my list of park favorites around Central Florida.

Maitland Community Park

Maitland Community Park is a personal family favorite. We love that it’s shady with tree cover over parts of the playground. There is an open field next to the “big kid” playground and a smaller playground for younger kids that’s set a big away so the littles don’t get run over by the rowdy big kids. It also has a number of pavilions, perfect for birthday parties, tennis courts and a walking trail.

Community Playground- Winter Park

If you ask someone to meet you at “Community Playground” you may get some blank stares. Mention, “Castle Park” and people will be more likely to know which park you are referring to. The nickname comes from the big, wooden, castle-shaped playground. Kids love climbing all through the castle. You can also swing and slide or rent out the pavilion for parties. This is an all around great park.

Ward Park

Ward Park made the list for many reasons, one being, the huge playground and another, the big open field for running. It’s close to the sports fields and a large trail that’s a favorite for runners and walkers. But one of the most noteworthy, this park and playground are wheelchair accessible and built with our special needs community in mind. This is a park everyone can enjoy.

Phelps Park Playground

In addition to some of the others, Phelps Park is another shady park perfect for our hot Florida days. It includes, two playgrounds to choose from, keeping kids entertained for hours. A big grassy field nearby is perfect for running, soccer, picnics and pavilions are available for party rentals.

Langford Park

Langford Park is just across the street from Dickson Azalea Park, this is a 2-4-1 park deal and the location for some of my favorite family photos. It’s a great place for picnics and it also has a playground and gazebo. Head over to Dickson Azalea Park and explore the fun little nooks and the surprisingly, whimsical atmosphere.

Lake Eola

Lake Eola was one of the most popular recommendation and gets a vote for many reasons by Orlando residents who are avoiding the theme parks. Not only does it have a great playground, you have the option to stroll around the lake. It’s great proximity to food options within walking distance. Grab lunch and bring it down by the lake for a picnic or walk around and take a look at the swans. But remember to keep your distance, the swans can get grumpy.

George Bailey Park

Covered playgrounds are a must during summer which is why George Bailey Park is yet another great park option. It has a fully covered playground and located near the baseball fields in Winter Garden which gives you multiple outdoor options.

Wooten Park

Wooten Park is the official wild card pick. It was a recommendation from a friend and it’s now my new “must see” park. A little bit of a trek for some parts of Orlando however, the description of the park seems totally worth the trip. With a shady playground that has a chime installation for those kiddos who love music or making noise (that’s pretty much every kid), a splash pad, the train nearby and a view of the seaplanes taking off and landing, this park is a winner! I mean, the planes alone would win my kids over. Pavilions are available for rent and food locations are within walking distance.

I can’t wait to get my kids out to explore some parks we haven’t seen, maybe we can sneak in a new park this weekend or revisit some favorites and enjoy the incredible weather. If I missed any of your family favorites, let me know in the comments below! My kids would love to explore some new parks.

Sun Protection - What You Need to Know

It’s summertime and that means it is sun protection season. I know it’s not really a thing, but it kinda is for us Florida moms, right?

Summer means fun outside with bubbles, the beach, swimming in the pool, bike riding, sidewalk chalk, playing at the park, birthday parties on the big water slides…basically LOTS of time in the sun!

When we are hanging outdoors, we need to do our best to protect ourselves and our kiddos from the suns harmful rays. It goes without saying that we NEED the sun for making Vitamin D, but once we are outdoors for more than 20 minutes, the suns rays can be dangerous.

-- Sun Facts

- A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer.

- Infants under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sun as much as possible because their skin is not yet protected by melanin.

- Young children’s skin is especially sensitive to chemical allergens, as well as, the suns UV rays.

- More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the US than all other cancers combined.

- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by 70 years old.

- On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

- Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50%.

- Not all sunscreens are created equal.

When you head outdoors this summer with the kids, be sure to arm yourself with proper sun protection. Obviously sunscreen protects our skin from the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, but we can take extra precautions too.

-- Top 5 tips for sun protection IN ADDITION to sunscreen:

- Check the UV Index. The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. Usually from 10a – 4p the UV Index is at its strongest.

- Wear clothing to shield your skin. Hats, shirts, and cover ups shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, and ultimately helping to reduce the burn risk factor.

- Sunglasses are an essential. Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.

- Plan your time outdoors around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. Find shade or make some. Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach.

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Making a Splash Safely: Water Safety Tips for Families

With sunny days and warmer weather rolling in, it’s the perfect time to splash around and have fun in the water. But it’s essential to keep safety in mind to make sure everyone stays happy and secure. Let’s dive right into some helpful tips:

• Make a splash with swimming skills: Learning how to swim is like unlocking a superpower! It’s not only a fantastic way to stay active but also an important life skill. So, ensure that everyone in your family knows how to swim and feels comfortable in the water.

• Life jackets are a cool accessory: If you’re planning any boating, kayaking, or water activities, gear up with life jackets. They’re like stylish accessories that keep you afloat and protected. Remember, it’s better to be safe than soggy!

• Keep an eye on the little ones: Kids are bundles of energy, and water can be irresistibly enticing. Always keep a watchful eye on your little water enthusiasts. Never leave them unattended near water, even if they’re playing close to the shore.

• Spot the signs of splashing trouble: Drowning can happen quickly and quietly, so it’s crucial to recognize the signs. Look out for someone struggling to stay afloat, gasping for air, or with their head tilted back and mouth open. Stay alert and ready to lend a helping hand.

• Make a splash together: Swimming is much more fun when you have a buddy! Always swim with a friend or in designated areas where lifeguards can keep an eye out for everyone’s safety. If you plan to take a dip in a lake or river, be aware of currents and other potential hazards.

• Know the life-saving techniques: It’s always great to have some superhero skills up your sleeve. Knowing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) can be a real-life superpower. Consider taking a course to learn how to perform CPR and handle emergencies confidently.

• Have a blast, and stay hydrated: When you’re having a great time in the sun, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. Stay hydrated by sipping on refreshing beverages and taking breaks in the

shade. Remember, a hydrated family is a happy family!

With these tips in mind, you and your family can enjoy a splashing summer without worrying about safety concerns. Grab your swimsuits, sunscreen, and a big smile, and let’s make unforgettable memories in the water this season.

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Lighthouse Central Florida Provides Confidence Boosting Experience for Children Living with Vision Loss

Lighthouse Central Florida recently gave children aged 5-13 who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to experience an aerial ropes course to help improve their orientation and mobility – one of many areas of instruction that the organization provides for children living with vision loss, along with sensory efficiency skills, social skills and more. Made possible through a donation from Massey Services, the children visited Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park for the experience.

Furthermore, the activity gave the children a chance to have fun while boosting their confidence, demonstrating that they have the same abilities and opportunities as other children.

Through orientation and mobility activities,

children are shown how to use sight alternatives for safe and independent travel purposes. Students are taught trailing techniques, search patterns, sighted guide techniques, use of vision for travel and orientation, use of the long cane, and independent travel in a variety of environments.

Lighthouse Central Florida provides education, independent life skills, and job readiness training and coaching to people of all ages living with vision impairment or blindness and their families. The organization is the only nonprofit provider of lifechanging vision rehabilitation services in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

For more information about Lighthouse Central Florida, visit www.LighthouseCFL.org

OUC Board Votes to Decrease Fuel Rate by 18%; Monthly Average Savings of $13 or More

OUC – The Reliable One’s Board of Commissioners voted to decrease pass-through fuel charges by 18% and lower electric rates for all OUC customers.

Effective June 1, residential and small commercial customers can expect to see a nearly 9% reduction in their overall electric bill. Mid to large commercial customers will see a decrease between nearly 9% to 11%. The base energy portion of an electric bill, which includes non-fuel OUC expenses, will remain the same. The average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours will see savings of $13 a month in Orlando/Orange County and $13.52 a month in St. Cloud/Osceola County.

“At OUC, as a hometown utility, we’re committed to providing not only reliable but also affordable electric and water services for our customers,” said Clint Bullock, OUC General Manager &

CEO. “We told customers we’d lower rates when we could, and we’re doing it. We thank them for their patience and understanding as we worked together through these challenging times. For 100 years, our customers have relied on us to deliver results and provide exceptional value, and this commitment will never waiver.”

OUC offers customers payment-management options, such as the Power Pass prepaid program and Budget Billing, as well as payment plans. To learn more, visit www.OUC.com/assistance. To learn about efficiency programs and ways to use less energy and water, visit www.ouc.com/ waystosave. Additionally, OUC’s Project CARE is an assistance program that was established in 1994 to provide emergency relief to those experiencing financial hardships.

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Avalon Park Pickleball Update

The 26th South Village Pickleball Tournament was held Friday evening May 5th with 12 players competing. It was won by Avalon Park residents Jeff Hansel and Corey Coljeski who defeated Debbie Schandel and Aaron Juttlestad in an exciting playoff game.

Sunday morning May 7th, 24 pickleball players competed in the 1st Tanja King Pickleball Tournament. It was won by Sheila Harvey and Aaron Juttelstad.

Also Sunday, Avalon Park resident Corey Cojeski and over 500 others competed in the MetroHealth Super Senior tournament at Pictona, a large pickleball facility near Daytona Beach with over 49 pickleball courts. Corey came in second and won a Silver Medal in the age 50-59 doubles group.

Our next South Village tournament is scheduled for Friday June 2nd at 7pm, and the 1st Friday evening of every month thereafter.

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South Village tournament winners Jeff Hansel and Corey Coljeski Group photo from the South Village Tournament Pictona tournament winner Corey Coljeski in orange shirt and Silver Medal, second from the left Tanja King tournament winners Sheila Harvey and Aaron Juttelstad

Funding Deadline Approaching for AtHome Safety Enhancements For Seniors

Central Florida seniors have until June 30 to apply for up to $6,000 in assistance for essential tools, technology and home modifications that can allow them to age in place safely and with dignity.

The Enhanced Home Care for the Elderly (eHCE) program, which was created in partnership between the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, focuses on low-cost, high-impact interventions that create lasting benefits – especially for older adults who would otherwise be at risk of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Through the program, qualifying seniors are eligible for up to $6,000 to use for enhancements such as:

• Home modifications, such as a no-slip ramp or shower grab bar

• Fall detection or door-opening detection alerts

• Medical monitoring devices that track vitals, blood pressure or glucose

• Accessible smart home devices, such as vacuums, thermostats or doorbells

• Other high-impact interventions that support independence

“The benefits of living in your own home as an older adult are well-documented by researchers,” said Karla Radka, President and CEO of Senior Resource Alliance (SRA), Central Florida’s Area Agency on Aging and the agency overseeing the distribution of eHCE funds. “But without the proper measures in place, living alone as a senior can pose a risk. The eHCE program is tailored to meet each eligible senior’s unique needs, empowering them to age safely and independently in the comfort of their own home.”

To be eligible for the eHCE program, an adult must be 60 years old or older and either be enrolled in Florida Medicaid or be at risk of nursing home placement. Assessment and services are provided through reputable local organizations in partnership with SRA: Aging Matters in Brevard County, the Osceola Council on Aging in Osceola County and the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation (BAFI) for Seminole and Orange Counties.

Find out more by calling the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (35337) today. For more information about SRA and its services, please visit SeniorResourceAlliance.org

Crafting a Sudsy Success: Rotary Club of Avalon Park Pours on the Fun and Philanthropy

The Rotary Club of Avalon Park recently organized another successful Craft Beer Festival, which attracted approximately 750 or more attendees. The event proved to be a great success, raising over $20,000 in total. The funds raised were allocated to several charitable organizations, including Best Buddies Florida, American Heart Association, Central Florida Miracle League, Pet Rescue by Judy, United Against Poverty Orlando, Florida Springs Council, A Spoon Full of Hope, The Faine House, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, the Rotary Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Avalon Park.

Out of the total funds raised, $10,000 was donated to various charitable causes, while the remaining $10,000 will be used to support the service projects of the club. This ensures that the funds collected have a local impact and contribute to ongoing community initiatives.

The Craft Beer Festival featured 17 brewers and offered attendees the opportunity to sample over 50 different selections of beer. In addition to the beer tasting, the festival included a wine garden, live music from two bands, food trucks, as well as entertainment activities such as axe throwing and tailgate games. The event provided a festive and fun atmosphere as attendees enjoyed a great outdoor community event in Town Park.

Looking ahead, the Rotary Club of Avalon Park has already announced that next year’s Craft Beer Festival will take place in Spring 2024, specifically in March or April. This event promises to build upon the success of the previous festival, offering an even better experience for beer enthusiasts and supporting the club’s ongoing philanthropic efforts.

The Rotary Club of Avalon Park is one of the highly recognized clubs in the area and noted by district leaders for their outstanding commitment to service and innovation.

Rotary Club of Avalon Park meets each Wednesday at the Avalon Pavilion at 7:30 a.m. located at 13401 Tanya King Blvd. Meet your neighbors, find out what Rotary is about! Complimentary refreshments and inspiring guest speakers. For more information: Rotary Club of Avalon Park.

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