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ON THE COVER There is so much to be thankful for living in this beautiful community. Join us to celebrate with your family and friends in the Ballroom on Thanksgiving for a scrumptious buffet dinner at 3pm. See page E2 for details!



Community Manager (Association) - Rudy Bautista: 863-701-2969 or rbautista@evergreen-LM.com

Administration: 863-427-7100 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Club Manager - Sheri Wollschlager: 863-427-7129 or swollschlager@evergreen-LM.com

K&M Drugs: 863-496-7930 Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-1pm and Sunday Closed

Director of Association Site Services for Solivita - Matt McCoy: 863-427-7103 or mmccoy@evergreen-LM.com

Marketplace Bistro: 863-427-7150, ext. 4724 Daily 8am-8pm, Breakfast: 8am-11am Riviera Spa & Fitness Center: 863-427-7130 Monday-Thursday 6:30am-9pm Friday 6:30am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-7pm Riviera Spa Massage: 407-914-9168 Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm Solivita Club After Hours Emergency Phone Number: 863-286-8779 Weekdays 5pm-8pm and Weekends 12pm-5pm Starlite Ballroom Daily 8am-11pm Stonegate Pro Shop: 863-427-7150, ext. 4710 Daily 7am-5pm

Director of Safety & Security - Madalyn Colon: 863-440-7572 or madalync@vitalsecurity.com Communications - Doug Gilbert: 863-427-7137 or solivitacommunications@evergreen-LM.com Evergreen Lifestyles Management (For ALL Club & HOA Matters) 24/7: 855-490-1804 or customerservice@evergreen-LM.com Taylor Morrison Customer Care: 800-858-5933 or www.taylormorrison.com/warranty/request Activities: 863-427-7125 or SolivitaActivities@evergreen-LM.com Architectural Review: 863-427-7022 or compliance@solivitahoa.com Catering & Banquets (Stonegate Golf Club): 863-427-7150, ext. 4720 Concierge: 863-427-7100 or Fax: 863-496-4456 Floralawn: 863-225-9565 or floralawn.com (Submit a Work Order) Floralawn Irrigation Emergency After Hours: 863-225-9565 (Starting at 5pm all calls get routed directly to the on-call manager) K&M Drugs: 863-496-7930 or Fax: 863-496-7931

The Grille at Stonegate: 863-427-7167 Daily 8am-9pm (Breakfast: 8am-11am, Lunch: 11am-4pm and Dinner: 4pm-9pm) Bar: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm (Happy Hour 2pm-5pm) and Sun 11am-9pm (Happy Hour All Day)

Membership: 863-427-7143 or solivitamembership@evergreen-LM.com

The Palms: 863-496-1530 Amenity Center Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm Kids Pool Hours Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm Saturday & Sunday 9am-9pm Fitness Center Monday-Thursday 6:30am -9pm Friday 6:30am-7pm Saturday-Sunday 7am-7pm

Riviera Spa Massage: 407-914-9168 or info@rivieraspamassage.com

Waterfront Galleries Daily 8am-11pm

Stonegate Golf Club Directory: 863-427-7150

Welcome Center or Model Park: 863-427-7000 Monday-Saturday 9:30am -5:30pm Sunday 11am -5:30pm


Mosaics Restaurant: 863-427-7150, ext. 4720 or option #5 Resident to Resident Resource Center: 863-236-9973 or SolivitaR2R@gmail.com

Security Gatehouses  Supervisor: 407-989-2417 Bella Viana Gate: 407-603-2422 Main Gate: 407-603-2399 Parkway Gate: 863-286-0329 South Gate (Marigold): 863-496-1473 Venezia Gate: 407-603-2397 West Gate (San Clemente): 863-496-1453 Solivita Sales: 863-427-7000

The Palms Amenity Center: 863-496-1530 or Fax: 863-496-0914 Violations & Compliance: 863-427-7032 Visitor/Vendor Gate Access Voice Server: 863-313-1314

[ Solivita Information] NOVEMBER TABLE OF CONTENTS Newsletter Submission & Advertising Info ............................ Page 3 Department Articles .............................................................. Pages 4-18 Solivita University ................................................................. Pages 12-13 Community Events .............................................................. Pages 19-24 Relay For Life Events ................................................................ Page 19 Mosaics Special Nights ........................................................... Page 20 Wellness Events .......................................................................... Page 24 A Touch of Class ................................................................... Pages 25-29 Club & Support Group Meeting Lists ........................... Pages 30-34 Club News ............................................................................... Pages 34-55 Neighborhood News .................................................................... Page 56 Resident Kudos .............................................................................. Page 56 Advertisements ..................................................................... Pages 57-96 Activities Events (back of calendar) ................ Insert Pages E1-E3 A Night at the Movies ..................................................... Insert Page E1 Activities Ticket Sale Info .............................................. Insert Page E1 Events You Do Not Want to Miss .............................. Insert Page E2 Future Events ..................................................................... Insert Page E3 Monthly Calendar (back of Activities Events) ........................ Insert

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH: Administration & Activities: Closed Riviera Spa & Fitness Center and The Palms: Closing at 12pm in observance of Thanksgiving

2020 RECURRING CLUB CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Solivita Clubs with recurring weekly/monthly meetings need to

NEW NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS Email submissions to reflections@evergreen-LM.com


Calendar submissions and newsletter articles are due on Friday, November 1st. Club insert copies are due by Wednesday, November 20th. All inserts must be approved by Club Manager, Sheri Wollschlager (email to swollschlager@evergreen-LM.com) or Communications Director, Doug Gilbert (email to solivitacommunications@ evergreen-LM.com) before they are copied.


Calendar submissions and newsletter articles are due on Friday, November 29th.


Solivita reserves the right to refuse advertisement and does not guarantee any work or claims made by advertisers. Advertisement in Reflections does not constitute an endorsement or approval of goods or services by Solivita. Residents receive 50% off the 1/8 page ad at the one-month rate ($115). The resident rate is $57.50 for the 1/8 page ad only. As a reminder, only one discount is issued per household. To download the contract and make payment, please visit SolivitaAdvertising.com. For more information on advertising your business in Reflections, please contact the Advertising Administrator, Amanda Wright, at 813501-7220, SolivitaAdvertising@Evergreen-LM.com, or visit the website at SolivitaAdvertising.com.

submit their meeting information in order to be included in the Reflections Calendar Insert for the 2020 year. Please include the club name, day and date of meeting, time, and location. Double check your meeting dates and be sure to note any cancellations due to holidays, etc. If you list a meeting on a holiday, it will be included on the calendar. Groups that made an annual submission for 2019 are NOT automatically carried over into the new year. Please send new submissions to reflections@evergreen-LM.com by Friday, November 29th.

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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? Do you have a suggestion for Reflections, Channel 732, or SolivitaHOA.com? Email inquiries or comments to Doug Gilbert at solivitacommunications@evergreen-LM.com or stop by the Communications Office.


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Oh Yes, the Holiday Season is Here! By Jana Malik Director of Activities

The day after we host the Salute Our Veterans Weekend events, the Solivita Community entrances, neighborhood markers, Administration and the Club facilities will start to look festive with holiday décor. November 12th might seem early to most people, but due to the outsourced holiday decorator’s schedule and Solivita’s schedule, we have learned from years of experience that this time frame works best. Holiday décor remains up until January 7th.

take down the ornament after which the club must either store it or design another ornament next year. To purchase an ornament, one per club and neighborhood, stop by the Activities office. Decorated ornaments are to be RETURNED to the Activities office between November 5th-8th ONLY.

Activities Gift Cards; A Great Gift Idea

The $25 Activities events and/or Solivita University classes Gift Card is available throughout the year for a creative gift idea. The gift card is available at $25 values only. Assorted gift card sleeves including Thank You, Happy Birthday and A Gift for You are included.

It might sound crazy, but with my busy holiday schedule, I had already begun Christmas gift shopping a few months ago and by the second weekend in November, I will already have my home adorned with holiday decorations so I can focus and enjoy a stress-free Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and holiday season with my family. It’s funny because the day before I wrote this article, in late September, I had planned (no surprise right?) that weekend to decorate my home for the holidays. I also advise the Activities staff to plan ahead for their holiday decorating and shopping before it gets hectic in the office. Though I am not sure whether they take my advice, they handle the holiday season very well.


The Solivita Lifestyles Activities Committee (SLAC) will have three open seats starting in January. Please refer to the Committee Roundup section in this month’s newsletter for more information on how to apply. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 12TH. Residents are our eyes and ears in producing and improving the Activities program for Solivita to enjoy.

Last Chance – Holiday Ornaments

The Christmas Tree located on the grassy knoll outside the Ballroom will be transformed into a Solivita Community Christmas Tree adorned with hand painted and decorated medium sized ornaments designed by Solivita Clubs and Neighborhood groups. Activities are selling ornaments for $5 each in silver and gold and proceeds will be donated to the XL 106.7 Baby DJ Program. Outsourced decorators will hang and


Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Notices – Saturday, November 2nd • Village Drive will be CLOSED,

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except to festival vendors, from the Ballroom to the Pro Shop from 7am-5pm as we setup for this huge event Remember, pets and smoking are not permitted in festival areas This event is open to the public from 10am-4pm in the Village Center The festival supports a Fund Drive for the St. Rose of Lima Food Pantry at entrance locations Check out more information in the ad in this month’s Reflections on page 5. Continued on page 6

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18th Annual

Hosted by the Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Committee and Solivita Activities

Saturday, November 2nd 10am-4pm Village Center Rain or Shine

Fund Drive to Benefit Local Food Pantry

Strollin g Enter ta inment: Living S t and Stil atue t Walke r

Steel Drums Rock Solid Band New Dimensions High School Jazz Band

l Festiva y ter a E d o Fo he Bistro in t ut dab o Rou n

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120 Arts and Crafts Vendors

Parisian Wine & Beer Garden Featuring a French Mime



Free Kidz Zone Kids Crafts, Temporary Tattoos, Popcorn, Dance and Karate Performances, Big Drawing Board and Giant Jenga

Model R ai lroad Club Modu la r Display

Photos by Linda Domchik, Irene Stecher & Joe Thomas


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Jana’s article continued from page 4

Main Ticket Sales – Friday, November 1st

Here are some friendly reminders for the next Main Ticket Sales in the Ballroom: • You MUST present your Solivita Resident ID badge. • Ballroom doors open and deli ticket numbers are handed out at 8am. Numbers are called beginning at 9am. • Each resident is permitted to purchase four (4) tickets, per event, per deli ticket number, unless otherwise noted in the Reflections Event Pages located on the back of the tri-fold monthly calendar. This gives more residents an opportunity to purchase tickets to events with limited seating. • If a group wants to sit together at a tabled event, please wait in line together. Each person must get a deli ticket number to purchase tickets. If the rest of your group is later in the line, and receives a deli ticket number higher than yours, come up to purchase your tickets when the higher number is called. We cannot hold tickets for the rest of your group when the lower deli ticket number is called. • After all numbers are called (approximately 10:30am), you need to call clubs directly to purchase tickets from them and Activities Tickets Sales moves to the Activities Office at the Bistro Café 2nd Floor. Happy Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Holiday Decorating! Let’s Keep the Party Going! Jana Malik 863-427-7125 jmalik@evergreen-LM.com


The HOA, Security, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office receive multiple complaints of speeding each week from residents. The Sheriff’s Office has been asked for their assistance in speed enforcement. Receiving a speeding ticket is not only financially costly, but can lead to much more serious results. A driver is six times more likely to have an accident when traveling at 25% above the posted speed limit. Speeding reduces the amount of time to avoid a crash and increases the severity of a crash once it occurs.


Chef’s Corner

By Chef Curtis Hillard CEC, CPC Executive Chef, Stonegate Golf Club

Did You Know….

Tilapia is the common name for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fish. Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers, and lakes, and less commonly found living in brackish water. Historically, they have been of major importance in artisanal fishing in Africa, and they are of increasing importance in aquaculture and aquaponics. Tilapia can become a problematic invasive species in new warm-water habitats such as Australia, whether deliberately or accidentally introduced, but generally not in temperate climates due to their inability to survive in cold water. Tilapia is the fourth-most consumed fish in the United States dating back to 2002. The popularity of tilapia came about due to its low price, easy preparation, and mild taste.

Recipe of the Month Lemon Pepper Parmesan Crusted Tilapia INGREDIENTS • 4 tilapia filets • 3/4 cup grated parmesan • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper • 1 tablespoon parsley • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and mix together the grated parmesan, lemon pepper, parsley and salt. 2. Drizzle the tilapia with olive oil, then coat with the cheese mixture, pressing it in lightly with your fingers to make sure it sticks. 3. Sprinkle lightly with shredded parmesan. 4. Transfer to foil lined baking sheet. Bake until the fish is opaque in the thickest part, about 10 minutes. 5. To brown further, broil for about 5 more minutes until cheese crust is slightly crispy (watch carefully to make sure fish doesn’t burn). 6. Top with green onions and serve with lemon wedges (optional). Enjoy! Curtis Hillard 863-427-7150, ext. 4717 chef@stonegategolf.com

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Upcoming January Activities Events SOLIVITA CLUB & BUSINESS EXPO Saturday, January 11th Solivita Clubs interested in having a table can begin signing up starting on November 15th with Activities at 863-427-7125. No special placement requests please.

SILENT DANCE PARTY Friday, January 17th SAVANNAH JACK SHOW DINNER & SAVANNAH JACK SHOW Friday, January 24th CURBSIDE CUISINE Monday, January 27th BREAKFAST FOR DINNER PAJAMA DANCE Friday, January 31st Reflections |  November 2019 |


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alute Our Veterans Weekend is designed to celebrate Veterans and their families. We raise money for a select charity to help improve the lives of the many selfless men and women who bravely served our Nation. This year all proceeds will benefit Fairways For Warriors. The Golf Tournament Registration is now open at the Activities office. Forms are also available on SolivitaHOA.com under Lifestyles > Lifestyles & Fitness Forms. All ticketed and registration events can be purchased in the Activities Office. **Refunds or Solivita Letters of Credit will not be accepted or given for any of the events.**

Golf Tournament at Stonegate Golf Club, Oaks Course

Saturday, November 9th · Shotgun Start at 8:30am · Registration: 7am-8am $65 per Stonegate Golf Club Member OR $260 for a foursome $90 per single non-Stonegate Golf Club Member OR $360 for a foursome Raffle Prizes, Mulligans and much more! Golf Entry Includes: Continental Breakfast, Green and Cart Fee, Range Balls Before Play, On Course Special Events, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Goody Bag, Lunch and awards to follow! Registration deadline is November 1st. Please contact Solivita Activities at 863-427-7125 or solivitaactivities@evergreen-LM.com for more information. Guests of all ages welcome.


Our Patriot Sponsor, Art’s Golf Cars, Inc., will be donating one BRAND NEW GOLF CART to the The Closest to the Pin winner!


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Movie Nights

Thursday, October 31st at 7pm: Welcome to Marwen Thursday, November 7th at 7pm: SGT. Will Gardner The Veterans Club of Solivita will have popcorn and lemonade available for donation at both Movie Nights. Adult guests welcome. Welcome to Marwen is Rated PG-13, a Biography/Comedy/Drama, and 1 hr 56 min. SGT. Will Gardner is Not Rated, an Action/Adventure/Drama, and 2 hrs 5 mins. The Ballroom doors open at 6:15pm.

Young Guns Show - A Tribute to the Superstars of Country Music Sunday, November 10th at 7:30pm in the Ballroom

International touring country rock band, YOUNG GUNS, featuring award winning entertainer, recording artist and lead singer, Eric Sage; talented electric fiddle/violinist Melissa Barrison; and vocalist Melody Ebner presents A Tribute to the Superstars of Country Music. This is one of the hottest country music shows in the world. The band tears up the stage with songs from iconic country artists - old and new. The group plays songs from bands like Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, Dierks Bently, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, and many more. The show starts at 7:30pm. Ballroom doors open 20 minutes before the show begins. $20 per person. Adult guests welcome.

Dinner & Young Guns Show - SOLD OUT Sunday, November 10th at 5:30pm in Mosaics

This ticket is an all-in-one dinner, show and 10 minute early QuickPass entrance show seating. Chef’s buffet dinner includes corn chowder soup and cheddar biscuits; sliced smoked prime rib; fried catfish; baked potato bar; southern style green beans with bacon and onions; and banana cream parfait for dessert. A cash bar and self-serve coffee, iced tea, and water station will be available. Dinner is in Mosaics at 5:30pm, QuickPass seating in the Ballroom at 7pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. $47 per person. Residents only.

Veterans Day Memorial Service & Breakfast Monday, November 11th at 9am in Freedom Park

Sponsored by Stonegate Golf Catering. Veterans Day will begin with a wonderful ceremony presented by the Veterans Club of Solivita at 9am. After the ceremony, stay with us to enjoy breakfast right in Freedom Park. The breakfast buffet menu includes: egg and cheddar cheese quiche; bacon; hash browns; croissant and self-serve coffee, orange juice, apple juice and water for $10. Located by Freedom Park Pickleball Courts. Veterans Day Ceremony at 9am is open to all and pre-registration is not required. Purchase breakfast tickets in advance for $10 per person as tickets are not sold on the day of. Guests of all ages are welcome.

All proceeds will benefit

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Time to Harvest!

By Shelley Destefano Community Concierge It’s time to harvest all the good things in life. Think of your home as a cornucopia this month and fill it with all that you cherish! Family, people you love, furry babies, and last but not least, FOOD. My cornucopia is overflowing with things that make me happy and everything going on this month, so shall we get to the important dates and things to do this month?

having some spare cash after all that shopping, you’re literally better off than me!

Gaylord Palms ICE

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd at 2am and we will be turning our clocks back one hour. If you’re a morning person, it will make your day a bit brighter. Who wouldn’t want an extra hour of sleep?!

What is nine degrees in Florida from Monday, November 25th through Saturday, January 5th? The Gaylord Palms ICE is! (Located at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway.) This year, two million pounds of ice will be carved to bring THE POLAR EXPRESS to life. Visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com and use the code “CCSOLIVITA” to receive a discount online. You may also call 407-586-4423 or email groupticketsales@gaylordhotels.com if you have any questions.

Veterans Day

Orlando Japan Festival

Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was officially approved to be celebrated on November 11th on June 1, 1954. On this day we remember all the veterans who have served our country here and around the world. Similar recognition is celebrated in other countries, albeit not on the same day as we do.

You can go to a Japan Festival for free on Monday, November 4th from 11am-5pm located at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park, (69 Lakeshore Boulevard). You can experience authentic Japanese music, dance and other entertainments. There will be a variety of Japanese foods and drinks as well. It almost feels like you’re transported to one of those local festivals in Japan! Visit jorlando.org/orlando-japan-festival for more information.

Orlando Fire Museum

Have you heard of the Orlando Fire Museum? The admission is free and it’s located at 814 East Rollins Street, Orlando, Florida 32803 and open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. If you want to know about the history of the Orlando Fire Department, you will enjoy this museum. Visit orlandofiremuseum.org or call 407-246-3468 for more information.

Thanksgiving & Black Friday

This year Thanksgiving is November 28th. In 1621, the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians partook of a harvest feast. This is acknowledged as the first Thanksgiving. Our forefathers continued celebrating Thanksgiving in their own fashion for the next 200 years in different colonies and states. In 1861, as civil war raged, President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated in November. Black Friday is on November 29th. Like it or not we will all be emptying our wallets and shopping for gifts soon. If you end up

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Hop On!

If you enjoy beer you may enjoy the Hop On! Central Florida Brew Tours located at 1012 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805. At Hop On, they visit breweries all across Central Florida...from Winter Garden to Winter Springs! Right now, you can take your pick from five different routes! Visit hopon.tours or call 407434-1671 for more information.

Festival of Trees

You can take the SunRail to Lake Mary and visit the Lake Mary Historical Museum for the Festival of Trees. This event is from Saturday, November 16th through Saturday, December

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Shelley’s article continued from page 10 14th. You will be able to view festive holiday decorations and bid on your favorite tree in the Silent Auction. Please visit lakemarymuseum.com/upcomingevents.html or call 407-5851481 for more information.

The Nutcracker

This may be a little early but I did not want to be too late getting this information out to you. The Nutcracker, Orlando’s favorite holiday tradition, will be at the Linda Chapin Theater located at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, December 14th at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 15th at 2pm. Taking a hint from local theme parks, Central Florida Ballet merged the Nutcracker fairytale with a touch of Cirque and a glimmer of pyrotechnics creating an unforgettable experience. They have offered 30% off ticket tiers of $39 and above with the code “SOLIVITA.” Please visit centralfloridaballet.com to purchase tickets and for more information.

Yard of the Month

Autumn has arrived and our latest Yard of the Month winners are Joe and Gabby Thomas for their lovely landscape at 667 Carmel Lane in the Vizcaya Neighborhood. The fine folks at Borchini Realty provided them with a gift card for being chosen. Is your front yard worthy of the Yard of the Month award? Let’s make Solivita the prettiest community in Florida. The Thomas’ are a great example of folks who enjoy gardening and making their home a welcoming place. Congratulations!

You may also stop by and pick up a Today & Tonight Magazine for more ideas of things to do in the area. Keep in mind that the magazines are delivered to the Concierge Desk towards the end of the first week of every month. By the end of this month all that will be left on the table is a bare drumstick and the memories we made with our families and friends. Until next year, we will harvest those thoughts and bask in the pleasant things in life. Community Concierge 863-427-7100 sdestefano@evergreen-LM.com

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Co-Sponsored by the Solivita University Committee and Activities No studying, tests or exams are given, just enlightening topics to keep your mind energized. All classes are 90 minutes long and require pre-registration, unless otherwise noted. Solivita University classes are also listed in a calendar on solivitahoa.com under Calendars and Maps and then choose Activities Events and Solivita University Classes. For more information, to register or purchase annual passes by cash, check or credit card, please visit the Activities Office or call 863-427-7125.

Great Decisions Discussions Discussion Previews - FREE TO ATTEND Each year the Foreign Policy Association produces a study guide with eight of the most critical global issues facing America. Great Decisions (GD) is an annual ticketed pass offering eight discussions that meets monthly January-May and September-November. The discussion of the month is conducted by moderator Thomas Gallagher Ph. D that takes place on a Wednesday afternoon and/or a Tuesday morning. Everyone is welcome to sample what the Great Decisions discussions are like. See dates listed below and join us. Discussion Topic: State of the State Department and Diplomacy Tuesday, November 5th at 11am in the Gator Room and Wednesday, November 20th at 4pm in The Palms

2020 Great Decisions Discussion Book PreOrder - ON SALE NOW The 2020 GD Annual Pass cost will be $39 (or $44 for two sharing a book). The topics for discussion in 2020 will include: Climate Change; India and Pakistan; Red Sea Security; Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery; Northern Triangle; China in Latin America; The Philippines; and Artificial Intelligence.

2019 Art and Literary Lecture Annual Pass - REDUCED PRICE This pass will allow residents admittance to any of the two Art and Literary Lectures scheduled in 2019 for $5 per lecture. Art and Literary passes are for Art and Literature Lectures only and are non-refundable.

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Art Lecture: See the USA (not in your Chevrolet) but through Art – the I-95 Art Series!

Tuesday, November 12th • Ballroom • 1pm Tuition: 2019 Art and Literary Lecture Pass or $5 at the door Lecturer: Jan Clanton, Art Historian Class Description: This 6-part series will examine some of America’s greatest collectors, where their collections reside and what makes them so special. Maybe you could visit them as you travel in America! Part #2, The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore may have resembled old maids but their collection of art contained the most avantgarde artists of their day!

Literary Lecture: Rufus Who by Kester Branford

Monday, November 18th Gator Room • 4pm Tuition: 2019 Art and Literary Lecture Pass or $5 at the door Professor: Thomas Gallagher, PhD is a Solivita resident who has taught both literature and law during his career. He currently teaches at Valencia College. Class Description: Rufus Who is about a young man’s search for meaning and identity. Having been brought up by an aunt, without knowing his parents, Rufus often wonders who they are. The mystery becomes all-consuming when he tries to get a copy of his birth certificate so that he can obtain a passport to leave Trinidad and study in America. A battle with bureaucracy leads to a fact-finding mission that unearths some startling revelations about his roots. The novel deals with experiences to which readers throughout the world can easily relate. It was nominated for a 2004 British Commonwealth Book Prize in the category of “Best First Novel from Canada and the Caribbean.”

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[ Solivita University] Upcoming Spring 2020 Courses MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Registration opens in the Activities Office a month before each first class date. • Beginners Spanish: 10-week course starting Tuesday, January 7th at 9am • Continuing Spanish: 10-week course starting Thursday, January 9th at 9am • Microsoft Word 102: 4-week course starting Monday, January 13th at 2pm • Microsoft Excel 102: 4-week course starting Tuesday, January 14th at 4pm • History of the Decades Through Film: 1940-1970s: 4-week course starting Thursday, January 16th at 1pm

Christmas Decorations

By Yolanda Santiago Community Standards Manager Since we are approaching the holiday season, I wanted to post a friendly reminder below regarding the HOA guidelines for Christmas decorations. As you beautifully adorn your homes, please keep these in mind.

Christmas Decorations Section 21.9 Holiday lighting and decorations shall be permitted to be placed upon the exterior portions of the home and upon the lot in a manner permitted hereunder commencing on Thanksgiving and shall be removed not later than January 15th of the following year. The ACC may establish standards for holiday lights. The ACC may require the removal of any lighting that creates a nuisance (e.g., unacceptable spillover to an adjacent Home).

We hope you have a wonderful time decorating and enjoy all the fun that comes with the Holiday Season!

• Using Mutual Funds to Manage Your Retirement Portfolio: 2-week course starting Tuesday, January 21st at 10:30am • Climate Change – Complimentary Course: 2-week course starting Wednesday, January 22nd at 10am in The Palms • “Come Write With Us” Writing Workshop: 4-week course starting Thursday, February 6th at 1:30pm • Fiestas in the Americas: 3-week course starting Friday, February 14th at 10:30am • Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam: 3-week course starting Tuesday, March 10th at 1pm • Social Security Basics: 2-week course starting Thursday, March 12th at 6:30pm • The Borinqueneers Film Documentary: Tuesday, March 31st at 1pm

Committee Roundup

Solivita Lifestyles Activities Committee THREE COMMITTEE SEATS ARE OPEN; APPLY BY NOVEMBER 12TH The SLAC committee is made up of seven actively involved Solivita residents in the Activities Program. SLAC meets once a month for two hours and meeting dates are set by the majority’s calendar and around Activities events. Therefore, there is no set day or time each month. Members serve two years and at this time, three seats will be vacated in January. If you are interested in discussing, brainstorming and bouncing off ideas or thoughts relating to the Activities program, please fill out the form by Tuesday, November 12th located in the Activities office or on SolivitaHOA.com > Lifestyles > Activities > Committees. To give feedback, suggestions, ideas or comments on any Lifestyles event, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at LifestylesAdvisoryCommittee@SolivitaHOA.com.


Daylight Saving Time officially ends on Sunday, November 3rd at 2am. Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one (1) hour before you go to bed

Yolanda Santiago 863-427-7032 ysantiago@evergreen-LM.com

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on Saturday night, November 2nd!

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What is CERT? CERT wants YOU! Submitted by the Solivita CERT Team

CERT was created to respond after a major disaster (weatherrelated, man-made or terrorist-originated) when County first responders might be tied up for several hours to a few days following such a disaster. In Polk County, CERT is organized under Polk County Fire Rescue and falls under the Citizens Corps division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CERT members perform initial damage assessment and can rescue individuals and perform triage and light first aid when paid first responders are not available. Your Solivita Community Emergency Response Team is a volunteer group of residents like you. When activated we report to the County Emergency Operations Center and coordinate locally with Taylor-Morrison, Evergreen Lifestyle Management and Vital Security. FEMA-developed standardized CERT training is free from the County and covers search and rescue, hazard/damage assessment, victim extrication, medical triage and treatment, fire suppression and psychology of disasters, all while maintaining the safety of our members. These operations are basically organized as Command Post, Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Medical and Logistics. You needn’t be experienced in these topics, because you will be trained (as all of us have been). We currently have women and couples among our 80+ members. When a new member completes his/her training they receive a “go-bag,” a backpack with self-protection items (e.g., hard hat, goggles, gloves), flashlight, utility shut-off tool, reflective vest and a variety of medical supplies. We conduct an annual activation exercise and do refresher skill training every month at our meetings to stay current. We also participate in advanced training sessions with Fire Rescue.

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The mission of Solivita CERT is 1) To respond effectively when called upon after a major disaster; 2) To help our residents prepare for disasters; and 3) To support County and regional response needs. We try to encourage disaster preparedness of our residents— planning your response to a disaster in advance. This includes maintaining a disaster kit and knowing what to do when a disaster occurs. To accomplish this we: • Make presentations for various clubs at Solivita; • Sponsor an annual hurricane preparedness talk (May/June); • Distribute preparedness handouts via the Concierge and CERT club webpage on SolivitaHOA.com); • Provide articles (like this) in Reflections; • Smoke detector battery replacement program every spring; • Sponsor free chest compression-only CPR and AED training classes for residents (Check-Call-Compress); • Register new Solivita AEDs in the PulsePoint app database; • Lend medical equipment to residents (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), now via the Resident-to-Resident Resource Center (R2R); and we even • Perform crowd and traffic management for major events here with our highly visible vests and hats. We would like to have many more members to adequately cover our community quickly in case of a disaster. Join us and become part of a true service organization right here in Solivita. Our meetings are on the first Monday every month at 7pm in RSF2 (see the Calendar) and open to everyone. For more information, find us on SolivitaHOA. com > Get Connected > Clubs > CERT or call Wayne at 863-514-6728.

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The R2R Resource Center is Here for You! Workshop: Celebrating the Holidays in Central Florida

Thursday, November 21st • 10am • Ballroom There’s no snow -- at least no real snow -- and Santa Claus is probably wearing shorts...but Central Florida definitely gets into the holiday spirit! The November Resource Center Workshop: “Celebrating the Holidays in Central Florida Without (Real) Snow,” will be full of suggestions for events and activities to create the perfect holiday season. If you’re entertaining grandchildren, hosting friends or just looking for something to get you in a festive mood, our panelists will provide you with their recommendations, and answer your questions. Whether you’re looking for musical performances or theater, parades or tree lightings, indoor activities or outdoor, free events or higher end spectaculars, you’ll find plenty to put on your calendar. All R2R Workshops are free to Solivita residents, but advance registration is requested. Please reserve your spot by phone: at 863-236-9973 or email SolivitaR2R@gmail.com.

Solivita HOA Website

Are you looking for information about upcoming Resource Center Workshops or recaps of prior ones? This information, along with details of the medical equipment loan program and a range of helpful material for residents, is easily accessible on SolivitaHOA.com. To view the available information:1) Click on “Get Connected;” 2) Click on “Resource Center;” and 3) Choose from the menu on the left.

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You’ll notice a new addition, “Losing a Loved One.” This is a brochure put together by Resource Center volunteers. It is designed to help residents deal with the pain, confusion and stress of losing a loved one. It provides information on who needs to be informed and how - from banks to former employers to community management - as well as what documents you need to have. It also explains how to plan a Celebration of Life at Solivita for your loved one. The brochure is in a PDF format that you can download and save to your computer, print or send to a family member. If you have trouble accessing this document, please stop in the Resource Center and a volunteer will be glad to assist you.

Kid’s Corner

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, remember that there are lots of great books to borrow when the grandchildren come to visit. New titles are added often, so please stop by to see what’s new. You can borrow the books at the R2R office. Office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

R2R Delivery & Transportation Services Survey

Please see the survey insert in this month’s Reflections magazine. Surveys can be completed and returned to the R2R Resource Center or the Concierge Desk. The survey can also be completed electronically by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/SDDBJSS. R2R Resource Center 863-236-9973 SolivitaR2R@gmail.com

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Spa Talk: Helping Veterans & Wounded Warriors By Crystal Bethea Owner of Riviera Spa Massage

This nation’s military veterans and wounded warriors continue to fight, long after they come off the battlefields. They fight to be whole again and to reclaim their physical and psychological health. Many forms of massage and bodywork can help them do just that.

Therapeutic Massage

With its ability to meld body and mind, massage is an excellent way for veterans to reintegrate. Not only can this kind of therapeutic touch address the physical wounds, it can help bring a sense of normalcy back into daily life. “Gratifying physical experiences, such as massages ... may be experiences that patients build up that are not contaminated by trauma, and which may serve as a core of new gratifying experiences,” writes Bessel van der Kolk, author of Traumatic Stress. Research on massage and veterans, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has shown considerable promise for this hands-on therapy. An initial 2014 study found that veterans reported significant reductions in physical pain, physical tension, irritability, anxiety/worry, and depression after massage. As a result, researchers are hoping to show in Phase 2 of their study that massage could diminish our veterans’ needs for opioids for pain management, a significant concern for the U.S. Department of Defense and the veterans themselves. Many of our military personnel returning from battle zones come home less than whole. In cases of amputation, massage can help control edema, deal with neuromas, improve skin health, and loosen scar tissue. For more on this topic, read “David’s Heroes” in the November/December 2014 issue of Massage Bodywork magazine. Find it online at massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/398416.

She says two benefits of using reflexology for clients with PTSD are: 1) It can be utilized when massage and other touch therapies cannot; and 2) The client remains clothed. “Reflexology improves the client’s sense of well-being, improves sleep, reduces anxiety, and often reduces the need for pain medications, especially following surgery or cancer treatments.” Stone says foot reflexology improves the function of all body systems. “Immediately noticeable are improvements in the flow of bioelectrical energy, blood, lymph, and nerve impulses. Reflexology also works energetically by balancing the body’s energy systems. It works in harmony with a broad spectrum of energy therapies, such as polarity therapy and Asian medicine.”

Finding Help

Other modalities that have offered relief for members of our nation’s military include breath work, Healing Touch, myofascial release, reiki, Therapeutic Touch, trauma touch therapy, and even yoga. More are being added to the list every day. If you or someone you know is a veteran or wounded warrior, and is suffering, reach out. Contact your local Veterans Affairs offices, visit the Wounded Warrior Project (www. woundedwarriorproject.org) or Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE; www.cause-usa.org), and make an appointment with your massage therapist or bodyworker. For more information on PTSD, visit the National Center for PTSD, US Department of National Veterans Affairs, at www.ptsd.va.gov.


According to author Paula Stone, reflexology is a highly effective therapy for PTSD, a condition that affects more than 5.2 million Americans every year. “Acute sustained stress erodes the very fabric of our being, while acute trauma can tear it. Whether prolonged or sudden, traumatic life experiences wound a person in body, emotions, mind, and soul, and can result in PTSD. Compassionate bodywork, including reflexology, can help heal the body and the person.”

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November in Solivita

By Brad Thompson Branch Manager, Floralawn Floralawn has now completed three full years as Solivita’s landscaping and lawn care provider. We continue to enjoy the opportunity to work in this beautiful community. Our first year was a baptism by fire, with initial clean-up challenges and weather events to deal with like Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, the last couple of years we’ve been spared damaging storms.

Brown Patch Fungus affects many Florida turfgrasses, including St. Augustine, which grows throughout Solivita. When grass stays damp or wet for long periods of time—such as during our humid summer days—it becomes vulnerable to brown patch fungus. The fungus attacks grass blades at their base, weakening them until they can be pulled out of the ground easily. As the disease progresses, the grass turns yellow and then brown.

Mowing Schedule Changes This Month

Gray leaf spot disease is also caused by a fungus. Florida’s humid summers provide a moist environment that gray leaf spot fungus thrives in. Even though we’re into November, weather conditions still make central Florida’s turfgrasses vulnerable to disease. So we watch out for gray leaf spot, too.

This month we’re switching to our off-season bi-monthly mowing schedule. At this time of the year, the grass growth slows considerably and lawns don’t require cutting every week. Until the end of March 2020, you will see mowing crews coming around every two weeks. The detail schedule will stay the same, however. Visit the SolivitaHOA.com to see Floralawn’s winter schedule or stop by our office in the Admin Building for a chat. You can also call us at 863-225-9565.

Native Grasses

We’ve started pruning the native grasses throughout Solivita. This includes the large clumps of Fakahatchee grass that grow in the center median of Solivita Boulevard and in the common areas. We cut these grasses way back at this time of year.

November Coffee Talk

This month’s Coffee Talk is on Friday, November 22nd at 9am in the Starlite Ballroom. Come by, hang out, ask your questions, and get answers. The holiday season is upon us again. For all of us at Floralawn, I want to wish the residents of Solivita a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re traveling, be safe!

Watching Out for Turf Grass Diseases

Even though summer is long over, we’re keeping an eye out for common warm-weather turf grass diseases like brown patch fungus and gray leaf spot.




Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the residents who recently passed away.

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With the holidays coming, you may need Visitor Passes for your guests. Check out Membership Coordinator Vickie Kellogg’s article on page 6 of the October Reflections to review the new procedure for purchasing Visitor Passes.

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Submitted By Sue Quattrochi Relay For Life Event Lead On THANKSGIVING DAY we are thankful for family, friends, and everyone’s good health. We’re also thankful for the American Cancer Society for all they do for us and the hope they provide. Just read on to see how!

On Any Given Day

By the American Cancer Society Cancer never sleeps. It does not discriminate, and no one is immune. Cancer can strike any family, in any community, at any time. And the only way to fight it is to be right there in those communities and with those families...every single day. That’s the great strength of the American Cancer Society. Thanks to our committed volunteers, we never sleep either. We are here to help every family...in every community...every day.

On any given day, our grassroots force of more than 3 million passionate volunteers is tirelessly seeking to save lives from cancer. On any given day, nearly 180 women will be reminded that they are still beautiful – no matter what cancer does to them – through our Look Good…Feel Better® program. On any given day, nearly 300 cancer patients and their loved ones will find solace, hope, and inspiration from someone who has “been there” through our Cancer Survivors NetworkSM. On any given day, almost 100 wives, husbands, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, and friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer meet a trained Reach to Recovery® survivor and volunteer, who provides living proof that they can beat this disease. And the proof that our efforts are working?

On any given day in the United States, more than 4,100 people will hear the devastating words, “You have cancer.” On any given day, more than 1,500 families will lose a loved one to the disease in the United States. But the American Cancer Society is doing everything within our power to change that. On any given day, our cancer.org website will receive more than 63,000 hits from people looking for lifesaving information about cancer prevention, treatment, and support. On any given day, nearly 3,000 people will find knowledge, resources, comfort, and compassion from a trained cancer information specialist at our toll-free call center.

On any given day, more than 11 million cancer survivors are enjoying rewarding, productive lives. The American Cancer Society touches so many people on any given day...because dedicated volunteers and supporters like YOU are committed to making a difference in the fight against cancer EVERY DAY. “Thank You” for all that you do for our families and friends! Have a Happy Gobble-Gobble Day! Please contact Susie Q at 407-729-6850 for more information on RELAY FOR LIFE of Solivita and how you can get involved!

On any given day, the American Cancer Society will provide more than 1,500 people with cancer-related information and programs. On any given day, nearly 140 cancer patients and caregivers receive free lodging from one of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges nationwide.

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