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illage W alk DECEMBER 2016

Uniting Your Community


Table of Contents 4 CommUNITY Matters w/ Val Catch up on the latest with your

Community Manager

6 Discover Your Lifestyle

Learn about upcoming events and the current offerings of your lifestyle program

10 Calendar of Activities & Events It All Starts With You and Ladies Shopping


13 Holiday Decorating

Decor by Carol Fisher


Just Ask AL

You have questions, AL has the answers!

14 December Happenings

Golf Carts and Bicycle Christmas Parade

18 Landscaping Update

Keeping the community green is no easy task. Stay up to date with these updates

21 Festival of Lights Contest Best of the Best Home Decorating Contest 25 Relay For Life

Paint For a Cure Night!

28 Fall 2016 Fitness Classes!

Fitness is a way of life!

30 Staying Safe This Holiday Season Tips from the Orlando Fire Department

and Police Department

31 City of Orlando

Monthly calendar

36 Advertisements

Contact the Lifestyle team to advertise with us or to become a sponsor!

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Community MATTERS

Season’s Greetings!!!

It has been a busy last few months for us. We’re getting started

on quite a few projects for the new year, so I wanted to take the time this month to update everyone on what’s happening. Access Control and Security: As I announced just before Thanksgiving, the West and East gates are going to be reconfigured during the second and third weeks, respectively, of this month. The arm barriers will be relocated back some feet from their current positions to allow for a vehicle to pass and assist in preventing piggybacking. Camera upgrades at all gates will also be happening during this time and extend into the new year. This will also include added surveillance to the Town Center and amenities areas, including the basketball court and school bus stop. In early January, you will begin to see a roving patrol around the community after hours. These guards serve as courtesy security but it is important to remember that they are not the police and, as always in case of an emergency, 911 needs to be contacted first and foremost. They will be making rounds through the amenities as well as enforcing overnight and illegal parking rules. Town Center: Ballroom improvements are currently underway. In an effort to better serve the increase of multipurpose usage, the flooring will be replaced from carpeting to a hard surface more suitable for activities such as dancing, Zumba, aerobics, etc. Included in these improvements will also be new chairs and painting of the walls. We are also making some improvements to the HOA office to better accommodate the growing staffing needs, this includes the addition of dedicated reception desk. Villas and Townhomes, Phase 2 (built 2010-2012): As part of the reserve schedule for the Villas and Townhomes for 2017, we are currently reviewing bids for painting and roof cleaning. We expect this project to begin during the first quarter of the year. Please watch for communication on this in the coming weeks. Neighborhood Awareness: I’m currently in the process of reevaluating and reenergizing our Neighborhood Watch Program. If you are a current Block

Captain, please watch for communication on upcoming training and informational events soon. If you are not currently a Block Captain or part of the NW Program but would like to participate, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I’ll be sure to include you in communications. Starting in January, we will be holding a Block Party Series that will last through February. This will be a great opportunity for each of you to get to know some of your Board Members, HOA staff, and meet some new neighbors. Food will be available for purchase. Online registration will open shortly, please watch your emails for more information. Alarm Monitoring by Spectrum (formerly Brighthouse Networks): Be sure to contact Spectrum at your earliest convenience to ensure that your alarm monitoring has been transferred from All Tech. As of 1/1/17, any account still under All Tech Security will still remain active however the homeowners will be financially responsible from that point forward. To schedule your appointment, please contact Spectrum at 855-880-4014 at your earliest convenience. As always, if you have any questions/comments/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in person at the Town Center, by phone (407.888.2704) or email ( On behalf of the entire VillageWalk and Access Management Family, I’d like to wish each of you and your loved ones a prosperous and joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year!!!

At your service,

Valerie Velazquez

Your Community Manager

A Letter From Your

HOA Treasurer

It's been little over three months since the Board Elections were held and I was fortunate enough to get elected. When I was asked to write an article for the newsletter, I wondered what to write. After much thought I felt it would be good to share with my fellow home owners reflections on my first ninety days and what have I learnt. This is my first time to serve on an HOA board so you can call me a rookie Board Member. When I was fortunate enough to earn your vote, I made a commitment to myself to be a student and learn as much as I can about the governing documents, our community and understand what is on homeowner’s minds. I am happy to say that since August 3rd when the elections were held I have interacted with eighty-two residents either in groups/committees or in one on ones. That is eighteen less than the goal of one hundred interactions I had set for myself. I am hoping that by the time you read this I will have reached my goal. It is amazing how much one can learn just by listening. After moving to Village Walk in 2014, I was very curious to know why people had chosen village walk. Then one day one of the residents brought it home for me. She said, and I quote: “The reason we moved to Village Walk was because of how pristine, safe and tranquil this community felt when we first saw it. My sincerest wish is that it remains pristine, safe and tranquil for years and years to come. For us it is more than a home. It is a Life style.” Interestingly but not surprisingly, after interacting with 82 of you I found that most of you have similar feelings. I have also learnt we must use the 80/20 principle to select the areas of focus. We need to focus on the vital few and not the trivial many. We must focus on 20% of issues that cause 80% of problems. But how do you decide what that 20% is? We get there by using, what I call the “ALDC” approach. A is for Ask. Ask the residents. Get their feedback. Ask and Ask again until there is total clarity around the issues.

L is for Listen. Listen to what the home

owners are saying. Listen aggressively. Root causes will emerge.

D is for Decide. Now that we have the

information, make a fact based decision. And

C is for Communicate. Make it logical,

make it crisp and make it fact based, make it timely. It is impossible to expect everyone to agree on the final decision that is made but we owe an explanation to everyone. A combination of 80/20 and practicing ALDC will be one of our operating principles. This brings me to the final but very important learning. We need your help, we need your involvement, we need your participation. We have over 1200 home owners and five Board Members. We need your participation on committees, we need your involvement in open Board Meetings, we need you to join us as we, together, make Village Walk one of the best communities in Florida. I know a “Force of Fifty” is stronger than a team of five. So here is my ask: Will you join the Force of Fifty? See you around the neighborhood and have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season,

Kam Shenai HOA Treasurer

r u o Y r e v o c s i D e l y t s Life

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The VillageWalk community is coming together over the Holidays to decorate the Town Center. This will be the first year that the community has gathered to decorate and complete the preparations for the upcoming holidays. Thank you to everyone who has assisted with the decorations and organizing the committee of volunteers. We have community events throughout the month of December. We will host our first cookie exchange party on Friday, December the 9th. Resident, Cheryl Rose, suggested we host this event so we hope you will bake your favorite holiday cookies and join us! In keeping with the VillageWalk tradition, we will have Santa and his helpers at our Family Santas Breakfast on December the 17th. Enjoy breakfast with Santa and fun actitivies for all! Remember that everyone can particapate in our Fesitval of Lights event on December the 21st. We will be offering a fun day of kids Crafts on that day such as making fun ornaments and much more! Please register your child today. This year you can decorate your Golf Carts and Bicycles and join our Golf Carts and Bicycles Christmas Parade be sure and check your calendars for all the fun happenings in the community. With the New Year approaching, the Lifestyle department is busy securing new events and some exciting new classes to offer in 2017. In January we will be bringing a night of comedy and a talented hypnotist for a show that is not to be missed. Our Valentine show this year will highlight a Barbara Streisand Tribute Show with signature appetizers and

a wonderful Valentine dessert! We continue to work with the VillageWalk community on building and improving our events and programs that we offer. We ask that you join in and attend our Spirit Team meeting this month, we will be meeting on Thursday, December the 22nd at 6pm in the town center. The biggest edition for 2017 will be a VillageWalk 5k walk/run that our resident Gerry Flood is working with other VW residents to host in the spring. Once again watch for all the exciting "new programs" and events in 2017. We will be improving on some of the programs we currently offer, and the new programs will focus on family events. One of our exciting programs for children/teens will be a theatre class each week on Fridays. Our talented resident, Meera Jain, is the facilitator of this amazing new program starting on Friday, January the 6th. Watch for the email and details on registration. We look forward to seeing you over the Holidays and to work with you in the New Year. On behalf of the Lifestyle team we would like to wish you all a very happy Holiday season and a happy New Year to you and your families! Until next year...

Linnette B.

Your Lifestyle Director

Happy Holidays


From the Access Management Team

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Thank you to Hello Photo Studio for the fabulous photos from Trunk or Treat And thank you to all of our residents who participated in this family friendly event!

Charla is the proud owner of the Hello Photo Studio which is located in VillageWalk Shoppes and a VW resident! Book your session with her today by emailing


Don’t forget to register for events and activities via email or at the Town Center. This will help us in planning all programs.

Events & Activities are subject to change. An email blast will

Upcoming Book Clubs December: "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier. January: "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson February: "Last Days of Night" by Graham Moore March: "Devil in the Grove" by Gilbert King Every Third Thursday @ 6:30pm RSVP to Rasha r.mesharafa@rhm-usa-egy. com

Food Trucks Peru Power Tamale Co. (Mexican) 2 Lil Birds (Filipino Hispanic) Molos Miami Grill (Caribbean,Latin America and American cuisine) Big Bellys (Polynesian Fusion) Acai Station Wednesday, December 7th 5:00pm-9:00pm

It All Starts With You Better Health, Financial Freedom, a life that makes a difference. Learn how a Shaklee business can be the vehiciale to help you to create a life you love. Thursday, December 22nd 7:00pm - 8:30pm RSVP to Josefina Sanchez at (407) 234-4267


Scientific Breakthrough in AntiAgeing Increase your overall health and reduce pain, improve sleep and give you more energy amongst many other benefits. Thursday December 1st, 8th & 15th VillageWalk Cardroom 12pm - 1pm RSVP to Johanna Mundy

Latino Salsa Class Come and dance with us. Come in couples, bring a friend to dance with or come by yourself! Let's Just Have Fun! Minimum of 6 people or this class will not be continued! Register Today!! Every Wednesday @ 7:10pm RSVP to Vanessa (407) 780 - 3189

Ladies Shopping Night

FraChaDa's Jewelry & Swags Party Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to Buy Gifts! Come enjoy music, refreshments and win prizes! Wednesday, December 7th @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm Hosted by: Sheila Abrams RSVP at

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SHARE OUR JOY: WE HAVE DONATED A TOTAL OF 3,369 DRESSES! Here’s our 300 dresses packed up and ready to ship to Samaritan’s Purse! These dresses will be part of the Operation Christmas Child program that Samaritan’s Purse organizes and ships. The Tebow Foundation contacted us recently about wanting another donation for Nepal and we will help them with 50-100 dresses for that distribution. We are desperately searching for someone to deliver our dresses to the people of Haiti after the devastation caused from the hurricane. They hadn’t recovered from the earthquake when “Mat-thew” struck the island causing even more destruction. Let us know if you know of any charita-ble group going to Haiti.

Dressed in Hope donated 380 dresses for distribution to Malawi, Africa recently, partnering with Days For Girls for this distribution. We also received 117 dresses from Marianne Bailey and her group from Merritt Island which helped pump up our inventory again. Since 2013, we have distributed 3,369 dress. This year alone we have distributed 2,172 and the year’s not over yet! Come visit us anytime at the VillageWalk TownCenter where we meet every Thursday from 10am - 12pm in the Town Center. All help is appreciated from sewers and non-sewers!

Holiday Decorating

Decorating for Christmas or any occasion can be a bit daunting so here are some suggestions to help with your decorating. Try choosing a theme and then stick to it. For example, you may choose to decorate with a collection of Santas, or pick a color theme like silver and red, or go with a vintage look. Whatever you decide, make sure you choose decorations that work together, at least in the rooms that open onto one another. Set up vignettes displaying your collections. Make sure you vary size and height for interest, which will also keep the eye moving around the display. Pay attention to symmetry and balance.

Often the term “less is more” is the way to go. Adding too many elements can make your décor look chaotic. Layer decorations with care to avoid a look of clutter. Whether you decorate with homemade items or purchased you can create a cohesive look that not only looks great, but shows off your individual style. Happy Holidays! Peace and Joy to all!

Décor by Carol Fisher LLC 407-655-8383

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Cookie Party Exchange!

Friday, DECEMBER 9TH 6:00pm - 8:30pm Bring 2 dozen cookies, an appetizer to share, your favorite Holiday beverage we supply the containers for your cookies, and the fun Holiday atomsphere! Invite your neighbors and enjoy a community event!

Saturday, DECEMBER 17th 11:00am - 1:00pm

eBreakfast, Meet Santa, Decorate Cupcakes, and Magical Holiday Surprises. This event is free and you must be pre-registered

G o l f Carts & Bicycle Xmas Pa ra d e Saturday , December 21st 6:00pm - 8:00pm Decorate your Golf Cart and/or Bicycle in the Holiday Spirit. Arrive at the Town Center by 6pm to line-up. We'll then begin our parade with a drive around the town center circle! Meet back at the Town Center where we will then drive through the community and vote on the best decorated homes! We encourage you to bring your own beverage!

Just Ask AL


Just Ask AL is an anonymous question and answer system, open to all residents, with one simple rule: No HOA related questions. Just Ask AL is entirely confidential, which allows for anyone to ask questions with complete anonymity. The questions can be about anything! Hi Al, I would like to know which Cell Phone company provides the most reliable service here in Orlando. I have AT&T and my wife T-Mobile and the signal is not as good as were back in Puerto Rico. I am looking for good signal and unlimited data. Any suggestions? Thank you, Hector Hello Hector and welcome to VW, I am sure we have many things in common but in keeping it real let’s move ahead. My Wife has T-Mobile and I have, you guessed it, AT&T, what a small globe we live on! We have been present in the Orlando area since 1997 and cell service has never reached a great level by my estimation. We also have a very uncontrollable situation, tourism. Orlando experienced 62 million visitors, of which I am certain most had at least one cell phone. For a city that is around 290,000 full time residents that is quite an ebb tide of additional cell phones. The term bandwidth has a whole different meaning for us folks living here. To compound our issue we have a great neighbor next door, the Orlando International Airport. Airports tend to frown on high towers and any form of signal interruption so I guess we most likely never see too many cell towers in our area. Presently today and for many years past we have had three privately owned towers that lease to all carriers in the Lake Nona area. These cell towers sell bandwidth, nothing more, nothing less. I have scoured carrier ratings for our area and much like Presidential elections the rating vary by who produced it. Bottom line there is no big victor here as far as carriers, they all share the same towers and basically compete with the same amount of volume and may only excel by a better software that will eventually be used by their competitors. So to shorten the blab-blab, unless you want to walk around with a very long phone line you need to shop by cost of offers and customer service because that is all that makes them different. Thanks for the question, Eternally yours, Ask Al

Have a question for AL?? Then ask it today! Email your question to AL at

*Articles, advertisement, and third party events submitted to and published by the VillageWalk at Lake Nona, HOA, Inc. do not express opinion on any one specific or various subjects. Advertisements in the HOA's publications or postings on its bulletin boards are not intended and should not be construed as a recommendation, endorsement or certification of any business, private party, service or product. The HOA strongly encourages all consumers to use their own due diligence before utilizing any business, private party, product or service. The HOA is not responsible for any loss incurred by users of advertised, published or posted products or services.

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We start our day early, opening our doors at 10am Monday-Friday (open at 11am on Sunday) offering locally roasted coffee and espresso beverages; house made breakfast breads, artisan pastries, and breakfast sandwiches (served until 11am). Why Wait? Order Ahead! 407.271.8371

DECEMBER SPECIALS White rice, black beans and homemade pork. $8.99

Homemade pork sandwich with cheese. Tomatoes, lettuce and cheese $8.99 *Sandwich comes with a bag of chips


Eat well, be well during the holidays! The holiday season can be a stressful time of the year. It doesn't have to be. We are often times pulled in several directions at once. Remember to take care of the most important person, YOU! Here are a few survival tips to help you stay healthy. • • • • • • • • • •

Get a good night sleep Eat whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables Eat small frequent meals, don't skip a meal Drink plenty of water Be mindful of sugary snacks & drinks (alcohol included) Exercise - get moving! Connect within (meditate / pray) Good hand washing Just say no! (don't over indulge eating, commitments, etc) Stay on budget

Deanna Snyder is a registered nurse, health coach and wellness advocate. She empowers her clients to live a healthy and vibrant lifestyle by crowding out old habits and replacing them with natural, safe and effective alternatives. For more information and/or a free wellness consult, visit | 407.252.6386 |

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LandscapingUpdate By: Chris Skersick

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. We all have plenty to be thankful for, including the beautiful weather we enjoy this time of year in Central Florida! One thing I want to mention, I am very thankful for, is the positive relationship we have working together with the HOA and Access Management. We face multiple challenges servicing the community and it has been my pleasure to work with these quality people, as we work towards solutions to these challenges. At the time I am writing this we have gone almost seven weeks with no measurable rainfall. As I have said, many times before; with the ongoing issues and the complexity of this irrigation system, we must get some rainfall on a regular basis to avoid turf and plant issues. We will continue to work on trimming palms and installing mulch as we move thru the winter months. As I mentioned in the last newsletter; please be conscious of the work we need to do when you are putting out lights and decorations for the holidays. We will do our best to avoid these areas. The last thing we want to do is cause any damages with our equipment. Exposed extension cords and wires are all susceptible to damage. We want to thank you for allowing us to service your community. We continue to work to improve our processes in attempt to serve you better. We have added some quality employees recently and their impact has been extremely positive. No matter what your beliefs are, I hope everyone takes the time to slow down and enjoy the season. All too often, we get so busy with our daily routines that we lose sight of what is really important. Down To Earth wants to wish all of Village Walk and your loved ones, a safe and joyous holiday season.

If you ever have any questions or concerns you can use our customer service system or contact your HOA and we will do our best to help. We appreciate the opportunity we are afforded, servicing this beautiful community.

Landscape Service Contact Information 844.383.9255 x 0


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VillageWalk at Lake Nona Contact Info Town Center Hours Monday - Saturday 9 a.m - 9 p.m. Sunday 12 -6 p.m.



Meet The Staff Valerie Velazquez - Town Manager Yen Perez - Assistant Manager Resident Services/Concierge: Romy Cuevas James Armstrong Sasha Deleon

Looking for a venue for your next big event? Then look no further! The VillageWalk Town Center Ballroom is a multipurpose room featuring a built-in projector and screen. It is the perfect setting for business meetings, corporate conferences, birthday celebrations, graduations, family reunions, holiday parties, weddings and receptions. If you are interested in booking the ballroom for your next event or for more information, please stop by the Town Center or email for a rental application and rates.

Common Area Maintenance: Michael Ireland - Maintenance Supervisor Irving Alvarado - Maintenance Tech Madalena Costa - Custodian Lifestyle: Linnette Boldig - Lifestyle Director Jamileth Hudson - Activities Assistant



Instagram VillageWalk


VWLakeNona 8524 Insular Lane Orlando, FL 32827 407.888.2704 Fax: 407.888.2948

Festival of Lights


Wednesday, December 21st 6PM - 8PM Home Decorating Contest Categories: Town Homes Villas Single-Story Homes Two-Story Homes Step 1: Drop off your donation of a NEW unwrapped toy at the Town Center Step 2: Pick Up Ballot Step 3: Cruise through the community and choose your top picks in each category Step 4: Return completed Ballot to the Town Center by 7:45pm Each 1st Prize Winner Will Recieve a $25 Gift Card, Bragging Rights and a ‘Winners’ Yard Sign on Display!

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ABC’s of Medicare

When can I enroll in Medicare? What’s the difference between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans? What’s a Medigap plan? How do I get prescription drug coverage? Medicare can be confusing. It’s like alphabet soup, especially when you’re signing up for the first time. To help you or your parents get ready, here are some basics: You are eligible for Medicare at the age of 65. Disabled adults may be eligible prior to age 65. When enrolling in Medicare you have two choices: 1. Original Medicare Parts A and B administered by the government. You’ll also want to purchase Part D (prescription coverage) offered by insurance companies. 2. Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) available through insurance companies. These plans combine Parts A and B. Most also include part D for prescription drug coverage.

Part A covers hospital, skill nursing facility & home health care Part B covers doctors and outpatient services and some physician administered drugs Part C refers to Medicare Advantage Plans which package Parts A and B and most

Part D

include prescription coverage which is Part D

is for prescriptions bought through retail pharmacies

•Parts C and D are offered through insurance companies. The Center for Medicare Services rates these plans on a Star Rating of 1 (worst) through 5 (best). Check them out at •You can sign up for Medicare up to three months prior to your 65th birthday. In most cases if you’re still employed and have health coverage you can delay signing up for Part B and D until you retire. •Signing up for Medicare is easy. Go to the Social Security web site ( or visit your local Social Security Office. Lifetime penalties apply if you don’t sign up when first eligible. When in doubt, contact your local Social Security Office. •For most people Part A is free if you meet the requirements of having worked 40 quarters paying into Social Security. If you are 65 but don’t meet the work requirement you can purchase Part A. Husbands or wives who don’t qualify can enroll under their spouse’s eligibility •Part B has a monthly premium. During 2016 most Medicare recipients earning less than $85,000 if single or $170,000 if married paid $104.90 monthly. Part B premium can be higher depending on your income level. If you’re receiving Social Security, the premium will automatically be taken out of your monthly check. If not, you can pay quarterly or use a monthly bank draft.


•Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan) plans are usually PPO or HMO. These plans have a network of hospitals and doctors that are contracted to provide services through the insurance company. If you go out-of-network you will have to pay all or a higher cost for not using network providers. Part C premiums vary also you will still need to pay the Part B premium. •Part D (Prescription Coverage) cost varies with each insurance company. The formulary (the drugs they cover) and your cost sharing (what you pay when you go to get a prescription filled) may be different with each plan. You can compare plans by going to •Initial Enrollment occurs on your birthday month. With a few exceptions, you can only make changes during the Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP). AEP runs from October 15th through December 7th to make changes which go into effect January 1st. Once you make your choice you are locked in until the next AEP. You can disenroll from a Medicare Advantage Plan from January 1st to February 14th and go back to Original Medicare with a special enrollment to add prescription coverage (Part D). •Medigap policies are available for those who choose Original Medicare. These policies cover some or all of the cost not covered under Parts A and B (such as deductibles and co-insurance). Like Part D, these are sold directly from approved insurance companies. Supplements will have letter names such as A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. Each supplement plan is different as to what it covers. Supplement plans are standardized for all companies, however, the price may be different from each company.

Have questions? Send me an email and I will respond to your questions.

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Team Captains and Team Members are the “foot-soldiers” in the fight against cancer. Team Captains lead their teams by representing them at monthly update meetings in your community. Team Captains are the liaisons between the Event Committee and your team. Relay For Life®, the American Cancer Society's signature event, is a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. At Relay, people from within the community gather to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against this disease. Relay participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. Fighting cancer is a team effort, and a team captain's strength and focus sets the tone for success. You do not have to do this alone, you can have a Co-Chair who works with you. Please Contact Pam Gates today! 630-926-4423

Hello Friends in VillageWalk, Following are a few AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE OF LAKE NONA announcements.Whether you’re interested in leading the VillageWalker’s team, helping out when you’re available, volunteering your time on our Leadership Committee or starting your own team, please take a moment to check out the activities going on in Lake Nona. As always, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! All that is needed is a commitment to “Celebrate a World with More Birthdays”……. We are hosting PAINT FOR A CURE NIGHT on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Watercrest Community Room (Assisted Living facility by Nona Blue). All ages welcome! $40.00 suggested donation includes: Appetizers, Dinner, Glass of Wine/Drink, all paint supplies & instruction. VillageWalk’s very own Elizabeth Gaze will be our Paint Instructor Extraordinaire for the evening.Sign up at: PLEASE SAVE THE DATE… American Cancer Society Relay For Life invites you to join us at our January Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Valencia Community College/Lake Nona Campus in Room 148. Former team members…. Please stop by and say hi! New to Relay For Life? Stop by and learn what it’s all about! Interested but have too many meetings on your schedule? Please let me know and we can get together when it’s convenient for you. COMING IN FEBRUARY…. THE AMAZING RACE in Lake Nona on Sunday, February 12th. Stay tuned! Wishing you all a peaceful Holiday Season,

Laurie Holmes

VillageWalk Resident Relay For Life Lake Nona Community Ambassador 407-592-7044

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Holiday Glam Eye Look Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? Last month’s makeup clinic, “How To Be Photogenic in Every Holiday Photo” was a blast, we learned how to fake a more awake face, used glitter to make our eyes pop, how to strike a pose and why we should say “money” not "cheese" at the click of the camera. We are ready for those group photos and selfies! This month we will finish our holiday makeup clinics with a brand new Holiday Glam Eye Look, absolutely perfect for all your holiday celebrations. Please join in the fun, Wednesday, December 21st Choose 11:00am or 7:00pm RSVP: or phone/text – 407.383.1506 Clinics are complimentary, however you must register to secure your spot, space is limited. All skill levels welcome. Each attendee will receive a goodie bag, and be entered into a drawing for a fabulous cosmetic prize! Merry Christmas Village Walk!!

No sales pitch, just great information!! Village Walk Makeup Clinics are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11AM and 7PM. See you on the 21st!

Kim Wenrich

Your Resident Makeup Junkie!


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Winter Fitness 2016

nter with our wee i W kly his t cla t fi sse t e s joi G n tod ay! Yoga

Village Walk’s only morning Yoga Class meets from 11am-12pm on Mondays and is ideal for students from a variety of Yoga backgrounds and abilities. Cultivating bliss amongst students, well-trainer teacher, Trisha Loubier uses techniques right for students of mixed-levels and styles. Trisha encourages the best from her varied students as they gain strength, flexibility and mindfulness/calming skills. Vinyasa Energy Yoga Level I: Tuesday's @ 6pm - 7pm Vinyasa Yoga/Power Yoga Combo Levels 2/3: Thursday's @ 6pm - 7pm In the Ballroom Contact: Trisha Loubier

Latino Salsa Class

Ven a bailar con nosotros, ven en pareja o trae a una amiga/o para bailar o ven solo... vamos a divertinos! Come and dance with us. Come in couples, bring a friend to dance with or come by yourself! Let's just have Fun! Minimum of 6 people or this class will not be continued! Register Today!!

Wednesdays @ 7:10pm Cost: 1 Class $15 In the Ballroom Contact: Vanessa Feiner

ZUMBA! You've been asking and finally, Zumba has returned to VillageWalk! Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo mixed in with squats, lunges and a few other exercise moves. This is a fun dance and aerobic class where you really will not feel like your exercising as you are having so much fun! This class will fill up quickly so please be sure and contact your instructor.

Mondays and Thursdays @ 7:15pm Cost: 1 Class $6, 4 Classes $20 or 8 Classes $36 In the Ballroom Contact: Ivonet Belgrave *There will be no class 11/20/16 - 12/1/16



Staying Safe This Holiday Season! The Orlando Fire Department and Orlando Police Department want to make sure that you have a safe and happy holiday season and encourage all residents to follow the tips below.

• • • • • • • •

Safety reminders at home: • Keep candles and flammable items out of reach of children and away from curtains • Do not leave lit fireplaces, candles and stoves unattended Extinguish all candles when going to bed or away from home Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly Make sure to use safe holiday lights and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly use them Check the lights for frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets Never use indoor extension cords for outside lighting If you plan on buying an artificial tree, make sure it is fire-retardant and make sure it is sturdy to avoid tip overs Do not place your tree close to a heat source such as a fireplace or heater Keep holiday clutter, ornaments and potential choking hazards away from children

Safe shopping and delivery tips: • There are plenty of opportunistic thieves during the holiday season; make sure your gifts and valuable items are locked inside your house in a secure place • Remember to place packages in your trunk and make sure they are always out of plain sight • Always park in well-lit areas and carry your purse close to your body • If you prefer to do holiday shopping online, make arrangements to pick up your gifts at the post office or keep the tracking information to monitor the arrival of your package to avoid delivery package thefts • Be discreet when discarding boxes after the holidays Safety reminders for drivers: • Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle you if you plan on having alcoholic beverages • If you are the designated driver, pay extra attention and be alert on the roads to get home safely • Have your seatbelt on at all times and avoid any distractions such as texting while driving

City of Orlando District 1 Calendar City Commissioner
- District 1 Jim Gray 407.246.2001

Aide Diane Wilhelm 407.246.3011


OPD Liaison Officer Edgar Malave

What's Up Downtown For the Holidays December 1, 2016 12pm - 1pm Lake Eola – Amphitheater – Pack up your lunch and head to Lake Eola where you will experience song and dance performances by the Russian Ballet Orlando, Mad Cow Theater, Howard Middle School Jazz Band, and Howard Middle School Show Choir. For more information, and to RSVP call 407.246.3789 or contact Rose Garlick Tree Lighting Celebration December 2, 2016 5pm - 9pm Lake Eola – Amphitheater – Kickoff the holiday season at the City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The highlight of the free event is the lighting of the City’s 72 foot Christmas tree featuring 88,000 animated lights. For more information, please visit Laureate Park – New Elementary School OCPS Community Meeting December 7, 2016 6pm-7p.m. Please join School Board Member Daryl Flynn and Orange County Public Schools staff at a community meeting to hear a construction update on Site 44-E-SE-2, an elementary school being built in the Lake Nona Area. The project is at the 40% Construction Phase. If you have questions regarding this community meeting, please call Lauren Roth, Orange County Public Schools Office of Facilities Communications, at (407) 317-3700 Ext. 2023774. Meeting Location – Eagle Creek ES Cafeteria, 10025 Eagle Creek Sanctuary Blvd., Orlando, FL 32832 Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association December 7, 2016 3pm - 5pm A volunteer lawyer from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. will be at the Lake Nona Medical Center’s VA Hospital Canteen Crescent Room from 3-5 p.m. to take applications for civil related (non-criminal) legal assistance. Eola Sunday Market Sunday's10am - 4pm Lake Eola - This market has gained a reputation of being one of the best in Central Florida. The market features

fresh produce, homemade breads, an assortment of local cuisines, beer and wine and a variety of artwork and entertainment.

City of Orlando Hispanic Office for Local Assistance for Residents and Newcomers The HOLA office is for everyone in the City of Orlando. If you are new to the area or need assistance please contact our HOLA Office. The HOLA office offers information about the City of Orlando services, jobs, education, medical services, legal services, and more. 407-254-4652

Office of City Commissioners 400 S. Orange Avenue P.O. Box 4990 Orlando, FL 32802 Fax:
407.246.3010 These events are posted as a courtesy only and could be subject to change. If you have an interest in the event, please confirm before attending. Visit for more information.

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