From: Ranwa Nin El-khoury
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 12:03 PM
To: Ranwa Nin El-khoury
Subject: April E-News from the City of Altamonte Springs- Special Community Services

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City of Altamonte Springs & Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.


Monthly Highlights

·  Apr 5: Bowling

·  Apr 8: Crafts/Games

·  Apr 10: No Boundaries 5K

·  Apr 10-11: Cheerleading Competition

·  Apr 12: Bowling

·  Apr 14: Bellydancing

·  Apr 14: Free Health Presentation

·  Apr 15: Karaoke Night

·  Apr 16: Nightbird Dance

·  Apr 16: RSVP for STOP

·  Apr 17: Buddy Ball Dedication Day

·  Apr 19: Bowling

·  Apr 22: Cooking Class

·  Apr 23: Cheerleading Banquet

·  Apr 24: STOP Trip

·  Apr 26: Bowling

·  Apr 28: Canceled  -Bellydance

·  Apr 29:  Canceled - Movie Night

·  Apr 30: RSVP for May STOP  



NEW Photos Online! 




Contact Information

Activities Coordinator:
Ranwa Nin El-khoury
W: 407-571-8814
C: 321-463-0675
F: 407-571-8809


Mail To:
  225 Newburyport Avenue Altamonte Springs Fl, 32701

Office Location:
Eastmonte Park
830 Magnolia Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Activity Locations:
Eastmonte Park
830 Magnolia Drive
Altamonte Springs, Fl 32701

Westmonte Park
624 Bills Lane
Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714

AMF Altamonte Lanes
280 Douglas Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714



Friday, April 16, 2010 - Country Hoe Down

Themed dances are held one Friday per month from 7-9pm at Eastmonte Park. Refreshments are provided.

Cost is $2 per participant and $1 per companion/family member/guest.

Prizes awarded for dance contest winners, costume contest winners & birthdays! If you have a group home or a large party, please call in advance and we will reserve your group a table(s).




"Saturday Time Out for Parents"

STOP Trips take place one Saturday a month and are socially, physically and educationally beneficial field trips. Cost: $3 per person with lunch provided. *Feel free to send souvenir money for trips*
To Sign Up: 
You must RSVP on the designated day a week prior to the trip by phone or email. Reservations are taken in the order received. Only one message is required. Space is limited. Please send your reservation to only: 407-571-8814 or  


Next Trip:

Shriners Circus at UCF
Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9am-4pm

RSVP on April 16

We ask that RSVPs begin on one specific day to ensure an equal chance for all participants




Competition Results and Final Competition

Congratulations to the 55 Sparklers who took part in the JamFest Fun Jam in Kissimmee. The cheerleaders did a wonderful job at their first competition of this season.


Their final competition will be at the CheerSport Grand Championship in Jacksonville Florida on April 10-11, 2010. Best of Luck to all the athletes!





The Stars are Shinning!

City of Altamonte Springs - Special Community Services & USA Dance are proud to host the Special Needs Ballroom Dance Part 2, taught by instructor Dale Wenner. This season we have twenty-two dancers with special needs and a large bundle of volunteers.



Special Needs Ballroom Showcase:
Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 1:30-2:30pm


Make sure to check out photos of the lovely dancers from the 2009 Showcase: MYPHOTOALBUM or KODAK 





Every Monday Excluding Holidays

Practice is held every Monday, excluding holidays, at the Altamonte AMF Lanes from 3-5pm. Cost is $1.75/game. Scores are recorded throughout the year and trophies are awarded at the Banquet with participant's high score.

This months dates:
Monday, April 5, 12, 19, 26




Westmonte Park from 7:30pm-8:30pm

"Thursday Night Outs" are held on Thursday evenings, excluding the 1st Thursday of the month. They are designed to allow participants to get together and just have some fun! Events are held at Westmonte Park and time has changed to 7:30-8:30pm. Cost: $1.00 with refreshments.


*Please let us know if you will be attending the cooking class. 

April 8: Crafts & Games
April 15: Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie

April 22: Cooking Class with Ranger Mike  

April 29: Movie Night - CANCELED 




Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our Special Needs Belly Dancers & family members meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month to exercise & prepare for performances. Location has been changed to Eastmonte Park from 6:30-7:30pm. Cost: $1.00/person. (Practice held once a month during Jan/Feb and Jun/July)


 Class on April 28, 2010 has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.




Volunteers Needed, Registration Opens in May

Volunteers are needed - please click here for more information.

Camper Registration begins May 3 - please click here for more information.




Saturday, April 10, 2010  

Altamonte Sports and Programs along with Fleet Feet Sports are hosting the Second Annual "No Boundaries 5K Race and Walk" on Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:30am at the Eastmonte Recreation Center.

This event is for people of all ages and abilities. Proceeds will go to the Advisory Board for the Disabled to help complete the second phase of the "Boundless Playground" at  Eastmonte Recreation Center.

We invite you to participate in this event to help raise awareness of the obstacles that children with disabilities face and to raise funds for the expansion of the "Boundless Playground".

You may register online prior to the race or register the day of the race starting at 6:30am.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact: Richard Handwerk, Program Manager,, 407-571-8743




Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 7pm at Eastmonte Park 

TOPIC: "Natural health Alternatives for Children with Special Needs and an introduction on how Quantum Laser Neurology and Nutrition can help your children."

Presented by Neal Wieder, DC, DCBCN, DCCN

Chiropractic Physician/Acupuncturist/Nutritionist
A volunteer for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a national non-profit foundation dedicated to educating the public about various wellness topics for children and adult.


There is NO-Charge for this talk which will last approximately one hour from 7pm to 8pm on April 14, 2010 at Eastmonte Park, Meeting Room One.


He will be discussing the current use of low level laser technology for enhancing brain function for Autistic children and children with special needs. In addition, discuss safe methods of assessing children for toxicities, food issues and alternatives to correct these issues, naturally using homotoxicology other current state of the art nutritional alternatives.  Parents will leave the discussion with a foundation of knowledge that may help improve their children's overall functioning. 


Please RSVP to Neil Wider before April 14, 2010
Phone: 407.330.0240

Fax: 407.330.9432




Saturday, April 17, 2010  

The Buddy Ball Field dedication will be April 17 at 9:00am at Eastmonte Park. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes followed by a game starting at approximately 9:45am. Concessions will be on hand along with entertainment, caricature artist and face painter. For more information, contact: Contact Sarah Reece at 407-463-2504,,





For Your Support of the Sparklers Cheerleaders

The Halliday Foundation made a very generous donation to the Altamonte Sparklers Cheerleading Squad allowing them to purchase brand new uniforms and sports warm-up suits. Their support is greatly appreciated by all the athletes, families and coaches.  


Athletes Tracy Barry and Brett Jones, along with Coach Nin, present a Plaque of Appreciation. 





Ages 5 and up

PLAY YOUR WAY, developed by Physical Therapy students from UCF, provides FREE opportunities for children ages 5-12 with special needs to participate in fitness activities while interacting with others. For more information, visit 


BAMBINO BUDDY BALL This division encompasses players ages 5-20 who are either physically and/or mentally challenged. This division makes allowance for a "buddy" to help the player swing a bat, round the bases, catch a ball, etc. Register today to take part in the March season. Contact Sarah Reece at 407-463-2504,,






Please make sure to turn in your 2010 Medical Form. These must be on file for participants to take part in our activities. Forms do not need a doctors signature and can be completed by the parent or guardian. They can be mailed to you or can be downloaded by clicking here.


Please Click Here to download the 2010 Winter/Spring Newsletter. This document has been updated since the Holiday Gala and was mailed out to all families.

Please remember that the information listed in the newsletter is more current then the calendar. Calendars were handed out at the Holiday Gala. If you did not receive your calendar, please pick one up at any of our events or contact us to have one mailed to you. Calendar can also be downloaded by clicking here








Ranwa Nin El-khoury   
Special Needs Activities Coordinator
City of Altamonte Springs
225 Newburyport Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

' 407-571-8814
6     407-571-8809

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