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Subject: August E-News from the City of Altamonte Springs- Special Community Services

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City of Altamonte Springs & Advisory Board for Disabled, Inc.
The City of Altamonte Springs - Special Community Services and the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc. provide social and recreational activities at a minimal cost to the mentally and physically challenged population, ages 13 and up in Altamonte Springs and surrounding communities.
In This Issue
Belly Dancing
Summer Camp
Chest Freezer Donation Needed
Programs to Resume in Fall
Nightbird Dances
Ballroom Dancing
STOP Trips
Thursday Night Out
Monthly Highlights 
Aug 2: Bowling 
Aug 9: Bowling 
Aug 11: Belly Dancing
Aug 15: Cheerleading Performance
Aug 16: Bowling
Aug 23: Bowling
Aug 25: Belly Dancing
Aug 30: Bowling
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New Photos Online 

For activity photos, visit:

Contact Information
Activities Coordinator:
Ranwa Nin El-khoury
W: 407-571-8814
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
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Coming in mid-August 2010
Our Fall newsletter is on the way. Keep your eyes pealed for it!
Every Monday Excluding Holidays 
Practice is held every Monday, excluding holidays, at the Altamonte AMF Lanes from 3-5pm. Cost will increase to $2 per game beginning on June 21, 2010. Scores are recorded throughout the year and trophies are awarded at the Banquet with participant's high score.
This months dates: Monday,
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Special Olympics Bowling:
Training scores will be collected for Special Olympics eligibility starting on Monday, June 21. To participate in Special Olympics Competitions, bowlers must:
  • Have an active Special Olympics Physical on file before County Games. This form is different from the City of Altamonte Springs's Medical Form.  
  • Bowl 10 games before State Games *Updated Rule*
  • Attend County Games on Saturday, August 21 - Flier Click Here
  • Attend Area Games on Saturday, September 25
  • Let us know that you want to compete by signing up with Nin no later than Monday, July 26
  • Sign Up Sheet will be available at bowling, or call/email to place athletes' name on the list.
 Next Practice: Wednesday August 11 & 25 
SP- Belly Recital 09Our 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)
Camp comes to an end, but the memories last forever
SP- Summer Camp 20102010 Summer Camp has been enjoyable for the group of more than 50 campers and our wonderful volunteer counselors. 
During July, the group enjoyed many great activites like swimming, crafts and a visit to WonderWorks for acrades and Lazer Tag. They were visited by many great guests, including Sanford River Rats Baseball Team, Summer Time Santa, Dr. Hines from UCF who taught them Improvisational Acting, and Ballroom Dancers. They ended the last day of camp by making their own lunches with Ranger Mike and created over 10 different projects during the Arts and Crafts Festival.
Please click here to view photos of the fun!
Volunteer Coaches Needed.
Athlete Registration Opens in October.
 SP- Sparklers Logo
The Altamonte Sparklers are a group of more than 60 male and female cheerleaders with special needs who have been training and competing since 2005. Together the group has attended numerous community events and cheerleading competitions. They are run by the support of the City of Altamonte Springs, volunteer coaches, and generous donors. The Altamonte Sparklers are more than just a cheerleading squad; they are a group of inspirational athletes who have proven that anything is possible- if given the chance!
Athlete Registration
Current and new athletes are invited to our Season Six Registration Meeting on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Details TBA.
Volunteer Coach Opportunities
Volunteer Coaches are needed to help run our upcoming season. Volunteers help choreograph, teach, and perform dance routines, skills and cheers for athletes with special needs. Coaches may choose which team to volunteer with, or assist with both. Sign up before August 29.
Spirit Team: October 2010 thru early December 2010
Competition Teams: February 2010 thru April 2011 
Volunteer Coach Requirements:
  • Attend practices on Sundays (Time commitment of 2-3 hours a week)
  • Ages 16 and up
  • No cheerleading experience necessary but is preferred
  • Required to complete an Affidavit of Good Moral Character; an Authorization for Criminal History Check; and a Level 2 nationally fingerprint-based records check
  • Community service hours are granted 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Purchasing uniforms and equipment for more than 60 athletes and traveling to competitions across the state of Florida is not easy. Without the financial help of many generous individuals and organizations, the Altamonte Sparklers would not be able to continue. 
For more information on registering, coaching or sponsoring, contact:
Ranwa Nin El-khoury at 407-571-8814 or

For the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.
The Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc. is in search for a chest freezer. The needed size is 25 cubic feet. If you have a chest freezer that you can donate, or know someone that can help, please contact Vinnie Coon at 407-571-8812 or 


 FALL 2010
 Dances Resume in September 2010
Themed dances are held one Friday per month from 7-9pm. 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).
 Next session begins in October 2010
USA Dance - Central Florida will be offering another Ballroom Dancing workshop in October 2010. Details TBA. Volunteers needed and welcome. Keep an eye out for registration details. 

Photos from the 2010 May Showcase are available online at:

 "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:

Trips Resume in September 2010.
 Westmonte Park from 7:30-8:30pm
"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. 

 Program will resume in September 2010.  

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

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