From: Altamonte Recreation
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To: Ranwa Nin El-khoury
Subject: November 2010 - 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
Ballroom Dance Showcase
Nightbird Dances
STOP Trips
Thursday Night Out
Belly Dancing Practice
New Office Space
Monthly Highlights 

Nov 1: Bowling

Nov 7: Ballroom Dancing

Nov 7: Cheerleading

Nov 8: Bowling

Nov 11: Crafts & Games

Nov 12: Nightbird Dance

Nov 12: RSVP for STOP

Nov 13: Cheer Performance

Nov 14: Ballroom Dancing

Nov 14: Cheerleading

Nov 15: Bowling

Nov 15: Cheer Performance

Nov 18: Karaoke Night

Nov 20: STOP Trip

Nov 21: Ballroom Showcase

Nov 21: Cheerleading

Nov 22: Bowling


Nov 29: Bowling

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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
Lake Brantley South
1010 Sand Lake Road
Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

SP-BallroomJoin us as 27 dancers with special needs and their partners showcase their new beautiful talents. After only 8 weeks of training, the dancers are ready to perform different dance styles with grace, poise, and energy! 

Doors Open: 1PM, Show Time: 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Located at Lake Brantley South Gym
1010 Sand Lake Road, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714.
Gymnasium is located across the street from LBHS. Enter into Forest City Elementary (2nd Light), park by the bus loop and follow sidewalk to the back gym on the right of the school. 

FREE with Donations Accepted
Special Needs Dance Performances, Exhibition Performances and Light Refreshments Available.

Ranwa Nin Elkhoury, 407-571-8814,
John Davis, USA Dance, 407-644-6286,

SP- Ballroom Flier

Saturday, October 30, 2010 
Teachers in Action with Person with Disabilities, a partnership between the University of Central Florida and UCP of Central Florida, is hosting its 2nd Annual Halloween Bash for children with special needs and YOU are invited!

The Halloween Bash takes place on Saturday, October 30, 11AM-3PM at the Loch Haven Park Neighborhood Center in downtown Orlando. This *free* event provides a safe and supportive venue for hundreds of children, youth, and adults with disabilities to come together as a community and enjoy a little seasonal fun with family and friends. The event is targeted to children with special needs, but it is open to all ages and abilities; no special invitation or RSVP is required. Full details are available via our homepage, Please join us for a "spooktacular" good time!
Friday, November 12- Decades Dance
Best of the 50's 60's 70s 80s
SP-dance50sThemed 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).
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club and Oviedo Parks and Recreation now offer dancers on alternate evenings.
Next dance is November 19, 2010- Turkey Trot at Riverside Park in Oviedo. Please click here for more information.

 "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 on the designated reservation day.   

Next Trip:

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Time: 9am-4pm
RSVP Date: Friday, November 12

 Westmonte Park from 7:30-8:30pm
SP- Crafts"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. 
Nov 11: Crafts & Games
Nov 18: Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie
Nov 25: CANCELED- Happy Thanksgiving
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, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 25

Held on Friday, October 15, 2010
SP-BellydancersOur Special Needs Belly Dancers & family members put on a beautiful production at Eastmonte Park. They were accompanied by many wonderful dacners from Orlando Belly Dance and Shimmy Knights of UCF.

To see photos of the event, please click here.

Special Thank You: 

  • Dance Companies and Raffle Prize from Orlando Bellydance
  • Guest Dancers: UCF Shimmy Knights, Belda, Bashira Dancers
  • Raffle Prizes from Arabian Nights
  • Photography: Brion Price Photography
  • Costuming: Dottie Magill & Marion Van Loon
  • Emcee: Kevin Lajeunesse and Mike Wilson 
  • Production Staff: Belda, Jose, Joey, Bea, Winston, Andrea, Barb, Charbel
  • And a BIG thank you to the special needs bellydancers & their families for all your dedication and support!

    Registration Closed. Upcoming Performances.  
     The Altamonte Sparklers are a group of more than 80 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!
    Upcoming Performances
    November 13, 2010 - Autism Speaks Walk at Cranes Roost Park
    November 15, 2010- UCF Mens Basketball Pre-Game Show
    December 16, 2010- Special Olympics Florida All Star Football Game

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Without the financial help of many generous individuals and organizations, the Altamonte Sparklers would not be able to continue. Please click here for package options. 
    For more information, contact:
    Ranwa Nin El-khoury at 407-571-8814 or

    Same Park.. New Location
    The Special Community Services' office has been moved to a new building. It is still located at Eastmonte Park, but can be found in the building to the right of the park's entrance gate.

    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 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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