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Subject: October 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
Belly Dancing Recital
Calendar Sponsors Needed
STOP Trips
Ballroom Dancing
Nightbird Dances
Thursday Night Out
Belly Dancing Practice
Award Winners
Remembering Johnathan
New Office Space
Monthly Highlights 
Oct 1: RSVP for STOP
Oct 3: Ballroom Dancing
Oct 3: Cheerleading Registration
Oct 4: Bowling
Oct 6: Belly Dance Practice
Oct 9: STOP Trip
Oct 10: Ballroom Dancing
Oct 10: Cheerleading
Oct 11: Bowling
Oct 13: Belly Dance Practice
Oct 14: Craft Night 
October 15: Belly Dance Recital
Oct 17: Ballroom Dancing
Oct 17: Cheerleading
Oct 18: Bowling
Oct 21: Karaoke Night
Oct 22: Nightbird Dance
Oct 24: Ballroom Dancing
Oct 24: Cheerleading
Oct 25: Bowling
Oct 27: Belly Dance End of Season Party
Oct 28: Cooking Class
Oct 31: Ballroom Dancing
Oct 31: Cheerleading 
Oct 31: Happy Halloween! 
Quick Links

2010 Events Calendar

2011 Medical Release 

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
Lake Brantley South
1010 Sand Lake Road
Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714
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Save the date: Friday, October 15, 2010 
Our special needs belly dancers will be hosting their 3rd recital. Come out and watch our beautiful dancers, plus many other professional dancers, including Orlando Belly Dance and Shimmy Knights of UCF. 
Friday, October 15, 2010 from 7-9pm
Eastmonte Park, 830 Magnolia Drive
Cost: $2.00   Click here for flier
Sign up before Friday, October 15, 2010 
Want to promote your business? Make a dedication to a lost loved one? Send a special shout out? or Boast about your special angel?

Then sign up to sponsor our 2011 Calendar and E-newsletter. Price includes an ad in annual printed calendar (300 distributed) AND ad placement in monthly e-newsletter (over 400 electronically distributed).
Cost: $40 for 1 month or $100 for 3 months. 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, October 9
Time: 8am-7:30pm
Location: Disney's Magic Kingdom
RSVP Date: Friday, October 1
*Let us know if particpants likes to ride slow rides, fast rides or none at all.  
IMPORTANT NOTE:After all reservations are received on Friday, October 1, 2010, we will conduct a random drawing to select the participants attending. Participants will be notified on Monday, October 4 if they were or were not selected.
As a reminder, this is not the normal procedure for the STOP trips, but was designed to handle the high interest level of this particular trip.

Register between September 13 - October 1 
The Central Florida Chapter of USA Dance will be teaching an 8-week workshop on Sundays from 1:30-2:30pm at Lake Brantley South (Gymnasium across the street from LBHS). Open to previous and new members.  
Start Date: Sunday, October 3           
Cost: $20.00 
Registration: September 13 - October 1
Space Limited, Financial Assistance Available 
Please click here for registration paperwork
 Friday, October 22 -  Halloween Bash
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).
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club and Oviedo Parks and Recreation now offer dancers on alternate evenings. Please
click here for more information.
 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. 
Oct 14: Crafts & Games
Oct 21: Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie
Oct 28: Cooking Class with Ranger Mike
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, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Special Olympics Bowling:
Congratulations to all the bowlers who competed at Area Games on September 25. Drawings for State Games will take place in the next week or two. Good Luck! 
Next Practice: Wednesday October 6 and 13
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)
Friday, October 15, 2010 from 7-9pm
Eastmonte Park, 830 Magnolia Drive
Cost: $2.00 
Athlete Registration held on October 3, 2010.
 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 between 3:30pm-5:30pm at Lake Brantely South Gym, 1010 Sand Lake Road. Please contact Nin for more information prior to attending.
(Gymnasium is located across the street from LBHS. Park at Forest City Elementary and follow the side walk passed the bus loop and towards the back portables, field and gym).  
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 ASAP.
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

Winston Jones & Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.
The 25th Annual Eddie Rose Appreciation Night was held on Thursday, September 9, 2010. Many volunteers gathered for a beautiful evening of food, entertainment and awards.
We sincerly appreciate all of our volunteer's time and commitement, but we would like to congratulate the following award nominees and award winners.
Special Community Services Award
Winner: Winston Jones
Nominees: Marie Elkhoury, Marion Vanloon
Outstanding Service Organization Award
Winner: Advisory Board for Disabled, Inc.
Nominees: Altamonte Springs Woman's Club, Halliday Foundation, USA Dance, VFW Post #10147
June 23, 1993 - September 6, 2010
Johnathan Miglio, age 17, of Lake Mary, FL passed away Monday, September 6, 2010. He was born June 23, 1993 in Hershey, PA to Ross and Karen Watson Miglio. 
Johnathan had a smile that could light up a room and a personality and laugh that was infectious. He made people realize that life was great and a gift from God.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to;
Pediatric Pavilion Childrens Home
4448 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32840
attn: Marie Schiavi 407-513-5000
Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.
225 Newburyport Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Vinnie Coon or Ranwa El-khory, 407-571-8812 or 407-571-8814.
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.
Vinnie, Nin and Fran are still getting settled into their new work place.
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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