From: Ranwa Nin El-khoury
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 2:05 PM
To: Ranwa Nin El-khoury
Subject: October 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

Oct 2: RSVP for STOP


Oct 4: Ballroom Dancing

Oct 4: Cheer Registration for New Members

Oct 5: Bowling

Oct 7: Bellydance Dress Rehearsal

Oct 7: Craft Night

Oct 9: 50's Sok Hop

Oct 10: STOP Trip

Oct 11: Ballroom Dancing

Oct 11: Cheerleading Practice

Oct 12: Bowling

Oct 14: Bellydance Dress Rehearsal

Oct 15: Karaoke Night


Oct 16: Belly Dance Recital

Oct 18: Ballroom Dancing

Oct 18: Cheerleading

Oct 19: Bowling

Oct 22: Cooking Class

Oct 23: Nightbird Dance

Oct 24: Play Your Way

Oct 25: Ballroom Dancing

Oct 25: Cheerleading

Oct 26: Bowling

Oct 28: Belly Dance End of Season Party

Oct 29: Movie Night




NEW Photos Online! 

September Nighbird Dance- Click Here


September STOP Trip- Click Here


Ballroom Dancing- Click Here


Volunteer Banquet- Click Here


And More!


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

  FANTASTIC 50's SOCK HOP - Parents Only!


Friday, October 9, 2009 from 6-10pm 

Join us at Eastmonte Park for entertainment by "Sky's the Limit Music". Refreshments will be available. Games & tons of fun for all ages! Prizes for the best costumed couple & individual plus lots more!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets available at Westmonte Park Office or Eastmonte Civic Center.

All Proceeds Benefit the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.




"Saturday Time Out for Parents" 

STOP Trips (Saturday Time Out for Parents) 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 by phone or email. Only ONE voicemail or email is needed.


Next Trip: 

Disney’s Epcot

October 10, 2009 from 8am-7:30pm

RSVP on October 2 by phone or email 

Drop off and Pick Up at Eastmonte Park
(We ask that RSVPs begin on that day to ensure an equal chance for all participants)


FOR THIS TRIP ONLY, RESERVATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE RSVP DATE AND RANDOMLY DRAWN OUT OF A HAT. Participants who are selected will be notified between Saturday October 3 thru Monday October 5. Usually, reservations are taken in the order received, but this trip has very limited space and a high interest level. 





Come One, Come All!!

Friday, October 16, 2009 from 7-9pm


bellyJoin us for a stunning show featuring: The City of Altamonte Springs' Special Needs Belly Dancers "Troupe Moumayaza"

Special Guests Include:
Shimmy Knights of UCF & Orlando Belly Dance

Located at Eastmonte Park, 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32701.

Cost: only $2.00 at the door - spread the word!
Lucky chance drawing & Light refreshments available for purchase
All Proceeds Benefit Special Needs Belly Dancers - "Troupe Moumayaza"
Click Here for more info.




Friday, October 23, 2009 - HALLOWEEN BASH

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

Cost has increased to $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).





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, October 6, 12, 19, 26


Good Luck to those athletes competing in Special Olympics State Games on Fri-Sun October 30-Nov 1 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.




Westmonte Park from 7-8:30pm

"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 from 7-8:30pm. Cost: $1.00 with refreshments. Please Click Here for Schedule.

Oct. 8: Crafts & Games - Halloween Crafts
Oct. 15: Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie
Oct. 22: Cooking Class with Ranger Mike - Halloween Treats
Oct. 29: Movie Night - Halloween Movie




The Central Florida Chapter of USA Dance has been teaching a workshop on Sundays from 1:30-2:30pm at Lake Brantley South (Gymnasium across the street from LBHS).


Participants are having a great time and have already learned to dance the merengue and the swing. 


Please click here for photos of the dancers in action.


Family & Friends Showcase: Sunday, December 13 from 1:30-2:30pm





bellyPlay Your Way was developed by Physical Therapy students from the University of Central Florida to provide FREE  opportunities for children ages 5-12 with special needs to participate in fitness activities while interacting with others in the community. "Play Dates" will be held at Westmonte Park from 9-11am. 

Upcoming Play Date: Saturday, October 24 

Sign up at:  

The first Play Date on September 26 was a huge success. To view photos, click here.




Space is limited

Registration for new team members will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Lake Brantley South from 4-5pm.  

Practices will begin on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 until April of 2010. Athletes range in ages and are divided into 3 different performance squads. Each group prepares for local competitions, performances, parades, and other community events. Please contact Nin for more info.


Altamonte Sparklers Head Coach - Ranwa Nin El-khoury at 407-571-8814 or





barbCongratulations on receiving the 2008-2009 Special Community Services Award at the Annual Eddie Rose Awards Night.


Barbara was recognized for volunteering at many City events, but devotes countless hours to our special needs cheerleading squad; known as the Altamonte Sparklers. Barbara has been volunteering as a Team Mom for many years and her contributions are essential to our 55 member squad. Whether she is keeping track of paperwork, collecting uniforms, or chaperoning an overnight trip, we can always count on Barbara to get the job done right and with a positive attitude.


We would also like to congratulate the other nominees of this award: Carolyn Bayer and Marie El-khoury.


Thank you to all of our volunteers - we couldn't do it without you!