SP- Altamonte Springs Special Needs Recreation

 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.

October 2012 e-Reminders


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In This Issue
Belly Dance
Cheer Camp
Bowling Practices
Thursday Night Out
Nightbird Dance
Congratulations Award Winners
Can you keep a secret?
Calendar Sponsorships
Ballroom Dance Showcase
New bus on the way
Thank you to our Sponsors
Membership Forms and Schedules
 Monthly Highlights 


Oct 1: Bowling

Oct 1: Cheer Camp Registration Opens

Oct 3: Belly Dance

Oct 6: STOP Trip

Oct 7: Ballroom

Oct 7: Cheerleading

Oct 8: Bowling

Oct 10: Belly Dance

Oct 12: Belly Dance Recital

Oct 14: Ballroom

Oct 14: Cheerleading

Oct 15: Bowling

Oct 18: Karaoke

Oct 20: Cheer Camp

Oct 21: Ballroom Dance

Oct 21: Cheerleading

Oct 22: Bowling

Oct 24: Belly Dance End of Season Party

Oct 25: Cooking

Oct 26: RSVP for STOP

Oct 26: Nightbird Dance

Oct 28: Ballroom

Oct 28: Cheerleading

Oct 29: Bowling- Pizza Monday

Oct 31: Happy Halloween


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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

Celebrating 5 Years of Belly Dance Fun! 

Join us for a stunning show featuring: The City of Altamonte Springs Special Needs Belly Dancers- "Troupe Moumayaza". Special guests include: Orlando Belly Dance,  Shimmy Knights of UCF, and many more!


Friday, October 12, 2012 
Show time: 7-9pm
Doors open at 6:30pm 

Lucky Chance Drawing & Snacks/Drinks Available for Purchase

Cost: $2 at the door

Space is limited. Proceeds Benefit Special Needs Belly Dancers


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New Athletes and Volunteers Welcome

 Join us as we learn cheer skills from local guests & dancers. Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10am-4pm. Open to new athletes and current Sparklers ages 6 and up. Lake Brantley South Gym, 1010 Sand Lake Road. Gym located across from Lake Brantley High by Forest City Elem


Cost:$10, includes cheer camp T-Shirt and lunch. Space Limited, Financial Assistance Available. Volunteers Needed.


Register between October 1-7 at www.ASRecreation.org 
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. Drop off and pick up is at Eastmonte Park. *Feel free to send souvenir money for trips.
To Sign Up:  
Please send your reservation to only: 407-571-8814 or
rrel-khoury@altamonte.org on the designated reservation day.   


Next Trip: 

Trip Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012

Time: 8am-7pm
Location: Disney's Magic Kingdom
RSVP Date: Friday, September 28, 2012 

*LIMITED SPACE: Due to the high demand of this trip, we have adjusted the registration process for Disney trips only. After all reservations are received on 9-28, a random drawing will take place to select participants attending this trip.


If you are interested in entering the drawing for the STOP Trip to Disney's Magic Kingdom, please read the following:

  1. Only one voicemail or email is needed on Friday, September 28 to enter the drawing.
  2. Please include the name(s) of the special needs participant who wish to sign up
  3. Please let us know what the participants' ride preference is.
    1. Options are: 1-fast rides, 2-mild/slow rides, or 3-no rides/shopping/shows.
  4. The random drawing will be held after ballroom practice on Sunday, September 30 at 2:40pm.
  5. Participants will be notified on Monday, October 1 if they were or were not selected. We will also announce how many bus seats are available (if any) at that time for participants who wish to purchase their own ticket and attend with the group.  
  6. We will accommodate as many participants as we can; based on the number of tickets we get donated. If we still have bus seats available, we will allow participants on the waiting list to attend the trip, if they are able to purchase their own ticket.
  7. Lunch will be provided on this trip, but participants should plan on bringing money for snacks and/or dinner.
  8. Our normal registration process for trips is to RSVP on the designated day a week prior to the trip (by phone or email). Reservations are then taken in the order received.  However, due to the popularity of the Disney trips, we have adjusted that process to be a random drawing.

Drawing location: Lake Brantley South Gymnasium, 1010 Sand Lake Road Altamonte Springs, Fl 32714. Gymnasium is located ACROSS the street from LBHS. Once on Sand Lake Road, enter into Forest City Elementary (2nd Street Light). Park by the bus loop and follow side walk to the back gymnasium on the right of the elementary school.


Every Monday Excluding Holidays 
SP-BowlingPractice is held every Monday, excluding holidays, at the Altamonte AMF Lanes  from 3-5pm. Cost is $2 per game. Scores are recorded throughout the year and trophies are awarded at the Banquet with participant's high score.
This months dates:
Monday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Pizza will be sold for $1.75 a slice on the last Monday of each month.  

Westmonte Park from 7:30-8:30pm

"Thursday Night Outs" are held on the 3rd and 4th 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 7:30-8:30pm. Cost: $1.00 with refreshments.   *Please let us know if you will be attending the cooking class. 



October 18: Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie                

October 25: Cooking Class  with Ranger Mike (Spo0o0oky Treats)


Friday, October 26, 2012 - Halloween Masquerade  

Themed dances are held one Friday per month from 7-9pm.

Cost is $2 per participant and $1 per companion/family member/guest. Dances are usually held at Eastmonte Park, excluding our June pool party which is held at Westmonte Park. Update: Only drinks and light snacks will be served.

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 Advisory Board's food pantry has closed. Thank you to all that contributed in the past year. We no longer need any canned food donations.

The Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club and Oviedo Parks and Recreation now offer dances on alternate evenings. 
Please click here for 2012-2013 schedule.  



Beatrice Michalski and Elizabeth Pitzer 
 On Thursday, September 6, 2012, The City of Altamonte Springs had the opportunity to thank hundreds of volunteers who serve in our departments.


Special Community Services would like to extend and extra big congratulations to Bea Michalski who received the highest honor- the Mary Lou Wagner Lifetime Achievement Award. As well as congratulate Elizabeth Pitzer who received the Special Community Services Award.


We are so proud to serve with these two ladies and the many other FANTASTIC volunteers! It is amazing to see what we accomplish for our special needs community when we work together as a team! A WORLD OF THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!


Vinnie Coon is retiring and we want your stories! 
 Vinnie Coon, Supervisor of Special Community Services, is preparing to retire in November. She has committed so many years of her life serving our special population, so we invite you to join us in tell her THANK YOU!


We will be creating a "memory book" for her to remember all of her special times with Altamonte Springs Special Population.


Please send us stories, quotes, memories, 'good-bye' messages, and photos that we can include in this book. We ask that you keep this project a surprise to her and submit your stories/photos by Friday, October 19, 2012.


Mail to: Ranwa Nin El-khoury, City of Altamonte Springs, 225 Newburyport Ave, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32701 or email to rrel-khoury@altamonte.org


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 2013 Calendar and E-newsletter by October 12, 2012. Price includes an ad in annual printed calendar (300 distributed) AND ad placement in monthly e-newsletter (over 400 electronically distributed).

Cost: $40/month or $100/ 3months. Please click here for more information  


Save the Date - Sunday, November 18, 2012 

Join us as more than 40 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! 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

From 1:30-2:45pm
FREE with donations accepted
Lake Brantley South Gym, 1010 Sand Lake Road

Featuring our special dancers, volunteer partners and professional exhibitionists. Gymnasium is located ACROSS the street from LBHS. Enter into Forest City Elementary (2nd Street Light). Park by the bus loop & follow side walk to the back gymnasium on the right of the school.

Click Here for Flier


Donations welcome 

As many of you might know, our bus has been out of service for the past year, but we hope to have a new recreation bus in early-2013! Our programs use the bus over 20 times in one year, so investing in a bus of our own is important. 


If you are willing or able to contribute to this expense, please mail your Tax Deductable Donations to:

Advisory Board for Disabled, Inc., 225 Newburyport Ave, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32701


Thank you for your consideration and support!


Thank you for your support


Keep up with news, photos and more!

We have created a Facebook page for our special needs recreation programs. Find us and "like" us to see pictures, announcements and more.
Turn your form in TODAY! 
Every calendar year, we update our participant forms, previously known as Medical Release Form. This form is now called the "Annual Membership Form". This form must be on file for participants to take part in our activities. Forms do not need a doctors signature and can be completed by a parent or guardian. Every participant must update this form annually.  

After completed form is received, participant will be added to quarterly mailing list and monthly e-newsletter. Then participant can begin attending events of their choice. (Select programs require reservation or additional registrations). 


Please click here to download our 2012 Membership Form.
Take a look at what is coming up in 2012

2012 Calendars were handed out at the Holiday Gala. You can also pick one up at any of our events or contact us to have one mailed to you.


Please click here to download our 2012 Event Calendar.

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. The physical address is 837 Magnolia Drive.
Free Sports Training and Competition
Special Olympics Seminole County offers free sports training and competition in over 12 different sports. To learn more or sign up, visit www.SpecialOlympicsSeminoleCounty.org or CLICK HERE to sign up to receive their monthly newsletter.