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.

February 2013 e-Reminders


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In This Issue
2013 Forms
ASPD Golf Tournament
Nightbird Dance
Thursday Night Out
Bowling Practices
Belly Dance
Ballroom Dance
Winter Camp
Sparklers Cheerleading
New bus on the way
Thank you to our Sponsors
 Monthly Highlights 


Feb 2: STOP Field Trip

Feb 3: Ballroom Dance

Feb 3: Cheerleading

Feb 4: Bowling

Feb 6: Winter Camp

Feb 8: Nightbird Dance

Feb 10: Ballroom Dance

Feb 10: Cheerleading

Feb 11: Bowling

Feb 13: Winter Camp

Feb 17: Ballroom Dance

Feb 17: Cheerleading

Feb 18: Bowling

Feb 20: Winter Camp

Feb 21: Karaoke Night

Feb 22: RSVP for STOP Field Trip

Feb 22: ASPD Golf Tournament

Feb 24: Ballroom Dance

Feb 24: Cheerleading

Feb 25: Bowling

Feb 27: Winter Camp

Feb 27: Belly Dance

Feb 28: Cooking Class


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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
Have you turned in your 2013 Form?

2013 Membership Forms are due ASAP

Click Here to Download a 2013 Membership Form

These forms are REQUIRED for participation. We update these forms annually, so that means EVERYONE needs to fill this out for 2013 if they wish to attend programs. Pick up a form at any of our events, print one out, or request it by mail. Please complete all the information requested on the form. It is all used to help our staff/volunteers get to know your participant and in case of an emergency.   


To benefit the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc.

Calling all golfers (and sponsors too!) Altamonte Springs Police Department will be hosting their annual golf tournament on Friday, February 22, 2013 to benefit- us! That's right, proceeds from this event will help fund the Advisory Board for the Disabled, who co-sponsors many of our fantastic recreation programs, like STOP Trips, Nightbird Dances and the new recreation bus to come!  


To find out more, please click here. To register, click here. Thank you for your consideration and support!


Friday, January 8, 2013 - Sweethearts Dance

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.  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. Other items in need: markers, glue sticks, scissors, coloring books, etc.

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




"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: 
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
rrel-khoury@altamonte.org on the designated reservation day.   


Next Trip(s): 

Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 8am-4pm 

Blue Springs/DeLeon Springs & Old Spanish Sugar Mill
RSVP on Friday, January 25, 2013 - TRIP FULL   


Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 8am-4pm
Strawberry Festival in Plant City
(Drop off & pick up at Westmonte Park
RSVP on Friday, February 22, 2013


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. 



3rd Thursday:    February 21        Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie

4th Thursday:     February 28       Cooking Class with Ranger Mike



 Thank You to Sheryl Rivas from Chic-Fil-A and USTA Florida for a very special Cooking Class!

During January's cooking class, we made bananas filled with peanut butter and chocolate chips, wrapped in foil and baked then drizzled with caramel sauce and whipped cream! But most important a great big thank you to Sheryl from Chic-A-Fila and her husband for bringing out trays of chicken, salad, and a special appearance by THE Cow. She also set up several different tennis based games and a great time was had by all. Visit our facebook page for photos and videos of the fun!

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, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Pizza will be sold for $1.75 a slice on the last Monday of each month.  


Next practice is Wednesday, February 27, 2013

 Our Special Needs Belly Dancers & family members meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Eastmonte Park to exercise & prepare for performances from 6:30-7:30pm. Wear comfortable clothes or belly dance clothing. Coin belts are recommended and are available. Bring water. Cost:$15/season. Financial Assistance Available. Family members/guests dance free. 


Save the date!
Spring Showcase is March 17th

Our Ballroom Dancers meet on Sundays to prepare for their big showcase on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:30pm at Lake Brantley South Gym. Keep an eye out for more information - we would love to see you at the show!   



One month of fun down ...one month to go 
 Camp is offered on Wednesdays for 8 weeks in January/February at Eastmonte Recreation Center. During the month of January, close to 50 campers have enjoyed baking, martial arts, zumba, kick boxing, bowling and more. Campers created and launched Bottle Rockets (congratulations RED team for winning) and traveled to Wonderworks for some competitive Lazer tag. Super Awesome Cool Pottery taught campers how to make tea cups, while Mad Science presented all about about BUGS, and Creatre Inc gave our teams an hour long lesson on the African Drums!!  


To see photos of all the fun, visit our Facebook Page and click photos. You can also catch video clips of our super cool and super long camp hand shake!   


Season 8 Sponsors Needed 
 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 over 6 cheerleading competitions. They are run by the support of the City of  Altamonte Springs , volunteer coaches, and generous donors. Athletes are currently preparing for their two competitions for the season- March 23 at the Orange County Convention Center and April 13-14 in Jacksonville.


We are still in need of sponsors to meet our financial goal for this year. If you are interested in sponsoring the team, please sign up before February 8, 2013. Click Here for more information and contact Sparklers Head Coach - Ranwa Nin El-khoury at 407-571-8814 or rrel-houry@altamonte.org  


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


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