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.

April 2013 e-Reminders


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In This Issue
2013 Forms
Nightbird Dance
Thursday Night Out
Bowling Practices
Spring Sprint 5K
Belly Dance
Winter Camp
Winter Camp
Winter Camp
Ballroom Dance
Sparklers Cheerleading
New bus on the way
Thank you to our Sponsors
 Monthly Highlights 


April 1: Bowling

April 6: STOP Field Trip

April 7: Cheerleading

April 8: Bowling

April 10: Belly Dance

April 12: Nightbird Dance

April 13: Cheer Competition

April 14: Cheer Competition

April 15: Bowling

April 18: Karaoke Night

April 20: Spring Sprint 5K

April 21: Cheerleading End of Season Banquet

April 22: NO BOWLING

April 24: Belly Dance

April 25: Cooking Class

April 26: RSVP for STOP Trip

April 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

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. If a participant does not turn in a form by the end of March, their status will be marked 'inactive', making them ineligible to attend events and will be removed from our quarterly mailing list.  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.   


"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, April 6, 2013 from 9am-4pm
Fantasy of Flight  www.fantasyofflight.com/
RSVP on Friday, March 29, 2013


Saturday, May 4 from 10am-4pm

31st Annual Softball Game- Altamonte Specials vs. Local 6 News

RSVP on Friday, April 26, 2013


Friday, April 12, 2013 - Country Hoe Down

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

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:    April 18       Karaoke Night with DJ Franckie

4th Thursday:    April 25       Cooking Class with Ranger Mike         

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, April 1, 8, 15, 29
Pizza will be sold for $1.75 a slice on the last Monday of each month.  

To benefit the Advisory Board for the Disabled

Run, walk or sprint in the Annual Spring Sprint 5K Walk/Run on April 20 at Cranes Roost Park. The race includes competitive runners, walkers, teens and families of all skill levels. This popular 3.1 mile race takes off at 7:30a.m. from Uptown Altamonte's tower plaza. Participants follow a multi-terrain, double loop course around the European style plaza, boardwalks and cobblestone-style pathways.


Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit two local non-profit organizations. The Altamonte Springs Advisory Board for the Disabled, which enhances programs for people with disabilities and special population social activities. And the Altamonte Christian School, in support of the school's community outreach program for children.


So grab your sneakers and meet us at Cranes Roost for the Spring Sprint 5K on Saturday, April 20! For details, visit: http://asrecreation.org/5KRace.php 


Next practice is Wednesday, April 10 & 24, 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. 


Volunteers Needed. Camper Registration begins in May  
Camp is offered on Wednesdays for 8 weeks in June/July at Eastmonte Recreation Center. The camp include the following activities: swimming, crafts, field trips, guest speakers, games, and much more! Bring your own lunch and we provide the rest! The cost is $50.00 total per camper. First day of camp is Wednesday, June 5, 2013



Volunteer Registration: April 1-19, 2013

The number of volunteers recruited will determine the number of campers we can accommodate. Please consider getting involved.
For more information - Click here.  
To sign up as a volunteer - Click Here.


Camper Registration: May 6-10, 2013 (or until filled)

Camp fills up quickly, so please take some time to review the registration process. For registration information - Click Here.   


Ages 3-5, 6-18, and 18 and up

Special Needs Swim Lessons are geared toward individuals with special needs ages 3 and up. Sessions are designed to meet the needs of each individual by offering (8) 15-minute classes with 1:1 instruction (1 swimmer to 1 instructor). Classes are held M-Th for two weeks in a time slot between 6pm-6:45pm. Select your time slot when registering. Cost: $40/session for residents and $55/session for non-residents. Financial Assistance Available. Space is Limited.

2013 Session Dates will be announced in the next e-newsletter. 


Free tickets available to participants

The Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc. has a limited amount of tickets available for the Bahia Shriners Circus at UCF on Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28 (Show times at 1pm or 6pm). If your participant would like tickets, please click here


Spring Showcase 

 Congratulations to our Ballroom Dancers who performed in the Showcase on Sunday, March 17. They put on a beautiful and entertaining show. Click here for photos of the show


Thank you to everyone who made the show possible:

John Davis - Event Emcee, USA Dance, Orlando Chapter President

City of Altamonte Springs - Facility/Staff

Dale Wenner - Workshop Instructor

Bobby & Judi Chapman- Music DJ & Sound System
Altamonte Florist- Flowers
Oscar Rosa, Positive Vibe Productions- Videographer

Joey Badders - Videographer
Amy Luek - Refreshments

Bob Buckley-Photography, www.rbuckleyphoto.com , (321) 356-9653

Guest Performers & Volunteer Dance Partners

SPECIAL NEEDS DANCERS - You are Inspirational!



Gala at the Gallery II 

 Thank you to USA Dance and Macy's Furniture 

Gallery for hosting a Ballroom Dance Fundraiser to benefit the Advisory Board for the Disabled, Inc. on Sunday, March 24, 2013. The evening was filled with music by Bobby & Judi Chapman, guest performers, prizes and lots of fun! And best of all, close to $800 was raised for the Advisory Board for the Disabled to continue to provide social and recreation programs to our special needs community. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THIS EVENT.  

Thank you to our Season 8 Sponsors 
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. Athletes are currently preparing for their final competitions for the season on April 13-14 in Jacksonville. GOOD LUCK SPARKLERS. 


Thank you to all the sponsors who helped us meet our financial goal for this year.


Halliday Products    
Adriana, Coach Jay and Kenney Family  
Dye & Barry Family   
Merrell Family   
Platinum Cheer Gear    

4Rivers Smokehouse   
Bredahl Family   
Roszak Family    

Byrnes Family   
Carter Family   
Chris, Damian, Mary & Dacia   
Consumer Advocates, LLC   
Davis Bakery   
Francisco & Ena Rivas   
Gochenour / G.R.L. Inc.   
In Memory of Nathan Sheldon   
Rapid Programs, Inc.    
Schlier Family   
Wittick Family    

Annamarie Nieves & Family   
Funaro Family   
Joanne Counelis   
Megz VanLoon   
Samantha Diaz   
Seaver Family   


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 the summer of 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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