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Weekly Newsletter
October 9, 2019
The team at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse loves to bring you enjoyable events, as well as activities provided by Clubs & Groups, made up of our residents. To stay informed, please view all information provided throughout the newsletter.

To view Clubs & Groups events, see the bottom half of the newsletter.
Coffee with BrightView
Mulch Update
Brightview will be hosting Coffee with the Landscapers this Friday, October 11th  at 9:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room . Please join us as they introduce new team members and their vision for additional improvements coming to Victoria Gardens.
 
Annual Mulch Installation
 
This year we will be utilizing a new vendor for the mulch installation. The mulch will be blown in the beds, not spread by hand. The only exception to this will be around screen enclosures. Those areas will still be spread by hand to reduce dust and debris from entering the screened areas. 
 
Shredded Cypress and Pine Bark are the two mulch options throughout Victoria Gardens. Historically, we have refreshed beds based on what was currently in those beds but in the last few years we have had requests to switch from one mulch type to the other. If you would like to switch your mulch type please email  vghoa@evergreen-lm.com  with your name, address, phone number and which mulch you would like to have installed by  October 18, 2019 . Please be advised, removal of your existing mulch will be the homeowners responsibility. 
 
If you are not switching mulch types, no action is needed. 
 
Additional information will be sent out once the installation dates are confirmed.
This Week at Victoria Gardens
Oct 9 - Oct 15
S ave the Dates
(Click the  ORANGE  titles to view the corresponding flyer)
Oct 12 Oktoberfest
Oct 16 Book Club Meeting
Oct 17 ARC Meeting
Oct 17 Trivia
Oct 21 Sub Station
Oct 22 German Teaching
Oct 25 Coffee with Management & Advisory Committee
Oct 27 Nature Walk
Oct 29 Transition Committee Town Hall Meeting
Oct 30 Wine Social
Transition Committee Town Hall Meeting 

Magnolia Ballroom
Tuesday, October 29
6 pm - 7 pm
  WILDLIFE OF
VICTORIA PARK
by John Serrao
Click here to view the new Self Guiding Nature Trail booklet.
Preserve Trail System:  The new access point from Kolter Phase 6 development is now open. The grass is a bit high but will be mowed again in September before the monthly trail walks hosted by Margaret Goldschneider & John Serrao.
Upcoming Events
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Architectural Review Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 17
3-5 PM | Craft Room
Trivia


Thursday, October 17
6:30 PM
Magnolia Ballroom
Restaurant Hours
Open for Lunch:
Monday - Friday |11 am - 2 pm
Open for Dinner:
Wednesday - Friday | 5 pm - 9 pm
Open for Breakfast:
1st & 3rd Saturday | 8 am - 11 pm

Poolside Service:
Saturday & Sunday | 11 am - 2 pm

To make reservations, visit the Resident Service Desk or call 386.785.2700, Opt. 1.
Join Us for Our International
 Bite Nights!



Island Oasis Frozen Beverages

Enjoy a delicious frozen beverage poolside
this weekend!

Non-alcoholic frozen drinks and
smoothies available.

Click here to view all of our flavors.








Join us this weekend for
our Poolside Menu!
Banquet Rentals

Banquet rentals are a part of the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse operating income. The generated income benefits the residents by helping to offset some of the homeowners association fees. The Clubhouse team is here to accommodate resident programs and activities as scheduled. However, there may be some adjustments to the location of the activity/fitness class etc. As those changes occur, we will keep you posted via the weekly newsletter so you can prepare properly. 
Community & Clubhouse Announcements
Walking and Jogging in Victoria Gardens

Spending time outdoors in our beautiful community is relaxing and enjoyable. When walking or jogging in the community, it is important to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Walkers and joggers should look out for things such as wildlife, moving vehicles and bikes, and other things that can put you in danger while simply taking a walk. Be mindful of where you're walking and always use the sidewalks when available. When crossing the street, always cross at a crosswalk and be sure to make eye contact with any drivers nearby before doing so. This will ensure that the driver sees you and that it is clear to walk. Wearing reflective clothing at night can help alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing or is near. Lastly, never walk or run alone at night. For your safety, take a friend or spouse with you. 
Bear Season

Fall is upon us and it is important that we take precaution as black bears begin to prepare for winter. Bears will eat anything that is convenient to them, including trash. Residents should secure their garbage cans and any other trash receptacles that may be on their property. 
 


Here are a few tips from the Wildlife Conservation Commission that will keep you safe and bears away from your home: 

  • Secure household garbage in sturdy sheds, garages or wildlife-resistant containers. 
  • Put garbage out in the morning of pick up rather than the night before. 
  • Clean grills and store them in a secure place. 
  • Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove from the ground. 
  • Remove wildlife and bird feeders from your yard.  

Also, remember that intentionally feeding bears is prohibited and against the law.
 
If you encounter a bear on your property do not attempt to scare the animal away. Instead, get to a secure location and contact the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
Fitness Center Rules & Regulations 
 
The team at Victoria Gardens is dedicated to keeping you safe while working out in the Fitness Center. While you're getting fit, it is important to keep in mind that safety is first. A great way to protect yourself while working out is to always wear closed-toe rubber-soled shoes such as sneakers for proper workouts. Flip flops or sandals are never a good idea when working out. Below are a few rules and regulations to remember when working out: 

  • When using gym equipment always sanitize the equipment after each use. This will control germs and other bacteria from spreading. 
  •  Sports drinks and plastic water bottles are permitted provided they are sealed or capped.
  • Casual workout attire must be worn at all times in the Fitness Center. Upper body garments are required at all times. 

To view all Fitness Center Rules, click here .
Fitness Class Updates

F itness classes are occasionally relocated, changed or cancelled.
To keep you informed, we will update any fitness class changes here.






New Fitness Class!

Zumba Step will be replacing Zumba starting this Friday from 10:15 am to 11:15 am.



Covenants Friendly Reminders

The Covenants Corner is here to bring you information on the do's and don'ts of Victoria Gardens. Reminders are posted each month to keep you informed!

  • Click here to view Septembers Covenants Reminders.
Advisory Committee Corner

The advisory committee would like to improve their communication with you!

Click here to view the minutes from the July Advisory Committee Meeting.
Message From the Advisory Committee

  1. 135 parking spaces are required per City requirements for the Clubhouse of which 5 need to be handicap.
  2. 131 regular parking space and 9 handicap. Parking spaces are currently provided for a total of 140 parking spaces.
  3. Handicap parking space requirements are 12' wide per stall and 5' wide access aisle. A regular parking space is 9' wide.
  4. Handicap parking spaces shall be located so that the person does not walk behind any other parked car other than their own. There are 4 locations where handicap spaces could be added but this would require the loss of 8 regular parking spaces, 2 each for every handicap space, and a net loss of 4 parking space reducing the total parking lot count to 136 spaces.
  5. Residents in the past have expressed concerns that for various events the parking lot has been full and the Gardens are not at total build out. Reducing the total number of parking spaces may not be agreeable to residents.
Home Rental Reminders

Please remember the governing documents have specific leasing requirements. If you are going to lease your home please review the documents prior to leasing. These requirements include but are not limited to the following:
 
All leases shall be in writing and shall have a term of at least seven (7) months. Homes may not be leased for short term or vacation rentals.
No more than two (2) leases may be entered into in any one year.
Within ten (10) days of a lease being signed, an Owner shall notify and supply the Community Management Office with a copy of the lease
The owner must give the tenant a copy of the governing documents
 
Any questions regarding leases should be directed to the Community Management Office.    
Landscape Services

The BrightView Welcome Portal is your one stop destination for submitting and tracking requests for landscape services.

To get started, visit BrightView Hoa Connect and register using the unique community code sent to your private email address.

In addition to submitting requests using the BrightView Welcome Portal, we also encourage all residents to use the BrightView kiosk located inside the Clubhouse.

For additional information click here.  
Guardhouse Procedures

Gatehouse Information Reminder

All permanent changes or updates to homeowners’ guests lists may be made by contacting Maureen Philips at the Community Management Office at (386) 738-2112
x 101 or via email,  mphilips@evergreen-lm.com . Temporary guests or vendors may be entered by the homeowner by dialing the voice line at (386) 736-4772. 

Click here more information on the Guard House System.
Notice a Good Deed?

Spotlight a Team Member

If a staff member has given you exceptional service please visit  www.evergreen-lm.com and share your feedback.
Just click  ‘Good Deeds’  on the toolbar.


Drop off Your Old Flag

The clubhouse will now be accepting old and tattered flags. Drop off your flag and we will give it the
proper retirement.
Victoria Gardens Clubs & Groups
Paint Party with Amanda
Victoria Gardens Men's Club
Line Dancing

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Sew & Sews

Attention Victoria Gardens Residents! 

Do you like to quilt/sew/knit/crochet? Then come & join the Sew & Sews any Wednesday morning (9am-12pm) in the craft room at the clubhouse. We also go out for lunch on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pictured are some members of the group enjoying a weekend quilting retreat in the multi-purpose room.
Library Volunteer Committee

We wanted to again welcome all our new residents, and to thank ALL our residents for their support of our library.  We can tell by the books on the return cart, that our neighbors and friends are definitely taking advantage of having the convenience of our library. We have added some newly donated books to our shelves, and we would like to thank the donors wholeheartedly. Others will enjoy their generosity.

Just a reminder though, to please check the copyright dates in your prospective donations, as we cannot keep books with a copyright older than 2011. Magazines should be the current or no more than one month old. Our space is limited and we try and do our best to keep things looking good and having a current selection to choose from.

Again, thank you for your support and enjoyment of the library.

Victoria Gardens Library Committee
Victoria Gardens Women's Club
Enlightened Health
Victoria Gardens VeeGees
MUSIC AT THE GARDENS

Do you enjoy singing, being part of a musical production or playing an instrument in a small group? Maybe you’d like to try and have some fun! There are several opportunities that are available right now. 

VeeGees

Singers are always welcome for small groups or the larger choral group which perform for special events and a holiday concert. Production help is needed in the areas of lighting (particularly spotlight), stage manager and crew. Piano accompanists are always welcome. 

Instrumental Group

A new instrumental group is being formed. Brush the dust off your instrument! There is a need for a drummer, a string bass player and trumpet player. 

If any of these opportunities spark an interest and you would like more information, please contact Deane Booth, Director of Music for the VeeGees at boothmusic@cfl.rr.com.
Card Games & Groups

COME PLAY DUPLICATE
 BRIDGE!
 

Wednesday | 1 p.m.
 
Seeking new and experienced players to join us. For those new to duplicate, the same hands are played at each table and scoring is based on relative performance. In this way, every hand, whether strong or weak, is played in competition with others playing identical cards, and the element of skill is heightened while that of chance is reduced . In other words, if you get a good or bad hand, so do the other players. It is fun to compare how others played the same hand.
 
Stop by (usually in the multi-purpose room) any Wednesday between 1 and 4 p.m. to meet the players and sign up to be called when players are needed. You are invited to join us!
Hand, Knee & Foot Lessons

Welcome all new residents to a fun and interesting card game. Monday at 1:30 PM is the time for teaching anyone who wants to learn how to play.      
    
Regular game times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1 PM in the card room. Please try to come at least 15 minutes before 1 PM so we can make certain how many players will be participating. 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all.

Attention Hand, Knee and Foot Players:

The Hand, Knee and Foot tournament has been cancelled due to low participation.
Gin Rummy Players Wanted:

Tom Johnson is searching for Gin players who are looking for an afternoon or evening for fun camaraderie Gin games.

Please sign up in the Activities Binder.

Once Tom has an appropriate amount of players interested, there will be a meeting to determine the best day and time to play.

Contact Tom Johnson with questions or concerns.

Tom Johnson - TJ2721@Aol.com
Pinochle
Every Friday
1 p.m. | Multipurpose Room



Interested in playing Pinochle? Stop by the Clubhouse and join in!
-All are Welcome-
Bridge
Every Friday
Beginners/Refresher
1 p.m. | Library



For more information contact
Martha Shanahan: mmshans@aol.com


Poker
& Texas Hold'em

Please join the Poker players on Mondays 2 pm to 4 pm, Tuesdays 6 pm to 8:30 pm, Wednesdays for Texas Hold ‘em from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and Poker Thursdays 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
Victoria Park Events
Contact Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker to sign up!
Email: JTucker@Evergreen-LM.com
Phone: 386.279.7700
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