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Weekly Newsletter
November 13, 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.
Save The Date
New Years Eve Celebration
This Week at Victoria Gardens
Nov 13 - Nov 19
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Saturday, November 16

10 AM
Meet In front of Clubhouse
S ave the Dates
(Click the  ORANGE  titles to view the corresponding flyer)
Nov 21 Architectural Review Committee Meeting
Nov 25 Coffee, Cookies & Coloring
Nov 25 Harvest Buffet at The Vine Bar & Bistro
Nov 27 Wine Social
Nov 28 Happy Thanksgiving! (Clubhouse is Closed)
Nov 29 Clubhouse Closed
  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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Thursday, November 21

3-5 PM | Craft Room

ARC Surverys

Please remember to include a copy of your survey notating where the changes are being made. Requests submitted without the survey may be disapproved due to lack of documentation.
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

To make reservations, visit the Resident Service Desk or call 386.785.2700, Opt. 1.

Poolside Service Announcement

Seasons are changing and so is our poolside service.
Effective Saturday, November 16 the weekend menu will be discontinued.

An assortment of snacks is available at the front desk to satisfy any cravings.

See you next Summer!
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
Craft Room Unavailable
Due to the Women’s Club Charity Auction basket making the Craft room will be closed on the following days: 

Friday, November 8 th  through Friday, November 15 th

We appreciate your understanding.
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. 
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.
  • Mary will be substituting Pilates and Zumba on Friday, November 15.

  • Tracy will be teaching Boot Camp on November 21.

  • Frankie will be teaching Low Impact Aerobics on November 22.

  • Valerie will be teaching Active Adult Fitness class on Tuesday, December 3rd.

  • Frankie will be teaching Low Impact Aerobics on December 12.
New Fitness Class Alert
Cardio Lite
 
Walking is the safest physical activity for training and increasing your cardiovascular fitness. Mix walking intervals with some fun dance steps and good energetic music, moving at your own speed and increasing your enjoyment of exercise.
 
A one-hour class for those who would like an hour of walking and dancing, made easy. No equipment needed, just good supportive and comfortable shoes. Wear comfortable loose clothing and bring water and a sweat towel. Chairs will be available for participants who would rather sit. This class can be done standing or sitting.  
 
Participants will stretch at the beginning and end of class. Bring your step trackers and watch the steps add up. A great way to reach your step goals!
 
This class will be taught by Mary O'Shaughnessy and will follow her Stretch and Strength class on Tuesdays. Cardio Lite will start at 11:30, ending at 12:30.  
New Fitness Class
Zumba Step



Zumba Step will be replacing Zumba on Friday's.

This class begins at 10:15 am and ends at 11:15 am.

Steps are optional.
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
Chaverah Dinner

The Chaverah dinner will be held on Monday, Dec 16 at 6 PM.
Please sign up at the Front Desk by Wednesday Dec. 11.
The cost is $18.00 per person (including tax and tip)
 
The menu is :
Matzo Ball Soup or Salad (Choose One)
 
Brisket
Green Beans
Potato Latkes
Dessert
 
Roast Chicken ( Specify White or Dark Meat)
Green Beans
Potato Latkes
Dessert
 
Salmon ( Specify Grilled or Blackened)
Green Beans 
Potato Latkes
Dessert
Grandma's Cookies Club
The Grandma's Cookies Club is dedicated to baking cookies for service men and women who cannot make it home for the holidays.

Peggy Porter first sent cookies to her grandson, Nick, who was stationed in Italy last year during the holidays. They were so good that he shared them with his fellow air men and they were a hit! She even got letters and cards thanking her for her kind gesture.

This year she is hosting the 1st Annual Grandma's Christmas Cookie drive and needs your help!

If you're interested in joining Peggy, click here to view the flyer.
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
Warm Clothing Drive
 
Once again our Women’s Club is sponsoring a warm clothing drive to assist the homeless and needy in our DeLand community. And we will begin our collection on Saturday, November 16.  The items needed, for both men and women are:

Jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, flannel shirts, tennis shoes, boots, gloves, stocking caps, knit/cotton scarves, new socks (calf size for men and knee-socks for women), sleep socks, regular size blankets, comforters, and large size throws.
 
So begin cleaning out your closets, and bring your donations to the box in the Craft Room beginning November 16.  We’ll collect for several weeks, until December 7. Your donations will be given to the Mercy Hour ministry at First United Methodist Church and will be sorted and readied for distribution to those in need before Christmas.  
 
If you have any questions, call Ellie Freund at 386-736-1203 or email her at  ellief30092@peoplepc.com .   
 
Thanks so very much!
Enlightened Health
Bowling Club
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.
LEARN TO PLAY PICKLEBALL! 

( Weather gets better every day!)
 
Pickleball instruction for beginners and those who would like to review rules and play strategies will be held at the pickleball courts on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, October 30, at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions will be identical.
 
Paddles and balls are available at the courts, but if you have your own paddle, please bring it. Comfortable court shoes that will not leave marks on the court are very important and you may want to wear a hat, visor and/or sunglasses.
 
Why pickleball? A sport of all ages. Easy to learn. Great recreational sport. Fun way to exercise. Get in shape. Meet great people. 
 
For further information or if you have questions, contact Ed Pritchett at 386-626-3378 or epritchett@cfl.rr.com.
Congratulatiopns to Randy Kelly and Mary Carson for placing first in the Tennis Lovers Round Robin Tournament on Nov 3. 

Second place went to Magda Lightner and Karol Ondrek.

We had a great turn out with good competition. After the competition prizes were awarded and the group enjoyed pizza and friendship at the courts.

Thank you to all who participated and thank you to the clubhouse for providing the prizes and for all of their support.

Be on the look out for our next event in the Spring.

THE TENNIS LOVERS

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.
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

New Schedule
 
Poker is held on Monday's at 2 pm and Tuesday's at 6:30 pm.
 
Texas Hold'em can be played on Wednesday's and Thursday's at 6 pm. There will be a table available both days to play Poker beginning at 6:30 pm.    

Victoria Park Events
Contact Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker to sign up!
Email: JTucker@Evergreen-LM.com
Phone: 386.738.2112
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