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Although not within the Vista Lakes community, these local news items from the City of Orlando and Orange County should be of interest to our residents.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year, but frightening statistics confirm that it is also one of the most dangerous nights for our children. To help ensure your little goblins trick or treating extravaganza is as safe as it is entertaining, the Orlando Fire Department and the Orlando Police Department have put together this list of easy to follow Halloween safety tips:



Tricks for safe treats:

For wicked costumes:

When flying your broom:


Hurricane Debris Collection

Hurricane Debris Collection

Crews and contractors are completing their first pass of debris collection in residential areas. As this is occurring, FEMA contractors are currently cutting down tree limbs that pose a threat to power lines, other utilities and personal property. You may notice new piles of debris resulting from this. These piles will be collected in a timely manner.

After crews complete their first pass in your neighborhood, they have been directed to begin a second pass. Continue to place all debris at the curb so it can be collected as quickly as possible, and separate construction debris like fencing from vegetative debris such as tree limbs and branches.

View the Irma debris collection map (*)

Community Connections Workshops

Orange County is holding a series of FREE! Community Connections Workshops(*). Usually held on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, they are designed to help residents make the most of their neighborhoods with topics ranging from "What it Takes to Keep Neighborhhoods Safe" to "Increasing Neighborhood Involvement".

Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Community gardens are spaces for neighbors to come together and grow wholesome and healthy food for their families. They are places for new gardeners to get their hands dirty, and for seasoned gardeners to pass their knowledge on to newcomers.

Community gardens provide a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about how food is grown and to garner an appreciation for where their food comes from. Each garden is self-managed, holds their own waiting lists and bylaws, and organizes community events around the garden.

View a Map of City of Orlando Community Gardens (*)

Annual Drinking Water Report

Annual Drinking Water Report

Beneath Orange County lies a freshwater reservoir known as the Floridan Aquifer. It is primarily fed through rainwater filtered through hundreds of feet of sand and rock in a natural filtering process.

Because of its high quality, the groundwater we use needs little or no treatment other than disinfection and aeration.


Lake Nona Farmers Fresh Market

Lake Nona Farmers Fresh Market

from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Valencia College, 12350 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando.
Orlando, FL 32832.

They are open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

All profits go directly to helping wildlife. For more information please visit their facebook page(*)

FREE Trees!

Free Trees!

Free trees are available through the City of Orlando as a part of its One Person, One Tree program which is targeting a 40% increase in Orlando's tree canopy by 2040.

Trees may be ordered online for residential property within city limits, for the City's rights of way, or for neighborhoods. For more information go to http://www.cityoforlando.net/trees/ (*).

FREE Irrigation Audits

FREE Irrigation Audit

The Orange County Utilities Water Division has a FREE service to help customers make their irrigation system more efficient.  

The audit includes a complete evaluation by a certified irrigation professional contracted by Orange County Utilities who will check all sprinkler zones to ensure there are no leaks and water is not being misdirected onto paved surfaces.  

For more information and to find out if you are eligible for an irrigation audit, please contact the Orange County Utilities Water Division at 407-254-9850 (select option 1, then option 2) or visit occonservewater.net

Plant Clinics for Residents

Plant Clinics

Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5 pm
Orange County Extension
Education Center

Tuesdays, 9am to 12pm
MREC, Apopka

Wednesdays, 3 to 5pm
Leu Gardens


Crime Prevention Grants

Neighborhood Watch News

Do you have a crime prevention project and need funding? If so, the Neighborhood Pride Crime Prevention & Safety Grants are still available.  These grants assist Orange County residents' efforts to reduce crime and increase safety by providing funding for community driven projects.  If your organization is interested, please contact Emily Hanna at 407-836-7371 or by email at Emily.Hanna@ocfl.net.

(*) Clicking these links will take you to a web site not maintained by the VLCA and therefore the VLCA cannot be held responsible for the content displayed.
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