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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.

Community Connections Workshops


Orange County hosts FREE Community Connections Workshops(*), usually held on the 2nd Saturday of every month. They are designed to help residents make the most of their neighborhoods.

Saturday, January 20 ~ 9:30am to 12:00pm
HOA & Condo Board of Directors Certification Training
101 Beardall Senior Center, 800 South Delaney Avenue, Orlando, 32801

All newly elected or appointed Condo & HOA board members are required by Florida law to certify in writing that they have read their association’s governing documents . In lieu of this written statement, board members may take a course and receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion This workshop meets these certification requirements. This course is conducted by attorneys specializing in mandatory associations. Topics to be covered include review of Florida State Statues 617, 718 and 720, board fiduciary responsibilities and other board governing requirements. Register here

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

Saturdays
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

http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/res_hort/

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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