Lake Juliana Landings Homeowners' Association, Inc.​​​
A Florida Not-For-Profit Organization

LJL HOA Holiday Party with Santa's Elf and Winter Haven High School Orchestra

          It all began with a delicious dinner prepared by Head Chef, Susan Kovac, and served by the HOA Board members to the 180 HOA members to celebrate the holiday season.  The LJL Choir under the baton of Barbie Scribner performed Christmas songs for the crowd.  Following dinner, an elf from the North Pole provided gifts of goodies and gift certificates to the lucky winners.  
     
          The evenings' program continued with a seasonal celebration of music provided by the WHHS String Orchestra.

          A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped the evening to be a successful event.  Special thanks to the chairperson Susan Kovac and her many happy elves who helped setting up, prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after the affair.

Thanks to the many volunteers that set up the Clubhouse for the evening dinner.  Here are just the last volunteers putting on the final touches.
Then came the crowd ... over 180 of the LJL HOA-member residents attended.
LJL HOA Board members served the meal to the members.  Alex, Lee, Bob, Dee, Jan, and Les are readying their trays for delivery.
Who would have guessed that LJL has its own choir.  Music director Barbie and the choir and head musician Ken provided the music prior to the dinner.
Here's a shot of the many gift baskets along with gift cards that were awarded to the lucky ticket holders.
To round out the night of food, merriment, and fellowship, the WHHS String Orchestra performed for the crowd.
Santa's Elf, Lee, along with Susan Kovac, chair for the event, awarded gifts to the lucky residents.  Assistant Elf, Judy, hides in the background.
Photos courtesy of  Jerry Baker and Dee Walter.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas . . . 

Over a dozen residents took to creating a Christmas atmosphere at the LJL Clubhouse today, Saturday, November 24.  It was all spearheaded by Diane Keene and assisted by Jo Shepker and Susan Kovac.  Besides these leaders so many took the time to decorate the facility.  Thanks to all that took time to come and prepare the building inside.  Of course, we can't forget to mention the husbands, too, that took part.  Thank you all.
The Elf Express mailboxes are ready . . . waiting for mail . . . no postage needed.
Of course, when the 'boss' comes and puts in extra hours, so does the worker.
and six hours later, here's Diane
putting some final touches on bows.
What's the Clubhouse without Jo Shepker and her crew putting together centerpieces ?
And the reason for our celebration !

Fall Animal Races End in Darkness 

     It was a lot of fun for 8 of the 9 races planned.  The power went out during the 8th race but the race was completed with many cellphone flashlights lighting the Clubhouse. 

     The 9th and final race was completed also in darkness.  This all added to the excitement as those on Juliana Boulevard and other parts of the community were without power for about two hours.

     Thanks to George Schneck for being the 'head' jockey for this event.  George has spearheaded the animal races for the last five years.  Our jockeys, Cindy S., Bob K., MaryLou M., Ed K., Dave F., and Cathy T. provided a lot of laughs for the nearly 125 residents in attendance.
The 'jockeys' are at the post ... waiting for the start of race #1.
Not seen in the above picture are the jockeys finishing the 9th race in total darkness.
George and his pet duck explain how the evening betting and race is run.
So the betters are ready to win big in each of the nine races.
And it's the Bunny Rabbit in the lead with the allligator and snail not far behind.
The four betting windows are open where you place your $.50 bet on the various animals for the races.
The 5th race brought out the jockeys and their animals 100 years later . . . and they could hardly make to the first turn with their walkers !

Lake Juliana Landings' Residents Honor Veterans

      A full Clubhouse of nearly 125 residents honoring our 40 LJL military veterans attended on Monday, November 12, the 2018 official observation day of World War 1 Armistice and national Veterans' Day.  A special presentation honoring each military man or woman preceded the lunch.

      The attendees enjoyed grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with residents providing salads and desserts.
The man with the music, Ken Scribner, local music-man-extraordinaire provided the live patriotic music.
Bennet and Autumn, members of local JrROTC high school programs presented "The Colors" followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by the crowd.
Veterans Celebration
2018
As usual, it's more desserts than salads ... we know what we like in food.
Here's Barbie proud of her contribution to the dessert table.
Set and ready for the onslaught of residents (totalling nearly 125) for the luncheon.  So many pitched in to set up, grill the food, and clean up folloing the meal.  Thanks to so many who made this day successful.
A little socialization is good for the residents.  All tables were full awaiting the start of the day's event.
Here are the youngest to the oldest military at today's event.  From left to right, Autumn (High School Navy JrROTC), Bennet (High School Army JrROTC), Vern Ferguson (Army veteran at age 97), and Youth Leader from Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, Auburndale, chaperon for the JrROTC students.
Of course, what begins must end, too.  June and Jean start the clean up of the meal.  Thanks to Jean, too, as she was the food / kitchen chair this year.
Photos courtesy of  Dee Walter.

Tony and Trish Begin the "Party Season" at LJL

It was the '50s, the 60's, and the 70's all over again at LJL Clubhouse as Tampa musicians, Tony and Trish, provided the evening with the sounds of the past.
It wasn't dance all night long (it ended at 10 pm - the bewitching hour for LJL residents) as lots of laughter and conversations were enjoyed.
Live music for the evening brought many to the Clubhouse with entertainment by Tony and Trish.  Of course, what would the night be without a little boogaloo from the "Dance Man" at LJL (Lynn on the right video).
Here's our Twist and Shout for some of the more courageous folks.
A cold adult beverage and snacks help make the evening fun.
To the left, to the left, to the right, to th right . . .
The Cha Cha Slide . . .

Look Out Guys for This Gang of 15 !

Under the training of officers from the Polk County Sherrif's Office, fifteen women from LJL were instructed recently on self defense including giving the ladies confidence, courage, and skills to protect themselves.

The Personal Safety and Women’s Basic Self Defense class covered basic safety tips and techniques to help women escape a potentially life-threatening situation. 

The ladies were able to practice their prowess on "B.O.B." ... the county's Body Opponent Bag ... great instruction was offered and the ladies had a few laughs, too, during the one hour class.
Here's part of the crew that is now trained in self defense.
PCSO experts in self defense prepare the group on the basics first.
Sheriff officers demostrate the proper techniques in addressing an attacker.
Poor BOB gets it from Linda !
BOB is not smiling as Susan steps up to take her turn at accosting BOB !
Photos courtesy of  Dee Walter.

Ladies' Day Out and Ford's Garage =  Fun Time and Good Eats

The September LJL ladies' luncheon was held at the new eatery, Ford's Garage, located just off I-4 and US 98 in Lakeland.  The restaurant known for its prime burgers and craft beers recently opened in Lakeland.  The ladies' bunch is always on the lookout for new digs for their monthly luncheons.
Sandi, Linda, and Donna are glad to see that Happy Hour at Ford's Garage begins at 11 a.m. !!!
It's always a happy time when the 'gals' get together.  Good friendships created by neighbors of LJL.
Chatting, laughing, eating, and a beverage is what the ladies' luncheons are all about.  Good times always with LJL activities.

LJL Ladies:  If you haven't joined us for lunch yet, please join us on the third Wednesday of each month to meet.  Restaurants chosen are always posted in the Clubhouse and announced at Wednesday Coffees.  Join us next time -- October 17, 11:30 a.m. - Next restaurant to be announced soon.

Photos courtesy of  Dee Walter.

Labor Day Celebration at LJL

     An extraordinarily larger crowd than normal participated in the annual Labor Day celebration with a potluck/cookout and bag toss matchup.  Reportedly, 138 people participated in the event that was hosted by the HOA and chaired by Lou and Art Kollasch.  Music was provided by LJL musician-extraordinaire, Ken Scribner.  Bag Toss tournament was directed by Jim and Theresa Trasoline.  Thanks to our chefs and grill masters, too, for the hot dogs on the grill.

Chefs getting ready for the crowd.
In spite of a little rain, the party goes on!
A lttle horseplay until the meal is served.
So which comes first, the desserts or the main course ?
Seems there is a gathering at the sweets table first !
Ken is always there to provide his talent in music.
And the meal begins . . . 

Corn Hole Videos

The Slabaugh's Corn Hole Competition.
The Baker's Corn Hole Competition.
Photos and videos courtesy of Cindy Schlink and Dee Walter.

Bay Care Blood Drive at L J L . . . Thank you . . .

Thanks to the volunteers that gave a pint of life-saving blood to the recent blood drive sponsored by Bay Care and chaired by Joyce Stock.

Eight units of blood were collected and, hopefully, in the later fall, the blood drive will repeat.

Thanks from Bay Care for your blood donations.
Learn more from Polk County blood collections centers from the web connections listed here below:

The Big Red Bus

Bay Care Blood Center

American Red Cross


Just click on the links above.
Blood donor volunteer, Janice Adams, gets ready to have a 'draw' by registering with the Bay Care Blood Drive nurse.
Photos courtesy of Cindy Schlink.

L J L Residents Bid Fond Farewell

A crowd of Lake Juliana Landings residents gathered on Wednesday, August 15, to bid a bon voyage to seven-year employee and all-around handyman, Darrin King.  Darrin is leaving LJL and the Sunshine State for his former home in Ohio.

Darrin will be sorely missed due to his kindness, his cheerfulness, and always helpfulness to the residents LJL.

 "He was always so kind to us and pitched in wherever help was needed whether or not it was his job" stated a long-time resident of LJL.

We are so grateful to have had Darrin with us for the past seven years.  Wishing well to Darrin, he was presented with a special cake and a token gift from residents.  Darrin was also given a guitar at Christmastime by the residents and each person present today was able to sign his prized guitar.

Wishing you the best always, Darrin from your resident families of LJL.
Making an offering of thanks and appreciation, Barbara Roberts, upper left picture, presents Darrin King with a token going away present and a cake in his honor.

Darrin couldn't be smiling more as he displays his cherished guitar that was signed by the residents present on this day.
Below: Residents line up to sign Darrin's guitar.
Left:  Residents gather to honor Darrin.
Left:  LJLManager, Cindy; Mary, Office Manager; Darrin and Barbara ready for cake.
Always friendly, meek and mild-mannered and guitar strumming and biking and kayaking kind of guy, Darrin.  We will sincerely miss you. 
Thanks to (left to right) Joyce Stock, HOA President; Barbara and Ed Roberts, organizers; and Cindy Cuthill, LJL Sun Manager, who brought this event in honor of Darrin together.
Photos courtesy of Dee Walter and Cindy Schlink.

Picture Collage from Fourth of July, 2018
        Art and Lou Kollasch, Chairpersons

Thanks to Art and Lou Kollasch and all the volunteers who made this July 4th dinner a success.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and Klondike bars were served.  Thanks to Ken Scribner who played music during dinner.  After dinner there was a corn hole tournament.  Entry was $1 with the top three winning money.

Photos courtesy of Jerry Baker.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo - 2018 -  L J L Style

     Nearly 90 LJL residents attended this year's Cinco de Mayo ... all enjoyed great homemade tacos with all the fixin's, chips with homemade salsa (thanks, Dan), iced tea/lemonade, and topped off with a Mexican cookie.

     A give-back of ticket price went to four lucky winners.  Special entertainment was Charlie Troeger and friends offering their rendition of the Mexican Hat Dance.

     Special thanks to our volunteers - Jean and Marty Erlenbaugh, chairs; Dan and Sandi Einsla; Dennis and Sue Wells, Cathy Retzer, Dee Walter, George and Shirley Cato, Al Peterson, and Shirley Tamlin.

​Photos courtesy of Ann Brown and Dee Walter; video by Dee Walter
Dennis awaiting his next assignment or is he eyeing the cookies?
     Lots of good, homemade, authentic Mexican food.  Tacos, tacitos (muy hot), premier Dan's salsa, tostistos, chips, and all the fixings to go along with an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration ... of course, LJL style.
Your hosts
Jean and Marty Erlenbaugh
Dan's homemade salsa is always a hit at Cinco de Mayo.
Gearing up to feed the crowd.
Muy delicioso dulces !
He just had to wear
that hat !
There is always a lot of fun at Lake Juliana Landings . . . even when our northern neighbors head back north, there still are activities and many having a good time.

Of course, what event wouldn't happen without voluteers?  Thanks to Dennis and Sue, Dan and Sandi, George and Shirley C., Dee, Al, and Shirley T.
     For many Americans,
Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas.

     Many think, however, that it's Mexico's Independence Day but it's not as their independence from France is celebrated of September 16.

     Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
Ticket takers, Dan and Sandi, checking in Cindy. 
It's always a fun time at LJL events / never too serious !
Charlie called it a Mexican Hat Dance but others thought it was a Greek Wedding Dance - Kalamatiano - it was worth a try !

Easter Sunday is Celebrated at LJL

     Over 100 Lake Juliana Landings neighbors and friends came together to celebrate Easter Sunday with a pitch-in afternoon lunch.  Ham was provided and many brought all the side dishes for the meal.

      Thanks to Robin and Les Travis for hosting this year's event.
Photos courtesy of Dee Walter

Annual Horse Animal Races are Out the Gate . . . 

Nearly all the animals are at their gates BUT we are missing one ... #6 - Mr. Ed ... was found later out in the pasture.
A friendly wager and parimutuel prizes gathered a lot of "tokens" for some.
A roll of the dice made the animals move on the track and head to the finish line.
First across the line in the 6th race, paying odds of 4:1 was #3, Ali Gator James. 
And back in the stable they went until another animal race is announced at Lake Juliana Landing Downs.
and in the 3rd race, Miss Bunny lost by a tail
Photos courtesy of Carol Mrdutt and Cindy Schlink

Erin go bragh, y'all . . .

so we celebrate Saint Paddy's Day LJL style.

Always a fun time at LJL . . . thanks to our hosts, Kathy and Chuck Retzer for hosting this year's Saint Paddy's Day meal (great homemade Irish stew) and followed by music of J K Crum and Partner (our Halloween music artists).  Nearly 60 attended this fun event.
Photos provided by Carpl Mrdutt

We Made a Pig of Ourselves at the Annual Pig Roast

Pig Roast masters, the head hogs, Thom and Sheila Cerwonka sponsored a great pig roast for 2018 ... for the non-pork people, chicken was also served.  Walt and Betty Bosma took tickets.
Of course, no meal can be served without a lot of kitchen help.  These our the kitchen piglets !
and a little Macarana to work off the dinner !
Then there was the laughter and conversations during dinner -- all waiting for the music to begin.
Photos provided by Susan Kovac

HOA Gives Freebie Dance / Music Party

A fun and FREE night of dancing and music as provided by Yancy and Company was given back to 2018 HOA members as a thank you for joining this year.  Nearly 100 attended the evening's event.  A light dinner was served ($5 each) to the members, too.  Thanks to the HOA and Susan Kovac, Judy Baker, and Cindy Schlink for organizing the evening and to the 'chefs' Bob and Lee.

What's an event at LJL without food?
Our grill chefs, Lee and Bob, served up grilled chicken sandwiches with all the fixins' and topped off with lots of volunteer help in the kitchen.

Photographers Cindy Schlink and Lee Kovac

    New Year, New HOA Board   

2018 Brings New Year, New Challenges, New HOA Board

Newly elected HOA Board members, Jan Adams, Bo Howell, and Joyce Stock took office at the annual installation dinner.  Along with returning board members, Sandi Einsla, Lee Kovac, Art Kollasch, Les Travis, Alex Rado, and Dee Walter, they assumed their continuing roles on the Board.  Sandi continues as Treasurer, Les as Secretary, and Lee assumes the office of vice-president.

We wish the best to the new board.
Jerry Baker, retiring president, concludes his reign as the installation of new board begins.
Joyce Stock, incoming president, accepts bouquet of flowers of welcome from residents.
Nearly 100 residents assembled to enjoy a chicken dinner before the installation of the 2018 board begins.  Dinner was served by dinner chairs, Kathy Retzer and Linda Dominick.
Dee Walter, photographer

  New Years Bash - 2017 into 2018  

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Photos courtesy of
Jerry Baker

Lake Juliana Landings' Christmas Parade

Twenty Santa's elves decorated their 'sleighs' for the annual LJL Christmas Parade.

After the parade, over 80 residents gathered for Wassail and a gift exchange.
     Pretty Christmas wrapped gifts . . . but wait !   What you see on the outside may not be what's on the inside . . . 50 gifts were exchanged among the partiers.  Lots of smiles for what was inside the packages . . . it's always a gag-gift Christmas.
   Kathy and Chuck Retzer always providing fun for LJL residents.

The Dukes Return

     The DooWoop returned to LJL on Friday, November 17, with The Dukes performing music from the 50's and 60's.  Nearly 100 residents danced and partied from 7 to 10.  This was an LJL HOA fund raiser for Christmas decorations.  Almost $1,000 was generated at the event.  Thanks to all that attended.
50/50 was a big event ... thanks George (he was so excited to draw the winning tickets), Linda, and Susan, the master of ceremony.