Can you believe the PGA POA Special Events Committee has been providing the Annual Children’s Party in the Park for twenty-five years?! The only requirement is that you must live in PGA National to participate (renters welcome!). Most of the residents of PGA National turn out for this event in Masters Park on the 4th Saturday each April – even if they don’t have children. I even come in on my day off just to watch all the residents having such a great time.
This year the Committee has outdone themselves! In addition to the usual clowns, face painting, balloon animals and giant slide, you will also find a number of inflatable adventure ‘rides’ that the kids go inside of and climb, jump and explore and there will be a LOT of carnival type rides. The ‘bungee trampoline’ is always fun and the spinning, rocking and swaying rides are enough to make you dizzy. This year the kids can enjoy Frisbee spin art (and keep the Frisbee they design), sand art, and about ten different games where some great stuffed animals and other prizes can be won. If you work up an appetite, you will find hotdogs, hamburgers, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and other treats the dentist loves. Then, after you are full and exhausted just cozy up under a big oak tree or in the gazebo and rest.
This event is truly a great time so mark your calendar now: Saturday, April 23rd, 10:am – 4:pm in Masters Park. You must R.S.V.P. to 627-2800 then stop by the POA office and pick up your $1.00 food pass if you want a hot dog or hamburger.
PLAY NICE, PLEASE
In another couple months school will be out again. This is good and bad: Good because the school buses and all the cars illegally parked on the grass and obstructing traffic will be off for the summer with the kids but bad because now the kids don’t have a place to be all day. Many get up to no good while just looking for something to do and those who ride their bikes and play in the beautiful parks can be in danger from all the cars. Bottom line: Drivers can take a break from watching out for kids at the bus but you can NEVER take a break from just generally watching out for kids!
The residents of PGA have a beautiful community with wonderful parks and great bicycle/walking paths. Unfortunately they are bicycle AND walking paths…..shared. Be courteous! If you are on a bicycle, ring a bell or give a shout out to those walking so they don’t step in front of you. If you are a walker, runner or skater, watch out for others. Bottom line again: be courteous – share the space.
THE LATEST RUMORS
Paving on General Drive: No, it isn’t a rumor – it is a FACT. I wanted to get it done immediately but at the Annual Meeting and the Council of Presidents meeting, the majority wanted to wait until “after season” so as soon as the “snowbirds” start heading north, you should hear news about the paving start date. Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District also plans to pave Tournament Blvd sometime after October (maybe next season?).
LA Fitness Plaza: At the Council of Presidents meeting, the new Property Manager for the new owners of the plaza introduced herself. She reported that they are interested in feedback from PGA residents so you may be hearing from her soon. In the mean time, they have announced an ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL on April 2nd at the north end of the plaza. Most of the artists and crafters from PGA POA’s December event will be there in April so if you found something you wanted and didn’t buy stop in and check out the event.
SOMETHINGS TO THINK ABOUT
As a resident of PGA National you have the privilege of living in a beautiful, safe community. That doesn’t mean you can’t be the victim of crime. Last month I told you about 13 cars that were “broken in” to (really every one was unlocked). A PGA resident sent me a list of “things your burglar won’t tell you”. I’ve taken some of the information that I think residents need to know. Here are some things the burglars won’t tell you:
1. That worker who asked to use your bathroom just might have been checking out your home and might have even unlocked the bathroom window for easy entry later.
2. They really do watch for newspapers on the drive or flyers in the door. They might even leave their own flyer to see whether or not it is picked up or how long it takes.
3. If you have glass at your entry that allows your alarm keypad to be viewed from outside either be sure there is a window treatment that totally hides the view or have the keypad moved! Obviously you should set your alarm but if you forget, do you really just want the bad guy to look thru the window to see if the alarm is set or not?
4. If you have a 2nd floor, be sure those windows have alarms too. No one gives a second thought to someone with a ladder during the day!
5. Don’t you love Facebook? So do the bad guys: don’t announce your vacation there!
6. Do you really think you’re the first person to think of hiding valuables inside clothing in your closet; in the freezer; in the bathroom? Nope! These are some of the first places they look.
7. Do you think that that home safe is protecting your valuables? IF you locked it (and it is surprising how many don’t!) and IF it isn’t bolted to the floor, the whole safe just might be gone when you get back.
8. Two things the bad guys hate most – barking dogs and nosy neighbors. If you are home (especially during the day) and you see ANYTHING suspicious call security or the police!
MY FIRST GOODBYE
Did you read this and think I was leaving PGA – well either hold the tears or the party (whichever is applicable) you are stuck with me! I am saying my first goodbye to the early-exiting “snow birds”. Hope you had a wonderful winter in sunny South Florida but before you go be sure you have stopped your newspaper (Heellooo! Didn’t you read the above info?) and be sure your property is nice and clean and pretty so you don’t get a letter right after you leave asking you to clean the roof or driveway or to replace worn landscaping.
For those who will be here in April, don’t forget: Arts & Crafts April 2nd at LA Fitness Plaza and Children’s Party April 23 in Masters Park.