New golf programs aim to get players back on course With the downward trend in resident or able as they once were will find the golf rounds continuing over the last programs particularly attractive. attractive. several years, the Rec Centers is makFirst off is a Golf for Benefitness ing a concerted effort to get more play- program slated for Thursday Thursday,, July 3. ers out on our seven golf courses. The program, formerly called Super Two new programs inspired by this Seniors, offers a casual, non-competidesire and developed in response to res- tive, 9-hole round of golf for members. ident demand are aimed at increasing The round is followed by complimengolf rounds and, consequently, golf rev- tary coffee and donuts, making it the enues. perfect outing for those who enjoy the Our avid golfers who aren’t as active camaraderie as much as the golf.
Golf for Benefitness is designed for golfers who wish to avoid the pressure and stress of competitive 18-hole play. play. Residents who aren’t as zealous about the game as they once were, or those who play less frequently, will find it a perfect fit for their needs. needs. Tee times are available starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Stardust Golf Course. To request a tee time, call 623544-6012 or stop by Stardust before
Saturday, June 28. The second program we’ve introduced is a new Men’s 9-Hole Golf League. The program kicked off with a round on June 19, and additional rounds r ounds will be scheduled in the near future. If this sounds like something that’s up your alley, give our Golf Operations staff a call at 623-544-6037 to find out
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From your Association Governing Board & Staff
Celebrate nation’s best retirement community! Have you seen the staff at the various recreation centers wearing their new blue shirts? Many of you have noticed and asked us, “Why does your shirt say: ‘Sun City West, the Ultimate Adult Community – a great place to live work and play’?” play’?” Actually, that was the reaction we were hoping to get. Did you know that slogan is our mission statement for the Recreation Centers of Sun City West? Don’t feel bad, others didn’t know either. That’s why we are wearing the shirts. You will see the Recreation Division staff wearing the shirts every Friday. We are getting the message out.
This is the Ultimate Adult Community. It is a great place to live, work, and play. We want everyone to know it. We want people to shout it out to everyone they know. We also hope to have some of you help us get the word out. We have the shirts for sale in our Village Store, so please stop in and get one if you agree this is the Ultimate Adult Community. The shirts sell for $10 plus tax, and they are available in sizes small through XXL. They will eventually come in other colors, but for now they are blue with green green lettering. Join us in getting the message out!
Inside this Rec News All States Club.............25 Bowling........................12 Calendar........................5 Club Contacts..............13 Club Corner...........18-24 Events...........................15 Financials........................6 Golf..........................10-11 Governing Board...........4 Library.............................8 Movies..........................15 Phone Numbers...........13 PORA..............................7 Travel....................2, Trave l....................2, 16-27 Village Store...................9
Travel Tra vel Opportunities Oppor tunities For additional Trav Travel el Opportunities, please see the centerspread of this Rec Center News (pages 16 and 17).
BORDEAUX WINE COUNTRY, LOURDES AND PROVENCE WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 15-26
Presented by All Aboard America and LA Wine Wine Fest, this 12-day 12- day vacation will take you on a wine tour through Paris and the romantic French countryside. You’ll explore the splendid French capital of Paris, sightsee with a local guide at the Arc de Triumphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Louvre, ChampsElysêes, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower. Take a trip on the TGV Train to Bordeaux, and join the tour director on a pleasant walk through thr ough the center of this captivating city. Other highlights include a stay in St. Emilion; a drive along the Atlantic Coast to the charming resort of Biarritz; a stop at the Lourdes of pilgrimage fame, including the St. Bernadette’s Grotto; lunch in the beautifully preserved medieval walled city of Carcassonne; the Roman Amphitheater and Maison Carré in Nîmes; the 2,000-yearold aqueduct at Pont du Gard; the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Palace of Popes in i n Avignon; Avignon; the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, including Cours Mirabeau and Place de Verdun; Cézanne’s Mount St. Victoire; the Festival Hall at Cannes; and the Principality of Monaco. Cost is $3,287 (plus air tax) per person double occupancy, and $4,005 (plus air tax) per person single occupancy. The price includes the land tours and sightseeing, airfare from Phoenix, and round-trip hotel transfers.
July 4 Hours The Rec Centers’ Ad ministrative Offices, including Member Services, will be closed Friday, July 4, in honor of Indepe ndence Day. If you need guest cards, please get them in advance from Member Services, or on July 4 from the Sports Pavilion, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library and Village Store also are closed July 4. (The Library will be open regular hours July 5.) The recreation centers and golf courses are open their regular schedules July 4.
LAKE POWELL AND GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM TUESDAY-THURS., TUESDAY -THURS., AUG. 26-28
This three-day, two-night summer escape will take you to Arizona’s beautiful canyon country. You’ll enjoy a full-day excursion to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon; a box lunch lunch at the North Rim; dinner dinner at the Rainbow Room overlooking Lake
Powell; a Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Powell; a docent tour at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff; two nights accommodations at the Wahweap Lodge at Lake Powell Resort, plus full breakfasts both mornings at the lodge; and all parking and entrance fees and gratuities. Cost is $553 per person double occupancy and $717 per person single occupancy.
Our “Baseball Thrills, No Frills” event will have you cheering for the home team against three different opponents at Chase Field this summer. Join the Rec Centers to watch the Diamondbacks:
VS. CUBS TUESDAY, JULY 22
Our seats are in Section 106. Cost is $39 per person.
VS. PADRES TUESDAY, AUG. 19
Our seats are in Section 109. Cost is $36 per person.
VS. ROCKIES FRIDAY, SEPT. 26
Our seats are in Section 108. Cost is $39 per person.
Join the fun!
Free Fourth of July show is ‘sold out’ No more tickets are available for the Rec Centers' free July 4 concert featuring the Maule Sisters at 3 p.m. in Palm Ridge. We ask all owner-members who picked up tickets but do not plan on using them to return the unneeded ones to the Box Office in the R.H. Johnson Rec Center so we can give them to other residents who did not get tickets. Your cooperation is appreciated!
Top Hat features John Davidson, Dolan Ellis & more! The Rec Centers has introduced an exciting new package of entertainment for 2009 when its Top Hat Series de buts. The series includes four top-name acts: John Davidson on Wednesday, Jan. 14; the Missouri Opry on Thursday, Feb. 12; comedian Brad Zinn on Thursday, Feb. 26; and Dolan Ellis on Thursday, March 26. Show times are 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Palm Ridge Summit The Rec Centers’ Top Hat Series features, from left, John Davidson, Dolan Ellis, Jerry Prunty’s Missouri Opry and Brad Zinn’s “Great CoHall for all the acts. medians.” Tickets for the series, which opens in January, are on sale now at the Box Office. The series replaces the successful artist, will present his “Laugh Lines and of Johnny Carson, George Burns, W.C. Curtain Call Series that ran for three tickets are $20 each. All tickets must be purchased in per- Love Songs” musical show. Fields, Jack Benny, Will Rogers, Grouyears. Jerry Prunty’s Missouri Opry is vari- cho Marx and other famous comedians. Full-season seats are available now to son at the Box Office between 8 and The series concludes with Arizona’s the public, if purchasing for the entire 11:30 a.m. weekdays. For information ety entertainment featuring music, comedy and showmanship. Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, a series. Single-show tickets will go on only, call 623-544-6032. Davidson, a well-known NBC TV Brad Zinn’s presentation of “The nationally recognized artist with gold sale Nov. 3. The series is $70 per person for all four shows. Single-show singing star and Columbia recording Great Comedians” brings recollections records and a Grammy.
Six-show cruise ship series opens Jan. 9, 2009 Ticket sales have been brisk for the Rec Centers’ 2009 Cruise Ship Entertainment Series, running at 7 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 9 to March 20, 2009, in the Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive. The coming season will feature Al Raitano, the Funny Fiddlers, Mac Frampton, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, Jimmy Travis and New Odyssey. Series tickets are available now, but don’t hesitate to get yours. Stop by the Sun City West Box Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., between 8 and 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Series tickets are $55 for all six shows. Single-show tickets – which
do not go on sale until Nov. 3 – are $10 each. Following is the 2009 lineup of performers: Al Raitano, who earned top honors at this year’s “America’s Most Talented Senior” competition, will perform with the Steve Gold Trio on Jan. 9, 2009.
Stardust Series sold out
The Desert City Six concludes the Stardust Summer Series in August.
Thanks to our loyal, year-round residents, the Rec Centers’ inaugural Stardust Summer Series sold out! The series opened in June and continues in July and August. Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available for any of the shows, but we appreciate your patronage and your enthusiastic acceptance of this first-time offering. Look for more great events fr om the Rec Centers throughout this and future editions of the Rec Center News!
Chris Pendleton and David into the Minnesota Music Hall of Levesque, two excellent comedians Fame, performs on Feb. 20. and musicians known as the Funny On March 6, comedian, singer and guitarist Jimmy Travis entertains. Fiddlers, perform on Jan. 23. Mac Frampton, considered one of And finally, on March 20, three men the nation’s top solo pops concert piwho have mastered 36 instruments anists, will entertain on Feb. 6. bring their proficiency, humor and The high-energy Barbary Coast showmanship to Palm Ridge as New Dixieland Band, recently inducted Odyssey.
Golf employee rescues hawks Many thanks to Martin Rios, one of our greenskeepers, for recently rescuing three red-tailed hawk chicks, who were found at hole No. 14 at Pebble brook Golf Course. The birds’ nest had been blown to the ground during a big windstorm the night before, and Martin and other em ployees were unable to get the nest back into the tree. The young chicks (nicknamed Uno, Dos and Tres) were taken to Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Peoria, where they will be taken care of until they are old enough to be released into the wild. You may remember that last year Fallen Feathers nurtured “Gus,” another rescued hawk. Gus was released back onto our courses last summer after he had recuperated and grown into a big slick raptor. (Who knows if they are all related somehow?) Our thanks, Three fuzzy red-tailed hawk babies, nicknamed “Uno,” “Dos” Martin, for helping to give this beauti- and “Tres,” are recovering at a Peoria sanctuary after being ful trio a fighting chance at survival. rescued from their fallen nest at Pebblebrook Golf Course.
Management and Governing Board Governing Board Directors
Celebrate all your freedoms July 4!
All Directors: [email protected]
It may be too hot to freedom to know we unparalleled community like celebrate the Fourth live in a safe environ- Sun City West. I hope you’ll of July in Arizona the ment free from virtu- join me then in celebrating this way many of us did in ally all violent crime; great occasion in whatever the areas we once and the freedom to manner suits you and shows lived, but the holiday choose from a huge your pride. The Rec Centers is is no less meaningful selection of activities sponsoring one such opportuhere. In fact, Sun City and events to enrich nity with its free Fourth of July Matt Szydlowski concert at Palm Ridge RecreWest is a shining ex- Board President our lives. ample of all this holiAs for the pursuit of ation Center. The Maule Sisters, day stands for: freedom, happiness, well, there’s no bet- who fashion their performance patriotism and the pursuit of ter place to find it than Sun after the Andrews Sisters, will happiness. City West. There is so much to play at 3 p.m. Free tickets to see and do here, so many or- this event were given out at the ganizations to participate in, Box Office in June. If you can’t make the concert, such clean surroundings to enjoy and such good people to check the local newspapers for call friends. If you can’t find other patriotic events happen As for the pursuit of ing around the Northwest Valhappiness, well, there’s no happiness here, you’re probaley. And whatever you do, better place to find it than bly not looking! please take a moment to reflect Take a look around the comSun City West. There is so on all the freedoms your nation munity and you will see more much to see and do here, provides you, particularly those evidence of our residents’ paso many organizations to we enjoy right here in Sun City triotism, and not just on July 4. participate in, such clean West. surroundings to enjoy and On every patriotic holiday, our local American Legion hangs such good people to call flags along R.H. Johnson, friends. If you can’t find known as the Boulevard of happiness here, you’re Flags. Flags grace private resi probably not looking! dences year-round. Our nation’s military bands play at the Did you know: Just think of all the freedoms Rec Centers on a regular basis, we have to celebrate: the free- allowing us to meet some of The Association has dom to join any of 107 char- the young men and women spent $1,807,152 on tered clubs; the freedom to be who serve as ambassadors for utilities for the fiscal as active and involved – or not our service branches, and letyear, with one month – as we want to be; the freedom ting us enjoy some of the nastill remaining. With to voice our ideas on issues that tion’s great patriotic the rising cost of concern us; the freedom to run compositions. energy, every for the Governing Board or sit On July 4, 2008, America 1 percent increase in on a Committee that interests will celebrate its 232nd birththese costs is more us; the freedom to invite our day! I’m sure you are as proud than $18,000 per year. guests to enjoy our activities as I am to be a part of this great and community with us; the nation, and to live in such an That’s tantamount to a
Editor’s Note: New committee assignments and officer positions had not been made as of press time. The ones shown here are for the 2007-08 term. Check www.rcscw.com for 2008-09 assignments.
President Matt Szydlowski 623-546-1949 20603 N. Desert Glen Dr. [email protected]
Vice President Ron Gillmeister 623-214-8984 15121 W. Gunsight Drive Chair: Properties [email protected]
Treasurer Norm Bunas 623-975-7872 21903 Parada Drive Chair: Budget and Finance and Water [email protected] [email protected]
Karyl Brandvold 623-214-6559 14626 W. Futura Drive Chair: Chartered Clubs and Library [email protected]
Flo Capps 623-594-0400 17807 N. Buntline Drive
Max Mohr 623-536-9865 19623 N. 132nd Ave.
Paul Piper 623-975-0732 19826 N. 129th Drive
Ginger Welch 623-214-0814 22632 N. Hermosillo Drive Committee chair: golf [email protected]
John Ronan 623-584-8298 22207 Lobo Lane Chair: Legal Affairs [email protected]
Office Manager Sharon Schomer 623-544-6115 [email protected]
60-cent increase in annual membership fees for each Association member.
Copyright © 2008 All Rights Reserved General Manager - Michael Whiting, 623-544-6110; [email protected]
Editor - Katy O’Grady, 623-544-6027; [email protected]
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This is just one example of the many expenses this Association incurs to bring you the facilities and services you’ve come to enjoy.
BOARD MEETINGS No meetings are planned in July or August. Special meetings may be scheduled, however, if needed. Call 623-544-6115 for information on Board activities.
Tips for Seniors from Daily Fitness
Proper exercise can improve effects of osteoporosis According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the disease of osteoporosis is a major health threat to more than 44 million Americans. Fifty-five percent of the peo ple over the age of 50 will face it, in some capacity. One in two women and one in four men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their senior years.
Studies reveal that combining proper osteoporosis medication with proper exercise improves bone density. According to the American Medical Association, men over the age of 50 have a greater risk of suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture than developing prostate cancer! Experts agree that if you
have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you have probably lost 25 percent to 35 percent of desirable bone density. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor of osteoporosis, bone loss has been roughly 10 percent to 15 percent. Daily Fitness strives to defy these statistics through customized exercise programs for osteoporosis sufferers. Because it’s possible to grow new bone with exercise that begins in adulthood, customized programs can have immediate positive effects. Statistics show that a good strength training program can create up to 6 percent new bone. Although exercise alone will not restore all bone loss, it will affect the body in ways that prevent osteoporosis-related fractures. A well-designed program can im prove balance, reflexes and coordination, making falls less likely. Studies reveal that combining proper osteoporosis med-
Agnes Downs of Sun City West is improving muscle mass and building bone density, with a workout program designed by Daily Fitness personal trainer Tom Reemtsma.
ication with proper exercise creases it by 10 percent, a perimproves bone density. If exer- son can experience a 16 percent cise improves bone mass by 6 increase in new bone by com percent and medication in- bining the two components.
“At Daily Fitness, our personal trainers create programs specific to people’s needs,” states owner Colleen Daily. “Many seniors believe that walking is the only form of exercise that’s necessary. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Bones respond to intensity, not duration. Therefore, strength training must be introduced. Not every person will begin on the machines or lifting dumb bells,” Colleen emphasizes. “Sometimes it’s necessary to simply relearn to balance oneself, without holding on to anything. From there, we progress to more intense exercises. Everyone starts at a different point. The main focus for Daily Fitness is to help osteoporosis sufferers live a fuller life, one free from the fear of falling.” To schedule a free Personal Training Consultation, contact Daily Fitness at 623-256-7901. A portion of all funds received by Daily Fitness go back to the Rec Centers for use in im proving our fitness facilities.
Kuentz’s Stardust Theatre, Woodshop receive roof repairs Repairs to the roofs of Stardust Theatre and the Woodshop at Kuentz Rec Center were recently completed. The work began April 3 and was complete May 30. The project, performed by Reliable Roofing Co., came in at $57,440, a savings to the Association $12,560 from the ap proved amount of $70,000. Reliable Roofing made several spot repairs to blisters, which occur from water vapors being trapped under the roof sheeting. Several repairs were made to the air-conditioning curbing and duct work, and new blocking was installed under the condensation and
electrical conduit. The entire intendent Larry Griffith. tional updates on projects oc- ongoing efforts to maintain and roof was then coated in a fiber Look in future issues of the curring throughout the commu- improve our wonderful ameniemulsion with poly-type sheet- Rec Center News for addi- nity as part of the Association’s ties. ing embedded into the emulsion, followed by a second layer of emulsion applied over the sheeting. After three weeks of curing S UN DAY M OND AY T UE SD AY W ED NE SD AY THU RSD AY F RI DAY S ATU RD AY time, the entire roof was then Stardust 4 July 4 Concert 5 2 1 3 primed and a white reflective Movie 3 pm Palm Ridge coating applied as the final “The Odd Couple” Administrative 7 pm Offices closed step. This application should Rec News extend the life of the roof areas deadline! by 7 to 10 years. l 12 Stardust 11 10 7 9 8 “During these times when the 6 Movie economy is tight, we work hard “The Dark Corner” 7 pm to find solutions that are cost effective, maintenance friendly, and give us the best value for 17 Stardust 18 15 14 16 19 our dollar,” said Project Super- 13
Summer tennis instructor available to all residents All Sun City West residents are invited to brush up on their tennis skills with summer tennis instructor Carol Bentley. Carol has 25 years of experience in improving players’ games. Whether you’re a good player striving to be great, or if you haven’t held a racquet since high school, give her a call! Lessons are given at the R.H. Johnson Sports Center. The charge is $25 for one hour. To set up a time, call 623-546-4889. Groups of up to four are OK. You do not need to be a Racquet Club member to use this resource.
Movie “The Four Seasons” 7 pm
Stardust 29 Summer Series: Joe Gallo 7 pm Stardust
Stardust 25 Movie “Easy to Wed” 7 pm
Stardust Movie “Showboat” 7 pm
To confirm events, call 623-544-6032. To confirm Governing Board activities, call 623-544-6115.
Financials Bowling Lineage by Fiscal Year *
Recreation Centers of Sun City West Inc. Balance Sheet - May 31, 2008 2008
ASSETS Current Assets
Cash and Cash Equivalents Restricted Cash Accounts Receivable Note Receivable:Theatre West Note Receivable:Library Inventories Prepaids And Other Assets Total Current Assets Fixed Assets
Furniture & Fixtures Machinery & Equipment Buildings Land Improvements Land Water Rights Vehicles Sub-Total Fixed Assets
Accumulated Depreciation Total F ixed Assets Total Assets
$6,228,976 6,450,617 515,906 40,659 0 170,088 278,292 13,684,540
$982,274 9,873,189 36,088,868 33,649,628 5,196,987 233,439 $843,415 $ 86, 867,802 (52,589,577) $34, 278,224
977,418 9,405,667 34,842,457 33,088,434 5,196,987 0 707,454 84,218,418 (50,259,334) 33,959,084
Accounts Payable Accrued Purchase A/Pay Sweeps - Pro Shop A/P Gift Certificates Accrued Fitness Funds Capital Lease Golf Lessons & Tapes Accts Pay - Village Store SCW Softball Club Accrued Payroll Accrued Vacation Payable Payroll Taxes Payable Group Insurance Payable 401K Payable Employee Optional Insurance Liability for Return Checks Accrued Taxes Payable Accrued Pension Plan Arizona Sales Tax Payable Deferred Membership Fees Deferred Golf Revenue
$511,805 102,026 180,877 3,097 (33) 0 0 0 36,141 274,998 588,304 6,769 0 125 2,388 413 67,463 47,482 6,079 4,208,142 $564,919 $6,601,003
Retained Earnings Net Profit / (Loss) Total Equity
41,341,632 551,858 41,893,490
Total Liabilities and Equity
Recreation Division Golf Division Bowling Division Asset Preservation Fee Facility Investment Fee Interest Income Total Revenue - Gross Margin
Recreat ion Division Golf Division Bowling Division General & Administrative
Recreation Division Golf Division Bowling Division Total Expense Net Revenue (Loss) Golf Rounds
July August September October November December January February March April May June
** ** 22,370 30,594 29,234 26,347 32,814 33,694 35,456 18,155 11,449 12,130
10,733 4,247 21,239 28,520 28,594 35,180 34,674 30,623 35,347 17,358 10,240 11,561
9,843 4,259 19,741 28,570 28,023 24,333 33,847 31,638 33,290 16,008 12,137
FY to Date
* Fiscal Year runs from July 1 to June 30 ** Bowling lanes closed for remodeling
MONTH 459,523 30,243 185,513 July 7,381 August 0 19,590 September (73) October (30) November 37,544 December 228,779 January 430,376 43,517 February (95) March 23 April 2,950 May 151 73,568 June 53,186 5,444 FY to Date 3,373,136 799,400 FY Total 5,750,134
$41,656,002 $806,421 $42, 462,424
Revenue - Gross Margin
Golf Rounds by Fiscal Year *
LIABILITIES AND EQUITIES Liabilities
$7,024,587 6,528,905 598,843 57,925 115,000 169,549 $290,390 $14, 785,202
13,960 13,859 18,435 23,010 29,405 28,845 38,208 36,347 39,545 35,705 25,095 18,362
14,967 15,097 19,303 22,548 28,879 24,807 28,941 34,842 38,624 32,086 21,701 16,530
13,101 12,749 16,158 19,594 25,245 20,938 27,538 32,884 37,215 29,354 18,941
* Fiscal Year runs from July 1 to June 30
Details of these summaries are available in the R.H. Johnson Library at 13801 W. Meeker Blvd.
Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Inc. Consolidated Income Statement For the Eleven Months Ending May 31, 2008 Month Monthly YTD YTD Budget Variance Actual Budget
The golf statistics for August 2007 and March 2008 were YTD Prior YTD Variance Actual misreported in previous issues of the Rec Center News. Those 8,256,587 390,156 8,048,746 7,669,423 (1,100,207) 6,256,193 numbers have been corrected 601,627 (12,585) 582,818 starting in this issue. In addition, there were errors 1,280,800 (114,800) 1,160,245 132,000 (18,000) 246,000 in the statistics reported in last 220,000 69,559 259,608 month’s Rec Center News. The 18,160,437 (785,877) 16,553,610 April figures for golf and bowling rounds were not included in the Year To Date numbers for Fiscal Years 2005-06 and 5,354, 914 (119, 534) 6,029,815 2006-07. We apologize for the 6,992,884 438,190 6,325,760 492,091 16,746 405,053 error. Below are the correct 1,927,933 335,273 351,021 Year to Date numbers for April’s financials:
$788,869 483,888 25,781 160,000 0 $21,730
789,980 627,858 24,831 128,000 12,000 20,000
(1,111) ( 143,970) 950 32,000 (12,000) 1,730
8,646,743 6,569,216 589,042 1,166,000 114,000 289,559
$531, 683 618,448 50,344 165,331
475,170 632,172 42,865 165,824
( 56,513) 13,724 (7,479) 493
5, 474,448 6 ,554,694 475,345 1,592,660
103,828 76,282 $17,724
104,250 68,300 16,500
422 (7,982) (1,224)
1,437,901 843,389 189,701
1,146,750 751,300 181,500
(291,151) (92,089) (8,201)
1,158,838 948,970 180,585
( 51 251)
Bowling FYTD for 05-06: 228,664 FYTD for 06-07: 246,515 Golf FYTD for 05-06: 277,319 FYTD for 06-07: 260,094
PORA News and Views PORA Member Billing – Ooops! During May we started using an outside accounting firm to do our accounting and also our membership billing. Using a professional accounting firm allows us to get better control over our funds. But, as often happens when you move to another method of accounting, we ran into snags! As a result, some of you who paid your dues in March or April may have received a second notice from us. If you did, please accept our apologies and ignore the notice.
PORA Recycling Survey During April, PORA ran a survey on our website. Although we understand that many of you do not have a computer, we want to make use of any tools that we have in order to get more information about what you feel about different things. Because of costs, it is not possible for us to use the mail for these surveys. This means we either (1) use the Internet in order to collect information, or (2) we just don’t get any feedback from our residents. We chose to use the Internet and we will be doing more surveys in the future. The point of this survey was to get a general idea as to what the respondents thought about curbside recycling. We are not professional survey specialists, but we believe we can get the
PORA 623-584-4288 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday 13815 Camino del Sol [email protected]
Visitors Center 623-214-8629 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Noon-3 p.m. Sunday (October-April)
“pulse” of residents through surveys. Sometimes we goof up and might ask the wrong question, or forget to ask something that some might think is important, but a little information is a lot better than none, assuming we realize the information may not be com plete, which we do. PORA has no authority to mandate curbside recycling, and the feed back we have received from those involved in waste collection has indicated that this service – if ever offered – would be an optional service, and not mandatory. As expected, the comments to our second recycling survey were diverse and interesting. Four main themes surfaced in the comments. Before we discuss these, it is important to cover some related issues. Concerning recycling and its function in Sun City West, we view PORA’s role as an information gatherer, communications channel and a catalyst for increasing recycling. Our view is that all recycling is voluntary and any recycling programs that are offered should be optional; clearly each resident should have a choice as to whether they wish to partici pate or not. Other than our CC&R responsibility, PORA does not have or wish to have any ability to “mandate” things in the community. Our goal is to increase recycling in the community so the environment is left a little better than we
found it. We will work to achieve that goal within the guidelines of whatever residents feel is most effective for them. Because Maricopa County does not have any trash collection capabilities and relies on private industry, the decision as to whether an optional curbside recycling program will be offered will be made by a private company. Presently, no private hauler has made that commitment. We will facilitate a meeting of decision makers in the fall (including the local Lions and Kiwanis clubs) to discuss options. PORA also recognizes that, since our surveys are done by e-mail, we are not polling those in the community who do not have e-mail. Sending direct mail surveys is not economically possible, so we chose an alternative that we believed would at least give an idea of what the community has to say about increasing our recycling. We are aware that the email survey is not a scientific study of our residents’ wants and needs, but it does help to surface a more com plete assortment of issues. As to the study results and the more than 400 comments we received, there were many issues brought up but the ma jority of comments expressed concerns about costs for curbside; the recycling containers and who would pay for them, and what would be placed in
Please enroll me/us in PORA
Are you a PORA Member? Perhaps not. Some residents have told us that they are PORA members but when we check their status against our current records we discover that they are not. If you haven’t paid the nominal $10 annual dues in more than a year, you might not still be a PORA member.
them; what would happen to the Lions and Kiwanis revenues if curbside recycling were implemented; and pros and cons of the existing “behind Safeway” drop-off site. For all practical purposes, it is really too early to discuss costs for curbside recycling and containers; to date, no private company has made any specific proposals. However, a couple of items should be clarified. For the most part, the present recipient of recycling revenues is the Sun City Lions and Sun City West Kiwanis, not Parks and Sons. They sim ply bill for picking up goods to be recycled and deliver them where instructed. The Lions’ and Kiwanis’ revenues are distributed to charities by their boards. They are understandably concerned about losing any revenues caused by curbside recycling. Also one should not assume recycling is a highly profitable business in Arizona. Markets for recycled goods shift, and what makes money today may not next year. Combined with the increased cost of gasoline to collect recycled items, this makes it a challenge to say that all costs for recycling would be offset by the revenues from the recycled goods. Lastly, we share the concern of many that while the “behind Safeway” recycling site has worked very well over the years; it has safety issues that need to be addressed. This has
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increased with the advent of plastics recycling. We plan to address and work on all these issues in the fall and will communicate further status on them as we have news. In the meantime, keep up the good recycling work you have done up to now, particularly the plastics recycling program. If anyone would like more information, e-mail us at [email protected]
CC & R Reminders PARKING OF VEHICLES THAT ARE RESTRICTED It is true that the roads in Sun City West belong to Maricopa County, but our CC&Rs that run with our property do restrict the parking of certain types of vehicles on any street within our residential properties for more than 72 hours accumulative in a calendar month. The following vehicles are classified in this category: pickup trucks over 1 ton, recreational vehicles, mobile home, travel trailer, tent trailer, trailer, camper shell, boat, boat trailer, or other similar equipment or vehicle. The 72 hour limit is for loading, unloading and cleaning of the vehicle. OUTSIDE CLOTHES DRYING OR AIRING Outside facilities to air or dry clothes are prohibited in all residential areas of Sun City West. It is illegal to dry clothes in any such a manner as to be visible from any neighboring property.
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R.H. Johnson Library
Stay true to your tastes, but expand the possibilities Go ahead, sip ‘n’ savor that first cup of coffee, but don’t forget to read the cup. Next time you buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks, whether it’s straight up or mocha-modified, don’t short-change yourself by not indulging in a little light reading. Starbucks gives real peo ple a chance to air their thoughts on the side of their cups. Titled “ The Way I See It,” the tid-bits offer some great little mini-stories and some wonderfully inspiring thoughts by all types of people (not “People’s” people but real ones who have had interesting jobs and lives with interesting insights to share over a cup of java). No. 270 of “The Way I See It” says, “Taste is subjective. Taste is democratic. Taste is powerful. Taste … is also a window into someone else’s life or culture. Be confident in your taste, but remain curious and expose yourself to new tastes. Allow your taste to constantly evolve and grow – while keeping and cherishing the memories that taste creates.” – Marcus Samuels son, chef & author. Taste seems a natural subject for a chef, but it’s also a fitting subject for readers like us. We all have some pretty specific tastes in reading, whether it’s a particular genre like mysteries, romance, westerns, science fiction, or thrillers; a favorite author like Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, Louis L’Amour, John Sanford or maybe Andy Rooney; or it could be just a natural curiosity about wellloved topics like the Civil War, the Wild West, or the Classics. We may not know why we have these tastes, these preferences, but we know what we like, and when we run out of our favorites we begin to panic much like having too much caffeine – we can get the mental shakes. If your favorite author is prolific like James Patterson, Dean Koontz, or Nora Roberts who take less than a hiccup between new books, you’re pretty secure there will be another title coming along any time. But if you’ve run out of possibilities with your favorite author, we can offer you a chance to
“allow your taste to constantly evolve and grow – while keeping and cherishing the memories that taste creates” when you use our “If You Like” bookmarks. These bookmarks help you continue to pursue your reading tastes with authors who are similar to your favorites; for instance, “If You Like” John Grisham, you might like these authors of legal thrillers: William Bernhardt, Jay Brandon, Phillip Margolin or Lisa Scottoline. “If You Like” Mary Higgins Clark, you might like Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Michaels, Jonatha n Kellerman or Michael Connelly. These bookmarks and many more are available for you to take from our give-away table located just in front of the New Books Shelves. Search for more favorites and “be confident in your taste, but remain curious and expose yourself to new tastes.” Look at the other booklists, too, and try something new; if you like westerns by Larry McMurtry, try one of his meat ‘n’ potatoes fiction books. If you like Danielle Steel’s strong female characters, try Diana Gabaldon’s hot ‘n’ spicy historical heroines. And while you’re enjoying your next cup of coffee, try reading your cup. What would you contribute to “The Way I See It”? Would you write about your amazing trip up the Amazon? How about the teacher who gave you an extra push toward an engineering degree? Maybe you’d write about the year you grew the most perfect rose? Or do you think it would be the first novel you remember that was “a window into someone else’s life or culture”? Maybe we’ll get to say, “Here’s lookin’ at you kid” as we read our next cup of coffee!
The Book Drops Here Dropping off a book in our Library Book Drop takes the same concentration and skill that you need for your drivethru ATM machine, mail box, or fast food window – sometimes too close, sometimes too far, but most times it’s just
R.H. Johnson Library. Congratulations for being supershoppers, and bushels of thanks for being such super friends to your library.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye: a Book Sale Celebration for All the Realm Thou has the opportunity to attend a grand and glorious celebration for readers on Saturday, July 26 , when the Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library present a treasure- trove of beguiling books, tapes and other fanciful bargains that may look like they cost a king’s ransom but can be yours for pauper’s prices from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come one, come all with coin or check to the Social Hall on Saturday, July 26. Inquiries? Call 623-544-6130.
A big t hanks goes out to our Association maintenance crews who installed a beautiful cover to keep our handmade R.H. Johnson Library Quilt safe and clean. The quilt, created and donated by Kris Coates, is a popular attraction in the library, and we wanted to make sure all our patrons can enjoy it without worrying about wear and tear on it.
right and a real convenience – a maneuver even Captain Stuebbing would be proud to acknowledge. It is truly disappointing if you’ve made a successful docking but the box is overfed and there’s “no vacancy” for your library books. To help us prevent this disappointing circumstance, we’re asking patrons who have donations (such as used books or magazines) to please box or bag them up and place them next to the Book Drop instead of inside it. When we empty the Book Drop on Tuesday morning, a third of the items in there are not our library books but a variety of loose donations that are taking up space our library books would like to occupy. We love donations, but the best place for them is outside the Drop Box so our books can slip safely inside; and if the donations are already separated, we can swiftly transport them to our Book Sale tables for our hard-working volunteers to sort and store. Our library books, then, can be quickly checked-in by our hard-working library volunteers.
We wish you smooth sailing out there and a safe docking at all your ports o’ call.
Bashas’ Thanks a Million for Friends and Neighbors Program Pays Off Again! This is the third year that you and Bashas’ have been good shoppers and generous neigh bors. Enough of you signed up and shopped with your Thank You Card between Septem ber and March, designating the li brary for bonus funds and generating a whopping $1,526 check for the Friends of the
Storytime Will Entertain the Little Visitors at Your House this Summer The R.H. Johnson Library presents pint-sized stories for pint-sized people every Thursday morning in July. Storylady Fran Buchanan will be frontand-center with fun-filled stories to fascinate and entertain your younger visitors while their older siblings browse the shelves for elementary and teen titles to round out their summer between visits to mini golf, the video-game room and the swimming pool. Join us from 10 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in July ; and don’t forget to bring your rec card so you can check out more books, magazines and DVDs to entertain those energetic youngsters at your house.
Summer Book Sale is July 26 The Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library will hold their huge Summer Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in the R. H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R. H. Johnson Blvd. Open to the public, this sale will include fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children’s, hard and paperback books in nearly new and gently used condition, in addition to puzzles, tapes, audios, videos and much more. All proceeds from this volunteer-run book sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the recently expanded library. Join the crowds throughout the county who have attended our book sales for some of the best reading bargains in Arizona. For information, call 623-544-6130.
Some thoughts on Del Webb’s vision for our clubs Hi all. I am in the process of met folks who have been memexperiencing my “Big Adven bers of clubs for more than 25 ture – Part 2,” and in doing so, years. They have built friendI have come to a very imporships, and engaged in fun and tant realization. I have had the exciting activities that from my pleasure of visiting three of observation are nothing short our fine clubs so far this of the “Fountain of Youth.” spring. I have come to the reDuring one of my Big AdKatie alization in these visits that the venture visits, I was given a kit Van Leuven clubs in Sun City West were to make a craft at home. I went Store Supervisor one of Del Webb’s greatest vito the store to purchase several sions, providing an immensely impor- items that I would need to make this tant link to residents and their item. I sat at my craft table following the directions and trying to remember community. The opportunity for a resident with a just how to do this. I completed my rec card to be able to participate in these task, but I then realized how much more marvelous activities is priceless. I have fun and interesting it was to do it in the
company of club members, in their to share with. I envy all of you involved room and with someone to ask when I with a club and hope you remember the needed help. good times you have had and what the Along with the friendly company, the future holds for you and new resident clubs provide a convenient and easy members. They deserve the same great way to purchase the materials needed memories that you possess. for projects, instead of doing what I had If you can’t participate any longer, to do, which was to get in my car and just drop by your favorite clubs to say go to the store. hello or have a cup of coffee. I am sure There is nothing that can replace the you will be greeted with open arms and camaraderie that I have observed in the a cheerful smile. clubs. I know there are a lot of you who I just needed to share this with you as live in the community who can no we all say “Thank You” to Del Webb longer participate in your craft/hobby, for his wonderful vision. but you can rejoice in the fact that you Sincerely, spent some of your best years crafting, Katie Van Leuven, laughing, eating and just having others
Village Store Supervisor
Meet a Volunteer Carol found her ideal club by first volunteering at our store July Hours at the Village Store
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Saturday & Sunday.
Carol Jewett-Strnad moved to Sun City West from the Minneapolis area in June 2004. She moved here only knowing a few people in the Valley and “took the plunge,” moving in at the beginning of the summer. What a way to get your feet wet! Carol joined the Singles Club shortly after moving in to meet people in the community. Lo and behold, she met Ron Strnad, and after a short romance, they were married in February 2005. Carol did not belong to a chartered club until after she began volunteering at the Village Store. She decided that the Clay Club might be interesting, so she went to the club’s “Pot Party” in February 2007 and was hooked. She had used the Village Store as her entry into finding something interesting to do, and it worked. Carol is also very involved in the “Connections” group in Sun City West, which is a group that welcomes newcomers into the community. She has found it to be very rewarding. She is active on its committees and is a board member. She is also involved with her church and the Spanish Club. Previous to moving here, Carol was very involved in skiing, golf, bowling and racquetball, but several back surgeries forced her to subdue those interests. Carol and Ron are trying to get their blended family of two
If you’re interested in volunteering at the Village Store, call Manager Katie Van Leuven at 623-544-6135.
daughters and one son, three grandchildren and one great grandchild to visit and find out what a treasure they have here in Sun City West. Carol’s claim to fame is meeting several stars in Las Vegas including Pierce Brosnan, Victoria Principal and Henry Winkler. Henry was her favorite. The Village Store came into play from reading materials that were given to her when she moved into Sun City West. She read about it and made a visit. Carol was in awe when she saw all of the beautiful arts and crafts. When she found out that everything was made by some-
one who lives here, she decided that volunteering was a must. Carol’s favorite part of volunteering at the Village Store is meeting the people and especially the new residents of Sun City West, as she recalls how overwhelming it can be when you first move here. Carol volunteers two to four times per month because it is a fun place to be and meet people. She loves to meet new people and talk about the clubs. Carol always has a bright smile on her face and welcomes all of our visitors warmly. We are glad you spend some of your valuable time with us, Carol!
GOING SOMEWHERE? Make sure your mail is safe
Reflective house signs guide friends, emergency personnel The Village Store offers reflective house number signs to make your house more visible to family, friends and emergency responders. These signs are custom made for your address and mounted to a metal rod. You can order them and have them installed, or you can install them yourself. Due to higher costs in materials, the signs have increased to $35, but the installation has decreased to $5.
To all our traveling friends out there, before you leave town, you may want to stop by the Village Store for one last important purchase. The store sells those nifty vacation mailboxes that the Metal Club makes. These mailboxes are a good investment, providing security and peace of mind. They also save you from having to go to the Post Office, first to stop your mail, and then to pick it up at the end of your trip. The Post Office will only hold your mail for 30 days, making the purchase even more valuable.
Golf decisions made with you, your pocketbook in mind Most of our golfers here in ine. But in every decision that’s do not allow the public to golf Sun City West do what Del made, those goals are kept in on our courses. In a limited Webb intended them to do: mind. In this economy in par- fashion, CNP players can parThey go out and golf and enjoy ticular, those goals are chal- ticipate (and their contribution their day on the course. lenging because of increasing to the bottom line is greatly apLittle thought goes into what financial constraints. The cost preciated), but in general we happens behind the scenes, and of our goods and services are limited in where we can that’s the way it should be. We (gasoline, minimum wage, in- gain new revenues. want you to enjoy your golfing surance, etc) are going up at a So we are left with trying to experience without worrying steady pace. Our residents, price our product competiabout the details. That’s what meanwhile, are increasingly tively, and at such a level that our staff is here for; but for trying to get their limited en- we do not impact your pocketthose of you who do find the tertainment dollars to stretch books too greatly, but without details interesting, we’d like to further, meaning they look for putting the Association into the offer a little insight. better deals in golf. red. We are a non-profit organFirst and foremost, we aim to ization, so we’re not here to make golfing a pleasant and remake a buck, only to provide warding experience for you you with great services and faand your guests. That means cilities at the lowest price posOur pricing is not a we work hard to make sure sible. subjective matter. We they are in tip-top condition; Our pricing is not a subjecstudy years’ worth of that you are given priority in tive matter. We study years’ financial data and trends making your tee times; that worth of financial data and in annual rounds and you have the convenience of trends in annual rounds and derequesting tee times at any of demographics to determine mographics to determine the the price that will attract the seven golf courses from the price that will attract the greatthe greatest number of comfort of your home; that you est number of golfers and still golfers and still meet our can enjoy a beverage or snack meet our financial obligations. financial obligations. at the pro shops at the end of Take into consideration a your round; that you can bring very timely matter: our sumyour own golf cart onto the In Sun City West, our seven mer rates. We began them on course without paying an extra courses must contend with two June 1 when a lot of the fee; and that you can do all of competing golf courses vying courses around us had started this at low rates available only for a limited number of golfers. them on May 1. Why this to yourself and your fellow Surrounding communities like- break with what appears to be owner-members. wise have courses that are try- the norm? The answer comes In theory, that’s simple ing to appeal to our members. down to money. enough. In reality, it’s quite The major difference is we are Starting summer rates on complicated, as you can imag- an exclusive community – we May 1 instead of June 1 would
Holes in One Name
Pat Doe Bob Hank Beverley Bearns Elli Walmsley Kenneth C. Kane Martin Vogt Larry Toerber Ed Lamb Bob Hank Nancy Eddy Pat Miller
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Stardust Echo Mesa Desert Trails Grandview Desert Trails Echo Mesa Desert Trails Pebblebrook Desert Trails Deer Valley Stardust
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Hybrid 5 Wood 3 Wood 5 Wood 6 Iron 3 Wood 8 Iron pitch. wedge 3 Wood Hybrid 7 Wood
have cost us $200,000 to $270,000 in lost revenue. (Summer rates are half of winter rates, and there’s no possi ble way we could expect to double rounds during the month to make up the difference.) We probably lost a few rounds to our competitors for those golfers who are solely price-conscious , but the bottom line is healthier because of this choice. We hope most of our golfers will realize they’re not only paying for a round of golf, they’re supporting their community – their home – when they choose to play in Sun City West. Decisions such as the one illustrated above may not be popular with all of our golfers, but this isn’t a popularity contest. If it were, you’d all be getting free golf, free beverages during your game and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the
19th hole. This is your community, and we aim to run it with you in mind. Sometimes that means we make decisions you might question, but there is always researched logic behind those choices. If, after enjoying your day on the course, you decide you are, in fact, curious about some of the details, please stop by and see us, or write us a note so we can fill you in. We’re easily accessible and happy to respond. The best way is through a Member Comment form, available at all the pro shops and other facilities, or you can download one from our website at www.rcscw.com. If you prefer, email us at [email protected]
We put a lot of research and effort into our decisions, and after that much work, we’re happy to share it with those who will listen!
Sunday Couples Golf Sun City West Sunday Couples Golf resumes with the following schedule. Our year has been great so far and we invite all couples interested to join us. For information, please call Jean Serr at 623-214-1501. By popular request, we are planning a Night Golf Event again this fall (on Oct. 12). The cost for this event will be $20 per couple and includes dinner prior to golf, the lighted golf ball per person, and sweeps money). This event is open to all golfers, so plan to sign up early. REVISED SCHEDULE THROUGH DECEMBER 2008
July 13 July 27 Aug. 10 Aug. 24 Sept. 14 Sept. 28 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 9 Nov. 23 Dec. 14 Dec. 28
Desert Trails Pebblebrook Deer Valley Echo Mesa Stardust Pebblebrook Desert Trails (Night Golf) Trail Ridge Echo Mesa Deer Valley Pebblebrook Stardust
Green Team members hone their skills every other Saturday Want to play more golf? The Social Golfers. ers will need their rec cards, GREEN TEAM Green Team Social Golfing The Green Team is for Sun plus standard nine-hole fee group offers casual golfing, City West residents, their SOCIAL LEAGUE payable at the golf course for just for the fun of it. guests and CNP players who greens fees. Going on to play GOLF DATES: You can ride, walk or pull are lightly experienced golfers 18 holes is an individual opSaturdays, every two your golf cart – whatever your or who haven’t played in a tion. weeks, from July 12 preference. Relax, get some while. It’s for golfers who just Tee-times will be reserved on through September. fresh air and play some want a relaxed game atmosa first-come, first-served basis. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. golf. It’s a fun time. phere. To reserve a place, go to StarSign up solo, or with others, The Green Team outing for- stressful environment in which dust Golf Course and enter to play with the Green Team mat provides a friendly, non- to hone your golf skills. Play- your names in the Green Team
sign-up book available at the starter’s counter. To get on the Green Team email list or for questions or requests for more information, please send an e-mail to: [email protected]
You may also call Stardust Golf Course at 623-544-6012 (press No. 1 in options) for additional information.
Take the easiest route to lowering your score!
A BETTER G OLF G AME
The short game makes up nearly 70 Pitching: Using a lofted club (PW, percent of the shots we take out on the SW or LW) practice one-quarter, onegolf course. That said it is usually the half and three-quarter swings to figure first place to examine if lowering the out your distances with one or all of your score is your goal! wedges. (Higher handicappers should Generally, the short game is made up stick to just one club, while advanced “I looked up too are concentrating on of putts, chips and pitches. A small im players should have distances figured soon.” the symptoms to the provement in each area can add up to a Robin Eichten with all wedges.) Once distances are “My arms collapsed problem as opposed to big difference in score! known, practice on the pitching green the cure for the proband I chicken-winged Putting: Start by practicing short putts. If you from varying distances, determining which my swing.” lem. can consistently make the 2-foot to 3-fo ot putts, swing is needed. See how many balls out of 10 “I didn’t coil my Looking up or rais back up. Try the 10-foo t to 15-fo ot p utts. See you can get on the green, initially aiming for the body on my backing your head on your how many out of 10 you can get close enough to center of the green and then eventually the flag. swing.” swing can be traced to the hole to make the second putt a tap-in. Last, Remember: Working on the short g ame is one “I just did not fol- Doug Weber many areas such as work on the long lag putts. Imagine a hula-hoo p of the fastest ways to reduce score! For high low through on my alignment, grip, posaround the hole and see how many you can get handicappers, it’s not unrealistic to lower the swing.” ture or just simply swing mewithin that 3-foot circle. The goal should be a score one to two shots per hole. For low handi“I’m always pulling my chanics. Just simply keeping two-putt every time. cappers, it can really help with overall consisshots to the left.” your head still does not solve Chipping: Practice both with a lofted club and tency and scoring. “I don’t have any tempo the problem, it only adds to a less lofted club. You want chips that will hop Robin Eichten is a Class A LPGA member and and I’m never in balance.” the problem. a little and roll a lot (7 iron) or that will hop and certified teacher giving lessons on alternating The same can be said of all roll about the same amount. (PW) Practice short, weeks at Pebblebrook, Echo Mesa and Deer the other symptoms listed medium and long distances with both clubs. The Valley. Lessons are $35; a Summer Special of above. Almost all are tied to goal should be to get in close enough to the pin four lessons for $120 is available through Sepfundamental setup problems. that there is a reasonable chance to make the tember. (Special must be used within six months When you have problems When you have problems putt. of purchase.) with your golf game, learn to with your golf game, learn concentrate and work on the to concentrate and work problem s rather than the on the problems rather symptoms. When problems than the symptoms. When How long is this going to take, Tom? one and ask, “What did I do wrong?” but are cured, symptoms go away. problems are cured, How long until I get it? Those are the to hit one great and to ask, “What did I Good fundamentals of aimsymptoms go away. questions I encounter over and over do right?” ing, grip, posture and ball poagain – both spoken and unspoken. Many of my students are hard workers. Sound familiar? These are sition give the golfer a chance Everybody’s “biological clock” is tickThey practice every day. They hit lots of some typical responses I re- to have an on-plane and ing (it means something different than balls. They say, “I’m going to get this if ceive from new golf students tempo-oriented swing. it kills me.” (Don’t say that – it may!) it did when we were younger) and taking a lesson. The questions Doug is a PGA member and people are wonder ing whether they However, at this juncture we get to the Tom Drisler asked were: “Why are you a certified instructor for the have the time in their life to make the point of the story. If they don ’t have the here taking a lesson? What is Rec Centers. He gives lessons changes necessary to improve their golf game. mental discipline to do the effective thing, if the biggest problem you are by appointment at Grandview, I’m sure my answer is unsatisfying. I tell them they lapse back into familiar swing patterns, facing repetitively?” Stardust and Desert Trails that it depends on their desire, the amount of they’ll get better simply because they are hitting Usually the above-men- courses. Schedule a lesson by work they put in and their natural aptitude for more balls; but the improvement won’t last. In tioned statements are not the calling the golf course, or call the demands of the g olf swing. All those are ex- the end, they will be back where they started. problem . Too many golfers Doug at 623-866-9163. actly true. It depends on all those things – plus You must discipline yourself to focus on the one other above all else: mental discipline. assignment. If your teacher has given you someHow good are you at staying on task? How thing to do, don’t lapse back into “full swings good are you at staying on task when the work with a driver.” I frequently have my students is tedious? Are you goal oriented? Do you resist practice small swings in slow motion. I focus on doing what is familiar and easy in favor of the the hitting area because if they can be funda best thing? That is the real acid test. mentally sound in that area, they’ll do all right. throughout the golf course. Trail Ridge A lot of my students have desire. They want The problem is, when I leave them to them• Sod thin areas in the Summer Closure to get better. They run off and spend several selves, they experience some success with the rough. hundred dollars at the drop of a hat for some small swings, their swings get larger and faster Deer Valley Closed for summer mainnew equipment that promises the results they are and, wouldn’t you know it, the next time I look tenance Monday, July 28. looking for. Unfortunately, many don’t have the at them they are taking “full swings with a Summer Closure Reopens Monday, Oct. 13. type of desire that translates into practice time. driver.” They lapse back into old patterns and at Projects to be completed Closed for summer mainIt’s perfectly understandable – they are adults; the end of the day, they’ve made no progress. during closure: tenance. Reopens Monday, they lead busy lives (especially in retirement!). Understand that practice tee work is sweat• Re-design the irrigation July 28. Projects to be comI have often said that if I had to learn the game shop time. You want to learn a new sequ ence of system on the 14th tee. pleted during closure: as an adult, knowing what I know about what it motion in your swing regardless of whether or • Raise the bottoms of • Install drainage in traps takes, it would be a struggle. There are so many not you feel awkward. Stay on task doing exgrass bunkers on the 18th on holes 4 and 18. other things crowding in. But if the golf game is actly what your instructor tells you and, in the green. • Re-landscape around • Re-level tee boxes on not high enough on the priority list, “desire” end, you won’t maximize your old method, fairway trap on hole 15. holes 5 and 7. could be better translated as “wish.” you’ll learn an entirely new level of perform• Spray out over-seeded • Trim trees throughout the Most of my students have the aptitude for the ance, which transcends anything you’ve done areas to help strengthen course. task. They have the hand-eye coordination and before. That’s what we want. the summer Bermuda • Desert work: Thin plant grass. they hit those occasional good shots that prove Tom Drisler is teaching at Trail Ridge. Video material in overgrown areas. they have it. As a matter of fact, I often say the lessons with take-home CDs are available. Call • Increase aerification most exasperating question in golf is not to miss 602-316-0419 for an appointment.
Cure problems, not symptoms, of golf swing
Mental discipline is key to results
2008 Maintenance Schedule
PBA Regional Tour returns for third consecutive year As a reminder to all Sun City West residents, we are once again hosting the prestigious Pro Bowlers Association Regional Tour over the Sept. 1214 weekend. This is the third year in succession that these high-caliber bowlers will be coming to our community. Let’s give them
another warm welcome as we Mel Shirey, and his committee have in the past! They enjoy will be seeking donations for bowling here on our state-of- items to be raffled off during the-art equipment, and have re- the event, sending out entry marked that they are so pleased blanks for two “Win A Spot” to have the audience participa- tournaments, and generally tion in our community that handling all of the advertisethey do not get in other cities ments and information for the on the tour. weekend. Our tournament director, The two “Win A Spot” tour-
naments are scheduled for The pros will be practicing on Aug. 31 (Open Division) and both Friday and Saturday, with Sept. 7 (Senior Division). the final competition to be held Check at the monitor’s desk for Sunday morning. Stop in at the entry blanks or check with lanes and pick up entry blanks. Mel. There will be more informaThere will be two Pro-Am tion available as the Tournaevents this year, one on Friday ment Committee finalizes evening at 6:30 p.m. and one plans for this event. Keep readon Saturday evening at 8 p.m. ing the Rec Center News!
The More You Bowl, the More You Save
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Open-play discounts introduced for league bowlers
Learn to Bowl clinics are offered every month at Johnson Lanes. The next sessions will begin 9 a.m. Wednesdays, July 16, 23 and 30 at Johnson Lanes in the Sports Pavilion at R.H. Johnson Rec Center. Cost is $25 per person, which includes the three weeks of instruction and bowling. Payments and reservations can be made at the Sports Pavilion counter. Certified instructors Marie Forman, Ray Hansen and Al Bramucci will teach you all the fundamentals in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
The Rec Centers is introducing ope n-play bowling discounts for our winter league bowlers. The more leagues you bowl in, the more you save on your open bowling. You can’t beat that! Our winter league bowlers can take advantage of the following discounts, per line in open bowling all day on weekends and on Monday and Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m.:
1 league: 20-cent discount per line 2 leagues: 30-cent discount per line 3 or more leagues: 40-cent discount per line As you join your leagues this fall, please notify the front desk so we can make your cards for you. When you come in for open bowling during the times listed above, show your card and we’ll give you the discount.
Bowling Association plans slate of summer activities During the month of May, the following Bowling Association of Sun City West Saturday night No Tap bowlers found the sweet spot on their lanes and hit a 300 game: Jerry Schwitzke got one natural 300 and one no tap 300; Ron Goff bowled two 300 games on his birthday, and two more 300 games during the month; Mel
Shirey, two games; and Bob Ross, Dave Krauter, Bill Wellnitz and Terry Hamman, one game each. Congratulations to all. Red Pin Bowling: Hurry, come join the fun and win quarters. Our last day for Red Pin Bowling will be July 29. On June 3, we were pleased to have 50 bowlers show up at
MARIE’ S BOWLING TIP: Wait for the Ball The perfect coorance and your accudination of ball racy. movements and Do not straighten steps is desired by up until the ball is all bowlers, and we well on its way towould be delighted ward the pins. One if we could always way to practice this get to the foul line in is to pretend that a Marie Forman photographer is out perfect timing. Bowling Instructor This is not always on the lane waiting possible, and to offset this to take your picture. When slight defect in timing, we you release the ball, you should develop the ability to must pose for him, holding “wait for the ball.” your position for at least the To do this, you must con- county of “one.” This is centrate on keeping the body ample time to allow the ball bent forward from the knees to head for the target, and to and hips, trying to stay in prevent you from rising out that position as long as pos- of position too soon. It also sible. Pulling back or prevents you from taking straightening up from the your eyes from the target be pins just as you are releasing fore you see whether or not the ball will affect your bal- the ball hits it.
Johnson Lanes for bowling. They all enjoy taking home those quarters. July No Tap Schedule : No Tap Saturday will be on July 12 and 26. August Schedule: No Tap Saturday will be on Aug. 23. (There is only one for August as Johnson Lanes will be closing on Aug. 4 for maintenance,
and will not reopen until Aug. 18.) September Schedule: No Tap will be on Sept. 6. Our fall general membership meeting will be held 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Lecture Hall after which we will open our 2008/2009 Kick-Off Party in the Sports Pavilion for BASCW members only. At 5:30 p.m., we begin
our No Tap Bowling. Membership in the BASCW Club is open to all Sun City West residents with a valid rec card. Membership fee is only $5 per person, per year. For more club information, call Glenn Compton at 623-9756373, or check out our website at www.scwclubs.com (click on Bowling Association).
Computer lovers sought to volunteer in new Data Resource Center The Rec Centers is looking for computer-savvy individuals who would like to volunteer as monitors in our new Data Resource Room at the R.H. Johnson Library. Flexible schedules are available, with even one-hour shifts available to those who want the simplest option. Volunteers sign-in computer users, check rec cards and stamp guest cards. They also assist patrons using the Internet when possible. Call Joan Cummings at 623-544-6644 for details. For those who are unfamiliar with the Earl Mackert Data Resource Center, it is a new addition in the remodeled library. The center attracts many residents who are eager to take advantage of its hightech offerings. The center offers 10 computers offering high-speed Internet service, as well as wireless service for individuals who
bring their own laptops. (In addition, the four private study rooms in the main library are hard-wired for those wishing to plug in their laptops to the Internet.) Joan Cummings, the Data Resource Technician who runs the center, says residents are performing a variety of tasks on the center’s computers. The most common include checking email messages on personal email accounts; making airline reservations; printing boarding passes; and doing research. The center is particularly attractive to residents who don’t have their own computers at home, or who don’t have Internet access. Printing (15 cents a page) and scanning ($5 per picture) also are available. The center is open regular library hours: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Stop in today!
Phone Numbers MAIN TELEPHONE NUMBER: 623-544-6000 RH JOHNSON REC CENTER: 544-6105 Swimming Pool: 544-6106 Tennis Reservations: 544-6151 Mini Golf, Table Tennis, Arcade, Racquetball, Bocce: 544-6108 VILLAGE STORE: 544-6135 (located at R.H. Johnson Rec Center)
RH JOHNSON LIBRARY: 544-6130 SPORTS PAVILION (Bowling): 544-6140 Strike Zone Eatery: 544 -6116 BEARDSLEY REC CENTER: 544-6524 Pool/Mini Golf: 544-6525 KUENTZ REC CENTER: 544-6580 Swimming Pool/Fitness: 544-6561
PALM RIDGE REC CENTER: 544-6580 Swimming Pool/Fitness: 544-6581 GOLF OPERATIONS: 544-6037 Tee Time Confirmation: 544-6044 Tee Time Reservations: www.cgsteetimes.com Course Conditions: 544-6175 DEER VALLEY: 544-6016 DESERT TRAILS: 544-6017 ECHO MESA: 544-6014
GRANDVIEW: 544-6013 Crooked Putter: 544-6090 PEBBLEBROOK: 544-6010 STARDUST: 544-6012 TRAIL RIDGE: 544-6015 ADMINISTRATION General Manager: 544-6110 Human Resources: 544-6123 Member Services: 544-6100 Rec Center News: 544-6027 Website: 544-6133 Recreation Manager: 544- 6114 Tours & Scheduling: 544-6129 Box Office: 544-6032
Club Contacts Arts & Crafts • Sun West Art, Kathleen Perry: 544-3245 • Basketeers, Dorothy Barnes: 5443154 • Calligraphy, Judy Newlan: 214-1305 • Ceramics West, Jack Marten: 546-8685 • Clay Club, Doris Miller: 293-1657 • Copper Cookers, Joanne Bottorf: 5846134 • Johnson Lapidary, Troy Gray: 215-2221 • SCW Beaders,Mary Hester: 584-1012 • Leather Carvers, John Granlund: 9778929 • Mac-Cro-Knit, Sally Gallardo: 546-9140 • Metal Club, D.F. Gundersen: 388-6773 • Encore Needle & Craft, Eleanor Hamilton: 214-2990 • Photography West, Harald Johnsen: 2153355 • Porcelain Painters, Constance Irmer: 2140320 • Palo Verde Patchers, Gayle LeGrand: 546-3360 • Rosemaling-European Folk Art, Delight Moum: 584-4134 • Rip n’ Sew, Kathy Gundersen: 388-6773 • Creative Silk Flowers, Rosemarie Read: 214-9712 • Toy-Ki Silvercraft, Donald Swope: 2142176 • Stained Glass Crafters, Cher Pe-
tersen: 546-8082 • Creative Stitchers, Barbara Bentsei: 9750316 • Tole Artists, Peggy Faucher: 214-2027 • Weavers West Guild, Charles Benson: 584-7537 • Woodworking, Marshall Adams: 584-1938
Cards & Games
Ronald Curcio: 2664302
Dance • Country Western, James Cochran: 5444208 • Hillcrest Ballroom, Nancy Jenkins: 5442376 • International Social Dance, Anna Besmer: 214-0875 • Latin Ballroom, Barbara Coupe: 5440805 • Line Dancers, Javis Vice: 584-6970 • Westerners Square Dance, Richard Howden: 322-5201
• Kiva West Duplicate Bridge, Richard Starbuck: 584-1761 • Saturday Ladies Contract Bridge, Carolyn Robinson: 2147858 • Tuesday Contract Bridge, William Drury: 933-4975 • One Partner Bridge, Urban Hartman: 544-4293 • Arthritis Club, Ron • SCW Bunco, Vivian Rasmussen: 546-5710 Hennessey: 556-4818 • Energetic Exercise, • Canasta West, Melba Franke: 584Leona Szubra: 2144903 7444 • Fitness Club, Alvin • Five-Hundred Card, Andrus: 546-9648 K.C. West: 544-2688 • Handi-Capables, • Cribbage, James Thomas Simard: 544Tappen: 444-4246 2428 • Saturday Night • Water Fitness, Gamesters, Ann Ono: Penny Plass: 476-5151 214-3240 • Yoga, Carolyn • Euchre Card PlayScullin: 546-3852 ers of SCW, William Scott: 466-8328 • Mah Jongg, Eva Tiberio: 584-3350 • Pan Card Club, • Agriculture, Janette Martha Windecker: 556- Gricol: 584-1465 9834 • Coin & Stamp, Fred • Pinochle, David Bubeheimer: 544-0871 Crane: 584-6695 • Computers West, • Sheepshead, Tony Robert Kelling: 214Richter: 556-1071 8589 • Club 52 Card Club, • Garden Club, Ar-
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Travel
lene Macy: 214-7823 • Model Railroad, Paul Gramnitz: 5561183 • Recreational Vehicle, Ron Smith: 5849071 • Rockhounds West, Bill Blakley: 584-7992 • Investment Club, Al Knoblock: 975-2222
Music & Performance • Dancing Arts, Helen Onni: 584-6222 • Westernaires Chorus, Lee Puro; 5445868 • Karaoke, Nona Uthoff: 584-2661 • Musicians Club, Craig Lee: 584-0308 • Organ & Keyboard, Sharon Lindsay: 5848707 • Rhythm Tappers, Gerry Zoph: 214-8504 • Stardust Theatre Council, Jan Cooley: 975-4003 • Theatre West, Al Lombardos: 546-3689
Social • Canine Companions, Ron Ouellette: 584-6776 • Club Español, Charlotte Gisriel: 9757841 • Friends of the Library, JoAnn Dauer: 214-9170. • Men’s Club, John Kelley: 556-2772 • Singles Club, Norma Wallace: 2148232 • Women’s Social
Club, Patricia Leopard: 584-7802
Sports - Golf • Golf Council SCW, Howard Allnutt: 2140583 • Deer Valley Men, Don Berge: 214-1650 • Deer Valley Women, Marilyn Fagot: 214-1601 • Desert Trails Men, Dennis Bailey: 2148853 • Desert Trails Women, Jan Landis: 214-8904 • Echo Mesa Men, Bob Stone: 214-2827 • Echo Mesa Women, Lorraine Saari: 556-4071 • Grandview Men, Bob Baker: 975-4832 • Grandview Women, Dianne Schroetlin: 5464626 • Lady Putters SCW, Jeanne Ricard: 5468326 • Pebblebrook Men, Noah Murphy: 546-8736 • Pebblebrook Women, Sharon Pebley: 214-8289 • Men’s Putting, Manny Zarate: 3629164 • Pebblebrook Women Niners, Sally Peterson: 877-9471 • Stardust Men, Lee Reynolds: 584-1551 • Stardust Women, Karen Hunter: 544-6986 • Stardust Women Niners, Barbara Scalise: 975-3826 • Trail Ridge Men, Angelo Petrarca: 214-
3353 • Trail Ridge Women, Bonnie Kehoe: 5469807
Sports • Crestview Bike Riders, Faye Fray: 2145267 • Pickleball, Martha Wasserman: 975-0764 • Mis-Cues Ladies Billiards, Pat Schmidt: 214-0544 • SCW Bocce, Ed Stroming: 546-5646 • Tennis, Mal Jacobson: 546-1145 • Bowlers Association, Glenn Compton: 975-6373 • Western Horseshoe, Louis Kellner: 214-3903 • Johnson Lawn Bowls, Wanda Penrod: 214-6958 • Mini-Golfers, Vernon Irby: 975-1118 • Racquet Club, Gloria Mitchell, 214-1755 • Platform Tennis, Ron Gliot: 584-7838 • Racquetball/ Handball, Cliff Philpott: 2142314 • Shuffleboard, Robert Wilt: 214-9279 • SCW Softball, Art Nelson: 556-9263 • Sportsmen’s, Earl Fray: 214-5267 • Hot Shot Billiards, Joe Gobell: 687-6619 • Table Tennis, Don Scheidt: 556-1065 Chartered Clubs leadership is subject to change. The list will be updated as necessary. Call 544-6031.
Are you prepared if a loved one needs CPR? You’re at a restaurant and your friend starts choking , struggli ng for breath. She passes out and falls to the floor. You’re at home with your spouse, watching TV. He cries out, grabs his chest and collapses. Your visiting grandchild slips out the backdoor, toddles over to the pool and reaches in to retrieve something. He slips in and is underwater for minutes before you find him. What do you do? If you’r e in a crowd, maybe you look around for someone else to step in. Hopefully, someone does. If you’re alone, you look around vulnerably and then run to the phone to call 911. Then you wait – helplessly, anxiously – until help arrives. In any of these scenarios, you don’t have to wait for someone else to step in and help. You could be the one providing aid in the minutes most critical to the victim’s survival. All you have to do is devote four hours of your time to a free CPR and AED class offered through the Rec Centers. Don’t wait until you need these skills to decide it’s a good time to learn them. By then, it’s too
late. All Sun City West residents and employees are encouraged to take free CPR and AED classes taught monthly by well-qualified volunteer instructors Bob Warren, Bob Deadman and Tom Romaine. The classes are fun, easy and relaxed. Students learn how to recognize an emergency and how to react. They learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
... when a citizen trained in CPR is able to respond immediately at the scene, the victim has a 49 to 74 percent improved chance of survival.
AEDs are simple devices that can be used to save a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. They are readily available at most Sun City West recreation facilities and golf course pro shops, places where cardiac arrests are more likely to happen. If you’ve heard about recent recommendations from the American Heart Association to use compression-only CPR,
Sun City West CPR instructor Bob Deadman shows the proper technique for performing chest compressions during a class in the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall. Below right, Deadman talks about performing CPR on an infant, a technique that also is covered in the classes offered free to all Sun City West residents and Association employees. Classes will resume in the fall. Watch future issues of the Rec Center News for dates and registration information.
you’ll learn about that too. All you have to do is sign up for one of the classes. Classes begin promptly at 8 a.m. in the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall. They are on hiatus for the summer but will resume in September. At one recent class, about a dozen students listened intently as they were captivated by some of the theoretical scenarios thrown out by Warren and Deadman. Can you help someone who seems to be having a heart attack but doesn’t want your help? What if he later becomes unconscious – then can you help? Should you give an aspirin to a heart attack victim? What about a stroke victim? Does it matter if the aspirin is coated or uncoated? One question that seemed to catch students by surprise was this one posed by Warren: If your husband suffers a lifethreatening condition and you put him in the car to drive him to the hospital, then a speeding motorist hits your car – who’s CPR instructor Bob Warren, left, times a student performing CPR compressions during a recent class. Al- at fault? (You’d be surprised at though it may not appear strenuous, performing CPR is physically taxing and most individuals can’t do it for the answer.) more than a few minutes. That makes it all the more important to call 911 before you start assisting a victim. And did you know most To learn more, be sure to sign up for one of the free classes this fall.
women who suffer a heart attack don’t have chest pain? They might feel symptoms in their neck, arm, jaw or back, but most won’t feel the stereotypical chest pain that men feel. Did you know that when you call 911, your call is routed first to Phoenix? If you’re on the golf course and your buddy collapses, how do you best tell a Phoenix dispatcher where to find you? If you say Pebble brook Golf Course and Sun City West paramedics show up at the pro shop instead of, say, hole No. 8, you’ll lose valuable minutes waiting for help. Keep in mind, for every one minute it takes paramedics to start treating a cardiac arrest victim, the victim loses 10 percent chance of survival. On the other hand, when a citizen trained in CPR is able to respond immediately at the scene, the victim has a 49 to 74 percent improve d chance of survival. In case you are concerned about your own liability in treating someone using CPR, rest assured that all 50 states have a Good Samaritan Law that protects you if you are giving aid that you have been trained to deliver. If any of the above information has caught you by sur prise, or if you’re still one of those who think two breaths to five compressions is still the way to go, it’s time to get to class. Check out www.rcscw.com under “Activities” for information on the CPR/AED classes, or check out future issues of the Rec Center News when we’ll be giving you the dates of upcoming classes. Take the class. Be a lifesaver.
Events & Activities Friday, July 4
Tickets are $5 each or the series of three for $10. Gallo, now a Sun City West resident, is a long-time entertainer who started with his own jazz trio as both singer and drummer.
Our free Fourth of July concert featuring the Maude Sisters begins 3 p.m. in Palm Ridge Summit Hall. The event is free, but you must have a Monday, Aug. 25 ticket. All tickets have been SOLD OUT: Stardust Sum given out as of press time ; mer Series concludes with the those who picked up tickets but Desert City Six at 7 p.m. in don’t intend to use them are Stardust Theatre. The Desert asked to return them to the Box City Six, which for years Office.The Maule Sisters, per played every Phoenix Suns forming in the style of the Anhome game, follows the tradidrew Sisters, will entertain tion of the Dukes of Dixieland. with patriotic favorites and Monday, Sept. 1 songs from the era including Free Concert in the Park fea“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” turing Jan Rittmaster at 7 p.m. “In the Mood” and “America in Beardsley Park (Palm Ridge the Beautiful.” if inclement weather). Cele Monday, July 28 SOLD OUT: Stardust Sum- brate Labor Day with us as Jan mer Series continues with and her fellow performers ensinger and entertainer Joe Gallo tertain you with music and at 7 p.m. in Stardust Theatre. comedy. The other performers
Fitness TRAINING A Sun Health professional will demonstrate the proper use of Rec Centers’ fitness equipment from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays according to the following schedule. Sign up at the monitor’s stations. R.H. Johnson
July 3 and 31
include Sun City West residents Wayne Kindall and Ron McCollor, along with vocalist and drummer Kent Parry.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Social Hall. All Chartered Club officers must attend one of these two meetings to receive information and ask questions about the clubs.
Semi-annual Chartered Club Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the
Semi-annual Chartered Club
Thursday, Oct. 2
Meeting from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Social Hall. All Chartered Club officers must attend one of these two meetings to receive information and ask questions about the clubs.
Get tickets now for Duttons’ holiday show Tickets are going fast for the Duttons’ Christmas program at 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Palm Ridge Summit Hall. The Duttons are a family act from Branson, Mo., that has gained national attention as they’ve spread their energetic performances across the country. The group features the mother, father and seven Dutton children, along with cameos from even the
youngest grandchildren. All of and together they provide nonthem are blessed with individ- stop entertainment. ual talent and showmanship, Colorful costumes, clever humor, audience participation and pure musical genius make their energy contagious. By the end of the evening, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family. The public is invited. Tickets are $22.50 and $25 each and available now at the Box Office, open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. For information only, call 623-544-6032.
CPR classes New golf programs promote 9-hole format resume in fall From Page 1 learn the game but are starting Golfers and Mentors Program
We would like to advise all Sun City West residents and employees interested in the free CPR/AED classes that they will resume in the fall. The classes are offered free to residents and Rec Centers em ployees. They are taught Mondays in the Lecture Hall. Dates will be announced in future issues of the Rec Center News.
how to sign up for this new league. Regular summer rates apply for both programs. If you’ve been wanting to get out and play but you’re not up to 18 holes, try one of these programs. You’ll be glad you did. And for those who want to
from “scratch,” keep an eye out in future editions of the Rec Center News for the dates of our biannual New Golfers and Mentors Program. This innovative and fun program for beginners brings in mentors to assist you in learning the basics. Those who take the New
can “graduate” to our Green Team, for lightly experienced golfers. For more information on that group, please check out Page 10 of this Rec Center News. So what are you waiting for? Golfing in Sun City West has never been friendlier, easier or more inviting!
Thursday Nite Movies JULY 3 “THE ODD COUPLE”
p u b l i c i t y . Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix. (1946) (B&W) (1H39M) (NR). (Never shown before in SCW).
After being thrown out of his home and marriage, fastidious Felix decides the only thing for him to do is to move in with his best friend, Oscar Madison, a divorced man living alone in an upper eastside apartment. Oscar is JULY 17 a total slob while Felix is a compulsive “THE FOUR SEASONS” cleaner. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau. A film about marriage, friendship and (1968) (C) (1H-45M) (G). ( Shown bemiddle age. Three wealthy couples get fore in SCW in 1996). together four times a year for vacations. When one of the couples decide to di JULY 10 vorce, it sends shock“THE DARK CORNER” waves throughout their A private eye is backed into a corner, amiable association. framed for the murder of his ex-partner. Alan Alda, Carol BurHis trusty secretary aids him in tracknett, Sandy Dennis, Rita ing down the real killer. A very good Moreno, Bess Armand riveting film that didn’t get much strong. (1981) (C) (1H-
48M) (PG). (Shown before in SCW in 1990).
JULY 24 “EASY TO WED”
An heiress sues a newspaper for libel when it calls her a home wrecker. The editor hatches a scheme to compromise her using his fiancée and a re porter carrying out the plot. A musical/comedy with a wonderful cast. Lucille Ball, Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn. (1946) (C) (1H-50M) (NR). (Never shown before in SCW).
JULY 31 “SHOWBOAT”
Life on a Mississippi showboat in the 1890s. Timeless Jerome Kern-Oscar
Hammerstein songs including: “Can’t Help Loving That Man,” “Make Believe,” and “Old Man River.” Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown. (1951) (C) (1H47M) (NR). (Shown before in SCW in 1995).
Stardust Theatre Located at Kuentz Recreation Center at R.H Johnson and Stardust Boulevards. Donation: $2 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is at 7. Sponsored by the Friends of the R.H. Johnson Library. (All movies are shown in the digital DVD format.) Hearing assisted devices now available for your use.
Stop by Tours and Scheduling in the R.H. dwellings on the Johnson Rec Center between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. mesas are part of weekdays for details on these upcoming trips: what historians believe to be the ARIZONA’S HIGH COUNTRY oldest continuously occupied MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, JULY 14-16 Enjoy the cool, fresh air of Arizona’s White community in Mountains, including the lush meadows, tow- North America. ering pines, aspen trees and meandering Little The two-day, Colorado River. This is arguably the most one-night trip charming place in Arizona! Your trip includes includes deluxe motorcoach transportation two nights lodging at the Hon-Dah Resort with water and snacks, professional tour guide, Casino; admission to the X Diamond Ranch; a dinner in Flagstaff, one night at the Little professional tour escort; water and snacks America Resort, full American breakfast, guidwhile aboard our deluxe tour coach; and two ed tour of the first Mesa and Hopi lands, plus a breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. Cost visit to downtown Prescott. Prescott was at one is $369 per person single double occupancy, time the county seat, and its Whiskey Row is and $442 per person single occupancy. known for the numerous saloons that once lined the street but are now home to unique shops and restaurants. Cost is $259 per person double occupancy, and $319 per person single occupancy.
charisma of Bette Midler. We’ll stay at the Monte Carlo Casino Resort Hotel on The Strip, nestled between the Bellagio and New York, New York. It’s within walking distance to Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage, Planet Hollywood and more. There’s plenty of time for sightseeing and meals on your own. On Dec. 2, we’ll head to Caesar’s Palace for Midler’s performance. Cost is $410 per person double occupancy, and $499 per person single occupancy.
PRESCOTT GINGERBREAD VILLAGE FRIDAY, DEC. 5
PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM THURSDAY, SEPT. 25
The Pima Air and Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest nongovernment-funded aviation museums. There are more than 275 aircraft and spacecraft, including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. FLAGSTAFF ROUTE 66 DAYS This day includes a tour of the Air and Space SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 Museum, as well as the AMARG, known as the Come join us in beautiful Flagstaff, the high- “Boneyard,” located adjacent to the museum at est city on Route 66, for fun, arts and crafts, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Lunch is on fast cars and entertainment galore. Take a trip your own at the Thunderbird Grill, where they down memory lane and celebrate the Spirit of serve hamburgers, hot dogs and more. We’ll Route 66 in the cool pines of Arizona’s High take a little side trip to the DeGrazia Museum Country. Come on up and enjoy all the natural before returning home. Cost is $64 per person. beauty Flagstaff has to offer. Cost is $49 per person.
NATIVE LANDS – ANCIENT SANDS WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, SEPT. 24-25
You will tour some of Native America’s most significant historical regions as we travel into Navajo and Hopi Indian lands. The ancient
off in the dark and fly until there’s enough light diac conditions may experience difficulties. the different culture. We have plenty of room to see the landing sites), Wells Fargo Special Wheelchairs are welcome but it is suggested in our coach’s luggage bays to bring home Shape Rodeo, Flying Competition and Prize that the person/s responsible for assisting be your purchases. There are several nice restauGrab, Chainsaw Woodcarving Contest, Wells physically fit as there are tight corners, and rants in Algodones for lunch. Cost is $42 per Fargo Special Shape Glowdeo and AfterGlow steep grades to contend with. person. Passport is required. Fireworks Show. Explore the Discovery Center and see a 30Cost is $599 per person double occupancy, minute film of the Kartchner Caverns. Exhibits BETTE MIDLER AT and $949 per person single occupancy. inform visitors of how the cave was formed CAESAR’S PALACE and the creatures that live there. A multiscreen MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1-3 GLENDALE DOG SHOW video recounts how Tucson cavers Gary Tenen This show features the incomparable humor, SATURDAY, OCT. 18 and Randy Tufts discovered Kartchner in over-the-top imagination and captivating Join us for the spectacular showmanship, 1974, and how the park was created. agility, obedience and excellence of man’s best Cost is $99 per person, which includes friend. The show is presented by the Kachina motorcoach transportation, a box lunch, Kennel Club at the University of Phoenix snacks, bottled water and sodas on the coach, a Stadium. Cost is $29 per person and includes tour guide, entrance fee to Kartchner, and gramotorcoach transportation, guide, bottled tuities. water on the coach, and gratuities.
KARTCHNER CAVERNS BIG ROOM TOUR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12
ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 8-11
Please join us for this most spectacular and internationally acclaimed event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, with accommodations at the beautiful four-diamond Sandia Casino Resort Hotel. The festival itinerary includes the Dawn Patrol (pilots take
ALGODONES, MEXICO YOUR CHOICE OF THREE DATES:
SATURDAY, NOV. 15 SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009 SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2009
Come experience the “Big Room” at Kartchner Caverns. Opened in November People are friendly and prices are low in 2003, it is the newest section and is open only Algodones, a town located near Yuma. We will for tours from October to April. See and mar- stop at a fast food restaurant in Gila Bend in vel at the strange and colorful formations, and the morning so you can get breakfast or coffee, learn about cave inhabitants, both past and and again on the return trip. The motorcoach present. parks on the U.S. side of the border and you Guided tours inside the Big Room are in walk about 100 yards to cross into Mexico. A groups of 15. The tour lasts about 1 ½ hours. valid passport is required. We provide transThe Big Room (bat “condos” in the summer) is portation only; no tour guide. about ½ mile with steep grades and high In Algodones, you will have four hours to humidity. Individuals with respiratory or car- spend bargaining, shopping or just enjoying
Come away with us to an indoor winter wonderland. Enjoy the creativity and ingenuity of the artists who create these ginger bread masterpieces. Marvel at the intricate details! Then enjoy a docent tour at the Sharlot Hall Museum, and a stroll in downtown Prescott. Jump into Christmas on this festive trip. Cost is $51 per person.
THE LION KING WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2 009
Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s “The Lion King” right here in the Valley of the Sun when this award-winning Broadway musical comes to the ASU Gammage stage. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African pridelands and the unforgettable score in this sensational presentation. Let your imagination run wild. Cost is $125 per person, which includes motorcoach transportation, excellent seats in the orchestra area (near the stage), driver gratuity and escort. Don’t miss this breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life on stage. This is a show you will remember forever.
FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES THURSDAY-FRIDAY, FEB. 26-27, 2009
ROSE BOWL PARADE 2009 TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 20 08 – THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2 009
Enjoy the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands in this annual event. This year’s theme is “Hats off to Entertainment.” The trip includes two nights at the Hilton Universal City, one full breakfast, one box breakfast, one box lunch, one dinner, a float barn tour, reserved seats for the Rose Parade, a souvenir program and pin, and driver and guide gratuities. Cost is $699 per person double occupancy, and $979 per person single occupancy.
It’s show time! The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, the most stunning showgirls in the business – and all aged 53 to 86 – sing their way to the fountain of youth. This group has received standing ovations for 12 seasons. The Follies is a combination of music, comedy and dance from the 1930s and ‘40s. Add in the fabulous costumes, and it’s an entertainment extravaganza. Our trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, and accommodations at the Spa Resort Casino in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. You’ll also enjoy a celebrities tour of Palm Springs to see numerous homes of movie stars we grew up with. Cost is $289 per person double occupancy, and $369 per person single occupancy.
TOURS & SCHEDULING Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Trips and tours must be purchased in person at Tours and Scheduling, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Information: 623-544-6129.
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AGRICULTURE CLUB Sure July is hot, but your summer garden is planted and we hope thriving. You just need to water it and get ready for fall. Fall gardens are wonderful, including all the root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Tomatoes were a good crop this summer, even though we had a lot of the blight, which caused leaves to brown and wither. The tomatoes were bigger, with many more tomatoes on each vine; maybe they don’t need all those leaves. Paul Rankin let his carrots go to seed, and the bees around them are amazing. For those of us who are seeing fewer bees this year, that might be the way to attract more. Lots of cucumbers are all around the garden, small pickling types, the long rough Soyuz and the hybrids with few seeds. Cucumbers of different types should be planted well apart from each other; the bees will mess up your seedless when planted too close to seeded varieties. I’m having better luck with my watermelon this year. I have three vines and a lot of melons. I grow “moon and stars,” an older variety that’s not too large. If you’re planning to grow your own plants from seed, such as tomatoes and peppers for the fall garden, they should be ready to go out in August. Butternut squash is long lasting, wonderful in soup and has lots of fiber. Savoy cabbage with its ruffled leaves gets large enough for great cabbage rolls. Janette, our plot manager, has a great idea for attaching your shade cloth. She used clips from fishing stringers; just remove clips from chain
with pliers and clip the shade cloth to the cage. It’s cheaper than wire, and it’s faster. Strong fingers help, but heck – what are men for anyway? A lot of the plots in the back are taken. Most new members took two or three, almost im possible in the rest of the garden. These plots are more work to begin with, but having two gardens lets your summer crop continue while starting a winter garden. We still have more plots available, disked and ready for the asking. Strawberries should be planted by Nov. 15; there are lots of runners for anyone wanting to try them. Strawberries are a lot of work, but so worth it. We’ve given thousands of pounds of vegetables and other food to the Westside Food Bank. Marie Coulter heads up this project, giving her time many Wednesdays together with her helpers. Thanks Marie, for your many years of service. Our officers need to be thanked too, for making the club better. Gary, our president, keeps things running smoothly (most of the time). Dorothy, the treasurer, is cutter of shade cloth, etc. Nita is the secretary and all-around helper. Our monitor, Jim, is always helping someone put up a cage, and he makes time if you have a problem. Janette, the plot manager, shows prospective members what plots are available. Lou fixes the leaks we encounter, and changes old faucets (multiply that by a few hundred plots, and it adds up to many hours a year). We have directors and assistant monitors. All these volunteers make the Agriculture Club the wonderful club I love. If this sounds like a club you’d like to be a part of, call our plot manager at 584-1465 for more information. We’re located at 17800 N. 137th Drive.
Average Tournament in March, and Red Pin bowling on Tuesdays during the summer months. Membership fee for the club is $5 per person, per year, and is open to all Sun City West members in good standing. Membership applications may be obtained in the Sports Pavilion at the Johnson Lanes monitor’s desk. Information: 623-975-6373 or www. scwclubs.com (click on “Bowling Association”).
BASKETEERS Learn and enjoy a new skill in air-conditioned comfort! The Sun City West Basketeers Club is open all summer, and we welcome newcomers! We meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in Room 4 at Kuentz Rec Center; and from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 3 at Kuentz. Beginner instruction is provided; all that is required is a Sun City West rec card. Come join us! Information: 623-584-4699 or 623-544-6291.
BEADERS Sun City West Beaders meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in Multipurpose Room 5 at Beardsley Rec Center, 12755 Beardsley Road. Open beading and instruction is available for members. Visitors are always welcome. Information: 623-584-6222, 623-214-9501, or www.scwclubs.com (click on SCW Beaders).
“On vacation!” Wish you were here, but wherever you are, enjoy yourselves! “Kiss the pallino.” Lest we forget: Our first captains meeting is Oct. 4. League play begins Oct. 6. I almost can’t wait to get playing again! Be patient, all good things come to those who are! BASCW Information: 623-546-1632 The Bowling Association of or 623-546-5646. Sun City West was established to further residents’ enjoyment in bowling. We sponsor several CALLIGRAPHY WEST Calligraphy West workshops events throughout the year for your pleasure. We sponsor 9- are held 1 p.m. every Monday Pin No-Tap bowling every in Room 5 at Kuentz Rec Cenother Saturday night, Hall of ter. Fame Dinner in October, OverAll Sun City West rec card
holders are welcome to visit our club and see what fr iendly people we are and how much fun we have. For information, call Judy Newlan at 214-1305. Our workshops show ways to use your calligraphy and to decorate greeting cards and other items. Haven’t seen our cards? Check them out at the Village Store. We have a good supply there for you to look through. In addition to the afternoon workshops, we are open most Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. so members can work on their own projects or learn a little more about the supplies we have. Come join us! Our July schedule includes: July 7: Gift Box Card by Joan Wende. July 14: Using Roller Stamps by Adrienne Shieck. July 21: Christmas in July (Show and Tell Christmas Cards). July 28: Open Workshop for your own work. Our active Special Interest Scrapbooking Group is now on its summer schedule as follows: Friday, July 4, closed for the holiday; open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 18; open from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 9 and 23. These workshops also are in room 5 at Kuentz Rec Center. For scrapbooking information, call Char Stiehl at 5846457. Check out our website at www.scwclubs.com (select “Calligraphy”) for information on additional activities and field trips.
class beginning at 8:30 a.m. For details on any of these events, please call the club at 623-546-0975.
CLAY CLUB The Clay Club has been busy making bowls for Empty Bowls, an organization that feeds the homeless. We get the clay donated from Marjon, and club members make bowls of all sizes and shapes. Some are done on the wheel and some are hand built. We glaze and fire them, then store them until fall, when Empty Bowls has its fund-raising sale. Sara Duda is our chairperson. There are many organizations besides us that make these bowls for this worthwhile organization. We also have artists who make signature pieces sold at auction. Some have sold for several hundred dollars. Information: 623-544-6530.
If you enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, come and join us from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Building H (aka the Men’s Club) on Meeker Boulevard. We also play from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Ladies and gentlemen are welcome at the sessions. Upcoming events include our Mexican Riviera Cruise on the Sapphire Princess from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. There will be Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, blackjack tournaments, bingo and other games that you might like to play. Members and non-members are welcome to join this cruise. Limited CERAMICS WEST space is available. Call Mike Our club is working summer Orlando at 623-826-4892. hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Information: 623-266-4302. through Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of the COIN AND STAMP month. The Coin and Stamp Club There are a few classes scheduled for the month. On will hold a meeting on July 8. Tuesday, July 15, Annette Par- During the summer months, sons will hold a “Pickling meetings are an informal time when members gather to trade Class” starting at 9 a.m. The monthly “Anything among each other, listen to disWorkshop” with Nancy cussions from club members, Stallings and Lynn Kagen will ask questions, and find out the be held on Wednesday, July 9, latest in stamps. Coin Chairat 8 a.m. The July Birthdays man Mel will help update members’ state quarters, new will be celebrated at 11 a.m. presidential dollars or our Then on Wednesday, July 23, Kathy Rimlinger will hold a “Snowman Plate” Continued on Page 19
Club Corner From Page 18 country’s new silver dollars. You must be a Sun City West rec card-holder and a club member to purchase new issues. Stop by and visit with us if you’re interested in stamps and coins. We’re a peoplefriendly club. Meetings are from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 3 at Kuentz Rec Center, on the Stardust side of the building. Information: 623-544-0871.
COMPUTERS WEST Computers West, located in Palm Ridge Recreation Center, is the parent organization of two user groups: MacsWest and the PCUG. It is a social and technology club whose members share information and experiences about computers, and have fun doing so. The next CW general membership meeting will begin 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Summit Hall A at Palm Ridge Rec Center. Complete information on CW, PCUG and MacsWest can be found on our club website: www.computerswest.org. The PC Users Group will meet again at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Summit Hall A. Check the CW website (www.computerswest.org) for program information. Members of CW receive individualized help with com puter problems at the club. Fellow members provide these services, as well as instruction on the use of hardware and software. If you are having computer problems, help is available to PC users from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in the CW office. Help is reduced to just Wednesdays during the summer when the need for this assistance declines. PCUG members are notified of this schedule change via e-mail. Be sure to come early and sign in upon arrival. Save your old cell phones! Computers West was honored for being a top collection center for Cell Phones for Soldiers. We have earned 232,000 minutes of talk time for our troops. (Check out the CW website for details.) Great job, but we’re not through yet! A new cell phone may be on your agenda this summer. Don’t forget to save the old ones and bring them to the CW office or PORA. Computers West has
already collected more than 1,700 cell phones and is looking to reaching the 2,000 level. These donated cell phones are converted into telephone cards that are given to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cell phones are recycled, so they will not be adding to our landfills. Residents of Sun City West and surrounding communities are encouraged to drop off their old cell phones at the CW office at the Palm Ridge Rec Center. Remind your relatives, friends and neighbors not to throw away those old phones! Donation boxes are also found at the following clubs and organizations: PORA, Calligra phy, Dance, Golf, Library, Metal Club, Photography and Stained Glass. When you purchase that new cell phone, be sure to donate your old one to “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” It’s one way to give back to those wonderful young Americans serving our country. Learn more about this wonderful organization started by two teenagers at http://www.cell phonesforsoldiers.com. Our Open Discussions group continues to meet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the Palo Verde Room at Palm Ridge. There is a wealth of information to be learned. This group tackles all computer related problems and applications. Bring your questions. This experienced group is sure to have the answers. If you’ve never stopped in at a Flight Simulator Group meeting, you’re missing out on a fun time. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (July 9 and 23) in the Palo Verde room. The group shares a common interest in aviation. No sign-up fee is required, just walk in. You must be a member of Computers West. Although classes have ended for the summer, be sure to check the PCUG website for upcoming fall classes. All of these classes are good for beginners, intermediate and seasoned PC users alike. The information available at these meetings is boundless. Hope to see you soon at one of our club activities. MacsWest meets 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday in
the Palo Verde Room from September through May. Tuesdays are designed to be “Question and Answer” sessions, and a special program is planned for each Friday meeting. During the months of June, July and August, there will be a Friday meeting only at 1 p.m. Question-and-Answer will be incorporated into the Friday meetings. New software will be introduced at each Friday meeting followed by any questions and answers. There is no ending time for these meetings, so bring your questions. You are sure to learn something new at each meeting. Mark your calendar for July 4, when there will be an ice cream social at 1 p.m. in the Palo Verde Room. MacsWest is a fun group of people who combine education and having a good time. Check the current MacsWest Newsletter (www.macswest.org) for updated information. Although classes and help groups have stopped for the summer, there is usually someone around to help you out. Be sure to stop by the Friday meetings. Although classes have ended for the summer, be sure to keep watching our web site for upcoming classes. Classes fill up quickly and signing up online is easy. If there is a class that you are willing to teach in the fall, please let us know. Whether you are a PC or Macintosh user, don’t forget to give back to your club by signing up to monitor. It’s a fun way to get to know other mem bers of the club, as well as familiarize yourself with all our clubs have to offer. Our goal is to keep the computer lab open all summer. To do that, we need to have monitors. Be sure to go to www.computerswest.org and click on “Schedule” under “Monitors” to sign up. A special thanks goes to those same people who go one step beyond to give back to the club on a regular basis.
COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Due to popular request, we will continue dance lessons (including pattern dancing) through the summer season. The lessons are held 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall. Looking for-
ward to seeing you. Information: 623-544-4208.
CREATIVE SILK FLOWERS The club will meet from 8 a.m. to noon July 2, 9 and 16. It will close for the summer beginning July 23, and will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Anyone wishing to become a member should come to room 5 at Kuentz Rec Center or contact President Rosemarie Read at the number below. 623-214-9712.
CREATIVE STITCHERS Our club continues to meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays in the Acacia Room at Palm Ridge Rec Center. Mem bers are working on club projects or doing stitching on a personal project. If needle point, counted-cross stitching, hardanger or other handneedlework interests you, come and join our friendly group. July 14 is our Summer Survivors Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The last day to sign up for the luncheon is July 7. Information: 623-556-4340.
THE FITNESS CLUB The Fitness Club has just the thing for your active lifestyle! “Dance for the Health of It” is a Saturday exercise program for Sun City West residents. This program (called DH for short) is an alternate way of exercising your body and mind through dance steps and routines. DH is for individuals, so no partners are needed. Our location is the R.H. Johnson Rec Center Social Hall West. DH provides all the benefits of low-impact aerobics. You will enhance cardiovascular health, strengthen leg muscles, improve balance and flexibility, increase stamina, burn hundreds of calories, and aid bone health. Exercise through dance is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, too. And, did you know DH will improve your mental agility? That’s because you will be learning and remembering steps, combinations, and routines. Now isn’t that a wonderful benefit? We offer three exercise levels: Level 1 is from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and has beginner routines. This level is for those new to
dance or who need to refresh basic technique. Level 2 is from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and has easy intermediate routines. This level is for those who know basic dance steps. Level 3 is from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and has intermediate routines. This level is for those who are ready for more challenging dance steps and combinations. The intensity ranges from more gentle exercise in Level 1 to more vigorous exercise in Level 3. You’ll have such fun learning all the dance styles, such as nightclub two-step, cha-cha, East Coast swing, West Coast swing, Latin, waltz, big band swing, and contemporary dances. Just wait until you hear the wide variety of great music, from the big band era to the Rock and Roll of the 1950s and ‘60s; from disco of the 1970s to the current top 40. You won’t be able to stop yourself from moving! Our instructor, Kort Kurdi, has 15 years experience in providing dance instruction. Since 1998, he has been teaching individuals and couples in adult communities throughout the Valley of the Sun. Kort has developed his own unique ap proach to teaching dance. His careful, methodical style focuses on correct dance step technique, allowing you to get the most benefit from your exercise session. Kort says, “I just want everyone to have fun and feel good about what they’ve accomplished in class.” Membership in the Fitness Club is required ($5/calendar year). The cost of DH is $4 for one level, plus $1 each additional level you wish to attend per Saturday. Pay each week by check only. You’ve got a lot of livin’ to do, so come live it up on the dance floor and Dance for the Health of It! Information: 623-556-5359.
HILLCREST BALLROOM DANCE “Seven o’clock, 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, rock. We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight” at the Hillcrest Ballroom Dance Club. Join the fun from 7 to 10 p.m. each Saturday night at the
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Club Corner From Page 19 R.H. Johnson Social Hall. As the weather gets warmer, this is the cool place to be. So grab your partner, or come as a single to enjoy wonderful music during the month of July. Frank Romani will provide the music for our Fourth of July dance on Saturday, July 5. Kick your heels up to Peggy and the Blue Notes on July 12. Michael Lawrence Carollo will keep you rocking on July 19. July 26 will be our last dance for the summer, with music by Bob Roppolo. There will be no dances in the month of August, so don’t miss any of these July dances. Our “summer” dress code will continue for the month of July, and men will no longer be required to wear jackets. Please, no shorts, T-shirts or jeans. Membership to the club, new or renewal, is $10 per year. Refreshments are served during break; bring you own beverages. Cost is $4 for mem bers and $6 for invited guests. For information on Saturday night dances and events only, call 623-546-6845. Frank Romani is the instructor for dance classes on Tuesday afternoons in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall. Cost is $4 for club members and $5 for non-members per ongoing session. Singles are welcome. For information on dance classes only, call 623-412-4363.
reading, which was written by one of our club members. The club will not be meeting during the summer months of July and August. Our spring stock picking contest that began Feb. 1 has concluded and the results are as follows: first place, Vern Johnson, $100; second place, Roger Grandpre, $75; third place, Bob Baron, $50; fourth place, Joe Fiedor, $25; fifth place, Ed Chatham, $25; and sixth place, Linda Victor, $25. Our fall contest will begin Oct. 1 and conclude Dec. 31. Some of our members meet together to use and exchange information on their subscription software services. User groups have been formed using TC2005, Quotes Plus, Cool-Trade and Vector Vest. These groups are open to Investment Club members. Information: 623-810-3083 or www.scwclubs.com (under “Hobbies and Travels”).
JOHNSON LAPIDARY Lapidary is the art of cutting and polishing stones. We play with rocks! Classes are offered when there are enough individuals to fill them, and we usually have four to five in each class. Stop in and meet our club members and visit our fabulous facilities. The club is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
The goal of our club is to JOHNSON LAWN learn how to invest in stocks BOWLS Members of the Johnson and equities. All Sun City West rec card holders are welcome Lawn Bowls Club continue to to visit the club twice as our bowl throughout the summer months with several scheduled guest before deciding to join. The annual membership events. We are being joined by dues are $10, with a one-time the members of the Sun City initiation fee of $20 for equip- Grand Club while their green ment and supplies. The club is being renovated. Morning bowling starts at meets every Monday night from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lecture 7:30 a.m. every day except Hall at the R.H. Johnson Sunday, and evening bowling Recreation Center. We are is scheduled for Tuesday, Fri pleased to announce that a day and Sunday evenings start broadband wireless network is ing at 6:30 p.m. We invite anyone interested available in the Lecture Hall for the use of our speakers and to join us. Free lessons and use our members in the audience of our equipment will get you started to enjoy a relaxing acusing laptops. For all new members, the tivity. Stop in anytime the clubclub provides a free CD containing a 14-chapter course on house doors are open. Johnson technical analysis and chart Lawn Bowls Club is located
inside the walking track at the R.H. Johnson complex.
KARAOKE CLUB Put on your red, white and blue, and strike up the band! The Fourth of July is coming at the Karaoke Club. We’re calling it Patriotic Day. But whatever you call it, this year it falls on a Friday. That’s our usual evening to spend singing our hearts out. This year, we’ll have the background of fireworks going off around town. Practice all your patriotic songs and any others that might fit the bill. And even if you can’t sing a note, come listen and help us celebrate the Fourth. If you’re sticking it out during the month of August, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the “Dog Days of Summer” coming up Aug. 15. It’s another reason to party. As we’ve done in the past, there’ll be hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad and all the fixings before we start singing. Put it on your calendar right now so you don’t forget. Remember, every Friday evening we are at the Beardsley Rec Center, Card Rooms 3 and 4. Singing is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., so come sign in, pay your $2 if you want to sing, and get your name in the pot. If you prefer to just listen, it’s free. It’s the best deal in town. You might want to bring something to wet your whistle. We provide the cups and ice. Guest singers are welcome to take the microphone for a onetime try at singing karaoke style. We have a selection of songs available on disc for your use if you don’t have your own. New members are always welcome to our club. If you are interested in joining and becoming part of the Karaoke Club, whether you sing or not, annual membership is $5. We meet Friday evenings, year round. Come join us.
KIVA WEST DUPLICATE CLUB We are a club of more than 400 members. All levels of players are welcome, as we have a stratum that will accommodate you. Visitors are welcome. Come
see smiling faces and hear the round of mini golf. This will be peals of laughter sometimes at the R.H. Johnson course, during the game. until July 31 when we will Our games are from 12:30 to move to the Beardsley course. 3:45 p.m. Monday through Congratulations to Margaret Saturday, and from 6:15 to Miller, our Golfer of the 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Month. Sun City West resiThere is a free one-hour lec- dents are welcome to become ture on duplicate bridge at 11 members. Dues are $5. Check a.m. Fridays in Beardsley Card out our bulletin board for inRoom 1. formation or us the contacts Information: 623-680-0926. below. Information: 623-975-1158, 623-214-6202, or www.scwMAC-CRO-KNIT clubs.com. The Mac-Cro-Knit Club is made up of people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, macramé MODEL RAILROAD and more. We meet from 8:15 Greetings to all our railroad a.m. to noon Thursdays in fans. We have been busy in our Room 3 at Kuentz Rec Center, station depot, located in the 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd. All R.H. Johnson Rec Center. We Sun City West owner-members are constantly updating, reare welcome. building and maintaining our Information: 623-546-9140, tracks, switches and all rolling 623-535-7945 or www.scw- stock. In this way, we can put clubs.com (click on Mac-Cro- on a good show for all who Knit). take the time to visit with us. We appreciate your visits; perhaps we can impress and inMAH JONGG The Sun City West Mah spire you enough that you will Jongg Club meets from 11:30 like to become part of our a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tues- Agua Fria Northern Railroad day and Thursday in Beardsley Club, where every day is a Rec Center. All Sun City West good day. The only rule we have is we residents with a current rec card are invited to join us. have no rules – just have fun Information: 623-792-8410 and enjoy. Also, we are airconditioned – real cool! Dues or 623-546-4435. are only $25 the first year and only $15 each year thereafter. MEN’S PUTTING CLUB Real cheap considering all the Please join us at 9 a.m. Tuesfun you can have. You will redays (check in at 8:30) for an ceive a handsome name badge 18-hole putting competition at proclaiming your good taste. Grandview Golf Course. ImYou can learn the “opera prove your skills and meet tion” at your own pace, and we other golf enthusiasts. Not a will be happy to instruct you. golfer? It doesn’t matter since We are an equal opportunity handicaps are developed so railroad – men and women are that everyone competes within welcome, as well as permanent their own skill level. residents and snowbirds. All Even though most of our you need is a Sun City West winter visitors have already rec card. left, we still enjoy meeting For those of us who stay in every Tuesday. Newcomers, Arizona after the snowbirds fly you are welcome to be our north, and for those of us who guest for your first visit. Come want a cool break and a railon by and give us a try! road experience travel vacaOur quarterly meeting and tion, may I suggest the luncheon were held on June 10 following points of interest: with prizes awarded, including Ohio: Out of Wellington, the the Hot Putter Award for the Lorain and West Virginia Railsecond quarter. way, a 12-mile scenic excurInformation: 623-362-9164, sion powered by an EMD E8A 623-214-2908 or www.scwlocomotive with restored Long clubs.com. Island commuter coaches. This train operates at 1:30 p.m. on MINI GOLF weekends from the last SaturSummertime – good old day in July to the last Sunday summertime! Come join us at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays for a Continued on Page 21
Club Corner 4913) has announced several train tours. One is the Fillmer in October. Also, special Train and Reagan Library tour evening Halloween train rides July 27-30. A train trip to see are the last two weekends in Cher at Caesar’s Palace in Las October. Call 440-647-6660. Vegas will be Aug. 12-14. Also, out of Independence, From Aug. 3 to Aug. 8, you Ohio, is the Cuyahoga Valley can take the Santa Fe Southern Scenic Railroad. Experience to Lamy, N.M., and the the romance and nostalgia of a Combers Toltec Railroad and vintage train ride, one of the the Durango Silverton Railoldest and most scenic excur- road. A trip Oct. 12-29 will sions in the country. Call 800- visit Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans and Dollywood. 468-4070. Well, that’s all until next Indiana: Out of Nobleseville, month. We continue to enjoy the Indiana Transportation Muand encourage your visits. Our PEBBLEBROOK LADY NINERS seum includes 35-plus miles of station is a friendly place. Although many of our members have gone to cooler climes, a group great railroading, connecting of about 20 ladies continues to enjoy relaxed play on the well-kept Bring the family, a camera and six communities from Indigrounds of Pebblebrook Golf Course. At the West Fest held in May, ask questions. We’ll be happy anapolis to Tipton. It offers three of our members – Glenndine Thomas, Carole Beghein and special weekend trips, unique to show off our knowledge (or Diana Ellingwood – presented visitors with brochures and invitations dining and quaint towns; as lack of it) about railroading. to join our nine-hole golf group. well as dinner on the diner, Remember, our official hours pizza train, fair train and sp e- are 9 a.m. to noon Monday, delicious – our members are lieve it’s 9 already. We promise you an exciting game, and cial charters. Call 317-773- Wednesday, Thursday and Fri- wonderful cooks! If you are interested in our you won’t want to miss a day; as well as 7 to 9 p.m. 6000. club, please contact Gayle night. We promise you a Tuesdays. Illinois: Here we have the LeGrand at 546-3360 or join friendly group and free lesWe hope all your life’s signal Monticello Railway Museum. us at one of our meetings. We sons. What a bargain! I’d join lights are in the green. I’ll see The Wabash Depot offers an meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 in a minute if I wasn’t already you down the line. eight-mile roundtrip. Want to p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, a member. Information: 623-544-6148. run a train? Ask about “Throtand most Tuesday evenings if Information: 623-556-9834. tle Time.” Call 800-952-3396. desired. We also are now meetThere is also the Illinois Rail- PALO VERDE ing from 9 a.m. to whenever PICKLEBALL way Museum in Union, Ill. PATCHERS most Saturday mornings. We If you haven’t tried indoor This is home of the Nebraska It is the middle of summer Zephyr and several steam, and the Palo Verde Patchers meet in Room 5 at Kuentz Rec pickleball, give it a shot. During the summer months we diesel and electric cars. Call are keeping cool in our quilt Center. Information: www.scwhave an indoor court set up at 815-923-4000. room. Although many memclubs.com. the Palm Ridge Recreation Wisconsin: The Osceola & bers have left for cooler Center in Summit Hall B, from St. Croix Valley Railway offers climes, there are still many of noon to 5 p.m. Monday a highly scenic ride from April us remaining for the summer. PAN CARD CLUB through October, through the Our group is smaller, more inEven though the snowbirds through Friday. What a great unspoiled St. Croix River Val- timate and definitely quieter. It have left, the strongest of the way to have fun, get some ley Wilderness. Brunch, pizza is a wonderful time for poten- strong remain. We play Pan, a great exercise, and stay out of and dinner are available. Call tial new members to come into fun card game, at 6 p.m. every the heat. The court must be re715-755-3570. Also in Green the room and meet us. Thursday in Beardsley Rec served online. For more inforBay, Wis., is the National RailWe love to quilt and love to Center’s Card Room 4. We mation go to the Sun City West Pickleball Club website at road Museum. More than 70 socialize. Last month, instead play until 9 p.m. historic locomotives live here. of our monthly meeting, we We promise you a night that www.scwclubs.com and under It’s home of the “Big Boy,” had a pot luck luncheon. It was goes by so fast you can’t be- “sports” click on pickleball or Eisenhower’s World War II command train, and the PRR GGI. Call 920-437-7623. Minnesota: In St. Paul, visit the Jackson Street Roadhouse, the Great Northern fully operational roundhouse and restoration shops. Caboose rides are offered on Saturdays. Call 651-228-0263. Happy traveling on the trains! I’m pleased to report that during the Spring Arts and Crafts Show held at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center, we were visited by a little more than 1,100 folks – thank you all! This just in! One last piece of train travel info: “Travelin’ Gasoline and food prices are not the only things that spike. For a spiking good time, come join the Volleyball group of the Sun City West Racquet Club. Tours” in Glendale (623-974-
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call the information number listed below. Of course, there’s still plenty of action going on at our outdoor courts. During Jun e, July, and August, free lessons are offered 9 a.m. the first Monday of the month. If you have any questions about lessons, you can contact our instructor, Diane Becker, at 584-7954. The Sun City Grand Pickle ball Club (almost 800 mem bers strong and growin g) has extended an invitation to our Sun City West Pickleball Club members to join them in some of their social activities, which include: an Arizona Diamond back baseball game in July; red pin bowling in August; a Lake Pleasant boat trip in Septem ber; horse racing at Turf Paradise in October; a Coyotes hockey game in November; a Texas Hold ‘Em event in January; and a special activity in March, which is a Mexican Riviera Cruise with Princess Cruise Lines. (And, oh yes, they do play pickleball on the ship!) For more information on these events, call the information number listed below. Information: 623-487-9091
RACQUET CLUB Great news! The resurfacing of the Kuentz Tennis Courts has been approved! The resurfacing with Pro-Bounce will begin in July/Au gust and should be available for play in the fall. We thank the members of the Governing Board for their willingness to continue to provide funds for the m aintenance of all of Sun City West’s outstanding facilities. For those wishing to develop or improve their tennis skills, our club has arranged for an instructor for the summer. Carol Bentley, who has more than 20 years of teaching experience, will be available for private or group lessons until Oct. 1. Contact Carol at 546-4889 for details. Even though the demand for courts during our prime times has diminished for the summer, it is still a good idea to call for reservations, particularly if you are interested in getting adjacent courts. Through August, the first session will begin at 6 a.m.; the second session starts at 7:30;
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Club Corner From Page 21 and the third session starts at 9 a.m. Reservations are easy to make by calling the monitor in the tower at 623-544-6151 or by signing in at the tower during operating hours. The monitors are available 45 minutes before the first session and one-half hour after the third session. Reservations for Monday must be made on Saturday, as the monitors are not available on Sunday. TENNIS
Round robin play is available to all Sun City West residents and their guests and does not require a reservation. Play is at the Johnson Racquet Center as follows: Monday through Saturday starting one-half hour before the first session (Coordinator Horst Weinheimer, 214-0484); Tuesday and Thursday, third session (Coordinator Gerhard Kronshage, 546-9773); Saturday, third session (coordinators Gerhard and Una Kronshage, 546-9773); and Monday and Wednesday 6:30 p.m. (Coordinator Rose Joel, 544-2796). PLATFORM TENNIS
The early bird is not the only one to get a reward. The Platformers initiated a trial starting time of 6:30 a.m. and are rewarded with relatively cooler playing conditions. Come join them and they will furnish the balls and paddles, and occasionally a warm cup of coffee. Contact Ron Gliot ( 584-7838) or Walt Schalm (546-9211) for additional information. TABLE TENNIS
The offer of good company, fast action and a cool environment is still open. Come join us at the Johnson Activities Center for single and doubles play, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free instruction is available. Contact Don Scheidt (566-1065) or Irene Weitzman (214-6552) for more details. VOLLEYBALL
Open play continues at the Surprise location. For additional information, contact Roy Handwerk (584-6416) or Walt Schalm (546-9211). For complete Racquet Club news, visit us at www.scwclubs.com.
Clockwise from top left: Rip ‘n’ Sew member Diane Oliver assists at a Six Pack Sew-In. Lynda Glasoe is coordinator of the Six Pack Tote Sew In. Sewing for Kids participants are, from left, Ella Schreiber, Jean Ireland, Therese Rutkowski, Jackie Burris and June Racus.
RIP ‘N’ SEW One of the Rip ‘n‘ Sew Club’s many community projects involves sewing Six Pack Totes for the New Song Organization that helps individuals going through the grieving process due to a loss of a family member or close friend. They work with children as well as adults. After a counselor’s training they are given a Six Pack Tote to use in the field. Lynda Glasoe, coordinator of this project, will be having sew-ins through the summer where Rip ‘n‘ Sew members can learn how to make the tote. The next Six Pack Tote sewins will be Saturday, July 19, and Saturday, August 9. All materials will be supplied and totes go to the New Song Organization. This is a great way for a Rip ‘n’ Sew member to learn how to make the tote and also help with a worthy cause. Another of Rip ‘n’ Sew’s community projects is Sewing for Kids. Their creations are donated to children in need throughout the area. Donated material, patterns and notions are used to make new clothes for children of all sizes. Sewing for Kids is held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays (Coordinator Dot Gelineau), and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays (Coordinator Carolyn Grauer). If you are a quilter, or just want to learn, the club has twice a month (ex-
cept July and August) Quilts for the Needy sew-ins, coordinated by Helen Tolzman. Some of the Quilts for the Needy are on display now in the club’s windows. To participate in the club’s projects, sign up for classes or use the club’s equipment, one must have a current Sun City West rec card, complete an orientation and a lesson on the basic sewing machine. Call 623-546-4050 or stop by during the club’s hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday for information. Rip ‘n’ Sew is located next to the Village Store at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center.
RV CLUB As you are reading this, there is a caravan going to the cool mountains of Montana to see Glacier National Park. In August there will be an Indian heritage rally. In September, a caravan will head to the canyons of northern Arizona. October features a fishing ex pedition to San Diego and also a caravan to Las Vegas. In November there will be a rally in Wickenburg for the Bluegrass Festival. December will feature a Christmas pageant. More events are being planned for next year. The next caravan meeting will begin 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Social Hall. Come meet the RVers; the donuts and coffee
are on us. players are continually moving Information: 623-972-2201, in and out of the system, espe623-584-9071, or www.scw- cially the snowbirds. If you’re clubs.com. ready to play, fine, otherwise the Farm Team will get you warmed up. SHUFFLEBOARD There were 28 teams (14 NaWEST tional and 14 American) with Our summer program is in 12 players each during the regfull swing now. For a fun acular season that ended in April. tivity and good times in the Join the summer games now. cool Sports Pavilion, come and join the Shuffleboard West Dust off your spikes and step Club at 6:15 p.m. Monday, up to the plate to get your signTuesday and Thursday (Red ing bonus, which is big-time Pin Play) or at 1:15 p.m. Tues- Senior League fun. The first of three summer days. ball sessions began on April 15 We offer a friendly club with and ended on June 5. The secmembers offering help with ond session began on June 10 your game (if you need it) and and ends July 31. Each is about lessons for the new members 16 games. The third session to get them started. may mix the American and NaFor more information or to tional league players. Anyone ask questions, call Bob Wilt at playing from the start would be 623-214-9279, or just come in on three different summer and talk to our members any teams. Or you may decide to regular play time. play in one or the other of the sessions. It’s your choice. SINGLES There were 8 National and 6 Happy Birthday to the American league teams to start United States! Yes, the Fourth summer ball, plus substitutes of July is the birthday of our and replacements. Now there country, and we like to cele- are fewer teams. Everyone brate it in style with parades, who wants to play does play. concerts, fireworks and pic- Total members in the league nics. I hope everyone has a are about 400. safe and happy holiday. Our emphasis is on having a Our schedule for the month good time and enjoying great is as follows: fellowship. The cost is only July 9: Club meeting from 1 $25 per year (plus $50 for the to 4 p.m. at Palm Ridge Rec first year). This gets you a full Center. uniform plus excitement, hunJuly 18: Happy Hour at Dil- dreds of potential new friends, lion’s Grand, hosted by Fred exercise and the pure joy of Nunamaker; 584-1855. playing ball again. Imagine July 23: Sloppy Joe Dinner that – at your age! Wait till the at Norma’s at 5 p.m.; you must kids, grandkids and relatives call for seating. hear about this. Better yet, send Please check out our web site them one of your professionat www.scwclubs.com or call ally taken individual baseball Norma at 214-8232 for infor- cards or team photos. You can mation. even get your picture on a Wheaties Box, T-shirt or ball. The seven-inning games SOFTBALL The good news is that there begin at 7:30 a.m. and end by is still time to sign up for soft- noon. The schedule is posted at ball, even if you haven’t the field. Beautiful Liberty played for years. The second Field is located next to the session of the official softball Kuentz Rec Center at R.H. season ended in mid April, but Johnson and Stardust boulethe summer softball sessions vards. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday both started immediately. You’ll meet lots of new here and in Sun City, with the friends with similar interests. two leagues alternating fields. Be sure to contact us at the There are players of all skill levels and ages, and we do phone number below so that mean all. You’re sure to fit into you can join in the fun and either the American or Na- games. All you’ll need is a bat, tional league, where you’ll be glove and softball shoes (no assigned according to your Continued on Page 23 age, skill and abilities. New
Club Corner tournaments and farm team play take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for all softball members. Information: 623-214-1013 or www.azsrsoftball.com.
From Page 22 metal spikes). If you prefer, our players can give you advice and help you get the necessary gear, new or used. The club supplies the full uniform – hat, sponsor jersey, long and short pants plus socks. Lund Cadillac provides jerseys for all the summer sessions. There are lots of safety rules to protect you and even suggested warm-up exercises. If you’re interested in being an umpire, professional-type instruction is provided at no cost. Our league has its own web site if you can access the Internet at the address below. There you’ll find schedules, rosters, the Hall of Fame, pictures, newsletters, history of the league, Angels in the Outfield, minutes of meetings, rules, archives and much more. If you decide not to play, come out and watch the games from our covered bleachers located near first and third bases. Cheer for your favorite player or team and get to know some of the players – ordinary folks, just like you who get a charge out of softball. Restrooms are right there in our beautiful clubhouse plus water and soft drinks. Be sure to note our super-supportive billboard sponsors on the outfield fence. Many events take place throughout the year including special ball games, barbecues and breakfasts. Consider the last month or two of our regular season: Tin Cup Golf Tournament and Dinner Dance; four-day Spring Fling Tournament; annual Softball Banquet with induction of new Hall of Fame members; Vintage Soft ball using 1865 rules and equipment; Sponsor Appreciation Day with free food and drinks; Half-Pint Men vs. Women; plus separate Men’s and Women’s league tournaments; Fan and Player Appreciation Day at the Park with free hot dogs, chips, drinks, etc. for everyone, members or not; Palm Desert Tournament; Team Pictures; etc. Activities really slow down during summer ball. It’s still great fun and more relaxed.
The women’s Green Team plays on Mondays. It is for women who haven’t played in a while or for beginners who would like the fun of playing with other women. This is mostly an instructional team with the main focus on learnWOMEN’S SOFTBALL ing the great game of softball. There are several wonderful If interested, please call Bob opportunities for women to Dobbins at 623-792-8993 or play softball in Sun City West. Carol Bowden at 623-337-
Theatre West’s 2008-09 Board of Directors members are, from left, Program Chair Jan Rittmaster, Treasurer Bill Campbell, Corresponding Secretary Lydia Boyer, President Al Lombardos, Membership Chair Fran DeWell, Secretary Ron McCollor, Publicity Chair Ursula Parrent, and Parliamentarian Lu Gay. Not shown is Vice President Wayne Kindall. The new board was presented to the membership at the May 20 luncheon, shown at bottom. At left is one of the cute centerpieces featuring real grass.
5131. There are also two women’s teams, the Sparks and Flames, who play here or travel to Sun City Grand, Traditions and Pebble Creek to play their games in the West Valley Women’s Softball League. These teams are made up of more skilled players. They play from November through March in some very exciting
games. The schedules will be posted on the league website, www.azsrsoftball.com, when they are finalized. Open practices are held through the summer at Liberty field. Call Bob or Carol for times. We would love to see you get involved in women’s softball. ALL SOFTBALL MEMBERS:
Open practices, occasional
The Sportsmen’s Club is for men and women who live in Sun City West and enjoy outdoor activities and social events with people of similar interests. The dues are $7.50 per year. The Sportsmen’s Club offers fishing, hiking, back road trips, birding, trap/skeet shooting, fly tying, rafting, skiing and women’s target shooting, in addition to numerous social events. Meetings are held from September through April, featuring speakers with interesting programs relating to Arizona. Call Al at 214-8890 for more details. There are no general meetings until September. There will be no C/beginner hikes until fall. Call Tom at 546-2410 for A and B hikes in July. All hikes will leave from the R.H. Johnson Library parking lot on R.H. Johnson Boulevard. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to register and form car pools. Bring plenty of water, a trail snack, hiking stick (strongly recommended), hiking boots (mandatory – no tennis shoes allowed) and lunch if no lunch is planned. We are always looking for new hikes – call us if you have any. We also need more leaders! Aug. 11-14 is a trip to southwest Colorado. The group will leave from Ouary, Colo., to go on the local trails of the area. Trail ratings will range from 3 to 6. The highest level of less difficult trails will be a 4. Call C.J at 975-0764 for information on motels. Trips leave from the library parking lot on R.H. Johnson Boulevard. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure to check in. Bring plenty of water, lunch and a camp chair. Also be sure to have a full tank of gas before leaving Sun City West. All trips are subject to change due to weather and/or road conditions. Birding will resume in the fall. Show and Go fishing and fly-tying will resume in the
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Club Corner and $420 per person triple. membership meetings until Shootout on Whiskey Row Sept. 16, when the next season will take place on July 26 in officially begins. However, fall. The Women’s Target Shoot- Prescott. Cost is $50 per per- committees for the next season ing Group meets the second son. Aug. 6-14 is a nine-day are already at work with set deand fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. tour into the Alaska wilder- sign and building. The Designat the library parking lot on ness. Cost is $3,384 per person ing Divas are checking the R.H. Johnson Boulevard to car double occupancy, $4,443 per Wardrobe Department for the pool to the Ben Avery Target single, and $3,368 per person costumes needed. Tickets are Shooting Range. Call Pam at triple occupancy. See the travel designed and prepared for 214-7317 or Chris at 546- insert in the newsletter or call printing. Furniture and props 0880. No firearms are needed. Mike at 602-276-9008 or Ruth are on the Treasure Hunt List, and committee chairs are busy Shooting times at the Ben at 584-1292. gathering the people needed Avery Clay Target Center are 8 for their task. Publicity never a.m. to dusk Wednesday THEATRE WEST through Sunday. The range is The crowning of another stops either. So, for the rest of you, enjoy closed Monday and Tuesday. successful Theatre Season was Trap goes on Wednesday and celebrated by more than 180 the summer and stay cool! To learn more about Theatre skeet goes on Thursday. Call members and their guests May Gene at 214-9824. 20 in the R.H. Johnson Social West, please visit us at our Men’s Target Shooting for Hall. website, www.scwclubs.com. pistols and rifles will meet at The theme “Recognition Go to “Music and Performthe library parking lot at 10 Luncheon” originated with ance” and click on Theatre a.m. every second and fourth Karrol McNulty, chairperson West for the most current, past, Wednesday. Riders will donate of the event, who felt that the present and future productions $5 to the driver. There will be many people behind the scenes and audition information. instructions from some in our who never get to take a bow group who will teach you yet have made every produc- TOLE ARTISTS proper firearm handling and tion over the years a great sucDuring these sizzling July shooting form. Let us know be- cess should be recognized. summer days, Tole Artists fore we leave the parking lot if Karrol mentioned the idea to members have a new month you need assistance. Bring a Past President Rosann Wagner, and a new team of our very clean firearm in a case, ammu- who engaged our webmaster own talented member-instrucnition, hearing protection (ear Esther Imsande, and together tors continuing from June after muff cuffs are much better than they produced a slide show. enjoying sessions titled “An foam plugs), paper plates for The list of names and their in- Angel,” “Stuff,” and a most targets (may be purchased), volvements with pictures, personable “Master Turtle.” safety glasses (regular eye- where available, were repeated You won’t want to miss the glasses are OK), drinking on the big screen every 30 classes that July has in store! water, and your nametag. Entry minutes throughout the entire July 2 and 9: You can try fee is $5. Call Steve at 214- luncheon. This wonderful trib- your hand at fabric painting 7317. ute was received with ap- with a delightful “‘Bunny It’s not too early to be put on plause. Artist,” just perfect for the an “interested” list for our trip Another great idea was the acrylic artist to paint on a shirt, May 7-13, 2009. Outfitter is centerpieces. Karrol, together bag, apron or on wood! Hatch River Expeditions. Call with her committee, grew from July 16: The perfect comMort at 546-3695. seeds patches of “Green plement for the summer, a fitThe travel group is going to Grass” that a lucky person at ting “Watermelon Snack” the Prescott Indian Art Market the table was able to take dish-set! You won’t believe July 12 for $50 per person. On home. just how simple this is to do – July 19, travel the Catalina As always, the buffet was de- so simple there is no pattern, Highway to Mount Lemmon licious and plentiful, and this making it so much fun! for $90 per person. Visit the year was presented with bouJuly 23: “Silhouettes!” Yes, a L.A. Museums and Libraries quets of fresh flowers and can- choice of patterns or do them July 21-23. Cost is $475 per dlelight. A nice touch. all; use your magical silhou person double, $635 per single, There will be no general ettes to bring this colorful set
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to life! Tole Artists meet for their contemporary decorative painting class es at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Room 3 at Kuentz Rec Center. Stop in! Information: 623-214-2027.
WATER FITNESS Water Fitness Club members meet at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center’s outdoor pool. We also meet 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Beardsley Recreation Center. New mem bers are always welcome. Come and join in the fun. This club is both a physical and social benefit to all who belong. Our annual dues are only $3. Now that’s a bargain. Our next event is our annual “survivors’ party.” This one is called Cheeseburgers in Paradise. The date is Aug. 20. Watch for more news on the party when you come to the Water Fitness Club.
WESTERNERS SQUARE DANCE Mark your calendar! Our special dances this summer are: July 10, Hot Dog Night; Aug. 21, Ice Cream Sundae Night; and Sept. 18, Pie Night. We will be dancing all summer long, so join us on Thursday nights. Lee Hailey will be calling mainstream and plus alternating tips. Dancing is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall. Singles and cou ples are welcome to join us. If you would like to give square dancing a try, Sun City Grand’s square dance club, Grand Squares, will be hosting an introductory dance (no ex perience needed) on Wednesday, July 2. The dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cimarron Center. Bob Jones
will be calling. Information: 623-322-5201, 623-556-4410, or www.scwclubs.com/square.
WOMEN’S SOCIAL The Sun City West Women’s Social Club is open to all Sun City West women with a valid rec card. We have two occasions where you do not have to have a partner for games. One is our Open Game Day at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays when we play a variety of card and board games, and the other is Progressive Bridge at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. We have potluck lunches on the second Monday and the fourth Friday. The club is a great opportunity to enjoy good food and make new friends. The club is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and we always have a fresh pot of coffee as well as cold tea and lemonade. We welcome you and look forward to you coming to the club and checking us out. Information: 623-584-7802.
YOGA Stressed by the dry heat and triple digit days? Yoga is a great stress reliever. Come “destress” and exercise with our club. Classes are available Monday through Friday, and the charge varies from no charge to $1 to $3, depending on the instructor. Yearly membership in the club is $5, and registration is ongoing. Whether you enjoy stretching, beginning or intermediate yoga or pilates, there is a class for you. What are you waiting for? Check out our full schedule and the locations of classes at www.scwclubs.com.
Evening & Weekend Activities MONDAYS
Calligraphy: 6:30-8:45 p.m. for anyone wishing to work on calligraphy, stamping, scrapbooking or club projects, Kuentz, Room 5, 623-214-1305. Cribbage: 6 p.m., Kuentz, 4444246. Beading: 6 p.m., Beardsley, 5564237. Investment Club of Sun City West: 6:50 p.m., R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall, 546-2637
Shuffleboard West: 6:15 p.m., 6:15-9:30 p.m., Beardsley, 584Sports Pavilion, 584-5061. 7681. Pickleball: drop-in play 7 p.m., Rhythm Tappers: 4 p.m., Palm R.H. Johnson Racquet Sports Cen- Ridge, 544-0635. ter. Club 52 Card Club: 5:30 p.m., Men’s Club (men and women wel TUESDAYS Dancing Arts: Zumba, 7 p.m., come), 544-3689. Palm Ridge, 584-6222 or 214500 Card Club: 5:45 p.m., Beard5840. sley, 544-2688. Dancing Arts: Stretch Pilates, 8 Yoga: 5:30 p.m., Beardsley, 546p.m., Palm Ridge, 584-6222 or 3852. 214-5840. Coin and Stamp: 6 p.m., Kuentz, Kiva West Duplicate Bridge: 544-0871.
Model Railroad: 6 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 556-1855. Shuffleboard West:6:15 p.m., Sports Pavilion, 584-5061. Basketeers: 6:30 p.m., Kuentz, 544-7827. Latin and Ballroom Dance: 6:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 544-0805. Palo Verde Patchers: afternoons and evenings as requested, Kuentz, 214-4860.
6-9 p.m., Kuentz, Room 5, 5846457. One-Partner Bridge: sign-in 5:30 p.m., play at 6:15, Beardsley, 2154583. Lapidary: 6 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 215-2221. Mis-Cues Couples Billiards: 6 p.m., Sports Pavilion, 584-2335. Shuffleboard West: 6:15 p.m., Sports Pavilion, 584-5061.
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All States Club Submit All States Club news by the first day of each month (for the next month’s publication) to [email protected]
All submissions for August are due by July 1. If you do not have a computer, please print and mail to: 22211 Lobo Lane, Sun City West, AZ 85375.
MINNESOTA The social activities of the Minnesota Club have been sus pended for the summer months. The board has met and come up with an outstanding 2008-2009 Calendar of Events. The club members who are spending their summer here in “Paradise” are enjoying the flora and fauna. The new calendar and mem bership application is located in the Visitor’s Centers. See you in November. Information: 623-645-0557.
NEW JERSEY Join us on Saturday, July 12, at the Arizona Broadway Theater to enjoy a production of “The Music Man.” Lunch will be served at noon with the show following. Cost is $47 per person. Reservations are due before July 4. Make checks payable to the New Jersey State Club and mail to: New Jersey State Club, 14623 W. Windcrest Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375. For further information call 623-546-1787. It’s “Champagne and Propane” Oct. 6-11 when we travel to New Mexico to Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park where the skies are painted
with brightly colored balloons reservations. Stay tuned for as these graceful giants leave our August casino trip in the the ground to take their place next Rec Center News. Guests in the bright blue desert sky. are always welcome on our It’s a sight to behold! trips. In addition to the Balloon FiWe are planning to open our esta, we will tour the beautiful new fall season with our Welsights of New Mexico, enjoy a come Back Picnic on Sept. 17, city tour, the Sandia Tram ride, so be sure to mark your calenTurquoise Museum, Special dars for this event. Details will Shape Glowdeo and Fire- be forthcoming in the August works, Shodoni Cultural Gar- Rec Center News. All former dens and much more. There is New Yorkers are welcome to something for everyone! join our club. The price is $850 per person Information: 623-546-9647 based on double occupancy, and for singles the price is OHIO-SCW $1,075. Deposit required is This is a reminder for all $300 per person upon booking, Buckeyes that the Sun City and the balance is due by July West Ohio Club will be meet30, which is the cut-off date. ing for breakfast during the For more information on this summer. We meet at 8:30 a.m. fabulous event, call 623-546- the first Monday of every 1787. month at Lou’s Tivoli Gardens Checks should be made out in Sun City. Hope to see those to the New Jersey State Club who remain in Sun City West and mailed to the same at: for the summer, so come out 14623 W. Windcrest Drive, and join us. Sun City West, AZ 85375. We have a lunch scheduled Hurry, sign up now and for August. Watch your mail enjoy this wonderful tour. for a flyer. Information: 623-546-4603.
NEW YORK STATE We are continuing our summer casino trips with a visit to the Gila River Casino near Chandler on July 14. The bus will leave aisles 16/17 at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center parking lot at 9 a.m. Be at the bus at 8:30 a.m. We will return at ap proximately 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which will be refunded upon arrival at the casino, making this a “freebie” trip. Call Sandy at 602-4690516 for more information and
PENNSYLVANIA The Pennsylvania Club has scheduled a bus trip to Chase Field on Aug. 6 for a game featuring the Diamondbacks versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game time is 12:40 p.m. The price is $29 per person and includes bus transportation, driver gratuity, bottled water and admittance to the ballpark. Members may also tour the ball field after the game. We have secured very good seats.
The bus leaves the Maricopa County Events Center (Sundome) parking lot at 11:15 a.m. and returns approximately 4:15 p.m. Call Dick at 623-5460909 for further information. We have also scheduled an afternoon at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria where we will view the production “Nunsense.” The date for this event is Saturday, Aug. 23. Make your reservations as soon as possible as only a limited number of tickets are available. Reservation coupons are attached to your monthly newsletter, or you may call Phyllis at 623-584-1917 for additional information.
WASHINGTON STATE All is quiet on the Arizona front as the summer rolls in. Many of our members have gone back to cooler weather, but we here keep working on things to come. The next season begins with our “Fall Snowbird Cruise” out of Seattle on Sept. 26. It is a three-night, four-day cruise with ports of call in Naniamo and Victoria, B.C. The beautiful ship “Mercury,” a Celebrity Cruise Line ship, is our home away from home for the cruise. We are planning a welcome back event in the park at the very end of October, and in November, another “Rawhide Adventure” with a steak and chicken barbecue out in the desert with live entertainment. We all had a great time at the last one, and the food was fantastic. Our annual wine and
cheese event will also be that month. An “Autumn Tour” is set for Oct. 14-23. This is a wonderful tour. We will head to beautiful Colonial Williamsburg to see the living history museums that recreate the spirit and culture of everyday life in the 18th century capital of Virginia. This is a great attraction. We will also visit the Amish Country to see their lifestyle, Valley Forge, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Antietam, the Virginia Military Institute, Jamestown, Yorktown, the Ap pomattox Court House, Shenandoah Valley, and so much more that space does not permit us to list it all. At the end of the tour we will swing back through Washington, D.C., to catch a few of the new additions, plus a few we missed on our last tour. The fall colors should be beautiful! This promises to be a great trip, and as usual we will have a first-class trip at prices you won’t believe. Guests are welcome to join us on this tour. Brochures are finally ready and are available by calling Jean at 623-2148150. Space is limited, so hurry and get your reservations in. On Nov. 9, there will be a wonderful Salute to Our Veterans Champagne Brunch at Union Hills Country Club. And don’t forget our annual trip to the Broadway Palms Dinner Theater to see the Christmas show on Dec. 6. Information: 623-214-8150.
Evening & Weekend Activities From Page 23 Bunco: 7 p.m., Beardsley, 5564818. Pickleball: drop-in play 7 p.m., R.H. Johnson Racquet Sports Center. Woodworking: 6-9 p.m., Woodshop at Kuentz, 546-4722. THURSDAYS
Rhythm Tappers: 4 p.m., Palm Ridge, 544-0635. Rip ‘N’ Sew: 4 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 388-6773. Club 52 Card Club: 5 p.m., Men’s Club (men and women welcome), 544-3689. Euchre Card Club: 6 p.m., Beardsley, 466-8328. Latin and Ballroom Dance: 5 p.m., Palm Ridge, 544-0805.
Dancing Arts: Zumba, 7 p.m., Palm Ridge, 584-6222 or 2145840. Dancing Arts: Stretch Pilates, 8 p.m., Palm Ridge, 584-6222 or 214-5840. Yoga: 5:30 p.m., Beardsley, 546-3852. Pan Card Club: 6 p.m., Beardsley, 546-1938. Cribbage: 6 p.m., Kuentz, 4444246. Westerners Square Dance: 7 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 322-5201 or 556-4410. Shuffleboard West: 6:15 p.m., Sports Pavilion, 584-5061. FRIDAYS
Karaoke: 7-10 p.m., Beardsley, 584-3895. Pickleball: drop-in play 7 p.m., R.H. Johnson Racquet Center.
Fitness Club: “Dance for the Health of It,” three exercise levels (9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m.). Pay by check. 556-5359. Racquet Club: 6 a.m.-11 p.m., tennis courts, 975-0215. Pickleball: drop-in play 7 a.m., R.H. Johnson Racquet Sports Center. Rhythm Tappers: 6:45 a.m.noon, Palm Ridge, 544-0635. Johnson Lawn Bowls: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., R.H. Johnson Lawn Bowling, 544-2691. Softball: 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberty Field at Kuentz, 556-9263. Men’s Club: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Men’s Club, 546-0452. Stained Glass: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Palm Ridge, 546-4636. Arthritis Club: 8 a.m., Beardsley
Indoor Pool, 546-5710. Clay Club: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Beardsley, 975-0303. Johnson Lapidary: 8 a.m.-noon, R.H. Johnson, 215-2221. Karaoke: 8-11 a.m.: Men’s Club Stampede Room, 584-3895. Racquetball/Handball: 8 a.m., R.H. Johnson Racquetball/Handball Courts, 544-9809. Weavers West: 8 a.m.-noon, Kuentz, 546-8313. Handi-Capables: 9 a.m., Beardsley, 584-8762. Rip ‘N’ Sew: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 388-6773. Bocce: 9 a.m.-noon, R.H. Johnson Bocce Courts, 546-5646. Sun West Art Club: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kuentz, 975-1022. Women’s Social Club: 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Women’s Club at Kuentz, 584-8893.
Woodworking: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Woodshop at Kuentz, 584-2242. Ceramics West: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month., R.H. Johnson, 546-8685. Kiva West Duplicate Bridge: noon-4 p.m., Beardsley, 584-7681. Dancing Arts: noon-4 p.m., Palm Ridge, 584-6222. Saturday Ladies Contract Bridge: noon-3 p.m., Beardsley, 546-3926. Hillcrest Ballroom Dance: 4-10 p.m., R.H. Johnson, 214-2561. Saturday Night Gamesters: 5-9 p.m., Beardsley, 214-3240. SUNDAYS
Racquet Club: 6 a.m.-11 p.m., tennis courts, 975-0215. Johnson Lawn Bowls: 1-9 p.m., R.H. Johnson Lawn Bowling, 5442691.