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continued - Sun City Palm Desert Community Association
january 2016
alden west, take a bow p.15
cover story: drought tolerant plants p.16
john binkowski: a man of vision…and faith p.21
January 2016
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Important Numbers
38180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert, CA 92211
Hours of Operation
Mountain View Clubhouse
Daily · 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunset View Clubhouse
Daily · 7 a.m.– 10 p.m.
Lake View Clubhouse
Mon. – Sat. · 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. • Sunday · 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Community Association Office
Monday – Friday · 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Events Office and News & Views
Monday – Friday · 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Business & Postal Center
Monday – Friday · 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gate Hours
Main Gate · Open 24 Hours
All Other Gates · Open 5 a.m. – Midnight
North Gate · Manned 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mountain View Fitness Center/Indoor Pool
Mon. – Sat. · 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Sunday · 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Outdoor Pool
Mon. – Sat. · 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Sunday · 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Swipe Card Access · 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Children’s Pool & Spa Hours (ages 4 – 17)
Outdoor Pool · Daily · 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Indoor Pool · Daily · Noon – 3 p.m.
Lake View Fitness Center
Mon. – Sat. · 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Sunday · 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Pool · Adults Only (age 18+)
Mon. – Sat. · 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Sunday · 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Swipe Card Access · 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Resort Pool (Sunset View Pool) · Adults Only (age 18+)
Swipe Card Access Only · 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Guests must be accompanied by a resident at all times.
Newcastle Pool
Children’s Hours · Daily · 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Accounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2150
Burrtec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 340-2113 or 324-1741
Catering/Food & Beverage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2242
Communications News & Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2241
Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2205
Community Patrol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2126
Dewey Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 343-2912
Events Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2206
Fitness Center Lake View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2282
Fitness Center Mountain View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2232
Gate Main Gate (24 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 360-6026
Gate North Gate (6 a.m.–10 p.m.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2117
LEC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2213
Mountain View Clubhouse Assoc. Office. . . . . . . (760) 200-2222
Mountain View Clubhouse Assoc. Fax. . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2299
Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2236
Post Office Fax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2219
Pro Shop Santa Rosa MV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2200
Pro Shop San Gorgonio SV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2120
Register a Guest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 345-4278
Resident Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2246
Restaurant Boulevards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2109
Restaurant Daily Grind/Martini’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2235
Restaurant Papa Dan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 360-3456
RV Lot Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2178
Sunset View Clubhouse Reception Desk. . . . . . . . (760) 200-2150
Sunset View Clubhouse Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2112
Tee-Off Automated System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 200-2296
Vector Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (760) 342-8287
Important Verizon FiOS Contact Numbers
Call 1.800.501.1172
Mon. – Fri. 5 a.m.–6 p.m. PST, Sat. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. PST,
to place a new order, request an upgrade or equipment,
disconnect services, or if you have any billing questions.
Call 1.888.553.1555 7 days a week, 24-hours,
for all technical or service related issues and questions.
Pulte Warranty Service, e-mail: [email protected]
All warranty issues and questions must go through this email.
Pulte Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (949) 255-1650
Dog Park Hours · 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Boulevards · Open Daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Daily Grind · Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Martini’s · Mon., Weds., Thurs. 4 – 7 p.m.
Papa Dan’s · Daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you would like to advertise in News & Views,
please call (760) 200-2241 for current rates and information.
Please send any comments or suggestions to the Editor at:
[email protected]
News & Views ·
Association News · January 2016
Executive Update
Drought Tolerant Plants
See story on page 16.
Table of Contents
Association News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Committee Reports . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Community Views . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Food & Beverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Meeting & Events Calendar . . . . 26
Health & Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Sun City Support Groups . . . . . 30
Golf News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Chartered Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Resident Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Paid Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Advertiser Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Cover photo by Patricia Finn
Golden Barrell Cactus, aka Mother-inLaw’s Cushion (Echinocactus grusonii)
News & Views is published monthly by Sun City
Palm Desert Community Association.
The mission of the News & Views, the official
magazine of the Sun City Palm Desert Community
Association (SCPDCA), is to communicate to
residents all news pertaining to the Association,
focusing on Board and Delegate activity, Chartered
Clubs, Resident Groups and other articles of
interest, produced in the most professional and
fiscally responsible means possible.
News & Views is distributed by District Delegates
and their volunteers. Residents may purchase a
mail subscription at the Community Association
office for $48 per year ($4 per issue) to cover
mailing and handling costs. News & Views is also
available online at
The SCPDCA provides this publication for
informational purposes only and neither endorses
nor promotes any products or services advertised
herein and assumes no responsibility or liability
for statements made herein.
January 2016
By Steve Campbell
General Manager
The Association has been busy preparing
for emergencies, natural disasters and
El Niño, have you? On November 19,
2015 the Emergency Preparedness
committee (EPC) staged a training
drill. The morning began with a Voice
Shot (automated phone notification
system) call to alert the volunteers.
Separately, the Emergency Broadcast
Radio Team (EBRT) activated the
flashing signs on Del Webb Boulevard
while broadcasting a training message
on our low power radio station at
WQR319 1620 AM. All of the various
EPC teams readied to their stations for
a mobilization exercise. The newly
upgraded two-way radio base stations
and antennas were tested, the new
Ham Radio Communications team
tested the new Health & Welfare
Messaging system, fire alarms were
activated in the Lake View and Sunset
View Clubhouses and the Search &
Rescue Team successfully completed
the building sweeps, Search and
Rescue Teams were dispatched using
SCPD provided flat-bed electric trucks,
the Gate Team was activated and
traveled to the Main Gate using a golf
cart provided by the Association. Allied
Barton Security met them and a review
of procedures was conducted, the Pet
Rescue Team was activated; all districts
had command posts up and operating
complete with the Red Bags and the
Mobile Medical Team was dispatched.
In an effort to prepare our residents
for El Niño, John Benoit, Supervisor
of Riverside County’s 4th District,
joined us in Speakers Hall on Friday,
December 11, 2015 to participate in the
Riverside County presentation, El Niño:
Preparation, Precaution and Safety. He
briefed the Sun City attendees on those
actions already underway by the County
in preparing for the upcoming El Niño.
Other speakers included Dan Charlton
from the Coachella Valley Water
District, Eric Cadden from the County’s
Office of Emergency Management
and Bob Limon from the County’s
Transportation Department. For further
information on this presentation log on
to or www.scpdca.
com to view the video recording of the
I would like to thank each of our many
committee volunteers and the Board
of Directors for their participation,
organizing efforts and support.
In closing, we have a new E-mail for
the submission process for resident
photos submitted for the News & Views
magazine. The Photography and
Promotional Committee members will
no longer be accepting resident photos.
Please send all of your vacation photos,
Chartered Club event photos, Resident
Group photos and any Association
event photos to this email address:
[email protected] These photos
will possibly be used in our monthly
News & Views magazine and/or the
Resident Phone Directory. Please
include a caption and/or properly
identify the photo. We cannot guarantee
that your photo submissions will be
published, but we will keep your photos
on file.
Happy New Year to each of you.
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Board of Directors’ Meeting Report · December 1, 2015
summary of board action items and motions
15-12-101 – A motion was made,
seconded and unanimously carried to
approve Lund & Guttry, LLP to
perform the financial statement audit
and prepare the Association’s federal
and state tax returns for the year ending
June 30, 2016 for an estimated fee of
$24,500.00, and to perform the audit of
the Association’s 401(k) plan for the
plan year ending December 31, 2015
for an estimated fee of $6,000.00. Total
estimated fees of $30,500.00.
15-12-102 – A motion was made,
seconded and unanimously carried to
appoint Sandra Kubal, as Member to
the Election Committee, term ending
15-12-103 – A motion was made,
seconded and unanimously carried to
authorize the replacement of one (1)
Ball Machine for the tennis courts to
be purchased from Collins Company,
for a total amount of $6,515.20 to be
paid from Replacement Reserves.
15-12-104 – A motion was made,
seconded and unanimously carried to
authorize the replacement of three
(3) Precor Treadmills from Out-Fit
Exercise Equipment, in the amount
of $23,255.79 and seven pieces of
equipment, five (5) Ellipticals, one (1)
Leg Press and one (1) Ab Crunch, from
Advanced Exercise Equipment in the
amount of $40,184.80, for a total
purchase amount of $63,440.59 to be
paid from Replacement Reserves.
15-12-105 – A motion was made,
seconded and unanimously carried to
approve Castro Roofing to repair the
roofs on all clubhouse buildings for a
contract amount of $18,743.00, plus a
contingency amount of $1,874.00 for a
total project amount of $20,617.00 to
be paid from Replacement Reserves.
holiday hours
2015-16 Board of Directors
friday, 1/1/16
Boulevards & Pro Shops
Regular hours
Administration Offices,
Post Office, Fitness Centers,
Daily Grind/Martinis
procedures for residents,
homeowners and guests
Any items lost should be turned in
at the front desk of the clubhouse
you are visiting. If it is after hours,
please turn the article into the supervisor on duty for proper placement. For your convenience the
hours of the front desk
locations are listed below:
monday – friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View and Lake View
Clubhouse Front Desks
monday – friday
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunset View Clubhouse
Front Desk
saturday & sunday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View and· Lake View
Fitness Centers
SCPD has an extensive procedure
on all articles turned in that are
lost. If you have lost an article
please visit one of the locations
listed above.
The complete approved minutes of the Board of Directors’ Meetings
are located in the Library and on the SCPDCA website.
News & Views ·
Association News · January 2016
financial report
through october 2015
By Todd Chaloux, Finance Director
Through October 2015 the Association
is showing a positive variance in the
amount of $351,997. The majority of
January 2016
this variance is directly related to
positive variances, versus budget, in the
Association maintenance departments.
The updated forecast for the year
ending June 30, 2016 projects a
favorable variance versus budget, in the
amount of $66,696. Revenue producing
departments are forecasted to end the
year with a positive variance in excess
of $18,000 and the remaining variance
is expected to come mainly from the
maintenance departments.
Once again it is time to begin the
budget process. In fact the process
began in December and will continue
through to the open board meeting on
the first Monday of May. Staff will
begin presenting drafts of budgets
for all departments to the Finance
Committee in early March. These are
open meetings and interested residents
are encouraged to attend and observe
the budget process.
If you have any questions regarding
the Associations financials please
contact me directly at (760) 200-2106.
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Pet Rescue Info
1. Collars with I.D. should
be worn by every pet.
Community Patrol
2. If you lose a pet, immediately
post DOG/CAT LOST on
The List, with breed, color, size,
location and phone number.
By Erik Stacklie
Community Patrol Director
During 2015, residents turned in concerns
about some houses being rented for short
periods of time, such as during Coachella
Fest, Stagecoach, and Spring Break only.
Those rentals were for 3-7 days at a time,
which is in violation of the CC & R’s.
Under section 4.2.2 Tenants it states:
“The entire Dwelling Unit on a Lot may be
rented or leased to a Tenant from time-to-time
by the Owner subject to the provisions of this
Declaration and the Rules and Regulations. All
leases must be in writing and must be for the
entire unit, and not merely parts thereof, unless
the Owner remains in occupancy. All leases shall
be subject, in all respects, to the Governing
Documents and shall provide that failure to
comply with the requirements of the Governing
Documents shall constitute a default under the
lease which will be cured by eviction of the
Tenant either by the Owner or the Association.
Any Owner, who leases his/her/its Dwelling Unit,
shall promptly notify the Association, in writing,
of the names of all Tenants and members of
Tenant’s family occupying such Dwelling Unit
and furnish the Association with a copy of any
lease or rental agreement. All Owners leasing
their Dwelling Unit shall promptly notify the
Association of the address and telephone
number where such Owner can be reached.
There shall be no leasing of Dwelling Units for
a transient use, defined to mean the leasing of
a Dwelling Unit for a period of time of less
than thirty (30) days. Because Sun City Palm
Desert is a senior citizen housing development
and is required to comply with the Fair Housing
Act and the Unruh Act, all as more particularly
described in Section 2.3 and Section 4.1.1 of this
Declaration, Tenants who occupy a Dwelling
Unit must comply with the age restrictions
identified in Section 4.1.1 of this Declaration.”
Under section 4.1.1 Age Restrictions in
part, it states:
“Each Dwelling Unit, if occupied, must be
occupied by at least one Qualifying Resident. All
other persons occupying a Dwelling Unit shall
be Qualifying Permanent Residents, provided,
however, that a permitted Healthcare Resident
may occupy a Dwelling Unit for any period that
such person is actually providing live-in, long
term or hospice health care to a Qualifying
Resident for compensation.”
Reminder: Please update the Association
with all leases and rental agreements and
pertinent information when renting or
leasing your homes.
Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Failure to Stop at Posted Stop Sign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Gate Strike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Illegal Handicapped Parking – No Placard or Disabled License Plate; Parked in Hatch Marks . . . . . . . . . 2
Illegal Parking – Facing the Wrong Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Illegal Parking – Golf Cart Taking Two Spaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Illegal Parking – Red / Yellow Curb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Illegal Parking – Vehicle Blocking Sidewalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Illegal Parking – Vehicle Parked in Restricted Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Illegal Parking – Vehicle Parked on Street Overnight (2 – 6 a.m.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
No Current Resident Decal Displayed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Pet Violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
RV Violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Trash Container Violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Monthly Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
News & Views ·
3. If you find a pet, immediately
post FOUND DOG/CAT, with
the same information as above.
4. Notify the Main Gate
(360-6026) of either situation
and they will contact an animal
rescue volunteer.
If you do not have computer
access, call a friend or neighbor
who does. To join The List at
SCPD, send an email to [email protected]
Posted Stop Signs
Posted stop signs are meant
for golf carts and bicycles, too.
Citations will be issued for
failure to stop.Riding bicycles
on the sidewalks is NOT
permitted at any time!
Trash Pick Up · Tuesdays
Trash containers may be
put out no earlier than 4 p.m.
the day before pick up and
must be taken in by 10 p.m.
the day of pick up.
When a holiday falls on a
Monday or Tuesday, service
will be delayed one day.
2016 Burrtec holiday
closures affecting SCPDCA
regular pickup are:
Memorial Day · May 30
Independence Day · July 4
Labor Day · September 5
Association News · January 2016
District Meetings & Contacts
meetings in speakers hall, sv unless noted
District 1…dark
Delegate: Jay Levine
[email protected]
Alternate: Kathy Krier
District 2…dark
Delegate: Wendy Silk
[email protected]
Alternate: Kathy Bash
District 3…friday, 1/15 · 2:30 pm
Delegate: Ken Elder
[email protected]
Alternate: Dan Morrison
District 4…dark
Delegate: Sandy Livran
[email protected]
Alternate: David Sherer
District 5…friday, 1/15 · 2:30 pm
thurs., 1/28 · 5:30 pm, tahoe+, lv
Delegate: Dorothea Olshane
[email protected]
Alternate: Cheryl Beckett
District 6…tuesday, 1/12 · 1 pm
Delegate: George Wank
[email protected]
Alternate: David Fearheller
District 7…dark
Delegate: Peter Johnson
[email protected]
Alternate: Royda B. Gerner
District 8…dark
Delegate: Gloria Tipton
[email protected]
Alternate: Robert Flamer
District 9…dark
Delegate: Louis Milkowski
[email protected]
Alternate: Glenn Evans
District 10…wednesday, 1/20 · 1 pm
Delegate: Gary Waymire
[email protected]
Alternate: Faye August
District 11…tues., 1/26 · 4 pm, ventana, mv
Delegate: Gary Plotkin
[email protected]
Alternate: Julie Poe
District 12…dark
Delegate: Carl Bode
[email protected]
Alternate: Frank Riley
District 13…dark
Delegate: Arnie Kaminsky
[email protected]
Alternate: Victoria Phillips
District 14…dark
Delegate: Sue Rogoff
[email protected]
Alternate: Lynda Dach
District 15…dark
Delegate: Michael O’Connor
[email protected]
Alternate: Jean Delgado
January 2016
Marketing Committee
By Geoff England, Chair
“What does the Marketing Committee
do?” – That’s a question we hear often,
so here goes on the answer: among
other things, the Committee was
established by the Board of Directors
to (1) monitor and update the SCPD
website, (2) educate realtors about
SCPDCA, (3) enhance resales and
(4) pursue other marketing and public
relations activities.
So how’re we doing? The “public”
part of the website – where you log on
before going to the “member” section
– is continually updated and improved.
Early next year, we’ll be adding more
“action” photos to the facility pictures,
updating photos of the facilities for the
new color schemes after repainting of
the clubhouses, adding “showcase”
homes and adding more identifying
To understand better why people
move to Sun City Palm Desert, we’ve
been surveying new residents for
about a year. Results? The top four
reasons why people move here are
(1) “Rewarding, multi-faceted, active
lifestyle…” (2) Beauty of the overall
community, (3) High standard of
maintenance for the overall community
and (4) Low HOA fee.” How did they
know about SCPD? A whopping
44% learned about us from friends or
Early data show about a third of our
new residents come from the Coachella
Valley, with surprisingly more than
half moving into SCPD from 150 miles
or less. We also use data from our
website provider regarding from where
“hits” come – and it’s all over the
world. (Fun fact: For two months,
reportedly about the same number of
hits came from Russia and Canada.)
To educate realtors about the
advantages of Sun City Palm Desert to
their clients, we’ve developed a list of
about 750 local area realtors and we
contact them monthly with information
on what we’re all about, especially the
active lifestyles and more than 70 clubs
and groups in which our members
engage. We’ve completed a grid
comparing “Active Adult (55+)
Communities” in the Valley and we’ll
start communicating that to realtors
early next year.
We’re also actively pursuing area
publications to carry articles reporting
on the activities of residents and the
charitable and service activities they
That’s what we’ve done this year –
but we need help for next year’s
projects: we need members with
experience in social media and real
estate. If you’re interested in joining or
just seeing what the committee is all
about, please email Geoff England at
[email protected]
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News & Views ·
Association News · January 2016
2015-2016 committees
Arts and Crafts Show
Dianne Weinman, Chair · [email protected]
Association Documents
Sheila Davis, Chair · [email protected]
Community Support and Involvement (CSI)
Jay Lieberman, Chair · [email protected]
Betty Davidow, Chair · [email protected]
Disaster Recovery
Ken Esserman, Chair · [email protected]
James Schmiesing, Chair · [email protected]
Emergency Broadcast Radio Team (EBRT)
——— OPEN ———
Emergency Preparedness
Gerry Tyree, Chair · [email protected]
Bill Dani, Chair · [email protected]
Fitness and Recreation
Jodi Lytel, Chair · [email protected]
Tom Liebermann, Chair · [email protected]
Government Relations
Kenneth Ziebarth, Chair · [email protected]
Jerry Goldstine, Chair · [email protected]
Susan Schubert, Chair · [email protected]
Lifestyle Enhancement
Burt Popkoff, Chair · [email protected]
Geoff England, Chair · [email protected]
News & Views
Veronica Marshall, Chair · [email protected]
Promotional and Photography
Sue Kaplan, Chair · [email protected]
Public Safety
Jack Wells, Chair · [email protected]
Strategic Planning
David Skinner, Chair · [email protected]
Website Committee
Mike Wedekind, Chair · [email protected]
If you are interested in any committee vacancies,
please stop by the Mountain View Clubhouse and ask for
Dean Lining, Resident Services Supervisor or
Francesca Holmbo, Executive Coordinator.
Call us at 760-200-2223.
Give back and be a part of this wonderful community.
January 2016
Committee Reports
Compliance Committee
By Betty Davidow, Chair
HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the time to reset with a fresh
new start. The resolutions are to STOP at stop signs,
SLOW DOWN to the speed limit and do not forget to bring
in your trash containers. Of course there are more rules but
these are the ones most frequent as reported in the monthly
News & Views magazine. The following explains the citation
(violation) Compliance Committee hearing process.
If a Citation fine is not paid within 15 days from the date
of issue and you do nothing, a letter will notify you that a
hearing date before the Compliance Committee has been
set. At the Compliance Committee hearing you will have
a few minutes to state why you are contesting the violation.
Questions may be asked by committee members regarding
the case for clarification. After you have presented your
information and answered any questions you are excused
from the meeting. The committee then deliberates the facts
and votes to either uphold the violation or dismiss it.
Subsequently the homeowner will be sent the Ruling
Notice, in writing, within 15 days after the hearing by
Certified Mail.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and SAFE New Year.
CSI Committee
By Sue Rogoff, Vice Chair Community Support & Involvement
The holidays are over and things are slowly but surely getting
back to ‘normal.’ Now that the hustle and bustle of the
holidays is behind us, we can look for new opportunities
to fill our days. The good news is that Sun City has many
opportunities for you to become involved in your community.
Why don’t you make 2016 the year when you take the
leap and become more involved in your community? The
CSI Committee is focused on helping people become
involved whether it is joining clubs, becoming physically
and mentally active, or volunteering. I strongly encourage
you to look at groups such as the Emergency Preparedness
Committee (EPC) and Neighbors 4 Neighbors – both
groups are always in need of volunteers.
You are also encouraged to attend community events such
as the upcoming Health & Fitness Fair on February 18.
This annual event features our health and fitness clubs,
Fitness Center staff and various vendors to help you get and
stay in shape. As a compliment to this year’s event, the CSI
Committee is pleased to sponsor a Basic First-Aid workshop
presented by the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
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For fun, you could visit a club that you
might not have considered. You can also
take advantage of the many entertainment
opportunities in Sun City – look in the
News & Views for the schedules.
However you choose to become
involved in the community, I believe you
will find the adventure most enjoyable
and rewarding. An involved resident is
a happy resident!
Library Committee
By Susan Schubert, Chair
Thanks to the continued support of our
residents (Library staff, patrons, and
SCPD clubs), plus our Association,
2015 was a good year for the Library.
It is now fully staffed with 53 dedicated
volunteers, some of whom have been
doing so for more than 15 years!
Residents keep the Library’s contents
flowing by contributing gently used
books, movies, audio books, magazines,
jigsaw puzzles, and their generous
monetary donations. And, last fall, the
Association installed attractive new
carpeting in the Library.
This month, staff members and the
Library Committee would like to
express the following:
Ann McNeel manages the Jigsaw
Puzzle section and wishes to thank
residents who thoughtfully enclose
puzzle pieces in plastic bags prior to
donating puzzles.
Sandi Roth manages our Large Print
section and asks that LP books (in
particular) be returned promptly so that
others may enjoy them. Few LP book
are donated and Sandi has procured
more than 400 LP books over the years,
all purchased with your monetary
donations. Sadly, most of these books
have never been returned to the Library.
Lastly, the Library Committee suggests
a one-time “20-item limit” to your
material donations. While we depend
on and value all donations from our
residents, we cannot accommodate
large amounts. Thrift shops, such as
Angel View, are a good alternative.
They will pick up your items and also
offer a tax write off.
The Library staff wishes everyone a
Happy New Year and thanks you all for
your continuous support of the Library.
Lifestyle Enhancement
By Joy Porrello
Preparing For El Nino
The National Weather Service predicts
a large El Niño event that may impact
our desert in the early months of 2016.
El Niño is a weather phenomenon
predicted to send the jet stream south,
bringing heavy rains and possible
flooding to Southern California. LEC
offers some suggestions to help you
prepare for this weather event:
• Clean and clear roof drains and
• Trim large trees on your property.
• Be sure that there are no low areas
near your home so storm water can
drain away from the house.
• Have a sufficient supply of drinking
water, food and medicines on hand in
case you are housebound because of
flooding or power outages.
• Have fully charged batteries, flashlights
and a battery-operated radio in your
• Having a few sandbags is also a good
Being prepared, we can minimize
the possible impacts and disruptions
El Niño may bring.
Sun City, because of our golf course
“waterways,” may not have as major a
problem with flooding as some other
areas of the valley but it is always
advisable to be proactive just in case.
Reminder: LEC approval is needed
for all exterior modifications, i.e.
installing drains, installing rain gutters,
changes to grading or drainage, etc.
For your information, LEC
Committee members may enter your
property, Monday–Friday, 9 – 4 and do
their best not to disturb you.
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Public Safety
By Ray Norris
Driving To Make A Difference
Most information about safety in our
homes and cars is general or vague,
BUT here are some things that we can
easily do to make a difference in SCPD.
One item is the proper adjustment of
the driver’s seat. Cars now have a
multitude of adjustments making it
possible for the driver to see the
road, reach the pedals (many cars
have the option to move the pedals
independently), and be comfortable as
well as safe. Reading the owner’s
manual will help if you cannot figure it
out by a trial and error adjusting
routine. Remember the mirrors as they,
too, are electronically adjustable on
most cars. The first changes you make
may not feel just right, so keep at it
until you are comfortable and feel safe.
Many areas in SCPD require caution
when driving. Approaching any bend or
corner in which you can’t see oncoming
traffic should tell you to slow down. An
example is wherever you see motor
homes parked along a curb. Not only
do they restrict your view in seeing
oncoming traffic, they also narrow the
space for you and other cars to pass one
Hopefully, one can see (after adjusting
the driver seat) that any vehicle backing
into the street is blinded on one side until
they are actually in the street. So even
though the onus is on the driver backing
from the driveway to the roadway, it’s a
good idea to anticipate they may not see
you, and slow down until you’re sure
they have stopped for you.
Most of us have read or heard about
the highly anticipated wet winter
coming via El Niño. Now would be a
good time to have your wipers checked
before a heavy rainfall. And please use
your turn signals, but NOT your high
beams when cars are approaching you
when you drive at night.
Committee Reports · January 2016
Committee Reports
Website Committee
By Mike Wedekind, Chair
“The time has come,” Marcos said, “to talk of many things.
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and
Drupal 7.”
A meeting for Web Editors for each of the Sun City Palm
Desert Chartered Clubs and Resident Groups will be held
at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the Sunset
View Clubhouse. This meeting is particularly important as
Marcos Perez, Sun City’s Finance Manager, will introduce
Drupal 7, an upgrade to our existing software. Ample
space has been reserved and will be set theater style so that
everyone will be able to see the screen.
By the time of the meeting each website presently using
either SnippetMaster or Drupal 6 will be duplicated with
a Drupal 7 website. Your Drupal 7 website will not go
“live” until you let Marcos Perez know that you want it
live; however, all websites will be converted to Drupal 7
by the end of April 2016. This will give you adequate time
to become familiar with the new software.
You will receive an email with more details of the January
meeting sometime the later part of December. Please make
sure that your information is current in the list of web
editors located in the resident section of the Sun City
website. We will use the list as basis for the email blast.
Emergency Preparedness (EPC)
By Ann Floden
If you are not listed in the 2015/2016 SCPD Community
Directory, or your information is incorrect, please fill out
a Resident Information Form at the front desk of the
Mountain View Clubhouse to be listed in the spring
addendum and 2016/2017 SCPD Directory. This form
may also be found at under forms. The
deadline to submit your information is February 19, 2016.
January 2016
Floods and Sun City
Too much water in the desert is not one of the usual
occurrences we think about. But there are times when we
should be concerned about floods and this winter may be
one of them. Weather experts are predicting the return of
El Nino with a strong possibility of major floods. It could
start in December or January and continue through March.
Usually in our area when we do have floods, the rain
comes down heavily, water runs off the mountains quickly
and generally it doesn’t last too long. El Nino may bring
a prolonged series of storms this winter, which will have
a cumulative effect as things become saturated. Both
occurrences can create dangerous situations. People get
killed from underestimating the forces water can exert.
If you are on foot, think twice about
entering a flooded area or running floodwater and then
don’t. For one thing, floodwaters are often muddy so you
can’t see the depth and they often carry debris with them.
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The water may be contaminated. It
only takes six inches of moving water
to knock a person down.
• IN A CAR. The motto of the National
Weather Service is “Turn around.
Don’t drown.” More than half of all
drownings related to floods happen
when the car has been driven into the
floodwater. Observe road closures.
HOME. When Del Webb
built this community, they planned for
floods by building the homes up on
knolls and using the golf course and
green belts as a channel for excess
water coming off the mountains to
drain through without damaging the
homes. That is a concept pertaining to
the community in general.
There could be localized situations
which may cause problems. Drains don’t
always work (either from clogging or
being overwhelmed) and ponds can form
quickly. For example: the landscaping
in the backyard may have created a
bowl you might not notice until the
drain cannot get rid of the excess and it
starts to fill with water. Do your drains
need checking? Water damage in a
home can be very expensive to repair.
To sand bag or not to sand bag?
Should you buy some just in case?
That’s a personal decision, as is flood
insurance. What might be worth
considering is what has happened in
the past during heavy rains to your
property or your specific neighborhood
and expect a worse situation.
It is good practice to keep your
Grab ‘N Go kit ready for all of your
household, including pets. Evacuation
from Sun City would be unusual but if
the authorities feel it necessary, you and
your pets will need to move quickly.
In past years when we’ve experienced
heavy rains and flooding, the abundance
of water can create interesting sites to
view or photograph. The White Water
River actually can turn into a river.
Waterfalls occur. Ponds form with
ducks swimming on them. Keep in
mind these areas may also not be safe.
Monthly Emergency Preparedness
(EPC) Meetings
Monthly Committee meeting are held
at 9 a.m. and District Operations
Meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the second
Wednesday of each month, September
through May, in the Mountain View
Clubhouse Ventana Room. Two-way
radio training classes are held on the
fourth Monday of each month at
12:30 p.m. All meetings last about an
hour. Contact Robyn at 772-1756 for
radio training reservations and location.
Please check our website for schedule
changes and updates and other EPC
meetings and events at:
First Aid Stations
In the event of a disaster, the EPC will
set up First Aid Stations at the three
clubhouses. Residents needing first aid
can go to the closest First Aid Station
listed below. Mobile Medical teams
will also be available to respond to calls
from Block Captains.
• Mountain View Clubhouse, Building D
near Tennis Courts
• Sunset View Clubhouse, Bocce Ball
Court Patio
• Lake View Clubhouse, Tahoe room,
east end of clubhouse
Links to First Aid Station and
Command Post locations can be found
online at
Obtain EPC Documents Online
For more information, go to the
EPC website:
EPC Needs Your Help
We always welcome new volunteers to
provide help in a wide variety of areas
including Block Captains, First Aid,
Radio, Search & Rescue, Equipment,
Pet Rescue, Education/Training, and
Administration. For more information
please call our Volunteer Coordinator,
Ann Floden at 772-4402 or your
District Director.
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EPC District Directors
District 1
David Hansen . . . . . . 909-289-5788
District 2
Josh Denham . . . . . . . . . . 772-1185
District 3
Tom Chedester . . . . . . . . . 610-1599
District 4
Bobby Turner . . . . . 425-208-5500
District 5
Bob Sutton . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-3754
Alt. Keith Kramer . . . . . . 345-7388
District 6
Steven Bayard . . . . . . . . . 610-9827
Alt. Bob Lefton . . . . . . . . 360-8524
District 7
David Roberson . . . . . . . . 610-1436
District 8
Myrna Blanding . . . . . . . 345-6473
District 9
Lou Milkowski . . . . . 424-335-5850
District 10
Ed Purcell . . . . . . . . . . . . 610-1448
District 11
Paul Muckenfuss . . . . . . 360-26527
Alt. Bob Canfield . . . 818-720-3269
District 12
Dennis Kirk . . . . . . . . . . 200-1124
District 13
Jerry Tausend . . . . . . 541-490-5101
District 14/1
David Hansen . . . . . . 909-289-5788
District 14/5
Bob Sutton . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-3754
Alt. Keith Kramer . . . . . . 345-7388
District 15A
Robert Redstone . . . 775-636-6517
Alt. Fred Karimi . . . . . . . 360-7199
District 15/1
David Hansen . . . . . . 909-289-5788
Chairman: Jerry Tyree . . . . 360-9302
Vice Chair: Robyn Mack . . 772-1756
To volunteer call Ann Floden 772-4402
Committee Reports · January 2016
Notes of
To Chef Juan and staff,
My family and I had dinner at the newly decorated
Boulevards Restaurant on November 27. I found
Boulevards to be beautiful, comfortable, fast, efficient
with courteous service and a menu I could read and a
variety of fresh and delicious food.
Renee Hochberg
The family of Saul Levine would like to thank all of his
Sun City friends and fellow tennis players for giving
my Dad many years of fun and friendship. Dad was an
original owner at Sun City and over the last 20 years
made many good friends here. Saul was an affable
and friendly man and you who knew him helped him
to enjoy his last years.
Larry Levine & Lillian Nader
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News & Views Committee
Ronnie Marshall, Chair; John Annarino, Lois Epstein,
Rosanna Hile, Delyn Meyers, Marsha Reed Nall, Joy Porrello,
Penny Pence Smith, Rona Subotnik
Promotional and Photography Committee
Gail Bayard, Marty Maloney, Joe Share
Contributing Writers
Patricia Schubel, Diane Severson
Contributing Photographers
Jerry Chatow, Patricia Finn, John Manion
Distribution Group
Dedicated Volunteer Staff
SCPD Staff
Steve Bailey, Board Liaison;
Vanessa Schussler, HOA Operations Manager;
Dean Lining, Resident Services Supervisor;
Sophia desRoches, Communications Coordinator
Cynthia Gunn, Editor/Production · Crown Printers, Printing
January 2016
Much Ado
About Nothing
By John Annarino
Well, it’s the start of a new year and you know what that means.
Time to make your New Year resolution.
I’ve made mine. No, I’m not giving up my favorite
chardonnay or Regal Theater’s Tuesday $2 popcorn or Italian
fried meatballs. I’m giving up watching TV news. And after
discussing it with some of my Sun City friends, many were
inclined to make the same resolution.
“If I watch the late news, I can’t sleep,” said one lady. “I lie
in bed reliving the horror.”
“I gave up watching TV news years ago,” said a Sun City
gentleman. “I’m the happiest man on the planet.”
I’ve become more and more aware of the tricks TV news
plays. I’ve found it isn’t so much what it tells you, but what it
doesn’t tell you – till it’s good and ready. Which means later –
when it’ll be “right back” with more accounts of murder and
mayhem, rapes, and a litany of other calamities and atrocities.
TV news excels at what it considers pure gold – the “gotcha.”
This requires popping inane questions until the interviewee
breaks down and cries on camera. The news also excels at
leading us on – feeding us a tidbit like George and Jamal
adopting. When it’s right back, we learn what George and
Jamal are adopting is a dog.
Many of its commercials are as horrendous as the news.
We’re often informed that using the product may cause an
astounding assortment of side effects. Such as nausea,
vomiting, hives, seizures, dehydration, abdominal pain.
To keep us entertained while citing these sinister side effects,
we’re treated to a rosy picture of a man and a woman gaily
kayaking or skydiving or cavorting gleefully with their
grandchildren as they play croquet.
When TV news senses that perhaps things have gotten a
little too gruesome, it devotes the very last minute of its
30-minute broadcast to happy tales and smiling faces.
A woman who has made a fortune with her veggie cupcakes.
A child of three setting a Guinness record for blowing bubbles.
A man whose sight was miraculously restored when he was
struck by lightning.
So you may want to skip the first 29 minutes of the broadcast
and only tune in for the final minute. Because it’s the final
minute that assures us that all is blissfully right with the
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Alden West, Take a Bow
By Rona Subotnik
Alden West is well known throughout the Coachella Valley
for her acting and interest in the theater. Born in Washington,
D.C., Alden attended Holton-Arms, a private school for girls
in Washington, now located in Bethesda, MD. (She recently
returned for her 65th reunion.) Growing up, she had acted in
the Falls Church (Virginia) Community Theater and later at
Cornell University. As a freshman, Alden played Gwendolen
in The Importance of Being Earnest and, as a sophomore,
played Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot.
Alden left college to marry. She continued acting in
Community Theater in Norfolk, Virginia, until she started
her family. She has three children, two daughters and a son.
Raising a family was number one or, as Alden put it, “It was
zip for forty years” as far as acting was concerned. Alden’s
husband, Hugh, was a Marine Corps pilot and their last billet
was at the Patuxent River Naval Base in Maryland where he
was an experimental test pilot. After leaving the service,
Alden and Hugh lived in Media, Pennsylvania; Bellevue,
Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Hillsborough, California.
In 1999, they bought a home in Sun City. Sadly, Hugh
developed Parkinson’s disease and died in 2001.
In 2002, Alden starred in her first show in the Desert,
Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Ron Celona, artistic director
of the Joslyn. This turned out to be one of her favorite roles.
For this, Alden received a nomination for Best Actress in a
Drama by The Desert Theater League.
Alden has performed in over twenty-four shows since
she started acting in the Valley. Blazing Guns at Roaring
Gulch was the most fun, playing Widow Black, the evil
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Photos by Patricia Finn
mistress of the lodge. Another favorite was the Devine Sisters
by Charles Busch in which Alden played two roles, each with
a different accent.
Alden has acted here in Sun City as well. You may have
seen her in The Night of January Sixteenth, Arsenic and Old
Lace, The Bermuda Avenue Triangle or The Curious Savage.
She has received four awards by the Desert Theater League
(DTL) for her acting: one for lead actress and three for
supporting roles. In 2012 the DTL awarded her the coveted
Michael Grossman Award for talent, dedication, devotion
and skills in the craft of theater production.
Alden has been an extra in two movies and had a small
speaking part in Pink Squirrels. She also had a speaking part
in the movie Cotton Mouth shot in Palm Desert, which is still
in post-production. Alden did a Doritos commercial, which
was submitted in competition to be shown during Super
Bowl 2009. She has done a character voice-over in a CD
included in a book for grade-school children written by
Charles Hellman, a Sun City resident. In addition, Alden
reads to two first grade classes once a week at the Ronald
Reagan School.
Alden attends many productions in the Valley and informs
Sun City residents about them on The List. She calls herself
“The Theater Yenta.” We call her fantastic. Alden keeps up
with Broadway shows on trips to New York City. In
December of 2014, she attended ten shows in seven days.
In December 2015 she made two trips to New York to see
Broadway plays.
We are lucky to have Alden here, performing and offering
expert advice on what shows to enjoy in the Valley.
Community Views · January 2016
Drought Tolerant Plants
Can Beautify Yards
By Lois M. Epstein
Photos by Patricia Finn
Smoke Tree Cotinus Grace
Because of the severe drought affecting California, the Coachella Valley Water
District has been ordered by the state to reduce the consumption of outdoor water
by 36%. As consumers of water for our outdoor plants, trees and grass, we must
reduce our water usage or incur fines or penalties. Customers are also restricted
from using outdoor water on Mondays and Thursdays until March 31, 2016.
If “golden grass,” rocks and stones are not your preference for your yard, there
are many more attractive alternatives that you can consider in order to avoid
penalties for overwatering. According to Sun City Palm Desert Community
Association Design Guidelines, dated April 2015, “The use of native or compatible
drought tolerant species is strongly encouraged for all yard landscaping.”
The following are some of such kinds of plants: Brittle Bush, Smoke Tree,
Creosote, Desert Milkweed, Mallow, Desert Lavender, Chuparosa, Firestick,
Desert Rose, Bouganvillia, Lantana and a large variety of cacti. Most of these
plants and many other drought tolerant plants can be viewed at The Living Desert
and at plant nurseries in our area. They are considered to be drought tolerant once
Keep in mind that certain plants are prohibited at SCPD, such as Mulberry,
Tamarisk, Italian Cyprus, Canary Island Date Palm, Small Canary Island Date
Palm, Date Palm, Senegal Date Palm, Pigmy Date Palm, Cliff Date Palm and
Silver Date Palm. The Olive Tree (Olea Europaea) is prohibited, but the Swan
Hill Fruitless Olive Tree is approved. Any existing Date Palms originally installed
by the developer of SCPD must have its dates removed by June 30 of each year.
If you are going to make significant changes to your landscaping, you must
receive approval of your plan from the Lifestyle Enhancement Committee (LEC),
which meets Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Mountain View Clubhouse.
For more information about SCPD rules contact Paula Joseph, field coordinator
for the LEC, either during a LEC meeting or by phone at 760-200-2276.
Visit for more drought related information and
conservation tips.
Creosote Bush Larrea Tridentata
Desert Milkweed Asclepias Erosa
Brittlebush Encelia Farinosa
January 2016
Desert Lavender Hyptis Emoryi
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Firestick Plant Euphorbia Tirucalli
Lantana Verbenaceae
Many Varieties of Cactus
Swan Hill Fruitless Olive Tree Olea
Agave Americana Mediopicta Alba
Autumn Sage Salvia Greggi
Blue Bells Eremophila Hygrophana
Bottlebrush Callistemon
Crown of Thorns Euphorbia Milii
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Community Views · January 2016
Desert Sand-Verbena Abronia Villosa
Fountainbush Russelia Equisetiformis
Mexican Bird of Paradise Caesalpinia
Ocotillo Fouquieria Splendens
Prickly Pear Opuntia Robusta
Rock Purslane Calandrinia Grandiflora
Silver Senna Senna Artemisioides Petiolaris
Teddy Bear Cholla Cylindropuntia Bigelovii
Yucca Yucca Baccata
January 2016
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Pass the
By Ronnie Marshall
Starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren
Remembering the 1950’s through rose-colored glasses is not a
good idea. Trumbo is an excellent reminder of the overwhelming
paranoia brought on by the “Red Scare” of that era. Politicians,
and others equally as guilty, bought into that paranoia with
disastrous consequences for tens of thousands of innocent
people. These “defenders of America,” some with purportedly
good intentions and others with sneering disregard, made a
mockery of our democratic ideals and the civil rights of people,
mostly based on outright lies and trumped-up charges.
Most of these victims had no voice and the destruction of
their lives was complete. But others, notably Dalton Trumbo, not
only had a voice, but an astounding talent as a highly successful
Hollywood screenwriter. He believed, naively, that as a United
States citizen he was actually entitled to his own opinions and
his own political beliefs, just as every other American citizen
was. Bryan Cranston is transformative as Trumbo, embracing
his idealism and razor sharp wit. Yes, he had socialist leanings,
but he wasn’t interested in overthrowing the government, nor
were any of the other “Hollywood Ten” screenwriters who were
all eventually found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing
to answer questions no one had the right to ask them. They
consequently were imprisoned and branded as “traitors.” The
1950’s are quite brilliantly realized and it’s pretty frightening to
see the ugly scourge of fear the HUAC (House Un-American
Activities Committee) inflicted upon and among the powerful
and wealthy leaders and stars of Old Hollywood. Battle lines
were sharply drawn and those against Trumbo and others
accused of being communist sympathizers or worse, party
members, were people like John Wayne and a truly poisonous
Hedda Hopper, the powerful gossip columnist (with a 35 million
readership), played with malicious glee by Ms. Mirren.
Trumbo struggled after being released from prison and wrote
many screenplays under assumed names, including one for
Roman Holiday (1953) for which his “front” won a best
screenplay Oscar. Under a completely fictitious name he won
another Oscar for writing The Brave One (1956). Finally, he
was given a chance to re-write the screenplay for Spartacus
(1960). Kirk Douglas, as star and executive producer, ignored
intimidation tactics and gave Trumbo screenwriting credit,
effectively ending the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist.” An
excellent movie, Trumbo is sure to receive 2015 Academy
Awards consideration.
News & Views ·
Sudoku: Complete the grid so that every digit from 1–9 appears only
once in every row, column and 3x3 box. Solution is on page 57.
And the winner is…Karen Fowler!
2016 Poetry Contest
Call for Entries!
The News & Views Committee is pleased to announce our
2016 Poetry Contest, open to all residents.
If you’re a poet,
C’mon and show it.
For better, for worse,
Send us your verse.
It might be a hit.
It might be a miss.
But one thing’s for sure:
It’s sure to top this!
Entry Rules:
• Maximum length: 14 lines
• Limit one entry per author
• No previously published poems please
• Email entries to [email protected]
• Deadline for entries is February 15, 2016
The News & Views Committee will select the winning poem.
(Committee members are prohibited from entering this contest.)
The winning entry will appear in the April 2016 News & Views
and the winner will receive a $50 Sun City gift card.
Community Views · January 2016
The Bookshelf
By Rona Subotnik
The Aviator’s Wife
by melanie benjamin
Hardcover 416 pages · January 15, 2013
It is 1974 and The Aviator’s Wife
begins as Anne Morrow Lindbergh is
speaking to her husband, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, who is
dying of leukemia. He lies in a plane headed for Hawaii where
he requested to be buried.
Theirs had been an unusual and problematic marriage, a
world-famous aviator and a writer. On the flight, Anne thinks
back to their first meeting in 1927 in Mexico when her father
was U.S. Ambassador. It was there that she met the first pilot
to fly solo across the Atlantic from one continent to another.
He landed in Paris at night, as one hundred thousand people
waited for him. From that point on he would be world famous
and have little privacy.
Anne and Charles fell in love and married. He taught her to
co-pilot a plane and eventually to take the controls herself.
Together, they found it more peaceful flying than being on the
ground. The Lindbergh’s were enormously popular and were
followed everywhere they went. They changed residences
many times, but throngs still found them.
The Lindbergh’s were treated like royalty. In Germany at a
Nazi rally, they were seated behind Hitler. This may have been
the beginning of Charles’s fascination with Germany. Yet,
during the war, Lindbergh served his country well as a
consultant on aviation and scientific problems. After the war,
he created a device to cleanse the blood of Anne’s sick sister.
Finding a secluded home with large grounds, the Lindbergh’s
began a more peaceful life. Charles Lindbergh, Jr. was born
and they were happy, but their lives were soon shattered when
their fifteen-month old baby boy was kidnapped as he slept in
his crib near a window.
The kidnapper used a ladder to climb up the rear of the
house, reach through the open window and pick Charles, Jr.
up from his crib. After weeks of searching, his body was
discovered. The murderer was found and brought to justice in
a sensational trial. The Lindbergh’s went on to have a family
of six children, but the pain of this loss never left.
On the plane to Hawaii, Anne lets her husband know that she
is aware of his long-term affairs with three German women.
She speaks also of other buried issues, such as her affair with
their physician. After Charles’s death, Anne opens his travel
bag and finds a photograph of her with little Charles, Jr.
Both Anne and Charles were famous, accomplished and
unusual people and their story makes for an interesting book.
January 2016
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John Binkowski:
A Man of Vision…
and Faith
By Ronnie Marshall
John spent his early life where he was born, the Lower East
Side of New York. His formative years were spent in a
religious environment; both his parents were deeply imbued
in their faith. A happy memory from when he was about 13
years old: during the famous Feast of St. Gennaro, organizers
put $1,000 in a bucket on top of a neighborhood telephone
pole that was greased. Teams of kids tried to shimmy up the
pole to collect this wonderful prize and that year John and
his buddies won to the delight of their parents!
John’s future seemed a foregone conclusion. He attended
seminary schools and was ordained as a priest. After some
years in New York, he was relocated to a parish in Santa Fe,
New Mexico. He came to realize that he was fulfilling his
parents dreams for him, not his own. He still felt a need to
help people in some way, but he wanted to develop his
potential differently, exploring new ideas and avenues. With
a heavy heart, he made the painful decision to leave the
priesthood, a sad choice he carried for many years. But
another part of him looked forward eagerly to go out into the
world and find out what he really wanted to do with his life.
He still felt a keen spirituality but that God truly had other
plans for him.
Embracing his new life with enthusiasm, he joined the U.S.
Air Force, working in a central intelligence unit. He obtained
a private pilot license and travelled throughout the U.S. and
the world to determine what would capture his interest and
his passion. It was a revelation to him to visit and experience
other countries and cultures. Paris, France was an especially
favorite destination; he has visited often in the ensuing years.
He found he had an innate understanding of computers and
worked on one of the first computers ever made for the
military. John says, “It was in a big, big room. Now, all that
technology is available on your iPhone.” In 1968, after his
military service, John attended New York University, earning
a Masters in Computer Science. He was a Vice President of
Technology and Innovation at American Express. He went
on to become a director at Oracle, developing trading
systems for the Wall Street trading environment on
worldwide systems, enabling all kinds of trades, including
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commodities and bonds, forward rate agreements, foreign
exchange futures and what he describes as “front, middle
and back office systems, where all the accounting work is
done.” These systems are used worldwide by multinational
corporations, banks and other financial institutions. He was
the recipient of the Distinguished Engineer Award at WIPRO
and the Galaxy Award at Oracle.
He eventually set up his own business, Systems & Network
Integration (SNI). The company integrates any system
applications or infrastructures together into cohesive
solutions. SNI is still going strong and John, now retired,
serves in an advisory capacity.
John and his wife Barbara met at a “Singles Weekend” in
the Catskills many years ago and have been married almost
20 years. “One look was all it took,” he says! When he was
elected president of the board of the NYC co-op where they
lived, he found so many irregularities and outright corruption
that he fired the rest of the board and replaced them with
members who wanted real change. He guided the co-op to
such a stunning turnaround in its financial health that he
was profiled in a New York Times article. John and Barbara
were active in many fundraising activities to benefit
underprivileged children. They were honored as Couple of
the Year by NYC chapter of Hadassah for their work with
Israeli hospitals. John has continued his dedication to
helping his community here in Sun City also, serving on
both the Strategic Planning and Marketing Committees.
They are enthusiastic and stalwart supporters of Sun City.
John enthused, “It is such a wonderful place to be.”
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Community Views · January 2016
Food &
Beverage News
By Cesar Castellanos
Food & Beverage Director
Happy New Year from the F&B Department!
We would like to thank all clubs and residents who allowed
us to take care of their holiday parties! As always we look
forward to taking care of all of your events in 2016. Please
contact our new Catering Manager, Juan Alcocer, at the
Catering Office or the Events Department to set up an
appointment for your next event.
Back to Sun City! Michael McCormick, singer/guitarist,
unique and captivating with a beautiful voice, a soothing
acoustic guitar and a wide range of material. Michael has a
song repertoire of over 500 songs including Classic Rock,
50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Folk, Motown, Country and current top 40’s.
He will be performing on January 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. Cover
Charge $10.
New to Sun City! Lark Kenney, former “long-legged
lovelies” and soloist for the Fabulous Palms Springs Follies,
back to back winner of the Desert Theater League Award for
Outstanding Lead Female performer in a musical. Lark
performs standards, Broadway tunes and pop. She will be
performing on January 18 in Ventana from 5 – 7 p.m. Cover
charge remains $10.
January 2016
Also New to Sun City! Larry Capeloto, nightclub
performer for over 35 years with songs from the Great
America song book mixed with a little country and rock n’
roll. Stop by and enjoy your favorite tunes! Larry will
perform on January 25 in Ventana. Cover charge $10.
Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl 50 is right
around the corner! No tickets necessary, all are welcome.
We will provide the bar and you may bring your own food!
Tables will be provided as first come, first served. Super
Bowl 50 will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Enjoy
the big game – bring your friends and your favorite snacks!
Another event to start thinking about is our Valentine’s Day
Dinner Dance Party on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Featuring live music, great food and more! Tickets are
$42 inclusive per person. Tickets available at the Events
Department, starting January 11.
Please stop by Boulevards restaurant and see our new
lunch and dinner menus. Just a friendly reminder: If you
would like to make a reservation for a party of 8 people or
more, we take reservations up to 5:30 p.m. Monday through
Sunday during regular business hours.
Friday Night Special
All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet
What a great way to start off your weekend
with endless made to order pasta action station
and warm garlic bread, soup, and salad bar station...
don’t forget: it’s all you can eat!
$16.99 per person.
Saturday Night Special
Prime Rib Dinner
10 oz. slow roasted prime rib
served with mashed potatoes or steamed rice
and fresh seasonal vegetables.
$23.99 per person
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January 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Gary Ternes
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The Informant! (2009)
R · 1h 48min
Comedy | Crime | Drama
The U.S. government decides to
go after an agro-business giant with
a price-fixing accusation, based on
the evidence submitted by their
star witness, vice president-turnedinformant Mark Whitacre.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale
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Please Give (2010)
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Comedy | Drama
A New York City husband and wife
butt heads with the granddaughters
of the elderly woman who lives in
the apartment the couple owns.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt
Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Joel Markss
Lone Survivor (2014)
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Marcus Luttrell and his team set out
on a mission to capture/kill notorious
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By George Boucher, Assistant Fitness Director
January’s Healthnut is…
Harry Binder!
Born in 1924 and raised in Flint,
Michigan, Harry attended Flint
Northern High School. Harry and
his wife Helen have been Sun City
residents since their marriage 12
years ago. Harry has three children
and four grandchildren.
After graduating from Flint Junior College, Harry served
a three-year tour of duty in Europe and the Pacific during
World War II as a member of the Army Military Police.
When the war ended in Europe, Harry and 5,000 men were
on a ship bound for Japan. A couple of days before the
troops on that ship were scheduled to land, the United
States dropped atomic bombs on Japan.
Following his service in the Army, Harry returned to
Flint where he and his brother opened a business called
Reliable Furniture and Appliance. After 50 years they
closed the business and retired. Harry then volunteered a
month each year for four years in the Israel Defense
Harry enjoys a variety of activities — reading an
assortment of topics on his Kindle, golfing, investing and
staying in contact with friends.
Exercise is an integral part of Harry’s lifestyle. As a
member of a jogging club in Flint for 27 years, he would
run three miles and then swim 12 laps at 5:30 a.m. three
mornings a week. Over the years, he has run in hundreds
of races of varying distances. His most consistent
participation has been in the “Crim Festival of Races,” an
event held in Flint, in which he has participated in 36 out
of the 39 years that the race has been run. Last August,
Harry walked the 5K “Crim” event, finishing first in his
age group and being one of two participants to receive the
first ever Lionheart Award! He continues to compete in a
couple of races each year and maintains his race-ready
form by working out three days a week at the Mountain
View Fitness Center. His routine lasts for 90 minutes,
which includes 45 minutes of cardio split between the
exercise bike and the treadmill, finishing with resistance
training on eight of the strength machines.
Harry says, “I feel like I am in my 50’s. To me, age is
only a number! I live by the motto, ‘You don’t stop playing
when you grow old. You grow old when you stop playing!’”
January 2016
Health &
Fitness News
By Glenn Smith
Fitness Director
Metabolic Syndrome: What is it?
Metabolic syndrome is quite common, but not very well
known. Many people have it – nearly 50 million Americans
– and many of them do not know it. Metabolic syndrome
is dangerous. If you have it, you have a much higher risk
of several major health conditions. Recent studies find
your risk of developing diabetes is four to five times
higher. Your risk of stroke or a heart attack is about double
and risk of dying prematurely is 30 to 60 percent higher.
Most important, you can cure it with changes in your
lifestyle before you develop health problems.
You have metabolic syndrome if you have three or more
of the following:
• High blood pressure (hypertension).
• Excess belly fat. This is measured as a waist size of
40 inches or more for men or 35 inches or more for
• High triglycerides. This blood fat is checked when you
have a blood test for cholesterol.
• Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This is
called “good cholesterol.”
• High fasting blood sugar.
If you have only one or two, but not three, of these
factors do not feel entirely relieved. You are still at higher
risk of heart attack and stroke than people without any of
these risk factors.
Steps to prevent or avoid metabolic syndrome:
• Maintain a healthy body weight.
• Get regular exercise.
• Choose a healthy diet. It should be low in salt, in
saturated and trans fats, and in highly processed foods
such as white bread and sugary sodas. It should be high
in omega-3 fats (as found in salmon and tuna, for
example), in whole grains and fiber, and in vegetables
and fruit.
• Drink only moderate amounts of alcohol (one drink per
day for women, one to two for men).
• Do not smoke.
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are held on the second tuesday of each month in the lake view clubhouse tahoe room.
jodi lytel, frc chairperson, can be contacted via email at [email protected]
Talk to your doctor about whether you need medicines
to lower blood pressure or triglycerides if they are high, and to
raise HDL if it is low and is not raised just by exercising.
Talk to your doctor about whether you need medicines
to lower blood sugar if you have diabetes or “pre-diabetes.”
People with this condition have blood sugar above normal but
not at diabetic levels.
If you have metabolic syndrome, you may be able to
eliminate it completely without medicines — just with changes
in diet and exercise.
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Do you have a Sun City Name Badge?
If not, come order one from the Front Desk at the
Mountain View Clubhouse. Name badges assist in
bringing people closer together at our fabulous
functions and within our community!
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Alzheimer’s Support Group
Grief & Loss Support Group
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday
of every month from 8:30 – 11 a.m.,
Tahoe, LV. We invite caregivers of
loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease.
We confidentially discuss issues
related to coping with the numerous
facets of caregiving and setting goals
for self-care. For further information,
call Beverly Yahr at 200-4410 or Bob
Krasny at 200-4951.
This is to let all those who have asked
and are interested that the Grief & Loss
Support Group is meeting once again.
Our first meeting is Thurs., January 28
in the Idyllwild Room in the Mountain
View Clubhouse from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
We will meet on the fourth Thursday of
each month. If you need to reach
me before then or would like to talk,
you may call me at 345-2315. Faith
Horwitz, Facilitator.
Cancer Support Group
Mindful Meditation
Whether a cancer patient, survivor,
caregiver, or someone trying to find
their footing after the death of a loved
one to cancer – all are welcome as we
work together to find ways to make the
journey easier. This professionally led
group is brought to us from Gilda’s
Club Desert Cities. This FREE group
meets the 3rd Wednesday each month,
3–4:30 p.m., Canyon, Sunset View.
Facilitated by Robert Koyle, LMFT.
For information, call Gilda’s Club at
Many studies have shown the benefits
of meditation on all aspects of our
being. Sun City residents have the
opportunity to learn a variety of simple
techniques for meditation in a free
class at the Speakers Hall, Wednesday
mornings 9 – 10 a.m. from November
to the end of March. This season
Dr. Keith and Krisanna Jeffery will
be the volunteer instructors for this
free class. For more information, call
Compulsive Eaters Group
We meet on Sundays, 4–5 p.m., Sunset
View. Our schedule of rooms changes
so call ahead to Jill J., 345-4994. Bring
your Big Book; we read a few pages
from the book and then do an open
discussion meeting about what we
have read. If you don’t have a book, we
have extras. Our meeting has grown
from the three or four we first started
with to a normal meeting of 8-12 each
Honesty. Openmindedness. Willingness.
Compulsive Eaters Anonymous is a
nonprofit program to help you lose
weight. Learn how to enjoy eating
everyday foods and maintain weight
loss too. We meet Wednesdays and
Sundays, 9 a.m., Arrowhead, Lake
View. Call Marilyn at 636-0390.
January 2016
Old Time AA Meeting
week. Our meeting is open to those
who have a problem with alcohol or
those who may want to investigate to
see if they might have a problem. There
are no dues or fees for attending a
meeting. See you Sundays at 4 p.m.
RI Discovery Group Support
Looking for relief from anxiety,
stress, fears, depression or general
nervousness, this group can help!
Make a difference in your life today
using the RI Discovery Method.
Learn techniques to overcome stressful
living! Newcomers Welcome! Yearround meetings now. Meetings are
held Mondays: Idyllwild Room,
Mountain View Clubhouse 4 pm.
Interested? Call or e-mail ‘Reen’ at
312-209-5556 or [email protected]
If you are interested in researching
the group online go to: http://www.
Stroke Survivors
The SCPD Stroke Survivors Support
Group welcomes stroke survivors and
their caretakers to participate in monthly
meetings where you can meet and
enjoy communicating and supporting
each other in the recovery process. Our
meetings are held every third Monday
of the month from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the
Silverwood Room in the Lake View
Clubhouse. For further information,
contact the group’s guide, Dr. Melvin
Belafsky at 610-2993 or email
[email protected] See you there!
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By Tyler Truman
Golf Course Superintendent
Happy New Year from Golf Course and
Common Area Grounds Maintenance!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful 2015 and wishing all
has a wonderful New Year.
With the warm weather that we experienced in September
and the first of October we have had a significant amount of
Bermuda that came back in the roughs, fairways and in the
first parks that we seeded. Over the past two months staff
has gone back and reseeded these areas where the Bermuda
choked out the rye grass. We are assisting these areas by
adding mulch and fertilizer to encourage the rye grass to
Due to the onset of frost, staff encourages everyone to stay
on the cart paths when there is frost. The Pro Shop for the
golf course and signs will be posted at the parks when there
is frost. By staying on the cart paths until the frost has a time
to melt will provide all with better-maintained parks and golf
Both golf courses are open. Please repair your ball marks
and divots. Ball marks on the greens need to be repaired as
soon as they occur to help in turf recovery. If they are not
repaired until the next day the recovery time doubles before
divots are healed and healthy.
All the clubhouses have been planted with the winter color.
Frost may damage some of the plants and staff may replace
where necessary to provide a manicured look for all to enjoy.
Over the past month maintenance has completed the first
application of a post-emergence for poa annua. This is an
annual application that assists in providing all the parks and
golf courses a more manicured look without seed heads from
the poa annua. At the end of January a pre-emergent fertilizer
will be spread throughout the property to reduce the amount
of weeds that can germinate in the grass.
During the month of December, Common Area
Maintenance has been busy with landscaping around the
tennis courts to provide a refreshed look with new plants
and reducing the water consumption in the ongoing effort
for water conservation. Rock refreshment is continuing
throughout the property.
We appreciate the positive comments that have been
expressed. Staff here at SCPD takes pride in providing
everyone a facility that you can brag to your friends about
how great it is to live here. This coming year we will
continue to strive to provide a top quality product that you
can continue to be proud of.
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Purchase a driver at full member price and receive
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January 2016
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Acrylics, Drawing, Oils,
Printmaking, & Watercolor
Faye August · 760-200-8682
All classes in Art Studio, MV
Classes are for paid members only.
Watercolor Basic: Mondays, 9 am
Watercolor Advanced: Mondays, 1 pm
Oil Basic: Tuesdays, 9 am
Oil Continuing: Tuesdays, 1 pm
Acrylics: Wednesdays, 9 am
Creative Painting: Wednesdays, 1 pm
Pastels: Thursdays, 9 am
Watercolor Intermediate: Thursdays, 1 pm
Drawing: Fridays, 9 am
Printmaking: Fridays, 1 pm
Art Videos: Sundays, 1 pm
Paintings Change: Saturday, Jan. 9, 10 am
Wine & Cheese: Saturday, Jan. 9, 5 pm
Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 14, 4 pm
General Meeting: Monday, Jan. 18, 12 pm
by Faye August
As always, we had a great time at our art
holiday party. A big THANK YOU to Mary
Sue Thielman, the coordinator of this
beautiful and well-attended event.
The Art Club would like to thank all of
the residents of Sun City for coming out
and supporting our second Artists Alley.
We had a great time and enjoyed talking
with everyone who visited. Your votes
selected Barbara Binkowski and her oil
painting “The Competition” as Best in
Show. Second place went to Donna Wester
and her oil “Pachyderm Spa.” Also BIG
THANKS to the artists who provided
demonstrations throughout the day – Paul
Muckenfuss, Careen Moore, Marilyn
Froggatt, Joyce Kingman, Sandy Hall,
Reen Maloney and her printmaking helper
Gro Merit Kleitsch.
Join us Saturday, January 9, to view our
first painting exhibition of 2016. Enjoy the
Wine & Cheese Reception, 5 p.m., Art
Studio. All residents are welcome. Our
General Meeting will be held on Monday,
January 18, San Gorgonio room beginning
at noon. We will have Papa Dan’s pizza.
Feeling left out on all the fun in the art
club? Membership is open to all and costs
only $20.
Star Gazing
Jim Fortenberry · 760-772-1073
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 27, 7 pm
Tahoe, LV
by Jim Fortenberry
All invited to January 27 meeting, 7 p.m.,
Tahoe Room, Lake View. Program: Hubble
and the Sagittarius Star cloud.
The center of our Milky Way galaxy is
obscured by dust. The Sagittarius star
cloud is visible through a hole in this murk.
Hubble’s resolution, unbounded by our
“shaky” atmosphere reveals the cloud as a
sparkling jewel box of stars with many
colors and brightness levels. Methods were
previously developed to classify stars by
their colors (surface brightness) and
luminosity. This information, combined
with the star’s intrinsic brightness, could
then be used to determine its distance.
We’ll learn how this all started with a
Scottish immigrant in 1878, abandoned by
her swine of a husband, destitute and
pregnant. She will go from a housekeeper
to astronomer at the then modest Harvard
Observatory and become the co-author of
the first star catalog of spectra. This will
be the start of “The Corps of Women.”
Star Party: January 9, 7 p.m. All invited.
The winter hexagon is rising and The Great
Nebula of Orion (a stellar nursery) is
dramatic through the telescope in a dark
sky. Location: East greenbelt off Donny
Circle just south of Alliance Way. Info:
360-7729 or 772-1073.
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Social & Tournament Billiards
Al Lessard · 760-772-8803
Member Play: Monday – Friday, 1 pm
Billiards Room, SV
Tournament: Thursdays, 12 pm
Billiards Room, SV
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 6, 2 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
by Al Lessard
November was a busy month with three
pool tournaments and a Billiards dinner
dance along with Thanksgiving Day
celebrations. We received many good
comments about the party and the
performance of our own Skip Matthews.
Seems a good time was had by all.
Tournament winners were: on November
5, Joe Sabato and Shelly Grossman;
November 12, Lyn Perry and Jim Heilskov;
and November 19, Joe Sabato and Bernie
Froio. Congratulations to Joe and his
partners, Shelly and Bernie, for two perfect
scores! Possible improvements to your
game can be made by showing up on
Monday mornings at 10 for free lessons
with Al. Beginners as well as more
advanced players are welcome.
Social & Tournament Bocce
Joel Markss · 818-606-1436
Member Play: Mon., Tues., Wed., 12:30 pm
Bocce Courts, SV
by Carol Hazelwood
For information call Joel Markss at
818-606-1436 or 760-200-2344. You don’t
have to know how to play. Instructions and
signups at 12:30, play begins at 1 p.m.
November tournament winners: First
Place A TEAM–Will Gross, Bill Perry,
Harvey Tyman, Gwen Vickers; Second
Place E TEAM–Carolina Spagnola, Barry
Cohen, Phil Hanna, Gomer Pound; Third
Place C TEAM–Judy Jackson, Sue
Barichello, Joe Garafano, Tom Healy;
Fourth Place G TEAM–John Reece, Joel
Markss, Paul Sullivan, Merv Williams.
The Bocce Club holiday party will be on
Tuesday, January 12 at 6 p.m. Please sign
up early for this wonderful event.
Boomers & Friends
50’s & 60’s Revisited
Susie Gettis · 760-200-5279
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 3 pm
Saddleback, MV
Social: Friday, January 22, 6 pm
Sierra Ballroom+, MV
by Anna Maddan
The Sierra Ballroom will be transformed
into a magical land with glistening
snowflakes at your Boomers & Friends
only dinner dance of the season, the
Snowflake Ball, on January 22. The popular music group, The Dakodas, will have
everyone on the floor dancing. Chef Juan
promises to provide an exceptional dinner
that will remind Boomers how lucky we
are that he belongs to Sun City. Make a
New Year’s Resolution to sign up ASAP!
In December the largest Lunch Bunch
group ever returned to the elegant, historic,
Le Vallauris Restaurant, in Palm Springs
for a gourmet festive holiday lunch. Are we
starting a tradition here?
Be ready to sign up for the intriguing
mystery shopping tour event in February.
Boomers are planning a special event in
March that no one wants to miss. Watch for
the latest information on all the new events
this season. Don’t forget that the long
awaited CASINO NIGHT returns in April!
To make sure you are in the loop
each month, you must join Boomers!
Membership forms are available in the
clubhouse kiosks. Annual dues are $15 per
person. Sign up now or lose out on all the
remaining FUN events!
British, Commonwealth
& Friends
Brian Press · 760-565-8807
Social: Sunday, Jan. 17, 6:30 pm
Oasis/Canyon, SV
by Brian Press
Once again we start the new year off with
a surprise event of which further info will
be forthcoming in early January. We the
board wish all of our members a Happy
and Healthy New Year. 2015 ended with a
white elephant in the room, but everyone
got rid of those “Orrible fings wot Aunt
Fannie gave you 25 years ago.” Join the
club ($10 single / $15 couple) and have a
laugh with us old friends, new faces, etc.
See how the other half lives. Brian Press
Knitting, Crocheting, Needlecrafts
Eleanore Hahn · 760-200-0631
Member Crafting: Tuesdays, 9 am
Saddleback/Idyllwild, MV
by Eleanore Hahn
After a busy holiday season, we wish you
a very Happy New Year!
Knitting Trivia: Can men knit or (k)not?
David Babcock entered the Guinness
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World Record when he finished the Kansas
City marathon in 5 hours 48 minutes
27 seconds – all while knitting a scarf
measuring 12 feet, 1¾ inches long. He
eclipsed the previous Guinness World
Record, held by Britain’s Susie Hewer.
Knitting for 30 minutes burns 55
calories…Knit on ladies and gentlemen!
Q: Which English king, who gave up his
throne to marry a divorcee, made Fair
Isle pullovers into a fashionable garment
in the 1920’s?
A: It all started in 1921 when a draper
named James A. Smith, gave the Prince
of Wales (Edward VIII) a pullover with
a Fair Isle pattern. From that time
Edward wore this pattern on his
pullovers to golf matches, on overseas
tours and even had his portrait painted
wearing one. By the late 1920’s most
young men at Oxford and Cambridge
Universities were wearing cardigans,
scarves, hats and gloves in this pattern.
Note: the BZB General meeting will be
on January 12 during our regular meeting.
Digital Photography Instruction
John Antonio · 760-200-9555
General Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6:15 pm
Palm, SV
Workshop: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 9 am
San Jacinto, MV
Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 am & 1 pm
Oasis+, SV
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9 am
Big Bear, LV
Board Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 21, 9:30 am
Arrowhead, LV
by Jane Berke
Happy New Year! 2016 starts out with a
bunch of Camera Club activities. The
January 5 general meeting will feature
Mark Stephenson, a versatile professional
photographer, who will share his techniques
and inspiration with the members. A class
to discuss improving photo composition
and exposure will be held on January 12 in
the San Jacinto room in Mountain View.
A field trip on January 14 will be a
morning shoot in Morongo Canyon
Preserve – a chance to observe nature and
capture the moments with your camera.
The very popular “Macro Workshop,”
put on by Stuart Lynn of the Desert
Camera Club, will be back on January 16.
This is a joint workshop with members
from the Desert Camera Club.
There will be classes on Printing on
January 26 and how to use “Lightroom” on
February 9.
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The club’s third competition will be held
at the February 2 monthly meeting. Entries
must be submitted by January 28 and may
include photos from the Morongo Canyon
trip. The club calendar and details about all
club activities are on the Camera Club
page of the Sun City website at http://
scpdcaclubs. com/camera/home. Dues are
only $20 per person. Membership envelopes
are in the kiosks.
Canadian Club &
[email protected]
Board Meeting: Monday, Jan. 11, 4 pm
San Jacinto, MV
Social: Saturday, Jan. 16, 6 pm
Arrowhead+, LV
by Albert Goldade
Your board committee and event-organizing
committees encourage your participation
in club events. Registering early is always
your best assurance to participate, as our
club membership continues to increase.
Many of our organized events are limited
to numbers we are able to accommodate.
The Canadian Club and Friends is a
group of Sun City Palm Desert Residents
who meet at social and educational events
to further friendship and experience of the
Sun City Lifestyle. We do tours, dinners,
lectures, happy hours and special information
events. If you are interested in joining this
group and meeting other friends from
Canada, pick up a registration form in the
clubhouses kiosks and drop it in our mail
box #36 in the Mountain View Clubhouse
or email Linda Seifred, [email protected]
Lani Young · 760-772-0380
Member Play: Tuesdays, 12:15 pm
Arrowhead+, LV
by Pat Ankeny
Happy New Year! Mark your 2016 calendar
for Tuesdays 12:15 – 4 Canasta at the Lake
View Clubhouse. If you haven’t yet, bring
your $15 dues for the calendar year to be
eligible to play.
Officers were elected at our December 1
General Meeting: President, Lani Young;
Vice President, Michele Landa; Secretary,
Pat Ankeny; and Treasurer, Bonnie Toms.
We are very fortunate to also have many
chairpersons, such as Instructor Barbara
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Leslie and new Membership Chair Polli
Rychlik, along with volunteers/committees
for events.
Our Holiday Luncheon was an enjoyable
ending to the year. November tournament
winners were announced and congratulated:
1st place Sharon Emanuelson and Linda
Golde; 2nd Ari Frost and Marilyn Chase;
3rd Jo Kirsch and Joanne Taranto; 4th
Marilyn Friedman and Dianne Prara (see
photo on next page). Kudos to Tournament
Chairs Oscar and Annette Apodaca, and
Social Chair Lennie Weisman for weekly
refreshments as well as luncheons. Thank
you to all who helped with events.
As we increase in numbers during winter
season, a good new year resolution would
be: Always sign-up well ahead and be on
time for the arranged foursome. We look
forward to another fun-filled year of
For scheduling, please call Michele
Landa at (310) 991-4867.
Have Fun Drive With Us
Charles Manchester · 760-345-0254
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 27, 7 pm
Big Bear/Silverwood, LV
by Charlie Manchester
It is a New Year and we have new activities
planned for the New Year.
Our next activity will be January 8. We
will attend the Friday Night “El Paseo
Cruise In.” We will meet at the Bocce Ball
Court at 3 and then caravan to El Paseo.
Afterwards we will share a meal (location
to be announced). We are also planning a
tour of the Petersen Automotive Museum
in LA the end of January or beginning of
February. For information on upcoming
activities, please call or email me at
[email protected]
Gin Rummy, Cribbage, Hearts, Scrabble
Sandy Schachter · 714-642-0532
Member Play: Tuesdays, 12 pm
Oasis/Canyon, SV
by Jon and Sheila Holmquist
Starting 2016 by joining the Card Club
will help you make it a Happy New Year.
We play gin, cribbage, hearts, scrabble and
rummy-q. Always looking for new players,
we play noon to 4 Tuesdays in the Oasis
room of the Sunset View Clubhouse. Dues
are just $10 a year and we offer snacks and
drinks. Thanks to all who made the holiday
party a success. Call Sandy Schachter at
714-642-0532 for Card Club information
or come to the Oasis room any Tuesday.
Open Ceramics
Maria Keane · 760-898-4228
Member Crafting: Daily, 8 am – 8 pm
Ceramics Studio, MV
Couples Putters
Social & Competitive Putting
Art Kubal · 760-636-5711
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 3 pm
Saddleback, MV
Social: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5:30 pm
Tahoe+, LV
by Jude McDaniel
Happy New Year to all. We are looking
forward to continuing an enjoyable season
with two putting sessions every Saturday.
Our November welcome back coffee was
well attended. Lucky attendees, Patti
Stratton, Marilyn Smith, Frank Bard,
Bailey Herz, Shirley Gutterman, Hugh
Stewart, Vivian Dolliff, Les Klein, Sandy
Kubal, Helga Maxheimer, Vi Bare and Don
Wellwood won gift certificates to some of
the finest valley restaurants. Mike Joyce
was the grand prize winner of a Ping
“Cadence” putter.
We also have other wonderful events
planned. Our first late afternoon putting
and evening social is on January 20. The
cost is $25 per couple for the dinner and
$5 for putting. Flyers are in the clubhouses
and can be downloaded from our website.
Our annual dinner dance in the Sierra
Ballroom will be on February 22. The
second evening social will be on March 31.
Registration is at the Lake View
Clubhouse from 7:30 – 8 a.m. for the 8:30
session and from 9:30 – 10 a.m. for the
10:30 session. The cost is $5 per couple
and exact change is greatly appreciated.
We welcome all levels of play. Keep
swinging for that elusive hole in one.
Creative Arts
Paper & Decorative Arts
Marilyn Wilkinson · 760-772-0423
Member Crafting: Tuesdays, 1 pm
Sewing Studio, MV
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by Bonnie Jones
Here we are starting another year! How did
2015 disappear so fast? Guess we were all
having fun. We certainly do have fun in
Creative Arts with lots of laughter, new
ideas and good camaraderie. Thanks to
Nancy Mertes for her culinary mastery of
our December holiday luncheon. Members
also brought presents to be taken to the
children at the 29 Palms Marine Base.
We hope you stopped by the display
window in November or visited us at the
Craft Fair, which showcased the creativity
of our members. Greeting cards for all
occasions are made by the majority of our
members. I am constantly amazed at how
beautiful and varied these cards are. These
creative ladies are always willing to share
their ideas with others. Our new members
are enjoying learning a new hobby and
really enjoying the fun we have in our club.
Drop by the Sewing Room any Tuesday
afternoon to see what we do. We would
love to have you join us.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Bob Krasny · 760-200-4951
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 13, 3 pm
Big Bear/Silverwood, LV
by Bryan Parrish
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and
prosperous 2016! We celebrated the holiday
season with a festive dinner party at Ventana
and a colorful Holiday Lights parade through
SCPD. Thanks to all of our members who
supported the Riverside Firefighters Sparks
of Love Toy Drive by donating many toys
and over 60 bicycles for children of need
in the Coachella Valley.
Now’s the time to take action on that
New Year’s resolution to burn off those
holiday celebration pounds by joining us
for a bike ride! We will be riding throughout
the Coachella Valley enjoying the beautiful
weather and scenery, pursuing our fitness
goals and socializing. Our A, B and C group
rides vary by pace and distance, suiting
most riding abilities. Visit our website for
current ride schedules and membership
forms (, resident login,
chartered clubs, cyclists).
Our January meeting will be Wednesday,
January 13, at 3 p.m. at the Lake View
Clubhouse in the Big Bear/Silverwood
Room, followed by a TGIW social. Please
come to one of our meetings to check
us out or join us for a Sunday morning
introductory ride, departing the Mountain
View Clubhouse parking lot at 8 a.m. We
would love to meet you!
Desert Dancers
Square & Round Dancing
Richard Ravich · 760-772-3905
Dance Class: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Oasis+, SV
Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 pm
Palm, SV
by Richard Ravich
Desert Dancers of Sun City, a Square Dance
Club is holding workshops every Tuesday
evening at 6:30 p.m. for all who are either
Mainstream or Plus Square Dancers. With
our internationally acclaimed caller, Terri
Sherer, we have been perfecting all of the
calls so that everyone may attend the many
square dances that happen in our valley
and surrounding areas.
Why do we Square Dance? First, we are
a very social club and many of us are friends
and we enjoy each other’s company. We
also know that dancing allows us to move
and get some exercise. Believe it or not,
during a dance, you typically walk over
two miles. And the last thing is that square
dancing improves our memory, as we must
remember each call and what to do.
We’re having fun every Tuesday evening
from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Oasis and Palm
Rooms and we would invite anyone who is
interested in joining our club to come and
watch and if you already know most of the
calls, to join in with us.
Anyone interested in beginner Square
Dance lessons, should call President,
Richard Ravich for more information.
We look forward to seeing you on
Duplicate Bridge
John Nugent–Patten · 760-772-2637
Member Play: Mon., 9 am; Tues., 6:15 pm;
Fri., 12:15 pm
Arrowhead, LV
Member Play: Sun., Jan. 3, 10 & 17, 1 pm
Big Bear/Silverwood, LV
by Marcie Quilici
Sunday games will resume January 3 at
1 p.m.; Tuesday games will resume
January 5 at 6:15 p.m.
The annual dues for 2016 are now due,
$25 per member. Please pay by check.
MARKOWITZ for a 78.26% game!
The Top Ten Players for the month of
November were: Nancy Nason, Sandy
Deeds, Cindy Selberg, Todd Blum, Anne
Lund, Tom Lund, Carol VanCourt, Barbara
Weise and Bill Dani.
All resident bridge players are welcome
to our games.
Need a partner? Call Nancy Weil at
772-5837 or [email protected] or go to
club website at, log in and go
to Chartered Clubs, Duplicate Bridge.
Canasta November Tournament Winners, pictured left to right, from 1st place to 4th. (Joanne
Taranto is not pictured.)
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Financial Education
Marvin Gurewitz · 760-636-4388
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 13, 1:30 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
SIG Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 14, 1 pm
San Jacinto, MV
by Marvin Gurewitz, President
This month the Financial Club will have a
General Meeting on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
January 13 in Speakers Hall. Our speaker
will be Jim Estes Ph.D. Jim is a professor
of finance at California State University
San Bernardino. His topics will include:
Time value of money, How much money
you will need to reach your goals, How do
you set your goals and the safety and return
of investments. Jim will be doing two more
presentations in March and May. Each one
will contain a review of past information.
Jim uses a PowerPoint presentation and
also makes it available to all attendees.
There will be ample time for questions.
The Financial Club strives to provide
education regarding financial matters by
inviting experts to make presentations at
the general meetings and by furnishing a
Financial Information Center at the SCPD
library. The information center features daily
newspapers, advisory newsletters and books
to assist our members in managing their
personal financial affairs. The Financial
Club also has a page on the SCPDCA
website where you can see the schedule of
guest speakers. The Financial Club meets
on the second Wednesday every month in
Speakers Hall at 1:30.
Food &Wine
Premium Wine Education
Nick Miller · 760-345-6845
by Carol Russakow
Welcome to 2016. We hope it’s a year filled
with good wine, good food, good health
and much happiness!
Looking for an idea for a party to remedy
the post-holiday letdown, or an excuse to
see your friends? How about a wine-tasting
event? Talk with your local wine-merchant
about possibilities: all white, all red, or a
focus on one grape from various wineries.
After choosing the wines, you’ll want to
sound like a real oenophile. Talk about…
Acidity: does it make you pucker? If yes,
it’s probably fairly acidic. Alcohol: does it
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warm up your mouth? If yes, it may be
high in alcohol. Body: if it’s full-bodied, it
will linger on your tongue. Tannins: if it
dries out your mouth, it’s likely high in
tannins. Aroma: does the smell remind you
of a food or a flower? Use your imagination.
And most importantly: do you like it?
Our next dinners are February 4 and
April 7. Watch your email for the flyers from
Helen Reardon to get reservation details.
Should you have questions about the club,
contact any board member: Nick Miller,
President; Helen Reardon, Susan Vee, Diane
Melone, Vice Presidents; Carol Russakow,
Secretary; Pete Ferrentino, Treasurer.
Discussion Groups
Marc Rosen · 831-206-5784
Board Meeting: Weds., Jan. 6, 3 pm
Tahoe, LV
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 13, 6:30 pm
Oasis+, SV
by Marc Rosen
The Forum presents, What To Do About the
Drought. The Coachella Valley has been
called, “an oasis in the desert.” But the
crisis caused by our current historic drought
is changing that description. What should
we do, and what can we do, now and in the
future? Two water experts will present
perspectives on this pressing issue, followed
by moderated small group discussions and
general questions directed to the experts.
Brian F Thomas, PhD in Water Resources
Engineering, has consulted for the World
Bank and is a postdoctoral scholar at the
University of California Irvine and the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute
of Technology. He studies alterations in
hydrologic systems that are caused by
humans and evaluates the sustainable
management of the Coachella Valley aquifer.
Katie Ruark, MS in Public Policy
Administration, is CVWD’s Conservation
Manager. She leads a 16-member staff to
oversee the district’s conservation and
water management programs. She holds
Water Certifications in Distribution and
Treatment from the California Department
of Public Health
The Forum Club meets Wednesday,
January 13, in the Oasis Room of the
Sunset View Clubhouse at 6:30. First-time
guests are welcome.
For information, call Club President,
Marc Rosen, at 831-206-5784.
Fun City Bowlers
Mixed Bowling
Larry Toms · 760-360-2193
Member Play: Mondays, 1 pm
Fantasy Lanes
by Gerry Davies
The holidays have come and gone and we
are now in the heart of our bowling season.
There are no more byes this season, which
ends on April 11, 2016. We celebrate the
end of the season with a banquet in the
Ventana Room on Friday, May 6, at which
time we get our point money and awards,
and elect officers for the new season.
Congratulations to the winners of the
annual Turkey Shoot – Bonnie Toms and
Howard Silverman – who each won a gift
We bowl every Monday at Fantasy
Springs Lanes at 1 p.m. There is still time
to get on our substitute list. It is a fun way
to get to know your neighbors, to keep in
shape, and to socialize.
Desert Gardening
Connie Stephens · 510-746-6577
General Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 14, 9:30 am
Arrowhead+, LV
Board Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 21, 9:30 am
Big Bear, LV
by Connie Stephens, President
• THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 9:30 a.m.,
Lake View Clubhouse. Hal Reynolds, back
by popular demand, from the American
Rose Society will be our speaker. Learn
everything you need to know about growing
and maintaining roses in the desert.
• THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, Huntington
Library and Gardens. Join us for an all-day
bus trip to Pasadena on deluxe motor coach.
Private tour and admission to Huntington
gardens with lunch on your own. Registration
forms will be in kiosks January 14, 2016.
No Reservations accepted prior to January 7.
• THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 9:30 a.m.
Champagne Potluck and speaker Alan
Hollinger: Pruning Basics.
2016, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you have a
beautiful or unique garden, or a native plant
or drought tolerant garden, please submit
for consideration for the 2016 Garden Tour.
Contact Connie Stephens, 510-746-6577,
or Lani Young, 772-0380.
If you have not renewed for this season,
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pick up a membership form at any
clubhouse, fill out and turn in with your
$15 check to mailbox #18, Mountain View
Tracing Your Family History
Gary Fredericksen · 760-772-8071
General Meetings: Mondays, 9 am
Idyllwild, MV
by Mike Wedekind
I think that it is fair to say that most people
are interested in their family genealogy.
But being interested, and actually doing
something about it, is an entirely different
“kettle of fish.” An easy way to check to
see if the journey interests you is to have a
look at our website by going to http://www. Click on ‘Resident Login’
and add your SCPDCA card number and
your password. If you have forgotten your
password, simply call the front desk at
200-2222. Click on ‘Chartered Clubs’ then
on ‘Genealogy’ and once more on ‘Getting
Started.’ You will see several options
starting with ‘New Genealogy 101.’
New members are always welcome and
we will help you get started. We meet on
Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in the Idyllwild/
Saddleback room in the Mountain View
• January 4 Our Annual Nibbles of Ethnic
• January 11 Speaker will be Gina FilbertOrtega, who will speak on “How to tackle
a Research Project”
• January 18 Open Forum or “Can anyone
ask Gary a Question he can’t answer”
• January 25 Advice about Family Tree
Maker by expert Barbara Kaye
German Club &
Kommt Und Macht Mit
Brigitte Jackson · 760-200-3788
by Ro Small
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season
is over and we are ready to settle into our
winter activities. How fortunate we are to
have so much to choose from.
The German Club had a successful 2015
season and we are looking forward to our
up-coming events in the new year. Our next
gathering is planned for February 6 and
will have a Hawaiian theme. Ricky Z will
provide the entertainment. Look for more
info in the kiosks of the three clubhouses
as the time gets closer.
For more information on our club please
call Brigitte Jackson at 200-3788 or Ro
Small at 772-9649. Come and join us for
good food, fun and fellowship!
Kommt und macht mit!
Dine Around
Dian Bartash · 760-200-8545
by Angela Ficht
We welcome the New Year with our Gourmet
Club dinner at Shogun Japanese restaurant
on Tuesday evening January 26. We will
have Tappan prepared food at our table.
Shogun is located at 74225 Hwy. 111 next to
Manhattan in the Desert. More information
about the evening can be found on flyers
located in our clubhouse kiosks and
members will receive an email with that
information. Please return your reservation
and check for $52 per person before the
deadline to the Gourmet Club mailbox in
the Mountain View Clubhouse. Checks
should be payable to SCPD Gourmet Club.
Both couples and singles attend our
dinners and dues are $10 per person for the
2015-16 year. You may contact President
Dian Bartash 200-8545 or Treasurer Bill
Peters 200-8524 for further information.
Marty Maloney 772-7764 maintains our
email list.
The remaining Gourmet Club dinners for
the year will be held on the fourth Tuesday
of each month. The February 22 dinner
will be at Roy’s. Mark your calendar!
Exploring Nature on Foot
Nina Thomas · 760-200-9855
Leaders Meeting: Weds., Jan. 20, 3 pm
Palm, SV
Board Meeting: Weds., Jan. 20, 4 pm
Palm, SV
by Nina Thomas
AND NEW FRIENDS? Our Hiking Club
has it all: interpretive walks, all-level hikes,
lunches, socials, happy hours, speakers and
dinners. Our Gala December Holiday
Dinner was the best ever with over 100
guests enjoying the evening! Our next
event: Hikers Happy Hour at Papa Dan’s,
Sunday, January 31. RSVP required! See
info on website
Our Monday Morning Hike and Bagel
Gang meet every Monday at 7:45 (see
Hike Schedule) for a wonderful local trek
on the Bump & Grind, the Cross and more.
Don’t miss this fun, enthusiastic group and
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learn great local trails perfect for visiting
family and friends! Be a part of one of Sun
City’s fastest growing clubs and join the
HC! Once you enjoy an interpretative walk
or hike you’ll see why everyone in the HC
is enthusiastic and friendly both on and off
the trails! Now, turn off the TV, lace up
your hiking shoes and hit the trails with us!
Save the Date: February 24, speaker
Burt Falk presents In High Places. A 40
Year Journey to the Top of the World.
Club for Home Crafters
Fred Weinman · 760-345-0523
by Donna Kendig
The busy Holiday Season is behind us, so
now we can turn our time and attentions
back to our crafting. The Homecrafters
Club is made up of members who make
items that are not part of the one of our 10
charter craft clubs. If you fit this description,
you are welcome to join us. For example,
some of our members do knitted items,
such as sweaters and shawls, creative
woodworking, painted gourds and wine
barrel staves, birdhouses, novel clothing
items such as embellished and painted
shirts and other novelty items. We will be
gearing up for the next Sun City Arts & Crafts
Show in March. Note: To sell your items in
the Crafts Show, you must belong to this
club or one of the chartered craft clubs.
If you have any questions, please call
Dianne Weinmann, Vice President, at
345-0523 or send an e-mail to
[email protected]
Italian Heritage
Celebrating Italian Heritage
Frank Montiforte · 760-200-3490
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1 pm
Saddleback, MV
Social: Thursday, Jan. 14, 5 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
by Dorothy Yudice
Happy New Year. Our 2016 calendar is
now in all clubhouse kiosks. NOTE: All
social’s start at 6 p.m. with NO ENTRY
before 6 p.m.; any changes will be noted
on each month’s flyer. All socials require
reservations with check submitted before
Membership renewals are due before
February 1. Please fill out form with check
and put in our mailbox at the Mountain
View Clubhouse.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday,
February 16, 2016, 7 p.m. Our Evening of
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Chartered Clubs Events & News
Comedy is A Man and his Prostate starring
Ed Asner. Tickets $42 per person. All seats
reserved. Tickets available in the Mountain
View Clubhouse, Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m.
– noon. Make checks payable to the Italian
Heritage Club. See you there.
Creating Finished Jewelry &
Judy Wolke · 760-345-2262
Member Crafting: Mondays, 8:30 am
Sewing Studio, MV
Member Crafting: Thursdays, 8:30 am
Whitney, MV
Just For Fun
A Social Club for SCPD Residents
Rose Marie Sherry · 760-200-4903
by Rose Marie Sherry
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We brought in the
New Year with great spirit and fun, and so
we wish you all a great year with good
health and good times.
To have more FUN this year, be a part of
our club. Our “New Year” for membership
starts on January 1 through December 31.
Dues are $10 per person. You must be a
Sun City resident in good standing with the
Association. Our calendar of events for
2016 is available on our webpage and in all
the kiosks in the clubhouses.
Please keep in mind our events are held
in Lake View Clubhouse, which has
LIMITED SEATING. If you are not here
to sign-up when the flyers are available,
I suggest you have a friend do it for you.
Our Board cannot help you with any
pre-registration. We do not take early
registration. Our experience has been that
we sellout for our events within 2 days.
To receive club notices current members
should renew by February 28.
Our first event of the new year will be a
“Mardi Gras” celebration on February 8.
Ladies’ 9-Holers
9-Hole Golf
Helen Reardon · 760-574-8588
Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 7, 11 am
Idyllwild, MV
Luncheon: Thursday, Jan. 21, 11 am
Oasis+, SV
by Helen Reardon
Happy New Year! Made your New Year
January 2016
Resolutions? Such as more golf and having
fun, so let’s have some fun! First of all, a
big thank you to Shirley Gorence and
Georgia Kennedy for a great Holiday Party
– good food, spirits, great entertainment
and great company. Next on the agenda is
our President’s Cup Tournament, which
begins January 21 and continues until
February 11. The Awards Luncheon will be
on February 18. This is a low net score
competition played over four consecutive
weeks – counting the best 3 of the 4 scores.
The cost is $9. Since this is a handicapped
event, everyone has a chance to WIN!
I am personally delighted to see how our
membership has grown this year. I
especially want to thank Membership
Chair, Denise Estes, and congratulate the
hard working Welcome Committee,
chaired by Claudette Babyak. If you have
been considering joining Ladies Nine
Holer’s Golf Club, stop thinking about it
and do it! Call Denise Estes at 772-3854
today. Also, mark your calendar for play at
SCSH with their Niner Club for Tuesday,
February 16, 2016. Sign-up begins Jan 14,
2016. Cost is $46. For more details on our
club, visit our website.
Lady Putters
Social & Competitive Putting
Nancy Ellis · 760-218-6632
Board Meeting: Weds., Jan. 6, 10:30 am
Saddleback, MV
Social: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
Luncheon: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 am
Ventana, MV
Invitational: Friday, Jan. 29, 9 am
Ventana, MV
by Liz Ritter
Another New Year is here and we are all
trying hard to keep our New Year resolutions.
Mostly we resolve to eat better and exercise
more. A great way to get more exercise and
make new friends is to join Lady Putters.
Putt 18 holes in the fresh air and sunshine
every Wednesday morning. Membership is
$30 annually. Sign in for the first session is
from 7:50 – 8:30 a.m. play starts at 8:45 a.m.;
second session from 9 – 9:40 a.m. play
starts at 10 a.m. Sign in at the Saddleback
Room in Mountain View Clubhouse. If
you are new to our club please call Susan
Vee 898-5661 for a time and place for the
required orientation.
January 13 will be our social; be sure to
get your ticket and join the fun. January 20
will be our monthly special game day.
January 27 will be our monthly luncheon,
which is always special; cost is $18.
Purchase your ticket during first or second
session sign in. January 29 we will host an
invitational with Sun City Shadow Hills
Lady Putters being our guests. This will be
a fun day. Be sure you sign up.
Let’s Compute
Computer Education
Robert Butler · 760-360-7968
Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2 pm
Arrowhead, LV
General Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
by Yvonne Michelsen
At the regular PC SIG this month, we will
be repeating our popular Windows 10
presentation. If you are waiting to upgrade,
come and be reassured how easy it is. The
first half, presented by Barbara Kaye, will
be a step-by-step slide show of the entire
upgrade process. In the second half,
Howard Jackman will show you what’s
new in Windows 10, including the new
browser called Edge and the new search
assistant called Cortana. Because this SIG
will be in the lab, we are asking that only
members of the Computer Club attend.
Our General Meeting will be held on
Tuesday, January 26 at 2 p.m. in Speakers
Hall. The guest speaker will be Bob
Kapell. He will present information about
the dangers of online computing and the
best ways to minimize your risks. He will
also discuss the threats that exist on your
computer and from the “outside world.”
We are pleased to say that all PCs and
Macs have been updated to Windows 10
and El Capitan respectively. Classes on
using both operating will be presented in
January so drop by the lab to sign up.
Line Dance
Instruction & Social Dancing
Barbara Whitener · 760-360-0746
All classes in Dance Studio unless stated
Beginners Dance: Mon./Weds., 10:15 am
Intermediate Dance: Mon./Weds., 11:15 am
Line Dancing: Thurs. 11:15 am, Fri. 12 pm
Board Meeting: Weds., Jan. 13, 2:30 pm
Tahoe, LV
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by Claire Dosier
Golly, the holidays just seemed to fly by
and the new year has truly begun. Hope
that one and all enjoyed what ever you did
to celebrate the days.
Our classes sure picked up in November,
welcome back all you snowbirds to a
different schedule of classes, hope you
have found your niche and are really raring
to go. The second basic beginner class starts
Thursday, January 7, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
If you are a novice, this is where to begin
the journey of line dance.
As always, the holiday dance and dinner
filled the bill, so to speak…great food (lots
of it) and dancing, dancing, dancing. Let
us all have a grand, healthy year 2016.
Love To Dance
Faye Sloan · 760-360-7730
All classes in the Dance Studio
Classes: Tues. 11 am; Weds. 2 pm;
Thurs. 1:30 pm
Dance: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
by Dick Bernstein
Great time at the December 13 evening
social at Faye’s house, I have to guess, since
it’s still only December 1 as I write this, and
for all I know now the power went out and
we danced clumsily in the dark afflicting
many with knocked knee syndrome and
replaced hip relapse. Still, gracious hostess,
enchanting ambiance and fine fellowship
stand to reason that barring a power outage
or an uninvited party-crashing asteroid, all
went smoothly as planned. Hope everyone
got Ed’s heads up about this last-minute
members-only party, which materialized
after the December News & View issue was
in the hands of the printer. No surprises in
January, however, unless of course the
furbish fetishists decide to “rerefurbish”
the Sierra. As it stands now we will be
holding a Sunday tea dance in that
frequently furbished venue on January 24,
from 2–5. Bring your own energy drinks,
fried electrolytes and five bucks a head for
an afternoon of DJ harmonics, terpsichorean
tantalization, postdiluvian prattle and, to
add to your rear-end, year-end repertoire,
remember: The rotating dance lesson this
month is Salsa.
Mah Jongg
American & Asian Mah Jongg
Gloria DeCanio · 760-200-5744
Member Play: Weds. & Fridays, 8:30 am
Oasis+, SV
Member Play: Thursdays, 1 pm (dark 1/21)
Oasis/Canyon, SV
by Gloria Decanio, President
We look forward to another great year of
Mah Jongg. Membership is now due for
2016 and also the ordering of new cards.
You must be a member to order a card for
2016. Applications are available at the SV
clubhouse and by email.
Diane Baum will be teaching American
Mah Jongg on Wednesday mornings for
beginners or a refresher course by
appointment only. Please call Diane at
200-2027 to schedule an appointment. If
you are interested in learning Asian Mah
Jongg, please call Linda Wells-Roth at
469-5681 for an appointment.
We are looking for members who would
like to serve as an officer or board member
for the club. Please contact me if you are
interested or would like to recommend
someone else. My term as president will
be ending on June 30 and I will not be
running again. In addition, we will need a
number of new officers and new board
members to take over July 1, 2016.
Remember, we cannot have a club if we
don’t have the officers and board members.
Next month details for our March
tournament will be posted. Until then, I
wish you all a great 2016. See you at Mah
Men’s Niners
9-Hole Golf in the Morning
Bob Funk · 760-834-8844
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9 am
San Jacinto, MV
Luncheon: Thursday, Jan. 21, 11 am
Ventana, MV
by Dennis Joy
Welcome Randy Dorman, Pete Falleen,
Bart Jacobs, Roy Jones, Greg Meyers,
Bryan Parrish and Ramey Rasmussen –
our newest Niners.
Dick Kopel reminds us that dues are
delinquent on January 31.
Games Scheduled for January are:
• January 7 1-2-3
• January 14 Two Best Balls
• January 21 Scramble
• January 28 Individual Medal Play
The first event on the Niner calendar this
year is a luncheon January 21 in the
Ventana Room. Reservations must be
made by 9 a.m. the Monday before.
I asked Joe Karlowitch, “Why are you so
late arriving for our tee Time?” Joe said,
“My wife asked me to go shopping with
her. So I tossed a coin between shopping
and playing golf.” “Yes, but that doesn’t tell
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me why you are so late.” “Well, it took
twenty-five tosses to get it right” You have
a tough job, Sarah!
Menz Putterz
Social & Competitive Putting
Luigi Leonardi · 917-362-6262
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 10:30 am
Tahoe, LV
by Luigi Leonardi
Please receive my most heartfelt good
wishes for a healthy and wonderful New
2015 was a momentous year for Menz
Putterz. I was elected president by a
landslide election, with nary a competitor!
Ah! I should have known! I am glad that
it came to pass the way it did and
exceptionally humbled by the members’
gracious acknowledgement of my new
mandate. I promise to continue running the
Menz Putterz Club to the highest level of
efficiency and transparency! For the rest,
especially the pre-printed score cards on
Tuesday morning, I leave it to the computer
gods and the way they get up Tuesday
We play Tuesday mornings at the
beautiful putting course off Lake View
Clubhouse. Sign-in is from 7:30 – 8:05 at
the Lake View Clubhouse. Annual
Membership (July 1 – June 30) fee is $10,
$3 fee each time you play and $20 for a
one-time mandatory Menz Putterz polo
shirt. Don’t forget, February–March will
be our Club Championship. The current
titleholder is Bob Young and he has been
in fine form this year as well. Who is ready
to challenge the mighty Bob? Come on all
down and meet the challenge.
Let’s keep on putting!
Minnesota Memories
& Friends
Bonnie Keeshin · 312-208-5700
Socials: Thursday, Jan. 7, 4:30 pm
Tahoe, LV
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 pm
Sierra Ballroom+, MV
by Bonnie Keeshin
Winter is upon us, especially our friends to
the North! So, what better than to have a
Putting and Pizza party on January 7…and
in a true Midwest tradition, it’s Bratfest on
January 19. Please be sure to check the
kiosks in the clubhouses for flyers or the
club website. We look forward to enjoying
Minnesota and midwest fun without the
snow! See you all soon!
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Model Railroaders
of the Desert
Model Building
Dick Lane · 760-345-7234
Member Crafting: Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:30 am,
Shasta, MV (offsite 1st Weds. each mo.)
by Rod Houts, Secretary
The Model Railroad Club of the Desert
is starting off the new year with NEW
additions. A new steam engine leads the
way. It’s a beauty. Come see our 20-plus
year layout, to which we are constantly
upgrading and adding new features. We
had many guests during the end of last
year. November guests packed the train
room last Thanksgiving week, with as
many as 30 visitors at a time. Do your
grandchildren come to visit? Do you bring
them to see the trains run? They will love
it and you may enjoy it too! ALL
ABOARD for fun and memories. We’re
in the Shasta Room of Mountain View
Clubhouse and are open every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 – 11 a.m.,
except the first Wednesday of each month
when we have our monthly breakfast
Mountain Vista
Couples Golf
Fun in a Golf & Social Setting
Patty Ryan · 760-565-6348
Dinner: Saturday, Jan. 23, 5 pm
Sierra Ballroom+, MV
by Marsha Anthony
Happy New Year to all! Don’t forget to sign
up for our January 23 “Roadrunner
Express Tournament.” This will be played
here at SCPD, partnering with Sun City
Shadow Hills Golf Club, in a Jack and Jill
format. It is an 11 a.m. event followed by
a great dinner with dancing. Deadline for
sign-ups is January 16. See our website
Our premier event, “The Couples Open,”
will be played next month on February 25,
26, and 27. It begins with a putting
tournament followed by 2 days of golf with
prizes! More details on our website Sign-ups will begin on
January 1 and close on February 13.
MVCGC WEBSITE. This is a member/
January 2016
guest, member/member or member/SCPD
resident tournament. The event fills up fast
so get your entries in early.
If you would like to become a member
or renew, please contact Cheryl Huguley at
[email protected] or 345-3342.
Mountain Vista
Ladies Golf
18-Hole Golf
Lou Ann Liebermann · 760-636-1644
General Meeting: Monday, Jan. 11, 10 am
Tahoe, LV
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1:15 pm
Idyllwild, MV
by Mary Robinson, Secretary
We had two great events in November and
December. The Turkey Shoot/Beat the Pro
awarded dozens of members with Stater
Brothers gift cards and “Beat the Pro” golf
balls or ball markers. December closed
with a fun member-only Holiday Party and
3-par Shamble. Special thanks to the event
January marks the beginning of the
annual Presidents Cup (two-person net
better ball; match play) with rounds played
1/12, 1/19 and 1/26; then finals going to
1/28, 1/30 and 2/02. For more information,
contact Dianne Melone. Lunch for all
members will follow the final match on
2/02. Those members not playing in the
Presidents Cup may sign up for regular
weekly play online.
As we are in great winter golf weather,
signs ups for weekly play continue to be
high in numbers. Members are reminded
to sign up online for following week play,
and to check in early on Tuesday play days
(6:45 – 7:30 a.m.) so that the volunteers at
check in have time to get some warm up in
before our 8 a.m. shotguns. Also, please
have your $5.00 sweeps ready (cash) and
your $2 for closest to the pin.
Happy New Year!
Mountain Vista
Men’s Golf
18-Hole Golf
Dave Nay · 760-345-4475
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1 pm
Saddleback, MV
Luncheon: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
Music Buffs
Appreciating & Performing Music
Ernest Charney · 760-360-9466
General Meeting: Mon., Jan. 4, 7:30 pm
Sierra Ballroom+, MV
Concert: Sun., Jan. 10, 3:30 & 7:30 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
Board Meeting: Monday, Jan. 18, 7 pm
Tahoe, LV
by Nancy Rosenthal
Monday, January 4, in the Sierra Ballroom
at 7:30 p.m., Music Buffs will present The
String Quartet “Palm Springs.” Only Sun
City Palm Desert residents are welcome to
join Monday Night Music Buffs. Annual
dues are $15 per person, payable at the door.
Dues entitle you to attend a performance
on the first Monday of each month, through
June 2016. Refreshments are served
following the show.
Our 20th season of Sunday Night
concerts is here, please join us for another
great season. Applications are in all three
clubhouses and on the Internet. Sunday Night
concerts are at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in
the Sierra Ballroom. We continue on
January 10, with “Lucie Arnaz” in Concert,
a dynamic entertainer performing concerts
throughout the world.
• February 14 “4 Girls 4” Andrea McCardle,
Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie, and
Maureen McGovern
• March 13 “Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin
Questions please call Ernie Charney at
Marilyn Barris · 760-360-0393
Member Play: Mondays/Tuesdays, 6:15 pm
Idyllwild/Saddleback, MV
Member Play: Wednesdays, 12 pm
San Gorgonio+, MV
Member Play: Sunday, Jan. 24, 1 pm
Idyllwild, MV
by Doreen Fishbein
I wish to apologize to our members for not
being able to read our column last month
due to a mix up on receiving the article on
It has been a quiet summer season and
now as we approach what we call the
winter influx of members and the seasonal
group. We look forward to another great
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Due to the mix up, we are listing our
winners from the Pan Tournament held on
November 4, 2015. In first place: Phyllis
Weiner, 2nd place: Sandy Ingoglia, 3rd
place: Bruce Baum, 4th place: Freya
Ryave, 5th place: Edith Marcus, 6th place:
Cecile Talsky, 7th place: Judy Sandler.
High Hand: Sue Finn.
We always encourage anyone who
wishes to learn the game of Pan or play in
a regular game or a sub, which can be very
helpful to others. Contact Marilyn Barris
at 760-0393.
We wish you all a very Happy Holiday
in health and peace.
Performing Arts
Drama, Comedy & Variety Productions
Karen Schmitt · 760-360-1284
All rehearsals are in the Dance Studio, SV
Dance Rehearsal: Mondays, 1:30 pm
Dance Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 12:30 pm
Readers Theater: Mondays, 10 am
Speakers Hall, SV
Board Meeting: Monday, Jan. 25, 1:30 pm
Tahoe, LV
General Meeting: Monday, Jan. 25, 3 pm
Big Bear, LV
Show: Fri., Jan. 29 & Sat., Jan. 30, 7 pm
Sunday, Jan. 31, 7 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
by Karen Schmitt
Broadway in Sun City? You bet! Sylvia is a
hit comedy currently running on Broadway
to sold-out audiences. You have a chance to
enjoy this hilarious, heart-warming comedy
right here in Sun City! Mark your calendars
for January 29, 30 and 31. $15 tickets on
sale Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
from 9 – noon, across from the Post Office
beginning January 4. It’s howling good time!
AUDITIONS for our production of
South Pacific will be Tuesday, January 5,
6–8 p.m. in Idyllwild and Thursday,
January 7, 3–6 p.m. in Speakers Hall.
There are a variety of roles, including
speaking roles, and all roles are available.
South Pacific is a fully-staged production
of this all-time favorite hit musical.
Experience Bali Hai on March 31 and
April 1, 2, and 3. Mark your calendars!
Readers Theatre – Our next After Dinner
Theater presentation will be Friday,
February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Speakers Hall.
We meet every Monday from 10 a.m. –
12 p.m. in Speakers Hall. We welcome all
actors and those wanting to learn the craft
of acting. It’s fun and creative.
Next general meeting will be January 25
at 3 p.m. in Lake View Clubhouse. See
you then!
Pet Lovers
All Pet Lovers Welcome
Dr. Arnold Landsman · 760-772-4832
Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 7, 1:30 pm
Arrowhead, LV
General Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 14, 1:30 pm
Big Bear, LV
by Louise Sultana
Happy New Year, pet lovers! We hope you
had a wonderful holiday season.
On Thursday, January 14, at 1:30 p.m. in
the Silverwood Room of the Lake View
Clubhouse we will have a speaker from the
Department of Fish and Game, who will be
informing us about coyotes, which inhabit
our environment here in the desert. It is
important we be knowledgeable about
these creatures and know what to do when
we encounter one. Come join us at this
most informative meeting.
Pet Lovers Club dues are $15 per person
and $25 per couple, and many of our
dollars go to local rescue organizations.
PickleBall/Paddle Tennis
Two Sports, One Club
Robert B. Jacobson · 775-299-4320
Board Meeting: Monday, Jan. 18, 3 pm
Arrowhead, LV
Social: Saturday, Jan. 23, 8 am
Bldg. D, MV
by Valerie Weinstein, VP
Season is upon us and our courts are HOT!
Some hearty folks get out and start at 7 a.m.
because they do not want to miss a day and
have other “stuff ” to do later on. Some stay
till noon! We play each and every day –
morning times are filling up and new
FRIENDSHIPS are blossoming. Afternoons
– come and make your own games and
YES, we play in the evenings as well! Yes,
we SMILE and LAUGH a lot…is there a
better way to live?
We had our first club General Meeting
and had an excellent turnout. Even with
our small dues requirement ($15) we
supply all balls AND have purchased a
“pickleball tutor machine” so that our paid
members can benefit and learn and hone
in their skills and improve daily! Dates to
remember: January Pot Luck mixer is
scheduled for January 23 and our next
General Meeting is on Saturday February
20 at 2 p.m. – mark your calendars!
So come on out, bring a friend and enjoy
living life!
Group & Personal Projects
Lynn Laughlin · 559-361-2927
Judy Cheeney · 303-345-5444
Crafting: Weds. & Fri., 10 am
Sewing Studio, MV
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 6, 1 pm
Ventana, MV
by DJ Miles
The quilters hope you had a lovely holiday
season. It’s time to get back to the quilting
room for new projects, finishing up old
ones and sharing comradery with members.
Yearly dues are payable by the end of
Our annual quilt challenge was a huge
success. The challenge was called “And All
That Jazz.” 1/2 yard of fabric was given to
Pickleball-Paddle Tennis Club’s November newbee-beginners class.
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Chartered Clubs · January 2016
Chartered Clubs Events & News
each quilter and 3/4 of that had to be used
in the top of the quilt. 460 ballots were cast
during the Craft Fair. Third place was
designed by Chris Vanderputten, second
place went to Marilyn Placek, and the
winner was sewn by Nola Flynn entitled
“Dancing Rooster.” Congratulations to all.
Spearheaded by Chris Vanderputten, this
month we’ll have a modern mystery quilt
project, which is a two-day session.
On January 8, we have a Big Block quilt
as you go class with Cherryl Chandler.
The annual Road to California Quilters
Conference and Showcase is January 21–
24 at the Ontario Convention Center.
Tip: When cutting quilt pieces, keep the
strips of selvage with the printed name of
the fabric collection and maker. That way
if you run short, you have the information
to get more.
Rainbow Circle
Gays, Lesbians, Friends & Family
JoAnn Zwanziger · 626-253-6054
by Laurie Goffman
HAPPY NEW YEAR! All gays, lesbians,
friends and family members, including
parents and children, are warmly welcomed
to our potluck luncheons and social events.
Please invite your friends to join us at any
or all of our events.
We are off to a wonderful season.
November was our Welcome Back party,
and we welcomed lots of new members!
December was our Holiday Party, and we
enjoyed yummy potlucks followed by line
Now, for the New Year, we’re off to the
Indio Polo Grounds. We’ll meet at 1:30
on Sunday, January 17 in the general
admissions section, opposite from the
grandstands. There is no admission charge,
but parking is $10 per car, so you might
want to car pool. We will be sitting along
the sidelines next to the field. The match is
from 2 – 4 p.m. Bring a chair, snacks and
drinks if you want. The Polo Grounds are
at 81800 Avenue 51 in Indio.
Rummy Q
Tile Play
Dee Huff · 760-360-1146
Play: Sundays, 12 pm, Tahoe, LV
Play: Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 pm
Tahoe+, LV
January 2016
by Pat Ankeny
Happy New Year! Have you put Rummy Q
on your 2016 calendar third Thursday night
each month? We meet at Lake View
Clubhouse, 6:45 check-in. Enjoy coffee and
refreshments and fun. If you have not paid
yet, please bring your $5 check for dues
(calendar year), and bring your member
card/name tag to get an updated one.
At our General Meeting in November,
the following were elected officers for 2016:
President, Dee Huff; Vice President, Barry
Goldfarb; Secretary, Pat Ankeny; and
Treasurer, Julie Ellis. Kudos to Refreshment
Chairperson, Lennie Weisman, and all who
bring refreshments and help.
For extra “play time,” members meet
every Sunday at noon at the Lake View
Clubhouse Tahoe Room.
The tile game is easy to learn, fun to play,
keeps our minds sharp and no partner is
needed. For questions or lessons, call Dee
Huff, 360-1146. New members are welcome.
RV Trips
Dea Froggatt · 760-730-5926
General Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 7 pm
San Gorgonio, MV
by Pam Dickey
We are looking forward to another year of
fun travel! The RV Club is now selecting
rally destinations. We welcome your RV
experience and input for 2016. Make the
SCRV Club your New Year’s Resolution!
Pick up an information flyer from any
clubhouse kiosk or go to the club section
of the SC website. We are growing! Come
and include us in your RV plans.
At the Club holiday party in December,
the fire department collected a whole
engine full of great toys to distribute to
valley kids. Our members were especially
generous this year with some donating
bags full. With our growing membership
the party was a blast and the kids won!
Remember, the end of January is the RV
Club Reunion! Are you an alumni of the
RV Club? If so, then we want to see you
Sunday January 31 at our 9th annual “RV
DAY.” Every recollection of our more than
22 years of travels deserves to be shared.
Inquiries: [email protected]
If you can’t make this week’s meeting,
our next meeting is February 2. Upcoming
Rallies: Sedona, AZ and Borrego Springs,
CA! Plus many more in planning stages.
Social Bridge
Mearl Lucken · 760-772-4012
Play: Mondays & Fridays, 12:30 pm
Oasis+, SV
by Ron Loken
Come learn to play bridge. Lessons are
starting January 4 at 10:30 on Mondays
prior to regular bridge. You will learn by
playing bridge hands at the first session. If
you know how to play a card game you can
play social bridge after several lessons.
Come join Ron Loken 200-8746 teacher.
High score was 7000 by Dick Salsitz/
Joyce Thompson who won twice. Winning
with grand slam was Betty Judaken/Jay
Levine. Also winning were Ron Loken/Pat
Reese, David/Jean Moberly, Jon Holmquist/
Kirsten Andersen, Gregory Kajirian/Nancy
Funnell, Ray and Jennifer, June Owen/
Jeanne Spisak.
High runner-up score was 6620 by Phil/
Ruth Reese, runner-up three times was
Dick/Toni Laker, Kathie Boyd/Bill Cooper
(twice), Jerry/Lou Lucchi, Kathy Mamula/
Carolyn Fay, Gregory Kajirian/Nancy
Funnell, Betty Judaken/Charlene Shenard.
Making a grand slam Jane Buonasera and
Barbara Mitrosky. Need a partner? Call
Ann Mantle 360-2647.
Play Ball
Greg Howser · 760-345-7816
Rocky Thomas · 760-360-4238
Board Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1 pm
Silverwood, LV
by Rocky Thomas
Happy New Year! Just because the
mornings are cooler in January doesn’t
mean things have cooled off in the race to
the championship title in April. With six
games completed, all nine teams still have
a chance to make the playoffs with a strong
second half push that begins at the end of
this month. With December now behind us,
did the Breeze and the Geckos remain
undefeated or did one of the other seven
teams put some coal in their Christmas
stocking? Why wait until my next report in
February to read about it and come down
to the field on Mojave Sage each Thursday
and find out in person. Plenty of hot coffee
for a minimal charge to consume, while you
cheer on your favorite team. If participating
is more your style, play in our Monday AA/
Co-ed game or try your hand at open-to-all
Log on to
batting practice each Saturday morning. As
always, more details can be obtained by
calling me or Greg at the numbers above.
Socials for Singles
Joy Zoref · 760-200-0129
Socials: Wednesdays, 4 pm
Martini’s, MV
Putting: Thursdays, 10 am
Putting Course, LV
Social: Sunday, Jan. 17, 6 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
Trivia: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 3 pm
Idyllwild, MV
by Joy Zoref
Happy New Year Solos! New changes are
happening again! Starting Wednesday,
January 6, we will now meet in Martini’s
Bar at 4 p.m. Solos Happy Hour will meet
only on Wednesdays. Right in the middle
of the week. We now again have the
atmosphere of the bar plus the bartender
and of course fresh made popcorn. Drinks
are Happy Hour Prices. Join us at our
newest location, time and day. We will no
longer meet Mondays and Thursdays in the
Oasis room. On Sunday, January 17, we
will present A Master Trivia Night in the
Sierra Ballroom with dinner by Papa Dans.
Come and see if you know the answers to
these questions given to us by a Trivia
Guru. We will be in table teams and we
will have multiple choices to pick the
correct answer. Look for our flyer with
more information in all kiosks. Make sure
you get your reservations in early. Need
more information, call Joy Zoref 200-0129.
Stained Glass
Creating All Sized Item
Rita Swimmer · 760-200-9832
Workshop and Classes are in Whitney, MV
Member Crafting: Mon/Weds/Fri, 9:30 am
Member Crafting: Tuesdays, 1 pm
Member Crafting: Thursdays, 12 pm
Member Crafting: Sat. & Sun., 8 am–8 pm
Monitored Workshop Hours:
Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 pm
by Rita Swimmer
Happy New Year! A class for beginners will
be scheduled for January. Should you wish
to use the club’s workshop, a beginner’s class
is required if you have not done stained
glass before, or for some time. Stop by the
Whitney Room during workshop hours
(Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m.) and see the
monitor in charge for class information
and to sign up for classes. Classes are 9
hours in length and are scheduled in 3-hour
sessions on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Class fee is
$35 plus member dues of $15 for nonmembers. You will be notified when the
class dates are set.
Class information, club updates and
photos can be viewed at our web page on the
Association’s website www.scpdcaclubs.
com/stainedglass/home. We invite you to
visit us in the Whitney Room during our
workshop hours and watch us at work.
Note: Workshop Space Allocation
Guidelines regarding worktable use have
been rescinded for this season. Members
may now work without limit as to number
of days/week during monitored workshop
hours. However, please remember to sign
up for storage space for large projects on a
monthly basis year round.
Stitch & Sew
Personal & Group Projects
Valerie Saul · 760-200-9267
Member Crafting: Mondays, 1 pm
Thursdays, 10 am
Sewing Studio, MV
by Mary Ellen Ames
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow! Not
here as we enjoy our mild winters. It is
beautiful on the mountaintops, however.
Where did 2015 go? Time does fly when
you are having fun. After our busy fall
schedule we are now gearing up for the
Spring Craft Fair to be held March 17 – 18.
Many ladies are willing to bring us some
new ideas and projects. We will introduce
our new board members next month and
give you a schedule of projects to be
presented. It is always exciting to create
new things. Remember we are never too
old to learn. Personal sewing is definitely
The wrist pin cushions were a success so
we will probably do it again. You are always
welcome to take one home for yourself. We
will also be delivering our baby items to
The Gallilee Center as one of our charitable
endeavors. Come join us for some fun,
creativity, and companionship. Nice and
warm in the Sewing Room.
Sun City Singers
Choral Singing & Performing
Susan Armour · 760-200-9714
Board Meeting: Friday, Jan. 8, 9 am
Saddleback, MV
Rehearsals: Weds. 1 pm / Thurs. 6:15 pm
Idyllwild/Saddleback, MV
by Susan Armour
The Sun City Singers are proud to announce
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our spring show, Unforgettable, featuring
hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Elvis,
Duke Ellington, Everly Brothers and more.
The performance is sure to please. Mark
your calendars for March 18 – 19 at 7 p.m.,
and March 20 at 2. This is a show you
won’t want to miss!
We are also sponsoring “The Sandblaster
Chorus” for two performances on
Thursday, March 24. This premier men’s
singing group has been performing
barbershop choral music for over 37 years
in the Coachella Valley and is excited to be
here in Sun City for their annual show.
Along with the chorus, the Sun City
Singers’ “Notables” will be featured as
well as their own “Hummmbugs.” Please
set aside this date for a thrilling afternoon
or evening of music.
Rehearsals for the Sun City Singers
begin on Thursday, January 7 at 6:15 p.m.
If you love to sing in four-part harmony,
newcomers are welcome to join the club
during the first two weeks of this month.
Annual dues are $15. If you would like to
help out behind the scenes, please attend a
rehearsal or phone for information. We
look forward to meeting you.
Good Samaritans
Edie Whitman · 442-274-7360
(see list of District Representatives on p. 46)
General Meeting: Monday, Jan. 4, 3 pm
Big Bear, LV
by Alma Timmins, Secretary
Welcome to new District 3 Representatives
as follows: Captain Sandi Elder, Evelyn
Hester and Janey Roders. We appreciate
your help.
We are still looking for volunteers to
help with our recycling of aluminum cans,
which provides money for residents who
are ill and memorials for residents who
have passed away. You don’t have to have
a SUV and if you don’t want to take the
cans to a recycling center you can drop
them off at the Livran’s house. Call Ray
Livran at 772-1806.
We still need Representatives for
Districts 10 &15. Call Sandy at 772-1806
if you can help.
That’s Our Racquet
David Strain · 805-453-7110
Board Meeting: Weds., Jan. 6, 3 pm
Big Bear, LV
Social: Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:30 am
Bldg. D, MV
Chartered Clubs · January 2016
Sunshine Club Representatives
Co-Presidents: Edie Whitman 851-8192
and Millie Moore 200-8574
First VP: Mary Ann Manion 772-6056
Secretary: Alma Timmins 636-1552
Treasurer: Sandy Livran 772-1806
District 1 Mary Ann Manion (C) 772-6056,
Marcia Rosenzweig 772-4866,
Judi Kitchen 772-6763
District 2 Wendy Silk (C) 772-0046,
Patty Schick 772-5887
District 3 Sandi Elder (C) 772-5766
Evelyn Hester 772-5766
Janey Rodgers 972-7644
District 4 Sandy Livran (C) 772-1806,
Denise Ferguson (805) 660-6801,
Joe Shelden 360-3635
District 5 Jo Ganassin (C) 772-2186,
Gloria McLean 360-5000
District 6 Al Rieger (C) 360-3451,
Ellie McCuskey 818-314-8135,
John Neumann 772-5576,
Alma Timmins 636-1552
District 7 Ceil Feldman 360-3178 (C) ,
Larry Feldman 360-3178,
Margot Sherman 772-8584
District 8 Alice Babrowski (C) 772-9161,
Loice Barnes 200-0351,
Carol Brown 772-8597,
Phyllis Klawitter 200-9123,
Mary Larrick 360-3560,
Jane Vogel 565-7076
District 9 Jeanne Bunch (C) 360-4028,
Lynette Low 565-6565,
Irene Sheehan 200-3916,
LaDonna Thorson 345-3856
District 10 Anita Staggs (C) 772-2962
Georgene Johnson 772-7554
District 11 Roxanne Tolman (C) 360-7668,
Nancy Reese 772-0104,
Joyce Muckenfuss 360-2652
District 12 Eileen Kurit (C) 200-3651,
Abbie Scarpulla 360-3561,
Phyllis Hellman 772-4658,
Jean Borke (541) 954-7422
District 13 Mary Rankin (C) 772-8574,
Barbara Mitrosky 772-7133,
Maxine Greenstein 360-8586,
Gail Glass 360-7774,
Diane Baum 200-2027,
Sandy Goldstine 360-8262
District 14 Edie Whitman (C) 851-8192,
Millie Moore 200-8574
District 15 Mary Conklin (C) 360-0090
Recycle Committee:
Ray Livran, Chair 772-1806,
Larry Kampa 200-1923
(C) denotes Captain
January 2016
Chartered Clubs Events & News
by Dave Strain, President
MEMBERS. Yeah all courts are back in
operation, making it a little easier to get
your favorite court time! If you are having
any trouble signing up for a court, please
call Ricardo Fernandez or myself. It is not
difficult and we are happy to assist if needed.
January begins a very busy time for the
tennis club with BOTH men’s and women’s
Leagues and Top Gun starting – in addition
to our regular program of individual play.
This month’s Social Mixer will be on
Saturday January 16 with a theme of “El
Niño Raining Tennis Balls.” Come out and
play some fun mixed doubles tennis, catch
a starter breakfast and a super-delicious
lunch. For additional information about the
leagues, contact Paul Comeau (men’s) or
Julia Murphy (women’s). For information
on Top Gun, contact John Paul (men’s) or
Lu Ann Gilliland (women’s). Enjoy the
new courts and a big thanks to Zaino and
the SCPD staff for getting them finished
ahead of schedule.
Trim ‘N’ Tone
Aerobic Workouts
Rozzie Perlmuth · 760-200-0835
Meeting/Coffee: Monday, Jan. 25, 9 am
Ventana, MV
by Judy Egendorf
Don’t waste a moment making 2016 the
best year yet. Get the year off to a great
start by joining Trim & Tone. Our aerobics
classes are held in the new dance studio.
We meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
from 8 – 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday’s sessions are from 7 – 8 a.m.
and 8 – 9:30 a.m. The last ½-hour of the
second session consists of mat work. We
also have classes Tuesday and Thursday
from 4 – 5 p.m. Each session is $5.00, but
$25.00 gets you unlimited sessions for the
month. We have fantastic instructors – all
you need to know is left from right and
backward from forward. We only ask that
you are on time, don’t wear a fragrance,
and stop at the sign-in table for information
on our latest happenings. And remember,
men are welcome too! We had a great time
at our holiday party and on our trip to the
Newport Harbor boat parade. Plus, at the
end of each month we celebrate birthdays
with coffee. Dues are $30 a year. For
more information, call Rozzie Perlmuth at
818-521 8848.
Veterans & Friends
Assistance Club
Michael J. Mitrosky · 760-772-7133
Coffee & Cake: Thursday, Jan. 14, 9 am
Oasis, SV
General Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 14, 10 am
Speakers Hall, SV
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9:30 am
Tahoe, LV
by Mike Mitrosky
Our General Meeting will be on Thursday
January 14 at 10 a.m. in Speakers Hall and
our speaker will be Mr. Jim McFarlin, a
former U.S. Air Force Officer and Silicon
Valley high-tech CEO, who will speak
about the threats facing the United States
from cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare.
This topic is extremely relevant and
important to everyone. THIS MEETING IS
for complimentary coffee and cake at
9 a.m. in the Oasis Room across the hall.
Your annual dues of $10 is now due.
Please drop them off in Box #19 at the
Mountain View Clubhouse.
During February we will hold our
membership drive in the Mountain View
Clubhouse near the Post Office. You do not
need to be a veteran to join.
March 5 we will have our Annual Dinner.
We are hoping to have Chicken Marsala,
Rice Pilaf and a vegetable medley. Wine,
coffee and dessert will also be included.
The entertainers will be The Bakers, who
will have you laughing hysterically.
We would like to thank everyone who
has supported our fund raising efforts
throughout the years. We cannot do it
without you.
Wine Tasters
Dinners of Food and Wine Pairing
Jill Manee · 760-360-2681
Board Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 3 pm
Idyllwild, MV
Dinner: Thursday, Jan. 21, 6 pm
Sierra Ballroom+, MV
Wine Distribution: Friday, Jan. 29, 3 pm
Idyllwild, MV
by Mike Coyle
White wine with white meat is sage advice
when beginning to pair wine and food.
However it’s not always that simple. Take
chicken for example: Think about making
sure the food doesn’t overwhelm the wine
Log on to
so much that you can’t enjoy the wine’s
flavor and taste nuances. Consider how the
chicken is prepared and its overall heaviness
and texture. Consider whether it’s grilled,
fried, boiled, covered with sauce, spicy or
lemon scented. A light chicken dish goes
well with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or a
unoaked Chardonnay; but cover the chicken
with a heavy cream sauce and you might
be looking at a big oaky Chardonnay or
Fume Blanc or Viognier. And, make it a
spicy chicken and you could be looking at
a medium dry Riesling or Pinot Gris. Put
the chicken into an enchilada and start
thinking about a unoaked Chardonnay or
Sauvignon Blanc again. If you add tomato
sauce think of a medium bodied red like
Merlot. Barbeque needs something a little
fuller bodied with some fruitiness like Shiraz,
Grenache or Zinfandel. And coq-a-vin
begs for Pinot Noir or a Rhone style wine.
Remember, the Internet is a great source to
help you with your pairing decisions.
Guided Meditation: Sat., 10:45 am
Speakers Hall, SV
Chair Yoga: Mondays, 9 am · Oasis, SV
Chair Yoga: Fridays, 9 am · Big Bear, LV
Social: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11:30 am
Ventana, MV
Coffee Social: Monday, Jan. 4, 10:30 am
Ventana, MV
by Penny Pence Smith
Pilates builds core strength, and flexibility –
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Yoga offers both mat and chair sessions,
increases relaxation, flexibility and balance –
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and
Meditation helps the mind calm and focus –
(See News & Views Activity calendar for
class times/locations).
Yoga & Pilates Charter Club welcomes
our seasonal members back to our fitness
family and is pleased to announce new
additions and changes in our class schedule.
Gretchen Holmes joins us as chair yoga
instructor teaching at 9 a.m. on Fridays in
the Lake View Center, and Janice Lennard
returns to teach at 8 a.m. in Sunset View’s
Dance Studio. In addition, the Meditation
class has been moved to 9 a.m. Tuesday
mornings in Speakers Hall.
Looking into spring, join your Y&P
friends in a March visit to Sunnylands for
a house tour and lunch. Sign up sheets
soon will be available at the check-in table
at our classes. Attendance is limited.
Be sure to attend our first-Monday-ofthe–month coffee social on January 4 in
Ventana/Daily Grind at 10:30 a.m. Meet
and greet returning members and share
stories and experiences from those “away”
months. And, plan ahead for February 1’s
coffee social!
Writers Circle
Supporting & Encouraging Writers
Gail Ryan · 760-360-8205
Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2 pm
Canyon, SV
by Gail Ryan
Where has the time gone? It’s January 2016
already, the start of a new year. Writer’s
Circle ended 2015 with a great speaker,
Marvin Vernon, an author, reviewer and
blogger. In fact Writer’s Circle had some
great monthly meetings during 2015 along
with our member’s books displayed in
Mountain View Clubhouse and at the clubs
Craft Faire and Sales. Now it’s time to
work on your entry for our yearly writing
contest. Pick up the rules at January’s
meeting on Wednesday, January 6, at 2 p.m.
in the Canyon Room of the Sunset View
Clubhouse during our January meeting.
Radio Controlled Sailboats
Robert Weinstein · 760-345-9003
Sailing: Thursdays, 1 pm
Round Lake
Yoga & Pilates
Classes for Men & Women
Cheryl Lund · 760-200-4977
All classes in Dance Studio SV unless noted.
Yoga: Sat., 9:30 am, Mon. & Weds., 9 am,
Thurs., 9:45 am
Pilates: Tuesdays, 9:30 am / Fridays, 9 am
Pilates Workshop: Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Veterans & Friends’ November 11 display of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima. Photo by Steve Davis.
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Chartered Clubs · January 2016
This schedule is updated
by staff in the Event Office.
Please call 200-2206 with any
changes or corrections.
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Democrats in Sun City
Friendship Church
General Meeting: Mon., Jan. 25, 7 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
by Josh Denham
The Los Angeles Democratic Organization
is the largest Democratic political
organization in the country. Eric Bauman
has been the chairman of this organization
since 2000. The LA Democratic
Organization has been honored with more
than 20 national awards. Eric has served
as the Vice Chairman of the California
Democratic Party since 2009. The Los
Angeles and Sacramento newspapers
consider Bauman as one of the top 20 most
influential political figures in California.
These papers have speculated that Bauman
will succeed to the Chairman of the
California Democratic Party.
This meeting is an opportunity to hear
and meet a compelling, forceful democratic
leader who never fails to push forward the
best of democratic values.
Eric will provide a clear focus on “what’s
at stake in the 2016 election.” The issues
are as critical and complex as at any time
since 1861, 1929 and 1941.
Our first four speakers this season have
provided primary background for the
political inequalities and flaws in our
political system that need to be remedied.
“I am not cynical…I do wish there was
less immaturity in political thinking.”
~ F.D. Roosevelt
Church Office · 760-260-8640
Pastor: Dr. H.B. London
Services: Sundays, 8:30 & 10 am
Speakers Hall, SV
Men’s Bible Study: Wednesdays, 9 am
Tahoe, LV
Women’s Bible Study: Wednesdays, 9 am
Big Bear, LV
Men’s Breakfast: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 8 am
Ventana, MV
Women’s Lunch: Wed., Jan. 20, 11:45 am
Ventana, MV
by Ramona Larson
Friendship Church Welcomes New Pastor
Friendship Church begins 2016 with a
different look. After twelve years of service
to our congregation, Pastor Dennis Davis
concluded his ministry December 27. The
Davis’ contribution to Sun City and the
Coachella Valley cannot be overstated.
Our new lead Pastor is HB London. He
and his wife, Beverley, served various
segments of the greater church for more
than fifty years, both as a pastor and a
para-church executive. He brings to
Friendship Church a wide range of
experience including radio and television
programming, worldwide outreach, and a
passion for the members and friends of the
congregation. For the years of his ministry
he has operated by the simple slogan, “God
loves you today as though you were the
only one in all the world to love. Had he
not sent His Son to serve the whole world,
He would have done so just for you. YOU
are a very special person.”
The London’s have two married sons,
and four grandchildren. We invite you to
come and meet our new pastor and his
wife; we extend to you a Happy and
blessed New Year!
Theme for January worship services: IN
Friends of Compassion
& Choices
Frank Riley · [email protected]
Friends of Gilda
Phyllis Greene · 760-772-7121
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Phyllis Pepper · 760-345-8990
General Meeting: Thurs., Dec. 3, 9 am
Oasis+, SV
by Marilyn Levinson
We invite all members to the first meeting
of Sabra Hadassah of the Desert. This
meeting will take place at a member’s home
on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from
10 a.m. to noon. Let’s celebrate, socialize
and eat. The cost of attending is $13 and
must be prepaid by January 8. For payment
and location information, please call
Nancy at 202-2838 or Joan at 770-7510.
Hadassah welcomes new Sun City
residents to join at any time.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Friends of the Desert Village Initiative
Hotline · 760-592-9864
Meetings: Monday, Jan. 25, 10 am
San Jacinto, MV
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 am
Speakers Hall, SV
Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
by Charna Ravich
Recently, a Neighbors 4 Neighbors member
remarked that he couldn’t understand why
people wait to join N4N. So many times a
resident has an emergency. “I can’t drive
and tomorrow I need to get to my doctor!”
“My toilet is stopped up and I can’t seem
to unplug it.” “My smoke alarm batteries
are dead. I can’t reach them. The chirping
is driving me nuts.” It’s endless.
$100 a year buys you 6 services a month
and security that there is help within reach.
Order a service by computer or phone and
obtain assurance that someone will help
out. Yes, we ask for several advance days
notice, but sometimes when it’s an emergency, we have wonderful volunteers who
put you first and come to your aid. Think
of it as an insurance policy.
As our membership grows, so does the
need for volunteers. Many members also fill
the bill and pitch in to give back. A few hours
a week helps fill the gaps and quickens
response times for services requested.
DON’T WAIT! “He who hesitates is lost!”
Applications are in all clubhouse carousels
and online at
Pacific Northwesterners
& Friends
Patti Turner · 760-360-8375
Social: Friday, January 29, 5:30 pm
Bocce Courts, SV
by Lesley Thomson
The PNW holiday party at Palm Valley
Country Club was another huge success!
The cookie bakers outdid themselves at the
annual cookie exchange! Thoughts turned
to good will wishes for all with the advent
of 2016.
DINE OUT: January 13 at Stuft Pizza in
Palm Desert Mall beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Order from either the happy hour or
regular menu. Reservations: Donna T.
HAPPY HOUR: January 17 at Pacifica
on El Paseo from 4–6 p.m. Reservations:
Kareen M. 636-1899.
PNW MEN: Join the guys for breakfast
at the Broken Yolk in La Quinta, January
19, 9 a.m. Reservations: Dan M. 299-5412.
Sure to be fun! For information contact
Chuck H. 360-1487.
LADIES’ LUNCHEON: January 27 at
Piero’s PizzaVino on El Paseo. Prix Fixe
Menu $25 includes tax and gratuity. Place
checks marked “Ladies’ Luncheon” in
Mail Box #33 by January 24 to confirm
your reservation: Iris 200-9702.
Next bocce with wine and cheese:
January 29, 6 p.m.
SCPD Republicans
Jack Lawrence · 760-834-8838
General Meeting: Weds., Jan. 20, 7 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
by Jack A. Lawrence, President
Our Holiday Party was a great success
with a champagne reception in the lobby
of the Mountain View Clubhouse followed
by a wonderful dinner in the Ventana
Room. Thanks to Chairwoman/Director
Nancy Ellis, greatly assisted by V.P. Mitch
Another non-political vvent that we
accomplished in December was to sponsor,
along with Soldier’s Organized Services, a
bus trip to take 65 marines from their 29
Palms Base to Palm Springs Airport in
order to go to their homes all across the
country for the Christmas holiday.
We were pleased to witness the official
announcing of the candidacy of Dwight
Kealy for U.S. Congress on December 2
in the lobby of the Mountain View
Clubhouse with many SCPD Republicans
and the media present. Dwight said at our
November Meeting that he intended to be
a candidate for Congress and we are
pleased that he did.
Our General Meetings are in the same
venue for the beginning of 2016 as follows:
everyone is welcome with doors open to
meetings at 6 p.m. for Meet & Greet and
the actual Meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
until 8:30 p.m. sharp.
January, 2016 – Darlene Casella,
President of the Rancho Mirage Federation
of Republican Women speaking on Middle
Eastern Affairs
February, 2016 – Lou Oberman, CA
Captain for the Convention of States
speaking about progress made throughout
the U.S.A. for a Convention of States in
order to change our U.S. Constitution.
We hope everyone had a Happy Holiday
and a wonderful New Year.
Sun City Jewish Services
Walt Goldmann · 760-360-5187
Services: Friday, January 15, 7:15 pm
Speakers Hall, SV
by Nadine Brinhendlern
The New Year is upon us! We have just
completed a very successful 2015 and look
forward to many new and wonderful things
Only SCPDCA Residents having a valid SCPDCA Membership Card or valid Renter’s Card are eligible to join any Resident Group. A qualified
Resident/Renter who has not yet formally joined the respective Resident Group, is eligible to attend at least one meeting as a Resident Guest without
joining the Resident Group.
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Resident Groups · January 2016
Resident Groups Events & News
that Sun City Jewish Services will bring to
our membership in 2016.
We will have only one Friday Night
Service in the month of January. The
Service will be held on January 15 at
7:15 p.m. at Speakers Hall in the Sunset
View Clubhouse.
Wishing all of you a very Happy and
Healthy 2016.
World of Women
Joan Balaris · 760-360-3300
Luncheon: Monday, Jan. 25, 12 pm
Sierra Ballroom, MV
by Pam Dickey
2016 is starting off very HAPPY for the
women of Sun City because the World of
Women has decided that January should
include some toys for us! Bring your
girlfriends because Kitchen Kitchen and
Jan the Gadget Gal, will feature some
goodies to “Bring out the Chef in you!”
You know their jingle but do you know that
January 2016
Kitchen Kitchen has been here since 1979
and that they have every gourmet food
prep item imaginable for your kitchen.
Want to know what charities we support
and what we do? It’s easy to find in
our mission statement thanks to our
president Joan Balaris for not only creating
the WOW website, Google searchable:
[sun city palm desert world of women],
now linked to the SCPD website/
Reservation flyers and group reservation
forms are at all clubhouse kiosks or at the
website. Luncheon/dues checks with forms
must be deposited to the WOW Mailbox
opposite the SCPD Post Office by January
18, 5 p.m. Luncheon cost $25-Members
$32-Non-Members. No refunds. Checks
The fun is here! January is a great time
to begin or renew your World of Women
membership at only $15.00 per year.
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Classified Ads
For Sale
GOLF CART. 4 seater, sunshade wraparound, cool top, new batteries & tires.
Charger included. Call 760-345-4466.
QUEEN BED with headboard and footboard. 2 years old $300. Call 442-666-8200.
mattress. Like new condition with wood
doors. Great for a casita. $950. Call
For Rent/Lease in SCPD
AVAILABLE SEASON 2017. Dec to May.
(You choose) 3 month minimum. Interior
designer’s residence. 2bd/2ba, TV room,
52” flat screen with surround sound &
extended cable. Additional flat screens in
home. Unlimited calling on homeowner’s
land phone. Wifi and printer, daily
newspaper, two weekly gardeners.
Exceptional yard includes fire pit, grill, faux
grass and mountain views. Upgraded
everything – eight sets of flatware tells the
picture! Home has been leased to the same
individuals past four seasons. Pictures
upon request. $3,600 per month. Call
greenbelt. Open floor plan. Available Feb 1.
Remodeled mba. 2bd/2ba. 2-car garage
with extra cabinets. Appliances, gardener,
shutters, skylights. Enclosed patio. No
smokers. Call 732-408-1303 to arrange for
maintained. Large private backyard
w/mountain view. Extended covered patio.
Custom window shutters & sunscreens.
HOA dues, Verizon TV & gardener
included. New appliances under warranty.
Large garage w/many storage units.
$1,550/mo. 760-360-1718.
1,128 sq. ft. Close to Mt View Clubhouse.
Available for 1-year lease. Laminate floors.
South facing rear yard. Lush landscaping,
January 2016
(760) 200-2241 · [email protected]
2-car garage w/ storage. 1 yr old appliances.
Gardener HOA water included. Asking
$1,425/month. Call 760-449-8361 or email
[email protected]
LANAI 2BD/2BA. Tile throughout.
Walking distance to 1st clubhouse. Call
Bettielou Carver 760-345-7325. Owner and
licensed realtor.
GORHAM for long-term lease. $1,500 per
month starting April 2016. 2bd/2ba, small
office, beautiful décor. Laminate thruout.
Golf cart avail. Cool north facing private
patio w/ BBQ and patio furniture.
Gardening and cable included. Call
949-769-1528 for photos and terms. Email
[email protected]
Available February 1, 2016. St. Maarten
model. 2bd plus den with new carpet, paint
& tile. All appliances included. Fabulous
mountain view, on quiet cul-de-sac. $1,750
per month. Call Margaret 760-200-2626.
AVAILABLE APRIL – OCT 2016. 2bd/2ba
+ den. Turnkey furnished. Large back yard.
2 car garage with golf cart. No thru
traffic. Near Fitness Center. No pets, no
smoking. Can email pictures. Email
[email protected] or call 217-317-3085
or 217-254-0754.
thruout. Walking distance to first
clubhouse. No smoking. Pet on approval.
24 hour notice to show for sale. Call
Bettielou Carver 760-345-7325.
CROIX. 2BD/2BA. 2,145 sq. ft. Course &
mountain views. Furnished & tiled
throughout. King size bed, 2x 55inch LCD
TV’s. Includes golf cart, wireless Internet.
Special summer rate June to Sept
$1,500/month. Email [email protected]
760-408-2433. Sorry no smoking or pets.
ANNUAL RENTAL. Extended Morocco.
2bd/2.5ba + office. 1,800 sq. ft. Sleeps 6.
Tastefully turnkey furnished. Good Feng
Shui. Great south facing entertainer’s patio.
Located in newer section. N/P, N/S.
Annual= $1,850/month. Five month
seasonal minimum. (Season=4 months @
$3,750/month + one month @ $3,000/
month.) See to appreciate. 760-200-4900;
extended master bedroom and 2-car
garage. Between 2nd and 3rd clubhouse.
No smoking. Pet on approval. Call
Bettielou 760-345-7325.
VILLA FOR LEASE as of 1 January 2016.
Large one bedroom, beautiful interior,
completely updated with new appliances,
two new flat screen TV’s, plus golf cart. Call
owner, Dan Carmean, at 310-399-5998.
FOR RENT with private bath. Room has
Wifi, large closet with access to the
common areas of home. Living room,
kitchen, washer & dryer. Backyard has
BBQ. All utilities included. Mature adult
with current employment & references
who is looking for a beautiful place to call
home. Prefer woman. Carole 949-230-8164
Tommy Bahama queen bed, ceiling fan, lg
flat screen TV, micro, refrig w/ freezer, A/C
& heater, lg walk-in shower, pvt landscaped
courtyard, new electric outdoor grill, wifi
avail. Quiet street. No pets/smoking.
Utilities paid by owner. $900/month, ½
month sec deposit & $50 nonrefundable
cleaning fee. Call 760-200-1398.
MONTH TO MONTH. Murphy bed,
computer desk, chair, microwave,
refrigerator, coffee pot, own heater and air
conditioning, ceiling fan, bath with shower
closet. Call Bettielou 760-345-7325. No
pets, no smoking. Security deposit.
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microwave, refrig, TV, coffee maker, private
patio, utilities & wifi incl. Separate
entrance. (Please no pets or smoking) $650
long term. $950 seasonal. Close to park and
clubhouse. 805-298-4040.
not the std casita. Over 2x as large with
kitchenette, full size refer & stack w/d,
micro, sink & storage cabs. All utilities
included. Separate entrance and private
from house. Must see. Unfurnished. No
smoking, no pets. $1,095/mo. 1-year lease.
Call 503-780-0454.
CASITA. Single. Furnished. Fios TV, refrig,
microwave, wifi, dishes, kitchenette etc.
Separate A/C & heat. All tile floors, ceiling
fan, garage parking, use of washer/dryer.
No pets/no smoking. $675/month. Call
CASITA. Walled courtyard with table and
chairs. Furnished with ceiling fan,
microwave, elect toaster oven refrigerator,
TV, coffee pot. Corner lot near Lake View
Clubhouse. All utilities included. Separate
AC & heat. No pets. No smoking. $650
month. 916-704-1933.
Vacation Rentals
PARK CITY UTAH during Sundance Film
Festival at the Marriott Mountainside
Ski-In-Out. 2 beds, 2 kitchens, living room.
Sleeps 8. Jan 17-24 at $3,500 or one
bedroom plus kitchenette apt sleeps 8 Jan
22-29 at $1,800. Call 760-578-7161 or
email [email protected]
WAIKIKI RENTAL $1,075/week. 1bd/2ba,
kitchen. Sleeps 4. Balcony, cable TV,
DVD, exercise room. On Lewers Street.
Yards away from Waikiki Beach. Call
760-200-1449 for reservations.
unit. Queen bed, 2 full baths. Sleeps 4.
Living & dining rooms, 2 large TVs.
Fully equipped kitchen. Large view deck &
(760) 200-2241 · [email protected]
BBQ. Private garage. 97 steps to beach.
4 July weeks available. Call Shep Kanarek
WAIKIKI RENTAL $815/week. 1 or 2
weeks. Studio, kitchen. Sleeps 4. Cable TV,
DVD, exercise room. Lewers St. Yards away
from Waikiki Beach. Call 760-345-2096 or
SUPER BOWL HOME. 20 minutes from
Levi Stadium. Beautiful Los Altos Bay view.
2bd/2.5ba. Large kitchen, dining, living
and family room. Call 760-345-2096 or
Help Wanted
wanted. A docent music program is being
organized through the Steinway Society
of Riverside County to present Mr.
McSymphonys’ music programs in
Coachella Valley elementary schools.
No music skill required. You only need the
desire to help children learn about music.
If interested to learn more, please phone
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January’s Puzzle…
GOLF CARTS FOR RENT. 2 passenger
$250 per month and a 4 passenger $325 per
month. Call 760-610-1049
condition. Older is fine. 4 door. Call Bud
months from January to April 2016.
Live on Willowrich Drive. Call Allen at
LEASE. Starting April 2016. At least 2,000
sq. ft. on the golf course and with a pool or
spa. Please call Mort Sacks 805-680-2007.
SCPD. Nov 2016 through March 2017.
2 bedroom 2 bath. South of 38th
Avenue. Call 760-345-7927. Email
[email protected]
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Golf Cars of the Desert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Marc Lucas Golf Cart Services . . . . . . . . . . .90
C-Tech Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Computer Repair by Howard Jackman . . . .90
Computer Solutions by Dick Scarpulla . . . .88
Sun City Computer Services . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
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Piano Stylings by Mr. Chardonnay . . . . . . . .89
Pickbell Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Rock Roll ‘n’ R&B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Summer Citizens, Utah State University . . .63
Financial / Legal
American Financial Network . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Barbara Murphy, Mobile Notary . . . . . . . . .85
Burton R. Popkoff, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Colleen Rosenberg, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Costlo Insurance Agency, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Desert Empire Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
Double Your Retirement Dollars Book . . . .60
EIX Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Fearheller Advisors, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Franklin R. Nathan (Income Tax) . . . . . . . .85
Gerald Krupp, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Howard M. Speyer, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Joni Fiorentino, Franklin Loan Center . . . . .73
Kathie Browne, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Marsha R. Nall, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Provident Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Robert T. Wolfe, CPA/Attorney . . . . . . . . . . .94
Ron Millspaugh, Wells Fargo Advisor . . . . .75
Steven Bayard, Notary Public . . . . . . . . . . . .87
William K. Sweeney, Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Health / Beauty
Antoinette’s Hair & Skin Salon . . . . . . . . . . .88
Cindy Klein, Medicare Solutions . . . . . . . . .87
Debbie Zoub, Psychotherapist . . . . . . . . . . .84
Desert Dental Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Dr. Chris A. Buscaglia, DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Eclipse Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Evelyn Morales Massage Therapy . . . . . . . . .92
Health Insurance Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Indian Wells Smile Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Indian Wells Smile Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
John Varanelli (Hair) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
LipSense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Lizetts Hair Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Miracle Ear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Palm Desert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . .75
Shelley A. Cooper, PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Thrive Functional Wellness Center . . . . . . .65
TLC Nails, Men’s Hair - David Cubero . . . .90
Walsh Urology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
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Thousand Palms Oasis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Home Appliance / Electric / Plumbing
A+ Mechanical Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
AC Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
B.E.S. A/C & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
California Design A/C & Heating . . . . . . . . .64
Clarke Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Desert Pro Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
DVS Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Hydes A/C & Heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Magic Touch Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Mark Johnson Installs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Home Door / Glass / Window
Affordable Sliding Door Repair . . . . . . . . . .90
Alclare Co. - Screening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
California Design Windows & Doors . . . . . .64
California Window & Door . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Deluxe Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Direct Home Energy Solutions . . . . . . . . . . .84
Door Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Door Specialist - Mike Sassi . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Empire Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Garage Doors Insulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Garage Door Medics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
L&L Contracting Window and Door . . . . . .65
Troys Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Home Landscape / Patio / Pool
All About Detail - Pool Service . . . . . . . . . . .93
Back Nine Greens - Artificial Grass . . . . . . .78
Belle Vue Landscaping Pools & Spas . . . . . .87
Desert Mirage Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Dov Israeli Irrigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Eco-Friendly Power Washing . . . . . . . . . . . .91
JB Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Jesus Gardening Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Restora Concrete Resurfacing . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Turfstore Direct - Artificial Grass . . . . . . . . .77
Home Paint / Remodel / Repair
B.O.S.S. Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Eli’s Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Elite Builders & Home Repair . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Guarantee Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Herb Cochrane Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Jerry Home Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Joe Fix-It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Madsen Custom Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Maintain by Bruce Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Mike Joyce, Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Not Just a Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Off Duty Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
One Stop Home Care, Mona Zetterquist . . .92
Pull-Out Shelf Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Reliable Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Roof Tile Specialty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Ryan Brooks Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Saintis Tile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Shelf Genie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Yes It’s Done (Handyman) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Home Services / Cleaning / Décor
Award Carpet & Tile Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . .62
Crown Carpet & Tile Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . .86
Denycie Nevarez Cleaning Services . . . . . . .93
Desert City Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Designing Women Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Five Star Carpet & Tile Care . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Mei Men House Cleaning Services . . . . . . . .91
Progressive Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Coachella Valley Gold Refinery . . . . . . . . . . .76
Desert Moving Co - Wheaton . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Eileen Cinque - Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Estate Sales Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
Habitat For Humanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Image Décor - Photo Restoration . . . . . . . . .91
JMI Art & Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Pro Fix Jewelry & Watch Repair . . . . . . . . . .76
Personal Assistants
Kelly’s Pet & House Sitting Service . . . . . . . .90
Tracy Hartman (Organizer) . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Shelley Stevens House/Pet Sitting . . . . . . . . .88
Soul Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
The Bereavement Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Pets / Pet Care
Linda Pierce - Dog Walking/Pet Sitting . . . .89
Pet Oasis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Real Estate
Billy D. Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Bob & Michael Horne, Coldwell Banker . . .96
Cathy Riley, Bennion Deville . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Claudine & Alvin, Keller Williams . . . . . . . .77
Elaine Leib, Bennion Deville . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Frank Montiforte, Diane Williams & Assoc. 76
Jackie Bone, . . . . . . . . .83
Jeanie Spisak, Bennion Deville . . . . . . . . . . .73
Jelmberg Team, Keller Williams . . . . . . . . . . .2
Larry Molzahn, Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . .74
Margaret Denneny, Sun City Realty . . . . . . .69
Novick / Pietras, Bennion Deville . . . . . . . . .76
Pamla & John Abramson, Coldwell Banker .81
Pro-Max Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Ray Martin, Bennion Deville . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Rudy Steinbeiss, Tarbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Sun City Sisters, Tarbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
The Kennedy Team, Tarbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Toby & Paul, Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . . . .88
Senior Care
Attentive Manor, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Caring Companions At Home . . . . . . . . . . .79
Caring Hands of the Desert . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Healthy Living at Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Home Care Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Millennium Nursing, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Precision Adult Care Services . . . . . . . . . . . .82
Right At Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
Senior Living Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Visiting Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Transportation / Travel
Good Life Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Limo4U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Signature Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Timeshare Relief Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
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