Cheeseburger in Paradise with Tommy Rocker



Cheeseburger in Paradise with Tommy Rocker
A Publication of the Sun City Mesquite Homeowners’ Association
Cheeseburger in Paradise with
Tommy Rocker
“What time is it?” This question has been shouted out by former surf
bum Tommy Rocker thousands of times, and the audience responds,
“It’s time for a team drink!” Tommy’s goofy brand of entertainment
has been called Rock ‘N’ Comedy or jokes you can dance to, Tommy’s
wacky show has built a reputation as one of the most innovative and
dynamic performers on the West Coast today. Tommy holds sales
records in nearly every club he has appeared including his own place,
Tommy Rocker’s Cantina & Grill in Las Vegas. Tommy Rocker has
been performing since he was 11 in his own band, and he keeps on
delivering, long after the others have closed down!
Join the Cheeseburger in Paradise Pool Party Friday, September
30 at 6 p.m. for only $14 per person, and enjoy the party while
soaking in the pool or dancing the night away with some
Jimmy Buffet tunes. The deadline to sign up is until capacity
is reached, and the menu includes cheeseburgers, coleslaw,
macaroni salad, chips & dips plus dessert.
September Events
September 1 & 15**
ARC Meeting Dates
September 1
Rockin’ the Mesa with Elvis
September 2
Coffee Chat with your HOA
Board Member Donna Eads
September 6-22
Conestoga Overseeding
September 6
Finance Committee
French Cuisine
Cooking Class at Harmons
September 8
Karaoke Night at 1880 Grille
September 14
Ice Cream Social
Sponsored by Home Tax
w/Joe Brito & Elsie Spencer
September 15
Thursday Trivia
September 20
Eureka Slot Tournament
September 21
September 26
Bingo & Pizza sponsored
by Dustin Woodbury from
Charles Schwab
September 28
Conversation with
Dave Z & the Harmonic
Strings Chamber
September 30
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Pool Party with
Tommy Rocker
** Submittals for ARC must be
received by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday
prior to the date.
Sun City Mesquite Times
A message from your
Lifestyle Director
Deborah Demos
It seems everyone is enjoying their
2016 summer, whether you are traveling
or staying local to take advantage of our
club amenities and activities. We have
many exciting activities coming up.
Thursday, September 8th we are going
to Harmons cooking school to create a
French-themed dinner. They have a new
million-dollar commercial instructional
kitchen and we have had rave reviews
from our residents. This is something no
one else is equipped to do locally but In
October, we will be attending a German
themed cooking class. September 28,
Dave Z will be giving a presentation
on his transformation with paralysisand
we will also have a special performance
by our local Harmonic Symphony
Chamber. What a great way to spend
a Wednesday afternoon. Pick out your
favorite song and come up to the 1880
Grille on September 8, at 4:30 to sing
your favorite song at our Karaoke Night.
You’ll need to register at the Pioneer
Center front desk. Tommy Rocker is
back! He will be performing at our
Cheeseburger in Paradise Pool Party
Friday, September 30. I’m sure you can
guess what we are having for dinner that
night. Sign up early; it’s selling fast!
October 2, we are going to Smith Center
to see the Tony Award winning Carole
King Musical, “Beautiful.” October 4,
will be taking a bus to see Hunchback
of Notre Dame at beautiful Tuacahn in
Utah. This iconic musical show does
include a delicious dinner.
Want to create something special like
a family heirloom or a gift for a loved
one? Sign up today for a painting class
on October 18 and you get to keep the
masterpiece! Send in a photo of what
you would like to paint to Lori Arnone
at the front desk in advance. Only $37
pp and includes light snacks.
Remember to mark your calendars for
the community wide garage sale on Saturday, October 22 from 7 a.m. to Noon.
For more information on any events
contact our front desk at 346-6006 or
our website at
Upcoming Wiser Lunches:
Oct. 7 Financial Concepts
Oct. 19 Todd Walker on Medicare
Oct. 21 Parker Advisory Group on
Social Security
Oct. 28 Clarkson and Associates on
Estate Planning
Nov. 15 AAA Travel Escorted tour by
Sun City Mesquite Homeowners’ Association
In the Spotlight: Al & Cindy Howa
Allan grew up in Twin
Falls, Idaho and Cindy
grew up in St. Helena,
California. They both
ended up at Idaho State
University where Allan
majored in Journalism,
and Cindy majored in
English and certified in
Elementary Education.
After four years, they
married and one year
later had their first child,
Joshua. Shortly after Josh
was born, they moved to
Twin Falls, Idaho where
Allan went into business
with his father running a
fast food restaurant called
Arctic Circle. Two years
later, their daughter Carly was born and three years after
that, their last child Amy was born. When Allan’s father
retired, Allan took over the business and made it into the
number one store in the chain, and kept that honor for
many years. Cindy taught elementary school for years,
and then ran the tutoring program at the local college for
a few years, eventually working by Allan’s side at the
restaurant until retirement.
When the two retired, they bought their first motor
home and traveled to many “snow bird” locations such
as Palm Desert, California, Yuma, Arizona, and finally
Mesquite, Nevada. They both love athletics. Allan is a
scratch golfer and has been the Oasis Golf Club, Club
Champion for 2015 and 2016. He also loves pickle ball
but doesn’t have as much time to devote to it. Cindy
plays more tennis than golf and has competed in the
Mesquite Senior games for the last three years. She loves
pickle ball too, but says “there are only so many hours
in a day!” Cindy also loves to curl up with a great book.
Travel is something they enjoy doing together and with
good friends. They love visiting other countries, and
learning about other cultures.
They found Sun City Mesquite by accident. On their way
back from Palm Desert and Yuma in 2010, they missed
the turn to Solstice RV Park and kept going straight. They
ended up at Sun City and that‘s all it took! They moved
here in 2011.They love SC and are building a second
house that will be done in October. “We thought about
building outside of Sun City, but we’ve made so many
friends here and would miss the many amenities Sun City
has to offer.”
Every summer, the Howas take the motor home back to
Idaho to visit with their children, grandchildren and other
family and friends that live in the area.
They love Mesquite and have met many wonderful people. They are enjoying life and can’t wait until their next
Travel, Day Trips-Iron City Ghost Town
Sun City Mesquite Times
Recipe Corner
Grilled Sesame Chicken
Lettuce Cups
An abundance of iron ore located west of Cedar City, UT influenced many English, Scottish, and Welsh miners who were
Mormon converts to settle in the area. However, various external
circumstances closed the mines within a relatively short period
of time, and the town was abandoned soon afterwards. Old Iron
Town (originally Iron City) is a ghost town that tells their story.
Located approximately 22 miles west of Cedar City on state Route
56, Iron City was founded in 1868 as part of Brigham Young’s plan
to create an independent, self-sufficient Mormon state. Within two
years, a total of 97 people resided there, and the settlement included a schoolhouse and blacksmith. During its boom in 1871, when a
new wave of labor entered the city, the settlement grew to include
a post office, boarding house, butcher shop, and a general store.
The iron works consisted of a furnace with a 2,500 pound capacity, a pattern shop, molding shop, and two beehive kilns for charcoal production. It closed just five years later due to floods, harsh
winters, needed furnace repairs, problems transporting the iron,
and cheaper ore imported from the east.
Now known as Old Iron Town State Park, this area has been
preserved for its distinctive structures and historical presence. The
ruins feature one remaining beehive charcoal oven, a furnace, and
parts of the original foundry, including the chimney. There are several trails to follow through the property that are dotted with informational interpretive signs.
Before visiting Old Iron Town, it is recommended that you stop
by the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum at 635 N. Main
Street in Cedar City. The museum provides information about the
site and gives you a better understanding of life during that era.
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
1 1/2 lbs. chicken cutlets (about 5)
2 small eggplants (about 12 oz.),
sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes,
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro and/or mint,
roughly chopped
2 to 3 small heads Bibb or Little
Gem lettuce, leaves separated
1/3 cup peanuts or cashews, roughly
Preheat a grill to medium high.
Whisk soy sauce, vinegar, 2 tablespoons each sesame oil, water and
ginger in a large bowl. Remove 1/4
cup of the dressing to a medium
bowl; set aside. Whisk the fivespice powder into the large bowl
add the chicken; toss to coat and
marinate, 10 mins.
Meanwhile, brush the eggplant slices on both sides with the remaining
1 tablespoon sesame oil. Grill until
well marked and tender, 3 to 4 mins
per side; transfer to a cutting board
cool slightly. Roughly chop the
eggplant and add it to the bowl with
the reserved sesame dressing. Add
the tomatoes, scallions and herbs;
toss to coat.
Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off.
Grill until well marked, 3 to 4 mins,
then flip and continue grilling until
cooked through, about 2 more mins.
Transfer to a cutting board and let
cool 5 mins, then slice.
Serve the chicken and eggplant
salad in the lettuce leaves with the
eggplant salad; top with the nuts.
Sun City Mesquite Times
Sun City Mesquite Homeowners’ Association
It’s always difficult to lose your pet. Only those who have
gone through this themselves understand that it’s like losing
a member of the family. For seniors, it may be an even more
difficult time as it may mean losing the only companion
they had in their home.
It is perfectly normal to experience the same grief and sadness as if you lost a human friend. The feelings and length
of grief experienced vary for every person, so don’t feel you
have to rush through it or try to suppress them.
There are some things you can do to help work through
your grief. Plant a tree or make a donation to an animal
support group in memory of your pet. Arts and crafts stores
sell plaster kits to capture your pet’s paw print for a lasting
memento. You can also make a scrapbook or photo album
to accumulate your pet’s photos and memories in one place.
There are websites available to memorialize your pet. For
example, allows you to create a tribute
to your pet with stories, pictures, and videos. It’s interactive, so family and friends can also add their own memories
to the page.
Another option is to get a new pet to replace the one you lost, but the Humane Society recommends you work
through your grief before doing so. They suggest you wait at least a month before bringing home a new pet.
If you believe you might need help in dealing with the loss of your pet, there is a large online community available
for grief support. Sites such as or provide access to others who have
lost their companions so you can discuss your feelings.
Losing your pet is a never easy, but things do eventually get better.
Sun City Landscape Committee
The Landscape Committee met on July 26 and was tasked with the following:
1. The community manager requested direction regarding the landscaped area outside of the Veterans
Memorial Hall (VMH).
2. The committee will review the landscape portion of the reserve study and make recommendations.
3. The manager tasked the Landscape Committee to review and report common areas of the Association
that might be substandard to the original intent of the Declarant. The question is: are we meeting the expectations for overall landscape beautification.
The Landscape Committee is committed to water conservation methods and application, to preserve residents’ property values and the Association’s landscape and environmental assets. The committee meets
monthly or as needed with Director Donna Eads as Board liaison.
Covenant Corner: Trash Talking
One of the responsibilities of the Architectural Review Committee for our community
is to help protect the aesthetic character of our beautiful residential areas. The committee
may perform periodic inspections in the community for compliance to community guidelines. The covenants state that trash cans must be stored out of sight of the street and
surrounding properties. Trash cans can be left out on the curbside after 6 p.m. the night
before trash pick up and must be stored out of view from the street and surrounding
property by 8 p.m. the day of pick up. Trash cans stored outdoors must be stored in compliance with property covenants and with approval of the ARC Application Requirements.
Covenant Section 4.5 (vi) defines the side yard trash can enclosure is preferred to be masonry with a stucco finish to match the color of the dwelling. Some wrought iron trash
can enclosures with solid mesh screening may be permitted with ARC approval. Depending on placement of home and location of neighboring home, a setback of 10 ft may be
required. Any trash can enclosure may not exceed 5 ft in height and 5x5 ft in depth. Trash
can enclosures cannot encroach on rear property access required by building codes.
Sun City Mesquite Times
Deb Garcia-Balch
Deb has a degree in speech pathology, leading her to a career as a language development
specialist. Later, as a pharmaceutical rep, Deb coordinated several clinical trials, and was a
district clinical trainer and national presenter. When she came to visit both Sun River and
Sun City, Deb immediately felt at home at SCM, loving the small town relaxed atmosphere
and its proximity to many national parks. She is a hiker, biker, pickleball, and ping-pong
player. “Sun City has some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I plan to build a ‘Daisy’
in the Fall.”
Paul was born and raised in Michigan, where he graduated with a Civil Engineering degree
Paul Moore
from Michigan State University. As an employee of Pulte Homes/Del Webb in Las Vegas,
Paul attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Sun City Mesquite in 2006, and recognized
the community’s unique attributes. In the 9 years since the community’s grand opening, Paul
has sold over 430 homes. He received the Las Vegas Review Journal’s silver nugget award
as southern Nevada’s salesperson of the year. He lives in the Prominence neighborhood with
his husband, Scott, and two English Bulldogs, Bo-Bo and Gertie.
Barb Ryan
Barb Ryan has 25 years of experience in the resale real estate and new home industry,
which includes on-site sales, sales management, sales training, consulting, feasibility studies, as well as traditional buyer and seller representation. She has a daughter who is married
and lives in Las Vegas, which is why she relocated to NV from SC almost 2 year ago. Barb
was born in Albuquerque, lived in the Bay Area, Florida and South Carolina. She is happy
to be back in the southwest and close to her family. She is also enjoying working and living
in Sun City Mesquite where she plans to stay when she retires.
Tanya Smith
Many residents have already met Tanya Smith. She previously worked as a concierge at
the Rec Center, and has now transitioned to the sales team. Tanya lives in Prominence with
her husband, Scott, and “two fat cats.” The Smiths have two sons. Tanya hails from Washington state, and has had a varied professional career. “I’ve been a manager for Starbucks,
Nordstrom’s, and Club Corporation of America as well as worked for the PGA of America.
Today, I’m proud to be a part of building our Mesquite Del Webb community and will work
hard to help your friends and family call Sun City HOME.”
Zac Spilker
Zac has the distinction of being the builder of the first Sun City Mesquite house in Water
Barrel in 2007. Most recently, staying in the Pulte/Del Webb family, Zac became part of the
sales staff. He completed six weeks of training and had his first week “on the floor” August
1. Hailing from St. George, Zac has been in construction most of his life. “It’s in my genes,”
Zac claims. His father is a contractor, his mother is a realtor, a brother is a realtor, and another brother is a framer. Zac was intrigued by the other side of the business. “I know how
well the homes are built. I knew I would enjoy being part of the happy buyer process.”
Sun City Mesquite Times
Sun City Mesquite Homeowners’ Association
Best Kept Secret: Snow Canyon
an’t think of a family-friendly day trip suitable for all generations? How about
a short drive north to Utah’s Snow Canyon State Park? The park is very popular
because it offers stunning red-rock scenery and mild weather. Snow Canyon’s red and
white Navajo sandstone cliffs share the same history and geology as Zion National
Park to the east. In any other state, Snow Canyon would qualify as a national park.
The 7,400-acre Snow Canyon State Park is a short distance from other area
attractions – St. George, Quail Creek, Sand Hollow and Gunlock State Parks and
just an hour from the entrance to Zion National Park.
The park offers hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography, camping,
rock climbing and picnicking. Grandkids will love playing on the park’s sand
dunes or scrambling on the boulders scattered across the canyon floor. The trails
are ideal for hiking with children because of the park’s relatively flat canyon
Park facilities include picnic areas with modern restrooms. Stop by for the day or stay in the campground for an
extended visit. There are 33 units with water and electric hook-ups, showers and drinking water. Sites are $20 a night
for standard, or $25 for hookups. Pets are only allowed in the campground, on West Canyon Rd. and Whiptail Trail.
Fees and Hours:
Day-use fees: $6 per vehicle (up to eight people); open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
From I-15 northbound take Exit 6 (Bluff Street). Go north on Bluff to the intersection with Snow Canyon Parkway.
Turn left and proceed 3.5 miles; turn right on Snow Canyon Drive. Follow the road to the park entrance.
Contact Information:
Snow Canyon State Park
1002 Snow Canyon Drive
Ivins, UT 84738
he staff at the Conestoga Golf Club has been busy planning
various golf events for the fall. So get your calendars out and
start filling in the fun days.
September will kick off the fall activities with a “Folds of
Honor” golf outing on September 5 in honor of Patriots Day,
which occurs during the closing of the course for overseeding.
Proceeds from this event go to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Overseeding occurs September 6-23.
In October, the Club will hold its annual “Spooktacular” on
Halloween Day, October 31. This fun-filled event will be a Nineand-Dine followed by the ever popular putting contest under the
lights. Our Golf Pro, Scott Ballif promises some haunting surprises on the green after the sun sets. Watch your back and don’t
be too startled if something taps you on your shoulder only to
come face to face with the “Ghoul of the Club”! There’s also a
rumor that there might be a few prizes for the best costumes.
November will include the annual Turkey Shoot on November 18. This again will be a Nine-and-Dine event.
Golf Fore Kids will be December 8. Conestoga will be one of
the courses you can choose to play for this city-wide charity
event. The HO-HO-HO Nine-and Dine will be December 16.
Remember that the last Sunday of every month features the
Prime Rib Special at the 1880 Grille. It’s quite a spread for only
$18.80! There will also be Thanksgiving and Christmas special
dinners at the Grille. The dates will be determined soon.
Sun City Mesquite Times
The Fruit Loop Festival September is upon us, bringing with it the promises of cooler weather and plentiful harvests. Many
rural communities in the area celebrate the season with festivals to promote their local output. This article
summarizes those occurring this month in what we affectionately call the “Fruit Loop”.
Most festivals follow the same general format: parades, rodeos, vendors, music, “carnival rides, and
plentiful offerings of the fruit of the day. What follows are the specific highlights of each
on here, includ• Peach Days (September 1-3 in Hurricane City, UT): some serious competitions go
ing “Hurricane’s Got Talent!” and eating contests for families of four (choice of hot dogs, sliders, pizza,
or cobbler; check the website for schedules).
• Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival (September 2-5 in Fallon, NV): cantaloupe daiquiris are the
featured beverage! As if that’s not enough, there’s bowling, bocce, and Plinko using cantaloupes. www.
• Melon Days (September 16-17 in Green River, UT): they roll out the world’s largest watermelon for
this event. It’s a 25 foot long watermelon slice that was once motorized but, even with a broken engine,
it’s still pretty impressive as it’s towed around town.
• Heritage Apple Festival (September 30-October 1 in Glendale, UT): the event to watch here is the
William Tell archery shoot. Despite an immediate vision of shooting apples off some brave volunteers’
heads, children under the age of seven can enter so it probably won’t be that dramatic.
If you’re more interested in culture than produce, there’s Art in the Park, being held October 1-2 in
Boulder City, NV. With over 300 arts and crafts vendors, it’s one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals
in the southwest. Transportation is available on October 1 from Sun City for $31 per person. See the concierge desk for more information.
September Events :
Peach Days (Hurricane, UT)--September 1-3
Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival (Fallon, NV)--September 2-5
Casapoolooza (free concert at Casablanca Casino)--September 3
Free car show and concerts at (Moapa Travel Plaza)--September 4
DocUtah International Film Festival (St. George, UT)--September 6-10
International Camel and Ostrich Races (Virginia City, NV)--September 9-10
Cedar City (UT) Half Marathon and 5K--September 10
Melon Days (Green River, UT)--September 16-17
Santa Clara (UT) Swiss Days--September 22-24
Pahrump (NV) Fall Festival--September 22-25
Free admission to National Parks--September 24
Heritage Apple Festival (Glendale, UT)--September 30-October 1
CAN/AM Men’s Softball Tournament (Mesquite Sr. Games)-September 30-October 11
Website for more Nevada info:
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Board of Directors Corner by Donna Eads
The July BOD meetings had everything
from audits to the “Pink Pong” club. To
summarize this meeting will take time due to
the number of items in the agenda. First, the
annual audit was discussed by our CPA group
and revealed that there is a slight surplus in
AMM of $7,338 and a surplus in SCM of
$102,660. The decision of how or where these
funds will go will be at the next BOD meeting.
The Board added the new neighborhoods to
the Kokepelli landscape contract. Our current
insurance policy was renewed for 2017. The
Reserve Study level 3 showed that AMM is
108%, SCM is 53.9% and BI is 78%. Next
will have
By Donna
Eadsa level 1 study done since we
are receiving more new neighborhoods and
2016 will be an exciting year for both the
board of directors Landscape Committee and members were
approved. The members will be Fred Babb, Mariann Estes, Robert
Boyles, Claudia Carlsen, and Jeff Gunderson. Their first meeting
will be in September. The “Pink Pong” Club which is a ladies ping
group was approved.
2016 BOD Meetings
The revision of the ARC Design Guidelines was approved. Some of
the new changes are:
in 8the5PM
application fee – after the first year of ownership
12 1:30is $25
each submission
May 10 1:30
must be completed the Tuesday prior to next meeting
June 14definitions
1:30 regarding yard art
12 1:30items – detached garages, enclosure of portable
screen doors
Oct 11 1:30
Homeowners requested to amend the agenda to reflect that their
comments would be included as to the substance of their comment.
This change will be done for the next meeting. Others requested
sound system and acoustical improvements for the VMH, an audio
conversion device for the minutes, security cameras for the Pioneer
Center, and fitness bench. One comment regarding the tile around
indicating the outside pool and spa was resolved by the fact that this
problem is a planned reserve item for 2017. A question regarding our
LED light conversion was addressed by our President, that they are
the correct type.
Next Coffee Chat is Friday, September 2 at both 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Phil Crapo
General Manager
[email protected]
Deborah Demos
Lifestyle Director
[email protected]
Mike Fitzgerald
Facilities Director
[email protected]
Presilla Garcia
Asst. to the General Manager
[email protected]
Lorraine Deshayes
Membership/Events Coordinator
[email protected]
Lori Arnone
Concierge Supervisor/
Communication Coordinator
[email protected]
Pioneer Center, Concierge
[email protected]
Board of Directors:
John Schippert
Leeanne Brock
Donna Eads
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Monday- Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Children’s Pool Hours 3 to 5 p.m.
Monday, September 5 Labor Day
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children’s pool hours 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Rita Ryan
Tony Petchar
Mariann Estes
Mark Guertin
Sheila Walton
Chuck Dickie
Debbie Kinahan
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