Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.





Date:               February 12, 2018


 To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – February 12, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. The Kuentz Woodshop Entrance Stone Veneer project was completed Feb. 8, 2018.


  1. The signage Project for the three entrances at the R. H. Johnson Facility and the Corner Signage has been awarded to Sierra Signs.


  1. RCSCW Golf Course Entrance Signage project was awarded to Bootz and Duke Signs.


  1. The Beardsley Mini-Golf Turf Replacement Project was awarded to Pyramid Southwest, Inc. This project should be completed in the next couple of weeks.


  1. The ARC Paint Booth Addition construction area fencing will be installed on 2/14/18.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. There was a water leak at Beardsley Mini Golf and another located at the metal Shop. Both leaks have now been repaired.  We are now looking at a leak at Grandview Golf Course which appears to be in a water line that feeds a drinking fountain.


  1. Several of the parking lot light timers are coming on and going off at different times. We are working to determine why and have it corrected.


  1. We continue to paint, patch and chase the woodpeckers at the Palm Ridge Facility. We are working with a vendor to find a solution for the woodpeckers.



  1. Our next “So You Think You Have Talent” is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Kuentz Courtyard on Feb. 13 featuring singer/keyboardist Bill Ciccone.


  1. Our next Jam Session is from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Kuentz Courtyard Monday, Feb. 12. Join us for two hours of entertainment where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the music!


  1. Join us on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. out on the RHJ Great Lawn for Happy Hour! Entertainment is provided by John Gamber, who was the opening act for The Drifters, The Tokens, Jay and the Americans and more many years ago in the Valley.  CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.


  1. The 40th Anniversary Lizard Scavenger Hunt is proving to be extremely popular. From Jan. 15 through Feb. 14 many will attempt to locate all the colorful Lizards hidden throughout the Sun City West Rec. Centers Activity Centers Club Rooms, Walking Trails and Golf Courses.  This event will be wrapped up on Sunday, Feb. 18 beginning 4 p.m. on the RHJ Great Lawn.  Lizard Hunt was ended one day early due to weather.


  1. We have several events scheduled in celebration of Sun City West’s 40th Check out our Upcoming List of Events attached to this report for all 40th Anniversary Events scheduled throughout the month of February.


  1. Our 40th Anniversary Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 along Meeker Blvd. The actual Parade Route goes from R. H. Johnson/Meeker Blvds. to Beardsley Road and Beardsley Park.  Road closures will be in effect starting at 7 a.m.  There are 70 parade entries from local businesses and clubs with music and more.


Sports Pavilion:

  1. Sunday’s Special brought in $760.


Village Store:

  1. Our next Spring Arts and Craft Fair Meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Lecture Hall.


  1. January sales at the Village Store were 14.7% higher than last year for the same time-period.



  1. Library Director Jan Kauzlaric made a presentation about the Sun City West Library to the Investment Club.


  1. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger will present her talk about the early days of Sun City West at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 16 at Palm Ridge. This presentation is made possible by AZ Humanities.


  1. The Library’s Sun City West History Display Memory Lane opened last Thursday and runs the whole month of February in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Sun City West!


 General Services;

  1. The Rec. Center News deadline was last Friday.


  1. The Our Neighborhood Network (ONN) will be offering a series of speakers on different topics on selected Monday’s. All seminars will be in the SCW Foundation Webb Room at 14465 R. H. Johnson Blvd.  Classes are free but you must call to register (623-207-1703).  Seminars include:


  • Monday, March 5, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – Making the Most of Limited Resources:  Tips for You and     Your Neighbors.
  • Monday, March 19, 9:30 – 11 a.m. – It could Happen to You:  Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones Guessing.


  1. As Sun Health celebrates the 30 Year Anniversary of the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, a Special Presentation with Legendary Football Coach Lou Holtz was held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center.


  1. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page if you’d like to participate in our 40th Anniversary Trivia Contest. Beginning Feb. 01, there will be a different question every other day through Feb. 19.  All correct answers each day will be entered into a drawing for a prize which includes tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Fair.  There will be 10 prizes awarded.  We’d like to hear from you!


  1. The Feb. 22 Governing Board Meeting location has changed from the Lecture Hall to the Social Hall West. Additional space was needed to honor our Hometown Heroes.


Financial Services:

  1. Tony continues working with staff to finish up the Proposed Capital Budget for FY 18/19.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue is down $10,000 for the first 11 days of February and down 800 rounds over prior year.


  1. Pat attended the Denver Golf Expo and met and talked about Sun City West with as many golfers as he could meet. About 9,500 golfers attended this event.


  1. Senior Olympics will be holding a tournament here in March.


  1. Over 100 golfers showed up for the Arizona Senior Stroke Play.


Environmental Services:

  1. Golf Maintenance personnel completed aerification at all of our golf courses for this year.


  1. We are getting ready to replace trees lost to storms with money received from insurance carrier.



 Upcoming Events:


FEB 2018

Every Tue at Kuentz                 SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TALENT! 11 am at Kuentz Courtyard.     Join us for our 7th Season high-lighting many new acts and “all your old favorites!”

Feb. 13 – The great voice of singer/keyboardist Bill Ciccone.

Feb. 20 – The Sin Twisters with singers June, Maureen and Suzanne. This is a new twist for the gals.

Feb. 27 – Singer/guitarist Jody Yeoman will showcase a variety of great tunes.

For questions or information, contact Dori Miller at 623-544- 6193.  This event is FREE!

Mon, Feb  26                                 JAM SESSION,  1-3 pm, Kuentz Courtyard. Join us on from 1 to 3 p.m. for two hours of entertainment in the Kuentz Courtyard. Join in or just sit back and relax and enjoy the music. This starts our third season. For questions or information, contact Dori Miller at 623- 544-6193.

Wed, Feb 14 & 28                         HAPPY HOUR Both shows are free and kick off at 6 p.m. Happy Hours are open to Sun City West residents and their invited guests. BYOB and snacks, however, coffee and ice will be provided. Be sure to bring your own chairs. No pets, service animals only.

                                                            Feb 14 John Gamber stands 6-foot 4- inches tall – most would say that is big. But what is even bigger is John’s voice. He has a fantastic voice that has been heard in the Valley for years. For those who were here when the Skye restaurant was open John was the opening act for The Drifters, The Tokens, Jay and the Americans and more. Come and here John’s very unique and entertaining performance.

                                                            Feb 28 Jody Yeomans and John Hodgson Jody Yeomans is a singersongwriter guitar-banjo player who sprinkles his performances with stories and humor. His upbeat performance will leave you smiling. He’s a full-time resident of Sun City West and enjoys playing and singing for friends and acquaintances. We think you’ll consider him a friend by the end of the show. John Hodgson brings an international flair and humor to his performances having started his music journey in Montreal, Canada, later migrating west to Vancouver, followed by London, England; Omaha, Neb.; and finally Arizona. He enjoys performing all genres of music including rock, pop, folk, Irish, and country and has recorded three Irish albums


Join Sun City West in celebrating 40 years

JAN. 15-FEB. 15 Lizard Scavenger Hunt throughout Sun City West

FEB. 1-28 Sun City West Memory Lane, R.H. Johnson Library

THU FEB. 15 40th Anniversary Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Palm Ridge, The 40th Anniversary Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Palm Ridge. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office and online at Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Dinner will be catered by Casey’s Catering and will feature: rosemary chicken breast in a lemon cream sauce; herb and olive oil roasted potatoes; bacon-infused green beans; spring mix salad with feta cheese, almonds and cranberries with a raspberry vinaigrette; assorted dinner rolls; iced tea, coffee, assorted dessert bar; two drink tickets per person: domestic beer or wine. Cocktail hour will start at 5:30 p.m. with musical entertainment from West Valley Jazzet. Dinner will be served at 6:30. Following the delicious meal, local historian Edson Allen will cover the history of Sun City West from “Lizard Acres to Lush Oasis.”

FRI FEB. 16 40th Anniversary Lecture, 10 a.m., Palm Ridge Summit Ball Room.  Area residents have an enviable opportunity to hear one of Arizona’s renowned storytellers at a free event right in their own backyard. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, a native Arizonan and great-granddaughter of Sedona Schnebly, for whom the city of Sedona is named, presents “The Dawn of Sun City West” at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive. This event is free and open to the public. As the author of “Arizona: 100 Years Grand,” Schnebly Heidinger is uniquely qualified to discuss Arizona’s history. She will talk about the early days of Sun City West, and how the community grew up against the backdrop of the Valley of the Sun.

SAT FEB. 17 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Stardust Golf Course we are planning a 40th Anniversary 5K walk/run beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. A link to registration can be found online at The 40th anniversary 5K is open to residents of all communities and will be a rain-or-shine event. Cost is $35 after Feb. 1. Day of the event registration is $40. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. All registered participants, 18- and-older, will receive a free race T-shirt, race bib, timing chip and post-race snacks. Runners and walkers will begin and end on the front 9 at Stardust Golf Course, 12702 W. Stardust Blvd. Participants will enjoy the beautiful golf course route. Here is the race schedule: Friday, Feb. 16: 4 to 5:30 p.m., packet pick-up at Stardust Golf Course parking lot. Saturday, Feb. 17 (event day): • 7 to 7:45 a.m., late packet pick-up at Stardust Golf Course parking lot. • 8 a.m., runners begin race. Awards will be presented to the top male and female racers in a variety of age brackets. Wear comfortable walking or running shoes and sun protection. No pets will be allowed to participate in the race or in the park. Spectators are welcome. There will be no parking at Stardust Golf Course. Participants are asked to park at Beardsley Rec Center, where a shuttle will be available. For information, contact Julie Shawcross, Assistant Manager Recreation: Events, at 623-544- 6583 or

Bowling,9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sports Pavilio.   The Sports Pavilion will have a 40 – cent special from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything will cost 40 cents – games, snacks, soda and hot dogs! First 200 customers will receive a gift from our sponsor Columbia Par Car! What’s a Sun City West celebration without a golf tournament? The sold-out golf tournament will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 17, at Stardust Golf Course. Food, prizes and a commemorative tee gift will be provided to all players.

Golf, noon, Stardust Golf Course – SOLD OUT

Concert in the Park featuring the Southwest Surfers, 5 p.m., Beardsley Park After bowling, golfing and a 5K run/walk, kick back and enjoy the Southwest Surfers at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, at Beardsley Park. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale at the R.H. Johnson Box Office. Gates open at 3 p.m. Full concessions will be available for purchase with food from Chick-fil-A. The Southwest Surfers, Arizona’s premier Beach Boys tribute band, has been providing a fun and entertaining musical experience to sellout crowds since 2009. The group takes pride in re-creating the Beach Boys sounds and style, giving their fans more than great music: It’s an interactive show that lights up smiles and has fans dancing in the aisles and singing to every song.

SUN FEB. 18 Scavenger wrap up & concert featuring String Fever, 4 p.m., R.H. Johnson Great Lawn,  Lizards will run amok in Sun City West through Feb. 15. The colorful reptiles will be spread out throughout the Recreation Centers of Sun City West golf courses, activity centers, club windows and facilities. This is a free adventure and those interested can download it from our website or pick it up at the R.H. Johnson Box Office . Enjoy the Lizard Scavenger Hunt wrap up with a concert featuring Stringfever from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the R.H. Johnson Great Lawn. The concert is free and no tickets are required. BYOB, but no glass. Stringfever is comprised of brothers Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent and their cousin, Graham – four world class musicians playing five and six-stringed electric violins, viola and cello in a truly original show. Stringfever’s unique, acclaimed version of Ravel’s “Bolero” has all four playing on one cello simultaneously. Then they challenge the audience to play “Name That Tune” as they race through 20 of the best-loved film themes in one breathless arrangement. Their helter-skelter, 007 James Bond medley is an absolute killer. And the show ends with Stringfever’s breathtaking signature finale, “The History of Music … in 5 Minutes.”

MON FEB. 19 40th Anniversary Parade, 9 a.m., along Meeker Boulevard. Don’t miss the Sun City West 40th Anniversary Parade Monday, Feb. 19. Start time is 9 a.m. The parade route: R.H. Johnson/Meeker boulevards to Beardsley Road and Beardsley Park. Road closures will be in effect starting at 7 a.m. There will be more than 70 entries from local businesses and clubs with music and more. Parade Route:

Mom Feb. 19 – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with The FlyBoys,    3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Palm Ridge, Although Sun City West is a vibrant, progressive community that has grown and changed with the times, our 40th anniversary is the perfect time to stroll down memory lane and enjoy the nostalgia brought about when we hear music from the golden age of big bands and jazz. The warm sound of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will set the mood for the evening as the Rec Centers presents a classy evening of swing and jazz with the unique energy that only an orchestra can provide. Be a part of this special event marking our Ruby Anniversary. And as if a full-scale orchestra performance wasn’t enough, the evening will feature a special performance from London’s own The FlyBoys, a one-of-a-kind four-piece vocal group. Their sublime harmonies, reminiscent of The Four Freshmen and Take 6, will whisk you back to the 1930s and ‘40s – yet their vintage sound fuses with modern showmanship. The FlyBoys features world class performers from London’s West End who have appeared in shows such as “Evita,” “Spamalot,” “Mama Mia,” “Once,” “Ghost” and more. Performing timeless classics alongside their own brand of modern jazz and swing, they will give you a night you’ll never forget. If you’re looking for something special and memorable, the FlyBoys are it! The FlyBoys and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra perform together for two shows, at 3 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Palm Ridge. The price for both acts is just $35 per person, on sale at the Box Office or online at Doors open at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Fri Feb 16                                          Cruise Ship Series – DAN NAIMAN & Dr. PRIYANKA WAHI, 7 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center.  SOLD OUT!

Thu Feb 22                                         Top Hat Series – THE INTERNATIONAL TENORS, 3 pm and 7 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, The 3 International Tenors is a tribute to some of the finest music in the world and features show-stopping performances celebrating the virtuoso and careers of Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Enrico Caruso and others. This stirring show includes renditions of some of the most memorable songs ever written, like “Time to Say Goodbye,” “Ave Maria” and “Nessun Dorma.” Comprised of multiple genres and styles, including opera, musical theatre and pop opera, or as it’s sometimes called, POPERA, three singers from four very diverse backgrounds bring you an unforgettable experience.  Tickets can be purchased at our website or at our Box Office located at the RH Johnson Rec Center, Mon-Fri 8 am – 3pm.


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