Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.




Date:               January 29, 2018


To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager



Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – January 29, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. We expect to have the RHJ Library and Sports Pavilion Parking Lot Lighting Project completed by the weekend of Feb. 10.


  1. Due to two major upcoming events (The Spring Arts and Crafts Fair and the ARC Car Show) we plan to delay the start date of the ARC Building Project Phase II and installation of parking islands in the RHJ Parking Lot until Feb. 20 or after.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. We will be having a meeting to discuss security with Climatec this week.


  1. We’ve discovered some in-wall plumbing issues at Beardsley involving cracked cast iron piping. We will be performing a “smoke” test which will identify where the leaks are and at this point we plan to replace all of the old piping while the wall is open.


  1. We have patched and painted the woodpecker holes on the exterior of the Palm Ridge Facility. Unfortunately, the woodpeckers are now busy making new holes as we continue to look for ways to stop them.



  1. Our next “So You Think You Have Talent” is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Kuentz Courtyard on Jan. 30 featuring singer Jerry Keizer.


  1. The next TORCH Meet and Greet takes place on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


  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.


  1. Our next Top Hat series of events on Thursdsay, Feb. 08 features The Missouri Opry at the Palm Ridge Facility. There are two shows, 3:00 & 7:00 p.m.  A limited number to tickets remain and can be purchased through the SCW Box Office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  or on our website at


  1. The 40th Anniversary Lizard Scavenger Hunt is proving to be extremely popular. From Jan. 15 through Feb. 15 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.


  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.


  1. Kristie has had an email address generated to gather information on comments and suggestions regarding plans for the new Dog Park. Anyone with questions or suggestions regarding the Dog Park can send an email to


Sports Pavilion:

  1. Sunday’s Special brought in $773.


  1. To date 37 have signed up for our Big Bowl Party being held on Sunday, February 4.


Village Store:

  1. Saturday sales at the Village Store continue to be very good.


  1. Sales at the Clay Club “Pot Party” were extremely good and higher than they have been at any time in the past.


  1. We will be holding a meeting on Feb.15 regarding the Spring Arts & Crafts Fair.



  1. Last Tuesday Dr. Paul McDevitt presented a program about the important battles of World War II in the Pacific with a focus on Saipan. Many people attended including several veterans of the Pacific Theater.


  1. Vinny Alascia, Adult Services Supervisor of the Maricopa County Library District Northwest Regional Library in Surprise presented “Cut the Cord” on January 24. More people showed up than the Lecture Hall could accommodate so names were taken and the program will be repeated in February.


  1. The library’s Sun City West History Display opens on Thursday and runs the whole month of February in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Sun City West!


General Services;

  1. The Surprise Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum for the open Senate seat in our District 8 went well this weekend.


  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).  Other seminars include:


  • Monday Feb. 5, 9:30 – 11 a.m.  –  Transportation Options for the Northwest Valley
  • 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, you are invited to join us for a Special Presentation with Legendary Football Coach Lou Holtz on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center. This event is open to the public.  Registration is not required.


  1. There will be a display of historical photos at the R. H. Johnson Library beginning 2/1/18 if you’d like to stop by for a visit.


  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. We are looking at a new internet network for clubs. Gregg, our Systems/Network Administrator would have to install all lines and necessary hardware in Phase I of this project.


  1. We are meeting with Northwest Valley Connect Representatives this week to address administrative and funding activities they are considering for enhancing local transit service throughout the Northwest Valley.


  1. We were able to take advantage of 3 full page ads from the Independent for the 40th Anniversary of SCW and we also had an ad in the Banner Hospital Anniversary handout.


Financial Services:

  1. The new Federal Tax Tables are out and will be implemented in mid-February.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue is up $100,000 over last year for the same time. Rounds are up 2,500.


  1. We’ve hired three new PA’s to fill the three vacant positions. Training is on Monday and Tuesday of this week.


  1. We will be reviewing cart maintenance with employees this week.


  1. We will be attending a meeting with Kevin Wurgler of Award Realty this week regarding an LPGA event for 2019.


Human Resources:

  1. There were three break-ins recently at the Pebble Golf Maintenance Bldg. and one at Hillcrest. We continue to try and assist the Sheriff’s Office by gathering surveillance and other information that might be helpful.


 Upcoming Events:


JAN/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!”

 Jan. 30 – Singer Jerry Keizer

 Feb. 6 – Singer/guitarist Allan Walper who is new to our talent line-up.

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 show case a variety of great tunes.

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

Mon, Feb 12 & 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 on the Great Lawn 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 hear John’s very unique and entertaining performance.

                                                          Feb 28 Jody Yeomans and John Hodgson Jody Yeomans is a singer/songwriter 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

Fri Feb 2                                          Cruise Ship Series-THE DOO WAH RIDERS, 7 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center.  SOLD OUT!

Thu Feb 8                                        Top Hat Series –  THE MSSOURI OPRY, 3 pm & 7 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, The Missouri Opry’s “Back to the Fifties” show’s goal is to generate spontaneous fun! They present great ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll hits with an energetic live performance featuring the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rick Nelson, Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley and The Comets, Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers, The Ventures and many more.  A limited amount of tickets remain.  Tickets can be purchased at our website or at our Box Office located at the RH Johnson Rec Center, Mon-Fri 8 am – 3pm.


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 Pavilion – 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!

Golf, noon, Stardust Golf Course -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.

                                                                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:

                                                               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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