Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc. 




Date:               July 2, 2018


To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – July 02, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. RH Johnson Tennis Project Phase 1 continues. French Drain delivery and installation in progress.


  1. RH Johnson Phase 2 in progress. Subcontractor is grading courts 6 & 7 for post-tension.  Demolition of hardscape is in progress.


  1. RH Johnson Restroom addition; the Footer inspection takes place this week and concrete is scheduled to be poured as well.


  1. The ARC Paint Booth project is in progress. The arrival of Bunger Steel Erection was delayed until July 11 due to a labor shortage on their end.


  1. RH Johnson directional signage was completed on 6/29/18. We are waiting on the electrical permit for lighting.


  1. RH Johnson Monument Signs Project is in progress. 2nd tier forms installation and concrete pour scheduled for July 6.  We expect this project to be completed in three weeks.


  1. Palm Ridge Pool Deck drain installation is complete. We need to make repairs to 3 leaking skimmers before the concrete pour scheduled for 7/5/18



  1. The RHJ Great Lawn Grill Lighting Project was completed 6/26/18.


  1. Pebblebrook Golf Operations Remodel was awarded to DFG Builders. Golf Operations personnel were relocated to Stardust Pro Shop while Pebblebrook is under construction.  Demolition at Pebblebrook will begin upon receipt of Maricopa County permits


Facility Maintenance:

  1. We met with the HVAC vendor on the A/C units that need to be replaced this year. Several units will be replaced by the vendor and several will be done in-house with Facility Maintenance employees.  Facilities that will be receiving new units include 3 units at Beardsley Pool, 6 units at the Sports Pavilion and 5 units at Palm Ridge Summit Hall.


  1. The Wood Shop will be closed next week as we work with them to clean out the dust collector system. A vendor will be in to give the entire system a checkup to determine if there is anything that needs to be addressed.  There is an issue with long pieces of debris getting through the dust collector system that it cannot handle.



  1. Our Summer Series Subscription tickets are $21.00 each and are on sale on line and at the SCW Box Office. Individual tickets went on sale the first week of May for our remaining Summer Series Acts and they are July 9 (Johnny Cash Tribute) and August 13 (Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute). This year the Summer Series will be held at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center.


  1. Join us for our Sizzling Summer Lineup! These will be a series of smaller shows at the Lecture Hall this summer to help you beat the heat; one in July, two in August and one in September.  There will be two shows per day; 1pm & 3pm.  Half of the available tickets have been sold.  Tickets are priced at $5 each, available at the RHJ Box Office.  The performers we have lined up are:


July 19  –  The Legend of Song, T. A. Burrows

Aug   9  –  The Kehlers

Aug 23  –  The Brass Quintet

Sept 13  –  String Quartet


  1. The SCW Broadcast Club is talking to us about doing a news program interviewing staff, highlighting events and different things going on at the Rec. Centers.


  1. Palm Ridge Indoor Pool continues to be closed for deck renovation/resurfacing as well as other maintenance projects. Walking Track and Fitness Center are open when available.  Watch for signs posted for open and closed dates. The Kuentz Facility has been opening at 5 a.m. to provide members more swim time during the closure of Palm Ridge Pool.  We expect the pool to be reopened during the first week of August and will be able to provide a more exact date as we get further along with this project.


  1. All 800 tickets have been distributed for our July 4th event on Wednesday, July 4 at the Palm Ridge Rec. Center. Anyone wanting to see the show is encouraged to show up to see if there are unused tickets or that they can be accommodated.


  1. Revenue from the All Aboard America Tours we offer has been very good. We also recently signed an Agreement with Free Spirit Travel in an effort to be able to offer more and different travel opportunities to our members.


Sports Pavlion:

  1. We will be hosting the Metro Phoenix Senior Open, Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27 of 2019. We expect 300 participants.


  1. The weekend following the Metro Phoenix Senior Open, we host the Master’s Tournament for one day at the Sports Pavilion.


  1. Window World signed an Agreement with the Sports Pavilion to sponsor an upcoming tournament.


  1. Open Play revenue for the month of June was up 15% over last year. Bowling Revenue was up 25% and total Sport Pavilion Revenue was up 28%.  Great job to all those working at the Sports Pavilion and being part of such success!


  1. Dana Barrett bowled a 300 game last week. This is his third!  Congratulations Dana!


General Services:

  1. Diana and Frank from IT continue training chartered clubs on the new Divi Template software transfer. Because we have to deal separately with each club, the training is moving slowly but is going very well.  The Club members assigned to do the website work have been very receptive.



  1. One Hundred people attended Author J. C. Eaton’s Book Talk and Signing last Tuesday in the Social Hall. C. Eaton is the husband and wife writing team of Sun City West Residents James Clapp and Ann Goldfarb.  Their talk was very humorous and enjoyed by those in attendance.


  1. The first of the library’s Summer Story times was held last Saturday and six children and four adults attended. Grandparents seem to really appreciate that the library offers stories and crafts for kids in addition to children’s books, audiobooks, DVDs and puzzles.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue for the month of June is up 10% and year to date we are up 3%.


  1. The Golf Operations Dept. have boxed up their offices and temporarily moved to Stardust Golf Course Pro Shop while the Pebblebrook remodel takes place. We expect to be moving back to Pebblebrook on the 1st of October.


  1. Wednesday (on “Men’s Day”) all men who play a game of golf will receive a coupon for a free car wash at Jackson’s Car Wash (84th at 101 or 83rd Ave at Union Hills).


  1. We are finalizing our special events/tournaments. Many thanks to beverage distributor Crescent Crown who has stepped up to sponsor several of our events.


Environmental Services:

  1. Grandview Golf Course reopens following summer maintenance on Tuesday, July 3.


  1. Landscape Maintenance continues working along R. H. Johnson Blvd. at the bottom of the RHJ Parking lot to remove and replace plantings and other landscape materials.


  1. We are in the process of installing a new, more efficient drip system for the palm trees at RHJ Pool. This project is about 50% complete.


  1. The long-range weather forecast for July, August and September calls for large amounts of much-needed rain. (We’re still waiting.)


Upcoming Events:       



July 2018

Wed July 4  (SOLD OUT!)              Patriotic tunes fill the air July 4. The Recreation Centers of Sun City West is happy to present a Fourth of July Show at 1 p.m. July 4 at Palm Ridge Rec Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Road. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The show is free to Sun City West residents – two tickets per rec card – and are available at the R.H Johnson Box Office, 19803 N R H Johnson Blvd.         The Fourth of July Show will be a medley of An American Journey in Song. We will combine performances of the vocal talents of The Arizona Singers with the sounds of Clark and Ellie Chaffee’s Swing Time Quintet with guest artist Dan Reed.

Mon July 9, & Aug 13                      Beat the heat with cool Summer Series acts. With summer around the corner, it is time to find some fun, indoor events and the Recreation Centers of Sun City West has just the answer – the 2018 Summer Series. This year, the Summer Series will move to the Palm Ridge Rec Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive. Series subscriptions are $21 per person and are on sale at or at the R.H. Johnson Box Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. Individual event tickets are $10 and will be on sale beginning Tuesday, May 8. There will be no ticket refunds or exchanges. All shows are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

JULY 9 C Steve Music – Johnny Cash Tribute This 90-minute show opens with the distinct reminiscent “Boom Chicka Boom” sound as the rich, soulful, baritone vocal delivers the most identifiable Johnny Cash Song, “Folsom Prison Blues.” Your guests will be instantly captivated! They will yearn for more as the magical story about the greatest entertainer of the 20th century is about to unfold in song, recitation, humor and narrative. Crowd encouragement is the main priority as the presentation evolves performing more unmistakable No. 1 hit songs such as “Daddy Sang Bass” and “Ring of Fire.” Steve and Ken guarantee to deliver their tribute show in the most memorable possible way, using drums, upright bass, rhythm guitar and telecaster lead guitar. This show has had many sold-out performances and plenty of record-setting attendance to its credit. Many folks say: “If you close your eyes you would swear Johnny Cash was singing” or “I wasn’t really a Johnny Cash fan, but now I am!” From corporate shows in Albuquerque, N.M., to Cheyenne, Wyo., and the countless private shows and public gatherings of over 1,200 people at one time or another, this family entertainment show is a winner. What do you say? Come along and ride this train – you will certainly appreciate this excursion into yesterday. Let’s celebrate the career of “The Man in Black.”

AUG. 13 MacDougal Street West A Peter, Paul & Mary Experience MacDougal Street West: the sounds of Greenwich Village now. They are a Peter, Paul and Mary tribute band for larger venues and for local performances. Our band members consist of Ron Skelton, Mary Alberts, Rick Shore and Bill Rice. The new flowering of a vibrant musical tradition was rooted in Greenwich Village of the early 1960s. Now legendary folk singers and songwriters of that era could first be heard nightly in the cafes stretching along fabled MacDougal Street. Today great folk still lives on in MacDougal Street West. The urban vibe of Greenwich Village emanates now from Arizona and elicits memories of exciting times past and hopes for brighter days ahead. Ron Skelton: Guitar, vocals – Hailing from Lancaster, Calif., Ron loved music performance from an early age. He has been singing and performing with his guitar since his high school days. Coupling with that his experience of barbershop quartet harmonies has made Ron a polished group or solo performer. Mary Alberts: Vocals – Having grown up in the ’60s, Mary Alberts finds particular joy in keeping alive the good vibe of one of her musical heroes, Mary Travers. You can hear and see the affinity between them in the contemporary Mary’s contributions to MacDougal Street West performances. A similar warmth of tone and personality with the original Mary helps listeners harken back to the halcyon days of the Peter, Paul, and Mary experience. Rick Shore: Guitar, vocals – In 1962, Peter, Paul and Mary’s first album was released. After the album, 11-year old Rick asked if he could learn to play guitar and hasn’t stopped learning and playing. From junior high through college, Rick has been in groups that feature his favorite sounds: PPM, Kingston Trio, Beach Boys, Hollies, Buffalo Springfield and CSNY. Bill Rice: Bass, guitar – Bill was born and raised in the “badlands” of eastern Montana, but headed south to Texas in ‘76. He played in several bands in and around Austin for years, finally arriving in Prescott in 1999.

Thurs July 19 & Aug 9                     Sizzling summer specials heat up in Lecture Hall. Join the Recreation Centers of Sun City West for a new format of shows that will be offered in the Lecture Hall in the July and August as part of our Sizzling Summer Specials. First up will be T.A. Burrows who will perform his “Legends of Song” at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, followed by The Kehlers on Thursday, Aug. 9, both in the Lecture Hall. Tickets for both shows are available online at or at the Box Office, 19803 N R.H. Johnson Blvd., for the low price of $5. All seats are general admission. Doors will open at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. for each show.

                                                            Thursday, July 19 T.A. Burrows’ “Legends of Song”. T.A. Burrows uses his remarkable vocal talents to create a delightful trip down memory lane, featuring such standards as “Misty,” “That’s Life,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Georgia,” “That’s Amore” and more. Between songs, T.A. keeps audiences amused with interesting biographical facts about the vocal legends who first performed America’s best-loved songs. A New York native, T.A. has more than 40 years of experience and has performed more than 2,500 shows throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has opened for such stars as The Temptations, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, the Pointer Sisters, and Bob Hope. His theatre credits include performances in “Damn Yankees,” “The Pajama Game,” “Guys & Dolls,” and “Simply Sammy,” a tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this multiaward-winning vocalist, comedian and actor – right here in Sun City West. “Legends of Song” is more than just another one-man show, it’s the concert of a lifetime!

                                                            Thursday, August 9 The Kehlers. The Kehlers’ singing and playing style will make your toes tap and your ears smile! For 43 years, Steve and Darlene have been entertaining audiences with a large repertoire of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel favorites. Steve boasts a unique, folksy voice and is a natural on the harmonica, acoustic guitar and mandolin. Darlene accompanies him on bass guitar (she is the only performing female bass player in Sun City West)! The Kehlers are pleased to be joined by guest performer Frank Menolascino on electric guitar. Frank, facility lead at Kuentz Recreation Center, plays a mean guitar that should not be missed. Purchase your tickets now for an afternoon of musical fun and enjoyment!

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