Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc. 





Date:               June 11, 2018


To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – June 11, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. R. H. Johnson Tennis Project Phase 1 & 2 is in progress. Phase 1 trench drain is completed and we are prepping Phase 2 courts for new lighting and concrete work.


  1. The ARC Paint Booth project is in progress. The foundation is completed and the steel structure is being delivered.


  1. The concrete work for the RH Johnson directional signage is complete and the metal signage work is in progress.


  1. R. H. Johnson Monument Signs Project is in progress. Footers are completed and we in the stage of forming the concrete bench design.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Tennis Restroom Expansion project is in progress.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Great Lawn Grill Area Lighting addition foundation was completed 5/17/18. Lighting fixtures are to be installed June 25 upon arrival from the manufacturer.


  1. The Palm Ridge Pool Deck Project is in progress. Concrete removal is complete and we are currently installing the trench drain.


  1. Stardust Pro Shop flooring replacement is in progress.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. Palm Ridge Pool has been closed down to replace the pool decking. The water isolation valve between the pool and the Palm Ridge Summit Bldg. failed earlier this year which causes us to have to shut the water down to both buildings whenever it is necessary to make water line repairs.  We will take advantage the current shutdown to replace the isolation valve tomorrow which will require us to shut the water off for one day to both the PR Pool Bldg. and the Summit Bldg.


  1. We will be adding circulation motors to the Palm Ridge Pool.



  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 Summer Series Acts, June 11 (A Little Help from my Friends), 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. Our next Dive-In Movie at the R.H. Johnson Pool is scheduled for Saturday, 6-23-18. The featured movie will be “Central Intelligence”.


  1. Updated information regarding our Fall Fest Event; All fall Fest ticket packages (2,400 have been sold out. We still have individual tickets remaining for the Beatles Tribute on the second day of Fall Fest.


  1. Palm Ridge Indoor Pool continues to be closed for deck renovation/resurfacing as well as other maintenance projects. The Kuentz Facility is opening at 5 a.m. to provide members more swim time during the closure of Palm Ridge Pool.


  1. An interesting statistic; 20 new residents took the Facilities Tour with Dori Miller in May and another 12 new residents took advantage of the Facilities Tour in June. New members to Sun City West seem to value the Facilities Tour Program.  Thanks Dori for making this program such a success!


  1. We are still in negotiations to contract with Free Spirit Travel so we might offer more travel opportunities to our members.


General Services:

  1. We continue to work converting chartered clubs to the new Divi Template software which we expect will go on through the summer. We started out with Clubs that have very little content on their websites and will notify other clubs before they are going to be converted.  We will also offer group training sessions for each of the club’s content managers (formerly webmasters).


  1. We plan to meet again this week on revised training modules for the Fall 2018 TORCH Class. The new sessions which include Leadership, Generational and Team Building modules will replace the team projects.   Please call the Governing Board Executive Assistant at 623-544-6115 for more details or to register.


  1. Gregg, our Systems Network Administrator, will be making updates to Association servers.


  1. We have installed and are testing vertical scanners at Member Services, Check-in desks at our Recreation Facilities and at our golf courses. Once up and running these scanners will allow our members to take a picture of their Rec. Cards on their cell phone and use the picture instead of their actual card to check in to our facilities.


  1. Financials for the Association will not be printed in the Rec. Center News until our annual audit results have been completed.


  1. DNS blocks on our website have been updated. We will continue to use these blocks which prevents those using Rec. Centers wi-fi connections from accessing adult, gambling and other similar sites while on Rec. Centers’ properties.


  1. We had issue with Microsoft where several computers lost their credentials. The IT Department has addressed this issue and restored the credentials and asks that should any other employee having this problem to report it to them.



  1. Travel Like You Have a Fortune Without Spending One! Last Tuesday, author Rick Brown presented an interesting program on travel tips that was very well received by the audience.


  1. The Summer Reading Club began last Tuesday and a good number of people signed up to participate on the very first day.


  1. All residents are invited to join the R. H. Johnson Library Summer Puzzlers as they tackle the newest world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, “Memorable Disney Moments” by Ravensburger containing 40,320 pieces. This summer’s community puzzle was rolled out on Wednesday, June 6 to an enthusiastic crowd and they will work on the puzzle during normal library hours (9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) until it is completed.  The puzzlers told Library Director Jane Kauzlaric that they are determined to finish the project in record time.  We know that it took one lady in Brazil 137 days to assemble it on her own.


Financial Services:

  1. Tony and the Accounting group are working on Month End Financial Reports.


  1. We will be meeting tomorrow to talk about integrating Payroll and HR/Personnel information into the system with the expectation of improving and streamlining access to this information and reducing duplicate data entry into the system.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue for the first 10 days in June was up 3% vs. prior year.


  1. The Golf Operations offices will be remodeled in July. Staff will be temporarily located at Stardust Golf Course during that time while the course is closed for summer maintenance.


  1. We are offering a Summer Special Value-Added feature for Super Twilight Golf after 2:30 p.m. for the month of June. The cost for this is $23 which includes the greens fee, half a cart and a sleeve of Bridgestone golf balls.  We are also planning some other summer promotional programs.


Environmental Services:

  1. Desert Trails Golf Course reopens tomorrow 6-12-18 following maintenance which included palm tree trimming and fertilization. Pebble Brook Golf Course closes for course maintenance on Thursday, 6/14/18 and reopens on Tuesday, 6-19-18


  1. Stardust Golf Course closed for summer maintenance on Monday, May 28 and will reopen after overseeding on Tuesday, Oct. 16.


  1. We could possibly be done planting the new trees along R. H. Johnson Blvd. by the end of this week.


  1. We’ve already removed most of the old plantings along the bottom of the RHJ Parking Lot on R. H. Johnson Blvd. to make way for new landscaping.


  1. Our Landscaping Dept. will be starting our annual tree trimming program to get ready and stay ahead of monsoon season.


  1. The well pump at Echo Mesa Golf Course went down due to what appears to be an electrical problem. We were able to get the pump back up and running only for it to go down again.  We have arranged to have a vendor come out to check and repair the problem.



Upcoming Events:   



June 2018

Mon June 11 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.

JUNE 11 A Little Help from My Friends – Beatles Cover “With A Little Help from My Friends” is a three-piece group performing a long list of your favorite Beatles songs, with all the bands wonderful harmonies. The group features three local Sun City West residents. Join Linda Marman, Ellie Chaffee, and Tim Polizzi for a trip down Beatles memory lane. You’ll hear early songs from “Meet the Beatles,” to “Rubber Soul” and “Sgt. Peppers,” all the way through “Abbey Road.” Tim has been featured as a guitarist, pianist and vocalist with several rock bands in California and Arizona. He’s been a Beatles fan since they first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. After relocating from California, he has been a Sun City West resident for the past six years. Ellie Chaffee has been singing as long as she can remember in folk groups, choirs, wedding bands, and community theater musicals. A former teacher from Illinois, she is now a full-time Sun City West resident. After moving to Sun City West from Colorado, Linda Marman has continued in her musical pursuits as a member of several local groups. In addition to performing as a vocalist, she plays a variety of musical instruments including piano, guitar, mandolin and clarinet.

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.

Wed July 4                                                          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.

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!