Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.




Date:               June 18, 2018


 To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – June 18, 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. Bunger Steel Erection begins Friday, 6/22/18.


  1. The concrete work for the RH Johnson directional signage is complete and the metal signage work continues. Work is going well.


  1. R. H. Johnson Monument Signs Project is in progress. Maricopa County scheduled for inspection of Forms.  Concrete pouring design stage to follow.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Tennis Restroom Expansion project is in progress. We are saw-cutting exterior wall and starting demolition of the existing flooring.  This project is very labor/manpower intensive.


  1. The Palm Ridge Pool Deck Project is in progress. Trench Drain obstacles are being addressed.  All solutions for these obstacles are positive to date.  We are currently relocating miscellaneous pool plumbing lines.  All Electrical obstacles have been cleared.


  1. Stardust Pro Shop flooring was completed 6/18/18 in preparation for Gold Operations to relocate there once the Pebblebrook Remodel Project starts.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. The Lapidary Building floor has been repainted.


  1. The installation of the Palm Ridge isolation valve for the water line has been completed.



  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”.  Join us!  You don’t have to swim to enjoy the movie.


  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. The Kuentz Facility is 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. Recreation Manager, Kristie Riester attended a seminar on Leadership at the Arizona Women Leading Government Conference. She attended several sessions including Building High Trust Relations – It starts With You from Franklin Covey consultants.


  1. Kristie will be out 6/22/18 and return on 7/2/18. Dave Bennet will be Acting Recreation Manager while she is away.


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. Sports Pavilion Revenue is up over the last 14 days with strong outside play being a contributing factor in that. Revenue on Beer and wine sales have also increased over prior years.


  1. We are up 385 lines of bowling as compared to the same time last year.


  1. Sunday’s Bowling Special brought in $515.


General Services:

  1. Diana Starbuck offered training to chartered clubs on the new Divi Template software. 82 people attended this training.


  1. The TORCH Committee Meeting is scheduled today at 9:00 a.m.



  1. Due to heavy foot traffic and some stains from the recent parking lot seal coating, the library carpeting was cleaned last Monday.


  1. Many people have already signed up for the Summer Reading Club. Most participated last year but there are also some people new to the group.  Several library volunteers donated craft items to be given away as prizes and these are displayed in a glass case near the main entrance of the library.


  1. A nice group of people gather around the tables, many of whom are new to the project this summer. I enjoy hearing all the laughter. It is great that they have a cool place to gather while the weather outside is so hot. They tell me they are eager to complete the puzzle in record time but are relieved they don’t have a deadline like last summer’s remodel.


  1. We continue to offer virtual Reality on select Fridays during the summer. Residents are loving the experience!


  1. Summer is a good time to review the items on the shelved and to remove the worn-out volumes.


  1. Summer is also a very good time for employee cross training. It is important that all staff feel capable of working in he different areas of the library.  They tell us they enjoy the challenge.


Financial Services:

  1. Revenue is up 3% over prior year and Golf is up over last year. Expenses are also slightly up due to the increase in the cost of utilities, increase in taxes, wages and benefits and taking care of aging facilities.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue for the month of June is up 2% vs. prior year.


  1. We will be having someone from Golf Operations attend USGA Seminars being offered this year to learn more about the relaxing of some of the rules.


  1. The new flooring at Stardust Pro Shop was completed today.


  1. The Golf Operations Dept. will be temporarily moving to Stardust Golf Course while the Pebblebrook remodel takes place.


Environmental Services:

  1. Pebble Brook Golf Course reopens tomorrow, Tuesday, 6/19/18.


  1. Echo Mesa closes Thursday, 6/21/18 and reopens Tuesday, 6/26/19 for summer maintenance.


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


  1. We have only six more new trees to plant and a little cleanup to do along R. H. Johnson Blvd. These trees have a one-year warranty so any that don’t make it will be replaced free of charge.


  1. We received about 3/10” of rain at Echo Mesa which allowed us to shut the irrigation down for a bit.


Upcoming Events:       



June 2018

Sat June 23                                        Dive – In Movie. Come beat the heat and enjoy a fun comedy at the RH Johnson Pool Saturday, June 23 featuring Central Intelligence. Music will be played from 6 – 8 p.m. and the movie will begin at sunset. Bring your pool floats, rafts or anything that floats or sit on deck. The Buzz will be offering hot dog combos, FROYO, popcorn, soda and more for purchase.

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.

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 multi-award-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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