Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.



Date:               June 05, 2017

To:                   RCSCW Governing Board

From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager

Subject:         Weekly Activity Report – June 05, 2017


  1. We welcome Karl Wilhelm as our new Projects Manager. His office will be located in the Facility Maintenance Bldg. at the R. H. Johnson complex.  Until Karl’s office phone is set up, he can be reached by calling Russ Boston’s office line.


  1. Contractors are in the process of walking the Library measuring up carpet and areas to be painted. They are also walking movers through the project for the items that will they will need to go into a climate controlled environment.  We are currently awaiting bids.


  1. The countertop replacement project in the Rip’n Sew Club Room at the R. H. Johnson Facility is expected to be started this week.


  1. We will be working on the site plan for Pro Shop Outdoor Lighting to improve safety and visibility.


Sports Pavilion:

  1. Our Sunday Special brought in $260 in revenue and Tuesday’s Bowling Special brought in $140.


  1. Congratulations go out to Mike Watt who bowled his third 300 game last week which brings the total of 300 games to 29 for the year.



  1. The AZ Swing Kings Orchestra performs at the Stardust Theater on Monday and Tuesday, June 12 & 13. They perform big band arrangement made famous by great bands, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Count Basie.  Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchase on line or at the SCW Box Office.
  2. Our Fourth of July Event will be held on July 4th at 1:00 p.m. at Palm Ridge. This is a free event for SCW residents but you will need to pick up a ticket from the SCW Box Office.


  1. Just a reminder that the Library will be closed beginning Saturday July 22 for maintenance.


  1. All visiting young children and their families are invited to join us for Summer Story Time in the Library at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 7 through July 12. Different stories are read each week and are followed by a kid-friendly craft project.  All materials are provided.  Children not only get to keep their complete craft but also take home some fun library souvenirs.


  1. This year’s Summer Community Puzzle, Educa’s 18,000-piece Sistine Chapel, is a real challenge and all are invited to help. People may work at it for as much or as little time as they wish.


  1. There has been an excellent response to this Summer’s Reading Club. It will continue until September 9, even when the library is closed for maintenance as people can gather in the Men’s Club Stampede Room.


Village Store:

  1. Sales from the Village Store were up 1% over last year for the month of May.


  1. Our hand-held card readers have been recalibrated and returned to the Village Store and are now ready for the next big event.


General Services:

  1. A French film crew filmed Grandview and Desert Trails Golf Courses with a drone for a project they are working on called Zoom Out. One of our Golf Maintenance workers, Martin Rios, was filmed mowing a green at Grandview and Desert Trails Golf Courses, zooming out to heights of about 800 ft.  They are going to try and film in Spain, Dubais and Los Angeles.  Their work will be shown in Paris and Germany and they said they will provide us with a link to their work so we can see how it turned out.


  1. IT will be creating and testing a virtual reality program initially focusing on our less mobile population. People will be able to experience travel, roller coaster rides and fantasy lands without leaving the premises.  Once completed, we will have a soft launch of this program in the library.


  1. We now have software in the DRC that will automatically log the computers off after 60 minutes and clear out the previous user’s cookies and browsing history once they log off. It will also hold all print jobs in the que until the user pays for the pages printed.  This offers us more control over computer use at the DRC.


  1. The Rec. Center News deadline is Friday, June 9. Please have all submittals turned in by noon that day.


Environmental Services:

  1. Trail Ridge Golf Course reopens for play tomorrow, 6-6-17. Stardust closes on Thursday 6-8-17 and reopens on 6-13-17.


  1. Grandview Golf Course closed down for summer maintenance on Monday, May 29 will reopen after fall overseeding on October 17.  All the sand has been removed from the front nine holes.  Sand on the back nine will be removed next week.


  1. We sprayed product on the rye grass at Grandview Golf Course to help remove it which was supposed to make the turf look bad until the Bermuda grass filled in. It turns out that there was more Bermuda grass underneath than we expected so the treated areas don’t really look bad at all.


  1. Landscape Maintenance is busy trimming palm trees at Palm Ridge and along the canal on Bell Road.


  1. Our water usage numbers continue to be good. We’ve used 219 acre feet less than last year at the same time and we are currently 314 acre feet under our water usage budget.


Golf Operations:

  1. So far for the month of June golf greens fees/cart fees are up over prior year by $4,500. Rounds are down about 1,000 compared to last year for the same time period.


  1. For year to date our range revenue is up 23%. We’ve sold 1,145 debit keys.


  1. The Legends Tournament has contacted us about holding their tournament here the first two weeks of March 2018.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. Russ and Cindy attended a seminar at Maricopa County to learn more about the permitting process response improvement. They assured people that response time for County permits will be 3 – 4 weeks.  In the past it was sometimes months before permits could be obtained.  The County will be going digital which will help speed up their process immensely.



Upcoming Events:  June – July – Aug 2017


Mon & Tue Jun 12 &13                               AZ SWING KINGS, 7 pm, Stardust Theater.  The AZ Swing Kings Orchestra is a West Valley favorite and consists of 18 instrumentalists and a vocalist. The orchestra is under the direction of Lenny King, former creator and director of the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. All musicians are experienced professional performers playing original big band arrangements made famous by great bands, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Count Basie.  Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online at or at the RH Johnson Box Office 8 am – 3 pm.


Tue Jul 4                                                        FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION featuring FOREVER YOUNG CONCERT 1 pm Palm Ridge,

                                                                          Forever Young Orchestra will play a medley of patriotic music for the 4th of July show. The Forever Young Orchestra is comprised of 19 accomplished and college-degreed musicians who have all studied and performed music their entire adult lives, most starting in their childhoods. The instruments in the orchestra include two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, one baritone saxophone, one flute, one clarinet, three trumpets, four trombones, one keyboard, one drummer, one bass guitar, one rhythm guitar and one vocalist. The experience of the musicians range from playing in high school, college and Armed Forces bands, playing in various bands and symphonies, teaching music at high schools and now combining all their talents in The Forever Young Orchestra, exuding the big band sound.  The event is free for Sun City West Residents, but you need a ticket.  Please pick up a ticket at the RH Johnson Box Office Mon-Fri 8 am – 3pm.

Mon & Tue Jul 10 & 11                               MARY JO JOHNSON, 7 pm, Stardust Theater, Mary Jo has entertained audiences at an early age of 8, starting out playing the piano. As she grew and matured, she discovered her true gift, singing and performing. Her style, range and selection of music has made her a popular individual all around the valley. Her selection of music includes such artists as: Patsy Cline, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Connie Frances, Tina Turner and many more. Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy a show that will make you feel like she’s singing right to you.  Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online at or at the RH Johnson Box Office 8 am – 3pm.


Mon & Tue Aug 14 & 15                              THE DRY HEAT BAND, 7 pm at the Stardust Theater, The Dry Heat Band is from the Northwest Valley area of Phoenix and performs a variety of music from western, country, folk, bluegrass, old standards and gospel. They style their performances to the entertainment needs of the audience, using a bit of humor, some interaction and audience participation.  Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online at or at the RH Johnson Box Office 8 am – 3pm.


Wed Aug 23                                                   SIZZLING SINATRA SUMMER SPECIAL, 5 pm, Palm Ridge Recreation Center,  Tickets for the cabaret-style show are just $5 per person and go on sale July 18 at the R.H. Johnson Box Office or online at Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is open to the public. Beverages will be available or BYOB and bring your own snacks. The melodies. The music. The romance. Mr. Cimorelli will take you back to a time when nightclubs sizzled with hot rhythms and cool lyrics. And one man reigned above it all – Frank Sinatra. Through the musical styling of noted vocalist Frank Cimorelli, that classic sound fills the air once again. You can experience these unforgettable songs sung by an unforgettable voice. Sip martinis while being serenaded with the best loved classics. Frank Cimorelli is an accomplished actor and singer. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has several film and television credits. He has starred in many musical stage productions including “Guys and Dolls,” “Singing in the Rain,” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Cimorelli’s tribute brings Sinatra back to life in what is being called a “must see” show.

Look for the soft opening of the RH Johnson Swim and Fitness Complex sometime in August.

The GRAND OPENING is scheduled for the weekend of Sept 16th.