Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.




Date:               May 14, 2018


To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – May 14, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. RHJ Tennis Master Plan Phase 1 is in progress. Courts 10-15 concrete is complete.  Work on the trench drain is in progress.  Tennis court fence poles have been welded back in place.  Karl will be working the backshift on Tuesday, 5/14/18 for the final concrete pour of courts 8 & 9,


  1. The ARC Paint Booth Project floor drain issue has been resolved. We are currently installing the drain and are prepping for the foundation pour.


  1. Kuentz Stardust Backstage Restrooms Remodel is in progress. Drywall work has been completed and we are currently installing tile flooring and wainscoting.  Expected completion date of this project is 5/18/18.


  1. The R.H. Johnson Small and Large Dog Park Droneworks survey was completed on 5/7/18. We are waiting on final plans for the Small Dog Park.


  1. H. Johnson directional signage is in progress. The first footer for the sign at the Sports Pavilion was dug on 5/9/18.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Restroom expansion permit is in hand, received on 5/11/18. Demolition is now in progress.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Parking Lot Seal and Stripe Project began on Monday, 5/14/18 and is expected to be completed Tuesday, 5/22/18.


  1. H. Johnson Pool Deck Acrylic Surface project started on 5/14/17 with an expected completion date of 5/20/18.


  1. The R. H. Johnson Great Lawn Grill Area Lighting Addition Project started on 5/14/18.


  1. Stairs will be added to the R. H. Johnson Pool concrete area. They will have handrails on either side of the stairs to assist going up or down as well as a railing that will go from the staircase to each side of the raised concrete area.  Lighting will also be added to this project.  Dig Studios is designing both the stairs and the railings.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. The warranty work needing to be done at the R. H. Johnson Pool has been scheduled. The pool will be closed beginning Monday, 5/14/18 and reopen on Tuesday, 5/22/18. The contractor will not address the dead palm tree issue at this point as there are 2 other palms that are questionable.  Once the status of the other 2 trees can be determined, the contractor will make arrangements to replace and replant as necessary.  The cost of renting the equipment to replace these large trees is very expensive and it is best to take care of it at one time and not have to re-rent the equipment at a later date.


  1. With the increase in reported bee problems, we are considering testing an idea brought to us and install a “bee box” on the roof of the Palm Ridge Facility to see if the bees will take to nesting there instead of building hives in the cracks and crevasses of our buildings. If this works we would consider expanding to other areas that may have a need.


  1. Facility Maintenance crews continue working on the outdoor (courtyard ceilings) at the Kuentz Rec. Center. They are repairing drywall, mudding, taping and painting the overhead ceilings at the Kuentz Facility.  The outside of the facility is also in the process of being prepped for painting.



  1. About 210 attended our Movie in the Park, La La Land on May 12 at Beardsley Park which was the last movie for the season.


  1. Summer Series Subscription tickets are $21.00 each and are already on sale on line and at the SCW Box Office. Individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 8 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 on Saturday, May 26 at the Palm Ridge Rec. Center for our Memorial Day show featuring the Westwind Harmony Chorus. Please note that the show is not actually on Memorial Day.  The Program starts at 1:00 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m.  This is a free event, but you will need tickets to attend.  You can receive two tickets per Rec. Card at the SCW Box Office located in the RHJ Administration Bldg. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.


  1. Join us for our Sizzling Summer Lineup! These will be a series of smaller shows at the Lecture Hall this summer, one in July, two in August and one in September.  There will be two shows per day; 1pm & 3pm.  Tickets will be 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. Katy and Kristie are working on refreshing the TORCH Program, focusing on intergenerational issues, personality trait testing among other items.


  1. 24 of the travel trips we offer are completely booked.


  1. Our Drone Policy is being revised by staff and the Association Attorney. This will allow us to set the rules and policy for the operation of drone equipment at our facilities.


Village Store:

  1. The Village Store is open one more Saturday before the start of summer. On July 26 the Store closes down for the summer for maintenance and any repairs needed.


  1. In the future, security mail boxes will be sold out of the Metal Club instead of the Village Store. The Metal Club has hired two more installers for the mail boxes.


General Services:

  1. We experienced several issues with the Microsoft update this past weekend which caused computer problems in several areas. Microsoft put out a version update for its 365 programs that created a problem for some users trying to open desktop apps as well as email. We worked over the weekend to find a fix and applied those Sunday and Monday to affected users. Microsoft is working on a server-side patch in the meantime to permanently fix the program.


  1. The Marketing survey results will be posted in the upcoming Rec. Center News for anyone interested in learning more.



  1. The Friends of the Library Book Sale held at the Library last Saturday was a great success.


  1. Two virtual reality sessions were offered on Friday, May 11.  The next sessions will be offered on Friday, May 25.  We are currently taking registrations for June through October.


Financial Services:

  1. The month end financials for April 2018 have been completed. Expenses were slightly over budget compared to last year.  Revenue is up 3%


  1. Once the Budget process is completed Tony and the Accounting group will continue working on Payroll/HR/Tracking System software and several other projects we are considering.


Golf Operations:

  1. Golf revenue was up 2% compared to last year at the same time and rounds were flat.


Environmental Services:

  1. Pebblebrook golf course reopens today following spring aerification. Grandview Golf Course closes Thursday, 5/17/18 and reopens the following week on Tuesday, 5/22/18.  Once Grandview is completed we will be finished with spring aerification for another year.


  1. Palm tree trimming continues this week. This also includes the palms at the R. H. Johnson pool.


  1. Orange tree removal along R. H. Johnson Blvd. is on schedule to begin June 4 and is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.


  1. Arizona Forestry Services will be coming to Sun City West to set up traps on our courses to determine if we have an insect called the Mediterranean Pine Engraver”. They have been known to do significant damage to stressed pines and were said to have last been in the Las Vegas area.


Human Resources:

  1. HR Manager, Denise Babirak, is working with our IT Dept. on updating our online employment application and refreshing the HR portion of our website.


  1. HR continues to work with Maricopa County on the Travel Reduction information we are required to submit each year.


  1. The OSHA make-up class for those employees who were not able to attend the initial class is Thursday, May 17, 2018 in the Lecture Hall at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.



Upcoming Events:       



May 2018

Sat May 26                                         Memorial Day show features Westwind Harmony Chorus

                                                            The Recreation Centers of Sun City West welcomes Westwind Harmony Chorus for a free Memorial Day Show at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Palm Ridge Rec Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Road. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Note: the show is not on actual Memorial Day. Tickets are available to Sun City West residents – two tickets per rec card – at the R.H. Johnson Box Office, 19803 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd. There will be no online tickets. Westwind Harmony Chorus is an extraordinary group of women from the greater Phoenix area who gather in celebration of the art form known as barbershop music. The group can be heard throughout the year, singing for many civic and charitable organizations, private groups, churches, community events and fundraisers. They are members of Sweet Adelines International; which is a highly respected worldwide organization of womens singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. There are more than 600 Sweet Adeline Choruses in the U.S. and around the world

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.



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