Recreation Centers

Of Sun City West, Inc.




Date:               May 07, 2018


 To:                  RCSCW Governing Board


From:             Mike Whiting, General Manager


Subject:          Weekly Activity Report – May 07, 2018


Facility Projects:

  1. RHJ Tennis Master Plan Phase 1 is in progress. Courts 10-11 were poured on May 02, courts 14-15were poured on 5/4.  Karl will be working the backshift Thursday, May 10 for concrete pour of courts 8-9.


  1. The ARC Paint Booth project is currently on temporary hold due to the need to redesign the floor drain location and further engineering. The drain as designed by the plans is unable to be connected to the existing as-built drain due to structural concrete in the way of the connection point.


  1. Kuentz Stardust Backstage Restrooms Remodel is in progress with an expected completion date of 5/17/18.


  1. The Kuentz Woodshop Cart Parking lot warranty re-pour was completed by Running Construction on 5/7 and the warranty re-pour of the ADA ramps was completed by K. L. McIntyre on 5/4.


Facility Maintenance:

  1. We are fine-tuning the schedule to have some warranty work done at the R. H. Johnson Pool. The schedule will center around the removal and replacement of a dead palm tree located at the pool as this will be the most difficult of the scheduled warranty repairs to complete. It will be necessary to close the pool for 3 to 4 days during repairs.  We should have the closure dates confirmed in the near future and we will post the information as soon as it’s finalized.


  1. We had a new HVAC Unit installed on the R. H. Johnson Roof to replace the one that failed.


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



  1. Our next Movie in the Park, La La Land is scheduled for May 12 at Beardsley Park at sundown. This film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt and is the story of a pianist and an actress who fall in love as they navigate their careers in Los Angeles.  Rated PG-13


  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, one in July, one in August and one in September.  Tickets will be priced at $5 each, available at the RHJ Box Office.  More details will be provided on these shows in the near future.


Sports Pavilion:

  1. The Sunday Special brought in $761.


  1. Bowler of the Year is Ted Bogumil who came in just ahead of Cal Shirey 258 to 239. How close was that?  Congratulations go out to both of you for a job well done!


  1. We have sold 121 Bowling VIP Cards to date which is up 15 from the last count.


  1. We are happy to report League play is up.


Village Store:

  1. Revenue at the Village Store was the highest for the month of April since 2009.


  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. An ONN (Our Neighborhood Network) meeting is scheduled this week for Thursday.


  1. The Activities Survey will be available to see on line this week.



  1. Kudos to Todd Patty and his Landscaping Staff. The library and parking lot landscaping look great and library patrons have been very complimentary!  Thank you!


  1. The Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library will hold their regular membership meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the library. All SCW members are welcome.


  1. The Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library will have their next book sale on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall. The Friends’ sales are famous for the excellent quality and enormous quantity of gently used books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs at bargain prices.  Proceeds go towards the purchase of new items for the library.  Donations of books and other items are gratefully accepted at the library during normal business hours 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


  1. Two virtual reality sessions will be offered on Friday, May 11 for residents who preregistered.


Financial Services:

  1. Our CFO, Tony Struck, is fine-tuning the FY 18-19 Budget before it is presented to the Governing Board for approval.


  1. We expect the month end financials for April 2018 to be out this Thursday.


  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 7% compared to last year at the same time, and rounds up 4% for the year.


  1. We are currently working with ARC to set up a golf tournament.


Environmental Services:

  1. Echo Mesa Golf Course reopens tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8. Pebblebrook golf course closes on Thursday for aerification and reopens the following week on Tuesday, 5/15.


  1. The parking lot island project near the Library has been completed. We have received many compliments on the work done.


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


  1. Palm tree trimming along R. H. Johnson Blvd starts at Bell Road this week. The cost for trimming these trees has gone up over time.  It costs us $48 to trim a date palm and $38 to trim a Mexican palm.


  1. The flower beds at R. H. Johnson and Bell Road will be cleared out and replanted with summer flowers by Saturday May 12.


Human Resources:

  1. Unemployment numbers are down to 3.9%, the lowest they have been in many years. As a result, we aren’t receiving as many applications for employment at the Rec. Centers. We will be looking at other ways to attract potential employees to look at Rec. Centers employment opportunities.


Upcoming Events:       


May 2018

Sat May 12                                         Movies in the Park. The movies are free and will be shown at Beardsley Park, 12755 Beardsley Road. Showtime will be at dusk, approximately 7 p.m., and open to the public. Light concessions begin at 5 p.m. with popcorn, ice cream and drinks all available for purchase. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an affordable night out at the movies, under the stars.

                                                            MAY 12 “La La Land” While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt. Rated PG-13; drama, music.

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.