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Sun City West welcomes visitors to Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

Sun City West welcomes visitors to Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

Area residents are invited to Sun City West’s Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center.

This is the community’s 41st year hosting this popular event, which features the work of Sun City West artisans from more than 20 clubs offering pottery, jewelry, clothing, artwork and so much more at exceptional prices. This event is ideal for collecting decorative items for your home or finding that special gift for the upcoming holidays.

The fair attracts collectors of popular local artists. Many collectors come specifically for the color scheme or style of an artist and to see what is new. A good number of the items featured at the fair are sold year-round in the Village Store as well as at the fair, but some specialty items, such as pieces of metal art and woodworking pieces, are sold only at the fair because of size constraints. Visitors will be impressed at the sheer variety and number of items available.

Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. There is plenty of free parking in both the front and back parking areas of the center’s campus. Accepted forms of payment at the fair are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and checks. The Village Store has a point-of-sale barcoded system that requires sales tax to be added to purchases. All other vendors participating in the fair include sales tax in their prices. Purchase receipts are available upon request.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Vendor space is available only to Sun City West Chartered Club members. For more information about the Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, contact Village Store Supervisor Katie Van Leuven at 623-544-6135 or katie.vanleuven@suncitywest.com.

R.H. Johnson Recreation Center

R.H. Johnson rec center

Sun City West’s Newcomers Coffee returns this October

Sun City West’s Newcomers Coffee returns this October

Residents new to Sun City West, as well as those who want a refresher, are invited to attend a Newcomers Coffee & Orientation on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall. This is an opportunity for new residents to learn about Sun City West chartered clubs and to get acquainted with all that the community has to offer. The Social Hall doors open at 9 a.m. for residents to visit with clubs and service groups. During the visit until 10:30 a.m., a video program will be presented. Coffee and pastry will be available. Staff and Governing Board Directors will be on hand to answer questions. If you have never attended this free event, or if you are a current resident and want to reacquaint yourself with all that Sun City West has to offer, please join us.

R.H. Johnson Social Hall

R.H. Johnson Social Hall

Special hours slated this fall for owner card picture retakes

Special hours slated this fall for owner card picture retakes

The Member Services Department of the Recreation Centers of Sun City West is planning ahead for the influx of winter residents who may need to get their owner card pictures retaken, by scheduling special photo hours beginning Oct. 1.

Residents needing a new owner card picture may have their photo taken between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from Oct. 1 through March 31, inside the Governing Board Conference Room, located next door to Member Services, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West.

Residents whose pictures on their owner card are more than 5 years old (anyone with an old logo would be older than 5 years) or who have been told by a monitor or starter that their photo must be updated, are required to get a new photo. Failure to do so can result in member privileges being revoked until the photo is updated.

New owner card pictures will be issued at no cost to members who turn in their old cards. This policy helps our monitors and starters know that the person standing in front of them matches the person in the computer system, where member privileges are validated. This ensures only people who should be using the facilities are allowed to use them.

Beginning in October, residents can expect longer lines at Member Services as winter residents and tenants return. Avoid the long waits and congested office by stopping in next door to have your photo taken. You will be issued your updated card at the same site.

For more information, call 623-544-6100.

Green Team to host First Swing Clinic at Echo Mesa

Green Team to host First Swing Clinic at Echo Mesa

Echo Mesa Golf Course will host the popular First Swing clinic which is structured specifically for people who are new to golf and want to learn to play the game. Golfers who have not played for a while and want to get back into the game are also welcome.
The event takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Echo Mesa Golf Course. This hands-on clinic will be free to Sun City West residents who hold current rec cards and have not participated in a previous First Swing clinic.
The Sun City West Green Team offers this special day to encourage friends and neighbors who are interested in learning the game to come out and try some fundamental golf skills. First Swing instructions will include woods, irons, putting, chipping and some basic information about playing the game of golf.
Space is limited to 60 participants. Registration is open from September 13th until October 31st. Registration must be made by sending an email request to greenteam@suncitywest.com with the following information:
➢ Your telephone number.
➢ Your rec card number and your spouses if applicable.
➢ Your email address; the same email will be used for each spouse
➢ Will you need clubs? If so, right or left-handed?

Echo Mesa Golf Course

Echo Mesa Golf Course

New Year’s Eve Dance

New Year’s Eve Dance

Ring in 2020 with the Recreation Centers of Sun City West at our annual New Year’s Eve Dance with The Real Thing Variety Band! The band brings you nine amazingly talented musicians including two powerhouse vocalist sisters, keys, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, trombone, and trumpet that cover a dance-able mix of Motown, Funk, and Top 40 hits of the last 50 years!  Dedicated to sharing joy through their love of music and performing, The Real Thing Band delivers an exciting, feel-good, and energy packed show – offering something for everyone!

Bring food to share if you desire as this year, we have decided to not go the catering route! Cheers to a new decade with provided treats from the Rec Centers. This band will take you to a whole new level and we hope you bring your dancing shoes. Dress how you dream, as this year’s theme is A Starry Night!

A Photo Booth will be available at no extra charge with pictures to take home that evening.

 

 

Check out more of The Real Thing Band!

Palm Ridge Recreation Center

Palm Ridge Recreation Center

Hoedown Dance with 5 in the Wheel

Hoedown Dance with 5 in the Wheel

Join the Recreation Centers of Sun City West for good a ol’ fashioned hoedown! Dancing boots and western giddy-up encouranged, but not required. The Hoedown Dance featuring 5 in the Wheel will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Palm Ridge Rec Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $12 per person and go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the R.H. Johnson Box Office, 19803 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd., or online at suncitywest.com. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

More about the artist – 5 in the Wheel

The name 5 in the Wheel comes from an old gunslinger term for 5 bullets in a revolver. 5 in the Wheel has been together since 2014. Dan and Becky met while playing with a country band called Baker Street. Over a period of a couple months, each of the original band members were replaced to form 5 in the Wheel Band. With Becky being the resident country music fan and Nick having the rock and roll background, the music line up began. Becky and her husband took country dance lessons and began searching for songs that were danceable for Country Swing, Texas Two Step, and even some Waltz songs. Having so many vocalists in the band allows Dan to follow his passion of rich harmonies. Many of the songs selected to play were chosen for the rich harmonies, such as Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Journey, Linda Ronstadt, CSNY, and many more. 5 in the Wheel Band plays dance music. They specialize in new Country and Classic Rock providing a little something for everyone in the crowd. While the band has opened for such acts as the Wall Flowers and has had Frank Zappas’ talented sister Candy, join them on stage performing, their greatest pleasure comes from playing for the dancers.

Special hours slated this fall for owner card picture retakes

Northwest Valley Connect offers new transport service to the public

West Valley community residents are offered another transit option by Northwest Valley Connect, NVC.  During five years of operations NVC volunteers and transportation staff have put forth distinguished effort to advocate, facilitate and coordinate accommodating safe transportation resources for riders, thereby promoting quality of life among residents seeking transit services.

Transportation provides a vital lifeline for people without access to transport. Limited access to public transportation in the west valley communities has been well documented for causing a burden for residents’ dependent on fragmented services, such as Dial-a-Ride/Ride Choice, taxies, Lyft, Uber and NVC Volunteer Ride-Connect.

  • NVC Mobility Volunteer Program arranges alternative services to public transit. Volunteers make every attempt in response to ride requests through the Call-Click-Connect Mobility Center. The Center helps people identify available options for their transit needs.
  • NVC Ride-Connect is a free volunteer driver program that offers rides and door-through-door services to seniors when there are no available services to meet the need.
  • NVC Group-Connect is for social trips for seniors. It provides group trips to malls, movies, games and other social outings. Charging riders a round-trip price that may be as low as $10.
  • Taxi Connect Free is a low income (free) program for those who qualify by living in Sun City West and are under 150% of the poverty level.
  • New Service – Taxi Connect Easy is a new service offering to all west valley seniors 65 years and older, veterans and disabled who like the convenience of using Uber or Lyft for same day services or advance requests. The benefit to riders is the offering of NVC Transportation Manager’s know-how while scheduling a Lyft or Uber ride, monitoring the trip and assuring safety for the service. NVC cost for service is $4/trip. For example: Lyft charges approximately $10 for five miles and NVC cost would be $4 above the Lyft charge.

NVC continues to grow as a result of value in the transportation culture of residents seeking transit mobility while attending to health service appointments, grocery shopping, and social events. NVC services are designed to sustain and enhance lifestyles for individuals and communities.

Northwest Valley Connect regards transportation services as a community’s “pay forward” that allows residents, especially those with disabilities the options to move about independently. 

Please contact Northwest Valley Connect at 623-282-9303 or email Kathryn Chandler: kchandler@northwestvalleyconnect.org to find out more information on any or all services, donation opportunities and openings to volunteer as a call center representative, driver, marketing, and events.

SCW members: Use your pink guest cards by Dec. 31

SCW members: Use your pink guest cards by Dec. 31

Recreation Centers of Sun City West members are advised to use up any remaining pink guest cards in their possession before Dec. 31, 2019, after which they will no longer be honored.

The legacy cards have not been sold since 2012, when the Rec Centers upgraded to digital guest credits. The pink cards have been honored since, but that will end at the end of 2019. No reimbursement will be made for any unused punches.

Residents may use the pink guest cards at any monitor’s station to check in their visitors. One punch per person, per day, will admit the guest; the guest will then be given a receipt to use for admittance to other facilities the rest of the day. Golf and bowling have separate fees.

Pink guest cards were sold for as little as $1 per punch years ago; the cost for a guest is now $3.50 per day. The digital system now in place can account for changing prices, but the legacy cards cannot and will therefore not be honored after Dec. 31.
For more information, call 623-544-6100.

Example of pink guest cards

Sun City West Biennial Garage Sale

Sun City West Biennial Garage Sale

Another person’s junk could be your treasure!

If you’re looking for that hard to-find item, perhaps a fellow Sun City West resident may be selling it at the Biennial Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center.

Spaces are $15 each and tables are $8 each. Space and table tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug 20, at the R.H. Johnson Box Office. This event is open to Sun City West residents only to sell their used items. This is a rain or shine event, no refunds. Sellers are NOT permitted to sell any weapons, vehicles, property or golf carts. Sellers may not sell products for or promote any clubs, foundations, fund raisers, or businesses. Sellers may only set up during the designated time. (5:15 to 6:45 a.m.) One vehicle may stay with your sale site, All the vehicles must be removed from the event area by 6:30am.

All trash and unsold items must be removed from your space when you leave. Unless, it is noted to be left for the donation trucks. Failure to remove your trash and unsold items, will result in a $25 fine. Sellers may not exceed their space. Your items must remain in your designated selling space. Sellers are responsible for reporting applicable sales tax. Vendors may not sell food or beverages. If you have not ordered a table from the Rec Centers, please do not remove tables from other sites. These have been reserved and paid for by other participants of the sale. Tables for rent will not be available the day of the event and must be pre-reserved. The Recreation Centers of Sun City West reserve the right, at their discretion, to deny participation to any individual.

Goodwill will arrive at approximately 11 a.m. They will have trucks there to collect any items that you have not sold and do not wish to take back home with you. They will take anything except mattress, televisions and any hazardous materials. You can receive a list of what Goodwill can and cannot accept at the Box Office. For more information please call the R.H. Johnson Box office at 623-544-6093 or you can
send an email to Lynne McCray at lynne.mccray@suncitywest.com.

R.H. Johnson Rec Center

R.H. Johnson Rec Center

Tour rec centers in September

Tour rec centers in September

Join Phil Dauterive as he provides a tour of all the recreation centers this September. You’ll get to visit many of the club rooms, pools and exercise rooms. You’ll even be able to visit all seven Sun City West golf courses, the R.H. Johnson Library, Metal Shop and Agriculture Club. All tours start at 9 a.m. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Tours scheduled for September

Beardsley Recreation Center

Monday, Sept. 9 and 23

Meet in front of Arts and Crafts Building off of 128th Avenue. Tour lasts 1 3/4 hours.

Palm Ridge Recreation Center

Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 24

Meet in front of pool building. Tour last one hour.

Kuentz Recreation Center

Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 25

Meet in front of Stardust Theatre. Tour last one hour.

R.H. Johnson Recreation Center

Thursday, Sept. 12 and 26

Meet in front of the Social Hall. Tour last approximately 2 1/2 hours. We visit ARC also.

Library, Metal Shop and Agriculture Club

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Meet in front of the R.H. Johnson Library. Tour will last approximately 2 1/2 hours. 

Sun City West Golf Courses

Thursday, Sept. 19

Tour starts at Grandview Golf Course on Meeker in front of the Pro Shop and lasts 2 hours.