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Kuentz Recreation Center projects to begin May 4

Kuentz Recreation Center projects to begin May 4

On Monday, May 4, several construction projects at the Kuentz Recreation Center are scheduled to begin. The projects currently scheduled for the Kuentz Rec Center are as followed:

  • Club Room/Fitness addition
  • Spa Room remodel
  • New parking lot
  • Theatre Courtyard improvements
  • Storage room addition

The first few weeks of these projects will consist of installing safety protocols, construction fencing and a project area demo. Afterwards, the general contractor’s detailed construction schedule will begin.

Please be aware that during this time, approximately five months, the following locations at the Kuentz Recreation Center will be closed:

  • Swim/Fitness center restrooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Fitness room
  • Spa

Kuentz Recreation Center

Construction projects scheduled to begin Monday, May 4

From the GM: Why we’re temporarily closing golf

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If you recall, RCSCW made the decision several weeks ago to close its recreation facilities, except for golf courses. Our decision preceded our Governor and all university and national sports associations decisions to do the same.

 Our main decision to keep golf open is the fact that golfers do not require a shared physical object to play (a ball being handed back and forth). We took special precautions to ensure social distancing, making sure we adapted and removed most touchable items (flags, holes, rental carts, ball washers, rakes etc.) Yes, there was some early complaining but that grew mostly into thank you messages.

 Look at the situation since then. The Arizona numbers within Maricopa County are growing and we are being told that the peak is coming.

If a large wave, hurricane or tornado is approaching, do you not prepare and take cover?

I have learned over years of competition that winning requires a bit of defense to be played.

 What appears to be one of the saving graces from this virus is isolation, quarantine and hopefully warm sunny weather. Other countries severely impacted by this virus have adopted this type of stay at home behavior and things are improving and lives are saved.

 This is serious and we are managing as such.

 With the spread of this virus continuing to grow locally, we feel that the best thing for everyone to do at this time is to stay home.

 So far 14 states have specifically banned golf being played (California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin), and the situation is ever-changing. In some cases, courses, clubs or resorts have opted to pause operations even if their states haven’t mandated it.

 A few days ago, our Governor made changes to his initial definition of essential services (beauty salons, manicures and tattoo parlors). I’m not certain that golf is too far behind.

 Dealing with the national trends, local health official data and a recent spike in activity, we made the decision to close for the safety of all.

 I golf, too, and I understand the frustration as I would rather be out there with you than doing a lot of other things.

 You can fault me all you want for making unpopular decisions, but those decisions are honest, transparent and defendable.

 You should not find fault in our Association’s attempt to keep members safe and protecting our employees from unnecessary harm.

 The best advice given to me is to “Stay At Home,” wash your hands and I hope to see you on the tee box soon.

 Stay safe –

 William Schwind
General Manager



Sun City West virtual meetings

Sun City West virtual meetings

Residents: Thank you for your patience as we are negotiating these difficult times. Our primary focus is on keeping our members and employees safe. Beyond that, we are working diliegently to stay on schedule with our budgeting for fiscal year 2020-21. To do that, we have pre-recorded a presentation of our capital budget, which you can view at

We have four Committees that play a part in reviewing the budget prior to the Board’s expected adoption on May 28. We are meeting virtually with the Chartered Clubs, Properties, Budget & Finance and Golf Committees on Thursday, April 2. Those meetings will be recorded and posted at after they have concluded.

You can view the Committee meeting videos on the website, and then email us any questions/comments to We will post your questions and our responses on the same website. Be sure to include your name and rec card number in your question. We will not publish your rec card numbers with your names on the Q&A.

Once we have completed this capital review process with the committees,we plan to schedule Board meetings and a public forum. Stay tuned for details on how you can participate in those meetings.

Stay home and stay healthy!

Sun City West virtual meetings

Community services for food and medication

As a community service, we wanted to share with you this list of essential services shared with us by a local church. We cannot verify all the information given the limited staff we have on hand right now, but we believe you can find it of value.

*Please know that this information was last updated in August 2019, so some of these services may have changed in the interim.  Additionally, with the community now facing this Coronavirus situation, it is possible that some of these programs are now experiencing impacts to the services that they are able to provide. Thus, you will want to call the included contact numbers below to confirm program specifics. Again, the purpose of this information is to provide you with as many community resources and tools as possible should you find yourself in need of these.

Food Assistance

  • Benevilla has a program through which volunteers will do weekly grocery shopping.

    • Main office: 16752 N. Greasewood St, Surprise

    • Sun City West office: 13576 Camino del Sol #22

    • Office hours both locations: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Phone: (623) 584-4999

    • Stores participating in the program and requirements vary.  Interested persons should call Benevilla for more information.

    • Service is available short or long-term for those with limited resources.

    • A volunteer collects a weekly list from the person, shops at a participating store, delivers the groceries to the client and receives the payment, and then returns to the store with the payment.

    • This service is provided under Benevilla’s Free Home Service program which also provides handyperson assistance (skilled volunteers that make minor home repairs.)

  • The Soup Kitchen is a ministry of Church on the Green providing free lunch one day a week.

    • Location: Church on the Green, Fellowship Hall, 19051 N. RH Johnson Blvd, Sun City West

    • Phone: (623) 546-6386

    • Lunch is typically provided on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from October through May each year.

    • Details are published in the local newspaper and on their church signage.

  • Meals on Wheels, Sun City West is a local non-profit through which volunteers deliver meals to residents of Sun City West and is not affiliated with the national program.

    • Phone: (623) 544-2757

    • Since this is a completely volunteer organization funded only by donations, there are periodic changes to the program & to the contact information.  Articles in the SCW Independent newspaper a few times a year include updated information and any changes in the contact phone number.

    • Assistance can be short or long-term.

    • In 2019, meals were being prepared by Grandview Terrace. Volunteer route drivers pick up meals at Grandview and deliver them to the client’s home.

    • Two meals (1 cold and 1 hot meal) are delivered together daily. No deliveries on Sundays.

    • Cost (in 2019) was $10.00 per day. Meals can be delivered for a few days a week or for up to 6.

    • There is a subsidy program for low-income persons.

    • Assistance is funded entirely by donations, so requirements and availability may be limited and varies over time. Call for more information.

  • Meals of Joy – This is a food deliever program of extremely good quality. A meal and the cost of meals can be found at You can also email or call 623-594-9588 for more information. 

  • Valley View Community Food Bank is a local non-profit providing food boxes to those in need.

    • Location: 12321 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage

    • Phone: (623) 933-3358

    • Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 pm.

    • Website:

    • No referral needed. Walk-ins will be served. A photo ID is required & birth certificates if the family has children. Call for more information.

  • The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps maintains a food pantry of free fresh food and canned goods, provides food boxes, and has a meals program.

    • Location: 17420 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise;

    • Phone: (623) 977-1084

    • Website:

    • Free food boxes are provided. 

    • Requirements and processes vary.  Please call for current information.

  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance helps feed hungry families throughout Phoenix & 9 AZ counties, including Maricopa County.

    • Local program location: 13050 W. Elm St, Surprise

    • Phone: (602) 242-3663

    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Website: To obtain information from their website, click on the “Get Help” tab at the top of the home page.

    • Mobile Pantry trucks deliver free produce to locations throughout the community. No ID or proof of residence required. Dates, times and locations vary every month. A monthly calendar is on the website and lists all information. After clicking on the “Get Help” tab, scroll down to the Mobile Pantry information that contains a link labeled “Here” for the monthly delivery calendar.

    • Food boxes are provided at the Surprise location. Walk-ins will be served. No referral is required. Must show a photo ID and proof of residency address in one of the program counties.

    • St. Mary’s participates in the USDA government Commodity Supplemental Food Program for low-income seniors. Participants must be 60 years or older, provide documentation of identity that includes a photo and Date of Birth, and meet income guidelines (In 2019: 1 person – $1,316 per month or less, 2 persons – $1,784 per month or less). Call St. Mary’s for more information. A copy of the application to be completed is on their website under the “Get Help” tab through a link found in the program information when you scroll down.

  • AZ Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded food distribution program providing once a month food packages to people 60 and older. Persons who qualify receive food commodities at participating food distribution sites (Food Pantries).

    • Website for detailed information: search by program name

    • Eligibility:

    • Gross income of household doesn’t exceed 130% of federal poverty level (by self-declaration, verification not required)

      • 60 years of age or older

      • Have a valid AZ address

    • Documentation required:

      • Verification of age: drivers license, birth certificate, Social Security record, passport, Baptismal Certificate, etc.

      • Current document verifying address/residency: drivers license, state ID, utility bill in your name, etc.

    • To enroll in program, complete the application form at one of the participating food pantries.

    • The program is available in all 15 AZ counties.

    • St. Mary’s Food Bank is currently a participating distribution center.

  • Senior Centers: Local senior centers provide a variety of food assistance programs. They often provide a meal at the center (rather than dispensing food to homes). Individuals should call the center for current information. Some examples of such services during 2019 include:

    • Surprise Senior Center: 15832 N. Hollyhock St, Surprise; (623) 222-1500

    • Banner Olive Branch Senior Center: 11250 N. 107th Ave #115, Sun City; (623) 465-6001

    • Peoria Senior Center: 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria; (623) 979-3570

  • Duet: Partners in Health & Aging: Duet helps older adults and their families cope with challenges related to aging. From getting groceries and rides to the doctor, to health promotion activities and support groups.

    • Duet is a non-profit, interfaith organization that has been serving older adults in greater Phoenix since 1981.

    • EMAIL

    • PHONE (602) 274-5022

    • FAX (602) 274-6793

    • Office Hours:

      • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., MST

      • 10000 N. 31st Ave, Suite D200
        Phoenix, AZ 85051

Additionally, many of our local supermarkets offer delivery and/or pick-up options. Several are now attempting to offer “contact free” transactions. Yet several of our local stores are expressing that orders may have fulfillment delays.  Please call your local branch for the latest information.

  • Albertsons / Safeway / Frys / Bashes /  Walmart

    • Know that some of these services are provided free with a minimum order (ie, Walmart grocery pick-up) and others are offered through delivery companies. This is also another option available to you: grocery delivery through companies such as Instacart (additional details can be found online). Additionally, there are several companies (whose details can also be found online) that will deliver restaurant take-out to your home for a fee such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, Postmates, and others.

    • Another resource comes from local news outlet The below is a link to a substantial list of Phoenix area restaurants that offer deals as they move to delivery/take-out/drive-thru. This information can be found here

Getting Prescriptions Filled

  • CVS: offers free (if qualified) home delivery of medications that are shipped via the postal system. Sign-up for this is via online portal:  Delivery time via postal service can be 1-2 days, yet they currently may be experiencing delayed deliveries. Same day delivery is available via Instacart (again a delivery company that does charge for delivery.)  
  • Walgreens: Delivery can be set up at 1-800-345-1985. You will be asked to provide name, DOB, address, and insurance info.  You can provide credit card information or be invoiced for co-pay.  A company rep did state that it takes 10 days for receipt after script is received by Walgreens.

In closing and as stated before, please realize the constraints of this list: 

  • These resources are experiencing unprecedented demand.
  • This email is not an endorsement or promotion of any of the commercial services listed here.  To that end, please verify the above information for yourself.
  • We realize that this is not an exhaustive list of all possible resources, yet we want to get the resources that we do know about to you as they may prove helpful in the days to come. 
Coronavirus: Sun City West readies for possible closures/cancelations; Happy Camp canceled

Coronavirus: Sun City West readies for possible closures/cancelations; Happy Camp canceled

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the high number of out of state visitors at this time of year, the Recreation Centers of Sun City West advises residents to be aware that event cancelations or facility closures could happen at any time. Residents who are at higher risk of infection are advised to avoid social situations and group settings.

“Coronavirus in Arizona is a rapidly evolving situation. We don’t know what the Covid-19 cases will look like in two weeks, but we do know Arizona will have more, as will the rest of the country,” said General Manager Bill Schwind. “We want to be sure to give all our residents, including those who are expecting guests, as much time as possible to make alternative plans if they choose. That’s why we are putting out this notice now, even though no local cases have been reported.”

The Rec Centers is canceling its Happy Camp programming, which was scheduled to begin March 23 and invites participation from youngsters who are visiting their grandparents. “We know our residents love this annual two-week long celebration with their visiting grandchildren, but safety comes first, so this event has been canceled,” Schwind said.

As for other events and activities planned in Sun City West, decisions regarding closures or cancelations will be made as more is known. “We have a Covid-19 plan in place and can make decisions quickly, as the need arises,” Schwind said.
Residents are advised to take precautions to safeguard their own health, particularly residents who are at higher risk. Per the CDC, older adults and those with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are at higher risk for Covid-19 complications.

“As of right now, there are no known cases of Covid-19 in our area, but that could change at any time,” said Schwind.
Per advice from the CDC and Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, all residents are advised to take precautions to safeguard their own health, including social distancing. The Rec Centers encourages residents to ensure they have a supply of prescription medicines, as well as food and other necessities to last them for two weeks. The Rec Centers will make decisions on cancelations and closures to safeguard our members, should we reach that point.

Residents are advised to watch and sign up for the Rec Centers’ enews or follow us on Twitter at @rcscw to stay abreast of local conditions pertaining to the Rec Centers. Any event cancelations or facility closures will be announced there. Arizona Fire and Medical Authority is the local agency responsible for working with residents throughout the community. Follow AZFMA on Twitter at or visit

Talent Spotlight for March

Talent Spotlight for March

Join us for a full hour of entertainment as Sun City West Talent Spotlight takes place from the Kuentz Courtyard, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

The following acts will perform at the March Talent Spotlight shows:

  • March 4 – Mike Lindner
  • March 11 – Country Crossing
  • March 18 – Jerry Keiser

Questions? Contact Phil Dauterive at 623-544-6193.

Tour the rec centers in March

Tour the rec centers in March

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

Tours scheduled for March

Beardsley Recreation Center

Monday, March 9 and 23

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

Beardsley Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Tour last 1 3/4 hours
  • Meet in front of the Arts and Crafts building

Palm Ridge Recreation Center

Tuesday, March 10 and 24 

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

Palm Ridge Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Tour last one hour
  • Meet in front of pool building

Kuentz Recreation Center

Wednesday, March 11 and 25 

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

Kuentz Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Last one hour
  • Meet in front of Stardust Theatre

R.H. Johnson Recreation Center

Thursday, March 12 and 26 

Meet in front of Social Hall. Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. (We visit ARC also)

R.H. Johnson Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours
  • Meet in front of the social hall

Sun City West Golf Courses

Thursday, March 19

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

Sun City West Golf Course Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Tour last about 2 hours
  • Meet at Grandview Pro Shop

Library, Metal Shop and Agriculture Club

Tuesday, March 17

Meet at the R.H. Johnson Library. Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. We will then travel to each of the clubs.

R.H. Johnson Library Tour

  • Meet at the R.H. Johnson Library
  • Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours
  • We will then travel to each of the clubs

Sun City West Metal Club

  • Meet at the R.H. Johnson Library
  • Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours
  • We will then travel to each of the clubs

Sun City West Agriculture Club

  • Meet at the R.H. Johnson Library
  • Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours
  • We will then travel to each of the clubs
Book talk and signing with C.J. Box

Book talk and signing with C.J. Box

The R.H. Johnson Library is pleased to present New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box for a book talk and signing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Summit Hall B of the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive.

The author’s books, including his newest Joe Pickett book, “Long Range,” will be available for purchase at the venue. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for residents with a valid rec card and at 9:30 a.m. for the general public. All are welcome and tickets are not required.

Scheduled to Appear

A native of Wyoming, C.J. Box is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of numerous awards including the Edgar Alan Poe award for best novel, the Anthony award, Macavity award and two Barry awards. His books have been translated into 27 different languages and have sold over seven million copies worldwide.


No tickets are required for this event. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for residents with a valid rec card and at 9:30 a.m. for the general public. All are welcome to attend!


C.J. Box Book Talk and Signing

10 a.m. 

Tuesday, March 3

Palm Ridge Summit Hall

Follow C.J. Box!

Thaddeus Rose to kick off March Dance

Thaddeus Rose to kick off March Dance

Wear your red, white and blue to kick off the American Vibes weekend with the Thaddeus Rose Band at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Palm Ridge Rec Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

A Sun City West favorite, Thaddeus Rose Band last performed at the 2019 Fall Fest where they provided an electrifying performance that had the audience dancing all night long. It is safe to say that you should be expecting the same when they perform at the March Dance. 

Tickets are $15 per person and go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the R.H. Johnson Box Office or online at

Scheduled to Perform

Thaddeus Rose Band is a band with very intuitive and genuinely connect with the audience. Their sound is state of the art and on point. Thaddeus’ graceful yet funky hip-hop moves across the stage serve as the proverbial frosting on the cake. Thaddeus Rose Band is a variety band that offers the best dance and rock hits of all times. Their remakes of iconic cover tunes are flawless and originate from some of the greatest musicians of our time.


Tickets for the March Dance are $15 per person and become available at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the R.H. Johnson Box Office or online by clicking the button below.


March Dance

7 p.m.

Friday, March 27

Palm Ridge Summit Hall

Check out the Performer!

Thaddeus Rose Band
SCW welcomes visitors to Spring 2020 Arts and Crafts Fair

SCW welcomes visitors to Spring 2020 Arts and Crafts Fair

Area residents are invited to Sun City West’s Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.

This popular community event 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 participating Sun City West Chartered Club members. For more information about the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, contact Village Store Supervisor Katie Van Leuven at 623-544-6135 or

Event Map

Spring 2020 Arts and Crafts Fair

8 a.m. to 2 pm.

Saturday, March 21

If You Go

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21
  • R.H. Johnson Recreation Center
  • Open to the public
  • Free Admission