Our All Volunteer Board of Directors TOM SHAMBO President Sunflower Community Association,, Inc. 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743 KREG BECK Treasurer Directors TOM BESTERFELDT FRANK HORSFALL BONNIE SCOTT VILLAGE CENTER 520-572-9780 Fax: 520-572-8724 General Manager, Ext. 18 Melissa Low Front Desk, Ext. 10 Bookkeeper, Ext. 17 *Website Address Sunflowerliving.com What’s Inside Board Message…………….…..7 Topics of Special Interest….......8 Upcoming Events……………...8 Committee Reports……… ….11 Cuisine Events………….….....11 Cards & Games ....................... 14 Activities & Clubs .................. 16 Health & Safety ...................... 21 Community News ................... 22 Special Interest & Contacts…..23 Classifieds………………….…24 Volume 18, Issue 1 2015 GENE WITTMANN Vice President JULIE AGOZZINO Secretary January 2015 A SPECIAL EMPTY BOWLS LUNCHEON EVENT AT SUNFLOWER By Armand LaPotin Would you like to sample at least four delicious gourmet soups made by prize winning chefs from some of the major resorts in Tucson? Would you like to own a beautiful hand painted and fired bowl done by some of the artists in our community? Would you like to support the hunger challenge faced daily by your Marana neighbors? If your answer is “YES” to all of the above, then join us for the Marana Community Food Bank’s EMPTY BOWLS CELEBRATION! When: Saturday, February 14th -11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: The Fiesta Room Cost: $15.00 per person Particulars: -All proceeds benefit your neighbors in need in the Marana Community --You will NOT be enjoying your delicious soups out of your ceramic bowls. They are yours as a gift for joining us. -Tickets may be purchased at the following times in the Village Center: Tuesday, January 13, 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event. We have been On The Road Again For You! Enjoy a musical, sporting event, Gourmet dining, a cruise, the Barrett Car Auction with us or The Arabian Horse Show Find out more about our monthly affordable day tours from Tucson: ontheroadagainforyou.com Call: Fran 520-490-3709 / Sharon 520-299-8345 RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL SALES ● INSTALLATION ● SERVICE Cochran Heating & Air Conditioning Discount for Sunflower Residents “Expert Personalized Service” Call for a FREE ESTIMATE 631-9718 “Time for Furnace Service” N. Silverbell Rd. THE UPS7850 STORE $2 off UPS shipping (Limit 3 packages) Coupon is good through December 31, 2014. Hours: M-F 8am - 6 pm Sat. 9 am - 5 pm Sun. Closed 520.744.1999 Tel 520.744.4687 Fax Email: [email protected] re.com Website: www.theupsstorelocal .com/3350 (At Cortaro & Silverbell in the Frys Shopping Center) Shipping & Packing Copying Services Freight Services Mailbox Services Shredding Services U.S. Mail Services Scanning, Emailing Notary Services Special copy discounts for all Sunflower clubs! Free (a $200 value) EXAM & X-RAYS FOR NEW PATIENTS Expires December 31,2014 Dentist Owned. Patient Centered. Dr. Kevin Mortenson, DMD Call for an appointment 520-812-7484 $49 (a $74 value) CLEANING FOR NEW PATIENTS Expires December 31,2014 www.MaranaTeeth.com • 8651 N Silverbell Rd Suite #103 Tucson, AZ 85743 • Southwest corner next to Canyon Community Bank The Association provides this publication for informational purposes only. Sunflower does not guarantee or promote any of the products or services advertised herein and assumes no responsibility for the statements made in this publication. Information regarding advertising rates, deadlines, and policy information may be obtained by contacting the Village Center Front Desk at Phone: (520) 572-9780 ● Fax: (520) 572-8724 Published monthly by Staff & Volunteers of Sunflower Community Association, Inc. 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743 SUNFLOWER VILLAGE CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION Monday – Wednesday - Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fitness Center and Swimming Pool are accessible Before and After Village Center Hours of Operation with Resident Proximity Card only, from 5:00 a.m. until Village Center opens and from Village Center closing until 11:00 p.m. daily. SUN CATCHER ADVERTISING RATES All Advertisements Printed in the Sun Catcher Are Located On Our Website OUTSIDE BACK COVER The following ads must run for 3 months with NO changes 1 /8 page $170.00 3 months 1 /4 page $320.00 3 months 1 /2 page $490.00 3 months 1 & 2 PAGES INSIDE FRONT AND BACK COVERS The following ads must run for 3 months with NO changes 1 /8 page $140.00 3 months 1 /4 page $264.00 3 months 1 /2 page $404.00 3 months AD If any changes are made in an ad on the 3-Month Rate, a Flat Charge of $15.00 will be applied for each change. This charge applies to all ads. 1-Month 3-Months 1 /8 page $45.00 $122.00 1 /4 page $85.00 $230.00 1 /2 page $130.00 $351.00 Full Page $235.00 $635.00 FLYER $75.00 – 700 May thru Dec.,900 Jan. thru April, Inserts one or two sided, prepared in bulk must be delivered to the Village Center by the 20th of the month. CLASSIFIED ADS COLUMN LINE (3/12” LINE) NEW TIME ROMAN 12PT. AVG. 40 CHARACTERS AND OR SPACES PER LINE MEMBER RATE: $3.00 PER LINE / NON-MEMBER RATE: $7.00 PER LINE DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS All data and payment must be received at the Sunflower Village Center by the 12 th of the month. Ads should be prepared on a disc, or submitted by email to [email protected] (note change in email address for advertising only). Ad should be submitted with a hard copy and full payment to Sunflower Community Association, Inc. 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743 (520- 572-9780) DISCLAIMER: The acceptance of an ad or flyer by the Association does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Sunflower Community Association, Inc. and the Association reserves the right to refuse any material that is deemed to be inappropriate. The terms, conditions and rates charged are subject to change at any time without notice. All signed contracts will, of course, be honored. SUN CATCHER DEADLINE Just a reminder to everyone who submits articles for the Sun Catcher: the deadline is the 12 th of the month. This deadline was arrived at to insure that all homeowners receive the publication in a timely manner. This allows residents to plan and participate in the next month’s activities. Ideally articles would be submitted as a Word Document attachment to an email. If you aren’t able to submit it in that format, you can also submit it on a disk. Please keep the article to 250 words or less. Please email all articles to [email protected] Thank you for your cooperation BOARD MESSAGE By Tom Shambo 2015 Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year to all of you from all of us who serve on the Board of Directors. Thanks to all the residents who attended the first Board meeting since the annual meeting; your participation is always welcome and appreciated. As we begin our new year, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities that are ahead in this upcoming year. We purchased a new surveying tool “Survey Monkey” and hope to start surveying the residents soon to test its use and start collecting valuable data. I’m thankful for such a giving community as we see evident in our front lobby with the Toys for Tots collections, the Food Bank contributions and the gift box for our brave veterans serving during this holiday season. We wish the best for each and every one of you for the upcoming year. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT By Melissa Low Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that the new year finds all our residents happy and healthy. Our annual financial audit is in progress. Field work is taking place starting January 5th. A preliminary draft is expected in a few weeks following completion of the field work. THERE’S A FORM FOR THAT! Help us help you by taking the time to complete the appropriate form for whatever problem you would like to report. From common area landscaping to clubhouse maintenance needs, we probably have a form to document issues that need attention. The front desk staff can provide a copy of the appropriate form if you aren’t sure which one you need and they are also available on the website. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS? Residents frequently want to make a suggestion or comment or just let the board know how they feel about an issue regarding the community. The Board needs to work as a team and serve the community as a whole without personal gain. Board members as individuals cannot speak for the board as a whole. A code of conduct was developed as a policy and updated in 2009 for board members to follow. The entire policy can be viewed on the website. The section addressing this type of situation is as follows: “If a Director is contacted by a Member or resident with Association business, the Director will inform the person that he/she must communicate with the Board as a whole through the general manager. This communication can be at a Board meeting, by request to be put on the agenda, or in writing.” Homeowners wishing to email the board can do so by sending their email message to the GM at [email protected] who will then forward it to all board members. Resales Calendar year 2014 2013 2012 2011 Monthly YTD November-9 55 72 54 56 SUNFLOWERLIVING WEBSITE A place for posting upcoming club and group events has now been added to the Announcements page on the S unfl ow erl i vi n g w ebsi t e (W h at ’s New > Announcements). Clubs and groups are encouraged to s end t h ei r i nform at i on t o [email protected] and it will be posted on that page. Page 7 TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE THANK YOU SUNFLOWER RESIDENTS FOR YOUR MANY TOY DONATIONS well and it was a pleasure to see them working as a team. The end result was very elegant and we received many compliments from residents and guests. What would we do without our creative, talented homeowners? It is wonderful experience to be a member of the Sunflower Community. THANK YOU FROM STAFF ATTENTION NEW RESIDENTS! By Welcoming Committee Thank you Sunflower Residents for another great year. Your smiles and greetings make our day. Throughout the year we get goodies, meals from events, cards, gifts and most of all warm friendship. Sharon, Sam, Lori, Susan & Ann Marie send you a smile and thank you for making Sunflower an exceptional place to work. If you're a new resident to Sunflower in the past year, please mark your calendars for a Wine/Cheese Reception to be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Village Center, Fiesta Room. You'll have an opportunity to mingle with fellow residents, board members and the General Manager. A formal invitation will be sent to you in early January. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU By Dawn Calkins, Chorale Director SOME UPCOMING EVENTS On behalf of the Sunfower Chorale, I'd like to send our deep appreciation for your support, both for your presence and your generous monetary donations at our holiday concerts in December. We always enjoy putting on these festive concerts for the community. Thank you for your never-ending support. Look for another concert in April. THANK YOU By Velma Whittingham and Family The family and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers, kindness and thoughts during this difficult time. We have been so overwhelmed with cards that I don’t think I could thank each one of you properly so I have chosen to do so in this manner. We are doing well and Tom is now at peace and without the pain he suffered daily for years. ‘TWAS THE HOLIDAYS By Sam Florek ‘Twas the holidays and walking into the Village Center really put people in a festive mood. It was beautifully decorated by some of our outstanding volunteers. All of the volunteers had previous experience in decorating trees, some even did it as a living previous to their retirement. They all worked together very Page 8 THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY, CENTER OPEN FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. Karaoke—Saturday, January 3 with Marty Freese at 6:30 p.m. Bingo—Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting—Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. January Potluck—Thursday, January 15—Social 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Board Study Session—Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. Illinois Party—Sunday, January 18 at l:00 p.m. Minnesota Party—Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. Culinary Club Event—Oriental Dinner, Thursday, January 22—Social 5:30 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Senior Olympics Bocce—Monday, January 26 through Saturday, January 31 NOTARY SERVICE AVAILABLE By Melissa Low NO NOTARY SERVICE UNTIL 1/16/2015 Our bookkeeper, Linda Parent, is commissioned to perform notary services for our Sunflower residents. Please feel free to contact her directly at 572-9780 ext. 17 to set up an appointment. There is no charge for Sunflower residents; appointments required. Please remember to bring your government issued identification (drivers license, passport, state ID, etc.) Do not sign your document before your appointment; your signature must be verified in front of the notary. Linda cannot notarize anything that has been signed before the visit. No exceptions. SPRING CHORALE CONCERT By Dawn Calkins, Director The Sunflower Chorale invites all those who are interested in the magic of melody to join us as we prepare for our spring concerts which will be held on April 16 and 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. We welcome all singers and you do not have to know how to read music, although it is helpful. We will be passing out music on January 5, 2015 at 3 p.m. There is a $5.00 fee to help defray the costs of music but we provide practice CDs along with the music we pass out. We have Friday morning rehearsals from 10noon for sopranos and Saturday morning rehearsals from 10-noon for tenors and basses. We hope to see you then. DISCUSSION GROUP By Michael T. Hertz Organizational Meeting: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 9-11 a.m. This group is for anyone interested in thought provoking, intellectual and stimulating conversation. You’ll like participating if you’re curious about learning more of what you don’t know. The hope is to meet in a group of around 10-12 members to discuss a wide range of topics. Each member can submit questions anonymously for discussion. Questions can be serious or light and can include current events, politics, personal growth, health and nutrition, science, world ideas, and anything else that is on our members' minds. (For example: “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of [you fill in the word]?” “Should our society be more open to [you fill in the word]?”) The group philosophy should be inclusiveness in a friendly and safe environment. Be always willing to listen and learn respectfully to what others say and be open to presenting new ideas. Since this is a new group, we’ll be open to discussing how we’ll be organized, appropriate group size, meeting times and frequency, and so on. Everything will be on the table. So if you are looking to meet like-minded intellectually stimulating thought provoking people, join us! We're the fun people. ELVIS KARAOKE Saturday, January 3rd , 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a night of music from the King of Rock & Roll with host Marty Freese. BINGO By Sam Florek HAPPY NEW YEAR! Perhaps this is your lucky year but even if it isn’t, you can still have fun at our Tuesday evening Bingo games. The date this month is Tuesday, January 13. We are pleased to have most of our snowbirds here and we certainly would like to have them join us at Bingo. We also have many new residents who might want to join the game. If you have new neighbors, stop in and invite them to join us. A side benefit is that when more people play, the prizes are larger. Thanks to our December volunteers—Carol Abrahamson, Marcia Edgeton, Carol Burba, and Peggy Smothers. We are still looking for people who are willing to sell the specials and do the callbacks. Please stop by the front desk and let us know if you would be interested in helping. Page 9 ARTISTS GALLERY By Sam Florek Our artist this month is Bob Snelson. Bob writes: My interest in art began with oil painting in the 1960’s. From there I tried acrylic painting, sketching, pottery, and colored pencils. In the 1980s we had an opportunity to travel in Europe and then to Turkey. One time we hiked to the bottom of a canyon to view the caves that the early Christians inhabited. It was hot and tiring. When we reached the top I realized that the film in my camera had never been properly installed and not one picture came out. The digital years began in the late 1990s when you could go into a store and ask about digital cameras and the salesperson didn’t even know how to turn a camera on. Times have changed! Many of the pictures on my wall were taken with a Kodak 2.1 megapixel camera. Believe it or not, it was the state of the art in digital photography at that time. The rodeo pictures were taken with a Canon 5D and 5D Mark II. We attended a Canon workshop and they allowed me to use their 400mm professional lens. The bull dogging picture was also taken with that lens. Last year we attended a workshop in Estes Park, Colorado and the elk and moose pictures were taken there. When I travel I am never disappointed even if my camera shots aren’t the best because the pictures I take with my eyes always remain with me. Photography is an adventure. You have to love it.” It doesn’t seem possible but every Lilly Books show is better than the previous one. People are amazed at the detail and beauty of her water colors. Lilly is an exceptional person. Upcoming artists are: February—Lee Botzong—New artist March—Sandy Persels April—Sandra Horton—New Artist Page 10 VOLUNTEERS By Sam Florek Sunflower is a warm and welcoming community. In addition, we have outstanding residents who are willing to donate their time and talents back to the community. If you would like to volunteer, please call the Village Center front desk 572-9780 ext. 10. This list is not all inclusive since it doesn’t include the names of many of our Committee and Club members who perform many duties on an ongoing basis—THANK YOU ONE AND ALL! Volunteers last month were: Yvonne Magee Lois Dudych Chuck Harmon Barbara Strempek Sam Florek Marlene Spencer Mary Lou Correia Jeannette Dougherty Mary Brutkowski Janine Douglass Jackie Slingland Kathy Seymour Lynn Haye Bev DuBois Joan Forgue Nancy Peek Pat Pion Linda Weber Donnsu Moody Mo Smith Frances Gauthier Jim Anderson Mardelle Manes Judy Damato Elaine Hewitt Carol Taylor Marcia Edgeton Dave Forgue Fran Strubeck Del Gustin Janet Maloney Carol Erhardt Linda Miller Carol Abrahamson Harry Slingland Don Seymour Margie Fix Don Haye Meg Kimball Peggy Smothers Walter Peek Debbi Burg Lilly Brooks Jim Moody Dee Kosidowski Mary Lou Moore Audrey Anderson Jim Manes Carol Burba Shirley Ridnour Thank you volunteers! WORKSHOP BALANCE FOR SENIORS By Sunflower Fitness Club A Free Workshop will be presented by Violet Borens, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor and Robin Nicholson, water aerobics instructor, on Friday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. WELCOMING COMMITTEE By Liz Perry Are you a new homeowner in Sunflower? The Welcoming Committee would love to meet you and provide you with a helpful information packet that includes maps, coupons, activity/club information, emergency contact information, etc. Balance is the body's ability to control postural alignment under a variety of circumstances. Please contact either Lynn Haye at 520-572-6741 or Liz Perry at [email protected], to help you get connected in your new community! In the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury and fatality for seniors. CUISINE EVENTS Knowledge is crucial to help you understand how your body functions efficiently. You can achieve the goals of maintaining a good quality of life and being independent. This will also help your loved ones reduce worry and concern about you as you age. We must each make it a high priority to take care of ourselves and our bodies. COMMITTEE REPORTS FINANCE COMMITTEE By Shirley Bailey, Chair At our December meeting, we fine-tuned our Charter as requested by the Board. We have an opportunity for a Chase Bank Investment manager in non-profits to discuss and review our investment strategy. We attended the AZ Small Business Seminar held at the Center to better understand the reporting role of our Charter Clubs within Sunflower. The Finance Committee serves at the bequest of the Board of Directors. We oversee the Reserve Fund and any new expenditures requiring reserve monies. We are a small committee of 5 members and would like to ask our neighbors who have been involved in accounting, finance, or investments to come to our meeting. We need your expertise! Please check the Communicator for our next meeting. We have changed day and times in January to better fit the Board schedule of study session and meeting dates. All members of Sunflower are invited and we hope to see you there! JANUARY POTLUCK By Carolyn LaPotin The January Potluck will be on Thursday, January 15th. The social time will begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. This will be a traditional potluck with those buying tickets signing up to bring an entrée, salad, vegetable, or dessert. Please be sure that your dish will serve 8-10 people. The ticket costs are: Two tickets at no cost if you bring an entrée $2 per person if you bring a salad, vegetable or dessert Tickets were sold on Sunday, December 14th and Monday, December 15th . Names were also taken on those two days for a waiting list. If tickets become available, a notice will be posted in the lobby of the Village Center. If you buy a ticket and then cannot attend, please call Dixie Whipple at 297- 9340 so that your “not-needed ticket” can be offered to someone on the waiting list. Don’t forget to bring your own plates and flatware. You are welcome to bring the beverage of your choice. Coffee, water, and lemonade will be served. We are looking forward to seeing you at our “winter” potluck. For further information, please contact your hosts Mark and Dixie Whipple (297-9340) and Armand and Carolyn LaPotin (572-2216). Wreath from Holiday Potluck 12/11/14 Page 11 SUNFLOWER LADIES LUNCHEON By Peggy Snyder Miss Saigon Bar and Grill, 4650 W. Ina Road, will be the location for the January Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, January 14. We will choose from 4 delicious entrees that will include soup, egg roll, tax and tip for the price of $16 per person. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. with an 11:30 a.m. time for socializing with your neighbors. They are offering us any house wine or drink for $5.00. This is a CASH bar, so try to bring correct change. Hone your chopstick skills and we’ll see you at Miss Saigon on the 14th. Sign up at the Village Center front desk by January 9. Luncheon is limited to 50 persons. DINE OUT By Ann Henson Would you like to get to know some new people? How about trying out a new restaurant or sharing your favorites with a small group? Come and check us out. A short meeting to form new groups for Dine Out will meet in the Craft Room, Tuesday, January 6 at 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Couples and singles, new and seasoned Dine Outs are welcome. No dues and no meetings. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate, call me at 744-2495 before the meeting date so that I can put you in a group. BACCHUS WINE By Sandy Persels In December, Bacchus folks had a wonderful time sharing Holiday Drinks featuring— what else?—WINE! Some bubblies, some mulled wines and other hot drinks, and some brand new taste treats, creative and delicious appetizers, good friends and lots of laughter made for a fun-filled time. What a terrific way to end the year. Here’s to more great wine times in 2015! We’ve already lined up many excellent events for the New Year and would love to have some more funand wine-loving people join us. Our group’s purpose Page 12 is to learn more about wine while sharing good times with our friends. We’re always open to new ideas for things to do, as well, so why not make Bacchus part of your New Year plans? There’s nothing to it at all; just call or e-mail Mary Laurie Siebert (744-3176 or [email protected]). She’ll put you on The List so you’ll be among the first to know what exciting things are happening with the Bacchus crowd! The other day someone told me that I could make ice cubes from leftover wine. I was confused. . . . What’s leftover wine? ~ Unknown ROMEO News By Dave Glicksman HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!! From the ROMEOs In 2013, the ROMEO’S ‘travelled’ the world (aka Tucson) sampling the cuisines of 14 countries. In 2015 we’ll ‘travel’ again. You won’t need a passport, but a Visa card might help. We start our Epicurean Tour with a taste of Italy. On Wednesday, January 14th, we’ll carpool from the Village Center at 11:10 a.m. to keep our 11:45 a.m. reservation at Scordato’s Pizzaria 4280 N. Campbellit’s a lot more than just pizza. The Eggplant Parmesan is one of this reporter’s favorites. All men of Sunflower are invited to join us for lunch. We get separate checks and there are no dues to pay. So we may give Scordato’s an accurate count, sign up at the Village Center by noon, Tuesday, January 13th. KOMEDY KORNER From the ROMEOs Overheard at the Village Center First Woman: ‘Did your husband go to Hooters with those ROMEOs last month?’ Second Woman: ‘Yes. Why?’ First Woman: ‘You actually let him go to that place with those cute young Hooter girls with their tight T-Shirts and those short shorts?’ Second Woman: ‘No big deal. I had a dog that chased cars but he couldn’t drive.’ True Story In 1999 when Nancy and I were in Home Depot, an old guy was asking an employee a question when two Hooter girls dressed for work walked past. He stopped and watched them until they turned a corner. Then he said, ‘What was I asking you? FEBRUARY VALENTINE POTLUCK PARTY By Audrey Anderson “Traditional Potluck” “Bring a homemade Valentine for others at your table” Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. Hosted by: Audrey & Jim Anderson, Helen Crandall, Marcia & Jay Johnson Ticket Sales: Friday, January 23- 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday, February 5- 10 to noon. Cost - $2. per person Only four tickets per household may be purchased. This is a huge 'RED' party... bring your Valentines for friends...and wear red... For a potluck of 120 people to be successful, you need to bring enough to serve at least 8 people. We will need main dishes, vegetable dishes, salads and desserts. Remember: If you bring a meat main dish or entrée, you will receive 2 dinner tickets free. Please: Bring your own plate and eating utensils from home. THE GREAT MINNESOTA GET-TOGETHER By Robert Silvagni What could be more entertaining than a room full of Minnesotans sharing and celebrating things Minnesotan. Where could you find Ole and Lena, the home of the Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves and lutefisk? So join us and laugh with friends and family. When: Sunday, January 25th Time: 1:00 to 3 p.m. Where: Fiesta Room Who: Minnesotans and their friends Bring: An appetizer to share and your beverage of choice Sign Up: Sign up at the front desk… if you forget, come anyway Donation: $1.00 at the door Help: If you are available, we need your help to plan the program, help set up, etc. Call Bob Silvagni (651) 293-1727 or Carol O’Boyle (651) 253-5510 ARE YOU FROM MICHIGAN? By Sue Horsfall Did you go to school there? Or perhaps you have a vacation house there? Or relatives there? Welcome to the Sunflower Michiganders. To re-awaken our fond (or other) memories of Michigan, we like to get together more-orless once a year and at least introduce ourselves to each other and perhaps reminisce a bit. More information will appear in the February Sun Catcher, but for now, please save the afternoon of Sunday, February 22 for our next gathering. If you have questions or suggestions, please call Sue or Frank Horsfall, or Ruth or Bob Bolthouse, hosts for this event. SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE By Sam Florek HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Your hosts for the first two weeks this month are Don & Helen Crandall. We still need someone to come forward and host the last three weeks in January. If you have never hosted Saturday morning coffee, you could join the Crandalls and perhaps become hosts in a future month. We definitely need hosts for the last three weeks of January. We are all set for February: Gene and Irene Wittmann are your hosts. Thank you Irene and Gene!!! We want to thank our December volunteers Jim and Audrey Anderson—they have been coffee volunteers several times. They have also hosted Potluck Club events. They are among our newest very active volunteers. This year Jim and Mardelle Manes returned to help us out in November and again in December—for many years Jim and Mardelle hosted the coffee event. As always, we welcome people who want to volunteer to help with Saturday morning coffees. Wishing you all a fantastic 2015. CULINARY CLUB By Ernest Zeches The Culinary Club invites you to their first event of the New Year. Come join us for an Oriental Dinner to be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Tickets will go on sale from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on January 5th and 7th, and again on January 12th and 14th if still available. The price is $14.00. We have a new exciting menu. Social hour will begin at 5:30 with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. See you there. Page 13 CARDS & GAMES BILLIARDS TOURNAMENTS By Jim Damato We invite all residents to play. If you have not played pool before or maybe not for a while, come on down and we will get you started. The matches are held every Tuesday and Friday starting at 1:30, but most players show up early to play a warm up game or two. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Damato 7447031. LADIES BILLIARDS By Chris Naughton EUCHRE By Bill Mattern Enjoy a fast, fun card game? Play euchre with us. We're always looking for new players. Forgot how to play or haven't played in a long time? Not to worry. "It's like riding a bike." It'll come back to you in no time. We play every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call Bill Mattern at 395-0096 or better yet, sign up in the blue notebook in the hall by the Fitness Center. Then we know how many tables to set up. Hope to see you! CARDS AND GAMES By Margaret O’Connell "CHIX with STIX”, our Sunflower Ladies Billiards group, meets on Thursdays in the billiards room from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. No sign up, just show up for great fun. Ladies are welcome to use the billiards room to “perfect your techniques” any time that the room is available. Come join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for some fun card games!! If you have a favorite card game or board game, come on down---we’re open to new games… We don’t play on Bingo Tuesday. SUNFLOWER 500 CARD CLUB By Carol Erhardt MAH JONGG By Mary Laurie The 500 Card Club invites you to join us playing a fun game every Thursday morning. We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you. We play on Friday mornings at the center from 9:00 to 11:30. Everyone is welcome. Bring your set and your 2014 card. If you are interested in learning, call Mary Laurie Siebert 744-3176 or Shirley Lambert 744 -6575. They will make a date with you to learn the basics so that you can join the fun. Not ready to make a commitment? Come watch, we will show you how it’s done. Where: The Village Center When: 9:00 a.m. Thursday – in the Library Why: To enjoy a morning with a fun group (we have a 25 cent per person donation which goes toward our jackpots). We are still willing to teach anyone who would like to learn the game. Call and we will set up a time to teach. Any Questions? Call: Carol Erhardt at 579-0912. BOCCE CLUB By Carol Burba Every Tuesday and Thursday there are some fun loving residents playing Bocce. We would love to have you come out and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary. We play every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Come on out and try it. You can learn to play the game in one afternoon. If you decide you want to join our club, dues are only $5.00 a year. The Tucson Senior Olympic Festival is coming Sunflower will host the event January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Please come and cheer all of our teams: Women, Men and Coed. Page 14 MEN’S NINE HOLE GOLF GROUP By Bob Pelley WINTER SCHEDULE The Men’s Nine Hole Golf group will play the Quarry Pines golf course on Wednesday afternoons. We play the front nine at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to join us, please sign up in the golf notebook located in the hallway just before you enter the fitness room. For further information, contact Bob Pelley at 5796766. LADIES NINE HOLE GOLF The Desert Ladies Nine Hole Golf Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. tee time. All lady golfers are welcome regardless of your expertise. You will find that it is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon at the beautiful Quarry Pines. Bring a friend. Sign up at the Center in the book by the fitness room before Monday of the week that you want to play. BOWLING NEWS By Faythe Mattern We’ve had some great accomplishments from our bowlers in the last month. Congratulations to you all! High series: Bob Sergisson 773! Jim Perkins 624, Rick Wisniewski 545, Billy Swartz 535, Bonnie Scott 531 and Julie McBirnie 352. High game: Jim Perkins 227, Judy Migneault 224, Wayne Scherer 208, Gary Scott 204 and Julie McBirnie 151. We bowl Friday afternoons at Fiesta Lanes. Please arrive by 12:35 p.m. so that lane assignments can be completed prior to our 10 minute practice time. We start bowling at 1:00 p.m. Call Irene Harvey (5790139) with any questions. SUNFLOWER MEN’S GOLF CLUB By Dennis Correia The SMGC would like to wish everyone a happy 2015 New Year. Our semiannual meeting was held at the Village Center on December 12, 2014. The following existing club officers agreed to serve for another year: Mike Clapham – President, Dennis Correia – Vice President, Bruce Berg – Treasurer/ Secretary. The club members decided to rename our annual Clint Fox Memorial Tournament to SMGC Memorial Tournament in recognition of all former SMGC members that have passed. The club has also agreed to look into the possibility of “playing it forward”. This would involve having all members play from the same tee box, and keeping the yardage at about 5800. A committee will look at the courses we play to see what makes sense for each course. This should help speed up play and make the game more enjoyable. The Clint Fox Memorial tournament held on December 1 was won this year by the team of Dennis Correia and Joan Junsay. They will receive the traveling trophy with their names added to the list of previous winners engraved on the trophy. Proceeds from the entry fees were donated to a local nonprofit charity. Our Net Championship is currently underway, after two rounds completed, the leaderboard as of December 1 has Lowell Thalman in 1st place, Tom Roberts in 2nd place, and Jim Dubois in 3rd place. There are four more rounds to go in this event which should conclude in January. This month we would like to welcome a new member, Jim Carpeau, to our club. We are always looking for new members. So if you got new golf clubs for Christmas, come on out and join us. You can call me at 520-744-8189 or any club officer or member and we promise you some very enjoyable golf experiences with our group. PING PONG GROUP By Buzz Hoffmann We would love to have new players join us for ping pong on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. All playing levels, including beginners, are welcome for a fun time of ego-free and oftentimes aerobic ping pong. We have known for years that working crossword puzzles and listening to Mozart are good for the brain. Ping pong (table tennis) may well be the world’s best brain sport. Our playing times may vary so check the Fitness schedule in the Sun Catcher. COME ON OUT! FUN POKER AND TOURNAMENTS By Carol Erhardt For those of you who have not had the pleasure of joining us for an afternoon of fun poker, we play every Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library. The Old West may have had their legends with Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and others, but we too have our legends and enjoy the camaraderie of being together. Our club membership is $5.00/year which will be due this month-- January. First time players will not be asked to pay that for playing their first game. However, if you wish to join us on a regular basis, then becoming a member is necessary. We trust that everyone had a good holiday and for those that went out of town to be with family, we look forward to your return. As they used to say in the Old West....happy trails to you until we meet again! Page 15 PINOCHLE By Harlan Quinn SUNFLOWER ART CLUB By Barbara Strempek If you like to play single deck pinochle, join us from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons in the Library (Sombrero Peak Lounge). There is no cost and no reservations are needed, just show up. We play partners and/or three-handed pinochle depending on the number of players present. For information call one of the contacts listed in the back of the Sun Catcher. The Sunflower Art Club meets on Wednesdays in the Craft Room from 9 a.m. until noon. You can come and go any time you want. There is no instructor. We are a group of artists who enjoy painting together and helping each other. Bring whatever medium you prefer. We have plastic sheets available to cover the tables. The members range from beginning to experienced artists. Usually, one of the members is in the room at 9 a.m. If not, go ahead and start painting. Need more information...call me 572-1906. TENNIS CLUB By Phil Hall The Sunflower Tennis Club had its annual membership meeting December 2. Activities for the new year will include a continuation of Sunflower Mixed Doubles, Scheduled Doubles and social mixers with tournament play and refreshments. Les Baker will provide free tennis lessons for anyone requesting help. The club will support Senior Olympic tennis and inter-club tournament play within the Tucson area. The Ladies InterClub and USTA team is still going strong. They have made us proud and have been good ambassadors for Sunflower. A social time with refreshments followed the business meeting. For January, “Sunflower Mixed Doubles” starts at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Women play Tuesday and Thursday. This is fun social tennis where you rotate positions after each game. An advantage of playing in this time slot is that you may come and leave as you wish. For regular scheduled doubles, please contact Susan Page at [email protected] or 742-1373. ACTIVITIES & CLUBS LINE DANCING By Phyllis Bowcott Howdy Partners! Ready for some Line Dancing? Join us on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room and enjoy the music and dancing. Get ready to stomp your heels and wiggle your toes to some great music. No sign up necessary and please do come. GREAT FUN is included! Questions? Call 572-1876 Page 16 INNOVATIVE DANCE By Phyllis Bowcott and Barbara Bell Taylor Phyllis and Barbara have paired up again for a new year of innovative dance and creative exercise. Barbara teaches on Mondays and Fridays. Come and join us for a healthy and fun experience and good companionship with others who love to dance! ARTS AND CRAFTS By Jeanne M Collins December projects were fun and festive. We started the month making Embroidered Holiday cards, we had many designs to choose from and each card turned out beautifully. We also made wonderful Christmas trees using cardboard cones, they were the perfect size for your Holiday table. Our annual Christmas luncheon held at Mimi’s Cafe was well attended and enjoyed by our members, great food and great company. Our annual elections of officers will be held January 5th. A report will be published in our February article. Be sure to check the board in the Craft Room for the project list and dates. We welcome everyone interested in learning a craft. Our members will help you along to complete your project. Our group meets every Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the Craft Room. If you wish to join us, the annual fee is $5.00. SUNFLOWER DEMOCRATS AND FRIENDS By Paula Singervalt Our Holiday potluck on Friday, December 12 was well attended. This was a great celebration enjoyed by many Sunflower residents. The delicious appetizers, desserts, and holiday cuisine were so wonderful. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 22 at the Urgent Care Center on Silverbell Road. Our meeting begins at 3:00 p.m. We will not have an official speaker. We, as members and voters, will lead the meeting. We will discuss the path of our group. This meeting will be interesting and important. Our members will discuss the organization of our club. We need good, strong participation. PLEASE COME TO OUR JANUARY 22 MEETING!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! SUNFLOWER FITNESS CLUB By Linda Alsobrooks New Officers at the Helm Congratulations to our new Fitness Club officers starting this month: Sue Davis, President, and Marijke Augusteijn, Vice President. Open Meeting – All Sunflower Residents Invited Please join us on Friday, January 23, 1:00 (Fiesta Room) for discussion and demonstrations of our Fitness Classes presented by our certified instructors. Be sure to bring a friend! It’s your opportunity to meet and greet the instructors. Robin Nicholson, Water Aerobics instructor, and Violet Borens, our instructor for Fun & Fit, Chi Kung, and Stretch & Tone classes. They will explain the health benefits each class provides. Violet will address the importance of balance in exercise and daily activities. Light refreshments will be served. Happy New Year Have you bought your 2015 annual Fitness Club Membership Card ($15) yet? See the staff at the Front Desk to purchase your annual card and a Punch Card ($22). Both cards must be presented each time you attend a class. For non-members, take advantage of FREE TRIAL classes. Class Schedules Violet’s classes resume on Tuesday, January 6: Fun & Fit: 8:30 a.m., Tues/Thurs: Combination of low impact dance exercise to music, plus pilates, and yoga moves. Chi Kung: 9:30 a.m., Tues/Thurs: Heal/ strengthen internal organs and increase circulation. Stretch and Tone: 10:30 a.m., Tues/Thurs: Increase flexibility and build/tone muscles. Robin’s class continues on its normal schedule: Water Aerobics: 9:00 a.m., Mon/Weds/Fri: Water resistance exercise to strengthen/ tone muscles. SUNFLOWER GENEALOGY SOCIETY By Kristin Delaplane Exciting new beginnings for 2015. Join us for the treasure hunt of a lifetime. Each meeting has a Beginners Session where our experts will demonstrate how to start discovering your family. All residents of Sunflower are welcome at no obligation. Regret that your family didn’t tell you more about your family’s history? It’s never too late. Our experts will demonstrate the basics and help you with any struggles and answer your questions. A great opportunity if you have thought you might like to see what it’s all about, maybe dip your toes in the water. Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, January 20, starting at 2 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. Did any of your ancestors live in the Midwest? Mary Dietz has some exciting tips for exploring those Midwest Roots and she’s going to share these at the January meeting: “The Inside Scoop on Finding Your Midwest Roots.” FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP By Kristin Delpane “Capturing Your Family Stories.” A monthly no-fee workshop led by resident author-personal historian Kristin Delaplane. Individual help on organizing your family history material for a manuscript or book. Topics cover crafting your memoirs, oral history recordings, tips to organizing and saving photographs, best presentations for your genealogy materials, and options for printing/publishing. Thursday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the Craft Room. Page 17 SUNFLOWER HIKING CLUB By Marti Wyckoff SUNFLOWER NEEDLEWORKERS By Dawn Calkins Hike leaders send out an email a few days before each hike with information about the hike, meeting time at the center and driver donation amount. Please call the hike leader with any questions. To be added to Sunflower's Hiking email list, send an email to [email protected] to make this request. The following is the link to the season's schedule and the photo albums. We meet every Monday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 and Wednesday mornings from 9:00-11:00 in the Sunflower Village Center. We meet from October through May, but if there are enough members here who want to keep meeting during the summer, we will. http://www.sunflowerliving.com/yearly/clubs_2009/ sunflower_hiking.pdf HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! January 2015 Hiking Schedule: nd Friday Jan 2 : GOLDEN GATE/IRONWOOD, 6 miles, MODERATE. Hike Leader: Nancy Peek 5056776 Tuesday Jan 6th: SANCTUARY COVE/SCENIC DR. LOOP, 4 miles DIFFICULT. Hike Leader: Linda Hoffmann 260-8959 Friday Jan 9th: CACTUS WREN/MANVILLE LOOP, 3.8 miles, EASY. Hike Leader: Jeannine Rainbolt 638-7166 Tuesday Jan 13th: ROMERO SPRINGS, 10 miles, DIFFICULT. Hike Leader: Melba Cope 744-5095 Friday Jan 16th: THE HILL (Tucson Mtn. Park), 5.2 miles, MODERATE. Hike Leader: Phil Hoffmann 260-3002 th Tuesday Jan 20 : SEVEN FALLS (Sabino CanyonTram), 6.0 miles MODERATE. Hike Leaders: Pat Miller 331-5736, Kathy Miller 331-5800 Friday Jan 23rd: HUGH NORRIS/GOULD MINE (Key Swap), 4.8 miles MODERATE +. Hike Leaders: Melba Cope 744-5095, Phil Hoffmann 260-3002 Tuesday Jan 27th: LOWER BROWN MOUNTAIN, 4.5 miles, EASY. Hike Leader: Becky Baccus 313330-2446 Friday Jan 30th: WILD MUSTANG/WILD BURRO, 8 miles, MODERATE +. Hike Leader: Phil Hoffmann 260-3002 Page 18 Membership is available to Sunflower Community Association members in good standing. Annual dues are $5.00 if residents are not a member of the Arts and Crafts group. If a member of the Arts and Crafts group, there is no further monetary requirement. NIBBLERS AND NOSHERS By Anne Lowe For our January meeting, we are suggesting you come to SaddleBrooke to see a great movie, being copresented by the Jewish Federation Northwest Division, and the Tucson JCC on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3 pm. The film is the The Other Son (France, 2012, 105 min. French, Hebrew with subtitles), a moving and provocative story of two teenaged men – one Israeli and one Palestinian – whose families face complex repercussions after discovering that their babies were switched at birth. This is the Saddlebrooke kick-off for the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival at the Desert View Performing Arts Center - 39900 S Clubhouse Drive, Tucson (Directions: Oracle Rd. north to SaddleBrooke Blvd. Turn right and climb hill. Go right on Mt. View Blvd. Follow for one mile. Right onto Clubhouse Drive. Go one mile to Desert View PAC on right.) Cost of the movie is $5. Looking forward to seeing many of you there! READERS' CLUB MEETING By Elizabeth Gunn The Sunflower Readers' Club will meet as usual on the first Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Sea Glass," a novel by Anita Struve, set in the Great Depression. It reveals some of the ways hardships, income inequality and the formation of labor unions affected marriages, friendships and young people's passages to maturity. SUNFLOWER QUILTERS By Carolyn La Potin and the hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Your dues receipt is your ticket. Our first meeting in January will be a social quilting (bring your own project) day on January 2nd. Thought we would just ease into 2015. As our club title states, we are Singles and Friends and this includes all Sunflower residents. So, if you want to pay dues and join us in our activities, you are welcome. The monthly business meeting will be on the 8th. We have planned social quilting for the 9th and the 16th. On the 22nd, we will explore options for various “Quilted Treasures” items for our fashion show in late March. Simple patterns and creative ideas for making a variety of purses and totes would be most welcome. The December event with the theme of Sweet and Savory was enjoyed by all. We always enjoy the Sunflower Chorale singing the Christmas songs and leading in singing of carols. The highlight of the month will likely be our trip to the Tucson Quilt Show at the Convention Center. We are planning to carpool from the Center on January 23rd. If you are new to quilting or new to quilting at Sunflower, this is a wonderful way to become inspired and to begin your “stash” of quilting fabric and supplies. Come and enjoy the many exhibits, classes, product demonstrations, and of course, the fabulous quilts. All residents are welcome and encouraged to check out what we are doing. Prospective and new members are welcome each Thursday or Friday morning from 9:00-noon at the Center. If you don’t have a sewing machine, we have two that are available for you to use at the Center during our quilting sessions. If you have even a basic machine, bring it along. Come and join the fun! SINGLES AND FRIENDS By Ellen Bowlby Happy New Year 2015! The Singles and Friends club is looking forward to an interesting and fun filled year. Come and participate. Our January event on Saturday, January 17 starting with social time at 5:30 p.m. is membership night. Your $10.00 will pay your dues and include dinner and entertainment. Dinner will be ham with sides and dessert. After dinner you will be entertained by members of Singles and Friends in a mystery radio play with sound effects. The title is “Sherla Combs and the Case of the Great Jewel Robberies.” It should be fun. Ticket dates and times are Tuesday January 6, Thursday, Jan 8, Friday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 13 Join us and look forward to a new year with new experiences. SUNBIRD CAMPERS/RV CLUB By Joe Yearous Another enjoyable combination Business and Social event was held at Mimi’s Restaurant on December 5th, last month. With over 80% of our membership in attendance, the required by-laws clause for election of officers for the coming year was met with the following results: President, Joe Yearous; Secretary, Anneliese Foley; Treasurer/Vice President, Larry East. In November, club member David Boe, rode in the El Tour de Tucson to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations David! With more and more Snowbird members back for the winter season, the club also enjoyed a fun social event held at the home of Fred and Janet Yeck the week before Thanksgiving. Now that the Holiday Season is over, it is time to be looking at future months for fun activities. If you are planning on attending the Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival or the Good Sam Rally at the Phoenix race track, you better be finalizing your reservations. Check the club website for links to get information on these future events. For any Sunflower resident that thinks they would like to join our group, we would be happy to have you. Remember, you do not have to own an RV, trailer, truck camper, or even a tent. Just have an interest in events that involve camping or RVing and enjoy being around others that share those interests. Contact me if you would like more information. Page 19 SUNFLOWER TECHNOLOGY CLUB By Tom Howlin The new year promises to be an exciting one for the Technology Club! The world of electronics is changing more rapidly than can possibly be imagined and this coming year will be highlighting what is called “wearable tech”. Some of our members already use fitness bracelets and some may even own Google Glasses but just beyond the horizon are “smart” watches, wireless pulse and heart monitors and even pacemakers that communicate regularly with your smartphone and your doctor. Personally, I just started using Bluetooth with my hearing aids to transmit my TV signal directly to my ears, making sure that others don’t have to hear a loud television. Our membership drive starts this month and we would love to have everyone in the community be a part of the club. Our dues are $25 for a single membership and $35 for a household and include full use of the computer lab and the wireless system (which now includes a dedicated color laser printer). We also endeavor to have monthly presentations that enhance the value of the membership. If you were able to attend the Electronics Expo in December, you got to see some of what we do. Many of our members tend to be on the cutting edge of current technology and do a great job of sharing it with the rest of us. We also invite outside experts to speak on a variety of topics that are relevant to the club. SUNFLOWER TRAVEL CLUB By Frances Gauthier The SF Travel Club Sales Desk will be open on Wednesdays January 7th and January 21st from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday January 17th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. We will be continuing sales for the following trips if seats are still available: February 7, 2015: The King and I at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria – 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. $85 per person includes musical production, bus transportation, gourmet lunch, gratuities for servers and driver. Proper Theatre Attire – no shorts, jeans, t -shirts or flip flops. January 7th is last day to buy tickets. Page 20 February 20, 2015: Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $35 per person. Bus transportation and entry into show. Lunch on your own. January 21st is last day to buy tickets. March 1, 2015: The Texas Tenors and the Tucson Symphony in Tucson. 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $68 per person. March 14, 2015: Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ in conjunction with The Vintage Gardeners. $38 per person. All day trip – pack your own lunch. April 24-27, 2015: Williams Train / Grand Canyon 4 day/3 night trip. $600/pp based on double occupancy. Deposit of $150 must be received by January 21st. The Mystery Trip in November was enjoyed by all. The day included stops at the Garden of Gethsemane, San Xavier Mission, lunch at Golden Coral with a surprise guest speaker, Sentinel Peak aka “A” Mountain and the Franklin Auto Museum. VINTAGE GARDENERS By Jan Leth Calling all Vintage Gardeners!!...Have we got a “honey” of a program for you on Monday, January 12. World-renowned entomologist Dr. Diana Sammataro will be presenting THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES! Why are bees dying? What are the implications for our world without pollinating bees? Why do bees fly into swimming pools? Are bees attracted to all colors and scents of flowers? All of these questions and more will be answered when Dr. Sammataro speaks to the Vintage Gardeners at 10:30 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Village Center. Dr. Sammataro is a world-renowned entomologist who has studied in many countries and has spoken at conferences throughout the United States and the world. She is a published author of numerous books focusing on bees and their importance to our crops and population. Come...Learn!!!! Did you know that: Tucson is a hotspot for bee biodiversity, hosting hundreds of native bee species? Don't miss this fascinating program which “kicks off” our 2015 Vintage Gardeners season! All members wear your buttons so you can qualify for the special door prize. NOTE: our new starting time of 10:30 a.m. on your own favorite items for a modest fee when her machines are set up with our special design. “Arid Adaptations” will be the Vintage Gardeners field trip for Monday, February 9, as members do a 10:00 a.m. carpool to Jeffery Moore's gardens to learn all about those wonderful plants here in the Southwest which need only a small amount or no water to survive. Be sure to put this date on your February calendar!! PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY Let your friends know how to get these customized items. Prices are about the same as last year. AA FOR CONTINENTAL RANCH The 9/11 Group of AA meets every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Lord of Grace Church at 7250 N. Cortaro Road in the Fellowship Hall For more information, call Wally R. at 288-6288 or Bob K. at 579-1018 VETERANS By Frank Horsfall We have had a banner year for our primary effort to send boxes of essential goods to Afghanistan. At last report we have sent 77 boxes into the hinterlands of that country. Each box is sent to a specific addressee so we are sure that it is received. To send a box, the Post Office charges $15.90. How The simple math shows that we provided $1224.30 in donations for our troops there which was within $30 of our budget. What a great effort by all our tream led by Jack Battaglia and Don Seymour! The "Chow Line" and your donations of goods made it all possible. The Veterans thank you for your support. Some milestones have been reached by some of us. Will Harris was 90 on 23 November and Ted Masters will be 90 on 10 January. Dick Teugh was 80 on 10 December. Happy Birthday to you all. My guess is that they will all make 100. AL-ANON MEETING, Silverbell Serenity Group meets Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Lord of Grace, 7250 N. Cortaro Road in the Fellowship Hall. For more information call Angie at 579-1574 or Diane at 572-6977 . ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets twice monthly: Second Wednesday 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Continental Reserve Urgent Care 8333 N. Silverbell Road - Meeting Room. Fourth Monday 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Marana Health Center - 13395 N. Marana Main St. - Community Room A. Support groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information and serve as a way of supporting and encouraging each other. For information or questions, please call 520-322-6601. PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Our next meeting will be next year on 7 January in the Fiesta Room at 0930 hrs. Our speaker will be Stewart Milstein who will show us his collection of WWII stamps and the significance of each of them. I look forward to seeing you all with smiling faces at the first meeting of the year. The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Village Center. SUNFLOWER LOGO SHIRTS The Vets Club will be selling embroidered clothing items in January. The ubiquitous Sunflower Golf shirts plus Jackets, Hats, Aprons, and your own personal apparel items will be embroidered with our special sunflower and your customized wording. GROWING STRONGER By Marlene Spencer The exact dates and times will be publicized in the Center as the date grows nearer. Our supplier, Brilex, will also put our standard logo We share ideas and experiences, arrange for some physical therapy sessions or speakers, socialize and find other ways to support each other. Our program takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. during the winter months. There is no fee. If you have any questions, please call Marlene at 5722554. Page 21 ARE YOU A SURVIVOR? By Nicole Bolt We all know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of us have been touched more personally by receiving the diagnosis ourselves. Whether a person is currently in treatment, a survivor of a few months or many years, we share common issues, fears, sorrows, joys and insights. We return to our daily lives with an appreciation for survival but find a sense of shared comfort, hope and sisterhood when we meet someone who has been through the same experience. I am one of those survivors who live here in Sunflower and have led the Sunflower Breast Cancer Support Group for the past 10 years. My background is in the medical field. We are women who have survived for as little as a few months up through 22 years. Some visit us to obtain support while others serve to provide support. We are all part of a sisterhood of survivors. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the privacy of my home. P lease call Nicole at 572-3798 if you are interested. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS BY THE MARANA HEALTH CENTER Second Tuesday of each Month 9:00 a.m.—noon Village Center Lobby SUNFLOWER NEIGHBORS By Cloice Schwyn Sunflower Neighbors is a group of volunteers living in Sunflower who donate their time, transportation and understanding to those in need. A volunteer will provide a ride to a doctor, dentist or other necessary appointments when you are unable to drive yourself. The phone number for this service is 331-5520. Please allow 4 days notice to locate an available volunteer. We are not normally available to take you shopping or run errands. If you have an emergency, remember to call 911 or a taxi to get you to the hospital or doctor. A reliable ride is a top need for some in our community. We are hoping to sign up more volunteers willing to give their time to help someone get to their appointment. You can help a friend stay connected and independent. We encourage anyone interested in finding out more about this positive, supportive group, SUNFLOWER NEIGHBORS, to become a part of this network of volunteers. Reach out to your community by joining now, you are needed. COMMUNITY NEWS Page 22 PIMA PUBLIC LIBRARY - BOOKMOBILE The bookmobile visits our Village Center on the third Saturday of the month. They set up in the Village Center circle. Saturday, January 17 from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ABBETT LIBRARY! By Sharon Fuller The next BIG SALE presented by the Friends of the Pima County Public Library is Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also buy bargain books all year long in the back of the library near the Kids’ Place to help support the FREE programs presented by the Pima County Library. JANUARY AND FEBRUARY SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE ABBETT LIBRARY: FREE Tai Chi Program: Monday, January 5, 12, 26 and February 2 at 10 am U of A Museum of Art Lecture Series: Wednesday, January 14 at 2 pm – Fashion in Art Wednesday, February 11 at 2 pm – The Art of Watercolor AARP Tax Aide Program: Thursdays in February beginning February 5. See separate article. SENIOR MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES –Play on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room in the Kids’ Place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check it out! See the bulletin board by our Fitness Center for monthly library updates and calendar of events. If you have any questions, call the friendly library staff at 594-5200. AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM Peter Taussig Again, the Abbott Library is going to be the AARP Tax-aide site closest to Sunflower for help in filing your 2014 income tax returns. This service is free. Tax counselors will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, starting on February 5, 2015. First come first served. When you first arrive, you will sign in and be given an Interview Form to complete. Please bring with you: Photo ID All relevant 2014 tax documents, i.e.,1099 div, 1099 int, Social Security info, etc, Your 2013 federal and state tax return, Social Security numbers for all persons listed on the return, and Your bank routing and account number (blank check or deposit slips) for direct deposit of refunds. You do not need to be accompanied by your spouse. If you are filing a joint return, however, you will need to get your spouse’s signature before we can e-file your return. If you are planning to itemize deductions, please summarize deductable expenses into their categories, i.e., medical expenses, state and property taxes, mortgage interest, gifts to charities, and misc. deductions. If you have sold stocks or mutual funds in 2014, bring your brokerage statements that include their date of sale and purchase, selling price and cost basis. Remember that Arizona personal property tax paid when you register an automobile is tax deductible. The personal property tax is itemized on your automobile registration receipt which you keep in your car. All tax counselors are well trained and eager to help you complete your required federal and state income tax returns. 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