Sunflower Community Association,, Inc. January 2015

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
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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
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3 months
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FLYER
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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
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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
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[email protected] and it will be posted
on that page.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS AND THEIR CONTACTS
500” CARD PLAYERS
Carol Erhardt 579-0912
Mike Donahue 572-2250
DEMOCRATS AND FRIENDS
Paula Singervalt 572-8383
Kathy Temple 579-0533
ART CLUB
Barbara Strempek 572-1906
Pat Pion 339-6626
DINE OUT
Ann Henson 744-2495
BACCHUS WINE
Mary Laurie Siebert 744-3176
BASKET WEAVING WIZARDS
Karen Donahue 572-2250
BILLIARDS
Jim Damato 744-7031
Don Clark 579-2323
BOCCE
Marty Rice 579-6451
BOOK CLUB
Elizabeth Gunn 744-4875
BOWLING
Irene Harvey 579-0139
BRIDGE: DUPLICATE
Tom Silverness 572-2365
BRIDGE: LADIES
Carolyn Hutt 419-6369
PINOCHLE
Jim Damato 744-7031
Harlan Quinn 572-0355
FITNESS CLUB
Sue Davis 444-5887
POTLUCK CLUB
Gail Irvin 572-6931
FUN POKER
Carol Erhardt 579-0912
QUILTING
Carolyn La Potin 572-2216
GENEALOGY
Mary Dietz 481-8894
ROMEO
Dave Glicksman 579-2741
HIKING
Melba Cope 744-5095
SHEEPSHEAD
George Gasdaska 744-2277
HORSESHOES
Irene Harvey 579-0139
INNOVATIVE DANCE
Barbara Bell-Taylor 572-9091
Phyllis Bowcott 572-1876
LINE & BALLROOM DANCING
Phyllis Bowcott 572-1876
BRIDGE: MENS
Steve Burrows 419-5597
BRIDGE: MIXED
Betty Stegmiller 572-3808
MARANA FOOD BANK LIAISON
Marti Wyckoff 579-7171
CANASTA / HAND & FOOT
Margaret O’Connell 572-1106
GOLF - Men
Bruce Berg 744-4206
Mike Clapham 904-2499
CERT
Dave Cobble 572-2474
CRAFTS
Jeanne Collins 307-0383
CRIBBAGE
Bruce Farrell 744-1776
CULINARY CLUB
Carol Taylor 989-0961
Peggy Snyder 572-0700
DANCE GROUP
Phyllis Bowcott 572-1876
PICKLEBALL
Carolyn Hutt 419-6369
Sharyn Fincher 665-8830
EUCHRE
Bill Mattern 395-0096
MAH JONGG
Mary Laurie Siebert 744-3176
Shirley Lambert
744-6575
CASINO TRIPS
Margaret O’Connell 572-1106
PING PONG
Buzz Hoffmann 572-4258
NINE HOLE GOLF - Men
Bob Pelley 579-6766
NINE HOLE GOLF-Ladies
Jackie Chappell 579-5793
NEEDLEWORKERS
Dawn Calkins 744-4918
NIBBLERS & NOSHERS
Barry & Debbie Gretsky 572-9309
Carrie Jacobi 744-7101
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP
Sarah Boroson
579-6852
PHOTO WORKSHOP
Pat Keegstra 572-0889
SINGLES & FRIENDS
Janice Wehausen 235-1758
SUNBIRD CAMPERS
Joe Yearous 744-9030
SUNFLOWER CHORALE
Dawn Calkins 744-4918
SUNFLOWER NEIGHBORS
VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION
331-5520
TECHNOLOGY CLUB
Anita Howard 404-1350
Tom Howlin 540-223-5509
TENNIS
Don Sawyer 572-6790
Susan Page 742-1373
LADIES TENNIS
Susan Page 742-1373
TRAVEL CLUB
Nancy Hrigora 810-923-4117
VETERANS
Dick Teugh
Frank Horsfall
579-5826
989-350-1495
VINTAGE GARDENERS
Bill Leth 579-9361
WELCOME COMMITTEE
Lynn Haye 572-6741
Liz Perry
215-805-1774
YOGA
Barbara Strempek 572-1906
Rev. 1/15
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CLASSIFIED ADS
FOR RENT
2 Bedroom, Master Bd (King), fully furnished
1.5 bath Utilities & Sat TV included Quiet Corner
Lot Fenced, Shade & Citrus Trees, No smoking No
Pets. For more info, email Fred:
[email protected]
FOR SALE
Beautiful 1800 square foot home—all tile and wood
floors, close to clubhouse, recently remodeled
Call 529-579-7923 or 520-444-2881
SERVICES
TAILORING AND ALTERATIONS. Custom
designed handbags. SF Resident Dottie Mowatt
579-8619
DOG GROOMING: One-on-one attention,
discount prices, dogs up to 30 lbs only. Sunflower
resident, call Shirley for appointment. 904-7478
GARAGE DOOR PROBLEMS?
KEYPADS, REMOTES, Spring. Opener repair/
replacement, safety inspections and annual
maintenance. Sunflower resident Mark Karwoski
30+ years Exp. 203-1948
GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING--honest & reliable.
Also able to house sit and do minor repairs
Mimi Jenner 406-750-6451 or 520-579-6557
Sunflower resident—references available
ALTERATIONS—For all your alterations call
Diane @ 834-7186
POWER WASHING: Concrete driveways,
sidewalks, porches, garage floors and/or patios.
Call Ken, a Sunflower resident, 520-904-7475
for a free estimate.
PLUMBER - 41+ years exp. - Sunflower Res.
Reasonable, all plumbing. Al Avino 870-6141
RELAXING, HEALING MASSAGE.
Hot stone, Reflexology, Reiki. Chillie R Shummon,
LMT. Sunflower Res.(520) 579-7769 or (520) 3028644 (cell) Gift Certificate Available.
PLUMBER—If you have plumbing projects or
problems call A. Plumber! I’ve been plumbing here
since the beginning! Adam 401-3495
MANY THANKS to the number of friends who
took the time to help celebrate my 80th birthday on
December 10th. It was wonderful and just what was
needed to raise Millie and my spirits. Very special
thanks to my youngest sister Evie & husband Jerry
Burton for conjuring up this party plus Kathy & Don
Seymour for being major facilitators and all who
helped! My four sister & 3 of 4 of our daughters were
there along with many of our Sunflower Friends
making it great! I was embarrassed and pleased by the
cards and sentiments expressed. Thank you wonderful
Sunflower! – The Teughs -
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All homes in Sunflower $80.00
Sun Screens additional charge
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