Our All Volunteer Board of Directors TOM SHAMBO President GENE WITTMANN Vice President KREG BECK Treasurer JULIE AGOZZINO Secretary 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 Committee Reports……… .…..8 Topics of Special Interest….......8 Upcoming Events………...…..12 Cuisine Events………….….....13 Cards & Games ....................... 15 Activities & Clubs .................. 17 Health & Safety ...................... 22 Community News ................... 24 Classifieds………………….…26 Special Interest & Contacts…..27 Sunflower Community Association,, Inc. 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive, Tucson, AZ 85743 March 2015 Volume 18, Issue 3 Your Activity Committee Proudly Presents: THE TRISH HATLEY QUARTET By Phyllis Bowcott Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. When: Friday Evening – March 13th, 2015 Ticket Sales: Saturday, February 28th from 8:45—11:00 a.m.– Only $12.00 Please do NOT miss this returning Professional Musical Quartet TRISH HATLEY SINGS THE WONDERFUL SWING MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK INCLUDING THE 1930S AND 1940S AND MORE!!!! LARRY HOLLOWAY is a monster talent on the upright bass. Larry has toured with The Tommy Dorsey Band. KEN FRENCH has drummed for twenty years with the United States Air Force Band. DARIN CLENDENIN is recognized as one of the Northwest’s finest pianists. He was the Musical director of the international Tap Festival and worked alongside Gregory Hines. This is as Professional as it gets!!! Do NOT miss this EVENT!!!Any Questions please Call Phyllis Bowcott – 572-1876. ON THE ROAD AGAIN FOR YOU, LLC Reservations 520-490-3709; 520-399-8345 > Running of the Gourds – February 6, 2015 > Arabian Horse Show February 20, 2015 > Menopause The Musical – March 14, 2015 > Barleen’s Arizona Opry-March 28, 2015 > Desert Bell Cruise-April 1, 2015 > Jour Restaurants—April 21, 2015 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” Free (a $200 value) EXAM & X-RAYS FOR NEW PATIENTS Expires December 31,2014 Expires June 30, 2015 Dentist Owned. Patient Centered. Dr. Kevin Mortenson, DMD Call for an appointment 520-812-7484 www.MaranaTeeth.com • $49 (a $74 value) CLEANING FOR NEW PATIENTS Expires December 31,2014 Expires June 30, 2015 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 has, so far, been very busy, as we have accomplished a number of projects to better the community. We have introduced webcasts of the board meetings to our homebound members of the community and later this year to our snowbirds as they return home. The completion of the blended lines on the courts allows both tennis and pickleball to be played without chalking the lines and we placed a new security camera on the courts. Lastly, residents and visitors can now view all upcoming events on the television screen in the lobby. We have received annual reports from all of our committees and the volunteers on those committees have worked hard to accomplish so much this past year. We could not accomplish all the projects we have this year without those volunteers. A big Thank You to each and every one of our community volunteers. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT By Melissa Low Spring came early this year. We’ve had just enough rain and warm temperatures to ensure a bumper crop of weeds. The community’s landscape contractor, AAA Landscape, is working hard to stay ahead of the problem and we ask our residents to do the same. No one likes receiving a letter from the ARC or the GM with notification that their yard is not up to community standards and believe me, I do not like sending them. Having said that, the board is responsible, by law, to uphold the governing documents and so the letters have been and will continue to be sent in accordance with policy and state statutes. On a more pleasant note, the great weather also has a positive effect and that is getting us all outside. While much of the country is shoveling snow, Sunflower residents are coming to the pool, riding bicycles and playing bocce, tennis and pickleball. We are truly blessed to have so many activities to choose from here. You may have noticed we have a new Digital Sign that has been installed in the lobby. An older, rarely used television has been mounted on the right side as you enter the lobby through front doors. A slideshow program scrolls through and displays information on Resales Calendar year 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Monthly YTD January-3 3 60 72 54 56 many of the various events taking place. We are hoping to phase out the majority of the poster boards and notices displayed in the lobby. If you have an event for your club or committee that you would like advertised, just let the front desk know and we will do our best to include your request. As this is all very new, we ask your patience as we work through any bugs in the process. Another new addition is a camera that has been installed on the tennis/pickleball courts. It has a view of all three courts and records data for specified time periods. The recorded video from the camera can be used for violation enforcement and has already come in handy in troubleshooting a problem with the court lights. PLEASE SHARE THE PATHS By Administrative Assistants Sunflower has wonderful paths and walk ways that offer a safe place for residents to get their exercise and enjoy the beauty of our community. Both walkers and bicyclists are welcome to use the paths but please share the space with each other. Walkers are encouraged to move to the side if they see or hear a bike coming and bikers should give the right of way to walkers. There’s enough room for everyone so please be courteous and share the paths. SUNFLOWERLIVING WEBSITE A place for posting upcoming club and group events has now been added to the Announcements page on the Sunflowerliving website (What’s New> Announcements). Clubs and groups are encouraged to send their information to [email protected] and it will be posted on that page. Page 7 COMMITTEE REPORTS DISASTER RECOVERY AD-HOC COMMITTEE By Tom Shambo Sunflower Community Board of Directors is looking for 5 dedicated members of the community to develop a viable business recovery plan for our community Village Center. Our community currently has an active Emergency Preparedness Committee to take care of the broader need of our community in the event of a widespread disaster; our goal of the Business Recovery Ad-Hoc Committee is to focus specifically on the Village Center and its immediate assets. Some events this committee would plan for is any event that disrupts the normal day-to-day operation such as: fire, broken water main, major power outage, computer system problems, or loss of a key employee at the Sunflower Community Association Village Center. The City of Marana has offered their assistance from their Emergency preparedness director to assist this committee and I’ve got templates and years of experience that I am more than willing to share with anything you as a committee need from me. SUNFLOWER PRAC COMMITTEE By Walt Peek, Chairman The Sunflower PRAC team (Preservation of Reserve Assets Committee) is actively seeking full-time residents with an informed interest in Buildings, Equipment, and Grounds to join us. Please complete an application at the front desk and turn it in as soon as possible. Three of the four current members are not able to actively participate during the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall months and that is not fair to the HOA. So please drop by the Center and volunteer. Our target is to balance the team with at least four full time residents and the PRAC charter allows us up to nine members. Many thanks. Page 8 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE By Tom Vana “Trees”, no not the poem by Joyce Kilmer. Fifteen years ago or so when Sunflower was developed, many of us planted a 6 or 7 foot high tree as part of the landscaping requirements. Today, many of these trees are 30 to 40 feet tall with a similar sized canopy. As most of our lots are 40 to 60 feet wide, this growth can often encroach upon the sidewalk, street or neighbors’ property. Both the Rules and Regulations Rev.B, Sec.VII D g & the CC&R’s Exhibit D #11 prohibit this encroachment. As good neighbors, it is up to us to contain the size of our trees and other plants to stay within the bounds of our property. This is especially true if a neighbor calls your attention to an encroachment which is causing problems. An arborist or qualified landscaper could provide answers to this problem thereby improving the life of your tree and maintaining good neighborly relations. 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. Please contact either Lynn Haye at 520-572-6741 or Liz Perry at [email protected], to help you get connected in your new community! TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST FUN TIME KARAOKE Saturday, March 7 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. . Join Host Marty Freese for a night of music and sing a-longs. Come and be a star for the evening. SENIOR OLYMPICS MEDAL WINNERS BOCCE GOLD WOMENS Audrey Anderson Lynn Haye Lois Dudych Jeanette Gasdaska GOLD MENS Marty Rice Fran Flynn Al Avino Jerry Gartner BRONZE WOMENS Cloice Schwyn Carolyn La Potin Kathy Seymour Carol Burba SILVER MENS Jack Baran Scottie Dolinger Len Nelson Jim Anderson 4TH PLACE COED POSTPONED Judy Luckey Due to weather Kandy Cunningham Resceduled for Elaine Hewitt February 23 Mary Ann Varty BOWLING Keith Leikel-Bronze 655 Series SPRING YARD SALE By Sam Florek Now is the time to sign up at the Village Center for the Saturday, April 18 Yard Sale. There is a small fee ($5.00 per site) that all participants are required to pay. The fee is used to defray the cost of maps, signage and advertising. We have the date, the time is 7 a.m.-1 p.m., we’ve ordered perfect weather and you’ve gathered together the items you want to sell (maybe you still have some planning to do). Here are some tips to help you have a successful sale. It can be more fun if your neighbors want to join in; it becomes a little party. Yard sales are all about bargains so set realistic prices. Assign simple prices to your goods: 50 cents, 3 for $1, $5, $10, etc. Create an organized display. Lay out your items by category and display items to appeal to your customers. Stock up on bags and newspapers. People who buy small items will appreciate a bag to carry their treasures. Newspapers are handy for wrapping fragile items. CRIBBAGE Nancy Peek-Gold (Pictured above) PICKLEBALL Linda Wopat and Ralph Perillo-Gold Bernadette Bruner and Carol Amstrong-Gold Kurt Putman and Nancy Smith-Silver PING PONG Peter Marzea and Buzz Hoffmann-Silver SWIMMING Jim McDonald-Silver 50 yard backstroke Jim McDonald-Bronze 50 yard freestyle Jim McDonald-Gold 100 yard backstroke Make a trip to the bank to get ample change for your cashbox. Advertise—This is a large community so use balloons and signs with prominent arrows, etc to grab the attention of people driving by. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will pick up items that you wish to donate at the end of your sale. Put items close to your garage doors and indicate they are for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. HAVE FUN, SIGN UP TODAY! Page 9 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 Marcia Edgeton Dave Forgue Barbara Strempek Fran Strubeck Sam Florek Del Gustin Marlene Spencer Janet Maloney Mary Lou Correia Carol Erhardt Jeannette Dougherty Linda Miller Carol Abrahamson Janine Douglass Bev DuBois Frances Gauthier Elaine Hewitt June Dudas Carolyn La Potin Joey Hogan Elke Armoni Don Crandall Helen Crandall Jerry Keehn Ingrid Fledderman Mary Lou Moore Pat Pion Meg Kimball Richard Long Lee Botzong Gene Milbrath James Anderson Audrey Anderson Jay Johnson Marcia Johnson Pat Maisto Faythe Mattern Irene Wittmann Gene Wittmann Thank you volunteers! VERY SPECIAL CURRENT EVENTS PROGRAM By Anne Lowe Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd, USAF, (Ret.) will present a current events program on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. He will speak about Mid East events, focusing on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Page 10 Netanyahu’s recent visit to Congress. This is a presentation not to be missed! Major General Donald W. Shepperd, USAF (Ret.) is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc. He performs independent consulting on defense, strategic planning, executive leadership, information technology and visioning and preparation of executive teams for the 21st century. He retired in 1998 from the Pentagon as head of the Air National Guard where he commanded over 110,000 personnel, 1400 aircraft, 88 flying units, and 250 support units in 54 states and territories. He is a combat veteran who flew 247 Vietnam fighter missions. General Shepperd was a military analyst for CNN during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and provided military commentary for ABC radio. He is a graduate of the USAF Academy class of 1962 and holds a Masters degree in Personnel Management. His book, Bury Us Upside Down, about the experiences of a select group of fighter pilots flying a Top Secret mission in the Vietnam War has been widely acclaimed. This program is sponsored by the Sunflower Nibblers and Noshers Club. Everyone is welcome! THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE By Marty Rice HOLIDAYS ARE OVER, SUMMER IS NEAR, LAST CHANCE TO M INGLE WITH THE SNOWBIRDS WHILE THEY’RE STILL HERE! WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 Mark Your Calendars now. TIME: 6:00 p.m. ‘til 8:30 Marty Rice WILL BE HOSTING WITH HIS GREAT SELECTION of "50s, 60s and 70s" MUSIC. JUST BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES, BEVERAGE OF YOUR CHOICE, AND EXPECT A GOOD TIME LISTENING AND DANCING TO SOME GREAT MUSIC. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! MARCH DANCE COMMITTEE EVENT By Phyllis Bowcott awarded a small measure of praise for my abilities, so I decided I’d found my medium! Ready to Dance? Dick Smith’s “CLASS of 59” Band will be the evening’s entertainment Saturday, March 14th, 2015 Fiesta Room-Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As a Professor of Theatre at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, I was asked to teach some “bread and butter courses” that would attract LOTS of students. In Puppetry, and in Storytelling and Creative Drama, my students and I experimented with the least expensive, most manageable materials we could find to make effective hand-held masks (mounted on dowels) to be used in performance. Often, those materials were my old friends: paper, scissors and glue! Bring your own munchies and beverage of choice and we will provide the FUN! There is no cost for this dance, but a $5.00 donation will be appreciated. No sign up necessary, so bring your friends and neighbors for an evening of good music entertainment. BINGO By Sam Florek St. Patrick’s Day is on the 17th but more importantly our Bingo day is Tuesday, March 10. Perhaps you will have some Irish luck a week early. For sure you will enjoy the game and visiting with your Bingo friends. The people who were scheduled to work last month were Marcia Edgeton and Carol Abrahamson greeting you at the front desk and selling you the winning boards; your caller was Sandra Ehlers assisted by Yvonne Magee who was rolling your winning numbers. Faythe Mattern was selling you the specials and reading back the numbers when you won. They are all wonderful volunteers but some of them also enjoy playing the game so we need additional volunteers. It is fun—try it you’ll like it. Come and bring a new neighbor, a neighbor who has been before, or just any friendly person who wants to have a pleasant evening and may even win some money. ART GALLERY By Sam Florek Your artist this month is Sandy Persels. In addition to being an artist Sandy is a member of the Sunflower Chorale and the Bacchus Wine Group. “An exhibit of paper masks of desert critters probably requires an explanation, so this is it: as a child I excelled at cutting and pasting. This was well before computers— we’re talking paper, blunt-tipped scissors and library paste. Occasionally, I was Strathmore no longer makes the large sheets of heavy papers I used then; for this exhibition I’ve used card stock, construction paper, and various other substitutes. The available papers are also considerably smaller, so these masks are only about half the size of those used in performances and stage productions at U.O.P., the Haggin Museum, and at the University of South Carolina. The paper-working techniques are basically the same. While researching “creature features” I ran across 3D origami, which I’d never tried, so I made a few critters that wouldn’t adapt readily to mask treatment and have included them in this presentation. It’s been fun revisiting my childhood! I invite you to enjoy this frivolous display.” Our residents raved about last month’s show. Lee Botzong’s water color paintings are exquisite. We would like to see more of Lee’s work on the Artist Wall next year. NOTARY SERVICE AVAILABLE By Melissa Low 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. Page 11 SMOKE DETECTOR TIME By Del Gustin Friday, March 13 is the date scheduled to have your smoke detectors or its batteries replaced if service is due. Your Sunflower neighbors who are sponsored by Northwest Fire provide this twice yearly service for those residents who are unable to maintain their smoke detectors themselves. Therefore, if your batteries haven’t been replaced in the last four years or if you wish to replace all your smoke detectors, please stop at the front desk to complete a request to change the batteries (which are provided by the resident) or to obtain information on purchasing new detectors. Purchasing identical smoke detectors is required as team members cannot do new wiring. (The two types of detectors used in our homes are also at the front desk in helping to order new ones. New detectors come with batteries.) Residents who have completed a request form will be called prior to March 13 to finalize an approximate time for service – either morning or afternoon. Teams will do their best to honor the requested replacement time. In providing this service, additional ladder climbers would be helpful. If interested, please give me a call at 572-0587. NEW ACTIVITIES SCRAPBOOKING AND MORE By Deborah Schoof A New Group!! Do you love to cherish family memories through photos by making your own scrapbooks? Do you send family and friends cards you have stamped or embellished yourself? And last, would you like to do these things in a group setting? Then, please join our new “Scrapbooking and More” group. Bring your own supplies, ideas and willingness to share your knowledge. The group will meet on the second Thursdays of each month beginning March 12, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Craft Room. Meeting days will be: March 12 April 9 May 14 June 11 July 9 For more information, call Deborah Schoof at (520) 904-3821 or email at: [email protected] Page 12 BASIC SWING DANCE LESSONS By Martin Sayles MONTH of MARCH WHERE: Fiesta Room TIME: Mondays 10:15-11:15 We will be teaching the basics of East Coast Swing, to count single step. No partner required as partners will be rotated in the lesson. There is No Cost for these lessons. CONTACTS: Martin Sayles (572-9400) Barbara Bell Taylor (572-9091) SOME UPCOMING EVENTS Montana/N Dakota Party-- Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Karaoke With Marty Freese—Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Bingo—Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting—Wednesday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. March Potluck—Thursday, March 12—Social 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Activity Committee Presents—Trish Hatley Quartet –Friday, March 13 –4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dance Club with the Class of 59—Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Michigan Party—Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Board Study Session—Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Dance with Marty Rice—Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. Culinary Club Event— Saturday, March 28 Quilters Fashion Show & Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. April Chorale Concerts-- Thursday, April 16 & Friday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. SPRING YARD SALE-- Saturday, April 18, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Sign up today. CUISINE EVENTS MARCH POT LUCK: THE LUCK OF THE IRISH By Marijke Augusteijn Please help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a "Traditional Potluck." Please honor this special day by wearing something green. Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by: Marijke Augusteijn, Billy Swartz, Jan Durst, & Charlotte Schroeder Ticket Sales: Wednesday, February 25, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $2 per person with a limit of four if you are bringing a vegetable, salad, or dessert. However, if you are bringing a main dish with meat, you will receive two free tickets. Please keep in mind that your dish should be sufficient to feed 8 to 10 people. We will provide lemonade and water and you are free to bring anything else you would like to drink. Also, remember to bring your own plate and utensils. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND By Gretchen Hagemeier The Montana / North Dakota Party was so much fun last year that it will be happening again. Date: Sunday, March 1st Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Where: Fiesta Room Bring: An appetizer or dessert to share and your own beverage. Water, plates and napkins will be provided. Many people have vacationed, driven through, gone to school or lived for a time in North Dakota or Montana. This makes you eligible to attend this fun party. If you have friends or company bring them too. We will tell North Dakota / Montana jokes, discuss the winter weather there and congratulate ourselves on being in Arizona. We'll play games and eat some fantastic food! Put it on your calendar! Questions: Gretchen Hagemeier 744-4868 Becky Bockwoldt 701-361-8727 LADIES MARCH LUNCHEON By Cloice Schwyn Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen—7360 N. Oracle When: Wednesday, March 11 Cost: $16.00 Cocktails will be served from 11:30 and luncheon will be served at 12:00. Please sign up at the Front Desk. Make your luncheon choice when signing up. Macayo’s is a well known establishment in Tucson and we are sure you will enjoy the food. Looking forward to having you join us. ROMEO* News *Aka: Retired Old Men Eating Out By Dave Glicksman The Epicurean Tour continue seeking cuisines of the world as the ROMEOs go ‘Greek’, at PAPPOULE’S at the NE corner of Foothills Mall on Wednesday, March 11th. We’ll carpool from the Village Center at 11:15 a.m. to keep our 11:45 a.m. reservation. We get separate checks and there are no dues to pay. This writer will be away that day so Ed Mayer will lead the ‘tour’. So we may give PAPPOULE’S the count, sign up at the Village Center by noon, Tuesday, March 10th. KOMEDY KORNER From the ROMEOs Jobs-Part One We were talking about jobs. Someone asked if anyone had ever been fired. One ROMEO said he got fired from an airline. His job was to announce the out-bound flights. He got fired because no matter how hard he tried, the travelers still understand every word he said. Jobs-Part Two Auto Mechanic: ‘’You know, Doc, our jobs are very similar!’’ Heart Surgeon: ‘‘How so?’’ Auto Mechanic: ‘’The motor is the heart of a car so we both repair ‘hearts’.’’ Heart Surgeon: ‘’Our jobs will be similar when you can repair a car’s ‘heart’ while it’s running.’’ Jobs-Part Three While discussing first jobs, one ROMEO said his was in 1950 at a Burlesque House helping the strippers off and on with their clothes. Asked what the job paid, he said $1 a week. When someone said that wasn’t much money, he said it was all he could afford. Page 13 CULINARY CLUB LUNCH AND QUILTED TREASURES FASHION SHOW AND SALE By Carolyn La Potin The Culinary Club is planning a delectable entrée salad luncheon and novel fashion show in the Fiesta Room at the Village Center on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at noon. The doors will open at 11:30 so that you can visit with friends and relax before lunch. The menu includes an entrée salad with chicken, a selection of rolls, a yummy dessert, and iced tea and lemonade. (I hear that everyone attending will receive a lovely surprise gift to take home.) After lunch, there will be a fashion show of one-of-akind “Quilted Treasures”. All items displayed and modeled will be available for sale. Cash and checks will be accepted for your purchases. The items shown will include purses, totes, and other unique items handmade by Sunflower Quilters. All quilted items for this show and sale will be donated by quilters and all money raised from the sale of these items will be used to support the charity work done by Sunflower Quilters for children, veterans, the elderly, single moms and others in need. The items will be “modeled” by quilters and Gloria Herron will serve as your tour guide for this fashion feast. Tickets sale dates from 1-3: Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11 Ticket Price $12 includes a $2 donation to help support the charity work of Sunflower’s Quilters. Remember to bring correct change or a check made out to “Sunflower Culinary Club”. BACCHUS WINE By Sandy Persels “How sweet it is!” In February we created our own Wine and Dessert Bar in the Fiesta Room, and it was most enjoyable! The clever, tasty— and sometimes unexpected pairings—of sweet treats with wine and not-so-sweet treats with dessert wines demonstrated that champagne or port with chocolate Page 14 aren’t the only options for a wonderfully winethemed dessert. There were pairings to please every palate, and a fabulous time was had by all! If you are a convivial person who enjoys wine, delicious food, great company and good conversation, you’re welcome to join us. We have fun as we try to learn more about wine by sharing and discussing it with others. Bacchus Wine usually meets in the Fiesta Room at 4:30 on the fourth Wednesday of each month; occasionally we meet at a restaurant for a food and wine pairing. To be informed of upcoming events, you need to get your name on the mailing list by e-mailing Mary Laurie Siebert [email protected] or phoning her at 744-3176. You’ll be glad you did—and so will we! See you soon. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine. . .and that’s kind of the same thing.~ Anonymous SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE By Sam Florek The first two weeks in March, Barbara Scott and friends will be your hosts for Saturday Morning Coffee—Barbara also hosted coffee March 2014. The second two weeks in March, your hosts will be Harry & Jackie Slingland. We are very fortunate that some or our wonderful volunteers always step up to the plate. Jean Kelly has graciously agreed to host all of April. Since we don’t get too many new attendees at Saturday morning coffee, we have to depend on those who attend to continue to be the hosts. It really isn’t a difficult job and really can be a lot of fun. If you have never hosted, please stop by the front desk and let them know when you are available to host the event. We welcome everyone at Saturday morning coffee. There is a small charge for coffee and donuts. Our hosts always go to Safeway early in the morning so the donuts are fresh and delicious. We also have tea, bagels, cream cheese, jelly, peanut butter, etc. People attending enjoy the conversation and you can learn about great restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. 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 Julie Agozzino "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. SUNFLOWER 500 CARD CLUB By Carol Erhardt 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. 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 By Audree Anderson Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to join the Sunflower Bocce games. We would love to have you come out and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Join us on a sunny afternoon and try it out. 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. Any questions please call me at (360)774- 6038 CASINO CLUB By Margaret O’Connell No casino trip this month. Next trip in April. 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! MAH JONGG By Mary Laurie We play on Friday mornings at the Center from 9:00 to 11:30. Everyone is welcome. Bring your set and your 2015 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. CARDS AND GAMES By Margaret O’Connell 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. MEN’S NINE HOLE GOLF GROUP By Bob Pelley 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. Page 15 SUNFLOWER MEN’S GOLF CLUB By Mike Clapham You might be very pleasantly surprised by how much you can enjoy this fun, social game. What a great winter to play golf in Tucson. We have enjoyed great weather throughout the season so far. I hope you all are enjoying it as much as we are. There are a variety of reasons that Pickleball has become very popular throughout our country in active senior communities, public parks, and even schools. It’s easy to learn, fun to play, and does not require great athletic skills, speed, or strength to be successful at it. I would like to give a big shout out to Mr. Gregory Taylor, Greg won our Net Championship this year. Way to go Greg! Greg played very well throughout the tournament and held off many players that were trying to edge him out, all to no avail. It is nice to welcome in our newest member, Mr. Bob Weber. He joined us in January. Welcome aboard. We are in the process of continuing to play our Club Championship at this time. There are four flights in this Championship as to cover all skill levels of golfers within our club. This allows everyone to participate and have fun doing it. On February 9th at Del Urich Golf Club, it is my pleasure to inform you that our member Jim Dietz had a hole in one on hole number nine with a six iron. Wow!! This is a very big accomplishment. Congratulations Jim. I hope you have many more in the future. As always we are wanting new members to join Sunflower Men’s Golf Club. If you are interested in playing a couple times a week, please contact me at 520-904-2499 or email me at [email protected] If you want to look at our web site and venues, use the link below. http://www.golffusion.com/sunflowergolfclub/login GENTLE PICKLEBALL By Carolyn Hutt We have initiated Gentle Pickleball here at Sunflower. What is it? Every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. we have a special group time for those who want to play less vigorously or may have concerns about whether their knees, hips, shoulders, etc., can handle this sport. If you have the ability to hit a lightweight wiffle ball with a lightweight paddle, we invite you to come out and give it a try. You absolutely do not need to be able to race around the court like some of our advanced pickleball players. Page 16 If you cannot come out on Wednesday mornings or have any questions, give Carolyn a call or text her at 419-6369. We have the balls and paddles to share with you so all you need to do is wear athletic shoes, bring water, and perhaps wear a visor or hat. We invite you to come check it out! PING PONG GROUP By Buzz Hoffmann We would love to have new players join us for ping pong on Wednesdays and Sundays. 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 is due the first of the year. 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 play a multitude of games; however, we are always on the lookout for new ones to include in our repertoire! As they used to say in the Old West....happy trails to you until we meet again! PINOCHLE By Harlan Quinn 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. SUNFLOWER TENNIS CLUB By Thea Berg Sunflower Tennis Club (STC) held its first mixer of the year on January 31. The club introduced new officers, welcomed new members, enjoyed refreshments and—despite the rain—everyone went home with a prize! Hold the date—March 28—for the next STC mixer, as chance of rain is slight! Partners will be drawn from a hat for this round-robin social event, followed by refreshments and great prizes! STC offers many opportunities for beginning to intermediate tennis players to participate. Sunflower Doubles: Mon.-Sat. @ 8-10 a.m. Players rotate in and out each 4 games, using noadd scoring. Drop in or out whenever you can! Clinics: Mondays @ 3-4 p.m. FREE clinics for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills. Contact Les Baker at: 579-2834. Regular Doubles: Mon.-Sat. @ 10 a.m.-Noon. Doubles matches (3 sets) are pre-arranged and emailed to players on Sundays for the following week. Contact Susan Page: [email protected] Women’s Interclub League (Fall): Contact Thea Berg, captain: [email protected] FRI. morning matches (3 sets) at home and away throughout the Tucson metro area. (Sept.-Dec.). Women’s 55+ & 65+ USTA League (Fall, Winter, Spring): Contact Thea Berg, captain: [email protected] MON. or FRI. morning matches at home and away throughout the Tucson metro area. Local teams may advance to sectional/ national playoffs and individual players generate a national rating. Stay tuned to the tennis court bulletin board for up-todate information and announcements on upcoming STC meetings, local events, etc. TRIVIAL PURSUIT Due to its reduced participation in the last six months, Trivial Pursuit may be discontinued. We would like to solicit feedback from residents to see what day and time would be more acceptable in order to get people to come. Currently it is 6 p.m. usually the first and third Thursday of the month, but if we could find an available time that is better for residents, we would try to change. Please contact the front desk staff and indicate which day and a time that would work best for you. (Regular day time hours are usually hard to find). Thank you for energizing this community by continuing Trivial Pursuit. Fun for everyone! ACTIVITIES & CLUBS SUNFLOWER ART CLUB By Barbara Strempek 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. 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, on Monday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. Come and join us for a healthy and fun experience and good companionship with others who love to dance! Page 17 FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP By Kristin Delapane LINE DANCING By Phyllis Bowcott “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. We usually meet the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Craft Room. 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. SUNFLOWER GENEALOGY SOCIETY By Mary Dietz 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. Following is the link to the season's schedule and the photo albums. http://www.sunflowerliving.com/ yearly/clubs_2009/sunflower_hiking.pdf We are happy to have Steve Packer presenting a History of German Research at our March 17, 2015 meeting. Since retiring, Steve has worked on his family’s German genealogy and has made several trips to Germany to find family records that have not been microfilmed or available on indexed database. Since 2007, Steve has been serving three days a week at the Mesa Regional Family History Center. He will give you many new ideas on research. I Look forward to seeing you and welcoming Steve. Our Monday Study Group got off to a great start. Please stop in with questions or need of help on your genealogy from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Monday in the Fitness Conference Room. Open to all Sunflower residents as an introduction to genealogy. Our monthly meeting is March 17, 2015 starting at 2 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. Membership dues are only $15 per family for the year. SUNFLOWER NEEDLEWORKERS By Dawn Calkins 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. 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. Page 18 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 SUNFLOWER HIKING CLUB By Marti Wyckoff March 2015 Hiking Schedule: Tuesday March 3rd: VENTANA CANYON/ MAIDEN POOLS, 5.2 Miles DIFFICULT. Hike Leader: Roger Rainbolt 638-7166 Friday March 6th: SUTHERLAND/50 YEAR TRAIL, 9.2 Miles, MODERATE +. Hike Leader: Jim Hagemeier 744-4868 Tuesday March 10th: WILD DOG/VALLEY VIEW (SNP-WEST), 3.5 miles EASY. Hike Leader: Marti Wyckoff 579-7171 Friday March 13th: LINDA VISTA, 4.0 Miles, EASY +. Hike Leader: Faith Thesingh 572-0251 Tuesday March 24th: MADERA CANYON NATURE TRAIL, 7.0 Miles EASY. Hike Leader: Faith Thesingh 572-0251 Friday March 27th: BEAR WALLOW/SAN PEDRO (CATALINAS) Miles DIFFICULT. Hike Leader: Melba Cope 744-5095 Tuesday March 31st: COCHISE STRONGHOLD, 5.2 Miles DIFFICULT. Hike Leaders: Pat Miller 3315736, Kathy Miller 331-5800 SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL! :-) CRAFT CLUB By Adele Suomela Bow making the professional way and decoupage plates completed our February Craft Club projects. Join us for our March projects, March 2 and 9, adorable bunny grasping a clay pot container, perfect for a centerpiece. Then on March 16, wrapping gems acquired at the Gem and Mineral Show with wire and creating a gem stone pendant. Teabag folding, an art form started in Holland, can adorn scrapbook pages, gift or note cards will be presented March 23. Fancy spiders, shining with beads, will be crafted March 30th. We always welcome new members, come visit with us any Monday, 10 a.m., in the Craft Room. PHOTO WORKSHOP By Bruce Balay The photo group will be meeting Tuesday, March 10th at 10 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Village Center. Our ‘show and tell’ for the meeting will be recent photos of animals. If any time remains (and there always is), mini-slide shows of your trips or outings are always appreciated. We will use the overhead TV in the Craft Room so bring those slide shows on a flash drive. Oh, by the way, we are looking for a volunteer to bring a laptop enabling the display of your animal photos on the wall-mounted TV. An HDMI cable will be required for the interface from that laptop. Thanks. SUNFLOWER QUILTERS By Carolyn La Potin Quilted Treasures show and sale will be Saturday, March 28th at noon at the Culinary Club luncheon. Our fashion show will highlight items for sale -including totes, shopping bags, evening and special occasion bags, backpacks, aprons, table toppers and more. All items will be lovingly made and donated by our club members. All proceeds from the show will be used to buy fabric and supplies for our Community Quilt projects that are donated to needy children and adults in our community. Our March business meeting will be Thursday, March 5th. At this meeting, we will vote for officers for next year. Plan to attend and vote. Community quilt sessions will be the 12th, 19th and 26th. Please bring fabric strips (2 ½” by the width of the fabric or whatever you have) to mix and match with others. We have a number of 10” blocks made from strips of various widths finished. Just a few more and we will be ready to assemble a quilt or two. On the 20th, we will have a work day as we continue to create our Quilted Treasures for the show and sale on March 28th. We will also schedule time to work on the paper-pieced raffle quilt that we are completing as a group. I’ll let you know in the weekly email update when the dates have been chosen. Our social quilting days in March are the 6th, 13th, and 27th. It will definitely be a busy month. Come and join the fun. SINGLES AND FRIENDS By Ellen Bowlby We hope that all of you had a good Valentine’s Day and are looking forward to all of the Spring events. In February we had a rockin’ good time celebrating the 60s. With Marty Freese’s help, we remembered the Bossa Nova, Elvis, Haight-Ashbury and all the things from that period. It was a fun evening remembering when we were all younger and stayed up beyond 9:00 p.m. Here come the Ides of March. We are going to be having a gala Mexican Fiesta on Saturday, March 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is going to be catered by La Olla restaurant. At press time, the entertainment is a surprise but I am sure that we will all enjoy it. Tickets will be $10.00 and will be on sale Tuesday, March 3, Thursday, March 5, Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Plan to come join in the festivities. Let this be the year you step up with your time and talents, whatever they maybe, to help the Singles and Friends with our monthly events. There are many options for helping to make this a vibrant club that we will continue to enjoy. See you all on March 21. Page 19 DISCUSSION GROUP By Michael T. Hertz Discussion Meetings: March 10 and 24, 2015 Time: 7- 8:45 p.m. Meeting Place: Craft Room Our group is for anyone interested in thought provoking, intellectual and stimulating conversation. The hope is to meet in a group of around 8 members to discuss a wide range of topics. We're planning on setting the topic at the end of each meeting. We'll announce the topic in the emailed Communicator. 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 is 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. To give everyone an opportunity to speak to the topic on hand, we'll first go around the room to give everyone who wants to a chance to say something before opening to general discussion. We encourage general participation. Please RSVP at [email protected] (Tel. 3288461) to Michael Hertz. If you have questions, I'll be happy to try to answer them. If you are looking to meet like-minded, intellectually stimulating, thought provoking people, join us! We're the fun people. SUNFLOWER FITNESS CLUB By Marijke Augusteijn Come, exercise with us! We were very pleased to see so many residents at our presentation on January 23 and we welcomed some new members but we hope that even more residents will join us and participate in one or more of our fabulous classes. We offer four classes taught by certified instructors. In order to take any of them, you need your Fitness Club membership card ($15 at the front desk) and a Page 20 punch card ($22 for 20 punches). Participation in each class costs one punch but you can try each class twice for free. Our class schedule is as follows: Fun & Fit with Violet: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Tues/Thurs Combination of low impact dance exercise to music, plus pilates, and yoga moves. Chi Kung with Violet: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tues/Thurs Heal and strengthen internal organs and increase circulation Stretch and Tone with Violet: 10:30 - 11:30 a. m. Tues/Thurs Build and tone muscles and increase flexibility Water Aerobics with Robin: 9:00 - 10:00 a. m. Mon/Weds/Fri Strengthen and tone muscles through water resistance exercises BOWLING NEWS By Michele Meier We’ve had some impressive bowling in the past month. Janet Yeck got the 6–7–10 split and also a high game of 158. Irene Harvey got the 7-8-10 split. Great pickups by these gals! Dennis “the Menace” Walthall had a personal best game of 215. Elaine Hewitt got a 198! Linda Ottley had a 219 and a 204; way to go Linda! Keith Leikel had a high series of 696 and George Massman was in good form and turned in a series of 656. If you haven’t bowled for a while and would like to test your skills, we always welcome new bowlers. We have bowlers at all skill levels. It’s an open bowling/no teams concept. No pressure, just fun. We bowl Friday afternoons at Fiesta Lanes. Please come by 12:30 p.m. for a 1:00 p.m. start. Call Irene Harvey (579-0139) with questions. SUNFLOWER READERS By Elizabeth Gunn The Sunflower Readers' Group will meet Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Center. They will discuss "The Luncheon of the Boating Party," by Susan Vreeland, a novel built around a famous painting. SUNBIRD CAMPERS/RV CLUB By Joe Yearous The Sunbird Camper/RV Club will be enjoying the Patagonia Lake State Park Campground facilities for our “Celebration and Welcoming of Spring” this year during the third week of March. Most members will be arriving on Sunday or Monday, March 16th or 17th and some will be staying the entire week. Others, especially those members that have sold their rigs, will be staying a shorter period of time and using the motel facilities in the town of Patagonia for a place to sleep. There will be a major gathering on the 18th for a group cookout and potluck dinner. Other events will be somewhat spontaneous, but all will be in and around the park or locations in close proximity such as Patagonia, Sonoita, Bisbee or Nogales. Individual hiking, bird watching, and other observation of the wildlife around the lake is always an enjoyable way to get some fresh spring air. The fishing hopefully will be good as well. Congratulations to Audrey and Jim Anderson who both received medals for their performances in the Senior Olympics Bocce Ball competition. Audree’s team won Gold and Jim’s team won Silver. We are always open to welcoming new members to the club so keep in mind that the regular business meeting is on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Village Center. Come join us!! SUNFLOWER TECHNOLOGY CLUB By Tom Howlin The recent security flaw with Adobe Flash is a good example of why joining the Technology Club is a good idea. Our members were alerted as soon as it was announced, cautioned on how to handle the flaw and then notified within hours of the fix being released. Security breaches are happening so frequently that you need lots of eyes on the problem and that’s just one of the things club membership gives you. We are happy to announce that we have added a touchscreen laptop to the lab running Windows 8.1. This will give members a chance to try this technology before actually purchasing it for themselves. We also added a wireless laser color printer so that members using the wireless side of the network can now print out their documents. We have a lot of exciting training and presentations scheduled for the rest of the year. We even have a session about tricks and hints for finding the lowest prices for merchandise that will save you a lot more than the cost of the membership. We are also going to have a repeat of our electronics expo next November that promises to be even bigger and better than last year. Did I mention we’re also a fun club? We’re not a bunch of computer geeks with a secret handshake but a large group of people with a common interest and a great sense of humor. Please consider becoming a member. SUNFLOWER TRAVEL CLUB By Frances Gauthier The SF Travel Club Sales Desk will be open on Wednesdays March 4th and March 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Final day to purchase tickets for the March 14th Boyce Thompson Arboretum trip that is in conjunction with The Vintage Gardeners is March 4th. This is an All Day trip – pack your own lunch. $38 per person. Bus arrives at 7:30 a.m. Payment in full for The Grand Canyon Trip must be made by March 18th. The Texas Tenors - March 1st: Bus leaves at 1:00 p.m. and we should get back around 4:30 p.m. SF TRAVEL CLUB MEMBERS MEETING on April 7th - $1 charge. Agenda will include taking nominations and voting for the SFTC Board. Please sign up at the Sales Desk for the meeting. Light refreshments will be served at the early evening meeting – time to be announced later. We are accepting nominations (self-nomination acceptable) for any of the current positions from President to Member at Large for the 2015-2017 season. We are looking for two additional Members at Large along with our current Board. Board positions and responsibilities are posted in the SF Travel Bulletin Board at the Center. Feel free to contact Nancy Hrigora (Pres) at 810-923-4117 [email protected] or Roger Rainbolt (VP) at 520-638-7166 with questions. Page 21 VETERANS CLUB By Wes Durst, President We were most fortunate to have an excellent presentation by Mr. Stew Milstein for our February meeting. Mr. Milstein has spent many years researching letters and postmarks from servicemen during World War II. His studies revealed some very interesting facts about our military history of that era. Our March meeting is another which you definitely want to attend as our guest speaker will be Kurt Johnson, Captain (Ret), USN. Kurt is a Sunflower resident who is currently on the staff of Colorado Tech University. While on active duty, Kurt served as a JAG Corps Officer and he will be sharing his experiences while stationed in the Middle East / Bahrain Naval Support Activity, NORAD/ USNORTHCOM, and operations during Hurricane Katrina and the Sept 11, 2001 attacks. Our meeting will start promptly at 9:30 in the Fiesta Room, Wednesday, March 4. All Sunflower Veterans are welcome. Dues are $1 per meeting. VINTAGE GARDENERS By Jan Leth The world famous Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona is the destination of the Vintage Gardener and Travel Club members on Saturday, March 14. This 320 acre botanical garden melds all of the desert plants from the rest of the earth with those of our native Sonoran Desert. Those members who have purchased tickets should be at the Village Center no later than 7:10 a.m. The bus leaves the Center @ 7:30 a.m. Be sure to wear walking shoes, take a hat, bottled water and a sack lunch. The bus will return to the Center at 5:30 p.m. Members are in luck, as the Arboretum's fabulous yearly plant sale will be just starting. The large sale features hundreds of native plants. The Arboretum's botanists will be on hand to help you with your selections and answer questions. Bring a sack or a box to contain and mark your chosen plants in the bus's storage area so you can assure your purchases arrive home safely. Page 22 At 11 a.m. a botanist will be available to guide you on a Plants and Landscaping Walk through the gardens. During the lunch hour you may eat your sack lunch in a shaded grove on the Arboretum grounds. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 13 for that is the date that we welcome back Marcibeth Phillips who will present a program in the Fiesta Room at 10:30 a.m. on pest management entitled “What's Buggin' You?” Want to get rid of those pesky critters? Attend and learn how!!! HEALTH & SAFETY 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 Helen V. at 572-9691 or Bob K. at 579-1018 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 FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Kris Harris has been personal training and teaching group exercise classes since 2006. She is certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Kris has also taught Mat Pilates for the past six years and focuses on developing core strength as well as improving balance in the clients that she trains. She is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 to 3:15 to provide complimentary instruction and advice on proper use of the equipment and machines in the Fitness Center. Kris is available to residents who wish to have one-on-one personal training or want to develop a specific fitness plan. Kris can be contacted at 520-971-9355 to set up an appointment. 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 The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Village Center. We share ideas and experiences, arrange for some physical therapy sessions or speakers, socialize and find other ways to support each other. 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. 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 Sarah Boroson Sunflower Neighbors is a group of volunteers living in Sunflower who donates time, transportation, and understanding to those in need. We provide rides exclusively to doctor, dentist or other necessary medical appointments when you are unable to drive yourself. There is no charge for this service, but donations are accepted. Please allow 4 days notice to locate an available volunteer and do let us know if you have special needs (wheelchair, etc.) so that we can plan accordingly. The phone number is 3315520. In an emergency, call 911 or a taxi service. GROWING STRONGER By Marlene Spencer Tuft University research shows that a program of strength training not only improved bone density, but also reduced falls and improved arthritis symptoms. Balance, coordination, flexibility and endurance are also improved. This program is based on that research and instructors must be certified. Our program takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Please check your Sun Catcher calendar for dates and times. There is no fee. If you have any questions, please call Marlene at 5722554. 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. Page 23 COMMUNITY NEWS 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, March 21 from 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM By 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. Page 24 COMING THIS MONTH! By Sharon Fuller The fabulous Tucson Festival of Books takes place on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. Go to tucsonfestivalofbooks.org to find information about authors, presentations, complete schedules and important facts to help you enjoy this wonderful event. See you there! March Special Events at the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Library: AARP Tax Aide Program: Thursdays in March and April through April 9. See separate article. One-on-One Computer Help: Check out the flyer on the bulletin board for details on this free service and others offered at Abbett. 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. Give it a try! The next BIG SALE presented by the Friends of the Pima County Public Library is Saturday, March 7, 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. 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. THANK YOU By Joan Jackson and Family My family and I would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their kindness, generosity and prayers sent during Howard’s illness and passing. He was a quiet man and would have been surprised at the many condolences we have received on his behalf. After sixty years together, he is still with us in heart and mind. He enjoyed living in Sunflower and his many friends and neighbors who never hesitated to say hello with either a wave or a smile. Thank you for remembering him. SUNFLOWER DEMOCRATS AND FRIENDS By Paula Singervalt We hope to have a webpage up and running soon. In this way, all of us can be well informed of happenings in and around Pima County. Also, we are working on a Facebook page. This will be another way for other clubs and communities to learn more about us. Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. at the Urgent Care Center on Silverbell Road. The program has yet to be determined. Hope to see my neighbors at the Urgent Care Center on March 26!! BE ACTIVE!! BE INFORMED!! GET INVOLVED!! LION’S CLUB By Lion Rich & Paula Singervalt We at the Marana Host Lions want to thank everyone that came to Winterfest 2015. It was held at Sportsman's Warehouse on Costco Drive. The event was held to raise money for The Marana Food Bank. As with all fundraisers the Lions do, 100% of the proceeds went back into the community "We Serve". I am pleased to let everyone know The Marana Host Lions Club will give a check for over $10,000 to the Marana Food Bank! There were over 60 vendors, a band, cheerleaders from MHS, Celtic dancers, and Dan Heston who ran a double marathon. We had volunteers from Marana VIPs, Northwest Fire, and the Marana PD Explorers'. If you run into one of their members, thank them for helping out. We meet on the first Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Light The Way Church on Silverbell. We have our second meeting 13 days later on Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Native Grill and Wings. HOPE TO THERE!! SEE YOU THE TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS IS COMING MARCH 14 AND 15, 2015! By Sharon Fuller The bigger and better, 7th Annual Tucson Festival of Books is coming this month. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 on the U of A Campus. Visit the Festival website at tucsonfestivalofbooks.org to find out all about this exciting event. At this site you’ll find an alphabetical Authors List and a listing of Authors by Genre. There is also a detailed Schedule of Events that lists the authors, times, locations and subjects of their presentations. Some of the featured authors this year include Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Gail Sheehy, J A Jance, Catherine Coulter, Lisa See and many more too numerous to mention. Our own resident mystery author Elizabeth Gunn will be there along with the most popular and impressive authors of every genre. There’s something for everyone! Festival Volunteers Needed! It’s not too late to volunteer to help at the Festival. You can select a Festival volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, skills and shift times that you are available to work. And you get a FREE Festival tee shirt!! It’s fun, it’s rewarding and you may even get to rub elbows with some of the great literary figures of our time. Please check out the website: tucsonfestivalofbooks.org. Plan your days, pick your favorite authors and I’ll see you at the Festival! SIGN UP FOR THE SUNFLOWER COMMUNICATOR ! By Melissa Low Sunflower has an excellent means of communicating with residents. The Sunflower Communicator is an electronic newsletter that is sent to your email address. The newsletter does not take the place of the Sun Catcher but it is used to notify residents of changes in schedules, progress on projects, corrections to past communication or any other item of interest to the community. To subscribe, just email [email protected] Include your lot number and your first and last name and you will be added to the list. Every issue of the Communicator will contain information on how to subscribe and how to unsubscribe should you decide you no longer want to receive it. 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