Sun Lakes – Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes

Message from the President

Anne Montgomery

The hot and humid “dog days” of summer are, thankfully, nearly behind us. While your HOA accomplishes many projects during this quieter time in our community, we are looking forward to fall with its cooler temps and to our summer travelers returning to get ready for a new season of activities, great entertainment, food events, and meeting new friends. Tuesday, September 3, marks the debut of CWPV’s new Water Volleyball at the Cottonwood main pool on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All CWPV homeowners are invited to take part, either to play or cheer on those who do. For more information, contact Bob at [email protected]

Fitness Activity Center (FAC) Update: This month, according to our contractor’s schedule, the landscape irrigation and planting will be completed. Interior work continues, with floor tile being laid in the locker rooms, along with installation of partitions, benches and lockers, and plumbing fixtures; work on the spa includes tile and cool decking. Various other finishing work is ongoing as well. The site remains a hard-hat area – authorized personnel only. Check the interior progress on our website or by visiting Homeowner Services for the weekly updated photos.

Introducing CWPV’s August Employee of the Month – Julie Ortbahn. Julie is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. She enjoys all aspects of her job, especially working with our homeowners and fellow employees. It doesn’t matter what she is asked to do; Julie is always willing and up to the task. She is a self-starter and always looking for ways to improve the Recreation Department. In fact, she effectively covered the Recreation Department while the manager was on leave for six weeks. Furthermore, Julie happily covers the Administration Department whenever and wherever there is a need. She is funny, hardworking, and a take-charge kind of employee who makes everything easier on management. We are very fortunate to have her as August’s outstanding Employee of the Month. Congratulations, Julie!

Happy Labor Day!

Upcoming Events

All tickets for Cottonwood Palo Verde shows and events can be purchased at our Homeowner Services location.

Upcoming TAD concert tickets on sale now

Tuesday, September 24 – Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens)

Tuesday, October 15, – Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute

Tuesday, November 12 – Voyager (Journey Band Tribute)

New Show Tuesday, November 19 – Vox Fortura

Tuesday, December 10 – So This Is Christmas

New Show Tuesday, December 17 – December ’63 Christmas and Regular Jersey Boys Songs

2020 TAD Concert Shows and Ticket Sale Date

Friday, January 10 – Mick Adams and The Rolling Stones, Tickets on sale September 10, 2019

Tuesday, January 21 – Magic of Manilow, Tickets on sale September 17, 2019

Tuesday, January 28 – Return to Woodstock, Tickets on sale September 24, 2019

Tuesday, February 4 – Eagles Tribute, Tickets on sale October 1, 2019

Tuesday, February 11- George Strait Tribute, Tickets on sale October 15, 2019

Tuesday, February 25 – Giovanni, Tickets on sale October 22, 2019

Wednesday, March 4 – Uptown, Tickets on sale October 29, 2019

Tuesday, March 10 – The Annual Impersonators Show, Tickets on sale November 5, 2019

Tuesday, March 24 – The Blues Brothers, Tickets on sale November 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 31 – Turn the Page – Bob Seger Tribute, Tickets on sale November 19, 2019

4th Annual Fun Walk

We are getting ready for our 4th annual Fun Walk which will be held on Saturday, November 2. Those who sign up for the walk will be treated to a super Pep Rally held the night before (Friday, November 1) in the San Tan Ballroom. There will be platters of meats, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. For your entry fee, you will receive a Fun Walk t-shirt ($20 for short sleeve or $25 for long sleeve), a goody bag, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the great door prizes at the Friday Night Pep Rally (must be present to win!). There are three speed classifications for the walk (fast, medium, and slow). The walk starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Cottonwood 5 Lakes area across from the CW tennis courts. We begin with the National Anthem that morning and then you have a chance to walk either 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2.7 miles (or even 5 feet if that’s all you can do). You can pick up an application at Cottonwood Customer Services Office or go online at Please make checks payable to Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation, which serves ALL of Sun Lakes.

FREE Veterans Day Ceremony

Please join us for our free annual Veterans Day Ceremony in the San Tan Ballroom on Monday, November 11, this year starting at 2:00 p.m. All Sun Lakers and their guests are invited. Refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity for you to come out and show your gratitude to the brave men and women who served this great country of ours!

FREE Open House – Community Days at Cottonwood

Our annual Open House will take place on Saturday, October 12, this year. It will be in both the Cottonwood Ballroom and Saguaro Room from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone who was in it last year will receive an email invite. If you have made any changes (name of club, address, or contact person), you need to call Julie at 480-384-4065 or email her at [email protected] Our Open House is an especially great way for new homeowners to get acquainted with all our wonderful clubs, organizations, and instructors.

Ladies Coffee

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 2, for the start of our 2019-2020 season for our monthly Ladies Coffee. They are always held in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month from October through April. For only $3, you get hot coffee, hot tea, iced tea, cookies, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a door prize. There are fashion shows, guest speakers, and entertainers. Our October Coffee will be a Fashion Show & Trunk Sales by Calle Rose. Doors open for this particular coffee at 9:00 a.m. for extra shopping time. All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited.

Upcoming Ladies Coffee Fashion Shows:

October 2 – Calle Rose

November 6 – Judy Wear

December 4 – Group USA

January 8 – Chico’s (Please note that January’s Coffee will be on the second Wednesday)

February 5 – What Women Want

March 4 – Lion City 2

April 1 – Stein Mart

FREE Veterans Day Celebration

You won’t want to miss this year’s Veterans Day Celebration that will be hosted on Monday, November 11, in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 2:00 p.m. All Sun Lakers and guests are invited to come and honor our brave men and women of our United States Armed Forces. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Halloween Party

Halloween will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to start thinking about that perfect costume. Join us on Thursday, October 31, for our annual Halloween Buffet and Dance. Menu includes Bat Wings, Ribs, a Chili Station, and more. Back by popular demand, DJ Jamal will be on hand to play all your favorites. Yes, there will be a costume contest for Scariest, Funniest, Best Couple or Group, and Most Unusual. The prize will be well worth your efforts. Tickets are only $20 and will go on sale Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

FREE Annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show

Our annual FREE All Sun Lakes Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show will take place on Friday, December 6, this year. We’ll start at Palo Verde at 5:00 p.m. for some FREE hot turkey soup, crackers, and drinks, along with our golf cart judging and professional Christmas singers. Naturally, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Elves, and Snowman will be on hand for that special photo shot of the family. About 6:15 p.m., the Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse will escort the parade over to Cottonwood’s San Tan Ballroom for a Christmas show. There you will find free cookies, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, and hot coffee. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Calle Rose

Calle Rose will be in Cottonwood’s Saguaro Room on both Friday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hopefully, her fall selection of clothes will be in by that time. As always, there will be tons of beautiful purses and jewelry. The jewelry repair lady will be there to repair your costume jewelry or replace batteries. Bring a friend or friends and shop till you drop. Come early and eat lunch afterwards at Cottonwood’s Café or eat lunch and come afterwards. Either way, it’ll be fun!

Lion City 2

Once a month on the fourth Tuesday, Lion City 2 will be in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A-9) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come see her fashions, jewelry, purses, and accessories. Here are the upcoming dates: September 24, October 22, and November 26. In December, Lion City 2 will host a Trunk Show at the Wednesday, December 4, Ladies Coffee.

Shears to You (Great News!)

Step in and see how beautiful you can be. Shears to You mobile salon will be parked on Thursdays at Cottonwood in the east parking lot at the corner of EJ Robson and Brentwood from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a complete mobile hair salon and style lounge offering a full menu of hair and nail services for men and women. To schedule your appointment, call 480-983-5378: Note: Shears to You is here every Thursday.

Care To U – Skin Cancer Screening

The Care To U Cancer Mobile Unit will be here on Friday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They will be located in Cottonwood’s southeast corner parking lot (EJ Robson Blvd. and Brentwood Drive). You can either call Sheena at 602-601-8411 to make an appointment, or they will try to work walk-ins into their schedule. Please bring your insurance card, Medicare card, and a list of your prescriptions. Your insurance company should pay all your costs.

FREE Exercise Equipment Classes

Personal Trainer Deryk Garman will be instructing, at no cost, a Weight Room & Equipment Orientation Class for Cottonwood and Palo Verde homeowners in the Ladies Fitness Center from noon to 1:00 p.m., for both men and women, on the third Wednesday of the month. Scheduled dates: September 18 and October 16, 2019

Healthwaves Lab Screenings and Testing

Healthwaves will be available for testing in Cottonwood’s Paint Room (A-7) from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of the month. They also handle flu shots and pneumonia shots. Dates: September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9, 2019

Rover’s Rest Stop

Mark your calendars and tell all your friends that Rover’s Rest Stop’s Meet & Greet Adoptions will be held on the second Saturday of each month. In the summer months, they will be in Cottonwood’s A-6 (Dance Room) per weather conditions, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Here’s a great chance for you to bring home an adorable new family member. For more information, call 480-600-2828, and remember, a little dog will be there waiting desperately for a place to call home. Dates: September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14, 2019

Water Volleyball – Join in the Fun!

Starting Tuesday, September 3, through Thursday, February 27, there will be a six-month trial water volleyball session. This will take place in the Cottonwood main pool every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All Cottonwood and Palo Verde homeowners are invited to join. If you are interested in playing or volunteering to help, email Bob at [email protected] A questionnaire will be provided.

Upcoming Food & Beverage Events

Saturday, 9/17 – Line Dancing & Dinner – Palo Verde

Saturday, 9/21 – Beer Pairing Dinner – Cottonwood

Thursday, 9/26 – National Pancake Day – Cottonwood

Saturday, 9/28 – California Wine Pairing – Palo Verde

Saturday, 10/19 – Annual Pig Roast – Cottonwood

Thursday,10/31 – Annual Halloween Dinner/Dance – Cottonwood

Upcoming Traveling Tours through Free Spirit Vacations & Events

To book any of these trips, call Free Spirit Vacations at 480-926-5547 or email [email protected] Please remind them that you are a Cottonwood Palo Verde homeowner. Event information flyers can be found at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services or CW Library.

9/09 – An Evening with the Stars in Flagstaff

9/17-9/19 – California’s Gardens and Wineries

9/17-9/29 – Princess Alaska Cruise

9/25-9/30 – Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

9/26-9/29 – San Diego Golf

9/26-9/29 – California Air & Space

10/08-10/11 – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

10/08-10/16 – The Best of Greece

10/09 – Old West Highway

10/14-10/21 – Cruising Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands

10/16-10/17 – We’re Going to Prescott

10/22-10/25 – Rocky Point Golf (or Spa) Getaway

10/24-10/31 – Colors of Provence River Cruise

10/26 – Verde Canyon Railroad

10/28-11/03 – Mystical Peru