Sun Lakes Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes

Message from the President

Anne Montgomery

Dear Homeowners,

As we see our Fitness Activity Center construction project nearing the finish line, your Board of Directors has recently given their approval of the fees to be paid for the preliminary designs of two (2) Capital Improvement projects put forward to the Board by the Facilities & Grounds Committee. The first is to Katz Design to provide Phase I drawings, including interior elevations and preliminary details of the proposed remodel of the Cottonwood Bar & Grille. This includes the main dining room, bar face, doors to the patio, beverage center, buffet area, accent lighting, wall and ceiling treatments, and furniture selections. The second project is the proposed remodel of the Palo Verde Restaurant Restrooms, which includes eliminating the showers, expanding the toilet facilities, and adding much-needed storage. Archi-Cad Architects has been selected to proceed with the design and construction documents. This is the initial step in bringing proposed Capital Projects to life. Once this is done, estimated project costs are determined, and the proposed projects will be sent to the Board of Directors for their final approval to proceed. Provided Board approval is given, it will likely be late spring/summer of next year before either of these projects commences.

Fitness Activity Center (FAC) Update: As construction is on schedule to be completed by the end of this month, October will be very busy with finishing many items: the spa surface and decking tile work, installation of the cushioned wood flooring in the multi-purpose rooms, the wood-grained LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring in the main body of the building, curbs, landscaping and landscape sprinklers, installation of the electric light poles and paving striping. In the final week, Farnsworth will conduct an inspection, complete their “punch list” and give the building a final cleaning, and our HOA will inspect the building for final approval. Once the building has been signed off, the equipment will be installed. The new homeowner cards with the FAC entrance security barcode are available now at Homeowner Services. Get yours now and beat the crowd! Watch The Flyer and In the Know for the date of the Grand Opening, likely mid-November.

Congratulations to Hugo Cortez-Perez, our September Employee of the Month. Hugo has been with the Association for five years as a line cook in our Cottonwood Food & Beverage Department. He always comes to work with a great attitude and puts time and effort into each buffet every time. Hugo has a great relationship with our homeowners, and it shows. He personally takes care of any homeowner’s request or dietary restrictions without question. Hugo is an essential part of the Cottonwood kitchen staff, and we are very pleased to have him on our team. Thank you, Hugo, for your dedicated service!

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, 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

Friday, January 10 – Mick Adams & The Rolling Stones

Tuesday, January 21 – Magic of Manilow

Tuesday, January 28 – Return to Woodstock

2020 TAD Concert Shows:

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

Fourth Annual Fun Walk

We are getting ready for our Fourth Annual Fun Walk which will be held on Saturday, November 2. For those who sign up for the walk, they 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 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 five 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 services all of Sun Lakes.

FREE Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Please join us for our FREE annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony in the San Tan Ballroom on Monday, November 11, this year starting at 2 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!

Ladies Coffee

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 6, for our monthly Ladies Coffee. They are always held in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday 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 November Fashion Show will be Judy Wear. We have some very special models for this one. We have a number of guest speakers, and Dee from Rover’s Rest Stop will be there, so please bring a couple of extra donation dollars. Doors open for this particular coffee at 9 a.m. for extra shopping time. All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited.

Upcoming Ladies Coffee Fashion Shows:

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 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 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 p.m.

Bring Some Fun and Magic to Your Holidays – FREE!

Grandparents, if you have young guests staying with you through the holidays and they’re looking for something fun to do, well, we have an event that will be right up your alley.

On Friday, December 27, the Sun Lakes Community Theatre (SLCT) and Cottonwood Palo Verde’s Recreation Department are planning a special day for the little ones. The SLCT will perform every child’s favorite, Horton Hears A Who, on the stage of the San Tan Ballroom. Also, Ray Texeira will put on a magic show the children will love! Show time is at 2 p.m., but the doors of the ballroom will open at 1 p.m. for fun and games. There will be a balloon artist, craft tables, and refreshments. All Sun Lakers are invited. To get a FREE ticket, you need to come into Cottonwood Homeowner Services to get your tickets. Tickets will be available starting October 1, 2019. You’ll need Adult Tickets and Children Tickets.

FREE Shred-A-Thon

Thanks to Becky Kolb and Trish Kolb, The Kolb Team, Arizona’s Active Adult Communities Experts will host a Shred-A-Thon for Cottonwood and Palo Verde homeowners only. They are actively doing this same thing in each of the Sun Lakes phases. The date is set for Saturday, January 25, 2020, in the east parking lot next to Cottonwood’s Arts & Crafts Rooms, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information in next month’s Splash.

Kenny Hess and Band Concert

For years, we’ve been anxiously waiting for Kenny Hess, the famous songwriter and singer, to do a concert in the San Tan Ballroom with his world-famous band. Well, the date has been set for Saturday, February 15, 2020, with a 7 p.m. showtime. Tickets for this powerful and exciting main event will be $20. This is a one-time show here at Sun Lakes that you won’t want to miss!

Lion City 2

Once a month on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 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: 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 a.m. to 2 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.

Healthwaves Lab Screenings and Testing

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

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 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: October 12, November 9, and December 14, 2019

Upcoming Food & Beverage Events

Friday, 10/11 – Oktoberfest – German Buffet

Saturday, 10/19 – Eighth Annual Pig Roast – Cottonwood

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

Tuesday, 11/05 – Celebration of Golf

Upcoming Traveling Tours Through Free Spirit Vacations & Events:

To book any of these trips, call Free Spirit Vacation 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.

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