Linda Caton, Recreation Manager
All tickets for Cottonwood Palo Verde shows and events can be purchased at our Homeowner Services location.
TAD 2021 Concert Series – Tickets on sale (unless otherwise noted)
Aug. 13, Friday, Doobie Brothers Tribute
Sept. 3, Friday, Ultimate Carrie Underwood Tribute
Oct. 1, Friday, Brooks & Dunn Tribute
Oct. 29, Friday, Sixties Mania
Nov. 9, Tuesday, AOR (Journey, Kansas, Heart, Styx, and REO Speedwagon)
Nov. 16, Tuesday, December ‘63
Dec. 7, Tuesday, Oh, Canada (Tickets go on sale Aug. 10)
Dec. 16, Thursday, So This Is Christmas (Tickets go on sale Aug. 24)
Annual Open House
Our annual Open House will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, in both the San Tan Ballroom and the Saguaro Room. Letters have been emailed to all clubs and organizations that participated in 2019. Please respond as soon as you can to assure you have a booth. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. All Sun Lakes homeowners are invited!
Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of the month between October and April, because Ladies Coffees are coming back! They are held in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m. Admission is only $3. There will be hot coffee or tea, iced tea, and cookies. We have scheduled a fashion show again for each month. We’ll host speakers and entertainers. All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited. Future dates: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6
Lion City 2 Trunk Show
Lion City is back in the A-9 Phoenix Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. As usual, she’ll be bringing an assortment of tops, slacks, purses, and jewelry. All Sun Lakes homeowners and guests are welcome to join in on the fun. Future dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 26, and Nov. 23. They will also bring a trunk show for the Dec. 1 Ladies Coffee.
Finally, we get to party with each other again! So, mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 31. Let’s start the fall holidays off with a frightfully fun night, filled with dancing and Halloween food. Naturally, we’ll be in the Scary San Tan Ballroom. Our Food and Beverage Department will be whipping up some special Halloween dishes and treats just for you! And what’s Halloween without a Costume Contest? We’ll be giving some great prizes for The Funniest, The Scariest, Best Couple, and Best Group. Or you can come in regular, casual attire. All Sun Lakes homeowners are invited. More information will be in the next Splash issue!
Annual Fun Walk
A lot of you have been asking if we are going to have a Fun Walk this year, and the answer is yes! Plans are being made by the committee, and the date has been set for Saturday, Nov. 6. We will have our Kick Off Party on the night before, Friday, Nov. 5, in the San Tan Ballroom. The fee is $25 with all proceeds to go to The Greater Sun Lakes Foundation. You will receive a t-shirt, a raffle ticket (for Friday night’s door prizes), and a goody bag. Applications are located in the Administrative Office, on our web page, and in the Foundation’s web page. All applications must be in by no later than Friday, Oct. 15. We need time to get the t-shirts ordered and printed. Anyone who would like to join in after the 15th may do so but will not receive a t-shirt. Our annual Fun Walk takes place at Cottonwood’s 5 Lakes (the Greenbelt across from Cottonwood’s tennis courts). There are three walk distances to choose from: one-half mile, one mile, and around all Five Lakes (2.7 miles). There are also three different speeds for the walk (Speed Walkers Pace, Casual Walk, and Take Your Time). All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited to join us!
Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
On Thursday, Nov. 11, we’ll be honoring our brave veterans in the San Tan Ballroom. At 2 p.m., we will start off with the Arizona Ranger’s Honor Color Guard out of Prescott. We’ll listen to the beautiful sounds of the Sun Lakes Chordaries singing our favorite Americana songs. Our guest speaker is a veteran and is now serving as an Arizona Ranger. There will be cookies, coffee, and iced tea, and after the ceremony, we’ll be serving you hot dogs outside on the patio. All Sun Lakes homeowners and guests are invited.
12th Annual Art at the Lakes Show
We are hard at work planning for our 12th Annual Art at the Lakes Show & Sale! The date is set for Saturday, March 5, 2022. So, all you artists, start preparing for this great event that supports our great Sun Lakes firefighters. Applications will be sent out sometime this fall. More details will follow in the next Splash newspaper.
Shears to You (Great News!)
Step in and see how beautiful you can be. Shears to you Mobile Salon will be parked every Wednesday and Thursdays at Cottonwood in the east parking lot at the corner of EJ Robson Blvd. and Brentwood from 9 a.m. to 5 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. Walk-ins are welcome!
Healthwaves Lab Screenings and Testing
Healthwaves is back in Cottonwood’s Fitness Center. They will be doing lab screenings, flu shots, pneumonia shots, and more. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. All you need to do is sign the registration sheet at the front desk. Then take a seat in the waiting room and someone from Healthwaves will come and get you in the order in which you signed in. Anyone who lives in Sun Lakes is welcomed. Here are their dates for 2021: July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7.
Rover’s Rest Stop
Rover’s Rest Stop will resume their second Saturday of the month Doggie Adoption. During this heat, you will find her and the kids in Cottonwood’s A-6 Dance Room, just waiting to share their love with someone! And you have the chance to make it happen! Please open your hearts and think about making one of these precious little dogs a member of your family! They’ll be there ready to greet you at 9 a.m. until noon. Future dates: Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11.
Free Spirit Vacations
Now that we can travel again, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful and exciting day trips and vacations Free Spirit Vacation offers. When booking, please let them know that you live in Cottonwood or Palo Verde. The Association gets a percentage of your trip cost.
Message from the President
August in Arizona means monsoon season, with afternoon and evening storms becoming more normal. We all wish for some rain to give us relief from the daytime temperatures.
Now is a good time to catch up on what is happening in our community:
It was just last month that I talked about the new pump station on hole 4 of the Cottonwood golf course. At the June board meeting, the board approved management’s recommendation to replace the pump station and do civil work on Palo Verde golf course hole 9. The oleanders around the pump station will remain, but there will be a lot of work completed that is hidden from sight. Both of these pump stations are 40-plus years old. Management felt this was the best time to complete the necessary replacement of the pumps, before they completely fail and create serious problems.
The new pickleball courts that were recently completed and the older, existing courts continue to see good use in the early morning and evenings.
The entertainment shows in the Cottonwood ballroom continue to be enjoyed by all who attend. In case you missed it, DJ Bingo (music-themed bingo) has started again. Plan on attending for a fun evening.
The Fitness Center Manager, Tim Rochford, is offering new exercising activities, equipment, and trainers. All homeowners are invited to come see what is on the schedule for your health and enjoyment.
Our Cottonwood and Palo Verde Pro Shop personnel provide their professional advice and help to homeowners for maintaining and improving their golf game. Be sure and check out the golf merchandise to keep you looking and playing well.
The Food and Beverage Manager, Marshall Reichert, and his staff provided “Tour Around the World” dinners on Saturday nights in July. They offer excellent entertainment, dancing, music, and food at both Cottonwood and Palo Verde.
As you can tell, I truly believe that all our managers and their staff continue to provide a wonderful opportunity for our homeowners and guests.
My wish continues to be that all our homeowners and their guests take part in the great enjoyment of our community amenities. They are here for your use!
Please enjoy your summer, stay healthy, and be safe!