Sun Lakes – Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes

Message from the President

Roger Beagle

September is the time our committees start meeting again. Our community always needs homeowner input and participation. You can be of great benefit to the community, board, and management with your knowledge and expertise by serving on a committee. Applications are available at Homeowner Services or online at

In the past, September was always a signal of the end of summer for most of the country. We went back to school, and vacations were over. The northern part of the States and Canada started experiencing much cooler temperatures and saw the changing of the leaves.

Currently, we find our grandchildren, for the most part, have started back to school. Vacations are not necessarily only during the summer months, and in Arizona, it is still summertime.

Fall weather is closer to becoming a reality. We are closer to seeing returning homeowners and friends from their summer homes and adventures. We are glad to see them return and look forward to spending time together this winter.

Our monsoon season for this summer gave us daytime and late evening rainstorms, with higher-than-normal humidity. The rain was certainly welcome to cool off the daytime heat. Our golf courses and greenbelts have greatly benefited. Overseeding of the golf courses and greenbelts could be fantastic this year if the rains continue. The surrounding mountains and hillsides show us that the desert does flourish and thrive with rain.

Some updated community improvements will be coming soon. Palo Verde bar and restaurant will be updating the décor, interior painting, replacing and remounting televisions, and adding a new video system with two projectors. Construction remodeling of the old Fitness Center will also begin.

Our Fitness Center has new hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please continue to enjoy your summer and use of our amenities. Always stay safe and be healthy!

September Events

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):

Sept. 3, Friday, Ultimate Carrie Underwood Tribute

Oct. 1, Friday, Brooks & Dunn Tribute, Sold Out

Oct. 29, Friday, Sixties Mania, Sold Out

Nov. 9, Tuesday, AOR (Journey, Kansas, Heart, Styx, and REO Speedwagon)

Nov. 16, Tuesday, December ‘63, Sold Out

Dec. 7, Tuesday, Oh, Canada (tickets on sale Aug. 10)

Dec. 16, Thursday, So This is Christmas (tickets 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 were in it in 2019. Please respond as soon as you can to make sure you have a booth. If your club or organization has never been in it before and wants to, call the Recreation Department at either 480-384-4065 or 480-384-4066. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. All Sun Lakes homeowners and guests are invited!

Ladies Coffees 2021-22

Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of each month from October through April. The Ladies Coffee is coming back! They are always held in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m. with a $3 admission. We will provide hot coffee, hot or iced tea, and cookies. Stay to the end to see if you’ve won a door prize. Every Coffee has a Fashion Show, guest speaker, and entertainment! All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited. Dates and Fashion Shows are as follows: Oct. 6 – “What Women Want-Fall Line,” Nov. 3 – “Judy Wear Boutique,” Dec. 1 – “Camille-Evening Wear,” Jan. 5 – “Calle Rose,” Feb. 2 – “What Women Want-Spring Line,” March 2 – “Lion City 2,” and April 6 – “CW & PV Pro Shop Spring Wear”

Lion City 2 Trunk Show

Lion City is back in the A-9 Phoenix Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Bring a friend and shop for tops, pants, jewelry, and purses. Dates: Oct. 26 and Nov. 23. She will also be doing a Trunk Show at the Dec. 1 Ladies Coffee!

Halloween Party

Finally, we get to party again! So, mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 31, and let’s start the fall holidays off with a night of dancing and some fun Halloween foods. Naturally, we’ll be in the Scary San Tan Ballroom and our Food and Beverage Department will be making up some special Halloween Treats. We will have costume judging for prizes but, of course, you do not have to wear a costume to attend. DJ Jamal will be there to spin out some great dance numbers and a few scary favorites. All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited. Ticket price is only $25.

Fifth Annual Fun Walk

A lot of you have been asking if we are going to have our annual Fun Walk this year, and the answer is yes! The date is Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. at the greenbelt across from the Cottonwood tennis courts. We will have our annual Pep Rally for this event on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in the San Tan Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. (registered walkers only). The cost will be the same as the 2019 Fun Walk, $20 for short-sleeve t-shirts and $25 for long-sleeve t-shirts. You can pick up a registration form at Cottonwood’s Administrative Office, on the CWPV website, and online at All Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests are invited to join us! All proceeds go to The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation!

Veterans Day Ceremony

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 11, in the San Tan Ballroom to honor our brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Our annual Veterans Day Ceremony is open to all Sun Lakes homeowners and their guests! There is no fee to attend. At 2 p.m., the Arizona Ranger’s Color Guard will present the Flags. The Sun Lakes Chordaires will be performing a couple of specially-selected songs for the occasion. There will be cookies, coffee, and iced tea during the event. Hot dogs outside to follow this event, giving time for everyone to reminisce with each other.

Free Annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show

It’s never too early to think about the annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show. Friday, Dec. 3,  is the special day. We start at Palo Verde at 5 p.m. for free hot turkey soup, crackers, and drinks. There will also be the judging of the golf carts, and Maddy Pascal will be there to lead us all in Christmas songs. Mr. and Mrs. Claus and all the gang will be on hand for some great photos. At about 6:15 p.m., the parade of golf carts and cars will make their way to Cottonwood’s San Tan Ballroom for our 7 p.m. Christmas Show. There you will be treated to cookies, hot coffee, cocoa, and apple cider. All Sun Lakes homeowners and guests are invited. This is Cottonwood and Palo Verde’s Christmas gift to the community.

Rover’s Rest Stop

Rover’s Rest Stop is back with us again! Dee will be bringing some very adorable, furry little friends who are dying to find themselves a forever home—and they deserve that. Please come check out these Kids, as she always refers to them, on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. On real hot, cold, or rainy days, they’ll be in Cottonwood’s A-6 Dance Room. On really nice days, they’ll be at the greenbelt across from the Cottonwood tennis court. Dee takes great care in matching the perfect little dog with the perfect family!

13th Annual Art At The Lakes Show & Sale

The committee and our fire department are starting to make plans for our 13th Annual Art At The Lakes Show & Sale. The date is set for Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the greenbelt across from the Cottonwood tennis courts starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. More details to follow in future Splash newspapers.

Shears To You

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

Cottonwood Palo Verde has opened the Health & Wellness Fitness Center, and Healthwaves is back again. They will be doing lab screenings, flu shots, pneumonia shots, and more. This is on a first-come, first-serve registration. Enter the Center and 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. Anyone who lives in Sun Lakes is welcome. Here are the dates they’ll be here for 2021: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7.

Free Spirit Vacations

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful day trips and vacations Free Spirit Vacations offers. When booking, please let them know you live in Cottonwood or Palo Verde. The Association gets a percentage of your trip cost.