Message from the President
Welcome back to the desert if you have been away. October has arrived, but the days remain warm in Sun Lakes. If you are traveling to the higher elevations, you will feel cooler temperatures and see the changing of the leaves on the Aspen and Maple trees. Here in Sun Lakes, we look forward to cooler days.
Our board-appointed committees have started their meetings again. Our committees provide needed information from the homeowners to preserve and improve our community needs and amenities. You can be of great benefit to the community, the board, and management by volunteering to serve on a committee. Please pick up an application at Homeowner Services or obtain an application online at our community website.
The restaurants are getting busier with returning homeowners. Welcome back to those who have returned or are returning soon.
Some of our current community improvements include:
* Our golf courses and greenbelts have benefited greatly from the new pump station and the summer storms. Overseeding of the golf course, driving range, and greenbelts has started.
* The Palo Verde bar and restaurant has started updating the décor, interior painting, replacement and remounting of the televisions, and a new video system with two projectors. It is already starting to look great and will be even better when completed.
* Construction has started on the Computer Learning Center and meeting rooms. These rooms are located in the area of the old fitness center building. The interior will have a lecture hall, glass art studio, computer lab, meeting rooms, storage, and bathrooms. All work is on the interior of the building, but be careful when you walk near the construction site. Access doors are for construction workers and authorized personnel only. Please do not try to enter the building at any time.
* Soon construction will begin on the Palo Verde pump station located on hole 9.
Our Fitness Center has new hours of operations, and the Cottonwood bar and restaurant also has new times. Check out The Flyer, “In The Know,” or our website for the updated times.
Please continue to enjoy yourselves when using our amenities and remember to be respectful to others. Continue to stay safe and healthy.
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)
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
Dec. 16, Thursday, So This Is Christmas
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 – JudyWear Boutique
Dec. 1 – Camille – Evening Wear
Jan. 5 – Calle Rose
Feb. 2 – What Women Want – Spring Line
March 2 – Lion City 2
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 are Oct. 26 and Nov. 23. She will also be doing a Trunk Show at the Dec. 1 Ladies Coffee!
Wellness & Fitness Expo
A Wellness & Fitness Expo has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cottonwood Palo Verde Fitness Center. All Sun Lakes homeowners are invited. There will be health vendors and class demonstrations, and Healthwaves will be on hand for flu shots and lab tests.
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.
5th 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 will be 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, 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 web page, and online at www.slcommunityfoundation.com. 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, 2021, 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 Rangers 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 & 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 courts. Dee takes great care in matching the perfect little dog with the perfect family!
13th Annual Art At The Lakes Show and Sale
The committee and our fire department are starting to make plans for our 13th Annual Art At The Lakes Show and 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 Thursday 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 have 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: 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 percent of your trip cost.