Sun Lakes Country Club

A message from the General Manager: A new year, a fresh beginning

Kelly Haynes

As a new year approaches, many of us take time to reflect on the events of the past year, while we look forward to all of the opportunities the new one may provide. A new year is like a clean slate, an opportunity for new triumphs and successes. It is a wonderful thing to consider, since there are endless possibilities. We are taught early on that we should live with the idea that we live in a give and take environment, but in today’s society there are some people who are more likely to take than give. This is the perfect time to take a moment to think about your community, and the perfect time to look for ways that you can give back to your fellow man (or woman). Make 2016 your year to give – if you are already volunteering your time for some good cause, or helping your elderly or disabled neighbor, or just in general supporting your HOA and the amenities it provides, then encourage others to give as well. You can do this by sharing with them the personal rewards you gain from being involved. There are still vacant positions on HOA committees, and there are a myriad of ways that your support would make the company move forward in a positive and helpful manner. We all know that the feeling we get from giving far surpasses the satisfaction received by taking or simply not giving. Instead of chasing your own peace, be peace to others, and peace will come to you. Let’s work together to promote goodwill and cheer in 2016, and see what we can accomplish. Happy New Year.

Happenings at the SLCC Library

Sharon Lavender

When visiting the Sun Lakes Country Club library, you will notice a section called Nostalgia. One definition of nostalgia is a wistful or sentimental yearning for a return to a previous period of time. Books in this section were formerly called The Classics. Classic literary works have lasting artistic significance and acknowledged excellence. By changing the name of this collection to Nostalgia, many long-time favorite novels and classics can be found grouped together.

You will find a wide variety of titles in this section. You many see a book you read years ago and the memory of it still makes you nostalgic. Or maybe you notice a book you have always planned to read. Well, as they say, now is that time.

Here are a few of the books currently available: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. You will also find The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain, Exodus by Leon Uris, and a number of books by James Michener. There are five lovely books of poetry; let the love poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning stir your heart. If this list excites you, these are just a few of the many titles available right now. Remember, when you borrow a book from our Library, please return it as quickly as possible so that the next book lover can get excited, too.

New arrivals in our library include Cross Justice by James Patterson, The Promise by Robert Crais, Robert B Parker’s The Devil Wins, a Jesse Stone novel, The Cartel by Don Winslow, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakaur, Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner, and It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson.

Donations are always welcome. Read it and recycle it!

Thank you.

Upcoming events

Happy Hour

Date: Every Monday through Friday

Time: 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: North Patio

Join us on the north patio for specialty drinks and enjoy our cozy fire pits and relaxing furniture. We have live entertainment every Friday night; $3 well drinks, $2.50 cans of beer, $3.50 glass of wine.

Phoenix Suns Basketball Bus Trip

Date: Tuesday, February 2

Time: Bus leaves at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $40 upper level seats, $75 lower level seats

Cheer on the Phoenix Suns when they play against the Toronto Raptors. Tickets available at the Administrative Services desk. Please make it known at time of purchase if you will need wheelchair assistance. Wheelchair space on the bus is limited. Ticket price includes round trip transportation.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 5:00 p.m. cocktails, 6:00 p.m. dancing

Location: Arizona Room

Tickets: $15

Join us for A Night in New Orleans. Dance the night away to a New Orleans style band. Assorted appetizers will be available at your individual tables. Decorative masks and beads will also be available at your tables to dress up your outfit! Cash bar. Tickets available at the Administrative Services desk.

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance

Date: Sunday, February 14

Time: 5:00 p.m. cocktails, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:00 p.m. dancing

Location: Arizona Room

Tickets: $30; menu: Fresh garden salad tossed in a creamy Italian vinaigrette, fresh baked dinner rolls, your choice of flame grilled T-bone steak with crispy garlic and herb fries, seared halibut with tomato ragu over rotini pasta or braised lamb shank over mashed potatoes and red wine gravy and homemade crème brule with seasonal berries for dessert. Entertainment by the Rebecca De La Torre Trio. Cash bar. Tickets available at the Administrative Services desk.

UpTown Art Painting Class and Wine

Date: Friday, February 19

Time: 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Location: Navajo

Room Cost: $23 per person

Join us for an afternoon of painting and wine with your friends! UpTown Art brings painting to you with an all-inclusive class that will allow you to leave with your very own masterpiece. The cost of the event includes all the materials you will need, personalized instruction and a complimentary glass of wine. Follow along as an UpTown Artist leads the entire class through painting the selected event picture. Not an artist? That’s okay! The instructors are there to make it easy for you to follow along and will help individuals as needed. Advance tickets are necessary. Purchase yours today at the Administrative Services desk at SLCC.

A Tribute to Bing Crosby

Date: Saturday, February 27

Time: 5:00 p.m. cocktails, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. show

Location: Arizona Room

Tickets: $20

Bob Pasch has delighted audiences across the United States with his good, clean, humor and remarkable likeness in sound, appearance and mannerisms of the great master, Bing Crosby. This show is a MUST SEE. Menu: Steak Diane – Beef tips served with a light brown demi glaze and topped with caramelized mushrooms and onions, mashed potatoes and gravy and selected dessert. Cash bar. Tickets available at the Administrative Services desk.

Anglers Flea Market

Date: Saturday, February 20

Time: 6:00-10:00 a.m.

Location: Parking lot

The Anglers Club hosts monthly flea markets and use the proceeds to fund children’s fishing derbies. Vendors may reserve a spot in the flea market for $5 at the Administrative Services desk. The Anglers also accept donated items.

Sunday Omelet Station at the Sunset Grill

Date: First Sunday of each month

Time: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Room

Cost: $7.95 per person

Join us on the first Sunday of each month for our featured omelet station! Includes a made-to-order omelet served with a featured side item.

Sunset Grill Dinner Service

Date: Thursday and Friday

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Room

Join us for full service dinner provided from your very own Association restaurant! Thursday night is our featured prime rib special! House Cut is only $14.95 and our King Cut is $17.95. Every Friday is our traditional all-you-can-eat fish fry for only $10.95! We hope to see you soon!

Homeowner Hospitality Day

Date: Last Friday of every month

Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: Navajo Room

Join us for complimentary coffee and refreshments. This is our way of saying thank you to residents and volunteers in our community.

Team Trivia

Date: Every Monday

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Room Team Trivia is a live hosted trivia game. Play as a solo player or bring your friends to lend a helping mind. Compete against other teams for prizes! Our categories include everything from history, TV, sports, geography, music and just about anything else you can think of. If you want to show your competition just how smart you are this is your chance! There is no cost or obligation to play. All materials will be provided free of charge. Just bring yourself and a desire to have some fun! There will be a cash bar available and a chance to win prizes and enter to win the 50/50 raffle.


Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona Room

Join us for a night of fun, friends and maybe even a cash prize! Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars.