Ukulele Group Kicks off Sunday, November 6

The Sun Lakes Ukulele Group, led by Cottonwood Palo Verde resident Nancy Harrison, will kick off its seventh season on Sunday, Nov. 6. We usually meet on the first and third Sundays of the month, but November and January holidays require some adjustment (check the schedule below for exact dates). We meet in the Cottonwood Phoenix Room (A-6). We learn songs, chords, strums, fun licks, and tricks on the ukulele. If you are just getting started, come to the Beginner group and join the fun!

The fee for each session is $3, and the group is open to everyone. The Beginner session runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The Jam Session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. is for all levels. Beginners (with standard GCEA tuning ukuleles) will need to purchase the beginner book for $15 (available at the first session). The Jam Session (standard and baritone ukuleles are welcome in this group) uses songs from our website,

If you have a ukulele in playable condition (which means that the tuning pegs work, don’t slip, and the strings are relatively new), please come and join us. A music stand is required, too. If you’re just curious, we’d love to have you drop in, share the fun, and see if the ukulele is the instrument for you.

Upcoming sessions are as follows:

2022 Fall Schedule: Nov. 6, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 18

2023 Winter Schedule: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19

Go to the Sun Lakes Ukulele Group website,, for more information or call 503-702-7021. Leave a message and call-back number.

Nancy Harrison moved to Cottonwood from Portland, Ore., as a full-time resident in October of 2013. She studied music education at the University of Iowa and recently completed a Ukulele Teacher Certification program with James Hill in Vancouver, BC. She taught public school music for several years in Iowa and is a retiree from Intel Corporation. She is a former member of the Luongo Ukulele Ensemble, based in Reno, Nev. In July of 2018, the group performed 11 concerts in Waikiki, Hawaii, including the 48th Annual Hawaii Ukulele Festival.