November 2018 Smoke Signal

From the Manager’s desk…

Welcome back everyone!
The summer was busy and HOT! As Pacific Northwest dwellers for the previous several years, we were really not prepared for the heat, the dust storms, and anything else that was Arizona summer. We just kept thoughts in the back of our minds, telling ourselves—when the residents return, the cooler weather will return with them!
The Park Looks Great!
While summer was full of days of construction work—getting the new pool started, laying the foundation for the new high-speed cable and internet through Airebeam, and of course the constant clean up from those lovely haboob storms…Sundance is looking pretty spiffy. We want to thank our summer residents (you sun-worshippers know who you are) for their support and patience during this time. While we are not quite finished with some projects, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel!
A Huge Thank You!
We want to recognize and thank with grateful hearts, the hard work of our summer staff. First, Dennis Bohl. You worked every day making sure this park ran smoothly.
You kept the pool sparkling, the mailroom running like clockwork, and took it upon yourself to do anything and everything you could to make this park a happy place to live. You even made sure to call and warn of impending storms (those dang haboob things again) for those of us who had no clue. Dennis, for going above and beyond, you are much appreciated.
Marsha Hicks– Thank you for keeping everything clean and shiny! You are amazing, and dedicated to doing the very best job always. Thank you!
Juanita Clay—You did a fantastic job keeping everyone busy this summer! I know the residents truly appreciate all if the time and energy you spent making the BBQ’s and other events memorable. Thank You!
Lastly, a big thank you to Marcelino and Ricky. The park looks beautiful thanks to your hard work. Thank You!
Jan & Mike Gabbard,
Sundance 1 Managers

Sunday Church …
Welcome to all returning and new residences. We would like to invite you to join us each Sunday morning at 8:30 in the Hole in the Wall for a non-denominational church service with Pastor Scott Bailey. We have a communion service on the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to sing in the choir, Marcia would love to have you join her at 8 am Sunday morning for practice before the service. All your offerings go to support our pastor and three charitable organizations, they are The Center for Domestic Abuse, The Pregnancy Center and the Open Hands Outreach Center for Homeless Veterans. We also have a toy drive in February for the children in Casa Grande Banner Hospital.

Lenore & Gerald Smith invite anyone interested to join us Friday nights @ 6:30pm to celebrate the Sabbath. We are located at 630 Redford. Please rsvp.
Looking forward to seeing you.

Couples Dance Class…
Fall is here and so is another year of couples dance classes. Classes start Thursday, Nov 1, with Pattern Dance and Tuesday, Nov 6 with Beginning Two Step. There will be 4 weeks of Two Step followed be Country Waltz for three weeks in December. Both classes are from 10—11:30am in the Hole in the Wall.
Beginners are welcome, but a partner is required. Classes are $1 per couple. We hope to see you all there.
Kent & Sandi Reedy—Fairways

Dance to the Oldies…
If you like to dance and like old songs, come Line Dance with Linda Clement to some oldies. Good for the brain, body, and soul. Please check it out every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3:30 in the Hole in the Wall. Starter/review class is Tuesday from 1-2pm. Hope to see you there.

The Sundance/Fairways Veterans Group will hold their first meeting of this season on Monday, Nov 12, at 10am in the Hang out Room @ Sundance. We meet on the second Monday of the month between Nov and April each season. All prior Armed Services members of yhe United States and Canada are invited and encouraged to attend. We have presentations on subjects of interest and we discuss ways to support the VETS of Casa Grande. Last season our VETS group donated over $2,800 and contributed over 100 man hours directly supporting Veteran causes in the area. Come join us in making a difference. If we have our “act together” there will be free coffee and donuts before and after the meeting.
Erick Ayres, Site 220

Community Service Opportunity
The Casa Grande Lions Club is a very active group of citizens who provide assistance to their community through a wide variety of service projects.

Lion members and non-member Winter Visitors who would like to assist the local Club are welcome and appreciated. Our motto: WE SERVE

Meetings are held at 6pm the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Post 8, 713 N. Park Ave.
Jim Bradfield

AIREBEAM SPECIAL… Are you interested in getting one or more months of complimentary internet service? Airebeam is offering a bonus for referrals for anyone you refer that takes any of their services for 3 months or longer you will earn a free month of service. The person you refer must go on line to the website on the card in the Activities Office and list your name and email address for the credit to be earned. Please come to the Activity Office for questions and to pick up referral cards.

Write Your Life Story….
After a year long hiatus, this group will resume meeting each Wednesday in the Hangout Room at 1:30 beginning Nov 7.
Bring your paper, pencil or tablet and enjoy leaving your memories for family and friends. Everyone is welcome!!

Country Store…
The Country Store 2018-2019 season has begun. Join us Nov 2 at Sundance 1 RV for the first of the season Country Store.
Hours are from 8:30—Noon at Sundance 1 RV in the Hole in the Wall. Approximately 60 vendors will be available for you. Coffee and donuts will be available for you as well.
Lunch is being provided by The Sauce Boss food truck at 11:am.
We offer free raffle tickets with drawings every 20 minutes.
Hope to see you there and at the upcoming Country Stores the first Friday of each month through March, 2019.
Joyce Gerdes

Cactus Needles …
Our knitting and crocheting group here at Sundance welcomes new and returning fellow yarn lovers. We meet on Mondays (except second Monday of the month) from 10-Noon in the Hangout Room. Our items (hats, scarves, baby booties, teddy bears and blankets) are donated to local charities in Casa Grande. Come visit us—we’re waiting to meet you!

As a special welcome to old and new friends, I will offer a FREE Introductory Hula Class at Sundance 1 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 1pm in the Hole in the Wall.
This is for you if you have had an interest in hula but have an issue that has been holding you back. Hula is the perfect exercise to strengthen the core and lower back, coordination and memory, for fun, for ALOHA and for YOU. Experience basic hula steps and movements as well as hand motions that we will be using in the regular hula classes that will start Jan 9 at the same place and time.
Please mark your calendar for Jan 2 and check out the hula flyer posted in the Activity Office for more information.
Priscella Morrow

From Sues Desk…Welcome to our winter neighbors who have recently joined us for the warmth and fun here at Sundance 1 RV Resort. We’re very glad to have you and hope you’ll participate in the dances, shows, events and activities we have planned for you..

November Dances—7-10pm in the Hole in the Wall
Nov 3—CC Collier
Nov 10—Vintage Gold
Nov 17—Silver Creek Band
Nov 24—Midnight Moon

Paint n Pour—3pm on Sunday, Nov 4 in the Hole in the Wall. Please join us for a great, fun, productive afternoon with your neighbors painting a large picture of a lady in the moon. You’ll leave with a completed painting to keep or give as a gift. The cost is $35 payable to the instructors. Sign up sheet is in the Activities Office.

Walgreen’s will be bringing their Flu clinic to the Hole in the Wall on Wednesday, Nov 7 at 2pm. Most insurances and Medicare accepted. Canadians fee is $31. If you also need a pneumonia shot, please let the Activities Office know. Please sign up in the Activities Office so the right amount of serum is provided.

Let’s recognize our American & Canadian Veterans on Sunday, Nov 11, in the Hole in the Wall. We’ll celebrate this year by having the colors presented at 10:30am followed by the movie “Windtalkers” at 11am. This exciting WWII movie depicts the Navaho code talkers and the sergeant who guards them. At 12:30 the 2 Old Dudes will offer lunch consisting of pulled pork, fries, and a side for $7.95. Tickets are available in the Activities Office.

WE NEED YOU!! Volunteers keep our park active! We cannot function without you . Would you be interested in decorating and/or building our Christmas float.? How about decorating our park for the holidays? Sing in the Christmas Choir? Set up tables and chairs for shows and events? Take a shift manning the front gate? Computer room monitors? Casino night & Bingo helpers? Please visit us in Activities and sign up to Volunteer. It’s a great turkey to meet new folks and become an active part of our family. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

The Senior Expo and all it’s interesting participants will be in the Hole in the Wall on Friday, Nov 9 from 10-11:30am. Come and browse, speak with them and be eligible for door prizes. This is a free event from your local merchants. Please join us!

Wildman Phil is Returning to Sundance!! Be prepared to laugh and learn at the same time. Phil Rakoki is an educator, naturalist and humorist rolled into one. You’ll learn about the different deserts, critters & plants. He may even bring his 3-legged tortoise, Stumpy, with him! Join us in the Hole in the Wall on Wednesday, Nov 14, at 7pm. Cost of the performance is a mere $6 in advance or $7 at the door. See you There!!

Have you ever been to a cotton farm? Perhaps you didn’t even know Arizona is known for its cotton. You’re welcome to join us on Wednesday, Nov 7 for a tag-a-long to Caywood Cotton Farms. We’ll be leaving the park at noon for the 1pm tour The $15 fee is payable at the farm.

Medicare questions and answers will be the topic on Nov 14 at 2pm in the Hole in the Wall. This is enrollment time so attend this presentation in order to make an educated choice!

Sundance Annual Thanksgiving Potluck will again be offered on Thursday, Nov 22 at 4pm in the Hole in the Wall. The park has generously provided the meat and will be prepared by the 2 Old Dudes. Be sure to sign up for a table in the Activities Office.

Happy Birthday Sundance!! Our park will be celebrating its 20th birthday on Wednesday, Nov 28 at 4pm in the Hole in the Wall. Please join us for cake and a beverage! If you have pictures or stories you’d be willing to share, we’d appreciate!

Quality Custom Travel invites Sundance and Fairways to join the following trips/events:
Nov 8-9, Overnight Mystery Tour $299 pp
Nov 9, Fountain Festival and Desert Belle Day Trip $99 pp
Dec 14, Mesa Flea Market & Organ Stop Pizza (price pending depending on interest)
‘NEW BEST DEAL’ – Dec 17-20 Las Vegas Christmas includes Mysteree’ Cirque De Soleil Show $395 pp (without show $300) I highly recommend the show. This is selling out fast. Must sign up early if you are even thinking about this trip. Show tickets go fast.
Contact Joyce Gerdes 520-820-8665 for full details.

The Fiction Book Group begins Tues, Nov 20 at 9:30 in the Hangout Room
The Non-Fiction Group begins Tuesday, Dec 4 at 1pm in the Hangout Room

The Fiction Selection is “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainly.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding in the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country-Lisa Wingate’s riveting , wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

The Non-fiction Group will be reading the first 5 chapters of:
“The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains”, by Nicholas Carr

If you would like to receive the book lists for this season and enjoy reading and discussing together, please sign up in the Activities Office and be certain to include your e-mail and/or phone number. We’d love to have you join us.

Our Bingo doors open at 6pm, card sales will begin at 6:15-6:50pm. All card sales will end at 6:50pm to give staff time to calculate game winnings and begin play by 7:00pm. Reminder: Guests must wear their Sundance ID Badges and smaller denomination of bills would be appreciated. Thank you
Karen Deen, Bingo Coordinator

Welcome Back Winter Visiters…
The Ceramic Shop is open. Hours are 9am—3:45pm, Monday thru Friday. We have lots of greenware for you to purchase with quite a few new pieces. Even if you have never done any ceramics, come in and give it a try. We have all the supplies you will need and someone to help you get started on your new exciting project. Hope to see you there.
Lynn Olson

Many of our residents are Scent Sensitive and the wearing of perfumes, colognes, etc., can irritate and aggravate allergies, asthma and headaches. Please be thoughtful of others and refrain from wearing fragrances while in the common areas of the resort. Thank you!
Name badges should be worn while out and about the park attending activities, dances, and while in the common areas of the park. We appreciate it!!

2 Old Dudes Sandwich Shack Update…
Nov 11—The 2 Old Dudes (and Kathy) will kick off their winter season with the Veteran’s Event. See Activities for tickets before Nov 5.
Nov 12th—we will be offering breakfast before the Koffee Klatch – including an omelet station.
As we settle into our routine, we welcome your input so we can deliver what you are looking for from the kitchen. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all on the table (no pun intended). The salad bar you know about, but in addition to our usual selection of sandwiches, we intend to expand the menu for other dining choices.
We hope you are as excited as we are to get things going!

Angel Tree…
We at Sundance will have an Angel Tree again this year in the Activities Room. The tree will be put up on Nov 23; however the names of the children will be at the desk Nov 1. Please check with the girls. We will have 38 children this year. The tags will come with gender, age, sizes and wish list. I would appreciate that each child gets at least a top, a bottom, underwear, socks, running shoes/sandals as well as the three items on their wish list. You can certainly do more if you like.
You are more than welcome to pick a name and do it all yourself. However, a couple of suggestions for groups might help. Talk to your neighbors and friends about joining up in this venture. If you belong to a club or group, ask the other members to join in. You can also donate a dollar amount. Take it to the office and I will collect it and do the shopping. I estimate each child’s cost somewhere between $80-$100.
Many, many thanks,
Lynn Wiewior

Everyone is welcome to attend our Genealogy meeting beginning Wednesday, Nov 7 at 10am in the Gambling Room.

Bridge Players…
We need you. Come join us for bridge. We have social bridge on Sunday and Thursday at 7pm, Monday afternoon at 1pm and advanced duplicate bridge on Wednesday at 12:30pm—all in the card room. You need a reservation and a partner for the duplicate bridge.

Join Us! Quality Custom Travel, along with Free Spirit Vacations and Events presents ”Awesome Adventures from Around the Corner to Around the World”. We will be conducting an educational and entertaining presentation at Sundance 1 RV Resort.
When: November 28, 2018
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Where: Hole in the Wall
The presentation will feature travel destinations and products throughout Arizona and beyond. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Please rsvp to Joyce Gerdes, 520-820-8665 or to ensure plenty of refreshments and seating room.
Owned & Operated by
Joyce Gerdes and Mike Fair

Sundance Art Group meets every Thursday in the Hangout Room. We meet in the Hangout Room on Thursday from 9:30– 3:30. We have some working with oil, acrylics, water color, pen & ink. Come and join us or just stop in to see what we are working on. We are open to new ideas and mediums to work with, so if you have an art project you enjoy, come share with us!
Cheri O’Brien. #673

Thursday Golf…
In order to enjoy golfing with your friends & neighbors on Thursdays, please sign up on the sheet in Activities between Friday to Tuesday at noon. At that time the golf course is notified how many to expect the following Thursday. Everyone is welcome!

Monday Night Jammers…
The first Jammers practice is Friday, Nov 2 in the Hangout Room at 9am We are always looking for more musicians!! Everyone is welcome. The first Monday show will be announced soon.

Photography group…
The first meeting of our club is Saturday, Nov 3 at 10am in the Hang Out Room All are welcome regardless of experience or camera!! We meet every other Saturday.

Nov 2 – Country Store
Nov 3 – Dance w/ CC Collier
Nov 4 – Church starts
Nov 4 – Paint ‘n Pour
Nov 6 – Bingo begins
Nov 7 – Flu Clinic
Nov 7 – Caywood Farms Cotton Tour
Nov 9 – Senior Expo
Nov 10 – Dance w/ Vintage Gold
Nov 11 – Veterans Day Program & lunch
Nov 14 – Wildman Phil Program
Nov 16 – Fish Fry Grand Opening
Nov 16 – Free Friday Night Movie
Nov 17 – Dance – Silver Creek Band
Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Potluck
Nov 23 – Hale Theater Tag a Long
Nov 24 – Dance w/ Midnight Moon
Nov 28 – Sundance Birthday Celebration
Nov 29 – Dillards VIP Day
Nov 30 – Float Preview in the Park

Dec 7 – Country Store
Dec 7 – Thrive School Jazz Band
Dec 8 – Patio Sales
Dec 8 – Dance w/ Three Speed
Dec 12 – Sundance Christmas Program
Dec 15 – Dance w/ Campbells Band
Dec 20 – Dillards VIP Day
Dec 22 – Dance w/ Kool Band
Dec 24 – Chili Dinner
Dec 25 – Christmas Potluck
Dec 28 – Blood Drive
Dec 28 – Movie
Dec 29 – Movie Sequel
Dec 31 – NYE Dance w/ The Brookharts
Dec 31 – Non Alcoholic NYE Party

Jan 4 – Country Store
Jan 4 – Karaoke w/ Virgil
Jan 5 – Dance w/ Saguaro Sunset
Jan 9 – Giliams Magic Show
Jan 11 – Sundance Electric Musicians
Jan 12 – Dance w/ the Eight Tracks
Jan 16 – Hale Theater Tag a Long
Jan 18 – Fashion Show & Luncheon
Jan 19 – Dance w/ CC Collier
Jan 19 – CO/NE Potluck
Jan 23 – Barleen’s Dinner Show
Jan 24 – IL/IN/OH Potluck
Jan 25 – Casino Night
Jan 26 – Discount Card Sales
Jan 26 – Murder Mystery Dinner
Jan 27 – Canadian Potluck
Jan 31 – Dillards VIP Day

Feb 1 – Country Store
Feb 2 – ND,SD,MT,WY Potluck
Feb 2 – Dance w/ Campbells Band
Feb 6 – Americana Show
Feb 7 – Softball’s Brat Dinner
Feb 8 – Sundance Electronic Musicians
Feb 9 – Dance w/ The Boomerangs
Feb 10 – Iowa Potluck
Feb 10 – WA,ID,OR,CA Potluck
Feb 12 – MI Potluck
Feb 14 – Valentines Dinner Show
Feb 16 – Hands Across the Border
Feb 17 – MN Potluck
Feb 19 thru 21 – Dessert Theater
Feb 22 – Silver Star Theater Tag a Long
Feb 23 – Quilt Show
Feb 27 – WI Potluck
Feb 27 – Monroe Crossing

Mar 1 – Country Store
Mar 1 – Sundance Electronic Musicians
Mar 2 – Discount Card Sales
Mar 2 – Patio Sales
Mar 2 – Blood Drive
Mar 2 – Dance w/ Saguaro Sunset
Mar 6 – Sundance Variety Show
Mar 8 – Show N Tell w/ lunch available
Mar 9 – Western Days
Mar 13 – Bethany Owen Show
Mar 15 – New Image Fashion Show
Mar 16 – Dance w/ Kevin Moen
Mar 17 – St Patricks Day Parade and Dinner
Mar 21 – Dillards VIP Day
Mar 23 – Dance w/ Vintage Gold