Smoke Signal December 2021

Sundance 1 RV Resort
Manager’s Notes
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether you’re already here or coming soon!

Things are really starting to hustle and bustle here at the park. Dances, Karaoke, Jammers, and many new activities! Be sure to check with Activities to see what’s coming up!
It is still encouraged to use the Office Drop Box (located across from the mailroom door) for making your electric or rent payments. We will email a receipt or put it in your mailbox. If you are just needing to let the office & mailroom know you have returned, please call the office at 520-426-9662.

With this season being fuller than we’ve been in a while please be sure to check your mailboxes regularly. Even though we’ve expanded the mailroom, there is still only so much room for packages and we need them picked up quickly during business hours. Always bring your key to access your mailbox, if you go to the window for your mail pick up you will be asked to show your I.D. The mailroom will begin being open on Saturday beginning December 4th, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Monday through Friday they are open 9am-3pm. Please make sure that your outgoing mail is at the mailroom no later than 9:30am.

We are looking forward to the next festive season which brings the feelings of joy & happiness, the fun of decorations & twinkling lights, the excitement of parades & caroling, and all the things that make us Holly & Jolly!

Tom & Kate Ebert

Important Phone Numbers
911 for all police, medical and fire emergencies
Sundance Main Office 520-426-9662 (Non-business hours calls will transfer to Host)
APS 1-800-240-2014 City of Casa Grande 520-421-8600 AireBeam 520-510-0909

Slow down, enjoy life, and let the good times roll!

Activities –
More and more familiar faces are returning to our Sundance community and we are thrilled to have you back!! New guests to Sundance are arriving daily as well, and we ask that you give them a warm welcome to our park.

Our Activity Team is here with plenty of things to suggest for you to participate in. Visit our office often and stop by to say “HI” to Lori, Ronda, Karen, Ruth, and Glenda. Check out what new things have been added or pick up our ever-changing Weekly Schedule handled by Michelle. Our big events are located on the back of this edition and we hope to see you out and about enjoying all the amenities that we offer! If you’re bored, come see us in Activities!

You will find with this season we are offering entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays depending on what is scheduled during the week. Ticket prices will vary depending on the event and the cost of the entertainment. We hope that you will choose several to enjoy during your stay with us.

We are finalizing our Christmas Dinner menu that will be held at 4pm Christmas evening at the Hole in the Wall. Once we have everything in place, we will include the information in the Morning Message, at the Tuesday morning Round Up Meeting and you can always check with Activities.
New Year’s Eve event will also be released shortly and 3 Window Coupe will help us ring in the new year! December will be a busy and fun month for all!

Our first December entertainer will be Bob Villa for a Happy Hour at Pool 1 Patio, 4-6pm. This is a free event although donations to Activities to help defer the cost of entertainment is appreciated. Tips to the entertainer are encouraged as well. Bob plays a variety of country, classic rock, blues, light jazz, inspirational and originals. Reminder, no glass containers allowed.

Life changes and people move so this is a perfect time to update your emergency contact information. We have an easy to complete form available in the Activity office and it can be dropped off in the drop box located in the Mail Room hallway. We thank everyone who has already completed them.

If you are wearing your name badges thank you so very much! If not, please do so we can get to know you! You will need to wear them to participate in any activity. They also are a safety net for you and us should you have a medical event and can’t communicate with first responders.

AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator) are located in the Laundry Room in Sundance 1 and in the Ladies Room in Sundance 2 by Pool 2.

On Friday evening, Dec. 3 join us as we preview of our truck entry for the Electric Light Parade and encourage everyone to come with their decorated golf carts. We meet at the Ranch House parking lot at 5:30pm and will travel every street throughout the Sundance community beginning at 6pm. Everyone is invited to join us in spreading the holiday cheer throughout our park!

The Casa Grande Electric Light Parade will be held along Florence Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 4 with step off at 5:45pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend, enjoy the festivities, and vote for #14 Sundance 1 RV Resort entry when voting opens.

Light up Sundance by participating in our Christmas decorating contest for all of our Sundance community. You are voted on by your peers in the following categories – RV (includes Motorhome, 5th Wheel and Travel Trailer), Park Model, and Home. Ballots will be out in mailboxes or delivered to homes by Wednesday, Dec. 7 and don’t have to be turned in to the Activity office until Saturday, Dec.18 at 3pm. Take your time in voting to ensure that everyone has their decorations up. Only one vote per category, per household please. Winners will be announced at the Tuesday Round Up meeting on Dec. 21 and prizes will be awarded!

Vitalant will be here for our Sundance Blood Drive on Monday, Dec. 27, 10am-2pm at the Hole in the Wall. Sign up is available for a specific appointment in Activities and you can also visit the portal at (blood drive code: sundancerv). We have always had a great response to this drive and we hope that donations continue to be strong this year.

The deadline for the January Smoke Signal is Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. All guests, Coordinators, and Groups are encouraged to submit news to the Activity office or email to

Billiards –The Billiards room is once again off to a great start. If you would like to have some fun and meet new friends, join us on Monday and Thursdays at 9am for organized play. The room is also open every day until 10pm for your enjoyment. Need more information call Bud Drake 307- 746-5416 Site 678 or Randy 209-327-6739 Site 209.

Bingo – While Madonna is away in the frozen tundra, I am filling in and a looking forward to a fun filled Bingo season! As we are getting ready for play to start, there are a few things we would like to remind you of: You must wear your name badge to play. This applies to all Sundance community members, guests, and Fairway’s residents. Per our Arizona Bingo License, alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Hole in the Wall during Bingo. The Bingo team would appreciate it if you used smaller currency when paying for cards. If you play the smaller pack of cards, you can play for under $10. Daubers are available for purchase and are used for all games. Be ready to have fun and win BIG! Kathy Carpenter, 2021/2022 Bingo Coordinator

Ceramics – We are getting busy and welcome back familiar faces along with many new ones too! Thanks to the Sundance owners and corporate office, we shared the cost of getting new office chairs in the shop. It is so nice to be able to adjust the heights for painting and be more comfortable too. Monitors are in the shop every day ready to help with any questions or assist you with your project. We are open Monday through Friday 8:30am-3:45pm and on Wednesday evening 6-8:30pm. Come in and see what we are doing or just stop by to say hello! Ruthann Lindgren, Coordinator

Computer Lab – You will find us on Tonto Street behind the Stained Glass room and next to Lapidary. We have computers and printers for you to use and internet too, for a small fee. We are open Monday through Thursday 9am-12pm and 1-3:45pm. Friday morning we are open and if we can recruit another monitor, we will add Friday afternoon.

Country Store – We host our monthly craft show the first Friday of each month beginning Friday, Nov. 5 at 9am – 12pm. We are anticipating 60 vendors and we encourage you to patronize these small businesses. Public is invited to this event!

Couples and Pattern Dance – We have taken a short hiatus and will return to the dance floor on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at the Hole in the Wall with Couples Dance at 10am. Thursdays are Pattern Dance, same time, same place. Sandi & Kent Reedy

Crafty Ladies – Want to join a group who like to create things or just have a laugh or three? Need a place to just sit and work on an unfinished project? Want to get started in a new craft but need a little guidance? Crafty Ladies is the place for YOU! Come see what we’re all about on Mondays and Fridays from 1-4pm at the Hang Out Room right next to Activities. Stop in to visit or bring your project and stay awhile. We’re always looking forward to meeting new people!

Dessert Theater – Calling all Thespians or anyone who ever thought it would be fun to be involved with a play! After a year off, the Sundance Dessert Theater is back! Our shows this year will be Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 22, 23, and 24 at the Hole in the Wall. Tickets will go on sale in February for each evening performance. To make it a success we need volunteers for both speaking and non-speaking parts, behind the scenes stage crew, and support for the nights of the show for food and ushers. A casting call will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9am in the Hang Out Room with rehearsals starting in January. Anyone interested in being involved is invited to attend. If you have any questions, please see Alice N. at site 439.

Front Gate Greeters – Volunteers are needed for shifts as greeters at the Sundance Front Gate. We are looking for people who like people, who are friendly and outgoing. The work is easy, and it’s a great way to meet new people. We currently have openings for the following shifts: Friday 8 -10am, Saturday 11am-1pm, and 1-3pm. Training for new volunteers will be provided on your first shift. We are also looking for volunteers on an ”on-call” basis to fill shifts as needed. If you are interested or want more information, please call Fritzi or Bob at 818-519-1171. Feel free to stop by site 665 to chat with us or sign up in Activities.

Gourd Shop – We are now open four days each week with Thursdays being closed. Hours are 9am-12pm and 1:30-3:30pm, Monday through Wednesdays and Friday. We offer Beginner, Advanced classes and Open Sessions each month. You will have to sign up for the Beginner classes in Activities. Advanced classed are available after you have completed your beginner project. BEGINNERS: We will show you how to cut, clean, sand and wood burn your gourd before you paint and decorate it. We have a variety of gourd shapes for you to choose from. Room rates are a $1 per day and a beginner project will usually cost $10-$12. We have several sample projects to give you an idea. Open Session gives you the opportunity to finish your project or you can start a new one. Each month will be a calendar showing the schedule for each week on our clipboard in Activities. Come check us out! Lynn Olson

Hardanger – This is a form of Norwegian embroidery which uses wrapping and cutting of material to form intricate designs. The Hardanger group meets on Tuesdays from 1-3pm at the Ranch House Meetin’ Room. Stop in to see what’s happening. Lessons will be offered starting on the first Tuesday of each month with lots of help to get you started. Though we call our group Hardanger, we welcome anyone working on cross stitch, cruel, bargello or any other charted embroidery. We don’t’ work in silence but we do offer a basically quiet atmosphere in which to work with help or ideas if you need them.

Lapidary – Ever wonder what the inside of a stone looks like? Stop by the Rock Shop and check out the what cool things you can create. For December we are open on Monday through Thursday mornings 9am -12pm and on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm. Thanks, Dave Yelton

Library – If you haven’t visited the library, please do! We are located in the Ranch House in Sundance 2. We offer a nice variety of reading material and are currently accepting donations of gently read books and DVD movies. Large print and westerns are greatly appreciated. We cannot accept cook books, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, Bibles, etc. Barbara Newman

Line Dance – Join us at the Hole in the Wall every Tuesday and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm. Fee is $2 per person per class.

RC Racers – Radio controlled car racing has started at the Sundance 1 Raceway. If you like to be competitive, and like doing a little running and maintenance on a “toy” car, you should consider getting involved in racing 1/10 scale RC cars. Everyone races Traxxas Rustler cars that can be purchased at a hobby shop or online. You also might be able to purchase a complete used setup from one of the racers at the track. The RC track here at Sundance 1 is the best in the area. The hobby is challenging and fun! We race every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30pm. You can also see racers at the track practicing and turning much of the time between race sessions. Stop by if you’re interested and we are happy to let you take one of our cars out for a test drive and discuss what you need to get started along with the costs involved.

Shuffleboard – Scheduled play is Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am. Tuesday is bowling pin shuffle and the other days are regular shuffleboard, where you play for yourself. Tuesday bowling pin shuffle is a team event with all the yellow against all the black. This is a really fun time with a lot of cheering and encouragement. The shuffleboards are there for anyone to play any time. The cost is .50 per person per day and it’s on your honor to put money in the jar. We encourage anyone wanting to learn to come on out on any day of play and we are happy to teach you. The boards do require proper care prior to play and afterwards as well so we ask that everyone learn how to do this as well. We are a fun-loving group that always has a great time. We welcome any suggestions to the shuffleboard program too. Joe and Carolyn Hess, #611

Stained Glass – We are very happy to have the shop back in full swing. Our seasoned monitors have returned and we are excited to welcome some new faces to monitoring. We have some very exciting new ideas to share with you! Interested in mosaics? Come in on Monday afternoons and Tammy will help you. This season we are expanding our hours. We will offer hours as usual on Monday through Friday as well as an evening session on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm for those who find their days full. Again, this season, we will offer beginner projects for a very reasonable fee that will allow you to try the craft and decide if it is for you or not. We ask that you stop by the shop just to see what possibilities lie within!
We are also offering the chance to own a stepping stone which was completed by Cindel Nielson over the summer. Chances will be sold for $1 per chance or $5 for 7 chances. Tickets may be purchased in Activities or in the Glass shop. Come in soon. . .and often!! You will enjoy working in the expanded work space! Steering Committee Cindel Nelson, Harriet Reed, Jim McBride

Sundance Book Club – Please make plans to attend our Book Club meeting. We discuss the book of the month, and even if you haven’t read the book come on in and join us. We welcome any and all readers! Our December reading will be A Proper Family Christmas by Tara Conklin. This is prefect holiday reading and note that there are two books with this title. We encourage you to bring a list of any books you would like to recommend. Join us at 9:30-11:30am in the Gamblin’ Room on Wednesday, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and Mar. 16 for great conversation. Sherry Robertson

Sundance Church – We invite everyone to attend our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in observance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Dec. 24 at 6:30pm at the Hole in the Wall. We will have special music, sing traditional Christmas carols and Pastor Scott Bailey will lead us in prayer and reading of Bible verses. Each attendee will receive a no-flame candle for the service. Our regular non-denominational services are held every Sunday at the Hole in the Wall at 8:30am. Please join us. Marcia Tabery, Committee Member

Sundance Quilters/Sewers – Welcome to returning and new sewers! We started our month with a potluck luncheon and it was great opportunity to meet new sewers! Equally it’s always wonderful to see familiar faces and learn what projects they have been doing. We have enough monitors to be open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10am-2pm. We welcome others to join our Monitors to fill in hours in order to keep our room open. We do have several classes planned through the season so watch for details. Sue Taylor has agreed to work on a Shop Hop like we have in the past. The Shop Hop is a shopping event where we travel to different quilt shops in the area. Sassy Skinner will be helping provide programs/games at our monthly luncheons which are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hang Out Room. If you are new to the park or have interest in joining the sewing fun, please feel free to stop in the at the Quilting/Sewing Room for more info. Irene Mattoon

Sundance Softball – Anyone interested in playing on the Sundance Softball Team for the January and February WINTER SEASON needs to register by Sunday, Dec. 5. Everyone needs to register at . If you are new to Sundance and would like to play softball you need to contact one of the following players before registering. Ron Guidi 281-725-8863 , Kevin Connolly 509-496-8381- , Jim Meyerhoff 253-848-1735 .

Sundance Solos – We are a singles group that love adventure and exploring new destinations. We will meet on Thursday, Dec. 09 at Sassy Skinner’s home in SD 2 #24 for a potluck/meeting at 1pm. If you are single and want to meet new friends and have fun at the same time, please sign up in the Activities office. Delphine Becker

Veterans of Sundance/Fairways – Men and women from all branches of the military are invited to join us at Fairways for our next meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 9:30am. Fairways is located at 2054 N. Thornton Rd., just down the street from Sundance. It is time to change the guard and we welcome anyone who would like to Coordinate the group. It doesn’t take a lot of time and guidance is available.

Volunteers – Do you have a talent or passion about something that you would love to share? We are always looking for fresh ideas, Volunteers, and Monitors. Below are options for you to consider.
Coordinators Needed –
Park Decorating Contact Activity office 520-876-2714 or
Veteran’s Group as above

Volunteers Needed –
Mailroom See Doug B. in the Mailroom
Front Gate Bob & Fritzi F. call 818-519-1171
Decorating Committee Contact Activity office 520-876-2714

Wood Carving – We meet every Tuesday and Friday in the Gamblin’ Room at 9am. Men and women alike are welcome to join us and try their hand at a beginner project. We have several talented individuals that would love to show you how to carve and provide you with guidance on your creation.

The Secret Ingredient, will be located in pull through site 688. Menu and food options change often. Stop by and have a bite. They will be here every Tuesday in December for lunch 11am – 1:30pm.

If you would like to play or learn to play Bocce Ball, we have play scheduled on Wednesdays at 6pm and on Saturdays at 1pm. If you have never played, this is the perfect way to learn. Joyce and Tim Jones, SD2 #105.

Shirley Brown is truly my Angel and I want her to know that I appreciate everything she has done for me and is still doing for me. From taking me to appointments, picking up prescriptions, running errands, and checking on me daily, are just a few of the many things she has done. Thank you, Rob Sills

Olen Bittinger will be 88 years young on Thursday, 12/2 and his Sundance Friends and Family want to wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From All of Us at Sundance 1 RV Resort !