Smoke Signal March 2022 Edition

Sundance 1 RV Resort


MARCH 2022

Manager’s Notes –

Wow – It’s March already?

How the time flies when you’re having fun! And we sure had some fun in February!! It seems like the season just began and we are already looking at winding down.  With so many of you heading out this month we have a few reminders for everyone —

~ Contact your local post office 2 weeks prior to your departure to stop forwarding your mail.

~ Please be sure to let the office know your departure date. This is just as important as letting us know you have returned in Fall!

~ Leave forwarding mailing labels at the front desk for the mailroom if you want us to forward your mail. Without labels will not be able to forward your mail and it will be returned to sender.  If you need labels made the computer room will make them for you for a small fee. Even if you think you will not get mail – it is safest to give labels, as the park is growing it will be impossible for the mailroom to look up your address and make labels for you.  PLEASE, just leave at least a few!!

~ Annual Residents: Be sure to leave the name & contact number of your caretaker with the office. 

~ Seasonal Guests – return mail box key and gate opener to front desk

~ RV Annuals must have a $200 deposit in order to guarantee your site for next season – No matter when your renewal date is.

**An important added reminder — we will NOT be keeping anyone’s keys in the mailroom but if you would like to leave a set of keys for your caretaker, cleaning people, emergencies, etc. to get into your home while you are not here, we keep your keys in your file in a locked cabinet – they can be checked out and returned the same day!

To those leaving us this month — Safe travels, have a Wonderful Summer and we look forward to seeing you next season!

Tom and Kate Ebert, Managers

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

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

Emergency Procedure –   FIRST:  CALL 911

Next you should call the Host for assistance.  The Host will to your site if needed or proceed to the gate and wait for the arriving Emergency Vehicles.  Then they will direct emergency aid to your site.

HOST DAYTIME – 520-876-2777           AFTER HOURS – 520-426-9662

Add the numbers above to your cell phone

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

Activities – Have you been bored while staying with us?  We hope not!   Our team has been busy making posters, selling tickets, setting up and tearing down for the events. Do make sure you extend a “thank you” when you see them.  Michelle, Ronda, Lori, Karen, Glenda and Ruth love to make you smile when you enter into our office.  Ambriah and Jo, Linda and Steve are busy with set ups/tear downs and all the other little things they do! We are all so lucky to have all them!  Tickets for the Jerry & Judy show, Wildman Phil show and Campbell’s Band are or will be on sale soon. The month of March will also feature a St. Patrick’s Day parade, Street dance and Karaoke.  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

Spruce up your spring and summer wardrobe by attending the Fashion sale that will be held at the Hole in the Wall from 10am – 2pm on Wednesday, Mar. 2.  Swimsuits, accessories, watch batteries and more will be available.

Join us at 3-4pm on Wednesday 3/2 at Pool 1 patio to celebrate seven Sundance residents who are 90 to 97 years young!  Bring a comfy chair, enjoy learning about their life stories and enjoy light refreshments.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will be in the Hole in the Wall.  A special thank you to Kathy and Kevin Carpenter for bringing this idea to us and coordinating the event.

Our Sundance community will be having an all park patio sale on Saturday, Mar. 5, 8am-12pm.  This is a great time to clean out or search for “new to you” treasures.  This will be an advertised event and the public is invited. The Duffies will be mobile, travelling via golf cart, 8-10am.with breakfast.

A full day of fun is planned for Western Days on Saturday, Mar. 19! Planned events include a poker run, Jenga and corn hole tournament, chair volleyball, and blind fold golf cart race. We will have a guessing game, food, and music by the Jammers!  Delicious Chuckwagon stew with cornbread or roll  will be served by Dining with the Duffies in 15 minute intervals.  Pick up your complimentary lunch ticket (1 per person) at the Activity office by Thursday Mar. 17 at 4pm.  On the day of the event please wear your name badge and bring your ticket. Make sure to sign up in Activities with your team info or event that you want to participate in. We hope to see you participating or cheering on your team!

Vitalant will be here for the Sundance Blood Drive on Thursday Mar. 3 at 8:30am. Appointments are filling up. SkyMed has a lunch seminar scheduled for Tuesday Mar. 8 in the Hang Out room at 11:30am.  Hearing Life will be conducting free screenings in the Ranch House Meetin’ Room on Friday Mar. 11.beginning at 9am. Appointment times are available. Amazing Dental will host a lunch seminar on Wednesday Mar. 16 at 11am in the Hang Out Room. Make sure you come to Activities to sign up for one or all of these events.

If you are currently a Coordinator for an activity and will remain as the point person for next season, please drop us a note in the Activity office.  If you have decided to “pass the torch” or will not be returning next season, we would appreciate it  if you could let us know.  This will allow us to reach out to others who may wish to fill your position.

We are always looking for ways to improve the park and activities.  If you have suggestions for next season or would like to coordinate an event or function, please stop in at our office and leave your contact info along with what you would like to do!

Round Up meetings are held every Tuesday morning beginning at 8:30am at the Hole in the Wall. All park residents/guests are encouraged to attend to learn about park news, events, and enjoy morning munchies and beverages.  We also have drawings and speakers as well.  We do hope you will attend while you are staying with us!

Name badges are important and do need to be worn.  They are required to enter any building or participate in our events.  They offer a bit of safety to identify that you are a Sundance guest and if you have a medical event, we will know who you are and can contact a family member.

The deadline for the April Smoke Signal is Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2022. All guests, Coordinators, Clubs and Groups are encouraged to submit news to the Activity office or email  We can’t print it if you don’t submit it.

Our Sundance community has many buildings and covers quite a bit of land, so if you are new to our park, we  encourage you to sign up in Activities for a free tour.  Our Ambassadors are available five days a week and with advanced notice Saturdays too.

Update your contact info by grabbing an easy to fill out form at the Activity office.  It is always a good idea to keep your emergency contact info up to date with the park. You can drop it off at the Main office drop box located in the mail room hall.

If you are not receiving the emailed Morning Message, you’re missing out on park news info, and  events!  We have step by step instructions available in the Activity office on how to subscribe!  Sign up to go paperless and receive the monthly Smoke Signal by email only. If you prefer this method, please come to Activities and add your name on our list.

Bible Study – Are you feeling downhearted from all of the challenges facing us in the world today?  Join us in the Hang Out room for a short Bible study from Dr. David Jeremiah, called Overcomer.  We will meet on Wednesdays as follows:  Wednesday Mar. 2, 2:30-3:30pm, Mar. 9, 10-11:30am, Mar. 16, 9-10:30am, Mar. 23, 10-11:30am, and Mar. 30, 10-11:30am.  Shari  Andersen

Bingo – Come and join us on Tuesday nights and take a chance to win a jackpot, special games and prizes!  Card sales are from 6-6:45pm and Bingo starts at 7pm at the Hole in the Wall.  Please pay with small currency and wear your name badge. Fairways is welcome to play although no public is invited.  Snacks for $1 each  are available for purchase which includes candy bars, popcorn, soda and water. We hope to see you there!    Kathy Carpenter

Billiards – Women and men are welcome to join in on the fun and  make new friends. Our organized play days are Monday and Thursday at 9am. The room is open until 10pm for your enjoyment. If you need more information call Bud Drake 307-746-5416 Site 678 or Randy    507-327-6739 Site 209.

Cactus Needles –. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or know how to use a crow hook? If so, we have the perfect activity for you!  We meet every Monday 10am-Noon in the Hang Out Room.  We will be working on hats, scarves and blankets to donate to local Casa Grande charities. We do have easy to follow patterns and donated yarn to share with anyone who would like to help make a difference in the community!

Ceramics – Stop in the shop and check out the bisque and greenware we have available for purchase.  Our shop is open every day 9am – Noon and 1-3:45pm with very friendly and talented Monitors to help you with your projects.  Ruthann Lindgren, Coordinator

Church – All guests are invited to attend nondenominational services at 8:30am at the Hole in the Wall held every Sunday through April 10.

Country Store –  Friday Mar. 5 is the last Country Store, 9am-12pm.  Crafters will be in the Hole in the Wall and outside. Please come out and support our vendors.  We have several vendors featuring their specialized bake goods.  Door prizes will be offered every ½ hour with items from our gracious vendors.  It’s been a great season and we thank everyone for the support.  Thank you,  Delphine Becker

Computer Lab – Our next club meeting is Wednesday Mar. 2 at 9am in the Hang Out Room. We will be having a class on Windows 10 on Saturday, Mar.10 at 9am in the Computer Lab. There is a limit of 8 attendees and a sign-up sheet is in Activities.  We are located on the back side of the building that houses Ceramics and Stained Glass.  Our room is run by the Computer Club and is open five days a week 9-11:45am and 1-3:45pm.  We have nine computers with Window 10 and Microsoft along with four printers and three are wireless.  WI FI is available in the lab at a $1 a day or join our club at $20 for the first season and $10 next season. We are able to print address labels and business cards for a small fee.

Couples and Pattern Dance – Due to medical challenges we have cancelled our class for the season.  Thank you for your understanding.  Sandi & Kent Reedy

Crafty Ladies – Don’t sit at home and do your crafts by yourself- join us on Mondays and Fridays from 1-4pm in the Hang Out Room.  We enjoy laughing, socializing and always look forward to meeting new people!  Rosie Creger

Dining with the Duffies –  We specialize in serving homemade, quality, comfort food to all of our guests.  Please let us know in advance if you have food sensitivities or are gluten free as we will do our best to accommodate you.  Menus are posted in Activities, at the Hole in the Wall, and on social media.

Tuesday Mar. 01  Lunch 11am-1:30pm      Wednesday Mar. 02  Lunch 11am-1:30pm

Thursday  Mar. 03   Lunch  11am-1:30pm        Friday  Mar. 04   Breakfast and Lunch  8am – 1:30pm for Country Store

Saturday Mar 05     Breakfast 8-10am via Golf Cart through Sundance

Tuesday Mar. 08  Lunch 11am-1:30pm     Wednesday Mar. 09    Lunch 11am – 1:30pm   Appetizers 4-6:30pm for Karaoke @ Pool 1

Thursday Mar. 10 Dinner 4-6pm    Friday Mar. 11 Lunch 11am – 1:30pm      Saturday Mar. 12        Breakfast  8-10am

Tuesday Mar. 15   Lunch 11am-1:30pm    Wednesday Mar. 16    Lunch   11am – 1:30pm

Thursday Mar. 17  St. Patrick’s Day Dinner  3:30-4pm Take Out only ; 4:30-5pm Social;  5pm  Serving begins.

Friday Mar. 18  Lunch  11am – 1:30pm     Saturday Mar 19    Lunch  11am-1pm  Western Days – Serving from Gazebo

Sunday Mar. 20   Dinner   4-6:30pm  Sundance Street Dance Happy Hour – Serving from Gazebo – Street Dance in front of Main office and Activities

Tuesday Mar. 22   Lunch  11am-1:30pm    Wednesday Mar. 23    Lunch   11am – 1:30pm

Thursday Mar. 24  Lunch  11am – 1:30pm    Friday Mar.26    Dinner 4-6pm

Tuesday Mar. 29  Lunch 11am-1:30pm      Wednesday Mar. 30    Lunch 11am-1:30pm    Thursday Mar. 31  Dinner  4-6pm

 Front Gate Greeters – Volunteers are needed as greeters at the front gate for the balance of the season and for next season starting mid-October.  We are looking for people who like people, are friendly and outgoing.  The work is easy and it’s a  great way to meet new people.  We currently have openings for the Thursdays, 2-4pm.  If you are new, training is provided prior to your first shift.  We are also looking for “on-call” volunteers that can 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 –  One of our guys who does a few projects in the shop was encouraged to enter a couple of his gourds in the Wuertz’s Gourd Festival.  He won 2nd place in his division! Great job Jim Dahl who was new to gourds last January when we opened the shop. He now helps out with monitoring when we are shorthanded.  We are busy every day in the shop and now ask that any beginners to this craft to  please sign up in the Activity office.  We have limited the number of beginners to ensure that we can assist everyone in learning the art. If you have projects in process, come on in and work on them.  Thank you, Lynn Olson

Hardanger –  This is a form of Norwegian embroidery which uses wrapping and cutting of material threads to form intricate designs and it’s easier than it sounds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 1-3pm at the Ranch House Meetin’ Room.  Anyone who does charted needlework is invited to join us.  We don’t work in silence but we do offer a basically quiet, well-lit atmosphere in which to work.  Alice Neuok

Lapidary – A big thank you to the Monitors of our shop – Randy Robinson, Gina Osadczuk, Dennis Ross, and Mike Jung. All of you have done a great job this season in the shop!  Also a thank you goes out to the Duffie Duo for their donation of tips from one of their meals to our shop, it was greatly appreciated.  Lastly, thank you to everyone that have helped support the shop by purchasing raffle tickets. Our February winners were Sally Haller, rock clock and Jim Dahl, shark tooth earrings. We have several items for the March raffle,  so be sure to visit Activities to see the items. Tickets are $1 each 7/$5 and drawing will be on Tuesday, Mar. 15 at the Round Up Meeting.  We are open most mornings, 8:45 -11:45am and on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm.  We invite everyone to see what unique things you can do with a rock.  Thank you,  Dave Yelton

Library – The Sundance library is a lending library so we ask that when you borrow a book that you return into one of the baskets in the library.  We are located in the Ranch House in Sundance 2 and offer a wide variety of reading material. Donations of gently read books, large print and westerns are greatly appreciated.  We cannot accept cook books, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, bibles, etc. Thank you,  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.

Potlucks – We still have a few potlucks and the sign-up sheets are located on the counter in the Activity office. All potlucks ask that you bring your dish to share, table service (plates, napkins, silverware), beverage and wear your name badge.

Northwest Combined – Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Nevada – Sunday, February 27 from 4:30 – 6:30pm  Hole in the Wall

Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania – March 3 at 4:30 – 7:00pm  Hole in the Wall

Wisconsin – Thursday, March 3 from 4:30 – 6:30pm Gamblin Room contact Sandy R. #621

Minnesota – Sunday, March 6 from 4:30 – 7:00pm Hole in the Wall

If your state wasn’t represented and you would like to coordinate a pot luck next year, contact Activities.

RC Racers – If you are interested in getting involved with this fun hobby stop by the track on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays at 1pm. We would be happy to let you take one of our cars out for a test drive, discuss what you need to get started, and the costs involved.  It’s really inexpensive.  Andy Karlsnes Site #32

Recycling –  Aluminum cans for Sundance/Fairways Veterans program is going well.  We really appreciate everyone’s help with bringing aluminum cans to site #171 on Newman.  So far this year we all have donated $430 to the program.  We would love to break last year’s amount of $700 which was one ton of cans!  The price is down a little so it will take more cans to surpass our goal.  Cans can be crushed or uncrushed, your choice.  We have help with collecting from Bob and Jan W. at #397 located at the corner of Cooper and Tonto.  Thank you from all of us, Paul and Sally Brown and Bob and Jan Wilcox

Senior Stretch – Move it or lose it! Come join us at 10:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at the Hole in the Wall for a good workout mainly in chairs. If you can’t do strenuous exercise this is the workout for you. So come on in guys and gals and let’s get moving!  Nancy Bittinger

Sewing/Quilting – February has been a busy month preparing for the quilt show on Saturday Feb. 26!  Our members have held several different classes on Fridays of each week to learn how to sew specific items.  During the month of March we will be presenting the quilts to the Pinal Country agency who works with foster children. Also quilts will go to the Casa Grande Police Department and wheel chair bags and comfort quilts will be delivered to the Oasis care facility.  We will also have our group celebration on Wednesday, Mar. 2.  There is still a lot of time to come in and join in on the sewing fun!  Irene Mattoon

Shuffleboard Scheduled play is Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am with Tuesday being bowling pin shuffle.  Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are regular shuffleboard where you play for yourself.  Bowling pin shuffle on Tuesday is a team even with all the yellow against all the black.  This is really a fun time and there is a lot of cheering going on between teams.  The shuffleboards are there for anyone to play anytime.  Fee is 0.50 per person to play on the honor system.  During this time of the season we do fill up with players.  We do have room for 40 people to play and it’s a first come, first 40 will play. Unsure on how to play? If you want to learn you are encouraged to come any day of play.  We will also teach how to maintain the boards. We welcome any suggestions for our program.  Joe & Carolyn Hess  #611

Stained Glass –  We are alive and well in the shop and projects are being created at lightning speed and going to homes daily.  We thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets! The support is greatly appreciated! Vicki Bons was the lucky winner!  Because of the high volume of creativity, our shelf space is becoming limited.  If you started a project and found yourself wandering away, we ask that you please come by to finish it soon to allow shelf space to be available for new creations. Heading into our last weeks of the season, we will continue to be open our normal hours. We are in the shop Monday – Friday 9am-12pm and 1-3:45pm and on Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm. You have plenty of time left in the season to try your skills! See you soon!  Steering Committee    Jim McBride, Cindel Nielson, Harriet Reed

Sundance Book Club –  The club will meet on Wednesday, Mar. 16 at 9:30am in the Gamblin’ Room to discuss the Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol. Please join us for a lively discussion of this book. We will also select the books for reading in the 2022-2023 season. After we vote, a list of book choices will be available. Email me at if you would like one.  Thanks, Sherry Robertson

Sundance Jammers –  Sundance Jammer Mission Statement – “We are the Sundance Jammers. Our purpose is to perform music for the enjoyment of our member and those we entertain.  We value friendship above all else, collaborating with each other musically, and including any who are interested in performing musically.  Our goal is to have fun, promote friendship, and enjoy music with each other.”  Everyone is invited to the Trio Show on Friday Mar. 11 at 6:30pm at the Hole in the Wall.  All proceeds go to activities in the park. $1 donation at the door.

Sundance Softball – Sundance has senior softball teams that play at Palm Creek fall, winter and spring leagues. The Sundance softball teams are open to all men and women interested in playing softball. If you have questions or would like to play, you can contact any of the Executive Board members. Let us know your contact information (email address) so we can send you information on the Sundance Softball for the 2022 Fall and 2023 Winter and spring seasons.                              Ron Guidi – 281-725-8863   Kevin Connolly – 509-496-8381  Jim Meyerhoff –  253-848-1735 Thank you for your support.  Jim Meyerhoff

Sundance Solos –  The Sundance Solos group will meet on Thursday, Mar. 3 in the Hang Out Room at 1pm.  We will discuss our trip to the goat farm on March 5 and make plans for the next luncheon.  Please remember that dues should be paid that day if you have not already done so. Thank you,  Delphine Becker

Sundance UTV Group – If you have a quad or UTV and would like to ride with a group, you should consider going out with the Sundance UTV Group!  We ride every Tuesday and meet at the McDonald’s in Florence at 8:30am and leave from there.  he rides range from 30 to 50 miles and we try to return to Sundance before 5pm.  We do take several breaks during the day and stop for lunch on the trail around noon.  If you have questions, contact Andy site #32 or email me at .

Town Council –  Good luck to the seven candidates that are running for three positions on the Town Council.  This is a great turn out of individuals who want to represent the guests of Sundance!  Voting will be held immediately after the Round Up Meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 01 by the gazebo at Pool 1,  9:15-11am only.  The purpose of the Town Council is to provide a liaison between the paying guests of Sundance and the owners or the managers of Sundance.  To be able to vote, you must pay rent to Sundance for a minimum of 3 months and reside in the park on the day of the election. No absentee ballots this season.

Veterans of Sundance/Fairways – Our March 14th meeting will be held at the Veterans Transitional Center at 5497 W McCarney Rd in Coolidge. We will meet to carpool at 7:30am on the 14th in front of  the Activities office in Sundance.  A tour of the facility will be conducted first.  We do need a count of Veterans and their guests attending.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Sundance Activity office. If you have any questions, please call Boomer Clifton 307-272-5630.

Water Volleyball – Our group continues to grow as we have had as many as 18 in the pool at the one time. We still have new players and, as the weather warms and hopefully the wind plays “nice”, we anticipate even more coming to enjoy the laughter and comradery that takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3pm.  Skills are improving and what a great way to mee new people. Don’t forget your water shoes…not necessary but very helpful.  The sport is fairly new so we are really excited about what is happening now and what this coming season may bring.  See you in the pool – and we appreciate spectators too. So come join us whether or not you play.  Laughter is the best medicine and sunshine is the bonus!  Judy Crosby

Wood Carving –  Stop by the Gamblin’ Room at 9am – Noon every Tuesday and Friday to see what we are working on.  If you are interested in learning, we have beginner projects available and many talented individuals that would love to show you how to carve.  Men and women with different skill levels are welcome to join us.

A Celebration of Life Luncheon for Don and Julie Aho will be held on Saturday, March 05, 2022 at the Hole in the Wall,  1-3pm.  Please join their Family and share your favorite memories of  Don and Julie who enjoyed their time at Sundance and all of the friendships that they made over the years.

Ron and Kathy Halka would like to thank everyone who rushed to help after his fall from his bike!  Thanks for your concern and help!  He spent the nigh in the hospital and is home doing well.  God Bless You All !

Thank you to everyone who has sent me cards, texts, and food while I have been sick. Also to “a friend”, your card and gift is the most anyone has ever done for me!  I am beyond words and can’t enough.  You are not only a friend; you are an angel.  I am so blessed to live in such a caring community.  My love and thanks, Delphine

Anyone interested in learning and/or playing this fun game is welcome to site #105 in Sundance 2 on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays at 1pm. Joyce & Tim Jones