Monday, January 15, 2018

Casino Night and Orange Sales



Hurry to get your tickets for the Casino Night being held this Saturday, January 20, in our new ballroom.  Gambling starts at 5:00 with poker, blackjack tables, slot machines, and a video poker machine.  Dinner will consist of a shrimp basket.

Our regular Saturday night dance begins at 6:30 and features DJ Smith and the Midnight Sun band.  This band plays music from all eras and does a great job.  

Tickets are $20 for gambling, dinner, AND the dance.  The dance itself is $12 per person.  Alcohol will be sold at this event so no BYOB please.

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Watch for the pickup truck that parks near the main mailbox area on Tuesdays and Fridays.  They sell bags of delicious oranges for about $6.00.  


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Mouse has obviously dropped a toy down behind the couch.  Makes for a cute photo as he figures out how to get back there.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Sam's Club, Macayo's Mexican Restaurant, and Kmart are closing

CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Sam’s Club will close, officials confirmed Thursday.
Delia Garcia, a spokeswoman with the Walmart Inc. corporate office, said the store will close Jan. 26.
Financial performance was cited as the main reason for the closure, which Garcia said was part of a larger assessment of the company. Nationwide, Walmart said Thursday it was closing 63 Sam’s Clubs over the next week, with some shut already.
Garcia did not have an exact number of employees who work at the Casa Grande Sam’s Club, but said the average is 150 associates per store.
The Walmart in Casa Grande isn’t affected. There are more than 5,400 Walmart stores nationwide and 597 Sam’s Club locations following Thursday’s announcement.
Garcia told PinalCentral the Casa Grande Sam’s Club will look at “price reductions” as the store closes. Exact percentages of discounts weren’t released.
January is proving to be a rough month for business closures in Casa Grande, with the Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant closing permanently after Sunday, and Kmart’s last day in operation Jan. 28.
 These two Sam's Club stores will close in Arizona:

2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Casa Grande RC Flyers Makes Major Field Improvement

The Casa Grande RC Flyers recently added a much requested addition to their airfield which is across from the public and police shooting ranges at 2725 S. Isom Road in Casa Grande.  Thanks to the city that provided and installed a large flag pole at the field, the club purchased a remote access weather station.  This station allows pilots, police and individual shooters, to view the actual current weather conditions at that location.  The club agreed to support and maintains this weather station for the city, as a “thank you” for the cities continued  support.

The station, manufactured by Davis Instruments, will give users current weather data on the web site, WeatherLink.com and on a Smartphone application, WeatherLink 2.0.  Now, area pilots can see the actual wind speed and direction, which is important for flying, before they leave their home.  Temperature, humidity and rainfall amounts are also given.  Although not as critical, the information is available to all recreational users of the area including the Skeet & Trap club down the road.

The weather station is just the first of several improvements the club plans to make in the coming months.   On their agenda are sun shades for the pilot tables and another runway.  All the recent improvements are a result of the large increase in membership from the entire area.  Besides Casa Grande, members have joined from as far as Tucson, Florence and Sun Lakes.  Their reason for joining the club  include the club’s activities, great facilities as recognized by the Academy Of Model Aeronautics (AMA) who awarded the Casa Grande RC Flyers their highest club honor, naming them a Gold Level Leader club, and welcoming membership .  That AMA honor also recognized the community service through the club’s charitable activities and their involvement with area youths through the schools and 4-H clubs.


The Casa Grande RC Flyers welcomes area residents to visit and watch the flying which takes place most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings around 10:00 AM during the winter season.  The club’s certified instructors offer free model flying lessons to those interested in participating in this fun hobby.  The club will also hold another Air Show on March 10, 2018, benefitting the Casa Grande Food Bank.  Information about the club and directions to their field can be found on the club web site, www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com




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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Poker Run Results and a tennis outing

The first annual poker run was held on January 1. 
 Proceeds went to a local charity called "Seeds of Hope".


Pat Hulke, Mark Vanderheyden Exec Dir of Seeds of Hope, Shirley & Lyndsay Beck, Julie & Tom Langwell

1st Place Winner:  Pat Hulke $260
2nd Place Winner:  Bob Bolin $155
3rd lace Winner:  Bruce Barrick $105

Door Prizes:
Jerry Andrews:  $10 entry to Wednesday night poker tournament
Andy Kudera:  18 hole round of golf for 2 at Palm Creek
Ruth Kudera:  18 hole round of golf for 2 at Palm Creek
Stonewall Jackson:  Baseball spring training tickets in Surprise for 2

There were over 100 participants.  Congratulations to the Becks and Langwells for starting a very successful event.


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The tennis club held a fun-filled social event called "Souper Supper" where they served 10 crock pots full of different soups plus salads and desserts.  They are an ACTIVE social group in addition to their court time.




Fun activities??  Five players per side?





Tuesday, January 09, 2018

New Kitchen is OPEN

Tuesday, December 9, just in time for the super busy craft fair.....we received the green light inspection to open the new kitchen.  It is FANTASTIC!!  Congratulations to the whole staff for making it all happen.

The new ballroom has really gotten a trial in its first week.

  • New Years Eve dance
  • Name Brand Entertainment event (Edwards Twins)
  • Saturday night dance
  • Monday morning coffee
  • Bingo
  • and today the craft fair.






Bingo now has lots of room to spread out and add more people.  See you there Monday night as I am the caller.  Let's see how many times I can call out G55.



Yes, Don and I still have our two cats but I haven't posted much lately..........mainly because I'm so busy having FUN with all the people that are here now.  Kat is keeping me company today while I write to you.


Friday, January 05, 2018

Great Drone Day



The weather has been so beautiful that we just had to take the drone out for a ride and enjoy the view.



“Under Arizona Skies” is the theme for the March 14 and 15 Palm Creek Chorus concert, and yesterday was the first rehearsal. Director Mary Hansen and accompanist Cindy McCaskill (out of photo range) gave us a taste of the great music we will be singing. Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 - 3:00. Sopranos and Altos will meet in SanTan and Tenors & Basses (led by Betty Preston Steele) in South Sonoran, for sectional rehearsal the first hour. We have plenty of room for more singers, so everyone is welcome.


Did you know singing can be an action sport? 
It is for PC Chorus!



Our Mahjong group is growing!  
We packed 12 tables into our room this afternoon!





Wednesday, January 03, 2018

First Performance in the new Ballroom

What a GREAT start to the new year!  I bought a last minute ticket to see the Edwards Twins performance.  I hadn't heard of them before but wanted to attend mainly out of curiosity to see how the seating would work in the new ballroom.  

Since I had a last minute ticket, I didn't expect great seating..........but with all the chairs surrounding the stage, there wasn't a bad seat to be had.  We could see from any angle.

The Edwards Twins was a fantastic performance!  I will definitely be among the first in line if they should ever return to Palm Creek.  Congratulations to MaryAnn Brown for bringing them to Casa Grande.

You can read more about them on their website at TheEdwardsTwins.com







Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year's Eve Dance

I really wanted to go to the ballroom and see the New Year's Eve dance as it is the first event in our new facility............but.........I was cuddled under a warm blanket recovering from the flu so I sent Don up to take some pictures for me.  It was 9:30 that night when I asked him to PLEASE go get some photos for me as the event is too important to miss on the blog.  He reluctantly went without a ticket and dressed in his blue jeans.  He stayed  about two minutes, took the photos, and came home.  He was my hero.  😀  He laughed and said he was definitely under dressed so told folks he was disguised as paparazzi.

It looks like folks were having a GREAT time!  I was anxious to learn how the seating would be arranged, etc. Looks like nice round tables at each end of the room leaving lots of space for dancing.





Line dancing is IN.



The band had plenty of room up on that new stage.


Don found Marion Nelson in a lovely dress for the occasion.
I bet she was one happy lady to have the new ballroom as promised.


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR READERS!!!



Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year in the new ballroom is a GO!

Big announcements for Palm Creek:

Have fun in the new ballroom for the New Year's Eve dance!  Congratulations to our staff and host of contractors that made this possible!

Also...............our Bistro will remain "the Bistro".  It will have indoor seating and the patio area will be greatly expanded.  
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RC Flyers Event:


Second Casa Grande RC Flyers Swap Meet Scheduled.

On Saturday January 13, 2018, the Casa Grande RC Flyers will hold their second swap meet of the winter season between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the club field.  Located at  2725 South Isom Road in Casa Grande, the field is across the road from the public shooting range.  Last month visitors came from all over the valley including Tempe, Sun Lakes and Tucson, to look at and swap their airplanes and other radio controlled items.  Items brought to the swap meet include fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and drones.  Model aircraft parts and supplies are also usually available.  Last month’s swap meet raised money and needed items for the Valley Humane Society.

 Many residents attend to watch the pilots fly their model aircraft and to learn more about this wonderful hobby from the club members.  As usual, there will be a food service at this event providing breakfast and lunch items for visitors to enjoy.  The club’s events as well as directions to their field and information about joining them can be found on their web site at www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com.

The Casa Grande RC Flyers is an Academy Of Model Aeronautics (AMA) “Gold Level Leaders Club” which is the top award the AMA bestows upon a club. Area residents are welcome to visit and watch the flying which takes place most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings around 10:00 AM during the winter season.  The club’s certified instructors offer free model flying lessons to those interested in participating in this fun hobby.  The club will also hold another Air Show on March 10, 2018. Benefiting the Casa Grande Food Bank.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ballroom Pre-Opening Tour

The clock is ticking and the countdown has begun to get the ballroom expansion finished enough to hold the crowd for the New Years Eve dance on Sunday, December 31.  Jim Dawson took us on a guided tour this afternoon.

We started at the front entrance and had to be careful of the fresh concrete curb that had just been put in place.


The foyer will be quite impressive with comfortable chairs, furniture, and fixtures.



Try to visualize all the wiring, plumbing, and air ducts tucked under those ceiling panels.


Restrooms will be available on either side of the foyer.  I think I counted six stalls plus a nice big handicap access.


Mirrors will be installed over the sinks


Special 'cut-back' sinks were installed to allow handicap access.  Panels still to be put in place.


In addition, there is what is called a "family" bathroom which is not gender specific by new federal law.


The ballroom itself is HUGE!



This is the entrance to the kitchen or serving area.  Tile flooring is installed in this area to protect from heavy traffic (all those breakfasts, etc.) & potential spills.


There is a large serving window plus a short wall.  Serving tables can be placed along the front of the wall and service tables behind the wall.



LOTS of kitchen equipment!


Storage shelves for utensils and supplies.



A giant potato peeler!


Washing station.  All sinks in the area will run through the big grease traps installed underground behind the building.  Those traps will be cleaned 3-4 times per year.


Sprayer hose to rinse the DISHES.  We'll be serving on REAL dishes this year!


Dishwasher 


Warming ovens to keep our food hot.


An isolated trash area just outside the back door.  The gates can be kept closed but opened when the truck comes to empty the dumpsters.


Ovens & warmers.


Big Grill


Frying station for french fries, onion rings, etc.



I don't even remember what all these machines are for.



Large walk in freezer and separate refrigerator.



Some more brand new curb outside.


Electricians and installers working on many of the machines.


Robin's office at the front of the kitchen with nice windows so she can watch the activity.


Crews still working on wiring the stage lights and sound system.


Stage is same approximate depth but is about 40+ feet long.
AND.....there is even a dressing room behind the stage. The safety railing will go up alongside the ramp coming up on the right side and the stairs on the left side.  A black curtain will hide the railing.





Remember these big steel beams we saw being installed??



They are now secured and hold the heavy dividing panels that will split the huge ballroom into three separate sections.


These panels are really nice and easily pull out by hand to stretch across the room.


The place is HUGE!
Thank you, Sun Communities, for such a wonderful investment!