Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Luncheon

We held a wonderful luncheon today to honor the men and women who served in our Armed Forces to protect our freedom.  Veterans and guests were abundantly fed!  It looks like MaryAnn Brown was on duty to guard the food from invaders......but she was really there to help serve us.  LOL

Those big delicious hamburgers were at the front of the line.....followed by table after table of wonderful side dishes and salads provided by residents.   Bob and Sharon Fahrenbruch were among the happy volunteers to serve our dinner.

We had over 150 residents for dinner!!!  I think it proves that folks are staying longer to enjoy the wonderful spring time weather.  I don't remember seeing this many people at an event so late in the year.

I took a bunch of pictures as folks mingled and waited in the food line.  You can scan through the photos to see if you spot any of your friends.  Remember:  if you click on any of these photos, it should open up in a slide show so you can get a better view of the pictures.
Gail Tollison and Linda Balzan were our greeters on stage.


Other News:  Tuesday
Work begins at the tennis courts as they take down the fences and get the four north courts ready for resurfacing.

Do you remember the email I posted on May 25 from the lady requesting information about Palm Creek??  Look at the wonderful response sent by Kate Perrie. If I didn't already live here, I'd surely want to sign up.    Thank you, Kate, for writing such an informative letter.  

Hi!  I saw your request on the palmcreekupdate.blogspot.com website.  My name is Kate Perrie and I am the outgoing President of the tennis club.  As Penny Mason and Glenn Carter (who came to Palm Creek last year after staying at a park in Mesa for many years) were just voted in to replace me at the end of last season I thought it might be best for me to fill you in on the tennis club activities as they probably don’t have the handout on their computers as yet.  I have attached a copy of last season’s tennis club’s handout that covers most of the organized play.  Every day, Monday to Friday at 9:30 AM we have social tennis which is basically a drop in, round robin for all levels of play.   In addition to all of the organized play scheduled on the attached handout, last year we had tennis events every month including the annual Palm Creek Tennis Tournament, our Cancer Awareness Tournament and an evening social event at the end of the season with some of our best players putting on an exhibition combined with an extensive wine tasting and array of appetizers followed by dessert.  Next season, Palm Creek is going to be participating in a community wide tennis league where you can play ladies doubles, men’s doubles or mixed doubles offered in different skill levels and play against teams from other communities.  You can also get more of an idea about the tennis club at our website www.palmcreektennisclub.blogspot.com.  Scroll down and there are some photos of the wine tasting event we call “Saturday Night at the Courts.”  In addition, I can share with you that, without a doubt, we have a great group of fun loving, friendly people who all share a love of the game.  That is a quick summary.   If you have any specific questions about tennis or would like to get more detail about any of the aspects of the Palm Creek Tennis Club, please feel free to give me a call at 816-578-4131.

We also play quite a lot of golf.  The course at Palm Creek is one of, if not the best executive course we have ever played.  You can get a copy of the scorecard on the Palm Creek Website www.PalmCreekgolf.com.  I have a 16 ladies in a group that I organize and we play at Palm Creek every Wednesday afternoon.  We love the course and there are quite a few holes where even our best players do need to pull out a driver.   The local courses are all quite good.  I play most of my golf at San Miguel, but there is also Robson Ranch, Mission Royale and Francisco Grande nearby.  There are quite a few courses that are a bit farther away that are quite good.  Palm Creek organizes at their golf course-  a ladies golf league on Wednesday Mornings, a Men’s golf league on Monday mornings and an organized play on Tuesday and Friday where they schedule the foursome. 

There is a great hiking club and I have copied Connie Emerson (who also heads the tennis club ladies league) as she and her husband Skip are key players in the Palm Creek Hiking Club.  They have a scheduled hike every Friday with two routes – one a little easier and one a little harder. Connie can give you more details if you would like.

There is no biking club and sad to say there are really no bike trails in Casa Grande.  There are bike lanes on many of the roads.  This is one of the few things that Palm Creek does not have an organized group for.

If you have any questions or would just like to pick my brain, feel free to call me at 816-578-4131.

We have stayed at Voyager and it was a very nice park, but we absolutely love Palm Creek and have been spending 5-6 months every Winter season at Palm for the past 5 years.  We are full time RVers and without a doubt Palm Creek is the best value of the campgrounds we have stayed at in all of our years of RVing.

As to shuttle service.  There are shuttle services it depends on when you plan on arriving.  I know of two residents who do shuttle services.  One is Natalie Aarons who lives at Palm Creek full time and the other is Phil but I don’t think Phil starts until he arrives.  There is also the Casa Grande Airport Shuttle 520-251-8336 and a couple of others.  I think Natalie and Phil charge one flat rate regardless of the number of the people in the van.  I think it is about $60 each way – which is quite a good deal.  I don’t know if anyone has gotten back to you on shuttle service, but if you need more info – just let me know and I will get it for you.

Hope this helps,

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