Monday, March 30, 2015

End of "Season"

Our great luau party this past Saturday marks the "end of season".  Very nice event!

Here are some photos from the Palm Creek Facebook page as I couldn't handle the hot sunshine. 
 Graceful hula dancers
 Polynesian Fire Dancers
Maybe even some hula dancer "want to be"???
Even the desert flowers had a wonderful season.  The flowers at Picacho Peak were in abundance AND some of our Palm Creek cactus were exceptional.
Stop by Site 1336 (Mark and Cindy Nelson) on the corner of Sandy Desert and Mountain Mirage to view this beauty.  The blossoms only last 24 hours so be sure to drive by and take your camera along.
I'd like to post a very special "THANK YOU" TO Lisa Harold and her staff for all the hard work they put in to give us all such a wonderful winter vacation!  They did an outstanding job this year.  There were many new hurdles to cross and new avenues to explore with all the transition but as a full-time resident, I believe all is well and we're on a smoother road ahead.  Congratulations and THANK YOU to the entire staff!

Balloon Photos of Palm Creek

One of our Palm Creek residents, John Ross, is an avid balloonist.  He loves floating above beautiful scenery to enjoy the view.  Here are some recent photos he took as he soared above Palm Creek. 

Click on this link to take you to my OneDrive account where you can view many more photos of John's aerial photography.
John was also featured in a video produced at the Red Rocks Balloon Festival in Gallup, NM. 
Here are more of the adventures John has enjoyed this past month.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Softball's not over yet!  Some of our avid softball players have formed teams again and are back on the field for two more weeks of sun and fun.  Head on out to the ball field on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks to watch the action and cheer for our athletes.

I was there to cheer for JD Nelson's team this morning.  Three cheers for our female players! 

Great job on the pitching mound, Deb!!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Thank you to our FireFighters!

There was a GREAT turn out for the Fireman's Spaghetti Dinner Friday night!  Thank you one and all for buying tickets and attending.  We've all seen the big red life-saving trucks and ambulance enter our park on numerous occasions to assist those in need.  The firemen are our heroes!  Hmmm.....there are some women in the force too.  I wonder how you refer to a female fireman?  FireWoman??  I guess Fire Fighters is the best word these days.  Any way, we're glad to support them and they can use the funds to buy equipment that may someday help one of us.


The kitchen was too busy and crowded for me to sneak in with a camera so I copied these from the Palm Creek Facebook page.  They worked hard and fast to serve hot meals to all these people.

Pickleball Trny

The Duel in the Desert pickleball tournament has one more day to go.  Friday was a real challenge for all the players as we had some strong winds with 20+ mph gusts.  The flags were standing straight in the winds.

Saturday was beautiful weather, however, so I'm sure the players appreciated the break.

Stop down Sunday for more tournament action.  Here's the schedule.


I think the lighted palm trees on the golf course really look nice.  Can someone with a fancy camera get a good photo for me??  My cell phone isn't sharp enough for dark photos. 

Congrats to the Tennis Club!

A hearty thank you and congratulations to the Tennis Club for hosting a lovely evening of entertainment at the tennis pavilion tonight.  We were treated to some great music by a local jazz group from the Arizona Community College.  I'm guessing that our local resident, Larry Marik, had some influence on getting the musicians to attend. 

It wasn't just the tennis folks who enjoyed the evening but many of our residents who were out walking on such a beautiful evening also stopped by and enjoyed the music.

It looked like busy elves were at work decorating the place, setting up for the event, providing a wine tasting table, and the jazz band music.  Congrats on a great evening.  Your club has certainly grown in the past year or two.  You are putting those new courts to great use.

Stop by the courts at any time and watch the play.  It's a great spectator sport as well as fun to play.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Donation to Foster Children

Congratulations to the Palm Creek residents who ere involved with the huge contribution to the Pinal County Foster Children's program. 

I asked one of the members of the sewing guild for some information about their generous donation.

"The baby blankets are made by the PC quilters/sewers but the foster children quilts are mostly made through the Community Quilts program which is part of the PC quilters/sewers. We meet every Friday morning in the sewing room to work on our quilt projects.  We use donated fabrics and supplies and also purchase some from funds raised through our quilt shows and also some of us purchase fabrics ourselves to make quilts for the program.  We also work on them at home and during the summer and a few quilts are donated from people who aren't involved in the Community quilters/PC quilt/sewing club but live in the park.  We donated 63 quilts this year and 88 pillowcases.  The pillowcases were sewn by both the PC quilters/sewers and Community quilters.  Louise Fountain started up the Community Quilters program about 5 years ago and we donated quilts to various organizations in Casa Grande but 2 years ago decided to devote our quilts strictly to the Foster Children Program here in Pinal County."

If you peek inside the sewing room on any given day during season, you'll see the room buzzing with activity.  They have a wonderful facility here.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Duel in the Desert - Pickleball Tournament

Due to the huge pickleball tournament this coming weekend, the north gate will be open on Sunday, March 8, from 9:00am till 6:00 pm.

Here's the tournament schedule for the big DUEL IN THE DESERT tournament.  Click on the photo to enlarge or go to the pickleball website for more details.  Come see the "best of the best" as they duel for their medals.  Let's cheer for our Palm Creek participants!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Multiple Shows

Saturday provided quite an exhibit of the hidden talents in our park residents.  It took a long time to walk through the exhibits at each of the shows.  The quilt show always amazes me because I can only imagine the endless hours of work behind these masterpiece quilts.  They're beautiful!  The quilters donate so much of their time to helping others through their handiwork.

And we must always give credit to the "behind the scenes" characters who help keep us happy.
The woodshop show is beyond description.  What a fantastic hobby!  Beautiful works of art.

This kind of work ranks among my favorites.  I viualize them all on MY walls. 
Joe Beebe was among the talented woodworkers so it was heartwarming to see this sign.
Over in the ballroom, our crafters were on display.  Pottery, jewelry, sewing items, art work, photography, etc. etc.
Thank you to all those who displayed their works this past Saturday AND to those elves who set up the shows.  There was much work involved to get it all set up.
Outside....we find friends and their new toys.  Have you seen this new "motorcycle" yet??  WOW!
Our friends in the Drama Club have been busy as well.  Hope you didn't miss their rendition of the Great Nursing Home Escape.