Ventana Lakes
Property Owners' Association



BC=Bocce Court, BR=Billiards Room, ED-A=Edgewater Ceramics, ED-B=Edgewater Quilting,
CP=Coves Pool,  ER=Exercise Room, LKS=Lakeside, HP=Horseshoe Pit,
MO=Management Office, NP=North Park Pool, HB=Handball Court, LDS=Landings,
SC=Shuffleboard Court, TC=Tennis Court, YC=Yacht Club

Wed - Oct 22
THIS FRIDAY   OCTOBER 24  ---  Scaryoke  -  6:30 pm -  best costume contest -  bring a prepackaged dish or dessert to share --  $2.00 at door - BYOB

THIS  SATURDAY   OCTOBER 25  ---- 7-9 pm ---   THE DUELING PIANOS ---Dueling Pianos are two piano players/singers performing at two, face to face grand pianos in front of two large mirrors performing the classic rock 'n roll hits from the 1950s to the present. It's request driven by the audience and with the use of multiple teams, goes non-stop all night.  Purchase $10.00 tickets at Management Office.

HALLOWEEN  --- OCTOBER 31 – 7 – 10 pm  DJ Jones and FRIENDS will be singing the night away this Halloween and we will be having  a costume contest for those who want to dress up. Refreshments and dessert will be available for free. So come on down and have a fun filled night of dancing and being entertained by all of the costumes!! BYOB!!   Our snack bar will be openPurchase $7.00 tickets at the Management Office.

FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 7  -  OVERNIGHT FORT MCDOWELL CASINO BUS TRIP-- Bus picks up 8:30a.m. at the Yacht Club on FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 7  (breakfast special for $2.99) Departs the casino at  12:00 to head back home on SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 8 - Transportation, a beautiful hotel room (must be dbl. occ.) and $10.00 on your slot card  for only $5.00.  All tips are included.   Ft. McDowell's  MEGA YARD SALE  is at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday

There are a limited number of rooms, so sign up now,  bring your club card # with you to the office. 

A NEW ADDITION TO OUR  - BRANDED  COUNTRY NIGHT- $6.00 -  NOVEMBER 8, SATURDAY  -    If you choose to have dinner with us, we have added a complete country meal for only $5.00 -  PULLED CHICKEN, COLE SLAW, BEANS, BEVERAGE & DESSERT.  Don’t forget about our best dressed cowboy & cowgirl contest and the 50/50 raffle.  You can get your tickets at the Management Office now.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets, we need a count for the meal. Thank you.


Wed - Oct 8
OCT. 8     -     Tonight at 6:30 is a FREE  TEXAS HOLD’EM LESSON

OCT.  9    -     Thursday at 2:00 is a KITCHEN MEETING for anyone interested

OCT.  9     -    Thursday at 3:00 is a DECORATING MEETING and time to put up the  HALLOWEEN DECO.               Everyone in the community is invited to help.

OCT.  10   -   Friday is Kort Kurdi Line Dance Party starting at 6:30  -  Yacht Club  -  $7.00


Tue - Sept 30
Just a reminder ----  don’t forget about our DANCE w/ THADDEUS ROSE on SATURDAY NIGHT. We will be giving out FREE CHILI CHEESE NACHOS while they last and we will also be having a 50/50 drawing. Get your tickets now! Just $7 for a night of fun!


Mon - Sept 29
The concrete pour at the tennis/pickelball courts scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday September 30 at 2am has been delayed one day. It will now occur at 2am on Wednesday, October 1.

The email this morning about the post boxes at 111th and Yukon had an error; it said you could pick up your keys at the post office. Although that was the information provided to Rhonda this morning, it was incorrect. The most recent information is that the postal carrier will deliver the keys to the front doors of the affected homes.

Tomorrow’s Movie night is cancelled.

Line dance class scheduled for Wednesday in the Yacht Club is moved to the Lakeside due to the Board Workshop.

This Saturday night, October 4th, we are having a dance with Thaddeus Rose. For those of you that don’t know him, Thaddeus is an extraordinary and, versatile musician on keyboards, bass and guitar, and of course, what he's most recognized for…his vocals.  He is also recognized for his uncanny impersonations of such artists as Louie Armstrong, Mick Jagger and many more.

Please support this Community event. Tickets are $7.

We have an opportunity to offer this class at Ventana Lakes.  I would like to get your feedback.  The class would last 1 ½ hours and the cost would be $10.00 per couple.   It wouldn’t start until November 16 on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 3:30 or 4 – 5:30.  Please call me at the office if you wish to sign up or want more information. 

What is round dancing?  Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing.  The instructor will teach routines to music such as Waltz, Cha Cha, Rhumba, Tango, Jive, Ballroom, two step, West coast swing, and more.  This is an exercise to music which challenges the mind and body and keeps a person active.  Very easy to learn with the techniques Anne and Carl use.  One figure at a time.  Everything that is learned can be used on the ballroom floor also.  By doing round dancing you dance in a circle and everyone does the same thing making it easy to execute many figures with a cuer that tells you what to do.  This way you only have to remember how to do the figure.   The cuer tells you when to do a figure by keeping 2 beats ahead of the measure giving you plenty of time to think about what it is that needs to be done and therefore keeping you with the music.   It is a fun way to learn many new figures learning up to 5 figures every week.  


OCTOBER 8 – WEDNESDAY NIGHT   -   We will be having a FREE  TEXAS HOLD’EM LESSON  at the Yacht Club, starting at 6:30.

Call the office to sign-up, we need a correct count for set up.

Very important SEMINAR is coming up on OCTOBER 8 AT 3:00 by the POSTAL INSPECTOR on MAIL FRAUD

“ HOW TO AVOID FRAUDULENT SCAMS”    please call the office to sign up.


Thur - Sept 18
Activity Updates:

MEN NEEDED - We don’t have any, not one, volunteer who is willing to put the signs out for our big monthly events.  Ex. Vendor’s Day; Health Fair; Garage Sales; Craft Fair. These signs should go around the perimeter of the property.  I have been asking for months and now our event is about 2 weeks away.  These signs are very important; they help the whole community.   If we could get a team of men to take only a few signs each for these events, it would really help and it wouldn’t take much time. Please reach out to your male friends and ask them to volunteer. Carol Robinette and I did the whole thing last year and I had to collect them alone.  We are not able to do this task this year – the community needs your help – please call the office or come down and I will give you a few signs and a map of where they go.  623-566-6001

SEPTEMBER 18 - DECORATORS MEETING - WE NEED YOUR HELP.  We will be pulling out and putting up the Fall decorations.  We do not have enough hands. If you have 1 1/2 hours to help us in the Yacht Club we would all appreciate it.  No need to sign up, you can just meet us there at 2:30.  Our meeting is at 2:00 and then we will start with the deco’s.  You don’t need any kind of experience; maybe we will need someone to pass the tape or to hold something while we are on the ladder.   See you then. Thursday @ 2:30

VENTANA LAKES SOCIALS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED - We will be working on new ideas for next year.

Just a reminder that there are BEGINNER LINE DANCE LESSONS on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 2:30 in the Yacht Club for $4.00 w/Linda.

KARAOKE IS ON FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 26TH - at the Yacht Club for only $2.00 and starting at 6:00 - You don’t have to sign up to have a good time.  Come and support your neighbors.  Byob and snacks. We have hundreds of songs to choose from.

OUR PENNY AUCTION IS CANCELLED UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR.  Sorry – there were only 8 people who bought tickets.

We also have a MOVIE NIGHT that will be cancelled after this last one.  It is on TUESDAY-SEPTEMBER 30   at 6:30   - doors open at 6:00.   




Please call the office to sign up and pay $1.00 at the door.  The snack bar will be open.  Byob.

This ends the month of September.

Please mark your calendars for the BLOCK WATCH MEETING on OCTOBER 16 - Very important that you attend.                                                                       


Wed - Sept 10
I’ve been asked by the Bowling League to send this invitation:

All levels of players are welcome to join the Ventana Lakes Bowling League. Residents and friends can join a team or substitute when available. 
We bowl Wednesday mornings at 9 AM from October 8th to the end of April, at Brunswick Lanes on 59th Avenue, between Union Hills and Bell Road.  Our annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th at 11 AM at Lakeside (formerly the Card Room).
Call Lois Sims or Bill Kozlowski with questions. Hope to see you there!   

Wed - Sept 3
THE LINE DANCE LESSONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE LAKESIDE 12:30   sorry for the inconvenience.  There is a Board Meeting in the Yacht Club.   Thank you, Gale


Friday - Aug 29


as of August 29th

Tonight – Friday – is Karaoke night -  fun, fun, fun. You do not need to be a singer to enjoy    this event. Stop by the Yacht Club and have a great time.  Karaoke starts @ 6:30.  BYOB and snacks.  We supply water and ice.

     Saturday night  we have Rich Mancini with - Music  You  Remember - Rich Mancini has spent over 30 years entertaining audiences. His vast musical experience has developed him into a versatile performer and a professional entertainer. Rich’s talents include guitar, piano & vocals.  Above all else, Rich’s personality shines through as he has won over audiences nationwide. His love for music combined with his extensive experience creates a  complete entertainment package. Now Rich Mancini introduces his newest solo project - Music You Remember - This highlights music from all of the influences in his career. Music You Remember  features Rich performing classic hits by artists like The Beatles, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Jim Croce, Elvis, Sting  and an endless list of others.  Get your tickets now, we prefer that you buy your tickets at the office instead of at the door, so that we have the correct set up.  $6.00

     There will be NO  BINGO on Monday September 1st. – HAPPY LABOR DAY.

     Starting on September 3rd. Wednesday afternoons we welcome LINDA SCHMIDT, she will be  teaching beginner line dance class from 12:30 – 2:30 in the Yacht Club for only $4.00


      Ventana Lakes Social -  Saturday, September 6th.  If you haven’t been to one of our SOCIALS, for $3.00, it a great time.  Bill Jones and Bob Fincher have updated the music, you can also request your favorite tunes.  There is singing, dancing, trivia games w/prizes, conversing, just enjoying the evening with friends and neighbors.  The events is perfect for anyone single, everyone hangs out together. The snack bar will be open. BYOB

      Casino bus trip for September has been changed  -  We are now going to HARRAH’S Ak-Chin.


The bus picks us up at the Yacht Club at 9:30 a.m. and we leave the casino at 4:30.p.m.  You will receive a $10.00 free slot play credit put on your card and a $3.00 discount on a buffet.  If you are a new player, you will receive a $20.00 free slot play credit on your card and a FREE buffet.  Also they are having a “SPECIAL PROMOTION”.  At 3:00 the doors open to a room filled with FREE $10.00 GAS GIFT CARDs.  Anyone who can show their HARRAH”S CLUB CARD will receive one.  For all of you BINGO players, there will be 2 sessions - 11:30  &  2:30.

I know this is short notice but if you intend to make this trip you need to sign-up a.s.a.p. The last day to sign-up is September 10th.  Cost is $3.00 at the office.  Don’t forget your club card numbers.  Bus driver gratuities are included.



Fri - Aug 1
THE BUS GOING TO LAUGHLIN WILL BE PICKING UP AT 7:30 AT THE YACHT CLUB  If you want to play bingo on the bus – if you can please bring a dauber or crayon. Cost is $5.00

I hope to see you at the dance on Saturday night.  STARTS  AT 7:00 – THE SILVER KATS

Also, there is a F R E E  concert on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH  – ARIZONA’S OWN – 108TH ARMY BAND,  ARIZONA'S NATIONAL GUARD.  Donations will be accepted – please see all details on community flyers.


Casino del Sol  Luxury Overnight  Date: October 15-16, 2014  Price:  $99.00 p.p./double  $150.00  p.p./single  Description:

Travel  to Tucson to the luxurious four-diamond Casino del Sol Resort. Try your luck in the casino (you will receive $15 In free-play), enjoy a relaxing spa treatment and try the delicious food in one of the eight great restaurants. (on your own)

Day 1   - Depart the Valley and travel to Tucson. Visit the San Xavier del Bac Mission before checking Into this four- diamond Casino del Sol Resort.  This afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore the amenities of this luxurious property.

Day 2  -   Relax and enjoy this morning. There will be an optional side tour (additional cost) to Pima Air and Space Museum for anyone interested.    Then depart for home.

This Tour Includes: transportation, accommodations at the four-diamond Casino del Sol, and $15 in free play.   

Full payment must be made 30 days prior to trip  September 12th, Friday,3:00  Call Gale if you have any questions – 623-566-6001                                                                        


Mon - July 28
Hello everyone   -   I just want you to know about the V.L. happenings this week.  

Tomorrow is Tuesday, GAME NIGHT, if you plan to go and have dinner – please call or go to the office and sign up.  We will no longer be taking walk-ins for food.

Thursday the 31st. we will be going out to see this  movie around 4:45  -  call if you are interested.    It starts at 5:20

There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little, and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet -- until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart - to his family, to Leah, and to life itself,   RUN TIMe  94 min   -  MP(PG-13), for some sexual references and drug elements     -   GENRe   Comedy, Drama, Roman STARRING
Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli, David Aaron Baker, Austin Lysy, Barbara Vincent    

There have only been a handful of tickets sold for this event  -  please come down to the office and purchase your tickets now.

Classic Rock n Roll - Saturday – August 2nd
Dance will be  at the Yacht Club from 7:00 — 10:00.  Tickets are $7.00 at the office
.  They are a musical powerhouse with years of experience  specializing in Classic Rock Hits from the Sixties and beyond.
This multi-talented 5 piece cover band puts a fresh  spin on the legendary rock songs of yesteryear with high energy performance and crowd interaction.

F.Y.I   -  we will be having BEGINNER line dance lessons on WEDNESDAY afternoons starting SEPTEMBER  3rd.  More information to follow


Tue - July 15
There have been a few changes that you should know about:

1.   Dinner and movie night is cancelled for tonight 7/15/2014, due to lack of participation. We will try again next month. 

2.   The Decorating meeting on 7/24th is also cancelled.  We really appreciate the same 3 people who attend every month, but we’d like see more participation. Hopefully, after summer, we can get a few new volunteers to help them out.

3.  On 7/25 – KARAOKE  is still going strong.  You don’t have to sing, it is still a great way to meet people and have fun.  $2.00 at the door. Byob

4.  Game night is still a go on 7/29 – always a good time.  Sign up at the office.

5.  On  August 2nd.   SATURDAY   7/10  SILVER KATS BAND  - They are a musical powerhouse with years of experience specializing in Classic Rock Hits  from the Sixties and beyond.  This multi-talented 5 piece cover band puts a fresh  spin on the legendary rock songs of yesteryear with high  energy performance and crowd interaction    Classic Rock n Roll   $7.00 tickets at office     PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS SOON – WE HAVE ONLY SOLD 3 – I WOULD HATE TO CANCEL THIS EVENT.

6.  N E W  -  August 5th we will be having a FREE concert in the Yacht Club at 7:00.  “Arizona’s Own”  108th ARMY BAND, ARIZONA NATIONAL GUARD  -  no walk-ins  - you must sign up at the office. Donations will be accepted.  Please watch for our flyer which has all of the information about this event.  There will be a free will offering.

7.  Great News  -  We are still taking reservations for the RIVERSIDE CASINO in LAUGHLIN.  F.Y.I.  -  while we are there will be a  “TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND SHOW” called “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS”  Tickets price is $20.00 and show time is 8:00   August 6 & 7.  If you’re interested in going to the show, call the Riverside and reserve your seats now.  If you are interested in going on this trip, call the office.  We will also be stopping in Wickenburg for dinner.    If you would like a copy of the itinerary, I have them at the office.

8.  We will be having an ICE CREAM SOCIAL followed by a water volley ball game.  You do not have to participate in the water sport, but it is fun to watch. This will be held on August 17th at the Yacht Club,  6:00. Tickets are $1.00 at the office, please refrain from buying tickets at the door when we are serving any kind of food.  The signup sheet and tickets will be available on August 1st.

9.   If you don’t know RICH MANCINI, your missing out.  He will be performing here on August 30th.  His newest solo project is “MUSIC TO REMEMBER”  features Rich performing classic hits by artists like The Beatles, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Jim Croce, Elvis, Sting   and an endless list of others  Tickets  sold at the office  $6.00

10.Just so you can do a little planning ;   this is a preview of some of our scheduled events.




07   -   VENDORS DAY
17   -  ALGODONAS MEXICO BUS TRIP (meds, glasses, shopping)


14 & 15  -  GARAGE SALE


06  -  V.L.  CRAFT SHOW
20  -   DANCE W/???

When we have events that require you to get tickets  -  please  get them in advance  -   the room is set up according to how many tickets we sell.    Also when we are ordering groceries for dinner, we buy enough for the amount of tickets we sold.  So, please, if you intend to have the meal, buy your tickets in advance so we can be sure we have enough for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation.  We all appreciate it.


Thur - July 10
The Kort Kurdi Line Dance classes have been cancelled until further notice. Mr. Kurdi just notified of this earlier this afternoon. We were very surprised by his decision to cancel these classes and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. At such time as we are able, we will resume these classes.

Special Guests will be available at the Ventana Lakes Social, this Saturday July 12. Please consider joining in on this fun event.


Tues - July 8
It is necessary to cancel the Low Impact Aerobics class scheduled for tomorrow, due to the Board Workshop and Special Meetings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Thur - June 12
We regret to inform you that the Line Dance Party scheduled for tonight was just cancelled by the instructor, due to illness.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Tues - June 10
Please consider attending the Ventana Lakes Social on Saturday, June 14 at 6pm in the Yacht Club. Organized by Resident Bill Jones and ECC Gale O’Leary, this should be a fun, inexpensive way to spend an evening, keep cool, and meet some new friends. Bill put together a Q&A on this event, pasted below.

Please consider joining us! Ventana Lake Social 

Q. Is this a dance?
A. No, this is a fun, group sing along event.  However, dancing is encouraged for those who love to dance.

Q. Why should I go?
A.  This event is a great place to socialize with others in an environment that encourages you to engage with others. Couples, singles, groups, everyone is welcome.

Q. Isn’t this Karaoke?
A.  Not really.  There is a twist to this event.  Although the words to most songs will be displayed on the big-screen TV, singing is not by an individual, the whole group sings if they want to.  You can sing out loud with the group or just sing or hum along to the tune.  It really is designed to be fun.

Q. Can I invite friends that are not Ventana Lakes residents?
A. Absolutely—the more, the merrier!

Q. Will we be able to request songs that we love?
A.  Requests are encouraged.  If we have the tune with words, we will use that.  If we have the tune without words, we’ll play that.  If we don’t have it, perhaps by the next social, we will.

Q.  How often are specific dance songs played, for example, a line dance?
A.  Specific dance tunes are played periodically during the event.  That may be a line dance, a polka, or fun things such as the Chicken Dance or Hokey-Pokey.

Q.  What other fun things will happen?
A.  There will always be surprises.  Perhaps some trivia---ya’ never know.

Q.  Is this a BYOB event?
A.  Yes it is.  Remember to follow the current rules for bringing alcohol.  As an FYI, in July (not sure of the date), the rules will change to allow more alcohol per person as well as the addition of hard liquor allowance per person.  Stay tuned to announcements from the Management Office.  And don’t forget your snacks----you can even bring enough snacks to share with others.  The theme of this event is FUN.


Fri - June 6
Ahhhhh, sweet, sweet Friday … literally! When we found out it was National Donut Day, how could we resist? Thanks to all of you who joined us for donuts and coffee this morning. It was nice chatting with you and fun to indulge in some sugary goodness!

St. Mary’s Food Bank sent us a wonderful Certificate of Appreciation for participating in their first annual “Snow Bird Food Drive”. Many thanks to those who participated; you donated three 30 gallon containers full of food to help eliminate hunger in the Phoenix area. When it comes to giving to those in need, Sun Village ROCKS!

Speaking of giving back … our May Bike Drive has come to an end and we collected a total of 14 bikes! St. Vincent de Paul stopped by to get the first batch and the rest are sitting in the Activity Office awaiting pick-up next week. We had so many bikes we had to schedule two pick-ups! We thank you on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul and those who will benefit from your generous donations.

Volunteer to make, serve and cleanup for those who have a sick child in the hospital for treatment. The dinner meal is our opportunity to cook for them and provide a hot, homemade meal. Our chosen date is Wednesday, July 16, 2014. If you are interested in hearing more about this volunteer event, please come to a planning meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in the Resident's Lounge at 10 am. We will discuss our menu, carpooling, time constraints and any other questions you may have. If you already know you want to volunteer, please sign up in the Activity Office.

No, we aren’t vampires … the American Red Cross wants your blood that is. You can help save lives by donating blood and you won’t even have to leave the Village. Your appointment will only take about an hour and the actual blood donation time is only about 7-10 minutes. Join us on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in the MPR. You can schedule your appointment at or call 1-800-733-2767.

Only 1 seat left on the Wrigley Mansion Lunch Tour and 9 seats left for the Diamondbacks vs. Cubs game. Don’t miss out on these and the other fun-filled day trips this summer … seats are selling fast. Hurry on over to the Activity Office to sign up. Be on the lookout for information on upcoming outings to the Butterfly Wonderland and Verde Canyon Railway!

Join us for a special tour of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute on Monday, August 25, 2014. You will be treated to a light Continental Breakfast and afterward, half the group will hear one of the research doctors tell about the work being done on Parkinson’s and/or Alzheimer’s and heart studies. The other half will go to the Pathology Lab to see heart and brain examples of what happens in our bodies when afflicted with one of these diseases … groups will then switch. Sign up for the tour in the Activity Office. Tour space is limited to 40 people. We will meet in the Rec Center Lobby at 8:30am for carpooling to the Institute. Come explore with us!

Summer Special – ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKES on Wednesdays from 7:00AM- 10:00AM for only $3.99!

Karaoke every Tuesday night from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Join us for Poker on Saturdays from 11:00AM-2:00PM

Summer Hours:
Mondays - closed
Tuesday - Friday-7AM-8PM
Saturday - 7AM-2PM
Sunday - 8AM-2PM

Well, that's all for now. Treat yourself to something fun this weekend ... you deserve it!  I will be glued to the TV cheering on California Chrome to win the Triple Crown and you can find me at the Phoenix Comicon (Comic Convention) on Sunday. Being the only female in my household, I get a lot of exposure to Star Wars, Batman, Spiderman, Godzilla, and the like. Gone are the days of the 12¢ Archie comic books but it should be fun nonetheless. If you make it over there, look for me…I’ll be the only one NOT wearing a cape. Cheers to a marvelous weekend and DFTBA!

DFTBA means … wait a minute ... you should already know if you read my emails. LOL


Tues - June 3

June -The Ventana Lakes Social  has been changed to JUNE 14th   -  Saturday

Mazatzal Casino has changed our date 1 week -  JUNE  26th – Thursday

Decoration meeting on JUNE 26th has been cancelled  -  anyone who would like take down decorations and help decorate for the 4th of JULY -  Please come to the Yacht Club at  2:00pm on Thursday, July 3 (the day before).

There is still time to sign up for the cooking class being held on Saturday,  June 7.     

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July -  Game night on has been changed to JULY 22ND.

Decorators meeting is cancelled on July 24th.

There will be an overnight CASINO trip in July – I am waiting for confirmation.


Please see below, an invitation from VLPOA Garden Club.

Is your ‘green’ thumb a little black in this Arizona climate?  The Ventana Lakes Garden Club may have the remedy.  

They are hosting a FREE Q&A get together at The Landings (former Recreation Center), Thurs. June 5 at 1pm, featuring the owner of Linden Tree Nursery.  All residents are welcome to join us for an informative afternoon & some light refreshments. If you have any questions, please call Garden Club member Jan Borden.


Wed - May 28
First, I want to thank the many people who helped to make MEMORIAL DAY a success. I could not have done it without you, and I truly appreciate everything you do. Thank you.  Gale


Hi everyone  -  I know the seasonal people have pretty much gone, but where are the rest of you?   The pot roast dinner and movie held last night had 5 people signed up and the Summer party at the Landings also has 5.  It takes a lot of time and work to put these events together. Some of our events are free, but it still takes a crew to get it ready.  And other events cost money, if we don’t have enough people buying tickets, then I can’t pay them. We could really have a fun time this summer, we just need a little participation.  There are many things going on now for singles, new residents, and anyone else who wants to meet new people.  I hope I see you at the upcoming activities.


J u n e


JUNE 7th,  SATURDAY  at the YACHT CLUB KITCHEN,  from  10:00  and  the cost is $20.00
This will include a demonstration, recipes to take home, all of the ingredients to make and take home some tortillas and enchiladas. Attendees are to bring: 3 small bowls,  2 small serving spoons an apron.    Limit of 20 people   -   Sign up at the office



JUNE 14th, SATURDAY    FROM 6:00—10:00 YACHT CLUB     This is a perfect event for singles and our new residents.  It is very casual.  Bill Jones (a resident) will be playing a few C.D.s that he made for this night.  You can sing-a-long, you can sing karaoke, you can dance, you can eat (we sell soup, salad and sandwich) or you can just sit there and take it all in or you can socialize.  It’s up to you. It’s really up to you, do what you want, just get out of the house and come on down. The café will stop serving food at  7:00 p.m.  This EVENT is held, hosted and created by Ventana  Lakes Residents. Please get your Tickets  for $3.00 at the office .  


 Are you interested in Genealogy?

Do you want to find out how to 

research your ancestry?

How do you start? Where do you start?

Want to learn more?

To answer these or any questions the Learning Center  will have a speaker from the - West Valley Genealogical Society

Tuesday, June 10th  at 1:00 pm at the Yacht Club

To sign up or for more information contact:

Charlie Mannino at

or call the Ventana Lakes Community office 623-566-6001 to reserve a place.



  Join Kort on the dance floor for a wonderful evening of fun and easy line dances everyone can enjoy!  Kort will do a walk-through of each dance, call the steps and dance along with us! ! 



JUNE  19th, THURSDAY   -     BUS pick up at 8:00 a.m. @ Yacht Club     -     DEPARTURE  from CASINO at 3PM     Our group will receive 2x points on their players  club cards and there is a $1.99  hot dog & chips  lunch  special .  New members will receive $10.00 in MAZ CASH . Bingo starts at 10:45.   A  current photo ID is required to collect jackpots,  to redeem Player’s Club benefits, change PIN numbers, replace a lost card etc….




June 21st.

Saturday  at the Yacht Club


 This Versatile duo is made up of two accomplished musicians who after years of performing in Arizona in some of the premier bands and clubs have in a short time won over a wide audience,   and have been penned Surprise Arizona’s favorite party duo. With Tom on lead and acoustic guitar, Jerry on drums and percussion, this dynamic duo with share lead and harmony vocals perform the best in classic rock, country, blues, pop and any  other musical genre the audience shouts out.  With emphasis on crowd participation, they draw their audience in.  The combination of Tom and Jerry’s harmony, vocals and musicianship gives the duo the big sound that has become a  stable at Tom and Jerry’s show.

 You can get your tickets at the   office for $6.00.  byob, we will supply your ice. 


Tue - May 20
Hi everyone,  Just a few reminders and changes,

CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO AS A GROUP TO HAWKINS THEATER ON THURSDAY – MAY 22nd.  TO THE 5:00 SHOW.   THE TICKETS ARE $6.50 AND I WILL GO AND PICK THEM UP ON WEDNESDAY.  Get your friends and neighbors and we can car pool.  The original plan was to go to AMC but their schedule doesn’t come out until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.   Thanks 

Million Dollar Arm ‎2hr 4min‎‎ - Rated PG‎‎ - Drama‎
Director: Craig Gillespie - Cast: Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi
In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitcher. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." He discovers Dinesh and Rinku, two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball - JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) - learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

TUESDAY,   MAY  27th    -    DINNER & MOVIE  -  door open at 5:00   Sign up at the office, cost is $1.00 for movie and dinner is POT ROAST w/DESSERT & BEVERAGE FOR $7.00  this documentary is about “FIVE PEOPLE WHO FASCINATED US”  AND  “FIVER WORLD WAR II LEADERS” 

And on the 31st.  we are having A PARTY AT THE LANDINGS.   Sign up at the office -  it is a pot luck dinner and we will be having music and playing games.  You have to sign up so that I know the count and I know what you are bringing. It is going to be lots of fun, so mark it on your calendar.  Just a warning, I might need some help with some of  the games.  Also there will be games played for $$$. Ex:  bingo & horse races.   See you there!

There are only 2 people who have signed up for this event  -   if we don’t have at least 25  people, I will have to cancel.

I would like to install a few c.d.’s on my computer and pick out the songs I like and burn them to a new c.d. Then I can delete the songs that I don’t want.  If anyone can help me out  -  I’m having a hard time – I need a lesson.  So, please call me if you have the patience and the knowledge to teach me. I would really appreciate it.

Thank you – call me if you have any questions,  Gale


Wed - May 14
Please sign up for our MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM.  It will be held at the Y.C. at 9:30 a.m.  You can call to sign up.

There will be no LINE DANCE CLASS because of our MEMORIAL DAY program  

Don’t forget about V.L. SOCIAL on SATURDAY, MAY 17th

On MONDAY  MAY 19th – it’s B I N G O  time.  The snack bar closes right after the break.

GAME NIGHT is on the 20th of MAY,  TUESDAY – sign up for only $1.00   -   pizza and salad and more is for sale at the snack bar.  If you would like to teach the group a game, bring it along.   Doors open at 5:00

On the 22nd,  we will be off to the AMC  Theater  -  the movies for that week haven’t come out yet.  I will keep you posted.

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM   -   MAY 26th   -   9:30

TUESDAY,   MAY  27th    -    DINNER & MOVIE  -  door open at 5:00   Sign up at the office, cost is $1.00 for movie and dinner is POT ROAST w/DESSERT & BEVERAGE

KARAOKE on  FRIDAY  the 30th  -   from 6:30 – 10:00    $2.00 at the door.

And on the 31st.  we are having A PARTY AT THE LANDINGS.   Sign up at the office -  it is a pot luck dinner and we will be having music and playing games.  You have to sign up so that I know the count and I know what you are bringing. It is going to be lots of fun, so mark it on your calendar.  Just a warning, I might need some help with some of  the games.  Also there will be games played for $$$. Ex:  bingo & horse races.   See you there!

Well, that is it for May.   I will be in touch.


Wed - May 7
Hello everyone – I hope your all doing well.  I just had a few updates and questions for you. 

TIME  CHANGE - The CLIFF CASTLE CASINO pick up  and drop off time has moved back a ½ hour.   The pick-up time now is 8:30 at the Yacht Club and we will be leaving the Casino at 3:30. 

If you’re interested in making a few phone calls setting up volunteers for our events, call me and we can set that up.

The Ventana Lakes Water Volleyball Group is now playing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 at the Yacht Club Pool. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary, we will train. 

I need someone to cut pieces of ribbon  7 inches long for something that I am making for our  MEMORIAL DAY  event.  You can pick up the ribbon and bring it home with you. Please call or come down to the office.

The June trip to the MAZATZAL CASINO is now giving everyone on the bus $10.00 play money.

If you would like to help me and volunteer to put up our monthly EVENT FLYERS in the LANDINGS, please call the office.

Don’t forget about our LINE DANCE PARTY on THURSDAY, you pay just $5.00 at the door.  Great exercise.

Have you gotten your tickets yet for MOTHERS DAY PARTY?  It’s this Saturday and the BREEZE is playing.

Next week I will have the name of MOVIE that we are going to see at A.M.C. arrowhead, so watch for that.

Thank you for all of your help and I hope to see you at the next event.


Mon - May 5
For Thursday, May 15, the evening water aerobics class is cancelled, due to the Ventana Commons Meeting. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

All owners are welcome and encouraged to attend the Community Meeting at the Yacht Club at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 15. Representatives for the City of Peoria and representatives for the Developer of the proposed community at the southwest corner of Beardsley and 107th Ave. will be available to answer your questions.

Co-Ed Water volleyball has begun their summer schedule. They will now play at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Yacht Club. All are welcome to join in.


Fri - Apr 25
Hi everyone  - I just wanted to give you a look at a few updates and reminders:

If you didn’t make the event last night – you missed a really a fun evening.

Friday, the 25th at 6:00,  it’s Karaoke time again.  Grab a friend, your snacks and don’t forget -byob 

On Saturday night the 26th, our entertainer is ‘JARED HOWE’ performing songs from Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Everly Brothers and a whole bunch of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, R & B, Country, Classic Rock & Blues.  7:00 to 10:00 pm in our Yacht Club. Tickets are $7.00, you can get them at the office. The snack bar will be open and you can BYOB. Take a trip back in time.

 On Monday Morning we have now started with beginner line dance lessons 10:00 – 11:00 and Upper beginners at 11:00 – 12:00    with Kort Kurdi   -   classes are $5.00 per person per class

On Tuesday,29th ,night at 5:00 we will be selling soft and hard shell Taco’s at GAME NIGHT -  we will be introduced to a new game, Canadian rummy.

And on Wednesday, the 30th is our CASINO TRIP   to FORT McDOWELL

Events do change from time to time and this is the only way for me to communicate with you.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Great things are happening – please support your community – without you it doesn’t work.


Mon - Apr 21
Line Dance Lessons scheduled for 10am this morning at the Yacht Club has, unfortunately, been cancelled. The Vendor, Kort Kurdi, contacted us this morning to advise he will be unable to hold class today, due to a civic commitment.

We regret any inconvenience this causes you.

- - - - -

So sorry – MOVIE NIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR APRIL 22nd, Tuesday, tomorrow.  We have only received 3 people who were interested, but we are going to try it one more time.   We have rescheduled our night for June 24th.  Please see the attachment.

To my volunteers – I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Also,  This Wednesday night we have BOBBY FREEMAN / ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ORGANIST/MUSICAL MASCOT.  There have only been 6 tickets sold. Have you ever been to one of his events?  It is awesome.  Please don’t make me cancel this event too. Tickets will be on sale until 4:00 on Wed.  try to put this event on your calendar.


Thur - Apr 17
Hi everyone  - I just wanted to give you a look at a few updates and reminders:

On April 22, Tuesday our Dinner & Movie will be very different this month.  Big changes have been made, PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT

Tonight – you can still buy tickets at the door for the WEST VALLEY WIND ENSEMBLE  -   see attachment   $5.00 and a non-perishable item for the food bank.

 On Monday Morning we have now started with beginner line dance lessons 10:00 – 11:00 and Upper beginners at 11:00 – 12:00    with Kort Kurdi   -   classes are $5.00 per person per class

I hope you could open the attachments, events do change from time to time and this is the only way for me to communicate with you.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Great things are happening – please support your community – without you it doesn’t work.

See you there


Fri - Apr 4
Monday, 04/07
Beginner Line dance lessons  10am/ YC/ $5
Bingo 6pm/ YC/ $3

Thursday, 04/10
Seminar – “5 things keeping you up at night” 9am/YC/ free
Line Dance Party – 6pm/ YC/ $5

Friday and Saturday 04/11-04/12
Community Garage Sale 8am-2pm


Wed - Apr 2
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, please do so now. This is a fundraiser and one of our residents is Mrs. Bickerson.

The Bickersons scene will be performed on Saturday, April 5th in our Yacht Club along with an ICE CREAM SOCIAL. The time is 7:00 pm and you can purchase your $5.00 tickets at the Management Office. The actors are donating their proceeds to our kitchen to purchase a NEW BUNN COFFEE BREWER, which is much needed, since ours broke 2 weeks ago. A HUGE THANK YOU to them, and I’m sure you will appreciate it too. Please come and enjoy this evening and bring a friend. Don Ameche & Frances Langford as John and Blanche Bickerson

The Bickersons was a radio comedy sketch series that began in 1946 on NBC, moving the following year to CBS where it continued until 1951. The show's married protagonists, portrayed by Don Ameche and Frances Langford, spent nearly all their time together in relentless verbal war.