Season 2018-2019 Newsletter

Our “Premier Show” will be on January 24th. .Showtune Productions brings the fabulous show “Boogie Fever” to our Resort featuring all the great songs of the 1970’s with exciting singers and dancers, colorful costumes and a live band performing such greats as Dancing Queen, Play That Funky Music, I’ll Be There, Superstition, The Hustle, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Last Dance, Disco Inferno, Stayin’ Alive, We Are Family, Kung Fu Fighting and so many more!  To add to the overall fun of this evening, dress in your favorite 70’s attire, optional!   

Our “Premier Dinner and Show” by Tia’s Royal Islanders will be on February 21st with a catered Hawaiian Luau Dinner followed by a Polynesian Show.  Enjoy a catered buffet style Hawaiian dinner of Kalua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Rice, Hawaiian Coleslaw, Tropical Fruit Salad, Dinner Rolls, and beverages. Afterwards, The Royal Islanders present a breathtaking performance that is the highlight of every Hawaiian luau.  Tia’s reputation is known for giving audiences an EXCITING Polynesian Revue with the beautiful hula dancers and authentic fire knife dancers which are sure to be a crowd favorite.  Enjoy the beat of the festive Polynesian music and beautiful Hula dancers that take you on a journey of all the Islands, Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, and New Zealand.   To add to the overall fun of this event, dress in your favorite Polynesian attire, optional! 

Get ready for touring and sightseeing with the exciting trips and tours.  Be sure to read over the “Trips & Tours” information included in your newsletter.  Don’t miss out on these great events.

Our Rock Hound Club invites you to learn how to create something unique from Mother Nature’s gift of rock in the Lapidary Shop. First-timers can create their own special piece in just a few hours, even if you are someone who has never been around any type of mechanical equipment.  Imagination is the only limitation to what you can create.  Monitors are available to guide you through the simple process.  The shop has the capability to cut rocks up to 11” in diameter; bring a favorite rock and find out what treasures lay inside it.  

We are looking forward to another season of fun and exercise at the pickleball courts. Plans for the coming season include instruction and on-court practice sessions for beginners and those who would like to improve their game.  Focus will be on rules, scoring, basic strategies and above all else – safety.  Play pickleball anytime, paddles and balls are provided at the courts.  Only registered guests may use the courts and for safety purposes players must wear proper “Court” shoes.                         

Our Rough Riders are an off-road group that goes out Fridays from November through March.  They look forward to the challenge of the trails, enjoying the scenery, exploring old mines and looking for wildlife and wildflowers.  A high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle with off-road aggressive tires and a CB is required.  

Over the six years of Bibles studies at the Resort, we have studied the Word and how it relates to our everyday life, shared our faith stories and supported one another while we counted our many blessings.  One of those blessings is to discover and utilize the gifts we are given.  

Our Library is an attractive and comfortable place to spend time reading or watching TV.  There are hundreds of well-organized fiction books available to check out. You will also find non-fiction books, talking books, magazines and movie DVD’s to enjoy during your stay. The library is always open and ready for you to come and make yourself at home. 

The Queen Valley RV Resort Computer Club endeavors to help its members to fully utilize their electronic devices.  Computer Labs will be held two Tuesday’s per month and will focus on a one-on-one basis with Computer Lab volunteers on hand at each meeting to offer assistance with Mac’s and PC’s, Apple & Android tablets, and smart phones.  The purpose of our Computer Labs is to focus on computer device-related questions and problem solving, as well as focused attention on your areas of interest such as computer operating systems, email programs, internet browsers, photo programs, computer security, Facebook, iTunes, cloud storage, tablet and phone apps, to name a few.  In between our twice monthly Computer Labs, Club Coordinators will assist Members to find one-on-one help with their electronic device-related questions.  So bring your electronic gear to the Resort this season and plan to have fun learning about all they can do for you!  

Our residents are involved in a homeless Veterans project and greatly appreciate the support from our Resort residents. There are over 3000 homeless Veterans in Pinal County. Most of them suffer from PTSD and do not trust the government and thus do not get their disability help or benefits. Some actually live in the desert in bunkers or dug outs.  Some have families, even children. If you would like to donate items for the homeless Veterans, the following items are needed: tooth brushes, tooth paste, wash cloths, bars of soap, shampoo, combs, lotions, nail clippers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and notebooks.  Tooth paste, soap, shampoo, and lotion should all be regular size products. These items can be purchased for less than $10.00. Also needed are donations of sleeping bags, duffle bags, back packs, new or used pillowcases, underwear (new or used), socks, t-shirts, warm gloves, stocking caps, men’s shoes, warm jackets, sweat shirts, warm shirts, towels, or blankets.    If you are cleaning out closets this summer, going to yard sales, or run across sales while shopping, keep these items in mind for the Veterans.   If you sew, you might like to make a tote bag by sewing two pillowcases together with a drawstring.  The tote bags are used to put the items in that are donated for the Veterans. Due to the generous response of our Queen Valley residents, 160 bags were distributed for the 2018 Season and the goal is to do more for 2019.  With donated monies we provide these extras:  apples, candy canes, peanuts, assorted candies, popcorn balls, candied pretzels, sardines, and Vienna sausages.    

A project for the Veterans that started last season was crocheted sleeping mats that are a new and exciting donation for the Veterans.  The mats measure 3’x 5’ in size and require approximately 600 grocery bags per mat.  The project will continue in the coming season so start saving plastic grocery bags (the colored ones are especially nice) and bring them with you.  Volunteers meet on a regular basis to make the mats.   

Remember, these Veterans served for us now let’s try to let them know we have not forgotten them. 

The Queen Valley Fire Department will be offering CPR and AED classes in November and February. These classes will be refresher and not for certification.  There will be a small fee for the class to help the Queen Valley Fire Department with costs.     Please let the Resort Office know if you are interested in attending the refresher or prefer a CPR class to be certified so we can assist the Fire Department in their planning.  The class for certification will require more class time and a written test. A minimum of ten people will be required for each class. 

“Karaoke Nights” will start in November and continue throughout the season.  There are many songs from every genre from which to choose; so, get ready for fun, and laughter, too!  You can be a “Star” as you sing your favorite songs. Join in, or just have fun watching.   

Have fun sewing with “Material Girls”, every first and third Monday starting in January.  To participate bring a sewing machine (in good working order), cutting mat, pins, scissors, etc.  The first project will be inside/outside placemats with new projects throughout the season.   

“Hummingbird Wine Glass Painting Classes” will start in January.  Make two beautiful hummingbird painted wine glasses with instruction, pattern, and all supplies provided.  Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love joy, and celebration.  The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.  

The Queen Valley Golf Association invites everyone to play golf at the Queen Valley Golf Course this coming season.  The Golf Association leaves one-third of all available tee times for non-members.   The best days to play are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Members and non-members can join the Men’s and Ladies’ Golf Leagues. Contact the Queen Valley Pro Shop for pricing for the Leagues. Men can play any Tuesday morning without having to get a tee time.  The women have two leagues: the 18-hole league plays on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and the 9-hole league plays on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. All non-members in the leagues play at the guest rate discount.  If you would like additional information as a regular or associate member, check with the Queen Valley Pro Shop at 520-463-2214.  

Hurry back to join us for our “Halloween Harvest Fest Party & Dance” on October 31st. You will be entertained with a variety of music that will have everyone up dancing and having fun!  Dress in your favorite “Harvest Fest” or “Halloween” costume, optional! 

The first Weekly Coffee Social will be Monday, November 12th.   Weekly Coffee Socials are held every Monday during the season  featuring informative coffee sponsors, delicious donuts, and a general “meet and greet” of old and new friends.   

On November 12th, celebrate and honor our Queen Valley RV Resort Veterans who have served their country at our Veterans Day Program at 2:00 p.m. in our Activity Hall.  Show your patriotism by wearing your military or patriotic colors.  A great big “Thank You” to all of you that have served, be it Canada or the USA.

Holiday potluck dinners are held on Thanksgiving and Christmas with the Resort providing the meat.  Bring your favorite recipe to make a side dish for these festive holiday dinners.  

Get into the Holiday spirit by helping to decorate our Activity Hall and Christmas trees at our annual “Tree Trimming Party” on Thursday, November 29th.  Bring an ornament from your home State/Province or from your summer travels to place on our tree.  Your name/names will be put on the ornaments before placing on the tree and will become part of the Resort’s decorations for years to come.

 The “Annual Children’s Christmas Party” for the children in Queen Valley will be held on Saturday, December 8th in our Activity Hall.  Be part of the only Christmas that some community children will have by donating to and participating in our annual Children’s Christmas Party.  Our event combines games, Christmas cookies and other treats, crafts, gift bags, and pictures with the best Santa and Mrs. Claus imaginable.  All of the goodies are prepared and the crafts and games are manned by Queen Valley RV Resort volunteers.  The funding and gifts come solely from our residents.  In 2017 eighty-four children and their parents, grandparents, and other family members attended.  This is truly one of the highlights of December, not only for the children but also for our donors and volunteers. 

If you will be returning before the Children’s Christmas Party, we would appreciate donations of toys that are new and non-gender specific.  Books for little children are acceptable but it is hard to predict the interest of older ones.  Stuffed animals are always a treat for the young ones.  As a guideline for ages of children that attended this past year, twenty-six were 3 years of age or under, twelve were 4-6 years of age, fourteen were 7-10 years old, nineteen were from 11-14, and thirteen were 15 and older.  Our children of previous years are growing up and new little ones are arriving.  If you would like to contribute but will not be in the Resort until after December, you may send a check to the Resort Office to the attention of Terry Sullivan made payable to Children’s Christmas Party. Thank you for your past and future support of this incredible annual event for our community children. 

The Children’s Christmas Party Fishing Pond activity was a huge success last year at the party and will be continued this year.  If you have good used match box toys, small toys, books, or small children’s items in clean condition, (no clothes) they would be greatly appreciated to use in the Fishing Pond. 

Tour the Resort and the Community of Queen Valley and experience the festive lights and decorations at our annual “Christmas Parade” on December 13th riding on our wagons, your decorated ATVs, or golf carts.  Participate in creating a festive atmosphere for the Resort this Christmas Season by “Decorating Your Winter Home for the Holidays” in December.   

Sip some wine; munch on a few hors d’oeuvres.  What could be more fun?  Enjoying the “Sip ‘n Swap Wine Tasting Party” on January 27th with your closest Resort friends!  It’s a marvelous time to share your favorite wines from home and show off your State/Province with table displays.  Just bring two identical bottles of wine from your home State/Province (if possible), flags, posters, and trinkets from your State/Province.   To add to the overall fun, wear attire from your home State/Province; for instance, a t-shirt, sports attire, or hat.  

Create your own stained-glass masterpiece at our Glass Crafters workshops held weekly throughout the season.   The “Glass Crafters Breakfast” will be held February 2nd.  

On February 3rd, the “Superbowl Scramble Golf Tournament” will be held at the Queen Valley Golf Course followed by lunch and prizes in our Activity Hall.  

A new band this season, “Ricky and The Radios” will be entertaining you on February 7th with classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.  “Ricky and The Radios” are an accomplished four piece rock and variety band that knows how to bring out the energy in a crowd and pull out all the stops with your favorite songs. So, put your dancing shoes on and enjoy music from the Beatles, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, The Drifters, The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Bill Haley & The Comets, the Eagles, the McCoys, Santana, Billy Joel, and more! 

On Monday, February 18th, there will be an “Essential Oils Educational Seminar” in the Activity Hall following our weekly coffee. Essential oils are chemical compounds extracted from plants grown in their native environments from around the world. Pharmacist Donette Johnson and Wellness Advocate Heather Herman will be teaching a one hour seminar on how to safely and effectively use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils to help the body function at its optimal level. They will come prepared to listen to your health concerns and provide education regarding which oils would be most beneficial to you. Sinus support, respiratory support, support for seasonal threats, sleep support, digestive support, thyroid function support, and support for pain management are just a few examples. 

Already using doTERRA essential oils?  Join us for a 200 level class! Pharmacist Donette Johnson and Wellness Advocate Heather Herman will introduce the concepts and protocols of Boyd Truman’s “Symphony of the Cells” material. This method of topically applying the oils is meant to help support physical and emotional healing.  Each of the 16 protocols focuses on a specific body system and/or area of the body allowing for the targeting of the symptoms and underlying causes of many ailments and illnesses. If you want to “take it up a notch” with your oil usage and results, this is the class for you! The protocols are quick and easy and can be applied to you. 

Saturday, February 9th is our “34th Annual Craft Fair”, and an opportunity for you to make and sell your handcrafted items.  Reserve your table/space early in the season to make sure you get an inside table.  Reservation fees for tables can be paid when you return for the season.                                                                                            

Be sure to put “Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration”, on your calendar March 5th for Carnival merriment at the Queen Valley RV Resort.  Get your beads, masks, and costumes ready for an afternoon/evening of fun and partying.  The Mardi Gras parade will kick off the celebration, with festivities followed by a dance.    

March 13th is the “15th Annual ATV Poker Run”.  Join your friends and neighbors for an ATV ride through the desert stopping along the way to pick up your cards.  After the ride, meet back at our pool area for hamburgers, veggie burgers, or hot dogs, chips, and beverages.  Prizes will be awarded for the best poker hands.    

This season’s “Spring Fling”Resident Appreciation Party” will be March 14th.  Back by popular request is “The Boomer Band”, one of Arizona’s classic rock/variety bands.  You will hear some of the best songs that defined a generation.  Enjoy the hits from the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Cheap Trick, CCR, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynryd. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, SRV, Johnny Cash, and much, much more! 

The “Annual Resort Patio Sale” will be on March 16th.  A great way to sell your gently used or unwanted treasures!

Join Resort friends on March 20th for an evening “Full Moon ATV Ride” in the desert surrounding Queen Valley to Hot Dog Hill, a popular destination known in Queen Valley.  Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire while enjoying a great evening of fun, friendship, conversation, and watching the beautiful Arizona “sunset and rising moon” with your Resort friends. 

March 21st is our “Hobo Soup Dinner & Street Dance”.  Enjoy lots of fabulous food and great music.

Bring your favorite brunch recipe for our “Springtime Potluck Brunch”, March 25th.

  The following classes and activities will be offered this upcoming season: 

  • Open Cards every Tuesday night starting in December. 
  • Line Dance Classes for beginners and intermediate levels.
  • Get fit fast with “Walk Fit”, formerly “Walk Strong” that meets Tuesday through Saturday mornings in our Activity Hall starting in November. 
  • Our Trap Shoot Club will start up mid-November.
  • Yoga classes are held twice a week. The advantages of practicing Yoga include better flexibility, physical and mental strength, energy, and overall wellness. Classes are held Tuesday and Friday mornings. 
  • The Hiking Club has weekly hikes every Wednesday.
  • In addition to our Hiking Club “Malcolm’s Hikes” go out two or three times a week exploring new “off trail” hikes and old favorites.
  • If you own and play a musical instrument be sure to bring it along for our Jam Sessions. Jam Sessions are open to everyone to attend and are an evening of great music and fun for all Resort residents.
  • Happy Crafters meet on Tuesday mornings. If you would be willing to share your talents by teaching a craft, please bring ideas/patterns/items with you.
  • Bi-Monthly Movie nights are held January through March. Join your friends to catch up on current movies you might have missed over the last few years.    
  • Additional activities include Aquasize, ATV Riders Groups, Adopt-A-Highway, Bible Study, Bingo, Bridge, Card Bingo, Card Games, Computer Labs, Craft Classes, Cribbage, Golf, Mah-Jongg, Weekly Men’s Breakfast at a local restaurant, Monthly Ladies Luncheons at area restaurants, Pickleball, Rock Hound Club and Lapidary, Rough Riders, Shuffleboard, and Zumba.   

Mark your calendar for the following events in the

Community of Queen Valley open to Resort residents: 

  • November 17 Homeowners Dance, music by “Three Window Coupe”
  • December 1 Homeowners Annual Craft Sale  
  • December 8 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast
  • December 31 New Year’s Eve Party & Dance at the Homeowners Hall                                                                                      
  • January 19 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Bake Sale & Rummage Sale  
  • January 20 Homeowners Dance, music by “Rick Roloff, Rick’s Best of Everything”
  • January 26 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Annual Custom Cars & Bike Show
  • February 4 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Soup & Salad Dinner
  • February 16 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Walk-a-Thon
  • February 16 Homeowners Dance, music by “Jerry & Judy”
  • March 2 Queen Valley Community Quilt Show 
  • March 9 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary 29th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • March 23 Homeowners Dance, music by “Exit 40 Band”
  • April 1 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner

Internet providers that service our area are Mediacom, Verizon, and Century Link. Mediacom offers cable TV, phone, and internet packages. Mediacom recommends you contact them three weeks in advance of your arrival to make an appointment for  installation by calling 1-855-633-4226. You will need to be in the Resort the day the installation is scheduled. Mediacom offers their packages on a month-to-month basis with no contract required. Contact Verizon at 800-837-4966 and Century Link at 800-244-1111.                                             

              

                                                                                           Bernie & Lorene

                                                                              Bernie & Lorene Branch, Managers