Season 2020-2021 Newsletter

Dear Resort Guests,

We have many wonderful programs, activities, and events planned for the upcoming season and, if necessary, we may need to revise them for the safety and welfare of all of our guests.  Some of our planned activities may have a later start-up date.  On a very positive note, Arizona and Pinal County, in which Queen Valley is located, have been experiencing a decline in the number of Covid cases.  As you know, we are a small park, located in an isolated area away from larger cities and our location is considered to be a safe environment. With the rural setting of our Resort, everyone is able to enjoy all of the outdoor activities our community offers. Going into this season, we will comply with the CDC Guidelines as well as our Arizona Governor Guidelines and find innovative ways to make your stay at Queen Valley RV Resort fun and enjoyable!   

Our first “Premier Event” will be a fantastic Show “Mogollon” on Thursday, January 21, 2021.  Mogollon (pronounced Mug-e-on) began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard.  The name of the band is derived from the “Mogollon Rim”.  Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep their high standard.  Their scope of performing ability is truly amazing!  They can play about anything from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to their original written songs.  For the overall fun of the event, dress in your blue jeans and cowboy hats! 

Our second “Premier Event” will be our annual “Mardi Gras Party”.  It will be celebrated on Shrove or Fat Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. Carnival merriment will start with a parade of floats, marching krewes and pets, bead tossing and judging of best costumes for men, women, pets and motor vehicles.   Enjoy a potluck of Louisiana dishes topped off with dancing to the band “Uncle Click”.  Get your beads, masks and colorful Mardi Gras costumes for an afternoon and evening of partying “New Orleans” style.  

Our third “Premier Event” will be an amazing show on Friday, February 26, 2021, with Marshal Pioneer Pepper and The Sunset Pioneers.  You will enjoy this Wild Old West Stage Show, the greatest, funniest, bestest Old West Stage Show around!   Marshal Pioneer Pepper is one of the most popular and talented singing cowboys of all time!  The Wild Old West Stage Show has captivated audiences worldwide and was featured on ESPN Monday Night Football!!!   The show includes a western stage show, featuring “The Sunset Pioneers”, dazzling Show Girls, and gunslingin’ Desperate Odd Toes!  Keeping the old west alive with his attention grabbing mixture of traditional cowboy music, comedy, and western choreography, Marshal Pioneer Pepper performs such nostalgic songs as Tumbling Tumble Weeds, El Paso, and Ghost Riders in the Sky.  Ride back to the days of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Marty Robbins, and The Sons of the Pioneers, reminding listeners that a little bit of cowboy lives on in all of us! For the overall fun of the event, dress in western attire!   

Pet Owners: dogs and cats must maintain current rabies and other inoculations, be licensed with the applicable government authorities and wear an identification tag at all times. Starting this season when you come to the Resort office to pick up your “Welcome Packet” plan to bring a copy of verification of vaccinations for your pet/pets which will be kept on file.  This will be an annual requirement. 

New this season! “Friday Afternoon Club” starting Friday, January 8th and Friday afternoons through March. All Resort residents invited to meet new people, make new friendships, and socialize in a casual setting. 

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. 

There are over 4500 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 and some have their families with them. These are very special people who have fallen on bad times and hopefully someday will be able to succeed in the world around them.  This past season we were able to put together over 150 kits for our Homeless Veterans along with 60 sleeping mats, 36 bikes, 700 cans of food, several blankets and warm jackets, 5 sleeping bags, as well as miscellaneous clothes and boots.   

A project for the Veterans that started in Season 2017 was crocheted sleeping mats that are a much appreciated 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.  

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 Boo Bash Party & Dance” on October 31st with music by our very own “DJ Dave” Dave.  Dance to “Thriller” and “The Monster Mash”!  Ghosts, Witches, and Monsters welcome too!  You will be entertained with a variety of music that will have everyone up dancing and having fun!  Dress in your favorite “Halloween” costume, optional!   

On November 11th, Veteran’s Day, an afternoon program is planned by the Resort to show honor to our many veterans from the USA and Canada.  Show your patriotism by wearing your military or patriotic colors.  A great big “Thank You” to all of you that have served, be it the USA or Canada. 

Holiday potluck dinners are held on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Bring along 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 Saturday, November 28th. 

Join Resort ATV’ers, on November 30th for an evening “Full Moon ATV Ride” in the desert surrounding Queen Valley to Hot Dog Hill, a popular destination known in the surrounding area of 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”. 

Participate in creating a festive atmosphere for the Resort this Christmas Season by “Decorating Your Winter Home for the Holidays” in December. Site judging and prizes awarded.  

We’re having a “Christmas Party & Dance” with music by “Ron E. Cash” on December 3rd.  Ron plays a variety of music including a tribute to Johnny Cash 50’s-60’s Classic country, also music of stars like Porter Wagoner, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, Stonewall Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare, Faron Young and many more old time favorites of country greats. If you like Classic Country, you’ll love Ron E. Cash! Plan to attend and dance or just listen to the music and enjoy! 

The “Annual Children’s Christmas Party” for the children in Queen Valley will be held on Saturday, December 12th. Be part of the only Christmas some community children will have by donating to and participating in our annual Children’s Christmas Party.  This year’s Christmas Party will be held but with a different format.  We want to be able to celebrate Christmas with the children in the community as we have done in past years but will keep in mind the safety and welfare of our residents and the families in our community. Since the funding and gifts come solely from our residents we will still cherish your funds to purchase gifts for the children. This is truly one of the highlights of December, not only for the children but also for our donors and Resort residents. 

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.  

Arrive a few days early to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Resort friends for the “New Year’s Eve Party & Dance” with music by “Cottonwood Stash Band” on December 31st at the Queen Valley Homeowners Hall next to the Queen Valley Fire Station.   Cottonwood Stash Band plays a variety of music that includes Country, Oldies, Classic Rock, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra, George Strait, Eagles, Garth  Brooks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and more!   If you would like to arrive a few days early and before December 31st, please let our Resort office know and we will make arrangements to have your site available for you!   

Join us on January 14th for a “Variety Show Party and Dance” with Eric, Electric Blue Entertainment.   You won’t want to miss this great party! Eric entertains and plays all the popular party dance songs, Rock ‘n Roll, country, country line dance, oldies, and more with lots of audience participation. Eric entertains with every song.  The show includes Eric in a balloon stunt while the audience is dancing and singing.  You will see comedy impersonators, magic, interactive songs, and more! 

Jim and Yvonne Corbett will be teaching the “Bob Ross” painting technique on Thursday, January 28th.  This exciting painting class will teach anyone to create a beautiful painting.  The painting is “Saguaros at Twilight”.  Paint your own beautiful Arizona landscape! Cost is $60 pp which includes all of your painting supplies; advance sign-ups at the Resort office to attend class.   

“Name That Tune” January 29th will be a fun-filled afternoon/evening planned by Rick and LaVon Crigger watching contestants compete to name songs and artists from the past.  Three women and three men will compete against each other then the winner of the women and men will compete against each other and that winner will take on last year’s champion, Pat Eastes, site #142.   Audience is not allowed to help the contestants by giving the answers or clues as there will be consequences involving ‘duct tape’.   

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 31th 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.  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.  Member dues are $10 per year.  Non-members can do a first-time project for $30 which includes working with a monitor to design and complete a project.  Glass Crafters have a fund-raising breakfast annually and will be held February 6th..  The Glass Crafters will sell tickets to the breakfast starting in January so be sure to watch for the details, serving times, and the delicious foods that will be served.  

On February 7th, the annual “Superbowl Scramble Golf Tournament” will be held at the Queen Valley Golf Course followed by lunch and prizes.  Dennis Pare, will be coordinating the Super Bowl Golf Scramble. Darlene Phillips, will be hosting the lunch for this event.  

Saturday, February 13th is our “36th Annual Craft Fair”, and an opportunity for you to make and sell your handcrafted items.  Reserve your table/space early! 6’ tables/spaces are $5.00 for Resort residents.  Tables can be reserved and paid for when you return for the season.  

Put on your dancing shoes!  Resort residents, Greg & Anita Johnson, site #164, are hosting a Party & Dance with music by “Hillbilly Deluxe Band” February 14th.  Everyone please come, be Greg and Anita’s guests, and have a fun evening of dancing or just listening to great music!  A great time for all!  The dance is open to all Resort residents at no charge.

On Monday, February 22nd, an “Essential Oils Made Easy” seminar will be held. Essential oils are chemical compounds extracted from plants grown in their native environments from around the world.  Wellness Advocate Heather Herman will be returning for her fourth year in a row to teach 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.  She loves 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. Heather is passionate about education and enjoys helping others by sharing her knowledge and experiences. There will be a question and answer session after the class.

If you would like additional one-on-one time with Heather, individual 30 minute appointments can be scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening. If you have met Heather previously, she really wants to see you again and continue supporting you! There is no charge for the seminar or the individual sessions. 

Already using doTERRA essential oils?  Join Wellness Advocate Heather Heather for a 200 level class February 23rd!  Heather will introduce the concepts and protocols of Boyd Truman’s “Symphony of the Cells” material.  Symphony of the Calls is a topical application of the oils to the spine and feet to support different body systems. This easy to apply method takes 10-15 minutes and can be used to improve a

variety of health and emotional issues.  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!    

Again, Heather will be available for the remainder of the day if you would like to schedule a Symphony of the Cells protocol or personal health consultation with her. 

Join Resort ATV’ers, on February 27th for an evening “Full Moon ATV Ride” in the desert surrounding Queen Valley to Hot Dog Hill, a popular destination known in the surrounding area of 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”.

On Thursday, March 4th, Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, will be our guest speaker.  Mark Lamb was elected as the 24th Sheriff of Pinal County on January 1st, 2017. Sheriff Lamb oversees Pinal County, the size of Connecticut and manages more than 650 employees within the department.  Sheriff Mark Lamb has both experience in law enforcement and the private sector. He trained with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Academy and was named Valedictorian of his class. He was hired by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where he excelled as a police officer and was named Rookie of the Year. The following year, he received the Officer of the Year award. He was later promoted as a Detective to the Gang Enforcement Unit and in his first year was named Detective of the Year. 

This season’s “Spring Fling”Resident Appreciation Party” will be March 17th with a “St. Patty’s Day” theme. Music and entertainment will be by “Armour Gomez” one of Arizona’s greatest musicians.  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! 

March 18th is our “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.   

Our annual “Resort Patio Sale” will be held March 20th. Do you have unwanted or gently unused treasures that need a new home?  If so, sell them at our patio sale!  

Bring your favorite brunch recipe for our “Springtime Potluck Brunch”, March 22nd. 

March 25th is our annual “Hobo Soup Dinner & Street Dance”.  Enjoy lots of fabulous food and great music by Jeff and Jim Smith, “Off Their Rockers” and  “DJ Dave Dengate”. 

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

  • Open Cards Tuesday nights starting in December. 
  • Line Dance Classes for beginners and intermediate levels, will be held twice a week every Tuesday and Friday afternoon with Tuesday being geared more for beginners. Looking for a fun way to get some of your 10,000 steps a day? Work off a few extra calories while listening to great country music? Come try Country Line Dancing! You will start at the beginning level and learn the Boot Scoot Boogie, Canadian Stomp and other great country dances and some that are not country like the Cupid Shuffle. Two left feet? No rhythm! No problem! Even if you are just a toe tapper come join us. 
  • Get fit fast with “Walk Fit”, formerly “Walk Strong” that meets Tuesday through Saturday mornings in our Activity Hall starting in 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.
  • “Karaoke Nights” are held Bi-Monthly. 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.  
  • Over the seven years of Bible 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.  During this coming season several Bible studies will be led by a number of volunteers. Join us as they share their skills, knowledge and passion to make the Word come alive for us all.   
  • We are looking forward to another season of fun and exercise at the pickleball courts. Plans for the coming season include 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. 
  • The Rock Hound Club plans to have instructors and opportunities for every level of interest. This is your opportunity to dabble in something new or jump into a new hobby. Nature and time have given the rocks of this area beauty just waiting to be unlocked. Come give us a whirl and make your habit of picking up rocks into something to take home from Queen Valley. Membership fees are $10.00 per season or $15.00 per couple. We have new ideas brewing that just might come from you!
  • Queen Valley Rough Riders are an off-road group that goes out for the day every Friday during the season. The trails in this area offer a variety of challenges and spectacular scenery. Along the way we explore abandoned mining sites and enjoy looking for wildlife and wild flowers. We limit our choice of trails to a reasonable level of difficulty, but you do need a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle with off road aggressive tires. For safety reasons, a CB radio is required (the Rough Riders have a “loaner” CB to get you started). 
  • Enjoy sewing and making new projects with “Material Girls”, every first and third Monday January through March. To participate bring a sewing machine in good working order, cutting mat, pins, scissors, etc. Classes offered will be “Jelly Roll Star Quilt”, “Paper Pieced Table Runner”, “How to Embellish a Denim Jacket”, “Making a Cardigan from a Sweatshirt”, “Machine Embroidery”.
  • “Wine Glass Painting Class”, “Alcohol Ink”, and “Mix Media Collage Class” will be offered starting in January.
  • 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.  
  • Our Trap Shoot Club will start up mid-November.
  • Weekly Bridge 

Additional activities include Aquasize, ATV Riders Groups, Adopt-A-Highway, Bingo, Card Bingo, Craft Classes, Cribbage, Mah-Jongg, Weekly Men’s Breakfast at a local restaurant, Monthly Ladies Luncheons at area restaurants,  Shuffleboard, and Zumba.

Season events that will be held in the Community of Queen Valley and open to Resort residents: 

  • November 21 Homeowners Dance, music by “Ricky & The Radios”
  • December 5 Homeowners Annual Craft Sale 
  • December 12 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast
  • December 31 New Year’s Eve Party & Dance at the Homeowners Hall                                                                               
  • January 16 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Bake Sale & Rummage Sale 
  • January 23 Homeowners Dance, music by “Exit 40 Band”
  • January 30 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Annual Custom Cars & Bike Show
  • February 1 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Soup & Salad Dinner
  • February 13 Homeowners Dance, music by “Come Back Buddy”
  • February 20 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Walk-A-Thon 
  • March 13 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • March 13 Homeowners Dance, music by “Off Their Rockers”                                                                                       

                                        

                                                               Sally Phillips, Manager

                                                                                   

                                         

                                                                                                                                   

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