Season 2019-2020 Newsletter

“Welcome Back” to another GREAT season.  We are excited about the top entertainers and new bands that will be entertaining you with a wide variety of music.  Three “Premier Events” are scheduled this season and are held in our Activity Hall. 

Our first “Premier Event” will be a fun-filled show on January 23rd with the “Hillbilly Deluxe Band” brought to you by Ansel Entertainment, a local premier company for music entertainment.  These hillbillies bring the special style to some of your favorite country classic songs as well as hillbillifying some rock and pop tunes like you’ve never heard before…and just enough goofiness to keep you laughing!  You’ll hear songs from Alabama, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, and The Who.  These songs will include the unique sounds of fiddle, accordion and the washboard.  You’ll meet the entire family and some crazy friends that will keep you laughing when you’re not clapping your hands or stomping your feet.  So throw on your overalls and bring the moonshine, cause we’s here for a good time! To add to the overall fun of this event, dress in your favorite country/hillbilly attire, optional!  Show $20 per person.   

Our second “Premier Event” will be our annual “Mardi Gras Party”.  It will be celebrated on Shrove or Fat Tuesday, February 25th, 2020. 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.  A new contest will be the judging of king cakes, created by our residents and then devoured by all.  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 March 12th with Dave Webb and the “Ultimate Vocal Band Show”.  The Ultimate Vocal Band Show provides the finest entertainment and is a live seven piece band presenting the all-time favorite hits from the 60’s and early 70’s era.  But wait!! There’s more!! You, the audience can select the artist you wish to enjoy from a list of more than a dozen choices (you the audience will design the show).  You will design your show from artists ranging from The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits,  The Lovin Spoonful, the BeeGees, the Eagles, the Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkle, Elton John & Kiki Dee, and trios like Peter Paul & Mary, the Gatlin Brothers, and more!! To add to the overall fun of this evening, dress in your favorite 60’s or 70’s attire, optional!  Show $20 per person.   

Tickets to our “Premier Events” will be available for purchase at our Weekly Coffee Socials and throughout the season at the Resort office. 

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. 

The Rock Hound Club plans to have instructors and opportunities for every level of interest. This is an 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! 

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. 

Queen Valley Rough Riders are an off-road group that goes out for the day every Friday from November through March.  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 wild life 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).  

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 held. Join us as volunteers share their skills, knowledge and passion to make the Word come alive for us all. 

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, so bring your electronic gear to the Resort this coming season and plan to have fun learning about all they can do for you!  

Residents are involved in a Homeless Veterans Project and greatly appreciate the support from our Resort residents and Queen Valley residents. 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.  This coming season we will be  accepting donations of only men’s clothing and shoes.  

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.  

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

“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.   

Starting in November, due to the popularity of our Line Dance Classes, Line Dance Classes 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. 

A new class this season called “Fluid Art” is the wonderful randomness of vivid colors! It’s fun and it’s easy! Learn the formula for successful “Fluid Art” painting on anything from a canvas to a tabletop without using paintbrushes. Learn techniques that will give you the basic skills for any project. In this class you will complete two projects: one will be an album record clock and the other a small canvas.  There will be three classes this coming season: December 4th, January 15th, and February 12th, at a cost of $30 per person per class with all supplies furnished.  Class size will be limited to 16 students.  Leslie Martin, Instructor, is the former owner of the Copper Gecko, Superior, Arizona. 

Jim and Yvonne Corbett will be teaching the “Bob Ross” painting technique on Friday, January 31st.  This exciting painting class will teach anyone to create a beautiful painting.  The painting is “Path to the Beach”, a soft and beautiful beach scene with a weathered fence protecting the path to the water, complete with wildflowers lining the path.  There is a lot of depth in this painting as the path descends down the hill to the beach.  Cost is $60 pp which includes all of your painting supplies; advance sign-ups at the Resort office to attend class.    

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.  Three classes and projects will be offered. One will be Onpoint Quilting for Beginners and Intermediates, a second will be Quilted Placemats, and a third Table Runners.   

In addition, “Kokopelli Wine Glass Painting Class”, “Wine Bottle Dish & Serving Piece Class”, and “Psalms 23 Bracelet Class”.   

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.  Bob Barneson, site #8, arranges tee times every Wednesday afternoon for our Resort resident’s golf group at the Queen Valley Golf Course. 

Hurry back to join us for our “Spooktacular 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 “Spooktacular” or “Halloween” costume, optional! 

On November 11th, Veteran’s Day, a morning 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.  Kim Vandenberg of HOHP (Honoring Our Heroes of Pinal County) that works with our Resort on our Homeless Veterans Project will be our guest speaker.  She plans to bring their big bus “The Eagles Nest”.  A great big “Thank You” to all of you that have served, be it the USA or Canada. 

On the evening of November 11th, all Resort residents are invited to attend the Homeowners Association monthly meeting held at the Homeowners Hall in Queen Valley.  A special Veterans Day tribute for all Queen Valley residents and RV Resort residents will be held with a slide presentation to honor Veterans families.  The Homeowners Association is asking you to provide information for a member of your family who has served their country.  Please provide a picture (past or present or both), the branch of military service and the war in which they served. If your family member served stateside, indicate that and what state you are from.  Send picture and information to sbripplinger@yahoo.com or mail to Sandy Ripplinger, 604 N. 4103 E, Rigby, Idaho 83422. 

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 Saturday, November 30th. 

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.  

The “Annual Children’s Christmas Party” for the children in Queen Valley will be held on Saturday, December 14th in our Activity Hall.  Be part of the only Christmas some community children will have by donating to and participating in our annual Children’s Christmas Party.  Our party combines games, crafts, Christmas cookies and other treats, gift bags, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  All of the goodies are prepared by our residents and the crafts and games are manned by our resort volunteers.  The funding and gifts come solely from our residents.  In 2018 we entertained seventy-nine children and their families.  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.  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 the children love it.  We could use small toys, books, good used match box toys, small children’s items, girl’s nail polish, barrettes, etc. for the fishing pond (no clothing).  Ages run from babes in arms to 18 years old.  

Arrive a few days early to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Resort friends for the “New Year’s Eve Party & Dance” on December 31st at the Queen Valley Homeowners Hall next to the Queen Valley Fire Station.  Back by popular request is the duo “Wes Reed Music”.    Wes and Barb Reed play 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 your site will be open for you!    

Back by popular request “Ricky and The Radios” band will be entertaining you at our January 16th “Party & Dance” 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! 

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 26th 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. 

The Casa Grande Border Patrol is making a presentation on January 30th to inform our community of the Border Patrol’s Mission Statement to secure our nation’s borders.  The Border Patrol works together with Office of Field Operations (Customs) and Air and Marine Office to regulate traffic at our nation’s borders.  Border Patrol 101 describes the immigration process.  The presentation describes the fencing and infrastructure along the border.  Also covered are the types of technology available to detect and arrest violators.  Highlighted in the presentation are the humanitarian efforts to ensure safety for the general public, including rescue and medical assistance to anyone in need.  

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 1st in our Activity Hall.  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 2nd, the annual “Superbowl Scramble Golf Tournament” will be held at the Queen Valley Golf Course followed by lunch and prizes.   

“Wyatt Earp as The Gentleman Doc Holliday” presentation on February 6th is a play about the story of the West’s most famous dentist and the man who went ‘from one who heals to one who keals’ (kills), as Doc liked to put it.  The setting is in a Denver Colorado jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours.  This is after Doc and the Earp’s have left Arizona for Colorado.  Unfortunately, for Doc a few hours have turned into a few days.  To say the least Doc is not very happy about this.  Out of the boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners.  He is angry with the jailor, who is ignoring his needs.  You the audience are the other prisoners.  

“The Gentleman Doc Holliday” was written by Terry Earp.  Terry Earp collaborated with Karen-Holliday Tanner who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book Doc Holliday “A Family Portrait” which the play is primarily based on and is truly the real story.  Often the truth and the fact of one’s existence are not necessarily the same thing.  The challenge of writing accurate historical drama is telling the truth about the characters while staying faithful to the facts.  Doc is shown as a real person who is so much more than their legends tend to portray.  To this end, whenever possible, Doc’s own language is used in order to give audiences a clearer sense of who he really was.  

Saturday, February 8th is our “35th Annual Craft Fair”, and an opportunity for you to make and sell your handcrafted items.  Reserve your table/space early to make sure you get an inside table (6’ tables/spaces are $5.00 for Resort residents).  Tables can be reserved and paid for  when you return for the season.  

On Monday, February 17th, an “Essential Oils Educational Seminar” will be held in the Activity Hall following our Weekly Coffee Social. 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 third 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 Heather for a 200 level class February 18th!  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. Activity Hall. 

Join us March 5th for an exciting live animal demonstration “Wild Arizona” featuring some of Arizona’s most notable creatures.. Wildlife comedian Philip “Wildman Phil” Rakoci highlights the unique characteristics of various wildlife, their homes, and the ways the lives of these vastly different animals are interwoven, creating a community where each has a purpose and a place.  Arizona native, Philip “Wildman Phil” Rakoci, has a passion and exuberance for all things creepy, crawly, strange, and exotic.  His unique brand of comedy has been enjoyed by tens of thousands, and his forays into wild places are frequent and legendary.  Phil’s home is a living laboratory with over 200 amazing creatures and he takes his “pets” on the road across the USA to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  He co-starred in episodes of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award Winning Series “Breaking Trail” and “Coyote’s Backyard” while working closely with the infamous YouTube sensation Coyote Peterson and his Brave Wilderness channel.  He and his animals have appeared in Ghost Adventures, The Conan Show with Conan O’Brien, and numerous other TV shows around the world. 

Come, enjoy, and be inspired by the “Anything Goes Quartet” March 8th.  Each handsome member is 80 years or older and doing what they love to do, entertaining an audience!  You’ll laugh till you cry and then want more.  All proceeds from the admission price for their show will go to the Pinal County Homeless Veteran’s Project in Coolidge. 

For all of our ATV’ers, join Resort friends on March 9th 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”. 

March 11th is the “Annual ATV Poker Run” coordinated by Martin Ritter, site #92.   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 19th. 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! 

Bring your favorite brunch recipe for our “Springtime Potluck Brunch”, March 23rd. 

March 24th is our annual “Hobo Soup Dinner & Street Dance”.  Enjoy lots of fabulous food and great music. 

The following 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” led by Malcolm Warrington, site #163, go out two to three times per week exploring new “off trail” hikes and revisiting old favorites. Destinations/difficulty is published weekly and varies from easy to challenging.    
  • 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, 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 23 Homeowners Dance, music by “Ricky & The Radios”
  • December 7 Homeowners Annual Craft Sale 
  • December 14 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast
  • December 31 New Year’s Eve Party & Dance at the Homeowners Hall                                                                               
  • January 18 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Bake Sale & Rummage Sale 
  • January 18 Homeowners Dance, music by “Rick Roloff, Rick’s Best of Everything”
  • January 25 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Annual Custom Cars & Bike Show
  • February 3 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Soup & Salad Dinner
  • February 15 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary Walk-a-Thon
  • February 15 Homeowners Dance, music by “Canyon State Band”
  • March 7 Queen Valley Community Quilt Show 
  • March 14 Queen Valley Fire Auxiliary 30th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • March 21 Homeowners Dance, music by “Off Their Rockers”
  • April 6 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.                                                        

We hope you have been having an enjoyable summer.  Our entire staff and Resort family are looking forward to “Welcoming You Home” to Queen Valley RV Resort, another GREAT season, and having all of you here to participate!                                                                                        

 

                 Sally 

     Sally Phillips, Manager