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June 2012—

Nearby parks offer many options for summer hiking

CLUBS AND CLASSES 45 Your chair is saved

Susan Plouzek Summer is upon us! What will you do

when the temperatures are hot? Consider joining an art class. Seriously. Find new skills or expand your existing ones.


you’ve taken any of Susan Plouzek’s art classes, you will know that she is gentle and personable. She fi nds ways of presenting each art medium so that


students understand the technique and then helps them through each piece of art.

of workshops. Hikers enjoy a visit to the ruins on South Mountain. Photo by C. Desjarlais.

Karin Hansen Many

summer residents mistakenly

think that there are no opportunities for hiking during the hot months, but that is NOT true. Hiking can still provide a great opportunity to be outdoors and to enjoy the beauty of the desert and mountains. There are extra safety issues that should be considered before hiking during summer months: Hike early in the day; bring extra water and food; always let someone know where you are hiking; never hike alone; wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. More information about essential supplies and details can be found on the Sun Lakes Hiking Club website at http://www.meetup. com/Sun-Lakes-Hiking-Club/. There are two great hiking areas that

are very close to Sun Lakes that can be utilized to hike early in the day without having to drive too many miles. The fi rst is Phoenix South Mountain Park located just off Interstate 10 near Ahwatukee. There are several trailheads and parking areas in or near the park. Check the city website for driving and parking directions. South Mountain Park is the largest city-maintained park in the USA with over 16,000 acres and over 58 miles of hiking trail. Information on the city of Phoenix website states: “South Mountain Park/Preserve actually consists of three mountain ranges, the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe. They stretch diagonally from northeast

to southwest. Diagonal

mountain ranges that protrude from desert fl oors, like those of South Mountain, are typical features of the Sonoran Desert.” The history of this park dates back to 1924 when it was sold to Phoenix by President Calvin Coolidge. The park has some excellent picnic ramadas and observation areas many of which were built by the CCC during the 1930’s and 40’s. The paths that travel up and down the ranges provide hiking opportunities with a variety of diffi culty, length and elevation. Some interesting stories revolve around an abandoned building on the southwest side. Was it a hotel? a camp? a Speakeasy? Trails that were developed in 2010 and 2011 provide access to this newer hiking area so visitors can explore the old ruins. City offi cials estimate that South Mountain Park has over three million visitors each year. Favorite trails can be quite populated, especially on weekends, but there are also many less-traveled routes for hikers that prefer more seclusion and solitude. The other major hiking area that is

close to Sun Lakes is the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Located East of Sun Lakes off of the Hunt Highway, it is an easy 35 minute drive to a beautiful area. San Tan Regional Park is just one of the 11 parks in the Maricopa County Park System, and there is an entry fee for parking at the visitor center. The Sun Lakes Hiking Club was active in the formation of the park. Jim Hegyes of the Sun Lakes Hiking Club provided the following history of the development of this


area. “Residents of the far Eastern valley in Maricopa County were very eager to have a County Park nearby. Supporting this desire, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors entered into an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in September of 1988. Prior to this Agreement, BLM owned 87%, and Maricopa County owned the remaining 13% of approximately 10,200 acres in the San Tan Mountain region. The earliest documented Sun Lakes Hiking Club (SLHC) hike, on Jeep trails and horse paths, was in November of 1996. Since the proposed Park was entirely in Pinal County, Maricopa County funding issues for the construction of a Visitor Center and other improvements became a problem. Without funding sources, the supervisors

planned to sell off a portion of the Park. Residents strongly objected to this sale. Fortunately, the Maricopa County Parks Department, Pinal County, SRP and Qwest contributed a total of $1.04 Million for the Park’s development. Construction of


Visitor’s Center and trail improvements began shortly after. The Visitor Center was dedicated in September of 2005, and the Park was open for the enjoyment of all.” Anne Hughes, a member of the Sun

Lakes Hiking Club, participated in the “Hike 100 Miles for the Arizona Centennial,” which was organized by the Maricopa Parks Department. She did many of her miles on the trails at the San Tan Regional Park. She stated, “I thought it was a great place to hike. There are many trails with varying mileage. You can combine trails and hike any distance you wish. They are well marked, in good condition, and quite wide. It is a great place for novices and people who would like to get out and walk in the desert.” Residents who are interested in summer

hiking on Monday mornings with the Sun Lakes Hiking Club should contact Mike Kenney at 480-802-5886 for information, times and meeting locations. 

This summer, Susan is having a series In May students will be

learning about pen and ink techniques, without using messy ink bottles, quill pens or nibs. There will projects prepared just for you, or come with your own ideas. June is a workshop for watercolor

pencils. Discover the various methods for using this versatile medium. July is the month for learning pastels.

You will learn the basic techniques and your projects will look amazing! Students will be surprised at how quick and easy it is to draw a beautiful piece of work in a short time! Colored

pencil will be taught is

August. This class is in high demand, so you will want to enroll early! Workshops are $30 for the entire

month, and spaces are limited. Call Susan Plouzek to reserve your space and to get a supply list. Each class will run one hour in Sun Lakes Country Club on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Susan Plouzek’s landline is 480-895- 0732; mobile phone is 801-597-8390.

Come join the Chess Club

Bill Barnes The Sun Lakes Chess Club invites you to join us,

whether you are a beginner or a grandmaster chess player. We meet every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

in the

Oakwood Arts & Crafts Building. Come early or come late; you are always welcome. There are no dues or membership fees. For more information call Bill Barnes, who founded this Chess Club in 1981, at 480-895-8210.


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