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June 2012—

Many non-citrus fruit trees grow well in Sun Lakes



Sun Lakes Social Committee plans trips, and tours and other fun activities for the club. Committee members are from left to right: Nancy Zier, Debby McDonald, Jan Bobbett, Carol Eib and Jean Kent.

Donna Haugland, Publicity The next gathering of the Sun Lakes

Garden Club will be on Tuesday, June 12. The program will be “Water Conservation Gardening.” It will be presented by Pauline Lee. Pauline is a member of our club, as well as a member of the IronOaks HOA Energy Conservation Committee. She is also chairman of the IronOaks Xeriscape Task Force. The May 8 program was “Fruit Trees,

Non Citrus” presented by Bob Nowak, manager of the plant department of the Ocotillo Lowes. He has extensive hands-on experience on many aspects of gardening, including selecting and maintaining non-citrus fruit


including pomegranates, peaches, fi gs Asian pears, apricots, plums and a couple of varieties of apples. Once again,

it is

particularly diffi cult for people coming into our climate to understand desert watering protocols. As a result. more plants become stressed from overwatering than not receiving enough to drink. Eleanor Davis, vice president, spoke

briefl y on “How to Prune Roses” and gave a detailed talk on “The History of the Rose.” Fossil specimens show that

the rose existed at least 35 million years ago. Listing the Greek and Roman myths and legends, Eleanor traced the history of this fl ower through literature and art (including the paintings of Redoutè, known as the Raphael of Flowers), music, herbal medicine, Christianity

and the

church. She also noted that the rose became the fl ower of our nation in 1986, and if you transpose the letters of this fl ower, it becomes Eros, God of love. The Sun Lakes Garden Club meets

on the second Tuesday of each month at the Sun Lakes Health Center Community Room. The group gathers for a social time at 9:00 a.m. with the meeting following at 9:15 a.m. The Sun Lakes Health Center is located at the NE corner of the intersection of Alma School and Riggs roads in Sun Lakes. The community room is in the SW corner of the building. Anyone interested in how and what to grow in this area is invited to attend as a guest. If you want more information or are

interested in becoming a member of the Sun Lakes Garden Club, contact the club president, Diane Beatty, at 480-895-3687 or vice president Eleanor Davis at 480- 895-5919. 

Reach Out Sun Lakes seeks still more volunteers

Ellen Engel Reach Out Sun Lakes is actively looking

for additional volunteers who are willing and able to spend several hours a month helping to handle the collections at our donation locations and to perform other simple tasks related to delivery to the food bank, program bookkeeping, etc. April, the last month for which fi gures have been compiled, demonstrates


need. Unity of Sun Lakes contributed 39 pounds of food and $151 in cash donations. The Jewish Congregation of Sun Lakes assembled 115 pounds of food. And the two larger collections, on the fi rst and second Mondays of the month, yielded 564 pounds of donated food and a record $758 in cash, thanks to the Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club. Volunteers

are needed to staff the

collection points, make individual pickups, handle administrative details and provide liaison with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, the Chandler non-profi t that handles the distribution of all the food collected by Reach Out Sun Lakes. Matthew’s Crossing serves over 600

Chandler families, so the need is great, and any Sun Lakes resident may contribute.

In fact, donors show up from all over Sun Lakes at both pickup sites: The Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Alma School Road (fi rst Monday, 12:30–1:20 p.m.) and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club (second Monday, 6:30 p.m.). And if you cannot deliver your contributions to either of the monthly pickups, you may leave food donations at the Sun Lakes Country Club during business hours on any day of the month. For further information,

to arrange

for organizational support of this very worthwhile program, to arrange to make a cash contribution or to volunteer your own personal services, please contact Ellen Engel at 480-802-0245 or email her at 


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