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Cheers Singles Club travels to Canyon Lake


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Cheers members spent a day at Canyon Lake.


Ron Leimer, Publicity Cheers Singles traveled to Canyon Lake


on May 9 to take the beautiful “Dolly Steamboat” for an afternoon of fun and leisure. Thirty members and friends took to the highways and byways (well, the bus driver actually took us) but we enjoyed sunshine and laughter as we took in the sights of


this breathtaking scenery! Many


photos were snapped by our group. Joe Sharpless gifted us with some of his photos on his computer that very evening; great shots of the bighorn sheet that we saw. Thanks, Joe. After we left “Dolly” we enjoyed a nice lunch at the Canyon Lake restaurant, wonderful setting for our group to enjoy. We didn’t have time for our “nap” on the way home before we arrived at the historic Dutchman’s Gold Town, a really neat place to visit. Some took photos of this historic mining town and others shopped or


visited the saloon for a refreshing “soda.” Just before we began our journey back to Sun Lakes, the rain started but didn’t damper the spirits of this fun group. You have to love Arizona, sun in the morning and the rain late in the afternoon was certainly a nice change for us. A big thanks to Maria Aitken who arranged a great outing, even baked us oatmeal and raisin cookies for our trip to the lake! More events are being planned, both


large and small. All singles who are residents of Sun Lakes, Springfi eld and SunBird are welcome to join Cheers. Socials are held every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Country Club lounge. Come to the welcome table at the entrance of the lounge to fi nd out about coming events and membership. If you’re unable to attend a social, call Jinny Truitt at 802-4739 for information about membership. 


Story Gourds featured at Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch


Kathy Kopjak Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch hosted


the Arizona Gourd Society’s monthly meeting and,


along with Show and


Share from our patch, we were treated to examples of story gourds from two of our members and several from the state group. What a great idea to make for your child or grandchild from their favorite fairy tale book. Pictured are examples of story gourd art done by two of our members at recent classes, Shirley Nesbitt (Jack and the Giant) and Heather Kinkade, (The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses). Also pictured is the before and after of a Warty Gourd Frog designed by Carol Reese. How creative is she?


The Feather Ladies from Montana


who sell feathers of every species of bird that is legal to sell, set up in the courtyard outside the Art and Crafts Room and sold some of the most beautiful feathers for our gourd projects. Boy, were they busy. Shelly Fletcher from R2 Designs also brought her gourd art supplies for a little shopping spree for all of us. If you are looking for gourd design ideas


over the summer, check out these websites. h t t p : / /www. o r g s i t e s . c om/ a z /


spiritofthedesertgourds/ http://gourdartenthusiasts.ning.com/


main October 18,


www.arizonagourds.com www.etsy.com/gourds Our next meeting will be held Thursday, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at


the Oakwood Arts and Craft Room. Membership is open to anyone in the Valley who is interested in gourds. For more information about The Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch, contact Joanne Miles at 480- 802-4655 or Shirley Nesbitt at 480-247-


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Story gourd art by Shirley Nesbitt.


6102. This meeting will be the fi rst meeting after the summer hiatus. I hope everyone has a great summer whether you stay here or fl ee to cooler climes. 


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