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Volume 43, Number 09 ✦ September 2012 , INSIDE: What’s ...4

Murder at Café Noir ...6

IronOaks Plays Pickleball With

What makes Sun Lakes so terrifi c? ...30

Judy Gahide Here’s the “dill.” Pickleball players are

DAR celebrates Constitution Week ...37

Short Line

Model Railroad ...46

trying to stay cool as a “cucumber,” while heating up the courts this summer. We are practicing our “bread and butter” ground strokes and reminding our opponents it’s not “kosher” to do too many dink shots. We’re not “gherkin” you around, but having a “sweet pickle” time. Courts 1 and 2 have been resurfaced with post-tension rods, and the concrete

is now in the curing stage. A new viewing area with a sun shade is being built between the pickleball courts and tennis court 9. In the interim, we have set up four courts with portable nets on tennis court 3. We anticipate a concurrent grand

reopening of the Racquet Club’s stadium tennis courts 1 and 2 and pickleball courts 1 and 2 in the early October time frame. Watch for coming announcements in the SITL,

together with fl iers posted around the

Lions annual Spaghetti Dinner set for October 13

The Sun Lakes Breakfast

Western National Champs ...59


Generals ........................ 2 Features ...................... 28 Taste of the Town ....32-33 Destinations................. 34 In Passing .................... 35 Clubs ........................... 36 Sports .......................... 59 Religion ....................... 64 Calendars ...............68-70 Classifi eds ..............71-79

Lions Club will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Sun Lakes Country Club Arizona Room. The menu will include spaghetti with meatballs, salad, breadsticks, a non-alcoholic drink and dessert. The cash bar will be open for additional alcoholic drinks. Enjoy all of this and good fellowship for $8 (advance) or $9 (at the door). We will be serving our complete spaghetti dinner from 4:00-7:30 p.m. There will be

a 50/50 raffl e, handmade items (potato baker, casserole carrier) and a silent auction (many items including four military fl ag subscriptions) along with the dinner. Please help the Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club benefi t our

community as all profi ts from the evening will be donated to local and Lions charities including, but not limited to, Neighbors Who Care, AZ Blankets for Kids, Community Assistance Program, Large Print Books, Vets Stand Down and Child Spree.

Many other

organizations and individual needs are assessed on a


basis. Welcome your

friends and neighbors who are back with us after the summer. Join us for a evening of fun

and good food. Tickets are available from any

Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club member, at the Sun Lakes Country Club Resource Center, by calling us at 480-242-4356, or email us at


club. We hope you will join us in this jubilant celebration. We continue to offer open play Monday

through Friday. Join the fun by signing up at ironoakpb. If you are curious about this “pickle” of a game, free lessons are available. Sign up on the pickleball bulletin board located on the Racquet Club patio, or contact

Judy Gahide at 480-883-9000 or Bev Krueger at 480-883-8276 for details.

Call for nominations! 4th annual Crystal Awards

Harvey Boyd Sandy Applegate, president of

the Crystal Awards, has announced that nominations for the prestigious Crystal Award will be accepted from September 1, 2012, through November 30, 2012. These awards acknowledge the volunteers of our community who work hard to make our community a better place to live.

The awards started in 2009 when Harvey Boyd, Western Broadband and Robson Publishing appointed a committee to fi nd those who volunteer signifi cant time to improve our community. The fi rst dinner held in Palo Verde had 150 attendees to welcome the fi rst class of inductees. The second years’ awardees were honored at a dinner held in SunBird. This March 270 guests honored this year’s new members at a dinner in the Oakwood Ballroom. “The stories are fantastic ones,”

said Sandy Applegate. We have normal folks doing phenomenal things for our communities, and

we feel the community should acknowledge their efforts to inspire others to volunteer more. “Each year our success grows, and we think this makes us one of the best retirement communities in the nation.” Nomination forms will be

available at each clubhouse in Sun Lakes and SunBird starting on September 1. Individuals from the local Sun Lakes and SunBird communities are eligible for nomination, and the volunteer work should be performed in our area of infl uence or in nearby areas. Past winners have done

signifi cant volunteer work in local clubs and organizations for our fi re

department, local hospitals,

and local schools, churches and children. “Catch the fever and help us fi nd

our unsung heroes to thank them and to inspire others to do more,” added Applegate. “This event can create synergy and can make our community rise to new levels. We have great people here and it is a great place to live.”  



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