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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


Index:


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


case-by-case


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


sunlakesbreakfastlionsclub@ hotmail.com.


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 www.holdmycourt.com/reserve/ 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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