Mary Schmit, General Manager and Teresa Beally, Activity Director each write a column weekly during the season, and monthly during the off season to keep Residents abreast of "what's happening at Venture Out." Scroll down to read their current columns.
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This month’s occupancy is 545 or 31% vs. 715 last month and 557 one year prior. There are currently 45 renters.
The summer is always full of construction & maintenance projects and this year is no different. The following are just a few of the projects planned.
SRP will soon be done with their design work and be in to replace the secondarys as planned.
The street work will start in the next week with the valley gutter replaced along Helio and the seal coat work, following the week after. Please refer to the map in the Outlines that shows when your street, (weather permitting) is scheduled. Not all streets are scheduled for seal coat this year. This product requires a 24-hour cure period so please, DO NOT drive on it!
Palm tree trimming is scheduled for the third week of June and is expected to take five to six weeks. Always a good time to go on vacation!
As most everyone knows the work has started on the Sports Plex project. There is a live camera feed link on the web page, so you can watch from your sofa. This area is strictly off limits, because it will soon be full of trenches and many other hazards.
We have been notified by South West Gas that they are planning to come into the park and also do some improvements to their system, linking up two sections of service. At this time, we do not have any estimate when this work might commence, but we have told them that we prefer to have the work done prior to the start of season. SRP just finished their upgrade on Broadway, bringing in a second source for the primary feed, this will supposedly help us in the event of a power failure.
The West Pool deck will be ground down in a small section and new Kool deck applied.
LED lamps will be installed park wide in all the common elements/buildings. This will greatly save in electrical costs. The replacement lamps/bulbs are being paid for by the Social Board out of the Bingo Funds.
The design work for a small addition on the back of the ceramics for the kilns has been completed. We now take this design through the city for approval, and assuming they don’t have any issues, we will get this project also completed before the end of the summer. This will move the kilns out of the Ceramics room and into an outside area that is naturally ventilated.
The railing has already been replaced at the Lawn Bowling green. We will also be moving the large bleachers from Shuffleboard over to the tennis complex, and putting in smaller bleachers under the existing shade structure. This is part of the Shuffleboard club’s plan submitted to Planning and the Condo Board
We have numerous paint projects for the summer, including the flag pole. The key card readers will be installed on all three pedestrian gates at the front, which will require that a key card be used to both enter AND exit the gate. This will force any pedestrian entering or leaving the park, who is not a resident to pass by the guard house. This item had a 75% approval on the recently completed Long Range Plan.
The wi-fi project is to start shortly after July 1 and be up and running by October 1. DISH TV, will be upgrading their service as well and by the fall, you will have HD TV and 12 additional channels.
As normal, we will go through every single building and facility and look for items that might need repair or paint.
The summer newsletter will be out in June, delivered electronically to those who have e-mail and in the mail to those who do not. Payment coupons and statements will be mailed separately.
Mary L. Schmit
Don’t forget the Memorial Day Potluck and Party is this coming Monday, May 29. Bring your favorite dish to share, table service, a dollar or two for the 50/50 raffle and enjoy the holiday at Venture Out. Your hosts for the event are Gordon and Betsy Klofstad and they have planned some great entertainment including Music Trivia with our favorite pianist….Sandy Hammond! All the fun begins at 12:00 pm in the Baja Bistro.
Ed’s Grill will be open Thursdays during the month of June EXCEPT for June 1 and June 29. Enjoy a grilled burger, cheeseburger or the “special of the day” which can be anything from liver and onions to a BBQ pork sandwich. Food service is 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with table service provided.
The Baja Bistro Exchange is going strong these days. Please remember clothing and large items are not accepted and it would be more pleasant for everyone if items left at the table were clean.
Nothing screams comfort meal like a homemade grilled cheese sandwich. Add chips, lemonade and ice cream to the mix and you’ll be as content as a stuffed rabbit in a empty lettuce patch. Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 so be sure to pick up your ticket from the Activity Office no later than 10:00 am, Wednesday, June 21.
Sponsors are still needed for the Summer Gabfests. Not sure how it works? Stop into the Activity Office and we’ll be happy to explain the program.
Put on your favorite red, white and blue outfit and head over to the Baja Bistro on Flag Day, June 14, for a Red White and Blue Happy Hour with Chuck E Baby. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water and Chuck E Baby provided.
Find out what’s happening at Venture Out during the summer months by joining General Manager, Mary Schmit and me for a free coffee and donut session Wednesday, May 31 and Monday, June 26 at 9:00 am in the Baja Bistro. All questions, suggestions and concerns welcome.
We’re yapping about Dog Day Tuesdays this month at Venture Out! $1.50 gets you a jumbo hot dog with your choice of ketchup, mustard, relish or onions. Buy one or buy five! Bring your own beverage, purchase a soda for $1.00 and stay for the Ice Cream Social following lunch. Grilled dogs served from 12:00 - 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6 and June 20. Hope to see you there.
Our summer Water Drive is up and running. Feel free to bring a bottle, gallon, or case to the Activity Office where we will see that it is donated to an area homeless shelter. It’s getting mighty hot out there and the water is greatly appreciated.
Monday, June 5, is the deadline to sign up in the Activity Office to be a part of our summer Family Feud! Game day is June 7 but we need to know who many participants will join in the competition. So, let’s shake hands and come out thinking!
Ladies! Join us in Baja Bistro for a Dessert Fashion Show featuring clothing from Bonsworth on Tuesday, June 13 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are required as we need to know the amount of dessert to provide. Pick up your free tickets from the Activity Office by Monday, noon, June 12
July 4 is right around the corner so plan to attend another popular holiday potluck beginning at 12:00 pm at the Cabana. No tickets necessary! Dress in patriotic colors, bring a favorite dish to share, include a buck or two for the 50/50 drawing and don’t forget your table service.
Thank you to the volunteers who assisted with the May special events, manning the Library, assisting in the Activity Office, helping Ed in the kitchen and working behind the scenes. You are the best of the best!
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and pet dads from Venture Out. It’s your special day
June 18. Relax and enjoy!