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.
Also you might find it enjoyable to read this magazine article that was first printed in May in the national publication ‘Common Ground’ , a magazine for Community Associations. Click
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This month’s occupancy is 715 or 41% vs. 1493 last month and 700 one year prior. There are currently 108 renters in the park.
The weather is beautiful and there are still a few people holding over in the park. Understandable since it’s still snowing up north.
The NE Sports Complex work will officially start on Monday, May 1st, when the NE corner is fenced off. Access will still be allowed to the Oasis, the Electronics Building and Bocce areas. The Tennis and Pickleball courts will be fenced off so all activities will move over to Tennis 7 & 8 and the Pickleball courts next to the Admin building. Early morning play on Pickleball is allowed on the two courts that are closest to ADMIN, starting at 6:00 am. We anticipate we will be working right up to October 1 on this project. Besides the heavy equipment that will be operating in this corner, there will be many open trenches which is why we cannot leave the NE corner Pickleball and Tennis facilities open during the summer.
There is a live camera feed on the website for the NE corner that can be viewed, just like we set up for the EPC. The link to that camera feed is on the front page of the web site. I could successfully open that camera with the ‘Explorer’ browser but not Firefox or Chrome. Some web browsers do not support these camera feeds so you should experiment.
Street work will begin in May. The Helio valley gutter will be completely replaced. A map with all the streets that will be seal coated will be posted, along with instructions and the days they expect to do the work. This is a new product and it requires a 24-hour cure period, so cars are not allowed on the surface for at least that period of time. Some blocks, like 800 Merlin, will get two and possibly three coats of this sealcoat. It would be best for any owners that are still in residence on that block to arrange to park their cars elsewhere and walk back and forth. Once we have the full schedule it will be posted and we will go door to door on those blocks that might have more challenges. Our street consultant swears this seal coat (which is more expensive) will not break down and track black dust if we apply it properly and give it the proper cure period. Let’s all co-operate. Eventually the entire park will be re-sealed. I battle the same black dust at my home in Chandler, so it is common for the valley. I told the consultant if this works, we may well erect a statue in his honor.
Palm tree trimming is slated for the third week of June. The good news is it is the same trimming crew as last year. Their clean-up cost however was exorbitant. We are going with a separate contractor to come in and do the blow down.
SRP will be in the park soon to start their secondary work. We do not yet have a start time on that work.
In addition to these large projects we have a stack of ‘to do’s, that include among other things, a small face lift on bathhouses 1 – 4. They are looking a bit dated, unless the 1970’s -80’s are still your favorite. We are also installing handicapped accessible ramps for two bath houses that have a very steep access. The Kool deck on the west pool must be repaired...again. Kool deck is just a constant maintenance item. All new LED lights will be installed throughout the property with funding from the Social Board via the Bingo Fund. Two new LED street lights will be installed this summer to test them. We will let you know where they are, once they are in so you can check them out. We have several transmittals to work on as normal, and at the very end of the summer, we will install some new bleachers at the Shuffleboard courts, a sound system and move the old bleachers over to Tennis. As normal each building will be inspected for routine maintenance and painting. Another busy summer. Watch for your annual summer newsletter at the first of June. Anyone that has an e-mail address registered with us will receive the newsletter electronically.
Mary L. Schmit
Let’s start out the month of May with a cool, refreshing Salad Potluck on Tuesday, May 2 at 12:00 pm in the Baja Bistro. Bring your favorite salad to share and table service. Lemonade and ice tea provided.
Dog Day Tuesdays are back! Mark your calendar for every other week beginning Tuesday, May 9 and enjoy a JUMBO hot dog with your choice of mustard, ketchup, relish and onions for only $1.50. Simple, inexpensive and tasty! Bring your own beverage or you can purchase a soda for $1.00. Advance purchase NOT required and ice cream will be available for purchase from 12:30 to 1:00 pm.
The Sonoran will be converted, once again, into a TV Lounge for the summer. When operating the big screen simply follow the directions which are posted on the wall under the TV.
It’s the month of May and it is beautiful in Arizona. A perfect time for a Happy Hour at the West Pool with music by Luis Martinez on Wednesday, May 10 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. BYOB with ice and water provided. Please remember no glass allowed.
Have you purchased tickets for the Sunday, May 14 Mother’s Day Breakfast? Everyone’s invited...even if you’re not a mother…but remember the deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, May 9 at 10:00 am. A minimum of 30 tickets are needed to be sold to hold this event.
The Saturday Lunch Bunch will be up and running for the summer season beginning May 6. Join this active group as they enjoy lunch at a different area restaurant every Saturday during our dog days of summer. Be sure to check out the article in this edition of the Out-Lines for dates, times and restaurant locations.
The VO Grill will be open every Thursday during the month of May with Chef Ed cooking up some great specials as well as everyone’s favorite standards. Summer hours are in effect so plan on coming to the Baja Bistro for a tasty meal between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
The computer is up and running in the lobby of the Community Center for summer resident use. Should there be any issues with the equipment please contact the Activity Office.
The Summer Bistro Exchange Table will be open for business beginning May 1. Grab something from your house you no longer use and trade it out for something on the table you just can’t live without. Please no furniture or clothing items.
Join General Manager, Mary Schmit and me for coffee, donuts and a bit of “what’s happening here at Venture Out in the summer” on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:00 am in the Baja Bistro. It’s free and informative!
Sponsors are needed for Summer Gabfest. Sign up in the Activity Office and bring your favorite baked good for your friends and neighbors to enjoy in the Bistro on Sunday mornings. Sign up with a friend and split the cost!
With the slowdown of the summer season Tuesday Ice Cream Socials will be held following Dog Day Tuesdays in the Baja Bistro from 12:30 - 1:00 pm. This month mark your calendar for May 9 and 23 and we’ll see you there!
Who doesn’t love a good game of “Family Feud’? Join your rec staff in the Baja Bistro on Wednesday, June 7 at 1:30 pm as you compete for and fantastic trips and cash prizes… well maybe not real trips or cash prizes but you’ll get dessert and some cheesy trinkets. Sign up in the Activity Office so we know how many cheesy trinkets and dessert to provide.
As you head home for the summer, remember the Activity Office accepts perishable and non-perishable food items. Donated items are directed to area food banks and churches. Please check dates on the cans and bags as the food banks will not accept past dated items.
Memorial Day is just around the corner and we’re going to celebrate with a potluck and party! Bring your favorite dish to share, table service, a dollar or two for the 50/50 raffle and be in the Baja Bistro ready for a good time on Monday, May 31 at 12 noon. Following the noon meal Gordy and Betsey Klofstad will head up some exciting games including “Music Trivia” featuring our own Sandy Hammond on the piano.
I realize June is more than a month away but, don’t plan anything for Tuesday, June 13 as you’ll want to attend the Summer Dessert and Fashion Show.