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 197 or 11% vs 307 last month and 195 the year prior. There are currently 38 renters in the park.
We had two inches of rain this past week and more is expected this weekend. All of this rain has effectively filled every retention basin in the park. While these basins are full, you can use the small grassy area next to pickle ball for the dog walk. PLEASE be kind to your neighbors and pick up after your dogs during this period of time. When using the pet walk, please get your dog around a bit before letting them do their business as the smell tends to build up in one area.
We are not currently pumping the water into the Roosevelt Canal system as VO has had the right to do since its inception. After the last rain, Roosevelt tracked the water flow back to VO and told us to stop. They said they had disconnected their system downstream and we were flooding someone out. They also said that after all of these years, they had no idea who was still connected to their systems and so had no way of notifying us. We were instructed to call if we want to pump into their system, which we have been doing and still waiting for them to call us back. Since this is a water rights issue and is a major fundamental change in Venture Out’s drainage system, it will not be a small item to address and try to resolve this year. We are also prohibited from pumping the water on to the city streets. If Roosevelt has indeed disconnected their system, this problem is not going to be solved overnight. The temporary pet walk at the Pickle ball grassy area is our best solution at this time and we will spray the pet walk for mosquitos.
The kitchen is currently under repair for water damage. A kitchen design expert did tour the kitchen with all of us, Ed, Teresa, Chuck, Keith and myself. Once we have the design specifications to restore and re-build the kitchen three bids will be requested in order to start. This is not an insurance item as it was the result of a long-term cleaning process that the staff was doing. The chemical manufacturer does specify on the bottle to “flood” the floors for five minutes, but kitchen floors are not designed to hold water like a shower and each time that water soaked into the walls and caused damage. After the kitchen is restored, the cleaning process will return to an old-fashioned mop and bucket system and a water vac to pull up any excess water.
The North-East Sports Complex is surprisingly the easiest of our summer projects. It is only hampered by some rain delays and waiting for some final approvals from the City of Mesa on light poles. Through a series of credits and savings on the budget, we have not yet dipped into the contingency budget, so financially it is very much on track. There are many projects that are being done this summer, that officially start with the July 1 fiscal year. Those will include several transmittals, some work at shuffleboard, some bathroom improvements and handicapped ramps on bathhouses 1 – 4, as well as a lot of painting that needs to be done.
The laundry room was recently re-plumbed and all new lines were installed behind the machines. It is open for business. The Palm tree trimming is nearly done and once again this crew has done a stellar job. It is so nice to have compliments instead of complaints on this messy job. We are still moving the Kiln room project through the City of Mesa, waiting for approval with the plans to get that done in time for season.
The Board did approve parking under the solar panels for those who are here during the summer. It is not meant to be long term storage for people who are not in the park, as we simply would not have enough spaces. Also please do not take up the spaces that are typically used by staff. They do need a few spots to park back there.
Have a great weekend and see the movie Dunkirk, it is excellent. I saw it with a Brit who knows his history as well as having a full-scale model Spitfire in his garage for a little extra information!
Mary L. Schmit
While the Community Center has been deemed safe from mold spores the Baja Bistro will remain closed during the month of August for the reconstruction of the kitchen and the stripping and waxing of the Bistro floor. All events scheduled will take place in the Cabana. Updates on reopening of the facility will be posted on the various bulletin boards and our Facebook page.
Join your friends and neighbors for a good old-fashioned summer potluck in the Cabana at 12:00 pm, Monday August 7. Bring a dish to serve eight and your own table service.
Stop into the Activity Office with a dollar and guess the date and temperature of the hottest day in August. Choose the correct date and temperature and win the pot! Multiple picks are allowed. Guesses accepted until Monday, August 1.
With the extreme temperatures, various homeless shelters are running short of water donations. We normally end our Water Drive at the end of August but will extend that date to September 30. Bring your contributions of unopened water bottle, case, six pack or gallon to the Activity Office Monday through Thursday. If we are closed for lunch leave the water outside the front door and we’ll take it from there. Thank you for your continued support in this endeavor.
Since the kitchen is closed we cannot offer any type of food service so…it’s time for another potluck! This time let’s do a Salad Potluck. Be it a tossed salad, potato or macaroni salad, fruit salad, bean salad, corn salad, tofu salad or Cole slaw it will be perfect for this lunch. Bring your favorite salad and your table service to the Cabana on Monday, August 14 at 12:00 pm and enjoy the fruits of the summer with friends and neighbors.
We had such a great time last summer playing Musical Scategories we’re going to wing it again! Bring your favorite beverage, a snack or two and join Kristy and me at 3:00 pm in the Cabana on Wednesday, August 9 where we will try to stump those creative minds of yours. Dessert provided to all participants but you must sign up in the Activity Office if you wish to join this group play.
Guess what we’re doing on Monday August 21 at 8:00 am? You got it! Another Potluck...a Breakfast Potluck. Bring your favorite breakfast item to share such as bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, quiche, bagels with cream cheese, English Muffins and strawberry jam, egg casserole or even turkey bacon. Be sure you have enough to serve eight and don’t forget your table service and a coffee mug. Kristy and I will be joining you and who knows what we’ll bring! Coffee provided.
What to play a game of competitive Corn Hole? (some people refer to this game as the bean bag toss) Well, we’re having an Indoor Corn Hole Tournament on Thursday, August 17 beginning at 1:30 pm in the Cabana. Fabulous prizes awarded to the winning team! Sign up in the Activity Office by noon August 16 and get ready for some action. By the way, I think those Bocce Ball players may have a bit of an advantage. Same arm movement…same muscles!
I was introduced to the Pieology restaurant this summer and I’m now addicted. Join us as we car pool to the Greenfield and Baseline location on Tuesday, August 22 for make your own personal pizza with every topping you can think for around $8.00. You can split that pizza with a friend and really save some bucks. I wouldn’t recommend it as you just might be able to eat the whole thing. Meet in the Activity Office at 11:45pm and we’ll head out from there. They also offer build your own salads if your trying to avoid those carbs.
Chuck E Baby is so popular with our summer crowd he will be back for Happy Hour in the Cabana on Wednesday, August 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. BYOB and snacks. Water and ice provided.
I can’t believe it be it’s time for the Arizona Party. If you live at Venture Out year-round and claim Arizona as your home this August 25 party is for you. Tickets for a complete chicken dinner and tons of fun will be available in the Activity Office Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am with a deadline of 11:00 am, August 22. Questions? Contact Robert Hayes who is chairing this shindig.
Talented Elma Becker is teaching a craft class on how to make Tea Bag Pins on Tuesday, August 29 at 1:00 pm in the Cabana. The class is only $5.00 and you will be provided with all the supplies needed to make a decorative fashion pin. Check out the samples and sign up in the Activity Office today!
BonsWorth is back at Venture Out with a Summer Trunk Show! Women’s clothing and accessories will be for sale in the Cabana (or perhaps the Bistro if it is open by then) from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 30. Stop in and do a bit of shopping. Credit Cards accepted
Robbie Oldemar and her gang have all sorts of things planned for the Labor Day Party including Giant Jenga, Water Balloons, Corn Hole and pool games. The fun begins at 11:00 am at the East Pool with the potluck lunch being served at noon in the Cabana. Come enjoy one of the last summer events of the season.
I know this is a bit in the future but if you’re free on Wednesday, September 6 at 3:00pm we could use your help in making the table decorations for the upcoming Halloween Party. No talent necessary! Ice cream bars provided for all who assist. Location to be announced in the next edition of the Out-Lines.,
Pray for rain and enjoy the ride!