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GVR Clubs

have long been the heart of a recreation program that is unsurpassed in Arizona, and perhaps, in the US.

Sixty-two clubs provide membervolunteer driven opportunities for high quality leisure and recreation opportunities. Clubs work with GVR staff and governance volunteers to ensure equipment and spaces are developed and maintained for a high-value experience.

Each GVR club is a non-profit business entity with bylaws and a governing board.

Inside this catalog you will find descriptions and contact information for the following club types:

Arts & Crafts (12)

Cards & Games (15)

Dance (3)

Social (11)

Special Interest (7)

Sports (14)

GVR provides ten clubs with “dedicated space.” These are hobby shops such as the wood shop and clay studio, designed and equipped for their special needs. While sports courts are not dedicated for club use, sports clubs do advocate for, and sometimes raise funds for, equipment and facilities that benefit all GVR members and their guests.

With average annual club dues falling under $10, joining a GVR club is a great, affordable way for any GVR member to meet like-minded folks, explore new interests, and develop existing interests in new directions.

There’s something for everyone!

Arts & Crafts

Artisans’ Shop

Center with 100+ vendors, and the success of this festival provides the means for donations to various nonprofit organizations in Green Valley.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Desert Hills Center; the first Wednesday of each month, October through May, 1–4pm. And Santa Rita Springs Center; every Wednesday, June through September, 1–4pm in the art room

The GVR Artisans’ Shop is a place where members of other GVR arts & crafts clubs can sell their unique handmade creations and keep 90% of the sales price to continue funding their hobby. Members participate by working in the shop which is open Monday through Saturday. The club meets four times each year to check in and maintain optimal shop operations.

Applications are available in the shop.

Annual dues: $25 first year, $10 thereafter

Location: West Center courtyard

Website: gvrartisansshop.com

Email: artisansofgvr@gmail.com

Test drive: No.

Arts and Crafts Association

Website: gvrartsandcrafts.com

Contact: gvrartsandcrafts@gmail.com Test drive? Please contact the club

Card Crafters Club

The GVR Arts and Crafts Association was formed over 50 years ago. The purpose of this association was to create a wider interest in arts and crafts by sponsoring exhibits, speakers, and demonstrations and bringing the various clubs together to help the growth of arts and crafts in the community. Today the club continues this goal with monthly meetings to learn new craft techniques, enjoy presentations from various speakers and work on Projects LINUS and AVIVA. Each February the club sponsors the GVR Arts and Crafts Festival at West

The GVR Card Crafters enjoy making cards for all occasions. Our members range from beginners to seasoned card makers with many different levels of skills and techniques. Everyone is willing to share these ideas. Sharing ideas helps the new member as well as the members who have been making cards for a while. The club provides abundant tools and supplies needed to make cards. From timeto-time free demos or classes are offered. Along with the ideas, there is a lot of visiting and laughter that is shared at the club. The members make cards for themselves but also to share with local nursing homes and with our military members.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs Art RoomJanuary–April: Thursdays 10am–2pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month 5pm–8pm; May–September: Tuesdays 9am–3pm; October–April: Tuesdays 9am–4pm. Drop in any time during those hours and stay as long as you like.

Contact: gvrcardcraftersclub@gmail.com Test Drive? Yes, with $5 materials fee

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Ceramics Club

Decorative Art Club

creativity, and cheers each member’s progress. With a new dedicated studio space at Santa Rita Springs, the Glass Artists Club offers members a wellequipped, safe, open studio!

Annual dues: $40

Location: Santa Rita Springs (lower level)

Website: gvrglassartists.com

Contact: gvrglassartists1@gmail.com

Test Drive? No. Introduction to Glass Artists Club (GAC) class is required

The GVR Ceramics Club pours, paints, and fires ceramics in a studio. Workshops, tutorials, tools, paints, table space, and camaraderie are all offered. To ensure members always have fresh options, the club maintains a large “library” of molds. If you have an interest in creating gifts, décor, or practical household items, this club is for you.

Annual dues: $35

Location and schedule: Desert Hills; 8am–4pm seven days per week

Website: ceramicsclub2020.wixsite. com/ceramics

Contact: gvrceramics1@gmail.com

Test drive? No. Completion of Beginning Ceramics class is required

Clay Studio

The GVR Decorative Art Club is the place to gather for fun and camaraderie. All skill levels are welcome to create art projects and learn new techniques. Past activities include paint pours, fabric painting, needle felting, gourd mask creations, holiday ornaments, fabric-wrapped rope baskets, gelli pad printing, alcohol ink on glass and tiles, and wooden yard art. Open days are offered on alternate weeks for members to complete unfinished projects, or bring in their own work. The club provides paints, inks, stencils, supplies, and detailed lesson instructions. Stop by for a visit!

Annual dues: $20

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs lower level; Mondays, 9am–4pm, October through mid-May

Contact: gvrdecorativeartclub@ gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may try the club for one free activity (with prior notice)

Glass Artists Club

The GVR Clay Studio is focused on providing opportunities for creative expression in clay. The studio includes flexible work spaces where members come together to enjoy hobbies and share creative skills. Beginners and experienced potters share space and ideas freely. The studio provides a clean and safe space, kilns, glazes, tools, and a library for education and inspiration. Separate rooms for instruction, hand-building, sculpture, and wheelthrowing allow members to focus on particular interests as they wish.

Annual dues: $35

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs; seven days per week

Website: claystudiogvaz.com

Contact: 520-399-2755

Test drive? No. Completion of Introduction to the Clay Studio class required

Lapidary & Silversmith Club

If you love the way light plays on and through glass, you’ll enjoy creating art in fused glass, glass mosaics, or stained glass. Some members specialize in one or more forms of glass art; others do all three. Some members love teaching; others love operating the kilns. There’s room for everyone in the Glass Artists Club. All members are encouraged to share techniques, tips, and sometimes, glass with each other. The friendly studio welcomes all levels of expertise and

The GVR Lapidary & Silversmith Club is one of GVR’s oldest clubs dating back to 1965. The club provides a welcoming atmosphere to GVR members who are interested in learning lapidary (stone cutting and polishing), silversmithing, dichroic and fused glass jewelry, PMC (precious metal clay), chain maille, wire wrapping, metal forming and other jewelry arts. The club has three well-equipped centers and offers a wide variety of classes year-round for the development and expansion of members’ talents. Each shop also has a display area featuring beautiful, handcrafted jewelry for sale to the public.

Annual dues: $50

Location and schedules: Please see website for schedules, or call:

• West Center 520-648-1726

• East Center 520-399-1989

• Desert Hills 520-399-2370

Website: gvrlapidaryclub.org

Contact: contact.us@gvrlapidaryclub.org

Test drive? No. Completion of a beginning level class is required. Tours are provided.

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Arts & Crafts
NEW PEOPLE!
MEET

Metal Working Crafts Club

Test drive? Yes. GVR members are welcome to attend two sessions before joining the club. Supplies are available if you would like to try a needle art before making the final decision.

Santa Rita Art League

The GVR Metal Working Club is a newer club at GVR currently working out of a very small shop. The club’s focus is on teaching members about metal working crafts.

Annual dues: $40

Location and schedule: West Center behind the Administrative Offices; Monday and Friday, 7:30–10:30am

Contact: gvrmwcc1070@gmail.com

Test Drive? Yes. GVR members may attend one time before joining the club

Needle Arts Club

GVR’s Santa Rita Art League (SRAL) offers the use of a fully equipped professional studio and a library of over 900 videos and art books for club member use. Monthly general meetings feature in-depth demonstrations and programs by proficient artists in a variety of mediums. Members can participate in open and juried exhibitions at various GVR centers. The club organizes art mini-workshops where members can meet and work with other artists in the mediums of their choice. The workshops feature various special interest groups including: watercolor, portraiture, life drawing, plein air, abstract, pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed media and collage, printmaking, and assemblage.

Annual dues: $35

project layout areas and outdoor spaces for sanding and finishing. The club offers its members classes from November through April, and existing members are often available to provide support during club hours. Woodworkers organize a wooden toy-building project that make and distribute about 650 toys that mostly go to the St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic in Nogales, AZ. The wood shop also performs furniture repair by donation.

Annual dues: $40

Location and schedule: West Center; Monday 8am–2pm, Tuesday-Saturday, 8am–4pm Website: wwgvr.org

Contact: secretary@wwgvr.org

Test drive? No. Orientation and training, offered November through April, is required to join. Details can be found on the club website.

Cards & Games

Bridge Clubs

The GVR Needle Arts Club took off in 2019 and hasn’t looked back since! It continues to grow not only in members but also in the definition of what is a needle art. All types of needle-related art are welcome. Currently many members enjoy counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, and crocheting. There is also a Swedish weaver, a member who makes Temari Balls, and a few hand-quilting gurus. While the club membership currently only includes women, men are welcome to join and find out how much fun, and how relaxing the various needle arts can be. Don’t forget, gentlemen, Rosey Grier took up knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint after retiring from the NFL. Hope to see you soon!

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Casa Paloma I; the second Wednesday of the month from 2–4pm, and the fourth Friday from 2–4pm

Contact: gvrneedlearts@gmail.com

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs Center; daily 9am–6pm when a studio monitor is present Website: SantaRitaArt.org

Contact: sralcommunications@ gmail.com

Test drive? Contact the club

Woodworkers Club

Aside from the (sanctioned) Duplicate Bridge Club, GVR has six other bridge groups playing in locations across the campus, including three groups just for women. Social bridge, progressive bridge, informal duplicate bridge—bridge is a big deal at GVR! For locations, schedules and contact information, visit the Cards and Games page at GVRec.org under the Recreation tab.

Club Classes

If the club you’re interested in requires a class, call GVR Customer Service at 520-624-3440 or scan the QR code below to log in to ActiveNet.

The GVR Woodworkers Club provides a safe, well-maintained, organized wood shop where GVR members may explore woodworking crafts. The 5800 squarefoot shop is well-equipped and includes

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Arts & Crafts

Canasta Club

Cribbage Club

Euchre Card Club

The GVR Canasta Club is one of the longest continuous card clubs at GVR and currently has over 75 active members. The purpose of the GVR Canasta Club is to provide an opportunity to play the game in a friendly, social environment. If you are new to the game or haven’t played in quite a while, the club will provide a training table to teach or review the game. Membership is open to all GVR members. In addition to weekly card playing, the GVR Canasta Club also sponsors special social events throughout the year.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: East Center Auditorium; Friday and Sunday afternoons with doors opening at noon for practice games. Club play runs from 1–3:45pm Website: sites.google.com/view/ gvrcanastaclub

Contact: canastagvr@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may play one time before joining the club

Chess Club

Cribbage is an entertaining card game of strategy (and some luck). The thrill is in the skill to know which moves to make and when! New or experienced players are welcome, but knowledge of cribbage is required to join the club.

Annual dues: $2

Location: East Center

Contact: gvrcribbageclub@gmail.com Test drive? Contact club

Duplicate Bridge Club

If you want to have fun, meet people, and play cards, then the GVR Euchre Club might be right for you. Refreshments are served weekly, and the annual banquet celebrates the year’s games and camaraderie. Join the Euchre Club for entertainment, laughter and prize money!

Annual dues: $2

Locations and schedule: Desert Hills; every Friday, from 6–9pm.

Contact: gvreuchreclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Contact club

Hearts Club

The GVR Chess Club is open to all GVR members. If you are a beginner, we’ll teach you to play chess. If you are an expert, you can teach us

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: East Center; Wednesdays at 1pm

Contact: gvrchess.club@yahoo.com

Test drive? No

The GVR Duplicate Bridge Club holds American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) sanctioned bridge sessions. All games are played to ACBL rules. Depending on the day, the club may host regular games, charity games, special team games, pro/am games, club championships, Unit games, and District games. Our members are at all levels of bridge expertise, making for both a challenging and educational bridge experience. All hands are predealt, and hand results are electronically scored using Bridgemates. Directors are on hand for all sessions, and they are available to aid players in interpretation and application of ACBL rules of play. The club actively supports ACBL’s Zero Tolerance Policy. Bridge is a game and should be fun! The club offers bridge classes seasonally.

Annual dues: $2

Location and schedule: Canoa Hills Center; Mondays and Fridays from 1–4pm and Thursdays from 12:30–4pm

Website: gvbridge.com/Bridge/ Bridge.htm

Contact: gvrdupbridge@gmail.com Test drive? Yes. Contact club for details

Want to have some fun? Join the GVR Hearts Club. The club welcomes beginners and experienced players, and provides cards, water, and candy. Players are welcome to bring other refreshments they may prefer. The club also provides a lunch once or twice a year. Give it a shot—you won’t be sorry.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Las Campanas; Wednesdays, 1–3pm

Contact: gvrheartsclub@gmail.com

Test drive? GVR members may play the game one time before joining

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Cards & Games

National Mah Jongg Club

score, bidding process, and unique 48-card set up, this is an immensely enjoyable game.

The club offers free lessons certain times in the winter for people wanting to learn or brush up on Single Deck Pinochle.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: East Center; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6–9pm

Contact: gvrpinochle@gmail.com

handed or three-handed card game. The club welcomes new players and offers straightforward instructions to teach the game to all wishing to learn.

Curious fact: Although Schafkopf literally means “sheepshead,” funnily enough, it has nothing to do with sheep! The term likely came from Middle High German and referred to playing cards on a barrel head (from kopf, meaning head, and Schaff, meaning barrel). It was just translated incorrectly, and the name stuck.

Mah Jongg is a game of luck and strategy with 100 ways to win. Moves and basic principles are learned relatively quickly, but can take a lifetime to master. Even though it may take a long time to reach that elevated level of play, the club’s players say the journey along the way would be too much fun to pass up.

Depending on the source, Mah Jongg was developed in China around 500 BC, or between 1368 and 1644. Still other theories have circulated for centuries. Regardless of its origin, the game made its way to the United States around 1920, and soon developed a dedicated following in this country.

The GVR Mah Jongg Club has taken up the ancient pastime and meets at least once a week to fill a room with tables of four players sitting behind their tiles. Players need to have the current National Maj Jongg League card and play by their rules. You may bring your own set but it’s not necessary.

Annual dues: None

Location and schedule: East Center auditorium; Wednesdays, 1–4pm

Contact: gvmahjongg@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may play the game one time before joining the club. Basic knowledge of Mah Jongg is required.

Pinochle Club

Test drive? Contact club

Poker Club

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Las Campanas; Tuesdays, 5:30pm, year round

Contact: gvrsheepsheadclub@gmail.com Test drive? Contact club

Dance Line Dancers Club

The GVR Poker Club formed with the minimum 35 members in 1998 and currently has 58 members. The club is open to all GVR members and is focused on providing a friendly and casual environment for poker players at all levels of experience. Nine different games of Hi-Low Poker are regularly played. Buy-in is $15 and there is also a high-hand pot. The club hosts an annual poker tournament featuring no limit hold ‘em and Omaha Hi-Lo Poker levels.

Annual dues: $5 to join and $2 annual dues thereafter

Location and schedule: Desert Hills; weekdays from 12:25–3:55pm

Website: gvrpokerclub.com

Contact: info@gvrpokerclub.com

Test drive? Contact club

Sheepshead Card Club

The GVR Line Dancers Club has over 100 members who love to line dance to all genres of music. The club provides workshops to learn the dances as well as club sessions for dancing. Line dancing provides great exercise for both mind and body. The club also holds socials and special occasion dances. The club’s website provides members access to dance demonstrations, step sheets, dance tips and the dance schedule. Members are encouraged to participate in committees and teams, and even lead dance sessions. No partner required, just a love of dance.

Annual dues: $10

Location and schedule: Canoa Hills

Palo Verde Room; Mondays and Fridays from 8–10:30 am, Tuesdays from 12:15–4pm and Saturdays from 8–noon

Website: gvrlinedancers.org

Contact: gvrlinedancers@gmail.com

The GVR Pinochle Club offers both single and double deck play, as well as social gatherings on occasion. With its many different ways to keep

The GVR Sheepshead (Schafkopf) Club invites GVR members to enjoy playing this challenging and exciting five-

Test drive? No. Completion of Line Dance I & II required. These classes are offered through GVR

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Cards & Games
Dance

Saturday Night Dance Club

Never danced before? Two left feet? Not a problem. Wear casual attire and comfortable shoes. Singles and couples are welcome.

Annual dues: $20

the first Thursday of the month from 4–5:30pm. See web site for additional activities.

Website: gvramigas.org

Contact: gvramigasclub@gmail.com

If you love to dance, this club is for you! In the peak season, between October and April, the club hosts two dances per month on the first and third Saturdays. Music is typically provided by a DJ who plays music from our 200+ song playlist appropriate for a variety of dance styles from West Coast and East Coast Swing, Latin, Country, and Ballroom. The club is open to all dancers, singles or partners. A dance lesson is often offered just before dances begin. Dress code is “smart casual.” No shorts or flip flops allowed.

Annual dues: $12 with all subsequent dances costing just $5 per person

Location and Schedule: Canoa Hills or Las Campanas; first and third Saturday from October–April, 6–9pm

Contact: gvrdanceclub@gmail.com Test drive? Yes.

Square and Round Dance Club

Location and schedule: Canoa Hills Center; Mondays starting October 9, 5:30–6:45pm (Workshop dance for new dancers). Mondays starting October 9, 7–9pm (Club dance). Monday, October 30 6:30–8:30 pm (free introductory square dance). Las Campanas; Wednesdays starting November 1, 2:30–4:30 pm (Round Dance).

Website: sardasa.org

Contact: presidentgvsgvr@gmail.com Test drive? Yes. Come to the free Introduction to Square Dance party on October 30 with two subsequent dates during the season.

Social Amigas Club

Test Drive? Yes. GVR women are welcome to attend our Coffee Times and Meet & Greets before joining.

AmigOs Men’s Club

The GVR Square and Round Dance Club invites you to this social activity that exercises your mind and your body and offers new friendships. Dancing stimulates the body and the mind, and provides opportunities for friendship and community. After six weeks of the class “Introduction to Modern Square Dancing,” new dancers are slowly integrated with a Monday evening workshop before the club square dance. Round dancing is held on Wednesdays. Nationally certified caller: Rick Gittelman; nationally certified cuer: Lynn Van Atta.

“We’re neighbors, let’s be friends.”

The GVR Amigas Club is dedicated to welcoming GVR women and providing opportunities to connect and form lasting friendships. Meetings and events are the club’s forte. Monthly Meet & Greets and Coffee Times are scheduled throughout the year. Seasonal parties fill the largest GVR venues. If events are not your thing, you’ll likely find a home with over 50 special interest groups: arts and crafts, wine tasting, bunco, hiking—you name it, someone in this club of over 400 members is doing it!

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Amigas, and there are many opportunities to help us create our special events!

Annual dues: $15.00

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs Anza Room; Coffee Times are the third Saturday of the month from 9–10:30am, and Meet & Greets are

The GVR AmigOs Men’s Club was formed in 2017 in the footsteps of the highly successful Amigas Club. It is a social club for male GVR members to meet new friends, join common interest groups and explore what southern Arizona has to offer.

The club hosts a monthly Meet and Greet on the third Saturday of every month at 9am at East Center. These events include a short business meeting, a brief guest speaker presenting on a common interest, and a social hour over light refreshments. The club’s “First Saturday Breakfast” at the Patriot’s Kitchen (formerly Old Chicago Deli) is always well attended. The club also organizes a monthly day trip to a local attraction, event, or tour. At the heart of the club are special interest groups formed and led by volunteer members. Group topics range from books to shooting and additional groups can be formed at any time.

Annual dues: $15

Location: East Center

Website: gvramigos.com

Contact: gvramigos@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Potential members are welcome to join one of the monthly meetings or breakfasts.

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Social

Canadian Club

Green Bay Packers Club

Michigan Club

The GVR Canadian Club is for Canadians who live or spend winter months in Green Valley. If you are a Canadian looking to meet other countrymen, then come out and join us for one of our gatherings. We are a social club with a Potluck Christmas Party in December, Wine & Cheese in January, Pizza Party in February, and Golf and Dinner in March.

Annual dues: none

Location and schedule: See website

Website: gvrcanadianclub.com

Contact: gvrcanadianclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. All Canadians are welcome to attend our events. No dues or application required.

Colorado Club

The GVR Green Bay Packers Club gather to watch Packers games on a big screen via satellite TV.

Annual dues: $10

Location: Las Campanas

Contact: gbpcofgvr@gmail.com

Test drive? Contact the club

Italian Club

The GVR Michigan Club welcomes GVR members to meet others who have experienced the upper and/or lower peninsula of Michigan whether it be through residing, visiting, or any other connection with Michigan. Come and share your Michigan experiences with others. Meetings include a catered dinner and entertainment and an annual silent auction.

Annual dues: $10 (cost of dinners will be posted on website and by email)

Location and schedule: West Social Center; the first Wednesday of each month, December through April

Website: michiganclub.org

Contact: miclubcontact@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may attend one time before joining the club.

Minnesota Club

The newly-formed GVR Italian Club is underway with a bevy of interesting topics and yes, there will be food! At these social meetings you will learn more about Italian arts and history, family traditions, recipes and food, genealogy, and all things Italian.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: All meetings are 3–5pm and location is TBA

The GVR Colorado Club welcomes GVR members interested in meeting other people from Colorado or associated with Colorado. Gatherings include potluck or catered dinners along with entertainment or special activities.

Annual dues: $10

Location and schedule: Las Campanas; the first Saturday of the month, October through April, 5–7pm.

Contact: gvrcoloradoclub@gmail.com Test drive? Contact the club

Contact: gvritalianclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Contact the club

The GVR Minnesota Club brings people from all parts of Minnesota together for an evening of fellowship, dinner, and entertainment.

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: West Center; November-April, monthly meeting with catered dinner or potluck

Contact: gvmnclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Contact the club

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LEARN NEW SKILLS!
I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. —Groucho Marx

New England Club

Singles Club

Club activities focus on dog owner education, guest speakers, website resources, and fun activities including group walks on area trails and classroom sessions on all topics’ canine.

The club welcomes all GVR members, all GVR dog owners and dog lovers.

Annual dues: $15/person or $20/ household

Location and schedule: Locations and times vary.

Website: gvrcanine.org

Eat, drink, and chat with fellow New Englanders! The GVR New England Club meets four times per year during the winter months to enjoy the company of fellow New Englanders, and those with school or family ties to the area. Events include dinner, entertainment, and a social hour for a small yearly fee.

Annual dues: $20

Location: West Center

Contact: gvrnewenglandclub@gmail.com Test drive? Contact the club

Pacific Northwest Club

The GVR Singles Club is a social club helping widowed, divorced, or nevermarried members to connect with their peers. Monday meetings are preceded by a social hour featuring coffee and a scrumptious brunch buffet. Frequent guest speakers provide vital information about Green Valley’s resources and volunteer opportunities. Each week members can also sign up for breakfast, dinner, and happy hour get-togethers at local restaurants. In addition, there are frequent day trips/ tours for special events and to enjoy local attractions.

Annual dues: $10 plus $1 per meeting attended to cover cost of food Location and schedule: Desert Hills; Mondays at 9:30am for social hour, 10:30 for the meeting.

Contact: gvrsinglesclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members are welcome to attend one Monday meeting before joining the club.

Contact: info@gvrcanine.org

Test drive? Yes. Members may attend one session prior to joining the club.

Computer Club

The GVR Pacific Northwest Club is a social club for those from the Northwest including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The spirit of the Northwest is the basis for the club’s fellowship and camaraderie, and is perfect for those who are proud to be from the Northwest and love to reminisce about their time there. This social club meets during the season for potluck or “night out” dinners.

Annual dues: $6

Location and schedule: Desert Hills; second Saturdays November, January, February and March

Contact: gvrpacificnorthwestclub@ gmail.com

Test Drive? Yes. GVR members interested in the PNW may attend one event before joining the club.

Special Interest

Canine Club

The GVR Computer Club provides assistance, exchange of information, on-site as well as Zoom classes/ meetings, and on-site equipment to members of GVR who share an interest in personal and Mac computers, tablets, smartphones, and software. Additionally, the club offers special interest group meetings such as the Investment Club and Quicken Finance throughout the week or month.

Annual dues: $25/person and $35/family

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs Kino room (upper level); Monday–Friday, 8am–Noon

Website: ccgvaz.org

Contact: gvrcomputerclub@gmail.com or 520-625-4508

Test drive? Contact the club

The GVR Canine Club is a social & resource club committed to supporting and educating members about dogs and dog behavior. Our focus is to enhance the physical and mental health of our members through positive, fun interactions and social connections.

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Forum Club

Photography Club

Annual dues: $5

Location and schedule: Las Campanas; meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at 9am, October–April

Contact: travelclubofgvr@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR Members are welcome to attend one meeting before joining the club.

Valley Players Club

The GVR Forum Club’s goal is to entertain, enlighten, engage, and sometimes to educate members through presentations that have been enjoyed since 1976. The club offers presentations on a wide range of topics that are listed on the club’s website. Past topics include The AZ Rangers, Homelessness, Local Art, and Metaphysics. Members are welcome to attend as often or as little as they like, choosing the topics of interest to them.

Annual dues: $2

Location and schedule: Desert Hills; most Wednesdays, November through April, 9–10am

Website: gvrforumclub.com

Contact: gvrforumclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may attend one time before joining the club.

Meditation Club

The GVR Photography Club is one of the largest camera clubs in the US with 600+ active members. Regardless of your skill level, you’ll have fun taking, editing, and presenting photos and videos. Share your passion with others. Take free courses and join our special interest groups to get the most from your digital camera, smartphone, action camera, or drone. Learn the ins and outs of post-processing software. Use our state-of-the-art equipment to digitize and edit photos, slides, and videos. Go on club field trips to practice your photographic skills. Exhibit your photos/videos at our Showtime and Travelogue events. Come make friends and photographs!

Annual dues: $30 for one or $40 for two in the same household

Location and schedule: Santa Rita Springs Center; November–April: Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm. May–October: Monday–Friday, 9am–Noon. Event times vary

Website: gvrphotographyclub.org

Contact: gvrphotographyclub@ gmail.com

Test drive? Club studio tours available— drop in any time

Travel Club

The GVR Meditation Club is a place where people can learn about meditation and ways to relax, share meditation techniques and information relating to meditation, and enjoy stimulating discussions. There’s a silent group meditation practice time, and the metaphysical subgroup invites those who wish to learn about a broad range of metaphysical topics. The club is non-sectarian and welcomes everyone. Meetings often include speakers.

Annual dues: None

Location and schedule: Las Campanas; Thursdays from 3–4pm

Contact: gvrmeditationclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. No fees, no prerequisites, and open to all GVR members.

The GVR Travel Club is comprised of travelers who share their journeys and adventures. Members are knowledgeable, helpful, and love to share what they have learned. During one-hour programs offered October–April, a club member tells of their travel adventure and answers questions about the details involved in planning their trip. Afterward, a travel-related subject is offered for discussion and questions.

GVR Valley Players is a group of performance artists who love both traditional live theater and Readers Theater. Founded as a GVR club in 1985, members have embraced their aging artistic personas through acting and definitely not acting their age!

Valley Players is dedicated to providing quality live theater to Green Valley residents. The club welcomes GVR members interested in all facets of theater, from acting on stage, handling props and costumes, to working behind-the-scenes as part of a tech crew. Valley Players perform plays and skits at venues all over Green Valley without the hassle of memorizing lines. They have performed for other GVR clubs, HOAs, local church groups, the Green Valley library, private parties and other entities throughout the years. Join in or book a performance!

Annual dues: $15/person or $25/couple

Location and schedule: Las Campanas Center; Meetings on Sundays at 12:30pm in the Ironwood Room (Please see website for other schedules)

Website: gvrvalleyplayers.weebly.com

Contact: gvrvalleyplayers@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Contact the club.

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Special Interest
HAVE FUN!

Sports

Aquabelles

Bocce Club

advocacy with local government, and provides a clearinghouse for information about informal riding groups in the greater Green Valley area. The club is a good fit for any cyclist, from the long-time competitor to the new retiree who hasn’t been on a bike since they were in school. All GVR members are welcome.

Annual dues: $10

Having formed in 1965, the GVR Aquabelles Club has the honor of being the oldest club in Green Valley. The synchronized swimmers practice May through September, working towards an annual performance. The club is excited to be back at the newly remodeled East Pool. If you can swim and float, you can be an Aquabelle. Aquabeaus are also welcome!

Annual dues: $20 full or $10 supporting, and $1 spouse

Location: East Center

Contact: gvraquabelles@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Members are welcome to come by for a try.

Billiards Club

From a humble beginning 25 years ago with only three dirt courts, to the current space with carpeted and shaded courts at Canoa Hills Center, the GVR Bocce Club is a welcoming venue.

The club is both a social and a sports club, meeting year-round to play bocce and enjoy one another’s company. For those who like competition, the Bocce Club sponsors a tournament each year.

Bocce is a sport of skill and strategy for all because the throwing motion is natural and does not strain body parts unlike golf, tennis, pickleball and volleyball. It is a natural adjunct for those who enjoy shuffleboard and other low impact sports. All GVR members are welcome to enjoy one of the world’s oldest games!

Annual dues: $10

Location and schedule: Canoa Hills; every weekday morning at the bocce courts. The club reserves Wednesday mornings for women only. Social gatherings are usually held in November or December

Contact: gvrbocceclub@gmail.com

Location and schedule: East Center; the second Wednesday of the month at 3pm. See website for information about group rides.

Website: gvrcycling.org

Contact: gvrcycling@gmail.com

Test drive? Contact the club

Hiking Club

GVR has three billiards locations open to all GVR members and their cardcarrying guests. Club members play recreationally and competitively, with established schedules for women’s play and scrambles. The club coordinates tournaments and a competitive event in the Southern Arizona Senior Games. Classes are offered as GVR courses for those seeking to improve their casual game. GVR maintains the billiards tables (and one snooker table) quarterly. Cues and chalk are provided.

Annual dues: $10

Locations and schedules: West Center, East Center, and soon-to-be Del Sol Clubhouse. Please see the website below for schedules.

Website: billiardsclubofgvr.com

Contact: billiardsclubgvr@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may participate in one club activity before joining. All GVR members and authorized guests are welcome to use all billiards facilities when not reserved by the club.

Test drive? Yes. GVR members are welcome to play one time before joining the club. All necessary equipment is provided.

Cycling Club

The GVR Hiking Club includes more than 300 GVR members who enjoy hiking in the beautiful Sky Islands, valleys, and deserts of southern Arizona. The club offers hikes of varied terrain and elevation, and provides opportunities to learn the history, flora, and fauna of the region. Experienced hike leaders conduct every hike and are aided by assistant leaders.

Annual dues: $20

Location and schedule: West Center parking lot; Thursdays, August–June

Website: gvrhc.org

Contact: gvrhikingclub@gmail.com

Test drive? No. An orientation session is required. Orientations are offered between September and April; sign up is on the website listed above.

The GVR Cycling Club is a newer group that formed in 2020 and ended the year with more than 100 members. This club organizes and hosts informational meetings and events, publishes a monthly newsletter covering many subjects of interest to the Arizona cyclist, engages in cycling

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Hunting & Fishing Club

patterns, self-defense, and discussions on the tenets of the martial arts. The club offers just such a gathering place where we learn and practice with martial arts that include Tai Chi, Taekwondo and Karate.

Test drive? Yes. All GVR members and their guests are welcome to play on unscheduled courts or during “open play”

Racquetball Club

The GVR Hunting & Fishing Club provides learning and shared experiences through meetings where members discuss interesting topics, and enjoy knowledgeable and thought-provoking presenters.

The club meets monthly from September through May and has four areas of interest:

• To meet socially to learn about hunting and fishing opportunities in Arizona and New Mexico

• To share outdoor experiences

• To promote hunting and fishing among area youth, and

• To sponsor conservation projects in the greater Green Valley area

In order to be able to accomplish these interests, funds are raised through banquets, donations, and raffles. The club has donated more than $25,000 in the past several years.

No firearms permitted on GVR property.

Annual dues: $15

Location and schedule: East Center; September to May on the third Wednesday of the month. Because this may change in 2024, please see the website for up-to-date information.

Website: gvrhuntingandfishingclub.com

Contact: gvrhuntfish@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. All GVR members are welcome to attend one meeting or event before joining the club.

Martial Arts Club

Drop in at any of the club’s meetings. We invite GVR members from beginners to experienced (in all disciplines). Many friendships have been created within our club, and new friends are always welcome.

Annual dues: $12

Location and schedule: The club meets for one hour at the Continental Vista’s rec room: Mondays 4:30–6:30pm, Tuesdays 12–4pm, and Thursdays 9–11am.

Contact: gvrmartialarts@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may drop in or try out the Tai Chi and Work Out Like a Martial Artist programs for FREE.

Pickleball Club

The GVR Racquetball Club is comprised of more than 60 men and women who play at all levels, six days a week.

Annual dues: $10

Location and schedule: Las Campanas racquetball center; Monday through Saturday, 9am–Noon.

Contact: gvrracquetballclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Any GVR member is welcome to drop in and give the game a try. The club provides loaner equipment. Outside of club play, all GVR members and their card-carrying guests are welcome to use the racquetball facilities

Shuffleboard Club

The GVR Pickleball Club was established in 2007 with 38 members enjoying one court at the East Center. In 2022 there are approximately 1000 members and 36 courts across three locations.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US according to the Sports and Fitness industry Association (SFIA). Courts are about 1/4 the size of a Tennis court. Pickleball is easy to learn but not as easy to master, which is part of the appeal. It is a very friendly, social game. There are both recreational as well as competitive players in the GVR Pickleball Club.

For GVR members new to pickleball, the club offers beginner classes October through April (no classes in December).

Annual dues: $15

The GVR Martial Arts Club might be for you if you enjoy gathering with others to improve your physical and emotional health, strength and balance, practicing

Location and schedule: Canoa Ranch, East Center and the Pickleball Center; schedules can be found on the website Website: gvrpickleball.org

Contact: greenvalleypickleballclub@ gmail.com

Shuffleboard is a game of strategy, skill, and luck. When beginners first start learning the rules and techniques, it’s quite simple and there are a lot of laughs. As members get hooked on the game and learn more strategy, it becomes increasingly fascinating and entertaining. Shuffleboard can be played by people of all ages and physical abilities. Pop in and meet new friends and learn fresh skills (without the need to buy any new clothing or equipment). If you like to compete, the GVR Shuffleboard Club hosts fall and winter leagues.

Annual dues: $10

Locations: West Center, Abrego South, Casa Paloma I, Casa Paloma II, and Madera Vista

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Contact: shufflegvr@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Free beginner lessons are offered by club members every Monday at West Center; October–April. All GVR members are welcome to use courts and equipment at any of the above locations.

Swim Club

collaboration and camaraderie is what the club is all about. Instruction is offered to new members who wish to improve their game.

Eight high-quality tables as well as one table with a robotic ball server are available for use. Doubles is what most members choose, but singles play is encouraged as well. The game is excellent for hand-eye coordination and aerobic exercise, and it’s a great indoor alternative during inclement weather.

Annual dues: $10

Location and schedule: West Center auditorium; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am–Noon

Website: greenvalleyttc.com

Contact: greenvalleyttc@gmail.com

Canoa Hills, Las Campanas, East Center, Madera Vista

Website: gvtennis.com

Contact: gvr_tennis_club@ gvtennis.com

Test drive? Yes. All GVR members and their guests are welcome to use any available court (see website for schedule). Novice sessions and drop-in groups are also open to any GVR member.

Volleyball Club

Sunshine, fun, health, discipline, laughter, and teamwork—these are some of the things that describe a GVR Swim Club workout! The club currently has over 50 members. Some are life-long swimmers. Many club members are new, or coming back to swimming in order to pursue a passion from their past. Aside from workouts, the club hosts several social events (parties) throughout the snowbird season, along with special swim events such as “Fun-in-the Sun” and “Reindeer games” relays.

Annual dues: $20

Location and schedule: West Center pool; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8–11am. Each swim session includes two workout sessions: 3000 yards coached from the water and 2200 yards coached from the deck.

Website: gvrswimclub.com

Contact: gvrswimclub@gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. GVR members may attend one workout session before joining the club.

Table Tennis Club

Test drive? Yes. GVR members are welcome to attend two sessions before joining the club. Loaner paddles are available.

Tennis Club

If you enjoy volleyball, give the GVR Volleyball Club a try! New members are welcome to learn through play in a relaxed, collaborative environment. All skill levels are invited to come out and have fun—there is something for everyone:

Water Volleyball is played with a somewhat soft foam ball. The water makes it possible for people with limited mobility to play.

The GVR Tennis Club boasts 444 members playing on 17 courts, and membership entitles you to: a state-ofthe-art online court reservation system, weekly league play and instructional clinics, social gatherings and fun tournaments, participation in competitive USTA/Interclub tournaments, and unlimited use of two ball machines (for an additional $30 annual fee).

The club represents the interests of all tennis players regarding improvements and maintenance of the courts. Tennis Club volunteers work as instructors, league and tournament organizers, and social coordinators.

Professional instruction and tennis racquet stringing are available from one of the members for a nominal fee. Visit our web page or contact the club president.

The GVR Table Tennis Club has existed since the early 1980s and enjoys a healthy membership. Skill sets range from novice to experienced, and members are encouraged to mix and play with each other. While everyone certainly gets the chance to compete,

Potlucks and social events are planned for December, January, February, and March for the 2023/24 season.

Annual dues: $15 plus $30 annual fee for ball machine privileges

Locations: West Center, Desert Hills,

Sand Volleyball is a social game played with relaxed volleyball rules. All skill levels are welcome. Drop-in play. Court Volleyball is played on the racquetball court using a wallyball. Teams consist of four players.

Wallyball is like Court Volleyball, but walls are in play.

With over 100 club members, group participation is robust amongst all four games! Rules for most games are modified to maximize participation and enjoyment.

Annual dues: $10

Locations and schedules: Abrego South—sand & water volleyball; Las Campanas—racquetball court, court and wallyball. Please refer to the club website for play days and times

Website: gvrvolleyball.org

Contact: greenvalleyvolleyball@ gmail.com

Test drive? Yes. Play with no obligation for two weeks.

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MAJOR CENTERS

Canoa Hills (CH)

3660 S Camino del Sol

Canoa Ranch (CR)

5750 S Turquoise Mountain Dr.

Desert Hills (DH)

2980 S Camino del Sol

East Center (EC)

7 S Abrego Dr.

Las Campanas (LC)

565 W Belltower Dr

Santa Rita Springs (SRS)

921 W Via Rio Fuerte

SATELLITE CENTERS

Abrego North (ABN)

1601 N Abrego Dr.

Abrego South (ABS)

1655 S Abrego Dr.

Casa Paloma I (CPI)

400 W Circulo del Paladin

Casa Paloma II (CPII)

330 N Calle de las Banderolas

Continental Vistas

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(CV) 906 W Camino Guarina Madera Vista (MV) 440 S Camino del Portillo Pickleball Center (GVR PBC) 2612 S Camino de la Canoa 5 West Center (WC) 1111 GVR Dr. Box O ce: (520) 625-0288 14 8 9 10 11 12 13 AO Del Sol Clubhouse (DSC) 3355 S Camino del Sol 15
AND CONTACT INFORMATION Administrative Office (AO) 1070 S Calle de las Casitas 520-625-3440
Service Monday-Friday 8am–4pm Customer Service Representatives 520-625-3440 Centers and Pools 5:30am–9pm 7 days a week Center Operations Assistant (COA) on duty 520-343-2440
SWIM HOURS West Center Weekdays: 12 noon–9pm Weekends & Holidays: all day Abrego South Daily: 4–6pm All other pools Daily: 11am–1pm and 4pm–6pm
HOURS
Customer
FAMILY

Arts & Crafts

Artisans’ Shop

Arts & Crafts Association

Card Crafters Club

Ceramics Club

Clay Studio

Decorative Arts Club

Glass Artists Club

Lapidary & Silversmith Club

Metal Working Crafts Club

Needle Arts Club

Santa Rita Art League

Woodworkers Club

Cards & Games

Canasta Club

Chess Club

Cribbage Club

Bridge Clubs

GVR Clubs Something for everyone!

Dance

Line Dancers Club

Saturday Night Dance Club

Square & Round Dance Club

Social Amigas Club

AmigOs Men’s Club

Canadian Club

Colorado Club

Green Bay Packers Club

Italian Club

Michigan Club

Minnesota Club

New England Club

Pacific Northwest Club

Singles Club

Abrego South Thursday Ladies Bridge

Desert Hills Ladies Bridge

Duplicate Bridge (Sanctioned)

East Center Monday Ladies Bridge

Friday Social Bridge

Monday Informal Duplicate Bridge

Euchre Card Club

Hearts Club

National Mah Jongg Club

Pinochle Club

Poker Club

Sheepshead Card Club

Special Interest

Canine Club

Computer Club

Forum Club

Meditation Club

Photography Club

Travel Club

Valley Players Club

Sports

Aquabelles

Billiards Club

Bocce Club

Cycling Club

Hiking Club

Hunting & Fishing Club

Martial Arts Club

Pickleball Club

Racquetball Club

Shuffleboard Club

Swim Club

Table Tennis Club

Tennis Club

Volleyball Club

Cover photo by Guy Atchley
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