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Contents

What’s Inside April 2014

ASSOCIATION

6 Numbers to Know 8 General Manager’s Message / In the Loop 9 Board Talk: 2014 Annual Membership Meeting, Election Results 10 2013 Pre-Audit Financials 11 NASD - Tailgating in Corte Bella

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11 Bulletin! Bulletin! 12 Cacti in Corte Bella - An Update from ARC 12 Desert Focus 14 Corte Bella Events

COMMUNITY

16 A Little Help from Keven 17 An Evening at the Cabaret 18 Volunteers: Our Most Important Natural Resource 18 Ask Agnes: Make Your Jewelry Sparkle

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20 Corte Bella Volunteers

CULINARY

22 Chef Dan and the Anacapa Proudly Present:

Shrimp Stir-fry with Red Curry and Jasmine Rice

23 Corte Bella Cooks: World of Friends

SOCIAL CLUB

24 Corte Bella Players - Back Again

HEALTH & FITNESS

26 Corte Bella’s 3.0 Las Raquettes First Place Tennis Team

24 On the Cover: Photo by: Mike Biggs

26 Mardi Gras Madness Comes to the Corte Bella Tennis Club!

Your Vision: Corte Bella is committed to being a preferred active adult gated community providing lifestyle opportunities in a professionally managed, beautifully maintained environment.

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CB Times Magazine is the official community magazine of Corte Bella, brought to you by the Corte Bella Country Club Association, Inc. and published by Lion Tree Communications. Editor | Regina Shanney-Saborsky Contributing Writers | Mike Arrington | Bill Blake | John Eakins Vicki Faaborg | Hilda Furkert | Charlie Hall | Dan Haywood Regina Shanney-Saborsky | Bob Rosenberg | Jim Williams Photography | Mike Biggs | Cecelia Nugent | Donna Folan For advertising opportunities, please contact Barb Spitzock at 480.266.5034, or email: Barb@LionTreeCommunications.com. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Trademarks, logos and content provided by advertisers, sponsors and partners are owned by the respective companies and all rights are reserved by them. The views, statements, and claims of advertisers or other CB Times contributors do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, Corte Bella Country Club Association, Inc. or its employees. Printed in the USA. ©2014 CB Times Magazine. All rights reserved. Please recycle.


HealtH & Wellbeing

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AARP Smart Driver Course • Thursday, April 16; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver is the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50+. The course is intended to help drivers live more independently as they age and remain safe on today’s roads. Participants may be eligible to receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance premiums (contact your insurance company for more details). The course has been totally redesigned for 2014 and is taught by AARP volunteer instructor Robin Mandell. Participant cost: $15 for AARP members • $20 for non-members Please bring your drivers license and a check, made payable to AARP, to the session. Cash will not be accepted. Due to limited class size and supplies, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins for this class. Grandview Terrace, Santa Fe Dining Room 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West

Registration is required. You may reserve your space in two easy ways: Space iS limited, RegiSteR eaRly!

Register by phone: call (623) 455-5741

Register online: Visit www.SunHealth.org and click community education.

Events with fewer than 10 reservations are subject to cancellation. We make every effort to avoid cancellations. If one does occur, we will contact you in advance of the event.

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ASSOCIATION Board of Directors

Community Resources

Corte Bella Administration

Jim Williams President SCP Task Force cortebellajim@cox.net

Guard House, 623-544-3906 Fax: 623-544-3911 Email: securitas@cortebellacca.com Gate Hours: 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Daily Roving Patrol: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. to Noon, and 10:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. Saturday – Sunday, 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., and 10:00 P.M. to Midnight Patrol Cell: 623-256-2907

Association Office 22155 North Mission Drive Sun City West, AZ 85375 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. 623-328-5068

Walt Kearns Treasurer SCP Task Force Finance Committee Liaison walt@wekearns.com Regina Shanney-Saborsky Secretary Chair Architectural Review Committee, Corporate Records Liaison & Government Affairs Committee Liaison rsaborsky@cox.net Bill Blake Director Neighborhood Awareness and Safety Committee Liaison WillieB38@cox.net Larry Leighton Director Buildings & Grounds Committee Liaison, Golf Club Liaison ldleighton@yahoo.com Dan Luperello Director loopy6160@gmail.com

Fitness Center, 623-217-2018 Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 A.M.-9:30 P.M.* Sat & Sun, 6 A.M.-9:30 P.M. *Close at 9:30 PM on all days – until September 2, 2013. Children’s Pool Hours 10 A.M.-1 P.M. & 5-7 P.M. Day Spa, 623-217-2018 8 A.M. to 7 P.M., By Appointment Corte Bella Website Community Website: www.cortebella.net Residents & Visitor Registration: www.cortebella.org CB Events Group Volunteers CBEventsGroup@cortebellacca.com

FirstService 24-HOUR EMERGENCY (480) 551-4300

Photo by Dan Hammel

Mike McVeigh Director mmcveigh3@cox.net

Anacapa Restaurant, 623-455-9045 Hours: Lunch: 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. Tuesday – Saturday Dinner: 4:30 - 8:00 P.M. Tuesday – Saturday Sunday Buffet: 8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Closed Mondays

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Michael Arrington HOA General Manager, 623-328-5068 Michael.Arrington@fsresidential.com Jodell Dodge Spa & Fitness Manager, Ext. 225 JDodge@cortebellacca.com Fred Hernandez Food & Beverage Mgr. Ext. 233 fhernandez@cortebellacca.com Dan Haywood Anacapa Executive Chef, Ext. 232 dhaywood@cortebellacca.com Heather Chavez Administrative Supervisor, Ext. 222 Valerie Brachulis Administrative Assistant, Ext. 221 Stoney Amerine Facilities Manager, Ext. 223 SAmerine@cortebellacca.com


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From the Manager’s Desk When hired to serve as the General Manager of Corte Bella, I felt proud and blessed looking forward to an opportunity to contribute to the success of such this special community. Sixty days later, I now consider myself even more privileged. It is an amazing experience to work around so many friendly, accomplished and classy residents each and every day. The Board of Directors Mike Arrington General Manager bring much to the table in the way of ability and know how, with regular thoughtful consideration of what it takes to make effective decisions for this community. Your committees are also very talented in their own right and provide a fine compliment to the board. If you can’t learn great things about life in this environment, you are not paying attention. A lot has taken place at Corte Bella over the past 60 days from a staffing perspective. I have been warmly welcomed into the community as the General Manager. Mr. Stoney Amerine was

hired as the new Facility Manager and most recently, we have welcomed a new Spa/Fitness Manager in Jodell Dodge. Although the transition of personnel was tough at times while other staff members were asked to do more, I really think that we took the time needed to “get it right”. As you take the time to get to know Mr. Amerine and Ms. Dodge, I think you will see that they are both quality individuals dedicated to serving the people of the community as you would expect. Also, a big thank you to Richard Lopez and the rest of the facility crew for stepping up in the absence of the usual day-to-day leadership and carrying the load without “missing a beat”. I am truly excited about the changes and how the community will be affected. Someone asked me the other day how my team was coming along and I responded by saying, “Pretty well, I think we can win it all”. In closing, there are some new things coming your way as a resident here in Corte Bella. I will seize every opportunity to improve your Corte Bella resident lifestyle no matter how big or small it may seem. Details are important and so is communication. Look for some announcements in the very near future involving the improvement of communication and customer service. To all of the Corte Bella residents; thank you for the warm welcome thus far. Also, thank you to = of the volunteers that contribute their time and energy to the community.

In the Loop I have always been a big trivia buff and I especially like the derivation of names and ideas. As an example, President Grant got a speeding ticket while driving his horse and buggy in Washington, while he was a sitting president or in this case a speeding president. Sedona was named after Sedona Shnebley who was the postmaster’s wife. Bob Rosenberg, Vice President, Board of Directors Sometimes things defy logic, such as yelling Geronimo while parachuting out of a perfectly good airplane. To the best of my knowledge Geronimo never flew first class or coach so why this connection exists is beyond my scope of comprehension. The one that really doesn’t work for me is the original working name for Corte Bella which was Pleasant Valley. The name conjures up images of Doris Day, Snow White and some half demented rabbit running amok around the cactus. RH Johnson was named for an executive of Del Webb. Hey RH would you like ten bucks more a month for your pension or should we name a street after you. Would you like to trade having a street named after you for what’s behind door number two. Scottsdale was

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named for a military chaplain with the last name of Scott, short and to the point. Phoenix was named for the bird that every so many years bursts into flames and is reborn. Dumbledore had a phoenix and without that fact the Harry Potter series would have a large gap to fill. Dr. Lister played with the theory of antiseptics and germs and they named a mouthwash after him. I shudder to think where the name Preparation H came from. Louis Carrier developed the air conditioner after someone told Benjamin Franklin to go fly a kite and wait for a lightning storm to play with electricity. I especially like the derivation of the expression “One for the road”. Prisoners were taken outside the gates of the Tower of London to a nearby hill to be hung. At that period of time England was a world leader in hanging and torture, which was probably due to the fact that there was nothing good on radio to amuse them. Actually it was due to the fact that radio and the first dj had yet to be invented. I digress however. There was a pub near the gate and the prisoner was allowed to partake in a last drink, ergo “One for the road”. I’ll bet you will think twice before using that expression again. Way back in the flapper era the expression twenty three skidoo came about. The Flat Iron building on 23rd Street in New York came to a narrow point and the winds tended to gust and voila, twenty three skidoo. continued on page 9


Board Talk: 2014 Annual Membership Meeting and Election Results Well – it’s all over but the shouting! The 3 March Annual Membership meeting was well received by those attending. Nearly one hundred residents, listened intently, expressed concern, laughed, and applauded during multiple Jim Williams, President, CBCCA Inc.

The Revenue Ruling question passed overwhelmingly by a margin of 648 (yes) to 26 (no). That ruling provides that net excess income carried forward to the following year is not taxable. There were 859 Ballots received, of which 788 were certified eligible. 71 ballots were certified ineligible – 61 of those because there was no name and address on the outer envelope. The other 10 ineligible ballots had various errors including duplicate, nonexisting, incorrect or illegible address. The newly elected Directors will receive mandatory training, and meet other requirements of the Election Policy. The Board will hold their Organizational meeting on April 1st, where Officers and Committee Liaisons are selected, and other assignments are made. Results will be announced.

presentations the several subjects. Walt Kearns presented the Treasurer report – no real surprises; your Reserve remains fully funded, Anacapa is in the black FOR A SECOND And last, but certainly not least – a sincere thank you to Bob year in a row, CB Events showed a first ever end-year surplus. Moberly and Bob Rosenberg for their four years of unselfish and Jeff Ablin did a review of 2013 achievements, and explained the dedicated service to Corte Bella. On behalf of the Board, the GM granite replacement program plan. Larry Leighton presented all and the Community, I wish them the best possible on their future the details about the current plan to repair our streets, follow- journeys. on road maintenance and repair needs, and the concern about potential reserve budget shortfall in the out years. Four of the presentations announced that the Finance, Building CORTE  BELLA  COUNTRY  CLUB  ASSOCIATION  INC.      ORGANIZATIONAL  CHART  (  4  March  2014  )   COMMUNITY  VISION:    Corte  Bella  is  committed  to  being  a  preferred  active  adult  gated  community  providing   & Grounds Committees and FSR are partnering to           Lifestyle  Opportunities  in  a  professionally  managed,  beautifully  maintained  environment   look at solutions to Reserve Funding needs. Larry   also presented the multiyear paint plan – basically if it Board  of  Directors   Anacapa  Restaurant   Committees  (6)   doesn’t move it will be painted. Regina brought us up to Managers   • ARC   • B&G   Dan  Haywood   date on the water issue, yours truly did a presentation • GAC   HOA  General  Manager   Fred  Hernandez   • Finance   Michael  Arrington   • NASC   with theme “Our Community”, and General Manager • Technology   Mike Arrington, discussed “Vision and Opportunities” Communication   Volunteers   Anacapa  Restaurant  Staff   HOA  Administrative  Staff  (3)   – his approach for Corte Bella and some near-term Front  of  House  (18)  –  Fred   • Heather  Chavez   Back  of  House  (10)  –  Dan   • Valerie  Brachulis   initiatives. All of the electronic presentations are Corte  Bella   • Brenda  McFadden   Events  Volunteers   available on the Community Website ( Main Menu item HOA, then Community Documents>>Board Room>>Annual Meetings>>2014 ). Spa  &  Fitness  Manager   Facilities  Manager   As announced at the Annual Meeting, the candidates elected to the Board of Directors are Bill Blake, Daniel Luparello, and Michael McVeigh. Congratulations to them all! The official ballot count is as follows: Daniel Luparello: 597 Michael McVeigh: 500 Bill Blake: 547 Bob Rosenberg: 479

Jodell  Dodge  

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Contractors   Service  Agreements   Maintenance   Personal  Trainers   Fitness  Instructors   Massage  Therapists   Aestheticians    

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Stoney  Amerine  

Spa  Staff  (6)   Shelly  Adams   Judi  Bourd   Rosemarie  Kery   Peg  Pozdol   Dick  Riley   Karen  Strickerz  

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Facilities  Staff  (5)   Richard  Lopez   Marcos  Resendes   Francisco  Tobler   Jacob  Whittington   Eric  Quintero  

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Contractors   Securitas   Gothic  Landscape   Service  Contracts   Construction  Contracts   Facility  Contracts  

In the Loop (continued) I will leave you with a relatively horrific joke about George Washington throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River. It has been said that this will never be done again because a dollar just doesn’t go that far. As a side note, I lost the election for a third term on the Board. You people have forced me to seek volunteer work outside the

community in an effort to maintain the little bit of sanity I have left. I will tell you of my paltry efforts from time to time, assuming no one requests that I “Have one for the road”. I’ve never had a chance to volunteer before so this should prove to be an interesting and scary experience for the world in general.

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2013 Pre-Audit Financials Charlie Hall, 2013 Finance Committee Chairperson Results of Operations Based on our pre-audit financial statements, we ended 2013 right on our budgeted deficit of $23,000. As a reminder, our budgets are prepared on a breakeven projection before depreciation expense and any net surplus or deficit from the paint maintenance and granite replenishment funds. Fourth quarter results helped us achieve our annual budget target, reflecting a net surplus of $8,000 versus a budgeted deficit of $13,000. A brief discussion of departmental results: Administration ($25,000 unfavorable) – Most of the excess expense over budget was attributable to costs for computer support, equipment rental and depreciation expense. Contingency costs significantly under budget and higher than planned late income fees helped offset the deficit. Facilities ($29,000 unfavorable) – Repair and maintenance costs for buildings, electrical and HVAC equipment were responsible for the majority of the excess of expenses over budget. We expect our repair and maintenance costs to grow as our community ages, but these large expenditures are considered unusual at this point. Water and sewer costs were higher than budget while natural gas was lower than expected. Significant savings were achieved by executing a new street sweeping contract and the funds provided for fountain decalcification were not needed during the year. Guardhouse $23,000 favorable – The renegotiated service contract with Securitas resulted in significant savings and gate repairs were less than anticipated. Social Hall $13,000 favorable – Revenue fell short of budget since the Wine Pairing activities moved to an interest group after May 2013. For HOA Events, revenue exceeded expenses by nearly $5,000. The balance of the surplus was attributable to $8,500 in contingent budgeted expenses that were not incurred.

Landscape $13,000 favorable – Other than the landscape contract that was on budget, most expense categories were under budget. Restaurant $5,000 favorable – The surplus for the year reflects an excellent fourth quarter, which accounted for over 80% of the annual amount. Cost controls managed to offset shortfalls in food revenue for Anacapa and banquets. Spa ($9,000 unfavorable) – Costs were not reduced sufficiently to offset revenue declines for massage, permanent makeup and facials.

expense exceeded plan. This was largely attributable to the shutdown of the fitness center during the carpet replacement. Reserve Funds Repair and replacement – Expenses were significantly under budget as most of the costs for restaurant equipment, social hall carpeting and asphalt seal will be carried over to 2014. Capital projects – The two approved projects for the tennis court shade cover and social hall storage were not completed and will be carried over to 2014.

Fitness ($1,000 unfavorable) – Revenue met budget while fitness instructor

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2013 Pre-Audit Budget Comparison Report ($ in thousands) Year Ended December 31, 2013 Results of Operations Administration: Revenue - excl. reserve contributions Expense Surplus (deficit) Facilities: Expenses Guardhouse: Expenses Social Hall: Revenue Expense Surplus (deficit) Landscape: Expense Restaurant: Revenue Expense Surplus (deficit) Spa: Revenue Expense Surplus (deficit) Fitness: Revenue Expense Surplus (deficit) Paint Maintenance: Revenue Expense Surplus (deficit)

Actual

Budget

$ 2,448.4 611.3 1,837.1 1,171.4 190.3

$ 2,433.5 571.4 1,862.0 1,142.8 213.6

74.2 69.5 4.8 367.0

Fav. (Unfav.) Variance $

95.0 103.5 (8.5) 379.7

14.9 (39.9) (24.9) (28.6) 23.3 (20.8) 34.0 13.3 12.7

1,172.5 1,139.9 32.6

1,189.6 1,162.0 27.6

(17.1) 22.1 5.0

104.5 101.8 2.7

116.5 104.8 11.7

(12.0) 3.0 (9.0)

62.5 244.5 (182.0)

62.4 243.0 (180.6)

0.1 (1.5) (1.4)

9.9 0.0 9.9

9.9 8.9 1.0

0.0 8.9 8.9

Net Operating Deficit

$

(23.5) $

(22.8) $

(0.7)

Reserve Contributions

$

470.5

411.4

59.1

Reserve Funds: Repair and Replacement Capital Acquisition Total

2013 $ 2,947.0 246.6 $ 3,193.6

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$

2012 $ 2,748.9 139.9 $ 2,888.8

$

Change $ 198.1 106.7 $ 304.9


NASD - Neighborhood and Saftey Committee Tailgating should be avoided by every resident and visitor at Corte Bella. Our expenses are mounting as a result of damage done to the barrier arms. Our cameras allow us to identify the driver and to hold them responsible for repair costs. Bill Blake, Board Liaison to the NASC Committee

Therefore, we urge you to be extra cautious when entering and leaving the community. Take the little extra time to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Wait until it is your turn to use your transponder after the front vehicle has passed through the gate and the barrier arms are completely down. DO NOT try to follow the vehicle in front of you on the same gate opening. We are sure this extra caution will help improve the barrier arms situation and help all of us as it relates to our safety. Please drive responsibly and thank you for your cooperation.

Bulletin! Bulletin! Do you want to know all that’s happening in Corte Bella? Do you want to be kept up to date with the latest and greatest events and activities provided by our outstanding Corte Bella Events Committee? It’s easy! Simply check out the newest information posted on the beautiful new Events Bulletin Board in the CB Fitness Center. Shirley Owens and Jen Meehl, some of Corte Bella’s biggest cheerleaders, have graciously donated this larger, fancier bulletin board. It is their way of saying thanks to everyone in Corte Bella. They have sold well over 100 homes in our community over the past seven years, and are always looking for ways to give back to their neighbors and new residents. Of the 1650 homes in our community, 750 are on their second or third owners. Since there are always lots of new people here, this larger bulletin board will help to keep everyone up to date on upcoming activities, events and announcements. Shirley and Jen also let the Events Committee use their plastic A-frame signs for the Farmers’ Market, Market Place, Home Improvement Vendor Fairs, etc. The Events Committee makes the signs and has them enlarged to the required 24 x 36 inches. They are then laminated, taped over the signs on the A-frames, and conspicuously placed in the community for optimum visibility. This provides greater awareness of, and direction for these events, for both our residents and our outside guests.

Thanks Shirley and Jen for your thoughtfulness and generosity. And don’t forget to check the out the beautiful new bulletin board in the Fitness Center for all the current and upcoming Corte Bella news that’s fit to print!

2013 Pre-Audit Financials (continued) Conclusions Overall, our financial performance in 2013 was excellent and the cost saving initiatives implemented will benefit future years. Our cash position is sufficient to meet our operating needs. During 2013 we implemented the paint maintenance fund and developed the methodology for implementing the granite replenishment fund for years 2014 and thereafter.

Our reserve position remains 100% funded, however, one of the challenges facing the community in 2014 is integrating the revised expenses for future street repairs into our reserve fund analysis. The Board, Finance Committee and Building and Grounds Committee are diligently working on this project. Note that all numbers are subject to change in the final audit.

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Cacti In Corte Bella: An Update From Arc Architectural Review Committee (ARC) While ARC recommended, and the board approved, several types of cacti for the Design Guidelines plant listing, there are some “rules of the road” for planting cacti. If you have questions, check with the HOA or any ARC member, but please remember these few simple restrictions – 1. Only cacti set forth on the approved plant list are allowed. 2. Prickly pear cacti were specifically disallowed by the Board based on resident input. 3. Cacti can only be planted in the rear yards or in walled courtyards – no exceptions. 4. Cacti are a new category – as such, all cacti MUST be approved by ARC – no exceptions. 5. Cacti CANNOT be used as a replacement plant except for a previously planted cactus which has received ARC approval.

Also, in addition to cacti, there are many drought and heat resistant plants; many plants with low water requirements. Check with any landscaper or nursery for suggestions on how to maintain your property without constant re-plantings or out of sight utility bills.

ATTENTION CORTE BELLA RESIDENTS

So enjoy, but also remember, our community has a Santa Barbara theme. And, yes, there are cacti in Santa Barbara but it is not a desert “look”.

Before you plant, take a look at the revised plant list posted under ARC on the website. If you have a question, call the HOA at 623-328-5068.

Desert Focus John Eakins So we already recycling all our boxes, cans, newspapers, and the wine bottles we empty. How can we do more? Using water wisely in the desert is a great opportunity to conserve water and money, as well as extending our good citizenship. We’re already turning off the water while we brush our teeth. Some are doing more comical things to save water. One household is running the cold water into buckets while waiting for hot water to reach the faucet. A second is watering plants with dishwater. Another is flushing toilets with shower and bath water. Some of us have five-gallon buckets and storage totes that we use to catch rainwater and then use it for plants or toilets. That may be a bit much for some, but all of us can save water while improving our plants. When newly planted, it was appropriate to place drippers close to the trunk of the bushes and trees and to water frequently for short times. After a year or two, the plants are established and drippers can be moved out to the drip line of the plants. Then change the watering to every 10-14 days in winter and 6-8 days in summer. Water longer to deeply water the whole root system. If the plants are “desert adapted” (low-water use), water as seldom as once every three weeks in summer and once a month in winter. Some, such as Palo Verde trees and agave, need no water at all once established.

The University of Arizona says that in summer “generally you should water mature trees and shrubs no more than once a week. Water arid adapted plants less often, if at all.” And in winter don’t water at all except, “if there has not been any precipitation for four to six weeks, water trees and shrubs to keep the root zone moist.” If you have flowers or plants that need considerable water even when established, you should have a third watering line just for those. (Some of us snowbirds simply take the flowering plants back to the north for summer.) Also consider using less fertilizer on plants that don’t really need a lot. Our soil is very fertile in spite of not being black and loamy. Less fertilizer will keep plants from wanting as much water. Finally, consider replacing water-loving plants with desert plants needing little or no water, such as brittlebush, penstemon, agave, yuccas, and snakeweed. Go to www.amwua.org, the American Municipal Water Users Association website, for suggestions and publications. For more information on watering established plants less often and deeper, go to http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs, http:// wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/landscapewatering-guide/, and http://wateruseitwisely.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/07/Landscape-Watering-Guide.pdf.

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Corte Bella Events Line Dancing Movement Studio 12:15 P.M. to 1:15 P.M. Class size limited to 25, but walk-ins are welcome. Series 5: April 1,8,15, 22 4 classes for $10 or $3.00 per class Tickets on sale now in Fitness Center.

Summer Series 1: May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 10, 17 Series of 6 classes for $15 or $3.00 per class Summer Series 1 tickets on sale now in Fitness Center.

Cooking Demonstration – Sold Out Thursday, April 3 / 11:30 A.M. Bella Stanza Room Join Chef Dan as he presents Spanish Fly at the April cooking demonstration. Explore the richness of Spanish cuisine as you savor Tapas, Shrimp Fritters, Pa amb Oli, Pork Empanadas and Aioli, Baked Seafood Paella with Saffron and Cilantro. Sorry, sold out. Watch for future events.

“Innovative Health Programs Driving Community Wellness and Improving Quality of Life” (a Sun Health Lecture) Saturday, April 12 / 10 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Bella Stanza Room Free admittance, ticket required. Tickets available on Sunday, April 16th at 10 A.M. at Fitness Center. Jennifer Drago, Vice-President of business development at Sun Health, will be our speaker for this timely lecture. With all the changes in healthcare, Sun Health is bringing some new programs to the community that focus on wellness and wellbeing. Health will be your best friend, and well-being is not only about your body, but about the whole person. The quality of your life can improve by the decisions and choices you make. Sun Health is providing a place to learn more about healthy aging in the Sun Cities. With more than twenty years of health care experience, Ms. Drago will provide her insights on these important topics. Please plan to join us.

Corte Bella Fashion Show and Luncheon Friday, April 4 / 11:30 A.M. Santa Barbara Room $30 per person SOLD OUT / Wait list only Spring is in the air in Corte Bella, and so it’s time to update your wardrobe with this season’s hottest new styles. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and watch the ladies of Corte Bella model the latest fashions from Chico’s.

Farmer’s Market Wednesday, April 9 / 10 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Breezeway Grab a basket and come to the Farmer’s Market to pick from the freshest breads, meats, and produce the Valley has to offer. Also on sale are handmade items such as wonderfully scented soaps. Back by popular demand is the knife sharpening vendor who can tackle dull knives, scissors, shears, and more. This will be the final Farmer’s Market this spring. Our Farmer’s Markets will return again in the fall.

Cabaret Sunday, April 14 / 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 5:30 Anacapa $10 per person Tickets on sale now in Fitness Center Start off your evening with a light dinner from the limited menu including such favorites as Beef Bourguignon, Meatballs and Linguine, Flat Bread Pizza, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad, Caesar Salad, Burger and Fries, and more. Then dust off your dancing shoes and join in the fun on the dance floor. There’s music for everyone to enjoy whether you’re a ballroom dancer, line dancer, or good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all just great fun and a wonderful evening to share with your friends.

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Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 20 / 10 A.M. Grassy area behind Anacapa Ages 10 and under only Free event. No tickets or reservations required. The Easter Bunny will once again visit Corte Bella and scatter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This holiday event is designed for children 10 and under (and their chaperones). Enjoy the excitement as the children dash to gather the eggs. In addition, all children will receive a special individual prize.

Cooking Demonstration – Sold Out Friday, May 2 / 11:30 A.M. Bella Stanza Room Now is the season for BBQ, and Chef Dan will provide BBQ Basics in his last cooking demonstration of the spring series. He will demonstrate grilling and roasting vegetables, served with roasted red pepper dip. Then he will prepare Achiote Grilled Chicken and Tamal Pie. Prickly Pear Panna Cotta with Almond Brittle Candy will sweetly finish this delicious meal. As in the past, this is a sold out event. Watch for future classes to be offered by Chef Dan.

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Sunday, May 25 Santa Barbara Room Tickets on sale Sunday, April 13 at 10 A.M. at Fitness Center Join your friends to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial first weekend of summer. It promises to be a great event with music provided by one of Corte Bellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Ray Mar. The Anacapa staff will also be providing delicious food and featured beverages. Plans are still being finalized for this event, so check the website and bulletin board in Fitness Center for more information. Also watch for email blasts.

Upcoming Events April 3 April 4 April 9 April 12 April 13 April 20 April 20 May 2 May 25

Cooking Demonstration Fashion Show and Luncheon Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market Sun Health Foundation Lecture Cabaret Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday Brunch Cooking Demonstration Memorial Day Party

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A Little Help from Keven Hilda Furkert

“No one is born in Phoenix; everyone moves here from someplace else.” Anonymous. This rings with quite a bit of truth here in Corte Bella. We come from all over the world, from places where the grass is green and lush in the summer, covered with crimson leaves in the fall, and piled high with snow in the winter. And so, our desert landscape comes with many challenges for us. We find ourselves with more questions than answers about our desert trees and shrubs. Fortunately Keven, John, and Fred of Kevens Landscape recently spent an afternoon sharing their considerable experience with desert plants.

Keven entertained us and informed us with his “Kevenisms” and Keep It Simple tips for gardening and landscaping. He provided pertinent information on everything from feeding pygmy palms to irrigation tips. He shared recipes for eco-friendly pest and weed control. One of the recipes for a plant wash was handed down to him from his grandmother. Throughout the afternoon he handed out door prizes ranging from plant fertilizer to packages of non-clogging emitters for drip systems. Most of us didn’t even know that they existed, much less where to purchase them. For all of this information and more, Keven directed us to his website, www.kevenslandscape.com at which he also has his own videos on many topics including: •

Fertilizing Made Simple

How to Set Your Watering Timer

How to Drain Your Waterfall

How to Apply Eco-Friendly Bug and Plant Wash

After the presentation, Keven, John, and Fred answered questions from the audience. “How do you grow roses in the desert?” “When should I trim my shrubs?” “How do I know if I have a problem with my irrigation system?” For big or little problems, these gentlemen definitely had the answers based on their years of experience.

(L to R: John, Fred, and Keven)

Great news! Keven will be back in the fall to present another lecture on landscaping in the desert. Watch for further information in all of Corte Bella’s communications.

SOuL (Smiling out Loud)

EASTER BRUNCH at the ANACAPA

Requests your help to help St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Reservations Highly Recommended (623) 455-9045 Patio dining available upon request. $36.00 per person – tax & gratuity not included Children under 12 – half price | Children under 4 - free

SUNDAY, APRIL 20th | 10:30 to 2:30

Last year, almost 1,000 pounds of food was donated – Can we make this the best year ever. Donation boxes are located in the Fitness Center, the CB Golf Club and outside the Anacapa restaurant.

Think “seasonal” and please donate Non-perishable food prior to leaving for the summer. If you

The Anacapa Restaurant Proudly presents

are staying, please “spring clean” your cupboards and do the

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

same. The boxes will remain in place until April 30th

Sunday, May 11th | 10:30 – 2:30 Reservations are Required (623) 455-9045 Patio dining available upon request. $36.00 per person – tax & gratuity not included Children under 12 – half price | Children under 4 - free

Some suggested donations – peanut butter, canned fruit/ vegetables, soups, pasta, beans and tuna.

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An Evening at the Cabaret Anacapa Restaurant, monthly entertainment event

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Volunteers: Our Most Important Natural Resource! Jim Williams, President, CBCCA Inc. April is National Volunteer Month, and April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. April is the time to not only recognize those who volunteer or simply renewing your efforts, but a time to take the opportunity to look at ways that you can help out. After reviewing many National volunteer themes it came to me that the theme “Making a Difference” is appropriate for our Corte Bella volunteers. Many of you know that the Board approved a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) last May. Done because it is important to honor the people who dedicate themselves to helping the community. The VRP program drives the annual April CB Times recognition article, and the monthly Kudos Korner articles. This is our first annual Volunteer recognition issue – so forgive me if we have not identified all of the volunteers who give of themselves. We 45 and 55 plusers must persist with volunteerism and the spirit of giving. Consider this: most of us have successfully completed one or more careers, and are now reaping the benefits of years of hard work. We all are fortunate to find ourselves living the good life at Corte Bella – living the American Dream. Remember – that Dream is a connection to the idea that we all want to support each other in pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. And, that connection is sustained by the support of family, friends, community and even strangers. As 45/55 plusers, our skills, knowledge and experience represent valuable volunteer resources. So where and how do you begin volunteering? Charity begins at home and in this case home is Corte Bella. So, in your own back yard look no further than your HOA Office. They can tell you

what is needed to directly support the community. For example, the Finance and Technology Committees, Web Administrators and CB Times need volunteers to continue the excellent work they are doing. Your time, energy and skills are also needed to help outside the community. Several groups and individuals do exactly that, for example, the annual pet drive supported by Gail & Stan Peskin, Water Drive to Survive supported for seven years by Rita and Alan Richards, and those supporting the Salvation Army (Angel Tree, San Ramon Stringers and others) and St Mary’s Food Alliance. The SOuL group (Smiling out Loud) holds several annual Corte Bella charity events mainly to help Eve’s Place.

There are many more opportunities for you to get involved. – Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, hospice care, medical escort, or be a senior companion by reading, running errands and doing lunch. The list is endless. The VolunteerMatch.org website will make your search easier. There are currently 598, 600 and 753 volunteer opportunities available in Surprise, Sun City West and Peoria alone. And to close; when is the last time you have thanked a volunteer – an encouraging word helps gladden ones heart and mind, and pays forward. And that is the purpose of this Annual Volunteer Recognition article – the volunteers are listed below. A sincere, personal Thank You for all you do, and for enhancing Corte Bella.

Ask Agnes: Make Your Jewelry Sparkle We clean ourselves, our clothes, our cars and our homes, but what about our jewelry? When was the last time you cleaned your jewelry? There are different types of jewelry. Costume jewelry can be cleaned with a damp cloth at best. Glues and materials may be quite sensitive to water and other chemicals. Pearls are delicate. Using a soft cloth to wipe them after each wearing works best. Some other semi-precious stones may be too delicate to clean as well.

The type of cleaning I’m going to describe is for DIAMONDS AND GOLD jewelry only!

I got this information from a jewelry store in Phoenix that is considered “the best”. They told me to fill a micro-wave safe cup or bowl with water and add a little ammonia and dish detergent or Mr. Clean. I emphasize ‘little’, a few drops of. Put this liquid into the micro-wave and heat until boiling. Carefully remove the cup or bowl. Add your jewelry [diamonds and gold only] to the hot mixture. Let it sit for overnight or at least several hours. When you are ready to take the jewelry out, use a small brush or toothbrush to clean any settings and rinse under clear water. Plain gold needs only to be wiped dry. Your jewelry should be dazzling! If it has been a while since your last cleaning it may take a second cleaning. But this really does it! *Always have your jewelry setting checked at a jeweler at least once a year to make sure the settings are good.

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Corte Bella Volunteers* Adopt-A-Highway Diane Beneker Claus Beneker Gerry Berger Mary Botha Fred Botha Diane Clark Burnill Clark Dave Collins Bill Dolan Max Hinerman Diana Hurst Steve Hurst Dorothy Miner Scott Miner Charlotte Pakonen Rod Pakonen Bob Perri Judy Polak Mike Polak Joyce Stalians Dean Stalians Netty Williams Jim Williams

Angel Tree Salvation Army Muriel Valle Ray Valle

ARC Committee Jon Apperson Gary Brungardt Dorothy Greening Douglas Edwards Evie Hansen Linda Leonard Dick Pavlicek Leon Rischall Al Schroeder Chuck Wendt

Board of Directors

Bill Blake Walt Kearns Larry Leighton Dan Luparello Mike McVeigh Regina Shanney-Saborsky Jim Williams

Building & Grounds Committee Gary Bair

Dan Drogowski Phil Fruth Tom Mauger Tom Penkauskas Jim Sim Keith Yaktus

Events Group Volunteers

Jeff Ablin Pam Ablin Connie Adams Mairead Bertoli Bill Blake Liz Blake Richard Chalfen Carol Drogowski DE Dow Donna Dusen Douglas Edwards Donna Folan Hilda Furkert Eileen & Eric Gow Nancy Healy Bert Hoffman Sandra Irving Conrad Johnson Lynn Kearns Kay & Larry Leighton Mary Luparello Janet McCoy Michael McVeigh Barbara Melkin Colleen Miller Celeste Nelson Donna Norton Jolene Piaskowski Paula Penkauskas Cheryl Petrella Brenda Rosenberg Bob Rosenberg Diane Smith Lois Solars Ray Valle

Eve’s Place Lynn McVeigh Mike McVeigh

Finance Committee Charlie Hall Jeff Ablin Ray Tennison Anne Watson

Bruce Uhren Algis Valanciunas

Mel Squires Roger Stahl

Government Affairs Committee

SCP Members at Large

Lion’s Club

SCW Fire Dept

Bob Baldesari Jim Dowen Diane Smith Dawn Ferch Tricia Grantham Doug Edwards John Heep Dick Pavlichek Al Schroeder Arnie Solars

Halloween Food Drive Rita Richards Allan Richards

Neighborhood Awareness & Safety Committee Ed Colihan Carol Cooper Alan Luher Thomas Newman Dan Drogowski Keith Tucker Al Schroeder Gregory Zanowski Bob DeMille Mike Flax Pet Drives Stan Peskin Gail Peskin

Phoenix Childrens Hospital Mary Morgan Bill Morgan Judy Dupke Ed Dupke

San-Ramon Stringers & Salvation Army Ron Bommarito Ron Cabeen Jim Gannon Sam Hines Ed Kuba

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Burnie Clark Rick Furkert Dan Luparello Tom Penkausas Gail Poolner Diane Smith Arnie Solars Keith Tucker Dan Drogowski

SCW Sheriff Posse Kaye France Rich Greene Dave Johnson Tom Newman Jack Poeske

SOuL – Smiling Out Loud Janice Aiken Paula Bachman Teresa Baldesari Bonnie Bankofier Mary Beaudoin Danna Bentz Susie Biggs Kate Bradley Mary Ann Bradley Suzy Brungardt Loretta Brown Sandy Connelly Carol Courter Molly Divine De Dow Bonnie Ellis Dotty Eubank Mary Joe Finke Cecil Fletcher Donna Folan Beth Friesner Jo Ellen Fuller Hilda Furkert Susan Garard Edina Geurink Ellen Graham Ann Green Judy Gregg Nancy Healy


Randee Hendrychs Barrie Holms Marian Hoot Molly Ingvaldson Arleen Kann Lynn Kearns Diane Kingsley Judy Knuijt Judie Krauklis Mary Lane Mary Laurie Deborah Lazear Kay Leighton Casey Lenzi Jan Lowe Betty Majcher Robin Mandell Marilyn McBride La Donna McKibben Jennifer Meehl Mary Jo Merriman Colleen Miller Dorothy Miner Sheryl Mortimer Celeste Nelson Dona Newman Carol Nickle Po Plantz Sherry Poeske Betty Ray Sandy Raver Linda Reynolds Linda Rizzo Pat Scheinholtz Marilyn Schmidt Regina Shanney-Saborsky Carol Lee Siconolfi Sandy Sperry Kay Steik Eileen Stomski-Gow Jeane Synhorst Lynda Thomas Marilyn Watkins Nancy Wendler Barb Wilson Linda Wright Barb Yeager VaLoy Yound

St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Alliance Gary Baker Susie Biggs Molly Divine Donna Folan Hilda Furkert

Nancy Healy Ladonna McKibben George Ralston Betty Ray Bob Rials Dick Robideaux Linda Schultz Kay Steik Ron Steik Jim Stutz Mike Yeager

Technology Committee

Rick Furkert Virginia Ellwanger Stan Sacha Jack Storm Surprise Citizen Patrol Alan Richards

Toys for Tots & Santa Photo Janice Aiken Susie Biggs Mike Biggs Marie Civis Jane Fenton Connie Kuba Ed Kuba Barb Morin Tom Morin Roberta Rials Sandy Wherry

Water Drive to Survive Rita Richards Allan Richards

Web Administrators Dave McMannes Coleen Miller David Ornstein Peg Pozdol Stan Sacha Jim Williams David Wright

*Note, if your name was not included, our apologies. Please send a memo to: cortebellajim@cox.net and a next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue will include a suplimental list of our volunteers.

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CULINARY

Chef Dan and the Anacapa Proudly Present:

Shrimp Stir-fry with Red Curry and Jasmine Rice Executive Chef Dan Haywood, Anacapa Restaurant

Our Thanks to Chef Dan for this recipe from the March Cooking Demonstration.

Homemade Red Curry Paste d d d d d d d d d d d d 1.

2.

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2 tablespoon cilantro stems, chopped 1 Tablespoon coriander, toasted, Ground 1 Tablespoon cumin, toasted, ground 6-8 Dried Thai whole red chilies (use dried Ancho for milder flavor) soaked in water, seeds and stem removed 3 tablespoons Galangal – (from the ginger family), chopped 1/2 cup garlic, chopped 6-8 tablespoons sliced lemongrass, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, ground 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup shallots, chopped (or White onion) 2 teaspoon shrimp paste 1 tablespoon Kaffir Lime Zest Toast coriander, peppercorns and cumin in a pan until light brown. You’ll hear the crackling sound when they’re ready. It should take a few minutes. Let the spices cool so they will grind easily. Grind coriander, cumin, and peppercorns to a fine powder. In a food processor, combine chilies, cilantro stems, galangal, lemon grass, onions, garlic and shrimp paste. Blend until very fine, at least a few minutes. If the food processor is too big, use a blender and add just a little water to get the paste moving. Add ground spices, salt and zest. Blend until smooth.

Stir-fry ingredients d d d d d d d d d

1½ lbs shrimp peeled and deveined 31/40 size or larger 1 Tbsp Garlic, chopped 1 Tbsp Ginger, grated or chopped very fine 3 Tbsp peanut or safflower oil 1 cup Julienne Carrots 1 cup sliced Mushrooms 1 cup Broccoli cut in small florets 2 cups Bok Choy, sliced and washed 1 cup snap peas

For sauce d d d d

8 oz light coconut milk 4-6 Tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce Juice from 1/2 lime

Method: First to make the sauce:

1. Pour the coconut milk in a medium size bowl, whisk the milk if it has separated. Add the Thai Red curry paste and whisk to combine (it depends on how spicy you want your sauce) Add more or less depending on how seasoned you like your stirfry. 2. Add the soy sauce and lime juice. Set aside and begin the stir-fry. 3. Note on the sauce: It really is all about personal preference. If you want it saltier, add more soy sauce, if you want more of a tart taste, add more lime juice, and if you want it spicier, add more curry paste.

To make the Stir-fry:

1. Add half of the oil to a skillet over medium heat. Saute the Carrots, Mushrooms and Broccoli 2. Add the Snap Peas and Bokchoy. Fry until Just wilted. 3. Season lightly with salt. Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm. Remember that the sauce contains soy sauce, so you don’t want to salt the vegetables too heavily. 4. Next, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons in the skillet, let it get hot on medium heat and add the Shrimp, once the shrimp is about halfway cooked add your ginger and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until just done. 5. Once the Shrimp is cooked return the vegetables to the skillet, and pour the coconut curry sauce over the Shrimp and vegetables. Cook the stir-fry until it has come to a simmer, and everything is nice and hot. 6. Serve the stir-fry over hot cooked rice and top with green onions and cilantro for some fresh flavor. Also, serve with soy sauce if additional saltiness is desired.

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Corte Bella Cooks: World of Friends Editorial Staff

Fred and Mary Botha

A successful gathering of people from diverse backgrounds, each bringing an appetizer representative of their particular culture, was hosted by Evie and Randy Hansen at their home in January. It was fun to hear everyone’s background story.

in Scottsdale and sent us pictures every Christmas of themselves indulging with margaritas in their hot-tub while we were continuing to weather out the snow storms and cold! We finally moved into our newlybuilt home in Corte Bella February, 2006.”

Mary and Fred Botha, for example, emigrated to the US from South Africa with their four children in 1987. They settled in Bergen County in northern New Jersey (a 40-minute commute out of New York City) where Fred successfully operated his own computer consulting business. “We moved to sunny Northwest Phoenix in late 2005,” says the couple, “enticed by ex New Jersey neighbors who had settled

Mary chose to bring a favored South African peri peri chicken appetizer in the form of kebabs, known as sosaties in South Africa (see recipe below). Peri peri peppers grow indigenously in South Africa and Mozambique. Please contact Evie Hansen at Evie.Hansen.NSE@gmail.com or 206.497.6561 if you have a recipe you would like to submit.

Peri Peri Chicken Appetizer Ingredients: 3. Grill or roast in 400 degree oven on baking tray for 20 minutes.

1 lb cubed chicken breast meat

4 Tbs. Nando’s hot peri peri sauce (available from online websites)

1 Tbs. light soy sauce

4. Remove from oven, sprinkle with olive oil and a little more Nando sauce and bake/broil for another 15 minutes. Keep and eye on it that it does not over-burn!

1 cored pineapple, sliced and cubed

If Nando sauce is unavailable try using this home-made sauce:

2 red bell peppers, seeds removed and cubed

11-12 red chilies (if dry soak for 2-3 hours) chopped

2 green bell peppers, seeds removed and cubed

7-8 garlic flakes chopped

1 large red onion, cubed

1/2 cup olive oil

Cooking Instructions:

juice of medium lemon

1. Marinate chicken pieces overnight with the blended peri-peri and soy sauce in refrigerator.

1 tsp red chili flakes or red chili powder (for hotter sauce)

3/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon sea salt

2. Prepare skewers with the chicken and a colorful mix of the other ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper

Blend all ingredients and store in container in refrigerator.

Shrimp Stir-fry (continued) For serving:

Jasmine Rice

Using 4 large bowls, Place rice in ½ the bowl and with a ladle place the stirfry in the other half. Garnish with Cilantro, Green Onions and enjoy

Place washed rice and water in pot or rice steamer Turn on steamer to cook. If using a pot, Bring to simmer, turn down to barely a simmer and cover. Cook 20 minutes. When almost all water is absorbed. Pull from heat, but let stand covered 15 minutes. Reserve warm

d 1 green onion, thinly sliced d ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped d Warm Jasmine Rice

d 1 ½ cups Jasmine Rice, Washed thoroughly d 3 cups water d Rice Cooker or pot with lid

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SOCIAL CLUB

Corte Bella Players – Back Again (And Thrilled With the Welcome) Regina Shanney-Saborsky VINNIE’S Belly Laugh Club – the south side of Anywhere, U.S.A. It’s a haven for the desperate – whether looking for a job, some entertainment or….. Come into our world- it’s early evening – a Tuesday night – a bit of rain (maybe more than a bit) but rain or no rain, it’s show time! Vinnie’s talent show – down to five finalists – first prize – a four week contract headlining at the club plus $1,000. Let’s see – a blues singer with blood on her scarf, a leather garbed comedienne who has “secret” conversations, a flaming baton act with tiny flashing lights, a swishy dog act, a swami who needs silence. Oh, and not to forget, the suspicious ventriloquist aka cop whose lips move and Dumbello, the theatrically frustrated flunky to the never seen Vinnie – owner of the club at least while he was around.

The club was packed with flickering votives and a red and black theme. Vinnie’s kitchen did him proud (thanks to Chef Dan, Fred and their staffs) and the fun began as one by one the finalists arrived – shaking off the rain and sizing up the competition. But…all is not what it seemed that weekend. All are not who

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they claim to be. There is mischief in the making as the finalists gather, each desperate for the winnings and…perhaps more. So went “Knock ‘em Dead” – a mystery theatre dinner performance on March 7th and 8th by the CB Players, guaranteed to make you laugh and ponder which of the finalists, or even Dumbello, “DID IT”! There was audience participation, dessert between the acts and differing murderers depending upon the date you joined the fun. The cast and crew were glad to be back and thank everyone for their support. A little about your resident thespians – it all started in a hospitable home in our quiet community. A few neighbors and friends, some knowing each other, some not, met with glimmers in their eyes and thoughts of yesteryear. Lights, action, music – combined with camaraderie, fun and fulfillment – and so the Corte Bella Players was born eager to share a theatrical experience with the community. Much more than an interest group – an interesting group – like minded thespians poised to enjoy the last 1/3rd of their lives, both on stage and off. And, by popular demand, with the assistance of the HOA, watch for the troupe in the fall and we guarantee that there will be an intriguing cast of characters so you can relax, watch and enjoy as they express themselves and their inner beings in yet another fun-filled romp on the stage.


Free Monthly Trips to Our next monthly Wild Horse Pass Casino trip will be on:

Monday, April 7, 2014 ( Senior Monday )

This Wild Horse Pass Casino Bus Trip is sponsored and coordinated by Bill

Blake.

Senior Monday Special Perks include: •

$10 Free Play

$5 credit to your food bill

Bus will pick up residents in the parking lot by the Anacapa restaurant from 8:00 am until departure at 8:20 am

If you play 20 points or more, an extra $10 food credit

Direct to and from Casino without stops

Hourly cash drawings from 11:00 am through 3 pm

We will return to Corte Bella at 4:30 pm

Entertainment in the Encore Lounge (usually Oldies/Variety)

For more details about this exciting trip and registration:

Free Bus ride to and from Casino (driver gratuity not included)

Please Contact: Bill Blake Phone: 623-537-7969 Email: willieb38@cox.net

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Corte Bella’s 3.0 Las Raquettes First Place Tennis Team Vicki Faaborg, member at large, CB Tennis Club The Corte Bella’s Las Raquettes is in first place in the West Valley Senior Women’s Tennis League. Beginning in October through March, our ladies meet their opponents every Friday on 3 doubles courts which are either played on the Corte Bella courts or at the courts of the opponents. Throughout the season, the Las Raquettes play against teams from Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Pebble Creek, Happy Trails, and Trilogy. Every week, our players are hard at work taking group or private lessons and participating in team practices. Their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile has greatly improved their play from their team inception 4 years ago. One thing they have learned as a team is that perseverance and hard work really does pay off. The group lessons with Aide’ Smedes (see picture insert) have been very helpful. Last year, Aide’ donated her time and expertise at a free clinic to attract new players for Las Raquettes, which it did! From that point, Aide’ became the coach for our team. For the second year, she has helped our players learn valuable techniques, strategies, and positioning on the court. Aide’ is a great instructor,

Back row, left to right: Jill Henry, Linda Fraley, Gayle Backes, Gloria Kerszykowski, Nurys Levitt, Mary Jane Schneider, Colleen Miller, Janice Sim. Front row, left to right: Insoon Parks, Cheryl Uhles, Marty Stoloff, Vicki Faaborg, Captain, Donna Norton, Co-captain, and Aide’ Smedes, tennis pro. Missing: Donna Levy, Jolene Piaskowski, Cathy Cook, Autumn Wilson, and Borghi Naser.

easy to understand, and is very intuitive. In the past, not only did she donate her time to our community by organizing the free clinic, she also wrote articles for the Corte Bella Times. If you are interested in taking lessons from Aide’, you can contact her through email at aide.smedes@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 623-399-7022.

Mardi Gras Madness Comes to the Corte Bella Tennis Club! Vicki Faaborg, member at large, CB Tennis Club The Mardi Gras tennis tournament was scheduled to be held on February 28, 2014, but due to rain, and lots of it, the tournament turned into a social hour at Mark and Linda Sivakoff’s home. With hats decorated according to the theme in purple, green, and gold, tennis enthusiasts brought their best N’awlin’s cuisine and enjoyed a great potluck lunch which included Hurricane punch and a King cake! A great time was had by all. Prizes were given for the best hats. Winners were Donna Norton and Cathy Moody. There were 4 four plastic babies found in the King’s Cake. It is customary in the Southern culture that whoever finds the trinket must provide the next king cake or host the next Mardi Gras party. Here are the “lucky winners”: Fred Wagner, Jolene Piaskowski, Norma McAllister, and Sue Pechkurow.

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Wealth Management International’s portfolio managers Douglas Cole, CIO, and Sargon Zia, CFA will address issues such as: • Stock market at all- time highs and how this could impact your portfolio! • Fed paper: how will the stock market react? • Russia vs. Ukraine: What could happen? • Keys to dealing with investor stress Family Legacy Planning LLC presents unique principal protected solutions for “safe money” such as:

• An investment manner in which you can lock-in uncapped gains forever, with the flexibility to provide a growing stream of income guaranteed for life if desired. • Strategies for legacy assets that provide 9% annual growth per year for your loved ones, even when you’re over age 80! • If you’re concerned about an all-time high stock market and interest rates at historic lows, this program offers upside potential without stock market or interest rate risk. You won’t want to miss this presentation as it’s changed our view on some “safe money” alternatives as well!

Our public workshops and symposium will cover these, and similar discussion topics. All attendees who have Social Security questions, should ask to receive a COMPLIMENTARY PERSONALIZED SOCIAL SECURITY MAXIMIZATION REPORT. Learn how our comprehensive team of CPA’s, CFP’s and a Chartered Financial Analyst — all at one location— can help you — PLEASE NOTE — If you’re unable to attend, but would still like to meet for a 60-minute Complimentary Private Financial Assessment, please let us know so we can arrange this together.

Conveniently located off the 303 Loop at Lake Pleasant Parkway just south of Pinnacle Peak across from the Fire/Police Station on the east side of the street

623-875-5204 Ext. 301 (24 hrs)

Advisory services offered through Wealth Management International, Ltd. (WMI), a Registered Investment Advisor offering limited discretionary trading through TD Ameritrade. Tax planning, preparation, and estate planning services offered through Strategic Tax Planning LLC (STP). Insurance and principal-protected investing are services offered through Family Legacy Planning LLC (FLP). WMI, STP & FLP are separate companies, but affiliated by ownership and control.



CB Times - April 2014