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Volume 35, Issue 5

The Desert Sun


February 2013

PARK ACTIVITIES Desert Shadows has a live band every Saturday night from 7-10pm. Come out and enjoy some live entertainment and dancing. On February 2, we will have Bobby Freeman playing, along with a pajama party with pizza ($1 per slice). On February 9, the band American Kountry will be playing rhythms of the 50s, 60s. And 70s. We will have a special event on February 13th, with Missouri Opry doing a Valentines show. February 16th will be JK & Company, and February 23rd will be Julie Lee & White Rose Band. Come dance and listen to the live music! Come enjoy a bite to eat and some good company every Saturday morning at 7:15 in the lobby. The breakfast alternates between Pancakes, eggs and sausage one week and donuts the next. We will start with Pancakes, eggs and sausage on February 2nd. We will be having two potlucks this month. The first will be our Valentine’s Day potluck, so wear your red. This potluck is Thursday, February 14th at noon. The Second potluck will be Thursday, February 28th. If you plan on attending either potluck, please sign up in the lobby.

Our annual talent show is coming up on Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th. Every year it is a great show! If you would like to attend, you can pick up a free ticket at the Activities office. Please remember there will be some activity schedule changes due talent show practice in the Auditorium. We will try to work around scheduled activities as much as possible.

Quote Of The Month: For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. ~Rosemonde Gerard

There will be a vendor event on Friday, February 8th from 10-1pm. You can find candles, purses, leather goods, crafts, clothing, and much, much more. Come on down to the auditorium and support our vendors while shopping right in your own backyard. We will be serving donuts for breakfast (9am) and hot dogs, and nachos for lunch (11:30).





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Computer Users Group

Church News

The DS Computer User Group will continue to meet each Wednesday in February at 10:30 am in the Back Auditorium. The meetings are open to EVERYONE!" If you are a beginner, we are here to help you. If you are an advanced user, we need your expertise. We usually have a 15 to 30 minute presentation on a computer related topic, followed by group generated questions and answers. The group is very informal, with an easy give-and-take atmosphere. If you have a “portable” computer, it may be helpful if you bring it to our gathering. Our first meeting in February, on the 6th, will be a general session devoted to answering your questions and hopefully to solving a few problems. We will also ask you for suggestions on upcoming topics.

Come Join Us!

February 2013 The Desert Shadows non denominational church meets in Auditorium at 9am on Sundays 3rd – Pastor- Lyle Ekleberry Lay Leader- Carlyle Davidsen 10th –Pastor- Roger Withee Lay Leader- Becky Mendez 17th –Pastor – Lyle Ekleberry Lay Leader- Myron Bailey 24th –Pastor- Douglas Wright Lay Leader- Barbara Cramer Bible Study Wednesdays @ 2:00 p.m. in Back Auditorium with Lyle Ekleberry Choir practices on Friday @ 9:00 a.m. Vendor’s Day week practice will be on Saturday @ 9:00 a.m.

This Day In History On February 7, 1990 the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up power; causing the collapse of the Soviet Union and ending the cold war. On February 20, 1962 John Glenn became the 1st American to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7. American Hero!

Red Hat Ladies Ladies, have you missed going to Red Hat functions this year?? If so, we are hoping to reactivate it during 2013-2014 if we have some interested ladies. Please either call or come into the social office and let us know YOU WANT RED HATS!! Also, give us any ideas you have for trips or activities---WE NEED YOUR INPUT!! The RED HATS do have a TRIP planned for Monday, February 25th to Turf Paradise. The fee is $22.00 that includes a buffet lunch and admission. The payment MUST be made by February 1st to Kathy or Gary Miles on lot # 313, and there is a sign up sheet in the card room. It will be fun, we look forward to seeing everyone there. Page 2

Helping Others Lions Club Donations: Last year Desert Shadows residents donated 10 gallons of tabs, 35 pair of glasses and numerous hearing aids to the local Lions Club. So far this year we have donated 3 gallons of tabs and 35 pair of glasses. 100% of any monies made or collected by the local Lions Club are used for their many worthy projects; NO administration fees are withheld. A collection box for used glasses, sunglasses, lenses, cases and hearing aids are located in the library on the shelf by the videos. The collection bag for tabs is in the card room attached to the community board. Thank you Desert Shadows! Keep up the good work. THE DESERT SUN

Guy’s and Gal’s Golf Sign up is Saturday, March 2 at 9:00am in the Craft Room . The annual spring tournament will be held on Friday March 15 at Bellair Golf Course. This tournament is for everyone who plays golf. The only requirement is you must sign up with someone of the opposite sex. This does not mean you will be in the same foursome. The play will be a scramble format and the registration is $8.00. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with low gross (1st, 2nd, & 3rd places ) and individual awards for closest to the pin for both men and women on designated holes. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the dinner which will be held in the Iron Works restaurant at Bellair. Golfers signing up for golf should come prepared to make a dinner selection for both themselves and for their dinner guests. Choices will include beef, pork, the Friday fish fry and a salad. If you are not able to sign up on March 2, contact us and we will be sure you are included. Contact: Grant White 623-580-9768, Doris Kelly 623581-8672, Afton Leaton 480-267-1326, or Richard Heried 623-869-9602 for information February Celebrity Birthdays Lisa Marie Presley, Singer — Born February 1st George Washington, President — Born February 22nd Chuck Yeager, Astronaut — Born February 13th


Activities Office We have so many wonderful volunteers here at Dessert Shadows it would take a lifetime to thank them all. Our little community just wouldn’t be the same without their tireless dedication. People like John Gerber and George Greig. So hats off to John and George, and to all of our incredible volunteers; our little slice of heaven wouldn’t be the same without you!!! We could use a bit more help in the kitchen and cleaning tables on the pancake breakfasts so let me know if your able. TAI CHI: Sandra Jones would like to start up the Tai Chi Basic classes on Thursdays 10:30-11:30am in the back auditorium. Classes will begin on Feb. 7th. PARK PLAY: Congrats to director Paul LePage and his cast of great actors for their theatrical performance in this year’s play production. About 250 people attended the 2 night event. No one actually broke a leg.

B—I– N– G—O Some people have suggested to the Desert Shadows owners that we make some changes to our BINGO night that we have every Thursday. One suggestion was to increase the winning pot size by increasing the cost of the games. Desert Shadows owners and managers don’t care either way, it is up to you, the players. You can cast a vote at Bingo on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14th as to your choice. More info will be provided regarding options of leaving it how it is at $2, increasing to $4, or doing a mix like Orangewood. If the vote is close, we will not change anything, but if a large majority want it changed, we can do that also. You can vote twice, once at each Bingo night. You can also leave a comment on the Comment Line at (623) 465-1487.

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Western Days

Crockpot Crab Spread

Western Days has come and gone again; and if you missed it, you missed a lot. Wednesday night the crowd was regaled with the Travel-n-Opry show; but the fun didn’t stop there. It was an entire week filled with food and festivities. There was a pot luck on Thursday and on Friday we were treated to biscuits and sausage gravy with hash browns. There was shuffle board and bocce ball, a cake walk, popcorn; we were even treated to root beer floats. When the weather went south and the cold rain moved in, we did what any self-respecting, rugged westerner would do; we made soup and cornbread. As the sun set on another Western days celebration, the band American Kountry played to another sold out crowd. But don’t you worry little dogie, western days will be back before you know it.

Ingredients: 3/4 cup mayonnaise 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp. apple juice 1 onion, minced 1 lb. lump crabmeat, picked over to remove cartilage and shell bits Preparation: Mix mayonnaise, cream cheese, and apple juice in medium bowl until blended. Place in 1 - 3 quart crockpot. Stir in onions and blend well. Gently stir in crabmeat. Cover crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Dip will hold for up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with French Bread slices. 8 servings

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FEBRUARY 2013 Sunday








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Tai Chi Class 10:30 am DARTS 6:30

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DARTS 6:30 17







DANCE 7-10 Rhythm of the 50’s 60’s & 70’s 16 7:15 AM PANCAKE BREAKFAST DANCE 7-10 JK & COMPANY

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24 9:00 AM CHURCH



DARTS 6:30

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Talent Show

Talent Show



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