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October 2013 Volume 36, Issue 1


The Desert Sun


Hello to all who have returned to Desert Shadows, we are happy to have you back. We hope you had a good summer and made some new memories along the way. We hope you are ready for another fun filled season. The activity office will open on Tuesday and will be ready to welcome all of our returning volunteers. Don’t think that just because we have some of the best volunteers in the valley that we don’t need more. We welcome all the help we can get. All of the great activities we have planned this year are dependent on our dedicated volunteers. So come on down and join our team; sometimes volunteering for these events is as much fun as the events themselves. IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS: If you have any ideas or suggestions for activities that others might also enjoy please drop by the activity office. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome; we love new and fresh ideas. DONUTS: 75 cent donuts return Saturday, October 19th at 7:30am, and of course the coffee is always FREE!!!

DANCE TICKETS: Dance tickets can be purchased during office hours or at the door on Saturday evening (if not sold out.) Dance tickets will remain the same price $5.00 for residents and $7.00 for nonresidents if it is a regular Saturday night dance. There will be no refunds given this year. ACTIVITIES: Remember not all of the posted weekly activities start right away. They will start as the volunteers who organize them return to the park. Please watch the postings in the lobby. If you have any questions or concerns please stop in the activity office. If you would like to lead any of these activities please let me know as soon as possible. We do have a new volunteer for shuffleboard. BINGO will resume on Thursday, October 17th at 6:45PM and will continue each Thursday unless otherwise posted. NEWSLETTER: If you have something you would like posted in the Newsletter please have it in the activity office by the 23rd of each month. NOTE FROM SANDRA: Sandra Jones will not be teaching any YOGA & TAI CHI or Mah Jongg classes this season. Thanks to all that attended in the past.





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SATURDAY: 9:00– 12:00 ACTIVITY OFFICE PHONE 623-869-9224



Activities Cont.

United States Trivia

RED HATS: Our ladies group at Desert Shadows will have some activities for the winter season of 2013-2014. Attendance typically has been small for November and December, so the main thrust of functions will occur January through March. For those interested, it is tentatively planned that the following will be publicized: NOVEMBER: Charming Charlie’s costume jewelry in Happy Valley with lunch at Paradise Bakery. DECEMBER: A tour of some Christmas Lights/Festivities in the valley. Travel agent Elaine Stauffer will assist us in picking a trip. JANUARY: A meeting early in the month of interested ladies to help plan the rest of the season. WATCH THE CARD ROOM BULLETIN BOARD FOR DETAILS. Thank you Betty Threinen HALLOWEEN DANCE: The band American Kountry will play at the Halloween dance Saturday, October 26th. There will be a costume contest for all those who choose to wear a costume and of course there will be an opportunity to do a little trick or treating. Come on down for the first event of the season and catch up with all you friends from last summer. FREE TRIP: As many of you know, Elaine helps to arrange for trips and travel excursions. This month, she has set up a FREE overnight trip to Fort McDowell Casino with transportation included. The bus will come to Desert Shadows and pick you up on the morning of Monday, October 21 and take you to the casino. You will be given a free room to stay in for the night, and then the bus will pick you up at the casino on Tuesday afternoon, October 22, and bring you back to Desert Shadows. The transportation and hotel are free, but you must sign up in advance in the Card Room. Contact Elaine for more info at (623) 581-8331.

1. Which is the smallest state? 2. Which state of the contiguous (connected) 48 states is farthest north? 3. Which state is farthest south? 4. Which of the contiguous 48 states is farthest south? 5. Which of the contiguous 48 states is farthest west? 6. Which of the contiguous 48 states is farthest east? 7. How many states contact the St. Lawrence River (border on or have it run through them)? 8. Which state is closest to Bermuda? 9. Which state or states (besides Alaska and Hawaii) borders the fewest number of other states? 10. Which state or states borders the greatest number of other states? Take a wild guess. 11. Which of the Great Lakes is entirely within the USA? Answers are on the back page

Church News The Desert Shadows non denominational church meets in Auditorium at 9am on Sundays For the season of 2013-2014 BIBLE STUDY: Every Wednesday at 2:00pm November 13th thru March 26th in the (back auditorium.) CHOIR PRACTICE; Every Friday 9:00am (front auditorium) however on the second Friday of the month (Vendors Day) choir practice is at 9:00am on Saturday. SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE: The Sunday morning services will be at 9:00am from November 3rd 2013 thru March 30, 2014. Thank You, Church President Dolores Goerz.

October Celebrity Birthdays Kelly Ripa, TV Star—Born October 2nd

Angela Lansbury, Actress—Born October 16th

Matt Damon, Actor—Born October 8th

Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy—Born October 21st

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister— Born October 13th

Julia Roberts, Actress—Born October 28th

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Guy’s and Gal’s Golf It is time to sign up for the bi-annual Guys and Gals Golf Outing. The tournament will be held on Friday, Nov. 15. at the Bellair Golf Course, and the banquet will be that same evening. Sign up will be on Saturday, November 2, at 9:00 A.M. in the craft room. This tournament is for anyone and everyone who plays golf. The only requirement is that you come and sign up with a partner. This does not mean that you will be playing with that person, but we need an even number of guys and gals for our foursomes. We play a scramble game, playing best ball, so every level of golfer will have a good time. The cost is $5.00 a person for golf. We will be staying at the Iron Works for dinner following golf. We will be given a choice of 3 items off of the menu, including the Fish Fry. Hope to see everyone at the sign-up on November 2, 2013. Any Questions? You can call: Karen and Ralph Spiva 505-320-0941 Doris Kelly 581-8672 Grant White 623-580-9768

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Quote Quote Of The Month: “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~Socrates

This Day In History October 1, 1908 - Henry Ford's Model T, a "universal car" designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time. October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. October 11, 1939 - Albert Einstein warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that his theories could lead to Nazi Germany's development of an atomic bomb. Einstein suggested the U.S. develop its own bomb. This resulted in the top secret "Manhattan Project." October 13, 1775 - The United States Navy was born after the Second Continental Congress authorized the acquisition of a fleet of ships. October 17, 1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, British General John Burgoyne and his entire army of 5,700 men surrendered to American General Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, the first big American victory.

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Candy Corn Punch Ingredients:  4-serving-size packages lemonflavor gelatin  1cup boiling water  2cups mango nectar  3 1/2cups orange carbonated beverage, chilled  1cup whipping cream  2tablespoons honey  Candy corn (optional)

Directions: 1 In a large bowl combine gelatin and the boiling water, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the mango nectar. Pour mixture into a tall, clear 2-quart pitcher. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until thickened but not set. Gently pour* orange carbonated beverage over gelatin layer in pitcher. 2.In a large bowl combine whipping cream and honey. Beat with an electric mixer or large whisk just until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Spoon over mixtures in pitcher. If desired, add candy. Before serving, stir to muddle.

*Test Kitchen Tip: To ensure that the carbonated beverage stays on top of the gelatin mixture, hold a wooden spoon above the gelatin layer and pour the carbonated beverage over the back of the spoon.

Homes For Sale If you are tired of traveling the road in your RV and want a more permanent place in sunny Phoenix, AZ to live full time or even just during our nice winters season, take a look at the homes for sale at Desert Shadows. Our full time professional salesperson, Afton, will help you will all the details and paperwork. Call Afton for more details. (480) 267-1326, or see our website for a list of currently available homes at ——————————————————————

Trivia Answers 1. Which is the smallest state? Rhode Island. 2. Which state of the contiguous 48 states is farthest north? Minnesota. Some people would guess Maine, which is quite a ways farther south than the northern points of five of the states. Minnesota juts up toward Canada at one point. 3. Which state is farthest south? Hawaii ( 4. Which of the contiguous 48 states is farthest south? Florida. Some people would guess Texas. 5. Which of the contiguous 48 states is farthest west? Washington. I mistakenly typed "California." 6. Which state of the contiguous 48 states is farthest east? Maine. 7. How many states contact the St. Lawrence River (border on or have it run through them)? One, New York 8. Which state is closest to Bermuda? North Carolina. 9. Which state or states (besides Alaska and Hawaii) borders the fewest number of other states? Maine touches only one other state. 10. Which state or states borders the greatest number of other states? Missouri and Tennessee each border eight states. 11. Which of the Great Lakes is/are entirely within the USA? Lake Michigan.

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