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Sun City Festival Community Association
26501 West Desert Vista Boulevard, Buckeye, Arizona 85396

Grand Opening!


Grand Opening for Fire Station #704!
You are cordially invited to join us in the dedication
ceremony of our Buckeye Fire Station 704 on
Saturday, December 17th at 10:30 am.
The festivities will include food, music and bounce
houses. We are excited to have the community tour
our new facility.


January 2017

Terry Davies joins forces with Sherie Rae Parker
to deliver the Music and Magic of Barry Manilow
and Bette Midler. Audiences are awed by the
amazing performance of chart-topping hits.

NASHVILLE GOLD features music of the greatest country artists
of all time from everyone’s favorite kings and queens of country to
musical outlaws, urban cowboys and honky-tonk heroes.

January 22

1 PM - Celebration Hall

Mr. Church


Includes Popcorn, 1 Soda, 1 Candy Bar
Pre-Register at Member Services

In 1965 Los Angeles, cancer-stricken Marie
(Natascha McElhone) and her ten-year-old
daughter Charlotte are shocked to learn that one
of Marie’s former lovers has hired a black cook
named Mr. Church (Eddie Murphy) to take care

of them during her illness. Over the course of
15 years, Mr. Church becomes a father figure to
Charlotte (played as an adult by Britt Robertson),
and he even takes her in when she gets
pregnant from a one-night stand.



Activities & Seminars
December 1
9 am - 12 pm
Sage Center Parking Lot

December 8
Sun Valley Solar Seminar
10 am Mulberry Room

December 25
Christmas Day
Sage Center & Wood Shop
Closed All Day

December 3
Chartered Club Expo & Craft Sale
9 am - 12 pm Sage Center

December 15
9 am - 12 pm
Sage Center Parking Lot

December 7
Nice and Easy Travel Seminar
10 am Sable Room

SolarCity Seminar
1:30 pm Celebration Hall West

Fort McDowell Casino Trip
10 am Bus Departs Sage Center
6 pm Bus Departs Casino

December 18
Sunday Movie Matinee,
“The Polar Express”
1 pm Celebration Hall

December 29
9 am - 12 pm
Sage Center Parking Lot
December 31
In A New Year State of Mind
New Year’s Eve Party
9 pm - 12:30 am Sage Center
January 1
New Year’s Day
Sage Center & Wood Shop
Closed All Day


Dec 2: Desert Botanical Gardens & Mill Ave Fair

Dec 3: Prescott Day Christmas Parade & Lunch

Dec 9: Zoolights, Dinner & Mormon Temple

Dec 10: Winterhaven & 4th Avenue Holiday Fair

Dec 30 - Jan 3: Rose Bowl Parade Deluxe

Dec 31 - Jan. 2: Rose Bowl Parade Mini-Getaway

Feb 27 - March 1: Winter Break in Laughlin, NV

To Register for a Trip, Contact

Sage Recreation Center and
Wood Shop/Craft Studios

December 24:
December 25:
December 26:
December 31:
January 1:
January 2:

7 am - 2 pm
5:30 am - 10 pm
7 am - 2 pm
5:30 am - 10 pm




Cheryl and Bill McLaughlin
Hi there! My name is Joslyn McLaughlin and I am excited to introduce my parents,
Bill and Cheryl McLaughlin. Bill’s mother has lived in Surprise for 37 years so my
parents have become familiar with that general area. In the last few years they
began exploring various active adult communities and have rented in Festival for
a couple years. They have really gotten to know the community and many residents. In reviewing their options, they chose to build a home in Sun City Festival
and moved with their English Bulldog, Joey, primarily because of all the great
people. My parents continue to emphasize that it’s all about the people and that
you won’t find a greater group of people in any other community. Of course, the
sunshine, pickleball, golf and the Sage Recreation Center also made the decision
to live in Festival a very easy choice. My dad sums up living in Festival as, “like
being back in grade school and the whole day is recess.”
Cheryl and Bill are heavily involved in all types of sports and if you hear screaming
from their home during football season, don’t worry, it’s just Bill trying to coach
the Oregon Ducks and they have needed alot of help with their coaching this year.
During their 33 years of marriage, they have lived in many parts of the country
due to my dad’s career in the insurance and financial services industry. Some of
these places included Portland, Eugene, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Minneapolis,
and Pacific City, Oregon.
You might say that my parents are risk takers, especially my dad. They’ve done
everything including kayaking resulting in an incident on the Pacific Ocean. We still thank the Coast Guard for their timely
intervention. They also took two trips to Egypt in the last two years. In addition to these travels, they have been all over the
world and aren’t finished, unless dad has his passport revoked for instigating an international incident. Bill is like a cat, but
he has more than nine lives.
My parents are blessed with two wonderful, loving, beautiful (I could go on...) daughters and one perfect grandson. We’re all
very excited to visit your wonderful community this December and take a break from Oregon’s winter gloom.

Fitness/Wellness Services
Massage Therapy:

1-hour for $60, 90-minutes for $90

Fitness Assessment:

Complete Fitness Assessment with a personal exercise
program including one lesson: $40

Equipment Orientation:

FREE 60-minute group session on effective and safe
exercise with demonstrations.

Personal Training:

One-on-one personal training session $35 per hour


See the Fitness Check-In Desk for more information.

Blood Pressure
December 2 at 2 pm
December 19 at 9 am
(Fitness Center)

Chartered Club News


What You Don’t Know
About Fat

by Chuck Eier, M.S. C.S.C..
Fitness/Wellness Director

Fat, a simple three-letter word, is something which can have a significant impact on
our physical and mental well-being. We work to keep fat off our bodies. We strive to
avoid consuming too much fat. Actually, having fat in our bodies is critical for optimal function. Too much fat, especially certain types, can create health problems.
We need fat for multiple reasons. Fat acts as fuel for all of our life processes including body cell growth, nutrient absorption (think of fat-soluble vitamins, and hormone
production). We also use fat as fuel for movement. In addition, stored fat helps to
protect internal organs and to keep the body warm (insulation).
According to Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist, we have different types
of fat, white and brown. Each type of fat has a different function.
White fat makes up more than 90 percent of the fat in the body.
This type of fat has a low metabolic rate (burns very few calories).
Most believe the white fat is basically useless and serves mostly
as storage for extra calories.
Brown fat, darker in color due to greater blood supply, can
actually burn calories. Certain mammals use brown fat to
provide fuel and create body heat in times of cold. Humans have
small amounts of brown fat and, unfortunately, are unable to get
any metabolic boost and body heat from it.
Location of fat on the body is also important. Belly fat, sometimes
called visceral fat, can create health issues not seen from fat
stored in other parts of the body (thighs, arms, etc). Visceral fat is
very sensitive to the stress hormone cortisol and tends to be the storage of choice
in times of stress. Also, visceral fat, on its own, releases inflammatory chemicals
which travel to the brain creating feelings of fatigue and hunger that leads to overeating and sedentary behavior. This vicious cycle leads to storage, more belly fat
and more inflammatory chemicals. Anything that fights inflammation, omega 3 fats,
yogurt with active cultures, and other foods, help reduce the brain signals from the
belly fat.
We can also measure the amount of fat on or in the body. Body fat percentage
(percentage of weight that is fat vs. muscle, bone etc) is a good measurement of
how much fat is in the body. A man’s body fat percentage should be around 20 and
a woman’s body fat percentage should be around 29.
Creating a calorie deficit is the best way to get rid of fat. The notion of “fat burning”
exercise as a specific type of exercise is inaccurate. Simply burning more calories
by working longer and/or harder during exercise and by consuming fewer calories
(especially high quality calories and caloric ratios) is truly the answer to fat loss.
Fat, as we see, has an affect on mood and health. Creating caloric deficit and consuming foods with anti-inflammatory properties can minimize fat storage and reduce
the amount of fat already stored in the body.
Sources: Artis, E. G. “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Body Fat”

ZUMBA 7:15 am
Pilates 8:30 am (ballroom)
Yoga 8:30 am
Interval Blast 9:45 am
Aqua Aerobics 10:00 am
Cardio Lite 10:45 am
Dance Fitness 11:30 am
Gentle Fitness 12:45 pm
Gentle Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga 5:15 pm
S.E.T. 8:00 am
Step It Up 9:15 am
Strength, Stretch, Balance 10:30am
Aqua Aerobics 11:15 am
Dance Fitness 11:45 am
Yoga 5:30 pm
ZUMBA 7:15 am
Pilates 8:20 am (ballroom)
Yoga 8:30 am
Interval Blast 9:45 am
Aqua Aerobics 10:00 am
Cardio Lite 11:00 am
Gentle Fitness 11:45 am
Gentle Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga 5:15 pm
S.E.T. 8:00 am
Step & Stretch 9:15 am
Strength, Stretch, Balance 10:30am
Aqua Aerobics 11:15 am
Dance Fitness 11:45 am
Equipment Orientation 3:00 pm
Yoga 5:30 pm
Yoga 8:00 am
Pilates 8:00 am (ballroom)
ZUMBA 9:15 am
Aqua Aerobics 10:00 am
Gentle Fitness 11:45 am
HIIT 8:15 am
Interval Blast 9:15am
Aqua Aerobics 10:00 am
Cardio Lite 10:45 am
* $2 or $4 fee for most classes



Softball Club Practice 7:30am
Swimmers Club Practice 9:00am
Pickleball 9:00am
Mixed Doubles Drop-In Tennis 9:00am
Players Club Mah Jongg & Open Play 9:00am
Paper Crafts & More 9:00am
Contract Bridge 12:30pm
Water Volleyball 1:00pm
Knit One & Crochet Too 1:00pm
Tournament Poker (1st & 3rd Tue) 5:30pm
Omaha Poker (2nd,4th,5th Tue) 5:30pm
Ponytail Canasta 6:30pm
Pickleball 6:30pm


Wood Carving Class 8:00am
Fine Arts 8:30am
Pickleball 9:00am
Men’s Doubles Tennis 9:00am
Crafty Scrappers 9:00am
Players Club Bridge & Open Play 9:00am
Beginner Bridge 9:00am
Mah Jongg Marathon (2nd) 9am-4:00pm
Texas Hold’em Limit Poker 12:30pm
Mah Jongg 12:30pm
Lady Putters 12:30pm
Ladies’ Doubles Drop-In Tennis 1:30pm
Don’t Worry Bead Happy 2:00pm
Single Deck Pinochle 6:30pm
Pickleball 6:30pm
Swimmers Club Practice 9:00am
Pickleball 9:00am
Mixed Doubles Drop-in Tennis 9:00am
Fine Arts 9:00am
Lady Putters 9:30am
Line Dancers - Steps & Basics 10:00am
Line Dancers - Beginner Lessons 10:30am
Line Dancers - Intermediate Lessons 11:15am
Duplicate Bridge 12:30pm
Water Volleyball 1:00pm
Knit One & Crochet Too 1:00pm
Dealer’s Choice Poker 5:00pm
Partners Pinochle 6:30pm
Pickleball 6:30pm
Men’s Doubles Tennis Ladder 9:00am
Pickleball 9:00am
Contract Bridge 9:00am
Quilting Bees 9:00am
Woodshop Monthly Mtg (3rd Fri) 10:00am
FAB’s Luncheon 11:30am
Mah Jongg 12:30pm
Chess 12:30pm
Bunco 6:30pm
Pickleball 6:30pm
Mixed Doubles 3.0/3.5 Tennis 8:00am
Pickleball 9:00am
Don’t Worry Bead Happy 12:00pm
Texas Hold’Em Limit Poker 12:30pm
Partners Pinochle 12:30pm
Couples Contract Bridge 6:00pm
Pickleball 6:30pm



Ladies Doubles Tennis 8:00am
Fine Arts 8:30am
Pickleball 9:00am
Mah Jongg 9:00am
Knit One & Crochet Too 9:00am
Lady Putters 9:30am
Pickleball Women’s Rotational Play 12:00pm
Dealer’s Choice Poker 12:30pm
Chess 12:30pm
Scrabble 12:30pm
Lady Putters 12:30pm
Woodcrafters 5:30pm
Euchre 6:30pm
Social Dance - Ballroom Lessons 6:30pm
Desert Harmony Rehearsals 6:30pm
Pickleball 6:30pm





Chartered Club Activities

Mah Jongg 12:30pm
Dominoes (Mexican Train) 6:00pm
Double Deck Pinochle 6:30pm

Sun City Festival Community Association

What are your interests? Join a club and have some fun!
Sun City Festival actively promotes and supports a variety of more than 30
Chartered Clubs within the community. Each club is managed and run by
volunteer residents who passionately share a similar interests.
A separate club listing page with a short introduction of each club and the
contact person is available at Member Services as well as online at under the Clubs & Interest Groups section.
All Sun City Festival residents are encouraged to participate in any or all
clubs. You can learn more about club opportunities by attending their
upcoming events or by contacting the club representatives for more
Wood Shop & Craft Studios Facility Hours:
Monday - Saturday 7 am - 9 pm; Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm

Glass Arts Club
March Basic Training Class
The Glass Arts Club is now accepting
registration applications for the March
2017 Basic Training Class that starts on
March 6 and runs through the 10th, from 6 pm - 9 pm.
Please complete a registration form and return with your $75 payment to
the Glass Arts mailbox. Please contact Barbara Waggoner with questions or
more information at 928-252-2958.

Christmas Eve Buffet

Dining Hours:

Sat & Sun 8 am - 8 pm
Mon- Fri 11 am - 8 pm
Breakfast: Sat 8 am - 11 pm

Sun 8 am - 12 pm
Happy Hour: Daily 3 pm - 6 pm

December 24
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


December 2 4:00 - 6:00 pm
& December 13 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Outdoor Event Weather Permitting, Bring your own lawn chairs.

December 7 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Outdoor Event Weather Permitting, Bring your own lawn chairs.


December 10 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Like Minds

December 16 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi, Mediterranean Chicken Breast,
Honey Roasted Ham
Baby Baked Potatoes, Roasted Sweet Potato w/Pecans Glaze,
Green Bean Almandine, Julienne Vegetable w/Balsalmic Glaze,
Omelet Station, Assorted Desserts

$28 Adults Inclusive

$12 Kids 12 & Under Inclusive

Reservations Required, Call 928-252-6445 ext 209

Christmas Special

December 23 4:00 - 6:00 pm

DJ Jones
Country Music Night

December 28 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Outdoor Event Weather Permitting,
Bring your own lawn chairs

Outdoor Event Weather Permitting, Bring your own lawn chairs.

Monday & Friday Golf Clinics

$20 /session

Golf Clinics are offered every Monday and Friday at 10
am. Space is limited, please sign up early. For more
information or to register, please call or visit the Golf
Pro Shop.

Get Golf Ready Clinics
Clinic Dates: December 12 - December 16
Time: 9 am - 10:30 am Cost: $99
These clinics are perfect for people who have never
played the game, or have not played in awhile. Register
in the Golf Pro Shop, limited space is available.

Nine and Dine
Sunday, December 18

Tee Time: 3:00 pm
Dinner: Approximately 5:00/5:30 pm
Nine holes of golf followed by a wonderful dinner
buffet. Please register at the Golf Pro Shop.

Golf Shop Semi-Annual Holiday Sale
Friday, December 9
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Please join us for our Semi-Annual
Shopping Sale where wine and
appetizers will not be the only
thing you enjoy. Receive discounts
up to 50% off your entire purchase
of golf shop merchandise in a fun,
festive atmosphere. The Golf Shop will be closed from
4-5 pm in preparation for the big event.

Copper Canyon Golf Club and the Indigo Grille
will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.



Business Listings

Contact Information
Brad Lundmark
Community Manager
Karey Belanger
Community Standards
Pat Cassidy
Facilities Director
Janet Turner
Lifestyle Director
Chuck Eier
Fitness & Wellness
Lisa Annett
Gordon Grassi
Lifelong Learning Coord.
Caring Neighbors
Copper Canyon Golf Club/
Indigo Grille
Festival Sales Center
Del Webb/Pulte
Customer Service

Sage Recreation Center
Fax: 928-252-2102

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Wood Shop & Craft Studios

Contact Lisa at or 928-252-2133 for more
information on advertising here or on our Business Listings posted to the
community website at

Monday - Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm