Category: May 2021

Pop Tennis Turns Strangers into Friends

The pop tennis group celebrates Burt Turner's 91st birthday. Front row: Greg Hlushko, Steve Bell, Burt Turner, Molly Gilbertson, and Sharon Hoff; back row: Bob Hoffman, Kris Hoffman, Linda McAllen, Mike McAllen, Betty Emmons, Jeanette Watkins, Cheryl Sornson, Mary Hlushko, Carol Kula, and Bob Hoff; not pictured: Paulette Kasperski (Photo by Paulette Kasperski)

Paulette Kasperski Last January through March, SaddleBrooke residents, Fran Meckler and Carol Kula of the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, arranged drop-in sessions of pop tennis on Sunday afternoons. Many people showed up to play for the first time—some as total beginners and others as former tennis and pickleball players. When the drop-in sessions ended, Stuart Watkins…

Senior Village at SaddleBrooke: Neighbors helping Neighbors

Vicki and Nick Palumbo meet with membership volunteer, LaVonne Ashwood, to join Senior Village.

Senior Village Welcomes All Ages Stephanie Thomas Senior Village is not like a club where people congregate because they share a hobby or sports interest. Village membership is open to everyone in SaddleBrooke, and all ages can utilize the services. From the youngest Village member at 51 years old, to the most elderly at 97, they…

Summer Is Coming

Marilu Trainor Whether it’s your first summer in Arizona or you are a seasoned veteran, it’s important to prepare for living (and surviving) in our desert climate. Although summer 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on June 20 and end on Sept. 22, the hotter weather arrives early in Arizona. It’s time to get…

Beat the Heat

National Weather Service Meteorologist Sean Benedict (Source: NOAA's National Weather Service)

Marilu Trainor Multiple organizations including the National Weather Service, Arizona Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control have posted some important summer heat tips on their sites to help you keep your cool this summer. Why are Older Adults More Vulnerable? The CDC states older adults, those aged 65 and older, are particularly…

The Gift of Life

Laurie and Michael Lien

Debbie McGeehan Did you know that someone needs blood every few seconds in the U.S., and more than 45 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions? You can help by donating your blood! The American Red Cross Blood Drive returns to the MountainView ballroom at SaddleBrooke on Saturday, May 22 from 7 a.m.…

Back to the Garden: A Community Garden

Judy and Bill Henderson planting their garden.

Sheilah Britton, Pinal County Master Gardener If you have walked the nature trail at SaddleBrooke Ranch in the past few months, you’ve likely seen a barren section of land transform into a fenced collection of raised beds, a shaded area with tables and benches, potting tables, and an oversized shed on the property. The community…

I Can’t Draw a Stick Figure!

Karen Brungardt The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is pleased to announce our upcoming I Can’t Even Draw a Stick Figure class on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. This class offers you the chance to see what form of art will suit you. You may not think…

2021 Summer Classes!

Sunflower by Renee Pearson

Karen Brungardt The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is up and running! Our spring classes were successful; students learned to paint and are eager for more. We have several upcoming classes, so please read on for details. “I Can’t Draw a Stick Figure!” Class This popular class returns on June 15 for those who are uncertain…

Community Circle Players Have Not Been Idle!

An Evening of One Acts directors, Carol Merlini and David Fuller, dancing up a storm in the mini stage area created by the wing curtains. (Photo by Steve Weis)

Andrea Molberg Spring brings new beginnings and fresh looks. In the MountainView ballroom and performance space, SaddleBrooke’s live theatre group Community Circle Players (CCP) has been getting ready for when audiences can return. Significant MountainView Country Club improvements have been finished. As co-founder Susan Sterling remarked, “The upgrades are done and even paid for!” CCP’s…

Chess Club Starts Play May 5

Greg Hlushko After a long layoff due to COVID-19, the Chess Club will resume play May 5 at the usual time and location from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Bobcat Room in the lower level of the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. Drop in for casual games with players of various levels of experience.…