Unit Happenings

Enjoying the outdoors at the Spande-Fields’ Snack and Chat.

Unit 27 Activities

Sue Case

On Sept. 7, residents of Unit 27 held the first unit meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown. In addition to recognizing new residents, Unit Rep Jeff Depka brought everyone up to date on current SaddleBrooke TWO issues. Social Chair Ron Talbot gave the attendees a preview of upcoming unit events. There will be a ladies’ holiday party at Vivace on Saturday, Dec. 4. Eileen and Jeff Depka will host a holiday open house for all unit residents on Sunday, Dec. 5. The annual unit holiday party will also be back at the MountainView Clubhouse on Thursday, Dec. 9. With enthusiastic optimism, Ron sought volunteers to help plan a unit spring party for late April or early May 2022. We will cross our fingers for all of these events, which have always been lots of fun for our residents.

Fira Stout announced the next Dine Around, to be held at Scordato’s Pizza on Oct. 19. Jan and Ron Talbot urged people to host one of the monthly Snack and Chats.

Jane Spande and David Fields responded to the Talbots’ plea and graciously stepped up to host a Snack and Chat on Sept. 18. The good weather was very helpful, as guests were seen inside, as well as outside in their beautiful backyard. It wasn’t just any Snack and Chat. Resident Rob Smith was about to celebrate a birthday on Sept. 21, and he got a head start on his celebration with a beautifully decorated cake and birthday greetings from his fellow unit residents.

Sandy and Phil Barney have volunteered to host the October Snack and Chat. The date was not available as of this article’s submission. However, the event will undoubtedly have a ghoulish theme.

Be well. Have fun!

Photo by Dan Kasperski

Unit 44A Neighbors Got “Mooned”!

Linda Berg

Denny and Betsy Steen graciously opened their lovely home to neighbors in The Preserve at SaddleBrooke on Sept. 20.

Over 40 people brought delicious appetizers, casseroles, desserts, wine, and a keen interest in meeting and greeting new friends. Everyone had a grand time.

Betsy Steen gave a tour of her beautiful home, tastefully decorated with exquisite watercolors and stained glass and beautiful framed family photos. She said the artwork dictated the application of colors, the hues and soft pastels on the walls and area rugs. She had a personal connection to the artists, so these pieces were memorable. Denny and Betsy’s home is worthy of a review by Architectural Digest.

We went to the backyard, which afforded a stunning view of the Catalina Mountains. After a wonderful evening, we watched the moon rise majestically over the hills. This presented a great photo opportunity for our photographer, Dan Kasperski, to capture the guests being “mooned.”

Dan also took photos of the splendid buffet, replete with a variety of meatballs, including delicious curry ones by Deon Kissoon. Peggy Hegg brought a delectable rellenos casserole. Paulette Kasperski’s chocolate cherry bars were fantastic, as were the cakes and quiches and pumpkin-puffs galore—too many to list. It was a wonderful fete.

Unit 44A comprises 66 total lots, and the first home was completed in August 2019. Currently, 58 of those lots have been sold, with eight lots still available. Social events for our unit began in December 2019. Since most of us moved in from all around the country, without built-in friendships, we have made it a point of welcoming all newcomers into our unit (as well as other “newbies” from other units as well). We are a very active unit and have monthly social gatherings, and many of us have joined numerous SaddleBrooke clubs (or started our own groups), including art classes, golf, mahjongg, Pop Tennis, tennis, pickleball, quilting, jewelry making, euchre, and a book club as well.

Our next social event will be in October; maybe there will be something spooky involved!