Unit Happenings

Unit 8 does it better at home

Shawnee Robison

Seventeen lovely ladies in Unit 8 were invited to bring it all together at the beautiful home of Deanna Irriger, where we welcomed four new neighbors to the January luncheon, which included, the ever-popular potluck dishes prepared with loving care! Jane Holdcroft led the discussion of the upcoming venues and hostesses for each month’s luncheon.

Then, the very Happy Birthday song rang out for all the January birthday gals in attendance! We’re all looking forward to the coming months, sharing and caring for our neighbors in Unit 8!

We wish you all a very prosperous and happy 2018!

Unit 27A sails on the Cotton Blossom

Camille Grabb

Neighbors and friends in Unit 27A boarded the “Cotton Blossom” paddle boat on Sunday, February 4, and set sail aboard the Arizona Broadway Theatre stage for an afternoon featuring a tasty brunch and an amazing live musical and dramatic performance.

The long-ago created musical (1927), Show Boat, weaves a story of family, friends and folks of the era who cruised and lived along the Mississippi River while facing society’s challenges of the Roaring ’20s. Such amazing lyrics as Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man resonated through the theatre by amazing professional performers and a live orchestra.

It was another fun-filled outing with our Unit neighbors, even though some folks had to leave early before we captured the photo!

Unit 34 – Neighborhood party

Esther West

On Monday, January 29, Josie and Sam Montgomery hosted the annual unit party. Unit 34 was established in 2003 and in the early days, the gathering took the form of a street block party. These days neighbors gather and bring their own beverages and an appetizer or salad to share. The Montgomerys, who have hosted this party for the last nine years, provide a lasagna and garlic bread dinner and dessert for the crowd. This is a growing event that many look forward to attending. This year’s count was 66. It had been held in December previously but moved to January to allow neighbors who may have been home visiting family for the holidays to get back. This year we introduced new residents Kathy and Marty Aalto, Shelly Moralez, Diane Wagner and Pat Gradin and renters, Denise and Wade Johnson. And as result of Judie Hardin’s initiative, a total of 72 lbs. of non-perishable food items was donated by the unit party goers and delivered to the local food bank. Our self-declared mayor, Bob Young, took the opportunity to thank the many volunteers for their behind the scenes work for the benefit of all. They are Judie Hardin, Co-Unit Contact; Sharon Easton, Ladies’ Luncheon Coordinator; Janell Jenson, Kare Bears Contact; Carolyn Bates, Sunshine Rep; Merlyn Friesen, Computer Guru; Keith and Vikki Constable, Unofficial Greeters; Linda Rouillard, Official Dog Walker/Sitter and Unofficial Greeter and Marilyn Smith, Co-founder PGLA Charity Tournament Chairperson. And, of course, special thanks to the party hosts, Josie and Sam Montgomery, for sharing their home and hospitality.

Unit 42B Ladies’ Luncheon

Mary Ann Bose

The ladies of Unit 42B recently met for the second time for their monthly luncheon. The luncheon was had at Eagle’s Nest. The ladies had a great time, good food and enjoyable conversations learning more about each other.

The ladies plan to meet again next month at one of the homes in the unit and this will become a monthly event.

Unit 51 Ladies’ Luncheon

Janet Miazga

There were 20 ladies from Unit 51 who enjoyed a different cuisine at our February Ladies’ Luncheon. This month’s hostess was Sharyl Perkett, who chose the Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in Westgate for our gathering. The menu provided a variety of choices which everyone enjoyed. Sharyl also presented each guest with a lovely bamboo box filled with sweets, one of which was a Japanese KitKat bar. Many Unit 51 friends look forward to our monthly get together—anxious to see where March will take us!