January Newsletter

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The Silveridge Sun

LOOKING GOOD: The Women Who Dress Up Silveridge


Dale Dauten, Syndicated Columnist

“Thirty-one times a year! Thirty-one?”

That was my response when Yvonne Rowley told me how often the Decorating Team does its work. Then she added, “And it’s not thirty-one times a year: it’s thrity-one times in five months.”

For this guy, who is an assistant decorator once a year, at Christmas, that’s hard to imagine. But then I met with the decorators, experienced the humor and energy they bring to their work, and it started to make sense.

Women of Silveridge

Seated (L to R): Norma Jean Moorefield, Chris Robinson, Yvonne Rowley
Standing (L to R): Diann Szumlas, Joann Kloos, Paula Voight, Paulette “P.K.” Trouba, Jan Jacobson, Linda Davis
Not Pictured: Pauline Clairoux, Deanna Darrah and Terry Bateman

And if the decorating team didn’t have enough to do, what with pitching in on every boogie, dinner and special event, they also have their annual toy drive, the Silveridge Santa. (Last year, their first, they gathered 80+ toys to donate to local kids via Legion Post #27. This year, with a generous boost from the Billiards Club, they more than doubled last year’s total, at 252 toys. And many of these were wonder toys – bikes and games to delight any kid.)

Silveridge Various Activities

When I sat down with team leader Yvonne Rowley, I wondered how she got her start. “When we moved here, Norma Jean Moorefield lived two doors down. Norma Jean is an original – she’s lived here since the park opened — and she got me into decorating. That was 11 years ago. And she’s still part of our group.” (She’s the one in the photo with the “Grandma is the next best thing to Santa” shirt)

When asked about her role as the group’s leader, Yvonne gave a little shake of her head and said, “Lou Pickard is Silveridge decorating, not me.” And then she smiled as she recalled stories of the woman who founded the decorating team, how Lou not only took joy in her decorating the ballroom and other facilities, but how she loved to dress for the events.

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For those of you who weren’t around, let me pass along the heartwarming story of the tribute to Lou when she passed away last year. Her children wanted to leave something for the folks at Silveridge who knew and loved Lou, and they offered four boxes of her jewelry. It’s fitting that the decorators turned that jewelry into decorations – they outfitted a special white tree with her jewelry and invited the ladies of Silveridge to take a piece as a memento.

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The team has worked to make sure Silveridge’s decorations continue. Yvonne said, “One big project for last year was organizing the Decorators’ Room.” (The room itself is impressive, its built-in shelving filled with big plastic tubs labeled Mardi Gras or Island or MASH. ) “Several of us are from Canada,” she added as explanation, “and there might come a year where some of us can’t get down. Two of my fellow Canadians, Joan Rosenberger and Wendy Holmoka, spearheaded the effort to make sure we had everything labeled and ready.”

Yvonne in decorating room

Yvonne, in the Decorators’ Room

So the decorating team merrily carries on the work started by Lou, and thanks to donations in her memory, is acquiring new, large decorations. Look for them at upcoming events.


Veterans day picture



Sue Arneson has put together a full update on clubs/organizations at Silveridge. It’s available here as a PDF you can read online or download and print out.


Carpe Annum, “Seize the Year”

Message From Sue Arneson,
Activity Director

How many of you have ever kept a journal or a diary? “ Back in the day” I kept a diary (with a key) where I poured out my heart with what was happening in my life. The internet generation now has new ways of recording the events of our lives. Recently I saw on Facebook how they took your pictures and captured them into the year. Cool! However, sometimes I think we are so busy clicking away that we don’t have the experience of living our lives and being a part of the fun. Most of us have heard the expression “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) but I am wondering how we will we seize the year (“Carpe Annum”) How is it specifically that you want to fulfill your senior years? What do you want to accomplish and journal in 2017? And no excuses that you are too old to learn!!

For any big undertaking, you have to take it one step at a time. Like the old saying goes: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Just saying I want to learn the computer is too general. If you received a new iPhone or iPad why not start learning by taking a SIG class through the computer department? They have beginners to advanced. All of the clubs and event activity instructors devote most of their time to teaching –and only later do they take the time to work on their personal projects. I am proud of all the Club and event leaders as they are trained volunteers who give unselfishly of their time and talent. With the Club Expo on January 14th you can learn about each club and sign up that day. The Expo is always held on the same Saturday as Breakfast so you can attend both.
After a full season of learning you will want to show off your talents at the March 11th Craft Fair.

Learning something new is not the only way to “seize the year.” How about getting into a new clothes size by exercising while getting healthier? Numerous classes are offered such as Step and Water Aerobics, all kinds of Sports: Tennis, Pickleball, Softball, Golf, Hiking, Shuffleboard, etc. Dancing burns a lot of calories (which you will need after the delicious meals served!) I have 12 Boogies booked for you so you can boogie or come for the meal and enjoy the company. Try Yoga or Tai Chi for mental and physical endurance. Reward your self by just enjoying many of our special dinner shows, dinner delights or concerts. I am thrilled at our attendance to all of our entertainment. Don’t miss our bi annual Anniversary party on January 29th where there will be special recognition and entertainment.

As we say in the activity office “If you are bored it’s your own fault!” A couple of my favorite quotes are:
As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do” – Zachary Scott
“And in the end, it’s not the years that count. It’s the life in your years” Abraham Lincoln

So get ready to “Seize 2017.” What do you want to journal in your life this year? With all your new goals you may just need to go out and buy yourself that diary!!

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The Silveridge Sun


Empire Communications has been chosen as our exclusive provider for Direct TV. Instead of simply getting installers sent out from an out-of-town office, we get personal attention from Empire, nearby in Mesa.

The folks from Empire will be joining us for upcoming coffees, and will provide complete details.

Empire Communications
4830 East Main St #5
Mesa, AZ 85205


Silveridge Billiards Club

Billiards Logo

Welcome from the Silveridge Men’s & Ladies Billiards. This is a great way to meet new people, learn or refresh your skills in the sport. The Billiard room is open to all (most days) and all evenings for anyone who would like to play, practice or observe.
We welcome new players, no experience necessary. Come and join in on the fun.

Weekly Activities
Men’s tournament every Monday at 1:00
Men’s League’s Tuesday – Friday
Ladies practice Monday 9:30 & Wednesday at 1:00 Lessons during practice
Ladies tournament every Thursday at 1:00
Mixed Fun Tournament Friday 1:00

Check out the bulletin board in the Billiard Room for other activities.
If you would like more information contact:
Rodger Benson 701-341-1397 or Eleanor Copeland 480-373-7690

Silveridge Computer and Technology Club

Visit the new link to our website at
This is the hub for information dissemination to Club members.

Membership fee is $5 per person per year
Membership forms are available at Monday morning meetings, from the Silvercom bulletin board near the Activities Desk, or on the website.

Regular Club meetings  are held on Mondays from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the Ballroom: Check the Website calendar for topics and meeting dates.

The popular Friday Help Sessions from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Computer Room begin when our “experts” arrive at Silveridge and occur weekly except for holidays.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) get together to share info and learn from each other. Check the website calendar for meeting times of the following groups:
Camera Club     Genealogy    Apple    Androids    Windows 10 may be formed–TBA

Classes for members are taught by Silvercom CTC members or by out-of-park teachers. A fee is charged for each class. All classes are scheduled in January, February, or March. Minimum number may be required; limited seating. Times may be subject to change. Full descriptions of all classes can be found by clicking CLASSES tab at the top of the website Home Page, and class times are listed on the website calendar. REGISTRATION BLITZ DAY will be announced. After REGISTRATION BLITZ DAY, you may sign up on the lists on the bulletin board by posted deadlines. The following classes will be offered:

Taking, Editing, and Organizing Great Photos with Any Device
iPhone, Beginning iPad, Advanced iPad, Windows 10, Photoshop, G-Mail

Other Events
Christmas Party-Sun, Dec 11, 4:30pm
Donut Day-Mon, Jan 16, 8:30am
Chili Supper Fundraiser-Fri, Feb 10
Recognition Night-Sat, March 11, 4:00pm

Silvercom Officers for 2016-2017
Carol Folker – President
Dick Grudt – Vice-President
Debra Christmas – Secretary
Paul Martinsen – Treasurer
Mike Folker, 2013-16 – Bd Member
Leo Jean, 2014-17 – Bd Member
Vail Williams, 2015-18 – Bd Member

Silveridge Pickleball Schedule

All Play for Pickleball Club Members is from 8am to 11am Monday through Saturday – All Courts are Reserved
Inter Park Round Robins – Mondays – All Courts are Reserved

11:00am to 12:30pm 2.0-2.5 skill level
12:45pm to 2:15pm 3.0-3.5 skill level

Member Only Round Robins – Wednesdays – All Courts are Reserved

11:00am to 12:30pm 3.0-3.5 skill level

Member Only Round Robins – Fridays – All Courts are Reserved

11:00am to 12:30pm 1.0-1.5 skill level
12:45pm to 2:15pm 2.0-2.5 skill level

Tuesdays and Thursdays – Courts 1 and 2 are Reserved

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Tournament Players Round Robins
Must have official tournament ranking of 3.5 or higher.

Saturdays from 11am to noon

Pickleball Clinic for members only

Thursday mornings from 10am – noon

Beginners Lessons – 1 court is reserved


Are you ready to get your creative juices going? Come join the Silveridge Ceramics Club in Room 9 Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-3. We have greenware and bisque for sale and you can special order pieces you might want to do. We have all the tools, brushes and paint for you to use as well as 2 kilns on site. Classes are taught by two Duncan Certified Ceramics teachers: Nancy Lambertson, Club Leader and Jan Billings. We will also have open painting time on Wednesdays.

Silveridge Ceramics Club is a $20.00 per year fee and $3.00 per class charge. The class charge includes instruction, tools and most paint. The club charge includes all firings for the year.

Come on over to Room 9, have a cup of coffee, look around and see for yourself that this is not the ceramics you remember from 30 years ago!
Watch for our one day Make and Take Classes.

Ceramics Club Photo


The Silveridge Gourd Art Club will be running again this year. Come for one class or join as a member!

We will meet 9-12noon in Rm.5 on Tuesdays plus Rm.9 on Wednesdays starting in Jan. The schedule & classes will be posted on the Activities Board. Join the club for $20.00 & the Renter’s Association for $5.00. This will give you access to the materials, tools, & expertise. There will be a fee for individual classes but it includes all supplies.

Take a look at some of the upcoming projects in the Rm.9 display window. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends & meeting new ones!! Please contact me if you have any questions.
Doreen Risdahl
“The Gourd Lady”
Unit # 278 Ph. # 7278


If you want to enjoy some beautiful Arizona scenery while getting exercise, then hiking is for you! Hikers meet on Tuesday mornings at 7:30am in the lobby area. Betty Royal leader #374 At the time of this printing the Hikers and Walkers are not meeting. Thank you to the McDonalds who are retiring from leading hikers and walkers. New leaders are needed! Please contact Betty Royal or the McDonalds if you are interested in leading. Please check the hiking board for information.

Church/Bible Study

Bob Oelschlagel will continue to teach the Wednesday Bible Study where many enjoy the opportunity to not only study the Word but to participate with questions and discussion. Bob invites you to join him starting Wednesday, Nov 9th at 7pm in Room 5 for this year’s study.

Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship and fun of the Silveridge Choir while practicing the songs and hymns of the faith. The choir sings during Silveridge Fellowship Sunday services. Please watch for announcement when practice will begin.

Our service is every Sunday at 9:00am in the Auditorium. We invite you to join us and Pastor Charles Simmons for a non-denominational service, beginning Nov. 6th, to worship with your friends and neighbors from the park. Please join us after the service for coffee and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you. Pictured below is Mr. and Mr. Charles Simmons.

Water Aerobics

Stay fit and have fun every day in the beautiful pool with water exercise. Instructor is Nita Dressel. Monday-Friday 7:45am

Water Aerobics

Step Aerobics

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 6:45am Instructors Nita Dressel/Ellen Jones
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8:00am Instructor Judy Minto. Classes held in the Exercise Room

Step Aerobics

Water Volleyball

Come to the pool every day (except Sunday) at 12:30pm and have fun soaking up the sunshine while playing a couple of games of water volleyball. Call Ed Wladyco #608

Water Volleyball


Learn the art of polishing and designing stones. Mon., Wed, Fri. 9-12 Leader: Bob Brown


Silveridge Wood Workers Shop

We welcome back all our past members and look forward to meeting new participants who would like to join us in the Wood Workers Shop commencing in early November. If you have an interest in working with wood the shop is open from 08:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM from Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). Notice of hours will be posted on the shop door if qualified monitors are not available to cover all shifts in early November. Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of each Month from November through March. The November meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 PM in the shop. A $20 annual fee puts a wide variety of excellent power and hand tools at your disposal. Knowledgeable individuals are available to assist you in learning to use the equipment and for help on your projects. Display your projects and help in supporting the club at the local craft.

Wood Workers

Silveridge Singles Group

If you are a widowed or divorced Silveridge resident and would enjoy activities with others who have suffered a significant loss, we welcome you to our circle of friends. We are here to offer you a caring atmosphere filled with a variety of activities: however, matchmaking is not our purpose or goal.
We meet the first Monday of each month at 11:30AM for a sack lunch in Room 4 followed by our business meeting at 12:00 noon. Also, we meet every Friday night with a planned activity. Check our bulletin board in Room 4 for current activities and members. We would like all unattached persons to join us and participate in our fun.

Why stay in your unit and be lonely when you can come be with others, have fun, enjoy lots of conversation and laughs and meet new friends. We are here to support one another in time of sorrow and laugh with one another in times of joy. Please call any of us if you need someone to talk to or would like a visit from a member. Anytime you need help, we can be here for you.
# 447 Lou Hyde, President #447 Louise Baker, VP, #282 Phyllis Nelson, Sec.
in #410 or Flo Cranor, Treasurer in #281.

The Silver Screen

Our theater is open year round for your viewing pleasure!! And it’s free too!
A big thank you to Gary Bryant who has run the movies all summer. Gary tries hard to vary the movies so there is something for everyone. If you have any suggestions call Gary at #480-221-9263 or email him at Gary noc1995@gmail.com. Do watch for movie showings on the park channel, on the marquee by the theater and on the activity board. Starting in November. Movies are being shown on Wednesdays at 1:00pm and Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm.

If there are volunteers there will be popcorn available. Please be a team player and offer to stay after the movie to clean up.How about bringing your honey and calling it a date night!
How many of you know that the theater has the NFL package (700’s) as well as ESPN? The theater is available to watch sports, but not on a movie day or night Because of the valuable equipment the theater is locked at all times unless there is a scheduled showing for movies, or sports. Only trained operators may run the equipment! Requests for theater sports need to be turned in at the activity desk by noon on Friday. There must be a minimum of six people attending. When reserving the theater, please leave the building clean! If there is a game on Mondays the Social Hall television may be available. Please check with Sue, the Activity Director if you would like to reserve the Social Hall.

The theater is available to all of us. In order to keep things running smoothly a few rules have been established

The theater cannot be reserved for a private party for a sports game. Anyone can watch any games. If more than one party wants to watch different sports , the majority rules (over 6) for watching The BIG SCREEN The 8 side televisions are available (without sound) to watch any other sports that may be playing at the same time.

Please see me if you want to reserve the sports Big Screen for a game. I try to accommodate everyone with their requests but with more residents in the park at this time of the year please be understanding You may book a private party if it is not during the time of a movie or a previously booked sport event. It is a good idea to book early!

If you have visiting guests they are welcome to come but they must be accompanied by you ( the resident.)

If you have a private party 90% of the participants must live in the park.

Out of park guests may rent the theater at $250.00 for 4 hours, $50.00 for each hour after $500.00 deposit paid in advance (as set by the Home office)

Let’s all enjoy our new theater and don’t forget to bring your popcorn bowls!