Mary Schmit, General Manager and Teresa Beally, Activity Director each write a column weekly during the season, and monthly during the off season to keep Residents abreast of "what's happening at Venture Out." Scroll down to read their current columns.
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This week’s occupancy is 1493 or 85% vs 1536 the week prior and 1529 the year prior. There are currently 404 renters in the park.
For many of you this will be the last Outlines before you leave for the summer, if so travel safely.
First, make sure you check your standpipes before you go. The flyer that the Architectural Committee put in the Out-Lines has produced about 30 standpipes we will replace this summer. We recently had two men digging for one full day and under a unit to repair one of these, so they can be a big job. We also had a water line break two weeks ago, when a tree root grew around the pipe and broke it. This is why we do not want plants that are more than shrubs in the easements. Trees and oleanders can do a lot of damage to water and sewer lines. When a pipe breaks in the easement, it is also a very tricky job digging down to it, because all of the electrical lines are in the rear of the easement. For this reason, if there is a water line break at night, you often will not see anyone trying to repair that until daylight.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the TV Channel survey. The 12 new channels that will be found on your TV next fall are in this week’s Out-Lines. Ranked at the very top was the National Geographic Channel and dead last was MTV (We still had 48 ‘Hipsters’ here in the park vote for it! In VO you are forever young).
This summer there will be new seal coat applied to many of the arterials as well as some of the laterals. We also are replacing the valley gutter that runs the center of Helio.
The Wi Fi installation will start late in the summer and we will be coming on-line in the early fall, testing it out. Later this summer, we will send out another Survey Monkey survey, to determine when you will return and what service package you will want. The reason we want this information is to make sure we build the pipeline appropriately and have the necessary bandwidth when people arrive. We don’t want to pay for more data than we need. For instance, if we found out that on November 1, we would have 600 subscribers, we would step up our timeline to add on more bandwidth sooner than planned.
I sometimes get the question, ”Since almost everyone leaves for the summer what does the staff do?” thinking that with so few people in the park, there should be little to do. It’s quite the contrary. We simply change our hats and go from focusing on Administration issues, work orders and trash pick up to construction, road repairs, palm tree trimming, preventative maintenance, continual landscaping and irrigation repairs. Here in the office, we always have a summer newsletter that must go out, and now a phone book too, on top of the regular tasks working on continuing projects for the Condo Board. This year we will add setting up systems for the new Wi Fi portal and finishing up the new web site. The Condo Board, typically, crams 12 months of work into five months that they are here and in the summer we are busy implementing all of that. We also have numerous transmittal requests from clubs that we complete during the summer. On top of all of that, the staff moves into the 25 buildings and inspects all the common elements. Anything that requires, repair, fresh paint, replacement, is done at this time. This is why you have 50 year old bathhouses, they have been stripped down every summer and redone, (who has a 50 year old bathroom at home?). This summer we will for instance be changing out all the lights to LED’s after a recommendation by Infrastructure to Condo, (the funds will be provided by the Social Board, using the Bingo Fund money). Maintenance crews come in at 5:00 a.m. to try to beat the heat while they do their landscaping and exterior work and they move to indoor projects when it is later in the day, to get out of the heat.
The Recreation Crew also changes hats, from executing events to planning events. Venture Out is unusual with the high number of daily events, fundraisers, dances, concerts, etc. This nonstop party out here, doesn’t happen spontaneously, the Rec Staff has to plan it, cost out the meals, book entertainment, apply for any governmental permits, calculate the breakeven point, design and print tickets and make sure all the events are ready to rock and roll for the clubs and residents when they return in the fall. Virtually every event that happens at VO is conceived and prepared for far in advance, during the summer months. The Master Calendar is put together, seminars are researched, potluck entertainment procured, instructors scheduled, dance bands booked and concerts finalized. In addition, they schedule all the room reservations, for both Boards, all committees, clubs, classes, special events and private parties. This summer the Rec Staff will also put together the new photo directory. The Social Club accounting records are readied for the annual audit, furniture and fixtures purchased for the community and club special projects addressed. They detail clean and make repairs in all the rooms in Community Center, Annex Building, Oasis and Veranda, which includes stripping and waxing floors, painting, cleaning grout, vents and fans. Ceiling tiles are changed out, carpets steam cleaned, tables and chairs repaired and each piece of furniture and equipment gone over with a fine tooth comb. Plus the Recreation Department still offers a calendar of activities for the summer residents.
Security never changes. There are two on at all times, one constantly roaming the property and the other at the front gate. During the summer, a principal focus is for Security to check on our most senior seniors, who often have chosen Venture Out to reside in year-round.
All the work that is done during the summer, helps to preserve your assets and make sure that when you come back the following season, the park is ready for your arrival.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy those pools!
Mary L. Schmit
Hey, everyone! It’s TGIR on Friday, March 24. Sit back and relax while guitarist Luis Martinez performs those tunes you all know and love in the Baja Bistro from 3:00-5:30 pm. BYOB and snacks. Water and ice provided.
“It’s a Wrap” Breakfast this Saturday, March 25 from 7:30 - 9:30 am in the Baja Bistro. Enjoy cheesy scrambled eggs, fluffy pancakes, sausage, chilled juice and endless cups of coffee all for only $5.00! All you need to do is bring your table service, coffee mug…and $5.00
The Library will host their last Book Sale on Saturday, March 25 as well. Pick up a book or two for your return home in the Main Lobby from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Don’t go too far on Saturday, March 25 as you’ll want to attend the Creative Writing Club’s Annual Reading beginning at 1:30 pm in the Auxiliary Ballroom. The club has gathered the best of their collective writings for this presentation of which you will be thoroughly entertained. Refreshments served following this free event.
Congratulations to the three groups who won the top honors at the 2017 Venture Out Parade. First Place-Croquet Club, Second Place- Sewing Club and Third Place-the Happy Harpers. Thanks to all who participated. You all deserve trophies in my eyes.
The last Sing-a-Long of the season is Sunday, March 26 beginning at 6:59 in the Buena Vista Ballroom. Join Carolyn and Don Royan for an enjoyable evening of inspirational, secular and sacred music.
The weather is going to be perfect for our Street Dance on Tuesday, March 28. BYOB, glass, ice and head over to the Patio directly behind the laundry facility where you can dance the night away to tunes played by the variety band “Hooked on a Feeling.” The event is free with soda and popcorn available for purchase. The fun starts at 6:30 pm.
Fuddruckers has a Meal Deal for Venture Out residents and friends on April 10. Enjoy dinner between 4:00 - 8:00 pm and your Social Club receives a commission of 10% of your dining bill.
The Mesa City Band is the featured entertainment for the Concert in the Park Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 pm in the Buena Vista Ballroom. Please remember a free will offering will be taken.
There are three Friday Night dances left for you to enjoy before the Buena Vista Ballroom closes for the summer. March 24 features Chuck E Baby and the All-stars (next season’s New Year’s Eve Band) playing vintage rock, the Julie Lee Band on March 31 featuring a variety of music and finally Johnny R, April 7 presenting everything and anything the music world has to offer. Tickets are only $8.00 and may be purchased from the Activity Office or at the door.
Get your tickets today for the April Fool’s Day BBQ scheduled for Saturday, April1. While lunching under the beautiful Arizona sky you’ll be entertained by a special performance from the East Valley Children’s Theater. The Pet Association will be on hand selling ice cream so be sure to bring some extra cash. The BBQ is at noon with the entertainment beginning at 12:30 pm. Tickets on sale in the Activity Office until 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 29.
The torch for the Venture Out Spring Olympics will burn brightly for the start of the games on Tuesday, April 4. You don’t have to be a participant to enjoy the competition. Check out the game schedule in this edition of the Out-Lines and cheer on your favorite team!
The Activity Office will soon begin processing room reservation data for the upcoming season. Have you submitted your requests? Remember, every event, regardless of how many years it has been in existence in any given room, requires a submission form.
It’s a beautiful time of year for a picnic in the park. Sign up and pay in the Activity Office for the brown bag lunch of choice and plan on taking the trail to Red Mountain Park on Monday, April 3.
Chef Ed will be cooking up his famous chicken pot pies on Wednesday, April 12. Do you have your tickets?
Join the ASU Philharmonic Orchestra for a potluck and concert in the Buena Vista Ballroom on Thursday, April 20 beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring your own table service, beverage glass and a dish to serve 10 as the group of 65 will be joining us for dinner. Please sign up in the Activity Office if you plan to attend as we need to know how many tables and chairs to provide.
The Glass Arts Club will continue to serve donuts and coffee following Worship service on Sunday, March 26 and April 2.
The Lawnbowlers will once again sponsor a bus trip to the Rose Bowl Parade next season. If interested, contact Robbie Oldemar at
480-396-9987. This tour is always a sellout so you may want to book today.
The tax man will be a’knockin at the Baja Bistro door a little late this year. On Monday, April 17 we’ll show we have nothing to give except some stone soup! Bring a can of veggies to the Activity Office in exchange for a ticket to this popular lunch. Be sure to bring an extra dollar or two for ice cream to be served following the meal.
Have you seen the Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat? I know they’re around here somewhere! Perhaps we will find them at Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party scheduled for April 26. Get your tickets and perhaps you’ll catch a glance of them.
The weather is gorgeous in Arizona during the month of April so what do you say we take advantage of it? Join us for a Happy Hour with live music at the West Pool on Friday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 19. BYOB but remember NO GLASS CONTAINERS.
The Recreation Department is planning a very special Mother’s Day Breakfast for all our wonderful Venture Out mothers and their guests on Sunday, May14. Quiche Lorraine, cheese blintzes, apple and cheddar muffins, berries and cream served with juice and coffee. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
April has several other fun-filled activities planned. Check them out in the “Special Event” section in this edition of the Out-Lines.
The season seemed to rush past and I do believe it was one of the most successful years ever! Have a safe and healthy summer, enjoy your days and know we are here keeping the fires burning until your return. For those staying the summer…remember the Activity Office will go to their summer hours of 7:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday beginning April 17.