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 month’s occupancy is 197 or 11% vs 307 last month and 195 the year prior. There are currently 38 renters in the park.
We had two inches of rain this past week and more is expected this weekend. All of this rain has effectively filled every retention basin in the park. While these basins are full, you can use the small grassy area next to pickle ball for the dog walk. PLEASE be kind to your neighbors and pick up after your dogs during this period of time. When using the pet walk, please get your dog around a bit before letting them do their business as the smell tends to build up in one area.
We are not currently pumping the water into the Roosevelt Canal system as VO has had the right to do since its inception. After the last rain, Roosevelt tracked the water flow back to VO and told us to stop. They said they had disconnected their system downstream and we were flooding someone out. They also said that after all of these years, they had no idea who was still connected to their systems and so had no way of notifying us. We were instructed to call if we want to pump into their system, which we have been doing and still waiting for them to call us back. Since this is a water rights issue and is a major fundamental change in Venture Out’s drainage system, it will not be a small item to address and try to resolve this year. We are also prohibited from pumping the water on to the city streets. If Roosevelt has indeed disconnected their system, this problem is not going to be solved overnight. The temporary pet walk at the Pickle ball grassy area is our best solution at this time and we will spray the pet walk for mosquitos.
The kitchen is currently under repair for water damage. A kitchen design expert did tour the kitchen with all of us, Ed, Teresa, Chuck, Keith and myself. Once we have the design specifications to restore and re-build the kitchen three bids will be requested in order to start. This is not an insurance item as it was the result of a long-term cleaning process that the staff was doing. The chemical manufacturer does specify on the bottle to “flood” the floors for five minutes, but kitchen floors are not designed to hold water like a shower and each time that water soaked into the walls and caused damage. After the kitchen is restored, the cleaning process will return to an old-fashioned mop and bucket system and a water vac to pull up any excess water.
The North-East Sports Complex is surprisingly the easiest of our summer projects. It is only hampered by some rain delays and waiting for some final approvals from the City of Mesa on light poles. Through a series of credits and savings on the budget, we have not yet dipped into the contingency budget, so financially it is very much on track. There are many projects that are being done this summer, that officially start with the July 1 fiscal year. Those will include several transmittals, some work at shuffleboard, some bathroom improvements and handicapped ramps on bathhouses 1 – 4, as well as a lot of painting that needs to be done.
The laundry room was recently re-plumbed and all new lines were installed behind the machines. It is open for business. The Palm tree trimming is nearly done and once again this crew has done a stellar job. It is so nice to have compliments instead of complaints on this messy job. We are still moving the Kiln room project through the City of Mesa, waiting for approval with the plans to get that done in time for season.
The Board did approve parking under the solar panels for those who are here during the summer. It is not meant to be long term storage for people who are not in the park, as we simply would not have enough spaces. Also please do not take up the spaces that are typically used by staff. They do need a few spots to park back there.
Have a great weekend and see the movie Dunkirk, it is excellent. I saw it with a Brit who knows his history as well as having a full-scale model Spitfire in his garage for a little extra information!
Mary L. Schmit
Ladies! Don’t forget to visit the Baja Bistro on Wednesday, August 30 for the Bonworth Trunk Show where you can shop the latest of fashions and accessories at summer discount prices. Credit cards accepted which means…I’ll see you there between 9:00am and 1:00 pm!
You still have until Monday, noon, August 28 to sign up for the Tea Bag Folding Flowers class to be taught by the ever-talented Elma Becker. Check out her various samples when signing up in the Activity Office.
The last of the summer’s holiday parties is scheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 4 at the East Pool. Join your hostess, Robbie Oldemar, for an afternoon of good food, crazy games, great door prizes and the ever-popular 50/50 Raffle. The fun begins at 11:00am with a few deck games followed by the potluck lunch at 12:00pm in the Cabana. The fun doesn’t stop there as there will be a few more indoor games to round up the afternoon. Remember to bring your table service and a dish to serve eight.
Your help is needed! We have designed the table decorations for this year’s Halloween Party but need assistance with their assembly. If you’d like to lend a hand, get out of your house and enjoy some free ice cream join us in the Baja Bistro, Wednesday, September 6 at 3:00pm. No artistic talent required!
We haven’t had a potluck in quite some time (I couldn’t resist) so how about cooking up one of your favorite dishes and join your friends and neighbors for dinner on Monday, September 18 beginning at 5:00pm in the Baja Bistro? Fletcher Music will provide entertainment following the meal so plan to make an evening out of it. Beverage provided but be sure to bring your own table service.
As a way of saying thank you to the Mesa Fire Department we will accept donations of cookies (preferably homemade) that will be delivered to the fire station on Recker and Main on Monday, September 11. Cookies need to be brought to the Activity Office by noon that day and if anyone would like to join me in the delivery please be at the office no later than 1:45 pm.
Join me and Kristy for a game of 5 Second Rules in the Baja Bistro on Wednesday, September 13. The crazy antics begins at 3:00 pm followed by dessert for all participants. Be sure to sign up in the Activity Office if you’d like to be part of the action. We base the amount of dessert by the number of participants.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 20 and plan to be in the Baja Bistro from 3:00 pm - 5:00pm for the last of our summer Happy Hours with your favorite entertainer…Chuck E Baby! BYOB and snacks. Water and ice provided.
The last Breakfast Potluck we had in August was a complete hit thanks to the many participants including the entertaining Purple Gang! Join us for another Breakfast Potluck on Monday, September 25 at 8:00am in the Bistro. Bring your favorite breakfast dish to serve eight and your table service. Coffee provided.
Remember you can still check out 3 movies for a 3-day period from the Activity Office until October 2. After that it’s back to 2 movies for some 2 days for the fall and winter season.
You asked for a return engagement and we’re going to give it to you! It’s Musical Scatagories on Wednesday, September 27 at 3:00pm in the Baja Bistro. La la la laaaaaa!
It isn’t too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume. Our Halloween Party is being held Tuesday, October 31 and the theme is Orange you Scared?”. Dress as your favorite scary character (witch, warlock, Frankenstein, Dracula or even Freddie Kruger) or feel free to be as orange as you want (pumpkin, goldfish, carrot or perhaps giant candy corn) If you choose not to dress for the party that’s totally acceptable as well! Dinner and dance with music by Reign n Country included in the night’s festivities.
The kitchen is under construction! Keep your fingers crossed that we’ll be ready to rock and roll when October hits the calendar.