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 307 or 18% and we have 38 renters currently in the park.
We survived the record breaking heat during the second to last week of June. For several days the temperatures hit 119, and if you were driving your car it said 122 degrees! After finding out that the official thermometer for Phoenix is in the shade someplace at Sky Harbor, I believe my car.
Construction on the Sports Plex is coming along very well. We are a couple of weeks behind schedule while sorting out issues with SRP and light poles, but that pushes us into the middle of October so still adequate time to finish up in time for season. Probably the best news, is now we are underbudget and since we are almost up out of the dirt, (where all the surprises can be found), not anticipating that too much more might be discovered.
The Kiln room addition (200 sq. ft.) on the back of ceramics, has made it through the City for the first plan review, kicked back with some items we must resolve and then it will go back to the City again. You just can’t imagine they can find issues with a 200-sq. ft. box, but they do.
The summer newsletter went out largely via e-mail. By not printing it and mailing it, we managed to save $6338! Moving more and more towards electronic delivery is such a savings for the community and we will attempt to do much more of it.
When cleaning the laundry room this summer we determined that the water pipes to the washer, were corroded enough that we need to replace them before we have a burst pipe, so the laundry will be shut down for a short period of time while we get that work done. Those pipes are close to 50 years old.
The West Pool Kool deck has been repaired again and staff also repaired the vacuum lines that had sprung a leak as opposed to an outside plumber, saving thousands.
The summer to do project list is long and it’s a bit disconcerting that it is already July. Unfortunately, we have another large project that was added unexpectedly. Maintenance checked what was thought to be a water leak in the kitchen, only to discover that the water damage was coming from a common way of cleaning kitchen floors these days. The staff, following the directions on the bottle, were flooding the kitchen floor, diluting the cleaner, so that it sanitized the tile. But the floors are not built to hold water, and each time this happened, some of that water seeped into the walls. After years of this process, it rusted out the bottom plate and studs inside the walls. When we discovered this, we immediately called in a restoration company to test for mold. The kitchen did test positive for mold in several areas, and while they assure us, it is only an issue when you remove it and clean it up, we will immediately close the kitchen and the Sonoran room for the duration. We will have to first develop the project scope, remove the affected drywall and studs and then bid the restoration work. This means the kitchen could be closed for a lengthy period of time and at this writing I’m not sure how long. Awarding a bid will be not only based on cost, but based on how quickly they can come into the kitchen and get us back on line. As I said in our coffee and donuts session, I’ve been in this business for 40 years and this was a first for me. The restoration expert said he sees this all the time now, ever since this type of cleaning kitchens became the norm. Once the kitchen is restored, we will purchase a steam cleaner for the kitchen and staff will have to go back to the old fashioned mop and bucket, followed by steam cleaning.
Have a great Fourth of July and stay out of the Sun!
Mary L. Schmit
With the closure of the Community Center Kitchen and the Sonoran for an undetermined amount of time we must regroup and plan our summer activities a bit more creatively. First and foremost, if food service requiring an authorized kitchen is not essential, events will be held in the Cabana. This will include this month’s Happy Hour, the Who Am I Dessert Game, the 4th of July Party, Coffee and Donuts with Mary & Teresa and the Salsa Contest. The lounge furniture from the Sonoran has been moved to the Lobby where there is also a TV and ice will still be available for purchase from the Activity Office for the time being. Remember…when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! And at Venture Out when the going gets tough…we make pink lemonade!
The Fourth of July Potluck & Party promises to be one for the records! Not the temperature records but the awesome party records! Robert and Jeanette Hayes are your esteemed hosts and I happen to know they are planning all sorts of fun for the day’s event. If you would like to join the festivities you will want to bring your table service, a dollar or two for the 50/50 raffle as well as a dish to share which serves at least eight. The potluck will be in the Cabana at 12:00 noon.
Ed’s Grill and Dog Day Tuesdays are closed until further notice. As soon as the kitchen is up and running again, so will these two popular events!
Do you make a mean salsa? One that everyone says…bring your salsa to our next party? If that’s you, be sure to enter the Summer Salsa Contest! Sign up in the Activity Office no later than Monday July 24 then make two cups of your famous salsa and bring that and its recipe to the Cabana on Monday, July 31 where it will be judged by three totally
non-biased judges (Chuck and two of his crew). If you have the winning salsa you will be awarded $20.00 and we will take your recipe and make it for everyone to enjoy during the August Happy Hour.
It’s summer and it’s time to stay cool, play a game or two and eat dessert….in that order. Sign up in the Activity Office to a part of the “Who Am, I” game scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 1:30 pm in the Cabana. In order to provide adequate number of desserts, sign up is required no later than noon Monday, July 17.
It’s hot…it’s humid…the palm dust is making you crazy...your AC just can’t get cold enough…it’s just plain miserable. So, think happy thoughts like…Happy Hour! Happy Hour with Chuck E Baby! Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Cabana! Ahhhhhh…things are definitely looking up.
The Activity Office will continue to collect water for the homeless during the months of July and August. Donations of one bottle, a six pack, a gallon or a case may be dropped off to the Activity Office during normal business hours.
Join General Manager, Mary Schmit and me on Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 am in the Cabana for another “Coffee, Donuts & Information” session. All FREE! Be sure to bring any questions and concerns you might have for either of us.
Thank you, once again, to all the volunteers who assisted the Recreation Department during the month of June. You are the best of the best!
Happy Birthday America!