For the next three weeks, a dumpster has been placed behind the north-east corner of the Montecito Clubhouse.
Residents may use this dumpster to dispose of their items from spring cleaning. Please do not use any other dumpster.
Wreaths to be Placed at the Coachella Valley Cemetery in Preparation for Memorial Day
INDIO, CA (April 16, 2018) – Now an annual tradition, Indio Senior Center members will once again participate in the upcoming “Wreath Project” on May 23, 2018, to honor veterans at the Coachella Valley Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Hundreds of wreaths are placed on veteran’s plots at the Coachella Valley Cemetery located in Coachella. Nearly 30 seniors from the Indio Senior Center participate in the annual event. Wreaths are also placed at the cemetery during Veteran’s Day and Christmas.
“Our goal is to ensure that every veteran plot has a wreath to honor and appreciate them,” said Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Board of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center. “With every wreath placed, we give thanks to our veterans for their service.”
Wreaths are purchased through donations and fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Indio Senior Center and the Freedom Flags for Families program, which supports veterans and active duty personnel in the Coachella Valley.
The public is welcome to participate in the event. Volunteers meet at the Indio Senior Center at 11:00 a.m. on May 23, 2018, before heading over to the cemetery to place wreaths between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Coachella Valley Cemetery is located at 82925 Avenue 52, Coachella, CA 92236.
To donate or get involved, please contact Susie Del Toro at (760) 567-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 14 and 15 and April 20, 21 and 22, and Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival on April 27, 28, and 29, 2018 at 81-800 Avenue 51.
ON THURSDAY APRIL 12 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 15, THURSDAY APRIL 19 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 22, AND THURSDAY APRIL 26 THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 29, THE FOLLOWING ROADWAYS WILL BE PRIMARY ACCESS ROUTES FOR THE FESTIVALS AND WILL BE SEVERLY IMPACTED:
ON EACH FRIDAY OF THE FESTIVALS THROUGH EACH MONDAY, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED:
FRIENDS & FAMILY DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP:
Continued FOR 2018: Absolutely NO PEDESTRIANS OR PEDESTRIAN FESTIVAL ACCESS will be allowed on Monroe Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52 and Madison Street between Avenue 50 and Avenue 52. Pedestrian Access IS available at the corner of Avenue 49 & Monroe Street AND at the corner of Avenue 52 & Madison Street.
Please note that golf carts are not permitted on any of the above-listed streets.
There will be approximately 40,000 guests shuttled into and out of the concert venue from various locations throughout the Coachella Valley to help ease traffic conditions.
Please note that noise from the Festival site could begin on each Thursday of the festivals, due to sound checks and on-site camping guests.
For concert questions or problems, please call 760-391-4112 or email to email@example.com
Good Afternoon Neighbors,
Starting today, April 2nd, there will be a temporary traffic light placed on Avenue 50 west of Monroe Street near the Empire Polo Fields which will be in full operation from now until the end of Stagecoach. When traveling in the area, please drive cautiously as there are several workers in the area preparing for the festivals.
An official press release with road closures during the festivals will be given out at a later time!
Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department
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Joe Lupica is the newest volunteer to join the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) because of the Board approving the FAC recommendation to add Joe to the FAC at its Board meeting on March 26.
Joe and his wife purchased their first home in our community in September 2008. Their primary residence was in Huntington Beach. The first several years they spent most weekends in our community. In 2010 Joe began a three year plan to retire reducing his work week by one day a week over the next three years with the plan to retire in June of 2013. During the three years the couple began to increase their time in SCSH and enjoying more of the activities our community has to offer and reducing their time in their beach home. They also found their “dream house” in our community in phase one and purchased it in 2012.
According to plan, Joe retired as President & CEO of Celestron, a telescope and sport optics design, manufacture and distribution company in June 2013. Joe was a senior executive with Celestron for 26 years as CFO, COO and CEO. Joe wasn’t quite fully committed to his retirement plan in 2013 and agreed to assist a group of investors in the acquisition of another company in the same industry as Celestron. After the acquisition Joe agreed to a short term CEO assignment evaluating the senior management team and establishing short term goals and objectives. Joe was mentally and physically ready to retire in 2014 and much to his wife’s pleasure they sold their Huntington Beach residence in 2014 and moved into their “dream house” in the community year round.
The last few years have been very pleasant living in SCSH. They have joined a few of the clubs in the community, attended most of the concerts offered by the Lifestyle, several of the bus tours offered, and love the Comedy Night with friends once a month. Their two daughters and their families live in Bermuda Dunes Country Club so he is fully committed to this area and loves living in SCSH. Joe believes it is time to give back to the community and volunteer for one of the Advisory Committees. It wasn’t difficult to decide which committee his experience as a CPA and CFO would be of most benefit, so he applied for the FAC.
Joe will start his service on the FAC beginning with our scheduled Special meeting on April 11, 2018. Please join us in welcoming Joe to FAC!
Written by Bill Wethe, Chairman of FAC
Previous Board Meeting videos are available on the Residents Only page.
Hundreds of Volunteers Coming to Yucca Park Neighborhood in Indio on March 28
INDIO, CA (March 26, 2018) – On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Habitat for Humanity Coachella Valley (HFHCV), the City of Indio, the Home Depot Foundation, and the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition will bring more than 400 Home Depot volunteers, including vendors and executives, to build and restore homes for veterans and families in the Yucca Park neighborhood of Indio near Monroe Street and Avenue 44.
Dave Thornton, Executive Director of HFHCV, said, “This massive program is the result of commitment of all partners working together to address the need for affordable housing in Riverside County and to provide existing homeowners opportunity to remain in their homes.”
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., groups of volunteers will construct two new houses designated for veteran families on Mountain View Avenue and Orange Grove Avenue. Volunteers will also be doing exterior renovations on 11 existing homes, and constructing children’s playhouses and outdoor furniture to serve veteran families at March Air Force Base. Most of the work will be completed by 11:30 a.m. and a gathering of all volunteers will take place at Yucca Park.
“Indio is home to the largest and fastest growing residential population of any city in the Coachella Valley with more than 3,000 housing units under construction or being planned in the next few years. We have rising property values in our city so it is critical we keep homes affordable for families,” said Indio Mayor Michael H. Wilson. “We are grateful for our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Home Depot and the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition for helping those in need, especially our veterans and their families who have served and sacrificed for our country.”
Yucca Lane will be closed from Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. Detour signage and traffic control will be placed to direct traffic around construction areas.
For further information, call (760) 969-6917, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deja vu. Once again as the first light breaks across the horizon, I smile and reflect on the gift of this paradise. Once again, I have the privilege of working for you as President. Feel free to contact me anytime with your questions or concerns. Congratulations to Bob Israel, Fera Mostow, and Bruce Marley for being elected to the Board. And so it is time to get to work.
Since it is deja vu, I thought I would once again explain our forecasted monthly expenses. These amounts are based on the 2018 budget. As you know, our monthly assessment per homeowner unit is $259. Of this amount, $47 is credited to the Replacement Fund – this is the savings account used to pay for future items that need replacement, repair, or renovation. The balance of the monthly assessment, or $212 per homeowner unit, is forecasted to pay estimated monthly operating expenses as follows:
You may notice that the expenses I listed total $221 per homeowner unit per month. The difference ($221 vs. $212) is paid from other income that is anticipated to be earned during the year.
In funding the list above, we are paying for the amenities and lifestyle we enjoy. Not one of the items listed above makes a profit, and that is why we pay the monthly assessments. All of these items are subsidized by our monthly assessments.
So, I have been asked many times during the past year, why doesn’t the restaurant make money? Why are we paying a subsidy for the restaurant? The answer is the same as for all the other items listed. We are paying a subsidy on all these items because they are conveniences that are supported by our monthly assessments. We don’t expect the swimming pools to make money, yet we pay to have them available. We don’t expect the fitness facilities to make money, yet we pay to have them available. We pay a subsidy on the Lifestyle programs so that we have them available.
When we pay the subsidy for the restaurant, it is no different than the subsidy for all the other amenities. We are paying a small cost for the availability of the restaurant; we are not paying to use the restaurant. So, don’t think the restaurant will ever break even; it won’t, just like all the other items; they too don’t break even. They are all part of a whole picture that contributes to the experience of enjoying life here at Shadow Hills. So, as you look at the list, you can see that the restaurant is actually one of the lowest cost amenities we have.
And because of all the terrific things I get to do, I will reflect on this beautiful day, the “good morning” greeting, all of the kind people who make me smile, and say to myself, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The Bowlers Club started four years ago with 30 members and today the there are 56, approximately 14 teams.
The club is based on fun and friendship. The experience level goes from people who have never bowled to those with high averages. Everyone is welcome. It is not unusual to find bowlers dancing and singing to the music playing and just having a good time.
The league runs from the end of September until the end of March. During the summer many of our bowlers come to the alley to practice. They are hooked on bowling and look forward to improving their skills.
Join the fun on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM at Fantasy Bowl.
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The Benefits of Working on a Reformer
The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
The resistance of the pulley and spring system offers more resistance than what you get with just your body weight on a mat. You'll achieve better posture and coordination while getting stronger.
Class Schedule (Subject to Change)
In addition to the class schedule we now offer semi-private classes to students that would like to expand their regimen. This will take place Tuesday and Thursday at noon. Please check the front desk at the Montecito Fitness Center for prices and availability.
Packages of 10 sessions for $120.00 are available for purchase at the Montecito Fitness Center. Credit card or checks payable to SCSHCA accepted only.
Coachella Valley Vector Control will be on property to treat for Red Imported Fire Ants, Friday, March 23, 2018. All common areas and parks will be closed for treatment from March 23 at 7:00 AM and reopen the following day at its normal time.
Treatment Service Locations: Common Areas – Phase III Dog Park, North Channel, Retention Basins, Montecito Clubhouse, and Santa Rosa Clubhouse.
Phase I Dog Park will not be treated and will remain open from 7:00 AM to sunset.
Date: March 23, 2018 – Technician should arrive between 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
Coachella Valley Vector Control has provided the following information regarding the treatment product: Control product are water soluble and will render ineffective when in contact with water. Control product are made at a very low dosage, enough to kill an ant and should not harm pets. If you have any pets, please keep them indoors while the technicians are on property for safety precaution.
If you have any questions, please contact the Association’s Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.
How We Got Started
Carol Dorler, Nancy Chain, and Pat Rosandich (officers of Games Plus) started to meet with Eric Angle, who headed up the Lifestyle Department, back in January of 2009. We worked with Eric for several months, learning what it would take for us to get a license and start Bingo sessions at Sun City Shadow Hills. Eric, having run bingo at casinos at one time, was extremely instrumental in securing permission from the Board, getting our Bingo license approved by the City of Indio, acquiring equipment & supplies, and train us. Our license was approved on August 5, 2009.
Once we had our license and approval from the Board we could go ahead and start getting ready for our first Bingo session. We had to find volunteers to help us, purchase the paper, buy cash boxes, office supplies (pencils, erasers, sticky pads, paper clips, etc.) daubers, snacks, door prizes, set up a separate bank account just for Bingo, train our volunteers, program the bingo machine, etc. We had some surplus funds in our Games Plus bank account to use as seed money for these purchases.
We have been very fortunate to have Gus Ramirez involved from the start which was Eric’s suggestion. He worked with us to complete our Bingo patterns for several sessions. He designed a computer program that allows us to enter the ball called into the computer. It appears on the big movie screen on a bingo sheet that indicates the pattern we are playing. This let’s folks know what numbers have been called (we do not have a flashboard to light up the numbers). Gus helped us design our flyers and our posters. He is still involved to this day when we require changes or additions to our program.
Behind the Scenes
We need to purchase bingo supplies, snacks, door prizes, make tickets, get change from the bank, make deposits monthly after our sessions, line up our volunteers for each session, keep our flyers out in the rounds, our poster in the lobby, put out a sign the day of bingo to let people know bingo is being held that night, make sure we continue to be on the Sun City web site. The day of bingo we have to get there about an hour before doors open to get ready. We have to put garbage bags out on each table plus the pattern sheets for that night. We count the monies, get all the bingo paper, signs, and snacks/daubers out and set up. Date the tickets and separate raffle tickets for intermission door prizes.
We are allowed to keep a specific amount of the total proceeds for our purchases and charitable contributions. Out of this money we have to purchase our supplies and have been blessed to be able to give contributions to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission every year. We wanted to support a local community charity and it makes sense to donate to this worthy organization. (It is a requirement of our Bingo license to give to a charity.)
We held our very first Bingo session on March 28, 2010. We had about 120 attendees. Eric was right there to help us and make sure we didn’t make any blunders. He came to our first couple of sessions and then left us on our own; however, he always had an open door if we needed advice. Once the word passed around our numbers continued to grow throughout the last eight years. Currently in full season we have between 150 to 200 people at each session. During non-season it is around 140 to 170 folks. We hold Bingo the first Friday of the month except in July and August when we are dark.
The Bingo players have made this a very “social” event. Our doors open at 5:30 PM and there is usually a line starting around 5:00 PM. They bring tons of food, drinks, and plenty of conversation to the room to share with their friends.
Bingo starts at 6:30. It cost $5 for each pack. There are two special games that cost $3. For only $8 our players have loads of fun. Our payouts depend on how many people come. Our 2 special games are the highest paying and are usually $250 each during the season.
It took us a full year to feel comfortable with what we are doing. We now have it down to a science. We do have a core volunteer group that support us even when they don’t play the game themselves. The only problem we have is getting “new” volunteers to help us out. It becomes difficult to run a session when we don’t have enough people to help. So far, we have made it work and hope to continue to do so.
We are very proud of what we have put together and to bring so much fun to our community once a month. We get a warm fuzzy feeling when people see one of us in the market, drugstore, or mall, and say, “Look there’s the Bingo Lady!”
The primary thrust of the Sun City Shadow Hills Veterans Club is to serve our community. Our members, after serving our country, now seek to serve the people where we live.
Programs the Veterans Club Sponsors During the Year
Most of you know about Toys for Tots that has collected over the years a minimum of 1,200 toys each year which in collaboration with the Marine Corp distributes these toys to children in our local area. The collection ends with a Pot Luck Dinner in early December. Shadow Hills High Scholl has provided entertainment for this function.
The Club sponsors a Memorial Day celebration each year with Joint Base 29 Palms providing a Chaplain. Speakers have been both military and civilian. Shadow Hills High School provides members of their ROTC for the flag raising ceremonies.
We also have a Veterans Day Pot Luck dinner which the community is invited to attend. Again, in collaboration with Shadow Hills High School the ROTC provides us with a flag detail.
The Veterans Club was instrumental in placing the flag pole at the Shadows Restaurant.
Veterans, join us the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Cambria Room at the Montecito Clubhouse. We are dark in July and August.
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The election for three new members of the Board of Directors was held today, and the results are as follows:
Congratulations to the new Board members Robert Israel, Bruce Marley, and Fera Mostow.
The officers are as follows:
By Bill Wethe, Chair
Finance Advisory Committee (FAC or Committee)
The purpose of this article is to describe the status of the 2017 audit.
On February 23, 2018, the FAC recommended approval to the Board of the draft 2017 audited financial statements. In connection with their written recommendation, FAC advised the Board of certain items including work performed by the Committee as well as significant items included in the 2017 audited financial statements. Both items are described in further detail below.
On February 26, 2018 the Board approved the draft 2017 audited financial statements so that they may be issued by the Auditor for the Association.
Thank you to all the parties involved in this significant accomplishment including:
Summary of work performed by the Committee for the 2017 reported amounts
Summary of work performed by the Committee for the 2016 reported amounts
Summary of significant items in the 2017 Audited Financial Statements
New for 2017 (and 2016 has been updated to provide comparative amounts):
Certain 2016 amounts reported in the balance sheet and expense accounts have been reclassified to be consistent with the financial reporting adopted for 2017 including:
Tyler Ingle, the Controller for the HOA, has prepared a memo and supporting schedules, Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A), of the audited financial statements including a review of the financial position as of December 31, 2017 and a review of the results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2017. The MD&A will be posted to the Resident Only Section of the website for the HOA.
Tyler will also post to the Resident Only Section of the website for the HOA the summarized reconciliation of the unaudited financial statements to the audited financial statements as of December 31, 2017 and for the year then ended.
The 2017 audited financial statements will be mailed to the unit owners and will also be posted to the Resident Only Section of the website for the HOA.
The Auditor will prepare and issue a written report with their observations and recommendations for enhancements to internal controls. Tyler will draft a written response for review by the Committee and the Board.
The 2017 Audited Financial Statement is available in the Documents section on the Residents Only page under "Audited Financial Statements."
We are excited to be offering a trip to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna on August 14. We are conducting an informal survey to determine the interest level for this event. The venue requires us to pay for the tickets in advance. If you are interested in attending this magnificent performance contact the Lifestyle desk at (760) 345-4349 ext. 2120 by March 1. We will begin accepting payments on or before March 10.