Indio to Begin Road Improvement Project


Work to Take Place June 26 - August 12, 2019 on Regional, Residential and Industrial Streets

INDIO, CA (June 21, 2019) – The City of Indio will be laying new asphalt on various regional, residential and industrial streets throughout the community from Wednesday, June 26 to Monday, August 12, 2019. Work will consist of grinding the existing roadway and overlaying the roadway with new asphalt pavement. Work will occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

During construction, there will be traffic control in place with flagging operations restricting traffic flow. Residents and motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. Construction work is scheduled to be completed by August 12, 2019.

Residents living on streets where work is being done will receive a “door hanger notice” by the contractor with detailed instructions for the scheduled paving work. There will be no street parking on scheduled paving days, and there may be times during construction where access to driveways will not be permitted.

Below is a list of roads currently scheduled for asphalt grind and overlay:

Construction Start Dates

  • Ave 40 (Madison St. to Jefferson St.) June 25
  • Jefferson St. (Varner Rd. to Ave 39) June 27
  • Miles Ave. (Clinton St. to Monroe St.) July 1
  • Requa Ave. (Monroe St. to Oasis St.) July 8

The road improvement work involves grinding the top surface of the street and overlaying it with new asphalt. The project is funded by Measure X, which was a voter-approved 1% sales tax measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety.

For questions regarding this project please call Kelly Koleszar at Matich Corp. at 909-228-1659.

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Greetings “Seasonal” Neighbors

Do you currently use a checklist you work from to prepare your home for summer before you leave the beautiful desert for cooler temperatures?

We are building a generalized checklist to offer SCSH residents, but before we do, we were hoping for some help from YOU! If you currently use one, please forward a copy to the IAC (Information Advisory Committee) at information@scshca.com or upload it using the form below.

Fitness Update – June 17

Marlena's Walking Group, Featuring Freddy the Beat the Heat Mascot

Special Announcement: Employee of the Month, June 2019

Marlena Santiago

It is an honor to announce Marlena Santiago as the Employee of the Month.

Marlena has been a group exercise instructor for several years. She teaches various types of classes each week and is constantly motivating and empowering class participants to keep working and achieve new goals. Her annual Halloween full-costume themed classes are one of a kind, and her “Planksgiving” contest (honoring who can hold a plank the longest) has become a Thanksgiving Day staple.

Marlena is an instrumental part of the Fitness Department and a true asset to Sun City Shadow Hills. Congratulations on her a well-deserved recognition as Employee of the Month!

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Beat the Heat Special Events: There is still room to sign up for the Wellness Lecture with Eisenhower. Join Dr. Au and learn about Longevity. Sign-up and attendance is required to earn one point towards BTH. Please RSVP at either desk or email me at valeria.batross@associa.us.
  • Sun Tai Chi: We are happy to welcome back Dr. Haberkorn. He will teach Sun Tai Chi every Wednesday at 5 p.m. starting July 3. The class will be held at Montecito Group Exercise room. The cost is $4 and all passes will be accepted.
  • Santa Rosa Outdoor Pool: The pool will be closed on June 17. The kids pool hours during this day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montecito Outdoor Pool.
  • Tunity App: You can utilize the free Tunity app (iPhone | Android) to enhance your audio experience with Santa Rosa's cardio equipment. The app allows you to listen to any TV through your phone’s audio. It is extremely easy to use. Click here for details.

Get up every morning and remind yourself ‘I CAN DO THIS!’

Remember to check scshca.com/fitness for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Security Services

Effective June 1, 2019 Allied/Universal Security Services will provide Gate & Patrol services for Sun City Shadow Hills. Allied/Universal Security Services has more than 60 years of private and public security and safety experience, with offices across the entire country. Our Community is served by their Palm Desert Branch. Allied/Universal Security Services currently serves more than 30 private communities in the Coachella Valley including each of the Del Webb projects.

It has been my personal experience that Allied/Universal Security Services is able to tailor training programs based upon the community and individual officer needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (760) 345-4349 ext 2202.

Robert Pantanella
Director of Community Service

Santa Rosa Pool Chillers Installation Project

The Santa Rosa Clubhouse pool chillers installation project is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 17, and is projected to be completed on June 19.

The Pool will close Monday, June 17 and reopen Tuesday, June 18

The closure will ensure that the installation of the pool chiller units can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

The kids pool hours on Monday, June 17 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Montecito Outdoor Pool.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

The History of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Fitness Update – June 10

Special Announcement: Employee of the Month, June 2019

Marlena Santiago

It is an honor to announce Marlena Santiago as the Employee of the Month.

Marlena has been a group exercise instructor for several years. She teaches various types of classes each week and is constantly motivating and empowering class participants to keep working and achieve new goals. Her annual Halloween full-costume themed classes are one of a kind, and her “Planksgiving” contest (honoring who can hold a plank the longest) has become a Thanksgiving Day staple.

Marlena is an instrumental part of the Fitness Department and a true asset to Sun City Shadow Hills. Congratulations on her a well-deserved recognition as Employee of the Month!

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Beat the Heat: Our first week was a total success! BTH classes are new and fun, and there is a class for everyone regardless of their fitness level. We also have five outdoor early morning walks for the early birds, so be sure to check the BTH class schedule. Our t-shirts are in, so please stop by the Montecito Fitness desk to pick yours up.
  • Beat the Heat Special Events: This year we have two special events that will grant one point towards BTH: A Reformer Pilates Symposium and a Wellness Lecture with Eisenhower. Sign-up and attendance are required to earn the point. Please RSVP at either fitness desk or email me at valeria.batross@associa.us.
  • Aqua Classes: Due to the Santa Rosa Pool resurface project, the BTH Aqua Zumba class on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. will be moved to Montecito outdoor pool.
  • Weight Watchers: Congratulations to the Weight Watchers in our community. They have lost 640 lbs. combined, since last October! We have a new series coming up on June 21 and we only have 17 spots left to fill in order to keep the meeting on our premises. Please pass the information along to all your friends! ☞ Click here for details.

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.” – Z. Vujcic

Remember to check scshca.com/fitness for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Santa Rosa Aqua Classes

Due to the Santa Rosa Pool closure, the following classes have been moved to the Montecito Outdoor Pool:

  • Beat the Heat Aqua Zumba @ 10:00 a.m.
    June 18
  • Water Yoga & Ai Chi @ 9:00 a.m.
    June 19 and 26

The following classes have been cancelled:

  • Water Yoga & Ai Chi @ 9:00 a.m.
    July 3 and 10

Shadow Hills Brings Home the Hardware at Troon’s Leadership Conference

Indio, CA (May 29, 2019) – Shadow Hills Golf Club received two awards in recognition of achievements at the 2019 Troon Global Leadership Conference. These included a Rock Star Award for Owner Satisfaction and the 2018 Most Improved Facility. The Rock Star Award for Owner Satisfaction is for facilities that receive a perfect score on the Owner Survey. Owner Satisfaction is of great importance as it is a key indicator of a positive relationship between all parties involved in the operations of the facility. There was a prestigious list of nominees for the 2018 Most Improved Facility including Reunion Golf & Country Club, Maderas Golf Club, El Macero Country Club, Pinetop Country Club, Troon North Golf Club and Royal Golf Club Bahrain of which Shadow Hills Golf Club was selected. There are many factors considered when selecting the Most Improved Facility including revenue growth, improved Food & Beverage service and food quality, improved course conditions and increase in utilization making SHGC stand out from the rest. Rolland Vaugh (General Manager) stated that; “This was a true team effort by every member of the team. This was only able to be achieved due to the support and hard work of the Associates, Board, Committees and all those in the Troon Corporate Office.”

About Troon

Shadow Hills Golf Club is managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon- affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

Media contact:

Rob Myers Troon
480-477-0506
rmyers@troon.com

Indio General Plan Update – Draft Climate Action Plan

As you all know, the City of Indio is currently in the process of updating its General Plan. We are pleased to announce that an Admin Draft of the Indio Climate Action Plan (CAP) is available for review and download at the following website:

https://www.indio2040.org/

The Draft Climate Action Plan document is available to view here.

The Indio Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a roadmap for how the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This CAP quantifies greenhouse gas emissions from the Indio 2040 General Plan, describes the scientific and regulatory context, analyzes strategies and actions within the General Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and specifies a group of measures to achieve the greenhouse gas targets established by the plan. These measures support a healthy and vibrant community.

Please submit your written comments to Leila Namvar, Senior Planner, at Lnamvar@indio.org with “Indio Draft CAP” as the subject.

 

Fitness Update – June 3

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Beat the Heat: BTH starts today! We are excited to offer this challenge. There are many classes to participate in, from Aqua Zumba and Strength Training circuit to Outdoor Awakening Stretch. We also have five outdoor early morning walks for the early birds, so be sure to check the BTH class schedule. Our sponsor Nutrishop will conduct the body fat test analysis on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location in Indio: 42250 Jackson St B106, Indio, CA 92203. No appointment is necessary. Their phone number (760) 625-0557. You will receive 15% off your first-time purchase.
  • Beat the Heat Special Events: Reformer Pilates Symposium will be held on June 10 at 12 p.m. in the Montecito group exercise room. The Wellness Lecture with Eisenhower on Longevity will be held on June 18 at 4 p.m. in the Montecito Ballroom front half. Each event will grant one point towards BTH. Sign-up and attendance are required to earn the point.
  • Reformer Pilates Symposium: June 10 at 12 p.m. Experience the benefits of using the Pilates Reformer. ☞ Click here for details.
  • Aqua Classes June 3 - June 7: Due to maintenance work, our Aqua classes will be held in the Montecito outdoor pool. ☞ Click here for details.
  • Weight Watchers: Congratulations to the Weight Watchers in our community. They have lost 640 lbs. combined, since last October! We have a new series coming up on June 21 and we need 17 people to keep the meeting on our premises. Please pass the information along to all your friends! ☞ Click here for details.

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

Remember to check scshca.com/fitness for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Montecito Indoor Spa Resurfacing Project

The Montecito Indoor Spa resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 3, and is projected to be completed by June 17.

The Indoor Pool will close June 3 and will reopen on June 10.

The Indoor Spa will remain closed from June 3 to June 27. The closure will ensure the resurfacing of the Indoor Spa can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Fire Ant Treatment on North & South Golf Course – July 22

Coachella Valley Vector Control will be on property to treat for Red Imported Fire Ants, Monday, July 22, 2019. Both golf courses will be treated.

Please see schedule of information below:

**Confirmation of Scheduled Red Imported Fire Ant Treatment**

Treatment Schedule:

Monday, July 22, 2019 – North Golf Course & South Golf Course
(Only the areas on the golf courses inside the pony walls will be treated.)

Technician(s) should arrive between: 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM

If you have any pets (animals) please keep them indoors or in a secure enclosed area outdoors while the technicians are on property for safety precautions.

Note: the irrigation is turned off in accordance with the schedule to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.

Product Information:

Coachella Valley Vector Control has provided the following information regarding the treatment product: Control products are water soluble and will render ineffective when in contact with water. Control Products are made at a very low dosage, enough to kill an ant and should not harm pets.

Regards,

Rolland Vaughn
General Manager, Shadow Hills Golf Club

Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – June

Beatnik Bazaar   Through June 29
Handmade & Vintage Goods, Local Art, Jewelry, Photography & Crafts, And Much More!
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / 61597 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree
Contact: 760-475-4860 / www.facebook.com/BeatnikLounge

Acting Up Again - A Festival of One Act Plays   May 31-June 2
A festival of four one-act plays that will both amuse you and stimulate your intellect is being presented by the Sun City Performing Arts Club.  Reserved cabaret seating and an open bar make this fun event one that you should plan to attend.
Time/Place: 7-9:15pm / Sierra Ball Room, Mountain View Club House, Sun City Palm Desert
Contact: 760-797-5305 / www.scpdca.com

Contact in the Desert: UFO Conference   May 31-June 3
The most comprehensive lineup of experts ever assembled will lecture on the latest developments in UFO studies, government disclosure, ancient civilizations, crop circles, and more. Attendees from all over the globe gathering for panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, speaker meet & greets, night sky gazing, and tours of the areas historic UFO sites.
Time/Place: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-660-8484 / www.contactinthedesert.com

Geater Palm Springs Restaurant Week   May 31-June 9
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a 10-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy.
Contact: www.dinegps.com

Palm Springs Firefightes Fish Fry   June 1
The much loved annual event features fried trout, corn on the cob, slaw and beverages along with live music and dancing through the night. Admission is just $10 per person.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Ruth Hardy Park: 700 E. Tamarisk Road
Contact: 760-323-8181 / www.palmspringsca.gov

World Environment Day   June 2
Join us for an environmental networking and brainstorming session, an Environmental Art Exhibition & contest awards ceremony. Live entertainment with muse Symara Stone and Flowbox Circus & Aerial Arts begins at 3pm! Farm to Table food demos with local chefs all afternoon.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Palm Springs Pavilion
Contact: www.yoursustainablecity.com

Rancho Mirage Night at the Ballpark   June 4
OC Pirates -vs- Palm Springs Power. Along with FREE admission to the game, Rancho Mirage residents will receive a complimentary hot dog, bag of chips and a soda or bottled water. Proof of Rancho Mirage residency is required and up to four children per adult are welcome.
Time/Place: 7pm / Palm Springs Stadium
Contact: 760-324-4511 / www.ranchomirageca.gov

The Art Place Art Walk   June 5
Trusted by designers and homeowners for over 20 years as the one-stop-shop for all your decor needs, you will find the finest selection of fine art, design, and high-end furniture. Park on site and spend an afternoon perusing nearly a dozen fine art galleries & interior design boutiques.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-776-2268 / www.artplacepd.com

Summer in Provence at Cooking With Class   June 5
Instructor: Executive Chef Janet Ebright. Join us for an evening of French culinary delights! Our Menu: Le Grand Aioli platter with radish, tomato, radicchio, haricot vert and shrimp, Soup au pistou with grilled sourdough, Pan roasted chicken paillard with pan roasted peewee potatoes and lemons, Summer blackberry financiers. $65 Per Person special summer pricing!
Time/Place: 6-8pm / 47875 Caleo Bay Drive, La Quinta
Contact: 760-777-1161 / www.cookingwithclasslq.com

Splash House   June 7-9
Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. Its a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Palm Springs
Contact: www.splashhouse.com

Shavuot Retreat   June 7-11
Enjoy a retreat of friendship and inspiration featuring guest speakers, First class accommodations and fine Kosher dining all in the beautiful setting of the Indian Wells Mountains. The event will feature Gourmet Catered Cuisine, a 24 Hour Tea Room, All Night Learning, Minyanim, Kids Program, Dynamic Speakers, Glatt Kosher - Cholov Yisroel, and a Matchmaker on Board.
Time/Place: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 310-772-0000 / www.jemretreats.com

Coachella Movies in the Park   June 7 & 14
June 7: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. June 14: Aquaman. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Veterans Memorial Park
Contact: 760-398-3502 / www.coachella.org

Palm Springs Chamber Installation & Business Awards Luncheon   June 14
$75 per person. Tables of 10 $750.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Renaissance Palm Springs
Contact: 760-322-6000 / www.pschamber.org

Rockin Sock Hop   June 14
Come dressed to listen and dance to the music from the 50s and 60s and enjoy hot dogs provided by Sonic Drive-in and ice cream sodas. Each item is only 25 cents. Join all the hip cats and dolls who will be participating in the rocking 50/50 raffle.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Cathedral City Senior Center
Contact: 760-321-1548 / www.cathedralcenter.org

Joshua Tree Pride   June 14-16
Friday: Queerated Gallery Opening Reception. Saturday: Mermaid March, BBQ & Bands, Stonewall 50th Anniversary One-Act and Comedy hosted by Shann Carr. Sunday: Brunch & Music, Youth Slam Poetry, Poet Claudia Rodriguez, Pride & Poetry.
Time/Place: The Shops at Zannys: 61877 Twentynine Palms Highway
Contact: www.jtpride.org

Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival   June 18-24
A highly competitive festival, the ShortFest receives over 5,000 submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing in the Market. An Oscar, BAFTA, and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscarnominations and/or awards.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Contact: 800-898-7256 / www.psfilmfest.org

Coachella Valley Chamber Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting   June 25
This years event is Behind the Mask, Coachella Valley Superheroes, celebrating professionals that make a difference in our community. A cocktail and silent auction reception will welcome guests.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org

Maclins Open Air Market   Every Wed. & Sat.
More than 400 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Regional cuisine and various snack foods are available. Parking is free and a small admission fee is charged to shoppers. Nearly everything for the entire family can be found at reasonable prices by browsing the many aisles with the moon as your companion. This is a very social marketplace and friends gather to shop and eat here.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Riverside County Fairground, Indio
Contact: www.maclinmarkets.com

VillageFest   Every Thursday
Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is one of Southern Californias most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive
Contact: 760-320-3781 / www.villagefest.org

College of the Desert Street Fair   Every Sat. & Sun.
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food and more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com

5 Ways to Support Families of the Fallen on Memorial Day

Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participate in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington on May 29, 2017. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. George Huley/Army)

By Joanne Steen

Gold Star families often resent the fact that remembrance is frequently overshadowed by fun on Memorial Day. Although it is a federal holiday designed as a day to honor all service members who have honorably served and died in an active duty status, it is also a federal holiday that has evolved to an unofficial-start-of-summer event.

Families of the fallen aren’t opposed to enjoying all that the weekend has to offer, but they take offense that dedicated time to pay tribute to the fallen isn’t generally a part of the weekend’s plans. While decorating the backyard cook-out with red, white and blue party paraphernalia sets a patriotic tone, families yearn to see more public remembrance and support. “We lost our only son, Mark,” said Gold Star parents Mark and Nancy Stets. “It means a lot to us to attend a Memorial Day ceremony where the fallen are honored and see a large crowd. We don’t want our son’s sacrifice to be forgotten.”

This Memorial Day is a great time to start anew and make it more meaningful, not only for yourself and your family, but also for the tens of thousands of surviving military family members who live with the sacrifices made by their loved ones.

Here are five good ways to display support for these families of the fallen this holiday weekend:

  1. Attend a local Memorial Day ceremony. Most communities hold remembrance ceremonies and often pay special tribute to their own deceased service members. Local Gold Star families will be there and it would mean the world to them to see friends and strangers there in support, too.
  2. Go to a Memorial Day parade. Maybe remembrance ceremonies aren’t your thing. If that’s the case, check out a nearby Memorial Day parade. If you’ve never been to one, it’s an experience you’ll benefit from as you’ll see local patriotism in action. Plus, parades are a good way for kids to learn about Memorial Day.
  3. Support a run for the fallen. If you’re more action-focused, consider running in honor of a fallen service member. Races for the fallen vary in size and distance, and there’s sure to be one in your geographic area. Not a runner? Show your support as a spectator and cheer the runners on.
  4. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. If you’re staying around the house this year, join the growing number of organizations, municipalities, and citizens who will pause at 3 p.m. and hold a minute of silence to remember the fallen on Memorial Day. What if you’re cooking out on Saturday or Sunday? Start a new tradition among your family and friends and offer a toast to the fallen.
  5. Fly your flag. A good show of support is to fly the American flag, particularly on important days of meaning. Don’t have a flag? Consider buying a handful of small American flags and put one at the end of your driveway or near your mailbox if it sits near the curb. Take the extra small flags you bought and ask your neighbors if they’d like to show support for the fallen, too. Live in an apartment, condo or townhouse? Put a flag in a window or on your door.

Remember to join us for our 11th Annual Memorial Day Celebration
May 27 starting at 8 a.m. at the Montecito Clubhouse.

Fitness Update – May 27

Bloom in Life with Love, Gratitude, and Curiosity to Expand

The world is full of opportunities to explore. Each day makes us wiser. At times however, we might feel stuck or deprived of motivation and may not feel inspired to explore. Setting clear goals and freeing mental space can help overcome these obstacles.

  • Know your "why." Your "why" power is something that always keeps you motivated and helps you move forward. For this, you need to ask your deeper self why you want to achieve your goals. "Why" creates that drive in you to take action and move on with life.
  • Find external sources of inspiration. You know yourself best, so ask yourself what are the things that inspire you. It can be anything from listening to a podcast, reading your favorite book, walking outdoors and feeling in contact with mother earth.
  • Look at people you admire. We all admire some people for their boldness, smartness, and overall success in life. Listen to those people and see how they achieve all their goals. After all, they are also human beings like us and if it's possible for them, it's possible for us too. The most important factor here is believing you can do it too.
  • Be grateful and give thanks for all the lessons finally learned and well-deserved blessings.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Beat the Heat Starts June 3: I am extending the sign-up day until Wednesday May 29, however shirt size in not guaranteed as the order went out last week in order to get the shirts back in time. Our sponsor Nutrishop will conduct the body fat test analysis on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location in Indio: 42250 Jackson St B106, Indio, CA 92203. No appointment is necessary. Their phone number (760) 625-0557. You will receive 15% off your first-time purchase.
  • Aqua Classes June 3 - June 7: Due to maintenance work, our Aqua classes will be held in the Montecito Outdoor Pool. ☞ Click here for details.
  • Weight Watchers: A big shout-out to the Weight Watchers in our community. They have lost 637 lbs. combined since last October! We have a new series coming up on June 21 and we need 17 people to keep the meeting on our premises. Please pass the information along to all your friends! ☞ Click here for details.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Remember to check scshca.com/fitness for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria