Project Update – Billiard Tables Restoration Project

 

The billiard tables restoration project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 19 and will be completed by Wednesday, March 20.

  • Billiard table beds and rails will be re-covered with a professional grade felt.
  • Billiard table bumpers will be replaced with high performance bumpers.
  • All billiard table pockets will be replaced with high-grade leather pockets.
  • Billiard tables will be re-leveled to specifications.

The Billiard Room will remain closed for the duration of the restoration project. The closure will ensure that the billiard tables restoration project is completed as quickly, safely, and as efficiently as possible.

For questions, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department: (760) 345-4349 ext. 2401.

Fitness Update – March 18

Happy Monday Sun City Shadow Hills!

Santa Rosa Fitness Center has new cardio equipment: bikes, ellipticals, and a rower.  We also have punching gloves for the versys punching bags, and a TRX suspension trainer. Book your complimentary orientation to learn how to use the new cardio equipment and fun functional training equipment at either fitness desk.

Be sure to take the “Fitness Class Survey.” Click here: ☞ www.scshca.com/fitsurvey

Want to know how to create new healthy habits and learn about the wonderful events we have coming up? Please  read on . . .

Tips for Creating New Habits

Our brains are equipped for automaticity-- for making the least effort possible. Habits can be hard to change but make automaticity works for you, not against you. Learn how to  create new healthy habits:

  • Make small changes: creating new habits can be done in small doses.. If, for example, you want to create a habit of getting more sleep each night, start by going to bed 10 to15 minutes earlier than your current time. Then slowly increase that to 15 to 20 minutes and so on. Start with something that feels easy and nonthreatening;
  • Staple it: tack your small change onto an activity that’s already a routine part of your day. That way, you will have to think less about when to make the change, and eventually it will become a new routine. For example, if you go for a daily walk, add the new habit of stretching your calf muscles right after you are done with the walk;
  • Mornings are green light zones: the earlier in the day the strongest the motivation;
  • Don’t decide--just do it: making decisions can be exhausting and in a weak moment the answer to your mental question might go against the intention of the goal. So just go ahead and  do it. You will be happy you persevered in creating the new habit;
  • Celebrate it: have a mini-celebration each time you achieved a micro-goal. This boosts confidence and strengthens your resilience.. Consciously say to yourself, “Yes!” or “I did it!” or “Done!”

Instructor Highlight: Leesann Shefa

Leesann Shefa joined our team this past summer and has been a wonderful addition to our growing yoga program. Her lightness of being truly carries out and transmits healing positive vibes to all who come to her class. Join her every Saturday at 8:30 AM for the Yang/Yin Vinyasa Yoga at Santa Rosa Fitness Center. ☞ Click Here to Learn More About Leesann

Updates

  • The 80-minute yoga class is now divided into two 45 to 50-minute classes. We have one at 8:30 AM and one at 9:30 AM. Each class is $4.
  • Tai-Chi on Tuesdays has been moved to 5:00 PM and will no longer be offered at 6:30 PM. This change took  effect March 12.
  • Thera-band with Dr. Eric will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 21 and 28, so plan to come earlier.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Annual Fall Prevention Education and Screening: Learn about fall prevention and get screened. Join me Thursday, March 21, or Thursday, March 28, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Montecito Group Exercise Room. The education portion will be 30 minutes.  We will then proceed to screening which takes  two to three minutes per person. No RSVP needed. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • The 14th Annual Spring into Health Fair:  Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Montecito Ballroom. If you are involved in health, fitness, or wellness and would like to be a vendor for this event just stop by the Montecito Fitness Desk and register. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Fitness Survey: Do you want to have an Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine as a new addition to our fitness facility? Take the survey online and let us hear from you! ☞ Click Here to Take the Survey
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

Reference book: The Telomere Effect by Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

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

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Technogym Mywellness App

The Mywellness app by Technogym helps you to get the most out of Technogym equipment when you train at the Montecito Fitness Center.

Getting Started

If you do not have a Mywellness account, begin by signing up here: www.mywellness.com/cloud/User/RegisterUser/

Next, download the Mywellness app from your mobile device's app store:

How to Use the App

  • Open the app and login using your account.

   

  • Tap on the second icon to open the "My movement" screen.

  • Tap on the QR button at the top-right corner of the screen.

  • The QR code scanner will open. Aim your device's camera at the QR code located on the fitness equipment.

   

  • You will be shown a video explaining how to use the equipment and there is an option to add the exercise to your workout.

Descanso Gardens Photos

Thursday, March 14, 2019
La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Photos by Veronica Moya:

Photos by Jerry Solomon:

Descanso is the Spanish word for rest or restful . . . hence Descanso Gardens in La Crescenta provided nirvana during yesterday's tour. Enjoyed fresh air, as well as tulips, cherry blossoms, daffodils, as shared herewith.

Do you have photos from one of our events? Send them to us!
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For Your Safety and That of Others

The Safety Advisory Committee would like to remind residents that riders on bicycles and drivers of golf carts MUST follow the same vehicle codes as for cars and motorcycles. They must stop at stop signs. The Safety Advisory Committee is receiving many more letters from residents concerned for their safety as a result of cyclist and golf cart drivers not following the California Vehicle Code and running stop signs.

SCSH Podcast Featured in Quorum Magazine

Our podcast host, Bob Firring, recently wrote an article on podcasting for Quorum magazine. It is featured in their March 2019 issue. See the article below or click here to see the full issue of the magazine.

Quorum magazine is a publication expressly prepared for association leaders, managers, and related business professionals of the Community Associations Institute.

Indio to Begin Citywide Road Improvement Projects


Work To Take Place March 11-15, 2019 on Regional, Residential and Industrial Streets

INDIO, CA (March 11, 2019) – The City of Indio will be laying new asphalt on various regional, residential and industrial streets throughout the community from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15, 2019. Work will occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Residents and motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected.

The road improvement schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15:

  • Martha’s Village Neighborhood (Southwest corner of Indio Blvd. and Date Ave. Includes all streets in this area.)
  • Colony Park Neighborhood (Northwest corner of Jackson St. and Dr. Carreon Blvd. Includes all streets in this area.)
  • Jackson Park Neighborhood (Southwest corner of Jackson St. and Dr. Carreon Blvd. Includes all streets in this area.)

Monday, March 11 to Tuesday, March 12:

  • Calhoun St. between Highway 111 and Dr. Carreon Blvd.

Tuesday, March 12:

  • Avenue 50 between Jackson St. and Calhoun St.

Thursday, March 14 to Friday, March 15:

  • Oasis St. between the Courthouse Parking Structure and Avenue 48

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 increase measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety.

For further information, contact Kelly Koleszar of Matich Corporation at 909-228-1659. The schedule may be adjusted due to weather impacts so please read posted signs and any message boards.

Fitness Update – March 11

Eating for Optimal Cell Health

A whole-foods diet that features fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and omega-3 fatty acids fosters healthy cell renewal. A whole-foods diet also helps fight the three cellular enemies. These enemies are: inflammation, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance. How you wonder? Keep reading . . .

  • The first cellular enemy: inflammation: One of the best ways to protect the body against inflammation is to stop feeding it. The glucose absorbed from refined carbohydrates and simple sugars hits the bloodstream fast and produces an increase in cytokines which are inflammatory messengers. Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as oily fish, nuts, flaxseeds (ground) and leafy vegetables will provide the body with omega-3’s which help reduce inflammation and keep telomeres healthy;
  • The second enemy: oxidative stress This is a condition that happens when there are too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants in the cells. To increase antioxidants, consume fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, citrus, apples, plums, carrots, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard; sip on green tea to boost antioxidant levels; and supplement your diet with Vitamin C and E. These two vitamins eat up free radicals and support cell’s life;
  • The third enemy: insulin resistance. When the body ingests simple sugars such as soda drinks, blended coffee drinks, cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy bars, chips (there is sugar in chips) and junk food, the pancreas releases more insulin to help the sugar enter the cells. Within 20 minutes, glucose builds up in the bloodstream and you have high blood sugar. The liver starts to turn sugar into fat, an hour later your blood sugar falls, and you start craving more sugar to pick you back up. When this happens often enough, you end up with insulin resistance. To prevent this from happening, focus on foods that are rich in fiber such as brown rice, barley, seeds, sweet potato, oats, vegetables, fruits and high omega-3 as we mentioned above.

Reference book The Telomere Effect by Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD

New Cardio Equipment at Santa Rosa

Our new bikes, ellipticals, and rower are here! Book your complimentary small-group orientation at the Santa Rosa Front Desk.

Highlight Instructor: Leesann Shefa

Leesann Shefa joined our team this past summer and has been a wonderful addition to our growing yoga program. Her lightness of being truly carries out and transmits healing positive vibes to all who come to her class. Join her every Saturday at 8:30 AM for the Yang/Yin Vinyasa Yoga at Santa Rosa Fitness Center. ☞ Click Here to Learn More About Leesann

Updates

  • The 80-minute yoga class is now divided into two 45 to 50-minute classes. We have one at 8:30 AM and one at 9:30 AM. Each class is $4.
  • Tai-Chi on Tuesdays has been moved to 5:00 PM and will no longer be offered at 6:30 PM. This change takes effect March 12.
  • Thera-band with Dr. Eric will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 21 and 28, so plan to come earlier.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Annual Fall Prevention Education and Screening: Learn about fall prevention and get screened. Join me Thursday, March 21, or Thursday, March 28, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Montecito Group Exercise Room.
  • Fitness Survey: Do you want to have an Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine as a new addition to our fitness facility? Take the survey online and let us hear from you! ☞ Click Here to Take the Survey
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

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

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Meet Your Neighbor: Jim and Stacia Armstrong

By George Stephens
Information Advisory Committe (IAC) Member

Are you aware that our genetic blueprint is just a series of four chemical bases? These four chemical bases make up our human DNA resulting in 3 billion combinations and represent more than 99% of the bases that are shared by all of us. BUT, we are all different in our own way.

Jim Armstrong

Stacia and Jim Armstrong share a lot in common with the rest of us here in Sun City, even though they had very different experiences and environments growing up. Jim is from North Carolina where racism was blatant. Stacia is from Kansas City and Denver, her experience with racism was more subtle, but still notable. By all accounts, even with all the issues around racism, they worked hard and achieved a happy and rich life together. They just celebrated their 50th anniversary this past June. They raised two wonderful children and have four beautiful grandchildren. Their daughter lives in Washington State and their son just relocated to Los Angeles from New York. They are always busy traveling to stay connected with family.

Stacia Armstrong

Stacia and Jim bought a home in phase 1 in in 2006 and commuted from their home in Tarzana for one year before retirement. Their real estate agent directed them to SCSH by talking up all the value and amenities that we all experience here. Five years ago, they moved into their dream home in phase 3. Since joining this community, Stacia (and Jim) have made many, many friends. Stacia has been involved with Community Singers for about 9 years, is a past president of the Democratic Club, plays Scrabble every Monday afternoon with like-minded Scrabble buds and putts with Lady Putters. She is also one of the newest members of the IAC (Information Advisory Committee) and has already left quite an impression on the committee. This past summer, she embarked on a new adventure – art classes. Her plan is to join the Creative Arts Club this fall and take lessons in watercolor and acrylic painting.

Stacia’s professional career includes working for Xerox Corporation and becoming an entrepreneur with an office products company. After selling the company, she began her life in cable television, working first at Time Warner in new business development, then 10 years at HBO in sales and marketing, all in Denver. Finally her last 10 professional years were with The Hallmark Channel in Studio City, CA until she retired.

Stacia is most proud of family, her 50-year marriage to Jim and the completion of her degree from the University of Colorado with a BS/BA in Organization Management. Yes, it took her five years to complete, but she was taking two small children to school on the bus every morning, placing them in daycare and returning each night to make dinner for everyone. Jim was on board 100% with full support.

Meeting Stacia, it’s easy to find her very pleasant and non-judgmental. It’s obvious that the racism she experienced did not keep her from thriving and achieving her goals. We are thrilled that Stacia has decided to share her talents with the Information Advisory Committee as our Marketing Advisor.

A-G-C-T or if you will: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine. All combined to make each of us unique, but still so much alike. Meeting Stacia, you’ll find that you like the perfect combination that God has made.

Residents are encouraged to suggest candidates for the Sun City Shadow Hills website’s Human Interest stories. The Information Advisory Committee is inclusive for all residents in Shadow Hills. You may make your suggestions directly to information@scshca.com.

Fitness Instructor Highlight: Leesann Shefa

Our community is fortunate to have 15 unique, talented, knowledgeable, and crafted instructors who share their passion with their class participants.

Leesann Shefa joined our team this past summer and has been a wonderful addition to our growing Yoga program. Her lightness of being truly carries out and transmits healing, positive vibes to all who come to her class. Join her every Saturday at 8:30 AM for the Yang/Yin Vinyasa Yoga at Santa Rosa Fitness Center.


Leesann Shefa has been studying, performing, and teaching movement since 1973. Her greatest passion is the mind-body connection and the healing that happens through yoga, meditation, and dance. Leesann has been teaching yoga full time since 2011. She is a former USA Yoga Champion for the State of California and nationally, representing her home state of California.

Santa Rosa New Cardio Equipment

Exciting News!

Santa Rosa Fitness Center is welcoming new cardio equipment on Friday, March 8. The fitness center will be closing at 10:00 AM and reopening at 3:00 PM.

We invite you to workout at Montecito Fitness Center. Sign up for your complimentary group orientation at the Santa Rosa fitness desk.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Fitness Department

New Chairs for Dog Parks

With the recommendation by the Facilities and Service Advisory Committee, our Sun City Shadow HIlls Board has approved the purchase of 24 outdoor commercial-grade chairs for our dog parks. The chairs will be evenly distributed between the Phase 1 and Phase 3 dog parks. There will be six chairs for each of the small and large dog park areas for residents to enjoy.

The chairs will be placed in the dog parks on Wednesday, March 6.

Thank you,

Sun City Shadow Hills
Facilities Maintenance

As a reminder to all dog owners:
Please be a conscientious pet-owner and clean up after your pets inside the Dog Parks, as well as, throughout the community! Your neighbors appreciate your efforts to keep our parks, sidewalks, and common areas clean and safe for all pets!

City of Indio Ambulance Protocol

  • Indio has three ambulances with two paramedics per ambulance active at all times.
  • There is not a policy in place stating patients will only be taken to JFK. In theory, patients can request any hospital they want (i.e. Eisenhower, Desert Regional, Orange County).
  • The ambulance will take patients to the hospital they request as long as the following two scenarios are not taking place:
    • The ambulance services are not in a “draw down” situation meaning that two of the three ambulances are already on active calls. It would not be advisable to send the third ambulance a great distance and put the system in risky situation with the community’s needs.
    • The patient is deemed in a critical state and they need to get to the nearest hospital ASAP.
  • Indio ambulances receive on average 10-12 calls per day with up to 20 calls on busy days. The average time an ambulance run is 1 hour.
  • If all three ambulances are active and a call comes in, Plan B is to contact American Medical Response (AMR) and ask: 1. Can they take the call? 2. How long will it take? If AMR is not available, they will reach out to the cover communities (Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage) for their ambulance services.

Customer service is important to the Indio Fire Department. They will grant a patient’s request when possible.

To learn more about the Indio Fire Deparment, visit www.indio.org/your_government/fire/.

Podcast Episode 153: Connie King, Lifestyle Director

This week Bob sits down with our Lifestyle Director, Connie King, to discuss the upcoming Lifestyle concert with Evelyn "Champagne" King. Connie also gives us an update on upcoming Lifestyle trips and events.

This episode is also available in video format below.

Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at podcast@scshca.com.

Play

Fitness Update – March 4

I have exciting news to share with you all! We are welcoming new cardio equipment at Santa Rosa Fitness Center this coming Friday, March 8. For this reason we will be closing the gym area at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 8 and re-open on Saturday, March 9, with normal hours of operation.

We will be conducting small group orientations, so be sure to book yours at the Santa Rosa Front Desk.

Restoring Balance

Here are a few things you can do to restore balance:

  • Attend a gentle yoga or Tai-Chi class;
  • Take a walk out in nature and pay attention to your breathing (walking meditation);
  • Practice breathing techniques prior going to bed;
  • Take a warm shower before bed time to bring body temperature to normal;
  • Sip tea that doesn’t contain caffeine such as chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, and ginger. Herbal coffee tea (this tea contains maca powder, dandelion root, and chicory root; it’s caffeine-free and a deep and invigorating coffee alternative for morning time);
  • Rub a little essential oil such as lavender oil on your temple;
  • Turn all electronics completely off or fully cover the little lights in the room from the TV or cell phone that interfere with our REM sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night and wake up joyful.

Practice these restorative methods on a consistent basis to regain balance and wake up feeling energized, revitalized and rested!

Fitness Instructor Highlight: Marlena Santiago

Our community is fortunate to have 15 unique, talented, knowledgeable, and crafted instructors that share their passion with their class participants. This week we acknowledge Marlena Santiago, a true team player. She is innovative and passionate about all her classes, and the queen of Halloween Costumes! ☞ Click Here to Read More About Marlena

Upcoming  Activities & Events:

  • Fitness Survey: Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine: I would love to get your feedback! Would you want to have an Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine as a new addition to our fitness facility? It’s an amazing piece of equipment for upper body strength that would assist you specially outside the gym! Functional Training anyone! ☞ Click Here to Take the Survey
  • Wellness Hour Recorded Interview: Did you miss attending the interview I did with Jennifer Johnson, author of An Awakening Walk? ☞ Click Here to Watch
  • Health and Wellness Lecture:  Wednesday, March 6 at 4:00 PM. Nutrition & Aging: The Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet.” RSVP at either fitness desk, or by calling (844) 367-3990. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

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

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

The Sunny Cup Returns to Shadow Hills!

February 16 was the day of the eighth annual Sunny Cup Tennis Tournament pitting Sun City Shadow Hills against Sun City Palm Desert. It was a two-day tournament featuring men’s and women’s doubles on the first day and mixed doubles on the final day. Sun City Shadow Hills prevailed by a score of 182 to 165.

Sun City Shadow Hills players included:

Women: Linda Aasen, Diane Carey, Jacqui Chin, Jill Crichton, Jill Delaney, Margaret Gouveia, Linda Johnson, Terri Johnson, Clare Kuhn, Gricell Reinhold, Dolores Shore, Patty Terhar, Karen Tong

Men: Roger Bell, Charlie Best, Vince Chin, Ned Hoffman, Greg Jervis, Keith Johnson, Jim Legarra, Ron Poulton, Don Rintoul, Robert Young

Fitness Update – February 25

Good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s a mental attitude we have about ourselves. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. At times we might be thrown off balance by an unexpected chain of events. During this time it is important to set aside a few minutes a day to reflect, meditate and be in contact with nature.

Here are a few things you can do to restore balance:

  • Attend a gentle yoga or Tai-Chi class;
  • Take a walk out in nature and pay attention to your breathing (walking meditation);
  • Practice breathing techniques prior going to bed;
  • Take a warm shower before bed time to bring body temperature to normal;
  • Sip tea that doesn’t contain caffeine such as chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, and ginger. Herbal coffee tea (this tea contains maca powder, dandelion root, and chicory root; it’s caffeine-free and a deep and invigorating coffee alternative for morning time);
  • Rub a little essential oil such as lavender oil on your temple;
  • Turn all electronics completely off or fully cover the little lights in the room from the TV or cell phone that interfere with our REM sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night and wake up joyful.

Practice these restorative methods on a consistent basis to regain balance and wake up feeling energized, revitalized and rested!

Fitness Instructor Highlight: Marlena Santiago

Our community is fortunate to have 15 unique, talented, knowledgeable, and crafted instructors that share their passion with their class participants. This week we acknowledge Marlena Santiago, a true team player. She is innovative and passionate about all her classes, and the queen of Halloween Costumes! ☞ Click Here to Read More About Marlena

Upcoming  Activities & Events:

  • Fitness Survey: Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip MachineClick Here
  • Fitness Advisory Committee: Email your comments and suggestions! ☞ healthfitness@scshca.com
  • Wellness Hour Recorded InterviewClick Here to Watch
  • Health and Wellness Lecture:  Wednesday, March 6 at 4:00 PM. Nutrition & Aging: The Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet.” Join Registered Dietitian Nicole Napientek from Desert Care Network and learn the benefits of a well-balanced diet. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

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

Committed to your well-being,
Valeria

Meet Your Neighbor: Pete and Belinda Anderson

By George Stephens
Information Advisory Committe (IAC) Member

Belinda and Pete

Meet Pete and Belinda Anderson. Pete was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, with his early years spent near Cherry Hills Golf Club. He started playing golf at six years old and came to Palm Springs in his junior year of high school. Belinda was the first baby born in Desert Hot Springs. You don’t get more native that that!

They graduated in the same class at Palm Springs High School in 1961. Pete left for Vietnam with the US Army at Tan Son Nhut airbase to serve our country; Belinda married, and while raising her children, worked in Pasadena to put her first husband through college. After Pete and Belinda their separate ways, they reconnected 27 years later at the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of Palm Springs High School in 1988.

While attending the College of the Desert (COD) in Rancho Mirage, Pete was instrumental in asking Walt Disney personally for the use of the Road Runner mascot for the college’s use. His efforts as the vice president of the student body resulted in the COD being referred to ever since as the “Roadrunners.”

Pete with the Junior ROTC members of Shadow Hills High School

Pete has been a mainstay member of the Veterans Club since he and Belinda moved here in 2007. Our community has approximately 400 veterans, and the Veterans Club represents them well. The Veterans Club has many interesting activities, including the flag raising ceremony on Memorial Day, selling flags, and helping dispose of old worn-out flags. During Christmas they partner with the marines from 29 Palms to collect toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. Look for the collection bins in the Montecito and Santa Rosa clubhouses, and the golf pro shop at Christmastime.

In addition, Pete leads the scholarship program for Shadow Hills High School: “The Knights of the Roundtable.” In a typical year, thousands of dollars are given to deserving students who otherwise wouldn’t have scholarship money to continue their college education. Pete also teaches a military history class at the high school for the Junior ROTC members.

Pete and Belinda. Yes, they’ve kept themselves in great shape over the years! (Obviously wearing white elephant gag gifts at a recent Christmas get together.)

How did Pete and Belinda end up in Shadow Hills? They’ll tell you they had friends who lived in Sun City Palm Desert, whom they would visit regularly from their home in Whittier, California. They looked to relocate in several locations, including Las Vegas and Phoenix, and when a new house became available in Shadow Hills they jumped at the chance to live in our community. They had examined places to retire for many years, but they found the fair prices, great amenities, reasonable dues, and proximity to the beach and to the Ontario Airport were the deciding factors.

Pete has been instrumental in the development of Shadow Hills clubs and organizations since they moved here 10 years ago. Belinda has been involved with the Toys for Tots Christmas Program, the Women’s Golf Club, and the Men’s Canadian/American Golf Tournament.

They have five great-grandchildren who live in Colorado and two children in the Pasadena area. Their biggest challenges were Belinda putting her first husband through college and Pete getting married at 47 years old. Their mutual hero in real life was Ronald Reagan. They have a rich social life, and they value loyalty as the best measure of friendship. We are certainly a richer community for having Pete and Belinda to call our neighbors!

Residents are encouraged to suggest candidates for the Sun City Shadow Hills website’s Human Interest stories. The Information Advisory Committee is inclusive for all residents in Shadow Hills. You may make your suggestions directly to information@scshca.com.

Fitness Instructor Highlight: Marlena Santiago

Our community is fortunate to have 15 unique, talented, knowledgeable, and crafted instructors that share their passion with their class participants.

This week we acknowledge Marlena Santiago, a true team player. She is innovative and passionate about all her classes, and the queen of Halloween Costumes!


Marlena started her fitness career as a group exercise instructor in 2007 and soon after became a personal trainer. She lost 90 pounds participating in group fitness classes, and this inspired her to become an instructor and help other people. Marlena has been part of the Sun City Shadow Hills team since 2014 and feels like this community is her second home.

She is a big believer in functional fitness and has been working with active adults since 2010. She has one daughter who is in the Marine Corps and she loves her cat named Skittles!

Attention SCSH Residents: Are you CERT Trained?

The Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee is building a roster of CERT trained residents in case a major disaster strikes Sun City Shadow Hills.

Please participate by taking the following survey:

Click Here to Open Survey

CERT training is about readiness. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The training is free and is offered several times a year by the Riverside County Emergency Management Department at a variety of locations throughout the county. RivCo’s schedule of CERT classes is posted here: https://www.rivcocert.org/registration.htm