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  • 4 | CB Times | The Official Community Magazine of Corte Bella

    CB Times Magazine is the official community magazine of Corte Bella, brought to you by the Corte Bella Country Club Association, Inc. and published by Lion Tree Communications.

    Editor | David JolovitzContributing Writers | Jeff Ablin | Bill Blake | Cindy Buda John Eakins | John Friesner | Jeff Stuart | Bob Rosenberg Jim WilliamsPhotography | Jim Laskowicz | Theron Mercomes

    For advertising opportunities, please contact Barb Spitzock at 480.266.5034, or email: Barb@LionTreeCommunications.com.

    6 Numbers to Know

    8 From the Editors Desk / In the Loop

    10 Board Talk: Strategic Community Plan

    10 Wanted Technology Committee Volunteers

    10 Kudos Korner

    11 How the 2014 Assessment was Determined

    12 News from the NASC

    12 Beware: Valley Fever

    14 Community Calendar

    16 More Corte Bella Events

    18 New Center for Health & Wellbeing

    19 Ask Agnes: Your Home, Your Way

    19 Exercise... and Have Fun

    20 Touchdown! Corte Bella Wins!

    20 Free Trips to Wild Horse Pass Casino

    21 Corte Bella Tennis Club

    22 Golfings Health Related Tips & Benefits

    23 Pickleball News

    24 Free Local Art Festival in Surprise

    25 How You See It: Photography

    26 Corte Bella Cooks: Judy Carilli

    Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Trademarks, logos and content provided by advertisers, sponsors and partners are owned by the respective companies and all rights are reserved by them. The views, statements, and claims of advertisers or other CB Times contributors do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, Corte Bella Country Club Association, Inc. or its employees. Printed in the USA. 2014 CB Times Magazine. All rights reserved. Please recycle.

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    25On thE COvErI had to return to Fairway 17 after my round of golf to capture the beautiful blue sky and unique shadows from the palm trees at the bend in the cart path. Another spectacular late afternoon at Corte Bella.

    Jim Laskowicz

    CB Times Contributing Photographer

    Member Chicago Digital Photography Club

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    Events with fewer than 10 reservations are subject to cancellation. We make every effort to avoid cancellations. If one does occur, we will contact you in advance of the event.



    Registration is required. You may reserve your space in two easy ways:

    Register by phone: Call (623) 455-5741 Register online: Visit www.SunHealth.org and click Community Education.


    Vial of Life/File of Life Wednesday, March 26; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    Learn more about two Sun Health tools providing enhanced access to vital medical information during an emergency. At the end of the presentation, all guests will receive a free Vial and File of Life.

    Grandview Care Center, Bldg. B 14505 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West

    When Cognitive Decline Makes it Too Late for POA Documents Friday, March 7; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    Pam Braun, a masters-level social worker, licensed clinical social worker and Certified Advanced Social Work case manager in Arizona, provides much needed advice during this crucial class regarding power of attorney authorizations.

    R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, Lecture Hall 19803 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West



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    Board of Directors*Jim WilliamsPresident SCP Task Forcecortebellajim@cox.net

    Bob rosenbergVice President Communications Liaisonrlrose27@hotmail.com

    Walt KearnsTreasurer SCP Task Force Finance Committee Liaison walt@wekearns.com

    regina Shanney-SaborskySecretary Chair Architectural Review Committee, Corporate Records Liaison & Government Affairs Committee Liaisonrsaborsky@cox.net

    Bob MoberlyDirector Anacapa Restaurant LiaisonJBMoberly@cox.net

    Bill BlakeDirector Neighborhood Awareness and Safety Committee Liaison WillieB38@cox.net

    Larry LeightonDirector Buildings & Grounds CommitteeLiaison, Golf Club Liaisonldleighton@yahoo.com

    Board of Directors Corte Bella AdministrationCommunity ResourcesGuard House, 623-544-3906Fax: 623-544-3911Email: securitas@cortebellacca.comGate Hours: 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. DailyRoving Patrol: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. to Noon, and 10:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M.Saturday Sunday, 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., and 10:00 P.M. to MidnightPatrol Cell: 623-256-2907

    Anacapa Restaurant, 623-455-9045Hours: Lunch: 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. Tuesday SaturdayDinner: 4:30 - 8:00 P.M. Tuesday SaturdaySunday Buffet: 8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.Closed Mondays

    Fitness Center, 623-217-2018Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 A.M.-9:30 P.M.*Sat & Sun, 6 A.M.-9:30 P.M.*Close at 9:30 PM on all days until September 2, 2013. Childrens Pool Hours10 A.M.-1 P.M. & 5-7 P.M.Day Spa, 623-217-20188 A.M. to 7 P.M., By Appointment

    Corte Bella WebsiteCommunity Website: www.cortebella.netResidents & Visitor Registration:www.cortebella.org

    CB Events Group VolunteersCBEventsGroup@cortebellacca.com

    24-HOUR EMERGENCY(480) 551-4300

    Community Resources Corte Bella AdministrationAssociation Office22155 North Mission DriveSun City West, AZ 85375Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.623-328-5068

    Michael Arrington HOA General ManagerMichael.Arrington@fsresidential.com

    Jodell Dodge,Spa & Fitness Manager, Ext. 225JDodge@cortebellacca.com

    Fred Hernandez, Food & Beverage Mgr. Ext. 233fhernandez@cortebellacca.com

    Dan Haywood, Anacapa Executive Chef, Ext. 232dhaywood@cortebellacca.com

    Heather Chavez, Administrative Supervisor, Ext. 222

    Valerie Brachulis, Administrative Assistant, Ext. 221

    Stoney Amerine,Facilities Manager, Ext. 223SAmerine@cortebellacca.com

    *Pending results from 2014 Board elections


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  • Corte Bella AdministrationAssociation Office22155 North Mission DriveSun City West, AZ 85375Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.623-328-5068

    Michael Arrington HOA General ManagerMichael.Arrington@fsresidential.com

    Jodell Dodge,Spa & Fitness Manager, Ext. 225JDodge@cortebellacca.com

    Fred Hernandez, Food & Beverage Mgr. Ext. 233fhernandez@cortebellacca.com

    Dan Haywood, Anacapa Executive Chef, Ext. 232dhaywood@cortebellacca.com

    Heather Chavez, Administrative Supervisor, Ext. 222

    Valerie Brachulis, Administrative Assistant, Ext. 221

    Stoney Amerine,Facilities Manager, Ext. 223SAmerine@cortebellacca.com

  • From the Editors DeskA grammatical lesson fills my very last From the Editors Desk article not that you asked for it.

    What is the correct use of further versus farther?

    Farther may be applied to physical distances; further, for metaphorical or figurative distances; the difference is demonstrated in the following paragraph:

    During my four year residency at Corte Bella, my commute from central Phoenix to the office covered 35.3 miles and approximately 52 minutes each way and each day. And now, as I prepare to leave for a position even farther from my home than Corte Bella was (this one, in Brooklyn), Ive learned that my drive to your fine community has transported me much further in life than that. And thus, I owe to Corte Bella and to its residents a great deal of my success and professional inspiration.

    My office functioned as a window to the soul of Corte Bella and to some of the incredibly thoughtful gestures performed by so many residents. One applicable example is the ongoing St. Marys Food

    Drive collecting non-perishable food items through the end of March (a drop box can be found in the fitness center lobby). Corte Bella residents continually donate their time, money, and attention to a sizeable number of charitable causes.

    The staff is relentlessly effective, too.

    I have played co-pilot to some grand initiatives set forth and completed by team members belonging to the HOA office, maintenance team, fitness desk, and Anacapa Restaurant. The future looks bright with recent personnel moves, leaving you all in capable and experienced hands.

    And finally, as I break away from writing this piece and return to taping up moving boxes, I would like to thank each and every one of you for trusting me with so much; it has been my personal pleasure to serve as your Spa, Fitness, and Communications Manager.

    Thank you.

    [Inquiring minds, read on:]

    The proverbial editorial baton has been handed to the CB Times new editor, Regina Shanney-Saborsky. Regina will be accepting all future submissions at RSaborsky@cox.net.

    In the LoopThis months column should be of interest to

    everyone because I offer suggestions for things to do that come with the magic word, free.

    The first free item would be listening to authors speak about their latest books, since there is no charge to attend their presentations. If you choose to buy their book and have it autographed that is up

    to you, but youve ignored the word free. You can find the listing of authors presentations in

    the Sunday Arizona Republic. The primary book store offering signings is the Poisoned Pen which specializes in murder and espionage books. Changing Hands bookstore has signings, as well as Barnes and Noble, churches, libraries, etc.

    You can look on the websites of the stores if you choose not to partake in the purchase of the Arizona Republic newspaper. It is intriguing to listen to the author and their writing process, especially when it comes to development of an ongoing character. And, the Poisoned Pen and Changing Hands bookstores are interesting places to visit just by themselves. When a popular author comes to town the Poisoned Pen will sometimes have

    presentations in the Biltmore Hotel. When I attended a Daniel Silva presentation there were several hundred people present and the line for autographs ran long and deep.

    Moving on, Ben Avery is one of the largest public shooting ranges in the United States. There are free classes on learning to shoot pistols, air rifles and archery. When I attended one of the classes with my wife, the ammunition, gun and targets were all free.

    Target shooting is a fast growing sport in this country as well as people who want to protect their home and selves. Personally I think a dog or a soul mate with a bad attitude might serve the same purpose. The class is presented by certified range instructors and volunteers are on hand to help you as the class proceeds. After the class, you are taken to a range and you can proceed to use a weapon to punch holes in pieces of paper.

    Shooters World has ladies day on Fridays in both of their locations. The rental of the gun and targets are free, but you have to pay for the ammunition. If you read the Arizona Republic you will occasionally see an article about free entry days in some of the downtown museums.

    If anyone knows of other free deals contact me and I can put it in another column. Just let me know whether I should use your name of if you choose to remain anonymous. My email address is RLRose27@hotmail.com

    Bob Rosenberg, Vice President, Board of Directors

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    David Jolovitz, Editor-in-Chief










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  • Board Talk: Strategic Community Plan (SCP) Update

    Our Strategic Community Plan (SCP) process slowed down for a couple months due to the

    Boards responsibility in meeting significant multiple priorities and a very taxing survey evaluation (a sincere thank you to Rick Furgert and Walt Kearns for their tremendous effort).

    The SCP Team completed definition of the above Corte Bella Vision Statement at their

    February 13 meeting, well facilitated by First Service Residential Vice President, Kirk Kowieski. This statement

    is a durable forward looking reflection of what residents see as the Vision for our future. The SCP Team, consisting of the Board of Directors, General Manager, Administrative Supervisor, and the Members-at-Large wishes to thank the community for their inputs to the SCP process.

    Residents from 1,098 homes provided some 60,000 opinions and some 6,000 open-ended comments. Now that is a lot of food for thought! Your inputs will keep paying dividends as the team continues with developing the Mission Statement, and defining goals, the plan and strategies during the months ahead. The Vision Statement and related Corte Bella logos will be woven into the fabric of our community as a constant reminder of your vision for Corte Bellas future. Look for it on meeting agendas, meeting minutes and the community website (did anybody say bumper sticker?!). Stay tuned, and here is to looking forward with you!

    Jim Williams, President, Corte Bella Country Club

    Kudos Korner

    Wanted: Technology Committee Volunteers

    The following individuals recently volunteered for the newly-formed Technology Committee: Virginia Ellwanger, Rick Furkert, Stan Sacha, Larry Schuck, and Jack Storm. The group brings to the committee a lot of IT, technology project, hands-on technical experience, and enthusiasm to the Committee.

    They recently completed their kickoff and organizational meeting, and selected Stan Sacha and Rick Furkert as Chair and Co-chair respectively. We appreciate all of them stepping forward for the community. Kudos and a hearty, Thank you!

    The Technology Committee has openings for two volunteers and hopes to attract more individuals with the knowledge and expertise to advise the Board on technology impacts, help define a technology strategic plan, and evaluate projects and proposals for technology requirements.

    If you are interested in joining the Technology Committee, then please contact the HOA Office at (623) 328-6058, option 4, or communication@cortebellacca.com

    The Technology Committee completed their Kickoff and Organizational meeting on February 11. The Committees purpose, functions, and responsibilities are contained in their Charter. Both the Committee Charter and Committee Application form are available on the Corte Bella website in the Resource Center under Technology Committee. You can also obtain a copy from the HOA Office.

    CB Times Editorial Staff

    Jim Williams

    Community Vision statement:Corte Bella is committed to being a preferred active adult gated community providing lifestyle opportunities in a professionally

    managed, beautifully maintained environment.

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  • The detailed 2014 budget was presented and mailed to the community during the fourth quarter of 2013. Our quarterly billing statements specify the two components of the 2014 assessment: $372.50 to pay for current operations of the community; and $54.00 to pay for current and future repair / replacement of the communitys capital assets.

    The operating assessment is based on breaking-even before depreciation expense for the current year, plus an amount needed to build-up the paint maintenance and granite replenishment

    funds for current and future years. The reserve assessment is based on the Annual Reserve Study. Fees derived from home re-sales pay for capital improvements.

    We hope this information is helpful in understanding how we derive our assessments to pay for our community operations and provide for the future. We will publish a summary of the pre-audit results for 2013 in the April, 2014 issue of the CB Times. Look for other articles in future issues, too. If you have any questions regarding the information is this article, please contact the Treasurer or a member of the Finance Committeetheir information can be found easily on CorteBella.net

    How the 2014 Assessment was DeterminedJeff Ablin, Finance Committee Chairperson

    2014 AssessmentOperating Department Budget $ Annual $ Quarterly $ %Administration - net expense excluding depreciation 529,289 320.78 80.20 21.5%Facilities - expense 1,174,100 711.58 177.89 47.8%Guardhouse - expense 179,112 108.55 27.14 7.3%HOA Events - net breakeven 0 0.00 0.00 0.0%Landscape - expense 381,066 230.95 57.74 15.5%Restaurant - net surplus (26,497) (16.06) (4.01) -1.1%Spa - net surplus (10,440) (6.33) (1.58) -0.4%Fitness Center - net expense 180,790 109.57 27.39 7.4%Total Net Operating Expense before

    Paint & Granite Funds and Depreciation 2,407,420 1,459.04 364.76 97.9%Rounding in assessment amount 1,580 0.96 0.24 0.1%

    Operating Assessment before Paint & Granite Funds 2,409,000 1,460.00 365.00 98.0%

    Paint & Granite Funds - net surplus (1) 40,724 30.00 7.50 2.0%Depreciation expense (64,000)

    Net Operating Deficit (2) and Assessment (23,276) 1,490.00 372.50 100%

    Operating Assessment % of Total Assessment 87.3%Reserve Fund Assessment & % of Total Assessment 216.00 54.00 12.7%

    Total Operating and Reserve Fund Assessment 1,706.00 426.50 100%

    (1) The $30 annual assessment considers current and future years' expenses, consequently thisamount is not derived directly from the current year net surplus of $40,724.(2) Net Operating Deficit is ($21,696) after deducting $1,580 rounding in assessment.

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  • If you dont already know all you need about Valley Fever, the following information was gleaned from internet articles by Dr. Joseph Colorafi, a lung specialist practicing at Banner Estrella Medical Center, and by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Valley Fever is named for the San Joaquin Valley of California. It is a respiratory disease caused by the Coccidioides fungus. While the fungus does not generally spread between people, we are constantly exposed to it in the dust in our air that carries the fungal spores.

    The fungus lives in the soil and dust of the southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Cases of Valley Fever increase after earthquakes and dust storms stir up more dust than usual and people breathe the microscopic spores. In the US, 65% of cases occur in Arizona and 30% in California.

    People who have recently moved to an area where this fungus lives are at higher risk for getting the infection. If you live here for 11 years, your risk of contracting the disease to any degree is about 1-in-3.

    Approximately 40% of people who get the fungal infection do not show any symptoms. In the other 60%, valley fever can cause flu-like symptoms fever, cough, chest pain, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain (arthritis), weight loss, or rash. In many, the symptoms will disappear in a few weeks. But in severe cases, the infection can cause chronic pneumonia, and the symptoms can last for years. In less than 1% of cases, the infection will spread from the lungs to the rest of the body, causing meningitis or infection in the bones and joints.

    Treatments for severe cases of Valley Fever include doctor prescribed anti-fungals. Duration of treatment for pulmonary infection is no less than three months and in those with weak immune systems indefinite suppression. A drug in clinical trials now, called Nikkomycin Z, gives us hope of curing the disease. Rarely, the treatment may be surgical removal of a localized infection especially when there is life-threatening bleeding.

    Avoid Valley Fever by limiting your exposure to outside dust, especially after periods of rain. People at high risk should try to limit activities such as digging, perhaps even wearing dust masks when out of doors.

    Beware: Valley FeverJohn Eakins

    News from the NASCThe Neighborhood Awareness and Safety Committee

    (NASC) would like serve Corte Bella residents with the following safety reminders:

    Speeding in Corte Bella

    Our recent survey points out that residents view speeding as an issue of concern in Corte Bella. The streets are narrow and we must all exercise extreme caution.

    The speed monitor is moved around to different locations to help us know how fast we are driving.

    Please follow the posted street signs that are 25 miles-per-hour for the future safety of all of our homeowners and visitors.

    tailgating at the Gates

    We have too much tailgating at our gates, primarily the rear gate entrance barrier arms. New signs will be posted to help influence tailgaters not to do so; tailgating costs us thousands of dollars annually.

    Bill Blake, Board Liaison to the NASC Committee

    People who are more likely to develop a severe form of Valley Fever include:

    African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Filipinos, and Native Americans

    Pregnant women, particularly those in their third trimester

    People with weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer, transplants

    Smokers and older people

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  • If your club or interest group would like an event posted on the

    Community Calendar of Events, notify Valerie in the HOA office

    (623 328-5068). All requests are due on the second Monday of

    the month for the following months CB Times. Event postings for

    the April CB Times (includes April 1 May 3 events) will be due on

    Monday, March 10.

    HOA Upcoming Events

    Line DancingSeries 1, 2 & 3: (finished)

    Series 4: Feb. 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25

    Series of 6 classes for $15 or $3.00 per class.

    Class size limited to 25, but walk-ins welcome.

    Series 4 tickets on sale now in Fitness Center

    Landscape and Gardening SeminarPresented by Kevens Landscaping CompanyWednesday, March 5 / 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.Bacara Room

    Free admittance, ticket required

    Tickets available in Fitness Center

    Cooking Demonstration Sold OutFriday, March 7 / 11:30 A.M.Bella Stanza Room

    Cabaret -- Featuring: PizzazzSunday, March 9 / 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.Anacapa (Doors open at 5:30)

    $10 per person

    Tickets available in Fitness Center

    Farmers MarketWednesday, March 12 / 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.Breezeway

    Three International TenorsSunday, March 16 / 7:00 P.M.Santa Barbara Room (Doors open at 6:45)

    $22 per person

    Tickets available at Fitness Center

    Corte Bella MarketplaceSaturday, March 29 / 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.Anacapa Patio and Breezeway

    CB residents wishing to be vendors should contact Monique

    (mmevents@juno.com or 480 585-8639)

    Community Calendar of Events March 2014


    2 3

    96:00 to 8:00 P.M. Cabaret (1)


    167:00 P.M. 3 International Tenors (1)


    23A Toast to Spring Wine Event (3)


    30 31

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  • Social HallAnacapa

    Movement StudioOther

    Event Sponsor1. HOA 2. Anacapa

    3. SOuL 4. Italian-American Club 5. CB Players

    Location of event (subject to change)


    10 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Home Improvement Vendor Fair (1)

    4 51:00 to 4:00 P.M. Landscape and Gardening Seminar (1)

    6 711:30 A.M. Cooking Demonstration (1)7:00 P.M. Mystery Dinner Theater (1 & 5)

    87:00 P.M. Mystery Dinner Theater (1 & 5)

    11 1210:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Farmers Market (1)

    13 14 159:00 to 11:00 A.M. Lecture: CCC/AED Training (1)

    18 19 20 21 22

    25 269:00 to 10:30 A.M. Lecture: When an Emergency Occurs (1)

    27 28TBA Dinner & Dance with DJ and live band (4)

    2910:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Corte Bella Marketplace (1)

    April 1 2 311:30 A.M. Cooking Demonstration (1)

    411:30 A.M.Fashion Show and Luncheon (1)


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  • Corte Bella EventsCCC/AED TrainingSaturday, March 15 / 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Bella Stanza Room Free admittance, ticket required Class size limited to 50 residents Tickets available now in Fitness CenterThe Sun City West Fire Department will present a training class in Continuous Chest Compressions / Automated External Defibrillator to our residents. In addition lock boxes will be available for $50 plus house key.

    When an Emergency Occurs Wednesday, March 26 / 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. Santa Barbara Room Free admittance, ticket required Tickets available now in Fitness CenterThis session by the Sun City West Fire Department will cover such topics as emergency evacuation procedures, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, car seats for grandchildren, and EMT and ambulance information.

    Corte Bella Fashion Show and LuncheonFriday, April 4 / 11:30 A.M. Santa Barbara Room $30 per person Tickets on sale now in Fitness CenterSpring is in the air in Corte Bella, and so its time to update your wardrobe with this seasons hottest new styles. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and watch the ladies of Corte Bella model the latest fashions from Chicos and White House / Black Market.

    CabaretSunday, April 13 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 5:30 Anacapa $10 per person Tickets on sale now in Fitness CenterDust off your dancing shoes and swing to the rhythms of the music. Savor a light dinner from the limited menu while the harmonies surround you. Come to the Cabaret!

    Easter Egg HuntSunday, April 20 / 10 A.M. Grassy area behind Anacapa Ages 10 and under only Free eventThe Easter Bunny will once again visit Corte Bella and scatter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This holiday event is designed for children 10 and under (and their chaperones). Enjoy the excitement as the children dash to gather the eggs. In addition, all children will receive a special individual prize.

    Dont forget to make your reservation for Easter Brunch at the Anacapa.

    Mar. 5 Landscape and Gardening Seminar

    Mar. 7 Cooking Demonstration

    Mar. 7 & 8 Mystery Dinner Theater

    Mar. 9 Cabaret

    Mar. 12 Farmers Market

    Mar. 15 Lecture: CCC/AED Training

    Mar. 16 3 International Tenors

    Mar. 26 Lecture: When an Emergency Occurs

    Mar. 29 Corte Bella Marketplace

    Apr. 3 Cooking Demonstration

    Apr. 4 Fashion Show and Luncheon

    Apr. 9 Farmers Market

    Apr. 13 Cabaret

    Apr. 20 Easter Egg Hunt

    Upcoming Events

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    Music Director/ConductorCal Stewart Kellogg

    Tickets$25 Adult $15 Youth


    Maestros Musical Magic

    Saturday, April 5, 2014Briarwood Country Club, Sun City West

    Tickets $150

    Join us for a delightful evening of Dinner, Silent & Live Auctions,

    Special Performance by "Maestro and Friends" ~Emceed by local

    favorite Dan Reed.

    Mar. 16, 2014 Americans: Here and AbroadGershwin: Cuban Overture, American in ParisGrofe: Grand Canyon SuiteHear the musical impressions an American icon gathered on his journeys. Marvel at the stunning large screen imagery accompanying Grofes brilliant tribute to Arizonas great National Park.

    An Arizona Licensed Investment Adviser&L A R K I NA S S O C I A T E SConcert Sponsored by

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    An Invaluable Resource: A New Center for Health & WellbeingGrand opening Wednesday, March 19 Featuring aging expert Dr. Roger Landry, author of Live Long, Die ShortKeeping with its mission of championing healthy living, Sun Health announces the grand opening of the Center for Health & Wellbeing. Its newest community health program, the Center is a nonprofit resource offering education and support for those who have been diagnosed with chronic heart and lung conditions, diabetes and pre-diabetes or memory impairment.

    The community is invited to the grand opening from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 19 at 14719 W. Grand Ave., across Grand Avenue from Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, and adjacent to Sun Healths corporate headquarters.

    Research shows the average patient spends only eight minutes with their doctor at each visit [New York Times report May 2013.] The Center staff bridges the gap by providing resources to help participants plan their health and wellbeing goals and encouraging their success along the way.

    The Center includes a teaching kitchen, consultation rooms, a massage therapy suite and a community education room. Services include nutrition counseling, fitness evaluation and exercise plan development, medically supervised weight loss, stress reduction programs, medication review and education, support for memory impairment conditions, health education classes, smoking cessation resources and support and referrals to community resources. Clients also have access to Sun Healths comprehensive community education program. Classes are facilitated by health care experts and are hosted at the Center.

    Attendees are invited to tour the 2,200-square-foot Center and meet its dedicated health professionals, including a registered dietitian, a nurse practitioner, an exercise physiologist, certified diabetes specialists, a dementia expert/counselor, and healing practitioners such as massage therapists and acupuncturists.

    The day will include screenings and demonstrations; tours with short presentations from the Center team; and a health fair featuring several Sun Health services and partners such as Sun Health Senior Living, AARP, American Cancer Society, Alzheimers Association, Banner Sun Health Research Institute and other Banner entities, Arizona Living Well Institute, Benevilla, the ASH Line, City of Surprise Fire and Police Departments, American Lung Association and more.

    Additionally, join successful aging expert and founder of nationally recognized Masterpiece Living Dr. Roger Landry at either 10:00 A.M. or 1:00 P.M. His informative presentation features content from his newest book: Live Long, Die Short, a question and answer session, and book signing.

    RSVPs are strongly encouraged for both the event activities and special presentations with Dr. Landry. To register, please call (623) 455-5741 or visit www.sunhealth.org and click on Events/Center for Health & Wellbeing.

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    Ask Agnes: Your Home, Your WayMaybe its not too late to create or re-create your home. Some priorities to consider are: resale, maintenance, comfort, self-expression and budget.

    For the best in resale value, you should chose neutral, classic, easy-to-maintain, quality products. A uniform paint scheme, upgrades in flooring and fixtures are definitely things you would include.

    If ease of maintenance is your goal you would chose durable, hard surfaces, classic and quality products. Hard surface flooring might be a good investment. Less fussy dcor and furnishings will help to keep maintenance to a minimum.

    For comfort you will need comfortable furniture. Counters that are higher, chair-height toilets, custom door hardware might be important. Of course you may use a little self-expression along with comfortable dcor.

    Self-expression really allows you to be more quirky and use more color and more of your likes and dislikes. Go ahead and paint that accent color. Jazz up whatever you want [as long as its reversible think resale]. Put a pool table in your dining room if you want. As long as it works for you its great.

    Following a budget can be achieved by making the best use of all of the above. It make take a little longer to find just the right things in furnishings, but work with what you have, shop continually and make it great! Upgrade as you are able and you will be able to create your home, your way.

    There are many benefits associated with line dancing. Here are a few: Improved balance, flexibility, coordination, and muscle tone

    (as you work through different movements) Reduced stress A great way to meet new friends and socialize Muscle memory (in remembering the steps) Its fun and you hardly notice youre exercising (you can burn

    an average of 250-300 calories in an hour) Confidence grows from trying (perhaps failing) and trying

    again until you get it. Who doesnt feel better when they accomplish something?

    And, as one lady after class said, Line dancing just makes me happy!

    The CB Steppers, Corte Bellas line dancing group, meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Social Hall. Come join us!

    Exercise and Have Fun

    Cindy Buda

  • The first annual Corte Bella Super Bowl Party on February 2 was an unqualified success! What started as a mid-August email suggestion to me from Bert and Roberta Hoffman blossomed into a spectacular event.

    Once the proof of concept was completed in mid-October, the Events Group Volunteers took control and ran with the ball, scoring gains with lots of coordination with Anacapa Restaurants own Dan and Fred, as well as the facilities staff. Emcee Joel Piaskowski (thats Joel for short) kept things moving along and had everybody holding and off sides (or should I say holding sides) with his humor.

    Everyone appreciated the super bowl theme decorations including streamers, football shaped bowls, sports napkins, and our very own Coors Girl. Whats not to like? From the popcorn, pretzels and candies, Thumbs Up/Down and Fuggetaboutit cheering signs, to ten raffle prizes, quarterly football pools, and trivia contests with prizes, a paper football field goal contest, special sports-bar menu and special drinks it was a helluva party!

    I am only sorry that the Hoffmans did not show up dressed as cheerleaders,

    ala-de-Pom-Pom. Well, maybe next year. But for now, a Super thank you for a super event.

    And, oh yes, before I forget the final score: Seahawks: 43, Broncos: 8; Corte Bella: a perfect 100!

    Football Trivia Winner

    Anacapa team serving the fans

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    Free Monthly Trips to Wild Horse Pass Casino

    Every month a group of Corte Bella residents go to Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, AZ. The trip is coordinated by Bill Blake. The trips depart on Mondays because it is Senior Day and players receive extra benefits.

    Our next trip: On Monday, March 10, the coach bus will arrive to the parking lot at the Anacapa Restaurant at approximately 8:00 A.M. and returns at approximately 4:30 P.M. The transportation is free (excluding driver gratuity) and is direct to and from Wild Horse Pass.

    Our monthly flyer is posted under the Resident Sponsored Events page on the Corte Bella website. For more information and registration please contact Bill Blake at (623) 537-7969, or at willieb38@cox.net.

    Its still early!

    Jim Williams

    Touchdown! Corte Bella Wins!

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    On January 18, 2014, the CBTC held a free clinic at the Corte Bella tennis courts. Vince LaRocca, Certified Tennis Professional, was on hand to give his expertise, and Tennis Cabana, a local tennis retail store, provided racquet demos. (Please check out the photo inserts!) The free clinic was a great success with many people showing an interest in learning more about the game or fine-tuning their game. Donna Norton, one of the participants of this fun, free clinic, says: Vince did a fantastic job of providing

    us with easy to use practice methods, understanding the why behind the balls path, and hands on practice with the knowledge being shared. It has been 3 days since the clinic and I am still working on the first thing he suggested would improve our (my) stroke. Thanks for putting on the event!

    At the writing of this report, another free clinic is being planned for February 22, 2014. Jerry Tinsley, a CBTC member and a 4.0 player will be providing his time and talent focusing on forehand and backhand shots.

    As you can see from this article, there is a lot going on at the Corte Bella tennis courts!

    If you live in Corte Bella and are interested in playing some tennis and dont know how to get started, you can bring your racquet to the courts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for some great open tennis! (Times are posted on the bulletin board at the courts, and can change depending on the temperatures.) Everyone is welcome.

    If you feel you would rather take lessons before jumping in, there are several pros in the area who give private or group lessons, and you can contact any board member for that information.

    Corte Bella Tennis ClubEditorial Staff

    As we age, we are more cognizant of our health. Staying active and being fit are ways to maintain our health and wellness. One of the avenues to stay active and fit is to play tennis. Corte Bella Tennis Club (CBTC) is a chartered tennis club which elects a board annually, follows the CC&Rs of Corte Bella, holds tournaments, and has social events. Organized leagues of various skill levels are enjoyed by many players in Corte Bella.

    On January 16, 2014, the Corte Bella Tennis Club had their annual organizational meeting and potluck supper in the Santa Barbara Room at the social hall. Volunteers contributed their favorite soups, salads, and desserts. Social hour was from 5:30-6:00 with supper following. It was a very enjoyable evening for all.

    An election of officers for the year 2014 was held after the supper, and the newly-elected board members information is as follows:

    President, Joel Piaskowskii, 623-594-1307 jpiski6639@gmail.com

    Vice-President, Sam Pechkurow, 330-307-7353 spechkurow@aol.com

    Secretary, Linda Sivakoff, 623-594-8585 briggsli@hotmail.com

    Treasurer, Henry Bleile, 623-594-8925 hbleile@cox.net

    Member-at-Large, Vicki Faaborg, 602-918-0501 v.faaborg@cox.net

    Social Chairperson, Lene Harrier, harrierh@aol.com

    Social Chairperson, Karen Watkins, 623-556-5129 kcwl44@msn.com.

    Dues for 2014 are $15.00. The dues cover the costs of tournaments, social gatherings, and photos of events. All in all, a very reasonable cost for staying active and fit, and for a lot of tennis fun!Hope to see you on the courts!!

    Left to right: Joel Piaskowski, Vicki Faaborg, Linda Sivakoff, Karen Watkins, Lene Harrier, Henry, Bleile, and Sam Pechkurow.

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    Golfings Health Related Tips & BenefitsJeff Stuart, Assistant General Manager, Corte Bella Golf Club

    A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk.

    The total caloric expenditure for an 18-hole round is approximately 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs and 1,300 calories when riding in a cart.

    Since walking is biomechanically more efficient than running, playing an 18-hole round of golf walking is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 to 4-mile run.

    When walking 18-holes of golf, blood glucose levels fall by up to 20% for the young, 10% for the middle-aged, and 30% for the elderly players, and body weight is slightly reduced for all groups.

    Repeated golf practice enhances balance control and confidence among all age ranges.

    Older golfers tend to have better static and dynamic balance control and confidence than non-golfing older, healthy adults.

    Regardless of handicap, sex, or course played, golfers exceed 10,000 steps during a typical round of golf - which meets the guideline for exercise recommended by most medical and clinical physicians.

    Golfing While Dehydrated:

    Dehydration can wreck even the best of games without the player even knowing what is happening. Studies have found that many golfers are commonly dehydrated; we need to understand why so we can best get to the how of solving it for each of them. We found eight common reasons golfers get dehydrated. They are listed here along with solutions for each.

    1. Some do not want to drink because they do not want to be interrupted with frequent trips to the toilet while competing.

    Solution: If your fluids are going in and coming right out, you need electrolytes! Take a good quality electrolyte tablet and water, or electrolyte powder diluted in water before, during and after play. Replacing electrolytes and water will enable your body to effectively balance cellular fluids. You will then remain hydrated, happy, play great and, will not need the frequent bathroom breaks.

    2. Some feel uncomfortable, less athletic, with lots of fluid in their already nervous stomach.

    Solution: Sip your water or electrolyte solution slowly throughout the round. In warmer weather keep a bottle of water or electrolyte solution at hand and remind yourself to sip some on every hole.

    3. Some do not drink because they just do not feel thirsty.

    Solution: By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Same as number 2, sip water every hole even if you are not thirsty. Base your intake more on the current heat index (temperature and humidity) and wind than on thirst.

    4. Some underestimate how much they are perspiring while practicing and playing a round of golf.

    Solution: Weigh yourself before your round and again after, preferably with the same clothes and on the same scale. For every pound you lose, you should plan to compensate by drinking 20 oz. of water preferably with a good electrolyte replacement tablet or solution.

    5. Some have a habit of replacing lost fluids with caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

    Solution: Dont do that! Caffeine and alcohol can further dehydrate. At least drink either in moderation and plan to replace most of your fluids with water or a good electrolyte solution.

    6. Some are a long-time follower of popular medical advice and dutifully avoid salting their foods.

    Solution: Unless you have high blood pressure, heart or kidney disease, or your doctor has put you on a low sodium diet, your body will actually function better if you use a good unprocessed salt on your food. This will naturally help replace electrolytes lost during play. It is generally recommended that you salt your food to taste. That is, salt it until it tastes good to you.

    7. Some players are simply unprepared. For whatever reason, water is not readily available at least every few holes and they did not plan ahead by bringing their own.

    Solution: Try to keep water or an electrolyte solution in your bag if there is any chance that water will not be available to you at some time during the day. Your body will actually like it better if you drink throughout the round rather than just at the beginning and end of the day.

    8. Some do not like the taste of water and prefer to get their fluids from tasty sugary drinks.

    Solution: Sugar and corn syrup (which most sodas and sports drinks are full of) can draw fluids to the intestines and away from the rest of the body, reducing cell function & performance. Sugary drinks are more a habit or addiction than a taste preference. So, if you cannot give them up completely at least drink them in moderation. Maybe make a deal with yourself like I will reward myself with one sugary drink after my round if I drink water or an electrolyte solution during the round.

    Now you know why most golfers get dehydrated. Give yourself an edge by keeping yourself hydrated. You will improve stamina, stay better focused, be more able to manage emotions and best of all; good hydration should lower your scores!

    Please stop by the club, we have resident specials like 10% off in the Pro Shop and a daily rate for hitting a bucket of balls of $15.00. We look forward to seeing you on the course!

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    Pickleball NewsPickleball rocks lets play! I think one of the greatest elements of this game is that it can be played at any level, and, because the court is so much smaller than a tennis court you can get some good exercise, have fun, and spend a lot less time chasing balls.

    As your skill level improves, the game will pick up some pace and points will become longer with more consecutive shots played. If you would like to investigate this sport, maybe just batted the ball around a bit, or never even played before, the Corte Bella Pickleball Club (CBPC) will be sponsoring another clinic for anyone in Corte Bella to attend on Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 P.M.

    Our last clinic was on January 20, and once again, our teachers were met with record attendance. 32 residents signed up to try it out 27 were brand new to the game and 5 came out to practice what they had learned at previous clinics. As of the writing of this article, even our February 23 clinic is booked up. So, if you would like to check out this crazy sport, and arent signed up for the one on the 23rd, we are sponsoring additional clinics on April 27 and May 24. If you would like to join in on the fun, please send an email to Bev Moon at southernmoon@cox.net and come on out!

    As always, well have a few of our more experienced players available to walk through the rules, scoring and strategies, and to demonstrate the four primary shots.

    If youre not quite ready to venture onto the courts, come on by the courts anyhow, our member play times in March and April are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8:00 A.M.; Im sure one of our members would be glad to answer any questions you may have. You can also check out www.usapa.org to better understand the scoring, read about the different types of paddles or watch videos on how the game is played.

    If you would like to watch some of the best pickleball in the country, tournament season continues in March. Youll be able to see some highly skilled 5.0 players or you can support some of our Corte Bella members.

    Palm Creek 11th ANNUAL Pickleball Tournament Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort, Casa Grande, AZ Fri 03/07/14 thru Sun 03/09/14

    4th Annual Fun in the Sun Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Sun City West, AZ Mon 03/10/14 thru Thu 03/13/14

    Robson Ranch 2nd Annual Tournament Robson Ranch, Eloy, AZ Wed 03/19/14 thru Sun 03/23/14

    As a reminder If you would like to reserve an open court, go to http://holdmycourt.com/reserve2/cortebella. The first time you visit the site, youll need to sign in/register and enter your name, email, and a password and phone number. For future reservations, youll enter your email address and password. So, bookmark the above site and join in on this fantastic game.

    If youd like to consider membership in the Corte Bella Pickleball Club, your membership includes: Access to all member play times Ability to participate in ladder play All pickleballs provided for all member play times Name tag with the Corte Bella Pickleball Club logo Invitations to all social events Nonstop fun!

    So, stop by the courts and investigate the sport that is taking the country by storm. Also, please check out our calendar of events posted on the bulletin board next to the courts. Have questions? Send us an email at cortebellapickleballclub@outlook.com

    Hope to see you at the courts!

    John Friesner, President, CB Pickleball Club

  • Youve Got Plans: Free Local Art Festival in SurpriseThe WHAM Art Association is in full swing planning for our 3rd annual, free Art is Alive Arts & Cultural Festival, scheduled for March 29 and 30 this year from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 PM. The location again will be at the Surprise Community Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., behind the public library around the beautiful lake.

    We will be adding a couple more art activities that promise to make our event even more successful. Along with the art booths, 12 local musical and dance performers, Tohono Oodham Nation Dancers (pictured), nationally-known hip-hop dancer dance workshop, art demos, childrens activities, and art for persons with disabilities. We will also be adding a teen skateboard painting event supported by tattoo artists and the Eagles Bikers organization, whereby teens will receive help painting their skateboard decks.

    WHAM is reaching out to many fringe groups that dont get the chance to

    communicate with the public, including a local sign language group that will be performing on stage, signing to music. All in all, were very excited to present this years festival to the West Valley.

    We had over 6,500 attendees in our 2nd annual Art is Alive Festival and expect that number to be over 8,000 this year. We also plan to reach over 1,000,000 homes

    with our advertising through newspapers, magazines, television ads, and various social media channels.

    So, come and join us to celebrate the ARTS. There is still room to get involved as an artist or small business displaying your work.

    For more information about the Art is Alive Festival, or about our Community Art Center please call (480) 823-4120 or Connie Whitlock, founder, at (623) 640-5229.

    * * *

    Founded in 2006 by clay artist Connie Whitlock, the WHAM Art Association (www.wham-art.org) has grown to 150 members working in a range of mediums from paint, clay and glass to concrete, paper and more.

    In addition to supporting and promoting the arts in the West Valley, WHAM projects include many exhibits across the several cities in the West Valley, public art murals, art festivals, art walks and community art classes. The organization also opened an 8,500 square foot community art center formerly a healthcare facility in 2012 with 13 artist studios and gallery and as a venue for art classes and events.

    Our WHAM Community Art Center is located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd., in Surprise and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. The last Saturday of each month is an Art Walk at the building proudly displaying the artwork of its many members.

    Set to perform at the festival, the Tohono Oodham Nation Dancers

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    The ArTs

  • How You See It: Reader Submission Photography

    A Champion of the ArtsCorte Bella resident and lifelong art advocate Dee Callahan is being honored at the 21st Annual Diamond Ball at the Wigman Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ on March 1, 2014.

    Dee is taking home the West Valley Arts Councils Champion of the Arts award after, The selection committee was very impressed with [Dees] accomplishments as an artist and [her] active role as volunteer in several arts organizations including the West Valley Arts Council, WHAM, and the West Valley Art Museum, to name a few.

    Congratulations, Dee.

    Dee is a driving force behind great local programming such as the Art is Alive Festival featured on page 20 in this issue.

    Its true when they say that, An artists work is never done.

    An avid photographer, affable and active Corte Bella resident Theron Mercomes captured several stunning sunrise silhouettes on the morning of January 30, 2014. Set to a fiery backdrop, Corte Bellas beautiful landscapes take no one by surprise.

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    Corte Bella Cooks: Judy Carilli

    Judy Carilli brought these delicious Italian family recipes with her to Corte Bella in 2007. She shared them at many CB events and was asked to teach a cooking class on biscotti. The recipes and cooking class are still talked about today.

    Veal (or Chicken) PiccataIngredients:

    1 LB. of veal, thinly sliced and pounded flat

    1/3 cup of all-purpose flour

    2 Tbsp. olive oil

    2 Tbsp. lemon juice

    1 Tspn. caper (or add to your liking)

    2 Tbsp. white wine

    1/4th cup butter

    2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped

    lemon, sliced

    Salt and paper to taste

    Cooking Instructions:

    1. Put veal, flour, salt and pepper in a ZipLock bag. Shake off the excess.

    2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet until the oil is very hot.

    3. Quickly cook the veal until it is lightly browned on both sides until all the oil is absorbed (about 2 minutes).

    4. Remove the veal, add butter, lemon juice, and wine to the skillet scraping to blend browned residue. Add the capers and parsley, and heat it until the butter melts. Check to see if you need salt and pepper.

    5. Return the veal to the skillet until it is heated thoroughly.

    6. Serve garnished with lemon slices.


    2 cups all purpose flour

    Tsp. baking powder

    Tspn. salt

    cup sugar

    cup butter (1 stick), unsalted, room temperature

    2 large eggs

    1 Tspn. anise seed

    1 Tspn. anise extract

    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Cooking Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Line a heavy, large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl to blend.

    2. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat the eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat until blended.

    3. Add the anise extract and anise seeds and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

    4. Form the dough into 16-inch-long by 3-inch-wide log. Transfer the log to the prepared sheet. Bake until golden brown (about 30 minutes and cool 30 minutes). Do not shut off oven.

    5. Place the log on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into - to -inch thick slices. Arrange the cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies until golden brown (about 15 minutes).

    Editorial Staff

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