Category: January 2022

CCP Dinner Theatre Lights! Sound!

Community Circle Players’ excellent dinner theatre productions rely on the skill of lighting and sound experts. These volunteers—Alex Infald, Denis Greenland, and Mark Albrecht—toil closely with the stage manager to enhance the audience’s theatrical and dining experience. Alex worked backstage in many of the theatres on Broadway before becoming a SaddleBrooke resident and CCP’s technical/lighting director. His…

Writing About a War You Never Experienced

Patti R. Albaugh I wanted to write a story about the Vietnam War from the perspective of the wife whose husband re-enlists to serve as an advisor to South Vietnam troops. Could I really write a story based on the Vietnam War? Authentically? Accurately? Without offending those who fought in, lost someone in, or avoided the…

Winds & Strings Holiday Concert Announcement

How would our holiday celebrations be without music? Pretty boring, humdrum, and dreary! Winds & Strings has the solution! The free Winds & Strings Holiday Concert will take place on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom. Please come and hum, sing, sway, move to the rhythm, and enjoy the music of all the…

Victorian Christmas Event

Looking for a unique and exceptional way to celebrate the holidays? Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm is hosting a special Lavender Victorian Christmas Event on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. Don your best Victorian attire and enjoy a scrumptious holiday dinner complete with the Scottsdale Dickens Carolers performing traditional holiday songs. You will…

Relishing Pickleball: The Serve

David Zapatka Quoting from Pickleball Fundamentals: Master the basics and compete with confidence by Mary Littlewood, when hitting a serve, “contact must be made below the waist, which is defined as level with the navel. Further, International Federation of Pickleball Official Tournament Rulebook rule 4.A1 states the arm ‘must be moving in an upward arc’ and that…

What Type of Home Matches Your Vision of Retirement?

The Paseo Financial Group Often, retirement is a time for significant life transitions. For example, does your current home match your future dreams? Many people use this time to upsize, downsize, or move to a new destination. Focus on Family: If family plays an extensive role in your life, you will need space to accommodate…

Red Cross Blood Drive February 19

Linda Shannon-Hills We need your help! The American Red Cross continues to be short on needed blood. If you can donate, we encourage you to register to donate. The next Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ranch will be on Saturday, Feb. 19, starting at 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The drive will be held…

Demonstration Day Coming

Zann Wilson, Pinal County Master Gardener Join your SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners for a Demonstration Day on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. at SaddleBrooke Ranch. We will show you the best tools, techniques, and products to satisfy a variety of gardening needs. Demonstrations will include: best tools, best container management, frost and…

IJSS Celebrates Chanukah, a New Year, and Tu Bishvat

Finally meeting Rabbi Laura Harari in person and surrounded by friends, the Institute for Judiac Services and Studies (IJSS) celebrated Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Chanukah at the DesertView Theater. The services led by Rabbi Harari were held with an upbeat spirit, joy, and tradition. Sarah Boltt, our cantorial soloist, was in her prime while accompanied…