January 2018 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

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Strategic Planning Implementation Work Group
Next Steps

Progress to Date
The Strategic Planning Implementation Work Group (SPI-WG) has completed its first phase for 2017-18.  As previously discussed in the December Courier, the Work Group completed the interviewing process for architectural/design firms and have forwarded on their recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Following the January Board of Directors meeting, the Board will meet in Executive Session with the selected firm to discuss a contract and scope of work.

Next Steps
Next on the agenda, is planning to address the Creative Arts/Kiln room and the Fitness Center locker rooms needs, which were approved by the Board in July 2017. This planning process will begin with SPI WG members contacting the presidents of the various clubs that have assigned space in the Lodge Complex to identify potential members for resident focus groups.  Meetings will also be held with Department Managers/staff to identify space needs.

There are several other improvements in the Strategic Plan and these will be addressed by the SPI-WG as funds become available through accumulation of the Special Use Fee (SUF) which became effective October 1, 2017.  It is important to realize that the Strategic Plan will take about 8 to 10 years to fully implement as funds will need to accumulate to initiate any construction.  Planning and implementation of the various components of the Strategic Plan may be changed by future Boards or they may be moved forward based on approval by the Board.  Moving forward, individual elements of the Strategic Plan may be dropped or added by future Boards and these actions will also need to be Board approved.

Purpose of Space Utilization Study
The purpose of the space utilization study is to identify how all space is utilized, is the current space being utilized effectively and how/where might additional pockets of space be identified/developed. The space utilization study will evaluate staff work space needs/requirements and identify constraints that impede ordinary productivity/efficiency that impacts assigned work activities. Input and findings received from resident focus groups and department manager/staff will be provided to the architectural/design team to be incorporated into the space utilization study.

Purpose and Role of Resident Focus Groups and Department Managers
The purpose for resident focus groups is to hear realistic specific input about needs in their assigned activities and space. Meetings are anticipated to last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Focus Groups will consist of approximately 10 people to allow for full input. It will be helpful to hear what works, what doesn’t work; what are critical needs for the functions taking place. It will be important to keep in mind that not all ideas may be implemented due to space limitations and that creative ideas for space utilization or reassignment will be discussed. We are encouraging residents to come prepared to discuss such items as safety, storage space, work space, lighting, electrical outlets, fans/ventilation, special utilities, cabinets.  If club members are storing materials in their garages this would also indicate an additional storage need.  Fitness Center focus groups are encouraged to come with ideas for additional spaces/services.  Examples might be massage therapy/body work space, esthetician services, mind/body activities or Pilates on the reformer, various styles of yoga, space for use of free weights, space for stretching. Is there interest in steam/sauna facilities? What new or different equipment are residents looking for? What new/altered facilities might be needed such as an outdoor lap pool and spa. What do residents see 5 years from now?  Please come prepared to prioritize your ideas/needs.

For residents not involved in resident focus groups, you may attend a scheduled SPI-WG meeting and present your specific ideas during the Open Forum portion of the meeting.

Time Line for January through June 2018
January.  Announcement of selected Architectural/Design Firm by the Board following January Board meeting.

February through March (approximate).  Conduct resident focus groups and meet with Departmental Managers/Staff. Collect, coordinate and analyze information received. Update Board.

April.   Meetings with resident focus groups and department managers/staff completed. Present findings to architectural/design firm. Possible clarification meetings with architectural/design firm and focus groups/department managers as needed. Update Board.

March through June (approximate) Space utilization study conducted and completed.  Renderings of outside of front, side and back of Lodge Complex completed. Existing and new/reallocated space design completed.  Reports and renderings sent to Board.

The SPI-WG and Board very much welcomes resident participation in this project.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at arntsonjc@aol.com.

Judy Arstson | Secretary, SCR Board of Directors | arntsonjc@aol.com
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PRO SHOP

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Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org

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Golf Course Update

Spring is on the horizon.  Depending on the weather we will begin cultural activity towards the end of February and the beginning of March with a combination of our solid tine and coring aerification processes. This will be important in regards to getting the courses ready for summer by developing healthy rooting systems.

We will also be testing our soils to see if there are any mineral adjustments needed which we will make during this time. We will be applying gypsum and potassium to balance out the accumulated salts.  Some sod work will also take place where golf cars and maintenance equipment have thinned areas.

Redwood trees will again be receiving deep root fertilizer injections, which continue a program initiated 8 years ago to improve their health.  We are now seeing hints of that improvement this year on most of them.  Usually after a few days of frosty temperatures we see the trees browning out from salt burns, this season so far they have maintained their green needles for the most part.

Landscape
Similar activities will be taking place in the common landscapes in regards to fertility and amendments on our lawns.  There will be a few projects addressing some minor issues in the plant material in several areas throughout the community.  Additional tree work will also take place with pruning focusing on the sycamores. We will also be busy with median landscape work (English Rose and the Pleasant Grove-Sun City entrance).  Some touch up landscaping will also occur around the Lodge and parking lot.  Deep root feedings of the redwoods in the landscape will also take place while the rain can benefit us.

Audubon Report
Our Christmas Bird Count is in and we have identified over 62 bird species and 1339 individual birds.  Thank you to Sun City’s Judy Spitler and her Audubon bird watching group for their efforts during a very cold and frosty morning.

Canadian Geese Patrol
Our members continue to be active with our renegade geese (those geese that don’t migrate) hoping that they find a new home to settle into.  For those of you who are new residents the Goose Patrol (volunteer residents) help us mitigate the Canadian Geese population to prevent flocks from dropping potential disease causing feces and destruction of turf (they feed on grass and over a decade ago numbered over 750 geese on property). The Patrol’s task is making the geese uncomfortable through harassment (federally and state permissible) so that they will migrate as they should.  The Canadian goose has been a perplexing problem across the United States. Our Goose Patrol has been very successful in controlling flocks to a very manageable level.  You can help us by not feeding the geese and supporting their efforts- thank you!  Of note we counted 47 Canadian geese which is a manageable population.

Jim Ferrin | Golf Course Superintendent, Director of Landscapes | ferrinj@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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SparklerYour Activities staff would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for happiness and good health in 2018!  Your Sun City community can certainly offer avenues to both.  Visit Elaine and Gina in the Fitness Center for your health needs.  Let your Activities Department help you with happiness!

We offer a variety of day tours, extended tours and onsite events for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Seats are available on the Wednesday, January 17 San Francisco Presidio/Walt Disney Family Museum day tour. Bus departs at 7:30AM; cost is $95 per person and includes a hosted lunch at the Presidio Café.  All other January day tours are sold out!

020618_MarineMammals_smThere is still time to register for February events.  Thursday, February 1, we’ll visit Graton Resort & Casino. Bus departs at 8:00AM for a four hour stay; cost is $35 per person and includes $10 in slot play and $5 off lunch.  Be sure to visit the Timber Creek Lodge and pick up a flyer for 2018 Casino Day Tours.  Tuesday, February 6 will take us to the Marina Mammal Center & a no-host lunch in Sausalito; bus departs at 8:00AM, cost is $60.00 per person.  Wednesday, February 21 join us in Davis for a visit to the Manetti Shrem Museum and a hosted lunch at the Wildhorse Bar & Grill with beautiful views of the Wildhorse Golf Course; bus departs at 10:30AM, cost is $50.00 per person and includes lunch.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  Treat yourself or someone special to a decadent three-course luncheon, wine tour and wine tasting at the urban winery Revolution Wines located in Sacramento.  You’ll enjoy a fabulous lunch with a menu created especially for Sun City and includes a glass of wine.  Bus departs at 10:45am, cost is $78.00 per person.  Friday, February 16 we’ll host a post-Valentine’s event at Sierra Pines as Capitol Confections, a popular local and family-owned chocolatier, offers a special presentation and a tasting of both milk chocolate and dark chocolate with a few items to dip in their kettles.

050618_MysterTour_smRegistration is currently open for the Monterey Whale Watching Tour scheduled for March 6-8, 2018. Flyers are available in the Association News Bulletin Board. Flyers are also available for the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka, April 5-8, 2018 and the popular Grand Mystery Tour, May 6-11, 2018.  Please note the registration dates!  Should you have an interest in a payment plan, please contact Sharon Mowry, Activities Director.

If you have not picked up your 2018 Membership Directory & Community Guide yet, please stop in at the Activities Desk with your activity card to get your directory. In addition to resident listings, the directory is also a good source for contact information for Association staff, the Pro Shop, Fitness Center, and Timbers at the Lodge Restaurant, your Sun City Foundation, Sunshine Services and more!  Please be sure to support the advertisers in both the Membership Directory and the Village Courier.  These are well-established businesses, and the majority is familiar with and does business in our community on a regular basis.

Happy New Year!

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Welcome to another year of staying fit in your Fitness Center! As you join in the fun, please remember the following rules:

  • The rule regarding wiping down equipment is stated as such: If you leave moisture on the equipment, please clean it with the wipes located throughout the facility.
  • To prevent illness, consider wiping down the equipment before you use it.
  • There are no free group exercise classes in the aerobics room. If you’d like to take a class, please purchase a $3 ticket from the front desk or a book of 20 tickets for $45.
  • Secure your personal items in a locker. The Fitness Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • There is a 30 minute limit on the bikes, treadmills, Nu-steps, and ellipticals when others are waiting. If you’d like to go beyond 30 minutes, please be courteous and make sure no one is waiting. If you are waiting for a machine, indicated it on the appropriate dry erase board as well as what machine you are waiting for.

If you’ve never used the facility before, sign up for an orientation at our front desk.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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Residential Security – Part Ten of a Series

The When You Are Home Component, Con’t

Solicitors and Scammers

You do have a No Soliciting sign, right?  If not, pick one up at our office or in our slot on the wall outside Activities.

The best policy is to never buy anything from someone going door to door.  The list of inferior products and workmanship, and scams, is endless, and too voluminous to offer examples here.

Here is the law, from the Roseville municipal code, on solicitors:  The Constitution protects religion, the press and politicos, but solicitors must:

  • pay for a permit
  • carry it when they go door to door
  • present it upon your request
  • cease soliciting during hours of darkness
  • not attempt contact if you display a No Soliciting sign

So, if your challenge questions give you confidence that the caller is truly and merely a solicitor, but he is in violation of any part of the above code, call the police.  This would be the one situation for which you would use the non-emergency number, 774-5000.

Bonus Tip:   Familiarize yourself with 774-5000.  Call and listen to the recorded prompts—just hang up before they answer.  This exercise will reveal how to get right through to the dispatchers, which is:

  • as soon as the recording answers, press one
  • as soon as the next recording comes on, press two

If, however, your challenge questions lead you to suspect the “solicitor” is a burglar using the solicitor ruse, calling 911 would be appropriate. 

When You Are Outside

A good rule of thumb is to keep locked any doors or windows you cannot see from wherever you are in the yard.  Commonly, that means the front facing windows and doors, including the garage doors, when you are socializing or horticulturing in the back yard.  You are correct—that is not a word.

There is an M. O., (that’s “method of operation” for those of you who do not read crime novels) known as Green Thumb Burglary.  When burglars see you working in the yard, they assume no one is in the house, and know they will likely find an unlocked door or window.  If they can slip past you unseen, they will try to go into your home, and commonly find unlocked doors and windows.  Sure, that is chancy on their part, but it is an M. O. common enough to have its own name.

If you are in the front yard, chat with your neighbors as they come and go, and keep an eye on their homes.  Watch passing cars, and waive at folks you know.  Your neighbors will be much more willing to help you, or keep an eye on your home, if you are friendly and engaging, than if you are a stick-in-the-mud.  Please remember that neighbors are the most important component of residential security.

I refer you back to the previous mentions about carrying a phone or car keys when you are in the yard for the purpose of summoning help.

When You Are Inside 

When you retire in the evening, think about the security measures you have adopted.  Double check whatever measures you think that you, or your housemate, have taken.  Two people ensuring that locks are locked is better than neither ensuring that locks are locked.  Mention it to each other.  Every evening.

When you arise, review those measures to determine if you forgot anything when you retired the previous evening.  Car keys on the night stand?  Stick in the slider track?  And so on.  If you did forget, mention it to your housemate.

As you go about your day, keep security measures in mind, such as having locks in place at the end of the house you are not in.

Again, security is a mindset.  Daily review should be your habit.

If you have health or physical deficits, consider setting signals for which your neighbors can watch.  For example, if your blinds are not opened, or your porch lights not turned off by, say 9:00 am, your neighbors can call to see if you need help.  If you have your health, but a neighbor does not, open a discussion about setting up such signals.

In the next issue, I will offer tips for when you are away.

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Dire77ctor, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

Happy New Year! I decided that after the holidays with family and friends, January feels like one big long Monday. Its only saving grace it that it’s cold. (Just think of those endless hot summer days and you’ll appreciate these precious cold, foggy days!)

Last month, I pointed out that we now have a Resident Safety section in the Resident Website. I updated the banner to include important phone numbers. These are the same phone numbers that are in every issue of the eCourier in the Neighborhood Watch section. Here is what the new banner looks like:

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If you haven’t checked out this section yet, it is located under Resources or use the shortcut button on the homepage.

Resident Website Workshop
Mark your calendar! The next Resident Website Workshop is Tuesday, March 13, 1:30-2:30. Class size is limited to 10 and fills up quickly. Sign up starts at the February Courier Days.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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December 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

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It’s hard to believe the year is almost over.  As we get older, time just seems to fly by.  Already we are talking about the 2018/19 Budget.  One of the important issues for this coming year’s Budget is how to slow our Golf revenue losses.  Since the beginning of November, we have had a Golf Revenue Work Group considering a six-point proposal by our Head Golf Professional Derek Zachman directed at improving our Golf revenue over the next fiscal year.  We have been making good progress with lively discussions and should conclude our efforts and Board recommendations on improving Golf revenue at our 12/19/17, 2:30 PM Work Group meeting in the Card room.  All are invited.

Progress on resolving our Lounge Noise Mitigation problem has been slowed by the delayed delivery of the fabric acoustical panels to be placed around the nine circular lights in the Lounge area.  This has caused a cancellation of our 12/15/17 meeting.  As of now, we are planning on meeting 12/22/17, 9:00 AM in the Poker room to review the panel installation and the second set of noise measurements by Bollard Acoustic Consultants.  Based on these results, we will discuss what additional actions need to be taken.  Please plan on attending.

Volunteer pictureBoth of these Work Groups and others could not function without the support of our resident volunteers.  Please consider what you can do in the 2018 to actively participate in our Association activities.

Finally, BEST WISHES for a safe and happy holiday and New Year.

John Raniseski | Director, SCR Board of Directors | Raniseski@aol.com
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PRO SHOP

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The Pro Shop staff at both Timber Creek and Sierra Pines would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Seasonal Spectacular Sale! We look forward to that event every year, and this year was a huge success! The night was filled with wine, cheese, laughs and massive sales! We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

Christmas is here! It’s that time of the year again filled with family, good food, traffic, and the confusion of what to buy your friends and family. Timber Creek is making your shopping experience a lot easier by offering every golfers favorite items! Pick up a dozen Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1 X’s for only $39.99! You can even get them personalized for free! If someone you know would like to play the Best Golf Course in Sacramento, purchase them Timber Creek’s Gift of Golf. Get 5 rounds with cart at Timber Creek for only $200!! We hope everyone enjoys this Christmas season, and we’ll see you in 2018!

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org

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Golf Course Update

Both golf courses are closed on Christmas Day.

Happy Holidays to everyone and best wishes for a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year in 2018.

It is winter and we are experiencing frost delays on a weekly basis.  Please be cognizant of cool and clear weather in the 30’s as it usually will mean a frost delay that morning of anywhere from 2-3 hours until the turf can thaw.  We appreciate your patience during these delays.

Winter projects will involve some drainage installations and some turf improvement around green banks.  We are removing spongy areas and replacing it with hydro-seeded turf to firm up those areas.  We have begun on the Pines and this work will carry onto Timber Creek as well.

Unfortunately with the dry weather we have to irrigate once a week and this has led to continued pipe leaks and breaks.  Many of you know already that this was a bad year for lateral pipe repairs now numbering over 110.  They are usually at a glue weld joint, or at a 90 degree fitting. These failures are at a 65% increase over previous years and have signaled that we have to start looking at our options.  I will update the community later on this problem and challenge.

On a happier note we have begun hydro seeding wildflowers.  This year we are being somewhat conservative doing plantings at School House Park where we will look at our technique and rates as a model to do more in the years to come if we are successful..  The wildflowers are a California native mixture and are should attract birds and pollinators to those areas.  Since they are being planted in non-irrigated areas we need a bit of rain to enable them to germinate this spring.  Hopefully we will see rain soon in our area.

Thanks from all our staff members for your encouragement and support in 2017.  We look forward to great things in 2018

Jim Ferrin | Golf Course Superintendent, Director of Landscapes | ferrinj@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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It’s a wonderful time of the year in Sun City with the beautiful holiday décor and celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.  Your Activities Department wishes you happy holidays filled with family, friends, good food and good cheer.

PetCalendarAdIf you’re still looking for that last minute gift, 2018 Top Critter Calendars are available in the Fitness Center, the Pro Shop and the Activities Desk.  It’s a great gift idea for $10.00; proceeds benefit the Association and the SPCA.

122017_GolfCartParadeAndSanta_smWednesday, December 20 is the Holiday Golf Cart Parade & Santa Visit. Santa will be in the Timber Creek Lodge lobby from 3:30-5:00PM along with Charlie Kidd providing us with traditional holiday music.  Stop in for a visit, bring the family and celebrate the season in the Lodge.  The parade will depart at 5:00PM from the Tennis Courts.  It’s not too late to join in on the fun!  If you’d like to be a parade spectator, please review the parade route on the back of the flyer.  Special thanks to residents Jan Colyer, Donna Barr and Dina Jackson who have worked so hard to bring this to the community!

This holiday season we enjoyed a variety of day tours.  Thursday, November 30 was a fun trip as two busses headed to San Francisco for our annual Holidays in the City Shopping Tour. Over 45 residents traveled to San Francisco Sunday, December 10 for the Holiday Beach Blanket Babylon Show and a hosted dinner. Many residents opted to visit the Duarte Nursery in hopes of finding that perfect poinsettia for the holiday season. We wrapped up the holiday season on Wednesday, December 13 with over 50 residents enjoying Victorian Christmas in the quaint, little town of Nevada City.

Soon enough we’ll turn the calendar to 2018!  Courier Days will be Tuesday, January 2 through Thursday, January 4.  This year, the 2018 Community Directory and Membership Guide will be distributed at the Courier table January 2,3 & 4 from 7:30AM-4:00PM. Beginning Friday, January 5 your Membership Directory  may be picked up at the Activities Desk during regular desk hours.  Please be sure to show your Activity Card and one copy per household please.

010818_ssBeneathScarletSky_smRegistration is currently open for January tours and onsite events. If you prefer to stay close to home, take advantage of the variety of events offered in the Timber Creek Lodge.  Monday, January 8 is the Foundation sponsored Speaker Series with Mike Lella, presenting the story of his father Pino in the Amazon best-seller “Beneath a Scarlet Sky.”  The Roseville Community Concert Band makes a return as they perform their great music to Harold Lloyd’s 1923 classic comedy, Safety Last! Monday, January 22.   Friday, January 26 we’ll welcome comedians Brad Bonar and Jack Gallagher in the Timber Creek Ballroom from 7:00-9:00PM.

010718_SomethingRotten_smIf you prefer to get out and enjoy a day tour, we have a few tickets left for Broadway Sacramento, “Something Rotten!” on Sunday, January 7. Tickets are $96.00 per person; bus departs at 12:45PM. Monday, January 8 we’ll make our annual trek to the Esquire IMAX Theater for a double feature, National Parks Adventure 3D and brand new, Amazon Adventure 3D. Tickets are $68.00 per person and include a hosted lunch at the Monk’s Cellar located in Roseville.  Bus departs at 9:00AM. Wednesday, January 17, join us for a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum, a bus tour of the San Francisco Presidio and a hosted lunch at the Presidio Café.  Cost is $95.00 per person; bus departs at 7:30AM. Please be sure to visit the Village Courier, also located on the resident website, for details and information on additional January day tours.

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Look for information on the Courier Table January 2 for the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka, April 5-8, 2018 and the popular Grand Mystery Tour, May 6-11, 2018.

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Do your shopping in the Fitness Center this year!

Here are great gift ideas:

  • The best part of waking up is a coffee card in your pocket! Delicious Peet’s coffee is just $1.50 in the Fitness Center. You can purchase a punch card for 10 coffees for $15.
  • Aerobics class tickets are $45 for 20 classes. A class ticket booklet is a great gift for the group exercise lover in your household.
  • Stay warm with a fleece jacket. We have both men’s and women’s jackets with our embroidered logo in many colors.
  • Have her snooze soundly in a sleep shirt! We have some adorable designs and they can also be used as a swim suit cover up.
  • Need something small and simple? We have magnets, bookmarks, and notepads!
  • Gift certificates are available in the Administration Office for massages or personal training. Brochures with descriptions of services are on your resident website.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

HandsandlittlehouseResidential Security – Part Nine of a Series

Editorial Comment

This is eighth issue of this series, so this is probably a good time to restate that I am not trying to scare you, but, rather to prepare you, and to persuade you, to actively, and habitually, think about safety and security.

If you think ahead to potential situations that may occur, you can develop plans of action.  You can take preventive measures, such as bolstering security of doors and windows, coordinating with neighbors, and so on, as described here in prior issues.  (Back issues can be found on the SCRCA web site.  Click the Sun City Roseville tab near the top & then the eCourier link.)

You never want a first occurrence of anything problematic to come as a surprise—to be something you never even considered—and thus to be an incident you know not how to handle.  When it comes to safety, ignorance is rarely bliss.

It is also called situational awareness.  The reason you look both ways before you cross the street is that you don’t want screeching tires and a blaring horn to be your first indication that you are walking into the path of a car.  Rather, you have learned about pedestrian safety, and remember it—every time you approach a street.

You look both ways.  You consider wearing reflective clothing at night, and so on.  You teach it to your kids and grandkids.  When you read about an auto-pedestrian accident, you wonder how it could have happened, and whether the pedestrian could have been more careful.

That is what this is all about—a mindset of carefulness applied to residential security, which incorporates personal safety.

The When You Are Home Component

Answering the Door

First and foremost, do not hesitate to call 911 if you suspect the person coming to your door is not someone you want in your house.  More on that below, but I want to make the point:  Calling the police is never the wrong thing to do.

Second, people who ring your doorbell can range from folks you know to burglars, or worse.  Make it your practice, your habit, to always determine who they are before you open the door.

Many Sun City homes have windows on the front porch which allow you to look out to see if you recognize the caller(s).  Peep holes provide the same benefit.  A real benefit of an iron security door is that it allows you to open the regular door while keeping callers outside.

If they are not anyone you know, challenge them as to who they are and what they want.  If it is an hour of darkness, be sure to have the porch light on, and tell them to stand in the light so you can see them.  See additional comments below regarding late night callers.

Bonus Tip:  Tell yourself what they look like, especially clothing type and colors.  If you call the police, the dispatcher will ask you for a description.

If you do not like the answers they give, indicate to them that you are not alone, whether that is true or not.  One good way is to holler out a man’s name, even if you are a man.  A knucklehead would much rather deal with a single female than a male, or two males.  You can bellow, “Henry, get the shotgun.  This jerk is up to no good” or “George, call 911.  This guy is some kind of crook”.

You might be thinking that you would be embarrassed if you took such measures and the caller turned out to be someone you know.  That will rarely be the case, because those folks will recognize your security concerns and identify themselves at the onset.

Never worry about what anyone says about your safety measures and concerns.  If they object, then they are feeling, rather than thinking, and there is a big difference.  You just keep on thinking.

Thieves, Generally

Keep in mind that most burglars operate during the day light hours, but regardless of the hour, they often check to see if anyone is home by going to the front door and ringing the bell.

When you challenge them, they often offer some:

  • excuse, such as they are looking for their lost dog, or
  • apology, such as they have the wrong house, or
  • ruse, such as they are merely solicitors

When they leave, call 911.  They may go to one if your neighbors next.  Remember the Bonus Tip above.  If you can safely watch them to see where they go, or to what type of car or bicycle they have, it will help.

Late Night Doorbell Ringers

Although some of the following could easily apply callers during daylight hours, there are specific circumstances when people come to your door late at night.  Immediately call 911.  Really?  Yes, really.

Here are some of the reasons why people would ring your bell at a late hour:

  • They are hurt, or may be a crime victim, or their car broke down
  • They are lost, disoriented or confused
  • They are thieves trying to determine if you are home
  • They are home-invasion robbers who will try to force their way inside

What do all these reasons have in common?  They are all reasons to call 911 !! 

Then, as you talk to the dispatcher, it can be determined whether you should let the bell ringer know that you are home.  Generally, that will be a good idea, but let the dispatcher help you decide.  The dispatcher will know many things you cannot know, such as how far away the cops are, whether your neighbors have also called, whether similar events have recently occurred, and so on.

So, whether you see anyone on not, if your doorbell rings late at night, someone rang it, and that is all the reason you need to call the cops.

Then, if you have elected to let the bell ringer know you are home, you can challenge him.  If it turns out to be someone you know, you can simply so inform the dispatcher, who will cancel the call.  All of that will take only about a minute, and the dispatcher will not mind.

In fact, the dispatcher will be of the mind that you did exactly the right thing by erring on the side of caution.  When you call 911, one minute is critical in for real urgency, but more than an acceptable use of police time for facilitating your acting with due caution when the circumstance turned out to be okay.

If You See No One

Regardless of the hour, if, when you get to the door and cannot see anyone, consider that the doorbell ringer may have just left a package.  That is how delivery drivers are supposed to operate, to allow you to promptly bring in the package so as to thwart porch pirates.  Use windows or peep holes to look for a package and/or the delivery truck.  Only open the door to look if you have an iron security door.

If you see no package, do not assume whomever rang the bell is now gone.  Holler through the window or door to challenge them.  If they do not respond, immediately grab a phone, and then ensure that rear and garage doors into your living quarters are locked.  Keep your eyes and ears open to those areas, and immediately call 911 if you see or hear anyone.  Again, the doorbell ringer may be a thief trying to determine whether you are home.

Bonus Tip:  As explained in earlier issues, it is good idea to always keep all the doors, especially the one between the yard and garage, secure, whether or not you are home.

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Next time I will discuss solicitors and scammers who come to your door, and crime prevention measures and personal safety when you are in your yard, and when you are inside your home.

You likely will be reading this in mid-December.   Please remember all the holiday safety tips you read year after year.  It is all about situational awareness at the mall, but don’t forget porch pirates will have more packages to steal.

Best wishes for a joy and blessings filled holiday season from Linda, Karen & I.

 

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

Greetings! As we close out the year, it’s always a time of reflection as well as looking forward to the new year. Our Website Workshop continues to be full and the Resident Website continues to get better.

The most recent addition to the Resident Website is the Resident Safety section located under Resources. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like:

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The opening page currently has an update from the board. The first button links to the Roseville Police Department. The second button shows the Safety First News article put out by the Roseville PD. The third button links to current Roseville traffic projects and the fourth button links to any new safety laws. Click on the screenshot to open the page. If you need a log in and password, feel free to email me and I can get you set up.

Save the Date!
Our next Website Workshop will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018. This is a fun, one hour class that goes over how to log in and navigate all the information on the Resident Website. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at everything available at your fingertips! Look for sign ups in February during Courier Days.

Praying all of you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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November 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News | Association News

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

lobbyWe are off to another good year financially here in Sun City Roseville. We are already doing better than budget after the first two months of the fiscal year. We continue to portray our financial strength not only through beating budget year to date but also through our reserves being virtually fully funded. You can be very proud of our fiscal accomplishments. All this is done while providing our residents with an active adult lifestyle in a beautiful environment.

Although we are just two months into the 2017-2018 fiscal year as I am writing this article, it is time to initiate the budget process for 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Developing the budget is one of the association Finance Committee’s and Board’s most important responsibilities. Many people are involved in this process including residents, staff, clubs, committees, and the Board of Directors.

The first step begins on November 21 at 1:00 PM when the finance committee will meet to hold the Long Range Planning and Budget Objectives Meeting. The goal of this meeting will be to take a look at a long-range forecast for the association 5 years out. What are the trends? What will happen to inflation? What will the association projects be in these years? This will include the economic environment, as well as, association needs submitted by clubs and committees. In addition the finance committee will establish in words the specific budget objectives by department for 2018 – 2019, i.e. activities, golf, fitness, food and beverage etc. This meeting is open to all Sun City residents. I hope you will join us as we kick off the financial process for 2018-2019.

Corinne R. Rose | Treasurer, SCR Board of Directors | crrpok@yahoo.com
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PRO SHOP

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Timber Creek Golfers! November is a special month at Timber Creek! Along with Thanksgiving, we have our Seasonal Spectacular. On November 29th from 5pm until 8pm, at the Timber Creek Pro Shop, we have our annual super sale event! We will be serving complimentary wine and cheese before and during the event! Now is the time to purchase all of your golfing wish list items! Save anywhere from 15 to 40%, and participate in our live auction that takes place during the sale! We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to purchase our Gift of Golf Promotion! The Gift of Golf is $200, and is 5 rounds of golf with cart. That is a $40 per round value with no weekend co pay. Purchase in the Timber Creek Pro Shop while supplies last.

Timber Creek and Sierra Pines will be hosting a Thanksgiving day shotgun at 9am. Reserve your spot by calling either pro shop 8 days in advance starting at 4:30!

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org

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Happy Thanksgiving

Golf Course Update

We have almost completed overseeding on all 27 holes and the driving range tee.  The Pines was done first and the new perennial ryes have come up and are maturing very well.  The Lakes and Oaks will take a bit longer due to cooler days and cooler soil temperatures.  We will also be going back into treated areas that were impacted by summer sedge grasses (nutgrass and Kyllinga).  These areas have browned out and we will be seeding and topdressing them.  We will be encouraging the maturation of our new perennial ryes with additional fertility.  Irrigation leaks are still plaguing us.  Since May we have repaired over 105 2” lateral lines that run to our sprinklers.  This is an alarming trend where lateral leaks have averaged near 70 since 2014.  The Golf Committee and Properties Committee will be involved in looking at the issue and the possible solutions going forward with the assistance of an irrigation consultant.  The Golf Committee will also be looking at a plant to reduce turf on Timber Creek to assist in offsetting the rising costs of reclaimed water.  Since 2014 it’s gone up $100,000.

The Goose Patrol has done a wonderful job of herding the Geese and getting them to migrate this year.  Populations of migratory geese and renegade geese (geese who want to make SCRCA a home permanently) have been greatly reduced benefiting the health of the community and minimizing the damage they do.  Thank you Goose Patrol members!

Landscape Update

Annual flowers have been installed just in time for the holidays and are maturing well.  Staff has completed a few small renovation projects on the medians on Del Webb and at the Fitness Center.  We will be busy during the winter months picking up leaf drop, trimming trees, and spot replacing plants that didn’t make it through the tough summer.  We also have work scheduled in the drainage channels of the open space, and beginning wild flower installation, which will be a test case this year to see how successful we can be.  The Landscape Committee will also be studying the replacement of plantings in the parking lot medians at the Timber’s Lodge.  The project will be headed by George Porter.  Now that we have a break in the heat we will be able to get to your Residential Concerns in a more timely fashion.

I would publicly like to give thanks to my hard working staff.  Considering the challenge this summer brought us they have done a great job in bringing everything back into the shape and appearance that we expect.  Thank them personally when you get a chance.

Jim Ferrin | Golf Course Superintendent, Director of Landscapes | ferrinj@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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The season to celebrate and be thankful has arrived and with this comes your holiday favorites… turkey, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more!  Your Activities Department can offer you a solution to enjoy the goodies and keep good health in mind too. Register for a variety of day trips, enjoy a day out, breathe the fresh air and you’ll be guaranteed to take a few extra steps!

PetCalendarAdThe 2018 Top Critter Calendars are available in the Fitness Center and at the Activities Monitor Desk for $10.00 It’s a great gift idea! Proceeds benefit the Association and the SPCA.

We have just a few seats left for the annual Holidays in the City Tour on Thursday, November 30.  We’ll descend upon San Francisco & Union Square for the most festive time of the year!  Cost is $45.00 per person; bus departs at 7:30AM.

Tuesday, December 12 we’ll visit the Duarte Nursey and McHenry Mansion. We’ll be greeted with cookies and hot cider upon our arrival at the nursery and an opportunity to choose our holiday poinsettias with over 30 varieties and colors! We’ll enjoy a hosted lunch and a docent led tour of one of Modesto’s treasures, the McHenry Mansion.  Cost is $65.00 per person; bus departs at 8:00AM.

121517_SekaHillsMatchBook_smFriday, December 14 is a tour of Seka Hills and Matchbook Wines. It’s a great opportunity to finish you your holiday shopping with some unique gifts for those hard-to-buy family & friends!  Tour includes a hosted lunch buffet at Seka Hills.  Cost is $78.00 per person; bus departs at 10:00AM.

A big shout out to residents who joined us for a “Mix & Mingle” event October 30.  I hope you enjoyed the treats, learned more about travel with your Activities Department, and perhaps even met some new travel friends!  Look for these events on a quarterly basis in the Timber Creek Lodge. We provided an update on our 2017/2018 travel plans which include:

A Holiday Reno Overnight scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017.  Enjoy an easy jaunt over the hill, enjoy some casino time, a great dinner buffet and tickets for the Christmas Extravaganza. The bus is filling quickly – registration is open until December 4.

030618_MontereyBayTourDue to a show cancellation and other factors, the February Snow Train Tour (Reno, NV) scheduled for February 20-22, 2018 has been cancelled.  We’ll try again in 2019!

The Monterey Whale Watching Tour is scheduled for March 6-8, 2018. Flyers are available in the Association News Bulletin Board. Registration opens Friday, December 8.

Look for information after the first of the year for the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka, April 5-8, 2018 and the popular Mystery Tour, May 6-11, 2018.

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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The Interior Component, Continued

NOTE:  The Roseville Police Department has a voluntary registration program for any residential camera system.  The concept is that, should a crime occur in a given area, they would have a roster of cameras that may have captured images to help identify suspects.  Please keep this in mind, especially if you place cameras which view the street.

Cameras Not Associated with Residential Alarms

Last month, I said that I would begin here with cameras associated with alarms, but, there are, of course, stand-alone camera systems.  You will find them as you research security measures which are a fit for your lifestyle.   Recommendations concerning deployment are essentially the same as for systems associated with alarms.

Cameras Associated with Residential Alarms

Ever developing technological advances can easily render whatever I write about various alarm types and features obsolete before the ink is dry.  That includes their camera systems.  Like alarms, however, cameras fall into the categories of covert and recognizable.

When considering an alarm system, if you lean toward prevention, then you want to make any alarm system obvious to passersby.  You will want to plant an alarm company sign in the front yard and display window stickers.  It follows, then, that if you also opt for cameras, then you want them to be noticeable, as well.

Covert alarm and camera systems are intended to try to catch bad guys, versus deter them, and thus I am not a fan.  Prevention is the better choice for most Sun City residents.

That said, many systems provide alerts to your phone or tablet, which allow you to remotely view activity, and call the police as necessary.  That is not an entirely bad idea, because you have a high degree of control, whether you are home or away—provided, however, that such a concept fits your lifestyle, in that you will always be available to receive, and properly react to, such alerts.

Also, while some of those alarms and cameras are covert, some become well known through marketing and advertising, such as the doorbell type, making thieves aware, and allowing them to develop counter measures.

To repeat, do your research on both alarm systems and cameras to find a fit for your lifestyle.

Areas of Coverage—Exterior

Obviously, the purpose of exterior cameras is to capture the image of anyone coming up to, or going around, your home.  You can typically rely on sales agents to have experience and training concerning placement and coverage, but if you opt for a self-installation, here are some considerations:

  • Front: The areas to cover include the driveway and front door area.  On the driveway, at a corner on the eaves will generally suffice.  Consider placement at the end of the porch to watch activity on the porch, as well as at the front door to capture the path to and from the front door.
  • Side: Generally, the gate side of your house is the more important to cover, but if you have no fences, consider coverage on both sides.  Of course, the door into the garage is something you want to cover.
  • Rear: Entrances are the most important part to cover, usually the rear slider, but some of us have other doors into enclosed patios.  If you have no fence, consider wide coverage of all areas of approach.

Areas of Coverage—Interior

You may well be thinking. “Wait, if I have a recognizable alarm system, and recognizable exterior cameras, do I really need interior cameras?”  And you are correct.  Interior cameras are not needed if you succeeded in keeping the intruder from entering.

That said, you may desire interior cameras for a variety of reasons, such as to work with a system that alerts you remotely.  And, there is that rare thief who boldly breaks in knowing he will set off the alarm, hoping to quickly find something to steal, and to flee before anyone can respond to deter him.

Further, there are covert cameras, some of which come with alarm systems, designed to watch the activity of people in your home, whether or not they are intruders. “Baby Sitter” cameras can be concealed inside teddy bears or false books, and placed to watch repairmen, housekeepers, and caregivers.  Placement may also follow concerns over possible elder abuse, including financial abuse.  (Please read my December Courier article.)

Generally, interior cameras may be covert or recognizable, and placement considerations should include entrances, so that you capture the image of the intruder coming in, as well as areas where you have the stuff commonly sought by them.

Next month, I will address concepts for safety when you are home.  Before that, though, please remember all the holiday safety tips you read year after year.  It is all about situational awareness at the mall, but don’t forget porch pirates will have more packages to steal.

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

BearMountainBridgeThe December Website Workshop is full! Be on the lookout for classes in 2018. We do them quarterly so the first one will be some time in March.

We are always striving to make our Resident Website a better experience for you. If you have any comments or suggestions, or just want to hang out with us, come to our website meeting. We meet the first Wednesday of every month (except December) at 9:00 am in the Aspen room. Meetings only last an hour and is open to all residents.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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ASSOCIATION NOTICES

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Service Animals

You may have noticed an increase in dogs in the Timber Creek Lodge and the Timbers at the Lodge Restaurant & Bar. If you are wondering if dogs are welcome, the answer is yes…and no.

According to California Law, persons with disabilities may bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places.

What is a service animal?  Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  Service animals are working dogs, not pets. Tasks might include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, or pulling a wheelchair.  A service dog has been trained to provide a service directly related to the person’s disability. Psychiatric service dogs are individually trained to help a person with a mental disability with specific requirements and are considered a service dog.  Note that both service dogs and psychiatric service dogs are referred to as “trained” dogs.

Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not service animals as they are not trained to perform specific acts, and therefore, under Title II and Title II of the ADA (American Disabilities Act) do not have the same rights as service animals.

In many situations, it is apparent a dog is a service animal.  If it is not obvious, the SCRCA staff does have a right to ask.  Under the ADA, staff may ask two questions:  Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? And, what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? A service animal owner should be able to simply answer these two questions and that is all that is required of the service animal owner.

Owners beware as there is a hefty price to pay for fraudulent representation.  “Any person who knowingly and fraudulently represents himself or herself, through verbal or written notice, to be the owner or trainer of any canine licensed/qualified/identified as a guide, signal, or service dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 6 months, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both by both fine and imprisonment.” (Penal Code 365.7-https://www.animallaw.info/statues/stusca_civil_54_55_2.htm#s365_7)

A few items that pertain to Sun City, are service animals allowed to be seated on chairs or allowed to be fed at the table in the restaurant?  No, the ADA gives a person with a disability the right to be accompanied by his or her service animal, but not sit or be fed at the table.  Are service animals allowed in the pool? No, but they may be on the pool deck.

It is also important to note, a service animal may be excluded from public property when the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

As a friendly reminder, all owners, residents and guests with pets other than service animals are not allowed inside the Timber Creek Lodge or any other Association owned indoor/outdoor facility or common area.

Per the Sun City Roseville Association Rules Part A, Section 1.04.Pets

(a) Permitted Areas: Pets may be walked on streets, sidewalks and Common Area pathways and parking lots if maintained and controlled on a leash per Roseville City Ordinance 7.12.010.

(b) Non Permitted Areas: Pets are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor facility or Common Area, except for a service animal.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, State of California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, USA Service Dog Registration.


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October 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News | Catering

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

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VOLUNTEERS ~ A Gift To The Community

What makes Sun City Roseville the Premier Active Adult Community in Northern California?  Its beautiful landscaping and Golf course? The many Amenities and Activities? It is also the many volunteers that give so generously of their time and talents. Our volunteers are an important part to the success of our Community and Association. Please help to meet the ever changing needs of Sun City Roseville. You can make a difference!

Now is the time to start looking for a committee you might like to join. Attend one of the ten committee meetings to find out which one is a fit for your expertise and skills.

What are the benefits for you?  Here are just a few.

  • Using your skills
  • Very rewarding
  • Giving back to your community
  • Social aspect – meeting new people
  • Volunteer Appreciation lunch in June

By being involved you are able to be informed and know what is happening in our Association and Community.

Our Committees are a valuable resource to the Board of Directors. The Board Volunteer Work Group is developing a Marketing Plan to come up with ideas and events to provide more information about our many volunteer opportunities.  A Volunteer Faire/“Mix and Mingle” is planned in the spring of 2018.  Watch for the date.

Roberta Daley | Vice-President, SCR Board of Directors | roberta.daley@comcast.net
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PRO SHOP

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November will a busy month for Timber Creek and Sierra Pines Golf Shops. As October brings Halloween, November brings the ever so filling Thanksgiving! Timber Creek and Sierra Pines will be open for Thanksgiving, as we will be holding our morning shotguns for those who desire to play golf before the feast! During the month of November Timber Creek Golf Shop will be bringing in new merchandise to get ready for our annual Seasonal Spectacular sale in December. This is a very anticipated event so we hope to see you there. You can do all of your gift shopping at the Timber Creek Pro Shop where sales are always to be had. Give your loved ones our “Gift of Golf”, for $200 they get 5 rounds of golf including cart!

Along with the time changing, so are some familiar faces. We have seen some of our staff members leave for college and we wish them the best of luck in their futures. With their departures we welcome some new staff members to both Timber Creek and Sierra Pines, so we hope you find their addition pleasant. We thank you for your continued business and hope that this holiday season brings nothing but fun and excitement!

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and enjoy a day out! Bus trips are full through October, but there are several openings for November Day Tours:

111617_LindeLaneJellyBellyRed Hawk Casino –Wednesday, November 8 – get on board for the last casino trip of 2017! $30.00 per person.

Sacramento Kings – Thursday, November 9 – visit the new Golden 1 Event Center, support your local team and honor our Veterans with a “Salute to Service” evening game. $98.00 per person.

Linde Lane Tea Room & Jelly Belly Factory – Thursday, November 16 – treat yourself before the busy holiday season begins! $68.00 per person.

Please note a correction regarding Holiday Beach Blanket Babylon and a hosted dinner scheduled for Sunday, December 10. Registration opens November 1 and the cost is $140.00 per person (My apologies for an error in the Courier stating the fee as $110.00 per person).

100717_WilliamFlorin_JohnDenverTicket sales are brisk for the October 27 performance with William Florian and the John Denver Story.  Purchase your tickets soon at the Activities Desk; tickets are $20.00 per person.

Join us for a “Mix & Mingle” event, Monday, October 30.  Meet potential travelers and satisfy your sweet tooth with Halloween treats and learn the “Ins and Outs” of traveling with your Activities Department.

We’ll provide an update on our 2017/2018 travel plans.

Treat yourself to a Holiday Fashion Show & Lunch, Friday, November 10. Tickets are $28.00 per person and includes a delightful hosted lunch! You may purchase a table of ten. Reservations will be accepted until November 1.

Look for a flyer on Courier Days November 1 for information on the Holiday Golf Cart Parade & Santa Visit scheduled for Wednesday, December 20. Stop in and visit with Santa and then join us along the parade route as Santa leads the way to the North Pole…I mean Sierra Pines!

ANNOUNCE_122917_RoseParade12017/2018 TRAVEL UPDATE – The closing date for the Pasadena/Rose Parade Tour scheduled for December 29-January 2, 2018 as stated on the flyer was Monday, September 4.  No cancellations will be permitted at this time, but we are able to extend the registration until October 27.  This is a 4 night/5 day tour to the Rose Parade with top-notch seats for the parade, Bandfest and float decorating!

We’ve added a Holiday Reno Overnight scheduled for Dec. 6-7, 2017.  Enjoy an easy jaunt over the hill, enjoy some casino time, a great dinner buffet and tickets for the Christmas Extravaganza. The bus is filling quickly – registration is open until November 1.

Look for fliers on the Courier Table November 1 for the annual February Snow Train Tour (Reno, NV) scheduled for February 20-22, 2018 and the Monterey Whale Watching Tour, March 6-8, 2018.

Information will be coming soon for our Mystery Tour, scheduled for May 6-11, 2018.

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

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Residential Security – Part Seven of a Series

The Interior Component, Continued

Alarms and Cameras—General Comments

I will not go into too much detail about available technology and equipment because it is ever changing.  If you elect to take steps in this direction, or to upgrade what you have in place, you will want to get whatever is then the latest and greatest.  I recommend that you become an informed consumer by checking the internet and comparing vendors, to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle.

That is not to say that adopting such a system will not change your lifestyle.  To the contrary, it will bring with it a commitment to a new set of habits.  Nor am I inferring that you should not adopt such a new lifestyle.  To the contrary, it will make you safer.  I am merely trying to convey that the choice is yours, and I will endeavor to give you some parameters in hopes that it helps you decide.

Alarm Permits

Permits are required on all vendor-monitored systems, and/or on any system which has an audible alarm which can be heard by neighbors.  So, if you install a self-monitored system without an audible alarm, no permit is required.

Complete details are available on the Roseville Police Department’s web site.  Click on Community Services tab on the left side of their home page, then on Alarm Information.  In a nutshell, the fee is $35.00 for a two year term, with two year renewals thereafter for $15.00, and escalating fees for police responses to false alarms.  Roseville PD uses a third party vendor to administer alarm permits, but also has staff to assist you.

Types of Alarms

Systems can be monitored, not monitored, or self-monitored, and may have audible or silent alarms.

Most of us think in terms of a burglary alarm system, but many vendors bundle systems for burglary, robbery, fire and medical emergency protection.

Generally, you disarm the system when you return home, and arm it when you leave.  But, disarm codes can be modified to silence an audible alarm while telling the monitoring company you are being confronted.  Thus a “burglary” alarm converts a “robbery” alarm.

“Home-stay” options also exist, including your ability to speak to the monitoring station over a fob device you wear for medical emergencies, or over other various speakers if you become aware of an intruder.

Many vendors offer cameras, as well.  I will get into them next month.

I Keep Coming Back to the Neighbors, Huh!

Again, the Neighbor Component is a foremost consideration.  The more the neighbors know about what you want them to do if your alarm is activated, the more reliable any alarm system becomes, and the safer you are.  If you install an alarm, you should keep your neighbors aware of your whereabouts, and about how to reach you and yours.  The last thing you should want is for an alarm activation to be a surprise.

Consider whether you want any neighbors to have disarm and reset codes, and/or a key to your house.  A good rule of thumb is if they have a key to your house, they should have the codes.

Many systems allow you to assign multiple individual codes, such as one for your care-taker and another for your housekeeper, and/or one-time use codes, such as for a neighbor.

Let me remind you of the Resident Key Location Information form (available in our office and in the wall slots outside Activities).  With that form, you may voluntarily provide information to the 911 dispatch center about available keys to your house.  First responders get it whenever they are dispatched to your home—for any reason, including alarms.

If you participate in that program, you should ensure whatever information you provide also provided to the vendor of a monitored system.

For non-monitored audible systems, and for self-monitored systems, the form may well be of value to responding officers.

I say may well be of value because the vast majority of activations are false alarms and responding officers determine that the alarm has reset, and there is no need for officers to contact neighbors.  It would only be on those occasions when officers find circumstances in which neighbors could help that they would review the Resident Key Location Information and/or request clarification from the vendor, and thus reach out to neighbors who otherwise had not made themselves known.

Notification to Police—Monitored System

You will be required to provide the vendor with contact information for you, and/or someone you designate, including who has disarm codes and/or keys.

Vendors are required to make two attempts to contact you, and/or your designee, prior to calling the police.  If the monitoring company calls the police, and officer will be dispatched, and the vendor will provide that contact information on a needs basis.

Notification to Police—Non-Monitored System

If the system has an audible alarm designed to alert neighbors, you will be required to provide that contact information to the third party permit administrator as part of the permit process, but only to facilitate following up on false alarm issues by police department staff.  So, if a neighbor calls the police, an officer will be dispatched, but not given that contact information.

Notification to Police—Self-Monitored System

There is no permit requirement for non-audible, self-monitored systems, so there is no requirement to provide contact information to anyone.  The concept is that when you get the alert on your smart phone or computer, you call the police directly.

However, prudence would dictate to keep your neighbors in the loop, and to provide the Resident Key Location Information form, which may shorten conversations when you call the police.

I will start next month with cameras associated with alarm systems.  Until then, keep your antennae up. 

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

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Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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CATERING CORNER

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You may not know this, but the Catering staff will serve approximately 5000 meals between November 30th and December 31st, 2017

Here are a few ways you can help us make this a smooth holiday season……

  1. Don’t tip the banquet chairs to reserve them. If you’d like to reserve a seat, please place your napkin on top of the chair.  Tipping the chairs causes guests and staff to trip on the legs resulting in injuries.
  2. Don’t hang your jackets/coats on the back of your chair. Please utilize the coat racks in the rear of the room.  Jackets tend to be longer than the height of the banquet chairs which can lead to guests and staff tripping on the fabric.
  3. Please place personal belongings underneath your chair, not next to it. When the banquet staff begin the meal service, it is very difficult to see these items on the floor which can cause a server to trip and cause injury to themselves or you.
  4. If your event has more than one meal selection, place your entree indicator near your bread and butter plate. The meal service slows down if the staff  have to wait while you search for your meal ticket in your jacket or purse.  Please remember, no ticket, no dinner.  Staff are instructed to move on to the next guest if you don’t have a meal ticket.  If you don’t have a ticket, please see your party planner.
  5. Meal substitutions on the day of your event can cause serious delays in the kitchen and additional costs to your party planners’ bill.

If there’s anything we can do to make your party a success, please stop by the Catering Department and let us know.

Happy Holidays!

Jenny Giallanza | Catering Director | giallanj@scrca.org
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September 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News | Finance

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

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The Sun City Roseville Board of Director’s established three Goals for the 2017-18 year.  All three are a high priority for the Board.

  • Lounge Noise Mitigation – Analyze and implement noise mitigation solutions to moderate noise levels to more comfortable levels.

(John Raniseski, Board Workgroup Chair, will work with Executive Director, Earl Wiklund, and a resident committee to address the Goal.)

  • Strategic Planning Process Implementation – Proceed with the annual review of the Strategic Planning Work Group to review and update the project list and move forward on the planning of Board designated projects by identifying an architectural and design firm to assist with the specific review of a Lodge space utilization review and expansion of the Creative Arts Activity Room and Fitness Center Locker Rooms.

(Judy Arntson, Board Work Group Chair, will work with Executive Director, Earl Wiklund, and a resident committee to address this Goal.)

  • Volunteerism – Identify, inform and develop volunteers to utilize their life skills, time and talent to serve our community, committees, and board of directors to meet the ever changing needs of Sun City Roseville.

(Roberta Daley, Board Workgroup chair, will work with SCR Staff and interested residents to address this Goal.)

Residents are welcome to attend committee meetings.  Check Association calendar for dates and times of meetings.   Committee Chairs will also give a report at each of the Association Board Meetings.

Sun City Roseville is the safest community in Roseville and Roseville is the 21st safest community in the nation.  That doesn’t mean we are crime free.  Each resident needs to take personal responsibility for their safety.  Sharon Mowry, Activities Director and I have been meeting with the Roseville Police Department to provide a handout with the Courier each month (beginning in November) that will have safety information on one side and reports of issues in Sun City on the other side.  I encourage you to read the handout and implement its suggestions.

We have arranged to have Placer County Sheriff  Devon Bell to be our guest speaker at the Board Meeting on September 22, 2017 at 9AM in Sierra Pines.  Roseville Police Chief James Maccoun will be the guest speaker at the Board Meeting on October 27, 2017 at 9AM in the Timbers Partial Ballroom.  I encourage residents to attend.  Guest speakers are always at the beginning of the Board Meeting.

Thank you all for living here – Sun City Roseville is a wonderful place to live.  We are the premier active adult community in Northern California.

Linda Breninger | President, SCR Board of Directors | lbreninger@surewest.net
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PRO SHOP

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With the summer heat coming to an end, we should start seeing some prime golfing weather! Make sure to play golf while the temperatures are in the 80’s and 70’s because winter is right around the corner. To prepare for this fall season, new apparel items will be available in the golf shop. We have new items from Puma and Travis Mathew currently available.

On September 25th we have a Titleist Fitting Day for all members to come and demo the new 918 iron line. If you’re interested in a purchasing some new clubs, please set up an appointment with Derek Zachman, Head Golf Professional, at 916-774-3891.

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org
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Update on Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge control on the golf courses and landscapes.

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For a couple of years we have been challenged with the summer weed emergence of Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge.  The physiology of both grassy weeds makes them difficult to control.  Unfortunately neither weed can be controlled with pre-emergent herbicides like crabgrass; control can only occur with a post emergent product usually in late May or June.  Control takes at least 2-3 applications 30 days apart.  In California the product that “was” available for our use was at best 75% effective.

In past years we have been fairly successful moderately controlling early summer emergence and then coming back in late September and attempting to gain broader control.

This year we have not been as successful in our attempts to control the Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge. We think this has been mainly due to the hot temperatures and the need to water the turf, which probably compromised some of our applications.  Also the increased need to water with our hot temperatures appears to have increased the population of both grassy summer weeds.

A new post emergent herbicide combination for control is now available. Due to the necessity to control the Kyllinga and Purple Nutgrass it was determined to begin early applications during lawn and turf aerifications and course closures.  The spray has been effective in injuring both grassy weeds and it shows how populations had increased on both golf courses and in the landscape.  Unfortunately these areas are brown and will remain so until we are able to overseed them and get more beneficial grasses growing in those areas.

We will also be using a more aggressive program next May to control these weeds treating two times 30 days apart and then again in late September hoping to get 90-95% control.

Click here to read the Golf Course Maintenance Report by Jim Ferrin

Jim Ferrin | Director of Landscapes | ferrinj@scrca.org

TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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2017/2018 TRAVEL UPDATE

The closing date for the Pasadena/Rose Parade Tour scheduled for December 29-Janaury 2, 2018 as stated on the flyer was Monday, September 4.  No cancellations will be permitted at this time, but we are able to extend the registration through October.  This is a 4 night/5 day tour to the Rose Parade with top-notch seats for the parade, Bandfest and float decorating!

We’ve added a Holiday Reno Overnight scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017.  Enjoy an easy jaunt over the hill, enjoy some casino time, a great dinner buffet and tickets for the Christmas Extravaganza. Registration opens Friday, October 6 (Not October 1 as shown on the “Mark Your Calendar”-sorry!) As we look ahead to 2018, we will offer the annual Snow Train Tour scheduled for February 20-22, 2018.  We will only offer one trip, so be sure to get on board!   This has been a popular trip, but do keep in mind, this can be a tricky time of year with the weather, and plans may or may not be subject to change!

Once again we’ll host a Monterey Whale Watching Tour March 6-8, 2018. This was such an enjoyable trip this year we’ve been asked to do it again and have added an additional day.  The weather is beautiful this time of year, and we hope to ride along with the whales as we were able to do last year!  Look for flyers at Courier Days November 1 with registration set to open January 5, 2018.

New this year is the Redwood Coast Musical Festival scheduled April 5-8, 2018… more details to come by the end of the year! Planning is well underway by the fabulous Miss Trudi for our May 6-11, 2018 Mystery Tour.  Trudi always works very hard to provide new tours, new venues, new excursions, and once again, she’s outdone herself with a fabulous plan!  Look for flyers in January 2018 with registration set to open February 9, 2018.

More to come for a July 2018 Tour, and an already scheduled date for a September 2018 tour to Oregon.

ACTIVITIES_101417_GrandparentsDayRegistration is open for the Grandparent Days Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14 at Sierra Pines from 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Be sure to check on the registration dates for the 2017/2018 Broadway Sacramento Series.

Don’t miss out on the many upcoming day tours and onsite events! Registration is open for September/October day tours with many tours nearly full!

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Cynthia Murray will be teaching a four session workshop entitled Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a restorative form of yoga that is primarily a stretching practice that involves floor yoga poses, breathing techniques, and guided meditation to promote relaxation and stress relief. Yin yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the pose for 3-5 minutes and the time spent in the pose is much like meditation. This practice will benefit tight muscles and joints but will also help you learn to be “still” with your thoughts and build a mindfulness of your breath and your body. Participants must be able to get down to the floor. Comfortable clothes are encouraged and be prepared to have bare feet (socks ok). Thursdays, October 5-26, 1-2PM, $35. Register with payment at our front desk; space is limited.

Pilates Barre is a unique approach to exercise fusing the best of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional fitness. In this four week series, you’ll use the barre and exercise equipment such as gliding discs, mini balls, and small hand weights. The emphasis will be on proper alignment, balance, and core engagement.  You will feel challenged and be guided to an awareness of the level that is right for your body. This 45 minute class requires that you are easily able to get up and down from the floor.

Join us on Wednesdays at 12:15PM on October4-25.
Fee: $35. Instructor: Cynthia Murray.

Please sign up at the Fitness Center front desk; space is limited.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Residential Security – Part Six of a Series

More on the Garage Component

I closed Part Five saying I would begin here on the Interior Component.  But, I have since learned, from a resident who keeps his antennae up, that manufacturers of garage door openers have made recent security improvements, which I should, of course, pass on to you.  We can assume improvements will be continual, but here are the features to date:

  • When you close the door, it self-locks with a sliding bolt into the track.
  • The lights on the motor are supplemented with additional lights, which have separate remote controls, enabling you to turn on the lights from, say, inside the living quarters. (This feature can replace, or supplement, my previous concept of having the garage ceiling fixtures on a motion detector).
  • You control it all features, from anywhere, with a cell phone app, such as turning on the lights before you arrive home, checking on whether the door is open, and so on.

My hope is that when you next need to replace the opener, you consider the value of such features.

The Interior Component

The Door To the Garage

Let me begin by amending what I wrote about the fire rating of this door.  I wrote that the door is likely made of PVC plastic and thus has a very low fire rating.  That may be the case if it ever was replaced, but original doors in Sun City Roseville are either solid wood, or solid wood clad with a PVC plastic, and, as such, they maintain the one-hour fire rating of and for the entire wall.

To determine if it is clad solid wood door, you can knock on the edges, then knock in the center, and try to determine if the center knocking sounds hollow.  Or, you can drill a teeny hold in the middle, inside or outside, which you can later putty over, to see whether the drill reveals wood particles.

Or, my favorite method, look for wood particles when you drill to install the peep hole.  The hinge side edge may also bear a stamp, or plate, indicating it is a fire door.

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For general door security considerations, please refer back to the Part Two and Part Three articles.

The Car Keys Alarm Fob

I especially like discussing this technique because it easily demonstrates

  • how various components of residential security overlap and
  • what I mean by actively and habitually thinking about security

You will quickly discern below that the Interior Component blends with the Back Yard Component and they both merge with the most important component, the Neighbor Component.

The more neighbors know about each other’s habits and safety measures, the safer each neighbor is.  For all you wordsmiths, I know I just ended a sentence with a preposition.  My former English teachers would be proud.  But, I wonder how the rule applies to “Safety is what it is.”?

What safety is is an aspect of lifestyle which you can enhance if you think about it all the time.  Most successful people will tell you:  If want success, you should have a plan, then you should work your plan, and you should think about it all the time.

Consider what happens when you create a plan and then do not work your plan, in large part because you do not think about it all the time.  Suppose you plan to save, but, month after month, you do not remember to transfer the money from checking to savings.  It may well be not until you could use that money that you realize that you already spent it.

Safety is like that.  If you forget the keys, none of this concept works for you.  If you remember the keys, you will have been thinking about your safety.  Nothing in any of the concepts in this series makes you safer if you do not actively think about the ones you decide to adopt until they become your habits.

The car keys technique is usually discussed, especially in forwarded email, in terms of placing the car keys alarm fob on your nightstand, so that you can “sound the alarm” if you discover an intruder in the middle of the night.  While that is a good idea, I want to stress that there is more to it.

Let’s take it step by step.  If you sound the alarm from your nightstand, what do you expect will happen?  The idea is that pushing the panic button—actually, not figuratively—will sound the car alarm, and cause any intruder to flee.

Well, what does your car alarm sound like?  Is it one of those hee-haw whoop-whoop types, or does the horn blare on and off continually?  Don’t you want to know, so you will get what you expect rather than a surprise?

Will it physically work?  Does the signal actually reach the car from the nightstand?  Did you conduct a test—with the door into the garage and/or your bedroom door closed?  If you cannot garage your car, will the signal reach the driveway?

How will your neighbors react?  Generally, the answer is that they will react anyway you want them to react.  The point is, you should tell them about how you will be deploying the technique and encourage them to do the same.

Wait.  “How you will be deploying the technique?”  Yes.  Consider these other applications.

If the cars keys are always in your pocket, you can alert neighbors if you fall, or if you see a suspicious person in or around your home.  And, it remains a great idea to always carry your phone—cordless or cell—for the same reasons.  And these ideas apply to when you are in the back yard, as well.

Except, if you leave the car keys in your pocket when you retire for the night, they won’t be on the nightstand, and maybe that will cost you valuable time.

I was going to try to connect the savings analogy to the thought about costing you time, but I could not figure one out.  Dang, there goes another preposition.

So, I will close for now in hopes this section gives you food for thought—all the time.

I will continue next month discussing the overlapping topics of alarms and cameras.

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

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Our goal is to keep you informed with up-to-date information on what’s happening in your community. There are several ways we accomplish this:

  • This monthly eCourier newsletter
  • Resident Website http://www.scres.org
  • Digital Signs located in Lobby, Fitness Center and Pro Shop
  • Our Website article in the every Village Courier on page 9

In addition, we offer a free Website Workshop class held quarterly to show residents how to navigate the Resident Website. We just finished our Sept class. Our next class will be December 12 – mark your calendar! We will post information in the next few months so keep an eye out for it. Sign ups are limited to 10 and classes fill up fast.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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FINANCE

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With so many services, facilities, activities and amenities…

With so many services, facilities, activities and amenities it is no wonder that putting together the annual budget requires a lot of time and effort by many.  This is such a beautiful community to be a part of.  Staff, Committees, Residents and the Board of Directors are all part of the budget process.  Here at Sun City Roseville our financial strength is the result of developing good, strong, realistic budgets that incorporate the lifestyle you bought into.

Following is an overview of the Financial Budget FY2017 / 2018:

Our current monthly assessment is $156 per household
Annual Homeowners Assessments = $5.8 million
Annual Operating Budget = $12.3 million
Annual Revenue = 47% Homeowner Assessments and 53% Other
Capital Improvement Savings Account = approx $136,000
Total Assets = $42 million
Year-End Total Reserve Fund Balance = $8.1 million
Percent Reserves Funded = 100%
Operating Fund Balance = $705,508
Debt = 0
FY2015 / 2016 Audit shows the Association to be fiscally strong.
FY2016 / 2017 Audit is currently in progress and scheduled to be completed by September 21, 2017.

Our financial strength is certainly something to be proud of and is the result of many strong Boards, Policy and Staff.  Because of our strength, we have been able to capitalize on our fortunate situation during difficult economic times and accomplish projects that we would not normally have been able to do at this time.

The budget process is about to begin for FY2018 / 2019 with a Long Range Planning Meeting and a Budget Objectives Meeting on November 21, 2017 at 1:00 – 4:00PM.  I hope to see you all there.

James Martin | Director of Finance | jmartin@scrca.org
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August 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News | Human Resources

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

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I am honored and humbled to serve a second term as the President of your Sun City Roseville Association.

The 2016 – 2017 Board was outstanding.  I had the pleasure to serve side by side with Vice President Herb Drosdat, Treasurer Dave Lewis, Secretary RT Taylor, Director Tim Hinchey, Director John Raniseski and Director Judy Arntson.  Everyone worked very effectively with Executive Director Earl Wiklund and staff to accomplish many goals and services.  I will highlight a few of these:  The Restaurant and Lounge Expansion, the Strategic Plan, the Implementation of Special Use Fee, Volunteer Recruitment, Upgrade to the Audio Visual System in the Timbers Ballroom and Resident Safety on Community Streets are some of things implemented during 2016-17.

I’m likewise very pleased to work with the 2017-2018 Board of Directors composed of Vice President Roberta Daley, Secretary Judy Arntson, Treasurer Cora Rose, Director Dave Lewis, Director John Raniseski and Director RT Taylor.  In August we met to develop Goals for 2017-18.  You will hear more about all of the goals in the near future. I’ll highlight a few of them: The Strategic Plan identified areas to be addressed over the next 10 years such as Expand Creative Arts Kiln/Storage Areas, Expand Fitness Center, Expand the Pro Shop, Expand JONAS/and MIS Capabilities, Add 2 Bocce Courts and Expand Administrative Space.  A Board/Resident Committee has been established to develop ways to mitigate the noise level in the Timbers Lounge.  The 2017-2018 Board is off to as very active and positive start.

The Board is very receptive to resident comments and interests.  Residents are encouraged to attend the Board Planning Meetings (usually the 3rd Thursday at 1:30p.m.) and the Board Meeting which are televised (usually the 4th Friday at 9:00 a.m.)  Both meetings have Open Forums for resident comments on items not on the agenda.  Dates and location of meetings are on the Sun City Roseville web site.

My personal goal is to work with the entire Board of Directors and the Executive Director Earl Wiklund to represent you and all residents of Sun City Roseville.

Linda Breninger | President, SCR Board of Directors | lbreninger@surewest.net
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Reporting Common Area Invasive Tree Roots in Sun City

One of first things that new residents see when driving into Sun City is our beautiful common area landscape and trees.  Our trees provide much needed shade, help to reduce resident energy costs while providing a parklike feel to our community.

These beautiful trees in Sun City are approaching 20-22 years of age and as a result they have very expansive root systems.  Over the past four to five years of drought, the roots of the trees have grown in search of water with the result being that some sound walls are seeing damage from encroaching tree roots. Residents may also be experiencing encroachment of common area tree roots into their back yard property.

The Properties Committee and the Board of Directors at their July meetings have developed a policy about methods to resolve common area tree root issues in back yards.

In order to work with residents to address invasive tree roots, Jim Ferrin, Director of Landscape, the Properties Committee and the Board of Directors have developed a reporting mechanism so that residents may report their concerns regarding tree roots in their back yards. To assist the Association in identifying invasive tree roots, residents are encouraged to report any observed common area tree root issues to the Association by filling out a Resident Concern form and submitting it to the Association Office.  Resident Concern forms can be picked up in the Association or can be downloaded from Properties Committee area on the Association’s web site.  If residents have photos these can be attached to the Resident Concern Form.  When a Resident Concern form is submitted to the Association Office, it is followed up by a phone call from the Properties Committee Resident Concern Coordinator to the resident.  Resident Concern Coordinators will in turn contact Jim Ferrin and arrange for visit to the homeowners residence and develop a course of action.

Your support and assistance will help the Association in taking preventative measures that will help to prevent present and any future damage.

Judy Arntson | Director, SCR Board of Directors | arntsonjc@aol.com
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PRO SHOP

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Sun City Roseville has been a continuous donator and supporter of the First Tee of Greater Sacramento. We host multiple events at Timber Creek and Sierra Pines Golf Courses, and one of those events is the Bill Gould Memorial Golf Tournament. Bill Gould was a resident of Sun City Roseville, and he was an avid volunteer with the First Tee. Bill started a golf tournament at Sun City in which the proceeds go towards students college education in the form of a scholarship. $4,000 was donated this past year, and was given to student athletes making their way to their selected Universities. We’d like to thank all of the residents that participated in the Bill Gould Memorial Golf Tournament, and those that support the First Tee of Greater Sacramento.

That being said, we have another First Tee event on September 9th at Timber Creek Golf Course. It’s the First Tee’s year end golf tournament in which the best players in the Sacramento area, of both genders and age, come to Timber Creek and compete in their championship. This is a unique opportunity to not only see some of the top junior golfers play, but volunteer and get involved in a great organization. We are always looking for volunteers to work check in, shuttle, spotters, scoring, etc. If you are interested please contact Steve Fernandez for sign up. Thank you for making these events as great as they are, and thank you for all the support that we as a community show in junior golf!

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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Each month I utilize the E-Courier to inform you of trips with available seats in the next 30 days.  The bad news…busses are full!  And the good news…busses are full!

There are just a few seats left on the following tours:

Tuesday, August 22River Cats Baseball, $45.00 per person
Wednesday, August 30Cache Creek Casino Resort, $40 per person

You can find a “Mark Your Calendar” in the Association News Bulletin Board each month.  Please note, it is a partial listing of upcoming events and is subject to change.  Let your Village Courier be your final confirmation of trips offered, dates and prices.  The “Mark Your Calendar” is still a good source to plan ahead and is updated monthly.

SummerJazzDon’t miss the last Sunset Jazz-in-the-Park Concert scheduled for Thursday, August 17 from 6:00PM-8:00PM in School House Park.  We’ll welcome the Jay Paulus Society Band, come with your dancing shoes or just relax and enjoy!

Tickets are still available for “The Songs & Stories of Neil Diamond” on Monday, August 21 at 7:00PM in the Timber Creek Ballroom. Having heard Jack perform in our community last year, you’ll think he’s the “real deal” and much more affordable than a Golden 1 Center ticket price! Tickets are $25.00 per person and selling quickly!

ANNOUNCE_122917_RoseParade1Registration is currently open for the 4 night/5 day tour to the Rose Parade in Pasadena. We’ve got top-notch seats for the parade, Bandfest and float decorating!  We’ll enjoy fun excursions, including a 1 ½  hour narrated harbor cruise aboard the Wild Goose Yacht, once the private playground for legendary actor John Wayne. We’ll ring in the New Year at Roy’s Fusion Cuisine, an upscale restaurant, and enjoy a champagne toast. Registration will close on Monday, September 4.

Show dates and tickets prices are available for the 2017/2018 Broadway Sacramento Series. Tickets for October 25 performance with Dutch Violinist Andre Rieu at the Golden 1 Event Center will go on sale September 1. Tickets are $140 per person and include bus transportation with drop-off at the Main Entrance and prime seating!

This year we’re delighted to host Grandparent Days Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14 at Sierra Pines from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  Registration opens Tuesday, September 5 in front of the Administration Office.

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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The indoor pool and spa will soon be closed for annual maintenance. The closure will begin on Tuesday September 5 and the anticipated reopening is Monday September 25.  In addition to maintenance to pumps, filters, and heaters, both the spa and indoor pool will be re-plastered. The outdoor pool will remain open during this time and its closure will be weather dependent in October. The outdoor pool deck will get resurfaced before it opens for the Summer 2018 season.

Please note that the women’s locker room will not be accessible August 16-18 from 3PM-9PM for wall repairs.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Residential Security – Part Five of a Series

The Garage Component—Part Two

We left off last month discussing how thieves, standing in the driveway, reach in between the panels of your overhead door with a stiff wire and hook the red rope.

Well, what if they cannot see in?  Most of our overhead doors have rectangular windows in the top panel, which afford the thieves a view of the red rope such that it helps them hook it.  You can cover those windows.

SCR Design Guidelines, Article III, Section 3.02 (s) (vi) states:  Acceptable garage door window coverings shall be limited to:  non reflective dark/black window film or black sunscreens applied to the inside of the window.

There is a triple benefit to covering these windows.

  1. Thieves cannot see in to determine whether you even have a red rope.
  2. They cannot see in to assess what you have to steal.
  3. They should also get a sense that you have at least some security awareness. In part one of this series I stated that one of our objectives is to show you how to create a visual deterrent; adopting measures which are so obvious as to dissuade a burglar.

Bonus tip #1:  If you do leave your overheat door up for ventilation, make sure there is not enough room for a skinny thief to slide in on his back.  That way you only have to worry about snakes, opossums and raccoons foraging in your garage cabinets.

Bonus tip #2:  Consider a digital monitor system to tell you, via your smart phone or other device, whether the overhead door is open or closed.  Some stand alone, and some work with a burglar alarm system.

Bonus tip #2a:  Absent a monitor system, do not just drive off once you see the door beginning to close.  Rather, wait to ensure that the door did not bounce back up or otherwise not close.  It is rare, but it happens.  Take a second look when you arrive home, as well.

Bonus tip #3:  Consider downsizing your remote garage door opener/clicker, from the car sun visor clip-on size to the key fob size, and hooking it to your car key to reduce the chances of leaving it in the car.  They are sold wherever garage doors and car key fobs are sold.

The Door into the House

I refer you back to part three of this series—Door Security – General Considerations—where you can review various devices and comments on what thieves expect once inside the garage.

Generally, the more secure you have made the two access points into your garage (the overhead and side or rear doors) the less important it is to keep this door secure, but here are some other things you might consider:

  • Put a peep hole in it. Assuming the door is very secure, if you hear noises in the garage, you can peek out and be much safer than if you simply opened it to investigate.
  • Convert the garage ceiling light fixtures to come on with a motion detector. Thieves who enter the garage during hours of darkness will be startled and may well flee—again, you will have adopted a measure to dissuade them.  It may even scare off raccoons, and the light enhances your use of the peep hole.
  • Pick the car key alarm fob up off your nightstand # and have it with you when you look through the peep hole, so you can press the panic feature, as needed, to scare off any thieves—or raccoons.
  • Install a fire rated door. If a fire starts in the garage, you want time on your side.  (Smoke alarms do not work in the garage.  Fumes and dust set them off.)  The wall between your garage and the living quarters is, by code, a one-hour rated fire wall, accomplished by the application of 5/8” sheetrock to the garage side of the wall.

That leaves the door, and yours is likely made of PVC type plastic, which has a very low fire rating.  Fire rated doors can be attractive, and can have metal frames, which attach even more securely to the house frame, as discussed in part three of this series.

In part six next month, we will discuss The Interior Component, # including more comments on the car key alarm fob.

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

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Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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HUMAN RESOURCES

California Minimum Wage and Sun City Roseville

The annual increase in minimum wage continues in 2018 with the next step going to $11.00.  The next 4 years the increase is $1 per year until we hit $15.00 per hour.  There are a couple of reasons that the minimum wage might not increase but it is unlikely.  What this means to Sun City Roseville is that as the minimum wage goes up for our employees it also goes up for other businesses employees.  This means the cost of everything we purchase will go up.  For employees this can be happy news as their wages will go up but at the same time so will the prices of everything we purchase.  There will be increased pressure for those who earn more than minimum wage to keep increasing wages to stay above the minimum wage.  The management team is aware of the changes coming and how it will affect wages, benefits and all other costs to the Association.  We are actively working the numbers.

Alesia McCrory | H.R. Director | mccrorya@scrca.org
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July 2017 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | CP/NW | Web News | Landscapes

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

L2_TimbersLodge2Time to Step Down!

At the August 3, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association, fellow Board Member Herb Drosdat and I will complete our three-year tenure as members of your Board of Directors.  It has been a busy and productive time witnessed by the following highlights of the significant accomplishments and events undertaken by the Association Staff, the Standing and Required Committees, Resident Work Groups and the Board during this period:

  • Completion of the Construction of the Expanded Restaurant and the New Lounge
  • Completion of the complete Refurbishment of the Timbers Lodge
  • Celebration activities and events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Sun City Roseville
  • Establishment of a Reserve Fund Equity Investment Pilot Program to substantially improve Reserve Fund investment earnings and reduce future reserve fund assessment increases
  • Approval and Implementation of the Sun City Artificial Turf Policy and procedures six months prior to the State of California requiring Homeowner Associations to do so
  • Completion of a comprehensive rewrite of the Association’s Design Guidelines for residents’ modifications to their property
  • Completion of a comprehensive rewrite of the Association Rules
  • Development and Approval of Rules for the implementation of a Special Use Fee that will facilitate funding of future Common Area Improvement projects
  • Updating the Sun City Roseville Vision, Mission and Strategy
  • Compilation of a list of potential Strategic Community Improvement projects for consideration for approval for further development by future Boards of Directors
  • Evaluating and electing not to approve the installation of a Cell Tower in Sun City Roseville
  • Evaluating and electing not to move forward with a Solar system for all of Sun City, at this time
  • Completion of a comprehensive Energy Subcommittee Report providing recommendations for further improvement of Sun City electric and gas energy utilization efficiencies
  • Completion of significant improvements to the Ballroom sound system
  • Implementation of multiple revisions to Committee and Chartered Club Guidelines

Indeed, it has been a busy time! Staff and resident volunteers have effectively collaborated to accomplish many positive endeavors on behalf of our Sun City Roseville Community! In passing the baton to the new Directors, Cora Rose and Roberta Daly, we thank you for your suggestions and support, and wish the new Directors, and the entire Board, the very best of continuing successes!

Tim Hinchey | Director, SCR Board of Directors | timthejr@comcast.net
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PRO SHOP

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  • New fiscal year, 2017-18, is now here and if you haven’t purchased your passes please do so in Administration!
  • Make sure your golf cart has the most updated trail pass. Our Players Assistants will be issuing tickets.
  • Titleist will be one of our major club partners this year, so look out for fitting / wedge days!
    • Everyone should be fitted for their clubs, if your equipment isn’t right for you, your game will not be at its best. Schedule a fitting in the Golf Shop!

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | derekz@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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According to our mid-July temperatures, it’s official, summer has arrived!  Join us in School House Park on Thursday, July 20 for the 3rd annual “National Night Out Kickoff” from 9:00AM-Noon, brought to you by your Citizens Patrol. The Roseville Police & Fire will be on-hand with emergency vehicles, demonstrations and plenty of great information!  Partake in the bake sale, with proceeds benefitting the Roseville Police & Fire charities and stay for a hot dog, chips and soda for five bucks!  Feel free to leave your chairs behind for an evening performance with the “Sunset Jazz-in-the-Park” concert from 6:00PM-8:00PM. We’ll welcome a well-known jazz artist, the Dave Bass Quartet.

072817_JohnSkinnerBandJoin us on Friday, July 28 from 7:00-10:00PM for an evening of  Ballroom dance with the John Skinner Band.  This is round table seating and you may reserve a table of ten; tickets are $15.00 per person. Tickets are also available for “The Songs & Stories of Neil Diamond” on Monday, August 21 at 7:00PM.  Having heard Jack perform in our community last year, you’ll think he’s the “real deal” and much more affordable than a Golden 1 Center ticket price! Tickets are $25.00 per person and selling quickly!

If you’d like some respite from the heat, seats are still available on the following day tours:
Tuesday, July 18UC Davis California Raptor Center, $75.00 per person including a hosted lunch.
Wednesday, July 19S.F. Giants vs. Cleveland Indians, $85.00 per person, seating in the View Reserve section
Tuesday, July 25Red Hawk Casino, $30 per person with $15 in slot money
Thursday, July 27Blackhawk Automotive Museum, $50.00 per person
Sunday, July 30Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, $32.00 per person

Seats are limited for several of these July events, so stop in at the Activities Desk and plan a day out of the heat!

ACTIVITIES_090717_RenoBalloonRace1If you desire a “mini-vacation”, join us for the Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada September 7-9; we have only 10 seats left! October 16-19, 2017 will find us in Monterey – for golfers and non-golfers alike; registration opens Friday, August 4 at 7:30AM at the Activities Desk.

And if you really want to travel, join us for a 4 night/5 day tour to Pasadena for the delightful Rose Parade, fun activities, great meals and a fabulous evening ringing in the New Year with your Sun City friends!  Registration opens Friday, July 21 at 7:30AM at the Activities Desk.

Watch for information at Courier Days as we release new overnight and day trip information.

We have released information on the 2017/2018 Broadway Sacramento Series and will announce several performances for the 2017/2018 Season with the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom shortly.

I am delighted to announce we have tickets for the October 25 performance with Dutch Violinist Andre Rieu at the Golden 1 Event Center in Sacramento. Tickets will go on sale September 1 for $140 per person and includes bus transportation with drop-off at the Main Entrance and prime seating!

Be sure to pick up the latest “Mark Your Calendar” for event listings through October 2017.

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

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Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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CITIZENS PATROL / NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Residential Security – Part Four of a Series

The Back Yard Component

There is not a lot of difference between securing front yard and back yard windows and doors.  Just consider that when you are in the back yard, your front yard is typically not under your observation, so you should check front doors and windows before going out to the back.  There is a pattern known as “green thumb” burglary, also known as “yard burglary,” in which thieves see that you are in the back, so they try the front door, knowing that many people do not lock the front door because they are “home.”

Tools which could be used to breach windows and doors should be kept in the garage.

Also, it is a good idea to take a cordless or mobile phone with you in case you fall or otherwise injure yourself.  Another trick is to carry your car keys, so if you are down, you can set off your car’s panic alarm to alert your neighbors.  You can also set off the car’s panic alarm if you see someone in your house.  Not only will you get the attention of your neighbors, the honking should cause the thief to flee.

(You can also place your car keys on your night stand, for the same purposes, when you retire for the night—in case I forget to say that when I get to that part of the series.)

If you have a gate, you should lock the pull-wire latch at the top.  Another trick is to install a “barrel bolt,” like the one shown here, about waist high.  Thieves cannot reach over that far, and are not expecting such a second latch. lock

 

A variation of this latch accepts a padlock.

 

 

The Driveway Component

Really?  You put your $30K to $40K worth of stuff in the driveway to make room to keep your $100’s worth of stuff inside the garage.  Maybe you need to think in terms of better organizing & storage solutions, or in getting rid of some stuff.

Of course, some vehicles don’t fit into our garages, and other reasons can require you to keep your vehicle in the driveway, so if you must, you must, but,

  • NEVER leave it unlocked
  • NEVER leave valuables in it
  • NEVER leave the garage door opener/clicker in it
  • AND, if you have a newer vehicle with an integral programmable button designed to operate your door opener, consider not setting up that feature, in favor of a removable clicker.

Catalytic converters in tall vehicles can be etched with your California driver’s license number, and you can have a cage welded around it.  The reasons they are stolen are two-fold.  First, they are easy to steal–thieves use a simple manual pipe cutter to silently and quickly cut through the tailpipes and let the converter drop.  Second, the works inside contain platinum.

The Garage Component—Part One

As stated at beginning of this series, burglars don’t spend much time attempting entry, because the want to reduce the possibility of their being seen.  Once they gain entry into the garage, however, they are generally relieved of that concern, so security of the two points of access into your garage should be of priority interest.

First, the single swing door on the side or rear wall of the garage is easily secured.  I refer you to the previous section on door security, and point out that any concerns you may have about esthetics or appearance of security measures go out the window.  Ooops, that was punny, but really, who cares that you have installed an iron door or brackets to hold a 2” X 4” board.  It’s the garage.

Second, the overhead door is easily breached, but prevention measures are straightforward.  Both involve the red rope hanging from the release trigger (blue arrow) for the sliding carriage (red arrow).

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The purpose of the release trigger is to disconnect the door from the motor, allowing you to manually open the door in the event of a power outage.  Jerking down the red rope releases the sliding carriage from the motor, enabling you to lift the door, panel by panel, from inside the garage.  (This knowledge is a security tip of its own.)  Once power returns, you jerk the rope back up so the trigger reengages carriage.

Thieves can pull either the red rope, or the release trigger itself, from outside.  They insert a stiff wire, which they bend into a hook, at the bottom of the top door panel.  They grab the rope, or trigger, and pull back, releasing the door from the motor.  Google “how thieves open your garage door” and look for the You Tube video showing how it is done in six-seconds.

The prevention method is to simply remove the rope, and to then use the hole the rope was in to tie the release trigger up to the sliding carriage, such that the trigger cannot be pulled down.  A cable tie or a short length of wire will do the job.

Wait, what if the power goes out?  I’m glad you asked.  How often does the power go out here?  I’ll trade years’ worth of security for a rare day of inconvenience, any day.  Wait, was that a pun?

The solution is to remove the cable tie or wire, and snap the trigger down to the release position.  You may have long handled shears, but you may have to use a ladder and hand tools.  Know in advance, that snapping down the trigger can be difficult with the bare hand, and that the whole opening system may jerk loudly.  It may be safer to come down off the ladder after you cut the cable tie, or unthread the wire, and then reach back up with a stick of some kind to release the trigger.  My stick has a cup hook screwed into its butt end.

Consider practicing whichever method you will employ, and dedicating the tools, or, if you cannot perform the task, making arrangements with a helpful neighbor.

One more thing.  Your door likely has a sliding bar which locks the door into the track for its wheels.  It is good to use it for prolonged non-usage of the door.

I am way long here.  We will finish the garage component next month.

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I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808

Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

New Drone Flyover Video for Sierra Pines

Last year we did a drone flyover for the Timber Creek Golf Course so golfers can view each hole and plan their shot. I’m happy to say we just completed the drone flyover for Sierra Pines!


Both videos are located on the Resident Website (www.scres.org) under Amenities > Timber Creek and Sierra Pines Golf. Scroll down and you will see them. Additionally, there is a link under each video with links to hole by hole videos.

If you need help logging onto the Resident Website, stop by the Admin office or you can email me directly for assistance.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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LANDSCAPES

IMG_6406Common Area Invasive Tree Roots

After two decades of growth and a recent stretch of drought we are seeing some of our Sun City Roseville Community Association (SCRCA) common area landscape trees, primarily Sycamore, Redwood and Cedar’s,  begin to pass shallow roots under the sound walls and in some cases invade residential backyards.

Staff will be instituting a survey group to begin canvassing the community in order to pin point invasive root damage as a preventative measure so a team can come in and remove the roots prior to any extensive hardscape or landscape damage can occur.

Your assistance will help us in instituting preventative measures that will prevent present and any future damage.

Some of the indicators of SCRCA common area invasive roots are:

  • Seeing a visual separation of the sound wall concrete blocks
  • A disruption of any hard surfaces in your backyard; landscape curbing, or borders
  • Visual observation of tree roots in your lawn
  • Cracking of backyard patio’s or sidewalks

If you have currently observed any of these issues in your backyard please submit a “Landscape Concern Form,” found online at scrca.org, or you can fill one out at the administration offices located at the main Lodge.

The Properties Committee and Board of Directors will be reviewing a new policy in regards to resolving the invasive tree root issue in resident’s yards stemming from SCRCA common landscape trees. Generally the policy will follow legal guidelines where SCRCA, or a contracted representative will be operating under a Good Neighbor policy and will be responsible for removing any intrusive roots, repairing common community property, and repairing “that portion only” of incurred damage from any invasive roots if alerted to the situation by the resident.

Jim Ferrin | Director of Landscapes | ferrinj@scrca.org
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