COME ON DOWN!
“Our new Timbers Lounge and Expanded Restaurant are now Open for Business”, stated Sun City Roseville Executive Director Earl Wiklund at the Ribbon Cutting opening of the completely renovated restaurant On December 26! Board President Linda Breninger, assisted by the expansion project’s Board Steering Committee members Dan Arriola, John Raniseski, Dave Lewis and Tim Hinchey, formally ‘cut the ribbon’ and welcomed the large crowd of residents in attendance. The formal “Grand Opening’ of this vastly expanded and improved dining environment was enjoyed by several hundred residents who attended the Gala in the new restaurant and the ballroom on New Year’s Eve! A fantastic buffet dinner, complemented by music and dancing in both the ballroom and the restaurant, made it an enjoyable evening for all!
The expansion and reconfiguration of the former Timbers restaurant represents the achievement of a long overdue improvement to Sun City Roseville’s major dining facility. Our residents can now enjoy a delicious meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in a spacious and quiet restaurant environment. Or, anytime during the day or evening, they can enjoy a cup of coffee or a libation of their choice with friends in a large and friendly bar-lounge. Sun City Food and Beverage Director Jason Smith has implemented an expansive and fantastic bar-lounge menu that has received raves of acclaim and appreciation from many residents.
As I have indicated in recent Courier articles and email notices, and in my remarks at the ribbon cutting, this major improvement was initiated over 3 years ago when a resident work group defined the design requirements and the floor plan layout for the expansion that are now a reality! In the ensuing three years, over 30 resident volunteers and Sun City staff members have refined the design specifications and overseen the planning and construction activities that have brought the new Timbers Lounge and Restaurant online for resident enjoyment for years to come.
Working together with the architect, the city of Roseville and the contractor, the resident/staff teams have assured that the following original major objectives set by the resident work group in 2013-2014 have been achieved:
- Provide a separate bar/cocktail lounge area accessible directly from the existing reception area.
- Increase the size of the dedicated bar/lounge area to have additional seats at the bar and several tables for customers to have drinks, and or take advantage of an expanded bar menu, while waiting for a restaurant table or to just enjoy casual dining.
- Provide a “See Through” sound barrier between the restaurant and the bar/lounge to ensure a quiet dining experience in the restaurant.
- Ensure easily accessed seating in the bar/lounge for golfers “making the turn’, or wishing to relax after an 18 hole round.
- Provide additional seating in the restaurant for peak dining times and special dinner events.
- Provide additional restroom capacity and ease of access with minimal traffic through the restaurant.
- Provide for expanded covered patio dining with direct access to the bar.
- Provide for optimum placement of the temporary dance floor that minimizes congestion and traffic flow problems.
- Provide a resident-perceived improvement in appearance, atmosphere, accessibility, reception and convenience that enhances customer enjoyment without adverse impact on staff logistics or serving capabilities.
Based on what I have personally observed in several visits and dining experiences in the new lounge and expanded restaurant, and from the personal feedback and comments from many residents, I believe the objectives set by the resident work group in 2013-2014 have been achieved! There are a few remaining minor enhancements, and initial experience-related resident suggestions, that will be implemented over time. However, the initial resident responses have been overwhelmingly positive.
So, if you have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy a casual or formal dining experience in the new lounge or expanded restaurant, I encourage you to, “Come on Down!” I believe you will enjoy the experience.
Things to look for in February 2017:
- Timber Creek will be live on Golf Now in February! If people are interested, direct them to golfnow.com
- Updated lesson pricing :
– Head Golf Professional – $50 half hour / $100 hour
– Assistant / Tenured Golf Professional – $45 half hour / $80 hour
– $180 series of 4 – Head Golf Professional
– $160 series of 4 – Assistant / Tenured Golf Professionals
- New XXIO clubs. Designed to improve distance, accuracy, and speed. Demo today!
- Come get fit for your golf equipment at Timber Creek. Use the launch monitor (Flightscope) to make sure your clubs are working for you! Use it for your favorite brands: Taylormade, Srixon, Wilson, XXIO, Callaway, and many more!
- Check out the new Million Dollar Bar in the Timber Creek Lodge! New menu, entertainment, and look!
- Download the Timber Creek Golf App through your IOS or Android App store. Type in “Timber Creek Golf” and download the interactive tool to enhance your golfing experience
- Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th, Timber Creek will be hosting a Super Bowl Shotgun! Contests with prizes will be up for grabs. Sign up in the golf shop, or at 916-774-3851
Follow your favorite golf course, Timber Creek, on Facebook.
If you have any questions contact the Timber Creek Golf Shop and let us know how we can better serve you.
The Lodge was busy January 2 with Courier Days and over ten Clubs & Groups in the lobby. Fresh coffee was brewing and plenty of New Year’s greetings and residents coming to see the new Timber Creek Lounge & Restaurant! Your Activities Department kicked off the New Year with a toast to trips, travel and fun and sent a resident home with a pair of champagne flutes and a bottle of Domaine Chandon. Tuesday, February 14 we invite you to come “Mix & Mingle” in the Aspen Room from 11:00AM-Noon. Spend your Valentine’s Day with your Sun City friends as we enjoy Ghirardelli chocolate tasting and an opportunity to meet other fellow travelers. And…register to win a free day tour to San Francisco with a visit to the popular Buena Vista Café, Boudin Bakery and leisure time to enjoy at your own pace.
Watch for your 2017 Membership Directory & Community Guide to be delivered to your doorstep beginning Friday, January 18 and throughout the weekend. Your directory will be left on your doorstep; if you are not home you will be advised to come to the Administration Office to pick up your Directory. Your Golf Club members and fellow residents have volunteered to assist us with delivery again this year – a big thank you to these volunteers! You will find your directory with information on how to find your neighbors, restaurant hours, Monitor Desk hours, Golf Pass information, 2017 Sun City Foundation event dates, important phone numbers and more! Please be sure to support the advertisers who help make the directory possible each year. These are reputable businesses, many that have been long standing advertisers with us and also support our Village Courier.
I am delighted to bring entertainment back to the Lodge with a variety of events scheduled for the New Year. Gregg Isett, professional organist, will perform in the Timber Creek Lodge Friday, February 3; tickets are $10.00 and available at the Activities Monitor Desk. Resident Cheewa James will be presenting “Modoc War: The Tribe that Wouldn’t Die” on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00AM-Noon in the Aspen/Birch/Cedar Rooms. This promises to be a fascinating presentation; please register in advance. The New Year will bring us top notch entertainment, including new bands, a comedian, a variety show and more!
Bus trips are nearly full! There may be a few seats left to Red Hawk Casino on Tuesday, January 24. Tickets are $30.00 per person and include $15 in slot money. Open seats are available on several on the February day tours including a visit to the magnificent Performing Arts Centers in San Francisco on Monday, February 6. Cost is $90.00 and includes a hosted lunch at the popular Max’s Opera Café on Van Ness. Take advantage of the arts in your community and join us for an afternoon performance Wednesday, February 8 with the Russian National Ballet, performing “Sleeping Beauty” at the Harris Center in Folsom. There may be just a few seats left for the “Monet: Early Years” Exhibit scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco; cost is $78.00 per person. Please check with the Activities Monitor Desk for availability.
Our Snow Trains are full, join us next year! Registration opened January 6 for our overnight Monterey Bay Whale Watching Tour scheduled for March 14-15. We have about 15 seats left with registration set to close February 24. Don’t wait too long! This is a short, relaxing overnight with your Activities Department. Flyers may be picked up in the Association News Bulletin Board.
Watch for information soon on our Mystery Trip, scheduled for May 7-11. And don’t ask where we are going!
Be sure to pick up the latest “Mark Your Calendar” for event listings through May 2017. We are certain you will find something new, interesting and entertaining to you!
A Little About Us
This is essentially a re-write of last January’s piece, but I know we have continual turnover of residents, so it may be fresh to you, and everyone should know what we, the staff, do to keep our residents safe, crime low and property values high.
First of all, there would be no justification for “we, the staff” were it not for the hundreds of resident volunteers in both CP/NW, so the better question is how do they do what they do?
They do it very well. CP continues to close, on average, 150 residence garage doors each month—350 per month during the summer. Think of it as preventing 150 opportunities for theft, or perhaps worse crimes, via open garage doors. The volunteers are ever mindful that an open garage door may be an indication to check on the welfare of the resident.
It is impossible to tally the good work done in NW, however, on three occasions in the past two years, residents have recognized indications a welfare check was needed for a neighbor, and called the police. These neighbors were incapacitated inside, and their lives thus saved. Is it any wonder why we, the staff, enjoy what we do?
I am a half-time employee, and a resident. Our half-time secretary position is job-shared by residents Karen Jope & Linda Vincent such that they provide five day coverage.
Linda and Karen manage day-to-day operations of CP. Their most trying task is finding replacement volunteers when those scheduled cannot come in. (Please refer to last month’s article, “We Need You.”) The Deployment Roster thus changes several times each week, and they re-print it and re-post it on-line. They also manage day-to-day operations of NW, updating neighbor and relative emergency contacts, and email or phone changes, and sustaining the email tree. Most of that work is done on the phone, and both Karen and Linda have great phone etiquette and people skills.
Their efforts free me up to interact with the police and other agencies, send out email alerts and informative emails, train CP volunteers, market our monthly meetings and recruit keynote speakers, and attend to projects like purchasing vehicles and writing training manuals.
Please drop in any time (8:00 to Noon). We try to make it fun for you to pick up a Vial of Life or No Soliciting sign, provide us updated information, alert us to problems, ask questions—or even to complain about something. Fun is one thing we, the staff, do.
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)
Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
Come Join Us!
The next Resident Website Workshop will be Tuesday, March 14, 1:30-2:30pm. Learn how to log on to the Resident Website and navigate all the information available. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find!
Future workshop dates include:
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, July 11
If you’ve already taken this class and need a refresher, feel free to take the class again! Look for sign up dates in the Village Courier or at Courier Days. There is no charge for this class.