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It’s Your Time to Volunteer!
May 1st is the opening date to file your application to serve on one of our committees. Applications will be available at the Administration Office. They are also available online under the “Committees” pulldown (instructions and information are on the form) and during Courier Days at the “Volunteerism” table. You are encouraged to apply for the Committee of your choosing.
You might want to take a look at last year’s March edition of the eCourier on your computer. The lead article presents a vignette of Thaddeus, a resident of Sun City, and his road to volunteering. He learned that retirement didn’t mean doing nothing. It meant devoting some time to contribute his life skills for the betterment of our Community. What life skills do you have to contribute?
Even if you are just curious about how things fit together at Sun City Roseville, visit committee meetings, talk to committee members, talk to Board members and ask questions about what they do that interest you. All would be eager to talk to you.
We’ve made it even easier to obtain information about volunteering for committee positions as well as having a bit of fun. We are having a Volunteerism Faire scheduled for Thursday, April 27th from 10 am to Noon in the Ballroom; all our committees will be introduced to you. You will have the opportunity to talk to committee representatives. They will have literature, handouts and illustrations of what their role is in Sun City. They will have volunteer applications available too.
The theme of the Faire is “Serving Makes You Younger”. It’s a fact and we’ll have a special fun speaker to confirm it. There are refreshments, information and entertainment. And it’s free. Plus, we will be offering a $50 SCR Gift Card to a lucky resident who attends. How good is that!
By volunteering to serve on a committee you meet a lot of interesting people and you learn how our Association really works. More importantly you contribute to preserving and enhancing our community’s amenities and lifestyle. It’s a nice place to live. Please help us keep it that way.
Things to look for in April 2017:
April 13th – Callaway 10am -2pm
April 20th – Taylormade 11am – 2pm
April 21st – XXIO/Srixon 11am – 2pm
April 27th – Cobra 12pm – 3pm
- New Adidas Men’s Apparel. Same apparel worn in the Masters Golf Tournament
- Sale on Adidas Shoes
- Sale on outwear, sweaters, jackets, rain wear, etc
- Wear sunscreen! Important to be protected during the warm season
- With the sunny days ahead of us be sure your game is in top notch form! Sign up for lessons in the golf shop, or by emailing : email@example.com
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask the golf shop staff at 916-774-3851. Thank you and happy golfing!
It’s not too early to announce the entertainment lineup for the spring and summer months! Your Activities Department has prepared entertainment dates through August 2017 so you can plan accordingly. Do you have family and/or friends coming to visit? Show them how much fun it is to live in Sun City Roseville! Whether it’s a comedy show, a dance band, a folk band, or a Las Vegas style revue, we’ve got something for everyone. As a reminder, for Onsite Events you may purchase up to ten tickets (residents & non resident guests) and you may reserve a table of ten. Please see the Activities Department Policy & Procedures located at the Activities Desk for detailed information on registering for onsite events, day tours and extended travel.
The annual Home & Health Resources Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 19 in the Timber Creek Ballroom from 9:00AM-1:00PM. Visit with over fifty vendors and enter for a free drawing for a variety of fabulous items!
Has everyone heard about Sun City Showtime scheduled for September 22, 2017? Your Activities Department is delighted to partner with residents Gary and Vivian Ellison. Gary and Vivian have been residents in Sun City Roseville since 2012. Prior to that, they resided in People Creek, Arizona for 12 years and earned acclaimed recognition for the various stage productions they produced and directed. Vivian and Gary hosted an informational meeting on April 14. If you were not able to attend, please reach out to the Vivian or Gary at 872-1220. This promises to be a big production in Sun City Roseville with resident participation required!
As the community and your Board of Directors gear up for a Volunteerism Faire on April 27 at 10:00AM in the Ballroom, you may also want to consider registering for “Avanti”, a two part Workshop covering what to do in your retirement years. Resident Rosemary Marino leads this two-part workshop scheduled for May 2 & May 16 in the Aspen Room. Please register in advance at the Activities Monitor Desk.
We still have opening on April Day Tours. This includes:
Thursday, April 20 – Filoli Country Estate in Woodside. Bus departs at 7:30AM; cost is $82.00 per person.
Sunday, April 23 – “The Bodyguard”, Broadway Sacramento. Bus departs at 12:30AM; cost is $80.00 per person.
Wednesday, April 26 – Marin County Civic Center & Hosted Lunch in Tiburon. Bus departs at 8:00AM; cost is $79.00 per person.
Be sure to check the Courier for open May day tours and be sure to pick up the latest “Mark Your Calendar” for event listings through July 2017. We are certain you will find something new, interesting and entertaining!
Residential Security – Part One of a Series
At our March monthly meeting, we communicated eight components of residential security, utilizing a slide show and sample products, covering concepts from simple hardware applications to wifi monitoring systems. This series of articles will recap the material.
We presented three objectives:
- To show you how to create a visual deterrent, adopting measures which are so obvious as to dissuade a burglar. They include lighting, signage, cameras, alarms and iron doors.
- To show you how to create a time delay, understanding that burglars typically abandoned their attempt after 3 to 5 minutes.
- To persuade you to actively, and habitually, think about security.
We understand that not everything we teach and preach applies to every home model and resident. We do not intend to scare you, but we hope it will be obvious to you that if you adopt the concepts and methods which apply to your home and lifestyle, they will clearly make you safer.
The Neighbor Component
This is the most important of the eight components, and is, of course, the heart of our Neighborhood Watch program. Neighborhood Watch concepts work in our community because Sun City folks do not prey on each other. Neighbors here can safely get to know each other, and that builds friendships and trust. A neighbors-helping-neighbors mindset combines life safety and residential security matters.
Trust leads to the exchange of house keys and, as applicable, setting up welfare check signals. (If my curtains are not open by 9:00 am, call me.)
Trusting neighbors provide each other with vacations itineraries, cell phone and relative contact information, and watch out for each other’s package deliveries. Good neighbors do not have to become daily wine and cheese buddies, and are not “nosey neighbors”. Rather, they generally know enough about each other that they quickly recognize suspicious circumstances, persons and/or vehicles and promptly call the police.
Additionally, trusting neighbors exchange information about scams, door-to-door solicitors, and other public safety topics such as those distributed via the Neighborhood Watch email tree. (If you are not receiving these emails, contact me.)
I draw your attention to the 3rd objective above. The more time you spend thinking of the Neighbor Component, the better it works and the safer all of us become.
The Front Yard and Porch Component
LIGHTING Nighttime thieves want to be the only ones with light.
Drive down Whistlestop Way from Timberrose Way after dark. Compare lighting on those residences against your neighborhood and ask yourselves which a thief would prefer. We advocate leaving all front lighting on overnight, or at least having motion sensors, remote control, or timers.
LANDSCAPE Impenetrable shrubbery, such as holly or manzanita, can serve as a physical barrier to keep people from approaching your windows. A planter box or large pot can hide delivered packages. Landscape should not, however, block the view of your front porch.
CAMERAS Video cameras are becoming very affordable, whether overt or concealed. Even dummy cameras have a deterrent effect, but, if you get an actual camera system, look into storage capabilities. Cameras can be hard wired or wifi, part of a doorbell or lighting system, and can have remote viewing.
WINDOW SECURITY You can Google this subject for the many hardware and lock solutions available for both vertical and horizontal sliding windows and doors, or have a chat with a hardware store employee. And, simply laying a dowel stick, or length of plastic pipe, in the track of horizontal sliders is quite effective.
Although burglars do not like to break glass because of the noise, they sometimes do, mostly in the back yard or on fixed panels next to the front door. One option is a clear film applied to the glass itself. Once in place over clean glass, it becomes the cleanable surface, and is as impervious to window breaking as the picture shows. Google “protective window film” and read up on installation issues.
Please remember that not only are bars over windows prohibited by our CC&R’s, but they create a death trap in the event of fire.
DOORS Doors are certainly a part of the Front Yard and Porch Component, but the components overlap, so I will weave all that together next month.
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)
The Resident Website Workshop – Come Join Us!
The next Resident Website Workshop will be Tuesday, May 16, 1:30-2:30pm. Learn how to register for Activities events online, access the Referral Book (yes, the clunky referral book in the lobby is available online from the comfort of your home!), submit items to sell on our online Classifieds, and so much more!
If you’ve already taken this class and need a refresher, feel free to take the class again. Sign up at the Monitors Desk. Class size is limited and fills up quickly.
There is no charge for this class.
Catering Trends: What’s New? What’s Now? What’s Next?
Small plates. Last-minute bookings. New twists on classic comfort food. Using the internet for everything from the proposal to staff clocking in for their shifts. None of these is new, but they are all trends for the catering business in 2017. Trends in catering don’t suddenly happen. They’re slow expansions of ideas from one end of the country-or the world-to the other.
As one part of the country is deciding that mashed potato bars are getting boring, customers in another area, or at a different price point, have just discovered them and can’t wait to treat their guests to this “new” idea.
During the recession, a number of struggling small caterers dropped out of the business, meaning that there was less competition when customers started coming back. But the return back to “normal” depends on where your company is, and “normal” doesn’t mean you’ll be doing the same kind of business you did in 2007.
Customers are smarter than ever, about everything except pricing. They are more likely to know what kind of menus and décor they want, but they still don’t understand just how much it costs to have it turn out the way they want. That’s the part they don’t show you on The Food Network!
Local menus are more popular than ethnic cuisine in many areas. The sit-down, plated dinner is not endangered, but alternatives are becoming more popular, from entire meals served on small plates, butlered or from stations, to dessert only or hors d’oeuvre-only events.
Guests want to be entertained by the catering. That can be as simple as a chef who chats up the guests while serving or as complex as a menu item that foams, sizzles or bursts in some amazing way.
Not many people really know what “artisanal” means, but it sure sounds good. Just five years ago, you virtually never heard anything described as artisanal, but today’s discerning catering customers demand it-even if they couldn’t tell you what it is.
Wedding couples are busy and want as many services as you can possibly provide. If they don’t have to, most don’t want the hassle of trying to find the florist, the baker, the décor, even the photographer. If we can give them a package of services along with great food, I can usually make the sale.
Food and drink pairings are growing in popularity. Sure, you know to have the right wine for each menu item, but do you have the right water? The right fruit juice? The right beer? Offering drinks that complement the food, even mini beverages with hors d’oeuvres, fits with today’s particular consumer and gives me the upsell opportunity.