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Upcoming Bus Trips

February 6 February 9 March 20 March 26 - 28 April 21 Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings Tubac Arts & Crafts Festival Paul McDermand - Full Band Tempe Performing Arts Theater Bus Trip to Laughlin for 3 days San Xavier Del Bac & Sonoran Living Desert Museum Tucson, AZ

Contact Information & Important Numbers

AAM 24-Hour Emergency 1-866-553-8290 602-647-3034 Claire Varney, CAAM Executive Director 723-6611 Joy Swanda Compliance Administrator 723-6616 Pat Stemple Lifestyle Director 723-6612 Jaclyn Revis Communications Coordinator 723-6613 Jake Hoffman Fitness & Wellness Director 723-6626 Ryan Eckroat Poston Butte Golf Club GM 723-1880 Assessment Billing 602-906-4940 Pulte - Home Warranty/ Customer Service 800-664-3094 Cox - Cable, Phone, Internet 602-694-1929 Johnson Utilities - Water 480-987-9870 APS - Electric 602-371-7171 Southwest Gas - Gas 520-889-1888 Town of Florence 520-868-7500

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch



A performance by The Folk Collection is full of familiar songs like This Land is Your Land, Blowin in the Wind and MORE! The Folk Collection is reminiscent of such groups as The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, The New Christy Minstrels and MORE!

Welcome Dave Rinehart!

The Design Review Committee would like to welcome our newest member, Dave Rinehart! Dave takes the place of Ross McDowell who served for the last two years and we Thank Ross for his dedication and commitment to the DRC! You can still see Ross around the community as an alternate to the NRC. Dave is has lived in Sun City for 3 years and his professional background includes 40 plus years of experience in mechanical contracting, and energy conservation and control systems. Some of the companies he has worked for are Honeywell, and TraneAmerican Standard. Bob Shelby will serve as the committee alternate. REMINDER Also wanted to remind you that posting flyers of any kind on the mailboxes or around the community is not permitted. Please post such things as lost/found, items for sale, services, etc on the portal/community website or advertise in our monthly newsletter. 4th Qtr Nice Yard Winner 4171 Hidden Canyon Dr.

Save The Date

February 6 February 9 February 15 February 18 March 2 & 3 March 14 March 17 Happy Hour Movie Night: The Debt Cafe Lunch: Soup & Salad Paul McDermand Trio SCATS Follies Performances St. Patricks Day Early Celebration Dinner & Concert - Tramor St. Patricks Day Cafe Lunch

Saturday, January 14th 7:00 PM PoSton BallrooM Early Bird PricE: $12 PP (before Jan. 6) rEgular PricE: $14 PP (beginning Jan. 6)

Register TODAY for Spring 2012 Classes!

COURSE LINEUP Survival Conversational Spanish A Bit More Spanish The Art of Storytelling Medication Safety Pearl Hart: An Infamous Lady Bandit An Arizona Sampler Native Americans in the Gila River Valley Community Scholar Workshop CSI: Florence Mastering Your Digital Camera The Up Side of Reptiles and Amphibians Wondrous Biological Puzzles Florences Regional Resources Really Local Landscaping Sustainability: Where Do We Go From Here? OneBook AZ

50s & 60s

Saturday, January 28th 7:00 PM Poston Ballroom
Early Bird Price: $10 pp (before Jan. 13) Regular Price: $12 pp (beginning Jan. 13)

Classes fill up fast! Sign Up Today! Take advantage of our Student Discount Package and select any SIX or more paid courses per person and receive a 20% discount off your total course fees!

Union Center Hours

520-723-6610 Front Desk Monday - Wednesday 5:30 am - 8:00 pm Thursday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm Saturday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Proud sponsor of the FITT for Life Expo 2011

Featuring the music of a 6-piece band, The Chauffers! Hot dogs with all the fixins (chili too), potato chips and soft drinks. Bring whatever else you like! LAST DAY TO PURCHASE: JAN. 25!

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Volunteer Extraordinaire

Lifestyle Procedure Changes Effective Jan. 1

On January 1, some important changes go into effect pertaining to event registration requirements and ticket sales. These changes will improve our ability to plan events and menus in a more cost effective manner.

LAST DAY TO PURCHASE You will now see a last day to purchase on event information, which means after that date, no additional tickets will be available. We will make decisions about an event based on the number of people who are registered by the deadline. If there isnt enough interest to go forward with the event, those who have registered and paid will receive a refund or credit to their account. CAFE LUNCH REGISTRATION Starting January, we will only accept those who pre-registered for the Cafe Lunch by the last day to purchase deadline. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Boot Camp

Physical Activity Promotion Programs

JANUARY 2012 - Fitness Bingo Thats right . . . Fitness Bingo is back and ready for you! Pick up your FREE game card at the Fitness Desk beginning on Dec. 28th. FEBRUARY 2012 - Race Across the Desert Race Across the Desert is your opportunity to walk, ride, swim or crosstrain from Tucson to the Grand Canyon! And the best part is you get to do it from the comfort of your own Union Center. Every mile you complete in our fitness center equals 5 miles of the real journey. The individual who completes the race first will be awarded the mystery 1st prize. Anyone who completes the race will receive a completion prize. R.A.D. Logs will be available at the Fitness Desk starting January 25th.

Fitness & Wellness Expert Seminar

TOPIC: Prevention & Treatment of Injuries in the Golfer Eric Robinson, MD is a fellowship-trained specialist in non-surgical, rehabilitative, and the medical aspects of sports medicine. He has comprehensive training in pediatric, orthopedic, neurology, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology specialties. Dr. Eric Robinson of The CORE Institute will discuss how to prevent and treat common injuries in the golfer. This seminar is perfect for the golf athletes in your home! Presenter: The Center for Orthopedic Research & Education (CORE Institute) When: Tuesday, Jan. 17th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Where: Ballroom Price: FREE Limit: 40 ppl

Remember the 80s TV show MacGyver where Richard Dean Anderson played Angus MacGyver, a different kind of hero: he didnt use weapons, and he was an expert at making complicated machines out of ordinary things. Well, Vicki DElia is our very own 21st Century female MacGyver! Her forte may not be machinery, but she really could survive in the desert for days with just a toothpick and a glue gun! Recently Vicki has put her talents to the task developing decorating ideas for a number of events, including Del Webb Goes Pink, Caribbean Night, Halloween, USO Show and she is currently working diligently with eleven other devoted volunteers to ensure that A Royal Affair will provide a dazzling evening to those attending our New Years Eve party. Vickis enthusiasm and energy also spills over to her home. On any given day you can find her putting up a back splash, adding a light fixture, installing cabinets or painting a couple rooms! To most of us thats a lot of work, but to Vicki its just Tuesday Thank you Vicki for being our MacGyver!

TWO TIERED TICKET PRICING Two prices will be listed for events with tickets for sale. The earlier you purchase a ticket, the more money you save! This is to reward individuals who buy tickets early and help us plan properly for the event.

Jan. 6th - start on Want to get a jumpFeb. 12thyour New 1 - 2 pm Years resolution? Need help creating an exercise routine? If so, then Boot Camp is the perfect place for you!

Monthly Happy Hour

1st Monday of each month Monday, January 2 5 - 7 pm Union Center Cafe FREE! Bring your favorite beverage and snacks and appetizers to share and enjoy catching up with neighbors and friends!

Soup & Salad Cafe Lunch

Wednesday, January 11 11:30 am - 1 pm $6 pp LAST DAY TO PURCHASE: Jan. 10

Wednesdays & Fridays 2:30 - 3:30 pm January 18 - February 17 $65 pp. Limit 6.

Lunch in the cafe offers two delicious soups, a delightful salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. No late ticket sales or walk ins.

Arts in the Park & Cafe Lunch

1st Sat. Nov. - April Sat., January 7th 10 am - 4 pm Sun City Anthem Village Center Come and browse through the many original pieces of art and crafts as presented by our very own crafters as well as some outside vendors. A light lunch is available in the Union Center Cafe from 12 - 1:30 pm for $7 per person. Residents MUST REGISTER for the lunch no later than Thursday, January 4.
1st Saturday

Chat N Chew

NEW Specialty Trivia Nights!

Beginning in 2012 youll have the opportunity to participate in a few specialty trivia nights in addition to the traditional Mental Health Trivia events that the Sun City Fitness & Wellness Department hosts each month! These specialty trivia nights are designed to bring neighbors together and get participants engaged in ways that weve never done before. Theyll feature the same high energy fun as our traditional trivia nights, but with a twist that will create an entirely new buzz. We hope youll join us for this exciting new step forward in trivia night history! Mix N Mingle Trivia - February Friday, February 17th 6 - 8 pm $7.50 pp Register by Feb. 16 Limit: 330 ppl

Mental Health Trivia Night!

Friday, Jan. 13 6 - 8 pm $5 pp Register by Jan. 11 Limit: 330 STARTING FEBRUARY 2012, YOU CAN NOW RESERVE YOUR TRIVIA TEAMS TABLE AHEAD OF TIME! Trivia tables can only be reserved by purchasing a Team Table at time of registration. Team Tables will cost $45 and in addition to the 8 tickets you receive; youll be given the option to choose your ballroom table location at time of registration. This is a great way to secure your prime location in the ballroom without all the hassle of having to arrive almost an hour before the start of the event!

Zumba Toning Class

Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am 6-week class $25 This class combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strengthtraining dance fitness-party. Students will learn to use lightweight Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones.

Tuesday, January 31 9 am Refreshments served. PLEASE REGISTER! This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions about Lifestyle matters, make suggestions and find out what events and activities are coming up. PLEASE REGISTER for this event. If you dont, Pat and Judy may not show up!

JAM SESSION Tuesdays at 5 pm Come to play or just to listen!

Did You Know?

Theres even more events, activities, and programs to discover on our portal:www. OurSunCityAMR.net Del Webb Connect. Use it. Share it.

Sun City Anthem Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 31 3 pm Poston Ballroom All Sun City Anthem residents are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch Community Association.

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Welcome Katharine Cooney!

Hello Sun City Anthem! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Katharine Cooney and as of December 13th I am the new Fitness & Wellness Coordinator. I am very excited to join the Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch team. Just a little about me, I completed a BA from Carroll College in Helena, MT majoring in both Chemistry and Health & Physical Education with a concentration in Community Health. I went on to become a Certified Health Education Specialist so that I could share my passion for health and wellness. I relocated to Arizona from Montana in the fall of 2010 and have greatly enjoyed the sunshine and the deserts unique beauty. If you are in the Union Center, please drop by and say hello. I am looking forward to meeting you. Sincerely,


Starts Tuesday, Jan. 10 Tuesdays: 8 - 9 am Saturdays: 9 am 12-week session

Chartered Clubs
Bisque N Pieces Ceramics Club McFarland & Ruggles Room Mondays 1 pm Debbie Hobbs 520-509-1940 Bocce Ball Club - Bocce Ball Courts Thurs. & Fri. 10 am Fridays 1 pm Bob Smith 520-840-2438 Bridge Club - Card Room Fridays 9:30 am Fridays 12:30 pm Mary Dawson 520-233-6757 Bunco Club - Card Room Wednesdays 6 pm Linda Lehti 520-723-9963 Classy Glass Club - Ruggles Craft Room Fridays & Tuesdays 8 am Mary Spindler 651-245-7058 Clay Crafters Club - Walker Craft Room Thursdays & Fridays 10 am Mondays 9 am Wednesdays 1 pm Kathy Gibson 520-723-4416 Community Garden Club - Poker Area 4th Friday 9 am Linda Wheeler 520-509-6254 Cooking Club - Ballroom 2nd Tuesday 5:30 pm Roland Moyneur 520-233-6823 Duelin Daubers Bingo Club - Card Room 2nd & 4th Fridays 1 pm Stephanie Zito 520-723-5881 Fiber/Textile Arts Club McFarland Craft Room Tuesdays 10 am Yvonne Nathanson 520-233-6661 Hiking Club Wednesdays 8 am Greg Waterman 716-998-9185 Jazzy Jewels Club - Walker Craft Room Tuesdays 1 pm Dian Meder 480-688-6458 Merrill Ranch Sun Dancers - Ballroom Wed. & Thurs. 9:30 am Carole Power 520-723-5959 Piecemakers Club - McFarland Craft Room Mon. & Thurs. 9 am Diane Jasinski 520-509-1422 Poker Club - Poker Area Mondays 2 pm Tuesdays 5 pm Wednesdays 2 pm Thursdays 5 pm Saturdays 1 pm SCATS Club - Poston Ballroom Varies as needed Yvette Stack 520-705-6011 The Pig Skin Club - Poston Ballroom Varies as needed Michael Howell 520-233-6479 Tile Setters MahJongg Club Card Room Wednesdays 12:30 pm Stephanie Zito 520-723-5881

Anthem Recycling
Recycling at Anthem continues to improve as new people come and all residents become more comfortable with the system. Since the beginning of the program in September of 2010 through November 2011, over 85 tons of materials have been recycled and the HOA has earned $1917.65. Due to weights, paper and corrugated collections predominated with 70.84 tons. The impact to the environment is an energy savings of close to 315,000 KWH and close to 230 cubic yards of waste not going to the landfill. Although the monthly statistics show a drop off particularly in June and July, the over-all collections continue to grow. In December the pickup schedule has been changed by to once a week for both mixed (Tuesday) and paper (Wednesday). This should relieve the overflows recently experienced. More details can be accessed on the Sun City Portal under Recycling News. The Town of Florence continues to evaluate options to providing recycling services and hopes to make some decisions in early 2012.

(Jan. 10 - April 3 + April 7 Finale)

$75 per person Limit 26 people MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED
The Building Healthy Lifestyles Challenge is a group for anyone looking to get motivated and healthy! This is a lifestyle change program designed to address diet, exercise and healthy habits. Since inception, participants have lost over 1,600 pounds, decreased blood pressures, cholesterol levels, reduced chronic pain and arthritis and so much more! If youre looking to improve your quality of life and get FIT while doing so . . . then this is the group for you!

Interest Groups

A great way to kick start those New Years resolutions!!

Meditation Class
Join us for an opportunity to experience the peaceful state found through meditation. Some of the benefits in meditating: Helps to develop total brain functioning Opens the awareness of inner creativity and deeper knowledge of the thinking mind Reduces the stress hormones promoting greater health Helps to create a peaceful individual which translates to a peaceful community.

Yoga Off the Mat Class

When people think of yoga they often envision a variety of pretzel-like poses, but the practice of yoga encompasses so much more. Discover the history and philosophy behind this 5,000 year old tradition and learn how these concepts can unite the body, mind, and spirit, as well as create a greater sense of self-awareness, well-being, and purpose in our lives. Instructor: Sheila Shirey When: Mondays 1:15 2:15 PM Where: Group Fitness Studio Duration: 6-weeks (Jan 9 Feb 13) Price: $25 for ALL 6 weeks Limit: 25 ppl

Katharine Cooney
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE! Its not too early to start thinking about that special someone for Valentines Day! Gift Cards are available in any amount to be used for events, classes, activites, etc at Sun City Anthem!

6-Week Sessions
Jan. 3 - Feb. 7 Feb. 21 - Mar. 27 Tuesdays at 9:15 am Group Fitness Studio $25 pp/6-week series Limit: 25 ppl

Pickleball Group - Pickleball Courts Tues. & Sat. 8 am Men/Women C 10 am Men/Women B Thursdays 8 am Women B & C 8 am Men C Mondays 1 pm Skills/Drills Karen Wall 520-723-9229 Book Group - Cushman Conference Room 2nd Tuesday 2 pm Betty Wheeler 520-509-1121 Genealogy Group - Computer Lab 1st Wednesday 1 pm Jan Trbovich 520-723-9454 Hand & Foot Group - Card Room 2nd & 4th Thurs. 1 pm Linda Lehti 520-723-9963 Mexican Train/Chicken Foot Group Card Room 1st & 3rd Thurs. 1 pm Wine Group - Ballroom 3rd Thurs. 6 - 8 pm Brian Tilton 520-509-1695 Investment Group - Computer Lab 2nd Thurs. 6 pm Clay Crafters Classes Jan. 13: Beginning Pottery 9 am- 12 pm; 1 - 4 pm Elwyn Moore Jan. 20: Slab Building 9 am - 12 pm 520-709-4840 Jan. 27: Horses & Ponies 9 am - 12 pm; 1 - 4 pm Guest Speaker Jan. Jan. 27: Glaze Class 10 am - 12 pm 12: Where to Find Income in a Low Interest Environment

January Group Fitness Schedule

Monday 8:00 9:00 AM
Resident Group (LIMIT 9 PPL) Instructor: Jeanne Resident Group Resident Group

Resident Group (LIMIT 9 PPL) Resident Group (LIMIT 9 PPL)

Spin (indoor cycle) Stretch Intro to Dance Aerobics Spin (indoor cycle) Core Conditioning Yoga 10:00 11:00 AM
Instructor: Sheila




Spin (indoor cycle)

9:15 10:15 AM
Circuit Training
Instructor: Diane Instructor: Sharlene Resident Group Instructor: Vicki Instructor: Vicki

MEDITATION FOR HEALTH & HAPPINESS* Total Body Sculpt Intro to Dance Aerobics ZUMBA TONING*
Instructor: Kristy (LIMIT 35 PPL) Instructor: Diane Resident Group Resident Group Instructor: Diane

10:30 11:30 AM
Swim Aerobics
Instructor: Diane

Swim Aerobics

Step Aerobics

Swim Aerobics

Intermediate Dance Aerobics 11:15 12:15 AM

11:30 1:00 PM
Ping Pong
Open Play

1:15 2:15 PM
Instructor: Sheila Instructor: Sheila Resident Group (LIMIT 9 PPL) Resident Group (LIMIT 9 PPL)

Spin (indoor cycle) There will be NO group fitness classes on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. *ZUMBA TONING, YOGA OFF THE MAT and MEDITATION FOR HEALTH & HAPPINESS are specialty fitness classes that run as a 6-week session. See the Fitness Desk for more info.

Restorative Yoga
Spin (indoor cycle)

2:30 3:30 PM
Resident Group Instructor: Sheila Instructor: Vicki

Intermediate Dance Aerobics Total Fitness for Beginners

6:30 7:30 PM
Restorative Yoga Enhance overall health and sense of well-being with this low intensity yoga class. This easy paced class incorporates traditional poses using the support of a chair to build strength and improve balance, as well as calming stretches to promote flexibility. Core Conditioning A MODERATE IMPACT class designed to work all the major muscle groups. Activities utilize stability balls and other core training equipment, in order to aid the body in maintaining balance and stability for the activities of daily living as well as other recreational activities. Yoga A balanced practice that combines two equally important styles of yoga. The class will begin with active poses to build strength and stamina & conclude with deep stretches to promote flexibility and relaxation. Appropriate for all levels (variations & modifications will be offered). Total Fitness for Beginners This low intensity exercise class is perfect for individuals who would consider themselves to be fitness beginners. The class will utilize exercises that take place in a standing or seated position in a chair. Youll complete strength, cardio and stretching exercises each class.

Total Body Sculpt In this mat-based Pilates-style group fitness class youll tone all areas of the body and build functional strength. Great for all levels!
YOGA OFF THE MAT* Discover the history and philosophy behind this 5,000 year old tradition and learn how these concepts can unite the body, mind and spirit; as well as, create a greater sense of self-awareness, well-being and purpose in our lives. Youll being taken on a yoga journey unlike any youve had before! Circuit Training A MODERATE / HIGH IMPACT class designed to burn fat and build strength. Circuit Training combines choreographed aerobics and strength resistance exercises to maximize the cardiovascular and strength benefits. ZUMBA GOLD* This specialty group fitness class is designed to take the exciting Latin & international dance rhythms created in the original ZUMBA program and bring them to the active adult, beginner participant and other special populations that may need modifications for success.

Check out www.OurSunCityAMR.net for NEW content!

28 50s & 60s Sock Hop 7 pm Parkside Star Gazing Party 7 - 9 pm 26 27 Acute Financial ASU: Seminar: Free Conversational Lunch! Spanish 10:30 am - 12 pm 10 am ASU: Medication ASU: Un Poco Safety Mas 1 - 2:30 pm 12 pm Dinner & a Movie: The Help 5:30 pm

January 2012

Ladies Lunch Out: BeDillons 11:30 am Karaoke Night 6:30 pm

13 Mental Health Trivia Night 6 pm

LEGEND Social Events - RED Fitness & Wellness - BLUE Trips - GREEN Council Events - BROWN Classes - PURPLE


11 12 Portal Training Movie Night: 10 am Cowboys & Aliens Cafe Lunch 6 - 8 pm 11:30 am

17 18 Expert Seminar: Prevention & Treatment of Golf Injuries 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Yappy Hour 4 pm 24 25 ASU: The Art of Storytelling: Using Pictures and Words 10 - 11:30 am

Asset Protection & Preservation Seminar 10 am - 12 pm

Departs at 8:45 am

Wild Horse Pass/Lone Butte Casino

Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm










31 Chat & Chew 9 am Sun City Anthem Annual Meeting 3 pm



View the Calendar at www.OurSunCityAMR.net for all event details!

NEW Event Photos: Voices of Christmas Thanksgiving Dinner Halloween Party AND MUCH MORE! NEW Pages: Contractor Recommendations Bus Trip Survey Updated Social Event Survey

Coffee & Conversation: Van Houten & Associates Elder & Estate Planning 10 am - 12 pm


19 Open Mic Night 6 pm



NEW Format: Calendar Clubs and Interest Groups NEW Content: 88 Classified Ads 477 Residents in the Directory 396 posts in the Message Board


Folk Collection in Concert 7 - 9 pm 21

Arts in the Park & Cafe Lunch 10 am - 4 pm