Paramedics Raffle and Party. Pei Wei.

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Cheryl Ringer and Betty Stroh with the check for the Paramedics. Capt Jeff in the background.

$1,753 – that is the amount of the check for funds raised by the Royal Palm Women’s Club and donated to the Phoenix Fire Department Paramedics this afternoon. The funds were raised by selling raffle tickets for items donated by residents. There were well over 100 items raffled off this afternoon, one at a time. The tickets were sold door-to-door by a group of volunteers over the last couple of weeks. This event has been going on for over 40 years and Royal Palm Community has donated around $50,000 to the Fire Department in that time. Continue reading Paramedics Raffle and Party. Pei Wei.

Forecast update. Alert list flap. Ad sales. Boudin.

Our forecast temps have been revised upwards

And the heat goes on. The 80s temps continue (88° was our high today) and now the forecast calls for 90 and 91 early next week! Normal temps at this time of year are around 75-76°. We enjoy the warm weather and are glad to have it. While there were fewer at the pool today, a couple of others came out for the first time this year (good to see you, Agnes Volk). Continue reading Forecast update. Alert list flap. Ad sales. Boudin.

Weather. Weed killing. Pei Wei.

Our current weather forecast

Yes, we are experiencing some great spring weather here in Phoenix! The graphic to the left shows the forecast for the next week. Though a bit above normal, it’s just what we deserve. And we will take it and more. The warm weather brought out some summers swimmers this afternoon – people we haven’t seen at the pool since last fall. Bill Russell, Pete Petersen, and George Loonsfoot were in the pool for the first time. Jerry Denton has been a few times earlier and was there today. Leslie Nielsen did her sunning thing as did a couple of fellows we don’t know. Then a couple we don’t know came in the pool later on. Continue reading Weather. Weed killing. Pei Wei.

Supper at Garcia’s. Twitter.

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Elaine at Garcia’s entrance

We figured we needed a meal out, so we chose Garcia’s on W Peoria Ave. We haven’t been there for a while – since Chris and Charles Yust were visiting a few months ago. It is a great place for Mexican food; one of the old time Mexican restaurants in Phoenix. It being Friday evening, we went early to avoid the crowd. Our 4:45 arrival was timely and we got in right away and were served with no waiting. Continue reading Supper at Garcia’s. Twitter.

Halloween in the Park. Moon Valley Cafe.

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Here’s the front view of our golf cart, with a huge spider on top

Today was Hallowe’en Parade day. Several of us decorated our golf carts and some others decorated their motorized scooters. We all gathered at noon and headed out driving slowly around the streets of the Park. Many of us made a lot of noise blowing our horns, and Marv had some seasonal music playing on his golf cart. Many residents were out front of their houses to watch the parade go by; Elaine and I as well as a couple of others had bags of candy which we handed out to the watchers. Some folks had young kids visiting, and they were excited to get the candy. Continue reading Halloween in the Park. Moon Valley Cafe.

Los Compadres. Dogs groomed. Tablet keyboard. Royal Palm news.

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Machaca Relleno at Los Compadres

Supper tonight was an impromptu affair. As we getting ready to leave the pool Elaine mentioned something about getting supper ready; I  knew she had set some fish out to thaw. But she seemed tired, so I suggested we go out to dinner instead. She quickly agreed! Agnes Volk had mentioned Los Compadres, a Mexican restaurant down on Northern that I used to go to when I worked at Wood Patel nearby but have not been to for a few years. So I thought we should give it a try, since Elaine had never been there. We were happy with our meal and, of course, brought about half home as leftovers. She had a Chicken Fajita, I had a Machaca Relleno. both good. And we both had a margarita. Continue reading Los Compadres. Dogs groomed. Tablet keyboard. Royal Palm news.

Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

Charles and Chris Yust
Charles and Chris Yust

What a great opportunity for a visit with Chris and Charles Yust. We met them several years ago at an RV rally in Indiana and ended up getting our RV and vehicle insurance with them. Chris is a specialist in insurance and gives seminars at RV rallies all over the country. They live fulltime in a motorhome and have for a number of years. As a result, they are very knowledgeable about RV matters as well as the specialized insurance needs of RVers, whether part time or fulltime. And Chris watches out for her customers; when she read last year that we were putting our motorhome in storage she immediately contacted me and asked if we wanted to put our insurance on storage basis. This saved us quite a bit of money. Continue reading Charles and Chris. Newsletter published.

El Encanto. Newsletter.

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The view off the end of our table included a pond, some ducks, and some turtles

Dinner tonight was at El Encanto restaurant in Cave Creek. Pete Petersen and Sharlene Froberg went with us and we had a great time. While it was a first time in this restaurant for the other two, Elaine and I have eaten there several times over the years and always enjoy it. This restaurant is set as a Mexican town, with a pond in the middle, complete with ducks and turtles, an inside eating area, and an open patio and closed patio area. There is also a large open space in the front that is a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. All in all a great experience. Continue reading El Encanto. Newsletter.

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Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine Violette at Pappadeaux

When we heard Pappadeaux was having a Maine lobster special on Friday night, we knew we had to go. And so, it developed, did some others from here in Royal Palm. So group of us made arrangements to go together tonight. Vaneddie Jones, Bill Russell, Marty House, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Elaine, and I went as a group. And as it turned out, Dale and Betty Stroh also went on their own; they would have been welcome to join our party had we know they were coming. The special was two one-pound lobsters for $29.95 along with  dirty rice. Elaine and I each ordered that meal and we brought home 2½ lobsters along with a bread pudding dessert. Continue reading

Hectic, tired. Flu shots. Geek Squad.

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My flu shot badge. We both got them today.

We got our flu shots today. The Walgreen’s at 35th Ave and Dunlap Ave sponsored a clinic here at Royal Palm so that residents could get their flu shots. Elaine and I both got ours when we showed up for the Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting, so we are set for the season. This was a welcome service offered by Walgreen’s, and we hope to foster and closer relationship with more events such as this in the future. I also hope to get them to advertise in our newsletter, The Palm Press. Such services are very beneficial for those who cannot get out easily, and we have some of those here in the park since wee are a 55+ community. Continue reading Hectic, tired. Flu shots. Geek Squad.