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Cruise Lake Pleasant – October Monthly Meeting


Enjoy a 90-minute scenic cruise on beautiful Lake Pleasant. Narration of the lake’s history and wildlife is provided. Cruisers will learn about Lake Pleasant, The Agua Fria River, The HoHoKom Tribe, The Old Waddell Dam, The New Waddell Dam, area wildlife and recreational activities at Lake Pleasant. You may see wild burro, deer, javalina, coyote, foxes, bald eagles, or other bird species. Lake Pleasant is a man-made Lake. The reservoir is 10,000 acres and boasts 116 miles of shoreline. The Agua Fria River features extensive canyon walls and is accessible only at certain times during the year. Come experience our oasis in the desert on this cruise. Drink specials, snacks and a full bar available (cash only).

Tickets for the special Thursday cruises are $16.00 for people 60 years of age or older.   For the under-60s, the price is $22.00.  All tickets can be purchased on site at the marina.

For Carpooling:  Begin gathering at the staging area in the parking lot off either R. H. Johnson Blvd or Meeker Blvd. between the Library and the Bowling Alley (parking area #14) for sign in and arranging carpools. Be there at 10:45 as we will be leaving at 11:00 SHARP!

If you are driving on your own:

Lake Pleasant Cruises is located at Pleasant Harbor Marina in Peoria, Arizona. Please note we are NOT located at Scorpion Bay Marina. We are at the marina at the southeast corner of Lake Pleasant, located off Carefree Highway (74). Turn at 87th Avenue and follow signs to Pleasant Harbor Marina. Address: 8708 W. Harbor Blvd. Peoria, AZ 85383.

Important Information from the Cruise company:

Cash only on board. No outside food or beverages allowed. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Pleasant Harbor Marina charges a $6.00 per vehicle ($2.00 per person on chartered buses) entry fee. No free park entry on cruises.  We recommend you arrive early if you plan to utilize the golf cart shuttles. Shuttles run 24/7 and are available to anyone visiting Pleasant Harbor.  Tipping your shuttle driver is recommended. Our cruises may be canceled by the Captain if extreme weather conditions are present. We do not cancel for rain.

Click on the Event Calendar listing for links to the company web site, travel directions and map.

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September Lunch and Music at Birt’s Bistro – September Monthly Meeting

The Good Times Committee says “Join us for a fun lunch at Birt’s Bistro in Surprise. ”  Birt’s chef and team have created a menu featuring fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps and tempting Chef Features.   There is also musical entertainment from noon-1:00 pm.

Birt’s Bistro is a restaurant on Benevilla’s main campus in Surprise, whose social enterprise model helps to support the charitable work that Benevilla does in our community.  Every purchase at Birt’s helps to fund Benevilla programs and services, providing care and support for older adults, disabled adults, children, and the families who care for them. 

This event is limited to 25 attendees.  Because this location has limited seating and no-shows take spots away from other people who want to attend, a $5.00 seat reservation will be necessary to hold your spot.   Your $5.00 will be refunded to you at the event.  For no-shows to the event, the $5.00 reservation will not be refunded.  

To reserve your spot:

  • Bring your $5.00 to the August 21st gathering at the RHJohnson Activity Center or
  • Mail a check made out to SCWLGBT to Allen Hughes, 19006 N 143rd Avenue, SCW, 85375 or
  • Call Allen at 757 810 2017 to arrange a time to drop off your reservation.

This is a limited-seating event, so you can only attend if we receive your $5.00 hold ahead of the event.  Please reserve your spot early. Because Birt’s is a charitable organization, they have requested each attendee purchase a meal item off the menu – please do not just order coffee or a beverage.  

Check the September Calendar event link for Birt’s address and a map.

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Get Ready for August Fun! – August Monthly Meeting

It’s summer.  It’s hot.  You’re bored.  Here’s the solution:  Join your LGBT Club for a fun evening at the RH Johnson Activity Center for a night of regular lane bowling, or shoot some pool or just get together and socialize.   

Your Good Times Committee has reserved space for us to do these activities.  We need a minimum of 20 people to RSVP to hold the reservation.   Please RSVP no later than Saturday, August 19th to Cindy O.  through email at mykids26@aol.com  or by phone at 623.693.7844.  Please do not RSVP to Suzanne or the scwlgbt email for this event.

Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase.

Costs are:

  • Lane Bowling:  $2.50 per game (includes shoe rental)
  • Pool/Billiards:  Free – no extra charge

Update:  8/19/17 – Wii Bowling will not be available at this event due to ceiling renovations in the Shuffleboard Room.  

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July 17th Monthly Meeting Changed!

For July, you’ll have a choice of venues to meet with your fellow club members.   Are you craving a 99 cent margarita and chips and salsa?  Join a group meeting at Rio Mirage in El Mirage.   Or does a nice plate of pasta and a glass of wine sound like the perfect evening meal?   You are covered as another group will be at Lou’s Tivoli Gardens in Surprise.    
Here are the details :
1. Rio Mirage (99 cent Margaritas and great food) 5:00 PM
12245 W. Santa Fe Ln  El Mirage
2. Lou’s Tivoli Gardens 5:00 PM
12535 W. Bell Road, Surprise
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Bowling the House Down


We had a great turnout for the Wii Bowling Event tonight, June 21st, including 3 new members! Welcome Mark, Dave and Dan, we hope to see the guys back at the July meeting!
24 people showed up and about 16 bowlers participated, showing off their Wii Bowling Skills. There was also a cheering section of 8 very enthusiastic club members offering lots of suggestions from the sidelines to improve the skill level of the bowlers.
Bill Warren of the Sun City West Johnson Lanes staff had the place all set up for us, collected the fee and provided excellent instructions on how to use the system. He was always available to assist with anything we needed and provided beverages for those in need. 
This was a particularly enjoyable event as the AC in the building was way more comfortable than the 114 degree weather outside.
This may be an event we could do again, as everyone seemed to have a great time.
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How Did the April 24th Gathering Go?

28 of us had a great time in the wonderful Quail Room at the Sun City West Foundation. We very comfortably fit around round tables, where we laughed, schmoozed, got to know each other, noshed on appetizers and finger foods, and played 3 wicked rounds of very competitive Arizona and LGBT Trivia.
We asked for contributions of $4 or more to pay for the $80 room fee, and we made our goal.  I think the room was definitely worth it.  Good A/C (sorry for those of you who got chilled!!), a warming oven, a fridge, and complimentary ice.  Clean up was a breeze, no chairs to stack, or tables to move. I think this place is a keeper, for when we want to gather in a meeting room. Lots of potential to play games, and other organizational/get to know you better exercises.
A new club connect and network opportunity was launched at the meeting.  We now have “Are You Interested In…” sheets for people to sign up with phone numbers, so you can easily call up another member with like interests.  Some of the sign up lists included: Going out to dinner, Travel, Bowling/billiards, Card/board/dominos games, Wii bowling, Going to movies, Live music, Hanging by the pool, Museums.   Come to the next meeting to add your name to the growing lists.  You can sign on to existing lists or start new interests and activities.  These lists will not be posted on the website.
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Monthly Potluck Gathering – April 24, 2017—PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

We will meet the 4TH  Monday in April at the Sun City West Foundation Quail Room, 14465 W. RH Johnson Blvd.   Please note, this is right next door to Unity where we met last month.

5:30pm to schmooze and mingle(an earlier start time than usual, if you want to come and hang out. No worries if you can’t)

This month we’ll have an Appetizer and Finger Food Potluck beginning at 6:30 pm.  Alcoholic beverages, Wine and Beer ARE allowed. So bring a nosh,  your beverage, and a place setting.  

Please donate a few bucks to help with room rental costs. This room costs $80.00!

We will be having several activities and games.

This will be the last hoorah for the Snowbird Flock(Full disclosure- yours truly) Let’s have a great time, and gear up for a summer that will include many of your LGBT friends you’ve made this year.

Open to Sun City West LGBT Club members and Allies

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