Monday Morning Memo

April 11, 2022

Esperanza Estates

What's Happening in EE This Week?


8:00 am to 12:00 pm


Pickleball Courts

Monday Water Aerobics

8:30 am

Mon Wed Fri


Gentle Yoga

11:15 am




9:00 am


Mesquite Park

Meet and Greet

2:00 pm



Book Club

10:00 am



Crafty Crafters

1:00 pm



Thirsty Thursday

4:00 pm



EE Pool Closed

All Day



Easter Parade & Dessert



EE Neighborhood

Special Event!!

Annual Easter Parade with Dessert

Easter Sunday, April 17

Don't forget our Annual EE Easter Parade for Sunday, April 17, 2 pm (participants line up at 1:45). This year, we are having food too...an Easter Dessert Gathering at the Ramada for everyone....both parade participants and observers.

You can drive your golf cart or some other vehicle (motorcycle, cool car, bicycle, skateboard, whatever...) in the parade. We drive through our neighborhood, honking, tossing Easter candy, and spreading Easter Blessings and Good Cheer thoughout Esperanza Estates.

After the Parade, come on over to the Ramada for Easter Dessert. It will be a No-Host type of event....BYOB, bring a dessert to share (if you'd like to), and bring your own eating utensils. All are Welcome!!

So, grab your Easter bonnet, spiff-up your ride, and join in! It's a hoot!

Neighborhood News

Spring Fling Was Great Fun!

Next is Cinco De Mayo, May 5!

From Robin Lockwood

The Hospitality Committee would like to thank all of the people of this community who attended our "Spring Fling" event at the Ramada on April 5th. We served over 130 meals, which is incredible for this time of the year! Thank you for your support for our events! We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Optimist Club of Green Valley for loaning us the use of their incredible grill trailer for this event, and a huge thanks to those Optimists from Esperanza Estates who handled the grilling. Without their equipment and efforts, we could not have served the 130+ meals that we did so quickly and efficiently. 

Please mark May 5th on your calendar for our next EE Hospitality Event. We will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo at the Ramada. Details will be in an upcoming Monday Morning Memo. 

Morning Water Aerobics

From Judy Lang

Morning Water Aerobics has begun again at the EE Pool on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 8:30 am, and will continue, weather permitting, until further notice. All are welcome.


From Mary Harp

The Gardeners will meet Tuesday, April 12 at 9:00 am, Sunset Park next to the Ramada, to discuss applying water and fertilizer for the following locations during May and June: 

1) Mountain View Park

2) Portillo Bridge Park

3) Esperanza Blvd common area

4) New raised cactus gardens behind Sur

5) del Norte common area

6) Regalo Park

7) Sunset park


The meeting will review use of equipment to water and fertilize. Please come if you are interested in volunteering or you can call or text 520.329.9103 for Rod Harp.

Meet and Greet

From Sharon Falor

Bienvinedos Esperanza Estates: If you are new to our community, please plan on attending our “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, April 13th at 2:00 at the Ramada. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Board, to meet your Block Captain, and to hear about all the wonderful volunteer activities in Esperanza Estates. We will offer appetizers and welcome folders to all new residents who have arrived the past 18 to 24 months. Please mark your calendars and join us at the Ramada!

Crafty Crafters

From Bernie Olson

The Crafters will meet this Thursday, April 14, 1 pm, at the Ramada. We will be working on individual projects for the rest of the season. I will continue to bring the roving wool, so if someone wants to make a geode they can. If they want to make a felted rock, bring a rock. We can also continue working on the “no-sew” quilted ornaments (must bring your own supplies). Or just come and chat.

Call Bernie with questions, 920-254-9277.

Book Club

From Linda Sielken

The EE Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 14th, in the Ramada at 10:00 to discuss The Paris Library, led by Fred Hills. All are invited!

Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Is This Week!!

EE's Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour is this Thursday, April 14th, at the Ramada, at 4:00 pm. We use the no-host approach...bring your own beverages, appetizers are optional, bring your own utensils. Just come visit, say hello to friends, hang out and enjoy some Arizona afternoon sunshine!!

Afternoon Water Aerobics On Hiatus

From Robin Lockwood

Afternoon Water Aerobics are now on hiatus until the 2022-23 fall/winter season. We will reconvene next season when our leaders return to EE and the afternoon weather is warm enough. Please note that Judy Lang is leading a morning water aerobics class now, so you can still get an awesome low-impact workout in, 3 times a week. Her class is a great way to start the day!

Pool Closed, Friday, April 14th

From Gary Rautio

NOTE - the pool will be closed all day next Friday, April 15th for the installation of a new pool cover. Please do not enter the pool enclosure area. Thank you.

Food Shelf Donations

From Sandy LaVoi

Thanks to everyone who brought food to the Spring Fling! The box was overflowing. The Commnunity Food Bank is very grateful for your donations.

Thank You!

Community Directories

From Ken Lindeman

The 2022 Green Valley Community Directory is now available at the Ramada. We have a limited supply so once they are gone, they are gone. Swing by the Ramada and pick yours' up.

Caring Connections

Hit and Run

From Karen Ramos

  • We're looking for a witness to who hit our truck at 1148 W. Calle Excelso last week as they did not leave a note. If you witnessed anything please stop by and let us know. We think it happened March 30 or 31. Thanks in advance!

Good to Know

In Your Plot ... By Lorna Mitchell

Source: Green Valley Gardeners, Sand and Seed Newsletter, April, 2022

Spring planting time is NOW! Savor the aroma of freshly churned soil in the cool morning air as you anticipate those tiny plants filling your plot. Winter’s erratic temperatures should settle down this month and allow for our tender seedlings to get established.

The earthworms are active in the warming soil and we need to be too: digging soil with amendments of compost and complete fertilizer, removing old roots, grubs, and weeds, breaking up clods, re-establishing irrigation tubing and clocks, and shopping for seeds and plants.

Stores are stocked with a wide variety of both cool and warm season plant choices. You have to distinguish what will thrive. Leaf lettuce is a cool crop that we can grow year round because it grows so quickly and the leaves are harvested young; chard will also often survive the summer. While you are buying seeds for spring planting think what you might want to plant in August and October and consider buying packets of parsnips, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, kale, peas, cauliflower, carrots, beets, and chard now while they are available. Keep them in a cool place, NOT in the garage or in your locker at the garden where they will get hot and they will wait patiently for you to put them in the ground.

Seeds for squashes, beans, cucumbers, radish, melons, okra, corn, etc., can go in the ground now. Soaking the seeds in water 12-24 hours before planting can hasten germination. Read the package as to depth and spacing of seeds. Keep the ground moist, not soupy or dry, with a few minutes of watering several times each day. Covering the seed bed for a couple of weeks with a porous white cloth can help get seedlings established but remove it when the young plants push against it.

Transplants of tomato can be set out anytime; bury the stem up to the growing leaves, new roots will grow from the buried stem and offer more support and nutrient intake. Water once with a nutrient solution such as Miracle Grow but mix it up at half the concentration on the label and keep the soil moist at all times. These new little babies will need TLC for a couple weeks; check them often, a lot can go wrong.

Transplants of peppers, eggplant, and okra like warmer soil and prefer to wait until the middle of April to grow outside. Check all transplants and remove hitchhikers like aphids or insect eggs. Allow for room to grow and expand and add supports within the next few weeks while it still fits over easily.

We should see activity in our onions this month as they begin storing food and enlarging the bulb. Garlic needs to stay in the ground until late May or June.

For more details and tips on successful summer gardening in the heat attend my seminar on April 14 at Desert Hills auditorium 9:30 a.m.

Events and Entertainment


Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25

Funny Bone

Source: Wright Ranch Rescue

Thanks John Nesavich

Source: Table For Two Please

Source: The New Yorker Cartoons

Please send your jokes, suggestions, and comments to Judy Hayes,

jkhayes70@gmail.com, 720-201-9260 or John Nesavich, jnesavich@gmail.com,303-880-3261