Monday Morning Memo

January 2, 2023

Esperanza Estates

What's Happening in EE This Week?


9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Pickleball Courts

Pickleball 101

11:00 am


Pickleball Courts


8:30 am


Portillo Bridge Park

Titan Trash & Recycle Pick Up

Materials out for collection 6 am


EE neighborhood

Pickleball 102

11:00 am


Pickleball Courts

Thirsty Thursday

4:00 pm



Neighborhood News

Reminder About Titan Trash Pick Up, Wednesdays

Our Esperanza Estates trash pick up with Titan Recycle and Trash begins this week, Wednesday, January 4, for both trash and recycling, and will continue on Wednesdays each week. Please have your trash and recycle materials out for collection no later than 6:00 am on collection day to ensure pickup.

Titan Trash is delivering all their available containers with a priority for the 'new' customers to Titan. Remaining customers will be delivered containers when they are received during the month of January. If you have not ordered containers yet, email with your name, address, and container size (S, M, L) for recycle and trash. Additional information is available on the EE website at this link.

2023 EEHOA Dues

From Dean Lockwood, HOA Board Treasurer

Just a reminder, after January 15 unpaid EEHOA dues will incur a late fee of $35. Dues were due on January 1. Please call Dean Lockwood at 612-240-0945 with questions.

HOA Director Election Ballot Update

From Ken Lindeman, HOA Secretary

As of 12/30/22, we have received 185 ballots plus 3 we won't be able to use, as one is unsigned and two were not in return envelopes. We are accepting ballots until January 9th, 2023. Out of 350 households, we should expect better than 50% voting participation, especially when we have five people running for three positions. You can read the canididates' Bio's at this link. Please get your ballots in whether by mail or drop off at the Ramada HOA suggestion box.


From Mary Harp

Weather permitting, the Gardeners will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:30 a.m. at Portillo Bridge Park next to 301 Portillo.  Bring tools for clean up, pruning and weeding at the Park. New gardeners are always welcome.

Pickleball Education Program

From Sharon Falor

Beginning on January 2, 2023 our winter pickleball education program commences. In Esperanza Estates there are three options for any resident to choose from during the months of January, February, and March. All classes are free and paddles are available for use.

Pickleball 101: Introduction to Pickleball - Beginners ONLY! This course will focus on safety, equipment, and movement. All players will learn the basic shots, rules of the game, and meet other beginner players to socially play with outside of class.

Dates for Class: Jan 2, 16, 30, Feb 6, 20, March 6, 20. Class Time: 11:00-12:30

Pickleball 102: Intermediate Drills and Skills. All players must be able to dink, drop, serve, and return the ball consistently. Not perfectly but efficiently. The focus of this course will be on the fundamentals of the soft game, serve and return, defending in the transition zone, footwork, stealing, volleying, blocking, and the J hook for the lob.

Dates for Class: Jan 4, 18, Feb 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29. Class Time: 11:00-12:30

Pickleball 103: Advanced Techniques. All players must have a rank of 3.5 or higher higher. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to text or call me. This course will highlight footwork, ball placement, shot selection, partner considerations, game strategy, and physical training through drills. 

Dates for Class: Jan 23, 25  Feb 1, 13, 27, March 1, 13, 

Every class will meet seven times and skill development will build on weekly instruction. Attending class is important to skill acquisition. 

Instructors will be Esperanza residents and myself, Sharon Welsh Falor.

Thirsty Thursday

It's time for Happy Hour!! Thirsty Thursday is this Thursday, 4 pm, at the Ramada. This is a No-Host gathering. It's BYO drink and an appetizer to share (if you'd like), eating utensils, and we all help clean up. Everyone is welcome. Come on over to the Ramada and see some old friends and meet some new ones!

Block Captain Meeting! 

From Sharon Falor

Block Captain Meeting! This is an invitation to all current captains and those interested in becoming part of the Welcome Corp in Esperanza Estates. Please join us at 1:00 on January 11th at my home, 1180 W Circulo Del Sur. If you have a question please call or text me: 928.853.3474

Book Club

The EE January Book Club will meet January 12, 10 am, at Lynn Theder's home, 1155 Excelso. The book this month is The Governor's Wife by Mark Gimenez. Hugh Rhine will lead the discussion. Please RSVP to either Lynn,, or to Hugh,, so we can get a general idea of how many are planning to attend. Everyone is welcome. It will be an interesting discussion!

Food Shelf at Ramada

From Sandy LaVoi

Thanks again to everyone for your generous food donations. The Food Shelf donation box is always at the Ramada for non-perishable unopened food donations.

Caring Connections

Orphans Christmas Dinner

We had a great group at the EE Orphans Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day at the Ramada. Many thanks to Connie Scorza, Lynn Noble, Barb Peterson, Ron Eldredge, and Karen Killebrew for organizing the dinner. And a huge thanks to Lyle for tending the heaters. Those of us without family nearby greatly enjoyed the opportunity to get together with neighbors on the holiday. This would be a wonderful tradition to continue in EE!!



Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 7:00 PM MST

Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Band derives its name from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, the first place to see the sunrise each day in the United States. Maine is the home state of lead singer and guitarist, Joel Leland. Joel is joined by Katie Colville on bass, Heather Hardy on violin and vocals and Alvin Blaine on banjo and dobro.

CARLA COOKE Daughter of the Legendary Sam Cooke

Jan 6, 2023 - Jan 7, 2023

The Legendary Sam Cooke is about music, religion, romance, and history. Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of the Legendary Sam Cooke, and her future mirrors the image of her father. The younger Cooke knows her father’s roots are so deep that Carla has become her own person and connects with her roots through her father’s music. Having her Father, her God Father, Sir Mac Rice, writer of “Cheaper to Keep Her” and “Mustang Sally” and her Uncle Recording Artist LC Cooke as inspirations, motivates the journey she is on as an Artist.

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