Cactus flowers are blooming again with the monsoons!

Picture from Hugh Rhine

Monday Morning Memo

August 22, 2022

Esperanza Estates

What's Happening in EE?


7:00 am to 11:00 am


Pickleball Courts

Thirsty Thursday

5:00 pm


September 1


Neighborhood News

New Cactus Garden

Have you seen the new cactus garden at the west end of Del Sur and Calle Excelso? Several of our volunteer gardeners laid out the garden, others donated pots and plants, and Jolene Hartje painted some lovely ceramic quails and coyotes. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project. The cactus garden is a beautiful addition to this lovely little park.

New!!! Esperanza Estates Fantasy Football League

It's Football Season!! This is a special time of year, and its fun following your favorite teams and players. To add to your football enjoyment, this year Esperanza Estates is organizing it's own Fantasy Football League. You can pick players, build your own team, and enjoy a little gridiron competition with your EE friends and neighbors, all from your easy chair wherever you are. Kevin Welsh is the commissioner of the EE Fantasy Football League. Give Kevin a shout out if you'd like to participate, 520-223-3861,

Green Valley Council Report

From Hugh Rhine

I attended a Green Valley Council meeting on August 18. At that meeting they showed a slide show, "Introduction to the GVC," which provides some history of Green Valley and the purpose of the Green Valley Council. The slides are posted on our Esperanza Estates website at this link. Please let me know of any questions or comments you have, Hugh Rhine, 303-249-5745.

Thirsty Thursday, September 1, 5 pm

Our next Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour is Thursday, September 1, at the Ramada, 5 pm. 

This is a very laid-back gatering of friends and neighbors.  Please BYOB, an appetizer to share if you'd like, and your own utensils. Everyone helps clean and straighten up the Ramada afterward. Hope you can drop by for a visit!

MMM Summer Issues

From Judy Hayes

The Monday Morning Memo is currently on a summer schedule, and is being issued on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The next issue will be September 5. Regular weekly issues will resume with the September 19 issue.

Please send your submissions and comments to both Judy Hayes,, 720-201-9260 and John Nesavich,, 303-880-3261.

Caring Connections

Food Bank Donations

From Sandy and Phil LaVoi

This is just a friendly reminder about our food shelf in the Ramada. The Community Food Bank's needs continue to increase. Thanks so such much for your donations of non-perishble food.

Good to Know

The FCC Is Cracking Down On Scammers' Robocalls

Source: GV Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers Scam Squad, August 16, 2022

Scammers blanket Americans with billions of illegal robocalls annually. Many originate overseas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is creating new rules to combat this phone scourge.

 Foreign scammers use many techniques to get you to answer your phone. Like spoofing, which displays fake phone numbers so you think it’s a local call. And they route their calls through a legitimate “gateway” provider into this country.


At the FCC’s direction, most large telecom companies use a protocol called STIR/SHAKEN to verify that the call actually originates from the number shown on your phone, instead of from a scammer. The gateway companies are now required to verify the call’s origin and block the robocalls.


But you can still help yourself by following these recommendations:

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. If you do and don’t recognize who you’re talking to, hang up immediately.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially if your answer would be “yes”. Your recorded “yes” can be used to show you agreed to something.
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name or passwords.
  • Ask your phone company about their call-blocking tools.

Remember, if you don’t know who you’re talking to, don’t talk.

Visit the Scam Squad website to check for other alerts. 

Spotting Facebook Messenger and Instragram Scammers

Source: GV Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers Scam Squad, August 9, 2022

Fact: imposter scams are common with older folks being the target. The method is for a scammer to impersonate your relative with an urgent need for money. You may have heard of “grandparents scams”. Well, they exist for all family members.

 And it’s not just family members that are faked. Scammers will fake charities, games, quizzes, lottery prizes and even coupons. They all rely on you sending them money before you can reap the benefits.

 Some tips on not being scammed on social media sites like Facebook Messenger and Instagram:

  • Never accept an invitation from someone you don’t know.
  • If the contact says to leave the social media site and revert to email, don’t.
  • Block the person who sent the message.
  • Use common sense. If a freebie requires upfront money – it’s a scam.
  • Watch for “person in distress” schemes.
  • Change your password often.
  • Enable automatic updates of your device.


Marie & the Rock & Soul Express

August 26th

6 - 9 pm

Elks Club

$5 for non-members


Aug 26, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022

Never in the history of country music has any one band been more awarded than the band ALABAMA. From small town Ft Payne, Alabama to the highest stages around the world, to the hallowed grounds of the Grand Ol Opry. The music of ALABAMA is timeless and stands today as a guide for the best in country music. This small band of related cousins and friends went on to hold the record of 22 continuous # 1 hits IN A ROW. This record still stands today, with 3 more #1 hits added along the way. BORN COUNTRY has put all these hits and more into an incredible show that will jaunt you down memory lane of the greatest time in country music. High Energy, incredible musicianship and songs and melodies you can remember, connect with, and sing along too….. Before there was Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson…there was the radio dominant legend….ALABAMA. This music was BORN COUNTRY!

Funny Bone

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