Monday Morning Memo

December 5, 2022

Esperanza Estates

What's Happening in EE This Week?


9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Pickleball Courts


8:30 am


Sunset Park

Book Club

1:00 pm


756 Nueva

Thirsty Thursday

4:00 pm



Neighborhood News

EE HOA Board Election

From Ken Lindeman, HOA Secretary

The election for the EE HOA Board is this month, December. We will have five candidates running for three Board Member seats. The candidates are Cyndie Alto, Tom Cooke, John Nesavich, Connie Scorza, and Dave Sielken. The ballots will be going out the week of December 5, 2022. You can read each candidate's bio at this link.


From Mary Harp

The Gardeners will meet on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Park next to the Ramada.  Bring tools for clean up, pruning and weeding at the Park. New gardeners are always welcome.

December Book Club, Thursday at 756 Nueva

The December Book Club will meet at Marce Pross' home, 756 Nueva, instead of at the Ramada. Meeting time is 10 am, on Thursday, December 8. Marce will lead the discussion of the book, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Everyone is welcome.

Thirsty Thursday Is This Week

Our next "Thirsty Thursday" Happy Hour is this week, Thursday, December 8, 4:00 pm in the Ramada. Thirsty Thursdays are held every other week and are no-host events. No-host just means that everyone brings their own drink, appetizer to share (if you'd like), eating utensils, and we all help clean up. Come on, drink, and join in!

Time For Everyone To Decorate

Their Lamp Posts

From Jackie Rautio

Don’t be a grinch. EE has a long-standing tradition of decorating our street light posts for the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years. 


For newcomers, you will need the electrical plug-in to go in the socket in the lamp. If the lamp does not already have one, you can purchase one at a local hardware store or Walmart. This will allow you to plug in your string of lights and they will light when your lamp comes on at dusk. You then can creatively decorate your post. You will see a beautiful sight after the sun goes down. 


If anyone is unable to take on this decorating task, we have Enhancement Elves volunteers to assist you. They will decorate your post for just $10 if you supply the decorations, $20 if we supply the decorations and an additional charge for the adapter if you need one. Everything belongs to you when we take the decorations down.

The Elves are very busy this time of the year and we would appreciate volunteers to train and help out on the project in addition to our Enhancement group. We start decorating right after Thanksgiving. The deadline for requesting this service is December 7. Questions? Call Jackie Rautio at 602-206-3354.

Ramada Food Collection

From Sandy LaVoi

Just a reminder...when you do your grocery shopping ..pick up a couple extra items for those in need. Take your donations to the food ben at the Ramada. Thanks for the generosity.

Save the Date for the

EE Christmas Golf Cart Parade Thursday December 22

from: Donna Shay

It’s the Season for Christmas Fun!

The Esperanza Estates Neighborhood Christmas Golf Cart, Scooter, Bike, Hot Cars and Walkers PARADE is scheduled for 3:15 pm Thursday December 22, 2022.

So, find your stockings and ugly sweaters; your garland and lights; Christmas trees, elves and reindeers; decorations a plenty are needed for this flight!!! ALL are WELCOME in the parade or observing in their driveways.

Parade participants assemble at the Ramada at 3 pm for a 3:15 pm PARADE start!!

After the parade is a festive 4pm THIRSTY THURSDAY gathering

for all.

Orphans’ Christmas Dinner

From: Lynn Noble

Hey everyone! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice come join us at the Ramada on Christmas Day for food and merriment. So many of us spend the holidays alone and to that we say BAH-HUMBUG! You will be asked to bring a dish to share, your beverage of choice, and place settings. (The elves will be on vacation, so we have to do the work ourselves). Please RSVP to Connie Scorza at 541-647-8755 or Lynn Noble at 406-794-2509 by December 9th. We will be in touch shortly after the 9th with details!

New Pool Umbrella's and Chairs

From: Tom Cooke

The damaged umbrellas at the pool area have been replaced with new ones of identical color. Several new chairs for the pool area will be arriving in the next couple of weeks to replace those which have outlived their usefulness. This is the first pool furniture the HOA has had to purchase for 11 years and will continue to keep our pool and spa lounging areas in excellent condition.

ESPERANZA ESTATES IS GNOME for the Holidays!”  Christmas Event!!

from: Dean and Robin Lockwood

The Hospitality Committee will be hosting a Holiday Potluck Event at the Ramada on Tuesday, December 13th at the Ramada. This is a NO COST event, but we are asking you to please bring a favorite holiday appetizer or main dish that you’d like to share.  Desserts will be provided, along with: COMPLIMENTARY wine, beer, water, soda, coffee, plates, napkins, cups, utensils, etc. Happy Hour begins at 4:30 and dinner service will begin at 5:00pm.  The Hospitality Committee has made fun GNOME centerpieces, and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win one!!! 

**Please feel free to wear your favorite “Ugly Sweater” or Goofy, fun holiday attire. There will be prizes awarded!!!!

**We are encouraging you to please bring a donation for the Food Bank. You will receive an additional raffle ticket for a gnome centerpiece with your donation!

**We will be collecting “tips” for the hard workers with Points West, our HOA landscapers. They work very hard all year to keep our common areas will maintained, and these tips are very much appreciated.

Good To Know


December 2022

Serving Our Community Since 1980

By Marilee Crumley

Season's Greetings! This year seemed to fly by! Hope it’s been a good one for you. We’ve had many changes in Green Valley Gardeners’ – the biggest ones being the new website and the new logo. If you haven’t visited our website lately, be sure to check out how different and updated it is now. Hopefully, you are aware of our new logo, having seen it on Sand n Seeds, many of the signs, and our new t-shirts.

If you enjoy music, please take advantage of the following events this month. At Desert Meadows Park two concerts are planned:

  • Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 the Elderly Brothers  
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12:30 a Christmas Concert by Green Valley Concert Band members. 

Both will be in the Barrio Garden.  


Historic Canoa Ranch will be having different Christmas light displays and entertainment Thursdays – Saturdays Dec. 1 -17; 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. each night.


There is a field trip to Green Things on Dec. 6 to see their amazing poinsettias and other holiday flowers. You should contact Christa Ryan or sign up at the first seminar of December.


As you’re enjoying our pleasant sunny December days, take time to visit our gardens – Arid Garden, Desert Meadows Park, Historic Canoa Ranch, and Ogden Gardens (now open again to the public); And have a wonderful holiday season!



Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 7:00 PM MST

Internationally renowned Yellow Bird Indian Dancers under the direction of Ken Duncan, member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, specializes in cultural presentations that celebrate the unique spirit of the American Indian. For the past 30 years, Yellow Bird has curated a unique repertoire of songs, dances, stories and dialogue that entertain and educate audiences of all ages.


TAD Management

Friday December 9, 2022

Get ready to ring in the holiday season with a tribute to the enduring soundtrack of Brian Wilson’s music and America’s beloved boys of summer – The Beach Boys! A Sufrin’ Holiday serves up some of the most recognized Christmas classics, like “Little St. Nick”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa’s Beard” and “White Christmas” along with all your favorite Beach Boys Tunes, stunning harmonies and the falsetto sounds you remember!

Click here for more information

Christmas Event

Source: William Olson

Funny Bone

From Always Leave them Laughing

Source: Lynn Miclea Auther

From John Nesavich

Source: Home Grown Puns

source: Lynn Mlclea

Source: Middle Aged Humor

Please send your jokes, suggestions, and comments to

Judy Hayes,, 720-201-9260 or

John Nesavich,, 303-880-3261

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