The PORA Connection Newsletter

     PORA Sun City West Newsletter - Friday, June 10, GMT-0700
Return to Previous Newsletter List
  Friday, June 10, 2016  
Click here for New Items

ROC# 152577

ROC# 168508

ROC# 201965

ROC# 269031

Your ad could go here, call PORA's Marketing Department at 623-584-4288, X414.

ROC# 291262

ROC# 061127


Visit Surprise Memory Care
Visit us Online:    PORA Website    PORA on Facebook    PORA Adult Learning    Visitors Center

Cool People Play BINGO!

PORA's Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at the R H Johnson Social Hall in Sun City West.

Come early for a good seat, doors open at 3:00 p.m!

Note:  If you are a group of four or more and would like to sit together, plan on arriving before 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited but, you must be 18 to play.


See New Items

June Classes At PORA Adult Learning  New Item!


See New Items

CC&R Tip Of The Week  New Item!


See New Items

PORA Food Drive A Great Success  New Item!


See New Items

Renew Your PORA Membership On-line

PORA members can now renew their membership from the PORA website –

Select "Join PORA" from the upper right list on our Home page.  Select "Click here to log in". Enter a member name exactly as it appears on your renewal notice, along with your account number. By placing your mouse over the Sample Renewal Notice provided, you are shown the two places that you can find this information on your renewal notice.

After you click the Submit button, you are shown the information that we have recorded for your account. If any of this information is incorrect, please contact the PORA office to correct it. You are provided with your billed amount, and you have the opportunity to give a donation. When you are ready, click the “Renew Your Annual Membership On-Line” button, where you will be asked for your credit card information. When the transaction has been completed, print your receipt, and if you have registered your e-mail address with PORA, you will receive an e-mail copy of your receipt.

In addition to on-line payment, you can still renew your membership in the following ways:

  1. Call in your credit card info to our Membership Department at 623-584-4288 X431.
  2. Detach the bottom section from your renewal notice, and mail it in to the PORA office using the return envelope provided, or drop it off at the PORA Office.

Anyone wishing to join PORA can also join on-line on our website by selecting "Join PORA" from the upper right list on our home page.  Select "Click here to log in", then select "Not a PORA Member? Learn how to become one". Scroll down to "New! Click to Join PORA online" and follow the instructions after clicking "Join PORA".

If you have any questions, please contact the PORA Membership department at 623-584-4288 x431.

See New Items

Will You Be Our Next New Member?

PORA is a non-profit organization serving the interests of the unincorporated community of Sun City West. All membership and business service fees support our efforts in being the “Voice of Good Government” in Sun City West.

Why YOU need a PORA membership and how PORA benefits you:


  • Consumer Services
  • Vendor Expo
  • CC&Rs (Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions)
  • Visitors Center
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • County Assessor’s
  • IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service Representative
  • Notary Service (Free to Members)
  • Plot Plans (Free to Members)


  • Bingo
  • Government Affairs
  • Health & Environment
  • PORA Adult Learning
  • PORA Insider Magazine
  • Northwest Valley Liaison
  • Transportation & Water Committees
  • Utility Rate Monitoring
  • Discounted Wildlife World Zoo Tickets
  • Weekly E-mail Newsletter Highlighting Local Events

Click on the link below for a membership form.

Click here to find out more.

See New Items

Wildlife World Zoo Discount Tickets Available At PORA

Do you have visitors coming this summer?

Don't forget PORA members can get discount tickets for the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park which has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, with more than 600 separate species, rides, a petting zoo and daily shows!

Tickets are $24 for adults (a 35% discount) and $12 for children (a 25% discount) ages three to 12. Come by the PORA office any day, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to buy your tickets.

 And the best part . . . you don't have to stand in line at the zoo the buy your tickets!

Visit their website at to plan your visit today!

See New Items

Association Of Condominiums And Homeowners (ACHO) Closed For Summer

The Association of Condominiums and Homeowners (ACHO) located in the PORA building is closed for the summer effective Monday, May 2nd.

The office will be accepting phone calls and emails and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

The office will reopen the first week in October.

See New Items

The Community Fund May Help

If some Sun City West residents find they need help with a critical bill this month, don’t hesitate to call the Community Fund of Sun City West;

The CFSCW may be able to help you with some of your bills. You may call our hotline, which is: 623-546-1122. Please jot this number down in case you can’t call right away. If you do that, at least you will have it when you come to the realization that you may need a bit of help meeting your bills in the future. Sometimes one may lay awake at night wondering if he can make the bills. Don’t put yourself through that any more than you have to when you can call us to see if there is a chance that you qualify for assistance, and then CFSCW may be able to help you with some critical bills.

We helped residents with over $92,000 worth of bills in 2015. Maybe we can help you, too.

See New Items

Community Meeting Schedule - Stay Involved And Stay Informed!

Here's a list of the meetings held by some of the Sun City West community organizations:

  • Community Fund of Sun City West, Board Meeting: Friday, June 17th, 9:00 a.m., Roadrunner Room, Sun City West Foundation Building, Sun City West.
  • PORA Board of Directors: Monday, June 20th, 1:00 p.m., 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West.
  • PORA Traffic Meeting:  Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:30 p.m., 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West.
  • PORA Water Meeting: Wednesday, June 22nd, 9:30 a.m., 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West.
  • Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Governing Board Workshop: Friday, June 10th, 9:00 a.m., R H Johnson Recreation Center, Lecture Hall, Sun City West.
  • Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Governing Board Meeting: Thursday, June 23rd, 9:00 a.m., R H Johnson Recreation Center, Social Hall, Sun City West.
  • North County Fire & Medical District, Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, June 16th, 9:00 a.m., 18818 N. Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West.

Please call to confirm as the days and times of the meetings are subject to change. 


See New Items

Learn About The 2016 APS Rate Review - Monday, June 13


See New Items

Grand Avenue/Bell Road Weekly Project Update

 For all the latest news on the construction of the Bell Road and Grand Avenue Traffic Interchange, click here.


See New Items

Keep Pets Safe In The Heat

Every summer Arizona residents report instances of pets being left in a locked automobile on a hot day. Now it's beginning to get hot, we want to remind all residents and seasonal visitors that Arizona has an animal cruelty law regarding leaving dogs locked in cars when the temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many visitors may be unaware of ARS Code 13-2910, and want to take their dogs along on errands but leave them in the car. On a day 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above, this practice can be deadly. A little heat outside a car can quickly make it very hot inside.

So, never leave your dog in a parked car; not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner turned on, even if it is in the shade. A dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby, or panic from claustrophobia, which can make dehydration more likely.

On a summer's day of only 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for example, even keeping the car windows slightly open won't stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 20 minutes. A dog whose body temperature rises to 107-108 degrees will within a very short time suffer irreparable brain damage – or even death.

See New Items

Upcoming Events At The Library

Help Wanted
The Friends of the R H Johnson Library need people who would like to see free movies at the Stardust Theater. All you have to do is become a Thursday Night Movie volunteer and help as a greeter or projectionist.
Through the generosity of the Friends of the Library, a one-year trial of began on May 1st. You will need your own valid Recreation Card to use this new service. 
       is a subscription-based online genealogy research database containing over 5 billion records. These records include complete United States Federal Census records from 1790 to 1930; burial information; Fold3 historical military records in addition to city directories and newspapers; search of public records for people living in the United States; the RootsWeb genealogy online forums; historical newspapers; Ancestry Academy video instruction presented by family history and genealogy experts; and much more. Please note “ for Libraries” only permits access at the two Online Reference computers in the Information Center of the library. never allows libraries to offer remote access.
Genealogy Group
Patrons interested in forming a Genealogy Group at the library may register in person or over the phone at 623-544-6160. The date and time of the first meeting in July will be selected once it has been determined that enough interest exists.
Summer Story Times
Will you have young grandchildren or great-grandchildren visiting you this summer? Bring them and their families to the library for story time. We will read a variety of picture books and make a different craft project at each session. Meet us in the main room at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 15th thru August 10th. 
Summer Reading Club
Back by popular demand, read for fun and prizes by joining our Summer Reading Club. You choose what you would like to read from all of the library’s print books, audiobooks, eBooks, and digital audiobooks. You also have the opportunity to recommend the books you especially enjoyed to other readers. In addition to a variety of fun prizes, if you participate for a minimum of seven weeks out of the fourteen, you will receive one free $1 book at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. Come to the library for more information beginning on Tuesday, May 31st. The club will run until Saturday, September 3rd.
Summer Puzzle
A small group of very generous residents purchased Ravensburger’s “New York City Window” for everyone to enjoy. With 32,256 pieces, this is Ravensburger’s largest jigsaw puzzle and it portrays the view from atop a tall New York City building. When completed, the puzzle will measure approximately 18 ft. by 6 1/2 ft. What a wonderful way to spend hours of fun with friendly people inside the cool library during our hot Arizona summer days. All Sun City West residents are invited to stop by to lend a hand during the library’s normal operating hours.
Universal Class Online Classes
The R H Johnson Library offers free and unlimited access to over 500 online classes through Universal Class. Universal Class topics include arts and crafts, computers, finance, fitness, history, pet care, self-help, and the list goes on. All classes are taught by a real live instructors who are also available to answer your questions via email.
These classes are free to Sun City West residents with a valid Recreation Card. Once you set up your Universal Class account, you can watch the online videos in the comfort of your own home or at the library during regular business hours. You can start a Universal Class any time of day or night, take the class online from anywhere and complete the class at your own pace.
You DO NOT have to go to the library in person to acquire your login, just follow the steps described below:
  1. Go to the RHJ Library’s page on our website, here’s a link.
  2. Click on “Online Catalog”.
  3. In the very upper-right corner, click on “Login”.
  4. Type in your User Name and Password and the “Login” button, or create a new account if you don’t have one yet.
  5. Once you have an account, simply click on the hyperlink that says “Click for Universal Class” and you’re in!
For those that haven’t done so yet, when you get to the create new account part, you will need your Recreation Card number and your date of birth, that’s all. Because these classes are free offerings sponsored by the Friends of the RHJ Library, the Recreation Centers and PORA, the library account is the key to access.
Each time you want to access Universal Class, just login to your Library account and click on the Universal Class hyperlink.
If you are considering a new career or job opportunity, Universal Class offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training and provides printable certificates documenting the completion of courses.
Free access to the Universal Class courses is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the R H Johnson Library, the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, and the Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA).
See New Items

Northwest Valley Connect June Trips ← Need Reservation


See New Items

Benevilla Announces Rock Steady Boxing, Fighting Back Against Parkinsonís   New Item!

Benevilla is excited to announce its newest program, Rock Steady Boxing, Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s that will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at the Benevilla Restorative Life Enrichment Program, located at 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City.

No boxing experience is necessary. This class is exclusively offered to Benevilla Restorative Life Enrichment Program members. These specialized training classes are taught by Certified Personal Trainers and include a full exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, the program emphasizes strength training, reaction time and balance, and includes workouts with focus mitts, heavy bags and speed bags.

Brad Stockwell, from Goodyear, AZ, will be bringing the Rock Steady Boxing program to the valley. His wife of 43 years was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. After seeing a program on television about Leslie Stahl’s husband having Parkinson’s and how attending a boxing program was helping, Stockwell knew he wanted to learn more. After learning that there was no program like this in Arizona, Brad took initiative to receive the specialized training, only offered in Indianapolis, and is now ready to bring what he learned to Benevilla!

More About Rock Steady Boxing - Rock Steady Boxing, the first and only boxing program of its kind in the country, was founded in 2006 by former Marion County Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, who is living with Parkinson’s. Rock Steady Boxing’s mission and message are simple: If you are living with Parkinson’s, you are not alone. Our boxers may not win titles or trophies, but they are all champions in the Rock Steady Boxing ring.

See New Items

Construction And Expansion At The Model Railroad Club  New Item!

Our summer operating schedule will be as follows:

HO/N Scale - 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays at the club room at the R H Johnson Recreation Center. Please note we will be closed on Thursdays starting in June until October. The Club is open and free to all visitors, so come on in and bring the kids and grandkids too, last year we had over 15,000 visitors! There are scale HO and N layouts and Thomas the Tank on his own track. 

HO Scale - During the summer, we are continuing an extensive re-working of the locomotive servicing facilities and the main passenger station to enhance the operations and the adjacent scenery.Thus, there will be periods when the HO layout will not be operational.Your understanding as we improve the layout is appreciated.
N-Scale - A ne w shelf layout featuring a double main line with various industries for switching and yard and locomotive servicing facilities will be fully operational during the summer. 
G -Scale (Outdoor Garden Railroad at Beardsley Park, next to the horseshoe pits) - The Garden Railroad will not operate during the summer (June -Sept). However, while the trains will not be running during the summer, the layout will, of course, be available for viewing with new buildings, bridges, a new mountain area, a water mill and waterfall, a zoo, and an industrial area. 
Work on our Phone 2 expansion featuring tracks extending toward 128th Avenue has begun.  In support of this expansion we are conducting a major fund raising campaign (signature walkway bricks, your name on specific building/scenery features, special parties, i.e. birthdays etc.) this summer. If you would like to help us in this expansion effort ,please call 480-518-3402.
New club members are welcome in all scales; N, HO, and G. All you need is a current Sun City West  Recreation Center Card and $30 for the first years dues. Annual renewal is $20. We now have 33 female members (The Choo-Choo Chicks) about a third of the total membership. For information, please call 623-544-6148 or 480-518-3402 (G-Scale) or stop in at the club at R H Johnson.
See New Items

Adult Coloring Group At Palm West Community Church - Tuesday, June 14  New Item! ← Need Reservation


See New Items

Benevillaís Life Coaching Workshop Features Answers On Cancer - Wednesday, June 15  New Item! ← Need Reservation

Benevilla’s free Life Coaching Workshop continues on Wednesday, June 15th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Benevilla’s Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza at 16752 N. Greasewood Street in Surprise. Benevilla’s Life Coaching Workshops provide resources and practical solutions to address all of life’s changes. Each workshop is led by a Benevilla representative and a carefully selected group of professionals who can provide guidance and answers to your questions.

This month’s topic, “Understanding Cancer: Meet the Experts in the Field” will feature an esteemed group of experts in the field of cancer. Joining Benevilla will be Tracy Thurston, MC, LPC and Program Director at the Cancer Support Community, Deborah Ash, Project Manager at ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation and JoAnn Beaudoin, MSN, MHA, RN, NEA-BC and Regional Radiation Oncology Director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“We are so fortunate to be able to provide our community member’s access to experts like this from the finest cancer specialists in the west valley,” says Joanne Thomson, Benevilla Vice President of Program Operations. “Programs like this are easy to access and can really make a difference e in the lives of those struggling with a cancer diagnosis.”

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please call Benevilla at 623-584-4999. Complimentary Life Enrichment Day Services are available to caregivers attending these workshops. Please let us know when you reserve your space for the event as paperwork must be completed prior to the workshop.

See New Items

Grand Cabaret Summer Show - Friday, June 17 - Saturday, June 18  New Item! ← Need Reservation

JUST MARY JO is the next event in the Sun City Grand Cabaret Summer 2016.  The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 17th & 18th at the Cimarron Nightclub. A few tickets are still available for this wonderful show.

‘JUST MARY JO’ features petite and glamorous Mary Jo Johnson, whose audiences love her warm stage presence and incredible voice. She goes from brassy to sultry – just like the heyday of the Nightclub era- but without the cigar smoke. Great evening to spend with friends, neighbors and spouses. It’s open seating but you can reserve a table for parties of six or more!

Non Sun City Grand residents are always welcome at our shows. Purchase tickets for all these shows online at: or (under the Life in SCG tab). Also available at the Activities Desk at Sonoran Plaza, open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nightclub tickets are $18 and Grand Cabaret tickets are $20. If you have questions or a show sells out and you wish to be wait listed, contact Event Coordinator Didi Nielsen at 623-583-4406.
See New Items

June Rock 'n' Roll Dances


See New Items

Solos At Desert Garden United Church Of Christ - Saturday, June 11 ← Need Reservation

The SOLOS Group at Desert Garden United Church of Christ, 18818 N. 128th Avenue in Sun City West, will meet on Saturday, June 11th in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Games start at 1:00 p.m. and there will be prizes.

This is a group for all single men and women in our neighborhood and open to the public. Invite your single friends and neighbors for this special event. Please sign up in the church Narthex or call 623-584-1795.





See New Items

Dementia Or Alzheimerís Care Seminar - Wednesday, June 15 ← Need Reservation

There are many options available when additional care is needed for a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. However, it’s often overwhelming to know where to begin and how to find the right fit for the caregiver and the sufferer.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute is hosting a free session that will discuss finding the right care and will review possible options in and out of home, how to make an informed decision and ensure success. This lecture will take place from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15th in Auditorium A & B at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Please enter the Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health main entrance to find the location for this seminar.

Seating is limited so registration is required to attend this class. To reserve a spot, please call 623-832-3248.

See New Items

Alzheimerís Caregiver Support Group - Monday, June 20 ← Need Reservation


See New Items

This weeks new items (click on the title to go directly to the item):

June Classes At PORA Adult Learning  
CC&R Tip Of The Week  
PORA Food Drive A Great Success  
Benevilla Announces Rock Steady Boxing, Fighting Back Against Parkinsonís   
Construction And Expansion At The Model Railroad Club  
Adult Coloring Group At Palm West Community Church  Tuesday, June 14 ← Need Reservation
Benevillaís Life Coaching Workshop Features Answers On Cancer  Wednesday, June 15 ← Need Reservation
Grand Cabaret Summer Show  Friday, June 17 - Saturday, June 18 ← Need Reservation

Return to Top

Let's go to the movies!

Click here to see the Rec Center’s Thursday night movies for this month. All movies are held at the Stardust theater, Kuentz Rec Center, R.H. Johnson and Stardust Blvds. Please note that all movie notices are furnished by the SCW Recreation Center

Free Publicity - Notice to club and association officers

If you are in charge of publicity for a club or organization that is sponsoring an event and you want it to be read by an estimated 6000+ Sun City West residents through this newsletter, then click here for more information and restrictions. To be listed in the PORA Newsletter the event must be open to the public ! "Public" means at least Sun City West residents.

To go to the PORA web page, press here.

To see a listing of Community Information and Phone Numbers, click here.

  Return to Previous Newsletter List