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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 8:37 am

There are just three months remaining for Sun City’s mega 50th anniversary celebration. The 14 months of activities have provided countless hours of fun for residents and visitors alike. It also epitomized the “active new way of life” that was so prevalent in the DEVCO ads that sold Sun City in the’60s and ’70s.

This month is loaded with events starting on Saturday, when the Men’s Golf Association has its Turkey Shoot at Lakes West in the morning and a free ball flight golf clinic also at Lake’s West at 9 a.m. At Mountainview there is a Pickleball Fun Day beginning at 1 p.m. For those a little more cerebral, the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum will hold its annual open meeting at Oakmont Rec Center, also at 1 p.m.

On Sunday there is a free show at the Sun Bowl featuring the Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. and they will play show tunes and a special tribute to all veterans. Don’t forget to bring your chairs for this outdoor show under the stars.

On Monday, the Sun City Life Long Learning Club and the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum will be co-hosting a historical presentation on Del Webb. It is a fascinating look at the man and the company that built Sun City. This free program was originally to be at Sundial in October but was moved to the Bell Rec Center Social Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a social hour and the program starts at 7 p.m.

Banner Boswell will run free tours on Nov. 10 at their research center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On the 13th, Sun City Host Lions will hold its 50 year anniversary party. Tickets are $35 and the event will be at Palm Brook Country Club. Contact Paul Yopps at 623-972-7862 for information.

There is another free concert on the 14th at the Sun Bowl. Music and Dance of Scotland with Alex Beaton of Glasgow, Scotland will sing Scottish favorites along with the Seven Pipers Society from Tucson.

You won’t want to miss the 50th Anniversary Opening Meeting scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Fairway Rec Center. We will start at 2 p.m. and there will be a special guest appearance by Sun City’s own version of Neil Diamond (aka Mark Bakeer). Rumor has it there will be a giant “twofor” sale on 50th anniversary merchandise and of course plenty of refreshments to keep attendees full of energy to enjoy themselves.

On the 20th, there is a Turkey Shoot Tennis Mixer at the Bell Recreation Center beginning at 1 p.m.

The big event for the month will be on the 21st. The 50th Anniversary Variety Show, sponsored by Audultcare Assistance Homecare, will host two free shows that day. The first is at 2 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m. These hour and a half programs will provide non-stop entertainment and are always one of the biggest draws of the year. You won’t want to miss this one, so mark your calendar now and plan on being at the Sundial Rec Center for one or both shows.

And of course everyone in Sun City looks forward to the annual Arts and Crafts Festival at Sundial Rec Center on the 25th and 26th of Nov. It starts at 8 a.m. both days; it goes until 4 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. You can buy your raffle tickets for the 50th anniversary at our booth for just $10.

We also have several openings for the final 50th anniversary golf tournament to be held at the Sun City Country Club on Dec. 9. It is a shotgun start for afternoon play with dinner included in the price of the entry fee. There will be a Balloon Glow that evening on the practice tee along with some great door prizes for those who enter the tourney. Contact the Sun City Visitor Center for entry forms or visit our website at

It is another busy month, so start filling that calendar now.

Bill Pearson is the publicity chairman for Sun City’s 50th Anniversary Committee

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