State Parties


When: Saturday, March 19

Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m. social hour and cook out

Where: SunBird pool/patio area

Bring: Social hour – BYOB; cook out will include hamburgers or brats, potato salad and beans, buns, plates, condiments, beer, wine or soda

Cost: $5 per person; (tickets need to be purchased by March 14).

For information call Bill and Bette Hook at 895-6920.

All present and former Colorado residents and houseguests are welcome!

North and South Dakota

Mark your calendars now for the Dakota Roundup on Sunday, March 13 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. on the SunBird patio! Bring your friends!

The potluck on the patio fun will begin with social hour at 4:00 p.m. (byob); potluck is at 4:30 p.m. Live music with Bob Bergman (of Fargo) and the Boys will again entertain us. Delicious Dakota home cooking is your admission, with water, dinnerware and hot barbecues provided.

Invited are SunBird residents who have lived in the Dakotas and their guests and Dakota friends. Bring an Ole and Lena joke and unwrapped door prize if you wish. Advance $4 tickets will be at the SunBird office in March and $5 at the picnic.

For questions or to share ideas, call Jackie Cox at 701-730-6723, or Mary Jane Melcher at 605-310-8434.

Free Iowa Dance

The whole community is invited to the Iowa Party Dance featuring the Thaddeus Rose Band in the Ballroom on March 12; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:00-10:00 p.m. This is a celebration of the Iowans who were born in 1926 and 1936 and who are still here with us! It is also the 80th year for the Social Security Administration. We all wish the SSA many, many, many years of health and financial stability.

The IOWA group will celebrate before the dance by eating and drinking. The meet and greet will be in the back of the Ballroom starting at 5:00 p.m. and eating at 5:30 p.m. The planning committee decided to have barbecued pork sliders with relishes and chips. The cost is $3. All you have to do is bring your cheerful face and money for your drinks at the bar. There will be coffee, tea, and cake also.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Puzzle Room and you can pay the $3 at the time of the event. We have to know how many are coming to the party.

There is still time to join in to help. Another planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Puzzle Room.

If you have questions call Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or e-mail [email protected].


The second annual Michigan and Illinois state party will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on the Clubhouse patio. All Illinois and Michigan residents, former residents and anyone with ties to these two great states are invited to attend.

Thanks to everyone’s generous donations at last year’s party, pizza will be provided by the party committee. To supplement the pizza, attendees with last names starting with A through O are asked to bring an appetizer. Those whose last names begin with P through Z are asked to bring fruit or dessert to pass. Coffee, plates, utensils, cups and napkins will be provided. Everyone should bring their drink of choice. Donations to help offset the cost of food for next year’s party scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, will be graciously accepted.

To help the committee finalize their plans for the party, there will be a sign-up sheet on the board in the Puzzle Room. For further information or to register for the party you may call Marge Smith at 480-883-1622 or Janice Fleming at 480-883-6915. Illinois residents may contact Joan Freund at 480-225-3184. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.


Michiganders! Come join us on Saturday, March 5 at Palo Verde’s patio for a Michigan state party. This party is for anyone from Michigan or who lived in Michigan during your lifetime. It’s a great time to meet others in the Sun Lakes, SunBird area that are from Michigan. The Meet and Greet event starts at 4:00 p.m. followed by a sit down dinner with open bar. Tickets on sale now for $15 per person for a buffet dinner. The last date to reserve your ticket is February 29. For more information contact Pearl Ryan at 480-305-0286.


The Minnesota State Party will be held on Saturday, February 20 on the SunBird patio from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

The potluck sign-up sheet is in the Puzzle Room on the bulletin board.

BYOE (bring your own everything).

Everyone welcome!

For any questions call Jeanne Domas at 507-351-4040.


All residents, renters and anyone who has connections to Wisconsin are invited to an afternoon of fellowship on the SunBird patio on Sunday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Guests are to bring their own plates, dinnerware, beverage and a dish to pass. If you wish, please bring a door price that we can raffle off.

If you jave any questions call Eunice Duren at 480-895-0953.