Apr 152018
You are invited! The event below is part of of SNAP’s 2018 Senior Living Education Series. No registration is required. All that’s needed is curiosity! The event will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills (5102 N. Craycroft Road – at Territory).

Monday, April 23, 2-3:30 PM: Fostering Civil Discourse in the Neighborhood

Speaker: Basant Virdee, Communications Coordinator at The University of Arizona National Institute for Civil Discourse

Soon after the tragic shootings in Tucson on January 8, 2011 the National Institute for Civil Discourse became a reality and now has offices at the University of Arizona and in Washington, D.C. Currently the Institute is concentrating on building healthy conversation skills in Arizona, Iowa, Ohio and Maine. Basant Virdee will facilitate conversation opportunities that help people listen to and learn from each other. This cordial atmosphere of mutual respect and active listening encourages and enhances civil discourse. Join us as we sharpen our skills in civil discourse and learn more about Fostering Civil Discourse in the Neighborhood.

What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program. It is a dedicated group of your neighbors who provide FREE support services to disabled or elderly residents in the area bordered by Craycroft, Sunrise, Kolb/Sabino and River roads.

Its mission is to provide an array of “neighbors helping neighbors” volunteer services, educational programs and social events that assist and support residents who choose to age-in-place in their own homes – for as long as possible.

Who can use SNAP?

Any resident (55+) within the service area can use SNAP services and participate in SNAP programs and events.

Is SNAP really FREE?

Absolutely! Thanks to its volunteers, SNAP clients pay nothing for services they receive. However, there are expenses to keep SNAP operating and for those it needs your help.

As an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization, SNAP relies on tax deductible charitable contributions. EVERY DONATION HELPS.

Please call the SNAPLine: (520) 437-9556 or email  or visit the SNAP website at www.sunrisesnap.org.

Apr 112018

On Monday, April 16th, the Board will hold its monthly meeting in the clubhouse. The agenda for this meeting, draft Minutes from the monthly Board meeting held on March 19th, and Financials have been posted on the Board Meetings page and are available to homeowners who login to the website.

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact me and I will send you the information.

A reminder that homeowners (or their representatives) are welcome to attend the meeting.

✉ Kiki Cheney
Apr 112018

At the Neighborhood Watch Meeting on March 10th, Tim Torres from Rural Metro offered to provide CPR and Water Safety Training if people indicated interest. We have heard from 15 people so far and have room for 5 more.

If you would like to participate, please email Kiki Cheney to reserve your spot. (The current CPR training does not include mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the water safety portion of the class will not require getting in the pool.)

The training will take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the clubhouse.

Questions? Contact Kiki Cheney

✉ email


Celebrate Spring!

April 10, 2018  Activities, News
Apr 102018

Thursday, April 19th
5 PM – 7 PM
in the clubhouse and pool area

Celebrate spring and beautiful, cool evenings with the community. Join your friends and neighbors (potential new friends) and enjoy nibblies and drinks. Pop in for just a few minutes or enjoy some relaxed time at the pool and clubhouse.

The volunteer Hospitality Committee members will provide paper cups, napkins, etc. You bring whatever you’d like to share in the way of drinks and appetizers – – as well as your joie de vivre!

Questions? Contact Hospitality Committee member, Diane Meuser.


Apr 022018

Opportunity is not always a good thing!

Crimes of opportunity are committed without planning. The perpetrator sees a chance to commit the act at a particular moment and seizes the opportunity. These crimes need to be executed quickly in order to be successful.

While we live in a safe neighborhood, we’re not immune to crime. Unlocked cars have been rifled through and garden tools have been taken from backyards.

The Sheriff’s office speculates that a recently attempted break–in was a crime of opportunity. It theorizes that the perpetrator saw the couple leave the house and seized the opportunity to break in. Fortunately, the couple had locked their doors so what looked like an easy burglary ended up taking too much time, and the perpetrator left empty handed.

Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim of an opportunistic crime:

  • Keep all doors and windows locked. If you have an alarm, activate it!
  • Always hang spare keys out of reach from the doors and windows.
  • Never leave bikes, tools, sporting equipment or any other valuable items sitting unattended around your home.
  • Never leave laptops, purses, keys, cameras or other valuable items next to a door or visible from a window.
  • Never leave your car unlocked if parked in the driveway or on the street.
  • Never leave valuables visible in your car. If you must leave them in your car unattended, place them in the trunk before you reach your destination.
  • Do not leave exterior lights on during day, but do have lights on timers at night and when not at home.

Ultimately, pay attention to your surroundings. If you see something or even merely suspect something, call 911.

Mar 292018
SMVE will continue its program of reconstructing our roads with work on N. Via Velazquez this May.

That portion of the road which will be worked on begins where Paseo Otono meets N. Via Velazquez and continues south to just beyond the mailboxes where the street intersects with Gelsomino.

The general schedule has work beginning on May 1st and the actual paving being done on May 8th.

The process will be very much like last year’s. The contractor (Tucson Asphalt) will pulverize and remove the existing 2 inches of asphalt and 6 inches of base material. This material will be mixed, laid back down, and compacted. 2 inches of new asphalt will then be laid down. Those good with math will have already figured out that 25% of the material will be hauled away.

The work is estimated to begin on May 1st and continue until it’s finished.

Here are answers to some questions you might have:

When will you be unable to drive on N. Via Velazquez to access your home?

During the initial work of pulverization, grading, and compacting you will be unable to drive in the immediate area of ongoing work. You may have to access your home from a direction different than your usual route.

(You will be able to drive on the street when no work is being carried out – typically before 7 AM and after 5 PM.)

The street is expected to be paved on May 8th. On that day, N. Via Velazquez will be completely closed to traffic – unless there is an emergency.

Will mail delivery be affected?

We anticipate that – except for paving day – the mail carrier will be able to work around the construction and deliver mail to the two mail box areas affected by the work.

Will trash service be affected?

Tucson Asphalt has advised that we keep heavy trucks off the newly paved road for a few days. If the road is paved on Monday, then trash service will occur as scheduled on Thursday. However, if the road is paved on Wednesday, then trash service on Thursday will not happen.

Homeowners who do not live on that portion of N. Via Velazquez being worked on will not have any change in their trash service.

Will there be any street parking available during this week?

NO. Cars parked in the way of construction will be towed at the owner’s expense. Don’t be that person!

What steps can you take to make your life easier during this process?

  • Do not schedule contractors during this period of construction. There will be nowhere for them to park.
  • Try to minimize the number of appointments you make so you needn’t travel as much.
  • Go on vacation!

What should you do if you need special assistance?

If you already know that you will need access during this period (especially on paving day), please contact Steve Struck. As the start date for work approaches, we will let you know who has been assigned to field calls for special needs.

What happens if you ignore traffic barriers?

During last year’s construction a car drove around a barrier and over freshly laid sealing tar. It didn’t end well for the road or the car. Please respect all traffic barriers and the directions of the traffic staff. (You’ll be a good neighbor by not wasting the financial investment your fellow homeowners have made!)

More details will be available as the construction date approaches, and we will share them with you. Thank you in advance for your patience!

Mar 252018
The new Spring 2017 SMVE Newsletter is now available on the website.  Click here to see the newsletter in website article format. To read the newsletter as a PDF file, first login as a SMVE Homeowner and then click here to read the newsletter.

Mar 252018
✉ Kathy Mitton, President, SMVE HOA


Thanks to all the homeowners who attended our Annual Meeting on Monday, February 19, 2018. This year we tried a shorter format and if you attended the meeting and have feedback, contact any board member and let them know your thoughts and suggestions for our next annual meeting. If you were unable to attend, you can find the presentation that was used during the meeting on the Annual Meeting Tab (you must be logged in to see the information on this tab).

At the Annual Meeting you elected Bill Coan, Tom Kelley, and Larry Spencer to 3-year terms on the Board of Directors. You also approved the minutes of the 2017 annual meeting.

We also recognized all of the volunteers at the annual meeting. If you have volunteered for a task THANK YOU! If you are thinking of volunteering, please contact any board member as we are always looking for help. Volunteers make a real difference in our HOA and enable us to continue to be self managed.

Also, please join me in thanking Guy Scharf, Tammy Eversole, Joe Steiner, and Kip Longan who all served for all or part of the year on the board and who are now officially retired from the board. Each board member has an area of responsibility which takes time and effort to manage. Thanks are due to these folks who willingly contributed in a special way to our community. A special callout is due to Guy who has been instrumental in moving the community forward with the website, the database, and our internal file system, dropbox. These have allowed us to significantly improve our organizational memory and make it easier to communicate with the community and onboard new board members. Also a special call out is due to Tammy Eversole who acted as our treasurer last year. She also helped us continue to improve our financial transparency and controls and made numerous improvements to our financial reporting. We’re always on the lookout for others who would be willing to join the board so if you have interest, let us know.

On the following Wednesday at the Organizational Board Meeting, the Board appointed Kathy Mitton as President, Steve Struck as Vice President, Larry Spencer as Secretary, and Tom Kelley as Treasurer. Please join me in welcoming the new officers:

✉ President - Kathy Mitton

✉ Vice President - Steve Struck

✉ Secretary - Larry Spencer

✉ Treasurer - Tom Kelley

Finally the board always appreciates hearing comments and questions and I wanted to remind everyone that you don’t have to wait for the annual meeting to ask questions or discuss an issue. The monthly board meetings are open to all homeowners and are held the third Monday of the month at 3:30 September through May. You might be happy to know that we cover homeowner issues towards the front of the meeting so you don’t have to sit through the entire meeting before having a chance to air your concern.

I look forward to seeing you all around the neighborhood!

Mar 232018

Thursday, April 5th
7 PM – 9 PM
in the clubhouse

Fred Wackerle is an accomplished artist* and SMVE homeowner. He invites artists and non-artists to join him to learn the basics of painting landscapes in oil.

He will cover:

  • how to look at a painting
  • how to copy from photographs or sketches
  • how to start a painting
  • how to use values – darkest dark to lightest light
  • how to mix and add colors
  • how to use the color wheel
  • the different materials that can be used

If you are an artist – or aspire to be one – Fred invites you to bring your own art for a critique after his presentation.

*Fred’s work is represented by Jane Hamilton Fine Arts; his website is http://wackerle.com

The photos in this post are examples of Fred’s work.

Wine and light refreshments will be provided by the generous volunteers of the Hospitality Committee.

Questions? Contact Hospitality Committee member, Susie Struck.