Sun City PRIDES begin to ramp up activity

By Art Huseonica
Special to Independent Newsmedia

The Sun City PRIDES are always busy, even during the summer months.

The Sun City PRIDES’ Saturday Squad equipment vehicle is usually driven by Grace Kinsey.

However, the all-volunteer group is now looking ahead to the fall as members stay focused on keeping Sun City beautiful.

The Saturday Squad, led by Jerry Kavanagh, will move from its once per month summer schedule to every Saturday morning, starting Oct. 6, focusing on various areas in the three phases of Sun City as the need arises. Meanwhile, select individual volunteers continue to maintain assigned areas and are ready to respond to any leftover monsoon storm damage.

“We are looking forward to continue the important work of keeping Sun City beautiful,” said Molly Soblewski, Sun City PRIDES president. “Our work is performed by volunteers that are passionate about Sun City.”

The PRIDES Beautification Committee, chaired by Mike Will, has plans to begin planting trees in Phase I on Alabama Avenue medians from 103rd Avenue to 107th Avenue. The drought-tolerant trees selected for planting are the Red Push Pistache and Evergreen Elm.

In November, the Sun City Prides will plant dwarf pink Oleander shrubs along Bell Road. December will see them planting the medians along Del Webb Boulevard with Lantana, Katie Ruellia, Damanitia and Golden Barrel Cactus.

“This planting schedule and plant selection should add a great deal of color to our local roadways,” said Mr. Will. “Our most extensive plan is to plant both sides of Bell Road, the entire length of Bell Road in Sun City.”

The Sun City PRIDES are led by Beautification Committee Chairman Mike Will, left, and President Molly Soblewski.

This will require the cooperation of the Maricopa County Department of Transportation for safety support and logistics, according to Mr. Will.The PRIDES executive board of Molly Soblewski, Pat Richardson, Ritchie Miller and Rosie Swain remind everyone that people can be a part-time Sun City resident and still be a PRIDES member.

The next monthly meeting of the Sun City PRIDES is Saturday, Oct. 6.


Editor’s Note: Mr. Hueonica handles publicity for the Sun City PRIDES.

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