Residents can celebrate the season with neighbors, family and friends while helping a community organization at the 11th Annual Sun City Holiday Celebration.
The Recreation Centers of Sun City event is scheduled 3-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd.
The tradition of the Amazing Duck Race is expected to have lots of fans and Mrs. Duck will again be joining in the festivities. Participants can stroll the pie walk or compete in the mini golf hole-in-one contest. The traditional lighted boat parade on Viewpoint Lake.
By popular demand, the money tree will be back on the patio at Lakeview where donations will decorate the lighted tree and the lucky winner takes home not only the six-foot tree but all the money decorations, too.
Proceeds from the Sun City Holiday Celebration benefit The Sun City Foundation, which assists those less fortunate in the community with their annual Recreation Centers of Sun City property assessments so they can continue to enjoy the recreational and social activities provided.
In the Amazing Duck Race, rubber ducks “race” down the Lakeview waterfall and across the lagoon. There will be two duck races with the top three finishers of each race splitting 50% of the Duck Buck sales proceeds and the other half going to the Sun City Foundation. Of the percentage going to winners, first-place will win half, second-place 30% and third-place 20%. Tickets, known as Duck Bucks, can be purchased at the Cardholder Services office in the lower level at Lakeview, all facilities attendant/monitor stations, bowling centers and golf course pro shops. Duck Bucks will also be sold the day of the celebration. Duck Bucks cost a buck each.
Ticket booths near the Lakeview center’s mini golf facility attendant station will open at 3 p.m. on the day of the event to allow ticket purchases for the duck race, pie walk and hole-in-one contest.
Participants can win a pie in the pie walk. Tickets are two for $1. They can also show off their putting skills to win some cash, while helping support the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, 10801 W. Oakmont Drive, by trying a shot at the mini golf hole-in-one contest. Tickets for the hole-in-one contest will be one shot for $1 or six shots for $5. All participants vying in the hole-in-one contest must use putters provided.
Santa Claus will be available for photos.
The Holiday Celebration will also feature gourmet food trucks, and cake and coffee or cocoa will be served for $1 on the patios adjacent to the Lakeview social hall.
The night will conclude with the traditional lighted boat parade on Viewpoint Lake, beginning at dusk.
Editor’s Note: Ms. Higgins is Recreation Centers of Sun City communications and marketing coordinator.