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Old 08-20-2016, 04:49 PM
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I recently visited Sun City West, AZ and was VERY VERY VERY impressed by the arts and crafts facilities at their Recreation Centers. I have thought about almost nothing since. There is a jewelry-making shop at SCW that is 3 times as big and well-equipped as anything I have ever seen. In the pottery shop they make their own glazes--about 2 dozen different colors! Woodworking, metalworking, weaving, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, etc. etc. etc. Everything compares favorably--or surpasses--the facilities at my local community college.

With a bit of research, I soon became overwhelmed with the information that there are many communities around the Southwest where these types of facilities are available.

Can anyone tell me first-hand about what they have seen or experienced, as it relates to arts and crafts? Are the Del Webb communities the best? It would seem logical that the biggest 55+ communities would have the best-equipped arts and crafts facilities, and perhaps the widest range of activities.

I found the heat in the Phoenix area to be a bit scary, and would prefer a higher elevation location.
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:29 PM
Location: Arizona
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I don't think you will find what you are looking for at a higher elevation. Since you are inside doing crafts the heat shouldn't matter too much.

The original Sun City has much in the way of crafts. Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc WELCOME TO RECREATION CENTERS OF SUN CITY AZ RECREATION CENTERS OF SUN CITY AZ
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:37 PM
Location: Florida
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The size of the community makes a difference. A larger population can support more activities. Sun City West has over 100 clubs, each with a different focus. We lived there for a number of years and enjoyed different activities. SCW has about 29000 residents, Sun City 40000, Sun City Grand about 16000. There are Del Webb communities in many different states, I have no knowledge of them.

My wife was in the sewing club, I was in the computer club and volunteered on the Posse, we enjoyed the RV club a great deal. With the RV club we went on trips up to Canada and down into Mexico, plus shorter ones.

SCW has a web site.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:16 PM
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Laguna Woods in California has many clubs with more than 12,000 homes.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:40 AM
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Green Valley, AZ has similar arts and crafts facilities and is at an elevation of 2800-3200 ft. That generally equates to about 1- degrees cooler than Phoenix.
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