For more information and to register for the classes below, contact EXPLORE! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark at 623-544-6194 or email You can also register online by visiting and selecting Explore! under Things To Do.


BARBEQUE, BECOMING A GRILLMASTER, 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Beardsley Park, Ramada 3, limited to 18 people; $85 fee.

Enjoy an incredible afternoon learning the best techniques and valuable tips for seasoning, marinating and grilling two types of chicken, pork tenderloins, rolled flank steaks, cabbage, spaghetti squash, stuffed peppers with rice, portabella mushrooms, baked potatoes, grilled veggies and adult S’mores. Join a grill master from Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School, who is coming to Sun City West to teach this class. Take your grilling expertise to a new level and amaze your family and friends. This is a hands-on class; you will be preparing, grilling, tasting and taking leftovers and recipes home.

Instructors Tony and Lana combine work and fun as an owners and instructors for the Phoenix BBQ and Grilling school. They thrive on spending time with their family and friends cooking, grilling and eating, both in and out-of-doors.


2018 TAX CODE CHANGES: OPPORTUNITIES & STRATEGIES, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall, $10 fee.

This class will review the changes to the 2018 tax code and discuss opportunities and strategies to reduce your overall tax bill. Presented by both a CPA and a Portfolio Manager, you will learn how to strike a delicate balance between investment returns, retirement income and your tax liability. We will also cover Social Security taxation and strategies you can use to reduce the amount of tax you pay on your Social Security income.

Instructors David J. Dobrusin and Jeffrey H. Burg: David Dobrusin is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner™. Prior to forming DB Financial Partners, he spent time with the investment firms and several years with a public accounting firm.  David delivers a practical combination of financial and tax planning. David holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a second degree in Accounting from U of S. Cal. Los Angeles.

Jeff Burg is a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠ and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠. He has over 20 years of financial services industry experience with AIG, Transamerica and Wachovia Bank prior to joining DB Financial Partners. Jeff also serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Local Board for the City of Scottsdale and was named as one of the Valley’s 40 under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal. Jeff attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and received both of his designations from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO.


INCREDIBLE APPETIZERS, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, Palm Ridge, Summit Hall A, limited to 25 people; $45 fee.

Learn to make 8 mouth-watering appetizers that your friends and family will enjoy. The menu of appetizers will include: Ahi Poké; Asparagus Roll-ups; Hummus; Olive Tapenade; Salmon Mousse with Cucumber; Roasted Onion Dip; Spanakopita; and Con Queso Dip. In addition, you will receive a Glossary of Culinary Terms and a description of basic cuts and Knife Cuts & Shapes and take-home lots of tips, recipes and leftovers (if there are any).

Instructor Steve Dorhan started his culinary career owning his own catering business in Los Angeles where he catered to many movie sets and law offices.  After moving to Charlotte in 1994 he received his culinary degree in Applied Sciences. He then moved to Palm Springs, CA in 1998 where he opened a restaurant/piano bar, Rainbow Cactus Café and Bar.  He was the head chef and owner and sold the restaurant in 2006.  Moving to Discovery Bay California (the delta just outside San Francisco) he joined the Discovery Bay Yacht Club and became the head chef there.  Throughout that time, he taught cooking classes as well.  In 2016 he retired to Sun City Grand and now cooks purely for enjoyment for all his friends.


WINE AND PAINTING, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, RH Johnson Sports Pavilion, Shuffleboard Room, limited to 30 people; $35 fee.

Spend a fun and worthwhile afternoon working with a unique and exciting medium, Alcohol Inks on Butcher gloss paper. This art form is vibrant, alive, spontaneous and great to frame.  Using alcohol inks, you can design a piece that is abstract or realistic, it is totally up to you. The instructor will guide you through the process while you create your own interpretation of the presented art project. Alcohol ink mediums are easy and produce impressive results for both beginner and advanced students. You will create a unique art piece that you will be proud to hang at home. While creating your work of art enjoy wine, snacks and a perfect afternoon.

Instructor Nancy Hewes has been teaching art classes in SCW for over 12 years. She has a life-long passion for art, has taken many art classes and works with oils, pastels, colored pencil and other mediums. She is well-versed in teaching others the steps and process of creating masterpieces and finding the medium that reflects their artist talents and expression.

For more information and to register for the classes below, contact EXPLORE! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark at 623-544-6194 or email You can also register online by visiting and selecting Explore! under Things To Do.