By Teresa Redlingshafer
Lots of Pickleball is being played this summer at Lake Quivira. Pickleball is a great community sport but where do you play when you are new to the game and/or new to LQ? Look no further than our list of options below! In June, we had 22 first time “beginners” learning to play. Join us! Pickleball on your own time!
There is a net set up, balls & paddles on court six for LQ members who would like to play Pickleball– anytime! LQ Open Play for all Ages and Skill levels (weather permitting). All equipment provided. LQ courts 5 & 6
Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 8 p.m.
LQ Adult Beginners Clinics – Free!
Tuesday & Thursdays 11 a.m. All equipment provided (through July 18) LQ courts 5 & 6 LQ Pickleball at Summer Rec
Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. Ages 9+ All equipment provided Stay tuned for information about LQ Pickleball!
For up-to-date information, watch the LQ entrance board, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LQPickleballClub/?ref=group_cover or email us at: LQpickleball@gmail.com What Is Pickleball?
A lively paddle game for all ages and abilities. Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in-between. Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickleball paddles, made of wood or high-tech materials. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.
The goal of Pickleball is fun for every member of the family.
Garden Club’s held its first Garden Soiree’ on June 16. and it was a huge success. We asked our vendors to donate a gift from their collection and then we sold raffle tickets. The winners are as follows:
Earrings – Lisa Walsh
LQ metal sphere – Gayle Best
Bird House – Alesia McAnany
Nancy’s mosaic pot – Toni Rimbo
Black Crows – Pat Sandow
Slab Bench – Gloria Anderson
Etched wine glasses – Renee Barackman
Leather clock – Holly Bainbridge
Antique Lantern – Lisa Coughlin
Concrete stepping stones – Susan Chmel (daughter is Jennifer)
By Gayle Best
Garden Club is sponsoring a tour of ten selected dock stops Friday evening, July 21. The Tour will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by food and drink at the Yacht club. The Tour is open to all Lake Quivira family members and guests. It is in support of Garden Club’s ongoing Lake Quivira Beautification Awareness objectives.
Selected docks include a wide assortment, ranging from the “refurbished” docks completely rebuilt with detailed architectural plans, to the “original” docks perhaps dating back to the 1930’s which the current owner has beautified through use of color, flowers, furnishings, function and fabric without a large financial investment. One of our dock tour stops involves three docks side by side where the owners are working together to present a single, eye-catching “wow” area. Another stop involves talented teens who are adding their creative touches and design.
There is no cover charge for the tour. At 7:30, attendees can purchase food, margaritas and soft drinks via credit card or cash through the Taco Republic Truck onsite at the Yacht Club. The Clubhouse is providing a full-service chit bar, available throughout the tour/evening.
The last time Garden Club sponsored a Dock Tour was 2012, and it was very successful. The selected dock owners were thrilled to participate, took pride in their docks, had a lot of fun sprucing up and “staging” their areas and also enjoyed talking with everyone as they stopped by their dock. That tour really did result in a heightened awareness of what we can each do to enhance our dock sites, which may be as simple as pulling weeds, planting at the street level, putting out a colorful pot or two and keeping the area neat and clean.
Be on the lookout for more information regarding tour registration points, dock descriptions, tour map and food menu/prices. Hope to see you there!
By Aline Zimmer
Be part of the Lake tradition at the annual Lake Quivira Triathlon on Saturday, September 2nd. Put together a team, or “tri” your best to swim 500 meters, bike twice around the lake, and run a 5K. In return you’ll feel great and will have a tee shirt, bragging rights, and a delicious pancake breakfast. The morning starts with the National Anthem and the excitement continues to build with a race announcer, music, and cold bottles of water at the finish as the crowd cheers!
The event is open to all members and their guests, ages 16 and older. Teams must include at least one Lake Quivira member and all three members must register at the same time. The entry fee is just $40 for individuals and $70 for a team. Friends and guests can purchase tickets for the pancake breakfast at the event for just $5 for adults (16 and over) and $3.00 for kids.
If you want to participate without racing, consider volunteering your time. You’ll get a free shirt, all the pancakes you can eat, and the fun of cheering for your friends and neighbors. The triathlon can’t take place without volunteers and our amazing community rises to the occasion each year. Volunteers help on race day to hand out water, keep an eye out for traffic, set up and decorate, and much more.
For more information and to register as an individual, team or volunteer, visit www.lakequiviratriathlon.com. While you’re there, check out our sponsor page. But hurry – the price will go up in August!
By Leslie Treas
For the June meeting LQ Photo Clubbers kicked off summer with a Walk in the Park—the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, that is. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to wander the sculpture gardens or gaze at the beautiful Monet Garden, it’s definitely a worthwhile visit. Inspired by the Chinese Cultural Exchange sculptures, we snapped away while playing with various camera settings in the tricky lighting conditions of the shady trails in the evening.
So that leads us to this month’s photo assignment, “A Walk in the Park.” Photo
enthusiasts do not have to have attended this month’s photo field trip toparticipate. Any summer scenes are great for this assignment. Upload your practice photos to the SmugMug site, https://lqpc.smugmug.com/MonthlyPhotoAssignments/Walk-in-the-Park/
Let’s fill this folder with some fun photos to view at our next meeting on July 11 (second Tuesday)
All flotation materials utilized for floating dock construction or refurbishment must be constructed of encapsulated foam and be purchased new, not previously used in any body of water. All dock construction materials and components are subject to inspection and a two (2) week quarantine period as outlined in Q Inc. Rules and Regulations related to Lake Usage.
By Shelley Sneed
The 2017 tennis season is off to a great start! With the hiring of our new Tennis Professional Jon Renberger, we have added a wonderful addition to LQ’s tennis program. Please give him a warm welcome when you see him.
There are also many changes that have taken place to our Pro Shop area thanks to the giving people of this great community. I would like to personally thank Christi and Jon Stewart, Lisa Vedock, Amy Kentfield, Christy and Joe Heller, and Robin Kistler for taking time out of their busy schedules to give the area a much-needed facelift. They deep cleaned, power washed the deck, painted the interior walls and trim, removed old shelving, painted the large flower pots, painted tables and chairs, hung slat wall, added seating indoors, painted the bathroom, added a rug, new mirror and artwork–and these are just a few of the wonderful things they accomplished.
These improvements not only benefit those who play tennis, but our lake community as a whole. Please stop by and take a look.
I have been the new tennis professional at Lake Quivira for about a month now, and I could not be more happy and excited to be here!
Just weeks ago, I was also hired as the head girls’ and boys’ tennis coach at the new Olathe West High School, where I will also teach English. I join Olathe West from Olathe South, where I taught College Preparatory English IV and head coached the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams the past nine years.
I was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas, am a 1990 KU graduate and have a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Baker. I have 26 years of head high school and collegiate tennis coaching experience, and I am professionally certified by the United States National Tennis Association.
At Olathe South, I became a Kansas Tennis Coaches Association Board member, was the State of Kansas 6A Boys’ Coach of the Year in 2012, was a Regional COY four times and was an NAIA Champions of Character COY nominee in 2014. During ten years at Lawrence Free State High School, my teams won numerous Sunflower League and 6A regional titles, were state runners-up three times and I coached two All-American singles players and four state champions. I was the Lawrence Public Schools COY in 2002 and 2008, State of Kansas Overall Girls’ COY in 2002, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Kansas Girls’ COY in 2003. I also head coached tennis for one year each at Nickerson High School, Sumner Academy and Olathe North.
My collegiate experience includes two years as the head men’s coach at Ottawa University and two years as the head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Saint Mary. I make the short drive to Lake Quivira from Overland Park where I live with my wife, Dionne, and our three children, Jonni (15), Jessi (12), and Drake (7).
During this past month, I have already met dozens and dozens of enthusiastic Lake Quivira tennis members and conducted several Junior Tennis League clinics, Stroke of the Day, and Cardio tennis clinics.
The tennis courts will be busy these next two months with summer recreation tennis Monday through Thursday mornings from 8-12, JTL clinics and matches Monday through Thursday afternoons from 12-3, women’s league on Monday evenings, men’s league on Tuesday evenings, the first ever Lake Quivira ladies Tencap team playing on Friday mornings, and Stroke of the Day and Cardio clinics from 8:30 to 10 every Saturday morning.
There will also be additional activities such as Tennis Family Fun Day on Monday, May 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. and a tennis racquet demonstration day on June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, when a representative from Wilson will be here to share the latest in exceptional tennis equipment. The annual youth/adult tennis tournament is scheduled for July 1, and Poker Tennis from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sat., July 29.
I cannot wait to meet everyone at Lake Quivira who has or desires to have a passion for tennis–the greatest lifetime sport!
By Aline Zimmer
What better way to start Labor Day weekend than with the annual LQ Triathlon on Saturday, September 2? Now in its eighth year, it has become a family tradition for some and a fun challenge for everyone to see how quickly they can complete the 500 meter swim, two bike laps around the lake and a 5K run. The early-bird individual entry fee is just $25 through June 30, so it pays to register today before the price goes up. The fee will rise to $40 in July and $50 in August.
The event is open to all members and their guests, ages 16 and older. Teams must include at least one Lake Quivira member, and all three members must register at the same time.
Your entry fee gets you a t-shirt, swim cap, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and the recognition of being one of Quivira’s triathletes. It’s a bargain at $40 for individuals and $70 for a team. Friends and guests can purchase tickets for the pancake breakfast at the event for just $5 for adults (16 and over) and $3 for kids.
If you want to participate without racing, consider volunteering your time. You’ll get a free shirt, all the pancakes you can eat and the fun of cheering for your friends and neighbors. The triathlon can’t take place without volunteers, and our amazing community rises to the occasion each year. Volunteers help on race day to hand out water, keep an eye out for traffic, set up and decorate and much more.
For more information and to register as an individual, team or volunteer, visit lakequiviratriathlon.com. Come be part of a unique and healthy way to end the summer.