Happy Hour at ARC
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About Happy Hour

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What is Happy Hour?

Happy Hour is the weekly event for all ARC members. Meet, socialize, and have fun with your neighbors and friends—new & old. You don't have to join. Just come! You don't have to pay either. Just bring a dish to share. Technically, Happy Hour is a club, but that's only because we had to get club credentials to handle the minimal amount of money we raise through special events to pay for the supplies we use.

Is it like the "Happy Hour" at bars?

Don't let our name fool you. This is not an event fueled by drink. It's B.Y.O.B., but many (maybe most) don't bring alcoholic beverages at all. It's mainly a time to meet up with old friends, and make new friends. There's also food, which you bring to share. It started out as just snacks, but members bring enough real food so that you'll have a meal. From time to time, we have other activities. Check out our upcoming and past events to get a sampling of what we do.

Who is invited to Happy Hour?

YOU—if you enjoy finding new friends, meeting with old friends, food, and fun. (Or any one of the four.) All members of the Ahwatukee Recreation Center are welcome. If you buy property with the ARC residential area, membership comes with ownership of the property. If you do not live in the residential area, you can purchase an annual social membership which allows you to use all ARC facilities and attend all ARC functions, including Happy Hour. ARC members can also bring guests. ARC is a 55 and older community, so members have to be near seniors or older; guests do not. Members must assume responsibility for the conduct of their guests. Guests that are not house guests of members are limited to six visits to ARC per year.

What do we bring?

Well...yourself, of course. And you're asked to bring "a dish to share". The dish can be an appetizer, salad, entree, or dessert. You can pick something up at your grocer's deli, or bring an item from a warehouse club that you've always wanted to try but was just too big for a household of 1 or 2. Or, you could knock yourself out and actually cook something! Remember, the more people that come, the more dishes we have. Therefore each dish needs to have no more than a dozen small servings.

What about beverages?

Unless water is your beverage of choice, you'll also want to bring your own drink. Drinks often brought are adult beverages, as suggested by our group's name. ARC does not have a liquor license, but we are advised that ARC has an exemption which allows each person coming to Happy Hour to bring:

  1. Up to 40 ounces of beer (3 and ⅓ standard cans), OR
  2. 750 milliliters of wine (a standard bottle of wine), OR
  3. four ounces of distilled spirits.

We're not making this stuff up. It comes directly from "the law", which says that patrons of an association which possesses an "Arizona Liquor License Exemption for BYOB" can bring the above amounts to a private function not exceeding 300 members/patrons between 4:00 PM and 2:00 AM. Don't believe us? Check the statute, A.R.S. §4-244.05.I, and the regulation, A.A.C. R19-1-324. ...

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What makes this web page...well...different?

You may have noticed that this page has a few weird features—like a jittering Happy Hour logo, slowly changing background colors, links that change the pages instantly, right/left justified text, and strange yellow rectangles that reveal and hide text. Also, this page is designed to be as readable and as functional whether viewed on a widescreen monitor or a smartphone. That's possible because ...

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Who's the webmaster?

That would be me—Ed. I've written this page and a couple of others. If you find any problems with this page, or have any suggestions, you can contact me at ed@doney.net (now you know my last name too).


Upcoming Happy Hours


As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in concert with the National State of Emergency declared by President Trump on Friday, March 13, all meetings of Happy Hour have been suspended.

The meetings listed below were set before the suspension, and will NOT take place unless the suspension is lifted.

Past Happy Hours

Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 5 PM—Giant Jenga at Happy Hour!

At the event —

Attending: About 30 guests. If you want to see a video of the event, try this link to YouTube.com: Jenga at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center.

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 5 PM—Happy Hour tried its hand at putting on a game show.

At the event —

Attending: About 30 guests. The three contestants were Happy Hour regulars, each of whom claimed to have been on the nationally broadcast TV game show, To Tell the Truth, in the 1960's. The real contestant was Pam Keating (on the right in the above picture). Absolutely no one guessed that she was the one telling the truth! If you want to see the show as it was broadcast on January 15, 1965, try this link to YouTube.com: Pam on To Tell the Truth. She appears in the second group of contestants, seated in the center.

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 5 PM—Our infamous Baked Potato Friday.

At the event —

Attending: Over 220 guests.

Happy Hour was the victim of its own success—and the invitation to buy tickets "at the door". Since no Happy Hour event had ever had more than 70 guests, tables were set and potatoes prepared for 100 guests. On the day of the event there seemed to be a buzz going around about it, so an additional 30 potatoes were put in the oven. Panic set in as over 150 people had been seated by 4:45 PM. Tables were squeezed into in every possible location, including the stage. When doors were closed at the scheduled starting time, an unknown number of barely late arrivals had to be turned away. The potatoes were very large, so they could be halved and still provide a substantial meal. Runners were sent to get additional supplies of other provisions, including twice as many cheesecakes.

Another surprise—there were no complaints, and reviews were great! Everyone seemed happy to take part in the unusual event. Happy Hour learned to sell tickets in advance (not at the door) for all special events.

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5 PMPizza Party by the Pool. The Dance Club and Happy Hour joined together for this evening, and ARC contributed $300 to pay for a dance band. Those who purchased tickets got pizza. Those not opting for pizza could still come and enjoy the band.

At the event —

Attending: 200+ guests. Pizza tickets were limited to 200, and all sold out. The salad bar was open from the time that guests were let in, and Costco pizza was served as soon as it arrived. Although the line was long it moved very quickly. Later ice cream bars were handed out.

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 5 PM—Our first High School Photos.

At the event —

Attending: 40 guests. Guests asked to bring high school era photos of themselves. Each week a few would be projected onto the big screen and guests would be asked to identify who they were. This was continued for many weeks after until every picture submitted had been "identified".

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 5 PMRoot Beer Float Friday.

At the event —

Attending: 75 guests.

Betty Olson made the suggestion that we have root beer floats at Happy Hour, so naturally she was chosen to head up ice cream scooping on the evening before the event.

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 5 PMDinosaur Friday.

At the event —

Attending: 61 guests.

Guests were told that there would be a live (though not necessarily real) dinosaur at this Happy Hour. They came appropriately prepared. Everyone who wished got his or her picture taken with the guest of honor, in front of a backdrop right out of Jurassic Park. As evidenced by the above picture, only a few guests were eaten.

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 5 PMPizza Friday!

At the event —

Attending: 144 guests. Tickets were sold only at Happy Hour, or by Happy Hour regulars.

Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 5 PM—Maple Syrup Taste Test!. Can you tell the difference between real maple syrup, Log Cabin and Aunt Jemima?

At the event —

Attending: 50 guests. In a blind taste test, real maple syrup lost! Here are our testers choices: Favorite Syrup: Aunt Jemima got 25 votes (54.3%), Log Cabin got 12 votes (26.1%), and real maple syrup got 9 votes (19.6%). For the real maple syrup: Aunt Jemima got 20 votes (46.5%), real maple syrup got 13 votes (30.2%), and Log Cabin got 10 votes (23.3%). The syrup we all grew up on was probably Log Cabin, since it was introduced 1887. Aunt Jemima's syrup came to market in 1966, well after her pancakes which had been around since 1889. Although real maple syrup has been made by native Americans since the 1600, it has always been much more expensive than the imitations and in all likelihood our parents served us the cheap stuff.

Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 5 PM—This year Halloween, a.k.a. All Hallows Eve, is on Thursday, making Friday All Hallows Day. Can you think of a better reason to have Halloween–The Sequel and recycle those Halloween costumes?

We can't! So Come as You Aren't and Bring Spooky Food! Knock yourselves out. We may even have a prize or something for stuff that moves us.

Or don't! If you're not into costumes, just come as you ordinarily would and enjoy seeing what the enthusiasts among us have come up with.

At the event —

Attending: 58 guests. Most attending were not in costume, but those that were are shown above.

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 5 PM—It's a regular Happy Hour with good friends, good food, a bit of this and that, plus Dave's Jokes. Weather permitting, we will be on the patio!

The Entertainers have The Southwest Surfers doing their Beach Boys gig on Saturday, so the Main Hall will be set up for the show. That is why we will be on the patio if the weather is good, or in the Extension if it isn't.

At the event —

Attending: 43 guests. The event did indeed take place on the patio outside of the Main Hall. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the change.

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 5 PM—Its the middle of the month, so it's time for Birthdays—and more ...

Your intrepid hosts were roaming the aisles of Walmart when they happened upon a large, strange non-human creature moving about the grocery aisle. It was so striking they took pictures and even googled it. The full report will be given at this Happy Hour.

At the event —

Attending: 56 guests. The report was given, including a video of the robot. To the disappointment of many, the robot did not look much like the one from Forbidden Planet pictured. Nor did it carry any scantily-clad damsels down the aisles.

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 5 PM—This Friday was scheduled for our guests to tell about their encounters with celebrities, but because the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall was the Saturday before we heard memories about the wall instead.

The Dance Club has The Silver Creek Band scheduled for Saturday, but this shouldn't be a problem since there should be plenty of time to rearrange the tables and chairs. We might have to be extra good on our clean-up

At the event —

Attending: 65 guests.

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 5 PM—Would this be leftover Friday at Happy Hour? Ricki Miles will have a short quiz for us about Thanksgiving stuff we should know.

Yes, this is part of the four day Thanksgiving weekend, and ARC will be closed on Thursday—except for the Thanksgiving Dinner being held in the Main Hall. ARC will be open on Friday so we can and will have Happy Hour. Our Canadian friends had their Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14. [Did those Pilgrims invite Canadians too?]

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall on Friday. Decorating the Main Hall is set for Saturday.

Attending: 43 guests.

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 5 PM—We should all be admiring the Christmas Decorations at ARC. Does one of the trees have an ornament like the dollar store pickle ornament at the right? Someone needs to tell us why there would be pickles on Christmas trees ...

Nothing scheduled in the Main Hall Friday, but the setup for Sunday's Jingle Bell Jam is scheduled for Saturday. Neither should affect Happy Hour. Saturday is Pearl Harbor Day.

At the event —

Attending: 46 guests. Would you believe that a number of our guests—all Midwesterners—remember pickles on Christmas trees? What does this tell us?

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 5 PM—We hope to hear a few more celebrity encounters from our guests as Brush with Greatness continues. Birthdays!

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday, but an Ahwatukee Foothills Band Concert is scheduled for Saturday. The setup for the band may require that we meet in the Extension. Travel Club also has their trip to the Silver Star Theater for a Christmas dinner & show scheduled for Saturday evening.

At the event —

Attending: 49 guests.

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 5 PM—The last Happy Hour before Christmas. We'll tell you about Orphans, Waifs & Strays. This is not a Happy Hour activity, but if your Christmas day is shaping up like the picture at the right you might be interested. At the close of Happy Hour, Ricki Miles will get us in the holiday spirit with a musical quiz!

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. ARC will close at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24, and all day on Christmas Day.

At the event —

Attending: 68 guests.

Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 5 PM—The last Happy Hour in 2019. As it turns out, those Orphans, Waifs & Strays are quite the song-writing team. They will share their Twelve Days of an ARC Christmas with us—which will be the last Christmas song you're likely to hear this year.

Just in case you can't live without the lyrics they go like this: ...

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Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. A New York New Year's Eve is scheduled for Tuesday, December 31, 7-10 PM.

ARC will be closing early on Tuesday, December 31, but the Main Hall will reopen at 7 PM for New York New Years Eve. ARC will be closed all day on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

At the event —

Attending: 55 guests.

Friday, January 3, 2020 @ 5 PM—The first Happy Hour of the New Year! We'll get a breakdown of what happened at the New York New Years Eve, perhaps with the personal appearance of some dancers and others that made the evening special.

The Open House for ARC clubs was scheduled for 9:30 to 12:00 AM Saturday, but it has been moved to February 8 because of unexpected delays in getting the parking lot completed. We understand that the delays this time were weather related—rain in Phoenix—who saw that coming!

At the event —

Attending: 40 guests. Marilyn Farrar was a special guest, and a clip of her at Times Square for our New York New Years Eve was shown. Also shown, a clip of the ARCettes, and three member of the ARCettes took a bow.

Jose Mendoza on the ARC maintenance staff took some great pictures of the New Years Eve event. You can see the pictures in his Google Drive link: Jose's Pictures. To see larger images, double click on a picture, then go forward and backward by clicking on the carets on the left or right sides of the larger picture. You can download a picture from this screen by clicking on [the down arrow icon] on the upper right of the screen. You can also download from the smaller images directly by right clicking on one, and then clicking on "Download" in the menu that comes up. The link is to a temporary file that may only be up for a month or so.

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 5 PMBrush with Greatness—guests tell us about their encounters with celebrities. (Epiphany, the twelfth night of Christmas when the three wise men arrived with gifts, was the past Monday, so maybe we didn't arrive too late with our lyrics for the Twelve Days of Christmas.) This day is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. The Travel Club is having its Lake Havasu Balloon Festival trip from the 10th to the 12th, so some of our chums will be MIA. Maybe they'll share some of their pictures with us.

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays! This is National Bootleggers Day (the birthday of Templeton Rye Whiskey, and bootlegger Al Capone).

Saturday. The Veteran's Club/American Legion is having their Winterfest 2020 dinner and dance on Saturday. They will be using the Main Hall and the Extension, so we will likely be using their table setup. This explains the image on the right: Saturday is also National Winnie the Pooh Day—do you think the vets are aware of that?

At the event —45 guests attended; 2 birthdays were celebrated; following Dave's jokes a clip from Groucho Mark's 1953 television show You Bet Your Life was shown with contestant Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales.

Sunday. Travel Club had a presentation about an Africa trip scheduled for Sunday evening, but that has been cancelled.

Monday. January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 5 PM—Our annual Soup & Salad Friday! Because it's necessary to balance soup, salads and other dishes we are asking those attending to sign-up in the Activities book in Social Area and list what they will be bringing (soup, salad, or dessert). Today is National Eskimo Pie Patent Day.

At the event — 103 guests attended the event bringing about 30 varieties of soup. Special thanks to Debbie Spalding for organizing the event and doing the heavy lifting (and to Dee Murrell who reminded me to thank Debbie). Plus, kudos to Marlene Saens for being so observant of the day and bringing Eskimo Pies.

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 5 PM—It's Impossible Friday! Have you ever wanted to sample a meatless impossible burger, but not commit yourself to an entire sandwich? DO IT at Happy Hour! You will get a sample—not an entire burger—so bring a dish to share and your own drink.

Here's how it's going to work. We will send a runner to be at Burger King at 5 PM. At that time we will take a count of how many want to sample the Impossible Whopper, and call our runner with the number. The runner will place our order and hightail it back so that the samples can be served along with our other food. ¿Comprende?

January 28 is the fifth anniversary of Fox 10 weatherman Cory McClosky's most famous weather report—when valley temperatures of 2,960°F appeared on his weather map. If we're in the Main Hall, we'll show the clip which was posted on YouTube.com on January 28, 2015, and has now had 12,069,509 views.

The 28th was also the 64th anniversary of Elvis' first appearance on national TV—it wasn't on Ed Sullivan but it was on CBS.

The 31st is . How do you celebrate that? Maybe by watching THIS on YouTube.com.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall for Friday. The Quilters are having their Italian Dinner on Saturday, so we will likely either be using their table setup or meeting in the Extension. The Super Bowl is Sunday.

At the event—60 guests were present. Cash Goodloe was our runner. He brought back ten Impossible Whoppers which were cut into quarters, and everyone wanting a sample got one. In the photo below, Marlene tries one of those samples. How did they taste? Scroll down.

Afterward we got the answers to a couple of questions:

Does it taste like a Whopper with a real meat? Yes–27 • No–5
Would you buy and Impossible Whopper? Yes–14

So there you have it!

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 5 PM—Today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day (also National Wear Red Day, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and National Periodic Table Day).

The Open House for ARC clubs is scheduled for 9:30 to 12:00 AM on Saturday. They will be using all of the rectangular tables, and will be setting up in the Main Hall on Friday during Happy Hour's regular time. We expect to be in the Extension using the round tables. The Dance Club has the Wezul Bros Dance on Saturday evening. A supermoon will be visible this weekend.

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is Valentine's Day, and the day that Arizona became a state. It's good day to bring your sweetie to Happy Hour—and to observe Birthdays! We'll also share the worst Valentines Day presents we've gotten or given. The first 65 guests will receive a box of Brach's candy "Conversation Hearts", somewhat similar to the one pictured at the right.

The Women's Club will be having their Don Scott clothing sale starting Saturday morning in the Main Hall and the Extension—with the stage converted to a dressing room. They only need an empty floor, so we will be in the Main Hall.

Monday, February 21 is President's Day—a Federal and state holiday. ARC facilities, but not the office, will be open. Washington used to have the holiday all to himself when it was observed on February 22, his actual birthday. It remained his alone even when it was moved to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. He had to share the holiday with the now 43 other persons elected to the office when holidays were shuffled by the Uniform Federal Holidays Act of 1971. (No, we didn't miscount even though Trump is our 45th president—Cleveland gets counted twice since his two terms were not consecutive.)

At the event—64 guests were present so everyone got "Conversation Hearts", but most were missing the "conversation" part. So much for Brachs' quality control. A survey was taken on the preference of round vs. rectangular tables. 16 hands were raised in favor of round tables, while 25 were up for rectangular tables, leading to the conclusion that most people don't care.

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 5 PM—Let's celebrate Mardi Gras four days early!

The Entertainers present The Alley Cats on Saturday, so the Main Hall will be set up for the performance with risers, curtains and 200 or so chairs. Therefore we will be in the Extension. Washington's real birthday is on Saturday. On Monday, Travel Club has their trip to the Music Instrument Museum. Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras is February 25.

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5 PM—The day before Leap Year Day! Anyone with a birthday on February 29? That would have made them eligible to buy a house in our retirement community by their 14th birthday.

On Saturday the dance club is having a dance so we may be using their table setup. They've made it a special event to celebrate the 29th, with all sorts of games and prizes, and the band "Hippie Gold"—a tribute band to various '60s groups. That combination resulted in their logo for the dance—a hippie frog.

Friday, March 6, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is the National Day for Oreo Cookies, Frozen Foods, White Chocolate Cheesecake—and Dentists. We'll think about the first three and try to ignore the latter.

The Woodshop is having their annual Pancake Breakfast starting bright and early on Saturday Morning. The Main Hall and the Extension will be filled with round tables which we will be using. We will need to be extra good about cleaning up since they will be putting tablecloths on all of the tables as soon as we finish. Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, but not in Arizona of course. The state had it only once, in 1967. A supermoon will be visible on March 9.

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 5 PMSt. Patrick's Day is Tuesday, March 17, but you can get your green on early as Happy Hour observes Birthdays! Ricki Miles will have a musical St. Patrick's Day quiz after Dave's Jokes.

Saturday, March 14 is Pi Day, because of a digital coincidence we all recognize: Pi = 3.14159265358979323846—right? The Spring (Vernal) Equinox is next Thursday, March 19.

At the event: Approximately 35 guests. The scheduled activities too place, but a number of surprising announcements were made as a result of the reaction to the coronavirus [COVID 19] pandemic at ARC:

  • The weekly Happy Hour Friday meetings have been cancelled for the duration of the pandemic.
  • Cancelled meetings include Happy Hour's Baked Potato Friday. Those who have purchased tickets will be able to receive refunds by turning in their tickets when meetings resume.
  • Barb announced that The Entertainer's board had just met and had decided to postpone the Murder Mystery Dinner until next year.
  • Unofficial information was received that the ARC Board had voted to limit the size of all meetings at ARC to 25 members or less. In addition no guests will be admitted, and children's hours for pool access were suspended.

This event CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is International Earth Day, as declared by the United Nations in 1971. U.S. Earth Day falls on March 22. Neither is an actual holiday. Rather than observing Earth Day today, we will wait and not observe it on Sunday.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday.

This event CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 5 PM—Look for the headline "Murder Kills Happy Hour". We're sure it will be in all the papers.

The Entertainers were to have "Murder in Sin City—a Mystery Dinner" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Since it is a dinner and many of our Happy Hour chums are participating—or eating mystery food—we have decided to cancel Happy Hour this one time only. This event was postponed until next year.

This event CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 5 PM—Our third time for BAKED POTATO FRIDAY. We'll be selling tickets for this delicious, bargain-priced event. And it's a chance for everyone to see just what goes on at ARC's Happy Hour. This is also National Walk to Work Day. You could walk to Happy Hour.

A private rental has been scheduled for the Main Hall on Saturday, and the room is shown as reserved from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, but our use of the Main Hall on Friday for Baked Potatoes has been approved. Sunday is Palm Sunday. On April 6 thru 8, the Travel Club goes to Northern Arizona for their Discover Arizona trip. A supermoon will be visible on April 8. On Thursday, April 9, The Entertainers have their annual spring meeting. This year they will feature entertainment from the Ahwatukee Children's Theatre.

To those that have purchased tickets: We had intended give refunds for returned tickets at ARC. Since ARC is now closed we will be unable to do so. Accordingly, please hold on to your tickets, and refunds will be made as soon as ARC reopens (unless we figure out a way to do it sooner).

This event CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 5 PM—We'll be preparing for that holiday where a certain bunny gets credit for the hens' hard work.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Easter Sunday is April 12, which makes the 10th Good Friday. Taxes, of course, are due on April 15th, a Bad Wednesday.

This event CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays!

The Dance Club has a dance scheduled for Saturday, but that should not affect our use of the Main Hall. Ramandan, a holy month for Muslims, begins on the 20th, which is also Patriots Day if you are in New England. What was Secretary's Day but is now Administrative Professionals Day is on the 22nd. Take your daughter to work day is on the 23rd. 

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 5 PM—It's Arbor Day!

The Entertainers is presenting "Swing Memories" on Saturday. They will have the Main Hall set up for the performance on Friday, so we will be meeting in the Extension.

Friday, May 1, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is May Day! Although this day turned red when it was commandeered by communist block countries for military parades, it has its origins as an apolitical celebration of the arrival of spring. Remember the May Day Pole? We're going to give a try recreating one right here in the Main Hall. Perhaps you'd rather have Mint Juleps for Saturday, or Margaritas for Tuesday instead.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday. A supermoon will be visible on May 7.

Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet. This is VE day.

School's out at ASU with final exams ending on Saturday. The Dance Club has a dance scheduled for Saturday, but that should not affect our use of the Main Hall. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10.

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet. Birthdays!

Your host and hostess will be on the Travel Club's Danube Cruise (May 17-24), along with a fair number of other Happy Hour chums.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Armed Forces Day is Saturday.

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Your host and hostess will still be on the Travel Club's Danube Cruise (May 17-24), along with a fair number of other Happy Hour chums.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday.

This is the last day of classes for most area schools. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25.

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Look for the return of Travel Club's Danube Cruise travelers. Will anyone be sharing pictures? They surely will be telling tales.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday.

Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. D Day is Saturday.

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 5 PM—Shouldn't we be observing Birthdays?

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Flag Day is Sunday.

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is Juneteenth Day, the day Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation effectively freed all slaves. The Summer Solstice is June 20, making this Friday the second longest day of the year, an attribute it shares with this Sunday [look that up on your Astronomical Table].

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Father's Day is Sunday, June 21. Travel Club has its Matazal Casino day trip on Tuesday, June 23.

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 5 PM—On June 27, 2004, a robot named "Stinky" built by undocumented students at Carl Hayden Community High School won the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center's Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition, beating M.I.T.

Remember when Egyptian President Nasser wanted to charge tolls on the Suez Canal to pay for construction of the Aswan dam? OK, probably not. But you do remember the Suez Crisis—right? That started this day in 1956. [We have no idea why that is relevant to Happy Hour.]

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. The 107th Tour de France starts in Nice on June 27. Isn't that nice?

Friday, July 3, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is an official state and federal holiday, but ARC will be open and there will be a Happy Hour nonetheless.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday. Saturday is, of course, the FOURTH OF JULY, and Support the Troops has their annual party with hot dogs and all set for the evening. Canada's Dominion Day was on July 1st.

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 5 PM—This would be the Friday to break out that cow costume you've been keeping under your bed, and show it off at Happy Hour, cuz we know you're wearing it for National Cow Appreciation Day, Tuesday, July 14. That's the day that Chick-fil-A gives you a free entrée if you come dressed like a cow. If you come to Happy Hour dressed like a cow, we'll appreciate you more, and we'll give you more than just the entrée.

Did you know that cows either face north or south when grazing? Come prepared for a cow quiz.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. If reading "entrée" has left you hankering for something French, the 107th Tour de France is running so you might be able to find it on your TV schedule.

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 5 PM—In 1955 Disneyland had it's grand opening on this day, but the "E" ticket didn't come along until 1959. Who remembers their first trip to the Magic Kingdom? Tell us about it! Oh, yeah—Birthdays too!

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. The 107th Tour de France ends on July 19.

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo starts on July 24, 2020.

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Classes start August 3 for most area schools, but not ASU. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo runs July 24 – August 9, 2020.

Friday, August 7, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

On Saturday the Main Hall has been reserved for the Activities Committee's Summer Event. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo runs July 24 – August 9, 2020.

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays! This is V-J day*—fresh in the minds of Baby Boomers, but ancient history to Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z. 

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday.

[*Depending upon which event you choose to base your celebration: The 14th—Japanese government cabled their surrender; the 15th—when it was announced to the world; or September 2—the formal surrender on the USS Missouri.]

Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 5 PM—Benoit College releases it's Mindset List in mid-August, so we hope to have a look at it.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. ASU fall classes started on August 20.

Friday, August 28, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. National Marshmallow Toasting Day is Sunday. 

Friday, September 4, 2020 @ 5 PM—This would be National Macadamia Nut Day. We tried to find the origin of this day, but no one seems to claim it. Likely suspects are the Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association, or the Gold Crown Macadamia Association, a California group. We were introduced to the nut in Hawaii, but were alarmed to find that the nut has its origins in Australia, and that South Africa is its most prodigious producer (according to Wikipedia).

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Labor Day is Monday, September 7.

Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is Patriot Day, established by an act of Congress to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of 9-11-2001. New England observes the regional holiday "Patriots' Day" commemorating Paul Revere's ride and the first battles of the American Revolution on the third Monday in April—which fell last year on April 15.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Travel Club's Discover Washington D.C. trip departs on Thursday, September 17. A supermoon will be visible on September 17.

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays! Rosh Hashanah (the celebration of the Jewish New Year) begins at sundown.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. On Saturday, Oktoberfest begins in Germany. Certain regulars at Happy Hour will be missing since they're on Travel Club's Discover Washington D.C. trip, which returns on Tuesday, September 22.

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet. This is Native American Day.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Yom Kippur is on Sunday.

Friday, October 2, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is Worldwide Smile Day (which is the day after International Day for the Elderly, which for some odd reason makes me smile).

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday.

Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. Columbus Day in on Monday, as is Indigenous People Day, and Canada's Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays!

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday or Saturday. A supermoon will be visible tonight!

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday, but a Senior Expo is tentatively scheduled on Saturday morning.

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 5 PM—Break out your costumes and wear them to Happy Hour.

Nothing is scheduled in the Main Hall Friday, but the Dance Club has the room reserved Saturday evening. We're thinking Boogie Bash.

Dios Los Muertos is on November 1 & 2. U.S. general elections are on Tuesday, November 3. Guy Fawkes Day is November 5.

Friday, November 6, 2020 @ 5 PM—This is National Marooned Without a Compass Day, National Nacho Day, and Saxophone Day.

Nothing is on ARC's calendar in the Main Hall for Friday or Saturday. Veteran's Day is Wednesday, November 11.

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 5 PM—Not only is this Friday the 13th, this is the day after National Happy Hour Day. Wouldn't you think that would be on a Friday? Birthdays!

The Entertainers Fall show is scheduled for Saturday. A supermoon will be visible on November 15.

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 5 PM—Happy Hour will be homeless because of the Arts & Crafts Fair.

The Main Hall and the Extension will be set up for the annual Arts & Crafts Fair, so Happy Hour will need to find a new home for the day. The Dance Club has a dance scheduled for Saturday evening. Thanksgiving is next Thursday, November 26.

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 5 PM—We're expecting a few leftovers to be shared on this day after Thanksgiving.

Nothing is on ARC's calendar in the Main Hall for Friday or Saturday. Advent begins on Sunday—time to put out that windowed calendar you bought.

Friday, December 4, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is on ARC's calendar in the Main Hall for Friday or Saturday. December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. Chanukah starts on the 10th and lasts for 8 days.

Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 5 PMBirthdays!

The Ahwatukee Foothills Band has a concert scheduled in the Main Hall & Extension on Saturday. Happy Hour will be in the Extension.

Friday, December 18, 2020 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is on ARC's calendar in the Main Hall for Friday or Saturday. Christmas is exactly one week away. The Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year) falls on December 21. Festivus—"for the rest of us"—is on December 23.

Friday, December 25, 2020 @ 5 PM—There will be no Happy Hour this week because it's Christmas.

ARC will be closed on Christmas. Kwanzaa is on Saturday. National Fruitcake Day is on Sunday.

Friday, January 1, 2021 @ 5 PM—No details yet.

Nothing is on ARC's calendar in the Main Hall for Friday or Saturday.


That's all folks.