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Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Edna Ford

Rayma Scalzo

Signup books for classes, tours & tests are at the Eagles Nest Community Information Center near the Pro Shop

Visit the Upcoming Events page for more details on all these programs 

The Kare Bears Founder’s Community Service Award was presented to Edna DeFord at its 2018 annual fall luncheon. This award was created in honor of Rayma Scalzo, founder of Kare Bears.  It is given annually to a person who has provided distinctive leadership and outstanding volunteer service to PebbleCreek and in the surrounding community. The winner is selected by a community-wide nomination and selection process.

When PebbleCreek was new, Edna and her husband, Ken, were one of 6 couples who created the PebbleCreek Community Church.  She started the church choir and served as the volunteer director.

PebbleCreek Kare Bears

If you would like to join this group of exceptional people,  complete a volunteer interest form.  Or, stop by the house at 15383 W. Cheery Lynn, Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 3:00 or Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 and the volunteers will help you fill out the form.  I promise you that we will train you and put you to work!

Upcoming Events

Kare Bears is an organization of PebbleCreek volunteers concerned about the welfare of their neighbors within the community.  The main purpose of the organization is to assist and support residents who are ill, recuperating from illness, surgery or hospitalization, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or caring for a spouse or a loved one.   Everyone who lives in PebbleCreek is a member of Kare Bears! 

WINTER HOURS are in effect through April 30
         9 AM to 3 PM    Monday through Friday
         9 AM to Noon    Saturdays
                    Closed    Sundays

Volunteer driver, Trisha Johnson, was honored for herwillingness to drive PebbleCreek residents to medical appointments anytime, anywhere. 

What a gift to Kare Bears and PebbleCreek!

Welcome in the New Year 2019 with 911 Awareness, and Being Prepared!
Linda Jo Orinski, Kare Bears Program Director

Wednesday, January 23, 11 AM, Eagles Nest Ballroom

Deputy Chief Justin Hughes and Cricket Barrientos will be our speakers for Kare Bears Presents!  It is very important to be prepared and to know what crucial information the First Responders will need when called to your home in a Dementia/Alzheimer’s crisis.

Their first topic will be: Preparedness, which is so important for caregivers because it is difficult to gather the information necessary to address the issue while in the midst of a traumatic event.  It is better to have a plan in place that can assist the caregiver and first responders in helping the person with dementia.

The second topic will be a presentation on Autism Understanding and Awareness.  The program is called the Sounds of Autism.

February Presentation Preview

February is Heart Month ~ Your Heart is Working Hard for You ~ Take care of It!

Linda Jo Orinski, Program Director for Kare Bears

Your heart works hard for you nonstop for your whole life. So show it some TLC.  Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference to your ticker. It’s like finding the fountain of youth, People who follow these steps not only live longer, but they also spend a lot more time healthy, without cardiovascular disease... Even if you improve just one or two improvements, you can make yourself less likely to get heart disease.

Kare Bears Presents! will welcome Dr Rajeev Garg from Abrazo Hospital as our guest presenter

for "Heart Month".



Kare Bears 18th Annual Health & Wellness Fair
Saturday, February 9, 9 AM to Noon, Eagles Nest Ballroom

Dee-Dee Patrick

Drop by to see over fifty displays featuring medical specialties such as cardiovascular, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopedic and dermatology.  Placement facilities including hospice, assisted living and home care will be represented.  A few of the exhibits will offer non-invasive medical tests such as blood pressure checks, hearing, and eye exams.  You might even be able to obtain a quick massage!

This year there will be several new exhibitors including a 24 hour/7-day (including holidays) veterinarian office. The co-directors of Health and Wellness thought that our pets provide us much comfort and companionship that greatly promotes wellness in our lives.  With the rising interest and legalization of marijuana for medical usage, there will be a medical cannabis clinic there to answer any questions you may have about the use of this alternative treatment.

Local health care facilities will be in attendance as will local family practice and dental offices.  Where else would you be able to gather information from so many health-related organizations in one location? PebbleCreek support groups will be represented as will Arizona Victims of West Valley Fever, an organization that provides much needed information about valley fever – a disease that impacts both humans and their animal companions. 

Please plan on joining us on Saturday, February 9th.  Come early and consider car-pooling with your neighbors as the parking lot fills quickly and handicapped spaces are limited. 

If you have any questions, please call the Co-Directors of Health and Wellness Donna Blomquist at 651-260-2665 or Dee-Dee Patrick at 708-494-0008 or the Kare Bear House at 623-536-1200.

Thanks, from Kare Bears!
Joyce Van Ornam, President

I must share a secret with you:  People I have met throughout the community and PebbleCreek are astonished that an organization as large and well-organized as Kare Bears is staffed totally by volunteers.  Add to that, the fact that this charitable organization is funded by the donations of generous people and organizations makes Kare Bears truly unique.

Honored at the recent awards luncheon as Friends of Kare

Bears, Nothing Bundt Cakes, has provided

small, tasty cakes free to the Kare Bears luncheon

since 2015.  Accepting the award was owner, Rob Kelly.

This company is just one example of the community

support Kare Bears receives.

Representing Kare Bears coordinators, the largest group of

volunteers in our organization, was Judy Ayers, one of the

coordinators in unit 17.  She was recognized for being

willing to go the extra mile to “be the rainbow in somebody’s

cloud.” (Mayou Angelo)

Don Belonax accepted an award posthumously for his wife,

Jackie Belonax.  Working with Don as a coordinator for

unit 51, Jackie continued to reach out to people in their

unit and throughout PebbleCreek while battling cancer. 

She is remembered by those who knew her as the

embodiment of Kare Bears.

Exceptional Service Awards were given to Share Bears

volunteer, Sally Dwyer and to Health and Wellness

director, Hilary Coltman.

Sally has donated her creative talents, her time, and her money to make gifts for Share Bears participants and to decorate for Share Bears special occasions, such as their Christmas luncheon,  for several years.

Hilary was on the Kare Bears Board as Health and Wellness

Director for three years.  During that time, she expanded

Kare Bears Health and Wellness way beyond her job

description.  She gave freely of her personal training as a

nurse, her organizational skills, and a lot of her time.


Source Book Delivery is NOW SCHEDULED
Arlis Legler

Kare Bears volunteers will be delivering your 2019 source book to your home during the week of January 13-18.  Your source book will be left at your front door in a plastic bag, one book per house.  After home delivery, additional source books will be available for purchase at the Kare Bears house.

If you are not going to be home or are unable to retrieve the book from the door, please inform your neighbor or person watching your home, to pick it up for you.  This is your information guide to residents and facilities in PebbleCreek.

 If you have questions, please contact Arlis Legler at  dzarlis@gmail.com or 623-234-4709.

AARP Safe Driving Class
Tuesday, January 15, 8:30-12:30
TF Milan Room
January Presentation
Wednesday, January 23, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
AED/ CPR Class
Thursday, January 24, 8:30-11:30
EN Ballroom
Abrazo Hospital Tour
Thursday, January 24, 10 AM
13677 W McDowell Rd
Health & Wellness Fair
Saturday, February 9, 9 AM to Noon
EN Ballroom
February Presentation
Wednesday, February 27, 11 AM
TF Ballroom
Abrazo Hospital Tour
Thursday, February 28, 10 AM
13677 W McDowell Rd
March Presentation
Wednesday, March 27, 11 AM
TF Ballroom
Annual Spring Fling
Wednesday, April 10
April Presentation
Wednesday, April 24, 11 AM
EN Ballroom