Making Friends

We all have friends we have cherished, and we often wonder if we’ll ever find such good friends again. The answer is yes. Come to Rio Verde, where people are welcoming and lasting friendships are made over a game of golf, a glass of wine, during an art class, or wherever there is common interest.

Here’s what some in our community say about making new friends:

“After living in Rio Verde for six months, my wife and I counted up the number of new friends we’d met: 92! It’s so easy to meet people here and actually get to know them.” 
- Dale and Gail Muhlbauer, Wyoming

“Some of our best friends - ever - were made right here in Rio Verde.” 
- Lucy and Joe Lucas, Michigan

“I’m a single guy and wasn’t sure how retirement would go. It’s fabulous! My golf buddies are great, and I’m never without an invitation to dinner.” 
- Randy Stoneking, Minnesota

“My husband loves to play golf, but it’s not my game. Rio Verde is a very special place to live. We’re surrounded by incredible natural beauty but still conveniently close to Scottsdale where I enjoy meeting friends for lunch, going to cultural events, and of course, shopping.” 
- Marianne Maxwell, California

“We were a bit concerned about moving to a new community without knowing anyone, but we were immediately welcomed and asked to participate in EVERYTHING!” 

- John and Megan Crosland, Alberta, Canada

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“I tutor two children once a week at a Fountain Hills elementary school. It is very rewarding. People living in Rio Verde spend a lot of time giving back." - Maizelle Warrington, Winnipeg

Giving back is deeply embedded in the Rio Verde culture. The Rio Verde Habitat for Humanity Chapter has built a house every year for the past 19 years, and residents volunteer at local schools, nonprofits, and museums. Many volunteer hours go into making the Rio Verde lifestyle the best there is, with neighbors helping neighbors.
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Continual Learning

“Rio Verde is where you’ll find camaraderie in shared learning with new friends.” - Frank Haggard, Arizona

The Arizona State University Lecture Series brings to Rio Verde noted experts on science, politics, economics, and social policy in a forum where it is easy to listen and ask questions. This extraordinary series, held at the Club, has guest speakers to talk about world religions, humanities, spirituality, and related topics. The Rio Verde Community Association sponsors health and wellness lectures, and the Verdes Art League hosts monthly lectures by Phoenix Art Museum experts.

In addition to lectures, we have Spanish, computer, photography, and craft classes taught by resident experts. The art studio’s instructor teaches drawing and painting four mornings a week. CPR classes are offered at our local Firehouse as well.  There is always something new to discover in Rio Verde.

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Community Church

“Having a beautiful church with an active congregation is unique among active adult communities. The pastor lives right here in Rio Verde and is always available.” - Chuck Ingwalson, Minnesota

The multidenominational Community Church of the Verdes is a welcoming place. People gather for weekly Protestant and Catholic services, social events, lectures, support groups, concerts, and Bible study.

New voices are always welcome to sing with one of the Verdes choirs, and volunteers are asked to help on church projects benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

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Other Interests

Do you like the challenge of a good game of bridge or mahjong? Bridge fans play duplicate or party bridge almost daily. Mahjong enthusiasts can always find a game. Or maybe you want to learn how to play something new or better. Bridge classes are taught regularly, and friendly neighbors are always eager to help you learn the latest game.

Books clubs abound in Rio Verde. The Community Association is host to a monthly book discussion, and smaller book clubs meet in people’s homes. “What are you currently reading?” is a common refrain and a great way to expand your social circle.
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Signature Events

Living in Rio Verde is like being in college without having to go to class.” - Peg Zarlengo, Colorado

Rio Verde’s social events are legendary! Here’s a sampling:
  • Wine dinners are held from October to May. Executive Chef Todd and his staff prepare delectable four-course dinners paired with wines from the featured winery. Over the years, vintners from around the world have graced these dinners.
  • The whole community enjoys antique car shows, home tours, Santa parties and Easter egg hunts for grandkids, art shows, and Trivial Pursuit contests.
  • Holiday parties often begin with a gourmet dinner followed by dancing to live music. They’re the perfect time to spruce up in your most elegant attire.
  • Golf banquets and parties are an important part of the club’s three major golf invitational events. The Sonoran Couples Invitational ends each year with a splendid banquet and dance, as does the Men’s Invitational. Participants in the Women’s Invitational like to party down at Verde Ranch with a BBQ and dancing to country-and-western music.
  • The Verdes Church Concert Series brings renowned vocalists and musicians to Rio Verde to perform in the acoustically ideal church sanctuary.
  • The club’s many luncheons, hors d’oeuvre parties, and dinners are an excellent way for everyone in Rio Verde to celebrate and socialize.
And the list goes on: jazz concerts, talent shows, comedians, themed parties, cooking classes, and more.

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Family Friendly

“Our grandkids love visiting us in Rio Verde. There is so much for them to do here. They never want to go back home.” - Ron and Nancy Miller, Arizona

Rio Verde embraces the younger generations with the same welcoming attitude that is the cornerstone of the community’s appeal.

The Rio Verde Community Relations Committee (CRC) makes it easy to host young guests. The committee provides baby furniture, bikes, and strollers. On Christmas Eve, the CRC is host to a Santa Claus party, and on Christmas morning, it arranges for Santa to deliver presents to homes in his festively decorated golf cart sleigh. Easter Sunday morning, the committee organizes an Easter egg hunt complete with a giant Easter Bunny.

The country club offers golf clinics during the holidays for grandchildren ages five and up, and members’ grandkids younger than 18 can play golf at a reduced rate. The Rio Verde pool is a popular place for young children and teens.

Tennis and pickle ball make for exciting games of grandparents vs. grandchildren. Hiking and biking the many scenic desert trails are also popular adventures to share with grandchildren. Sightings of wily coyotes and long-eared jackrabbits are often the highlight of these excursions.

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