Welcome  to the Valley of the Sun

 Over the nineteen years that we have lived here in Ventana Lakes, we have seen many changes to the area.  Most have been for the benefit of the West Valley Residents.

The tasking of Luke AFB as the Home of F-35 (Lightning II) training is well underway, and its’ F-16 units are slowly being transferred to Holloman AFB, NM.  Training for both USAF and Foreign Pilots on the F-35 is getting underway, with Simulator Training now starting, and that will be followed by F-35 Flying Training in the near future.  So far, 23 F-35’s have arrived at Luke of the planned 144 to be based there.

Real Estate development continues in the West Valley are, with new additions to the Vistancia complex, as well as others in North Peoria, and other West Valley Communities.

We have seen several new retailers added in the area, and expect more to come in the next year, with the improving economy.




 The Area’s first big project was the building of Arrowhead Mall, which was  opened in October 1993.  Over the years it has grown into an upscale Mall, and Hosts Many well known retailers.

To the South of the Mall is a large Commercial area with many well known Restaurant Chains as well as other Major retailers.  And the Peoria Sports Complex is just South of that, where Spring Training and Fall Baseball is hosted, as part of the Cactus League.

The area has both an AMC Theatre Complex in Arrowhead Mall, and a Harkins Theatre just South of Bell Road, on Arrowhead Fountains Drive. As well as numerous Restaurants (CLICK FOR LIST).

This is Peoria’s busiest area, and draws both Tourists and West Valley Residents.

Continuing South on the I-101 leads you to the Glendale Sports District, home of the Coyotes and Arizona Cardinals [see above].

With the economy on the rebound, we expect to see a revitalized building boom.  There are several new Subdivisions Sprouting in North Peoria, and Glendale.


As for Bob and Marlene, we are enjoying reasonably good health for a couple in their late 80’s. Again these past several years we have witnessed the passing of a number of neighbors and friends, and so feel fortunate in maintaining our present level of health. The extended family has been doing well, and our Grandchildren seem to be on a stable track to improving their life. Grandson Alex is in graduate studies at the University of Arizona, towards a Phd in Optical Science and Granddaughter Anie is working in The School of Business at ASU. Those outside the State, including Steve and Nick Cherekos are also doing just fine, With Steve  a  Conditioning Director and Nick now studying Engineering at the Univ. of Minnesota (Duluth Campus). Their parents Chuck and Linda are still working in Minneapolis.

Our Daughter in Law Phyllis has now retired, and Son John has several more years with Altria, before he retires. Daughter Susan and her Bill, are keeping overly busy in Pagosa Springs, CO, with their Automotive Service Business.


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Welcome to Bob & Marlene’s Web site. Here in the Valley of the Sun, The Aerial View to the right is Courtesy of Google Earth. Pictured is the University of Phoenix (Glendale) NFL Stadium and North of it is the Jobing.com Arena (Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Team Home), and the adjacent Westgate Shopping Center which now has three hotels, various restaurants and shops The various areas have websites that can be visited by CLICKING ON THEM.

The Pima Indian Tribe is building a Casino Just to the West of the Stadium, but it may not be allowed to open, as legislation to block it is being considered. We enjoyed having the Superbowl in 2008 and 2015. We hope it will return in a few years, as it was well received.


Bob appeared in a   Desert Aires Chorus Annual Show   as Tevya of Fiddler on The Roof.