UPDATE JANUARY 2018 - BELLA VITA IS NOT IN BUSINESS AT THE PRESIDIO ANY LONGER
RESORT STYLE LIVING
Many residents have posted on the Estrella Mountain Residents Facebook community page about how nice the facility is and how wonderful the food is at Bella Vita Café. The reviews are completely understated.
When we arrived, the gathering room to the left was empty. Being a Sunday, it didn't seem out of place. But, we could hear people to the right. Peek around the corner, and that's where the restaurant and fitness room are located.
Before my daughter headed out to the pool, we were greeted by a warm smile and great humor. Bella Vita's restaurant was full of employees getting ready for the day and Jeremy was happy to answer our questions. I'm huge fan of friendly people and Jeremy was the perfect person to run into today!
THE POOL AND PATIO
She loved the heated pool... and the HOA employee at the front desk was kind to show her how to start the splash pad fountains!
BELLA VITA CAFÉ
We chose to order some garlic cheese knots while waiting for a pizza at Bella Vita. Let's just say those were gone in a flash.
The wind picked up and the temp dropped, so we left the patio and headed into the restaurant for lunch.
Brittney was our server and was so kind and helpful. I truly don't remember the last time we had top notch service like this... we don't get out much... but today's service was exceptional.
As with any new business, we had a few glitches. When I called the Presidio this morning for business hours, the recording mentioned I had called the "EJC" and to leave a message. It'd be helpful for the Presidio to have a custom greeting with hours and the address in the message. When I called later today, the phone was answered by an employee. So, I'm guessing the recording comes on after hours.
Also, I posted the Presidio address and phone number on the Estrella Mountain Residents Contacts page. But, it'd be nice to see the Presidio have its own webpage or Facebook page. The HOA page still shows the Presidio "opening soon". I know the new HOA Communications Director is working on this. But, the sooner this facility is convenient for residents to find, the better.
Best advice? Trust Jeremy when he recommends the "Freak Show."
PART OF THE SOLUTION
VOLUNTEER IN ESTRELLA
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Estrella Mountain Elementary School has a Cougar Community Volunteer program. Anyone from the community is welcome to help out. The school also has the Watch D.O.G.S. program encouraging fathers to get involved.
WESTAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Westar Elementary has an active PTO program. You can find them on Facebook here. You also can request to be on their email blast here.
ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
As I don't have a child at the high school yet, I'm not sure what all is available a the high school. However, this is the link to contact the school to ask.
ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS BIKE PARK
The award-winning bike park in Estrella is in constant need of volunteers. Visit their Facebook page here.
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN CHURCH AND PRESCHOOL
Here is the contact link to call to see if they are in need of help with various programs throughout the year. Through HeartBeat of Estrella, the church also has a program called Operation Christmas Child. A wrapping party will be held November 13th at the Starpointe Residents Club.
VOLUNTEER IN GOODYEAR
CITY OF GOODYEAR
Volunteer Opportunities with the City of Goodyear include: (click here to see all)
Apply online to volunteer with the city here.
CITY OF GOODYEAR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
City of Goodyear residents are invited to participate in the process of City of Goodyear government. One of the most effective ways to participate is through service on one of the City’s citizen boards, commissions, or committees. Through these services, civic minded citizens become involved in their local government and make recommendations to the Goodyear City Council. As a result, the City benefits from the vast knowledge, experience and expertise of its citizens.
Board and commission member positions are all voluntary and are appointed by the City Council. Once appointed the time commitment for each board/commission varies, some meet on a regular schedule, others on an as needed basis. Preparation for some meetings may require additional time obligations. Once committed, your attendance at all regularly scheduled meetings is critical.
Click here to see which openings are available.
NONPROFITS IN NEED
The West Valley has numerous nonprofit organizations that can use help. Here's a link to a few that we know about.
STATE OF ARIZONA
Here is a link to Boards and Commissions in the State of Arizona.
GET ON THE PERMANENT EARLY VOTING LIST
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RESIDENTS CHARITY PROGRAM
If you're looking to help those in need within our own community, please check out our charity program here. An ad for your company or cause is just $20 a month and you'll be invited to group photos with each donation. A great way to exposure for your company and to give back at the same time!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.