What is going on in April at Rio Bend RV and Golf?

Rio Bend Residents, Guests, and Friends –

We are proud to call Rio Bend RV and golf Resort home, where memories are made and friendships flourish. Discover for yourself what makes our resort so special!


You will not find a more beautiful place than Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort to enjoy your winter vacation or retirement home. Nothing compares to the breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset in the Imperial Valley desert. Rio Bend’s tranquil, country atmosphere is also filled with many daily social and physical activities for you to enjoy. A world away from the busy city life!

 2015-2016 Rio Bend Baseball team


Congratulations! We are so proud of the Rio Bend Baseball Team. The team consists of 16 players, coached by Brian Fisher and managed by Ed Rabb. This competitive team placed second for overall season with 10 wins against Desert Trails and Sunbeam RV! Great job everyone.


Each year we have a “Dance for Cancer” on Pub Night to raise money for the Cancer Center of the Desert. We do this by purchasing and decorating white bags in memory of loved ones lost to cancer and to those who are cancer survivors. The Cancer Center utilizes these funds to provide cancer patients with  education, emotional and mental support and access to financial support. Activities director, Sandi presents a check in the amount of $285 to CEO, Diana Peacher.


For over 20 years Mary and Harriet have donated time to escort carloads of Rio Bend residents to NAF El Centro. In total they have taken 480 guests to see the Blue Angel navy Flight Team.

These two outstanding sisters put forth every effort to make certain residents and guests of Rio Bend have an enjoyable stay. They do it all with a big smile on their face. Thank you Mary and Harriet.

Have you seen the beautiful new video of Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort on our new website? Go to our Facebook page, like and share the new video with your Facebook friends and you will receive a coupon to receive a drink for a penny on your next visit to Rio Bend!


Join the Lakeview Golf Club Today! Your $35 membership benefits include:  SCGA/USGA Handicap Index 10% off Lakeview Golf Course green fees and memberships and much more.

Interested in League play? Get your friends/coworkers together to form a league. Receive additional discounts and dedicated weekly tee times just for your group. Contact the pro shop at 760-352-6638

As the 2015-2016 season comes to an end we hope you have all enjoyed spending it at Rio Bend as much as Tom and I and our staff have enjoyed having you here. We will all be working over the summer on more changes and improvements to make it even more enjoyable on your return. Have a safe trip back to your homes and a wonderful summer. See you all next season.

The Best Month Is Yet To Come!

Rio Bend Residents, Guests, and Friends –

The best month is yet to come! The month of March is filled with lots of exciting entertainment and activities. So far this season has been a blast, and we are eager to keep is going. Be sure to check out our daily activities and upcoming entertainment!

Check the Rio Bend Calendar for regularly scheduled activities to relax and enjoy!

Upcoming Entertainment

The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Team calls the Imperial Valley their winter home.  Each year we are graced with the spectacular aerial theatrics as the naval aviators practice their skills.  NAF El Centro will host the first show of the season on Saturday, March 12th. This all day event is FREE to the public and the gates open at 9 a.m. for a day of fun.  Coolers are not permitted, make sure to wear your hat and sunscreen.


Everyone will be sporting their “Green” as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional meal of corned beef cabbage, red potatoes, carrots and dessert at 5:30 p.m. in the café. From 7 – 9 p.m. everyone can dance to the music of Dennis and Friends playing from the portico stage and making use of the dance floor.  The bar will be offering drink specials as well as “Green Beer” to quench your thirst!

As the season comes to a close we have planned the Farewell  Luau for Saturday, March 19that 5:30 p.m. in the Café and Portico area. This is the time for us to get together as a Rio Bend family. “Good food is always sweeter with good friends”. And it is FREE to all Rio Bend Residents. The bar will be open and Dennis and Friends will be playing their last gig for the season. Come on out for a evening of laughter and fun!

Hot off the griddle!

Delicious pancakes are hot off the griddle at Lakeview Golf Course Snack Bar on Saturday, March 11th. For only $6.00 you will get these breakfast favorites with scrambled eggs and two sausage links. Milk and orange juice will be on sale. Sit out on the patio and enjoy the warm sun, while planning your day with friends.

Easter Potluck Dinner

 Easter Sunday comes early this year and will be celebrated with a potluck dinner in the Café. The Resort will provide ham, and drinks will be on sale. Please sign up in the Activity Center so we will know what delicious foods and desserts will be served.

Book Your Reservation 

Make your plans to visit with us this 2017-2018 season and enjoy all of the planned activities, events and golf.   BOOK NOW! Choose your favorite RV site and lock-in this year’s prices. Plan your stay for a week, a month or plan to use our SPECIAL of “Pay for Three Months and the Fourth Month is FREE! Join in the Fun at Rio Bend

Make Your Reservation Today!


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Bernie and RedGuaranteed to keep you laughing is the original and funny, “Bernie and Red”. The popular husband and wife music and comedy team is bringing their talents to Rio Bend. You do not want to miss this, so mark your calendar for March 4th at 7 p.m. in the portico.

Event tickets are $10 per person and are on sale in the Activity Center. Activity Office is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are available at the door.

Remember that we have free entertainment every week! If you enjoy dancing join Dennis and his group for Saturday Pub Night 7 – 9 p.m. On Thursdays we have a fun evening of Karaoke, in addition to Taco Tuesdays and our Friday Night Fish Fry..

The poolside bar is open from 4 – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What is all the excitement  at Rio Bend in February 2016?

Right Path Health ScreeningFebruary 3, Right Path Health Screening is offering a complete Cardiovascular Ultrasound evaluation for only $200. Included in the package for is a check of your blood pressure, pulse and blood oxygen saturation. Schedule an appointment by calling 800-770-0240. Testing will be performed in the Activity Center.

Join your friends at the portico to watch the NFL’s top teams face off on the gridiron. Bring your favorite Super Bowl Party food to share with friends and meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7th at the big screen T.V.’s under the portico to cheer for your favorite team. Bar will be open.

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is celebrated on February 9th.  Break out the masks and beads, let loose, dance and enjoy the celebration! The fun begins with the annual “Rio Bend Mardi Gras Parade”, so decorate those golf carts, bicycles, don your favorite costume, and share in the celebration. A potluck will follow at 4:30 and Street Dance at 6 p.m.

This year we have an awesome live band.  “Big Bad Wolf” is a local Imperial Valley five-piece band that plays rock and roll and country music. Join your friends for the fun festivities.

ValentinesSunday, February 14 is a day of romance. Celebrate with your special someone at the Rio Bend St. Valentine Dinner/Dance. Julia has planned a delicious dinner of Cornish Game Hen, rice, vegetables, and dessert for $15.00 per person. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Romantic dancing music will follow the delightful dinner. Purchase tickets in Activity Center.

Golden Acorn BusYou Are In Luck ! The Golden Acorn Bus will be here on February 15 to take you and your friends on a free, comfortable ride through the mountains to a fun day at the slot machines and table games. Plus, you will be given freeplay money. Seats on the bus are limited. Sign up in the Activity Center.

Our annual Poolside Luncheon and Fashion Show is one of the highlights of this month. Sandi Paynter is working with Dillards Department Store to showcase some fabulous evening wear, sports outfits, and casual clothing. Once again, Rigo will be escorting our lovely models. This affair is always a sell-out, so pick up your tickets in the Activity Center.

Walk, Talk and Shop is Rio Bends version of your local flea market.  Take your time and stroll around the resort, visit with your friends and you may find something you may like or need. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure You never know what you will find. It is also a way to clean out the house and make a little extra cash. Set up on Saturday, February 20 at  9 a.m. until noon.

More than one million people in the United States are stricken with cancer every year. Pub Night is Saturday, February 27 and we support the American Cancer Society and their quest to eliminate cancer.  The Activity Department will sell lighted luminaries to be decorated and dedicated to loved ones that have been lost to cancer and for “Cancer Survivors”. The luminaries will be displayed along the sidewalk.  Donations will be accepted, so please join us to support cancer research, education and patient assistance.

Check the Rio Bend Calendar for regularly scheduled activities to relax and enjoy!

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There was a great turnout for Western Week. Residents teamed up and competed against each other in pickle ball, shuffleboard, bocce, ladder ball and putters challenge. Game winners received prizes for free Fish Dinners, Taco Plates, coupons for the Ice Cream Social and tickets to our big entertainments. A special thank you to our volunteers for their help in organizing the games.

Special Reminder:

Julia and her cheerful staff are cooking up specials at the Pro Shop Snack Bar daily 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, turkey burgers, taco salad, grilled chicken salad and more. There is a gorgeous view of the golf course and mountains from the patio to enjoy while you visit with friends. Sodas, beer and wine are available in café.

Let’s Get Active! Start the New Year with a resolution to be healthy. Check out the new treadmills, stationery bicycles and elipticals and in the Fitness Center. Stop by the office for the door code for your 24 hour access to workout.

Gold Zumba Class led by Irene Ortiz is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Fitness Center. Or join everyone in the pool on Tuesday and Thursday for water Zumba. Water aerobics is every morning Monday through Friday and the water volley ball group plays on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Lake View Golf Course

The most fun and exciting game at Lake View Golf Course each year is the “Horse Race”. Winners of the “Big Money” were Arden McEachren and Marilyn Dyson

Upcoming Action on the Golf Course

  • February 10 – Men’s Club Championship
  • February 16 – Women’s Club Championship
  • February 10 – Imperial Quarterback Club- Fundraiser Tournament to benefit student athletes of Imperial High School

CONGRATULATIONS to Rio Bend Golfers for winning the Annual Rio Bend vs. Sunbeam Tournament. We had a terrific turnout of 42 players from Rio Bend and 36 players from Sunbeam.

Rio Bend FishingTom Wipfli from Wellington, Nevada, an avid fisherman and RVer, caught a two pound bass.

Rio Bend Lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish that are always biting. Please use artificial bait and remember “Catch and Release”.

PS: Bring your friends with you and take advantage of valuable incentives for you both!

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2017 Has Arrived At Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort


It is a brand new year, and there is no better place to be than Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort!

The holidays may be past, but the new year is just getting started here at Rio Bend.

And this year we are bringing you more of everything – more fun, more entertainment, more social events and more good times than ever! Our January list of activities and events is covered in this month’s newsletter.


Among this month’s activities are Western Week beginning on Sunday, January 11, as well as our weekly favorites – Bingo on Monday, Taco Tuesday, and steak dinner, music and dancing every Saturday.

We are delighted to host so many great activities and events to share with you, and look forward to more happy times !


PS: Bring your friends with you and take advantage of valuable incentives for you both!

The Holidays are Happy at Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort

Happy holidays from Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort!

Angel TreeRio Bend is the place to ring in the holidays. There is so much happening here, it will not all fit into this email!  From the Christmas Dinner Dance on December 24th, to the House of Hope initiative and the Angel Tree – Rio Bend is the place to be for the holidays!

And of course Rio Bend remains the premier destination resort for golf, fitness activities and just enjoying life to the fullest.

Of course, our regular activities continue, including lap swimming in our new pool, Fish Fry Fridays, a Putter’s Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 10 and weekly fishing contests for bass and catfish in our 13-acre lake. All the details are in the newsletter.

We want to extend our thanks to everyone coming to spend the holidays at Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort – as well as those of you who make our resort your home at other times of the year.  We are honored to serve you, and wish you all of you a joyous and happy new year!



It’s Time To Get Fit At Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort

Rio Bend Residents, Guests, and Friends

Great times at Rio Bend never end.  We have covered all of the upgrades and improvements this summer, invited everyone to get involved in the outdoor activities and now it’s time to get fit with your choice of a wide variety of options:

Rio Bend’s Fitness Center is equipped with everything you need to attain your individual fitness goals.  Enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains while working out on our elliptical machines, treadmills or stationary bikes.  You will also find free weights, exercise balls, bench press, torso rotation and a Nautilus NS4000 multi-station weight system.

And if you need a little coaching, our resident fitness expert, Greg O’Donnell, will be offering instruction on the proper use of all equipment. Greg is an avid athlete and recently won the ITU World Triathlon in San Diego this year in his age group.  He is ranked fifth in the world and has been selected to represent the United States in the ITU World Grand Final in London.

If aerobics is your exercise of choice, join us on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for an hour of getting fit to music. Zumba Gold classes will be led by certified Zumba Fitness Instructor Irene Ortiz.

Zumba-GoldZumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workouts of Zumba and modifies the pace for beginners and seniors. Zumba Gold builds cardio-vascular health and works the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance music. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, bring a bottle of water and meet with us in the Fitness Center for lots of fun.

For those guests with limited physical motion join the “Sit and Fit” exercise class led by Sharon Stirtz. Sit and Fit is a series of easy movements using a chair to stretch and strengthen. This class will teach you simple exercise movements that you can do at home.

Swimming is a good way to stay fit, burn calories and strengthen your muscles. Swimming for fitness can also improve sleep patterns, lower cholesterol levels and improve digestion. Come lap with us in our newly remodeled, heated swimming pool with two new lap lanes.  Each lap lane has tile lines, end t’s and crosses. Wave inhibitors have been added between the lanes to suppress the waves made by others.

Every weekday at 9:00 a.m. join the Rio Bend residents at our pool for water aerobics. Water aerobics focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training and creating an enjoyable atmosphere with music. This type of exercise is the safest form of exercise for people with arthritis, osteoporosis and weak joints. The best part of water aerobics is that you do not have to be a swimmer to participate and there is no special equipment to purchase. You do not want to miss seeing Harriett – she will be out there to encourage you.

Okay, Karaoke technically is not really a fitness sport, but it is fun. And it can be competitive. Keith Meloche has a great playlist and we are certain you will find a song befitting your talent.  Meet on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the portico to entertain and be entertained.

The Imperial Valley Press approached us to determine if there is any interest in a competitive tournament against the residents of Sunbeam and Desert Trails.  They would like this to be an annual event, most likely to be played in January with the first one being at Sunbeam. Please notify Sandi in Activities if you would be interested in participating.

If you have an interest in a specific activity here at Rio Bend we are looking for team leaders to help organize. We offer pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce, sand volleyball, ladder golf, darts, ping pong, and billiards, and don’t forget there is also a basketball court at the northwest corner of Rio Bend Lake.

Any way you look at it, Rio Bend is the place for active adults to come, play and enjoy life and health to the fullest!  There is always something great to do here, and we look forward to sharing it all with you!

Download the full December Activities Calendar here.


PS:  Bring your friends with you and take advantage of valuable incentives for you both!


Rio Bend Is The Place To Play

Rio Bend is the place to come and play!

The winter weather is warm and pleasant in the Imperial Valley, and Rio Bend has an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy. They are all great fun and there are plenty of great friends to enjoy them with!  Here are some sports to engage in:

A relatively new hobby, pickleball, is now the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Played on a tennis-style court with racquets that resemble large ping pong paddles and a ball similar to a small wiffle ball, it is much like playing tennis.

Rio Bend has four well maintained pickleball courts for both single and double play.  Join other pickleball players on the courts daily for fun and competition. Our courts are lighted for evening play also.

While less active than pickleball, the lawn bowling game of bocce requires tenacity, good hand-eye coordination and a great deal of strategy. Our two courts are surfaced with attractive synthetic turf that allows great playability and provides an even, consistent playing field.  Everyone is invited to participate in the fun.

What’s a resort without shuffleboard?  Rio Bend has turned this relaxing pastime into an art form with four beautifully maintained outdoor shuffle board courts adjacent to our pool and spa. Relax and enjoy our poly-diamond refinished courts with a glossy smooth, perfectly level surface.

There is also an indoor shuffleboard table in the Game Room.

Golfing GreenHailed as “one of the best golf courses in California” by the Souther California Golf Association, Lakeview Golf Course offers women’s, men’s and mixed golf leagues.

For those who remember Plaids, the last tee time of the day will be ours two days a week. Let your friends know… this is time to practice and have fun.

Other sporting activities include ping-pong, volleyball, ladder ball, billiards and a men’s competitive softball team.  (Get those pompoms and megaphones out to cheer for our team!)After all this activity you can stop by the bar for your favorite drink or one of our refreshing daily drink specials.

Watch for our next newsletters to see a preview of our fitness activities and what’s on the menu for our snack bar and poolside bar!

PS:  Bring your friends with you and take advantage of valuable incentives for you both!