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two star athletes prepare for graduation it just wouldn’t be appropriate to let this year’s senior class at estrella foothills high school slip through their upcoming graduation ceremony without recognizing the prominent talents of two of its outstanding athletes - corey hawkins and ryan pace.

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secrets of the sonoran Desert local resident nicholas pawley contributes an insightful piece on the beauty of the sonoran Desert. “the sonoran Desert is never what it appears. its flowering may last only a few days, but in those few moments, we get to see the almost magical powers of survival of desert life and a reflection of what the sonoran Desert used to be.”

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community garage sale whether you like to shop garage sales or sell your wares, your opportunity is coming saturday, april 10 from 7 am - 2 pm. please stop by the community services Office before april 8 to fill out your registration form and pay $5 (cash only please).

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Soul Food

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As I gather community news ideas for each issue of My Hometown Estrella, I often wonder what stories might be of interest to you. What’s going on in our community and the surrounding area this month, this season? And, undoubtedly, like magic, the ideas come flowing, in the form of emails and phone calls from you – my neighbors. I’ve asked for your input and, in turn, I’ve received interesting and informative pieces of your lives. I am truly enriched by the people that I have the opportunity to meet and the experiences you’ve shared with me. This month is no exception.


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It is uplifting for me to share some of those stories with you this month. Our cover story highlights two outstanding high school athletes, both senior students with some splendid accomplishments under their belts, including some incredible ammunition to take on their futures in a couple of short months.

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Don’t forget that the Creative Arts Academy is gearing up for enrichment classes this summer - a first in our community. Relish beautiful photos taken by a local resident, Nicholas Pawley, who shares a few

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Kim Alvar ado secrets of the Sonoran Desert. It’s no secret how lush and green the Estrella Mountains look lately. Is it just me or do you get the feeling you’re somewhere in Hawaii as you drive up Estrella Parkway? Recent rains have fed the desert and it appears to be blooming in delight. The single most surprising piece of information in April’s issue is the astronomical number of homeless children in our state, specifically our surrounding community, due to the U.S. economic situation. Thankfully, the Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club is stepping in to help with a benefit dinner that your entire family can enjoy while you assist those young people in need. Like the classic cuisine from the Deep South that gives satisfaction to the palate and defines a specific culture, soul food can also be information, coming from a supportive community. Thank you Estrella for the ideas and information that you provide that feeds my soul. Those ideas become stories and news that I am excited to share with you in the pages of My Hometown Estrella!

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Our mission for My Hometown Estrella is to connect Estrella residents to each other and to key resources with the goal of building community in Estrella and the greater Goodyear area. My Hometown Estrella is a great example of what can happen when neighbors build strong relationships and get busy putting their ideas and skills together for the good of the community. We hope you find this community publication reflective of our excitement to be in Estrella and our desire to build something that brings us all closer together. We invite you to join in the fun and get involved. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission is prohibited. The Fountain is a monthly publication highlighting house, home and community building. The Fountain accepts freelance contributions, though there is no guarantee that unsolicited material will be returned. The Fountain is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or advertisers. We reserve the right to restrict all advertisements to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy.

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on your doorstep Secrets of the Sonoran Desert

Submitted by Estrella Resident Nicholas Pawley

If you have never lived in the Sonoran Desert  after a rainy season, prepare for a surprise -- yellow, pink, red, blue, white and purple flowers bloom on bushes, cacti and trees, in sandy washes and grasslands. Unfortunately, this does not happen every year. Those of us that lived in the Northern States or Canada are used to predictable seasonal events, but the forces that drive the ecology of the Sonoran Desert are very different.  Ten years ago, when we first moved to Estrella, Corgett Wash was briefly flooded. Water two or more feet deep flowed across the full width of the wash for a few hours. About five years before that, El Nino out in the Pacific brought enough rain to Arizona to keep the Salt and Gila Rivers flowing for weeks. Rain in the Sonoran Desert follows its own pattern, which includes successive years of drought.  Plants that can withstand these droughts are dependent on the thin layer of topsoil that is easily degraded by human activity. One of the reasons the desert does not recover from damage is the loss of this top layer of the soil horizon. The durable creosote bush is the most common plant on the trails and open areas in and around Estrella. It has both a deep and a shallow root system and a taste that does not appeal to animals.  Creosote has survived, but grasses, flowers and many varieties of cactus have not. Without a plan to restore these areas the missing plants will not return. To learn about the Sonoran Desert, read Arizona Highways, visit the Desert Botanical Gardens and Boyce Arboretum. Read books by Gary Nabhan such as Gathering the Desert and buy at least one field guide to the Southwestern States. A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona by Anne Orth Epple has excellent illustrations of plants organized by color. The Audubon Field Guide to the Southwestern States covers plants, animals, birds, reptiles and  insects. To understand the washes, rivers and riparian areas, visit the Hassayampa Preserve on the Road to Wickenburg and read At the Desert’s Green Edge by A.M. Rea. You will learn that Maricopa County was once at the conjunction of tree lined rivers, full of fish, grasslands and prosperous Native American ranches fed by canals. 

The Sonoran Desert is never what it appears. Its flowering may last only a few days, but in those few moments, we get to see the almost magical powers of survival of desert life and a reflection of what the Sonoran Desert used to be. Nicholas Pawley taught environmental courses at ASU and Ottawa U. He is now retired and teaches classical guitar. See also:

Community Loses a Long-Time Employee & Friend Capital Consultants Management Corporation has lost a dedicated employee, while the community of Estrella has lost a friend, Jessie Madden. You may have seen Jessie driving a golf cart along the pathways of one of the community lakes or working in the boat house at South Lake Park, doing a job that he loved - taking care of Estrella. Jessie was a team member of Estrella’s Maintenance Department for the past sixteen years. Ten of those years were with Capital Consultants Management Corporation. Jessie passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2010, leaving behind a daughter, Christina, son-in-law and a granddaughter. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to his memorial should visit the Community Center Office located adjacent to the Starpointe Residents Center. pag e 4 : my h o m e tow n

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on your doorstep Two Star Athletes Prepare for Graduation

Corey Hawkins will continue his basketball career next fall with the ASU Sun Devils

It just wouldn’t be appropriate to let this year’s senior class at Estrella Foothills High School slip through their upcoming graduation ceremony without recognizing the prominent talents of two of its outstanding athletes - Corey Hawkins and Ryan Pace. Two different athletes. Two different sports. Two different backgrounds. Yet, Ryan Pace and Corey Hawkins share one very common athletic denominator - excellent sportsmanship! Corey Hawkins will continue his basketball career next fall with the ASU Sun Devils and his education is “on the house” thanks to his full-ride scholarship. Ryan Pace dreams of becoming a fireman and his future will depend directly on this continued enthusiasm to go after what is important to him. Without a doubt, Varsity basketball guard Corey Hawkins’ name will remain familiar in our community, as it grows more and more common at Arizona State University and beyond. Basketball is definitely in this young athlete’s future and all of Arizona can watch, as he continues to break the point records of predominant athletes before him. Who could forget Corey’s historic seasonal point breaking record, achieved in his home gymnasium, as his coaches, friends and family members looked on? It was a spectacular, defining moment on that February evening when Hawkins toppled Mike Bibby’s 1996 Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School record. Among the spectators was his father Hersey Hawkins, Estrella Foothill’s former assistant coach, better known as former NBA All-star, and currently known as Player Developmental Director for the Portland Trail Blazers. Corey toppled Mike Bibby’s 1996 records of 1,132 points in a season. Bibby is currently a member of NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Stay tuned NBA as Estrella Foothills High School’s Varsity Coach, Ty Amundsen, sends over his finest! Equally hard-working, minus the accomplished close-knit circle of fame, is Estrella Foothills High School Varsity Wrestler, Ryan Pace. Ryan began his wrestling career just three years ago as a means of escaping his less than perfect home life, claiming that the sport has driven him to succeed and offered an outlet to the challenges he faces in his personal life. &

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Ryan Pace dreams of becoming a fireman

BLINDS “I wanted to do this to show my younger brother that there is a way out of all of that mess,” stated the senior exceptional athlete. This year, Ryan wrestled his way into the 3A West State-Runner-Up position in the 189 lb. weight class, inching his way into the state tournament by beating his competitor in a fourth overtime match. Ryan had lost to that opponent earlier in the season. “The challenges have always been there, both in and out of wrestling for Ryan,” stated his coach Gath Benson. One of those challenges was the fact that he finished the majority of this season with a significant injury to his right hand. Ryan’s coach describes the senior wrestling Team Captain as a quiet leader with his biggest strength being his work ethic. “The amount of time that Ryan put in, both in the weight room and wrestling room, was evident. He had only wrestled for three years and placed at state. He saw what it took to get to the next level and got there,” said Coach Benson. In the state finals, Ryan had to once again meet someone whom he had lost to earlier in the season. Ryan lost the State Championship title 6-5 against his Blue Ridge competitor. “He made the finals match very close, much closer than his opponent wanted. I suspect if he had another ten seconds, he would have won that match,” stated Coach Benson. “It was such a privilege to coach Ryan. His work ethic was unsurpassed by anyone in the room. He is such a respectful young man who was willing to do whatever it took to help the team. He had to overcome a number of obstacles to get where he did, both in and out of wrestling. It is hard to replace someone who was such an obvious leader,” said Coach Benson. Ryan Pace won a total of three overtime matches throughout the season. He is the third wrestler from Estrella Foothills High School to ever make the finals. Without a doubt, the wrestling season, as well as the outside world, are challenges that Ryan faces head on. His strength and determination allow him to prevail in both areas. Ryan added that he is inspired by one of his biggest fans, Mr. Paul Budge, who worked out and wrestled with him at practices daily. Paul Budge taught Ryan in junior high school at Westar and remembers him as a quiet, hard-working youngster. More recently, Paul Budge recalls becoming excited when he learned about the possibility of helping out with the Varsity wrestling team. “This kid was squatting 500 and benching 350. Ryan is one of the most focused kids that I have ever coached. He had a state-championship goal on his mind throughout the season. Even though he didn’t quite reach his goal, runnerup is nothing to be ashamed of. I am very proud of him. I believe if he had 30 more seconds, he would have reached his goal,” said Mr. Budge. Those words of determination and encouragement are messages that Ryan will carry with him after high school in his continued quest to succeed.

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on your doorstep Estrella Mountain Church Events Fish Fry at Estrella Mountain Church It’s going to be a Good Fish Fry on Good Friday, April 2 at Estrella Mountain Church. Stop by anytime from noon to 7 pm for a heaping platter of homemade food, including fish or chicken tenders, deep-fried in homemade batter, fries, coleslaw, cornbread and drinks. The price for this tasty homemade meal is just $8 for adults and $4 for children with a special children’s menu available. Clam chowder is also available for $1. As a special bonus, EJ’s Famous Banana Pudding Company is selling servings of his famous recipe. Call the church office at 623-386-0300 to pre-order so that there will be plenty of fresh fish available.

Barbeque at South Lake Park Save the date for Estrella Mountain Church’s Barbeque scheduled at South Lake Park on Saturday, May 8, 2010. This family-style event takes place from noon to 4 pm. Don’t forget to enter the three-legged race and pie-eating contest. The menu includes quarter piece of chicken for $8, angus burgers for $6, and beef hot dogs for $6. Side dish items are corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans and roll and a drink, with children’s meals available. Proceeds will benefit the Estrella Mountain Church building fund.

Enjoy the Physical and Spiritual Benefits of Holy Yoga Join Heather Johnson on Friday mornings from 8:45 to 10 am for a complete body and mind stretch through Holy Yoga. The class takes place in the worship center at Estrella Mountain Church. A nominal fee of $5 per class is requested and childcare is available. “Holy Yoga is experiential worship specifically created to deepen your connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to combine world-class yoga with a Christ-honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect with God. We do this by integrating prayer, worship and the physical practice of Yoga to contemporary Christian music. When we breathe and move and have our being in Christ, we find ourselves in the flow of His magnificence.  There is often a misunderstanding that Yoga is a religion; it is not.  Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation.  Yoga has the capacity to enhance our personal beliefs and faith.  With our focus on Christ, Holy Yoga will deepen your Christian faith,” says Instructor Heather Johnson. Health & Balance articles quoted from a medical website inform us that Yoga has a variety of benefits. It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, so it can hardly be labeled a trend. While learning physical poses, called asanas, class participants with also learn breathing techniques and meditation. Some of Yoga’s benefits include flexibility for all ages. The stretching incorporated in Yoga poses releases the lactic acid, which builds up in our muscles causing stiffness, pain and fatigue. Yoga not only stretches your muscles, but all of the soft tissues of your body, including ligaments, tendons and fascia sheath that surround your muscles. Yoga also builds strength, while building muscle tone. Many of the poses build upper body strength that is crucial as people age. Be prepared to have better posture and improved, lengthened breathing, which in turn stimulates relaxation. Yoga helps eliminate stress and can make you feel calmer. Some studies have suggested that yoga may have a positive effect on learning and memory, along with improving energy levels. With so many benefits, Yoga, specifically Holy Yoga, might be just what you’ve been looking for to create complete balance and flexibility in your life. For more information, contact Heather at

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Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction And Craft Fair Come one, come all to Estrella Mountain Preschool’s Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction  fundraiser on Saturday, April 24 from 7 am to 11 am.   They will be serving up pancakes, sausage and beverages  and taking bids on some wonderful silent auction items from 7 to 10:30 am in the Estrella Mountain Church lower courtyard.  Additionally, there will be a Mini-Mall/Craft Fair from 7 to 11 am where local vendors will be selling items. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Children under 3 are free. Estrella Mountain Preschool is a non-profit organization and the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards school/playground enhancements and scholarships for low-income families.  If you are interested in further information, donating an item to the silent auction or having a table at the mini-mall, please contact Lisa Tucker at 623-476-5578. *Note: Only a few spots remain  for the 2010-2011 school year at Estrella Mountain preschool.  If you are interested in further information on the preschool or would like to register a child, please contact Lisa Tucker at 623-476-5578.

Girlfriends Boutique Offers Spring Savings Mother’s Day is just around the corner and Girlfriends Boutique, located in Historic Catlin Court-Glendale, wants to make sure your mom is treated to something special. Bring in your Estrella resident’s card or this article for 10% off your purchases in April. You’ll find a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas on sale. Also, a second shop, Girlfriends II is opening just around the corner from the Girlfriends Boutique and spaces are currently available.

Estrella Mountain Elementary School News Several students competed in the District Math Challenge and will be representing the school in the Regional Westside Impact Math Challenge competition in May. Congratulations to Grant Rogers, Eric Quiroz, Brian Sario, duVal Goley, William Zepper, Billy Uretsky, and Michael Ragone.

Texas Hold ‘em at Starpointe Residents Club Friday, April 23 at 6 pm Don’t miss out on Poker at the Starpointe! Sign up today! Buy-in is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents, to be paid at the door. Please note that those who RSVP at least 48 hours before the start of the tournament and arrive by 5:45 pm will receive a 500 additional chip bonus to their starting stack of 2500. Players must RSVP to Mark at markcoulter77@

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on your doorstep Mother’s Day Already? Yes, it is almost Mother’s Day and what do moms want most? Pictures of their beautiful children! (Trust me, I am a Mom and I know!) Hi, my name is Catherine and I own an Estrella-based photography business, Cats Candids. I love to capture the giggles, smiles and joy of children in pictures that you can keep for a lifetime. I will come to your home and set up an informal studio or we can take advantage of the stunning Estrella backgrounds outside, all at your convenience. All the pictures I take are edited and burned to a disk for you to use again and again. E-mail them to your friends and family, make them into personalized gifts or prints, it is up to you! Don’t have time to get pictures taken before Mothers Day? I have the perfect solution, a gift certificate you can use for up to a year in the future. Gift certificates are available in values of $40, $75, $125 and up and are beautifully presented in a ribbon tied scroll. In addition, I would like to introduce my Mystery Picture Competition! Visit my website and find the mystery picture “hidden” somewhere on the site. The first person to contact me through the website and correctly identify the picture will receive a gift certificate for a free ½ hour of photography.

Help the Homeless

Spring Tips from Handyman Xtreme “Arizona…it’s a dry heat!” Usually this is true, but lately with all of our rain, Handyman Xtreme has received many calls regarding leaky roofs. Here are some helpful tips for homeowners... 1. Be proactive!  As a precaution, it’s a great idea to have a Professional Repair Specialist inspect your roof for missing or loose roof tiles/shingles and cracks around vents, pipes, and roof-mounted AC units.  2. Take the Repair Specialist’s advice and have them repair/replace any missing or loose tiles/shingles and seal cracks with a high quality rubberized roof sealant (208R works best) immediately BEFORE you have a leak inside causing damage to your valuable items. 3. Call Handyman Xtreme if you have any questions or concerns (or if you are just not the “roof-going type”). We’re happy to help keep Estrella looking beautiful.  Kurt & Dee Hanke - Your Home Repair Experts, Handyman Xtreme Direct 602-773-1973, Main 1-877-5-FIX IT UP,

Local Children Need Your Assistance

A Night to Help Our Homeless Children The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club is hosting a special evening to help our local homeless children receive adequate food and proper clothing. This great night for all ages is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 5 pm at the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, located at 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Area 8 in Goodyear. MidFirst Bank will have their mobile ATM coin truck at the event, matching funds up to $1000. Bring your family out for a gourmet dinner, music and fun. There will be bouncies on-site for the little ones. Bring outdoor games to play, camp chairs, lanterns and tables. For more information on this event, contact Michael Harman at 623-340-7572 or email

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You don’t have to look far to find a homeless student or family anymore. In fact, a homeless person is as close as someone who was your neighbor, your friend, or a classmate. Last year, the state of Arizona alone had 25,000 homeless students in grades K-12 and that number is increasing. “It’s people who thought they would never be in this situation,” stated Aqua Fria School District’s Liaison for the homeless, Robin Jacobs. It’s a situation many students in local and surrounding communities are finding themselves in, due to job losses and the home mortgage crisis. “It’s no longer an economic thing; it’s a U.S. thing,” said Jacobs. It’s thanks to community involvement and organizations like the Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club, public school Liaisons and the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) that these increasing numbers of children and youth will receive immediate assistance with housing, enrollment in public school systems, and school supplies with school fees waived. These students will be able to take full advantage of an education and that includes extra-curricular activities. Your community support, through fundraising activities such as the dinner hosted by the Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club makes this possible. “I get so much more than I give,” stated Robin Jacobs. Robin is thankful to be employed by a supportive school district that assists youth in our surrounding communities that have not chosen to be homeless, but who need help.

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on your doorstep westar elementary school hosts camp invention

Don’t miss this opportunity for your children to stimulate their creative energy and imagination while learning about various topics of science, history, sports, business, physics and math! Join us at Westar Elementary for Camp Invention for a week of fun, learning, and creativity. Camp Invention takes place June 21 – 25, 2010 from 9 am until 3:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Patty Messer at 623-327-2810 ext. 1143 or pmesser@liberty. or log onto

estrella foothills Boys varsity Basketball team takes state again! The Wolves claimed their third consecutive State Championship title on Saturday, February 27 against Round Valley High School at the Arena. The final score was 77-57. Leading scorers, Devon Hawkins and Troy Coleman, each had 24 points. Congratulations Wolves on earning a State Championship title and trophy three years in a row!



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HOA events Saturday, April 3

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Estrella’s Trivia Night

Saturday, April 3 10 am to 12 pm Lakeside Amphitheater

Monday, April 12 6:30 pm Gallery 2 & 3

Come enjoy our annual Eggstravaganza event sponsored by Hickman’s Family Farms. A variety of Easter-related activities will be offered in the Amphitheater Park from 10 am – 12 pm. We will have an Easter Egg Dash, photos with the Easter Bunny and Miss Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Roll, and a contest to see who can eat the most hard-boiled Hickman’s Eggs. Cost is $3 per child. Please RSVP at Starpointe today!

If you didn’t catch Estrella’s Trivia Night in March, put on that thinking cap, study your “Bathroom Reader”, and get your team together for this month. There are three regular rounds and a speed round. The cost is $5 per person (up to 4 people per team). Papa John’s Pizza, water, soda, and coffee will be provided. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be handed out. Congratulations to February’s winning teams: 1st Place – The US’s, 2nd Place – The Amoebae, and 3rd Place – The Escape Goats!!! Great Job! Please RSVP at Starpointe by April 10.

Estrella’s Official Easter Egg Decorating Contest Rules in an “Eggshell” – Egg must be a Hickman’s egg, size Large, Grade AA, contents blown out, washed, and decorated; no attachments please, as we have bases that will feature the contestant’s masterpieces. Bring your decorated egg to our Eggstravaganza for a chance to win and have your egg be “Estrella’s Official Easter Egg” Prizes will be awarded at 12 pm, and the 1st Place egg will be on display at Starpointe for the month of April!!

Friday, April 9

Yacht Club Social Friday, April 9 Yacht Club 7 pm to 9 pm Spring is in the air! What better time to have breakfast for dinner? Café Quench will be serving up pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon...YUM!! Please bring your favorite beverage (water, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided). For just $2 per person you will enjoy these scrumptious dishes provided by “Café Quench”. RSVP for this event at Starpointe by April 7.

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Community Garage Sale Saturday, April 10 7 am to 2 pm Whether you like to shop garage sales or sell your wares, your opportunity is coming Saturday, April 10 from 7 am to 2 pm. This event will be advertised in the West Valley View newspapers, with shoppers typically arriving at 6:30 am. A map will also be provided to all shoppers detailing the location of homes participating in the sale. Please stop by the Community Services Office before April 8 to fill out your registration form and pay $5 (cash only please). For your convenience, you can also go to and print out your registration form from the Document Library. Place your form and your cash in an envelope to drop off at Starpointe Residents Club or the Community Services Office. This will ensure your spot on the map, help pay for advertising, and guarantee a successful sale.

upcoming events Hear ye, hear ye!! Sons, Grandsons, Mothers and Grandmothers, you are cordially invited to Estrella’s Mother/Son Rock’n Fun Dance in May! Check out for more information.

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Saturday, April 17

Cocktails & Conversation Saturday, April 17 Starpointe Patio 6 pm to 8 pm Spring off your couch and skip down to the Starpointe Patio to take part in the chatter of the Spring season at Cocktails & Conversation! Meet your neighbors and socialize, while taking part in light appetizers and signature drinks, beer, and wine. Water, soda, and coffee will also be available. The cost for all of this fun is only $10 per person. Our signature drinks for April will be the “Yellow Bird” and the “Blue Bird”. Sign up at Starpointe by April 13!

Thursday, April 22

Social Bingo Thursday, April 22 6 pm Gallery 2 & 3 Starpointe will be hosting Bingo Night “potluck” style. Bring your favorite dish and share with fellow residents. Water, soda, and coffee will be provided. Bingo Games will start promptly at 6:30 pm. Cost is $5 a card for 10 rounds (additional cards are $5). Children are welcome, however, you must be 21 to play and win. Please RSVP at Starpointe by April 19. BINGO!!

Every Friday

Resident Coffee Social Every Friday 8:30 am to 10 am Starpointe Gallery 1, 2 & 3 Our Resident Coffee Social is a great way to get to know the residents of Estrella over coffee and a continental breakfast. Please join us every Friday from 8:30 am – 10 am. This is a time for you to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Reservations are Essential Help us keep Estrella’s events and activities successful by making sure to RSVP to all events. Having residents sign up in advance allows for the appropriate amount of food and/or supplies for each event, which is imperative to our success. You can RSVP in person, at Starpointe, or by phone at 623-386-1949.

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Swim Lesson Information Once again, Estrella residents won’t have to go far from home to receive high-quality, personalized swim instruction. Beginning in April and running through September, AquaTots Swim School will offer lessons at the Estrella lap pool.

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A variety of class times and levels, ranging from beginner to stroke development, will be offered. Each 30-minute class will have a maximum of four students, and will run for one month. Students may attend twice a week for $99 per month, or once a week on Saturdays for $59 per month. There is also an annual registration fee. Make-up lessons are provided for no additional cost. While most classes are geared for children from six-months to 14 years old, Aqua-Tots also offers private adult lessons.

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Looking for something more than just swim lessons, consider swim club! This seasonal program is being offered and facilitated by Aqua-Tots Swim School and is available exclusively to Estrella residents. Swim Club will meet twice a week for 60 minutes, May through July. The cost is $223.50 plus swim meet fees. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards on their own. The focus of the club will be on stroke correction and self-improvement while building endurance and having fun. Committed to high-quality instruction, every Aqua-Tots instructor goes through tremendous training – exceeding all United States Swim School Association’s guidelines. For more information or to register, call 623376-6554 or visit

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Employment Information Swim Instructors We are ooking for instructors to work in our outdoor pools located in Estrella and Palm Valley. Great opportunity to work with children! Instructors teach learn-to-swim lessons for infants, toddlers and children of all ages. AquaTots is the largest swim school in the nation and is a multi-year winner of one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Arizona Business Journal. Requirements Must attend Aqua-Tots Swim Schools inservice training. Must be kind, energetic and easy-going. Background in swimming is preferred, but not mandatory.  Just enthusiasm for working with children and making a difference! We’ll teach you the rest! Training provided. CPR certification is required. However, classes are available through Aqua-Tots Swim Schools to certify the right candidates. If you are interested in joining a fun and upbeat team, call today, 623-376-6554. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultant Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC) Estrella Management Team Community Manager: Jerry Evans Facilities Director: Scott McVay Admin Coordinator: Sharon Thunstedt Administrative Coordinator: Dawn Waterfield Administrative Associate: Tammy Campbell Compliance Director: Jodi Matlock VCA Compliance Coordinator: Amy Helms: Design Review Coordinator: Jodi Matlock Recreation Coordinator: Lisa Sowada Lifestyle Coordinator: Tara Shermerhorn

Tree Workshop

Upcoming ECA Board of Directors Elections

In the desert, trees are not just beautiful, they are an asset that provides shade and cools our landscape. However, caring for desert trees can be tricky. DLC Resources, Inc., your common area landscape management provider, wants to make tree care simple for you. On Tuesday, April 13, DLC is offering a tree care workshop from 6 to 8 pm. Join your neighbors at Starpointe Residents Club to learn the basics about desert trees: tree selection, staking, pruning and identifying health issues. The workshop will be taught by DLC’s Certified Arborists, who will be available to answer all your landscape questions.

At this year’s annual meeting, the Estrella Community Association (ECA) will be electing two new Resident Board Members to sit on the Board of Directors. The term of the incumbents will end this fall. With elections pending, a Nominating Committee will be formed to solicit and screen possible candidates. The responsibility of the Nominating Committee is to solicit nominations to serve on the Board.  

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Yacht Club Coordinator: Jeff Beuthin

Assessment Billing Address: Payment Processing Center c/o CCMC-Western Region PO Box 105260 Atlanta, GA 30348-5260 or pay online at

Community Association Board Members:

Residents interested in serving on the Nominating Committee are required to obtain and submit their application to the Community Service Office by Friday, April 16. The Nominating Committee will be appointed at the Board of Directors Meeting on April 27.  The Committee will be tasked with providing a slate of candidates to the Board at an upcoming meeting.

Estrella Joint Committee (EJC) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, David Prescott, Pete Tieche, Lesle Sweeney

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the application online at located in the Document Library or stop by the Community Services Office.

Villages at EMR Community Association (VCA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Pete Teiche, Lesle Sweeney

Estrella Community Association (ECA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Lesle Sweeney, David Prescott Resident Elected Board Members: Freeda Seltzer and Raquel Llivina

Resident Elected Board Members: Dennis Brungardt and Scott McCarthy

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Rental Property Reminder as a reminder to all homeowners who rent out their home and to the tenants who reside in the community, the community services Office needs the following information from the owner, tenant, or management company: a copy of the lease agreement, a property use transfer record and contact information for both the owner and tenant (names, mailing address, phone number, email address). as properties change from owners to tenants, there will be a property record transfer fee of $100. assessments not current will result in privileges revoked to the starpointe residents club and any community activities that take place. Once the property account is paid in full, all privileges will be reinstated. homeowners are encouraged to provide potential tenants a copy of the community cc&rs and the community handbook prior to signing the lease. copies of these documents can be found online at our community website,, in the Document library.

earth Day is being celebrated on april 22. this is a time to clean up the planet. however, the concept of earth Day should be practiced every day. trash is being tossed everywhere in the community. it is seen along roadways, in parks, at favorite fishing spots, and in all places in between. litter can destroy the look and purity of estrella. it’s sad to hike the trails and enjoy the beautiful surroundings only to have it fouled by discarded water bottles, wrappers, crinkled soda cans, etc. Be on the lookout for trash bins and containers, and be willing to hold on to your trash for a little while. recycling your water bottles and cans is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. thank you for taking pride in your community.

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classes, clubs, meetings Starpointe Residents Club Program Mo n d a y

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8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

9:30–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

4:00 - 4:50pm Belly Dancing (Epheli)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo, 623-748-8532

7:00–7:50pm Pilates (Carla Walters)

T h u r s d ay 8:00-9:00am Total Body Conditioning (Dawn Terry)

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8:30–9:20am Pilates (Carla Walters)

9:30–10:30am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

10:30–11:20am Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

4:00-4:50pm Fine Arts Camp Sept-Nov. (Shelise Natae)

11:30am–12:20pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

4:00-4:50pm Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo, 623-748-8532

12:30–1:20pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

6:30–7:20pm Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

5:00-5:50pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

6:00-6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

7:00–7:50pm Step & Pump (Linda Jojola)

6:00-6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

7:00-8:00pm Zumba

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Christian Youth Services (Youth Club) 10am Andy Ragone, 602-622-4400,

Adult Men’s Basketball 7:00pm Estrella Mountain Elementary School, Leroy Baca at 623-388-4047

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Playgroup, 9:30–11:30am contact Nicole Yontz 602-400-8373

Music Together 10:30am

Resident Coffee Social 8:30–10am

Adult Golf Clinic, 8am Golf Club of Estrella 623-386-2600

Poker/Games, 2pm contact Al Wolfson 623-328-0118

Bridge, 1–4pm contact Carl Deierling 623-386-6641 or Cookie Wallis 623-398-8695

Beginning Bridge, 6:00pm contact Carl Deierling at 623-3866641

5 Estrella Community Patrol Ad HOC Committee 5:30pm


12 Scrapbooking 10am Trivia 6:30pm Estrella Community Patrol Ad Hoc Committee 5:30pm





Social Committee 6pm

13 EMR Business Owner Network 8am Craft & Stuff 9am Quiddler 1pm


Ashton Woods Realtor Renewal Class 8:30am Estrella Community Patrol Ad Hoc Committee 5:30pm


26 Bunco 6pm Estrella Community Patrol Ad Hoc Committee 5:30pm

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Alcoholics Anonymous 7pm, Estrella Mtn. Church, Rm 202. Contact Jerry R, 408-505-1326 Weight Watchers 6pm

PLEASE NOTE: Events take place at Starpointe Residents Club unless otherwise noted. For all Starpointe events, please call 623-386-1949. Please see for a comprehensive calendar of events and to be included in reminders/changes related to upcoming events.


Games, Games, Games 6:30–8pm



VCA CRC Meeting 6pm

Ladies of the Lake 1pm

DRC Meeting 8am

ECA CRC Meeting 9:30am

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Yacht Club Social 7-9pm


VCA CRC Meeting 6pm

VIT Program 11am Community Garage Sale 7am-2pm

17 Cocktails & Conversations 6-8pm

ECA CRC Meeting 9:30am

Voting Member Committee Meeting 6:30pm


Eggstravaganza 10am - 12pm

Camera Club 7pm




Casino Night 6pm


Camera Club 7pm

23 Craft & Stuff 9am


Texas Hold’em Tournament 6pm

Bingo 6pm

27 EMR Business Owner Network 8am Craft & Stuff 9am Budget/Finance Committee 4pm Board of Directors Meeting 6:30pm

28 DRC Meeting 8am



Solar Eco Energy Seminar 10am & 4pm

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people in your neighborhood The Caraway Family Matthew, Kristin, Christian, Gwyneth and Noah Caraway share their home in Estrella with three fish - Bella, Othello and Pacific. Before moving to this area, the California natives were living in Redondo Beach, vowing that they would never move to the oppressively hot desert of Arizona. “Never say never,” says Kristin. Matt had been commuting three to four days a week from Los Angeles to the Phoenix area for work and, as you might guess, that got old very quickly. On one particular business trip, Matthew discovered Estrella and decided to bring Kristin to Arizona to take a look. After exploring the area and witnessing several Arizona sunsets, Kristin recalls that it was a sort of “love at first sight,” making it a desired move from their home in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Now, three years later, the Caraways have settled in the Fairways and have never looked back. “Although we miss the Southern California beaches, we LOVE it here!” says Kristin, a preschool at Estrella Mountain Church. In addition, she is the Publications Director at the Creative Arts Academy and the Executive Editor of Director’s Cut, a magazine publication. One of Kristin’s most recent accomplishments was completing her first half marathon. Matt is an information technology consultant with VICO Systems and a Web Design Director for the Creative Arts Academy. He enjoys golfing with his friends, playing baseball with the kids, and being a leader in the Estrella Mountain Church AWANA program.

The Caraways are surrounded by wonderful neighbors who have become their best friends and extended family.’ Some keep them entertained, others are traveling partners, and yet another family introduced them to Estrella Mountain Church, which has become a second home to the Caraway family.

The Caraway children are equally as active as their parents. Christian (10) has a passion for baseball and basketball. He studies piano and enjoys learning about history, military history, in particular. Gwyneth (9) loves music, dancing, hip-hop and ballet. Noah (7) is described by his family as the ‘socialite’. He enjoys basketball, piano and being outdoors with his friends. The Caraways are surrounded by wonderful neighbors who have become their best friends and extended family.’ Some keep them entertained, others are traveling partners, and yet another family introduced them to Estrella Mountain Church, which has become a second home to the Caraway family. Both Matthew and Kristin are very involved in many aspects of the church, including The Creative Arts Academy. Kristin is especially excited to work with a group, whom she lovingly refers to as the “dream team,” to

bring creative arts to Estrella this summer through a wide variety of programs. “These programs will offer dynamic instruction in the visual, audio, performing and literary arts.” She is excited to offer classes to all age groups and invites all community members to visit and register for a favorite class. Without a doubt, this family will be extremely busy this spring and summer surrounding themselves with all of the people and activities that they love the most. The Caraways admit that they do suffer occasionally from “ocean air withdrawals,” prompting the need to make pilgrimages to the beach cities on occasion, but LOVE it here and have never looked back. Meet your Neighbors! Are you interested in being featured in this section of My Hometown Estrella? If so, contact our editor, Kim Alvarado, at 800-497-1309 x705.

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MONDAY AWANA Cubbies & Sparks (3 yrs. - 2nd Gr.) 6:30 PM TUESDAY AWANA T & T (3rd – 6th Gr.) 6:30 PM FRIDAY TREK Jr. High (7th & 8th Gr.) 7:00 PM SUNDAY THRESHOLD Youth Group (7th–12th Gr.) 6:30 PM

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Spring is here and my thoughts turn to Sunday Brunch. Brunch is a meal usually eaten between 11am and 3pm and is a combination of breakfast and lunch foods. These days, it’s just as popular for home entertaining as it is in restaurants and resorts. The foods you’ll see at most brunches are eggs, fruit, cured meats, waffles or crepes, and various pastries, as well as beverages that can be either spirited or non-alcoholic.

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My favorite brunch recipes are those that I can make the night before and just toss into the oven to finish while my guests are arriving. These recipes are among my most requested. Give them a try with your friends and family.

2 20oz Cans of Pineapple chunks in it’s own juice

Any combination of those fruits.

1 Large box of sugar free instant vanilla pudding

Drain the pineapple juice into a separate bowl, and set aside.

Couple of bananas

Cut fruit and put into a bowl.


Mix the pudding into the reserved pineapple juice.


Baked Vegetable Omelet 1 Cup Shredded Pepper-Jack Cheese 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1-10oz pkg Frozen Chopped Broccoli, thawed and drained 2 Medium Tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 1-1/2 cups) 1 Cup Milk ¼ Cup Flour 3 Eggs


Pour the mixture on top of the fruit and stir in........Then enjoy!!


½ tsp Salt Heat oven to 350. Layer pepper cheese, broccoli, tomatoes, and cheddar in an ungreased 9” square pan.

Breakfast Strata

Beat milk, salt, flour, and eggs until smooth; Pour over cheese.

1 pound sliced bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces

Bake uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until egg mixture is set.

2 cups chopped cooked ham

Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

8-10 slices white bread, cubed

1 small onion, chopped

2 cups cubed cooked potatoes

Overnight French Toast 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices 8 eggs 2 cups milk 1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup butter 1 1/3 cups brown sugar 3 tablespoons light corn syrup

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (12oz)

Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

8 eggs 3 cups milk 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dry mustard Salt & pepper

The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture.

In a skillet, cook bacon until done. Remove bacon from skillet, leaving drippings in the pan. Add ham and onion to skillet. Cook and stir until onion is tender. Drain grease from ham and onion.

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Dental Goodyear Smiles Dentistry Paul Gebhart DDS & Associates. 781 S. Cotton Lane, Ste. 100, Goodyear. Call 623-882-3636 or visit Dr. Joshua Hong, DDS Smile Artist, Dr. Joshua Hong. We create smiles with confidence! 750 N. Estrella Parkway, #10 Goodyear, AZ. Enjoy a true five-star experience right here in your own town. Call Karen at 623-925-8822 to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Dining Akai Hana Authentic Japanese Cuisine Specializing in Sushi, with happy hours everyday. Discover authentic and creative Japanese cuisine. Visit our newest location in Goodyear. 623-935-3942 or

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Photography Any Moment Photography Any moment that makes your heart leap deserves to be treasured. Specializing in natural settings right here in EMR! Candids, portraits, special occasions...any moment! Call 623-326-5603 or visit

Grace’s Day Care Services GRACE’S responsible and loving home care for infants. Full-time/part-time. Well established reputation in Estrella Mountain Ranch. Newborns to 3 years old. 623-693-3343.


handyman Desired Handyman Estrella Mountain Ranch Resident. All types of home repairs and maintenance including electrical, plumbing, drywall, concrete, painting, lawn maintenance, pigeon control, roofing, etc. Free estimates. References available. 623-910-5183.

Valley Pharmacy Your hometown pharmacy, specializing in free delivery for seniors, prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment. Located across from YMCA in Goodyear. Call 623-505-6500.

HOME DECOR & DESIGN Betti’s Custom Sewing Betti’s Custom Sewing at ready made prices. Experienced Seamstress, Betti Guenther 623-242-7877 for all of your indoor, outdoor and decorative sewing needs. No job is too small. Refresh the look of your home with redesign.

Possibilities Redesign LLC, Marie Risheill, Interior Redesign Specialist, 623-594-6419, Also offering Color Consultations, Real Estate Staging, Holiday Decorating.

HOME IMPROVEMENT Elite Shutters & Blinds Your one-stop shop for all your home improvement needs. 5251 N. Robson Blvd. Suite #3, Eloy AZ 85231. Call 480-203-8425 or visit

Garage Doors Avondale Garage Doors Inc. We fix & replace Garage Doors & Openers. Same day service, 28 yrs exp, BBB, Lic, Bond and Ins. Visit us at www. or call 623-693-8677 or email, we sell parts!

Electrical Services/Solar Energy Fans, lighting, solar energy systems, remodel. We also sell brand name ceiling fans/lighting fixtures, undercabinet, landscape lighting. Quality work at low prices! Call 602-770-4911.

Home Services Goodyear HomeWatch We watch your home while you’re away. Contact us for a customized list of services. Debbie Hudson. 877-318-5351.

INSURANCE American Family Insurance Kathi Roberts Agency Auto, Home, Business and Life - All Your Protection Under One Roof. Estrella Professional Center, 15565 W Roosevelt St, #101, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Office: 623-877-8700 Fax: 623-877-8800 or krobert1@amfam. com Multi-line discounts available on both home and auto *** Hablamos Espanol*** Auto-Home-Life-Commercial We represent over a dozen insurance companies to find you the best coverage at the best price... LET US DO THE SHOPPING FOR YOU! Contact Steve at 623-444-2446.

landscape services Gemstone Landscape L.L.C. EMR resident creating extended living areas for all to enjoy. Renovations, design, new installations. Need service? We can be there in hours not days. LIcensed, Bonded, Insured. Call Wayne 623-695-5338 or Quality Yard Work by Roberto Landscape installation and maintenance, professional yard clean up, sprinkler repair, weed removal and control, tree and shrub trimming and more. Call 623255-7724 or e-mail at Arizona Success Landscape New landscape service is licensed, bonded and insured offering weekly, monthly or one-time landscaping services, new design, irrigation installation, concrete and paver construction and more. Call Hector Lopez at 623-824-4117 or email

LEGAL services DIVORCE, CUSTODY All areas of Family Law. Law Offices of Laura Gillis. EMR Resident. Low, flat rates for EMR residents, free confidential consultations. Call 602-277-4736 (day), 623-455-8108 (nights/weekends).

Cats Candids, for all your photographic needs

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real estate Stacia Meeker & Gilbert Jaramillo RE/MAX Preferred Choice 623-693-0214,

Shopping Girlfriends Designer Boutique in Historic Catlin Court, features a co-op of eleven women, eleven stores in one. Christian merchandise, unique clothing, handmade and homeade items too. 7163 N.58th Dr., Glendale. 623-225-1298

spiritual Estrella Mountain Church “Turning Neighbors Into Forever Friends” with Sunday Worship Services - 9am and 10:45am weekly. Where: 10485 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ. 623-386-0300.

STORAGE Budget Mini Storage Excellence! Our customers deserve nothing less. Brand new state-of-the-art facility. Complete ground level access. Month to Month lease. Estrella Resident Special: Free Truck Rental with a Move In. 623-925-2060. www. Goodyear Self Storage & RV—U-Haul Dealer “Best Price in Town,” New State-of-the-art facility, RV Parking, Air Conditioned Units available, Moving/Packing Supplies, On-site Managers MC 85 & Litchfield Open 7 Days. Call 623-535-1811.

Palm Gate RV & Self Storage Where the customer comes 1ST. Air conditioned self storage with drive in bays. Covered RV parking with 24 hour access & amenities. Wine Storage, UPS Store on site. Moving Supplies & Notary Service. 14050 W. Van Buren, 623-535-9676,

TUTORING Individualized One to One Private Tutoring Individualized private tutoring by credentialed teacher in Reading, Writing, Math, Aims Prep, etc. for Grades 1-5. Call Sue Montague at 623-536-7475 or email

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Elite Shutters & Blinds, recently recognized as a finalist by the 2009 Better Business Bureau, Business Ethic Awards and as a “Company to Watch” through the Arizona Small Business Association, offers FREE inhome estimates to Estrella residents on all patio shades and sunscreens. In addition, discounted prices of 10% are being offered to Estrella residents on all roll-down patio shades. This comes just in time to tame that Arizona sunshine this spring and into the summer months. Elite Shutters & Blinds is your one-stop-shop for home improvement. Owners, Dave and Michelle German are preparing to open their third store right here in Goodyear, located at 15411 West McDowell Road, Suite 104. Their opening is scheduled for April and will give homeowners the opportunity to visit the showroom and see product samples, which include draperies, garage cabinets, garage floor coating, crown moulding, soft water systems, sunscreens, patio shades and custom closets. Customers will be pleased to know that they are buying quality products from a reputable company at industry leading prices. Elite Shutters & Blinds has been doing business for the past 4 ½ years.

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Dave and Michelle German decided to start the business in September of 2005 after buying a brand new home in Gilbert. The neighborhood’s local HOA required window coverings within the first 60 days of move-in dates, yet after calling several companies, the couple was unsuccessful at getting anyone to return their calls for estimates or for their business. That poor service prompted the Germans to start Elite Shutters & Blinds, offering homeowners the service that they deserved. The term “Elite” is defined as “the choice or best of anything considered collectively.” This word seemed appropriate and parallels the couple’s business philosophy. “Many people asked me why I left the hi-tech world to start a window covering business in one of the most saturated industries in the Valley. My standard answer is because homeowners in the Valley needed something different…something better!” states the owner of Elite Shutters & Blinds. For more information on improving your home this spring, call Elite Shutters & Blinds

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Spring Weather Provides the Perfect Opportunity to Enjoy Lakeside Living at Estrella With over 72 acres of water, Estrella’s North and South Lakes offer picturesque settings for residents and community guests alike to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Paved walking paths wind around both lakes, allowing for an easy 2.5-mile waterfront stroll. For those interested in aquatic activities, the Estrella Yacht Club offers residents complimentary use of a variety of non-motorized boats for sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Both lakes are stocked with a selection of freshwater fish for catch-and-release fishing. The park areas surrounding South Lake are ideal for hosting neighborhood activities, picnics and barbeques, while North Lake hosts multiple

community events and performances. The parks also offer tennis courts, sand volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and playground equipment for a variety of family fun. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer ready to take the plunge, a growing family looking for an engaging community or an empty-nester ready to enjoy the outdoors and take in an active lifestyle, now is one of the best times to buy at Estrella. Ranging from 1,189 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet and starting in the $140s there are over 45 different floor plans to choose from. Estrella’s builders and amenities offer something for everyone.*

April Builder of the Month – Ashton Woods This month’s featured homes are Ashton Woods Homes’ two new floor plans, the Monterey and the Santa Clara. The Monterey is a single story 2,066-square-foot home featuring an open great room plan with two bedrooms, an optional third and/or fourth bedroom or den, two or three-car garage, plus an option for a mother-in-law or teen suite. It is available in Spanish, Mission or Hacienda elevations with pricing starting at $182,990. The Monterey offers a flexible floor plan, ideal for a growing family or home business needs. The Santa Clara offers a larger two story home at 3,297 square feet and includes four bedrooms, three baths, and a split three-car garage. It is available in the Spanish, Mission or Monterey elevations with pricing starting at $225,990. “Both of our new plans are addressing a need in the marketplace and will appeal to a wide range of buyers,” said Robert Nunes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ashton Woods Homes. Ashton Woods Homes offers a total of six floor plans in their Las Palmas at Montecito neighborhood ranging from 1,856 to 3,297 square feet with pricing starting in the high $100s. For more information contact Ashton Woods Homes at (623) 386-8411.**

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Visit Estrella Today TM

We invite you to discover Estrella – featuring 72-acres of lakes; the Starpointe Residents Club; 18-hole championship golf course; two K-8 schools and one high school; parks, trails and open space; a collection of distinctive builders and spectacular custom homesites. Visit or contact the Estrella Information Center at (623) 386-1000. Brokers welcome.*

Contact Information Information Center: (623) 386-1000 Starpointe Residents Club: (623) 386-1949 Yacht Club: (623) 386-3411 Golf Club of Estrella: (623) 386-2600

*Homes in the Estrella community are constructed and sold by builders not affiliated with NNP III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, L.L.C, or Newland Communities, LLC, or Newland Communities, LLC’s affiliated companies (collectively, “Newland”). Newland does not guarantee or warrant the obligations of, or construction by, such builders, or the availability or pricing of homes. The promotions and/or incentives described above (collectively “Promotions”) are offered only by participating builders to homebuyers in the Estrella community and are sponsored exclusively by such builders, who are solely responsible for the Promotions’ content and operation. Newland has neither affiliation nor any obligations or liabilities relating to the Promotions. Void where prohibited. Contact the participating builders for further information about the Promotions. Access to, and use of, The Golf Club of Estrella is not included in the purchase of homes or homesites. Additional fees are required. **Ashton Woods Homes is the sponsor of the incentive programs described above, and is solely responsible for the programs’ content and operation. The project owners and developer of the Estrella community, and their affiliates, have no responsibilities or liabilities relating to these programs. Contact Ashton Woods Homes for further information.

My Hometown Estrella - April 2010  

Community news and events for Estrella.

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