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Arts of Estrella Meet Estrella residents/artists who have incorporated diverse life experiences, bringing their unique collections of talent to the doorstep of our community. Their mediums range from oil and acrylic to gourds and bronze. Rest assured the artists are just as diverse as the tools they use to create their visions. Although many are not native to the area, they all currently reside in Estrella.

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Eggstravaganza Come enjoy our annual Eggstravaganza event for families and children on April 16 at the Amphitheater. There will be an egg hunt, crafts, face painting, bouncy house, kiddie slide, and obstacle course.Â

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Local High School Coach Encourages Snake Awareness Rick Brungardt, whom you may recognize as the local high-school girls’ varsity softball coach, recalls the sting of a rattlesnake bite that is unparalleled to any softball game loss or injury he has ever received.

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There’s Equity in Energy I’m constantly envisioning ways to conserve and economize lately, and I can’t help but chuckle when I recall an old-time western postcard depicting two pencil-thin cowboys in rugged jeans with cowboy belts tightened to their last possible notch. One cowboy states matterof-factly to the other, “Reckon we’ll just have to tighten our belts” (insert chuckle). Sometimes, it feels like there just aren’t a lot of areas to cut back. And, frankly, it’s not much fun figuring out how to do without. The feeling of mental exhaustion can grab a hold of even the most optimistic individual in a tough economy. Efficiency and conservation can also be a means of ‘cutting out the excess’ when it comes to our thought processes about a quality lifestyle. I discovered a few tips recently that seem to simplify the method of allowing me to think more efficiently; thus opening the creativity doors to more economical ways to live well. I’ve found the strategy more important than sticking to a defined budget at the grocery store, or eliminating entertainment to help me stay a step ahead of the

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rising gasoline prices. The secret to a wellconserved and efficient mind is to open all the doors of possibility; then educate myself by learning about my choices. I can accomplish this through research - tapping into the experiences of friends and neighbors with similar situations or by reading updated information. Finally, relentlessly, I can decide what burden-driven thoughts to filter out, and ultimately eliminate. Of course, that’s the hard part! To help you conserve a variety of resources this month, we’ve provided information about eBill, now available to Goodyear residents, for a paper-free means of paying utility bills. Xpress Pool Service is participating in a program with APS that will put dollars back in your pocket. Local handyman, Kurt Hanke reminds us to install lighting sensors for the dual purpose of security and reduced electric expenses. Take note of our life-saving tips on snakebites and, above all, find a peace that enables you to conserve the elements of your life that are most important - your family and your time. Everyone will benefit!

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on your doorstep Once Bitten Arizona’s professional baseball team adapted the name of one of its most venomous snakes, the Diamondback, to represent the sting that a professional ball team can deliver when pouncing on its opponent. On a more local and literal level, Rick Brungardt, whom you may recognize as the local high-school girls’ varsity softball coach, recalls the sting of a rattlesnake bite that is unparalleled to any softball game loss or injury he has ever received. Brungardt, who is affectionately known as Coach “B” to his softball team, experienced a life-changing bite from a rattler, who nested in his backyard late last fall. As valley temperatures begin their climb this month, Rick Brungardt shares his story, in hopes of enlightening others in and around the community of the dangers and complications that arise from a rattlesnake bite. The outdoor temperature was hovering in the low 80’s on that early November day, when Brungardt worked on landscaping projects in his backyard. He and his wife, Sue, had recently picked designated spots for shrubs and bushes to be planted. Rick was digging holes in the dirt with a shovel, which provided a significant amount of activity and noise and would seemingly be considered a nuisance to any low-lying uninvited visitors. When he reached for a wooden tree pole support among a pile of three or four boards, a rattlesnake struck without warning. Instantly, he pulled back his left hand to find the snakebite on his left forefinger. Rick remained relatively calm and immediately went into the house to place the bleeding wound under some cold running water. He then recalled sitting down and elevating his left arm and prompted his wife, Sue, to call 911 and the Poison Control Center. Both provided assistance to help the Brugardts seek medical attention quickly from a nearby hospital that could provide an intravenous supply of anti-venom. (Apparently not all hospitals in the Valley have anti-venom on-site). Within about eight hours, the high-school softball coach had gone from calm and collected, despite a bleeding wound and a strange taste in his mouth, to a hospital emergency room visit where he was immediately placed on pain medication. Symptoms then began to present themselves rapidly. Rick suddenly began experiencing a severe drop in his blood platelet count, resulting in emergency surgery. His hospital stay included twentyfour hours in the Intensive Care Unit, followed by an additional 48 hours of hospital care. (Pictures of the left forefinger show blackening of tissue and the area where the venom was concentrated). Over the course of the next several days, the blackening ‘dripped’ down his entire left arm, settling in the lymph nodes of his armpit and down his side to his ribcage. Rehabilitation treatment has included physical therapy, resulting in some movement capabilities, but no feeling in the finger tip. Rick Brungardt has been told by doctors that he is fortunate to have kept his finger. He hopes that his story can help make others aware of the potential danger of bites from Arizona’s deadliest snakes. He encourages awareness of the presence of snakes that burrow underneath things in our backyards. These things include bushes, rocks, wood, stacked toys and patio furniture - anything that provides shade or obscurity.

Rick and Sue have since removed all low-lying bushes from their backyard. Because of the proximity of the nearby wash to their Estrella home, they stated the importance of being able to see beneath things in the backyard.

Poisonous Snakes In Arizona - Tips & Information • Two most venomous snakes in Arizona - Diamondback Rattlesnake & Arizona Coral Snake. • 13 of 36 species of Rattlesnakes live in Arizona. • Rattlesnakes have glands that make venom; much like human saliva glands make saliva. • The rattle is made of keratin, the same material found in human hair and fingernails. • Snakes bite when they are threatened or surprised. Snake bite prevention tips: • Keep hands and feet away from areas that you cannot see (i.e., bushes, rocks) • Do not pick up, play with or provoke a snake • Tap ahead with a walking stick

First Aid for Snake bite: • Seek medical attention immediately • Keep person calm • Restrict movement • Remove rings, jewelry (due to swelling) • Monitor vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, if possible • Signs of shock? Paleness? Lay person flat, raise feet about 1 ft., cover person with blanket. Do Not: • Allow person to become over exerted- carry him/her to safety • Do not apply a tourniquet, or cold press • Do not cut the snake bite, or try to suck venom. • Do not give person stimulants or pain meds (unless instructed by a doctor).

Information obtained from Arizona Game and Fish

• Do not raise the site of bite above the level of person’s heart.

Newly Formed Crisis Center Taking Donations

Estrella Mountain Homeschoolers Host Talent/Art Show

Estrella’s community garage sale is set for April 2, and once again participating residents will see shoppers scouring neighborhood streets for good deals. Not sure what to do with all of your garage sale leftovers? Resident Denise Sowers has just announced the opening of The Amazing Life Crisis Pregnancy Center in Goodyear and donations are needed. Denise is offering to pick up baby items, clothing, furniture, etc. that don’t find homes resulting from the garage sale. Simply call Denise at 623-695-0619 or email

The Estrella Mountain Homeschoolers Coordinator, Kirstin Conlon, announces a Talent/ Art Show scheduled for Sunday, April 10 at 3:15 pm at Estrella Mountain Church, to benefit a local safe house, Streetlight Phoenix Safehouses. It is a FREE event. Donations will be accepted to provide supplies for the safe house.

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on your doorstep Arts of Estrella On April 10, meet Estrella residents/artists who have incorporated diverse life experiences, as they bring their unique collections of talent to the doorstep of our community, along with the Phoenix Symphony. Arts of Estrella represents a consortium of artists with a common goal of introducing our community (and beyond) to the value of the creative arts as a vehicle to a more rich and fulfilling life. Their mediums range from oil and acrylic to gourds and bronze. Rest assured, the artists are just as diverse as the tools they use to create their visions. Although many are not native to the area, they all currently reside in Estrella. Michael Cunningham of New York says “Through my work, I wish to share a way of viewing the natural world around us with anyone who takes the time to join with me.” Michael does abstract work, rich in color and texture with a signature of expressionistic compositions and dynamic color. Each of his paintings whispers a glimpse of an intelligent and relentless churning of life. Many of Michael’s paintings are in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England and France. Gerald Schwartz started as a classic painter, explored traditional, abstract and photo - real to his present and contemporary style with flashes of realism mixed in. He says, “I am always testing the medium and pushing the envelope, challenging myself in the never-ending search for perfection.” Gerald has participated in the top juried shows in the USA and is now part of the world renowned “Festival of the Arts” in Laguna Beach, California. Along with the more established members, there are artists that have been drawing and painting since childhood, but in recent years made the transition to art as a full-time career. Cellina Buckborough of Albuquerque, New Mexico is a self-taught mixed media artist who has been influenced by fine art to spray paint and everything in between. Using drawings, paintings and photography, she is able to convey a unique message of beauty through the combination of untraditional application and traditional expression. Specializing in portraits and the human form, Cellina showed her first collection “Anonymous” at Dartmouth Street Gallery in Albuquerque in 2002 and has since been part of several art shows in New Mexico and Texas. Barbara Woolston, who has recently retired from nursing, is now devoting herself to creating art full time. She has lived in Arizona for 33 years, 10 of which have been right here in Estrella! She uses acrylic paints on canvas and pastel paper to paint the flora and fauna of Arizona and ladies of the Southwest. Barbara’s paintings show her love for the bright lively colors found in Mexican folk art and life and reflect her love of Arizona, its people, whimsy, customs and landscape.

Use eBill for a Greener Goodyear Want to know how to make Goodyear green? Choose the paperless option. Go eBill! Goodyear residents now have the choice to receive utility bills by email rather than the traditional ‘snail mail’ method. If you’ve wanted to lighten the load of household paperwork and endless piles of paper, you can now eliminate printed utility bills. The process is easy. Simply log on to to sign up and you’ll immediately receive your next statement completely paper-free! All payment options are available with eBill, including credit card payments, PayPal, check, money order and cash. Customers can also pay online or in person. To learn more, visit www. or call 623-932-3015.

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Kneeling: Gerald Schwartz; L to R Standing: Michael Cunningham; Mike Greenfield, Cellina Buckborough, Frank Williams; Seated: Barbara Woolston.

Arts of Estrella is a group including, but definitely not limited to, painters. After a long career of drawing, painting and sculpting in bronze, Mike Greenfield found his calling and now concentrates on making one of a kind sculpture combining unique stone with bronze. He says “I search for the soul of the stone, carve it to emphasize its beauty and then sculpt bronze attachments to compliment the stone.” It has always been his purpose to create art that has emotional impact and beautifies ones surroundings. He has participated in over 10 juried shows a year in California, New Mexico and Arizona for the past several years and was last year’s featured artist at the Sonoran Art Leagues’ Out West Art Festival. Another artist with a unique medium is Frank Williams, who was born and raised in Chicago and for many years his artistic talents were dedicated solely to pen and ink. After moving to the Phoenix area in 2003, his artistic passion turned to gourds and Southwest art. Frank views each raw gourd as an opportunity for original expression. He is unparalleled at capturing the flowing shapes of the gourds he uses to sculpt vases. The delicate designs are an expression of color and shape which are striking and unique to his medium. His masks are similarly an interpretation of nature’s shapes and the contemporary expression of Native American Southwest culture. Frank is an award-winning juried member of Arizona Art Alliance and was one of the featured artists in the 2010 West Valley Home Art & Studio Tour. Join the members of Arts of Estrella and the Phoenix Symphony on Sunday, April 10, at the Lake for an evening that is sure to be a feast for the senses!

Worldnetsoccer Leagues Forming for Spring and Summer It’s not too late to check out the 2011 spring soccer programs offered by Woldnetsoccer Corp. There are recreational outdoor leagues, recreational indoor leagues, competitive-club teams and the newest addition to play and training, Soccer Skills School (SSS). Coach Gustavo Martinez is excited to introduce the educational program, “One of our most successful programs is the SKILLZ School managed by Coach Al Sharif - Desert Edge High School Head Coach. The program takes place at the American Sports Centers in Avondale located at 755 N. 114th Avondale. We have kids coming from Estrella Mountain Ranch, Tolleson, Glendale and Litchfield Park.” Register now for any competitive or non-competitive league play as well as educational training at or call 602-300-3444. my hometown: page 5

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on your doorstep Estrella Mountain Preschool Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Classic American Success Story Continues

Come one, come all to Estrella Mountain Preschool’s annual Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 8 am -1 pm.  They will be serving up pancakes, sausage and beverages while taking bids on some wonderful silent auction items from 8 to10:30 am in the Estrella Mountain Church lower courtyard. Additionally, there will be a Craft Fair from 8 to 11 am where local vendors will be selling items.

“It is really kind of a kid’s fairy tale in progress,” state the parents of Westar Elementary student and local golf-extraordinaire, Hanna Visperas Atkins. Thirteen year old Hanna has been working very hard at perfecting her golf game and keeping her grades up at school, even sacrificing other sports that she loves, due to her devotion to grades and golf. Recently, she was invited by the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) to participate in a media event launching a new chapter in women’s golf. This new chapter would be represented by a past, present and future (Hanna) golfer in a single photograph. Hanna was thrilled at the chance to meet some of her heroines. Upon her arrival, an even larger plan unfolded. The LPA would host an event for charities and the future of children’s golf; allowing Hanna the opportunity to meet the LPGA President, founder, Marilyn Smith, Phoenix City Council Member and LPGA Professionals Grace Parks and Sara Brown who were all there to welcome Hanna. Soon thereafter she would become a permanent part of the LPGA’s future. After pinching herself to make sure that she wasn’t dreaming, Hanna was whisked away to ‘make-up’ making her camera-ready for the conference room where she was seated beneath a large screen in a room filled with a large number of spectators, including newspaper and magazine reporters, where she sat purely astonished. Estrella’s very own golf star discovered that she is on the web page of the LPGA under the RR Donnelly Founder’s Cup Event, representing not only her family and community, but Goodyear and the future of women’s golf. Congratulations, Hanna! Keep reaching for the stars!

For your entertainment, enjoy special performances from the Music Departments at both local elementary schools. The Estrella Mountain Elementary Cougar Jazz Band will perform at 9 am and the Westar Elementary Choir will perform at 10 am.  Come see and hear what beautiful music these kids can create! Tickets are $5 per person.  Children under 3 are free.  To-Go boxes will be available.  Estrella Mountain Preschool is a non-profit organization and the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards school/playground enhancements and scholarships for lower-income families.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, donating an item for their silent auction, or having a table at the mini-mall, please contact Lisa Tucker at 623-476-5578.

Lord, Osborne, Lauritano and Campbell Officially Elected in Goodyear Official election results from the County Elections Office show former Councilmember Georgia Lord has officially been elected Goodyear’s new mayor, finishing out an unexpired term of office. Incumbent Councilmember Joanne Osborne and incumbent Councilmember Sheri Lauritano each received more than 50%+1 of total votes as required by City charter to be elected to four-year terms on the City Council. There were three fouryear Council seats open. Because only Osborne and Lauritano received at least 4,612 votes (the number of votes required to obtain at least 50 percent plus 1), there will be a run-off at the General Election in May for the third seat. The run-off will be between the next two highest vote getters, Bill Antonucci and William Stipp.

Liberty School District Information The Liberty School District is excited to announce the opening of two new magnet schools for the 2011-2012 school year. The two schools will be located at Freedom and Westar Elementary Schools with a program focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Residents of Estrella, parents and students can visit the STEM themed schools at an Open House, scheduled on Monday April 4 from 5-7 pm. Tours and information will be provided. In addition, Estrella Mountain Elementary School announces new innovations and program options for the 2011-2012 school year. An Open House will take place on April 7 from 5-7 pm. Please contact your neighborhood school for more information.

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Goodyear In ACTION Charity Ball Game The Cincinnati Reds charity game for the local non-profit, Goodyear In ACTION, was a huge success. The Reds’ proceeds from the March 2 game will be donated to the health and wellness organization to continue its mission of promoting, educating, and motivating people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles. Goodyear In ACTION provides athletic scholarships to underprivileged high school students in the West Valley.  It also promotes FREE family fitness events the first Saturday of every month. On April 2, residents of the West Valley are invited to attend the next Follow the ACTION event at the Goodyear Community Park.  Families will be challenged with obstacle courses and games.  You can bring Fido, too.  Pete and Mac’s Pet Resort will be at the dog park with CPR and First Aid information for pets.  FREE! FREE! FREE!  For more information, visit www. myhometownestrella.c om

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on your doorstep Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

Westar Elementary School News

Mrs. Crowley’s 3rd grade class celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Not only was it his birthday, but it is also designated as “Read Across America” day.

Camp Invention is Back! Plan to join Mrs. McCubbins this summer for an amazing hands-on science camp, right in your own backyard at the Westar Elementary School campus. Registration for this June 20-24 program is now available online at You can also pick up a registration form in the front office. Sign up now, as this program fills up quickly.

This is a day for building a nation of readers through implementing many literacy activities and extending opportunities for students to look at Dr. Seuss and his contributions to building a nation of readers. In Mrs. Crowley’s class, the focus was not only on motivating children to read, but allowing them the opportunity to create a class book, which they shared with the 8th graders. After reading Dr. Seuss’ first book, And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, the students were able to analyze this text, which took Dr. Seuss 27 different publishers to finally decide that his book was worthy of publishing. What they noticed was the predicable lines and the crazy imagination of the main character. They replicated this in their class book, And to Think I Saw it All on Estrella Mountain Street. Once the book was completed, the students each read their part of the book to 8th grade students. The 8th graders were so impressed with the students’ work that they had questions on how it was created. Of course, the class gave them the details and Mrs. Crowley read them the original work of Dr. Seuss so they too could make their own literary analysis. To celebrate their accomplishments the third grade class made their way back to the classroom and celebrated with what else… cake and ice-cream.

Important Dates for April April 1: Student Council hosts outdoor movie night in the Westar Courtyard/ Movie Title TBA. April 8: Westar Carnival, 5-8 pm in the Courtyard. Come participate in great family fun. Proceeds help the Student Council provide field trip sponsorship. April 11-14: AIMS Testing Dates - Make up AIMS testing dates 4/18-4/21. Make sure your students are healthy and well-rested for these very important test days. April 27: Red Robin Dine Out Day - A new way to support Westar Elementary School. Red Robin (on McDowell Road) Dine Out Day provides a percentage of purchases back to Westar Elementary School. Dine for lunch or dinner and present the waitress with appropriate flyer, which is available online at under fundraising/ documents tab.

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Good Friday, April 22: Good Friday Fish Fry 4-7 pm @ EMC Easter Sunday, April 24: SONrise Service 6 am (Yacht Club Amphitheater) Worship Celebrations (@ EMC) 8:00 am ~ 9:30 am ~ 11:00 am Regular Service Times Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:45 am Wednesday: Service 2.5 6:48 pm 10485 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Church Phone: 623-386-0300, Website:

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on your doorstep Estrella Trail System - Happy Trails Await You! Submitted by Amy Vasquez, Estrell a Resident and Fitness Enthusiast

I was approached by a neighbor at the South Lake Park recently and it reminded me that everyone has different experiences. She was seeking advice on her goal to hike Piestewa Peak without stopping. So I thought to myself, why Squaw Peak when we have plenty of great trails so much closer to home?

When you’re using the trails, please remember trail etiquette and safety first. • Bicyclists, please wear a helmet at all times! • Be friendly and courteous.

Did you know we have miles of wonderful trails nestled throughout Estrella with miles more being planned? After diligently working with the developer, a Trails Committee was officially charted by the HOA to ensure that the trails continue to be built within specifications and guidelines that will assure their sustainability and their value to our community. As new trails are planned, many ill-advised or improperly built trails are being identified for removal in order to protect the habitat and/or residents’ privacy. If you would like to know more about our trails or get involved with the planning and building process, visit the “Estrella Trails Committee” in under the groups section.

• Share the trail… Ride, walk or run on the right, pass on the left.

On our trails you will find mountain bikers, hikers, runners, casual walkers both old and young as well as children out enjoying our vast desert hills. You owe it to yourself to come out and take in the fresh air, especially this time of year as the temperatures begin warming after the crisp cool winter we had. You’ll be amazed at the vegetation as it begins crawling all over the hills, including Fishhook Barrel Cactus w/Red, Pink or Orange flowers, Yellow flowering Brittlebush, Yellow Poppies, Yellow Desert Sunflowers, Purple Mat, Red Parry’s, Purple Lupine, White Desert Chicory, and so many other colorful plants.

• Ride within your ability at all times.

• Warn people when you are planning to pass. • Stay on the trail. Creating your own trail or cutting switchbacks creates erosion & damages habitat. • Bicyclists yield to runners and hikers. • Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way. • Respect wildlife. • Use caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear people trying to warn you. • Pack out your litter. • Carry enough water. Now get outside and enjoy the Sonora desert hills of Estrella!

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17932 West Jojoba Dr               

Tamera Gardner 18629 Western Star Blvd             

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9951 183rd Lane

Mary Joyce 147374 182nd Dr

Wayne and Diane Earp

4 Thank you for helping make our community beautiful!

Jennifer Walker, REALTOR office: mobile: web: email:

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8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

8:10–9:00am Total Body Conditioning (Dawn Terry)

8:30–9:20am Powerball (Kim Hopkins)

8:10-9:00am Total Body Conditioning (Dawn Terry)

9:00–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

8:15–9:15am Zumba Fitness (S. Miller)

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

9:30–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

9:30–10:20am Yoga (Linda Jojola)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4–7 (Kevin Bench)

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

9:30–10:20am Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo (Master Barton)

3:30–4:20pm Karate 4-7 (Kevin Bench)

9:30–10:20am Cardio Splash (Kim Hopkins)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7–12 (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo (Master Barton)

10:30–11:15am Pre-Ballet (Linda Purdy)

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

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7-12 (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

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

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

6:00–6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

7:00–8:00pm Zumba Fitness (Susan Miller)

7:00–8:00pm Maximum Muscle (Bonnie Jansson)

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

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

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Adult Men’s Basketball (Estrella Mountain Elementary School) 8am

Adult Men’s Basketball (Estrella Mountain Elementary School) 7pm, Leroy Baca, 623-388-4047

Nothing Scheduled

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

Adult Men’s Basketball (Estrella Mountain Elementary School) 7pm, Leroy Baca, 623-388-4047

Resident Coffee Social 8:30–10am

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


Games, Games, Games 6pm

Leroy Baca 623-388-4047

Poker/Games, 1pm contact Al Wolfson 623-328-0118

Bridge, 1–4pm contact Carl Deierling 623-237-3312 or Karen Stolp 623-271-8292

Family Swim (lap pool) 1pm-3pm

Bridge, 6:30pm contact Carl Deierling at 623-237-3312 or Karen Stolp 623-271-8292




7pm, Estrella Mtn. Church, Rm 202 Contact Jerry R, 408-505-1326


Scrapbooking RSVP to

(Gates open at 4pm)



9 Yacht Club Social

Classic Car Club






Cruise Night at Estrella At Mountain Ranch Marketplace

Photo Club

Travel Club





Garage Sale

Crafts & Stuff



Landscape Committee Mtg - 10am

Phoenix Symphony


Ladies of the Lake




EMR Business Owner Network Crafts & Stuff


Gerry and Betsy

Alcoholics Anonymous

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.


Line Dance Class


Trails Committee Meeting- 6:30pm



New Resident Orientation

Design Review Committee Meeting




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Estrella Book Club



Trivia - 6:30pm

Cruise Night at Estrella Mtn Ranch Marketplace

Eggstravaganza 10am

6pm Voting Member Committee Mtg 6:30pm





Authors & Publishers




Social Committee Meeting

21 Camera Club

Crafts & Stuff- 9am








RSVP to 10am Bingo - 6pm Budget Finance Committee Meeting 6pm



26 Bunco 6pm

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Design Review Committee Meeting


Texas Hold’em

Movie Night



Lakeside Amphitheater


Bingo- 6pm

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Saturday, April 2

Community Wide Yard Sale

Potluck Bingo

Saturday, April 2 7 am – 2 pm

Thursday, April 28 6 pm Starpointe Residents Club

It is that time of year again for spring cleaning and realizing that you have way too much stuff stored! Why not clear out your garage and make a little money during our Community Wide Yard Sale on April 2. You are sure to get rid of that extra stuff and have fun doing it. For the items you do not sell, Hope’s Closet is going to be driving up and down our community and they are more than happy to pick up your items as a donation. Please just leave them outside for pick up. If you have questions for Hope’s Closet, please feel free to contact them at 623-925-0965 or at If you have any questions regarding the Community Yard Sale, please feel free to call Alaesha at the Community Services Office; 623-386-1112. Thank you and happy selling!

Saturday, April 16

Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 16 10 am to 1 pm Lakeside Amphitheater Come enjoy our annual Eggstravaganza event at the Amphitheater for families and children. There will be an egg hunt, crafts, face painting, bouncy house, kiddie slide, and obstacle course. DLC landscaping will help children plant spring flowers to take home, and as always, there will be a visit from Mr. E. Bunny, local vendors, and more. Bring your basket to collect your eggs, and your camera to capture pictures of the fun with Mr. Bunny.  $3 per resident and $8 for non-residents.  Please RSVP at Starpointe.

friday,April 8

Yacht Club Social - Open Mic Night Friday, April 8 Yacht Club 7 to 9pm

B.I.N.G.O!! 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. One lucky resident walked away with $150 last month. The cost is $5 a card for 10 rounds (additional cards are $5). You must be 21 to play and win. The Preschooners Club will be open for your children to enjoy during Bingo.

Saturday, April 30

Movie Night Saturday, April 30 Sunset – 7:30 pm Lakeside Amphitheater The weather is just right for a movie under the stars. What should we see? YOU CHOOSE! Stop by Starpointe, or the Youth Club and cast your vote for what movie to watch at our 1st Movie Night of the season! The choices are Despicable Me or Toy Story 3. The deadline to vote is April 16. The winning choice will be announced at the Estrella Eggstravaganza so make sure you make plans to attend.

Every Friday

Resident Coffee Social Every Friday 8:30am to 10 am Starpointe Residents Club Café Quench is featuring biscuits Friday, April 1. There will be biscuit sandwiches and biscuits and gravy for only $2 per person as well as our usual continental treats. This weekly event is a great way to get to know your neighbors while enjoying breakfast. The rest of the month there is a continental breakfast every Friday morning for $1 per person. We hope to see you this Friday from 8:30– 10 am.

Waltz BBQ is back in Estrella to cater April’s Yacht Club Social. On Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 pm they will be serving up delicious pulled pork sandwiches or salmon along with all the fix’ns.  We will also be hosting an open mic night under the stars. So, break out the old guitar, flute, or tuba and show us what you’ve got.  Don’t play an instrument?  Share some poetry, sing a song, speak a monologue, or even dance. The goal is to entertain and have fun.  Bring your favorite beverages to drink (only water, coffee, and hot chocolate will be provided) The cost is only $2 per residents and $7 for non-residents.  RSVP at Starpointe today.

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Papa John’s Trivia Night Monday, April 11 6:30 pm Starpointe Residents Club

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Are you a know it all? Prove it at Estrella’s monthly trivia night. Trivia Night is continuing on the second Monday of the month. There are three rounds including general knowledge, history, politics and geography, and entertainment. Don’t worry if you are not as sharp as your neighbors - there is always the bonus round to even the score. The cost is $5 per person, up to 4 people per team. Papa John’s Pizza, water, and soda will be provided. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded too. Please RSVP at Starpointe.

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HOA bulletin board We’re All In This Together

Earth Day

One of the reasons Estrella is one of the best places to live is because of you, the homeowners. Our homes are well maintained and our children play happily in the parks. There is a lot of community in our community. Neighbors are neighbors instead of just the people who live next door. Estrella is a place we can all be proud of.

Earth Day is intended for all of us to recognize how we influence limited resources from our planet. Every little bit helps, so next time you are about to throw something away, remember that a plastic bottle, soda can, and piece of paper can be re-used. Let’s work hard and keep doing our part in creating a more green environment in Estrella. Pick up trash – Recycle - Plant a tree!

Please do your part to help maintain our community: • Any architectural, structural, or landscaping plans or changes must be approved by the Design Review Committee. • There is no overnight street parking within Estrella. • Portable basketball hoops must be stored after use. • No recreational vehicles are allowed in the wash. • Last, but not least, remember there is a leash law which says all pets are to be on a leash. Also, please clean up after your pet – both in the parks and in your neighborhood. All of these things help to make Estrella the star community in the Southwest Valley!

New Resident Orientation All new residents are invited to the Starpointe Residents Club for a welcome party on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm! During this informational evening, you can meet the staff and learn about the community and all it has to offer! Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Alaesha at or 623-386-1112.

Remember, big or small, every little bit will help. The more we recycle, the bigger the impact will be toward a more green community!

HOA Contact Community Services Office Hours: Mon.–Fri.: 8am–5pm Tel: 623-386-1112 Fax: 623-386-5788 After-hours HOA contact number 1-800-274-3165

Starpointe Residents Club 17665 West Elliot Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-386-1949 Operating Hours: Mon.–Th. 5:30am–9pm, Fri. 5:30am–8pm Sat. 8am–6pm, Sun. 10am–6pm

Rental Property Information 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, and email address). As properties change from owners to tenants, there will be a Property Record Transfer Fee of $100 in order to use the Starpointe Residents Club. Assessments not current will result in privileges revoked to the Starpointe Residents Club and any community activities. Homeowners are encouraged to provide tenants with a copy of the community CC&Rs and the Community Handbook. Copies of these documents can be found online at our community website,, in the Document Library.

Youth Club Hours: Mon.-Fri. 3pm-8pm Sat.and Sun. 1pm-6pm

Yacht Club Hours Monday-Closed Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm 623-386-3411

Community Patrol’s Phone Number 602-329-0462, 10pm - 4am (7 days a week)

Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultants Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC) Estrella Management Team Community Manager: Jerry Evans Administrative Coordinator: Sharon Thunstedt Operations Manager: Debbie Harper Administrative Associate: Alaesha James Compliance Director/Design Review Coordinator: Jodi Matlock VCA Compliance Coordinator: Amy Helms Compliance Associate: Ruby Rhode Facilities Director: Scott McVay Maintenance Crew Leader: Anthony DeGeronimo

Working For You - Jeff Beuthin

By Jerry Evans, Community Manager

Recreation Director: Dean Westover Recreation Coordinator: Tammy Campbell

Each month, Capital Consultants Management Corporation highlights an employee working in Estrella. This month our focus is on Jeff Beuthin. Jeff is our Yacht Club Coordinator, and works in our facility at the North Lake. He has been with CCMC in Estrella, working his way up through various positions, for over five years. Jeff is an employee who can be counted on to help the team out in any way, and his initiative is just one of the many reasons he is successful at Estrella. Jeff was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and grew up in Stickney, a suburb of Chicago. He attended Morton West High School for three years before relocating to Arizona, where he graduated from Buckeye Union. During high school, Jeff participated in track and basketball, and was a member of the marine science club, and the national honors society. Jeff met his wife Candice, at the time a fellow CCMC employee, in 2007, and they married last November. Their wedding was held at Starpointe Residents Club, making them the first

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true, “Starpointe Couple.” When asked what he likes most about working for CCMC in Estrella, Jeff replied, “I enjoy being able to work with the residents and guests of our community. It is a real pleasure to be able to teach someone how to sail, and use the boats. I also get a lot of enjoyment out of working with the kids and families making their day extra special.” Outside of work, Jeff enjoys repairing and renovating his new home, and he is also currently building an electric powered motorcycle. On the days he is able to spend with his wife, they enjoy hiking and exploring the Arizona nature together. CCMC and the community of Estrella are fortunate to have a person such as Jeff working for them. His long lists of interests and passions carry straight over into the work place, making him a valuable asset to us all, and a great person to work alongside. If you have not been to the Yacht Club yet, it is an amenity your family and guests should not miss out on. When there, be sure to say hello to Jeff!

Lifestyle Director: Holly Aguilar 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: Estrella Joint Committee (EJC) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Mike Heath, Brian Konderik Pete Tieche, Lesle Sweeney Estrella Community Association (ECA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Lesle Sweeney, Mike Heath, Resident Elected Board Members: Bill Zednik, Barbara Ertl Villages at EMR Community Association (VCA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Pete Teiche, Lesle Sweeney Resident Elected Board Members: Dennis Brungardt, Tom Mineo

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people in your neighborhood Meet the Tuckers The Tuckers came to Arizona during what they call, “The Great Migration from California.” Both Ross and Lisa grew up in Laguna Beach, but moved to Rancho Santa Margarita after they were married. At the time, both were working full-time jobs, but wanted to move somewhere where Lisa could be a stay-at-home-mom for the boys. Their destination requirements for “somewhere” had to be a location six hours or less from California (since both families still lived there); it had to include a golf course, great schools for the kids and be near a body of water. Estrella met all of those requirements. Within one month of visiting the community, the Tucker’s became residents and currently reside in the Legends subdivision. Lisa is the Director at Estrella Mountain Preschool and has been working with the preschool since October 2005. She started as a teacher and then took on the responsibilities of Director last year. “I have always loved working with kids. Every day is new and exciting. I love to see their smiling faces each morning and watch them grow and develop new skills over the course of the school year,” says Lisa. She’s a pro-active mom with her own children and involved with their activities, including past PTO board positions at Estrella Mountain Elementary School and Cub Scouts. Ross, an IT Specialist with 911ETC, Inc., has been working with computers for twenty-five years. He has done many things over the years

including: working for Pink Floyd, the NPS as a Park Ranger, built Indy Cars for Dan Gurney and a Fire Fighter with the Buckeye Valley Fire Department. When he’s not at work, he loves to play golf and spend time with his family.

and enjoy music.”

Cole Tucker enjoys playing football and swinging the clubs with dad at the local golf course. This year, he joined the Estrella Mountain Elementary School’s Jazz Band, where he is learning to play the trumpet. “I am most impressed with the music program this year,” states Lisa, “Mr. Casillas has created a number of avenues to help elementary school students learn

Davis keeps himself entertained with video games, Lego building and playing golf with his dad and brother. He joins his family’s love of the outdoors, especially camping in the White Mountains where he trout fishes with his brother and his dad. The whole family enjoys trips to visit Lisa’s parents, who have relocated to Prescott. There they enjoy hiking, kayaking and enjoying the beauty of the mountains. On occasion, visits to the grandparents’ house include sledding, when central Arizona gets blanketed with snow. Lisa and Ross are motivated to help their children become the best people that they can be. Part of their devotions for 2011, includes spending more time as a family, becoming involved in church activities and visiting family in California and Prescott.

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Turf Transition The best way to transition from winter Rye grass to Bermuda is to gradually lower mowing heights and reduce water.

It’s Transition Time As nighttime low temperatures in The Valley start to creep up into the 60s, the Bermuda grass, which has been dormant all winter, begins to wake up and grow. As daytime temperatures exceed 90 degrees, the winter Rye grass should begin to recede. It is during this transition period where both types of grass compete for space and water. Transitioning from Ryegrass to Bermuda grass is, ideally, a gradual process that typically lasts from the beginning of April through the end of May; though the last several years have seen Ryegrass breeders producing varieties of grass that are much more tolerant of heat and drought. This often extends the transition period longer than desired.

Thatch is matted, fibrous material between the soil and surface of the turf. Typically, it is caused by the accumulation of decomposing grass clippings and debris tangled with grass stems and roots; to prevent thatch buildup, use a vacuum mower each time you mow. Thatch is most often found in warm weather grasses that creep, like Bermuda grass. Dethatching can be done several ways. You can remove the thatch by raking by hand, buy an attachment for your lawn mower (pictured at right), rent a dethatcher or hire a landscaper. For a residential lot, we recommend using the dethatching mower attachment, which can be found at your local home improvement or gardening store for a quick and cheap seasonal dethatching. Once you dethatch, remove debris by hand raking or by using a catching mower. If you dethatch your turf during the growing season, it will recover quicker and look beautiful and healthy.

What to Expect Subtle changes occur in turf areas throughout the transition period. Irrigation Technicians monitor watering times in the common areas to encourage Bermuda grass growth. For this process, less water is used, not more. To suppress the Ryegrass growth, we gradually lower mower heights from 2 inches down to 1-1.25 inches. As Ryegrass dies off, turf may appear off color or yellow and there may even be some areas that appear dry. This is a temporary condition that improves as the Bermuda grass fills in. Sometimes when the Ryegrass dies, it forms a thick mat which is easily removed with a verticutting machine. Once Bermuda grass is actively growing, ideally by early May, Ammonium Sulfate fertilizer (21-0-0) is applied to enhance color and growth and promote healthy turf.

Try It At Home Transition will take place on a large scale in your common areas over several weeks and the same process can be applied to your yard. Gradually, lower the height of your lawn mower over the course of a few weeks and reduce the amount of water to approximately 6-8 minutes every 2 or 3 days. If you encounter some dead spots, use a hard rake to remove the matted Ryegrass. Apply Ammonium Sulfate fertilizer (21-0-0) at a rate of 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. of turf. By the 1st of June, your Bermuda grass will be ready for the summer months.

Dethatching: mower and attachment

Dethatching turf brings debris to the surface

Turf may appear off color during transition

Turf may appear healthy on the surface, but below can be a thick mat of thatch which can cause hot spots and prevent nutrients and water from getting to the roots.

Dethatching your turf will pull the thatch to the surface

Dethatching for Healthy Turf Completely removing and clearing debris from dethatching is important to ensure that turf can breathe and properly recover from dethatching

Dethatching is a perfect example of the saying “out of chaos comes harmony”. Removing thatch from turf is not a pretty process, but the end result is well worth it. Dethatched turf will grow more uniformly, be healthier over all and better prepared for successful overseeding in the fall. 5*-&t$"31&5t)"3%800%t450/&t-".*/"5& $"#*/&54ɠ/&83&'"$&t7*/:-t#-*/%44)655&34t$06/5&35014

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Save The Earth - Save Your Wallet By Kurt Hanke, Resident of Estrell a, Handyman Xtreme

There are 2 simple solutions:

This precious, beautiful planet we live on is fragile and we need to do our part to take care of it.Â

• Install a sensor that turns lights on at dusk and off at dawn, if lighting up the dark is what you are looking for.

Installing sensors and timers for your outside lights is a great way to do just that. Handyman Xtreme has some tips for helping to save Earth while saving your pocketbook.

• Replace the light switch with a “smart switchâ€? that can be programmed to turn lights on and off at set times. This option has proven invaluable for our clients that have property here in Estrella, but live out of state. You can have the lights on and off at different times each day and multiple times to give the appearance that someone is living there, even when they’re away. This option is inexpensive to implement and can save you on electricity and security costs.

Many of our clients and neighbors want their outside lights on at night for convenience and security, but due to a busy life, forget to turn them on in time and quite often, forget to turn them off in the morning since it’s now daylight. We have arrived for many appointments to find those lights have been left on all day, wasting precious dollars on their electricity bill. We have helped many clients achieve their desire for safety and convenience while eliminating this extra task in their busy lives.

We hope these few tips from Handyman Xtreme add value to your Earth Day celebration! Remember, if you need help installing either of these options or would like a free quote; simply call our World Headquarters at 602-773-1973. Happy Earth Day, Estrella!

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Micromanagement of Parenting - Part II

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Continued from March’s Column: As you’ll remember my parenting lesson was taking place in the two-person kayak, with my daughter Maddi, near the scenic atmosphere of Balboa Island. (You can find the first article at: http://

As parents, we want our values to transfer to our kids, but if we are too controlling, we can pretty much count the days until an internal rebellion takes place within their minds. Then the subversive (or even the outwardly rebellious) stuff begins to take root and gain momentum.

It would’ve been easier to keep the oar, but at the right moment, I gave it to Maddi. She got the hang of it‌ eventually. Truth be said, Maddi surprised me. There were a few times I had to apologize for nearly running into some folks‌ and a bridge. But the people on their parked boats seemed understanding considering Maddi was learning on the fly. The bridge wasn’t so forgiving. Every once in a while, I would secretly put my hand in the water, doing a reverse stroke to keep us from turning too sharply‌or into a concrete bridge column.

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My Hometown Estrella is excited to bring you another great community resource tool. We have moved our business directory online where you can sort, search and click through to business websites. Our new online business directory promises to be a helpful tool for you to look up and research local businesses and resources. Visit our new online business directory at

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business spotlight Xpress Pool Service Patrick Pace and his family came to Estrella from California through a job transfer in 1994 and have never regretted their move. “We love it here,” states local resident and small business owner, Patrick Pace, XPRESS POOL SERVICE. The pool business was a natural progression from my Handyman Xpress service, when my customers asked me if I knew a good “pool guy”. So I spent many nights and weekends studying and training for professional pool care. I became a member of IPSSA (Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, www. and received my water chemistry certification, which is a requirement to belong to this organization. XPRESS POOL SERVICE is part of a conservation and efficiency program, which helps pool owners save energy, water and money by becoming more energy and water efficient with choice of pool motor and filtration systems. Xpress Pool Service is an authorized retailer and installer for the APS variable-speed pool pump. This energy efficient pump can save you up to 80% on your pool’s energy costs. Newer technology in the variable-speed pool pump enables it to run cooler and quieter than a traditional single speed pool pump, which helps it last longer. Significant energy dollars are saved every month and for years to come! APS is now offering a $200 rebate on qualifying variable-speed pumps. Go to for more information or call Pat at Xpress Pool Service at 623-853-6859. Another way to be more “Earth friendly” is by using less water. A sand filter requires frequent backwashing, which flushes out 100’s of gallons of pool water and chemicals every time it is performed. By switching to a cartridge filter, you eliminate the need for regular back washings. A twicea-year (manufacturer’s recommended frequency) filter cleaning is all that is

needed for a cartridge filter system to keep your pool sparking clean. These cleanings use much less water, do not flush chemicals out of your pool, and in my professional opinion, do a noticeably better job of keeping your water clean, and clear, than a sand filter. Patrick’s goal with Xpress Pool Service is to be successful at what he has accomplished. His wife, Carrie, runs the administration part of the business; when she isn’t running their daughter, Lauren around the Valley of the Sun for club softball practices and tournaments. Their son, Mike, is also involved in the business as an independent contractor, servicing pools throughout the West Valley. Patrick adds, “In our business, customer service is our number one goal, and we, as a family, are continuously discussing ways to improve on this. We have brain storming sessions (always informal) and run ideas by one another, where often one of us will think of a more efficient method to do something. Everyone has good ideas and it’s always amazing how even a young person can have constructive input!” To learn more about Xpress Pool Service and to take advantage of a first-time customer coupon, visit Ad-DejaVu-MothersDay.pdf



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April Builder of the Month – CantaMia™ by Avatar™

Springtime at Estrella Spring is a wonderful time for friends and family to consider making Estrella their home or for current residents to find their next dream home. As residents can attest, life at Estrella just keeps getting better. With ten neighborhoods and seven builders to choose from, your dream home awaits. For a limited time, Estrella home buyers will receive a choice of either a one year golf pass to the Golf Club of Estrella or pay no Home Owners Association fees for one year.* Special Builder Movein packages will also be offered to all home buyers! Estrella offers resort-style living at its best. Community amenities include the Golf Club of Estrella, Starpointe Residents Club, trails, parks and lakes as well as three onsite schools and the Mountain Ranch Marketplace featuring Safeway. Everything you need is right at home at Estrella. Please visit the Estrella Information Center to find out more about this limited time opportunity to make Estrella home.

April is an exciting month at CantaMia. With the recent completion and grand opening of the Village Center, life within CantaMia is now that much richer. The Village Center offers CantaMia residents 29,000 square feet of amenities including an outdoor resort-style pool, an indoor pool and spa, fitness area, demonstration kitchen, yoga studio, card rooms, billiards, locker rooms and two pickle ball courts. CantaMia is a Younger Next Year Community ™ which celebrates the four pillars of the New York Times best-selling book by the same name. These four pillars, Community, Exercise, Nutrition and Finances are all concepts supported by the active lifestyle at CantaMia. Recognizing CantaMia and Joseph Carl Homes as a perfect example of active adult communities, Avatar Properties Inc, a company with deep roots in lifestyle communities, made the decision to expand their market presence in Arizona with the acquisition of Joseph Carl Homes and the community of CantaMia. Avatar brings nearly 50 years of expertise in creating communities of distinction to CantaMia. In the weeks to come you may see new materials and logos in Estrella for CantaMia by Avatar. CantaMia currently offers four home series; Duet, Chorus, Ensemble and Symphony featuring a total of 14 different floor plans ranging in size from 1189 to 2852 square feet. For additional information, please contact CantaMia at 623-474-6960 or visit

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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 home sites. 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 Estrella by Newland Communities 10300 South Estrella Parkway, Goodyear, AZ 85338

†The incentives described in the “Spring” promotion are offered by participating builders; CantaMia by Avatar is not participating and Maracay is not participating in the Builder Packages. The participating builders are solely responsible for the content and operation of the incentives offered in the promotion. Newland is not affiliated with the builders and has no obligations or liabilities to homebuyers for the builder incentives offered in the promotion. The incentives are either pre-paid 2012 homeowner association assessments or an Annual Golf Pass for an individual to use Golf Club at Estrella for 12 months. To be eligible for incentives, a homebuyer must sign a contract to buy a new home in Estrella between March 15 and June 30, 2011, and must close escrow by December 31, 2011. Contact the builder sales office in Estrella for full details on this promotion. Void where prohibited. ††Access to, and use of, The Golf Club of Estrella is not included in the purchase of homes or homesites unless special arrangements have been made. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in Estrella to residents of Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. No guarantee can be made that completion of the Estrella community will proceed as described. WARNING: THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT INSPECTED, EXAMINED, OR QUALIFIED THIS OFFERING. NNP III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, LLC ('Fee Owner') is the creator of the Estrella Community ('Community'). Certain home builders unaffiliated with the Fee Owner or its related entities (collectively 'Newland') are building homes in the Community ('Builder(s)'). Newland is not co-developing, co-building or otherwise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builders, and Newland shall have no obligations to any buyer regarding a home purchase from a Builder. Purchasers of homes from any of the Builders waive any claims against Newland arising out of their purchase transaction. Prices, specifications, details, and availability of a builder's new homes are subject to change without notice. All square footage is approximate. Obtain the HUD Property Report or its equivalent required by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No Federal or State agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. A public report is available on the state real estate department's website. © 2011 Newland Real Estate Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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