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Creative Arts Academy Offers Summer Courses Summer is the perfect time to explore your creative side. From stage lights and theatrics to color, easels and photography; whether you’re slipping into your dancing shoes or slipping on an apron for culinary creations - The Creative Arts Academy has something for everyone. Check out their course offerings at www.caa-az. org. There’s an artistic, creative genius in you, just waiting to be discovered!

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Movie Night! Pack a picnic basket and meet at North Lake for a free showing of Yogi Bear in the Amphitheatre on June 11 at sundown. Bring a blanket to sit on and some cash to purchase goodies at the Social Committee’s “Snack Shack”. Sodas, water, candy, and chips will be on sale with the proceeds going to off-set the cost of free community events like movie nights.

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Father’s Day Fishing Derby The Yacht Club will be open early for some family fun on Saturday, June 18. Meet at the Yacht Club Pavilion for a morning of fishing with dad. The Arizona Department of Game and Fish will be providing fishing poles and bait for residents to use or you can bring own.

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Golf Club of Estrella Introduces New Food & Beverage Manager & New Menu There’s no need to drive out of the community to experience an amazing dining experience with outstanding menu variety. The Golf Club of Estrella is pleased to introduce new Food & Beverage Manager, Brad Groll, who is delighted to transform patio dining at the Player’s Grill into an atmosphere with cuisine that will have you coming back again and again.

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Chrome For as long as I can remember growing up, my dad got up early, worked long hours, and then returned home to chip away at a seemingly endless list of ‘to-do’s’ that usually consisted of a rattling kitchen appliance, a leaky car tire, a bedroom wall that needed painting, or hanging a shelf mom needed hung. Often, he worked well into the night hours and then transitioned to outside chores on Saturdays. I don’t ever recall him complaining about his lack of personal time or a need for a night out with the guys. Providing for his family and making our lifestyle comfortable were elements of his job. He kept our household polished by keeping things working properly and keeping us happy. He did his job well. This month, we pay tribute to dad for his character and responsibility with some tips from locals who are ready to help with projects around the house. You’ll meet a neighborhood “Super Dad” and gain a wealth of knowledge through a Financial Workshop offered

Kim Alva r ado by a local professional, as well as score a tip for Dad to take to the green. If it’s family time you’ve got in mind, there’s Movie Night, once again, near the lake and Andy’s Foundation article reminds us that continually reinforcing the strengths in our children is absolutely essential to creating enthusiasm in them for their future. I suppose it’s the detailing and the ‘elbow grease’ that makes us shine in many aspects of life. Those details can help us focus on a problem until it is completely resolved, present clear ideas to a group, project and self-manage our time and finances - details I’ve learned from observing my dad. His examples of perseverance hold the following truth: Buffing through the tough stuff really does produce a shine. I’m honored to have this summer month to pay tribute to the adoration of the details learned from my dad. I hope you will, too. Drop me a line and let me know what the summer months will bring to your doorstep and your neighborhood. Wishing you a safe, enjoyable summer season!

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on your doorstep Creative Arts Academy Offers Summer Courses All summer courses take place at the Estrella Mountain Church, located at 10485 S. Estrella Parkway or the Starpointe Residents Club. Pre-registration is required so visit or call 623-882-7525 for registration information.

Dance 1-2-3 Eyes on Me (3-4 yrs) June 1 – 29 5-5:45 pm Wednesdays

ARTic Blast – Art Camp (6-8yrs)

Hip Hop Dance Camp (8+ years)

June 20-24 and June 27 – July 1 9 am – 11 am Monday – Friday

June 6 – 10 June 27 – July 1 July 18 – 22

Stay cool this summer making ‘snow mountains’ with the use of unconventional materials. Students will also paint winter scenes and create ‘snow mobiles.’ All supplies are included. The registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents. Class fee is $95, made payable to Creative Arts Academy. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

ARTists Paint- Art Camp (9-14 yrs) June 20-24 11:30 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday This course is an introduction to the world of painting, studying the masters and forming style by color, design usage. All supplies are included in this $10 Goodyear resident registration fee and $95 class fee. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church

Make a Mess!-Clay and Painting Art Camp (9-12 yrs) June 27 – July 1 11:30 am – 1 pm Monday – Friday Create functional and beautiful sculptures and air dry creations in this summer course. All supplies are included. Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents with a class fee of $105. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

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10:15-11:15 am (8-11 yrs) 12:15-1:45 pm (12 + years) Monday – Friday Wear sneakers and loose-fitting clothing to this clean, up-tempo dance style that involves popping and locking. The registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents, with a Class fee of $45 for 8-11 year olds, and $55 for 12+ years, made payable to the Creative Arts Academy. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

Jazz Dance Camp (8+ years) June 20 – 24 July 11 – 15 July 25 – 29 10:15 – 11:15 am (8-11 years) 12:15 – 1:45 pm (12+ years) Monday – Friday Dancers should wear form-fitting clothing and Jazz shoes are preferred for this upbeat combination course that is a combination of traditional jazz movements often seen on Broadway and modern day jazz-funk. This course involves kicks, floor work, quick turns and an energetic attitude! The registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents with a Class fee of $45 (8-11 years) and $55 (12+ years). Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

Both boys and girls will enjoy learning to move with slow, medium and fast tempos. The focus of this course is on coordination of arms and legs while enhancing muscular and cardio-vascular strengthening. Students will work on simple dances that build memory skills and encourage expression. Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents and Class fee is $45 per child. Course location is Starpointe Residents Club.

Dance 4 School Age Kids (5-6 yrs) June 4 – July 2 10:30 – 11:15 am Saturdays Both boys and girls will enjoy learning movement in slow, medium and fast tempos with a focus on coordination of arms and legs. Students will enhance muscular and cardio-vascular strength while working on simple dances. Registration fee is just $10 for Goodyear residents and Class fee is $45, made payable to Creative Arts Academy. Course location: Starpointe Residents Club.

Performance Dance Camp (8-13 yrs) June 6 – 10 June 20 – 24 Monday – Friday Boys and girls can experiment with their favorite movie music melodiesThe Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Aladdin, Up. Students will learn a variety of movement styles borrowing from different dance forms: Broadway, jazz, ballet, modern. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flexible shoes. Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents and Class fee is $45. Course location: Starpointe Residents Club.

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on your doorstep Character Dance Camp (8-13 yrs) June 13 – 17 June 27 – July 1 11 am – 12 pm (8-10 years) 12 – 1 pm (11-13 years) Monday – Friday Make amazing rhythms inspired by other countries, from an Italian tarantella to a Polish polonaise, a Spanish flamenco and a Mexican hat dance. Boys and girls will enjoy learning these dances and many more. Students should wear comfortable clothing with flexible shoes. Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents and the Class fee is $45. Course location: Starpointe Residents Club.

Beginners Quilt Making (8+ years) June 6–10 9 am – 12 pm Monday – Friday This course takes students from start to finish completing a pieced quilt top and quilt. Class time includes lecture, demonstration and sewing. Students can choose their own fabrics by visiting for a complete supply list. Email for information Students need to bring their own sewing machine. Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents and Class fee is $105. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

Theater Camp (8-16 years) June 6 – 23 9 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday The Creative Arts Academy presents – Stagestruck: A Musical Theater Workshop. This course explores theater including basic stage anatomy, acting, auditioning, improvisation, singing, blocking, and choreography with a special “spotlight on theater”. Students will learn costume design, make-up and playwriting. Students will arrive the first day ready to audition for the final production. Week two includes a showcase of individual talents and by the end of week three; the cast will perform an original, full-length production entitled Glitter, Gold and Grimm: A Musical Comedy. Each student will receive a summer camp T-shirt and professional headshot photo. Students need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle daily. The Showcase performance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 at 3 pm. Musical production performance dates: Friday, June 24 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information, email Registration fee is $10 for Goodyear residents, with a Class fee of $475 payable to the Creative Arts Academy. For more information call 623-882-7525. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

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Writers Workshop (6-8 yrs & 9-12 yrs) June 20 – 24 (level 1) June 27 – July 1 (level 1) June 20 – July 1(level 2, 2 wks) 9 am – 10 am (level 1) 10:15 – 11:15 am (level 2) Monday – Friday This class is geared for struggling writers and budding authors alike. Explore content, voice, style, organization, sentence fluency as well as editing and revising, using a variety of fun methods. Inspiration will come from famous paintings, well-loved stories and tasty treats. By the end of the course students will have skills in writing summaries, descriptions, tall tales, poetry and fables. Pre-registration is required. $10 fee for Goodyear residents with a Class fee of $49 for level 1 students, $79 for level 2 students. Course location: Estrella Mountain Church.

Cake Decorating for Kids Friday, June 10 2 pm – 2:45 pm Cost: $24 Location: Estrella Mountain Church Aspiring cake decorators will enjoy learning the basics. We will decorate cookies and cupcakes with kid favorite designs. For young cake artists who wish to explore decorating beyond sprinkles. Masterpieces may be eaten at the end of class! All necessary materials will be provided. For more information email

Beginning Cake Decorating Friday, June 3 1 – 2:30 pm Cost: $34 Location: Estrella Mountain Church. We will cover the basics of decorating a cake so that you can wow everyone with your own creation at the next special event. Participants will learn to level, fill and frost a cake; and learn to use a pastry bag to create borders, flowers, leaves, writing and designs. All necessary materials will be provided. For more information email

Estrella Foothills Pythagorean Society Congratulates “Mathletes” Subm itted by Connor Runyan, Media Offic er for the EFHS Pyth agorean Soci ety

The Estrella Foothills Pythagorean Society would like to announce the results of its first annual Middlementary Math Bonanza, which was an amazing inaugural success. The 4th through 6th grade individual finalists were: Ricky Robinson from Westar Elementary in 3rd place; Nathan Ashok from Palm Valley Elementary in 2nd place; and Tyler Kamarata from Westar Elementary in 1st place.  The winning teams in the 4th through 6th grade category were: 3rd Place Palm Valley 4th grade team composed of Eden Prieve, Cameron Decter, Caleb Gray, and Nathan Ashok; in 2nd place Westar Elementary 6th grade team composed of Cameron Runyan, Ricky Robinson, and Tyler Kamarata; and in 1st place Palm Valley 5th grade team composed of Jerome Sims, Matthew McCaskill, Johnathan Sangrilo, and Jessica Graham. The 7th and 8th grade individual winners were: Daniel Alarcon from Rainbow Valley Elementary in 3rd place; Fernando Villasenor from Rainbow Valley in 2nd place; and Chris Jones from Mountain Trails Elementary in 1st place.  The winning teams in the 7th and 8th grade category were: 3rd place Western Sky Middle School’s team of one, 7th grader Sarah Graham; in 2nd place Mountain Trail’s team of one, Chris Jones; and 1st place Rainbow Valley Elementary team composed of Daniel Alarcon, Zach Johnson,Brandon Scott, and Fernando Villasenor. Congratulations to all of the Mathletes! You are all winners just for competing, and we hope to see all of you at next year’s competition!”

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on your doorstep Taking Your Social Life Seriously They’re at it again! Month after month the Social Committee assists the Management Company in Estrella by planning and scheduling events, activities, and on-going celebrations to enhance resident lifestyle in our community. Is social connection to the community something you might enjoy? Jump on board as a volunteer for a large variety of events for all age ranges or bring your interest in our community to the table at a board or committee discussion. Getting involved is as simple as stopping by the Starpointe Residents Club or emailing our Lifestyle Director, Holly Aguilar at You can search the community website, www. for a list of groups and activities and read about those events in My Hometown Estrella. Although this small group that makes up the Social Committee can’t promise they’ll pull the perfect bingo ball to make your card a winner, they are definitely planning activities designed to enhance the enjoyment of living in Estrella and encourage gatherings that bring together friends and potential friends. The group is currently working on a variety of entertaining summer projects, including Fishing with Dad, just in time for Father’s Day. Youngsters and their dads are sure to enjoy a couple of reminiscing hours, lakeside on the morning of June 18. Stroll down to the Yacht Club just before 8 am to receive a fishing pole, some bait, and a bit of education for young anglers, compliments of Arizona Game and Fish. Remember, each and every community member is valuable, with great potential to offer unique talents and valued input to Estrella. Take your community seriously – Volunteer!

Estrella Foothills High School Earns A+ School Award What does it take to earn an A+School award? Pupil focus, culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership and community involvement are some of the assessment factors that the Arizona Educational Foundation studied before presenting Estrella Foothills High School with the award of distinction in May. The Foundation found EFHS outstanding in the areas of performing and culinary arts facilities, college and career preparation programs and the feel of community throughout the campus. “Being an A+ School was a goal that EFHS set many years ago. As the school grew, the goal of being an A+ School provided a standard or expectation that we could work to achieve,” said Principal Leslie Standerfer. EFHS has been labeled as an “Excelling” school for the past three years, due to exceptional core test scores. Now our community high school earns the A+ honor for exceptional complete curriculum as well. Estrella Foothills is the only school in the West Valley to receive this award and ranks one of 25 campuses statewide to qualify with the A+ characteristic. Principal Leslie Standerfer hopes that the A+ designation brings a sense of pride to the school. “This is validation by educational experts outside of the school that what we are doing is right – that we are providing students with a quality education in a safe and supportive environment.  For the community, I hope that the designation provides an assurance or confidence in what the school is doing,” said Standerfer. Congratulations to Estrella Foothills High School for earning the A+ School Award.

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Estrella Foothills High School Forms “Green Team” Nine educators at Estrella Foothills High School hosted a celebration exhibition of Earth Day late last spring in the school’s cafeteria. The event was Chris King, Mathematics Department at EFHS, designed to raise Green Team Leader awareness of the importance of recycling and conserving resources, as well as to promote a future student “Green team.” Some of the things implemented by the group thus far: computer monitor display hibernate time reduced from 20 minutes to 10 minutes, paper saving tips and techniques shared among teachers, green pledge for faculty and staff and turn off light switch signs with art club students. The future earth-conscious group of students will organize and participate in events designed to encourage conservation while raising recycling awareness, designed to benefit our planet. The Earth Day Celebration event provided a number of stations. One of those was an opportunity for students to sign up and join their teachers in pledging to save energy. A promise pledge to turn off lights upon leaving a room, utilize natural light when possible, shut off computers when not in use, and utilize recycling bins for a number of recyclable items, earned students a chance to win a $10 iTunes gift card. Another chance to grab a free iTunes card was made possible by guessing the exact amount of plastic bottles in a recycle bin. Bob Tippie was the correct guess. Additional stations demonstrated the length of time that certain products, such as plastic, aluminum, cardboard and batteries took to disintegrate in landfills. Twenty-two students signed up to take the ‘green pledge.’ Students interested in joining the Green Team should contact Chris King in the Mathematics Department at EFHS or Julie Dubay at jdubay@ Did you know? It took a period of seven years to develop the idea of Earth Day, which began in 1962. Senator Gaylord Nelson invented the idea, due to his concern about the state of the environment over the course of several years. He came up with the idea to convince President Kennedy to give visibility to the issue by going on a national conservation tour, which ultimately ‘flowered’ into Earth Day.

The Estrella Book Club The Estrella Book Club will meet on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 am. In June, they will be reading “The Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  The story revolves around the unlikely friendship that develops between two men of very different backgrounds and changes each of their lives.  Come join your neighbors as they explore this true story and to share your thoughts and the love of reading!

CrossFit Fury – Goodyear InACTION It’s a family affair on June 4th! CrossFit Fury will host this summer’s first Follow the ACTION event. The fun begins at 10 am and will include 60-90 minutes of “active activities” for people of all ages. CrossFit Fury is located at 600 North Bullard Avenue in Suites 4 and 5. This is just north of Van Buren Street on Bullard.  For more information, please contact 623932-4338 or visit

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on your doorstep News from the Golf Club of Estrella Making Father’s Day a Day To Remember, June 19 If the Dad in your life is a golfer, then there’s no other better gift than a round of golf. Although some Dad’s would say that they would rather spend time with their family, there’s a way for a win-win at the Golf Club of Estrella. You can make an early morning tee-time for Dad and have him back home after lunch to continue his special day. Or you can make the day even more special by making it a family golf outing and joining Dad on the course. The Golf Club of Estrella has several Father’s Day specials June 17-19 that are sure to make Dad’s day one to remember. Par Package $25- includes a Round of Golf and Logo Hat Birdie Package $35- Round of Golf, Lunch, Logo Hat, Sleeve Pro V Golf Balls

Practice Makes Perfect- Golf Tip provided by PGA Head Golf Professional, Trevor Finton

As the golf season begins to crank up for the locals with cheaper prices and hot weather, it is always helpful to get a lesson from your local PGA Professional. Trevor Finton is the PGA Head Ž Golf Professional at Golf Club of Estrella and is offering the following tip to make it an enjoyable season for golf. ’s convenient, one-stop, one-agent shopping with American “Before you go out and play, let’s talk about what we should be working amily. We offer reliable multi-line coverage for Auto, Home, on, the Practice Tee,� says Finton. “I want you to think about the last time Business, Health and Life Insurance.* you went to the practice tee for a practice session. Did you hit a 100 golf #OMPETITIVE2ATESs1UALITY3ERVICEs$EPENDABLE#OVERAGE balls in an hour or even 30 minutes? In today’s world, we are all stressed for time and it causes us to rush through things, even our practice time. If you #ALLTODAYFORAFREEQUOTEORNO OBLIGATION0ERSONAL only have a limited amount of time to practice, make it count. Don’t worry NSURANCE2EVIEW about hitting every last ball; think quality, not quantity. Take some time KathrynŽ.J Roberts, Agent Alland your protection under one roof think about what you are going to work on during practice 15655 Wyour Roosevelt St, #101 session 85338 than balls and what you would like to achieve. Make more Goodyear, practiceAZswings

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Golf Club of Estrella Introduces New Food & Beverage Manager & New Menu There’s no need to drive out of the community to experience an amazing dining experience with outstanding menu variety. The Golf Club of Estrella is pleased to introduce new Food & Beverage Manager, Brad Groll, who is delighted to transform patio dining at the Player’s Grill into an atmosphere with cuisine that will have you coming back again and again. Cool off with a crisp salad greens, celery, apples, red grapes and walnuts tossed in a Waldorf salad, experience Broiled Halibut Steak, London Broil or Chicken Rolletini; just a few menu options now featured on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 8 pm at the Grill. Manager, Brad Groll, believes that an optimal dining experience is met through food quality, along with the comfort that comes in the “little things,� such as excellent customer service and a patio ambience that he hopes to create with entertainment and lighting. Brad invites you to come out and bring your friends for an extended happy hour three nights per week. Reservations are accepted, but not required. Each week promises a rotation of menu items, maintaining a surprising, superb evening. Call the Golf Club of Estrella today to reserve a pleasurable evening near the green. 623-386-2600.

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Share Your Story! Do you have a story or article idea you’d like to see in My Hometown Estrella? Give our Editor, Kim Alvarado, a call at 800-497-1309 x705 or We look forward to sharing your story with the community!

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on your doorstep Estrella Author Releases 8th Title to Growing List of eBooks

School’s Out! Summer Dance Classes Are In!

Sub mitt ed by A. J. Oso r ia , Est r e ll a Au th o r s & Pu bl is h in g

Beginning June 4 and every Saturday thereafter, you’ll find some new summer dance classes at the Starpointe Residents Club. To register, please contact Tanya Moreno at 623-251-0662 or email DanceSwerve@yahoo. com. The cost is $40 per month, per class. Class descriptions are below.

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In his latest novel, The Eagles of the Sierra Madre, A. J. Osorio writes a war romance of World War II. The story was inspired by the actual events of the 201st Fighter Squadron. Considerable research went into this historical fiction in order to vitalize the pilots of almost seven decades ago. Some said cuauhtli called them from the Sierra Madre Mountains. Others said they came because Rosie the Riveter had made so many airplanes, that the Army Air Corps needed more pilots to fly the then fastest aircraft: the P-47D Thunderbolt. Whether it was a myth or the circumstances of war, two people, a pilot and a teacher, met in Texas. He would go to the Pacific War with the Aztec Squadron who chased the formidable Zero across the China Sea. She promised to wait his return, but his engine stalled over a rainforest, leaving for a surprise ending. This is A.J.’s eighth book for Llanos Publishing, LLC. It’s his fourth fiction; and has published nonfiction military history titles. His Silicon Valley distributor converted the book for a global market: Apple iPad, Sony Reader, Border’s Kobo, B&N’s Nook, and Diesel e-Books. A. J. has been a resident of Arizona since 1992, and a member of the Goodyear Citizen Support Center (Shop Goodyear), Arizona Authors Association, Estrella Authors and Publishers Group, and Small Publishers of North America. Follow him on the social media networks: Facebook, and Tweeter. The Estrella Authors & Publishing Group will not meet in June, July and August.

Good-Bye to Our Neighbors As the Gevrey family departs Estrella on their journey back to France, they would like to say “Au revoir” to the community and their neighbors. “It has been a true pleasure to live in Estrella and meet so many great people and families, like the Atlas family, who touched our hearts. THANK YOU to all of you, who have welcomed us since 2005 in the U.S. We will never forget you!” - Virginie, Frank, Elliot, and Stella

Jazz Class: Beginning Jazz, ages 6-12 years old, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Our Jazz dance class will be energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, across the floor activities, and routines. Attire should be leotards and tights, but not required. Clothes should not be too loose. Jazz shoes are permitted but not required. Hip Hop Class: Beginning Hip-Hop ages 6-12 from 1:40 to 2:40 pm. Our Hip Hop class will be geared to children who want to learn the high energetic, fun and lively dance form. Attire is comfortable clothing, tennis shoes are recommended, but not required.

Financial Seminar Assists Companies by Educating Employees Certified Financial Planner and Estrella Resident, David Lesnick, wants to help increase your company’s bottom line through financial awareness designed to create happier, more productive employees. “The fast-paced financial markets have created unique opportunities for people who are positioned for the move and are prepared to make changes quickly. Be someone ahead of the crowd,” says Lesnick. Employees with financial distress are not only distracted; they take company time to discuss finances with creditor, collection agencies and co-workers. Human Resource departments are also spending unnecessary time assisting employees with payroll advances and distributions from 401(k)s. Financial distress has an indirect cost to employers as well through increased health care costs. The answer to these troubling issues is financial education. The Complete Financial Management Workshop offers in depth coverage of: Risk Management, Cash Management, Investment Concepts, Tax Management, Retirement Planning and Estate Conservation. The next set of classes will take place on June 15, 22 and 29 at 6 pm. For more information on how The Complete Financial Management Workshop can save money and increase your company’s productivity, contact David Lesnick at 623-412-9602 or

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classes, clubs, meetings Starpointe Residents Club Program M o n day

T u e sday

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T h u r sday

F r iday

S at u r day

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 & up (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Taekwondo (Master Barton)

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

6:00–6:50pm Belly Dancing (Epheli)

4:30–5:20pm Karate 7 & up (Kevin Bench)

5:00–5:50pm Ballet II (Linda Purdy)

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

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

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

6:00–6:50pm Yoga (Linda Jojola)

6:00–6:50pm Ballet I (Linda Purdy)

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

12:30-1:30pm Beginning Jazz, 6-12 yrs. (Tanya Moreno)

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

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

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

1:40-2:40pm Beg. Hip Hop, 6-12 yrs. (Tanya Moreno)

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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

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

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

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

2 Ladies of the Lake

Crafts & Stuff



Cruise Night at Estrella

Photo Club

At Mountain Ranch Marketplace- 6pm






Trails Committee Meeting- 6:30pm






Classic Car Club


Design Review Committee Meeting

Landscape Committee


Travel Club- 11am


Estrella Book Club- 10am

VIT- 11am

EMR Business Group


Voting Member Committee Meeting

Movie Night Lakeside Amphitheater 7:30pm (approx.)










Camera Club



Fishing Derby (Yacht Club)

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Cruise Night at Estrella


At Mountain Ranch Marketplace

Boating Class- 2pm

Trivia 6:30pm

Crafts & Stuff- 9am

Cocktails & Conversations






Authors & Publishers 6:45pm





Social Committee Meeting

Design Review Committee Meeting

Scrapbooking 10am




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Adult Education Fitness Program

Quiddler- 1pm


Bingo- 6pm Budget Finance Committee Meeting 6pm










Crafts & Stuff 9am Board of Directors Meeting

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HOA events saturday, june 11

thursday, june 23

Movie Night

Potluck Bingo

Saturday, June 11 Sundown 7:45 pm Starpointe Amphitheatre

Thursday, June 23 6 pm Starpointe Residents Club

Pack a picnic basket and meet at North Lake for a free showing of Yogi Bear in the Amphitheatre June 11 at sundown. Bring a blanket to sit on and some cash to purchase goodies at the Social Committee’s “Snack Shack”. Sodas, water, candy, and chips will be on sale with the proceeds going to off set the cost of free community events like movie nights.

B.I.N.G.O!! Starpointe will be hosting Bingo Night “potluck” style; Bring your favorite dish and share with fellow residents. Potluck starts at 6 pm. Water, soda, and coffee will be provided. Bingo Games will start promptly at 6:30 pm. 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.

Monday, june 13

every friday

Resident Coffee Social

Trivia Night Monday, June 13 6:30 pm Starpointe Residents Club Trivia Night is always the 2nd Monday of the month at Starpointe. Get your four-person team together and test your general knowledge skills against last month’s winners. In May, we had a tie for first place between the Dynamic Duo and the Newcomers. Second place was awarded to Wicked Good, and the Fab 4 took third. Don’t have a foursome? There is always a team that needs your help. The pizza will be dished up at 6:30 pm Monday, June 13. 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. Please RSVP at Starpointe June 10.

Saturday, June 18

Father’s Day Fishing Derby Saturday, June 18 8 am Yacht Club The Yacht Club will be open early for some family fun on Saturday, June 18. Meet at the Yacht Club Pavilion for a morning of fishing with Dad. The Arizona Department of Game and Fish will be providing fishing poles and bait for residents to use or you can bring your own. We have invited some fishing experts out to provide tips and tricks to lake fishing, and there will be some fun activities for the kids to enjoy as well. Lemonade and water will be provided at this free event.

Saturday, june 18

Cocktails & Conversations Saturday, June 18 Starpointe Residents Club 7 to 9 pm Put on your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts because we are heading to the tropical island of Starpointe. June’s Cocktails and Conversations take a tropical twist with signature drinks of pina coladas and mai tais. Teriyaki Chicken, rice, and steamed veggies will be served up from Yan’s Chinese food. The cost for this tropical adventure is only $10 for residents and $15 for guests of residents, but you must buy your tickets in advance because space is limited.

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Every Friday 8:3 to 10 am Starpointe Residents Club Our Resident Coffee Social is a great way to get to know the residents of Estrella over coffee, and a continental breakfast. Join us every Friday from 8:30 – 10 am. As a special treat Café Quench will be serving up your choice of french toast or hardboiled eggs on Friday, June 3 for $2 per person.

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4th of July Parade Estrella’s Star Spangled Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 2 10 am Get out your flags, crepe paper, garland, and anything red, white, & blue! It’s time to decorate your strollers, wagons, and yourselves! We will celebrate Independence Day as we ride scooters, bikes, golf carts, or walk in Estrella’s Star Spangled Independence Day Parade! The parade will begin and end at Starpointe Residents Club. We will be meeting at the eastside parking lot of Starpointe at 10 am where the Goodyear Fire and Police Departments (barring no emergencies) have been invited to display a fire truck and patrol vehicles. The flag will be presented by local Boy Scout Troop Pack 360 and one of Estrella’s own young talents Hannah O’Dherde will be leading us in the singing of the National Anthem before the parade begins. Water, lemonade, and otter pops will be provided and after the short parade passes the information center and a portion of the North Lake we will cool off at the water park which will be opening early for parade attendees. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated people and the best decorated transportation.

Saturday, july 2

Estrella Community BBQ Saturday, July 2 6 - 8:30 pm Canta Mia Village Center What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a community wide BBQ. That’s just what we are planning for Saturday, July 2 at 6 pm. All Estrella residents young and young at heart are invited to Canta Mia’s Village Center for a good old fashioned community barbeque. Resident volunteers will be cooking up hamburgers, hotdogs, complimented with summer salads and baked beans. There will be sodas, water, and a cash bar serving a selection of beer and wine to residents 21 and over. Live music will fill the air and the kids will stay entertained with activities just for them. The cost for this event is: $5 for adults, $2 kids over 5, and kids 5 and under are free. Purchase your wristband at the Starpointe Residents Club in advance because space is limited. www. myhometownestrella.c om

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HOA bulletin board Working For You - Mary Ann Brungardt

HOA Contact Community Services Office Hours:

By Jerry Evans, Community Manager

Each month, Capital Consultants Management Corporation highlights an employee working in Estrella. This month, our focus is on Mary Ann Brungardt. Mary Ann is a Front Desk Associate at Starpointe Residents Club. She has been with CCMC in Estrella since September of 2006, and has been greeting residents with a smile for almost five years. Mary Ann is one of our more experienced employees, and has proven to be a team leader as it relates sharing her knowledge of front desk operations. Mary Ann was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and attended Roncalli High School. During her high school years she was a four year cheerleader, and participated in track, basketball, and softball. She was also selected to be on the “Fashion Board” and model for a women’s department store. Once Mary Ann turned sixteen and obtained her driver’s license, she could frequently be found cruising Main Street with her friends. Somewhere between all of those activities, she worked part time at a grocery store to pay for private school tuition. After high school, Mary Ann moved to Denver, Colorado. She met her husband Dennis, for the first time as he arrived at her home to pick up her roommate for a date. One “slow and methodical” thing led to another and 14 years later, badaboom, they were married. Mary Ann and her husband moved to Arizona, and in 2006 CCMC was fortunate enough to retain her as an Entry

Desk Associate, where she has been welcoming incoming guests since. When asked what she loves about her job most, Mary Ann said, “What I enjoy most is not only the opportunity to meet current residents,  but  seeing all the new potential residents and sharing with them what a great community we have here.  It allows me to communicate with many residents and getting to know them on a personal basis.  Also, I  have met many new people within the company and established friendships that will last forever.  I enjoy the variety and flexibility the job offers. When Mary Ann isn’t at work, she enjoys golf, travel,  and spending time with friends and family.  She added, “Occasionally, I like to try my luck at a casino...yes, on the slots!” The youngest of ten siblings, Mary Ann said, “My husband and I did not ever envision how much we would enjoy being grandparents and it would be our aspiration to spend much more time bonding and  spoiling our grandkids, Grace and Elliot. We would also like to do a little more traveling and enjoying life.” Mary Ann is a main stay at Starpointe Residents Club, and is one of Estrella’s most valued assets. The next time you stop by, please take a minute to say hello to her and learn even more about the person behind the desk.

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–7pm, Sun. 10am–6pm Youth Club Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1pm-8pm Sat.and Sun. 1pm-6pm

Yacht Club Hours Monday & Tuesday: 3pm-8pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday & Friday: 3pm-8pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 8am-12pm & 3pm-8pm 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

Summer Yacht Club Hours

Please and Thank You

Beginning June 1, the Yacht Club Hours will be adjusted as follows: Monday and Tuesday 3 - 8 pm, Wednesday Closed, Thursday and Friday 3 - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday and Holidays 8 am – 12 pm and 3 – 8 pm. Please note when the flags are flying, we are open for business. If you are have any questions, please contact our Yacht Club Coordinator at 623-386-3411 or We also offer sailing lessons every 2rd Saturday of the month at 10 am.

Please take the time to be a good neighbor and follow the guidelines of the community:

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• Please store your trash and recycle cans out of view. • Please make sure all exterior lighting is shielded so that it can not be seen from adjacent properties.


Rate includes two (2) rounds of golf for the price of one. Tee times may be booked 5 days in advance. Offer expires 6/30/11

Compliance Associate: Ruby Rhode Facilities Director: Scott McVay Maintenance Crew Leader: Anthony DeGeronimo Recreation Director: Dean Westover Recreation Coordinator: Tammy Campbell Lifestyle Director: Holly Aguilar Yacht Club Coordinator: Jeff Beuthin

• Please store portable basketball goals out of view when not in use.

Assessment Billing Address:

• Please make sure your pet is on a leash at all times when taking your dog for a walk.

c/o CCMC-Western Region

• Please make sure to pick up after your dog when out for a walk. The association has provided doggie waste bags for your convenience around the community.


VCA Compliance Coordinator: Amy Helms

• Please place bulk items out in accordance with the Goodyear bulk trash pick-up policy. Bulk trash may be placed out no sooner than 6 pm the night prior to your designated collection day. Please go the following link for more bulk trash pick-up information through the City of Goodyear: http:// aspx?nid=2821

Payment Processing Center 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 “Super Dad” - Matt Nicodemus What fundamental elements does it take to make a “Super Dad?” Three local youngsters came forward, proud of their own dad, to offer most-fitting descriptions. Kristen Nicodemus (6) beamed, “My dad is a super dad because we went to the father/daughter dance together. He also likes to swing in the hammock together and jump on the trampoline with me. I love it when we go fishing together.” Kristen’s brother, Zachary (8) adds, “My dad is a super dad because we build lots of Legos together. He and I design really neat space ships. One of my favorite days was when he took me to the Lego store and we got to eat lunch together. Dad taught me how to build a chair from wood in the garage and also to build a neat bird house that is now in our backyard. My dad loves me very much.” Big brother, Daniel (10), concluded by saying, “My dad is a good example for other children because he helps with AWANA at our church. I have helped volunteer just like him. I love going to Suns and Diamondback games together. My favorite time out with my dad was when he took me to watch the Globe Trotters. Dad has showed me how to paint. We even painted my bedroom together. It was really neat seeing the finished work.” Matt Nicodemus has taken his 23 years of experience in the paint industry and put it to work, recently opening his new business, “Consider It Finished Painting,” where he offers indoor and outdoor painting services at affordable prices with satisfaction guaranteed - qualities that are being

instilled in the Nicodemus children; learning through projects and outings with their super dad. Matt has been married to his wife, Carolyn, since 1993. They met right here in the Valley of the Sun. Carolyn was in her senior year of high school. Matt, originally from Oregon, waited for five years until his future bride graduated from ASU. Carolyn chuckles at the fact that the couple never thought they would have children at all. “When we went through pre-marital classes and the subject of children was covered, we both thought that none of that applied to us,” she remembers. “Oh, how glad we are that we so missed that mark. The kids have been the absolute most wonderful gift given to us,” she replied. Carolyn concluded that there are many factors that earn her hubby, Matt, the “Super Dad” title. Besides his involvement with the AWANA program at Estrella Mountain Church, where he is known as “Commander,” he has instilled values that come from volunteering and his commitment to help others into his own children. As Matt puts his new dream to work and the new local painting business takes off, he will also be showing his children that it is possible to live the American dream! Happy Father’s Day Matt Nicodemus - from your family!

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Protecting Your Children From the Summer Heat Heat illness covers a spectrum of complaints, from relatively benign heat cramps to potentially fatal heatstroke. As the famous “dry heat” of Phoenix quickly approaches, I often get questions from parents about various heat illnesses. As more and more children are participating in sports activities, we have to be alert when a child needs help. Children are more likely than adults to suffer from heat illness for several reasons, including: • a higher ratio of body surface area to body mass • fewer sweat glands and, therefore, less sweat production • greater endogenous heat production • dependence on others to provide fluid and shade

Certain children are particularly susceptible to heat illness and require special vigilance. They include children younger than 2 years, young athletes, and children with certain underlying medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and diabetes insipidus.

Heat Cramps: Are muscle contractions that most often affect the legs,

shoulders, and abdomen, lasting a few minutes. They may occur at the time of exercise or, more commonly, later when relaxing. Treatment of heat cramps is entirely supportive. If they occur on a practice field or similar environment, the child should be moved to a cool place and instructed to rest. Provide plenty of cold fluids and salty foods but not with salt tablets.

Heat Exhaustion: There are two types of heat exhaustion: water deple-

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who rely on others for their fluid intake. Salt depletion occurs when the child drinks an adequate amount of water, but does not have enough salt replacement. Affected children may exhibit nausea, vomiting, headache, and mild temperature elevation. These signs and symptoms are the same as those that may accompany viral illness, so it is imperative to be alert to the possibility of heat illness in the summer months. The child must be moved to a cool environment and instructed to rest. Milder cases can be treated with oral fluids and salty foods, provided the patient is not vomiting.

Heatstroke: Characterized by core body temperature greater than 104.9°

F. Children usually exhibit the classic triad of hyperthermia, coma, and hot, dry skin. Exertional heatstroke commonly occurs in young athletes, often at the start of the sport season before the patient is adequately conditioned and acclimated. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency and must be treated promptly and aggressively. Do not administer aspirin or Tylenol to a patient with heatstroke. Every year, the media report stories of children left in a car on a hot day. It is important to realize the inside temperature of a car left in the sun when the outdoor temperature is between 86° F and 104° F can reach 120° F to 140° F in 5 minutes. Other heated environments that are particularly hazardous to young children are saunas, whirlpools, and hot tubs. The length of time participants in sports should be limited when the temperatures are very high outside. It is recommended that for every 20 minutes of exercise, a child weighing 40 kg should drink 5 oz of fluid and a 60-kg adolescent should drink 9 oz. Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight.

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Plant Seeds of Vision & Refuel the Fire

By A ndy R ago n e , Res ide n t of E s t r ell a, Dad an d Pas tor of “In s ideO u t ” Y ou t h Fellowship

Last September, Michael and I went to a college presentation where he got pumped up about the university and doing what was necessary to get accepted and funded. We talked about his dreams and the school’s expectations from him as a student. The passion and the motivation were on fire - for a month. Then, October came. By November, there was no fire; the ash heap looked a little bleak and was in need of some serious fuel. By this time, I started seeing a negative pattern with my son. Instead of doing necessary research needed to be prepared for the rigors of academic study required at the university level, I found him playing video games. This wasn’t just a onetime occurrence. He was on the merry-go-round and didn’t seem to know how to get off. In addition, he was a little off-centered with his attitude and was in need adjustment. This got me thinking about times when Michael is focused and filled with a dream to accomplish something - times when the dream and roadmap are clear. However, there are also times when he gets wrapped up in video games or other fairly mindless activities. Don’t get me wrong, some video games can be a great way to veg-out, but at what point does our thirst for personal entertainment get in the way of our calling to do something constructive and healthy? It was time for me to address the matter. Before doing so, I knew I

What Do You Get the Father that Has Everything? …Time! Submit t ed by K u rt H an ke, H an dym an Xt r eme

This Father’s Day, skip the weird ties and golf balls and get Dad something he never has enough of - TIME. As a father of three beautiful children I know all about the value of time. Although our company is helping our neighbors all over Estrella everyday with their household repairs, there are a lot of items on my own “To-do List” that just don’t seem to get done. Hmmm, if I could only hire myself! This Father’s Day, treat good old Dad like a King and help him out with some chores around the family castle so he has more time for merriment! Now if you think trying to surprise him by mounting his 50” flat screen TV on the wall or hanging a new ceiling fan may cause more problems than it solves, you can always call us at Handyman Xtreme to help you out, since my list isn’t going anywhere anyway. That way, you can still get all the credit for the result. As far as we’re concerned, “Mom’s” the word… or is it “Dad” in this case? If I am dating myself with that term (which I’ve done many times as a Dad), it means it will be our little secret! You are invited to worship with us!

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needed to positively redirect him instead of getting punitive. He was in a rut -- unmotivated and disinterested; he lost the roadmap and passion. What Michael needed was a reminder of his vision. As Dad, my job was to replant what I call the “seeds of vision” into his life -- to refuel his fire. Without a clear vision and a roadmap to realize it, we lose our sense of purpose. Our personal sense of value dissipates and our choices often become unhealthy, rut-like. Why bother going to great lengths of arduous study or work when we have no clue as to the desired result? Why make the tough choices when the vision becomes foggy? Why develop any sense of self-discipline when we have little or no passion to see something come to fruition? Dads, this is our calling -- to plant seeds of vision into our children’s lives. Our kids need us to identify their strengths and point them out regularly. Want to see an incredible transformation in the life of your family? Plant the seeds of vision in your children, help them create the roadmap (don’t do it for them, but come alongside to help), and watch their passion ignite. Yes, you’ll need to do this over and over, but when they are reminded about their dream (not ours) and when the path becomes clear, that’s when things get exciting. For Michael, the fire begins to dim every couple of months, needing more fuel. My job is to re-feed the fire, enabling him to see a clear path in which to walk and to go after his dream once more.

Make Life A Little Easier submitted by Fr an cis C a rde, Est re ll a Ho usehold Ha n dym a n

Estrella Community Dads, here are a few tips that are sure to make life a little easier when checking off items on your “Honey-Do” lists. In honor of Father’s Day, Estrella Household Handyman would like to offer a 20% discount from the quoted price of a job to all customers mentioning this article. This discount is good for the entire month of June.

Secure Small Parts with Putty: Securing small screws, fasteners, nails, etc., while working on a ladder can be a challenge. Drop one or two needed pieces and you’re up and down the ladder. Try placing a small glob of poster putty on the top of the ladder and stick the small parts into the putty to keep them secure.

Relieve Painful Splinters: We all get splinters in our fingers from time to time. Removing them can be difficult and painful. Try dabbing some teething medication, such as Orajel, on the area that contains the splinter. After a minute or so, the area is numb enough to work out the splinter with reduced pain.

Catch Drywall Dust: When drilling into drywall, dust can pile on the floor quickly, resulting in a messy project. You can catch most of this dust by taping an open envelope to the wall under the drill point.

Loose Grout Repair: In order to replace loose or cracked grout between tiles or in threshold areas, scrape out the loose grout and recaulk as normal. When the area is dry, apply a bead of silicone caulk to help hold the new grout in place. Happy Father’s Day from Estrella Household Handyman!

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Opportunities To Enter In: Sunday Worship: 9:00 & 10:45 am Wednesday: Service 2.5 (on break for summer) Friday: TREK (Jr. High) 7-9 pm Sunday Evenings: Threshold (high school) 6-8 pm Check the website for summer schedules and activities! 623.386.0300

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A series of informative and fun classes, open exclusively to Starpointe residents and their guests, is coming to your neighborhood at the Village Center at CantaMia! Learn the joys of watercolor painting, dance the best of ballroom, take the confusion out of technology, craft culinary masterpieces, and more, all at a discounted rate... Take classes individually, or sign up for the Ovation Package and take one or all of the classes offered June through August for one low price! Celebrate a lifetime of learning with Estrella Mountain.

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Petz Place

The knowledgeable team at Petz Place loving pet owners. “We are on a first-name basis realizes that your pet is your best friend. Petz with many of our pets and their owners,” says Place provides products and services designed Sulzener. to enhance the lives of your pets, while promot“Our team is dedicated to exceeding cusing the joy of pet ownership for you. tomer expectations. You‘ll find that the Petz Have you ever been concerned that your Place team members are refreshingly different. pet wasn’t enjoying the benefits of a healthy Our objective is to have people who are trained diet? If so, Petz Place has the solution, offerand knowledgeable in the field to assist customing a wide variety of premium food including ers,” explains Sulzener. “We are pleased to offer frozen raw diet and several grain free choices. a do-it-yourself Pet Wash, where you bathe your Just what have shoppers discovered about pet in our professional grade tubs with top quality “Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best Petz Place? They have found a store where they shampoos and conditioner and we do the cleanup friend.”— Corey Ford are treated like valued customers, can find virtufor you!” ally everything they might need for their pets, and are generously rewarded Even if you don’t have a pet yet, you’re invited to visit Petz Place where for being frequent shoppers with their Bonus Bucks Program and numerous they work with rescue groups for dogs and cats and offer a selection of live food loyalty programs. animals including tropical fish, small animals, birds and reptiles. You’re sure to If you are afraid that customer service is a thing of the past, you probably find the perfect pet for you! True to their commitment to customer service, haven’t visited Petz Place, where dedication to customer service is top priorPetz Place has team members to teach and equip you to take care of your ity. “We are located at 3690 S Estrella Pkwy in Estrella Crossings Plaza and new pet. On the off chance that Petz Place doesn’t have what you need, their we are committed to servicing the needs of our individual customers,” says friendly team members will fill special orders whenever possible. Dud Sulzener, who owns the business with his wife Melissa. The Sulzeners Visit today to discover what hundreds of loyal customers already know are Goodyear residents, bringing the locally-owned store to Arizona, as a Petz Place Team Members deliver customer service and individual attention ‘sister-store’ to their original Petz Place situated in New Philadelphia, Ohio. that just can’t be found at other stores. The store is open Mon –Thurs, 9 am – The Sulzeners have a long history of commitment to supplying pet own7 pm; Fri & Sat, 9 am – 8 pm; Sun 12 – 5 pm. You can contact them by phone ers with premium food and services, designed to suit the needs of busy and at 623-344-0500, email or visit




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Considering a home at Estrella? Set against the breathtaking Sierra Estrella Mountains, Estrella offers residents abundant resort-styled amenities, award-winning schools, convenient shopping and serene open space and mountain trails. Above all Estrella offers home buyers unparalleled options when it comes to a choice of builders, models and floor plans to fit every lifestyle from families just starting out to active adults. Estrella is proud to offer seven distinct builders throughout ten neighborhoods, each with unique characteristics and charm. With homes starting from the mid $100’s and floor plans ranging from 1450 to 4346 sq. ft, Estrella offers an option for everyone. All new Estrella homes are Energy Star rated with several builders offering additional eco-friendly packages to save buyers even more on their energy costs. Estrella builders include Ashton Woods Homes, Avatar®, Maracay Homes, Richmond American Homes, Rosewood Homes, Taylor Morrison and William Ryan Homes. Come visit Estrella today and tour one or all of the open 28 distinctive model homes.

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Estrella Foothills named A+ school High school only campus in West Valley to earn title

This Spring the Arizona Educational Foundation gave Estrella Foothills High School an A+ ranking, valid for the next three years. Estrella Foothills was one of just 25 campuses statewide to be awarded the distinction, and the only one in the West Valley. Schools are assessed in the areas of pupil focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data. In February, a team visited the campus for two days and observed every classroom according to Principal Leslie Standerfer. The college and career preparatory programs, performing and culinary arts facilities were just some of the elements that pushed Estrella Foothills to the top. Estrella Foothills High School opened in 2001 and currently has 1,031 students enrolled. Principal Standerfer and her team have compiled the required information for the A+ rating for the last 4 years and the application process took 40 hours to complete. The high school has also been labeled as "Excelling" by the state for the last three years in a row, and was only one of four schools in the West Valley to receive the label in 2010.

Make a Date to Dine at the Player's Grill at the Golf Club of Estrella Just last month the Golf Club of Estrells’s Player’s Grill expanded service from their hearty breakfast and delectable lunches to now include dinner service three nights a week. Dinner is available from 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings both inside the Grill and on the patio under the cooling mist of multiple fans and misting systems. In the kitchen, Chef Frank Bruno and his culinary team prepare an array of weekly specials from the freshest local ingredients. Recent entrees have featured London Broil, a juicy ½ pound gourmet burger, Pan-seared salmon filet topped with shrimp supreme sauce, and fire-grilled carne asada served with corn tortillas and fresh pico de gallo. Weekly specials will change throughout the Summer always keeping choices fresh. The Player’s Grill & Patio invites Estrella residents, neighboring community members and out-of-town guests to stop by and enjoy the unparalleled views and famous Arizona Sunsets. The Player’s Grill and Patio is located at 11800 South Golf Club Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85338. For more information or to make reservations please call 623.386.2600.

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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

*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. Access to, and use of, The Golf Club of Estrella is not included in the purchase of homes or homesites. Additional fees are required. ©2011 Newland Real Estate Group, LLC. Prices subject to change. Square footages are approximate.

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