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Experiencing the Freedom of Cultural Exchange Local resident, Tane Urrea, shares her positive experience of how one person, teamed with one host family, can make a gigantic difference in our cultural gap. The wisdom and enlightenment that she gained through the freedom of her choices to study abroad culturally, helped her gain a wealth of opportunities back in the USA, where she works as a spokesperson for the American Institute of Foreign Study and as a translator for local law enforcement.

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Blues & BBQ Saturday, July 21, 7:00pm to 9pm Before you see Whiskey Ranch BBQ debut on the Food Network, taste their BBQ at July’s Blues and BBQ themed Cocktails and Conversations event July 21. The Whisky Ranch BBQ team will be serving up their award winning pork and brisket right here at Starpointe from 7-9pm along with potato salad, beans, and rolls. Their quality meats are placed in a custom made smoker and are cooked “Southern Style”.

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Star Spangled 4th Celebration Once again the Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, in our own great City of Goodyear, is hosting a FREE family-friendly celebration, in honor of our independence. The Star Spangled 4th Celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 4, from 6-10pm.

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There’s a Freedom Within All of Us When Phoenix cooking-school owner, Barbara Fenzl recently paired with celebrity French chef, Jacques Pepin on local broadcast KAET to create some mouth-watering dishes and raise monetary support for public television, it sparked the interest of a great friend of mine, Lynn, who also happens to be a great cook. Lynn gathered a small group of us, inviting us into her home for a viewing party of the broadcast, where we dined on delicious recipes that she prepared utilizing one of her favorite cookbooks, Seasonal Southwest Cooking, by Barbara Fenzl. (We’re providing recipes for a dinner menu of your own inside these pages!) The experience was a new one for me, and most definitely one of the most unanticipated pleasurable evenings I’ve spent recently. Watching the chefs as they created tasty, unique dishes, as we smelled the aromas of our own specially prepared three-course meal, was mesmerizing. I gained a new appreciation for cooking techniques that evening, as it became evident of the talent-filled expression that goes into creative cooking; if it isn’t already, it should truly be defined as an art. Along with the recent knowledge gained in cuisine, I had the pleasure of meeting some independent individuals in our community as I gathered articles for our

community news section; Americans like, Tane Urrea, featured in our cover story, who has put the liberties of her own freedom to work, by shrinking the gap between two cultures through foreign exchange. Read about the opportunities she gained by stepping outside the boundaries of her own comfort zone and how she is helping encourage others to do the same. As you take a break from defined schedules during this relaxed season of summer, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the summer safety tips we’ve provided to keep you aware of water danger, during a month where swimming is an important part of our activity. I’ve found several indicators of freedom to share with you this month. There’s a relaxing freedom that surrounds great chefs when they are creating their edible masterpieces. I was front-row in witnessing that artistry of skill and the calmness in the preparations and ‘breaking of the bread’ as we savored great food and conversation. Above all, I’ve learned that expression of our freedom creates a unique excitement within each of us. It’s excitement that is just waiting to be transpired into a new form of greatness. I’m merely scratching the surface of finding new ways that people in our community are expressing that independence.

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on your doorstep Experiencing the Freedom of Cultural Exchange Submitted by Tane Urrea, Local resident, Tane Urrea, shares her positive experience of how one person, teamed with one host family, can make a gigantic difference in our cultural gap. The wisdom and enlightenment that she gained through the freedom of her choices to study abroad culturally, helped her gain a wealth of opportunities back in the USA, where she works as a spokesperson for the American Institute of Foreign Study and as a translator for local law enforcement. More important, her personal exchange experience has provided her with unique cultural involvement and family that she will never forget. Her story: When Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit,” it was as if he was speaking directly to me about my foreign exchange experience. With my high school years and my unanticipated exchange trip a few years behind me, the new opportunities that the experience continue to afford me are continuing and blossoming along with my bright future. I have grown culturally in ways that I’d never before imagined. Here’s how it all began. It was during my junior year of high school, I was given the opportunity to travel to Toledo, Spain for a semester with a foreign exchange program through my high school in Wisconsin, where I lived with my family. My parents were reluctant to allow me to go, as it was worlds away from the simplicity of my hometown in Wisconsin. Looking back on my exchange experience and seeing what it has done for my future, they realized what a priceless experience it was. I arrived at the Madrid airport July 16, 2000. On my bus ride from Madrid to Toledo I felt anxious, nervous and frankly, out of place. Having only taken three years of Spanish in high school, I thought, “How am I going to make it through this?” But as my bus came to a stop and my new Spanish family was waiting outside those doors, my nervousness disappeared and a new sense of excitement came over me. “I can do this,” I remembered thinking. “It might not be perfect, but I’m going to give it a shot.” My family Maria and Jesus, mamá and papá and my hermana Cecilia were excited to be welcoming foreign exchange student number seven, me, into their home. They treated me as a member of their own family from my first steps off the bus. At first, conversation was slow and I depended heavily on my Spanish/English dictionary. Yet, day after day, we got along very well which made my experience that much more enriching. During my time in Spain, not only did I go to school, but my family shared their beautiful country and culture with me. We went to Sevilla, Cordoba, Granda, and even across the strait of Gibraltar into Morocco! I saw works of

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art by Picasso, old Mosques and even a concert in the park by Maná. I was also able to share some of my culture with them through our conversation exchanges in the days that we spent together. I brought cheese from Wisconsin, travel books from the United States, and even made “American style” lunches for them once per week. My host family loved meatloaf! That semester ended too quickly. As my time with this beautiful family came to a close, I could not believe it had gone by so fast. It was a tearful goodbye, with promises that we would keep in touch, despite the distance of our cultures and neighborhoods. I thanked them for the amazing gift they had given me, letting me join their family and learn such a great deal about their culture. When I returned to the United States, my love for the Spanish language grew even stronger. I started working at a literacy center for Spanishspeaking immigrants and spent a summer as a camp counselor in a Spanishspeaking neighborhood. I had a focus for a major, Spanish, and pursued it at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my junior year in college, I attended the University of Puerto Rico. It solidified my love of learning about new cultures and excited me about being bilingual. Upon college graduation, I was accepted into a program, Teach for America – an AmeriCorps program which places college graduates to states that need teachers. This is how I landed in Phoenix, Arizona as a dual language kindergarten teacher. Sharing my passion for different cultures with my students for the last four years has been an amazing experience. I hope that someday my young scholars will have incredible opportunities, like I have had, to explore the world and meet amazing people who will touch their lives forever. After meeting my husband and having our first (bilingual) child in Arizona, I took a break from the classroom and worked with a non-profit organization called Academic Year in America. This organization helps students experience different cultures and languages, first hand, by foreign exchange. Having lived in Arizona for six years now, I am aware of the stigma associated with our state’s relationship with foreigners. Through Academic Year in America, it is possible to welcome foreign students into our homes for a semester, or even a year, to show them our state and allow them to appreciate the cultural diversity of our own families’ offerings. It can give other students a chance to experience a great opportunity, like the one that I experienced in Spain. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in hosting a high-school exchange student from one of more than twenty countries, please contact me, Tane Urrea at 623-277-9382 or email me at for more information, regarding the enrichment of my experience. You may also visit for further details on becoming a host family. www. myhometownestrella.c om

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on your doorstep Revelation Fitness Classes Begin

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Submitted by: Local Fitness Instructor, Heather Johnson Hello all! I want to let you know that my Revelation Fitness classes are up and running. Opening day was Friday, June 1, at 9am. I am currently accepting interested participants. We will be meeting at the Vineyard Church on the SE corner of Litchfield and Van Buren. Class will be an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes in length. We will do cardio, strength training and lots of great stretching and core work. All levels of physical ability welcome - it will be self-paced, and I will give lots of modifications! Most of all, it is all focused on Jesus, on  worshiping  Him with these bodies we have been given, and bringing our fitness to Him instead of just adding Jesus into our fitness routine.  Classes will be donation based, with a suggested $5 donation. Childcare will be provided by Ruth, who does the MOPS childcare at Estrella Mtn Church. Childcare is $2/child or $5/ family. NOTE: If you have kids that are really too old for childcare off for the summer, please bring them! They can join us or quietly play in the child care room. I would love to have them join in. Note: My new email address is

Come Cool Off and Roll the DiceStarpointe Bunco Starpointe Bunco happens on the 4th Monday of each month. Potluck begins at 6pm and Bunco begins at 6:30pm. The cost is $8 to play and gift cards are awarded to winners. For more information call Betti Guenther at 623-242-7877

Westar Elementary School is Proud to Announce the Summer Reading Challenge! Get started by going to! The attached document has more information regarding the program and how to get signed up. Come to the library during the summer and see the fun that Mrs. Schafer has planned. The library will be open for your families enjoyment throughout the summer. See our website for information on opening times and days, See you in the Westar Library. Enjoy your summer and see you in 2012-13!

Estrella Book Club Don’t forget to join the Estrella Book Club on the second Wednesday of July as they discuss their latest chosen novel, A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve. Margaret and Patrick fly to Kenya with the expectation of an exciting adventure. This novel proves to be a suspenseful cliffhanger. For more information regarding this club, visit the community website, under groups or email Nina at

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on your doorstep The Importance of Helmet Safety Hits Home “It’s the telephone call you never want to receive,” recalls Gayle Hassman as she remembers being informed that her son had been struck by a van traveling approximately 30 mph. while walking his bicycle across the street, on his way to school, back in August 2010. Her son, J.P., was being air lifted by medical transport helicopter to St. Joseph’s hospital, she was told that fateful morning. After discussing the events of the accident with doctors, J.P. Hassman’s parents were told that his bicycle helmet had taken the brunt of the crash. J.P., an elementary J.P. was struck by a van while walking school fourth grader at the time, his bicycle across the street. His bicyalso suffered a fractured knee cle helmet took the brunt of the crash. along with some bruising and abrasions. Although he had a few months of recovery to endure, both physically and emotionally, J.P. was going to be okay. Gale remembers J.P.’s doctor at St. Joseph’s telling both her and her husband, that if J.P. had not been wearing a helmet that morning, then the conversation they were having would be a very different one. As you might imagine, fear of riding a bicycle set in quickly following the traumatic accident. Not only was it hard for J.P. to sleep at night, he also suffered headaches and he had fears of additional collisions. At that point, had it been up to J.P., he wouldn’t get back on a bike. It was encouragement from his parents along with a period of counseling sessions, where he was able to work through those fears. It seems J.P. has made safety a personal obligation, as he continually encourages others to wear a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle. The Hassman family has supported him in his efforts. J.P. knows that if he makes even a handful of his classmates aware of helmet safety each time he rides his own bike, then the reason for his accident has meaning and offers direction for him. A reminder of his pursuit for safety is written on his new bicycle helmet, which reads “JP-1, Van-0.” Unfortunately, occurrences like J.P.’s happen at times most unlikely and most always unexpected. An accident can happen during the school year, during summer vacation, along a paved bicycle path, side-

walk or trail. Thankfully, local organizations, such as Arizona in ACTION, have stepped in to help raise awareness of the needs for helmets for kids who bike, skateboard or rollerblade. You may have read about the Lids For Kids helmet safety program in recent issues of My Hometown J.P. with Goodyear PD on Helmet Day. Estrella. Earlier this spring, Arizona in ACTION reported that the “Lids on Arizona Kids’ campaign has increased helmet usage by 542 percent at Estrella’s local elementary schools by bringing awareness to students about the need for safety.” J.P. Hassman’s story is a very personable, local example as well.

Make Sure the Helmet Fits... Are you concerned that your child’s helmet is properly fitted for safety? The First Rule of Proper Fit: A bicycle helmet cannot protect what it doesn’t cover! For Starters- A Simple Test Check your helmet position and fit by looking in a mirror. Gently rotate the helmet on your head, front to back, and side to side, noticing the skin in your brow area. If the fit is comfortable, and the skin moves with the helmet, you have a proper fit. If not, your helmet is too loose. Make sure the helmet sits level on top of the head. If it’s tilted back too far, the forehead is exposed. If it is tilted too far forward, then the back of the head is exposed. The facts are in: • Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%. • Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88%. • It is estimated that 75% of bicycle-related deaths among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. • Universal usage of helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent as much as 155 deaths and 45,000 head injuries per year in the United States.

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on your doorstep Celebrate Our Independence – Star Spangled 4th Celebration Once again the Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, in our own great City of Goodyear, is hosting a FREE family-friendly celebration, in honor of our independence. The Star Spangled 4th Celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 4, from 6-10pm.

Also at the City of Goodyear Ballpark... Family Movie Night Don’t miss free movie night on Friday, July 13. Rango (Rated PG) will be shown at 7:30p.m., with gates opening one hour prior to the movie.

Visitors can enjoy live music from The Hamptons Band throughout the evening. Experience the sights and sounds of the F-16 flyover, courtesy of Luke Air Force Base and enjoy a variety of water and fun activity zones with the purchase of a $10 wrist band. Hot dogs, burgers, kids meals, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, lemonade, water, beer and margaritas are examples of the food fare that will be available for purchase at a variety of locations in the ball park for the celebration. The grand finale for the evening is a fireworks display that will begin at 9:15pm.

Johnny Depp is Rango, an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

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CantaMia will be celebrating Independence Day with an afternoon of fun live music, and red, white and blue pie. The event is Wednesday, July 4 from 1 to 4pm. at the CantaMia Village Center, 17700 West Star Point Drive, Goodyear. It is free and open to the public.

The City of Goodyear is offering a free water conservation class on Thursday, July 26, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Public Works Administration Building’s Training Room, located at 4980 S. 157th Ave. in Goodyear. Set Your Timer, a Water Conservation Class, is part of a series of conservation classes offered several times during the year. Up to 70 percent of water usage in our homes is used outdoors. Learn how to minimize that outdoor usage and still have outstanding landscape. Practice setting efficient watering schedules on your irrigation systems and learn ways that you can save on your sewage bill too. You can register for classes online or by email, or by calling 623-882-7510.

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BLUES & BBQ Before you see Whiskey Ranch BBQ debut on the Food Network, taste their BBQ at July’s Blues and BBQ themed Cocktails and Conversations event July 21. The Whisky Ranch BBQ team will be serving up their award winning pork and brisket right here at Starpointe from 8pm to 10pm along with potato salad, beans, and rolls. Their quality meats are placed in a custom made smoker and are cooked “Southern Style”. Saturday, July 21 8:00pm The championship beef brisket Starpointe and pork shoul$15 for residents $20 for nonresident der is cooked low guests and slow for up to 20 hours. Once you’ve tasted the “Smoked to the Bone” meat, with its succulent tenderness and distinctive smoky flavor, you will understand why Whiskey Ranch Championship BBQ is the #1 choice for BBQ. Whisky Ranch BBQ competes in grilling and BBQ competitions all over the country, including the Coalville City BBQ in Utah that took place June 30 and The Annual Holbrook’s Ace in the Hole BBQ Cook-off that will take place July 6 in Holbrook, AZ. They have also recently competed for the chance of being named the grilling champion of The Food Network hit show Chopped. Chopped is a cooking competition show that’s all about skill, speed and ingenuity where four up-and-coming chefs compete before a panel

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of three expert judges and take everyday items and turn them into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, the chefs will be “chopped” from the competition until only one winner remains. The challenge…? They have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook an amazing course with the basket of mystery ingredients given to them moments before the clock starts ticking! And the pressure doesn’t stop there. Once they’ve completed their dish, they have to survive the Chopping Block where our three judges are waiting to be wowed and not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms! The host, Ted Allen, leads this high energy, high-pressure show which will have viewers rooting for a winner and cheering for the losers. CHOPPED is a game of passion, expertise and skill - and in the end, only one chef will survive the chopping block. Tune in to the Food Network Channel on July 22 (check your local listings) and find out if the team from Whiskey Ranch BBQ was able to make the cut! The Lifestyle Director, Holly Aguilar, is excited, about the event and stated, “We are honored to have Whiskey Ranch BBQ cook for Estrella before their debut on the Food Network show Chopped. This is a great experience for the residents of the community to be a part of.” Come sing the blues and enjoy some award winning BBQ Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. Purchase your tickets to enjoy Cocktails and Conversations, “Blues and BBQ” in advance because they are going fast! Tickets are $15 for residents which include dinner, signature cocktails, beer, wine, and your choice of mixed drinks from our limited bar selections.

Teen Challenge This summer the teens of Estrella are in for a challenge. Don’t lay around on the couch all summer…get together with your friends and come out and compete. On June 3 we held the first of this summer’s teen challenges. The Estrella Teen Survivor Island Challenge was a huge success. Over 40 teens competed in the event which included putting live crickets and worms on their teammate’s face, working as a team to conquer the balance beam, and shooting straight to complete the basketball challenge. Teams received points for each of the 12 challenges they completed successfully. It was a close race, but the “Killer Café” challenge was the game changer. Competitors were asked to stomach some crazy menu options for big points. Menu options included pig’s feet, whole sardines, and chocolate covered ants, among many others. In the end, the Orange Team and the Dark Blue Team tied with over 50 points from the Killer Café challenge. Congratulations to Team Orange: Josh S, Seth, Alex and Josh F; and Team Dark Blue: Alexx, Megan, Sarah, and Maya for your win. This month on July 13 we are holding the next teen challenge. This time it is a Water Tag challenge. Teams of four will compete to win the title of Estrella Water Tag Champions on Friday the 13th at 6:30pm. Teams are encouraged to sign up in advance at a fee of $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event. Your tickets can be purchased at the Starpointe Residence Club and each ticket will

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include food, beverages, and entrance into the competition. Teams will meet at Starpointe and strap on water tag vests, reminiscent of laser tag, and enter into the battle ground armed with water guns provided for them. The teams of up to four people will battle it out to be declared the champion. Due to the competitive nature of this event it is recommend for kids and teens over the age of 10. Be on the lookout for more information about the August teen challenge that will include a Teen Dive In showing of The Hunger Games (PG-13) on August 25 at sun down.

Not To Be Missed... Estrella Family Breakfast July 6, 8:30AM-10:00AM

Coffee Social (Potluck) July 20, 8:30AM

Trivia July 9, 6:30PM

Cocktails & Conversations July 21, 8:00PM

Coffee Social (Potluck) July 13, 8:30AM

Coffee Social (Potluck) July 27, 8:30AM

Teen Water Tag July 13, 6:30PM

Dive In Movie We Bought a Zoo (PG) July 27, 7:30PM

Potluck Bingo July 19, 6:00PM

New Resident Orientation August 7, 6:00pm

Check for more information on these great events. You must purchase tickets in advance for events. Tickets can be purchased at the Starpointe Residents Club.

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Upcoming Events & Activities Starpointe Fitness Instructors To obtain an updated class schedule visit or the Starpointe front desk. Bonnie Jansson

Susan Miller

Shawn Forzetting

Linda Purdy

Maximum Muscle...using slow eccentric and concentric repetitions working the muscles to “failure”. 623-695-2435

Beginning Zumba…Modifies the moves and paces to suit an older participant or those just beginning.

F.I.T.T. Boot Camp 805-704-0153


Zumba…fitness program that combines hot international rythms with easy to follow dance moves. 623-561-5309

Bea Brumbach Belly Dancing…Tribal style belly dancing is a way to dance and get some exercise. 623-695-8098

Linda Jojola Step and Pump 623-386-0270

Pilates 602-460-8283

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Rick Harris Teen/Adult Kickboxing Full body workout striking techniques of Mauy Thai

Kim Hopkins

Kids Kickboxing- Kids will learn how to stretch, kick and punch along with discipline, self esteem... 623-398-7161

Cardio Splash

Dawn Terry Total Body Conditioning Tumbling & Fitness 623-853-5357

July 2012 Community Events

Taekwondo 602-330-2523

Power Ball 623-386-5031


Michal Kempton

Luis Bentacur

Pointe 623-386-7303

Visit for more information or call Starpointe Residents Club at 623-386-1949 Community Meetings

Community Groups

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T u e s d ay

3 1pm- Bridge

W e d n e s d ay

4 8am- EMR Business Group 10am- Papercrafting

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5 9am- Crafts & Stuff

1pm- Weekly Poker

9:30am- Needle Workers

7:30pm- Friends of Estrella

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9:30am- Playgroup

6pm- Bridge

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7 8:30am- Estrella Family Breakfast

6pm - Games, Games, Games 7pm- Photo Club



10 1pm- Bridge 6pm- Budget Finance Committee

10am- Landscape Committee Meeting

6:30pm - Trivia


9am- Crafts & Stuff

10am- Estrella Book Club

9:30am- Needle Workers

1pm- Weekly Poker

5pmCommunications Committee Meeting

1pm- Ladies of the Lake 6pm- Bridge 6:30pm- Voting Committee Meeting 7:30pm- Friends of Estrella



10am- Pappercrafting

1pm- Bridge

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5pm Social Committee Meeting





1pm- Weekly Poker

9:30am- Needle Workers

7pm- Photo Club

6pm - Games, Games, Games

7:30pm- Friends of Estrella

6pm - Bingo

1pm- Bridge

9:30am- Playgroup

6pm- Bunco

1pm- Weekly Poker 6pm- Bridge


8:30am- Estrella Coffee Social 6:30pm-Teen Water Tag Challenge

11am- Travel Club 10am- Very Important Teen

6:30pm - Trails Committee

9am- Crafts & Stuff



6pm - Games, Games, Games

9:30am- Playgroup

6pm- Bridge



9:30am- Playgroup




8:30am- Estrella Coffee Social 5:30pm- Adult Education Fitness Program



9:30am- Needle Workers

8:30am- Estrella Coffee Social

1pm - Quiddler

7:30pm - Dive in Movie

6pm - Games, Games, Games

8pm - Cocktails & Conversations

6pm Town Hall Meeting


30 1pm- Bridge

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Parking Have you noticed an increase in the number of “yellow slips” on the windshields of improperly parked cars? Here is a review of the parking rules in Estrella. A. Parking Waiver Policy for RVs (campers, trailers, motor homes, boats on trailers etc.) may be granted for a period of two consecutive nights, but no more than twice each month. Two continuous waivers shall not be granted. Waivers are granted for the following:

• Trip departure/preparation – cleaning, loading, preparation prior to trip

• Light maintenance work and cleaning

• Trip return/cleanup – cleaning, unloading, preparation prior to returning RV to storage

• Guest RVs – parking while guest visits a resident

• No RV may be used to provide additional living and sleeping space during the waiver.

B. Parking Waivers for Authorized Vehicles such as passenger cars and trucks of residents or visiting guest may be granted for a period of three (3) consecutive nights, but no more than twenty four (24) times per year. Two waivers in a row shall not be granted. C. Construction Waivers for Authorized Vehicles such as passenger cars and trucks of residents while approved work is underway that prevents resident access to their garage or driveway. D. Dawn to Dusk Waivers for Authorized Vehicles to have access onto Lot’s yard area related to approved work in progress. You can contact the Community Services Office 623-386-1112 Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm or Community Patrol at 602-329-0462 to request a parking waiver.

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. 5:00am–9pm, Fri. 5:00am–8pm Sat. 8am-7pm, Sun. 10am-7pm Youth Club Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1pm-8pm Sat.and Sun. 1pm-7pm

Big Dipper and Water Slide Hours Tues.-Sun. 11am-7pm Pool Closed Mondays

Yacht Club Hours Closed Mon & Tues Wed-Sun 8AM-12pm/4pm-8pm 623-386-3411

Community Patrol’s Phone Number

New Paint Schemes – Villages Community Association The Villages at Estrella Mountain Ranch would like to introduce 18 new paint scheme options for the following neighborhoods: Avalon Terrace, Desert Breeze, Desert Vista, Eagle Point, Eagle Ridge, Privada, and Trailridge Crossing. Please stop by the Community Services Office or visit Dunn Edwards Website at ColorTools/ColorArchive.aspx to view the new colors. If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Matlock at 623-386-1112 or We look forward to seeing you at our next community meeting!

ESTRELLA TOWN HALL MEETING THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012 - 6:00 PM STARPOINTE RESIDENTS CLUB On Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., we will be holding a Town Hall Meeting. This meeting is being held to bring information on certain topics to the residents of Estrella. The following are three topics/ presentations planned for this event:

Design Review Committee Approves New Granite Colors For VCA: The Design Review Committee recently approved five additional granite color options to the residents in the Villages at Estrella Mountain Ranch. The new selections include: Palomino Gold, Baja Brown, Sierra Verde, Arizona Beige and Mountain Vista Brown. Please stop by the Community Services Office at the Starpointe Residents Club to look at samples. If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Matlock at 623-386-1112 or

1. Ron Sites, Executive Director and CEO of Fighter Country Partnership, will be out to share a presentation on the anticipated F-35 arrival to the West Valley. Luke Air Force Base will serve as the new location of the F-35 training missions. 2. Chief Russell Braden, Goodyear Fire Department, will be presenting information on wildfire dangers and how they effect Estrella. Chief Braden will talk about ways to protect your home and how to prepare landscape around your home to reduce fire risk. 3. Newland Communities will be providing a community developer update.

Estrella Management Estrella is professionally managed by Capital Consultants Mgmt. Corp. (CCMC) Estrella Management Team Community Manager: Lisa Lundskow Administrative Coordinator: Sharon Thunstedt Operations Manager: Debbie Harper Facilities Director: Todd Wuellner ECA Compliance/Design Review Coordinator: Jodi Matlock VCA Compliance Coordinator: Amy Helms Administrative Associate - Kim Larsen Communications/Administrative Associate: Shirley Robertson Recreation Director: Dean Westover Recreation Coordinator: Tammy Campbell Recreation Assistant: Katie Hughes Lifestyle Director: Holly Aguilar Yacht Club Coordinator: Jordan Ring Maintenance Coordinator: Anthony DiGeronimo

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, Brian Konderik Pete Tieche, Lesle Sweeney Estrella Community Association (ECA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Lesle Sweeney

ECA and VCA Yard Appreciation Thank you for keeping a nice maintained yard.

Resident Elected Board Members: Bill Zednik, Barbara Ertl

ECA Yard Appreciation

VCA Yard Appreciation

11299 S Hopi Dr. - Henry Tangaere & Maria Allison

9440 181st Ave –Craig And Molli Lovas

11371 S Hopi St - Scott & Jami Johnson

18152 Estes Way -Dan And Sharon Stevens

18033 W Hubbard Dr. - David Phillips Jr.

18190 Las Cruses -Stephen And Joyce Stephens

18025 W Hubbard Dr. - Edward & Aurelia Clay

602-329-0462 Monday - Friday 6:00 pm to 2:00 am Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00 am

Villages at EMR Community Association (VCA) Developer Appointed Board Members: Alper Adli, Pete Teiche, Lesle Sweeney Resident Elected Board Members: Dennis Brungardt, Tom Mineo

9420 181st Ave - Joe And Claudia Honsberger

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people in your neighborhood Norm and Judy Gaede Traveling to new and exciting places has become a lifestyle for Norm and Judy Gaede. The two have visited a lengthy list of places near and far, making them knowledgeable, seasoned travelers. The Gaedes, along with their friend Carl, are founding members of the Estrella Travel Club, which has been in existence now for just over three years. Norm and Judy, along with the growing number of resident travel club members, are continually seeking new destinations near and far to add to their ‘places to see and experience’ list. As with life, the excitement of traveling is in the memory-making journeys, not just the satisfaction of reaching the next destination. Prior to moving to Arizona, the couple had retired in Vernal, Utah and would often visit their daughter, who lives in the Estrella community. They were going to be ‘Snowbirds,’ but eventually left the -26 degree temperatures of Utah winters, to become permanent Estrella residents. “We’ve been here seven years now, as permanent residents, and we love it,” said Judy. Norm and Judy kicked off the summer of 2012 with a cruise to Alaska, which started in Vancouver and ended in Fairbanks. “When we ported in Ketchikan, Alaska, it was 70 degrees, so the bears wouldn’t come out to play. That day ended with a dinner of all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab,” recalls Judy. Other excursions on the Alaskan tour included a visit to The Glacier Bay

National Park and the ride on the Denali train with an overnight stay at the Princess Wilderness Lodge. “A highlight to the trip was panning for gold and getting 9.5 grams ($57.00 worth),” remembers Judy. “Norm had the gold made into a locket for me.” The Gaedes are full of stories recollecting interesting places to experience. Recently, as part of the Estrella Travel Club, the Gaedes visited some unique places in Arizona, including a Verde Canyon Railroad adventure, which consisted of a trip to the Blazin’ M Ranch, complete with an authentic barbeque and dinner show. They’ve experienced an Arizona Theatre production, been entertained while dining on pizza at Organ Stop Pizza, home of the largest Wurlitzer theater organ and relished the colorful lights at Phoenix Zoo lights during the holiday season. This month, Norm and Judy are working closely with members of the travel club and the Grand Canyon Tour Company to finalize a trip from Williams to the Yavapai Lodge at the Grand Canyon. When Judy isn’t packing or unpacking a suitcase, you might spot her bowling, playing a round of Bunco or participating in a sewing group that meets regularly at the Starpointe Residents Club. She enjoys sewing pillowcases for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and gets involved with crafty groups on occasion. Norm relishes in ‘name your own’ card games of Poker at the Resident’s Club each Wednesday with a small group of friends. And when they’re grounded in Estrella, the Gaede’s jump into the pool for water aerobics classes. Become a part of the Estrella Travel Club and join the Gaede’s for an upcoming adventure. Contact Judy at for more information.

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Storm Clean Up Procedures at Estrella With the Monsoon season upon us, and already one Haboob (wind storm) event to date, we wanted to provide the Estrella Community with Standard Operating Procedures that explain how the damage and clean-up will be addressed. Four Peaks will systematically move through the community as follows:

1. We will immediately begin to assess the community and compile a list of damage. 2. O ur primary concern will be addressing any trees or branches that pose a threat to people or property. If there is sustained damage at your residence that poses this level of concern, please contact the CCMC office immediately at 623-386-1112. 3. D uring our initial review we will also assess and clear any main arterial roads or sidewalks that have been obstructed from damaged landscape. 4. After ensuring all safety concerns are addressed, we will then begin to work through the neighborhood from north to south to ensure that no issues are missed. 5. Depending on the severity of the storm and damage, storm clean up may take as long as 10 working days. This time will allow for the removal of trees and grind and/or remove the remaining trunk where applicable. 6. After 10 working days following the storm, we encourage all residents to report any issues that were unidentified during the initial evaluation at

Summer Fun at Phoenix Children’s Academy! Join us as we celebrate Summer at our Water Fun Open House.

Saturday, July 21st 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tree Pruning to Prevent Storm Damage There are several reasons to prune your trees, overall health, aesthetics, or just to make it grow where you want it to. The most important reason to trim your trees is safety. Heavy, over-grown trees are eyesores, but they can also be dangerous to you and your property. Improper pruning or no pruning at all can cause a variety of problems. Trees left unpruned will be more susceptible to disease and pests. These problems can lead to defects and damage which can ultimately lead to damage to your surrounding property. Another more immediate risk here in Arizona is monsoon damage. The monsoons hit here just as our trees are growing most vigorously and are as dense as they are all year. It is very important to make sure that all of your trees are ready for the monsoons. Pruning is a simple process and can be completed with basic, inexpensive tools. All you will need is a pair of bypass pruners and a pruning saw. When you prune a tree, your goals should be to: • Remove dead or damaged material. • Thin canopy to allow wind to pass through and sunlight to enter. • Trim in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. The proper way to prune a tree is to perform what arborists call thinning cuts. When you make a thinning cut you want to either cut off the branch at its origin or at a bisecting branch that is large enough to act as the main branch. These cuts should be made as close as possible to the branch’s collar at the main trunk, as this type of wound will heal most efficiently. This type of pruning allows the tree to grow in a healthy manner while maintaining its natural shape. Though pruning your tree to improve your landscape can be satisfying work, it is extremely important to know your limits. If your trees are near power lines, close to property that may be damaged, or just too large you should always consult a professional.

Summer Activities Creative Arts Academy Classes Register at Summer Kids Camp July 20th - July 22nd

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(Ages Preschool thru 5th grade) 8:00 am - 1:30 pm , Monday—Friday July 9-13; 16-20; 23-27 July 30th - August 3rd

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Waterslide ‡ Crafts & Activities ‡ Face Painting Refreshments & Snacks provided 10485 S. ESTRELLA PARKWAY GOODYEAR, AZ 85338 623.386.0300


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Loving Others

ONELife—Sunday, 5:30-8:30 pm (Junior high & High school)

Making Disciples

Service 2.5 (adults)—Wednesday, 6:30 pm (Child care provided)

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Be Safe in the Sun and Heat! The sun drenches us with UVA and UVB radiation, which could give you sunburn, causing skin damage. The heat, on the other hand, is an issue when it gets above our normal body temperature of 98.6. Here’s how to help protect yourself.

Protection from the sun’s radiation: If you’re going to be out in the sun, take all necessary cautions. As goofy as it may look, a wide brim, light weight hat is ideal. It protects your scalp, back of your neck, shoulders, face and your ears. Ball caps are far less effective and leave your neck and ears susceptible to damage. Since UVA and UVB radiation can damage your eyes, be sure that your sunglasses are rated to protect you. Even if you wear the goofy hat, you still need a water proof SPF 45, UVA & UVB sunblock on all exposed skin from the bald spot on top your head to the V-neck of your shirt, both arms and the tops of your feet. UVB is known to affect the outer layers of the skin. UVA radiation is less intense than UVB, but is more likely to reach deeper layers of tissue and cause damage. Remember UV radiation is not stopped by clouds and is easily reflected off of water. It can get you when you’re not expecting it. Be sure your children are well protected at all times. If you use a spray on sunblock, do not inhale during application. If you do sustain sun damage, call Déjà Vu Med Spa. We have many treatments that can revitalize your skin and eliminate those unsightly sun spots. Our sunscreens are actually good for your skin.

Protection from the heat: Don’t stand in the sun unless it’s necessary, because it is 10° to 15° hotter in the sun than in the shade. The low humidity in Arizona for most of the year makes our sweat process for cooling the body very effective. As a result, we don’t necessarily realize how much water we are losing. The key to safety and surviving the heat is hydration. Water makes up 60% of a person’s body weight. For me at 190 pounds that comes to 13.7 gallons of water. It may sound like a lot but don’t get overly confident. If hiking at a normal pace on level ground on a 100° day, you will lose 1.0 to 1.5 liters of water an hour. You only need to lose 2% of your water weight to start feeling symptoms of dehydration. If you feel thirsty, dehydration has started. At a loss of 5% the symptoms become severe and with a 10% loss the outcome could be fatal. Water is the key. Consuming alcoholic or caffeinated beverages will only worsen the dehydration. Non-caffeinated sports drinks are a good choice, because they will help replace electrolytes lost through perspiration. For some specialized pampering this summer, come see us at Déjà Vu Med Spa, 14411 W. McDowell Road, Suite C-102, Goodyear, AZ 85395 or call 623-242-9910.

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Southwestern Dinner Party Recipes

A complete southwestern-style dinner from appetizer to dessert. The perfect recipe for a summertime dinner party. Recipes by Barbara Pool Fenzel.

White Bean Dip with Cumin Tortilla Chips Makes approximately 1 ½ cups dip

Chicken Breasts with Red Bell Peppers and Poblano Sauce

1 clove fresh garlic, peeled

4 servings

1 (15 oz) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded

1 Tbs. fresh lime juice ½ tsp. olive oil

1 c. grated Cotija cheese, salt and pepper to taste

½ tsp. chili powder

Poblano Sauce:

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ c. chopped yellow onion

1 tsp. salt

2 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced

1 tsp. chopped Serrano chile

1 c. chicken stock

Cumin Tortilla Chips 5 (8-inch) flour tortillas Vegetable oil cooking spray 1 Tbs. cumin seeds 2 tsp. kosher salt

To prepare dip: With food processing machine running, add garlic through feed tube. Remove top and add remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. To prepare chips: Preheat oven - 400 degrees. Stack tortillas, then using sharp knife, cut the stack into 12 wedges. Spread on baking sheet and spray with vegetable spray. Bake 6 min until light brown. Meanwhile, in a dry skillet, toast the cumin seeds (about 3 minutes). Sprinkle, along with salt, on top of baked tortilla chips. Cool slightly and serve with dip.

Polenta Yield 6 servings 5 cups water, 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 T extra virgin olive oil, Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 Cup polenta or stone ground cornmeal (polenta and cornmeal are the same) 4 oz cream cheese

1Tbs. olive oil, 1 Tbs. butter,

¼ c. heavy cream

Turn oven to Broil. Remove any fat from chicken breasts, lay them on board and cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper, pound them until they are ¼” thick. Heat medium-heated skillet, add olive oil, butter. Add chicken to hot pan, season with salt and pepper. Lower heat, cook until browned (3-4 min each side). To prepare sauce: Add onion and chiles to hot pan in which chicken was cooked, sauté until onions are translucent (about 5-7 minutes). Add chicken stock and cook over medium until reduced to ¾ cup. Transfer mixture to blender and puree. Add the sauce back to the pan and add the cream. Cook until warmed. Transfer cooked chicken to baking sheet. Put single layer of peppers and top each piece evenly with Cotija cheese. Broil approx. 3-5 minutes, at 4” below heat, until cheese is lightly browned. Put chicken on serving plates and top with Poblano sauce. Serve immediately.

In a large heavy saucepan bring salted water to boil. Add olive oil, cream, salt and pepper. Whisk constantly and pour the polenta into the water in steady stream until all is combined. Continue to whisk until you are sure there are no lumps. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes, uncovering frequently to stir. Stir in the cream cheese until creamy. Can add grated pecorino cheese, if desired.

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Keeping Your Companion Cool

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With record temperatures in Arizona, it is important to keep your dogs in mind when it comes to keeping cool. 1.) Walk your dog early in the morning or late at night. Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the exercise more comfortable for both you and your dog. I’m a believer in vigorous exercise for healthy dogs, but this is the time of year to back off on exercise intensity. 2.) Watch for signs of dehydration. Dogs can’t sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. 3.) Keep your dog hydrated! Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration. Carry a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog. Better yet have your dog carry it for you in a backpack or a vest! The water in the bottles will keep the dog cooler and also give the dog a sense of purpose. 4.) Find innovative ways to cool your dog. Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie’s pool. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on. Or simply set up a fan in front of a pan of ice. Dogs cool from the bottom up. Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat. 5.) Let your dog dig! Your dog may resort to finding his own way to avoid the heat. Dogs in nature dig their dens not out of frustration but to find food, hide, give birth--or keep cool! If it’s possible, locate a shady area where it’s okay for your dog to dig. 6.) Let your dog check the weather. Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel, so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Instinctually, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it’s safe.

Relax, It’s Summertime Submitted by Sonal Strasser, Licensed Massage Therapist

Soaking up summer’s adventures might include attempting to squeeze in playtime around your already-busy work schedule. If you’re seeking ways to help yourself manage the process of balancing your summer agenda, be sure to incorporate a routine massage with a local specialist, Sonal Strasser, LMT. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stressrelated. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into: • Decreased depression and anxiety. • Enhanced sleep quality. • Greater energy. • Improved concentration. • Increased circulation. • Reduced fatigue. • Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can: • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion. • Ease medication dependence. • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system. • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles. • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts. • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin. • Increase joint flexibility. • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation. • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling. • Reduce spasms and cramping. • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles. • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller. • Relieve migraine pain. “New Clients, mention this article and get $10 off your first massage!” 623-444-8228

7.) Never leave your dog in a parked car. The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running. 8.) Use hot weather as an excuse to swim more often! The best activity you can do in hot weather is swimming. Instead of walking the dog, take the dog on a swim! If you hold on and allow your dog to take you around the pool, it becomes a powerful bonding experience. Have a great and safe summer.

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Water Safety Tips for Parents You’ve probably heard about the importance of watching our kids around water at least once or twice, maybe even a hundred times. But statistics of drowning each year in our state warrants the need for consistent reminders of ways to remain safe when enjoying one of summer’s greatest activities, swimming. If you’re planning an outing around the pool, or a nearby lake this summer, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind. • Obtain swimming lessons for children at an early age. Swimming skills are essential for Arizona children who plan to spend hot summer days in the pool. Besides learning to float, tread water and exit the water properly, swim students will build physical strength, gain good mental judgment and emergency reaction skills necessary to help them remain safe during a swim. •Never, ever leave children unattended. Even if they’re swimming like a fish after a series of lessons, it’s not enough to rely simply on skills children learned in swimming classes. Even if submersion is just in a wading pool, an adult should always be no more than an arm’s length away from young toddlers and children. It only takes one major gulp of water to permanently injure an infant or toddler. • Use adequate safety devices. Life jackets or PFD (personal floatation device) are essential for children and parents when riding in boats, especially in swift moving water. Begin utilizing PFD’s on toddlers playing around water at a very young age. The earlier in life that a child is introduced to safety devices, the easier it will be for them to accept the concept throughout childhood and into adulthood. Parents can set an example for their children by wearing the PFD equipment with boat and water usage, especially in and around bodies of water that are swift moving or contain sudden drop offs, rocks or debris. In other words, don’t just enforce the fact that the devices help protect children-show them why PFD’s are needed for adults too.

Adequate PFD (Personal Floatation Devices): Blow-up floaties and arm water wings are not adequate to save a child’s life in a true emergency. A properly fitted PFD or life jacket should contain chest and leg straps, along with a head support. Manufacturers make PFDs according to a person’s size and weight, so, when it is fitted properly it will help to keep your head above water. If it’s too large, the life jacket will ride up around your face when you are in the water. If it is too small, it will not have enough flotation to keep you afloat. What does drowning look like? Unlike what you may have seen in the movies, you won’t see an actual drowning victim splashing, nor will you see flying arms or hear yells for help from someone who is truly drowning. Those indicators are a sure sign of someone in need of immediate assistance. This stage of stress is called aquatic stress. However, a real drowning person would appear calm, eerily calm. If you’ve spotted a child, or adult, that is experiencing aquatic stress, make sure you call out for help, before jumping in after them. Remember: •A drowning person is physiologically unable to call out for help. •Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces a victim to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface, in order to leverage their bodies to lift their mouths to the water’s surface. •Someone who is drowning cannot voluntarily control their arm movements, which includes waving or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment. • Generally, someone drowning can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20-60 seconds before submersion occurs.

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business spotlight Can Do Moving, LLC Your Friendly Neighborhood Mover Moving Tips • If it seems too good to be true it probably is: never hire a company based on a lowball phone estimate. • Organization=Efficiency=Savings • Less Is More: Before or during packing, sell, donate or dispose of any unneeded items. • Non-breakable contents of dressers and chests and upright file cabinets can remain loaded According to Yahoo, moving is the most stressful time in a person’s life. When faced with a move, you have a change of address, possibly a home sale lease, or purchase, utilities, cable, phone, packing, unpacking, and more. Not to mention all of your normal day-to-day responsibilities. Oh, and let’s not forget to hire Movers. Where do you find a moving company? Craigslist, a coupon you got in the mail or some website for a moving service broker? We have all heard the horror stories of moves gone wrong. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a moving company you could trust, based in your area, with a proven track record, and an excellent reputation, with no nonsense pricing, verifiable references, and an A rating with the BBB. You’re in luck! In 2007 Estrella resident and neighbor, Mike Brown, opened Can Do Moving in order to help his customers minimize the pressure and anxiety associated with relocation. Can Do Moving is a company with simple values: great service, reasonable prices, and to treat people the way they would like to be treated. Mike has 30 years experience in the moving industry. Throughout the course of this time Mike has held positions from over the road driver, to executive positions with North American Van Lines. Mike has helped home owners, companies and government agencies such as Buckeye Elementary, Morgan Stanly, UBS, and many of your neighbors in Estrella complete moves of all sizes from one piece to over 100 employee offices. In October, Can Do Moving, LLC will have been in business for five years and has never had a complaint filed with the BBB, Currently rated A, Five Star rating with KUDZU, and Dex Knows.

“These guys are the best. Foreman was great. They could understand possible problems before they happened. Very, very flexible. Moving is usually a nightmare, but he and his crew made it a pleasant experience which is rare indeed! Overall, 5 stars. No damage, on time start, on time finish. No prolems at all!”

• Label all boxes on the side not the top • Label Big and Bold, the faster the movers can identify where a box is to be placed in the new house. • Be sure all boxes are properly taped shut top and bottom, tops need to be flat. • Use plenty of packing paper when packing breakables. • Use the correct box for the item (i.e.) • Books, heavy items in small boxes, pots and pans tupperware medium weight items in medium boxes, linens and lamp shades pillows, light weight items in large boxes, • Dishes, Glasses, China, Chrystal, lamps, breakables in Dish Packs with copious amounts of packing paper. • If you are not moving certain items, or only want certain items moved, identify these items with a piece of blue painters tape. • With blue painters tape, identify where the large items of furniture are to be placed, and where the open areas are where the movers can place the boxes. • Identify rooms by writing on blue painters tape: Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Girls Room, etc. • Keep necessary items such as prescription pills, purses, wallets, jewelry, fire arms, and valuables locked in your care during the move. To learn more about Can Do Moving services, or to request a free estimate, see their advertisement in My Hometown Estrella, call 602-803-6350 or visit their website at

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William Ryan Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is pleased to offer a brand new model in Estrella’s Ironwood Pointe. The 2,456 square-foot Jasper Plan captures the essence of life in Estrella by incorporating the outdoor living spaces seamlessly into the indoor living spaces. The open great room’s entire back wall is covered with floor to ceiling stacking glass doors to reveal the scenic view of the mountains. The luxurious master retreat features a bath worthy of any 5-star spa and has its own private patio. True to William Ryan’s “Customer Driven by Design” philosophy, this home is a split floor plan with ample-sized, flexible rooms that can accommodate almost any lifestyle. Through a partnership with Solar City, all of William Ryan’s homes come equipped with a complete Solar Energy package, are Energy Star Certified and “2020 Ready,” incorporating home automation and dedicated electrical outlets for recharging electric cars. Stop by to see William Ryan’s newest model home in Ironwood Pointe and you can be entered into a drawing to win a round of golf for a foursome at The Golf Club of Estrella. Increase your odds of winning by visiting the William Ryan Serenity neighborhood models where you also can register to win (limit one registration per neighborhood per family please). One foursome pass will be drawn each week during the month of July.* William Ryan Homes has three great neighborhoods to choose from within Estrella: Ironwood Pointe, Greenspointe at Mountain Ranch and Serenity at Montecito. All include single family homes from the mid $100’s to $300’s with square footage ranging from 1,450 to 4,346. For more information call the sales center at (623) 455-8160 or visit

STARPOINTE YOUTH CLUB Every parent knows the dreaded summertime chant, “I’m so bored!” Families at Estrella can breathe a little easier since there’s always fun to be had at the Youth Club at Starpointe. The club offers children ages ten and up a cool place to hangout – and of course younger children are welcome; just make sure they are accompanied by an adult. Fully equipped with pool tables, air hockey, foosball, ping pong, karaoke, PS3, Xbox and Wii, as well as full size arcade games, it’s a great place for our younger residents to play and meet other kids…free of charge! The club also features a lounge area and “happening” disco ball. Residents should be on the lookout for special events being held at the Youth Club such as dances and video game tournaments. High Schoolers can get involved by participating on the new Estrella Teen Council. This committee will help determine what the younger generation wants out of their community and Youth Club, and will host events and fundraisers throughout the summer and school year. For more information contact: Estrella Lifestyle Director, Holly Aguilar at or call (623) 386-1112.

SOJOURNER CENTER BENEFITS FROM RESIDENTS’ GENEROSITY Estrella residents demonstrated their ongoing dedication to make a difference, and help those in need, with the “Supplies for Sojourner Center” drive. The partnership with Sojourner Center was part of Estrella’s continued support of HomeAid America. The drive kicked off the first project of its newest program, HomeAid on Wheels (HOW). HomeAid is the nation’s largest provider of temporary housing for the homeless. HOW provides a vehicle for HomeAid to expand its reach by assisting nonprofits in communities not served by a local HomeAid chapter. The Sojourner Center is the largest domestic violence shelter in the United States, and serves more than 2,900 women and children annually. Estrella residents were able to meet a need within the organization by providing items that are necessary for Sojourner residents during the summer such as sunscreen, towels and flip-flops. In addition, residents included a blanket drive in their efforts after learning that upon entering the facility each family receives four twin blankets, and Sojourner Center had very few blankets left in stock. Newland is a longtime supporter of HomeAid, donating more than $600,000 in the past five years. Estrella and its residents are just as committed to giving back and funds raised from past Pumpkin Festivals made it possible to donate $15,000 to Sojourner Center. For more information on how you can help visit:


We invite you to discover Estrella – featuring 72-acres of lakes; the Starpointe Residents Club; 18-hole championship golf course; two K-8 schools and one high school; parks, trails and open space; a collection of distinctive builders and spectacular custom homesites. Brokers welcome.* INFORMATION CENTER STARPOINTE RESIDENTS CLUB YACHT CLUB GOLF CLUB OF ESTRELLA

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*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. ©2012 Newland Real Estate Group, LLC. Prices subject to change. Square footages are approximate. The incentives described in the promotion is offered between July 1 – July 31, 2012 by William Ryan Homes (the Participating Builder) in the Estrella community with regard to new home sales in Ironwood Pointe and Serenity and is exclusively sponsored by the Participating Builder, who is solely responsible for the content, implementation and operation. Please contact the Participating Builder for further information and requirements. Void where prohibited.


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