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Manager’s Message: Survey Results Released


Numbers to Know


Board Briefs: Board Meeting August 26, 2013


Landscaping: Extra Recovery Time


HOA: What is the Purpose of A

Homeowners Association?


Extras: Go E Statements / Parking and Permits in

Power Ranch


ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATION STAFF STAFF Stephanie Fee, Community | Stephanie Fee, Community ManagerManager | Shannon Ellerbusch, Asst. Comm. | Shannon Ellerbusch, Asst. Comm. Mgr. |Mgr. DanaCommunications Blass, Communications Coordinator | Dana Blass, Coordinator | Stephanie Covenants Coordinator | Stephanie Zeitler, Zeitler, Covenants Coordinator | KarenAdmin. Partridge, Admin. Coordinator | Lori Camou, Coordinator | Lisa Capriotti, Lifestyle Director | Lisa Capriotti, Lifestyle Director | of Directors | Board ofBoard Directors |

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Good Neighbors: What A Difference 12 Years Makes


School Bell: Power Ranch Assistant Principal Change

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It’s Different, but It’s Not


ASPiRE: Find A Trusted Attorney Before You Need One!


What’s Happening: Events, Classes & Clubs


Club Corner: MOMS Club


Lifestyle Corner: Demonstrating Good Character

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>>> Manager’s Message

Power Ranch Association Board of Directors



Looking Back; Looking Forward ASSOCIATION Chirag Shukla, Treasurer NEWS

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By Stephanie Fee, Community Manager

CONTENTSCourtland Lee Matt Dominy Vice President Secretary

Jeff Gundlach President

Survey Results Released

On the Cover: Solar Ramadas coming to Power Ranch.


Business Network = Community Partnerships Dana Blass Stephanie Zeitler COMMUNITY Communications Covenants Coordinator



Design by: Desert to Mountain Architecture Renderings by: Lisa Capriotti Lone Wolf DraftingLifestyle and Director Design

CCMC 8360 E. Via De Ventura Blvd Bldg L Ste. 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480.921.7500 EMERGENCY - DIAL 911 CHW Urgent Care 480.728.6000 Gilbert Police Department 480.503.6500 Fire Department 480.503.6350 Maricopa Animal Control 602.506.7387 PUBLIC SERVICES Water, Sewer & Refuse 480.503.6800 Recycling/Trash Services 480.503.6400 Gas: Southwest Gas

602.861.1999 Electric: Salt River Project 602.236.8888 GOVERNMENT Motor Vehicle Department 602.255.0072 Post Office 800.275.8777 Town of Gilbert 480.503.6098 SCHOOLS Higley Unified School District 480.279.7000 Power Ranch Elementary 480.279.7600 Centennial Elementary 480.279.8200 Higley High School 480.279.7300 Williams Field High School 480.279.8000 Imagine Schools West Gilbert Elementary 480.855.2700

your input on a survey concerning items you would like to experience as owners within Power Ranch. Many thanks

go out to the 399 respondents. The comments and responses will assist the Board and Committee in determining the best use of the former Y building. It’s clear that there is a need for a multi-purpose gathering area, preferably a place for teens and a separate place for adults, as well as programs that support those demographics. CCMC’s corporate Lifestlye Director Nicole Engleman presented

Dom Mansueto Maintenance Supervisor

national trends and information to the Board and Committee members. She works with developers and communities across the country and provided photos and opportunities that are available as well as opinions on what people are seeking in communities.

Resource Numbers ASSOCIATION Power Ranch Community Association 480.988.0960 Property Patrol 480.216.9141


ugust 1, 2013 The Power Ranch Association requested

The survey responses at Power Ranch are similar to what CCMC is observing nationwide. While some of the suggestions are huge

MEDICAL Mercy Gilbert Medical Center 480.728.8000 Gilbert Hospital 480.984.2000 Banner Gateway Medical Center 480.543.2000 Emergency Animal Clinic 480.497.0222

undertakings, we believe that we can bring programming and designs for the amenity buildings that will support the sentiment and experiences that the community is seeking. We look forward to the next chapter at Power Ranch and will spend the next few months answering questions generated from the survey. As stated in the Board Briefs, the highest desired experiences in

RECREATION Gilbert Parks & Recreation 480.503.6200

Power Ranch are Teen and Tween Programs with Professional/ Business Functions being a close third. The survey indicated that

LIBRARY Southeast Regional Library 480.539.5100

31.8% of respondents are between the ages of 36 and 49, while

TRANSPORTATION ADOT Sky Harbor Airport 602.273.3300 Williams Gateway Airport 480.988.7600

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37.5 % are married with children at home. The survey results are We are all looking forward to the return of the Farmers Market, especially anticipating the cooler weather! Back to the preparation of the 2014 budget! Wishing you all a fabulous upcoming fall season.




>>> Board Briefs

Board Meeting August 26, 2013 •

Jeff Gundlach welcomed Gilbert Town Council member Jenn Daniels. Ms. Daniels explained that Council Members will begin attending HOA meetings throughout Gilbert to enhance their connection with the community. She reported that the Town was recognized as the 8th most thriving city in the country and one of the safest communities. She reported on upcoming Gilbert events such as a free concert at Freestone Park October 10th and Fall Carnival at Crossroads Park October 17th – 19th. Ms. Daniels also expressed input needed on the transportation plan available at Rod Buchanan, the new Town of Gilbert Parks and Recreation Director attended the meeting as well and expressed his desire to meet with the Board in September to gather their input on the Draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan. All information is available at www. Consent Items approved: June 24, 2013 Board Minutes, Repair estimate from Weber Group for Well #5, Bad Debt Write off (former accounts or BK) of $13,499.78, Phone System replacement at $3,914.75, Paint bids for perimeter block walls (reserve expenditures) in The Willows, The Arbors view fences and perimeter block walls, The Willows perimeter block walls, The Timbers view fences at a total cost of $68,280.00 and the budgeted expense for Fall Tree Trimming at $34,975.00. Community Reports: Board President Jeff Gundlach provided a brief synopsis of the recent survey of the membership. He reported that 399 households responded. The events that ranked as the most desired were Teen programs, 2nd Tween Programs, 3rd Professional Business Meeting Functions and 4th Neighborhood Specific events. Vanessa Shively’s name was drawn from all survey participants as the winner of the $100 gift card. Chirag Shukla, Treasurer provided the synopsis of the July financial statement noting that the Association reported a year-to-date consolidated profit of $138,037.54 with operating expenses of $1,912,033.71 through July. The Association is $308,702.79 under budget for the year. The Association recorded 69 home sales in July. Lisa Capriotti presented the Lifestyle report and reported on the partnership with Power Ranch Elementary School on the Back to School Splash and it’s success. She noted that the partnership with both elementary schools makes sense as we are both servicing the same people. We don’t want to duplicate events or compete with schools for attendance. The PR PTO will be selling pizzas at Family Movie Night September 20. Lisa reported that the Farmer’s Market will kick off again September 25, 2013. Ray’s Market, a new vendor is assisting in the coordination. Lisa noted that many owners commented that they really enjoyed the food trucks mid week and the ability to gather with neighbors. Power Ranch Living magazine is now

monthly and we are trying to feature more homeowner photos and features. Lastly ASPIRE now has 28 members and they are meeting to establish guidelines and bylaws for the group. •

Stephanie Fee provided the management report and noted that there are 349 owners enrolled in E-Statements. The goal was to get at least 20% of the owners enrolled to see a substantial savings to the Association. Concrete repairs are on going in The Knolls and parking continues to be a “hot issue” in that neighborhood. A new phone system will be installed at the Ranch House as the hard drive is failing on the system. The system was due for replacement through reserves last year but at the time it was operating well. Allocated funds in reserves are between $6,000 and $8,000. The lowest bid is $3,914 and will expand the voice mail capabilities (one mailbox per person rather than sharing). Overley’s completed the drywell clean outs in August and the Fire Alarm Panel will be replaced in the former Y building. Weber Group has completed the swabbing of Well 5 on Power Road. During this process they have identified that the sand/silt is coming into the well around 500 feet. He will meet with the board to discuss options on the sand separator and the placement of the pump.

The Board approved the appointment of Michael Crusa to the DRC Committee. They also appointed the following people to the Knolls Committee: Carlos Alvarez, Gary Welchel, Jim Van Husen, Tere Garcia, Iris Suave, Lori Elliot and Jennifer Starkey. Two other volunteers will tapped, should someone not be able to serve.

The Board approved the installation of 8 new heaters for the pools and spas in The Knolls. These are scheduled to be replaced next year through reserves but three are currently not working, one was replaced last year. The price was quantity driven and the RayPak heaters have a longer useful life.

The Board approved the additional funds for over seeding this Fall. The cost of seed exceeded the allocated budget this year but overall landscape costs are under budget. The landscape committee recommended approval of the additional $5,319.

The Board approved a rental fee of $325 (includes $75 set up fee) for use of the AV Package in the Barn as an enhancement to the base rental fees. If audio only is required (microphone and speakers) the rental fee is $50.

Discussion Items: The Board approved a motion to refer trash can enforcement guidelines and placement of cans in the condominiums to The Knolls Committee. The Board discussed pros and cons of increasing the number of board members to seven. The Bylaws permit expansion without a vote of the membership. Effective with the 2014 election, there will be two director positions added: a one year term and a two year term. This will continue elections on staggered terms.

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Association >>> LANDSCAPING

Extra Recovery Time By Jim Trog CLWM, CIC, CLIA – Four Peaks Landscape Management


o overseed or not to overseed…if you’re anyone other than Shakespeare’s Hamlet …this is the question. With the fall season on the horizon, now is the time to begin planning on

whether or not to go through the process of overseeding your grass to produce a green lawn for the winter months. For most, after a long-hot summer, the decision to proceed is based on the vision of spending the cooler months relaxing in our outdoor spaces with lush grass beneath our feet. But before one begins, it is prudent to consider the health of your existing Bermuda grass. The process of scalping and overseeding during the Fall always seems to occur when the summer grass is looking its best. This is because it takes in excess of 100 days in a growing season for Bermuda to regain its peak appearance. Just as it gets to that point, we scalp it down, effectively putting it to bed for the winter, and then introduce a competitive grass with the winter rye. Every year, growers introduce heartier stains of rye grass to the market that last longer into the summer growing season, interfering with the growth cycle of our Bermuda grass. Season after season of this cycle slowly creates a decline in the quality of the summer Bermuda turf. This is magnified in shady areas under trees where Bermuda grass struggles to begin with due to the lack of direct sun. In these areas, the rye grass survives longer into the season and in some cases will last year round. In most cases though, the rye dies out during the beginning of the monsoon season and leaves us with a dirt patch under the canopy of the tree until the lawn is overseeded again. (see image at top right)

allowing neighborhood park areas, select entryways and open spaces that were traditionally overseeded annually to take a year off. Parks were selected on a rotating basis throughout the community so that each would “rest,” or not be overseeded, one year out of every four. The process has enhanced the quality of the Bermuda after going dormant one year by lengthening that 100 day growing season, allowing additional recovery time and alleviating further decline of the summer lawns. Even while taking a few park areas

The difference can be seen when comparing the turf in the community

out of the overseeding cycle each year, Power Ranch continues to

arroyos, which are never overseeded, with the park areas, which are

keep 1/3 of the total turf acreage green for the winter.

overseeded each year. Four years ago, Power Ranch created a

So this year, before you decide to put that Bermuda lawn to rest,

strategic plan for maintenance of its 130 acres of turf that included

consider if this would be a good year to allow the grass, and yourself, some extra recovery time.


>>> HOA

What is the Purpose of A Homeowners Association? By Michael Rome, Esq.


ome homeowners have misconceptions about the purpose and role of a homeowners association. They confuse it with a ‘landlord’ and believe that it should cure all ills. Others may

feel that an association should not be able to tell them what they can do on their property. Homeowners associations first became popular in the Atlanta area around the 1970s. There were four major reasons for their popularity: 1. Local government could no longer afford to provide the park areas needed for all the neighborhoods springing up with urban sprawl. Local governments encouraged developers to provide park and pool areas, and in return allowed homes to be built closer together; 2. Purchasers wanted ‘country club’ type amenities, such as pools, without having to pay country club prices; 3. Homeowners liked the idea that their property values and standard of living would be protected by a set of covenants, which would apply to all residents; and 4. Families liked the community feel and added sense of security for their children. There is a basic trade-off for the advantages of a homeowners association. Homeowners give up some of the freedoms and property rights they would otherwise have if they lived outside a planned community. Covenants for associations contain provisions called ‘use restrictions.’ Use restrictions are rules that apply to residents outside of the common areas. This includes architectural controls that apply to individual homes and lots, such as constructions of additions, house and yard maintenance, etc.. Use restrictions can also apply to areas as leasing, pet rules, sign limitations and parking regulations. Most residents are happy to trade off some of their freedoms for the advantages of living in an association. On the other hand, some homeowners do not want to be told that they need to cut their grass, or need approval before painting their house. These individuals probably want the advantages of a community association, without the trade-offs. Even though a majority of people would prefer to live in a planned community, homeowners associations are not for everyone.

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Association >>> EXTRAS

Go E Statements


s you may have seen from previous communications, Power Ranch now has the unique opportunity to participate in E Statements. What are E Statements, you might ask? Simply put, they are an electronic version of your paper statement that is emailed directly to you each quarter. You can view and print your statement right from your computer, avoiding the wait for traditional mail. What are the benefits? There are many! For one, you don’t have to worry about your statement being lost in the mail, or your mail getting forwarded in time when you seasonally reside at a different home. Additionally, they help save trees used for paper statements and conserve energy used to create the paper statements. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the delivery of the paper statements. They cut down on clutter in your home, AND you can save the statements directly to your computer. Finally, they save money for your association! Did you know that every year you (the association) pay approximately $11,060 processing paper statements? With only 99 people signed up for Electronic Statements in June, the savings was $374! Imagine if just half of all Power Ranch residents signed up…the savings would be in the thousands. Finally, how do I sign up? Easily! Simply log into ccmcnet.opt-e-mail. com, or call 1-866-244-2262 for more information.

STAMP OUT HUNGER September is Stamp Out Hunger month, and since we make it a goal to be community minded, we want to invite everyone to participate. Please bring canned food and non perishable items to the Ranch House or Family Movie Night for your chance to win a Google Android Tablet.

Parking and Permits in Power Ranch


e understand that the parking here at Power Ranch is challenging at times. As stated in your CC&Rs there is no street parking between the hours of 10pm – 5am within Power Ranch (Knolls & Villages excluded). Residents must park their vehicles in their garages and/or in their driveways. Please note there is no parking on gravel, landscape areas or over the sidewalk areas. When you have an overnight guest, kids home from school, etc. and you’re in need of an extra parking space, a temporary parking permit for street parking can be picked up at our office. Stop by with the vehicle license plate number, color, and make of vehicle along with the dates the pass is needed. For the unexpected guest, please call our office and leave a detailed voice mail with your address and vehicle information. If your parking needs are for longer term, you can complete the “Parking Pass Request Form” (available in our office or online). This form will need to be submitted with pictures of the garage and driveway showing you are utilizing all spaces. Applications will then be reviewed by the board of directors. For the Knolls and Villages neighborhoods, we have worked closely with the Town of Gilbert on their expectations. Both of these areas

have alleyways that are fire lanes. There is no parking in these alleyways at anytime. If unoccupied vehicles are found in these alleyways by patrol, they will be marked for towing at the property owner’s expense. There are overflow parking areas within the Knolls that are not assigned, but are also not for long-term parking use. Please be courteous to your neighbors when it comes to street and over flow parking. Only park in front of your home if street parking is required. Notify neighbors if extended street parking or overflow parking is required.


Community >>> Good Neighbors

What A Difference 12 Years Makes By Lisa Capriotti, Lifestyle Director


obert and Stefanie Jamison moved to Power Ranch in 2001 and were among the first 100 families in the original four neighborhoods. When they moved here, the nearest grocery store was at Power and Baseline and Robert’s traffic problems while commuting to work usually involved a slow-moving tractor. In 2001, the first residents were greatly outnumbered by cows at the nearby dairies and there weren’t very many activities for children in the area. What a difference 12 years makes! Now there are numerous grocery stores, four lane roads and plenty of great activities for children of all ages. Life has certainly changed for the Jamisons during these past years, as well. Shortly after moving to Power Ranch, the Jamison’s oldest child, then 16 months old, was facing a long recovery from a life-threatening illness. Medical care was far away in Phoenix (there was no San Tan 202 back then), and therapy options were limited to help their son on his road to recovery. With a background in child development and music, Stefanie knew that a music, language and movement class like Kindermusik would help their son overcome the tremendous challenges he faced. She then started taking her son to a Kindermusik class in central Mesa to aid in his recovery. Robert also enjoyed the classes, because the songs, activities and stories helped him to “learn” to play with his young son. Some of the songs from the very first class have remained family favorites all these years. As their oldest son recovered and thrived, the Jamison family grew with the wonderful addition of another son and a daughter. They continued to make attending Kindermusik classes a priority for their young family. However, in 2009, they were at a crossroads. Robert’s job required his family to move out of state for 6 months. With no Kindermusik options readily available, Stefanie took the show on the road!  She packed boxes of instruments and continued the Kindermusik home activities with her family while away from Arizona. When she returned to Power Ranch, Stefanie took the 100+ hours of training to become a licensed Kindermusik educator. It was a great fit for her, as she had performed in many church, school and community musicals while growing up and also studied child development in college. Stefanie’s classes have since grown in size and number and have become a highlight for many Power Ranch

residents. She greatly enjoys all the smiles, giggles and “firsts” that she sees in her classes. Her heart is especially touched when she shares in the joy of parents who experience amazing developmental strides in children who face difficult challenges. Now Stefanie offers Kindermusik classes in Power Ranch six days per week for children of all ages at her home in the Groves and also at the Barn. The classes are truly a family affair. Her husband, Robert, is often seen unloading a minivan full of instruments at the Barn while her children, now Kindermusik graduates, help with younger students in classes. Stefanie’s children have certainly benefitted from their Kindermusik classes, as they all study piano and their boys tour with the Phoenix Boys Choir while their daughter is now in the Phoenix Girls Chorus.  Stefanie is delighted to bring Kindermusik classes to Power Ranch, as it is the world’s leader in music and movement classes for children. She has seen first-hand how Kindermusik provides a fun way to  learn about different musical styles and builds a great foundation for parents, grandparents and caregivers to continue the learning at home. For more information, please visit to learn about Stefanie’s offerings this fall, as there are still class openings available!

>>> School Bell

Power Ranch Assistant Principal Change


rs. Caryn Bacon, one of HUSD’s most experienced assistant principals, will be joining the Higley Traditional Academy administrative team to work with their new interim principal. We are pleased to announce that Robyn Sturgeon, the current HTA assistant principal, will be joining our administrative team here at Power Ranch. Mrs. Sturgeon is currently in the process of obtaining a doctorate from Arizona State University. She has 17 years of

experience in education which includes teaching in the elementary grades, serving as a Literacy Coach, and as an Assessment Specialist. Mrs. Sturgeon is enthusiastic about the opportunity of joining a school-community that is progressive, values people and, most importantly, is intensely student focused. She will work hard to get to know our students, families and our community. Please join me in welcoming her to Power Ranch!

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All photos by Elizabeth Wrublik /




Power Marketplace: It’s Different, but It’s Not By Lisa Capriotti, Lifestyle Director


n response to the most recent Lifestyle survey, resident requests, and Facebook posts, we are bringing back our Wednesday Market. Power Marketplace kicks off on September 25th from 3-7pm at the Barn. Please don’t compare it to our last Farmer’s Market, because it will be different, in a good way. First and foremost, your most requested feature will remain…the food trucks! The Gourmet Command Center and the Grilled Cheese Truck are scheduled for the kick off night. Look for new food items in the Market Trailer to include DeCico Pasta, salsa, granola, and olive oils. In addition to food items, you will have the option to shop for dog treats, lotions and soaps. Look for the list of vendors and participants to be evolving each week. The goal for Power Marketplace is to have a place for residents and community members to gather and support one another. Think of it as a special event each week! Chris Ray, the market coordinator, and I have been working closely to make sure the market reflects Power Ranch. He has agreed to donate 5% of purchases back to our schools. You must bring the forms to the market. They will be at the schools and on the respective PTO websites. There will be opportunities for non-profit organizations to set up booths each week as well. Hopefully we can get performances from local groups/clubs/ organizations.

If you are interested in being a part of Power Marketplace, please submit your inquiries to **Please note- Due to the transitioning season, there will NOT be produce at the market until mid-late October.

>>> ASPiRE

Find A Trusted Attorney Before You Need One! By Becky Cholewka Planning, Medicaid Planning, Bankruptcy, and uncontested Family Law matters.


am happy to both live and work in Gilbert. I serve my neighbors by practicing in legal matters I believe families will need at some point. Cholewka Law handles Estate

Why these areas? Because I have personal experiences in all of them. My parents were divorced when I was four and to this day I am happy they worked out their problems without a lengthy court battle. I believe it allowed them to continue communicating after their divorce was settled. My grandma benefitted from Medicaid assistance for ten years, later in her life. That was long after she had to file bankruptcy when she was in her ‘80s. Grandma lived to 98, which is unlike my dad who died of a heart attack four days after his 47th birthday. This showed me firsthand how an effective estate plan could help a family get through a very tragic time.

My goal is to provide a comfortable environment where my neighbors are at ease talking to me about important matters. Because what is more important than protecting themselves and their loved ones? I feel I have become like the trusted neighborhood attorney I have so often admired. Becky is an original Power Ranch homeowner in the Orchard development. She has been married to Rick for 20 years and has a 4-year old son, William. She loves walking her dogs in the trails and playing in the splash fountain. For more information about her and Cholewka Law, visit

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Community >>> What’s Happening EVENTS FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: FAN US ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook. com/PowerRanchCommunityAssociation VISIT OUR COMMUNITY WEBSITE: VISIT OUR SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK:


Attorney and Power Ranch resident, Becky Cholewka, will explain how…Naming a legal guardian in your will is the only way to choose who will raise your minor children. Avoid probate. Leave an inheritance the right way. Protect your assets from lawsuits (a must for anyone who owns rental real estate or a business). Prevent an ex-spouse, creditors and immature financial judgement from destroying the inheritance you have built for your children and or other loved ones. Light dinner provided. *Adult only event. Dates & Time: Tuesday, September 17 6:30pm Location: The Ranch House Cost: FREE Registration: Limited space available. 480-497-3770

Family Movie Night

Power Ranch Elementary School and PRCA are joining forces to present Disney’s Teen Beach Movie. Spend time with your family and neighbors by coming out early. Bring your blanket, chairs, and a ball to toss around. You can also pre order a pizza that will be ready for you when you arrive. See the registration for details. Date & Time: September 20 6pm movie starts at sundown Location: West Soccer Field Cost: FREE Pizza: pre order a $10 large pizza at www. pick up at movie


Date & Time: Friday, September 20th 6:00pm Cost: Free / Shop our young vendors


Purge your closets and cabinets and make a few bucks at the Community Garage Sale. Ads will be placed in the local papers and signs placed on the major street corners. Maps of participants will be available at the Ranch House the week of the sale. You may also place their own signs in their neighborhoods. Goodwill’s donation truck will be in the parking lot of the Ranch House to collect any unsold items from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Date & Time: Saturday, September 21th 8:00am to Noon Cost: $2.50 Registration/Questions: Must register online by September 13 to have your address listed on the map


Become a Play Well engineer! With over 150,000 pieces of LEGO®, take on real-life engineering challenges that explore concepts in physics, mechanical/structural engineering, and architecture. From motorized machines to castles and catapults, this is a hands-on and mindson class suitable for LEGO® building system novices to “maniacs”. Designed by engineers, the curriculum challenges both new and returning students to reach the next level of engineering comprehension all while having fun. Dates & Time: October 7-11 9am-noon Location: Power Ranch (exact location announced October 4) Cost: $120 Registration/Questions: Joy at 602.317.7448


We will kick off the day with a hot breakfast (served from 730-930) followed by a morning of fishing at the lake with the Arizona Game & Fish Department (loaner rods, reels and bait provided). If you are a skilled fisherman or someone that has always wanted to learn, this event is for you! Date & Time: Saturday, October 12th 7am-11am Location: The Ranch House Lake Cost: $6.00 per family.


This has quickly become a favorite event among many residents. It’s going to be even better with the addition of the new AV package at the Barn. Who knows what football game may be on the two 80” screens. Entire prize pool awarded to top 4-5 players. Dates & Time: October 19 @ 1pm Cost: $40 cash at the door Location: Barn Registration/Questions: Contact Bryan Curtis 480.677.1497


ASPiRE (Association of Power Ranch Entrepreneurs) Our Community Works!

This exclusive resident run small business service group meets bi-monthly to share new ideas, problem solve and help one another promote their business. It is also open to homeowners who are interested in learning about service/product providers within Power Ranch. We are building a very comprehensive list of businesses, so come on out and see how we can all work together. Dates & Time: 2nd Wednesdays and 4th Tuesdays of the month 7-8pm Location: The Ranch House Cost: First meeting free Registration: Annual membership required.

Mark your calendar… October 19 G.A.I.N Block Party October 23 Power Marketplace Costume Parade October 26 Make a Difference Day November 19 Blood Drive


Enter the House of Dragon. Sifu Tom Hicks, Captain, US Army (Retired), Third Degree Black Belt & Resident Instructor, along with his experienced Certified Black Belt instructor team teaches a unique Bushido version of traditional Hawaii Kenpo Karate in a safe, structured, fun and family oriented environment located at the Barn. With a humble heart, discipline, integrity, commitment, dedication and a lot of motivation YOU can earn your Black Belt! Or you can just have a blast getting in shape! All skill levels & fitness levels welcomed. Students range in age from 4 to 55+, family discount rates below. The Martial Arts experience can positively change your life transforming one’s mind, body and soul. 2500 years ago Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Begin your journey today! Date & Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 7:45pm Location: The Barn Cost: $35 per participant monthly; $90 for 3 family members and $15 for each additional. Registration/Questions: Contact Sifu Tom Hicks at 480-202-0282 or or Simo Louwani Hicks at 480-202-0620.

AIKIDO KOKIKAI The Martial Art of Peace

Because we are too powerful for war! Curious? Come experience the power, grace and elegance of Aikido. This particular martial art will help you develop calmness, increase confidence, and feel energized. Ages 14 and up. Date & Time: Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm (regular class) Saturdays 10-11:30am (regular class and weapons/Kata) Location: Carriage House (previously the Y) Cost: $100 month for Power Ranch residents. First class is free. Registration/Questions: Contact Tom Joanes- Sensei @ 480.236.5025 Visit


A fitness camp for anyone wanting to improve their health. Uses a variety of techniques to increase strength, cardio, and overall wellness. Date & Time: M-TH 9-10am ongoing to September 26 Location: Carriage House (previously the Y) Cost: Free first 4 weeks. $85 per 4 week session or $198 for 12 weeks Registration/Questions: Jennifer Shumway 480.570.2800

Tots In Motion

Tots in Motion is beginning a new season of dance classes at Power Ranch! Owned by dance instructor of 11 years and Power Ranch resident, Lindsay Albers, Tots in Motion focuses on ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling, and provides a chance for the students to increase their coordination, physical fitness, and self esteem in a fun, encouraging environment! Boys and girls are invited. Come dance with us! Date & Time: Tuesdays 9-9:45 am ages 2.5-5yrs Location: Carriage House (previously the Y) Cost: $45 a month Registration/Questions: Lindsay Albers @ 480.250.3834


Kindermusik is the world-leader in music and movement classes for kids newborn and up. Long time Power Ranch resident Stefanie Jamison offers classes for kids of all ages Monday through Saturday. She offers three different classes on Thursday mornings at the Power Ranch Barn – “Our Time” for toddlers 2-3 years of age; “Village” for babies under the age of two; “Family Time” for kids of all ages. You can join at any time this fall. Call to request a free preview class: 480-7926793. More information available on The Musik Box website: Dates & Times: Thursdays – 9:15am “Our Time” for ages 18 months to 3 years 10:15am “Village” for babies up to 18 months 11:30am “Family Time” for kids of all ages Class sessions: ongoing Location: The Barn Cost: Our Time $50, Village $45, Family Time $45 for one kid or $65 for two. Questions: Contact Stephanie Jamison at or 480-792-6793

with activities throughout the month. We will get together to plan field trips, potlucks, events and more! Leave the men and kids at home and come out for a fun evening and make some new friends right in your neighborhood! Date & Time: 1st Wed of the month @ 6:30pm Location: Ranch House Ages: All women ages 18 and over invited! RSVP/Questions: Contact club coordinator Sandy Ruffalo at

Beachbody Fit Club

Work out for free each week with some of Beachbody’s most popular fitness programs including Insanity, T25, Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam, Brazil Butt Lift, Asylum, and more! You don’t need a trainer or a gym membership to get in the best shape of your life! Join my fit club each Monday for a free workout. Kids are welcome. Where: Carriage House When: Mondays 10-11am Contact: Kim at 505-280-3521


CLUBS* POWER PLAYERS GAME GROUP Afternoon and Evening Groups!

Interested in meeting new friends and playing a variety of games? We will meet at the Ranch House one morning and one evening a month for snacks, card games and fun! Bring cards if you have them, snacks to share and your own drinks if you would like. No charge to attend. Date & Time: First Tuesday of each month 1pm-3:30pm– Evening dates 3th Thursday of the month from 6:30-10pm Location: Ranch House Cost: FREE

POWER RANCH WOMEN’S CLUB - 1st Wednesday of each month!!

Come and join women of all ages for a fun new social club in Power Ranch! Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month

Men and Women are welcome for some fun and recreational soccer for Power Ranch residents and their guests. Date & Time: Sunday mornings 8:45am Location: The Ranch House Park Soccer Fields RSVP/Questions: Contact Brent Knoll at or on Facebook at!/ groups/169693683086840.

MOMS Club®

MOMS Club is for every mom! Our purpose is to provide support for mothers who are home during the day. We promote an atmosphere for moms and kids to build lifelong friendships. We do this through playgroups, children’s activities, book club, coffee chat, recipe club, park days and Mom’s Night Out. For more information please visit our website at or email us at

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Community >>> Lifestyle Corner

Demonstrating Good Character

>>> Club Corner

MOMS Club By Allison Woodland

By Lisa Capriotti, Lifestyle Director


n preparation for the Heaven’s Heroes event being held at the Barn, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. The theme for the event is gratitude, in which people will have the opportunity to celebrate what/who they are thankful for. The individual that I’m most grateful for is my grandfather, who lost his life to mesothelioma, a lung cancer caused by asbestos. As I consider the admirable character traits of “Gramps,” my name for him, I realize they are no longer the norm in our society. Gramps was deeply rooted in his faith and lived it out daily. He showed it in his actions and refrained from judging others. He demonstrated love. He was a man of action and always available to help others in times of need. He taught selflessness. He held a high standard for himself and those around him, yet he was reasonable and fair. He believed in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. He taught his family to save money for what they wanted. He also understood that there were consequences for your choices and actions, whether they are good or bad. He taught accountability. He believed in the power of words and actions. He taught positive mental attitude. It is my belief that his faith coupled with a positive attitude allowed him to live seven years beyond what the doctors anticipated. In those seven years, he and I grew closer because I was an adult by then. Of course he wasn’t perfect, none of us are, but I wish I could bottle up my grandfather’s integrity, honesty, and selflessness and sprinkle it around the world. As you move forward in your day, stop and ask yourself, “What type of character am I demonstrating to others?”


y husband, Christopher, and I fell in love with Power Ranch four years ago. We were tired of living in a condo in Tempe surrounded by students and parties. We wanted to build a home, start a family, and start building our lives. We built in the Timbers and two years ago our son, Jonathan, was born. We love taking family walks in the evening, feeding the ducks, going to the parks, and watching our son play at the splash pad. We love our neighbors. The one thing really missing for me was a sense of belonging, a network of friends I could spend time with or call on in times of trouble. We weren’t raised in Arizona. Our families live out of state. Sometimes, I really felt isolated. Then, I found Mom’s Club. More correctly, they found me! I kept bumping in to a member who raved about the club. I decided to give it a shot. Now I count her as a dear friend as well as many other women in the group. I’ve been so thankful for the offers to bring over groceries when I was sick, the fun times I’ve had talking to other women while our children played together, and the simple availability of activities during the week. I’ve also found that these are real women. We are not perfect mothers or saints and that’s ok. We do our best, love our families, and have fun together. I have found a place where I belong and am enjoying this network of wonderful women I call my friends. Thanks Mom’s Club!


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Estate Planning Seminar 6:30-8pm



Family Movie Night- Disney Teen

7-11 Lego Engineering Camp 9-noon

Beach Movie


Breakfast and Bobbers 8-noon


Aspiring Entrepreneur Vendor Fair


G.A.I.N Block Party in Mountain View


Community Wide Garage Sale


Board of Directors Meeting 6:30pm


Design Review Applications due

25 Power Marketplace is Back! 3-7pm

Design Review Meeting

Park 25

Centennial Elementary Pumpkin Lighting Festival


Make a Difference Day (Details soon)


Block Party Blow Out

MONDAYS Weight Watchers 6-8pm AZ Blind Dragon 5:15-7:45pm TUESDAYS Tots in Motion 9:45 WEDNESDAYS Aikido Martial Arts 5:45-7:45pm THURSDAYS Kindermusik 9:15am-12:30pm Adult Drop-in Volleyball 6:30pm Aikido Martial Arts SATURDAYS 10-11:30am ASPiRE Meeting 7-8pm 2nd Wednesdays and 4th Tuesdays

Power Marketplace is Back! Starting weekly on September 25th from 3-7pm! See page 11 for details.

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Sports Physicals for $25 Walk-ins welcome anytime or use our Call Ahead Care Program. Call us ahead of your visit and we will call you back when it is your turn to see the doctor. Wait in the comfort of your own home! Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day of the year, including holidays!

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