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March 2014 ASSOCIATION 6
Manager’s Message: Thunstedt Celebrates 15 Years
Committee: Design Review Committee
Community Business: New Operations Manager
Facilities: Fitness & Playground Updates
March Meetings; Save the Date
Developer’s Corner: Estrella Named Best in the Valley
Snippets: Is it Really Winter?
Celebrating Estrella: Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest
Clubs & Groups: Bridge Club
Clubs & Groups: Motorcycle Riding & Yacht Clubs
Clubs & Groups: Arts of Estrella & Heartbeat of Estrella
School District: Future Growth & Impact
School District: Q&A with Supt. Dr. Andy Rogers
Estrella Foothills High School: Opportunities
City of Goodyear: Luke West Valley Co-Chair
Police Beat: Tips for Dialing 9-1-1
City of Goodyear: Spring Training Tickets are Hot
Residents Club: Upcoming Events, March 2014
March 2014 Calendar
Numbers to Know :Starpointe Groups, Instructors, and Personal Trainers
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>>> MANAGER’S MESSAGE
Sharon Thunstedt Celebrates 15 Years at CCMC By Lisa Lundskow, Community Manager
any, many, long-time residents in Estrella are familiar with Sharon Thunstedt. We are very proud to announce that Sharon is celebrating 15 years of service to this beautiful community that you call home. She started back in January 1999 and hasn’t missed a beat since then. Going back in time, starting out 15 years ago, things here were very different. There were only three employees in the association located in the Elliot Marketplace: the community manager, Sharon (as the receptionist), and a compliance staff member. During that time, the events coordinator was employed by the developer and the information center was in a trailer at the corner of Estrella Parkway and Elliot and the golf course had a trailer in the parking lot by the Yacht Club. In the 15 years that Sharon has been employed here in Estrella, she has seen the golf course, Starpointe work ethic and spot on memory. Residents Club and Information Center constructed. Sharon has a passion for her work and loves all the Events and weddings were all held in a pavilion interaction with the residents and the relationships located on the North Lake where the Starpointe that she has built. Every staff member knows Residents Club is now situated. Sharon is a true gem and is an unbelievable asset Sharon has an extensive amount of knowledge and to our team. It is a true honor to work with such an anyone can ask her about an event, situation or incredible person and I invite all of you to stop by and action of the Board or Committee at any time and she thank Sharon for her hard work and dedication to the will know the details and history. She was referred Estrella community for the past 15 years. to as the “Office Goddess” because of her top notch
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Design Review Committee
By Shirley Robertson, Communications Coordinator
Design Review Committee (DRC) for each community association at Estrella (Estrella Community Association (ECA), The Villages at Estrella Mountain Ranch Community Association (VCA) and the CantaMia Community Association has been established to ensure all improvements or any modifications thereto proposed by property owners comply with established design criteria. Initially, the DRC will consist of representatives of the master developer. Subsequently, the DRC will be appointed as provided for in the CC&R’s for each respective association. The DRC consists of the New Construction Committee and the Modifications Committee for ECA and Architectural Review Committee for VCA. The CantaMia Association has its own district committees. The Role of the DRC is:
Lisa Lundskow, CAAM, PCAM Community Manager
Robert Cruz Operations Manager
Todd Wuellner, MA, CPRP Facilities Director
Kevin Wells Maintenance Supervisor
Kristine McIlhenny Lifestyle Director
Eric Holmgren, Club & Program Manager
Tammy Campbell Assistant Lifestyle Director
Sharon Thunstedt Administrative Coordinator
Shirley Robertson Communications Coordinator
Jodi Matlock Facilities, Design, Patrol Coordinator
Amy Helms ECA & VCA Compliance Coordinator
Mary Ann Brungardt Starpointe Front Desk Lead
Loryn Lanford Administrative Associate
Terry Hammond Yacht Club Coordinator
Dan Castillo Starpointe Maintenance Coordinator
• To approve or disapprove proposed improvement plans for site planning, building construction and landscaping • To ensure construction conformance to the plans as submitted and approved • To report inconsistencies with approved plans and recommend appropriate actions for enforcement • To develop, review, publish and maintain minimum standards and guidelines The Community Handbook may be amended from time to time and it is the responsibility of each resident to obtain and review a copy of the most recently revised version of the guidelines. In addition to conforming to these guidelines, all construction must conform to all applicable ordinance requirements of the City of Goodyear and any other governing agencies. All temporary and permanent improvements at Estrella must be submitted to the applicable DRC and approved by the Committee in writing prior to the start of construction. This Community Handbook and all applicable forms can be located on www. lifeinestrella.com. ‘Homeowners Association (HOA)’ then click ‘Estrella Community Handbook’ http://www. lifeinestrella.com/custom.asp?id=461583&page=64.
Phone: 623.386.1112 / Fax: 623.386.5788 www.LifeinEstrella.com Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Additional hours available by appointment.
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Estrella Welcomes New Operations Manager
By Shirley Robertson, Communications Coordinator
CMC is pleased to introduce Robert Cruz. In his new role as Operations Manager at Estrella, Robert will be responsible for the daily operations, strategic leadership and planning for the two homeowner associations, Estrella Community Association and Villages at Estrella Mountain Ranch Community Association.
“It has been my personal goal to be part of a master planned community where building partnerships and relationships are essential in providing superior service to our residents”, he explains. Lisa Lundskow, Community Manager, is excited that Robert hit the ground running and will be a true asset to the team. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Robert started his career as a Property Manager for an
upscale apartment community in Orange County. In 2008 he moved to the Phoenix area to bring a better quality of life to his wife of 16 years and two young daughters. Over the past 9 years, Robert has worked for several Valley HOA management companies and has over 15 years of property and community association management experience. He is a Certified Community Association Manager through the Arizona Association of Community Management (AACM) and is a member of Community Association Institute (CAI). In his off time, Robert enjoys attending and watching sports, family time and being outdoors with his favorite family pets, Lucky and Bella, their rescue dogs. Estrella residents are encouraged to stop by and meet Robert. You can contact him at email@example.com or 623.386.1112.
Fitness Room & Playground Refurbishment Updates By Shirley Robertson, Communications Coordinator
Starpointe Fitness Center is getting new equipment. Thanks Estrella as we go through this process and thanks Eric, for your hard work.
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The ground at the S Lake Playground area has been refurbished. Thanks Estrella for your patience during this much needed process and Todd & Kevin for the nice job!
Enjoy your new play area!
March Meetings Budget/Finance
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:00 am
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:30 pm
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE Estrella Kid’s Triathlon Sunday, March 30, 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org Forms at Starpointe
Sailing Regatta at Yacht Club Contest March 2014
Estrella’s Semi Annual Garage Sale Saturday, May 3, 2014 7am - 2pm
Registration forms $5 online & front desk
Yacht Club Luau Friday, April 25 6pm - 8pm
Yacht Club Social with Mr. E – The One Man Variety Show Friday, May 9 7pm - 9pm
Wild About the WaterPark Saturday, June 7 11am - 12:30pm
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>>> DEVELOPER’S CORNER
Estrella Recognized as the Best in the Valley Submitted by Newland Communities
esidents know that Estrella is a great place to live…and based upon the increased sales we experienced in 2013, it appears that many others agree. When word gets out about how special Estrella is, and the community is recognized by others for being the best, we can’t help but share the great news. We are proud to announce that Estrella is featured twice on Arizona Foothills Magazine’s 2014 Best of the Valley list. Estrella was rated the Best Master-Plan Community for Children and CantaMia was recognized as Best Retirement/ Senior Living Community. The winners are chosen based on number of votes – so a big thank you to everyone who showed love for their Estrella community! In addition, we recently learned that Estrella was ranked 35 on the national independent research firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s annual list of Top 50 Master-Planned Communities. The rankings are based on new home sales and Estrella is one of only four Arizona communities to make the list. What is even more special is that Newland had five of its communities placing in the top 50 - the most of any individual developer. We are thrilled about the community’s accomplishments and look forward to Estrella’s continued success and growth in 2014. Great things are happening and the recent accolades are truly a testament of Estrella’s tightknit community feel and unique amenities. It’s why so many people want to call Estrella home.
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Is it Really Winter?
By Jim Potts, Horticulturist, Four Peaks Landscape Management, Inc. s it really still winter? Even with the temperatures being as warm as they have been, It is possible to have freezing temperatures in early March, so don’t put the frost protection away for the summer just yet. Typically by mid-march, the risk of freezing temperatures has lessened for the lower desert areas, but in the foothills and outlying areas a freeze is certainly still a possibility. You may have noticed the reduction in the overall plant sizes throughout Estrella, this is part of the process to bring plants out of their rest period and promote new growth and blooming. Pruning should always be done to maintain plant health; removing only dead, damaged or diseased portions and cross branching to highlight the natural shape of the plant. Heavy pruning or “shearing” can cause stress to a plant and invite insects that may damage the plant. It’s always best to prune the minimum required and only where necessary. A plant can recover quicker from several small pruning wounds than from a single large wound, a good rule of thumb is to never remove more than 20% of the plants tissue in a year.
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The insects will begin to show up as temperatures rise. Most damage is cosmetic, so don’t panic. Typically a good stream of water will wash them off or better yet, let the beneficial insects take care of them. Keep the plants watered properly and as stress free as possible and they should be fine. Spring weeds will start to emerge now with some rain. You can manually remove them by hand or use a systemic herbicide (follow the label carefully) to control them in larger populations. As always, protect any innocent bystander plants as these types of chemicals are typically broad spectrum. Many home improvement stores can help you decide which product fits your needs best. If you planted winter Rye grass, now is a good time to start lowering the mower height a little each week. Take it slowly so as not to stress the grass to soon, that will come in May. Apply a nitrogen based fertilizer at the recommended rate and water as scheduled, you do want to promote SOME growth but unless you like bailing hay, moderation is best.
Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest
By Shirley Robertson, Communications Coordinator
he West Valley Arts Council, City of Goodyear and Newland Communities are proud to announce the first Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest at Estrella. Designed to be a true celebration of arts and culture, the music fest will feature more than half a dozen bands with a wide range of genres – everything from country to rock to reggae, jazz and beyond. Hosted by the Goodyear master-planned community of Estrella, the event will be held at the Estrella Lakeside Amphitheatre, located at 10300 South Estrella Parkway. For more information visit westvalleyarts. org and keep up-to-date with the latest news by following #GLMFest on Twitter and Facebook.
>>> CLUBS & GROUPS
The FREE event is perfect for the entire family! This event, open to the public, will be held on March 29th from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. and will feature an arts expo, beer and wine garden and food vendors. Headlining bands include:
AZ Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
The Brazen Heads
World Music Fusion Blues
Big Band Sound
Jazz, Funk and R&B Country
Walt Richardson Reggae
Estrella Bridge Club
By Estrella Bridge Club
strella Bridge Club invites you to play a fun game of Party Bridge with us at the Starpointe Residents Club. Although all residents of Estrella, including Canta Mia and Monticeto may attend, the revised rules of the Starpointe Residence club will freely admit anyone wishing to play as guests, so visiting family and friends and others may play. We are a diverse group with all levels of experience participating. At present we have 31 members. Bridge games are held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Starpointe Residents Club and last a little over 2 hours. Since we are a small club we are not registered with the ACBL, although some have played Duplicate in the past. We know there are many Bridge players in Estrella who have not attended, and we’d love to have you join us. Others of us just learned the game. Standard American Bridge bidding, conventions, and play are the norm. This is a social group with occasional dinners out, munchies etc. Our goal is to have fun, while playing Bridge. Bridge Lessons If you would like to learn to play Bridge, classes will be taught by Murray Cutten on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Starpointe Residents Club. A more cohesive class will result if all have played a
card game such as whist, hearts, spades, euchre, pinochle, poker, or canasta previously. Eight onehour introductory level and 8 one-hour refresher level lessons are available. Please contact Murray at 623734-4949 or via email: email@example.com. Due to room scheduling and other conflicts the classes must be held on Thursday evenings. There is no charge for these classes. Occasionally, our Club has a social event – either lunch or dinner in conjunction with Bridge.
BRIDGE CLUB SCHEDULE MON 1-4PM • WED 6-8:30PM • FRI 1-4pm FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Cookie Wallis 623-398-8695, rdwcw4AZ@cox.net Carl Deierling 623-237-3312, firstname.lastname@example.org
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>>> CLUBS & GROUPS
Estrella Motorcycle Riding Group
By John Marsland
he Estrella Motorcycle Riding Group (EMRG) is a group of men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles and sharing the open road together. We welcome all residents of the Estrella community who love to ride, whether on two wheels or three. We have seen our group grow since first forming in March of 2013. In fact, our current roster is over seventy members! We just continue to grow and grow, and have made many new friendships along the way. We meet on the second Sunday of each month, 11am, at the Starpointe Club, and discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from safety to ride destinations. We have one or two ‘official’ rides per month and most are ‘day rides’, meaning we depart and return the same day, but we do occasionally have overnight rides too. Our ‘official’ rides of the month usually occur on a Saturday or Sunday, but we also have had rides during the week as well. We use the term “official ride” as we also get together in smaller groups for
Changes at Yacht Club
By Shirley Robertson, Communications Coordinator
he Yacht Club has a new Cap’N aboard, Terry Hammond. Terry, along with friends and fellow Estrella residents Doug Bradwin and Paul Fackrell have refurbished the Yacht Club with new shelving for better organization and purchased some new boats for your pleasure. Residents should come out on any Friday, Saturday and Sunday and take a leisurely ride out on N Lake and join FREE sailing lessons the 2nd Saturday of each month starting at noon. For more information contact Terry at Communications@ LifeInEstrella.com. Welcome aboard Terry!
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other, informal rides as well, such as to Westgate for Bike Nights, or lunch, or perhaps to watch a game. The EMRG deeply cares about those impacted by misfortune and have been involved with several charities including Child Empowerment, Cancer awareness, Burn victims, and the Special Olympics. We get tremendous satisfaction giving back in this manner, and will continue to do so in the future. We actively support many local businesses and share those positive experiences with each other on our private website. At the time of this writing we just concluded our 1st Annual Progressive Superbowl Ride, with five stops at member’s homes along the way. Like all our rides this one was a blast! The EMRG enjoys riding motorcycles, building camaraderie, and giving back to our community. If you own a motorcycle and love riding as much as we do, come to our monthly meeting (again, the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11am) at the Starpointe Club and join in on the fun!
Superbowl Recipe Winner Submitted by Estrella Resident Cassie McCorry
FUDGY FOOTBALLS Ingredients
1 package Oreo cookies, finely crushed 1 brick cream cheese 2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips melted White icing for decorating Directions
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended. Then, put in fridge for 10 minutes. Shape into 1 inch footballs (about 40), place onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper, freeze 10 minutes, dip in the melted chocolate, and decorate laces with icing. Chill for 1 hour before serving.
>>>clubs & groups
Arts of Estrella
rts of Estrella represents a consortium of juried fine artists, patrons and educators living in Estrella with a common goal of introducing to our community the value of the creative arts as a vehicle to a richer and more fulfilling life. Our mediums range from oil and acrylic paint to gourds and bronze. Rest assured the artists are just as diverse as the tools they use to create their visions. Several artists are award winners who have exhibited in many of our nation’s fine art shows and galleries. Most recently, six members have had their work chosen to be featured in the Goodyear 2025 General Plan.
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By Estrella Resident Karen Brillo
Front Row: Karen Gallo, Debra Goley, Gerald Schwartz, Norma Cunningham, Linda Enoch. Middle Row: Frank Williams, Mike Greenfield, Doris Schoenamsgruber, Harmony Mendelow, Ardith Brondt, Susan Freed, Bonnie Kitchens, Barb Woolston. Back Row: Stew Rein, Michael Cunningham, Cellina Buckborough, Gus Schoenamsgruber, Lee Hendrickson.
There are three levels of involvement for members: Juried Fine Artist - Patron - Educator For more information, please refer to our Group listing on the Life in Estrella website. Estrella Fine Artists, Patrons and Educators network to plan events and to promote Arts Education. We are members of the West Valley Arts Council and participate in most of the council’s events planned for
the Estrella Lakeside Amphitheatre and other West Valley Events. Our next Estrella event will be at the Lakeside Music Fest on March 29th where art will be available for purchase. We invite you to discover other events where you will find our artists and their works by going to our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ ArtsofEstrella. Feel free to email us at ArtsofEsrella@ aol.com
Heartbeat of Estrella By Estrella Resident Julia Sisk
eartbeat of Estrella started as a group of people who simply want to help Estrella residents find relief during times of stress and distress. We really just want to be a group that sees a need and meets it. Whether it is financial, emotional, physical or personal we want to help our neighbor. We have a Facebook group that has 204 members currently. There are many opportunities to impact and affect change in our community and https:// www.facebook.com/groups/HeartbeatOfEstrella/ will get you to the page. We also have an email address which is HeartBeatOfEstrella@Aol.com. or you can reach Nate Evanko @ 623.696.6415. We are looking for people who want to help their fellow neighbor here in Estrella in virtually any way, shape or
form. We want to hear about the needs out there and connect solutions with those needs. Our meetings are scheduled at Starpointe on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We hope you can come and join us for a time of brainstorming and snacks, which will inevitably lead to needs being revealed and solutions being offered and instituted. Please call or email with any questions you may have or suggestions you wish to offer. We welcome them! Will you please join us? Thank you!
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Future Growth: Impact on Schools & Public Safety
by Estrella Resident Jennifer Barber
strella’s history is incredibly unique. In 1990, Estrella was featured in a national ABC News Nightline report in which our oasis was described as an “extravaganza.” While those extravagant plans have changed somewhat, it’s still on the path for growth and prosperity. Today, Estrella is owned and operated by the private land developer Newland Communities. Plans call for 50,000 homes over the next 25 years. Newland and the City of Goodyear have the “If you build it, they will come!” theory in play. Growing a city - and a community like Estrella - is a delicate process in which various city divisions, land developers, and school districts all need to communicate on the same page. Goodyear’s City Manager Brian Dalke tells us, “Our City is excited about the growth and development opportunities in Estrella. We continue to work closely with Newland and the development communities to provide support to ensure the community has the infrastructure they need for future growth.” New construction and growing classroom size are signs Estrella isn’t slowing down. Schools In November, voters in the Liberty Elementary School District narrowly approved a $15,000,000 bond. The list of uses for the money includes a new school. Superintendent Dr. Andy Rogers says the location of the new school has not yet been determined, however, “Montecito is the location of the next Liberty elementary school in the Estrella community. It is one of three locations that are being actively considered for a new school site.”
At Estrella Mountain Elementary School, principal Mrs. Sharon Marine is preparing for an influx of families interested in The International Baccalaureate. “We expect to attract students from Luke Air Force Base since those families travel frequently and would
have experience with IB schools around the world,” says Marine. Public Safety During the economic downturn, Arizona schools saw staffing of their school-resource officers, or SRO’s, cut in half. Police departments lost state funding and were forced to find innovative ways to protect schools on limited resources. Goodyear now has three SRO’s. They’re funded by the Goodyear Police Department and based in the city’s three high schools. Goodyear’s Police Chief Jerry Geier also implemented a proactive police substation program located in three elementary schools covering three geographical areas of our city. One of the substations is based here in Estrella at Westar Elementary. “The substation program is going well with rave review from school staff, parents and students,” says Goodyear Police Department’s PIO Lisa Kutis. Goodyear’s Public Safety Master Plan does not specifically address schools but does address projected growth in the entire community. Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi reports, “In the next few years, the City has plans to construct a fire station in the area of Rainbow Valley Road and Willis. Furthermore, as growth continues, we have also identified other sites in this area that will address the future needs for fire and emergency services.” I’m greatly hopeful for Estrella’s future and so are our leaders at City Hall. “We are so proud of the Estrella Community in Goodyear and we are excited about the opportunities as the area continues to grow and develop,” says Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. A heartfelt “thank you” to the many active leaders - and residents - working to see through Estrella’s success! To read more about the New Builder Growth visit www. lifeinestrella.com and look under ‘The Developer’s Updates’.
GOODYEAR BY THE NUMBERS
ESTRELLA BY THE NUMBERS
July 1, 2015: 79,215
July 1, 2015: 13,505
July 1, 2020: 98,236 July 1, 2023: 116,546
These are the population projections for the municipal planning area. (Not the city limits.)
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July 1, 2020: 18,726 July 1, 2023: 27,102
These are population projections for the area between the Gila River and Pecos Road.
Source: City of Goodyear, Development Services Department
>>> school district
A Conversation with LESD Supt. Dr. Andy Rogers by Estrella Resident Jennifer Barber
Editor’s Note: This past fall, voters in the Liberty Elementary School District narrowly approved a $15,000,000 bond. The two schools in Estrella benefitting from the bond are Estrella Mountain Elementary and Westar Elementary. Estrella resident Jennifer Barber shares with us how the bond monies will be used through an interview with Liberty Elementary School District Superintendent Andrew Rogers, EdD. Q: How will the bond money specifically used at Estrella elementary schools? A: Each of the Estrella Elementary schools will receive safety and security upgrades and technology. The new busses will transport students throughout the school district. We are updating our needs assessment to determine what schools and projects will be funded for school improvements. Q: Are you planning for growth in Estrella schools? If so, how much? A: Yes, we are planning for growth at the Estrella Elementary Schools. We are projecting approximately 3% growth for this coming school year and a steady increase in our growth rate over the next five years. Q: At what point do you have to close enrollment to students who only live within the district? A: Each year the Governing Board adopts our capacity figure for each school in the district. It is based on how many classrooms at each school and how many students we staff for by grade level (class size). Currently, we have certain grade levels closed at different schools, but no situations where we have closed an entire school. We would close open enrollment when all grade levels are full as defined by the board approved capacity numbers.
Q: Do you have a new school planned for Estrella? If so, what is the location and timeline? A: We have a location in the Montecito community identified with Newland. It is adjacent to the future Residents Center. Timeline is very difficult to say at this point. This site is one of three finalists for our next new school. We are in the process of analyzing demographic information, sales projections, enrollment trends and the suitability of the land for school development. Q: What steps do you take to coordinate safety for students with Goodyear police and fire? Do you expect or hope to increase the number of school resource officers in the near future? A: The Goodyear Police and Fire departments have been exceptional partners in working with us to maintain and increase student safety. We meet with staff from both departments on an ongoing basis. We have a police substation located at Westar Elementary. The school resource officers make themselves available on an as needed basis for our elementary schools. We have done training on emergency planning and crisis response with them. The Fire Department regularly inspects our campus to insure compliance with all safety codes. We would appreciate the opportunity to increase school resource officers at our elementary schools. Unfortunately, we do not currently see any funding options at this time. The city budgets are stretched and so are our budgets. I also believe it is a higher priority to maintain the SRO’s at the high school. The Goodyear PD has been incredibly supportive and responsive on their very limited budgets.
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY
PRINCIPAL Mrs. Sharon Marina Current Enrollment 595 Students Full Capacity 700 Students Attractions The International Baccalaureate, Spanish
PRINCIPAL Mr. Dave Bogart Current Enrollment 650 Students Full Capacity 770 Students Attractions STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
instruction for all grades, Chinese/Mandarin coming in 2014
and Math), Multi-Age Gifted programs
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>>>estrella foothills high school
By Dr. Leslie Standerfer, Principal
ne of the best things about Estrella Foothills High School is that our students are given an opportunity try new things and be involved in a variety of different activities so that they can discover both their interests and their aptitudes. We want every student to have the opportunity to be a scholar, an athlete, an artist, and a humanitarian. We want all of our students to improve on the talents they enter high school with, and to discover new talents as they get involved in things they never thought that they would. If you spend time on our campus, you will be amazed with today’s youth. Visiting the Performing Arts Center, you will hear both traditional and contemporary music as our band and choir students expand their musical repertories. You will see students in time period costumes perform under the lights that our tech theatre students make shine in just the right spot. You will feel inspired as you watch dancers glide across the stage in formations that they choreograph themselves. And, you will see vibrant colors and sophisticated images in the artwork student’s paint. As you walk through campus into classrooms, you will hear academic discourse that lets you know that intellectual thought is not lost. You will see master craftsmen in the precision manufacturing lab make things that people spend good money to own. You will smell (and if you are lucky taste) the gourmet cuisine that young chefs are preparing. And, you will see students working together in groups as part of the educational process As the school day ends, you will hear business students rehearsing speeches for competition and public engagements. You will see future engineers tinkering with robots to increase their performance and durability. You will feel inspired as clubs discuss the next service projects or community outreach they are planning. And, you will see students from all backgrounds having fun together. If you make your way to the back of campus to the athletic facilities, you will hear students in the crowds cheering positively for their fellow students. You will see student trainers wrapping knees and providing
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ice to athletes who are also their classmates. You will feel pride as student athletes shake the hands of opponents respectively whether they won or lost, understanding that victory with honor also means grace in defeat. You will see the fruits of their labors in trophy cases and on banners that denote their achievements. The best job perk of being an educator is getting to witness the things described above on a continuous basis. As our students experience the struggles of adolescents, they also get to experience the fun that comes when you find things that you are good at and enjoy doing. And, that is fun to see, hear, feel, and experience.
Estrella Foothills High School Principal Dr. Leslie Standerfer Current Enrollment 991 Students Full Capacity 1600 Students Attractions
EFHS provides students a variety of opportunities. We pride ourselves on the excellent quality of programs we offer in academics, the arts, activities, and athletics. We encourage students to try new things and excel in multiple areas.
The Career & Technical Education Programs we offer are: Broadcast Media, Business, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Journalism/ Photography, Precision Manufacturing, Sports Medicine, and Technical Theatre.
Programs include: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.
AthleticS have been successful over the last decade winning a number of state titles.
clubs add additional opportunities for students (the latest excitement being that the engineering club is sending a Robotics team to compete at a Super Regional in northern California later this spring).
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Proud to Serve as Co-Chair of Luke West Valley Council
By Georgia Lord, Mayor, City of Goodyear
uke Air Force Base is not only vital to the region and state, but to Goodyear and the country, as the popular Luke Days Open House returns to Luke AFB on March 15-16. The city of Goodyear remains front and center when it comes to being poised and prepared for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet training program at Luke Air Force Base as we speak. The daunting aircraft will be displayed at Luke Days, where residents of all ages can marvel at their capabilities through the state-ofthe-art technology the jets are equipped with. But right now, members of the Luke West Valley Council – the regional group promoting the future success of the base and the economic vitality the F-35’s are projected to bring to the region, are moving forward with Goodyear helping to steer that success – a council I am proud to be a part of. I was nominated and elected to be the incoming CoChair of the Luke West Valley Council during its most recent quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 19. I am excited to co-chair the group along with Luke Air Force Base Brigadier General Michael Rothstein. The Luke West Valley’s purpose is to discuss and address community issues, challenges and successes relating to Luke activities and further its importance of economic vitality. The Air Force has credited the strong community support as a factor that led to Luke Air Force Base being awarded the F-35 Mission. In my role as co-chair, I will lead the meetings and discussions in how to further the success of the base as it moves forward with expansion and other programs. My election to co-chair Luke West Valley council comes at an exciting time in the West Valley region. Luke is projected to have $260 million of construction over the next decade. Also, other support businesses are expected to open with the arrival of the F-35A
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fighter-pilot training program. In addition to the future success of Luke Air Force Base, the F-35s will be showcased as well as the Thunderbirds flying team during the return of Luke Days, an open house for the public which will be held at the base on March 15-16. Last year, General Rothstein could not justify spending the money to host the popular event due to budget cuts through sequestration and facing the prospect of having to furlough employees at the base. But Luke Days returning this year is a positive sign. The F-35s will be displayed with an array of military and civilian planes and helicopters. Military pilots and maintenance technicians will be on hand to discuss the aircraft and, invite people on board some of the aircraft as the event maintains a family atmosphere. It’s an honor to be nominated and elected by my peers to serve on Luke West Valley that represents our region. We strongly support those who serve our country. Not only is the future of Luke Air Force Base vital to the region and state of Arizona, but it is vital to our city and national security. Many people serving in the military or military-related jobs call Goodyear their home, and we’re proud that we were part of the partnership that was able to help secure the F-35 Fighter Jet program at Luke. The Luke West Valley Council formed in the 1980s to garner community support for Luke Air Force Base as a viable sight for the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet pilot training program. The group is comprised of Luke AFB officials, elected officials from 12 West Valley cities and Maricopa County as well as representatives from the governing bodies of Sun City and Sun City West. The meetings are also often attended by West Valley legislators and outside organizations that support and partner with Luke Air Force Base. Let us all keep working together to keep Luke Air Force Base front and center as part of the economic vitality of our city, region, state and country.
Important Tips for Calling 9-1-1
By Lisa Kutis, PIO, City of Goodyear Police Department
ave you ever wondered what to expect when calling 911? Have you ever asked yourself; is this an appropriate situation to call 911? Maybe your child was playing with the phone and accidently called 911; did you wonder what to do? The Goodyear Police Department would like to share some important tips with you about calling 911 and what to expect if you do. What to expect and what information to give the 911 dispatcher • Know your location / address • Stay calm, speak slowly and clearly • Answer dispatcher’s questions • State the emergency happening NOW. For example: “I need an ambulance at – give ADDRESS” • Stay on the line with the dispatcher • Follow dispatcher’s directions
when to Call 9-1-1 • Any emergency IN PROGRESS • An emergency is – An “IN PROGRESS” situation where death and/or serious harm to persons or property are probable • Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to call 911 if needed – They are on duty 24/7 to keep our community safe! when you shouldn’t Call 9-1-1 • Directions or information • About an OLD incident such as, “My car was broken into yesterday.” • Barking dogs or noise disturbances • Call the non-emergency line: 623-932-1220 Did your child call 911 by accident? Don’t hang up! Stay on the line and let the dispatcher know there is no emergency. If you hang up, much valuable time is spent calling you back. If you don’t answer, an officer will be sent out to do a welfare check. Remember, it is a crime to intentionally misuse 9-1-1!!
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Going to Spring Training? Get Your Tickets Now!
By City of Goodyear pring training at Goodyear Ballpark is just days away,
Tickets can be purchased online or
Indians in action – the 2013 American and National
Tickets in the Outfield Box, Outfield
but tickets to see the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland
League Wild-card Major League Playoff contenders, are on
sale now. So, if you’re looking for a great gift– the Reds or Indians might be the ticket.
Plus, active and retired
members of the military, including National Guard and Reserves, can receive tickets in the Outfield box, Outfield
Reserved, or Berm section – for free only at the Goodyear Ticket Office. Then, they can purchase up to 4 tickets in any of those sections at the discounted group rate.
The Reds and Indians start their march toward the regular season at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th when
the Indians host the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Then, at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th , the Reds host the Indians. Opening weekend festivities will take place prior to the game at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 when the Indians host the Reds. The Arizona Skyhawks Jump Team
will parachute onto the field and the members of the Reds
and Indians will be introduced on the field after Goodyear
Mayor Georgia Lord speaks and members of City Council are introduced.
. To continue the opening weekend celebration, on March
1st and March 2nd the first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a fleece blanket with the home team’s logo.
The Zooperstars! will return to perform during inning
breaks for the games on March 14th and 15th. Some of the characters include Clammy Sosa, Ken Giraffey, Jr. and
Peyton Manatee. They were a hit last year with fans of all ages.
Overall, the Reds and Indians each will play 15 games at
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 South Ballpark Way – voted the Best Place to See a Spring Training Game two of the last four years. The Reds celebrate their 5th Spring Training season in Goodyear in 2014; the Indians celebrated their 5th year in Goodyear in 2013.
“We’re excited for another Spring Training season being upon us,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “Last
year, both the Reds and Indians made it to the Wild Card Playoffs, and the fans are excited to see them start the baseball season in Goodyear to make the playoffs again.”
Tickets range in price from $8 to $32, which is the price for
all-inclusive Right Field Pavilion seats that provide unlimited food and soft drinks. Season ticket plans, three or more game mini plans and group tickets (20 or more) are still available.
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half price of regular tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Call 800-745-3000 or purchase tickets at Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office, 1933 S. Ballpark Way or online at www.goodyearbp.com.
Goodyear Ballpark Ticket Office and Team Shop are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (623) 882-3130.
TICKET PROMOTIONS $1 Berm Days February 26, 27 and 28; March 17 and 24 – Buy one regularly-priced Berm ticket and get one for $1. Family Fun Pack Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays March 10-13 - $40 for Berm tickets, four hot dogs, four small sodas and 4 bags of chips. ($48 in Outfield Reserved). Military Discount (All games) Active duty (including National Guard and Reserves) and retired military members can receive one free ticket to the games and up to four additional tickets in those sections at the group rate. Senior Saver Pass (Week day games) Tickets for seniors 55-and-older are $18 for an Infield Box ticket, hot dog and small soda. Kids Run the Bases (Saturdays and Sundays) Kids are allowed to enter the field to run the bases after the games. Seniors Stroll the Bases Senior citizens (55-and-older) can walk the bases on March 4, 19, 20 and 25 after the games. Autograph Days February 26, March 3, 6, 11, 13 and 26. Collect autographs from a few select Indians or Reds players before the game. Autograph tickets are distributed prior to the gates opening. Play Catch on the Field March 12 and 21. Bring your baseball gloves to play catch in the outfield after the game. Soft toss baseballs provided. Fan Appreciation Day March 24. Autographed team memorabilia from the Reds and Indians and other items will be given away each inning.
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Upcoming Events March 2014 Story Time at Starpointe
First Thursday of every month March 6th , 10:30am – 11:30am, Free
Join us on the 1st Thursday of every month for Story Time with your little ones. This month we will read The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! By Teddy Slater. We invite you to share in this leprechaun family’s charming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with a parade and an Irish feast. Hoping to find a pot of gold? Your kiddos will make one to take home at this special Storytime. This is a FREE event- no advance sign up required.
Estrella Coffee Social
Every Friday 8:30am – 10:00am $3 per Adult and $2 for Children
Enjoy coffee and a continental breakfast while getting to know your neighbors at the weekly Estrella Coffee Social. The cost to enter this event is $3 per adult and $2 per child. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this weekly event. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up under The
Spring Has Sprung Flower Planting Tuesday, March 11th, 10:00am
Put on your gardening duds and let’s kick off Spring! We will be painting flower pots and then planting a flower to take home. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $2 per person in advance, $4 the day of the event. Minimum 20 children; maximum 60.
Volunteer Spot at www.lifeinestrella.com.
Thursday, March 13th , 11:00am
We had 22 teams sign up for last month’s Trivia night. It is always a night filled with laughter. You can be a part of the fun too. Get your 4-person team together and get ready to show off your knowledge at this month’s Live Trivia Night. Do you have what it takes to beat the February champions, ‘Midwest by Southwest’. Come out and challenge your neighbors with three rounds that include general knowledge, history, geography and entertainment. The cost is $5 per person if you register in advance, or $8 the day of the event. Papa John’s Pizza, salad, water, and soda will be provided. Due to space we are limited to 22 teams so please sign up early!
Spring Break Activities March 10th -14th Youth Club
Looking for something to keep the kids busy during spring break? Get them off the couch and down to the Youth Club for some fun!
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Meet at the Youth Club and compete in a basketball shoot out competition. Hotdogs, chips and beverages will be provided. Cost is $2 in advance, $4 the day of the event. Minimum 20 children, maximum 60.
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Monday, March 10th , 6:30pm, $5 Advance purchase Starpointe Residents Club
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Lady Bug Release Breakfast Friday, March 14th , 9:00am Starpointe Residents Club
Children are invited to come and enjoy a continental breakfast, make a craft and then release thousands of lady bugs into the community. Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $3 or $5 the day of the event. Adult entry to breakfast is $3. Minumum 20 children; maximum 60.
Lakeside Farmers Market
Saturday, March 15th, 10:00am to 2:00pm Starpointe Residents Club
The Farmers Market is held on the Westside of the Starpointe Residents Club March 15th from 10am to 2pm. Stroll along the lakeside and shop our vendors that will offer locally Grown Micro Greens; Fresh Certified Organic Fruits & Vegetables; Artisan Breads, Pastries, Cakes & Pies, Pastas, Salsas, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Plus; Unique Handcrafted & Specialty Gifts and 100% Certified Avocado Oil. The Knife Sharpener, food vendors, kids bounce house and so much more. The Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market will run every third Saturday through April so mark your calendars!
Cocktails and Comedy!
Saturday, March 15th, 7:00pm- 9:00pm Starpointe Residents Club
C and C is going to tickle your funny bone in March with the appearance of nationally known comedian, Dan St. Paul. He has appeared in “An Evening at the Improv”, plus numerous shows on VH-1, MTV, and Comedy Central. He has opened for such superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole, Dwight Yoakum, Smokey Robinson, and Vince Gill. He appeared in the movie “Flubber” with Robin Williams, and signed a recording deal with MCA records. We are expecting a hysterical night. Come out and join in the laughter! The evening will feature cocktails beer, wine & margaritas from 7-7:30, comedy show from 7:30-8:30 and then last call and time to catch up with friends until 9pm. Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, March 12th at 4pm. $15 per Adult resident, guest fees apply. Minimum of 75. Maximum of 150.
Bus Trip to Vee Quiva Casino – Free Event! Tuesday, March 18th, 10:00am – 5:00pm Bus leaves Starpointe promptly at 10:00am Starpointe Residents Club front parking lot
It’s March and we are feeling the luck of the Irish! Take a day off to join your friends and neighbors at the casino! We will get you there and back and even provide a little gambling money. Everyone who goes gets $10 in free play money. As part of Senior Day, the casino provides Free Coffee & Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts until noon. At 11:00am- they conduct a drawing in the Casino for five winners of $100 Free Bonus Slot Play. All ages can enjoy $1.99 all you can eat pancakes in the Café 24/7. We must have at least 20 people for this event to take place. A $5.00 cash deposit is required to secure your spot for this trip when you sign up, but the deposit will be returned to you when you are seated on the bus. To avoid lines at the casino, bring your players card when you sign up and we will have your $10 free play preloaded for you. Bus leaves Vee Quiva promptly at 5pm for return home. Deadline to sign up for this event is Thursday, March 13th – noon.
BINGO Potluck Style
Thursday, March 20th, 6:00pm Potluck 6:30pm Games Begin Starpointe Residents Club
Looking for a fun evening with fellow residents, potluck dinner, and a chance to win big bucks? B.I.N.G.O!! Starpointe will be hosting monthly Bingo Night “potluck” style. Bring your favorite dish to share and water, soda, and coffee will be provided. Potluck begins at 6:00 pm and Bingo Games will start promptly at 6:30 pm. The cost is $5 a card for 10 rounds (additional cards are $5). You must be 21 to play and win. The PreSchooner Club will be open for your children to enjoy during the games. See you there!
Yacht Club Social ‘Goes Green’
Friday, March 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm Yacht Club Pavilion $8 Advance Adult Purchase - $5 Children 12 & under – Guest fees apply
It is Saint Patrick’s week and we are closing it out with a bang! Get your green on and enjoy an evening of traditional Irish grub. Ralph’s Catering will be serving up corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, in celebration of the wee bit ‘o Irish in all of us! The cost for this event is $8 per resident and $13 per guest. Water will be available with dinner, but you are welcome to bring your favorite beverage to enjoy with your meal. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to bring a folding chair or blanket to this outdoor event to guarantee seating. Tickets for this event can be purchased at The Starpointe Residents Club on a first come, first serve basis. Minimum 75; maximum 200. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 19th at 4pm. $8 for resident adults, guest fees will apply.
Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival #GLMFest
Saturday, March 29th , 1:00pm-9:00pm
Estrella is partnering with the City of Goodyear, Newland and the West Valley Arts Council to bring a full day of fun and music to our community. The day will feature seven bands, a different band and unique genre every hour! This event promises to be an event you will not want to miss! A beer & wine garden, Art exhibits and food vendors will be on site. Check the website for more details as they become available. Free!
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CALENDAR March 2014 Sunday
Saturday 1 10:30am Sailing Regatta
7 8:30am Estrella Coffee Social 1pm Bridge
8 9am Car Club 11am Travel Club Noon FREE Sailing Classes
13 9am Crafts & Stuff 11am Basketball Shoot Out 6pm Games, Games, Games 6:30 Bridge Introduction Class
14 8:30am Estrella Coffee Social 1pm Bridge
15 10am Farmers Market 10am Blood Drive 7pm Cocktails & Comedy
19 9:30am Playgroup 1pm Weekly Poker 4pm VMC Restructuring Meeting 5pm Trails Committee Meeting 6pm Bridge 7pm Photo Club
20 9am Crafts & Stuff 6pm Games, Games, Games 6pm BINGO 6:30 Bridge Instruction Class
21 22 8:30am Estrella Coffee Social 1pm Bridge 6pm Yacht Club Social
27 1pm Quiddler 6pm Games, Games, Games 6:30pm Bridge Instruction Class
28 8:30am Estrella Coffee Social 1pm Bridge
3 10am Spelling Bee 1pm Bridge 6pm Weight Watchers 6pm Arts of Estrella
4 8am Estrella Business Group 1pm Sisters in Stitches 6:30pm Intro to Bridge 7pm Estrella Economy Investment Group
5 9:30am Playgroup 1pm Weekly Poker 1pm Ladies of the Lake 4pm VMC Restructuring Meeting 5pm Budget/Finance Committee Meeting 6pm Bridge
6 9am Crafts & Stuff
9 11am Motorcycle Group
10 1pm Bridge 6pm Weight Watchers 6:30pm Trivia
11 10am Flower Planting 6:30pm Intro to Bridge 7pm Heartbeat of Estrella
12 10am Estrella Book Club 1pm Weekly Poker 3pm Design Review Committee 4pm VMC Restructuring Meeting 6pm Bridge 6:30pm Voting Member Meeting
17 1pm Bridge 1pm Poker 6pm Weight Watchers
18 1pm Sisters in Stitches 6:30pm Intro to Bridge
24 1pm Bridge 5pm Social Committee Meeting 6pm Weight Watchers
25 1pm Bridge 6pm Town Hall Meeting
31 1pm Bridge 6pm Weight Watchers
Starpointe Residents Club
30 8am Estrella Kids Triathlon
9:30am Playgroup 1pm Weekly Poker 4pm VMC Restructuring Meeting 6pm Bridge
10am Landscape Committee Meeting 10:30am Story Time 5pm Communications Committee Meeting 6:30pm Bridge Instruction Class 6pm Games, Games, Games 7pm Photo Group
29 1pm Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest
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Thursday Monday – Thursday Starpointe Residents Club Friday Friday 17665 W Elliot Rd. Saturday Saturday Operating Hours: Sunday Sunday Monday – Thursday
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ESTRELLA IS YOUR WARMER WINTER HOME! I moved to sunny Arizona from snowy Minnesota fourteen years ago!
Estrellaâ€™s resort style living will have you feeling like you are on vacation every day! Whether you wish to purchase an existing home or build a new home, I am here to help! My clients benefit from my vast community resources before, during and even after their transactions!
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Welcome Home Realty: 2920 N Litchfield Rd #100 Goodyear, AZ 85395
ESTRELLA BUYER REPRESENTATION | MARCH 2014 | 31 BY AGREEMENT. LIFEINESTRELLA.COM CALL NOW FOR DETAILS !
ARTS IN AND AROUND ESTRELLA
The Estrella community has long been a supporter of all things artistic and 2014 is no exception. We are proud to host the first Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest at Estrella on March 29 from 1 – 9 p.m. The free event will feature more than half a dozen live bands spanning a variety of genres including: Country, Jazz, Celtic Rock and Reggae. The event, sponsored largely by the City of Goodyear and the West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) will include an arts expo, beer and wine garden and food vendors. Keep an eye out for more information through LifeInEstrella.com or via social media by following #GLMFest.
The WVAC is the only regional organization that focuses on all disciplines of the arts and works to bring concerts, theatre, dance performances and public art exhibits to the West Valley. Another exciting upcoming event they are helping to promote is the 16th annual Litchfield Park Art and Culinary Festival March 8 – 9 featuring fine art and crafts from more than 250 artists. For more information visit vermillionpromotions.com/festivals. One of the main goals of the WVAC is to enrich arts education for students ages 5 – 19 and the organization works closely with local school districts and hosts various camps and art programs for students. Currently, they are helping to raise funds to send two local high school bands to perform in the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. The City of Goodyear also places a high priority on promoting the arts in the West Valley and providing family friendly events such as the Goodyear Family Concert Series and Ballet Under the Stars. For more information on Goodyear’s Family Concert Series, starting back up next month and running through May, and other upcoming events visit goodyearaz.gov. Opportunities abound in the West Valley for Estrella residents and West Valley neighbors to experience arts and culture close to home.
JUST BEYOND ESTRELLA March is a time of year when some of the most beautiful weather can be found and it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the many fun events hosted across the Valley. Spring is in the air…or maybe it was just a baseball! The 2014 Cactus League spring training season is already underway and games will run through March 29. Arizona is home to 15 major league teams and will host more than 220 games during the month long season. Located just a few miles from Estrella, Goodyear Ballpark is home to the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. For a full schedule, or to purchase tickets, visit goodyearbp.com or call 623.882.3130. Westgate Bike Night is back and will be held every Thursday from March 18 – June 24. The event will feature music, a photo slideshow of motorcycle bloopers displayed on the giant LED screen…and of course, plenty of bikes. More than 1,000 motorcycles will line Coyotes Boulevard each week. If four wheels
are more your style, Westgate’s Hot Rod Night continues every Wednesday, throughout the month of April, from 5 – 9 p.m. and parking opens at 4 p.m. The classic car show will feature a variety of cars from the 1980’s and older, live music and special events. For more information on either of these events check out westgatecitycenter.com. Luke Days Open House & Air Show will be held March 15 & 16 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The free event combines aerial demonstrations, military aircraft ground displays and special exhibits. A full list of attractions and more information can be found at luke.af.mil. This is just a sample of the great events hosted in the West Valley of the Sun. A more comprehensive event calendar can be found at estrella.com, azcentral.com or Phoenix.About.com.
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We invite you to discover Estrella – featuring 72-acres of lakes; the Starpointe Residents Club; 18-hole championship golf course; two K-8 schools and one high school; parks, trails and open space; a collection of distinctive builders and spectacular custom homesites. Brokers welcome.*
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AV HOMES • ROSEWOOD HOMES • T.W. LEWIS by DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES • WILLIAM RYAN HOMES NNP III – Estrella Mountain Ranch, LLC is the owner/creator of the Estrella Community and has limited responsibility to persons buying directly from them only to the development of certain infrastructure improvements. Homebuilders (“Builders”), unaffiliated with Owner or its affiliates (collectively, “Owner Companies”), are building homes in the Community. Owner Companies are not co-developing, co-building or a partner or joint venturer with such Builders. Owner Companies are in no way responsible for any obligations or representations of any of the Builders to third parties and/or home buyers, and Owner Companies shall incur no liability whatsoever nor have any obligations or liability to any home buyer regarding a home purchase from a Builder. Buyers of homes from any of the Builders waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any and all rights, claims, causes of action and other rights whatsoever against Owner Companies arising out of their purchase transaction with the Builders. Newland Communities solely acts as the property manager for the Community. The California Public Employees Retirement System (“CalPERS”) has an indirect interest in one of the members in Owner. Newland Communities and CalPERS are not a guarantor or party to any agreement and shall have no liability to the development or selling of homes or responsibility for any claims, issues. A complete list of disclaimer can be found at www.estrella.com. Actual development may vary from developer’s vision. No guarantee can be made that development will proceed as described. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT QUALIFIED, INSPECTED, OR EXAMINED THIS OFFERING. • Prices, specifications, details and availability of Builder’s homes are subject to change without notice. 2014 © Estrella. All rights reserved. Estrella is a trademark of NNP III-Estrella Mountain Ranch, LLC, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without prior written permission.