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What’s Inside DECEMBER 2013



Manager’s Message: An Action Plan for Rodent Control


From the Developer: Blackstone at Vistancia Update


Covenants Corner: Quick Reference Guide to CC&Rs


Caretaker Landscape: Caring for Your Home Landscaping

Community 12

Featured Event: The Holidays are Bright at Vistancia


What’s Happening


Performance Art: A Director’s View Point


Getting Crafty: Christmas Burlap Bunting




Happy Holidays from Vistancia Living Magazine

At the CLub



Tee Time: How “Fit” Are You?


Blackstone: Holiday Dessert


Council Update: Year in Review


Police Beat: Keep Holiday Valuables Out of Sight

Resources 26



Calendar 30

DECEMBER 2013 Calendar

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Association >>> MANAGER’S MESSAGE

An Action Plan for Rodent Control By Vanessa Dreyer, Community Manager


n the last six months, there has been an increase in rodent activity in common areas and within residential yards. We began to see a marked increase in calls to the office regarding activity in August and September. Plans began toward the end of September to research solutions, identify rodents and problem areas and to examine options. We began work toward remediation by contacting several companies. We explained our issue and our needs and invited them out to the community to help provide us an assessment. Four companies came out on site several times. Bait stations and traps were placed in common areas and were checked on a weekly basis. Several inspections were made at and around homes that were having issues. Based on assessments and resident feedback, activity is most significant in areas where that has been recent disturbance from construction.

We will be working with Bircher Exterminating to provide remediation. Bircher will place bait stations throughout the community and will monitor them weekly. They will mark locations on a map, which will be available to residents on the website. Each week the stations will be checked and if a few weeks go by and no bait is taken, that is a sign of little activity and the stations will be redeployed in areas where we are continuing to see activity and from where we receive resident reports. Special emphasis will be placed on entry points into the community from the outside. A form has been placed on the website under the Forms tab where residents can report activity and the form will be sent directly to the team and to Bircher Exterminating to help plan for the next month. We appreciate your assistance and patience as we work toward decreasing rodent activity in the community.

>>> from the developer

Blackstone at Vistancia Community Update By Mark Hammons, Vice President & General Manager


ince its grand opening in 2006, Blackstone at Vistancia has grown into a private luxury community that over 400 people now call home. Featuring a collection of over 275 luxury homes by premier builders and 62 custom homesites all situated within an intimate natural Sonoran desert setting. Upon completion, Blackstone will include approximately 500 luxury and custom homes.

Luxury Builders Featured builders within Blackstone at Vistancia include Shea Homes Luxury Villas, T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Luxury Homes, as well as T.W. Lewis by David Weekley Homes’ newest Links halfacre homesites. In addition, Toll Brothers plans to open their models in the parcel located east of Blackstone Country Club’s holes #12 and #13 in 2014.

Custom Homesites Blackstone continues to market a total of 18 available developer custom homesites ranging from over half an acre to more than one acre and starting from the mid $100’s. There are currently four custom homes completed within the community, with an additional 11 homes in the design review process and five new custom homesite sales this year reinforcing the custom home market is active again.


Blackstone at Vistancia offers a private guard-gated entrance, a neighborhood park including a half basketball court, children’s play structure, recreational lawn, shade ramadas and spectacular mountain and golf course views. For questions regarding Blackstone at Vistancia, luxury builders and custom homesites contact The Vistancia Information Center at 623-933-6233 or visit


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Association >>> COVENANTS CORNER

Quick Reference Guide to CC&Rs By Vanessa Dreyer, Community Manager


ne of the hardest things about getting used to living in an association is learning all the rules that are in place. This is especially difficult if you have lived in either another association or another part of the country. We come to a new place with an understanding of where we came from and many times assume that because the places are similar, so must be the rules. Add to that the long list of documents that are given to you before and during your closing and being able to get ahead of the learning curve is no easy feat. We’re here to help with that! The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are legal documents. They’re written by lawyers and not always easily understood. Additionally, those CC&Rs don’t always cover everything. They give the board power to make, modify or clarify rules and policies that exist as supplements to the CC&Rs. As a result, even if you had the time to sit down and read everything, it’s still a daunting task. When we redid the website we added all of the community’s governing documents, rules, guidelines and policies. Still, it’s a lot to comb through to find what you need. We’ve decided to make that easier. One goal we’ve had for quite some time is to create an approachable, easy to read, short document that cuts to the chase and lets you know what you can and can’t do. We’re pleased to let you know we’ve completed that goal! On the website, under the Documents tab, you’ll find the Quick Reference Guide. We’ve placed it in a few locations so it’s easily and intuitively found. It’s a two and a half pager that lists our rules in alphabetical order. We wanted to talk legal speak and make it clear and concise. Of course, the guide also references you to the document where you can find the exact wording. We encourage you to check out the document as become as familiar with it as possible. Please do keep in mind that it’s not meant to be a substitution for the legal documents, but a supplement. Residents should make every effort to be as familiar with the rules as possible. This is a great place to start!


Phone: 623.215.8646 / Fax: 623.215.8647 / Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Additional hours available by appointment.

Vanessa Dreyer Community Manager Carrie Lienhart Assistant Community Manager April Rettler Administrative Coordinator Michael Brooks Maintenance Director of VMC

Brittany Byrd Lifestyle Director Jake Monday Maintenance Coordinator Devin Haggerty Lifestyle Assistant

Vistancia Living Magazine is the official community magazine of Vistancia, brought to you by the Vistancia Village Association. It is published monthly by Lion Tree Communications, Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited by law. Trademarks, logos and content provided by advertisers, sponsors and partners are owned by the respective companies and all rights are reserved by them. The views, statements, and claims of advertisers or other VLM contributors do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, Vistancia Village Association or its employees. Printed in the USA. ©2013 Vistancia Living Magazine. All rights reserved. Please recycle.

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Association >>> Caretaker landscape

Caring for Your Home Landscaping By Anthony Luciano, Director of Horticulture – Vistancia ISA Certified Arborists (WE-9687A), CDLP, CLP, SLM, ACPA

Tip of the Month Plan ahead. Point-of-purchase decisions at the nursery are often fatal. Before you leave home identify: •

What you want from the plant: flowers, shade, fruit, attract wildlife, etc.

What you have to offer the plant: amount of sunlight, space (think of mature plant needs), maintenance, etc.

Make a list of those plants that meet your needs and whose needs you can meet. When planted in the wrong place, plants become stressed and prone to disease. If they outgrow their allotted space, the heavy pruning will result in excessive yard waste going to the landfill and often leads to disease. 

To Do List Turf •

After the first mowing, fertilize winter lawns with a (21-7-14). Follow the application rates and directions on the label.

Landscape Plants •

Cut off spent blooms to stimulate rebloom

Reduce irrigation to one deep watering of the root zone per month for the winter

Plant winter hardy trees, shrubs and vines

Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied from October through early December for winter annual weed control. Follow the package directions carefully for best results. DO NOT use pre-emergent herbicides where you will be planting seeds this season.

Do not increase opportunities for fungal disease on turf by over watering, watering at night, over fertilizing, or mowing when the grass is wet.

Do not over water, which will result in root rots. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

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Vistancia Wins Award of Excellence On November 23rd, Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA) held its’ 37th Annual Award of Excellence in Landscaping Awards. This is the largest and most prestigious event in the Arizona Landscape Industry. Vistancia won the Award of Excellence! This is the highest award that a community can win in a given category and is awarded to only one community. Thank you to the Vistancia Community, Vanessa Dreyer, Michael Brooks and the entire CCMC team for your continued partnership with us, Caretaker Landscape. We’re proud to be part of such a wonderful community.


Community >>> Featured Event


The Holidays are Bright at Vistancia


Need a babysitter for the Holiday Party? No worries! Creative Cheer is hosting a Parent’s Night Out at the MVC Gym on December 7th from 6:00-9:00pm. Drop your kids off for food, fun and games! Ages 5-12. $25 per child | $15 for siblings.


ecember is a busy month at Vistancia! We have a month full of activities planned to get you in the holiday spirit! We are putting some new twists on two of our favorite upcoming event traditions. The holiday party is an event we look forward to all year long. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the night in black and white on December 7th from 6:00-9:00pm. This is going to be one holiday soiree you don’t want to miss! Dress in your black and white best and wear your dancing shoes. The Hitmen will be playing a variety of tunes to get you on your feet. Come hungry! We have a delicious dinner buffet planned, as well as a variety of desserts. And don’t forget to stop by the photo booth before the end of the night. Tickets are available at the Association Office. $25 per person | $45 per couple.

Santa and his elves are bringing Santa’s Village to us! Stop by the Mountain Vista Club between 1:00-4:00pm on Saturday, December 21st to visit the North Pole at Vistancia! The elves will be collecting letters to Santa at the Vistancia Post Office. They have also brought their workshop with them. They will help you make a special memento to take home with you. Visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to decorate a holiday cookie, and don’t forget to smile and say “Hi” to Kris Kringle! Tickets are available at the Association Office. $3 per child in advance | $5 the day of. Mark your calendar for these upcoming activities and let us help make your holidays bright!


Community >>> What’s Happening Clubs & Classes

Henritze, a certified Easy Tai Chi-Qi Gong instructor will be offering classes to Vistancia. Come join for the fun! Located in the grass area between MVC Pool and Event Lawn. $9 per class.

Women’s Afternoon Game Group

Wednesday , December 11th | 2:30PM | MVC Clubhouse

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This group meets the second Wednesday of every month! December will be hosted by Lisa Siminoff. RSVPs to Lisa ( by Friday, Dec. 6, will be appreciated to ensure adequate games are available. Each person may bring light snacks to share, and if you want something to drink besides coffee and water, bring your own beverage.

Health Seminar

Thursday, December 12th |6:30-8:00PM | MVC Clubhouse

Archery Club

Shoot For Life will now be offering an Archery Club in Vistancia for kids 7 & up! Archery is a fun and safe way to get outdoors, get to know new people, and learn self discipline. The instructor, Joe Darago from Shoot For Life, has received training from the Arizona Game & Fish and has already passed on his love for archery to over 300 students in the Northwest Valley. The club will meet two Sunday afternoons a month from 3-5 PM starting on December 15 and is offering introductory memberships as low as $35 a month. No equipment or experience is needed! Registration and information is available at or by contacting Joe at

Tumbling and Dance Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tumblers with learn skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, bridges, backbends, cartwheels, handstands, back walkovers and many more skills. All these skills with help your child build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and motor skills. Great for boys and girls.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE CLASS STARTS. Registering holds your child’s spot and if there are not enough kids signed up then we can contact you to let you know it was cancelled. Register online at or call or text 602-9894568. Email if you have any questions.

Tai Chi

Wednesdays | 10:00-11:00AM

The ancient practice of Tai Chi is popular among family and retirement communities because it helps to improve balance, lower blood pressure, increase circulation, enhance range of motion and mobility, and reduce stress. Many participants experience noticeable decrease in their stress level after the first session. Carol-Ann


An evening of learning with Dr. Scott Werner, medial doctor and medical intuitive: Brain Longevity and age associated memory loss, Alzheimer’s and neuro-degenerative diseases. Cause and Cures. We will discuss new theories of keeping the brain healthy, including nutrition, breathing, memory games and exercise, supplements and herbs which can reverse brain loss and nerve dysfunction. Upcoming Events

Blackstone Annual Meeting

Tuesday, December 3rd | 6:00- 8:00PM | Blackstone Country Club

The annual meeting for Blackstone residents will be Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00PM at the Blackstone Country Club. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Polar Express Party

Friday, December 6th | 6:00PM | MVC Clubhouse

Attention Parents!!! The MOMS Club of Vistancia is sponsoring the Polar Express on Friday December 6th at 6PM in the Mountain Vista Clubhouse. Join us as we board the Polar Express to read The Polar Express, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Kiddos are encouraged to come in their favorite pajamas! There may even be a special sighting for those who Believe. This will be a fun event for children and parents of all ages. Please pick up your boarding pass from the HOA office now through Wednesday December 4th.

A Holiday Soirée: A Black & White Affair

Saturday, December 7th | 6:00-9:00 PM | Association Office

Celebrate the Night in Black and White! Kick off this holiday season with an evening of fun with friends! Enjoy a buffet dinner and a s’mores & dessert bar! Dance the night away to live music from The Hitmen, and have fun taking holiday photos in the photo booth. Tickets are $25 per person/$45 per couple and available in the Association Office. Limited tickets available so get yours today! Make the night bright in your best black and white!

Parents Night Out

Saturday, December 7th | 6:00- 9:00PM | MVC Gym

Want to attend the Holiday Party and need a babysitter for the kids? Creative Cheer is hosting a Parents Night Out! Drop your kids off for pizza, games and fun! Only $25 per child | $15 for second child.. Ages 5-12. Please RSVP by December 4th to 123CreativeCheer@

LEGO Engineering Camp

Saturday, December 14th | 9:30AM- 12:30PM | MVC Clubhouse

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 & catapults, this is a hands-on and minds-on 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. You will have the chance to build what you have only dreamed of with the support of a Play Well engineering instructor to guide you. Class is open to boys and girls ages 5-12. Camp fee is $28 per person. Register online at www.

Theater Works- A Fairtytale Christmas Sunday, December 15th | 1:45PM

We are taking a group to Theater Works for a live production of A Fairytale Christmas! This performance is fun for kids and adults. The story combines the timeless classic- Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol with your favorite Mother Goose storybook characters. We will provide transportation to and from the theater. Cost per person is $20.

Teen Holiday Party: Ice Skating Trip Wednesday, December 18th

Dress warm and cozy and join us for some ice skating fun! Only $20 per teen; includes admission, transportation, and lunch. Suggested ages 11-17. Must RSVP by 5pm Friday December 13th to Brittany Byrd at

Santa’s Village

Saturday, December 21st |1:00- 4:00PM | Mountain Vista Club

Santa and Friends are bringing the North Pole to Vistancia to spread some holiday cheer! Visit the post office to write and mail your letter to Kris Kringle, decorate a cookie in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, put together a craft at the Elves Workshop, and smile for the camera as you tell Santa your wish list. Bring your family and pose for the live nativity presented by Spirit Song Church. Tickets are $3 per child and can be picked up at the Association Office.

Storytime with Ellie the Elf

Tuesday, December 10th | 10:00AM | Association Office

Our mischievous, Ellie the Elf, will be visiting Vistancia on December 10th! This Elf on a Shelf is full of stories from the past year, and we can’t wait to hear all about her adventures! Grab a treat and settle in, because Ellie has a special story to share, and a fun holiday craft planned for her Vistancia friends. Wear your favorite holiday sweater and don’t forget your camera! Ellie loves to strike a pose and smile big for photos! Mark your calendar and join us for a morning full of holiday cheer! HOLIDAY SHOPPING WEEKEND! LEAVE THE KIDS WITH US!

SAVE THE DATE January 4th - Cub Scouts Pancake Breakfast & Winter Wonderland January 10th - Murder Mystery Dinner January 14th - Storytime: Santa Goes to the Beach January 24th - Family Bingo Night: Disney Theme


Community >>>Performance Art

“A Director’s View Point” By: Jay Horn A Preview of Theater Works Production of A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol is a novelette by English author Charles Dickens, first published December 17, 1843. It was adapted for the stage almost immediately and since that time, it has been revised for film, opera, ballet and, in 1979, it became a Broadway musical. Today, A Christmas Carol is the most watched show of the holiday season throughout all media. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s emotional transformation as he is taken on an eyeopening, mystical journey through the past, present and future of his life - to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Many of the characters in Dickens’ story are based on his relationship with his father and his own profound and humiliating experiences as a poor child growing up in England during the 1830s and 1840s.

Theater works stage adaptation has a new spin this year including complex, creative puppetry brought to life as fabulously spooky ghosts. Mike Lawler, who plays the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, captures the character personification of Scrooge’s transformation wholly. Lawyer is an awardwinning Equity actor who preforms at professional theatres around the Valley. Patrons will also enjoy the beautiful ornate customs from time period England and carolers singing lively renditions of favorite holiday carols. Take your friends and family, leave your “Bah Humbugs” at home and enjoy the show.


A Christmas Carol


Theater Works

Written by:

Charles Dickens

Adapted by: Hardt

Richard Powers

Directed by:

Chris Hamby

Music Directed by: Steve Hilderbrand Choreographed by: Paul Pedersen Show Dates:

Dec. 7 – 22, 2013

(Select dates and times)


A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

is a fun production for kids and adults alike. The story turns a great holiday classic into a fun fairy-tale, as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol meets Mother Goose and storybook characters play the parts. Imagine 19th century Victorian London blended with colorful flamboyant characters such as The Big Bad Wolf (Ebenezer Scrooge), his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley) and some uninvited guests - the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts.) Production:

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol


Theater Works, YouthWorks

Written by:

Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

Directed by:

Vicky Holden

Show Dates:

December 7 – 22, 2013

(Select dates and times)

The PuppetWorks production of

Elf Initiation & Saving Santa is a holiday adventure designed for ages 3 & up. This fun-filled puppet show is full of comic hijinks involving quirky elves, a cookie loving Santa, talking presents, a dad who loves Christmas and other adorable characters. Production:

Elf Initiation & Saving Santa


Theater Works, PuppetWorks

Written by:

Jeremiah Neal

Directed by:

Chris Hamby

Show Dates:

December 7 – 21, 2013

(Select dates and times)

For all shows: Box Office: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts 8355 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 (623) 815.7930


Community >>> Getting Crafty

Christmas Burlap Bunting By Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola


earn how to make a burlap Christmas banner with this step by step tutorial! You could throw a holiday party and hang your hand painted bunting over the dessert table. It would also look fabulous hanging over a fireplace. I’m a big fan of decorations that can be reused for multiple holidays. Once Christmas is over, flip the bunting over and use the same tutorial to spell V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E on the other side for Valentine’s Day. You could also paint Hanukah or Kwanzaa on your banner if you celebrate those holidays.

Materials •

9 – 4 5/8 x 7 Burlap Rectangles

5 – 12 x 18 Red Stiffened Felt Sheets

Letter Stencils

Stencil Adhesive

Sponge Brush

White Acrylic Paint

No Sew Fabric Glue

Jute or String

9 Clothespins



Step 1: Cut red stiffened felt into 9 – 6 x 8 ½ rectangles. You should be able to cut 2 rectangles per sheet. Set aside. Step 2: Spray stencil adhesive to the backs of the C,H,R,I,S,T,M,A and S stencils and adhere them to the center of 9 burlap rectangles. Step 3: Using a sponge brush, dab 2-3 coats of white paint onto the stenciled burlap. Place a piece of cardstock behind the burlap so the paint doesn’t seep through. Remove the cardstock before the paint dries so it doesn’t stick. Allow to dry before peeling off stencils. Step 4: Attach the C,H,R,I,S,T,M,A and S burlap rectangles to the red stiffened felt rectangles using no-sew glue or craft glue. Test out your glue on a small piece of burlap and felt to make sure it will adhere. If you prefer, you could also sew the burlap to the felt. Step 5: Attach the rectangles to jute or string using clothespins, spelling out Christmas. Hang and enjoy. Visit for more holiday crafts. Vanessa’s craft book, Party in a Jar, is available for pre-order on Amazon and comes out Spring 2014!

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Community >>> SCRAPBOOK Photos by Joe Lopez

Shoot for Life Arizona and the Village at Vistancia Association partnered for the Hunger Games Archery Challenge. Residents competed in several archery challenges to become the Vistancia Victor.

Patty the Pilgrim stopped by Vistancia to share a special story of thanks with residents. Participants enjoyed snacks and crafts as part of the event. Storytime is the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


Happy Holidays from Vistancia Living Magazine


At the club >>> Tee TIME

How “Fit” Are You? By Joshua R. Doxtator, PGA, Head Golf Professional


t’s hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner and the “hinting” of gifts has already started. Being a lifelong golfer, I have received everything imaginable that relates to golf, you name it, I’ve received it! Glassware, golf club cleaning kits, picture frames and, of course, the golf ball monogramming system that is impossible to use. We appreciate the thought and sometimes the gifts are so odd they actually see some use, but ultimately what every golfer wants is equipment. We’re talking clubs, the latest and greatest driver, new putter or maybe some wedges. In order to get the most out of your latest purchase make sure you take time to be properly fitted. Some believe that you should only be fitted if you play to some experienced level, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Fitting is a crucial part of the game and everyone should be fitted regardless of skill level or experience; it will only help in the long term.

Any good golf retailer can offer fitting services but not all are equal. Make sure you’re fitted by a PGA Professional and try and get fitted outdoors if possible so you can see ball flight. I am all for computers and technology but you can’t beat seeing the actual ball flight and making adjustments based on spin. This might be one of the rare instances you can actually blame your equipment on poor results! If your club’s lie angle is too flat the ball will have a tendency to go right due to the toe digging, and vice versa if the club is too upright. We can also dictate the launch of a golf ball based on head type and shaft. The bottom line is it only makes sense to be fitted, and in most cases doing so will not cost you a thing. Whether you’re hoping for that new driver for the holidays or you want to treat yourself, go ahead and take the necessary steps to be fitted…unless you like to use that as an excuse! Cheers and Happy Holidays!

>>> Blackstone Country Club

Holiday Dessert Inspired by Blackstone Country Club By The Vistancia Information Center


his holiday season, treat your guests and family to a rich and festive White Peppermint Chocolate Lava Cake. This dessert, inspired by Blackstone Country Club’s Executive Chef Steve Duarte is easy to prepare requires only a few ingredients.

White Peppermint Chocolate Lava Cake: 8 oz

Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped

8 oz

Butter, Unsalted

8 oz


4 oz

Flour, All Purpose, Sifted

5 ea

Whole Eggs

4 ea

Egg Yolks

6 ea

Candy Canes, Large, Crushed & Chopped

Cooking Spray for Baking

Powder Sugar for Garnish

Instructions: Melt butter and chocolate in a metal bowl over a double boiler. Remove bowl from boiler once chocolate and butter have melted, add the sifted flour and sugar and stir well to incorporate. Whisk whole eggs and egg yolks together. Add eggs to chocolate mixture slowly to incorporate well. Stir in crushed candy canes to mix. Spray individual baking dishes such as a ramekin with cooking spray until coated evenly. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Fill individual baking dishes until half full. Mix will rise when baking and you don’t want them to overflow. Bake in oven for about 7-10 minutes depending on the size of your dishes. The edges should be slightly firm and the center should be soft and moist.


Remove from oven and dust with powder sugar before serving right away. For added garnish, top with fresh berries, mint or crème anglaise. Enjoy!!

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>>> council update

Year in Review By Cathy Carlat, Councilmember, Mesquite District, City of Peoria


t is hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. This year has brought a variety of exciting ventures and accomplishments to the City of Peoria. As we move past the economic downturn, developers are again beginning to explore new growth, and development activity has increased. Residential developments that were planned to begin many years ago are once again moving forward. There are currently plans for more than 2,500 new single family residential lots moving through the City’s permitting process. In addition, commercial projects and endeavors that had to be postponed because of an uncertain market, not only seem possible now, they are happening. Creating employment is one of my critical priorities, so I am proud to welcome Maxwell Technologies to Peoria. Maxwell is a clean technology company investing $26 million to establish a new production facility and creating 150 new high tech jobs. Additionally, Trine University opened its doors in Peoria this summer. Nationally recognized for their engineering programs, Trine will be an active partner with Maxwell, their new neighbor to supply an ongoing, innovative technology workforce.

Especially exciting over the past year was the addition of the first phase of northern Peoria’s full scale community park into the Capital Improvement Program budget. A staff analysis of City services verified what we already knew; northern Peoria is in need of more amenities. With park design funding in place for the next few years, it is great to see this deserving need back on the books. I am quite excited to say that the Mesquite District recently hosted an incredible event. In partnership with Arizona PBS, Eight’s Great Grill Fest was held at the beautiful Blackstone Country Club. With over 1,400 attendees, celebrity chefs, and delicious foods and beverages, the event was a great success and is scheduled to continue in the next years. Although this is merely a small sampling of all that is happening around our city, I can truly say that I believe this year has been spent extremely well. In evaluating all that we have accomplished so far, and all that we have done to position ourselves for a healthy future, I am confident that Peoria is advantageously equipped for the next year. To keep updated about what is happening in your city, register for the Mesquite District electronic news alerts by visiting www.peoriaaz. gov/mesquite. Contact Councilmember Cathy Carlat at Mesquite@ or by calling (623) 773-7306.

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Keep Holiday Valuables Out of Sight By Officer Jeremy Meeks, Peoria Police Department


hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and the wonderful Arizona weather. With the holidays in full swing, I’m sure there’s a lot of traveling, shopping and family/friends coming in making it busy for a lot of people. If you are traveling, I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip and would like to remind you that the Peoria Police Department offers a Vacation Watch program to keep an eye on your house while you are away. Head to our website (www.peoriaaz. gov) under the police department section and fill out the vacation watch form and one of our volunteers will drive by your house to ensure it is being watched while you are away. If you are staying in the Valley for the holidays and expecting family or friends coming in town, I would like to remind you of an easy way to avoid having your items taken when you aren’t watching. While you are out shopping, the “bad guys” are also out shopping. They are looking in your vehicles that are parked in front of your


house and in the parking lots of department stores. Please keep your presents and valuables hidden out of view so the would-be burglars don’t have a reason to break into your car. Place your items in the trunk of your car, under a seat, or in the glove box if you leave your car unattended. Let’s all have a safe holiday season and minimize the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle burglary by keeping our valuables out of view! If you see something suspicious or out of place here are some ways to contact us: BY TEXT: Type PPD, then your message, and send to 274-637 (CRI-MES). Tip Phone Line: 623-773-7045 E-mail Tips: / E-mail is not anonymous You can also contact our non emergency number at 623-773-8311.

Resources HOA Office Vistancia Community Patrol Vistancia Village Emergency For use between midnight and 8am

623.215.8646 480.313.2685 800.274.3165

City of Peoria Police/Animal Control Peoria Policing Program, North Tip Line Fire Southwest Ambulance Arrowhead Hospital North Peoria Emergency Center Sun Health Hospital Post Office Sunrise Mountain Library

623.773.8311 623.773.5077 623.773.7279 480.655.7234 623.561.1000 623.561.2022 623.214.4000 623.979.8533 623.773.8650

Utilities Cox Communications Zona Communications Southwest Gas APS (Electric) City of Peoria (water/trash)

602.694.1952 623.455.4500 602.861.1999 602.371.7171 623.773.7160

Schools Peoria Unified S.D. #11 Lake Pleasant Elementary Attendance Vistancia Elementary Attendance Liberty High School Sunrise Mountain High School Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten

623.486.6000 623.773.6575 623.773.6582 623.773.6500 623.773.6508 623.773.6525 623.487.5125 602.740.9561

Churches Spirit Song United Methodist Church


Activities and Clubs Basketball League: Vistancia now has its own basketball league. Games are Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm. For more info visit Bible Study: The women’s Bible study meets every Thursday at 9am in the MVC Clubhouse. All women are invited as we share, discuss, and encourage one another. Call Valerie for more information at 623-824-1357. Bike Club: If you love to bicycle, then have we got a club for you! The ABC (Arizona Bicycle Club)—a long-standing non-profit bicycle fun and advocacy club in the Valley—has opened a new chapter in Vistancia. The ride is at 8am every Saturday! For more info contact Charles Sykes at 602-748-8655 or Bunco: We need players! Join us in the Clubhouse on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm for an exciting dice game and a great way to meet new friends! The fee is $6 per person to play. There are 4 gift cards available to win! Please contact Devin Haggerty at if you’re interested in playing! Cheer Club: Cheer club meets every Wednesday night from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the gym. We focus on health and fitness, building self confidence and the FUNdamentals of cheerleading with the emphasis on fun while working hard to perfect our skills. Email Clarissa at or call 572-4289 for more information. Crossfit Release: We are giving you the chance to try the thing that everyone is talking about and see exactly why it is exploding! The results are amazing and the community it builds is unrivalled. Please contact Chad at or visit Dance: This interactive class will help your children build strength, coordination, confidence and have fun while getting a workout. In this high-energy class they will learn the latest hip hop dance moves and routines. Great for boys and girls (ages 3-5). Contact Tawni at for more information. Essential Oils: We meet at the Mountain Vista Club in Building A from 2:30-4:30pm the 3rd Saturday of every month. We will be making some products to use at home with our essential oils, come and join us for this fun class! If you have any questions regarding the class you can email Tera De Los Reyes at or call 602-819-0662. Fitness Boot Camp: With a military style of fitness training this class will help you shed pounds and get into shape while having fun! Early bird special is $75 for the entire 5 weeks Monday-Friday. Call Jennifer at (435) 701-0065 or email her at to sign up. Visit for more information.

God Squad: We meet Wednesdays in Building A from 6:00-7:30pm. September through December, we will focus on spending time together in the form of a Bible Study. All students grades 7-12 welcome to attend. No prior knowledge of the Bible necessary. For more information contact Julia McKernan at: or call: 480-343-0075. Garden Chat: Garden chat will meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Contact for additional information. Helping Hands Club: The Helping Hands club is a group of Vistancia residents with the same mission to help their neighbors in need! If you would like to join the club or if you have a need that the club might be able to assist you with contact Adrienne at MOMS Club: We are a non-profit network support group for all moms. Whether you are working and looking to connect with other working moms or you stay at home and are looking for friendships for both you and your child, we are the answer. We offer many activities! If you are interested in meeting new moms and making great friendships, please visit Mountain Biking Club: This club meets on weekends at the discretion of group leader. Explore new terrain in and around the Vistancia community. For additional information contact Scott Thompson at 623.764.4960. Poker Club: Come meet your neighbors while playing a game of skill and luck. Vistancia Poker Texas hold-em tournaments are held every other Saturday from January through November, with a championship tournament in December. Buyins vary from $20 to $40 per tournament. For the full schedule of tournaments or more information, please visit our website at or email Self Defense Class: Sifu Randy Parker, a certified instructor for DeMile Self-Defense Systems, will be teaching adult level (14 or older) classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Beginner 6pm and Advanced 7pm in MVC Building A. Please contact Sifu Parker at or 623 866 8237 for more information. Swim Lessons: Swim4lifephoenix continues to offer swim lessons 7 days a week to all ages, including infant, children, adults and special needs. Private or group lessons at the MVC pool, your home or mine. Contact Lori at 602-284-4399 or Tai Chi: Join us for the ancient practice of Tai Chi to improve balance, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. Starting November 13th, we will meet every Wednesday in the grass area between the Event Lawn and MVC Pool. Only $9 per class!! Email Carol-Ann, a certified Easy Tai Chi-Qi Gong instructor, for more information at Teen Club: Kids ages 11-17. We plan teen events and do community service projects all while having a great time. Please contact Devin Haggerty at for more information. Tennis Club: Drop-in Tennis is on Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday at the Mountain Vista Club tennis courts at 8:00-10:00am. For more information contact or call Tom or Barbara at 928.252.3546. Tennis Lessons: Tennis Pro Joe Ragland instructs Children and Adults in multiple settings including private lessons and group clinics. Call Joe for additional information at 623.680.6738. Tumbling: Tumblers with learn skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, bridges, backbends, cartwheels, handstands, back walkovers and many more skills. All these skills with help your child build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and motor skills. Great for boys and girls. Tuesdays/Thursdays | 6:40PM-7:20PM (Ages 6-12). Thursdays | 6:00PM-6:40PM (Ages 3-5). Contact Tawni at for more information. Vistancia Village Loaning Library: Bring a book take a book at the Loaning Library in the Association Office. We are also always accepting donations for books and DVDs For more information contact the Association Office at 623.215.8646. Vistancia Vipers: Vistancia Village Swim Team. Practices are currently Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm at the Foothills Pool. For more information contact Jen Peery at Vistancia Water Works: Vistancia Waterworks will be offering group swim lessons on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for youth ages 4 and up and an adult class. Classes will feature a 3:1 student instructor ratio and economical pricing, $15.00 per class. All classes will be held at the Vistancia Mountain Vista Pool. For registration please phone 425 492-6871. For additional information please visit Workout Group: Come enjoy new friends as you strengthen your muscles and enjoy fun new workouts. We rotate through various strength training, cardio, and Plyometric exercises. All age ranges and skill levels welcome. Classes are Free! We meet Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:15am in the MVC Gym. Contact Carrie at Zumba: Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. $5 fee per class, we meet Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8pm in the MVC Gym. Contact Aimee at

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A Leahy Family Christmas WED, 12/4 • 7:30 PM THU, 12/5 • 7:30 PM TICKETS START AT $28

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Creole Christmas SAT, 12/14 • 7:30 PM TICKETS START AT $30


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Vistancia Partnerships Phoenix Suns We are excited to partner with the Phoenix Suns this season to bring our residents discount tickets! We have about 40 tickets reserved for the following games, and if we have enough RSVPs we will provide transportation to and from the games. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brittany Byrd at

January 15- Phoenix Suns vs. LA Lakers •

Lower Level- $101.00 ($186.75 value)

Upper Level- $51.00 ($70.75 value)

March 28- Phoenix Suns vs. NY Knicks • • •

Lower Level- $144.00 ($273.75 value) Upper Level 1- $78.00 ($108.75 value) Upper Level 2- $45.00 ($58.75 value)






Girl Scouts 6pm



Cub Scouts 6-8pm






11 Garden Chat 6pm God Squad 6-7:30pm Women’s Afternoon Game Group 2-4pm

17 Cub Scouts 6-8pm

18 God Squad 6-7:30pm Bunco 7pm Teen Ice Skating Trip


Happy Holidays! Office Closed 29

4 God Squad 6-7:30pm Bunco 7pm

Story Time 10am Cub Scouts 6-8pm Book Club 7pm

15 Theater Works A Fairytale Christmas Carol




Happy Holidays! Office Closed

5 Women’s Bible Study 9am

12 Women’s Bible Study 9am Health Seminar

19 Women’s Bible Study 9am

26 Women’s Bible Study 9am


Crossfit 8am

Bootcamp 5am Crossfit 6am and 12pm Workout Group 8:15am Cheer Club, 4-6pm Bball Practice 6-9pm

Bootcamp 5am Crossfit 6am and 12pm Drop-in Tennis 8am-10am Bootcamp 8:30am Vipers Swim Practice 4-6pm Self Defense 6pm and 7pm Tumbling and Dance 6-7:20pm Zumba 8pm



Coffee Talk 9am MOMS Club 10am heART U 4:30-6pm Polar Express Party

7 Bike Club Holiday Soiree: A Black & White Affair 6-9pm

13 MOMS Club 10am heART U 4:30-6pm

14 Bike Club Lego Camp Essential Oils 2:30-4:30

20 MOMS Club 10am heART U 4:30-6pm Christmas Caroling

21 Bike Club Santa’s Village 1-4pm

27 MOMS Club 10am heART U 4:30-6pm

28 Bike Club

Vistancia Village Association 29701 N. Sunrise Point Peoria, AZ 85383 623.215.8646

Happy Holidays! Office Closed

Weekly Fitness


Bootcamp 5am Crossfit 6am and 12pm Bootcamp 8:30am Tai Chi 10am Cheer Club, 5-7pm Bball Practice 7-9:30pm

Bootcamp 5am Crossfit 6am and 12pm Drop-in Tennis 8am-10am Bootcamp 8:30am Vipers Swim Practice 4-6pm Self Defense 6pm and 7pm Tumbling and Dance 6-7:20pm Zumba 8pm

Bootcamp 5am Crossfit 6am and 12pm Drop-in Tennis 8am-10am Workout Group 8:15am

Cheer Practice 7am-9am Basketball League 9am-2pm

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Vistancia Living - December 2013  

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