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McCormick Ranch Lifestyle SUMMER 2011

City of Scottsdale

Celebrates

60 Years


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Contents

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Features: City of Scottsdale Celebrates 60 Years . . . . . . . 12

In Every Issue: Resident Recipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Four Legged Ranchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Garden Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Local Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Local Business HighlightS:

Local Resort Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tavern Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Filibertos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Affecting Community Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kumon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 McCormick Ranch Lifestyle is published quarterly by eClaire Publishing, LLC, 7349 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-268 Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Phone 480 212-6203. Fax 480 699-2049. Not responsible for unsolicited materials. Not affiliated with the McCormick Ranch Property Owners Association, nor does the publisher endorse the advertisers included. This publication is sent to each household on the McCormick Ranch. If you do not live on the McCormick Ranch or would like a separate copy mailed to you, an annual subscription fee of $12 is requested.

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LETTER FROM THE

Editor

Dear reader, It’s that time again. I can honestly say that I prefer heat to cold, but having to run errands or take the kids to the park near dawn to avoid possible heat stroke is the price we pay during these next few months. Ironically, Scottsdale was founded on one of these hot summer days 60 years ago! Our feature on page 12 highlights some of the history and events planned in celebration. While many of us will escape the heat at some point, at least we can submerge ourselves in cooling waters and do a dance for the monsoon rains to bring some relief. As always, our local resorts provide an abundance of enticing deals to stay in town. Our annual Resort Report on page 16 details what you can take advantage of nearby. As someone who was raised on McCormick Ranch and is now raising a family here, I hope you’ll see that the article I chose to publish about our need for affecting change within the POA is not an angry attack, but rather a bringing to light why it is so important for residents to be involved in the community. Wishing you a wonderful summer,

Alexandra Duemer alexandra@mcrlife.com

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A Real View on Real Estate by John Wake Metro Phoenix home sales were HUGE in March and April. There were more homes sold in March 2011 than in any March since 2006 and 2006 was during the real estate boom! The bad news is the median home price in metro Phoenix. This may be a bit of a shock for you if you don’t follow home prices but the median home price in metro Phoenix in March 2011 was $118,500. That means that half the homes sold in March in metro Phoenix sold for LESS than $118,500. Yikes! With such low prices in so many areas of metro Phoenix, it’s easy to see why home sales were so strong. I feel pretty certain we’re past the bottom for the metro Phoenix median home price. One reason I feel that way, besides the low home prices, is that fewer homes are now entering the foreclosure process. Now, don’t get me wrong, the number of new foreclosures is still astronomical… but the number is falling instead of rising and that change makes all the difference in the world. Fewer foreclosures mean less downward pressure on home prices. Heck, it’s possible that someday, maybe, eventually, theoretically, that the metro Phoenix median home price will start to rise again. In fact, I think that will happen this year. Now, McCormick Ranch is not your average community in metro Phoenix, of course. We have a community that is spectacular in a lot of different ways and our homes are much more expensive than average. So what happens in metro Phoenix, or the United State in general for that matter, does not necessarily happen in McCormick Ranch. Let’s look at McCormick Ranch exclusively. Right now, there are 61 homes listed for sale in McCormick Ranch. The supply of homes for sale is a lot tighter than in the last issue of McCormick Ranch Lifestyle magazine when we had 89 homes listed for sale. The supply has fallen one-third and that’s a good sign for home sellers. Of those 61 homes currently listed for sale, 4 are bank-owned and 6 are short sales. Speaking of home sellers, let’s look at how many homes sold in the last 3 months in McCormick Ranch. 45. That is, 45 homes sold in McCormick Ranch in the last 3 months. What’s amazing about that 6

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number is that about half of those 45 homes sold in the last 30 days so we’re seeing strong upward momentum on home sales in McCormick Ranch. And in fact, the market is actually tight. We only have a 4 month supply of homes for sale in McCormick Ranch right now (61 homes listed for sale divided by 15 home sales per month over the last 3 months). Looking at historical data, I consider 3 to 6 months to be a “normal” supply of homes. So a 4 month supply is definitely on the tight side of normal in my opinion. If we get much below a 4 month supply for a few months, I would bet we see home prices increase. I bet you’re saying, “Yeah, yeah, that’s all well and good but what’s happening to home prices in McCormick Ranch? What’s happening to MY home’s value?” Well, that part of the story isn’t so good… yet. It seems, unfortunately, that prices have continued to drift lower. In the last issue of McCormick Ranch Lifestyle, the median sold price was $172 per square foot for normal homes sales (not bank-owned, not short sales). In the last 3 months the equivalent price was $163 per square foot. But, on the other hand, home prices in McCormick Ranch had already fallen about $100 per square foot from the peak in 2006 so we can do another $9 per square foot standing on our heads. John Wake has lived in McCormick Ranch since 1998 and is an Associate Broker with HomeSmart Real Estate. John was born and raised in Phoenix, and lived in Florida, Washington D.C. and Paris before returning to Arizona to raise a family. His wife Liz is from Iowa and works at ASU. Their two sons, John and Chris, graduated from Saguaro High School and both are now in the Barrett Honors College at ASU studying Bio-Engineering. Peppy is their friendly female, 7 year old, 9 pound, red and white Papillion.

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Located near Fry’s an old-fashioned tin ceiling Marketplace on Via Linda, and soft lighting combine Tavern Grille might just be to create a comfortable and the perfect neighborhood relaxing environment. restaurant. It is spacious and Owners Eric and Michelle attractive with warm wood Jurisin are consummate hosts, paneling on the walls and having honed their hospitality an old-fashioned tin ceiling skills with a clutch of popular overhead. There are 30 flat restaurants in Cottonwood screen TV’s for sports fans and Jerome that include The and the wrap round bar is a Haunted Hamburger and magnet for folks seeking a Nic’s Italian Steak and Crab quick snack and cold beer. A House. separate dining room is ideal Michelle Jurisin was born into for family groups who want a food-loving Italian family. to enjoy half-pound burgers She spent her childhood years with all the trimmings or a cooking with her grandmother cozy twosome looking for and later, working in her dad’s martinis and a steak dinner. deli. She created the menu and The staff is friendly and adept developed all the recipes for and even first time customers Tavern Grille. quickly feel at home. The food is really the big Midwesterners know that draw here. Selections range a neighborhood tavern is the from snacks, perfect with a place to head for good eats pitcher of brew, to a fine steak and a cold beverage. That kind dinner preceded by a wellof warm, welcoming, familymixed martini. Buffalo wings oriented place is a rarity pretty are available in 5 different much everywhere else. But flavors including, of course, in Scottsdale’s McCormick Suicide -- eat at your own risk. Ranch, Tavern Grille is the There’s a broad selection of hang out of choice. It has all salads available and chicken the best attributes of a classic sandwiches and burgers neighborhood tavern – it’s (generous half-pounders) are warm, comfortable and clubby, served on house made buns. and the food is top-notch. Specialty sandwiches include There is a definite “moose both time tested favorites thing” going on at the Grille. such as French dip, Rueben www.taverngrillescottsdale.com It’s signaled by the massive, and Philly Cheese as well as antlered head over the door more offbeat options like the and echoed by the logo. Turkey cranberry. Think of it as the club mascot (there are even a few choice dishes Different Happy Hour specials are served daily and there is named after it.) Another signature is the generous-sized tin pails of always something fun going on at Tavern Grille. Taco Tuesday’s, peanuts on every table and the crunch of shells underfoot. Wednesday’s ½ Rack Rib Dinner and All You Can Eat Crab Legs The Grille is spacious, with a main room dominated by the on Friday’s. wraparound bar that begs to be bellied up to, a pool table, and a We look forward to seeing our McCormick Ranch residents quieter designated dining room in the back. Rich wood paneling, dine with us!

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Resident Recipe by Andy Broder

Margarita Fruit Parfait Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients • 1/2 cup margarita mix • 2 bananas, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup tequila • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar • 1 pint strawberries, thinly sliced • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced • 2 cups heavy cream

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• 1/3 cup powdered sugar • zest of 2 limes

Procedure

1. Toss the sliced bananas in 2 tablespoons of the margarita mix – to prevent browning. 2. In a small bowl whisk together the remaining margarita mix, tequila, orange juice concentrate, and granulated sugar. 3. In separate bowls, toss each fruit in 1/3 of the tequila/margarita mix mixture. Allow fruit to marinate in the mixture for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. 4. Beat the cream to the soft peak stage. Whisk in the powdered sugar, and continue beating until stiff peaks form. 5. Place 1/8 of the bananas in the bottom of 8 parfait glasses. Top with 1 tablespoon whipped cream. Top with 1/8 of the kiwis and another dollop of whipped cream. Finally top with 1/8 o the strawberries and another dollop of whipped cream. Sprinkle a little lime zest on the to as a garnish.

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SCOTTSDALE CELEBRATES

60 YEARS Who would have guessed that in just 60 years a small farming community would become a city synonymous with luxury and world-class resorts. Founded in 1888, the City of Scottsdale was not incorporated until June 25, 1951 – and did not even collect taxes until 1961! As we near the 60th anniversary of the place we call home, we celebrate where we’ve been and where we are headed. April 25th launched the “60-days to 60 years” celebration in Scottsdale. A variety of historical and cultural events are planned during this time. It will culminate with an old-fashioned campfire cookout on June 24th and a Grand Soiree at the W Hotel Scottsdale on June 25th. Due to 12 SUMMER 2011

budget reductions and limited resources, this has been planned mostly on volunteer basis. Ironically, citizen involvement is how Scottsdale was started many years ago – with artisans paving the roads and drawing maps. Originally named Orangedale, the Scott brothers who were adept farmers and settled here after serving in the Confederate Army, changed the name to Scottsdale in 1894. But it was the World War II air base at the Scottsdale Airpark and the subsequent GI Bill that drew many people who were stationed here to stay and buy a home. Worried that Phoenix might annex the property with all of the growth, Scottsdale decided to incorporate as a


THE LAST GUNFIGHT by Bob Frost, Scottsdale’s Poet Laureate

This true story was told to me by the town Mayor. Some of the actual facts are fiction, I have to be fair. It seems an argument broke out at the Lulu Bell saloon. The yelling got loud and everyone cleared the room. It seems a farm hand by the name of Ben had lost his temper Over the neighbor’s wife and the money he had lent her.

town in 1947. With just 2,032 people, Malcolm White was appointed by petition as the first city manager. Named as a “Most Livable City”in 2003, the 2010 census now brings our population to over 217,000. Mayor Jim Lane notes that unlike many of our sister cities, our history is so recent that it’s documented in photographs instead of illustrations. As a 38-year resident of Scottsdale, he is amazed by the dramatic changes he’s seen while raising his family here. “When we first lived here we were in the center of town at Thomas and Miller and then we moved to Cactus Road and it was the frontier,” Lane chuckles. If you ask most people what they love about living in Scottsdale, the answer is almost inevitably one of three things: the cleanliness, location and greenbelt access. Lane adds, “It’s important for Scottsdale to remember its assets. Growth of any kind is not easily done and Scottsdale has done it with sensitivity to its surroundings [1/3 of the geographic area is natural preserve].” Scottsdale can also proudly say that it’s a town of many firsts in the U.S.: • The “Godzilla”, mechanized garbage pickup debuted on our streets. • We had the first private fire department with Rural/Metro. • Billboards are not allowed to obstruct scenery. • The largest master-planned community, McCormick Ranch. With the Arizona Centennial coming up on February 14, 2012 the events planned for the 60th Anniversary have been authorized as a Centennial event. For more information on how you can celebrate Scottsdale, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/ Scottsdale60Events

Well, Marcus Mallory wasn’t going to stand for any of that talk About then the bartender stepped in and suggested each take a walk. The dust had settled for that day, but the feud wasn’t over. Mallory couldn’t step back and still keep his wife’s favor. He sent a note through Elmer Holvek challenging him to a duel. Ben sent back a note with the picture of the back end of a mule. It had been many years since anyone had seen an argument like this. The usual way to settle things at that time was to use your fists. Dueling was a popular way for gentlemen to settle arguments at one time However, the practice lost favor, but it still wasn’t a crime. The date and time had been set and weapon would be a Colt .45. Honor would be settled in the streets when one man left alive. The time had arrived. It was three o’clock on Main Street. A crowd had gathered in the shade to stay out of the heat. Ben and Marcus stood back to back, guns raised and pale faces. Elmer counted as each man took a step to the pre-set thirteen paces. They turned and within three seconds four shots had been fired. Marcus fell to his knees, mentally and physically tired. Twenty-six paces away Ben laid still with blood coming out of his head. The feud was settled and one good man now lay dead. The event stirred up a lot of news and scandal at the time. So, that’s when the government made dueling in the U.S. a crime. It’s nothing to brag about and in the town there’s nary a sign. But the last gunfight in the U.S. happened in Scottsdale in 1949. McCormick Ranch Lifestyle




Left to right, John Schwimmer - CEO, Tom Jenkins - General Manager, Fernando Guerrero - Regional Director of Operations, Nathan Schwimmer - VP of Operations

480-270-5098 It’s no secret, The Pavilions @ Talking Stick is undergoing a transformation that’s long overdue. McCormick Ranch Residents John and Nathan Schwimmer (father and son) are taking advantage of this to open Scottsdale’s first Filiberto’s restaurant. For those of us who have never been to one of the Phoenix locations, it’s mexican food made to order with fresh ingredients, 24-hours a day. Best known for their big burritos and 99 cent unlimited tacos on Tuesday, Filibertos is enjoyed by many for its great value on fresh food made fast. Made with 100% USDA Choice Beef, John and his staff stress that nothing is ever frozen here. “The food is not processed or premade like most of our competitors. It’s grilled fresh and seasoned fresh,” says John. 14 SUMMER 2011

Nathan, a Chaparral and UofA alumn, grew up in the food industry. Today, as Vice President of Operations, he helps oversee all of their restaurants and has been involved with the opening of this new location every step of the way. Nathan says, “With the new stadium and changes here, we’re very excited to open in this location.” John adds, “I’ve been wanting to open a Scottsdale restaurant for 10 years. The good part about the recession is that we were able to afford a location here now.” Located in front of Home Depot (near the 101 on Indian Bend Rd.) they are certain this alternative is just what people are looking for in their busy schedules. John is a veteran in the food industry. He helped run the legendary Bobby

McGee’s restaurants in Phoenix for 20 years before becoming a consultant for various restaurants in town, like Macayo’s and Garcias. In 2003, he decided to start his own venture by opening Filiberto’s on 19th Ave. and Bell. This new Scottsdale location will be his 8th restaurant. He’s excited not only to be on home turf, but to add some new things to the menu. Cheese crisps, sopapillas, minichimichangas and a mixed-grill platter (featuring shrimp, carnitas, carne asada, pork adobada, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, rice and beans ) will only be available here. With a long list of accolades for the quality of Filiberto’s food, these 32year McCormick Ranch residents hope neighbors like yourself will stop in to try one of their Grand Opening specials!


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No matter where you live, the chances are good that a state or local government near you may be having some difficulty in balancing its budget. As a citizen, you’re probably concerned about how this situation will affect your life and your community. But as an investor, you may also wonder how this might affect any municipal bonds you own. Fortunately, the outlook might be brighter than you think. Of course, taken to the extreme, the financial challenges of some state and local governments could conceivably affect their ability to fulfill the payment obligations on their municipal bonds. But investment-grade quality municipal bond default rates historically have been very low, especially when compared to those of corporate bonds. And municipalities are cutting spending, eliminating nonessential programs and, in some cases, raising taxes or fees. In short, they are taking steps that, while potentially painful to residents, are likely to help them continue making timely payments of interest and principal on their municipal bond obligations. Furthermore, municipalities must still fund various projects, and even one bond payment default could impact their future ability to borrow money in the form of new municipal bonds. So are munis right for you? The answer depends on your situation — your goals, need for investment income, current investment mix, risk tolerance and so on. But if you want to receive interest payments that are exempt from federal taxes, you may well be interested in exploring municipal bonds. Keep in mind, though, that municipal bonds may be subject to state and local taxes and the alternative minimum tax (AMT). In addition, you’ll want to be familiar with “taxable-equivalent yield.” Typically, municipal bonds pay an interest rate that’s lower than those paid by taxable bonds. Since this interest is free from federal taxes, however, the rate may not be as low as it appears. The taxable-equivalent yield measures the rate you’d have to earn on a taxable bond to match the income from a tax-exempt municipal bond. And the higher your tax bracket, the higher your taxable-equivalent yield. Suppose that you’re in the 35% marginal tax bracket, and you are considering a tax-exempt municipal bond with a 3.33% yield. You simply divide 3.33% (0.0333 in decimal form) by 1 minus 0.35 (your tax bracket), which would give you 0.0512, or 5.12%. In this tax bracket, a muni with a 3.33% yield is equivalent to a taxable bond with a 5.12% yield. (This example is for illustration purposes only.) Keep in mind that, before investing in bonds, you should understand the risks involved, including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. Bond investments are subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds can decrease, and you can lose principal value if the investment is sold prior to maturity. So it’s best to discuss municipal bonds with your financial and tax advisors.

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4th Annual Us desert rats know the drill. As soon as temperatures reach triple digits, we can enjoy the luxury of our most amazing resorts at a fraction of the usual rate. It’s a great excuse to cool your toes and relax without the hassle of a long getaway. Here are your local stay-cation opportunities! Millenium Resort Summer of ’69 Lakeside Staycation package and all of the fine details can be viewed in the attached flyer. The package price starts at $69 and includes a daily $25 food and beverage credit for use in any of our dining outlets including the poolside cabana bar. Also included in the rate is our daily resort fee which gives the guest complimentary wireless internet, daily newspaper and resort amenities such as paddleboats, canoes, bicycles and tennis. The package is available between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Hyatt at Gainey Ranch There’s summer fun for everyone at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. Splash into our 2.5-acre water playground, complete with 10 pools, sand beach and three-story waterslide. Add in golf, tennis and the world-class Spa Avania and you have everything you need for a

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summer of family values. • Free dinner and golf for kids with each paying adult • Free Camp Hyatt for kids • Free beach and pool activities, including Dive-In Movies For reservations, call 800 55 HYATT or visit scottsdale.hyatt.com and reference offer code VALUE. From $135 per night. (50% off second room) Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center Sweet summer deal at Scottsdale Resort for McCormick Ranch Residents! Receive summer room rates as low as $69 per night (plus tax and $19 nightly Resort Fee), plus receive Summer Savings Passes valid for 2for-1 Sunday Brunches, 2-for-1 dinner entrées in the Palm Court, 2-for-1 glasses of wine in Sangria’s, and 15% off Amansala Spa services! Mention promo code MCRL when you call 800-540-0727 or book online at TheScottsdaleResort.com. Offer valid for stays 5/27 – 9/6/11, based upon availability. Not valid for

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POA approved second story addition on Via Del Reposo. McCormick Ranch is one of the Valley’s most prestigious and their HOAs to get a comparison. If you have an idea for a new beautiful communities. Even though residents enjoy a low annual committee take it to the board. Go to the monthly board meetings assessment fee, there has been growing discontent among many and hear what is going on. Don’t complain on the sidelines if you residents as it relates to the Property Owner’s Association – and are not willing to step out and get involved.” the people who run it. Liz Berkshire is certainly not sitting on the sidelines. A Two McCormick Ranch home owners share their stories about McCormick Ranch resident since 1995, Liz is instrumental in why they want to see change in their community … and how forming the McCormick Ranch Concerned Property Owners McCormick Ranch residents can get involved to affect this change. group. This new movement’s intent is to make residents aware of Michelle and Peter Arena recently moved to McCormick several issues regarding the McCormick Ranch POA, particularly Ranch from Virginia where Michelle serves as their 1,777-home as it relates to operations, property values and community community’s HOA Architectural Control Committee chair and engagement. Peter serves on the Board of Trustees. Michelle notes that upon Berkshire unsuccessfully ran twice for the board, but feels an their arrival to the Valley last fall she and her husband “went to unjust ballot system is to blame for her losses. She says, “We had the POA office to learn more about the community. I asked a a website with hundreds of hits a day, campaigned for weeks, and few questions about the various meetings, ACC points of interest know individuals who voted for the first time. Yet somehow, and just general questions about the according to the POA staff, the number of community. While I received answers ballots returned to the POA office was less Cause for Concern: to my questions, the staff was quite than the prior year. Statistically, the results As a resident of McCormick Ranch, defensive.” appear impossible.” do you have concerns about the state She added, “You would think the Berkshire believes residents need to of the community? Michelle Arena and leadership would welcome residents who be involved in their community to ensure Liz Berkshire ask that you consider the want to be involved. My impression was continuing value. She says, “Our objective following issues: ‘this is how it works and this is how it is to provide truthful, factual information • Inconsistent ACC decisions will work forever, no discussion.’ To about POA decisions and discrepancies with • Lack of improvement/amendments run the Ranch the same way every year the intent to enlist residents to help make to the CC&Rs in over 30 years because ‘that’s just the way we do it’ is change. The first change is board member • Lack of documentation and unacceptable. I can see where residents voting. No more open ballots reviewed by standardization around standard get angry or frustrated when trying to the staff.” operating procedures encourage change.” She continues, “We want standardized • Long-time leadership and overall Does she feel this change is possible? architectural control documentation and the lack of change “Yes! The more residents know about Executive Director to remove himself from • Executive director’s exorbitant salary the community the better equipped they being the chairman of the committee (and, • Election process’ board are to challenge decisions or policies and thus, the sole decision maker).” endorsements ask for change. Read the McCormick The board members of McCormick Ranch For more information, please visit Ranch by-laws, CC&Rs and Architectural POA were offered an opportunity to contribute www.mrcpo.org. Control Criteria. Ask friends about to this article. The request went unfulfilled. SUMMER 2011


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480 838-6252 Paradise Valley 480 998-9453 Scottsdale/Shea Not everyone does well in school. And even those who do well may lack confidence or could be given that competitive edge to excel. That’s where Kumon steps in. With two locations nearby to serve kids in preschool through highschool, are your kids getting it – or just getting by? Manju Khanna, a retired medical doctor, has taught at Kumon for 15 years and owns the location near Kiva Elementary School in Paradise Valley. “I wanted to keep doing something and interact with people. It’s the gratification of giving back,” says Khanna. Kumon teaches children that if you work hard, you can achieve success. The curriculum is the same at each location, but what makes the biggest difference is the veteran instructors who believe it’s just as important to know the child as it is the curriculum. Kumon carries a child-centric position to foster curiousity, the joy of learning and endurance. And while the overall curriculum for the Kumon program is the same for each center (there are upwards of 26,000 of them worldwide), each one has its own unique personality – which stems from the director! “This program is a chosen after-school activity for many students at several public and private schools,” says Khanna. They teach kids of all levels whether they face a learning disability or simply need to prepare for SATs. She adds with a smile, “When kids accomplish something you can see a change in their personality and sense of pride. They shine with confidence!” Amy Benton, director of the Shea and 70th St. location (in Agua Caliente) near Chaparral High School, says, “If there’s one

gift you can give your child, it’s to take away the stress of academics.” Some common red flags that parents should look for is if your child takes a long time to do homework or simply doesn’t want to go to school. At Kumon, a placement test is given to each new student so that they start at the level needed and build from there. A child will advance after they acquire and master certain skills. They progress through levels based on a series of worksheets. “Our goal is to build their proficiency in a way that they feel empowered,” adds Khanna. While Kumon started out in Japan in the 1950s as a math-focused program, it has since grown to include reading as well. Benton says the program’s success is steeped in consistency. Students come to Kumon two to three times a week, and they are given 10 to 15 minutes of homework for the days they don’t have class. The proof of success: 50% of their students are working atleast one year above their current grade level. Benton notes that while older children have more “one-onone” time with instructors, younger students often work in small groups. “We want each child to reach his or her potential by showing them if they put in a little effort, they can be good at anything, as well as to instill a love of learning that can continue through life,” Benton says. “Every child learns and progresses at his or her own pace, and we encourage them [to do just that].” For more information on the cost and hours available at each location, Benton and Khanna welcome you to stop by and learn more. McCormick Ranch Lifestyle 


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In Your Own By Jeanne Alspaugh

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Special Program: Handlebar Helpers The Handlebar Helper Program “rolled” into action in October of 1994 when local citizens collaborated with City of Scottsdale Staff to initiate the program. Handlebar Helpers is located at the Paiute Neighborhood Center 6535 E. Osborn Road, Bldg. #6 (Osborn and 64th Street) (480) 312-0002 Summer Hours Weekdays: 9-noon & 1-4 Closed on the Weekends There are several ways that you can interact with the program. You can be a volunteer and work in the shop helping to provide a stable environment for the youth in our community; by giving our youth the necessary job skills and provide positive examples of adult role models. Youth who live in the City of Scottsdale and are from the ages of 12-17 are welcome to apply and interview for participation in the program. You will be learning all phases of bicycle repair and maintenance. You will receive the rewarding feeling that you have contributed to our community. You also have a chance to earn a bike or upgrade from the one you currently own. You can also be a donor by giving bikes or bike parts, to help perpetuate the program. I do know that they also accept cash donations. As a resident of the City of Scottsdale you can also “earn” yourself a bike. Please check out the website for more details: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/assistance/ handlebar 22 SUMMER 2011

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Racin’ at the Basin/ Scottsdale 3.1 (5K) Running Series Race #4- Saturday, June 18th at 8:30am …a fast, fun, no frills running series at the beautiful Scottsdale Sports Complex. Whether you are looking to run your first 5K or a chance to improve your fitness, you will enjoy this fantastic race. Chip timing equipment tracks your two-loop run over the fun and challenging course. If you would like more information or would like to register for this event: www. scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/ssc Course number #84834 $15 (in advance) or $20 the day of the race. Located at: 8081 E. Princess Drive Scottsdale AZ 85255 (NE of Bell Rd and Hayden Rd) Hawaiian Day Luau Saturday July 16, 5pm-8pm Take a break from the heat and come frolic in the beachfront entry and have fun in the water play features. This event is fun for the whole family so tell your friends and join us for the annual ALOHA event where we will have games, give-a-ways and a good time will be had by all!! Regular pool admission applies ($2 adults, $1 child). Eldorado Aquatic Center 2301 N. Miller Road (SE of Miller & Oak) Scottsdale, AZ  85257  Water Safety Day Saturday August 6th, 2pm-4pm This event will be at both Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Centers. Help celebrate Water Safety and keep

our kids safe around water!! Scottsdale’s annual “Water Safety Day” has fun events and activities for the entire family as well as a mock rescue with the Scottsdale Fire Department! This event is in recognition of Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Eldorado Aquatic Center 2301 N. Miller Road (SE of Miller & Oak) Scottsdale, AZ  85257  15525 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Thompson Peak Pkwy & McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd) Regular pool admission applies ($2 adults, $1 child). Mighty Mud Mania 2011 - FREE Saturday June 11, 2011 8am - 1pm Rain or Shine Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road (Southeast of Hayden and Jackrabbit) A little story about “Mighty Mud Mania”: “Mighty Mud Mania” began in 1976 as the “Shout It Out Decathlon,” a promotional gimmick for Johnson’s Wax “Shout” Spray pre-wash. The activity was held in Chaparral Park in Scottsdale and the Johnson’s Wax Company provided 300 white t-shirts for the participants. Johnson’s dropped the program because our Arizona mud was too tough for the pre-wash. However, the City of Scottsdale felt the activity was so successful, that our Parks and Recreation Division incorporated the event into the summer recreation program. Re-named “Mighty Mud Mania,” the activity has been held since then as the culminating activity of all the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer programs.


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