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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Photo: Desert Splash Adventures

June 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 6

Beat the heat with a whirlwhind of new attractions sure to entertain the whole family. How about competing for prizes at a threestory interactive driving range? Or maybe you’d like to take a few guests on a seaplane excursion to a desert island? The best part is, you don’t have to go far to experience some of the Valley’s best summer excursions. | Page 10

In This Issue Ranch News Highlights . . . . . . . . 2

Arts and Culture. . . . . . . . . . . 11

Community Updates. . . . . . . . . . 3

Around Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . 13

College Planning. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 14

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy . . 6

(From left) Phyllis Banucci, Judy Headley, Jenna Mazel, Abby Runyon, Brian Herskovets, and Susan Grace were honored at the Community Council’s Volunteer of the Year celebration in April.

Dedicated volunteers embody community values through selfless service Whether it’s helping to coordinate a musical at The Homestead Playhouse or leading

the charge to raise money for families in need, volunteers are essential to upholding

Monthly Planner MONDAY, JUNE 2

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center

the values and success of DC Ranch. This year the Community Council recognized

seven individuals for their outstanding contributions to making DC Ranch a better place to live, work, and play. | Pages 8-9 MARKETPLACE


Summer Theatre Camp

9 a.m. | The Homestead Community Center SATURDAYS, JUNE 7, 14, 21, & 28

Summer Sizzles

11 a.m. | Desert Camp Community Center SUNDAY TO FRIDAY, JUNE 8-13; 22-27

Workshops for Youth and Families

9 a.m. | The Homestead Community Center Community Calendar Pg. 7


Healthy lifestyles enhanced with new running store

Father’s Day marks a fresh start for Desert Parks family

DC Ranch Crossing welcomes Fleet Feet Sports as the area’s premiere location for the latest styles of running shoes, apparel, and accessories. With an abundance of paths and trails throughout DC Ranch and north Scottsdale, the specialty athletic store is the perfect stop before a great outdoor workout. | Page 4

When George and Melissa Plescia moved to the Valley from California last year, their goal was to find a community ideal for raising children. After taking a tour of DC Ranch, they knew this was the perfect fit for their daughter Tessa. This Father’s Day, George is getting praise from the two leading ladies in his life for providing a great new foundation to grow and thrive. | Page 12

Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

Summer Guide: Adventure awaits in your own backyard

June 2014


June 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 6

Discover the community that you never truly knew

Speaking of nearby attractions that many aren’t aware of, the McDowell Sonoran Gabi Enriquez Conservancy is proactive in maintaining the health and viability of creatures within the Preserve. Since part of the Preserve is owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Indians, learn on Page 8 how the Yavapai Indians played a major role during the 1970s that saved the Desert Nesting Bald Eagle from going extinct. What makes DC Ranch a vibrant and one-of-a-kind community isn’t only the rich history, annual events, and weekly programming that has kept the community strong; it is also those proactive community volunteers who are continuing to make a name in DC Ranch due to their contributions within the greater Valley. The Community Council recognizes seven influential resident leaders on page 8 and 9 for their dedication to positively affect DC Ranch. I invite you—during the start of your summer vacation—to discover the gems around DC Ranch that you never truly knew about. They are each vastly important to making the community a more viable place to live for you and your family. Happy reading and enjoy the abundance of opportunities to make this a memorable summer. —Gabi Enriquez, Senior Events and Programs Manager

Photo: Brighid Constable

Ranch News Highlights

Growing with the Community Council since 2008, I have certainly witnessed events, opportunities, and residents evolve with the community. Now, as Senior Events and Programs manager, I find myself in awe of residents’ fresh perspectives on community life while maintaining the traditions that our neighbors cherish. But what about the history and opportunities around DC Ranch that not many are aware of? The June issue of Ranch News represents—not only the variety of programs offered for children this summer (learn more on page 7)—but also offers the chance to discover local adventures you didn’t realize were in your own backyard. Take the summer adventures feature section on Page 10. Learn about a seaplane tour with Desert Splash Adventures where you take off on a “flightseeing trip” that departs from Scottsdale airport. The day-long excursion allows you to sightsee over the DC Ranch community, view the breathtaking Apache Trails, and lands on Roosevelt Lake where champagne and a light meal are served. Looking for a daily adventure that is more family-friendly? Take your loved ones to the largest butterfly exhibit in the country, not five miles from DC Ranch, at Butterfly Wonderland. Or how about trying the new Topgolf interactive driving range near Talking Stick Resort? Whichever your adventure, there’s a summer escape for every age nearby the Ranch.

Ranch News

Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with residents. The publication seeks to build community by connecting neighbors through stories and pictures and to offer a product valuable to advertisers. Ranch News celebrates and perpetuates the values of the DC Ranch community. Community Engagement Director | Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager | Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinator | Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Published by

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Spotlight on Ranch Association

Community Updates

Speeding and security represent top issues in resident survey

Committee Proposals on Problem Areas Recommendations include an awareness campaign targeted at speeders, purchasing electronic speed signs, possible photo enforcement, and lastly, neighborhood speed bumps. The sub-committee has also been working closely with Scottsdale police to increase presence in problem areas and along public roadways. Securing pathways and wall breaks also top the list especially in light of the recent number of burglaries, vehicle break-ins, and a car theft. It is important to note that thanks to an alert resident and swift police response, two burglary suspects are in custody. The duo has a history of burglaries and may have been responsible for some of the area crimes. Further, the committee is tasked with determining costs, timelines, and measurable impact of the various ideas being discussed. Some of the possible security enhancements may include: closing wall breaks with landscape or fencing as appropriate by neighborhood, fencing and gates at passenger pathways, adding signage,


Speed signs are among the proposed traffic changes to improve safety in the community.

camera installation in problem areas, deputizing maintenance crews to enhance security watch, and adding evening golf course patrols.

New Security and Safety Improvements Cameras at all gates are operational that capture front and rear license plate information of vehicles entering or exiting DC Ranch neighborhoods. The Ranch Association is also implementing a new photo and gate pass code identification system for each resident. Homeowners and tenants may stop by any gatehouse or patrol vehicle to have their photo taken and input a secret four digit code used exclusively to confirm their identity. Residents may email a head shot and the gate code to DC Ranch Security at kenneth.sieloff@dcranchinc. com. Security also plans to roam various neighborhoods on a designated Saturday to help get the photos and codes set up. Dates and times will be forthcoming. Javelina and rattlesnakes are the most common wildlife issues. Remember we share their natural habitat; however, relocation of persistent problems can be an option. Security can assist whenever possible, but be alert especially during the hotter summer months when outdoors or hiking. Final recommendations, details, and costs are planned to be announced at the June 2 board meeting at the Homestead Community Center. Residents are encouraged to attend.

The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in June. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council Jeremy Stevens, Senior Communications Manager, 2 years

Ranch Association Mike Harjung, Director of Facility Maintenance and Landscape, 8 years Jose Ornelias, Landscape Team, 3 years Kenneth Sieloff, Security Computer Programmer, 1 year

Photo: Andy Andrews

Preliminary results from the recent comprehensive analysis of residents’ opinions on security, safety, and enforcement drew good response. About 28 percent of residents completed the survey and noted speeding and gate access as the priority issues. The highest demographic response came from single property homeowners of three- to 10-plus years, who are either empty-nesters or have children older than 12. According to the survey, the majority of residents approve of the Ranch Association’s current enforcement policies and most at least moderately like the current security provider whose contract is up for renewal later this year. The data validates the initial recommendations by the Ranch Association’s Security Sub-Committee presented to the Board of Directors at the monthly meeting on May 5.

New Ranch Association officer positions assigned

The Ranch Association Board held its first monthly meeting May 5 and voted on officer positions for the upcoming year. Newly elected members Susan Grace, Don Matheson, and incumbent Joseph McGarr joined current seat holders Fred Green, Norm Schuminsky, John Henrickson, and Stephen Koven. The board unanimously returned Green as president and McGarr as Treasurer. Henrickson was voted in as Vice-President and Schuminsky as Secretary. Residents and Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) are encouraged to attend the board meetings held the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center.

Latest scoop on pet waste

The Ranch Association is installing 10 additional pet waste and baggie stations so that now all neighborhood parks will be equipped. The installation should be completed by early July. According to the recent security survey, pet waste is a main resident concern. While the doggy stations will help in the parks, pet waste continues to plague trails and pathways. Please do your neighborly part and remember to pick up after your pet while using the common areas. Dogs must also be on a leash when outside per the Maricopa County Leash Law to ensure a safer environment for everyone.

Items for your vacation checklist

If you’d like that extra peace of mind while you’re on vacation, please remember to fill out the online Vacation/Extended Absence Notification form on the Resident Services section. The form gives permission for DC Ranch Security to drive by your property daily and conduct a physical check of the perimeter and all exterior doors twice a week during your absence. Security can also assist with any deliveries, visitors, or contracting work that may be planned while you’re away.

Be conscientious of seasonal irrigation and shrubbery maintenance

June is typically the driest month of the year in Arizona, so remember to check your irrigation controllers and set a schedule that provides deep watering. Many systems return to factory presets after a power outage, which may not be adequate for the intense summer heat. Remind your landscaper or check your system after an electrical storm. To minimize evaporation, water your turf early in the morning before sunrise. Any brown patches left from dying rye grass should bounce back after raking and removing these areas. Follow with a couple weeks of adequate water and fertilize with a multi-purpose blend every four to six weeks. Be aware of maintaining the health of plants as well. If there is browning on the tips of leaves on trees or shrubs— which is a sign of salt burn due to shallow watering—then flush the soil through the root zone with deep, infrequent watering. Most desert trees start to drop leaves around this time which is the natural way these plants cope with the hot temperatures. Continue watering properly and new growth will eventually emerge.

Residents give Paint Expo positive reviews

The DC Ranch Association Paint Expo hosted a full house of residents who attended the April 27 event at Desert Camp Community Center. Residents learned about choosing exterior custom colors or updating an existing paint palette. Ranch Association staff also assisted by providing paint palette schemes, modification forms, and guidelines to consider in determining new color choices. The Ranch Association extends a special thank you to these local companies: Advanced Painting & Contracting, CLC Enterprises, Titan Painting, Aspen Painting & Coatings, Sherwin-Williams, Dunn Edwards, First Citizens Bank, and Southwest Direct Mortgage. If you were unable to attend, please call the Ranch Office at 480.513.1500 with questions about painting your home’s exterior.

Photo: Sandee Breiling

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Linda des Groseilliers will open the very first Fleet Feet Sports store in the Valley by early June.

Fleet Feet Sports lands its first Valley location at DC Ranch Crossing With the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in DC Ranch’s backyard, there are plenty of scenic running and hiking paths that come to mind. This is one of the many reasons Linda des Groseilliers decided to open the first Fleet Feet Sports in the metro Phoenix area. Read on to learn what the store will offer when it opens in early June.

Q: Welcome to the neighborhood, Linda! What inspired your decision to locate in DC Ranch Crossing? A: DC Ranch is dear to me. When I first moved to the Valley, I had the opportunity to be an owner in a company that framed many of the homes there. The master plan of the community was thoughtfully and beautifully designed. DC Ranch Crossing provides a welcoming and close-knit feeling. As I vetted locations around the Valley, this center met every criterion. The active lifestyle of the residents, the beautiful vistas for running, the proximity to Gateway Trailhead, and the synergy of the center made it my first and only choice.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and why you chose this career path? A: I’ve had many interesting opportunities in life, but the common thread throughout my career is simply that I am happiest when I am helping people. As a retailer for a large international performance apparel and footwear brand, I noticed a lack of personalized interaction that creates a truly satisfying experience for the customers. When a resident can buy local and have that same familiar group of faces helping them time after time, it fosters a better buying experience. I wanted to ditch the corporate lifestyle and get people moving, one foot at a time. Q: Fleet Feet Sports’ motto is ‘more than a shoe store.’ Would you elaborate? A: There are many choices when it comes to buying a pair of shoes. What my store offers is a personalized process to outfit a customer for success. Whether walker or runner, beginner or veteran, we are committed to being a resource for all things fitness. By carefully listening to each customer’s needs from nutrition to injury prevention, Fleet Feet is so much more than a shoe store.

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June 2014


College Planning

529 plan can help with college funding and estate planning considerations Michael Campbell | Financial advisor at Edward Jones on Market Street Now that residents are starting to plan for another school year, children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college. Higher education doesn’t come cheap—and the costs seem to continuously climb. You can help your children, or even your grandchildren, meet these expenses by investing in a 529 plan. And this college savings vehicle also offers estate-planning benefits. As a college funding vehicle, a 529 plan offers several significant benefits. When you contribute to a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free (provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses). Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10 percent IRS penalty. Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. However, 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor. The lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, many plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: If a child, grandchild, or other beneficiary decides against college, you can transfer the unused funds to someone else, tax and penalty free. 

 Now, let’s turn to a 529 plan’s estate-planning benefits. If you think that you may need to reduce the size of your taxable estate, you may find that the 529 plan offers a solution. When you establish and contribute to a 529 plan, the assets leave your estate, but they don’t leave your control. If your named beneficiary decides against college and you don’t have another family member to whom you can transfer the account—or if you simply change your mind about funding the 529 plan—you can get your money back at any time. As mentioned previously, however, you’ll have to pay taxes, and possibly a 10 percent IRS penalty, on the earnings. 

 Your contributions to a 529 plan also qualify for the $14,000 annual gift tax exclusion, so you can give large amounts each year without incurring the gift tax. 

 In the investment world, you can find many vehicles that can help you make progress toward one goal. But it’s far less common to find something that may give you a boost toward two. And when the two goals are helping a child or grandchild attend college and lowering the value of your taxable estate — while still maintaining control of your assets, you’ve got an investment worth considering. Overall, consult with your tax and financial advisors to determine if a 529 plan is right for you. If it is, think about taking action soon, because the more years you can contribute to a 529 plan, the better the outlook for both your future student and your estate plans. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Our neighbors to the north and east of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, have a long and deep connection to the Sonoran Desert and McDowell Mountains. Their ancestors once occupied about 10 million across southern, central, and northern Arizona. They lived, hunted, cultivated, and gathered plants, and sought spiritual guidance from these lands and water from the sacred Verde River. Desert Nesting Bald Eagle Following their suppression by the U.S. Army in the 1870s, the Yavapai were confined to three reservations in Arizona. One of the three resulting Yavapai Tribes, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nations, was formed by the President Executive Order in 1903. It encompasses 24,000 acres of Sonoran desert and wetlands, and is home to 950 tribal members. Today, Yavapai view their ancestral lands as a spiritually significant part of their lives. The creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy some of the Yavapai ancestral land. Accordingly, when we hike or bike a Preserve trail, it’s worth knowing that, as novelist Susan Powers notes, “Underneath today’s map of American lies a ghost geography—a network of Native American trails, villages, and traditions that existed long before most of our ancestors arrived.”

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Eagles, Dollars, and Soil If you lived here in the 1970s you may recall the Orme Dam controversy. Construction of this dam was proposed at the confluence of the Verde and Salt Rivers near the Yavapai’s reservation’s southern border. The U.S. government offered millions of dollars, other land, and new homes in return for accepting and relocating of the dam. The Yavapai said no. Orme Dam would have flooded more than 65 percent of the reservation and covered its most fertile river bottomlands used for farming, cattlegrazing, housing, and recreation. It would have also destroyed Yavapai sacred lands. Adding insult to injury, the dam would have drowned critical Desert Nesting Bald Eagle (DNBE) habitat along the Verde River. “The eagle helped protect the Yavapai people from the Orme Dam, and now the Yavapai people work hard to protect the eagle,” explained Fort McDowell Yavapai Government Relations Director Dr. Carole Klopatek. Today, the community takes pride in the DNBE population, which is one of the highest in Arizona. Their environmental protection policies are more stringent than those of the federal government.

Passing on Traditions Many cultures abandon their history and traditions in a rush to be part of the modern world. This was happening with Yavapai youth. To halt this trend, cultural programs have been developed to pass on the traditions of grandparents and greatgrandparents. Young Yavapai can now learn their native language and traditions. Field trips teach them how to harvest saguaro fruit and make jelly the traditional Yavapai way. They learn which native berries can be harvested and boiled into a tasty sweet beverage; that agave and banana yucca are dependable food sources; and that ocotillo, willow, and mesquite can be used for building. “Just as we teach our youth to respect Yavapai traditions and lands, we appreciate the efforts of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy,” said Karen Ray, a Yavapai cultural specialist. “You too work hard to protect Preserve land and educate people about its inherent value.” —Barb Pringle, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy steward The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access.

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Community Calendar

The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have a fee or admission. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

Workshops for Youth and Families

Children of all ages are invited to weeklong summer workshops located at The Homestead Community Center. DC Ranch residents receive half off admission prices; mention your residency when registering to receive the discount. Please call Workshops for Youth and Families at 480.245.9724 or visit




The Journey

June 8-13 Ages 9-12

June 22-27 Ages 13-15

July 6-11 Ages 9-12

July 20-25 Ages 15-19

Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m.

Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m.

Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m.

Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities

Fitness Activities

DC Ranch Women: Happy Hour

Fitness Swim

Thursday, June 12 | 5 to 7 p.m. Armitage Bistro RSVP on

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6 to 9 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Mahjong Mondays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.4699

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.513.6296

Shallow Water Exercise Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Child, Youth & Teen Activities DC Ranch Swim Team Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 7:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Toddler Fins Swim Lessons Mondays and Wednesdays 4 to 4:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

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Summer Sizzle: Blast from the Past Saturday | June 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Gnarley, dude! Far out, man! No matter how you say it, Summer Sizzle is going retro this year. Each Saturday in June, residents and their families will be treated to a decadethemed pool party complete with food, drinks, and music. Stay tuned on Facebook for your chance to win a private cabana suite during the Summer Sizzle series. Winners will be announced the Thursday before the Saturday event. Saturday, June 7 – 60s decade Saturday, June 14 – 70s decade

Saturday, June 21 – 80s decade Saturday, June 28 – 90s decade

To learn more about the complimentary Summer Sizzle events for residents, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Mini Fins Swim Lessons

Puppets in Motion

Silverleaf Club Adventure Camp

Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Monday to Friday | July 14-18 9 a.m. to Noon | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3542

Monday to Friday | June 9-13 480.515.3200

Junior Fins Swim Lessons

Multi-Sports Activity Camp

Trailblazer Breakfast

Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Summer Programs Once Upon a Time… Monday to Friday | June 2-6 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3542

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Robin Hood” Monday to Friday | June 16-20 Noon to 4:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3542

Monday to Friday | June 2-Aug. 8 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Community Events & Activities Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

DC Ranch Village Summer Camps

Community Meetings

Monday to Friday | May 27-Aug. 1 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 480.515.4050

Ranch Association Board of Directors

The Country Club at DC Ranch Summer Camps Monday to Friday June 2-27; July 7-25 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 480.342.7201

Monday, June 2 | 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.513.1500

Ranch Association Modification Committee Tuesday, June 3 & 17 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

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Volunteer Appreciation

City of Scottsdale Vice Mayor honors resident volunteers for community contributions Seven residents were recognized for their service to the community at the third annual Volunteer Appreciation event on April 5. Keynote speaker City of Scottsdale Vice Mayor Virgina Korte, discussed the importance task it takes to simply have one person donate their time for the greater good; not only in DC Ranch, but in the larger community as well. The Community Council would like to thank these selfless individuals who have made DC Ranch a more connected and viable place to live thanks to their community contributions. Leadership Award

Rich Puricelli

Rich Puricelli Puricelli served three years on the Community Council Board of Directors, two as Treasurer and one as board President. He led the Community Council’s search committee for a new executive director and dedicated many hours to her on-boarding when hired. His steadfast leadership in 2013 significantly contributed to the Community Council’s current success.

Philanthropic Award The Philanthropic award recognizes a resident who volunteers for a community service project or creates a resident-led giving project.

Phyllis Banucci

Phyllis Banucci Banucci has served on committees from both Rally for the Cure and The Country Club at DC Ranch. As an accomplished musician, she also volunteers her time as a singer with Arizona Musicfest Chorus and Arizona State Choral Union. Banucci is on the Board of Directors of Family Promise, a program for homeless families with children located in Scottsdale. Through Banucci’s commitment and ability, she helped raise the charity to a highly successful and recognized institution. She has served four years as Vice President and four years as President, continuing to help Family Promise achieve its goals and fulfill their mission.

Community supporters and their families were treated to a cocktail reception to honor the Volunteers of the Year on the patio at Desert Camp Community Center.

Good Neighbor Awards The Good Neighbor award is offered to a resident who is known for lending a helping hand, or identifying a need in the community and taking action to see that it is filled. Two residents were recognized in this category. Judy Headley Headley not only co-founded the successful social group DC Ranch Women, but also serves as Vice President of the club. Headley has helped the program grow by finding new places to host their happening. Headley also encouraged women to donate their time to important issues, such as The Country Club at DC Ranch’s Rally for the Cure. Even more, Headley is hugely involved with mahjong and canasta within the community centers—making a point to connect with others and get them engaged within DC Ranch.

Susan Grace Grace has been a resident of DC Ranch since 1998. Since then, Grace has continually volunteered her time at community events. Her most notable Good Neighbor deed stems from the outstandingly successful DC Ranch Film Club. Not only did she help organize the group, but is active in promoting and individually planning each group’s meeting.

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The Leadership award is in recognition of an individual’s contributions to the management of DC Ranch through service on a board, committee, or as a Neighborhood Voting Member.

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Youth Leadership Awards The Youth Leadership award recognizes a youth or teen who volunteers at community events or programs. Two people were recognized in these categories. Abby Runyon and Jenna Mazel Runyon and Mazel have volunteered countless hours at The Homestead Playhouse by helping organize sets, props, and costumes. These two young individuals are both essential as backstage help for numerous productions over the past few years. These ladies have also taken the role of mentoring younger actors to make theatre an approachable avenue of learning at the Playhouse.

(From left) Abby Runyon, Molly Kurtz, and Jenna Mazel

Merchant Award

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The Merchant award recognizes a commercial partner who promotes pride in the DC Ranch Community. Brian Herskovets of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Market Street has always been supportive of DC Ranch’s community and lifestyle events. They take pride in creating their own community events such as “Movie Nights” for residents. As general manager of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Market Street, Herskovets and his team have donated countless pizzas for volunteers and staff for both the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch and Tour de Scottsdale, along with offering complimentary giveaways on DC Ranch’s Facebook page.

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Gnarley, dude! Far out, man! Whichever phrase from your favorite decade, you’re sure to have fun at Summer Sizzle. Cool off from the 110 degree heat and travel back to a few rockin’, groovy, totally rad, and hip decades for complete summer relaxation by the Desert Camp pool. Residents and their families are welcomed to the summer event for a few tasty bites and drinks for a total resort getaway feeling. Stay tuned on Facebook for your chance to win a private cabana suite during the Summer Sizzle series. Winners will be announced the Thursday before the Saturday event.

Looking for ways to connect with your community? Contact Community Engagement Director Jona Davis at for more information. Spotlight Series A new speaker series begins this fall and residents are asked to join the planning committee

Saturday, June 7 – 60s decade Saturday, June 14 – 70s decade Saturday, June 21 – 80s decade Saturday, June 28 – 90s decade

DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School Use your talents in one of four committees that make the Community Garden successful: operations, events and workshops, resources, and volunteers DC Ranch Event Volunteers From public events such as Tour de Scottsdale to smaller ones such as DC Ranch Film Club, resident volunteers of all ages are needed with help for registration, set up/clean up, and other activities during the event

To learn more about the complimentary Summer Sizzle events for residents, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

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Butterfly Wonderland Take flight at one of the newest attractions in the Valley with a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America. Just 10 minutes south on the Loop 101 freeway, the whole family will enjoy this convenient getaway. Butterfly Wonderland offers an indoor oasis to You’ll be welcomed into a magnifiescape the summer heat. cent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger. It is a particular point of pride for the location of Butterfly Wonderland to be within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where reverence for the natural world is so integral to the culture. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura. Learn more at

Desert Splash Adventures Take a “flightseeing” trip of some of Arizona’s most breathtaking scenery from. Desert Splash Adventures operates a nine-passenger float plane tour that departs Scottsdale airport and flies along the Apache Trail east of Phoenix. The plane lands on Roosevelt Lake where passengers are treated to a champagne brunch or other activities Desert Splash Adventures is celebrating its fourth on a large island. What makes this trip season of taking guests on aerial tours of Arizona. unique is the combination of the beautiful geology, ecology and settlement history that is pointed out by the pilot while performing some skillful flight maneuvers through steep canyons of the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks area. The company also offers a city lights tour of the Valley and a sunrise champagne flight. DC Ranch residents will receive 10 percent off their flight if they mention this Ranch News summer issue. Desert Splash Adventures is located is 15115 N. Airport Dr., at the Scottsdale Airport. Learn more at —Jeremy Stevens

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Jump into Mighty Mud Mania June 7 Get ready for fun in the mud as Scottsdale hosts the 39th annual Mighty Mud Mania on Saturday, June 7. This family friendly event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. Mighty Mud Mania activities are free for children, but families are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Vista Del Camino Food Bank. For more information, call 480.312.0217 or visit

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s free concert series continues in June

Free concerts are offered every Sunday at the park from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through July 6. Bring a blanket or chair, and hear a variety of favorite local bands. The park is located on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. For more information, call 480.312.2312 or visit

Take in a performance by The Milk Carton Kids

Donations needed for back-to-school program Help support Vista del Camino’s Back to School Clothing and School Supplies Program. Kindergarten through 12th grade students are provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, backpack, and school supplies. Donations of these new items are welcome as are volunteers to help make the event successful. Items can be dropped off at Vista del Camino, Scottsdale’s social services center. Cash donations are also accepted. The back to school effort assists up to 500 Scottsdale elementary and high school-aged children each year. To volunteer or to get more information, contact Eduardo Durazo at 480.312.0063 or


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Tessa Plescia just had the time of her life at the happiest place on Earth. With some stealth planning, Tessa’s parents, George and Melissa, surprised the four-year old with a magical trip to Disneyland to kick off a summer that’s sure to be filled with special memories. “We wanted it to be a surprise for sure,” said George. “But we kept it a secret for our own sanity, too. If Tessa had known about Disney, that’s probably all she would have talked about for months.” A grounded approach to parenting is one of the attributes that makes George such a great dad, according to Melissa.

“George has such a steady nature and it’s a wonderful balance to our parenting styles,” said Melissa. This Father’s Day will be extra special for George as it marks the Plescia’s one-year anniversary of moving to Arizona and, in particular, DC Ranch. “We moved from California to escape the hustle and bustle, and really focus on raising Tessa in the best family environment possible,” said George. “We were sold on DC Ranch right away when we saw all the events and programs that were offered for children.” George couldn’t ask for a better

“Leasing a plot at the Community Garden has been a great opportunity for me to spend more quality time with my daughter and show her the basics of gardening,” said resident George Plescia, pictured with daughter Tessa at their garden plot.

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father’s day gift than to see Tessa and Melissa both thriving in their new home and community. Tessa is enrolled in everything from ballet to karate and participates in the Community Council’s TGIF Little Wrangler’s program. George and Tessa even have a plot at the new DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School. “Tessa and I both love to garden and that is a place where we can spend quality time together,” said George. Not only does Tessa love to plant flowers, she is also a fan of homegrown vegetables. “Tessa is so much more open to eating vegetables if she grows them herself. She loves to watch the plants grow and see the vegetables ripen on the vines,” said George. “She picks tomatoes and eats them like apples. It’s amazing!” As a father, George hopes to expose Tessa to a variety of opportunities to help give her the tools to become a wellrounded person. “In addition to getting Tessa involved with sports and social activities, Melissa and I also try and teach her about helping


(From left) Tessa, Melissa, and George Plescia moved to DC Ranch from California to create a solid and welcoming foundation for their family to grow.

others,” said George. “At Christmas time we donated coats and clothes to a family shelter which I think has a profound effect on Tessa. She still talks about it and looks forward to the next time we can help other children.” Now back from the surprise trip from visiting Mickey and Minnie, the Plescias plan to spend Father’s Day as they always have: as a connected family dedicated to giving Tessa unconditional love and support. —Jeremy Stevens




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Attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden plot

Summer is here! From cooling off at the Desert Camp pool to enjoying the slower summer pace around the Ranch, here are a few fun factoids about resident life during summertime.

The summer season brings an array of scents to your garden, attracting many flittering creatures such as hummingbirds and butterflies. Not only are they aesthetically appealing to a garden atmosphere, but these high flyers also help pollenate the plants. Hummingbirds tend to pollinate red, bright pink, and orange tubular shaped flowers. Combinations of some or all of these plants are certain to bring the hummers to your Arizona garden: Salvia Greggii | Pentas | Penstemmon | Bee Balm | Mexican Bush Sage | Agastache | Pentunia | Aloe | Firecracker Bush | Desert Honeysuckle | Mexican Flame Vine | Chuperosa | Red Bird of Paradise | Hong Kong Orchid Tree

With the great state of Arizona boasting nearly 250 species of butterfly, the right plants and environment can attract these delicate beings to your garden. Butterflies enjoy mass plantings of wide shallow flowers that they can easily perch on. They enjoy annual flowers such as zinnia, cosmos, and marigold. Please check your neighborhood plant pallet for approved plants in your community before planting near your home. Planting in a location that is not is not a high traffic, but in one that you may easily observe—like the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School—is an ideal location for a butterfly and hummingbird garden.



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Here are some highlights from recent DC Ranch community events and programs.

Residents perused gourd artist Karen Friend’s array of detailed art while enjoying complimentary wine and appetizers at Passport to Art on April 3. Photo: Brighid Constable

On April 10, Zumba instructor Jill Justman said goodbye to her fitness friends before leaving on an extended European vacation. Photo: Brighid Constable

Residents strolled around the Ranch in 75 degree weather while learning about the desert blooms indigenous to the area. This was the first year that the Landscape Manager, Gary Whitener, had two Wildflower Walks. Photo: Brandon Curtis

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Children reveled in the storytelling of “Peter Rabbit” for a special Easter-themed Storytime. Photo: Brighid Constable

Alice from Alice in Wonderland joined in on egg hunting with children as they celebrated the spring season with the annual Eggstravaganza on April 19 at Desert Camp Community Center. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

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