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January 2012 • Vol. 4, No.1

A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Special land use permit makes possible McDowell Sonoran Challenge Jan. 28

Photo courtesy MSC

Participants of the McDowell Sonoran Challenge pass through historic Brown’s Ranch and weave their way past Brown’s and Cholla Mountains.

In This Issue “From the desk of…” . . . . . . . . 2

Around Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . 11

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

Community Connections . . . . . 12

Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Valleywide Family Activities. . . . . 9

Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 15

Arts & Culture. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Andy Andrews, left, met with DMB Commercial’s TA Shover, right, and other members of the community’s leadership team in December.

Meet the new guy on the block Andy Andrews began as executive director of the Ranch Association in November.

Since then he has met with several persons who help lead the community, including representatives of Covenant Commission, Community Council, and DMB

Commercial. Andrews has earned designations such as Certified Manager of Community Associations, Association Management Specialist and Professional

Community Association Manager from the Community Associations Institute

Monthly Planner Thursday, Jan. 5

Run for Ryan House Kick-Off Party 5 p.m. | Sole Sports – Scottsdale

(CAI). CAI is a leader in community management training and recruitment, which DC Ranch used to post its position for the Executive Director. | Page 5 Family Series

Monday, Jan. 9

Ranch Association Board of Directors 5:30 | The Homestead Community Center Saturday, Jan. 21

DC Ranch Group Run 7 a.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Thursday, Jan. 26

Community Council Board of Directors 4:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Community Calendar Pg. 7

History Series

Cycle of care comes full circle for a father and a son

State centennial, community anniversary milestone offer opportunity for storytelling

In honor of DC Ranch’s 15-year anniversary, Ranch News will spotlight the variety of families that make our community their home. Gerry Hrenchir cares for his elderly father and shares their story of love and commitment. | Page 8

In celebration of Arizona’s centennial, the Community Council will explore the interconnectedness of the state’s and DC Ranch’s histories. Len Marcisz, a historian of the McDowells and resident of Scottsdale, delves into how DC Ranch places in Arizona’s ranching history and discusses E.O. Brown | Page 14

Photo: Anne Driscoll

On Jan. 28, there is an opportunity to explore the proposed northern reaches of the Preserve. Through a special land use permit, the Arizona State+ Land Department granted MSC access to the State Trust Land designated for conservation for the annual McDowell Sonoran Challenge. | Page 6

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From the desk of Suzanne Walden-Wells: New Year’s resolutions, going to the moon and other hard stuff

January 2012 • Vol. 4, No. 1

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. Communications Director | Kimberly Crowther Miller Public Relations Manager | Anne Driscoll Communications Coordinators | Krista Hinz & Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Published by

Publisher | Rick McCartney Editorial Director | RaeAnne Marsh Graphic Design | Benjamin Little

Suzanne Walden-Wells is executive director of the DC Ranch Community Council.

of place that warms our neighborhoods, DC Ranch is a dream fulfilled. There are easier ways to develop a community. The DC Ranch we know and love exists not because it was easy, but because it was hard. As I look to the year ahead, I plan to spend more time on the hard stuff. What about you?

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By the time the ink dries on this issue of Ranch News, there is a 78 percent chance that I will have already broken my New Year’s resolution. How can that be? Each year, I, along with millions of other people, make a steadfast commitment to do, be or achieve something that seems significant and worthy at the time. Yet somewhere along the way we fail. Why is that? Do we simply give up because the goal is too difficult to achieve? Or could it be that the goal just isn’t difficult enough? I attended a recent professional development session in which we were shown a video clip from 1962 where President John F. Kennedy proclaimed to the world that “We will go to the moon.” A bold statement indeed. But what came next is where the real lesson lies. President Kennedy said that “We will go to the moon and do other things . . . not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” We all know how the story ends. We did go to the moon. It wasn’t easy: It was hard, but we did it. A clear, grand expression of vision ignited a nation and turned everyone’s eyes to the stars. Our success changed the world. As I think of the community of DC Ranch, I see evidence of a grand vision. From architecture woven harmoniously with the desert to the profound sense

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MLK Day office closure for DC Ranch facilities

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, and reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center will remain open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 8 to 4 p.m.

Two residents re-appointed to Community Council board

The Community Council announces the re-appointments of two residents to the seven-member board of directors. Gerry Hrenchir and Rich Puricelli, from Desert Camp and Silverleaf villages respectively, were re-appointed to the board of directors in December. The 2012 election cycle begins with an application process in September for three seats; the terms of Tom Headley, Jerry Ford and Debbie McKeighan will expire. The Community Council board of directors upholds the DC Ranch community values and enables civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and recreational opportunities.

Community Council announces new staff members

Brandon W. Curtis joined the team as program manager. Curtis has been involved with a number of community organizations over the years including Workshops for Youth and Families, a non-profit organization that fosters personal leadership and resiliency in youth and families. Jeffrey James Ortagus is guest services coordinator and works out of Desert Camp Community Center. Ortagus is currently a pre-med biological sciences undergraduate student at Grand Canyon University. Jeffrey lives in Glendale with his wife Gabrielle and newborn son Maximillian Alexander. Elizabeth Dankert is communications coordinator. Her main focus is website administration and graphic design support. Dankert is a former member of the Espirtu Loci team, which helped implement the original vision for the DC Ranch community more than 10 years ago.

Community crime log

The following crimes in DC Ranch were reported to the Scottsdale Police Department between Oct. 7 and Dec. 1: Graffiti on underpasses in three areas within the Courtyards at Market Street neighborhood. As a routine, all residents should secure access points at all times. Further information may be obtained from the Scottsdale Police Department at Police/events/crimeanalysis.

Spotlight On: Ranch Association board elections

Italian eatery on Market Street closer to opening

Mia Francesca has resumed construction. Jeff Cohen, director of operations for Mia Francesca, is looking forward to serving the DC Ranch Community by mid-first quarter.

Each year, a board of directors is elected to manage the affairs of the Ranch Association. This year, three seats are open. Terms are expiring for Shawn Seaton of Desert Parks village; Joe McGarr of County Club village; and Nadia Mustafa of Desert Parks village. The election process requires certain steps for potential candidates, as well as the provision of information to residents. The first step is to bring awareness and interest to the potential candidates for the board. Candidate statement forms are currently available at The Ranch Offices on Market Street and on After candidate statements are received, the slate is posted on DCRanch. com and published in Ranch News. A candidate forum on March 27 will give residents and Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) the opportunity to meet candidates. This is an excellent way to see what they are most concerned about and where candidates stand on issues important to all residents. Votes are cast by residents and NVMs. Currently 55 percent of neighborhoods in DC Ranch are represented by an NVM. A list of NVMs and the neighborhood they represent is available on The election process concludes at the Annual Meeting on April 2 at The Homestead Community Center, where votes are tabulated and newlyelected board members will be announced. Please consider running for the board and serving in a leadership capacity for your community. Questions may be directed to Ranch Association Executive Director Andy Andrews at 480.419.5304 or andy.andrews@

Ranch Association offers tips to maintain garden during winter

Landscape Manager Gary Whitener offers advice for maintaining vegetation during the cold months. Reduce watering trees to one time per month; shrubs one time per week; and grass two times per week. Wait to prune dead branches until the likelihood of freezing weather has passed in mid-February. Avoid walking on the grass when it is frozen and refrain from covering the grass with bounce houses or dance floors for long periods of time, especially in the afternoon. If the grass is covered for two or three hours it is usually fine. Cover flowering shrubs, backflow preventers and hose bibs with a towel or blanket during nights the temperatures will be below or close to freezing. Remove weeds while they are small, and before they flower, when possible.

Seasonal decorations and basketball hoops reminders

Seasonal decorations need to be put away by Jan. 15. If your family got a basketball hoop this holiday season, please keep in mind that permanent and non-permanent basketball hoops need to meet specific criteria and be pre-approved by the Ranch Association.

2012 Ranch Association budget approved; reserve account funded

Dr. Barone, Fred Green and Andy Andrews (left to right) at the Dec. 12 Ranch Association board meeting. Meetings occur each month, typically on the first Monday, and are open to all residents. Topics include such items as selecting new furniture and equipment for common areas around DC Ranch.

Community Notices Staff anniversaries

The following DC Ranch team members will celebrate an anniversary in January. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council Taylor Tobin, Guest Services Coordinator, 4 years Ranch Association Jose Barcenas, Landscape Team, 3 years

Photo courtesy Ranch Association

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At the Nov. 14 board of directors special meeting, the board took action to approve the 2012 Ranch Association Budget; and approved to transfer approximately $1 million dollars from the operating budget to the reserve account. All meeting minutes are available on after they are approved by the board.

Contact information

Community Council: 480.513.1500 Community Centers Desert Camp: 480.342.7178 The Homestead: 480.585.1641 Ranch Association: 480.513.1500 Landscape & Maintenance: 480.585.8654 Community Patrol Country Club & Desert Camp Villages: 480.338.8477 Silverleaf & Desert Parks Villages: 480.338.8478 Covenant Commission: 480.563.3284


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Sue Cannon, left, oversees the day-to-day operations of DC Ranch Crossing, including facility maintenance and tenant management. Cannon recently met with Luster Nails owner Tam Dao, right.

Meet DC Ranch Crossing’s new property manager By Ranch News In June 2011, DMB Associates announced the sale of DC Ranch Crossing to Stockbridge Capital Group. The sale resulted in a new property management team for the center, Colliers International. In addition to DC Ranch Crossing, Colliers manages a large commercial real estate portfolio across the Valley including ASU’s downtown campus. Learn what the new ownership and management means for tenants and residents from Senior Property Manager Sue Cannon.

What is your background? I’ve been in commercial real estate since 1985, although I took a few years off to raise my children who are now in college. My background includes management of retail, office and industrial properties.

What is your favorite thing about managing property in DC Ranch? DC Ranch Crossing is a beautiful, well-located property with a great tenant mix, which provides the right balance of amenities for residents and the greater community.

What can residents expect from the new ownership and management? Stockbridge is committed to prudently investing the capital needed to make the shopping center a vibrant and valuable amenity to the community. Our management team has begun to facilitate improvements to the center that are beneficial for businesses, including tree trimming and the implementation of an updated signage plan that should enable better visibility from the road and to shoppers within the plaza. A center website will be launched at the first of the year for use by tenants and their patrons. And the ownership would love to sponsor an altruistic event to support the tenants and the community. In addition, our leasing team is actively searching for new tenants that would complement the existing businesses.

What are the challenges of managing commercial properties in this economy? Despite hard economic times, our goal is always to support the tenants. Collier’s management services are structured to support the tenants ability to run their businesses effectively. We strive to provide excellent customer service and respond to all tenant issues. How does Colliers overcome those challenges? Communication and building rapport with tenants is the first step. We ensure business owners feel comfortable reaching out to us for assistance. Even if we may not have all the information they need at that moment, they can count on us for a timely response. We focus the efforts of our team to provide a high level of maintenance at the property while making every effort to ensure that the costs are competitive and reasonable. What are your thoughts on the DC Ranch Loyalty Card Program? I believe almost all tenants at DC Ranch Crossing have subscribed. I have received comments from our tenants that program is a win-win situation for the property and tenants because it increases traffic and gives shoppers a reason to frequent a variety of businesses.

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Andrews has an office inside The Ranch Offices on Market Street, but will get out from behind it fairly often. “I plan to attend most DC Ranch events, where I can meet our residents who can share their thoughts and concerns about our continued success,” he said.

Meet the new guy: Andy Andrews takes reins of Ranch Association By Ranch News Andy Andrews joined the Ranch Association as executive director in November. Ranch News asked Andrews a few questions about his background, leadership style and goals for DC Ranch.

What attracted you to this position? “How did you hear about us?” My first opportunity to experience the Valley was about 15 years ago when I reopened and managed the Carefree Resort just north of DC Ranch. I watched and read numerous articles about DC Ranch as it began its growth out of the nearby desert. I remember thinking to myself, what would it take to manage a community like DC Ranch? What are some principles of leadership you follow? At the age of 12, I worked with my father in the family restaurant. I will always remember what my father taught me about customers. He told me to make sure I did the little things and go the extra mile. He also told me to appreciate the people I worked with everyday. It is very important to understand and respect the concerns of others and give them the time and attention they need.

What are your priorities for the coming year? As I begin to wrap my arms around this community, I find myself making both short term and long term goals for myself and my team. There are lots of financial reports and policies I must understand to be effective. However, some of my first priorities will be to understand and develop my team so we can offer the best in customer service to our residents and guests. I also hope to reach 100 percent participation in the NVM program, which elects our board of directors. What has surprised you since you have been on the job? How this community and surrounding areas have grown. When I left Arizona 15 years ago, the 101 and 202 didn’t exist, and it took an hour to get to the airport from the northern suburbs. What do you see as the number one challenge facing community associations? The number one challenge facing large associations is residents volunteering within the structure of the association. Residents need to understand their voice is needed for the continued success of any community. I encourage all residents to become more involved with community events, come to board meetings, or become an active voting member for your neighborhood. DC Ranch is fortunate to have highlyqualified residents who have managed businesses or have experience in accounting or public relations. These individuals would be valuable assets as future board members, who would guide the continued success of DC Ranch into the future.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy a leader among Arizona land trusts By Jace McKeighan | MSC Steward and DC Ranch resident Most people in our community do not know how unique the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is among Arizona land trusts. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy volunteers make up some 70 percent of all of the land trust volunteers in the entire state of Arizona. People who provide financial support to this non-profit organization make up 28 percent of all financial supporters of all Arizona land trusts. These are incredible numbers. Numbers like these are what make the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy a national model for land conservation. The organization was able to protect the largest urban preserve in the United States because of volunteer support. These statistics show the community’s commitment to preservation and MSC. MSC’s first and only priority, since its founding in 1991, is urban land preservation. MSC continues to improve its knowledge of the specific challenges that come from protecting the Preserve’s 82-mile long “wildland-urban interface”, or zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. MSC’s McDowell Sonoran Field Institute received grant funding last year to lead a study of the interface, and will create an urban preserve management plan to serve as a model for land trusts around the country. This is extremely important as the Preserve continues to grow, particularly in the area north of Dynamite. On Jan. 28, residents have a prime opportunity to explore the proposed northern reaches of the Preserve. Through a special land use permit, the Arizona State Land Department granted MSC access to the State Trust Land designated for conservation for the annual McDowell Sonoran Challenge. The event involves a time challenge with separate courses for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. Runners and hikers will pass through historic Brown’s Ranch and weave their way past Brown’s and Cholla Mountains on a 9-mile (15K) trip. Bikers will completely circle Cholla Mountain and ride past the Tonto National Forest on a 21-mile course. After the Challenge, MSC will hold a fitness expo and celebration including food, beverages, music, merchandise and fun at the Reata Pass Steakhouse beginning at 12 noon. The Challenge is an opportunity to experience beautiful, seldom-seen areas that the City hopes to acquire for the Preserve. Learn more about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the Challenge at

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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.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities Social Bridge Club Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.513.6296

Poker Tuesdays | 1 to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.4513

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

Basics Yoga Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.818.3232

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Mondays with Mommy Every Monday beginning Jan. 23 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3544

Kindermusik (ages birth-4) Wednesdays | 9 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.794.0222

Storytime at DC Ranch Wednesdays | 4 to 4:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Thursdays | 9 to 9:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3544

Junior Dribblers Basketball (ages 5-7)

Community Conversation with Mayor Lane

Mondays | 5 to 5:45 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684

Thursday, Jan. 19 7 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.312.7977

TGIF Tween Night Friday, Jan. 13 | 6 to 9 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

Community Events & Activities Trailblazer Breakfasts

TGIF Little Wranglers

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

Friday, Jan. 13 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Run for Ryan House Kick-Off Party TGIF Teen Escape Friday, Jan. 27 5 to 9 p.m. Meet at Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Thursday, Jan. 5 5 to 8 p.m. Sole Sports – Scottsdale 480.538.3540

DC Ranch Group Run Workshops for Youth & Families Girlwise III (ages 9-12) Sunday, Jan. 22 | 1 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.245.9724

Workshops for Youth & Families

Saturday, Jan. 21 7 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.538.3540

Community Meetings

Powerhouse II (ages 9-12) Sunday, Jan. 29 | 1 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.245.9724

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Activities with Pets

Ranch Association Modifications Committee

Monday, Jan. 9 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Tuesday, Jan. 10 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5308

Puppy Prep School Mondays | Jan. 2 & 9 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.766.1781

Ranch Association Budget & Finance Committee

Thursdays | 4 to 4:45 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

HOLES Auditions

Monday, Jan. 16 3 to 5 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5308

Tuesday, Jan. 31 | 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 | 4 to 7 p.m.

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Little Dribblers Basketball (ages 3-5)

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

Little Kicks Soccer (ages 3-5)

Mondays | 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684

The Homestead Playhouse

Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 | 4 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Thursday, Jan. 26 | 4:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.419.5303

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The cycle of care comes full circle for a father and a son

Fun things to do in January Valley families have a variety of events and activities to choose from.

By Anne Driscoll | Community Council

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2 | University of Phoenix Stadium Standford will take on Oklahoma State in the 41st Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at 6:30 p.m. in Glendale. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN. Tickets are $155-$235. For information call 480.350.0911 or visit

Eldest son Gerry helps his dad Victor Hrenchir shave. Gerry provides in-home care to his dad who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Photo: The Hrenchir family

“It is like taking on a child,” said Gerry Hrenchir, referring to the round-the-clock in-home care of his elderly dad, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Hrenchir, 65, who serves on the Community Council board of directors and is retired from AT&T and the Army National Guard with 22 years of service, is the oldest of his parents’ three children. “I know this sometimes falls to the oldest, and that is me.” Hrenchir’s mother passed away three years ago unexpectedly at age 81 from heart failure. As if grieving the sudden loss of his mom was not enough, Hrenchir realized during that time that his dad, Victor, now 88, would need full-time care. He was showing signs of dementia, which has led to Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the dementing disorders currently affecting more than 5 million Americans, resulting in more than 10 million unpaid caregivers. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. “We had no inkling that this was coming,” said Hrenchir. “We just always thought that mom and dad would take care of each other. We visited lots of homes, researching where he might get the 24-hour care he needs. But we like the idea of him having family around him. No one is going to care for Dad like we do. And the costs of facility care are a catastrophe of expense that can run between $4,000 and $6,000 monthly.” Victor uses a walker and Gerry helps to bathe, feed and dress him. “He doesn’t know when he is hungry,” said Hrenchir. “And he is up during the night, restless.” People with dementia and other memory impairing illness have more behavior problems in

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the evening. The frustrations and sensory stimulation build up throughout the day and, by “sundown” they are unable to cope with an environment that seems confusing. They may become increasingly confused, agitated, and anxious. Serving as the caregiver can take a toll, especially on the family. The stress is real. According to the American Alzheimer’s Association, more than 40 percent of family and other unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and about one third can suffer from depression. “I bet there are lots of families like ours who live in DC Ranch,” said Hrenchir. “We take good care of Dad, and we love him. Every day he tells me he might die, and I always say ‘You said that yesterday and you are still here with us.’ We have no idea how long this will last or what to expect day to day.”

Ranch News begins a new series to spotlight the variety of families that make our community their home. The DC Ranch Family series will run periodically in Ranch News. Contact Ranch News to recommend DC Ranch families for the series.

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Celebration of Fine Art Jan. 14 through March 25 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Watch art as it’s being created as more than 100 artists set up working studios. Housed in the big white tents on Scottsdale Road, just south of Loop 101, Celebration presents a variety of art in all styles – from traditional to contemporary. For information call 480.443.7695 or visit Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction Jan. 15-22 | WestWorld Hundreds of the world’s finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators will assemble for this year’s Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. For information call 480.421.6694 or visit Teen Book Club Jan. 23 | Scottsdale Mustang Library Join other literary-minded teens for a discussion on current popular books. The group meets monthly from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Snacks are provided. Registration is required. For information call 480.312.7323 or visit Imago Theatre: ZooZoo Jan. 28 | Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Imago Theatre, a traveling performance group, will delight audiences of all ages with a fun-filled cross between a circus, vaudeville and zoo in their production of “ZooZoo” at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $29 For information call 480.499.8587 or visit Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 30-Feb. 5 | Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf and has earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Grass.” For information call 602.870.0163 or visit

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Include golf or tennis in your fitness routine in the New Year


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By Melanie Halpert | The Countr y Club at DC Ranch

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As a new year begins, resolutions to get in shape abound. Maybe you are tired of your same routine and want something different to get you motivated this year. In 2012, think outside the box when it comes to your fitness routine and consider taking up golf or tennis. “Fit for Golf! Fit for Life!” is a new program at The Country Club at DC Ranch designed to not only help improve your game, but also your lifestyle. Whether you are just beginning to play golf, a weekend amateur golfer, or even a tournament player, this will be an invaluable tool for helping you to improve your game. The program allows members to focus on exercises, training, strengthening and stretching not only to help them Hyland demonstrates how to use a device that improve their golf game, but also to stay helps build muscle memory so a golfer’s swing is healthy and strong. the same each time. Walking the golf course is also an excellent choice to increase your cardio conditioning. Walking the course accounts for six miles and you can burn an average of 800 calories per round of golf. “It’s no secret that golf is usually viewed as an ‘inactive sport,’” said Dick Hyland, director of golf for The Country Club at DC Ranch. “But today’s golfers are focusing more than ever on weight loss, fitness, and performance. The current PGA Tour players are physically more fit than ever before. Golf conditioning plays a greater role in the game, and golfers can improve their game through a fitness program that focuses on flexibility, endurance, and power.” In addition to golf, the Club’s tennis program is a popular choice for fitness. Tennis is a fun sport that uses almost every muscle in your body. More specifically, tennis can be used as an excellent cardio workout and strength training workout. During tennis you strengthen your core, legs and arms. No matter your age or skill level, tennis can be enjoyed by most. The Club offers clinics, ball workouts, group and private lessons. Dave Moyer, the Club’s director of tennis encourages those who are looking for an alternative to a gym workout to consider tennis. “You get to be social, enjoy the fresh air, and get good exercise,” said Moyer. “People of all ages enjoy the game.” Not only can golf and tennis be alternative ways for you to stay in shape, they can also be a means of meeting new friends in the New Year. To learn more about golf and tennis programs at The Country Club at DC Ranch, please call 480.342.7246 or visit

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Deluxe casting, famous music offered in Arizona Opera’s performance of a classic By Matthew Erikson | Arizona Opera Trusting young geisha abandoned by caddish American naval officer. That, in a nutshell, is the heartbreaking story of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera “Madama Butterfly,” which Arizona Opera will present at Phoenix Symphony Hall this month. If the story seems familiar, it is. “Madama Butterfly” was adapted by Broadway into the smash-hit musical “Miss Saigon.”  Yet “Madama Butterfly” has a much longer history and can leave a deeper emotional impact. Composed in 1904, “Madama Butterfly” contains unforgettable musical moments such as Butterfly’s aria “Un bel di,” the love duet “Viene la sera” and the Humming Chorus. While you may not recognize those titles, it is music that Hollywood has used in films such as “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Fatal Attraction.” Arizona Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly” features some deluxe casting. Chinese-born soprano Shu-Ying Li has made Butterfly or CioCio-San a signature role with celebrated performances around the world, including a New York City Opera appearance telecast on PBS’ “Great Performances” series in March 2008. Her January per-

formances with Arizona Opera is her only North American appearance this season. “I’m very much looking forward to working with her,” said conductor Joseph Rescigno, who will lead all six Phoenix performances. A master of the Italian operatic repertoire, Rescigno has conducted 79 different performances of “Madama Butterfly” throughout his 40-year career. Also appearing in Arizona Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” are Metropolitan Opera tenor Adam Diegel as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, baritone Jake Gardner as Sharpless and mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak as Suzuki. The stage director is Kristine McIntyre with eye-catching, stylized sets by Kentucky Opera, which evoke a late 19th century Nagasaki village.

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January 2012

Successful auction bids expand preserve by nearly 4,000 acres

In December 2011, the City of Scottsdale acquired approximately 4,419 acres of land from the Arizona State Land Department. The land was purchased at two public auctions where the city was the only bidder. The acquired properties will be permanently protected from development as part of the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The total purchase price for the 4,419 acres, including fees, was approximately $88 million. Approximately $36 million of that will come from two Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grants awarded to the City by the Arizona State Parks Board in September 2011. The remainder of the purchase price will come from money generated by two sales taxes approved by Scottsdale voters in 1995 and 2004 for the purpose of acquiring land for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The use of the matching grant funds from the State frees additional dollars to be used on future land purchases. “With just two auctions, we have combined our citizen-approved dedicated sales tax dollars with more than $36 million in state grant money to add nearly seven square miles to the preserve,” said Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. With these acquisitions, Scottsdale has established an important wildlife corridor by connecting approximately 13,000 acres of land in the McDowell Mountains to approximately 4,000 acres north of Dynamite Boulevard purchased in previous years. Those two separate areas total about 17,000 acres. Add to them the 4,419 acres acquired in December 2011 and the current total of protected Preserve lands is approximately 21,400 acres. The ultimate goal is to expand the preserve to about 34,000 acres, nearly a third of the city’s land area.

John Quiñones headlines Jan. 12 MLK event

Emmy award-winning journalist John Quiñones is the featured guest at Scottsdale’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration on Jan. 12. The dinner celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd. Tickets are $60 per person. Quiñones has reported extensively for ABC News over the past 25 years, predominantly serving as a correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20.” His recent work includes a series of reports entitled “What Would You Do?” The reports test human nature through hidden camera scenarios. To reserve a seat to the dinner or for more information, call 480.312.3030.

SUSD board appoints Peterson superintendent

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board members voted unanimously to appoint Dr. David Peterson as the permanent Superintendent of the District effective Jan. 1. “The Governing Board is proud and very pleased to announce we have entered into a three year contract with Dr. David Peterson as our new Superintendent. We have full confidence that David’s dynamic and straightforward approach will lead our District in a positive direction. He has been, and will continue to be, a driving force in the success of SUSD,” said Governing Board President Jennifer Petersen. Dr. Peterson has been serving as Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2011.

Help keep Scottsdale safe by becoming a Fire Department volunteer

Join the Scottsdale Fire Department Family. More than 100 volunteers help keep children, adults and seniors healthy and safe. Volunteers also provide administrative services so Fire Department staff can focus on more pressing issues. To find out how you can join our volunteer team, call Patty Jo Angelini at 480.312.1815

Christmas tree roundup Jan. 23-28

Scottsdale’s citywide Christmas Tree Roundup takes place Jan. 23-28. If you have residential collection service, please have your Christmas tree curbside by 5 a.m. on the morning of Monday, Jan 23. Remove stands, lights and ornaments. No artificial trees will be collected. If you miss the tree roundup, or do not have residential collection services, you can drop off your tree between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda, or Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Rd. All trees collected will be turned into compost or mulch. For more information, call 480.312.5600.

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Resident entertains Valley audiences with passion for live music If you attended Community Thanksgiving and were entertained by the new element of live music, you may not have known that pianist and singer Rebecca Ryan is also a resident. Although it was her first time performing at DC Ranch, Ryan is no stranger to performing in Scottsdale. Since 2005, she has delighted local audiences at the Royal Palms Resort, the Apache Clubhouse at Desert Mountain and The Phoenician. “Performing is something I’ve always done,” Ryan said. “It makes people happy and as a live performer you uplift people, and they uplift you.” Ryan, a Los Angeles native, began singing and playing the piano at the age of four. As many performers often do, she found her passion for music by performing in her church choir and evolved into a polished artist and has studied with top music teachers across the country including New York’s Juilliard School. She has toured extensively in the United States and Europe with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and has performed at the Monteaux Pop Festival in Switzerland. She has recorded on Epic Records with the band Big Trouble produced by

Giorgio Moroder and her work on movie soundtracks include “Over the Top” with Sylvester Stallone. But her talents do not lie in music alone. Ryan’s acting credits include the nightly show “Comedy Break” with Kevin Pollack, national television commercials for major brands like Bud Light, Bacardi, and Dos Equis, and regular performances in daytime television including “Days of Our Lives.” “I did the acting thing for a little while, but my heart and soul have always been in music,” she said. “Everyone loves to be around music. There is nothing quite like playing live because it creates such a raw and uncensored connection between me and the audience.” Prior to coming to Scottsdale, Ryan was the featured entertainer at the Four Seasons Hotels in Austin, Jackson Hole, and San Francisco. Ryan considers herself more of an interpreter than a song writer and plays everything from classical, jazz to pop and classic rock and pop as seen on her two solo albums. “Stardust and Dreams,” is a critically acclaimed collection of standards from the Great American

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Rebecca Ryan, who entertained fellow residents at Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 13, delights Valley audiences with live vocals and piano throughout venues in Scottsdale, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ryan also teaches vocal and piano lessons for all ages. Joe Gossett, father of resident Anne Hampton, left, chatted with Ryan while she played piano at Community Thanksgiving at The Homestead.

Songbook. Her follow-up CD, on Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Records label, “The Way You Look Tonight,” was released in the summer of 2003. In addition to local venues, you might run into Ryan around the Ranch because she is an outdoor enthusiast. “What drew me to Scottsdale were the mountains,” she said. “I especially love especially walking along the community paths where you can see those epic views of the McDowells.”

Ryan spends summers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she also performs. She also offers piano and vocal lessons to all ages in both Scottsdale and Jackson Hole. Ryan enjoys making lessons fun for students of all ages. You can catch her at local upcoming performances at The Country Club at DC Ranch, on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 at Seasons 52 in the Biltmore Fashion Park. For more information about Ryan, visit

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January 2012

Six months to five new positive family habits

SUSD dates to remember

SUSD wants parents and school children to be aware of the following schedule, which reflects holidays and important events for the remainder of the academic year.

By Kimberly Crowther Miller | Community Council Did you know that it takes 21 days for a new action to become a habit and six months for it to become a part of your personality? The first of the year is an opportunity to further enhance family bonds that are often strengthened during the holiday season. Forget about bad memories from the previous year and look forward to a fresh start. Workshops for Youth and Families offers year-round programs for kids ages 9 to 19 at DC Ranch. What makes Workshops unique is its youth-driven mission to foster personal leadership and resiliency through programs that inspire positive growth and change. Join Dr. Franny and Workshop peer leaders for a series of programs this spring at The Homestead Community Center. Jan. 22 – GirlWise III (girls ages 9-12) Jan. 29 – Powerhouse II (boys ages 9-12) Feb. 5 – Workshopalooza! (co-ed ages 13-17) Feb. 12 – Powerhouse III (boys ages 9-12) March 4 – GirlWise IV (girls ages 9-12) Although each workshop has a specific focus, participants generally learn to: understand healthy versus unhealthy friendships; develop problem-solving skills; learn how to set goals, build social skills and handle peer pressure; combat negative and destructive behaviors, and identify characteristics of healthy lifestyles. Visit for details and to register for spring and summer workshops.

Families who play together stay together. Make a resolution to enjoy each other’s company each day.

Frances “Dr. Franny” Mills-Yerger, founder and facilitator of Scottsdale-based Workshops for Youth and Families, offers the following ideas for nurturing family relationships in the coming year. Work on these “habits” a little bit each day and by summer vacation you and your family will be closer than ever. Model constructive ways to deal with stress. Stress isn’t just for adults. Change how you manage your own stress by improving your nutrition and physical activity and help your children do the same. Disconnect from the iPhone. Play together as a family outside for at least 30 minutes each day. (No electronics allowed!) Participate in a community fun run or walk. Design a plan for training as a family and register for the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch on March 3. Volunteer together. Helping people with challenges bigger than your own puts your own struggles in perspective. Do an act of kindness every day. Enjoy a family meal together and share what kind thing you did that day.

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May May 21 Early Release – Professional Development-District Dedicated May 21-23 Early Release – High School Finals May 23 Last Day of Classes – Early Release – All Levels May 23 Graduation May 23 Last Day – Teachers


January 2012

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Community’s place in Arizona ranch history led to lore and land Edwin Orpheus (E.O.) Brown, a businessman and entrepreneur, came to Scottsdale in 1904 to partner with his widowed sister-in-law in running the town’s general store. In short order, Brown became the town’s postmaster, a school trustee, the irrigation director, vice president of Western Oil Company, president of the Scottsdale Cotton Gin Company, controlling stockholder of Farmers State Bank, and owner of the water works and ice plant. By 1910, Brown’s business acumen and interest expanded to include cattle ranching. In 1916, he began moving his operations north from the flatlands around Scottsdale to the McDowell Mountains. In 1917 he acquired the rights to the DC cattle brand. The brand would become the icon for his operation, DC Ranch. Brown’s Ranch was developed incrementally by E.O. The ranch eventually expanded to 44,000 acres, of which 23,000 were owned directly by the Brown family. Its boundaries ran roughly from Bell Road in the south to Lone Mountain Road on the north and from Pima Road on the west to the crest of the McDowells on the east. Between 3,000 and 5,000 cattle were run on this land during the peak of ranch operations. DC Ranch was not the largest ranch in Arizona’s history. That distinction belongs to the Aztec Land and Cattle Company’s “Hashknife Outfit” headquartered in Holbrook. At its zenith, the Hashknife owned a million acres of grazing land (which it purchased for 50 cents per acre), upon which it ran 60,000 cattle. The Hashknife, however, failed in 1900 and sold out to the Babbitt

Brothers of Flagstaff the following year. The other dominant Arizona ranch, still operating today, was Colonel Henry Hooker’s Sierra Bonita Ranch, located south of Willcox. Established in 1872, at its peak it controlled 250,000 acres and ran 20,000 cattle. These early territorial ranches had the luxury of claiming vast acreages with little competition – a condition that did not exist at the time of the founding of DC Ranch. E.O. Brown gathered his land through homesteading, outright purchase, in exchange for “accounts receivable” at his businesses, and through government leases. His spread was smaller than the Box Bar Ranch, located near today’s community of Rio Verde and owned by the Moore family. It encompassed 92,000 acres; however, the vast majority of the land was leased. The other large spread was the Pemberton (later P-Bar) Ranch, a 33,000acre operation located on land that today encompasses Fountain Hills and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Only 4,500 acres were owned outright, and grazing allotment for the ranch was limited to 300 cattle. DC Ranch was arguably the most prosperous of the local ranches, owing to the prudent business sense of its founder, E.O. Brown. He avoided overinvestment in land, purchased the rights to the best spring in the area (Frazier Spring), thus assuring a dependable water supply, and piped that water to tanks distributed throughout the ranch. As a hands-on entrepreneur, he ensured that his sons were integrally involved in ranch management and understood the business.

E.O. Brown on horseback on what became DC Ranch.

Cattle fit for market were driven by cowhands from the ranch to railroad stockyards near where the Tovrea Castle and Sky Harbor Airport are located today. The drives usually took two days and the cattle were herded variously down Alma School, Bell, Pima and Scottsdale roads. The last cattle drive occurred during the 1950s, after which the “dogies” were less romantically but more efficiently transferred in trucks. In celebration of DC Ranch’s 15th anniversary in 2012, which coincides with Arizona’s centennial, the Community Council will explore the interconnectedness of the two histories. To begin the series, Len Marcisz, a historian of the McDowells and resident of Scottsdale, delves into how DC Ranch places in Arizona’s ranching history.

Photo courtesy Arizona State Historical Society

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January 2012

Around the Ranch


1. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand at the Holiday Tree Lighting on Nov. 19. About 200 people were treated to the festive display, a sing-a-long and a surprise flash mob in Market Street Park. Photo: GMan Studios 2. About 200 residents enjoyed Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 13 at The Homestead. The event included a potluck of sides and desserts. Photo: GMan Studios

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3. Lars and Mia Nordhagen were among the 250 residents who attended PJs & Pancakes on Dec. 17 at The Homestead. Craft activities were part of the fun that included contests, singing, and even some snow. Photo: Anne Driscoll 4. David Vigari played Ebeneezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at The Homestead Playhouse Dec. 1-4. Photo: GMan Studios

5. Katie Ogorek played Fan and showed Little Boy Scrooge, played by Kethan Sareen, the way during the Ghost of Christmas Past sequences. Photo: GMan Studios



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