DC Ranch Net.com
A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council
February 2011 • Vol. 3, No. 2
Spotlight On: Modifications
Community poll results Ranch Association makes process easy
Meet Par Exsalonce stylist Carol Hehman Preserve celebrates 20 years this month
Family & Healthy Lifestyles 8 Trails within DC Ranch offer glimpses of wildlife
Arts & Culture
The Homestead Playhouse enters next phase MSC names new chief
Community Council welcomes Rich Puricelli to board of directors
Around the Ranch
Images tell of events that provide community connections
Today was a cool crisp day. It brought me back to the reason I moved to Scottsdale and, in particular, DC Ranch. This place is amazingly beautiful. I grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and had never seen the desert until my 35th birthday. It is hard to believe how many bright clear days we have here. What intrigued me about DC Ranch was not only the beauty but also the sense of community. I believe in the Prior to serving as Ranch Association board vision of DC Ranch and realized the importance of management to maintain this president, Shawn Seaton was an NVM for the vision; this is why I ran for the DC Ranch Association board of directors. Desert Haciendas Neighborhood. The Association is a 7-member board that consists of elected residents from all DC Ranch neighborhoods. Each board member serves for a March 23 – Candidate two-year term. In April, four director positions will be open. March 1 – Candidate Statement Statement forms due forms available on RanchNet Any resident in good standing is welcome to run for the board. March 28 – Ballots mailed and at Ranch Offices Residents elect board members through their Neighborto residents March 16 – Candidate Interest hood Voting Members (NVMs). Some neighborhoods do not April 18 – Annual Meeting Reception at Desert Camp have NVMs, and in that case residents receive individual Community Center at 6 p.m.
Education & Philanthropy More than 150 volunteers needed at Run for Ryan House March 5
Ranch Association Board President Shawn Seaton offers his perspective on the importance of board service and aims to motivate residents to have an impact on their community by serving on the body that provides a system of standards and procedures for the overall administration and preservation of the community.
Featured Events & Meetings Monday, Feb. 7
Ranch Association Meeting The Homestead Community Center 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Regale! at DC Ranch 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays
Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Group Runs See RanchNet for location. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
See Events Pg. 7
Photo: Nicholas Spade
Ranch Association board president aims to inspire others to serve
and ballots due
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Long-standing DC Ranch and Ryan House partnership blossoms By Anne Driscoll | Community Council
How is it that DC Ranch is located in downtown Phoenix, and at the base of the McDowell Mountains? Because its heart is beating in the space that is Ryan House, located near the campus of St. Joe’s. The ‘presence’ of DC Ranch in downtown Phoenix is the result of a long-standing partnership between the community and what had begun as a germ of an idea for a unique palliative care facility for children. In 2003, a group of DC Ranch residents formed Heartstrings to be a philanthropic arm that wrapped themselves around worthy causes. About that time DMB, which was marketing its flagship
community, organized an annual run to be held in DC Ranch’s commercial area. The Run for Life, as it was known, was a platform to showcase DC Ranch. It welcomed a handful of runners on a short course. But the event needed to give back, too. Heartstrings suggested that one of its beloved beneficiaries, Ryan House, could be the worthy recipient. Today, both the DC Ranch-Ryan House partnership and the athletic event itself have matured. In an effort to heighten the fundraising capacity of the Run, and to enhance the sustainability of the race for years to come, Ryan House and the DC Ranch Community Council collaborate to
The DC Ranch – Ryan House partnership makes possible moments like these. Solomon and his sister, Jessica, partake in musical therapy at Ryan House with musical therapist staff member Danielle.
design, plan and execute all aspects of the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch. DC Ranch produces the race, while fundraisRyan House | page 14
Photo: Ryan House
In this Issue
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New on RanchNet Stay on top of DC Ranch news and events or pay Ranch Association assessments online by registering for RanchNet, the DC Ranch resident web portal, at www. dcranchnet.com. Other features on RanchNet:
Have news or tips to share? Message Boards are available on RanchNet for residents to share information and tips with neighbors. Make recommendations or inquire about anything from finding a family physician or a skilled handyman to keeping your home in top shape.
Left something behind? You never know when you might be searching for a lost item. If you misplaced your keys or are on a hunt for the family pet, post a notice on the Lost & Found message board. If you find something at one of the community centers, parks or commercial sites, give neighbors a heads up. Facebook Page The DC Ranch Community Council and Ranch Association officially launched a Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The page now has more than 80 fans, more than half of which are residents. The DC Ranch Community Council and Ranch Association thank all residents who joined. Remember to share your DC Ranch photos and stories at www.facebook.com/dcranchscottsdale.
Desert Discovery Center poll results Of the respondents who answered the January poll question asking whether a proposed Desert Discovery Center (DDC) would benefit DC Ranch residents, half said yes. Forty percent said no; 10 percent are undecided. Residents who shared their thoughts on Facebook said: “It’s a wonderful idea! It’s a great way to educate people about the desert in which they are about to embark upon!” “I hope the DDC will fit in with the landscape of the area and draw more people to Gateway and the Preserve.”
February Community Poll Question
Luxury Homes, Quality Living...that’s my Specialty!
How far would you be willing to travel to enjoy an off-leash dog park? • Five miles or more • Two to four miles • One to two miles
• Half-mile or less • Zero, I don’t want to drive • Zero, this does not apply to me
Share your opinion by clicking on “Community Poll” on RanchNet. Poll results will be printed in next month’s issue of Ranch News.
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YOU COULD BE HITTING THE LINKS FASTER THAN YOU THINK The Country Club at DC Ranch is pleased to announce an innovative marketbased approach to Golf Equity membership sales. Market-Based Pricing, by denition, allows Members to set the selling price of their own membership.
In essence, the “value” of the membership is ultimately determined by what a Member is willing to sell for and what a buyer is willing to pay. We cordially invite you to participate in this excellent opportunity.
For further information, please contact The Club at 480.342.7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Country Club at DC Ranch continues to be North Scottdale’s premier club oﬀering an exclusive yet inviting lifestyle, social and sporting opportunity for couples, families and professionals. The Club prides itself on its unprecendented calendar of social, golf and tennis events for all ages. www.ccdcranch.com
Long-time staff member departs After more than nine years of service, Jennifer Medhurst, office manager and assistant to community council executive director, vacated her position in January. Medhurst was among the original employees of DC Ranch. She was instrumental in the development of Heartstrings, the community’s philanthropic organization that worked to benefit Ryan House, Horses Help, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak and other entities. During her tenure Medhurst was a familiar and welcoming presence at The Ranch Offices on Market Street, where many residents and guests relied on her vast knowledge of the community. Her dedication to DC Ranch and its operations will be missed.
2010 community center foot traffic statistics reveal busy year
In 2010, the fitness center at Desert Camp Community Center logged more than 21,000 entries, with an average of 1,800 per month. March and April were the busiest months with more than 2,000 entries each; July was the slowest month. Fitness center upgrades made in 2010 included the addition of a recumbent bike in September and a treadmill in December. At The Homestead Community Center, approximately 10,000 front door entries were counted in the fourth quarter.
Maintenance expected at community centers this month
Asphalt seal coating will take place in the parking lot of The Homestead Community Center in February. The parking lot will remain half open while work is done on the other half. Pool decking at Desert Camp Community Center is scheduled for maintenance in February. Information will be posted on RanchNet.
Desert Camp hosts weekly ‘Trailblazer Breakfast’
The DC Ranch Community Council invites residents to Desert Camp Community Center Thursdays for the Trailblazer Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Mingle with neighbors and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.
Recycling available at community center
Residents may bring small items to be recycled to Desert Camp Community Center Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recyclable items include plastic grocery bags, DVDs, video games, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, camera and cell phone chargers, and household batteries.
Spotlight On: Home Modification As a community matures, more residents become interested in making minor changes to their home in order to have it suit their personal tastes and style. The Ranch Association can help to make this process easy for residents. Last year, The Ranch Association took over the responsibilities of reviewing applications for most home and landscape modifications. The process is simple. It begins with residents collecting information, drawings and specifications for changes they want to make. After a modification application is completed, it is reviewed by staff and presented to the Ranch Associations Modification Committee. The committee is comprised solely of residents who will discuss whether the modification is approvable or not. The committee meets every two weeks in order to ensure acceptable turnaround time for submissions. Staff will then meet with a Covenant Commission staff member in order to ensure the approved modification does not contradict Design Guideline standards. After this, the resident is contacted by the Ranch Association regarding the status of the approval. If you have any questions whether you need approval for a change to the home or landscape, it is always best to check with the Ranch Association first. In order to encourage residents to submit plans prior to undertaking a modification project, reasonable fees are set for the submission process. Some modifications have fees associated with the submission: New Landscape Plans – Front and Rear Yard - $600 Front Yard only - $300 Rear Yard only - $300 New Landscape Plans – Attached Homes - $100 Pool or Spa (separate of landscape) - $200 Major Changes to Landscape - $300 Some modifications do not have fees: Windows, doors, lights, gates, awnings, paint color, play equipment, etc.
Community Notices February meeting notices
• The Ranch Association board of directors will meet on Monday, Feb. 7, at The Homestead Community Center. A resident Listening Post begins at 5 p.m. and the formal meeting commences at 5:30 p.m. • The Ranch Association modifications committee meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. • The Ranch Association Budget & Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at The Ranch Offices on Market Street.
The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in February. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council Feb. 4 Suzanne Walden-Wells, Executive Director, 3 years Ranch Association Feb. 5 Blanca Aguilar, Receptionist, 4 years
Mark Wright is new chief of security at DC Ranch
Last month, the Ranch Association bid farewell to Chief of Security Larry Kelly, who decided to return to New York City to spend more time with family. Kelly had been with DC Ranch for three and a half years and had a tremendous impact on our security operations and our community. We are pleased to welcome Mark Wright to take Kelly’s place. Wright has more than 20 years of security experience. A more in-depth introduction to Wright will appear in next month’s issue of Ranch News.
Community Council offers facility rentals
Residents are invited to consider renting Desert Camp Community Center and The Homestead Community Center when hosting private events. Each community center offers multiple settings that may be uniquely staged for your event. Room capacities vary; events with more than 200 guests can be accommodated. Amenities range from living room seating, stone surround fireplace, a patio enhanced by the gentle sound of water, lush lawn, and strings of overhead lights to parquet dance floor, elevated stage, commercial display kitchen, and an integrated audio-video system. For questions or to inquire about reservations and availability contact Guest Service Coordinator Gabrielle Enriquez at 480.342.7178.
President’s Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities
In observance of President’s. Day, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, and reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center will remain open on President’s Day from 8 to 4 p.m.
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
A Market Street stylist shares why she loves serving DC Ranch Carol Hehman, stylist, Par Exsalonce By Krista Hinz | Community Council Carol Hehman is one of Par Exsalonce’s top stylists and has more than 24 years of experience. Get to know some of her style secrets and why she loves working at DC Ranch. Q: When did you join Par Exsalonce? A: I joined about eight and a half years ago, when Par Exsalonce was at another Scottsdale location. In May, it will have been about five years since we moved to Market Street and since I’ve been serving clients in DC Ranch. Q: How did you learn skills to become a successful stylist? A: I’ve been doing hair for 24 years. Achieving the proper techniques takes listening, hands-on learning, experience and continuous education. It’s a huge commitCarol Hehman, one of Par Exsalonce’s top stylists, ment, and I love the way Donna enjoys serving DC Ranch residents. Parr runs her salon. She requires a lot of classes for her stylists just to become a part of her team. My experience at Par Exsalonce has allowed me to attend training by Bumble and Bumble in New York and Los Angeles. Q: What is the most popular service among DC Ranch residents? A: The Keratin Smoothing Treatment, which uses a Keratin complex to smooth and straighten hair and eliminates up to 90 percent of frizz. This service is especially popular here in the arid climate and for clients who have naturally curly hair. Q: What is your favorite thing about working in DC Ranch? A: The people here are awesome. Once you get to know a few clients they refer you to their friends and families or co-workers. Lots of families come in too, so you can really get to know the people who live in DC Ranch. Q: What can residents expect from Par Exsalonce? A: For one thing, it is easy access to them. Our customer service is what really sets us apart from other salons. We remember people’s names and personally greet our guests. All of our stylists help each other out no matter what their skill level. We are lucky to have great people.
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The easiest thing for women to do on their own is loose waves. Simply grab small pieces of the hair and loosely wrap each piece around the curling iron for about 30 seconds to create a soft, sultry look perfect for Valentine’s Day. Par Exsalonce is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The salon is closed on Sundays. Call 480.860.0717 for appointments.
Photo: Krista Hinz
French Bee owner creates specialty floral arrangements
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By Krista Hinz | Community Council
Market Street successfully modifies loan
Over the past year, DMB Commercial shared news with residents, tenants and brokers regarding negotiations with the lender for the loan on Market Street at DC Ranch. DMB Commercial announces that it has successfully closed on the loan modification.
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Michael Hansen, who owns three French Bee locations including the one on Market Street, sells specialty floral pieces that are long-lasting.
Although Hansen imports certain items for the arrangements such as branches and stems, all bouquets are hand-assembled at his warehouse and flagship store in Phoenix. Hansen oversees all design work and sells his specialty floral pieces to clients around the world, including hotels and commercial properties in Egypt and Beijing. Hansen’s floral gardens are sold in San Francisco’s renowned Gump’s Department store as well as many other specialty retail stores around the country. Hansen is entirely self-taught and his success is also evident with residents of DC Ranch. The floral water gardens are the most popular item sold at the Market Street location. “DC Ranch residents love that there are French Bee locations in Scottsdale,” Hansen said. “It gives them exposure to pieces within the same collection without having to drive to Phoenix.” the Loyalty Card in 2011. Visit RanchNet for a list of participating merchants. Cards from 2010 will be honored until 2011 cards are issued via direct mail.
New medical center opens its doors on Market Street
On Jan. 17, Bodhi Body Integrative Medical Centers opened next to the DC Ranch Animal Hospital on Market Street in suite C110. The medical center specializes in naturopathic medicine and offers individualized treatment plans to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance. Bodhi Body physicians recommend unique guided physical activity and examine whole-body nutrition to help patients achieve a natural, healthy weight and reduce stress. For additional Marketplace Updates visit RanchNet
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Photo: The French Bee
Some women might expect a fresh bouquet of red roses from their significant other on Valentine’s Day. French Bee owner and floral and interior designer Michael Hansen offers a twist on the traditional gift that is not only beautiful but everlasting. Eleven years ago, Hansen started making fabric floral gardens in his garage. Eventually, his designs were showcased regularly at The Herb Box on Market Street and The French Bee became a mini-boutique within the restaurant. Shortly after that, Hansen opened his own boutique in DC Ranch right next door. He also owns two other retail locations including one in Phoenix and one in Kierland Commons. “Creating specialty pieces is what I love,” Hansen said. “No flower is off limits, whether a client wants roses, amaryllis, hibiscus, peonies, there is no limit to what we can make.” Hansen’s faux floral arrangements are made of silk, latex and other fabrics with stems stationed by a patented lifelike water mixture. Since the arrangements are synthetic, the designs do not wilt. Thus, Hansen says these make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. “The designs are so authentic-looking that people often have to touch them to make sure they are not real,” he said. “This is a gift that’s not only beautiful, but one that will last a long time.”
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MSC celebrates 20 years this month By Jace McKeighan | MSC Steward and DC Ranch resident A lot has happened in the last 20 years. Twenty years ago, you probably did not have a cell phone. You did not have email or access to the World Wide Web. There was no DC Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch, or McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The world, including north Scottsdale, was in many ways a very different place. Fortunately, 20 years ago, some forward-thinking Scottsdale residents recognized that some things in a rapidlychanging world should be preserved. Those residents came together to form what is now the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. In those 20 years, Scottsdale residents have approved a number of tax measures to fund land acquisition, the City has been able to obtain over 57 square miles of land for the Preserve, and some 60 miles of trails have been constructed and maintained by MSC Stewards. According to the Scottsdale City Code, the purpose of the Preserve is to establish in perpetuity a preserve of Sonoran Desert and mountains to maintain scenic views, as a habitat for wildlife and desert plants; to protect archaeological
and historical resources and sites, while providing appropriate public access for educational purposes; and to provide passive outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. MSC has partnered with the City to further these very purposes. MSC is now commemorating its 20th anniversary with a series of special public events. On Feb. 5, there will be a Native American Gathering at the Gateway Amphitheater, including on-site Native American artisans, demonstrators, and kids activities. On Feb. 25, MSC will host Cowboy Poetry at Sunset at the Amphitheater from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. From Feb. 1 - March 15, the Scottsdale Center for the Artists will feature the “Best Works of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” with an Artists’ Reception on Feb. 17, including a lecture on the changing landscape of photography and our city. Of course, throughout the coming month MSC will conduct its usual slate of guided public Preserve hikes. Details for all MSC events are available at mcdowellsonoran.org. Please join us on the trails to help us celebrate 20 years.
In the last 20 years, MSC has grown its steward program. Among other volunteer duties, stewards perform trail maintenance and consult with hikers who want to know more about the Preserve.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) champions the completion and sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations, connecting the community to the Preserve through public and private partnerships, environmental education and stewardship. For more information about MSC activities, events and programs, please call 480.998.7971 or visit McDowellSonoran.org.
Photo: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have a fee Events: The or admission. Refer to RanchNet for more information and an up-to-date list of activities. DC Ranch Social Clubs
Activities with Pets
Social Bridge Club Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.513.6296
Mondays with Mommy and MyGym Mondays • Feb. 14, 28 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (ages 4 and younger) The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3583 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Acting Mondays 4 to 4:55 p.m. (ages 6 – 9 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102
Poker Tuesdays • 1 to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.515.3832
Junior Dribblers Basketball Mondays (No class Feb. 21) 4 to 4:45 p.m. (ages 5 – 7 years) The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684 or www.simplysports.org
Doggy Prep School Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. – Puppy Kindergarten 7 to 8 p.m. – Grade School Desert Camp Community Center 480.766.1781 or email@example.com
Intermediate & Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays • 1 to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.4699
Little Dribblers Basketball Mondays (No class Feb. 21) 4 to 4:45 p.m. (ages 3 – 5 years) The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684 or www.simplysports.org
Body Back Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 602.738.7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindermusik Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon (birth – 36 months) Desert Camp Community Center 480.860.0169 or email@example.com
Cooking Class Monday, Feb. 14 • 5 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3583 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Kicks Soccer Thursdays 4 to 4:45 p.m. (ages 3 – 5 years) Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684 or www.simplysports.org
Burn Baby Burn Bootcamp Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays 8 to 9 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.889.4005 or email@example.com Learn to Play Guitar for Fun and Fortune Tuesdays • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.657.3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tai Chi Wednesdays • 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.4699 Yoga Basics Thursdays • 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.628.3012 or email@example.com Discussions on Design Thursdays • 11 a.m. to noon Desert Camp Community Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Teens Theatre Class: Unhappily Ever After Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 to 6 p.m. (ages 7 – 18 years) The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3542 or email@example.com TGIF Teen Night Friday, Feb. 4 • 5 to 9 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3583 or firstname.lastname@example.org TGIF Little Wranglers Friday, Feb. 11 • 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3583 or email@example.com
Rally O! Doggy Prep School Wednesdays • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No Class Feb.16 Kierland Commons 480.766.1781 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Events Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Group Runs Saturdays • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. See RanchNet for location. 480.538.3540 Trailblazer Breakfast Thursdays • 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178 Murder Mystery Dinner Friday, Feb. 11 • 6 to 9 p.m. Regale!, 20707 N. Pima Rd 480.342.7178
Community Meetings Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting Monday, Feb. 7 5 p.m. – Listening Post 5:30 to 7 p.m. –Meeting The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308 or email@example.com Ranch Association Budget & Finance Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 23 3 p.m. Ranch Offices on Market Street
TGIF Tween Night Friday, Feb. 11 • 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.538.3583 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Date and times are subject to change. Please check RanchNet for the most current event information.
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Ranch in Motion activities
Musical Theater Basics Tuesdays 5 to 5:55 p.m. (ages 7 - 18 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102 Preschool Musical Theater Thursdays 4 to 4:55 p.m. (ages 3 – 5 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102 Teen Acting Thursdays 6 to 6:55 p.m. (ages 13 – 18 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102 Kids Musical Theater Saturdays 9 to 9:55 a.m. (ages 5 – 7 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102 Kids Acting Saturdays 10 to 10:55 a.m. (ages 5 – 7 years) VOICES Studio 480.905.4102
Briar Patch Marketplace Saturday, Feb. 12 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Market Street
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Family & Healthy Lifestyles
DC Ranch’s Biggest Loser challenge is powered by local trainers By Debra Plunkett Pulse Fitness The DC Ranch-Pulse Fitness Biggest Loser Competition kicked off Jan. 10. Last month, you met the nine individuals from the DC Ranch community who are now on their way to making powerful life changes necessary to being healthier and stronger in 2011. Now meet the personal trainers of Pulse Fitness who will provide them with the tools and encouragement the contestants need to succeed. Training Team Black, comprised of women of the DC Ranch staff: Todd Honea
Todd Honea brings 15 years of experience to the table and no mercy. His promise to the DC Ranch staff team is that no part of this competition will be a walk in the park. He got into personal
training because he was driven to help people better their lives through fitness. And he never promises anyone it will be easy. The magic formula he uses is a solid mix of accountability, intensity, and motivation. But no sympathy.
Sarah Gwynn found herself drawn to personal training after watching her own mother battle serious health issues, which she believes may have resulted from making poor choices regarding nutrition and exercise. Five years later, she is one of the most sought-
after trainers in the area and has become the “face of Pulse Fitness,” appearing in television spots and promotional materials. Gwynn’s mission for the Hampton family of Team Maroon: eliminate the phrases “I can’t” or “I’ll try.” She’ll leave them with greater self-respect and the confidence to make this healthy routine a permanent part of their lifestyle.
Chris Smith became a personal trainer five years ago because he wanted to share his passion for fitness with others, thereby helping them live longer, more fulfilling lives. His educational background covers every aspect of fitness. From nutrition to functional
movements of the body, to how hormones affect our systems, Smith understands the workings of human anatomy inside and out. Team Slate can feel confident that their trainer knows his stuff and is dedicated to giving them 100 percent of his attention, motivation and energy, and that no matter what, they’re going to have fun getting in shape.
Training Team Maroon, the Hampton Family: Sarah Gwynn
Paths & Trails in DC Ranch
Paths & Trails in DC Ranch offer family-friendly exercise routines DC Ranch offers miles of landscaped paths within walking distance of all homes in the community, providing families easy access to neighborhood parks and opportunities to exercise together. Although many desert trees and flowers are not yet in bloom, February is a great time to use the path and trail system within DC Ranch for light and cool exercise before the Arizona heat returns. This month, Ranch News spotlights a neighborhood path in Desert Parks village. Trail: Unnamed trail behind the Ashton Woods neighborhood, from Legacy Boulevard to Palo Brea Bend and from 94th Street to 91st Street. Length: .20 mi.
Sights: Despite a lack of blooming vegetation, walkers and runners can get a glimpse of animal life. The Gambel’s Quail is the most common bird seen during February and generally travels in groups of 10 or 12. Environmental Stewardship: Please remember to clean up after your pet. The path and trail systems are used by all residents. This trail provides a doggy bag station about half way down the path.
Safety Tip: Cooler temperatures do not inhibit animal life in the desert. Some snakes and other animals are active year-round including bobcats and javelinas. If you spot snakes, contact Community Patrol at 480.585.9662 for removal.
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Training Team Slate, strangers in it together: Chris Smith
Miles of paths and trails throughout DC Ranch provide residents a way to exercise together as a family and enjoy Scottsdale’s scenic landscape.
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Your health: Getting to the heart of the matter By April Bramini, NP | Cardiac Nurse Practitioner, Scottsdale Healthcare While cupid handles affairs of the heart with his bow and arrows, you need different ammunition to take care of the health of your heart—most notably, information. Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? Do you know your likelihood of having a heart attack in the next 10 years—and how to prevent it? If not, now is the ideal time to find out. After all, February is national heart month.
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Many attribute their heart attack symptoms to something else—delaying the medical care that could prevent further heart damage or even death. Chest pain can be a sign of heart attack. Other symptoms include nausea, shortness of breath, sweating and discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms. You may or may not have one or more of these symptoms. Symptoms also may come and go, prompting you to blame chest discomfort on spicy food rather than a heart attack. To complicate matters further, your symptoms may be different if you’re a woman. “Women often don’t have the crushing chest pain that most people associate with a heart attack,” said cardiologist Karen Stark, MD, medical director of Scottsdale Healthcare’s Women’s Heart Health program. Women also are more likely to have subtle symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath and jaw pain. “Women need to know that heart disease is their number one killer. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is exponentially higher than the risk of dying from breast cancer and twice as
Dr. Karen Stark is medical director of Scottsdale Healthcare’s Women’s Heart Health program.
high as the risk of dying from all other cancers combined,” said Dr. Stark. Remember, if you experience any heart attack symptom, call 9-1-1 immediately.
How healthy is your heart? As you grow older, it’s especially important to think about your heart’s health. Scottsdale Healthcare offers oneon-one heart health evaluations with a cardiac nurse practitioner. The 45-minute evaluation includes a check of the fasting lipid profile, glucose and blood pressure. The waist circumference is measured and the body mass index is calculated. Your 10-year risk of having a heart attack also is assessed and information on reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke is provided. Personalized heart health evaluations are done at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd. You must fast 10 hours prior to your appointment, but can drink water. The cost is $20. To schedule your evaluation, call 480.882.4636.
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The Homestead Playhouse enters next phase as DC Ranch community theatre By Suzanne Walden-Wells | Community Council
Ask Tara Prager what The Homestead Playhouse means to her and she will say “family.” The young thespian, and many others like her, look to our community theatre as much more than a stage. It is a home-away-from home that nurtures their abilities and spirits. Wendy Asmus The Homestead Playhouse was Chanel Branham launched in 2006 in response to a sucJennifer Clark cessful volunteer-led initiative, spanning Marissa Currier three years, aimed at exposing children Karen Donmoyer to acting basics. Since that time the Heidi Grow program has grown in scale and subMelinda Gulick stance, having produced 10 productions Jaime Henrie Sandy Hoffman and casting 350 actors ranging in age Beth Kozura from 5 to 18, including a variety of adult Debra McKeighan guest actors. David O’Donoghue As with most successful programs, The Karen Stein Homestead Playhouse has experienced Lori Stevenson growing pains, leading staff and residents Suzanne Walden-Wells alike to wonder about its future.“Every successful theatre needs to evaluate its way of operating. The Homestead Playhouse is no different,” said Theatre Manager Chanel Branham. “It is simply time to examine our goals and figure out the best direction for The Playhouse.” To that end, the Community Council convened a panel of 15 stakeholders in December to engage in a strategic planning process for The Homestead Playhouse. The goal: To define a clear vision and operating goals that will ensure the theatre’s ongoing success. Led by Chanel Branham and Event and Programs Director Jennifer Clark, the committee has attracted a diverse gathering of highly engaged individuals who are passionate about the future of the theatre. The process began with an overview of The Homestead Playhouse history and operating budget, followed by personal interviews with parents, children, partners and others touched by the program. “We want to give The Homestead Playhouse the best opportunity to thrive and achieve its highest level of success, while meeting the expectations of our stakeholders. The work of this group will help us do that,” said Clark. Next steps include development of a mission statement, strategic objectives, funding and staffing plan. The committee expects to complete its work this spring and will present its recommendations to the Community Council board of directors for input and approval. In the meantime, The Homestead Playhouse will be a safe haven and creative outlet for Prager and her fellow actors. And thanks to the work of this volunteer committee, it will continue to serve our community well into the future.
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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy names new chief In January, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy selected former Nature Conservancy director Mike Nolan to be its executive director. Nolan will oversee about 450 volunteers and manage the Conservancy’s ongoing partnership with Scottsdale. MSC, which is marking its 20th anniversary, supports the completion and sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Nolan replaces Ruthie Carll, who resigned in September 2010.
Scottsdale visitor study available online
Each year, the city’s Economic Vitality Department produces a visitor study examining the number of visitors to Scottsdale, their spending patterns and sociodemographic profiles and the overall economic impact of the tourism industry. Among other findings, the 2010 study revealed that Scottsdale hosted an estimated 7.5 million visitors in 2009 who generated $27.8 million in additional tax revenue for the city; and the top 10 activities participated in by Scottsdale visitors are dining, shopping, day trips, art galleries, Native American arts and culture, Western culture and attractions, outdoor desert activities, special events, nightlife and golf.
Fire Department seeks volunteers
The Scottsdale Fire Department is looking for volunteers to read stories to preschool and elementary age children, make deliveries to our fire stations, answer phones and schedule activities. Please contact Patty Jo Angelini at 480.312.1815 or visit the department’s volunteer webpage atscottsdalefd.com. Photo: Phoenix Open
Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place Jan. 31-Feb. 6
The Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Rd. Call 602.870.0163 for details.
Feb. 3 Green building lecture shows the way to lower energy costs
Want to cut down on energy costs? Attend the free green building lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. The topic is Energy Retrofit Programs. Hear about ways to get your energy improvements started. Reservations aren’t necessary; call 480.312.7080 for additional information.
Parada del Sol Parade takes place Feb. 12
Take part in a Scottsdale tradition on Saturday, Feb. 12, when the Parada del Sol Parade unfolds along Scottsdale Rd. between Oak St. and Indian School Rd. This “world’s largest horsedrawn parade” starts at 10 a.m. and features floats, horses, bands and cowboy fun. Scottsdale Rd. from Camelback to McDowell roads will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fishing and Outdoor Expo takes place Feb. 19
Enjoy the great outdoors and the time-honored pastime of fishing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd. The city’s free Fishing and Outdoor Expo will feature games, arts and crafts, raffles, plus information on a variety of Scottsdale outdoor activities. Participants older than 14 are encouraged to have an Urban Fishing License. For more information, call 480.312.2771.
City offices closed President’s Day Feb. 21
Although city offices will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 21, trash pickup will be unaffected.
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Community Council board welcomes Rich Puricelli
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By Krista Hinz| Community Council
Ranch Living Village: Silverleaf and Country Club Family: W ife, Maureen sons, Tom and Steve Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Resident Since: 2002 Favorite DC Ranch Memory: That’s a toss-up between buying our first house in DC Ranch or my first hole in one at The Country Club on Hole 13.
Rich Puricelli and his wife Maureen have called DC Ranch their home for nearly 10 years. Although they have lived in Arizona for more than 20 years, they found something special about DC Ranch. “We fell in love with the desert and this community,” Puricelli said. “We lived in two homes on the golf course at The Country Club, one on the seventh hole for two years and one on the seventeenth hole for six years.” Prior to moving to DC Ranch, Puricelli managed companies across the world that were in difficult financial shape. It was his job to turn those companies around. Puricelli brings his financial and operational skills to his two-year term on the Community Council board of directors that began in January. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the board,” he said. “I will continue to work to ensure that DC Ranch is the best community in the southwest.” Although it is his first time serving as a Community Council board member, Puricelli has leadership experience at DC Ranch. In 2008, Puricelli served on the turn-over committee that assisted with
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making a successful transition from a DMB-staff board to one run by residents. He also helped the Ranch Association implement a more prudent real estate open house resale policy. “At the time security was a most important issue, and the existing policy was not effective,” he said. “I worked closely with local realtors and senior members of the Ranch Association to implement a new real estate resale open house policy, which improved security
without impeding the residential marketing process. That policy continues in effect today.” For 35 years, the Puricelli’s lived in cities throughout the Great Lakes region, including Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit before moving to DC Ranch in 2002, but they love DC Ranch, and now live in their third home at DC Ranch in Silverleaf village. Puricelli said, “We would never dream of calling any other place our home.”
Why is DC Ranch special to you? DC Ranch is one of the nicest places we have ever lived and we love it. The setting is gorgeous and DMB went to great lengths to make our community of the caliber it is. Who do you consider a good modern leader? I admire leaders in all areas of society who are ethical and display the courage of their convictions. Some local examples are Arizona State University President Crow, Senator John Kyl and the Phoenix Sun’s, Grant Hill. What does community mean to you? Our community cannot be narrowly defined, and I think it encompasses the metro-Phoenix area. Being part of a community means actively fostering relationships with DC Ranch neighbors, and people and cities beyond north Scottsdale. If we live in it, we can improve it.
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Ryan House: one year later When runners take off from Market Street on March 5, Ryan House will have been open about one year. In that time, Ryan House has marked the following milestones. • Ryan House has touched the hearts and lives of more than 70 families. Short break stays at Ryan House for the children and parents recharge the family dynamics. • Ryan House has provided more than 14,500 care hours to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. As more and more families benefit and physicians are aware of the benefits in treating the whole family, it is the goal of Ryan House to have 350 families actively utilizing the in-house family rooms and pediatric respite and hospice services during the course of a calendar year. This equates to approximately 2,400 “care days” per year.
Late March 2010 marked the public opening of Ryan House to more than 2,000 friends, families, donors, community leaders and neighbors.
Ryan Cottor, second from right, is the namesake of Ryan House. He likes socializing on the playground.
Runners will hit the pavement for the seventh year at the March 5 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch, and they are going to need a lot of support. More than 150 volunteers are needed to facilitate a successful event. Students, adults and even families are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities, including: • Gear Drop • Start/Finish Line Attendants • Course Marshals
• Expo Attendants • Setup/Cleanup Volunteers are also needed to assist with the setup/teardown, packet pickup and registration at the Friday, March 4, Expo on Market Street. All Run volunteers are invited to attend the free Starlight Concert in Market Street Park on Friday, March 4, featuring local band The Chadwicks. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy a relaxing evening of music.
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In return for their service, all volunteers will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. Those volunteering on Saturday morning will receive breakfast refreshments and lunch. For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please contact Holly Cottor, Ryan House community liaison, at 602.200.0767 or hcottor@ ryanhouse.org. To learn more about Ryan House and their impact on the local community, please visit RyanHouse.org.
Madison likes that Ryan House offers hydrotherapy, which involves the use of water for pain relief.
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Inspire to se rv e C o nti nu e d fr om Pa g e 1 February 2011 • Vol. 3, No. 2
Four positions open to residents ballots. A list of NVMs for neighborhoods is available on RanchNet. Many residents wonder what the responsibilities of the board of directors are. The Ranch Association is responsible for the professional management of environmental and fiscal assets as well as providing services to residents such as security. It is the Board’s responsibility to manage the Association’s team leadership, create policies, contribute to and pass the yearly budget, follow the monthly financials, approve contract changes with
vendors, and set operational goals for the Association’s employees. The Association manages a budget of roughly $8 million. A resident with management, financial or human resources skills benefits the Board and the Association as a whole. In terms of a director’s time commitment, monthly board meetings on Mondays generally last two hours. All the monthly meetings are public and therefore any resident can make a comment at the beginning of the meeting and can observe the rest of the meeting.
Sometimes executive session meetings include the Board as they deal with legal issues or staff compensation; these generally follow the regular meetings. Although being on the Ranch Association board of directors is a time commitment, there is personal fulfillment and joy in meeting other residents, serving your community, and learning from the many skilled people who live in DC Ranch. In our approximately 2,600 homes, there are some amazing and accomplished people.
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Long-standing partnership blossomed; brings DC Ranch into larger community ing is administered by Ryan House. The Run now boasts about 1,2001,400 participants and four events: a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile family fun run. And it stands among the most important awareness-building and fundraising events of its namesake. “As a Council, we nurture our community value of healthy living, foster civic and volunteer engagement, and, through our philanthropic spirit, support the greater community of which DC Ranch is a part,” said Jennifer Clark, DC Ranch event director. “Our partnership with Ryan House brings to life the intention of our mission, and we are pleased to work hand in hand with them to help them help Arizona families.” For their part Ryan House is grateful for DC Ranch’s partnership, and sees the connection as one that helps raise visibility of both. “This event brings DC Ranch into the statewide community,” said Jon Ford, Communications Director for St. Luke’s
Health Initiatives, Ryan House board member and neighbor of the Cottors, whose son Ryan, 8, is the inspiration for the facility. “Ryan House is a first for the Southwest and the second of its kind in the U.S., so it needs visibility to increase its ability to raise funds. The Run makes that happen. DC Ranch absolutely has a presence in the statewide effort to help children and their families.” After a six-year capital campaign in which it raised $7 million, Ryan House opened in April 2010. It is currently providing thousands of care days to children and families via its 8-bedroom, 3-suite facility tailored to provide multiple therapy modalities. It requires $1.6 million to operate per year, said Kim Knotter, Ryan House development director. In 2011, the fundraising element of the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch has been strengthened and simplified. Corporate teams can be easily formed, registrants may make a contribution directly to Ryan House at time of registration,
Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Packet Pick-Up and Pre-Race Expo March 4 Market Street Plaza Noon to 7 p.m. Stay for the Starlight Concert at Market Street Park at 6:30 p.m.
Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch March 5 Half Marathon | 10K | 5K Family Fun Run | Expo Market Street at DC Ranch 7 to 11 a.m. Register at RyanHouse.org. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. For information, contact Tempe Ligett at 480.538.3540.
and any interested party can set up their personal online fundraising effort. Ryan House board members view the Run as an endeavor that will contribute to the long lasting success of Ryan House. “The Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch is one of the largest outreach activities we do,” said Knotter. “More people become familiar with what Ryan House is at this event than any other.”
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1. The Galindo family enjoyed the annual Cowboy Cookout at The Country Club at DC Ranch. Photo: Courtesy of The Country Club at DC Ranch.
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3. Jolyn Andrews smiled with her son, Joel, at the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Kick-Off Party on Jan. 6 at Sole Sports in Scottsdale. Joel is one of the many children who benefit from Ryan House services. Jolyn plans to do the Half Marathon on March 5. Photo: Krista Hinz 4. Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch headliner Kevin Taddonio announced the winning raffle ticket—a free race registration—at the Run Kick-Off Party on Jan. 6. Taddonio will do the Half Marathon on March 5. Photo: Krista Hinz
5: The excitement exploded during the PJs & Pancakes year-end balloon drop on Dec. 11 at The Homestead Community Center. More than 200 residents attended. Photo: G Man Studios
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