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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Photo: Brighid Tomasik

February 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 2

Franco Dalu brings his Italian roots to DC Ranch with a restaurant full of authenticity. His menu features fresh and simple ingredients from his Mediterranean homeland. Read more about how Dalu plans to connect patrons with the opening of Ciao Grazie with his boutique wines and Sardinian-inspired dishes. | Page 5

In This Issue “Board Report”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

“Bird Brain” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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

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

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

By the Numbers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 6

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

Isabell, Crystal, and William Leon (left to right) were honored by Ryan House Executive Director Julie Bank (far right) as the 2013 Face of the Race winners at the Jan. 10 Kick-Off Party at Sole Sports-Scottsdale. The event built enthusiasm among runners planning to participate in the March 2 Run for Ryan House.

The 9th Annual Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch is a chance to give back

More than 2,000 runners will lace up their shoes for the March 2 Half Marathon,

10K, 5K, and 1-mile Family Fun Run on Market Street. Every mile supports Ryan

Monthly Planner Monday, Feb. 4

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Sunday, Feb. 10

House’s mission to serve children in Arizona needing respite and palliative care.

Find out why one family calls the organization a “life-saver,” and learn how they’re planning to show support for the run. | Page 8 Neighborhood Series

One Sweet Day

4 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Thursday, Feb. 28 to Saturday, March 2

“Bird Brain”

6:30 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Saturday, March 2

Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch 7 a.m. | Market Street Plaza

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Canyon Villas’ NVM hopes to shape her community for a better ‘tomorrow’

Silverleaf residents, Dr. William and Cindy Romano, have become advocates for the high quality of life and inclusiveness of their Canyon Villas neighborhood. Discover how the overall aesthetics and communication with the Ranch Association are important issues to the Romanos. | Page 12


Marbella Homes moves into Canyon Village Marbella Homes’ proprietors, Brian Hegardt and John Wittrock, had served in various professional capacities before specializing in real estate development. See how the pair is teaming up to combine their specialized backgrounds into a company destined to enhance the DC Ranch community. | Page 13

Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

Ciao Grazie owner charms community with Sardinian culture

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February 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 2

Ranch Association Board Report

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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.

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In 2012, the DC Ranch Association focused on expense reduction and process improvement with great success. In 2013, the Ranch Association will continue to focus on costs while providing the high-quality services expected at DC Ranch. In particular, we will introduce two additional hybrid patrol vehicles that will save on fuel costs, implement an owned-versus-leased gate access and security system, and transition to a new, fully-integrated property management software system. The Ranch Association’s goal is to invest in our present and future operational assets; this includes both systems and staff. The Ranch Association’s belief is that by investing in our assets we will save money while at the same time providing high-quality services. Our investment in staff includes team development workshops and staff reorganization to provide a positive place to work. For example, the facilities and landscaping teams have merged to become one that will provide DC Ranch operational support. We will foster the service Shawn Seaton, Ranch Association board president team mentality to provide even better customer service in 2013. While the operations team provides superior service in the neighborhoods, the administrative team will continue to provide excellent service to residents while communicating wherever and however possible. Ranch Association information is presented on, in Ranch News, and in the Ranch Roundup. The Ranch Association administrative staff had excellent success in 2012 with improved resident communication and involvement as demonstrated by near 100 percent Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) participation, an unprecedented milestone for this fundamental voting program. Through continued resident support in 2013, the Ranch Association expects to reach full neighborhood representation for the first time. The Ranch Association wishes all residents a safe and prosperous 2013. —Shawn Seaton, Ranch Association board president


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February 2013

Presidents Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities

Spotlight on Ranch Association

In observance of Presidents Day, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, and reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center will remain open on Presidents Day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bulk trash pick-up is Feb. 25

The next pick-up is Monday, Feb. 25. Residents may begin placing items outside on Saturday, Feb. 23, and no later than 5 a.m. on the day of pick-up. The City of Scottsdale will not collect items that are placed on the street, landscaped medians, or common areas. Please call Solid Waste Management at 480.312.5600 for more information.

DC Ranch welcomes new staff

Ranch Association board members (front row left to right) Norm Shuminsky, Rubin Sheldon, Terry Malloy, (back row left to right) Jow McGarr, Shawn Seaton, Fred Green, and Nadia Mustafa.

Election Timeline Candidate Interest Receptions Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 20 | 6 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Deadline for Candidate Statements Friday, March 8 Must be received at The Ranch Offices on Market Street by 5 p.m. Ballots mailed to Neighborhood Voting Members (NVM) or residents Friday, March 15 Candidate Forums TBD Annual Meeting Tuesday, April 9 5 p.m. NVM Ballots are due back 6 p.m. Meeting and announcements The Homestead Community Center

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Ranch Association seeks board nominations

Each year, the Ranch Association Board of Directors, consisting of seven resident members, is elected to guide the affairs of the Ranch Association. This year, four board positions currently held by Fred Green, Nadia Mustafa, Norm Schuminsky, and Rubin Sheldon are up for election. Each board member is elected to serve a two year term as outlined in the community bylaws. In May, the newly elected board of directors then selects role designations for each member for the following year. If you want to become involved in the DC Ranch community and make a difference, then this opportunity is for you. Board members assist the Ranch Association in making important decisions to preserve DC Ranch’s unique legacy. The Ranch Association is seeking active resident leaders that have a vision for the future. Where you would like to see the Ranch Association in three years, five years, in 10 years? As a board member, you could help structure the direction of our community as we continue to grow and meet the needs of residents. These positions are both challenging and rewarding with an excellent opportunity to give back. The Ranch Association is officially requesting nominations of interested and qualified applicants. For nomination forms, contact Community Liaison Rachelle Pierce at 480.419.5308 or visit

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

Staff anniversaries

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 Suzanne Walden-Wells, Executive Director, 5 years

Molly Kurtz, Arts & Theater Coordinator, 1 year

The Ranch Association welcomed Kenny Martin to fill the new position of community inspector. Martin will work directly with residents and vendors on the modification process and be responsible for transfer and disclosure inspections. The community inspector reports directly to Director of Compliance and Security Services Sandee Breiling. Martin’s goals are to maintain DC Ranch’s esteemed architectural linage and preserve the unique desert surroundings.

Notify Ranch Association for overnight parking

Parking is prohibited on residential streets between 2 and 6 a.m. A pre-authorized overnight parking request must be filed with your manned gate house, or at the West Gate for unmanned gates. All requests are subject to approval with DC Ranch terms and conditions and may be denied due to logistical reasons if deemed necessary. Permission for overnight parking exceeding three days must be approved by the Ranch Association administrative office by contacting 480.419.5301.

Contact community patrol for lost and found items

Residents who may have left personal items in the parks or public areas are encouraged to contact community patrol at the Windgate gate house at 480.342.9095 to check the lost and found collection.

Gate access upgrades scheduled for early spring completion

The Ranch Association changed its gate access system from Quickpass to Applications by Design Inc. (ABDI) to bring added service and security to residents while staying in step with advanced technologies. Residents will receive a letter in the mail informing them of changes that will be made to their accounts. For more information about the changeover, contact Director of Compliance and Security Services Sandee Breiling at sandee. or call the West Gate at 480.473.7362.

Go green with autopay

Did you now that the Ranch Association offers an autopay program? Through this system, the Ranch Association and residents can jointly reduce paper waste through the reduction of monthly statements, paper checks, envelopes, and stamps. This not only helps the environment, but it saves the Ranch Association and residents time and money. To enroll in this program, please contact Jen Motherwell at 480.419.5313 or jennifer.motherwell@ A form is also available on


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President John Wittrock (left) and CEO Brian Hegardt (right) of Marbella Homes stand outside their new suite at Canyon Village.

Marbella Homes takes up residence in Canyon Village

Paul Skelton, General Manager, Chief Operating Officer

Congratulations to Paul Skelton, General Manager of The Country Club at DC Ranch who has been named the recipient of the 2012 Mead Grady Excellence in Club Management Award. This award recognizes Mr. Skelton for his leadership skills, management skills, commitment to continuing education for both he and his staff, the over-all influence he has had on the member experience at The Country Club at DC Ranch, and his impact on the financial well being of our Club. It places him among a very small group of elite private club General Managers in the entire country.

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One year ago, two leading Arizona real estate professionals joined forces to create a unique organization in the home building industry incorporated as Marbella Homes. Brian Hegardt and John Wittrock had served in different professional capacities before teaming up to specialize in the new real estate venture. Hegardt served as a corporate attorney at Del Webb and Wittrock served as president of Communities Southwest. Merging decades of real estate experience in their previous fields, the duo is focused on carving out their own niche in north Scottsdale’s high-end housing market while delivering custom homes in the $1.3 million to $2.2 million range. Marbella Homes recently moved their headquarters into a luxury office space at Canyon Village to be in close proximity to four houses currently under construction in Silverleaf. Working near the job site was crucial when selecting an optimal office space, but they also had a personal tie to the area: Hegardt’s wife, Jill Hegardt, served as Vice President of Entitlements for DMB. What makes Marbella Homes unique in the marketplace? “John and I pride ourselves on being value-oriented,” Hegardt said. “Our strategy is to deliver a new home at a price at or below existing older homes in the same neighborhood.” In addition to delivering spec and build-to-suit homes, the duo will also partner with clients needing an exit strategy to accelerate the sale of a vacant lot. Marbella Homes will build a turn-key house on the vacant lot with their construction financing. With projects currently under development in Mirabel, Desert Mountain, and Silverleaf, the partnering real estate developers predict some positive developments. “We see Arizona’s residential real estate market in recovery,” Hegardt said. “Prices are red-hot and new homes are hard to come by, with an increasing scarcity of inventory.” —Ruth Rosenquist

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Chef Dalu recommends the wood-fired Vegetariana pizza with a glass of Dogajolo Toscono wine at pizzeria and winebar Ciao Grazie.

Chef shares his Sardinian heritage by focusing on food and community

When walking into pizzeria and winebar Ciao Grazie located at Canyon Village, owner and chef Franco Dalu welcomes customers with his rich Sardinian accent. Sardinia, Dalu’s home country, is a small island off the coast of Italy on the Mediterranean Sea. “It’s a traditional place—very family-oriented where food plays a large role in connecting others,” explained Dalu. That’s exactly how it feels upon entering his restaurant—a friendly neighborhood of Italy right in the middle of DC Ranch where the food and wine connects people. The second edition of Ciao Grazie opened in Canyon Village in September and Dalu worked closely with DMB to make this new installment a success. The first Ciao Grazie restaurant at Verrado was extremely popular as it quickly became the go-to neighborhood spot to enjoy boutique Italian wines and wood-fired pizza. That’s what Dalu hopes Ciao Grazie at Canyon Village will become. “During the day, many families come for our pizza, but then couples visit during the nights and weekends for our wines,” Dalu explained. “I prefer to select boutique wines because they are more personal and can have a wider variance of flavor.” For instance, the Arigiolas Costamolino Vermentino is a fresh and zesty white wine meant to pair with the fresh salmon, since seafood—especially salmon—is a common staple from his home. It’s also evident that Dalu is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Sardinian flavors and wine with the neighborhood. Last month he hosted a “Tour of Italy” event which paired six Italian wines with his wood-fired pizza. Dalu plans to have more of these special occasions where neighbors can enjoy wonderful food, wine, and friendship. And for those who are wondering, Ciao Grazie literally means “hello/goodbye and thank you” in Italian. It’s a fitting title for Dalu’s welcoming restaurant and personality. —Brighid Tomasik

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Franco Dalu is also an advocate for education. Students who have straight “A’s” can bring in their report cards and enjoy a pizza on the house. Dalu will also help educators with fundraising at Ciao Grazie as 15 percent of the proceeds will be donated towards an educator’s cause. For more information on Ciao Grazie call 480.685.3884 or visit

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February 2013 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 Yoga (led by Now & Zen Yoga) Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.818.3232

Yoga (led by Elizabeth Gillenwater) Tuesdays | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 602.882.8184

Zumba Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

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

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

Children’s Dance Wednesdays | 10 to 10:45 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881

Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Little Wranglers Friday, Feb. 8 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Tween Night Friday, Feb. 8 | 6 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Teen Night Out

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

One Sweet Day Sunday, Feb. 10 | 4 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

The Homestead Playhouse presents “Bird Brain” Thursday, Feb. 28– Saturday, March 2 | 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 | 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Friday, Feb. 22 | 5 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Saturday, March 2 | 7 to 11:30 a.m. Market Street Plaza 480.538.3540

Community Meetings Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Feb. 4 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Modifications Committee Tuesday, Feb. 5 & 19 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

Budget & Finance Committee Monday, Feb. 25 | 3 to 5 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5304

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

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Friday, Feb. 15 | 6 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.659.7826

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Mondays with Mommy Mondays | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

Children’s Gymnastics Tuesdays | 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881

Kindermusik Wednesdays | 9:15 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.794.0222

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Thursday, Feb. 21 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center | 480.342.7178

Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria | 480.219.4502

Celebrate an evening of Oscar entertainment and discussion. Residents will walk the red carpet, partake in movie trivia, and cast a ballot to determine which nominees should win Academy Awards. Residents 21 and older welcome; light appetizers and beverages will be served. Please RSVP in advance on the community calendar page.

Come to lunch with the ladies at Grimaldi’s on Market Street. Enjoy a delicious coal-fired pizza or signature salad while socializing with neighbors and new friends. Please RSVP in advance on the community calendar page.

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5-year-old Bryce (left) and 3-year-old Annalise Clayton (right) receive specialized care from Ryan House. The Clayton family is participating in the March 2 Run for Ryan House as a way to show their support for the organization.

9th Annual Run for Ryan House supports a growing demand for services

The March 2 Run for Ryan House draws runners of all skill levels from across the Valley to support the Phoenix-based nonprofit which provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions. Several of the families who benefit from Ryan House also create teams as a way to show their support and give back. “Ryan House has been a life-saver for our family and I would do anything for them,” said Tammy Clayton who plans to run in the event. Clayton’s 5-year-old son, Bryce, and 3-year-old daughter, Annalise, suffer from a neurological disorder called Leukodystrophy. Bryce is unable to swallow or suck, and Annalise uses a walker to move around. Over the past two years, Ryan House has served as a place where the Clayton’s can take the siblings for support. “The staff at Ryan House allows us the ability to just be a regular family,” said Clayton. “They take care of the children’s medical needs and give us a chance to rest and focus on our three other children. I feel like I can be a mom rather than a nurse when I’m there.” The financial support from runners and participants like the Claytons is crucial so Ryan House can keep up with demand. Since opening in 2010, the organization has seen the number of patient referrals increase each year. The organization has eight children’s bedrooms; three family suites; an outdoor playground; and art, music, sensory and hydrotherapy rooms. Ryan House recently hired a new executive director, Julie Bank, to manage the organization’s on-going efforts to serve children in the Valley. “There is wonderful work being done at Ryan House,” said Bank. “We are lucky to have the support of such wonderful partners in the community that support our mission, including the DC Ranch Community Council, and I look forward to strengthening those relationships and making new ones to help the children and families who utilize our services.” Run for Ryan House is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers with a goal of raising $40,000 at this year’s event. “I have a passion for helping children like Bryce and Annalise Clayton,” said Bank. “The run helps further the mission of Ryan House and brings awareness to the good work being done through our respite, palliative, and end-of-life care program.” —Jeremy Stevens

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The Run for Ryan House is an event close to many people’s hearts and serves as a way of remembering or supporting a child who’s been assisted by the organization. For many families, the Run is now an annual tradition and a chance to raise awareness about the ongoing need for respite and hospice care for the smallest among us. This year, Ryan House is helping supporters share their story through a fundraising portal called FirstGiving. It is dedicated to one purpose—empowering passionate nonprofit supporters to raise more money than they ever thought possible for the causes they care about. “We decided to use this platform to give donors a chance to make the experience more personal,” said Ryan House Public Relations Manager Nancy Flores. “It is almost like a tribute page to honor someone special.” FirstGiving allows users to create a customized fundraising page that includes personal testimonials and messages of inspiration. They can upload pictures from previous Runs or share images of children for whom they are raising money. “A page full of photos and testimonials really helps people understand where their donations are going,” said Flores. What’s more, all donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the fundraising supports children and families served by Ryan House. Create your own fundraising page by visiting

Give back by helping at the Run Volunteer opportunities for the 2013 Run for Ryan House include course marshals, expo attendants, gear drop attendants, aid station assistants, packet pick-up personnel, and set-up and tear-down helpers. To volunteer, please contact Ryan House at 602.200.0767.

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The 9th Annual Run for Ryan House is Saturday, March 2, and attracts nearly 2,000 athletes and families who make this event an annual tradition.

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Saturday, March 2 | Market Street at DC Ranch

Sunday, Feb. 10 | 4 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

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Packet pick-up opens Half Marathon begins 5K begins 10K begins Race Expo and Family Fun Zone open 1-mile Family Fun Run begins

Course: This isn’t your typical Arizona race—the 10K and Half Marathon feature challenging climbs and speedy down-hills throughout DC Ranch and along the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. The 5K is a leisurely course with breath-taking scenery while the 1-Mile Family Fun Run navigates through the paths of DC Ranch. Each run starts and ends on Market Street. Course maps are available on

Expo and family activities:

Almost 40 fitness and wellness exhibitors will showcase their products and services from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Run festival includes games and a raffle at the Expo, as well as awards for age groups and top overall finishers. The Family Fun Zone, at the start/finish of the Fun Run, will be hosted by Radio Disney and geared towards children and families, while the main race Expo will be more of an attraction for fitness enthusiasts.

Early Registration and Packet Pick-up Friday, March 1 | Noon to 6 p.m. | Sole Sports-Scottsdale

The Community Council will host its inaugural Spanish-themed One Sweet Day event, featuring six guided chocolate tastings by local chocolatier, Wei of Chocolate. From chai-infused flower essences to rich dark chocolates, these decadent sweets will be perfectly complimented with wine from local vendors to entice your palette. The Spanish-themed chocolate tasting will also include a succulent array of Spanish and Mediterranean tapas between pairings. Afterward, spend the evening enjoying the beauty and grace of Spanish flamenco dancer Yumi la Rosa while learning a few flamenco steps yourself. The night concludes with a tasty take home gift. Registration $50 for a couple and $30 for one person. Register online at by Feb. 8. Call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 to register or for more information.

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The Homestead Playhouse will present “Bird Brain” on Feb. 28 through March 3 at The Homestead Community Center. The play follows bird cousins Sparrow and Gino who think everything is right with the world. As long as they can remember, all the birds—the sparrows, warblers, robins, seagulls, orioles, even the woodpeckers—have lived in peace and harmony. Things start to change when some new birds, the starlings, arrive on the scene. The starlings push everyone around, keep all the food for themselves, and take over other birds’ nests. No one knows quite what to do until Sparrow and Gino, along with some of their wild bird friends, stand up to the bullies, and use brain power to save the day. Guest Director Teresa Minarsich recently shared her perspective about the play with Ranch News.

Why did you choose this play to direct? Directors read a lot of scripts in search of the right story to bring to the stage. Does the script meet the needs for the potential cast? Will the story resonate with the audience? Is there an opportunity to do something new? I had never heard of this play before, but the title caught my attention immediately. I was drawn to the message of Sparrow’s journey. I am a visual person and I tend to gravitate toward scripts that allow my imagination to go wild. As I read “Bird Brain,” the possibilities of how we could put the story of this bird world on stage with young actors immediately excited me. What is your overall vision? I want the audience to experience the world from a bird’s point of view, specifically through little Sparrow’s eyes. I envision two bird worlds on the stage: one of color, individuality, and happiness; and one of conformity, fear and darkness. When Sparrow’s little bit of heaven is threatened, he must journey through the big, often scary world, and face its challenges.

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“Bird Brain” director Teresa Minarsich leads actors in their first rehearsal on Jan. 8 at The Homestead Community Center.

How will production elements support this vision? Color, and the lack of color, will be very important in creating the mood of each world. So will scale. We hope to create the illusion that we are high in the sky in a bird’s world and that everything is being seen from a bird’s-eye view.

What can the audience expect from the production? The audience can expect to be transported to a special world where they will be introduced to—and fall in love with— some unique, brave, and charming birds. Each audience member will walk away feeling a bit braver and more secure with their individual talents. Knowing how talented the cast is, however, I bet the audience won’t want to leave the thrilling world these young actors create.

What do you think the young actors will get from the message of the play? I hope that they will be infused with a little bit of Sparrow’s bravery and his ability to stay true to his beliefs, his home, and his friends. To me, character is the ultimate message of the play. And by character, I mean both in the ethical sense and the theatrical sense. The actors in this play will explore both what it means to have character and to develop a character. We will use a lot of improvisation to develop these unique bird characters—how they walk, talk, sing, move—as well as what makes them tick emotionally and psychologically. At the end of this experience, perhaps the actors will better understand themselves, too. —Ranch News

The Homestead Playhouse presents “Bird Brain”

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Saturday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Purchase tickets online at

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February 2013

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Around Scottsdale

Diversity advocate headlines civil dialogue event

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Don Logan, a nationally recognized diversity advocate, author, and former City of Scottsdale director of diversity and dialogue, delivers a program on civil dialogue. The free program is Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Library located on 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Logan will share his experiences in the evolution of diversity in the community. The Scottsdale Human Relations Commission and Scottsdale Libraries present the program, part of the “Civil Dialogue: The Need for Conversation” series. To register, please call 480.312.7772.

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‘Bogies and Stogies’ raises funds for children

Join DC Ranch resident Dillan Micus in helping to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale at “Bogies & Stogies” on Feb. 7 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. While dining with celebrity guests, puff on cigars from the Scottsdale Cigar Club and enjoy specialty beverage samplings from numerous wines, beer, and spirits while bidding on extravagant silent and live auction items including vacation getaways, spa treatments, and private dining experiences. Tickets are $125 per person and available at


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Parada del Sol Parade rides into Scottsdale

Take part in a Scottsdale tradition on Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Parada del Sol Parade returns along Scottsdale Road between Oak Street and Indian School Road. The “world’s largest horse-drawn parade” starts at 10 a.m. and features floats, horses, bands, and cowboy fun. More entertainment follows the parade in Old Town Scottsdale with the Trails End Celebration. Enjoy dancing, entertainment, and kids’ activities.

Saddle up for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show The 58th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show runs Feb. 14 to 24, located at WestWorld. Since 1955, the annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers, and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win. Visit for more event and ticket information. 

Fun and fascination on tap at Scottsdale Science Week

Scottsdale is known for its baseball, art, education, and outstanding quality of life. Explore the fascinating science behind these pursuits and more during Scottsdale Science Week Feb. 16 to 23. Find out more at

Spring training hits a homerun from Feb. 23 to March 30

Scottsdale is the spring training home to the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants play in the heart of downtown Scottsdale at Scottsdale Stadium. A short drive north, the Rockies and Diamondbacks play at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. See game schedules at

Spring artist studio tours offer behind-thescenes perspective

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will offer special field trips to visit Valley artist studios. Tours last about four hours and feature prominent Arizona artists. The excursions are Feb. 20 and March 20, and depart from the museum at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $62; please call 480.499.8587 for reservations.

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A strong sense of community is what brought Dr. William and Cindy Romano to DC Ranch 18 months ago. The couple and their young son, Remy Blu, didn’t have family living in the Phoenix area so they wanted a place that was warm and inviting. “Each and every neighbor is very friendly and always offering kind greetings,” said Cindy Romano. “We wanted a sense of community and felt very privileged to have found it here in Silverleaf.” The couple decided on the Canyon Villas neighborhood of Silverleaf because of its proximity to the Silverleaf Club and breathtaking desert surroundings. Romano quickly involved herself in the community and was elected as the Neighborhood Voting Member to represent her fellow residents within DC Ranch. “We enjoy the variety of people in our neighborhood. We have everything from young families with children to seasonal retirees,” said Romano. “I have strong skills in problem solving, am enthusiastic, and have great respect for cooperation. I believe ongoing development will continue to shape our community for tomorrow and I want to be actively involved in that process.” In December, Romano invited neighbors to her home for a holiday mixer which she hoped to make an annual tradition. It was a chance for Romano to hear feedback and get input on ways to maintain or improve the Canyon Villas community. “Two of the most important issues in the neighborhood are the overall aesthetics and communication with and from the Ranch Association,” said Romano. “The board of directors and the DC Ranch community need to hear about issues that pertain to our particular neighborhood.” The Ranch Association is looking for an alternate NVM to assist in representing Canyon Villas at Silverleaf. Residents interested in “This is a great place to raise our son and build a lasting network of friends,” the position can contact Community Liaison said Cindy Romano (center), pictured with husband, Dr. William Romano, and Rachelle Pierce at 480.419.5308 or rachelle. son, Remy Blu. —Jeremy Stevens

Canyon Villas residents Adam and Alison Bruderly take daily walks along the neighborhood stream with their two dogs.

Canyon Villas embraces outdoor living World-famous architect Bing Hu designed the Canyon Villas neighborhood to encourage residents to wander outside and explore their surroundings. A small stream with a few waterfalls runs through the middle of the neighborhood with benches for people to sit and socialize. A nearby park lends itself to a community picnic or a leisurely walk in the park with the dogs. Residents have access to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve trail system and can walk to several other parks Silverleaf.


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February 2013

February Watering Tips

Your irrigation system is the lifeline to all the plants in your outdoor landscape, so remember to include it in your regular maintenance routines. Here are few quick tips from the Scottsdale Water Resources Department: Check for leaks by looking for standing water, soggy ground, and eroded soil. Operate each station to make sure the valves are opening and closing correctly. Replace broken or missing sprinkler heads.

Remember not to mix different sprinkler head types on the same system.

Adjust the sprinkler head so they’re not watering walls, driveways, or sidewalks.

Water rye grass every 10 days; Bermuda grass every three weeks.

The FarmBox delivers fresh regional produce The DC Ranch Community Council is pleased to support the efforts of Arizona-based Sunizona Farms and their FarmBox service. This initiative allows both the farm and the consumer to bypass the middleman and make healthy, fresh food more readily accessible. All the produce comes from one farm in Wilcox, Ariz., where controlled environment technology provides subscribers with a year-round supply of food. The FarmBox has a pick-up location right here at DC Ranch. Customers can collect their boxes of fresh produce at The Homestead Community Center on Tuesdays between 12:30 and 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

By the numbers From Valentine’s Day to the Run for Ryan House, DC Ranch is bustling with late-winter activities.


February 2013

Around the Ranch

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Here are some highlights from recent DC Ranch community events and programs. See more images in the photo gallery on

Members of the intermediate and duplicate bridge club got together for a holiday celebration and card game on Dec. 18. The group meets every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

Residents rolled out of bed and feasted on a buffet of breakfast favorites during PJs and Pancakes on Dec. 8. This year’s event featured candy-cane themed arts and crafts, holiday storytelling, and a hot cocoa bar. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

Preschool children performed tap-dance routines during the Children’s Dance Recital on Dec. 19. Classes are offered on Wednesdays at The Homestead Community Center. Contact Rachel Nelson at 480.628.0881 to register your child. Photo: Brandon Curtis

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Silverleaf members were greeted by carolers and champagne as they arrived at the club’s Holiday Soiree. Attendees enjoyed gourmet dinner stations, decadent desserts, and live music from the Alice Tatum Band. Photo: Dara Cercone

Kathleen Boyer (left), Sole Sports Owner Karen Seymour (center), and Ryan House Executive Director Julie Bank (right) celebrate at the Run for Ryan House Kick-Off Party at Sole Sports Scottsdale on Jan. 10. Participants received discounted entry fees for the March 2 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch and also jump-started their training with a group run. Register for the Run on Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers are the places to be on Thursday mornings for the Trailblazer Breakfasts. Residents can enjoy complimentary pastries, fruit, and juice while connecting with neighbors and new friends from 8 to 10 a.m. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

For more Around the Ranch pictures, please visit the Photo Gallery located under the “In DC Ranch” tab on Also check the DC Ranch Facebook page, to which residents may post photos.

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2012 SILVERLEAF HIGHLIGHTS The reduced home inventory is contributing to an increase in homesite sales and construction. Below are the supporting facts: 49 Silverleaf homesites were sold in 2012 compared to 34 in 2011 The average sales price of homesites increased 19% 50 homes are currently under construction 57% of all homesites in Silverleaf are either completed homes or under construction For more information on Silverleaf sales activity, contact The Silverleaf Group for a 2012 Year-End Report or visit

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Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with r...

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Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with r...