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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

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February 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 2

Not only is Chef Leonard Rubin the new executive chef at The Country Club at DC Ranch, he also holds the honor as Arizona’s 2013 Chef of the Year. His distinguished career is full of memorable moments, including competing for the American Culinary Federation’s national title this summer. | Page 5

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

Arts and Culture . . . . . . . . . . 10

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

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

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . . 6

Community Garden Updates . . 13

Run for Ryan House . . . . . . . . . . 9

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

Coursing through the community, the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch features challenging inclines and stunning views to motivate runners of all abilities.

Take your mark: Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch commemorates 10th anniversary As one of the most anticipated runs in the Valley, the Run for Ryan House at DC

Monthly Planner Monday, Feb. 3

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Thursday, Feb. 13

Passport to Art: Beverley Wolter

Ranch is expected to draw nearly 2,000 athletes to Market Street on Saturday, March 1. Evolving first from a community run to a signature fundraiser for the DC Ranch Foundation, the Run’s decade-long existence has grown alongside the charity in which it benefits. | Page 8 Marketplace

5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Saturday, Feb. 15

Age Less Wellness Symposium

8 a.m. | The Homestead Community Center Thursday, Feb. 27

DC Ranch Film Club: Academy Awards Party ®

5 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

Community Calendar Pg. 7

Trusted caregivers make Daydreams Drop-In Child Care an ideal option for parents Have a last-minute meeting and can’t find a babysitter for the kids? Daydreams Drop-In Child Care in DC Ranch Crossing is here to help. With spring activities on the horizon, the convenience and affordability of reliable childcare is waiting right down the street. | Page 4

Neighbor Focus

Supportive mothers spread their wings to aid families Silverleaf mom Lindsay Hope is part of a network of Valley women on a mission to support other mothers and families. The non-profit organization, angel mamas, provides resources and financial support for struggling families, and invites residents to show their support at an upcoming luncheon. | Page 12

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Arizona’s Chef of the Year credits the Southwest for fresh and flavorful influence

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February 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 2

Ranch News Highlights

Old adage weaves itself through this month’s articles and stories

Enjoy the DC Ranch Lifestyle! Marnie

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As I read through the February issue of Ranch News, I was reminded that it’s often the little things that have the biggest impact on our lives. For example, the desire to contribute to the community–no matter how slight– is enough of an impetus to serve on the Ranch Association Board of Directors. The neighbors who lead on this board are passionate about the quality of life that all residents treasure. It’s critical that diverse perspectives are represented on the board, so why not consider becoming a candidate? You can learn more about the process and election timeline on page 3. For The Country Club at DC Ranch’s Chef Rubin, mastering a simple dessert Kimberly Crowther Miller recipe set him on a course to becoming an award-winning chef. Read about his recent honor on page 5. I bet if we all thought back through our lives, we’d discover that a serendipitous experience – whether positive or otherwise – set in motion a chain reaction that has brought us to where we are today. In our fast-paced lives, we are often surprised at how refreshing just a few hours in nature can be. Each month, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) reminds us of the many ways we can take advantage of the open space in the Preserve. On page 6, DC Ranch resident and MSC steward Jace McKeighan talks about a Tai Qi hike MSC will lead on Feb. 16. How’s that for rejuvenation? For families facing adversity, connecting to caring organizations and people can make all the difference in coping with difficult situations. Ryan House helps parents get a few days of much-needed respite from the demands of caring for their critically ill children. Read one family’s story on page 8. Another local non-profit organization, angel mamas, matches families to financial and emotional resources to help them heal from the challenges they are facing. Be inspired by their humble mission on page 12. As I write this, I’m struck by another realization: Simply by sharing stories with others, we discover profound connections to those around us. We all have stories to tell. Take time this month to listen to someone’s story and share one of yours. You might just be surprised the impact it will have on you and on them. —Kimberly Crowther Miller, Community Council Director of Community Engagement

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Spotlight on Ranch Association

Community Updates

The community is experiencing growth once more with a new development within Horseshoe Canyon called One Silverleaf. The developer—Marley Management Corporation—first contacted the Ranch Association about the project several months ago and made presentations at the October and December board meetings. At the December meeting, the board of directors approved the developer’s proposal to reconfigure certain Ranch Association-owned common areas within Parcel 5.9A in order to create a better-flowing and more aesthetically pleasing development. As of right now, the developer expects to break ground mid-year 2014. Photo: Aprille Slutsky

February is the time to prune trees and bushes

(From left) Fred Green, Shawn Seaton, Joe McGarr, Norm Schuminsky, and Terry Malloy serve on the sevenmember Ranch Association Board of Directors. The other directors are John Henrickson and Stephen Koven.

Ranch Association looking for residents to serve on board The Ranch Association is looking for interested and qualified applicants for the 2014 board of directors. Directors actively participate in their community and have a high level of commitment and desire to drive change. They are leaders who have a vision for DC Ranch’s future. The directors review security processes, procedures, and bids for security contracts; they determine the Ranch Association budget, including assessments; they amend policies when needed, such as changing the enforcement and language in the rental policy; and they discuss and make decisions regarding property concerns such as easement issues, traffic, and new construction. This year, the seats of Joe McGarr, Terry Malloy, and Shawn Seaton are open for election. Interested residents can find a candidate application online at or at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. Candidates are asked to fill out the application with information such as volunteer

experience within DC Ranch, board or committee experience, civic involvement, education, professional designations, and what their goals are if elected to the board. The Ranch Association will share candidate information with residents via Ranch News,, Ranch Roundup and the candidate forum, which will be held Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at Desert Camp Community Center. During the forum, residents will learn where the candidates stand on issues and what their concerns are for the community. Residents are also able to ask the candidates questions at the forum. The elections will be finalized at the Ranch Association Annual Meeting on Monday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Contact Ranch Association Executive Director Andy Andrews at to learn more about the nomination process and responsibilities.

Election Timeline

Candidate Interest Reception

Candidate Forum

Tuesday, Feb. 11 & 18 | 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19 | 6 p.m.

Desert Camp Community Center

Desert Camp Community Center

Deadline for Candidate Statements

Annual Meeting

Friday, March 7 | 5 p.m.

Monday, April 7 | 6 p.m.

The Ranch Offices on Market Street

The Homestead Community Center

Spring is just around the corner and flowers are starting to bloom. The most vibrant one is the Valentine Bush which has red flowers that bloom on or near Valentine’s Day. This is also a good day to start removing dead plants or branches that have not begun to regrow. Try to have all the dead bushes and branches removed by the end of the month as March is the best time to start planting. Residents that need help identifying which branches on trees to cut or which bushes are not going to regrow can contact Landscape Manager Gary Whitener at 480.585.8654, ext. 200.

DC Ranch rental policy updated to reflect amendments

The Ranch Association Board of Directors recently voted to approve the amended rental and leasing policy after residents noticed an increase in short-term rentals in their neighborhoods. The new policy states that the community does not allow short-term rentals, and requires all property and units to be leased for a minimum of six months. For more information about the rental policy, please contact Andy Andrews at 480.419.5304.

Leave exterior lights on at night

DC Ranch follows a “dark skies” policy to minimize light pollution and enhance residents’ city views. As a result, many areas in the community do not have street lighting. The Ranch Association encourages residents to leave their garage and porch lights on at night to help with neighborhood safety and security. Residents are asked to check the exterior lighting on their home and replace burnt out bulbs. If the light still doesn’t work, a photocell may need to be replaced. To test it, place a piece of dark tape over the photocell eye and wait a moment. The light should come on. If the photocell is not working, please replace it. For questions about lighting, contact Facilities Manager Mike Harjung at 480.585.8654, ext. 203.

Presidents Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities In observance of Presidents Day, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, and reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 8 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center will remain open on Presidents Day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 Molly Kurtz, 2 years, Arts & Theatre Coordinator

Ranch Association Lorenzo Medrano, 1 year, Facilities and Maintenance Team

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Looking for a fun, safe, and secure place to take your kids while you keep appointments? From imaginative crafts to a highly certified staff, Daydreams Drop-In Child Care at DC Ranch Crossing is full of creative opportunities for children. Tina Ryder, owner of Daydreams Drop-In Child Care, tells Ranch News about their popular destination for north Scottsdale families. Q: First of all, please tell us about your services. A: We provide hourly childcare for children from 18 months All staff members at Daydreams Drop-In Child Care— to 10 years of age, seven days fondly known as the “Dream Team”—have fingerprint a week with extended evening clearances to work with young children. hours. No reservations are needed and no membership fees are required. Instead, we offer hourly rates, as well as bulk minute pricing. Weekly and monthly passes are also available. Caregivers can run errands, keep appointments, get work done around the house or simply enjoy some “me” time while our well-trained staff plays with and supervises your children.   Q: What prompted you to open your business in DC Ranch Crossing? A: We opened this location four years ago because we liked being easily accessible to families in the surrounding communities and the nearby 101 freeway.    Q: What types of activities do you provide? A: Our soft-padded playroom features a jumping castle, rock wall, a movie wall, a fort structure with slides, basketball, and more. We also offer a preschool prep program, music classes, sign language, Krafty Kids, face painting, yoga, and much more.    Q: What qualities do you look for in your caregivers? A: Our friendly, child-centric staff is led by our full-time director, Deanna Cabrera, who has been with us from day one. Our teachers are typically college students studying early childhood education with vast experience working with children prior to joining our team. Two staff members are always present and we add staff as needed throughout the day.   Q:  Do you have a popular craft activity that families might want to try at home? A: One of our favorite go-to crafts is called “coffee filter flowers.” Take a coffee filter and have your child color it with markers. When they are done coloring, spray the coffee filter lightly with water and let it dry. The water will run the colors together like watercolors. Once the coffee filter is dry, take a pipe cleaner and wrap it around the center. The more color they use, the prettier the flower will be. We also use this same technique to make butterflies and snowflakes. Let your imagination run wild to see how many different objects your child can make. —Ruth Rosenquist

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Chef Lenard Rubin—commonly known as Chef Lenny in the kitchen—believes: “It’s important to know the culinary history of a dish along with its chemistry to make it the best dish possible.”

The Country Club at DC Ranch’s executive chef competes for national culinary title When asked how he knew that he was a successful chef, Lenard Rubin, executive chef at The Country Club at DC Ranch, coyly replied, “When writers ask you questions and want to take your picture.” This tongue-and-cheek response is very much like Chef Rubin: good-natured with a playfully dry sense of humor. Yet his dry humor is nothing like his food—although it is playful. Rubin’s favorite ingredients include bold flavors that are indigenous to the Southwest. His food tends to be a fusion of international flavors where he has studied and cooked, Russian and Spanish to name a few. “My style is to cook approachable food that is different from the standard fare,” said Rubin. “I believe in bold flavors that are not overpowering.” Rubin originally had no desire to become a culinary expert, especially in the Southwestern region. To pay for college in Rhode Island in 1981, the 20-year-old Rubin was simply searching for a summer job in urban Boston to be closer to his friends. “I was walking down Newbury Street with want ads in hand—that shows you how long ago this was—and ran into a friend of mine from college who was having lunch with his girlfriend. She was the secretary for the chef at the The Ritz in Boston.” Chef Rubin ended up as a café runner in a kitchen so small that there was no room for storage. There, he was also responsible for making the desserts and mastered his very first dish: Profiteroles a’ la Ritz. “It was very simple,” recalled Rubin. “The dish was just ice cream stuffed into

pate choux balls—essentially a round éclair—garnished with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. But at 20-years-old, it was a big deal.” As of late, the biggest “deal” for Rubin was his nomination as Chef of the Year by the Arizona chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). In December 2013, he was announced as a semi-finalist for 2014 ACF National Chef of the Year. Rubin will represent the Western region, and compete among three other culinary experts from the Central, Northeast, and Southeast regions. The 2014 National Chef of the Year will be announced in July at the President’s Grand Ball in Kansas City, Missouri with a grand prize of $5,000. “It’s funny to think that what began as a part-time summer job in Boston gave me a fulfilling career,” said Rubin. As a born-and-raised East coaster, here’s hoping this chef brings home the national medal; not only to represent his adopted home in the Southwest, but also for the DC Ranch community.

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In the years that I’ve been writing this column, I have often highlighted the diversity of the wildlife in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Lately, I’ve been thinking more about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s (MSC) new ideas and new communities for using the Preserve. MSC’s offerings in the Preserve are more diverse than ever before. While our fantastic program of public hikes continues, you can now find new ways to experience the Preserve. You can take a beginner-level mountain bike ride led by MSC Stewards on Saturday, Feb. 15. Starting at 9 a.m. at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, this fun trail ride offers a 12 to 15 mile introduction to mountain biking. If you’re looking for something more serene, how about the Tai Qi Hike? Tai Qi instructor Ray Sol will introduce participants to age-old Chinese exercises that loosen muscles and improve balance and breathing. The hike begins at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Gateway Trailhead. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our ranks. The areas around the new Brown’s Ranch Trailhead located at the end of Alma School Road (north of Dynamite) have become a magnet for mountain bikers and equestrians. The conditions in the northern section of the Preserve are well-suited to these users. Because of that, MSC has actively recruited people to become MSC Stewards and patrol these vast new Preserve areas. The response from bikers and equestrians has been terrific and their insight is very helpful. Speaking of equestrians, what do you do when you encounter horses on the trail? The first rule in the Preserve is that hikers and bikers must yield to horses. Second, when you see a horse and rider, step to the side of the trail, stop, and greet the rider in a calm voice. Speak in a soft manner and keep talking so that the horses will identify you as a human and not something that could pose a threat. Ask the rider if you should take some specific action. Then allow the rider to call out their intentions, and follow their directions. The rider may wish to move to the side of the trail once space allows and may ask you to pass them. Just be sure to keep speaking in a calm manner, give them a wide berth, and slowly pass the horse. For your own safety, never try to move quickly past a horse or run up behind them. For more information on MSC activities or opportunities, visit Until next time, I’ll see you on the trails. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access.

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Community Calendar

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

Passport to Art: Beverley Wolter DC Ranch resident and acrylic artist, Beverley Wolter, will discuss the importance of decorative art through painting. From wall murals to oil painting on canvas, the discussion will showcase Wolter’s interpretation of the world through her various decorative painting techniques. The event is complimentary; wine and cheese will be served. Please RSVP on or contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178. Learn more about the artist, Beverley Wolter, at

Photo: Beverley Wolter

Photo: Childsplay Theatre Company

Thursday, Feb. 13 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Family Play Date: “Apollo: To the Moon” presented by Childsplay

Dance Ensemble: Studio Edition Wednesdays | 4 to 5 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Sunday, Feb. 2 | 3 to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Adult Social Clubs & Activities DC Ranch Women Thursday, Feb. 13 | 5 to 7 p.m. Rhythm & Wine Miller Road & Pinnacle Peak Road 480.585.1641 RSVP on

DC Ranch Film Club: Academy Awards® Thursday, Feb. 27 | 5 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center RSVP on

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

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

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

Get ready to move and groove. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 5, children, ages 5 to 7, are invited to learn various forms of dance during this 10-week program. Choreographer Erin Nielson will teach styles of dancing from ballet and jazz to Broadway techniques. Children will perform at a recital on Wednesday, April 16, at The Homestead Community Center. Enrollment is limited to 15 children. DC Ranch residents are offered a special rate of $50 per child; performers from the greater community are $100. For more information, contact Arts & Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542.

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The Homestead Playhouse is pleased to welcome Childsplay—a Valley-based children’s theatre company—to perform an exciting space journey for family audiences. “Apollo: To the Moon” is a thrilling look at the breathtaking risks and unforgettable heroism of the American space program. Told through the lens of one young man’s dream to become an astronaut, this inspiring story takes your family on the journey that gripped the nation in the 1960s. Multimedia effects on stage will breathe new life into this vital story, making it a true visual adventure. Admission is $5 per entry; register on

Fitness Activities

TGIF: Tweens

Barre Fitness Mondays | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Valentine’s Day Recipes Friday, Feb. 14 | 6 to 9 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178


TGIF: Teen Night Out

Tuesdays | 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

AZ on the Rocks Friday, Feb. 21 | 5 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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


Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641


Child, Youth & Teen Activities

Children’s Dance

TGIF: Little Wranglers Cards and Candy Friday, Feb. 14 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Wednesdays | 9:15 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.794.0222 Wednesdays | 10 to 10:45 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881

Community Events & Activities Age Less Wellness Symposium Saturday, Feb. 15 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Register on

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

Community Meetings Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Feb. 3 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Ranch Association Modification Committee Tuesday, Feb. 11 & 25 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

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Run for Ryan House

Community run celebrates 10 years of philanthropy Not only does the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch present a picturesque and challenging course that winds through the community, it also falls in line with DC Ranch’s values of connecting to the greater community and giving. Over the past decade, the Run has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for Ryan House and other local charities. The very first run in March 2003 was simply called the Ranch Run. About 450 runners participated in the event which consisted of a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile Fun Run. In 2005, Heartstrings of DC Ranch—the former community-led initiative sponsored by the DC Ranch Community Foundation—had made a capital gift to Ryan House, and the board of the Foundation understood that complimenting that gift with resident involvement was a meaningful way to build community at DC Ranch. “DC Ranch was a young community and Ryan House was a young non-profit organization,” said former DC Ranch Town Manager Melinda Gulick. “It was a natural

fit for us. The Foundation wanted to get involved with a local charity and support it from the ground up.” The name evolved into the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch, to highlight the mission of rasing funds and awareness for Ryan House, and is now sponsored by the DC Ranch Community Council. Designed to provide short-term overnight respite stays as well as end-of-life care, Ryan House is a place of comfort and compassion for Valley children with life-threatening conditions. “The Run has turned into a significant fundraising event with companies, schools, and even Ryan House families that are putting teams together,” said Ryan House Executive Director Julie Bank. “Our biggest fundraising team last year was Drew’s Crew. The group was honoring Drew Purtiman, a child who died at Ryan House.” On March 1, Drew’s Crew will be joined by nearly 2,000 other runners to help raise funds and bring awareness for a vital Valley organization. It’s a testament to 10 years of dedication and caring that continues to grow. —Jeremy Stevens

The Community Council chose Ryan House as the primary beneficiary for the 5th annual Run for Life in 2007 (pictured), which forged a partnership that continues to this day.

10th annual Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch Saturday, March 1 | 7 a.m. Market Street at DC Ranch Register at

Family raises funds for Ryan House in memory of son

“Ryan House gives critical support to families, like ours, in a time of desperate need,” said Michelle Purtiman, pictured with her son, Drew, who passed away last year.

Drew Purtiman was born in 2007 with a Hypoxic brain injury. For the first seven months his life, Drew’s parents, Andy and Michelle Purtiman, didn’t know what the future would hold. Their son suffered from constant seizures and extensive scoliosis. A devastating MRI confirmed that Drew would never function higher than a 3-month-old level on a good day. And his care was exhausting. “We would be up all night watching him,” said Michelle. “We didn’t have any nursing care so we had to take turns, each getting just a few hours of sleep a night.”

“The level of stress from caring for him was incredible and we were exhausted,” Andy said. “But we knew we had to be Drew’s parents.” Then they were introduced to Ryan House. It was a bittersweet opportunity for the Purtimans. They knew they were finally going to receive the rest they needed with the short-term, overnight respite care Ryan House offered. The Purtimans quickly saw the dedication of the volunteers and nursing staff that helped care for Drew when he stayed. “They really wanted to get to know Drew and care for him,” said Michelle. “There was a comfort that he was safe and people were with him at all times.” Drew enjoyed overnight respite stays at Ryan House for two years. The “sensory room” was his favorite place to play, and he would immediately brighten up with smiles and laughs. In January 2013, Drew died at home in the arms of his mom and dad. But the family knew their love for Ryan House wouldn’t stop with their son’s passing. They started Drew’s Crew to keep a promise to Drew

to do good work in the community in his memory. “There isn’t a more worthy way to honor Drew than to give back to Ryan House,” Andy said. “For Ryan House families, nothing in the world can change the inevitable, the impending loss of a child.” They started fundraising for the 2013 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch and raised more than $18,000 to support the mission of Ryan House. “We thought it would be so special to be the largest team at the run to honor Drew’s name,” said Cindy Carpenter, Drew’s aunt and organizer of the fundraising team. You can bet that Drew’s crew will be back next month for the 2014 Run. “We welcome people to join us in supporting Ryan House by joining Drew’s Crew,” Andy said. “You can donate to Ryan House in Drew’s name, or even volunteer your time at Ryan House. Words can’t describe how thankful we are for the support.” Form your own team fundraising page or make a donation in honor of Drew on the Drew’s Crew Team Fundraising Page at —Nancy Flores

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February 2014


Run for Ryan House

Plan safely and smartly when training for the Run

Mariah Secrest-Comer| Ranch News contributor and DC Ranch resident

Setting a goal to train for the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch, or any run in general, can be a fun and effective way to jumpstart your physical activity. When selecting between the half-marathon, 10K, or 5K, be sure to select a distance that is a bit beyond your comfort zone, but not so lofty as to be unachievable. Once you’ve chosen your running distance, it’s time to start training. A little preparation beforehand can make all the difference in ensuring you cross the finish line with a smile on your face. Start from the ground up: Shoes can be your number one ally or enemy when training for a race. It’s worth it to be professionally fitted for your running shoes. Many specialty running stores in the area offer this service for free when you make your purchase, and this will help determine your unique foot strike. For a quick and dirty DIY method, place your feet in a shallow dish of water and then step onto a cement surface, standing straight and distributing weight evenly among both feet. If your footprints have a lot of dry space between the heel and ball of the foot, you probably need extra stability in the arches of your shoes. If most of the surface area of the footprint is wet from heel to toe, it’s safe to say you could benefit from shoes with extra cushion. Very few people actually have a neutral foot strike, so determining a shoe type that fits your foot can protect you from injury and pain. Safeguard against injury: Running can be hard on the body, especially if our body mechanics are less than ideal. Prevent knee, hip, and back strain by crosstraining once per week with exercises that strengthen the abdominal and lower back muscles (plank poses work great) and provide a different range of motion for the legs (such as side lunges). Light stretching after each run and a longer stretching session one time per week are both essential in helping maintain elasticity, speeding muscle recovery, and preventing muscle tears. Recover… but have a plan: You’ve worked hard and made it across the finish line in one piece. Congratulations! One of two things is likely to happen now. Either you feel so exhilarated by this experience and worked so hard to get here that you want to keep running the next few days and weeks, or you give yourself permission to kick it on the couch until a few months idly slip by. Ideally, your body needs a break from running for a few days or weeks, depending on the length of the race. Stick to stretching, walking, and gentle cross-training to help aid the recovery process. But do have a plan for what lies ahead—whether it’s another race, a new fitness class you want to try, or that personal trainer you’re finally going to call. One race does not make an athlete, but if done right, that first race will launch a lifetime love of fitness.

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Join in a Scottsdale tradition on Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Parada del Sol Parade takes place 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 tons of cowboy fun. More excitement follows the parade in Old Town Scottsdale with the Trails End Celebration which includes dancing, entertainment and kids’ activities. Then from Feb. 27 to March 1, the 61st annual Parada del Sol Rodeo returns to WestWorld. Bull- and bronco-riding, roping, and barrel racing are just some of the featured events at this time-honored Scottsdale celebration. For performance times and ticket information, visit

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The 59th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show runs Feb. 13-23, 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, bringing top owners, trainers, and breeders from around the world competing for a chance to win. Visit for more event and ticket information. 

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Have fun, fuel your imagination, and learn more about your community from Feb. 22 through March 1 during Scottsdale Science Week. Past events include visit from astronauts and scientists. This year’s lineup features the Spring Training Festival in the Civic Center mall which lets fans discover the science of baseball. For more information, visit

Get your tickets for 2014 spring training Cactus League spring training runs Feb. 26 to March 29. Scottsdale is 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 Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks play at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. For ticket information and a game schedule, visit

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Round up the fun at the Great Western Cookout Adventure at MacDonald’s Ranch on Saturday, March 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. Get your fill of authentic Western food, fun, wildlife, and games for folks of all ages. Sponsored by MacDonald’s Ranch, the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association, and Friends of the Scenic Drive, the Great Western Cookout Adventure benefits the local environment and quality of life. To purchase tickets, visit

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Neighbor Focus

Hope soars to mothers in need

Photo: Lindsay Hope

Mia Foutz was 5-years-old when her mother, Sandra, discovered she had an aggressive malignant brain tumor. After several treatments, Mia survived the cancer in 2010, but ended up cognitively damaged and unable to walk due to radiation treatment. Mia needed a slew of post-cancer services including physical therapy, tutoring services, assistive devices, and alternative treatments, as well as counseling for Mia’s mother and siblings. That’s when angel mamas stepped in. Through the nonprofit’s Wings of Love program—the annual adopta-family campaign—angel mamas provided the financial and emotional resources needed for the struggling Ovlinger-Foutz family. “Angel mamas presented the Ovlinger-Foutz family with a check for more than $6,000 during the second annual Wings of Love Luncheon that will be used for Mia’s special needs,” said Lindsay Hope, DC Ranch resident and development director of angel mamas. As 2013’s Wings of Love recipient, the Foutz family

Lindsay Hope is a DC Ranch resident and member of angel mamas.

“Our mission is to connect mothers to support each other and families in our community.” Lindsay Hope


could not have expected such selfless philanthropy during this challenging time in their lives. “All of a sudden I had a strong group of women to hold hands with to help meet my family’s needs,” said Sandra Foutz. “They have moved mountains and found resources to give Mia physical therapy sessions. That’s what I loved the most about angel mamas: They helped me with resources and not only money, which is so hard to receive.” Due to the success of the Wings of Love program helping one family on an annual basis, angel mamas decided to expand the program to assist several families each year. “Beginning this year, through its connection with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the program will provide more families with products and services to qualified families with children living with a life-threatening illness or disease,” said Hope, a mother of two and Silverleaf resident for five years. “Our mission is to connect mothers to support each other and families in our community,” said Shira Nicks, founder of angel mamas and executive director. “This means that, first and foremost, we encourage moms to come together for emotional support because, while motherhood is incredibly rewarding, it can also be demanding and stressful.” However, angel mamas is always looking for individual volunteers interested in fundraising for mothers in need.

(Left to right) Mia Foutz, now 7-years-old after being diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 5, accepted angel mamas’ 2013 Wings of Love award with sister Genevieve, mother Sandra, and brother Charlie.

“We gratefully accept any interest from DC Ranch moms who have extra time to offer,” said Hope, who is mother of Cruz, 3, and Jax, 1. “We are looking for women who have strong community connections and an interest in working with other moms to plan and promote events.” To learn more, or make a donation to angel mamas, visit To volunteer with angel mamas, contact the nonprofit at 480.359.4MOM. For more information about angel mama’s additional program support, visit today to read the full article. —Brighid Tomasik

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Community Garden Updates

By The Numbers

Photo: Kimberly Crowther Miller

Time to sow seeds: community garden construction is complete

The DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School is ready for action. All residents are invited to get involved with the garden. In addition to plots available for lease, several committees are forming to help grow the garden program. Here’s an over view of each committee: Aloe and other plants are starting to grow at the Operations — responsible for the general mannew garden. agement and upkeep of the garden site. Events and Workshops — coordinates workshop topics of interest to gardeners and Tool Donation Drive reaches out to prospective presenters. The commitHelp stock the on-site Community tee will also help to plan special events, such as the Garden shed with tools. Donations can Community Garden’s grand opening celebration. be brought to Desert Camp Community Resources — identifies vendors, donors, and Center for storage until the shed is built. other partners for materials and supplies for the garden such as soil, plants and trees, and other Types of Tools Needed items to enhance the functionality and aesthetics • Spades • Weed Wacker of the garden. • Spading Forks • Trowels Volunteer — coordinates opportunities for • Shovels • Dibbles residents and other stakeholders in the commu• Cultivators • Watering Cans nity to get involved with the Community Garden • Hoes • Wheelbarrows as volunteers. • Rakes • Hoses Learn how you can get involved with the DC • Shears • Small Cart Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School at or contact Director of Community Engagement Kimberly Crowther Miller at

Arizona celebrates its 102nd birthday on Friday, Feb. 14, yet DC Ranch began settling before our great state’s 1912 United States induction. Learn the history behind your community.

Dr. W.B. Crosby, commonly known as Doc Crosby, established the DC Ranch cattle brand in


E.E. “Brownie” Brown, E.O.’s sons, and his friend Kemper Marley managed


head of cattle

at DC Ranch in the

1950s Currently, there are

E.O. Brown was DC Ranch’s first Anglo settler who acquired

43,000 acres in

1901 from Doc Crosby

McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the nation’s largest urban land preserve, makes up

1/3 57


of Scottsdale at

in DC Ranch

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Around the Ranch

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

The DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School Committee met on Dec. 12 to discuss the latest endeavors for the garden’s official opening last month. To lease your plot and learn about steering committee meetings, visit the Community Garden page on Photo: Jeffrey Ortagus

Mrs. Claus took time out of her busy holiday schedule to spread some Christmas cheer at Storytime on Dec. 19. The children’s program runs every Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Amber Nash

Mahjong regulars (left to right) Peggy Kennelly, Diane Mercieca, Sharen Leezer, and Ruth Ammentorp showed off their special mahjong-themed friendship bracelets and socks that they wear at each game. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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Children began by sketching original art pieces during a “Paint Like the Masters” series in January hosted by Scottsdale artist Carrie Curran. The creative young artists were inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Cézanne. Photo: Molly Kurtz

Health educator Dale Yavitt gave an interactive presentation—“Celebrate You in the New Year” —to DC Ranch Women at The Village Club & Spa on Jan. 8. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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Every Wednesday, residents enjoy an afternoon of bridge at Desert Camp Community Center. Learn more about card games offered at the community centers at Photo: Brighid Tomasik

Residents perused through a selection of produce and specialty foods at the Green Bee Farmer’s Market. The market sets up on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at The Homestead Community Center.. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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