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April 2012 • Vol. 4, No.4

A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Take flight in the Preserve

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

Bark in the Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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

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

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

Community Connections . . . . . 12

MSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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

Valleywide Family Activities. . . . . 8

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

Fred Green, pictured here at home in Silverleaf, is one of the principals of the company that produced “Friends with Kids,” the first film that will be discussed at the DC Ranch Film Club. The Club will meet on the third Thursdays of the month.

Lights. Camera. Action! A small piece of Hollywood has a new zip code: 85255. That’s because the DC Ranch Community Council is launching a film club.

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The brainchild of DC Ranch resident Susan Grace, the Film Club will bring together

Monday, April 2

Ranch Association Annual Meeting 5:30 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Friday, April 13

Starlight Concert with Guy Pennacchio 6:30 p.m. | Market Street Park

DC Ranch residents who appreciate movie-going and enjoy delving into different

aspects of the film industry and the process of filmmaking. Inspired by a successful

film club in a nearby community, Grace brought her idea to the Community Council team, which helped refine the concept. | Page 10 Neighborhood Safety

Saturday, April 21

CPR & Child Care Course 9 a.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Monday, April 23

Ranch Association Budget & Finance Committee Meeting 3 p.m. | The Ranch Offices on Market Street Community Calendar Pg. 7

Family Series

DC Ranch organizes security information sharing

Residents begin a youth flag football league

Director of Security Mark Wright called together area officials in the interest of increasing the safety of DC Ranch and neighboring communities. A result of the Safety and Security Directors collaborative may be a crime-trends database that can be referenced for investigative purposes. | Page 5

In honor of DC Ranch’s 15-year anniversary, the DC Ranch Community Council will spotlight the variety of families that make our community their home. Michael and Michelle Nemeth are a husband and wife team who inspire children and teens to be active through a youth flag football league. | Page 8

Photo courtesy Fred Green

Photo: Steve Dodd

April and May are particularly active months for flying species in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hikes such as those led by MSC’s Phil Hartley offer glimpses of the flying wonders that can be seen in the Preserve at this time of year. | Page 6

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April 2012

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15-21, the DC Ranch Community Council thanks the many residents in DC Ranch who have made a difference right here within our neighborhood over the years. Throughout its 15-year history, leadership- and philanthropic-minded residents have been at the heart of DC Ranch and have made the community what it is: compassionate, caring, and committed. Resident volunteers include those who honorably serve on the board of directors for both the Ranch Association and Community Council and who provide strategic guidance that ensures DC Ranch continues to thrive. Dozens more dedicate their time as a Neighborhood Voting Member or on a committee or panel. Other examples of resident volunteers include those who spearhead community-wide philanthropic initiatives like a holiday giving campaign or food donation program. Countless residents champion a variety of worthy causes on Kimberly Crowther Miller is local, national, and global levels. Community Engagement Director And then there are the everyday unsung heroes that help out a neighbor in need, teens who volunteer at community celebrations, or DC Ranch merchants who generously support our programs and events. These and so many other individuals are the heartbeat of a Volunteer Appreciation vibrant community. A benevolent spirit is a value that DC Ranch Celebration holds dear, and our residents stand and deliver as consistently as the Arizona sun shines. On Saturday, April 21, the DC Ranch Community Council will Saturday, April 21 host an inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at Desert To nominate a resident for Camp Community Center where the spotlight will shine on a “Volunteer of the Year,” please select group of nominees for “Volunteer of the Year” recognition. visit Nominations As we honor their contributions, we hope to inspire others to accepted through April 9. serve, engage and fan the flame of volunteerism at DC Ranch.





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From the Desk of Kimberly Crowther Miller: Volunteer spirit to be celebrated at April event

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April 2012 • Vol. 4, No. 4

Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with residents. The publication seeks to build community by connecting neighbors through stories and pictures and to offer a product valuable to advertisers. Ranch News celebrates and perpetuates the values of the DC Ranch community. Community Engagement Director | Kimberly Crowther Miller Public Relations Manager | Anne Driscoll Communications Coordinators | Krista Hinz & Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Published by

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April 2012

Silverleaf Club marks 10-year anniversary with well-known personalities

In March, Silverleaf Club celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The Club hosted five days of experiences leading up to a grand finale event that featured KC & The Sunshine Band. Members enjoyed events such as the Global Cocktail Soiree featuring Food Network Star Robin Miller, who demonstrated how to prepare five dishes, which were paired with cocktails created by professional mixologist Jason Asher, named one of GQ magazine’s Most Inspired Bartenders of 2010. The Club also hosted the “Endeavour to Succeed Luncheon” with American astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly signed his book “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.”

Run raises $27,000 for Ryan House Brian Folts, 25, of Phoenix and Ariana Hilborn, 31, of Scottsdale each won the 2012 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch half marathon on Saturday, March 3, in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. Folts finished in 1:16:50; Hilborn finished in 1:19:50. This was the second year in a row that Folts finished first. More than 1,800 participants registered for one of four Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch events. Net proceeds from event fundraising efforts— still to be totaled but estimated at about $27,000—will benefit Ryan House, whose mission is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care.

Ranch Association board approves several initiatives

At the Feb. 6 board of directors meeting, the board took action to approve the tree maintenance program for Desert Parks village; approved the reserve spending for the overlay project for Desert Camp Drive roadway; approved the reserve spending for Market Street Villas maintenance projects; approved the installation of three speed humps at The Haciendas; approved the Capitalization policy; approved the Operating agreement between the Ranch Association and Community Council for the operation of both community centers; and approved the partnership with ADP Total Source. All meeting minutes are available on dcranch. com after they are approved by the board.

Proper watering is crucial for turf, trees, and shrubs to survive in the desert. Remember that established desert plants can survive on minimal watering, while newer plants need watering more frequently until they adapt to the dry climate.

Spotlight On: Turf, tree, and shrub watering

April is a transitional month for landscape watering. This is a great month to change your irrigation controller. Turf, trees, and shrubs are three main categories to consider when adjusting your watering system. Watering schedules should be based on the amount of water the vegetation requires to remain attractive and healthy. The overseeded lawn will begin the transition from Rye winter grass, to Bermuda, summer grass, during April. As temperatures rise, the Rye grass will struggle and the Bermuda grass will start to sprout. One way to transition turf is to reduce the number of days of watering and increase the watering time on each station. The increased run time will allow the water to penetrate more deeply into the soil, where the Bermuda grass roots are located. The reduction in watering days causes the Rye to dehydrate and eventually fade. Finally, cut the turf a bit lower each week to allow more sunlight to warm up the earth which encourages Bermuda grass to grow. Many of the desert trees have started to push new growth. Established desert trees can survive without additional watering, but it is recommended to water them once or twice in April. For non-desert, less established trees, watering can be increased to once a week. To determine if the tree is established, estimate its age. If the tree is over three years old and water has been rationed, it is considered desert adapted and will survive more easily on rainfall alone. Like the trees, many shrubs are pushing out new leaves and buds along their stems and branches. Shrub and tree watering programs are similar. The biggest difference is in the duration. Shrubs should be watered once or twice a week during this time of year. One of the best sources to give guidelines that can be trusted for reliable sound water frequencies and amounts can be found by visiting and search for Arizona.

Staff anniversaries

The following DC Ranch team members recently celebrate an anniversary in April. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch.

Community Council Jennifer Motherwell, Accounts Receivable and Collection Specialist, 5 years Ranch Association Magdiel Moroyoqui, Maintenance Team, 6 years Rafael Lopez, Landscape Team, 6 years Jose Tafoya, Landscape Team, 3 years Raul Flores Arroyo, Landscape Team, 2 years

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board voted unanimously at its Feb. 21 meeting to lease three acres of unused land at Copper Ridge School to the Village, which will build and maintain 10 private tennis courts to be used by its members and, with coordinated use, SUSD students. The District will receive $40,000 a year from the Village. The land is part of an 18-acre parcel SUSD bought for $1 per acre from DMB, the DC Ranch developer, with the stipulation that SUSD must begin construction of a high school on the property by 2018. SUSD will likely ask voters to approve a bond in 2013 to raise money to, in part, build an 800-student biomedical academy for grades 9-12 on the parcel.

Ranch Association commends residents’ service to DC Ranch

At the February board meeting, Robert Curley was awarded 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Ranch Association. This marked the second year in a row Curley had been honored in such a way. “Bob has been a delight to work with and has taken his responsibilities as a NVM very seriously,” said Ranch Association Executive Director Andy Andrews. “Bob has also taken the time to help the Ranch Association understand the various concerns related to the current maintenance project and the proposed expansion with Camelot Homes. He is a true leader and committed to his neighborhood. DC Ranch is fortunate to have residents with such commitment and dedication.” The Ranch Association would also like to thank resident Susan Grace for preparing and presenting an educational seminar to its team. Grace volunteered to present a seminar on preventing discrimination in the workplace. 

Community Council welcomes Amber Nash

Please join the Community Council in welcoming Amber Nash to the program and event team. Nash comes from DC Ranch’s West Valley sister community, Marley Amber Nash Park. Prior to her current operational role, she served as assistant to DC Ranch Community Council board member Melinda Gulick; and later as a member of the community life team at the DMB community Verrado.

Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

DC Ranch Community Council staff member Krista Hinz and Capt. Kelly on March 22.

Photo: Gary Whitener

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Village Club Tennis Center planned at Copper Ridge School


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“These plates, including this lamb chop, are a wonderful addition to our menu and so ideal for spring evenings at DC Ranch,” said Operating Partner Marc Bescak. “Just imagine sharing a few plates with friends on our patio as the sun sets over the Valley. Pair them with a glass of wine, and it doesn’t get much better.”

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: The neighborhood steakhouse on Market Street By Angela Muniz | Tin Can Marketing

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar continues to provide DC Ranch residents with classic steakhouse dining with a modern flair. Recent updates to Fleming’s menu include small plates, contemporary cocktails and a new “5 for $6 ‘til 7” happy hour. The seven Small Plates on Fleming’s menu are lighter, healthier dishes and introduce a whole new way to dine at Fleming’s. They’re designed to be enjoyed anytime with a glass of wine, shared with friends, or as a meal. The dishes are reminiscent of a Mediterranean style of dining and dishes like the Sliced Filet Mignon with Shiitake Risotto blend Asian influences with European flavors. Others like the Lobster Tempura are a variation on a Fleming’s favorite. Marc Bescak joined Fleming’s at DC Ranch in November as its new operating partner. In that time, he has worked with the wine manager to add wines from small artisanal wineries to the Fleming’s 100 – the restaurant’s selection of 100 wines by the glass. “These wines are made in small quantities and represent exceptional quality at a great value,” said Bescak. “I’ve enjoyed making these selections from boutique estates accessible to our guests.” It is part of Bescak’s goal to continue Fleming’s strong ties with the DC Ranch community. “We’re your neighborhood steakhouse,” he said.

“Fleming’s is a founding member of the Market Street restaurant core and has always been a great upscale venue for the property and surrounding community,” said Charley Freericks, general manager of DMB Commercial. “We are delighted that Fleming’s recently recommitted to Market Street by renewing their lease for five more years, with additional options to extend.” In addition to the Small Plates and personal additions to the Fleming’s 100, Fleming’s also has an updated cocktail list and new selections on its popular “5 for $6 ‘til 7” happy hour. Look for happy hour offerings to be featured in this month’s Phoenix Magazine.

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DC Ranch initiates strategic safety and security collaborative with north Scottsdale communities By Ranch News

Photo Kimberly Crowther Miller

On March 15, the Ranch Association and Trident Security Services hosted a “Safety and Security Directors Meeting” at The Homestead Community Center. Spearheaded by DC Ranch’s Director of Security Mark Wright, the gathering included members from the Scottsdale Police Department, and security and community managers from surrounding north Scottsdale District 4 neighborhoods. The purpose of the forum was to begin coordinating information-sharing efforts among communities to better assist police, and to share resources and lessons learned related to community security issues with one another. “I’m pleased that DC Ranch could take the lead on bringing this group together,” said Wright. “About 20 individuals from surrounding communities attended our initial meeting and we expect more to join the group as we get more established.” At the March meeting, Officer Jason Glenn provided the strategic vision for the group. District Police Aide Shannon Ziemba gave a presentation on websites that are helpful to security officers. Wright said the forum will gather quarterly. One of the action items for the group is to create a crime- trends database that can be referenced for investigative purposes.

Director of Security Mark Wright welcomes guests to the “Safety and Security Directors Meeting” on March 15 at The Homestead Community Center.

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The DC Ranch Community Council, in conjunction with the White Mountain Road Club, will host the third annual Criterium at DC Ranch on Saturday, May 19, in Canyon Village. The 1-kilometer (6/10 of a mile) Criterium race, or “Crit,” is a bike race on a short, closed course. The average speed and intensity are appreciably higher than traditional races. The Crit is a full day of bike races, including child and family activities, and offers spectator opportunities. Registration for the Criterium will be available on later this month. Registration for the Oct. 14 Tour de Scottsdale, both 30-mile and 70-mile citizen’s rides, will open at a discounted rate at the Criterium. Pricing on May 19 only will be an all-time low price for Tour registration; online registration will open May 20 at standard early-bird pricing.

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Through May, many species of butterflies and birds like the Phainopepla can be spotted in the Preserve.

Butterflies and birds take flight in the Preserve through May By Jace McKeighan | MSC Steward and DC Ranch resident

This is the season when wintering birds depart, migratory birds pass through, and butterflies float on spring winds. The sky activity will be a significant focus of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute. While Maricopa County is home to about 125 of the 350 butterfly species found in Arizona, you might see as many as 20 to 30 different species on a good day in the Preserve. You can find butterflies anywhere in the Preserve, and particularly good areas The McDowell Sonoran Field Institute to find them are where abundant Lecture Series details some of the flowers grow or on the hilltops. This research findings. All presentations are is the location where males gather free, open to the public and held at 6:30 to wait for females. The McDowell p.m. at Palomino Library, located at 12575 Sonoran Field Institute’s survey will East Via Linda, #102. Topics include be documenting butterfly activity this the migration, behaviors and breeding spring to obtain more exact data on patterns of the birds and mammals of the Preserve’s butterfly population. the Preserve on May 23; how to survey The Institute is also in the midst of plant life on May 30; the reptiles and a two-year bird study. Six survey sites amphibians of the Preserve on June 6; have been designated to determine the Civil War road that crossed through which birds are present at various the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and times of the year and to provide data the historical hunt to re-discover its path for analysis for an inventory of the on June 13; and how the urban-wildlife species found within the Preserve. interface affects a bug’s life on June 20. To try birding, start searching for For more information, contact MSC at them in washes and canyons where 480.998.7971 ext. 100. birds stay for food and shelter. 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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The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have a fee or admission. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

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

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

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

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

Zumba Thursdays | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3585

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Mondays with Mommy Mondays | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3544

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

Storytime at DC Ranch Thursdays | 9:30 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.538.3583

Little Kicks Soccer (ages 3-5) Thursdays | 4 to 4:45 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Little Dribblers Basketball (ages 3-5) Mondays | 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684

Junior Dribblers Basketball (ages 5-7) Mondays | 5 to 5:45 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.7684

Children’s Dance Class

Starlight Concert

Wednesdays | 10 to 10:45 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881

Friday, April 13 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Market Street Park 480.342.7178

Workshops for Youth & Families WORKSHOPALOOZA (ages 13-17)

Guy Pennacchio takes the stage to serenade listeners with the music stylings of Frank Sinatra. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs, and relax.

Sunday, April 1 | 1 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.245.9724

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

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Saturday, April 21 9 a.m. to Noon Bashas’ Parking Lot (Bell Road & Thompson Peak Parkway)

Friday, April 13 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Scottsdale Foothills Rotary Club and DC Ranch Community Council are sponsoring their annual Shred-It Event to help neighbors safely dispose of tax and other sensitive documents. Shred up to five banker’s boxes of records in exchange for a cash and/ or food donation to the Foothills Food Bank or the Foothills Animal Shelter. Call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 for more information.

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

Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 7 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Child Care & CPR Course Saturday, April 21 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 623.478.2263

Bark in the Park Saturday, April 14 8 a.m. to noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.538.3540

Are you a DC Ranch tween or teen aged 10 to 17 interested in providing babysitting services? Amp up your child care skill set during this course that instills a babysitter’s responsibility for children’s safety and wellbeing. Learn how to perform tasks such as diapering and feeding; and skills such as CPR and first aid. Complete the course to receive a two-year CPR certification card. Cost is $40 per participant. To register, contact Megan Cross with Cross’ Lifeline Emergency Training, LLC, at 623.478.2296.

Community Meetings Ranch Association Annual Meeting Monday, April 2 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Budget & Finance Committee Meeting Monday, April 23 3 to 5 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5308

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Husband and wife team make football a family affair

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

By Krista Hinz | Community Council

In honor of DC Ranch’s 15-year anniversary, the DC Ranch Community Council will spotlight the variety of families that make our community their home. The DC Ranch Family series will run periodically in Ranch News. Contact Ranch News to recommend DC Ranch families for the series. This month, Ranch News shares the story of part-time residents.

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9th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival

April 13-15 | The Compound Grill The 2012 lineup features performances by Dark Star Orchestra, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCoury’s, Galactic, Ozomatli, Trevor Hall, Anders Osborne, Bob Schneider, Soulive, Carolina Chocolate Drops, EOTO, and the Motet. MMMF has chosen Ear Candy and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to receive 100 percent of the proceeds. Tickets available at, thecompoundgrill. com, or at the Compound Grill box office.

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Football is a family affair for Desert Camp village residents Michael and Michelle Nemeth. Last March the couple brought a division of Prime Time Athletics to North Scottsdale. Prime Time Athletics is a NFL Flag approved youth flag football league. The local sports organization encompasses 10 Valleywide divisions where children ages 5-14 compete for a championship during the fall, winter and spring. Although it has been just over a year since the north Scottsdale league began, it has grown tremendously. The spring season started March 24 and includes 21 teams that the couple is responsible for managing and organizing. Nemeth considers their success a team effort. “Working with Michelle is great,” said Nemeth. “It is an even balance where Michelle handles most of the administrative needs and “This is the most fun I have ever had. I get to coach, work day-to-day operations, while I handle game with my wife and get that special time with my son,” said day set up and field management.” Desert Camp village resident Michael Nemeth of owning and Nemeth now coaches their 9-year-old son, operating a north Scottsdale flag football league. Cooper, for the Panthers. He enjoys coaching because it gives him an opportunity to spend quality time with Cooper. “Other than being with my son, it’s about getting kids active,” said Nemeth. “Flag football offers an alternative to surfing the couch and playing video games.” The league is part of the NFL PLAY 60 program, which is a campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. “Many adults my age grew up playing outside and being active, and that’s what the whole program is about,” said Nemeth. In addition to promoting healthy and fit lifestyles, the Nemeth’s north Scottsdale league is no contact and focuses on players learning the sport’s fundamental skills like passing and routes. Nemeth says this makes it a popular choice for older participants. “During the off season, middle school tackle football players can stay fit and keep brushed up on their skills with minimal risk of injury,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to know our league helps kids in many aspects of their lives.”

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North Scottsdale Relay for Life

April 21 | Desert Mountain High School One out of every three people will battle cancer. The American Cancer Society is hosting the inaugural North Scottsdale Relay for Life from 3 p.m. to midnight. Relays are the world’s largest movement to raise money for research, awareness and patient support for local cancer patients. The free event will honor cancer survivors and commemorate lives of those who lost their battle to cancer with a luminara ceremony. Attendees will enjoy food, games, and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information call 602.778.7633 or visit

Native Expressions Fine Art Boutique and Benefit

April 27 | Four Seasons Resort at Troon North The Heard Museum North presents an art boutique featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade, traditional and contemporary art and jewelry by a variety of Native American artisans. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy performers and the unveiling of the museum’s new documentary. KJZZ radio personality Blaise Lantana will emcee. Tickets are $300 each. For more information, call 602.346.8192 or visit

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April 2012

Find your ‘best friend’ at April pet event By Tempe Ligett | Community Council

Thinking of adopting a dog? Do research ahead of time to make sure the breed you are considering is a good fit for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Age of dog, life expectancy, expected size, and necessary activity level impact the amount and kind of care the dog will need. If the dog is older, you might need to plan for more vet visits. If the dog is a large breed, he might require more food and a larger living space. The following are profiles on common mixed-breed dogs that might be available for adoption at Bark in the Park.

Pit Bull Best owner match: Ideal family dog, bred to be loyal and protective; also make a great companion dog that can be trained to interact well with other dogs. Personality: Good natured, amusing, and affectionate. Caretaking considerations: Smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom; ideal for warm Arizona climate. Exercise requirements: Pit Bulls need lots of exercise; long, daily walks are a must.

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Chow Chow Best owner match: Calm owner who is naturally firm, confident, and consistent. Personality: Well-mannered and good with children; can be socialized to get along with cats. Caretaking considerations: Because of heat-sensitivity and furry coats, Chows need to be indoor dogs in Arizona. Exercise requirements: Medium-size

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Lab Best owner match: Labrador Retrievers are lively and get along well with other dogs and people; good for larger households. Personality: Loyal, loving, affectionate, and patient. Caretaking considerations: Labs are highly intelligent and very active; can be easily trained and thrive when given tasks. Exercise requirements: Needs daily walks. Chihuahua Best owner match: Chihuahuas are toy-sized dogs with a good-natured temperament; great companion dogs. Personality: Loyal to their owners; do best in homes without children. Caretaking considerations: Like warm weather and to be close to their person; should be walked rather than carried. Exercise requirements: Daily walks are a must; Chi’s have a playful nature and enjoy romps in the yard.

Bark in the Park Pet Adoption and Expo Saturday, April 14 8 a.m. to noon Desert Camp Community Center See for more information

An Enchanted Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 7 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

Revel in the provincial life and stroll along French-inspired streets that lead to Disney Princess Belle’s castle. Enjoy finger-food brunch items and celebrate the enchantment of spring with a spectrum of activity and entertainment offerings. Egg Hunt in Belle’s Castle Music, games and prizes hosted by Radio Disney Pictures with the Easter Bunny Special performance by The Homestead Playhouse Ensemble Book your reservation early Register for Eggstravaganza on Admission is $10 for teens and adults before April 2; $15 April 3-7, when online registration closes. Children 12 and younger are free. Bring your registration receipt to get “fast pass” entry into the event. Day-of admission is $15 for teens and adults; children 12 and younger are free. Special Notes Bring baskets for the egg hunt and your “fast pass” receipt for expedited event entry. Trolley service available from The Homestead Community Center to Desert Camp. Enter to win a raffle prize courtesy of Market Street Dental.

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Whether you are a film aficionado or a good oldfashioned movie buff, the DC Ranch Film Club may be the perfect entertainment outlet. “Like everything else we do at DC Ranch, our film club will be the best,” promised Grace. “We’ll not only see films, we’ll have informed discussion about all things film.” The Film Club’s format will be similar to that of a book club. A film will be Fred Green uses this CD and booklet, which is a backgrounder selected several weeks in of the principals of Locomotive Films and a timeline of their advance of each monthly various film projects, to pitch potential investors. gathering. Film Clubbers will screen the film on their own prior to the scheduled meeting. The meetings will feature a guest speaker with ties to the film industry or the film’s subject matter who can share an insider’s perspective on the art and craft of moviemaking or delve deeper into the selected film’s theme. Attendees will have the opportunity to share insights, impressions and themes during a facilitated discussion. The Club’s first featured film, “Friends with Kids,” is a smart, slightly edgy comedy with a blockbuster line-up—think Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig—and surprising ties to DC Ranch. Silverleaf resident and Ranch Association board member Fred Green is one of the principals of the company that produced the film. At the inaugural Film Club meeting, Green will talk about his role on the production team and describe his days on the Brooklyn film set. Green, who is Princeton-educated and retired from his days as a Wall Street financier, has found a second career as an indie pic producer. After he and his wife Patty made a small budget documentary in 2003 about two mothers’ opposing perspectives on gun laws that found its way onto wide distribution on PBS stations, Green became co-executive producer on what would be filmmaking icon Robert Altman’s final movie, “A Prairie Home Companion.” That’s when Green met producing partners Josh Astrachan and Lucy Barzun Donnelly, who had the Oscar-nominated “Gosford Park” and Emmy-winning “Grey Gardens” to their respective credits. The trio formed Locomotive Films with daughter of former presidential candidate John Kerry, Alexandra Kerry. In addition to producing “Friends with Kids,” which opened on March 9 on 350 screens to good reviews, Locomotive Films has shopped its forthcoming picture “Mommy & Me,” to be written by Tina Fey and starring Meryl Streep, to Sony Pictures. “Producing a film is truly hard work,” said Green. “There are so many moving parts, and these are especially challenging times in which to make an independent film. But I have always loved the movies.” Green cites recent Best Picture winner “The Artist” as a great example of clever creative filmmaking. As the self-described “financial guy” at Locomotive Films, Green brings a wealth DC Ranch Film Club of economic know-how to the business Thursday, April 19 of making movies. And he is eager to 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. share his view with his neighbors. Desert Camp Community Center “I helped develop the business model for Locomotive Films, and have an attenFree. Beverages and light tion to detail and a creative sense. I hope appetizers will be served. DC Ranch residents come to an underRegister at standing of my passion for films and an appreciation for how difficult it is to get Adults 21 and older are welcome. a film made.”

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Scottsdale Special Election Results Final unofficial election results show that Scottsdale voters rejected an update to the city’s general plan while approving a Southwest Gas franchise agreement and seven city charter amendments. “Scottsdale voters sent a clear message tonight that more work remains to be done on our General Plan,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “I am committed to working with our citizens and staff to address all of their concerns and draft a new General Plan that responds to those issues. I want to thank all those who worked on the General Plan over the last two years and ask that they continue to be engaged on the subject as we proceed.”

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Mayor’s Youth Council applications available April 1

Attention Scottsdale high school students: The city invites you to apply for a spot on the Mayor’s Youth Council. If you are you interested in developing your leadership skills, learning about government, participating in service projects and working with other students from throughout Scottsdale, this is the program for you. Applications will be available Sunday, April 1, for the upcoming school year. Applicants must either live in Scottsdale or attend a Scottsdale school and be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2012-13 school year. For more information, contact Daniel Morgan at 480.312.7922. Apply online at

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Learn how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena to the National Weather Service. Even with sophisticated technology like radar and satellites, the service still needs information from trained, on-the-ground weather spotters. The free class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Scottsdale Police & Fire Headquarters, 8401 E. Indian School Rd. Participants will learn how thunderstorms work; to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes; and to visually estimate wind speeds. For more information, contact John Moede at 480.312.1832 or

Scottsdale Leadership to host conversation on future employment and education

On Wednesday, April 18, from 7:30 to9:30 a.m., Scottsdale Leadership will start the conversation about what the new economy means for the future of employment and education at its 8th Annual Community Forum “Navigating Change in a New Economy.” The forum, sponsored by The Arizona Republic and the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, will be held at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. Panelists include Derek Neighbors, co-founder of Gangplank, representing innovators; Sherman A. Jennings, human resources site leader, Rotorcraft Systems, The Boeing Company and chair, Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy representing the corporate sector; Susie Timm, of Head Cheese and Girl Meets Fork, representing entrepreneurs; and Len Jessup, Ph.D., dean of The University of Arizona Eller College of Management, representing education. The discussion will be moderated by Jason Rose from Rose+Moser+Allyn Public Relations. Tickets are $40; or $30 for dues-paid alumni and can be purchased at



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Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market and gas station’s motto of ‘making the daily mundane into the extraordinary’ lives up to its promise From the street, the gas station on the southwest corner of 94th Street and Bell Road looks like any other gas station. But, since new owners bought the property and assumed management of the gas station almost three months ago, the corner is anything but ordinary. Silverleaf homeowner Kipp Lassetter and his son-in-law, Jonathan Kish, decided it was a good investment, purchased it, and named the gas station Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market after the 140-foot rock in the McDowell Mountains that is nearby. “Our goal was to make Tom’s Thumb the most interesting gas station in America,” said Lassetter, who has lived in DC Ranch since 2007. In a country dominated by chain gas stations, Tom’s Thumb is an example of a local family-owned gas station. It employs about 60 people, and it is not unusual for four generations of the Lassetter and Kish families to be in the gas station at any one time. During April, this option is offered at no additional charge. By buying local food and produce to sell in the fresh market and serve in the bistro, Tom’s Thumb also supports the local economy. If you choose the full service option at the gas station, you are greeted by attendants wearing white coveralls, reminiscent of an older, simpler time. The station recently added a pump with 100 octane racing fuel for street-legal cars. Tom’s Thumb also has a premium car wash, with hand-washing options for extra care. And Tom’s Thumb is more than a gas station. In addition to a car wash, the building on the property holds a fresh market, the Pinnacle Perk Coffee Bar, and the Campfire Bistro, which serves Southern barbeque reminiscent of where Kish grew up. All of the meat served is smoked in an on-site pit, which is supervised by pit-master Kish. Even in the few months that they have been open, the bistro and coffee bar have gained a growing following of people who return regularly. In the fresh market, which is open every day, you can find local artisan food and produce. A sommelier who is on the staff can help you choose a bottle of wine to complete your meal. Or grab a cup of coffee made by one of the baristas any time of the day.

Father and son-in-law team Kipp Lassetter, right, a homeowner of Silverleaf, and Jonathan Kish, left, took ownership of the gas station at 94th Street and Bell in late 2011 and have turned it in to a family-run filling station that offers old-fashioned fueling and car wash service, in addition to a fresh produce market, bistro, coffee bar and sommelier.

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Soul music: Band program breaks stereotypes, bonds students The class clown plays the clarinet. The aspiring singer exercises the percussion mallets as much as her voice. The introvert utilizes the flute in place of words. And the jock upholds a shining brass instrument that complements the openness of his demeanor. Sound familiar? Taking to heart lyrics from the song “We are Family,” the Copper Ridge Band flies “just like birds of a feather” and blazes a trail of success. Undeniably, music holds an ever-present force in bringing strangers together and creating friendships for life. The Copper Ridge Band, also known as the Speed of Sound, succeeds in contradicting the path established by countless teen movies that stereotype, ostracize, and divide people instead of uniting them. The Copper Ridge band integrates a sense of familiarity among peers and helps the students interact with the community through their passion. The Copper Ridge band program isn’t just a bunch of kids sitting around a room playing out-of-tune instruments. The student musicians, each playing a role in the theatricality of musical art, collaboratively work together to pursue

their passions and improve their talents, simultaneously joining together to break the status quo. The Speed of Sound is more than a catchy name for the musical group. It represents the ease or speed at which music builds companionship. “My favorite part about band is that the students learn from one another,” said Band Director Carolyn Blackburn. “The comraderie of the students seems to grow the longer the students work together.” Such kinship among the players has even inspired the group to incorporate themselves more into various districtlevel and local events. On March 1, the Speed of Sound performed at the muchcoveted district festival held at Mountainside Middle School. It also played at the March 31 Garden Walk, hosted by Copper Ridge, in which they provided the community with a repertoire of music and put to rest any doubt there may have been about the band’s performance capabilities. The highlight of the band’s year will be a field trip to The University of Arizona, where the ensemble will be one

Fifth grader Jay MacIntyre gets instruction from Copper Ridge Band Director Carolyn Blackburn during an early morning practice session in March. “Band holds a world of possibilities; it’s a way to feed your soul,” said Blackburn.

of many to perform. The Speed of Sound will play a series of western and folk songs. The audience will be comprised of a panel of prestigious adjudicators. Following their performance, the Speed of Sound will receive constructive criti-

cism from the judges at a clinic designed to hone the musicians’ talents. “It’s exhilarating to have the chance to perform at a really big event,” exclaimed a student. “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by a lot of talent.”

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Around the Ranch 1. Cast members Kayla Dobbs, Anna Kettell, Molly Dickerson, Jordan Roberts, Bella Nielson, Ella McDade (left to right) learn the choreography for “Belle,” the opening number of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” during rehearsal on March 13. The musical will be staged at The Homestead Community Center May 17-20. Photo: Molly Kurtz.

2. Santé held a grand opening celebration on Feb. 3. About 300 people attended, including Scottsdale Mayor Lane. Santé, located in DC Ranch on the corner of East Verde Grove and 93rd Street, is a post-acute rehabilitation center that serves the surrounding community hospitals and residents. Santé offers physical, occupational and speech therapy in a hospitality environment that may promote a faster and more successful recovery over a relatively short stay by bridging the care between hospital and home. Photo courtesy Santé. 3. DC Ranch Community Council Board Member Melinda Gulick was awarded the first Cox Conserves Heroes Award in Arizona in February. The prize is a $10,000 donation to the non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. Gulick has worked on behalf of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for several years. Photo courtesy M. Gulick.

4. Molly McCarthy, of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, DC Ranch Event & Program Manager Tempe Ligett, Jennifer Clark, and Sasha Wordlaw, a former intern with The Homestead Playhouse (left to right), gather at a going away party in February for Clark, who moved with her family to Utah. Clark had served at DC Ranch for almost six years, most recently as event director. Photo: Anne Driscoll.


5. Local running notable personalities Jeremy Zarins and Katie Ellis visited Copper Ridge students on Feb. 22 as a way to get students interested in registering for the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch. Zarins and Ellis fielded questions about their experiences as champion runners and led the students through running drills. Photo: Anne Driscoll.

6. The Cottor family, including Ryan and his dad Jonathan, foreground, were at the March 3 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch. The event is a family-friendly race festival to benefit children and families served by Ryan House, which is named for Ryan Cottor and is a Phoenix-based nonprofit unique to the region that provides respite and palliative care in a home-like setting to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. Photo: Anne Driscoll. 7. Runners of the 5K event in the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch prepared to take their marks. More than 1,800 participants registered for one of four Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch events: 553 runners ran the half marathon; 417 ran the 10K; 612 ran the 5K; and 247 did the 1-mile Family Fun Run. Photo: Anne Driscoll.


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